Obituary for William Allen "Bill" Parson

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William Allen "Bill" Parson

November 26, 1945 - June 13, 2016

William Allen “Bill” Parson, age 70, passed away Monday morning, June 13, 2016 at the Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville. He was a resident of Morgantown.

Bill was born in Martinsville on November 26, 1945, to the late Donald W. and Louise (Green) Parson. He attended school in Morgantown and went on to serve as a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Division of the United States Marine Corp. He was wounded on July 24th 1966 in the Quang Tri Provence, Vietnam during Operation Hastings. Bill was awarded a Purple Heart.

Bill married Rae Jean Fitch on March 2, 1968 in Brown County. He retired in 1996 from the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 103 as a Heavy Equipment Operator after 10 years of service. Prior to that, Bill worked for International Harvester in Franklin and Ryder Canning Factory in Trafalgar.

Bill was a member of the Goshen Church in Brown County and the Brown County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6195. He was also a member and past Vice Commander of the Brown County Vietnam Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a longstanding member of the Brown County Honor Guard.

Bill was much loved by family and friends and will be sorely missed. He thoroughly enjoyed children, especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bill also loved riding his motorcycle and working on his tractor. He especially liked trying all kinds of food and often planned vacations based on various restaurants and food festivals.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rae Jean; children, William Allen (Deborah) Parson II of Anderson and Eric D. (girlfriend, Bev) Parson of Columbus; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Donald Parson of Morgantown, Richard (Karen)Parson of Martinsville, Mary Lou (Leonard) Casey of Radcliff, KY, Sheron (Kenneth) Elkins of Brown County, Virginia Perry of Brown County, Sue Ellis of Martinsville, Joyce Kemp of Morgantown and Judith (Steve) Crider of Sarasota, FL.

Bill was preceded in death by siblings, Patricia Arnold, Barbara Badgley, Lewis, John and James Parson.

The Revs. Ed Tharpe and John Hrynk will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Bill to the Purple Heart Foundation, PO Box 49, Annandale, VA 22003.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Parson family at .

Information: (812) 597-4670

You can link directly to the video hosted on our white-labeled site:
Bill’s Tribute Video


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Born: November 26, 1945
Died: June 13, 2016

Condolences for William Parson

Debbie Perkins posted on 1/1/00

Rae our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go thru this difficult time. Dave Furbee, Celia Workman and Debbie Perkins.


Kay Schrougham-Anderson posted on 1/1/00

The Parson family ~ I have so many special childhood memories of the Parson family. "Billy" was a great and fun friend. Sending my condolences to all.


Eric Weaver posted on 1/1/00

To Dickie, Rae Jean and the Parson family. I am sorry for the loss of Billy. He was a great person who fought for our country and freedom. He gave of himself for us. I have a high respect for him. I grew up with Billy, Dickie and Johnnie and have fond memories of that time. I got to talk with Billy in the recent past and am glad I had the chance. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Eric Weaver


Tom and Nancy Bray posted on 1/1/00

Rae Jean so sorry to hear about Bill. Our hearts and prayers are with you in the coming days. May you find comfort in your many memories. He was a good friend. Love to you and the family.


Larry Lowhorn posted on 1/1/00

Dear Parson Family, I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Having known Bill and the family for most of my life I can say that Bill was a fine man and was loved and respected by all who knew him. I remember his friendly smile and ability to make people laugh and feel comfortable in his presence. I'm sure that he is smiling now in the presence of our Lord Jesus. Please know that you are all in my prayers. In Christ's Love, Larry Lowhorn


Barb Wood posted on 1/1/00

Dearest Rae Jean, You and Bill have been so special in my life. I loved him like a brother. Knowing he is with the Lord is a comfort. Prayers for you Rae Jean are on the top of my list. What a wonderful couple to grace the door of Goshen Church. May the Lord continue to be with you always. Much love and devotion, Pastor Barb xo33275


Pam Fleetwood posted on 1/1/00

Rae Jean & Family I am so sorry to hear about Billy and sorry I didn't know about the services. He was such a great guy and I always enjoyed talking to him. He will sure be missed by many people. My prayers are with you & your family.