Bobbie Parker

Hamilton County

Bobbie Anne Barr Humphreys Parker, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.Ban was known for her beautiful smile and her child like faith. The love of Jesus made her happy on the inside and the light of Jesus shone on the outside. The verses from Proverbs 15:13 "A Cheerful Heart makes the face cheerful" and Proverbs 17:22 "A Joyful heart is good medicine," describes Bobbie Anne. Her life was a testament to all who knew her. She was a lifetime resident of Chattanooga and was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years. Ban, as her close friends called her, was active for many years in the McCallie/Anderson Sunday School Class, the Women's Circle Groups, and the "It's A Wonderful Life" group. She was also involved in the Chattanooga Bible Institute's Child Evangelism where she held groups in her home. Ban was a graduate of City High School in the class of 1940, and attended the University of Chattanooga where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.She was married to Dr. Lewis Gilbert Humphreys, Sr., a local veterinarian, for thirty-three years until his death in 1985. They had four children within five years and raised their children to love the Lord Jesus Christ and to follow Him.Preceding her in death were her granddaughter Julie Smallwood; her grandson Matthew Aaron Lewis Sayre; her sister, Dorothy Barr; parents, Robert Barr and Bernice Philips Barr; and husbands, Dr. Lewis Gilbert Humphreys Sr. and William S. Parker Sr.Survivors include her four children, Rebekah Humphreys (Tony) Smallwood, of Lawrence, Kan., Dr. Lewis Gilbert (Alicia) Humphreys Jr., of Dothan, Ala., Mallory Phillips (Anne) Humphreys and Luina Humphreys Thomas, all of Chattanooga; She also leaves behind ten grandchildren, George (Mindy) Smallwood Jr. of Calif., Dr. Benjamin (Michele) Smallwood, of Calif., and Laura Smallwood Gilliland, of Kan., Dr. Ryan (Elizabeth) Humphreys, of Nashville, Mikelyn Humphreys (Marshall) Bolden, of Ala., Colleen Humphreys (Kurt) Sansom, of Calif., Katelyn Thomas, Kristen Thomas, Sarah Katherine Thomas, and Carter Thomas all of Chattanooga; Her six great-grandchildren, Raine, Tessa, Ellie, and Colette Smallwood, Mari and Sophie Gilliland also survive her.Bobbie Anne was also married to William S. Parker Sr. who was a long time employee of Combustion Engineering. Bill and Bobbie were married for 20 years until his death in 2006. Bobbie Anne leaves behind her stepchildren William S. Parker Jr. (Christine), of Chattanooga and Marjorie Parker (Norman) Padgett, of Florida. Her step-grandchildren, Bill and Jennifer Parker also survive her.In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Missions, or Changed Lives Ministry. The family wants to thank Hospice of Chattanooga, the Alexian Grove Retirement Home, and the Manor House Assisted Living for their extraordinary care of their mother. Special thanks go to her private caregivers Helen Morgan, Monika Kyles, Tella Robinson, Joyce Lovelace, and Chastity Hale.A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 McCallie Ave. today, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Chris Ehlers officiating. Visitation with her family will be held before the service from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the church vestibule.Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road.Please share you thoughts and memories of Bobbie Anne at

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