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“To Austin's family: I had the privilege of getting to know your wonderful son when he was in my business planning class at Cornell in his senior...Read More »
1 of 53 | Posted by: Deborah Streeter - Ithaca, NY

“Parker family, I am shocked and saddened learning of Austin's passing. Austin lived with me during his brief time in Atlanta. He was so impressive...Read More »
2 of 53 | Posted by: Craig Mendel - Atlanta, GA

“I worked with Austin on several occasions. He was a polite young man, full of energy and zest for life. The comfort is in knowing he was happy with...Read More »
3 of 53 | Posted by: David S. Kunkel - Lenhartsville, PA

“Dear Parker Family, I have only known Austin for a few months, but the business relationship we formed in 2013 while working on the "LWRC" anti...Read More »
4 of 53 | Posted by: Mike Lordan - York, PA

“Steve & Debbie- I haven't seen you since before you had children.. What a beautiful boy you made- and what an extraordinary special spirit--just as I...Read More »
5 of 53 | Posted by: Minta M Elder - Fayetteville, GA

“We are praying for your family daily. Kay and Marshall Hughes ”
6 of 53 | Posted by: Kay Hughes - Valdosta, GA

“All our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with y'all at this time. ”
7 of 53 | Posted by: Jennifer and Skip Hinman - TX

“I had the joy of meeting your son on a recent trip to Yellowstone. My fiancé and I stopped into K-Bar very late and very tired for a bite to...Read More »
8 of 53 | Posted by: Jenn Farlow - Bloomington, MN

“Steve, Debby and family, Words can not express our thoughts but please be assured that many are lfiting you up in prayer. ”
9 of 53 | Posted by: The Oberkofler Family - Marietta, GA

“Penny (Paula Hutchinson's sister) and I are forever thankful we had a chance to know Austin. We had the opportunity to meet and vacation with Austin...Read More »
10 of 53 | Posted by: Mark & Penny Williams - Mansfield, TX

“Parker Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in God's love. With deepest condolences. Marilyn Orr ”
11 of 53 | Posted by: Marilyn Orr - Valdosta, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. We cannot even imagine the grief that you all are experiencing right now and pray for your...Read More »
12 of 53 | Posted by: Guy and Robin Belue - Valdosta, GA

“Debby, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I cannot imagine the pain that you and your family are feeling at this time. It has...Read More »
13 of 53 | Posted by: Ann Wisenbaker French - Arlington, TX

“Dear Parker Family, Although we have not met, I cannot begin to tell you all the wonderful things I have heard spoken of Austin. It is clear that...Read More »
14 of 53 | Posted by: Nancee Storey - Valdosta, GA

“It sadden my heart to hear of the sudden passing of a bright and shining star Austin Parker. He will forever be remembered in our hearts. I pray at...Read More »
15 of 53 | Posted by: Andrea - Decatur, GA

“Steve, Debbie, and Boys, Words can not express how saddened we were to hear of your loss of your precious son, Austin. When Devin (Bear)...Read More »
16 of 53 | Posted by: Shalan, Devin (Bear), Tristan Brooks - VA

“May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
17 of 53 | Posted by: Robert Johnson - Decatur, GA

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and your family during this difficult time. ...Read More »
18 of 53 | Posted by: Kimberly & Blake Stubbs - GA

“Steve & Debbie, We are so sorry for the loss of your precious son. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Much love, Alda & Wayne ”
19 of 53 | Posted by: Alda & Wayne Culpepper - Columbus, GA

“Steve and Debbie You and your family are in our prayers. We always enjoyed seeing Austin and his brothers out in your front yard passing the ball. ”
20 of 53 | Posted by: Quintin & Peggi Pulido - Valdosta, GA

“Please know we are in prayer for the entire Parker family. We offer our deepest condolences. We know Austin made a large impact on the lives of...Read More »
21 of 53 | Posted by: Bubba and Kim Highsmith - GA

