Robert Stephenson “Ham” Parks

Robert Stephenson “Ham” Parks

January 8, 2022, 94, Goldsboro –

Robert Stephenson “Ham” Parks, 94, completed his earthly journey and was welcomed into the presence of his Lord on January 8, 2022 while being cared for at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. Ham was born to the late Joseph Stephenson Parks and Lila Smith Parks on September 2, 1927. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Corine Price, Frances P. Rose and Lois Langston; brother, Earl E. Parks; and nephews, Ronnie Langston, Connie Price and Pete Parks.

Ham supported his family and lived off the land, working as a long-time farmer in the Hood Swamp Community. Planting a crop, nurturing it through the growing season, and praying for adequate rain, weather, and a bounteous crop, Ham knew what it meant to rely on his faith and the timing of the Lord. Of all places in the world, there was no better place for Ham to be than on the family farm atop his tractor.

An all around good man, Ham’s name was known in the area for his willingness to help others in their time of need. Family was a constant top priority in his life, as he was the epitome of a good husband and father. His marriage to Lois Smith Parks made a solid cornerstone for their family, and they were blessed with 68 years together.

A lifetime member of Hood Swamp Friends Church, he loved each member as if they were his own family. Every opportunity to join in fellowship and worship was taken, as he was a dedicated and faithful member his entire life. Ham also served his community as a charter member of the New Hope Fire Department.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Wayne Memorial Park. The family will greet friends following the service at the cemetery and other times at his home. Mr. Parks will lie in state on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

Ham is survived by his son, Jeffrey S. Parks and wife Shawn of Goldsboro; grandchildren, John Lloyd Parks and Jacob S. Parks and wife, Brooke. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews he loved very much; and his devoted caregiver, Roberta Shepphard.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed in her memory to Hood Swamp Friends Church, 710 Hood Swamp Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534 or to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
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