Geraldine T. “ Jerry “ Parris
Geraldine T. “ Jerry “ Parris, 77, of Orange, passed away Thursday, June 19, at her residence. Born on Aug. 23, 1936 in Joaquin, to Robert Glaze and Effie Leila (Conley) Glaze. She was a longtime resident of Orange, and worked at Lamar State College in Orange as a music professor for 30 years; then taught piano lessons for many years.
Jerry graduated from Stark High School in Orange in 1954 where she sang in the acapella choir. She then obtained her Masters Degree in Music Education for Lamar University in Beaumont. Jerry was a member of the Modern Tones, 3 J’s, Leader of the First Baptist Church Witnesses, the Entheos and the Cardinal Moods at Lamar. Jerry also played the piano at the First Baptist Church in Orange and Fletcher Emanuel Church Alive, in Lumberton. Jerry will be remembered most for her loving spirit and her dedication in her life.
Jerry is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Benny Ross Talmadge; son, Reggie Talmadge; stepdaughter, Richelle Parris, and brother, Richard Glaze.
Those who will most cherish her memory are her husband Robert “ Bob “ Parris of Orange; son, Ross Talmadge and wife, Peggy, of Buna; nephews, Ollie Halten and wife, Mona of Orange and Brian Halten of Windsor, Ca; stepson, Matthew Parris and wife, Kim of Katy; grandchildren, Jennifer Parker and husband Jason of Buna, Jessica Talmadge of Buna, Jake Talmadge and wife, Courtney of Buna, Brandon Parris of Katy, Candace Parris of Katy, Cameron Parris of Austin, Jada Parris of Katy and Meghan Halten Bingham and husband, Derek of Friendswood; great grandchildren, Jabe Parker, Jett Parker and Jozette Parker all of Buna. Jerry is also survived by numerous members of her extended family and friends.
Services to honor Jerry’s life will be at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, June 21, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home, in Orange, with the Rev. Phillip Reed, officiating. Rite of committal and interment will follow services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.
A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 12:00 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. Saturday, at the funeral home. For those who desire memorial contributions, please make a donation in memory of Jerry to Community Church in Orange, Texas.
Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.