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Gary W. Parton

Asheville - Gary Wayne Parton, 60, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013, surrounded by many family and friends who loved him and felt like better people just by knowing him.

Gary was a native of Kingsport, Tenn., a son of Thelma Barrett Parton of Tifton, GA and of the late Wayne Andrew Parton. Gary was a 1972 graduate of T.C. Roberson High School and a tech in the Endoscopy Department at Mission Hospital and he loved music of practically any type and in any location. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and positive disposition.

In addition to his mother, Gary is survived by his soul mate, who was his partner in a fairytale marriage and one with whom he loved to share many sunsets, sunrises and rainbows for over 42 years, his wife, Carolyn Bates Parton; his daughter, Amy Grace and her husband, Rob, of Fletcher and Gary's greatest joy in life, their daughter, Sarah. He is also survived by three sisters, Lynda Aistrop and her husband, Danny, of Blountville, Tenn, Sue Hollifield of Mills River and Sharon Scott and her husband, Jeff, of Tifton, GA, along with a daughter-in-heart, Trena Murphy and her husband Wesley and their children, Ashley, Tyler and Zack of Greenville, SC; a brother-in-law, Ricky Bates and his wife Anita, of Hendersonville; many nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he loved dearly, and Gary's friend, Mike Blankenship, who was more like a brother to him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 pm Thursday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Reverends Keith Dockins and David Ingram officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 pm Wednesday at the funeral home on Long Shoals Road. Pallbearers will be Mike Blankenship, David Weeke, Rick Gray, Matthew Bates and Wesley and Tyler Murphy.

The memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 16 to July 18, 2013
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