V. R. Parrish, Jr.


In Loving

V. R. Parrish, Jr.

Jan 08, 1927 – Dec 15, 2013

Parrish, V.R., Jr., 86 (son of V.R. Parrish, Sr. and Sue May Brooking Parrish) of Gum Spring, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 15, 2013. He leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia Barlowe Parrish, and three devoted children, William Jeffrey Parrish ( Charlotte), Karen Sue Parrish, Leslie Parrish Whitney (Chris); four grandchildren, Rachel Rainer DeFrank, Alexander Houston Parrish, Rebecca Lyn Rainer and Kathryn Sue Rainer. V.R. served his country in the United States Army from 1945-47 and was stationed in Germany. Upon his returning to his hometown he opened his own car repair business, V.R. had an incredible work ethic and he worked in his shop alongside his son six days each week until his sudden death. Aside from his time in the Army, V.R. lived his entire life in Gum Spring, VA. He was a cherished member of the community. His celebration of life service will be held at Gum Spring United Methodist Church, which stands on the site of V.R.’s birthplace 86 years ago. He joined the church on September 3, 1950. The family will receive friends at Gum Spring United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening December 18 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the church on Thursday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m., with interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gum Spring United Methodist Church building fund.



  1. Dinky Cooper July 18, 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Deepest sympathy to the family. Words are not easy to come by at a time like this. Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. VR was a gentle soul and will be remembered as such.

  2. Rachel July 18, 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Miss you Granddaddy :)-Rachel

  3. Chris Browning July 18, 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I am still in a state of shock on learning of the passing of Mr Parrish. He was a wonderful man that took such good care of me & all my vehicles…He will be greatly missed!!

  4. Sharon Hayden-Braxton July 18, 2019 at 11:32 am - Reply

    My heart goes out to the Parrish Family during this time. He was such a pillar in the Gum Spring Community who will definitely be missed. My entire family spoke very highly of him, including my father, Charlie Hayden. May the family find comfort in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during your time of need.

  5. Stuart West July 18, 2019 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Karen, Thinking and praying for you and your family. While I know there is nothing anyone can say to make this better, please know that I am here to support you in any way. Love and prayers, Stuart

  6. Kim Bruffy July 18, 2019 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Pat, Jeff, Karen and Leslie,I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.Kim, Beau, Carter & Kendall Bruffy

  7. Avis Watson July 18, 2019 at 11:32 am - Reply

    To the family of Mr. Parrish we offer our condolences. Mr. Parrish was a great man that felt like part of our family. He repaired all of our family vehicles and always had a nice word to say. He will be greatly missed. Family- Take comfort in knowing that GOD needed another beautiful flower to complete his garden. Joseph, Jannie & Avis Watson

  8. Judith Key July 18, 2019 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I am so very sorry, he was one of my most favorite people to see when I worked the Gum Spring post office. I know he will be deeply missed. May God wrap his comfort around you.

  9. CAROL SLUSHER July 18, 2019 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Leslie, Chris and the Parrish family. We are so sorry for the tragic loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Carol and Steve AKA Rookie.

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