He was born Jan. 27, 1936, in Rabun County. He was married to the late Mary Ann Parker, who passed away in August 2004.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, C.A. "Jeff" Parker and Bessie Justus Parker; and a brother, Bruce Parker, formerly of Gainesville.
He is survived by: two daughters, Tammy Fendley of Moundville, Ala., and Teresa Patterson of Tuscaloosa; two sons, Tim Parker of Tuscaloosa and James Bentley Parker of Hahira; six grandchildren, Brent Patterson, Ashton Patterson, Amanda Fendley, Megan Parker, Mary-Katherine Parker and Layne Parker; three brothers, B.C. Parker of Clayton, Britton Parker of Crystal River, Fla., and Branson Parker of Gilmer, Texas; two sisters, Betty Whitmire of Clarkesville and Bertha Fountain of Clayton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was in the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean War. He retired from Cottondale Wood Products as a truck driver. He received the "One Million Mile Safe Driver Award" from Ryder. He loved dirt track racing, NASCAR and watching old Westerns.
A celebration of Mr. Parker's life will take place at his daughter's home in Moundville. He will be laid to rest beside his wife, Mary, in Lenox. For more information, call 205-454-1966.
The Clayton Tribune, March 8, 2012