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Barbara [Charles "Allen" Allyn, Charles Albert, James, James, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] died Jan. 17, 2016. She was born April 26, 1922, the daughter of Allen and Ruth (Mc Callum) Parmelee, in San Francisco, San Francisco County, Calif. Barbara graduated from UCLA where she met her future husband, Arthur L. Munzig Jr. They were married 70 years before he died in 2014. Among her survivors are son Thomas of Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, Calif.; daughters Meredith Manhard of Carmel Valley, San Diego County, Calif., and Alison Peterson of Menlo Park, San Mateo County, Calif.; and nine grand- and 13 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by son Paul and brothers Peter and David Parmelee.


Earma [Orlen R., Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a great cook and avid gardener, died March 15, 2016, in Pocahontas, Hardeman County, Tenn. She was born Feb. 12, 1927, the daughter of Orlan R. and Callie Kirk Parmely, in McNairy County, Tenn. She and Elton Kirk were married in 1948; he died in 1996. Earma was a member of the Antioch Church of Christ in Ramer and cooked for the Girl Scouts in the summer. She loved flowers, quilting and fishing. She is survived by son David Elton Kirk Jr.; daughters Glenda Jacobs of Pocahontas, Linda McAlpin of Middleton, Hardeman County, Tenn.; sisters Virgina Wilmeth and Fern Butler both of Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn.; and seven grand- and 16 great-grandchildren. Earma was also preceded in death by brother Howard Parmely and sister Fawndree Wilmeth.


Don [Claude, Prudence, Iva, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a legendary bluegrass musician, died June 30, 2016, in Hazard, Perry County, Ky., after experiencing complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Oct. 19, 1933, the son of Claude and Edna (Spradlin) Parmley, in Wayne County, Ky. As a 12-year-old, he began learning claw-hammer/drop thumb banjo from his grandfather, but it was the driving three-finger style of Earl Scruggs that led to him taking up that method of picking the five-string. Don quickly made a name for himself, securing stints with Carl Story and Hylo Brown. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was trained as a tank driver, but soon his duties were expanded to providing music to entertain his fellow troops. After his discharge, Don returned home and, on May 26, 1956, married Betty Jean Abbott. Faced with few employment opportunities, the Parmleys moved to Southern California where Don found a steady job and, in the early '60s, became one of the founders of The Hillmen -- also known as The Golden State Boys -- which included brothers Vern and Rex Gosdin, and Chris Hillman. The group became popular in Southern California and frequently appeared on television, which led to Don being hired to play all the incidental banjo music for "The Beverly Hillbillies" for all nine seasons. (That's Scruggs on the banjo in the CBS sit-com’s theme song.) Don also recorded with Glen Campbell, Doug Dillard and Billy Strange. When Hillman left to join The Byrds, the group disbanded, and Don started The Bluegrass Cardinals in 1974 with 15-year-old son David (lead vocals and guitar) and tenor singer and mandolin player Randy Graham. The group recorded a number of albums over 25 years with various artists joining in along the way, including Barry Berrier, Warren Blair, Bill Bryson, Mike Hartgrove, Dale Perry, Don Rigsby, Larry Stephenson, Ernie Sykes and Norman Wright. After Don retired from full-time touring, the family settled in Franklin County, Va., in 1997. He returned to Wayne County in 2007 for "A Day With Don Parmley," which featured musical performances, signs erected in his honor on Kentucky 90 at the Clinton and Pulaski county lines, and a chance to spend time with local residents. Burial was at Elk Spring Cemetery in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.


Ingram [Ingram Bedford, Bedford Forrest, Silas Ray, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an Episcopal priest and college professor, died June 22, 2016, in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C. Ingram was born May 21, 1938, the son of Ingram and Rebecca Mae (Cannon) Parmley, in Tracy City, Gundry County, Tenn. After undergraduate school, he attended Duke Divinity School and earned a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Jane Dowlen; daughters Katherine Cunningham of Mebane, Alamance County, N.C., Amanda Varn of Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, S.C., and Ingrid Bolick of Asheville; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Martin "Forrest" and sister Sally Goodman. Burial was at St. Giles Memorial Park in Asheville. Memorials are welcome to Habitat for Humanity, Burke United Christian Ministries or the charity of your preference.


