Donald Ray Parker

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 3, 2012

July 18, 1935 – Aug. 1, 2012

MANIFEST, La. — Services for Donald Ray Parker, 77, of Harrisonburg, who died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at LaSalle General Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Life Pentecostal Church in Manifest with the Rev. David Poole, the Rev. Joel Ford and the Rev. Tony Ganey officiating.

Burial will follow at Heard Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home in Jonesville.

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Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to midnight today at the church.

Mr. Parker was born July 18, 1935, in Catahoula Parish, the son of F.A. and Mae Lea Parker.

Mr. Parker was the owner and operator of Parker Oilfield Company. He was an avid hunter who loved the outdoors. Laughing and enjoying the fellowship of his many friends and family was one of his favorite past times. He was a faithful member of New Life Pentecostal Church in Manifest where he served as a greeter. No one ever entered the doors of the church without being greeted with a smile, a hand shake and a heartfelt welcome.

Donald was such a loving, helpful man, a good man, who will be missed by all.

Mr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, J.C. and Lloyd Parker; one great-granddaughter, Araina Parker; and his first wife, Emma Parker.

Survivors include his loving wife of 17 years, Ina Jo Parker; three sons, Allen Parker and wife, Pauline, of Natchez, Donnie Parker and wife, Becky, of Jonesville and Hank Martin and wife, Paula, of Flora; three daughters, Renae Cotten and husband, Ricky, Becky Hardie and husband, Steve, all of Jonesville, and Tonda Spence and husband, Mike, of Sicily Island; 14 grandchildren, Jeff and Ray Parker, Anthony and Jared Parker, Cambree, Blake, Haylea and Trent Cotten, Brittanie Hardie, Shane and Tyler Spence, Heather Martin Wallace, Derek and Brooke Martin; and three great-grandchildren, Caroline Parker, Hallie Parker and Cade Wallace.

Pallbearers will be grandson, Jeff and Ray Parker, Anthony and Jared Parker, Blake and Trent Cotten, Shane and Tyler Spence, Derek Martin and special friends, Wade Brown, Ashley Haring and Keith Hudnall.