John Lee Parisher

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John Lee Parisher of Cherokee, Texas passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. Graveside services will be held at Kuykendall Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas on December 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. John was born in Cherokee, Texas to James Hubert and Vera Cavness Parisher on June 11, 1938. He graduated from Cherokee High School in 1956 being 1 of 4 students in his class. On August 15, 1959 he married Betty Parker in San Saba. He worked for Ozarka water in Abilene before returning home to work and live on the family farm. John spent most of his life on the Parisher farm, farming, ranching and raising turkeys with the family. John went to work at 3M in Brownwood, Texas, ending up retiring from 3M after 30 years of service logging thousands of highway miles between Cherokee and Brownwood. While he occasionally raised cattle,  his interest often returned to raising birds. People in several counties were hooked on John’s farm fresh eggs. John enjoyed fishing, camping, outdoors cooking, family reunions, raising birds and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Once John became a grandfather, he seemed to thaw into someone who had all the time in the world to love his family. John is survived by his wife, Betty of Cherokee; one son, Toby and wife, Gemma of Kyle, TX; one daughter, Cristy Wade and husband, Jim of Belton; five grandchildren, Kyle and Ryan Wade and Kaela, Kiana and Jayden Parisher; two brothers, Odell Parisher and wife, Pat of Orange Grove and Rick Parisher and wife, Deanna of Cherokee, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents; Hubert and Vera Parisher; one daughter, Janice Kay Parisher and two brothers, Daniel (D.H.) Parisher and James (Hoss) Parisher. Family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (tuberous sclerosis is the disease John’s grandson, Ryan, has.) Please view Mr. Parisher’s online memorial at   
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