James Edgar Parker

James Edgar Parker, 90, of Roanoke Rapids, died Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Mr. Parker was the son of the late William Edgar and Ruth Peele Parker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Howell Parker; his brother, George Parker; his twin brother, Jesse; two sisters, Mary P. Littrell and Esther Wethington; and his grandson, Shelton Kelsey Liles II.

Mr. Parker began 34 years of teaching and coaching in 1946 at Littleton High School. He retired in 1980 from the Roanoke Rapids City School system having been a drivers education teacher, World History teacher and Coach since 1958. Loving all sports, he pitched in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Sox in the summer of 1942 in Franklin, Va. He spent many years officiating high school, junior college baseball, basketball and football; he especially loved doing this with his twin brother Jesse.

Mr. Parker was a lifetime member of Cedar Grove Friends meeting in Woodland, NC.

Mr. Parker is survived by his daughter, Margaret P. Dickens and her husband, Nick, of Littleton; his sister, Ruth Eleanor Linville of Oak Ridge, NC; and two grandsons, Jim Liles of Halifax and Daniel Liles and his wife, Hillary, of Winterville; two sisters-in-law, Lib Parker of Virginia Beach, Va and Ruth Parker of Roanoke Rapids.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Severn Cemetery in Severn, NC with Rev. Randy Martin officiating.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Askew Funeral and Cremation Services in Roanoke Rapids.

The family would like to give special thanks to his caregiver and friend, Hazel Jones, and to Liberty Commons in Weldon for all their kindness and care to Mr. Parker.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Liberty Commons, Resident Activity Fund, 101 Carolina Ave., Weldon, NC 27890.

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