Parker, Eliza Penn (Mrs. J.A.)

1/19/1920

ELIZA PENN (Mrs. J.A.) PARKER
1846 - January 19, 1920
 
She was born in Cotton Valley, Ala., in 1846, and died in Greenville, Texas, January 16, 1920, and buried in Lafayette, La., the Rev. Harry W. Rickey conducting the funeral services.
In 1870 she was married to the Rev. J. A. Parker, D.D., an able scholar and a lead-ing member of the Louisiana Conference, a prince among preachers.
Her children were Mrs. Mattie Lou Campbell, Greenville, Texas; Mrs. Annie Lee Hopkins, Lafayette, La.; L. L. Parker, El Paso, Texas; James N. Parker Orange, Texas; Howard Parker, who died in 1917, who was mentally afflicted by a fractured skull in early boyhood; Benjamin Sligh Parker, who was killed in target practice in 1894.
Mrs. Parker was a talented woman, of distinguished stock, organizer of woman’s societies, popular with young people, gifted in hospitality. Her home entertained bishops, and distinguished servants of God. Active in church work, she led a busy life. In 1909, Parker became partially blind and she had to he eyes for his beloved employ. He affectionately termed her his “Junior Preacher.”
She died well; her last months were full of prayer, song, and praise of the grace of God. We laid her to rest beside her distinguished dead.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1920, page 67, by Harry W. Rickey