Arthur, “Art” (aka BluDux) came from a long line of master craftsmen. Art hand-turned each custom piece using woods, acrylics, buffalo horn and deer antler.
His products included .30 Caliber Bolt Action Pens, Bottle Openers, Letter Openers, Fire Strikers, Bride and Groom Pens, everyday color Block Twist Pens. Art was retired from the United States Air Force and semi-retired from the workforce. His dedication to craftsmanship and quality is evident in each item.
It’s hard to capture him in just one story. From his many years on the farm growing up, his Air Force career as a radio repairman to his endless hours in the shop creating masterpieces with saws and anything made of wood, we all truly believe that sawdust ran through his veins. As a point of pride, he could look at a piece of wood and ascertain its origin and more than likely how old the tree was wherein it came. He had a life-long love affair with hot sauce, any fried fish imaginable, shrimp and gumbo. Arthur took fashion cues from no one. His signature everyday look was a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house, Fruit of the Loom, his Levi blue jeans, a pair of tennis shoes that were always paired with a sweat-stained baseball cap. However, if he was going out dancing with his girl, you could always find him in his finest western shirt, best cowboy boots and favorite cowboy hat. When he could get his wife, Sonya, to stop watching CSI, he loved Saturday mornings watching This Old House and anything on The DIY Channel.
Art definitely was one of a kind. He always found humor in every situation. It was a great way to cope with life. Whatever it was, he managed to get through it by finding a saying that would make you laugh. His favorite saying was, ”I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in.”
Born in Freedom, Oklahoma, March 9, 1938, the son of Leland and Pauline Parsons, Art was a resident of Searcy, Arkansas. He was a lifelong Christian, member of Downtown Church of Christ and member of the Optimist Club. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Sonya (Foster) Parsons; his daughters, Tami Eades (Robert), Toni Donovan (Chris), Stephanie Parsons, four grandchildren; Megan Donovan, Molly Valentine (Steven), Meredith Brady (Corey), Jared Eades and a beloved great granddaughter, Ava Michele; two brothers, Earl Parsons (Norma), Merle Parsons (Ellie), one sister, Regina Frick (Robert), a host of nieces and nephews he loved dearly and many close friends. His best friend and fishing buddy, Arthur Churchill, was a constant in Arthur’s life, coming over for morning coffee and making sure he got to go fishing whenever or wherever he wanted. Arthur also made many new friends in the last few months, David, Lowell, Tom and Rick offered him a sense of purpose and wonderful memories.
Arthur Edward Parsons, 79, passed away August 8, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer. You are invited to become one of “Art’s Angels” by making a donation in his honor to Arkansas Hospice. Over the last few months, Dad was being wonderfully cared for by Arkansas Hospice, his favorite nurse, Renee, who he truly adored, and Nicole, who kept him at peace until the end.
“I’m in pretty good shape, for the shape I’m in.”
– Arthur Edward Parsons
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.