OBITUARY

Joseph Harden Parson III

October 17, 1924July 11, 2019

Joseph H. Parson, III, 94, went peacefully to heaven on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster following a brief illness. He leaves his wife, Shirley Anne (Chandler) Parson; his son, Bubba Parson; his nephews, Jack (Leslie) & Bill (Elizabeth) Norman; His great niece, Jessica Norman; his great nephew, Cooper Norman: his step-sons, Mark & Jeff; his step-daughter, Gina; his cousin, Gardner McCollum; and many close friends. He is preceded in death by parents, Joseph Harden Parson, Jr. and Kathleen (Parson) Ross; daughter, Patti Jo Braddy; and sister, Francis Norman. Born in Birmingham and raised in Hillman Alabama, Joseph was a long-time resident of Bessemer and Alabaster. Having a passion for baseball an upon graduating high school Joseph was offered a scholarship to Mississippi State University. Although unable to pursue baseball Joseph was called upon to serve his country and drafted into the U.S Army Air Force June 5,1943. Joseph was a decorated WWII veteran where battle campaigns include Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, with citations for World War II Victory and European-African-Middle Eastern Service, to also include 4 Bronze Stars. Joseph is also a Purple Heart recipient for wounds received in action on November 4, 1944. Sometime after his separation from military service in 1946 Joseph gained employment with the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Treasury where he would eventually retire as a federal employee. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the military and in life never left him, as friends and family will attest. Visitation services will be held on Saturday July 20th from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Sunday July 21st at 2:00 pm with grave side service to follow. All services will be at Ridouts Elmwood Chapel at 800 Dennison Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL 35211. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to the WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.johnsridoutselmwoodchapel.com for the Parson family.

Services

20 July

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel

800 Dennison Ave Sw
Birmingham, AL 35211

21 July

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel

800 Dennison Ave Sw
Birmingham, AL 35211

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Don Bowen

July 15, 2019

I remember Mr Parsons from about age 7. He was a hard, fair man. He spent time with kids, coaching and supporting, both at the ballfields and off. I always had much respect for him. My condolences to Bubba and family.

Jo Ann Glasscock

July 15, 2019

My condolences on the passing of your father.
May God comfort you and give you Peace.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY