WEST COLUMBIA- James Frank Parker, Jr., of West Columbia, SC, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home. Born October 13, 1949, in Gaffney, South Carolina, he was the son of the late James Frank, Sr. and Helen Hamrick Parker.
Frank grew up in Gaffney in a loving family enjoying a typical 50’s childhood. He graduated from Gaffney High School and attended Gaston College. He served his country in the United States Army as a member of an elite intelligence unit, the Army Security Agency and was a Vietnam War Veteran. He was of the Baptist faith and had been a Christian since the age of eight. We take comfort in knowing that he is now with our Lord and Savior.
Frank enjoyed a long and successful career in the financial services industry and was President of Palmetto Financial Services, Inc. in Leesville, SC. He loved his staff and he loved the community where he was affectionately known as “Mr. Frank”. He was devoted to his family, a doting father and PawPaw. Anything his grandchildren liked, he liked too. He loved music, the mountains, Christmas and the Fall season. Frank was an avid Gamecock Fan, supporting the Gamecock football and baseball teams. He enjoyed golf and fishing, but, his first love was baseball. His quick wit and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
Frank is survived by his son, James Frank Parker, III, of West Columbia, his daughter, Robin Parker Weston and her husband Havilah, of Columbia, two grandchildren, Luka James Parker and Beatrice Grace Weston. His former wife of 25 years, Debbie Moss Parker, of Columbia, their love and friendship endured; a sister and brother, Ramona Parker Watson of Nicholson, Georgia and Craig Alan Parker and his wife Barbara of Matthews, NC; numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends who adored him and will miss him.
A Memorial Service and reception will be at 11:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Caughman Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, 503 N. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to The American Legion, The American Diabetes Association, or the charity of your choice.