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William R. Parrish

AGE: 85 • Wilmington

William R. Parrish, age 85, of Wilmington passed away peacefully on February 19, 2017. In addition to his parents, Walter and Edith Parrish, he was preceded in death by his sisters Geneva Coley and Dorothy Coffman.

Bill was married to the love of his life and best friend Elizabeth, Liz (Ballard) for 65 years. Bill proudly served his country in the Navy from 1948 until 1970. He served on the USS Columbus CA74, the USS Albany CA123 and the USS Sabalo SS302. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. After the Navy, he began working for ICI Americas and retired in 1986. He was also a member of the Wilmington Masonic Lodge. Bill enjoyed his computer, jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, swimming, traveling and camping in his RV with his wife. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Liz Parrish; his sister Mary Fravert of KY; his children, Bruce his wife Gale (Swanson), Mark his wife Carol (Russo), Suzanne her husband Rodney Bowden; 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Dad will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. He was a wonderful provider for his family.

A celebration of his life will be on Friday March 3 at 11:30am at McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike Wilmington, 19803, where visitation begins at 10:30am. Burial will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE. To send messages of condolence visit
Published in The News Journal from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2017
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