William Claiborne Parker, known to his friends as "Uncle Billy", was the namesake of Parker Road and the community of Parker, Texas. Born June 6, 1836, in Mississippi, he was the oldest son of John W. Parker who journeyed to Collin County before 1850. Probably after hearing the tales of magnificent opportunity in Texas, William's father and stepmother, Mary, settled in old Decatur to operate a general store, William moved to Collin County.
After William's first wife, L.A. Parker died, he married Sarah Grayum. They settled on Maxwell Creek just north of present day Parker Road. William was a member and ruling Elder of Corinth Presbyterian Church, where he served as the Clerk of Session from 1894-1898, and was a delegate representing the Corinth Congregation at meetings of the local Presbytery.
During the civil war, William enlisted as a blacksmith in Buford's regiment. Two of his brothers, John Thomas Parker and James David Parker, died in service of the confederacy. Only William and his brother, Samuel survived the war. William became the Administrator of the Parker Estate upon the death of his father.
Following the war, he purchased a gristmill, which was owned by J.E. Cox and located on Maxwell Creek. The mill was operated by oxen and later by a windmill. He also operated a cotton gin located just south of Parker Road; it operated first by mule power and later by steam engine fueled by wood and coal.
William Claiborne Parker passed away on May 12, 1898, and was buried in the Decatur, Maxwell, Murphy Cemetery. His wives, a number of his infant children, and daughter, Amanda Jane, who was accidentally burned to death when her clothes ignited, are also buried in the cemetery.
Percy Bozeman - Parker's First Mayor 1969-1972
Parker Community Building - February 1980
Betty McMenamy - City Administrator 1973-2006
Betty McMenamy, Parker City Administrator
As City Administrator of Parker from 1973 to 2006, Betty McMenamy dedicated 33 years in service to the residents of Parker. Betty's bright smile and sincere welcome created warmth for everyone as they joined the Parker community.
With keen judgment and a sharp eye for detail, Betty oversaw the City's development as it changed from rolling fields of cotton to neighborhoods of estate-style homes.
Betty's generous devotion to our growing community earned respect from all with whom she came in contact. Her high standards leave an indelible impact upon the City of Parker and will forever be part of the City's history.