David Taylor Parrish Sr., 79, retired nuclear inspector with Norfolk Naval Shipyard

David Taylor Parrish Sr.
David Taylor Parrish Sr.

David Taylor Parrish, Sr., 79, passed away Friday, April 5, 2019. He was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolin, to the late Robert and Virginia Parrish. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 35 years, Frances H. Parrish; and sister, Sara.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, David Parrish Jr., Robert Parrish (Laurie) and Jodi Dodge; stepchildren, Mark Doughty, Robin Newbill (Tom), Tracy Rice (Greg) and Lisa Doughty; sister, Kathy Roper (David); 10 grandchildren, Lauren, Hunter, Dylan, Brooke, Logan, Hallie, Meredith, Jake, Josh and Seth; and 11 great-grandchildren.

David received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1964. He started out as a machinist apprentice at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and retired as a nuclear inspector. He also owned a construction company for many years. David was a master craftsman who loved to build and create anything from wood, especially model boats, custom railings, pergolas and whittling. He had a vast collection of antique pedal cars that he restored to mint condition.

David adored everything outdoors: hunting; fishing; and as his number-one son said, “he caught a lot of fish”; camping; canoeing; gardening; and long road trips most times to nowhere blaring Pink Floyd, Merle Haggard or Willie Nelson. As a teenager in the Boy Scouts, David was selected to write articles for the Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch, reporting back their adventures while at a jamboree in California.

David spent quality time racing his model boats on the lake behind his house with his sons, Dave and Bobby, and played countless games of dominoes with his daughter, Jodi. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes in the mud and exploring the wilderness on his four-wheeler. If he wasn’t in his garage building something, you may have found him watching cowboy movies.

The family will receive friends at 6 p.m., Monday, April 15, followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m., at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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