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Alma, an exhibiting artist and widow of Charles Dexter [Charles Arthur, Charles Dwight, Charles B., Asahel, Charles, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Aug. 4, 2007, after a brief illness in Salem, Marion County, Ore. She was born Jan. 18, 1919, in Ross, Marin County, Calif. During World War II, Alma worked in the shipyards in Sausalito, Marin County, Calif., where she met her first husband, William Otto Garrison, whom she married in 1941. A few years after his death in 1951, she married Charles and began a long career in real estate. But her heart was in painting the gardens and children she became known for. She painted for more than 30 years and was an exhibiting artist with Marin Society of Artists, Santa Rosa Art Guild, Visions 20, and Roundtable Silamar Arts. Alma is survived by daughters Deanna Garrison of San Rafael, Marin County, Calif., and Darielle Richards of Salem; five grand- and two great-grandchildren Kelsey Hensen and Faeryn Dunnigan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
Anna [Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., and a health-care facility housekeeper, died Feb. 5, 2007, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill. She was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., the daughter of Roland Duvall and Remie F. (Southwood) Parmaley. She married James V. Gooden on Aug. 9, 1967, in Jacksonville, and he survives. Anna was a housekeeper at Modern Care and earlier at Norbury Sanitarium. She had worked at NESCO during World War II. She especially enjoyed caring for the elderly. Among her other survivors are stepchildren Bruce Gooden and Gillian Curl, both of England; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister Opal Bell of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She was preceded in death stepson Alan Gooden; sister Katha Alcorn and brothers Herschel and Randolph Parmaley. Services were at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, and burial was at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assn.
Audrey, widow of Leon "Buster" Parmly [George "William" William, William Henry B., Matthew, Samuel, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Nov. 27, 2007, in Billings, Yellowstone County, Mont. She was born April 21, 1921, in Harlowton, Wheatland County, Mont., to Lewis and Ida Hines. They lived in Spokane, Spokane County, Wash., for a short time and then moved to Bozeman, Gallatin County, Mont., in 1924. Audrey graduated from high school in 1940, and was married on Oct. 24, 1942. She and Leon owned a laundry in West Yellowstone until it burned down in 1947, then they moved back to Bozeman. Audrey worked for Gibson's, J&M Cleaners, and also had her own sewing business for 35 years. She belonged to the Rebeka's, was past president of the Eagles Lodge and was on the lodge's drill team. She moved to Billings in 1996 to be close to family and volunteered at R.S.V.P. where she crocheted hats and mittens for needy children. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Audrey is survived by daughters Rita McLaughlin of Riverton, Fremont County, Wyo., and Marla Reynolds of Billings; sister Ruby Ulijohn of Spokane; and nine grand- and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985, one grand- and one great-granddaughter. Cremation was planned; burial of the urn was at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Bozeman.
Barbara [Anthony "Tony" Earl, Ellis Earl, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], formerly of Long Island and Hudson Falls, Washington County, N.Y., died Jan. 11, 2007, in North Carolina. She was born Dec. 17, 1970, to Anthony "Tony" and Jeanette "Jan" Esther (Rosson) Parmelee. Barbara and Jeffrey Ludlow were married in 1996. She recently located to North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her father, Tony. She is survived by her mother, Jan, of Queensbury, Warren County, N.Y.; sisters Cheryl Winslow and Patty Sabin and their families. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be sent to: St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of one's choice. A memorial service was held at the Church of the Messiah in Glens Falls, Warren County, N.Y.
Bea, widow of Donald Parmele [unplaced] of Cove, Union County, Ore., died July 29, 2007, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, Union County, Ore. She was born March 29, 1925, at Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., to Bernice and Dora Cooper. She and Donald were married at Portland in 1945, She was a homemaker who enjoyed her family, gardening, numerous pets throughout her life and her current cat, Scamper. Survivors include son Dan of Boring, Clackamas County, Ore., and Jerry of Cove; daughter Joanne Crutcher of Baker, Baker County, Ore.; eight grand- and eight great-grand- and one great-great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by a sister and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital through Loveland Chapel, 1508 4th St., La Grande, OR 97850.
Betty, widow of Cmdr. Clyde "Harless" Harless Parmelee [Clyde Deans, Benjamin Franklin, Moses Edwards, Moses, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], died April 9, 2007, at Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla. Betty was born July 28, 1918, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., to William and Gladys (Harmon) Mitchell. After several moves with her father who worked for the Ford Motor Co., the Mitchells settled in Swarthmore, Delaware County, Pa. Betty was a 1939 graduate of Swarthmore College, one of the first women admitted to the School of Economics. She and Harless on March 28, 1942, at Pensacola, Santa Rosa County, Fla., and began a her career as a Navy wife. They retired to the Florida Keys in 1974. In 1987 they moved to Gainesville. After her husband died in 1998, Betty and her sister, Billy Young, spent several months together each year in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., during the summers and Gainesville during the winters. Betty is survived by her children, Anne M., Clyde "Chip" H. and William G. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and North Florida Botanical Society or a charity of your choice.
Brandon [Mark, Oliver, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Sept. 1, 2007 at Wayne County Hospital in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. He was born April 9, 1987, in Albany, Clinton County, Ky., the son of Mark and Carol (Bertram) Parmley. Brandon and Brittany Burnett were married in 2007. He was an employee of Hendrickson Mfg. in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky., and a member of Monticello Baptist Tabernacle. He is survived by his widow; sister Rebecca; and grandfather Eulan Bertram. Burial was in the Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. The Hoyt G. Hickey and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Clark [Ferrill J., James Wilbur, Melvin Augustus, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a farmer and former county commissioner, died June 27, 2007, at his home in Miller, Hand County, S.D. Clark was born April 10, 1928, in Miller to Ferrill J. and Mabel (Campbell) Parmely. He grew up south of Miller and attended Highland grade school and graduated from Miller High School. He taught school and farmed with his dad for three years. Clark married Ruby Knigge in 1950 and moved to southeast Hand County where they spent the next 45 years farming, milking cows, ranching, doing construction, shearing sheep, custom hay grinding and raising a family. He was a member of Rose Hill Presbyterian Church, served as a county commissioner in Hand County and was on the Rosehill Township Board. He was a Third-Degree Master Mason, and a Shriner in the Westerners unit. He piloted own his plane to check cattle or just for fun. Clark and Ruby spent the last several years traveling to watch their grandchildren at rodeos, wrestling meets, music concerts, and shooting sports. Clark and his horses and ponies competed in pulls all over the Midwest and Canada. He is survived by wife Ruby; sons Ronny of Brookings, Brookings County, S.D., Lonny of New Underwood, Pennington County, S.D., Kevin of Huron, Beadle County, S.D., Scotty of St. Lawrence, Hand County, S.D.; daughter Trudy Stevens of Miller; grandchildren Chad Parmely, DeShawn Scott, Amber Misar, Kaeloni Parmely, Kolby Parmely, Billie Jo Parmely, Dawnita Parmely, Rusty Parmely, Jeremy Stevens, T.J. Stevens, Shane Stevens, Cody Stevens, Travis Stevens, Macaela Parmely, Jesse Parmely, Callan Parmely; six great-grandchildren, including Slade Parmely; brother James of Miller; and sisters Mildred Engel of Blackhawk, Meade County, S.D., Marles Dean of Miller, Margaret Starks of Miller, Beth Engel of Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, and Lenarda Swaney of St. Lawrence; and sister-in-law Ellen Parmely of Miller. He was preceded in death by brothers Wydell, Wayne and Otis; and sister Viola Ford. Services were at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller with the Revs. Brian Jones, Allen Sager and Dave Belzer officiating. Burial was at Miller's G.A.R. Cemetery, under the direction of Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence.
Clifford [James A., Ralph, James Alvis, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired truck driver and butcher, and a resident of Red Bay, Franklin County, Ala., died Dec. 14, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Lee County. He was born July 1, 1958, the son of James and Edna Gladys Parmley. Survivors include companion Jewell Brooks of Red Bay; stepson Billy Parmley of Red Bay; stepdaughter Diane Taylor of Belmont, Colbert County, Ala.; sisters Mary Ruth McAfee of Michie, McNairy County, Tenn., Loretta Reid of Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., and Linda Jane Phillips of Calvert, Mobile and Washington counties, Ala.; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James, and sister Judy Gail Patterson. Burial was at Lorraine Baptist Church Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer, Tenn., was in charge of the arrangements.
