Frances Cathey "Inky" Parker


Frances Cathey "Inky" Parker

Heaven celebrated on November 27, 2007 as Frances Cathey "Inky" Parker went to meet her heavenly father and joyfully reunite with her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Charles McGowin Parker. She and Charlie spent their lives serving their community and church. They were the original pioneer developers of Mexico Beach establishing the first water and cable companies as well as Mexico Beach Land and Development, now known as Parker Realty.
Together Inky and Charlie ministered as pianist and Pastor at the Highland View United Methodist Church, Overstreet Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach. She is fondly remembered by many as their childhood mentor in church and Girl Scout activities.
Her greatest joy, however, was her husband, three daughters, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles McGowin Parker, an infant son, Charles McGowin Parker Jr., her parents, William and Estelle Cathey, and brothers, Thomas Walter Cathey and William Othal "Bubba" Cathey.
Survivors include: three daughters; Cathey Parker Hobbs (Ralph) of Mexico Beach, Florida, Sue Parker Thomas of Pensacola, Florida, Nan Parker Adkison (Vic) of Thomasville, Alabama, Grandchildren Kim Tharpe, Charles Thursbay (Tracy), William Thursbay (Teresa), Benjamin Hobbs, Lalla Pierce (Walter), Chip Thomas (Kristin), Frances Horton (Dean), Brooke Baxley (Josh), Laura Adkison, Noel Adkison and great grandchildren Krystal Terry (Matt), Chaes Tharpe, Charles Michael Thursbay, Megan Thursbay, Christopher Thursbay, Colton Thursbay, Caitlyn Thursbay, Frances Pierce, Thomas Pierce, Gordon Pierce, Caroline Pierce, Chad Thomas, Missy Thomas, Parker Baxley and Kayleigh Nan Horton.
Pallbearers will be: Charles Thursbay, William Thursbay, Benjamin Hobbs, Matt Terry, Chip Thomas, Walter Pierce, Noel Adkison, Josh Baxley, Dean Horton, Al Cathey and Perry Adkison.
The Family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. John Nanfro, Dr. Mutaz Tabbaa, Dr. Tom Curry and Covenant Hospice (especially Rhonda, Trish, Paula and Nancy) for the loving care you gave our mother.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 C.S.T. Today December 1, 2007, at First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach. Burial will follow at Pine Memorial Cemetery in Blountstown, with Southerland Family Funeral Homes of Panama City directing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach, in memory of Inky Parker, P.O. Box 13652 Mexico Beach, Florida 32410. Expressions of sympathy can be submitted and viewed at on line obituary link
Published in The Star from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2007
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