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Thomas Eugene Parsons

May 14, 1930 October 7, 2018
Thomas Eugene Parsons
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Obituary for Thomas Eugene Parsons

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas E. Parsons, 88, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

The funeral mass will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Greenville. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Born May 14, 1930 in Durham to Joseph Parsons and Lelia Jackson, LTC Parsons lived a life defined by his service and love for his family, country and community.

He served in the United States Army for 28 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Following his retirement from the Army, he taught for 20 years as a JROTC instructor at the high schools in Farmville and Kinston.

LTC Parsons was very active in the Greenville community, founding Boy Scout Troop 826 and serving as its Scoutmaster for many years, Instructor for the American Red Cross, while also holding various leadership positions within the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church for over 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bobbie Parsons of Greenville; brother William (Connie) Parsons of Plant City, FL; daughter, Bonnie (Dave) Pulver of Ayden; son, Thomas (Michele) Parsons of Union Mills, NC; son, Gene (Donna) Parsons of Pflugerville, TX; 6 grandchildren: Jessica Parsons of Raleigh, Lela Walker of Oxnard, CA, Amanda (Richard) Parrish of Fuquay-Varina, Robert Walker of Greenville, Moxie (Leslie) Williams of Savannah, GA and Zebbe Williams of Raleigh; and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you assist needy animals by donating to Pitt Friends. Checks may be mailed to 2850 E. Fire Tower Road, Greenville, NC 27858.

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6:00 PM 10/15/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/15/2018 8:00:00 PM
Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville

2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States





11:00 AM 10/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church

2606 E. 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Burial will take place at a later date.

St. Peter Catholic Church
2606 E. 5th Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Arlington National Cemetery Final Resting Place

1 Memorial Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22211

1 Memorial Blvd. Arlington 22211 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Pitt Friends Animal Shelter

2850 Firetower Road
Greenville, NC 27858

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