Andre Thomas, the great-great grandson of Jodie and Johnnie Parker, great-grandson of Robenia Parker Bass, grandson of Fannie Lois Jones, and son of Yolanda Thomas graduated on June 28, 2013 from Basic Training at the United States Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Congratulations Andre on your achievement and thank you for your service to our country. We know you will complete your college education and prepare yourself to be an officer!
Martina Fame, great-granddaughter of Jodie and Johnnie Mae Parker, granddaughter of Horace Parker and daughter of Princess Parker Fame wed Jason Sedita last year. They have a new baby boy named Giovanni. Giovanni is bringing joy to all the Parker-Strong clan living in Rochester, New York.
Shaka Jamal Redmond, great-grandson of Jodie and Johnnie Mae Parker has a new job at Youth Uprising in Oakland, California teaching filmmaking to inner city youth. Two of Shaka’s short documentaries premiered in New York City at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture earlier this year. Shaka, we wish you well in your new position and we know you will make a significant difference in the lives of these young people.
Charles William Parker of Geneva, New York, the eldest living child of Jodie and Johnnie Mae Parker will celebrate his 80th birthday this August. His daughter, Annette Parker, is planning a big party. If you cannot attend, please send him a birthday card to
Rodney Ted Thomas, Great grandson of Jodie and Johnnie Mae Parker, recently graduated from Auburn University at the age of 46. Congratulations Rodney. We are all praying that you find the job of your dreams. Continuing education is one of the keys to a successful life.