Alma Katherine Beasley Parker, age 78, of Hartsville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
Mrs. Parker was born May 10, 1938 in Lebanon. She was a graduate of Smith County High School and attended Peabody College.
Mrs. Parker was a charter member of the Caney Fork Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Smith County Historical Society. She was a dedicated arts patron and supporter as well as a gracious hostess for numerous arts events at her home. She was the longest-serving member in the history of the Tennessee Arts Commission, having been appointed and reappointed by three governors, and she served on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Commission.
Lovingly known as “KK,” Mrs. Parker was a beloved member of her community and participated in many school, community and civic activities. She was instrumental in the creation of Trey Park, a local park and playground created in memory of her son, Trey. More importantly, she was an elegant lady who generously shared her love and gifts with her family and friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hartsville for over 55 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Cass Beasley, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Wilson Beasley; her son, Etherage Johnson Parker, III (Trey) and daughter-in-law, Pamela Duncan Parker; and her sister, Mary Elizabeth Beasley Enoch.
Survivors are: her husband of 57 years, Etherage Johnson Parker, Jr.; daughter, Elizabeth “Sissie” Anne Parker (Mark) Harper; two brothers, Lewis Cass (Carol) Beasley, Jr., and Thomas Wilson (Wendy) Beasley; four grandchildren, Katherine Davis Harper, Mark Dalton Harper, Jr., Etherage Johnson (Marta) Parker IV, and Mary Katherine Parker (Justin) Draper, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
A service of celebration was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the First Baptist Church in Hartsville, with Bro. Darryl Turner officiating.
Pallbearers were Katherine Davis Harper, Mark Dalton Harper, Jr., Etherage Johnson Parker, IV, Mary Katherine Parker Draper, Paul Wesley Enoch, Jr., Thomas Norris Enoch, Lewis Cass Beasley III, John Etherage Beasley and Matthew Lewis Beasley.
The burial service was at Hartsville Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Etherage Johnson Parker, III Foundation, P.O. Box 149, Hartsville, TN 37074.