“Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his family” John 15:13
Tracy Marie Fretz Parsons, 52, of Elizabethton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt was received into God’s presence on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 after she sacrificed her own life to save the lives of her daughter and grandson in a house fire.
She was born on Jan. 30, 1961, in Medina, Ohio, and had a great love of music and enjoyed playing her guitar, singing songs about her faith and walk with the Lord.
Family meant EVERYTHING to Tracy, and Tracy meant EVERYTHING to her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Fretz; her mother, Audrey Coode; and husband Bob, and a precious nephew, Austin.
She will be deeply missed by her husband, Bill Parsons; children Rachel (Jared), Aaron (Heather), Esther, and Adam (Bethany); step-children, Stephanie (Eric) and Matt (Lisa). She treasured every minute spent with her precious grandchildren, Caira, Caden, Bailey, Hayden, Andrew, Hanna, Gage, Aiden, Callie, Harper and Aubree. She is also survived by her two younger sisters, Lori and Lois (Mark); nephews, Luke and Avery; along with many loving cousins and countless friends.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga St., Kingsport.
A celebration of Tracy’s life will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Dennis Wilson, the Rev. Steven Tilley, Pastor Randy Johnson and the Rev. Sheldon Livesay, officiating.
You may also view the service live by visiting www.cartertrent.com.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Kingsport. Pallbearers will be Aaron Locke, Lorraine Marie, Lois Callahan, Luke Gregory, Mark Callahan, and Adam Parsons.
Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1pm to go in a procession.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport is serving the Parsons family.