Bob Par­ish

McDonald County Press - - OBITUARIES -

Nov. 16, 1960 Aug. 14, 2017

Bob Par­ish, 56, of Noel, Mo., de­parted this life on Mon­day, Aug. 14, 2017, at Mercy Hos­pi­tal in Spring­field, Mo., af­ter a brief ill­ness. He was born on Nov. 16, 1960, in Pineville, Mo., to the union of

John and

Mary Jean (Po­tarf) Par­ish.

He was a life­long res­i­dent of Noel and a 1979 grad­u­ate of McDon­ald County High School. On May 24, 1980, he

was united in mar­riage to Ale­sia Sher­man and to this union a son and daugh­ter were born. Be­sides be­ing a hard­work­ing cat­tle farmer, he also drove a school bus for the McDon­ald County School Dis­trict for 35 years. In 1980, he ac­cepted Christ as his per­sonal Lord and Sav­ior and fol­lowed the Bap­tist faith through­out his life. He en­joyed farm­ing, es­pe­cially bal­ing hay, fish­ing and spend­ing time with his fam­ily, es­pe­cially his three grand­chil­dren of whom he was very proud. Dur­ing the school year you could usu­ally find him run­ning the clock and score­board for all the Noel 5th- and 6th-grade home bas­ket­ball games and if it wasn’t a home game he was driv­ing the bus tak­ing the team to their game. When speak­ing of bus driv­ing he of­ten said “maybe some day he would haul some­one that would be­come fa­mous or even Pres­i­dent.”

He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, John Par­ish; pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Everett and Win­nie (Pritchard) Par­ish; ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Marvin and Tina Po­tarf; and two cousins, Bill Emanuel and Diane (Emanuel) Jor­dan.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 37 years, Ale­sia Ann Par­ish of the home; two chil­dren, Bobby Lee Par­ish II and wife, Le’Ann, and Ann Marie Par­ish, all of Noel; three grand­chil­dren, Zoe El­iz­a­beth Par­ish, John Matthew Par­ish and Daniel Lee Par­ish; his mother, Mary Jean Par­ish of Noel; a sis­ter, Mary Sue Par­ish of Noel; his aunt and un­cle, Anna Lee and Wayne Emanuel of Sul­phur Springs, Ark.; and a host of other fam­ily and friends.

Fu­neral ser­vices were held at 10 a.m. Satur­day, Aug. 19, 2017, at the Noel Ele­men­tary School with Pas­tor Ce­cil Hall of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial fol­lowed in the Noel Ceme­tery. Those hon­or­ing his life by serv­ing as pall­bear­ers were Tim Kilby, Flint Cum­mings, David Hol­loway, An­drew Sher­man, Kyle Jor­dan, Bob Porter­field, Matt Watkins, Travis White and Nathan Sher­man. Dick Davis, Don Un­der­wood, David Collingsworth, Aaron Sher­man, Wayne Emanuel and Gary Bow­man served as hon­orary pall­bear­ers. The fam­ily re­ceived friends on Fri­day evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Noel Chapel of Ozark Fu­neral Homes. In lieu of flow­ers memo­ri­als are be­ing di­rected to the McDon­ald County Schools Foun­da­tion for FFA schol­ar­ships c/o the fu­neral home.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www. ozark­fu­ner­al­

Ar­range­ments were un­der the per­sonal care and di­rec­tion of the Ozark Fu­neral Home in Noel.

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