The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

March 29, 2014

Robert L. Parker

On March 21, 2014, Robert L. Parker held hands with his wife as she sang “Jesus Loves You” to him, then smiled as he placed his hand into the hand of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and transcended into the beautiful promised land of love.

Robert, born July 27, 1942, affectionately known as “Bobby,” was one of four children born to Albert and Marybelle Moore Parker in the city of Danville.

He was blessed, as was she, to meet and marry his childhood sweetheart, Carol Hart, of 47 years, plus two years of dating, on April 15, 1967. She survives.

Bobby was more than well-known in Danville and surrounding areas, especially at the home improvement and cement companies. He was employed as a laborer for 30 years at General Motors in Tilton and for 40 years was a contractor, taken under the wings of his uncle Claude Morefield Jr. and taught to build, tear down and repair anything.

His most-crafted hobbies were “wine” making, growing beautiful banana plants, which surrounded his home in the summer, and he loved beautifying his yard like a manicurist. He had been involved in music management, managing his wife, Danville’s WQBC and Bishop Bryan Wilson. He joined Christ at an early age and was on the trustee board at C.M.E. Church.

He leaves to cherish his most precious memory these devoted loved ones: his wife, the Rev. Carol Hart-Parker; two daughters, Tracey Parker, Tara (Kenneth) Blue; grandchildren, Kenneth (K.J.) and Kara Blue; three sisters, Shirley (Alvin) Davis, Delores Dumas of San Francisco and Denise Taylor of Indianapolis; surrogate father to Paul and Donna Smith-Townsend, Tiltonetta Liggins-Perkins and Sonja Stamps.

Trust us when we say words have not yet been thought of to describe the kind person that has gone on to his reward. His presence is sorely missed.

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