Lilyan Elizabeth “Liz” Couch Parker


Mrs. Lilyan Elizabeth “Liz” Couch Parker, 86, of Drew, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Bolivar Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Drew Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life service will immediately follow with the Rev. Sid Harmon officiating. Interment will be in Drew City Cemetery.

Liz was born May 8, 1933, to Frank and Janette Couch in Blaine. On Dec. 18, 1955, she married Travis E. “Red” Parker in Drew at the Baptist Church. Liz graduated from Drew High School and went on to further her education at Delta State Teachers College. She had a true passion for teaching, and began her instruction at Natchez High School as well as Shaw High School. When her children were born, she left education to be a wonderful mother to her three children for 30 years. After the children were grown and no longer at home, she jumped right back to her passion by teaching third grade at North Sunflower Academy for 25 years. While there, she won the Teacher of the Year award. Liz was a member of the Drew Baptist Church and was also President of Drew Garden Club and Drew Culture Club. She loved playing bridge with her friends, as well as traveling the world and spending time with her husband, Red.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis E. “Red” Parker; and parents, Frank and Janette Couch.

Liz is survived by her children, Travis E. “Rusty” Parker, Jr. (Carla) of Oxford, Mike C. Parker (Pam) of Drew and Beth Parker Davis (Lex) of Merigold; five grandchildren, Travis E. “Tripp” Parker (Victoria) of Nashville, Neal Ann Parker Chamblee (Vince) of Memphis, Morgan Elizabeth Parker and Alexandria Payne Parker, both of Cleveland, and Ana Parker Davis of Merigold; and two great-grandchildren, Caroline Gray Parker and Warren Travis Parker, both of Nashville.

Pallbearers will be Brett Dixon, Charles Michell, Greg Williams, Ed Whatley, Lloyd Mitchell, and Mike Gilbow. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Kent Wyatt, John Land, and David Cummins.

In memory of Mrs. Parker, the family requests that donations be made to Delta State University.

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