Floyd William (Bill) Parsons Jr.
Floyd William (Bill) Parsons Jr., a 1959 graduate of Big Spring High School, died May 1, at the age of 73 while hiking in a remote area of the Sonoran Desert he loved near Tucson, Ariz.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he served from 1964-66 in the Peace Corps in Bolivia and two years in the Teacher Corps in Rio Grande City, Texas. He later taught at the New York Institute of Photography and took freelance photos at the 1969 Woodstock rock festival, which he sold to The New York Times, Rolling Stone magazine and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Following several years in Mexico, Mr. Parsons returned to Arkansas as a video producer at the Arkansas Educational Television Network in Conway. For 20 years, he operated his own commercial photography studio in Little Rock, Ark. He moved to California in 1998 and retired to Tucson in 2009.
He is survived by a son, Lucien Parsons, of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Lou Anne Parsons Smoot of Tyler, Texas; and a brother, Paul Parsons of Elon, N.C. He was predeceased by his father, Floyd W. Parsons, who was superintendent of schools in Big Spring from 1956 to 1961, and his mother, Christina Parsons.