David Norfleet Parker, age 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. He was born on September 9, 1938, to Kathleen McArthur Parker and Simon Norfleet Parker in Aulander, North Carolina. David was raised in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from Broughton HS, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, and Bowman Gray Medical School at Wake Forest University. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Medical Center and a hand surgery fellowship at the Curtis National Hand Center. He was a board certified orthopedic and hand surgeon. He served in the US Army Medical Corps in Korea, Germany, and Ft. Gordon, GA, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Dr. Parker was a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and served the Corpus Christi community as a hand surgeon for almost thirty years.
David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He married his wife Barbara Dein in 1969. They were stationed initially in Germany and travelled extensively throughout the world during their lives together, even after returning to the US. David was passionate about his faith, music, sailing, gardening, and hunting. As a member of First Baptist Church, he sang in two choirs. He was on the board of the CC Symphony and served as president of the Chamber Music Society for fourteen years. He played the banjo with his country and western band Boots, with his lifelong friends. After his life’s work as a hand surgeon, David enjoyed spending time with his family and served as a Rotarian and was a member of the CC Mustangs. He was known to bring homemade sour dough bread and garden tomatoes to those he loved. He was loved for his southern charm and dry sense of humor.
David was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Barbara, his sister Betty Parker Savage (James) of Raleigh, North Carolina, his daughter Kristen Parker Broderick (Stephen) and his son Kevin Paul Parker (Dianna). He has four grandchildren Olivia Clare Parker, Stephen ‘Parker’ Broderick, Luke David Broderick, and Caleb Paul Parker.
A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, September 19. A military interment is to follow on Wednesday, September 20 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
1) First Baptist Church
3115 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
2) The Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
P.O. Box 60124
Corpus Christi, Texas 78466-0124
3) Rotary Club of Corpus Christi
418 Peoples Street
Suite 300 Furman Plaza
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401-2350