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Thomas Gibbons Parker, obituary

Thomas Gibbons Parker, 89 of Franklin, Tenn., died March 20, 2013. 

Mr. Parker was a native Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Parker was a member of Forest Home Church in Franklin. Mr. Parker graduated from Father Ryan High School as salutatorian of the Class of 1941 and served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater in World War II in Company G, 309th Infantry, 78th Division. Mr. Parker was the recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, as he was wounded in battle after crossing the Rhine River into Germany when the allies captured the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen. Mr. Parker worked 45 years for Greyhound Lines where he held various management positions until his retirement as Southeast Regional Marketing Director in 1986. After retirement, Thomas and Peggy enjoyed traveling and traveled extensively.

Mr. Parker was an outstanding athlete himself, and made the all-tournament team in the fast pitch softball world series when he was 16 and was offered but declined a professional baseball contract at 17. Mr. Parker beat state champions in both horseshoes and ping pong, and was an outstanding bowler. Mr. Parker enjoyed all sports and the outdoors and was an avid hunter and golfer with a hole in one at McCabe. Mr. Parker loved watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play more than a thousand games. Mr. Parker was a beloved Dad and PawPaw and a blessing to all his family and all who knew him.

He will be greatly missed!

Mr. Parker and his wife, Lillie Christine (Peggy) Jenkins Parker shared a true love story for 64 years and he provided incredible, loving care when she was ill.

Mr. Parker was preceded in death by parents, Thomas Davis and Nellie Mae Gibbons Parker; sisters, Christine Parker Cage, Catherine Parker Sutton and Lillie Parker Plavich and his wife Lillie Christine (Peggy) Jenkins Parker.

Mr. Parker is survived by 4 children Linda Parker (Michael) O’Neal, Thomas Jenkins (Susan) Parker, Patrick Gibbons (Tammy) Parker, Cindy Parker (Rick) Brown; 12 grandchildren Amber Parker (John) Pierce, Thomas S. (Katie), Justin, Chris (Kristen), Patrick, Daniel, Andrew, and Paige Parker, Sarah O’Neal (Paul) Flanigen, Lauren Christine Brown (Derek) Smith, Parker and Davis Brown; 10 great grandchildren, Lily, Ryan, Johno, Anna and Jody Pierce, Farris, Cook, Mason and Maggie Parker, and Lillie Smith; 8 nieces and nephews; 7 great nieces and nephews; additional extended family and in-laws.

Memorial services were held Sunday, March 24 in the chapel of Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, Tenn. 37203, Forest Home Church, or the charity of your choice. 

Arrangements are by Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Franklin.

Posted on: 3/25/2013


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