Earline Parmon, first black senator from Forsyth County, dies

Posted March 15, 2016

State Sen. Earline Parmon, D-District 32 (Forsyth)

— Earline Parmon, the first black state senator from Forsyth County, has died. She was 72.

Twelfth District Congresswoman Alma Adams confirmed that Parmon died on Tuesday. A cause of death wasn't immediately known. Parmon most recently worked as the outreach director for Adams.

In a statement from her office, Adams said Parmon was "the true definition of a public servant. She dedicated her life to fighting for justice and fighting for our communities."

Parmon was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 2012 after serving in the North Carolina House for 10 years. Before that, she served 12 years on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

"Helping others was the foundation of Earline Parmon, both in her personal life and in her service to the people of North Carolina," Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. "She was a determined champion for the disadvantaged, and her passing is a loss for every citizen of this state."  

Funeral arrangements had not been released Tuesday afternoon.


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