Willie L. Parson

Born: Sat., Apr. 25, 1942
Died: Thu., Jan. 5, 2012

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Dr. Willie L. Parson died Thursday, January 5, 2011.  Dr. Parson was an Executive Vice President and CIO at Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina.

The Memorial Celebration of Life of Dr. Willie L. Parson will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Allen University, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204  in the John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium beginning from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Dr. Willie L. Parson student scholarship fund, in care of Allen University, Dr. Pamela Wilson, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29204-1085

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Kay Isbell - Tacoma, WA
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
What a wonderful, kind and professional person. RIP

Hence Parson
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
I am truly going to miss Willie as he was not only a good brother, but a good friend as well. We would talk for hours on the phone about any and all things and I enjoyed listening to him about various subjects. Love to Sylvia.

Dr. Chiyuki Shannon
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Thank you, Dr. Parson, for all that you have done to support and encourage me in my work. And thank you for being so very kind.

Dana Mallette
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Dr Parson I will miss you, This is a sad day....

Frederick D. Rollins
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Dr. Parson was a great mentor to me and I will always remember him and all he has done for me. My condolences go out to his wife and family.

Amanda Scott-Thomas
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
So sorry to hear of Dr. Parson's passing...he was an excellent professor and servant-leader. My prayers are with his family- may the God of all comfort abide with you.

Mrs. Amanda Thomas
The Evergreen State College-Tacoma
Class of 2004

Tela Jones
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
I send my condolences to the family. Dr. Parson was my Professor at Evergreen Tacoma Campus, class of 2000.He was one of the most compasonate people I have ever met. He was a person with so much to impart on the lives of his students. I am truly saddened. RIP

Lillie Boatwright
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Wishing the family of Dr. Willie Parson my deepest regrets and sorry. He will be missed. God will see you through your hurt and pain, he will guide your path from day to day.

Ms. Lillie Boatwright

david lacross evergreen 1992
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
A good man. He gave far more than he took. RIP

Fang Yang
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
I remember Dr. Parson as an excellent professor as well as a nice person. My heart goes deeply to the family during this difficult time.

Nancy Koppelman
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Willie was one of my first teachers when I was a frightened, intimidated, 25-year-old freshman at Evergreen in 1983. I had always been a terrible science student, but Willie opened up science to me in a completely new way. He was kind, funny, warm, approachable, and put me at ease immediately. He gave his time generously as I stumbled to find my way into a daily life of study. He was one of the teachers who made me fall in love with learning, and from whom I found the courage, eventually, to decide to become a teacher myself. I'll always be grateful that he was there during that first important year. He made a huge difference in my life at that pivotal time. My best wishes to all his family and friends.

james Johnson
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Dr. Parsons. You are a man of great honor. I cannot express in words what you did for me while at TESC-Tacoma. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Those are time I will never forget and will always be in my memories. Job well do Dr. Willie L Parson. Now rest in peace my dear friend!

lauren farinas
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Dr Parson,for years I wanted to keep in touch and tell you that I finally pursued my Masters and I am about to graduate. You have have been a part of my educational journey at The Evergreen State College (tacoma campus). I am forever grateful for the wisdom and knowledge you have shared with me. And to your family, I extend my deepest condolences. The Heavens added another angel to watch over us. Thank you,Dr Parson.

Russ von Querner
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
It sadden me to hear of Willie''s passing. He was truly a great man. I''ve only met three people who had the wisdom and caring for others as Willie. I only had him for one class, but he would always take time to talk to me. I thought of him frequently after graduating in ''97. I will continue to think of him and try to live up to his high standard of human relations. God bless you Willie, rest in peace, hope to meet you again in the hereafter.

Pamela Wilson
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Sylvia, our love and prayers remain with you. The Allen University family will miss Dr. Parson, his energy, his enthusiasm, his commitment, and his contributions; but God knows best.

   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
This is indeed a great loss to us all. Dr. Parson was truly a mentor in many ways and his kind nature will be missed.

