J. B. (Phill) Parmer, 101, of Canyon, TX died of natural causes on December 30, 2020.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Military Rites will be provided by Volleys for Veterans. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
J. B. (Phill) Parmer was born on April 6, 1919, in rural Bell County, Texas, the son of Cicero Guess Parmer, a cotton sharecropper, and Ida Mae Ray.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in both the Army and Navy, in the Philippines, the North Atlantic, and in Italy. He received the Bronze Star medal for heroic service in a combat zone. He married Lorna Shannon Black in 1945 in Amarillo after writing to her throughout the war. He worked for Colorado Interstate Gas Company at Bivins, Texas for 35 years. He was an elder in the Church of Christ. He retired in 1983 to Sunrise Beach on Lake LBJ. In retirement he did the following: earned his EMT certificate and helped start the EMS service at Sunrise Beach; earned a paralegal certificate and became a member of the Silver-Haired Legislature of Texas, an advocacy group for seniors; worked as a senior care ombudsman, serving in the greater Austin area; studied and built several computers. He received The Greatest Generation award for his military service and volunteerism. He was a long-time member of Highland Lakes Church of Christ in Kingsland.
He is survived by his wife, Lorna of Canyon, TX; his son, Phill and wife Mevanee of Amarillo, TX; three grandchildren, Penelope Westwater of the St. Louis area, Shannon Butler of Philadelphia, and Cory Parmer of Davis, CA; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Norman Duane; and his eight older siblings, Maybell, Doyle, Ivan, Ray, Vivian, Wilson, Ruthann, and Lawrence (Jick).
Memorials may be made to the Christian Relief Fund of Amarillo, Texas.