By Meg Dickens
On Wednesday, September 30, City Mayor Kevin Parsons, age 50, was found dead at his home. In a statement to The Tomahawk, Mountain City Police Chief Denver Church said that “there are no signs of foul play.” Parsons is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Taylor, and sons Zack and Alex.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Kevin’s death,” County Mayor Mike Taylor said. “Kevin was a loving husband and father of wonderful children that he adored. He loved life and loved people. I appreciate all the time and effort Kevin gave to our community. He was very active in local government and spent many hours unselfishly working to make lives better.”
Mayor Parsons is a Johnson County native with deep roots in the area. He graduated from Johnson County Schools in 1988, ran businesses, and worked in the area throughout his lifetime. People around the Mountain City and Johnson County area took time to reflect on the past and memorialize him after hearing the news. Social media flooded with condolences, memories, and promised prayers for the family.
“Mayor Kevin Parsons helped us from the very beginning and throughout our first three years at the Art Center,” said Temple Reece. “He made a big difference. I will never forget that.”
Mayor Parsons served in Mountain City government since 1997 when he joined the Mountain City Board of Mayor and Alderman at age 28 as the “youngest person ever to be elected as Alderman in Town history,” according to the board. Parsons held the position for three terms and was the City Mayor for two non-consecutive terms.
The Parsons family held funeral services through Hux & Lipford Funeral Home on October 4. Instead of flowers, the family asks that any donations go to the Johnson County Lions Club. The funeral home also offers a memorial tree service where trees are planted in high-need areas in memory of a loved one.
For now, Vice Mayor Bud Crosswhite will hold the position of Interim Mayor until the November 3 election. City alderman Jerry Jordan and County Commissioner Gina Meade will be on the ballot.