Billy Joe Parker, the 2020 Prohibition candidate for Vice-President, lives near Waleska, Georgia. He was born near Blairsville, Georgia on 8 October 1939 and grew up in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
After graduating from West Fannin High School (near Blue Ridge), he studied briefly at Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne, then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served four years, 1958-1962, first as an artilleryman, then in the motor pool. He completed basic training at Parris Island and was then stationed at Camp Perry, Ohio and aboard ship in the Mediterranean. He was discharged with the rank of Lance Corporal.
Parker later worked at a variety of warehouse and manufacturing jobs, retiring in 2002.
Since retiring, he has kept busy as a Prohibition Party volunteer, agitating against alcohol and against abortion. He is a member of the American Legion and of the Baptist Church.
He has never married.