Anita Egerton Parker

Published 1:36 am Friday, November 13, 2009

Mrs. Parker, 84, of Charlotte, N.C., passed into the hands of God November 10, 2009 at home of an apparent heart attack.

A native of Mill Spring, she was the daughter of James P. Egerton and Pearl Edwards Egerton. A 1947 graduate of Womens College in business administration (now UNCG), Anita first went to work in Alexandria, Va., for Capital Airlines. She transferred to Charlotte with Southern Airways. Married to William Oscar Parker Jr. (Bill) on Sept 24, 1948, the newlyweds moved to Cliffside, N.C., in support of Bills work as an engineer with Duke Power Company. Anita worked at the local public library and was later recruited to teach high school typing, bookkeeping and shorthand classes, beginning a lifelong dedication to teaching.

Bill and Anita moved to Charlotte in 1956, where they built their permanent residence. Anita taught at Oakhurst Elementary School, McClintock Junior High School, Pinewood and Rama Road Elementary. Always the devoted teacher, she retired in 1989 with 25 years public school service. She particularly loved 2nd and 3rd graders.

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Anita was a proud member of Providence United Methodist Church and an active volunteer/docent with the Mint Museum of Charlotte. She also remained involved with UNCG alumnae groups. In retirement, Anita was most proud of establishing a scholarship foundation for the UNCG Business School (Bryan). In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to:

Anita Egerton Parker Scholarship Fund


Advancement Services

P.O. Box 26170

Greensboro, N.C. 27402

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Oscar Parker Jr., her sister, Sue Carolyn Smith of Roanoke, Va., stepmother Sarah Egerton of Columbus, daughter, Ann Parker Croom, of Catonsville, Md., and son, William David Parker Sr., of Monroe, N.C. Anita was preceded in death by her brother Nick Egerton and her daughter Donna Lee Parker. She loved and reveled in her five grandchildren:&bsp; Benjamin Parker Croom, Natalie Lynn Croom, Kathryn Leigh Parker, Samuel Mason Parker, and William David Parker Jr. &bsp;

Memorial services will be held Friday, November 13, 11 a.m. at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Visitation time and lunch will be provided immediately following the service in the church atrium.