INVERNESS, Miss. Edwin Lewis (Pal) Parker, III, died on Good Friday, March 29, 2013, at South Sunflower Hospital in Indianola, Mississippi, from an extended illness.
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Mr. Parker was born on March 5, 1929, in Inverness, Mississippi, to Rosalie and Edwin Lewis Parker, Jr. He was raised and educated in Inverness Public Schools; was graduated from Chamberlain-Hunt Military Academy in Port Gibson, Mississippi; attended Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama; and was graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.
Mr. Parker enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 and was initially trained in diesel engines. After a few years, he was provided the opportunity to enter Pilot training and then served as an Air Force Pilot for fifteen years. Pal retired from the service with the rank of Major in 1970. Having flown missions all over the world, he moved his family back home to Inverness to allow his three sons to grow up as he had done. Pal loved Inverness. He farmed with his father-in-law, Frank T. Brumfield, and his brother-in-law, Bruce J. Brumfield. Many Air Force friends were amazed at his transition from a jet airplane to a pick-up truck.
Mr. Parker was a member of the Inverness United Methodist Church, the Inverness Rotary Club, Delta Council, the local library board, and a home built small airplane group in Lebanon, Illinois. The Parkers lived in Illinois when Pal was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. During that time, Pal bought an airplane and took it apart in his garage and put it back together. He later flew that plane home to Inverness.
Mr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved grandmother, Mamaw Ross, and two sisters, Kaddie Lee and Lady Jane Price.
Pal is survived by his wife, Maggie Brumfield Parker, who has been his playmate since the age of four; his three sons, Ed Parker (Pam) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Frank Parker of Gautier, Mississippi, and Will Parker (Paige) of Meridian, Mississippi; four grandchildren, Julia Parker, Caroline Parker, Pal Parker, and Morgan Parsons; a brother, William Parker (Marie) of Inverness, Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews. A special nephew, Joe Bubba Lee, RN, has been his nurse, caretaker for many doctor visits, and a special friend to calm anxieties and ills. The family thanks the sitters who have been dedicated to his care for the past two years.
Visitation was held at the Parker home in Inverness on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Inverness United Methodist Church with a visitation at the church prior to the service. Following the funeral service, burial will be at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness.
Memorials may be made to the Inverness United Methodist Church or a
Burton Funeral Home in Indianola is in charge of arrangements.
Burton Funeral Home - Indianola
634 Highway 82 West PO Box 946
Indianola, MS 38751
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Apr. 1, 2013