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CHERRYVILLE - Mr. Earl David Parker, 75, died April 4, 2001 at his home.

Funeral service for Mr. Parker is 4 pm today at First Baptist Church; the body will lie in state for 30 minutes. Reverend Perry Holleman is officiating. Interment will be in City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.

Born in Catawba County on August 7, 1925, Mr. Parker was a son of the late Pritchard E. Parker and the late Myrtle Huffman Parker. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ginger G. Parker, and three sisters, Pauline Cook, Bonnie Wilkerson, and Evelyn Reedy. He had retired after 32 years of service as a long-line driver for Carolina Freight Carriers Corp. of Cherryville. Mr. Parker was a member of First Baptist Church of Cherryville, a member of the Cherryville American Legion Post #100, and a member of Woodmen of the World. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne division.

Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nell B. Parker of the home; two daughters, Jill P. Puett and her husband Ronnie, and Susie P. Huffstetler, all of Cherryville; one sister, Mrs. Doris Schreiber of Orlando, FL; grandchildren Bryan and Brad Huffstetler, both of Cherryville; and step-grandchildren Windy Kline and Kim Puett, both of Charlotte.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 e. First St., Cherryville, NC 28021, or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150.
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home of Cherryville is in charge of arrangements.

(The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, 5 Apr 2001, Page 6B - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

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