Family of Priestly Ezekial PARKER (15) & Joanna Frances MURPHY
Obituary: Joseph Priestly Parker, eldest son of the late Priestly E.and Mrs. Joan Murphy Parker, was born at Clarksburg, Carroll County, May 27th, 1856, and died at his home in Lexington, October 31, 1926, from Bright's disease. He was one of ten children, with three brothers, Syd G., Portageville, Missouri, Will, San Antonia, Texas, and Tom J., Little Rock, Arkansas. His father died in 1909 and his mother in 1917. At the age of 19 years Mr. Parker was wed to Miss Mary Barnhill, and of the children born to this union, nine survive, the mother passing away, November 30, 1920. The children are Mrs. Libbie Barnhill, Rosebud, Texas, Will, Miss Lila and Paul of Lexington, Dr. Sam T. Parker and Mrs. Lizzie Appleby, Jackson, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Crockett, Bruceton,, and George and John, Wildersville. All children were raised in Wildersville where their father was a merchant until January 1, 1920,, since which time the home was maintained in Wildersville until last September 14th, when he bought a home on North Main St., vacated by his son, Dr. Sam T. , who moved to Jackson. Mr. Parker had been a member of the Southern Methodist Church for many years and a good citizen. We hear many say that Joe Parker was a great man to help the poor and trust them to repay him, which many did. He did well his work in life and seemed prepared to give an account to his Judge and God at the end. The body was laid to rest in the Jones Cemetery near old Cross Roads, the early home of the Parker family.
In Apr 1876 when Joseph Priest was 19, he married Mary Elizabeth BARNHILL, daughter of William BARNHILL. Born on 30 Nov 1855 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 65, Mary Elizabeth died in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee on 30 Nov 1920. Buried in 1920 in Jones Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Mollie".
Obituary: Dies Suddenly: The many friends of a large family were sadly shocked last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning by the news that Mrs. J.P. Parker had died suddenly in her home in Wildersville November 30th. Mrs. Parker had been in failing health, but on the evening of her death she ate supper as usual and felt as well as common until about 7 o'clock, when she was taken with pain in her heart and smothering, followed by her death in about 30 minutes. Mary Elizabeth Barnhill, daughter of the late William Barnhill, was born in Henderson County, November 30, 1855, hence died on the 65th anniversary of her birth. In the month of April, 1876, she was most happily married to Mr. Joe P. Parker and of the ten children born to the union, one died in infancy and the following nine survive: Libbie (Mrs. W.H. Barnhill), Marlin, Texas; Will P., Lexington; Lessie (Mrs. W.F. Appleby), Lexington; Lila, at home; Dr. Sam T. Parker, Lexington, and John, Paul, George and Mary, yet at home. The funeral service was held in the home Wednesday afternoon and was conducted Rev. T.H. Davis, Atwood, fomer pastor of the M.E. Church, South, at Wildersville, the deceased having been a communicant in that faith for many years. The service in the home was immediately followed by interment in the Jones graveyard, two miles west of Wildersville.
They had the following children:
43. Sidney George PARKER. Born on 22 Jun 1860. At the age of 76, Sidney George died in 1937. Buried in 1937 in Jones Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1906. Resided in Darden, Hendeson County, Tennessee in 1917. Resided in Portageville, New Madrid County, Missouri in 1926. Occupation: He had a general merchandise store in Darden, Henderson County, Tennessee.
On 13 May 1880 when Sidney George was 19, he married Frances Provie BARNHILL. Born in 1863. At the age of 70, Frances Provie died in 1933. Buried in 1933 in Jones Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee.
They had the following children:
44. Willie Rufus PARKER. Born on 8 Aug 1865. At the age of 74, Willie Rufus died on 14 Sep 1939. Resided in San Antonio, Texas in 1917.
William Rufus Parker received a law degree from Texas University in September 1901. He practiced law until his death.
On 25 Dec 1895 when Willie Rufus was 30, he married Sue Alice SHOAF. Born on 25 Oct 1876. At the age of 86, Sue Alice died on 28 Feb 1963.
They had the following children:
45. Lewis Jackson PARKER. Born on 26 Nov 1867 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 46, Lewis Jackson died in Gershorm, Pontotoc County, Mississippi on 8 Mar 1914. Buried in Mar 1914 in Martin, Tennessee. Resided in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1906.
