In memory of
John Dorsey Parker Jr.
John Dorsey “J.D.” Parker, Jr., 74, died Saturday night (June 17, 2017) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness. He was a native of Whitakers, NC, but had made his home in Brantley County since 1977. He was the son of the late John Dorsey Parker, Sr., and Gladys Bullock Parker. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Amy Kristen Parker and Kimberly Dawn Parker, a son Jon Cameron Parker, Sr., and a sister, Faye Mills. He had served with the United States Army during the Viet Nam War being stationed in Korea. J.D. Retired in 2003 as a Boilermaker with CSX Railroad after 33 years of service and had trained numerous apprentices during his career, and was a former member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers. He loved fishing and woodworking and had made numerous pieces of furniture. He also loved spending time with his grandson. He also had the talent of being able to make repairs to just about anything. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and the Adult Men’s 1 Sunday School Class. He and his wife, Hope Smith Parker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month. Additional survivors include grandchildren, Jon “Cameron” Parker, Jr., Trenton Thrift, and Mallory Thrift all of Waycross; daughter-in-law, Sherri Collins Parker of Waycross ; a sister, Mary Alice Farmer of Rocky Mount NC; three brothers, Bruce Parker (wife Sandra) of Rocky Mount, NC, Ferdie Parker and David Parker both of Tarboro, NC; a special sister -in-law, Barbara Mayo of Enfield, NC, nieces, nephews, and his faithful pet, Shadow. Memorials may be made to Hospice House Satilla, c/o Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday (June 20, 2017) at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery. Members of the Adult Men’s 1 Sunday School Class are asked to gather at the church at 10:30 AM Tuesday to serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Monday at Music Funeral Home. Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com. Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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