Gonzalez Funeral Home

7209 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL


Thomas Edgar Parnell Jr.

June 17, 1939November 4, 2019
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Army Veteran Thomas Edgar Parnell Jr. 80, born and raised in Tampa, FL, succumbed to cancer at the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family on November 4, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents Doris and Thomas Parnell Sr.

Thomas also known as “ Eddie” is survived by his wife Elpida of 56 happily married years. His daughters Deanna Yanes ( Vincent) Michele Duarte ( Edward) and son Dean Thomas Parnell, also survived by his sister Elaine Castellano. Thomas was a loving and proud grandfather to Andrew, Ashley, Anthony, Joshua, Riley, Derek, Tyler, Brittany,Amani,Mariano, Dominik and Great Grandfather to Xiomara, Xander and Emilia and many extended family members.

Thomas worked for Bausch and Lomb for over 20 years and retired at the age of 75. He spent his free time watching movies and dinner dates with his wife, enjoyed time with his children and grandkids and also liked to watch various sport games and loved NASAR races. He enjoyed being outdoors and admiring nature, he was always working on the lawn and always willing to lend a hand for anyone or on anything that needed to be repaired.

Thomas was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the people at Lifepath Hospice in Tampa for their loving care and support during his final days.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Thomas Edgar Parnell Jr.

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Kristine saxon

November 15, 2019

Living the Dream

When I think of love,
I think of my Aunt Petie and Uncle Eddy
When I think of true commitment. I think of you two.
When I wonder how to keep trying?
I reflect on how you two lived your life.
When I wonder if I will ever find true love?
I saw it in you two.
When I reflect on family.
I think of you two.
As, you two proved that there is real love,
Throughout all these years.
When I look at Clint Eastwood.
I see my Uncle Eddie.
Yet, Uncle Eddie is far more handsome.
When Easter comes,
I think of all the Easter’s at your home.
When I try to make deviled eggs.
I remember yours Aunt Petie.
They were the best.
Always perfect.
I think of real Greek salads.
You always carried on the true Greek traditions.
All the perfect touches.
Even though I am far away.
My memories of you two ,
Never fade away.
I know you will forever miss your soulmate, Uncle Eddy.
But, I can promise you he is now in heaven.
Your guardian angle forever and always.
As you two will always be together.
I know the times he brought you your coffee.
He doted over you.
He adored you!
He loved you!
It showed every moment of the day.
I know there will never be another like him.
As he was the love of your life.
So, my wish for you,
Is when you feel that tear.
Know that he is watching over you from above.
As, my dear Aunt Petie.
He was your true love.
I am so grateful for all you shared.
As, it gives us all hope that the true love you shared.
Can never be broken.
With love and admiration.
In loving memory of my Uncle Eddy.
Love, your niece,
Kristine Saxon

Gladys Torres

November 14, 2019

My condolences to the Parnell Family, Sorry to hear we had loss a great Man, A Great person, A fun person to be around. Mr.Tom was very fun person to work with. I knew Mr.Tom from Bausch & Lomb knew him since 1998 alot of yrs. He will be missed❤ RIP Tom
From Gladys Torres

Kristine Saxon

November 13, 2019

I am very grateful for all these beautiful pictures the family shared. Sending our love. Aunt Petie and Uncle Eddie, proved that love and commitment is real. They way they lived gave us all hope of true family. I will always have fond memories of Uncle Eddie. Dear family, my love and blessings are being sent now. May the lord continue to bless all of you! With love, Kristine and Jacob Saxon

Kim Gibas

November 12, 2019

Many people will remember my uncle for his kindness and love for his family- But this love was not just for the immediate family but to his extended family also. My a uncle (and aunt) helped my mother and I through many rough spots in our lives. They opened their hearts and house on many occasions to us. Uncle Eddie was also a good friend to my father when he needed someone to lean on. And he was there for me when my father passed on. A single man’s kindness will forever echo in those he loved and those who were lucky enough to know him- Thank you Uncle Eddie♥️

Lorna and Jim LeDuc

November 11, 2019

Eddie was the best of neighbors. Always helpful and friendly. We will greatly miss him. He was helpful in ways that we didn't know. While we were on a vacation he watched over our home. He was loved by this household in many ways.


November 11, 2019

Sorry for your loss, I worked with Tom for many years here at Bausch & Lomb he was always a very pleasant person with a great spirit.
Always talking about his family , he will be missed by all.

Marian Robinson

November 10, 2019

My condolences to the Parnell Family. You will be miss Tom. Thank you for the good time at Bausch and Lomb. Marian Robinson

Kristine saxon

November 9, 2019

Dear family, Jacob and I send our love. Uncle Eddie was the most amazing man, husband, father and grandfather. He will live in my heart forever. This was truly a love between two people that most will never know. Aunt Petie, I love you. May the lord be with you.