Johnny M. Parker

September 10, 2013 • Obituaries

Parker-ObitGraveside services for Johnny M. Parker, of Roswell, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2013, at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery, 1406 E. Wood Street, in Carlsbad with Brother Ken Engledow of Hillcrest Baptist Church officiating. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday 1-5 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at West Funeral Home, 401 N. Guadalupe Street, Carlsbad, NM. Mr. Parker passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013, in Roswell. Services are entrusted to West Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at

Johnny was [auth] born May 19, 1932, in Jonesboro, Louisiana, to John L. and Idora (Walsworth) Parker. He graduated from high school in 1950 and soon enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in the Korean War from 1951-1955.

While serving in the Air Force and stationed in Roswell, he met Eileen McIlwee of Carlsbad. The couple were married in 1954 at St. Edwards Catholic Church.

Upon discharge from the Air Force, Johnny began working for the United States Postal Service. A daughter, Diane was born in 1958 and a son, Bill in 1960.

Following the death of his beloved wife, Eileen in 1986, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

In 1990, Johnny was reacquainted with a previous friend and coworker, Margaret Key. The two were married in 1991 and moved to Roswell in 1992, where they resided until her passing in 2006.

Johnny is preceded in death by his first wife, Eileen, second wife, Margaret; daughter Diane; and stepsons: Phil Blair and Russell Newby.

He is survived by his son, Bill and wife, Christina, of Fort Collins, CO, and their children: Eileen and Elise, Diane’s children: Lisa McCoy, of Circleville, Ohio, Michelle Schirmer, and husband, James, of Las Cruces, NM, Larisa Parker, of Dallas, TX, Michael Cooper, of Las Cruces, NM, stepdaughter Jovonne Newby and her children: Suzie Cox and husband, Tim, of Bloomfield, NM, Kristy Flanagan and husband, Steve, of Stinnett, TX, Robyn Blair, of Roseville, CA, Tara Souza and husband, Tim, of Valley Springs, CA, and Ty Blair and wife, Lori, of Pleasanton, CA.

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