Dr. Lafayette Parker, age 100, of Jacksonville, NC Peacefully Transitioned into Eternal Rest on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Liberty Commons of Onslow, Jacksonville, NC.
A private service will be 11:00 am on Monday, December 7, 2020, at Rose Hill Funeral Home Chapel, 472 Wells Town Road, Rose Hill, NC. Rev. James Knox, officiating. Entombment will follow at Onslow Memorial Park, 3820 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC.
Left to cherish his precious memories: his daughter, Eunicea Parker of Jacksonville; brother, Nehemiah E. Parker (Doris) of Kinston; sister, Ernestine R. Davis of Philadelphia, PA; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends that will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in honor of Lafayette Parker to the Salvation Army, 461 Center Street, Jacksonville, NC 28546 or to the Soup Kitchen at 600 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540.
Bio of Dr. Lafayette Parker
Dr. Lafayette Parker was born on February 29, 1920 in Richlands, NC to the late Henry Herman Parker, Sr. and the late Bessie J. Isler Parker. Lafayette and the late Eunice Odell Sharpless Parker were united in holy matrimony for over 65 years and are blessed with one daughter, Eunicea Parker.
Lafayette attended the public schools of Onslow County graduating from Georgetown High School in Jacksonville, NC. Lafayette graduated from Fayetteville State University. He later attended Teachers College, Columbia University where he received a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Administration. Later on he attended the University of Pittsburgh receiving his Doctorate in Higher Education and Administration.
Dr. Parker served on the faculty at Fayetteville State University in various capacities such as Director of Placement, assistant principal of Newbold School, Director of Summer School and Academic Dean. He also served in various capacities at Winston Salem State University where he retired as Academic Vice Chancellor. Dr. Parker served as consultant on visiting teams for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for the National Association for the Accreditation of Colleges for Teacher Education and for the State of North Carolina. He served as President of North Carolina Teachers Association, North Carolina Association of Deans, National Association of Deans, Life member of National Education Association, Life member of NAACP, active in political and the community. In 2014 he received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the Governor of the State of North Carolina.
Lafayette served in the U.S. Army where he advanced from Private to Captain. He has been an active and loyal servant in his home church Haw Branch African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Lafayette purchased Churchill Realty and remained active in real estate for over 30 years.