Bowie ISD shaken by sudden loss of beloved teacher, coach

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MONTAGUE COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — District officials said Rhonda Duncan Parr passed away suddenly Wednesday after noticing a bad headache.

Memorial services will take place at the Bowie High School gym on Sunday to accomodate the large number of people expected to attend.

Fellow coach and 6th grade science teacher Jaimie Hickey said “we should all be like Parr. In our faith and in our walk. Because she was one of the strongest.”

Parr passed away Wednesday after suffering from a brain aneurysm.

The night before she was keeping score at the Bowie-Nocona basketball game.

A teacher and coach for 18 years at Bowie ISD, Principal Jeneanne Fleming said Parr’s legacy spans generations.

Fleming said she was “a mentor. A friend. A mom. A coach. A teacher. A person who was very much involved in the community, especially in the sports world.”

Known for her passion for track and field, teacher Heather Duncan said Parr was getting ready for her favorite part of the year.

“Track season was starting and she loved it so much because she could see the girls compete individually and as a team and felt that if you were a track star, you were a true athlete.”

Parr worked for Nocona Middle and High Schools for 11 years as a teacher and coach.

Before heading to Bowie ISD where she served 18 years doing what she loved: Teaching and coaching.

The funeral service is at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. The family asks you wear a mask.

Students and faculty of Bowie Independent School District are mourning the unexpected loss of a beloved teacher and coach.

Rhonda Duncan Parr passed away shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday after suffering from a sudden brain aneurysm.

According to sources close to the situation, Parr served as Bowie’s scorekeeper at a basketball game Tuesday night and experienced a terrible headache after the game.

Sources said she was taken to Harris Hospital in Fort Worth Wednesday, but did not survive.

In a press release, Bowie ISD Superintendent Blake Enlow said Parr left an indelible impact on Bowie ISD.

“Coach Rhonda Parr was not only a pillar in the Bowie Community, but her impact stretched to the entire Montague County area and she will be dearly missed.”

Blake Enlow, Bowie ISD Superintendent

Find the full press release from Enlow below:

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