Freda Parks

Sunrise: May 5, 1957

Sunset: November 3, 2019

Freda L. Parks was born on May 5, 1957 to Morgan and Mary Searles in McCormick, SC.  She attended Mims High School in McCormick, SC.  Through her union with Jesse Parks, she gave birth to and raised two daughters.  Her occupation primarily was a machine operator at several textile manufacturing companies, such as Talmadge Manufacturing Company, Oxford Manufacturing, and Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.  She also diligently worked as a private home health aide.  During her life, she lived in McCormick, SC; Lincolnton, GA; Fairburn, GA; and Chesapeake, VA.

Freda loved praising God.  She was a woman of faith who accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early by joining White Rock F.B.H. Church.  She was an active member of the Friendship Community Choir, in which she spiritedly led songs like “Let Me Lean on You,” “It is So Hard to Get Along,” and “He’s an On Time God” by Dottie Peoples.  She served as the mistress of ceremony at various church and choir anniversaries.  She also was a praying woman.

Freda’s other loves included spending time with her family, cooking, shopping, and talking.  She often showed her love through her home-cooked meals, and her peach cobbler is legendary.  Her style was impeccable.  Her heart was pure gold, and she never, ever met a stranger.

Freda departed this life on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her father, Morgan Searles; her mother, Mary P. Searles; her brother, Claude Searles; and her sister, Elizabeth Hackett.

Freda leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters, Anitra Albea (Quentin) of Naples, Italy and Alicia Parks of Fairburn, GA; two granddaughters, Briana Albea and Bianca Albea of Chesapeake, VA; one grandson, Braeden Albea of Naples, Italy; four brothers, Rev. Melvin Searles (Mary Jean) of Plum Branch, SC, John David Searles and James Searles of  cCormick, SC, and Richard B. Searles (Denise) of Woodbridge, VA; four sisters, Mary Hardy, Gertrude Searles, Shirley Searles, and Joann Mursier (Rick) of McCormick, SC; one brother-in-law, Clyde Hackett of Promised Land, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

No Public Viewing Memorial Service WATCH MEMORIAL LIVE ONLINE Sunday, November 10, 2019 1:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701

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    Yashika Hardy says

    Praying for the daughters and the family. She loved to praise the Lord up until her last days. Her favorite (she is truly Leaning On God now in the heavenly home). Love you all!

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    Uncle Melvin & Aunt Mary J says

    Praying for you (Denise & Alicia) & family. We will always cherish the good memories we had with Freda down through the years. We are praying that she is at peace in the arms of the Lord. We love you

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    Gianna Austin says

    My condolences & prayers are with you today. I pray god provides you with comfort & strength. Ms. Freda was a beautiful person inside & out, I was fortunate enough to taste her cooking, see the love she had for her family and her strong belief in god. Gianna, Julius, Jalyn & Josiah. Love you guys

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