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A graveside service has been set for Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at McDonald Cemetery with Rev. Samuel Evers and Rev. Daniel Hines officiating. No visitation has been scheduled.
He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Fred and Carolyn Spencer, Mike and Lori Knox, Carolyn Miller; great-grandparents, Mildred Knox, Carol Mason, Betty Hannah; uncles and aunts, Jeff and Christine Spencer and their children, Jaxon and Jacy, Sam and Abby Knox and their daughter Megan, Drew and Brooke Miller and son Logan, and uncle Larry Hughes; and numerous other uncles, aunts and cousins.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Coy and Elsie Hughes, Jeff and Bonnie Spencer, Johnathan Knox, Loren Mason.
Online condolences may be sent to the Spencer family at www.fry-gibbs.com.
CLIFFORD EUGENE BRANUM, 74, of Ben Franklin, died at 8:20 AM, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at his home. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Roxton with Rev. Jerry Moore officiating. Burial was in the Ben Franklin Cemetery. The family received friends from 6:00-7:00 PM Friday evening at the funeral home. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Branum was born November 9, 1938 in Ben Franklin to Doris Clifford and Lorene Patricia Boss Branum. He graduated from Roxton High School and Johnson-Wales Junior College in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a sheet metal worker with Local 67 and served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mr. Branum married Ester Rabusa Gador in the Philippines on February 18, 1995.
Mr. Branum is survived by his wife, Ester Branum of Ben Franklin; six children, Lori Stoudt and husband, Henry of Brookline, New Hampshire, Clifford Branum, Jr. and wife, Irma of Amarillo, Texas, Teri Barroso of Brookline, Julie Maria Branum, Elizabeth Ann Branum, and Sarah Anecite Branum, all of Ben Franklin; six grandchildren, Elise, Dan Allen, Kya, Angel, Clifford, III, and Nathan; four sisters, Doris Ann Branum of Amarillo, Carolyn Davis of Texarkana, Texas, Margaret Cox, and Shirley Myers, both of Amarillo. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Charlie E. and Maggie Vaughan Boss and Clifford Anderson and Julie Maroney Branum; and two brothers, Bobby Edwin and Dan Allen Branum.
Pallbearers were Clifford Branum, III, Nathan Branum, Josh Springer, Leland Erwin, Don Shields, and Mark Branum.
Online condolences may be made to the Branum family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.
Mrs. McDowell was born on June 19, 1920 inAlba,Texasa daughter of S.H. & Lila Kitchens Craver. Lou graduated in 1938 from Alba High SchoolandNorthTexasUniversityin 1942. She later received her Masters Degree in Education. Lou taught in the Dallas Independent School Districtand retired after 40 years of teaching. She was a longtime member ofFirstBaptistChurchwhere she also taught Sunday School for many years, Paris Women’s Study Club and Retired Teachers Association.
On March 31, 1961 she married Clayton Ragsdale. She married Joe M. McDowell on October 15, 1998 inParis. She was preceded in death by her first husband Clayton Ragsdale, parents, brothers Paul Craver and Bob Craver and sisters Nathalee Mallory and Bernice Guillet.
Lou is survived by her spouse; Joe M. McDowell; step-children Tamra Echols, Felix McDowell, Mark McDowell; nieces Mrs. Randy Pendleton ofWaco, Mrs. Fred Satterwhite ofLubbock; nephew David Mallory ofPonca City,OK; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Saturday November 24, 2012 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in the YantisCemeteryin Yantis, Texas. Family will receive friends from Noon till service time on Saturday. If desired family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the McDowell family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.
Kenneth Don Miller, 27, of Paris died Friday Nov. 16, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at Hopewell cemetery 2:00 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 21st with Rev. Mark Sanders officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 noon until 1 p.m Wednesday.
Kenneth was born June 10, 1985 in Paris a son of Terry Don and Scarlett Denise Thacker Miller. He was employed as a carpenter and was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by a brother Brannin Don Miller; grandmother, Dorothy Ausmus and grandfather, Charles Thacker.
Survivors include a son Kenneth Don Miller, Jr., his father Terry Don Miller and wife Rita and mother Scarlett Denise Haley and husband Roger; brother Justin Don Miller and wife Wendy of Broken Bow, OK; sister, Brittany Dawn Jones and husband Greg of Tyler; aunts and uncles, Robert and Hollie Todd; Harvey Miller, Dee-Dee and Jimmy Mims; Rhonda and Kenneth Tucker; Don and Renne Thacker; grandparents Donna and Steven Tucker and Jamie Miller.
Pallbearers will be Robert Ray, Jeremy Todd, Joshua Todd, Harvey Miller Jr., Billy Miller, and Greg Jones.
Any memorials or gifts may be made at 440 12th N.E. inParis.
Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.
CHARLENE HOLMES, 90, of Paris, passed from this life Monday November 19, 2012 at Legend Healthcare Center. A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday November 21, 2012 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Keith Bollman officiating and Derald Bulls as eulogist.
The family will greet friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.
