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Alyce [Ray, James Emery, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a registered nurse, died Nov. 20, 2006. She was born April 15, 1924, in Banks, Washington County, Ore., the daughter of Ray and Vera Mildred (Friedley) Parmley. She was graduated from Banks High School and was an ensign in the U.S. Navy and served in Korea. She graduated from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing, and was a registered nurse for hospitals and medical clinics. In 1964, she married Edgar Schilling, who died in 1981. Among her survivors are sons John, Paul and Tim; daughters Sue Schwartzkoph and Julie Beehler; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Remembrances may be made to Habitat for Humanity.


Tony [Bert Baldwin, Clifford, Aaron Baldwin, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John, John], who worked for the Philippine meat and construction industries, died Dec. 7, 2006. He was born Dec. 3, 1914, the son of Bert and Luisa (Palanca) Parmelee in Bintuan, Palawan, in the Philippines. He married a childhood friend, Natividad Lisboa, on Dec. 12, 1939, and had five children -- Mary Ann, Harry, Shirley, Ruby, and Grace -- 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. In the Philippines, Tony was an entrepreneur, issuing government contracts with the local meat industry. He was also involved in the construction contract of the U.S. Coast Guard in Busuanga, where he served as mayor from 1964 to 1967. He moved to New York in 1971, Hawaii in 1972, and settled in Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., in 1982. Some of his passions were collecting coins and playing mah jong, poker and solitaire. A viewing was held at the Elk Grove Funeral Chapel in Sacramento, and a Mass was recited at St. Paul's Catholic Church.


Art [Arthur Hawley, Arthur Hawley, Joseph Elliott, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a 36-year project manager at the IBM Corp., died Aug. 30, 2006, at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield County Care Center in Louisville, Boulder County, Colo., after a five-year battle with cancer. He was born April 3, 1943, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., the son of Dr. Arthur Hawley and Jean (Rheinefrank) Parmelee. Art's family moved to Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, Calif., in 1940, where he became a 1961 graduate of University High School. He obtained a degree in mathematics at UCLA in 1965 and worked at the university from 1964 to 1970. Art moved to Boulder, Boulder County, Colo., in 1970, where he began working for IBM, and then moved to Niwot, Boulder County, Colo., in 1980. He and Mary J. Golliet were wed on May 29, 1995, at Peaceful Valley, Boulder County, Colo. He retired from IBM in July, 2005. Art was a member of the Boulder Rifle club; the Peak to Peak Miata Club, where he served as webmaster; and the Harper Lake Model Yacht Club. He was a soccer coach, Cub Scout leader and 4-H supporter. He enjoyed photography, Miata rides, biking, boating, camping, cross-country skiing and travel. Art was preceded in death by his mother, Jean. He is survived by wife Mary; son Eric of Missoula, Missoula County, Mont.; daughters Lisa of Silt, Garfield County, Colo., and Tammy Ornstein of Boulder; stepdaughters Larisa Pavlick of Frederick, Weld County, Colo., and Rachelle Wagoner of Eagle, Eagle County, Colo.; his father, Arthur, of Pacific Palisades; brother Tim of Malibu, Los Angeles County, Calif.; sisters Ann of Garberville, Humboldt County, Calif., and Ellen of Pacific Palisades; and six grandchildren. Inurnment was at Foothills Gardens of Memory, Longmont, Boulder County, Colo. Ahlberg Funeral Chapel of Longmont was in charge of arrangements.


Arthur [Ernest Frank, Frank B., Henry "Harry" W., Henry Charles, Henry, Hezekiah, Hezekiah, Job, John, John], a resident of Milford, New Haven County, Conn., died there Aug. 7, 2006. He was born March 18, 1924, in Connecticut. He served in the Army in World War II. Among his survivors is his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" (Hayes), sons Frederick and Dana, and daughter Sharon.


