James Roger "Jim" Parsley

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James (Jim) Roger Parsley, 86, passed away on Thursday, January 30 after a brief illness with Alzheimer's. He was born on May 4, 1927 in Layhill, Maryland to Rodger and Elysie (Nichols) Parsley. He attended high school in Montgomery County Maryland. After high school he went to work for the U.S. post office before joining the U.S. Army in 1945. He served in World War II where he was stationed in Paris as a message center clerk. During the war he received an Army of Occupation Medal and World War II Victory Medal. After returning from the war, he became an entrepreneur opening and running several businesses. For a number of years he was a Shell Service Station owner in College Park, Maryland, while his last business venture was being a partner in Causeway Marina in New Smyrna. One of his greatest passions was NASCAR. He was an owner and driver of several racecars. He loved telling about his memories of driving at the Daytona International Speedway. He eventually purchased the Beltsville speedway in Beltsville, Maryland. After his days of racing ended, he could be found in front of the TV watching every NASCAR race that was televised. He was also an avid runner and ran many marathons until the age of 70. He enjoyed playing golf and would often play 4 times a week. Always active and on the move he would often be seen in the neighborhood walking one of his beloved Jack Russell's. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a trusted friend and mentor to many. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 1/2 years, Judith Parsley, his children: James (Kim) of Tennessee, Kelly Jenkins (John Dunphy) of Daytona Beach, Steven Allen of Holly Hill, and Rebecca (Bob) Barrett of Orlando. His granddaughters: Kierstyn (Jason) Nowack of St. Louis, Kragan Olliff of St. Louis and Jennifer (Chuck) Bost of Maryland and his great-grandchildren Tallen Nowack, James, Cate and Rebecca Bost. His family would like to thank his special hospice caregivers Cassandra, Margie, Sandy, Sheila, Nikisha, and Debbie along with the very special caregivers Trish, Michelle, Colleen, Mae, Amy, Ashley, Ava, Cherie, Jamie, Phaedra, Sharon, Shemika and Teran at The Terrace. There will be a service 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1 in the All Faiths Mausoleum at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens, 3001 South Ridgewood, Edgewater, with Chaplain Donald Shobert, Halifax Health Medical Center, officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Halifax Hospice 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129 or the Edgewater Humane Society, 605 Mango Tree, Edgewater, FL 32141.



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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 31, 2014
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