Mrs. Gay M. James-Parson transitioned peacefully to her heavenly home surrounded by family on March 9, 2020. She was born on September 27, 1959 in Norfolk, VA to the late Ruth Woodhouse McCoy and George Bernard McCoy, Sr. Gay was the sixth child of eight children.
She graduated from Norview High School in 1977. She continued her education at Norfolk State University and graduated with a degree in Health Education. She went back to school and received her certification to teach Special Education. She went on to have a career she loved as a Special Education Teacher at St. Mary’s School for Disabled Children. Gay loved to learn and continued to further her education. She was in the process of working on her thesis for her Masters Degree in Special Education before her illness returned.
She was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church located in Norfolk, VA where she served as a deaconess and choir member. She loved the Lord and the word and read it daily. Her hobbies included singing, reading, and cooking; especially making desserts. Gay was also a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed watching sports. She loved spending time with her family, especially her sisters. Gay had an infectious smile and always tried to make people laugh. Her best friend, Monica and her twin sister, Gale, who she called her B.F.F., could attest to her smile and humor.
She married Alfred James-Parson on August 19, 1995. During this wedded union they were blessed with a son named Zyon B. James-Parson, born October 10, 2005. She had such a loving, caring spirit and helped people whenever she could. For 10 years, Gay and her husband were foster parents. No matter the situation, Gay’s love always shined through and was constantly felt by her husband, son, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Ira McCoy and George “Bernard” McCoy. Her loving memories will forever be in the hearts and minds of family. Gay’s loving, devoted husband of 26 years, Alfred James-Parson; her sons, Zyon B. James-Parson and Derek Woodburry; her honorary son, Onyx Morris and godson, CJ Dowell; mother-in-law, Helen Parson; brother-in-law, William Lomax; sisters, Bernadette (David), Angela, Cherry, Gale (Carl), and Sonja. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.