Pamela Ann (Annee) Parsons
“The Song Is Over But the Melody Lingers On” is a tune written by Irving Berlin in 1927 but perfectly describes the life and legacy of Pamela Ann (Annee) Parsons, 68, whose life full of music and dancing stopped too early on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 after suffering a fatal heart attack.
Sixty-eight years after travelling the globe as a personality with an ever-widening circle of friends and acquaintances, Annee returned to her starting point in Cassville, Missouri as her final resting place after saying her last goodbyes at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center in Hilton Head, South Carolina. She made her home in Hilton Head for the past two years.
Her journey started on May 22, 1951 in Cassville, the baby daughter of Donald and Maxine (Hudson) Parsons -- along with brothers, Al and Hudson. She was a star majorette at Cassville High School until her graduation in 1969. She continued her education in performance art at Arkansas University receiving an associate degree in theater before continuing to Missouri State University where she kept her deep love of dance and music alive.
Her wanderlust started soon after and she backpacked Western Europe and the Middle East for many months in her early 20s and continued throughout her life with years spent as an actor and model in New York. She gravitated to travel and tourism and was well known in the hospitality industry and represented major hotel brands in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Marco Island, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; St. John, Virgin Islands; Toronto, Canada and most recently as a representative for Marriott Vacation Club in Hilton Head.
Early in her career, she obtained her license in cosmetology in Dallas, Texas and travelled back and forth to the bright lights of Hollywood, California, where her son, Justin Alexander was born. While in Hollywood, she was known as an artist to the stars – many of whom continued her friendship with many invitations, shows and frequent phone conversations.
Following her time in California, she returned to live with her dear sister-in-law, Helen Marie “Sissy” and Sissy’s husband, Al Parsons, with whom the young family made their home for many years with a house full of laughter and fun.
In addition to her son, Alex Hodges and his wife Leah of Clearwater, Florida; She is survived by two brothers, Al D. Parsons and his wife Debbie of Waynesville, Missouri and Hudson G. Parsons and his wife Vicki of Springfield, Missouri; three granddaughters, Paris, Ella and Emery; one grandson, Easton and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Annee was preceded in death by her dear friend and sister-in-law, Helen Marie “Sissy” Parsons; a nephew, Alli Parsons and two great nephews, Montana Hawk Parsons and Koby Cook.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 am Monday, July 1, 2019 at Clio Cemetery in Jenkins, Missouri under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.