Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College completed his earthly assignment on June 6, 2022. He was 69.
Dr. Parker was born, the only child of Mr. Lee and Mrs. Henretta Parker, on January 12, 1953 in Orangeburg, SC. Reared in St. Matthews, SC he spent his formative years at his beloved John Ford High School before graduating from St. Matthews High in 1971. He attended South Carolina State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. He went on to earn a specialist in education degree in Educational Administration from Augusta State Univeristy, and finally his Ph.D from the University of South Carolina. In addition, Dr. Parker is a graduate from the Institute of Educational Management at the Harvard University Graduate School.
He was married to his high school sweetheart. the former Sandra Pinkney for 49 years. They were the proud parents of three adoring children, Dr. Kimberly A Parker, Commander Andrea Parker Smith (Robert), and Richard Anthony Parker (Shakirah), and the doting grandparents to Miss Parker Elizabeth Smith.
He began his career in technical education as a marketing instructor at Augusta Technical College before becoming the Vice President of Student Services at both Southeastern Technical College and Aiken Technical College. He joined the Albany Technical College team in 1995 as its 5th President. His 27-year tenure makes him the longest serving president both at ATC and within the Technical College System of Georgia.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, June 10th at Mt. Zion Church, Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Pastor. Rev. Dr. Michael Ephraim Pastor of Bethel AME Church will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, supporters can donate in honor of Dr. Parker to the Albany Technical College Foundation or South Carolina State University Foundation, Class of 1975.
The Parker Family would like to thank the Albany Technical College Family, the greater Albany Community, Phoebe Healthcare System, and the Willson Hospice House for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.
Dr. Parker’s wishes were to be cremated; therefore there will be no graveside services or visitation.
We are still adhering to strict COVID guidelines and are requiring all guest to wear masks.
Memorial Service for Dr. Anthony Parker will be Livestreamed at 11 am on Friday June 10, 2022. Please Click the link below.