Kenneth Richard Parham

kenneth parham

August 15, 1934 ~ June 8, 2023

Born in: Leicester, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Kenneth Richard Parham, 88, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2023.

Mr. Parham was born August 15, 1934, in Buncombe County to the late Clifford Clinton Parham and Fannie Mae Parham. He was a member of the former Leicester United Methodist Church and was a retired machinist in the manufacturing glass industry. He was a collector of tractors and was a member of the Apple Country Tractor and Engine Association.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ivagene Black Parham; daughters, Michelle Wright (Jeff) and Malinda Reeves (Rusty); a son, Edward Parham (Brenda); three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Leicester Episcopal Church Yard.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Leicester Episcopal Church Yard or to Mrs. Parham to assist with expenses. Either may be sent to Ivagene B. Parham, 2698 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, NC 28748.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Graveside Service: June 11, 2023 11:00 am

Leicester Episcopal Church Yard
Alexander Road
Leicester, NC 28748

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  1. Ivagene, I am so sorry to read this. I have never forgotten y’all. My prayers are with you.

  2. My Dearest Papaw, you were a light in this dark world. Theres not enough words to describe how amazing you were. I love and miss you immensely.

  3. Malinda, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I’ll always remember his many tractor displays as I drove by the house. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  4. Ivagene & family, we are so sorry to hear about Kenneth’s passing. We are sorry we won’t be able to come to the service on Sunday because we have to be at church. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  5. so sorry to see this. prayers for your family. may wonderful memories of this man be a comfort to you all

  6. We are so sorry to hear Kenneth has passed away. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Prayers.

  7. Dear Ivagene &family.
    Just saw where Kenneth passed away. Our condolences to all of you. We will always remember Kenneth & his love of his tractors & seeing them lit up at Christmas time. (Shirley is a patient at Baptist Home & Debbie is practically home-bound, both have inherited the neuropathy from their father Elmer Parham)

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