On January 13, 1960, Captain Roy Henry Parker III was born to Roy Henry Parker, Jr. and Evelyn Odessa Mann Parker in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He transitioned from this life on August 17, 2019 at age 59.
Roy earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Campbell University. It was at Campbell where he joined ROTC which was the catalyst to his government service. After graduating, Roy commissioned in the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1983. He served in many capacities as a Field Artillery Officer. He served honorably in the Gulf War - both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, and as a Company Commander in both Okinawa, Japan, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone. He received the following medals, decorations and commendations: Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.
After 10 years of active service, Captain Roy Henry Parker III received an honorable discharge and started a civil service career managing Information Technology teams in the US and abroad. His civil service career spanned 37 years of government service.
Roy accepted Christ at a young age and was always an example to others. On January 27, 1990, he joined the fine brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Chapter in Fayettville, North Carolina. Quietly known as a protector and provider whose love language was the gift of giving, he was the epitome of duty, honor, personal courage, respect, and selfless service. Roy will be fondly remembered for his discipline, leadership, and his elaborate elements of surprise.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Henry Parker, Jr. and Evelyn Odessa Mann Parker; and several aunts and uncles. Those left to cherish his love and continue his legacy include his wife and devoted companion of 23 years, Jacqueline Hamilton-Parker; six loving children: Jay Frederick (Tocarra) of Baltimore, MD, Mikeishla Taylor (Courtney) of Garland, TX, Devone Jackson of Las Cruces, NM, Dorika Brooks Parker of Spartanburg, SC, Sergeant Brooke Parker of Fort Bragg, NC, and Roy Henry Parker IV of Garland, TX; seven grandchildren: Makayla Frederick, Brendon Haygood, Corey Taylor, Cailyn Taylor, Yasmina Jackson, Darius Jackson, and Damari Jackson; two brothers, Stephen Parker of New York City, NY, and Jonathan Parker of Yokosuka, Japan; sister, Lynn Parker of Greensboro, NC; two aunts and two uncles: William Collins of Washington, NC, Thedford Parker, Sr. (Betty) of Beulaville, NC, Marie Parker of New York City, NY, and Betty Jo Hines of Atlanta, GA; a very special goddaughter, Madyson Briggs; a host of other relatives and friends.