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April 17, 2024

Mother, 42, dies at Matheson Park

A tragic scene unfolded on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Matheson Park, when a young mother died suddenly.

Taylorsville Police Chief Dennis James told The Times that several witnesses saw the woman, Margaret “Michelle” Parsons, age 42 of Parsonsville Road, Taylorsville, fall unconscious at one of the park’s shelters shortly after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Margaret Michelle Parsons

Police officers, Taylorsville Fire Dept. first responders, and Alexander County EMS paramedics were among responding agencies.

Sgt. T. Land and Ptl. Z.S. Hollar went to the aid of Parsons administering CPR. A doctor who was at the park, Dr. John Carson, took over care of Parsons. Hollar stated in his police report that CPR was administered for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, until Dr. Carson advised them to cease, and the time of death was called at 6:31 p.m. Wednesday.

Chief James noted there is nothing suspicious about Parsons’ death and the agency would not be requesting an autopsy.

Parsons leaves behind her son, Jordan Parsons; mother, Laura Parsons of Taylorsville; brother, Nicholas, and wife Sarah, Alysson, and Jamarion Parsons, of Conover, according to obituary information.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, July 24, at St. John Baptist Church (224 Quail Hollow Lane, Taylorsville) at 3:00 p.m. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will then follow at the St. John Baptist Church Cemetery.


  1. Floyd Fox on July 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    If this were my family member I would want an autopsy performed to determine the cause of her death especially considering she was only 42 years old! If not, I would always be wondering why and what was the reason she died at such a young age.

    • Agibbs on August 10, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      I would too

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