David [Frank Elliott, Joseph Elliott, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], an employee of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. for 36 years and longtime resident of Big Bear, San Bernardino County, Calif., died March 17, 2007. He was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1915, in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., the son of Frank E. and Myrtle Centennial (Mc Cune) Parmelee. As a young boy during the Great Depression, David worked on Saturdays, picking up, pressing and delivering dry-cleaning. After graduating high school, David put his college plans on hold and worked full-time in the dry-cleaning business. He finally obtained a bachelor's degree in 1962. His business career varied from dishwasher to sales clerk to producing business motion pictures to being an agent for John Hancock. He retired as a staff manager from the insurance company in 1976. David was a member of the Masonic Lodge, beginning in 1943 at the Harding Lodge No. 584 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., and continued with Lodge No. 617 in Big Bear, which he joined in 1977; He was master of the lodge in 1953 and again in 1993. He was also a member of the Big Bear Lake Shriners Club, a charter member of the Big Bear #638 High Twelve Club, and a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Big Bear Valley. Moving to Big Bear Valley in the 1950s, David, his wife, Bonnie, and Jim Boyd established a drive-in movie theater. Bonnie wired all the speakers for the drive-in while their children worked the snack bar. David was active with the Valley Singers and the Big Bear Barbershop Singers. He was preceded in death by his daughter Martha "Marty" Louise in 1961. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Bonnie Louise (Carson); daughter Donna Bennett; and eight grand- and 16 great-grandchildren. The oldest grandson, Terry Bennett, has been living with and taking care of David and Bonnie for the past four years. Burial was at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside County, Calif. Big Bear Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Edna, former wife of the late Claude Parmley Russell [Prudence, Iva, Emerson, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 26, 2007, in Wayne County, Ky. She was born June 7, 1916, daughter of Cole and Jane Bell Spradlin, in Wayne County. She is survived by sons James and Don Parmley; daughters Lucy "Marie" Stephenson and Bonnie Abbott; stepsons Kinney and Jerry Acrey; and 11 grand-, 17 great-grand- and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Dock Acrey; son Mitchell Parmley; daughter Louise Acrey; brothers Alpha, Otha and Arthur Spradlin; and sisters Lera Childers and Mary Spradlin. Burial was at Parnell Church of God Cemetery.
Edward, husband of Sharon J. (Parmley) [unplaced], a mechanic and trader of Gentry, Benson County, Ark., died Sept. 27, 2007, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Benton County, Ark. He was born June 25, 1940, in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., to Robert and Margarete (Drew) Wood. He and Sharon were married ni Watts, Adair County, Okla.in 1970. Edward was a member of Tired Iron of the Ozarks. Survivors include his wife; sons Edward Jr. of Colcord, Delaware County, Okla., and Robert of Gentry; daughters Treva Kuelper and Opal Keith, both of Colcord, and Rhonda Hansen and Victoria Hitchcock, both of Gentry; brothers Delbert Gennetten of Colorado, Ernie Gennetten of Missouri and Ronnie Wood of the Dominican Republic; sisters Cleta Tosh of Jay, Delaware County, Okla., Alice "Fern" Pryor of Texas and Betty Bean of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan.; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by half-brother John Wood. Burial was at the Gentry Cemetery. Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs was in charge of arrangements.
Elnora [Joseph, Thomas Jennison, Joseph Dawson, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry], the widow of Raymond Davis Gallacher, died Aug. 26, 2007, from complications of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease. The daughter of Joseph and Mary Lillie (Broyles) Parmley, she was born Sept. 15, 1917, in Scofield, Carbon County, Utah. During her last few years she was a resident of Summerplace in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. She and Raymond were married in 1937. He worked for American Motors in several locations, and the family ultimately settled in the Portland area; he died in 1998. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and played the organ at the Portland temple. She is survived by son Dennis Gallacher; daughters Bonnie Tucker, Sandy Fahey and Kathy Browning; 17 grand- and 23 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn.
Gilbert [unplaced], a resident of Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Fla., died May 16, 2007. He was born Feb 4, 1916, and lived in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn., before moving to Florida 29 years ago. He was retired from Textron-Lycoming, an aircraft engine company, and had served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed bowling and softball. Among his survivors are son Frederick of Connecticut; daughter Judy Ponelli of California; stepson Ronald Semons of Connecticut; eight grand- and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Arlene Komaromi.
Glen [Miles "Bill" Monroe, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], magistrate for District 1 in Wayne County, Ky., died July 7, 2007, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, at Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. He was born July 14, 1930, the son of Miles "Bill" Monroe and Martha Elizabeth (Humble) Parmley, in Wayne County. He and Hazel Edwards were married in Kentucky in 1929. Glen is survived by survived by his widow; sons Keith and Roger D.; daughter Nancy K. Carter; brothers James, Olen and Donald; sisters Mary Smith, Eva Whitt, Lela Daniels and Jean Brittand; seven grand- and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Johnny and Robert; and five siblings who died in infancy, Earl, Mattie, Betty, Elmer and Roy. Flags at the Wayne County Courthouse were flown at half staff in honor of Glen who was elected to office in November, 2006, and began his term on Jan. 1. "Glen Parmley has served in this position honorably, with great dedication and full vigor," County Judge-Executive Greg Rankin said. "Glen had a very big heart for the people in his district and he cared very much about the issues in his district." Burial was at Monticello's Elk Spring Cemetery.
