He was a member of Covenant Baptist Church. He was known for his love of gospel music, was a member of several music groups and was a well-known choir director and minister of music.
He was a local businessman, homebuilder and roofing contractor who founded Parris Roofing Company in 1955. He was a charter member of the Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Ida Shope Parris; his daughter, Linda Hall; and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, of 72 years, Blanche Martin Parris; son, Randy Parris and wife, Cindy; grandsons: Gary Caywood and wife, Kathy, David Parris and wife, Jenny; granddaughters: Renee Haney and Kim Carr, all of Cleveland; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastors Jim Caywood and Gary Higgins officiating.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the TARC Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 60128, Nashville TN 37206, or Covenant Baptist Church Building Fund, 249 Calhoun Road, Cleveland TN 37323.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Parris family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.