Gregg Chapel dedicated to Johnny Parrish

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gregg Funeral Home of Monette held a special dedication service during open house Saturday, Nov. 19, to honor the late Johnny Parrish, a 41-year employee.

The Monette High School class of 1966 dedicated the chapel of Gregg Funeral Home, in Monette, to their friend and classmate Johnny Parrish.

"We dedicate the chapel here at Gregg's today in loving memory of our dear friend Johnny Parrish," said Rev. Jerry Reed. "The Monette High School graduating class of 1966 has prepared a special plaque to be hung in this chapel, in remembrance of Johnny and how much he has meant to this community.

"Johnny was a friend of pastors and everyone who passed this way," Reed said. "He was good at his job and was a sincere presence in all of the surrounding area. His co-workers loved him dearly, just as his classmates did."

Gregg Funeral Home employees Jerry Lewis and Janet Rolland spearheaded the effort to dedicate the chapel and worked with the MHS Class to present the special program in his honor.

"McNabb Funeral Home now owns Gregg's here in Monette, and they have been very generous in allowing us to rededicate this building in Johnny Parrish's honor," Reed said. "Johnny had a special bond with everyone he met. He was a Vietnam veteran and was proud of his hometown. You just didn't hear Johnny complain. He took joy in what he did."

MHS 1966 class President Terry Cullum represented the class and placed the plaque on the north wall of the chapel.

"Johnny was friendly with everyone," Cullum said. "He was great to take care of details. He did it in high school and continued all his life. He fit in everywhere he went."

Family members present at the dedication were Wanda Parrish, David Wilbanks, Shana Wilbanks, Keira Wilbanks, and Adyson Wilbanks.

MHS 1966 classmates present were Cullum, Jane Border, Polly Armstrong, Kathy Fraser and Jim Fraser.

Following the ceremony a reception was held along with a tour of the newly renovated funeral home.

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