James Parrett, 44

COLUMBIA CITY — James Michael Schrader Parrett, 44, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. He was born Sept. 5, 1967 in Whitley County, a son of James LeRoy and Mary Magdalene (Thompson) Schrader. His formative years were spent in Columbia City.He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1987.In the fall of 1987, he joined the U.S. Army. He spent most of his service time at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas.After returning to Columbia City, he had been employed as a welder.He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.Surviving relatives include his parents, Mary (Steve) Parrett, Las Vegas, Nev. and James (Vicky) Schrader, South Whitley; fiancée, Sarah Pence, Columbia City; daughter, Mikala Parrett, currently serving in the U.S. Army and son Solynn M. Parrett, Columbia City and their mother, Barbara Parrett, Columbia City; a brother, Shane (Kathy) Parrett, Pierceton; a sister, Kimberley (Brian) Doan, Las Vegas and two grandmothers, Hazel Thompson and Helen Carter both of Columbia City. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be Monday in South Park Cemetery.Preferred memorials are to the Solynn Parrett Educational Fund.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.