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John Parker Wilbern Jr., 72, a resident of Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2018. His was a lifelong struggle with mental illness.

Parker was born in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, to the late John P. Wilbern, USMC-ret., and Jeanne T. Wilbern.

He was also predeceased by a sister, Laurie A. Wilbern. He is survived by his sister and her spouse, Sue Wilbern Keys and Michael R. Keys of Hallieford.

Inspite of it all, Parker earned a B.S. in economics from Strayer University.

Memorials may be made to the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), Tidewater, P.O. Box 419, Gloucester, Va. 23061 or a hospice program of your choice.

The family is indebted to the wonderful staff at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital for their kindness and care; also, to The Catholic Charities, Inc., and staff at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Joseph McMillian Funeral Home, Blackstone, handled arrangements.