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Elmer Oris Parker
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Birth: Mar. 24, 1915
Long County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 20, 2002
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA

Services for Elmer O. Parker, 86, will be held at 2 pm Saturday, February 23, 2002 at Jones Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Stokes officiating. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Jones Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Griffin, Jeff Parker, Jay Gordon, Mark Baxter, Bobby Chestnutt and Samuel Shons. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 this evening at Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup, Ga. Memorials may be made to Jones Creek Baptist Church.
Mr. Parker died Wednesday, February 20, 2002 in Providence Hospital in Columbia after a short illness. Born in Long County, Ga., he had lived in Columbia for the past 28 years subsequent to his retirement as assistant Director of the National Archives, Washington, D. C. Prior to his association with the National Archives, he was a public school teacher and principal and had served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a graduate of Brewton Parker College and Georgia Southern University. In 1975, his name appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, in Newsweek magazine and in hundreds of newspapers across the land because Congress, on the basis of a discovery he made in the National Archives, voted to restore the U.S. citizenship of Gen. Robert E. Lee which had been lost when Lee led Confederate Armies in defense of his native state during the War of Southern Independence. He was a well-known historian and genealogist and the author of several books, including the History of Jones Creek Church. He was a member of that church and of the prestigious Jamestown Society.
Surviving are daughters, Susan Kay Baker of Columbia and Elizabeth P. Griffin of Roanoke, Va,; sisters, Marinelle P. Chestnutt of Ludowici and Anita P. Gordon of Jesup; grandchildren Mary E. Schons, Samuel Schons and Margaret Schons.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Essel Griffin Parker. (bio by: Joyce Tinsley) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Daniel Scott Parker (1888 - 1962)
  Katie Lee Baxter Parker (1897 - 1994)
 
 Spouse:
  Essel Griffin Griffin Parker (1924 - 1981)
 
 Children:
  Susan Kay Parker Baker (1944 - 2009)*
  Susan Kay Parker Baker (1944 - 2009)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elmer Oris Parker (1915 - 2002)
  Marinelle Parker Chestnutt (1923 - 2004)*
  Marinelle Parker Chestnut (1923 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
1st Lt. U.S. Army, WWII, Son of D. Scott & Katie Baxter Parker
 
Burial:
Jones Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Ludowici
Long County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Brent Klinedinst
Record added: Jul 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54944783
Elmer Oris Parker
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Elmer Oris Parker
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Elmer Oris Parker
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- Wayne Nelson Parker
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014
1st LT US ARMY WORLD WAR II
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 Added: Feb. 10, 2013
Cousin,I will always treasure the letters you sent me on our Stephenson family.
- Tom Stephenson
 Added: Sep. 22, 2012
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