OBITUARY

Emery Craig Parker

November 25, 1955March 5, 2018
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Emery Craig Parker, age 62, of 168 Wolfsnare Lane, Morrisville, NC, departed this life in his home surrounded by his family, on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Craig was born on November 25, 1955 to Emery Furman “Pap” Parker and Frances Carden Parker. He was a native of Durham, NC and a graduate of Durham High School, Tampa Florida University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Craig was employed with Duke University for 24 years. He received the Presidents Award for Service and the Joseph G. Pietrantoni Outstanding Employee Award for Duke Surplus. Craig was the longtime former treasurer of the Triangle Buckeyes Ohio State Alumni Club where they named a service award for him, the Craig Parker Service Award.

He was the brother, uncle, cousin, or friend that you went to when you needed good advice or anything at all. He was always there for you. He had a sense of humor that would make you laugh on your bad days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John Furman Parker and Andrew Mark Parker.

Craig is survived by his partner of 17 years, Jeff Cousins, one brother, Roger K. Parker (Phyllis) of Mebane, NC and one sister, Susan Parker Naylor (George) of Timberlake, NC, one aunt, Peggy Parker of Durham, NC and sister-in-law, Edith Parker of Lowell, NC.

Craig has a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins who all loved him dearly.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Triangle Heart Associates, the Duke North Hospital Team at Unit 2300 and everyone at Duke Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family request a donation to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, #101, Durham, NC 27704.

Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net

  • FAMILY

  • Craig is survived by his partner of 17 years, Jeff Cousins, one brother, Roger K. Parker (Phyllis) of Mebane, NC and one sister, Susan Parker Naylor (George) of Timberlake, NC, one aunt, Peggy Parker of Durham, NC and sister-in-law, Edith Parker of Lowell, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emery Furman “Pap” Parker and Frances Carden Parker, brothers, John Furman Parker and Andrew Mark Parker.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Emery Craig Parker

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Jacquelyn Conway- Dyson

March 11, 2018

When the wind blows. A candle blew out, An angel arised, The battle was won, You're spirit is still alive, When the wind blows, I hear your spirit fly, A blessing you was indisguise, Unrealized moment you were, An heavenly surprise, When the wind blows, Please forgive our cries, A beautiful laughter, We miss so much, Wishing we could hold you, And feel your magic touch, When the wind blows, I hear your name, A gentle man with a mission, Now its completed, As the wind blows, You're lifted high, Now today we say good-bye, For me I'll see you later, my beautiful Godfather, My pride, When the wind blows. 💙💙💙💙 You were the best friend the god father I am very grateful for. Im going to miss you dearly. And miss being excited for homemade banana pudding! I love you see you later my friend.

Emily Stanfield

March 9, 2018

IT IS HARD TO WRITE DOWN WHAT ALL MY UNCLE CRAIG MEANT TO ME. HE WAS MY FAVORITE UNCLE. MY WHOLE LIFE HE HAS BEEN THERE FOR ME . FROM MY EARLIEST MEMORY HE HAS BEEN IN IT MAKING ME LAUGH. I REMEMBER ALL THE TALKS WE USED TO HAVE. I ALWAYS RESPECTED AND TRUSTED EVERYTHING HE SAID BECAUSE AFTER MY DAD HE WAS ONE OF THE SMARTEST MEN I KNEW. MY LIFE IS BETTER AND BRIGHTER BECAUSE HE WAS WAS A PART OF IT. THE ONLY FLAW MY UNCLE HAD WAS THAT HE WAS A TARHEEL FAN. I KNOW YOU ARE IN HEAVEN WITH OUR FAMILY HAVING THE BEST TIME. YOU DESERVE IT BECAUSE YOU WERE THE BEST. I WILL ALWAYS CARRY YOU IN MY HEART. I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH UNCLE CRAIG. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I JUST HAVE HAVE TO SAY IT-DUKE IS #1.

Brad Dillon

March 8, 2018

I have not seen Craig for a few years but remember him from the OSU fan club. He was one of the nicest and funniest people I have ever met and always seemed to be in a great mood. I am so sorry to hear this news but hope everyone remembers how truly nice a person he was.

Dana Aderhold

March 8, 2018

Uncle Craig loved family! He tried to always make it to all family events, whether joyous or sad occasions . He coordinated large family events to ensure the distant family would all keep in touch, just like our Grandmother loved to do! He provided support for family members, like taking care of Grandma after her stroke, going to hear results of Dad’s (Roger’s) pet scans and procedures, and support Dad at his political events. He drove 2 hours to attend many of Parker & Bailey’s birthday parties. Bailey & Parker say when they think of their Great Uncle Craig, they think of him smiling all the time and making us laugh.
I used to enjoy going with Uncle Craig and my great Aunt Christine to Bullocks during my college years. We’d be sure to get Craig his meatloaf and mashed potatoes and Christine her stuffed pepper! I have wonderful memories of sitting at my Grandma’s kitchen table talking to Craig before our Sunday dinners after church.
He will be missed by so many! He will always hold a special place in my heart! I hope he is enjoying being reunited with our family in Heaven now! I bet he has planned a huge get together with all of our Angels!

