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Alpha, a longtime resident of Ashtabula, 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.
Elaine, of Wilmington, Hanover County, N.C., widow of Benjamin Jacobs [Edgar Goodsell, Charles E., George, William, William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], died May 11, 2021. She was born Dec. 14, 1938, the daughter of George Leon and Patricia (Boyd) Carroll, in Mullins, Marion County, S.C. Elaine began her education in South Carolina, at the Horry County grammar school in Conway. Due to her academic excellence, she skipped the seventh grade. During her senior year, she was the head typist for The Wildcat student newspaper at New Hanover High School, where she graduated in 1956. Elaine went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She worked as a medical transcriptionist at James Walker Memorial Hospital, Cape Fear Memorial Hospital, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Dr. Thaddeus Coin's private practice. She was a previous ruling elder and president of the Ladies of Pearsall Presbyterian Church and a member of First Baptist Church in Wilmington. Elaine is survived by brother George; sister Linda; and her best friend of 60 years, Gloria Hood. Burial was at Wilmington's Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family is sure she stopped by the Rainbow Bridge to collect all her cats -- especially Inky -- on her flight to heaven.
Barb [Morrill T., De Vere "Dee," Walter "William," John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died May 20, 2021, surrounded by her children at her home in Osceola, St. Joseph County, Ind. Barb was born Dec. 25, 1931, the daughter of Morrill and Dorothy (Varner) Parmley, on the Varner family homestead at Mounds, Pulaski County, Ill. After the start of World War II, the family moved to South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., the area she would live for most of her life. Barb was a graduate of the former South Bend Central High School and worked at Wilson Brothers, Bendix Aviation, Associated Investments and then became a homemaker as her children were growing up. Later, she became a nursing assistant and retired from Memorial Home Health Care. She was active in the Avalon Grotto and, while a member, served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Barb, who enjoyed genealogy, was a longtime member of the Schuyler Colfax Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling, quilting, and tending her flower gardens. She loved to play cards and was a regular at Mishawaka's Battell Center. She attended Osceola United Methodist Church for many years. Barb had three husbands: Gay Albert Ellis, whom she married Jan. 6, 1949, shortly after high school; Robert Dujardin, in 1966; and William Roland Seaton, on March 22, 1984. All three preceded her in death. Barb is survived by son David Eugene Ellis of Cross Hill, Laurens County, S.C.; daughters Sheryl Ellis LaMar of Valrico, Hillsborough County, Fla., and Rebecca Dujardin Mathes of New Paris, Elkhart County, Ind.; stepson Lamar Seaton of South Bend; brother James of Granger, St. Joseph County, Ind.; and five grand- and two great-grandchildren. She also was predeceased by brother Merrill Eugene Parmley and a grandson. Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola handled arrangements.
Betty [Issac H., Ellsberry "Berry" S., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a homemaker and the wife of Thomas D. Saxton, died Aug. 10, 2021, in Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tenn. She was born Aug. 22, 1948, in Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn., the daughter of Issac H. and Katie "Ilene" (Littlejohn) Parmely. Betty and Thomas were married April 16, 1966, and together they worked the family farm. Every year she raised a beautiful vegetable garden which she worked in from sunup to sundown. When she wasn't in her garden, she was tending to her many flowers. She loved listening to a variety of music, playing the guitar, and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church in McNairy. In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by son Bryan of Bethel Springs; daughters Shelia Graham and Amanda Gentry, both of Bethel Springs; brothers Bennie, Billy Wayne, James and David Henderson, all of Selmer; sisters Carolyn Hensley of Ramer, and Mary Thacker of Bethel Springs; and 10 grand- and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother Bobby Earl; sister Kathryn Adkins; and granddaughter Cecily Danielle Graham. Burial was at Bethel Springs' Lake Hill Memorial Gardens.
Billy [Issac H., Ellsberry "Berry" S., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Sept. 16, 2021, in Corinth, Alcorn County, Miss. He was born July 26, 1947, the son of Issac and Katie "Ilene" (Littlejohn) Parmely, in McNairy County, Tenn. Billy worked 30-plus years for Harman Automotive in Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn., and enjoyed square dancing, gardening and baseball. He was baptized at Eastside Church of Christ. His survivors include sons Kevin, Shane, Tommy and Adam, all of Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn.; brothers Bennie, James and David H. of Selmer; sisters Carolyn Hensley of Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn., and Mary Thacker of Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tenn.; five grand- and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by brother Bobby Ear; and sisters Betty Sue Saxton and Kathryn Adkins. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer was in charge of arrangements.
Brownie [Thaddeus "Gene" Eugene, Thaddeus "Thad," William Harrison, Robert, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired educator and football coach, died May 5, 2021, at Marigold House in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, La. He was born Oct. 16, 1937, the son of Thaddeus and Wilva (Whitlock) Parmley, in Dumas, Moore County, Texas. He coached teams in Arkansas and Louisiana, the last team being the Bolton High School Bears in Alexandria. Brownie also was an avid golfer. He is survived by sons Eric and Brian; sister Dena Stoker; grandson Brad Parmley; and great-grandchildren Michael, Annabelle and Samuel Parmley. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Bonnie Ingram Parmley; and brother Marion "Wayne." The family welcomes donations to the charity of ones choice in Coach Parmleys honor. The Gallagher Funeral Home in Ball handled arrangements.
