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J. T. “Pappy” Parsons
Founder, J.T. Parsons Cabinet Co.
1906 - 1988

J. T. Parsons Sr., lovingly referred to by friends and business acquaintances a like as “Pappy” Parsons was the founder and retired president of J. T. Parsons Cabinet Company of Osceola, Arkansas. In 1946, J. T. “Pappy” Parsons Sr. opened a small cabinet shop in Kansas City, Missouri, and with one employee began making fine handcrafted cabinets for the sewing industry. Sewing manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and retail consumers quickly recognized the top quality sewing furniture.
With orders rapidly increasing, the J. T. Parsons cabinet company soon outgrew their small shop. Looking for larger quarters, Pappy moved his growing business to Osceola, Arkansas, where Parsons continued its growth. The Parsons Company today is the largest employer in the Osceola area, and a well respected community leader.

From that one employee shop in Kansas City, combining top quality workmanship, outstanding quality, the finest of materials, and a total commitment to the sewing industry, Pappy Parsons built a company that today is a recognized leader in both his community and industry. His creative thinking has made sewing easier and more pleasurable for home sewers around the world, and less strenuous and more profitable for the commercial sewing industry. Pappy Parsons was born June 7, 1906, in Gradyville, Kentucky, and died on March 28, 1988.

1994 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee