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Agnes [Earl Grover, Linus, Erastus Kellogg, Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], died Dec. 3, 2019. She was born Feb. 6, 1931, the daughter of Earl and Agnes Pearl (Kranenberg) Parmelee, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Among her survivors are nephew Earl Parmelee and nieces Tayler Kooienga and Taryn Baker. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ray H. Parmelee. A special thank you to Railside Assisted Living and Spectrum Health Hospice of Grand Rapids for their care.
Al, a retired Local 488 union electrician and husband of the late Linda A. Parmelee [Unplaced], died Nov. 15, 2019, at Chestelm Health and Rehab Center in East Haddam, Middlesex, Conn. Al was born in Middletown, Middlesex, Conn., son of Victor E. and Alice Bell (Flynn) Baird. Al was an avid fisherman and a member of the Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and the American Legion. Among his survivors are son Tony; daughters Christina Stevens, and Mellissa and Tracy Baird; brothers, Terry and Michael; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother Arthur. The Biega Funeral Home of Middletown was in charge of arrangements.
Art [Arthur Frederick, Milton Lee, Edward George, George A., Alanson, Alanson, Abner, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong bowler, died Nov. 10, 2019. He was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Canandaigua, Ontario County, N.Y., the eldest of Arthur and Dorothy (Young) Parmele's six children, and grew up in Clifton Springs, Ontario, County, N.Y. After graduating from high school, Art joined the Air Force. He was about 16 when his love for bowling started and he took a job at Sanbowl Lanes. Through the years he bowled many perfect games and 700 series. Art married Rosemarie in 1973 and their daughter, Laura, was born four years later. When Rose was in labor he wasnt going to join her in the delivery room, but when it was time, there he was, all suited up in scrubs. He managed Wallys Pub in Canandaigua, Ontario County, N.Y., which was owned by his friend Rick Binder. Art loved to golf too. He enjoyed walking the courses but if Laura would join him, he'd rent a cart just so she could drive. He was an avid reader, enjoyed American history and had a library of hundreds of books. He preferred a hardcover to a kindle, always. Arts most recent job was with Arc of Ontario County where he enjoyed working with and taking care of the residents. In addition to his wife, Art is survived by daughter Laura Murphy; brother Robert; sisters Kathleen Thomas, Pat Farnsworth and Sharon DeRuyter; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Edward. Donations in his memory may be sent to the American Heart Assn., P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
Bruce [Floyd B., Harry Dewey, Frank B., Anson, --?--], a long-time industrial arts educator, died July 25, 2019, at the Maryville Living Center in Maryville, Nodaway County, Mo. Bruce was born May 26, 1939, in Denver, Denver County, Colo., the son of Floyd and Dorothy Anna (Marsh) Parmelee; the family moved to Greeley, Weld County, Colo., when he was 1. Bruce graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1957 and served in the Air Force from 1959 to 1963, maintaining electronics systems on the F105 Thunderchief. He was stationed in Spain and then deployed to Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then attended the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, graduating in 1967 -- the same year he and Donna Hammer were married -- with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in industrial arts. He earned his Master of Science with a major in technical teacher education at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, and his Doctoral of Education in industrial education at the University of Northern Colorado. Bruce held a teaching assistantship while attending Pittsburg State, taught electricity/electronics at Northwest Missouri State University as an associate professor in the Department of Technology until it closed in 1992, and taught five years at the central campus of the Des Moines (Iowa) School District. Bruce served in the Army National Guard, joining in 1979 and becoming the survey section chief of the headquarters company of the 1st Battalion of 129th field artillery regiment. He rose to the rank of first sergeant (E8) with the same unit. His military career ended with the Iowa National Guard at Camp Dodge Iowa, and at his discharge he received Meritorious Service Medal for service over five decades. He held licenses as a first-class federal communications operator, a private pilot and amateur radio operator. His hobbies included flying, fishing, hunting, rifle club and geocaching. Bruce retained his membership with the West Des Moines Lutheran Church of Hope. Among his survivors are wife Donna; son Craig of Kalispell, Flathead County, Mont.; daughter Susan Grispino of Maryville; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother Donn Parmelee. Burial was at Maryville's Oak Hill Cemetery. The Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home of Maryville was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a visit with an elderly friend or family member, or a donation to the Wounded Warriors Organization.
