What’s So Special About Granville? Part 1

Bob and Ruth Ann Parsley grandchildren (l to r) Nolan White, Lindley White, Jack Parsley, Graham Parsley, Grace Parsley, Teddy Parsley, Mason White, and Hudson White

Bob and Ruth Ann Parsley grandchildren (l to r) Nolan White, Lindley White, Jack Parsley, Graham Parsley, Grace Parsley, Teddy Parsley, Mason White, and Hudson White

By Mike Schmidt
 
When you ask many residents of Granville, what makes it such a special place to live, most have a tough time putting their finger on any specific thing.  But that isn’t the case with Bob and Ruth Ann Parsley.  As residents for over 47 years, they speak with great clarity when they say:  it’s the people who live here.  “The extraordinary people that are here raising families and doing business put a tremendous amount of effort into making it special,” shared Ruth Ann.  “The word ‘community’ best describes Granville, it’s really just a collection of historic buildings, but it is also the people that preserve the tradition and connected spirit of community make it a place like no other.”


 
The Parsley’s four children were raised here and likewise their eight grandchildren are also growing up in Granville.  “Everything is constantly improving--schools, the shops, the parks--it just gets better and better each year,” said Bob.  “The Historical Society is plugged into a lot of things that help preserve the traditions and uniqueness.”  They (with daughter, Lea Ann and son, Brian setting the pace) are currently renovating a home that dates back to 1856 and are ensuring it maintains the neighborhood style.  “The Village has been more than helpful in the process, but we’ll be glad when the work is over sometime this summer.”
 
Bob and Ruth Ann have been in the child care business since the 1970s as owners and operators of The Granville Child Care Center.  “We have been a part of so many families and appreciate all the children we’ve gotten to know,” said Ruth Ann.  “We get postcards from all over updating us on what they are now doing.  We feel like all those kids are family.”
 
As business owners, they are asked for support from a wide variety of causes.  “There are so many worthy needs, it gets hard to keep up with it all,” shared Bob.  “One of the things I like about the Granville Community Foundation is that it lets us support so many causes we care about with one gift.”  Bob’s feelings about the Foundation have a personal connection.  His family’s move to Granville was to work for Carl Frazier, at what was then The People’s State Bank. (Carl served as President and Bob as Vice President).  The bank was later to become a branch of Park National Bank, as it is today.  Bob and so many others in Granville can attest to how tirelessly Carl worked at making Granville a great place to live.  Just one of the many ways Carl left his extraordinary impact on this community was through the Foundation he supported so faithfully.  “He left an extraordinary impact on this community and the Foundation continues to serve in fulfilling his vision.”
 
“We are blessed with Denison and so many opportunities and benefits to living here.  But we all have to work at it and support it,” said Ruth Ann.  “The Foundation is our opportunity to give back to a community that has given us so much.  It supports so many of the things that we love.  We don’t make big, giant gifts but really it’s just like everything else in Granville, when we all come together, great things happen.”
 
When asked if there is anything the Foundation isn’t supporting that she thinks is needed, Ruth Ann was quick with her answer, “A pool!  Our kids grew up at Spring Valley and we loved how family oriented it was, everyone watched out for everyone else’s kids.”  They shared other ways the close-knit aspect of Granville is alive such as July 4th, Memorial Day, the Schools, the Library and in the many churches.  “We can’t take it for granted.  That’s why we support the Foundation and consider ourselves lucky to be here.”