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Raymond Edward Parker, 53, of Chesapeake Beach died Sept. 13, 2012, at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick.

He was born to the late Deacon Nathaniel Parker Sr. and Mother Annie Mae Parker.

He attended Calvert County Public Schools. He graduated from Calvert High School on June 19, 1977. He was a Bibleway baby, born and led under the spiritual leadership of the late Bishop Henry H. Brown and Mother Minnie L. Brown. Deacon Nathaniel Parker and Mother Annie Parker faithfully brought him to church. As he got older, he was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. His favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Under the leadership of Apostle Joseph N. Brown and Mother Pearlie Brown, he was appointed a member of the Brotherhood Club, the Brotherhood Choir, the Angelic Choir and the Bibleway Silvertones. He loved to sing and praise the Lord. He would sing and shout all over the sanctuary and was not ashamed to praise God. In 2007, he served under the leadership of senior pastor Neil Gross and co-pastor Delethian Gross. He often called them “the real people of God.” They made him feel that he was loved.

He is survived by his brothers, Nathaniel Jr. and Matthew; sister, Dieanne Stewart; aunts, Thelma Wall and Helen Mae Harrod; uncle, Calvin Wallace; sisters-in-law, Sara Parker, Debbie Parker and Robbie Parker; brother-in-law, George Stewart; niece, Simone Janey; nephews, Paul Jr. and Clifton Stephen; great-nieces, Haleigh and Skyy; and a host of cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held Sept. 18 at Greater Bible Way Church in Prince Frederick, with the Revs. Neil and Delethian Gross officiating.

Interment was held at Greater Bible Way Church in Prince Frederick.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.