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Arnold [unplaced] of Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, died April 25, 2010. He was born Feb. 14, 1930, in Big Spring, Texas, to Dr. Lee and Agnes Parmley and was a member of a Howard County Pioneer Family. His grandparents were Henry Brown and Nora Louise (Barber) Arnold. His father was an early day physician in Big Spring. Arnold grew up in Howard County and then attended Park Union Military School in Virginia and Morey Military School in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea and Japan. He had worked as an optician in Big Spring and later worked a number of years at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kerrville, returning to Big Spring about 10 years ago. Arnold had lived the last several years at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas Veterans Home. He was a Baptist. He is survived by several cousins. Graveside services were held at Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79174; or Vincent Baptist Church, 604 Bucknell Ave., Big Spring 79720. Arrangements were by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.


Bertha [Laddon, James, Robert, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] an LPN in California and Missouri in hospitals and nursing homes, died Sept. 12, 2010, at St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 26, 1936, at Potosi, Washington County, Mo. She and Homer Hewkin were married Nov. 29, 1953, and had four children; she had a second marriage to John Gerald Patterson in St. James on July 13, 1978. She was a member of the Everlasting Covenant Church, in Cuba, Crawford County, Mo. Her hobbies were sewing, scrapbooking, gardening, quilting and flower arranging. She is survived by husband John; brothers Luther of St. Louis and Floyd of Irondale, Washington County, Mo.; sisters Elizabeth Bunch of Potosi and Gracey Green of St. Louis; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers Raymond, Robert and James; and sisters Barbara Koskecki and Mary Wright. The Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Cuba's Meramec Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the local American Cancer Society.


Chuck [Samuel Blakeslee, Charles Ives, Samuel Blakeslee, Leander, Solomon, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], retired owner of a construction company, died July 10, 2010, in an Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, nursing home. He died during a thundershower with his family members by his side, with one of his screwdrivers, its handle worn smooth by years of steadfast use, in his hand. Born on April 24, 1927, in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., he was the son of Samuel and Helen (Kofoed) Parmelee. While growing up, Chuck showed a keen aptitude for all things mechanical. He soon began learning the tricks of the carpentry trade from his grandfather who educated him on woodworking techniques and the most efficient use of tools. They were skills he would refine and use the rest of his life. He was known for his insistence on doing the job right and for the craftsmanship he employed on projects in nearly every New England state. His only break from the construction business was while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany at the end of World War II. While living in Connecticut in the 1960s he was involved in ham radio and was hired by the state to oversee the installation and operation of a statewide network of civil defense radio stations. After moving to Maine in 1972, he settled in the Waldoboro, Lincoln County, area where in 1973 he married Joyce (Foster) Brechlin whom he met when both worked at Quinlan’s Building Supply in Meriden. The couple started C.B. Parmelee Inc., which soon became one of the best-known contracting firms in midcoast Maine. The company built everything from takeout stands, to homes, to branch bank buildings. The firm was known for the slogan painted on its fleet of trucks: "Don’t trust to luck, call Chuck." Chuck also built or remodeled several homes for himself, and over the years he was the first to step up to help family members erect their own houses. He was a member of the choir at the Waldoboro United Methodist Church, a member of the town’s planning board, the local American Legion, Rotary International and served as a Boy Scout leader for many years. After retirement, he and Joyce moved to a home in Jefferson, Lincoln County, Maine, where he pursued one of the great passions in his life, fishing. In 2001, Chuck was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He and Joyce moved to Bar Harbor, Hancock County, Maine, in 2005, where both became members of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Chuck spent the last four years at Sonogee in Bar Harbor and the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta. He is survived by his widow Joyce, of Damariscotta, Lincoln County, Maine; brother David of Connecticut; children Earl Brechlin of Bar Harbor, Dale Brechlin of Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, W.Va., Patricia Lane of Damariscotta, and Barbara Saunders of Tenants Harbor, Knox County, Maine; sons from his first marriage Scott, William and Rick of Connecticut; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by Carl Brechlin, of Meriden; and brother Robert of Connecticut. Donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 142 c/o the United Methodist Church, 95 Friendship St., Waldoboro ME 04572 or the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, 27 Atlantic Highway, Edgecomb ME 04556. A memorial service was held at the church in Waldoboro.


Charles [Arthur Ellsberry, Charles E., James E., Ellsberry, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Manchester, Coffee County, Tenn., a fan of gospel music and physical fitness training, died Oct, 13, 2010, at the Manchester Health Care Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1942, in Cook County, Ill., to Arthur E. and Flora Grace (Anderson) Parmley. Charles attended the Nazarene Church of Manchester. He is survived by brothers Millard of California and Ernest of Tullahoma, Coffee and Franklin counties, Tenn; sisters Joann Sweeney of Manchester, Peggy Turner of Manchester, Pamela Boyd of Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tenn., Linda Perry of Steger, Cook and Will counties, Ill., and Judy Randol of Blue Island, Cook County, Ill. He was preceded in death by brother Richard. Services were at the chapel of the Central Funeral Home with Pastor Jimmy Hodge officiating. Burial was at Mount Carmel Methodist Church Cemetery in Manchester.


