Peacola Bateast Parker
Peacola Bateast Parker’s earthly life ended on Tuesday, November 4, 2020, and she is now resting with our heavenly father; at the age of 80. Peacola was born to the late Walter Bateast, Sr. and Beaulah Ford Payton Bateast on March 18, 1940. She was the youngest of sixteen children. At an early age, Peacola was called and baptized at Saint Matthew Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Cleveland Veals. She later united with First Agape Baptist Church and helped a group of disciples, along with the Pastor, organize Cosmopolitan Evangelistic Baptist Church. She served dutifully in the roles assigned to her at both churches. Peacola’s start to education was somewhat of a trying one. Between having all the schoolchildren grouped together by age proximity, teachers having limited resources and days missed during harvest season, she was determined to keep up. Not deterred and with God’s grace, she graduated high school. After graduation, Peacola knew that her work wasn’t complete. Remembering the struggles, she and her siblings endured to get quality education, she, along with four others, decided to become educators. To pursue that route, Peacola enrolled at Alcorn State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education. It was after that time that she moved to New Orleans to start her career. Her pursuit of higher learning was never put aside. On weeknights after work, she would drive to Baton Rouge to attend graduate school at Southern University. While taking care of family and educating others, she obtained her Master’s +30 in Education. During her journey as an educator, Peacola worked for Meadows Drawn Business School, the St. Bernard Parish School System and over 25-plus years in the Plaquemines Parish School System as the head of the Business Education Department at Phoenix High School. She continuously met the challenge to ensure that no child was left behind. There are three steps to heaven: Out of self; Into Christ; Into Glory. Peacola did her best for her Lord throughout her life by living an exemplary Christian life for all who paid attention, especially her family. And for this, we know that she is reaping her greatest reward. Sis Parker was married twice and to each union, one daughter was born. To cherish her memories, she leaves two daughters, Edith M. Baker and Linitta P. Lewis; two grandchildren, Jazzmyne Piccola Lewis and Isaiah Christopher Lewis;, one sister-in-law, Barbara Bateast; one brother-in-law, Ralph Palmer, Sr; one sister, Dorothy B. Singleton;, one Godchild, Rolanda P. Walker (Dexter):, a special niece, Ramona Palmer and a host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Sister Parker was also preceded in death by her brothers, William (Louise), Levi, James (Rosa Lee), Cleveland, Walter, Jr. (Mattie), Solomon Bateast, and John (Elouise) Payton; brother in law, Clark Singleton; sisters, Amanda (Nathaniel) Brown, Elnora Turner (Rev), Lucy McDaniel (Frank), Leola Plain (Elmore), Alice Lee (George, Sr.), Lucy Bell (Edward), Margaret Palmer and her husbands, Henry W. Baker and Fred C. Parker. Family and friends attended a visitation and funeral service honoring the life of Mrs. Peacola Bateast Parker at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA, on Friday, November 13, 2020. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Please sign online guestbook at www.charbonnetfuneralhome.com.