Peggy Whitley Parrish

Peggy Whitley Parrish

September 5, 1931 – January 15, 2022

ZEBULON – Peggy Whitley Parrish, 90, passed away on Saturday afternoon. Peggy was a native of Nash County near Bailey, NC. She was the youngest child of Charlie and Addie Whitley. After graduating from Bailey High School with the Class of 1950, she relocated to Rocky Mount where she accepted a position in Administrative Services with Park View Hospital.

Peggy married the love of her life, Percy, in February of 1953. They opened Parrish’s Supermarket later that same year and operated that business together until its closure in 1985. Peggy went on to have a successful career in both Insurance and Real Estate.

As a faithful member of the Zebulon Baptist Church for 60 years, she enjoyed the fellowship of the Roselle Massey Sunday School Class. Peggy served the church in numerous capacities over the years including the construction and outfitting of the Glasgow Building.

Peggy is survived by sons, Dale Parrish (Robin), Steve Parrish (Angelia), grandchildren, Casey, Gena, Allyson, great grandchildren, Ivey, Zoey, John, and Alijah.

Peggy was preceded in death by husband, Percy; as well as siblings, Randolf, Fitzhugh, Lizzie and Thelma.

Flowers welcomed or, memorials may be made to Zebulon Baptist Church Building Fund.

A funeral service will be held at 2pm, Thursday, January 20, Zebulon Baptist Church, 400 N Arendell Ave, Zebulon, NC 27597. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Visitation will take place from 12:30 pm – 1:45pm, prior to the service.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC, 27591. Livestream


  • Milton & Gina Bryant Posted January 18, 2022 3:26 pm

    So sorry. Prayers

  • Jackie Perry-Medlin Posted January 18, 2022 6:13 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you

  • Jean P Hunt Posted January 19, 2022 2:56 pm

    So sorry to hear that Peggy has entered the Gates of Heaven to join her loved ones. She was such a gracious lady to all she knew and loved. Especially my mother..M y love and prayers are with each of you that is left to cherish her memory. I can not be there but my heart will…Love Jean and family

  • Rhonda Mincey Carlyle Posted January 19, 2022 9:03 pm

    Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  • Teresa Alford Posted January 20, 2022 11:31 am

    Dale and Steve, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Mrs Peggy was a family friend, employer while I was in school, and after school for a short time. So many great memories and lessons learned. They always made me feel like family and I will never forget both Mr Percy and Mrs Peggy !

  • Glen Hicks Posted January 20, 2022 12:33 pm

    Dale, Steve may God comfort you. Always been thankful to your parents for hiring me to work in their store. Great first public job. Working with you two made it even better. Good times. God bless!
    John 3:15,16. Ecclesiastes 12:7.

  • Sheila Bunn Posted January 22, 2022 7:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort!

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