Mr. Phillip R. Parrish of Burkesville, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at his home having attained the age of 77 years, 8 months & 9 days. He was born in The Howards Bottom Community of Cumberland County, Kentucky on Friday, September 3, 1943 the son of Ralph Miller & Geneva (Melton) Parrish. He was a Christian Man, member of Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church from youth until recent years, where he became a member of The Highland Chapel United Methodist Church. He graduated from Cumberland County High School, Started his college education at Lindsey Wilson, then Kentucky Wesleyan, receiving a B.A. from Western Kentucky University, and a Masters Degree from University of Kentucky. He was the First Girls Basketball Coach for Cumberland County, worked as a teacher beginning at Marrowbone and finishing at The Cumberland County High School with 41 years of Service in Education, worked at Lusada’s Florist, A licensed Disc Jockey working at WKYR radio, Served 8 years on The Burkesville City Council, was a member of The Gideons International, member of the Retired Teachers Association, and began his career at Norris-New Funeral Home on January 1, 1986, being Mark’s first employee after Mark bought the firm on December 13, 1985, serving a total of 32 years helping families and was a licensed Funeral Director at his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Janice (Craft) Parrish whom he wed on Saturday, June 26, 1976, his daughters, Monica Amelia (& Scott) Landers of Louisville, Kentucky, Valerie Victoria (& Bro. Terry) Shelley of Burkesville, Kentucky, Grandchildren, Parker James Shelley, Karma Shelley & Nicole Shelley, a host of Cousins and Many…Many Friends.
The Funeral was conducted on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in The Memory Chapel of Norris-New Funeral Home with burial in the Burkesville Cemetery. Bro. Terry Shelley, and Bro. Charles Mosley officiating. Special music by Shirley Wray Barnett, and prelude by Karma Shelley. Casket bearers were Darrell Spears, Brian Nation, Luke King, Michael Arms, Gary Melton, Bruce Henson. Honorary casket bearers were the grandchildren, Parker Shelley, Karma Shelley, Nicole Shelley. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to The American Cancer Society or The American Diabetes Association in his memory. Norris-New Funeral Home in Burkesville, Kentucky was honored to care for one of their own.
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