Walter Wellington Parker III of Easton, MD, died at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton on Monday, October 13, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Parker was born in Henderson, North Carolina on November 27, 1933, the first son of the late Walter Wellington Parker Jr. and Helen Johnson Parker. He was the grandson of Walter Wellington Parker and Temperance Williams Burwell Parker of Henderson, and Manlief and Elvira Royals Johnson of Thomasville, NC. His great grandparents were Robert Randolph and Jessie Atherton Dawson Burwell of “Glen Cove” in Vance County, NC.
Mr. Parker attended the graded schools of Henderson, NC, and graduated from Augusta Military Academy in Staunton, VA. He attended Davidson College for one year and afterward was awarded a Naval ROTC scholarship to the University of South Carolina, where he received the BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1957. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, the Clarlosophic Literary S o c i e t y, ASME, and the Compass and Chart Society. He was also Battalion Executive Officer of the NROTC, and was the recipient of the prestigious Wade Hampton Award.
After his four years of service as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, Mr. Parker became a specialist in the United States Patent Office in Washington for over twenty years. After retiring from the Patent Office he operated his own engineering business and completed projects in the Washington and Maryland suburbs. When he retired, his love of sailing drew him to the Chesapeake Bay and St. Michaels where he was a long time member of the Miles River Yacht Club.
He is survived by Irene Smith, his very special friend and companion for many years, and her daughter Rosemary Madison of Easton; his daughter Laura P. Rosenwald, and her husband James B. Rosenwald III of Los Angeles, California; his son Walter W. Parker, IV of Madison, GA, his sister Temperance B. Parker of Charleston, SC, and his brother Robert A. Parker, and his wife Susan P. Parker of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by grandchildren Jocelyn M. Rosenwald and J. Benno Rosenwald, IV of Los Angeles, Isabella R. Parker of Columbia, South Carolina, Walter W. Parker V and William E. Burwell Parker, both of Madison, Georgia.
There will be a graveside service in Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, MD on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research https://www.michaeljfox.org.
Arrangements are being handled by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 200 S. Harrison St. in Easton.
For online tributes, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome. com.
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