Edwards Funeral Home

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Leona Grace Morris Parson

April 3, 1919December 2, 2019

Leona Grace Morris Parson, 100, of Fayetteville, formerly of Fort Smith passed from this life December 2, 2019 in Fayetteville. She was born April 3, 1919 in Dora, Arkansas to Robert and Fairy English, and was raised by Charlie and Ida Jane Morris.

She worked retail most of her life, even owning Western Auto stores, in Camden, Arkansas and Fort Smith, with her late husband, Walter Lee Parson. Grace was a devoted mother, and the absolute loves of her life were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Grace was a caregiver, helping anyone in need and a devoted Christian of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her son, David Morris Parson (Carolyn); along with their children, Tracey Parson Welborn (Dayne) and David Morris Parson, Jr.; son, Tom Parson (Twana); and his son, Tommy Dutton (Jody); daughter, Janie Gazzola; and her children, Tiffany Reddick (Brian) and Britain McMillen White (Kim); eleven great grandchildren, Grace, Sarah and Connor Reddick, Natalie Nance (Tommy), Logan and Claire White, Miranda and Brooks Wellborn, Noah Parson, and Tara and Tabitha Dutton.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Neoma Vinsant and Lena Morris; as well as five brothers, Lester and Jack Morris, and Jack, Floyd and Fay English.

Graveside services will be 1:00pm Thursday December 5, 2019 at Roselawn Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

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  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 5, 2019


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Ron & Sue Calaway

December 8, 2019

Janie and family, Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of your precious Mother. Ron & Sue

Jim and Gail Richardson

December 5, 2019

Tom and Twana, Sorry for your loss. Jim and I are praying for you.

Penny Pope

December 4, 2019

Janie, we are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She lived a wonderful life and she will be missed by all your family. So happy for you to have shared her last days and created so many great memories. Please know that we have you and family in our prayers.

Sarah Peterson

December 4, 2019

Janie: So sorry about your Mother. As you noted, you were very fortunate to have had her so long. That doesn't help now as I am sure you are missing her greatly. Know that I'm thinking about you.

Roy Willcox

December 4, 2019

Janie and Family,
What a testimony of a life well lived by Ms. Parson.
May our Heavenly Father grant you peace and comfort
in this time of sorrow and in the days ahead.

Jay Baker

December 3, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Praying for all. Love from Jay, Sherry and Josh Baker.