James A. Parker, 79, of Eaton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at Reid Hospital, Richmond, IN.
He was born Sept. 19, 1933 in Paris, KY to the late Arthur and Laura Jane (Patrick) Birchfield. James was a U.S. Army Veteran; he retired after 42 years of employment from A.K. Steel in Middletown; and was a member of the Community Christian Church in West Alexandria, where he also served as a deacon.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lutresia (Vickers) Parker of Eaton; daughters Gina (husband John) Bowers of Hamilton, Gianna (William) Peting of Eaton, and Rene Townsend of Eaton; grandchildren Buffy Allison, Carrie Duncan, Martin Myers, Amy Townsend, Raymond Townsend, Robin Eck and Lori Page; numerous great-grandchildren; brother Charles Birchfield of Peru, IN; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 1, at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, 226 West Main Street, Eaton, with Pastor Doug Bottles officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Cemetery, Eaton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45449. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gsbfuneralhome.com.