Pam, [Daniel Witherstine, George Lewis, Philo, Amos, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, died May 28, 2007, in her hometown of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., at Life Care Center, where she had been a resident. Pam was born June 24, 1914, the daughter of Daniel W. and Edna (Sherman) Parmalee. She attended school in Rochester through the 11th grade and graduated at San Diego High School in 1932. She attended Los Angeles Junior College and the Ernest Belcher School of Dance. With her late dance partner Louise Davidson, she traveled extensively overseas on USO shows and appeared on national theater circuits and television shows with such notables as Gertrude Lawrence, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucille Ball, Pee Wee King, Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Band. She owned and operated the Pamela and Louise Dance Studio for 66 years in Plymouth, Marshall County, Ind., and Peru, Miami County, Ind., and then in Rochester, retiring in 1999. She choreographer shows for the Fulton County, N.Y., Players and groups from Plymouth and Tippecanoe Valley high schools. From 1976, she was a correspondent for the Pharos-Tribune in Logansport, Cass County, Ind., and the South Bend Tribune; she was the Fulton County, N.Y., reporter for radio station WNZE in Plymouth. Pam was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Rochester, the Eagles and Moose auxiliaries, AARP, the National Assn. of Dance and Affiliated Arts, the Rochester Arts Commission and Toastmaster Clubs. She is survived by a nephew, Lonnie Parmalee of Union City, Calif., and two grand-nieces. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar S. Parmalee. Burial was at Rochester's Odd Fellows Cemetery; the Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home of Rochester was in charge of arrangements.
Herbert, former owner of a Dallas industrial packaging company and husband of Charlotte "Charsh" Mabel (Parmelee) Brock Webb [Harold Cassius, John Cassius, Cassius Pomeroy, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 17, 2007. He was born May 27, 1917, in Oklahoma, and raised and schooled in Kansas. He was a trainee at Wichita Bank before serving in the Pacific Theater as an Army Ranger in World War II. He rose to the rank of lieutenant and received three Purple Hearts before being honorably discharged in 1945. Herbert was employed by the Coca-Cola marketing department and assigned to Dallas, when, in 1956, his entrepreneurial spirit arose and he founded the Herbert Webb Co., an industrial packaging company. He retired from his company in 1996 to manage Charsh/Abear properties. He was a resident of Highland Park, Dallas County, Texas, for more than 60 years and a member of Highland Park Methodist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Bill Brock and Herbert Webb II; daughters Barbara Brock, Brenda Howard, Daisy Welsh, Charlotte Glasgo and Kathy Champion; and 15 grandchildren. Donations may be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity or the charity of your choice.
Irene, widow of William H. "Grassy" Parmelee Jr. [unplaced], died June 12, 2007, at Springside in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Mass. She was born July 14, 1919, daughter of Alexander and Sophie Plotczyk Bachuzewski, in Holyoke, Hampden County, Mass. Primarily a homemaker, she worked at Westinghouse while raising her family. Before her marriage, she was a hairdresser. She moved to Pittsfield in her youth and was a 1937 graduate of Pittsfield High School. She was a communicant of St. Mark's Church and a member of its Rosary Sodality. She also belonged to the Cheshire Kiwanis Club and the former Bartlett School Parent Teacher Assn. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, cooking and bird-watching. She and Grassy were married in 1942; he died in 2007. She was preceded in death by brother Alexander Bachuzewski. She is survived by daughter Christine Merlet of Cheshire, Berkshire County, Mass.; son William III of Pittsfield; brother Thomas Batch of Hudson, Columbia County, N.Y.; grandchildren Wendy Parmelee, Shane C. and Cathleen Doolan, and William H. Parmelee IV; five step-grand- and five step-great-grandchildren; and her cat, Pilot.
Jim [unplaced], a long-time employee for the state of Florida, died Jan. 28, 2007, at his home in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. He was born Feb. 15, 1947, the son of James and Dorothy Parmele, in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., and was a 1965 graduate of Augustinian Academy. He received a B.A. in American Studies in 1969 from Merrimac College in North Andover, Essex County, Mass. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with duty in Darmstadt, Germany. He was employed for 36 years by the Florida Department of Child Support Enforcement. Jim volunteered and contributed to various charitable organizations and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included sports, coaching Little League baseball, car races and building street rods. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Patricia (Peischl); sons Christopher of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., and Matthew of Jacksonville; grandson Aaron Parmele of North Carolina; sisters Judy Bonner of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., and Mary Alice Linder of Smithfield, Isle of Wright County, Va.; nephews; aunts; uncles and numerous cousins. A memorial Mass was said Aug. 4, at St. Ritas Church at Deferiet, Jefferson County, N.Y., with the Rev. Andrew R. Mulvaney, pastor, officiating. Interment was at Black River Cemetery, Rutland, Jefferson County, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn. or to a charitable organization of ones choice.
