Obituaries for April 17

burks001Helen Darnell Burks, 84, of Paris entered into eternal rest just minutes before her 85th birthday Monday April 14, 2014 in Paris. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday April 17, 2014 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Bullock officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to service from 10 until 11.

Helen was born on April 15, 1929 in Lamar County a daughter of Buford and Wanda Finch Darnell. She was a graduate of Blossom High School. She married Elwood Burks on December 14, 1952. She was employed for 8 years at Franklins Dress Shop on the west side of the Plaza. She later went to work for Beall’s Department Store on the north side of the Plaza and retired after 27 years working in sales in the ladies department. She was a charter member of Springlake Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood Burks in 2002.

She is survived by 2 children Debbie Burks of Paris, Linda White and husband Albert of Windom, TX, grandchildren Aaron White and Amanda, Bryan White; great grandchildren, Sage, Ayden, Peyton; a brother Joe Darnell of Owasso, OK, sister-in-law Billie Burks Becknal of Lubbock; an aunt Frances Finch Hoover and husband Raymond of Paris; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends including Leonard and Alma Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Leonard Johnson, John Draper, Larry Grinstead, Fred Fangio, Bryan White and Aaron White.

Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.

Obituaries for April 16th

burks001Helen Darnell Burks, 84, of Paris entered into eternal rest just minutes before her 85th birthday Monday April 14, 2014 in Paris. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday April 17, 2014 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Bullock officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to service from 10 until 11.

Helen was born on April 15, 1929 in Lamar County a daughter of Buford and Wanda Finch Darnell. She was a graduate of Blossom High School. She married Elwood Burks on December 14, 1952. She was employed for 8 years at Franklins Dress Shop on the west side of the Plaza. She later went to work for Beall’s Department Store on the north side of the Plaza and retired after 27 years working in sales in the ladies department. She was a charter member of Springlake Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood Burks in 2002.

She is survived by 2 children Debbie Burks of Paris, Linda White and husband Albert of Windom, TX, grandchildren Aaron White and Amanda, Bryan White; great grandchildren, Sage, Ayden, Peyton; a brother Joe Darnell of Owasso, OK, sister-in-law Billie Burks Becknal of Lubbock; an aunt Frances Finch Hoover and husband Raymond of Paris; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends including Leonard and Alma Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Leonard Johnson, John Draper, Larry Grinstead, Fred Fangio, Bryan White and Aaron White.

Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.

 

Obituaries April 15, 2015

biggers002Sibyl Biggers peacefully ended life on this earth on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas.  Her celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, Paris, with the Reverend Daniel Echols of Lubbock, TX, officiating. Interment will follow at Meadowbrook Gardens, Reno, Texas.

Sibyl Evelyn Carter was born June 17, 1919, in Wilburton, Oklahoma, to Sarah Frances and Louis Jones Carter.  She was the 9th of 10 children.  She grew up in Southeastern Oklahoma, attending Southeastern Oklahoma College and then moving to Paris, Texas, to attend nursing school at the Sanitarium of Paris.   She practiced as a registered nurse in Paris in the hospital emergency room, operating room, as the nurse in a doctor’s office and finally as a school nurse for Paris Independent School District for 22 years, retiring in 1984.   While in nursing school, she met Samuel Palmer Biggers in Paris and they were married October 15, 1943.  They had two sons, Samuel Carter and Gary Wayne.  Sibyl lived in Paris until 2003, when she moved to Lubbock, Texas.

Sibyl and Palmer were active lifetime members of  the Friendship Sunday School Class and Calvary United Methodist Church in Paris.  She was also a member of the Texana Study Club, the Paris Golf and Country Club and the Elks Lodge.  She loved Paris and over the years enjoyed playing 42, 84 and bridge with her many friends.

The greatest joy in Sibyl’s life was her family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer (1991): her son, Gary (2013), her parents and her siblings: Clementine, Jimmie, Garland, Cad, Vada, Vester, Etta, Cristine and Louis.  She is survived by her son, Sammy Biggers and his wife, Jamie, of Lubbock, TX; her daughter-in-law, Pat Biggers, of Houston, TX; her granddaughter Cecilee Biggers Echols and her husband, Daniel, of Lubbock, TX: her grandson Carter Biggers and his wife, Mandy, of Boalsburg, PA; her great grandchildren Isaac and Luke Echols, and Palmer, Harrison and Annabelle Biggers; her brother-in-law, Eulas Rook of Long Beach, CA; and many nieces and nephews, all whom she loved dearly.

