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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA

OBITUARY

Melanie Parsons

August 31, 1957August 10, 2019
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Melanie Cobb Parsons, age 61, of Macon, Georgia, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on August 10, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. Melanie formerly lived in Athens, Georgia; Brunswick, Georgia; Brewton, Alabama; Amelia Island, Florida; and Williamsburg, Virginia. Melanie was born in Athens, Georgia on August 31, 1957 to Marjorie and Leonard Cobb. She graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Banking and Finance. Throughout her career, she worked in various roles for The Federal Reserve Bank - Atlanta, Georgia Power, Brewton City (Alabama) School System, Alabama Department of Labor, Nassau County (Florida) School System, Florida Public Utilities, New Kent County (Virginia) Government, and most recently Wesley Glen Ministries in Macon, Georgia as the Admissions and Business Coordinator. Melanie was married to Joe Parsons for 37 years. They have two daughters, Meredith Kublbock (Chris) of Ponte Vedra, Florida and Courtney Parsons of Atlanta, Georgia. Melanie was an active member at Forest Hills United Methodist Church and served on the Hospitality Committee. She was an active member in churches everywhere she lived, working mostly in children’s ministry. In addition to her husband and daughters, she is survived by sisters Susan Branan (Bill) of Washington, Georgia and Len Ellerbee (Tom) of Athens, Georgia, nephew Joseph Parsons of Atlanta and nieces Ashley Branan Sheffield (Brad), Lauren Ellerbee Goodman (Josh) and Morgan Ellerbee Stewart (Drew). Melanie had tremendous gifts of communication and maintaining relationships. People were always comfortable discussing joys and problems with her. She was proud of marching in the Rose Bowl Parade with the Clarke Central Gladiators as a majorette in high school. Melanie loved people, spending time with family and friends, working in her church, and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs. She also enjoyed gardening, water fitness, yoga, traveling, and vacations to the beach and the mountains. A Celebration of Life for Melanie will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Macon, Georgia. Rev. Baxter Hurley, Rev. Teresa Edwards and Rev. John Irwin will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Wesley Glen Ministries or a charity of your choice. Visit www.maconmp.com to express condolences. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to her husband and daughters, she is survived by sisters Susan Branan (Bill) of Washington, Georgia and Len Ellerbee (Tom) of Athens, Georgia, nephew Joseph Parsons of Atlanta and nieces Ashley Branan Sheffield (Brad), Lauren Ellerbee Goodman (Josh) and Morgan Ellerbee Stewart (Drew).

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Visitation - Following the Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Melessa Hall

August 16, 2019

I met Melanie in 1991 shortly after my 21st birthday when I moved from North Georgia to Brunswick and began working for GPC. I spent the first eight months alone with no family or friends here. Melanie and I became friends almost instantly. She, along with our other GPC family, took me under her wing. She made sure I was ok and not alone. She helped raise me. Although we were not able to see each other often, we keep in touch and chatted regularly through email, text and Facebook. I loved her dearly, and I will miss her very much.

Tom & Henna Kerins

August 15, 2019

We were so saddened to learn of Melanie's passing. She was such a special lady and devoted Christian. Her annual Christmas family letters were so welcomed and always found a place in our home and family album.
May God's love comfort you, Joe, and your family during this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, Henna & Tom

Lynda Ethridge

August 15, 2019

Joe, Meredith, Courtney and family,
People like Melanie are so rare. She had an amazing gift for relationships. I think this was because she truly loved people and had genuine interest in them. She remembered details of all of our lives. She was open and shared hers as well. She has been a great example to me She touched so many people in her life. I know she is with Jesus in heaven now and realizing the unconditional love of God but its harder here without her. Sending love and prayers to all of you.

Jeffrey Griffith

August 15, 2019

Joe and Melanie were some of the first people we met when we moved to Brunswick back in 1988. Such a kind and welcoming couple and had a lot to do with our choosing Brunswick First United Methodist Church as our church home. After they moved away to continue work we were fortunate enough to stay in touch and did so through all their moves with work. You couldn’t find better friends anywhere.

Please know you are always in our hearts and prayers.

May God bless you and keep you close in your time of loss.

