Monday May 7, 2012 Obituaries

George Belsher Kimbrough, long time Paris journalist, died May 4, 2012, at Paris Regional Medical Center.  He was born on October 17, 1941, in Sherman to Louise Belsher Kimbrough and Joseph Key Kimbrough. He grew up on his family’s ranch in Bells,Texas, which was purchased by his grandfather in 1875. He was a 1960 graduate ofShermanHigh Schooland a 1964 graduate of North Texas State University where he majored in journalism. He then pursued graduate work in photojournalism at East Texas State University.

George was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, a journalism honors fraternity, and also sat on the boards of the Texas Press Association and the Northeast Texas Press Association for which he served as President. He received numerous awards for his writing and photography.

He was a reporter at the Sherman Democrat when he met his future wife, Judith Fielden. They married on April 3, 1971. They moved to Paris in 1974 when George was named city editor for the Paris News. He later became the general manager of the Lamar County Echo.  Returning to The Paris News, George served in several positions, including his favorite, regional editor. He was known for building trusting relationships quickly and getting stories from people who would not be interviewed by anyone else.  He was known for being fair and impartial in his reporting and clearly understood the difference between a news story and an editorial. He left The Paris News to work in public relations for St. Joseph’s Hospital, and worked in this capacity until his retirement in 2007.  George taught continuing education photography at Paris Junior College for several years. Being a newspaper man at heart, George returned to journalism during his retirement by working for The Roxton Progress until one week before his passing.

George was active in numerous civic activities including the Paris Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Council, Crimestoppers, Friends of the Maxey House, and the City ofParis Traffic Commission.  He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and was instrumental in ensuring the acquisition of a generator for the building. George was active in Kiwanis and was awarded the prestigious Outstanding President Award. He was a volunteer at the A.M. Aikin Archives at ParisJunior College every Tuesday afternoon without fail. He was a lifelong Methodist and grew up atBellsMethodistChurchwhere his grandparents were charter members.

His life was not as long as we would have liked, but few have lived one better. He was a genuinely happy man with a loving heart. Every person he met was of value to him, and we do not believe he ever met a stranger. His saying was always, “It’s a friend you haven’t met yet.” All of our lives were made richer by knowing him.

He is survived by his wife Judith, his son Todd of San Antonio, his daughter Ellen of Dallas and her fiancé, Dr. Georgios Alexandrakis ofArlington. He had several dear cousins and more friends than he could count, or would.

The family will receive visitors at Fry Gibbs Funeral Home from 6-7pm, Sunday evening, May 6. The funeral will be Monday morning, May 7, at 10am in the Fry Gibbs Chapel. Interment is at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman,Texas, at 3pm.

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Saturday May 5th Obituaries

Costanza Allen passed away peacefully on May 2, 2012, at the age of 88, at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Texas. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas on Saturday May 5th, at 12:30 pm.

Mrs. Allen was born on February 10, 1924 inCastelvetro,Italy. In 1949 she moved to Venezuela to join her brothers and father. She worked for the Shell Oil Company inMaracaibo,Venezuelaand there she married Paul H. Derrick, a native ofRoxton,Texas. While inVenezuela, Mrs. Allen was the proud owner of various successful dining establishments.

In 1980 Paul and Costanza moved to Paris,Texas. After Mr. Derrick’s death in 1984, she married Fred H. Allen of Blossom,Texas, in 1987.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Lamar County Farm Bureau. In 1988 she received the Outstanding Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year Award for her work on her Roxton farm.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred H. Allen.  Mrs. Allen is survived by her son Dr. Alex Radighieri and his wife Jeanine of Tyler, Texas; daughter Deborah Murovitz and her husband Allan of Plano, Texas; sister Rosanna Bettelli of Vignola, Italy; stepchildren Laurie Ryan and husband Jack of Missouri; Dan Allen and wife Lynne of New Jersey; Scott Allen of California; grandchildren Dr. Jeffrey Radighieri and fiancé Maureen Sorrells of Dallas; Greg Radighieri and wife Brooks of Dallas; Carol Radighieri of Tyler; Melissa Conkling and husband John of Austin; step grandchildren , James and David Allen of New Jersey  and Kaitlyn Schwers of Missouri;  great grandchildren Sophia Radighieri, Samantha and Bethany Conkling. She is also survived by various nieces and nephews, both in  Italy and in Venezuela.

