Barbara H. Parker – The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald

GATES, NC – Barbara Harrell Parker, 78, of 366 Rooks Road, died January 2, 2022 at Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk, VA.

Mrs. Parker was born in Gates County on April 20, 1943, to the late Langley Taylor Harrell, Sr. and Agnes Parker Harrell. In addition to her parents, her brothers LT Harrell, Jr. and Douglas Ray Harrell preceded her in death; and by her son-in-law, William G. “Bill” Collins, Jr.

Ms. Parker retired as postmaster for the Gatesville Post Office after serving the US Postal Service for 35 years. As a loyal member of the Reynoldson Baptist Church, she served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and was active in the WMU’s Red Cross blood donation campaign.

Their children survived: daughter Cathy Parker Collins from Gates; and son, David Parker (wife, Laurie) of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Anna-Lee, Mary Alice and Jessica Blythe, and Ryan and Zoe Parker; and two great-grandchildren, LT and Grayson Foster. Her sister-in-law, Kaye Harrell Winslow (husband Phil) of Belvidere, also survived; a niece, Angela Futrell, and two nephews, Taylor and Gary Harrell.

A memorial service will be held at Reynoldson Baptist Church on Friday, January 7th at 11:00 am and will be presided over by Rev. Cody Brinkley and Rev. Tommy Holland. A private burial will take place in the Cool Spring Baptist Cemetery.

With the Covid virus resurgence in the region, no formal visit is planned; However, friends are invited to speak with family immediately after the service in the Reynoldson Social Hall. Masks and social distancing guidelines are recommended.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making memorial donations to Reynoldson Baptist Church, PO Box 308, Gates, NC 27937, or any chapter of the American Cancer Society (online at

Expressions of condolences can be made online at

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