December 10, 2021, 80, Calypso –
Frances Sutton Parks of the Calypso area, passed away early Friday morning, December 10, 2021, at her home. She was 80.
Mrs. Parks was a life-long member of the Calypso Presbyterian Church where had been active in many capacities. She held the distinction of being the first female to be ordained as an elder in its congregation.
An elementary school teacher, 31 of those years were spent at North Duplin Elementary School and two years in the Panama Canal Zone. She served her fellow citizens of Duplin County as county commissioner for eight years.
An environmental activist long before it was popular, she will be remembered for her untiring efforts to protect the earth through recycling.
A service to worship God as we remember Frances Parks will be held Saturday, December 18, at 11 a.m. at Calypso Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, it would please Mrs. Parks for memorials to be given to the Calypso Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the Faison Boy Scouts Troop 48. The service will also be live-streamed via the Calypso Presbyterian Church Facebook page for those who wish to worship virtually. The family will have visitation at Calypso Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 17, from 6 until 8 p.m.
Mrs. Parks is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ben F. Parks, of the home; two daughters, Peggie Parks and husband, Alan Story, of Calypso, and Paula Parks Barnes and husband, Jonathan, of Clayton; and her beloved grandchildren, Benjamin Story, William Story, Spencer Story, Jackson Fitzhugh, Ryan Fitzhugh, Collin Fitzhugh, and Owen Fitzhugh.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Hood Sutton and M. O. Sutton; a sister, Ann Sutton Miller; and their parents, Maurice and Martha Blackman Sutton.