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2020-

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GILBERT 'GIL' PARMELE 1931-2020

Gil [Henry Gilbert Woodruff, Charles Roome, Theodore Weld, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John], an Emmy-winning innovator in sports broadcasting, died June 1, 2020. He was born Dec. 11, 1931, the son of Henry and Helen (Bogert) Parmele, on Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Gil graduated from Staten Island Academy in 1950 and the College of William & Mary in 1954, and served as an Army lieutenant in Korea. He combined his affinity for sports, thirst for knowledge and knack for statistics to become an innovator in sports broadcasting, harvesting anecdotes and stats that supported some of the biggest personalities of their day, including Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Chris Berman. Employed by ABC and NBC in the '60s, he served as chief studio statistician on ABC's "College Scoreboard" show and NBC's post-season pro football shows. Gil created the concept of "a note, per game, per show" which is still in standard use today. Through the '70s he wrote and produced "Frank Gifford's Sports" for ABC radio, the second-most-listened-to show on network radio. He went on to be one of the first employees of Enterprise Radio in the early '80s, and covered the 1984 Summer and Winter Olympics for RKO Radio Network. He joined ESPN in 1985, working on "SportsCenter," its flagship show. One of his signature pieces, "Gil's Goodies," became an indispensable insight for nearly every on-air personality. Gil was recognized with Emmy Awards in 2004 and '05 for his work on "SportsCenter," and was inducted into the Staten Island Academy Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame in '09. In 2018, Gil was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for his long and accomplished career, becoming the only person inducted into both halls. He was known for his love of family, sports, music, work ethic and his kindhearted manner. Among Gil's survivors are sons John "Jack" and David J. Parmele; and grandchildren Amanda, Bill and Grace Parmele. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, the former Anne Madden, and brothers Russell and Roome Parmele. Memorials may be made in his name to support cancer care at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

JOSHUA KANE PARMLEY 1982-2020

Josh [Dean R., Lewis Robert, Parris E., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died April 15, 2020, at Valley View Nursing Home in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Ind., after an extended illness. He was born May 5, 1982, the son of Dean R. and Leslie P. (Carlson) Parmley, in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Josh enjoyed hunting, fishing and video games. In addition to his father, Josh is survived by son Brandan M. and brother Kyle D., all of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents, Edward and Bertha Carlson, and Lewis and Betty J. Parmley. There was no service or visitation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hanley & Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service handled arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made in Josh's name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

NANCY LOU (GROOMS) PARMLEY 1939-2020

Nancy, of Red Bank, Hamilton County, Tenn., a retired Century 21 real estate agent and the widow of Haskel Benny [Haskel "Jack" Du Bose, William Giles, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 5, 2020, at the Hospice of Chattanooga Care Center in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn. She was born June 23, 1939, the daughter of John Leonard and Katherine Clementine (Patton) Grooms, in Pelham, Grundy County, Tenn., and was a member of the Philadelphia Church of God. Among her survivors are sons Jason B. of Fallon, Churchill County, Nev., and Jonathan G. of Red Bank, Hamilton County, Tenn.; daughter Jennifer J. Parmley of Tracy City, Grundy County, Tenn.; sisters Jeanette Bohannon of Pelham, Betty Lawson of Monteagle, Grundy County, Tenn., and Jane Grooms of Chattanooga; grandchildren Jennifer Flanary, Audra (Parmley) Lopez and Abby Parmley; and two great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by brother Richard. Arrangements were handled by the Layne Funeral Home in Palmer.

ANDER MARSHALL PARMALEE JR. 1963-2020

Ander [unplaced], an Amazon deliveryman known as "Satch" and "Jersey," died Feb. 26, 2020, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Richmond County, Ga. He was born Aug. 26, 1963, the son of Ander "Marshall" and Catherine (Brown) Parmalee, in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. He attended Lincoln High School and continued his education beyond. Ander enjoyed music and shopping, especially for shoes. In addition to his mother, Catherine Henderson of Wrens, Jefferson County, Ga., and father of East Orange, Essex County, N.J., survivors include brothers Kelvin Parmalee of New York City, Bernard Parmalee of Buford, Gwinnett and Hall counties, Ga., Anthony Royster of Newark, Essex County, N.J., and Eric Rice of New York City; and sisters Tanya Jones of Jersey City, Adrienne Royster of East Orange, and Levonne Reed of Roswell, Fulton County, Ga.

