Ray Arnold Parker
August 25, 1922 - March 17, 2013
Ray Arnold Parker, 90, traded his earthly home for his heavenly home on Sunday, March 17, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Frances Stevens Parker. In addition, he leaves behind four daughters, Radean Hawkins of Deep Creek, VA, Ellen Cherrix of Melfa, VA, Lynn Ayers and husband Walter of Stuart, VA and Cree Giesel and husband David of Chattanooga, TN; a half sister, Linda Stephens and husband Ray; 13 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Born August 25, 1922 in Wachapreague, VA, he was a son of the late Linwood Benjamin “Buck” and Nanie Davis Parker. Ray served his country in the United States Coast Guard during World War II aboard the flagship USS Bayfield. Ray witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. After returning from the war, he followed in his grandfather, father, and brother’s footsteps to be a charter boat captain for the next 70 years out of Wachapreague. He also enjoyed chartering out of Stuart, FL in the winter for 41 years. He is best known as “The Gentleman of the Sea”. Ray has received many distinguished honors and awards throughout his fishing career.
Ray served as Master of the Ocean Lodge, No. 116 AF&AM and was a member of the Central Lodge, No. 300 AF&AM, Knights of Templar, Eastern Shore of Virginia Shrine Club, Knights of the Columbus, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Onancock Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Stuart Sailfish Club and Ocean View United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his step-mother, Bessie Parker McClung, brother, Earl Parker, and half sister, Betty Lou Bell.
A special thank you to son-in-law, Bobby Cherrix, granddaughter, Jenny Lynn Cobb, and neighbors, Maureen Smith and Sylvia Bradley, whose special kindness to our father will never be forgotten.
Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend John Burr officiating. Interment will follow in the Wachapreague Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Riverside Shore Cancer Center, PO Box 17, Nassawadox, VA 23413, Hospice of the Eastern Shore, 165 Market Street, Suite 3, Onancock, VA 23417 or to the Wachapreague Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 390, Wachapreague, VA 23480.
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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home
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