James R. Parnell

October 31, 1931April 10, 2019

Mr. Parnell, age 87, of Charlotte, passed away April 10, 2019. He was born October 31, 1931 in Concord, NC and was the son of the late Samuel Ray and Margaret Parnell.

Jim graduated from Harding High School and graduated from Belmont Abbey College. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in Japan. He retired from US Gypsum after 34 years as a Sales Representative. Jim was an avid golfer and longtime member of Raintree Country Club. He was a member of First Baptist Matthews and was very active in the Abundant Life Sunday School Class.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and high school sweetheart, Janet Parnell; a brother, Edward Parnell; and his twin sister, Evelyn Poole. He is survived by his second wife, Jean Jenkins Parnell; two sons, Charles (Chuck) R. Parnell and wife, Lynn of Charlotte, and James Alan Parnell and wife Mary of St. Johns, FL; four grandchildren, Joshua David Parnell, Jana Marie Parnell, Kathleen Elizabeth Parnell and Ashley Nicole Parnell.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at First Baptist Matthews, 185 South Trade Street, Matthews, NC, beginning at 1:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Sharon Memorial Park immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to Matthews Help Center, 119 N. Ames St., Matthews, NC 28105 or Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500-A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206.


  • Receiving of Friends Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2019

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Joan Gauker

April 13, 2019

Jim and Jean immediately were friendly when they became our next-door neighbors at Brightmore. Jim was a sweet and kind man. We shared conversations about our Scottish heritage and other common interests as we walked the halls. When Jim met my husband or me in the hall, he always offered a smile, along with a hug or handshake. My husband died in January, and Jim was determined to find a ride and be at his memorial service. It took great effort for Jim to get himself dressed up and into a friend's car. But he told me he would not miss being there. I would have liked to do the same for Jim, and attend his funeral. I couldn't do that, but, I certainly want to leave this memory and condolence for his family. I was very sad when I learned Jim had to leave us. I miss seeing him next door and in the hallways. I'm thankful for the time, though brief in years, that we shared as neighbors. I know Jim loved Jean, and I pray for her, as she goes on without him. Also, I ask God to comfort Jim's family left to mourn his passing.

Lynda Mazzone

April 12, 2019

I will miss serving Mr. Parnell at Brightmore South! He had a sweet smile and pleasant disposition. He was open about his faith, clasping neighboring hands and praying over the food. He was vocal about missing his wife; his love for her was evident. He was a lovely man and is sure to missed by friends and family alike. I'm sorry for your loss. I pray you will know peace and comfort in the coming days. God bless.

Grace Harden

April 12, 2019

We were blessed that God led us to First Baptist Church Matthews and sat us in the pew behind Jim and Jean, who always made us feel so welcome. We enjoyed their friendship and many Sunday lunches at Showmars. Jim was such a sweet, Christian man.

Grace and Janice Harden