W.D. Parks

William D. Parks
Clemmons, NC

The NCSSA Hall Of Fame Committee is honored to announce the induction of Mr. W.D. Parks into the North Carolina Skeet Shooting Hall Of Fame.

Though Mr. Parks never held state office he gave a great deal to our sport. From his own love for the sport he started bringing targets back to North Carolina in the Bingham & Parks trucks. This led him to form a relationship with Winchester that transformed Bingham and Parks Lumber Co. into the shooting supply giant that is Parks and Son today.

He also built and operated Tar Heel Gun Club in Advance N.C. -- a six skeet field facility that hosted many NC State Open and State Closed Championships. It also hosted its own signature shoots, The Davie Open and The Tar Heel Open; both of which were well attended and managed. When the North Carolina Skeet Association needed money, without asking, Mr. Parks would donate guns to be raffled off with all proceeds going to the Association.

Mr. Parks passed away January 16, 1998.

A Sampling Of Mr. Parks's Major Accomplishments

  • Shot skeet from the 1950s to the 1980s
  • Won 8 North Carolina State Championships
  • Named to 6 North Carolina State Teams
  • Honorable Mention All American Team in 1969
North Carolina State Championships
1955 28 Gauge Championship
1959 HOA Championship
1960 HOA Championship
1960 28 Gauge Championship
1960 410 Championship
1972 28 Gauge Championship
1978 HOA Championship
1978 28 Gauge Championship
North Carolina Team Selections
1966 Second Team
1969 First Team
1970 Second Team
1973 First Team
1974 First Team
1976 Second Team

NOTE: State Teams did not start until 1966.

All American Team Selections
1969 Honorable Mention All American Team