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The Legacy of Life
Deacon Sidney Thomas Parrish, Sr.
(March 08, 1926 – August 20, 2023
Deacon Sidney Thomas Parrish, Sr., 97, was born on March 08, 1926, to the late Mr. Tom Parrish and Ms. Queen Hunter in Sylvania (Screven County), GA.
He received his early Christian upbringings at the New Home Welcome Baptist Church in Sylvania, GA. He was also educated in the public schools of Screven County. At the tender age of 18, he enlisted into the United States Army and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged. He later relocated to Miami, FL, where he united with the Jordan Grove Baptist Church. There, he went on to serve as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and member of the Male Chorus ministries for over 50 years. Deacon Sidney Parrish also worked and retired from the Dade County Court System with 43 years of exemplary service.
Deacon Sidney Parrish met the love of his life, the former Ms. Annie Nesbitt. The couple was united in Holy Matrimony on August 14, 1947. This beloved union culminated to 76 wonderful years of marital bliss and six children were born.
Following his retirement in Miami, FL, Deacon, and Mrs. Parrish relocated to Sylvania, GA, where they could enjoy the “country life”, that they loved so much. Deacon Parrish united with the Dickey Grove Baptist Church of Sylvania where he continued his duties of Christian servitude as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and choir ministry, serving faithfully until his health declined.
After 97 years of laboring in the vineyard for the Lord, the Almighty Creator summoned one his faithful servants to rest in eternity on Sunday morning August 20, 2023, at the Pineview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Sylvania, GA, completing a life of devoted service.
A devoted Christian, Deacon Parrish always spoke about God, he knew “the power of prayer”, and he continued to spread God’s teachings until his final days. He was known to be easy-going and as a great leader who impacted many lives. …Now he rests from his labors and his works do speak for him…..
He leaves to cherish fond memories and continue his beautiful legacy: His devoted wife of 76 years Mrs. Annie Nesbitt Parrish of the home; ( 5) Daughters: Ella Haynes, Lorene Price, Algire Christie, Connie (William) Vassar, and Vernette Parrish, (1) Son: Sidney Parrish, Jr.; 14 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, (3) Great-great Grands, a host of cousins, other relatives, colleagues, church family, and sorrowing friends.