Bennie L. Parks, 87, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his home. He was born in Halifax Co, NC, the son of the late Vivian Archer Parks, Sr. and the late Elizabeth Leggett Parks. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Charles E. Parks and sister-in-law, Kathryn Parks. Bennie was a retired Engineering Manager from Golden Belt Manufacturing Company. Prior to joining Golden Belt he was employed at Wright Machinery Company. Bennie was an active member of Watts Street Baptist Church for over 60 years, participating actively on many committees. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Force as a radio-gunner near the end of WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Pate Parks of Durham; brothers, Vivian A. Parks, Jr., of Mechanicsville, VA and Julian R. Parks and wife, Indie of North Myrtle Beach, SC; sister, Lois E. Sanders and husband, Phil of Lynchburg, VA; sons, Ben Parks, Jr. and wife, Jacque of Aiken, SC, Dr. Cecil Parks and wife, Lynn of Knoxville, TN; daughters, Brenda Parks Silver and husband, Dr. Jon Silver of Asheville and Geneva Parks Proctor of Durham; grandchildren, Joshua Parks and wife, Michelle, Nikki Tuft and husband, Andrew, Erin Stewart and husband, Joshua, Brandon Parks and wife, Lea, Jennifer Boland and husband, Drew, Lindsey Martin and husband, Jeff, Zack Silver, Dylan Proctor, Rachel Silver, Sophia Silver, Logan Proctor; and 8 great grandchildren.
Bennie and Helen moved to Durham in 1952 shortly after starting a family. They soon joined Watts Street Baptist Church where they both became actively involved. Bennie loved his church and church family and they loved him back. He was a devoted, loving and supportive husband and father. He loved to build, garden and fix old furniture. Bennie cherished his friendships and was willing to commit his time and talents to help both family and friends. He gave much of himself to many and received in return strong and caring friendships. His family and friends will miss him.
A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3rd at Watts Street Baptist Church with Rev. Dorisanne Cooper and Rev. Diane Hill officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Watts Street Baptist Church designated for the restoration of the church’s Good Shepherd window.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com