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Fannie Ola Parks

RONDA, N.C. -- Mrs. Parks, 78, of Leeman Walls Road, Ronda, N.C., passed away Feb. 28, 2008, at Morningside Assisted Living in Rock Hill, S.C.

Mrs. Parks was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born on Nov. 29, 1929, to Gilbert L. and Minnie Davis White. Mrs. Parks had a great zest for life and a quick wit and a comical personality. She loved the Lord and raised her two sons to have the same faith and beliefs. She grew up on a tobacco farm with ten brothers and sisters before marrying Andrew J. Shelton in 1946. They ran a poultry farm and raised their two sons until his death in 1982. Ola lived as a widow for eleven years before marrying Ernie Parks in 1992. He passed in February 2005.

Surviving Ola are her two sons, Lonnie Shelton Sr. and his wife, Judy and Gilbert Shelton Sr. and his wife, Sue. Her grandchildren include: Lonnie Shelton Jr., Christopher Shelton, April Waddell, Andrew Noah Shelton, Andrea Shelton, Andrew Gilbert Shelton and Allyson Shelton. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren as well as sisters, Matt Durham, Mary Ann Stanley and Lorrine Holyfield ;and brother, G. L. White. She was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

Mr. Parks family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Morningside Assisted Living of Rock Hill for the care they provided to Ola over the past few months.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church by the Rev. Wesley Smith. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church.

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Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin is serving the Parks family.