Ralph D. Parsons
Ralph D. Parsons, age 84, of Shelby, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Ralph was born February 27, 1932 in Elliott County, Kentucky, the son of the late Vencil and Ollie (Porter) Parsons. He was a United States Armed Forces veteran serving during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, Ralph worked at AK Steel in Mansfield, retiring after 33 years of service. He was a member of Taylortown Community Church, where he served as deacon for several years and currently remained an honorary deacon.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Hazel (Barker) Parsons, whom he wed on September 6, 1959. Also surviving are: 4 children: Robin (Dave) Johnson of Shelby, Joyce Burdette of Washington, WV, Ralph “Danny” (Sherry) Parsons, Jr. of Plymouth, and Susan (Bill) McLendon of Shelby; 13 grandchildren: Kate (Tim) Mirth, Emily Johnson, Clay Burdette, Nathan Burdette, Elizabeth Parsons, Amber Parsons, Chris Parsons, Paul Parsons, Rebekah Parsons, Aaron Allen, Shawn McLendon, Erica McLendon; 2 great granddaughters: River and Rose Mirth; 2 brothers: Bob (Paulette) Parsons of Hamilton, Don (Tong) Parsons of Lebanon; 4 sisters: Thelma McDavid, Dorothy (Elwood) Flannery, June Parsons all of Grayson, KY, and Della (Dewey) Barker) of Shelby. In addition to his parents Ralph was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Zoelle Mirth, and a brother, Lonnie Parsons.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 4-7 pm at Taylortown Community Church, 2656 Taylortown Road, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 am. Ralph’s pastor, Rev. O. Douglas Tackett, will officiate and burial will following in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh where military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Care for Ralph and his family is being provided by Bob, Catherine, and Jake at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elijah’s Barrel Fund at Taylortown Community Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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