KINGSPORT – Joseph Louis Parker (JL), 96, of Kingsport, Tennessee, died May 19, 2022 after a brief illness.
JL was born on October 28, 1925 in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was predeceased by his parents Darter Lee (Cooch) and Lola Vincent Parker, brothers Robert and Delma Parker; sisters Alice Riner, Ruth Horne and Mary Haynes.
JL is survived by his beloved wife, Annis, of seventy-two years, his sons Timothy Lee Parker (Catherine Ann) of Lynchburg, VA, Gary Wayne Parker of Dearfield Beach, FL, and Jerry Lynn Parker of Kingsport, TN , three grandchildren, Amber LeeAnn Parker of Lynchburg, VA, Joseph Elijah Parker (Kelly), of Gastonia, NC, and Leslie Ranson Parker Beltowski (Chad), of Richmond, VA. Additionally, he is survived by four great-grandchildren, Lakie Reese Parker, Parker Esme Beltowski, Wade Russell Beltowski, Nina Victoria Parker and a host of nieces and nephews.
In 1943, JL enlisted in the Navy. After basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he was assigned to USS LST 1096 and saw combat in the Pacific. He received the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with one star, and the Victory Medal. He received an honorable discharge in 1946.
After his military service, JL returned to Kingsport and was employed by Tennessee Eastman where he worked for 35 years. In 1949, he married Annis Lakie Fraley. They had three sons: Tim, and eighteen months later, twins, Gary and Jerry.
JL had many hobbies: golf, fishing, hunting, bowling, boating, water skiing, cards, billiards and motorcycling. He was always up for an adventure and one summer, Annis convinced Annis to ride a motorcycle with him in Florida. Annis remembers this hot trip very well!
JL enjoyed helping his family and friends build and fix things. His grandkids have a favorite saying, “Papaw can fix it,” and he could! JL was an avid reader. He enjoyed reading a plethora of books: auto repair, welding, electrical wiring, small engine repair, history and novels of the hundreds, often reading a book in one night.
A military memorial service will be held Friday, June 17, 2022 at Parker Chapel in Kingsport, TN. at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America, The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund or Parker’s Chapel.