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Dorothy, the second of professional baseball player Channing Barret's [Olin Earl, Erastus K., Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] three wives, died Aug. 31, 1996, at Perrysbury, Wood County, Ohio. She was born Sept. 27, 1917, the daughter of William and Margaret (Richards) Vinton, in Crystal Falls, Iron County, Mich. She worked 23 years in the accounts payable department of the former Toledo Scale Co., and retired in 1979. Dorothy was active in the Order of Eastern Stars and had been past president and treasurer of the Trilby Chapter of the Business and Professional Womens Club.


George [Thomas Benton, William H., John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Pierce City, Lawrence County, Mo., died at June 27, 1996, at Cox Medical Center-South in Springfield, Greene County, Mo., after a long illness. George was born July 11, 1907, in Newton County, Mo., to Thomas Benton and Nellie (Henry) Parmley. George, a retired farmer, was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired farmer. His wife, Mary Irene "Irene" (Lowe), died in 1975. Survivors include a son, Charles Benton "Ben" of Pierce City; three sisters, Ethel York, Ella Folkerson and Juanita Williams, all of Newtonia, Newton County, Mo.; two brothers, Johnny Benton of Wyandotte, Ottawa County, Okla., and Thomas Joseph "Joe" of Seneca, Newton County, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Services were at Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City with Charles Canady officiating. Burial was at Berwick Cemetery near Pierce City.


Giles [William "Will" Jackson, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired poultry farm manager for Holly Farms, died April 1, 1996, in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas. He was born Aug. 25, 1908, the youngest of Will and Mary S. (Campbell) Parmley's 11 children, and was a member of Bonita Methodist Church. Survivors include sister Vira Grigsby of Houston, Harris County, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. Burial was at Nacogdoches' Sunset Memorial Park.


LaBerta [unplaced], a retired beautician at Dallas' Baylor University Medical Center, died April 3, 1996, at a Fort Worth nursing home in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. LaBerta was born Aug. 5, 1911, in Briggs, a suburb of Dallas. Following a service at Dallas' Rosemont Christian Church, she was buried at Hillcrest Mausoleum in Dallas. Brown, Gause-Ware, Owens & Brumley was in charge of arrangements.


Louise, wife of Robert Charles Parmelee [Charles C., Alfred N., Elias W., Bela, Daniel, Ezra, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Plant City, Fla., and Westerly, R.I., died April 29, 1996, at the Westerly Hospital. She was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of Henry and Lillian (Rowe) Jorgensen. She had been the secretary to the president and chairman of the board for Hartford Insurance Group and was also the secretary to the coroner in Hartford County for many years before retiring.


Louise was born Aug. 28, 1916, at Southbury, Conn., the daughter of George P. and Ella (Winship) Smith. She died Oct. 21, 1996, at Rose Haven Convalescent Home at Litchfield, Conn. She was a graduate of Woodbury (Conn.) High School and Post College. Louise was a member of Bethlehem's 1st Congregational Church, the local Republican Town Committee, and a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Pomperaug Chapter No. 88. She is survived by her husband, Charles C. Parmalee [James T., Cornelius, Timothy J., Lyman, Amos, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Bethlehem, Conn.; a son, Garry of Bethlehem; a sister, Gladys Shaw of Southbury, Conn.; and two grandchildren. She was buried at Bethlehem Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Volunteer Fireman's Assn., P.O. Box 504, Bethlehem, CT 06751.


Mildred of Haddam, Conn., died May 7, 1996, at Middlesex Hospital. She was 83. She was born Sept. 10, 1912, at East Swanzey, N.H., and married George Waldo Parmelee [George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]. She was a member of the local Congregational Church ad the DAR. She is survived by her husband; son Waldo; daughters Jean P. Muzik, Merle Brookes, Sandra Vallera and Sue Dorothy Augustine; sister Lillian Pitcher; 20 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. George died in 2003.


Roy [Le Roy "Bud," Olin Earl, Erastus K., Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], a longtime teacher, coach and counselor, died Nov, 6, 1996, after a 2 1/2-year battle with cancer. Roy was born Nov. 6, 1935, to baseball pitcher Le Roy "Bud" and Ortha (Smith) Parmelee. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Eastern Michigan University. He taught nine years at the Delaware County Christian School, before coming to Emmanuel Baptist Christian School in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, in 1976. He taught junior and senior high and served as varsity basketball and baseball coach for 18 years, retiring in 1995. The high school gymnasium was named the Roy O. Parmelee Gymnasium for him. Every summer for the past 31 years, he and his family would traveled to New York or Pennsylvania to participate in a summer camp ministry. He is survived by wife Sharon (Hansen); children Beth Wassef, Matt and Steve, who are all high school teachers; sisters Jan Taylor and Annalee Volpi; and his mother.


Ruth, a homemaker and the widow of Rex Parmley [James Clay, William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 19, 1996, at a hospital in Bedford, Tarrant County, Texas. Ruth was born Feb. 11, 1917, in Jay, Delaware County, Okla., and lived in Killeen, Bell County, Texas and Euless, Tarrant County, Texas, her last two years at the Heartland Health Center in Euless. She was preceded in death in 1993 by her husband of 58 years. Survivors include sons Price of Plano, Collin County, Texas, Kenneth of Killeen and Joe of Lawton, Comanche. County, Okla.; daughter Sharon Martin of Euless; grandchildren Jerry Parmley of Van Alstyne, Grayson County, Texas, Robin Parmley of Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., Judy Parmley Nieto of Killeen, Heidi Parmley of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., Debbie Gillham of Newton, Baker County, Ga., Marshall Beane of Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, Kelly (Parmley) Williams and Ross Parmley, both of Lawton; great-grandchildren, Lauren Parmley of Van Alstyne, Jill Freeman, Kenny Freeman and Jennie Hartley, all of Killeen, Ryan Beane of Hurst, Tarrant County, Texas, and Alie Williams and Brock Williams, both of Lawton. Burial was in Duffield Cemetery in Jay. Biggers Funeral Home of Euless was in charge of arrangements.


Shirley [Howard Francis, Charles C., Charles N., William, Noah, Eliphuz, Joel, Joel, John, John], of Portland, Middlesex County, Conn., died Dec. 15, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. She was born April 26, 1928, at Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn. She worked at the First National Store in Portland as a meat wrapper for 12 years. She is survived by her husband, Harold C. Murray, and a brother, Howard Francis Parmelee Jr. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Ethel D. (Martin) Linderme Parmelee.


Vernon [Roy Otto, James W., Marcus "Mark" Beecher, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John], an electrical technician, died March 12, 1996, at the hospital in Sand Lake, Noble County, Ind. He was born Nov. 2, 1907, the son of Roy and Effie (Walker) Parmerlee, in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. He worked at Detroit Diesel Allison in Indianapolis until retiring in 1968. Among his survivors are sons Vernon L. of Mooresville, Morgan County, Ind., Theodore "Teddy" of Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind., and David E. of Cloverdale, Putnam County, Ind.; daughters Gretchen I. Selmier of Deltona, Volusia County, Fla., and Judy A. Houk of Tuckasegee, Jackson County, N.C.; 28 grand- and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Helen Davis, in 1990; sons Carrolle D. and Richard H.; daughter Norma R. Riddle; and a great-grandchild. Burial was at Martinsville's Nebo Memorial Park.

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