John "Pete" Parsons

January 20, 1928 - October 2, 2017
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John P. “Pete” Parsons, 89, passed away peacefully October 2, 2017. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Thad Parsons and Jeanne Hacker Parsons; six brothers, Charles, Joseph, Thad, Jerry, George and Mickey; seven sisters, Alzoe, Alice, Adele Holmes, Lucille Rutt, Mary O’Hara, Julia Erwin and Joan Benge; first wife of 44 years Marjorie Dowdy Parsons and daughter Jerilyn Mosso.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Rouse Parsons and daughters, Laura Swofford, Marcia Backes, Monica Parsons, Patti Cloninger and Dani Luna, step-children, Fred Rouse, Ron Rouse, Susan Hall and Sharon Metyko and spouses; twenty-four grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren so far and many beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Born January 20, 1928 in Galveston, Texas, Pete attended Sacred Heart Parochial School and Kirwin High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Japan 1946 – 1947 and received a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin in 1951.

Pete spent 45 years in the financial institution business, first as manager of the UTMB Credit Union, then as Director of Public Relations and Government Relations for the Texas Credit Union League. In 1974, he was appointed Credit Union Commissioner for the State of Texas.  From 1986 through 2001, he was a consultant to the credit union and savings & loan industries, travelling to Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Canada and Mexico, as well as 44 United States.

In Galveston, Pete held many leadership positions in Rotary International, Knights of Columbus, Serra Club and Kirwin High School Board; he was the Treasure Ball announcer for 12 years.

Pallbearers are:   Grandsons John Swofford, Marine SSgt Jared Swofford, William Cloninger, Michael Ferriera, Joseph Backes, Wesley Cloninger, Christopher Backes, Aaron Metyko and Great Grandson Andrew Swofford.  Honorary Pallbearers:  all nieces and nephews representing the Parsons Family.  Special Friends:  Steve Canty, Pete Urbani, John Kusnerik, and Frank Donohoe.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, October 6, from 5 – 7 pm with a Rosary at 7 pm at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 7 at 11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1302 Broadway, Galveston, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian Brothers, Dominican Sisters, Ursuline Sisters or the charity of your choice.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

Address:

3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Rosary at 7:00 PM.


Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Address:

1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Address:

2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Ursuline Sisters

Phone: 314.821.6884

353 S. Sappington Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
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Born: January 20, 1928
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Janet Hart posted on 10/11/17

I met Pete when he came into the Barbershop where I worked, and he was so nice. He would always call before he came in just to make sure I was there. I am going to really miss him calling me to see if I am at work. Bless you Pete, I will never for get your kindness and our conversations we would have during your haircut. I am glad I got to be your barber and to make you look your most handsome self. Godspeed Pete

 

Carol Martorell posted on 10/7/17

RIP Mr. Parsons. Prayers for your family and friends. Thanks for sharing your voice to the early Treasure Ball Pageants. You helped to begin a wonderful legacy that continues to benefit Catholic education on the Island. Carol Sullivan Martorell

 

Carol Martorell posted on 10/7/17

RIP Mr. Parsons. Prayers for your family and friends. Thanks for sharing your voice to the early Treasure Ball Pageants. You helped to start a wonderful legacy that continues to benefit Catholic education on the Island. Carol Sullivan Martorell

 

William Holmes posted on 10/7/17

My great uncle Pete's passing will leave a void in my life. He was loved by all for both his humor and leadership. He was a man of many talents that leaves behind a large family that enjoyed his company for years yet are not ready for him to go. I will remember you.

 

Celestin Family posted on 10/6/17

We are so sorry for the passing of your dear loved one. May your family find true peace and comfort from God’s promise to reunite us with our family and friends by means of an earthly resurrection (Acts 24:15). We all long for the fulfillment of this wonderful promise from our Heavenly Father. Until that glorious day arrives, may you lean on the God of all comfort for strength during this difficult time. Please accept our sincere condolences.

 

Julie Lewis posted on 10/4/17

My deepest condolences to the Parsons Family, and extended family, for the loss of this very beloved and respected man.

 

Cynthia Parsons Axson posted on 10/4/17

I loved Uncle Pete's humor. I will treasure his memory always

 

Tom Cassano Sr posted on 10/4/17

I first met Pete when he was a retreatant on an ACTS retreat at Our Lady of Lourdes church and I was on team helping to put on the retreat. I was quickly drawn to him by his wry sense of humor and his demeanor. We became fast friends after the retreat and he invited me to become part of his poker group that meets once a month and he also got my wife Linda and I involved in the Serra Club of Galveston which promotes vocations for the Catholic Church. Pete was a great friend and I will sorely miss him.

 

NANCI & HENRY FREUDENBURG posted on 10/4/17

NANCI & I ARE SADDEN AT PETE'S PASSING & PRAYING FOR STRENGTH FOR ALL HIS FAMILY MEMBERS. OUT THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU

 

Joanna Dowdy Wilder Alcorn posted on 10/4/17

Uncle Pete you were very special to me. You always made me laugh and kept us on our toes with jokes and magic tricks. When you lived in Austin, you always made us feel welcomed. We had great laughs and shared wonderful memories. We love you and will miss you very much.

 

Charlie Rutt posted on 10/3/17

To My "Great" great Uncle Pete. I am so happy that I was able to see you on many happy occasions during the past few years. From choir events to other Dulles functions it was always good to see you and Doris along with all of your girls. I will miss that. And I will miss you.

 

Mace and Sue Reedy posted on 10/3/17

Laura, John and Jared - keeping you and your families in our thought and prayer. So sorry for you loss.

 

Mace and Sue Reedy posted on 10/3/17

Laura, John and Jared keeping you and your families in our prayers and thoughts.

 

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