In Memory

Capt. Clyde Parrish - Class Of 1968

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Coach Parrish was born April 1, 1928, in Scotland County, son of the late Spurgeon Parrish and Mamie P. Meares.


A graduate of Laurinburg High School, he attended Wake Forest University on a football scholarship where he played in the first Gator Bowl in 1945.He entered the U.S. Navy and then graduated at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

His first coaching position was at Langley Bath Clearwater High School in South Carolina.From there, he coached at Wendell High, Guilford College and Carolina Military Academy, then returned to Laurinburg High School.He was the last coach for Laurinburg High and the first coach for Scotland High School.After a brief separation from coaching, he returned to McColl High School and then to Red Springs before retiring.

During his coaching career, he won two state championships in baseball and one state championship in football.He coached three present NCAA Division I coaches: Richard Skyes, golf coach and assistant athletic director at N.C. State University; Kelvin Sampson, head basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma; and David Odom, head basketball coach at Wake Forest University.

During his playing career, he played professional baseball and American Legion Baseball.He is in the North Carolina and South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame.He was a many-time winner of Coach of the Year in football and baseball and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the North Carolina Coaches Association.He was a member of Stewartsville Baptist Church and,


Clyde Parrish died December 6, 2000 after a battle with cancer.

He is survived by: his wife of 49 years, Eleanor Britt Parrish of the home; one daughter, Margaret Parrish Ledford, and husband, Randy, of Hope Mills; two sons, Britt Parrish, and wife, Sue Ellen, of Laurinburg and Kevin Parrish, and wife, Dawn, of Laurinburg; three sisters, Marie P. Caulder of Wilmington, Shirley P. Cumbee of Winnabow and Pauline P. Dunbar of Lumberton; one step-brother, Ronnie Meares of Lumberton; eight grandchildren: Bryan, Bradley and Bryce Ledford of Hope Mills, Brandon and Blake Parrish of Laurinburg, Richard and Brittany Parrish of Laurinburg and Trey Hague of Laurinburg.


Eleanor Britt Parrish Died July 13, 2003





Clyde Parrish's daughter Margaret Parrish Ledford with her family.
Front Row: son Bryce,  granddaughter Kaylee (4)
Next row, Melissa (daughter-in-law), Margaret (daughter of Clyde and Eleanor), Patty (daughter-in-law)
Back row: son Bradley, husband Randy , son Bryan, and grandson Cruz (2 months Old) 



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07/16/09 11:03 AM #1    

Margaret Parrish (Ledford) (1968)

Clyde Parrish was my Daddy. He was the most caring and compassionate man! He was a great husband, father,grandfather, teacher, coach, and friend! Daddy died Dec. 6, 2000 from lung and brain cancer. He suffered for 6 months, going through radiation to his brain and lungs. He went from a strong muscular man, to a very thin,weak, fragile man. It was so hard to see him like this. He never complained. He kept a postitive attitude through it all. The last time I took Daddy to his cancer Dr. in Moore County, I asked Daddy what he wanted for Christmas. His reply was that he wished he would not have to go back to the Dr. He got his Christmas wish because he died on Dec. 6, 2000. Mama and Daddy would have been married 50 years that Dec. 26, 2000.

03/31/11 09:34 PM #2    

G. Woody Gentry (1968)

This man is where it all started for me, the sports and learning how to be the best I could be in whatever it was that I did. Clyde Parrish was my little league baseball coach in Maxton. Thank God for Clyde Parrish. He was truly dedicated to teaching and coaching a young person in every aspect of the game, physical, mental, and the X factor... He did it in a way that made it fun too. If you were having a bad day, it was Ok, "just keep trying" he would say....  Or he might encourage you by daring you to let someone else take your spot on the team. You always knew you had to give him your best. The success that I had for all my years of playing sports after Coach Parrish, I attribute to him first and then to others who coach me along the way... But Coach Parrish was the absolute best!!!!!

12/29/12 11:09 AM #3    

Ronald N. Walker (1963)

Coach Parrish was quite a man! He knew how to make a lasting impression, and get his message across, to dumb kids and have it clearly understood and remembered by them. I heard him joking, once, in 1962 about a poem he composed when he was a student in grade school, and I never forgot it! As my own kids can all tell you (I've recited it to them so many times), it went: "Roses are red; Violets are blue;  I've got a horse; Can you swim?


01/14/13 09:42 PM #4    

Norman Cooper (1972)

RIP Mr Parrish Neil Cooper

10/16/15 09:04 PM #5    

Billy Bradham (1972)

the coach was a great person, we used to talk sports, predicted frazier would beat ali in the first fight, proved to me to never question his predictions, loved by all @ CMA

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