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Leon Parks, WRXB-AM disc jockey

Leon Parks, a popular rhythm and blues disc jockey on radio station WRXB-AM 1590, has died at age 41.

Mr. Parks, who used the name Tony Rush on the air, died Monday (July 3, 1995) at Bayfront Medical Center.

He had hypertension and cardiac problems, and the death appeared to be natural, said a spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner's Office. An autopsy was scheduled.

At the station, where Mr. Parks had worked for eight years, he reported being ill last week.

"He came in Friday with a note from the doctor saying he had pneumonia and had to be in bed for seven days," said program director Rob Simone. "Monday we learned he had passed away."

Listeners knew him as the voice of the Night Groove Express and Quiet Storm programs that aired from midnight to 5 a.m.

"We tried several times to move him into a different position," Simone said Wednesday. "Quite frankly, listeners were not happy" when he turned up elsewhere on the schedule. "They complained that he wasn't where he belonged. We moved him back. The response was overwhelming."

Mr. Parks came here in 1974 from his native Dublin, Ga., and worked as a disc jockey in nightclubs before joining the station.

Survivors include three daughters, Kristen, Shawanda and Whitney Parks; a son, LaFarrell Williams Parks; and a stepson, Daniel Lakely, all of St. Petersburg; and three sisters, Deloris Bell, Gloria Jean Butler and Joann Wright, all of Dublin.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Creal Funeral Home, 1940 Seventh Ave. S.

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