Richard Owen "Dick" Parrott
1941 - 2016
Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service
3915 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC
RICHARD "DICK" OWEN PARROTT Richard "Dick" Owen Parrott, 75 of Wilmington, died on October 8, 2016 after a hard fight against multiple health issues that surprised us all. He was born on October 4, 1941 in Caro, Michigan. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy Lancaster Parrott of Wilmington and a sister in Michigan, Kathy Parrott Bennett. His multiple fur babies will also miss him. Dick came to Wilmington in the early 1970's to work for the Star News. He later became co-owner of Longleaf Photo. He joined the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department as a special sworn deputy and then became a regular deputy. In the late 1980's, he joined Wrightsville Beach Police Department, retiring in the late 1990's. His passion was photography. Dick's specialty was his knowledge of lighting which showed in his bridal portraits, family portraits, pet portraits, and his indoor/outdoor images. Dick loved watching his students "get it" with their own photography. Dick was a member and past President of Azalea Dog Training Club. He helped many animal organizations with fund raisers. Dick loved his photography with Monty's Home, Pawsitive Prison Partner Programs. He adored his monthly sessions photographing the cover model for Pawprints Magazine. Dick would always go to the back page of the magazine to see who found their furever home. Thank you to the nurses on the second, fifth and seventh floor of NHRMC. Special thank you to two of the greatest friends Dick could ever have had, Dave Temple and Larry Bray. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monty's Home, Pender County Humane Society, Carolina Collie Rescue, any Shetland Sheepdog rescue, or New Hanover Humane Society would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403. Condolences to the family may be offered at
Published by Wilmington Star-News from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16, 2016.
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Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service
3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC
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My deepest condolences. Mr Parrott was such a kind and talented man. His passing is truly a great loss to our community. He did my wedding photos, and beach photos of my beloved Westie. And just last Christmas he took Christmas photos of my new puppy. He had a way of putting everyone at ease and capturing beautiful images. He will be remembered with great fondness and missed dearly.
Carol Solana
November 5, 2016
RIP Sir. I will miss your generous spirit.
Lorraine Corso
November 5, 2016
I was surprised and saddened to hear the news of Mr. Parrott's passing. As a student in one of his classes, he always shared his enthusiasm and energy for life and photography with the class. Mr. Parrott had an expansive knowledge and background of photography and often would add a bit of humor in with his teachings. My condolences go out to all his friends and family. He will be missed.
Cody Neal
November 1, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a good man and it was a honor to know him. He will be missed.
Scot Kennedy
November 1, 2016
Thank you for giving so much of yourself to our four legged friends. Hearts & prayers the family. Julia
Julia Messineo
November 1, 2016
Met Dick over 8 years ago through Monty's Home. Such a wonderful and caring person who was always a huge advocate for shelter animals. Will truly miss him walking around with his camera, his whistle in his mouth, searching for the best shot of each dog that would help find their forever families. Dick touched the hearts and lives of so many humans and canines. It was a privilege and a joy to know him.
Sandra Wofford
October 28, 2016
The staff at Trulie Dogs are so deeply saddened by the loss of our favorite pictures with Santa photographer! Over the last 3 years he became a close friend to us all!! He wouldn't stop until he got the perfect shot of each customers furbaby! He took so much pride in his work and equipment. Twice a year, he would haul all of his equipment into our store and despite all of us offering to help him carry it, he would insist on doing it himself. He personally took time to help me pull off a surprise photo for one of my groomers. Each year, I would have one of my children as his asst and they grew a love for photography just being by his side. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Nancy who he let everyone know was the love of his life. We will continue our pictures with Santa fundraiser this year in honor of Dick but it will definitely be a bitter sweet day!! We all hope you are getting tons of puppy kisses in heaven and until we see you again, my friend...
Treesie Paradis
October 28, 2016
I first met Dick Parrott at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department when it was located at 20 North 4th Street. It was there that I got to know him, work with him, and learned to appreciate and admire him. He was a fine Deputy and I am so glad to have met him. Nancy, I am so saddened by the loss of your husband. --Buck--
Delmas Atkinson, Jr.
