Jay Parker

December 22, 1939 - June 24, 2011
Jay Parker


Jetchel C. “Jay” Parker, 71, of Wilmington passed away Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center.

He was born in Massey Hill in Fayetteville, NC on December 22, 1939 to the late Marvin Watus Parker and Annie Hazel Wright Parker. Remembered is his granddaughter, Samantha Marie Knight, who preceded him in death.

Jay was a veteran of the US Air Force being discharged in 1963 and served as a police officer for the Fayetteville City Police Dept for 13 years. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and was the former owner and operator of J&R Rebar.

Jay is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia S. Parker; children, Vonda Craig and husband George, Jay Parker, Jr. and wife Kathy, Deborah Shride and husband John, Constance Kearney and husband Robert, and Summer Parker; 18 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; one brother, Watus Hudson Parker.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 to 2 PM Tuesday June 28, 2011, at Fellowship Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 2 pm officiated by Rev. Arnold Griffin. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Robert Kearney, John Shride, George Craig, Jared Glick, Dan Eden, and Joseph Kearney.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 791.9099


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  • June 26, 2011
    Jackie Davis Draughon says:
    My genuine condolences to Jay's family and other loved ones. I went to school and graduated with him from Massey Hill in 1958. God bless and comfort all of you. Jackie Davis Draughon

  • June 26, 2011
    Kathie Dickens says:
    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of my cousin, Jake. His Dad and my Grandma was brother and sister. May God comfort you and your family in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless! Kathie Dickens and Dolores Nickles (my sister)

  • June 27, 2011
    Bob & Terry Pavlik says:
    Our deepest sympathy and know that your family are in our prayers.

  • June 27, 2011
    Gary & Amber Merrill says:
    Sorry so about your loss. JC was a fine man. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • June 30, 2011
    MAMIE WIGGINS DEES says:
    Pat,on behalf of the 1958 graduating class of MASSEY HILL HIGH SCHOOL and myself I would like to extend condolences to you and your family on the passing of Jake.I have a lot of fond memories when we were in school and involved with sports.May God bless each of you during this time.