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Adair County's Parnell family has visited all 50 states together
This year, the family traveling reunion was centered around Gatlinburg. Most of the children of the late Emmitt and Mattie Hill Parnell take the trips every year. But one brother, Harmon Parnell stays put in Sparksville, KY, where he says he has the prettiest scenery on earth. The rest are enthusiastic travelers
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By Ed and Linda Waggener
Most of the Parnell siblings who live between Sparksville in Adair County and Indianapolis, IN, spent the week in Tennessee enjoying fellowship together while seeing the sights, a different one each day. On this journey were brothers Allan Mercer, James Willard, Jesse and Lewis, their sister, Del Westerfield, and sister-in-law Eileen Parnell. Two of the brothers, Harmon and Stanley, didn't travel on this trip.
Headquartered in Gatlinburg, they toured popular tourist highlights downtown, includinng Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood and the Stampede, and took side trips to nearby Asheville and the Biltmore Mansion.
All except James rode the tram up and down the mountain.
Allan said he asked his brother why, if he could go through combat in the Korean War, could he not ride up the side of the mountain. He said James responded, "because the war was all fought on the ground."
The group spent one of their days touring Dollywood together and seeing one of the shows there.
Another day they made the trip from Gatlinburg for a tour of the historic Biltmore in Ashville, NC, and said they enjoyed discovery of every room in America's largest house.
They are a busy group. All still stay involved in their chosen life work and ignore the idea of full retirement. The children of Emmitt and Mattie Hill Parnell, they all began their education at Wilson School on the Sparkesville-Weed Road in southern Adair County. They say their parents were hard workers and instilled in all of them a strong work ethic.
- Stanley Parnell, a WWII Veteran, is 92 and lives in Elizabethtown.On their annual family trips they have now been to every state in the union. Now they are focusing on single sites, like a trip to the Branson, MO area, or to a national park like Grand Canyon.
This story was posted on 2016-10-09 09:52:34
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