DuBocage ABWA members get update on WH community city, water park


Eddie Parsley and his wife, Barbie Parsley, were the speakers for the recent meeting of the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Eddie Parsley retired as captain from the Pine Bluff Fire Department after serving 25 years. He joined the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department in 2009, where he currently serves as deputy chief. Barbie Parsley became an administrative assistant at the White Hall Police Department in 2003. They both are certified pool operators. Eddie is a national registered emergency medical technician and Barbie is a certified lifeguard manager. They have two children.

Eddie told how Mayor Jitters Morgan was instrumental in passing the 2 percent hamburger tax to earmark the money for the community center. He spoke on the construction of the community center and water park and all that will be available there once it is completed. There will be a full basketball court, three conference rooms, two locker rooms, a place for aerobics and an elevated walking track in the community center. The water park will have a zero entry pool with a lazy river off to the side, a slide tower with two slides (two more may be added later), two diving boards, a lap pool, and a rock wall for climbing. They will have 12 lifeguards on duty at a time and three certified pool operators. There is to be a 2-½ acre pond that will be stocked with fish and a fishing pier.

There is a natural spring — “Crenshaw Spring” — on the 60 acres that were purchased at the main entrance to the Arsenal for the community center and water park. Thirty five acres have been cleared with the community center and water park taking up 26 acres.

During the business meeting the Nominating Committee was announced as Donna Renfro, Patsy Stone and Dianne Wilson. The Woman of the Year Committee read the letter that nominated the new Woman of the Year as Marnelle Clement. The letter was written by Stone.

Three new members were installed into the chapter — Pam Lohnes, Glenda Dean and Kelly Ruggeri. Lohnes works at Simmons First as an operations officer, manager of CIF Services. She has two children and enjoys painting and drawing and reading autobiographies.

Dean is a vice president and manages the Corporate Trust Division of Simmons First Trust Company. She is married to Bill and has two daughters and three grandchildren. She enjoys running, water sports, and riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Ruggeri works at Simmons First as the corporate call center manager. She is married and has one daughter and is a volunteer of the Race for the Cure. She enjoys seeing wildlife at her favorite vacation spot of Estes Park, Colo.

Clement won the dollar pot and Allison Yaney, Hellen Kennedy, Dean and Christy Bush won door prizes. Birthday gifts were won by Judy Kittler, Mary Coburn, Dean and Yaney.