Rev. Noah Nyamaropa
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Death has robbed us a man of great wisdom. A father figure at Allen University. We shall trully miss him. May his soul rest in peace. To the family we are with you in prayers. Be comforted by these words which was said by Paul to Thessalonians: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Je''''Sel Carson
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Dr. Willie L. Parson,

You will certainly be missed. You were the rock in the Parson family, and brought smiles and humor to all who loved you. We miss your words of encouragement, and we miss your laughter. You touched the lives of many, and we were honored and blessed to have such a great man in our presence. Auntie Sylvia, we are here for you and will keep you in our prayers.

Love, Je''Sel

Debbie Santelli
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Although it's been nearly 15 years since I last spoke with Dr. Parson, seeing his picture and reading of the end of his life causes me to reflect on his contribution to my education and life. I didn't stop growing when I left his classroom at Evergreen (Tacoma) - he taught me how to think, grow and learn. What an incredible educator he was. My condolences to Willie's wife and family over the loss of this wonderful, kind, brilliant man: Willie Parson. Thank you, Dr. Parson -- until we meet again.

John Perkins Olympia, WA
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Willie was one of the first people I met when I joined the faculty of The Evergreen State College in 1980. Over the years I always enjoyed working with Willie on a number of issues. He was a beautiful, smart, and good man. A whole lot of people in Washington State will miss him very much.

Anthena Sales Seattle, WA
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Dr. Parson was a great mentor. I'm sadden by his transition. Hope his family is well.

Barbra Anderson
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
My condolences to the family of Willie Parson, especially his wife, Sylvia. Dr Parson was my advisor at Evergreen State College Tacoma Program. I also enjoyed taking his Research Methods, his guidance writing, interrogating many questions and ideas in Seminar. When he retired I wrote a poem for him. ( If I can find it I may share it at a memorial celebration of his life.) Thanks for sharing your many gifts and encouragements. Blessings, Barbra Anderson

Leo Daugherty
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
So long, Willie. Excelsior.

Sally Riewald
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Sylvia, My most sincere condolences. My heart goes out to you. I hope that you are surrounded by loving, caring friends and family. I know his absence will leave a big hole in your life. I pray that you can find the strength and support to heal over time. Many regards, Sally Riewald

Elvira Jones
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
I am truly sad to hear of Profess Parson death. He was an instrument to my life assisting me with my education at Evergreen State College - Tacoma Campus. He will be greatlyl missed in the professional word as well in the circula world his kind words of encouragement during my year at Evergreen is what helped me make it. May condolences to the family. May God be with you.

God Keep you,
Elvira Jones

Dr. & Mrs. Femi Ferreira
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012

We extend to you our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your loved one. While we share your sorrow, we also share with you the joy in knowing that your loved one is now resting in the arms of our Heavenly Father. May God be with you and may His perfect peace comfort you now and forever. Hence & Carolyn, please know that we are here for you. We continue to trust God for a new and brighter tomorrow.

Dr. & Mrs. Femi Ferreira
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012

We extend to you our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your loved one. While we share your sorrow, we also share with you the joy in knowing that your loved one is now resting in the arms of our Heavenly Father. May God be with you and may His perfect peace comfort you now and forever. Hence & Carolyn, please know that we are here for you. We continue to trust God for a new and brighter tomorrow.

Hutchinson, Kansas

Earnest Johnson
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
My prayers are with the family of Dr Parsons may god bless and comfort.

Kasondra Kugler Seattle, WA
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr.Parson. He was an amazing person and touched the lives of all of his students. He helped me through my educational journey including getting accepted to Penn State for my Master's degree. He always went above and beyond to help his students. He will be missed.

   Posted Sun January 08, 2012

John Slavich
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Dr. Parson was my friend, and a gentleman in the truest definition of the word. He had a commanding presence, and was a beacon of light in dark times. His smile, his commitment, his loyalty and his honor will be missed. God Bless you Dr. Parson, and God Bless you Slyvia. God has received a warrior for right.


Raj Sama
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Allen University Information Technology team will miss you alot.

