My favorite picture - I know exactly where we were, where he's sitting, and what was going on around us.
Kenyon Brent Parker
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 14, 1943
  • Place of birth:
    Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 22, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Tavares, Florida, United States
Death ends a life, not a relationship

This memorial website was created in the memory of our Superman - a father, a husband, a brother, a friend - Brent Parker, 70, born on February 14, 1943 and passed away on March 22, 2013. The footprint he left on this Earth will be felt for generations to come.

A Memorial Service is planned for April 27, 2013 at 11:00am
                               Reception and Lunch to follow                                           

Wylie Baxley Funeral Home
1360 N Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, FL 32953
(321) 452-6565

*In lieu of flowers, please consider a tax deductible donation to Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO).  Brent considered his special needs grandson, Chandler, one of his most important treasures. CECO is a unique school he attends that helps children with motor disabilities.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Shelly Parker on 22nd March 2017

"I long to smell the cherry cigars,
Everyday wondering where you are.

A heart of gold,
By everyone, I'm always told.

Your blue eyes full of sincerity,
Your heart full of integrity.

Your blue eyes
Could always calm me.
Your sweet nature,
Never having an enemy.

You made me feel loved and respected,
When things went wrong,
You helped me keep perspective.

A Father to be admired,
A Man to be respected,
As your daughter,
I always felt protected.

The fun we had!
Unless it was a faulty boat engine, you'd never get mad!
Camping, swimming, skiing, skating. Oh, the fun we were always chasing!

I long to smell the cherry cigars.
But in my heart, I know you are never far.


This tribute was added by Alice Grow on 14th February 2016

"I can still see  perky  Brent in my  'mind's eye'.  It is painful to recall that he is really  gone from this planet.   He had the same birthday as our third child,  Justin Marshall Grow.
   Brent has a beloved  special needs child just as our daughter, Allison   Grow  has.
    He will be  remembered long and by many.    Alice  Grow"

This tribute was added by Nora Allen on 14th February 2015

"Brent's dad was my swim coach.  I've known the Parkers since I was about 7 years old.  We always thought it was "interesting" that my name is Nora and that I was born on Valentine's Day (2/14) too!  I offer my heartfelt sympathy to the Parkers regarding Brent's passing.  May he rest in Our Heavenly Father's PEACE."

This tribute was added by Shelly Parker on 14th February 2015

"The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity. ~Jean Paul Richter"

This tribute was added by Shelly Parker on 14th February 2015

"Valentines Day - a forever bittersweet day. Miss you Daddy. Happy Birthday, Happy Valentines Day. You are my constant measure of so many things in my life, the decisions I make. I wish you were here"

This tribute was added by Shelly Parker on 15th June 2014

"Happy Father's Day Daddy. We love you and miss you soooooooo much."

This tribute was added by Gary Williams on 23rd March 2014

"Death creates a heartache no one can heal..... Loves creates memories no one can steal....  Love more often."

This tribute was added by Shelly Parker on 22nd March 2014

"Today marks one year since my Daddy passed away. While I know he's in a much better place, that he's likely happy, healthy, and peaceful, I still wish he were here. It's a selfish need really. I miss his smile, his laugh, his gentle way, the tootsie rolls always brought for chandler, the remote control helicopters that always crashed and broke into a zillion pieces, his desire to always want Olyvia to go fishing or his patience with her when trying to understand how a poppy-made-hand-radio worked - I still haven't repaired the screen he punched a hole in to lead the antennae wire out her window to the rooftop! Lol
My fathers life was filled with experiences that would amaze even a world traveler. From Navy tours, to waterskiing, to two daughters, to two grandchildren, to all of his family, to the myriad of friends he made from all walks of life - it seems like he did it all. And enjoyed it all - even at his most trying times.
My Daddy was a one-of-a-kind. He will always be my measure of what a man should be, what a parent should be, what a friend should be.
My Daddy IS Superman.
I love you Daddy!"

This tribute was added by Sandra Natowich on 26th April 2013

"Desr Shelly,
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to your dad. He was truly a special person, I grew up with him in school and we remained friends all of these years, I know he will be missed by many for a very long time. I regret the whole family's loss of him. I regret the loss of a friend. Sandee"

This tribute was added by Suzanne Bennitt on 25th April 2013

"I have known of the Parker family a long time, having gone to work for RCA at the Cape after graduating from Cocoa High School in 1961 and working with Brent's mother, Nora.  I would go by their house in Cocoa Beach taking her to/from work on occasion and meeting Brent's father/sisters.  They were proud of Brent and his career, as is the rest of his family.  Suzanne Gasper Worland-Bennitt"

This tribute was added by margie davidson haag on 21st April 2013

"Brent ,Allen, Judy & Lia have been friends of my family as long as I can remember. Our parents were good friends and we spent alot of time together. Lucky for me about 14 years ago he wandered into my store We rebonded our friendship.  It was wonderful.  Once he brought Allen in too.  I loved him  and the whole Parker family.  He will be missed greatly.  Rest in God's arms Brent."

This tribute was added by Gerry Heller Raines on 9th April 2013

"Gerri and family, Bill and I are so saddened by Brent's death.  I had no idea he had difficulties of late.  We just missed you all at Crew.  We have a Saturday commitment at our church the day of the service, and so sorry to miss it.  Our prayers are with all of you.  Brent was a great guy, and he will be missed by all.  Gerry and Bill"

This tribute was added by Judy Stewart on 8th April 2013

""...but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God" 1 Peter 3:4.  Swimming for 4 years with Brent on the team back in High School  was memorable but when I spent time with him again at our 50th reunion, he reminded me of this Scripture.  I pray it brings his family comfort."

This tribute was added by rheta sherman on 7th April 2013

"Lia, Judy, and Gerri,
Brent was a wonderful person and will be missed by all.  All the tributes that have been left here are right on the mark, and show what a wonderful brother and husband you had."

This tribute was added by Gerri Parker on 7th April 2013

""Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

RIP my sweet, adorable husband...I miss you terribly and always will."

This tribute was added by Lia Grassman on 7th April 2013

"My Brother.....The sweetest man I ever knew....The most compassionate and caring man. I will always love him and I miss him here on earth and I thank  God that He allowed me to share in my brothers life."

This tribute was added by Shelly Parker on 26th March 2013

"“Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.”"

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