WINSTON-SALEM - Mar. 22, 1920 - Feb. 18, 2017 Dr. John Ernest Parker Jr., passed from this earth to eternity on February 18, 2017, leaving behind his cherished wife of seventy-four years and his beloved daughters. Dr. John (Jack) Ernest Parker, Jr. was born in Emporia, Virginia, on March 22, 1920, to John Ernest (Eddie) Parker, Sr. and Virginia Alice (Jennie) Kitchin Parker. Jack married his wife, June Lorraine Chandler Parker in Syracuse, New York, on October 22, 1942. Together Jack and June had two daughters, Judy and Jeannie who adore their father. The Parkers have been long-time members of Centenary United Methodist Church of Winston-Salem. Having graduated from high school at the age of sixteen, Jack began his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest College. With a degree in history, Jack graduated Phi Beta Kappa and went on to Syracuse University for graduate work earning Master's and PhD degrees in Medieval French literature. In 1950, Jack returned to Wake Forest College as a professor of Romance Languages. He continued his career as a French professor and served for a period of time as Chairman of the Education Department. He retired from Wake Forest University in May of 1987. During World War II, Jack served in the Navy as an officer and navigator aboard the USS Niobrara (AO-72), and the USS Elokomin (AO-55). Following the war, he served in the Naval Reserve. Never did he tire of sharing wonderful stories from his Navy days. He always said the "Navy coffee" was the best coffee ever brewed. Because his father worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railway, Jack not only loved trains, but he could also recite any Atlantic Coast Line timetable that existed. He was an avid fan of Charles Schultz's Peanuts cartoon characters. He was a voracious reader who never ceased his yearning for knowledge. He and June enjoyed traveling to France and Switzerland with students for the Wake Forest University Independent Studies program affiliated with The Experiment in International Living. Each summer from 1969 to 2013, Jack and June drove to Winter Harbor, Maine, to the old house which they restored lovingly themselves. There was no place on this earth where they were happier to be. It was while they were in Maine that Jack became involved in the Maine Seacoast Mission where he served as vice-president of the board. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and by his only sister, Virginia (Jute) Dozier. He is survived by his wife, June, and his daughters: Dr. Judy Land of Montezuma, NM, and Jeannie Boyd and her husband Mark of Pinetown, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Robert Swink, Jr., his wife, Cara and their children: Josh, William and Hadley; Scott Swink and his wife, Lisa and their daughter, Abby; Erin Swink Dzielecki and her husband, Kevin, and their children: Anna, Kate and Jack (name-sake); Bejamin Boyd and his wife, Mandi and their daughter, Merida. The Funeral will be held Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m at Centenary United Methodist Church. The visitation will be held one hour preceding the service. Interment will take place at the Greenwood Cemetery in Winter Harbor, Maine. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609, or to Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston Salem. Condolences can be sent to Mrs. John E. Parker, Jr. at Heritage Woods Retirement Home, 3812 Forrestgate Dr. Apt 11, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com

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