Steve Parham, 61

“Good night Sweet Prince. And flights of Angels sing  thee to thy rest”

Steve Parham (Pop-Pop), 61, of Mountville (PA) formerly of Raleigh, NC died Tuesday September 16, 2008 two days shy of his 62nd birthday after a very long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Born in Raleigh, NC he was the son of the late Edna and Clarence Parham. He was the adored and loving husband of Arlene Wilson Parham with whom he would have celebrated 24 years of marriage on 11/23/08.

Steve was known for his quick wit and always made everyone around him laugh. He loved sports, particularly baseball and golf. He was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Gregory H. Parham husband of Tracey, Jacksonville FL, a daughter Andrea T Fischer, wife of Dennis, Marietta (PA) and a brother Russell (Pete) Parham, husband of Sharon, Pinkerton OH.

Steve adored and loved to brag about his grandsons, Gabriel, Zachary, Logan, Hayden, and due next month, Nathaniel, whom he named. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Harrison.

Memorial contributions in Steve’s name can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA Chapter, 2040 Linglestown Road Suite 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110

A Christian Prayer Service will be held Friday, September 19, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home 441 N. George St. Millersville, PA 17551 with Rev. Antony Raja as celebrant. Friends and Family will be received before the service from 1:30-2 p.m. Interment will be at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. To send an online condolence please visit

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Growing up with Steve was remarkable. We lived streets apart and were lucky enough to graduate in 1964. The best Class Broughton has ever had. God Bless you all. God has a great baseball player on his team today. Joan Hubbard Brothers, Class of 1964.

I am so sorry… During ones’ life an individual does not have that many true friends. With Steve, I have lost my best friend. I will cherish my times with Steve and will never forget our escapades. I promise, the stories will continue. Steve, I love you. Take care Arlene.
Mike Peterson

I said at Greg’s wedding that his good looks and athleticism came from Steve. I should have added dry sense of humor and courage to that list. To face down a foe each waking moment that you know you can’t beat but you can battle takes the greatest heart of all. For Arlene and his family and friends, I want to offer my appreciation for the life you shared with Steve and my condolences on his passing. Steve was standing strong and proud when I first met him in Chapel Hill many years ago. Life did not bend him and did not break him. Steve was standing strong and proud when God called him home. David Bianchi

Dear Arlene, Andrea and Gregory,
We will miss Steve, he was a great guy.  We hope you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.  God knows that he has suffered a long time and we are sure that he is resting comfortably with Jesus. 
Al, Donna, Samantha and Albert

I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know Steve but I saw he fought Multiple Sclerosis for many years. I understand how difficult that must have been for him and everyone around him. I am sure he was a joy and are very sad to have lost a good man.

Steve will always be remembered as a very kind, friendly guy who was respected and loved by his class of ’64 — Broughton High School, Raleigh, NC.  Let’s think about what God HAS blessed us with–a good man.  Millie Duvall Hudgins

It has been a very long time since I last saw Steve, probably at one of our Broughton Class of ’64 Reunions….I was only in Raleigh for the last two years of High School and met Steve on the baseball playing field and we immediately became friends.  He was a natural on the diamond, a leader for our team, and always with a ready, quick dry humor.  He was indeed the glue for our team. I will always enjoy my memories of Steve, particularly those on the playing field….I am sorry for your loss, but know that he is looking down on us right now…trying to encourage everyone he knew…Terry Benson

I was so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. God bless you all in your time of sorrow.
Mary Ellen Goe Roberts
Bushnell, Florida

I am deeply saddened to learn of Steve’s death. I was a friend of Steve’s growing up and we went alll the way from Martin Junior High School through Needham Broughton. What a wonderful guy. I have so many fond memories of him. the last time I saw him, he was in a wheelchair at Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. I tried to catch him after Mass, but could not. I am so sorry. MY sympathy and best wishes to each of you he shared his life with! I know he considered himself blessed!
Patsy Gallagher Campbell

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