Bobby Blue Parnell, 86, of Albemarle, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Woodhaven Court.

A funeral service for Mr. Parnell was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in the Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care Chapel in Albemarle, officiated by Pastor David Troutman and Pastor Tony Sedberry. Visitation was held prior to the service. Burial followed at Wadeville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bobby was born February 28, 1934 in Montgomery County to the late Adam Lincoln Parnell and Kate Elizabeth Blue Parnell. He was a member at Anderson Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Parnell loved gardening, working with tools, carrying the mail; and he was always on the go.

Mr. Parnell is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judy Efird Parnell; daughter, Ellen Parnell Peterson (Bill) of Candor; stepsons, Kevin Efird of New London and David Efird (Renea) of Oakboro; stepdaughter, Sharon Efird Morrison of Norwood; brother, Joe Parnell of Thomasville; sister, Phylis Parnell of Wadeville; and a number of stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by son, Robert Adam Parnell; brothers, A.L. Parnell, JT Parnell, Phillip Parnell and Leroy Parnell; and sisters, Helen Hutchinson and Ann Elkins.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Woodhaven Court and Community Home Care and Hospice for their care and compassion toward Bobby.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Anderson Grove Baptist Church at 2225 E. Main St., Albemarle, NC 28001 or to the Alzheimer’s Association at or to Community Home Care and Hospice at 1024 Albemarle Rd. #904, Troy, NC 27371.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care is serving the Parnell family.