Obituaries for July 31, 2014

moffitt001Donald K. Moffitt, 82 of Powderly, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Funeral services have been set for Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Paris First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Hutchison officiating. Interment will follow at Grant Cemetery in Grant, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends on Friday evening at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Don was born on August 5, 1931 in Hugo, Oklahoma, the 9th of 12 children. He graduated from Grant High School where he played basketball and married the love of his life, Judy Norris. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was sent to Korea during war where he was promoted to Staff Sargent and served in the Chaplaincy.

After graduating from East Texas State University with a Masters in Biology, he taught school at Central High School in Sumner, Texas. He also coached both boys and girls basketball. He later worked as a Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America for 16 years and improved the fiscal status of each council in which he was employed.

He returned to Lamar County where he worked for North Lamar Independent School District as an Educator/Administrator and Coach. He began coaching cross country and developed a winning formula for the Cross Country Team at North Lamar taking a group of girls to the state championship four years in a row, three times as state champions. The cross country winning tradition continued for years after he retired.

He was active at the Powderly United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher and a team member of the construction decision group for the new church and the North Lamar Methodist Church Camp.

His retirement years were spent at his refurbished “farm” home at Kanawha, Texas where he loved to fish, hunt ride his buggy and his tractor. He also was on the board of the Grant Nutritional Center, the Grant Cemetery and volunteered many hours at both locations. His greatest loves were his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a mentor to many students and others that were fortunate to meet him and be a part of his life. His greatest desires were that his family would be educated and successful in life.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Norris Moffitt; children, Donald Keith Moffitt, Jr. and wife Carla, Judith Moffitt, Cynthia Briscoe and husband Scott, Angela Chadwick and husband Jim; grandchildren, Tara Taylor, Amy Robbins, Matt Moffitt, Scott Moffitt, Brandon Chadwick, Blake Chadwick; great-grandchildren, Nichole Taylor, Michelle Price, Jayci Robbins, Jaxon Robbins, Macy Moffitt, Max Moffitt, Mabrie Moffitt, Katie Brown , Blair Chadwick; great-great-grandchild, Emma Grace; brother, Thomas Moffitt and wife Ralphanne; sister, Joan Hamm and husband Bobby; sister-in-law, Doris Moffitt; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Mary Shackelford Moffitt; brothers, Carl Moffitt, Alvin Moffitt, Alton Moffitt, Eldon Moffitt, Odas Moffitt, Doyce Moffitt, Johnny Moffitt, Johnny Moffitt, Henry Wayne Moffitt; sister, Gaynell Moffitt.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Grant Cemetery in Grant, Oklahoma.
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bowman001Jay Pickering Bowman entered Heaven on Tuesday, July 29, at Dubois Hospital in Paris.

His service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, August 1, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Michael Walker and Rev. Brad Aldridge officiating.  Visitation will follow the service.

He was born on May 18, 1940, in Paris to Sybil Pickering and Jay Bowman.  He attended schools in Greenville and Paris, graduating in 1958 from Paris High School, where he lettered in baseball and basketball.  He attended Paris Junior College graduated from Texas A&M, College Station, where he was in the Corps and played baseball.  He later earned a degree in finance from the University of Houston and was a certified public accountant.  He worked for Procter & Gamble, two accounting firms in San Antonio, Weinstein Spira & Co. in Houston, and Irvin Levy Enterprises.  He retired as CFO of Utex Industries in Houston, when he moved to Paris to take care of his mother.

He married Ginna Hinds Walker on January 9, 2010, and they had a brief but wonderful marriage, blending families and travelling.

In later years he loved to study the Bible and was in study groups at First United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, and Calvary United Methodist Church.  He was on the Downtown Food Pantry board, Paris Junior College Foundation Board, FUMC council on ministries, and was active in the Northeast Texas Emmaus Community.

He is survived by his wife and three children:  Bradford Jay Bowman and wife, Mirna of Austin, Rebecca Bowman of Houston, and Shana Bowman of Houston.  His other children:  Callie Walker Thompson of Paris, Jennifer Walker McDonald and husband Don, and Stephen Walker and wife Terri Leigh of Paris.

