Clara “Bea” Parker
Clara “Bea” Parker, 86, of Carrollton went to be with the Lord on April 8, 2018. Bea was born March 22, 1932, in Black Hawk. Bea met Alton Randall “Randy” Parker when they were both children in Vaiden, and became great friends and playmates. Bea and Randy married January 13, 1948, in Winona. After marrying, Bea and Randy lived across the country, from California to Louisiana and Kentucky before settling down in Miami, Fla., and raising their family.
In Miami, Bea served her family, faith, and community as a home-maker, PTA president, and avid church member. She was a leader in the women’s visitation group and a Sunday school teacher for many years, while Randy served as a deacon. After raising their children in Miami, Bea and Randy moved back to Mississippi to be close to their aging mothers. Bea and Randy spent 51 years together until Randy’s passing on May 26, 1999. They built their dream home in the country near Carrollton after years in “the shack” raising cows and farming. Bea lived in the home they built together until her passing. She loved to fish, sew, tend to the cows, and play Rook and Scrabble with her family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Bea is survived by her daughters, Pandra Kay Parker of Starkville, Linda Gale Gardener of Carrollton, Candy Bridgette Parker Cook of Tupelo, and Tricia Dawn Parker of Memphis, Tenn.; sons Kenneth Randall (Billie Jean) Parker of Duck Hill, and Tommy Randall Parker of Gore Springs; sisters Betty Joy Harville (Danny) of Elliot and Rosette Rogers (Clark) of Kilmichael; grandchildren Lischia Parker Link (Shane) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., James Randall Parker of Orlando, Fla., and Jennifer Renee Cook of Lexington, Ken.; and many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Clara Mae Ellis Sudduth Weeks; father Zeddie Parham Sudduth; brother Jackie Clyde Weeks; and son-in-law Milton Dale Cook.
Bea’s funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at Oliver Funeral Home in Winona. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers were Tommy Parker, Clark Rogers, David Rogers, Charles Ellis, Gene Costillow, Stacy Daves, C.D. Whitfield, and Sam Ayers. Her burial was at Old Plank Cemetery near Vaiden.
An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.