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WILLIAM "BILL" HOWARD PARRISH age 92, passed into his heavenly home on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida where he had lived for the last five years. Mr. Parrish was born in Florence, Alabama where he joined the Navy in 1941 and married his wife, Marie S. Parrish, in 1943 while he was home on leave after the sinking of the USS Atlanta. After leaving the Navy, he lived in Nashville, Tennessee for over 50 years where he retired from the US Post Office and had many good friends with which he hunted and fished. He was a World War II Veteran having survived the sinking of the USS Atlanta in the Pacific and during the Korean War he served on a Mediterranean Tour. He belonged to Inglewood Baptist Church in Nashville and joined Midway Road Baptist Church in Fort Pierce when he moved to Port St Lucie. He enjoyed Gospel Music and riding his three wheel bicycle while in Florida. In addition to his parents, Argie and Alma Parrish, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Brewer, his brother, Jesse Parrish, and several nephews. He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Marie, and his daughter, Carol (Bennie) Lewis of Port St Lucie, FL, two granddaughters, Mary Lewis and Kelly (Michael) Cox; nine great grandchildren; Angela, Donald, Elizabeth, Maverick, Kaitlyn, Madelyn, Gwyneth, Cindy and Aubrey; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Amy Small of Southaven, MS. Visitation will be held from 11AM to 12 PM with the Service starting at 12 PM on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Midway Road Baptist Church located at 1108 Midway Road, Fort Pierce, Florida. The burial will take place on Monday afternoon, March 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of Yates Funeral Home and Crematory in Port St Lucie, FL. Online condolences may be sent at www.yatesfuneralhome.clickfor ward.com In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Midway Road Baptist Church Air Conditioning Fund, 1108 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34982; the Inglewood Baptist Church Playground Renovation Fund, 3901 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 or the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300. Jacksonville, FL 32256
Yates Funeral Home & Crematory
7951 South U.S. 1
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Published in the TC Palm on Mar. 12, 2014