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John D. Parish, Jr., of Sheridan, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, at home at the age of 72. He was born August 1, 1939 in Greenwood, Mississippi, the son of the late John D. Parish, Sr. And Emma Dennis Moore Parish. John was a graduate of Mississippi State University and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. A lifelong Presbyterian, John was serving as an Elder at the Central Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff.
John retired from the Arkansas Department of Correction. He was publicly known as â€śThe World Famous Mississippi Scoundrel.â€ť and made hundreds of TV and radio ads during the 80's and 90's. In 2010 he retired as the announcer at I-30 Speedway after 32 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Margaret Henderson Parish and a step grandson, Christopher Arline.
He is survived by his son, Parker Parish and wife Vandra of Sheridan; daughter, Jerilyn Parish of Monticello; two step daughters, Jerilyn Parish of Monticello and Debra Jo Abernathy and her husband Tom of Grenada, Mississippi; granddaughter, Erika Parish of Sheridan; Step-grandson, Trae Arline of Greenwood, Mississippi and a Special Friend, Mary Beth Vickers of Naples, Texas
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Festa officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Oddfellows Cemetery in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870)942-1306. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff or a charity of donors choice or Sheridan Animal Control Adoption Center, 304 Gatzke Drive, Sheridan, AR 72150.
Online guestbook: www.memorialgardenssheridan.com