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Harold W. Parson, 70

March 04, 2009

NOV. 2, 1938-MARCH 2, 2009

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- Harold W. Parson, 70, of 10592 Lincoln Highway, died Monday, March 2, 2009, at his home.

Born Nov. 2, 1938, in Burnt Cabins, Pa., he was the son of the late Walter W. and Ganavice M. Morrow Parson.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.

He had attended Pleasant Hill Church in Shade Gap, Pa.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Seattle, American Legion Post 561, McConnellsburg, and IBEW Electrical Union.

He is survived by his wife, Elfriede Janda Parson, whom he married May 7, 1978; three sons, John W. Parson of Soldotna, Alaska, Keavin Parson of Wasilla, Alaska, and Blair Souders Jr. of Harrisonville, Pa.; two daughters, Susan M. Mellott of Needmore, Pa., and Christine A. Thomas of Dry Run, Pa.; two brothers, Thomas F. Parson of Mount Union, Pa., and Ronald E. Parson of Morristown, Tenn.; two sisters, Barb Hill of St. Thomas, Pa., and Virginia Davison of State College, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by two sisters, Geraldine A. Anderson and Beverly M. Parson; and two brothers, Utts D. Parson and Walter D. Parson.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, McConnellsburg. Chaplain John Winkler will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Shade Gap, with military services conducted by Fulton Honor Guard.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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