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Deolece, an author, teacher and historian, died Nov. 27, 1995, at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. She was 81. She was born Aug. 25, 1914, in Attala County, Miss., the daughter of Wesley Braxton and Julia (Wade) Miller, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Mississippi. Her love of writing and sense of people in history were stimulated by study there with Professor Phil Stone, and association with his friend and literary collaborator, William Faulkner. In 1921, she began publishing poetry and authored many books and articles, primarily of a historical nature, including most recently "Flying Upside Down: The Story of Katherine Stinson" (unpublished) and "The Cartwrights of San Augustine." She lived and worked in Canyon, Randall County, Texas, and Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, from 1947 to 1956, taught English and history in the public high schools of Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas, and Monahans, Ward County, Texas, and moved to Austin, Travis County, Texas, in 1963, where she joined the Texas State Historical Survey Commission. She served as director of research until her 1979 retirement. She continued her historical research, writing and teaching until shortly before her death. She was a member of numerous historical and genealogical groups. She was married to Kenneth Collins Parmelee [Walter Collins, Lyman Lamb, Lyman Lamb, Asaph, Gilbert, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] on March 21, 1942; they were divorced. Survivors include daughter Pamela J. Parmelee of Studio City, Los Angeles County, Calif.; son Robert A. Parmelee of Fort Worth; sisters Nancy Julia Matthews of Amarillo and Evelyn Joyce Lovett of Clovis, Curry County, N.M.; three grandchildren and one grandchild. Burial was at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon, Donley County, Texas. Memorials may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin and The University of the South, 735 University Ave., Sewanee, TN 37375.


Dorothy, a worker at the former J.P. Stevens Co. plant and widow of Stuart Leslie Parmelee [Harold Burton, Burton Munroy, Munroy D., Harvey Harry, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], died July 26, 1995, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass. She was born Dec. 5, 1917, in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., and moved to Easthampton, Hampshire County, Mass., in 1965. She participated in the Community Advocacy Assn. of Northampton, and retired from the Stevens Co. in 1975. Among Dorothy's survivors are sons Douglas R. of Bradenton, Manatee County, Fla., and Kevin S. of Easthampton; daughters Lynette J. Zwirlein of Cape Coral, Lee County, Fla., and Sharlene L. King of Easthampton; brother Fred of Winter Haven, Polk County, Fla.; sisters Arlene Dieplo and Marion Johnson of New Haven, and Eunice Bourt of Cheshire, New Haven County, Conn.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Brookside Cemetery in Easthampton. Memorial contributions may go to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773, or the Community Advocacy Assn., 16 Center St., Northampton, MA 01060.

PARMELY 1920-1995

Edna, a homemaker and the widow of James A. Parmely [Ralph, James Alvis, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died June 14, 1995, of heart failure at her home in Michie, McNairy County, Tenn. She was a member of Liberty Church of Christ. Edna is survived by sons James K. of Michie and Clifford O. of Red Bay, Franklin County, Ala.; daughters Mary Ruth McAfee of Gary, Lake County, Ind., Loretta Reid of Corinth, Alcorn County, Miss., Linda Jane Phillips of Cullman, Cullman County, Ala., and Judy Gail Patterson of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala.; sisters Estelle Gifford of Wisconsin, Virginia Wilson of Corinth, and Dorothy Pannell, Wanda Pannell, Frances Jones, Ilene Jones and Margaret Byrd, all of Arkansas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Lorriane Baptist Church cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Home of Selmer was in charge of arrangements.

P. PARMLEY 1890-1995

Frank [John, John J., Isaac, Hiel, Hiel, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], the oldest retiree of The Buffalo (N.Y.) Evening News, died in a nursing home in Fort Myers, Lee County, Fla., on May 23, 1995, at the age of 105. He was born Feb. 13, 1890, at Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., and moved to Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., in 1920 where he worked for the next 37 years at The News as a Linotype operator and proofreader. During World War I, Frank was an infantryman in the Army. He was wounded, captured by German forces and subsequently liberated by advancing French troops, according to his daughter, Carol Parmley Hanes of Naples, Fla. Frank also lived in the Erie County cities of Kenmore and Hamburg before moving to Florida in 1980. Frank walked three miles a day for much of his life. "Sometimes he would walk from his Woodward Avenue home in Kenmore to The Buffalo Evening News Building, then at Main and Seneca streets," daughter Carol said. "When he was 65, my husband introduced him to golf. He loved it. When he was 100, he was still playing golf at a small pitch-and-putt course." His wife, Agnes, died in 1988 at the age of 95. Frank is also survived by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

'JOHN' R. PARMELY 1914-1995

John [John Tilford, William Marion, William Tilford, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] a tool-and-die maker who made his home in Chino Valley, Yavapai County, Ariz., died Jan. 18, 1995. He was born Dec. 11, 1914, the son of John and Margaret Elizabeth (Latham) Parmely, in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, the former Edna Mae Higginbotham; sons James F. Venoble and Edmund L. Parmely; daughter Dorothy Rundquist; brother Maxwell; sister Cleo Marler; and six grandchildren. The Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Home of Prescott was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Montecito Memorial Park in Colton, San Bernardino County, Calif.

EL L. (DE RADE) PARMELEE 1895-1995

Hazel died July 1, 1995, at Quail Ridge Health Care Center in San Leandro, Alameda County, Calif., after a long illness. She was 100. Hazel was born Feb. 17, 1895, and was married to Dean Stewart Parmelee [Jay Dayton, Wallace C., Edwin D., Nathaniel, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]. She was a native of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., and moved to California about five years before her death. Hazel was a retired secretary at the former Remington Rand Co. in Buffalo. She is survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Buffalo's Forest Lawn.


