Mr. Douglas Gray Parker, Jr.
Mr. Doug Parker, age 80, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020, at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville, TN. Doug was born into a naval family on March 3, 1940, in Pensacola, FL, son of the late Capt. Douglas G. Parker and Mary Klopp Parker. This began a life full of adventure.
He attended many different schools before finishing high school in Hawaii. Upon his father’s death, he and his mother moved to Humboldt, TN, to be near family. He attended Union University where he was an ATO. His one and only 42 year career was with Alton Box Board Co. in Humboldt where he was their plant design engineer.
Doug loved sharing his military life experiences with veterans. Growing up he befriended many sailors who shared their talents. From these elite men in uniform he learned flying, sailing, surfing, fishing, hunting, mechanics, and carpentry. He was also active in many sports, and later with his son. A hunting friend once told if he was ever stranded on an island, he would want Doug Parker with him.
He leaves his grieving wife of 45 years, Mary Jane Parker; son, Douglas Gray Parker, III; mother-in-law, LaOuida McKnight; brother-in-law, Mack McKnight and wife Ronda; two nieces, one nephew, and several cousins.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Humboldt.
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