Robert "Bobby" Parker
Parker, Class of 1962 Havre de Grace Consolidated High School, is known throughout Havre de Grace for his generosity and volunteer spirit.
Following high school, Parker enrolled at the New York Institute of Photography where he earned a commercial degree in photography. After completing his formal education, Parker was drafted into the U.S. Army and served honorably as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart. Returning home, Parker joined J.M. Huber Corp. in Havre de Grace, where he worked for 25 years before retiring in 2002.
For more than 30 years, Parker has been documenting African-American history in Harford County and throughout Maryland. He has donated both his time and expertise photographing activities at churches, schools, sporting events, fundraisers, elections and graduations. Parker is a member of the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association and, in recent years, he has devoted his time and energy to promoting former Negro League baseball players and documenting their achievements through both photography and video.
Parker's volunteer work has resulted in numerous awards, including a certificate of appreciation for support of the Havre de Grace High School Athletic Program; an NAACP award for contributions to the community; a Governor's Citation for volunteerism to Havre de Grace Parks and Recreation; a first place award from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association for spot news photos in 2003; an award from Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation in 2006 for 25 years of volunteer service; and the Unsung Hero Award from Morgan State University in 2011.
Parker and his wife, Beverly Johnson Parker, have been married for 32 years and have two children, Brandie and Lindsey, and one grandson, Patrick III. He also has a daughter, Janel Beverly, son-in-law, Sam Beverly, and grandson, Stephen Beverly, and a son, Sean Parker, from a previous marriage.
Turner, Class of 1972 Havre de Grace High School, is the owner of Clark Turner Signature Homes and is well known for his residential, commercial and mixed use development in Havre de Grace and throughout Harford and neighboring counties.
Turner's residential developments include The Residences at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace; James Street and Ellie's Woods in Bel Air; Charlestown Crossing in North East; Newport Landing in Port Deposit; Ridgely Forest in Elkton; Beech Creek in Perryman; Brighton Hills and Enclave at Briar Knoll in Phoenix; and Carrington at Millstone.
In the commercial arena, Turner has developed The Colonade and North Parke Centre in Bel Air, doctors' office complexes in Bel Air and the Susquehanna Workforce Network in Havre de Grace. He is also the developer of the mixed-use Water's Edge in Riverside.
The quality of Turner's work has earned him many honors and awards, including serving as president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland in 1978; National Winner - Pace Setter Award of Builders in 1990; Builder of the Year awarded by the Home Builders Association of Maryland in 1997; Community of the Year awards in 1998 and 2001; Showcase of Homes award for Water's Edge in 2000; Project of the Year award for Shores at Water's Edge in 2002; Land Development of the Year award presented by the Home Builders Association of Maryland Land Development Council in 2003; Best Community of the Year, Outstanding Condominium and Outstanding Townhome awards in 2004; Award of Excellence for the Triple Crown model at the Residences at Bulle Rock, Economic Development award from the City of Havre de Grace and the Baltimore Business Journal "10 People to Watch – Clark Turner" recognition in 2005.
Other awards and honors received by Turner include Best in America Living awards – Platinum and Gold Awards for the Residences at Bulle Rock in 2006; ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" participant and Builder of the Year awarded by the Home Builders Association in 2007; Harford Award given by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce to top local businesses for contributions to the community, the economy and their employees in 2008; Gold Award from the National Association of Home Builders for 50-plus housing (for the best detached home in Bulle Rock) in 2009; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Land Development Council and the Baltimore Business Journal "Heavy Hitters Award" in 2010.
Turner also has been very involved in community service. He donated $50,000 toward the completion of James R. Harris Stadium at Havre de Grace High School; partnered with ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" to build a new home for a deserving family in Port Deposit; was instrumental in making the James R. Harris Stadium Project one of the beneficiaries of proceeds from the McDonald's LPGA Golf Tournament at Bulle Rock ($14,000 donation); provided a Decorator Show Home for the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance fundraiser; served on a panel in Washington for a National Real Estate Forum; is affiliated with the Board of United Way; and was first to introduce tax incremental financing to Harford County for his development of Beechtree Estates in Aberdeen.
The Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 2010. Current members are: David Craig, Class of 1967; Jim Harris, Class of 1961; Roy Mentzer, Class of 1939; Dr. George T. Stansbury, Class of 1939, Havre de Grace Colored High School; Milliard Tydings, Class of 1906; Dr. Irving Williams, Class of 1948, Havre de Grace Colored High School; Dr. Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Class of 1951; Dr. Frederick Hatem, Class of 1943; Robert L. Johnson, Class of 1944; Harry S. Johnson, Class of 1972; George B. Lisby, Class of 1949, Havre de Grace Colored High School; Madelyn Mitchell Shank, Class of 1945; Lou Ward, Class of 1968; Ernest J. Rodia, Class of 1961; Sheldon Cole, Class of 1943, Havre de Grace Colored High School; and Earl Christy, Class of 1961, Havre de Grace Consolidated High School.