JOHN CHARLES PARMELEE 1952-2020

John [Wade Charles, Earl Wade, Edward "Edison" William, Edward Levant, Leonard, Roswell, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a mechanic and auto shop owner, died Feb. 21, 2020, at his home in Wildwood, Lake County, Ill., surrounded by his family and his loyal dog. He was born June 14, 1952, in Elmhurst, Du Page County, Ill., the son of Wade and Dolores Marie (Furlan) Parmelee. John was the proud owner of Lake County Automotive in Hainesville and involved in coaching and supporting his children’s youth sports programs through Warren Township and Viper Cheer Allstars. In addition to his mother, his survivors include sons Kyle and Brandon; daughter Maggie Woznick; brother Michael; sister Denise Meyer; a granddaughter on the way; and "the best ex-wife ever," Georgette. Burial was private. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium in Grayslake.

RUTH GWENDOLYN (KIMBRELL) PARMERLEE 1932-2020

Ruth, widow of Ralph B. [Ralph B., James W., Marcus "Mark" Beecher, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, John, John, John], died Feb. 14, 2020. She was born Jan. 27, 1932, the daughter of John and Maggie (Snider) Kimbrell in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. She is survived by son Stephen; daughters Deborah Hines, Cynthia Coffee, and Tina and Ruth-Anne Parmerlee; great-granddaughter Ashley Dunning, whom she raised; and many grand- and great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by son Joseph; daughter Jennifer Karondos; and brother Louis Kimbrell.

LINDELL GALE PARMELEY 1944-2020

Lindell [Frederick Cyrus, Hiel "Hunt" C., Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired Chrysler employee of Cedar Hill, Jefferson County, Mo., died Feb. 13, 2020, at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Mo. He was born Sept. 20, 1944, the son of Fred and Mary Louise (Hochstatter) Parmeley, in Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Mo. Lindell worked for 42 years at Chrysler and was a member of Local UAW No. 136. He was known for his easy-going spirit and sense of humor, and enjoyed attending sprint car races. Among Lindell's survivors are his wife of 54 years, the former Judy Hamor; son Brent; sisters Phyllis Mason, Norma Ruthe Fields and Mildred "Micki"; and granddaughter Hannah Parmeley. Burial was at St. Francois Memorial Park in Bonne Terre. The C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Desloge was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Stray Rescue.

BEVERLY JEAN (PARMALEE) CARTER 1943-2020

Bev [Frederick Allison, Frank O., Chester Alanson, Jason, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a 40-plus-year state employee who retired from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 2003, died Jan. 30, 2020. She was born Nov. 27, 1943, the daughter of Frederick and Vivian Arlene (Warfle) Parmalee, in Williamston, Ingham County, Mich., and was a member of the Perry High School class of 1961. After she retired, Bev devoted her life to her children, grand- and great-grandchildren, attending every school and sporting event she could. She cherished lunch outings with cousins, former classmates and coworkers. Among her survivors are daughters Beki Henderson, Tami Steiner, and Jill Rosenbaum; brothers Darwin "Dar," Dick and Danny Parmalee; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in her honor to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

SAMUEL 'WARNER' WARNER PARMLEY 1932-2020

Warner [Cecil Paul, Samuel Taylor, Samuel Taylor, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Novinger, Adair County, Mo., died Jan. 22, 2020, at University Hospital in Columbia, Boone County, Mo. He was born July 29, 1939, in western Adair County, the son of Cecil and Trella Emma (Dimmitt) Parmley. Warner attended school in the Atlanta, Kirksville, and Novinger school districts. He farmed with his father from an early age and learned how to repair old machinery. These skills came in handy when, at age 12, he was able to get a cranky tractor started in time to save his father from being crushed by a piece of machinery. In January 1962, in the bitter cold between two blizzards, he married Mildred Rose Waldeck. Warner was an active member of the Green City Saddle Club and was getting competitive in calf roping when he bruised a kidney and had to quit jumping off horses. He then developed an interest in airplanes and took flight school classes at Northwest Missouri State University. He joined a flying club that was formed at Clarence Cannon Municipal Airport (now Kirksville Regional Airport). As his health failed and could no longer pilot a plane, Rose got her license. They often flew to the Mayo Clinic for Warner's appointments. Once the plane died as they were coming in on the final approach at Green City's Widmark Airport. Warner calmly landed the plane, fixed the problem, restarted the plane and put it in the hangar. Warner later got back into horses and enjoyed them until his health failed. One of his mares, Bea, stuck his head in the ground, so Warner put a seat belt on one of his saddles. Warner and Rose also had a large kennel and pet transportation service that kept them busy many years. In addition to Rose, he is survived by son Jeffrey; daughter Lucinda Revers; chosen granddaughter Amanda Starrett; and chosen great-grandson Hayden Lee Williams. A sister, Wanda Louise, who was one year and 10 days older preceded him in death. Burial was at Kirksville's Highland Park Cemetery in Kirksville, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to the Hayden Williams Educational Fund; checks can be made to Amanda Starrett and entrusted to: A Simplified Funeral Solution, P.O. Box 57, Green Castle, MO 63544.

