In Loving Memory

Benjamin “Bennie” L. Parnell, Sr., d. March 26, 2015



In Loving Memory

October 13, 1932 – March 26, 2015



Spanish Fort, AL

Benjamin “Bennie” Lindsey Parnell, Sr., born in Whistler, AL and resident of Spanish Fort, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 82 on Thursday, March 26, 2015, after a long battle with leukemia. He was a Military Veteran who served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.  After serving over 27 years, he retired from the US Civil Service as an aircraft electrician and was also an area supervisor for the Alabama/Mississippi Dairy Herd Improvement Association for 20 years. Bennie was a member of East Pointe Baptist Church in Spanish Fort, AL and a previous member of Tanner Williams Assembly in the Tanner Williams community where he lived for 35 years. He loved the Lord with all his heart and set a lasting precedent of godly, selfless living for his family to continue.  Affectionately known as “PaPa” by his loved ones, he was a kind and loving husband and father.  He was deeply cherished for his soothing demeanor and gentle spirit.  He carried an infectious warmth, and had an innate ability to bring peace and stability to any situation.    He loved spending time with his family, especially his precious grandchildren.  An avid outdoorsman, he was equally at home on the water, in the woods, or on the farm.  He found joy in such simple pleasures as feeding bream from his pier, tending to his garden, or watching his birds feed.  On Saturdays in the fall, you could always find him cheering on his Crimson Tide with family and friends.   Preceding him in death are his daughter, Lindy Loria Parnell, his parents, Grover C. Parnell and Mary Beck Parnell, his brothers, Curtis Parnell, Gaines Parnell and Jack Parnell and his sisters, Ruth Smith, Margaret Thompson and Elizabeth Parten.

 He is survived by his loving wife of over fifty nine years, Rosa Cherry Parnell; two sons, Benjamin Lindsey Parnell, Jr. (Debi) of Dothan, AL and Lesley L. “Les” Parnell  (Pam)  of Spanish Fort; daughter, Lorie Parnell Smith (Jim) of Tanner Williams, AL;  eight grandchildren, Jason Smith (Colleen), Joshua Smith (Jacque), Benjamin Parnell III (Natalie), Holly Smith, Alicia Parnell, Jacob Parnell, Jameson Smith (Susan) and Tiffany Parnell;  six great-grand children, Jace, Jaydn, Jaimalyn and Jintry Smith, Benjamin Lindsey, IV and Levi Parnell;  brother,  Allen Parnell and sisters, Sadie Hutto and Ruby Webb; sisters in law:  Carla Cherry, Virgie Thomas (Jerry), Marie Parker, Linda Kranich, Joyce Cherry and many devoted nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, Monday, March 30, 2015 at East Pointe Baptist Church, 34742 AL – 225 in Spanish Fort.  A time of visitation will begin at 11:00am.  Interment will be in the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery on US Hwy 225 in Spanish Fort.  Officiating will be Pastor Rob Burns, Pastor Jerry Hewett, and Chaplain Carla Cherry.  Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason Smith, Joshua Smith, Benjamin Parnell, Jacob Parnell, Jameson Smith and nephew Hollis Parten.  Honorary pallbearers are Jace Smith, Joseph Cherry,  and Benjamin Parnell, IV.  The  family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. William Kleinschrodt and Sylvia of Diagnostic and Medical Clinic, Dr. David R. Clarkson, Ms. Rosanne, Jennifer, Angie, Hermie and the chemotherapy nurses and staff at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, and Shirley and Tana at the Wound Care Center of Mobile Infirmary.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:  Mitchell Cancer Institute Development 300 Alumni Circle Mobile, Al 36688 (for Leukemia Research).  Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. Margaret (Margie) Gerald Dyess

    Rosa and family,
    I go back as a child growing up and going to family reunions and seeing Aunt Mary and her children and their families. At this time of sadness in your life, I find it almost ironic that a loss as this can bring other family members together. I was very saddened to hear about Bennie and especially the illness he had to suffer. Our God is an all-caring God and things happen for a reason. As I read the obituary, I was so pleased to know that he was a God-loving-serving man. This lightens the load of the loss because you know that you will meet him again in Heaven. As I said, things happen sometimes that brings families back together. It was so great to find y’all again, I just wish I could have known Bennie all these years. You look back over the years and wonder how things change so, but life does change things. As your family grows up you have different needs and I guess that is how we failed to get to the latter years of family reunions.

    I am so sorry for the loss of Bennie. I thought all those years at the family reunions that you were so pretty and Bennie was so very goodlooking and I don’t think that changed! May God bless and keep you all in his tender loving care. Your cousin, Margie Gerald ( daughter of Ernestine Dungan Gerald and granddaughter of Arcola Elizabeth Beck Dungan)


    Les so sorry to hear about your dad passing. Know Linda and I will be praying for you and your family. Thanks for all you do for the Lords work at Bay. Phil 4-7


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