Arthur [Ira Russell, William Ellsworth, Ira H., Curtis, Truman. Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], a resident of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., died Aug. 27, 2006. He was born June 13, 1926, the son of Ira and Wilhemina "Minnie" Bertha (Polster) Parmelee, in Oak Park, Cook County, Ill. He was buried at the National Cemetery of Arizona at Phoenix.


Barbara, a longtime homemaker and resident of Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., died at her home Feb. 6, 2006. She was born June 30, 1932, in Vincent, Okla. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert Murel Parmley [Murel L., John G., William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]; her mother, Jewel Hart; son Robert Jr.; daughter Patricia Lewis of Clovis, Fresno County, Calif.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Tom and Larry Hart; sister Yvonne Elliot; and nieces and nephews. Barbara was a kind, gentle and generous spirit. She was a '50s "Leave It to Beaver" homemaker, who cooked, cleaned, and provided a haven for her husband and children. She was involved in PTA, Cub Scouts, the Bunco Club, Memorial Hospital Volunteers, and a Women's Club. She loved collectibles and Elvis memorabilia. She spent her last days in her favorite chair at home enjoying the view through the bay window. Graveside services were at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park.


Toni died Jan. 6, 2006, at her home in Mesa, Maricopa County, Ariz. Services were at All Saints Catholic Church. She was born Sept. 21, 1928, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; her first husband was the late Keith Wagar I. Among her survivors is her husband, Donald Latt Parmelee [Clifford Hunt, Samuel Benjamin, Eliab Harvey, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John].


Charity, the widow of Kenneth Arnold Parmelee [Berkley Melvin, Abner Augustus, Rufus Electus, Rufus Clark, Ebenezer, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] and a resident of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Fla., died March 19, 2006. She was born Sept. 28, 1923. Among her survivors are sons David, Kenneth, and Berkley. The Robert J. Babione Funeral Home of Boca Raton was in charge of arrangements.


David [David Wooding, Samuel Blakeslee, Charles Ives, Samuel Blakeslee, Leander, Solomon, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., and husband of Kimberly Kelly-Parmelee, died unexpectedly Feb. 3, 2006. He was born April 18, 1970, in Meriden, and graduated from Horace C. Wilcox Technical School. He was employed by M & M Produce in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., and was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church. His passion was his family, spending time with his young sons Shaun and Kyle, and supporting his teenage son Eric's paintball success. In addition to his wife and sons, David is survived by parents David W. and Mary Ann (Carroll) Parmelee; maternal grandmother Ruth Howe of Higganum, Middlesex County, Conn.; sisters Janet Przybylowicz of Higganum, Susan McNeil of Long Island, N.Y., Lisa Driscoll of Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn., and Jennifer Forster of Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn.; brother Steven Forster of Wallingford, New Haven, Conn; and father- and mother-in-law Charles and Patricia Kelly of South Meriden, New Haven County, Conn. David was predeceased by his mother, Alice (Howe) Parmelee. Burial was at Meriden's Sacred Heart Cemetery. John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home in Meriden was in charge of arrangements. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kelly-Parmelee Children's Education Fund, c/o State Police Credit Union, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450


Delma, wife of the late Henry Parmley [Andrew Pearl, Ezekiel Marion, Thomas Henry, James, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 6, 2006, in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, Calif. Delma was born in Oklahoma on Feb. 1, 1916, and lived in Sonoma County 70 years. She was a foster parent for 15 years; her family was the most important thing in her life. She is survived by daughter Dorothy Hay of Minot, Ward County, N.D.; son Lyle Parmley of Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, Calif.; grandchildren Teri Dalby, Darren Hay, Kelley Primrose, Timothy Hay, Lisa Parmley and Melissa Parmley; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. A graveside service was held at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice. The Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Dora [Thomas W., Thomas William, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Jan. 14, 2006, at the Somerset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky. She was born in Russell County, Ky., on Nov. 16, 1910, daughter of Thomas W. and Effie (Whittle) Parmley. She married George Dewey Morgan, who died in 1983. She is survived by three grandsons and two granddaughters. She was also preceded in death by daughter Irene Morgan Upchurch; sisters Ollie Burgess and Mollie Smith; and brothers Jiles and Abner. She was a member of Rogers Grove Baptist Church. Services were held at the Hickey & Son Funeral Home in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., with Brother David Coy Webb officiating. Burial was in Monticello's Elk Spring Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Parmley's Grove Cemetery Fund.