Faye Doane

August 14, 2019

I spent time with Melanie on only three occasions , transitional fairs in Macon and Warner Robins, as she represented Wesley Glen. It was enough time to know that I could call her friend. I am grateful for having known her.
In prayer for you,
Faye Doane

Mary Duffy

August 14, 2019

My heart is breaking at the news of Melanie’s passing. We grew up together in Athens, went to Athens YWCO Camp, and worked at the movie theaters together. We also lived close to each other. How nice it was to reconnect with her when the family moved to Fernandina Beach. Not only did I reconnect with Melanie, but I got to meet her beautiful daughters and wonderful husband. Heaven has certainly gained a beautiful soul. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family. Rest In Peace, sweet Melanie!!

Naomi Glenn Oliver

August 14, 2019

I did not know Melanie personally, but I know her name and appreciate her. I was director of Public Relations and Funding at Wesley Glen when my husband, William L. Oliver, Jr., (Bill) was executive director there. I also started the Wesley Glen Auxiliary, which is still ongoing. I know the dedication required to work at this ministry, and any ministry. I am so very sorry for your loss. I believe Melanie's example will speak to your hearts always, as it speaks to mine. May God bless all of you.

Billy Oliver

August 14, 2019

Melanie was an exceptional employee and a wonderful person. I had the privilege of working with her for eleven years. She will be greatly missed. Billy Oliver, former CEO and President Wesley Glen

Sandy Moore

August 14, 2019

I will miss Melanie so very much. She was my first friend when our family moved to Macon. We met when she gave my sister and me a tour of Wesley Glen, and we talked as though we’d known each other for years. We began to have lunch together and Melanie would choose places to help me learn about Macon. She was so thoughtful , caring and a wonderful friend. To know Melanie was to love her.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Joe, Meredith and Courtney. My prayer is that God will comfort your hearts and give you peace.

Janet Loveless

August 13, 2019

When I think of Melanie, I think of her smile and sparkle in her eyes. When Bob and I would meet Melanie and Joe on the streets of Fernandina, usually during the Shrimp Festival, she was always happy to see us. At different times, we chatted during the fireworks and exchanged information on their girls and our boys. We would share a laugh particularly about what we had packed and had left to unpack in our homes after moving. Melanie was a true Southerner, and we would add comments to our conversation like "don't you think that it is because we were raised in the South". Bob, Michael, Stephen and I send our sincere sympathies and prayers to you all. Janet Loveless

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Biography

Melanie Cobb Parsons, age 61, of Macon, Georgia, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on August 10, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. Melanie formerly lived in Athens, Georgia; Brunswick, Georgia; Brewton, Alabama; Amelia Island, Florida; and Williamsburg, Virginia.
Melanie was born in Athens, Georgia on August 31, 1957 to Marjorie and Leonard Cobb. She graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Banking and Finance. Throughout her career, she worked in various roles for The Federal Reserve Bank - Atlanta, Georgia Power, Brewton City (Alabama) School System, Alabama Department of Labor, Nassau County (Florida) School System, Florida Public Utilities, New Kent County (Virginia) Government, and most recently Wesley Glen Ministries in Macon, Georgia as the Admissions and Business Coordinator.
Melanie was married to Joe Parsons for 37 years. They have two daughters, Meredith Kublbock (Chris) of Ponte Vedra, Florida and Courtney Parsons of Atlanta, Georgia.

Melanie was an active member at Forest Hills United Methodist Church and served on the Hospitality Committee. She was an active member in churches everywhere she lived, working mostly in children’s ministry.
In addition to her husband and daughters, she is survived by sisters Susan Branan (Bill) of Washington, Georgia and Len Ellerbee (Tom) of Athens, Georgia, nephew Joseph Parsons of Atlanta and nieces Ashley Branan Sheffield (Brad), Lauren Ellerbee Goodman (Josh) and Morgan Ellerbee Stewart (Drew).
Melanie had tremendous gifts of communication and maintaining relationships. People were always comfortable discussing joys and problems with her. She was proud of marching in the Rose Bowl Parade with the Clarke Central Gladiators as a majorette in high school. Melanie loved people, spending time with family and friends, working in her church, and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs. She also enjoyed gardening, water fitness, yoga, traveling, and vacations to the beach and the mountains.

A Celebration of Life for Melanie will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Macon, Georgia. Rev. Baxter Hurley, Rev. Teresa Edwards and Rev. John Irwin will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Wesley Glen Ministries or a charity of your choice.

Visit www.maconmp.com to express condolences.
Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.