John Thomas "Tom" Parker

Monday, January 30, 1939 - Thursday, July 23, 2020

Loved His Family Deeply

Photo of John Thomas "Tom" Parker  - 1939-2020

Canton- Our hearts are saddened by the passing of John Thomas “Tom” Parker, on Thursday, July 23, 2020.  Tom was a gentleman with a kind and giving heart that will be forever missed by his family and his many friends.

Tom was born January 30, 1939 to the late Willie McKinley Parker and the late Demie Parham Parker. He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was the owner and operator of Tom Parker Construction in Canton. Mr. Parker was indeed a talented builder and was well known throughout Buncombe and Haywood Counties, constructing hundreds of beautiful homes for families in our area. Tom also proudly built all of his children their own homes in the community.  His family was his life and he truly dedicated everything that he achieved and accomplished to his beloved wife, his children and grandchildren.  Tom was a hard-working man and he was most happy when he was busy in his garden and especially cutting wood. He had an abundance of every type of tool that anyone could imagine and Tom was proud of each and every one.  Mr. Parker was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. During the summer seasons, Tom enjoyed spending time at Lake Chatuge and nothing brought him more happiness than all of his family being together and sharing wonderful and happy memories. Throughout our lives we are often blessed with people that teach us many lessons and serve as examples of being the type of person that we should all strive to be, and truly John Thomas Parker was that type of man. Let us never take for granted what Tom has meant to everyone that knew him and let us always remember his faithful devotion to his family. No one can ever take his place and we give thanks for his wonderful life, having faith that we will be united with him once again.   

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Blanche Clontz and his brother, Glenn Parker.

Surviving are his loving wife, JoAnn Gold Parker who together they will have shared 62 years in August of a wonderful marriage; his children, Karen Hall and her husband, Rick of Canton; his son, Joey Parker and his wife, Christy 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; a sister, Ethel Jenkins of Canton; and a dear friend and special neighbor, Barbara Henson of Canton.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 am Friday, July 31, 2020 at Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Jackie Collins and Pastor Gene Worley will be officiating.

The Parker family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Silver Bluff Village for their special care and kindness given to Tom. We are genuinely thankful to each of you.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Parker’s memory to Haywood Habitat for Humanity at P.O. Box 283, Waynesville, NC 28786.

