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John Parrish Sr.

(1929 - 2019)

John Kenneth (Ken) Parrish Sr., 89, of Epworth, passed away peacefully at home May 11, 2019.

He was born to parents Edward Parrish and Lillian Halsall Parrish July 18, 1929, in Providence, Rhode Island.

He grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and graduated from Palm Beach High School and LSU graduate school of banking. 

He started his banking career at First National Bank of Lake Worth and was in Senior Management with First Marine Bank, Barnett Bank and Bank of America.

He ended his banking career by moving to Murphy, North Carolina, as President of People’s Bank of Murphy, North Carolina.

He and Margie then retired and moved to Epworth to a home he designed and built. 

He married the love of his life, Marjorie Gleason, in 1956. Margie was laid to rest in 2006.

Ken cherished his children, grandchildren, friends and favorite dog, Buddy.

Ken and Margie were members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Blue Ridge.

He was survived by his children, John Kenneth Parrish Jr. (Kelly) of Jupiter, Florida and Nancy L. Blais (Paul) of Blue Ridge. He had four grandchildren, Matthew H. Parrish (Christina), Samantha C. Kitchen (AJ), Kimberly Chute (Chad) and Christopher Barra.

A private Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, May 18, 2019. 

Mr. Parrish was interred at Copper Ridge Memorial Gardens in Blue Ridge. Donations may be made in Memory of John Kenneth Parrish to Homestead Hospice, 97 Deep South Farm Road, Unit 2, Blairsville.

Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of arrangements.

The News Observer

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