James F. Parkins DEED manager


A Mass of Christian burial for retired Army Lt. Col. James F. Parkins, who was manager of the Wheaton office of the State Department of Economic and Employment Development, will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

Colonel Parkins, who was 69 and lived in Wheaton, died Saturday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring after a brief illness.

He began working for the state's employment services after retiring from the Army in 1957 and most recently started a center at his office for professionals who had lost their jobs in the recession. He received a service award from the state in December.

Born in Poolesville, he graduated from Washington College and was called into federal service in 1941 as a member of the Maryland National Guard.

However, he served with other units in the Pacific and in Europe, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. After coming under fire while leading a motor column in Germany, he drove to within 50 yards of a hedgerow held by the enemy and demanded their surrender. After being fired upon again, he led his men in an assault on the enemy positions in which 250 German soldiers were captured, the citation said.

He also served in the Korean War. While in the Army, he attended the University of Louisville, the University of Kansas and the Army Command and General Staff College, where he was registrar at his retirement from the Army.

He is survived by his wife, the former Victoria Butler; a daughter, Julie Parkins Seibert of Wheaton; two brothers, John A. Parkins of Newark, Del., and retired Army Maj. William S. Parkins Jr. of San Antonio, Texas.

The family suggested contributions to the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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