John Rufus Parker, 81, of North Wilkesboro passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center. He was born May 16, 1938, in Wilkes County to Coy and Kate Anderson Parker.

John was a member of Oakwoods Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, receiving a medal as a carbine and rifle sharpshooter. He was also a butcher.

Mr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Winnie Arrington and Martha Louise Parker McCulley; and two grandchildren, Valerie Dawn Teague and Jonathan Scott Teague.

Surviving are his sister, Antonia Parker Bailey and spouse, R.C., of Winter Haven, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Jane E. Osborne of North Wilkesboro; a stepson, Larry Osborne of North Wilkesboro; his great-grandchildren, Cameron Teague and Kyleigh Teague; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Oakwoods Baptist Church, with Pastor Christopher Clark officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the honor guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142, will follow in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Oakwoods Baptist Church from 1 until 1:30 p.m. Friday, prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be James Anderson, Robert Anderson, Robin Bumgarner, Randy Earp Sr., Randy Earp Jr., Ricky Walker, Lee Tedder and Ernie Absher. Honorary pallbearer will be Cameron Teague.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 9, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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