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James T. Parrott
James T. ParrottJim Parrott, 70, of Sun City, Arizona died in the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 in his home.  He died due to complications from Emphysema with which he was diagnosed several years ago.  

He was born July 21, 1938 to the late Chester William & Martha T. (Taylor) Parrott and lovingly referred to by them as Jimmy T.  He grew up in Richwood, Ohio where he graduated from high school in 1956 and had fond memories of his experiences on the track team.  Jim went on to serve in the United States Army where he was proud to be part of the 101st Airborne having made over 20 jumps.  He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Jim worked for Texaco Oil and then Uniroyal Tire for many years.  He later moved to Phoenix, Arizona and became involved with the real estate industry where he was co-owner of his own agency and invested in rental properties.  He loved his ties to Richwood, Ohio: Parrott Implement, John Deere and his friends & family.  He also loved baseball (Sparky’s Big Red Machine and more recently the Arizona Diamondbacks), basketball (the Phoenix Suns), Ohio State football (especially when they beat Michigan), apple pie and homemade chocolate chip cookies.  

Jim is survived by his son, Richard A. Parrott of Atlanta, Georgia and his daughter Catherine P. Ruffner of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan & her husband Rick; his grandchildren, Tyson & Jessey Baker and Zoe & Isabella Ruffner and his faithful and loving dog, Duke.  Duke will now be joining Bandit & Bear and the rest of the Ruffner family. His sister, Pat Eby of Reno, Nevada and her husband Hal also survive Jim.  

Jim was preceded in death by his son Mike and was an avid animal lover.  Together they will be spending the rest of their time in heaven with their many dogs and Tony the Pony.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 11:30 AM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Mo Dunn officiating.  The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Arizona Humane Society (www.azhumane.org) 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85041, ATTN: Development Department or the Union County Humane Society (www.uchspets.org) 16540 County Home Road, P. O. Box 414, Marysville, OH  43040.  Please also feel free to donate to an animal rescue shelter of your choice; Jim’s love and compassion for animals had no boundaries.

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#1 from: Mike Thompson
14451 Notestone Rd.,Laurelville,Oh 43135
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I have great memories of Jim. I spent many an afternoon and weekend with Jim and Gene Paul Swartz just cruising around Richwood which was the 50's thing to do. I also remember Jim as an  track runner being outstanding in the 400 meter run on the 1956 track team which was one of the best track teams Richwood ever had placing well up in the State meet . I also remember all of the hurried weekend trips from Kentucky to Richwood when we were in the service. Its a wonder we lived thru those. Jim was a great friend and I,m sure will be missed by everyone who knew him . Mike Thompson.

#2 from: Una Jean Lewis
Columbus, Ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Pat, Hal, Kathy and Rick:

I am so sorry for your loss.  I have many pleasant memories of babysitting with you, Kathy and Rick while your Mom and Dad were working.  Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#3 from: Jim Reardon
Alpharetta, GA
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 8:56 PM

My dear friend Richard,

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Rev. 21:4)

The truth of this promise encouraged me greatly when I lost my own son. I pray you and your family find comfort in Jesus Christ, who loves you.  

Jim Reardon

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