Carolyn T Parson
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
I will miss your "Hey There" and "I Love You More". You were a great big brother to Hence and a wonderful friend to me. Rest in peace my friend. Carolyn

Wilnetta Jenkins
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Willie will be dearly missed by so many including the Jenkins and
Swan family. I always looked forward to the phone calls, emails and
visits from him and Sylvia.

Sylvia I am praying for you during this time. You are in my thoughts
every step of the way.

Much love, hugs and kisses Wilnetta

Annette Evans
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Sylvia, from your sorority sister Soror Annette, we are praying for you and your family. Dr. Parson was a great mentor to me, he was an excellent professors. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and he shall strenghten thine heart Psalms 27:14.
Ms. Annette Evans
The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus
Class 1993

Laurie Arnold
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Dr. Parson was my faculty in my very first program at Evergreen in 1982-83. Years later, we worked together as colleagues for 10 years at the Tacoma Campus. I said at his retirement party Give Back that he was the closest thing to a father that I ever had. I am much indebted to him personally for that and hold the highest regard for him as a teacher, a man and a human being. An absolute giant of a person. It's hard to believe such a life could come to an end. But his legacy lives on in the literally thousands of lives he impacted. He will be sorely missed. Tears are falling. Goodnight, Dear Willie Parson. I love you. To Willie's family, thank you for sharing him with all of us. We share your sorrow in his leaving this earth. We will cherish his memory.

Noah Prince-Tacoma, WA
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Dr. Willie Parson was a father figure to me and one of the strongest, most loving, wisest, most graceful, most tasteful leaders I have been blessed to know. Rest in Paradise Dr. Parson

Tyrone Reese
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Dr Willie Parson you'll be missed you taught me many lesson that I will always remember. You were well liked and welled loved. My prayers go out to Sylvia your loving wife. God bless you.

Vonetta Mangaoang
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
I am so sad to hear of the passing of such a wonderful person. He effortlessly encouraged me to acknowledge my successes and confront my fears. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, whom I hope know that Dr. Parson's lives on in his students' hearts.

Vonetta Mangaoang
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
I am so sad to hear of the passing of such a wonderful person. He effortlessly encouraged me to acknowledge my successes and confront my fears. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, whom I hope know that Dr. Parson''s lives on in his students'' hearts.

Crystal J. Young
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Although you've gone, we feel you near.
You are so loved by everyone here.
You touched our lives in numerous ways.
and brightened many of our days.

Dr. Parson words of wisdom will always be heartfelt... He was very wise and very understanding..My prayers are for the entire family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Willie Parson. I will pray and cry.

Jasmine C. Parson
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Uncle Willie:

I was deeply saddened to get the call on Thursday, January 5th, that you had passed. You were such an encouragement to me in regards to furthering my education and just life in general. You had such a kind, gentle and loving spirit. I would always look forward to coming home because I knew before I would leave to come back to Wichita that you would call the house and ask how I was doing, what my plans were for the weekend, and ultimately ask how school was going, and always tell me that you loved me and to give my mom and big hug for you! I will truely miss you, as will as, the rest of the Parson family. You fought a good fight and I'm okay with you being gone because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I love you!
Auntie Sylvia, my prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of great loss. I love you, too.

-Your niece, Jasmine C. Parson.

Pattie Norman in Tacoma WA
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Willie, you will truly be missed by so many. Sylvia, thank you for sharing Willie with all of us. You and your family are in my prayers….

Eugene G.Parson
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Big Bro.I miss you and allways will to my end.The monthly talks and fun with Little Hence.

April Spruell
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Dr. Parson you always encouraged me to finish school and to do my best. You gave me my first job at AU to work with the science Summer program a couple of years back. I will miss your big smile and your positive energy. You encouraged me when I wanted to give up in school. Looking back your words meant alot to me. So thank you! I will see you on the other side take your rest.
love April

Ronald R.N. Wilkins
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
Dr. Parson was more than an instructor he was a mentor, and a person that challenged me to dig, to investigate, and listen in order to make a health choice. He taught me to remain teachable so that I could continue to grow in mind, body and spirit, with a goal of sharing knowledge with others. I thank the creator for putting him in my life, and blessed to have known him. My condolences to his family, I shall keep you in my prayers.....and celebrate this great man''s life, wishing him well on this the next journey.

