(WEDOWEE) The funeral for William Blake Parker, 88, of Wedowee will be Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at noon at Liberty Grove Congregational Methodist Church in Woodland with the Rev. David Watson and Dan Strain officiating. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Liberty Grove Congregational Methodist Church from 10 a.m. - noon on Saturday before services begin.

Mr. Parker died Wednesday, Aug. 21, at his residence.

A Wedowee native, Mr. Parker was born Feb. 5, 1931, the son of James Loyd Parker and Nellie Rue Fincher. He was an Auburn University graduate and had been employed as a soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Herren; daughter, Anita Kay Lees (Bob) of Stuart, Fla.; son, William E. Parker (Alyson) of Alexandria, Va.; three grandchildren, Kristin Lees, Ashlynn Parker and Addison Parker; and brother, James Sherrell Parker of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Jim Parker, Jack Herren, Phillip Pannell, David Pannell, Kwang Edeker, Scott Pitts and Rob Lees. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Hill, Doug Sutton, Jeff Stewart, Jerry Traylor and Dwight Henderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Liberty Grove Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 21941 Hwy. 48, Woodland, AL 36280. Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.