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Bobby James Parker

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 31, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Bobby James Parker, 65, of Landsbury Drive in Durham died August 31, 2008 at Duke University Medical Center.

Bobby was born September 4, 1942 in Chatham County, one of three sons to Jesse P. “Jack” Parker and Lillie Atwater Parker. Bobby’s family and friends mourn the loss of the ultimate brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He served his parents on the farm, he served his country in Korea and he served his family heavy portions of unconditional love. He lived life to the fullest, whether he was fishing, walking the woods with his dogs, a gun, and his brother; or cheering his children on in sports.

Bobby was a kind and gentle man with the biggest, warmest heart. He loved as much as he was loved; gave more than he was given. Bobby loved to learn, teach and tell stories, no matter how many times you’ve heard them before. He retired from Hamner Institute, formerly C I I T, where he was a machinist lab technician and fabricator.

Always a kid at heart, he was full of misadventures. Known to some as “Captain Dangerous”, if you went fishing or hunting with him you would certainly come home with a story to tell. He was a model of a man and a father figure to more than his own children. Bobby’s family and friends were blessed with an additional 17 years of life with him due to the gift of a liver transplant. Anyone who knew and loved Bobby was blessed in so many ways for he would go to the ends of the earth and back for you, but don’t dare make a fuss over him.

Surviving Bobby are his wife, Carolyn Swaim Parker; son, Owen Parker of Fort Mill, SC; daughters, Claire Wilson and Susie Clark, both of Pittsboro; his brother, Donald Parker of Pittsboro; and grandchildren Whitney Clark, Bradley Clark, and Courtney Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Marshall Parker, and a grandson, Christopher Holder.

Bobby’s life will be honored and celebrated with a service at 1:30 pm, Thursday, September 4, 2008 from Bynum United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. William H. Gattis and Rev. Jeff Babajtis will preside. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Wednesday at Griffin Funeral Service in Pittsboro, and at other times at the residence of Claire Wilson on Parker-Herndon Rd., in Pittsboro.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Valerie Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, % NC Zoological Society, 4403 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205.

Online condolences may be sent to: www.griffinfuneral.com, Select Obituaries.

Arrangements are under the care of Griffin Funeral Service of Pittsboro.

Condolences for the family of “Bobby James Parker”

Condolence from Nicole McCleary on September 2nd, 2008 12:00 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

The McCleary Family

Condolence from James and Shirley Strum on September 2nd, 2008 12:00 am
Condolence from James and Shirley Strum on September 2nd, 2008 12:00 am

Our sincere condolences to you. Bobby was a friend to us for many, many years. We’ll miss him greatly. God bless.

Condolence from John Overton on September 3rd, 2008 12:00 am

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I remember Bobby and his gentle spirit with great fondness . I pray that God’s peace and comfort be with you as you mourn his passing.

Condolence from Jo Fulcher Hawk on September 3rd, 2008 12:00 am

I fondly remember Bobby sitting in the stands in the Cresset gym cheering for his beloved Owen. I don’t remember him ever missing a chance to see him play.I seem to recall he and Lee my late husband being reprimanded by Coach Clonts for their overly zealous “coaching” from the sidelines once or twice. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Jo Fulcher-Hawkins Jonathan’s mom.

Condolence from Larry & Wandra Farrell on September 3rd, 2008 12:00 am

Carolyn, Owen, Claire, Susie and Donald,
Our love and prayers are with each of you and your extended families. There are many fond memories of Bobby, that we have, from over the years. God Bless each one of you and remember He is always with you. In Christ and with Love, Larry and Wandra

Condolence from Mark and Debbie Cline on September 4th, 2008 12:00 am

When we heard of Bobby’s homegoing, so many wonderful memories came to mind. How grateful we are for the love he bestowed on our son, as he did so many others.

Our love and prayers are with each of you and your families during this difficult time.

Condolence from Diane Keck Davis on September 4th, 2008 12:00 am

Most of my memories with Bobby were when I was growing up. They were great memories. My love and prayers are with all of you

Condolence from Dewey, Tammy, Shauna & Savannah Cecile on September 4th, 2008 12:00 am

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue praying that God will give you strength in the days to come.

Love, Dewey, Tammy, Shauna and Savannah Cecile

Condolence from Wandra Farrell on September 4th, 2008 12:00 am

Caroly, Owen, Claire and Susie,
The service today was really sweet and it made me realize just how special Bobby was to all who knew him.?

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