Lucille Parker was born in East Tallassee, Alabama, April. 26, 1921 to the late Henry and Leona Potts. She was joined in holy matrimony in 1941 to John Henry Parker Sr., who has preceded her in death. From this union, six children were born.
In 1946, Lucille and John moved to Dayton, Ohio to start a new life and raise their children.
Lucille was generous and kind-hearted. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and was a faithful servant until her last breath. God blessed Lucille with many gifts. Her gift of song, touched many people. She was an anointed singer who passed her gift of music to her children and her grandchildren. Her grandchildren will always cherish the many songs she taught them.
She was a faithful servant of the Lord, and as a founding member, of over 50 years, of United Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of Rev. Charles Fair. She recently received an award and dedication for being the longest living member and honored for service of 50 years.
She held several positions within United. She was President of United Missionary Baptist Church Choir for 21 years (She loved her choir), served as a member of “The International Prayer Band”, and sang beautifully with “The Golden Girls”. Lucille was very active with organizing church and gospel programs, teaching Sunday School, and serving as a deaconette. She loved her pastor and her church family. Lucille never forgot the words, “Forgiveness, Love. Grace, and Faith.
In 1947, Lucille worked as a nurse aid in a two-story home on West Second Street in Dayton called the Miami Clinic. After two decades, a new 65 bed hospital on Grand Ave was opened, named Grandview Hospital. She later became a Practical Nurse. She was one of the 1st African American nurses at Grandview to implement the “room in “plan. In 1953, as Jim Crow was practiced all over, she was asked to assist in delivering a baby. She was the 1st African American nurse at Grandview Hospital to assist in delivering a white baby. She loved & cared for many people throughout her life. After 35 years, she retired and devoted the rest of her life to enjoy and care for her family.
Lucille loved to travel. She loved visiting family in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Alabama. She even visited Baja, Mexico. Lucille loved fashion. Her clothing, jewelry and handbags were always sparkly, and pretty. Wherever she went, Lucille was dressed. Her Sunday’s best was really Sunday’s best!
Passion best described Lucille Parker. She loved her family, and her church family with a passion. Above all, she loved her God with a passion. It was her passionate love of God that directed her life… a life of love and service.
Lucille Parker was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Henry Parker Sr., son John Henry Parker Jr, and daughter Donita Parker. Left to cherish her memory, daughters, Phyllis Johnson, Zandra ( Angelo) Arnold, and Rebecca Parker, son, David Parker all of Dayton, Ohio. 13 Grandchildren, 66 Great-grandchildren, a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends. Special Friends, Neicy, Ida, Margie
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