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Louise Best Parks
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Obituary for Louise Best Parks

La Grange-Louise Best Parks, 88, of La Grange, peacefully passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. Jackie Louise Best Parks was born on November 4, 1929 to the late Chester and Julia Best of the Coker’s Mill area. She was a homemaker and housewife for years before going to work at the Sutton Shop and Men’s Den in La Grange. She worked there from 1969-1989. Louise was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church for more than 70 years and was a past member of the United Methodist Women group and the choir at Bethel.

Louise enjoyed quilting and made baby quilts for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as others in the community. She was well known for her pecan pies and would make a dozen or more pies at Christmas and give them away to family and friends. As long as her health allowed, she and Gordon enjoyed square dancing with friends and she made most of her own square dancing outfits.

A service to celebrate and honor Louise’s life will be held Monday, February 5, 2018 at 2 p.m. from Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Louise is survived by her husband of 69 years, Gordon Parks; daughter, Jackie Parks Overbee (Adrian) of Goldsboro; sons, Jesse Parks (Alice Royal) of Goldsboro and Jimmy Parks (Janice) of La Grange; four grandsons, Chad Parks of Jacksonville, Florida, Michael Gordon Parks (Laura) of La Grange, Stephen Parks of Jackson, Mississippi and Charlie Royal of Goldsboro; three granddaughters, Tina Overbee Fritts (Mike) of High Point, Ashton Parks Byrd (Bert) of Kinston and Lizzie Royal of Denver, Colorado; eight great-grandchildren, Ty, Tanner and Marlee Parks of Lake Park, Georgia, Michaela and Cooper Parks of La Grange, Cole and Jesse Byrd of Kinston, and Reed Fritts of High Point; two step great-granddaughters, Ella and Sara Fritts of High Point; sister, Emily Best Waters of La Grange; brother, Chester Best, Jr. (Patsy) of Goldsboro; along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Best of Goldsboro.

Family and friends will be received Monday from 12-2 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Parks, 4679 Bryan-Hardy Road, La Grange. Online condolences may be expressed at Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Jackie Overbee, 111 Cassedale Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 or Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725





2:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Cemetery Details


Fairview Cemetery

107 North Forbes Street
La Grange, NC 28551

Memorial Contribution

Bethel United Methodist Church

c/o Jackie Overbee, 111 Cassedale Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Kitty Askins Hospice Center

107 Handley Park Court
Goldsboro, NC 27534

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