Phyllis Dreher

WEST POINT – Phyllis Jean Parks Dreher, 83, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Aurora Health and Rehabilitation, in Columbus. She was born July 19, 1929, in El Dorado, Ark., to Lena Jane Haynie and Walter Samuel Parks Sr.

She had worked as a teacher’s assistant in West Point Public School System. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Columbus. She married Frederic Nicholas Dreher on May 31, 1947, in El Dorado, Ark.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Benjamin Kratz officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Fred N. Dreher; four daughters, Debra Leigh Lancaster (Gary) and Jennifer Leigh Gray, all of West Point, Jean Dreher King (Richard) of Oxford and Paula Sue Dreher Oakes (John Earl) of Vicksburg; one son, John David Dreher (Teresa Ann) of West Point; nine grandchildren, Tammala Lancaster Atkins, Olivia Lancaster Laine, Amanda Lee Dreher, Elizabeth King Gong, Martha King, David Nicholas Dreher, Kimberly Oakes, Holly Oakes and Wendy Oakes; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Ed Parks of Forney, Texas, Joe Allen Parks (Linda) of Greenbrier, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Ray Dreher; great-grandson, Zayne Atkins; three brothers, Walker Parks Jr., Ray Parks Sr. and George Parks; two sisters, Marilyn Parks Edmonds and Billie Grace Parks Hammons; and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Earl Foreman, Gary Lancaster, Gene Boggess, Bryan Smith, Jonathan Smith, Jeremy Roberts, Chuck Jones and Neil Gong. Honorary pallbearers will be David Dreher, John Dreher, Craig Laine, Robert Atkins, John Earl Oakes and Richard King.

Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 7912, Columbus, MS 39701.

Visitation will be from 12:30 until 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home. Friends may leave an online condolence at

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