Carolyn, widow of Charles Carroll Parmerlee [Otto M., John Henry, William M., William C., --?--], died Dec. 11, 2019. She was born Aug. 26, 1930, the daughter of Boyd and Althea (Sausaman) Warner, in rural North Manchester, Wabash County, Ind., and attended North Manchester schools and Manchester College. Friends knew Carolyn as an excellent piano player, which she started at age 3; for many years she played for the Muncie Cotillion. She and Charles were married in 1951 and moved to Muncie, Delaware County, Ind., a few years later. She was a member of Tri-Kappa sorority and the First Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir. In 1978, the Parmerlees moved to Syracuse, Kosciesco County, Ind., where they had a home on Lake Wawasee. Carolyn enjoyed cooking and gardening. Later in life, Carolyn was a real estate agent, professional model and a bridal consultant. Her survivors include sons Carroll "David" of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., Stephen B. of Muncie and Douglas of Wayland, Allegan County, Mich.; sister Linda Odell of Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Burial was at North Manchester's Oaklawn Cemetery.
Charlotte, of Genesco, Livingston County, N.Y., and widow of James L. [Fred W., --?--], died Jan. 12, 2019. Her mother was her first teacher, in a one-room schoolhouse. She attended the Lowell School of Business and found employment at Metropolitan Life Insurance, filling a number of positions. "I had a license to sell because they had to have one person in the office to sell nickel or dime policies," she said. Her survivors include sons James J. of Vero Beach, Indian River County, Fla., and David L. of Hornell, Steuben County, N.Y.; daughter Anne Dunn of Sylvan Beach, Oneida County, N.Y.; grandchildren Bryan Parmley of Manlius, Onondaga County, N.Y., and Shawn Masse of Oneida, Madison County, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren Katherine and Thomas W. Parmley. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sister Katherine Shea and grandson Michael Parmley.
Craig [Eugene D., Parris E., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a teacher for many years at Ivy Tech Community College, died Nov. 15, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center-Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Ind., after a five-week battle against an infection. The son of Eugene and Lydia (Simms) Parmley, Craig was born Dec. 8, 1957, in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. During his college years at Indiana State University, he helped revolutionize the theater program and continued his love of the stage at other schools and venues. He is survived by wife Marlena, son Matthew, daughter Katherine and sister Carol Nunley. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Doug and sister Sharon. Donations can be made to Katherine and Matthews college fund. Bubb Funeral Chapel of Mishawaka was in charge of arrangements.
Daphne, a resident of Saint Simons Island, Glynn County, Ga., and the widow of George Erwin Parmelee [Ellis Earl, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 14, 2019. She was born July 1, 1939, in Goldsboro, Wayne County, N.C., the daughter of William J. and Eunice D. Grice. She and George, a member of the US Air Force, were married July 27, 1956. Daphne enjoyed her animals and other pets, many that she rescued, and was an avid grower of beautiful garden plants. She is survived by daughters Cynthia Nelson of Kennesaw, Cobb County, Ga., Sandra Rafolski of Brunswick, Glynn County, Ga., and Debra Selander of Cayce, Lexington and Richland counties, S.C.; sisters Susan Leonard of High Point, Guilford County, N.C., and Jane Moudy of Midland, Midland County, Texas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was buried at Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens on Saint Simons Island. The family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Assn., 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Alan [David Henderson, Issac H., Ellsberry "Berry" S., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a welder and sports enthusiast, died Dec. 9, 2019, in Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn. He was born Dec. 9, 1974, in Jackson, Madison County, Tenn., the son of David H. Parmely and Linda (Dancer) Parmely Smith. He was a 1993 graduate of McNairy Central High School, where he played basketball and baseball for the Bobcats. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and worked as a stud welder for Thyssenkrupp for more than 20 years. Alan followed UFC and professional wrestling, and enjoyed softball and golf, bass fishing, and working out with son Bradly. He liked Marvel movies, Godzilla, "Game of Thrones" and playing "Last Shelter: Survival" on his phone. He was very competitive when it came to playing Rook, which often led to spirited discussions at the card table. FOX was his favorite news channel, and he was a supporter of President Trump. Alan formerly attended the Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church. In addition to his father and stepmother, Bonnie, of Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn., and mother of Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn., he is survived by sons Blake A. and Bradly S., both of Adamsville, Hardin-McNairy counties, Tenn.; daughter Baylee M. Parmely of Selmer; brother Scotty D. of Selmer; and sister Krystle S. Parmely of Selmer. Alan was preceded in death by an infant sister, Candy Rena Parmely.
