Murray Alphonse Parrish

December 11, 1931January 28, 2021

Murray Parrish (Age 89)

Murray A. Parrish of Culpeper, VA, passed away on January 28, 2021. The ninth of 10 children, he was born in Johnston County, NC and lived his early years in Selma, NC. He moved to VA in 1951, where he met his future wife, Martha Belle Phillips in Annandale, and where he started his career as a plumbing and HVAC apprentice. With a combination of dedication, skilled hands and a mechanical aptitude, he rose through numerous leadership positions at F.W. Harris, Inc., ultimately leading the company’s efforts on numerous large construction projects in northern VA. In the early 1980s, he became president and principal owner of the company before retiring in 1989.

An outstanding baseball player as a young man, he made the transition to fast pitch softball in the 1960s, playing shortstop for some of the finest teams in the Washington metropolitan area. He later moved on to slow pitch softball, where as a member of a “senior team,” he played for a national champion.

A dedicated husband and father, he was also a committed Christian, having placed his faith in Jesus Christ soon after moving to VA. His commitment to his faith and his family never wavered. He and Martha, married for 68 years, raised their family in Vienna, where he coached youth sports for a number of years. They moved to Culpeper in 1992. His years in Culpeper were spent pursuing his lifetime love of gardening and enjoying retirement in the company of his many friends.

He is survived by Martha, two sons, David L. and Darryl L. Parrish, 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Lynn Parrish, in 2020. He will be buried at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Jeffersonton.


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Tammy Hershberger

February 4, 2021

I helped take care of Murray at Breezy Knoll. He always had a way of brightening my day. I miss him. I always enjoyed getting him up in the morning. I'd go in and say Good morning Murray and ask him to start waking up. He always wanted 5 more minutes. But he was always cheerful no matter what. I always appreciated that about him and he let you know how much he appreciated everything we did to help him. He really enjoyed the devotional times when we would read a scripture and then talk about it. I learned so much from this gentleman. To the Parrish family you are all in my prayers. You had a wonderful father and grandfather.

Matt Reiner

February 2, 2021

I enjoyed getting to know Murray after my mother passed away in May 2020 and I became a regular Bingo player on Friday nights. Murray was always there to greet you when you walked into Breezy Knoll, the paper spread out on the chair he was sitting in. Many other players often rubbed his shirt in hopes that his good luck would go to them. Sometimes it worked, but Murray still wanted to win and get his candy prize.

Murray was known for his great sense of humor. He had quite a few memorable lines that he would use when prompted. In one instance, some of the ladies would sing "before the last teardrop falls" if B4 was called. They would then ask Murray if they should take their singing act on the road. "Yeah, the dirt road!" he'd reply. On another occasion, he was asked whether or not he dreamt about someone. "No," he'd tell her. "That would be a nightmare."

My condolences to the Parrish family on your loss. I'm thankful that I had some fun times with Murray, that he came to a saving faith in Christ, and that he's in a good place now.

Sherry Hume

January 30, 2021

We were blessed to know Murray in the past few years when he moved into Breezy Knoll. He was always very pleasant and positive as he greeted us each time we visited my Mom. When Martha moved in as well, they enjoyed each other's company. Their sunny, caring personalities always made us feel welcome. We were heartbroken to hear of his passing, but we are comforted knowing he had the best of care, the company of his devoted, loving wife, and the love of God....may he RIP. Sherry and Pete Hume

Ruth Perryman

January 30, 2021

I'm a caregiver at Breezy Knoll I had the pleasure of knowing Murray that I'm grateful for he respected all of his caregivers his smile and kindness won't be forgotten God has took another one of his angels home Murray I love you and I will miss you But never forgotten REST IN PARADISE. FAMILY AND FRIENDS IM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

christine watson

January 29, 2021

I feel so very Blessed to have been One of the Care givers for murray, I miss his sence of humor, He was so appricative, and always thanked us for everything.He was a real pleasure to care for, and my heart hurts, with him gone.
God Bless,🙏
Christine Watson, at Breezy Knoll, Residential care for the elders in Culpeper, va.

Carol Dandy

January 29, 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to Murray’s family, particularly to his gentle and sweet wife Martha. I met and knew Murray only in his last years when he was a resident at Breezy Knoll Assisted Living Residence Care in Culpeper where my mother was also a resident the last couple of years.
Murray was a fixture in his favorite chair in the pleasant sunroom where he could look out on the beautiful rural countryside. He might be reading the newspaper or working on something, but he always smiled and spoke whenever I entered the sunroom on the way to visit my mother. (My dear mother, who passed away in mid-October, 2020, also enjoyed Murray’s company and would share her Washington Post with him daily so that Murray could peruse the sports page.) Murray was such a tender and gentle soul. Whenever I found Murray in a sad or solemn mood, it was because he was lonesome for his beloved wife Martha. After Martha transferred to Breezy Knoll, I never saw Murray in a sad mood again.❤️🙏
The two were a sweet and loving couple. Martha related to me that they had once lived in Annandale, VA where I live and had a beagle which looked very much like my own rescue beagle Molly. Martha shared with me lovely photos of their handsome family.
I was greatly saddened when I heard that Murray had passed away and that I would never again see him in his favorite chair nor experience his welcoming smile as I walked in the door at Breezy Knoll. After my mother died, seeing Murray in his chair reading the paper or enjoying the scenery or holding Martha’s hand as they played nightly group bingo or hangman with the other residents and staff of Breezy Knoll brought me a lot of comfort and consolation. Now I am grieving the loss of not one, but two very dear and sweet persons. Rest in peace, gentle Murray; I will miss you.
Love, Carol Dandy

Nicole (Dikeman) Anderson

January 29, 2021

Dear Parrish family,
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. P’s homegoing. I have such fond memories of our wonderful neighbors on Bartholomew Court who lived in the log cabin, except for Reggie! Praying for your comfort as you grieve, but so thankful for the promise that we will all be reunited in heaven! I’m sure that my mom and dad (Gloria & Ted Dikeman) greeted Murray as he arrived! Sending my love to you all! Blessings!

Nicole Anderson

Phyllis Hodge

January 29, 2021

Mrs. Parrish and family just want you know Mr. Murry was such a sweet and kind man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. He was a good friend with my dad Lou Daniels.