Mr. Gerald T. Parker, age 86 of Murray, Kentucky died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Oakview Nursing & Rehab Center in Calvert City, Kentucky.
Mr. Parker was born in Murray, Kentucky on October 8, 1935, to the late R. Don Parker and Anna M. Barrow Parker. He was a Graduate of Murray Training School Class of 1953 and later graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Engineering Class of 1963 with an Electrical Engineering Degree and majored in Mathematics, Physics and Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. He also was a graduate of the United States Naval Officer Candidate School in 1963 and the United States Naval Destroyer School Class of 1967. Mr. Parker retired as Lt. Commander from the United States Navy serving from 1953 – 1974 during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He served proudly aboard the USS Prairie, USS Sperry, USS Lexington, USS Tattnall and USS Perkins. Mr. Parker was a former long-term member of Oaks Country Club and loved his family with all his heart and all things golf.
In addition to his parents Mr. Parker was preceded in death by his wife, Bronda Sue Lockhart Parker, who died on March 6, 2019; and by two brothers, Max Dale Parker and Rob Wayne Parker.
Mr. Parker is survived by one daughter, Sharon Lynn Parker Boulton and husband Jon of Paducah, Kentucky; one son, Thomas Ray Parker and wife Lori of Powder Springs, Georgia; one sister, Kathye Fostine Parker Green and husband Clifford of Rockvale, Tennessee; one brother, Larry Gene Parker and wife Judy of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Jason Thomas Goodyke and wife Detreous of Paducah, Kentucky, Ryan Thomas Parker and wife Jennifer of Kennesaw, Georgia, Patricia Lynn Horsley and husband Danny of Hiram, Georgia, Brandon Ray Parker and Ocoee of Roswell, Georgia, and Mallory Kate Strickland and husband Todd of Dallas, Georgia; as well as 16 great – grandchildren, Azlyn Michelle Goodyke, Preston Jay Goodkye, Makayla Noel Parker, Savannah Grace Parker, Peyton Catherine Parker, Holton James Thomas Parker, Saylor Faith Parker, Adam Lee Horsley, Anna Elise Horsley, Emma Rose Horsley, Sophie Lynne Horsley, Maddie Rae Parker, Zoey Lane Parker, Price Kingsley Strickland, Tripp Thomas Strickland, and Lacy Kate Strickland.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at the Murray City Cemetery. Pastor Danny Horsley will officiate, and burial will follow. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com