Marietta Parker, daughter of the late Raymond and Bertie Bagwell Pettit, was born September 5, 1934, in Accomac, Virginia. Marietta lived her life waiting to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She heard His call and departed this life on February 9, 2022, at her home in Accomac, Virginia.
Marietta was educated in the public schools of Accomack County. She met and married William Parker and they raised twelve children with the help of her mother. She was a domestic worker until her retirement.
Marietta was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church in Accomac, Virginia. She was a servant of the Lord and loved reading God’s word and attending Sunday school and Bible study. Marietta served as the Past President of the Pastor’s Aide, Class Leader, Women’s Missionary Society, Usher Board, Steward Board, Roberts and Whartons Club. She also sang in the Senior and Gospel Choirs. Marietta served faithfully under Reverends: Edgar James, C.B. Brown, William H. Grant, Jr., Franklin West, Sr., S.E. Hayward, Louis Scott, Donald White, Sr., Norman Vick, Rufus Mosley, Sherri Brooks, Andre Jefferson, Jr., and Jazmine Brooks. She also loved visiting her grandson, Pastor Deangelo Johnson’s church. She loved her church family where she served in the kitchen for funerals, birthdays, evening worship services and other occasions.
Marietta loved spending time with family and friends, visiting the sick and shut in, cooking, going to church conferences, restaurants, the senior village center, and fellowshipping with other churches. In her leisure she enjoyed watching The Price Is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, westerns, playing spades, planting flowers, and making floral arrangements.
Marietta was preceded in death by her husband, William Parker; five brothers, Leroy Bagwell, Edward Lee Bagwell, Herbert Byrd, Shirley Pettit, and Edgar Pettit; two sons, Claude Pettit and Raymond Parker; two daughters, Mary Davis and Sylvia Strand; one grandson, Timothy Lewis; and one granddaughter, Sonya Davis.
Marietta leaves to cherish her memory: one sister, Catherine Mason of Chicago, IL; one sister-in-law, Ora Lee Pettit of Tarboro, NC; four sons, William Parker of Chicago, IL, Edward Parker (Yvonne) of Horntown, VA, Curtis Parker (Edith) of Fayetteville, NC, and Frederick Parker (Sharon) of Accomac, VA; four daughters, Daisey Parker of Germantown, MD, Betsy Parker, Stephanie Parker, both of Silver Spring, MD, and Etta Parker of Capitol Heights, MD; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great, great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.