James “Wayne” Parker passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at his home in Daphne, AL. He was born on October 3, 1935, in Jackson, AL to Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Parker, Jr. and joining his older brother, Gene.
Wayne spent his early years living at Old Lock #1 on the Tombigbee River where his dad was employed by the US Army Corp of Engineers. At an early age his family moved to Parkertown, Alabama, just north of Jackson. Wayne was a graduate of Jackson High School and The University of Alabama where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. He loved Alabama football and went to most of the games until his health declined. He had the same reserved seats for over forty years! He was also a member of the Baldwin County Red Elephant Club and the Alumni Club. Wayne was employed by Scott Paper Company for over thirty years until he retired and then became self-employed. He is predeceased by his only brother, Gene Parker and fur baby, Sport.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 40 years, Faye S. Parker; and son, John R. Lacy; his four very much-loved nieces he affectionately called, “The Parker Girls”, Myra, Marsha, Mona, and Melinda; his sister in law, Ellen Parker; also surviving are his niece, Terri McConnell; nephews, Jeremy and Josh Lankford; and his beloved fur baby pups, Sammy and Sinatra.
Wayne was a charter member of Jubilee Baptist Church where he was active in several areas including the Friends Sunday School class as long as his health allowed. He loved his church and his church family. He was the best husband and father. His good laughter, selfless and giving nature of his love was extended to family and friends in so many ways. He was a good friend to many people.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Thursday evening, January 5, 2023 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm at Jubilee Baptist Church, 9264 Pleasant Rd, Daphne, AL 36526, with a brief service immediately following at 6:00pm. Graveside services will be Friday, January 6, 11:00am, at Bermuda Community Cemetery in Monroeville, AL. Officiating will be Dr. Paul Matthews.
Pall bearers will be Norman McAllister, Jim Reid, Jeff Hester, Joey Hester, Larry Connor, and Mark McLendon. Honorary pallbearers will be Friends Sunday School Class, Jeremy and Josh Lankford, Allen Perdue, and Jim Williams.
Though the family will receive flowers, they suggest memorial donations be made to Jubilee Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 267, Daphne, AL 36526, or your favorite charity. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL 36526.
Wayne was a very Special Friend. He was my deceased husband, Bill Taylor, best friend at Pi Kappa Phi at the U of A.
Faye, my Prayers are with you and John.
With Love, Lois
Faye and John, so sorry to hear about Wayne! Please know you
and your family are in our prayers
and thoughts. I never saw Wayne not smiling. May God give comfort and strength in this time of sorrow!
What an amazing man he was! He served the Lord in a special way especially during the early days when Jubilee Baptist Church was formed. Praying for all the family!
A special friend for over 60 years. Not only a friend but a special person. My prayers for his family will continue.
Faye and John, I am so thankful that you had so many wonderful years with Wayne. As he put it, you both were his heart. Our prayers are with you both. Murray and Linda Segrest
Wayne was a friend to many. He was loved and will be missed. Our love and prayers are with you, Faye and John. “Friends” Sunday School Class.
Faye and John, so sad to hear of Wayne’s passing. He is home now but his presence here will by missed. Wayne and Faye, you were the most wonderful neighbors in Lake Forest for many years. Thanks for that blessing.
Greg and Sue Combs