Charsh [Harold Cassius, John Cassius, Cassius Pomeroy, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Aug. 3, 2010, at her home in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. She was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Arkansas, the daughter of Harold and Leila (Mc Murray) Parmelee. Charsh earned a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Women's University in 1941. Her first husband was Dr. Gunther A. Brock, a veterinarian she married Aug. 2, 1942; he suffered a fatal heart attack in 1950. She and Herbert Everett Webb were married Sept. 1, 1954, in Dallas. She supported Herbert through lean times until his industrial packaging company, the Herbert Webb Co., became successful. She was a source of positive thinking who constantly uplifted neighbors and friends with her strong outlook: "Don't think that a goal cannot be accomplished. Just change the subject if you're stuck on a dead-end thought." Charsh was recognized as "Matriarch of the Neighborhood" who annually threw a block party for old friends and newcomers. She was a regular member of University Park United Methodist Church, and supported many educational and religious charities. Among her survivors are sons Bill Brock and Herbert Webb II; daughters Barbara Brock, Brenda Howard, Daisy Welsh, Charlotte Glasgo and Kathy Champion; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made in her name to the Parliament of the World's Religions, c/o Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Road #115; Dallas, TX 75244, or Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Fund, 3600 Gaston Ave. #100, Dallas, Texas 75246.


Cheryl [unplaced] died Nov. 20, 2010, at her home in Henderson, Clark County, Nev. She was born Aug. 29, 1946, in Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y, the daughter Harlan Fredrick and Thelma Ruth (Close) Redder. She is survived by son Michael; daughters Kelli Parmley and Sheila Pankas; brothers Harlan and Joe; and grandchildren Kylie, Matthew, Mikaylah and Jaden. She was preceded in death by brother Mark and son Fay Jr. A memorial service was held at Myers Park in Lansing, N.Y., in the spring of 2011. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vasculitis Foundation.


Christen [Jay Michael, James B., Laddon, James, Robert, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Bourbon, Crawford County, Mo., was killed Feb. 7, 2010, in a Franklin County traffic accident. The Missouri Highway Patrol said that she was driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 when her 1998 Monte Carlo collided head-on with a tractor trailer. She is survived by her mother, Tracey "J.C." Greenway, siblings and Jay M. II, Brian and Alex Parmley; grandmother Lela Ernsburger; aunt Katelyn Parmley; cousins and friends. Burial was at St. Louis' Mount Hope Cemetery.


Cleo [Philmore Bethel, James Emery, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired clerk of the U.S. Postal Service, died March 17, 2010, at St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. She was born Oct. 12, 1908, in Banks, Washington County, Ore., the daughter of the Philmore B. and Viola L. (Shipley) Parmley. She was a 1926 graduate of the Banks High School and attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Multnomah County, Ore., for two years. She and Nile Jenkins were married Dec. 23, 1933, in Rockaway, Tillamook County, Ore. The couple lived in Garibaldi, Tillamook County, Ore., and Rainier, Columbia County, Ore. She retired from the Postal Service in Rainier in 1969. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter in Rainier and enjoyed traveling, knitting and crocheting. Survivors include stepson Calvin Jenkins of Reno, Washoe County, Nev.; brothers Clinton A. of Forest Grove, and Clifford M. of Bend, Deschutes County, Ore.; sister Charlotte Bake of St. Helen's, Columbia County, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Nile in 1985, brother Cecil Parmley; and sister Christine Mael. She was buried at Forest Grove's Forest View Cemetery.


David [unplaced] died July 14, 2010, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Washington County, Va. He was 59. He was born in Mississippi and had been a resident of Washington County for a brief period of time. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He is survived by his father, Robert E. Parmley, and brother Bobby, both of Abingdon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Chrystal (Veal) Parmley, and by brothers Don and Terry. A graveside service was held at Abingdon's Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery.


Davis, husband of Kathy Parmley [Kenneth, --? --] and longtime school board member, died Dec. 28, 2010, in Chico, Wise County, Texas. The cause of death could not be confirmed. Davis was born June 1, 1953, in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. He graduated from Upper Arlington, Ohio, High School, received his undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, and his graduate degree from Ohio State University. After moving to the Dallas area to accept employment with Electronic Data Systems Corp., Davis and Kathy were married and soon they made Trophy Club their home. He served on the Northwest Independent School District board for 13 years, including two terms as president and was privileged to present diplomas to his children, Zach, currently a junior at the University of North Texas, and Kali, upon their graduation. "Davis was an outstanding board member," said Karen Rue, district superintendent. Said board President Mark Schluter: "He was concerned about every child in the district. It didn't matter whether they were on the east side, west side, south side or north side. He had a great passion for all kids." Davis regularly volunteered for the Roanoke Food Pantry, Boy Scout Troop 328, various athletic teams and other local charities. Services were held at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Trophy Club. Memorial donations may be sent to the Roanoke Food Pantry or the Children's Advocacy Center of Denton County.


