Edward Lee ParkerOctober 13th, 2021
Edward Lee Parker, age 69, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City. Edward's obituary in his own words: I was born September 11, 1952, as I was told, it was a cold day when I started life at my parents home in Clarksburg, Missouri. My father was Claude Parker and my mother was Lula James Parker. There was only a mid-wife, my great-aunt Dicey Keller, to help my mom with me and I had to be held near the open door of the wood stove to keep warm. I was married to Gail Stephens on July 7, 1973, in Tipton, Missouri at the First Baptist Church. In the course of our marriage we had two children: a daughter, Angela, and son, Christopher (wife Amanda). A total of five grandchildren: four grandsons, Preston, Ezra, Ryland, and Atlas and one granddaughter, Neila. I attended school in Clarksburg and then college in Columbia, Warrensburg, and Maryville. I held three vocational teaching certificates from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) I worked in several fields: auto, boat trim, and upholstery, rural mail carrier, security carrier with the Federal Reserve, truck driver, and finally retired with the State of Missouri as a Vocational Teacher III in Computer Science. I was preceded in death by my father, Claude Parker, and mother, Lula James Parker; my brothers, Junior, Leon (Bud), and Larry. I am survived by brothers, Charles Parker and Robert Parker; and sisters, Alice Pate, Dorthy George, and Ruby Birdsong. I have finished my duties in the Lords eyes in this world so he has taken me home and I will miss the loved ones I leave but the Lord makes it that way and it does not matter rather rich or poor, or walk of life. I have made many friends in this life and tried to do my best. When I did a favor and was asked, How much do I owe you, Ed? and I would always say, A kind thought. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at Windmill Ridge Funeral Service with Rev. Ken Chapman officiating. Interment was at Sappington Community Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Sappington Community Chapel Cemetery or may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at www.windmillridgefuneralservice.com.