Dra, widow of George L. Parmley [Henry Stephen, James Knox Polk, Stephen, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Nov. 28, 2006, at her home in Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kan. Dra was born Sept. 11, 1910, in Needmore, Cleveland County, Okla., to Daniel Sequoyah Sr. and Margaretta (Green) Beck. She moved with her family to Barnsdall, Osage County, Okla., in 1921; she later graduated from Barnsdall in 1929. She and George, an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, were married in 1931. Dra was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Barnsdall, later transferring her membership to the 1st Baptist Church of Arkansas City, when they moved in 1934. Dra was a homemaker whose interests included gardening, reading, and genealogy. Her passion for genealogy led her to author several family histories, which have been published by various historical periodicals. The daughter of original Cherokee enrollees, Dra was also an enrolled of member of the Cherokee Nation. Survivors include son Thomas L. of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan.; daughter Pamela White of Arkansas City; sisters Betty J. Feak of Seattle, King County, Wash., and Esca Dean Huff of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo.; brother Buel D. Beck of Arkansas City; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, George; brothers Daniel S Beck Jr. of Arkansas City and Robert L. Beck of Tempe, Maricopa County, Ariz.; and sister Helen Westbrook of Arkansas City. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery. Memorials have been established with the Barnsdall High School and the Goingsnake District Heritage Assn. Contributions may be made through the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City.


Eleanor, widow of Gillette F. Parmelee [Harral Reynolds, Solon Webster, Eliab Harvey, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime waitress, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at the Beverly Manor Nursing Home in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Mass. She was born Oct. 7, 1911, in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., the daughter of Herbert and Margaret (Steele) McAlduff. She is survived by her daughter, Gail S. Holland of Plymouth and two grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings. A funeral Mass was recited at St. Bonaventure Church in Plymouth and burial was at Pine Hills Cemetery in Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass. The Cartmell Funeral Home of Plymouth was in charge of arrangements. Donations in her memory may be made to the DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.


Bette, widow of Carlton Edwin [Willis Densmore, Edwin, Alfred, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died June 30, 2006, at St. Mary Healthcare Center in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind., where she'd lived for 56 years. She was born Sept. 6, 1920, the daughter of Edward and Jesse (Bruinsma) Wobma, in Moline, Allegan County, Mich. She and Carlton, PhD, were married in 1943 in Ames, Story County, Iowa; he died in 1989. Bette, a 1938 graduate of Wayland (Mich.) High School, was a homemaker who played the piano, organ and accordion, and enjoyed singing. She had a green thumb and liked house plants, and taught children's Sunday school at Kossuth Street Baptist Church. Survivors include son Daniel E. of Lafayette; daughter Janice K. Rich of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind.; brothers Donald P. and Edward J., both of Wayland, Allegan County, Mich.; two grand- and a great-granddaughter. Burial was at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Hippensteel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Felix [Arch Buchanan, Isaac Buchanan, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a dairy farmer, died Sept. 20, 2006, at Whitehouse, Smith County, Texas. He was born Aug. 1, 1926, the son of Arch Buchanan and Zula (Dennis) Parmley, in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, where he lived most of his life. He and Bonnie Castleberry were married at Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, in 1947. He attended Central Heights High School and served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Whitehouse's 1st Baptist Church and the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center. He served on the boards of AMPI, the Farm Bureau, the Piney Woods Steer Show and Central Heights School. He was preceded in death by a son, Hubert Maurice, in 1990. Survivors include his wife; son Felix "Mike" of Whitehouse; sisters Madaleine Stidger of Tyler, Smith County, Texas, and Jesse Weatherly of Nacogdoches; and three grandchildren. Burial was in Nacogdoches' Rock Springs Cemetery. Laird Funeral Home of Nacogdoches was in charge of arrangements.