Connie [LeRoy "Roy" George, Harry Edwin, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--] of Atlanta, Montgomery County, Mich., died Oct. 25, 2021, at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, Midland County, Mich. She was born Sept. 27, 1954, the daughter of LeRoy and Verna (Griffin) Parmelee, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Connie was a member of New Beginnings Ministries and enjoyed sketch art. Surviving are husband Ricky Vinton, whom she married in 2016; son Matthew Osborne; daughters Crystal Osborne and Amanda Salyer; brothers Steven and Dan; three stepchildren; 13 grand- and six great-grandchildren. Inurnment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich. Bannan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Carole, a retired cook from the American River Transportation Co. which provides service on the Illinois, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, died Nov. 22, 2021, at Metropolis (Ill.) Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Her first husband was James [Walter Eugene, Otto, Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], son of Walter and Mildred Edith (Ball) Parmely. Carole was born about 1941, the daughter of Theodore F. and Thelma (Brinker) Eickholz, and lived in Metropolis, Massic County, Ill. She was a member of St. John Church. She is survived by son James Parmely; sister Wanda Korte; six grand- and 15 great-grandchildren. Carole was preceded in death by son Randall Irvin Parmely. Memorials may be made in Caroles name to Project Hope Humane Society, P.O. Box 125, Metropolis, IL 62960. Arrangements were entrusted to Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home.
Catherine, a longtime nurse and widow of Dr. John Bill [Tim Hennessey, Samuel Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Dec. 19, 2021, in Covington, St. Tammany Parish, La. She was born Aug. 8, 1939, in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., the daughter of Capt. James E. and Rita (Lapour) Cripps. Catherine was a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans in 1957, and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1960. She went on to attend Charity Hospital School of Anesthesia, finishing in 1965, and the Holy Cross College Nursing Program in 1983. She worked at Mercy Hospital as a registered nurse, and Hotel Dieu as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She was an outgoing and social woman, and married to John for 40 years. Among her survivors are daughters Judith Kirkwood, Jennifer Robinson and Patricia A.G. Parmley; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son John, and sister Rita Sander. Burial was at New Orleans' Metairie Cemetery. The E.J. Fielding Funeral Home of Covington was in charge of services.
C.A. [Charles Arthur "Doc," William Parin, Joel Parin, Parin "Payne," Elihu, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired Kansas highway patrolman, died Feb. 18, 2021, at his home. He was born June 29, 1937, the son of Charles and Wilma Belle (Albert) Parmalee, in Pierce City, Lawrence County, Mo. C.A. graduated from Girard (Kan.) High School and went on to Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He enlisted in the National Guard for three years and went into the Army Reserves where he retired after more than 41 years of service. C.A. worked in various mechanic positions until he became a highway patrolman. He retired Feb. 17, 1995. During his adventurous life, he raced a car at the drag strip, go-karts, motocross, remote-control cars and flew remote-control airplanes. He and his wife, Carolyn, could be found at a racetrack most weekends; Lakeside Speedway was one of their favorites. He assembled an impressive classic car collection over the years and loved hanging out at car shows and cruises. He'll be remembered for his 1955 baby-blue-and-white Chevrolet convertible and his 1969 white Chevrolet pickup. C.A. and Carolyn enjoyed traveling all over the country in their RVs and sailing their boat at Perry Lake. In addition to his widow, the former Carolyn Southard, he is survived by son Greg; daughter Vicki Holmgren; sister Barbara Wilson; and four grand-, one step-grand, seven great-grand and four step-great-grandchildren. Burial was at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Chuck [Wilfred A., Charles Henry, Rufus Electus, Rufus Clark, Ebenezer, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], the former chairman of the board of the Toronto Harbour Commission, died Feb. 14, 2021, at Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with his partner, Kathy Murphy, at his side. Chuck was born about 1933, the son of Wilfred and Lillas (Stitt) Parmelee, in Ottawa. Chuck graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in mechanical engineering in 1954. The following year he earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from McGill University, a bachelor's in science from RMC in 1956, and an master's in business administration from Western University in 1960. His long and varied career included working for Shell Oil, Atlas Steel and Drake Personnel before beginning 20 years of working with and for Stephen Roman, chairman and founder of the Roman Corp. Chuck traveled the world seeking opportunities for the company in oil, gas and mining exploration as well as other business sectors, culminating as president of the Roman Corp. After Mr. Romans death, Chuck moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, as president and CEO of Graymont Ltd. He returned to Toronto to serve as the federal governments representative on the Board of the Toronto Harbour Commission, serving as commissioner and chairman of the board for a decade. He was instrumental in gaining support and funding for the lakefront Toronto Music Garden and for the development and expansion of the Toronto Island Airport. Chuck loved his yacht, Super Date, and all activities that flowed from it. While a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, he served as treasurer, vice commodore and commodore, and led the search and design for the RCYC City Club. As president of his condominium corporation, King's Landing, he supported and facilitated the National Ballet of Canada Walter Carsen Centre's move to Kings Landing. Chuck enjoyed playing squash and tennis, and skiing with friends. He was a serious car enthusiast who always had the latest and greatest shiny new one. Chuck is survived by sisters Helen OBrien and Janet Hutchison. He was precede in death by two wives, the former Nancy J. Vickerson, whom he married in 1959, and Veronica H. Dugdale, whom he married in 1971.
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.
