Funeral services for Ginger Nell Atkins Parish will be Friday, March 31st at the Methodist Church in Jonesville, La. with pastor Steve McDonald officiating. Family visitation will began at 9am, then at 10amthey will receive friends until 2pm, at which time services will begin. Burial immediately following services at Woodland Cemetery in Jena, La.
Ginger was born January 25th, 1938 in Jonesville, La., to the parents of Barney and Levia Lilly Atkins. She graduated from Block High School where she was a member of the BHS band, and a majorette. Ginger went on to be a proud graduate of Northwestern State University, where she obtained a degree in elementary education. She used that degree to mold the foundation of many lives here in Catahoula Parish as a first grade teacher for 33 years. If she taught you, she considered you her baby, forever. She was an active member of the Methodist Church and was a lifelong resident of Catahoula Parish.
Ginger passed away peacefully Wednesday at her home in Trinity with her family at her side at the corner of the four rivers. A beautiful community that she absolutely treasured for 50 years.
She always radiated love and displayed that daily to her friends and family. She was a dedicated and devoted friend that would defend you till the bitter end, and would always let you know what she really thought.
Ginger is survived by her daughter, Lilly Dawn Parish Harvey of Jonesville. James Parish and his wife Angie, of Jonesville.
Her grandchildren, who had the honor to call her Biggie, include Heather Rachel Haynes and husband Jacob of Baton Rouge, Zachary Graves Harvey of Crowville, Abby and Truman Parish of Jonesville. Great Grandchildren include Walter James and Ivey Nell Haynes of Baton Rouge, Rickey Harvey of Gig Harbor, Washington.
Her siblings are Barney Atkins Jr and Wife Suzanne of Alexandria, Bill Atkins of Jonesville, and special Sister-in-Law, Dianne Nicholson of Jonesville. Brother-in-Laws George Parish and wife Jimmie of Radford, Virginia. Petey Parish and wife Tonda of Tampa, Florida.
She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and many close special friends who loved her dearly.
Ginger was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years,Tuffy, her parents, Barney Sr. and Levia Lilly Atkins, brother in Law Fred Parish and wife Lou. Granddaughter Lillie Camille “Millie” Harvey.
Honored to serve as her pallbearers are, William Atkins, Curt Parish, Benny Neal, Austin Richard, Jacob Haynes, and Clay Fairbanks. Serving as honorary pallbearers are, Clarence Richard, Mike Wilson, Roscoe Wilson, Dr. William Coney, Less McCartney, Ronnie King, Ernest Houston, Shelley Champlin and her best friends, the Golden Girls.
She loved to dance and is now dancing again with all those she loved on the streets of Gold, where there is no sickness or sorrow, and the young never grow old.