Breckenridge Texan

Carlton ‘C.H.’ Parker

Carlton ‘C.H.’ Parker
February 13
15:34 2019

Carlton “CH” Parker, age 84, of Breckenridge, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019, in Abilene. Family is welcoming friends for a visitation on Thursday, February 14, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Melton-Kitchens Chapel. Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Hart Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.

Carlton Hugh Parker, the son of Hoye and Willie Parker, was born in Breckenridge, Texas, on September 25, 1934. C.H. graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1953 and later attended Tarleton State; after two semesters, he returned back to Breckenridge for the summer and purchased a cattle truck. The rest was history, lots of hauling cows and no more college. C.H. married Shirley Handrick in November of 1954 and raised his growing family here in Breckenridge most of their lives. He was involved in buying and hauling cattle most of his life. C.H. hauled cattle coast to coast with a fleet of 20 trucks at times, including Mexico and Canada. He was a founding member of the Texas livestock hauling association and a lifetime member of the Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Anyone that knew him well knew that one of his greatest passions was the Feeder Cattle Industry.

C.H. was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Parker is survived by his four children, Carla Reid of Graham, Bobby Parker of Breckenridge, Mike Parker and wife Lytane of Breckenridge, and Clay Parker and wife Debbie of Breckenridge; one sister, Sandra Hayden of Dumas; grandchildren, Randal Reid, Keli Jo Bandy and husband Jace, Scarlett Biddison and husband Greg, Matt Parker and wife Cassie, Kendall Parker and Katherine Parker, along with 9 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the West Texas Rehab Center or the Ben Richey Boys Ranch and may be left at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Condolences may be made online at

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