Chester A. "Chet" Parker, 87, of Lynn Haven, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
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Chet was born in Durham, NC, and lived in Bay County since 1958. He served as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the US Navy during WWII, earning 3 battle stars.
Chet owned and operated Chester A. Parker, Architect. He was proud to have designed, among others, the Marina Civic Center, Mosley High School, Haney VoTech, Millville Elementary School, the Kona Kai Restaurant (now Pompano's) at Panama City Beach, and the Driftwood Inn at Mexico Beach.
Chet was a former member of the Panama City Yacht Club and the Panama Country Club. He also was a member of the board of directors of the Bay County Council on Aging. Chet enjoyed golf and sailing, and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Lynn Haven.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Margaret M. Parker of Lynn Haven; his son, Barry W. Parker of Jackson-ville, FL; a daughter, Connie Lynne Waller and husband Dennis of Vernon; 2 sisters, Elaine Dwiggins of Greens-boro, NC and Elizabeth Harris of Charlotte, NC; and his grandchildren, Stacy Hallmark of Richmond, VA and Kristopher Lytle of Bonita Springs, FL.
A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 14, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Mitchell officiating. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.
Asked to serve as pallbearers are Chip Worden, James Commander, Thomas Brooks, John Byrne, Jerry Singletary. Honorary bearers will be Joseph McBride, PhD and John Fishel, MD.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chet's name may be made to either the Bay County Council on Aging or to the Emerald Coast Hospice.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Aug. 13, 2012