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Stanley Paul Parnell, 97, Adair County, KY native (1924-2022)

Stanley Paul Parnell, 97, of Elizabethtown, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022, at University Hospital in Louisville. A loving father and brother, he was retired from Philip Morris, a member of New River Worship Center and an avid UK fan, who loved to garden.

He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran, serving in Guam and Iwo Jima. He received both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He also was a member of the Marine Corps League, Forever Young Vets., Bluegrass Honor Flight and VFW.

He was born on Aug. 15, 1924, in Columbia to his parents, Emmett and Maddie Hill Parnell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Marie Parnell; and his parents.

Survivors include:

four sons, Stanley Clinton Parnell (Eula), Denneth "Denny" Parnell (Dianne), Bradley Norton Parnell and Damian Paul Parnell (Sarah);

three daughters, Monica Ann Meredith (Keith), Jill Renay Parnell and Angela Marie Parnell;

five brothers, Jesse Parnell, Willard Parnell (Martha), Harmon Parnell (Nancy), Allan Parnell (Bunny) and Lewis Parnell (Eleen);

a sister, Del Westerfield;

10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is at 1pmET Thursday, July 14, 2022 at New River Worship Center, 179 Blair Hill Lane in Radcliff. Burial follows in St. James Cemetery in Elizabethtown.

Visitation begins at 9:30amET Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Marine Corps League of Elizabethtown, Forever Young Vets or Bluegrass Honor Flight. To express a condolence and to light a candle of remembrance, go to

Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is in charge of arrangements.

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Remembering Stanley Paul Parnell, Sparksville native

2022-07-27 - Adair County, KY - Photo from Rebecca Collier.
Stanley Parnell grew up in southern Adair County, KY. Among his many family members surviving are his five brothers - Jesse, Willard, Harmon, Allan, and Lewis; and his sister, Del.

Bluegrass Honor Flight wrote, "today, we lost part of our family, WWII Marine Veteran Stanley Parnell. Mr. Parnell, a decorated Marine and recipient of the Purple Heart, was drafted at the age of 18 and served in May 1943 to December 1945. He served in both Guam and Iwo Jima...and was wounded at Iwo Jima. He took his Honor Flight in 2017 with us and continued to join us at several events, with the last one being our recent D-Day event. He was never without his Marine hat and his contagious smile....we are so very blessed to know him. Our prayers are with his family and friends...Semper Fi...Job Well Done Marine!"

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