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Dr. Don N. Parkerson


Services for Dr. Don N. Parkerson of Lake Oconee, formerly of Eastman, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in the First Baptist Church in Eastman with burial in Orphan’s Cemetery.  Stokes Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman is in charge of the arrangements.   Dr. Parkerson was born on September 15, 1937 and died on October 24, 2012. He was the son of the late Sadie Ivey Parkerson and Bartow David Parkerson.  He was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Eastman and he was saved there on October 10, 1944.  He was most recently a member of The River of Life Church at Lake Oconee, Georgia.

Dr. Don Parkerson graduated from Eastman High School, the University of Georgia and Palmer College of Chiropractic.  He served as president of his college class and was a former high school biology teacher and football, basketball, baseball, and golf coach at Banks County High School, Elbert County High School, and Dodge County High School.  He was a Chiropractor in Eastman for 33 years.  He served as president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association, Palmer College Alumni Association, Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Gideons, Lions Club, Shriners, and Dodge County Booster Club.

He served 14 years on the Board of Directors of the International Chiropractors Association, was instrumental in the founding of Life University and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for 28 years.  He also served on the Board of Trustees of Middle Georgia College and on the Board of Regents of Liberty University.  He served 31 years as a sportscaster for Dodge County sports and was named Eastman High School Alumnus of the Century in 1996.  In 2010, he was inducted into the Eastman High School Hall of Fame.  He was a professional speaker, ordained deacon, and the author of two published books, Five Easy Steps to 30 Years of Volume, and Remembering Eastman High School. 

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Gore Parkerson of Lake Oconee, daughter and son, Beverly (Gary) Mitchell of Ivanhoe, North Carolina and Dr. Don N. (Julie) Parkerson, Jr. of Smyrna; grandsons, Dare Bartow Mitchell of Ivanhoe, North Carolina and Micah Paul Parkerson of Smyrna, and granddaughter Sadie Ivey Parkerson of Smyrna; brothers, Dr. Bartow D. (Amelia) Parkerson, Jr. of Lake Oconee and Rex M. (Caryle) Parkerson of Eastman.  Several nieces and nephews, plus his beloved poodle, Rainey, also survive.

Pallbearers for the service are Dr. James Gore, Jr., Dr. John Gore, B. David Parkerson, III, Dr. Grant Parkerson, William Perry Parkerson, and Lawrence Rogers.

Honorary pallbearers for the service are Rev. Bill Barnes, Dr. Robert Bearden, Rev. Aubrey Corbitt, Clay Corbitt, Wendell Graham, Dr. Durie D. Humber, Dr. Bill King, Bill Lowery, Jack Minchey, Rev. L. E. Mobley, Daniel B. Pickett, Tommy Pritchett, Jack Sharp, Hal M. Smith, Jr., W. J. Steele, Norman Taylor, Jeff Wilson, and Gary Yawn.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Stokes Southerland Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the River of Life Church in Lake Oconee, Georgia.  The family may be contacted at the home of Lawrence and Paula Rogers in Eastman.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Vince Taylor Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church in Eastman, Gideons International, or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.



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