It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph M. “Joe” Parker, 78, of Charles City on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. Born on September 5, 1944, in Hopewell, VA, Joe’s journey through life touched the hearts of all who knew him. He peacefully departed this life at Chippenham Medical Center, under the compassionate care of hospital staff and Hospice of Virginia.
Joe is survived by his sister, Stacie Birchett, and her husband Brad of Richmond, VA as well as dear friends and chosen family members Sandy and David Hula of Charles City and their children, Amber and Craig. He also leaves behind a number of close cousins, extended family members, and lifelong friends. In addition to his human companions, Joe will also be missed by his long-time feathered friend, Jake the parrot, and his llama, Magic, both of whom have found new homes.
Joe mastered the art of car mechanics, working at Dunnington Motor Company and then Strosnider Chevrolet in Hopewell before owning and managing an Exxon franchise in Richmond until his retirement. He was a graduate of Hopewell High School class of 1962, and Danville Technical Institute (now Danville Community College).
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Charlotte Parrish Parker; his brother Edward Shelor Parker; and his parents, Joseph Edward and Evelyn Morris Parker, all of Hopewell.
Joe best loved Charlotte, fast cars, motorcycles, flying, and his animals. He also loved the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a good laugh, a grilled steak, and at the end of the day, a glass of Grand Marnier. His memory will live on through the stories we share, the laughter we remember, and the love we hold in our hearts.
A private service will be held at a date to be determined. Contributions in memory of Joe may be made to The Park Fund at the John Randolph Foundation (johnrandolphfoundation.org), through which Joe will continue to leave an impact on people and places in his hometown.