Jo Ellen Silver (Corn) Parris, age 78, died Monday, August 7, 2017.
Jo and her twin sister, Jeanne were born October 15, 1938, in Madison County; her mother passed away shortly thereafter. Jo’s Aunt Easter and her husband Theodore Corn took the twins to raise as their own, along with their three children, Bob, T.W. and Beulah.
Mrs. Parris was a resident of Buncombe County for all of her life, and was a charter member of Pine Burr Park Baptist Church where she attended for many years. Jo was the first to get married in the church. Jo attended Weaverville and N.B. High schools, where she and her twin sister played basketball, they were known as “double trouble” for the opponents. Jo and her twin sister Jeanne became members of N.B. High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon completion of high school, she attended WCC (University) and graduated in 1960. Jo returned to N.B. High School to teach PE and coach girls basketball. She took a year off to have her daughter, Missy. When she returned to teaching, she taught Health and PE at Erwin High School. A member of Alpha Delta Kapa Sorority, she was President for a term. Her parents, William and Ellen Allen Silver, preceded her in death along with Easter and husband Theodore Corn; Bob and T.W. Corn and Beulah Eller.
Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Johnnie C. Parris; daughter, Missy Parris and husband Roger Banks; twin sister, Jeanne Coffey and husband Bill; sisters, Maxine Wills, Sylvia Joyce Silver, and Judy Ward and husband Stanley; brothers, Conley Silver and wife Catherine, Allon Silver and wife Anna Balle, and Leonard Silver and wife Betty and one grandchild, Lauren Parris.
Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, with Reverend Randy Sluder officiating. Burial will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory, Asheville.
The family will receive friends 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., prior to the service on Friday.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. Parris’ obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
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Roger, Missy, & Lauren,
We're praying for you and your family during your loss. Michelle and I are thinking about you, please let us know if we can help in anyway.
Submitted by Justin Gillespie on Aug 13 2017 11:05:11 AM
Missy I am so sorry for your loss if I can do anything for you guys please let me know. You are in my prayers. Love Randy
Submitted by Randy Whitson on Aug 11 2017 08:51:31 PM
Mrs. Parris was one of my favorite teachers at Erwin High School in the early 70's. She was helpful, friendly and always there for the students. I recently reconnected with her at the hair salon where she had her hair done. After 40+ years, Mrs. Parris was still full of life, laughter and love. She will forever live in my heart and in the hearts of those of us in the Class of '74 at CAEHS.
Submitted by Jackie Byerly on Aug 11 2017 08:32:00 PM
Johnnie, so sad to hear of Jo's passing, May God bless you and all the family. Leonard Holder.
Submitted by Leonard Holder on Aug 11 2017 02:00:53 PM
Mr Parris and family; I remember the both of you from Erwin. Ms Parris always had a smile on her face. I am sorry for your loss. Victoria Austin Jennings Class of 1972
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John Rigsby lit a candle on Aug 11 2017 08:06:26 AM
Missy we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Jo was my first cousin and she was a very sweet person and will be missed . We will keep you and your family in our prayers. James and Sharon Brown Proffitt and Mrs. Billy Brown, Tim , Wilma and Harlee Brown
Submitted by James and Sharon Brown Proffitt on Aug 11 2017 05:20:47 AM
Johnnie, Missy, Roger and Lauren Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It is with heartfelt sorrow of the passing of Jo, she was a very sweet lady.
Her sweet memories will be with you always in your heart.
Submitted by Ray and Vikki Banks on Aug 10 2017 09:57:52 AM
Johnnie, Missy, Roger and Lauren, I was shocked to read of Jo's passing. I will remember our talks when she taught at AB Tech and the cookout that we had at Harold Rogers' house.. She was a good person. Phil and I offer our deepest condolences and we can only say, cherish the memories that you made over the years. These will bring happiness and a reminder that her spirit will live in your hearts.
With deepest sympathy, Phil and Joyce Dover Evans
Submitted by Joyce Dover Evans on Aug 9 2017 09:09:22 PM
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