He was born in Portsmouth Aug. 29, 1942, to the late Isaac Rea and Edith Muriel Copley Parker.
Ike retired after 30 years of service with Verizon. He had attended the Cen-tral Church of Christ and was a 1960 Portsmouth High School graduate. An Army Vietnam era veteran, Ike was also a member of the James Dickey Post 23 Amer-ican Legion.
Ike is survived by his wife, Connie Sue Phillips Parker, whom he married Oct. 8, 1966, in South Shore, Ky. Also surviving are his son, Mark (Sherrie) Parker of Minford; his daughter, Amy (Scott) Eggleton of Salisbury, N.C.; three sisters, Jo Ann Riggs of Garden City, Mich., Judi Parker of West Portsmouth, and Nancy Parker of Grove City; three grandchildren, Rachel Parker, Mathew Parker, and Zachary Gahm; his mother-in-law, Polly Summers of Portsmouth; brother-in-law, Dale (Julia) Phillips of Portsmouth; sister-in-law, Jo-anne Parker of Twin Valley; and several nieces, nephews and their families.
In addition to his parents, Ike was also preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Rea Parker; and brother-in-law, Jack Riggs.
Ike was a loving husband, dad and papaw who enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also loved gardening, and enjoyed to fish, hunt and play golf.
At his request, there are to be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth.
"God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So he put His arms around you, and whispered, "Come to me." A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands now rest. God broke our hearts to prove that He only takes the best.