Gary [unplaced], of Afton, Ottawa County, Okla., died at the scene of a one-vehicle accident in Delaware County, Okla., on Nov. 5, 2006. He was born July 14, 1968. His family had recently had lost their home in a fire. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Gary was northbound on County Road NS 510 at a high rate of speed when he ran off the road right side of the road, struck an embankment, a tree, a utility pole and rolled the vehicle. Gary was driving at least 65 mph in a 45-mph zone on a gravel road shortly after 8 p.m., Trooper Brian McSlarrow said. Gary's passenger and stepson, Christopher Shum, 14, was flown to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo., where he was treated. Neither was wearing a seat belt, officials said; Gary was thrown from the vehicle and Christopher crawled out of the vehicle. The two had been hunting and were headed back to the motel where they had been staying in the wake of a fire that destroyed their home Oct. 20, according to McSlarrow. Pat Laub, owner of the Afton Route 66 Motel, where the family was staying, said she established an account for the family at Security Bank & Trust in Afton. [Details: (918) 257-4242.] Motel manager Wanda Cummings, said Gary's widow and her five children are in need.


George [Ellis Earl, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a tech sergeant in the Air Force in the Korean War and a resident of St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Ga., died Dec, 12, 2006. He was born Jan. 12, 1931, the son of Ellis Earl and Dorothy Gertrude (Symons) Parmelee. Survivors include his widow, Daphne Hall (Grice), whom he married July 27, 1956, and daughters Cindie A., Sandra R. and Debra L.


George [Henry Stephen, James Knox Polk, Stephen, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a 42-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, died May 11, 2006, at his home in Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kan. He was born Feb. 8, 1912, at Linn Creek, Camden County, Mo., the son of Henry and Nancy (Curtis) Parmley. At age 5, his family moved to Oklahoma, first to Norfolk, then to Yale, Payne County. After graduating Yale High School in 1930, he moved to Barnsdall, Osage County, Okla., where he was hired on at the post office. He and Dracine Beck were wed at Barnsdall's 1st Baptist Church on June 1, 1931. They moved to Arkansas City in 1934 where George worked for the Postal Service, retiring in 1973 as superintendent of mails. Among George's interests were golf, fishing, gardening, Oklahoma State athletics and Parmley genealogy. Throughout the 1950s he was active in the fledgling Arkansas City Baseball Assn. and assisted with the Junior League teams. Among his survivors are his wife; daughter Pamela White of Arkansas City; son Thomas L. of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother James E. of Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas; and sister Marye McGurk of Goleta, Santa Barbara County, Calif. He was preceded in death by sister Martha Ripley of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Memorial donations may be made to the Yale High School Athletic Department in care of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City.


Hilma, wife of Alpha G. Parmley [Fred, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Aug. 20, 2006, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky. She was born May 18, 1941, the daughter of Lincoln and Pearlie (Rigney) Jenkins. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Ricky Jenkins and G.C. Guinn, both of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.; brother David of Monticello; sisters Shirley Jenkins, Nancy Matthews, Barbara Morgan, Linda Bell, and Collene Jenkins, all of Monticello; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by brother Wallace; and sisters Mary Jones and Geneva Jenkins. Burial was in Ingram Cemetery. Hickey and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dave [unplaced], a past president of the local JayCees, died Oct. 16, 2006. He was born April 5, 1934, the son of John and Myrtle Parmele. Dave was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church, the Red River Masonic Lodge, a former president of the JayCees of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., and a volunteer with the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf and the Ronald McDonald House. His survivors include wife Violet "Vicki"; daughters Kristine Tourscher of Holley, Orleans County, N.Y., Deborah Seifert of Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, N.Y., Vicki Bevan of Greece, Monroe County, N.Y., and Wendy Boehmer of West Bloomfield, Ontario County, N.Y.; four grandchildren; sister Susan Evans; nieces and nephews; and special friends Kevin, Sara, Celia and Jacob Smith of Arlington, Vt. A memorial service was held at the John Knox Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception in the church hall. The New Comer Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, the John Knox Presbyterian Church or The Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf.


