Robbie J. Parker Jr.

Published 1:19 pm Thursday, May 26, 2016

Robbie J. Parker, Jr.

May 25, 2016

Robbie J. Parker, Jr., 57, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Newnan, Ga.

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The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Bethany Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Matthews and Rev. Ron McCaskill officiating. Interment will follow at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery with Alan Davis, Terry Curles, Benny Hatton, Rusty Hatton, John Cawvey and Hank Cannon serving as active pallbearers. The Bethany Seekers Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Baptist Church, P. O. Box 672, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818.

Robbie Parker was born September 3, 1958 in Bainbridge, the son of Robbie Johnson Parker, Sr. and Betty Jean Lambert Parker. He was a graduate of Bainbridge Christian School. Robbie was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and Decatur County Young Farmers. He served several years on the executive board of Georgia Young Farmers and eventually fulfilled a term as Georgia Young Farmers President. Robbie worked side by side with his son, John, as co-owner of Yard Shapers.

Robbie was an overall wearing, chew tobacco spitting, grass cutting farmer. He loved life and he loved sharing life. Robbie was always smiling and cutting the fool. He never failed to ask about “your mama and ‘em.” Robbie was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things in life like food, family, friends, fellowship, and fishing. Service was part of who Robbie was. In addition to his service with GYF, he also served on Decatur County Board of Education for 12 years and taught Sunday School for many years at Calvary Baptist Church and Bethany Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Connie M. Parker; his children, Robbie J. “John” Parker III and his wife, Mandy, of Bainbridge, Will Parker and his wife, Catie, of Andalusia, Ala. and James Gilbourn of Bainbridge; his parents, R. Johnson and Betty L. Parker; his sister, Dr. D’Nena Parker Lanier and her husband, Bill, of Bainbridge; his mother-in-law, Bernett G. Matthews; his brother-in-law, Roy Matthews and his wife, Jennifer; his sister-in-law, Sheila Matthews; his grandson, Fisher Lake Parker; and several nieces and nephews.