John Rufus Parker, age 81, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Regional.

He was born May 16, 1938 in Wilkes County to Coy and Kate Anderson Parker. John was a member of Oakwoods Baptist Church. He was a US Army Veteran, receiving a medal for carbine and rifle sharpshooter and was a butcher. Mr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Winnie Arrington and Martha Louise Parker McCulley and grandchildren, Valerie Dawn Teague, Jonathan Scott Teague.

Surviving are his sister, Antonia Parker Bailey and spouse R.C. of Winter Haven, Florida; step daughter, Jane E. Osborne of North Wilkesboro; step son, Larry Osborne of North Wilkesboro; great grandchildren, Cameron Teague and Kyleigh Teague; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2019 at Oakwoods Baptist Church with Pastor Christopher Clark and Rev. Ronnie Millsaps officiating. Burial with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 1142 will follow in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Oakwoods Baptist Church from 1:00 until 1:30 on Friday, prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 9, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com

Pallbearers will be James Anderson, Robert Anderson, Robin Bumgarner, Randy Earp, Sr., Randy Earp, Jr.,Ricky Walker, Lee Tedder and Ernie Absher. Honorary pallbearer will be Cameron Teague.

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