White Parker (1887 - 1956)

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Death: Died
Occupation: Mission work under supervision of the Methodist Conference
Managed by: William Owen "Bill" Irwin
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About White Parker

White Parker (1887 – 1956) was a son of Mah-Cheeta-Wookey and Quanah Parker, chief of the Comanches. He married Laura E. Clark (1890-1962), a daughter of Reverend and Mrs. M. A. Clark, a former Methodist missionary to the Comanches. They had at least three children – Patty Bertha, Cynthia Ann Joy, and Milton Quanah (1914-1930). White Parker felt called to do missionary work among the Comanche people. He studied for this ministry at Cook Bible School in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the Methodist Conference and performed his mission work under their supervision. The Parkers were active in the 1920s and 30s Saturday afternoon street meetings in Lawton, Oklahoma, which was led by Dr. J. Leighton Read.

In 1920, Parker played a lead role in the silent film, "The Daughter of Dawn," a silent film directed by Norbert A. Myles shot in the Wichita Mountains of Southwest Oklahoma.[1] The story, played by an all-Indian cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches, includes themes of love story, battle, dance, deceit, combat, and concludes with a happy ending.[2] This is a historically important film in American cinema as it is the first full length movie of an American Indian story, and that uses all American Indian actors.[3] This film is currently a work-in-progress restoration by the Oklahoma Historical Society.[4]

Parker had a varied religious background. His father was a member of and leader in the Native American Church. The Parker family brought the first non-Catholic church to the state of Texas. He received his education at a Presbyterian/Reformed institution, but affiliated with the Methodists when no Reformed missionary appointment was available.

White Parker and his wife are buried in the Highland Cemetery, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma.

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White Parker's Timeline

1887
1887
1910
February 26, 1910
Age 23
1914
1914
Age 27
1924
December 21, 1924
Age 37
Lawton, Comanche, Oklahoma, USA
1956
1956
Age 69
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Lawton, Comanche, Oklahoma, USA