WHITTTIER – Samuel Dwight Parker, age 51 of the Camp Creek in Whittier, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 3, 2010.
He was a native of Swain County and lifelong resident of Jackson County. Many knew him from the businesses he owned and operated in Cherokee, such as Long John’s Silvers and Grandma’s Pancake and Steak. He was active as a Gideon in Swain County and loved to sing gospel music, with his group, Heaven Bound. He was a US Army Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Harold Parker.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 33 years, Judy Gunter Parker, daughter April Parker Jacobs and husband Scott, son Samuel Adam Parker and wife Fauzia; granddaughters Ally Parker, Kayden Jacobs, and Bailey Parker, and grandson Riley Jacobs; mother Bertha Hayes Bryant of Bryson City, NC; sisters and brothers-in-law Kathleen and Harry Cook of Bryson City, NC and Tammy and Darrell Lambert of Cherokee, NC; brother Jim Bryant and brother and sister-in-law Larry and Janet Bryant of Bryson City, NC; a loving family with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews;
Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2010 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, of which he was a member, in Dillsboro. Pastors Tommy Ashe and David Burch will officiate. Burial will be in the Gunter Family Cemetery at Hyatts Chapel on Camp Creek.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Gideons International, of which he was a member.
Crisp Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.