MEXICO, Mo. -- Tanna Parish, 68, formerly of Charleston, died at 10:35 a.m. Jan. 13, 2007, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico.
Born June 21, 1938, in Pfeiffer, Ark., the son of N. Loucile Barnes Parish of Mexico and the late Ruzy U. Parish, he was city manager for the city of Mexico, a position he had held since 2002, and had served as Mexico's public works director from 1988 to 2002. Prior to that he was the director of governmental services and vice president with Booker Associates Inc. in St. Louis from 1978-1988. From 1971-1978 he served as the executive director for the Charleston Housing Authority and Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority and from 1965-1971 he was the assistant executive director of the Mexico Housing Authority.
A member for more than 20 years of the Missouri Department of Economic Development-Community Block Grant Advisory Committee, he served as chairman for the Mid Missouri Solid Waste District Advisory Committee and was a member of the Missouri Municipal League - Urban Development and Natural Resources Committee as well as serving on various state, regional and local boards and committees.
A 1956 graduate of Mexico High School, he attended the University of Missouri - Rolla.
On July 16, 1961, in Mexico, he married Donna Sapp who survives of the home.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are: one son and daughter-in-law, Jon Tanna and Donna Parish of Judsonia, Ark.; one sister, Virginia Baker of Mexico; and one grandson.
Services were conducted Wednesday at Pickering Funeral Home in Mexico with the Rev. Bob Marty officiating.
Burial followed in East Lawn Memorial Park.