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PARROTT, Jr., Charles CHARLES WESLEY PARROTT, JR. Charles Wesley Parrott, Jr. passed away peacefully on Thursday July 25, 2013, after losing a long battle with cancer with his daughters at his side. He was a lifetime resident of Athens, and attended Athens High School, where he was an exceptionally talented basketball and baseball player. He then spent his college years at the University of Georgia, where he played freshman basketball, was a member of the 1952 Southeastern Conference Championship Swimming Team, and member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity While UGA, he also met his wife, Beverly of 52 years. Charlie was the past President of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. He was also a member of the Athens Country Club and of St. Joseph's Catholic Church After College, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, 9th Infantry Division, and 26th Field Artillery Battalion. While serving in the army, he was assigned to athletic special services to coach the swimming team at Fort Carson Colorado where his team won the 5th Army Championship. This accomplishment earned him a placement on the all Army Coaching Staff. He also served in the United States Air Force in the rank of captain serving active duty during the Cuban Crisis. He and Beverly then spent some of his happiest days as he worked as a professional Life Guard in Daytona Beach Florida, where he also taught high school and coached basketball. Returning to Athens in 1959 he joined his father's insurance agency Charles Parrott and Associates, was appointed President of the firm in 1963, acquiring it in 1964. "Charlie or C.P." was an active real estate developer. His favorite project was the restoration of the Parrott Building circa 1840 on Broad Street in Athens. This restoration earned the building a place on the National Registry of Historic Places and was the first zoned apartment in downtown Athens in 1977. He pioneered the re-districting of the Downtown area into becoming not only an area of lively shops, restaurants, and bars, but also available to residential living. After retiring from the insurance business, he and Beverly spent six years exploring the Caribbean on their 41-foot sailboat enjoying his passion for the ocean, scuba and free diving and spear fishing. Again retuning to his beloved Athens in 1988 he opened Charles Parrott Insurance with partner Winston "Wink" McWhorter, retiring a second time in 1998. His father Charles Wesley Parrott, Sr., his mother Margarethe Morris Parrott, wife Beverly Grace Fritch Parrott, and grandson Wesley Warren Easter of Atlanta, Ga. Preceded him in death. Survivors Include: Three Daughters Cecelia Marie Easter of Paris France, Christina Louise {David} Hull of Charleston, SC., Anne Marie (John) Winnetka IL. Six grandchildren, Charles Easter of Atlanta, GA., Joseph David Hull Jr. and Caroline Ann Hull of Charleston, SC., John Charles Joyce ,Charles Wesley Joyce, and Anne Marie Joyce, of Winnetka IL., Sisters Gretchen Jones of Atlanta, Ga., and Elsa Skaggs of Chevy Chase Md. The family is grateful for all the support of wonderful friends, and the staff of St. Mary's Hospice, and Hospice House who cared lovingly for him during his last days. Visitation: Monday July 29, 5:00p to 7:00p at Bernstein Funeral Home, 3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, Ga. 30606. Funeral Mass, Tuesday July 30, 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 134 Prince Avenue, Athens, Ga. 30606. A private burial for family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made in his honor to St. Mary's Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, Bogart, Ga. 30622 Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 27, 2013
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