Sarah Parnell

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Sarah Josephine "Imogene" Parnell, 92, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at her residence. Born at Swinton, Mo., she lived in Jonesboro 37 years and was formerly of Lake City. She was a member of the Nettleton United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include six sons, The Rev. Nelson Parnell of Springfield, Mo., Bob Parnell of Centralia, Mo., Jim Parnell of Brookings, Ore., Don Parnell of Anacortes, Wash., Delbert Parnell of granite City, Ill., and Lee Parnell of Jonesboro; two daughters, Drucilla Clanton of Jonesboro and Wanda Lee Grisham of Memphis; 26 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quince Nelson Parnell; three sons, Michael David Parnell, Eugene Parnell and Roger Parnell; her parents, George Washington and Anna Elizabeth Sullivan Hayden; two brothers; and two sisters.

The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Chapel of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro with Rev. Nelson Parnell and Rev. Harmon Whitehurst officiating. Burial was in Lake City Cemetery.

Grandsons served as active pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers were Bud Holmes, Dr. Ben Owens, Jr., Tom McDonald and Fred Sitz.

The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905 or St. Bernard's Hospice, 2813 Forest Home Road, Jonesboro, AR 72404.