Obituaries » Charles R Parker
March 27, 1936 – August 25, 2019
Burial Date: August 30, 2019
Graveside Services will take place on Friday, August 30m 2019 at 10:00am at Oak Hill Burial Park in Lakeland, FL 4620 US Hwy 98 S.Obituary Viewed 656 times
Charles R Parker Sr
On Sunday, August 25, 2019 Charles Richard Parker Sr, known to all as Dick Parker, entered into heaven. He was 83 years old. Dick was a loving and kind husband, father, and grandfather.
Dick Parker was born on March 27, 1936 to Raymond Lee “Bud” Parker Sr and Ina Mildred Ullery Parker in Cumberland, Maryland. He has an older brother, Raymond Lee Parker, Jr “Jack”, a younger sister, Carol Parker Rowley, and a younger brother, Timothy Craig Parker. He grew up in Cumberland amongst a large extended family of uncles, aunts, and cousins. He graduated from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland in 1954 and then briefly attended Frostburg State Teacher’s College. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. He moved to Florida where he met and married Frieda Hall, known by all as Judy.
Dick and Judy were married for 60 years. They had two children, Charles Richard Parker Jr “Chasz” and Penny Lynn Parker. Penny preceded her father to heaven in 1982. Dick also has five grandchildren: Claire Elizabeth Parker, Chloe Louise Parker, Charles Richard Parker III, Charis Lynn Parker, and Cullen Lee Parker.
Dick filled his life with family, work, and his Christian faith. Dick was a devoted son to his parents and while they lived, he made annual trips to Cumberland to attend the family reunions and to catch up with old high school friends. Dick and Judy also traveled the country to spend time with his son and daughter in law as well as their grandchildren. Dick owned and operated two businesses Edwards Time Equipment of Tampa, FL and CRP Time Recording of Charlotte, North Carolina. Dick was active in the churches he attended serving on the boards of Temple Terrace Assembly of God, Christian Life Center of Charlotte, and Faith Covenant Church of God in Charlotte. He and Judy were also members of the church choirs.
Dick had many interests and hobbies, he regularly participated in Toastmasters. He loved to fish. He was always interested in the latest technology and was an early adopter of personal computers. Dick also had an insatiable and incurable love of books, probably owning more books than a public library over the course of his life or at least owning every book they took out of circulation and sold.
Dick was the first one up in the morning, the first person to introduce himself to you, and rarely met anyone he could not befriend.
Dick is preceded in death by his father and mother, Bud and Ina, and his daughter, Penny Lynn. He is survived by his wife Judy, his son Charles and wife Christa, and his five grandchildren, Claire, Chloe, Charles III (Kristina), Charis, and Cullen.
The Memorial Service for Charles “Dick” Parker will be held Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Oak Hill Burial Park 4620 US Hwy 98 S, Lakeland, Florida