Clayton Eldridge Parcell Sr., Last Marine Raider, 86, of Staffordsville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at the Salem V. A. Medical Center.
He was born September 6, 1921, at Crumpler, W.Va., the son of the late Albert Wesley and Elsie Vernon Hamblin Parcell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Evelyn “Pat” Patterson Parcell; five brothers, Carl, Garland, John, Irvin and Hersel Parcell; and two sisters, Irene P. Dodson and Frankie P. Whittaker.
He was a Marine veteran of World War II, a retired employee of the Celanese Corporation and a member of the Narrows American Legion Post #68 and the VFW Post #6000.
He is survived by one son, Clayton “Corky” Parcell Jr., of Pearisburg; one daughter, Olivia Reed and husband, Darrell, of Radford; one sister, Argie P. Spangler, of Pearisburg; four grandchildren, Shawn Parcell Capozzi and husband, Lee, of Riner, Corey Shannon Reed and wife, Tanoe, of Bluefield, W.Va., Natashia Reed Pierson and husband, Ross, of Salem, and Chelsea Reed, of Radford; five great-grandchildren, Ashley and Adriel Reed, of Draper, Royce Pierson, of Salem, Isabella Capozzi, of Riner, and Cruistan Reed, of Bluefield, W.Va.; and special friend from V.A. Medical Center, Laura Jean Rumsey.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate with the Rev. John Hash and the Rev. Roy Burton officiating. Military Graveside Service at the Staffordsville Cemetery, Staffordsville, Va., by the Narrows American Legion Post #68, Pembroke American Legion Post #311 and the Narrows VFW Post #6000.
The visitation will be Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the funeral home after 1 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Please take food to Faith Temple Church, Pearisburg for meal after funeral service on Friday.