Obituaries for Thursday, April 24th

obituaryReverend Glynn J. Vickers, 84, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Paris Regional Medical Center.  Reverend Vickers was born January 14, 1930 to Myrtle and Rob Vickers in Kennard, TX.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church.  Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary U.M.C.  Reverend Ben Read will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Rona; son, Gregg, daughter-in-law, Joy and two grandsons, Jake and Jon.

Glynn was a retired United Methodist minister of the North Texas Conference.  He retired in 1994, returning to Paris to live out his retirement years.  He served churches at Addison Methodist Church, Addison, TX; 1st U.M.C., Celina, TX; Briarwood U.M.C., Plano, TX; Oak Haven U.M.C., Irving, TX; Calvary U.M.C., Paris, TX; 1st U.M.C., McKinney, TX; Whaley U.M.C., Gainesville, TX and 1st U.M.C., Mt. Vernon, TX.

In retirement, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels in addition to mowing lawns for friends and neighbors.

Memorials may be made to Calvary U.M.C. Multi-purpose Building Fund or Habitat for Humanity.  Services are under the direction of the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


kester002Clyde L. Kester, 69, of Blossom passed away Monday April 21, 2014 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Fellowship Baptist Church with Bro. Buddy Greer and Bro. Brad Michael officiating. Burial will follow at Leesville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home Friday from 7 until 8 p.m.

He was born July 4, 1944 in Oklahoma City, OK a son of William “Willie” and Mildred Pierce Kester. He was a truck driver for many years and was known as his CB handle “Lucky K”. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

He is survived by children Alvis Kester of Paris, Charles Kester of Oklahoma City, OK, Jimmy Kester of Blossom, Grace Turner and husband Daniel of Cooper, Cindy Kester, daughter-in-law; grandchildren Ashlee Kester, Cayton Kester, Shelby Kester, Cheyenne Kester, Zoe Kester who he helped raise, Jaiden Kester, Jaci Kester, Gabriel Kester, future grandbaby Colton Turner; great grandchildren Dillon Kester, Brooklyn Kester, Madalyn, Kester, Billie Kester and all the kids who called him “PaPa”. He is also survived by 7 sisters and 1 brother and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dalton George, Wyatt Phillips, Bud Thompson, Jeremy Kester, Jimmy Kester, Bo Kester, James Reynolds, and George Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Wall, Rick Thomas and Lucas Arnold.

Online condolences may be made at




Obituaries for Wednesday, April 23

obituaryLinda Louise Allen Thomas, 72, of Paris, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 24th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Pearson and Rev. Wally Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Thomas, the daughter of Frank & Katheryn Helen Towers Allen, was born Jan. 24, 1942, in Lamar County.

She graduated from East Lamar High School and Paris Junior College. Linda was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church where she served as secretary and pianist for many years.  She worked in Medical Records at Lamar Hospital before beginning work for Dr. Mann where she worked for ten years. Linda then worked at Village Interiors and later for Sherwin Williams where she retired.

She was an avid gardener and loved flowers and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, R.W. Strauss, a brother, Roger Neal Allen, a niece, Michelle Ford and a great niece, Madison Allen.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Thomas, step-daughter, Michelle Singleton & husband Mike of Paris, brothers, Wendell Allen & wife Donna of Paris and Bobby Allen of Paris, nephew, Michael Allen & wife Donita and their children, Kelsie, Natalie and Zane, great nieces, Amanda Wilson & husband Ike and their daughter Emma and Ashley Ayad & husband J. P. and their children, Angelina and Alanee, and her beloved poodle, Emmy.

Casket bearers will be: Kenny Ford, J. P. Ayad, Ike Wilson, Michael Allen, Joey Bristow and Todd Thomas.

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Ausmus0001Audrey Faye Ausmus, 92, of Paris, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 25th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating. Burial will follow in Long Cemetery. No formal visitation is scheduled, however, those wishing may pay respects at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ausmus, the daughter of Ruse & Beaulah Davis Skidmore, was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Lamar County.

