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Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - LaGrange

1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA

OBITUARY

Robert Parker

January 9, 1942February 11, 2020
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Robert Parker, age 78, of LaGrange, peacefully passed away on February 11, 2020 at West Georgia Hospice surrounded by his family.

Robert Brewell Parker, Jr. was born on January 9, 1942 in LaGrange, Georgia. He was the first of Brewell and Velma Parker’s three children whom they raised in the Oak Grove and Pleasant Grove communities. He grew up a faithful member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where he and his siblings learned the importance of faith in Christ.

His was the first class to begin newly-established Troup High School, graduating in 1960. His postsecondary education included LaGrange College then Southern Technical Institute where he earned an Architectural Engineering degree. Once equipped with the skills to follow in his Daddy’s footsteps, he began a career in building construction. He worked briefly for Daniel Lumber Company as an estimator before his ambitions drove him to establish his first proprietorship, R. Parker Construction. In 1981, Robert decided to focus his trade skills on wood truss manufacturing by founding Robert’s Components. He worked tirelessly and faithfully creating design solutions for a variety of custom building projects for countless members of the community. Many of his business acquaintances became friends who often said about Robert, “If he gave you his word, you could take it to the bank.”

He found other ways to serve the community, too. As a member of the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, West Georgia Home Builders Assoc., Gideons International and Troup High School Alumni Assoc. he devoted time contributing to the prosperity of the next generation.

One of Robert’s most meaningful attributes was dedication; a steady presence in the lives of his family. He was a devoted husband to Barbara for fifty five years. They felt great purpose in raising their two sons who gave them eight grandchildren. As a proud Granddaddy he found joy in attending their activities. In his free time he enjoyed boating on West Point Lake, hunting and riding his motorcycle. He was an expert craftsman who designed ornate wood work in a meticulous manner.

He was soft spoken, well respected and a loyal friend who will be greatly missed.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Brewell Parker and Velma Harrison Parker. He is survived by his wife Barbara Simmons Parker; brother G. Wayne Parker and his wife Faye Hamby Parker of Land O Lakes, Florida; sister Glenda Parker Butler and husband Kenneth E. Butler of West Point; his son Robert Brewell "Bob" Parker III and wife Kristy Barnes Parker of Pine Mountain; his son John Mark Parker and wife Jill Thomason Parker of LaGrange; grandchildren Caroline, Brew, Gracie, Livie, Bailey, Harley, Lexi and Tuff Parker; extended family and friends.

The Celebration of Life service will be at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with Rev. Larry Bird, Rev. Max McCord, and Rev. Ben Wills officiating. Burial will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery. The gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara Simmons Parker, Wife
  • G. Wayne Parker (Faye Hamby Parker), Brother & Sister in law
  • Glenda Parker Butler (Kenneth E. Butler), Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Robert Brewell "Bob" Parker III (Kristy Barnes Parker), Son and Daughter-in-law
  • John Mark Parker (Jill Thomason Parker), Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Grandchildren: Caroline, Brew, Gracie, Livie, Bailey, Harley, Lexi and Tuff Parker
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dexter Evans, Pallbearer
  • Ken Cadenhead, Pallbearer
  • Jim Sanders, Pallbearer
  • Jeff Lanier, Pallbearer
  • Ted Volkman, Pallbearer
  • Johnny Ray Harrison, Pallbearer
  • Phillip Smith, Pallbearer
  • Jay Harman, Pallbearer

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Jane Calhoun

February 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Robert was a sweet friend for many years. I know the whole family is really going to miss him. I know you have many wonderful memories that no one can take away. God Bless all of you.
Jane

stella chagares

February 17, 2020

Angelo. And I send our deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Parker was our customer for years at all the bike weeks in Panama city.beach. we enjoyed having him and were very saddened by his passing. He always came down on his bike with William and mark. Angelo. Called them the three gallant musketeers. He was a quiet kind man and a wonderful tenant. We are sorry we were unable to make the funeral due to previous plans. We will always remember him..............ANGELO. AND stella. CHAGARES, BIRMINGHAM, AL

Wesley Leonard

February 15, 2020

Robert was a gentleman. He will be missed.

