Buddy Thomas Parham

September 20, 1939March 25, 2019

Buddy Thomas Parham, age 79, of Newton, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC. Born September 20, 1939 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Jesse Thomas Parham and Grace “Katheryn” Hovis Parham.

Buddy was a former member of the National Guard and was currently working for EZ Way Auto. He retired from Broyhill Furniture Co. where he had worked for over 25 years as an upholsterer and had also retired from WNNC Radio in Newton, NC, where he had worked in broadcasting for over 39 years.

In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his son, Bobby A. Parham; and granddaughter, Stacy Parham.

Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Anita Cole Parham of the home; daughters, Terry Leanne Hughes of Morgantown, WV and Tammy Elaine Brazil and husband Tracy of Phoenix, AZ; sons, Buddy Joe Parham and wife Ginger of Newton, NC, and Barry C. Parham and wife Rosemary of Escondido, CA; sisters, Phyllis Ramey and husband Paul of Charlotte, NC, and Frances Horne of Denham Springs, LA; brother, Roger Parham and wife Judy of Spartanburg, SC; grandchildren, Wendy Ziegler, Jessica Parham, and Cody Parham; great-grandchildren, Gregory Ziegler and Charlotte Ziegler; numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of Buddy’s life will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, March 29, 2019, in the Chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC, with Rev. Darrell Mull and Rev. Chris Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 to 1:15 PM prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Valley Pentecostal Church, PO Box 1242, Newton, NC 28658.


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 29, 2019

Buddy Thomas Parham

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Rev. Don & Helen Bledsoe

March 29, 2019

To the Parham Family, on behalf of Helen & I, and the Bledsoe Family, we want to send our most sincere condolences, along with our “Prayers” of comfort & strength. Buddy was a wonderful person, he was always kind & very respectful every time I was around him, he will be greatly missed, he was a blessing and inspiration to our community. May the Lord strengthen you now and in the days ahead.
With Deepest Sympathy.

Sherrie Motter

March 27, 2019

I met Buddy almost 45 years ago. I worked with his first wife Donna at Carolina Mills and became very close friends. His children babysat my sons for awhile and Buddy took some awesome pictures of my babies for me. He loved doing photography. I so miss seeing all the kids. Rest in Peace Buddy. Prayers for the whole family especially in the next few days.

Doris Kirby

March 26, 2019

My condolences to the family. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
Buddy, for many years was the MC(Master of Ceremony) for the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police Gospel Singing Event.
Buddy you will be missed.


March 26, 2019

I remember Buddy as the King of Electric Trains as a teenager. He had a basement full of tracks and trains (1957-59). As a kid of 6 or 7, I thought that was amazing.