John Carlton Parks

John Carlton Parks

August 6, 2021, 65, Goldsboro –

John Carlton Parks, 65, passed away on Friday, August 6, 2021 at Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro.

Carlton was born in Wayne County on September 9, 1955 to the late Joe and Pauline Waters Parks. He worked the majority of his life in the fire service at Goldsboro Fire Department. He spent time as a full-time firefighter and retired as a captain. Carlton also served his community as volunteer fireman with Belfast Fire Department.

Carlton was very passionate in the fire service and serving his community. His faith in Christ was reflected in the love he shared with his friends and family. Carlton especially enjoyed the opportunity to ride his motorcycle.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home. A service to celebrate Carlton’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Sauls officiating. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park with fireman honors by the Goldsboro Fire Department Honor Guard.

Carlton is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Shafer and husband Michael; brother, Chris Parks and wife Rene of LaGrange; grandchildren, Michael Shafer and Ethan Shafer; nieces and nephews, April Pennington, Dale Parks (Erica), Alex Parks (Marissa) and Matthew Parks; great nieces and nephews, Dalton Pearce, Haley Pennington, Christian Pennington, Maddox Parks, Lincoln Parks, Ely Strickland, and Greyson Parks; and a great-great-niece, Danica Pennington.

In addition to his parents, Carlton was preceded in death by his sister, Gail Fields; and nephew, Danny Glenn Pearce, Jr.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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