Obituary of Joseph G. Parris
Joseph G. Parris of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on November 30, 2020 at the age of 79. He was born on January 15, 1941, to the late George T. Parris and Marjo DeNoya in Pawhuska, Oklahoma and was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation. Joseph was the beloved husband of 50 years to Barbara Parris; cherished father of Colonel (Dr.) Christopher Kyle Parris, United States Air Force (Jennifer); proud “Papa Joe” of Elisha Joseph Parris; and loving brother of Susan Beckett, Sue Nan Cutsinger, Paulette Tidwell, and the late Judy K. Marchesoni.
After graduating from the Oklahoma Military Academy, Joseph enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country for 25 years, retiring as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-8). During his time in the Navy, Joseph served in Vietnam with both the Fleet Marine Force as well as on the Patrol Gunboat USS Canon. For his dedication and exceptional service, he received numerous awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze stars, The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with first class palm, the Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation Gallantry Cross, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with two bronze stars. His time with the Navy also allowed him and his family to experience life on the island of Guam, San Diego, California, Washington DC, and North Carolina before settling in the New Orleans area.
He attended Southern Illinois University while in the service, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Later, he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Tulane University Freeman School of Business and was employed for many years as an administrator at both the Tulane University Uptown Health Center and the Department of Pediatrics at Tulane University Medical School before retiring in 2006. Throughout his life he was an avid reader with a wide range of interests and enjoyed traveling with his family to destinations in America, Europe, Japan, and Hawaii. Joseph was also very active with New Orleans Carnival organizations including the Krewe of Zeus, reigning as King of Zeus in 2006.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Audubon Funeral Home in Slidell. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel. Masks are requested to be worn by all in attendence. Joseph will be laid to rest with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com.
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