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February 1, 2014

Ralph Lee Parker

SYLVESTER — Ralph Lee Parker, 65, of Sylvester died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at his residence. He was cremated and no services are scheduled at this time.

Mr. Parker was born June 12, 1948 in Wilmington, Del. to the late Richard Neal and Olive Ann Harris Parker. He had lived in Worth County since 1981, moving here from Dougherty County. He was retired from Master Craft Industrial Engineering after 18 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was the former quartermaster of the William F. Sikes V.F.W. Post 4825. Mr. Parker was a workaholic but he did take time to enjoy golfing, music and dancing.

Survivors include his brothers, Thomas A. Parker of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Gary J. Parker of Allentown, Pa., James W. Parker of Newark, Del. and Walter E. Parker of Newark, Del.; a sister, Debra P. Taylor of Franklin, Ohio.; a daughter-in-law, Peggy Whisman of Sylvester; a granddaughter, Sheena Whisman-Deal (Troy) of Sylvester; and great-grandchildren, Mason and Kason Deal.

Sign the online guest registry at www.banksfh.com.

Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester is in charge of arrangements.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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