Mr. James “Willard” Parker, 90, husband of the late Nora Francis Parker and a resident of Melfa, VA, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA. Born November 11, 1928 in Jamesville, VA, he was the son of the late John Stanley Parker and Cynthia Anna Peppler Parker.
Willard served his country in the United States Army and was a longtime member of Melfa Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and Faith Assembly of God, in Leemont, VA. For decades, he worked as a salesman for Sealtest Dairy Company. In addition to being the Eastern Shore’s favorite milkman, Willard was well known for his passion and knowledge in repairing tractors. When he wasn’t tinkering on his beloved Ford tractor, you would often find him fishing, hunting, or working in his garden.
Survivors include four sons, Jerry W. Parker of Tasley, VA, Brian Parker and wife Patty of Bloxom, VA, Darrell Parker and wife Vickie of Onancock, VA, and Randy Parker and Brenda of Parksley, VA; ten grandchildren, Mark, Samantha Jo, Dillon, Olivia, Cassie, Briar, Brandy, Shane, Josh, and Fallon; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, James Gregory Parker; sister, Mary Helen Parker; and brother, Louis F. Parker and his wife Mildred.
Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with The Reverend Mark Howard officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Assembly of God, 22593 Lee Mont Road, Parksley, VA 23421.
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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
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Faith Assembly of God
22593 Lee Mont Road, Parksley VA 23421