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


Obituaries for Monday, July 7th

Archer002WANDA ANN JONES ARCHER, aka ‘Grandma’, 75, of Faught, passed away surrounded by family at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas on Saturday July 5, 2014.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday July 8, 2014 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Dickey officiating. Interment will follow in Meadowbrook Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Wanda was born in Jennings to Otto and Hazel Dockery Jones on March 1, 1939. She married  TSgt Tillman J Archer on Feburary 22, 1955, and traveled the world to Europe, Africa, and all over the United States. She was a woman of many traits, enjoyed many things, but her most prized possession was her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Tillman; a daughter, Linda Archer; sisters, Shirley Pate, and Mary Lollar and husband, Jerry; brother, Charles Jones, and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Frazier.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Archer and wife Robbie, of Paris and Daniel Archer and wife Christie, of Timpson; grandchildren Ena Black, of Paris, Mitzi Boehlar and husband Wayne, of Reno, MacKenzie Archer, of Dallas, Steven Holt, of San Antonio, Michael Holt, of Paris, Tanar Gilaspie, of Dallas, Jace, Cade, and Kendall Archer, of Timpson; great-grandchildren Brenton Black and wife Bessi, of Paris, Mitchell Black and wife Brooke, of Paris, Sean and Ashlyn Price, of Reno; great-great grandchildren Levi and Sarah, of Paris; a sister Bonnie Frazier, of Paris; and a multitude of special friends and extended family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Arron Honsinger (standing in for Honorary Pallbearer Marine PFC Sean Price), Ciro Peralta, Jace and Cade Archer, Joseph Passano, Jonathan Archer, Michael and Steven Holt. Friends may register in Wanda’s Book of Memories at


Edeyke001lmer Herman Deyke entered into eternal rest on July 5th 2014, in Ft. Worth, TX.

Born June 8, 1922 to Herman and Louise (Loseke) Deyke, in Platte County, Nebraska.  He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Missouri Synod Church, Columbus, Nebraska.

Fry – Gibbs Funeral Home, Paris, TX are handling arrangements, and services will be held Tuesday, July 8th, at 2pm, Fry Gibbs Chapel, with Reverend Toby Byrd officiating, with visitation from 1pm to 2pm, prior to the service. Interment will be at Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Columbus Nebraska, in the family plot, on  Friday July 11th at 2pm.  Visitation from 12:00 to 2pm, at Christ Lutheran, with service to follow in church, with Reverend Aaron Witt officiating.

Elmer attended Parochial school at Christ Lutheran and went through the eighth grade.  He then took over the work on the family farm and continued to run the farm after his father was injured in a farming accident.

On September 18, 1949, he married Mildred Martensen, they had 6 children, and were married for 27 years.  This marriage ended, and he later married Frances Smith on May 21, 1977, enjoying 23 years together until her death in Dec 2000.

Elmer farmed until it was necessary to sell the farm, at which time he moved to Colorado, working as a vending machine serviceman, and then as a milkman, delivering milk to customers in and around Boulder, Colorado, driving up in the mountains on narrow, treacherous roads in the winter.  He moved his family to Texas, where he went back to farming, then manager of a hog farm, and finally as a commercial carpenter.  His career as a commercial carpenter continued until his retirement, and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpentry, extending over 45 years, up until his death.

Elmer enjoyed fishing, camping, feeding and watching birds and identifying all the ones that were on “his place,” gardening, playing cards, but his greatest passion, was playing his accordion, “120 key Bass”. He self taught himself at age 14 when his parents gave him an accordion for Christmas, and never learned to read music, but played by ear. He traded up several times to his present accordion he has had since 1946. He played in several Polka bands in Nebraska, as a young man, and after he retired, moved back to Nebraska, and played in a polka band again, playing at the American Legion and at local nursing homes as well.

In 2004 he returned to Texas where lived until his death.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Paris, TX.

He is survived by his six children and their families; son, Arlo (wife Sue) Deyke and children Leasha West, and Jeff Deyke; wife Yvette and great grandson Koen. Daughters;  Sylvia Lueker; husband Ron, grandson Shane Greer and wife Heather, great grandsons Michael and Tyler. Sheryl Moore; husband Bill, step grandchildren, Jennifer Moore, Paul Moore; wife Jenny and great step grandchildren, Abby and Jake Moore. Sheila Henry, granddaughter Stephanie Goff and great granddaughter Spencer Goff. Daughter, Sonja Hoggard SuLee Waters and husband Gary. Many other friends and cousins also survive.

He was preceeded in death by his wife Frances Ruth Deyke, his parents, sister Elsie Patrick, and ex wife Mildred Deyke Clements.


Edgar Earl Johnston, 75, of Paris, passed away Sunday, July 06, 2014, at his home.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Fangio & Rev. Ollie Lee officiating and music provided by Rev. Doug Holt. Burial will follow in East Post Oak Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Ed, the son of Ernest & Essie Mae Holcomb Johnston, was born November 8, 1938, in Dallas.

He served in the National Guard and trained under the U. S. Army. His career with the U. S. Postal Service, which spanned 34 years, began in Dallas where he ran a letter sorting machine. When he and his family moved to Paris in 1975, he was a letter carrier here in the city until his retirement.

Edgar was a member of Paris Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Lee Johnston, whom he married in August of 1958, building fifty-five years of family and memories, three children, Vicki Reves & husband Steven of Pattonville, T. J. Chappell & husband Jimmy of Pattonville and Barry Johnston & wife Anja of Garland, three grandchildren, Danielle Johnston, Jessica Johnston and Amanda Chappell along with several nieces & nephews.

Casket bearers will be: Stanley Cope, D. C. Ford, Jackie Gilbert, Brent Hyde, David Hawkins and Harold Wilson. Leroy Samuels & Billy Ray Gentry will serve as an honorary bearers.

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Christopher Clay Whitaker (1961-2014)

brown002Christopher Clay Whitaker passed away peacefully on the afternoon of July 3rd, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born October 5, 1961 to Gail and Doyle Whitaker. His grandparents were Mr.  & Mrs. Sam Whitaker and Mr. & Mrs. Finis Gifford. He grew up in Paris and attended Paris schools where he met Amanda Brown. They were married June 28, 1985. Chris and Amanda have four children, Sarah and husband Josh Rea, Sam Whitaker, Will Whitaker and Ben Whitaker. He graduated from the University of North Texas and then accepted employment at Vought Aerospace in Grand Prairie. He returned with his family to Paris to work with his father in the construction business in 1995. He was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Paris.

A wonderful husband, caring father, and thoughtful friend, Chris was a man with a love for people. He greatly loved his church, the outdoors, his guitar, but most of all his family. He was a very caring person who has left a lasting legacy of love and will always be with us.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Monday July 7, 2014 in First Baptist Church with Dr. Tommy Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 3:00 P.M. till 4:00 P.M. Monday at the church.

Pallbearers are Randy Osburn, Randy Abernathy, Drew Temple, Mike Adkins, Shawn Reeves, and Mike Boswell.

The family wishes to express their deep love and appreciation for all the prayers, comfort and support extended to them over the last two years. Special gratitude goes out to Leah Denison, Gina Lancaster, Greg Crawford and all the people at Guardian Home Health, Rachel Wood and all the great people at Platinum Hospice Care, and Dr. Celeste Wilcox and all of her tremendous staff.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church of Paris, which held a special place in Chris’ heart.