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Harley J. Parrish

Harley J. Parrish

  Harley Junior Parrish, age 82, of Novelty, Missouri, died Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.

   He was born May 8, 1925, in Knox County, Missouri the son of Harley William and Gertrude Luticha McGraw Parrish.

   On May 8, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Rhoades at Kirksville, Missouri and she preceded him in death on February 18, 1996.

   He was also preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Tina Parrish and three sisters Ada Bell Hall, Catherine Marie Parrish and Dorothy Hart.

   Surviving are three children, Nancy Parrish of Kirksville, Missouri, Eugene Parrish of Novelty, Missouri, and Carol Ann Parrish of Novelty, Missouri, two grandchildren, Matthew Parrish of St. Joseph, Missouri and Daniel Parrish of Novelty, Missouri, one brother Alvie Lee Parrish and wife Donna of Novelty, Missouri, three sisters, Evelyn Barnett of Kirksville, Missouri, Bonnie Inman and husband Lester of Monmouth, Illinois, Helen Hayes of Edina, Missouri and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Junior was raised in Knox County where he received his education in rural schools.  He was engaged in farming all his life southeast of Novelty, Missouri and in 1973 moved to Novelty, Missouri.  He was also employed with the Missouri Department of Transportation in Novelty, Missouri for 19 years retiring in 1987.  Junior enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hudson Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.  Reverend Jared Freemyer officiated the services.  Burial was in the Novelty Cemetery.  Music was provided by Carol Hayes, organist and Wynona Banks, soloist. Casket bearers were Harold Bachman, Carol Hall, Larry Lumley, Gary Bowman, Larry Simmons, Jim Lincoln Darrell Simmons and Clayton Rice.

   Expressions of sympathy in memory of Junior Parrish may be made to the Novelty Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to the Hudson Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO  63537.