GASTONIA - Dorothy Eloise "Dot" McCarthy Parlier Wallace passed away peacefully on Feb. 16, 2013, t the Robin Johnson Hospice House.
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Daughter of the late George Hodge and Hattie Bozzel Anderson McCarthy, she was born in Bowling Green, S.C., but, spent her life as a resident of Gastonia.
Dot took great pride in her southern heritage, proudly telling those she met, "I'm southern born and bred."
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Roland Lee Parlier and W.G. Wallace Jr.; son, K. Roger Parlier; sister, Rosie Mae McSwain; and brothers, Archie, Bob, Georgie, Winnie (Mac) , Jack, Reid and Bill McCarthy.
She was employed by Sears Roebuck, Smith Drug Store and Akers Center Pharmacy. Her recollection of per-sonal anecdotes about customers created a bond of friendship with residents across Gastonia and drew them back to do business at the places Dot worked.
It was at The Gazette, however, where she found the career she had dreamed of since reading "Jane Eyre" as a sixth grader. She wanted to be a writer. Dot realized her dream in 1999 when she published "The McCarthy-Anderson Family History," based on research of her ancestors that she began as a labor of love in 1981. At The Gazette, she spent several decades helping young reporters hone their writing skills and directing them to local people with stories to tell in the pages of her hometown newspaper.
Dot could find any phone number and any expert on any subject a reporter tackled. Her help was invaluable to all whose careers brought them through The Gazette newsroom.
Her helping hand extended beyond the workplace. She became a confidante for young co-workers away from home and family, providing motherly guidance and direction. For many, she kept in touch long after they moved along in their careers, sending birthday cards with special notes and her signature dollar bill enclosed. Dot was the face of the newsroom for many years when
The Gazette was located at the corner of Franklin Boule-vard and Cox Road. She was the first person to greet visitors and ensure that their business with the newspaper was taken care of. She knew the right person to help with any question or any situation.
One of her greatest contributions to The Gazette and to the Gaston County community was her role as found-ing coordinator of the newspaper's Christmas Wishes, a program that matches those in need with those able to share.
It was a natural role for Dot with her broad knowledge of people and her deep care and concern for people who need a helping hand.
She spent uncounted hours matching requests for holiday assistance with the overwhelming number of Gas-ton residents eager to experience the true Christmas spirit.
Until her retirement in 1996, she spent Christmas Eve evenings in the newsroom making sure that every pos-sible wish had been granted. She joked each year that Christmas Wishes would not end until Gastonia attorney Charles Katzenstein came in late on Christmas Eve. Everyone in the newsroom knew that sooner or later Mr. Katzenstein would be dropping in, looking for Mrs. Wallace. It was not Christmas until that moment.
Because of Dot's role in matching wishes from the needy with those generous people who make wishes come true, thousands of Gaston County children and adults have experienced a Merry Christmas.
Dot is survived by sons, Danny H. Parlier, Robert L. Parlier and wife Marian, Walter K. Wallace and wife De-nise, Martin C. Wallace and wife Tracy; daughter-in-law, Lydia Parlier; sister Juanita (Toby) Greene; brother, James McCarthy and wife Thelma; grandchildren, Brian Parlier, Lisa Parlier, Jodi Scates, Christopher Parlier, Elizabeth Parlier, Lori Barraza, Kirk Lawson, Brett Parlier, Dr. Ami Parker, Alan Parker, Alex Wallace, Jared Wal-lace, Noah Wallace; 19 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate her life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia Foun-ders Chapel with the Rev. Jeff McCarthy officiating.
Interment will follow in Gaston Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.
Memorials may be made to Robin Johnson Hospice House C/O Gastonia Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054 or to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The family is extremely grateful for the loving care Dot received from the staff at Robin Johnson Hospice House and the many years of care she received from Dr. David Layne.
Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Wallace family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 19, 2013