C. Edwin Parker
C. Edwin Parker has held many occupations, each
of which played an integral part in making him who he is today.
Born in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1919, Parker graduated from Lamar
High School and attended Bristol Commercial College.
C. Edwin Parker
From there, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served his
country during World War II as a flight instructor and transport
pilot. Since he was licensed by the Civil Aeronautics
Administration to teach navigation, meteorology, civil air
regulations, aircraft, and aircraft engines, he began teaching
courses and flight lessons to students at a school he conducted
after the war. He was then recalled to active duty during the
Korean War, and served as a transport pilot and supply officer in
the Air Force.
Parker retired with the rank of major in 1953, after 21 years of
experience in active duty and active reserve. He moved back to
Johnson City and began work toward another goal, this time in the
direction of a certified public accountant. Parker earned his CPA
license in 1956 and became a partner with Baylor & Backus CPA
in Johnson City.
In 1969, he established another CPA firm, which later became
Parker, Stewart, Shorter & Carden.In 1972, Parker bought
Johnson City Bedding Company, a manufacturing organization. Today,
the business remains in his family and is operated by his son,
Robert. Parker is chairman of the company’s board.
He has served on the board of directors for Home Federal Savings
& Loan of Upper East Tennessee and is an advisory member of
First Tennessee Bank. He served as a member of the board of
directors of State of Franklin Savings Bank at its inception, and
is currently a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public
Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants. Parker’s past involvement has included serving
on the board of directors of Memorial Hospital during the
construction of its present building and the Tri-Cities Airport
Commission during construction of its present terminal. He was
chairman of campaign for the United Way in 1966 and is a 50-year
member and past president of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club.
Parker is a member of Central Baptist Church and serves on its
chairman of deacons, board of directors, and various committees. He
also serves on the boards of directors for the Watauga Mental
Health Services, Inc., and the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s
Baptist Adult Home. He is a member of the ETSU Foundation and is
the district chairman of capital campaign, as well as a member of
the board of trustees, at Carson Newman College.
After thirty- seven years of marriage Parker’s first wife,
Dorothy, passed away in 1983. She was a proud member of the nursing
profession and he funded nursing scholarships at ETSU and
Carson-Newman College as memorials to her. Parker and his second
wife, Barbara, were married fifteen years, ending when she passed
away in 2002.
Parker has two daughters, two sons, two step-daughters, nine
grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He is a member of the
Seniors Golf League, and each time he plays in a tournament or with
his friends at the country club, his score is either at or below
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