Thomas Carroll “Burr” Parsons II
Departed on January 2, 2021 in Palm Bay, Florida
PALM BAY, FL — Thomas Carroll “Burr” Parsons II, 79, was born on January 21, 1941 in Charleston, WV and passed away on January 2, 2021 at his home in Palm Bay, FL, just nineteen days shy of his 80th birthday. He was the son of the late Thomas C. and Violet M. Dial Parsons, who had moved the family to Melbourne, Florida in 1946.
After attending Melbourne High School, Burr served in the United States Army before building a career in the appliance business, eventually becoming the owner of Al Booth Appliance in Melbourne before his retirement.
Burr was gifted with an incredible sense of humor, no one could tell a story like he could. To say he was “the life of the party” would be an understatement. Some of his stories were even true! He never met a stranger and became family to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a fishing and hunting enthusiast (and a fabulous dancer!), but above all of his interests and hobbies was his deep devotion and great love for his family.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 57 years, Ruthie “Tink” Hallowell Parsons and his three sons, Thomas L. (Shelly) Parsons, Michael K. (Susan) Parsons, and Troy E. Parsons, along with his brother, Lloyd E. “Eddie” Parsons and sister, Betty J. “BJ” (James) Zaleta.
Burr held a special place in the heart of each of his seven grandchildren, Jamie Parsons (Jesse) Harrison, Samantha Parsons (Josh) Baker, Corey Parsons, Justin Parsons, Hanna Parsons (Bradley) Rathbun, Felicia Parsons (Kyle) Brubaker and Troy A. (Celina) Parsons, along with his three step-grandchildren, Corynne Burrows, Brianna Burrows, and Rondall (McKinzie) Burrows.
He was also blessed with six great-grandchildren, Anna Harrison, Owen Harrison, Dean Baker, Jackson Baker, Nolan Baker and Sadie Parsons. One of his many nieces and nephews honored him by saying “everyone should have an Uncle Burr”.
A private service with military honors was held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida.