It is with bittersweet sorrow that I write that my brother, Clayton Eldridge Parcell, Jr., known throughout his life as “Corky,” passed through the veil of this world into a place of peace, happiness and learning, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas. He and our parents are reunited in spirit and just how glorious is this.
He was preceded in death by his son, Shane Shafer, and our parents, Clayton E. Parcell, Sr., and Evelyn “Pat” Parcell.
Corky is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Olivia and Darrell Reed; a daughter, Deidre Shawn Parcell Capozzi (Lee); grandchildren Isabella Capozzi, and Vincent and Brayden Shafer; a daughter-in-law, Jenny F. Shaffer; nieces and nephews Corey Shannon and Tanoe Reed, Natashia Pierson, and Chelsey and Zayne Hamm; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and many friends.
Corky was born in Pearisburg and lived his childhood in Staffordsville. He was an exceptional woodworker and sign writer. He was a history buff, especially Virginia History. He has a book published called “Wabash.”
Corky’s heart was larger than he was, wanting and trying to help and give to anyone who seemed to need a hand. He had a loud infectious laugh that I, his sister, will long to hear until we meet again.
He was a USMC veteran having served in Vietnam. Corky was a soldier at heart, helping and working at the VFW and American Legion in Giles and when he was in Wichita.
I want to take the opportunity to express my love and deepest thank you to the excellent nurses, aides, and Dr. Martinez for the care given Corky in his short last days. Some I remember well are Mary, Pauline, Kim, and Ian.
The family received friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Funeral services began at 1 p.m. Interment with full military honors followed in the Staffordsville Community Cemetery in Staffordsville.
The Parcell family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home and Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.