JoAnn Gold Parker

Monday, February 5, 1940 - Sunday, October 4, 2020

Deeply Loved and Greatly Missed

Photo of JoAnn Gold Parker  - 1940-2020

Canton – Our hearts are saddened once again by the passing of our precious mother and grandmother, JoAnn Gold Parker, who passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020.  We rejoice knowing that she is united in Heaven with her beloved husband, John Thomas Parker who left us this past summer.

JoAnn was born February 5, 1940 to the late Joseph Gold and the late Betty Deweese Gold. She was a native of Haywood County where she had made her home most of her life and retired from Paxar Corporation in Canton with 35 years of faithful service. JoAnn was a dedicated homemaker and she always had the most gracious way of making family and friends feel welcome to her home. She was a wonderful cook and during the summer season she worked tirelessly canning fresh vegetables and making her delicious homemade jelly. JoAnn’s sweet words of “Can I get you something to eat?” always greeted everyone who visited the Parker home. She was a talented quilter and her beautiful quilts will be treasured and passed down to generations to come. Mrs. Parker held a strong faith and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.  JoAnn has indeed been a lady who devoted her life to her family and her kind spirit, her gracious ways throughout her life, and her loving heart are examples for each of us to follow. JoAnn’s journey has just begun, she is now in a place of eternal peace and glory and her precious memory lives forever in the hearts of those she touched. We give thanks for her life of 80 years - JoAnn, our mother, our grandmother, our great-grandmother and our sister, you will be deeply loved forever.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Thomas “Tom” Parker who passed away July 23, 2020 and also her brother, Jerry Gold.

Surviving are her children, Karen Hall and her husband, Rick Hall of Canton, and Joey Parker and his wife, Christy Parker of Canton; grandchildren, Kyndra Mesimer and David, Paige Bridges and Butch, and Jared Parker all of Canton; great-grandchildren, Kylee, Brycen, Tytus, Peyton and Landry; her brother, Johnny Gold and wife, Yvonne of Waynesville; and her sister, Nancy Ardolino and husband, Bruce of Raleigh.

The Parker family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Medea Sharp and Nancy King for their devotion and care given to JoAnn and for their kindness and love to all of our family. You both have been a blessing to us.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Greg Cope will be officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be David Mesimer, Butch Bridges, Tytus Bridges, Jared Parker, Tyque Gold, David Mesimer, and Brycen Mesimer.

Memorials may be made to North Canton Volunteer Fire Department online at, or by mail at 1685 North Canton Road, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Parker family.


Her Journey’s Just Begun

Don’t think of her as gone away
Her journey’s just begun
Life holds so many facets
This earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days or years.

Think how she must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.

And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she was loved so much.

Condolences from family and friends

I am so sorry for your loss. I know she is in a better place and with sweet Mr. Tom again. Hugs and prayers for all of you as you go through this difficult time. I enjoyed getting to know her and Mr. Tom on our visits at the nursing home.
Tammy Shipman
Karen, Joey and all family, My heart breaks for all of you. I had the honor of knowing Joann and i was truly blessed for it. She was always the epitome of all that is good. You are all in my prayers.
Sandy Owen
So sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. I enjoyed what little time I had with her. May the Lord give you comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time.
Beth Gray
Sorry to hear about your.mother. S He is in a better place right now and celebrating with Tom. God bless.
Dennis milner
My thoughts and prayers for the family. Sending my condolences.
Alan Stinnett
So sorry to hear of your mother’s death. To lose both parents in such s short time must be devastating. You have our prayers. Bless you.
Polly & Ed Leatherwood
Prayers for all of you. She is a very special lady. Love you guys!
Dean Trull
Karen and family, It's so hard to know what to say that would even begin to comfort you. But please know I love you and am praying.
Donna Elders-Stout
We are so sorry for your loss. Mothers are so very special. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. God Bless all of you.
Gayla and Bill Jones
I'm so sorry for your loss. May God comfort the family during this difficult time. God bless you all.
Shirley Flowers
Sending sincere sympathy to you all. May God give you His immeasurable Peace.
Clara and David Curtis
I am so sorry for your loss I am praying for all of you through this hard time
Denise Holcombe
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Karen Stanley
Karen, I am so sorry about your Mother. I have so many memories of her when she and your Dad came to Powell Lumber Company when I worked there. She was always so sweet and always had a smile. Prayers and sympathy to the family. I Love You, Anne
Anne Mathews
We are very sorry for your great loss. Please know that we love you all and are praying for God to comfort you.
Larry and Becky Trull
My thoughts and prayers are with you . May God's grace and mercy be ever with you during this time.
Coleen Johnson Blaylock
Sorry for your loss We will be praying for you all.
Roy and Glenda
Parker Family: Our hearts are heavy once again at the loss of your sweet mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. We have been, and will continue, to pray for all of you. May God's peace, comfort and strength surround each of you! We send you much love and hugs in Christ. Rev. Dr. Kim and Mary Milner
Kim and Mary Milner
So sorry for all your losses. Love and prayers
Bud and Julia Clark
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donald and Lane Messer
so sorry for your loss will be praying for u
My condolences go out to Karen, Joey and all the family during this time. I worked with Joann for years and she was always such a kind and caring person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Doris McCall
Karen, We are so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Have such fond memories of her and spending so much time at your house. Sending you lots of hugs and love and hope you and your family find peace. May God give you comfort and surround you with love at this time. No one can imagine what a devastating loss you have had to face. We love you and your family by friend.
David and Carol Willis Sorrells