Donald [Clifford Hunt, Samuel Benjamin, Eliab Harvey, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired General Electric mechanical engineer and a resident of Paducah, McCracken County, Ky., died Feb. 13, 2010. He was born May 20, 1919, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., son of Clifford and Louise Magdeline (Latt) Parmelee. Donald and his brothers were all active Boy Scouts and he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He served as an ambulance driver in the American Field Service in India during World War II. He was graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. He spent most of his career working for GE, working on projects from the Minuteman Missile system to the Apollo 11 project of putting a man on the moon. He enjoyed his interesting and challenging work as well the opportunity to travel and live abroad. Don and his first wife, Bettie (Clarke), later opened and operated Desert Sage Gifts, a ceramics manufacturing company, in Mesa, Ariz., until their retirement. Surviving are son Brian Parmelee of Eugene, Lane County, Ore, Oregon; Eileen Segebarth of Paducah; six grandchildren including Rhiannon Parmelee of Seattle, Kings County, Wash., and Karen and Tyler Parmelee of Eugene, Ore.; and several stepchildren and step-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were wives Bettie and Beatrice “Toni” (Wagar); son Kevin; and brothers Howard, Samuel and Robert. A Funeral Mass was will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2010, at The Rev.J. Patrick Reynolds of St. Thomas More Catholic Church of Paducah lead a Funeral Mass. Burial was private. Memorials may be made to Hiawatha Seaway Boy Scout Council, 2803 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, NY 13211; or The Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage, 350 County Road 258, Berryville, AR 72616. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah was in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy, wife of Ralph Owen Parmele [Owen Settles, Francis "Frank" Owen, Luman E., Lucius Seth, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], and a resident of Dundas, Richland County, Ill., died Feb. 15, 2010, at age 82. She was the daughter of John Alfred and Ida (Phillips) Ashby. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Judith Sayre and Janet Silvious; son Ralph Jr.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville, Montgomery County, Md. Arrangements were handled by the Summers-Kistler Funeral Home in Olney, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to the Luther Rice Baptist Church, 801 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring, MD 20901.


Douglas [unplaced], a telephone technician, died Oct. 4, 2010, in Albany, Linn County, Ore. He was born June 11, 1951, in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., the son of Carlton G. and Wilma A. Parmely in Lansing, Mich. As a boy, he lived in Garden Grove, Orange County, Calif., and spent most of his life and raised his family in Willits, Mendocino County, Calif. Doug, who also worked for Costco, enjoyed deep-sea fishing, woodworking, pool, darts and puzzles. He is survived by Rita, his wife of 39 years; daughters Tame Shannon and Beverly Parmley; brothers Charles and Barry; sister Wilma Woods; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Michael and Terry. A celebration of his life was held at Crown Memorial Center in Salem, Marion County, Ore. Memorial contributions can be made in Doug’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Dyan, a retired employee of the Stephen F. Austin State University Library and wife of Jerry Max Parmley [Hollis Nunley, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 11, 2010, at her home in Woden, Nacogdoches County, Texas. While receiving her treatments at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she would refuse to be pushed in a wheelchair or ride the shuttle. She was born June 10, 1944, in Weches, Houston County, Texas, the daughter of John H. and Martha Marie (Burran) Pilkington. She was graduated from Kennard High School in Houston County. She and Jerry were married July 19, 1976. She worked as a bookkeeper at Barnhill Poultry and the Nacogdoches Lumber Co. before a decade of employment at the university library. She was a member of Woden United Pentecostal Church and collected cookbooks. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Max Jr. of Woden; sister Jean Hammons of Weches; brothers John of Belott, Houston County, Texas, Fred of Weches, and James of Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas. Services were at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry T. Rankin officiating. Burial was be at Simpson Campground Cemetery.


Liz, a hairdresser and the widow of David Seth Parmele [Earl Calvin, Lyman Seth, Giles, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 10, 2010, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Colfax, McLean County, Ill. She was a resident of Fairbury, Livingston County, Ill. She was born Oct. 15, 1922, in Fairbury, the daughter of James Garfield and Naoma (Ramseyer) Drennen. Liz was a 1941 graduate of Fairbury Township High School and later attended beauty school in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill. She owned and operated the Merle Norman Studio in Fairbury for 17 years. She and David were married Feb. 8, 1947, in Fairbury. In 1966, they moved to Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colo., where she continued her Merle Norman career until her retirement in 1987. Liz was an avid bowler and competed in many league tournaments. She became a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan while wintering in Mesa, Maricopa County, Ariz., for nearly 14 years. In 2005, Liz moved back to the Fairbury area. Surviving are sister Phyllis Tipton of Fairbury; nephew, Jim Tipton of Fairbury; and nieces Mary McCambridge, of Windsor, Weld County, Colo., Sandy Veal of Middleburg, Clay County, Fla., and Jean Masters, Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn. She was preceded in death by sister Wilma Hacker, and husband David, who died in 2004. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home of Fairbury was assisting with her arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Dominy Memorial Library, both in Fairbury.


