March 3, 2013
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.
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…!
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.
services will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Belleview
Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.