Edith Parker

March 8, 2018

Craig- When I think of Craig, I think of the love he has for his family, friends, neighbors, and others. I think of his concern for all of us and the visits he made to us wherever we lived. I think of his humor, his remarks, and the expressions he would make, especially when we would mention the Duke Blue Devils. I think of his knowledge and wisdom in most situations. We could talk for over an hour talking about politics down through our favorite tv programs. When Craig was 11, he and I went with a class group to Colonial Williamsburg. We wandered about, looking around at all the old homes, the church, and other buildings. Our favorite place was the blacksmith shop where we watched him making horseshoes. We got small horseshoes as soveneirs.

Edith Parker

Cathrine Alfred

March 8, 2018

My Uncle Craig was one of the nicest, funniest people I had ever met! When we lived in other states, he never forgot my birthday or Christmas card. He always remembered my daughters birthdays as well. He came down to Charlotte when I was home on leave from South Korea. That meant a lot to me. When my dad died, he came to Mississippi for the funeral. Somehow on the worst day of my life, he had me laughing. He just had that way about him.He could make anyone feel like a friend. He was generous as well. When I moved back to North Carolina in 2016, he sent me some money just because he thought I would need some extra after the move. I love him so very much! I will never forget his sense of humor, love for life. He was an amazing person but even more an awesomely amazing uncle.

Cathrine Alfred

March 8, 2018



For my Uncle Craig Parker

You were always a gentleman through and through
Handsome, clever and funny too
Even though we were miles apart
The sound of your laugh filled my heart

I do so love you, this is true
Even though you pulled for the Carolina Blue
The joy you brought we could never measure
Memories of you we will always treasure

The sweetest uncle you have always been
It hurts to say until we meet again
You were more than an uncle you were a friend
I'll love you forever till the very end

You always remembered my birthday
That meant more than I could ever say
From the heart of a grateful niece
I love you forever and rest in peace

You gave 100 percent love and support
Our time with you was all too short
But let me take this to another level
I'll miss you forever, you little Blue Devil

Susan Naylor

March 8, 2018

Craig was my "baby brother" and he and I shared so much together and he loved me and my children and grandchildren as if they were his. He had a big heart and was there for every brother, sister, niece, nephew and cousins. He loved them all dearly and made sure we all got together once a year. He was a wonderful caretaker of our parents and Aunt Christine. No matter what he did in life he always did it with his heart. He loved the people he worked with and never meet a stranger. He reached out to everyone. He loved supporting the Durham Rescue Mission. When he was so sick everything a nurse or doctors would tell him or do to him he always thank them. He loved people and life and he was family historian and I will have a void in my life and heart for ever. He called me Broom Hilda and I called him Egghead, so goodnight egghead and now I know you are with Mom and Dad and you are smiling again. Love you.

Roger Parker

March 7, 2018

Craig was a loving brother.
He lived with our mother & daddy until they passed. When my mother had a stroke and was bed ridden,he was right there to care for her until she passed.
Craig was truly family oriented. He was the one who tried to get the whole family together at least once a year. He also knew the birthdays & addresses of all family members...
He had a big heart and cared much about others.
I Love You brother and will miss you,but I'll see you again.
Roger

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Emery Craig Parker, age 62, of 168 Wolfsnare Lane, Morrisville, NC, departed this life in his home surrounded by his family, on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Emery was born on November 25, 1955 to Emery Furman “Pap” Parker and Frances Carden Parker. He was a native of Durham, NC and a graduate of Durham High School, Tampa Florida University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Emery was employed with Duke University. He received the Presidents Award for Service and the Joseph G. Pietrantoni Outstanding Employee Award for Duke Surplus. Emery was the longtime treasurer of the Triangle Buckeyes Ohio State Alumni Club where they named a service award for him, the Craig Parker Service Award.

He was the brother, uncle or cousin that you went to when you needed good advice or anything at all, he was always there for you. He had a sense of humor that would make you laugh on your bad days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John Furman Parker and Andrew Mark Parker.

Emery is survived by his partner of 17 years, Jeff Cousins, one brother, Roger K. Parker (Phyllis) of Mebane, NC and one sister, Susan Parker Naylor (George) of Timberlake, NC, one aunt, Peggy Parker of Durham, NC and sister-in-law, Edith Parker of Lowell, NC.

Emery has a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of cousins who all loved him dearly.

A funeral service will be held 3pm Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams Street, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive friends 2-3pm prior to the service.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Triangle Heart Associates, the Duke North Hospital Team at Unit 2300 and everyone at Duke Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family request a donation to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, #101, Durham, NC 27704.

Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net