Leslie E. Parnell

Born on January 26, 1941

Departed on December 13, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Leslie Eugene Parnell (aka Les), born in Pritchard, AL, to the late Mary Madge Myrick and Leslie Denton Parnell on January 26, 1941. He later moved to Laurel, MS.  He graduated from George S. Gardner High School, Jones County Junior College, and Nashville Tech.  He is survived by one sister, Janice Parnell Walker.

In 1960, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Ft. Campbell in the 101st Airborne 502nd Brigade. That was where he met his wife, Sandra Palmer Gardner. Having been stood up, she drove to Ft. Campbell with some girlfriends. She walked into the Genmatchi Club on base.  Les stood and asked if she wanted to sit with him.  She surveyed the crowd and said "I guess so.  I can't do any better."  That was October 1962. They married January 26, 1963 (on his birthday so he would never forget their anniversary.)

They were blessed to have 5 lovely, beautiful daughters who are all now married to great men. Stephanie and Joe Henley, who have Currey, Erica, CJ and Landon Saeger; Tiffany, Tim, Kelsey and Callen Pasquale; Lesley and Tyler, Naveah, Jax and Joci Woodard; Stacy and Ronnie Perry, who have Jessica, Erick, Erick Jr, and Hatton Kellermann; Josh, Crystal and Abel Perry (and hopefully more on the way!)Sherrill and Robert Latimer, who have Lon and Lou; Shannon and Luis Marcelin, who have Sean and Lily; Shauna and Tracy Smith, who have Sandy, Sydney and Sams. Five married daughters, 5 married grandchildren, 7 crazy teenage grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Les retired as an electronic engineer supervisor in 2000 from the United States Post Office. Les's family was his life.  He also loved the rifle range and his favorite sport was fishing. Les's heart started failing several years ago, but it never slowed him down.  He and Sandy travelled to Cancun, Mexico and Las Vegas, where they both zip lined!  They traveled often to Miami and Los Angeles to visit two of their daughters and their families.

He said he had an amazing life and would not trade it with anyone else's. He will be cremated and a visitation will be at West Harpeth Funeral Home’s Celebration Hall on Sunday from 12:00PM until 3:00PM. Private services will be held.

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6 Comments to Mr. Leslie E. Parnell

  1. Laymon Curtis says:

    I have known Les And Sandy for a number of years. We lived in the same part of town and worked in the same department of the Post Office. Les and I solved a lot of the world problems at the break table at work. Other than being a fine technician, the thing I liked the most about Les was he told it like it was. He also made some fine fishing lures.
    He will be missed. I wish Sandy and their family the best.

  2. Herbert M. Wilkerson says:

    Les was a fine man, husband, dad and etc. I will miss him, loved him as friends do. Prayers and the best to the family, they have adored him

  3. Stephanie,Stacy,Sherrill, Shannon & Shauna says:

    Our Dad was the Smartest, most Awsome Man ever. We were blessed to call him Daddy and he was loved dearly, he will definitely be missed, Love You To The Moon & Back. Until we meet again.

  4. Betsy Pilgreen says:

    When a man’s children leave a comment like they did, he did well. I am sure the angels are singing and welcomed him home with open arms for a job well done! Love and prayers to all the family.

  5. Phoenix, AZ says:

    What an awesome man! I didn’t know Leslie, but from the expressions of others he was obviously loved very much. I can’t begin to fathom the void you are feeling in your lives right now. I hope you can find comfort in God’s promise to restore our dead loved ones to life here on the earth, never having to say goodbye again. Through God’s Kingdom, Jesus will make this earth the problem-free paradise that his Father intended it to be. Until then continue remembering the good times you had and may those memories help you through the hard times.- Matthew 6:9-10; Acts 24:15; Psalm 37:11, 29

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