Robert Elliott Parker, Jr.

Robert Elliott Parker, Jr.

Suffolk, VA
12.08.1927 - 09.03.2017
Served in the
Army

Robert E. Parker, Jr. ,89, went to be with the Lord on September 3, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents Jamie D. and Robert Elliott Parker, Sr.

Robert graduated from Suffolk High School in 1946 and immediately entered the Army, serving as a sergeant in the Finance Department. He graduated from William and Mary in 1951 with his BA, and re-entered the Army and served as a Field Artillery officer in the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life in 1953 he started in the insurance business in Richmond VA. In 1956 he returned to Suffolk and founded Parker and Company, a general insurance agency and real estate brokerage firm. He was president and CEO for 43 years. In 1999 he sold his insurance division and placed his real estate license with Chorey and Associates.

He was an active member of the Liberty Springs Ruritan Club, co-founder of the Suffolk Ruritan Club, member of the Suffolk Lions Club, and active in both Main Street United Methodist Church and Hillcrest Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Jean Old Parker, daughters Penny Lee Parker and husband William C. White and Patricia Parker Johnson; sister Martha Umphlett; step daughters Susan Lawrence and Kay Adams; step sons Lee Old and Mark Old; grandson Parker Elliott Sawyer; step grandchildren Maddy, Brady, Michael, Claire, Ann-Tyler, Parke, Clayton, and Sheldon.

A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, 11 AM September 6, 2017 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1637 Holland Road, Suffolk, VA 23434 by Pastor Ricky Garza. Burial will be private.  A visitation will be held in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

 
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Hillcrest Baptist Church
1637 Holland Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

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R. W. Baker & Co.
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

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Jean, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Bob's family. We share your loss and pray for God's comfort in the days ahead.

Dana & Billy Rountree

Jean, I am so sorry to read this. Please know you are in my prayers and also know Jim and I and our family are praying for you. Love to you my friend. Bless your broken heart.

Shelia D. Ward

Penny and Pat,
I am so sorry to hear about Bob! He is in heaven now with Dad!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with y'all. Love you!!!

Bill and Teri (Schroeder) Arrington

We were so blessed to have known Bob. We know that Bob is in heaven with our Lord and Savior and that we will see him again. We pray that you will feel God's peace and love.
We love you,

Phil and Marsha

Phil and Marsha Braswell

We have all of you in our thoughts and prayers! Our family enjoyed so much our time with Bob in Courtland, Franklin and Suffolk. Our children speak about his cooking to this day and our family times together at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is our hope that you find much comfort from The Promises of Faith!!! Sincerely & with love, Glenn & Sarah Rawlings

Glenn Rawlings

Penny and Pat, Such wonderful memories with your Dad and family at Nags Head during the summers. My heart hurts for you at this time, but know Dad is in heaven with open arms to welcome Bob where they will be together again and forever. My condolences and love. Debbie

Debbie (Schroeder) Amrhein

Jean, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob was such a sweet person and I will miss him. I pray the Holy Spirit will give you and the family the comfort you need at this difficult time. Your love and attention given to Bob reflected a great love for him. May your good memories bless you each day. Love you.

Ruth Ann Casey

Ruth Ann Casey

Pat and Penny,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have so many things I want to say yet I'm not eloquent enough to put them into words. My thoughts and prayers are with you both at this time and I know he will be watching over the both of you. My love and prayers to you both.

Robert Speer

Penny and Pat, I am so sorry for your difficult loss. It's never easy.
We've had a life time of fond memories. Bob will be greatly missed.
So blessed to be family. Much love, Karen and John

Karen Schroeder Black

Penny and Pat,
I have many, many years of wonderful memories with Bob. From playing tennis, to picking up some of his cooking skills, to laughing until our stomachs hurt listening to his jokes; I could go on, but I learned so much from him. He was family, and in many ways he was also like a father to me. I will miss him, as I know you two will, as well. He touched so many lives -- not just in his family, but because of a lifetime of civic-mindedness, within all of Suffolk. May you both find peace and love as you go forward, in his legacy. My love and prayers to you both.

Dan Babiy

Jean & Family, I was so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. We worked together at Chorey & Associates for the past 17 years and every day he brought a smile to my face with his greeting of "Good Morning Sunshine" and his endless jokes. He was a kind and caring person and will be missed so very much. My heartfelt sympathy to you all in this difficult time. Love and prayers are with you.

Cindy Wilkins

My condolences to the family. Losing a loved one in death is a most difficult experience. May you be comforted by the promise in John 5:28,29 that all those in memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. What a loving provision put in place by the God of all comfort which gives us the assured hope of seeing our loved ones alive again. As we await that day may Jehovah God give each of you the strength to endure this most trying time.

JW

My condolences to the family. Losing a loved one in death is a most difficult experience. May you be comforted by the promise in John 5:28,29 that all those in memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. What a loving provision put in place by the God of all comfort which gives us the assured hope of seeing our loved ones alive again. As we await that day may Jehovah God give each of you the strength to endure this most trying time.

JW

My condolences to the entire family. Having worked for Bob at Parker Rupp Realty for 6 years in the real estate business, he was the BEST of the BEST !! He always made time for me. A great cook and he loved to tell a joke. I was always included , whether it was a cook out at Sandbridge or a get together at his home. Bob will be greatly missed.

Thomas Moore

Penny,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you and your family
for this difficult time.

John and Carolyn

Jean,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we're both sorry we didn't know about Bob's passing in time to attend the service but we know he is in a better place. God Bless
Ed and Jennifer

Ed Hipp and Jennifer Cornforth

Jean, I am so sorry to hear about Robert. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy Verdirame

Nancy Verdirame

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