Emmett Vernon Parker LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Emmett Vernon Parker, 87, of Lubbock from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Southcrest Baptist Church with burial following next week in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Our beloved Emmett went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. He was born on May 17, 1925, to the late Neal and Katherine Parker in Rogers, Texas. He entered the US Navy in 1944 and served two years. After his discharge from the Navy, he entered the US Army and served for 20 years, retiring in 1966 as 1st Sgt. While serving in the Army, he was a POW for three years during the Korean Conflict. Emmett received numerous medals, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Following his retirement from the Army, he moved to San Francisco, Calif., and worked for Bank of America for 10 years. Moving to Three Rivers, Texas, he served as judge for Live Oak County for 10 years. Upon retiring, he moved to Lubbock and married Jeanneane Parker on March 6, 1995. They enjoyed traveling and enjoyed retirement together. Along with his parents, Emmett was preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis Parker, L.D. Parker and Donald Parker; a sister, Wanda Chancey; and a grandson, Jonathan Coleman. He is survived by his wife, Jeanneane; a daughter, Trudy Coleman and husband Vernon of San Rafael, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Melisha Davis and husband Glenn of Lubbock; two stepsons, Brent Parker and wife Liesl of Mansfield, and Lewis Parker and wife Tamatha of Anna; a granddaughter, Kimberly Gaustavino; a great-grandson, Parker Gaustavino; seven stepgrandchildren, Sean and Jett Davis, and Dylan, Ainsley, Tyler, Joshua and Jonah Parker; and five sisters, Christene Albright of Nebraska, Bobbye Vogler of Lamesa, Margaret Jack of Lubbock, Terrye Brown and husband Ronnie of Lamesa, and Judy Campbell of Lubbock. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army, www.salvationarmyusa.org. To send your words of encouragement to Emmett's family and view tribute, visit www.memorialdesigners.net.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 29, 2012