John Parmer

John "J.W." Parmer

Tuesday, December 5, 1933 - Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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John Wesley “J.W.” Parmer was born December 5, 1933 in Randolph County, Alabama to the late Charlie Matthew Parmer and Martha Jane Driver Parmer. Mr. Parmer passed away on April 7, 2020 at the Senior Care at Poplar Creek. The Parmer family moved to LaGrange when he was 7 years of age. He owned and operated with his three brothers Parmer Brothers Grocery for 66 years. He was a charter member of New Hope Baptist Church in LaGrange, where he served as a Deacon and as a Sunday School Teacher. He married Betty Sue Culpepper Parmer on May 30, 1953. They would have celebrated their 67th Anniversary this May. He loved his family and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Parmer is preceded in death by his brothers, Namon Parmer of LaGrange, Alvin Parmer of LaGrange, Grover Parmer of LaGrange, Ralph Parmer of Woodland, Alabama and his sisters, Eula Gosdin of Alabama and Lucile Hester of LaGrange.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Culpepper Parmer; his sons, Randall Wesley Parmer and his wife Jill Jackson Parmer, Kenneth Allen Parmer and his wife Pam Crow Parmer, John Philip Parmer and his wife Wendy Willis Parmer, and Joe Timothy Parmer and his wife Cindy Patrick Parmer; his grandchildren, Courtney Parmer Howard and her husband Gordon Howard, Hillary Parmer Tatum and her husband Jay Tatum, Wesley Parmer and his wife Laura Parmer, Brent Parmer and his wife Heather Parmer, Emily Parmer Smallwood and her husband Josh Smallwood, Summer Parmer Deal and her husband Wiley Deal, Lance Parmer and his wife Lauren Parmer, Lucas Parmer and his wife Miranda Parmer, Emma Frances Parmer, Lily Grace Parmer, Jackson Parmer, and Zack Nixon; 16 great grandchildren with one on the way; 1 great great grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to WellStar West Georgia Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Due to public health concerns and State mandates, the family will hold a private graveside service on Thursday, April 9, 2020 with Pastor Mike Hornsby officiating. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service at a later date. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Higgins LaGrange Chapel, 706-884-7117.

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Jack, Bev, & Bobby Wetherington

Posted at 03:53pm
We sent our warmest condolences to all the family; you are in our hearts & prayers. We enjoyed Mr. Parmer so much over the years; his wry sense of humor gave us many a laugh! He & Mrs. Parmer were a shining example of what a marriage should be. We know he will be missed by many.
Jack, Bev, & Bobby Wetherington

Patricia Klaiber

Posted at 11:32am
Our hearts grieve with you. The years we lived next door to J.W. and Betty Sue were filled with many, many joyous moments.
One that comes to mind is the evening we sat together on their porch and greeted children (and adults) in Halloween costumes. Sweet memories. It was a sad day when we moved from Riverside Drive and left the daily chats with our sweet neighbors. You all are in our thoughts. We grieve with you. Dan and Pat Klaiber

Patti Woitena

Posted at 11:13pm
Our prayers are with the Parker family. Cherish your memories- I have memories of first shopping at Parker’s when we moved to Lagrange & Mr. Parker being so kind.
RIP. Patti & Bill Woitena

Patti Woitena Posted at 08:43pm

Sorry did not catch my Parmer auto corrected to Parker. I sincerely apologize I knew who I meant.

Phillip Davis

Posted at 09:36pm
I have very fond memories of Mr. JW being a very humble, kind and caring man when I came to Parmer Brothers to visit. I also remember him being a quiet person at times and just listening to people and what they had to say. Mom and dad thought a lot of Mr. JW and Mrs. Betty Sue, as a teenager I remember all of them going out to eat together and going on church trips together. Parmer family know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Holy Spirit be very near to comfort and encourage each one of you.

Richie and Gayle Smallwood

Posted at 09:33pm
We are so sorry to hear of J.W.'s passing. He was such a sweet man. We're keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
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