Hazel, widow of Walter H. Parmele [James Mabie, Walter, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a homemaker from Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., died July 20, 1995. She was born July 24, 1899. Graveside services were at Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore, Rogers County, Okla. Walter died in 1943.

PARMLEY Jr. 1971-1995

Joseph [Joseph Harry, Garnett Flavious, Joseph Ephraim, James Ephraim, Ephraim, Garner "John" J., Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a gardener and resident of Turlock, Stanislaus County, Calif., died April 27, 1995, at Emanuel Medical Center. He was born March 22, 1971, in Turlock, lived in Hilmar, Merced County, Calif., for 24 years, and returned to Turlock a month before he died. He is survived by mother Gloria Caetano and stepfather Patrick Caetano of Turlock; father Joseph and stepmother Darla Parmley of Turlock; brothers Adam Caetano of Ceres and Charles Parmley of Modesto, Stanislaus County, Calif.; sister Amanda Parmley of Turlock; grandparents Mary Caetano of Turlock, Eileen and Ed Miranda of Los Banos, Merced County, Calif., and Lee and Dee Walker of Lawton, Comanche County, Okla.; and great-grandmother Rushia Kelly of Lawton, Okla. Burial was at Turlock Memorial Park.


Leland [Morelle Edward, Wellington L., Lorenzo Asahel, Asahel, Asahel, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a career U.S. Navy man who later worked at the Metropolitan District for over 20 years, died May 29, 1995, at his home in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born June 20, 1903, in Ivoryton, Middlesex County, Conn., he lived most of his life in Hartford. He retired from the Navy after 27 years as a chief warrant officer. His service extended from the end of World War I through World War II, where he served with distinction in the European and Pacific theaters. He and Constance Carlson were married at the Swedish Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford just 90 minutes after he was told to report for duty at Newport, R.I., in September 1939. Following his military service, he was employed by the Metropolitan District for over 20 years, until his retirement. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church. His survivors include daughter Anne Rollins of Hartford; son David of West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn.; and granddaughters, Sarah, Laura, and Hannah Parmelee. He was predeceased by his wife, and sister Marjorie S. Parmelee, formerly of Hartford. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 311 Capitol Ave., Hartford 06106, or to Avery Heights Home Health Agency, 705 New Britain Ave., Hartford 06106. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford, was in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth [unplaced] of Ramsey, Bergen County, N.J., formerly of Mahwah, Bergen County, N.J., died Nov. 10, 1995. She was born Oct. 1, 1902. She was a member of the Ramapo Reformed Church, Mahwah. Van Emburgh-Sneider Funeral Home in Ramsey was in charge of arrangements.


Nelle, widow of William Norment Parmele [Alfred Truman, Alfred, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John], a resident of Louisburg, Franklin County, N.C., and formerly of Lumberton, Robeson County, N.C., died June 19, 1995, at Louisburg Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 16, 1910, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Talton, and married William in 1932; he died in 1960. Nelle worked for Western Union for many years and retired as a secretary from the Robeson County Industrial Commission. She was a member of Louisburg United Methodist Church and a former member of 1st Presbyterian Church in Lumberton. She is survived by daughter, Kenan Timberlake of Louisburg; two grandsons; and three great-grandsons. Burial was at Lumberton's Meadowbrook Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Clayton officiating. Biggs Funeral Home of Lumberton was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Louisburg United Methodist Church or to 1st Presbyterian Church of Lumberton.


Patrick [Jacob S., William, Jacob Samuel, Lyman Charles, Frederick David, William Cockfield, Solomon, Mark, Job, John, John], an auto body shop worker, died Aug. 10, 1995, at Memorial Hospital in Winsted, Litchfield County, Conn. He was born June 25, 1976, in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn., the son of Jacob S. and Pamela (Sands) Parmalee, and completed the 10th grade at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Litchfield County, Conn. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers Matthew of Lakeville, Litchfield County, Conn., and John of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M. Burial was at Falls Village's Sandy Hill Cemetery. Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


Steve [Albert Stevens, Henry A., Theodore Spencer, George Washington, Eliel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John, John] of Newaygo, Newaygo County, Mich., was killed in a June 18, 1995, plane crash in northwestern Ontario, Canada. He was born April 25, 1945, the son of Albert and Kathleen Tickner (Stanton) Parmelee, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. He was a 1963 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, attended Bemidji State College and was an employee of the Magic Steel Corp. Steve, an avid outdoorsman, was on his way home from an annual fishing trip with Dave Cleland of Rockford, Rudy Supanich of Grand Rapids and Kent County Prosecutor Ellwyn Bloemers of Grand Rapids when their single-engine De Havilland Beaver float plane, piloted by William Wilson of Sault Ste. Marie, crashed and burned in a wooded area of Pukaskwa National Park. All were killed. The aircraft had left Penei Lake and was heading to White River about 125 miles northwest of Sault Ste. Marie. Among Steve's survivors are sister Caroline "Carli" Parmelee-Noffsinger and the Martin family -- Gary, Judy, Melanie and Michaela -- of South Haven, Van Buren County, Mich.


Thomas [Walker Moore, Fay Platt, Erastus, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], former owner of Parmelee Jewelers in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich., died June 20, 1995; he was a resident of Palm Beach Shores, Palm Beach County, Fla. The jewelry store has been in the family for 63 years; nephew William Parmelee Jr. now owns and operates it. Thomas was born April 6, 1924, in Michigan, the son of Walker Moore and Myrtle May (Anderson) Parmelee. He served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy; son Thomas; daughter Sandra; and a granddaughter.

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