1933 – 2020
Mr. Robert Parham Sr. of Glenwood Spring Rd., Eatonton, Georgia Beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Cousin made his transition on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton, GA at the age of 87.
Graveside services were held Thursday morning July 2, 2020 at Eatonton Eastside Cemetery, 129 Hogan Blvd, Eatonton, Georgia with Pastor Mamie Saddler Caldwell eulogist officiating.
Mr. Robert Parham Sr. entered this life on May 23, 1933 in Putnam County, Eatonton, GA. He was born the sixth child of Mr. Oscar Parham, Sr. and Mrs. Ava Myrick Parham in Putnam County, Eatonton, GA. Both parents and seven siblings have answered the call from labor to reward. Robert was a hard worker with that big Parham heart. He was educated in the church schools of Eatonton, GA. He confessed the Lord as his personal Savior and often commented that he knew the Lord and knew that he didn’t come here to stay. Robert worked in the farming and dairy industry with his father and brothers. He often remarked that his daddy was a hard task master who could really work. Robert became employed with N.D. Horton, Sr. in the construction industry building houses. He then worked for most of his life at Horton Homes, Inc. owned by N. D. Horton, Jr. After retiring he felt the need to keep busy, so became employed by Putnam County Maintenance Department. He often commented that though he was the oldest worker he had to drive the younger guys around. Robert always wanted to be an entrepreneur. This came to fruition when he purchased land and built “Westside Drive-In” on Glenwood Springs Road in Eatonton, GA. This business has survived for over 50 years providing entertainment and employment for various family and community members. “Big Squeeze” or just “Squeeze” as he was affectionately called, was a humanitarian who provided for various people in his community through gifts and contributions to various churches and organizations. Robert married the love of his life, the beautiful Louvenia Mathis. Louvenia always laughed about what a jokester and teaser he was as a teenager. Robert worked so hard to provide the best for his wife and family. Building their dream home, providing new vehicles for the family, and expanding his business were high points of his life.
The most special part of his life was the family that he and “Venia” built together – five loving children. Though she went to be with the Lord in 2006, he is survived by all five children: Robert Parham, Jr. (Sandra) and Clyde Parham of Eatonton, GA; Brenda Parham Murray (Melvin) of Milledgeville, GA; Frances Parham Thornton and Patricia Parham Perrett of Kernersville, NC. Nine loving grandchildren: Felicia Silver (Reginald); Kachina Dennis; Terrez Parham (Shalonda); Ashley and Robert Parham, III; Brian and Briana Perrett; and Kaylon and Kelsie Farley. Seven great-grandchildren who were the apples of his eye: Ayanna, Alijah, and Arianna Silver; Dorian and Tristian Parham; Kaylee Ross, and Zaylen Humphries. From ten siblings – for so long three – now two remain: a loving and faithful sister, Lula Parham Bullard, Cobb, GA; and a loving and devoted brother, Charles Parham, Sr. (Martha), Eatonton, GA. Thank you, Uncle Charles, for being his “ride or die” especially these last few years. You are truly a man among men and a brother among brothers. Special thanks to nephews, Raymond Bullard, Jr. for that Sunday morning call from Aunt Lula and to Johnny Scott Griggs for being there for our dad. Robert had many friends with whom he shared a laugh over the years, but special friends, Sidney Nelson, Sr., Bennie Reid, Shirley Yarbrough, and Ben Reaves, are a forever blessing. Special angels come into our lives and we are better for having met them. This can be said for his caregivers: Vonnie Sue Waller, Tina Swain Mason, and Sonia Crumbley. That God blesses you ladies real good is our fervent prayer. Other relatives including a sister-in-law, Dallas Parham and many, many friends also survive.
Hurt’s Funeral Home of Eatonton LLC were in charge of final arrangements.