Jim [Harvey, Lockey, James A., Garner "John" J., Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a construction worker, died Jan. 22, 2007. He was born March 26, 1938, the son of Harvey and Elizabeth (Rann) Parmley in Humboldt, Minnehaha County, S.D., where he attended school. He and Myrna Jacobsen were married in Pipestone, Pipestone County, Minn., in 1958. He worked construction jobs for Henry Carlson, was a cement finisher, and a heavy-equipment operator for Sweetman Construction. He also was a custodian for the Sioux Falls Public School System for 28 years, retiring in 2001. Jim enjoyed softball, traveling, fishing, and hunting birds. In addition to his widow, he is survived by sons Jim and Chad, both of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.D.; daughters Renita Heng of Sioux Falls, Brenda Hatlestad of Garretson, Minnehaha County, S.D., and Tami Eichhorn of Sioux Falls; 11 grandsons, including Jordan, Zach, Nick and Jakob Parmley; sister Pat Underberg of Sioux Falls, and sister-in-law Sharon Parmley of Sioux Falls. He was preceded in death by brother Larry. The George Boom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was buried at Sioux Falls' Hills of Rest Memorial Park.
Jane, a retired bank officer and widow of Ralph Doggett [Tim Hennessey, Samuel Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 21, 2007, at Heritage Commons Residential Healthcare of Ticonderoga, Essex County, N.Y. She was born about 1914, the daughter of Theodore and Clara (Buckle) Vietor, in Dunellen, Middlesex, N.J. She worked for Citi Bank in New York City and lived in Hague for many years before moving to Ticonderoga in 1986. She was a member of the Carillon Garden Club and a supporter of the Black Watch Library. She was an avid reader and enjoyed painting, especially Adirondack scenery on Lake George. Survivors include stepsons Rodney, Randy and John Parmley. Ralph died in 1975. Burial was at Ticonderoga's Valley View Cemetery. Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jean [unplaced] of Honeoye Falls, Monroe County, N.Y., died May 18, 2007. She was born Feb. 7, 1924, the daughter of Herman O. and Mildred.
Jesse [Arch Buchanan, Isaac Buchanan, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime teacher, died Dec. 22, 2007, at her home in the Central Heights Community of Nacogdoches County, Texas. Jesse was born July 17, 1923, in Nacogdoches, the daughter of the Arch Buchanan and Zula (Dennis) Parmley. She received her bachelor's degree in 1958 from Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Theta History Club. She began teaching in the Nacogdoches Independent School District in 1958 and received her master's degree from SFASU in 1964. Jesse continued teaching in the Nacogdoches district for 31 years. She was a lifelong member of Lilly Grove Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and served as church historian. Jesse loved her family and the history of it, and combined the two by taking her grandchildren to area cemeteries to research their genealogy. She wrote and published six books on her family history and one on the history of Central Heights School. She was a member of the Nacogdoches Historical Society and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Jesse also enjoyed traveling and quilting. She was survived by her husband of 63 years, Hollis Weatherly; daughter Evalyn "Evie" Sopko; sons Gerall and Dr. James A., both of Nacogdoches; sister Madaleine Stidger of Tyler; nine grand- and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother Felix. Burial was in Nacogdoches' Rock Springs Cemetery. Laird Funeral Home of Nacogdoches was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Lilly Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 8151 FM 1638, Nacogdoches, TX 75964 or to Hospice of Deep East Texas, 907 Mound St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961.
Bryant Dunbar, husband of Mary Joyce Parmley [Denver Ray, Giles, Giles, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a lifelong resident of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., died Sept. 5, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Monticello, son of the Luther and Ona (Hill) Dunbar. He and Mary were wed May 24, 1952. Bryant is survived by his widow; sister Jean Bertram of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind.; four nephews and seven nieces. He was preceded in death by brother Sydney Dunbar and sister Primrose Beechboard. Services were at the Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home and burial was in the Monticello's Elk Spring Cemetery.
Laura, a bank teller, died Sept. 5, 2007. She was born June 10, 1957, in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., the daughter of Carl and Janice Koster, and was married to Mark D. Parmelee [unplaced]. Among her survivors are sons Michael and Christopher, and her parents.
