August 26, 1887 - July 15, 1937
|Mrs. Franklin N. Parker was born in East Baton Rouge Parish on August 26, 1878, and died at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, on July 15, 1937.
She was the daughter of S. B. Jones and Margaret Kent and the grand-daughter of Rev. Ben lobes of the. Mississippi Conference and the great granddaughter of Dr. Herman Bangs.
Her early life was spent in Baton Rouge. She united with the First Methodist Church of that city in childhood.
On December 20, 1899, she was married to Dr. F. N. Parker. To this union two children were born—Nell and Margaret, who with Dr. Parker survive her. She is also survived by two brothers, Dr J. McGregor Jones of New Orleans and S. B. Jones of Baton Rouge and one sister, Mrs. Frank B. Preston of Havana, Cuba.
Mrs. Parker bad a wonderful faculty’ for making friends. Every-where she went new
friendships were formed, but old friendships were not forgotten. One of the reasons, no doubt, for her many friends could be found in the Scripture word—”He that would have friends must show himself friendly.”
She was a very practical woman, and her great interest was in the -practical side of religion. One of her chief concerns was social betterment. Her desire was to help people in their struggle in adversity and trouble, and for social justice. She was a great reader. She was much interested in International affairs. She abhorred war and was always an advocate and crusader for peace.
She possessed a radiant personality. She radiated good cheer, op-timism and faith, not only in the home circle but in the wider circle of friends’ and acquaintances. She had little time for long-faced piety. She was always natural. There was no put-a about her—nothing feigned. She was absolutely sincere. She was a tremendous believer and came to the end of the way with unshaken faith and an undying hope.
On Sunday before she went away she and Dr. Parker were at church together. The meat of the sermon was “I am debtor to the Greeks and to the barbarians.” In the close of the sermon the preacher spoke of immortally—not as a theory, but as a great comforting fact. On their way home Mrs. Parker said to Dr. Parker— “I have worshipped today.” More than once she spoke of the comforting and inspiring message with this thought of immortality in her mind, and with this blessed assurance in her heart, she went away to live in God’s House forever.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 105-106, 1937, by W. W. Holmes|