Maxwell G. Parsons, 88 of Belleview, Florida died August 24, 2018 at West Marion Community Hospital in Ocala Florida. He was born February 8, 1930 to the late Grover Cleveland Parsons and Susan Matilda Cochenour in Mt. Sterling, Iowa. He married Mary Hill Parsons in March 22, 1949.
Mr. Parsons is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Hill Parsons, son, Jeffrey Linn Parsons(Linda), and daughters, Cheryl Parsons Chapman, (Larry,)and Brenda Parsons Rozine (Mark). Also surviving are his two sisters, Bernadine Kerner, and Shirley Saunders. His Grandchildren, Melissa, Katherine, Lauren, Cameron , Christopher, and Jeremy. Great Grandchildren, Colby, Caden, Caroline, Ryne, and Jaxon. Preceded in death, siblings Eugene, Madeline, Russell, Lester, and Craig, and also Carol Lou Parsons(daughter) and Rebecca Lynette Parsons (Granddaughter).
He graduated from Kahoka High School, Kahoka, Missouri in 1948 and from Culver Stockton College, Canton, Missouri with a B.S. Degree in 1952. He entered the S.S. Kresge Company, Store #344 in St. Louis, Missouri also in 1952. His lengthy career continued with many positions from stock boy, to Assistant Manager, Manager, District and Regional Manager, Buyer, Sr. Buyer, and then on to Australia with the title of Consulting Managing Director, Kmart Australia. Mr. Parsons career culminated with the titles of Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sporting Goods and Automotive, and lastly President of Kmart Enterprises in 1983. Finally, his vast experience in retailing allowed him to also serve on many Executive Boards. His career took him around the world many times.
Maxwell’s contributions were many and among them were the Jaycee and Kiwanis organizations. He was a proud Trustee of his Alma mater, Culver Stockton College from 1983-2003 as well as a speaker at the college’s commencement . He was an honorary member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Max and his wife Mary proudly contributed to an endowment at the college helping students with scholarship opportunities
Mr. Parsons was an avid fisherman, hunter, boatsmen, Cardinal Baseball and Dallas Cowboy Football fan. He traveled far and wide on many sportman’s trips from the Florida Keys to the western U.S. He loved to play gin Rummy with his Grandson, Cameron in which he “almost “ always won, and spent precious time with his other Grandsons fishing in the U.P of Michigan, and feeding his beloved cardinal birds in Ocala, Florida with his Great Grandchildren while attending their birthday parties In Orlando, Florida. His dedication to his family and love will remain eternal in all our hearts.
We celebrate his long life and his generous spirit.
His life was remembered at a Memorial Service on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home with inurnment following in the Kahoka Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Maxwell G. and Mary L. Parsons Endowed Scholarship at Culver Stockton College. Checks can be mailed to Culver Stockton College , One College Hill, Canton, Mo. 63435 Attn: Advancement Donations.
The online address is https://www.culver.edu/give/ Designate the gift for the Parsons Endowed Scholarship.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfunerslservice.com.
Wilson funeral Home, Kahoka, Mo. Is in charge of arrangements.
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Friday, September 21, 2018
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Wilson Funeral Home
975 E Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445