Mozelle Ray Parker

Published 11:14 pm Monday, July 11, 2016

Mrs. Mozelle Ray Parker died July 10, 2016 at Trinity Elms Rehabilitation Center in Clemmons.

She was born Nov. 1, 1921 in Erwin to Charlie Ray and Rhoda Bryant Ray. She graduated from St. Leo’s Nursing School in Greensboro.  In 1943, she married Crayton Augustus Parker, her high school sweetheart. After World War II, she accompanied her husband during his 28-year army career to posts abroad and in the United States. They settled back home in North Carolina. When her husband was stationed at Ft. Bragg, Mrs. Parker returned to her nursing career. She became director of nursing at Good Hope Hospital in Erwin in the late 1960s.  In the early 1970s, she was asked by the board of directors of Good Hope Hospital and a group of doctors to develop the first cardiac care nursing unit in Harnett County at Good Hope. She first became a licensed cardiac nurse and then a cardiac care nursing instructor. Mrs. Parker was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Erwin, until she left Erwin to move near her daughter in Advance. She became a member of Macedonia Moravian Church which opened its arms wide in welcome. She was a faithful member there until illness prevented her attendance.  The focus of her life was her family, her faith and her nursing profession.

Mrs. Parker is preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors: her daughters, Susan Ray Parker of Fayetteville  and Becky Parker Young of Advance; her grandchildren, Patrick Young and wife Jess of Charlotte, and Amanda Young Wise and husband Tad of Advance; and her great-grandchildren, Crayton Wise, Kennedy Wise and Decker Young.

A funeral service was to be held at 3 p.m.. Wednesday, July 13 at Macedonia Moravian Church, Advance. The family was to receive friends following the service.  Burial will be at Erwin Memorial Cemetery, South 18th St., ion Friday, July 15 at 1 p.m. The family will greet friends at First Baptist Church, South 12th St., Erwin, following the burial service.

Memorials: Macedonia Moravian, 700 NC 801, Advance.