EVANS - The West Virginia Division of Highways has declared that Bridge Number 18-87-5.40, currently known as Evans Bridge on County Route 87 over Mill Creek near Evans, will now be identified as the "Boyd Leon Parsons Memorial Bridge."
Boyd Leon Parsons was born on January 28, 1894, in a log house at Bull Run near Evans. He was one of seven children born to Frank and Ida Kessel Parsons.
Parsons was trained as a teacher in his early life and taught in many rural schools before joining the Army. During World War I, he served with the 22nd Engineers in England and France in 1918.
At the conclusion of the war, Boyd returned to Evans and married Luella Corfee. Together, they had two sons, Roy and Edwin; and two daughters, Betty and Mildred. His daughter Mildred Moss lives in Parkersburg, and many of the grandchilden, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren live in the Evans area.
After 22 years of teaching, Boyd changed careers and became a mail carrier. His mail route covered Route 1 Evans. Many times he carried the mail on horseback. He did this for 25 years until failing health forced his retirement.
Boyd Leon Parsons was a godly man, a pillar of his local community, a solid man and revered by many.
It is fitting and proper that this community leader, Army veteran, church superintendent, friend, father, grandfather and much, much more be honored with this memorial.
The dedication of the bridge will be held August 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the bridge site. All are welcome to attend and share in this special celebration.