October 27, 2016
We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Dick was our wedding photographer on May 28, 2016. He was so vibrant, happy, and full of life that it is hard to believe that just five months later this has happened. Our condolences are with his wife, Nancy, and his furbabies. In the short time we shared with him preparing for the wedding, he spoke of you all very often. It was very obvious, Nancy, that he put you high up on a pedestal and loved you dearly. We are very blessed that we have the beautiful pictures from our wedding and will think of him every time we view them. God bless...
Sherri and Rich Bradley
Sherri Bradley
October 25, 2016
Sue & I met Dick at one of his photography classes back in 2010. Little did we realize the impact that this guy would have on our lives. Over the years we quickly learned that Dick was a Master Photographer, a teacher, our mentor, and most of all he became our friend. We always learned from Dick and his vast library of experience ranging from film and chemicals to the digital technologies of today. Not a lot of the old school photographers were able to make the transition from film and chemicals to digital with pixels and gigabits with computers and Photoshop. Not only was he able to embrace and succeed in that transition he became a teacher so that he could show the wonders of digital photography to others.

One of the first things that I learned from Dick, "learn to see". Too often we look but do not see. Look for the light, use God's light. Every time we set to shoot a scene, a pet, or a family I know Dick is looking over my shoulder.

I hope everyone enjoyed and developed their love of Photography like Sue and I did. I know of a number of his students that have opened their own photography business and many others that concentrated on kids & grand-kids and other fun stuff. Dick had his own unique way of mixing experience with the class objectives so that everyone gained and learned.

His departure is a loss to the photography world and to many, including Sue & I, the loss of a teacher, a mentor, and a valued friend. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have know and studied with Dick and especially fortunate to have know him as a friend. We will miss Dick, his advice that he was always willing to share, his experience, and his friendship.
October 24, 2016
Nancy, Our heartfelt condolences to our to you and your family. The world will surely miss the presence of a truly loveable and kind person. Dick will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers! His talent in photography will live on forever! Blessings, Maureen & Tony Molnar Wilmington, NC
Maureen & Tony Molnar
October 24, 2016
Nancy, Mike and I are saddened by your loss. Dick was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. We will forever cherise his photos of all our dogs.
Mike and Robi Ingerson (Jacksonville, NC)
October 22, 2016
Sending my deepest condolences in the passing of Mr. Parrott. I had the joy of being one of his students in the past year. I will forever view photography with a different sense of light, and I'm ever grateful to have crossed paths with him. It truly saddens me to have lost such a great mentor, and friend. I loved listening to his adventures and admired Mr. Parrott's heart of gold towards all the animals he put the extra effort into helping. I will truly miss Mr. Parrott, I am so very sorry Miss Nancy for loss, he spoke so very often of you and l could see the twinkle in his eye with every mention of you...
Sandra Matthew
October 20, 2016
Dear Nancy
Jeff and I were so saddened to hear of Dicks passing. He was such a wonderful, caring and generous soul. I loved to hear him laugh. You and he were there for me at a difficult time in my life and for that I will always be grateful. His gift of photography was unprecedented and he gave to so many especially his four legged friends. God Bless you. Rest In Peace Friend.
Teresa Key
October 20, 2016
Greg Vandergriff
October 16, 2016
Greg Vandergriff
October 16, 2016
Dick, as you said "The best part of the trip started with Wilmington in the rear view" I will surely miss our photo safaris , but not near as much as I will miss you my friend. I always appreciated your guidance, your life lessons, and learning the difference between a picture and photograph. As David said - Go ahead and scout out the best locations for our next safari. It wont be the same with out you in the classroom.
Greg Vandergriff
October 16, 2016
David Chappell
October 16, 2016
David Chappell
October 16, 2016
Dick, I know you must be in the most "target-rich" place of your remarkable life. I will miss you as teacher and mentor. I will miss your esoteric lessons about "seeing light". I will miss your practical lessons about seeing everything in the viewfinder while also keeping the other eye out for trouble. But most of all, I will miss you as friend....the humor, the advice, the life lessons learned, and the insights. Go on ahead, Ranger. Scout for us the best locations, the best light, and the happiest days.
David Chappell
October 16, 2016
Thanks to Dick, our family and our business have beautiful photos for posterity. He was a pleasure to work with. Our comforts to Nancy and family.
Suzanne & Doug Thatcher
October 16, 2016
My sincere condolence to the Parrott family. Anyone can take a picture, but no one could photograph the essence of the subject like Dick Parrott.He will be missed in Wilmington.
