Born June 29, 1927 in New Orleans, John died peacefully at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center on April 1 of complications associated with pneumonia. He was 86. He is a graduate of the Amite High School class of 1944, Southeastern Louisiana College class of 1950, and LSU School of Social Work class of 1958. John was preceded in death by his parents, Murphy J. Parker and Vestula Lawrence Parker, and a daughter, Johan Parker Barbre. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elaine Hendry Parker of Denham Springs; two daughters, Sherri L. Parker of Denham Springs and Kristen Parker Stremlau (Henry) of Baton Rouge; a son, Barrett H. Parker (Leslie) of Wake Forest, North Carolina; and a son-in-law, Brian J. Barbre of Houston, Texas. He had seven grandchildren: Laura Stokes (Kyle) of Houston; Sarah Barbre of Frisco, Texas; Meredith, Scott, and Daniel Parker of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Thomas and Elaine Stremlau of Baton Rouge; along with two "special" granddaughters, Lauryn Pollard Walker (Jim) and children (Harrison and Eloise) of Birmingham, Alabama and Layne Pollard of Austin, Texas. John was a veteran of World War II having served in the Philippines with the U.S. Army 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy). He retired from Health and Human Resources and Vocation Rehabilitation Services. He was a member of the Denham Springs Church of Christ having served as a Sunday school teacher, treasurer, and elder of the congregation. He particularly enjoyed encouraging youth and spent many hours participating at Christian Youth Encampment in DeRidder. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed especially time spent with family, friends, and traveling. The pallbearers are Daniel Parker, Scott Parker, Kyle Stokes, Henry Stremlau, Thomas Stremlau, and Jim Walker. Honorary pallbearer is Greg Baird. A visitation will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite on Saturday, April 5, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The funeral, conducted by Bro. Mike Abbott, follows with interment in Amite City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Apr. 4, 2014