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Official Obituary of

Elijah Denali Parks

January 13, 2008 ~ March 9, 2024 (age 16) 16 Years Old

Elijah Parks Obituary

Elijah Denali Parks, a beacon of gentle light and unwavering spirit, transitioned from this world on March 9, 2024, at the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, after a brief illness. Born on January 13, 2008, in Willingboro, New Jersey, Elijah's journey was one marked by love, creativity, and a quiet strength that inspired all who knew him.

From his early days, Elijah's radiant smile and kind heart were the pillars of the Parks family. His mother, Porshia, his grandmother, Lisa, and his sister, Jasmine, surrounded him with a love so profound that it became his shield and comfort. The family circle extended to his aunts and uncles, Shirley and Albert Johnson, Sharron and Tony Coleman, and Robert and Nakeesha Barber, Jr., as well as his cherished cousins, Altariq Johnson, Taurean (Keisha) Johnson, Nakaya Johnson, Sebriah Coleman (Alexander) Dassey, Tahj'ae Coleman, Hannah, Hosea, and Robert Barber, Jr. He also leaves behind his loving god mother, Geraldine Delaney. Each of them, along with his dear family members, Kathy Smiley-Naughton and Patricia Smiley-Holloway and other numerous loving relatives and friends, played a unique role in Elijah's life, weaving a tapestry of memories that will forever be cherished.

Elijah's academic journey at Dothan High School was nothing short of remarkable. As a 10th grader, he consistently demonstrated his intellectual prowess, securing his place on the Honor Roll and achieving straight A's. His love for learning was matched only by his creative pursuits. Elijah found joy in arts and crafts, where he expressed his inner world through vibrant colors and imaginative designs. Musically he thrived, playing the baritone, he brought joy to anyone who would listen especially during his concerts where he played often with his peers.

A quiet boy, Elijah's gentle presence was a comforting constant. Yet, in the world of entertainment, he came alive with excitement. He loved going to the theater with his family, where they shared laughter and joy over the latest films. At home, Elijah and his sister would embark on digital adventures, playing video games like Road Blocks and God of War, creating memories that would become their family's treasure. Family vacations were special times he always cherished. He particularly enjoyed setting sail on Carnival Cruises with the whole family.

Elijah's love extended beyond the human realm to his beloved Yorkie, Mimi, who was his faithful companion. Through Mimi's eyes, one could see the reflection of Elijah's loving soul, a bond that spoke volumes of his capacity for love and care.

The Parks family extends heartfelt gratitude to the Children's Hospital of Birmingham, Southeast Health, and the Ronald McDonald House for the compassionate care they provided. These institutions stood as pillars of hope and support, not only for Elijah but for his family during their most challenging times.

To describe Elijah is to speak of love personified. He was creative in his thoughts and gentle in his interactions. His legacy is not one of sorrow, but one of inspiration—a reminder that life, no matter how fleeting, can be a canvas of love and kindness.

As we celebrate Elijah's life, let us carry forward the light he has left us. Let us be motivated by his example to approach each day with love, to cherish our loved ones, and to find joy in the simple pleasures of life. Elijah Parks may have left us in body, but his spirit remains a guiding star, illuminating the path of loving kindness for all who walk it.


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