Ronald R.N. Wilkins
Class of 2006 (Evergreen The Tacoma Campus)

Regina Williams Sportsman Class of 2004 TESC- Tacoma WA
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
My deepest condolences to Professor Parson's family. I will never forget Dr. Parson because he really made you feel like you had worth and was so gentle and a real cool man. I learned more about HIV scientifically and especially how we view HIV on a social level and who and what HIV/ AIDS looks like (everyone). Dr. Parson has impacted my life forever. I still have my HIV/ AIDS Binder and I am teaching post secondary college in the medical field. My last moments with Dr. Parson in 2003 I will never forget I was going through a very hard time I had experienced loss and gain all within a few months. My parents moved to SC after living Seattle for over 40 years and I was deeply affected by it as I was in my last year of college. On October 13th 2003 the day that my granddaughter was born, Dr. Parson announced to the entire school how excited he was for me and how blessed that I was to become a first time grandmother. It really lifted my spirits up and I will never forget him for doing that. Last but not least I will always remember a time that we were laughing and joking and he told me he was a scientist and my eyes got real big, and I was in awe. I was in the presence of not only a Black Man but a scientist. We laughed about my shock. You never see our people displayed and In my eyes Dr. Parson is the Back Scientist that will live forever in my heart. To the family he will live forever in the students that he so dearly affected in a positive way. May God have your heart at this difficult time in your life and may God ease the pain as days go by. Always Regina

Melinda Downs
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
I am Praying for peace and comfort at this time for the family! I am a friend of Mr. Parson's sister and I truly appreciate her friendship. Not knowing Mr. Parson I am sure that Mr. Parson was a wonderful and loving person.

Lareasa Terry & Family
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love. May today''s sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God''s love.

To my friend Sylvia,

Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you smile again. We love you so much.

Lareasa, Carl, & Myles

Crystal Young
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
"God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference".

One day Dr. Parson stated this quote to me and I live with it deeply and sincerely. Dr. Parson was full of wisdom, truth and concern. He was very sincere with all mankind, never spoke an unkind word, greatest humanitarian of all times. I thank God for allowing him to venture into my life through the academic arena. My thoughts and prayers for healing go out to Mrs. Parson and family. I will truly miss Dr. Parson..

Crystal Young
Class of 2001-The Evergreen State College

Mrs. Danita Brown, AIA National Park Service
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
To the Family of Dr. Willie Parson:

Dr. Willie Parson was and will remain an inspiration to me. In the short time I had to work with Dr. Parson on the project to restore Chappelle Auditorium, he was the best example of grace, humility, knowledge and commitment that is unmatched. I considered him a friend and will miss his warm smile and keen intellect. My colleagues and I offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers. The Chappelle Auditorium restoration will stand as one of many legacies to Dr. Parson.


Danita Brown, AIA
Historical Architect
National Park Service
Southeast Regional Office

Marcia Brevard Wynn
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
I am privileged to have known you when I worked at Allen. You were always very encouraging and always had a kind word. You will be missed. My prayers are with the Parson family in this most difficult time. I pray your strength in the Lord.

Sylvia Scott
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
It has been a privilege for my family to have made the acquaintance of a man with such a kind and noble spirit. I will never forget the friendly and meaningful conversations we’ve had. I would like to express my deepest sympathy for his family and wonderful wife Sylvia.

Sylvia, I commend you for your strength over the last couple of months and I know your beloved husband cherished every moment and effort.

We love you.
James, Sylvia and Jordan

Owaski Parson
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
Uncle Willie, you stood in the place of my dad as a counselor on a great many things. I feel like I have lost him all over again. You often explained to me the method to your madness as well as why. You spoke of our family with love and vigor as well as you desire to make an impact at home and beyond. You were encouraging when we decided to homeschool our children as well as consistently encouraging "our" education. I miss you very much but realize that now heaven needs you more than I did and I look forward to the day when we meet again. I love you forever.

