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The Rev. Milton Paul Parker

Services for the Rev. Milton Paul Parker, of Laurel, are 2 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 1, at Big Creek Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery. The Revs. Don Brown, Steve Casteel, Billy Howseand Danny Pitts will officiate. Ellisville Funeral Home is incharge of arrangements.

The Rev. Parker, 82, had been an ordained Baptist minister since1949 and a member of Big Creek Baptist Church. He pastored churchesin Mississippi and Alabama. He also owned funeral homes in Lincolnand Franklin counties. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors are his wife, Pauline Welch Parker, of Laurel; hissons, former Congressman Mike Parker and wife, Rosemary, ofBrookhaven, David Parker and wife, Wanda, of Bogue Chitto, andSteve Parker and wife, Barbara, of Hazelhurst; seven grandchildren;and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Adrian Parker, Lee Parker, Thomas Parker,Randy Beech, Graham Parker, Jason Jones, Grayson DeVito, LarryBeech and Gary Guessford. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big CreekBaptist Church Building Fund, 28 Big Creek Road, Highway 84 West,Soso, MS 39480.

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