Lucille, a longtime Fuller Brush saleswoman and wife of James Frederick Parmley [Seba, Mary Ellen & Henry, Joseph, Henry, John, Henry, Henry, John, Edmund, John, --?--, Henry], a World War II veteran, of Bethel Park, Allegheny County, Pa., died Feb. 19, 2007, after a short illness. She and her husband of 55 years previously lived at Mount Lebanon and Aspinwall in the same county. Even in her 80s, Lucille was selling Fuller items after 40 years. Previously she had worked as secretary and receptionist for WWSW radio and was a professional musician. In the 1930s and '40s she led the Gedeon Melodeons, also known as Lucille Gedeon and her all-girl orchestra. She is survived by her children, Cassandra Ostrowski and Pamela, Robin and Christopher Parmley; three grand- and four great-grandchildren. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity in her memory. Arrangements were handled by William Eckels Funeral Home in Beechview, Pa.
Marjorie, a retired teacher and widow of Hollis Trice Parmelly [William "Will," John Henry, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 16, 2007. She was born in Bradshaw, Taylor County, Texas, on Sept. 27, 1920, the second child of the Rev. Arthur and Cozette (Hunt) Jones. Marjorie graduated from Rochester High School and McMurry University, where she earned two degrees. She and Hollis were married in 1940; he died in 1975. She concluded a 30-year career in teaching in May, 1985, as an elementary teacher, first at Butterfield Elementary School, then at Johnston Elementary School in the Abilene (Texas) Independent School District. Marjorie was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, the Abilene Retired Teachers Assn., and Delta Kappa Gamma. Her hobbies included piano, bridge, reading, cooking, watching sports, traveling and crossword puzzles. She also volunteered at Hendrick Medical Center and Sears Methodist Center for many years. In addition to her husband, Marjorie was preceded in death by son William and brother Garth Jones. She is survived by daughters Sandra Wurst, Connie Petree; daughter-in-law Loni Parmelly; six grand- and four great-grandchildren; brother Kenneth Jones; and various nieces and nephews. Services were at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and burial was at Abilene's Elmwood Memorial Park. North's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to The Noah Project or Aldersgate United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Dude [George Washington, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], Houston's chief building and electrical inspector, a rancher and "true Texan," died April 3, 2007. Dude was known as a legend among cowboys as well as businessman. Those who listened to the stories of his adventures through his life are blessed to have heard them and will not soon forget. If you ever shook his hand he knew your name. The son of George Washington and Minnie (Partin) Parmley, he was born July 23, 1925, in Houston, Harris County, Texas, and spent his formative years in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas. At 17 he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II in the 135th Construction Battalion "Sea Bees" Special Detachment 3001 on the USS Adair in the invasions of Okinawa and the Guadal Canal. After the war, Dude became Houston's chief building official, and then retired to his ranch in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Texas. He served as the 1976 international president of the International Assn. of Electrical Inspectors, president of Local Union 716 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, director of the International Conference of Building Officials, National Fire Protection Assn. and Texas Municipal League. He taught at Texas A&M University, served as chief electrical inspector for Houston, Master Electrical License No 1. Dude was a 32nd-Degree Mason as well as a Shriner and Jester. Throughout his life, he continued to promote and be involved with other organizations such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he was a lifetime director and served on the Steer Auction Committee for more than 50 years. He was drill captain of the Harris County Sheriff's Mounted Posse, an executive board member and a past trail boss of the Salt Grass Trail Assn. His wagon, Lazy 8, has been a part of that ride since 1954. Dude was also a 35-year member of the Tejas Vaqueros and lifetime vice president of the Houston Farm and Ranch Club. Dude is survived by his wife, Catherine Sue; daughters Paulette Murray and Lisa Parmley; sons John and Mark "Steve"; stepdaughter Cindy Taylor; brother Bill; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother James "Tuggy."
Mary [Giles, Giles, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired surgical nurse, died Sept. 9, 2007, at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Dade County, Fla. She was born July 24, 1912, in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., daughter of the Giles and Nancy (Hurt) Parmley. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church of Homestead. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, George Henry Eicher; son Buddy and of Monticello; and granddaughters Rebecca and Emily Eicher. She was preceded in death by sisters Minnie Cross, Mae Carter and Thelma Norfleet; and brother Denver Parmley. Graveside services were held at Monticello's Elk Spring Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Wayne County 4-H, 200 Rolling Hills, Monticello, KY 42633. Hoyt G. Hickey and Son Funeral Home of Monticello was in charge of arrangements.
