Rev. Joseph C. Parker
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Rev. Joseph C. Parker
  • February 22, 1926 - January 14, 2013
  • New Bern, North Carolina
  • Brother Joe's family requests donations in his memory to:
  • Lenoir Community College Foundation (Joseph C. & Eunice B. Parker Scholarship)
    PO Box 188
    Kinston, NC 28504

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Reverend Joseph Chapman Parker, 86, of 390 Beaman Road, New Bern, North Carolina died Monday afternoon January 14, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at Pollock-Best Funeral Home in New Bern, NC. Visitation will be held Thursday January 17, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. The service will be officiated by Rev. Connie Stutts with messages of hope and faith by Rev. Michael Roach and Rev. Mike Register. Members of the Ionic Masonic Lodge # 383 of Cove City will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Beech Grove United Methodist Church New Bern, NC.

Rev. Parker was born in Craven County NC on February 22, 1926 the son of the late Wilbur Chapman Parker and the late Linder Estelle Parker. Rev. Parker is survived by his wife, the former Eunice Elizabeth Bray of Craven County NC, they were married June 23, 1945. Also surviving are their sons Joseph Christopher Parker and wife Lynne of Seattle, Washington; George Randolph Parker and wife Lou Ann of Jamestown, NC, and 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Rev. Parker was a Navy World War II veteran, a businessman, and served as Methodist minister for 55 years in the North Carolina United Methodist Conference serving churches in eastern North Carolina and in the Raleigh, NC area. During his years of unselfish service as a minister he comforted the sick, the lonely and the bereaved, helped feed the hungry and those in need, while being a shepherd for the lost and the many congregations he served. Under his leadership and council he mentored numerous individuals that entered the ministry. Rev. Parker also served on numerous local community Boards and held leadership roles on Boards for the North Carolina United Methodist Conference including the Methodist Retirement Homes and new church construction.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rev. Joseph Chapman Parker may be made to the Joseph C. and Eunice B. Parker Scholarship at Lenoir Community College Foundation, PO Box 188, Kinston, NC 28502.

Online condolences can be made at www.pollockbest.com.