Rev. James Parson

February 22, 1939 ~ May 21, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Rev. James Parson Obituary

Reverend James Parson, 84, a local Elder, at Union Bethel AME Church, in Brandywine,

Maryland, was called home to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, May 21, 2023.

Rev. Parson was born February 22, 1939, in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late Beatrice Parson and

Thomas W. Jones. He has been married to Mrs. Dierdra Parson for over 43 years.


Rev. Parson was a fiery prayer warrior dedicated servant, a wise counselor, and an enthusiastic

witness. Rev. Parson was labored and faithful member at Union Bethel AME Church where he

served as the Minister to Men, the lead of the Outreach Ministry, sang in the Men’s and Mass

Choirs, served as a Trustee, Armour Bearer to Pastor Harry L. Seawright, the Head of the

Hospitality Ministry and so many other ministries to help build the Kingdom of God.

He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1958. He retired

from the Naval Intelligence and National Intelligence Service (NIS) after many years of service.

James was a jack of all trades and worked many other jobs.


Left to cherish his memory is his devoted wife, Dierdra Parson; sons, Kevin Powell (Sheila);

Lamont Parson (Clarissa); and Warren Gordon; daughters, Towanna Thompson and Rev. Debra

Grant; nephews, Sylvester Troy Parson (Suzette), Reggie Newbern: loving nieces, Dr. Alethia

Parson Speller (Kenneth), Pamela Owens, Karen Surratts, Marjorie Newbern; grandchildren,

great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, church family and many loving and

caring friends.

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June 3, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Union Bethel AME
6810 Floral Park Road
Brandywine, MD 20613

Celebration of Life
June 3, 2023

11:00 AM
Union Bethel AME
6810 Floral Park Road
Brandywine, MD 20613


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