Samuel Parker, III, age 61, passed away on Friday, June 20th at Select Specialty Hospital in Orlando, Florida. On January 6, 1953, he was born in Pensacola, Florida at Our Lady of Angels hospital to (deceased) Sam Parker, Jr. and (deceased) Lula Mae Parker. He attended grade school and eventually graduated from Booker T. Washington High School with high honors. After graduating he went into the military and used his excellent skills of writing and organization to become a yeoman who made official entries into military personal records. In his time there, 10 years were spent in fleet reserve and he was given awards such as the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and two National Defense Service Medals. He spent 21 years on active duty in the Navy serving his country and was honorably discharged. There he achieved getting his Associates of Arts degree. During his military years, he was stationed in Subic Bay where he met his wife Vilma. Thereafter, they married in San Diego, California and had three children together. After he retired, the family moved to the Central Florida area. In his last year of the military he became a published author, writing “Enchanted Dream,” which became published in the National Library of Poetry. He is survived by his wife Vilma Parker, oldest son Shawn Parker, only daughter Crystal Parker, and youngest son Eugene Parker. He is also survived by his five sisters Ella Ruth Parker, Oranetta Mays, Geraldine Jenkins, Audie Clemons, and Deborah Young, and a host of many other relatives and friends.
Visitation and service will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The burial service will take place on the same day at 1:30 PM at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.