DEXTER - Clinton H. "Jack" Parsons, the youngest son of Joseph W. and Matilda Sanders Parsons, was born near Herrin, Ill., Feb. 19, 1910, and passed away June 19, 2002, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter.
A 75-year resident of Stoddard County, he is survived by three children, C.H. Parsons Jr., Lydia E. Temples and Lurlyn Jo Daniel; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was united in marriage on Feb. 11, 1931, to Evelyn Barham Parsons, who preceded him in death on June 29, 1990. His parents and 13 brothers and sisters also predeceased him.
Jack was a charter member of the Dexter Lions Club, having served as president and secretary for over 20 years. He was a past president of the Dexter Chamber of Commerce. A 57-year member of the Kenady Hanks Post of the American Legion, he was also a member of Dexter Elks Lodge 2439. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
After the Navy, Jack was an active businessman in the electrical construction business throughout Southeast Missouri. He was very active in the civic and political affairs of Dexter and Stoddard County and was an avid supporter of the Lions Eye Tissue Bank.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dexter Cemetery with the Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Missouri Lions Eye Tissue Bank
Columbia, Mo. 65201