David Walker Parrish, Jr. | 1923 - 2010 | Obituary

David Walker Parrish, Jr.
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David Walker Parrish, Jr.

Born: February 08, 1923
Died: July 02, 2010

David Walker Parrish, Jr., former president of The Michie Company, died on Friday, July 2, 2010.

Born in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1923, Parrish lived most of his adult life in Charlottesville. His wife, Jan, died in May, 1998. He is survived by a dear friend, Hilda Monroe; his daughter, Michele Pace; his son David Parrish III and his wife Michelle, of Norfolk. His grandchildren are Thomas and Samantha Parrish and Devon Pace.

Parrish received a BS degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; a BA degree from Emory & Henry College; and an LLB degree from the Law School of the University of Virginia.

Emory & Henry College later awarded Parrish an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He was also elected to the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame for his participation as a student in basketball and football. He was a member of the Emory & Henry board of trustees for many years, serving terms as chairman and vice chairman, and as chairman of their development council.

Following his graduation from law school, Parrish began a long association with The Michie Company. He worked as an editor, president of a California subsidiary which he established, executive vice president and, for 20 years, president and general manager. He retired as vice chairman in 1995.

For several years he was chairman of the editorial board of the Virginia Bar Association Journal and received the Association's Walker Award in 1995 for this service. He was manager of his UVA Law class of 1951.

In Charlottesville, he was president of the Senior Center, United Givers Fund, the Community Services Council and vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Parrish was retired from the U. S. Naval Reserve. During World War II, he sailed in the North Atlantic on a merchant ship.

Memorial gifts may be made to Emory & Henry College, PO Box 950, Emory, VA 24327, in place of flowers.

A burial service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, July 7, at St. Paul's Church, Ivy, Virginia.

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