HJ946: Celebrating the life of Kenneth Wade Parr.


HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 946
Celebrating the life of Kenneth Wade Parr.

 

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 23, 2009
Agreed to by the Senate, February 25, 2009

 

WHEREAS, Kenneth Wade Parr of Spring Grove, a devoted family man, educator, and school board member, died on January 15, 2009; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr began his career in education as a seventh grade history teacher at L.L. Beazley Elementary School, where he also coached football; and

WHEREAS, recognized for his administrative and leadership skills, Kenneth Parr quickly rose through the ranks to become a principal in the Prince George County Public School system before retiring; and

WHEREAS, a caring and compassionate man with a no-nonsense approach, Kenneth Parr taught his students that they mattered and that there were adults who cared about them; and

WHEREAS, even after retirement, Kenneth Parr remained in the field of education; he gave generously of his time and talents as a member and chair of the Prince George County School Board; and

WHEREAS, after a long career in education, Kenneth Parr was uniquely qualified to serve on the school board; he worked to develop programs to benefit all students, including those who were troubled, and while he was on the board, teachers received a long overdue salary increase and the new elementary school and school board office were constructed; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr was an active member of the Virginia School Board Association and served on the board of the Rowanty Vocational Technical Center School; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr was actively involved in the community as a member of the Burrowsville Ruritan Club, Torsten Peterson Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Virginia State Chapter of the NWTF, Hopewell Moose Club, and Virginia Deer Hunters Association; he served as president of the Brandon-Burrowsville Hunt Club and past chairman of the “Sportsmen of Virginia”; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr was a lifelong and faithful member of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr will be fondly remembered for his compassion and dedication to his family and by the students he worked with over a long and successful career in education, and he will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Ann; daughter Stephanie and son Ty and their families; and the Prince George County school community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the passing of a fine educator and outstanding Virginian, Kenneth Wade Parr; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Kenneth Wade Parr as an expression of the General Assembly’s respect for his memory.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 946
Offered February 19, 2009
Celebrating the life of Kenneth Wade Parr.

Patrons-- Ingram, Abbitt, Barlow, Caputo, Cosgrove, Cox, Dance, Gilbert, Janis, Knight, Lingamfelter, Marshall, D.W., Massie, Merricks, Morrissey, Orrock, Poindexter, Pollard, Scott, E.T., Shuler, Ware, R.L. and Wright; Senators: Marsh and Quayle

WHEREAS, Kenneth Wade Parr of Spring Grove, a devoted family man, educator, and school board member, died on January 15, 2009; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr began his career in education as a seventh grade history teacher at L.L. Beazley Elementary School, where he also coached football; and

WHEREAS, recognized for his administrative and leadership skills, Kenneth Parr quickly rose through the ranks to become a principal in the Prince George County Public School system before retiring; and

WHEREAS, a caring and compassionate man with a no-nonsense approach, Kenneth Parr taught the students he came into contact with that they mattered and that there were adults who cared about them; and

WHEREAS, even after retirement, Kenneth Parr remained in the field of education as he generously gave of his time and talents as a member and chair of the Prince George County School Board; and

WHEREAS, after a long career in education, Kenneth Parr was uniquely qualified to serve on the school board; he worked to develop programs to benefit all students, including those that were troubled, and while he was on the board, teachers received a long overdue salary increase and the new elementary school and school board office were constructed; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr was also an active member of the Virginia School Board Association and served on the board of the Rowanty Vocational Technical Center School; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr was actively involved in the community as a member of the Burrowsville Ruritan Club, Torsten Peterson Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Virginia State Chapter of the NWTF, Hopewell Moose Club, and Virginia Deer Hunters Association and as president of the Brandon-Burrowsville Hunt Club and past chairman of the “Sportsmen of Virginia”; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr was a lifelong and faithful member of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Parr will be fondly remembered for his compassion and dedication to his family and the students he worked with over a long and successful career in education and will be sorely missed by his loving wife, Ann; daughter Stephanie and son Ty and their families; and the Prince George County school community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the passing of a fine educator and outstanding Virginian, Kenneth Wade Parr; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Kenneth Wade Parr as an expression of the General Assembly’s respect for his memory.