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OBITUARY: John Henry Parker, Jr.
Born: Arrow Rock, MO August 12, 1933, to Lucille and John Henry Parker, Sr.
Reared in Omaha, NE. John was in the US Air Force, from 1953-1957, with an Honorable Discharge. In his pre-teen years, he was a Golden Glove Boxing Champ. He attended the Church of God in Omaha and accepted the Lord as his savior at the age 16. He moved to Portland, Or. to attend Pacific Bible College (Warner College) graduating with a BS in 1973.
John met and married Vivian Vernell Brown, January of 1959. They had eight children together and were married for 59 years. He along with his wife founded, Prison Ministries, Inc. in 1975. For the next 40+ years, he ministered to incarcerated men and women throughout the country sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
John is preceded by his father, John Henry Parker Sr.; mother, Lucile Parker; sisters, Roberta "Brownie" Parker, Paula Janice Parker; and brother, Tolly Parker.
John is survived by wife, Vivian Parker; sons, Brent Parker, Gregory Bryan Parker, Jeffrey Anson Parker, Malcolm Reid Parker; daughters, Karen Lynn Parker, Sharman Gayle Lawson, Jonette Helene Phillips, Angela Allison Yoakum; brothers, Tyrone Parker, Gregory Parker; sisters, Brenda Harrison (William), Odessa Horton (Samuel); sixteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and a host of extended family and friends.
Citizen of the Year 10/26/1985 - The Skanner
Emerald Award 11/05/88 - Zeta Sigma Omega Chapter
Appreciation Award 06/19/1990 - Eusi Umoja
along with several other awards and accolades related to Prison Ministries over the years.