PAULETTE (JOHNSTON) PARMELY 1953-2020

Paulette, wife of Robert Lee [Robert Lee, Walter Eugene, Otto, Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 19, 2020, at her home in Brookport, Massac County, Ill. She worked at the local Dairy Queen for more than 20 years. Paulette was born Nov. 12, 1953, the daughter of Paul and Helen (Baggett) Johnston. She and Robert were married July 2, 1987, in Madison County, Ky. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Clayton Parmely, Robert Lee Parmely III, Jimmie Kimberlin, Wendy Loverkamp, Michelle Lynch, Carol Morris, Melissa Skinner, Judge Kimberlin and Connie Salo; brothers Snooky and Albert Johnston; more than 50 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother Richard Duff, grandson Quavarius Vaughn Skinner and great-grandson Jordan Doyle. The Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

ELVIS PARMLEY 1932-2020

Elvis [Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., died Jan. 2, 2020, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky. He was born June 28, 1932, the son of Roscoe and Gertie (Humble) Parmley. Among his survivors are widow Gearlene (Stephenson) Parmley, whom he married in 1958; sons Gordon, Lyndon and Jarrad; daughters Freda Ford and Malissa Atkinson; brothers Andrew and Walter; sisters Zella Parmley, Ruth Baker, Esther Davis, Genevieve Koger, Pelba Bell and Vannie Hatfield; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Narvel, Lilburn "Lib" and Marion Ingram Parmley. Burial was in the Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the church. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in Monticello was in charge arrangements.

ANN (MILLIGAN) PARMELEE 1927-2020

Ann, of East Hartland, Hartland County, Conn., and Winsted, Litchfield County, Conn., died Jan. 1, 2020. She was born Sept. 26, 1927, the youngest of Samuel and Cecilia Milligan's 13 children, in Cascade, Coos County, N.H. Ann and her late sister Margie were the best of friends, playing basketball in an age when girls could only play half-court so as not to overly exert themselves. During the summers of World War II they'd slather on baby oil (with a drop of iodine) and go dancing with soldiers on the piers at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Ann attended a secretarial college in Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass., and served as a nanny for a young minister's family to pay her room and board. She met and married Elliot "Hodie" Lester Parmelee [Gladwin Earle, Hubert "Burt," Frederick H., Sylvester, Nathaniel, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] who was a close friend of Margie's husband, Gordon. For decades, the couples lived a mile apart and shared many adventures--and pranks. Shortly after their marriage in 1948, Ann and Hodie moved out west so he could attend the University of Denver. Ann worked as the executive secretary for the president of General Motors, covering their expenses that the GI Bill did not and supplying the couple with sleek new cars. After they returned to East Hartland, Ann supported Hodie in his community service efforts in town. No slacker herself, Ann was a member of the Ladies Aid Auxiliary and the Lions Club, a Cub Scout den mother and a secretary at Hartland Elementary School and several architectural firms. Ann was a friendly, flirty extrovert and young architects who'd talked to her on the phone often were surprised to come into the office and meet someone who could be their grandmother! Ann never left the house without putting on pink lipstick ("You never know when you are going to meet the queen!") and was known to celebrate with a shot of Bailey's. Her adult onset diabetes was a testament to a lifelong love of sweets, especially carrot cake, which had to be ordered when it appeared on a dessert menu because that was a sign from God. Ann loved to travel, having gone on adventures to Hawaii, Prince Edward Island, Virginia and summers at the Wright cottage in New Hampshire. Survivors include sons Jeffrey and James, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by son Jonathan. The Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home of Granby was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Hartland Lion's Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Diana Evans, 66 Skaret Road, East Hartland, CT 06027.

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