Jim [Loren Francis, Joseph William Lincoln, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry], a director of airline reservations for Braniff Airlines, died Dec. 9, 2006, in Tyler, Smith County, Texas. He was born Aug. 18, 1930, on the island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and received his bachelor's degree in 1955 from University of Texas at Austin. After 28 years with Braniff, he retired and moved from Dallas to Holly Lake Ranch 11 years ago. He was a member of Holly Tree Chapel where he served as an usher and was a member of two men's Bible study groups. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Rue (Irons) Parmley; sons, Loren R. of Madison, Madison County, Miss., and Jeffrey W. of Plano, Collin County, Texas; one niece; and nephews. Services were at Holly Tree Chapel with the Revs. Paul Myers, Louis Gant and Ken Carter officiating. Ushers of Holly Tree Chapel served as pallbearers/ Burial was at Holly Tree Cemetery under the direction of the Lowe Funeral Home of Quitman, Wood County, Texas.


John [Willis Isaac, Frederick M., Horace, Joel, Joel. Joel, John, John] a lifelong resident of Durham, Middlesex County, Conn., died June 14, 2006. He was born Oct. 23, 1918, one of Willis Isaac and Esther Eliot (Clarke) Parmelee's 11 children, and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Among his survivors are widow Jean (Peterson); son Terry, the fire chief of Middlefield, Middlesex County, Conn.; and grandson Ryan T., an Army staff sergeant and Iraq War veteran.


Larry [Harvey, Lockey, James A., Garner "John" John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a carpenter for the Sioux Falls School District for nearly four decades, died Sept. 8, 2006, in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.D., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 28, 1940, the son of Harvey and Betty (Rann) Parmley, at the family home near Montrose, McCook County, S.D. Larry worked for the school district for 39 years, mostly in the shop as a carpenter. He enjoyed going for rides, fishing, boxing and watching The Food Channel. He was especially proud of his lawn and garden. He loved to cook and make soups. He is survived by his wife; children and stepchildren; grandchildren; brother Jim; and sister Pat Underberg. He was buried at Rosehill Cemetery in Wentworth, Lake County, S.D.


Lonnie [Lyman "Pete" Bruce, Chester Delos, Lyman Lamb, Lyman Lamb, Asaph, Gilbert, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a machinist, died Oct. 6, 2006, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal, Seward County, Kan. He was born Nov. 8, 1940, in Liberal, the son of Lyman "Pete" Bruce and Margaret C. (Palmer) Parmelee. He attended schools in Hugoton, Stevens County, Kan., Liberal and was graduated from Turpin High School in Turpin, Beaver County, Okla., in 1959. A machinist, he worked in Houston, Harris County, Texas, for 20 years, and then returned to Turpin where he worked for Disco Machines for the past 20 years. Lonnie was a member of the Turpin United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Lane Day Post No. 3166, Liberal. He served in the Army. In 1963, he married Barbara Roehr in Irving, Dallas County, Texas. Survivors include his mother of Turpin; brother Don of Murphy, Collin County, Texas; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; sister Coleen; and half-brother L.B. Parmelee. Services were at the Turpin United Methodist Church with the Revs. Stanley Lehnert and Larry Young presiding. Inurnment was at a later date. Miller Mortuary in Liberal handled the arrangements. Memorials may be sent to the Turpin United Methodist Church Parsonage Building Fund, in care of the mortuary.


