Richard Clyde Parker

November 23, 1933February 25, 2018

Richard C. Parker of Raleigh went home to be with the Lord Sunday evening, February 25th, after a day with his three children and two grandsons by his side.

Raised in Glen Alpine, North Carolina, he attended Pfeiffer College and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both his undergraduate and master’s degrees, and he was an avid Tarheel fan. He worked for the North Carolina Department of Human Services for his entire career, providing community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities.

He was happiest with his children and his grandsons, and he never missed a basketball, football, soccer, baseball game or concert with them. He loved studying Scripture, and especially enjoyed all of his years in Bible Study Fellowship in Raleigh.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil Colclough Parker, in 2012, and he is survived by his daughter, Lisa Parker Whitfield, and son-in-law, Ralph Whitfield, of Raleigh; daughter, Lynn Parker Bolton, son-in-law, William Bolton, IV, and grandsons, William and Weslyn, of Raleigh; and son, Richard C. Parker, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Mala Parker, of Alexandria, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Heartland Hospice Services of Raleigh.

There will be a memorial celebration Thursday, March 1st at 2 p.m. in the Davidson Chapel at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, followed by a reception where the family will receive friends.


  • Memorial Celebration Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Memorial Celebration Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Douglas Pollard

March 3, 2018

Lisa, Lynn and Richard,
I want to express our condolences on behalf of mom, Don and myself on the passing of your dad. Your parents and my parents were good friends. We spent a lot of time together when you lived in Morganton. Your dad and Chop were childhood friends and remained life time friends. I can remember going fishing with Richard and dad and catching one of the biggest fish of my life that cool Saturday morning. Sybil and Reno, as she called mom would come and visit Lynn and I when they came to visit after you moved to Raleigh. Good times and good memories. I hope and pray God's peace will comfort you in the days ahead.


Ana King

March 1, 2018

To the children: I worked with your Dad in the Division of Mental Health beginning in 1986 until his retirement. I loved your Dad. We had to put up with a lot of ridiculous government rules and changes, but he always managed to go with the flow and stay positive. And he was so funny. He had stacks of papers on his desk that reached halfway to the ceiling; but I could ask him about a certain subject and he knew exactly where the paper was in those stacks that corresponded to my question. And then there were the trips he made with Wayne and Maxx and Duncan. Your Dad lived a good life. He was a man of integrity and you couldn't ask for a better legacy than that. Sending love and blessings to you,

Anne ("Ana") King