Parnasse was born in the rural community of Baillif in southern Guadeloupe on 6 May 1901. He resided with his wife in a small family home in Guadeloupe throughout his life. He suffered from paralysis soon after the death of his wife in 2001. He became the oldest man in France (Guadeloupe is politically part of the country) on 31 December 2009, following the death of Félix Maximilien Rostaing.
Parnasse died on 24 October 2010, in Guadeloupe at the age of 109. The President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Victorin Lurel said of Parnasse, "I am really moved and sad. Right up until his last breath Philibert Parnasse had a lively spirit, and an outstandingly accurate memory. He was a real force of nature.
|France's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Jean Teillet • Louis-Jules Lebon • Unknown • Henri Perignon • Emile Fourcade • Bernard Delhom • Louis Arthur Bon • Leon-Clement Estivals • Theophane Rifosta • Alexis Daigneau • Raymond Abescat • Hilaire Dharboulle • Jean Latie • Maurice Floquet • Aime Avignon • Louis de Cazenave • Lazare Ponticelli • Pierre Picault • Joseph Malahieude • Felix Rostaing • Philibert Parnasse • Charles De Antoni • Andre Coudrat • Louis Le Bouedec • Emile Turlant • Philippe Vocanson • Roger Gouzy • Robert Bourdon • Georges Massard • Roger Auvin