Daniel “Danny” Millard Parker, 64, was born Feb. 6, 1949, in Cleveland. He grew up in Big Springs Baptist Church and had recently reaffirmed his faith in Christ.
He graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1967; during high school he worked at M.C. Headrick’s grocery store. In 1968, he joined the United States Navy and served more than 23 years total in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserves.
After his first 12 years of service, he qualified for and was awarded gold service stripes, indicating that throughout his service he had met all good conduct requirements, which he maintained for the duration of his naval career. He was also awarded several medals of commendation.
He served in the South China Seas and in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Later, he served in the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War.
During his time in the Navy, he worked primarily as a diesel mechanic and was given the nickname “Diesel Dan.” He served on naval riverboats, submarines, and aircraft carriers, including the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa. He completed tours of duty in the Philippines, Okinawa, Bahrain, and other parts of the Far East and Middle East. Of all the places where he was stationed, he loved the San Diego area best.
During his time in the Naval Reserves, he lived in Cleveland and worked at Red Food Store and Custom Mechanical Contractors Inc. Also, he worked with his father, Aud Parker, and his brother Dennis Parker, at Parker Construction Company, and for several years he did landscaping work with his brother Ronnie Parker.
He completed two years of college at Cleveland State Community College. He loved classic sports cars and was a big fan of Westerns. He was a NASCAR fan and also enjoyed restoring old automobiles. He was a kind-hearted person who loved to talk and enjoyed his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Aud H. Parker; and his younger brother, James David Parker.
He is survived by his mother, Lela Ruth Parker; two brothers: Ronnie Parker and his wife, Mary, and Dennis Parker and his wife, Janis; two sisters: Wilma Parker and Aulma Parker; his nephews and nieces: Dee and Tonya Parker, Greta Parker, Lynne and Scott Cline, Holly Gobble, Greg and Jennifer Parker, Chris and Cindy Parker, Eric Parker, Mitchell and Stephanie Parker and Stephanie R. Parker; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in the chapel of the Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Sammy Hooker officiating.
Internment will be at the Mount Olive Cemetery with military honors.
Dee Parker, Scott Cline, Greg Parker, Chris Parker, Eric Parker and Mitchell Parker will serve as pallbearers. The service will conclude with a white dove release ceremony.
The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today.
The family suggests that memorials be made to your local church or your favorite charity.
We invite you send a message of condolence and view the Parker family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.