Your Son and Nephew,
Owaski NB Parson

Keith Keystone Williams
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
Brother Willie Parson,prince of a man, who encouraged me to excel as a young man in the 1970''s. May you be in God''s loving care now. Rest in peace my beloved brother, thank you for being a part of my life.

Regina Gore-Newman
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
I will remember Dr.Parson for the kind smiles and excellent education he provided servile of Us from Evergreen Tacoma. He will be truly missed I send prayer's to his family with my condolences.
Thank you,
Regina Gore-Newman

Mary Catherine "Dosey" Parson
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
Hi There Sylvia, it me, AKA "DOSEY"

For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street. Remember Him/God before the silver cord is broken (the silver cord is our breath) and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; then the dust will return to the earth (the body die) as it was, and the spirit will return to God (our Creator) who gave it,Ecclesiastes12v6-8.

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward,Ecclesiastes9v5.

Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit,(spirit of mind, heart)...1stCorin5v3.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain,Philippians1v21

We (I am) are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord, 2ndCorin5v8.

Sylvia in present time remember Jehovah-Nissi – "God is your Banner." The Hebrew word "Nissi" means my banner, or my covering, my protection and, also, my victory,Exodus 17:15.

Jehovah-Shalom – "God is your Peace." He is your Prince of Peace,Judges 6:23-24:Isaiah9v6

Jehovah-Shammah – "The Abiding Presence." The Lord desires that we walk with Him daily. The word abide means to stay, not to visit. What a wonderful Lord we serve,Ezekiel 48:35.

Wonderful talking with you...Cannot afford to attent my brother's funeral which breaks my heart for I do not have the $, however as the scripture states I will be there in spirit.

Wille's youngest sibling # 7 of 7
I AM LOVE>Mary Catherine Dosey Parson


Pat DeRize
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
Dr. Parson was the finest, most inspirational TEACHER I had. He was a true gentleman. Pat Derize Evergreen 1985.

Producer Abe Cortez
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
I am very saddened to hear to this news. He was a great professor - the one that believe in you, listen to you. DR. WILLIE PARSON was what I considered a Mans Man!

Pat Gordon - Evergreen Class of 1994
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
My condolences to the family of Dr. Parson. He will be greatly missed.

Diane Parson Thibodeaux
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.
Please keep the Parson's family in your prayers.
Willie's Big Sister,
Daine Parson Thibodeaux

Adrienne Moore
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
Sylvia, I only met the two of you a couple of times at the Swan house, but you both made such a lasting impression. I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you during this difficult time. Much love,

Adrienne Moore

Nona Simpkins
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
We praise God for the life of Willie Parson. He had a sweet, sweet spirit. I am thankful for him accepting me and others as friends of Sylvia. Thankful for his hospitality and the many meals he cooked for me and others. Most of all, thank you for being a wonderful husband to my friend Sylvia. God bless you Sylvia, you are in my prayers.

Kecia A. Betts - Tacoma, WA
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
Dr. Parson was a one of a kind human being! The world has lost a great man! Dr. Parson was my professor at the Evergreen State College, Tacoma Campus from 1997-1999 and we went to the same church. I will always love Dr. Parson for his endless patience, calm spirit, and incredible mind! He was the father to many fatherless students, he was the cheerleader to thoses of us lacking in self-confidence and he was the go-to guy if you wanted a healthy dose of TRUTH! What I loved most about Dr. Parson was that he loves Jesus and that made him even more impressive! May God Bless his loving spirit for all eternity! I love you Dr. Parson!

Peace and Blessings,

Kecia A. Betts

Kristina Santwan
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
I will always remember what an inspiration Dr. Parson was to me. I was a very quiet student at Evergreen State College and he always encouraged me to be more involved and speak up. Because of him, I followed my passion of getting involved in Non-Profit work and feel very fulfilled. He had the kindest heart of anyone I know and will be greatly missed. This was extremely sad news to hear. Rest in peace and much love to his family always.

Presiding Elder C. Jessel Strong
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
We pray God''s blessings upon you and the family as you seek His comfort during this time of sorrow.

