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William Charles "Bill" Parrish passed away Saturday (Feb. 4, 2017) in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was born Feb. 26, 1936, in Mannington, to the late Harold and Lurene Parrish.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mikuel Ann Parrish of Hershey, Pennsylvania; a son, Dr. William Parrish (Cinny) of Hershey, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Cynthia Zonts (Bob) of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Michael Parrish (Lauren) of Tucson, Arizona, Ben Parrish of Los Angeles, California, Sara Parrish of Millsboro, Delaware, and Taylor Flowers (Gannon) of Jacksonville, Florida; and a great-grandson, Grayson Parrish of Tucson, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Parrish, and sisters, Virginia Waddell and Ann Nicholson.
Bill served in the West Virginia National Guard and attended Fairmont State College. He was retired as the director of sales for Fuchs Lubricant Co., where he worked for more than 35 years.
Bill was a member of Calvary Baptist Church while living in Mannington and Fellowship and Connection Churches in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was very active in whatever church he attended, serving as a deacon, church treasurer and Sunday School teacher. He attended Hershey Free Church in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after moving to Pennsylvania in retirement.
Bill was one of the founders of the Mannington Pop Warner Football program in 1962 and served as a coach for 17 years. He was always extremely proud of the young men who played for him and enjoyed hearing stories of their success.
He was also very active in the Fraternal Order of Moose earlier in his life and served as West Virginia state president. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and West Virginia University sports, but his family was always first in his heart.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Masters Funeral Home in Mannington. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with a luncheon to follow at Muriale's Restaurant in Fairmont.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of Bill Parrish. Donations may be made through the Alzheimer's Association website at alz.org or to the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Published on February 12, 2017
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