Eric [unplaced] died March 15, 2010, at his home in Adrian, Lenawee County, Mich. He was employed at Hardwoods of Michigan and enjoyed tinkering with cars and being outdoors. Eric was born Dec. 21, 1959, in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., the son of George and Glenda (Gordon) Parmley. He is survived by his mother of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Parish, La.; his father and stepmother Jean of Tipton, Lenawee County, Mich.; daughter Ashley and her mother Angela of Adrian; brother Andrew of Whitehall, Muskegon County, Mich.; sisters Cheryl Villarreal of Houston, Harris County, Texas, and Vicki Boswell of Jasper, Midland County, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, one brother, and uncles David and Ralph. Services were at Handler Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Bambach of Tecumseh Church of the Nazarene officiating. Entombment was at Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee.


Frank, a farmer, World War II veteran and husband of Virgina Lee Parmely [Orlen R., Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Nov. 11, 2010, in Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn. He was born Nov. 21, 1919, in McNairy County, son of Logan and Lorena (Deming) Wilmeth. After serving in the Army during World War II, Frank went to work for the GM&O Railroad. He and Virginia were married on April 6, 1957. He later operated a gas station in Ramer and also was the owner and operator of Wilmeth's Grocery. He drove a school bus for the McNairy County School system for 35 years, and retired from the Tennessee Forestry Department after 17 years. One of his great pleasures in life was being on his tractor and working on his farm, where he raised cattle, hogs, and goats. He was a member of the Antioch Church of Christ in Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn. In addition to his widow, of Pocahontas, Hardeman County, Tenn., he is survived by daughters Pam Horton and Karen Bowers both of Ramer; and four grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by brothers James, Fred and Wesley. Services were at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer, and burial was at Ramer's Antioch Church of Christ Cemetery.


Grace [unplaced], a resident of Plainville, Hartford County, Conn., died Nov. 2, 2010. She was born in New Britain, Hartford County, Conn., on Nov. 10, 1926, the only child of the Earle C. and Pearl (Cordier) Parmelee. After graduating Plainville High School, Grace pursued a career in bookkeeping and was employed at the Plainville Lumber Co., and D&L in New Britain. Grace lived a simple life, finding joy through her love of animals and her cat, Frisky II. She lived her life on her own terms, and is now at peace from the many life struggles that she endured. A celebration of Grace’s life was held at Plainville's West Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her name to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. Bailey Funeral Home in Plainville handled arrangements.


Tad [Harold Leslie, Harold Leslie, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], originally of Maple Shade, Burlington County, N.J., and more recently from Sandwich, De Kalb County, Ill., died June 18, 2010, in Sycamore, De Kalb County, Ill. He was born Sept. 7, 1942, to Harold and Ella M. (Walton) Parmelee Jr. A Moorestown High 1960 graduate, he attended Furman University in South Carolina, and in 1965 was united in marriage to Joyce Ann Snyder. He is survived by his widow; daughter Rebecca Ostrega; grandchildren Jessica Rae Parmelee and Jacob Thomas Ostrega; and sisters Joy Wilcox and Patti Thompson. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Philadelphia. Arrangements were handled by the Mark C. Tilghman Funeral Home in Maple Shade.


James [Miles "Bill" Monroe, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a long-time treasurer of his church, died May 12, 2010, at Veterans Hospital in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. He was born Dec. 20, 1926 at Parnell, Wayne County, Ky., to Miles and Martha (Humble) Parmley. He and Eva Stinson were married Jan. 10, 1948. In addition to his widow, he is survived by daughter Virginia Redfearn of Georgetown, Scott County, Ky.; sisters Eva Whitt, Lela Daniels and Jean Britt; brothers Olan and Donald; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Mary Smith; and brothers Johnny, Robert and Glenn. He served his country during World War II and was a member of the Taylor's Grove Baptist Church. Burial was at Taylor's Grove Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to the church cemetery fund. Hickey and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

JAMES L. PARMLEY 1920-2010

James [Fred W., --?--] of Geneseo, Livingston County, N.Y., died April 18, 2010, after a brief illness. He was 89. Jim was born Dec. 29, 1920, in East Venice, Cayuga County, N.Y., the son of Fred and Sarah (Lamphere) Parmley. After serving four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jim resided in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., for many years before moving to Geneseo. He retired from the State University of New York, Geneseo, in 1980. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte (Cooper); sons James of Manlius and David of Hornell, Steuben County, N.Y.; daughter Anne Dunn of Sylvan Beach, Oneida County, N.Y.; grandsons Bryan J. Parmley of Manlius, Onondaga County, N.Y., and Shawn Masse of Oneida, Madison County, N.Y.; great-granddaughter Katherine Parmley of Manlius; sister Frances Rolls of Binghamton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by grandson Michael Parmley. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Contributions may be made to Livingston County Hospice, 2 Livingston County Campus, Mt. Morris, N.Y. 14510-1691.


