He was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Rabun County to Connis Parker and Josie Hopper Parker. He was the husband of Janie Phillips Parker. They were married after World War II for 67 wonderful years. He was a U.S. Army sergeant during the war. He served in the European Theater. He received the following medals: a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, WWII Victory Medal, EAME Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and belonged to the Northeast Georgia Coon Hunters Club. He was of the Baptist faith.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by: his stepmother; Leila Mae Kilby Parker; and four sisters, Tessie Thompson, Lois Thompson, Blanche Thurmond and Connie Mae Coleman.
Survivors include: his wife, Janie Phillips Parker of Clayton; two sons, Cecil Parker (Joyce) of Cornelia and Greg Parker (Lora) of Clayton; two daughters, Sherry Parker Buck (Danny) of Jefferson and Sandra Parker of Clayton; a sister, Ruth Coleman of Clayton; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 31 at the new chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Lloyd Hunter officiating. Burial followed at Rabun Memory Park.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Trout Unlimited, Rabun County Chapter, P.O. Box 371, Clayton, GA 30525, Attn: Tony Allred.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.