“Dear Parker Family... In recently seeing how MUCH Austin loved the outdoors, I will always think of him when I see a rainbow... "a bow created...Read More »
22 of 53 | Posted by: Erin Willis - Valdosta, GA

“steve and debby, my heart breaks for you and your family. you are facing the worst thing ever in the lives of parents. I can feel what you feel. if...Read More »
23 of 53 | Posted by: shirley faircloth - valdosta, GA

“Steve,Debbie and Family: I am so deeply sorry....I surely know Austin is now with his Heavenly Father. I recall a talk he gave at a business...Read More »
24 of 53 | Posted by: Mike McLeod and Family - Valdosta, GA

“Debby, I cannot find the words that will provide any comfort for you and your family. As a mother, my heart is heavy for you and your husband. ...Read More »
25 of 53 | Posted by: Lynne (Bussey) Casey - Valdosta, GA

“With heavy hearts we offer our deepest condolences. Bill and Beverly Langdale Family ”
26 of 53 | Posted by: Beverly Langdale - Valdosta, GA

“There is no way for us to understand why your precious son was taken so soon. May God be with you and help you in this most difficult time, lean...Read More »
27 of 53 | Posted by: fred and donna walthall - GA

“Debby & family--so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Our deepest condolences. Sherry, Mark, & Krista ”
28 of 53 | Posted by: Sherry Faircloth Pollett - TX

“We are so sorry for your loss.We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. May you feel God's love and comfort during this...Read More »
29 of 53 | Posted by: Darren and Terri Smith & Family - GA

“Dear Parker Family, I don't know you but when I read where a family has lost a young person, it breaks my heart and I feel for them. I am so sorry...Read More »
30 of 53 | Posted by: Marilee Stone - Alapaha, GA

“I will never forget a cute little blonde haired boy coming into my 3rd grade classroom with so much enthusiasm and motivation to learn! Not only...Read More »
31 of 53 | Posted by: Michelle Moore Denly - Valdosta, GA

“My deepest condolences to you on this tragic loss. Austin took my undergraduate course, AEM 2000: Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy,...Read More »
32 of 53 | Posted by: Chris Barrett - Ithaca, NY

“Dear Steve and Debby, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beautiful son. I pray that you are granted comfort and strength...Read More »
33 of 53 | Posted by: Maureen Gillespie - Valdosta, GA

“Cathy and I are heartbroken and so very sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray diligently for your entire family. ”
34 of 53 | Posted by: Bill Malone - Valdosta, GA

“Steve, please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family for this tragic loss. My prayers are with all of you. ”
35 of 53 | Posted by: Jim Railey - Columbus, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I have never met Joseph, I hold fond memories of the Parker Family and know you will draw on each...Read More »
36 of 53 | Posted by: Monica Brown Waskosky - Lockport, NY

“We are remembering the Parker Family in our prayers. God be with them in this hour of sorrow. Wayne and Pat Baxter ”
37 of 53 | Posted by: Wayne Baxter - Hahira, GA

“Luv you! Prayers and thoughts sent to you! ”
38 of 53 | Posted by: Crystal Staten - Statenville,GA, GA

“Dear Mr and Mrs Parker, we are so sorry to hear of your son's passing. We will be thinking of you during the coming days. ”
39 of 53 | Posted by: Mr and Mrs Ralph Hitchcock - GA

“So very, very sorry to learn of your loss and praying that God will lift you up on His wings at this difficult time in all your lives. Kathy...Read More »
40 of 53 | Posted by: Kathy Parker - ADEL, GA

“Jake and Dorothy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.Such a tragic loss at a young age, but it seems Austin had a fulfilling life....Read More »
41 of 53 | Posted by: Ann Stalvey Shytle - Madison, GA

