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Robert "Bob" Preston Parsons


Robert "Bob" Preston Parsons, age 89, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Parsons was born in Glade Spring and early in his life, moved to Marion. He joined the Army Air Corps at 16, served two years, and returned home to finish his high school education, meet and marry his sister Charlot's friend Audrey, and begin a 39 year career at Brunswick. Bob loved his family and especially loved telling his stories to the ones who called him "Papaw". He loved his country and served 20 years in the reserves – was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a VFW member. He was "King of the Shrimpers", but in his later years enjoyed cooking a Sunday meal for the whole family – every Sunday! Church was an important part of Bob's life, he was chairman of the building committee, and a longtime member of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church where he worked hard to increase the footprint and mission of the church. It would be easy to say Bob Parsons loved his Lord, his country and his family very much, and he will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hattie Parsons; son, Robert Preston Parsons, Jr.; brothers, Ed Parsons, Jack Parsons, and Jimmy Parsons; sisters, Draxie Sprinkle and Margaret "June" Robinson; and great-grandson, Ryland Shobe.

Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrey Haulsee Parsons; daughter, Nancy Parsons; son, Ron Parsons and wife, Carol all of Marion, Va.; sister, Charlot Berry of Wytheville, Va.; grandchildren, Tabitha Spencer and husband, Zach, Cherub Sturgill, Leah Lofton, Kara Thornton and husband, David, Matthew Parsons and wife, Laura, Caleb Parsons and wife, Emily; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Out of concern for the community's safety and due to COVID – 19 a private family graveside service will be held Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at Rosewood Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Daniel Hess officiating and Military Rites conducted by the U.S. Army Funeral Honors Guard and Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1799, Marion VA 24354.

To share memories of Robert "Bob" Preston Parsons, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Bob's family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion VA 24354.

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Audrey, Ron, Nancy and family, We ware saddened to hear the news of Bobs passing. You were a part of Heathers life and mine for many years from our house on Scott St. Heather baby sitting all the grandchildren.... many great memories. We send our love to all. Barbara Walker n Heather Baker Eastridge n family

Barbara Walker May 21 2020 12:00 AM

So very sorry to get this news. Bob was the epitome of someone "doing" church. I had tremendous respect for him. 1 will miss him. God's peace, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Smythe May 18 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences. Ed, Lori, and Brianna Hagy

Edwin Hagy May 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Preston Parsons

Edwin Hagy May 17 2020 12:00 AM

with sympathy, teresa &Mike...

teresa snavely May 16 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Preston Parsons

teresa snavely May 16 2020 12:00 AM

Audrey, Nancy, and Ronnie, I have been where you stand. Take small steps, remember the good times, and live each day by day. Bob was a part of my life my entire childhood. He was a good man, father, and neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Teresa Spradlin May 16 2020 12:00 AM

Charlot ,Audrey,family,so sorry to read of Bob's passing. Prayers!

Yvonne Kell Runyon May 16 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Preston Parsons

Yvonne Kell Runyon May 16 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob has brought so much joy,love, and assistance to our lives- and the lives of so many others, and to our church. He will be sadly missed by everyone who was privileged to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love, Danny and Kim and family

Danny and Kim Slemp May 15 2020 12:00 AM

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