Howard Parker, Jr. passed away, peacefully, at home, Sunday, May 3, 2020. Howard was born January 3, 1956 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Velma and Howard Parker, Sr. He attended Atlantic City public schools and shortly after high school enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1973. Howard rose to the rank of Sergeant and received an honorable discharge in 1977. In 1978, he was among the first employees to open and run the games at the Resorts International Casino, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During his, approximately 10 years there he was a Craps Dealer, a Floor Supervisor, and a Pit Boss, until such time he went to Caesars Casino, where he worked for several years. In 1993 Howard uprooted from Atlantic City and relocated to Albany, New York. He enrolled in Barber School and became a licensed barber. Howard worked as a barber for over 25 years cutting hair and imparting his distinctive wisdom to his customers at Stancils and several other barber shops in the area. Howard married Trevis Stokes and from that union he leaves behind three children, Hassan, Kamilah, and Jamilah Parker, and three grandchildren Trasaun Parker, Isaac Riggins, Jr. and Ava Rose Bettis. Howard also leaves behind Sisters Vanessa and Lynn Parker, Gale Haith, Betty McLaughlin, and Donna Parker-Palmer (Deceased). Howard also leave behind a host of nephews and nieces, extended family Mrs. Doretha Stokes of Elwood, NJ, and Cal and “Ms.” Helen Livingston, and Don Ravenell of Albany, NY. Howard loved and was loved by all those whose life he touched, and though he moved to Albany and had a network of very special friends he never lost his deep connection to Atlantic City and all of his childhood friends. He loved them both as much. Howard had that special something, that something that we’ll miss but never forget. Words cannot express how much we will miss our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend. He will forever remain in our hearts. The family will host a celebration of Howard’s life, hopefully, in the not too distant future, and appreciates all prayers and other acts of support and kindness during this difficult time.
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