David T. Parrish, Sr.

April 18, 1939April 5, 2019

David Taylor Parrish, Sr., 79, passed away on April 5, 2019. He was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC to the late Robert and Virginia Parrish. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Frances H. Parrish and sister Sara.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, David Parrish, Jr., Robert Parrish (Laurie), and Jodi Dodge; step-children Mark Doughty, Robin Newbill (Tom), Tracy Rice (Greg) and Lisa Doughty; sister Kathy Roper (David); 10 grandchildren, Lauren, Hunter, Dylan, Brooke, Logan, Hallie, Meredith, Jake, Josh, and Seth and 11 great grandchildren.

David received an honorable discharge from the Army Reserves in 1964. He started out as a machinist apprentice at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and retired as a Nuclear Inspector, he also owned a construction company for many years. David was a master craftsman who loved to build and create anything from wood; especially model boats, custom railings, pergolas and whittling. He had a vast collection of antique pedal cars that he restored to mint condition. David adored everything outdoors; hunting, fishing and as his number one son said “he caught A LOT of fish”, camping, canoeing, gardening and long road trips most times to nowhere blaring Pink Floyd, Merle Haggard, or Willie Nelson. As a teenager in the Boy Scouts, David was selected to write articles for the Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch reporting back their adventures while at a jamboree in California.

David spent quality time racing his model boats on the lake behind his house with his sons, Dave and Bobby, and played countless games of dominos with his daughter Jodi. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes in the mud and exploring the wilderness on his four-wheeler. If he wasn’t in his garage building something you may have found him watching cowboy movies.

The Family will receive friends on Monday April 15th at 6pm followed by a memorial service at 7pm at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation at


  • Robert Parrish, Father
  • Virginia Parrish, Mother
  • Frances H. Parrish, Wife
  • Sara -, Sister
  • David Parrish Jr., Son
  • Robert Parrish, Son
  • Laurie Parrish, Daughter-in-law
  • Jodi Dodge, Daughter
  • Mark Doughty, Step-child
  • Robin Newbill & Husband Tom, Step-child
  • Tracy Rice & Husband Greg, Step-child
  • Lisa Doughty, Step-child
  • Kathy Roper, Sister
  • David Roper, Brother-in-law
  • David also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Lauren, Hunter, Dylan, Brooke, Logan, Hallie, Meredith, Jake, Josh, and Seth, and 11 great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, April 15, 2019

David T. Parrish, Sr.

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Carolyn Bickham

April 12, 2019

David, was a wonderful man. He helped us with cabinetry and finish work in 1983 when we were restoring our 1820's home in Chuckatuck. He was great fun to work with, professional and did quality work. I am so sorry we lost contact with him in the last years. Condolences to his family.
Ed and Carolyn Bickham

Kathleen Roper

April 10, 2019

At Ray & Paige’s wedding 11/4/17
Love that smile ♥️

Julie Boaz

April 9, 2019

My memory is very short but, I remember it every year. Jodi took me to her Dads place about 25 years ago. We did many things that day. As the day was ending, Mr Parrish was sitting at his kitchen table and there was a hummingbird feeder right outside the window he was sitting beside. I remember there being many hummingbirds at his feeder. I had never seen one close. They were beautiful. Every year when the hummingbird feeders come out in the stores, I picture him and the hummingbirds. Thank you for the memory.
My condolences,
Julie Boaz