David Cartwright Parker, 61, of Cary, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, after a long illness.
He was born in Albemarle, NC on August 4.1953 to the late Fred and Cherry Cartwright Parker. He graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1972 where he was captain of the Cross Country Team. David was a 1976 graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. While attending Sewanee. David was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He was active in all aspects of the fraternity's life, including serving as Chapter President. As a true sports fan, David played every intramural sport He served as the stadium announcer for Sewanee football games and also broadcasted games for the campus radio station. He will be deeply missed by his Deke brothers.
In 1982, David went to work for the State Employees Credit Union until his retirement earlier this year. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cary where he was quite involved with leading the puppet ministry for seventeen years. He coached Special Olympics teams in soccer, basketball and softball. As a born and bred Tarheel, he ran the scoreboard for all UNC Tarheel home football games for 22 years.
David is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan Wheeler Parker; two daughters, Laura Parker Bass (Jason) of Raleigh and Sarah Cartwright Parker of the home; two grandsons, Grady Paul Bass and Jason Ryan Bass; a sister, Pamela Parker Carroll (James) of Wilmington; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Wheeler Guthrie of Burlington and Sharon Williams Wheeler of Hillsborough and five nieces.
He was predeceased by his parents his in-laws, Dr. and Mrs. Grady Joseph Wheeler (Lina); his brother-in-law, Grady Joseph Wheeler, Jr.; and his nephew, James Murray Carroll, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jimmy Carroll Memorial Scholarship, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke State University, Pembroke, NC 28372; or Transitions Life Care of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Cary, 117 S. Academy Street, Cary, NC at 4 PM, on Friday, November 21, 2014. A reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. A private family committal will be held.