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09/08/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Dale Parsons

Dale J. Parsons, Sr.
(10 Apr 1929 - 07 Sept 2016)

Newport News High School Class of 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I am quite saddened to bring you this latest edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Dale Parsons, Sr., Class of 1948, passed away at home in Franklin on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at the age of 87.

   Father of   Dale Parsons ('69) of HI,  Tim Parsons ('73) of VA, Douglas Parsons of VA, Brian Parsons of VA, Susan Parsons Kitchen of VA, Patricia Parsons Bryant of VA, Judy Parsons of VA and Mary Parsons of NC, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Belle Farmer Parsons ('49).

From the Daily Press - 09/08/16:

                       Dale J. Parsons, Sr.

  FRANKLIN - Dale Parsons, Sr., 87, died peacefully at his home on September 7th after a brief illness.

He was born on April 10, 1929 in Hambleton, West Virginia. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Belle. He was predeceased by his parents, Delton and Julia Parsons, and two sisters, Rosalind and Patty Gene.

Dale Parsons

His survivors include 4 sons, Dale Jr. (Ginny) of Hana, Hawaii, Tim of Courtland, Douglas (Heather) of Chesapeake, and Brian of Norfolk and 4 daughters, Susan Kitchen (Mark) of Franklin, Patricia Bryant (Mac) of Courtland, Judy Parsons (George) of Wakefield, and Mary Parsons (Mark) of Wilmington, North Carolina. Also 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

His family moved to Newport News during the Great Depression and that is where he met his loving wife of many years, Belle. During World War II, he worked on the C&O Railroad, since he was too young to serve in the military.

He graduated from Newport News High School in 1948 and ran track under the legendary Julie Conn. He later served with distinction in the US Naval Reserves. He coached basketball for many years in the Newport News YMCA Church league.

The car business was Dale's passion and he worked at Casey Chevrolet for many years before opening his own dealership, Dale Parsons Chevrolet in Franklin, in 1980. After retiring from the automotive business, he opened Western Tidewater Insurance Adjusters and operated it until his wife Belle's death in 2007.

He loved his family very much and anyone who knew him was aware of his love of good hot dogs and sports. He had a photographic memory and could recall just about anything. He loved nothing more than a good family get together and was also an excellent cook.

Visitation will be Friday at 6pm at Wright Funeral Home in Franklin.

A funeral service will be held at 11AM Saturday September 10, 2016 at High Street United Methodist Church in Franklin with Rev. Nathan Decker officiating. It will be followed by a graveside service at 2PM at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.

Memorial donations may be made to High Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218 Franklin, VA 23851. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on September 8, 2016.
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September 08, 2016

Tim, Dale and Family;

I am sorry to hear of your great loss. My prayers are with you all ... We as Christians know that we shall be reunited with our loved ones again for Jesus has given us this assurance when he said, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.

September 08, 2016


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Dale's large family and many friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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