James [William Charles, Wyatt Denman, Samuel Washington, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a funeral director and gospel singer, died Sept. 25, 2010, after a long battle with a rare illness. He was born Aug. 13, 1957, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, the son of William "Billy" Charles and Frances Marie (Johnston) Parmley. The family moved to Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, when he was a boy, and he attended Stephen F. Austin State University. James moved to the Dallas area where he met his wife, Holly, and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, where he was the class president. He worked as an embalmer at many of the funeral homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He later became a medical massage therapist. As a young man, James loved to sing, especially old gospel songs. He was member of the Singing Christians and briefly had a Sunday night radio show, "Southern Gospel Now," on KBEC-AM (1390) out of Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. He and Cecil Pollack put together several gospel conventions, which were picked up by major broadcasting networks. James was an honorary member of the Blue Knights, Chapter 21, Rio Grande Conference, was involved in the motorcycle riding organization's annual chili cook-off, and believed charity of caring for abused children. In addition to his wife, James is survived by sons Joshua and Jermey; grandchildren Cheyenne and Chloe Parmley; brother Thomas; and stepfather Warren Gray. Services were at the Covenant Life Church of Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. Arrangements were handled by Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie.


Lou [James Thompson, Cornelius C., Timothy Judson, Lyman, Amos, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 14, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. He was born Oct. 26, 1919, in Waterbury, son of James Thompson and Louise Judd (Fontaine) Parmelee. He lived most of his life in Bethlehem, Litchfield County, Conn., and owned and operated a lawn mower sales and service business. Lou enjoyed antique cars; his pride and joy was his 1912 Model T Ford Touring Car, and he was a founding member of the Connecticut Crankin' Yanks Car Club. His other hobbies included beekeeping and bowling. He belonged to the George Knox Bowling League at Thomaston Lanes and was the oldest active bowler in the league, bowling until he was 89. Besides his wife of 58 years, Adela, he is survived by a son Robert of Bethlehem; daughters, Jamie Norris of Palm Coast, Fla., and Joan Arnold of Naugatuck, New Haven County, Conn.; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Earle, Ralph and Charles; and sisters Gladys Kaschel, Hazel Judson and Carolyn Wheeler. The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at the Bethlehem Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Ambulance Assn., P.O. Box 401, Bethlehem CT 06751.


James [James Thomas, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a retired chief financial officer and a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, died Oct. 21, 2010, at his home at Spring Hill, Johnson County, Kan. Jim was born June 11, 1942, at Fort Jackson in Columbia, Richland County, S.C., to James Thomas and June May (Hartung) Parmelee. He grew up in Wisconsin, was a graduate of the University of Maryland. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1966 to 2002. Jim and Beverly Labrie were wed on March 24, 1979, in Shawnee, Johnson County, Kan. They lived in Olathe, Johnson County, Kan., and moved to Spring Hill 20 years ago. He was the chief financial officer for Taylor Forge Engineered Systems in Paola, Miami County, Kan., retiring after 33 years. He was a member of the Am Vets, the American Legion of Paola, and the Elks. Jim served on boards of People to People of Greater Kansas City, the Paola Chamber of Commerce, KCCI of Topeka, and the Kansas Manufacturing Assn. He also served the Kansas Export Finance Committee. In addition to his wife Bev, he is survived by sisters JoAnn Parmelee of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and Jill Peterson of Owasso, Rogers County, Okla.; a niece and a nephew. He was preceded in death by an infant son. Services were at the Bruce Funeral Home in Spring Hill. Inurnment was at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.


Kim, former wife of Jeffrey Allen Parmelee [Robert Allen, Fred Edgar, Harry Edwin, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--], died July 21, 2010, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Calhoun County, Mich., following a brief illness. She was born July 4, 1964, in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., the daughter of Rudolph Fossano and Cheryl L. Cormier. She was a spiritual person who could tell you anything about the Bible. She and Jeffrey were married May 22, 1993, in Pulaski County, Ky. Survivors include son Donnie Anderson; daughters Beth and Samantha Parmelee; and her mother; all of Ypsilanti. She was preceded in death by sister Windy Allen and grandmother Justina Cormier. Graveside services were held at Ypsilanti's Highland Cemetery.


Marcus [James Marcus, Sylvester Harry, James Marcus, Sylvester Freeman, Alexander "Freeman," Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a resident of San Leandro, Alameda County, Calif., died Jan. 2, 2010. He was born June 27, 1921, in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. He will be missed by his beloved yellow Lab, Josh, who was his constant companion since the death of his wife of almost 40 years, Mary, in 2006. A graveside memorial service was held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, Alameda County, Calif.


