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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Donald Edwin Schell, Sr.

March 31, 1942 ~ July 9, 2020

Services will be held:

Howard Winston Candler

August 7, 1928 ~ July 7, 2020

Services will be held: July 12, 2020

Paul Elliott Fisher

October 31, 1945 ~ July 2, 2020

Services will be held: July 25, 2020

Russell “Russ” Decker

July 15, 1949 ~ July 7, 2020

Services will be held: July 11, 2020

Grace Wilkins

March 30, 1928 ~ July 7, 2020

Services will be held: July 11, 2020

Delma Marie Fullam

June 30, 1928 ~ July 6, 2020

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Audrey Charles Maben, Jr.

December 19, 1953 ~ July 2, 2020

Services will be held:

Laland McMaster Allen

December 31, 1925 ~ July 6, 2020

Services will be held: July 13, 2020

Violet Jordan Parrish

December 16, 1929 ~ June 25, 2020

Violet Jordan Parrish of Garner, NC departed this world and entered eternal life on Thursday June 25, 2020. She was 90 years old. The world has one fewer flower to behold.

A graveside service will be held Monday, June 29, 2020, at 10:00 AM, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 15772 NC Highway 50 Garner, NC 27529. The family has requested that everyone please wear a mask to the service and maintain social distancing. It may also be advisable to bring a chair and umbrella for shade.

Born in Durham, NC she was the daughter of Rev. Walter K. Jordan and Mae Thompson Jordan, both deceased. An addition she was preceded in death by her husband James Floyd Parrish, brother Billy Jordan, and sister Marie Jordan Howell. She is survived by her brother Ronnie Jordan of Clayton, NC, her two daughters Pamela Renee’ Britt of Raleigh, NC and Angela Parrish Creech of Apex, NC, her niece Sarah Lavonda Johnson of Raleigh, NC, five wonderful grand-dogs, and a vast network of friends and care providers who all loved their dear “Miss Violet.”

As a young adult Violet and her brother Ronnie traveled to churches singing hymns as a duet. Violet also played piano in her father’s church. As a young woman her beauty was so striking she was offered an opportunity to compete in the 1946 VFW “Queen of Victory” beauty pageant in Kinston, NC but she declined because the swimsuit competition was too risqué for the pastor’s daughter.

She worked many years as a switchboard operator for Southern Bell and chose to retire early in order to focus on raising her two daughters and keeping books for the family business, Parrish Paint Contractors. With her first husband Brian Britt she had her daughter Pamela Renee’ to whom Violet devoted her abiding love and attention. Those who knew Violet understand the depths of her special relationship with Renee’. With her second husband, Floyd Parrish, she had her daughter Angela who recently returned to the Raleigh area and was instrumental in the coordination of Violet’s care and support in recent years.

To have known Violet is to have known her deep love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her faith carried her through the many trials that 90 years on this earth bring. She shined the light of her Lord into every dark corner and inspired harmony where any discord abided.

Much was said over 90 years about how fitting a name for this beautiful flower of a person. Sweet, beautiful, soft spoken, humble, kind, and truly loved by everyone, much like her namesake flower.

“Down in a green and shady bed, A modest violet grew,

Its stalk was bent, it hung its head, As if to hide from view.

… let me to the valley go, This pretty flower to see;

That I may also learn to grow In sweet humility.” (Taylor)

Flowers may be sent to Bryan-Lee Funeral Home of Garner. In addition, donations may be made to Garner Free Will Baptist Church in Garner, NC or to the SPCA of Wake County, NC.



June 29, 2020

10:00 AM

Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery
15772 NC Highway 50 Garner, NC 27529


  1. Kaye Peele Jones

    What I can say about Sweet Violet. I have never heard her say an ugly word about anyone. I would like to say that God was with her always. She was a special aunt and enjoyed people. She is singing in Heaven now.

  2. Donna Cruz

    What a blessing to know she is safe with our Lord Jesus. 🙏 My deepest sympathy to you and your family Angela.

  3. Dave Davis

    Angela. So sorry for your loss. Dave and Beckie Davis.

  4. Cookie & Bob

    She was the sweetest woman I have ever knew❤️ My thoughts & prayers to the family .

  5. Brenda and Melinda

    Our prayers are with your family. We know how much you, Angela, loved your mom. Have peace in knowing she is with our Saviour .

  6. Tonisha

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom! Though I didn’t know her, I know she must have been a beautiful person because she raised such a kind-hearted daughter, Angela. Angela, my friend, we are praying for you and your family at this very difficult time.
    The Smiths (Paul, Tonisha & Loryn)

  7. Kay Dry

    Our love and prayers are with all of you.
    Nathan and Kay Dry

  8. Elaine McPherson

    May God Bless and comfort the whole family.

  9. Debbie Panasci Amedisys Hospice Volunteer

    My prayers and heart felt thoughts go out to Violets two daughters Renee and Angela. I am pray knowing Violet is at rest with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ brings you and your family peace and comfort. I am so very thankful and blessed that God brought Violet and I together. She is a dear friend and we had a very strong bond even though our time together was short. I love you and will miss you my dear friend forever and always. Until we meet again!!! Love.

  10. Linda Burrell

    Peace to Angela and Michael in the loss of your mother. Your love and devotion was a blessing.

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