Odice Kenneth Parrish, 75, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was born February 13, 1933, in Lufkin, Texas, the son of the late Jesse (Vaughn) and Lufkin Land Parrish. He passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008, in a Bossier City hospital.
Mr. Parrish had previously resided in the Lufkin and Woodville area for many years. He had been employed as general manager of several steel manufacturing plants, one of which was CRC Kelley. At the time of his retirement, he was employed with Border Pacific Railroad.
Mr. Parrish attended school in Woodville until the 10th grade, at which time he joined the United States Army during the Korean War. In 2004, Woodville High School honored three of their students who had served in the military by awarding their high school diplomas to them. Mr. Parrish was one of the three students so honored. He earned awards and trophies for football in the mid-40s.
He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking and talking. His family says that he "talked a whole lot". One of his favorite expressions was to say "Did I ever tell you about the time I was captured by the Indians?"
Mr. Parrish is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James Luke and Paula Parrish of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis Ann and Johnny Johnson of Buna, Texas; grandchildren, RayAnn (Ryder) Richey and husband Eric of Mauriceville and Megan Allison Ryder of Buna; 5 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann Parrish, on August 12, 1992; two brothers; and two sisters.
Services for Mr. Parrish will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2008, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Horace Fletcher officiating. Entombment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.
Gipson Funeral Home; Charlotte Partin, director