She worked a number of years at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a nurse before beginning work for Dr. Felty where she worked twenty-seven years. Faye volunteered countless hours at the hospital auxiliary and enjoyed bowling well into her later years.

She married James Conder, and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, V. C. Howard. Later she married Sam Ausmus, and upon his death Faye was once again a widow.

Survivors include a brother, Rab Skidmore of Deport, three sisters, Irene Oldham of Amarillo, Glenna Scott of Amarillo and Reener Hatcher of Childress, numerous nieces & nephews including Timothy Skidmore & his wife Tina and their sons, Ryan & Aaron, Faye was blessed with Keith Howard and Margaret Howard whom she thought of as her children. Keith & Margaret’s children, (grandchildren to Faye) Lalonna West and Shane Howard, and grandchildren, (great grandchildren to Faye) Rex West, Calli West, Drake Howard, Caroline Howard and Cooper Howard.

Casket bearers will be: Rex West, Shane Howard, Keith Howard, Timothy Skidmore, and Gary Morton.

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Jones 20001Lanna Sue Jones, 58, of Paris, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24th, at the United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Burial will follow in McDonald Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Jones, the daughter of Weaver Frank & Lois Wilcox Fowler, was born March 12, 1956, in Brownsville.

She attended the United Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Breanna Freeland.

Survivors include a son, Wesley Freeland & wife Angela of Paris, a daughter, Alicia Lester & husband Jim of Paris, grandchildren, Brook Lester, Isaac Freeland, Katie Lester, Isaiah Freeland and Israel Freeland, a brother, Danny Fowler of CA, three sisters, Judy Cleveland, Paula Hunt and Karen Cleveland all of CA along with several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Kenneth Millsap, Stacy Cunningham, Ricky Sisson, Bill Smith, Wesley Freeland and Geoffrey Smith.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit


Luster photoPamela Kay Earley Luster, 53 originally from Clarksville TX, left in her sleep and awoke to be with her Lord, late Easter Sunday, April 20th 2014 in Paris, Texas.

Pam was an accomplished medical transcriptionist and pianist for many years in Red River County.  She will be remembered best by the beauty, joy and laughter she brought to the lives of many others through her music and her amazing singing voice.

She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Vernon Earley (1923-2008) and Mary Virginia Holly Earley (1926 – 2008).  She is survived by her two children Amanda Dawn Luster, of Anaheim, CA and James Michael Luster of Austin, TX and her two brothers Roger Earley, of Paris TX, and Steve Earley of Fort Worth, TX.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral ceremony.  She preferred to be remembered and celebrated in life than to be grieved over in death.  If anyone would like to share any memories of Pam please post the memory on her facebook page – which will be active until June 15th.  Thank you

Cremation was under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.  To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit







Obituaries for Tuesday, April 22nd

stanton001Pauline “Polly” Grizzle Stanton passed from this life on Easter Sunday Morning, April 20, 2014 at Dubuis Hospital in Paris, Texas.

A graveside service has been set for Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Leesville Cemetery with Wade White officiating.  Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

She was born on July 21, 1938 in Manchester, Texas to Daniel M. and Annie Lee Grizzle.

She is survived by a sister, Beulah Doyle of Detroit; sister, Chris Lee and husband Steve of Rapid City, South Dakota; brother, Joe Grizzle and wife Sarah of Manchester; many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews; special friends Patti Williams and Delcie Regnier of Mt. Ida, Arkansas; Sandra Smith of Glenwood, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Stanton, son, Timothy White; brothers, Donald and Armond Grizzle and sister, Dorothy Millsap; five half-brothers and 4 half-sisters.

The family wishes to thank the staff and doctors of Paris Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, Regency Nursing Center of Clarksville and Dubuis Hospital for their extraordinary patience and care during her illness.

Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be her nephews and great-nephews.

