Jerry Parton

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Revered Jerry Allen Parton, 76, born April 6, 1942, passed peacefully in his Gastonia, NC home on July 6th, 2018.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father Elmore Allen Parton, his mother Mabel Lee Storie Parton (Rikard) and his brother Steve Douglas Parton.

Jerry is survived by his wife Marjorie Jory Parton of 59 years and 5 daughters Melanie Allen Byrd and her husband Gary, Lisa Hayes and her husband Reggie, Kathy De La Ossa and her husband Victor, Shari Tate and her husband Roger, and Anne Parton; 2 sisters, Pat Butler and Faye Lowery and her husband Seerley.

Jerry was the grandfather (Pawpaw) to 6 grandchildren, Christopher Allen Barfield, Bryan Barfield, Dominique Dunham, Ashley Montgomery, Marguerite De La Ossa,

Isaias Luke Martinez and Victoria Hayes.

Jerry was a great-grandfather to 7 great-grandchildren, Alyssah Duckworth, Braden Duckworth, Rowan Dunham, Trenton Barfield, Cailyn Barfield, Charlotte Montgomery, and Caison Allen Barfield.

Jerry grew up in Cramerton, NC and served as a Sergeant in the U. S. Army 101st Airborne Unit and then with the 24th Infantry Division during the Germany Iron Curtain era. He then completed his degree at Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Jerry was a bi-vocational minister and pastored Living Clay Church in Gastonia for 30 years while also working as a truck driver for Burlington Mills and subsequently with other local textile mills.

A Memorial Service will be held 4 pm Thursday at Love Memorial Baptist Church 311 E Walnut Ave. Gastonia, with Reverend Mike Criswell and Reverend Christopher Allen Barfield officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm at the church. Interment will be private.

The family would especially like to thank Hospice for the excellent care and Kelli Barfield for the compassionate care she provided.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.

Condolences may be made online at

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Greene Funeral Service-South Chapel
1503 South York Road
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 853-1300
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Published in Gaston Gazette on July 10, 2018