Hiram Percy PARSONS was born on 9 Aug 1928 in Post, Garza, Texas. He died on 30 May 2010 in Friona, Parmer, Texas. He was buried in Terrace Cemetery, Post, Garza, Texas. Hiram married (MRIN:6231) Margaret Agnes ADAY on 13 Feb 1949.
OBITUARY: Amarillo Globe-News, May 31, 2010
FRIONA - Percy Parsons, 81, died Sunday, May 30, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Friona United Methodist Church in Friona with the Rev. Ron Colwell, minister, officiating. Graveside services will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Terrace Cemetery in Post with the Rev. Bobby McMillin of Lubbock officiating. Arrangements are by Blackwell Funeral Home in Friona. He died early Sunday morning, May 30, 2010, at Parmer Medical Center in Friona. He was born Aug. 9, 1928, in Post to DeWitt and Alice Conner Parsons. He graduated from Post High School and Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He began his career in funeral service in 1946, in Brownfield. He married Margaret Aday on Feb. 13, 1949, in Muleshoe. After completing mortuary college, he, Marvin and Victor Hudman established Hudman Funeral Home in Post.
In 1958, he sold his interest in the home and moved to Olton, where he established Parsons Funeral Home. He also owned funeral homes in Dimmitt and was a partner in funeral homes in Earth, Friona, Stephenville and Odessa. In Post, he served on the administrative board of the Methodist Church; helped organize the Jaycees and served as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president; helped organize the United Way; and was a member of the volunteer fire department. In Olton, he served on the administrative board of First Methodist Church for 15 years; was active in the Lions Club, serving in every office including president; served as zone chairman for Lions District 2T-2; served two terms on the City Council; was active in peewee, little league and Babe Ruth baseball programs serving as vice president; was a member of the volunteer fire department; served in all offices of the Chamber of Commerce through the presidency; served as manager of the chamber for 1½ years; and received the outstanding citizen award in 1966. In Friona, he served on the administrative board of the Methodist church and was chairman of the board of trustees; was president of the Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the steering committee to build a 60-bed nursing home and upon completion served as first chairman of the board of Prairie Acres Nursing Home; and was director and past president of the Senior Citizens Organization and the Evening Lions Club. In Dimmitt, he served as chairman of the administrative board of the Methodist church and member of the board of trustees; was a member of the Chamber of Commerce; and was chairman of the Road to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society. Professionally, he had been a licensed funeral director since 1950; a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the Panhandle Funeral Directors Association, where he served every office on two separate occasions; West Texas Funeral Directors Association, where he was presented a lifetime membership in 1983 and served two different two-year terms as a director of the Texas Funeral Directors Association; received the Outstanding Funeral Director of the Panhandle region in 1982 and again in 2006; served as trustee of the Texas Funeral Directors Association's group benefit trust from 1970 through 1987; served on the TFDA pre-need trust from 1982 to 1992; and was appointed by Gov. Bill Clements to the Texas Funeral Service Commission in 1987 and served until 1993. As a member of the commission he served as the chairman of the Consumer and Industry Relations Committee, Legislative Committee, and vice chairman of the examination committee, served as chairman of the commission for two years, acting chairman one year, and chairman of the Complaint Review Committee from August 1991 until his replacement was appointed. He was named Friona's Man of the Year in 2006 and Texas Funeral Director's Association Funeral Director of the Year in 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Vera Cox and Jewel Parsons; and a brother, Conner Parsons. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Mike Parsons and wife J Carol of Spicewood and Dale Parsons and wife Amal of Dallas; a daughter, Rhonda Murphree and husband Jim of Friona; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be to Friona United Methodist Church, 301 E. Eighth, Friona, TX 79035; American Cancer Society, 3915 S. Bell St., Amarillo, TX 79109; or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001.