Tamika Parks is globally recognized for being a celebrity wife of Pat Neely. However, she is someone who has created her own identity rather than just being a wife of a public figure. Hence, we can also introduce her as a registered nurse before introducing her as a wife of a Television Personality. Tamika has conquered the role of a nurse and an ideal wife and a mother. Hence, she deserves some attention from all of us. In this article, you will be closely observing every detail of this superwoman.
Who is Tamika Parks? Wiki
Tamika Parks is a certified registered advanced nurse in anesthesia. She also motivates many nursing students never to give up, who are in the middle of their degree. Parks is a believer that “Hard work betrays none.” After pursuing her master’s degree in Arkansas State University, she is currently working as a certified registered nurse Anesthetist, which was her dream career.
Furthermore, you might already be aware that she is the wife of Pat Neely, a reputed name in the food network.
How old is Tamika Parks? Birthday and Parents
According to our estimates, Tamika is in her late forties. She does not like to publicize her age in the media. However, we do know that she was born on September 2, making her a Virgo.
Parks is an African-American woman born in LaGrange, Georgia, the United States, and having American nationality. She was born parents Maxine Hall (mother) and David Parks (father). She grew up in a privileged family where her mother was a certified phlebotomist, and her father owned a business. Tamika’s passion for medical sciences grew up after watching her mother work in the medical field.
Furthermore, after watching her recent father’s day post, we can assume that her parents are no longer together as we see her father with a guy, who Tamika claims as her step-father.
Tamika Parks is married to Pat Neely
Tamika and Pat first met on the Tom Joyner cruise in 2015, when he was a celebrity chef. They both got along instantly and tied their wedding knots on October 7, 2017. In fact, the couple married each other secretly with lesser media exposure. After two weeks of their wedding day, Tamika announced their marriage through a Facebook post, writing,
“He knows how to make me smile. #HappyDay #IMarriedMyBestFriend #ThankYouGod??”
However, Pat Neely surprisingly did not want to spotlight his newly married life; hence, he did not post pictures of their wedding on his social media sites. Even his wife’s pregnancy news was out in the media through Tamika’s baby shower posts on her Instagram.
The couple wanted to stay low-key about their wedding, but the mainstream media obtained insider information from Troup County, Georgia, where they filed their marriage certificate. So far, Tamika and Pat are living a delightful married life with no controversies till now.
Tamika Parks Husband Pat Neely Wiki
Pat Neely is a native of Detroit, Michigan, as mentioned in one of the episodes of Chefography. He was born in the year 1964 and celebrated his birthday every year on July 20. Pat’s career started when he opened a restaurant with his brothers Gaelin, Tony, and Mark in 1988. He hasn’t looked back ever since then and has reached his highest career heights.
Tamika claims herself as a lucky wife of a famous restaurateur. In fact, her husband cannot just be described in a word or two. Pat has achieved many name tags in his career till now. He can be well recognized as a television personality who hosted a couple of shows like Food Network’s ‘Down Home with the Neelys‘ and ‘Road Tasted with the Neelys.’ Not to forget, he is also an author of several cookbooks. Besides, Pat co-owns a restaurant Neely’s Bar-B-Que, in downtown Memphis, Tennesse.
Tamika has two adorable children; Eijah and Eriel. Her husband Pat quite often shares their picture delightfully on his Instagram accounts. To be noted, Eijah is not Pat’s biological son, but he still regards him like his own. Tamika was already a mother to his son Eijah, but due to lack of information, we are unable to reveal who his father is.
However, the couple is extremely fond of their kids, and we can see them spending time with them. Pat recently posted pictures of all his kids on the occasion of father’s day and wrote,
“If y’all know me being a father is the most important job I’ve ever had, and I’ve loved every moment!! Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads!!”
Tanika Parks’ Husband was previously married to Gina Neely
If we dig deep down into Pat’s love life history, we can find his major life events under curtains. Yes, you heard that correctly. Tanika is not his first official wife, as he was married to Gina Neely previously. Pat and Gina dated while in high school and reunited ten years later at their school reunion program.
The duo got married in 1994 after few years of dating and conceived a baby daughter named Shelbi. However, Gina had a daughter named Spenser from her previous marriage as well. After 20 years of blissful marriage, the couple divorced in September 2014, apparently owing to a loss of chemistry in their partnership.
We must admit that Pat and Gina were considered as a power couple as they achieved many things while they were together. The duo co-hosted a television show in 2008 and also co-authored a cookbook named “Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook.”
Many sources claim that Pat and Gina hadn’t spoken to each other since their divorce in 2014.