Cheryl, former wife of Ross Alan [Lonie Ross, Gerald L., Fred Scott Rochester, Chester Alanson, Jason, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Portland, Ionia County, Mich., died Nov. 4, 2021. Cheryl was born Jan. 23, 1964, in Merced, Merced County, Calif., and graduated high school in Chandler, Maricopa County, Ariz. Her father, Joseph, was in the Air Force so she grew up traveling the country. Cheryl enjoyed the beach, being warm, sipping a margarita (not made with sweet-sour mix), online shopping (she had impeccable taste), watching hours of The Food Network on end, drinking coffee (mostly to hold the hot cup -- we told you she liked to be warm), quilting and sewing, making jewelry, reading, playing classical guitar, harassing her children (for fun), country music and cooking (which everybody loved). Through her battle with illness, she taught her children to be strong and resilient, to never give up on their dreams and goals, and to always put family first. In addition to her father, Cheryl is survived by sons Scott, Michael, Travis and Cade Parmelee; daughter Shea Elliott; brother Joe; sisters Tracy and Michelle; and grandchildren Bristol, Charlotte and Ophelia Parmalee. Lehman Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
Dale [Edward T., Ernest P., James, --?--], a farmer and local civic leader, died Feb. 22, 2021, in his hometown of Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y. He was born Aug. 5, 1939, the son of Edward and Hilda L. (Clark) Parmley, in Venice Center, Auburn County, N.Y., and was a 1957 graduate of Genoa Central School. Dale farmed a large spread in the southern part of the county, and, for several years, co-owned and operated Genoa Grain. He received the Jaycee's 1973 New York State Outstanding Young Farmer Award. Dale also held various leadership positions throughout the community: a member of the County Legislature from 1975 to 1985, four years of which he served as chairman; assessor for the town of Venice; a board member of Moravia National Bank; and various capacities in other organizations. He enjoyed boating, cars and attending Syracuse basketball games. But first and foremost, he was a people person. Whether he was at his farm, his condo in North Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., or at happy hour with friends in Auburn, Dale loved to tell stories and converse with others. He was thought of as a helpful and kind person. Among his survivors are daughters Darlene Lacey of Milford, New Haven County, Conn., Cindy Parmley of Killington, Rutland County, Vt., Beth Norman of Bridgeport, Madison County, N.Y., and Amy Parmley of Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y.; sisters Vivian Geiger, formerly of Lansing, Tompkins County, N.Y., and Donna Marshall of Penn Yan, Yates County, N.Y.; and seven grand- and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Shirley Marshall. In Dale's honor, donations may be made to: Southern Cayuga FFA , c/o Assistant Superintendent's Office, Southern Cayuga Central School, 2384 State Route 34B, Aurora, NY 13026.
David [Issac H., Ellsberry "Berry" S., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired grain elevator worker, died Dec. 22, 2021, in Adamsville, McNairy County, Tenn. He was born March 23, 1954, the son of Isaac and Katie "Ilene" (Littlejohn) Parmely, in Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn. David worked for Thyssenkrupp Elevator for 37 years, retiring in 2016. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons and brothers, dancing, coaching girls' softball and working his flower beds. He was a member of Sulphur Springs Methodist Church. He is survived by his widow, the former Bonnie King; son Scotty of Selmer; daughter Krystle of Selmer; stepson, Joseph Hardin of Jackson, Madison County, Tenn.; stepdaughters Alissa Smith of Savannah, Hardin County, Tenn., and Laura Wheeler of Milan, Gibson County, Tenn.; brothers Bennie and James, both of Selmer; sisters Mary Thacker of Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tenn., and Carolyn Hensley of Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn.; grandchildren Blake, Bradly and Baylee Parmely; and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son David "Alan"; daughter Candy R.; brothers Billy Wayne and Bobby Earl; and sisters Katheryn Adkins and Betty Sue Saxton.
Donna, the wife of Curtis C. [Narvel, Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 24, 2021, at her home in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. She was born March 7, 1952, the daughter of Whitt and Neva (Perkins) Dean, in Wayne County, and was a member of Faith United Baptist Church. She is survived by husband Curtis, whom she married in 1974 and in 1987; son Curtis "Shawn" Parmley; daughter Angela Morgan Carrender; and a granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her second husband, David Morgan. Burial was in Monticello's Elk Springs Cemetery. News Monticello Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ellen, an advocate for education and widow of Wayne [Ferrill J., James Wilbur, Melvin Augustus, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died June 5, 2021, at Sullivan Park Rehabilitation Center in Spokane Valley, Spokane County, Wash. Ellen was born Aug. 28, 1923, the daughter of Tracy James and Iona (Snider) Purrington, in Beemer, Cuming County, Neb. In 1934, the family moved to South Dakota where Ellen lived most of her life. She attended Highland Center Grade School, graduated from St. Lawrence High School in 1941, and then earned her teaching certificate at Madison Normal School. Ellen and Wayne were married Dec. 21, 1943, at her parents' home. She taught in Pearl Township, Hand County, and Grant Township, Lincoln County, and worked as an aide at the Bates and Spring Lake country schools. She also taught Sunday and Bible school classes at Highland Center and Rose Hill Church. Ellen taught music at Spring Lake and played for the Sunday school children at Rose Hill Church. She gave her grand- and great-grandsons piano lessons and taught them to dance to Bing Crosby tunes in her living room. She became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miller, and was a member of Rainbow Welcome Club, South Hand Extension Club, Republican Women Assn., St. Lawrence Tops and other organizations. She enjoyed newspaper crosswords, crocheting, knitting, tatting, reading and, best of all, welcoming visitors to her home with coffee, homemade goodies, and hours of good conversations and laughter. Ellen is survived by daughters Farryle Wendel of Spokane, Darla Lawver of Hartford, Minnehaha County, S.D., and Sena Rombough of Miller, Hand County, S.D.; seven grand-, nine great-grand- and various step-grandchildren. In addition to husband Wayne, she was preceded in death by brothers Russell and James; and sister Lurabel Evans. Inurnment was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth [unplaced], of Metropolis, Massac County, Ill., died April 11, 2021, at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center in Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tenn. She was born Aug. 31, 1962, the daughter of John Albert and Sharon L. McCutcheon. Elizabeth worked several years as a bakery manager. The kitchen was her happy place: She loved to cook and bake for her family. Elizabeth was of the Baptist faith, enjoyed "The Andy Griffith Show" and had a love for her country. Among her survivors are sons Steven Edward, Joseph Kane and Nicholas Clay Parmley; brothers John and Jim McCutcheon; sisters Erin Evans and Andrea Riepe; and 10 grandchildren, including Natalie, Wesley, Fiona, Bryce, Jaxon, Brycen, Serenity and Issac Parmley. Her brother Robert preceded her in death. Lindsey Funeral Home 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.
