Harold “Shorty” Parker

picture-pubCENTRALIA — Harold Wayne “Shorty” Parker, 85, of Centralia, formerly of Sandoval & Patoka, died Saturday, February 8, 2014 at his home.

He was born the son of William Simon and Leona Mae (Lewis) Parker on May 13, 1928 in Sandoval. He married Wanda Lee Belcher in Patoka and she preceded him in death on March 18, 1980. He then married Colleen J. Kern on April 4, 1981 in Patoka. She survives in Centralia.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Oran “Sonny” Cummins  and wife Ethel of Patoka, Earl Lawrence of Murphysboro,  and Hal Lawrence and wife Diane of Centralia; three daughters Georgina Moeller and husband Scott of O’Fallon, Carla Konschake of Murphysboro, Christine Grider and husband Randy of Marion; grandchildren Mike Cummins, Oran “Obie” Cummins, Tina Cummins, Angie Moeller, Nicole Moeller, Malisa Husband, Heather Gerrish, Ben Moeller, Daniel Grider, Victoria Grider, and Randy Grider; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents William and Leona; son Harold Lee Parker; brothers William, Raymond, Eugene, Enoch, and James; sister Mary May Shipley; and grandchildren Danny Plaster and Carla Colleen Moller.

Harold lived in Sandoval for his youth and then moved to Patoka for most of his adult life, until moving to Centralia in 2010. He worked for Charlie Hill Grocery Store in Patoka, Mothers Bakery in Centralia, and the Shoe Factory in Salem for 19 years. He retired from the Patoka School District as the maintenance person after 35 years of service in 2009. He was the owner and operator of Parker Appliances in Patoka for 50 years. He was a member of the Patoka United Methodist Church. He enjoyed working and spending time with his family.

Services for Harold will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday February 12, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Patoka with Rev. Mark Doane and Rev. Mark Slattee officiating. Burial will follow at Patoka Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday February 11, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Patoka.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Patoka or Faith Methodist Church in Centralia.

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