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A memorial service has been scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at North Lamar High School Gymnasium. No formal visitation has been scheduled.
Megan Audrey Weissenmayer was born on August 2nd, 1996 and was called home by her Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013. She is survived by her mother Denise, father Karl, sister Ariana, brother Jacob, and sister Paige along with her grandmother Betty Pratt, her aunt Brenda and uncle Jeremy Storey, cousins Kaila and Cheyenne Brewster and uncle Jim Brewster, her aunt Debbie and uncle Ryan Turner, cousins Ryan and Julie Turner, Jason and Randi Turner, and Jessica Turner, her aunt Kathy and uncle George Roberts. Her adopted family aunt Rena and uncle Mitch Clark, cousins Lauren Patterson and James Clark, and aunt Rhonda Reed, nana Betty McDaniel, cousins Chris and Stephanie Mounce, her aunt Cindy and uncle Chad Robinson, cousins Bodee, Melodee, and Brogan Robinson, and beloved boyfriend Matt Hall and beloved best friends Cheslee Oliver and Taylor Howard as well as many other aunts, uncles, and cousins, and the North Lamar Danceline/Band and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Karl and Audrey Weissenmayer, Paul Pratt, and grandmere Jewel Reed.
Megan was a junior at North Lamar High School. She was an officer on Danceline and active with the band. She was involved in soccer, a member of Beta, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Crime Stoppers. She was an active member in the Lamar Point Baptist Church youth.
She will be remembered for her smile and for her love of Christ. Even in death Megan generously gave to other by being an organ donor.
Online condolences may be sent to the Weissenmayer family at www.fry-gibbs.com.
Mr. Russell Allen Gifford, 80, of Paris, went to be with his Lord and Savior, surrounded by his family, at his home on Thursday, May 16, 2013. He was a loving and devoted husband of 62 years and a wonderful, caring, and helpful father to his children and grand-children. As his eldest son stated “he was always a hero in my eyes”. He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife and children, for which they are so grateful to have such a legacy from such a sweet man.
He was born on March 15, 1933, in the Shady Grove Community, a son of Vollie Allen and Nina Low Gifford. On February 20, 1951 he married Mary I. Senn in Texarkana, Arkansas. In 1950 he started his first business in New Boston and in 1955 he relocated to Paris and started Gifford’s Hardware. He was in the Jaycee’s, Lions Club, and a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alvin and Melvin Gifford, great-grandson Stoney Lee Adams and a great-great-grandson Blaine Booth.
Mr. Gifford is survived by his wife Mary I. Gifford; children Allen Gifford and wife Bobbi, Kenny Gifford and wife Debra, Vicki Adams and husband Harold, and Greg Gifford of the home; grandchildren Jeffrey Gifford, Lori Gifford, Marti Gifford Chumbley, Bryan Gifford, Kenda Gifford Fortner, Brad Gifford, Kevin Gifford, Jenna Gifford, Amy Adams Helms and Steven Adams; 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sisters Nina Jo Gantt and Glenna Gooding and husband Fred; sister-in-law Mary Gifford, brother and sister-in-law Jack and Betty Garton, sister-in-law Joyce McDonald, sister-in-law Pat Nelson; a host of nieces and nephews, and many, many friends; special care givers Marlynn Barnes and Shelia Icenhower; nurses Linda, Amber, and Pam from Premier Hospice Care.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Fortenberry and Rev. Ken Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery in Deport with Greg Gifford in honor of his father, Steven Adams, Bryan Gifford, Brad Gifford, Jeffrey Gifford, and Kevin Gifford serving as pallbearers. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service in the chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.
Paul L. Smith, 79, of Detroit, passed away Wednesday May 15, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Friday May 17, with Rev. Tim Reger and Rev. Bill Draper officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to service from 10 until 11 a.m.
Paul was born in Detroit, Texas December 9, 1933 to Ernest and Evie Ladymon Smith. He married Shirley A. Hobbs July 5, 1956 in Dallas, Texas. He retired from Campbell Soup Co. after 28 years of service and ranched in the Detroit area. He was a member of Mt.OliveBaptistChurch. He served his country in the Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the VFW Post 3990.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Ray Smith and Leroy Smith and brother-in-law Dean Westmoreland.
Survivors are his wife of nearly 57 years Shirley Smith; children Bobby Smith and Katy, Roy Smith and Lisa, Paula Pool Warnell and Randy; grandchildren Casey Smith (Misty), Abbie Smith, Luke Pool, Susan Barnett, Shannon Watkins (Leslee), Brandy Fendley, Anna Smith Cooper, Nikke Bybee Goodale, Jodie Bybee Welch, Heather Bybee Payne; great grandchildren Shelby and Madison Watkins, Taylor and Miranda Fendley, Ragean, Kede, Javan, D.J., Jaden, and Shyanna Smith, Angelicca, Jaime, Savannaha Humphrey, Lolita Pool, Trace and Tenley Smith, Serenity Payne and Laney Welch. He is also survived by sisters, Jane and Roy Swift, Anna and Jimmy Clements, Juanita Westmoreland and sister-in-law Betty Smith.
Pallbearers will be Casey Smith, Taylor Fendley, Luke Pool, Trace Smith, Jaime Humphrey, Leslee Watkins, Aaron Welch, Wade Goodale, and Kede Smith.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.
