Lufkin man dies in Sunday morning house fire

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – An early morning fire on Sunday killed a Lufkin man. It happened shortly before dawn at the 2100 block of Sayers St., less than a mile outside Loop 287.

Clemente Parker, 53, died in the fire. He lived in a small house behind his mother, 85-year-old Berline Parker. According to Sheryl Robinson, Parker's older sister and care taker, their mother was rescued by a family friend who happened to drive by and spot the flames.

Robinson says her brother became handicapped 20 years ago after suffering a stroke. "He didn't want to live with my parents, so they built him a house," she said. "He was always very independent and did things for himself."

Robinson, along with dozens of other family members gathered in support of her mother, who suffers from dementia. She says her brother's presence will be greatly missed.

"He was always funny," said Robinson. "Before he had the stroke, he was the best James Brown impersonator there was around Lufkin."

Police say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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