Robert Dennis Parsons
December 11, 1925 – September 1, 2018
Robert D Parsons, 92, of Port Charlotte, Florida, left peacefully from his home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Bob was born in Bakersville, N.C. to John and Viola Parsons. He grew up in Loafers Glory, N.C. with his 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Bob was married to his wife, Jean, for 67 years. He was a WWII Navy veteran, worked for IBM for 40 years, and was a member of Murdock Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, FL. Before moving to Port Charlotte, Bob lived in Glen Ellyn, IL for almost 40 years. There, he was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Lombard, IL, where he loved to play the organ. After his retirement from IBM, Bob was an avid mall walker at Yorktown Mall. Bob is survived by his wife, Jean Parsons; his children Debbie (Ted) Bailey, and Don (Danette) Parsons; his granddaughters Aleta (Gloyd) Stadel and Denae (Jeff) Stein; his great grandchildren Anastasia and Xavier Stadel; and his sister Kate (JC) Gage. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Aleta Parsons; his parents John and Viola Parsons: his brothers Jack (Pearl) Parsons and George (Jane) Parsons; and his sisters Lou (Al) Abel and Mae (Burgess) Slagle. Services will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Grace Community Church (formerly Grace Baptist Church) 1100 S. Fairfeild Ave., Lombard. Bob will be laid to rest on Monday, September 17 at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to Murdock Baptist Church, 992 Tamiami Trail, Suite G, Port Charlotte, FL 33953. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home. (630) 941-5860 or www.chapelhillgardenswest.com.
- Funeral Service Sunday, September 16, 2018
- Entombment Monday, September 17, 2018
Robert Dennis Parsons
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September 16, 2018
Bob was so encouraging to children exploring musical instruments for the first time. When Bob was planning the special music calendar at Grace, Sunday night service became an opportunity to step out and play for an audience as kids would timidly step up with their instrument. Mistakes were made and yet Bob always had a word of encouragement and would put their names on the next schedule he created. Bob introduced many of them to working a sound system on Sunday mornings too. The lessons and opportunities made possible by Bob developed into ministry opportunities for my son Mike. Praise the Lord for Bob's gentle and encouraging spirit and his love for music.
Jean, the love you and Bob shared was an inspiration. My deepest sympathy.