William A. Parham, of Wilmington, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 13, 2013, surrounded by those who loved him. He was born on July 21, 1927 in Lumberton, NC to John H. Parham and Alma Kinlaw Parham. He was preceded in death by his loving and faithful wife of 45 years, Ellen C. "Teenie" Parham.

Bill graduated in 1949 from Wake Forest University and taught music there for several years after graduation. He served his country in the US Navy during World War II and in the US Army during the Korean War. He was also a 50 year member of the American Legion Post No. 10.

Bill was employed for 32 years by the State of NC Dept. of Transportation, as an instructor and trainer of bus drivers. During this time, he also served as music director for several local churches. After retiring, he taught at Cape Fear Community College and for the local AARP chapter.

Bill is survived by his loving daughter, Jenny Parham Burriss and husband Billy of Wilmington, grandsons Damon Quinn Widerman and Brett Parham Widerman, and a very special friend, Ann S. Kinlaw of Lumberton, NC. Bill was devoted to his family and very proud of his two grandsons. He had a quick wit and was always ready with a joke to make those around him smile.

Bill was a faithful member of Sunset Park Baptist Church for almost 50 years. He taught his beloved Andrew Sunday School class for almost 40 years, served as a deacon, church treasurer, and in many other capacities.

Bill will be remembered for his firm and steadfast love of Jesus Christ and his willingness to serve his Lord and his church with all of his heart.

Bill's family will be eternally grateful to his many friends for their concern and kindness shown during his illness. We especially express our love and thanks to his very special friend Ann Kinlaw for her constant devotion, the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and his loyal church family.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM, Monday, March 18, 2013 at Sunset Park Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Chris Wroten. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at Andrews Market Street Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunset Park Baptist Church, 231 Central Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28401 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Mar. 17 to Mar. 19, 2013