Homer F. Parsons

NILES — Homer F. Parsons, 73, of Niles, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Oct. 16, 1943, in Grafton, W.Va., the son of Homer M. and Martha Marie Perkins Parsons Trader, and had lived most of his life in West Virginia, coming to Ohio 2 1/2 years ago.

A graduate of Grafton High School in West Virginia, Homer served in the U.S. Army. He worked 18 years for General Electric and retired from the police department in Weston, W.Va., working in parking enforcement. A member of Central Baptist Church in Niles, he had been a lay minister for many years in West Virginia. He enjoyed his family, tinkering in the garage and “all things Mickey Mouse.”

Surviving are his wife, Linda R. Conner Parsons, whom he married Dec. 7, 1966; three children, Carol Diane Helmick of Niles, Rebecca Jo (Keith) Kyle of Scottdale, Pa. and Jeffrey Lee (Melissa) Parsons of Elkins, W. Va.; five grandchildren, Joshua (Samantha) Helmick, Taylor (fiance, Jake McNeice) Kyle, and Jeffrey R., Grace and Madison Parsons; five great-grandchildren, Isaac Yoho, John Wayne Helmick, Hunter Helmick, Levi McNeice and Zoey Helmick; two very special god-children, Harmonie and Shelbyann Ruderman, both of Weston, W. Va.; a brother, Russell M. Parsons of Parsons, W. Va.; and two sisters, Wanda M. (Fred) Trader of Parsons and Chrystal Bolyard of Grafton, W. Va.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and a son-in-law, Ralph Helmick.

A memorial service will be conducted noon Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Central Baptist Church in Niles, where friends may call 11 a.m. to noon Friday.

A second memorial service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Real Life Church in Weston, W.Va., where friends may call 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Per his request, Homer’s body has been donated to medical research through West Virginia University, with the intention of understanding his many illnesses, in order to help others.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44483, 330-394-6200. Dedicated to serving your loved ones. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to www.statonborowskifuneralhome.com.

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