Reverend Herbert David Parker was a messenger for Christ for fifty-one years, and a friend to mankind. He was a living testimony that a man of God can be strong and yet still maintain humility. He often let the people know that he was just an instrument, used by God, pointing souls to Christ. His favorite Scripture was, "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16) He stood committed and dedicated to the word of God. Dr. Parker's life was one of dedication and commitment. Seven days of the week, you could find him telling others about the goodness of God, and sharing his life experiences. He was courageous in action and fervent in prayer; he did not alter God's Word. In this modern-day society, he would let us know that the wages of sin is still death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. As a pastor, he was the epitome of leadership. He always took time to compliment and encourage the little children, as he often did when he acknowledged their accomplishments. He was a man of character, integrity, dignity and honesty. His niece, E. Faye Wright, gave these expressions: "My Uncle Dave was an amazing man. His greatest quality, to me, was how personable he was. He was a very quiet person, yet his very presence spoke volumes. His excitement, when bringing the Word, was like a ripple effect throughout the room. It always left you wanting him to continue on, every time I am blessed for the times we shared, our talks and laughs." "