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Ralph Parraway, age 94 of Pinehurst passed away peacefully Wednesday,
November 4, 2020 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

A native of Manhattan, NY he was the second son of the late Charles Spencer
and Helen Cuff Parraway. He was educated in New Rochelle, NY public
schools, graduating from Albert Leonard High School, as an honor roll
student, in 1944. After high school, he worked with John Stewart, James
Furlow and later Clarence Riley, where he learned and improved his painting
and carpentry skills. In 1946 he married a childhood friend, Merlee
Roberson and in 1947 they welcomed their first child, Ralph Lamont. After a
number of years of work as a professional painter, their family continued
to grow, when Sandra, Denise, Nelson and lastly Cheryl were born. During
this growing time he decided to pursue a job at Raytheon Corporation. While
at Raytheon, he attended Norwalk Community College, where he excelled in
classes in trigonometry and calculus and began working in the capacity of
an electrical engineer. He stayed at Raytheon for more than 25 years, until
he retired. It was in retirement he found his greatest occupational joy
when he started his own business called Rent A Husband, in New Hampshire.
Deciding he'd had enough of cold, snowy winters and their children all
grown and on their own, Ralph and Merlee moved to Pinehurst, NC, so they
could be near Merlee's eldest sister Laura and younger brother Wendell, who
lived in Southern Pines. Not content to sit around, he decided to try his
successful business venture in the greater Southern Pines area. His
business proved to be more successful than ever and he garnered in excess
of 200 clients over 30 years. He worked until he became ill, just a few
weeks before his passing. He was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church, serving as an elder, sabbath school teacher, choir
member, music leader and treasurer, in New Rochelle, NY, Bridgeport, CT,
Manchester, NH, Southern Pines & Carthage, NC.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Friday, November 6, 2020 at Pinelawn
Memorial Park.

Services entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.

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