Cremation is under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. The family will conduct a celebration of Judy’s life at a later date.
Judy, the daughter of Albert Allen & Leona Rushing Crutchfield, was born February 19, 1950, in Paris.
She enjoyed computers and was avid in genealogy and family heritage. Judy was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings; Dora Beatty, Edgar Dee Crutchfield, Joe Miller Crutchfield, Florence Jones, Edna Webb and Johnny Mack Crutchfield.
Survivors include her son, Mitchell Hornback & wife Lorri of Little Elm, her ex-husband, Mike Hornback of Paris, a grandson, Tanner Scott Hornback, seven siblings; Jerry Mack Crutchfield & wife Norma of Cooper, Ervin Crutchfield of Cooper, Sharon Austin & husband Stuart of Watauga, Cecil Crutchfield of Paris, Kathy Evans & husband Albert of Brookston, Torchie Beatty & husband David of Douglassville and Bobby Dean Crutchfield of Linden along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.
Betty Joyce Graves Poole, 84, of Paris, passed from this life Sunday May 12, 2013 at her residence. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct funeral services at 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 18, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Van Lazaroff and Rev. Ed Dodd officiating. Private family committal rites will be observed at Springhill Cemetery.
Betty will lie in repose at the church from 11:00 a.m. until service time, where the family will receive friends until 12:30 p.m.
Betty was born September 1, 1928 in the Springhill community, the only child of Alexander Clay and Lonie McDougal Graves. She was a 1945 graduate of Paris High School, then graduated from Paris Junior College. She was a longtime member of the Newcomers Club of Paris, and a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Paris, where she volunteered in the church office, and spent many hours serving her Lord in service to others. She spent twenty-five years as an employee of Texas Instruments in Richardson, where she retired as Purchasing Administrator in 1987. It was there that she met her husband Edmund (Eddie) Poole, whom she married on January 10, 1964 in Garland.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her loving spouse and partner Eddie; a son, Chuck Dicus and wife Cathy, of Little Rock, Arkansas; three grandsons, Jonathan Dicus, of New York, NY, Charles Dicus, of Los Angeles, CA, and Neal Dicus, of Conway, AR; cousins Kenneth McDougal, of Springhill, Honey Gibson, of Paris, Tibbie Cole, of Mabank, Robert Larry McDougal, of Springhill and Margaret Jordan, of Hooks; a special friend Shirley Tuttle, of Shamrock; and numerous other cousins, extended family and loving friends.
Named as honorary pallbearers are Ed Dodd, Brad O’Brien, Bob Kelley, Don McCaskill, John Fuston, Jake Street, Jack Edwards, Pete Dalrymple Will Horn, and Frank Poole.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions to the Downtown Food Pantry, c/o First United Methodist Church 322 Lamar Avenue, Paris, TX 75460.
Friends may register in Betty’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.
Ethel E. Foster, 71, of Paris, died Tuesday May 7, 2013 at Legend Healthcare Center. Cremation was provided by Starrett Funeral Home. At Mrs. Foster’s request, her cremated remains will be scattered on the Blackwater River in Florida.
Born in Paramus, NJ on April 10, 1942, she is survived by three sons.
Friends may register in Ethel’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.
Bryan Alan Rhodes, 44, of Paris, passed away peacefully, at his home, on Thursday, May 9, 2013, surrounded by his family. Following cremation, Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled a Celebration of his Life, with Military Honors, for 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at East Paris Baptist Church with Reverend Rodney Sprayberry officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm, Monday at the funeral home.
Bryan was born March 3, 1969, in Paris to Benny Rhodes and Bettie Hill Rhodes. He married Vanessa Dorse, May 3, 1997 in Detroit. Bryan proudly served his country in the United States Army and was an avid Texas Ranger and NASCAR fan. He always loved the ocean and spending time on the beaches.
Bryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. He dearly loved his family and those who survive him include his wife; his children, Scottie Rhodes of Blossom, Shelbie, Colbey and Bailey Rhodes all of Paris; four grandchildren, Benjamin & Abigail Dollins of Blossom and Benny & Colbey, Jr. Rhodes of Paris; his parents, Benny and Bettie Rhodes of Paris; a sister, Kathy Clemmer & husband Brian; a brother, Brad Rhodes; nieces & nephews, Caitlyn & Jordon Rhodes and Cole & Clay Clemmer, along with extended family and a host of friends.
Frances Ray Lee 78, of Detroit, died at 8:05 AM, Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Paris Healthcare Center. A graveside service is set for 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Woodland Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Irvin officiating. No formal visitation hour will be observed. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Frances was born February 13, 1935 in Woodland to George Britt and Nora Lucille King Reynolds. She graduated from high school and married Franklin Dee Lee in June of 1955. He died November 3, 1985. She was employed at Westinghouse Corporation for 10 years and later worked as a caregiver for more than 15 years. She was a member of the Woodland United Methodist Church.
She is survived by three children, Britt Lee of Bonham, Randall Lee, and Jocille Lee, both of Woodland; three grandchildren, Shawn Lee, Cody Farris, and Brianna Edwards; one great-grandson, Adam Paul Keith Lee; and one sister, Betty Jo Swindle. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James Mathis Reynolds; and one sister, Charlotte Yokum.
Online condolences may be made to the Lee family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.