“Words cannot express our feelings. Just know we are with you in Love... and in Hope... and in Prayer. "May God lift up his continence upon you and...Read More »
42 of 53 | Posted by: Lee Wagoner - Emerson, GA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during the loss of your beloved son. Words seem so inadequate at this time, please look to the Good Lord...Read More »
43 of 53 | Posted by: Cheryl Reaid - Atlanta, GA

“Dear Steve, Debby and the Parker family. Words cannot convey how my heart aches for you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you during...Read More »
44 of 53 | Posted by: Donna Goodwin - Woodstock, GA

“Dear Debra and Steven, I am sorry for the loss of your wonderful son Austin. My husband Basil and I are praying for you and your family. ...Read More »
45 of 53 | Posted by: Betty McDougald - Valdosta, GA

“Lord, I pray that The Parker Family will be filled with pleasant and joyful memories of Austin. May each day bring a brighter hope of the future....Read More »
46 of 53 | Posted by: Melody Thornton Travick - Atlanta, GA

“Steve and Debby, words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Although I did not know Austin, I know both of you, and I am sure he was as...Read More »
47 of 53 | Posted by: Deborah Morris - Douglasville, GA

“Dearest Parker Family Words are wholly inadequate but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. While our heartache pales to what you...Read More »
48 of 53 | Posted by: Jim and Gloria Anderson - GA

“We are so sorry to hear of Austin's passing, in reading about his life-we should all learn a lesson from this remarkable young man! Live life to it's...Read More »
49 of 53 | Posted by: Hal and Terry Barnes - Valdosta, GA

“With a heavy heart to Debby, Steve and all of you who loved this special young man, I lift all of you up in prayer . I know Austin is in Heaven, at...Read More »
50 of 53 | Posted by: Karen Annexstad - Alpharetta, GA

“Debby & Steve, I remember Austin so fondly from the summer he spent "running" for us at Stone Creek. I can't imagine your loss and pray that your...Read More »
51 of 53 | Posted by: Tom Weldon - Hahira, GA

“We love you guys and will be in prayer for you. Love Jim, Jill , William , Sarah and Henry. ”
52 of 53 | Posted by: Jim and Jill Matney - GA

“Debby, Steve and family, We are so sorry for you loss you are all in our thoughts and prayers. David & Alison Sumner ”
53 of 53 | Posted by: Alison Sumner - valdosta, GA


Joseph Austin Parker, 23, died in a hiking accident at Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Austin was a class of 2008 Lowndes High School graduate and then graduated from Cornell University in December 2012. He was born on January 6, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia to Joseph Steven Parker and Debra Dae Parker. He had recently graduated from Cornell University's Dyson School of Business with a degree in Applied Economics and Management as a member of the Class of 2013. Post-graduation, Austin chose to pursue his passion for the outdoors by living in Gardiner, Montana, the city that borders the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, his favorite place in the world. He loved being alone in nature, savoring God's magnificent creation, and rather than just talking about going to live there, he did what so few of us do – he simply went. His life was short, but his life was full. He left his earthly home doing exactly what he wanted to do. He actually lived his dream. He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his parents, Joseph Steven Parker and Debby Parker, brothers, Cole Parker and Jacob Parker, paternal grandparents, Jake and Dorothy Parker, maternal grandparents, Patricia Faircloth and Don Faircloth, uncles and aunts, Rusty and Charlotte Parker, Barry and Karen Bennett, Don and April Faircloth, cousins, Zach Parker, Courtney Fleming, Casey Parker Bacon, Coryn Dalton, dear friends, Hunter Colson and Taylor Hutchinson of Valdosta, Aaron Davis of Gardiner, Meredyth Kimm of Virginia and countless more that loved and were loved by Austin. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from five until eight p. m. at Perimeter Road Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at one p. m. at the church. All friends and family are invited to join us in remembering and celebrating the life Austin lived, the memories that we made and the lifelong impact that Austin had on our lives. Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.mclanecares.com. Carson McLane Funeral Home.

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