Charles “Charlie” Parker Parsons, 82, of Marydel, Maryland, passed away on June 27, 2023 after a long fight with kidney cancer. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 20, 1940, to the late Louise Ann Parker Parsons and William H. Parsons. Charlie is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William H. Parsons Jr.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Gail Parsons, his son Charles “Parker” Parsons, his daughter Wendy Parsons Palmer, and his son-in-law Daniel Wakefield Palmer. He was a cherished grandfather to his granddaughters, Madeline Louise Palmer and Carly Elizabeth Palmer. Charlie is survived by his former wife Mary Louise Parsons, his step-son, Scott Anderson, and his wife, Christina Anderson.
Charlie grew up in a lovely home in Baltimore. He attended Riderwood Elementary School in a 2 room school house out in what he considered the “country.” Later, Louise and Bill sold their house and moved the family to Lutherville so that they could afford a college education for their sons.
Charlie attended Towson Junior High, Saint Paul’s School and graduated with a Bachelor’s in History from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
Charlie’s first career was working for his father, roofing houses. On visits to Baltimore, he would proudly point out a church on Charles Street, Baltimore that he and his father roofed and mounted a steeple. From roofs to tires, he then worked for Firestone Tire & Rubber and eventually owned his own business, Denton Tire and Marine for 13 years. Just as you would imagine, this was a small town filling station with a coke machine out front, serving the coldest coca-colas on the entire Eastern Shore. He later worked briefly with his brother Billy as a Commercial Leasing Agent in Washington D.C. and finally found his way back to working with his hands again as a custom builder, C.E. Parsons Custom Home Renovations.
From Charlie’s first marriage to Mary Lou, his two children, Parker and Wendy were born in Baltimore and then the family moved to the Shore when they were ages 5 and 6. Building their first home in Williston, they didn’t know that they would also be building a large community of lifelong friends.
Charlie and Gail met in Dover, Delaware after they were both encouraged by friends to get out and meet someone. They were married in 1995 and moved into their cozy little home in Marydel, where they enjoyed being surrounded by nature.
Everyone that knows Charlie, knows he had a passion for golf, carpentry, music, hunting, and fishing. Charlie was an exceptional golfer, winning Caroline’s Club Championship many times throughout the years. An inspiration to his son, Parker followed in his footsteps and became a PGA professional. Charlie was an avid hunter throughout his life, but as he grew older he found more enjoyment observing the wildlife. Charlie enjoyed fishing and crabbing with his friends Butch, Will, Joe and his step-son Scotty. He was a great friend to all and would run to the rescue for any home repair, car repair or to capture wild animals that may have intruded your home. He was a talented builder, carpenter and could fix just about anything. Charlie has created one of a kind gifts for his family, armoires, coffee tables, trunks and more. But most of all will always be remembered for his recognizable laugh. The laugh that you could hear across a crowded room and know for sure that it was Charlie.
The family will host a memorial service to celebrate Charles' life at the Caroline Country Club 24820 Pealiquor Rd. Denton, MD 21629, on Sunday, July 9th, at 2:00pm. The family would love anyone to share photos here that we may add to the slide show.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607. Shriner’s was close to Charlie’s heart, because his father William H. Parsons was a Shriner and contributions made in his honor will help support their important mission. The family would also ask that donations be made to Compass Regional Hospice 160 Coursevall Dr. Centreville, MD 21617 as the care Charles and the family received was so loving and kind.
Charlie will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.
Shriners Hospitals For Children
2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607
It should be noted who the donation is in memory of.
Compass Regional Hospice
160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville MD 21617