Luther Lee Parker, 89, of LaFayette, GA, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012 at his residence.
Mr. Parker was born May 15, 1923 in LaFayette, the son of the late Logan and Eunice Parker. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and served in World War II. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Topeka, KS for a number of years prior to moving back to LaFayette. He was a retired pastor and served at numerous churches in North Georgia over the course of forty years. After retiring from the ministry, he spent a number of years assisting Mr. B.J. Gambill in his various enterprises. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in LaFayette.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Roy Parker, Logan Parker and Hoyt Parker; sisters, Lucille Bomar, Lillie Mae Houston, Calalee Price and Grace Treadaway; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Morris.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Margaret Parker; children, Melvin and Judy Parker, LaFayette, Lydia and Leroy Witt, Ed and Regina Parker and Connie and Chris Witt, all of Trion; a brother and sister-in-law, John Paul and Edith Parker; grandchildren, Traci Morris, Debbie Brown, Derek Parker, Ashlee Abernathy and Ali Witt; great-grandchildren, Dusty Brown, Cody Brown, Victoria Morris and Alexander Morris; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Chapel of Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home in LaFayette, with Dr. Floyd Roebuck officiating. Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Parker will lie in state at Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home and the family will receive friends on Saturday December 29, from 2-4 p.m. with a celebration to immediately follow.
Active pallbearers will be Derek Parker, Dusty Brown, Cody Brown, Kyle Abernathy, Kenneth Wilbanks and Kenneth Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be John Parker, B.J. Gambill, Alexander Morris, Dan Houston, Charles Bomar, Don Treadaway, Carolyn Williams, Betty St. Clair, Pat Kaylor, Cliff Cordle and Tyler Cordle.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.