We regret to announce the passing of Retired Veteran Major Brady L. Parker, 80, of Moncks Corner, SC who entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 2:30 AM at the Summerville Community Hospice House in Summerville, SC. Major Brady was the loving father of Elizabeth Perry of Moncks Corner, SC.
LIFE REFELCTIONS OF BRADY L. LEWIS
Brady Lewis Parker said good bye to this world early Thursday morning on January 20, 2022, at 80 years old. He is preceded in death by his father; Perry Milton Parker (former Grand Master of the Texas Masonic Lodge); mother, Amelia E. Parker (née Lewis); sister, Nell Parker (married names Richard, Harshman, and Ward); half-sister, Dorothy Worl (formerly Theriot); and nephews Richard Johnson.
He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Perry Parker Friese, and granddaughter Lily Weh-la Marie Friese, both of Moncks Corner; grandson Nickolaus Parker Friese, granddaughter Ellie Catherine Friese,and granddaughter in heart Anne Sophia Friese, all of Lawrenceville,GA; and nephews James Brady (Brad) Richard & his husband Tim Watson, of New Orleans, LA,Kenneth Byrd & his long time partner Jo Wize of Edmond,OK and Lee Theriot, of Weatherford,TX; and brother-in-law Bill Worl, of Georgetown, TX.
A proud native Texan, he was raised in Waco and Port Arthur. A proud Major of the United States Marine Corps, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam and fully retired from the service in 1986. For some years after his service, he lived in southern California, most notably in Laguna Beach, which he loved. A man of many trades, he had many residences. In his later years, he returned to Waco (where he is sorely missed by his dear friends, Don & Lynn Gallaspy and Robbie Jones). Declining health led him to move to South Carolina to live with his daughter not long after the death of his sister, Nell.
All his life, Brady Parker held closely to family and friends, and his extraordinary memory could call up remarkably vivid and colorful details. His interests and passions were wide-ranging—languages, history, cooking, Native American lore (particularly that of the Comanches, with whom he identified), and the Dallas Cowboys. He was a natural and gifted storyteller, and he loved to tell a good, long joke. A week before he died, he ended his last phone call with his nephew Brad (who was coming to visit the day before he passed), “Well, I’m outta here!”
Interment: Beaufort National Cemetery
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