Philip Lewis Parker, 59, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019. He was born on January 9, 1960 to the late Herman and Gayle Parker of Quality, KY.
Phil grew up working on his family’s farm. His curiosity led him to be knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects. Among his passions were books, history, European travel, politics and academia. Phil was also a remarkable family historian, with extensive knowledge of family genealogy dating back six generations. He had a seemingly endless supply of stories about life, as told to him by great grandparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Many afternoons were spent on the porch of the family farm, right up until his death, where he passed on these stories ranging from the lives of his parents to the days of buckboard wagons, usually with a heavy dose of humor. His family is so grateful to have celebrated a wonderful Christmas with Phil in December with many laughs, good food, Netflix and togetherness. He was a treasured brother and friend whose wisdom, dry wit, and memorable laugh will always be cherished. The loss leaves a gaping void in the lives of many people who loved him.
Phil was the Director of Career Services at the University of Southern Indiana and earned a Masters in Arts and Education and a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University.
Phil is survived by his four siblings; Kelly Parker of Minneapolis, MN; Kimberly Parker of Chicago, IL; Todd Parker (Amy) of Quality, KY; Scott Parker of Monticello, KY; many nieces and nephews, cousins, loving friends and his aunt and uncles, John M. and Ann Parker of Quality, KY.; and J. D. Haywood of Newville, AL.
Memorials can be sent to BALD KNOB CHURCH, c/o First Southern Bank, 88 S. Bethel St., Russellville, KY, 42276. ATTN: Kathi Steenbergen.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sat., Feb. 2 at 2:00 pm in Bowling Green KY at The Chapel on the campus of Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., with a reception to follow. Attendees may need to allow extra time for parking.