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Parker, Elizabeth Pierce

Parker, Elizabeth Pierce

Female 1929 - 2019  (90 years)

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  • Name Parker, Elizabeth Pierce  [1, 2
    Born 29 Apr 1929  Hoke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 22290 
    Died 21 Dec 2019  Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21866  Caswell County
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 

    Father Parker, Davis Kirkland,   b. 1 Jun 1896, Marlboro County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1979  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Black, Bettie Lucretia,   b. 2 Dec 1900, Cumberland County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1983  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 28 Dec 1927  [3
    Reference Number 483590 
    Family ID F9619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family McPherson, Thomas Richmond,   b. 30 May 1929, Mebane, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 2008, Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 8 Mar 1952  Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 272412 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F6027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Apr 1929 - Hoke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Mar 1952 - Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Dec 2019 - Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Elizabeth Pierce (Lib) Parker McPherson
    Elizabeth Pierce Parker McPherson
    Anderson, McPherson, Rudd

  • Notes 
    • Elizabeth Pierce Parker (1929-2019)

      Elizabeth Parker (Lib) McPherson, 90, formerly of Yanceyville, NC, died on December 21, 2019, at Coble Health Center in Burlington, NC.

      Lib was born on April 29, 1929, to the Kirk and Betty Parker in Hoke County, NC. She graduated from Hoke County High where she was the school paper editor and valedictorian of her class. In 1951 she earned a B.S. in Home Economics with a concentration in Nutrition from WCUNC (now UNCG). During her college years, she was a leader in Westminster Fellowship (Presbyterian Campus Ministry), and the Collegiate 4-H Club. Throughout her life, Lib was an avid supporter of the UNCG Alumni Association, and was awarded the Alumni of Distinction Award in 2013.

      In 1952, Lib married Mebane native Thomas Richmond McPherson (1929-2008) whom she met at a party of the NCSU and WCUNC Collegiate 4-H Clubs. After his service in the Korean War, they lived in Mebane. In 1964, they moved to Yanceyville where they raised their family and lived until 2008.

      Lib became the first supervisor of School Nutrition Programs in Caswell County Schools in 1966. She sought opportunities to make a difference for nutrition for school children and this led to her election as president of NC School Nutrition Association (SNA). In 1992, the NC Senate recognized her contributions to benefit child nutrition. She served as SNA Southeast Regional Director, and then later at the national level, she served as SNA Treasurer, Vice-chair, President, and finally SNA Foundation President.

      Of particular significance to Lib's commitment to nutrition and hunger is her service as Chair on Orange Presbytery's Hunger Ministry committee. In this role, she was a representative for a Board meeting in the Christian Health Center (CHC) in Mbujimayi, Zaire (now the Congo). In 1990, Lib received Food Management magazine's Humanitarian Service Award, a national award given to a Nutrition and Food Service professional for volunteer initiatives to end hunger.

      Lib served as the Youth Education Director at Mebane Presbyterian Church, and later at Yanceyville Presbyterian Church as a Bible teacher, Elder, Clerk of Session, and as Commissioner to meetings of Orange and Salem Presbyteries. In 1996, she represented Salem Presbytery for the annual meeting of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church USA.

      In the early 1980's, Lib’s family restored the historic "Woodside" house in Milton, NC and operated a country inn. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Properties. This led to Lib's involvement with the Thomas Day Education Project (TDEP), and the Caswell County Historical Association where she served as president.

      Lib dedicated her life to service to her family, her church, her community, and her world. Her leadership skills, her amazing memory and love of learning, her strong faith and unwavering optimism, and her love of people enabled her to seize each day as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people both near and far.

      Lib is survived by her children and their spouses, Tom and Kathy McPherson, Davis McPherson and Lise Wurzbacher, and Elizabeth and Mike Mollica; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, D.B. Parker, sister-in-law Ellen K. Parker; and 11 nieces and nephews.

      Funeral services will be held at Yanceyville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 11:00am with burial in the church cemetery, and a reception to follow.

      Memorials may be made to Bread for the World (www.bread.org).

      Harrelson Funeral Services of Yanceyville, NC is privileged to be serving the McPherson family.
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      Elizabeth Parker McPherson Receives the Crafting Freedom Award (2014)

      For her outstanding leadership to the Thomas Day Education Project and the Append Foundation, we are greatly indebted to Lib McPherson. Therefore, the Apprend Foundation board has chosen Lib McPherson to be the recipient of Crafting Freedom Award for her decades of generous, dedicated service.

