LEXINGTON -- Roy B. Bryant Parker died Monday night, Jan 21, 2008, at Lexington Medical Extended Care in Lexington, S.C. He fought a long and courageous battle to recover from complications of a surgery to remove a malignant kidney. Roy was born Jan. 27, 1937, to Roy B. and Claudia Holland Bryant in the Friendship community, Spartanburg County, S.C. He grew up on the farm of his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Holland on Holland Road (now being developed as "Holland Springs") in the Eastview community of Rock Hill, surrounded by his sister, 13 first cousins and 10 aunts and uncles, who lovingly called him "Little Roy", as he was named after his father. During WWII, he and his sister were adopted by their mother's second husband and their names changed to Parker. He attended Oak Ridge Elementary, Rock Hill High and graduated from The Wil Lou Gray School in W. Columbia. He worked for 21 years as a pharmaceutical salesman for McKesson & Robbins, then opened Advanced Office Systems which he owned and operated for 26 years until his illness in March 2006.
Roy was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Norm and Daisy Bryant of Wellford, S.C.; his father, Roy B. Bryant of Rock Hill, S.C.; maternal grandparents, Chaz and Kate Holland of Rock Hill; and his mother, Claudia Parker and stepfather, Alan Parker of Cincinnati, Ohio.
He is survived by his first wife of 21 years, Ellen Parker of Dillon, S.C.; son, Robert Parker of Little River, S.C.; daughter, Janet Patterson of Conway, S.C.; two granddaughters, Heather and Caitlin Patterson of Columbia, S.C.; sister, Patricia Simpson; niece, Kathy McClure; nephew, Keith McClure of Panama City, Fla.; wife, Nancy Parker; granddaughter, Tracy; great-granddaughter Olivia; and Nancy's three children, Merry Cutford, Shawn Mitchell and Perry Gibbons of Lexington. Also survived by half brother, Norman Bryant and father's widow, beloved Margaret Bryant Williams.
Roy was a member of Lexington Baptist church, where he sang in the choir, was a 32nd degree Mason and very active in the business community serving as president and chairman of several civic clubs and organizations. His jovial manner made him welcome everywhere. He will truly be missed.
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A celebration of his life will be held at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home, 700 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, with Rev. James Gable officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his memory to a charity of your choice
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home is serving the Parker family.