Obituary: Lewis J. Parker; Former Henderson Countian Meets Tragic Death by His Own Hand at Gershorm, Mississippi: Last Sunday morning the startling news came to Lexington that Lewis J. Parker had killed himself near Gershorm, Mississippi, causing sorrow to many relatives and friends in this county where Mr. Parker was born and reared. The details of this tragedy are meager. Mr. Parker and his business partner, Mr. I.N. Joyner had talked together that morning, going over the existing depression of prices on their products. In addition Mr. Parker is said to have been depressed by fact that he was soon to undergo an operation which once before had nearly cost his life. Mr. Parker was in bed, covered up, when he fired with a revolver the fatal shot which took effect in his head and caused instant death. The remains were brought back to Martin, Tennessee, where Mr. Parker had built for his family three years ago a splendid home with all modern furnishings. Lewis J., son of the late Priest Parker and Mrs. Joan Parker, who yet survives, was born in Henderson County, November 26, 1867. He was happily married to Miss Mattie Spellings of Buena Vista, Carroll County, July 21, 1891, and to the union six children were born, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are John, Verdie, Hattie, and Lewis. For several years Mr. Parker was in the mercantile business at Wildersville, this county, and in the stave business here and in Carroll County as a member of the Spellings-Rosser Stave Company and later the Parker-Joyner Stave Company, which was moved to Gershorm, Mississippi, in 1907. Mr. Parker and others bought a large tract of timbered land in Pontotoc County. From the first, the Mississippi venture was reputed a success and Mr. Parker was credited with having accumulated quite a valuable estate. Mr. Parker was a member of the Baptist Church at Wildersville and later at Martin. Mr. Parker was a hustler every day of his life since the days when he attended school in Lexington and clerked in a Lexington store. He was full of resources and always had the energy and will to meet any emergency. He was a business man of value in any community and the business world is the loser by his untimely and tragic death. For many years he was a friend and true friend to this office, sending back to it his printing to be done ever since his location in Mississippi. To this office, he was a friend and indeed and in every way we shall miss him. May God reconcile his people to his loss, especially the aged mother and devoted wife.
Obituary: From "Tennessee: The Volunteer State 1769-1923"
LEWIS JACKSON PARKER
(Volume 3, page 616)
In the passing of Lewis Jackson Parker, Martin lost a highly respected and esteemed citizen. A native of Tennessee, his birth occurred in Wildersville on the 26th of November, 1867, a son of Priestly E. and Joanna Frances (Murphey) Parker, the latter a native of this state. Priestly E. Parker was born in Orange county, North Carolina on the 10th of June, 1828, and came with his parents to West Tennessee a short time afterward. In the acquirement of his early education Lewis Jackson Parker attended the Public schools of Henderson county and began his business career at an early age, becoming an employee of J. N. Hall. Immediately after his marriage Mr. Parker returned to Wildersville and remained there for some fifteen years. being associated with his father-in-law in business. At the age of thirty-five years he closed what was at that time one of the largest Mississippi timber deals, buying on option one thousand, eight hundred and seventy acres of land, five hundred of which were in cultivation. He then built a stave plant and sawmill on the land and became one of the most prosperous men in that community. He resided in Pontotoc county, Mississippi six years and at the termination of that time returned to Tennessee and in 1912 located in Martin. He built a magnificent home here and retired from active business, although he retained his interest in the stave and sawmill business in Mississippi. During the two years of his residence in this community he did much to improve the public welfare and his demise on the 8th of March, 1914, came as a severe blow to his many friends. On the 21st of July, 1890, occurred the marriage of Mr. Parker to Miss Martha Lue Spellings, the ceremony being performed at Buena Vista, Carroll county, this state. Her parents, John and Elizabeth (Hamilton) Spellings, were both natives of Tennessee and prominent residents in the community in which they made their home. Her father was born in Carroll county in 1840 and upon the outbreak of the Civil war he was quick to put all personal interests aside and enlist in the Federal army. He participated in most of the strategic battles of that war and was in active service four years. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Parker four children were horn: John Spellings, whose birth occurred on the 1st of June, 1896, and who married Miss Minnie Clara Mayo, a resident of Pontotoc county, Mississippi; Verda Marie, who was born on tile 81st of July, 1898, and who is now the wife of Edward M. Burge, of Martin: Hattie Mae, born March 23, 1902; and Lewis Priestly, whose birth occurred on the 1st of February, 1909. Mrs. Parker is a true southern gentlewoman and is Prominently known in Martin, where she has many friends. Throughout his life Mr. Parker gave his political endorsement to the democratic party and although he never sought nor desired public preferment he was ever cognizant of the duties and responsibilities as well as the privileges of good citizenship and no movement for the development or improvement of the community ever sought his aid in vain. He well merited the success he achieved in life and the confidence and respect in which he was held by his fellowmen.
On 21 Jul 1891 when Lewis Jackson was 23, he married Martha Louda SPELLINGS, daughter of John SPELLINGS & Elizabeth HAMILTON, in Caroll County, Tennessee. Born on 7 Nov 1871 in Buena Vista, Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 84, Martha Louda died on 9 Aug 1956. Resided in Martin, Weakley County, Tennessee in 1914. Alias/AKA: "Mattie".
They had the following children:
46. Thomas Jefferson PARKER. Born on 4 Jul 1876. At the age of 76, Thomas Jefferson died on 25 Jan 1953. Resided in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1917. Resided in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1926.
Thomas Jefferson married Sadie WILLIAMS.
They had one child:
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