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Alice Ann Parsons Wise, wife of Dr. Stephen Wise, of Beaufort died Nov. 26, 2019, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Wheelus Field USAF Hospital, Tripoli, Libya on April 19, 1951, daughter of Col. Clyde C. Parsons (USAF) and Burl Farabee Parsons.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Madeline Parsons Clas and her brother, Greg Parsons.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years and her aunt Doris White of Cullman, Al. and nephew, Damion Neyrey (Fawna) and a grandnephew, Cooper of Tequesta, Fl., as well as cousins, Richard (Sylvia) White, Grace Anne (Robert) Thompson, Ed White III, of Cullman, AL., Clay (Anastasia) White and their sons, Loukas and Anthans of Shaker Heights, Oh., Tom Parker of Panama City, Fl. and , Kay (Les) Parker Brackett of Panama City, Fl., Robert Scott Parker of Jemison, Al., many friends and her beloved Schnauzers, Leyna and Ezra, “Ezzie.”

Alice received her B.A. and M.A in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. In Columbia, she worked with the S.C. Development Board as editor of their magazine, TRENDS; the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control as an information specialist; art department supervisor for Bruccoli-Clark Publishing Co.; and communications expert for the S.C. Committee for the Humanities.

She came to Beaufort in 1985 to work as a reporter at THE BEAUFORT GAZETTE, WJWJ-ETV and the HILTON HEAD REPORT. She wrote for THE BEAUFORT MAGAZINE and editor of the RIDGELAND SUN. She was an administrative assistant to the late Sen. James M. Waddell.

She worked for the Beaufort History Museum and was a part-time employee at McIntosh Book Store.

She worked as an editor of books and screenplays written by her husband, including GATE OF HELL: Campaign for the Charleston Harbor and vol. 2 of THE HISTORY OF BEAUFORT COUNTY and the documentary AMERICA’S IIAID; THE SIEGE OF CHARLESTON.

She was an avid reader of biographies who loved flowers, her yard, swimming, walks on the beach and riding horses.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 am. at St. Helena Parish Church, Beaufort, followed by inurnment in the church cemetery. A reception will follow at the Church Parish Hall.

Memorials may be made to the Old Sheldon Church Preservation, att. Parish Church of St. Helena, P.O. Box 1043, Beaufort, S.C. 29901.

Online Condolences

  1. Leo Daugherty III says:

    Both Rhonda and I are very sorry about Alice’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and with Alice.

    Leo and Rhonda Daugherty

  2. Wade Sokolosky says:


    I am sorry for your loss my friend. Please know that you are in our prayers.

    Wade Sokolosky

  3. Ken Hall says:

    The PI Museum Docents are sorry for your loss. We will keep you
    in our prayers.
    Ken Hall
    Coordinator Volunteers
    Marine Corps League
    YF Detachment #1154

  4. Cecily McMillan says:

    Dear Steve,

    Thinking of you and the loss of Alice, 22 years together. I know your circle of friends will be around for you and, like them, you’re on my mind, especially today. Wish I were in Beaufort to say so in person.

    Best, Cecily

  5. Phil Dematteis says:

    I worked with Alice at Bruccoli Clark back in the 1980s. I liked her a lot. She was cute and funny, with an offbeat sense of humor. She once said that her job at BC, which involved making up pages by laying down strips of paper with hot glue on a light table, was making her “old and ugly.” It didn’t, and she was neither of those things. I am sorry to hear that she is gone.

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