Lyman [Denver Ray, Giles, Giles, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired farmer and businessman, died Feb. 2, 2006, at his home in Daysville, Todd County, Ky. He was born April 26, 1933, in Monticello, Wayne Count, Ky., son of Denver and Mary (Barnes) Parmley. He married Mary "Carolyn" Carolyn (Warmock) in 1961; she preceded him in death in 2002. Lyman was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Westside Church of Christ and attended the Crittenden Drive Church of Christ. Lyman is survived by son Chad of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.; brother Robert A. of Daysville; sister Mary Joyce Dunbar of Monticello, Ky.; and one grandson. Burial was in Todd County Meadow Haven. The Latham Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mary, wife of Marcus James Parmelee [James Marcus, Sylvester Harry, James Marcus, Sylvester Freeman, Alexander "Freeman," Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] and a resident of San Leandro, Alameda County, Calif., died May 9, 2006. She was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., of Portuguese immigrant parents, Frank and Mary Agrella, and came to Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., as a child. She attended E. Morris Cox grammar school and graduated from Castlemont High School. Her last place of employment prior to retirement was in the accounting department of Frieden Sewing Machine Co. Mary was devoted to her family, she loved gardening and all kinds of flowers, especially orchids. She is survived by her husband; daughters Julie Weston and Luci Flynn; son Manuel Cunha; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Robert; and many nieces and nephews. Mary is predeceased by brothers Manuel Enos, Frank Ignacio and August Enos; and sister Belle John. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward., Alameda County, Calif. Guerrero Mortuary of San Leandro was in charge of arrangements.


Mary [Vursel Paul, Luther "Lute," Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Gilman, Marshall County, Iowa, died Jan. 12, 2006, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. The daughter of Vursel and Cecil M. (Messer) Parmley, she was born May 14, 1945, in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa. She lived most of her life in Gilman, Marshall County, Iowa. There she graduated high school in 1963, worked at Citizens Savings Bank until the mid-1980s, and then landed a job in the accounting department at Partner Communications Co-op. Mary was an accomplished pianist and played the organ on at the Gillman United Church of Christ for many years. She enjoyed arts and crafts, particularly crocheting and drawing, was an avid reader, tended her gardens, and loved her cats. She was a huge fan of Elvis and the Minnesota Vikings. Survivors include son Chad Barker of Reno, Washoe County, Nev.; daughter Paulette Millang of Ames, Story County, Iowa; sister Linda Parmley of Gilman; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by brothers Jack and Tom Parmley. Burial was at Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman. Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Gilman First Responders.


Paul [Napoleon "Lorin" Lorin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Giles, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime salesman for the Rexford Paper Co. and husband of former Dallas Morning News religion editor Helen Parmley, died Feb. 24, 2006, at his Dallas, Texas, home of cancer. He was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Prairie du Rocher, Randolph County, Ill., and moved with his family to Granite City, Madison County, Ill., when he was 2. He graduated with honors from Granite City Community High School, where he played basketball and tennis. During World War II, he served in the Army, primarily in the Philippines. Once home, he earned a business degree from Shurtleff College in Alton, Madison County, Ill., married high school classmate Helen Grosse, and went to work for the Rexford Paper Co., staying until his retirement in 1991. In 1957, the family moved to Marquette Heights, Tazewell County, Ill., where Paul served on the school board for six years. "He loved it," said Helen. "He was very involved and civic-minded. He always said that education was the backbone of this country." Paul's company moved the family to Chicago, Cook County, Ill., and then to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, before landing them in Texas in 1969. "When he told me we were moving to Dallas, I said 'Dallas where?' I thought the South ended in St. Louis," Helen said. "But we loved it." Paul attended college with the help of a tennis scholarship, played tennis at Brookhaven Country Club and later became an avid golfer. "He was an honest, clean-cut family man," said longtime friend Bob Owen. "In more than 20 years of playing golf with him, I never saw him even consider saying anything off-color," Paul attended Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where he was an ordained elder and served on several committees. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Beth Parmley; sister Gerre Johnston of Dublin, Alameda County, Calif.; and brothers Mike of Florida and Ralph of Granite City. Memorial donations may be made to Faith Hospice, 3939 Belt Line Road #705, Addison, TX 75001.


