EAST PRAIRIE - George L. "Nig" Parker, 88, died at 12:42 a.m. Sept. 25, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born Aug. 7, 1916, in western Tennessee son of the late Thomas J. and Sadie L. Woodard Parker, he lived in Mississippi County most of his life. He retired in 1971 as an equipment operator for the Mississippi County Highway Department and was a member of the First Baptist Church in East Prairie.
His wife, Celia Lavern Jones Parker, survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby "Bob" and Martha Parker of Jacksonville, Fla., George and Janet Parker Jr. of West Point, Miss., and Thomas "Tony" and Dianna Parker of Little Rock, Ark.; five daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy "Pat" and Daniel Karwoski of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Dorothy "Dot" and Willard "Bucky" Miller of Sikeston, LaDonna and John Dominick of Raynham, Mass., L. Faye and Otis "Odie" Lingle of Murray, Ky., and Kathy and Randy Dickerson of Senatobia, Miss.; and 10 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty G. Jefferies; six brothers, Harvey Parker, William Parker, Joe Murlin Parker, Willis Ray Parker, Robert Wayne Parker and Roy Lee Parker; and three sisters, Mary Pearl Parker-Bell, Ruth L. Parker-Hicks and Ruby L. Parker.
Visitation begins at 5 p.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday with George White, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Dogwood Cemetery near East Prairie.