In the sixth month, on the thirteenth day, and in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Three, E. Eugene Parker was the eldest child of five born to the union of Richard and Edna Parker, both preceding him in death.
Eugene graduated from Rosa Lott High School in Citronelle, Alabama. In his pursuit of higher education, he attended and graduated from Alabama State University, where he received his B.S. degree. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from Reed Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, California as well as Clinton College (HBCU)in Rockhill, South Carolina.
Rev. Dr. Parker did his trial sermon at University AME Zion Church under the leadership of Rev. William A. Elston. He left the California Conference and moved to the West Alabama Conference where he pastored St Paul AME Zion Church and then Mt. Hebrom AME Zion Church. He then returned to California where he served again under Rev. William A. Elston as associate pastor of Kyles Temple AME Zion Church in Sacramento. When Rev. Elston took ill, he was appointed Pastor of Kyles Temple where he served as Pastor and Presiding Elder of the Central Valley District for thirteen years.
After thirteen years at Kyles Temple, he then pastored various churches in Zion: University AME Zion Church, Palo Alto, CA; First AME Zion Church in Knoxville, Tennessee; Big Zion AME Church in Mobile, Alabama; and Pilgrim Rest AME Zion, Whistler, Alabama. He was then appointed as the Presiding Elder of The Jefferson District in the West Alabama Conference where he also Pastoted Millers Chapel AME Zion in Demopolis, Alabama and Berrys Chapel AME Zion in Winn, Alabama. In June of 2016, Bishop Staccato Powell appointed Rev. Dr. E. Eugene Parker as the Presiding Elder of the Bay Cities District of the California Conference in the Western Episcopal District, where he served faithfully until the Lord called him home on October 24th, 201.9.
Eugene was married to Johnson and to that union two children were born, E. Timothy Parker and Monica Latrice Thompson.
Later he met and married Sylvia E. Wade Acevedo and they celebrated thirty-three years of marriage.
Eugene leaves to mourn his death and cherish his memories; his devoted wife, Sylvia E. Wade-Parker; his sons, E. Timothy Parker (Valerie) and Steven Anthony Pickett; his daughters, Monica (George) Latrice Thompson and Simone E. Acevedo; his sister, Bernice Boyd; his God-Sister Francis (R.ev. Ronald Rogers) Miller Rogers; his grandchildren, Ophelia Shareer, Kaitlyn Simmons, Valisity Simmons, Tanajnae Parker, Bailey Pickett and Ashley Pickett; his great-grandchildren, Makeem Shareer, Nuriyyah Shateer, Nimiah Love and A'Don Charles; his aunts, Bernice Jackson, Rosalie Clark and Daisy Ingalise; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
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