Karen Jared Parsons
March 12, 1955 -
August 19, 2013

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Memorial services for Karen Jared Parsons, age 58 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Tuesday evening at 6 PM at Higgins Funeral Home with David Bagley and Rev. Tim Smith officiating with burial to follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Parsons passed away Monday morning at her residence.

A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Parsons was the daughter of Don and Christine Cunningham Jared who survive. She was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, a retired school teacher where she influenced and molded the lives of children for 35 years. Mrs. Parsons was a member of the Lincoln County Board of Education, the Tennessee Educational Association and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband Bill Parsons and a son Jared Parsons both of Fayetteville.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 3:00 PM until time of service at 6 PM at Higgins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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33 Comments

  1. Rita Franklin Parks

    Bill,

    Donnie and I are so sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  2. Wanda Brown Scott

    Bill and family: we are so sorry for your loss. Karen was a beautiful person and a great teacher. I lost my sister in 2010. Debra Maye Brown. They were in the same class together. So now they are our guardian angels looking down on us!!! Karen was my son Dustin’s 1st. grade teacher. He just turned 26. She was a blessing to all of her students. God bless you and your family.

    Reply
  3. Debbie Gentry Miahnahri

    Bill and Jared

    Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and Karen’s family. Karen was a very sweet lady. So sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  4. clayton & lynn brown

    You and your family will be in our thoughts.

    Reply
  5. Tina Peel

    Bill & Jared, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to comfort at a time like this. My thoughts and prayers are with you & continued prayers are with you through this journey of grief.

    Reply
  6. Amy Osteen

    Bill and Jared, I know she fought a good fight. May God be especially close to you at this time as Karen is in the arms of Jesus. Jared, my children found out what it was like to lose a parent this year also, and he was the same age as your mom. Because He Lives, Amy . Osteen

    Reply
  7. Peggy G. Bevels

    To the Family,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss, but I hope that your wonderful memories will help sustain you during this very difficult time. Karen will be greatly missed by not only her family and close friends, but by the entire community, as well.

    May God comfort and bless you.

    Reply
  8. Bonnie B Byrd

    Bill, my condolences to you and your family.

    Reply
  9. Mary Partin

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a nice person. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. God Bless. Mary & Teresa Partin, Willie C & Willow Deen McGehee, & Billy McGehee

    Reply
  10. Bill & Linda Haney

    Bill,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult loss. We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every prayer and thought.

    Reply
  11. Mike Skipper

    Passing Friend

    My heart sank low this morning, when I first heard the news,
    someone that I used to know had left us quite too soon.

    For me, it’s been four decades, since I saw your smiling face.
    The memories of our High School years, through my mind they race.

    Your family feels the warmth around them and your presence is still clear.
    They close their eyes, they visualize, your smile when you were here.

    Remembering times together has a permanent place inside their heart,
    And as long as they are in this life, those memories will not depart.

    Your family is weeping, quietly weeping, sad but not alone,
    They realize your sleep is sweet, that God has called you home.

    My prayers are for your family, your husband and your son,
    That peace they find, in loving thought, that your suffering is done.

    Reply
  12. Shirley (Bagley) Woodson

    Bill, Jared and the Jareds:

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  13. Joyce Marlow Hooper

    Bill
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Reply
  14. Debbie White Taylor

    Bill and Jared,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you now. Karen touched so many lives and I for one will be forever grateful for the love and kindness shown to my grandaughter Madison. Karen was her favorite teacher and made such an impact in her life. She will be missed by all…
    Debbie White Taylor

    Reply
  15. Mary Helen (Becker)Welch

    Bill, I was so sorry to hear about Karen. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and Jared. I know you had many happy years living in “our” house and hope Jared has as many good memories as I do.

    Reply
  16. JAMES FRANK BUNDRANT

    BILL, SO SORRY TO HEAR OFYOUR LOSS.

    Reply
  17. Barbara (McCool) Hargrove

    Condolences to you and your family.

    Reply
  18. Brenda Ables

    Karen was such a fun person to be around. I loved her sense of humor! She was such a great teacher and her impact on the kids she taught will last forever. Please know that she was loved and will be missed by many. Praying for God’s comfort for you all in this terrible loss.

    Reply
  19. Vickie Cothren Nixon

    Karen and I grew up in the CP Church together and also went to school and graduated together. She was a wonderful person. My prayers are with her parents and Bill.

    Reply
  20. Lynda M Croom

    Bill, on behalf of myself and Mary’s chapel AME Church, We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to you and your Family. You and Karen are so good to our Church. She will truly be missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  21. Dennie&Betty Jo Massey

    Don. Christine. Bill. Jared. May god be with you in the loss of your love one You are in our prayers

    Reply
  22. David Ingram

    Bill, my condolences to you and your family.

