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Ella Ruth Wilson Parrish


Ella Ruth Wilson Parrish, age 85, of Butner, North Carolina went to reside with the Lord on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at her home.

Ruth was born in Henderson, North Carolina to the late Samuel Edwin Wilson and Lela Hamlin Wilson. There she met her sweetheart of nearly 69 years, her husband Thomas Jackson Parrish of Butner, N.C.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM at South Granville Memorial Gardens by Dr. Charlie Bryan. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
Graveside Service:

Ruth loved her friends, neighbors, and family immensely and was the happiest when she was surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and fur baby Rusty. An incredibly devoted wife and mother, she also was a clinical hematologist, retiring from Duke Hospital after 35 years of service in the Healthcare Industry. After retirement Ruth enjoyed her trips to the beach, reading the bible and books, playing the piano, long talks with family and friends on the phone and sitting on the back porch swing bird watching with Jack.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband Thomas J. Parrish of Butner; daughter Starra Cates and husband Cliff of Mebane; son Thomas E. Parrish of Raleigh; grandson Neil Laney of Mebane; grandson Preston Laney and wife Jessica of Burlington; great grandson Austin Laney of Mebane; great grandson Neil Joshua Reeves Laney of Hillsborough; great grandson Jordan Tyson Laney of Burlington.

Flowers are kindly accepted.

Eakes Funeral Home will be following social distancing guidelines and ask that everyone in attendance wear a mask or appropriate face covering.


  • George Frank Roberts Jr& Annette Posted January 9, 2021 1:43 am

    So sorry to hear about Ruth’s passing. She and Becky are now together with Our Lord in the Celestial Kingdom. We send our condolences.

  • Faye Weaver Posted January 9, 2021 4:21 am

    Tom, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time!.

  • Torrence Mack Posted January 9, 2021 6:39 pm

    To the family of Mrs. Ella Ruth Wilson, my deepest condolences with the ascension of your dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother and cherished friend. Your mother was always so welcoming to the group Thom created. Always giving advice and filling out bellies with her wonderful meals cooked with love. She will be missed be she will always be near and dear to all those who were lucky enough to call her friend, family member, grandmother or mother. Be at ease in your new glorious home.


  • Tyson Laney Posted January 9, 2021 6:47 pm

    Ruth was a fine and dear friend to so many. She will be missed by the community and especially her family – husband, children and. grandchildren – who love her dearly and to whom she remained loyal. All things pass through God’s hands and the result rest in Gods arms. Rest In Peace Ruth until we meet again.

  • Carolyn Baird Posted January 10, 2021 2:51 am

    Sorry about the passing of Ruth, we rode to Duke in 1963 when Ned and I got married and lived in Butner

  • Carol Jo Harris Posted January 12, 2021 12:37 am

    I am so sorry to read this about Ruth. William and I were neighbors in the early 70s and really enjoyed our time on B street with this lovely family.

  • Deanna Reed Posted January 20, 2021 4:42 pm

    I have known Mrs. Parrish and her family for many years. Although I have lost contact throughout these years, she always treated me and my family with the upmost and sincere care. She honestly had such a beautiful soul and spirit.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family♥

  • Sheila Ellis Parrish Posted February 3, 2021 3:35 pm

    Have many fond memories of Ruth. She was my supervisor when she retired from Duke. Wonderful lady. So sorry for your loss.

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