Kenneth Osborne Parker Sr., 72, a native of Whistler and a longtime resident of Greenville, died on Oct. 6 at a local hospital. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Henry and Charles Parker of Mobile; and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie Dale Parker; and three children: daughter, Marcia Shutz of Mobile; sons, Kenneth (Regina) Osborne Parker, Jr. of Greenville; Douglas (Sonny) Parker of Mobile; grandchildren, Cody Ryan Parker of Greenville; and Taylor Marie Parker of Montgomery; A special friend loved as a son, Chris (Joyce) Sells and his daughter Hannah of Greenville; brothers, Rennie (Becky) Parker of Mobile; Mike (Balyn) Parker of Mobile; sister, Sylvia (Jack) Pickett of Mobile;
Kenneth was an avid outsdoorman. He loved to hunt and fish and only took what he needed. He cared greatly for animals, big and small, and there were hardly any trees or animals in the woods that he was unable to identify. Kenneth was self-employed for many years becoming a nurse in the later part of his life, a profession he loved. He was also an avid reader. He loved the written word, sometimes reading a book a day. Above all, he loved Jesus Christ, his family, his friends and his old black dog.
The funeral service was held Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home. Burial followed at Sunrise Memorial Park. Visitation was held on Oct. 10 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home. Dunklin & Daniels will be directing. For online condolences, please visit www.dunklinanddanielsfh.com.