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Lucinda Elizabeth Sherman Parker

September 8, 1930 — May 31, 2023

Asheboro

Lucinda Sherman Parker went to her heavenly home on May 31, 2023. Cindy was born September 8, 1930, in Granville County, North Carolina, to the late Herman Sherman and Nannie Hobgood Sherman.

 

She attended Campbell College, where she met the love of her life, Johnny Parker, who she married in 1951. The couple had four sons. Cindy graduated from High Point College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. A lifelong educator, Cindy maintained that the most difficult, but rewarding job she ever had was raising her sons. Over the years, Cindy and Johnny relocated throughout North Carolina when Johnny continued with professional education opportunities, calling Bladenboro, Oxford, Whiteville, and ultimately Asheboro, home.

 

Cindy taught in Asheboro City Schools, retiring in 1992 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. She believed in the importance of life skills, which she imparted to her sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and since 1962 was a member of Asheboro First Baptist Church, serving in many capacities over the years including Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Children’s Bible Drill Leader, leader of Live Embers fellowship, past president of the Women’s Missionary Union and numerous others. Cindy was also a member of the Pilot Club of Asheboro. She and Johnny also had a passion for Meals on Wheels.

 

Cindy loved to host her family and prepare their favorite dishes including sweet potato casserole, peach cobbler, corn pudding, green bean casserole, pound cake, fried chicken and date balls, just to name a few.

 

An avid sports fan, which began in her youth when she played basketball at Berea High School in Granville County, Cindy was a devoted Atlanta Braves fan and attended many games with her family. When her sons were young she attended their sporting events and in her later years, Cindy could be found cheering on her grandchildren at their football, soccer, lacrosse and baseball games as well as tennis matches, swim meets, and concert/jazz band, marching band & color guard competitions, clogging, Boy Scout & Girl Scout Ceremonies.

Both Cindy and Johnny enjoyed taking summer trips with their grandchildren to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, North Carolina’s Tweetsie Railroad & the NC Zoo in Asheboro. In retirement, the couple drove cross country to California, spending time at many historic places along the way, and visited a number of countries, including where Johnny spent time during the Korean War. Many Labor Day weekends were spent at Ocean Isle Beach with their family, which grew to 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Later in life, Cindy enjoyed weekly breakfast outings with her friends, sons and caregivers.

 

In addition to her parents, Cindy was preceded in death by her husband Johnny Parker, stepmother, Zelma Gooch Sherman; and brothers James Sherman, Elbert Sherman and Thomas Sherman.

 

She is survived by her four sons, Alan (Debbie) of Winston Salem, NC, Kenneth (Suzanne) of Charlotte, NC,  Steven (Pamela) of Raleigh, NC, and Joseph (Rhonda) of Charlotte, NC; 12 grandchildren, Robert Parker (Sarah), Kelly Cofer (Josh), Andrew Parker (Caitlin), Johnathan Parker (Maria), Grant Parker, Holden Parker, Michael Parker (Brooke), Philip Parker (Jessica), Elizabeth Lynch (Drew), Thomas Parker (Rebekah), Rebekah Weisgerber (Billy), and Benjamin Parker (Meredith); and 13 great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Adam, Paul, Elliot, Eva, Braxton, Levi, Jace, Brianna, Brayden, Hazel, Everett and Henry.

 

A celebration of Cindy’s life will be held Sunday, June 4 at 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Asheboro, North Carolina. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to the service, the family will receive guests in the church sanctuary.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to The North Carolina Baptist Foundation, Parker Endowment #006916 - 201 Convention Drive, Cary, NC 27511-4257 (this fund provides scholarships & support for mission activities for members of Asheboro First Baptist Church); or to Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.

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