Allen Daniel

February 15, 2020

Having been in construction for 40+ years, I worked with Robert on
numerous projects, both residential and commercial. Robert was very knowledgeable in all phases of construction , very personable, and easy to work with.
Allen Daniel

Flo Zwigart

February 14, 2020

I've known Robert and Barbara most of life while living in LaGrange. Robert always looked so "kool" going by our house in his little MGM with the top back, waving if we were outside. Robert was such a nice young man. He helped Daddy a time or two with a project when he was young. I suppose his kindness followed him through his lifetime. Barbara, you and ALL the family have our condolences. You have been a friend of mine since grade school, and I thought a lot of you and Robert. Come see me if you want to get away. May Robert Rest In Peace!!

Vicki Lanier Stuart

February 14, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family . Robert was a great guy and a very dedicated husband , daddy and grandad . I know he will be sadly missed by all. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family , love Vicki and family .

John Willis

February 14, 2020

Bob and family, I had the pleasure of hearing about your dad for years from my hero "Chief" when Walter would start a story with, "My friend Robert Parker....". Finally has the honor of meeting him during Chief's last lap and visiting after the service. My life is better because of both of them. Truly the "Greatest Generation". My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Jack & Beverley Wetherington

February 13, 2020

We are so sorry for the family's loss, & we offer our warmest condolences. Like many people, we liked Robert so much; he was a good man, & we know he will be missed by many. You are all in our hearts & prayers.

David & Sherry Reid

February 13, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about mr. Roberts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him, Bob and family .

BOBBY YARBROUGH

February 13, 2020

Robert was a fine gentleman. Always positive. The world lost one of the finest. My sympathy goes out to his family.

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Biography

Robert Parker, age 78, of LaGrange, peacefully passed away on February 11, 2020 at West Georgia Hospice surrounded by his family.

Robert Brewell Parker, Jr. was born on January 9, 1942 in LaGrange, Georgia. He was the first of Brewell and Velma Parker’s three children whom they raised in the Oak Grove and Pleasant Grove communities. He grew up a faithful member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where he and his siblings learned the importance of faith in Christ.

His was the first class to begin newly-established Troup High School, graduating in 1960. His postsecondary education included LaGrange College then Southern Technical Institute where he earned an Architectural Engineering degree. Once equipped with the skills to follow in his Daddy’s footsteps, he began a career in building construction. He worked briefly for Daniel Lumber Company as an estimator before his ambitions drove him to establish his first proprietorship, R. Parker Construction. In 1981, Robert decided to focus his trade skills on wood truss manufacturing by founding Robert’s Components. He worked tirelessly and faithfully creating design solutions for a variety of custom building projects for countless members of the community. Many of his business acquaintances became friends who often said about Robert, “If he gave you his word, you could take it to the bank.”

He found other ways to serve the community, too. As a member of the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, West Georgia Home Builders Assoc., Gideons International and Troup High School Alumni Assoc. he devoted time contributing to the prosperity of the next generation.

One of Robert’s most meaningful attributes was dedication; a steady presence in the lives of his family. He was a devoted husband to Barbara for fifty five years. They felt great purpose in raising their two sons who gave them eight grandchildren. As a proud Granddaddy he found joy in attending their activities. In his free time he enjoyed boating on West Point Lake, hunting and riding his motorcycle. He was an expert craftsman who designed ornate wood work in a meticulous manner.

He was soft spoken, well respected and a loyal friend who will be greatly missed.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Brewell Parker and Velma Harrison Parker. He is survived by his wife Barbara Simmons Parker; brother G. Wayne Parker and his wife Faye Hamby Parker of Land O Lakes, Florida; sister Glenda Parker Butler and husband Kenneth E. Butler of West Point; his son Robert Brewell "Bob" Parker III and wife Kristy Barnes Parker of Pine Mountain; his son John Mark Parker and wife Jill Thomason Parker of LaGrange; grandchildren Caroline, Brew, Gracie, Livie, Bailey, Harley, Lexi and Tuff Parker; extended family and friends.

The Celebration of Life service will be at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with Rev. Larry Bird, Rev. Max McCord, and Rev. Ben Wills officiating. Burial will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery. The gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636