On Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Clyde Thomas Parker departed this earthly life to spend eternity with God.
Clyde was born August 24, 1933 in Richmond County, North Carolina to the late William Clyde and Fannie Thomas Parker. Clyde grew up in High Point, NC and attended Leonard Street Elementary School and William Penn High School. Clyde began playing the piano at age 5 and learned to play the organ at age 12. At a young age, Clyde began playing at various churches in the NC Triad area and was very active in the High Point area and nearby areas playing for different community events. He was, also, pianist for the William Penn High School concert choir. At the age of 15, he began playing for the Webb Gibson jazz ensemble and played the piano with this group throughout the state of North Carolina and other nearby states for several years.
After graduating from High School, Clyde attended Howard University, School of Music and graduated in 1955. While attending Howard University, he was the pianist for the Howard University choir under the direction of Dr. Warner Lawson including performances at the Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall and Constitution Hall. He studied piano with Thomas Kerr and organ with Richard Keith. He did further study in piano performance with Stewart Gordan at the University of Maryland, College Park. Later in Spring, 1963, he earned a Master’s Degree in music history at Howard University. For approximately 35 years, Clyde taught in the School of Music at Howard University.
In 1957, Clyde began playing the organ for Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ and continued playing the organ and, also, served in the position of Minister of Music for 63 years. Other accomplishments included serving as accompanist for the Evelyn White Chorale and accompanist for the renowned Opera Singer, Mattiwilda Dobbs. For many years, he played at two local Opera restaurants, the Tivoli and Chez Brown.
Thoughout the DC and surrounding areas, he continued to accompany local and renowned artists and to provide music for countless church and community events from the fifties until the year of 2019. Clyde was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandparents, A.F. and Etta Parker, a brother, William Parker, a sister, Yvonne Fillyaw, a cousin, Inman Burford, and devoted friend, Leroy Dorsey.
Leaving to cherish his memory are sisters, Elaine Browne, Winston Salem, NC, Gloria Pitts, Jewel Parker, High Point, NC, Dr. Linda Parker, Greensboro, NC, devoted, youngest sister, Brenda Parker, Takoma Park, MD, nieces, Lannette Wright(James), Yvette Powell, Kathy Parker, Wendy Hughes(Steve), Jacquelyn Duncan(Garfield), Jada Pitts, Adia Alston(Antoine), nephews, William Parker(Patria), Lanzer McCall(Jean) and a host of other relatives and friends.
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