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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Mrs. Parris was my P.E. teacher and basketball coach at North Buncombe. I had the up most respect for her. She was a great lady. I have talked to her several times at the Waffle House, in Weaverville. She always talked about Missy and her grand daughter. She will be missed.
Submitted by Sandra Ponder Norton on Aug 8 2017 08:51:48 PM
Johnnie and family, I don't think I ever met Jo but my Momma Dottie Ballard Sluder went to school with Jo and Jeannie. Momma talked about them alot. Momma passed away in 2010. Just wanted to let you know I will be praying for God to strengthen you during Jo home going.
Submitted by Sheila Sluder on Aug 8 2017 08:03:35 PM
Johnnie and Missy. So sorry to hear of Jo's passing. She was a great basketball coach and friend. I will always remember the summer she, Johnnie and I measured tobacco up in Flat Creek and Barnardsville. Quite an experience. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. She will be missed by many!
Submitted by Brenda Penland Hardy on Aug 8 2017 07:57:36 PM
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Jo. We are going to miss her and all the love she always showed us and our kids. She is truly loved! Love, John and Kathy Silver
Submitted by John and Kathy Silver on Aug 8 2017 06:37:08 PM
Though I haven't seen you in decades, I have thought about you often and I am thankful for the friendship we shared during our school days and for the sweet memories of you and your wonderful family. I am so sorry for your loss and I will be praying for you, Roger, Lauren and your Dad. May God grant each of you His peace, hope and encouragement.
With His love,
Karen Buchanan Taylor
Submitted by Karen Taylor on Aug 8 2017 06:00:30 PM
Dear Johnnie, Missy and Roger,
My deepest condolences to you all. Although I didn't know Jo for very long I could tell she was a very strong woman. Her history as an athlete and a PE teacher made her quite tough, yet she had a gentle soul. I will miss her greatly. So sorry for your loss. If I can be of assistance, please feel free to reach out to me.
Submitted by Nicole Ogg on Aug 8 2017 05:07:03 PM
Dear Mr. Parris, Missy, Roger and Lauren,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. She was always so kind. May God's love give you comfort during this most difficult time.
If you need anything, I will be there!
Dale Buckner Dunn
Submitted by Dale Buckner Dunn on Aug 8 2017 04:05:40 PM
So sorry she was a fine lady.
Submitted by Randy Morris on Aug 8 2017 04:01:56 PM
Mr Parris, Missy & family
Mrs Parris was one of my favorite teachers. She always had a smile & kind word when she saw you, but was tough when she needed to be. My prayers are with you during this time. May God hold you close and give you peace & strength in the coming days.
Love in Christ
Mikki (Hunter) Lewis
Submitted by Mikki Hunter Lewis on Aug 8 2017 03:26:43 PM
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