ASHEVILLE - Rev. J. C. Parker, age 92, of Asheville died Friday, April 21, 2017.
Mr. Parker was born February 21, 1925 in Bertie County, NC to the late Julian Carlton Parker, Sr. and Margaret Batts Parker. A veteran of World War II, he served in the US Army. He was a long- time Associate Pastor at Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother, John Parker and sisters, Margie Robinson, Debra Jane Young and Martha Ann Terry.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Mary Kay Baber Parker; daughter, Julia Kay Parker; sons, Wesley Carlton Parker and Steven Randall Parker; sister, Judy Alford; brothers, Pete Parker and Phil Parker; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville with Rev. James Lamb officiating.
The family will greet friends following the funeral service.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Lewis Memorial Park with military honors provided by the North Carolina National Guard Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Parker’s honor to ABCCM, 20 Twentieth Street, Asheville, NC 28806.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Parker’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
Sunday April 23rd, 2017
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Lewis Memorial Park
Tuesday April 25th, 2017
415 Beaverdam Rd.
Asheville, NC 28804
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Mary Kay and family: I have such fond memories of JC through Eastern Star.
It is with deepest sympathy that I sign this guestbook so late and pray that God has and will continue to give you strength and a peace that only HE can give.
Past Matron Biltmore Chapter # 38 OES
Submitted by Betty Ponder on Apr 27 2017 07:35:02 PM
I remember J.C. from my youth. No one deserves his rewards in heaven more.
Submitted by David Hyatt on Apr 26 2017 06:58:36 PM
Steven - I'm so sorry you lost your beloved "granddaddy". By all stories, he was proud of you and loved you very much. I'm sure he smiling down on you as we speak. I'll be thinking of you in the upcoming days and weeks as you continue to heal. I love you.
Submitted by Jennifer Torres on Apr 25 2017 05:52:58 PM
Parker Family - I know first hand how hard it is to lose the patriarch of the family. Although I only met him once it is clear by the attendance at viewing and the stories everyone shared that he was one of a kind that was loved by all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.
Submitted by Jennifer Torres on Apr 25 2017 05:50:23 PM
Love J.C. and Mary Kay. Dynamic duo. Gentle man and a gentleman. Present,now, in his Lord.
Submitted by Elaine Hyatt on Apr 24 2017 07:19:16 PM
Mary Kay, Wesley, Randy, Julie and extended family. Pam & I will be lifting you in pray to the God of All Comfort, knowing that J.C. is in His Presence. May Our Lord comfort all of you in the days and weeks ahead. Blessings!
Submitted by Jim & Pam Harrington on Apr 24 2017 03:48:57 PM
Mary Kay and family:
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of J.C. I knew him at Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church. One of the kindest, most gentle, Christian man I have ever known. He was a blessing to everyone who knew him.
Joe passed last June of complications of COPD and cancer. My deepest sympathy and prayers. I am sorry for your loss, and it saddened me very much. Much love.
Submitted by Margaret Sprouse Whiteside on Apr 24 2017 09:14:30 AM
Working with J.C. at Merrimon Bapt. Ch. in the Evangelism Program was very special to us and Mary Kay playing beautiful hymns are memories we will always cherish. J.C. liked to say, "I hope that was a good experience for you." Their ministry was a good experience for everyone. Larry & Jan Brady
Submitted by Larry & Jan Brady on Apr 24 2017 08:22:17 AM
Mary Kay and Julie,
I was saddened to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of J.C. He had a sweet, gentle spirit and I know he will be greatly missed. You all are in my prayers. Melissa Burchette (Lisa Boyd)
Submitted by Melissa Burchette on Apr 23 2017 06:43:41 PM
To the Parker family: I'm so sorry to hear about J. C. I hope that God blesses you with fond memories of him. I know how hard it is considering that I just recently lossed my mom due to complications from COPD. Cindy Blankenship
Submitted by Cindy Blankenship on Apr 23 2017 04:56:29 PM
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