   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
I was blessed to know Dr. Parson during my short stay at Allen University. He initially interviewed me for a position with the NASA program. After the interview, he told me that I was overqualified for the position and he personally forwarded my resume on to another department. He was very instrumental in enabling me to discover my passion for working with students at HBCU's. Dr. Parson was a genuine individual and truly cared about people. During the short time that I knew him, he encouraged me to pursue my doctorate degree and constantly stressed the importance of education and giving back to others. He really believed in me an was a very strong source of support during my short stay at Allen. I feel blessed to have known Dr. Parson and he will be missed. The world lost a great man and it was a privilege to have known him and crossed his path. I will be forever indebted to him. Thank you Dr. Parson. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Frederick T. Garrett
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
There are people that helped along the way and there are those that showed the way.
Dr. Parson help make the way.
Now we must all step up to fill in and build on his legacy
Rest In Peace Willy we'll take it from here, you showed us how.

   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
Even though we were 8 years apart and I am your aunt, we shared some great times growing up together. You will be missed, until we meet again.

May God comfort and give His peace to each of our family members. And may you each feel His presence in a special way.

John 14:3 "Jesus said, I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am there you may be also."

I love you,
Aunt Alean & Cousin Sherry

Lupe S. Jackson
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
What a wonderful soul! Dr. Parson''''s is one of many inspiring professor''''s that I had the opportunity to meet, and to be taught by, while attending TESC-Tacoma Campus. In my first year attending, not only did I find attending classes to be full of life-changing experiences, but that I was amidst a unique collective of dedicated and gifted professors. I remember Dr. Parson''''s greeting me one evening by my first name, I was so surprised that he even knew me, as there were many students; and what even further astonished me, was that he recalled something I had said, which caused us to further dialogue. After that conversation, he always greeted me with an inviting welcome and jovial smile. I am very lucky to have known him, and will keep him in my heart.

Paris Bridges and Family~Lakewood, WA
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
I thank you Willie for being my friend, my brother in Christ and my professor extraordinare. Thank you for taking time with me as an adult learner at Evergreen State College where I recieved my Bachelor''''s degree. I appreciated your guidance that gave me the confidence after so many years of being out of school. Pam reminds me of the confidence you also gave to our J''''nai as a high schooler in your summer MESA program. Your college letter of recommendation not only recognized her as a talented pianist but all as a talented mathmetician which gave her so much confidence and encouragment as you have given to so many youth and adult learners. God Bless you and God Bless Sylvia as she continues her journey on earth without you. You will be dearly missed and you shall remain in our hearts always.

Dr. Ann L. Hightower, Renton, WA
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Dr. Parsons was an accomplished scientist and educator in our community.
However, whenever I saw him he never talked "science" even though we had that in common as career fields. Instead, he always asked about my son and how he was progressing in his growth as a young person and in his studies. Above and beyond his commitment to excellence in science was Dr. Parson''''''''s commitment to fostering the growth and development of excellent young people and this was truly inspiring.

Joyce Guyton
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
To Sylvia:

I want to express my condolences to you for the passing of your beloved WILLIE. He was a really nice person. I often think of how he and my son-in-law (Willie Dillon) enjoyed each others company when we were in Jamica for the wedding. Thanks to you and your WILLIE for touching my family's life. MAY HE REST IN PEACE, and I will remember you and your family in prayer. Keep GOD before you and he will get you thru this most difficult time.

Bernard and Sandra Jo Bonner Hadley
   Posted Sat January 21, 2012
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.

_Antoine de Saint Exupery

He kept at true good humour''''s mark the social flow of pleasure''''s tide, he never made a brow look dark, nor caused a tear, but when he died.

---Thomas Love Peacock

Your Mitchellville, Maryland family

Allen University Student Government Association
   Posted Mon January 23, 2012
We the student''s here at the University will deeply miss Dr. Willie Parson. He was always "student''s first" and integrity driven. His character and dignity represented the true morals of his character and his fraternal organization of Alpha Phi Alpha. The lives that were touched by him found a strong sense of humanity, strength, and general self worth. It is a somber semester here at the University without his presence. He left us his strength, and wisdom and these investments will live out through the students that he touched. He will never be forgotten.

