James Franklin Parker

...62, a resident of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday - November 17, 2004 at his residence.
He was the son of the late John and Donnie Parker.
He was a long time member of Tyner United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.
He was a past member of the Board of Trustees of Hiwassee College.
Mr. Parker was a former store manager and credit manager for Sherwin-Williams Paint Company. He went on to be the founder and owner of Parker Cutlery Company which he established in the late 1960's. Jim Parker also owned WR Case and Sons Cutlery Company until around 1990. He was also instrumental in starting and operating Parker’s Knife Collectors Service and for the past several years revived and operated Bulldog Brand Knife Company.
He was the first President of the National Knife Collectors Association, past recipient of the Tennessee Businessman of the Year Award and was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame.
Survivors include his wife Billie G. Parker, two children, James (Buzz) Parker, Jami R. Parker, all of Chattanooga, two grandchildren, Patrick and Olivia Parker, two brothers, John M. Parker, of Kodak, TN., Mack V. Parker, of Knoxville, TN., two sisters, Shirley Keller, of Cleveland, TN., Nina Pell, of Athens, TN., and several nieces and nephews.