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PARSONS John Hand Parsons, Jr., 66, passed away on August 20, 2013. Born in Jacksonville, Florida on April 21, 1947, he was a son of the late Margie Reed Parsons and John Hand Parsons, Sr. John attended Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville and was a graduate of the Carlisle Military School in Bamberg, SC, where he was class valedictorian. John was a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and also attended the Wharton Graduate School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Coast Guard and had held career positions as a reporter for the Florida Times Union newspaper in Jacksonville, Florida; Court Clerk for the Clerk of the Circuit County Courts - Duval County, Florida; Corporate Trainer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida; Director of Medicare Sales-PCA of Texas (Houston) and Director of Small Group Sales for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. John loved the game of chess and had served as a Director of the Jacksonville Chess Club. He was an avid golfer, loved the Florida Gators football and baseball teams, the New York Yankees and sports of all kinds. He was a voracious reader, an introspective writer of short stories and had an extensive collection of his favorite music albums. John was a loving husband for 34 years to his wife, Cecile and a steadfast, caring father to his stepdaughter Shannon. He greatly loved his dog Casey. John is survived by his wife, Cecile Parsons, stepdaughter, Shannon Denney and his many Parsons cousins in Jacksonville, Florida. Memorials may be made Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC 29212. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 25, 2013
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