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Archie Eldean Parker, Sr.

August 1, 1929 October 26, 2019
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Archie Eldean Parker, Sr. of Dover, passed away October 26, 2019 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was 90.

Archie was born August 1, 1929 in Christy, Kentucky, son of the late Allie H. and Margaret Louisa, “Lucy” (Butcher) Parker.

Archie graduated from Morehead High School, Morehead, Kentucky in 1947. He started in the grocery business as a produce clerk for Kroger Food Markets then joined the Army serving in Korea with the 24th infantry division and retired as Sergeant First Class. When his tour was over he returned to Kroger furthering his education at Michigan State University. Archie's career in supermarketing led him to York, Pennsylvania as VP of Operations for Jay’s Markets. He purchased his own grocery store in Middletown, DE in 1976, gradually expanded the business and ultimately owned and operated 3 supermarkets under the Parker’s Thriftway name in Middletown, Georgetown, and Pocomoke City, MD. Archie retired from supermarketing in 2002 and went to work as a salesman for Willis Chevrolet, Smyrna, and retired in 2018.

Archie, a Master Mason, was a member of the Middletown Rotary and received a Paul Harris Fellow designation. He served as President (2x) and Board Member of the former Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association, Baltimore, MD.

In addition to his parents and siblings, Archie was preceded in death by his son, James Scott Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Dona Parker; his daughter, Patricia Elaine and her husband Ray Reed, Zephyrhills, Fl.; son, Archie Eldean Parker, Jr. “Dean” and his wife Stephanie, Middletown, DE; son, George Alan Parker and his wife Tammy, Columbus, Ohio; step daughter, Patricia(Orozco) and her husband Ricky Chenenko, Mount Holly, NJ; step daughter, Dona Marie “Dee”(Orozco) and her husband Brad Walters of Dover; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; and his many beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fraizer’s Restaurant, 9 East Loockerman St., Dover, DE

In lieu of flowers the family asks contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or the humanitarian charity of your choice.

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A Celebration of Life




1:00 PM 11/17/2019 1:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 11/17/2019 5:00:00 PM
Fraizer's Restaurant

9 East Loockerman Street
Dover, DE 19904

Fraizer's Restaurant
9 East Loockerman Street Dover 19904 DE
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

92 Reads Way, Suite 205
New Castle , DE 19720

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