TAPLETON, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys "Big MaMa" Parrish, 96, the beloved wife of the late Mide Parrish, Jr., and the daughter of the late Herbert and Ida Marsh Glover, entered into rest Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at Gibson Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 2 p.m., at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Harlan Noles, and Smith Dickson officiating. Burial followed at Stapleton Memorial Garden.
Mrs. Parrish was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Survivors include her children, Barbara Hadden Armstrong, Boneville, Paulette (Julian) Arrington, Keysville, Ga., Paul "Frank" (Terry) Parrish Jr., Stapleton, Ga., and Hubert "Buck" (Rhonda) Parrish, Sneads Ferry, N.C.; a sister, Ruby G. Jones, Stone Mountain Ga.; Special cousin, Mattie Smith, Avera, Ga.; several nieces and nephews, and she was 'Big MaMa' to a multitude of family and friends, 20 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and 43 great great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Parrish is preceded in death by her three daughters, Evelyn Key, Beatrice Key and Maude Key Beasley.
Pallbearers were her great-grandsons, Travis Hadden, Jonathan Hadden, John Hadden, James Vaughn, Steve Blount, Jeff Phillips, Will Shelton, David Wilson and Heath Mills. Honorary Pallbearers were her grandsons, Donnie Hadden, Bobby Gene Hadden, Robbie Hadden, Frankie Parrish, Clay Parrish, Jessie Hadden, Jamie Arrington, B.J. Arrington, Cody Parrish and Jason Parrish, and her Jr. great great grandchildren, Jared, Camden, Jacob, Cole, Kiley, Easton, Caleb, Jace, Cadence, Gracie, and Chloe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wrens Church of God Building Fund, 102 Phillips St. NW, Wrens, GA 30833.