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Mr. Foard Parsons

July 21, 1938September 3, 2020
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Foard Parsons of Catawba, born July 21st, 1938, passed away on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones at Atrium Healthcare in Charlotte.

Mr. Parsons was a retired Technical Staff Sergeant E6 of the United States Air Force, serving 20 years, including time during the Vietnam War. Throughout his time in the service, he was stationed at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base (AFB) in Nakhon Phanon, Thailand; Ernest Harmon AFB in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Otis AFB in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts; Pease AFB in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Barksdale AFB in Bossier Parish, Louisiana; Grand Forks AFB in Emerado, North Dakota; and Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. He, along with his mates of the 679th Radar Squadron, received a Special Athletic Achievement Award by the Naval Air Station Intramural Bowling League in 1975. He also received an Individual Certificate of Recognition for intramural bowling in 1976.

After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Parsons became well known in the community as the manager of Papa’s Pizza Parlor in Newton. He also managed stores in Morganton, Forest City, Mooresville, Maiden, Hickory, and Conover. During his 20 years in the pizza business, he helped start one of the first pizza delivery services in Catawba County and was well respected for his generosity and caring heart, while still maintaining his strong mind and hard work ethic. It was during this time that he met his wife Betty, the manager of the competitive restaurant, Pizza Hut. Later in his career, he was employed by Gulf States, later Rock Tenn, where he retired at the young age of 72 in 2011.

After retirement, his favorite pastimes were going for breakfast each morning at Dick’s Café, mowing his yard, gardening, bowling, and taking rides in his truck with his favorite child, Maddie. He also enjoyed dabbling in growing muscadine grapes and making homemade wine and was an active member of American Legion Post 48. He enjoyed the music of Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Elvis Presley. His greatest moments were spent with his daughters, son, family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl Parsons and Merit Huffman Parsons; brothers Benny, Barry, and Gary; sisters Gladys, Lois, Mary, and Jerline; and infant daughter Kimberly Parsons.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 34 years, Betty Richards Parsons, of the home; sister Joyce Brannock of Hickory, daughters Robbin Buchanan of Morganton, Wanda (Rick) Hall of Connelly Springs, Brenda (Bobby) Bush of Hickory, Angela (Michael) Ledford of Conover, Carla (Barry) Brotherton of Catawba, Emily Huffman (George Holtz) of Statesville, Megan Parsons of the home; son Charles (Kelly) Wright of Granite Falls; 16 grandchildren; 2 great granddaughters with another due in September; and cherished dog and sidekick, Madeline Rose.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm at Hickory Funeral Home. Funeral service will be follow at 2:00pm at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Curtis Hagler Officiating. Entombment will follow at Catawba Memorial Park with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Parsons family requests donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, 301 Hawthorne Ln #100, Charlotte, NC 28204 or the Autism Society of North Carolina in Raleigh, 301 Hawthorne Ln #100, Charlotte, NC 28204.

  • FAMILY

  • Betty Richards Parsons, Wife
  • Carl Parsons, Father (deceased)
  • Merit Huffman Parsons, Mother (deceased)
  • Robbin Buchanan, Daughter
  • Kimberly Parsons, Infant Daughter
  • Wanda Parsons Hall (Rick), Daughter
  • Brenda Parsons Bush (Bobby), Daughter
  • Angela Enderson Ledford (Michael), Daughter
  • Carla Brotherton (Barry), Daughter
  • Charles Wright (Kelly), Son
  • Emily Huffman (George Holtz), Daughter
  • Megan Parsons, Daughter
  • Benny Parsons, Brother (deceased)
  • Gary Parsons, Brother (deceased)
  • Barry Parsons, Brother (deceased)
  • Gladys Parsons Harmon, Sister (deceased)
  • Lois Parsons Wilson, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Parsons Channey, Sister (deceased)
  • Jerline Parsons Crouch, Sister (deceased)
  • Joyce Parsons Brannock, Sister
  • Madeline Rose Parsons, Fur baby
  • He was also survived by 16 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and another due in September.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rodney Workman
  • Richard Hall
  • Matthew Brotherton
  • Jamie Wright
  • Michael Ledford
  • Jesse Enderson
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude Children’s Hospital at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital
  • Autism Society of North Carolina

Services

  • VISITATION

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • FUNERAL SERVICE

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • ENTOMBMENT

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Matt & Cathy Parker

September 7, 2020

Matt and I extend our deepest sympathy for your loss, Brenda. He was stationed at many of the same bases as Matt's father. Much gratitude to your father and your family for his service to our country. Blue skies and tail winds on this next journey!
Matt & Cathy Parker

Donna Goins

September 5, 2020

Brenda,
I’m so sorry for your loss; you’re in my thoughts and prayers, hugs!
Love Always, Donna Goins

tonda mabe

September 5, 2020

Brenda, I am so sorry...
I worked for Foard at Pappas. Had some great times, learned alot n made some memories! Hugs n prayers of comfort & peace for you all.

~tonda

Dwayne Brannock

September 5, 2020

Sorry for your loss

Dwayne and Michael

Elaine Davis

September 4, 2020

I remember meeting Foard around 1980. His wife Betty, is a dear friend of mine. I attended their wedding.
My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

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