MRS. A. H. PARKER
June 21, 1881-July 12, 1961
Mrs. Nannie Hollis Parker was born in Dale County, Alabama on June 21, 1881. She died in her home in Bossier City, Louisiana on July 12, 1961. Having lived over four score years, Mrs. Parker leaves a wonderful heritage of goodness to bless her name.
Mrs. Parker was married to the Reverend Alvin Hatley Parker on April 14, 1897, near Center, Texas. She served as his helpmate in pastorates in New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. In his memoir in the Journal of the Louisiana Conference of The Methodist Church we read these published words concerning her husband: “He was known and loved for his genuineness, his kindly interest in everyone, his strong convictions, his good sense of humor, and his love for all those little blessings of life and love that too many take for granted.”
We are sure that Brother Parker would have said concerning his wife: “A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.”
Mrs. Parker was a good minister’s wife. She loved the church and was a good member. At the time of her passing she was an Honorary Steward of the First Methodist Church of Bossier City.
Mrs. Parker was truly a good person. Her goodness was the genuine kind, the old-fashioned “salt of the earth” kind of goodness. And, too, her goodness was the gentle and gracious kind. “She opened her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness was on her tongue.”
We can also add that Mrs. Parker’s goodness was the golden kind, making us think of the Master’s rule for life: “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” Mrs. Parker certainly practiced this rule.
The finest thing about the goodness of Mrs. Parker was that it was God’s kind of goodness. She kept the windows of her life wide open to the clean fresh air from the realm of God. We saw the goodness of the Lord in Mrs. Parker’s life.
And now, Mrs. Parker has gone home. She knew that she was living in a world that didn’t belong to her, but rather in a world that belonged to God. She knew that 202 Adair Street, Bossier City, was not her permanent home. She knew that there was a place in the “Father’s house of many mansions” reserved for her.
Mrs. Parker is survived by four daughters and two sons. They are: Mrs. Claude Self, Mrs. Eura Newell, Mrs. O. L. Watkins, Mrs. Allen K. Hagert, O. L. Parker, and H. L. Parker.
“Precious in the eyes of the Lord, is the death of his saints.”
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1962; p. 251 By Jack H. Midyett
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