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Ashley Parker

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Ashley Benton Parker, 47, of Atlanta died at home June 7, 2014. Ashley was born in Macon, Georgia on February 2, 1967. An alumna of Stratford Academy in Macon and The University of Georgia, Ashley moved to Atlanta in 1992. She and her husband Jim married in 2003. Her greatest joy and proudest accomplishment was the birth of their most beloved son, James, in 2006. More than anything, she loved being a mother to James and being married to her devoted love, Jim. She always said her greatest gift from God was being James' mommy. They were the light of her life and soul. She loved her sisters, Tracy and Mary Virginia, so very much as they were her best friends.

A very bright light was extinguished in this world upon Ashley's death. She had a passion for life and for the people journeying through life with her. Her determination to drink in every drop was infectious and brought everyday joy and excitement to so many in her large network of friends and family. She possessed a wry sense of humor, unfailing optimism, and a dogged determination to help make the most of this world for herself and those around her. It is a loss many will mourn today and endure for years to come. Friends and family meant the world to Ashley

Ashley was a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Board of Directors 2005-2014 Southern Architecture Foundation, 2009 & 2010 Chairman, Peachtree Battle Friends Spring Home and Garden Tour benefitting CHOA, 2009-2014 Board of Directors Peachtree Battle Alliance, and Haynes Manor Garden Club.

Survivors include her husband James MacLeod Parker, Jr. of Atlanta, her son James Macleod Parker, III of Atlanta, her sisters Tracy Benton Toney of Macon and Atlanta, and Mary Virginia Benton of Griffin, Ga. Nieces Maureen and Evelyn Clark of Griffin, Ga. and Benton Cole Toney of Atlanta, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, James MacLeod Parker, Sr. and Peggy Sewell Parker of Montgomery; Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law, John Sewell Parker and Ashley Main Parker of Montgomery and nephew, MacLeod Parker. She was predeceased by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bruce Benton (Dolores Cole) of Macon.

The family will accept visitors at Ashley's home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please contribute to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, MD Anderson Cancer Research or the cancer research center of your choice.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on June 10, 2014
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