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James Michael Parnell, 58, of Cardington, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday (Nov. 5, 2011).

He was born on July 13, 1953, in Connellsville, Pa., to James M. and Sara (Hull) Parnell. James earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, the University of California (Pennsylvania) and Penn State University; he earned master’s degrees from the University of Findlay in education and from Baker University in business administration with a specialization in human resources. He graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 2009 with a master’s degree in theological studies and was currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministries program at the Ashland Theological Seminary. He was an instructor at the Course of Study School of Ohio at MTSO, an adjunct professor at Ohio Christian University and an employee of Pearson Measurements.

He was a member of Lincoln Masonic Lodge 19 in Lincoln, Neb. He served as a member of the board of trustees for the United Methodist Ministries of Southern Morrow County and as a volunteer for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank distribution center in Cardington. He was a certified candidate for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his mother in Lafayette, La.; a son, James Matthew Parnell of Kissimmee, Fla.; a daughter, Jessica Algeo of Chillicothe; one grandson, Kane Algeo; two sisters, Sandy (Tom) Stewart of Lafayette, La., and Linda Parnell of Tallahassee, Fla; four nieces, Jocelyn (Jonathan) Hoag and Jordan, Jansen and Jema Parnell; one nephew, Jason (Tabitha) Stewart; two grandnieces, Sidney and Riley Stewart; and three grandnephews, Aiden Stewart, Declan Hoag and Ian Hoag. He is also survived by his closest and dearest friend, Margaret Van Sickle of Delaware.

James was preceded in death by his father.

The Rodman Neeper Funeral home is assisting the family with services. A celebration of life and burial will be in the Chalk Hill Cemetery in Pennsylvania in a private ceremony at a later date. Family members and friends are invited to celebrate the life of James Parnell from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.

To share a memory of James or to express condolences, please visit rodmanneeper.com.

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