By His divine providence, God sent His angels into our midst to call home the spirit of our beloved, Prince Edward Parham on February 24, 2019. He was born to the union of the late Samuel and Patty Parham on July 16, 1925 in Warrenton, N.C.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Prince was drafted into the United States Army. He served his country during World War II for over two years and was honorably discharged in August 1946. During his tenure in the military, earned several awards, such as The American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Occupation Ribbon and The World War II Victory Medal.
In August 1946, Prince was united in holy matrimony with the love of his life, the former Mary Burchette of Warrenton, North Carolina.
After moving to Virginia, he enrolled in St. Paul’s College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Carpentry. Subsequently, he matriculated to Michigan State University and obtained his master’s degree in Education and completed Advance Graduate Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Prince began his professional career with the Chesapeake Public School System, formerly South Norfolk Public Schools. He excelled as an educator and eventually advanced into several leadership roles. He served as a Vocational Project Director, High School Assistant Principal, Supervisor of Trade and Industrial Education and Director of Federal Programs. He left an outstanding legacy throughout his career.
Because of his love for education and people, he could always be found serving his community in some capacity. He served as the President of the South Norfolk Teacher’s Association, Chesapeake Teacher’s Association, Chesapeake Education Association, Old Dominion Teacher’s Association, and on the Board of Trustees for St. Paul’s College.
During his leisure time, Prince loved to spend time with his wife and family. He took various trips across the world, often alongside his wife, Mary. They traveled and lived life to the fullest. He was also an avid fisher.
He was preceded in death by parents and his beloved wife, Mary. He leaves to cherish his memory, one brother; Samuel Parham, nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.
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