Parks embraced the philosophy of "paying it forward." Having had the opportunity and the ability to become highly educated, he recognized the power of knowledge and believed it should be passed on. He embodied the spirit of a mentor and an encourager to all young people within his reach. Parks was a proverbial scholar who consistently emphasized the importance of education.
Born and raised in Shelbyville, Parks demonstrated an understanding of the power of practicing Christian principles at a young age. As a member of the East Cedar Street Church of Christ he was active in the ministries of the church from childhood through adulthood. His behavior expressed love for God, family and fellowman. Parks became a student of the Bible and depended on the word of God to give him strength (Philippians 4:13).
Growing up in a Christian home, as the middle child of J.B. and Josephine Brame, Parks had a strong sense of his belief in God, faith and family. The foundation was key in transforming a friendship from kindergarten to a blessed marriage of 28 years to Dr. Kertrina Ray Brame, daughter of Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray and Olivia Ray. In his memory and to uphold his beliefs and aspirations for youth, Kertrina has been instrumental in establishing the H. Parks Brame Memorial Scholarship. Parks modeled the qualities of a true man and his message impacts future leaders.
The Bird Street Church of Christ is pleased to announce the 2012 first student recipient of the H. Parks Brame Memorial Scholarship:
Anthony Lavert Marable II, the son of Anthony Lavert Marable and Sonya Lowayne Woodard-Young Marable, the grandson of the late Mr. James Marable Sr., late Mr. Robert Peacock and Anna Jean Peacock. His maternal grandmother is Ms. Lillie Mai Woodard and maternal grandfather the late Mr. Buford William Young.
Anthony is a graduate of Cascade High School the Class of 2012. He has been accepted to Motlow State Community College and plans to transfer to Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. He will be majoring in mass communication, with an emphasis in media broadcasting.
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough....," wrote Kertrina. "Were that not true for our time with Parks."