WICOMICO CO., Md. - Henry Shipley Parker, 90, a lifelong resident of Wicomico County, passed away on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 at his residence. Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Thomas Parker, Sr. and Margie Ellen Kelly Parker. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Truitt Parker and a brother, Thomas Parker, Jr.
He followed his father, a past Maryland Delegate and Mayor of Salisbury by exercising passion to make his community a great place to live, work and raise a family. He loved life and was committed to his family and friends. His accomplishments and memberships include, serving on the Wicomico County Election Board for 30 years, spanning appointments by 7 governors, serving on the Wicomico County Charter Review Committee 3 terms, including once as chairman, serving on the Wicomico County Council from 1982-1998, 12 years as President and 4 years as Vice-President.
He also served on the Maryland Association of Counties from 1982-1998, including past President in 1993, serving on the Legislative Committee for 12 years, and in 2011, he was the recipient of the "Marilynn Praisner" Award, a highly regarded State recognition for public service. Mr. Parker served as a trustee for Wor-Wic Community College for 6 years and also as a former Vice Chairman; a life time member of the Wicomico Fireman's Association; a life time member of the Salisbury Fire Company, Station One; Past President of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and in 1974, he was a Recipient of the Chamber Award; Past President of the Salisbury Jaycees; was Chairman of the 1967 Salisbury Centennial Celebration; member of Christ United Methodist Church, in which he served in numerous capacities, including being Chairman of the committee which constructed the educational wing.
He also spearheaded a successful campaign involving Governor Schaeffer to keep open Grumman Aerospace facility to save 400 jobs. The plant is presently known as Harvard Custom Manufacturing which employs over 800 people. In 1998, Wicomico County named the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in his honor in recognition for his service to the county.
A Celebration of His Life will be held on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury with Rev. George Patterson and Rev. Olin Shockley officiating. Entombment will follow at Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury.
Henry and his late wife, established a scholarship fund to award to a Wicomico County resident every year. His request was that in lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Henry S. Parker and Nellie T. Parker Scholarship Fund, Wor-Wic Foundation, 32000 Campus Drive; Salisbury, MD. 21804. Checks should be made payable to Wor-Wic Community College Foundation.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences.