Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dedicated Dierks Bentley Congress Member Dies

Anyone who ever experienced Dierks Bentley's Miles and Music For Kids charity event, probably met his number one fan--Laura Parrish.  She never missed seeing Dierks at Ricky Kelley's Harley Davidson of Columbia where Dierks would lead thousands of motorcycles on a trek to downtown Nashville, to then perform for thousands more.

That's where I met Laura and her husband Scotty.  They were the sweetest couple you will ever meet.  I knew every year I would see them waiting patiently for their turn to get a quick hug and photo with Dierks at the Harley dealership. 

This was Laura's annual chance to personally deliver the gifts and "awards" she had hand-made for Dierks and his kids.  She always had a smile on her face and would beam with pride when she'd show me what she made.  "Do you think he'll like it?" she would ask, and of course I would reply, "I know he will since it came from you!"

But Dierks was never in a hurry when he saw Laura.  He spent quality time with her and showed so much gratitude and love for his number one fan.

A dedicated member of the DB Congress, Laura was very active on social media, consistently messaging and posting to us on Facebook and emailing Dierk's team, excitedly sharing the details of the gifts she created and was sending to Dierks for this holiday or that awards show--without fail.

But there won't be any more gifts or meet and greets for Laura.  Sadly, she died Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Dierks and his manager, Mary posted the sad news on Instagram:

Our Sweet friend and Dierks' #1 fan Laura Parrish passed award today.  The intense love and devotion she gave all of us is like nothing I've ever experienced.  I feel so lucky to have been part of her joy.  Opening night of summer tour is dedicated to you!!  Rest peacefully, my friend.
Mary Hilliard Harrington

My number 1 fan passed away the other day.  We were actually her biggest fans too.  Love you Laura Parrish!  Wish I could be at the service today in Columbia TN.
Dierks Bentley

Condolences and flowers were sent to the service today on behalf of her fellow DB Congress reps:

In Loving Memory of our friend and
Dierks Bentley Congress (fan club)
loyal and dedicated TN member,
Laura Parrish.
Rest in Peace-we'll miss you! 
Our thoughts & prayers are with Scotty & the family.
Your fellow DB Congress Reps

Ronna Clark
DB Congress Chair (FL)


  1. I'm so sorry to hear this. Although i never met her, I did enjoy reading her comments that she would post. She has such passion for Dierks. RIP my fellow db congress member.

  2. My deepest condolences to Laura's family. Laura had strength that a lot of us don't have in us. Laura was a great supporter of Dierks and a fellow db congress member that will be deeply missed My prayers and thoughts to Laura's husband and family

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with Laura's family. Although I have never met her I knew from reading her posts that she such love for Dierks and his family. May her family find peace in memories of her.

  4. ~ Condolences to the family and friends of Laura.