Services at 10, Friday for Rev. Duncan Parish

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COLMESNEIL - Reverend Duncan Parish, 72 of Colmesneil and formerly of Fort Davis, died Nov. 9, 2013, in Jasper surrounded by family after having a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation is today at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Memorial services will be Nov. 15 at 10 am at Woodville United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Bryan Harkness with Pastor Joe Culley of Ontario, Ore., assisting. Rev. Parish was born Dec. 1, 1940, to Joel Lamar and Mary Luella Duncan Parish in Huntsville. He had lived in Colmesneil for the past eight years having previously lived in Houston, Fort Davis, Alpine and Ontario, Ore. He was a minister with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) having received his Master of Divinity from TCU Brite Divinity School in 1987. He had also received a Master of Liberal Arts at Sul Ross State University in Alpine in 2003. His undergraduate degree was a bachelor of science with a major in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in 1969. He was a member of the Dons Fraternity at Sam Houston which has subsequently been affiliated with Alpha Tau Omega. Rev.Parish at the time of his death was a Lion’s Club International District Governor for MD-2S1 (East Texas). He had a passion for Lions International, its goals and purposes. He was especially interested in the Texas Lions Camp for Crippled Children in Kerrville. For a number of years he was a backbone of the emergency services ambulance crew in Fort Davis and served as a volunteer fireman. He also wrote a column, A Donut With Duncan, for the Fort Davis and Alpine newspapers. He was an amateur actor who participated regularly in productions at The Emporium of the Arts in Woodville, as well as productions at the Theatre of the Big Bend in Alpine and in Midland. He was an amateur cartoonist and received two Texas College Press Association awards. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joel Lamar and Mary Luella Duncan Parish. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dr. Mary Parish of Colmesneil; sons James Boyd Lee Parish and wife Tina of Spring and Thomas Mark Parish of Knoxville, TN; daughters Lisa Nicole Parish-Butler and husband Lee of Austin, and Audrey Bowlin and husband Michael of Tulsa, OK. He is also survived by his brother, Joel Lamar Parish and wife Barbara of Austin; sister Dorothy Karen Parish-Kenty and husband Marcel of Austin; and 10 grandchildren, Matthew Glascock, Ian Glascock, Dillon Glascock, Quinn Gabriel Parish-Butler, Annalise Parish, Jacob Parish, Robert Parish, Aaron Parish, Benjamin Parish, Mariana Parish-Butler; nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to: Texas Lion’s Camp, P.O. Box 290247, Kerrville, Texas 78029 - The Emporium of Arts, P.O. Box 2156, Woodville, Texas 75979 - Bloys c/o Maxie Watts, 125 Bluebriar Lane, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609 Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
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