Rev. Pledger W. Parker, 92, of Macon, Georgia, went to his eternal home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, after a short illness at McKendree Village in Hermitage, Tenn. Rev. Parker was a retired United Methodist minister and a member of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.
He was born Sept. 20, 1921, to George and Eulalia Parker at Camilla, Ga. He served as a United States Marine during World War II. Upon his return to the States, he heard the call to preach and went to seminary at Candler School of Theology of Emory University.
He served the following United Methodist congregations in Georgia: Ray City; Talbot Circuit; Duluth; St. Luke UMC in Columbus; Ocilla; First UMC in Swainsboro; Aldersgate in Savannah; and Centenary in Macon.
Pledger is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emily B. Parker; daughters, Giglia Anne Parker of Loma Linda, CA, Karen Parker DeVan (Jim) of McDonough, GA, Cherie Parker (Jack Keller) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Ben DeVan (Kartini), Allison DeVan (Justin Wienke), Juliana Parker Keller, Josh Parker Keller; great-grandchildren, Grace DeVan, and Caroline Wienke.
A memorial service will be held at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. The family will greet guests in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the Memorial Service.
Honorary Pallbearers are the ministers and spouses of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, and the members of the Interest Group Sunday School Class of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Mulberry Street UMC, P.O. Box 149, Macon, GA 31202, or to your favorite charity.