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Edward Parker

Edward Monroe "Ed" Parker Sr.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 1938 - Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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A giant limb has fallen from the Parker Family Tree. A much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Edward Monroe Parker, Sr., passed away November 12, 2020 in the presence of his family. He bravely confronted and fought Alzheimer’s Disease for the last ten years.

Edward M. Parker, Sr. was the son of the late Wilbur Hatney and Recie Parker. He was raised by his loving grandparents, Major and Lucille Parker. He was a wonderful man that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. “Ed” as he was called by his beloved late wife Hazel, “Daddy,” as he was called by his children, “Grandpop” as he was called by his grandchildren, was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to the love of his life, Hazel Drummond, on August 18, 1954. This union was blessed with four children. They shared a marriage of love and devotion until their health began to fail. Ed was a strong patriarch of his family.

He was educated in the public schools of Accomack County, Virginia. At an early age, Ed gave his life to Christ and joined St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Daugherty, Virginia. He worked in many capacities in the church and could be counted on to do anything that was asked of him.

He was employed by Accomack County Public Schools as a custodian for 25 years before he retired. Additionally, he worked part-time as a barber. He began cutting hair out of his home, then later moved to Ed’s Barbershop in Accomac, VA in the early 1970’s. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He would accommodate parents by cutting their kids’ hair at school if they couldn’t make it to the barbershop. He would go to the hospital and nursing homes to cut anyone’s hair that wanted a haircut. If you couldn’t get off work before the barbershop closed, he would stay until you got off. Often times, these acts of love were done free of charge.

Mr. Ed enjoyed several hobbies, including shooting pool with his Tuesday Night Pool Gang, playing dominoes with his wife, and joking around with family and friends. Ed was a fervent Washington Redskins fan. It wasn’t unusual to see him dressed in Redskins attire. Additionally, he used to umpire baseball games. His sons affectionately recall plenty of baseball games where their dad was hard on them. He was quick to call them out. When they questioned why he called them out, he responded with “I treat you like I treat everyone else!”

Ed never met a stranger. He always exuded kindness and found great joy in making the people around him happy. He loved telling jokes and making people laugh. People would sit at the barbershop for hours just to laugh and joke with him. He was a loving uncle, cousin, and friend to many and will be remembered fondly.

Loved ones that preceded him in death are: his loving wife, Hazel Parker; two granddaughters, Whitney Parker and Rasheeda Edwards; and a sister-in-law that he was instrumental in raising, Shelia Toppin.

Ed provided a glowing example of how to live life through a commitment to professional and personal excellence. He touched the world with a positive light in many ways, leaving a legacy of joy, class, and love. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: three sons, Edward Parker, Jr. (Susan) of Chester, VA, Gregory Parker (Parisenna) of Nelsonia, VA, and Clayfort Parker (Sherry) of Fayetteville, NC; one daughter, Gwen Dorn (Andrew) of Parksley, VA; eleven grandchildren, one he was instrumental in rearing, Deametrious “Shoan” Bagwell; thirteen great-grandchildren; one dedicated brother, Joseph Parker (Junie) of Brooklyn, NY; one sister, Mattie of Philadelphia, PA; two sisters-in-law, Betty Fletcher, whom he was instrumental in rearing and Mary Anne Belton; two special cousins who spent a lot of evenings at the barbershop with him, William and Barry Parker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends.
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  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 12:00pm
    Nedab Cemetery
    Nedab Lane
    ACCOMAC, VA 23301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 25 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Fred Crawley
  • Interment

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 12:00pm
    Nedab Cemetery
    Nedab Lane
    ACCOMAC, VA 23301
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Earline Washington

Posted at 10:57am
My sympathy and prayers to your family. I visited the barber shop with my sons, when my husband was unable to take them. Many memories were created there and in St. Luke Church with Mr. Parker and the Washington brothers. Thanks for sharing!!1

Shannon Fox

Posted at 01:10pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Parker was always so helpful with my “difficult” boys at AES. If they acted up, he would have them push a broom around or clean up after lunch. He always made me smile. Thank you for always caring.
Shannon Fox

Vanessa Taylor Copeland

Posted at 08:25am
To my Classmate Clayfort and the Parker Family, I pray for you during this time. May your fun memories and God's love bring you comfort and peace. I will always remember your parents as being so fancy dressed and your Mom never had a bad hair day. Your Dad was so cool all of the students loved Mr. Ed Parker. He knew I loved to play softball for school but could only play baseball at Rec Centers and he gave me tips every time he saw me. He was known all over the Shore for his umpiring and fans often waited in the parking lot to see who would be the Umpire then run tell their team You Better Play Ball to Win.
Thank you Mr Parker for the great memories and for being a Great Father to your family and allowing so many of their school friends to share in on the fond memories.

Royal and Louise Booker

Posted at 07:15am
We love you guys always. Prayers and blessings to the family.
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Felicia Bowman

Posted at 01:02am
John 14:1-3
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
My fondest memories of the man with the biggest heart I know, uncle Ed. Thank you for being you, kind and generous. How I cherish all the surprise visits in the middle of the night and spending Christmas with all my cousins. Aunt Hazel and Uncle Ed you are greatly missed.
Felicia Bowman (aka Lisa)

Thelma Elliott Posted at 07:39pm

"Rest In Peace", My School and Class Mate at Taylor Elementary School and MNS High School. Thelma Boggs Elliott, Class of 1956.

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