James E. "Jim" Parsley, a longtime resident of Henryetta, passed from this life on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at the age of 71. Jim was born on July 4, 1946 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Clyde Parsley and Hazel Rabel Parsley.
At approximately 6 years old, Jim moved with his family to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. He attended school at Berryhill Public Schools. After high school, Jim joined the U.S. Navy in 1963, where he served a tour of duty as a stationary Engineer during the Viet Nam war. Jim also served several years in the US Army, before returning to the Navy where he retired with over 20 years of faithful service to his country.
Jim was a member of the Elks Lodge in Okmulgee for many years. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Henryetta. He was very active in planning and organizing the Labor Day Events in Henryetta for many years. Jim attended the First Baptist Church of Dewar. He was also a longtime and successful owner of Imperial Music and Jewelry Store in Henryetta. Jim married the love of his life, Donna Connell and they remained happily enjoined until his death. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather and he will be missed by the many people who knew and loved him.
Jim is preceded in death by his mother and father.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Parsley of the home; two daughters, Karen Parsley of Tulsa and Donna Riley and husband Ron of Grove, OK; three sons, Joe McIntosh and wife Hannah of Henryetta, Chuck McIntosh of Henryetta, and Daniel McIntosh of Henryetta; four grandchildren, Jasmine McIntosh of the home, Zac Parsley of Tulsa, Sarah Riley of Grove, and Morgan Owen of Morris; two great grandchildren, Adalee and Paisley Parsley of Tulsa; a brother, David Parsley and wife Sherry of Okmulgee; as well as other extended family and many good friends.
Viewing for Jim will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2:00pm until 8:00pm at Integrity Funeral Service in Henryetta.
A funeral service for Jim will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Robert Yandle officiating. Interment will follow immediately at Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy.
Pallbearers will be Joe McIntosh, Richard Hall, Chuck McIntosh, Zac Parsley, Marvin Jones and Jonathan Yandle. Honorary bearers will be Bob Patterson, Herman Thompson, Daniel McIntosh, Gary Starkey, and James Connell.