Mary, widow of Nelson E. Parmelee [Albert H., Alanson, Nathaniel, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a registered nurse, died April 8, 2007. The long-time resident of Windsor Locks, Hartford County, Conn., had been a resident of MasoniCare in Wallingford, New Haven County, Conn. Mary, the daughter of Bingham and Eula May (Basden) Isler was born Nov. 19, 1912, in Jones County, N.C., and raised in Goldsboro, Wayne County, N.C. She was a registered nurse, having trained at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., and worked as an industrial nurse at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for many years. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Windsor Locks until her move to Wallingford. She is survived by sons Nelson of LaGrangeville, Dutchess County, N.Y., and James of Carver, Plymouth County, Mass.; daughter Judith P. Shea of Wayne, Delaware County, Pa.; five grand- and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Nelson, died in 1978. Burial was at Windsor Locks' Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 188, North Haven, CT 06473-0188. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford was in charge of arrangements.
Ortha, the widow of pro baseball player Le Roy "Bud" Earl Parmelee [Olin Earl, Erastus K., Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] of Monroe, Monroe County, Mich., died July 28, 2007, in the Lutheran Home surrounded by her loving family at the age of 99. She had been in poor health for two weeks. Ortha was born Oct. 7, 1907, in the family home on Smith Road in Bedford Township, daughter of the Frederick T. and Anna (Scharer) Smith. A 1925 graduate of Lambertville (Mich.) High School, Ortha went on to attend Albion College where she was president of the WWA, vice president of her sophomore class and a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She transferred to Ohio State University her junior year where she received a bachelor's in education in 1929. In 1964 Ortha received her master's from Eastern Michigan University and did postgraduate work at the College of William and Mary. Ortha and Bud were married at the Collingwood Methodist Church in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, in 1932. Ortha began her teaching career by at Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio. She taught for the public schools at Bedford, Calhoun County, Mich., for seven years and at Monroe at Custer Junior High and Cantrick from 1955 until her retirement in 1971. Ortha was an active member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Monroe, where she taught Sunday school for more than 40 years. Her other memberships and activities included Camp Fire Board of Directors, past president of the State Cluster Camping Assn., Historical Society, Sawyer Homestead, life member of Order of Eastern Star, past president of the Lotus Garden Club, past president of Monroe Council of Garden Clubs, Monroe Council of Churches and the GFWC of Monroe. She is survived by daughters Jan E. Taylor of Brooklyn, Jackson County, Mich., and Annalee Volpi of Monroe; eight grand- and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband who died Aug. 31, 1981, Ortha was preceded in death by son Roy O.; brother Harold; and half-brother Orville Myers. Private interment services were held at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio. The Bacarella Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pauls United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.
Peter [Charles "Allen" Allyn, Charles Albert, James, James, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], of Green Valley, Pima County, Ariz., died Nov. 19, 2007, after a short illness. He was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Southern California, son of Charles "Allen" Allyn and Ruth B. Parmelee. After being stationed in the Philippines during World War II, he received a degree in accounting at UCLA. Peter resided in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Oakland, Alameda County, Calif.; Westchester County, N.Y.; Southport, Fairfield County, Conn.; Evergreen, Jefferson County, Colo.; and Green Valley. He is survived by wife Nancy Jean (Fish); sons Steven and Peter Jr.; daughters Betsy and Jennifer; sister Barbara Munzig; and eight grandchildren. as preceded in death by brother David. At Peter's request, there were no calling hours or service.
Rita, widow of Kenneth Emery Parmelee [Harold Oren, Perry Lewis, Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died Dec. 15, 2007, at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper, Natrona County, Wyo. She was born July 12, 1933, in Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., to Theodore and Ruby E. (Oates) Ryerson. She attended school there, and graduated from Bakersfield College with honors. She and Kenneth were married in 1950. She worked at Greenacres School as a teacher's aid, librarian and resource person. After retirement, they moved to Casper in 1992 where she volunteered as a reading tutor at elementary schools and docent at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. She was employed at the Casper YMCA as the prenatal water aerobics instructor for nine years, served as treasurer for the Bethel Baptist Church for nine years and helped daughter Paula at her tax business. She is survived by sons Michael of Bakersfield and Steve of Norco, Riverside County, Calif.; daughters Paula Stewart of Bar Nunn, Natrona County, Wyo., Rebecca Kucharski of Bakersfield and Ruth Spurgeon of Visalia, Tulare County, Calif.; 14 grand- and three great-grandchildren.
