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Rev. Orville S. Parton age 89, of Sevierville, TN. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 29, 2006.
He was a World War II Veteran who served his country with pride.Orville was a Baptist Minister who pastored many of the Baptist Churches in Sevier County and surrounding counties for more than 50 years. He was employed with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and worked there until his retirement.
Dad or Daddy Parton as everyone called him was a loving husband to his wife, Bessie Grace Smelcer Parton for 68 years and the Best Daddy in the whole world.He was preceded in death by his sweetheart, Bessie Grace Smelcer Parton: Grandson, Dennis Max Whitted; Parents, Walter and Bessie Rayfield Parton; Brothers, Robert Lee Parton and wife Avalee; Winfred Parton, Earl Parton and wife, Ora; Oscar Parton and wife , Frankie; Sister, Margie Parton and Hazel Whaley and husband, Dave.Survivors include his children and their spouses, Carlena Whitted and husband, Rev. Ben Whitted; Jack Parton and wife, Georgia; Maxine Williams and husband, Winfred; Rose Marie Sutton and husband, Sam; Stanley Parton and wife, Kay, Jerry Parton and wife, Faye; Grandchildren and spouses, Wendell Whitted and wife, Debbie; Rose Manning and husband, Rod; Teresa Costner and husband, Johnny; Lisa Gibson and husband, Dallas; Tony Parton and wife, Tania; Sherry Bell and husband, Rick; Shannon Logdson and husband, Roger; Samantha McGill and husband, David; Beth Watson and husband, Chad; Chad Parton and wife, Sarah; Jeremy Parton; Marcus Parton; Dawn Loveday and husband, Larry; Kelly Cummings and husband, Joe; Great Grandchildren, Lindsey and Bentley Manning; Marlea and Chelsea Costner; Danielle and Luke Gibson; Lela Parton; Tommy and David Bell; Dustin McGill; Blake and Caden Watson; Leah Loveday; Sisters Irmatrude Barnes, Oradell Gray and Christine Rickman; Brothers Leonard Parton and wife, Doris; Fred Parton and wife, Pat; Ray Parton; Sisters-in-law and spouses, Vernice Branch and husband, Manuel; Nina, Bonnie and Dorothy Smelcer and Doris Parton.The family would like to express a special thank you to the caregivers, Ruth Green,Ellen Rolen, Ben and Carlena and family. Covenant Staff, and to Dr. Samuel McGaha for the care they have shown our Father during his illness.Services will be at 8;00 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at Rawlings Funeral Home with Rev. Ben Whitted, Rev. Harold Ed Parton, Rev. Edward Parton and Rev. Ernie Coleman officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2006 in Frye CemeteryVisitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2006 at Rawlings.In lieu of flowers the Family requests that donations be made to the Gideons International or Friends Of Great Smokey Mountains national Park 130 West Bruce St. Sevierville, TN. 37862You may share your thoughts and memories with the family on our website.