Gordon [Thomas "Gordon" Gordon, Newland Muhlenburg, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a photographer and teacher, was born Dec. 28, 1948, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth "Oma Lee" Parmley, in Warren County, Tenn. After the death of his father, he was adopted by his father-by-love, Edwin Cirgil Mayfield. Young Gordon spent his formative years attempting to jump off the house with an umbrella parachute and "borrowing" tires off construction wheelbarrows to build go-carts. While his Army dad was stationed in Maryland, he attended school in Baltimore and was an upstanding member of the "safety patrol," helping people cross the street. His family gave him the moniker "Buster" as a tribute to an uncle who died in World War II, and, as the youngest of four, he was adored by his older siblings. Gordon was a 1967 graduate of McMinnville (Tenn.) Central High School where he earned trophies in football and baseball, and the title of "Bachelor of Ugliness." He attended Middle Tennessee State University and became the first member of his family to earn a college degree. He studied political science, not because of any future political career, but because of his love of learning and history. There he met an Irving College girl, Nancy Woodlee. Despite her seeming disinterest and claims of needing to wash her hair, he decided to court her. Fortunately, he acquired a hot rod Camaro to gain her attention, and she eventually fell in love with his wit and charm. They were wed June 1, 1971. Gordon found a hobby in photography that would become a passion and a career. And as fate would have it, his first photography class not only introduced him to the photographic arts but also to one of his lifelong friends, Kent Grizzell, a fellow history buff and travel enthusiast who would accompany him on many road trips. With his college degree, he began a career teaching old and interesting facts about Tennessee and the United States to middle school students, and later established a photography class that allowed him to bring his teaching and photography professions together. For more than 30 years, he created humorous nicknames for his students that sometimes stuck for life, and gained superior skills in the sport of eraser throwing. Several students left his class with knowledge and more chalk on their person than when they entered. During this time, Nancy gave birth to their first and ultimately his favorite child, Dachelle "Shelly." He promptly named her Beano, much to her later chagrin. For 12 years, he would make her a bowl of Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal with toast buttered on both sides. He would then wrap an unadulterated tuna fish sandwich (on white bread) in Saran Wrap and send her off to school to gain the knowledge she needed to "rule the world." His love of literature and sarcastic, droll humor was a bond between the two. Eleven years later, Lindsi was born and he discovered he had two favorite children. He nicknamed her Cricket as a child because of her constant movement. Gordon spent hours attending her many ballgames and shared a camera or two when she worked in the family business right out of college. They bonded over sports, history and travel. He insisted he was glad he had daughters ("they smell better than boys"), and they could count on him to slip them some cash as they went out the door. Gordon loved his grandchildren, treating them to lunch at the local meat-and-three, dancing with them to his wild music, sharing ice cream, and attending all of their athletics, academic and dance events. He traveled the globe in a desire to never stop learning and to see the world he enjoyed reading about. Gordon took photos at weddings, schools, dances, reunions, businesses and at his studio. Each September, he could be found under the grandstand at the Warren County A&L Fair surrounded by his work. He was a deacon at Bybee Branch Church of Christ, a job he counted as an honor and spent many hours helping where he could. Among his survivors are widow Nancy, daughters Dachelle McVey and Lindsi Green, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Nulin "Gene" Parmley. Burial was at McMinnville's Armstrong Cemetery. Memorial donations be made to Meals on Wheels, 106 East End Drive, McMinnville, TN 37110. High Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Grace, widow of John Vernon [James Lundy, Irving Lundy, James, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Jan. 25, 2021, at her home in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. She was born Nov. 2, 1940, the daughter of Meta (Hoffman) and Herbert Grabeman, in Jasper, Dubois County, Ind. She was a graduate of Lockyears Business College in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Grace and John met in 1960 and were married the following year. After a five-year honeymoon living in the Sheraton French Lick Resort where John was employed, they proceeded to raise three sons and move 13 times throughout the years, living in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey before making their way to Wilmington in 1987. Grace spent countless hours caring for her kids, being a den mother during the Cub Scout years and a band booster during high school. She opened her home, day or night, to her sons friends. No matter where they were living; the Parmelee home was always the hangout and she enjoyed that. Grace worked several years as a secretary for various CPAs. Her final job was in the office of Del Campo Baking Co., from which she retired in the late '90s so she could more easily travel back to Indiana to care for her aging parents. Grace enjoyed day trips with family and friends, and days at the beach. She is survived by sons Ted of Wilmington, Tom of Wake Forest, Wake County, N.C., and Paul of Havertown, Delaware County, Pa.; and granddaughters Meg and Macy Parmelee of Chapel Hill. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death brother Samuel of Greenville, Darke County, Ohio. Her ashes were interred alongside Johns at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd columbarium in Wilmington.
Ila, the first and "favorite" of Henry Lincoln [Thomas Benton, William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and Nany "Lucille" (Ratliff) Parmley's six children, died at her home in Udall, Cowley County, Kan., on Oct. 20, 2021, of natural causes. She was born Jan. 20, 1930, in Stark City, Newton County, Mo., and graduated from Midway School. In 1951, Ila moved to Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan., to work for Boeing for nearly two decades. She married Michael Ernest Thompson in May 1967, and moved to Udall, Cowley County, Kan. There, she and Mike spent their lives doing what they loved: farming full-time, on the Lily Sawin Thompson farm. Ila was a member of Udall United Methodist Church and graced the members with her contralto voice for many years. She participated in numerous church groups and activities and enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. In 2001, Ila survived Stage III lymphoma, a testament to her strength and determination. In addition to husband Mike, she is survived by sisters Mary Lowe and Dolly Gray. She was preceded in death by brothers Carl "Skinny," Carol "Fats," and Larry "Jim" Parmley. Miles Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jim, of Elk River, Clearwater County, Idaho, widower of Joyce L. [Merwin Delano, Guy Martin, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died May 31, 2021. He was born April 18, 1929, the son of Henry and Velma (Withem) Waldrop, in Robinson, Crawford County, Ill. Jim enlisted in the Army but was discharged for being too young at 16. He wandered the country doing many jobs until he landed in Seattle, King County, Wash., where he rejoined the Army. He served on active duty for 3½ years and was transferred to the reserves for five. He was recalled during the Korean War and served in the 434 Combat Engineers, Korea 8th Army. He and Joyce had eight children. After her death in 1986, he returned to the Seattle area where he managed a gas station and owned a lawn care business before joining the Seattle Metro Bus Co. After retiring in 1991, Jim and his second wife, the former Gladys Rogers, moved to Elk River and became well-known in the community. If you saw a golf cart, it was Jim and Gladys. They enjoyed going to yard sales and then having yard sales. Jim loved to bargain. He could do just about any job around the house. He loved his collections of pocket watches, clocks, knives, belt buckles, car and motorcycle models and was always proud to show them to visitors. In his last year, he enjoyed puttering around town in his side-by-side. Jim was preceded in death by both his wives, son Jeffrey, and brothers Leo, Eugene and Kenneth. Burial was at Elk River's Three Pines Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Elk River Food Bank or Elk River Fire Department.
