Rether Virginia Clark Parker

Published 11:23 am Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Rether Virginia Clark Parker of New York died on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

She was born in Wadesboro on Feb. 25, 1934 to Clarence and Geneva Clark, who preceded her in death.

She attended Davie County Training School from which she earned her high school diploma, and continued her education at Shaw University in Raleigh. In 1955, she married Lyman Parker. They eventually relocated to New York City and made Harlem their home. They remained married for 66 years until her death. They enjoyed getting dressed up and sometimes going out for a night on the town in Harlem. She loved God and devoted her life to the cause of Christ. She joined the Abyssinian Baptist Church in June 1964, and was a devout member serving as president of the Floral Club and instructor in the Sunday School. She loved her pastor, church family, and she shared her God-given talents when called upon. She was an active member for 57 years. She was a domestic engineer who worked for the Gottley family across many years until her retirement.

She was also preceded in death by brothers Herbert Clark, Joe Clark and Elbert Clark.

Survivors: brothers, Charlie Clark (Corrie), Preston Clark (Betty), Frank Clark, Clarence Clark (Sadie); sister Bertha Duncan; sisters-in-law, Paulette Clark, and Lurline Clark; aunt, Katherine Clark; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; and her church family.

A public viewing was held on Wednesday, July 28, the Reba T. Kelsey Memorial Chapel, Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home. Her graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at Rowan Memorial Park.