Alvin Earl Parker
Bossier City ,LA – Alvin Earl Parker died Tuesday evening, January 30, 2018, at his home in Bossier City, Louisiana at the age of 86. Alvin is survived by his loving wife, Hilda; his devoted daughter, Lisa Parker McDaniel; his son-in-law, Donnie McDaniel; and his grandchildren; Rachel McDaniel Irby and her husband Nathan Irby; John Parker McDaniel; and Benjamin McDaniel. He is also survived by his siblings , Gloria Jean Watkins and Marvin “Buddy” Parker and his wife Patricia.
Preceding him in death is his father, Thomas Edward Parker, Sr.; his mother, Grace Usery Parker; his sister, Louise Powell Brandon; his brother, Thomas Edward Parker, Jr.; his sister, Velma Haynes; and his sister Kathleen Caskey.
Alvin was born in 1933 in Danville, Louisiana. He graduated from Friendship High School and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 6 years. While stationed in Arlington, VA, he met and married Hilda Avara in December of 1955 – his precious wife of over 63 years.
After his Naval service, they moved to Bossier City, LA where he began his career in sales at Lee Hardware, where he advanced to President of that company. He continued in the sales field until he opened Parker Sales Agency in 1979. He had many successes in the hardware sales industry that enabled him to travel the world and make wonderful memories with his family and friends. His natural humor and big personality propelled him in the sales field. He loved what he did and he loved the many relationships he built along the way.
Alvin loved his church family. He was a member of First Baptist Haughton for over 50 years serving as a deacon and on many different committees. He loved the Lord and was never shy to share the Gospel. He taught Sunday School for many years, happily bribing his class with apple fritters to assure their attendance. He was a leader, a role model and an encourager to those around him.
Alvin was most happy at his hunting camp in West Texas. Going bird hunting was what he looked forward to most each year. He made many trips with friends and family to the camp. There were many years with few birds, but there were always laughs and great memories and every night ended with a Western movie.
His family was his pride and joy. He loved and was devoted to his wife, Hilda, throughout his life. His greatest blessing was his daughter, Lisa and his son in law, Donnie. His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren grow up. He always believed in them and encouraged them to follow their dreams.
Visitation was held from 5:00 – 7:00pm on Friday, February 2, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Haughton. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Haughton on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 10:00am. The family would like to thank the many friends in the community that have reached out to Alvin and his family during his illness. We appreciate the hard work, support and dedication of Dr. Ted Warren, Dr. Peter Campbell, Hospice of Shreveport/Bossier, Always Best Care Staff, and the long list of personal sitters that helped with his care giving.
Alvin’s legacy of love, giving and faith, along with his boisterous personality, will live on forever in those who were blessed to know him. We will miss him.