Robert [Walter Eugene, Otto, Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Metropolis, Massac County, Ill., died Nov. 18, 2007, at his home. He was retired from the Massac Unit No. 1 School District and a member of the local 1st Baptist Church. Robert was born Feb. 4, 1937, the son of Walter and Mildred (Bell) Parmely. He is survived by wife Linda (Tanner); sons Robert Jr. of Brookport, Massac County, Ill., Bradley McDaniel of St. Louis, Mo., James McDaniel of Harrisburg, Saline County, Ill., and William and Timothy McDaniel of Metropolis; daughter Carol Tassart of Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill.; brother William of Paducah, McCracken County, Ky.; sister Juanita James of Metropolis; 33 grand- and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Rhonda (McDaniel) Howell, brothers Walter and James, and sister Wanda Fairfield. Burial was at Metropolis Memorial Gardens. The Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Sean [Robert Andrew, Clifford Andrew, Andrew Pearl, Ezekiel Marion, Thomas Henry, James, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] was fatally stabbed Dec. 30, 2007, in his Los Angeles apartment near the westside neighborhood of Palms. He was killed defending his son from men out to avenge the son's ex-girlfriend, the family has said. Sean was born and raised in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Calif. He is survived by his parents, Joy and John Beaty of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., and John Downing of Jasper, Walker County, Ala.; daughters Haley, Ariel and Lena Parmley, all of Santa Rosa; son Michael Miller of Santa Rosa; sisters Alysia and Aliana Beaty, both of Los Angeles; brother Paul Parmley of Silverton, Marion County, Ore.; and stepsister Andrea (Parmley) Meyers of Santa Rosa, CA. Services were at Eggen & Lance Chapel in Santa Rosa.
Violet, widow of Roy Donald Parmley [Lemuel D., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 25, 2007, at Lost Dutchman Adult Care in Apache Junction, Pinal and Maricopa counties, Ariz. She was born in Waterlivet, Berrien County, Mich., on July 9, 1909, the daughter of William and Cora (Carpenter) Goff. She and Roy were married in 1925, in Gary, Lake County, Ind., where they established a home. After Roy died in 1956, she moved to Hobart, Lake County, Ind., in 1962. Her last move, to Apache Junction, occurred in 1999. In addition to her husband, Violet was preceded in death by son Roy Jr. in 1995. She is survived by sons Daniel of Tempe, Maricopa County, Ariz., and Robert of Michigan City, La Porte County, Ind.; daughter Marilouise Blumer of Apache Junction; 16 grand-, 24 great-grand- and 25 great-great-grandchildren. Services were at Rees Funeral Home in Hobart with the Rev. Cindi Schimmelpfenning officiating. Burial was at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Gary.
Walter [Daniel L., Owen J., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a lifetime resident of Hamden, New Haven County, Conn., died March 10, 2007, at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven. He was born in New Haven on March 22, 1918. Walter was a World War II Army veteran who enlisted and served for nearly five years in the South Pacific, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. As he was a retiree after 30 years with the New Hampshire Insurance Co (later AIG) and could be heard on many occasions reminding people to be careful. Walter was an avid bowler, golfer and softball player, and took great joy in following the University of Connecticut's womens basketball team, when he was no longer able to play himself. He was proud to have seen the Boston Red Sox win the World Series after a lifetime of being a dedicated fan. He also enjoyed playing his guitar and took great joy in storytelling, especially with his grandchildren gathered around him. He was a founding member of Hamden's Dunbar United Church of Christ, actively serving for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Pauline "Polly"; a brother, Arthur O. and his wife Gisela of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Fla.; a sister, Marion Costello of Benicia, Solano County, Calif.; twins Dennis and wife Ruth Ellen and David and wife Shirley; a daughter, Cindy and husband Mark Maris of Nashua, Hillsborough County, N.H.; grandchildren Jennifer Childs, Allison Parmelee, David W. Parmelee and Lizzie Maris; and great-grandson George Childs. Services were at Dunbar United Church of Christ, and burial followed at New Haven's Beaverdale Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Walter A. Parmelee Memorial Fund at Dunbar United Church of Christ. The Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home in Hamden was in charge of arrangements.
Grassy [unplaced], a longtime resident of Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Mass., died April 4, 2007, at Springside of Pittsfield. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., on Sept. 20, 1916, the son of William H. and Ethel (Dunespaugh) Parmelee, he was a 1933 graduate of Castleton (N.Y.) High School. He and Irene Bachuzewski were married in 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was discharged with the rank of radioman third class. He was awarded several campaign medals. Grassy owned and operated the former Parmet's Vending Co. for 31 years; he retired in 1984. He was a longtime communicant of St. Mark's Church in Pittsfield and a member of the former Cheshire Kiwanis Club, the Pittsfield and Dalton Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Dalton American Legion and the Polish Community Club. He enjoyed reading, playing cards and music. Besides his wife, his survivors include son William H. III of Pittsfield; daughter Christine Merlet of Cheshire, Berkshire County, Mass.; four grandchildren; five step-grand and five step-great-grandchildren; and his cats, Pilot and Corvette. Burial was at Pittsfield's St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Devanny-Condron Funeral Home of Pittsfield handled arrangements.