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First Baptist Church Of Sylva
Wednesday July 11th, 2018
Ending at 3:00pm

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Eugene Raye Parker

Eugene “Raye” Parker, 76, of Sylva, NC passed away Saturday July 7th, 2018 peacefully at his home.

Raye was born on July 19, 1941 in Marion, NC.  He was the son of the late Alvin Ford Parker and late Lena Jackson Parker.  Raye graduated from Marion High School in 1959.  Following graduation, he served in the United States Army for three years and was honorably discharged in 1963.  Raye attended Richmond University and graduated from UNC School of Banking at Chapel Hill.

Raye enjoyed 38 years of Banking and retired from First Union National Bank after 30 years of service, retiring in 1997 as Regional Executive.  He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of First Union, now Wells Fargo.  He was past president of the Sylva Rotary Club, past president of the Sylva Lions Club, past president of Sylva Little League Baseball for a number of years, past president of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, past president of Sylva’s downtown SPIR, achieving “Main Street” certification, and served 17 years on the Foundation Board of Directors at Southwestern Community College.  He was a member of First Baptist Church Sylva and served on various church committees.  He was a renowned dry fly fisherman, fly tyer, and loved to fish the Rocky Mountains.  Raye appreciated every aspect of the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Harold Dean Parker and Melvin Lawrence Parker.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cindy Robinson Parker, two sons, Michael (Sheri) of Sylva, NC and Drew of Denver, CO; two brothers, Floyd (Carolyn) Parker of Old Fort, NC; James (Virginia) Parker of Charlotte, NC, and one sister, Juanita Hughes of Morganton, NC.

A celebration of Raye’s life will be held Wednesday July 11th at First Baptist Church in Sylva, NC with Rev. Jeff Mathis officiating.  The family will receive friends beginning at 12 p.m. at the church prior to the 3 p.m. memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Sylva, 669 W Main St, Sylva, NC 28779.

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Cindy and family; Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Peggy C. Jones

Peggy Jones Jul 14 2018 12:00 AM

Drew, Everyone at Veolia sends their heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Jody Lyday Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

Mr.Parker was definitely a man that you would never forget. No matter what he was always in such wonderful spirits. He will always be in my heart. Rest easy Mr.Parker. You will be greatly missed, but i know you are in a better place.

Samantha Jul 11 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy and Family, Always the first to volunteer, the last the leave after cleaning up and a friend willing to stay and listen, Raye was a wonderful and dedicated friend of Southwestern Community College. He could always be counted on to help no matter what the task or challenge. We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you and yours during these difficult times. -- Linda and Cecil Groves

Cecil and Linda Groves Jul 11 2018 12:00 AM

Raye was the type of man, that you wished you had as a brother. after knowing him for over 40 years, and experiencing all the many things we did together, he became like one to me. I am sure going to miss him.

noland smathers Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

To the Parker Family. My family and I have known Raye Parker for many, many years as he served Sylva, Jackson County and western North Carolina as a Christian, Church Leader, Banker, Community Leader and Dixie League All Star Head Baseball Coach. He was very professional and excelled in everything he was involved with. He will certainly be missed by everyone. My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family.

Gary Frye Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was a special person and will be missed by all. May God grant you comfort and peace. My prayers are with you and your family.

Janet Childers Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy and family, you are in our hearts and prayers --we will always cherish the many wonderful memories shared through the years we were Blessed with his friendship. God Bless and comfort you. Jean and Jim

Jim and Jean Hartbarger Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy and family, So sorry to hear about Raye. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. God bless. Clifton and Christine

Clifton & Christine Fisher Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy, Michael and Drew So sorry to hear of Rayes passing. I had Rehab right after Raye for several months. Each time I saw him he had that same smile I have seen for many years including the time he was at First Union. Jackson County has truly lost a servant that I am glad to say I knew and appreciated. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I have a doctors appt in Asheville Wed and will miss the visitation and funeral. May. God be with each of you.

Judy McConnell Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

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