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

Condolences from family and friends

Karen, Andrea & I are so sorry to hear of your father passing on from this earth but we rejoice mightily in knowing that you shall see him again in heaven. Even though I didn’t know your father, I believe with all my heart that he was a great man because as I have got to know you through out the past 15 years while banking at the credit union, you have always went above & beyond for me & my family & have always been completely honest, sincere, & most of all you’ve been a friend. I believe the legacy of your father lives on through you his daughter, by how you live your life & treat others & because of this, I can tell that he was a great man & that he raised you right. We Love you Karen & are praying for you & your family during this tough loss. Trust in the Lord in the trying days ahead & he will give you the strength to get through. If you need ANYTHING friend, please don’t hesitate to call me & I will do anything I can for you & your sweet family.
Jared & Andrea Riddle
Prayers for all of the family during this difficult time.
Beth Gray
This is one of the hardest trials in life is to give our parents up for their crossing. But all hope is one day the tears will dry and we will see them on the other side with no more pain, no more sickness and never good bye. May the Lord hold each of you close and give you comfort. Love in Christ. Juanita and Terry Trull
Juanita & Terry Trull
Praying for you all. What great and true words to remember him. Love you
Dean Trull
Thomas, I did not have the pleasure of knowing you, but I do know what a wonderful son you raised and taught to love.....I know you were proud and loving. You will be missed.
Ann Hudson
Karen: we are all thinking of you and praying for you during this sad time. also, we are thinking of your mother and her illness. There just isn’t anything that hurts worse than when a girl loses her daddy. Again our condolences.
Ed:Polly Leatherwood
Karen - We are thinking about you dear friend. We are asking God to bless you and your family during this sad time. Prayers For continued strength this week especially.
Charlene and Tommy Carswell
We’re so sorry for your loss. My dad and family knew your parents and thought a great deal of him. It is really tough to lose a beloved parent, and we wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Pam and Barry Bailey
My family and I send you love and prayers during this difficult time. We also are praying for your mother. Your family is very special to us. Love, Lonnie, Carolyn and Leslie Hipps
Leslie Hipps
I'm so sorry for your loss
To each of you please know that you are in our thoughts and Prayers. This is a most difficult time due to Thomas leaving this earth but at the same time our faith tells us to celebrate because we know he has gone to be with the Lord because he was a man deserving of that honor. Know the sadness in your heart is for the loss of someone who will be truly missed but the love and memories will be your comfort as you continue the journey until you meet again.
Jeff & Brenda Mann
Prayers for the family. Tom was loved by myself and the staff at Silver Bluff in the time that we had to care for him.
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. I know your hearts are broken. Not being able to see him since March makes it doubly hard. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep you.
Juanita Dixon
Mrs. Parker and all your Family :Got to know Tom as R.L.'s room mate. He was very sweet. Took him and R. L. Milk shakes or Frostie's. If I called R,L, and found out it was me calling he wanted to know if I was coming up?? My Love to each of you and Many Prayers during this time of need...
Ruby Shipman Crumpler
Aunt Joann, Karen, Joey, and family, our sincerest and deepest condolences! “Uncle” Thomas was a man of few words, but abundant kindness and care... we were blessed to know and spend time with him. What a glorious day it will be when we can meet again! May God’s peace, comfort, and loving embrace offer you strength during this difficult time. We are sending our virtual ‘Love and Hugs’ as we pray for you in Jesus’ precious name.
Saenz Family
Karen, Kyndra, and family, My heart aches for you and your loss. The loss of a parent is so hard. We are praying that Jesus will cradle you in the palm of his hand, hold you there,and comfort you in the days and weeks to come. Praying also for your sweet mama. Love you!
Larry and Hilda Keener
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I know he will be missed. Tom gave me my first summer job. RIP Tom. Prayers for the family.
Wayne Corzine
Karen, I didn’t know your Dad but now I know where your got your kindness and sweet gentleness. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family in this time of sorrow. Cling to your memories and cherish the thoughts of being with him again!
Patricia Daniel
Karen and family, I am so sorry about Mr. Tom's death. He was a sweet man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the difficult time.
Tammy Shipman
Sending love and prayers to all of you. Beaverdam lost a great man. Cherish your precious memories.
Janice Parham
Karen and family, Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about all of you so much..
Donna Elders-Stout
Joann and family so sorry to hear about Thomas he was always so nice to me and I know your heart is hurting praying for you in coming days
Love lucille
Karen and Family, Just to let you know we are remembering you and your family in prayer. So thankful that we have this blessed hope to know that we will see our loved ones again. We Love You!!
Earlene, Dalton & Tommy Moore
Joann and family, Ron has known Tom since the late '70s working at Lowe's he sold him building materials he was always loyal to Ron. He also built our house in Beaverdam Heights and we will always remember him fondly. Our prayers are with you during this time. Please let us know if there is anything you need.
Ron and Nancy Johnson
Karen ...and family, so sorry for your loss! Praying for God's comfort during this time.
Diana Bv
Mrs. Parker, Karen, Rick, Christy and Joey and all your sweet family, we are sending you our love and sincere sympathy at the loss of your dear father. May the Lord God, rain down His Peace over your family.
Clara A. and David Curtis
Mrs. Parker, Karen, Rick, Christy and Joey and all your sweet family, we are sending you our love and sincere sympathy at the loss of your dear father. May the Lord God, rain down His Peace over your family.
Clara A. and David Curtis
Karen & family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Jeannie Stamey Haney
Karen, My heart is breaking for you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you peace. Many fond memories of your dad especially when he and Kenneth and Glen built our house. It was a joy to be around those guys and watch them work. They sure did enjoy what they did. Sending you and big hug and lots of love my friend. We love you all-
Carol Willis Sorrells