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Ted Allen ParkerPassing: November 8, 2019


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Tuesday, November 12th @ 11:00 a.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday, November 11th @ 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Mitchell Cemetery

Wednesday, November 13th @ 2:00 p.m.

MITCHELL – Ted Allen Parker, 76, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019, at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born November 5, 1943, in Holister, California, he was the son of Russell and Geraldine I. (Smith) Parker.  He married Gail Carole Bigham June 12, 1963, and she preceded him in death September 28, 2006.  He married Nicole Bowling December 28, 2011.

Ted retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane with 31 years of service as plastic molding department supervisor.  He has umpired sports since 1964 and coached Babe Ruth and Little League from 1965 – 1977.  He directed Little League from 1993-1996. In 1971 he formed the high school girls track team.  Ted coached the girls softball team in 1977, then took over the league in 1978. In 1979, he built the softball field from the ground up and maintained it until 2008.  Ted coached the high school fast pitch team from 2004-2008.   Ted also started the men’s 35 + softball league.  He coached three generations of community children.

His hobbies included playing golf, woodworking, watching the Chicago Bears and University of Louisville.

He attended the Mitchell Presbyterian Church, and was honored as Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year and Times-Mail Hometown Hero.

Ted was a U. S. Army veteran.

Nicole Parker of Mitchell
Rob (Amy ) Parker of Mitchell
Jill (Mark) Morse of Mitchell
Jamie (Rick) Philpott of Mitchell
Tyler (Ashley) Cavin of Hixson, Tennessee
Myrsaides (Stephen) Cavin Ayers of Red Bank, Tennessee
Mia Cavin of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jesse (Allison) Parker, Emma Parker, Stacy (Gary) Rayhill, Cory Philpott, Ricci (Joe) Applegate, Cari (Jathan) Harper, Alix Richey, and Jeri Philpott
step grandchildren,
Emma Cavin, Rowan Cavin, Joel Alford, Audrey Ayers; Eric Morse, Bridget Morse, and Natalie Morse
14 great grandchildren
Sue Abril of Fresno, California
Jay D. Parker of Avondale, Arizona
Paulette Bell of Fresno, California

His parents; wife;  and siblings, Dell Parker, Shirley DeMello, Sally Kleim, Ronnie Parker, and Brenda Brisco, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 12, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. 

Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services

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25 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Jill morse | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 15, 2019
    I would like to share a short “thank you” to each and every one of you who took the time to leave a comment. As you all probably realize, sweet comments (at a difficult time as this), will always be cherished by our family. Thank you, on behalf of all of us- - It hardly seems enough, but means the world.to each of us. 💞
  2. Guest: Paul Stroud | http://Mitchell, Vero Beach, FL
    Date: November 13, 2019
    So sorry to learn of the passing of Ted. He was a giant supporter of the youth of Mitchell, and he worked tirelessly to better the facilities and activities for the entire Mitchell Community. I enjoyed the many rounds of golf I played with him through the years. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. He will be sorely missed. Paul, Kathy, and Lance Stroud
  3. Guest: Kurt Caudell | http://SPRINGVILLE, IN
    Date: November 12, 2019
    To Rob , Jill and the Parker family; Sorry to hear about Ted. I always respected his selflessness to community and integrity. He was a straight shooter all the way. I know he'll be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with you.
  4. Guest: Michelle | http://Pigeon Forge, TN
    Date: November 12, 2019
    Prayers to the family on the loss of this wonderful man. He loved the youth of his community and taught them many valuable lessons. He holds a special place in many many hearts.
  5. Guest: Beth Doub | http://Mitchell
    Date: November 12, 2019
    Jill, Rob & Jamie, we will have you in our prayers during this difficult time. Your dad was a dedicated volunteer for the youth of Mitchell. Thank you Ted for your service to our community! Prayers for comfort for your families.
  6. Guest: Tammy Roberts | http://BEDFORD
    Date: November 12, 2019
    I am so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He will be greatly missed in our community. Prayers.
  7. Guest: Betsy | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 11, 2019
    Ted Parker family, I am so sorry about your father/grandfather/great-grandfather. I have so many wonderful fond memories of Ted from when I played fast pitch softball. I remember one time he had a shirt made for me that said perfect because I was the only one on the team at that time that had perfect attendance. Another time I played exceptionally well at one of our games and he had everyone sign the softball for me and gave it to me. Those are two moments that gave me some confidence that i lacked at the time. And I will not forget that. Today I smashed my finger in a drawer and remembered the time I got my fingers stuck in one of the exercise machines at school and Ted had to get my fingers out from under the weights. Ted will be truly missed in the community. Thinking of you all. <3
  8. Guest: Julie Massey | http://Bedford, Indiana
    Date: November 11, 2019
    Ted was a great coach and a great person. I have so many wonderful memories of softball in Mitchell. My thoughts and prayers for the family.
  9. Guest: Joseph Shelton | http://Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: November 11, 2019
    The best supervisor and friend I ever worked with.
  10. Guest: Robert Clouse | http://Lake Monticello, Va.
    Date: November 10, 2019
    I always enjoyed being around Ted, on the golf course or where ever he and his Crane buddies got together.
  11. Guest: Pam & Joe Vanzant | http://Lawrenceburg, In.
    Date: November 10, 2019
    Dear Rob, Jill, Jamie and families, we are so sorry to hear if Ted's passing. He was a great man who took an interest in the youth of Mitchell. He spent so much time to make the girls softball field a nice place to play. We know he will be greatly missed, and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
  12. Guest: Santa Clause | http://North Pole
    Date: November 10, 2019
    To The Parker Family, I am so sorry for your loss of Ted. Ted was one of my very special helpers. He loved Christmas and loved children and I have it direct from him that he loved all of you more than you will ever know. You may not know that when my special helpers go to heaven they go with me every Christmas Eve all over the world to help to deliver presents. (That's part of the magic). So when your feeling sad and missing him so very much know that every Christmas Eve for the rest of eternity Ted will be visiting you and your children and your children's children, riding in my sleigh. When your asleep on Christmas Eve he will leave a kiss on your forehead. So remember him and in his honor love each other and be good because Ted will be going over the naughty and nice list with me from now on and I am sure he will be looking for your names. All my love, Santa
  13. Guest: Colleen G Cavin | http://Hixson, TN
    Date: November 10, 2019
    Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Ted. Taylor and Colleen Cavin
  14. Guest: JOHN BARLOW | http://Mitchell
    Date: November 10, 2019
    ted was a very good friend . I used to do all his carpenter work. I always would injoy going there and remember gale saying , oh shit heres barlow. loved that women. ted may you rest in pease, and god bless you.tell gale barlw said hea
  15. Guest: Dawn Sissy Burton Ribelin | http://Indianapolis
    Date: November 10, 2019
    Ted was a great man that loved all the kids and the kids all loved him! The softball field was Ted's life! He's happy now going to Heaven to be with his wife.
  16. Guest: Phil Powell | http://Greenwood, IN, Naples, FL
    Date: November 10, 2019
    My deepest condolences to the family. Unfortunately won’t be able to attend services as we are in Naples, but wanted to send my heart-felt prayers. Ted was a special person to the Powell family and dad absolutely thought the world of him. So glad that dad had the chance to visit with Ted a couple weeks ago. A great man has been lost and will be missed, but we can all take comfort that he is in a better place with no more pain and suffering. My thoughts will be with you Monday and Tuesday. Best, Phil Powell
  17. Guest: Roy Myers | http://Mesquite, NV.
    Date: November 10, 2019
    Thanks for teaching us that service builds a town. You were always where you could help. I hope we will never forget the things you taught. My best to the Parker family, much love coming from Nevada.
  18. Guest: Bobby Brown | http://Venice Florida
    Date: November 10, 2019
    I’m very sorry for your family’s loss. I always appreciated your dad and I respected him. Ted gave a lot to the people of Mitchell.
  19. Guest: Brenda Mckain, Secretary Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services | http://Brownstown, In
    Date: November 9, 2019
    We are all so sorry for your loss.
  20. Guest: Eddie Hatfield | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: November 9, 2019
    Rob and Jill. So sorry for the loss of your dad. I never personally knew him. I have always felt he had to be a great person just because of the kindness and knowledge i have always seen in you two. I will pray for you all. God Bless you!
  21. Guest: Kathy Baker | http://Santa Fe, Texas
    Date: November 9, 2019
    My sympathies Jill on your loss. His influence lives on through the lives of the many youth he reached. It’s doubtful the full scope of Ted’s work will ever be known. God bless.
  22. Guest: Tracey Brisco Garcia | http://Vallejo Ca
    Date: November 9, 2019
    I'm going to miss you Uncle. I will never forget your kindness and love that you showed me and my brothers when your sister, our Mama passed. R.I.Paradise! Forever in my heart! Love your niece, Tracey
  23. Guest: Dave Bell | http://Timberville VA
    Date: November 9, 2019
    Uncle Ted will be missed. He was a great guy. Always loved visiting with him. I wish we could have spent more time together throughout life. Thank you for your service, which was a big part of my inspiration to join the Marines. I wish we could have spent time talking about that part of your life and mine. Our time together was too short.
  24. Guest: Janet and Charlie | http://Mitchell
    Date: November 9, 2019
    So sorry about your dad. He will be missed. Good dads are hard to find....you all had the best. Be thankful. Janet and Charlie
  25. Guest: Diane Nugent | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: November 9, 2019
    Thank you for everything you did for everyone,you helped the youth have fun.Thanks again. Gone but never forgotten.