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Priestly Ezekiel Parker

1828 - 1906


     Our little town is draped in sadness at the death of our friend and brother, P.E. Parker, which occurred at his late home on January 25th. Deceased was born in Orange County, North Carolina, on June 10th, 1828, and moved soon after with his parents, Dr. John and Sallie Parker, to West Tennessee where he spent his long and useful life. His illness was of short duration, he having taken pneumonia about one week before his death. He leaves his grief stricken wife, Mrs. Joan F. (Joan Francis Murphy) and five sons, viz: Joe P., Sidney G. and Lewis J. Parker of Wildersville; Will R. Parker of San Antonio, Texas, and Tom J. Parker of of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. His was a long, useful, active and energetic life and few men have impressed themselves so forcibly and favorably as "Uncle Priest", as he was called by those who loved his admirable traits of character. Only eternity can tell the good he has done for this and adjoining counties. During his lifetime he sold goods at Clarksburg, Huntingdon, Brodies Landing, and Wildersville, and during that time he was continually doing good for his country. He professed religion and joined the Baptist Church in 1898 and has lived a consistent Christian life until death. While we mourn for Uncle Priest, we remember his noble character, his devotion to duty, his long life of usefulness. Goodbye huband, father, Christian brother and fellow citizen, may we meet again beyond the grave. -- M.F.P. Wildersville, Tennessee, January 30, 1906

The Lexington Progress, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee.




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