Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory

1870 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft, VA


Dr. David H. Parker, Sr. "Doc"

March 23, 1929February 23, 2020
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Dr. David Hance Parker, Sr., 90, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Born March 23, 1929 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of John Calvin and Eola (Lewis) Parker. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After graduating from the University of Georgia, School of Veterinary Medicine, he practiced in Chatham, Virginia, briefly before settling in Stuarts Draft and establishing Clair Park Animal Hospital in 1961. He served the Stuarts Draft community for 56 years before retirement.

He was a charter member of the Blue Ridge Veterinary Medical Association and a member of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Parker was a member of Fishersville Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of The Gideons International and served as a member and past president of the Augusta North Gideon Camp.

From the age of five, Dr. Parker was an avid foxhunter and shared his love of the sport with many young people over the years.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 60 years, Claire Williams Parker; two children, David Hance Parker, Jr. and his wife Robin of Lexington; Kimberly Claire Parker of Stuarts Draft; four grandchildren, Brittany Ann Duncan and husband Jeffrey of Gainesville, Fla., Kathryn Claire Harlow and husband Wesley of Lexington, David Hance Parker III and wife Samantha of Chesterfield, and Matthew Roy Parker of Arlington; two great-grandsons, Jeffrey Alan Duncan and Jackson Wesley Harlow, and one great-granddaughter, Scarlett Rae Parker.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Fishersville Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Steven Lookabaugh, with burial in Augusta Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be David Parker III, Matthew Parker, Wesley Harlow, Doug Campbell, Gary Eavers, and Randall, Harvey and Eldon Almarode. Honorary pallbearers will be William Lusk, Dr. John Wise, Dr. Don Cromer, Dr. Bruce Bowman, Forrester Taylor, Dr. William Wingfield, Pete Eavers, Harry Swecker, Melvin Bender, and members of the Augusta North Gideon Camp of The Gideons International.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, Stuarts Draft.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, Augusta North Camp, P.O. Box 2711, Staunton, Va., 24402 or to Fishersville Baptist Church, PO Box 82, Fishersville, VA 22939.

The Parker family is grateful for the dedicated and loving care of Blue Ridge Christian Home, Raphine, VA.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com



  • Visitation Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 27, 2020


  • Officiating, Interment


Dr. David H. Parker, Sr. "Doc"

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Melinda Hawkins, DVM

March 3, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss of dear Dr. Parker. I am so grateful to him and his family for allowing me to help the community by working at Clair Park Animal Hospital.
Dr. Parker ministered to me at a time of illness. He will be forever in my heart.


Debbie Hendricks

February 25, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences on Dr. Parker’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sondra Whitesell

February 25, 2020

I'm am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dr. Parker. He was such a good man. We had been going to his office for years. I gave him the picture in his lobby, one year, becuse I knew he had such a love for fox hunting. My family also was given permission from him to hunt on property across the mountain several years ago. He was an icon for Stuart's Draft.
My prayers for his family. He will definitely be missed by many.
RIP David Parker "DOC"

John Gibson

February 25, 2020

Thank you Dr. Parker for taking care of our dogs Squirt, Chrissy, Corkie, Peg, and Cricket and our cat Blossom. We will miss you.

Frances Hill

February 25, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss and the Stuarts Draft community loss but Heavens gain! We have loved the last several decades of having our pets at your office and caring for them so well! They were your family as well! So blessed to have known you! Love and hugs, Frances and Younger Hill

Karen Dean

February 25, 2020

Dear David,

Thank you for sharing your father's obituary with the office. Your father was a caring and kind man. He will always be watching over you. Let the memories of him provide you and your family with comfort.

My deepest condolences,
Karen Dean

Laurie Atz

February 25, 2020

Claire, I am so sorry for your loss. It’s been many years and yet David had a profound impact in my life. At 18 ( 1976) you and David were the first adults who befriended me when you invited me to join you in the Amway business. During that short time you and David invited me into your home, and introduced me to Jesus. I know I was a mixed up young lady and yet, David and you began the process of discipleship, in the simple ways you did life, loved one another and loved me. David spoke truth to me even when it was hard. It was a short time and yet his kindness and impact are a significant reason why I love Jesus today and am a Young Adult Pastor and US missionary on a college campus. ( Laurie “McAllister”)

Diana Beverage Hewitt

February 25, 2020

My condolences to the family. I have great memories of Dr. Parker as we had many animals and would visit Dr. Parker often. He was so kind and helpful. May your memories fill your hearts as mine do of such a great person.

Judy Campbell

February 25, 2020

Condolences to the family. I worked for Dr. Parker many many years ago. He was a wonderful man. I always thought very highly of he and his wife. He will be missed.

Brenda Brooks

February 24, 2020

Dr Parker was a great man and a wonderful neighbor. No matter where you would see him, he would always wave and smile.
What a great man he was.