July 18, 1927October 6, 2012
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Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. at Rainbow Memorial Gardens on Monday, October 8, 2012, for Mr. Robert B. Parr, 85, of Rainbow City. The Rev. Bill Davis will officiate. Mr. Parr passed away Saturday, October 6, 2012. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing. Mr. Parr was a lifelong resident of Etowah County. His kind heart and sense of humor will be dearly missed. He was a member of White Springs Baptist Church Sunday school class. Mr. Parr served as an Alabama State Trooper and is retired superintendent from Heckett Engineering. He was also a WWII Veteran. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Hazel Parr, and his mother, Adeline Duffey Epperson. He is survived by his children, Rex (Jane) Parr, Cheryl (Jim) Crawford, and Robin Parr. Grandchildren, Tonya (Kevin) Willoughby; Justin (Brooke) Crawford, and Jeremy (Jessica) Crawford; great-grandchildren, Gage Parr, Erin Crawford, Hannah Crawford, Lucas Willoughby, Mary Elizabeth Crawford, Seth Crawford, Niky Crawford, and Jaci Crawford. Pallbearers are Rex Parr, Jim Crawford, Kevin Willoughby, Justin Crawford, Jeremy Crawford, and Gage Parr. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 8, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services in Gadsden. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Monday, October 8, 2012
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 8, 2012


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October 11, 2012

PawPaw, you are in heaven with our beloved family. I want to say "I am sorry" for the times I pulled your flowers when I was around seven years old. You specifically told me in these exact words "Tonya, do not pull these flowers, I mean it." Well, I pulled them anyways and handed them to Robin. Boy, you got my britches! Yep, I remember and I also remember to do exactly what you say from that day forward. I have fond memories of us taking trips, eating icecream, going to the mall, etc...the list could on and on. I am so thankful to had spent time with you. These are memories that will always be embedded in my mind forever.I know how much you and memaw enjoyed going out to eat. I wish that God could give us one more day with both you and memaw. Our family is special in every way. Each and everyone of us are unique in our own way but that is because we come from a very unique family. If God came down and ask me if I want to change families, I would say "no way jose" I love my family for who they are.
Thank you pawpaw. I will someday see you in heaven. Love you!!!!

Wayne Recla

October 11, 2012

I am sorry for your loss. I did not know all of the family, but did know R.B., Hazel and Robin. They were all such a sweet, loving family and shocked by his passing..., my, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday Mr. Parr and my dad were talking together. I was always impressed with his audio set up in his garage/listening room and I wound up getting into the same "hobby". Mr. Parr was a true gentleman in every way and am sorry to hear the news today. Robin, you are the only one I remember from the rest of the family. I think everyone was already married, moved out, at school, etc, etc. I would like to hear from you again. I always thought of you as a very nice person and good friend and would like to hear from you again, I do have several questions I would like to ask and have some blanks filled in, there is a lot I would like to hear about and learn from you,
my email is
Again, I am very sorry for your loss, he will very much be missed.
Also, to the rest of the family, I did not know most, if any others, however, you were all blessed to have such a good man not only in your family, but in your heart and spirit. Mr. and Mrs. Parr will never be forgotten. You do not find people like that any more, they were both special people. Robin, please take a minute to email, I would like to talk to you again and if you need someone to talk to, you always have a friend. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!
Wayne Recla

Tonya Parr-Willoughby

October 10, 2012

He was the best Grandfather any girl could ever have in her life. He was a real genuine person who cared nothing more than his own family. He never left us out of anything. I love you Pawpaw more than oyu will ever know.

October 9, 2012

I could count on RB to be there if I needed to talk about something. He may not have necessarily agreed with me but he was willing to listen and not judge. A very kind man, husband, father & friend, who'll definitely be missed.
Pat Spalding

Scott & Delilah Houk

October 8, 2012

We are very sorry for your loss! Please let us know if you need anything. We will keep you in our prayers.

Sherry Brandon

October 8, 2012

Rb was a great man and will be missed

Brooke Crawford

October 8, 2012

So thankful to have been a part of your life! We love you and miss you, Pawpaw!

Justin Crawford

October 8, 2012

I have always looked at my grandfather as a strong and courages man.a family man. A man of God, and a true gentleman. It is his ethics of hard work and dedication to family that shows in my beautiful mother, the strongest woman I know. I love and miss you pawpaw beef.

Terry Henderson

October 8, 2012

A very kind and thoughtful person.

Cecil and Susanne Freeman

October 8, 2012

You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. sending love.