ORANGE — Geraldine T. “ Jerry “ Parris, 77, of Orange, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at her residence.
Born on August 23, 1936 in Joaquin, Texas to her parents, Robert Glaze and Effie Leila (Conley) Glaze, she was a longtime resident of Orange and she worked at Lamar State College in Orange as a Music Professor for thirty years and then she taught piano lessons for many years as well. Jerry graduated from Stark High School in Orange in 1954 where she sang in the acapella choir, she then obtained her Masters Degree in Music Education for Lamar University in Beaumont. Jerry was a member of the Modern Tones, 3 J’s, Leader of the First Baptist Church Witnesses, the Entheos and the Cardinal Moods at Lamar. Jerry also played the piano at the First Baptist Church in Orange and the Fletcher Emanuel Church in Lumberton. Jerry will be remembered most for her loving spirit and her dedication in her life.
Jerry is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Benny Ross Talmadge; her son, Reggie Talmadge; her stepdaughter, Richelle Parris and her brother, Richard Glaze. Those who will most cherish her memory are her husband Robert “ Bob “ Parris of Orange; her son, Ross Talmadge and wife, Peggy, of Buna; her nephews, Ollie Halten and wife, Mona of Orange and Brian Halten of Windsor, California; her stepson, Matthew Parris and wife, Kim of Katy; her grandchildren, Jennifer Parker and husband Jason of Buna, Jessica Talmadge of Buna, Jake Talmadge and wife, Courtney of Buna, Brandon Parris of Katy, Candace Parris of Katy, Cameron Parris of Austin, Jada Parris of Katy and Meghan Halten Bingham and husband, Derek of Friendswood; her great grandchildren, Jabe Parker, Jett Parker and Jozette Parker all of Buna. Jerry is also survived by numerous members of her extended family and friends.
Services to honor Jerry’s life will be at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, June 21, 2014 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with Reverend Phillip Reed, officiating.
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.
A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 12:00 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
For those who desire memorial contributions, please make a donation in memory of Jerry to Community Church in Orange, Texas. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.