Edgar David Parrish, 85, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away peacefully at home in hospice care on Wednesday (April 5, 2017) after a nine-year diagnosis of dementia/Alzheimer's disease.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Geraldine (Gerry) Arwilla Stiles Parrish, and his daughter, Linda Ann Parrish (Klein) of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
David was born in Enterprise, the fourth child of the late Charles and Ada Gurley Parrish.
David is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Nancy Sandy and Carol Pierce, both of Enterprise, Vicki Chrislip and husband Butch of Idamay, John Michael "Mike" Parrish and wife Lucy of Clarksburg and Daniel "Danny" Selkirk Parrish of Fullerton, California. David is also survived by sisters-in-law, Joyce Parrish of Clarksburg (wife of Paul Parrish), Bobbie Jane Parrish (wife of Charles "Pete" Parrish) of Shinnston and Wanda Kay Bussy (first wife of Victor "Vic" Parrish, now deceased) and Marlene (second wife of Victor "Vic" Parrish) of New Mexico, Ruth Stiles (Duffield) of Akron, Ohio. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters, Charles "Pete," Paul Dean, Victor Allen "Vic" and Roger (infant) and Shirley Ann (Roberts) and two young sisters, Jessie and Martha Ray (nicknamed "Patty").
David enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 8, 1952, did basic training in Indian Gap, Pennsylvania, and served as a medic in the Korean War in the 3rd Infantry Division - 64th Tank Battalion until honorably discharged in September 1955.
Work life was mostly spent over 32 years on the B&O Railroad (Chessie System) as a brakeman and conductor.
A living memorial and tribute will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harmer Funeral Home in Shinnston.
Our sweet husband and father will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Shinnston Memorial Cemetery, and there will be U.S. military honor service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Treasury Coast Hospice (Florida) by calling 772-403-4500 or by completing a form found on their website: http://www.tchospice.org/giving/. Or, kindly give to the Humane Society of Harrison County, Inc., P.O. Box 4397, Clarksburg, WV 26402.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.harmerfuneralhome.com.
A service of the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.
Published on  May 7, 2017