Marjorie, first wife of Owen Eugene Parmele [Thomas Douglas, Herbert Lincoln, Mary Louise, Noah, Camp, Joel, Joel, John, John], died Feb. 4, 2010, at Laurie Knolls Assisted Living in Laurie, Morgan and Camden counties, Mo. Marjorie was born April 7, 1919, in Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Howard and Agnes Elizabeth (Hill) Werntz. She and Owen were married Oct. 8, 1938, in Cuyahoga County; they later divorced. She and her second husband, Harry Rasmussen, owned and operated Museum Antiques in Lakewood for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards, and reading. She attended St Patrick's Church, in Laurie. Marjorie is survived by daughter Marcia (Parmele) Thompson of Sunrise Beach, Camden and Morgan counties, Mo.; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husbands. Burial was at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home in Westlake, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.


Martha, a former school bus driver and widow of Ralph Oliver Parmley [Parris E., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 14, 2010, at her home in Dowagiac, Cass County, Mich. She was born Aug. 18, 1927, in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., the daughter of William and Irene (Jaworski) Andrzejewski. Martha worked for Dowagiac Union Schools for 11 years as a driver, was a foster grandparent for Cass Public School, and worked as a volunteer for Casa. She and Ralph were married on Nov. 27, 1947; he died in 1988. She is survived by sons Brian and Bruce, both of Dowagiac, and Daniel of Edwardsburg, Cass County, Mich.; daughter Kathleen Bailey of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wis.; 11 grandchildren, including Bruce, Monica, Trevor, Joshua and Shannon Parmley; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter and a foster daughter, Susan Polomcak. Services were held at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church led by Father Kevin Covert, and burial was at the church cemetery.


Mildred, an accomplished stenographer and the widow of Pollock "Podge" Parmley [Charles Calvin, Calvin House, Quartus, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 5, 2010, at Tabitha Home in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr. She was born Dec. 15, 1910, in Brodhead, Green County, Wisc., the daughter of Oscar and Bessie Prestegard. She first married Virgil Castigliano, and then Podge in 1959. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Burlington Railroad and as a legislative assistant in the Nebraska Legislature. Mildred was a member of the PEO, a professional women’s organization, and Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr., for more than 60 years. She is survived by sons Rev. Serge A. Castigliano of Putnam Valley, Putnam County, N.Y.; Daniel G. Castigliano of Venice, Sarasota County, Fla., and Richard V. Castigliano of Prescott, Yavapai County, Ariz.; step-daughter Polly (Parmele) Swift of Glenview, Cook County, Ill.; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Podge in 1994. Inurnment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, near Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebr.


Myrtle, a domestic worker and long-time resident of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn., died July 5, 2010, at Bridgeport Hospital; she'd most recently lived in Stratford, Fairfield County, Conn. She was 83. Myrtle was the daughter of Julius R and Myrtle (Nichols) West, and had been married to the late William H. Parmlee [unplaced]. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Christian Center and served on the Mother's Board and as a Prayer Warrior. She is survived by sons Edward of Bridgeport, Richard of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., and William and Eugene of North Carolina; daughters Helen of Stratford, Fairfield County, Conn., Alice Polite of Bridgeport, Shirley Gibson of Trumbull, Fairfield County, Conn., and Judy Barnes of South Carolina; brothers Albert Bush of Hartford, Robert Bush of Bridgeport and Harold Bush of New Haven; sisters Helen Belle of Bridgeport, and Betty Bethune of New Haven New Haven County, Conn.; 45 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Mother Bessie Lloyd. Myrtle was preceded in death by son Gary. Services were held at Bridgeport's Calvary Temple Christian Center with Pastor Sharon Craddock officiating. She was buried at Lakeview Cemetery.


Penny [Emmert "Jess" Orval, Emmert Orval, John Reed, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Antioch, Contra Costa County, Calif., died July 12, 2010, after a brief illness. Penny was born April 14, 1947, in Antioch to Emmert "Jesse" and Billie (England) Parmley. She graduated from Antioch High School in 1965 where she was a cheerleader and active in many clubs. She attended DVC for a year and then went on to work for Dow Chemical. She and Marvin Rayner were married May 31, 1969, and she retired four years later upon the birth of their son Bradley. She enjoyed trips to Reno, and had a special place in heart for the coast, Pismo Beach, and her favorite place, Maui. In addition to her husband and parents, Penny is survived by son Bradley; two grandchildren; and brothers Jeff of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., John of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., and Jim of Antioch. A memorial service was held at Higgins Chapel in Antioch. Friends are encouraged make a donation to their favorite charity in her name.


