Willie Parks

Willie James Parks

Sunday, December 14th, 1947 - Monday, March 29th, 2021
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"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be misinformed about those who sleep in death, so you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope."
Thessalonians 4:13-14:

Mr. Willie James Parks, 73, was born in Iredell County on December 14, 1947, and was the son of the late Jule Ray Parks and Ruby Lee Freeman Parks. He went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Shotgun, as he was affectionately called, attended the Iredell County Schools and was a truck driver for Skrap Hauling, LLC. He was united in marriage to Sheila Martin Parks. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will truly be missed.

Mr. Parks was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Elaine Parks; great grandson, Vince Parks; brothers Norman Parks “Inka”, Jesse Parks, Jule “Pee Wee” Parks, Lee Parks and Joshua Harrelson and a niece, Kimberly Parks.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, his loving wife, Sheila Martin Parks of the home; two children, Willie “Baldy” (Jackie) Parks Jr. of Taylorsville, NC and Edna “Meatball” Parks of Statesville; his step-children, James (LaKisha) Harrelson of Kannapolis, Josh Groce of Hawaii, Brandon (Mikayle) Groce of Greensville, and Angela (Torey) Martin of Troutman; his brothers, Melvin Parks of Mooresville, Allen “Chubby” (Mattie) Parks of Troutman, Walter (Patricia) Parks and Artis Parks, both of Statesville; his sisters, Joann (Harold) Ikard and Annette (Melvin) Parks-Bey, both of Troutman; his brother-in-law, Curtis (Karen) Martin of Rhonda; his grandchildren, Justin Michael Shuford, Brittany Michelle (Lamont) Atwaters, Tashika Sharon Parks, Cameron Shuford, Willie James Parks, III, Damion Sharatt, Jaquis Parks, Jessica Parks, Vince Booe, Rashida Parks, Rashad Booe, Torey Torrence, Jr., and Kaliyah Martin Pawpaw’s Mumpchkin; great grandchildren, Jaden Shuford, Aubrey Atwater, Mattox Atwater, Cameron Shuford, Jr., Taylor Sydel Pauling, London Nicole Feimster, Aaliyah Parks, Gene Steele IV, Aubrielle Serenity Price and Tedrick Jerel Wall, special friends; Lonnie Waugh, Scott Groce and Mamie Lou Parks, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, co-workers and friends.

You can no longer see me,
But please know that
I am the flowers in the garden,
I am the wind beneath your hair.

Celebration of Life Services for Mr. Willie Parks, will be conducted Friday, April 2, 2021, at Christian Outreach at 1:00 p.m. Minister Roger Crider will officiate and burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery.

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LaKisha Harrelson

Posted at 03:37pm
I first met Willie when I was 8 years old. From that time to this he has been the same loving, giving, kind hearted man. To know him was to love him. His smile lit up a room and his laugh was contagious because it came from a source of pure joy. I have never ever known anyone who loved so unconditionally as him. He was my father in law, my friend and someone who has been a great example in my life. His absence is so great because he was larger than life. The love he lived out is one that can only come directly from the one true source of love, God almighty. While I miss him tremendously already, I wouldn't bring him back to this world for nothing. It thrills my heart to know he is home, healed and happy forever! I cannot wait to see him again soon! -LaKisha Harrelson

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