OBITUARY

Reynard Parris

November 25, 1925March 11, 2019
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Reynard Parris of Rockledge, Florida passed away at the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center in Titusville, FL on Monday, March 11, 2019. He was 93 years old.

Reynard was born in Bayside, NY. He came to Brevard County in 2006 from Coram, NY. He was a motorman with the New York City Transit Authority and a veteran of the US Navy. He was also a member of the NYC Transit Authority Retirees of Florida.

Reynard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betsy. He is survived by daughter, Rasheedah Muslim (Abdullah) of Rockledge, FL; son, Reginald Parris (Jackie) of Monument, CO; daughter, Linda Parris-Bailey (Emanuel) of Knoxville, TN; and son, Barry Parris (Ivet) of Miami, FL. He had nine grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 S. US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL at 2:00 P.M. Service will follow at 3:00 P.M. He will be interred in Florida Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Hospice of St. Francis and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Services

23 March

Visitation

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Life Event Center at Florida Memorial

5950 South US Highway 1
Rockledge, Florida

23 March

Funeral Service

3:00 pm

Life Event Center at Florida Memorial

5950 South US Highway 1
Rockledge, Florida

REMEMBERING

Reynard Parris

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Vonzella Matin-Faulcon

March 23, 2019

To my dearly beloved friend Rasheedah and her family, my deepest and sincere condolence to you and your family. I will cherish the heartfelt memories that I have of your dad and the hospitality that your family showed to me and my family on my many visits I wish I was there with you all
Inna lilahi wa inna lilayhi rajeeun Ameen May Allah (SWT) give the family the strength and peace of mind to get through this time of Sorrow Ameen

Djamila Abdeljaleel

March 23, 2019

I met Mr. and Mrs. Paris in Central Islip, NY. As Allah planned my daughter married their grandson Ibrahim. The newly married couple lived with Mr. and Mrs. Paris. My daughter Baiyina was welcomed into this household with love, kindness and caring. They were fiercely protective of her and shared their secrets for a long term marriage. It wasn’t until years later we discovered that my father and “Renny”, knew each other in Bayside Queens. In addition to this remarkable fact my mother lived on the same street as the Paris family in the 1940’s.
Mr. Paris was a good friend to my dad up until he passed away in 2016. They would spend hours reminiscing about their old neighborhood and friends long forgotten. Listening to them laughing about the past was a show in and of itself.
My fondest memories of Mr. and Mrs. Paris are when they were together. She stayed fussing with him while he winked at his audience to make sure his pranks didn’t go unappreciated.
One weekend my son in law Ibrahim brought them to my home with strict dietary regulations for both of them. I had spoken to Mrs. Paris prior to their trip and her request from me was fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and collard greens. They sat on my couch and enjoyed the contraband luncheon, to Ibrahim’s worry.
They are loved, special and will be missed. I pray that the family will always honor and cherish the legacy that this couple has left behind.

Nabil Muslim

March 23, 2019

My name is Nabil Muslim i am the eldest child of Rasheedah Muslim the eldest child Mr.Reynard and Betsy Parris. As a teenager i was blessed with the choice to stay with my grandparents for highschool and was fortunate enough to receive two different types of education, one of basic academics and the other which was far more important. My grandfather didn't talk much but showed me a lot, on how to be a gentleman and woodwork, He always said don't worry about money just build your skills and reputation the money comes and goes but your reputation and skill will remain constant, and if you master yourself everything falls in line. The time i was able to spend with my grandparents are some of my fondest memories, worth more than gold. Hope i was a good grandson.
LOVE YOU
POPS

Najla Abdullah

March 23, 2019

Hi I'm Najla Raseedah's friend. My prayers go out to her and the family. I'm so happy that Raseedah got the blessed opportunity to care for her Mother and her father in their later year's. I didn't get to meet Poppy in person but I did get to say hello in a video chat. I pray that God will put ease and contentment in your hearts and this will be a beautiful day filled with great memories and love. Ameen!❤ love you Raseedah😘

Stefani Gossen

March 22, 2019

Betsy and Renny were my other parents when I was in high school in Flushing, New York. Betsy and I talked about everything. Renny was a source of wisdom, humor and encouragement. I will always cherish those memories.

Patricia Salaam

March 22, 2019

Thank you for sharing I realized we had so much in common. My father retired from the Navy and preferred to settle in the south.
May Allah bless the survivors to remember the times you shared that shall comfort you in knowing your blessings.May you learn wisdom from him . And may you learn deeds that you are able to pass as tradition to the future. Thank Allah for the opportunity that you had a beautiful relationship with him in your adulthood which is so rare in this day and time. Time will heal your pain of loss. Just Ask Allah to give you the strength and the patience to make it through the day.

Motown Muqitah

March 22, 2019

My name is Amatullah Muqita AbdulQadir. I am a recent friend of the family. I was blessed to be able to spend quality time with Mr Poppy, as he and his dear daughter Rasheedah, allowed me to visit their home as a stop-over guest. I had come to attend an annual Muslim sisters event. Each time our SASS TEA was a spectacular experience, inspiring speakers gave enlightenment and cause to ponder "what will be the impact of your time on Earth, what will you leave of benefit?"
Powerful inspiration indeed, I was set off thinking about longevity, and because at that time I had already outlived both my parents and all their siblings that I knew. Mr Poppy and then Aunt Gladys gave me a chance to speak with persons with history in a intimate personal setting. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities this man gave me to look into a few aspects of his life in these United States and especially Black family life that they don't show on TV. Thank you, Mr Poppy.

Sister Adell Miller Nadar

March 21, 2019

As Salaamu Alaikum Rasheeda, I will be praying for your Dad and the family.
May God be please with Mr. Poppy and open the gates of paradise for him. Ameen
Your Sister in Islam from Philadelphia. Love always

Kimberly Reublin

March 21, 2019

Ray was very special to me and it was an honor and a blessing for me to be able to care for him and share part of his life with him. Ray has a beautiful family whom he dearly loved. He is now reunited with his wife Betsy. It say in 2 Corinthians 5:8 to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I will never forget my time with Ray. Each and everyday is a gift and my time with Ray was a gift to me.
LOVE, Kimberly Reublin

Rasheedah Muslim

March 21, 2019

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