James Homer Parsons Sr., 85, Harlan, Kentucky, passed away December 5 surrounded by his family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Dolpha R. Parsons and Beatrice Carty; sisters, Mary (Sonny) Rutherford and Gerry (Kirby) Woosley; and brother, David (Sue). He is survived by his wife, Thelma Audrey Wallace Parsons; daughter, Melinda Parsons Nunley (Michael); sons, Dennis (Karen) and James (Debra) Parsons; grandsons, Christopher Ryan (Regina), Joshua Erik (April) and Michael (Michelle); great-grandsons, Trevor, Ty and Costner; and great-granddaughters, Rosalie and Henley. He followed in the family trade as a third generation well driller and was a licensed driller in multiple states. He was a licensed master plumber and a certified master welder in Kentucky as well. After providing professional drilling services for 12 years, he and his wife founded and operated Eastern Well Drilling Company located in Harlan County for 33 years until their retirement in 1997. He also served as a past president and member of the Board of the Kentucky Water Well Association. He was a member of Mary’s Chapel First United Methodist Church, Masons and Shriners. He enjoyed music, dancing, boating and the beauty of nature, especially the sparkle of light on the water. Homer requested his celebration of life and final placement of ashes be postponed till the passing of his wife of over 64 years of marriage. At that time, there will be a graveside memorial service at Rest Haven Cemetery followed by a joint celebration of their lives. Memorials may be made to Friends of Hospice – The Serenity House-End of Life Care Home, P.O. Box 763, Harlan, KY 40831.
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