Paul [Max W., Frank Woodburn, Harry H., Aaron J., Ira, Philo, Stephen, Stephen, John, John], an educator, author and authority on freshwater mussels, died July 4, 2006, at the NHC Fort Sanders Nursing Home from complications of a stroke. He was born on Oct. 17, 1926, in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio, to Max W. and Marion F. Parmalee. He was a 1944 graduate of Rocky River High School, west of Cleveland Ohio, and joined the Army, serving in the Philippines and occupied Japan with the combat engineers. Upon his honorable discharge on Nov. 22, 1946, Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in zoology at Ohio University in 1948, his Master of Science in ecology at the University of Illinois in 1949, and his Ph.D. in wildlife management at Texas A&M in 1952. He taught at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, until 1953. He then served as curator of zoology and later assistant director at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Sangamon County, from 1953-73. In 1973, he joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knox County. Paul became director of the Frank H. McClung Museum in 1977. A pioneer in the field of zooarchaelogy, he amassed one of the top research collections of freshwater mussels and freshwater and terrestrial gastropods in the eastern United States, representing living and extinct taxa. He retired in 1989, but as professor and director emeritus, he served as curator of this collection while maintaining his research, continuing to publish and enjoying life. After his retirement, he lived in Knoxville and continued to act as curator of that collection;. the mussels and gastropods number over 65,000 specimens. The collection is used by students and faculty in zoology, aquatic biology and anthropology at the University of Tennessee as well as scholars from other institutions and biologists from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Valley Authority and biological consulting firms. The collections are the basis of the definitive publication, "The Freshwater Mussels of Tennessee," which he wrote with Arthur Bogan, a former student, and was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 1998. The McClung Museum has named its collection the Paul W. Parmalee Malacology Collection and has established a fund for its support and care. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara (Griswold) Parmalee, in 1991. Survivors include his wife, Geneva Nail Wyatt Parmalee; son J. David; daughters Patrice Fox and Shalee Sojka; and grandchildren Katherine and Corinne Parmalee, Austin and Kelsey Fox, Sophia Sojka. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Camp Point, Ill. The McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home of Maryville, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements. Contributions can be made to the Paul W. Parmalee Malacology Collection Fund at the Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996.


Randy [William Laurence, Walter "Lee" Lee, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Houston, Harris County, Texas, died Jan. 3, 2006. He was born Feb. 6, 1945, in Harris County, Texas. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas.


Richard [Arthur Leroy, Martin "Frank" Francis, Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] of Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio, died Sept. 4, 2006. He was born Feb. 3, 1915, and lived for a while in Indiana. Services were at Sidney's Holy Angels Church. The Adams Funeral Home of Sidney was in charge of arrangements.


Robert [Elwood G., Ransom True, James, George Webster, James, James, James, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], of Greece, Monroe County, N.Y., died Oct. 14, 2006. He was born March 4, 1926, the son of Elwood and Mabel (Collard) Parmele, in Canada. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Cook); sons Craig and Scott; daughter Cheryl Fiore; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. A memorial service was held at Brockport Free Methodist Church. Burial was at Bath National Cemetery, at Bath, Steuben County, N.Y. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn. in his memory.


Ronald E. Nethery died July 25, 2006, at his home in Charlestown, Clark County, Ind. He was born Jan. 23, 1948. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Parmley) Nethery [unplaced]; sons Morris, Mark and Charles; daughters Saundra Carr, Anne Ray and Teresa Florez; stepchildren Starla Henry and Matt Glasco; sister Pat Douglas; brothers Bruce and Mike; and 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Grayson Funeral Home of Charlestown was in charge of arrangements.


