Esther Simmons Parsons

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Esther Simmons Parsons age 87 of Lewisburg, Tenn. passed away on January 21, 2016, peacefully in her sleep after a short battle with cancer.

Esther was born April 23, 1928, in Shawnee, Oklahoma and grew up in Limestone County near Athens, Ala. Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Vona Simmons; one brother, Allen David Simmons; three sisters, Etha Mae Simmons, Emma Jean Simmons, and Ella Wee Crane.

Esther was a homemaker who enjoyed volunteering for many service organizations such as the March of Dimes, Red Cross and Easter Seals. She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club and the Old Car Club.

After raising their two sons, Esther enjoyed her time working at Westhills Elementary School Cafeteria. Esther was a member of Church Street Church of Christ for 45 years. Sunday school, church service, and Bible study was an important part of her life. Esther may have been best known in the community for being the wife of the Volkswagen man. Esther and Eugene mowed yards and pulled the red trailer behind the blue VW for many years. You could always find her pushing the mower with her wide brim straw hat and a long sleeve shirt.

Esther loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

Esther is survived by her husband of 67 years, Irvine Eugene "Gene" Parsons; two sons, Gary (Carol) Parsons of Franklin, Tenn. and David (Torrie) Parsons of Columbia, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Kate and Kyle Parsons of Columbia, Tenn.; one brother, Addrick (Virginia) Simmons of Locust Fork, Ala.; four sisters, Martha Evelyn Thompson of Columbia, Tenn., Evie Vance of Buford, GA, Eva Castleberry of Selma, Ala., and Era Ross of Alachua, Fla.; and special life-long friend Mildred Chapman of Lewisburg, Tenn.

Funeral services for Mrs. Parsons were conducted on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of London Funeral Home. Burial followed in Temple Cemetery. Visitation was held Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Pallbearers Rand Parsons, Tony Parsons, David Cumbie, Mark Ross, Ken Thompson, Terry Tucker, Kyle Parsons, and Jim Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers were Ladelle and Hellen Smith, Milden Chapman, Church Street Church of Christ Auditorium Class and Class 13, and nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Dr. Ben Gardner and staff and the entire staff at The Bridge Assisted Living.

In lieu of flowers, the family request is to make donations to the Diana Singing C/O Jack Parks, 2506 Nancy Green Ridge Road, Prospect, TN, 38477 or Cancer Center Fund of Maury Regional Health Care Foundation in memory of Esther Parsons 1224 Trotwood Ave., Columbia, TN, 38401.

London Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.