Janet [Ralph Own, Owen Settles, Francis "Frank" Owen, Luman E., Lucius Seth, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Mount Airy, Carroll and Frederick counties, Md., died Oct. 12, 2021. She was born Oct. 19, 1954, the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy Louise (Ashby) Parmele, in Washington, D.C. Janet grew up in the Maryland suburbs, graduating in 1972 from Wheaton High School, where she was a member of the marching band and the American Field Service Club. That same year she married her high school sweetheart, Stephen C. Silvious; they were married 49 years. After graduation she worked as assistant manager of the Potomac Valley Bank accounting department. She was a disaster relief volunteer and enjoyed playing English handbells, duckpin bowling, cards and games, making crafts and watching the Frederick Keys baseball team. She also had an extensive elephant collection. She was a member of the Friends in Frederick Parkinson's Disease Support Group, editing its newsletter before becoming co-leader about 10 years ago. She is also one of founding members of the Four State Alliance for Parkinson's Support. In addition to husband Steve, she is survived by son Calvin; daughter Elaine; brother Skip; sister Judith Sayre; and special friend Juanita Compton. Burial was at Parklawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Friends in Frederick Parkinson's Disease Support Group, P.O. Box 213, Walkersville, MD 21793. The Stauffer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Eugenia, wife of Kenneth Ray [Raymond "Howard," Orlen R., Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmely, died May 7, 2021, in Pocahontas, McNairy County, Tenn. She was born Feb. 2, 1951, the daughter of Gene and Louise (Yarbrough) Kirk, in Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn. She and Kenneth were married Dec. 12, 1969. Eugenia was a Ramer High School graduate. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, and attended the Pocahontas Church of Christ. In addition to husband Kenneth, she is survived by son Kirk of Pocahontas; sisters Regina Burch of Trenton, Gibson County, Tenn., Georgina Harbin of Counce, Hardin County, Tenn.; and granddaughters Callie Parmely and Anna Beth Parmely, both of Pocahontas.
John [John Hannemann, John Pearson, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry], a farmer and draftsman, died Feb. 12, 2021, at his home in Watertown, Dodge County, Wis. He was born Nov. 29, 1927, the son of John and Wilma (Jenkins) Parmley, in Mifflin, Iowa County, Wis. John was a 1945 graduate of Oconomowoc High School and attended the University of Wisconsin for Agriculture. He served as an MP in the U.S. Army for 2½ years and earned an honorable discharge before the Korean War. He and Janet Braatz were married June 29, 1957, at St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wis. John started his working career at Heil as a welder, and then became a draftsman at LaBelle Industry in Oconomowoc. After moving to Watertown, he continued as a draftsman at Hevi-Duty and then the Eaton Corp. from which he retired from in 1993, but then went back to work for six years at Universal Electronics in Whitewater, Wadsworth and Jefferson counties, Wis. John always had a passion for farming and continued to do so most of his life. He loved to remodel, always improving what could be made better. He liked to bowl, golf and travel. In 1992, he and Janet took a three-week vacation to England with his siblings. And the family had Green Bay Packers season tickets. In addition to his widow, his survivors include sons John of Crystal Lake, McHenry County, Ill., Joseph of Colgate, Washington County, Wis., and James of Watertown; daughter Julie Gaugert of Watertown; sister Charlotte Schneider of Rhinelander, Oneida County, Wis.; and six grand-, three step-grand, one great-grand-, and one step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by brother Philip and sister Marian Kuhl. The family would like to thank the Watertown Fire Department for their excellent service as well as Marquardt Hospice and Debbie Lambrecht for caring for John. The Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Summit Cemetery in Oconomowoc.
Joey [Donald Lee, Waldo Eugene, George Waldo, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a union electrician and former Marine, died unexpectedly Dec. 12, 2021. He was born May 30, 1997, the son of Donald and Gail Parmelee, in Farmington, Hartford County, Conn., and lived in Portland, Middlesex County, Conn. He grew up in Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., attending Haddam Killingworth High School where he played football for three years and was active in Boy Scouts Troop 44. After graduation, Joey joined the Marines and served four years as an antitank missile gunner with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines, India Company Weapons Section. He recently had been working as an electrician for the Local 90. He enjoyed working on his vehicles, especially his Japanese-made truck, and never missed the chance to check out a new local brewery. Joey is survived by his mother, Gail of Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn.; his father, Donald and wife Cathy of Middletown; brothers Donald Jr. of Middletown, Phil of Portland, Josh of Rocky Hill, Hartford County, Conn.; sisters Crystal Henry of Killingworth, Middlesex County, Conn., Lexi Klubek of Middletown; grandfather Robert Cormier of Colchester, New London County, Conn.; and grandmother Frances St. Martin of Enfield, Hartford County, Conn. Biega Funeral Home of Middletown was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mission 22 Til Valhalla Project, a veteran suicide prevention program.
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.
