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James Parker

James Earnest Parker Jr.

Sunday, December 14th, 1969 - Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
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Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus Philippians 2:5

A smile for all, a heart of gold
One of the finest this world could hold,
Never selfish, always kind
These are the memories he leaves behind…
Mr. James Earnest Parker, Jr., 50, was born in Iredell County on December 14, 1969, and was the son of James Earnest Parker, Sr. and Sandra Sue Price Parker. He passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, following an extended illness.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, NewHaven Parker, Annie Lucille Parker, L B. Price, and Willie Jo Price; an uncle, Rev. E. B. Wilkerson, Sr., and three cousins, Bernie Wilkerson, Jr., Johnathan Parker and Dana Lewis.
Affectionately known as Junior, was a 1989 graduate of Alexander Central High School and was employed by SureTape Manufacturing Company in Stony Point for thirty-one years and one month. He was a former member of Clark’s Chapel Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee, Usher, on the Men’s Choir, the Clark’s Chapel Inspirational Choir and the Van Committee. He later moved his membership to First Resurrection Church on January 13, 2008, under the leadership of Bishop Elect Dr. Lonnie Gray, Pastor. He served as the Head Trustee, on the Praise Team, Choir, Pastor’s Aide and the Van Committee. He had a passion for gospel music and he loved singing. He was a former member of the Scotts Community Chorus, the Mitchell Community College Choir and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Choir.
In addition to his parents, James and Sandra Parker, he leaves to cherish the memory of his life his brother, Charles Parker of Winston-Salem; his sister, Annette Parker of Jamestown; his adopted sister, Minister Tracy Lazenby; his adopted brother, Corey Rhoney of Clemmons; his godmother, Bertha Hamilton of Statesville; three nephews, Kelle Parker of the home, Adarius Ijames and Dorian Robinson, both of Statesville; his great nieces, Kyriana Parker, Aria Ijames, Aniyah Ijames, Ashlynn Ijames and Lira Parker, all of Statesville; his godchild, Iyana Linney; two mentees, Olijahaun Jones and Joshua Davidson; special cousins, Angela Robinson of Statesville, Jessica Davidson of Mooresville and Teresa Horton of Stony Point; close friends, Minister LaJune Gray and Travis Summers, both of Troutman; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, co-workers from ShurTape, the First Resurrection Church Family, and special youth from North Carolina and Georgia, neighbors and friends.
As long as life and memory last,
We will remember thee.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home at 12:00 noon. Evangelist LaJune Gray will officiate and Bishop Elect Lonnie E. Gray will eulogize. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville. Mr. Parker will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home.
There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION, unfortunately, with the COVID-19 Virus we, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, along with other funeral homes across the country, have been issued a mandate to limit the number of family and/or friends at funeral services. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER THE FUNERAL WITH A FUNERAL PASS WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FAMILY.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, May 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 7th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    Address
    603 South Center Street
    STATESVILLE, NC 28677
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    Officiant
    Bishop Elect Dr. Lonnie E. Gray
  • Interment

    Thursday, May 7th, 2020 |
    When
    Thursday, May 7th, 2020
    Location
    Oakwood Cemetery
    Address
    Broad Street
    STATESVILLE, NC 28677
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Regina Webb

Posted at 11:29am
Dear family, you are in our hearts and prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort. Cousin Jr. was kind, caring and funny. I will forever cherish the memory of our last visit together. I love you all.
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Sandra

Posted at 08:36am
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the Parker family. During this time as we all face uncertainty, may you find comfort knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you and will comfort you during this time. (2Corinthians 1:3,4; 2Thessalonians 2:16,17) James will be missed by all. Jesus gave us a wonderful hope that we may see our loved ones again when he said at John 5:28,29 that there will be a resurrection. May we keep our eyes on the promises of our Heavenly Father who promised that one day no one will say I am sick, (Isaiah 33:24) and that all our pain, sorrow and even death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3,4) Many prayers are with the family. May you have peace.
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Frank White and Anna Coates White

Posted at 03:27pm
From Frank and Anna Coates White, Stephanie and Nylah Coates. Hold to Gods unchanging hands, love yall
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carla dobbins

Posted at 01:18pm
Praying for family I remember we went to church together at Logan Christian Church he was a wonderful man I never met a stranger you going to be truly miss James Parker Junior
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SANDRA ANNETTE PARKER

Posted at 07:55am
In loving memory of my "Jun Jun" he may be gone from me but Never. Never forgotten.
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