Community Bids Eternal Farewell to Carl Parsons


A celebration of life service for the late Carl Alford Parsons who departed this life on 25 October 2014 was held on Saturday 1 November at the St George’s Anglican Church.

Mr. Parsons, also known as “Chiefie, “Carlie” and Uncle Carlie was born in Brewers Bay, Tortola on 25 March 1933 to the late Nehimiah Parson, and Lillian Callwood-Parsons.

He lived a simple life which was the norm back then. He attended the Cane Garden Bay Elementary School. This required him to tread the high mountains to get to school. Carlie worked in the sugar cane factory where he maintained the engine of the mill, grinded cane, and made brown sugar and cane rum.

He married the late Iris Francis-Parsons. Their union was blessed with three children. In the late 1940s he sailed to St John and began working at Caneel Bay Plantation as a bellman. He worked five days and came back home to Tortola for two days to be with his family. He made these journeys by sailing his own motorboat to and from. His tenure at Caneel created many, many lasting friendships.

Mr. Parsons taxied in Tortola for many years, and was part owner of the Brewers Bay Campground and spent many years running it. He was dedicated to the St George’s  Anglican Church and  was a member of the choir, and the Men’s Fellowship.

The late Carl Alford Parsons is survived by his: Children Delbert Parsons, and Alpha Parson-Hodge; Brothers—Stanley Parson, Rudelle Parsons, Glandwell Parsons, Kenneth Parsons, and Clarence Dawson; Sisters—Bernice Montsanto, Doris Parsons, and Alma Grethel-Dawson; Grandchildren—Tamasha, Daron, Nubia, Ronella, Dior, and Diara Parsons; Great-Grandchildren—Xoria, and Daron Parsons, Jr.; Adopted Children—Nealia Sprauve, Carolyn Chinnery, and Carlos Chinnery. Plus many other relative and friends too numerous to mention.

The publishers, management and staff of The Island Sun newspaper extend condolences to the relatives and friends of the late Carl Alford Parsons.