Joe Harold Parker, Jr., 69, passed away March 8, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.
Joe was born April 12, 1951 in Huntsville, Alabama to the late Joe H. Parker, Sr. and Helen (Abney) Parker. He lived in many Georgia towns before attending middle and high school in Savannah. Joe was a graduate of Robert W. Groves High School Class of ‘69, where he was also the editor of the school paper. After graduation he attended Mercer University where he obtained double majors in history and English, and double minors in political science and journalism. He was also the editor of the Mercer School paper. Joe was a longtime resident of Colonels Island. He loved the beauty and history of the area. He was an avid reader and owned a large library of books.
Joe was a freelance journalist who wrote for various publications, including the local papers, The Coastal Courier and Savannah Morning News. Joe enjoyed reporting on the military activities at Ft. Stewart, wanting to keep people updated and informed. Joe traveled in and out of the country while reporting on the 3rd Infantry Division. He loved politics and reported for decades on the local political scene. Joe was a familiar face at city and county meetings all around the local area. He was very skilled in the newspaper industry, including reporting, writing, editing, layout, and printing. He was a very passionate man who loved to engage in a good intellectual conversation. Joe had a quick wit and a keen sense of humor, his dry delivery of funny comments would often go unnoticed to those not accustomed to his style. Joe will be dearly missed by the many friends and acquaintances he made over the years. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe, Sr..
Joe is survived by his mother, Helen A. Parker of Midway; his brother, Mark J. Parker of Savannah; nephew, Mark J. Parker (Melissa) and his dog, Red. He was a good journalist, son, brother, uncle, co-worker and will be missed by many.
Services will be private.
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