Obituaries Sunday, December 30

Parker pnRuby Marie Parker, 72, of Pattonville passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center.

She was born on January 19, 1940 in Black Springs, Arkansas a daughter of W.A. and Rosa Lee Bobo Ferguson. She was a member of Abundant Life Church at Minter and was retired from the Rockwall Independent School District. On January 19, 1963 she married Billy Parker in Paris, Texas.

Mrs. Parker is survived by her husband Billy Parker of the home; son Gary Lee Parker of Paris; brothers Wayne Dwight Ferguson of Paris and Charles Ray Ferguson and wife Mary of Paris; sister Dolores Eudy of Paris; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Donnie Sherrill officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home where online condolences may be sent by visiting

cbrownPNCharles Ruben “Charlie” Brown, 82, of Blossom, died Thursday, December 26, 2012 at his home.  A graveside service is set for 11:00 AM, Monday, December 31, 2012 at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Crosthwait, son-in-law officiating.  No formal visitation hour will be observed.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Charlie was born February 3, 1930 in Paris to Cletus Virgil and Mae Alberta Yates Brown.  He married Rosie May Pearce on April 22, 1954 and she preceded him in death January 26, 1986.  He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War.  Mr. Brown was a life-long Baptist and had served as a deacon.

He is survived by his daughter, Katharine Maye Crosthwait and husband, Glenn of Atlanta, Georgia; two granddaughters, Dr. Sara Elizabeth Oliver and husband, Alan of Birmingham, Alabama and Anna Katharine Crosthwait of Atlanta; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace and Caleb Alan Oliver of Atlanta; one brother, Jackie Brown and wife, LaJoyce of Waxahachie, Texas; and numerous extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to International Hope & Heritage (a ministry for Ethiopian orphans), PO Box 2196, Rockwall, Texas 75087 or go on line at

Online condolences may be made to the Brown family by visiting

Erma DonhamErma Lee Donham, 80, of Paris, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Medical Center of McKinney.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Mona Millard officiating. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery at Roxton.

Erma, the daughter of Henry & Josie Vick Donham, was born March 23, 1932, in Roxton. In 1949, she graduated from Roxton High School. She was a member of the Roxton United Methodist Church. Her retirement came after many years of service at Hollywood Vasarette & then with  Munsingwear  after  they bought Vasarette.

She was a volunteer for fifteen years at Paris Regional Medical Center North Campus.

Her parents and a brother, Thomas Donham, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a brother, Troy Donham of Paris, two sisters, Lena Scott & husband Harold of Paris and Louise Stotts of Roxton, her loving family, Michael & Marlo Scott of Rowlett & their daughter Mallory, Marty & Holly Scott of Paris and their children,  Kimberlyn & Kameron, Danny & Jenny Stotts of Mt. Vernon  and their children, Emily, David and Daniel & his wife Veronica, Ronnie & Pam Stotts of Paris and their children, Ronnie Ray & Misty, and Terry & Laurie Stotts of Arlington and children, Leslie and  Amy & her husband Corey, along with a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be nephews & grand nephews: David Stotts, Ronnie Stotts, Terry Stotts, Marty Scott, Michael Scott and Daniel Stotts. Honorary bearers will be: Ronnie Ray Stotts and Kameron Scott.

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Ron Sullivan to step down Friday after 22 months as Paris’ public works supervisor


Ron Sullivan is retiring as public works director for the City of Paris – a job he has held for the past 22 months.

Public works director Ron Sullivan

Public works director Ron Sullivan

“Ron has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 4, next Friday,” city manager John Godwin confirmed to

“We’re going to leave that vacant for six months or more, depending on how that goes – maybe a lot longer than that, maybe not any longer than that,” Godwin said.

“That will give the division heads, as I call them – his department supervisors – a chance to hopefully grow and have a little more independence. We’ll see now that goes, how they all do,” the city manager said.

Six department heads have reported to Sullivan:

  • Parks and Right of Way — Bill Loranger, supervisor
  • Recreation — Sally Wright, supervisor
  • Sanitation — Edwayne Samis III, supervisor
  • Streets — Rufus Hill, superintendent
  • Traffic – Edwayne Samis III, supervisor
  • Water & Sewer — Danny Edwards, superintendent

“Those guys =- and one gal – will report directly to me, although they obviously won’t see me as much as they saw Ron, since they were just down the hall from him and they’ll be down the street from me,” Godwin said.

“They’ll have a little more independence. That’s the plan, anyway. We’ll see how that goes. They’ll have more opportunity to grow, and hopefully, they will do that,” the manager added.

Godwin said he may use Sullivan’s retirement as an opportunity to reorganize the structure of some city departments.

The public works department “is a big department as far as the scope of things that it does,” Godwin told eParisExtra.

“Some things don’t always seem to make sense, but it comes down to the people, not how it looks on paper. It may be entirely logical in real life, or it may not be. But this will give me a chance to work with them directly and decide what we want to do differently. And maybe it will be nothing,” Godwin said.

Sullivan’s retirement in Paris will end 36 years as an engineer for Arlington, the Texas Department of Transportation, Bedford, Palestine and, finally, Paris.

Sullivan has been the public works director since April 18, 2011, hired by interim city manager Gene Anderson following Sullivan’s retirement on March 31, 2011, as public works director at Palestine, for whom he had worked for seven years.

Texas Municipal Retirement System rules allow a person to go to work at another city starting the following month.

Sullivan’s retirement comes on the heels of the retirement of Ronnie Grooms, 57, as fire chief on Oct. 15 – 34 years to the day from when Grooms joined the department. He had been the fire chief since 2001.

On Nov. 19, the Paris City Council confirmed Lawrence H. “Larry” Wright III, 64, as the new fire chief. Wright, who has 33 years of fire department experience, came out of retirement as the recent fire chief at Marble Falls, Texas, to join Godwin, for whom Wright had worked as fire chief in Rowlett.









Tragic Shooting Reported

Lamar County SheriffOn December 28, 2012 around 2:00pm Lamar County Sheriff Deputies responded to an accidental shooting in the Northeast part of Lamar County.

Two (2) male juveniles’ ages nine (9) and thirteen (13) were hunting in a pasture area near both juveniles residences.  The nine year old juvenile tripped and fell causing a single shot 22 caliber rifle that he was carrying to discharge striking the 13 year old in the chest area.  Paris EMS transported the 13 year old victim to Paris Regional Hospital where the victim was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gene Hobbs.  Both juveniles were close friends and the Sheriff’s Office is investigating this along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens at this time.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families through this terrible tragedy,” stated Sheriff-elect Scott Cass.

How does the ‘Gender-Wage Gap’ effect our economy?

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Paris Main St. hosts Free ‘Visual Merchandising’ seminar

All small business owners are invited to this free seminar on visual merchandising and how to increase your number of customers, improve your overall look, and more!  It is completely FREE of charge.

Below is a flyer for a the special class that is being offered.  Paris Main Street Design Committee members, Karie Raulston, Heather Cody, Kaitlin Ammon, and Helen Ressler are hosting this event on the evening of January 14, 2013 at the community room in the Union Station Depot, 1125 Bonham Street.

All small business owners are invited to attend, whether in the Main Street district or not.

Please feel free to pass this flyer on to anyone who it might be helpful.  It is a great opportunity, and is totally free of charge.

If you would like to take advantage of this learning opportunity, please RSVP before January 10th, by emailing

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