Vanoy Ray Parsons, 86, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Arlington. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society on his behalf, lls.org
or 914-949-5213. Vanoy was born July 9, 1927, in Plainview to Robert Roy and Clarice Standifer Parsons. He grew up through the Great Depression, sharing hard work on the family farm, near Abernathy. During his high school days, he participated in football and track, but during World War II
, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marine, serving aboard the tanker SS Topila. He then returned home to finish his last semester of high school. He spent his young adulthood farming and starting a family and in 1952, he began work for Southwest Public Service Company at the TUCO power plant, but continued to farm as well. In 1968, he relocated his family to Arlington and after a couple of years at UT Arlington, went to work for Johnson & Johnson where he invested 10 years. He then worked for Miller Brewing Company for 16 years and retired at age 70. He spent his remaining years enjoying his family. He was preceded in death by his son, Eddy Parsons; four brothers; and one sister. Survivors: Sons, Glenn Ray Parsons and wife, Margaret, and Thomas Craig Parsons; daughter, Teena Applegate and husband, Hal; brother, Neil Parsons; grandchildren, Clarica, Errin, James, Rachael, Brandy, David, Ryan, Sarah and Donna; and nine great-grandchildren.