Gloria W. Parham

Mrs. Gloria W. Parham, 78, of 117 Saint Matthews St., Petersburg, departed this life on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg.

She was born to the late Anthony Darbin and Bertha Walker on Dec. 13, 1934, in New York.

Mrs. Parham was a retired customer service representative for Sears Department Store.

She was an active member of Metropolitan Baptist Church and received Christ through baptism on July 2, 1961.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Parham was preceded in death by: her husband, John Parham; sisters, Bessie Wilkins, Dorothy Smith and Christine Geter; brothers, Lawrence and Leroy Walker; sisters-in-law, Dellia Parham, Rebecca Manson and Lucille Parham; and brothers-in-law, Roosevelt Parham, McKinley Parham, Percel Wilkins, Ralph Smith, John Geter Sr. and Clarence Singleton.

She is survived by: one sister, Catherine Singleton of Petersburg; and a host of relatives; and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Petersburg, where the pastor, the Rev. Lamont Hobbs, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Dinwiddie Memorial Park. Family and friends are to assemble at the church at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at

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William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home - Petersburg
137 Harrison Street  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2013