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Kermit Charles Parsons Sr., 75, of Danville, Ill., passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, peacefully at his home.
Kermit was born Aug. 2, 1942, in Columbus, Miss., to Lura Guyton Parsons and James Raymond Parsons Sr. He was raised in Tupelo, Miss.
Kermit attended Morehouse College for two years in Atlanta, singing in the famous Morehouse Choir. He then completed his studies and graduated with a degree in music from Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.
He taught music and band in the Mississippi School System and the elementary and middle schools in Danville. Kermit took a pause with teaching and was a drill sergeant in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged and eagerly resumed his teaching career.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cathy Evans of Decatur; his four children and their spouses, Kimberly (David) Simmons of Columbia, S.C., Pamela (Matt) Parsons-Hobbs of Whitestown, Ind., Kermit Charles Jr. (Elizabeth) of Cary, Ill., and Jeremy Parsons of Rantoul, with Stephanie Beresferd; and his eight wonderful grandchildren.
Kermit was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Raymond Parsons Jr. He leaves to cherish his memories one sister, Joyce (Floyd) McNeil Newman of Kansas City, Mo.; one aunt, Elizabeth (Allen) Guyton Singleton, of Chicago; one dear sister-in-law and friend, Olivia Parsons, of Cordova, Tenn.; and a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in law, nieces, nephews, cousins and too many friends to list.
The family of Kermit Parsons would like to express their sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindness shown to them this past year at Carle Cancer Center.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Leek and Son Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at noon Monday, Sept. 18, at Carter Metropolitan CME Church in Danville. Committal service, military rites and burial will be at the VA National Cemetery, Danville.
Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 15, 2017
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