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Described by his loved ones as a “Phenomenal Man” retired Airforce Senior Master Sergeant (SMSGT) Leroy Parker will soon be laid to rest. 

Parker, born on February 13, 1947, passed peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. 

Parker married his wife Brenda on November 17, 1990 and  together they had two children, J’Noie and Michael. Parker also had two children from a previous marriage to Annettye Parker, Karen and Christopher. He was a beloved husband and a committed father. 

Parker list of favorite things was long. It included everything from spending time with his family, to reading the newspaper and playing Sudoku. He had a great passion for Bar-B-Qing, fried chicken, and playing the Lottery! He also enjoyed reading, learning new things, and sharing knowledge. 

He will certainly be remembered for his infectious smile that he loved to share and that made others smile as well. 

As a retired (1987) Airforce SMSGT, he cared deeply about veterans and loved when he was able to help families receive their military service-connected benefits. 

Parker is described as a very loyal and giving servant. With him, what you saw is what you got. He was the same today as he was yesterday and as he will be tomorrow in the hearts of those who love him and will continue loving him forever more. 

He was preceded in death by his mother Ms. Lila Beatrice Ensley, His step mother, Ms. Louise Dotson, two sisters and one brother. 

As Leroy would always say: “Make a decision”. “KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)”. “Take care of the business”. And “Go Beat ‘um up!” 

“This, we must do as we remember and hold true to the life and legacy of Mr. SMSGT Leroy Parker,” his loved ones shared. 

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1575 W. 17th St., San Bernardino, CA. Internment will immediately follow the services at the Riverside National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to send flowers please send them to the church by 10:00 a.m.on the day of the services.