Frank Parchman

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Former longtime Alaskan Frank James Parchman, 79, died Nov. 23, 2007, at Paris Hospital in Paris, Texas.
A service was held at Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Texas.
Frank was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Mount Vernon, the eldest of three children born to George and Ruth Parchman.
Frank and Jimmie Parchman married in Mount Vernon and moved to Alaska in the 1940s so Frank could work with the 302 Operating Engineers Union, from which he retired. The couple had five children. Early in their married lives, they made countless trips back and forth over the Alaska Highway to visit relatives.
During Frank's early years in Mount Vernon, he loved football and played for Coach "Catfish" Smith. Some quotes from the book "Coach 'Catfish' Smith and His Boys," by Glen Onley: "Frank 'Two Ton' Parchman was a can't miss at the tackle position: However, the defense rose up, and Frank Parchman blocked a Tyler punt, recovering the ball on the visitors' 5-yard line... Two-hundred-pound Frank Parchman claimed the fumbled ball on the enemy's thirty-three-yard line."
"So," his family said, "Frank will live on, as we read and re-read that book.
"Frank had good memories of his life and working construction in Alaska. However, spending his retirement on the hill in Mount Vernon, the home place for many generations, was where he was content until his passing. He was a most dedicated father and provider. He truly sacrificed for his family. He would help anyone who needed it. He helped a lot of his friends and relatives come to Alaska and find work.
"There will never ever be a day that goes by that his family will not miss his encouraging words and listening ear. He made the best squirrel, beef and chicken stew ever."
Frank is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Judy Parchman; daughters, Debra Kern, Sherry Farley, Sabrena Tadlock and Tina Parchman; grandchildren, Sabrina, Joshua, Jacob and Jesse Kern, Brandon, Corey, Ashlyn and Lauren Farley, and Terah and Ian Hennick; great-grandchildren, Marquis White Kern, and Taylor and Madyson Farley; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; former wife, Jimmie Faye; brother, Buck; sister, Georgia Ruth; and grandson, Jason Kern.
Frank's ashes will be buried in Mount Vernon next to Jimmie Faye's. Cards may be sent to Debra Kern at 4100 Allan Place, Anchorage 99508.

Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 29, 2007