(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
November 10, 1938 - December 19, 2004
Charles Parham, 66, of Greenwood, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital of lung cancer.
Services were Wednesday at North Greenwood Baptist Church. Burial was in North Cleveland Cemetery. Dr. Jim Phillips officiated. Wilson and Knight Funeral Home had charge.
Parham attended Boyle and Cleveland High Schools, graduated from Delta State University with a bachelors degree in elementary education, a masters degree in education, administration and supervision and specialist degree from Ole Miss in supervision. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1962 where he was a Specialist 4. He began his career in the classroom in 1968 in Marietta, Ga. He then moved to Houston where he began his administrative career and then went to Oxford where he was an administrator for Bramlett and Oxford Elementary schools.
In 1984 he he moved to Greenwood as principal of Bankston Elementary and in 1985 became principal of TY Fleming Elementary in Minter City. He retired in 1997. His dissatisfaction with retirement and his love for the students brought him back to the school system in Greenwood as a teacher at Greenwood High School assistant principal from which he retired in 2003. He had also been a retail sales person for Kamien's in Cleveland, Riches in Atlanta, Ga. and Goldbergs Shoe Store in Greenwood. He was also a member of North Greenwood Baptist Church where he had been a former usher committee chairman.
He was preceded in death by his father Edwin H. Parham.
Survivors include his wife Minnie Cooley Parham of Greenwood; his mother Lavonia Stewart Parham of Greenwood; one son Patrick Bishop Parham of Batesville and three grandchildren, Jessica Parham, Sam Parham and Katie Parham, all of Batesville.
January 6, 2005