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John Earl Parker

October 10, 1956 ~ July 15, 2021 (age 64)
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John E. Parker, 64 of Tega Cay, SC, died at 9:00 PM, Thursday, July 15, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family. 

Born in Butler, PA, October 10, 1956, he was the son of Harry (Hap) and Janet (Jan) Davis Parker.

John was a graduate of Karns City High School class of 1975.

In March of 1998 John and his family moved to League City, TX to further employment opportunities.  A second relocation to Fort Mill, SC in July of 2004 offered the next chapters in his book of life.  John was proficient in many trades and over the years he was employed at a variety of companies including; the family’s Parker Plumbing business in Chicora, PA; Witco Chemical in Petrolia, PA; Culligan Water Conditioning in Butler, PA and Houston, TX; Jacobson, Textron in Charlotte, NC; DES Training in Rock Hill, SC; Massey Mountain Firearms Training in Fort Mill, SC; and O’Reilly Auto Parts in Fort Mill, SC.

John was a member of the Masons, Corinthian Lodge No. 416, A.F.M Rock Hill, SC. and a life member of the NRA.  The passion for the NRA drove John to become a concealed carry instructor and many other certifications.  He was and instructor for Law Enforcement and participated in multiple classes of shooting competitions. John chaired for many years the Friends of NRA, Rock Hill, SC, banquet working to raise funds to support Fort Mill High School students participating in gun competition.

John was most compassionate about his love of Standard Poodle dogs and protecting the constitution of the Unites States of America.   He will be remembered in the area for being a firearm & South Carolina concealed weapons instructor. John was willing to share his knowledge with anyone. 

John E. Parker is survived by his wife Gayle (Klein) of 42 years, and his son, Michael Harry Parker of Fort Mill, SC. 

He is also survived by siblings Charles (Dodi) Parker of Chicora, PA and Cynthia (Terry) Morrow of Fenelton, PA, sister-in-law Susanne (Rafael) Duran, nephews Bryan Duran and Greg (Jessica) Parker, nieces Jill Morrow, Jennifer (David) Morrow, and Megan (Jimmy) Werkmeister and great nieces Shelby, Myra, Kenlee and Marley, aunts Joanne Klein of Orange City, FL and Joanne Parker Hartman of Fort Myers, FL.

John was preceded in death by his parents Harry (Hap) and Janet (Jan) Parker.

A celebration of life will be held at the family’s convenience a future date.

Please remember John with love and laughter that he felt for all family and friends.

The family suggests donations be made in John’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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