Walter C. Parnell, 74, of East Palatka, died on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at his residence. Born and raised in Columbus, Ga., Walter attended Georgia Southwestern State University and later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as an Air Traffic Controller in Japan. After his service he attended The University of Georgia where he earned a bachelor"s degree in business administration. Walter worked for more than 30 years as a sales and marketing representative and in the Operations Department for Texaco and Star Enterprises, retiring from Chevron in 1998. He retired to the Putnam County area 12 years ago from Coral Springs, Fla. He enjoyed boating, water sports and collecting "just about anything." Walter was a devoted family man, and a loyal Georgia Bulldog. He loved to laugh and was known as the life of the party. He was a former member of the Texaco Vice Presidents Club, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hastings.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Candace "Candy" Parnell of East Palatka; daughters, Jennifer Roberts of East Palatka, Heather Karbowsky and her husband, Walter, of Flagler Beach; and granddaughters, Taylor Grace Karbowsky and Allyson Alexis Roberts.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at First Baptist Church of Hastings with Rev. Lucas Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow at a later date at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined, but those wishing may make a donation to assist the family, c/o St. Johns Family Funeral Home, 385 State Road 207, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or to the
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.