Benjamin “Ben” Emmitte Parrish, 74, of Statesboro and Otto, NC passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Born and raised in Metter, Ben was a graduate of Metter High School in 1963 and attended the Atlanta Institute of Art & Design.
After retiring from AFLAC in 2000, Ben opened and operated Turnstone Cabins in Otto, NC with his wife, Dianne. A master craftsman and builder, Ben spent his days building several cabins on their family property. His passion for hunting fishing were boundless and he loved nothing more than sharing these hobbies with his friends and family. He looked forward to traveling annually to Yakutat, AK to fish for salmon, Apalachicola, FL to fish for red snapper and finding any opportunity to climb into a deer stand. Perhaps his proudest accomplishment was the creation of Parrish Cane Syrup, which he started on the family farm in Candler County. With determination and skill, he planted, grew and harvested beautiful fields of sugar cane and using his great-grandfather’s syrup kettle, Ben recreated the sugar cane syrup he grew up loving.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Benjamin Emmitte Parrish, Sr. and Ouida Lee Anderson, brothers Anderson Parrish, Homer Parrish, and sister Annette Taylor.
Ben is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dianne Bragg Parrish; daughter, Michelle Parrish-Morris and husband David; son Benjamin Emmitte Parrish III and wife Teresa; daughter, Sonya Jahn and husband Robert; grandchildren Kristen Lipthratt and husband Blake, Emily Morris, Sarah Parrish, Mischa Jahn, Ashlyn Parrish, and Morgan Jahn; brother Bobby Parrish and wife Evelyn; sister-in-law Becca Pedley; and brother-in-law Jim Bragg and wife Jean, along with many beloved nieces and nephews.
To better ensure the safety of our friends and family, we ask that all those who join us in celebrating Ben please practice social distancing and wear a mask.
A casual graveside service will be held at Lake Cemetery in Metter on Saturday, August 1, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org; or the Seena Magowitz Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, 15215 N. Kierland Blvd Ste. 409, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 or www.seenamagowitzfoundation.org in honor of Ben Parrish.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.