Barbara J. Parker

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, December 27, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM – Mrs. Barbara Jones Parker, 84, formerly of Ahoskie, NC, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016, in Winston Salem, NC.

Barbara was born in Rosemead, NC in Bertie County on October 4, 1932 to the late Wayland Riddick Jones and Elsie White Jones. Barbara graduated from Mars Hill High School and then attended Chowan College. She worked at Ridgecroft School as the business manager for twenty years.


Barbara married George B. “Buck” Parker on June 20, 1953 at Mars Hill Baptist Church. They were happily married for 63 years and enjoyed raising two daughters. Buck and Barbara lived in Ahoskie, NC, for 37 years, retired to Blowing Rock, NC, for 16 years and spent the past 10 years in Advance, NC.

In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her daughters, Dawn Parker Copeland and husband William of Birmingham, AL, and Terri Parker Jones and husband Bill of Clemmons, NC; and five grandchildren, Laurie Cavendish and husband Brandon, Rebecca Copeland, Kristen Jones, Bradley Jones, and Michael Jones. She is also survived by her sister, Libby Pierce Etheridge, of Chesapeake, VA; and two brothers, Wayland Riddick Jones, Jr. and wife Ellen, and Billy Joe Jones and wife Beth of Colerain, NC; sister-in-law, Marion Petrie Parker of Woodruff, SC; and cousin, Jo White Cobb of Smithfield, VA.

Barbara was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons, NC. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, playing Rummikub with friends, gardening, sewing and reading.

A graveside service was held on Monday, December 26, 2106, at Highland Memorial Gardens in Ahoskie, NC. A Celebration of Life service at Center Grove Baptist Church will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mars Hill Baptist Church, 1325 Meadow Road, Colerain, NC. 27924, Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, 6601 Frederick Road, Baltimore, MD 21228, or Make-A-Wish Central and Western NC, 1131 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204.

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