William M. “Billy” Park, 82, of Skipwith, Virginia passed from our lives on June 16, 2015. Born William Moses Park in Oxford, NC to Grace Yancey Park and William Norwood Park on November 7, 1932, Bill lived all of his years on his beloved family farm in Skipwith, Virginia.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Mary Alice (Currier) Park; his sons, William Norwood Park and Richard Anderson Park; his grandchildren, Claire Taylor Park, Dorothy Paige Park, Amelia Grace Park, Mariel Louise Park, and William Anderson Park; and his daughters-in-law, Jolene Piwowarczyk Park and Susan Jones Park .
Billy graduated from Chase City High School in Mecklenburg County and attended Campbell University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and upon the death of his father, returned home to operate the family tobacco, beef cattle, and grain operation. Billy was also the co-founder of Liberty Warehouse, a tobacco auction and merchandising operation in Chase City. He retired in 2007 but stayed active in public service, industry, and civic leadership positions throughout the community.
Billy touched so many and leaves behind a legacy of community service. He served on the following: Two terms on the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors, Mecklenburg County Equalization Board, Advisory Board of Mecklenburg Correctional Center, Central Fidelity Bank Advisory Board-Chase City, President and Charter Member of Chase City Ruritan Club, Mecklenburg Country Club Board Member, Clerk and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Liberty Baptist Church. Additionally, Billy served as member and Chairman of the following industry organizations: Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau, Virginia Agribusiness Council, Old Belt Flue-Cured Tobacco Warehouse Association, Virginia Angus Association, Southside Angus Association, Southside Planning District Commission 13, and the Old Dominion Rural, Conservation, and Development Corp. Lastly, he was a member and served on the: Lake Country Development Corp., Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Board, Board of Governors for the Bright Belt Flue-Cured Tobacco Warehouse Assoc., Federal Tobacco Marketing Committee, Virginia Beef Cattle Assoc., Mecklenburg County Livestock Leadership Council, VFBF Natural & Environmental Advisory Committee, Va. Tech Rural Leadership Development Committee, and the Southside Area FFA Foundation.
In addition to his family, Billy had a large network of dear friends that surrounded him throughout his declining health. His family also thanks his dedicated caregiver, Linda Keen for her faithful service throughout his illness. He will always be remembered for his warm, smiling hug, his sense of humor and love of conversation, his passion for farming and business, and his enjoyment of family and friends.
The family welcomes friends for visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19th at Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home located at 821 West Second Street, Chase City, Va. A funeral service to commemorate his life will be held at Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 20th followed immediately by Interment at Woodland Cemetery in Chase City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made in his name to the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Home c/o Patrick Family Services in Charlotte County, Virginia. 860 Red Hill Road, P.O. Box 1398 ,Brookneal, Virginia 24528 or online at http://www.patrickhenry.org/. Online condolences may be expressed at www.newcomballgoodfh.com.