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Roy C. Parsons, co-founder of a pump sales and services company, dies

Roy C. Parsons, co-founder of a wastewater pump sales and services company who was active in both church and neighborhood affairs, died Friday of undetermined causes at the Gilchrist Center in Towson. The Blakehurst Retirement Community resident was 91.

Roy Coffield Parsons, son of Roy Cyrus Parsons, and his wife, Frances Eckenrode Parsons, both educators, was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was raised in Pine Grove, West Virginia, where he graduated from Pine Grove High School.

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After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1953 from West Virginia University in mechanical engineering, he worked for the Gulf Oil Co. in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956, and moved to Lake Falls Village in Baltimore County in 1958.

In 1964, he and his business partner, Hugh Potter, established Potter and Parsons, a municipal wastewater pump sales and service company that served the Baltimore-Washington area as well as the Mid-Atlantic region. The company, which was originally located in Hampden, is now headquartered in Towson.

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Mr. Parsons had not retired at his death. His professional memberships included the local Baltimore chapter of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Association.

He was a community leader in Lake Falls Village and had been president of the Lake Falls Association of which he had been a member for 60 years, and also had been on the board for many years of the Ruxton-Riderwood-Lake Roland Area Improvement Association.

Roy C. Parsons helped establish Potter and Parsons, a municipal wastewater pump sales and service company, in 1964 and had not retired at his death.
Roy C. Parsons helped establish Potter and Parsons, a municipal wastewater pump sales and service company, in 1964 and had not retired at his death. (Handout / HANDOUT)

Mr. Parsons had been a communicant and senior warden at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mount Washington and later became an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, and had served on the boards of the Church Mission of Help, Episcopal Social Ministries and the Hampden Family Center.

He enjoyed sailing, woodworking, walking, following the news, and reading historical biographies.

Mr. Parsons' wife of 54 years, the former Ellen Oliver, died in 2011.

In 2013, he found a new partner, Maxine “Maxie” Hoen, and the couple, who moved to Blakehurst two years ago, enjoyed traveling and socializing with family and friends.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, plans for a memorial service to be held at Good Shepherd are incomplete.

In addition to Ms. Hoen, he is survived by a son, Douglas Guy Parsons of Morrison, Colorado; a daughter, Nancy Jane Parsons of Port Charlotte, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. His only grandchild, Megan Hussong Perry, died earlier this year.

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