Cliff Parrish Passed Away
March 08, 2021

Article by Lynette Coil

It is with a heavy heart that we received the news from Gail and Max Steffen that our fellow beagler, Cliff Parrish passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021 at the age of 94.  Cliff was from Kinston, North Carolina and a great asset to our sport.

Cliff Parrish was a dedicated and devoted beagler who belonged to Coastal Plain, Mid State and Cross Creek Beagle Clubs. He ran his beagles under the kennel name Cliff's Rivermont and was very successful in our sport. He belonged to ABBA since we started.  When most had given up on some of the beagles, Cliff got ahold of them and made a dog out of them and finished them. Some of his latest were Cliff's Rivermont Mitch, Cliff's Rivermont Bozo, Cliff's Rivermont Red Bud. He was unique and dedicated all he had to our sport for many years until the hurricane ruined Cross Creek Beagle Club and that was it for Coastal Plain and Mid State being held at Cross Creek. Cliff and Don Phillips became very good friends through the years in trying to hold the clubs together. Cliff had negotiated with Happy Jack and Happy Jack furnished a banquet every year and furnished door prizes for years at Coastal Plain's license trial.

Cliff put his heart and soul into our sport for many years. He would go to Coraopolis for the National and support the Hall of Fame and Purina Award banquets til he could no longer drive the distance. We always looked forward to seeing Cliff at the trials.  He supported the Southern and Mid Dixie federations and if he couldn't be there his dogs were.   He was a treasure that has been missed beyond measure. We usually got to talk to him at Christmas every year. He was very devoted to his lovely bride, Nana Ruth and would visit her daily til the Covid moved in and it was no longer possible; but he would always call her to let her know he loved her and was there. His kids have helped him while he has had to be by himself. Cliff loved his family and he would just glow when he talked about them.

He could have a gruff nature; but he had a heart as big as all outdoors and you couldn't ask for a more truer and honest friend than Cliff.  We will forever hold him in our hearts and he will live on through the many memories and good times that we have all shared.  Rest In Peace My Friend and know We all Love and Miss You!  Beagling has another Guardian Angel and May God Bless!

           Gone From Us

Gone from us that smiling face,

The cheerful pleasant ways,

The heart that won so many friends

In bygone, happy days.

A life made beautiful by kindly deeds

A helping hand for others needs

To a beautiful life, comes a happy end

Clifton "Cliff" Parrish Jr.

1926 - 2021

KINSTON - Clifton "Cliff" Parrish, Jr. passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021 at the age of 94.
Cliff was born December 20, 1926 to the late Novella Smith Parrish and Clifton Parrish, Sr. in Kinston, NC. He graduated from Southwood High School where he met the love of his life, Nannie Ruth Nichols. The high school sweethearts were married for 75 years on December 1, 2020.
Cliff proudly served his Country as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne in World War II.
He was an avid supporter of the Red Cross; was a licensed electrician and past President of the Ellis Canady Chapter of IAEI. Cliff started his electrical career with Kinston Electric Company (Electricon), was the founder of Parrish Electric Co. and later worked with Kinston-Lenoir County Inspection department, after which he was a North Carolina State Electrical Inspector.
Cliff was a man of faith and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. He was an avid bass fisherman, hunter, and especially a beagler. There was nothing he enjoyed more than beagling unless it was teaching his grandchildren to water ski at the river or watching them play ball.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Nannie Ruth Parrish; sons, Robert (Gloria) and Kevin (Becky), all of Kinston; grandchildren, Amy M. Vetter (Brian) of Summerville, SC, Bobby Parrish (Susan) of Four Oaks, NC, and Austin Parrish (Katherine) of Greensboro, NC; great-grandchildren, Jordan McLawhorn, Jackson Parrish, Maegan Parrish, Lana Parrish, Charlotte Parrish, and Audrey Grace Parrish; step-great-grandchildren, Chase McLawhorn (Cassi) and Megan Jones; step-great-great-grandchild, Wyatt McLawhorn; brother-in-law, Alton Lee of Goldsboro, NC, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Cliff was predeceased by his sister, Katherine Estelle Lee.
The family will receive friends at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Howard-Carter Funeral Home followed by services at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow the service at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
For those in attendance, it is requested that social distancing be practiced and masks worn.
Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in Free Press on Mar. 4, 2021.


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