Bob McCumber
October 13, 2016
Very sorry to learn of Dick's passing. He was a very kind soul to many, both human and animal alike while here on this earth. Prayer's for his wife Nancy and those that his life has impacted.
Your smile and wit will be greatly missed Dick.
Valerie Blanton
October 12, 2016
So sorry for your loss, Nancy. You will be in my prayers for comfort and peace at this very difficult time. Miss you.
Jean Neville
October 12, 2016
So sorry to learn of Dick's passing.
We will be praying for you during this difficult time. May God's blessings be
with you.
Gary & Marsha Harris
October 12, 2016
"Hey, you- It's Me"...Rest easy my friend. You will be missed and may your knowledge of photography live through those who had the pleasure of being one of your students and friends. My prayers are with you Ms. Nancy-may God comfort you as you go through this very difficult time.
Tammie Parris
October 12, 2016
Mr Parrott, my mentor, my friend. I will miss his quick wit, sage advice and companionship. Mr.Parrott taught me, inspired me , brought me solace in times of trouble. His stories entertained me. Even when we would work together, either professionally or just chores around the home-every moment was a delightful verbal spar.
I will miss my friend, I already do. I cherish the memories and always will.
He always got mad at me for calling him Mister Parrott, and not by his first name-for 16 was because I respected him, no matter how many short jokes I zinged at him...and no matter how many tall jibes he threw at me.
An incredible man who lived life to the fullest...I only hope to become 1/2 the man he was. (And I dont mean in stature Mr. Parrott!)
Your friend, Mr. Bailey...
daniel Bailey
October 11, 2016
Dear Nancy,
My sympathies to you. Dick was a great person , generous with his time and a kind soul. He will be missed by many.
Prayers and comfort to you.
Vick Wilcox
Victoria Wilcox
October 11, 2016
Dick was a special friend , we loved him dearly, he will be missed, he also was a great instructor in photography--Love you Nance--so sorry for your loss--Barb and Bob West
Barb/Bob West
October 11, 2016
Prayers of comfort for you Nancy. RIP partner.
Gary Zibelin
October 11, 2016
I was so lucky that Dick was one of the first people I met and my first dog training friend when I moved here in 1986. He was a great friend and mentor. We shared many laughs and training adventures over the years and I admired him immensely. He was an exemplary police officer and his service here was one of Wrightsville Beach's most valued and loved assets. I marveled at his talent as a photographer, it was amazing how he could capture a dog's personality. His generosity with his time and talent for animal rescue helped save countless lives and his absence will be a huge loss in the rescue community. Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful human being.
Barb Eagles
October 11, 2016
A dear sweet man! Thinking of you Nancy.
Teresa Roggina
October 11, 2016
It was an honor to meet Dick and have him photograph my fur babies. He had a real talent and it showed. Even with my most difficult puppy, he took awesome pictures of Sophie with Santa. He leaves behind many wonderful memories. I am sorry for your loss. Carol Ernst,Wilmington NC
October 11, 2016
He was a wonderful person. When he was on duty at Wrightsville Beach, he would always stop by at the Silver Gull to say hi and also make his presence known that he watched over the motel. I know that he will be missed. Prayers to Nancy and the fur babies.
Nancy Millard
October 11, 2016
He was a fine man. We admired him very much. His death is a loss to all of us. Jerome and Diane Williams, Wrightsville Beach, NC
jerome williams
October 11, 2016
I first met Dick at Longleaf Photo while I was in junior High school at Roland Grise in the photo club, I believe. Later In High School, at the age of 15...he hired me for my first real job in photography, working at Longleaf Photo. He was quite the "Man" to me. He was impressed by an invention I had made, and therefore offered me a job!He always encouraged me to go after my dreams of becoming a professional photographer and I will always remember and appreciate that about him! Thank You Dick Parrot for being a major influence in my youth. You were a great teacher and friend!At the shop...we called him "Mighty Mouse" because of his physical size and his Sheriff job...It used to get him quite riled up, but he knew it was all in fun! Rest in Peace "Mighty Mouse" and Thank you so much for the guidance and encouragement you gave me over the years. I love you my friend.
Jim Stroud
October 10, 2016
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