Gerry worked with James Parker at the News-Record in Greensboro years ago, both of them photographers there. If you have read the Greensboro paper for awhile you might recognize his name. Gerry had so much respect for James, he is one of the most decent people I have ever met, youth minister at his church, never used profanity, said his small prayer before each meal, strong in his faith and kind to every single person he met. James would buy a meal for a homeless person when he barely had enough for his own meal.We got a message yesterday that his daughter, who had just left for her freshman year in college had been killed in a car accident. The News-Record ran the story and it was a very hard article to read. Here is just an excerpt from it:
James Parker will never forget those awful moments Saturday morning after he looked out his front window to see two Highway Patrol officers conferring on the street.
He thought they were lost and seeking directions when they approached his door to deliver the message that is every parent’s most hideous nightmare.
“One trooper said, ‘Do you know Arielle Parker?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I’m her father,’” he said, fighting back tears. “That’s when it hit me. That’s when I said, ‘Is anything wrong with my daughter?’ ”
I'm just writing this to remind everyone with kids that are driving to tell them to watch for those stop signs. The 18 year old driving the car Arielle was in ran a stop sign and was hit by a truck, killed instantly.
I'm also writing to say, it's ok to let the clay wait if your family needs you. Clay is demanding, it requires constant attention, it's addictive, but it is not your family, not your child, not your wife or husband. Say yes to your family before you say yes to pottery. The clay will wait, you never know how long you have with your loved ones. When we got this message Wesley was out in her car with a friend. Let me tell you, all I could think was how badly I wanted her home, so I could tell her to stop at stop signs and be hyper aware while driving. I just can't begin to imagine what this family is going through right now and they have been on my mind all day. Go give your kid a hug for me!! xoxo
If you knew James and would like to read the rest of the story it is here