Thomas Franklin "Tom" Parrish, Jr.

Born on November 4, 1953

Departed on December 14, 2019 and resided in Tullahoma, TN

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Thomas Franklin Parrish, Jr. Age 66, of Tullahoma, died December 14, 2019. He was the son of Roberta C. Brinkley and Dr. Thomas F. Parrish of Nashville. He was descended from early Nashville settler Robert Cartwright.
Tom graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1971, and received bachelor and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. He was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society. After service as an officer of the U.S. Army, including a posting in Germany, he worked for 35 years at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) in Tullahoma.
Tom loved Ford Mustangs and enjoyed driving them on race tracks. He was a member of several car clubs: the Tri-Lakes Sports Car Club, the Mustang Club of America, and Fabulous Fords.
Another passion was target shooting, and he was rated as an expert marksman. He was on the rifle teams at MBA and at Vanderbilt, where he was All-SEC. He was a member of the Highland Rim Shooters Club and the NRA.
Tom is survived by sister, Laura of Wilmington, DE; brother, Bob (Catherine Le Roux) of Concord, NC; best friend, Angie Blaylock Parrish, of Manchester, TN; and by a number of cousins, and friends.
The visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 4PM until 7PM, at West Harpeth Funeral Home at 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37204.
A graveside service will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 11AM, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens on Hwy 100 with Hubert Cunningham officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Montgomery Bell Academy (4001 Harding Pike, Nashville TN 37205); Animal Harbor (56 Nor-Nan Rd., Winchester, TN 37398); or to the Motlow College Foundation scholarship fund.

11 Comments to Mr. Thomas Franklin "Tom" Parrish, Jr.

  1. Tom Schmidt
    December 16, 2019 2:14 pm

    A fine man who I am honored to have known and worked with. He’ll be sorely missed.

  2. Roger Carden
    December 16, 2019 11:55 pm

    I will miss his friendship on and off the rifle range. Rest well my friend.

  3. Matt Wilson
    December 17, 2019 7:18 am

    Good friend at work and on the car scene. Always enjoyed talking to Tom. One of the good ones that will be missed.

  4. Lynn and Jim Anderholm
    December 17, 2019 10:56 am

    A true Tennessee Gentleman that will missed his family and friends alike. Thank you for your friendship through the years.

  5. Sean Cahill
    December 17, 2019 2:42 pm

    A good friend and leader who supported and inspired people – especially in his car clubs. His presence, influence, and friendship will be greatly missed.

  6. Claude Morse
    December 17, 2019 3:48 pm

    We will miss Tom at Highland Rim Shooters Club events. He was an avid shooter and supporter of competive rifle matches and firearms safety training. He will be sorely missed.

  7. Dave Uselton
    December 18, 2019 8:10 am

    Always enjoyed talking cars and shooting with Tom. He was a good friend and co-worker. Rest well my friend.

  8. Ralph Jones
    December 19, 2019 3:14 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We shared a common interest in cars and performance driving, topics that were the subject of many very enjoyable conversations. It was a pleasure to know Tom and he will be greatly missed.

  9. Mike Mills
    December 21, 2019 10:21 am

    We will miss Tom. Always quick to offer a helping hand. It is my pleasure to have known him.

  10. Kay K. Griner
    January 7, 2020 5:30 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts with you at this time. Angie, we are keeping you in our prayers.

  11. Kay Griner
    January 7, 2020 7:38 pm

    Angie: Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Kay Kimbro Griner

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