      Elizabeth (Lib) McPherson is the second recipient of the Crafting Freedom Award for service as a founding board member and key advisor-strategist to the TDEP and the Apprend Foundation since 1992. In 1989 Laurel and Charlie Sneed, founders of the Thomas Day Education Project (TDEP) and the Apprend Foundation, were introduced to Lib and her husband Tom when they were proprietors from 1980 - 1994 of the "Woodside," a popular country inn in Milton, NC. In 1980 the McPhersons purchased and restored "Woodside" and secured its registration on the National Register of Historic Places. The “Woodside” (also known as the Caleb H. Richmond House) is one of the most significant Boom Era Greek Revival style homes in the state with a newell post, stair railings and all interior architecture crafted by Thomas Day. It has recently re-opened as a Bed and Breakfast Inn.

      Lib shared Laurel's enthusiasm for learning more about Thomas Day and was the major mentor to her as she initiated research that led in 1995 to the discovery of Thomas Day's family of origin, including identification of his brother, Rev. John Day, a major Liberian statesman and famed Baptist missionary on the continent of Africa. Lib was also a critical link to Mrs. Mary Satterfield, Milton community historian, who had been researching Thomas Day for more than fifty years. Mrs. Satterifield shared all of her research with Laurel and became a key collaborator in her research efforts. But perhaps the most significant contribution Lib made to the early development of TDEP was her urging that the Sneeds develop a ten-year strategic plan. Leading the strategic planning, Lib guided the Sneeds who were able to refine their vision for a black history education project and to complete the plan over several months. Twenty years later most of goals in that plan have been accomplished with the exception of finishing the documentary film in progress: The Thin Edge of Freedom: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience 1800-1861. Currently, matching production funds are being sought so the film can be completed.

      Another of Lib's important contributions to TDEP and the Apprend Foundation was her early theory that Thomas Day was a "closet abolitionist." Seeing a historical production of the Quaker abolitionist leadership in Guilford and Alamance Counties started her thinking. At the time (late 1990′s) there was little evidence to support this theory, but Lib proposed it because she believed that Thomas Day would not have sent his children to Wesleyan Academy in Massachusetts, an abolitionist-led school, had he not sympathized with the school's ardent antislavery views. She also had heard stories from long­-time Milton residents that Day had hidden fugitive slaves in the basement of the Tavern and she did not believe that such "local history" should be totally dismissed. There were also similar stories about Day "rescuing slaves" that had been passed down to his descendants and the descendents of other free black families in North Carolina. Although none of those accounts about Day's alleged harboring of fugitives has ever been verified. Research conducted by Patricia Dane Rogers and Laurel Sneed uncovered evidence in 2006 that linked Thomas Day to major black abolitionist figures in the North, in addition to his close ties with the white abolitionist leaders at Wesleyan Academy. These links to abolitionists coupled with evidence of Day's attendance at black abolitionist conventions, indicate that Day was involved on a national level in the antislavery movement. Lib was the first person to "connect the dots" and to make the leap of faith that there was far more to Thomas Day politically than he revealed publically in North Carolina.

      For more about Lib McPherson's life of service, please see her biography written when she received the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Alumni Association’s prestigious Woman of Distinction Award on October 24, 2013.
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      RIchmond, Don't miss Hoke county when you travel in that area. I was born in Hoke County and lived there until after college in WCUNC. When I married Thomas RIchmond McPherson we moved to Mebane, NC and later to Caswell County. My maiden name is Parker and I still have strong ties to Raeford/Hoke County and the surrounding area. The Raeford/Hoke County Museum should be a "MUST" especially a tour of the Parker-Ray House which was built ca. 1900 by my Grandfather Parker's brother Louis Parker and his wife Willa Ray Parker between Raeford and Fayetteville. Their descendants live in NYC, California, Nevada, and Hawaii, so they gave the lovely home to the Museum and financed moving it from the farm to the Museum area in downtown Raeford. My Grandfather Gary Parker also moved to Hoke County ca. 1895 and purchased a large farm ca. 2 mi. from Louis's home and sired 13 children. Gary's descendants gave funds for the restorations needed plus alterations to achieve the goals of the museum. They gave land and funds to build Parker Methodist Church between their farms. Also within a mile a one room school was built by a neighbor and given to the Raeford/Hoke Museum. The Museum grounds are centered by a magnificent "city home."

