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Melvin Eugene Parker, 66, a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, and also known as “Polecat”, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. He was born on February 19, 1957, in Sumter County, the son to the late Josephine Nickens Parker and Willie Parker, Sr. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. After graduating from Sumter High School in 1975, he attended South Carolina State University for two years and later attended Denmark Technical College where he received an Associate degree of Applied Sciences in Electronics Technology. He enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for 10 years before retiring. After serving his country, he was self - employed for many years before suffering health issues. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, he never met a stranger and enjoyed tinkering with his many projects. His loving memories will be cherished by: his daughter, Harriet “CeCe” Parker, two grandsons, Francisco “Frankie” Parker Madera Jr., and Antonio “Toni” Parker Crawford; two sisters, Carolyn Parker Gooden (James), Shirley Parker Snipe (Arthur); three brothers, Willie Parker Jr. (Delores), Sammy H. Parker, Clarence B. Parker, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Besides his parents, Willie Parker Sr. and Josephine Nickens Parker and grandparents, he was also proceeded in death by two brothers, Henry L. Parker and Thomas M. Parker. In accord with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 26 Lakeside Drive, Sumter. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 11:00 a. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of

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