His grandchildren were Isaiah Jay Carter, Dominic Claude and Arianna Grant of Houston, Sierra Speegle and Elise Bowman of Austin, Matthew Thompson of Dallas, Lauren Thompson, Lauren Madding, Laney Madding, Landree Madding and Blake Walker of Paris. Also, Sarah Kathryn and Elizabeth Walker of Carthage, and Stephen McDonald, Luke McDonald, and Susanna McDonald of Hackett, AR.

If desired, memorials may be given to the Downtown Food Pantry, Lamar County Young Life, Youth Building Project at First United Methodist Church, Paris Junior College Foundation, or a charity of choice.


Obituaries July 30, 2014

Tami Slagle PortraitTAMI DENISE SLAGLE, 53, of Chicota, passed from this life on Tuesday July 29, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday August 1, 2014 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Johns officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Tami was born January 8, 1961 in Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of Arnol Alvin and Sharon Floyd Thomas Duncan. She moved with her family to Irving at an early age, where she graduated public schools, then attended Brookhaven College.  Tami was the consummate mother, and saw to it that anything that her boys were involved in, she would be involved, too. She felt it important that her sons have the benefit of participation in any event or organization that held their interest, and never complained that her life was caught up in their activities, large or small. She worked closely with the school PTA and FFA, and was active in the 4-H clubs. She was loved as a substitute teacher in the Roxton school district, but the love she gave back was greater than she received. A true “Universal Mom,” she willingly gave herself to every involvement that her boys chose. Her life was the epitome of caregiving, uplifting, and loving, even when its cost was high.

She married Terry Slagle on March 23, 1984 in Irving. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Tanner Slagle and Taylor Slagle, all of Chicota; her father, Arnol Duncan; her aunt Becky Diehl; her father-in-law Gene Slagle; and her feline friend and companion Layla.

Tami is preceded in death by her mother Sharon; her grandparents, Floyd and Eloise Thomas, and Alvin and Ruby Duncan; and a cousin Jeffrey Diehl.

Named to serve as pallbearers are Darren Diehl, Gene Stockton, Bryan Slagle, Jeffrey Slagle, Dale Diehl, and Mike Parson. Named as honorary pallbearers are Rowdy Spangler and Harley Martin.

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BOBBY EARL MORRISON, 78, of Roxton, passed from this life on Tuesday July 29, 2014 at Heritage House of Paris. Friends and family will gather to celebrate his life at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday July 30, 2014 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, where cremation arrangements were provided.

Bobby was born September 4, 1935 in Roxton, a son of Henry C. and Essie Margaves Morrison. He was a graduate of Roxton schools. He married Alice Martinez in 1958 in San Antonio. She preceded him in death in 1987. Bobby spent a career with the Civil Service Administration. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed the thrill of a hunt or a fishing trip.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Creed Morrison and J.D. Morrison; and sisters Frankie Lucky, Datherine Straub, and Ailene Stone.

He is survived by a daughter, Debbie Fritz and husband Barry, of El Sobrante, CA; a brother, Wayne Morrison, of Bossier City, LA; three sisters, Mollie Ausmus and Geraldine Rowe, both of Paris, and Ruth Vardilos, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews, and host of extended family and friends.

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Gordon0001Ulus Gordon, 97, of Waco, formerly of Taylortown, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Waco.

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1st, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery at Taylortown. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Gordon, the son of Harry Earl & Alta Allie Archer Gordon, was born Jan. 13, 1917, in Taylortown.

On June 17, 1936, he married Joyce MayDell Ruthardt, building 49 years of family and memories before her death on Feb. 13, 1986. He later married Vivian Curry, and she preceded him in death.

Ulus was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gerald Gordon & Daff Gordon and one sister, Winona Taylor.

He was a heavy equipment operator specializing in dragline operation. He continued to work until he was 93.

Survivors include his son, Don Gordon & wife Billie of Waco, grandchildren, Donna Gordon, Deanna St. John, Russell Gordon, Ashley Farmer, Jeff Tucker and Dana Enloe, six great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Daron Farmer, John Johnson, Derrick Hicks, Bud Gordon, Rod Smith and Ethan Farmer.

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Hornback0001Mitchell Eugene Hornback, 59, of Paris, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Heritage House of Paris.

Cremation was under the care & direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. The family will conduct a celebration of Mitchell’s life at a later time.

Mitchell, the son of Dickey Eugene & Betty Ann Graham Hornback, was born April 25, 1955, in Carthage, MO.

