Henry Parks Neisler, Sr. ’49

Henry Parks Neisler, Sr. ’49, resident of Kings Mountain, N.C., died Jan. 7, 2013, at Hospice of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain. He was the eldest of twin sons born on Sept. 14, 1927, to the late Paul Mauney Neisler ’19 and Dicey Kathryn Moss Neisler in their home in Kings Mountain. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Paul M. Neisler, Jr. ’44 and Charles Andrew Neisler ’49. Neisler graduated from Davidson, where he was a member of both the varsity basketball and tennis teams. After college, he joined Neisler Mills in Kings Mountain and went on to serve in the United States Army from 1952 until 1954. Two years later he joined his father and brothers in the organization of Dicey Mills Inc. in Shelby and would serve as its chief executive officer for more than 30 years until his death. He was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain, serving as elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. Neisler possessed an enduring love for the ocean, spending the summers of his youth with his family at the Neisler cottage at Crescent Beach, S.C., and later becoming one of the first homeowners at Kiawah Island, S.C. He was an expert fisherman and tennis enthusiast. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marilyn Biggers Neisler, 403 Neisler Dr., Kings Mountain, NC 28086; sons, Henry Parks Neisler, Jr. ’79, William Hayne Neisler ’81, and David Carl Neisler ’81; daughter-in-law, Leonor D. Neisler; and 13 nieces and nephews.