Mike Teubner, 65, went home to be with his beloved Savior and Lord on May 3, 2012. He is laughing and running in a new body that knows no pain or sorrow. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 7th, at Springhill Cemetery with Rev. David Phillips officiating. Friends may call on the family at their home in the Novice Community.

Mike was born in Oak Cliff on Oct. 17, 1946, the oldest son of Wilbur and Elizabeth Braun Teubner. He started working at age 13 and worked a variety of jobs. For 8 years he was employed by the Dallas Post Office until he became disabled.

In 1980 Mike moved to Novice to be with his parents in their retirement. He was active at Paris Bible Church and Christians In Action until ill health forced him to remain at home. He loved fishing and hunting.

His wife, Rebekah, and 12 year old daughter, Sarah, survive him as does his brother, Mark (Lisa) Teubner of Houston, in-laws, and other extended family members.

“Jesus answered ‘I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.” John 14:6

The family requests that memorials be made to Christians In Action, 325 Clement Road, Paris, TX 75460, ph: 903-784-6857 or Gideons International, 875 S. E. 39th St., Paris, TX 75462, ph: 903-785-7272.

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Friday May 4, 2012 Obituaries

MARGIE LORENE McFADDEN BUTLER, 85, of Paris, died at 5:39 PM, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Heritage House.  A graveside service is set for 10:00 AM, Friday, May 4, 2012 atEvergreenCemeterywith Bro. Mark Arnold officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 PM Thursday evening at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Lorene was one of seven children born in Bells,Texas to James Curtis and Mary Will Maroney Boss on June 2, 1926.  She graduated from Roxton High Schooland married William R. McFadden on November 17, 1946.  He died September 19, 1989.  She later married John C. Butler on April 22, 1992.  He preceded her in death November 29, 2008.  Mrs. Butler was member of College Church of Christ and she and Mr. Butler were very active in the Red River Valley Fair Association.

Mrs. Butler is survived by two children, Jerry W. McFadden and wife, Diane and Rita K. Giles and husband, Michael; seven grandchildren, Terry McFadden, Jon McFadden and wife, DeLana, Renee Jordan and husband, Justin, Richard McFadden, Rebecca Lee and Steven, Phillip Giles and wife, Tiffany, and Amanda Bailey and husband, Blake; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.  In addition to her late husbands, she was preceded in death by one son, William Dale McFadden and a grandson, Darren Ausmus.

Honorary pallbearers are Warren Skeen, James Prater, and Robert Ballard.

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Robert Truman Moore, 71, of Roxton passed away Saturday , April 28, 2012 in Paris Regional Medical Center.

He was born on September 11, 1940 in Roxton a son of Robert Henry and Grace Truman Sandefur Moore. Mr. Moore was a longtime employee of Paris Regional Medical Center as Security Supervisor, a member of First Baptist Church in Roxton, Red River Valley Amateur Radio Club, was a graduate of Roxton High School and Paris Junior College.

On April 9, 1965 he married Brenda Melton in Greenville,Texas.

