Mr. Charles Calvin “C.C.” Parkinson, age 81, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at a local hospital.
Mr. Parkinson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 10, 1936, son of the late George E. Parkinson and the late Virginia Smith Parkinson. He was also preceded in death by the mother of his children, Janice Wright Parkinson Bowen, and by a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Babecki. Mr. Parkinson was raised Quaker and attended the Friends Select School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the National Guard. Mr. Parkinson was a nationally ranked cyclist. He qualified for the 1960 U. S. Olympic Team trials and trained for them in Europe while on military tour. He was a traveling salesman and fell in love with the South, marrying Janice Wright in 1966. They had two children. Prior to retirement, he worked for 30 years as a Draftsman for General Electric. Mr. Parkinson loved the City of Rome, especially the Oakdene Place neighborhood. He was a devoted patriot, proud Grandpa and unofficial Sheriff of “Oakdene”. He was a member of the Cherokee Lodge #66 F.&A.M., Sons of Confederate Veterans and the N.R.A.
Survivors include a son, Charles Mark Parkinson, Rome; a daughter, Zelle Parkinson Chandler, and her husband, Ryan, Cedartown; three granddaughters, Addie, Ellie, and Collins Chandler, a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with his son, Mark Parkinson, and friends, Floyd Farless and Mary Brown, delivering eulogies and cousin, Morris Collins Jr., saying a prayer. Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton on Monday, October 30, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. with the American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard presenting military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until the service time.
Friends and neighbors of Oakdene Place are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Navigators at www.cancernavigatorsga.org or at 3 Central Plaza #415, Rome, Ga. 30161.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.