Online condolences may be sent to the Stanton family at


Obituaries for Monday, April 21

logee001DR. BILL LOGEE, 89, of Garrett’s Bluff, passed from this life Friday April 18, 2014 at Baylor Heart Hospital of Plano. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday April 22, 2014 at First United Methodist Church of Paris, with Rev. Rob Spencer and Rev. Gary Regan officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

William Hillyard Logee was born March 21, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Dwight Francis and Ellen Hillyard Logee. Although the family moved around a lot during his early years he attended High School in Charles City, Iowa, where he graduated in 1943. He served in the United States Infantry during World War II, then attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Following his education he practiced Optometry in Ft. Worth, then came to Paris in 1955, where he practiced for over fifty years.

He was blessed with a fine tenor voice, and began performing at an early age. He was active in the Fort Worth Civic Opera before coming to Paris. Here, he was active in the Community Chorus, the Madrigal Singers, and for many years, in a barbershop quartet who called themselves “The Fo-Pas” of which he was the last surviving member. He was called upon to sing for many public occasions, at Municipal Band performances, at service clubs, and at countless weddings and funerals. He performed in a number of Community Theatre productions, including “1776,”“How To Succeed In Business,” “Annie,”“Brigadoon,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” and “The Music Man.”

Dr. Logee was active in First United Methodist Church, especially in the Choir, where he sang each Sunday. During several periods he served as Choir Director. He also taught Sunday School for over forty years. He held many offices and served the church in many capacities over the years.

After his retirement, he worked in the P.J.C. Literacy program at the Lamar County Jail, served on the CHANCE Board and the Pregnancy Center board, as well as at Christians in Action. Through RSVP he tutored several Elementary pupils, and read to Second Graders.

His “hobby”, or avocation, was the pecan farm he and his wife, Jane, established at Garrett’s Bluff. They named it “Jubal Orchard”. Jubal, a grandson of Noah, was said to be the father of all the musicians, and, all four of their children are musical. This orchard produces thousands of pounds of pecans each year.

Bill married Jane Killingsworth on June 2, 1949 in the First Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Together they shared over sixty-four years of making a family, sharing their love, and leaving sweet memories to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by one sister, Laura Jane Logee Duncan.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; his children, Dwight Logee and his wife Vickie of Tucson, Ariz., Sally Logee Neel and husband, Rev. Doug Neel of Pagosa Springs, Colo., Richard Logee and wife Janie of Garrett’s Bluff, and Susie Logee Dale and husband, Greg of Dallas; five grandchildren: Nate Logee, Alaina Logee, Robert Neel, Merrion Dale and Madeleine Dale; five step-grandchildren: Katherine Neel Williams, Charles Neel, Rob Gilliland, Rick Gilliland, and James Gilliland; seven step great grandchildren: Juliette Richards, Serena Gilliand, Miranda Gilliland, Garreth Gilliland, Audrie Gilliland, Cassidy Gilliland, and Trevor Gilliland. and one step-great-great grandchild, Gaven Richards.

Friends may register in Bill’s Book of Memories at .



Obituaries for Friday, April 18

obituaryGENEVA ALENE WIDEMAN STREETY, 81, of Garland, passed from this life March 23, 2014 at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Cremation was conducted by Eastgate Funeral Home. Although no formal service will be held, the family will inter her ashes with her parents at Little Vine Cemetery on Easter Sunday.

Geneva was born, June 13, 1933 in Paris to Marvin and Bessie Wideman. She graduated from Paris High School. She later attended Paris Junior College and became a licensed vocational nurse. She took great joy in the years she spent in the maternity ward at St. Joseph’s Hospital and road trips on her Honda Goldwing.

She was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Lorraine Reid and Ann Austin. She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Steve and Debbie, of Spring; daughter and son in law Tanya and Paul and son, Gilbert, of Paris. She is also survived by her extended family; grandchildren, Kent, Stephanie, Kris and Garrett; great grandchildren, Kent Jr., Kassie, Andrew, Johnathon, Devin and Jackson; significant other, Jimmy Farr of Garland and daughters, Sally Hulgan of Cullman, AL and Mindy Farr of Houston.