Gene M Parker, 74, of Jacksonville, FL passed away Sunday April 16, 2017.
Gene retired from the Jacksonville Sheriffs Department in 2004 after 36 years. He was a JSO helicopter pilot for 27 years. He was an avid Gator fan. He served 4 years in the US Navy.
He is preceded in death by his son Travis Bates, brothers Leo Parker & Ray Parker.
Survivors include his wife Freda Parker, sons Sean (Sarah) Parker, Tracy Bates, daughter Carmen (Randy) Hoke, three grandchildren & four great grandchildren, sisters Linda (George) Shuman, Kay (Leonard) Towns, brother Lee (Dale) Parker, many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday April 19, 2017 at Evergreen Chapel with Randy Hoke officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services with JSO honors. Interment will be 2:00 PM at Jacksonville National Cemetery with military honors.
Gene was very proud in helping to establish a Life History Scholarship in Travis name. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Travis R. Bates Memorial History Endowed Scholarship at UNF. All gifts should be made payable to the UNF Foundation 1 UNF Drive Building 60 Jacksonville, FL 32224 or https://www.alumni.unf.edu/NetCommunity/travis-r-bates-memorial-history-scholarship.
Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory 4535 Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206 (904) 353-3649.