Samuel [Clifford Hunt, Samuel Benjamin, Eliab Harvey, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, died May 21, 2006, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, Franklin County, N.Y. He was born in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pa., on Jan. 2, 1918, the son of Clifford and Louise Magdeline (Latt) Parmelee. The family soon moved to Syracuse, Monroe County, N.Y., where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1940 and a Master of Forestry degree in 1942 from the New York State College of Forestry. Samuel was a World War II veteran, a captain in the 871st Aviation Battalion (Corps of Engineers) in command of Company C, part of the force that drove the Japanese out of New Guinea and the Philippines. He was married to Jean Ellen Schermerhorn, a social worker, on June 7, 1941, at Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y.; they had three children, Robert, Linda and William. After Jean's death in 1986, he married Dorothy Dunn. Samuel was a resident of Tupper Lake, Franklin County, N.Y., at the time of his death.


Shirley, wife of Charles "Dan" Dan Parmelee [Dan Edward, Charles Daniel, Hezekiah, Dan, Dan, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] of Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., died Oct. 3, 2006 at Middlesex Hospital. She was born Dec. 13, 1923, in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., the daughter of Raymond W. and Alice (Anderson) Johnston. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a member of Alpha Omega Phi sorority. A former resident of Clinton, Middlesex County, Conn., she was a member of Holy Advent Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and served as editor of the church paper for many years. She and her husband retired to Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., for 14 years, before returning to Connecticut in 2002. She is survived by her husband of 56 years; brother Raymond W. Johnston Jr. of Duarte, Los Angeles County, Calif.; sons Dan E. of Tacoma, Pierce County, Wash., and John W. of Storrs, Tolland County, Conn.; daughters Ann H. (Parmelee) LeVasseur of Clinton, New Haven County, Conn., and Joan M. (Parmelee) Stephenson of Midwest City, Oklahoma County, Okla.; grandchildren Jeremy D. Hansen, Catherine LeVasseur, Nicholas Stephenson, Adam Stephenson, and David, Christine and Caitlin Parmelee.; and great-grandson Christian D. Hansen. The family requested that no flowers be sent nor contributions be made in her memory. Arrangements were handled by Robinson, Wright and Weymer of Essex, Middlesex County, Conn.


Bill [unplaced], a foundry worker, died Nov. 30, 2006, at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta, Richmond County, after a brief illness. He was born July 31, 1926, in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C., to William H. and Annie Mae Parmlee. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Mass. He resided in Blackville, Barnwell County, S.C., at the time of his death. He retired from the Aluminum and Bronze Foundry in 1989. In addition to his widow, Isabell, survivors include sons William of Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., Edward of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn., Eugene of Winston-Salem, Forsyth Couny, N.C., Richard of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., and Donell Porter of Boston; daughters Linda Walker, Anita Milton, Deborah Smith, Dorothy Cox and Linda Yvonne (Presley) Obasohan, all of Boston, Helen Parmlee and Alice Polite of Bridgeport, Judy Barnes of Columbia, Richland County, S.C., Shirley Gibson of Trumbell, Fairfield County, Conn., and Pearl DaSilva of Connecticut; 54 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and his first wife, Myrtle, of Bridgeport, He was preceded in death by son Gary. Services were held at Blackville's Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Herman Wallace officiating. Burial was at Hope Memorial Park Cemetery, Barnwell. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville is in charge of arrangements.


Winnie, widow of Kleas Parmelly [William "Mann," John Henry, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died March 28, 2006, in a Taylor County, Texas, nursing center. Winnie was born April 29, 1912, at Fairy, Johnson County, Texas, to J.W. and Ella (Wilkerson) Smith. She and Kleas were married in Tye, Taylor County, Texas, in 1930; he died in 1998. Winnie graduated from Tye High School and was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She worked at Grissom's Department Store for 23 years and retired from Bernice Proctor's Specialty Shop. Survivors include son Carrol of Tye; daughter Ella Haynes of Abilene, Taylor County, Texas; five grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Abilene's Drummond Cemetery. The Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel, Taylor County, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

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