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Arthur Edward Parsons   I am a Veteran.
March 9, 1938  -  August 8, 2017

 

Arthur Edward Parsons, 79, passed away August 8, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He leaves his wife of 58 years, Sonja (Foster) Parsons; his daughters, Tami Eades (Robert), Toni Donovan (Chris), Stephanie Parsons, four grandchildren – Megan Donovan, Molly Valentine (Steven), Meredith Brady (Corey), Jared Eades and a beloved great granddaughter, Ava Michele; two brothers, Earl Parsons (Norma), Merle Parsons (Ellie), one sister, Regina Frick (Robert), a host of nieces and nephews he loved dearly and many close friends.

Born in Freedom, Oklahoma, March 9, 1938, the son of Leland and Pauline Parsons, Art was resident of Searcy, Arkansas. He was a lifelong Christian, member of Downtown Church of Christ and member of the Optimist Club.
When he could get Mom to stop watching CSI, Dad loved Saturday mornings watching This Old House and anything on The DIY Channel.

Dad took fashion cues from no one. His signature everyday look was a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house, Fruit of the Loom, his Levi blue jeans, a pair of tennis shoes that were always paired with a sweat-stained baseball cap. However, if he was going out dancing with his girl, you could always find him in his finest western shirt, best cowboy boots and favorite cowboy hat.

As a point of pride, he could look at a piece of wood and ascertain its origin and more than likely how old the tree was wherein it came. He had a life-long love affair with hot sauce, any fried fish imaginable, shrimp and gumbo.

It's hard to capture him in just one story. From his many years on the farm growing up, his Air Force career as a radio repairman to his endless hours in the shop creating masterpieces with saws and anything made of wood, we all truly believe that sawdust ran through his veins.

Art definitely was one of a kind. He always found humor in every situation. It was a great way to cope with life. Whatever it was, he managed to get through it by finding a saying that would make you laugh. His favorite saying was, ''I'm in pretty good shape for the shape I'm in.''

His best friend and fishing buddy, Arthur Churchill, was a constant in Dad's life, coming over for morning coffee and making sure he got to go fishing whenever or wherever he wanted. Dad also made many new friends in the last few months, David, Lowell, Tom and Rick offered him a sense of purpose and wonderful memories. Over the last few months, Dad was being wonderfully cared for by Arkansas Hospice, his favorite nurse, Renee, who he truly adored, and Nicole, who kept him at peace until the end.

Visitation from 10 AM until 11 AM on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home, Searcy. Graveside Services following at 11:30 am at White County Memorial Gardens,

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