PARISH, James G. 86, died on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Marshfield Care Center. Interment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg at a later date. Jim was born on March 31, 1927 in St. Petersburg to Archie G. and Alma (Grawunder) Parish of Driftwood neighborhood and was a graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He then chose to honorably serve his country enlisting in the United States Army in 1944. He served as rifleman and later re-enlisted to serve as sergeant in counter intelligence after completing course work at the European Theater Intelligence School in Oberammergau Germany during World War II. After his return to the United States, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where he was a member of Sigma Tau Fraternity and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began his career working for Dupont and then later opened up a private consulting firm in St. Petersburg to work alongside his father, Archie Parish, architect who was instrumental in development of St. Petersburg in 1950's & 60's. James was later forced into early retirement due to illness moving close to family in Cullman, AL, for the past 15 years, and with his last few months in Wisconsin where he died peacefully. James never married, living most of his life with his parents and family. He is survived by a sister, Nancy Parish Lair Ziegler of Auburn, AL; a brother, Richard Parish of Clearwater; a niece, Lynne (Lee) McDonald of Pittsville, WI; two great-nephews, Nick and Cory Graham, of Alabama; and a great-niece, Lindsey Graham of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother & best friend, Donald G. Parish of Seminole. Condolences may be sent online www.rembsfh.com.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 9, 2013