Kenneth Parker, 80, of French Creek, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1932, at Knawls Creek in Braxton County, a son of the late Ause H. and Nettie Frances Bacorn Parker.
Surviving is his wife, Cheryl Jean Shaffer Parker.
Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth Stephen Parker and wife, Tammy, of Mineral Wells, and William Andrew Parker and wife, Cynthia, of Buckhannon; one daughter, Kennetha Lynette Howes and husband, Mark, of Hacker Valley; one daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Parker of Weston; four stepsons, John Nathan Allen and wife, Susie, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mark Justin Allen and wife, Shana, of Huttonsville, Robert Nevin Allen and wife, Jodi, of Buckhannon, and Kristin Rogers; one stepdaughter Kandi Genis; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Juanita Stutler; several nieces and nephews; and former wife, Sharon Arnold.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret E. Parker; one son, J.B. Parker; one sister, Grace Hardman; and three brothers, William Parker, Brad Parker and Fred Parker.
Mr. Parker served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was retired as a central office technician for Bell Atlantic. He was a member of the Upper West Fork River Watershed Association, the Board of Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee and the Board of the Tri-County Clinic in Rock Cave. He helped organize and start the Southern Upshur Business Association (SUBA). He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Buckhannon.
The family received friends Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the funeral hour, today at the First Presbyterian Church of Buckhannon with the Rev. Bill Harrison and Rev. Julie Sterling officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Following the interment, a reception for family and friends will be held at the Christian FellowshipChurch on Norvell Avenue in Buckhannon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gathering at Sweet Creek in the care of William A. Parker, PO Box 965, Buckhannon, WV 26201 or the J.B. Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund at Glenville State College, 200 High St., Glenville, WV 26351.
Online condolences may be extended to the Parker family at www.heavnerandcutright.com.
The Parker family has entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.