Native Georgian, Clyde Parker, Jr. departed this earth on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the age of 75. Born February 28, 1944 to the parents of Clyde, Sr. and Frances Godie Parker in Waycross, GA, Clyde Jr. was the oldest of three siblings. He was educated in the Waycross Public School System, graduating from Center High School in 1962. Upon graduation, Clyde Jr. embarked upon several endeavors including attending North Carolina A&T State University for undergraduate studies and enlisting in the United States Army and Air Force.
After being honorably discharged from the Armed Forces, Clyde Jr. went on to enroll into Hampton Institute, graduating with a B.S. in Sociology in 1970. While there, he met and became acquainted with his first love, Jean Carsone Vaughan, native of Tappahannock, VA., who was attending Norfolk State University at the time. On August 7, 1970, the two married, and from that union came their daughter, Mandisa Oni Parker and son, Vergial Omari Parker.
Clyde and Jean moved to San Antonio, TX and settled into the Southwest region for the next 42 years. Clyde received his Masters in Urban Studies from Trinity University and was employed with the City of San Antonio Planning Department, until he retired after 20 years of service. He was an active member of community groups such as Jack and Jill of America and Smart Set Social Club as well as a long standing member of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon, Trustee, Brotherhood Leader and Choir Member. Clyde relished in many hobbies but he was most fond of playing tennis, reading, debating current events, studying the bible, volunteering in the community, eating a good meal, and meeting up with family and friends each week.
After the death of his wife Jean in 2013, Clyde Jr. reunited with his high school sweetheart, Drucilla Frances Boykin Robinson. Their fond memories of each other lead to their matrimony on November 6, 2017, in Norfolk, VA. Together, the two spent many days enjoying a quiet but socially active life with family and friends watching sports, taking boardwalks at UNC Charlotte, going to the movies & dinners and discussing political issues. Drucilla, her son, Timothy, and Clyde’s son, Vergial, were loyal to the very end, visiting and supporting Clyde Jr. in the hospital until his final days in Concord, NC.
Clyde leaves behind to celebrate his life his wife, Drucilla, daughters: Mandisa Parker Wright and Sonya Robinson-Dozier; sons: Vergial Parker and Dr. Timothy Mark Robinson; sons-in-law: Andrew Wright (Mandisa) and Michael Dozier (Sonya); grandchildren: Jahnya Parker and Jordon and Jada Dozier; brothers: Kenneth Parker (mother, Frances), Marc Parker (mother, Shirley); sisters-in-law: Rose Parker (Kenneth), Sheila Parker (Marc), Vicki Vaughan (John), Ceita Vaughan (Richard), Ethel Young (Allen) and Yvonne Vaughan; brothers-in-law: John Vaughan, Richard Vaughan and Allen Young; nieces: Chrystal and Marla (Kenneth), Morgan (Marc); nephews: Richard "Ricky" Vaughan and Jeffrey Vaughan (deceased), great-niece, Parker (Chrystal), great uncle, Lonza Seadrow, great aunt, Thomasteine Griffin and a grand host of loving cousins, other relatives and friends.
The viewing will be held on Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. here at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. The interment will be held on Sunday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church cemetery.