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 Martha Anne <I>Ferriss</I> Parker

Martha Anne Ferriss Parker

Shaw, Bolivar County, Mississippi, USA
Death 7 Apr 2013 (aged 86)
Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: unknown burial details
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Martha Anne Ferriss Parker, of Florence, Ala., passed away unexpectedly on April 7, 2013. She was born Oct. 29, 1926, in Shaw, Miss. to William Douglas and Lellie Meadow Ferriss. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to so many. Martha Anne grew up in Shaw, Miss. and graduated from Shaw High School, class of 1944. She then attended Mississippi State College for Women, later known as Mississippi University for Women, in Columbus, Miss. She graduated in 1948. The Mississippi University for Women was a pioneer in the Southeast region in encouraging, promoting and sponsoring intercollegiate athletics for women in the early twentieth century and modern era.
A two sport star in high school, Martha Anne was the Mississippi Tennis State Champion and won numerous other Mississippi titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. She went on to an outstanding tennis career spanning six decades and has been inducted into both the Knoxville, Tenn. Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
Martha Anne was a nationally ranked tennis champion from age 40 through 75. In 1975, she won a gold medal in the Southern California Senior Olympics by winning the 45 singles title. A knee replacement enabled Martha Anne to rekindle her love and passion for tennis. She resumed playing and in 2008 was nationally ranked by USTA in 80+ (age) women's doubles. According to many who knew her, "Martha Anne was just an outstanding athlete. If they would have had college sports for women when she came along, she would have been an All-American in tennis, basketball, softball or anything else she wanted to play."
Before Martha Anne's remarkable tennis career, she was a loving physical education teacher for many years in Miss., La. and Tenn. Settling in Florence, Ala. in her later years, Martha Anne had a happy marriage for 64 years and was a devoted and caring wife. She adored her family and friends and her role in life as a loving mother and grandmother.
Martha Anne has always been an active member of her church and women of the church. She was a proud member of Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. Martha Anne loved life, lived it to the fullest and was blessed to have touched and be touched by so many loving people.
Survivors include husband, Henry Lee Parker, long-time college football coach and also NFL scout and director of player personnel for the New Orleans Saints; daughters, Susan Parker Rector and husband, David Rector, of Knoxville, Tenn., Kathryn Parker Roberts and husband, Craig Roberts, of Leawood, Kan.; grandchildren, Melissa Rector Overton, Brian Wendell Rector and John Parker Rector, Nathan Craig Roberts, Ferriss Amelia Roberts and Parker Annabel Roberts; brother, David "Boo" Ferriss, a Mississippi baseball legend inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and wife, Miriam Ferriss, of Cleveland, Miss.; nieces; and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Will D. Ferriss and his wife, Toni.
The family cannot thank enough people for their loving care and support, but wish to say a special thank you to Terry Anderson, Gail Morgan, Dr. Lyman Mitchell, Jamie and Bill McGuire, Tom and Mary White and Georgia Osborne.
Visitation will be Friday, April 12, 9:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 224 East Mobile Street, Florence, Ala., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 224 East Mobile Street, Florence, AL 35630, or The French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.
Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is assisting the family.
Published in Florence Times Daily on April 10, 2013

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