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Kind and gentle angels reside among us, and on August 26, 2012, they came to take one of their own home. Gerald Isaac Parker left this life to join his beloved Hannah Julia, already in the hands of God.

Born in Romney, WV on October 23, 1932 to John G. and Esther (McDonald) Parker, Gerald led a life of giving and of caring for all those who came in contact.

Gerald charmed others with his loud hearty laugh, witty stories from childhood, tales of being a rambunctious young man, and deer hunting adventures with his son and nephews. He was even more widely recognized for being the unselfish guy who would lend a steady shoulder to others in need. He gave selflessly. A man of great faith, he lived an accomplished and fulfilling life. Among those achievements a Navy veteran, successful businessman, and most importantly loving husband and father.

He is survived by his children, Drew Parker of Mechanicsville, VA, Greg Parker of Richmond, VA, Sandy Ison of Wilmington, NC, and Ike Ison of Wilmington, NC; two grandchildren, Adam Ison of Wilmington, NC, and Kory Ison of Charleston, SC; sister Sherry Kester and brother-in-law Larry Kester of Romney, WV; and unrelated by blood but loved as such, his wonderful family at Harbor United Methodist Church, and his kind and gracious friends at Golden Corral at Monkey Junction. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Elwynne Godlove, and brother Terry Parker.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1 pm until 2 pm at Harbor United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be 2 pm Wednesday at Harbor United Methodist Church with Reverend Donald Shields officiating. A memorial service and burial will take place at a later date in Romney, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harbor United Methodist Church, 4853 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28409.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

A Valley Chapel Service

Online condolences at

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2012
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