Ernie [Garnett Flavious, Joseph Ephraim, James Ephraim, Ephraim, Garner, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died in early July 2019. He was born Aug. 24, 1952, the son of Garnett and Eileen Mae (Butler) Parmley, in Turlock, Stanislaus County, Calif. He graduated from Hilmar High School and worked in construction most of his adult life; one of his first jobs was for West Coast Premium Aluminum. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid '49ers fan, and loved his cockatiel Elvis. He is survived by sons Johnny Hipolito and Kevin Parmley; daughter Heather Cope; five grandchildren; brothers Joe, Garnett, William, Michael and Gale; sisters Garnell Bawcum, Sebina Forgnone, Patricia Parmley, Debra Myers and Louise Onate. Ernie was preceded in death by his wife, the former Linda Bettencourt, and brother Alfred "Paul."
Frances, wife of Richard H. Parmelee [Edward W., Paul Everett, Hosmer Buckingham, Farnham, Constant, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], died Sept. 29, 2019, in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. She was born April 17, 1934, the daughter of Belvie Jennings Frier Sr. and Edna Frier Kirkland, in Mayo, Lafayette County, Fla. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School, Geneva worked for several insurance companies before becoming a full-time homemaker. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter Beverly Parmelee, brothers B.J. and J.C. Frier, and sister Eleanor Bales. She was preceded in death by sisters Dorothy Wilkinson Burch, Charlotte Brooker and Ethel Carroll. Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Janice Parmley of Conway, Horry County, S.C., died Sept. 1, 2019, at Conway Medical Center. She enjoyed singing and dancing, braiding hair and shopping, but her greatest love was playing bingo. Janice was born Dec. 13, 1960, the daughter of Eugene Wilbert [unplaced] and Ella (Hill) Parmley, in Conway where she attended Horry County public schools and played a little basketball for Conway High School. She went on to Horry Georgetown Tech and Miller-Motte Technical College. Prior to her health issues, Janice was a server/line cook for Quincy's Restaurant and a factory worker for Krispy Kreme Donuts in Texas. Later in life, she worked briefly for Yellow Taxi Cab Services in Conway. Janice attended Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Her survivors include son Mikkel A. Parmley; daughter Tina R. Parmley; brothers Eugene Jr. of Conyers, Rockdale County, Ga., Horace of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., and John C. and George A. of Conway, S.C.; sisters Rebecca Stanley of Conway and Dora L. Hedger of Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas; and grandchildren Jaylen, Titus and Suniya Parmley. She was preceded in death by brothers Michael A. and Titus "T.J.," and sister Harriet Anderson.
Jeannine, whose first husband was the late Conley Parmley [Ode Lee, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 29, 2019. She was born Sept. 30, 1941, the daughter of Lucille (Stephenson) Stringer. Jeannine is survived by husband Harold Donovan; sons Morgan Parmley, Paul Parmley, Jeff Parmley, Stacy Parmley and Chris Parmley; daughter Pam (Parmley) Turner; sister Carolyn Jones; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to Conley, she was preceded in death by brother Ronald Stringer and one grandchild. Burial was in the Parnell Baptist Church Cemetery in Parnell, Wayne County, Ky. Donations may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
Kimberly [unplaced], of Scottsville, Allen County, Ky., died Aug. 3, 2019, at the Medical Center at Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky. She was a homemaker, a former employee of the 101st Airbourne Restaurant and an avid sports mom. She was born May 1, 1976, in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. She is survived by husband David Duncan of Scottsville; sons Cody Parmele of Lebanon, Marion County, Tenn., and Sean and Joshua Duncan of Scottsville; daughter Kaitlyn Duncan of Scottsville; a brother, sister and half-sister; and grandmother Benitta Carlson of Portland. The Goad Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made at Goad Funeral Home.