Survivors include his wife Brenda Moore; children Karen Puyear of Roxton, Michael Moore and wife Yvonne of Roxton, Wesley Moore and wife Angie of Emberson, Chuck Moore and fiancee` Jodi Colwell of Georgia; grandchildren Heather Friesen and husband Terry of Canada, Halie Puyear of Roxton, Jonathan Martin of Dallas, Amanda Davis and husband Tracy of Bonham, Caleb Moore of Bonham, Weston Moore of Emberson, Bridgett Moore of Emberson, Stasia Fernandez of Paris, Amber Word of Maxey, Sara Ralson of Roxton; great grandchildren Lyric Sue Martin, Kinsley Friesen, Cheyanne Fernandez; sister Helen Owens of Hico; niece Cindy Fulbright and husband Terry of Fulbright, nephew Jackie Owens and wife Melba, nephew Robert Owens; nephew J.C. Owens and wife Pat, niece Gwen Albertus and husband Dennis; many friends and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother W.C. Moore, twin sisters Eva and Ava Moore and a brother-in-law Clyde Owens.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday in the HickoryGroveCemeterywith Rev. Jerry Moore officiating. Pallbearers will be Caleb Moore, Weston Moore, Tracy Davis, Jonathan Martin, Terry Fulbright, and Josh Whitt. Honorary pallbearers will be Paris Regional Medical Center Security Guards and Red River Valley Amateur Radio Club. Family will receive friends from 7:00 P.M. till 8:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent by visiting

Monday April 30, 2012 Obituaries

Mack Metts, 69 of Powderly, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Dubuis Hospital.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

He was born on August 19, 1942 in Coleman, Texas to Malcolm and Ruby Metts.  He married Linda Kay Perkins on February 14, 1970 in Emberson, Texas.  Mack worked in Real Estate and was a member of First Baptist Church of Slaton, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Linda Kay Metts; children, Barron Cole Metts and wife Cheryl, Adam McKinley Metts and wife Melanie, Waylan Wesley Metts and wife Leah; grandchildren, McKayla, James, Madalyn and Ryan Metts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Ruby Metts; sister, Beva Watson.

Sunday April 29, 2012 Obituaries

EDNA “ILENE” NAYLOR (GRANNY) - The shine in her eyes is gone, the laughter is silenced, the hugs and kisses have ceased, but the love will continue forever. Our precious mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and special friend has finished her long journey battling illness after illness while surrounded by her loved ones on April 27, 2012 at her home in Brownsboro Tx. She has stepped through the gates of Heaven where her Lord and Savior has called her home.

Services in celebration of the life of Ilene Naylor, 75, will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, April 30, 2012, at Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Mr. Rick Naylor officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-5 pm.

Ilene began her life on November 29, 1936 in Bivins, Tx, Cass County, a daughter of Ralph Kenneth Brown and Lillian Gertrude Aaron Brown. She married Norman Julian Naylor on December 23, 1955 in Oklahoma City, Ok, and had seven children. They later divorced, then he preceded her in death on January 8, 2002. She worked many long years at American Box in Paris, Rogers & Wade Cabinet Company in Paris, and Lee’s Sewing Factory in Sulphur Springs. Ilene was of the Baptist faith.

She leaves on this earth her children Norman “Dickey” Naylor and wife Maryann of Pattonville, Lori Naylor of Irving, Kelli Mullens and husband Gary of Tyler, Chris Naylor and wife Carla of Paris, Rance Naylor and wife Patsy of Paris, and Becky Naylor and fiancée Marvin McKemie of Irving; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters LaQuita Whitlock of Paris and Betty McCool of Irving; 2 brothers Andy Turner of Little Rock Ark, and Richard Brown of Shreveport La; numerous nieces & nephews, and many “honorary” grandchildren.

In addition to her ex-husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, her son Forest Julian Naylor, her grandson James Michael Vondrasek, her great-grandson Chance Alan Cole, and her nephew Kenny Holiday.

Pallbearers are her grandsons Julian Naylor, Zachary Naylor, Billy Wayne Naylor, Shawn Mullens, Mychael Naylor, Mytchell Naylor, Blake Mullens, and Jaron Naylor.

There is a void in our hearts that no one can fill. Life without you will be tough to stand; but when our times come, we know you will be waiting for us. Until we meet again…WE LOVE YOU!!!

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