James Larry Parris

james parris

May 17, 1939 ~ January 1, 2024

Born in: Paris, Tennessee
Resided in: West Nashville, Tennessee

Larry Parris- Age 84, born on May 17, 1939, in Paris, TN, entered the gates of heaven on January 1, 2024, as he met his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Larry is survived by his wife, Loretta Fay, who served the Lord with him for 62 years of their marriage. He was ordained as a deacon at Park Avenue Baptist Church where he served and attended for approximately thirty years. During this time, he was involved with Park Avenue’s large bus ministry. Every Sunday his bus could be seen pulling out, as he drove into the neighborhoods, searching for boys and girls to ride with him to Sunday School. Over the years many young people accepted the Lord and still live for Him today. All of his riders loved him dearly.

Larry is also survived by his two sons, Ritchie (Susan) Parris, of Nashville and Shawn (Angela) Parris, of Paris, TN; his cherished 5 grandchildren, Justin Parris, Chelsae (Ryan) Castaneda, Amber (Michael) Rice, Ryan (Alex) Parris, and Austin (Savannah) Parris; great grandchildren, Emmett, Waylon, Theodore, and Audrey.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Margaret Parris and a brother, Paul A. Parris, Jr.

His places of employment include the Newspaper Printing Corp, Typecraft Co., and Parris Tool and Die. Before retirement Larry, along with his son Ritchie, owned and operated Parris Printing for over 25 years. His hobbies included boating, skiing, fishing, golf and camping with the grandchildren every summer. Larry will be greatly missed by his friends at Scottsboro Baptist Church where he has served and worshipped for the past 15 plus years.

A Celebration of Larry’s life will be on Monday, January 8, 2024, at 1:30PM, at Western Hills Church (7565 Charlotte Pike) with Brother David Clifford officiating. Special music will be provided by his grandson, Austin, and friend Emily, along with George Osment, Jr, from Scottsboro. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The burial will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Visitation with the Parris family will be on Sunday, January 7, 2024, from 2PM until 6PM, then a short time on Monday from 12:45PM until the service time at 1:30PM, all at Western Hills Church.

Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be West Nashville & Bellevue’s only locally owned and operated burial & cremation provider.


Visitation: January 7, 2024 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Visitation: January 8, 2024 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Funeral: January 8, 2024 1:30 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Interment: January 8, 2024 2:30 pm

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens
9090 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221

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  1. Robby and I are very sorry for your loss. We hold you close to our hearts and have you all in our prayers. Love you❤️🙏

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