Gov. Orders WV Flags to be Lowered to Half-Staff Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State flags displayed at all State facilities throughout West Virginia be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk Monday, June 9, 2014, the day of services for Private First Class Garrett Craig Parker who passed away May 30, 2014.

A 2011 graduate of Bridgeport High School, Parker enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2013 and served on active duty as a member of the A Company, 1/15th Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. Through his dedicated service Parker was awarded the Army Physical Fitness Training Medal, the Infantry Cord and the Expert Shooter Medal.

Parker is survived by his parents, Master Sergeant Christopher and Christa Parker; his brother, Jacob Miles Parker; his brother, Michael Christopher Parker; his sister, Jennifer Michelle Parker; his paternal grandparents, Diana Williams and Billy and Doris Parker; his maternal grandparents, CW5 Ret. Victor Leland Rose, Jr. and Patricia Rose; his great-grandparents, William Jeffreys and Doris Jeffreys; his great-grandmother, Ann Marie Rose; and other extended family and friends. Parker was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Williams; his great-grandfather, Victor Leland Rose, Sr.; his uncle, Craig Bentley; and his uncle, Timothy Stevens.

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