In Loving Memory of Glen Ford Parce, Sr.
May 9, 1948 - June 18, 2020
"Mr. Glen Parce Sr., son of Marie Sowell Brown and John Parce Sr., was born in San Francisco, CA, on May 9th, 1948. Glen was the eighth child out of ten children.
This story began 49 years ago when he met his wife, Gloria Thomas. Gloria was walking home on a Wednesday after school with a hand full of books when she caught his eye. She was near the Compton County building when he stopped to speak and thought she worked there. Glen asked if he could see her later, but Gloria gracefully declined and said she was going to Church later. He asked for the location and followed up by saying to Gloria, "You know I'm going to make you my wife?" She replied, Yeah, right."
Three years later, Glen Parce Sr. and Gloria Thomas were united in holy matrimony on June 15th, 1973, and were blessed with 46 years of marriage. They were graced with two lovely children, Glen Parce Jr., Serrece Parce, and two grandchildren, Ashley Peoples and Aliyah Parce.
Mr. Glen Parce was called home to eternal life on June 18th, 2020, at 5:53 a.m. at Lakewood Regional Hospital. The loved ones that have preceded him in death are his grandparents Leavy and Irene Snowbell, his mother Marie Sowell Brown, his sisters Isabel LeFridge, Lizzie Dale Flickin, and his brothers Dennis Capiti and Clifton Elzy.
Glen worked for Schrader Chemical Company for 20 years as a Chemical Blender supporting his family and being a full-time Father. He was also an honorary member of Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church for 49 years, where his wife Gloria served as a Sunday School Teacher, Usher, and Assistance Choir Director, among other things.
Who is Glen? Well, it depends on your relationship with him. Glen was a man of many talents. He was a self-taught mechanic who often made up his own solutions. If he did not have pieces to fix it, he would make the part out of something. We would call it "Mickey Mousing," and it would work. He loved classic cars, low-riders and was a member of the Suzuki Car Club. Glen was also a music enthusiast who listened to Reggae, Blues, Hip-Hop, and Oldies. His favorite artists consisted of Bob Marley, Nina Simone, and Minnie Riperton, just to name a few. Do not forget that this man loved food. He had an exotic palate and had a sweet tooth. If you came over to visit, you could find Glen in the back binge-watching the Sci-Fi Channel during his downtime.
Family, friends, and neighbors alike will miss the quiet mild-mannered man that greeted all with a wave and a smile. To many, he was more than just Glen. He was Pops, Papa Smurf, Paw Paw, Uncle Glen, Bruh-n Law, Honey, and for many, many years, "Glen, my friend." That is what he was to ALL. He taught us all to live life to the fullest and that it was okay to think for ourselves. Most of all, he taught us to value all things great and small. He will be truly missed.
Glen leaves behind his lovely wife Gloria, two children: his son Glen Jr. and daughter Serrece; two granddaughters Ashley People, and Aliyah Parce, two sisters Margaret Wright and Magdalena L. Johnson, two brothers John Parce, and Ananias Lynch, and sister-in-law Jane Lynch. And a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.