Katheryn, daughter of the late Katie "Ilene" (Littlejohn) Parmely, died March 19, 2021, in Ripley, Tippah County, Miss. She was born April 17, 1939, in Alcorn County, Miss., and raised by her mother and stepfather, Isaac H. [Ellsberry "Berry," Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmely. She and Ewing "Skeet" Harold Adkins were married Jan. 1, 1989. He died July 20, 2009. Katheryn was a production worker for Mitchell Manufacturing in Corinth, Miss., Levi-Strauss in Ramer, Tenn., and Aqua Glass in Adamsville, Tenn. She also waited tables for son Ken when he operated the Botel Restaurant in Counce, Tenn. Tending her flower and vegetable gardens, canning, working in her yard, cooking and sewing were some of her favorite pastimes. In her younger days she was a Cub Scout mom, a football mom, a baseball mom, and a band mom for Ken. She loved her dogs and cats, and, when she was able, attended the Church of Christ. Among her survivors are daughter Cherry Patrick of Guys, McNairy County, Tenn.; brothers Bennie, James and David Parmely, all of Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn., and Billy Parmely of Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn.; sisters Carolyn Hensley of Ramer, and Betty Sue Saxton and Mary Thacker, both of Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tenn.; and four grand- and six great-grandchildren. Katheryn also was preceded in death by son James Kenneth Freeman.
Linda of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., the second wife of Robert Millis [Robert Earl, Egbert O., James Cooke, Rufus H., Henry K., Henry, Samuel, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], died April 7, 2021. She was born June 1, 1949, the daughter of Jesse M. and Dorothy Marriam (Sheppard) Sheppard. In addition to her husband, her survivors include stepsons Thomas and Bobby Parmelee; brother Aubrey Sheppard; sister Eunice S. Jones; and step-granddaughters Breanna and Kylie Parmelee. She was preceded in death by previous husbands Paul G. Caldwell and Rodney Francis. Burial was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Christiansburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg.
Marie [Claude, Prudence, Iva, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], widow of Cecil Stephenson, died May 21, 2021. She was born Sept. 12, 1932, the daughter of Claude and Edna Mae (Spradlin) Parmley-Russell, in Parnell, Wayne County, Ky., and lived in nearby Monticello. She is survived by sons Jason and Austin Stephenson and Josh Russell; brothers Forrest, Steve and Jack Russell; sisters Bonnie Abbott and Cyndy Roysdon; and four grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers James, Don and Mitchell Parmley; sisters Louise San Miguel and Linda Smith; and a great-grandson. Burial was at the Parnell Church of God Cemetery. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mabel, widow of Elvis [Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Oct. 27, 2021. She was born May 24, 1941, the daughter of Ballenger "Bal" and Mamie (Parmley) [Garner, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Stephenson. Mabel and Elvis were third cousins. She is survived by sons Gordon, Lyndon and Jarrad; daughters Freda G. Ford and Malissa V. Atkinson; brother Vancil; sister Vela Stephenson; 14 grandchildren including Dylan, Ryker, Paxton, Maddox, Beckett and Jared Taylor Parmley; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers George V., Ralph D., Cecil and Bruce. Burial was at the Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. The Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Margaret (Dillon) Parmelee, a lifelong resident of Fall River, Bristol County, Mass., died March 26, 2021, at her home. She was born Feb. 2, 1942, the daughter of Irish immigrants Edward M. and Mary C. (Farrell) Dillon. Margaret was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, and earned her bachelors degree from the University of Rhode Island and a masters in nutrition from Bridgewater State College. She was a registered dietitian at Charlton Memorial Hospital for many years, after which she served as director of Moveable Feast, bringing meals and services to those with HIV and AIDS. Margaret was a talented sewer and knitter; her Icelandic sweaters kept friends and relatives warm and cozy. She also frequently wielded paint brush, wallpaper paste and carpeting tools to remodel her home spaces to suit. In recent years, she was an enthusiastic member of The Second Half Lifelong Learning Institute and an avid bridge player. Among Margaret's survivors are daughter Kara Parmelee of Washington, D.C., through her marriage to John Alden Parmelee [Lyman Malcolm, Lyman Malcolm, Francis A. "Frank," Ashley, Asaph, Gilbert, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]; sister Mary Ann Dillon of Fall River; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by siblings Edward M., Patrick J. and Eileen F. Dillon. A memorial Mass was held at Holy Name Church in Fall River; due to COVID-19 restrictions, burial in St. Patricks Cemetery was private. Donations are suggested to the Holy Union Sisters, who were formative in Margarets early education.
Margaret [Ferrill J., James Wilbur, Melvin Augustus, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a former teacher, died March 22, 2021, at her home in Miller, Hand County, S.D. She was born Aug. 21, 1929, the daughter of Ferrill and Mabel (Campbell) Parmely, in Miller and attended Hiland Township grade school where she met a young, handsome fella by the name of Richard Starks who made it known he was to be called "Dick." She graduated from Miller High School in 1946 and attended college in Aberdeen, earning a primary grade teaching certificate. She taught at Pearl, Bates and Hiland townships where some of her 10 siblings were her students. Dick, whod lost his shyness, finally proposed to Margaret. They were married Oct. 14, 1949, and proceeded to have eight children. There were no dull moments in the Starks household. They farmed in Hand County until the end of 1957, and moved to Valentine, Cherry County, Neb., in January 1958. Margaret was a devoted caregiver to Frank and Bessie Mullin, Dicks aunt and uncle, who resided with the family until their deaths. Shortly thereafter, four foster children joined the family for several years. Through Margarets faith, she endured Dick's tragic death at age 43, in 1973 and moved her family back to Miller the following year. She took advantage of part-time work opportunities which included stints at First National Bank, Miller Livestock and Pierson Greenhouse, and did some substitute teaching as well as work in the Miller school lunchroom. She taught Sunday school for several years and did kitchen service at funerals. Margaret enjoyed her children's school activities, karaoke, dancing, league bowling, and was an avid baseball fan. At the nursing game she played cards and liked her Mountain Dew and peanut M&M's -- well, actually, all candy. Among her survivors are sons Stavan and Vonn, daughters Leonda Anglin, Lafran Preble and Tammie Waldrop; sisters Mildred Engel, Marles Dean and Beth Engel; and 17 grand- and 27 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sons Surn, Crain and Terrill; brothers Wayne, Clark, Otis and James; sisters Viola Ford, Wydell Parmely and Lenarda Swaney. Burial was at Miller's G.A.R. Cemetery. Reck Funeral Home of Miller was entrusted with arrangements.
