Obituary of Merle Alfred Parker
Merle Alfred Parker, 98 of Columbia, SC, passed away on Sept. 16, 2022 in
Kingsport, TN. Merle was born July 5, 1924 in Union City PA to Carletta and
Frank Parker. He graduated from Union City High School, attended Dartmouth
College and graduated from Gannon College in 1951.
He is a WWII veteran, proudly serving in the Marine Corps (1st Marine Division)
in the South Pacific where he received the Commendation Medal.
Merle worked for Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Division for 40 plus years as a
Quality Assurance Manager, where he consulted on the construction of nuclear
power plants in France and Japan. His work, during this time, earned him four
He was active in the community. He delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.
He enjoyed golf and traveling the world. He was a member of Incarnation
Lutheran Church. He is preceded by his wife of forty-seven years, Agnes Conner
He is survived by his children, Patricia (Ray) Hill of Columbia SC, Michael
(Kathie) Parker of Kingsport TN, Pamela Parker-White and husband Locke White
of Blacksburg, VA, Michelle Parker and husband Daniel Herlihy of Kingsport TN,
Matthew (Beth) Parker of Charlotte NC; his grandchildren; Taylor Parker, Cassidy
Parker, Christopher Parker, Kim (Alex) Lyttle; his great-granddaughter, Riley Lyttle and wife Toni Parker.
The family will receive friends from 3 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, September 25,
2022 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Kingsport followed by a funeral service at 4
pm with Pastor Jack Edwards officiating. Graveside service will follow the next day
at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia, SC.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Preston Place II staff for
their excellent care and support of Merle and his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport is serving the Parker family.
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