Ertle Biggs Parker, 84 of Stedman, NC went to receive his heavenly reward on Wednesday evening, December 30, 2020 after a brief illness.
There will be a walk through visitation to sign the register book and pay your respects to Mr. Parker from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Praise Fellowship Church of God in Fayetteville. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing are required.
A private service for the family will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday at Praise Fellowship Church of God, officiating will be Rev. Richard Williford, II.
The burial will be also be private for the family.
Mr. Parker was born in Robeson County on January 21, 1936 and was one of 12 children born of the late Justin and Laura Belle Baxley Parker. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Jones Parker and his son, Ertle Biggs Parker, II (Chip). His only surviving sibling is Judy Ellen Parker of Lumberton, N.C. He is preceded in death by seven of his brothers: Grady Preston Baxley, Jesse Clarence Parker, Marvin Lee Parker, Clifton Lincous Parker, Norman Carlyle Parker, Carl Bedford Parker, Rabon Kimble Parker and his three sisters, Louvenia Parker Ivey, Sueneail Parker, and Eunice Parker Ward.
After graduation from business school in Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Parker worked several years for Pope’s Discount stores before opening Parker-Baldwin Music on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville and in his hometown of Lumberton, N.C. After becoming a licensed minister in the Church of God denomination, he founded and served as the pastor of several congregations in both Cumberland and Harnett counties. In his semi-retirement years, he worked as an agent for American General Insurance Company.
A people person, he never seemed to meet a stranger. His goal in life was to spread the good news of the Gospel. He always carried around Scripture and prayers in his pocket, and would give them to whomever he met. These folks often became his lifelong friends as he led them to Christ. His pockets were always filled with prayer requests that he would remember in his daily devotions.
He was a consummate family man who deeply loved his children and grandchildren. He was always stopping by for a visit and offering to help in anyway possible. His servant’s heart was always evident.
Surviving are his beloved daughters Alisa Parker Hayes (husband Dan) of Stedman, N.C. and Lori Parker Schneider (husband Tony) of Woodbridge, Virginia. He has 4 grandchildren that he adored; grandsons Zack Hayes of Stedman and grandson Jared Hayes (wife Crystal) of Stedman, N.C., granddaughters Caitlin Schneider Anderson (husband David) of Huntersville, N.C. and Taylor Schneider Ryan (husband Patrick) of Temple, Texas. Most recently, the joy of his life has become his three great-grandchildren; Parker Scott Hayes, Prestyn Sophia Hayes, and Hadley Mae Hayes all of Stedman, N.C.
Services entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 6535 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC 28391.
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