George Russey Parr III


George Russey Parr III
George Russey Parr III

George Russey Parr III, 81, of Amarillo, TX passed away on April 5, 2022.

George Russey Parr III was born October 23, 1940, in Amarillo, Texas, to George Russey Parr Jr. and Zua Gae Warner Parr. Amarillo was home to George for 81 years until the morning of April 5, 2022, when he succumbed to terminal cancer while still a patient in Five Points Rehabilitation facility of Amarillo and died peacefully in his sleep with his wife and family by his side.

George married Sharon Price in Amarillo, Texas, in 1965, and she gave him two beautiful sons, George Russey Parr IV of Santa Fe, NM and Brett Price Parr of Pecos, NM. He was blessed by and proud of his five grandchildren, Grace Parr, Patching Parr, Bella Parr, Ruth Parr, all of Amarillo, TX, Dove Parr of Denver, CO, and one stepson, Colby Barron, of Battle Ground, Washington.

George met Joan Marie Pruett in March of 2007, in Amarillo, TX. They were married seven years later, to the day, by Judge Arthur Ware in the home of Tuggie and Loralei Tuckness, with attendees Will and Lisa Price.

George attended Amarillo public schools until his acceptance to NMMI in Roswell, NM, where he graduated from High School. He later joined the U. S. Army where he volunteered and qualified for The Special Forces Green Berets. His experience and training as a young child hunting and handling of firearms gave him an advantage at military school. His collection throughout life of countless awards, trophies, and accomplishments in expert marksmanship equipped him as a teacher and trainer of all ages in handling of firearms.

There were not enough walls in any home or office to display the vast collection of the many expressions of gratitude and certificates of appreciation he received for innumerable hours of volunteer community service as a member or Board member of many organizations such as the Texas Game Warden’s Association, the National Rifle Association, and the Special Forces Association, to name only a few. As a board member of the Amarillo chapter of the American Red Cross and as a volunteer, George worked disasters nationwide such as the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11.

George was preceded in death by his parents, his only sister, Mary Gae Parr, and his favorite old dog and best friend, Merle.

George is survived by his wife, Joan, of the home, all his children and grandchildren.

The family invites all relatives and close friends to attend a Celebration of Life for George on Monday, April 11, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at 11700 Deer Trail, Amarillo, Texas. A Memorial Service will take place Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 3:00 p.m., in the main sanctuary at The First Presbyterian Church, 1100 S Harrison St, Amarillo, TX 79101.

11 Replies to “George Russey Parr III”

  1. George’s parents were good friends of my parents and our fathers worked together in the car business. We spent good times together when we were young and then we moved on with new directions in our lives. Good friend. Called him Oral Pann thus his signature at the time no one read. Sorry for his family’s loss.

  2. I met George in 1967. We were in the Special Forces(Green Berets) together. He has been a valued friend, loyal to a fault the entire time. George was a good man, a loyal patriot, a smiling face, quick to volunteer, all American, valued Texan that I am proud to call a brother and friend. He is truly irreplaceable.

  3. One of my brother Maxey best friends growing up in Amarillo,
    and of course a Dodson family friend. Rest in peace.

  4. I have only known George 8 years, but he became a sincere friend. I told him repeatedly that I greatly appreciated his commitment to serve this country. He was a gentleman and an honorable man to me on every occasion.

    AVE ATQUE VALE my friend !

    Ty Wayne McMurtry.

  5. This sweet soul made me smile and made me happy with simple exchanges and brief conversations. I never got to know him as well as I would have liked. I will miss him. I am thankful he crossed my path.

  6. George you will be missed! Say hello to John O you all have a crown & coke love you CA & girls!

  7. George and Maxey are together again raising hell in heaven. I’ll never forget the the time George shot my toy train off the track in our playroom on Bowie. I know Zua Gae and Eva Jane are shaking their heads wondering how to keep them out of trouble. I miss them dearly and love them so much.

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