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Alpha, a longtime resident of Ashtablua, Ashtabula County, Ohio, and former wife of Richard D. [Harry, William "Garfield," Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 5, 2021, at St. Ann's Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Alpha was the secretary, bookkeeper and clerk for the Ashtabula City Sanitation Department for 23 years, retiring in 1992. She was born April 5, 1927, the daughter of Lester R. and Opal (Curtis) Williams in Jefferson, Ashtabula County, Ohio. She was a member of the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene and served in several lay positions over five decades. She played in the church softball league and enjoyed writing, reading, crocheting and playing the accordion. Among her survivors are daughter Rachel Bell of Columbus; sister Kathie Watts of Ashtabula; and four grand- and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers Robert in infancy, Esker, Roy and Ronald Williams. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to the John Hagee Ministries, PO Box 1400, San Antonio, TX 78295-1400.


Denny, husband of Susan Diane (Parmley) [William Laurence, Walter "Lee" Lee, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Feb. 9, 2021, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Washington County, Ark. He was born Oct. 5, 1938, the son of Charles "Bill" Lilburn and Letha Vernette (Clevidence) Bray, in North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Denny graduated from North Little Rock High in 1956, and attended college at Ouachita Baptist and Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas). He worked at the YMCA in Houston and Waco, Texas, and was active in running and other outdoor sports. He was in sales during much of his later life, and worked the last 15 years for First Security Bank. Denny served as elder for the Woodlands Church of Christ in Shenandoah, Texas, and the Old Wire Road Church of Christ in Fayetteville. In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by sons Bill of Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, and Stuart of Fayetteville; and five grand- and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Kenneth E. The Westfield Chapel in Springdale, Ark., was in charge of arrangements.


Bill [Harold Leon, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a teacher and hotelier, died Jan. 10, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, Putnam County, Tenn. He was born July 7, 1944, the son of Harold and Alice (Stacey) Parmelee, in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn. After graduating Middletown High School in 1962, he earned a bachelor's in education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master's in education from the University of Bridgeport. He taught at Old Saybrook schools from 1976 to '85, and then moved to Cookeville where he purchased the Star Motor Inn. Among his survivors are brothers Harold of Bloomfield, Hartford County, Conn., and Charles of Higganum, Middlesex County, Conn. David Stephens, Sherri Abston and the Star Motor Inn staff are the family that took wonderful care of him in Tennessee. Sister Donna Bryant preceded him in death. Burial was at Haddam Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter, 2650 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville, TN 38501.


Juanita June New-Parmley, widow of Obie Elzo [Clyde, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 4, 2021, in Clayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. She was born Nov. 2, 1945, in Spann Hill, Wayne County, Ky. She was graduate of Wayne County High School, and retired from The Laurels of West Carrollton (formerly Elm Creek Nursing Facility) in 1999. Among her survivors are son Christopher, three grand- and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sister Francis Berkermeir. Memorial donations may be made to DayCity Hospice.


Mary, widow of Ruben M. Parmely [unplaced] of Greenville, Pitt County, N.C., died Jan. 15, 2021. She was born April 28, 1932, the daughter of John and Malissia Pope, in She was a member of Zion Chapel FWB Church. She and Ruben were married in 1954 at Ayden, Pitt County, N.C.; he died in 2014. Her survivors include daughters Joann Blount of Roselle, Union County, N.J., Linda Davis of Greenville and Brenda Parmely of Elizabeth, Union County, N.J.; brother Levi Pope of Queens, Queens County, N.Y.; sister Annie L. Williams of Ayden; and six grand- and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Ayden's North East Cemetery.


Tom [Arthur "Philip," Seba N., Mary Ellen, Mary (Jennison) and Joseph Parmley, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry] died Jan. 23, 2021, at his home in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. He was born Aug. 2, 1944, the son of Philip and Alama "Penny" Mae (Wallace) Parmley, in Baltimore, Md. He was a 1962 graduate of Fairmont High School and later from Sinclair Community College. Tom spent most of his career in auto sales at Frank Z. Smedley's and Lang's Chevrolet. He finished his career in managing auction sales at ADESA. Tom enjoyed racing and building engines for street cars and hotrods, the World of Outlaws sprint cars, go-karts, the International Drag Bike Assn., motorcycles, and his "Tom & Jerry" 1968 ProStock Camaro. From his '57 Chevy to his '67 Nova to his barely legal Suzuki Hayabusa, Tom enjoyed anything that went fast and burned gasoline. In his retirement years, he found a new challenge in radio-control car racing, and enjoyed watching football. In addition to Judy, his wife of 53 years, he is survived by sons John and Steve, brother Wallace "Jerry," and four grandchildren. The Tobias Funeral Home in Kettering was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in Tom's name to the American Cancer Assn.


Rocky [Roy Albert, Roy Albert, Percy Albert, Charles A., Parin "Payne," Elihu, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Jan. 14, 2021, at MUSC Medical Center in Lancaster, Lancaster County, S.C. He was born Dec. 23, 1969, the son of Roy and Janice (Eubanks) Parmelee, in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Rocky enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle, and was a Georgia Bulldogs fan. In addition to his mother of Coral Springs, Broward County, Fla., he is survived by his wife, the former Crystal Garris of Lancaster; son Patrick A. of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Ill.; daughter Brittney E. Ciesa of Lancaster; and brother Robert A. of Coral Springs. He was preceded in death by daughter Jerika L. The Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

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