October 24, 2013

UNG Men's Soccer Mourns Death Of Martin Parris

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Martin Parris, brother of University of North Georgia head men's soccer coach Patrice Parris, passed away on Sunday morning in a fatal car accident in Fayetteville, Georgia.  He was 31 years old.

"My brother was a truly amazing person! He lived everyday with love and kindness, this is how we were raised by our parents," stated the elder Parris.  "We will all miss him so dearly.  My brother was a huge fan of UNG Soccer from the start and had always been so proud of what we were accomplishing.  He was a very good soccer player with so much love for the game, a college athlete standout at GSU, and even still playing in many adult leagues in the Atlanta area.  His genuine love of life and others will truly be missed by all.  We know that he will be watching over all of us.  Martin we love you bro!"

Parris played from 2001-03 at NCAA Division I Georgia Southern University following in the footsteps of his older brother who lettered at GSU from 1994-1997.

"The soccer family here at Georgia Southern is sad to hear of Martin's passing.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends," said GSU head coach Kevin Kennedy. "His brother Pat was also an alum of our program and a former assistant coach, and he will be on our minds as well during this most difficult time. I understand that the men's team at UNG will be dealing with a lot of emotions for the remainder of their season, and we wish them the very best."

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Martin is the son of Loretta E. and Valentine Parris. He leaves behind wife Kathleen, brother Pat Parris and Sean Marshall.

Martin's mother Loretta is interested in starting a "Martin Parris Soccer Scholarship" in memory of her youngest son. She is looking for support in order to accomplish this scholarship.  Martin's employer ITech has expressed interest in supporting this cause.

In April of 2013, Martin married Kathleen Kapolka Parris.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 25th, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Fayetteville, Ga.

The family asks that donations be made in his honor to the Soccer in the Streets Foundation.