Mrs. Johnnie Boone Askew Parker
Mrs. Johnnie Boone Askew Parker, 91, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at her home in Newnan, Ga., She was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Springfield, Kentucky, to the late Dr. Hilary Johnson Boone & Marie Barber Boone. Her siblings, Hilary J. Boone Jr. and Mary LaRue Boone Hayden, preceded her in death. She attended parochial schools in Springfield, Kentucky, and graduated from Springfield High School in 1942. She attended St. Catharine College and after graduation she moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to work for the Signal Corp. A few years later she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and worked at Delta Airlines. She met and later married James Barton Askew. They had two daughters, Mary Barber Askew and Eloise Askew. Jimmy Askew died Oct. 14, 1965, from a heart attack. In 1970, she met and married a kind and gentle man from Mobile, Alabama, Bernard John Parker. They were devoted to one another for 43 years of marriage. Faith, family, and friends were top priorities in her life. She was one of the original members of St. George Catholic Church. Her daughters and sons-in-law blessed her with five grandchildren who she loved dearly. The funeral Mass is Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at St. George Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The visitation is Wednesday evening between 5 - 7 at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to St. Catharine College, Office of Advancement, 2735 Bardstown Road, St. Catharine, KY 40061 or to St. George Catholic Church, 771 Roscoe Rd, Newnan, GA 30263. The family expresses their sincere thanks to Gentiva Hospice and all of their excellent caregivers and also to Esther Wilcoxin and Ann Glanton for their tireless and devoted assistance. Condolences can be expressed online at www.mckoon.com . She is survived by husband, Bernard J. Parker; daughters, Mary Barber Pickett and husband Terry of San Francisco, CA, Eloise Reynolds and husband David of Newnan; grandchildren, Jonathan Pickett, Barton Pickett, Garnet Reynolds and wife Leigh, John Reynolds, Jean Reynolds; great-grandchildren, David Reynolds and Whit Reynolds. McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-253-4580.