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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I just saw Mrs. Parris a few months ago at the beauty shop! It was such a treat to see a teacher from my Erwin HS days. She was just as I remembered, a smile and laugh and always staying positive. She made many a mark on lots of Erwin students. I hope that brings you comfort in these coming days. May God give you peace and comfort!
Karen Cook Harwood
Submitted by KAREN HARWOOD on Aug 9 2017 11:19:52 AM
Jonnie and Missy I am very saden to hear that Jo has passed. I can not attend because I no longer live in Buncombe County. However my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless and know he will hold you in HIS loving hands. glenda campbell
Submitted by glenda campbell on Aug 9 2017 11:08:46 AM
I am so sorry. I liked her. She was a good person.
Submitted by Anna Price on Aug 9 2017 10:46:32 AM
Send my condolences Missy of the passing of your mom. So sorry to hear of this I remember her when you and I attended North Buncombe. She,was a nice lady. Remember all good time and hope,it ease the pain.. May God bless you and family. Ann washabaugh.
Submitted by Ann on Aug 9 2017 08:08:37 AM
Sending Love And Sympathy. May the memories in your heart help to ease some of the pain. I will always remember Jo as my classmate at NB High school. May God bless and give you the strength needed at this difficult time.
Submitted by Peggy Howell on Aug 9 2017 07:30:23 AM
So sorry for your loss, heaven has a new angel now. Keeping family and friends in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Cynthia Johnson on Aug 9 2017 02:18:36 AM
To the family of Mrs. Parris, my deepest condolences. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was probably my most favorite teacher. She loved her students and was always there to support each of us. She will be missed by all. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time. God Bless!
Submitted by Beverly Rhodarmer on Aug 8 2017 10:25:23 PM
Rest In Peace condolences to the family
Submitted by Pamela Kay Fisher on Aug 8 2017 09:50:23 PM
Dear Johnnie and Missy,
Extending my deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers. I always loved Jo, she was always so up beat, she was a wonderful lady. I will be praying that God will comfort you during this difficult time.🙏
Submitted by Cheryl Moody Fore on Aug 8 2017 09:36:59 PM
Missy, I'm sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength and peace.
Submitted by Amy Dillingham Webb on Aug 8 2017 09:33:43 PM
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