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Ozark General Baptist Church
Monday April 11th, 2022

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Ozark General Baptist Church
Monday April 11th, 2022
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Highlandville Cemetery
Monday April 11th, 2022

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Tony Parrish

William Anthony “Tony” Parrish, 64, passed away peacefully at his home on April 7, 2022, surrounded by family. Tony was born February 25, 1958 in Comanche, Texas to William B Parrish, and Barbara Parrish Haun. Tony was raised in Springfield where he attended Kickapoo High School and then attended Missouri State for several years.

Tony began working at City Utilities as a meter reader in 1977. Tony was transferred to the gas construction department as an installer where he worked for over 30 years. He retired from City Utilities in 2013, and became the business manager for IBEW 753. He was passionate about defending the position of the members he was proud to represent. He was planning on retiring in June, at the end of his third 3-year term. Tony was a very proud member of Local 753 for 43 years and made an everlasting impact on his local.

Tony had a reputation for being generous, and for being an extremely sociable person that had never met a stranger. He was known to be the life of the party. He was very loving and had good friends in great numbers. Tony married the love of his life Shelia (finally after 15 years), in 2013 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Highlandville and loved her family as his own.

Tony enjoyed lake life at his house on Table Rock for 33 years. On weekends he could be found with Shelia and family on the boat dock, or sitting on his deck that he loved so much. He loved preparing and eating meals and was known for his grilling techniques, which he took very seriously. He played guitar for many years and with some encouragement, played on stage at the Ozark Mountain Amphitheater several years ago. Tony also enjoyed tinkering on his 20 acres in Highlandville with his family. Of all the things that Tony enjoyed doing over the years, what he loved the most, was being a Papa to his Grandson Jackson.

Tony is survived by his wife Shelia of Highlandville. His daughter Carrie Rantz, Son-in-law James Rantz and Grandson Jackson of Spokane. Mother Barbara Parrish Haun of Springfield. Brother Michael Parrish and Niece Mariel Parrish of Peoria, IL. He also leaves behind a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you send donations to Ozark General Baptist Church, 1201 W. South St., Ozark, MO 65721.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2022, at Ozark General Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time. Following the service, burial will take place in Highlandville Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.

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Tony is my first cousin on my moms side. I have so many memories of our childhood together. Especially the “pumpkin pie episode”. He was always fun and caring. I’ll always remember his laugh. Love you Cuz. You’ll never be forgotten.

Barbara Lambert Apr 19 2022 7:50 PM

Tony was a really super guy....I had the pleasure of knowing him from City Utilities....he was always fun to talk to. Tony will be missed greatly. Prayers for peace and comfort for all his family.

Diana Lyman Apr 11 2022 10:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Parrish

Pam Crisp Apr 11 2022 4:36 PM

Love and friendship and most important God!! Are the most important things in life , Thank you for your friendship love you brother!!! And I pray for gods guidance on your final journey

Danny Martin Apr 11 2022 1:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Parrish

Danny Martin Apr 11 2022 1:04 PM

Tony was a wonderful friend !! I have so many great memories!!! I can’t believe we Are saying goodbye!! I wish this was a horrible nightmare. And just wake up!!! He is going to be missed we love you Tony

Ginger Martin Apr 11 2022 12:58 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Parrish

Ginger martin Apr 11 2022 12:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Parrish

Ginger martin Apr 11 2022 12:55 PM

Tony was an unforgettable guy. A loving and generous person who loved being around his friends. His laugh and smile will live on for years !

Rudy Chavez Apr 10 2022 10:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Parrish

Rudy Chavez Apr 10 2022 10:13 PM

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