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Pete Parker

Services will be  5 p.m. Wednesday at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home. The Rev. Gary Stafford will officiate. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the hour of services Wednesday.
He was born May 23, 1938, in Massillion, Ohio, son of the late Gregory Thurston and Margaret Ellen (Doyle) Parker. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Union City, where he had sung in the choir for 25 years. He had been a member of Dwayne Ervin’s Sunday school class for many years and was currently a member of Joe Wheat’s Sunday school class. He was an avid sports fan of baseball and football and especially the Ohio State Buckeyes. In his younger years, he played minor league baseball in Akron, Ohio. He was a 1956 graduate of Akron East High School, where he played tuba in the band and was a cross country runner. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and was stationed in Austin, Texas, as a B-52 mechanic. After his military service, he began working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron. He transferred to the Goodyear plant in Union City in 1983 and retired in 1998 with 36 years of service, finishing his career working in the serving area. He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Star Lodge in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
He was happily married to his wife, the former Barbara Loyd,  for 31 years. Pete and Barbara enjoyed attending the community concerts in Union City and the Jackson Symphony. He was an avid cat and dog lover. Pete was a member of the Wingfoot Retirees, SOAR and United Steel Workers 878 in Union City.
He was a man of the Bible. Pete was in a Bible study group with Roy White, Jerry King and Aaron Boone. The group would meet in various restaurants to discuss Bible teaching.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and his daughter-in-law, David Parker and Dwight Parker, both of Akron, and Gregory and Sylvia Parker and their three children, Mariah Parker, Joshua Parker and Anna Parker, all of Lewisville, Texas.
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