On Feb. 2, 1981, he married Judy Katherine Cruthfield, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2013.

He was a cabinet maker and wood worker. Mitchell was an avid fisherman and hunter, but the greatest joy in his life was spending time with his grandson, Tanner.

Survivors include his son, Mitchell Hornback & wife Lorri of Little Elm, his grandson, Tanner Scott Hornback, siblings, Susan Wilson, Debbie Hornback and Lynn Hornback along with several nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.

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Obituaries for Saturday, July 26

Huggins0001Larry Glen Huggins, 71, of Paris, passed away at his home, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

The family has scheduled memorial services for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26th, at the Family Worship Center, 1215 NW 19th Street. Cremation was under the care & direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.

Larry, the son of Jake & Ruby Davidson Huggins, was born July 2, 1943, in Cardwell, MO.

He served in the U. S. Army from 1966 – 1972, being honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

His career at Paris Lumber Company spanned more than thirty years. He retired as a countertop specialist.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn Herron.

Survivors include his wife, Nora, two daughters, Tania Reily & husband Ronnie Kyle of Paris and Victoria Huggins of Houston along with a plethora of friends.

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Obituaries for Wednesday, July 23

Vesa Kathleen OakleyVesta Kathleen Oakley, age 90 of Terrell, passed away on Monday July 21, 2014 at her home with her loving husband of 65 years, Billy Beck Oakley at her side. Kathleen was born in Pecos, Texas on October 16, 1923, the daughter of William Howard Palmer and Vesta Inez Sims Palmer.

As an infant, Kathleen and her family moved to her parents’ hometown of Edgewood, Texas.  The following year they moved back to West Texas, alternating from Borger to Pampa over the next several years. Her junior and senior high school years, Kathleen lived in Borger where she was voted, “High School Queen,” her junior year and, “Most Popular Girl,” her senior year. After graduation in 1942, she studied to become an aircraft draftsman at Texas Tech University. She then worked at Consolidated Aircraft in Fort Worth, and later at the Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks in Washington D.C. where she was awarded a government citation for her drafting work on the mooring plans to dock our military ships as they returned home.

Kathleen later decided to leave the Navy and return to Texas where she began a career with Braniff Airlines as a flight hostess. She met many celebrities including Veronica Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Braniff. On one flight, an older gentleman asked where she was from and if she knew the Oakley family in Terrell. Kathleen responded that she just moved to Terrell and didn’t know anyone. The gentleman told her that his son’s roommate from Texas A&M lived there. She could not give the man her full name as it was against company policy. The man must have seen her nameplate and gave it to Bill Oakley, an army pilot who just returned home from the war. Bill made some phone calls to Braniff, got in touch with Kathleen and the two were married six months later.

The couple raised their family in Terrell and were very involved within the community. Kathleen was active in the First United Methodist Church, member and former president of the Terrell Browning Club, as well as the Social Science Club. She also remained an active member of the Braniff Clipped B’s, a former flight hostess’s organization.

Kathleen enjoyed playing tennis, bridge, traveling and painting.

After living on their ranch near Paris, Texas for 20 years, the couple returned to Terrell in 2006 to be closer to family.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Fred Palmer. She is survived by her husband Billy Beck Oakley, four children; Larry and Victoria Oakley, Sharon Oakley, Kyle and Cindy Oakley, Keith and Norie Oakley; and nine grandchildren, Ryan Shepherd, Rachel Grigsby, Aaron Zook, Justin Zook, Sean Zook, Matt Oakley, Lauren Oakley, Garrett Oakley and Connor Oakley and sister Ann Palmer.

Visitation will be at Anderson Clayton funeral home in Terrell from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 24. Funeral services will be at Anderson Clayton Chapel on Friday, July 25 at 10:00 AM.

BurksD. R. “Yellow Boy” Burks, 86, of Paris, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 24th, at Rockford Cemetery with Sammy Archer officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

D. R., the son of Robert Alvis and Ollie Bailey Burks, was born March 5, 1928, at Taylortown.

On Oct. 20, 1949, he married Betty Jo Barber as they sat in a blue pickup truck in the rain while the Justice of the Peace stood outside the window under an umbrella.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty Jo, on March 25, 2009, brothers, Vester Burks and J. R. “Blue Boy” Burks and sisters, Virginia Adams and Emma Dell Bratcher.

