Nathan Lee Parsons(1986 - 2018)

Nathan Lee Parsons, age 31, of Clarksville Missouri passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana is in charge of services. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 3, from 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 4, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Don Amelung will officiate. Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana.
Nathan was born October 17, 1986 in Hannibal, the son of Dennis and Brenda (Tophinke) Parsons of rural Clarksville. Nathan grew up and lived in rural Clarksville. As a boy growing up Nathan participated in both YMCA soccer and Khoury League baseball. He was an excellent baseball player. His baseball skills were such that at one time Nathan was invited to play on a traveling team that the manager from an opposing team had organized.
Nathan attended and graduated from Clopton School and the Pike/Lincoln Technical School. While still in high school Nathan began his working career through employment with American Botanicals in Eolia. His work experience at American Botanicals, along with guidance from his Ag teacher, helped him earn the 2003 FFA Area Winner specialty Crop award, the 2004 State Winner Fiber Crop Production award, and the 2005 Area Winner Diversified Crop Production Placement award. After graduation from high school, Nathan first continued his work career through employment with a local farmer, and a number of years later he moved into the construction industry and was employed as a union carpenter.
Nathan is preceded in death by his grandfathers; Robert Parsons and George Tophinke.
Survivors include his parents, Dennis and Brenda Parsons of rural Clarksville; brothers, Neal (wife Brittany and children Samuel and June) of Bowling Green; Brock (wife Amber and daughter Lillian) of rural Clarksville; grandmothers, Annette Parsons of Louisiana and Pauline Tophinke of Bowling Green; Uncle Dale Parsons and wife Renee of Houston Texas; Aunt Lisa Dorsey and husband Jerry of Louisiana; Aunt Phyllis Grayson of Bowling Green; Uncle George Tophinke and wife Debbie of Auxvasse; Uncle Charles Tophinke and wife Carensa of St. Clement; Uncle Richard Tophinke and wife Karen of Bowling Green; along with numerous cousins.
Growing up in the country, Nathan developed a love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed writing and often penned poems, letters, and journaled different events of his life. Nathan especially enjoyed spending time with his grandparents and also spent many hours playing with the children of relatives and friends. Though Nathan had no children of his own, the children around him were drawn by his big and loving heart and all relished the time he spent entertaining and interacting with them.
Nathan was loved by his family and friends. He will be deeply missed, but his memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Pallbearers will be Dale Parsons, Rob Parsons, Jacob Wright, George Tophinke, Charles Tophinke, Richard Tophinke.
Memorials may be given in care of Collier Funeral Home or directly to the organization of the donor's choice.
The Parsons family would request that special consideration be given for memorials be made to organizations that combat the opioid/drug crisis that plagues our nation and/or to prison ministries.
•First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention and Recovery, mailing address: 633 E 63rd Street, Kansas City, MO, 64110. https://www.firstcallkc.org/
•The Missouri Department of Corrections has information on combating the opioid crisis on their website. https://doc.mo.gov/initiatives/opioid-crisis-response
Other possible memorials can be given Prison Ministries.
•Crossroads Prison Ministries 2480 44th Street, SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49512. Mail donations to: P.O. Box 900 Grand Rapids, MI 49509 https://cpministries.org/
Local organizations of the donor's choice. Clopton School, Louisiana Public Library, YMCA etc.

Funeral Home

Collier Funeral Home
117 Barnard Dr. Louisiana, MO 63353
(573) 754-4800
Published in Reader Connection on Aug. 1, 2018