Lewis Jackson Parker

In the passing of Lewis Jackson Parker, Martin lost a highly respected and esteemed citizen. A native of Tennessee, his birth occurred in Wildersville on the 26th of November, 1867, a son of Priestly E. and Joanna Frances (Murphey) Parker, the latter a native of this state. Priestly E. Parker was born in Orange county, North Carolina. on the 10th of June, 1828, and came with his parents to West Tennessee a short time afterward

In the acquirement of his early education Lewis Jackson Parker attended the public schools of Henderson county and began his business career at an early age, becoming an employe of J. N. Hall. Immediately after his marriage Mr. Parker returned to Wildersville and remained there for some fifteen years, being associated with his father-in-law in business. At the age of thirty-five years he closed what was at that time one of the largest Mississippi timber deals, buying on option one thousand, eight hundred and seventy acres of land, five hundred of which were in cultivation. He then built a stave plant and sawmill on the land and became one of the most prosperous men in that community. He resided in Pontotoc county, Mississippi, six years and at the termination of that time returned to Tennessee and in 1912 located in Martin. He built a magnificent home here and retired from active business, although he retained his interest in the stave and sawmill business in Mississippi. During the two years of his residence in this community he did much to improve the public welfare and his demise on the 8th of March, 1914, came as a severe blow to his many friends.

To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Parker four children were born: John Spellings, whose birth occurred on the 1st of June, 1896, and who married Miss Minnie Clara Mayo, a resident of Pontotoc county, Mississippi; Verda Marie, who was born on the 31st of July, 1898, and who is now the wife of Edward M. Burge, of Martin; Hattie Mae, born March 23, 1902; and Lewis Priestly, whose birth occurred on the 1st of February, 1909. Mrs. Parker is a true southern gentlewoman and is prominently known in Martin, where she has many friends. Throughout his life Mr. Parker gave his political endorsement to the democratic party and although he never sought nor desired public preferment, he was ever cognizant of the duties and responsibilities as well as the privileges of good citizenship and no movement for the development or improvement of the community ever sought his aid in vain. He well merited the success he achieved in life and the confidence and respect in which he was held by his fellowmen

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