Alvin Spencer Parker Sr.


Mr. Alvin Spencer “Buddy” Parker Sr., 71, husband of the late Lillie Merritt Parker, crossed the channel peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Cheriton.

A retired commercial waterman, Mr. Parker was the son of the late William Spencer “Digger” Parker Sr. and the late Virginia Brady “Skip” Parker. He was born in Nassawadox and raised in Oyster. He started working on the water with his father from the time he was able to walk. He surely had saltwater running through his veins. He worked on clam boats for many years, a tugboat for a few years, and even tried his hand at a land job at Bayshore Concrete, but that only lasted about a week. He said that was the worst week of his life. Working on land just wasn’t for him. From there, he returned to his first love, the seaside. He especially enjoyed staying at his Watch House with many family and friends throughout the years. He and all the other seaside watermen could be found at the Oyster dock every Sunday morning for what they called “Sunday Service” which consisted of drinking a cold one and catching up on the latest gossip. The seaside is where he could be found working until his sea legs finally gave out.

He is survived by his children,  Alvin Spencer “Bud” Parker Jr. and his wife, Shelby, of Townsend, Angela Merritt Rosa and her husband, Niva, of Cheriton, Derek Abraham and his girlfriend, Lisa, of Cape Charles, and Kristopher Abraham, of Capeville; two brothers, Wayne “Slick” Parker and his wife, Pat, of Smyrna, Del., and Douglas “Dougie” Parker and his wife, Maxine, of Eastville; seven grandchildren, Spencer Parker, Brandon Parker, Jackson Parker, Hunter Elliott, Alyssia McNamara Abraham, Scott Parker, and Heatherlea Elliott, whom he affectionately called “Punkin”; mother-in-law, Doris Merritt; three brothers-in law, Elton “Bullett” Merritt, Timmy Merritt and his wife, Karen, and Chris Merritt and his wife, Lisa; two sisters-in-law, Mary Landon and Teresa Wayman and her husband, Bart; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a special friend, Uncle Pete, who would call him every week.   

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two sons, Harry “Curly” Parker and Geoffrey Abraham; two brothers, William Spencer Parker Jr. and Randall Lee Parker; a sister, Catherine Darlene Parker; an uncle, Johnny Brady; and a nephew, Ronnie Brady.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Riverside Home Health nurses and Hospice for their wonderful care of Mr. Parker during his illness.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Lower Northampton Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Conrow officiating. Interment followed in Cape Charles Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eastern Shore Watermen’s Association, 4219 School Road, Chincoteague, VA  23336.

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Arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

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