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William W. Parham

December 9, 1951 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 68)


William W. Parham, Jr., son of William W. Parham and Marjorie Oran Parham, died in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on 30 April 2020, after a long illness. He was born in 1951 in Rockwood and lived in Kingston, TN, for many years, eventually working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He moved to the Washington, DC, area and excelled at audiovisual studio management, establishing a television studio with nationwide broadcast capabilities for the Department of Justice. During his lifetime, he married twice and enjoyed the affections of many women. But his pride and joy was his musicality; he was happiest creating songs and playing guitar, performing with his bandmates and drinking whisky. Bill was a founding member of East Tennessee’s well-known Cheyenne and WesByran Bands. He was an accomplished lead guitar player and relished the title of “Troubadour.” His ashes are planned to be freed on the winds above Wailea, Maui and his farm in Virginia.

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