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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Obituaries for July 14, 2014

PDuranteggy Ruth Durant, 81, of Paris, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 14th at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Randall Scott officiating.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 – 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Durant, the daughter of John Russell & Mattie Ruth DeLisle, was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Pittsburg, Texas.

She married Roger P. Durant, and he preceded her in death on July 26, 2009. Peggy was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Billy DeLisle.

Survivors include three children; Russell Durant of San Francisco, Cindy Durant Sikes of Paris and Suzanne Durant Ellington & husband Kent of Ft. Worth, six grandchildren; Michal Carlow, Randi Ruthart, Stephen Sikes & wife Kayla, Kimberly Sikes, Luann Gresham and Robert Johnson along with five great grandchildren.

If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Peggy.

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CoxHarold “Mark” Cox, 89, former long-time teacher at North Lamar ISD, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Bonham.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled memorial services for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 15th at First Christian Church with the Rev. Lory Hunt officiating and military rites rendered by the U.S. Air Force. The family will receive friends following the service in White Fellowship Hall.

Mark was born May 24, 1925, in Amarillo, and graduated from Tulia High School in 1943. He joined the U. S. Army Air Corps in 1943, where he became a B-17 copilot serving stateside in World War II and then overseas in the Korean War. He graduated from West Texas State University in 1949 with a B.S. Degree and began his long Texas teaching career in Kress. It was at this time he went overseas during the Korean War. Upon returning as an Air Force Captain, he continued his teaching career, primarily as a math, science, and history teacher in both primary and secondary grade levels. Mark also taught in Roosevelt, Perryton, Plano and Sanger school districts and retired after teaching in North Lamar ISD from 1973 to 1993. Many of his former students (including his daughters) remember that the way to get “Mr. Cox” off subject in class was to ask him a question about airplanes, spaceflight, astronomy, or World War II – because he truly had a wealth of information he could tell them.

Mark is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gloria Harmer Cox of Paris; daughters, Lauri McIntosh & husband Todd of Allen and Julie Galiga and husband Todd of Pflugerville; grandchildren, Brian and Daniel McIntosh & Grace and Bonnie Galiga; sisters, Betty Brown of Burkburnett, Nina Englishbee of Fritch and Kathleen Vaughan of Garland; and  19 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mabel Cox of Tulia, two brothers, Earl Ray Cox and Ralph Cox and two sisters, Romaine Flanagin and Marvelle Neuman.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Phone; 1-866-232-8484

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barcheers pnRosa Lee Barcheers, 92 of Boswell, Oklahoma died July 13, 2014 in a local nursing facility.

Mrs. Barcheers was born September 16, 1921 in Ardmore Oklahoma and was raised in Cornish Orphanage, Ringling, Oklahoma. She was a loving mother and grandmother,a homemaker, and a member of the Powderly Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband B.R. (Bob) Barcheers and her 3 siblings Buster Satterfield, James Satterfield, and Bonnie Carter. Survivors include her 5 children, Nadine Maxwell, Hugo Oklahoma, Buddy Barcheers, Bennington, OKlahoma, Virginia Lange, Gilmer Texas, Roy Barcheers, Lane Oklahoma, Kaye Matthews, Ashdown Arkansas, 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren,  17 great-great grandchildren, and a number of other relatives and friends.

Services will be Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 10 AM at First Assembly of God Hugo Oklahoma with Brother Mark Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Boswell, Oklahoma Cemetery under direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, Paris Texas.

Family will receive visitors Tuesday July 15 from 7-8 PM at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home Paris Texas where online condolences may be sent by visiting  Memorials may be made to the Texarkana Baptist Orphanage 5401 E. 9th St Texarkana Arkansas 71854 or the American Cancer Society







Obituary July 10, 2014

hulsey001Bobbie Ruth Hulsey, 85 of Reno, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. at Union Grove Cemetery in Reno on Friday, July 11, 2014.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:30 A.M. on Friday at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.


She was born in Paris on September 15, 1928 to L.G. and Ruth Skidmore Thompson.  She married Herman Hulsey in April  of 1946 and was a member of the Church of Christ.  They moved to Clarksville, Arkansas in 1963 and returned to Paris in 1992.


She is survived by her children, Sharon Gifford of Clarksville, Kathy Swindle and husband J.U. of Pinhook, Stacey Gifford and husband Kenny of Paris; grandchildren, Lezlie and Kenny Carrell of Clarksville, Jay Swindle of Pinhook, Jennifer and Craig Durham of Paris, Roland and Candice Gifford of Conway, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Jesse Durham, Daniel Durham, Sladen Durham, Jordan Carrell, Courtney Harbison, Keilah Gifford, London Gifford, Landon Flak; great-great-grandchildren, Kenneth Bryce McEwin, Asher Mason Helmick.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Herman Hulsey; parents, L.G. and Ruth Thompson; grandson, Cody Conway; sisters, Dorothy Kelly, Billie Kyker; brothers, Donald Thompson, Buddy Thompson.


Bobbie was a loving mother and grandmother.  She loved spending time with her family, gardening and spending time with her little companion, Prissy.


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Obituaries for July 9, 2014

gillespie002Golden Northam Gillespie, 88, of Longview, Texas passed away July 7, 2014 at home. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Ken Cannon and held Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time, Friday, in the chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mrs. Gillespie was born November 6, 1925 in Lamar County, later moving to Paris. She was the daughter of the late James Elton and Lynda Sims Northam. She was married to the late Mack Alton Gillespie on March 7, 1970 and celebrated 40 years of marriage with him.

After finishing Paris High School and attending Paris Jr. College, she was employed at Hamp Malone Electric, Sears Credit Department, Southland Cotton and Oil Company, and the last 29 of her 40 years employment at Lamar County Electric Cooperative as Assistant to the Manager. She retired on March 6, 1988.

Mrs. Gillespie was a member of First Baptist Church for 43 years where she had been a member of the choir, taught Sunday School classes and was a member of the Phoebe Sunday School Class. In 2004 she moved to Longview and became a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church. Her other interest was art and she was a member of the Paris Art Study Club and later the Mt. Pleasant Art Guild.

Mrs. Gillespie is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Jeannie) Griffin of Houston and Mrs. Ron (Jayne) Bigony of Longview. Also, a granddaughter, Mrs. Larry (Alecia) Lawyer of Houston and two great-grandsons, Jacob Gregory Lawyer and Zachary Marker Lawyer of Houston. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Donna Reid Ellis.

Mrs. Gillespie was preceded in death by her parents James Elton and Lynda Sims Northam, her husband Mack Alton Gillespie and her son Larry Wayne Pulliam.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, 207 S. Church St. ,Paris, Texas 75460. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting