Agnes Salter Parker, 76

by | June 13, 2018 2:04 pm

   Funeral services for Agnes Salter Parker, 76, were held June 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Swainsboro City Auditorium. Interment followed in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. On Monday, June 4, 2018, she completed her earthly mission following a brief illness.
   Deaconess Agnes Salter Parker was born on July 25, 1941, to the late Ms. Maggie Lee Salter and Mr. Sunny Duggins in Tennille. After the death of her parents, she was reared by the late Mr. Horace and Mrs. Mary Ann Jordan.
   She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Later in her adult life, she relocated to Swainsboro, where she met the love of her life, Mr. Lee Edward Parker. After a short courtship, the two were united in holy matrimony on May 8, 1960. After the marriage, the Parkers were blessed with two children, Gerald and Tammy, whom they spoiled and loved unconditionally.
   Parker moved her membership from Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church to Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church before her marriage, but after her marriage, she united with Trinity Missionary Baptist Church alongside her husband, Deacon Lee Edward Parker, to continue her walk of faith in God.
   Parker served faithfully and cheerfully in numerous capacities within the church. She served on the mother’s board, was president of the senior choir, and was part of the deaconess ministry. She was a member of Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church No. 114 Eastern Star and the Jethro Council Benevolence Society. After the death of her husband, she moved her membership to Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Swainsboro to be with the majority of the family, where she could continue serving God and remained a faithful member unto death.
   She followed her passion for children and families by opening the first black-owned daycare xenter, known throughout Georgia as “The Love and Care Daycare Center.” She matriculated through Swainsboro Technical College and was a certified childcare provider. She worked at Emanuel County Hospital and Ithaca for many years until she and her husband decided to open her own previously-mentioned business. She and her husband were also employed by Shephard, Gary, and McWhorter Law Firm for more than 30 years.
   In addition to her biological parents and second parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Lee Edward Parker; a daughter, Ms. Tammy L. Parker; and a brother, Mr. William Graham Jr.
   Survivors include three daughters/granddaughters, Alexandria L. (Mark) Walden, Alexis T. Parker–Roberson, and Agneilia L. Parker–Roberson, all of Swainsboro, GA; one son, Gerald Lee Parker of Douglas; a stepdaughter, Joe Ann Noriega of Newark, New Jersey; one sister, Willie Lee Jordan of Sandersville; one brother, Willie L. (Gladys) Graham Jr. of Boston, Massachusets; an adopted brother, Rev. James (Mae Rose) Allen of Miami, Florida; two additional granddaughters, La’Toya (Willie) Roper of Evans and Gerkerea Hodges of Huntsville, Alabama; four grandsons, Christopher Parker and Gerald L. Parker Jr., both of Swainsboro, Antonio J. Scott of Columbia, South Carolina, and Rashad Hodges of Sandersville; five great–grandchildren she reared as her grandchildren, McKinley L. Walden, Taylor L. Roper, R’Tavien L. Green, Tyler A. Roper, and Landon E. Green; one aunt, Vernell Salter of Sandersville; one daughter–in–law, Willie Dean Parker of Swainsboro; six sisters–in–law, Mattie M. Parker, Alma W. Parker, Christine Parker, Mary M. Parker, all of Swainsboro, Annie Bell Graham of Macon, and Maggie Pearl Salter of Sandersville; two brothers–in–law, Deacon Ralph (Lutricia) Parker and Deacon Johnny L. Parker, both of Swainsboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, adopted grandchildren, other relatives, and sorrowing friends.
   Pallbearers were her nephews.
   Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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