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May 18, 2006

(9/1/1914 - 5/12/2006)

Raymond L. Parker, 91 of Memphis, MO died May 12, 2006 in the Scotland County Memorial Hospital at Memphis, Missouri.

He was born September 1, 1914 at Canton, MO to Harry James and Anna Lee Fishback Parker. He attended the Plano School. Raymond was raised by Dell and Ida Parker and the following sisters; Mary Jo Fishback, Isabella Martin, Donna Briscoe, Ruby Dell Bronestine and Ella Mae McCutchan.

He married Reba Lavon Lay on April 25, 1941 at the home of Reba’s parents. They celebrated 64 years together. To this union three children were born.

Raymond was a member of the Memphis United Methodist Church. He was a farmer in Scotland County and also raised livestock. Raymond took great pride in his pickup and had a special interest in tractors. After retirement Raymond still went to the farm daily and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a Cardinals baseball fan and always enjoyed playing baseball and watching baseball games.

Raymond is survived by two daughters: Norma Woods and husband Eddie of Memphis, MO and Marilyn Wangen and husband Dave of Duluth, MN, and a son Dale Parker of Seattle, WA. Other survivors include five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Reba, his parents, foster parents, two brothers Richard and Cecil Parker and five sisters; Ruby, Syndey, Sarah, Edna and Mildred.

Funeral services were held May 23, 2006 in the Memphis United Methodist Church with Reverends Terry Lippstreu and Charles Hammack officiating. Music was provided by Connie Courtney and LaMayra Brown. Burial was in Forest Grove Cemetery at Canton, MO. Casket bearers were Tim Woods, Dana Woltman, Jacob Woods, Dale Robertson, David Mohr and Kenny Hauk, Jr.

Memorials may be made to the Memphis United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to the Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the family by email at

Arrangements were under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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