PARKER, Dr. Joel Floyd Sr., of Pine Mountain, Ga., and Richmond, Va., passed away peacefully in the company of his beloved wife and two children on July 10, 2013, after courageous battles with both Parkinson's and Lung Cancer. Joel was born on May 28, 1942 in Marietta, Ga., to Delford and Ruth Parker. During his early teenage years in Pine Mountain, he earned his Merit of Eagle Scout. He attended Darlington School in Rome, Ga., where he served as Secretary/Treasurer for his senior class and received the Ross Lynn Award as well as the Sydenham Howell Award. After graduating from Darlington in 1960. Joel attended the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his time as a good ol' rambling wreck at Georgia Tech, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Joel also enjoyed giving back to the student body, serving as a freshman counselor throughout his upper classman years and vice president of the senior class. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management in 1964. Joel's competitive nature and determination to succeed served him well in medical school. In 1969, he graduated from the Medical College of Georgia where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honors Society. After completing his medical training at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., Joel proudly served his country as Lt. Commander at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Upon his discharge in the U.S. Navy, Joel was elected to membership in the American College of Radiology and began his professional career as a Radiologist at Lee County Hospital in Opelika, Ala. In 1986, having accepted a position with the Radiology Associates of Richmond, Joel and his family relocated to Richmond, Va. Fitting with his genuine and altruistic nature, Joel's true passion in life was medicine. He treated each patient with equal thoroughness and meticulous consideration. Joel retired in 2006 after a fulfilling career of doing exactly what he loved- helping others through the practice of medicine. Outside of medicine, Joel enjoyed sailing and spending time on the water with his friends and family at his river house near Urbanna. His other favorite pastime was raising cattle and maintaining his farm in Pine Mountain Valley, Ga. Always close to his heart was Darlington School, which he credited for providing him a solid foundation. Over the years, he served on the Board of Visitors and in other capacities. Joel was preceded in death by his father, Delford Parker; and sister, Jane Hett. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Shirley; son, Joel Jr.; daughter, Abigail; mother, Ruth Parker of Pine Mountain, Ga.; two brothers, Max (Winky) of Pine Mountain, Ga., and Del (Lennice) of LaGrange, Ga.; brother-in-law, Carl Hett (Diane) of Columbus, Ga.; mother-in-law, Pearl Chenault; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Bliley's -Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Monumental Church, 1224 East Broad St., Richmond, Va. Interment will be held Monday, 1 p.m. at Shepherds United Methodist Church, Saint Stephens Church, Va. 23148. He will be remembered for his methodical and exhausted answers and solutions to questions and problems, but above all else, Continued
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.