George Issac Parker, Jr., longtime educator and Principal of Nandua High School, departed this life on June 18, 2020 after an unexpected battle with brain cancer. He was born on July 25, 1965 to George and Catherine Parker in Melfa, Virginia.
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George, affectionately known to family and friends as “Little George” or “Uncle,” received his education in the Accomack County Public Schools, where he would later play a large role in the education of several young people in our county. He later went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Biology from Virginia State University. Upon graduation, he returned home to care for his parents, who were battling cancer. George continued to pursue his education at Salisbury State University. There he obtained a Master of Education/Education of Administration (PreK-12). He was currently working on obtaining his medical license to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Mr. Parker, as he was known by his colleagues and students, was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He enjoyed serving his community and respected and loved the bond he had with his fraternity brothers. George was also a third-degree black belt in martial arts. It brought him great joy teaching this art to many. Another favorite pastime was working out at the YMCA, in fact, George earned “Celebrity Status” there, which followed him to Nandua High School. The students loved it and questioned his physical accomplishments he bragged about.
Mr. Parker was a mentor to many. He believed every kid had the potential to achieve his or her dreams, whether they believed in themselves or not. No matter how hard the goal, whether it was a physical activity or academics, he encouraged them to do their best. He wanted students to always strive for more than they thought they were capable of doing.
George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Catherine Parker; and sisters, Karen Sample and Amy Collins.
He is survived by his loving brothers and sisters, Sheron (Art) Payne of Woodbridge, VA, Kerby Parker of Mitchellville, MD, Kathy (Alfonzo) Custis of Melfa, VA, Matilda (Adolph) Wade of Bowie, MD, Janis (Ralph) Harmon of Nelsonia, VA, and Eric (Sharon) Parker of Kenosha, WI; brother-in-law, Darrell Sample; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.