Smithfield: Obituaries

Ruth Outland Parrish

Ruth Outland Parrish, 89, went to be with her Lord on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Ruth was born in Johnston County on January 28, 1925 to the late James Milton Outland and Isabell Little Outland. She was married to the late Henry Herbert Parrish, Sr.

Ruth’s life was filled with humility, kindness and a love for others that she displayed every time she smiled. She dedicated her life to serving her family unselfishly and to serving her Lord. Ruth was a member of Bizzell Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church for over 50 years where she served on the church board, Women’s Auxiliary, taught Sunday School as an adult and sang in the choir for many years. After moving to Goldsboro, Ruth became a member of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was always on call to give an encouraging word or helping hand. She enjoyed life especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service celebrating Ruth’s life at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Bill Rose officiating. Interment will follow in Bizzell Grove Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Henry Herbert Parrish, Jr. and wife Lynn of Rocky Mount, Ricky S. Parrish and wife Renee of Goldsboro, and Ronnie L. Parrish of Goldsboro; daughter, Linda Campbell and husband Dan of Winterville. She is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews that she loved very dearly.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a daughter, Tonia Jo Parrish; sisters, Lucille Woodall, Myrtle Love and Golden Griffin; her brothers, Albert Outland and Carl Outland; and her step-mother, Bertha Edgerton.

With loving gratitude, we thank the doctors and nursing staff on the Sixth Floor at Wayne Memorial Hospital as well as the incredible guidance, wisdom and support of Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given to The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1101 The First Church Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534 or to Bizzell Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church, 4700 Bizzell Grove Church Road, Princeton, NC 27569.

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