Charles “Red Dog” Stephenson Parker

February 26, 1951 - March 12, 2024
Charles “Red Dog” Stephenson Parker

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Charles “Red Dog” Stephenson Parker, born on February 26, 1951, in Wilmington, NC, passed away on March 12, 2024, in his hometown of Wilmington, NC. He was 73 years old.

Throughout his life, Steve wore many hats and touched the lives of countless individuals with his heart of gold and unwavering spirit. He was the co-owner of Red Dogs in Wrightsville Beach, he later opened Dawgs, showcasing his entrepreneurial passion. His dedication extended to his work at the New Hanover County ABC Board, where he eventually retired.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Steve pursued his interests with fervor. He adorned his bars and home with unique sports memorabilia, which also reflected his lifelong love for Duke sports. His football coaching endeavors, eventually ending at New Hanover High School, allowed him to mentor numerous young men, leaving an indelible mark on their lives. Additionally, his deep affection for animals highlighted his compassionate nature.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Pratt Parker, his brother Hardy Parker (Vickie) and their daughter Ellie, and his sister Mabel Duke Parker (Michele), as well as many friends and extended family members. He was preceded in death by both his parents.

Services for Steve will be held at a later date, where a Celebration of Life will honor his memory and the legacy he leaves behind. Though he may have departed this world, Steve’s impact and spirit will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Please leave memories and condolences for Steve’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

Care entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • March 27, 2024
    Jane Herring Ives says:
    Mook and Hardy, I was saddened to hear of your loss. I remember your brother Steve making fun of us while we were playing horses in your bedroom. I am so sorry, but remember that you will see him again in Heaven !!!!

  • March 25, 2024
    Walker H Rudd says:
    I knew him as a young person. He frequented my father's place of business. Steve was always kind and loyal. He saw some great times at Wrightsville Beach! Rest in peace friend.

  • March 24, 2024
    Joel Brown says:
    What a great guy. I spent a lot of time in his bars with my friends. My love to Lisa and the rest of his family.

  • March 22, 2024
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  • March 21, 2024
    Lynne Dobbins Boney says:
    My family and the Parkers were good friends back when Wilmington was small and we were all much younger. I remember Hardy, Steve, and “Mook”, who was patient and fun, with their beautiful Mom when I was a little girl. Steve’s obituary brought back those wonderful memories. I remember him as a kind, very patient and polite teenager. From reading other Tributes, he had not changed. Rest in Peace, Steve.