04/15/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Belle Farmer Parsons

Belle Farmer Parsons
(31 July 1931 - 13 Apr 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Incredibly, we have still more sad news today.  Belle Farmer Parsons (49), wife of Dale Parsons, Sr. ('49) of VA, and mother of Dale Parsons ('69) of HI and Tim Parsons ('73) of VA, all three of whom are on our Alumni List, has passed away in Franklin at the age of 75.

   Dale and Belle's other six children are Susan Parsons Kitchen of VA, Patricia Parsons Bryant of VA, Douglas Parsons of VA. Judy Parsons (Turner) of VA, Mary Belle Parsons Rassin of NC, and Brian Parsons of VA.

  From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 04/15/07 - "Belle Farmer Parsons":

Dear Carol,
Our dear mother passed away on Friday.
Tim Parsons
Courtland, Va

   Ohhh, Tim, I'm so very sorry to hear this.  Thank you for letting us know,.  Please accept my deepest sympathies, and extend them to the rest of your family as well.

From the Daily Press - 04/15/07:

  Belle Farmer Parsons

FRANKLIN - Belle Farmer Parsons of Franklin, Va., died April 13, 2007, after a courageous battle against mesothelioma cancer. Belle was born in Rustburg, Va., July 31, 1931, to William Allan Farmer and Belle Farrar Farmer. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1949 and shortly thereafter married Dale J. Parsons Sr. Prior to retiring in Franklin, the Parsons resided in Newport News and Virginia Beach. Belle is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 56 years, Dale Sr.; eight children, Dale J. Parsons Jr. and his wife, Ginny, of Maui, Hawaii, Tim D. Parsons of Franklin, Va., Susan P. Kitchen and her husband, Mark, of Carrsville, Va., Patricia P. Bryant and her husband, Garland ('Mac'), of Franklin, Va., Douglas A. Parsons and his wife, Heather, of Chesapeake, Va., Judith A. Parsons (Turner) and her husband, George Turner, of Wakefield, Va., Mary Belle P. Rassin and her husband, Steve, of Wilmington, N.C., and Brian J. Parsons of Norfolk, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Dale J. Parsons III of Maui, Hawaii, Kelly Kitchen and Katie Kitchen of Carrsville, Va., Joshua Bryant of Franklin, Va., Matthew Parsons, Addison Parsons and Victoria Belle Parsons of Chesapeake, Va., Nathan Turner of Wakefield, Va., Cole Rassin and Creed Rassin of Wilmington, N.C.; and two sisters, Evelyn Fields of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeanne Maxwell of Richmond, Va. Belle Parsons touched the lives of so many children and adults over the years through her love of music, as she taught piano to dozens of students throughout the area. Giving was the way of life for Belle Parsons as she devoted herself to the happiness of her family and unselfishly gave of herself to the community. Mrs. Parsons was a former member and Sunday school teacher at Grace United Methodist Church in Newport News, Va., and a current member of High Street United Methodist Church in Franklin, Va. She was a member of the Peninsula Music Teachers' Association, the Cypress Cove Country Club, and a former Cub Scout Den mother and school room mother. She served as Vice President and past President of the Jerusalem Chapter, Franklin, Va., of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Belle Parsons loved women's basketball and was an avid follower of the Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs. When once asked what she wanted from her life, she smiled and softly replied, 'I have it darlin'.' The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Rideout Chapel, 1001 Armory Drive, Franklin, Va. A celebration of life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the High Street United Methodist Church in Franklin with a graveside service and burial at 2 p.m. in the Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News. The family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Michael Ponder, Dr. Les Powell, Judy Phelps, our 'Angel,' Allison Duck, and our 'Gift from God,' Diane Wyche. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the High Street United Methodist Church, 301 1st Ave. West, Franklin, VA 23851. Sturtevant Funeral Home Suffolk is handling arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 4/15/2007.
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Thank you so much for calling me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do at this time.
Bunky Bull (SEA island, GA) - April 145 2007
 I love, miss and ache for you Mama, Nathan and I will be looking for you in the stars.
Judy Parsons (Wakefield, VA) - April 15, 2007
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 My heart is saddened to hear of Belle's death. We had such fun growing up together. We had laughter and tears. Now memories will keep her alive for me. My sincere sympathy to you, Dale, and all your beautiful family.( I am) most (thankful) I had the pleasure of meeting (you) at your 50th Anniversary celebration.
Virginia Smith (Winston-Salem, NC)  - April 15, 2007
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Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss...The "Parsons" are such a HUGE part of my childhood memories, and I love you all.
Lori Nice (Hayes, VA) - April 15, 2007
Tim, I just spoke to my dad (in France) this morning. He would like you and your family to know that he will be praying for her and all of you. He has very good memory of your mother, he liked her a lot, and shares your pain. My dad wants me to apologize for him, but his hands are shaking too much, and he can't write with them anymore... so, he won't be able to send you a card... but he would have if his hands would have allowed him to do so.
(I, too, am very saddened by this big loss, and if there is anything that I can do to help you, please, let me know.).
All our condolences to you and your family.
Emmanuelle (and Pierre) Pouliquen (Chesapeake & Versailles, France) - April 15, 2007
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Susan & All The Parsons,
I just wanted you to know what good childhood memories I have of your mom. She was always there for all the kids. After school days, she was in the kitchen with a smile on her face and Dale by her side! My prayers are with you. I Love Ya'll...
Crystal Crump Hancock (Chesapeake, VA) - April 15, 2007
Belle had a flair for kindness that sprang deep from her soul. She counseled without judgment, honored secrets and respect. She gave all of us fortunate enough to know her the most powerful gift she had an everlasting love and the courage to go on without her for now until we meet again. Ill miss you forever, Belle. Gods love be with our family and heal the pain.
Ginny Parsons (Maui, HI) - April 15, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. I have only the fondest memories of her - what a great lady. She was truly a patient and kind woman. My thoughts are with your entire family at what I know is a very difficult time. Take care of each other.
Vicki (Wright) Covington (Newport News, VA) - April 15, 2007


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i am sorry about your dear mother...her memory - will always be eternal...and may god bless you and your family -always...

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greg bicouvaris (Newport News, VA) - April 15, 2007
I never had the pleasure of meeting Belle but I have met her son, Dale, and I can tell from seeing what kind of man he is that she must have been a wonderful mother. My heart aches for all of you as I know how hard it is to lose your Mom. When you lose your mother you lose some of your memories, the ones only the two of you shared, so now it is up to you to keep them, and her, alive in your hearts.
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Harriet Linz (Plano, TX) - April 15, 2007
Dale jr. and family
We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
You and you family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ginny Holloman, Faye Plessinger, Janet Liakos, Nancy Flugham NNHS 69
Janet Krupkowski (Hampton, VA) - April 16, 2007
I never had the privilege of meeting Belle but can only imagine how special she was when Ginny talks about her. My deepest sympathies go out to all of her family - she will be deeply missed. Smile when you think of her as her memory will live on.
Shannon Alten (Loveland, OH) - April 16, 2007 
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To Dale, and all of his family:

I had the honor of meeting your Mother at the 99th Parsons family reunion. I was taken with her genuine, down home hospitality. To her I was a perfect stranger, but I was made to feel welcome and special. That is a gift few people have. With soft eyes, and gentle hands, a Mother's love will forever be missed. Please, know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Starr Ann Herring (Spencer, IN) - April 16, 2007 


  Once again, our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Parsons family and their many friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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