William “Billy” Jenkins Parrish

July 13, 1936 - September 30, 2023
William “Billy” Jenkins Parrish

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William ”Billy” Parrish passed away at his home on September 30, 2023 at the age of 87, surrounded by his family following a brief illness.

Billy was born on July 13, 1936, in Wilmington, NC, to the late James Franklin Parrish Sr and Pearl Jenkins. He married Mary Ellen Webb in 1957. They resided in Wilmington and raised 3 daughters; Freda, Anita, Billie, and two sons; Eugene and Hampton.

Billy’s work experience was as diverse as the skills he possessed, from sales to construction to utility work. He retired from the City of Wilmington Public Utility Authority.

Billy was a faithful servant and original charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. He found solace and strength in his faith.

Billy was known for his love of NASCAR, WWE, old westerns, and quick wit. He always had a joke to tell. His passion for his country knew no bounds, and he took great pride in his son and two grandchildren who served in the military.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved bride of 54 years, Mary Ellen Parrish, his brother, James Franklin Parrish Jr, and three grandchildren. Billy is survived by his children; Freda Parrish, Anita Costin (B.C.), Billie Zakis (Doug), Eugene Parrish (Traci), and Hampton Parrish (Nancy), his sister Peggy Eagle, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Billy’s memory to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare of Wilmington. The link to donate can be found here.

A celebration of Billy’s life will be held at a later date.

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  • October 10, 2023
    Suzanne Herring Goudarzi says:
    Sending my deepest sympathy to the whole Parrish Family, I have many nice memories of spending time with you all at Westminster and thought a lot of your mom and dad.

  • October 04, 2023
    Brenda Sessoms Whittaker says:
    Rest in peace my dear cousin. You always had a joke to tell and a smile on your face. You will be missed. Sending prayers to the family

  • October 04, 2023
    Metro Aviation says:
    So sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Thinking of you and your family during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Metro Aviation

  • October 03, 2023
    Megan Parrish says:
    “You are my sunshine” will always play in my head as his voice. Will miss his presence greatly but I know he is happy in heaven with Grandma doing all he loved and being fine as frog hairs!

  • October 03, 2023
    Ledford and Lorie Wilson says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. We’ll miss hearing stories about Granddaddy Parrish at the family gatherings. Prayers and hugs to you all. Ledford and Lorie Wilson