Renzy, a retired Connecticut state correctional officer and former husband of Sandra Parmelee [George Waldo, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Oct. 4, 2019. He was born July 20, 1928, the son of Venanzio and Marie (DeDominicis) Vallera, in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn. The Vallera family moved to Haddam, New Haven County, Conn., in 1947 to establish and run the family apple orchard known as Hazenhurst Orchards. In 1952, he joined the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company, serving as chief from 1956 to 1958, and becoming a life member in 1961. He was involved with the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight, the Elks Club and the Lions Club, served on various town committees over the years, and was an active member of St. Peter Church in Higganum, Middlesex County, Conn. In addition to Sandra, Renzy is survived by son Ken; daughters Paula Kelley, Gale Stekl, Beth Gaiss and Candy Veazie; 10 grandchildren; and 4½ great-grandchildren. The Funeral Liturgy was held at St. Peter Church; burial was at Meriden's Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company, the Haddam Ambulance Assn., St. Peter Church or an animal rescue organization. Biega's Funeral Home in Middletown was in charge of arrangements.
Peggy, a retired receptionist and the widow of William J. Parmelee [William J., William W., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died June 24, 2019, at Bishop Wicke Healthcare in Shelton, Fairfield County, Conn. She was a resident of Oxford, New Haven County, Conn. Peggy was born Sept. 1, 1931, the daughter of James F. and Margaret (Shea) Brennan of Seymour, New Haven County, Conn. After retiring from the front desk of the Seymour Trust Co., she and Bill did a lot of traveling and spent their winters in Florida. Peggy is survived by son William III of Seattle, King County, Wash.; grandsons William IV of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., and Taylor of Everett, Snohomish County, Wash.; a great-granddaughter; brother James of Seymour; and sister Barbara Murzin of Shelton. Services were private. The Ralph Hull Funeral Home of Seymour handled arrangements.
Mike [Robert W., James "Robert" Robert, Robert James, George Washington, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a career California parks and recreation director, died May 10, 2019, at Central City Care Center in Central City, Merrick County, Neb. Mike was born in Grand Island, Hall County, Neb., on July 15, 1949, the son of Robert and Ellen (Kallos) Parmley, and was 1967 graduate of Grand Island High School. He attended Kearney State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with a degree in physical education. While in college he competed in track and field, pole vaulting, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Mike then made his way to California, where he landed a job with the city of Los Angeles as a parks and recreation director in Woodland Hills and finished his career in Pacific Palisades. After 20 years of employment with the city of Los Angeles, he retired back in Grand Island in 1995. Although Mike was a Nebraska kid at heart, California became his home and he was joined by some of his best friends and classmates. He enjoyed Dodgers games, hanging out at the beach, weekends in Mexico, and having a cold Coors beer. He was a sports advocate who liked to stay in shape, toss the ball around with his nieces and nephews, play the guitar and attend a Huskers game whenever he got the chance. Survivors include brothers Robert of Chandler, Maricopa County, Ariz., and David of Grand Island; and sister Cynthia Arnold of Grand Island. Burial of his ashes will be in Grand Island City Cemetery.
Natha, widow of William Donald Parmley [Ralph, James Alvis, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 30, 2019, in Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tenn. She was born March 11, 1941, in Pocahontas, McNairy County, Tenn., the daughter of Jack and Lydia Sweatman. She and William were married Aug. 26, 1961. Natha attended Emmanuel Tabernacle Holiness Church. She is survived by sons William of Michie, McNairy County, Tenn., and Charles of Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn.; daughters Geneva Jones of Selmer and Regina Rowland of Pochontas; brothers Ray, Orlando and Frankie Sweatman; sisters Alicia Blackwell, Margret Newman, Kay Edwards, Janie Davis, Francis Harrison and Ruth Whitley; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Natha was preceded in death by brothers Henry and Arthur Sweatman; and sister Merlane McMain.
Nicki, wife of Danny Parmley [unplaced], died June 6, 2019, at IU Health Frankfort Hospital in Frankfort, Clinton County, Ind. She was born Sept. 2, 1981, the daughter of Craig Cooper and Jacqueline Gillis, in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind. A member of McCutcheon High School class of '99, she played on the softball and basketball teams, and the trumpet in marching band. She earned a medical assisting degree at Harrison College in 2011. Nicki worked in automobile and insurance sales, and more recently as a warehouse associate and was elected by her coworkers to represent their interests in disputes with management. She enjoyed nights out at her children's softball, basketball and football games and family vacations at the beach. Nary a song exists that Nicki could not have sung along with word for word. In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by son Aidan C. Eavey; daughters Quinn K. and Sawyer M. Parmley; brother Joshua Cooper and great-grandmother Marie Gurnick. The Soller-Baker Funeral Home, Lafayette Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. Inurnment was at Meadow View Cemetery.