    Reply
  23. Dennie & Betty Jo Massey

    DON. CHRISTINE BILL JARED. MAY GODS BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS

    Reply
  24. Shinar Hurd-Smith

    I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to know Mrs. Parsons as she was a fellow educator with my mother. I also was Jared’s tutor in Math many moons ago. I enjoyed her zeal for life and wanting all children to succeed. She will be missed by all that she touched. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  25. Stephanie Sharp

    My daughter and I were both fortunant enough to have had the pleasure of being taught by Mrs. Parsons. I had her when I was in the second grade at Highland Rim, must have been when she first began teaching because she still looked as beautiful when my daughter had her at South Lincoln in the 1st grade. She was beautiful on the inside and out and this world will be less one terrific teacher and friend!! you will all be in my prayers!

    Reply
  26. Betty Honey

    To Karen’s family, I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, wife and mother. We went to school together and she was always a very sweet person. We missed her at the reunion and thought about her, wishing her well. I would have liked to been able to attend her service, but regretably will not be able to come. You are all in my prayers. She is resting peacefully in the arms of God and is not suffering.

    Reply
  27. Kathy Talley

    Bill, Jared and Mr. and Mrs. Jared

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of you in your loss of sweet Karen. I know you will miss her and the sunshine of her smile in your life. Now, she is smiling down from heaven pain free and knowing she will suffer no more as the angels around her sing. May you receive comfort from those who care and know that God’s hand is always on your shoulder guiding your steps.

    Reply
  28. carolyn couchMcneese

    SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. SHE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON LOVED HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS .MAY YOUR FAITH AND LOVE GET YOU THROUGH THIS TIME .

    Reply
  29. Keith Stevenson and Sharon Miller

    Bill and Jared, Mr. Don and Mrs. Christine

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Karen will be truly Missed by Everyone.

    Keith and Sharon

    Reply
  30. Jimmy & Mary Carter

    Bill & Jared,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. We are sad for your loss of Karen but relieved that she is no longer suffering and free to be welcomed into Jesus’ loving arms. Know that our Lord knows your pain and with His love you will move through this. Love you, Jim & Mary

    Reply
  31. Keith Stevenson and Sharon Miller

    Bill and Jared, Don and Christine Jared

    So sorry for your loss. Karen was a great person and will be truly missed by everyone. Keep your head up and remember the good times you all shared

    Keith and Sharon

    Reply
  32. Wanda Preston

    Bill and Jared, Don and Christine,
    I am so sad to learn about Karen’s passing. While we can rejoice that she is no longer having to deal with a terrible physical illness and pain, our pain of going on with life without her is so very real and deep. I know that God will be blessing you with His love and comfort through the weeks and months ahead. Know that my love and my thoughts are right there with all of you even though I cannot be present with you.

    Reply
  33. Brandi Barnes

    I was very fortunate to have Mrs. Parsons as my 4th grade teacher. As an adult I look back on that time and recall so many wonderful memories from that year. Bill and Jared, you are in my thought and prayers. She was truly a special lady. I was blessed to know her.

    Reply

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33 Comments

  1. Rita Franklin Parks

    Bill,

    Donnie and I are so sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  2. Wanda Brown Scott

    Bill and family: we are so sorry for your loss. Karen was a beautiful person and a great teacher. I lost my sister in 2010. Debra Maye Brown. They were in the same class together. So now they are our guardian angels looking down on us!!! Karen was my son Dustin’s 1st. grade teacher. He just turned 26. She was a blessing to all of her students. God bless you and your family.

    Reply
  3. Debbie Gentry Miahnahri

    Bill and Jared

    Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and Karen’s family. Karen was a very sweet lady. So sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  4. clayton & lynn brown

    You and your family will be in our thoughts.

    Reply
  5. Tina Peel

    Bill & Jared, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to comfort at a time like this. My thoughts and prayers are with you & continued prayers are with you through this journey of grief.

    Reply
  6. Amy Osteen

    Bill and Jared, I know she fought a good fight. May God be especially close to you at this time as Karen is in the arms of Jesus. Jared, my children found out what it was like to lose a parent this year also, and he was the same age as your mom. Because He Lives, Amy . Osteen

    Reply
  7. Peggy G. Bevels

    To the Family,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss, but I hope that your wonderful memories will help sustain you during this very difficult time. Karen will be greatly missed by not only her family and close friends, but by the entire community, as well.

    May God comfort and bless you.

    Reply
  8. Bonnie B Byrd

    Bill, my condolences to you and your family.

    Reply
  9. Mary Partin

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a nice person. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. God Bless. Mary & Teresa Partin, Willie C & Willow Deen McGehee, & Billy McGehee

    Reply
  10. Bill & Linda Haney

    Bill,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult loss. We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every prayer and thought.

    Reply
  11. Mike Skipper

    Passing Friend

    My heart sank low this morning, when I first heard the news,
    someone that I used to know had left us quite too soon.

    For me, it’s been four decades, since I saw your smiling face.
    The memories of our High School years, through my mind they race.

    Your family feels the warmth around them and your presence is still clear.
    They close their eyes, they visualize, your smile when you were here.

    Remembering times together has a permanent place inside their heart,
    And as long as they are in this life, those memories will not depart.

