Source:18 August 2005 Daily Southerner newspaper, Tarboro, NC
HELEN O. PARRISHER Helen O'Neal Parrisher left this earth bound for her Heavenly home in the early morning hours Thursday, August 18 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 28, 1930 in Tarboro to proud parents, Frank and Glendora O'Neal. She was the oldest of four girls and while in school she met the love of her life and married Raymond Parrisher.
She and Raymond were married on Oct. 3, 1949 and lived happily in love together for 36 years until he preceded her in death Feb. 12, 1985.
Besides being a dedicated wife and companion, she was the wonderful mother of two boys whom she dedicated her life to, rarely missing any ball games, events or performances. She continued this faithfulness when her grandchildren came along.
She retired from Sprint (Carolina Telephone) in 1987 after 35 years service. She was a faithful longtime member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church where she served faithfully in the Women's Auxiliary and various committees. She devoted her life to serving others being involved in numerous charity organizations such as nursing home volunteering, delivering meals on wheels, and many others. She was a member of the Tarboro Garden Club, love to work in the yard, loved to fish and loved to travel. She leaves behind two sons, Ray and his wife Beth of Tarboro and Mike and his wife Deborah of Rocky Mount. She also leaves behind three sisters, Dot Cross, Lois Ward and Carol (Bonnie) Heath, all of Tarboro. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Matt and Ashley of Tarboro and Jordan and Joshua of Rocky Mount. MeMa, as she was known to her grandkids was everything you could desire in a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her warm smile and loving heart will be missed.
Visitation will be at Carlisle Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
Funeral services will be held at First Pentecostal Holiness Church 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 with a graveside service immediately following at Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends all other times in Tarboro.