"Dignity without Compromise"


Paul Howard (Jeff) Parrott

Paul Howard (Jeff) Parrott, husband, father, Papa, brother, friend, passed away Sunday morning March 19, 2006, surrounded by his family. He battled cancer for nine years but continued to do the things he loved to do, and did them how he wanted to do them. He was 69 years young.

He was born in 1936 to Dale and Ruth Parrott. While attending elementary school in Huntsville, AR, where he grew up, Jeff met his wife-to-be, Bette Stroud. Jeff and Bette were married in 1960, and were a few years shy of celebrating their 50 years together.

In 1976 Jeff moved his family to Miami, OK and was the owner/ operator of Miami Ready Mix and other construction-related businesses. Jeff sold his business in 1993 to spend time in Mexico, golfing and enjoying family and friends.

Jeff was an active member of the A-Team, the Grand Lake Shrine Club and The Royal Order of the Jesters, Tulsa Court No. 47, and served on the Boards of Miami Golf and Country Club and Miami Baptist Hospital. Jeff was also a long-standing member of First Baptist Church of Miami.

As anybody who knew Jeff would attest, he was well respected, successful and while he played a bit of a grumpy character he was nothing but loving and endearing. He was kind, always willing to help others, and a friend to many and varied people. The mark of a man is his integrity, and everybody who knew Jeff knows his word was his bond; he always did what he said he would do. Most importantly, Jeff was a man of quiet faith, was a committed husband, and a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Bette Parrott, of Miami; a daughter, Paige Thomas, married to Shawn Thomas of Lake Forest, IL; a son, Jeffrey Parrott, married to Christina Parrott of New Canaan, CT and 4 grandchildren: Gray & Posey Thomas and Christian & Cortland Parrott. A brother, Jimmy Parrott of Livingston, TX and two sisters; Pat Hargis of Tulsa, OK and Gwen Gray of Temple, TX.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Miami with Reverend Rick Longcrier officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or The Grand Lake Shrine Club in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home, 303 East 7th, Okmulgee, OK 74447.