Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Eulalee M. Parham

09/30/1920 - 07/24/2017

Viewing Information

A wake service will be held, 6pm-8pm, Friday, August 11, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

Service Information

WATCH FUNERAL LIVE ONLINE..A funeral will be held, 2pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Chapel
120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington VA

A woman of faith, devoted wife, mother and career art educator, Eulalee Marion Cordice was born September 30, 1920 in Aurora, North Carolina to John Walter Vincent and Pearl Mae Hollingsworth Cordice. Marion’s father immigrated from the West Indies to study surgery at Howard University School of Medicine. After World War I started, Dr. Cordice was commissioned as a Public Health Medical Service Officer and sent to Aurora to stem on outbreak of influenza. When Marion’s older brother Vincent, she and her younger sisters Evangeline and Victoria had reached school age, the Cordices moved to Durham, where a new hospital that needed doctors had opened. The move provided better living accommodations for the family and improved their quality of life. When Marion advanced from nursery school to elementary school, Evangeline wanted to stay with her big sister rather than in nursery school. This desire continued through elementary and high school; the two sisters became known as “Big Cordice” and “Little Cordice”. After high school, they both enrolled at Howard University in Washington, DC. Sadly, Evangeline’s poor health prevented her from finishing that first year, and she passed away the next summer. Thriving at Howard, Marion majored in Fine Arts and Art Education, pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha(AKA), made the “A” honor roll, and graduated in four years. She started graduate studies at Columbia University in New York but left after a year to accept a job at North Carolina Central University in Durham. While there, Marion completed affiliation and put on the 20 pearls of a full-fledged Soror Alpha Zeta AKA. Marion taught at NCCU for five years, leaving to complete her M.A. at Columbia. Upon her return to Durham and NCCU, she married a childhood acquaintance, Thomas David Parham,Jr., who had joined the Navy as a chaplin. As a Navy wife, Marion accompanied her husband to places ranging from Japan to California to Rhode Island where David became the first African American promoted to the rank of Captain. Marion resumed her career as an art educator in 1967 when the family moved to Virginia and her youngest child entered pre-school. She taught for public schools in Alexandria, Virginia; Harford County, Maryland; and Norfolk, Virginia. Her last education job was serving as an art supervisor for Norfolk Public Schools. While in Maryland, Marion found her true calling as a chaplain’s wife: serving as surrogate mother for young naval officer trainees. She and David provided guidance to self-described “lost children”, never shying away from “come-to-Jesus” talks. The couple continued to mentor junior officers, treating them as family. After retirement, Marion continued civic work with Alpha Kappa Alpha, having served in the Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Norfolk chapters, and was designated a Golden Life Iota Omega Soror. She also sang in choir at Messiah Presbyterian. Marion Parham was married for nearly 56 years before David’s death in 2007. She is survived by her older daughter, Edith E. Greene; her younger daughter, CAPT Mae M. Pouget, MC, USN and her husband Lane E. Thurmond; her son, Dr. Thomas D. Parham, III, his wife Dr. Sarah J. Adams, and step grandson Noel C. Adams; sisters-in-law, Marguerite S. Cordice and Ella L. Proctor; brother-in-law, Ward S. Parham; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Billie Bradley The world has truly lost a great women of God. Will Miss her dearly.
Posted: 8/12/2017
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Jennifer L. Allen On behalf of the Allen family, I would like to extend my condolences to the Parham and Cordice families. Our families go "way back"- all the way back to our Durham days. We love you and we will continue to lift you up in prayer.
Posted: 8/12/2017
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Teresa A. Abdulbaaqee Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they all deal with the loss of such an amazing woman. May God comfort you all. With great sympathy from, The Abdulbaaqee Family
Posted: 8/12/2017
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Donna A Jordan Peace and love to you and your family from my family. Sorry I could not attend, hopefully I will able to drive again in September. I will be online today with you. Love you.
Posted: 8/12/2017
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Joyce Hill-Blair Miss Marion was an unwavering example of strength and love for her mother, husband, children,family, church family, neighbors and friends. May God give peace and rest to this lovely soul. My sincere sympathy for the family's loss.
Posted: 8/11/2017
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Rosa Surely will be missed
Posted: 8/8/2017
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Bettie Greene Marion was a VERY SPECIAL FRIEND and important part of my family's life.Memories of her and love for her will always be with me.My deepest sympathy to the family.
Posted: 8/7/2017
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MaryAnn We are so sorry for your loss. The death of a love one can be extremely difficult to cope with. Many have found comfort through the promises found there in Gods word the Bible especially the promises found there at 1Cor.15:26 and Acts 24:15. The Bible repeatedly speaks about the elimination of death and a time when we will see our love ones again. Take comfort in those verses mentioned earlier and do know our prayers are with you during this difficult time...Mary Ann
Posted: 8/4/2017
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Danielle Sincere condolences are sent in behalf of your loved one. Death is never easy, leaving many to feel heartbroken. Know that God(Psalm 83:18) is near the broken-hearted, Psalm 34:18. May Christs heartwarming promise help comfort and strengthen you, John 5:25-28
Posted: 8/2/2017
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