Charles Hickman
Allen University
Student Government Association

   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
Farewell ,So long, Goodbye , May you Willie Parson "Rest In Peace".
God bless Slyvia and the Parson Family .
" Blesed are they that mourn:for they shall be comforted". Saint Matthew 5:4
With Sincere Sympathy The Rimmey Family of Newellton,Louisiana

Judi "Judith" Mosby
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
Mrs. Parson,

Thank you for sharing Dr. Parson, one true man of God. Doc always had the right words to say, the right questions to challenge your thinking, and the belief of true success for the students he touched. Many days at Evergreen Tacoma as a student and alum I would sit in the lab or Dr. Parson's office just waiting to hear the right words to ground my efforts and redirect my energy; with a smile and words of wisdom "Doc" would have the right words to help me soar to the next level. Each time that I had to make a choice in my career journey he would be the voice or reason. Once you all left the northwest he still was just a phone call away and would take the time to help me process and anchor my thoughts. Doc, "Dad Parson", Dr. Parson I will miss, although I will see you again in Heaven. "Judith", in the words of Doc that is what your mother named you! May the peace of God and the love of Christ be with the Parson family, the Allen U family and all the Greeners.

Judi "Judith" Mosby

Simone N. Green, Esq.nd
   Posted Thu January 26, 2012
Thank you for your wisdom, guidance and support. Rest in eternal peace, Dr. Parson. You will be missed.


Ronique Shulette Hinchen
   Posted Fri January 27, 2012
It is often hard to put in words the feelings one has when someone passes who has touched their lives so greatly. It has been many years since I have had the pleasure of being in the company of Willie and Sylvia, but their words of wisdom are with me each and everyday.

The influence that Willie had on my life can never be measured. From memories of spending hours at his house in Washington State as a little girl while our families played cards and badminton to working every summer while I was in college at Pacific Luthern University with the MESA program. He always encouraged me to want something greater that what was given to me.

Of behalf of my Hinchen and Oliver family, we would like to exteded our deepest sympathies to Syliva and the Parson family. Please do not hesitate to call or ask for anything you need. We cherish the time we were able to have with Willie on this earth and know that he is a better place.

There are no goodbyes for us.
Wherever you are, you
will always be in my heart.

With Love Overflowing,


Jeffrey Hartle
   Posted Sun January 29, 2012
Willie did some consulting for Weyerhaeuser and I had the pleasure of working with him. He was a great teacher, mentor and friend to all he met and worked with. We had some good laughs together! I am sorrY to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Susan Williams Tistinic
   Posted Sun January 29, 2012
I''''m so very sorry for your loss of Willie. He was exceptional and had great influence with so many, particularly the young, what a void there will be now. I do know what you both have endured dealing with his disease, and my heart goes out to you. Please contact me, when you can, I have been trying to find you for some time. Stay strong, take care, and know you have a friend in Tacoma that loves you. Sue

Eve and Todd Kihara
   Posted Sun January 29, 2012
My condolences to Sylvia and Parson family. We were Willie and Sylvia's neighbors in University Place, WA. Willie and Sylvia were kind and friendly and always smiling. What a successful and admirable man, Willie was. It was a pleasure to know him.

Pat Richmond, Tacoma, WA
   Posted Sun January 29, 2012
May pleasant memories sustain you as well as other family and friends at this time.
You both cared about and influenced so many learners and friends. May caring people surround and support you now. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

Racheal Counts-Williams
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
Cynthia Tucker informed me of your passing and It saddened me deeply. You were the consumate gentleman and an avid educator, You always made yourself available, whether the issue were academic or personal. It
was your guidence that helped me at times of great personal upheval. You
will always be remembered with a smile. I carry you close to my heart, and know there is a great rejoicing in heaven. Thank you for touching my life.

Dr. Wanda Fernandopulle
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
Dr. Parson was a great mentor and friend. I will always remember the wisdom he shared with me and the smile he always carried with character. Thank you.