Polly, widow of Donald Seymour Parmelee [Harold Lesley, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], died at her home in Boise, Ada County, Idaho, on March 10, 2010, after a tough, yet graceful battle with cancer. She was born to Harry and Clara Shupp on Aug. 26, 1927, in Newberrytown, York County, Pa. She was a member of the York High School class of 1945 and, in 1949, received her bachelor's degree in health and physical education from West Chester State College, where she met Don Parmelee. The two were married Aug. 27, 1949, and headed to Idaho, where both had teaching positions in Grand View, Owyhee County. In 1951, they went on to Marsing, Owyhee County, Idaho, where Don was principal and Polly was a teacher. They moved to Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, 1953 after Don accepted a position at the College of Idaho. Over the next 20 years, Polly was a ballet and modern dance instructor at her own studio, Parmelee Dance Studio, and taught physical and special education in the Boise and Caldwell school systems. In 1974, Polly and Don embarked on an overseas adventure and spent the next 10 years teaching in Manila, Philippines; Manama Bahrain; Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia; and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. They retired in 1984 and settled in Boise. Polly is survived by daughters Sue Cook, Jan Atkinson and Jill Gibbons; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Don; and brothers Jack and Jerry. The family held an open house at her home. Contributions may be made to the College of Idaho or the Caldwell PEO chapter.


Ralph [George Adelbert, Frank Roselle, Loren Dow, Anson, Salmon, Aaron, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], a sanitary inspector and resident of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., died Jan. 12, 2010, at Covenant Life Worship Center, Haslett, He was born Aug. 24, 1914, the son of George Adelbert and Daisy (Neuman) Parmelee. His first wife was Dorothy Mae Belbeck, whom he married on Nov. 24, 1936, in Lansing; she died in 1938. He and his second wife, Helen Hewitt, were the parents of Shirley and Frederick. He was predeceased by brother Charles in 1998. Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in Lansing.


Ray [Ray Harrison, Earl Grover, Linus, Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], a deacon of the Diocese of Toledo assigned to St. Michael the Archangel in Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, died June 23, 2010. Ray was born April 13, 1946, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., to Ray Harrison. and Mary (Drenten) Parmelee. He and Anna Lynn Williams were married May 31, 1969. Ray worked at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Findlay for 32 years and was ordained a permanent deacon May 17, 2003. He was a 1968 graduate of Murray State University, a 1986 graduate of The University of Findlay, received his master’s degree from Tiffin University in 1994, and earned a master’s degree of pastoral ministry from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., in 2005. Survivors include his widow, Anna; sons Ray III and Robert; daughters Rebecca Burrier and Anne Marie Parmelee; mother Mary of Findlay; brother Robert; and six grandchildren, including Steven, Madeline, Natalie and Evelyn Parmelee.


Dick, a 30-year employee of Rockwell Automotive and the husband of Margaret "Peggy" Parmelee [unplaced] for 60 years, died May 14, 2010, at Flint Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Newark, Licking County, Ohio. He was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Newark, the son of Roland A. and Mary V. (Hatfield) Hommon. Dick was a 1948 graduate of the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus where he played football for four years. He spent many years as a lifeguard at the Hollander Street municipal pool where many of the kids gave him the nickname of "Tarzan." Dick retired from Rockwell in 1981. He fought a long hard battle with cancer and Parkinson's disease. In addition to his widow, Dick is survived by sons Gregory of Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, and John of Newark; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister Betty J. Armstrong. Burial was at Newark Memorial Gardens. Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Bob [Robert Lawrence, Walter Breckenridge, George Dexter, Frederick R., Rossiter, Nathaniel, William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a real estate industry veteran who led the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for nearly a decade, died Feb. 28, 2010, at his home in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., home. He was 65. Bob suffered a heart attack several months ago, family members said. A Tulsa native and graduate of Hale High School and the University of Tulsa, Bob joined Parmele Real Estate, which his father, Robert Sr., started in 1953, and Cinnabar Service Co., a land and right-of-way acquisition firm that he co-owned. "Bob had probably forgotten more about real estate than most people ever knew," said Howard Kelsey, a close friend and longtime business associate. "From real property to zoning and planning, whatever; he was a wealth of knowledge on the subject." Bob was a member of the Planning Commission from 1978 through the early 1990s, including eight years as its chairman. In 2005, he concluded a nine-year stint in the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority. Terry Young, a former Tulsa mayor and county commissioner and a business colleague of Bob's, first met him while on the Planning Commission. "The first thing I noticed about Bob was how smart he was," Young said. "He had one of the sharpest and fastest minds I've ever known." Bob also made a name for himself as a real estate appraiser and was a principal with Appraisal Specialists of Tulsa. Bob's name has been associated more recently with the federal buyouts in the Tar Creek area in northeastern Oklahoma. Cinnabar, a Tulsa business that contracts with public and private entities, oversaw the appraisal and acquisition of properties within the Tar Creek Superfund site, a 40-square-mile area once home to mining. Bob was one of the principals of a company that was formed early this decade to build and operate a proposed Arkansas River toll bridge to connect Tulsa and Jenks, a controversial plan that ultimately was shelved, reports show. A noted golfer, Bob also was an expert angler whose office wall was a showcase of trophies from far-flung fishing expeditions. He was a board member for the Southwestern Regional Medical Center of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a former board member of the 12&12 Substance Abuse Center, and served on the Greater Tulsa Assn. of Realtors board. Bob is survived by sons Michael, Darren and Bobby; daughter Claire Tousley; his father, Robert L. Sr.; sister Linda Weible; and granddaughter Maren, who was adopted from China. Arrangements were handled by the Ninde Brookside Funeral Home.


