Loise L. Parker, 80, Democratic committeewoman and active Baptist

Posted: May 22, 2014

PICTURE A SMALL farming town in North Carolina where neighbors often were kin and the kids played together on the dusty roads.

Word of important events spread quickly through Bladenboro, and one of those events was the birth of Loise Love Bellamy on Christmas Day 1933.

"Loise was a happy little child who spent lots of time with her cousins who lived down the road from her," her family said.

It was in Bladenboro that Loise got her early education. She also began her spiritual life at Bryant Swamp Baptist Church, before seeking more opportunities in Philadelphia.

One opportunity Loise seized in the city was becoming the wife of Curtis A. Parker, whom she met in 1955 on the steps of her church, Metropolitan Baptist, at 35th and Baring streets in Powelton Village.

Loise Parker, a Democratic committeewoman in the 21st Division of the 4th Ward, died May 7 after a long illness. She was 80.

"She had a sweet, sweet spirit and was truly a virtuous woman," her family said.

Loise became a committeewoman for the sole purpose of helping her neighborhood, her family said.

"Loise was a woman of strong faith who was always doing something to make the life of others better," her family said.

Loise Love Bellamy was an only child born to Daisy Faulk and Eddie Bellamy.

When she was a young adult, a cousin, Vita Faulk, moved to Philadelphia. She encouraged Loise to join her and they shared an apartment in the city.

Seeking to continue her spiritual development, Loise joined Metropolitan Baptist and became an active member. She was a member of the Young Adult Choir and joined the Young Adult Ushers. She was always available for whatever the church needed doing over her 55-year membership.

David Carter was a fellow congregant, and one day as she stood on the church steps, he introduced her to a handsome young man named Curtis.

"Curtis soon knew that Loise was the apple of his eye and the love his life," her family said.

After about a year of dating, they were married in 1956.

Curtis was an active Mason. He served the Grand Lodge as the Worshipful Grand Historian. After he became a trustee, Loise joined the Trustees Aid Board.

When the scholarship committee was formed, Loise became a devoted member. It was part of her commitment to always be available to help young people, particularly when it came to education.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Monica L. Sydnor; an adopted son, William Anderson; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services: Were Saturday. Burial was at Fernwood Cemetery.

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