Community mourning loss of Parsons

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Sampson County is reeling from the tragic news that one of their own has died.

Well-respected Resident Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons apparently died in his sleep some time this morning. He was on a trip to Myrtle Beach at the time.

Community members were in shock as news of Parsons’ death began to spread mid-morning Sunday, and prayers and condolences began being offered to his family, especially his wife Roxanne.

No further details about his death were immediately available, but sources say they believe he died from natural causes.

Watch for more on our website at and see a full story and tribute to Parsons next week in The Sampson Independent.

Parsons was resident judge for Sampson, Duplin and Jones counties.