Ruby, a homemaker of Brookville, Franklin County, Ind., died 72, April 25, 2010. Born Aug. 22, 1937, in Kingsport, Sullivan and Hawkins counties, Tenn., she was the daughter of John William and Gladys Mae (Hite) Propes. Survivors include husband James; sons Timothy Parmley, Moley Parmley, Bob Shepard, Bill Norman and James Norman; daughter Judy Bolser; sisters Gerdie Foreman, Linda Petagrove and Charlene Williamson; brothers Lester, John Jr. and Greg Propes. The Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home of Brookville was in charge of arrangements.


Russell [Alvin Orsemus, Russell, Truman, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], a resident of Ogden, Weber County, Utah, died May 19, 2010 of complications from pneumonia and Waldenstrom's disease, a rare form of blood cancer. Services were held at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary. Burial was at Ogden City Cemetery.


Shirley, a homemaker and widow of Charles Melvin Parmelee [Charles Tourot, Edmund James, Charles B., Asahel, Charles, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Oct. 10, 2010, in the care of Keystone Garden Estates, Larksville. She was a lifelong resident of Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pa. Shirley was born Feb. 27, 1931, the daughter of Walter J. and Margaret E. (Thomas) Scott, and was a graduate of Forty Fort High School. She always enjoyed the Pennsylvania outdoors and made a gift of her love of birds to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Forty Fort Presbyterian Church. Survivors include sons David of Dallas, Luzerne County, Pa., and Mark of Jackson Township, Luzerne County, Pa.; grandchildren Benjamin, Susanna, Andrea, and Michael Parmelee; and sister Vivian (Scott) Malczyk, of Nanjemoy, Charles County, Md. The Hugh B. Hughes & Son Funeral Home of Forty Fort was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Forty Fort Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704.


Suzanne [Kenneth Merle, James "Ted" Edward, Charles Franklin, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Ottawa, Franklin County, Kan., died Jan. 3, 2010, at Coffey County Hospital in Burlington, Kan. She was born Feb. 21, 1947, at Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., to Kenneth M. and Dorothy Dee (Alexander) Parmely, and was a graduate of Waverly High School. Services were at Waverly United Methodist Church and burial was at Waverly Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Sunset Manor.

VERN R. PARMELEE 1970-2010

Vern [unplaced] died May 3, 2010. He was born Feb. 8, 1970, the son of Vern and Sandra (Briggs) Parmelee. He is survived by daughters Rebecca and Kaitlyn; and son Ryan; and eight siblings.


Wilma, a retired dental assistant and widow of Charles A. Parmley [Napoleon "Lorin" Lorin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Giles, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Nov. 16, 2010, at her home in Granite City, Madison, Ill. She was born May 5, 1923, in Granite City, the daughter of Chester and Ethel (Ferguson) Lambert. She and Charles were married Aug. 21, 1943, in Americus, Sumter County, Ga. Wilma worked for more than 20 years with Drs. Vickers, Jaimet and Trtanj. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Granite City, and a past member of the Elkettes. Wilma enjoyed supporting organizations and charities, and playing dominoes and cards. Among her survivors are son Charles "Skip" of Pontoon Beach, Madison County, Ill.; daughters Char Lee Baldwin and Beverly K. Partney, both of Granite City; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.


Jane, a resident of Mowrystown, Highland County, Ohio, and widow of Randolph Hay Parmley [Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Dec. 29, 2010, at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Inpatient Center at Seaman, Adams County, Ohio. She was born June 2, 1929, in Ewing, Fleming County, Ky., the daughter of George and Alice (McGlone) Kirk. Her survivors include sons Randy Lee of Batavia, Clermont County, Ohio, and Allan Ray of Mowrystown; daughters Anna Mae Fantetti of Mowrystown, Donna Jean Riehle of Newtonsville, Clermont County, Ohio, Evelyn Kay Sturgeon of Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio, and Mary Jane Kinner of Mowrystown; brother Gene Sutherland of Williamsburg, Clemont County, Ohio; sisters Lily Mae Kirk of Michigan, and Connie, Darlene and Georgie Mae Sutherland; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her adopted parents, Charles and Mary Sutherland, and 11 brothers and sisters. Services were at the Meeker Funeral Home in Russellville, Brown County, Ohio, and burial was at the Locust Grove Cemetery in Peebles, Adams County, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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