Wave Marie Josey
Parks, 93, died peacefully on Sunday, June 26,
at the Presbyterian Community of South Carolina in Lexington. Born in St. Charles, S.C., on November
she was the daughter of the late Luther Fleming and Edith Scarborough Josey.
from CokerCollege, she taught
elementary school in Edgefield, S.C., where she met her
future husband, Norman Curtis Parks. A long-time resident of Columbia, she was an active
member of FirstBaptistChurch where she sang in
the choir and taught 5th Grade Sunday School for over 30 years. After joining
Shandon Presbyterian Church in 1993, she actively participated in many areas of
that church's life. She was a part of group that received statewide recognition
for their volunteer work at the TuckerCenter and was also a
member of the Rotary Book Club. She was a resident of the Presbyterian
Community of South Carolina in Lexington where she was
nurtured by that caring community.
A talented soprano
soloist, she enjoyed sharing her gift of singing. She loved gardening and found
great pleasure in cooking for family and friends. She was a cherished wife,
mother, grandmother, sister and friend whose infectious smile and faith-filled
spirit brought joy to all who knew her.
Predeceased by her
husband of 36 years, she is survived by daughters, Susan Parks Grissom and her
husband, Jerry Grissom, of Dallas, Texas, and Karen Parks
Calhoun and her husband, John Calhoun, of Cary, N.C. She was known as ?Mehmeh' to grandchildren:
Gillian Grissom Locke of Durham, N.C., Jonathan Calhoun
of Jacksonville, Fla., and Andrew Grissom
Calif. She is also
survived by sister, Lucia Caldwell of Newberry, S.C., sisters-in-law
Mary Josey of Mayesville, S.C., and Elva Josey of Beaufort, S.C., and numerous nieces
and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by seven sisters
A memorial service
will be held Thursday,
August 4, 2011,
at Shandon Presbyterian Church. The family will visit with friends at a
reception immediately following the service in Davis Hall.
In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the Centennial Campaign, Shandon Presbyterian Church,
607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC, 29205; the Garden Fund, Presbyterian
Communities, 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia, SC 29210; or Palmetto Health
Foundation, PO Box 100199, Dept 274, Columbia, SC 29202.