Annie Lee Isenhower Parsons, Of Green Bay, Dies July 3

Published 4:57 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2012

GREEN BAY, July 10 – Annie Lee Isenhower Parsons, of Green Bay, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 immediately joining His heavenly choir. She was often telling her choir members that they were indeed training to be a part of God's Heavenly Choir.

A talented pianist, organist and possessed with the voice of an angel, she loved sharing her gift of music with others. She has served First Presbyterian Church in Danville as a substitute organist and as organist for over ten years for the Laird Wooding Bible Class. She also served as organist and choir director at Trinity Methodist Church in Danville, Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Richmond, and most recently, organist and choir director at Burkeville Presbyterian Church in Burkeville for over 19 years. While directing these choirs, her daughter, Marsha, sister, Nancye and several nieces contributed to the success of the choirs. She had a special place in her heart for children who loved to sing and nurtured many through her years.

Most of all, she was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend.

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She was the daughter of Nathan Lee and Annie A. Isenhower and was born in Danville on February 20, 1936.

Mrs. Parsons graduated from Stratford Hall and College in Danville winning the EJW Revell Scholarship in Voice for study under Virginia Halbedl. She studied organ under Kathryn Eskey at Averett College and piano under Phillip Jeffreys at Stratford College for 12 years. Additionally, she studied advanced organ under Suzanne Kidd at the University of Richmond. Mrs. Parsons held a PLS degree and a CPS degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a past-president for two terms of Richmond Legal Secretaries Association, a past-president of the Virginia Association of Legal Secretaries for two terms and was a charter member of the National Association of Legal Assistants.

For some time she owned and operated Annie Lee Hunt, PLS, CPS, a business for secretarial assistance to the legal profession.

She was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the James in May of 2005, served as moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the James for two terms and elected secretary of Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. She was active in the Presbytery of the James, serving both as a member and as moderator of the Congregational Ministries Board, and member and secretary of the Search Committee for the General Presbyter.

Mrs. Parsons at the time of her passing, had recently retired as Organist/Choir Director at her beloved Burkeville Presbyterian Church where she also served as an ordained Elder, Chair of the Worship Committee, Clerk of Session, Chair of Interim Search Committee for Pastor, Member, Nominating Committee, Pastor's Nominating Committee and Moderator of Presbyterian Women. She served as Secretary to the Board of the Alms House in Burkeville for over ten years; was a former member of Burkeville Woman's Club, the Burkeville Book Club and was a former member of the Danville Duplicate Bridge Club.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Albert E. Parsons Jr., of the residence; daughter, Marsha P. Armes and husband, Larry of Burkeville; two sons, David Pender of Lynchburg, and Christopher Parsons and wife, Rosemarie of Margate, NJ; three stepsons, Albert E. Parsons, III, Scott Parsons and Gary Parsons; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Nathan Lee Isenhower Jr. and wife, Jean of Concord, NC; numerous nephews and nieces and her faithful and loving companion, Lucky. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Noel Isenhower, Willis Armes, and Ira Armes, sisters, Garnet I. Chaney, Alice A. Courtney and Nancye Isenhower Moore.

Services were held from Burkeville Presbyterian Church, Burkeville, on Thursday, July 5 with interment at Sunset Cemetery, Burkeville.

Please make all contributions to Alms House, Burkeville, VA 23922.

Arrangements were by the Jennings-McMillian Funeral Home, Crewe.