      Parker roots came from from Scotland/Irish roots to Ma. to Va. to SC in 1744 where Moses Parker acquired 4000 acres of land in Marlboro County, fought in the Revolutionary War, and married his wife in Va. celebrated the birth of 11 children. After his wife died, he married a SC bride Nancy Thomas and again celebrated the birth of 11 children. Nancy's 4th son Phillip married Joshua Fletcher's daughter Caroline. They built a lovely home near Moses's home, and celebrated the birth of 14 children. 7 of their children settled in Hoke County - including Louis and Gary. My youth was lived next door to my Gary Parker kin.

      Willa Ray Parker and I share Scottish Highland roots in the Skye Island that the Culloden battle moved the roots to leave the battle and head to Wilmington, NC arriving between 1745 to 1754. When you travel on both sides of the Cape Fear River, you will be amazed at the communities who have the names brought from the Highlands - Aberdeen; Bowenor; Tobemore, and many more. Just enjoy the area and learn about the Fort Bragg lands and its history, Lib

      Source: Lib McPherson Comment Posted 9 June 2015 to the Facebook Page of Richmond S. Frederick, Jr.
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      Resolution in Memorial and Appreciation Of the Life of Elizabeth (Lib) Parker McPherson

      WHEREAS, Elizabeth (Lib) Parker McPherson, was born on April 29, 1929, and resided in Yanceyville, NC, until moving to Coble Health Center in Burlington, NC, at the time of her death on December 21, 2019, and

      WHEREAS, Lib McPherson, was a faithful and loving mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend and her family's welfare was her major and constant concern; and

      WHEREAS, Lib McPherson graduated from Hoke County High School and was the valedictorian of her class. In 1951 she earned a B.S. in Home Economics with a concentration in Nutrition from WCUNC (now UNCG). During her college years, she was a leader in Westminster Fellowship, and the Collegiate 4-H Club. Throughout her life, Lib was an avid supporter of the UNCG Alumni Association, and was awarded the Alumni Distinction Award in 2013; and

      WHEREAS, Lib McPherson was the first supervisor of School Nutrition Programs in Caswell County Schools. She sought opportunities to make a difference for nutrition for school children and this led to her election as president of NC School Nutrition Association (SNA). In 1992, the NC State recognized her contributions to benefit child nutrition. She served as SNA Southeast Regional Director, and then later at the national level, she served as SNA Treasurer, Vice-chair, President, and finally SNA Foundation President; and

      WHEREAS, Lib dedicated her life to service to her family, her church, her community and her world. Her leadership skills, her amazing memory and love of learning, her strong faith and unwavering optimism, and her love of people enabled her to seize each day as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people. Lib was truly a fixture of Caswell County Schools and is remembered today by the difference she made to Caswell County Schools; and

      NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Caswell County Board of Education wishes to honor the memory of Lib McPherson and expresses its sympathy to her family by causing a copy of this Resolution to be spread upon the official minutes of the Board of Education and a copy forwarded to the family.
      This the 13th day of January 2020.
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      "Lib"

      A few years back, I was discussing with Lib McPherson several Caswell County historical issues when, out of the blue, she asked: "Can you make us a website?" The "us" was the Caswell County Historical Association (CCHA) of which Lib then was President. My website skills were zero, but I said yes! And, the rest is history: https://ncccha.org/ -- Winner 2008 North Carolina Genealogical Society Award for Excellence in Web Presence

      Lib was a force! Usually, saying no to her was not a realistic option. She got things done.

      The CCHA had occupied space in the historic Caswell County Courthouse but was being evicted as the courthouse was being renovated and would house county offices. What did Lib do? She had her son and daughter-in-law purchase for the CCHA the Graves-Florance-Gatewood house, which now houses the CCHA and the Richmond-Miles History Museum!

      When visiting the Museum many years ago, I observed that Lib had the editor of The Caswell Messenger making repairs to the Museum's bathroom! Borrowing a line from "Rumpole of the Bailey," the editor referred to Lib as "she who must be obeyed!"

      She was a force of nature and will be missed.

      Rick Frederick
      Webmaster
      Caswell County Historical Association
      December 23, 2019

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Thompson: A Family History, Kathryn Blevins Carter, Researcher and Compiler (1994) at 131.

    2. Details: Obituary of Thomas Richmond McPherson (1929-2008) (Greensboro New-Record, 26 December 2008).

    3. Details: Thompson: A Family History, Kathryn Blevins Carter, Researcher and Compiler (1994) at 130.