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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Jennie Belle (Williamson) Parr

  • Mrs. Jennie Belle (Williamson) Parr, 96, of Newport, departed this life Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
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  • She was born Nov. 12, 1916 in Tuckerman, the daughter of Walter and WesElla (Bengel) Williamson.
    Mrs. Parr was a homemaker, and a member of the Tuckerman First United Methodist Church.  She loved quilting and was very talented.  Mrs. Parr was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed reading Biblical Archaeology and Middle Eastern History.  She enjoyed classical music, and learned to play the piano at a late age.  Mrs. Parr loved flowers, gardening, canning, and birds.  She was known to be a humble, generous, sweet, loving woman.  She spent the last 12 years of her life very happily at Oakdale Country Estates in Newport.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Van Kermit Parr; two brothers, Monroe and Hubbard Roy Williamson; and two sisters, Edith Nelson and Jean Zuckerman.
    Mrs. Parr is survived by two sons, Jimmy Van Parr of Little Rock, and Kenneth Monroe Parr of Hurst, Texas; two daughters, Nancy Sue Roylance of Spokane, Wash., and Judith Ann McGaugh of Chesterfield, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
    Graveside Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at Gracelawn Cemetery.
    Those honored to be pallbearers were Daryl Ground, Chris Longerg, Joshua Ground, Joel Ground, Jordan Ground, Jonathan Ground, and Mason Lonborg.  Honorary Pallbearers were James P. Parr, William A. Parr, Mark Roylance, Kirk Roylance, Ken McGaugh, Bob Penix, Henry Crandall, Morris Crandall, Al Bray, and Millard Campbell.
    Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Tuckerman, Arkansas, 72473.
    Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home (www.jacksonsfh.com).
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