ElRoy "PeeWee" Parr Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Rockport, TX, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, June 12, 2021. PeeWee was born July 20, 1931, in Yoakum, TX, the only child of Vollie and Annie Parr. He passed away just a month shy of his 90th birthday.
PeeWee is preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law Debra Parr. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patsy Nell McLester Parr, his childhood friend and lifelong love. Together they are known to family as Paw and Maw. He is also survived by his sons ElRoy Parr, Jr. (Linda) of Normanna, TX and Errol Duane Parr (Barbara) of Rockport, TX, grandchildren Mary Parr, Jonathan Parr, Jennifer Parr, Tracy Dennison and Tiffany Parr, great-grandchildren Brandon, Emma, Christian, Trista, James, Jackson, and Wyatt, and great-great grandchildren Talynn and Lexton. Due to PeeWee and Patsy's loving, caring nature, others deeply feel his loss. Hazel "Rusty" Willis and Vicki Skinner are as close as daughters to him, and Barbara Ann Parr is like a sister. Nieces Tina Aguirre, Carol Gilson, and Christi Profitt also hold a special place in his heart and home. PeeWee will be remembered lovingly by many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
PeeWee lived his life in Rockport, except for the two years he spent in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning home, he ran a tow boat for 41 years. Much of that time he towed barges carrying crude oil in the intercoastal waterway, from Galveston to Mobile, Alabama. His license expired in 2011, and he finally retired at age 79.
Music was a constant passion in PeeWee's life. His mother gave him his first guitar at age 15. He began playing for the public in 1954. His four- piece country band, PeeWee and the Wagon Masters, played in many dance halls around Ingleside, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas and Rockport for about 25 years. They were the house band at the Wagon Wheel in Aransas Pass for 4 years. Band members were Dave Walzel, Bill Williams, Dave Odem, Buddy White, Bubba Parr and PeeWee. In PeeWee's own words "We gave it up because music tempo changed from country to rock. The band said that we were country and that is what we'll play." PeeWee carried that integrity into every aspect of his life.
Retirement did not mean he quit working. PeeWee stayed busy gardening, working with wood and piddling around his shop and yard. He enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels, and would always talk about country music. On his country property, he was a goat and chicken-herder and friend to his donkeys.
ElRoy, "PeeWee" Parr has had a tremendous impact on his family and friends. He has set a good example to all he has gathered as extended family. He showed how to live with love, loyalty, kindness and hard work. His passing has left a void in our lives that nothing can fill. Thank you for the life lessons and memories, PeeWee.
There will be no service held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.
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