Dr. Charles Gabriel Parsons

Dr. Charles Gabriel Parsons, age 60, a former resident of Fort Scott, Kansas and more recently of Peculiar, Missouri, died late Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Kansas City Charles ParsonsHospice House, in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was born August 8, 1954, in Butler, Missouri, the son of Charles V. Parsons and Ethel Naomi Gragg Parsons.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1972 and later from Johnson County Community College, Cleveland Chiropractic College and Logan Chiropractic College where he became a certified chiropractic sports physician.  He married Brenda Page on July 24, 1976, at Ft. Scott.  Charles put himself through chiropractic school by operating his own lawn and tree service.  He operated his own chiropractic office in Fort Scott, and also served as the attending physician for the Fort Scott Community College Greyhound team for seven years.  In 2008, he moved to Peculiar where he taught at Cleveland Chiropractic College for one year. He then operated his own chiropractic practice in Peculiar.  He was an avid runner and ran the Boston Marathon twice. He also competed in triathlons, enjoyed gardening, and was a member of the Community Christian Church in Ft. Scott.

Survivors include his wife Brenda, a son, Brett Parsons, and wife, Kimberly; a daughter, Carly Parsons, and a granddaughter, Ava Parsons, all of Peculiar.  Also surviving are three sisters, Sheila Wolf and husband, Garen, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nancy Mozier and husband, John, Ash Grove, Missouri and Lisa Antrim and husband, Steve, Overland Park, Kansas; mother-in-law, Virginia  Page, Peculiar, sister-in-law, Dean Parsons, of Belton, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Anthony Parsons and Gabe Parsons; a brother, Stanley Parsons and his father-in-law, Rev. John I. Page.

Charles’ brother-in-law, Rev. Jonathon Cresse, assisted by Pastor Brent Bland and Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Community Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Haiti Missions and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P. O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guest book at cheneywitt.com.


Gary William Oliver, age 65 of Butler, Missouri went trucking into Heaven Thursday, November 21, 2013 at his home in Butler.  He was born March 1, 1948 to James Donald and Carolyn Rebecca Perkins Oliver in Belton, Missouri.

Gary, the only boy of four children, grew up in Belton where he attended school.  In his early years, he worked at Deluxe Metal in Warren, Pennsylvania.  On October 19, 1971 he was united in marriage to Star Beers in Moundsville West Virginia and to this union two children were born.  Most of Gary’s life was spent on the road as a truck driver.  He started G & S Trucking . . . and loved every minute of it.  Gary was forced to retire in 2001 when his health no longer allowed him to work.  He was proud of the fact that he was given recognition for being accident free for 1 million miles.

Gary enjoyed watching NASCAR and spending time with his dog “Punkin” and cat “Sassy.” His love of trucking never allowed him many hobbies, but he NEVER missed Christmas with the kids.  Gary was ornery, strong willed and stubborn yet loving and loyal.  He liked participating in driver’s skills competitions, also known as truck rodeos and normally finished in the top three.

Gary is survived by his wife, Star Oliver of Butler, Missouri; three sons, Michael Scott Oliver and wife Rachel of Butler, Missouri, Bill Peterson of Charlotte, North Carolina and Jim Peterson and wife Kelly of Alexandria, Virginia; one daughter, Monica Lynn Oliver and partner Jessica Colin of Rich Hill, Missouri; three sisters, Marilynn McDaniel of Lincoln, Arkansas, Judy Goin of Independence, Missouri and Wilma Behning and husband Frank of Belton, Missouri; and 13 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and one granddaughter, Sidney Marie Oliver.

Funeral services were Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Ernie Cecil officiating. Cremation following services.  Contributions, American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Foundation.  Online condolences, http://www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

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