Parsons, Lewis S.

November 05, 2006

Son of the late Carl and Nellie Parsons, LEWIS S. PARSONS was born on December 19, 1927 in Havre De Grace, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public Schools and subsequently served in the United States Air Force. Lew, as he was called, began his working career at the tender age of thirteen, working summer vacations and after school hours at Bugle Linen Service, Inc., a subsidiary of Best Manufacturing Company. Bugle Linen was a chain of linen and uniform rental plants with several locations from Maine to Florida as well as in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Los Angeles, California. Lew worked by day and continued his education by night. Following his success as general manager of the Washington, D.C. branch, he was promoted to Vice President of Bugle Linen. He retired from Bugle Linen in 1978 and became general manager and consultant for Linen Systems for Hospitals in the New York and New Jersey area. In 1980, Lew joined the Federal Government as a Property Management Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services. He retired in 1991. Lew was a graduate of Cortez Peters Business School, attended Loyola University, majoring in Business Administration, and was a graduate of the Harvard Executive Education Program at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a member of The Linen Supply Association of America, The National Business League of Washington, D.C., and served as a management representative and trustee of the teamsters International Union, Health and Welfare Fund. He also served as management's chief negotiator of labor contracts with AFL-CIO Local #195. He served as Vice President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of National Property Management Association. Of all of his accomplishments, Lew was most proud of being a charter member of the former Dozen Social Club, Inc., the Chi Psi Sigma Business Fraternity. Lew loved the game of golf, travel and quietly and humbly serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lew's son, Cornel Parsons, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Mary L. Brown, a brother-in-law, Rev. William Brown, a godson, Trey Muldrow, a very dear friend and confidant, Mrs. LaFrance Muldrow, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. "I was not a perfect man, but for those of you who may be inclined, please do not cry for me. Life with all of its peaks and valleys has been good to me. I leave with humility, faith and prepared to face my God and account for the accomplishments, transgressions and failures of my mission as I passed through this bitter Earth." To the Youth of his church and community, Lew, leaves this challenge: Somewhere, dancing around the edges of knowledge and understanding, you will find opportunity, SEIZE IT and, above all, give thanks and praises to God for your exposure to it. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Lewis S. Parsons to the Scholarship Fund of Douglas Memorial Community Church, located at 1325 Madison Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217

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