Chandler (Chuck) Steffy Parsons passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, GA.
Chuck was born in 1929 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Melvin and Helen Parsons and very recently his sister, Peg Ferry of Springfield, Illinois. He is survived by his wife Dolores Parsons of Greensboro, GA; daughters, Debra Grunnet (Michael) of Greensboro, GA, Kim Parsons of Boulder, CO and Amy Morland (Robert) of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Kerrie Grunnet Satcher (Bob) and McKenna Morland and his sister, Pat Farley of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Chuck spent many hours playing games, painting, fishing, and hiking with his beloved granddaughters. He was also a huge dog lover and cared deeply for his childhood dog, Sassy, and many granddogs.
Chuck grew up with his beloved sisters. Pat and Peg, and his Scottie, Sassy in Springfield, Illinois. He had been married to Dolores (Dee) for 66 years. He began his education in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Springfield. Chuck was drafted in 1952. He served in the U.Army and completed officer candidate school. He and Dee were married in 1954 and he graduated from University of Illinois in 1955 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Chuck and Dee loved living in Champaign, Illinois where they made many special and lifelong friends. He formed the CSP & Associates Civil Engineering firm and joined St. Matthews Catholic Church. Chuck enjoyed downhill and crosscountry skiing, canoeing, playing the guitar and ukulele, hiking, and supporting his daughters in their many activities. He taught them valuable life skills such as a love for board games, poker, fishing, and camping. Chuck spent many hours on the front porch explaining clouds and storms and often brought his surveying transit home to view the moon and planets out on the driveway. He loved the outdoors and was always ready to take the family on a picnic complete with a bonfire to roast hotdogs and s'mores. On family car trips, he led his daughters in rousing versions of Bill Grogan’s Goat, Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder and 100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. One of his proudest accomplishments was the design and construction of a beautiful covered bridge at Lake of the Woods Park where you can still find his name on a plaque in the side of the bridge.
Chuck and Dee moved to St Petersburg, Florida in 1985, where he worked as an engineer at McDill Airforce Base for 28 years. They enjoyed their friends, Holy Family Catholic Church, bike rides, trips to Colorado and Ireland, country music and the beach. Chuck and Dee led over one hundred bible sessions in their home. Chuck participated in the Toastmasters organization and diligently worked on his speeches and table topics.
In 2015, Chuck and Dee moved to Del Webb at Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia to be near their oldest daughter and her family. As long as health permitted, Chandler was a faithful member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He and Dee were active in the Del Webb community, enjoying their wonderful neighbors and close proximity to the lake.
Chuck and Dee moved to Savannah Court of Lake Oconee in 2020. His will to live a life of grace was admired by all. He was grateful for the kind staff at Savannah Court and the new friendships he established. Chuck attributed his long life, relationships with good people and fulfilling careers to his faith in Jesus Christ and his family who loved him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association - alz.org or the Oconee Regional Humane Society - orhspets.org.
McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
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