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Roger Eugene Parris

Roger Eugene Parris, age 68 of Sylva NC, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.   He was the son of the late Jeter and Mary (Jones) Parris and was born July 29, 1952. 

Roger was a lifelong resident of Jackson County and loved the mountains in which he was born and raised.  He was a graduate of Sylva Webster High School and Southwestern Community College where he was valedictorian.  He worked at Skyland Textile, was manager at two Western Steere restaurants, and was manager/supervisor of the IT department of Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  He retired from Harris Regional after 30 years of dedicated service at which time he enjoyed camping, gardening, sports and family time. He also was a lifetime member of the Optimist Club.

Roger was a surrogate grandparent along with Nell to multiple generations of nieces and nephews for both the Parris and Jamison families.  Roger and Nell liked to spoil them by taking them camping, fishing, on trips, etc.  He  had a gift of hospitality and was known for hosting large gatherings and serving vast quantities of delicious food.

Roger will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Nell (Jamison) Parris; sisters, Evelyn Frizzell Buchanan (Bill) of Sylva, Dorothy “Dot” Southards of High Point NC, Joyce Dills of Huntersville, NC; brother Jack Parris (Alice) of Lincolnton, NC; special nephew, George Frizzell, Jr. of Sylva; in-laws, Bill Jamison of Morristown, TN, Harold Jamison (Darlene) of Sylva, Linda Lowman of Asheville NC, Sandy Henson (Jimmy) of Weddington NC; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, George Frizzell, Sr., Don Southards, Claude Dills, Larry “Tootie” Jamison, Brenda Jamison; and nephew, Jack Dale Parris.

Private burial arrangements at Fairview Memorial Gardens have been entrusted to Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva NC.  A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be announced at a later time.


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Guestbook

Nell, I am so very sorry to hear about Roger's passing. I know we haven't been in touch very much, but my memories of yours and Rogers kindness and caring support for me is something I will always treasure. You two were were one of the special gifts I believe My heavenly Father placed in my life to help me grow and mature and you made me feel like I mattered and that I did have something to offer to others. I grew to love you both very much and will never forget all the funny stories, especially the one about the weed eater! May God richly bless you Nell and your family during this time of sorrow. He can replace the pain with the memories of the love the two of you shared with each other and those you came in contact with. He will be missed, but we will see him again, of that I have not doubt. Love you Miss Nell - a forever friend, Debbie Baxter

Debbie Baxter Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Parris

Debbie Baxter Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Nell. Paul and I are so sorry to hear about Roger passing. He was a brilliant man and always so helpful to everyone. We share your grief. God Bless you and your family. Cindy and Paul Ramsey

Cindy and Paul Ramsey Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Parris

Cindy and Paul Ramsey Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry Nell to hear of Rogers passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love & Hugs my friend! Lois Rogers Cline

Lois Cline Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Parris

Lois Cline Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

Nell and family, I am so sorry to hear of Roger passing. I will keep you in my prayers during this sad time.

Lea Gates Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Parris

Lea Gates Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

I worked with Mr. P. at Harris and came to respect and love him like a father. I have wonderful memories of working together during those years. I am very saddened to hear of his passing, while also joyful that his time on this earth is over and he is at peace. My utmost condolences to Nell and family - and to all those who came to know and love Mr. P. as I have. May we see one another again one day...

Nicholas Sharp Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

Donald and I were saddened to hear of Roger's passing. He was a wonderful man and good friend. Please know you and your family are in our prayers. Cindy and Donald Ridley.

Cindy Ridley Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

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