Bristol resident, Mr. Charles William “Bill” Parsons, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at The Hospice House after a valiant battle with Non-Hodgins Lymphoma at the age of 86.
He was born on February 15, 1934 in Jonesville, VA. Bill graduated from Jonesville High School, class of ’51 and graduated from Hiwassee College, class of ‘53. Bill served in the United States Army as a Private First Class during the Korean War. After serving in the Army he attended East Tennessee State University. Bill was an insurance salesman for most of his life having owned and operated three insurance companies in the Tri-Cities area. He was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, and served on several committees. Bill was a member of Shriners International and a member of the Masonic Order. Bill was most proud of his work with the as a lifetime member of the Bristol Life Saving Crew having served for forty years and as a founding member of the Russell County Life Saving Crew.
Bill is preceded in death by his father, Lawrence McCaully Parsons and mother, Minerva Waddell, brothers Jack Parsons (Margie and Jean), Lawrence Parsons (Ruth).
Bill is survived by his wife Sally Ann Parsons to whom he was married for 63 years, a daughter, Billie Ann Schneider of Bristol, VA. Bill is also survived by his two grandchildren, grandson, Daniel (Amy) Schneider of Aldie, VA, granddaughter, Sally (Scott) Perry of Springfield, VA, three great grandchildren, Erika and Brendan Schneider and Sullivan Perry, nieces Libby (Ken) Baltzley, Sue (Robert) Bell and Linda (Gerry) Williams, and several cousins.
A private family graveside service will be held with Rev. Dale Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff at Bristol Regional Memorial Hospital, Ballad Health Cancer Center, and The Hospice House.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Pleasant View United Methodist Church, 18416 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210 or the Washington County Humane Society, 16222 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA 24202.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held on a future date.
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. Mr. Charles William “Bill” Parsons and his family are in the care of Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 (276-623-2700).