Thomas Edward ‘Ed’ Parsley

Published 9:20 am Monday, July 23, 2018

Thomas Edward “Ed” Parsley, 82, of Mocksville died on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

He was born in Davie County on Dec. 8, 1935, the son of the late Luther J. and Jeanette Davis Parsley. He lived his early boyhood years in the Spruce Pine area before moving back to Davie County. On Dece. 20, 1952, he married his wife, Rachel Coughenour Parsley. He attended Rowan Community College where he completed his high school education and began studying business law. In 1955, he joined the US Army serving his country for six years, which included active duty in Germany and serving in the reserves, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He worked for 37 years as plant superintendent for Loeblein Brothers Furniture in Salisbury until the plant closed. He then began a career as a pattern maker for Woodmark Originals in High Point where he retired. Mr. Parsley was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Cooleemee. During his Christian life, he served his Lord in positions at Edgewood Baptist Church including chairman of the Deacons, Sunday School teacher, a member and director of the choir, and a member of the pulpit committee.

He was also preceded in death by: a son, Dale Parsley; a daughter, Teresa Parsley Fox; and a brother, George Parsley.

Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Rachel C. Parsley; 2 grandsons, Bradley Parsley (Katie) of Mocksville and Thomas Parsley (Michele) of Marriottsville, Md.; a granddaughter, Amanda Fox of Spencer; 8 great-grandchildren, Brandy, Kayla, Christopher, Elizabeth, Sara, Lena, Clara and Anna; a daughter-in-law, Donna Parsley of Mocksville; a son-in-law, Paul Fox of Statesville; a sister, Louise Hudson, formerly of Salisbury; and his beloved companion dog, “Tango”.

A celebration of life service was conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at Victory Baptist Church with Pastor Shelby Harbour and the Rev. Fred Carlton officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. The committal service was at 10 a.m. Friday at Rowan Memorial Park with military honors accorded by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard and the NC National Guard Honors Team.

Memorials: Victory Baptist, PO 686, Cooleemee, 27014; or Hospice of Davie, 377 Hospital St., Suite 103, Mocksville.