KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is mourning the loss of Sevier Co. Wildlife Officer Gene Parker who passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 11, 2021. Officer Parker was off duty at the time of his death.

Donnie Gene Parker Jr., 46, of Strawberry Plains, was a graduate of Carter High School and the University of Tennessee. He was also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He worked for TWRA as a wildlife officer for 15 years and would often say that he actually got paid to do what he loved. Officer Parker was also a proud member of the TWRA Honor Guard.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at Bridges Funeral Home on Rutledge Pike in Knoxville. Visitation will be 12-2:30 p.m., the funeral service will begin at 2:30 p.m., with a processional to Roseberry Cemetery following the service.

TWRA extends prayers and condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.