Jerry Darington Parker, Sr.


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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.