Bennie L. Parker Elliott was known by many near and far. She was born August 13, 1936, to
loving parents, the late Ben Lamar and the late Mildred Johnson in Autauga County,
Bennie had an active spiritual life beginning at an early age when she confessed Christ. In later
years after relocating to Birmingham, Alabama, she joined Sixth Avenue Baptist Church under
the leadership of Reverend John W. Goodgame.
Bennie had many awesome talents. However, God granted her with a great and anointed voice.
She used her bold vocals to praise and sing gospel over the years. There were countless
instances where she was requested to lend her vocals throughout the City of Birmingham as
well as many surrounding areas. Her soulful vocals allowed her to sing acapella, as well as, with
accompanied musical instruments.
Bennie was kind-hearted and greeted others with a bright and beautiful smile. While attending
school within the community where she grew up, she was always excited about the relationship,
friends and activities that brought her joy and happiness.
During Bennie’s early years of marriage to William H. Parker, Sr., she was the proud mother of
four beautiful children. After uniting with R. C. Elliott, the love of her life, she became his
right-hand partner in their living and their faith. Collectively, they made a home and family
together in excess of 44 years. She and her late husband devoted themselves to parenthood as
they shared in the joy of their unified family; consisting of her four children and six bonus
On Monday, February 28, 2022, this devoted mother and grandmother, acquired her wings, just
as her predeceased loved ones. Especially her father, Ben Lamar; mother, Mildred
Johnson; husband, R. C. Elliott; two daughters, Cheryl Lynn Parker and Lucille Shackleford;
three sons, Earl Elliott, Victor Elliott and Douglas Elliott; one grandson, Jacquan Hunter; one
great grandchild, Kwame Parker and special aunt, Annie Kirkland, had done before her.
Gathered to comfort each other in grief, celebrate the life and forever cherish the memories of
our beloved, Bennie, is her three daughters, Marion (Lawrence) Gordon, Lillie Robinson, both
of Birmingham, AL and Barbara Elliott of Fort Wayne, IN; three sons, William H. Parker, Jr.,
Christopher (Janneka) Parker, Dennis Charleston, all of Birmingham, AL; one son-in-law,
Raymond Shackelford; one Godson, Austin Brooks; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-six great
grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends
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