Jay Parsons

June 10, 1943January 3, 2019
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It is with deepest sadness that the family of Jay (James W) Parsons must announce his passing after a heart attack while on a family cruise in Cozumel, Mexico on January 3, 2019. Jay, a resident the Chattanooga area for 48 years, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on June 10, 1943 and passed at the age of 75. A retiree of TVA, Jay filled his time by enjoying his family, model ship building, travel, music, photography, and numerous volunteer positions.

Jay will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Linda Moore Parsons, and his children and their spouses, Penny Jo and Roby Chaney of Lithia Springs, GA, John and Nancy Parsons of Hixson, TN, and Wade and Kate Parsons of Ooltewah, TN. His three grandchildren, Cooper, Caroline, and Tripp will profoundly miss their Papa. His loss will be mourned by his sister Sue Wells and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and cherished friends. Jay is preceded in passing by his parents, John Howard and Floreine Parsons who welcomed him with open arms. Family and Friends will celebrate the life of Jay Parsons at Chattanooga Funeral Home’s North Chapel with visitation on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm, and a service on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 12:30pm.

Should family and friends desire, memorial contributions can be made in Jay’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are held by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.


  • St. Jude Children's Hospital


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Lindsay Rinehart

January 12, 2019

I did not know him well, but what I remember most about him was his and Linda's warmth and kindness when they invited me and my family into their home several years ago. He was funny, and he clearly adored his "Penelope Josephine" who was the reason for our visit. It is clear how loved he was and how much he will be missed.

Maryanne McFalls

January 12, 2019

I remember Jay most as a cut-up who would wear outrageous costumes at Halloween parties and crack us up with his naughty jokes. He was a supreme host at parties and dinners in his home and could cook like a real chef. I spent many pleasant times in Linda and Jay's home. He will be sorely missed.

Teresa Hargrett

January 12, 2019

Mrs. Chaney, sending up prayers for you to feel the comfort of God and know He’s got you!! Your father looked so handsome with the backdrop of the ship’s staircase behind him. Reading how he loved to build model ships and take pictures coupled with that bright smile lets me know he was experiencing JOY with people he loved. His spirit will live on in your heart forever!! God Bless You!

Kristin Kerley

January 12, 2019

We will miss your “papa” so much. My kids say he felt like a papa to everyone...not just his own grandchildren. He was a light and and an encourager at every ball game they played. I can’t remember him missing any. Andrew says he always cheered for him when he was up to bat. He will remeber that forever. We all will miss him at the games.

Jennifer Delaney

January 11, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was a wonderful neighbor for 14 years. He will be missed.

Kathleen McGloin

January 10, 2019

It means so much to see these memories, to learn so much more about the kind, loving, thoughtful and funny man I only got to be around a precious few times (but that’s all it took to have such fondness and affection for him!)
{{ dearest Penny - }} It seems I always just knew his name to be “Dad” or “Daddy” - because he was and always will be the very best Daddy to you, my dear sweet friend. He lives on through you, in so many ways.. music and humor, the little rituals, so many good special things.. and most especially the smile you have in your eyes. I know his love for you is so great that it can hold all the joy in the world, and all your pain and sorrow too. My heart is there with you, and Roby ~ and with Linda ~ I am sending love to you all, family and friends. I am so very sorry.
love, Kathleen. ❤️ puppy hugs from your sweet Fergus, Rose and Willow. (naturally, they insist.)

Kimberly Kimberly Horton Matthews 01 at

January 10, 2019

I remember how fun Uncle J was when I was a little girl I know how close you were to him Penny Joe I love you and my deepest sympathies Kimberly

Connie Crawford

January 10, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Jay’s passing!! He was such a nice man and willbe greatly missed! Though he traveled frequently he was so helpful in delivering flowers to the honor roll members of First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga when he was in town. Most helpful, polite, kind, and had a servants heart! Prayers are with Linda and the family!