George Allen Parkinson, 86, a lifelong resident of Riceville, passed away on Friday morning, Aug. 30, 2019, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was born in Riceville on Oct. 30, 1932, a son of the late Fred and Velma Ware Parkison. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and also served in the Civil Service for a total of 40 years. He was of the Baptist faith and a faithful member of Eastanallee Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Kenny Taylor Parkinson. George leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife, Margaret Sisco Parkinson; sons, Wayne A. Parkinson and wife, Susan, Dale Steven Parkinson and wife, Deborah, George Scott Parkinson and fiancée, Susan, and Stephen D. Sisco; daughters, Lynn Antonelli and husband, Peter, and Carol Jaspering and husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Trish, Steven George and Alyssa Antonelli, Brittany and Jessie “Nikki” Michael and Josh, Annie and Jeffrey Parkinson; great-grandchildren, Aries Michael and Mansa Antonelli; brother, Billy Parkison; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, Sept. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Eastanallee Baptist Church, located 482 County Road 725 in Riceville. A service celebrating George’s life will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Mike Frazier officiating. The service will conclude with military honors. A private family interment will take place at a later date in the Eastanallee Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in George’s memory to the Leukemia Foundation, the Eastanallee Baptist Church building fund or the charity of your choice. Share a memory of George and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist his family with these arrangements.

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