Mary, daughter of Joseph and Josephine Parmalee, died April 7, 2021. She was born April 24, 1918, in Aurora, Washington County, N.C. She moved to Patchogue, Suffolk County, N.Y., in her young adulthood and was a domestic worker until she relocated to Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. She retired at an early age and helped raise nieces and nephews. In her senior years she was one of the first to attend Senior Spirit Day Care in Jersey City and was a member of the Curries Woods Senior Club. She received many certificates and awards for her community work and made beautiful arts-and-crafts items. Mary loved birthday celebrations, family gatherings and cookouts with her niece/daughter Annestine. Turkey wings, collard greens, string beans, fish, and shrimp were favorites. And we can't forget Twinkies and her chew-chew. Burial was at Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, Union County, N.J. Arrangements were entrusted to West Funeral Service in Bayonne.
Mary, widow of Ruben M. [Lemie, --?--] 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.
Nata, wife of Roger Lee [Johnny Benton, Thomas Benton, William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Greencastle, Putnam County, Ind., died June 23, 2021, at Mill Pond Health Campus. Nata was born in Rushville, Rush County, Ind., on Jan. 16, 1942, the daughter of Wilmer and Eva (Bryant) Wolfal. She was a graduate of Rushville High School, and a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority and Windy Hill Country Club. Nata enjoyed playing the piano and her garden. In addition to her husband of 52 years, Nata is survived by sons Dean T., Grady and John Parmley; and grandchildren Kyle, Jaxon, Benton and Keaton Parmley. She was preceded in death by brother Stan and sister Pam Hiner. Burial was Graveside services was at Greencastle's Forest Hill Cemetery.
Norma [Norman Mack, Chrisman, Aladdin, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired schoolteacher, died April 19, 2021, at her home in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky. She was born June 27, 1947, the daughter of Norman and Flonnie (Gregory) Parmley, in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. Norma taught at Southern Elementary until her retirement in 1999. She attended Lakeside Baptist Church, enjoyed teaching Sunday school and shopping. Norma is survived by sisters Bobbie Parmley and Billie Mink, both of Somerset; and special friend Nadine Walters. She was preceded in death by brother Claude and sister Frances McCutchen. Burial was in Parmleys Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Southern Oaks Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
Patricia [Vernon Paul, Raymond Phillip, William "Willis" E., Perry Lewis, Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] of Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, died May 31, 2021, at a local hospital. She was born Aug. 31, 1954, the daughter of Vernon and Virginia Barbara (Conlon) Parmelee, in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Patricia rehabbed apartment complexes while living in Houston, Harris County, Texas, and later, back in Sioux City, a couple of red-tagged houses assisted by her father. Her survivors include sons Nathan "Nate," Lawrence Charles "Chuck" and Rodney Parmelee; daughters Patricia "Patty" Dawson, Conception de Maria "Connie" Terrigues; her mother; and various grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; sons Shannon Desy and Abraham Parmelee; and sisters Paige and Pam Parmelee. Burial was at Graceland Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.
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.
Bob [Wendell "Pearly" C., Olin, Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a freelance draftsman and author, died Oct. 29, 2021, at Ladysmith Care Community after a brief bout with cancer. He was born April 18, 1937, in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, to Pearly and Bernice M. (Young) Parmley. The family moved to Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wis., in 1955. He began his career as a freelance draftsman serving many local businesses and manufacturers with design and illustration needs. He became a registered professional engineer in the state in 1975, and was a certified manufacturing engineer under SMEs national certification. He and his mentor and partner George Morgan co-founded Morgan & Parmley Ltd. Consulting Professional Engineers in 1976. He served as its president from 1978 until 2019. Many of the projects he designed and supervised construction on for over five decades were in Ladysmith and Wisconsin communities large and small. Local public-works projects included water towers, wastewater treatment plants, wells, dams, bridges, buildings and street reconstructions. Bob served on various boards over the years and maintained membership in numerous professional associations including the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Design Drafting Assn. Bob was named the 2006 Wisconsin Professional Engineer of the Year and was presented the 2007 USDA-RD Directors Award for Engineering Excellence. Throughout his career, Bob wrote articles on engineering and design for leading professional national publications which lead to authoring books. In 1977, his first book, Standard Handbook of Fastening & Joining, was published by McGraw-Hill. Fifteen additional books followed, many still being sold today. His last book was published in 2016. Bob reluctantly retired at age 82 but continued to stay in touch with professional colleagues. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed topics on science and history, and biographies. Among Bob's survivors are his widow, Lana; son Wayne of Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wis.; daughter Laura Hoffman of Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wis.; and four grandchildren. Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Ladysmith's Riverside Cemetery. Memorials in Bobs name may be made to the Salvation Army.
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.
Sabine of Gardendale, Jefferson County, Ala., wife of Mark Edward [John William, John Henry, William Giles, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Dec. 9, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born June 26, 1967, in Amberg, Bavaria, Germany, and came to the United States 30 years ago. She became a U.S. citizen in August, 2018. She was a member of First Baptist Church Mount Olive. In addition to her husband, Sabine is survived by mother Heidrun Schutz and sister Beate Brandtl, both of Germany. Burial was at Bessemer's Highland Memorial Gardens.