He worked twenty years at B & W, and he & Betty Jo owned and operated Burks Antenna & Satellite Service for forty years. Following his retirement he worked his cattle and farmed and loved cutting hay & growing beans with his eldest son, Stan. D. R. was a member of Highway Full Gospel Church.

Survivors include two sons, Stanley Dean Burks & wife Ginger and Randy Paul Burks & wife Brenda all of Paris, grandchildren, DeLana McFadden & husband Jon, Brian K. Burks, Loren Dean Burks, Jennifer A. Stone, Chris Stone & wife Jennifer, Randy Kyle Burks & wife Emma and Brandy Burks Rickman, great grandchildren, Kira & Julia McFadden, Rebecca K. Burks, Jesse Wayne Rickman, Samuel Paul Rickman, Kaytie Jo Rickman and Cobin Stone, one brother, Joe Bob Burks, two sisters-in-law, Jane O’Neal and Anne Barber along with numerous nieces & nephews and a host of friends.

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Gordon Charles “Buck” Boyce, passed from this life peacefully on Monday July 20, 2014 at Brentwood Terrace, in his ninetieth year. Although no formal public ceremonies are planned, his friends are asked to remember him fondly as a man of character, trustworthiness, and as a helper to children.

He was born June 19, 1924 in the Bear Paw Mountains of Montana to a family of early settlers in that part of the West. He spent his life in rodeos and ranching, and had a permanent attachment to all things related to agriculture. In 1956, while active as a champion rodeo performer, he married Valerie Webb in the presence of his fellow performers, at a rodeo in Camdenton, Missouri. She survives.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar County 4-H Clubs, 4315 Bonham Street, Suite A, Paris, Texas 75460.

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Obituaries for Tuesday, July 22

simpsen001Irvin Henry Simpsen, 82, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and brother passed away in Paris, Texas, on July 21, 2014. One of four children of Henry and Hazel Mae Simpsen, he was born in Colfax, IL. He was baptized into the Christian faith and celebrated his Confirmation at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Anchor, IL.

Irvin worked on the family farm until graduating in the last class at Anchor High School. His working career started with jobs as a cemetery superintendent, pin-setter at a bowling alley, and as a foreman at General Electric. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served as a flight engineer on the B-26 Marauder during his tour of duty in the Korean War. He completed his aviation education at Parks College of Aeronautical Technology in St. Louis, MO and worked as a mechanic for several airlines in Illinois, Iowa, and Texas.

He was married to Marjory May Brown for 48 years. In 1973 he moved his family to Paris, TX as owner of Holiday Mobile Homes Park and Sales. He loved travel and spending time with his family, and was happiest when he could combine the two. Summer weekends were shared with family and friends with cocktails and grilled steaks by the pool. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjory and by his granddaughter Heidi.

Irvin is survived by Sharon and Jay McKiever, Lisa and Wendell Hubbard, Bruce and Paige Simpsen, Carl and Rosmarie Chambers, Randy and Crystal Daniels, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother Donald of Cazenovia, WI, brother Gerald of Bloomington, IL, and sister Mary Ellen Schoon of Bloomington, IL.

Friends are invited to join the family for visitation at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, TX, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Anchor, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Heimerdinger Foundation, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 223-B, Nashville, TN –

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Merrell Boyd, 92, of Paris, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Heritage House of Paris surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held in Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home chapel at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 with Rev. James E. Barnes officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time on Saturday prior to the service. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park near Sulphur Springs. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Boyd was born July 17, 1922 in Yantis, Texas, the son of Jacob P. and Lula M. Bevill Boyd. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served proudly until 1944. After his honorable discharge, He attended Hardin College where he graduated with an associates degree in watch repair. He started a career in 1953 at B&W where he retired in 1983. During this time he had a career at Boyd’s Jewelry Store where he did watch repair until their closing. He was a proud member of First Baptist Church in Paris for nearly 60 years.

Mr. Boyd is survived by his wife, Virginia Boyd; daughter, Cynthia K. Powell and husband, Rhett; grandson, Austin Powell; and his sister, Francis Simmons. His loving extended family included Richard and Shay Persinger, Mickie and Bob Powers, and LuAnn and Verg Ables; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his six brothers and one sister.

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