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Charles Wendell Parrish

ALICEVILLE Charles Wendell Parrish, age 89, of Aliceville, died July 18, 2013, at Pickens County Medical Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Aliceville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger Short and a close friend, Bill Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Franconia-Oak Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to and immediately following the services at the church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Louise Moore Parrish; sons, Charles Wendell Parrish Jr. and John Michael Parrish; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Myra Clem Wheat Parrish of Aliceville, Ala.; daughter, Cathy Parrish Booth (Billy) of Aliceville, Ala.; stepdaughter, Myra Plitt (Randy) of Dallas, Texas; stepsons, Harry "Butch" Wheat (Sarah) of Quitman, Miss., and Mark Wheat (Melinda) of Aliceville, Ala.; four grandchildren, Wendy Lynn Parrish, Richard Caldwell, Tammy Gilbertson, and Tony Caldwell; and a number of step-grandchildren.

Mr. Parrish was born January 4, 1924, in Clanton, Alabama to the late John Lanzo Parrish and Catherine Jewel Gore Parrish. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps serving his country in World War II as a bomber pilot and a P.O.W. Wendell retired as Director of the Selma YMCA after 20 years of service and retired as a supervisor with DHR here in Pickens County after 18 years of service. He was a die-hard Alabama fan, but most of all he loved God first, then his family and others.

Pallbearers will be Jody Richardson, Richard Caldwell, Michael Mayfield, Alex Mayfield, Bill Porter, John Russell, and Tony Caldwell.

A special thanks to Pickens County Medical Center, Amedisys Home Health, Dr. Dale Robbins, and Dr. Neal Honea.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Selma YMCA, #1 YMCA Drive, Selma, AL 36701; or Aliceville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 409, Aliceville, AL 35442.

Published in Tuscaloosa News on July 20, 2013
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