Mrs. Erma Louise Parker, 85, of Port St. Joe, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013 at a local hospital. Mrs. Parker was born July 31, 1927 to Byron and Myrtice Wilder in Tampa, Fla. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe.
“Miss Erma” was known to generations of Port St. Joe teenagers for her work at the STAC House. In 1958, the PTA of Port St. Joe schools reopened the city’s recreational center facility for children known as the STAC (Student Teen-Age Center). “Miss Erma” volunteered to work there with the kids. She loved the work and the kids and they loved her. She worked there until 1994. Upon her retirement, the city honored her by renaming the center the “Miss Erma Parker STAC House.”
Mrs. Parker is survived by her husband of 66 years Thomas Edward “Dooder” Parker, Jr. She is survived by three daughters, Donna Louise Capps and husband Donald of Satellite Beach, Fla, Joyce Elaine “Joy” Underwood and husband John of Tallahassee, Fla., and Pamela Ann “Pam” Lawrence and husband Steve of Eufala, Ala.; son Thomas Edward “Tres” Parker III and wife Pamela of Troy, Ala,; brother Walter Wilder of Port St. Joe; sisters Irene Ramsey and Pat Hidalgo, both of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, Bryan Capps, Brad Capps and wife Andrea, Kristi Lawrence Weeks and husband Billy and Leigh Lawrence Parrish and husband Daniel; great-grandchildren, Parker Jon Capps, Stella Marie Capps, William Lawrence Weeks and Ann Louise Weeks; brothers-in-law, Larry Parker, Bruce Parker and Bill Fleming; and sisters-in-law, Faye Tarantino, Barbara Parker and Susan Wilder.
She is preceded in death by her parents Byron and Myrtice Wilder; mother-in-law Dessie Lee Parker; father-in-law Thomas Edward Parker, Sr.; brother Jimmy Wilder; sister Betty Ruth Fleming; sister-in-law Mary Parker; and brothers-in-law Will Ramsey, Peter Hidalgo, Michael Namynanik, Steve Tarantino, Don Parker, Marion Parker, Bill Parker and Lloyd Beardsley.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe with Rev. Howard Browning officiating. Interment followed at Holly Hill Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Asked to serve as pallbearers were grandsons Bryan Capps, Brad Capps, Billy Weeks and Daniel Parrish; and nephews Todd Wilder and Bobby Nobles.
Southerland Funeral Home