Lena Diane Parker, age 77, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven, on December 15, 2021 at Hospice of Forest City. A resident of Union Mills, North Carolina, Diane was born in McDowell County on December 14, 1944 daughter of the late Ben and Annie Lawing.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, five sisters and four brothers.
Even though she was born handicapped, that didn’t slow her down. She played sports in school, worked on a public job, raised her family and was an inspiration to all who met her.
Her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest treasures.
She was a member of Sugar Hill Baptist Church. She loved to sing and was always blessing the church with her songs. With her being blind she couldn’t see to write cards but she could sing to you. She loved to work in the White House Community Club.
Left to cherish her precious memories are her husband of fifty-nine years Delmer Parker; two sons, Edward of Morganton and Randy of Union Mills; three grandchildren, Courtney Howard (Charlie) of Florida, Jordan Smallwood (Bryan) of South Carolina and Brook Collins (Ryan) of Morganton; four great grandchildren, Sophia Bell, Coraline Howard, Rylan and Piper Collins; three sisters, Ava Jenkins, Jearline Flynn and Barbara Nelson and one brother, Boyce Lawing, all of Marion.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sugar Hill Baptist Church with the Reverends Michael Robinson and Ernie Cole officiating. The family will be recieving friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.