Calvin Waverly Parker Sr.
Calvin Waverly Parker Sr.

Calvin Waverly Parker Sr. of Ruckersville, Virginia, died on July 13, 2021, He was 83.

Mr. Parker was Valedictorian of his high school class of 1954, in Chase City, Virginia, and continued his education at the University of Virginia, earning his Baccalaureate degree in Chemistry. Afterwards, he served as an officer in the United States Navy. In 1965, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia and hung out a shingle in Stanardsville, Virginia. His law practice quickly grew to cover many counties in Central and Western Virginia. Mr. Parker was widely regarded as a consummate scholar of the law and a tenacious litigator. He passionately believed that the law should work for everyone and devoted his life to seeing that it did, without regard to race, creed, wealth, infirmity or political status. He regularly pursued cases to State and Federal appellate courts, where he prevailed far more often than not, making law in Virginia in a number of different areas.

Mr. Parker's other passion was music, especially opera and classical genres. He had a pitch-perfect, booming voice and was frequently asked to sing at family and social gatherings.

He is survived by Susan O. Pfaltz, his partner of 37 years; his daughter, Virginia Rochelle Parker; his sons, Calvin Waverly Parker Jr. and Michael Aubry-Shelton Parker; his adopted daughter, Amy Swineford and spouse, Michael Swineford; two stepsons, Matthew Peterson and spouse, Holly Peterson and Christopher Peterson and spouse, Karen Peterson; stepdaughter, Rebecca Peterson; 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

At Mr. Parker's request there will be no services.
Published by Daily Progress on Jul. 18, 2021.
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Dear Ginger, Waverly, Michael and other family members who join me in grief for our cousin C. Waverly Parker, Sr. To me, he was like my little brother. We shared many memories from childhood. I was especially close to his mother, Louise, whom I called "Auntie". When he was a young boy he had a beautiful boy soprano voice but I don´t think it was appreciated in Chase City at that time. Before their deaths, his father, Waverly, and my father, Dr. J. Reginald Bailey, used to enjoy fishing together especially on Wednesdays when the office was closed. Calvin and I always kept in touch over the years. He especially liked Mahler, so if I heard a Mahler symphony coming on the radio, I would call and tell him and somehow he was always able to tune in and listen with me but we often would reach out to each other just because the other had come to mind. We used to have a blast doing sing-alongs too. One of our Patterson cousins, Sandra Patterson Brown, and I used to make him ride Beautiful the mule at Montrose down in Littleton. We were just as much friends as we were kin. Between college and graduate school he hitchhiked from UVA to Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento where Tom was stationed and where Dan was born. When I would fly into Richmond we would visit our cousin, Yvonne Carden Phythian. She knew him when he was growing up. We did some mean pranks to him when we were kids. We would ask him if he wanted a piece of candy and then give him a green olive with the seed still in it. I don´t think he liked green olives for the rest of his days. Anyway, we shared some wonderful memories. I already miss him very much, as I am sure you all do as well. He´s on my mind quite a lot. He was a great person and I hope you can all find peace with his passing, as I am struggling to do. Please stay in touch. With much love, Rhita 832-797-7547 Maggie 713-478-0111 Dan 936-703-7575
Rhita Bailey McNair
August 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Pat Bruffey
July 26, 2021
I always enjoyed getting to know, and waiting on Mr Parker, at Colonial Auto Service Center, for over 20 years. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and coworkers. RIP Sir!
Becky Padgett
July 23, 2021
Maggie and Rhita
July 22, 2021
So sorry to hear the news, but I know he is in a better place. We will miss him, my mom pat Owen loved her cousin Calvin! And so did we.
Sarah Owen Lawrence
July 19, 2021
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