Hobson (Sonny) Lester Parker, Jr


On May 21, 2022, Hobson (Sonny) Lester Parker, Jr. entered eternal rest at the age of 95 in San Antonio. Hobson was born on July 24, 1926 as the only child of Hobson L. Parker, Sr., and Mary Lee Parks Parker. He married Pearl LaRue Griffin Parker on May 26, 1945. They shared 53 years of marriage. 

He is preceded in death by his wife and his parents. He is survived by his son Hobson L. Parker, III of New Braunfels, and daughter Helen LaRue Wilson of Nixon; grandchildren, Lisa Parker Patterson of Luling, Jeffrey R. Parker of New Braunfels, John D. Rentz, Jr. of San Antonio, Robert H. Rentz of Paradise, California, and David E. Rentz of Huntsville; as well as l2 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Hobson was born and raised in Nixon, Texas. After graduating from Nixon High School, he married Pearl La Rue Griffin Parker and went into the Army during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to “the homeplace” in Nixon. Between 1953 to 1955 he moved his family to Alice, Texas, and went to work for Valley Steel in Alice, working in the oil field business. In 1955 he moved back to “the homeplace” in Nixon, returning to the ranching business and delivering gasoline and diesel. In his later years of his working career, he delivered propane.

Sonny was a real cowboy and was more knowledgeable about cattle and horses than most people. He rode on and participated in many trail rides with family members and friends. One of his real joys was having a grandchild in the saddle with him on a trail ride.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 1:00pm-2:00pm, at Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon. The Funeral service will be held at 2:00pm. Burial will follow in the Nixon Cemetery. Mr. Delton Bishop will officiate the services. You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at Services and care entrusted to Finch Funeral Chapel, LLC, Nixon.