Durham Morning Hearld, 12 April 1948
Thomas A. Parrish
Funeral services for Thomas A. Parrish, 80, retired farmer of the Fayetteville Road, Berea Baptist Church community were held this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the Berea Baptist Church. The Rev. Stanley C. Harrell, pastor of the Congregational Christian Church and the Rev.. C. H. Norris, a former pastor, now at Wake Forest, conducted the service. Interment was in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers were, Genie Shepherd, R. L. Atkins, Mack Vickers, W. W. Massey. H. H. King and P. J. Rich. Honorary pallbearers were, Dr. W. W. Boone, Pender E. Upchurch, Claude Vickers, C. R. McHaney, G. C. Cooke, J. O. Fletcher, T. L. Pendergrass, Claude Barbee, Pleas Shepherd and Zollie Lewter.
Serving as floral bearers were: Mesdames Genie Shepherd, R. L. Atkins, Mack Vickers, H. H. King, Zollie Lewter, W. W. Massey, G. C. Cooke, Claude Barbee, Foy Shaw, P. J. Rich, Otho Shepherd and Miss Lula Fletcher.
Mr. Parrish died at his home Sunday morning at 10:45 o’clock. He became ill last Thursday and little hope was held for his recovery. The deceased was born and reared in Durham County, the son of Alfred M. Parish and Francis Pope Parrish. He received his education in the Durham County schools. For a number of years he had been a member of O’Kelly’s Chapel. Mr. Parrish had lived all of his life in the community in which he was born. On Nov. 17, 1892 he was married to Miss Sudie Barbee, who survives, as do four daughters, Mrs. J. L. Fletcher, Mrs. L. G. Vickers, Mrs. F. M. Green, and Mrs. W. A. Thompson, all of Durham County; one brother, G. Mal Parrish, Durham County; three grandchildren, Lewis Fletcher, Mrs. Ruth Fletcher Atkins and Victor Graham Vickers; and two great grandchildren, Carolyn Atkins and Tommie Fletcher.