David R. Parsons – Sergeant, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

David R. Parsons, 79, of 22 TriLake Park, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in Winchester Medical Center.

Parsons was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Binghamton, New York, the son of Dewitt Hoag and Jane Lockwood Parsons. He retired after 32 years in the shipping and receiving department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Maryland.

He served in the United States Army as a Sergeant in the 26th Infantry Regiment and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Rockville, Maryland, American Legion Post 96, Moose Lodge 1540, and the Military Order of the Cootie. He was a life member of VFW Post 9862.

He married Mary Ann Burkey on Sept. 9, 1985, in Rockville. His first wife, Marion Elizabeth Davies Parsons, died in 1967.

Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Judith Diane Parsons Altman of South Park, Pennsylvania; two sons Jeffrey Dewitt Parsons of Mt. Airy, Maryland, and Richard David Parsons of Oahu, Hawaii; a stepson, Richard A. Wright of Ohio; three stepdaughters, Linda Lee Sonifrank of TriLake, West Virginia, Betty C. Faircloth of West Virginia, and Phyllis Joan Reid of Maryland; three grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Ft. Myer Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery.

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