John W. Parker
1923 - 2015
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John W. Parker

Asheville - John W. Parker, 91, died Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

A native of Mars Hill, Mr. Parker was a son of the late William Cleveland Parker and Bessie Robinson Parker. He was married to Betty June Miller Parker, who died in January, 2014, and was also preceded in death by a grandson, George Thomas Parker, Jr.

Mr. Parker was a Navy veteran of WW II and was retired from the US Postal Service. He was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church, the Young at Heart Group, the Asheville Boat and Ski Club, the Asheville Bowling League and was a former member of the Royal Arcanum and the Good Fellowship Club.

He is survived by his sons, George Thomas "Tom" Parker and his wife, Carol, and John David "Dave" Parker and his wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Renee Skiles and her husband, Tom, and Captain Jon David Parker, USMC; great-grandchildren, Amanda Lee, Lauren and Tommy Skiles; and a sister, Bonnie Towe.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Stan Welch officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

The family wishes to express special appreciation to the staff of Arbor Terrace Memory Care Unit for the loving care they provided for Mr. Parker.

Memorials may be made to West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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Published in Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 30, 2015.
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November 19, 2015
4 Guys Having Fun on Leave
I just read about Johnny Parker's passing away and I am very sorry to hear that. My condolences to the family. We were best friends serving on the USS Penelope. Dr. John and Gloria Felice
John Felice
October 31, 2015
Find comfort in the God who is close to the brokenhearted.
October 30, 2015
Dear Family, l pray for and with you, as you Bless the Lord for such a Great Man.
Rev. James Grant
October 30, 2015
Tom, So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen & Maurice Gortney
October 30, 2015
Our sympathy to the parker family in the loss of john.he was a best friend since childhood to our deceased father R.G.Moss.he and june were also good friends to our deceased mother, Pat Moss.he will be missed. Gods peace to your family at this time. Ken, Steve Moss and Lynda Moss Alexander.
October 29, 2015
John was a special neighbor & will be missed.
Bo Hobson
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