Phillip Parker, 69, social work administrator

September 01, 2004

Phillip Parker, 69, social work administrator

Phillip Parker, a retired social work administrator and current president of the Maryland Classified Employees Association, died of an apparent heart attack Aug. 25 at his Woodlawn home. He was 69.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., he earned a bachelor of arts degree at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and remained active in its Baltimore alumni chapter, where he arranged scholarships for promising local students. He moved to Baltimore in 1960 while serving in the Army, and later earned a master's degree in social work from Howard University in Washington.

He joined the Department of Social Services in 1961, and progressed from caseworker to supervisor and administrator. He retired in 1996 as director of in-home services, a program that assists the elderly. He was a member of the Child Welfare League, the Association of Black Administrators and Big Brothers of Central Maryland.

Mr. Parker was a longtime member of the state employees' union, and had been its president since last year.

"Even though he was retired, he kept working for his fellow state employees so they could better themselves," said his daughter, Lisa Parker Smith of Woodlawn. "He liked people and enjoyed arranging the conventions and outings at Ocean City."

Mr. Parker counseled young men at the Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center in Marriottsville and belonged to the Alpha Phi Omega and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities. He also enjoyed gardening.

Services will be held at noon today at Epworth Chapel United Methodist Church, at Liberty Road and St. Luke's Lane in Woodmoor, where he was a member, sang in the choir and formerly served on the trustee board. The church's United Methodist Men named him its 2004 Epworth Man of the Year.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his companion, Brenda Walker of Baltimore; his wife of 36 years, the former Maxine Brooks; another daughter, Angela Parker of Parkville; and a grandson.

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