Berla Lee Parker and Alberta Dillard
A double tragedy struck an Eagle Lake family Friday, April 6, when Mrs. Berla Lee Hardison Parker, age 86, died on her birthday, and then her daughter, Mrs. Alberta Dillard, 66, died suddenly of a heart attack just a few hours later.
Mrs. Parker was born April 6, 1898, in Colorado County and had been a resident of this area all her life.
She passed away at her residence in Eagle Lake. She was a member of the Greater Rising Star Baptist Church of Eagle Lake and was active in her Sunday School class and the Mission Society. She was a member of Heroine of Jericho Chapter No. 42, Eagle Lake.
She is survived by two sons, Marquyn Parker, Eagle lake, and Lester V. Parker, Houston, 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Halliburton Parker, Sr. Oct. 25, 1979, her son, Halliburton, Jr. on Nov. 22, 1979.
Her daughter, Mrs. Dillard, also of Eagle Lake was fatally stricken. just a few hours later. She suffered a heart attack and was taken to the Eagle Lake Community Hospital by ambulance, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
She was born April 11, 1917, to Halliburton Parker, Sr. and Berla Lee Hardison Parker, in Colorado County, moving to Houston later where she lived for 45 years.
In Houston she was a member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church, serving on the Usher Board and as a nurse aid for the church before moving back to Eagle Lake in 1976. to take care of her parents.
Mrs. Dillard was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Halliburton, Jr. in 1979.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Bobbie Williams; Houston, two brothers, Marquyn Parker, Eagle Lake, and Lester V. Parker, Houston, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held concurrently for Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Dillard on Monday, April 9, from the Greater Rising Star Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. Rev. Ollie Scott officiated. Interment was at the Rising Star Community cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gerald Robinson, Gene Smith, Stanley Joe Smith, Obie Tillman, Thomas Tillman and Woodrow Coleman.
She was a member of the Greater Rising Star Baptist Church of Eagle Lake serving as vice president of the Usher Board and working with the Mission Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.
Honorary Pallbearers were Creston Cleveland, Willie Parker, James Lee Parker, Clyde Parker, Harvey James and Robert Parker.
Colorado County Citizen, April 19, 1984, page 2
Miss Bonnie Parker
Miss Bonnie Parker, 90, of Eagle Lake died on Wednesday, April 9 at 10:10 a.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. She was born on August 14, 1895 in Colorado County, a daughter of John Abner and Nancy Ann Tattus Parker. A Colorado County resident all her life, she worked throughout the county as a nurse for home health care. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Runk, pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.
Survivors include a brother, Johnnie Parker of Corpus Christi, along with numerous nieces and nephews and a host of loved ones and friends.
Pallbearers were James Brune Jr., J. D. Alley, Billy Stiles, Robert Samuel Martin, Daniel Matura, John Alley, Fred Owens. Honorary pallbearer was Hoy DeShazo.
Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.
Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 1986, page 13
Last Tuesday Cordia Parker, col. wife of Matt. Parker, the drayman, died at their residence in this city of consumption, and was buried at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. [Interred in Columbus City Cemetery.]
Colorado Citizen, July 14, 1898
Another negro killed in the Eagle Lake bottom. A Post special says:
Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1894
James Parker Funeral Held Jan. 10
James Allen Parker of Brenham died suddenly and unexpectedly on Jan. 3.
He was born July 29, 1947, and was the son of Weimar parents Foxhall A. Parker and Martha M. Sulak Parker, both of whom preceded him in death.
Mr. Parker had resided at the Brenham State School for many years and was a quiet, gentle man whose sweet disposition endeared him to both residents and staff of the school.
He is survived by three sisters, Martha Marie Parker of Houston, Catherine L. Parker of Austin and Virginia A. Hallford of Brady and two brothers, Richard H. Parker of Plum and William G. Parker of Bastrop.
Memorial Oaks Chapel of Brenham arranged the morning service held Jan. 10 at the Brenham State School Chapel and the later private interment at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.
James' passing is an enormous loss to his many friends at the Brenham State School, and he will be greatly missed by his family who loved him.
Weimar Mercury, January 17, 2008, page 2a
A young negro of 15 years, named Johnnie Parker, residing on the Brandt place, at Adkins; Lake, northeast of this city, while handling a shotgun on the 9th instant, accidentally discharged the weapon, with the result that he received injuries which caused his death an hour later. A verdict of death by accident was returned by Judge W. A. VanAlstyne, who held the inquest. [Place of interment unknown]
Weimar Mercury , April 16, 1915, page 5
Martha Parker Funeral Services Held Dec. 30.
Weimar lost one of its most loving citizens with the death of Mrs. Martha Marie Parker. The 86-year-old long-time resident died peacefully on Dec 28 at Parkview Manor in Weimar.
A prayer service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Hubbard Funeral Home.
Her funeral services were held at the funeral home on Thursday, Dec 30 with the Rev. John Bily officiating at both services.
The gospel music sung by Margie Janecka, Charlonia Fitzgerald, La Risa Curry, and Mrs. Parker’s grandson, Charles Michael Hallford served as a moving tribute for such a gracious lady.
Interment at the Masonic Cemetery was followed by a reception at the St. Michael Catholic Family Center.
Mrs. Parker was born in Smithville on Oct. 19, 1916 to Peter and Agnes Sulak.
She was one of seven children; she attended a country school in Kovar before moving to Houston.
