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Nancy Roark Parker

March 27, 1932 - January 26, 2018

Burial Date January 29, 2018

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Nancy Brumfield Roark Parker was born in the Marshall Lodge Memorial Hospital in Lynchburg on Easter Sunday morning, March 27, 1932. She was the middle child born to Beulah Belle Brumfield and Leslie William Roark, and she was the first member of her immediate family to be born in a hospital. She was a life-long resident of Brookneal and the salutatorian of Brookneal High School class of 1949. She met her future husband, Arthur, at a Cotillion Club dance when she was 16 and he was 20. The only reason her parents would let her date a man whose parents they didn’t know was because Arthur was boarding with family friends Royal and Verna Elder. Nancy and Arthur continued to date and married in 1953 after she received her business degree from Richmond Professional Institute, now know as Virginia Commonwealth University, and Arthur was honorably discharged from the Army as a Staff Sergeant.

For the first years of their marriage, Arthur and Nancy lived in various cities throughout the South while Arthur worked as a brick mason. In those early years, Nancy would have to wait for Arthur to come home from work so that he could open the cans for her to prepare their dinner. They soon settled in Brookneal and lived with her mother and best friend, Beulah, and had two sons, Ron and Greg. Nancy was a night owl and Arthur an early bird, and theirs was a happy marriage.

Nancy became the librarian of Brookneal Elementary School and was a life-long learner. She had the equivalent of four undergraduate degrees and 120 hours of graduate credit by the time she retired. She was also a life-long member of Brookneal Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was active in the Women on Mission. Later in her life, she attended Fellowship Community Church. Other organizations that Nancy participated in were the Brookneal Women’s and Garden Clubs, the Bob White Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Staunton River Historical Society.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband, parents, and her sister Katherine Holt. Nancy is survived by her sons, Ron Parker and his wife Annette of Brookneal, and Greg Parker of Washington, D.C., and her brother, Wallace Roark of Lynchburg. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Andi Leigh Johnson and husband Landon of Roanoke, and Kalin Faith Parker of Brookneal. Other survivors include: her niece and nephews, Pam Buchberger and her husband Ken of Gilbert, Ariz, Zeb Holt and his wife Beth of Virginia Beach, Les Roark and his wife Ella of Lynchburg, and Charles Roark of Martinsville; brother-in-law, the Rev. Dan Parker and wife Charlotte of Easley, S.C., two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Ard and husband Wayne of Macon, Ga., and Patsy Parker of New Brockton, Ala. Last and certainly not least, she is survived by her cherished rescue cat, Muggs.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2018 at Brookneal Baptist Church by the Rev. Matthew Killmon with interment to follow in Wickliffe Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at her residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Campbell County Animal Control, 1400 Edley Place, Lynchburg, VA 24502.