Earl Kenneth Parris

earl parris
Earl Kenneth Parris, 87, of Asheville and St. James City, FL passed away Sunday, November 8, 2009. A native of Madison Co; he was a son of the late John and Ethel Whiteside Parris. He is also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Trent Cox, a sister, Dorothy Rice and a brother Lewis Parris. Mr. Parris was the owner and operator of Red's Used Auto Parts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Albert W. Grant. Surviving are his wife, Christine Morris Parris; a son, Kenneth Parris (Janice) of Davie, FL; three daughters, Jenny Barbee (Dewey) of Asheville, Shirley Greene (Jim) of Gainesville, FL and Lou Ellen McLean (Ralph) of St. James City, FL; a brother, JC Parris of Asheville, a sister, Betty Pittman of Candler; four grandchildren, Amanda Gabbitt, Amy McLean, David McLean (Keiko) and Matthew Parris; and two great-grandchildren, Hiroji and Rikiji McLean. A funeral service will be held Thursday 2:00 pm November 12, 2009 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. with Rev. Dennis L. Thurman officiating. Interment will follow at Bent Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team will provide military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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  1. Dear Christine & Family,
    I was so sorry to hear that Mr. Parris had passed away. He was always such a sweet and giving person. As a child, I remember Daddy calling him ‘Red’. Later when he came to Wachovia, after I had not seen him in years, he started bringing me special things he made, and I will always cherish them. My thoughts are with you.

    God Bless,
    Connie Fields & Family

  2. Dear Parris Family, Please accept our heart felt condolences during this very difficult time. Our prayers and our love are with you. God Bless each of you. Steve & Janice Parris, Josh & Shannon Parris, Jeremy Parris, Melisa Parris, June Myers & Amber & Aly Myers

  3. Earl was a man to look up to. I will always hold his memory in great respect, a man of his word. That is all we can ask of anyone.

  4. Dear Chris, Shirley, Ken, Lou Ellen and Jenny

    We are so very sorry for the loss of Earl. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you at this time. Fond memories of Earl will always linger in our hearts. He was a very special man in our lives. May God bless each of you.

  5. Our Thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.Earl was a very good man and as honorable and strong as the mountains we live in. They do not make them like him anymore and he will be missed by all.

  6. for the whole family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and I know the pain and grief you bear. God’s love and promise can help you during this time.
    sharon whitley

  7. Dear Chris and Family, Please accept our love and sympathies. Earl was always a very special person in our lives. He will be missed!

  8. Jenny, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.. will be there in thought with you…It is a difficult time but TIME does heal..
    Peggy and Bob Dellinger

  9. Jenny and Family,
    We heard about your Dad from Preacher Dennis. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to your entire family. May the Lord give you the peace and comfort that only He can.
    Our Love in Jesus,
    Royce & Gwenda

  10. Betty, We are sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

    Carroll & Jan Stokes

  11. Chris and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    I know how sad the next few months will be.
    Earl will be missed by a lot of dear friends.
    Moose & I always enjoyed visiting with you and having fish frys when we were in Florida.
    With Sympathy,
    Joyce Butler

  12. Parris Family
    I am sorry to here of your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God be with all of you at this time.

  13. You have my deepest sympathy. Earl will be missed. He was such fun at the Parris reunion.

    Ruth Edwards Rhodes

  14. our sypmathy goes out to the family of earl parris. been a lot of years since i had seen him but will always have fond memory of him. god bless, jerry black

  15. Shirley, My sympathy goes out to you and your whole Family. I have fond Memories of your Dad, when we visited him and your Mom in FL. He took us on this increcible Boat Ride and let me pick my first Grapefruit ever of he’s tree, I had never seen a Grapefruit tree before.

  16. We will always have memories of ‘Red’s’ on Sardis Road as we were growing up. Our prayers are with your family at this time.
    Love, Clyde, Dot and Phyllis McKinney

  17. Dear Chris, We just found out about
    Earl. CL would not have been able to attend services but we are truely sorry for your loss. CL still has the things he made and brought him. May God keep you strong. A friend always CL

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