In 1945 she married Foxhall Alexander Parker and they moved to Weimar shortly thereafter to start their family.
Mr. Parker died in 1967, and Mrs. Parker remained at their farm in Wildwood until the onset of her illness.
She spent her earlier years on “Parker’s Corner” lovingly tending to her vegetable garden, roses, and farm animals.
She was devoted to her cooking and single-handedly raised six children.
\Mrs. Parker especially enjoyed her family and ‘Sunday’ company for whom she prepared delicious Southern feasts. Mrs. Parker was an extremely pleasant lady who spoke no ill of anyone, and was always kind and gracious to everyone she encountered.
In later years she worked at several local businesses, and especially enjoyed her friendship with “Mrs. Mary” Barta.
Many local folks will recall Mrs. Parker at the Bakery counter, where she was quick to greet you and ask of your families.
Mrs. Parker’s golden years were spent crocheting and playing dominoes.
Her Catholic faith was very important to her and she loved going to church.
“Mrs. Martha”, as she was lovingly called by the Staff at Parkview Manor was a delight to her family and all those who met her marveled at her sweet disposition.
She had a mischievous sense of humor and loved to banter with the Parkview staff.
She will be greatly missed by her family who doted on her and all of her friends at Parkview.
Mrs. Parker is survived by three daughters, Martha Marie Parker of Houston, Catherine L. Parker of Austin, Virginia A. Hallford and husband Charles of Brady; three sons, James A. Parker of Brenham, Richard H. Parker of Plum, and William G. Parker and wife Elly of Bastrop. She is also survived by one sister, Elsie Svoboda and husband Adolph of Smithville; one brother, Joe Sulak of Smithville; four grandsons, Glenn, Charles Michael and Clay Hallford, all of Brady and Reuben Gilmore Parker of Bastrop; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Foxhall, two sisters, Marie Jantz and Ann Trojanowski; two brothers, Ludwig and Jerry Sulak.
Pallbearers were Charles, Charles Michael, and Clay Hallford, David Trojanowski and Steve Carroll.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Texas, Parkview Manor Nursing Home or St. Michael Catholic Church.
Weimar Mercury, January 6, 2005
Final Rites Sunday For Mrs. Parker
Funeral services were held from the chapel of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 23rd for Mrs. Haywood Parker, a lifelong resident of the Ramsey community.
Eagle Lake Headlight, 27 Nov 1969, page 10
Another of War Dead To Arrive Monday
The Headlight was informed on Friday morning that the body of Maurice Parker, who lost his life in a naval accident early in the war years, will arrive in Eagle Lake on the 6:38 Southern Pacific train on Monday evening.
Funeral arrangements were not ready at press time on Friday. The W. Cherry-M. Perry Post 108 of the American Legion will provide a military funeral for the former sailor.
A complete obituary will be carried in next week's issue of the Headlight.
Eagle Lake Headlight, December 5, 1947
[Due to the condition of the paper microfilmed only the following portion of the obituary could be reproduced.]
...was born November 13,1903 in Sunny Hill, __iana and came to Eagle Lake with his family thirty-seven years ago to make his home. He was graduated from Eagle Lake High School with the class of 1923. On February 1930 he married Miss Frances Cabiness of Eagle Lake.
Before entering the army early in the war years, Sergeant Parker worked for over twelve years for the Humble Oil & Refining Company at Houston. He volunteered when the army sought recruits for a Petroleum Distributing Engineers division, and was heading for duty in North Africa when the sea accident occurred. 5,600 men aboard a U. S. Transport in a convoy of American ships was plying the waters of the Atlantic some 900 miles from Bermuda when late at night an United States Naval tanker accidently rammed the ship killing thirteen of the crew, and tearing a ___ hole in the vessel.
Sergeant Parker was buried with full military honors at Bermuda when the ship dropped from the convoy and return to that ____. The Government notified his mother and wife that the cemetery was being abandoned and the family elected to have the body brought home rather than removing it to another military cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Frances Cabiness Parker of Houston, his mother, Mrs. G. W. Parker, one sister, Mrs. Oscar Bunge of Eagle Lake, and to[sic] brothers, Percy Parker of Wood River, Illinois and Tate Parker of Houston. His father, G. W. Parker and brother, Noel Parker proceeded him in death.
The American Legion Post formed an escort to meet the body which arrived in Eagle Lake over the Southern Pacific Lines at 6:38 Monday evening, accompanied by Master Sergeant Lipscomb of the United States Army. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]
Eagle Lake Headlight, December 12, 1947
Susanne Parker, formerly of Columbus, passed away on Sept. 8 at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La.
She was born to Pat Parker and Lavada Capps on Sept. 11, 1958 in Tahlequah, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; mother, brother, Randy Spears; and niece, Michelle Spears.
Parker is survived by her husband Pat Parker of Montegut, La; father; daughters Cassie Parker of Montegut, La. and Megan Parker of Victoria; step-daughter Shawn Parker of George West; sister Donna Johnson of Holdenville, Okla. brothers: Kerry Spears of Tahlequah, Okla and Robert Spears of San Antonio; granddaughter: Kaitlyn Parker and step-grandsons: Tyler, T.J. and Levi LeBlanc.
Funeral services took place on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Lynn Wilson officiating.
Pallbearers were Robert Spears, Scott Reeves, John Johnson, Greg Reeves, Kim Thrower and Jim Reeves.
Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 2007