USMC SGT. Elisha R. Parker
USMC SGT. Elisha R. Parker was killed in action on May 4, 2006 while performing his duties as a Combat Engineer in Iraq. Sgt. Parker served with the 1st CEB based in Camp Pendleton, California. Sgt. Parker was 22 years old.
Sgt. Parker was the son of Renny and Donna (Storms) Parker of Camden. He is survived by his parents, his sister Brianna and his two brothers, Isaiah and Andrew. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Virginia Storms of Blossvale and many extended family members and friends whom he loved very much.
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Sgt. Elisha Parker was known as “Eli” to all who knew and loved him. Eli graduated from Camden Central High School in 2002 and enlisted in the Marine Corp. Eli loved the Marine Corp. and excelled in all he did. While in school Eli demonstrated his athletic ability being active in cross country and track, Pop Warner Football, boxing, high school soccer, Nordic skiing as well as Little League baseball. But Eli’s real love was God, Eli was a committed Christian and he lived as a Christian every day. A lot of young people’s hearts were touched as Eli was involved in his Church’s Youth Ministry. He approached life with humor and fierce loyalty and he wanted to help others. The heart of a Marine, serve and protect.
Eli made a deep impact on so many people. The night he came home the outpouring of love, sorrow and respect is what filled the little Village of Camden. The bravery this young man displayed in the face of war is humbling, Eli was on his third tour of duty in Iraq. He understood the danger and risk but his love for our Country, for the Marine Corp. and most of all for God was bigger than that. USMC Sgt. Elisha R. Parker was a true hero. May you always Rest in Peace.
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