Graveside services for Johnny M. Parker, of Roswell, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park cemetery with Brother Ken Engledow of Hillcrest Baptist Church officiating. Visitation is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. today (Sept. 11) and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at West Funeral Home. Mr. Parker passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Roswell. Condolences may be expressed at westfuneralhomellc.com.
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Johnny was born May 19, 1932, in Jonesboro, La., to John L. and Idora Parker. He graduated from high school in 1950, and soon enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in the Korean War from 1951-1955.
While serving in the Air Force and stationed in Roswell, he met Eileen McIlwee of Carlsbad. The couple was married in 1954 at St. Edward Catholic Church.
Upon discharge from the Air Force, Johnny began working for the United States Postal Service. A daughter, Diane, was born in 1958, and a son, Bill, in 1960.
Following the death of his beloved wife, Eileen, in 1986, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
In 1990, Johnny was reacquainted with a previous friend and coworker, Margaret Key. The two were married in 1991, and moved to Roswell in 1992, where they resided until her passing in 2006.
Johnny is preceded in death by his first wife, Eileen; second wife, Margaret; daughter, Diane; and stepsons: Phil Blair and Russell Newby.
He is survived by his son, Bill and wife, Christina of Fort Collins, Colo., and their children, Eileen and Elise; Diane's children: Lisa McCoy of Circleville, Ohio, Michelle Schirmer and husband, James of Las Cruces, N.M., Larisa Parker of Dallas, Texas, and Michael Cooper of Las Cruces, N.M.; step-daughter Jovonne Newby and her children: Suzie Cox and husband, Tim of Bloomfield, N.M., Kristy Flanagan and husband, Steve of Stinnett, Texas, Robyn Blair of Roseville, Calif., Tara Souza and husband, Tim of Valley Springs, Calif., and Ty Blair and wife, Lori of Pleasanton, Calif.
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Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2013