OBITUARY

Kenneth Ray Parker

August 17, 1948June 8, 2021
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Kenneth R Parker, a loving husband, father and brother passed away peacefully on June 8, 2021 after a short battle with cancer at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Wilmington, NC to the late R Windle and Rosetta Sandell Parker. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Lee Parker, son Jay Windle Parker of Clayton, sisters Carol (Jerry) Duncan of Oak Ridge and Fay (Richard/deceased) Lankford of Clayton. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Upon his retirement from the US Postal Service in 2009, he devoted the majority of his time to serving all veterans, he was very well known by the staff at the VA Hospital in Durham; he earned the President’s Award for over 10,000 hours of volunteer service. Ken belong to several military organizations, including Marine Corp League, VFW Post 5055, Selma NC, American Legion Post 132, Smithfield, NC, 40/8 Voriture 1517 of Johnston County, NC, and a major organizer for Toys for Tots. Ken earned numerous awards and recognition such as the Merit Mast, Vietnam Veteran, Good Conduct Medal, Honorary Pack Leader from the Military Order of the Devil Dogs, Marine League Corp Distinguished Service Award. Also The Chapel of Four Chaplains presented Ken with the Legion of Honor Award just to name a few of the many. A memorial service with full military honors will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:00pm in the chapel of McLaurin Funeral Home with the family receiving friends immediately following the service. Ken’s wishes were that in lieu of flowers contributions be made on his behalf to one of his favorite charities: Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military of Devil Dogs, VFW Post 5955 Selma, NC, American Legion Post 132 Smithfield, NC. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com for the Parker family. Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton.

  • FAMILY

  • Carolyn Lee Parker, Wife
  • Jay Windle Parker, Son
  • Carol Duncan (Jerry Duncan), Sister
  • Faye Lankford, Sister
  • Richard Lankford, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • R Windle & Rosetta Sandell Parker, Parents (deceased)
  • He leaves behind several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 11, 2021

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Craig (Jerry) Denny Jr.

June 12, 2021

It is said to hear of Ken’s passing. My Father and Ken were friends for many years being brought together by the CB radio. My Dad thought so highly of Ken and mentioned Ken often in conversation. The last time I saw Ken was about 4 years ago when I traveled out from Nebraska to visit my Dad in Winston Salem. One morning my Dad ask if I wanted to take a little trip for lunch and I said “sure where are we going”? He replied to go meet an old friend and get the best damn hot dog in the World. Yep we traveled to Clayton to meet up with Ken at Jone’s Cafe. As I sat and listened to Ken and my Dad talk about the old days I couldn’t help but smile to see two old friends reminiscing a joyful part of their lives. I know Ken touched many lives and quite a few were there to welcome Ken into the Kingdom of Heaven. I lost my Dad just 2 months ago. It puts a smile on my face knowing that when the gates of the Kingdom of Heaven opened up for Ken my Dad was there to welcome him. To Carolyn, Jay and family my deepest condolences. I hope in time the pain of your loss will soften.

Elizabeth Denny

June 12, 2021

I first met Ken in 1990 and he has been a blessing ever since. He and my husband, Craig had been best friends for many many years before I met him in 1990. Ken was always smiling, fabulous sense of humor and always willing to help. He came every weekend for months to help build our house in Garner. Yes, up on ladders hauling stacks of shingles and nails even in the snow. Best CB buddies ever along with long nights of playing cards. Once you met Ken, you would always have a friend. I know he is in Heaven now playing cards with Craig and Jessie. My sincere heart felt feelings pour out for his dear wife Carolyn and Jay. I am sending hugs. I am here for you. Elizabeth

Barrie Rutherford

June 11, 2021

I only met Kenneth twice the first time when he came to the UK and met his Grandmother in Norwich on his way home from Vietnam. He came down south to my parents home before flying home to the US .I took him to Heathrow Airport In my Mini Cooper. I hope I didn't frighten him too much as I liked to drive flat out. The second time was for our Cousin's reunion in Norwich it was great to meet our Amercan family members , some for the first time. I was so sorry to hear of his passing ,he was a wonderful man and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

Irene King

June 11, 2021

Kenneth was always one of my favorate cousins. I will miss his smile and warm welcome to all of our family reunions and B-Q's. I am sorry to miss this day with Carolyn and family but my husband does not travel now. Know we are with you in our prayers. May God keep you in his loving care.

Pat Duncan

June 10, 2021

Dear Carolyn and Jay…my deepest sincere condolence to you…
Ken was such a fine gentleman that truly cared for others. Ken will certainly be missed for the love and care he gave to others. My love and prayers are for you both now and in the days to come…

Ralph Bayer

June 10, 2021

I have had the honor of knowing Ken since 1972. Met him at the Marine Corps Air Station , Cherry Point. Invited him to go home with me to meet my family one weekend. He and my father had the same birthday. That was the start of a long relationship with our family. He never failed to call or visit my father on his birthday. Ken was to be a pall bearer when "pop" passes. Now Ken will welcome him at the gates of Heaven. He will be missed.

Semper Fi

Howard Boyd

June 9, 2021

I will miss you my friend. Going to Marine Corps League functions or Devil dog growls will never be the same without your impish grin and fun natured antics. I shot a few rubber bullets in the air this afternoon but I'm sure they didn't go high enough to catch your attention. Be sure to lift your leg when you pass St. Peters hydrant in heaven.

S/F
Howard Boyd

frances quiltlady johnson

June 9, 2021

sorry to hear this been many years since saw you all the cb club brings back many memories of you and Ken my prayers are with you and rest of family


Kenneth Mangum

June 9, 2021

Sorry to hear the loss of one of my school classmates! He was one funny guy in school and love to touch base with him at class reunions. He could always say the funniest things to liven up any gathering! RIP my friend!

TK Tanner

June 9, 2021

I am sorry to learn of Ken's passing. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I always enjoyed visiting Ken and Carolyn in the past at Jim Beam Club's gatherings. Ken will be dearly missed.
With love,
T.K. Tanner. Memphis, TN

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