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Albert Roland Parker passed away peacefully on January 16, 2013, after a short stay at Beystone Nursing Home in Fletcher, North Carolina. He was born at home near Bunnell, Fla., on September 12, 1927, to Carl Osgood Parker and Ida Gwendolyn Mosby Parker. He attended Madison College in Madison, Tennessee, where he met his future wife, Genevieve Hughes, and graduated as a registered nurse.
Genevieve and Roland were married in June of 1950. Roland returned to school, using his nursing degree to cover their expenses. Roland received a degree in Religion with a minor in Spanish from Southern Adventist University in 1952 and then earned his Bachelor of Divinity (now known as a Masters of Divinity) from the Theological Seminary at Washington Adventist University.
After completing his education, Roland accepted a call to serve as a principal and teacher of Bronx Community School, where he would spend the next 6 years. He then entered the ministry, serving as a pastor for various churches in the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
In 1967, Roland realized a lifelong dream when he entered the mission service, serving as Youth Director and Health Educator for the Seventh-day Adventist church organization in Bolivia and continuing in that position for 3 years. Upon his return to the United States in 1970, Roland resumed serving as a pastor in Michigan, which he would do until his retirement in 1989. In early 2005, months after moving to the Fletcher Park Inn in Hendersonville, N.C., Roland had to say goodbye to his wife of over 54 years when Genevieve passed away.
Roland would again find companionship in Katherine (KB) Myers, whom he married on July 2, 2006. Roland happily spent the rest of his days in the company of KB, his family and his many friends. He is survived by his wife, K.B., two daughters-in-law, four granddaughters, greatgrandchildren and his sister, Dorothy Keppler, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sons, Robert and George; his first wife, Genevieve; and his sister, Marjorie.
Services are scheduled for Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fletcher Academy Seventhday Adventist Church in Fletcher, North Carolina.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www. thosshepherd.com. Thos Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2013