Gene [Floyd "Cowboy" William, Floyd B., William E., William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime oilfield contractor, died June 3, 2019, at his home in Morrison, Noble County, Okla. He was born Nov. 3, 1954, the son of Cowboy and Ruby E. (Wyant) Parmley, in Stillwater, Payne County, Okla., where he attended school. He was married to Paula Baldwin, whom he divorced in 1999. Among his survivors are Michael, Penny, Cindy, Michell, Jamie, Katie, Dorothy and William Floyd Parmely Jr. and Misty Baldwin; eight grand and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Roy. Burial was at Olivet Cemetery in Perkins, Wayne County, Okla.
Rhonda [Martin "Forrest," Ingram Bedford, Bedford Forrest, Silas Ray, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a counselor and long-time teacher, died Oct. 23, 2019, after a 4½-year battle with brain cancer. She lived life to the fullest right up to the end, running a marathon with her youngest daughter just weeks before she learned the disease had recurred and was spreading. Born Dec. 4, 1962, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., to Martin "Forrest" and Janie Parmley, and raised in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., Rhonda was president of her high school class and captain of the cheerleading squad before going on to achieve a B.A. in religion, an M.S. in special education and rehabilitation and a Ph.D. in counselor education from Colorado State University. Rhondas professional accomplishments were characterized by her desire to help others and improve the world. Early in her career she was a counselor in worker rehabilitation. She later became a private practice therapist. After receiving her Ph.D., she found a passion for teaching and subsequently taught at Colorado State University and Front Range Community College. She taught Womens Studies at Front Range through this past spring semester. One of her most cherished accomplishments was founding and serving as executive director for Healthkind Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing health services for women and children in Sudan. Rhonda and husband Mark shared passions for music, travel, nature, political campaigns, customizing their home together and running. They met while training for their first triathlon in 2006. Both had children from former marriages that became part of their blended family. Rhonda is remembered in love by husband Mark Forsyth; daughters Rachael, Anne and Rebecca Hamner (father Wentzell Hamner); stepchildren Grace Forsyth Church and Charles Forsyth; her mother; sister Melissa Smith; two grandchildren; and canine companions Lily and Little Bear. Rhonda was preceded in death by her father. Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Johns Cathedral in Denver and Friends of Warner Parks in Nashville.
Dick [James Leo, Henry "Frank" Franklin, James Cooke, Rufus H., Henry K., Henry, Samuel, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], formerly of Geneva, Seminole County, Fla., died May 9, 2019, in Venice, Sarasota County, Fla. He was born Jan. 24, 1933, the son of James and Grace (McCann) Parmelee, in Geneva. He was a member of Local 187 and 181 United Brotherhood of Carpenters for 50 years, a Scout Master for Troop 7 Methodist Church for several years, and served in the Navy during the Korean War. Dick and the former Margaret "Peg" Clark were married for 66 years; they moved to Venice in 1986. In addition to his widow, he is survived by sons Ronald of Richford, Tioga County, N.Y., and Daniel of Simpsonville, Greenville County, S.C.; and 18 grandchildren. He was predeceased by son Richard Jr. in 2005. Burial will be in Geneva's Glenwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn. or the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Sandy, a businesswoman and the widow of Norman D. Parmley [Robert W., James "Robert" Robert, Robert James, George Washington, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 25, 2019. She was born May 18, 1948, in Bismarck, Burleigh County, N.D., the daughter of Gordon and Dorothy Evanson. The family moved to California in 1950, and to Bellflower, Los Angeles County, Calif., four years later. She was a graduate of Downey High School. Sandy married and had a daughter, Tonya, and six years later a son, Brandon. She married Norm in 1976 and together they raised a blended family including Tonya, Brandon, Kim and Chris; Sandy also had seven grandchildren. She began her career in the aerospace industry during the moon-shot era, gaining experience in human resources and organizational management. She moved on to a creative design firm, and, after her husband's death in 2000, served as executive vice president at Battaglia Inc., a worldwide theme-park design company.