On November 1, 2019 Carmela Austin danced her way into God’s faithful arms, with family by her side. Let it be known that she opened her eyes to see her daughter Cindy and granddaughter Kaylin and enjoyed one last taste of her Brandy before taking her last breath in their hands.
Born to parents Giacomo Parillo and Philomena Rolio Parillo, Carmela danced into the world on January 7th 1933 in Mendham, New Jersey. Carmela would later move to New York City where she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, performing on Broadway under her stage name, ‘Candi Parsons’, in various plays including “Wish You Were Here” and even guest starred on the Arthur Godfrey Show. Though she eventually left the spotlight for a career as an airline stewardess and retiring many years later from INPO, she remained a true star to anyone who was blessed to be around her when music played. The choreography, always a showstopper at any family event, increased in creativity with the influence of chardonnay and tunes from Tony Bennett, Sinatra, Deano and Mel Torme.
Candi met her first husband, Sam Nunneley, in Dallas, TX while flying with the airline. Together they had their two children, John and Cynthia. 6 years after Sam’s passing Candi married Al Austin, known to their grandkids as “Papa Al” and eventually moved to Kiawah Island, SC where the family’s favorite memories were made. After Al passed, Candi decided she needed a change so she left for Florida where she has been ever since. Never far from the beach.
Candi has had many loves including the beach, dancing, her dogs, the Atlanta Braves, the Dallas Cowboys and good glass of wine but none would come close to her heart for golf and her family. She served as the President of the Women’s Golf Association at the Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta before becoming an active member in the golf communities of Kiawah Island, Palm Coast and Amelia Island Plantation. To her grandbabies, she is hands down one of the most hilarious individuals God created, to the family she is truly one in a million, to herself she is “fabulous” and to the men still asking her out on dates…..you sure had great taste. She was the woman who never acted or looked her age, jumping on the bandwagon of every exercise craze and still investing in the finest skincare products well into her 80s.
If there is one song that perfectly encapsulates the life of Candi Austin it would be Sinatra’s “My Way”, which was appropriately played and sang to her on her last day.
Her life and legacy will live on through her family: Children John Nunneley and his wife Jackie and daughter Cindy and her husband Stan King; Grandchildren, Ryan, Kaylin, Michael and Davis; Great-Grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jameson; her sister Theresa Cayo and her dog Lucy (the favorite child).
First dance: 1/7/33- Last Dance: 11/1/19