James Parsons, 82

Methodist pastor

May 02, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

The Rev. James Edward Parsons Sr., former pastor of Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church, died of Alzheimer's disease April 25 at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 82.

Mr. Parsons was born in Baltimore and raised on Loretta Avenue. He was a 1943 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Mr. Parsons worked for a number of years for the City Wide Management Co. before deciding to pursue a career in the ministry.

He took religious courses at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., and with the Washington Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, family members said.

Mr. Parsons had been a lay speaker and pastor at several United Methodist churches in Baltimore and Hagerstown, and for the past decade had been pastor of Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church.

He retired in 2003.

Mr. Parsons enjoyed home improvement projects and attending family cookouts.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gwynn Oak United Methodist, 5020 Gwynn Oak Ave.

Surviving are his wife of 15 years, the former Annette Galloway; three sons, James E. Parsons Jr. of Greensboro, N.C., Myron Parsons of Toledo, Ohio, and Oliver Parsons of Severna Park; four daughters, Vonzella Faison, Jacqueline Bowden, Marie Parsons and Karen Floyd, all of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Two earlier marriages ended in divorce. His marriage to Roslyn Parsons ended with her death in 1993. A son, Jared W. Parsons, died in 2000; and a daughter, Mary A. Nash, died in 2003.

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