Grimes H. Parker Jr.

Published 6:17 am Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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Mr. Grimes H. Parker Jr., 78, of Duke Street, Cooleemee, died Sunday, March 3, 2024 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on May 10, 1945 in Rowan County to the late Grimes H. Parker Sr. and Hazel Spry Parker.

He was a beloved husband, dad, papaw, great papaw, mentor, coach, and friend and especially loved his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. He left his legacy with everyone he encountered from being a teacher and coach for many years, to loving his family. No one loved harder than him. He will be missed immeasurably, and he is walking in heaven with Jesus. “Call us when you get there papaw, because we sure will miss you.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his sister, Patty Lookabill; and his brother, John Parker.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 55 years, Fran Logan Parker, to whom he had a love with that is one for the history books; 2 children, Alicia Johnson of Bermuda Run and Steven Parker (Dana) of Mocksville; 7 grandchildren, Lauren Brooks (Greg), Drue Parker, Brooks Johnson, Somer Johnson, Bodie Parker, Owen Parker, and Crosby Parker; 3 great-grandchildren, Parker Brooks, Cameron Brooks, and Blakely Brooks; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 7 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Rev. McSherry Hargrove and Rev. Jason Whitaker officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be at 10 a.m., Friday, March 8 at Rowan Memorial Park in Salisbury.

Memorials may be considered for: Grimes Parker Basketball Camp Invictus, PO Box 183, Cooleemee, NC 27014.

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