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Duranius G. Parks Lemley

March 12, 1922 – December 13, 2015

Life Reflections

Duranius G. Parks Lemley born on March 12, 1922 in Greensboro, North Carolina to Clotho P. Harrison. She was  affectionately raised by her grandparents, Denise and Lewvnia Parks. On December 13, 2015, the angel of mercy, silently and peacefully transitioned Duranius to her eternal home.

Duranius graduated from James B. Dudley High School, where she won many awards for her beautiful singing voice. At an early age, she accepted Christ and joined Shiloh Baptist Church,
where she participated in various different activities. She and her good childhood friend, Murnell, were accepted into the Fred Huntley choir that only accepted older participants. However, due to their angelic voices they were welcomed in the choir. In addition to singing, Duranius enjoyed cooking, sewing and doing hair.

Duranius met Charles Lemley and were married August 31, 1941 in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Charles joined the United States Air Force later that year, and was discharged on January 15, 1968. During his 20 years of military service, Duranius and Charles traveled to Tripoli, South Africa and England. From this union two sons, Colvin Charles and James Curtis,
were born.

Duranius and Charles celebrated 70 years of marriage. They settled in Hampton, Virginia to continue their lives together. Duranius joined Antioch Baptist Church, pastored by Raymond Lassiter, where she served faithfully and actively sung in the choir. We celebrated many Christmases,  Thanksgivings and beach vacations in this loving home. She was loved by many people, and returned the utmost gratitude. As Duranius and Charles continued to age together, Colvin and James decided that their parents had taken care of each other long enough. They relocated to Clinton, Maryland to l