Curtis Ray Parker “Curt” entered into a peaceful sleep on Monday September 13, 2021, at Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington NC.
He was born in Martin County on June 10, 1946, to the late Helen Parker Bennett and the late James Curtis Staton. Curt received his education at PS Jones Segregated School in Washington NC. Curt attended Spring Garden Baptist Church in Washington, NC when he could. Curt was employed with the Beaufort County School System and then National Spinning Yarn Company in Washington NC but his main passion was doing carpentry work which he did until he was forced into retirement because of his health. Curt was preceded in death by his daughter Neva Marie Oden, his twin grandchildren Shania and Malik Jenkins, two sisters Carrie Ann Thomas and Betty Jean H., a brother William Earl Bennett, his paternal grandparents Bertha Lee Staton and Johnie Staton. Curt was well known and loved by many and that is why they call him “Curt”, “CP” or “Playa Playa.”
Curt leaves to cherish his loving memories his surviving wife: Mamie Parker of Kinston NC. Four loving children: Janet Ebron and Yolanda Parker both of Washington NC, Steven Oden (Rosa) of Baltimore MD, and Juanita Jenkins of Newport News VA. Five sisters: Christine Thomas of New Haven, CT, Martha (Down South), Evelyn T. Hall and Diane Williams (James) both of Robersonville NC, Kathy Little of Brooklyn NY. Six brothers: James Earl Parker and Calvin Bennett both of Robersonville NC, John Parker of Vanceboro NC. Eugene Taylor (Sherry) and Roosevelt Taylor (Annetta) both of Williamston NC, Jeffrey Bennett of Ohio.
Curt also leaves to cherish his memories nine grandchildren: Shonnita McIver and Brittany Pilgreen-Caruthers (Naditus) both of Washington NC, Christopher Albritton and Jamari Blount both of Newport News VA, Kimberly Thompson of Raleigh NC, Eric Thompson Jr. (Kenjtae) of Henderson NC, Charmaine Oden and Jayla Oden both of Baltimore MD, TyKeis Blount of Greenville NC. Six great grandchildren Kaiden Foreman-McIver, Ke”Arih Thompson, Kei’Mikael Moore, Ky”Mani Thompson all of Washington, NC, Emerie Thompson and Jocelyn Thompson both of Henderson, NC. Two special friends Demetric Williams and Cynthia Grady both of Washington NC. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, and great friends.
Joseph B. Paul Jr and Washington Funeral & Cremation are proud to serve the Parker Family.