March 12, 1938 ~ October 5, 2020

Born in: Olean, NY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Norman H. Parks, 82, of Crowfields Lane, Asheville died early Monday morning, October 5, 2020.

He was born in Olean, NY to a family of ten children. His nine siblings were his dearest friends and have been a constant source of unconditional love and support throughout his life. Dr. Parks was a graduate of Houghton College and received his medical degree from Syracuse University.

Norm was a beloved pediatrician at Asheville Pediatrics, giving tender care and wise advice to children and their families for more than 30 years. He was an accomplished singer having trained at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He performed extensively in concerts, on stage and in church. He was an elder at Arden Presbyterian Church and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. His calm, sage counsel was highly respected and sought by many. He will long be remembered by his family and community. He was a man of tremendous faith and is surely home.

He is survived by his wife of ten years, Carole Adams Parks; three children Cheryl Burleson, John Parks and Jennifer Boice; three sons-in-law Tony Burleson, Darren Boice and James Koon; five grandchildren Dustin Burleson, Grant Burleson, Connor Boice, Emmerette Boice and Westley Koon; two great-grandchildren Evie Burleson and Isla Burleson and all nine of his siblings. Carole’s three children Larry Adams, Lori Johnson and Tim Adams also loved Norm along with her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-four years, Joan Horsey Parks, and his daughter, Lenore Parks Koon.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday October 10, 2020 at Arden Presbyterian Church, following CDC recommended COVID protocols, with the Rev. Dwight Basham officiating. The service will be live-streamed at A private interment will be held at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: October 10, 2020 1:00 pm

Arden Presbyterian Church
2215 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828) 684 7221


Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Condolences to the family of Dr. Norman Parks. fantastic neighbor, fantastic pediatrician who even made a house call to our home when our grandson and his mother lived with us after the death of her husband, fantastic friend and father to his children. We have many fond memories of him. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Thank you, Dr Parks, for loving my sons and caring for them. You were the best doctor they could have had! Thank you for helping me have sense enough to raise them, too. You always told me to trust what my instincts told me. I’ll never forget that. You were the best!

  3. Dr. Parks was my daughter’s pediatrician for many years. She is now 33. We loved him, he was always so gentle and kind and we still have papers he wrote on at each visit. Praying for you.

  4. Dr. Parks was both my children’s doctor. I just loved the way he spent time with them. They both really like him as a doctor. My sympathy to the family.

  5. Dr. Parks was the doctor for our three sons growing up. We have such high respect for him as a a wonderful doctor and a warm and loving person. My heart just dropped when I saw it in the paper today. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family.

  6. Dr. Parks was the doctor for our three sons while they were growing up. He was a wonderful doctor and such a kind and loving person. He had such a gentle manner about him. Our prayers go out to his family. I know he will be greatly missed.

  7. Dr Parks it was a honor and privilege to nurse for you. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time for you family. Rest In Peace 🙏🏼

  8. To Dr Parks family.You are in my thoughts and prayers. Worked with Dr Parks on pediatrics at mmh many years ago Dawn Calhoun

  9. Our prayers and love are with everyone. Norm was just a wonderful man. We will miss him terribly. But we will see him again one day.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear of Dr. Parks passing. He was truly a wonderful man & doctor. Our guys never feared going to see him. Hi quiet, gentle demeanor put them at ease and Mom, too. He was loved by many. I hope you all find comfort knowing that you will be together again and that his legacy lives on in the many lives he touched.

  11. Norm you will be truly missed. The short time we have known you, you always were a man of wisdom and a friend to all who knew you. Now you are in the presence of our Lord. We are praying for Carole during this time of loss.

  12. My heart is with you all. Norm was a wonderful Christian friend. I greatly admired and respected him and grieve his absence from us but rejoice that he is with our precious Lord. I know the Lord is saying “well done thou good and faithful servant”. My love to all the family.

  13. Jennifer and family – I am thinking and praying for you today. Your Bell School family stands with you during this time of healing. God bless you – Danny Fusco

  14. To the Family of Dr. Parks,

    Dr. Parks was my physician since I was 2 years old. My first memory of Dr. Parks was arguing over having to pee in a cup and I fondly remembering shouting “over my dead body”. However with kindness, a rich understanding of a child’s psyche, and a few stickers, he won out. After having successfully transitioned into adulthood under Dr. Parks’ watchful eye, I had the honor and priviledge of going to medical school. As a fledging doctor, I got to see Dr. Parks care and attentive nature from the other side of the exam table. He will be remembered as a great doctor, wonderful teacher, and a good man.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Parks’ family.


    Martin Palmeri

  15. Dr. Parks was a kind & caring gentleman as well as doctor. We appreciate the good medical care he provided for our 3 children. We were fortunate in having his daughter, Cheryl & Tony as neighbors. Carmen, our oldest daughter was blessed to have Ms. Jennifer as her leader in preschool at Biltmore Baptist. We were fortunate that our paths crossed in so many ways & we got to know each other.
    Our prayers & condolences are with each of you. May your lifetime of family memories bring comfort as
    you reflect on them.

  16. Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was an amazing man! Praying for God’s comfort for you and your family. Please hug Emmerette for me! Love, Sharon


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