August 22, 1934 - March 30, 2006
Obituary James E. Parman, 71, of Fairgrounds Road died Thursday afternoon in Holston Valley Hospital, in Kingsport, following by-pass surgery.He was a member of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church; the Greeneville #3 Masonic Lodge, the Jerico Shrine Temple; the Loyal Order of the Moose #692; and the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association. Mr. Parman began his career on December 1st, 1965 with the Greeneville Fire Department in 1965. He was appointed fire inspector in 1975; He became assistant chief in June of 1980. He was appointed Chief of the Greeneville Fire Department in June 1982 and held that position until his retirement in Oct. 1994. He served as president of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association in 1993-1994; it was under his tenure as president that preliminary steps were taken to create the Tennessee Fire Academy. Through his efforts and others the fire academy became a reality. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict and was stationed on the battleship USS New Jersey. He had also served as a volunteer with the Laughlin Memorial Volunteer Program.Jim enjoyed life to the fullest, spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed camping at Kinser Park, being at the beach, fishing, and excursions to Blowing Rock, NC. He had visited 49 states, lacking only Alaska. Survivors include his wife: Carolyn Craddock Parman; one daughter and a son-in-law; Kathy and Robert P. Bechdol of Spartanburg, South Carolina; a grandson and his fiancé, Travis Brooks and Nikki Lewis; a sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Harold Roberts of Afton; a step-daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Doug Treadway of Greeneville; a step-son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Robin Craddock of Louisville, Kentucky; and four step-grandsons, who affectionately called him Papa Jim: Jake Treadway of Greeneville; Bowman, Everett, and Oliver Craddock of Louisville, Kentucky. Also surviving are special nieces and nephews and their spouses: Mendy and David Leonard; Jan and Bobby Ward; Jim and Star Mercer, all of Greeneville; Trina and Jeff Estepp of Nashville; Kelly and Bill Andrews of Lakeland, Florida; Cindy and Terry Babb of Jonesboro; a special aunt, Mary Fay Taylor of Georgia; and special friends Steve and Esther Kim.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Roberts Parman; and his parents, Lucas and Lettie Parman. His family stated "He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and was a good friend to all who knew him."The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 on Saturday and Sunday 1-3 at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. A Masonic service will follow Saturday night visitation at 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 5:00 Sunday at the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Jamie Lively, and the Reverend Roy E. Blackburn will officiate.A committal service will be held at 11:00 Monday morning at GreeneLawn Memory Gardens, Chaplin Chris Bowers of the Greeneville Fire Department will officiate. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home.Active Pallbearers will be Travis Brooks, Charles Kinser, Ronnie Brown, Jimmy Pierce, James Emory, Loren Plucker, Pat Hankins, Warren Ricker, and Ollie Erwin.Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. James R. Rodgers, Dr. Maynard Austin, Gary Brooks, Dr. Joe Austin, nurses and staff of the 4th floor West Wing of Laughlin Memorial Hospital, members of the Greeneville Fire Department, and the Fire Chiefs of Upper East Tennessee. Program.Memorial contributions may be made to the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Main Street, Greeneville, TN, 37745, The Greeneville Firefighters Association, P.O. 1203, Greeneville, TN 37744, and Laughlin Health Care Foundation, 1420 Tusculum Boulevard, Greeneville, TN, 37745, designated for the LMH Volunteer To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James E. Parman, please visit our floral store.
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