    Your family is weeping, quietly weeping, sad but not alone,
    They realize your sleep is sweet, that God has called you home.

    My prayers are for your family, your husband and your son,
    That peace they find, in loving thought, that your suffering is done.

    Reply
  12. Shirley (Bagley) Woodson

    Bill, Jared and the Jareds:

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  13. Joyce Marlow Hooper

    Bill
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Reply
  14. Debbie White Taylor

    Bill and Jared,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you now. Karen touched so many lives and I for one will be forever grateful for the love and kindness shown to my grandaughter Madison. Karen was her favorite teacher and made such an impact in her life. She will be missed by all…
    Debbie White Taylor

    Reply
  15. Mary Helen (Becker)Welch

    Bill, I was so sorry to hear about Karen. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and Jared. I know you had many happy years living in “our” house and hope Jared has as many good memories as I do.

    Reply
  16. JAMES FRANK BUNDRANT

    BILL, SO SORRY TO HEAR OFYOUR LOSS.

    Reply
  17. Barbara (McCool) Hargrove

    Condolences to you and your family.

    Reply
  18. Brenda Ables

    Karen was such a fun person to be around. I loved her sense of humor! She was such a great teacher and her impact on the kids she taught will last forever. Please know that she was loved and will be missed by many. Praying for God’s comfort for you all in this terrible loss.

    Reply
  19. Vickie Cothren Nixon

    Karen and I grew up in the CP Church together and also went to school and graduated together. She was a wonderful person. My prayers are with her parents and Bill.

    Reply
  20. Lynda M Croom

    Bill, on behalf of myself and Mary’s chapel AME Church, We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to you and your Family. You and Karen are so good to our Church. She will truly be missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  21. Dennie&Betty Jo Massey

    Don. Christine. Bill. Jared. May god be with you in the loss of your love one You are in our prayers

    Reply
  22. David Ingram

    Bill, my condolences to you and your family.

    Reply
  23. Dennie & Betty Jo Massey

    DON. CHRISTINE BILL JARED. MAY GODS BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS

    Reply
  24. Shinar Hurd-Smith

    I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to know Mrs. Parsons as she was a fellow educator with my mother. I also was Jared’s tutor in Math many moons ago. I enjoyed her zeal for life and wanting all children to succeed. She will be missed by all that she touched. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  25. Stephanie Sharp

    My daughter and I were both fortunant enough to have had the pleasure of being taught by Mrs. Parsons. I had her when I was in the second grade at Highland Rim, must have been when she first began teaching because she still looked as beautiful when my daughter had her at South Lincoln in the 1st grade. She was beautiful on the inside and out and this world will be less one terrific teacher and friend!! you will all be in my prayers!

    Reply
  26. Betty Honey

    To Karen’s family, I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, wife and mother. We went to school together and she was always a very sweet person. We missed her at the reunion and thought about her, wishing her well. I would have liked to been able to attend her service, but regretably will not be able to come. You are all in my prayers. She is resting peacefully in the arms of God and is not suffering.

    Reply
  27. Kathy Talley

    Bill, Jared and Mr. and Mrs. Jared

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of you in your loss of sweet Karen. I know you will miss her and the sunshine of her smile in your life. Now, she is smiling down from heaven pain free and knowing she will suffer no more as the angels around her sing. May you receive comfort from those who care and know that God’s hand is always on your shoulder guiding your steps.

    Reply
  28. carolyn couchMcneese

    SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. SHE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON LOVED HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS .MAY YOUR FAITH AND LOVE GET YOU THROUGH THIS TIME .

    Reply
  29. Keith Stevenson and Sharon Miller

    Bill and Jared, Mr. Don and Mrs. Christine

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Karen will be truly Missed by Everyone.

    Keith and Sharon

    Reply
  30. Jimmy & Mary Carter

    Bill & Jared,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. We are sad for your loss of Karen but relieved that she is no longer suffering and free to be welcomed into Jesus’ loving arms. Know that our Lord knows your pain and with His love you will move through this. Love you, Jim & Mary

    Reply
  31. Keith Stevenson and Sharon Miller

    Bill and Jared, Don and Christine Jared

    So sorry for your loss. Karen was a great person and will be truly missed by everyone. Keep your head up and remember the good times you all shared

    Keith and Sharon

    Reply
  32. Wanda Preston

    Bill and Jared, Don and Christine,
    I am so sad to learn about Karen’s passing. While we can rejoice that she is no longer having to deal with a terrible physical illness and pain, our pain of going on with life without her is so very real and deep. I know that God will be blessing you with His love and comfort through the weeks and months ahead. Know that my love and my thoughts are right there with all of you even though I cannot be present with you.

    Reply
  33. Brandi Barnes

    I was very fortunate to have Mrs. Parsons as my 4th grade teacher. As an adult I look back on that time and recall so many wonderful memories from that year. Bill and Jared, you are in my thought and prayers. She was truly a special lady. I was blessed to know her.

    Reply

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