Charles Edwin Parker

July 28, 1919 ~ August 12, 2019

Born in: Johnson City, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Charles Edwin Parker, 100, died Monday, August 12, 2019 at NHC Healthcare, Johnson City. He was born in Johnson City July 28, 1919, the son of Charles H. Parker and Sarah Lyle Parker.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy K. Parker, his second wife, Barbara Fenn Parker, brother Robert B. Parker, and sister, Frances Marie Parker.

Surviving him are daughters Amy Parker Stover and Sally Parker MacLane, sons John C. Parker  and Robert K. Parker, and step-daughters, Elizabeth Fenn Lowe and Mary Fenn Ladd. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Paul Stover, Becky Stover Norton, Lauren Essick Hathaway, Parker Essick, Charlie Parker, Andy Lowe, Richard Lowe, Patrick Ladd, and Julia Fenn Hoskins, and ten great- grandchildren.

He was a CPA and was a partner in the firm of Baylor & Backus. He later founded the firm of Parker, Stewart, Shorter & Carden. He was a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He acquired and operated Johnson City Bedding Company, where he served as president and CEO from 1972 to 1986, and Chairman from 1986 until the time of his death.

Mr. Parker served in the Army Air Corps as a primary flight instructor and the United States Air Force for thirty-seven years with active duty in World War II and the Korean War. He also served as a civilian flight instructor.

He was an active member of Central Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and on various committees. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Carson-Newman University and as a Board member of Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes.

He served on the Tri-Cities Airport Commission, the Boards of Johnson City Medical Center, Watauga Mental Health Services, and the Salvation Army. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association, and First Tennessee Bank. He was an active member of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club for 30 years, and was a past President of the club. He served as Chairman of United Way during 1966, and was active in a number of other community organizations. In April, 2019, Mr. Parker was honored by the Johnson City City Commission with a Proclamation detailing his long life and community service.

The family of Charles Edwin Parker will receive friends from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Friday, August 16, 2019 at Central Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with Dr. Ron Murray and Dr. Tommy Hood officiating. Mr. Parker’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Following the funeral service family and friends will gather at Monte Vista Memorial Park for committal services.

The family wishes to thank the staff at NHC for their compassionate care during the past six months.

Memorial gifts may be made to: Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601, or to the Dorothy K. Parker Nursing Scholarships at Carson-Newman University, Office of Advancement, PO Box 557, Jefferson City, TN 37760 or East Tennessee State University, College of Nursing, c/o Teresa Feltner, 365 Stout Dr., Box 70617, Johnson City, TN 37614.


Visitation: August 16, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Central Baptist Church
300 N. Roan Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601


Funeral Service: August 16, 2019 1:00 pm

Central Baptist Church
300 N. Roan Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601


Graveside Service:

Monte Vista Memorial Park
1900 East Oakland Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Charles Edwin Parker's name.

Central Baptist Church

300 N Roan St
Johnson City, TN

Memories Timeline


  1. Susan Freedle Kehs says:

    Amy, I am so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing.

  2. Aricia Whitton says:

    Celebrating the life of such a wonderful man who has left an eternal legacy. Much love to his family all of whom bless us all!

  3. cheryl steele says:

    Sorry for you’re loss He will be missed

  4. Joe J Wallen says:

    Dear Bob and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you. Our family’s prayers and thoughts are with you and Ed.
    Joe Wallen, M.D.

  5. Bruce and Glenda Carter says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  6. Ann Smith says:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Parker’s passing. I got to know him during the years I worked in the financial office at Central Baptist. Prayers for your family during this time. Ann Smith

  7. Kenneth Hawkins says:

    He is missed.

  8. Norman Fleenor says:

    Dear Bob and family,
    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. He was always so kind to me and always took time to chat. He
    was one of my earliest customers when I was starting out. He will be much missed.

  9. Peggy Voitlein says:

    Mr. Parker was a wonderful person‼️ He will be deeply missed.
    Please know that all of you are in Mike and my thoughts and prayers. You are a special family and we love you🙏🎉

  10. Susan Knoll says:

    My Father, Arch Moran, who passed away 5 years ago became friends with Ed through the Lunch Bunch. They always had such a delightful relationship. So sorry for your loss.
    Susan Knoll

  11. Loretta Belle Lyle says:

    I was so happy to know Ed and find out he was my cousin. He was so helpful in taking care of the Lyle Cemetary for many years. I will miss the emails that he would send because they er full of wisdom. He was a kind, happy and wise man. Loretta Lyle

  12. Mike Baker says:

    I remember when Mr. Parker was a director for Home Federal, when I worked there. He was a very nice gentlemen, and I know that he will be missed.

  13. Chuck and Susan Essick says:

    Mr. Parker was a fine man and someone whose company we greatly enjoyed. We are so sorry we will no longer be able to see him when we visit. All our sympathy to all of you, as well as our continued prayers.

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