Joy Parish, a lifetime resident of West Orange, entered her Heavenly home on Thursday, Jan. 3, at Hospice of East Texas, Tyler, at the age of 90 years. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 1”00 pm to 2:30 pm at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. A graveside service will immediately follow at 3:00 pm at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange, officiated by the Rev. Randall Branch.
Joy was a member of St. John’s and Wesley United Methodist Churches.
Mrs. Parish was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her late husband of over 44 years, Monroe Parish, John O. Young (the father of her children) and son, John Oliver Young Jr.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Janice Joy Jimerson and husband, Tommy, Sandra Jo Easterling and husband, Robert, Deborah Kay Butler and husband, Bill. Also, Mrs. Parish is survived by her step children, Phyllis Summers, Cathie Tschirhart, Sammy Parish; eight grandsons, and numerous great grandchildren.
Joy was proud of her accomplishments such as being elected “President of the First Housewives Bowling League” at the former Brown’s Bowling Alley in Orange. She was named salutatorian of West Orange grammar school and later attended Lamar College in Orange. During her high school years, she was a base drummer for the memorable “Bengal Guards.”
While married to attorney, John O. Young, Mrs. Parish was elected “State Executive Committee Woman from the 4th Senatorial District” while attending the democratic convention.
Joy and her late husband, Monroe Parish, always enjoyed hunting and fishing and attending many family gatherings together. Joy was loved and cherished by her children and grandchildren, and many other friends and relatives. She will be greatly missed.
Many thanks go to Riverside Hospice of Beaumont, and more recently, East Texas Hospice of Tyler, for their excellent care given to her during her prolonged illness.
Honorary pallbearers are Theron, Scott, and Todd Jimerson; Pierce and Rob Butler; Eric, Tom, and Mark Edmondson; John Oliver Young III (Trey); and Robert Easterling.