Ken [Gary Lee, Gordon Lee, Milton Lee, Edward George, George A., Alanson, Alanson, Abner, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a hospital worker and music lover, died Jan. 16, 2016, in San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. He was born July 26, 1979, in Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif., the son of Gary and Patty K. (Wickham) Parmele, and lived most of his life in the Contra Costa County cities of Antioch and Walnut Creek before moving to San Diego seven years ago. After graduating from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, Ken worked as a sterile technician at Kaiser Permanente. He had a lifelong love of music, particularly heavy metal, and for a time was the manager for a local band, Aliplast. While battling and surviving cancer at the age of 18, Ken got a backstage pass to meet one of his favorite bands, Metallica. He also enjoyed the fishing, camping and spending time with his friends, including Steve Bodden and Curtis Hummel. Ken is survived by mother and stepfather Patty and Oswald Siegmund, father Gary, sister Stacy Martin, stepbrother Karl Siegmund, and a nephew and niece. Burial was at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, San Joaquin County, Calif.


Lucille, widow of Richard Parmelee [Forest Dale, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--], died peacefully at her home in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., on Jan. 30, 2016, after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 11, 1923, the daughter of Herman and Cecile (Berquist) Capelle. Lucille lived in Battle Creek her entire life. She and Richard were married July 31, 1949; he preceded her in death in 1986. Lucille was employed by the Kellogg Co. for 13 years, and also worked part time for Cricket Publishing, Robinson's Department Store, and Herpelsheimer's. She spent her retirement years caring for her grandchildren and volunteering for her church, the Seventh Day Adventist Tabernacle. She is survived by daughter Cheryle Moberley, and three grand- and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek. Memorial contributions be made to the Battle Creek Academy in lieu of flowers.


Maryln [Charles Edward, Jesse Will, Charles Lafayette, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Midwest City, Oklahoma County, Okla., died March 11, 2016. She was born June 28, 1932, the daughter of Charles and Ila G. (Peterson) Parmele, in Hutchinson, Reno County, Kans. Maryln was a long-time member of Soldier Creek Baptist Church who enjoyed gospel music, and word-search and jigsaw puzzles. Among her survivors are daughter Vickie Frantz; brother Don E. Parmele; sisters Joanne Ebersole and Nancy Parmele; and granddog Tiny. In addition to her husband, Russell D. Board, Maryln was preceded in death by sisters Patricia Etherton and Betty "Charlene" Gordan. Burial was at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City. Barnes Friederich Funeral Home in Midwest City was in charge of arrangements.


Moya, who with husband Alfred "Truman" Truman Parmele [Alfred "Truman" Truman, Alfred Truman, Alfred, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John] owned Ashland Coffee & Tea, died Aug. 9, 2016, after a five-year battle with cancer. She is best remembered as bringing outstanding musicians to their coffeehouse in Ashland, Hanover County, Va., and cooking for community events in the greater Richmond area. She was born May 24, 1945, the daughter of Lt. Col. Peter E. and Ida (Bailey) Lavin. Over the years Moya lived in Raleigh and Ft. Bragg, N.C., San Antonio, Texas, Reston, Va., and Frankfurt, Germany. Her love for music frequently took her to events in Vermont, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Alfred Truman "T. J." of Herndon, Fairfax County, Va.; daughter Megan Thomas of Ashland; two grandchildren; brother Peter Lavin Jr. of Greenville, Pitt County, N.C.; and sister Kathleen Lavin of Pinehurst, Moore County, N.C. Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.


Polly, a lifelong resident of Hamden, New Haven County, Conn., and widow of Walter A. Parmelee [Daniel Louis, Owen J., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died Nov. 11, 2016, at Hamden Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., to Louis and Julia Massaro. Polly was formerly employed as a teacher of developmentally disabled children at Southbury Training School. As a founding member of Dunbar United Church of Christ and dedicated disciple for more than 70 years, she spent many years working in Christian Education making lasting impressions on countless children. She previously served as president of the Connecticut Women of the UCC and as a member of the Board for Homeland Ministries. Polly was Connecticut's 1987 choice as outstanding church laywoman, presented at UCC General Synod. She also had many friends at Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she and Walter were married Oct. 18, 1944. Polly loved spending time with her friends and family, especially cooking for them. Among her survivors are son Dennis of Naples, Collier County, Fla., David of Wallingford, New Haven County, Conn.; daughter Cindy Maris of Nashua, Hillsborough County, N.H.; sister Theresa DeAngelis; and four grand- and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Walter, and her brother and sisters. Burial was at New Haven's Beaverdale Memorial Park. Donations in her name may be made to Dunbar UCC.


