Cola Harrell Parker

February 8, 2012


WOODLAND – Cola Harrell Parker, 100, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Rocky Mount. Born in Hertford County on November 13, 1911, he was the son of the late Elpena Council Parker and Ella Harrell Parker of Menola, NC. He attended high school in Woodland, NC, where he resided most of his life. After graduating high school, he attended Wake Forest University where he graduated with a B.S. Degree in chemistry and science. He taught in Edgecombe County where he taught science and coached basketball and met the love of his life. He married Emma Ellen Earley from Ahoskie, on May 12, 1938. He worked at Bethlehem Steel as a chemist in the lab in Baltimore, Maryland. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as a Lieutenant with tours in Africa, Italy and France. He was a life long member of Potecasi Baptist Church and served as a deacon and in many positions in the church.

He is survived by his wife Emma E. Earley of 73 years and two children, Jennifer Parker Hester and husband Thomas S. Hester, Jr. of Henderson, NC, and Harrell Parker of Rocky Mount, NC. He has two grandchildren, Hope Jackson and husband Matt Jackson, and Thomas S. Hester, III, all of Henderson, NC. He has three great grandchildren, Chandler, Lane and Bryson Jackson all of Henderson, NC.

He has been a long time resident of Woodland and now for the past 4 years resided at Breckenridge in Rocky Mount, NC.

There will be a graveside celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Potecasi Baptist Church in Potecasi, NC. The family will greet after the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Potecasi Baptist Church, P. O. Box 8, Potecasi, NC 27867.

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Nancy Seate
11 years ago

To Harrell and his Mother-

I am sending my sympathy in your loss. Harrell has been very close with his family and will miss his Dad. I hope you will remember what a blessing you have been to him for many, many of his years and you can receive comfort and peace in accepting that knowledge. May God be with all of you and bless you.

Myrtle Turner Earley
11 years ago

Hello Harrell.

I never knew your Dad but the obituary was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. He must have been remarkable.

Your family is in our prayers.