Harold (Hal DeWitt Parrish


Harold (Hal) DeWitt Parrish, 79, of Irwinville, Georgia died Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held 2pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at The Paulk Funeral Home Chapel in Fitzgerald with Rev. Ronnie Youngblood and Bro. Rick Ellis officiating. Interment will follow in Big Creek Cemetery, Irwin County. The family will receive friends from 6-8 Monday evening, April 29, at the funeral home in Fitzgerald. His pallbearers are Sheldon Conger, Byron Mobley, Scott Hester, Ronny Parrish, Greg Hester, and Ron Lundy.

Harold was born at home in Mystic, Georgia on December 21, 1939 to John William and Susie Jane Paulk Parrish. He was a 1958 graduate of Irwin County High School where he played the tuba in the band. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in France.

Throughout his life, his vocational career included Naval Ordinance, Robins Air Force Base, professional truck driver, Union Camp, East Central Tech, and Moultrie Tech. He was well known for his smooth baritone voice and used his gift to sing at weddings, funerals, revivals and in the multitude of gospel groups that he was a part of for over 60 years: the Countrymen Quartet of Big Creek Baptist Church, The Cotton Mill Quartet, The Crusaders, The Crossroads Quartet, The Samaritans, The Irwin County Quartet, The Gospel Echoes, and The Victory Quartet. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and music director. He was a multi-skilled person and enjoyed many hobbies.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ferris Bryant Parrish of Irwinville, daughter and son-in-law, Sonya Parrish Bishop (Ron) Lundy, grandchildren, Katie Bishop, Ronald (Susan) Lundy, and Bridgett Lundy, and a great-grandson, Judah Graham Lundy. Also surviving is a sister, Vera Parrish Holston and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patricia Bryant (Jimmy) Hobby, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Elbert (Tiny), Ashley (Lurene), and John; four sisters, Louise (J.L.) Harper, Katherine (Ovide) Dubreuiel, Reatha (Gerald) Rawlins, and Carolyn Hester.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your preferred charity or organization.
Published on May 5, 2019
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