Faith Mountain Fellowship Church leaders and Waco Texas Police confirmed today (Feb. 17) the death of former Red River resident and pastor Golden Keyes Parsons, 75, in a multiple vehicle crash Thursday night (Feb. 16).
Quoting Waco Police sources, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Parsons was killed on Interstate 35 near downtown Waco on Thursday afternoon.
Although the crash was still under investigation at press time, Waco Police attributed the cause of the crash to rubberneckers who had slowed down to “inappropriate speeds” to look at or take photos of an earlier roll-over crash on Interstate 35.
Parsons was killed after three passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer collided on northbound I-35, near the Fifth Street exit, police said. Parsons, the back-seat passenger in a four-door sedan, died at the scene. Two men, one of whom was Golden’s husband Blaine, and two women were injured. The Waco Tribune-Herald reported the other crash victims were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and were listed in stable condition Thursday afternoon.
Golden and Blaine moved to Red River in the ’80s and managed the Ponderosa Lodge. When Faith Mountain Fellowship Church’s pastor Max Scheiman retired sometime in the early ’90s, Blaine stepped in as interim pastor, then full-time pastor. He was eventually formally joined by Golden who assumed the role of Pastor of Biblical Studies. They were with the church for 16 years before retiring from the pastorate and moving to Waco, Texas.
An accomplished writer, Golden published four full length novels, four novellas, and a woman’s Bible study.
She leaves behind three daughters and eight grandchildren.
Send cards and letters of condolence to Blaine Parsons, 908 W Denison Dr., Waco, TX 76706.