Sharon [Robert "Bobbie" Jean, Ralph, James Alvis, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Diane died Nov. 30, 2021, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, Alcorn County, Miss. She was born June 14, 1970, the daughter of Robert and Gladys Oliver (Motley) Parmely. Sharon loved the family dog TeeTee, wrestling, Elvis Presley and sitting outdoors in a swing. Survivors include brothers Bill, Bobby and Charles; and sisters Linda Grimes, Brenda Parmely and Becky Wilson. Pallbearers were Jeremy, Jason, Brandon and Shawn Parmely, Shaun-Tyler Bowman and Zachery Wilson.
Shirley [Earl E., Stephen "Eugene," Stephen, Truman, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a registered nurse and real estate agent, died April 22, 2021. She was born April 10, 1922, the daughter of Earl and Genevieve I. (Loomis) Parmley, in Fulton, Oswego County, N.Y., and was a graduate of Hannibal High School. Shirley earned her R.N. degree at a Buffalo nursing school. Throughout the 1940s she worked at hospitals in the Buffalo area, specializing in newborn care. She eventually returned to Fulton and became a licensed agent for Roger L. Thesier Real Estate for 10 years. Shirley was a member of Fulton's First United Methodist Church and, in her free time, enjoyed painting on canvas and tole painting. She is survived by son John S. Koski; brother Starr; two grand- and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were husbands John S. Koski in 1961, Dave McFarlane and Francis Cooper; and son Dean Koski in 2003. The Brown Funeral Home of Fulton was in charge of arrangements.
Shirley of Marshfield, Wood and Marathon counties, Wis., and widow of Harold "Jim" James [Harold Frederick, Frederick Alonzo, Franklin Henry, Truman, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died June 5, 2021, at Three Oaks Health Services. She was born July 28, 1934, the daughter of Earnest "Jack" and Lillian (Bohlman) Bumgarner, in Janesville, Rock County, Wis. Shirley worked for Parker Pen in Janesville until her marriage to Jim on Sept. 5, 1954. They moved to Marshfield and she became a full-time housewife and mother who raised six daughters. After they had grown, she enjoyed doing in home daycare. Shirley was a member and past president of the East Side Women's Study Club and a volunteer for 17 years for Home Delivered Meals through St. Joseph's Hospital. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, bingo, old movies, attending her children's and grandchildren's school and sporting events, world travel, and was an avid Cubs and Packers fan. She also was a member of Faith Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. Shirley is survived by daughters Rose Bolopue, Kathy Churkey, Tammy Ott, Linda Tremelling, Nancy Fredrickson and Michelle Parmelee; six grand- and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by granddaughter Christine "Chrissy" Churkey. Burial was at Marshfield's Hillside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Christine Churkey Memorial Fund at Faith Lutheran Church. Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home in Marshfield was in charge of arrangements.
Sue, wife of Donald "Gene" Gene [Merwin Delano, Guy Martin, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] died Feb. 9, 2021. She was born Jan. 30, 1929, in West Seattle, King County, Wash., the youngest of three children. Sue graduated from West Seattle High School, where she met Gene, her husband of 72 years. They lived in the Seattle area for more than 20 years, where they ran Rainier Office Supply. Sue played an active role in the National Guards annual events in support of Genes 40-plus year career as an Army National Guard colonel. Once their daughter graduated high school, they moved to Whidbey Island, Island County, Wash., to run the family business, Island Sand and Gravel. Sue took an active part of the community in which she lived for nearly 50 years, the Sandy Hook Yacht Club. She also was a bookkeeper for several local businesses and worked as a school volunteer, helping children learn to read. Sue had a beautiful garden and grew many of her own fruits, vegetables and herbs. Anyone who ever received a batch of her chocolate-chip cookies, cinnamon rolls or banana-zucchini bread knew she was an exceptional baker. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter Dyane Eriksson, and three grand- and four great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brother Richard and sister Gladys, two of her best friends.
Arlene, wife of Alvin "Al" LeRoy [Everett Lynn, Claude Isaac, Charles Fremont, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Casper, Niobrara County, Wyo., died March 7, 2021. She was born May 30, 1935, the daughter of Alphonse and Frances Hourt, in Harrison, Sioux County, Neb. She graduated from Harrison High School in 1952 and taught for a year. She and Al were married March 1, 1954, in Harrison and moved to Casper in 1957. She worked at Als Window and Home Repair and Overhead Door Co. of Casper until retiring in 1991. She enjoyed life out on the farm from 1993 until moving back to Casper in 2015. In addition to her widower Al, Arlene is survived by sons Roy and Ron of Casper, and Chuck of Riverton, Fremont County, Wyo.; daughter Ann Hanson of Fort Lupton, Weld County, Colo.; sisters Margaret Dunn of Harrison, and Linda Fenster of Kent, Loup County, Neb.; and 13 grand- and 23 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Casper on March 12, 2021. A private family burial was to be scheduled at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Cheyenne Sunrise Lions Club Ride for Sight 2021 or the donors choice.
Wilma, widow of William H. [Simon "Earl" Earl, John Henry, William M., William C., --?--] died Nov. 22, 2021, in North Manchester, Wabash County, Ind. She was born June 8, 1927, the daughter of Marion Tanguy and Elva Ann (Wagoner) Kinzie, in Flora, Carroll County, Ind. Wilma was a 1945 graduate of North Manchester's Central High School and went on to attend beauty school in Fort Wayne. She and William were married Nov. 5, 1946. Many laughs in their home were shared over games of Yahtzee and cards. Among Wilma's survivors are daughters Randi Tobias of North Manchester, Rita Parmerlee of Howe, LaGrange County, Ind.; sister Doris Weimer of Massachusetts; and 11 grand-, 15 great-grand- and nine great-great-grandchildren. In addition to William, she was preceded in death by son Ronald in 2005; brothers Vernon and Dale Kinzie; and sisters Ruth Amos, Vada Longenecker and Freda Hulme.