Joseph Lee Parker, Jr

Born: Mon., Nov. 20, 1916
Died: Thu., Sep. 27, 2012

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Dr. Joseph Lee Parker, Jr. of Greensboro, Georgia died on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the age of 95 at St. Mary''s Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born November 20, 1916 in Waycross, Georgia, the son of the late Joseph Lee Parker, Sr. and Vera Estelle Sweat. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Waycross High School and the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and lettered in swimming. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and married the late Martha Fleming of Augusta.

Dr. Parker served as a physician during World War II with the Navy and Marines. He was stationed in England and was part of the first wave of the Normandy Invasion during the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. He was the last surviving Navy surgeon of that invasion. He attended the woundeda€"both Allied and Germana€"for twenty-one days on the beach. He received numerous awards and decorations from both the United States government and the Republic of France. Later, he served with the Marines in China and Guam.

After his military service, he established a medical practice in Greensboro, Georgia where he provided professional health care to the people of Greene and surrounding counties. In a rural practice with no hospital, 24-hour, 7-day a week house calls were an everyday event for Dr. Parker. He knew every country dirt road like the back of his hand. He was one of the founding physicians of the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital in 1949. He served as chief of staff for the hospital for twenty-five years until his retirement. Beloved and esteemed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, he was a hero to his community.

Dr. Parker married Carolyn Baugh Reynolds in 1987, and after his retirement they traveled all over the world. He also enjoyed spending time at his house on the Georgia coast as he loved being near the water. He built his first sailboat in St. Simons at the age of 14. He spent the last twenty-five years of his life on Lake Oconee.

Lee was a member of the Greensboro First Baptist Church and attended the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. He was a 60-year member of the Masons, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion.

In addition to his wife, Carolyn Reynolds Parker, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Parker and a son, Joseph Lee Parker III, grandchildren, Mandy Parker and Robert Snider; Rynee and Michael Strickland; Allison and Dusty Laux; and Joely and Matt Nicholson. Great-grandchildren Hayden and Conner Strickland; Jonah and Sam Laux; and Parker and Tessa Nicholson. He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Parker and Anna Parker, and his sister Vera Parker and Cleve Mincey and a grandson Lee Whichard.

Extended family members are Frances and Gentry Strickland, Jamie and Kathy Reynolds, Marguerite and the late Troy McInteer, Harold and Lesley Reynolds, Beth and Bobby Thomas, Jim and Ellen Strickland, Bill and Tabi Strickland, Jamie Reynolds IV, Chandler Reynolds, Jackson Reynolds, Will and Jack Thomas, Carolyn, Mary Cate, Davis and Amanda Strickland, and Ella and Hal Strickland.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the McCommons Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Key and The Reverend Joseph D. Greene III officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Johnny Hester, Mike Bradley, Billy Jarrard, Herbie Thurmond, Chris Houston, Dr. Dave Ringer, Carey Williams, Jr. and Richard Maddux.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00-3:00 at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit of Augusta VA, c/o Reynolds Veterans Association, Inc., 6350 Lake Oconee Parkway, Suite 102, PMB 163, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
Sympathies to the family of Dr. Parker. He was such a distinguished, gentle, and caring man. It would take a giant of a man to ever fill his shoes.He will be remembered and missed by all that knew him.

Bob & Diane Desmond
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
Our Love and Blessings to Miss Carolyn and family. Dr. Parker was a wonderful, loving man. He is with the Lord. Praise be to Jesus Christ.

Vicki and Larry Rickard
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
Dear Carolyn and family, Larry and I were sorry to hear of Lee's passing. I so remember the sparkle in his eye when he shared some of his adventures and spoke of the love of his life. May his soul rest in peace. Carolyn, may you and your family find peace in the love of friends who care for you. Vicki

Bob and Nancy Stevens
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
To Carolyn and all of Dr. Lee's family, we send our deep sympathy and our prayers for all of you who loved him so much.

Jane Cobb
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
My love and prayers and deepest sympathy to all the family. Jane Cobb

Brenda Sellers Thompson
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Parker. He delivered me 64 years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. God bless you all.

Captain and Mrs Jeff Wilson
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
Our condolences and prayers are sent for your loss of a true hero,patriot,and server of mankind.Was an honor and a pleasure to have known Dr. Lee and we must now celebrate his new life eternal and just reward.God bless him and your family.

Jan & David Hallman
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
To the Parker Family, Words can't say how well like Dr. Parker was and how much he will be missed. My aunt, Irene Gentry, used to speak all kind and very highly words of him. Our prayers go out to all the family. He will be greatly missed. Jan, David, Josh and Robert

Angela Lynn Booth
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Parker. I, as so many of Greensboro's citizens, was delivered by Dr. Parker. He always joked that I kept him from attending one of UGA's homecoming games with the timing of my entrance into the world! He was not only our family's doctor, he was our friend, and a very special person who will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are will you all.

Jody Sellers
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
I would like to express my sympathy to Dr Parkers family. He was a great Dr and a fine gentleman.

Danny Pitts
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
Thanks Doc for helping me years ago.

