Jerry Darington Parker Sr. was born on February 11, 1931 in Mobile, Alabama. The elder son of Jewel Darington Parker and Mary Grace Morrison, Jerry was married on September 5, 1953 to Waldean L. Perry. They celebrated their sixty-fourth wedding anniversary September 5, 2017.
In 1954 Jerry graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and he also welcomed the birth of his son Jerry Jr. that same year. After college, Jerry enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers and worked at the Alabama Dry Docks until 1963. During this time, he and his wife welcomed the addition of their two daughters, Martha Lynn in 1956 and Catherine Elaine in 1960. Jerry continued his career with Monsanto and Philips Fibers and began working for Standard Electric Company in Rocky Mount, NC in 1973.
Jerry and his wife Dean retired to Marco Island, Florida in 1990. During his retirement years, Jerry enjoyed playing golf, managing his investments and reading, but most of all he loved spending time with his wife and family including three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Jerry and Dean continued their retirement with a move to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 2004 and then to The Lakes at Litchfield in Pawleys Island, South Carolina in 2013 where he passed away February 11th, 2018. He is preceded by his father, Jewel Darington Parker; mother, Mary Grace Morrison and brother, James C. Parker.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church with Rev. Frank Holsclaw officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at The Library in Lakes at Litchfield.
The family requests that donations in Jerry's name be made to Amedisys Foundation, 391 Seaboard St #6, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.
Celebration of Life
Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church
Saturday February 17th, 2018
9967 Ocean Highway
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
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I’ll miss my golf partner. -Ben. Remembering Jerry and Dean during our years in Cummings Cove - Hendersonville, NC as they were our across-the-street neighbors... genuinely kind, most gracious. Sincerely, The Campanella’s
Submitted by Ben and Linda Campanella on Feb 14 2018 10:25:46 PM
Dean, Mary Ann and I will always remember the good times spent with Jerry and you, especially the after- church lunches on Sunday afternoons. I will especially miss our golf outings. Jerry was certainly a wonderful gentleman and devout Christian and we will miss him very much. Dean, we love you very much! Gene & Mary Ann Burrell
Submitted by Gene Burrell on Feb 14 2018 10:42:53 AM
Uncle Jerry I will miss you but my,oh my, what a wonderful reunion you must be having in Heaven with all of our sweet relatives that were waiting there for your homecoming. Your devotion to your family will be your legacy and I am so thankful for all the memories you leave with those of us who loved you.
Submitted by Jane Clay on Feb 14 2018 10:25:01 AM
Lynn and I were best friends through high school . I visited and spent the night at her house often. Mr. and Mrs. Parker were kind, generous and loving parents. I have fond memories of my time with them. Mr. Parker, you will be missed Sir. I am honored to have known you. My prayers go out to the Parker family during this time.
Submitted by Leannette Rawlins on Feb 13 2018 07:23:26 PM
Jerry was one of those very special long time friends that meant so much to us over a period of over sixty years. Our very similar paths went on many different routes, but kept crossing over the years for many wonderful times in our adult lives. We will miss Jerry very much! Dean and family, we love you! Ken & Earlene Nall
Submitted by Ken & Earlene Nall on Feb 12 2018 08:42:54 PM
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