Pastor Parker Thompson, 90, of Winchester, VA, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
He was born August 5, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, unto a family with a long tradition of military service ranging from the Revolutionary War to World War II. He ultimately joined the Calvary Baptist Church in St. Louis, and in 1947 was ordained into the Gospel Ministry a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Between 1941 and 2011, Parker attended Southern Baptist College (A.A.), William Jewell College (B.A.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and University of Missouri (D.Litt. – honorary).
He retired from active duty in 1980, after volunteering for the U.S. Army Chaplaincy, and serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars in the 3rdand 25thInfantry Divisions, 3rdArmored Division, and 1stCavalry Division of the U.S. Army, and subsequently remained an active pastor. He was the Pastor of Round Hill Baptist Church 1980-1991, and North Fork Baptist Church from 1993 until his recent passing.
Pastor Parker recently conveyed that his main efforts as both a Chaplain and civilian pastor were the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He left with us his favorite Scripture verse: Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.”
He is survived by his son, Robert A. Thomson (Monica) of Stephens City, Virginia, and two daughters, Mary V. Bates (Anthony) of Alexandria, Virginia, and Laura E. Pennington (Jeff) of Middletown, Virginia. Grandchildren are Brian Sine and Kristina Sine and great-grandchild Sara. He was predeceased by his wife, Irene Thompson and brother Robert Thompson, Jr.
A visitation will be held at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville on Friday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m., and a funeral service will be held Saturday, October 27 at North Fork Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to North Fork Baptist Church, P.O. Box 25, Purcellville, VA 20134.