Sherry [Earle Lindsley, George Horace, Horace Dudley, Jonathan, Jonathan, William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a longtime resident of Guilford, New Haven County, Conn., and a World War II Navy veteran, died March 4, 2016, at his home. He worked as a real estate developer and owned his own real estate company, County Inc. Sherry enjoyed boating, fishing, clamming, lobstering, the outdoors, the wildwoods and Indian Cove. He is survived by his wife, the former Cynthia Stowell; son Scott; daughter Kristin; and grandchildren Stephanie Stoetzer, and Westin and Dana Parmelee. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Janice Rollins; son Steven E.; and brother G. Kendall. Burial with military honors took place at Guilford's Alderbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you take a moment to hug your child, grandchild, friend, or walk in the woods for a moment, an hour or a day with them.


Terrence [Harry Gardiner, Gardiner Philander, Gardiner Henry, Zeno "Philander," Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Solon, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, died Aug. 26, 2016. He was born Aug. 22, 1946, in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the son of Harry and Ruth Marie (Podojil) Parmelee. Among his survivors are wife Susan C. (Broe); sons Terrence and Nicholas; daughter Whitney Eddington; three grandchildren; and sister Eileen. Memorials may be made to the Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, Ohio 44072.


Tracy, a hospital administrator and wife of Randall "Randy" C. [Orville Charles, Clarence Spencer, George Spenser, Lucius Seth, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Aug. 2, 2016. Tracy grew up in McMinnville, Yamhill County, Ore., and was a 1976 McMinnville High School graduate. She waited tables and worked as a cabinetmaker before entering the medical field, working at McMinnville Community Hospital for 8 years as the medical staff coordinator. Tracy and Randy were married June 25, 1982, and moved to Central Oregon in 1993. She worked at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Deschutes County, for 20 years and was manager of continuing medical education. She earned a bachelor's degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University in 2004. Tracy fostered strong relationships with the families at Trinity Lutheran School and her church, Eastmont. She was a volunteer coordinator for Family Kitchen in Bend, which feeds the hungry. She was a talented artist, enjoyed nature, long walks, camping, red lipstick and had a playful sense of humor. In addition to her husband, Tracy is survived by daughter Tara Laughlin; mother and stepfather Valerie Ferris-Bennett and Ed Bennett; brothers Rick and Cory Ferris; sister Shelley Hadfield; and various nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Ferris. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Family Kitchen in Bend, or to St. Charles Bend Cancer Center.


Vernon [Raymond "Phillip," William "Willie" E., Perry Lewis, Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a teacher and counselor, died June 29, 2016, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in LeMars, Plymouth County, Iowa, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born June 30, 1933, in South Sioux City, Dakota County, Neb., the son of Raymond and Rose (Martin) Parmelee. Vernon was a 1951 graduate of South Sioux City High School. He and Virginia Barbara Conlon were wed Oct. 9, 1952, and shortly thereafter he served two years in the U.S. Marines. Vernon worked with his father at the Sullivan Commission Co. in the stockyards, and later for Swift & Co. He graduated from Morningside College in 1978 with a degree in education and received his master's from the University of South Dakota. Vernon began his career in education at Anthon-Oto School. He was a counselor at the Winnebago, Macy and Walthill schools and then taught as WIT. Vernon was a teacher and counselor for K-5 students in the Sioux City Community Schools District for many years, and coached girls' softball, basketball and track. He was a co-founder of the SYA Program and the Sioux Valley Track Club, a lifelong member of the YMCA and enjoyed playing in handball tournaments with his father and children. He is survived by sons Paul of LeMars, Phillip of Jefferson, Union County, S.D., and Preston of Tea, Lincoln County, S.D.; daughters Patricia of Sioux City, Paula of Elk Point, Union County, S.D., Megan Herfel of Petaluma, Sonoma County, Calif., and Penny Smith of Hemet, Riverside County, Calif.; sister Virginia Davenport of South Sioux City; and 37 grand- and 42 great-grandchildren. Vernon was preceded in death by daughters Pamela and Paige, infant son P.C. Parmelee, infant brother Raymond; and two grandsons. Burial was at Graceland Park Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made in his name to the donor's choice.

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