He was a construction worker and heavy equipment operator.
He united in marriage to Vernith Cox Parrish January 11, 1986. She preceded him in death July 22, 2016.
He is survived by two daughters: Tammy Porter and husband, Gary and Melissa Benfield and husband, Don of Hickory, North Carolina; three grandchildren: Candy Anglin and husband, Ashley of Aynor, South Carolina, Chase Porter and wife, Rachel of Louisville and Hannah Grimes of Hickory, North Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Porter Anglin and Aubree Anglin of Aynor, South Carolina; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Thomas Wayne Porter and three brothers and four sisters: Lewis “Sie” Parrish, Otis Parrish, James Parrish, Mary Parrish Keltner, Lou Anna Parrish Cox, Margie Parrish and Leva Parrish Pike.
At Heistand’s request, the body will be cremated.
The family will have a memorial service at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy requested to be donations to the Ronald McDonald House in memory of Thomas Wayne Porter and may be made at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.