The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 19, 2014

Billie R. Parnell

LAMAR, Mo. — Billie Ray Parnell, age 67, of Lamar, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Truman Healthcare Center.

Billie Ray was born Feb. 15, 1946, at Lamar to Billie Raymond Parnell and Norma Irene (Sullivan) Parnell.  He graduated Lockwood High School in 1964 and on March 25, 1966, he married Marilyn Lee Taylor at Lamar. Together they raised two children.

Billie Ray had worked as a Machine Setter and Trainer for O'Sullivan Industries and was also a cattle farmer.  He loved hunting and fishing and spending time with family. He was also a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Billie Ray leaves behind his wife of nearly 48 years; one son, Brian (Amy) Parnell, of Parkersburg, W.V.; one daughter, Shannon (Roy) Lane, of Lamar, Mo.; three sisters, Donna (David) Jones, of Lamar, Verna (Martin) Jones, of Lockwood, Mo. and Karen White, of Lamar; three grandsons, Austin Parnell, Cade Parnell and Isaac Parnell.He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Joann Willit.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Daniel Funeral Home with Darrell Doss officiating. Burial will follow at Pippenger Cemetery, Golden City, Mo. The family will receive friends 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Daniel Funeral Home.

Contributions are suggested to St. Jude Childrens Hospital in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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