Reverend Fred Parker, age 72, born August 17, 1941 in Letterbox, KY, firstborn to Mabel (Winstead) and Walter Parker, passed from this life into the arms of Jesus at 1:16am Sunday July 6, 2014 in the Hospice wing of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL after a long battle with lung cancer and complication thereof. Rev. Parker was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and Mid South Seminary. He worked in interior office design, sales and manufacturing and became a certified gemologist working in the jewelry industry prior to surrendering to the ministry. He served as Executive Director of 8th Street Mission for Jesus Christ in West Memphis, AR where he was also the president of the local Ministerial Alliance and served as president of Tom Pitman Ministries (missionary to Guatemala) before relocating to FL. He has served as the Men's Shelter Manager for Jericho Road Ministries in Brooksville, FL, teaching, and mentoring drug and alcohol addicted men since 2008. He was a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Homosassa and a fill-in pulpit speaker as needed. Rev. Parker was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the air force. He is survived by wife Betty, daughter Lourl "Coco" Parker and granddaughter Shelly Rae and grandson, Christopher John "CJ", sons Matt Parker and his wife Stephanie and granddaughter Julie, Kelly Parker and wife Tammy and granddaughter Abigail "Abby", daughter Dana Levering and her husband Dan and grandson John Kucera, sons Keith, Jon, Don, and Charles Frost and their wives and children, two brothers Walter Parker, Jr. and his wife Donna, and Orville Parker and his wife Patty. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Saturday July 12, 10:30am at First Baptist Church of Homosassa
Arrangements under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.