Thomas Aron Parham Jr. was born on October 20, 1957, to the late Mr. Thomas Parham Sr. and Melver Driver Parham. He was one of five children. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age at Flint Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
Thomas was a 1975 graduate of Oxford High School where he was a member of the band and played Alto Saxophone. Always a musician at heart, he also played in a band with his neighborhood friends called The Mozambique Express with Manager Don Davidson.
An ambitious young man, Thomas entered the work force at age 15 where he began to work for Mayor John Leslie in Oxford, MS. Later, he worked for Entex Gas which is currently known as Center Point Energy. Thomas was a dedicated employee there for 39 years, retiring in 2020. His hobbies were enjoying putting his family first, racing, and fishing.
Thomas married the love of his life, Cynthia Adams on December 23, 1977, and to this union two children were born, Michael and Desmond Parham. Thomas and Cynthia were also blessed with eight grandchildren: Jayden Parham; Ashton Parham; Austin Parham; Ja’Niyah Sims; Isaiah Johnson; Jacarri Ivy; Kameron Parham; and Paisley Parham. He loved them with all he had to offer and gave them sound advice. Thomas was a soft spoken, mild-mannered man, but was known as the EF Hutton of the family--when he spoke, that was it.
On January 19, 2022, Thomas transitioned from his earthly life to life everlasting with his Lord and Savior.
He will be remembered and loved by his family: the love of his life, Cynthia Adams Parham of Oxford, MS; children, Michael T. Parham and Desmond (Michiria) Parham both of Oxford, MS; sister, Joyce Parham of Oxford, MS; brother, James Miller of Columbus, MS; aunts, Annie Lee Williams, Jettie B Slate, and Mattie Nell Driver all of Etta, MS, Bernice Driver and Bernice Parham both of Chicago, IL; uncles, Reverend Roland Owen of Oxford, MS, Luther Driver and Nelson Driver both of Chicago, IL; sisters-in-law, Linda Parham of Atlanta, GA, Denise Goolsby of Booneville, MS, and Wanda Goolsby of Memphis, TN; brother-in-law, Anthony Goolsby of Oxford, MS; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; goddaughter, Mechille Ivy of Taylor, MS; and special brothers, Reverend William I. McEwen, Joe Brown, and Glen Gordon. He had two special mothers that he made sure he took care of best: Mrs. Hattie Lee Davidson and Mrs. Lula "Peat" Patton.
His parents and three of his siblings, Andrew, Betty, and Esther Grace, preceded him in death.