Mr. Elmer Otis. Parker,
Thank You Mr. Parker!
For all of your help
You will be Missed
Charlotte Baxter Hensley
submitted by James V. Delk
The attached is from the Feb. 22, 2002
Columbia STATE obit section as found
on the internet.
LUDOWICI, Ga. - Services for
Elmer O. Parker, 86, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2002
at Jones Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Stokes officiating. The
body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services. Burial
will be in Jones Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Giffin, Jeff Parker,
Jay Gordon, Mark Baxter, Bobby Chestnutt and Samuel Shons. Visitation will
be from 6-8 this evening at Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup, Ga. Memorials
may be made to Jones Creek Baptist Church.
Mr. Parker died Wednesday, February 20, 2002 in Providence Hospital in Columbia after a short illness. Born in Long County, Ga., he had lived in Columbia for the past 28 years subsequent to his retirement as assistant Director of the National Archives, Washington, D.C. Prior to his association with the National Archives, he was a public school teacher and principal and had served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a graduate of Brewton Parker College and Georgia Southern University. In 1975, his name appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, in Newsweek magazine and in hundreds of newspapers across the land because Congress, on the basis of a discovery he made in the National Archives, voted to restore the U.S. citizenship of Gen. Robert E. Lee which had been lost when
Lee led Confederate Armies in defense of his native state during the War for Southern Independence. He was a well-known historian and genealogist and the author of several books, including the History of Jones Creek Church. He was a member of that church and of the prestigious Jamestown Society.
Surviving are daughters, Susan Kay Baker of Columbia and Elizabeth P. Griffin of Roanoke, Va.; sisters, Marinelle P. Chestnutt of Ludowici and Anita P. Gordon
of Jesup; grandchildren, Mary E. Schons, Samuel Schons and Margaret Schons.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Essel Griffin Parker.
Savannah Morning News
Elmer O. Parker
Columbia, SC - Elmer O. Parker,
86, died Feb. 20 at Providence Hospital,
Columbia, SC. The Long Co. native
had lived in Columbia, SC for the past
28 years. He was a member of the
Jones Creek Baptist Church, retired
in 1973 form the Civil Service with
National Archives, Washington, DC,
attended Brewton Parker College and
Georgia Teachers College (Now Georgia Southern). He was a former school teacher and a Veteran of WWII. In 1975, his name appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, News Week Magazine, and hundreds of newspapers across the land when congress, on a basis of a discovery, he made in the National Archives restored to Robert E. Lee the Citizenship he lost defending his native state from invasion during the war for Southern Independence. He was a well known Historian & Genealogist & he has written several books on Genealogy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Essel Griffin
Parker. Survivors: daughters, Susan Kay
Baker of Columbia, SC and
Elizabeth P. Griffin of Roanoke, VA;
sisters, Marinelle P. Chestnutt
of Ludowici and Anita P. Gordon
of Jesup; grandchildren, Mary E. Schons, Samuel Schons, & Margaret Schons. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p. m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services: 2:00 p. m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Jones Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Stokes
officiating. The body will lie in state for one hour at the church prior
to services. Burial: Jones Creek Cemetery, Ludowici. Remembrances: Jones
Creek Baptist church, Ludowici, GA 31316. Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home