Friends Remembered: Connelly Phelps Parker, Jr.

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Connelly Phelps Parker, Jr.

Connelly Phelps Parker, Jr., 59, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, after a 20-month battle with Glioblastoma. He was awarded the Carnegie Medal for an Aug. 14, 2010, act of heroism in which he helped save a 59-year-old man from drowning in North Myrtle Beach. Despite operating a fiberglass skiff that was inadequate for use in rough surf, he piloted to the man who had been swept into the Atlantic Ocean by a strong tidal current. Waves swamped his boat, and it capsized, but Parker supported the unconscious man with one arm and grasped the overturned boat with the other until others assisted in getting them both to shore. Both men survived. Parker, born in 1958, in Burlington, N.C., loved work, running, boating, a good drink, and his family, according to his obituary. He is survived by his wife, Tami Ewart Parker, three daughters, and two grandchildren.