Carl Britton Parker CW4 (Retired), age 85, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.
He was born July 21, 1928, in Lancaster, a son of the late Britton L. Parker and Nannie Caroline Baker Parker and was the husband of Bertha Robinson Parker.
Mr. Parker was a graduate of Lancaster High School, Vincennes University (undergraduate) and Palmetto Military Academy.
Mr. Parker retired as chief warrant officer 4 with the U.S. Army National Guard after 43 years of service. His military career began in 1947, serving during the Korean War
in Company B 72nd Tank Battalion 2nd ID. He was the recipient of many awards and decorations including: Legion of Merit, U.S. Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (Army), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with three hourglasses, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, South Carolina Active State Service Medal (40 years) and South Carolina Governors Unit Citation. Mr. Parker was past commander American Legion, VFW
, Mason and shriner and a member of Second Baptist Church.
Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Bertha R. Parker of the home; three sons, David A. Parker and his wife, Gwen, Britton S. "Britt" Parker and Jayson C. Parker, all of Lancaster; a daughter, Donna P. Warwick of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Louise Parker of Lexington; a sister, Annie Locke; five grandchildren, David M. "Marty" Parker, Sutton Rose Parker, Kendrick, Ryan, Eric and Laurel Warwick; and four great-grandchildren, Bailey, Kent, Lily Grace and Zeke Parker.
Mr. Parker was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald Parker, Lawton Parker, Mitchell Parker and Frank Parker; two sisters, Iva Grace McCaskill and Carolyn Huey; a son, Carl Roger Parker and a grandson, Justin Kent Parker.
The celebration of life funeral service for Mr. Parker is 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Second Baptist Church by Revs. David M. "Marty" Parker, Dr. Brian Saxon and Larry Helm. Burial with military honors will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.
The family of Mr. Parker will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 16, 2013, at Burgess Funeral Home and other times at the home of his son, Britt Parker, 1812 McIlwain Road, Lancaster.
The family suggest memorials be made to Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com
Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory is caring for the family of Mr. Parker.