Elizabeth Holmes
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
It was a blessing to have known and served on the Allen Universitiy staff with Dr. Parson. May the Spirit of God bless and keep him in our memories, and bring comfort to the family in Jesus'' love. What sorry we share in our heartfelt grief at this time. Praise God for how Dr. Parson touched many lives on his journey through life.

Louise and Alphonse Johnson & Family
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Thirty four years ago, when we met Sylvia and Willie we became their Tacoma parents. It was a joy to have them both in our lives. Willie touched all of our lives with his caring, patience, and love. In everything there is a season, it is difficult, but we know this was his season to go and be with God. Sylvia, we love you and you know we care, we are here for you.
In Deepest Sympathy

Nicholas Gray
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
" To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord"
We just wanted to reflect on the time you and Willie spent with us, our family and friends in Jamaica we will never forget those memories we shared. May God strengthen and comfort you in this time of loss.

We love you and God bless you

Nicholas, Mara, Amaria, Demetrius & Nickara

Bala Thevar
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
My heartfelt condolence goes to the bereaved family of Dr. Parson. We are missing a great human who compassionate to others and a great scholar. I worked under him as an adjunct faculty and taught Mathematics through online as well as face-face “Educosoft” program. He was a role model to academicians.

Lois Dowling
   Posted Sun February 05, 2012
Willie and Sylvia were next door neighbors on 25th Avenue in Tacoma, and and everyone in the neighborhood agreed they were the neighbors everyone would like to have. Their home was kept in pristine condition and the Parsons were an outstanding couple. We were devastated when they moved, and the neigborhood has not been the same. Sylvia, your sorrow is great, but you are strong. The source of your strength comes from all those people who love you, and they are many. Thank you for being you!

Sheryl Johnson
   Posted Thu February 23, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about the death of Professor Parson. Not only was he my Professor at the Evergreen State College in Tacoma Washington, He was like a Father to me while I was going through a divorce., He help me to beleive in myself. My condolences goes out to the family, may God Bless you and I will keep you in my prayers.

Rachel Peters
   Posted Mon February 27, 2012
Condolences to the family on the loss of Dr. W. Parson. I met Dr. Parson when I chose my major-Medicine-1982, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. I was a pre-med student and there were very few racial minorities & even less Native American/First Nation students. He listened to me each time I spoke of missing my family and how I could do the work but I wanted to go home! I left TESC after a year and pursued a career in Chemical Dependency Counseling and decided to go back to TESC-Tacoma Campus. I became re-acquainted with Dr. Parson there in 1994 and recieved by BA Degree. During my final project, 1996, I wrote of "coming full circle" and made a note of being able to be a student under the auspices of Dr. Parson--I cried, he cried, seems everyone cried during the presentation and I recieved a standing ovation. I realized his encouragement, resiliance, tenacity, and his love for humanity served me well for he did not preach it---he lived it. "Death? --There is no Death--Only a Change of Worlds." Chief Sealth (Seattle). Rachel Peters, Ns'Kallam

Ali Ramezani, Class of 1980, The Evergreen State College
   Posted Wed June 06, 2012
Dr. Parson was a kind and compassionate teacher. He will be for ever remembered by me. As the Persian poet of 1200 AD once said, " a good man never dies. Dead is one who will not be remembered.

ellis greene
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Sylvia Parson this is Ellis Greene your old time student at Mount Tahoma High School. i been looking for you and whillie for years until i type in your name just for fun. then when i look i saw an article with your husband passing away..my heart goes out to u and you family..i always think about u all especially you. i didn''t tell you thanks for everything but i was young and immature.. thanks a million for everything and may the good lord bless u..whillie is with his lord..be strong and i will be praying for u..love you ..again from ellis greene your old time class mate from mount tahoma high school..plz call 646.577.2777. love u

   Posted Fri May 10, 2013
Sometimes it takes a long time to say wonderful comments about great people that were of this world, however, great people my not been seemed today, but you hear their words daily. Dr. Parson, left his knowledge, his beliefs and the love of education to many of us that had an opportunity to be in his presence.
My family and I miss you, Carolyn Vaughn Young and Robert H. Young, Jr.

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