George “Pete” Henry Parker Jr.

George “Pete” Henry Parker Jr., of Front Royal passed away peacefully Monday evening, May 11, 2020 at Winchester Medical Center with family at his side. George was 93 years young.

George Parker was born in the town of Kelford in Bertie County, North Carolina on Wednesday, February 2nd, 1927. The third son, and seventh child of eleven born to the late George “Henry” Parker Sr., and Essie Mae (Williams) Parker.

George grew up farming along side his family, which would in turn foster his life-long passion and unmatched talent for gardening. He was an avid fisherman, who loved nothing more than to fish the rivers of Virginia, and Outer Banks of North Carolina. George served his country honorably as an MP in the U.S. Army, during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 53 and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 829.

In addition to his parents George was preceded in death by his first wife Ethel (Benfield) Parker; son George Robert Parker; five sisters and four brothers.

George is survived by his loving wife of nearly seventeen years, Avis L. Jones-Parker of Front Royal; two sons, Howard K. Parker and Thomas R. Parker; sister, Jane “Jean” A. Parker Salefsky; four grandchildren, Suzanna C. Parker (Nathan), Sarah E. Parker, George M. Parker and Emily C. Parker; and one great-granddaughter, Megan N. Parker.

The family will announce information on a memorial service to be held at a later date.

  10 comments for “George “Pete” Henry Parker Jr.

  1. Debbie Martin
    May 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    To George’s family—-I am so sorry for your great loss. I met George at Happy Creek United Methodist Church many years ago. He was such a friendly man, I instantly liked him. I asked him to be on my bowling team. We bowled together for years. He loved his bowling. He was always kind to everyone and had a great sense of humor.

    I will really miss him. My deepest sympathy and love goes out to his family. 🙏

  2. Arnold P MacDonald
    May 15, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    My Condolence to Avis and family for their tragic loss of her husband George. George and I were bowling buddies and became Bluegrass concert goers after he invited me along to a show in Berryville. We enjoyed that for several years. George would leave me in the dust when it came to bowling, don’t mind a good friend beating me at bowling. I will miss him, he was a great person.

    God Bless Avis and their families. A. MacDonald

  3. “Boo” Campbell
    May 15, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Oh Avis I am so saddened to hear this. Such a sweetie, friendly guys, fun to bowl with. I will miss him saying “Hi Boo” in the way he did
    and his laugh. Heartfelt sympathy to and and the family. He will be greatly missed especially on Thursday afternoons at the bowling ally. 😞

  4. Arnold P MacDonald
    May 16, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    My condolence to Avis and their families in the loss of her husband George. George and I were bowling buddies and enjoyed the Bluegrass concerts in Berryville. I will miss a good buddy.

    A. MacDonald

    • Willie and Judy Strother
      May 18, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      George is going to be sadly missed at the Howellsville United Methodist Church. He was a coffee drinking buddy and always had kind words for us. Our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Avis and the family.

  5. Courtney Jones
    May 16, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Camden and Kinleigh loved you very much and I know you adored and loved them too! You are missed. Rest Easy George!

  6. BETTY ANN JOURNELL
    May 16, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I loved this good man. He was a dear person and good friend. So kind, so giving.
    I will miss getting him his cheese for Christmas. Rest in peace , until we meet again..

  7. Cindy Perry
    May 17, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I haven’t known George and Mavis long but it always warmed my heart to see them sitting in their usual pew at church. They were such a genuine and loving couple. I am deeply saddened to learn of George’s passing and wish Avis could be surrounded by her church family during this time.

  8. Jerri & Dave Lippert
    May 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Avis & family,

    We are so sorry to learn of George’s passing but know he is walking the streets of gold and smiling down at all of us. David loved bowling with George and I did too while I was on the league. He was always so much fun. We met him at Happy Creek and have loved him ever since. God be with you during this time of grief. My hearts is breaking for you. Hugs and prayers,

  9. Pat Meaney
    May 18, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Avis and Family,
    Shake his hand and you immediately knew George was a kind and gentle man. I was fortunate to have experienced his keen sense of humor at bowling. Avis and George were the perfect senior couple. He will definitely be missed by many people. Love and sympathy, Pat

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