Adrian Parris

Adrian Leslie Parris

Tuesday, January 16th, 1951 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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Adrian L. Parris, 69, of Salem, found a way to avoid cleaning the basement and moved to a higher ‘plane’ on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. A resident of Salem for vast majority of his life, he graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1969 and received a Bachelors degree from Virginia Tech in 1973. He retired from the Virginia Department of Taxation after more than 35 years of service. Adrian was a long-time woodworker, as well as an avid model airplane enthusiast and member of Roanoke Valley Radio Control. He was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Byers and Virginia Hall Parris; a brother-in-law, James Breedlove; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Nancy and William Witcher; a sister-in-law, Mary Crews; and numerous fur babies, Snowball, Oscar, Binky, Kate, and Rain.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Witcher Parris; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Allison Parris Polk and husband, Ben, and Tracey Parris Capelety and husband, Kevin; as well as his five grandchildren, Abigail and Andrew Capelety, Reagan Coppage, and Logan and Hallie Polk. Additionally, he is survived by his two sisters, Lynda Breedlove, and Diane Smith and her husband, Gene. His siblings-in-law, Cheryl Henderson and Ron Rosenberg; Connie and Gene Campbell; and William Neal and Laura Witcher, also survive. Adrian leaves behind 13 nieces and nephews, along with their spouses and children. He will be deeply missed by his beloved dog, Ginger, and two feline friends, Bernie and Coal.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13th, 2020, at Central United Methodist Church, 428 South College Avenue, Salem, VA.
You are encouraged to follow all current CDC and local government recommendations regarding masks and social distancing in response to COVID-19.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Central UMC at the address above. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting
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Kathy Vance

Posted at 02:46pm
I worked with Adrian at the Department of Taxation. He was such a kind Christian man to work for. He always tried to help solve any difficult situations with upset taxpayers. And, he always tried to make our jobs easier. I am so sorry for his family - and I pray that the memories are a joy and comfort to you.

Arlene Coleman Poff

Posted at 11:15pm
I am so sorry to hear of Adrian’s passing. His sister Diane and I were good friends growing up. Sometimes Adrian would hang out with us which was cool. He was always a nice guy. I’m praying for him, his family and all those who love him. Arlene Coleman Poff

Kathy Fuller Nemeth

Posted at 07:42pm
I worked with Adrian while employed by the Department of Taxation. He was a true family man and loved life. He was a genius at programming a computer. He was a dedicated State employee and leaves a legacy there as well as in his community. Soft spoken and a good person. i really enjoyed working with Adrian and send prayers for comfort to his family and friends.

Patricia Slough

Posted at 03:26pm

I am so very, very sorry to hear of Adrian's passing. I pray God give you all His comfort and peace.

Betty Chandler

Posted at 04:35pm
I remember when Adrian was born. His parents lived across the street from us on Colorado Street. His grandparents lived next door. Then I worked with him at Crossroads Hobbys for years. He always had a sweet smile and was a true southern gentleman. Condolences to his family.

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