B.J. Parker Passes Away at
GRAYSVILLE, Ala. - April 4. One of southern racing's most familiar and beloved figures, B.J.
Parker, died Monday evening at the age of 78 in his home in Graysville. Parker's passing follows a four-year
battle with cancer.
Parker began his career briefly as a competitor, but he soon found his niche' in promotions. He
was the founder of both the Southern All Stars asphalt and dirt series, one of the longest running
organizations in short track racing. For years, Parker also collaborated with Indiana Auction company
founder Charlie Sentman with the Birmingham Auction and Trade Show in Birmingham each January until
Sam Holbrooks, founder of Behind the Wheel, a Southern All Stars rookie-of-the-year sponsor for
many years and now editor of LateModelAmerica.com, said, "It would have been difficult to have pursued a
career in racing without B.J.'s wisdom and advice. I was a novice back in 1989 and it was great men like
B.J., (SUPR Series founder) Donald Watson, (Parker son-in-law) Lynn Phillips, and others who I leaned on
pretty heavily to find my way around. B.J. was a wealth of information and wisdom, dispensed in a
light-hearted way that only B.J. could. It was a pleasure to work with him as a sponsor and advertiser, but
mostly as a friend."
"B.J. never took himself too seriously. His management style became more that of a
delegator as he aged, which can be risky at times, but more importantly, it showed the trust he placed in
those he surrounded himself with".
Parker left behind his wife of more than 50 years, Gail. He was preceded in death by his only
son Michael, himself a victim of cancer. Daughter Jenny is the wife of Talladega Short Track owner/promoter
Funeral Services will be held at Crestview Funeral Home, 5250 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in
Adamsville, Alabama. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 6th from 5:30-8:00 p.m., with
interrment on Thursday, April 7th at 11:00 a.m.
The Southern All Stars Late Models take to the track for their
first heat race in their first appearance at the Clayhill Motorsports Park in Western Tennessee.
2011 Southern All Stars Late Model