Douglas Luther Parkinson, 92, of Martinsburg, passed away Wednesday May 22, 2019 at Berkeley Medical Center.
Born October 5, 1926 in Martinsburg, WV, he was the son of the late Gilmer Arthur Parkinson and Bertha Florence â€śEverhartâ€ť Parkinson.
Born on South Kentucky Ave., he grew up at 620 Moler Ave. from about the age of 4 to the age of 9. The family then moved to Jefferson County, where he helped on the family farm until he was drafted into the Army.
From 1955 to 1957 he was a Specialist First Class working in the mail room during his time in the Army at Fort Benning in Georgia He retired from Corning Glass Works in 1989 after 30 years of service.
He was a dedicated volunteer with the Berkeley County Youth Fair from 1981 to 2018; where he could be found picking up trash the week of fair. In 1981 he helped to build the original buildings at the current fairground location. He and his wife enjoyed volunteering at the fair; making apple pies; and helping with the dinners for different occasions.
He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time, making many fine pieces of furniture. He made the communion table for New Street United Methodist Church for which he and his wife were members. Some of his woodworking included bookshelves, nightstands, kitchen tables and cabinets, washstands, decks, closets, bedroom dressers, picture frames, and apple boxes.
He is survived by his daughter Lisa Beth Parkinson.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary May Mason Parkinson; four brothers, Larue (Nip) and wife Jennie, Leo and wife Theresa, Clifford and wife Lillie, and twin Donald.
Family will receive friends Friday May 24, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.
Funeral services Saturday May 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Dee Ann Dixon officiating, Interment will be held at Rosedale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to New Street United Methodist Church, 202 New Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
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