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Heidi Hodges Consiglio
Bud was a special kind of man who no longer seems to exist. I loved that he was grandfather to my children and I cannot thank him enough for being a positive and caring influence in their lives. I also had the pleasure of working with him on the IRB Committee at FSU where he brought wisdom to the research proposals. May he rest in peace knowing that he was very much loved.
Vanessa and Ben Brown
My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will always remember my visits to your home in Havana. When Bud was home he would always talked about the history of Gadsden County and his radio days. It was my pleasure to sit and listen to him. I also remember you both talking about the ducks that took up homestead in the back yard. I enjoyed my visits! I always enjoyed the beautiful memories on the back porch. Based on the events that Bud spoke about, he lived a wonderful life. What sweet memories 💞 He was a beautiful soul.🕊🙏 May Yahweh through His Son Yahshua comfort your heart. 💞💞
Carolyn and Rick I am so sorry to hear of your Dad passing. As we discussed, I reached to Normie and she will welcome him with a big hug and tell him how things work :). Fred Blatchford
Alyce: I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. You are in our prayers.
Bud was a wonderful friend and mentor, someone I could always depend on for guidance and comfort. He was truly an inspiration for me.
Sallie and Erik Robinson
Our deepest condolences to Alyce and all of Bud's family. Bud was quite a character and will be greatly missed by all. May God's peace and your sweet, funny memories of Bud sustain you in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy, Sallie and Erik
Jim & Laurel Parido
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Bud was a special man. Our prayers are with you and your famiy.
So sorry for your loss. Bud always treated me like family. We will all be together again.
Earl Howard "Bud" Parmer, Jr.
Earl Howard “Bud” Parmer, Jr., was born in Wetumpka, Alabama, May 25, 1935. He departed this earth November 13, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Alyce Carta Parmer, his daughters Kelley Thomason and her husband Cleve, Carolyn Salanitri and her husband Rick, his step sons, retired Army Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr., and his wife Kathy, Patrick T. Hodges and his wife Rani, his grandchildren, Holly Thomason, Spencer Endsley, Stephen and Michael Salanitri, Logan Dorsey, Tyler, Shelby, Wyatt, and Sam Hodges, as well as five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, his former wife Earline Parmer, sister-in-law, Sandra Parmer and son-in-law, David Dorsey. He is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Kathryn Parmer, brother, John Parmer, sister Diane Parmer Smith, daughter Elizabeth Parmer Dorsey and grandson Beau Thomason.
Bud’s distinguished and varied professional career began at age 14, as a radio announcer and disc jockey, on WMGY in Montgomery, Alabama. Bud’s college alma mater was Auburn University, where he was also a radio disc jockey. Her served in the Air Force, earning honors such as Airman of the Year and yet found time to broadcast on the Tokyo radio Far East Network (FEN) and at station WKRG in Mobile, Alabama. After serving his country, Bud became a radio journalist for WMGY in Montgomery, Alabama and later joined NBC TV affiliate WFLA in Tampa, Florida as a TV news journalist.
Bud left broadcasting to enter public administration, serving as the Assistant City Manager for Clearwater, Florida, then as the City Manager for Kissimmee during the time Disney World was being built, where he was a guiding change agent, transforming Kissimmee from a cattle town to a tourist destination. Other public service positions included serving as the Director of Housing and Community Development for the State of Florida, a Land Acquisition Administrator for the Department of Corrections and as Gadsden County’s first County Manager, making Gadsden County one of the first in the state to establish a recycling program.
His innovative legacy in public administration also included being known as the “Father of the Development Impact Fee” and the initiating force behind the establishment of the Florida Institute for Government. He is a 60-year lifetime member of the Florida City and County Managers’ Association (FCCMA). He served as FCCMA’s President and as a “Range Rider” helping Florida’s small communities make sound public policy decisions and solve problems.
His professional career also included positions as Marketing Director for a management consulting company and for two engineering firms.
Bud was also a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Havana, Florida, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity and leant his beautiful broadcast voice pro bono for public service announcements and charity promotions.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Warner Center Community Hospice in Fernandina Beach, the Amelia Tree Conservancy in Fernandina Beach, or Wisdom’s Wellspring, a ministry for at risk young adults in Tallahassee, Florida.
Warner Center Community Hospice in Fernandina Beach, 1348 South 18th Street Ste 101, Baptist Medical Center, Building B, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Amelia Tree Conservancy in Fernandina Beach, P.O. Box 16424, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035
Wisdom’s Wellspring, P.O. Box 183, Havana, FL 32333
A memorial service will be held at Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:30 p.m.
The family will provide face masks for those attending the service and requests all attending wear them. The service for Bud will be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person. Please visit mumconline.com/LiveStream before the service to access the link to the live feed.
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OXLEY-HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS