Roger Nathaniel Parris

February 4, 1946September 10, 2014
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PARRIS, ROGER NATHANIEL Roger Nathaniel Parris, born in Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica on February 4, 1946, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 10, 2014 at the Illinois Veterans Home – LaSalle. Beloved husband of Kathleen (née Johnson); loving father to Robert (Amy) and Stephen; proud grandfather to Riley and Henry, brother to Joyce Parris-Mighty, supportive brother-in-law to a dozen siblings, an uncle, cousin, and friend to many. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron & Esther Parris; sisters, Hyacinth Pierre-Antoine and Monica Parris.

In 1961, he emigrated from Jamaica to the United States to join his father, in Chicago. He attended Wendell Phillips High School in Bronzeville and spent his teenage years on the South Side of Chicago. In the mid 1960s, he made his choice to serve God and he enjoyed fellowship meetings and conventions throughout his life. Roger was always grateful for the missionaries that introduced him and his faithful mother to the Gospel of Christ in his home district in Jamaica.

Although he was not a U.S. Citizen at the time, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and he served as a Medic in Vietnam from 1967-1969. He met Kathleen Johnson on a visit to Jamaica before reporting for duty and they corresponded during his service. They were married on October 4, 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica. They moved to Evanston, Illinois that fall and started a family the following year. They also lived in Miami, Skokie, and Highland Park, but Evanston was always the focus of his activities.

Roger began his real estate career with Gaskin Realtors in the early 1970s and he began to invest in real estate. He formed his own company Parris-Hall Realtors by 1974 and later owned and operated Manchester Realty, where he sold and managed real estate. He also developed residential and commercial projects in Evanston, Chicago, and Miami. Roger loved to mentor others with their real estate investments.

Roger & Kathy loved entertaining friends and family. They welcomed people from all over the world to stay in their home, even for extended periods of time. He was passionate about helping scores of immigrants start life in America. He was devoted to helping and encouraging his family, his wife’s family, friends, and even those he didn’t know very well.

In his later years Roger was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was cared for at home by his wife and a large and supportive extended family, before moving to the Illinois Veterans Home in 2013. After a long goodbye, he peacefully passed away into eternity, surrounded by family.

Visitation: Sunday, September 21st, 3PM-7PM

Funeral Service: Monday, September 22nd, 11AM

Weinstein Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd. at Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, IL.

Additional details may be found at In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Connections for the Homeless or Evanston Community Foundation – Realtors Fund



  • Visitation Sunday, September 21, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 22, 2014


  • Interment Immediately Folllowing

Roger Nathaniel Parris

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patrick warner

October 9, 2015

All the best

Jerry & Dixie Stitt

October 2, 2014

Dear Kathy, Steve, Bobby, Amy & Boys - Our thoughts and loving care continue to go your way as we think of Roger being in a better place and all good memories of a life well lived will begin to comfort you with peace and joy.

Glen, Claudia, Aidan, Nadia, & Aaron Timmann

October 2, 2014

Dear Aunt Kathy, Aunt Joyce, Bobby, and Stevie, I have so many fond memories of Uncle Roger over the years. I enjoyed many a time spent in your home and will never forget the helping hand that was so graciously extended. We send condolences and our deepest sympathy during this sad time of loss.

Ken Parris

September 30, 2014

Dear Kathy, Bobby, Steve, Joyce and all of the extended Parris family, my deepest condolences.
I first met my 2nd cousin Roger in the mid 60`s I was a young boy, and never had I been to Chicago before.
He to was young but none the less very proud to take me around town. On that very memorable day My Uncle Aaron suggested that Cousin Roger take me for Ice Cream. Well I can`t remember where we got it, however cousin Roger decided to take me on the scenic tour back home. Needless to say on that very hot day we both had forgotten about the Bucket of Ice cream we had just bought.
Upon returning home and discovering that the Ice cream had turned to soup, my Uncle Aaron was not impressed at all with my cousin Roger...from then on I knew how proud Roger must have been to show me, his little cousin from Canada around his town and forget about our Ice Cream...
May his Spirit live on through all of you.

Anne Pengelly

September 26, 2014

A mighty warrior is gone ahead, may his soul find restful peace until that great day when we will all be united around Gods' throne.

Patricia Bishop

September 23, 2014

Condolences to the Parris Family . God be with you !

lillie sprawls

September 22, 2014

to joyce mighty and family our thoughts and prayers are with you sprawls family

Adolphus Hall

September 22, 2014

Dear Kathy, Bobby, Steve, Joyce and all of the extended Parris family, my deepest condolences. Roger was an inspiration all of his life to all he met. From high school when we first met and through our later years he showed you that there are no limitations on success and how you just go do it. I will always remember Roger as the original 'enegizer bunny', high paced, creative, and loved and admired by all. He will be deeply missed but I and you will have many, many fond memories of his time with us. My love and that of my family go out to you on this sad occasion.

September 22, 2014

Sorry to hear of Rogers passing . We remember Roger as an good friend and soldier in CHRIST. We were remembering our good days together in Fort Sam Houstion and reuninting again at the army reunions. Roger and Kathey were always remembered in our prayers. There has been another Victory in the LORD. Rogers kindness and spirit will awalys be remembered. Nice to rember those who were Pillers in CHRIST. Roger and Carol Eicher (Bellefonte, Pa.)

September 22, 2014

Lady Kathy, Bobby and Ann, Steve and the Parris family...
.Kindly accept our warm and sincere condolences on the passing of our dear Roger. He has lived a remarkable life of lasting examples of what a child of God should be like . For this we are grateful and we pray that our own lives can reflect even a small portion of his life's testimony. We feel privileged and blessed to have known and be associated with him. We trust that the wonderful memories he has left us all will serve to edify and enrich our lives for ever. He has done well and have finished his journey wonderfully. We are sure he will be deeply missed but what a LEGACY he has left for us.
Take care and our love will be with you all.. always.
Merle & Howie Rowe and Family.
Calgary.,..Alberta ,.Canada.