Ginny Williams
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
Mrs. Carolyn, I enjoyed our bank trips with you and have fond memories of them. John passed away in February so I share your loss. God bless! Ginny Williams

Lauralee Hunter
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
My love and sincere sympathy to Carolyn and the entire family

Sarah Hines Saunders
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
My heart broke to hear about Dr. Lee's passing. I remember him saying each morning to Miss Carolyn, "What can I do to make you happy today?". Will and Forrest send their love and prayers with mine to the Reynolds and Parker families. Our time spent with all of you, we cherish. All our love for your peace and comfort during this impossible loss. Sarah, Will and Forrest

J. Smith Oliver
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
I dearly recall the excellent medical care that Dr. Parker took with my family. And, I have always appreciated so much his interest in me being an active Boy Scout as he voluntarily loaned me his WWII pup tent, sleeping bag and cooking/eating equipment when the Greensboro Scout Troup went on Camporees outside the county. Many, Many lives of Greene County natives were blessed with knowing Dr. Parker.

Linda Yearwood Barrington
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
Deepest Symphathy Dr. Parker will always be remembered.

Dee Beeler
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
Parker & Reynolds Family .. What a GREAT man. He surely will be missed. I can still remember the first time I met him in his office downtown. Such a warm and loving man. You all were so fortunate to be part of his 95 years. God Bless you all at this time ! Prayers are with you all . Dee & Craig

Martin Richards
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
Dr. Lee Parker was a wonderful man. His military service followed by his practice in Greene County are exemplary among men. He treated me and members of my family. I always admired and respected Dr. Parker and consider myself lucky to have known him. Rest in Peace, Lee, you deserve it. And thanks from a grateful patient. Martin Richards

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
The Parker Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come. Dr. was a True Southern Gentelman and will be missed by all that his life touched.

Meg Marshall
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
Jane, Mandy and family, It was a privilege to care for Dr. Parker. I know he will be greatly missed. All of you are in my prayers.

Mary Nell Mason
   Posted Sat September 29, 2012
To the family of Dr. Parker I just want to say how sorry I am for his passing. I have so many memories from my childhood. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many people.

Kathy (Harwell) Ivey
   Posted Sat September 29, 2012
I was so very sorry to hear Dr. Parker had passed away. He was our family doctor for as long as I can remember..he delivered my brother, Horace Harwell Jr. and my daughter Jennifer Parker. He was a very sweet caring man, always friendly and smiling. My deepest sympathy is with all of the family. He will truly be missed.

Michael & Helen Vardas
   Posted Sat September 29, 2012
We will miss him, always so friendly and sweet.

Mary Cheves
   Posted Sat September 29, 2012
Sending my sincere sympathy to Dr. parker's family. He was a much loved and dedicated man to his profession, having treated my entire family and me growing up in Madison, Georgia. He never cared about having greeat wealth, just taking care of the patient was what he desired most in life. May he rest in peace

Amanda Moon
   Posted Sun September 30, 2012
Please send my condolensces and hugs to the family. He was my special man.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Sun September 30, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Dr.Parker was a great man a wonderful doctor and a caring person.

Katherine & Richard Calhoun
   Posted Sun September 30, 2012
We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the Parker family and extended family members. I'm sure he will be missed by many. Know in your heart that he had a full life of giving and helping others. He is at peace with God.

Jack Lewin
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
I had the honor of directing a film that retold the story of Dr Parker and the Sixth Naval Beach Battalion on D-Day - Dr Parker held my arm as we stood on Normandy Beach looking toward the cliffs above, he shared with me his story of the day that changed the world forever, I am extremely grateful for the honor and privilege to have met Dr Parker. He was a kind and gentle man and he touched my heart deeply, I shall always remember him. Jack Lewin

Betty O''Neal Jordan
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
With deepest sympathy! Dr. Parker was a great Doctor and will be deeply missed by all family members and friends.

Roddy and Barbara McCommons
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
We cannot begin to tell you what Dr. Parker meant to our family-all the way back to Roddy's grandparents. He mentored me as a young RN working at Minnie G. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Dr. Parker was very blessed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

dianne f. mckinley
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
my sympathy is for all the family for the loss of the greatest man i ever knew----my prayers are with all of you

Teresa Moore Churchwell
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Deepest sympathy to each family member in the passing of Dr. Parker. My grandparents, parents, and I were blessed to have known and been patients of such a wonderful doctor. He truly cared about the health and well being of the people he treated. Dr. Parker's dedication to his family, profession, community, and country will always be remembered. He leaves an honored legacy.

Stephanie Stegen
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
To the family & friends of Dr. Parker, my condolences on your loss; I was reading the news story of his service during World War II & am grateful for his sacrifice & efforts. He seems to have been a truly amazing man, who lived his life in service to his fellow man.

Philip Horning
   Posted Fri October 12, 2012
Dr. Parker was always nice to me. He was a good man and a good doctor. I'm sory for your

Mellen & Bill Sheppard
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Mellen & I were so sorry to learn of Dr. Parker's passing. He was a true gentleman, and he meant a great deal to all of the Chapman and Sheppard families. We had the opportunity to visit Normandy last year, and it was very moving to picture him on the beach, doing so much for so many.