Joe Ben Parker, originally from Moultrie, Ga., is remembered as a good brother who loved his family, especially children.
"The grandchildren just loved to be around Ben," said his oldest sister, Ann McCorvey of Albany, Ga. "He had four sons and lots of nieces and nephews. We thought the world of him."
Parker, 65, was an electrician by trade, his sister said. "He could do anything around the house."
Another sister, Shirley Roberts of Moultrie, remembered Parker as a quiet person who liked to do his thing, and especially liked to travel "and you'd never know where." Parker had been in the Biloxi-Gulfport area for about a year.
He left school and served in the Navy and did some traveling, his sisters said.
They recalled how much he liked to fish. "There were six of us, and he was the baby, and he was a bit spoiled," said Roberts. "Like his daddy, he was an electrician and a Mr. Fix-It."