Littleton Parker finds new home with MEAC

Published 11:17 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Parker and his wife, Rose, who also enjoys going to basketball games with her husband. -- Frank Davis | Tidewater News

Parker and his wife, Rose, who also enjoys going to basketball games with her husband. — Frank Davis | Tidewater News

By Almeta Davis

NORFOLK—After spending 37 years as a teacher and administrator with Southampton County School System, Littleton Parker retired June 13, 2013.

A 1970 graduate of Hayden High School, where he played and lettered in football, basketball and baseball, Parker then went on to further his education at Norfolk State College, graduating in 1975 prior to it being granted university status in 1979.

Upon completion of his studies, Parker entered the job market and shortly thereafter accepted a position with Southampton High School, where he remained until his retirement. He started his career in the classroom teaching Driver and Health/Physical Education. In 1990, he moved into administration as the assistant principal and athletic director. He also spent 34 years, as a football coach, 23 of which he was the head coach. He also had two stints each as the baseball and basketball coach.

Today he calls the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) his home as a Neutral Observer of Officials, viewing basketball games for accuracy of calls made during play. The job requires an expert knowledge of all rules that apply to basketball and a keen eye. His observations are used as an instructional tool and a review of the official’s performance. Additionally, the most important part of his job helps to maintain the integrity of the sport.

When asked what he thinks of his new position, the almost always straightfaced Parker showed a brief smile.

“I get to work for my friend of 50 years, Larry (Chuck) Rose, in addition to that we have a great team, guys like Willie Brown, Herman Charity and Russell Ward just to name a few,” he said. “They’re a group of men that treat each other like fraternity brothers. We all get along, and if one of us is ever in need we are always there for each other.”

As a lover of all things athletic, Parker has landed in the right place, the MEAC. Spending  some of his retirement, doing what he loves watching good basketball and being paid to do it.

A long-time resident of Southampton County, Parker lives in Courtland with his wife, Rose.

Affectionately known to her former students as Mama Rose and a nickname given to her by former principal Sam Jones. She retired in June 2010.

“After 22 years as a U.S. government, world culture and Virginia history teacher for Franklin’s school system, we are enjoying our retirement getting to know each other all over again, and yes, I do enjoy going to the games,” she said.

The Parkers have one child, a daughter named Angela Nicole Parker-Nunnally, who resides in Fredericksburg with her husband Courtney.