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Rev. A. J. Parrish, 77, Adair Co., KY native

Rev. Parrish was a longtime Baptist minister, a electronics engineer, a former Columbia, KY businessman, and developed the first computer system in the world used for toll collection. He was born in Toria, Adair Co., KY. He will be buried in Hodgenville, KY.
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Rev. A.J. Parrish, age 77 years and seven months, passed away in the seventh hour of Saturday, July 11, 2009 at home in Mt. Washington, KY, surrounded by his wife; several children and a grandchild.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 10:00amCT at Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home, 10394 New Jackson Highway, Magnolia, KY, with Rev. Tom Downey and Rev. Dwayne Dobson officiating. Burial will follow in the Lincoln Memorial Church Cemetery, 5521 New Jackson RD, Hodgenville, KY. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 14, 2009, from 11:00am to 8:00pm at Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home, and Wednesday, July 15, 2009 from 8:00am to 10:00amCT at Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home, Magnolia, KY.

He was born December 11, 1931 in Toria, KY. Saved By The Grace of God, he was called into ministry and received his license to preach at Red Lick Missionary Baptist Church on April 26,1953 and was ordained as a Missionary Baptist Minister December 8, 1957 at Red Lick Missionary Baptist Church in Toria, KY.

He was the pastor of many churches all over Kentucky. He joined his fellowship with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church No.1 in Hart Co., KY and remained a member in good standing.

He was also an avid Amateur (Ham) Radio Operator, licensed as KG4ZVD. He loved to talk with friends via amateur radio.

He was a retired Electronics Engineer. He worked for 30 years for the KY DOT. First as a Radio Repair Tech, then later as a Computer Tech. He advanced up the ladder to upper management in Electronic Engineering. He designed, installed, and programmed the first computer system in the world used for toll collection on the toll roads.

Before working for the DOT, he operated his own TV/Radio repair business for several years in Columbia, KY.

He was preceded in death by one infant son Daniel Matthew Parrish; his parents Roy and Lucy Parrish; an infant granddaughter Kimberly Mae Parrish; a granddaughter Valerie Wiggins; a great-grandson James Vaughn, all of whom he longed to eat and sup with again with his Savior.

He was united in marriage with his beloved bride, Martha Bell Corbin Parrish, on October 18, 1947, who survives.He is further survived by the following:
  • Five sons; five daughters and their spouses; Rachel and Sam Lyons, Enid, OK;, Patty and Carroll Wilson, of Glasgow, KY, Leon and Marianne Parrish, of Martinez, GA, Eddie and Teresa Parrish, of Sonora, KY, Edith and Ronnie Furkin, of Columbia, KY, Owen and Nancy Parrish, of Magnolia, KY, Russell and Kathy Parrish, of Magnolia, KY, Phillip and Cindy Parrish, of Louisville, KY, Nora and Ronnie Cruse, of Magnolia, KY and Elizabeth and Steve England, of Mount Washington, KY

  • 29 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 8 step-great grandchildren

  • One brother: Garon Parrish, of Sparksville, Kentucky

  • And a host of nieces and nephews and extended family

  • Also a multitude of friends and church family, all of whom he loved more than food!
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Bro. A.J. Parrish (Dec. 11, 1931 - July 11, 2009)

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