N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--March 1998

Lloyd W. Parker Retires

GREENVILLE - With a new golf bag in hand and a fresh supply of golf balls, Lloyd Parker, eastern area administrator, prepared to leave his career with DOC and begin his new life as a retiree. For Parker, retirement will mean being free to play golf whenever he wants - not just on Wednesday afternoons.

Parker’s co-workers and closest friends roasted him at a luncheon held Feb. 6 in Greenville. The golf bag and balls made the perfect gift for Parker who is known for his love of the sport.

"Lloyd was the first superintendent in the state to designate Wednesday afternoons as golf day," said Harry Allsbrook, friend and former superintendent of Nash Correctional Institution.

Despite what his friends might lead you to believe, Parker accomplished much more in his 39 years with DOC than just improving his golf game. He began his career in 1958 at the Hertford County Prison Unit, progressing through the ranks to become superintendent of Duplin Correctional Center in 1970. He became district manager of the eastern area in 1986 and served in that capacity until 1988 when he became the superintendent of New Hanover Correctional Center. In 1993 Parker was promoted to eastern area administrator.

Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis said Parker is a pioneer in the corrections field. "He has been such an asset to this agency," Jarvis said. " When Lloyd first came to work for the department, he came at a time when it was not popular to work in corrections in this state. He is a true pioneer."

Jarvis said Parker knows policy as well as anyone in the department, partially because he was on the team that initially helped put policy together. Among his other accomplishments, Parker lead the way in opening Hyde Correctional Institution and played an instrumental role in the development of the Governor’s Community Work Program which was piloted at Greene Correctional Center.

"Lloyd’s contributions to the Division of Prisons over the past 39 years have been plenty," said Boyd Bennett, geographic command manager. "When you think about corrections work in eastern North Carolina, you think about Lloyd Parker."

Michael Bell, superintendent of Wayne Correctional Center, said he will miss having Parker in the position of area administrator. "We sincerely appreciated his ability for getting things done, we appreciated having someone as our administrator that had been there and done that, that truly understood our problems and situations and would work with us and support us," he said. "Since Lloyd told me last year that he had worked harder in the last three years than he had in the previous thirty combined, we know that he deserves a retirement so he can play golf as much as he wants to, anytime and anywhere he wants to." u

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