Wednesday, September 27, 2006, Obituaries

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Rev. William A. Parsons

The Rev. William A. Parsons, 77, of Wewahitchka, Fla., passed away Monday afternoon, September 25, 2006, in Panama City, Fla.

Born in New York City, he joined the Army Air Corps at the age of 17 and served honorably for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Tech Sergeant.

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While in service, he was stationed in Japan, Korea, the Phillippines, Greenland, Eglin Air Force Base, and retired in 1967 at Tyndall Air Force Base.

After his retirement he was ordained as a Methodist minister and served in the Alabama-West Florida Conference for 31 years, retiring from the Wewahitchka United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Helen Parsons of Wewahitchka; his sons, Dr. William A. Parsons, Jr., and wife Leigh of Nashville, Tenn., Mark E. Parsons and wife Alta Jean of Saint Augustine Beach, FLa.; Gary G. Parsons and wife Karen, Gregory A. Parsons and wife Susan, all of Tallahassee, Fla., Robert P. Parsons and wife Melissa of Ozark, AL, and Richard G. Parsons and wife Ginger of Tallahassee; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Paula Conner of New York City and Frances Evenson of Wyoming.

The funeral service will be held at 11a.m. CDT Friday, September 29, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka, conducted by the Rev. Harry Johnson and the Rev. Jerry Huft.

Burial will follow in the family plot in Buckhorn Cemetery, with full military honors by the Tyndall Air Force Base Honor Guard.

He will lie in state at the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka for an hour prior to the funeral.

Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka, P.O. Box 265, Wewahitchka, FL 32465 or to the First United Methodist Church of Port Saint Joe, P. O. Box 266, Port Saint Joe, FL 32457.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Davita Dialysis Center of Panama City

for their care and concern.