Parker, Agnes


Age 86, of Winterville, GA, died Friday, 29 October 2021, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Agnes was born in Athens, GA, to John Ellis Broadnax, Sr., and Agnes King Broadnax. She attended Athens High School and and the University of Georgia where she earned a BA in French. She received the Annual Council Bishop's Cross of Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, for being a spiritual mentor of the community of Athens, and the city of Winterville proclaimed a day in her honor to recognize her dedication to the city and its library. She was on the Emmanuel Episcopal Church vestry, served as Junior Warden, and was elected to the Diocese of Atlanta's Commission on Ministry. Agnes was instrumental in the development of the Natural Spirituality Movement within the Episcopal Church, organizing the Natural Spirituality Regional Gathering at Camp Mikell for many years. She received a scholarship to participate in the Hayden Institute at the Kanuga Episcopal Retreat Center. She was a Democratic Party Elector for the Winterville district, and was part of the Winterville Planning and Zoning Commission. A teacher at heart, Agnes taught at Chase Street Elementary School in Athens and at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville. She was the Gainesville Symphony Guild President and Chair of the Athens Symphony's Fund Drive, and held leadership roles in the Junior League of Gainesville, the Gainesville Theater Guild, the Daughters of the King, and the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. In Gainesville she was a member of the Chattahoochee Study Club and the Book Club, and in Athens she was a member of the Heritage Garden Club, the Town & Gown Theater Guild, the Rabun Gap Nacoochee Guild, the Wednesday Study Club, the National Society for the Colonial Dames of America, the Emmanuel Church Altar Guild, and the Athens Junior Assembly. Agnes is preceded in death by her husband the Rev. Nathaniel "Nat" Eldridge Parker, Jr., her daughter Frances Mildred Bethune "Beth" Parker, and both of her parents. She is survived by her daughters Agnes Parker Wells (Bob) of Decatur, GA, and Louisa Parker Mattozzi (Michael) of Reston, VA, and her son Nathaniel Eldridge Parker III (Jessica) of Winterville, GA, and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother John "Buddy" Ellis Broadnax (Jenny), as well as several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Robert Salamone officiating. There will be a reception following at the Athens Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: