September 23, 2022, 84, Goldsboro –
Elton Johnson Parks, 84, exchanged the embraces of his family for the embrace of his loving Lord on Friday, September 23, 2022. Elton was born in Wayne County to the late Milford and Alma Anderson Parks on February 3, 1938. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Mahlon Parks, Dempsy Parks, and Jimmy Parks; and three sisters, Eleanor Wilson, Milner Gurley, and Debbie Buttrum.
Elton developed a strong work ethic early in life as he worked alongside his daddy on the farm. This work ethic carried throughout his life, becoming a valued employee of Kemp Furniture. Elton retired from Kemp after 23 years of service. Also on the farm, his love for the outdoors unfolded. His garden was often his sanctuary to be a partner with God in producing good food for the family he loved and adored. He found peace and enjoyment in casting a line and watching the fish bite. Outdoors was a place where he could simply be himself and admire the wonders of the Lord.
His simple but full life continued with his family, which he valued most of all. Elton and Joyce were married for over 58 years. Their love only grew as they had children, and then, the joys of grandchildren. They worked hand-in-hand, whether preparing a meal or taking care of the ones they loved the most. Elton and Joyce prepared many meals together, sometimes with Elton in the kitchen with Joyce, and sometimes with him grilling. No matter what, he simply wanted to be by Joyce’s side. This was where he belonged and nothing made him happier.
Elton worshiped his Lord and Savior at Hood Swamp Friends. He served there as long as his health would allow. But his heart and prayers were always with the fellowship. Elton’s life overflowed with the things he loved the most – Joyce, his family, and God.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Elton’s life at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel with his son, Mike Parks, pastor of Free Gospel Church officiating. The interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.
Elton is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Carroll Parks; sons, Ken Parks and wife, Glenda, and Mike Parks and wife, Danette; grandchildren, Chloe Cooke and husband, Kyle, Bailey Parks, Jacob Wheeler, and Adam Wheeler; brother, Jesse Parks; sisters, Rebecca King and Esther Yuraitis; and several nieces and nephews he loved very much.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in his memory to Hood Swamp Friends Church or to Kitty Askins Hospice Center
107 Handley Park Court
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.