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Phillip R. Parrish, 77, Burkesville, KY (1943-2021)

Phillip Randall Parrish of Burkesville passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at his home. He was 77 years old.

The funeral will be conducted at 1pmCT on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in The Memory Chapel of Norris-New Funeral Home, 601 N Main St, Burkesville, KY, with burial to follow in the Burkesville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 2pmCT on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Norris-New, until the funeral hour on Saturday.

He was born in The Howards Bottom Community of Cumberland County, Kentucky on Friday, September 3, 1943 the son of Ralph Miller & Geneva (Melton) Parrish. He was a Christian Man, member of Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church from youth until recent years, where he became a member of The Highland Chapel United Methodist Church. He graduated from Cumberland County High School, Started his college education at Lindsey Wilson, then Kentucky Wesleyan, receiving a B.A. from Western Kentucky University, and a Masters Degree from University of Kentucky.

He was the First Girls Basketball Coach for Cumberland County, worked as a teacher beginning at Marrowbone and finishing at The Cumberland County High School with 41 years of Service in Education, worked at Lusada's Florist, A licensed Disc Jockey working at WKYR radio, Served 8 years on The Burkesville City Council, was a member of The Gideons International, member of the Retired Teachers Association, and began his career at Norris-New Funeral Home on January 1, 1986, being Mark's first employee after Mark bought the firm on December 13, 1985, serving a total of 32 years helping families and was a licensed Funeral Director at his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Janice (Craft) Parrish whom he wed on Saturday, June 26, 1976, his daughters, Monica Amelia (& Scott) Landers of Louisville, Kentucky, Valerie Victoria (& Bro. Terry) Shelley of Burkesville, Kentucky, Grandchildren, Parker James Shelley, Karma Shelley & Nicole Shelley, a host of Cousins and Many...Many Friends.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to The American Cancer Society or The American Diabetes Association in his memory.

Norris-New Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Phillip R. Parrish, 77, Burkesville, KY (1943-2021)

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