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James David “Jim” Parker, 64

James David “Jim” Parker, 64

James David “Jim” Parker, 64, loving husband, father and friend to so many passed away on December 26, 2016 at his son’s home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late James Arthur and Mary Lee Rhodes Parker.
Born on September 24, 1952 in Henderson County, he spent most of his childhood there with his family in Edneyville, NC. Jim graduated from Cocoa High School in Florida, before moving back to North Carolina with his family in 1970, to attend barber school. After graduating from Durham Barber School and Roffler Academy in NC, he began working in Asheville and Brevard, until establishing “Hair Kutters” in Hendersonville, NC, an Apollo franchise. Jim served the community for more than 40 years with his caring, loving and “special gift” of who he was. He was an avid outdoors man, who enjoyed sharing those experiences with everyone who knew him.
The family extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Hendersonville Hematology & Oncology, particularly Dr. Radford. Their dedication enabled us to have the gift of more time with Jim.
He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia Taylor “Ginny” Parker, two sons, James Cameron Parker (wife Diane), and Cory Taylor Parker. He is also survived by his Aunt Betty Ann Griffin and several cousins.
In remembrance of Jim, live humbly and show compassion to all those who happen to cross your path in life. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Cancer Research Institute by visiting or to the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy by visiting
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 2, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, located at 312 5th Ave W, Hendersonville, NC 28739.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.