Leander (Lee) Brownlow Parker, 89, of East Flat Rock, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Friday, January 27th, 2023 at the Elizabeth House surrounded by loving family. Lee was born in Saluda, North Carolina to the late Melvin Parker and Emma Griffin-Parker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline Parker; step-daughter, Mabel Gideon; grandson, Dennis Gideon; sisters, Margaret Williams, Betty Spencer, and Ruth Parker; brothers, Clarence, Paul, Glen, James, and Kenneth Parker.
He enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War. Lee retired from the Ford Motor Company. He was a faithful member of Maranatha Baptist Church. Lee loved lending a helping hand to anyone in need.
He had a passion for hunting deer and turkey. He made many memories camping with his family. He also enjoyed gardening and made the best fried okra. Lee also cherished his large family.
Lee is survived by his wife, Susan Parker; step-daughters, Evelyn (Charles) Gordon of Walkerville, MI, and Cherie Powell of Flint, MI; step-son, Matthew Jones of Colorado Springs, CO; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Maranatha Baptist Church at 11:00 AM. A time of visitation will be at 10:00 Am at the church on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
Sad news I received the other day, my condolences to those around you, but I want to convey somethings to you.
You were a pretty influential part of my life, you were always singing cadence while I was watching you welding on things in the garage when we lived next door to your house. Watching Popeye cartoons on TV with you while Amber would sit on my back was fun. Sometimes sitting at the kitchen table was entertaining as Amber was not allowed in the kitchen when we were eating and he did not listen to you very well.
All the time spent up north with Uncle Chuck, Aunt Evelyn and Grammy getting the place ready for all us cousins to be able to play together. Thanks for digging the trench across the road to slow down the lady from on top of the hill to protect us.
Showing me how to hunt and properly use guns and all the Mountain Dew I could drink when we went hunting.
Grammy getting soo mad when you helped me break in my brand new Hunters Orange coat on my first deer hunting trip by having me reach in and help clean out the deer that was taken that day. My jacket got pretty stained and Grammy got pretty steamed and was calling your first and last name when she was “talking” to you.
Thanks for all the miles that you would drive to come visit all of us.
When I drove from Mich to Camp Lejeune and stopped by your house, it was after midnight and you were waiting up and after driving all day as I got nearer to you and Grammy ‘s house I was speeding and got pulled over by the trooper that sits at the over pass and you were upset that you didn’t think to warn me about that guy that is always there. I really enjoyed the trip we took to South Carolina to go deer hunting and Thanksgiving dinner at one of your friends family’s home that I do not remember their name. That was the hottest dear hunting I experienced and Thangiving dinner was so good and the hospitality was great.
Thanks for the country music records that always played.
Your Grandson Robbie
Sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. We are praying for Susan and the entire Parker family. We will certainly miss his smile.