Rocky Mount -
Claire Anderson Parham, 75, passed away peacefully at Breckenridge Retirement Center Sunday, April 17, 2022. Claire was born to the late Hal and Emily Peebles Anderson in Richmond, Virginia on December 6, 1946. She graduated from Douglas Freeman High School and received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College and master’s degree from Campbell University. Claire taught English and French for many years at Northern Nash High School, Rocky Mount Academy, and later at her alma mater, NC Wesleyan College. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in her yard. She was known to many as having the “greenest of thumbs”. In her later years, Claire worked with her son, Frank in their construction company. Claire’s attention to detail was impeccable which enabled them to have a successful construction business. Claire was a very caring and selfless person to all who knew her. Her kind nature and loving ways will sorely be missed.
She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Samuel Joseph “Jay” Parham, Jr. of Rocky Mount, NC; parents, Hal and Emily Anderson of Richmond, Va; paternal grandparents, Nathaniel and Annie Foster Anderson of Dolphin, Va; and maternal grandparents, John Isler and Elizabeth Raney Peebles of Lawrenceville, Va.
Claire is survived by her husband of 53 years, Samuel J. Parham; son, Frank Parham; granddaughter, Bailey Clarke Tyndall (James) of Wake Forest, NC; brother, the Honorable John F. Anderson and wife, Elaine Johnston of Alexandria, Va; sister, Betty Sanderson and husband, John of Richmond, Va; and great-granddaughters, Lily and Charlotte Tyndall of Wake Forest; along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family is so grateful to the many friends who have brought comfort and support during this time and to the loving and caring staff at Breckenridge Retirement Center.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 2:00PM at Pineview Cemetery, Rocky Mount, NC. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Samuel J. Parham, Jr. Scholarship Fund at NC Wesleyan College or to the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting https://www.alz/org/?form=alz_donate.
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