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Alice Parish Presley, 90, of Newnan, was called home to be with the Lord on October 23, 2023.
Born October 1, 1933, in Atlanta, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Ellis Parish and the late Vey Muriel Jones Parish. A member of Unity Baptist Church, Alice's faith was the cornerstone of her life. Alice's love for God's creation was evident in her affection for animals, and she supported many causes that shared this love. In her early years, Alice worked as a secretary at Fort McPherson, and later became a flight attendant with Delta Airlines. It was in the friendly skies that she met her beloved husband, the late Ralph Lee Presley, Sr. Their love story was one of deep affection and mutual respect, a testament to their shared faith and commitment. Alice was not just a woman of action but also a woman of words. She was a published poet, her verses resonating with the beauty and depth of her spirit. Her dedication to letter writing was a testament to her belief in the power of words to comfort, to inspire, and to heal. Alice used her extensive biblical knowledge to support many Christian and charitable endeavors, sending poems and letters to those who might be in need. Her words were like seeds of hope, planted in the hearts of those who received them. In addition to her many talents and passions, Alice was also a private pilot, a member of many organizations, including the College Park Historical Society. In addition to her husband and parents, Alice was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jean Waldrop.
Survivors include her son, Ralph Lee Presley, Jr. “Lee” and his wife Wendy; daughters, Julie Presley Gillespie, and Carol Anne Presley; grandchildren, Hunter Gillespie, Hayley Dooley (John), Hannah Broza (Pat), Hope Corbett (Davy), Hart Mendez (Zak), Hall Gillespie, Taylor Solorzano (Christian), Alex Presley, and Zach Presley; and great-grandchildren, Jack McClain, Aiden Corbett, Ila Corbett, Christopher Corbett, Winter Mendez, and Presley Solorzano.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Hillcrest Chapel with Pastor James White officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. before the service on Thursday. A private committal service will be held at College Park Cemetery.
Serving as Pallbearers will be her grandsons, grandsons-in-law, and great-grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Unity Baptist Church, 311 Smokey Road, Newnan, GA 30263, or Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, 712 L G Griffin Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248 or https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/noahsark in memory of Mrs. Presley.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the caring dedication exhibited by her caregivers, Charnelle Collins, Cherhonda Hendricks, and Nichole Scandrick, and to Allison Manning and Devita Freeman with The Lighthouse Community Hospice.
Higgins Funeral Home Hillcrest Chapel is honored to serve the family of Alice Presley, please visit www.hillcrestchapelcares.com to share your memories or leave a condolence message.