Georgia Pastor, Teddy Parker, commits suicide just months after stopping a man from killing himself
Hundreds of mourners gathered for the morning memorial service to bid farewell to the preacher one last time in his open casket.
The Macon, Georgia pastor’s shocked the community and has made national headlines after reports that the man had prevented another man from taking his own life months earlier.
Teddy Parker Jr., a pastor at Bibb Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Macon, was described as pastor to “anyone who needed a pastor,” by deacon and chairman at Bibb, Shawn Stafford.
Stafford recounted the shocking news and testimony of the Parker’s work.
Shortly after Parker’s death, a young man revealed that he had wanted to take his life about 2 ½ months ago and it was Pastor Parker who talked him out of it, Stafford explained.
For the next three weeks, said the young man, Pastor Parker called him every morning to see how he was doing.
“You could feel his love. It was not just an ‘I love you’,” said Stafford.
Several pastors spoke, even reading a word of support and love from Pastor Rick Warren, who recently lost his son to suicide.