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Leo Parker

July 18, 1920 — September 1, 2016

Mr. Leo Parker, 96, of Woodbury passed away at his home surrounded by his family on September 1, 2016. He was born on July 18, 1920. His parents were the late Fred Moore Parker and Laura Simmons Parker. He was also preceded in death by his wife Juanita Burks Parker; siblings, Lydia Parker McCullough, Mamie Parker Owens, Algie Parker Bush, Garrett Parker, Leamon Parker, Beecher Parker, Lessie Parker, Leonard Parker and Clyde Parker and two son-in-laws, Dorris Davenport and Rexton Campbell. He is survived by his two daughters, Carole Parker (Eugene) Davenport and Kay Parker Campbell both of Woodbury; two grandchildren, Kim Davenport and Lee (Donna) Campbell; four great grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Bratcher, John (Sarah) Blair, Wesley Campbell, and Bradley Campbell; four great-great grandchildren, Ty Bratcher, Kylie Bratcher, Brentlee Hobbs, and Gannon Wells; well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Leo was born and raised in the Parker Hill community. He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving during WWII on the USS Nassau aircraft carrier. He received the WWII Victory Medal for his honorable service. Following his military service, he came home and worked for Armour Creamory and Camp Forrest. During his life he was a faithful and dedicated member of the Woodbury Church of Christ. Mr. Leo was a well-known building contractor, developer, and Realtor. He began building homes in the late 1940’s. Later he and his son-in-law, Dorris, formed a partnership. Together they developed and built all the houses in Beaverdam Subdivision except, five. They had a good reputation for well-built homes. Over the years they built numerous other homes in Cannon County and the surrounding areas. He and his wife, Juanita, also owned and operated Leo Parker Real Estate. He and Juanita loved to travel in their RV. They visited every state in the United States except for Alaska. After she passed away he went to Alaska. He enjoyed going deep sea fishing and fresh water fishing. He always had a love and talent for music and after Juanita’s passing he picked his guitar back up. He loved to get together with good friends and play. The love for music gave him a reason to travel to different locations and listen to music. Many people loved him for his good humor and friendly personality. He was well thought of by people in the community. He was much loved and will be missed terribly by his loving family. “He has left a big hole in all our lives!” Visitation with the family will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 4-8 pm. Funeral services will be Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Herb Alsup and Daniel Hayes will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woodbury Church of Christ for Mission Work. Share memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net Smith Funeral Home 615-563-5337
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