The Obit For Charlie Parlier

Charles Parlier
March 3, 2013

Charles Richard Parlier, 85, passed from this world on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at College Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rutherford College, NC. He died peacefully in his sleep.

Charles, known fondly by many as “Charlie”, was born in Oak Hill, NC on July 23, 1927, the oldest son of the late Hazel Thompson and Clarence Carter Parlier. He and his wife of 63 years, Margaret Rose Caudle Parlier, lived and raised their family for many years on Wildwood Road in Lenoir, NC, and had only recently moved to College Pines.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Parlier Price, Betty Parlier Helms, and John Parlier.

Charles was a Lenoir High School graduate, class of 1946, taking a year’s leave to serve in WWII before returning to complete his schooling. He completed business school in Hickory, N.C. He played baseball in the minor leagues for a few years, with the Big Horns League and the Charlotte baseball Club. Then for 34 years, Charles was the Assistant Administrator of Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He retired in 1990, and never looked back.

His fascination with flight led him to obtain his pilot’s license in 1960, and in 1989 at the age of 65 he flew his Maule airplane solo to Alaska and back, having a most eventful 3 month journey, and lived to tell the tale.

Charles served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War, and in retirement was actively involved in the Second Marine Division Association, serving as chapter president for 2 terms. He was active in the Masonic Lodge and served as Grand Master at one time.

Charles’ passion for limited government and lower taxes led him to work tirelessly in the Good Neighbors of Caldwell to fight involuntary annexation by the city.

In his younger days he loved to hunt, and collected many different types of firearms over the years. He loved flying, boating on the Kerr Scott Lake, and spending time in nature alone, and with friends.

Farewell, Charlie! ‘Till we meet again…!

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Parlier of College Pines Nursing; three daughters, Margaret Anne Parlier and her husband Lee Skidmore of Greensboro, NC; Marilyn Madison Shumate and her husband David Shumate, of Lenoir, NC; and Susan Carol Parlier and her husband John Allen, of West Fork, Arkansas.

He is also survived by his siblings Joanne Parlier Moore of Lenoir and her husband, Curtis and Thomas Shuford Parlier of Mauldin, S.C. and his wife, Bev. He was blessed with three grandchildren who have survived him: Marshall William Madison, Meredith Clark, and Malia Caroline Madison, as well as one great-grandson, Eli Marshall Clark.

Graveside services will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Belleview Cemetery.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.