Zatha Ann Franks Parker Barnes
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NEWPORT NEWS - YaiYai, 69, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. She was a native of Newport News. She was a member of Warwick River Mennonite Church. She was a prayer warrior that never knew a stranger. She was very proud of her daughters and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 24 years, Jerry Parker; and her father, Theodore Franks, Jr. Survivors include husband, Doug Barnes of Newport News; daughters, Sarah Wilde and husband, Ted of Newport News, Abigail Stiles and husband, John of Louisa; step-sons, David Barnes and wife, Melissa of Newport News, Andrew Barnes and wife, Tammy of Syracuse, New York; mother, Irene Franks of Smithfield; brother, Theodore Franks III and wife, Judi of Smithfield; grandchildren, Abigail, Ryan, Zachary, Jake, Christian, Logan, and Cullen. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The service will be held at Warwick River Mennonite Church, Thursday, Sept. 5, at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor John Dey. A burial will take place following the service, at Warwick River Mennonite Church Cemetery. Donations may be made to Warwick River Christian School, 252 Lucas Creed Road, 23602. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Daily Press from Sep. 4 to Sep. 5, 2013.
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September 9, 2013
Dear Teddy and Irene: I have mixed feeling regarding Zatha's passing. She will be so missed by you and yet she can move freely,jump and even run toward the Lord.
What a smile is on my face when I remember Zatha and I as teens. Your family was very supportive of me and I was crossing the street often to see Zatha.
Thanks for the good memories.
Pam Larmer Traugott
September 5, 2013
Sarah, Doug and all your family may you continue to feel blessed by your friends who hold you dear to their hearts.
Nancy White
September 4, 2013
Ann, although I moved away I still consider you my neighbor. What fun times we had looking at pocketbooks and clothes. I saw a light in you that came directly from God. You never complained just found new ways to do things. Oh what a laugh Ted and I had regarding the family jewels. I called your favorite flower a cow lily until you explained it to me, oh what fun we had. You have gone to be with God where you can see and walk and do anything you want. I am so thankful I had the joy to know you. My light has gone home until we see each other again.

I love you
Kim Dickinson
September 4, 2013
To Zatha's entire family: I extend my symmpathy for you in your time of grief. Zatha was a special person and I never shall forget her. I remember some good talks and interesting times I had with Zatha. We can be sure that she is "Safe in the Arms of Jesus". There is no pain and only clear vision where she is. Our prayers are with the family.
Fred Mays
September 4, 2013
Momma Zatha, wow, so many memories. I will never forget the sun lecture after Sarah and I used Cisco and zinc oxide in Nags Head to lay out on the beach. Some of my best childhood memories in the Parker house! Steak biscuits from Hardes and taco salad from Chi Chi's. Zatha was always there for her girls and her adopted girls ( teenage misfit I will truly miss such a wonderful loving Christian woman. I am praying for you Sarah "Sparker" Wilde. Just remember "Cool beans, Hot rice, and Crispy tortilla chips"!
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