OBITUARY

Ricky "Rocky" Paul Parsons

April 25, 1957October 10, 2020

Ricky "Rocky" Paul Parsons, age 63, of Olin, North Carolina passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer. Ricky was born April 25, 1957 in Ashe County, North Carolina to Betty Lou Parsons and the late Douglas Parsons.

Ricky graduated from Beaver Creek High School in 1976. He was a truck driver for most of his life. His last 8 years of driving was done for Walmart and their transportation fleet. He won numerous awards for his driving and most recently hit 500,000 miles driven. Ricky was a great father, he never separated biological children from step children, he loved them all the same.

Ricky is survived by his wife, Jody Lea Parsons; daughters Nicole Canup (Henry), Allison Parsons (Vandie), Rebecca O'Shaughnessy (Brandon) , sons Sean (Hannah) and Shannan O'Shaughnessy; mother Betty Lou Parsons; brothers Tim Parsons (Dawn) and Kevin Parsons (Loretta); grandchildren Heather Davis, Eli Marzean, Kolton O'Shaughnessy, Stella O'Shaughnessy, Athena Wilkinson, Lilly O'Shaughnessy, Breyden Young, Conner Miller and Layla Miller. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service for Ricky will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Yadkin Baptist Church at 2:00PM with Rev. Philip Crider and Rev. Tony Bunton officiating. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Agape Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Parsons family.

  • FAMILY

  • Douglas Eugene Parsons, Father (deceased)
  • Betty Lou Parsons, Mother
  • Jody Lea Parsons, Wife
  • Tim Parsons (Dawn), Brother
  • Kevin Parsons (Loretta), Brother
  • Nicole Canup (Henry), Daughter
  • Allison Parsons (Vandie), Daughter
  • Rebecca O'Shaughnessy (Brandon), Daughter
  • Shannan O'Shaughnessy, Son
  • Sean O'Shaughnessy, Son
  • Heather Davis, Granddaughter
  • Eli Marzean, Grandson
  • Kolton O'Shaughnessy, Grandson
  • Stella O'Shaughnessy, Granddaughter
  • Athena Wilkinson, Granddaughter
  • Lilly O'Shaughnessy, Granddaughter
  • Breyden Young, Grandson
  • Conner Miller, Grandson
  • Layla Miller, Granddaughter

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sean O'Shaughnessy
  • Shannon O'Shaughnessy
  • Ted Brooks
  • Scotty Brooks
  • Henry Canup
  • Brandon Miller
  • Kenneth Caudill

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Burial

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

Memories

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J E

October 13, 2020

I didn't get to know Ricky but a few times but those times I did, he was a go getter. He and his daughter Nicole done and do such wonderful work for me. I met him through Nicole and thank the Lord that I did because he was a wonderful worker outside my house as Nicole is inside. Every time Nicole comes to my house, I see Ricky straight through her, absolutely amazing, most caring, selfless, down to earth, wonderful woman I know. I see the wonderful Christian woman she is and when I met her dad for the first time I seen exactly where she got her character from. He was a wonderful worker and worked for me under a wonderful senior discount as I am on a fixed income. I told him the first time I met him that I was afraid the job would be too much and couldn't afford to get it done. He then said to me," ma'am I can guarantee you I will do it at a price you can handle and not be broke." I told him he was an angel sent through his wonderful daughter, Nicole, from Heaven. Thank you Ricky from my heart and Nicole for the wonderful memories I have of the both of you working so intently around my house for such great prices. I look forward to continuing to see you through her as you could never deny her as she is a great image of you from my Heavenly Father. May the Lord be with you Nicole and the rest of your family through this difficult time. May the Lord give you peace that only he can give you.

Stephen & Judy Austen

October 13, 2020

We came to know Rocky when I worked in Walmart’s Pageland Dispatch office. His sense of humor, outgoing nature and big smile always filled the room when he walked in. He touched all of those around him. He always wore his trademark headgear. Though I retired from Walmart 3 years ago, I still remember those things...it also made me think about his passing...

Maybe Rocky has retired to some heavenly place of eternal R&R.
Maybe he’s in some metaphysical dispatch office -- just waiting for the next trip.
Maybe his existence was like an ember that flared in the night and then was gone in the stars.
Maybe all of these things are true and there are other truths beyond our understanding.

But we do know that he fought the good fight and has to fight no longer.
Like Lazarus called to the bosom of Abraham; Rocky is, finally, at peace.





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