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James Thomas Parker

James Thomas Parker

EAST FLAT ROCK — James Thomas Parker, 85, of East Flat Rock, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, July 8, 2013 at his home.

He served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS James D. Stienerker and was of the Baptist Faith. James worked for Asplundh Tree Service and General Electric before moving to Detroit, MI, in 1965 to work for Ford Motor Company. After moving his family back to Henderson County in 1970 he worked as a carpenter until his retirement.

He loved the Lord with all his might and all his heart and all his soul.

He lived for the weekends, when he could go deer hunting. He also was very proud of his participation on the first Honor Air Flight here in Henderson County.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Marilyn Parker and is survived by his five loving daughters, Cindy Hudson, of Zirconia, Lynnelle Hardin of Hendersonville, Nancy Flynn, Linda Yost, Hannah Parker all of Flat Rock; a brother, Lee Parker of East Flat Rock; two sisters; ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather that his family could have ever asked for. He will be truly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Maranatha Baptist Church with the Rev. Lewis Staton and Dr. R. Larry Appleby officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at the funeral home.

A register book is available online for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.