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William Reed Parsons III

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2-16-1943 to 12-30-2007
William Reed Parsons III, resident of Cloudcroft, died at his home with the assistance of Alamogordo Home Care/Hospice on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. He was born to E. Juanita (Marshall) Parsons and William Reed Parsons, Jr. After his father's death during WWII, his mother remarried A.D. Middlebrooks who reared Bill as his own son and they had two children, Marshall Wayne Middlebrooks and Sharon Dawn (Middlebrooks) Corzine. He was also parented by his paternal aunt and uncle, Valree and M.S. Bates.
He was born in Little Rock, Ark., spent most of his childhood in Hope, Ark., and Texarkana, Texas, before attending North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. He then earned a Master's in Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the University of Texas at Austin where his expression was in art metals. He had many artistic interests and as a teenager he played the guitar and was the lead singer with the group The Balladeers. Much later in life he was a percussionist with a group in the Renaissance Festivals in and around Austin and was heard to play a mean harmonica. While in college he met and married Joanne Woodward and they had a daughter, Courtney Tristan (Parsons) Richardson. Upon graduation Bill started a graphic design business and was active with the Austin Civic Ballet (later Ballet Austin) where he served several terms as President. When he moved to Dallas, Texas, in the late 80s he began teaching graphic design classes at the Infomart and Comp USA. In January of 1990 one of his students introduced him to Juanita (Mulkey) Luke and they married in April of 1991. They made their home in Bedford, Texas, until retiring to Cloudcroft where he planned to immerse himself in his studio and "make art." Bill also taught art classes for the public and at Collin County Community College where he was an adjunct professor for six years. He authored books on graphic design including Graphic Design with Pagemaker 5.0, 6.0, 6.5 and Electronic Prepress and was invited to submit material for the Maclopedia. Prior to moving to Cloudcroft, he sold art through Off the Beaten Path, participated in the Cloudcroft Mayfest and most currently has jewelry at Alan Miner's Earth and Stone Studio Gallery. He loved nature and especially the hiking trails in and around Cloudcroft. One of his fondest memories was of his grandchildren visiting this past summer when he got to teach his grandson, Nicholas how to properly handle a firearm; spend quality time with Mekenzie and to share his experience of White Sands with Courtney, her husband David and both his grandchildren. He and Juanita attended Cloudcroft United Methodist Church when he was physically able where he was embraced with warmth rarely experienced. He had hoped to become more involved and participate by sharing his gift of speaking. His editor called him a stellar writer and his students, a gentle instructor.
His funeral is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ran Loy officiating. A memorial service will be held in the Dallas Fort Worth area on Feb. 16, 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Parsons of Cloudcroft, his mother, Juanita Middlebrooks of Texarkana, one sister, Sharon Corzine and her husband Gary of Houston, a brother, Wayne Middlebrooks, his daughter, Courtney Richardson (husband David) of Birmingham, Ala., his grandchildren, Nicholas and Mekenzie Richardson and three nephews; Kelly and Jason Corzine and Shane Middlebrooks. He would also want to acknowledge his friend of 25 years, Bill Jeffers, who he called the other half of his brain. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
Cremation will take place locally at PCS entrusted to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 1 to Jan. 17, 2008
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