Sibyl’s family would like to thank Grace and Dale Abesemis and all the staff members at the Bethany House in Lubbock for their kindness love and compassion for NanaBoo.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 3105 Lamar Avenue, Paris, TX  75460.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, April 15, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com

 

 

Funeral Services for Andrew Russell and Colbie Miller on Thursday at Love Civic Center

andrew pnROBERT ANDREW RUSSELL 18, of Paris, went to his Heavenly Home Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Funeral services are set for 5:30 PM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Love Civic Center with Cory Jones officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 PM prior to the service on Thursday at the civic center.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Andrew was born May 18, 1995 in Paris to Staci Horton and Robby Russell.  He graduated from Paris High School in 2013 and was attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK, at the time of his death.  Andrew was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed time with his family and friends hunting, fishing, and four wheeling at the family ranch near Cuthand.  Andrew loved his church, Christian Fellowship, where he attended his whole life.  Andrew was active with his dad and sister in RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Young Life.

Andrew loved a challenge and was creative in fixing things as well as building something new.  He won State recognition for his welding projects.  Andrew lived life to the fullest, he always knew how to have fun and make the best out of any situation.

Andrew is survived by his parents, Robby and Staci Russell and his sister, Lauren Ashley Russell,  his maternal grandparents, Bobbie and Doris Horton of Roxton and his paternal grandparents Mike and Pam Russell of Clarksville and many aunts, uncles, and cousins whom he loved dearly.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dylan Stephens, Walker Briscoe, Trent Miller, Will Whitaker, Greg Janes, T.J. Williams, Keaton Perry, and Cannon Chadwick.

We love you Andrew, and we look forward to seeing you again in our Heavenly Home.

Online condolences may be made to the Russell family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.


miller pnCOLBIE CRISTIN MILLER 19, of Paris, died at 12:53 AM, Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Funeral services are scheduled for 5:30 PM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Love Civic Center with Bro. Cory Jones officiating.  Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM.  The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 PM Thursday prior to the service at the civic center.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Colbie was born November 18, 1994 in Paris.  She was a graduate of North Lamar High School.  She was interested in cosmetology and fashion working at Smokin’ Hot Makeup, Burgerland and 107 Beer & Wine.  Colbie loved music and being with friends.  She loved to laugh and will always be remembered for her beautiful smile.

Colbie is survived by her parents, Cristie and Kenny Ford; her brother, Justin Miller and wife, Brittany; two sisters, Ashley Ayad and husband, John Paul and Amanda Wilson and husband, Ike; three nieces, Angelina and Alanee Ayad and Emma Wilson; a special friend, Dylan Stephens; grandparents, Jackie Coursey and Gary Bass and D.C. and Virginia Ford; and her uncle, Jeremiah Coursey and wife, April and their children, Jagger Coursey and Alyssa Henderson.  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Coursey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Walker Briscoe, Trent Miller, T.J. Williams, Dylan Stephens, Keaton Perry, Chandler Miller, and Stephen Nicholson.

Online condolences may be made to Colbie’s family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.

Services for Bailee Sims set for Wednesday

Bailee Elizabeth Sims

Bailee Elizabeth Sims

BAILEE ELIZABETH SIMS 19, of Paris, died at 12:53 AM, Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Funeral services are set for 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at East Paris Baptist Church with Rev. Donnie Edwards and Bro. John Wisener officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Bailee was born November 27, 1994 in Paris to Kourtney Lynn McClellan and Matthew Lee Sims.  She graduated from Paris High School where she played soccer and was a varsity cheerleader.  She was attending Paris Junior College at the time of her death.  Bailee was a member of East Paris Baptist Church and volunteered in the 3 year old department.  She was employed at Burgerland.

Bailee was known for her caring heart and giving spirit.  She was a true friend to all that knew her and would do anything to help those in need.  Her smile would brighten a room and she was a true joy to her family and friends.

She is survived by her maternal grandparents who loved and raised her since she was 18 months old, Pamela and Thomas McClellan; her mother, Kourtney McClellan; her father, Matthew Sims; her paternal grandparents,  Annie Lois and Mike Sims; siblings, Olivia Reader, Jacobe Reader, and Christian Sims; great-grandfather, Vernon Sims; two great-grandmothers, Mary Tucker and Wilma McClellan; Uncle “Bubba”, John McClellan and wife, Nikki and their three children, EmaLee, Easton, and Erin of Forney; two aunts, Laurie Geer of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Marcia Woods of Roxton; and special family members, Brooke and Brent Jackson and their daughters, Kendall and Presley along with a host of other extended family.  She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Christene Sims, who was her best friend and loudest cheerleader.  She helped to raise Bailee to be the wonderful young woman she became and would do anything in the world for her Bailee Beth.  She was also preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Jeanette Wisener; and her great-grandfathers, Neil Wisener, Arthur Tucker, and Dayton McClellan.

Pallbearers will be Easton White, Jeremy Armstrong, Josh Armstrong, Matthew Sims, Thomas Wallace Jr., and Thomas Woods.

Online condolences may be made to Bailee’s family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.