James Southard Parker, 81 passed away peacefully in the early morning of Jan. 23, 2019, with his loving wife Barbara by his side.
Jim was born to Lt. Colonel Richard and Eleanor Parker on Nov. 14, 1937, in El Paso, Texas. As an Army brat, Jim moved many times and made many friends. In 1953, his dad retired to the Monterey Peninsula. Jim graduated from Pacific Grove High School in 1956 where he was very active in football and track. There were times he would bring out his electric guitar and bring out the “wow” in his classmates. After high school, Jim decided he would enlist in the US Navy where he served on the destroyer USS Bridget in Yokosuka, Japan for two years. After his stint in the Navy, he attended Monterey Peninsula college before starting a career at Wells Fargo Bank. He left the bank after 15 years and accepted a position as a Claims Adjuster for State Farm Insurance until his retirement in 1998.
He then started a new phase of his life. He met and fell in live with Barbara Tamplen Alexander, who he would tell everyone she was the one true love of his life. They were married in 2003 and enjoyed a wonderful marriage.
A classic car soon became a passion for Jim. The ’37 Ford coupe became a part of their family along with their two Shih Tzu’s, Ruby and Reggie. He was active in the Golden State Classics car club and attended many car shows where his coupe won many awards.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Barbara, two daughters Krysty Parker and Juli Elliott, sister Bebo Logan, a granddaughter, and three great-grandsons. His extended family includes Barbara’s daughter and son-in-law, Jenifer and Daren Friedle, and two grandsons.
A memorial remembrance will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, at 11 o’clock at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home, 1703 Spring St., Paso Robles, CA. A reception luncheon will be held following the service.