Parmar Lee Gregory passed away on April 23, 2013. Services will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Broadway Church of Christ, 100 Cumberland Road, Tyler, with Jim Laws and Nat Ayres officiating.
Graveside, under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home, will be Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. in Mattox Cemetery in Upshur County.
Parmar was born in Littlefield on Oct. 7, 1930. Later his family moved to Upshur County, residing in the Stamps community northeast of Gilmer.
Parmar graduated from New Diana High School in 1948. He received a BS degree from (at the time) East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce in 1951 and an MS degree in 1952. He served as principal for the elementary school in New Diana before entering the United States Army
at the time of the Korean War
. During his army service, he taught soldiers basic elementary subjects.
After the Army, Parmar taught math at Gilmer High School. In 1955, he began working for General Dynamics in the aerospace industry, as an engineer, conducting tests in supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels in Lone Star and Fort Worth.
In 1956, Parmar married Jackie Sue Spigner. They were married for 56 years. In 1970, Parmar and Jackie moved their family to Tyler, where Parmar owned and operated several small businesses for the next 35 years.
Parmar's main interest, outside of his family, was serving as an elder for the Broadway Church of Christ for 17 years. He and his family were charter members of the congregation.
Parmar was preceded in death by his parents, Matha Parmar and Ruby Gregory, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Surviving family members are his wife, Jackie; and their two children, daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Gilbert Hearn, of Flint; and son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Angel Gregory, of Mesquite. In his last years, Parmar's four grandchildren were his delight: Lauren Long and husband Riley, of Dallas, Landon Gregory, of Arlington, Clint Hearn, of College Station, and Emily Hearn, of Tyler.
Pallbearers will be Troy Bland, John Caylor, Billy Ray Dean, Gale McMullen, Ric Steele and Lynn Tindall.
Honorary pallbearers include Art Mitchell, Marcus Turner and Fred Wilkinson.
The family wishes to acknowledge the many years of care provided by Dr. Donald Knarr and Dr. Kenny Kummerfeld. Also, special thanks to Mrs. Cora Nelson who assisted with Parmar's care during these past several months.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 E. First St., Tyler.