Charlene was born April 20, 1922 in Davis, Oklahoma, a daughter of Eugene and Florence White Everett. She was a graduate of Paris High School, and was a member of the Lamar Avenue Church of Christ for over seventy years. Charlene worked as a Dental Assistant at Camp Maxey during WWII, and later retired from Paris Independent School District, after some sixteen years of service. Her careers outside the home were always secondary to her primary job of homemaker, wife and mother; caring endlessly for her family.
She married William Howard Holmes on October 3, 1942 in Longview. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2005.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son, Scotty Holmes.
Charlene is survived by a daughter, Pam Schmidt, of Garland; four grandsons, William Schmidt, Correy Holmes, Shawn Holmes and Everett Schmidt; a great-granddaughter, Rowan Schmidt; and a daughter-in-law, Lorrie Holmes.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the Boles Home for Children, 7065 Love Street, Quinlan, Texas
Friends may register in Charlene’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com
Helen Marsh, 59 of Paris, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister left this world on November 15, 2012 to join her Savior Jesus Christ, oldest son and parents in Heaven. She was born on November 29, 1952 in Paris, Texas to G.C. and Kathryn Little. She left this world surrounded by her family who will miss her for a time, but see her again someday. She was known to her grandchildren as “Honey”.
She is survived by her husband Phillip of 12 years, sons; Chad Hignight and wife Charlene, Samuel Hignight and Angela Hess, Jeremy Hignight, Billy Marsh and wife Bretney of Paris and Jacob Marsh of Willburton, one daughter; Chelsea Vanderburg and husband Jacob, 7 siblings; Gaylon Little and wife Laquita, Carol Stone and Jimmy Moss, Phyllis Mazy, Kim Williams and husband Lynn of Paris, Martha Tieszen of Denton, Pat Johnson of The Colony and Betty White of Roundrock; and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; G.C. and Kathryn Little, son; Troy Hignight and step-son; Jason Marsh.
A memorial service will be conducted at Immanuel Baptist Church on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.
Frederick Perry Fuston, 78, of Enchanted Oaks, passed from this life on Saturday November 17, 2012 at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct graveside rites at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 20, 2012 at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rev. Van Lazaroff officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Fred was born May 24, 1934 in Paris, a son of Raymond and Helen Irene Perry Fuston. As his father Raymond was a Fireman with the Paris Fire Department, Fred grew up in the family residence at the station, and carried fond memories of those days throughout his life. He graduated from Paris High School and Paris Junior College, then obtained a degree from the College of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin University. Having worked for Coca Cola, J.C. Penney and International Paper, he began a career of thirty-two years with Southwestern Laboratories, retiring from the metallurgy division. As a youth he became an Eagle Scout, and was part of Scouting’s Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of Boy Scouting. Fred had a keen interest in the Texas Rangers law enforcement. He was an avid student of the JFK Assassination, the stories and lore of Bonnie and Clyde, and anything pertinent to Texas. He enjoyed car races, and shopping at Canton’s First Monday Trade Days. Most of all, he loved and enjoyed his family.
Fred married Carolyn Singletary Morgan on April 18, 1992, in Austin, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; two daughters, Kim Killebrew and husband Shannon, of Tool, Texas and Karla Poggen and husband Glen of Las Vegas Nevada; a step-son, Brian Morgan, of Jersey Village, Texas; a step-daughter, Jennifer Morgan Dial, of Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, John Fuston and wife Barbara, of Paris; two aunts, Mary Johnston and Katherine Jane Perry; and numerous cousins and friends.
Friends may register in Fred’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.
Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20th, at College Church of Christ in Paris with Nolan Butler officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Ft. Worth. The family will receive friends from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church in Paris.
Mrs. Roberts, the daughter of Guy & Roxie Cate Reid, was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Abilene. On June 2, 1937, she married William Herschel Roberts, building fifty-nine years of family and memories before his death in 1996.
She was an artist and enjoyed crafts such as knitting, crochet and macramé. During World War II she worked for the U. S. Navy disassembling planes that had been damaged in the war.
She was a member of College Church of Christ in Paris.
Survivors include a daughter, Claudene Cochran of Paris, two granddaughters, Kimberly Harris of Ft. Worth and Tracy Martinez of Taylortown, five great grandchildren, John Harris of Blossom, Benjamin Harris of Ft. Worth, Travis Palmer of Taylortown, Kristy Taylor of Paris and Jonathan Phillips of Taylortown, eight great great grandchildren, Justin Harris of Blossom, Jacob Harris of Blossom, Alyssa Harris of Blossom, Nicholas Harris of Ft. Worth, Noah Harris of Ft. Worth, Bailey Taylor of Paris, Chloe Taylor of Paris and Autumn Taylor of Paris.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.
Mary E. Crowder, 97, of Reno, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012, at her home.
Cremation is under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. No formal services are scheduled. Her cremated remains will be scattered at sea along with her husband’s.
Mrs. Crowder, the daughter of Rev. Herbert A. Norris & Cloyce Byrd Norris, was born July 16, 1915, in Myrtle, Mississippi.
She married Ben Crowder on Oct. 2, 1938, and he preceded her in death on March 31, 1987.
She taught school a number of years and worked on the Rations Board during World War II. She was a member of the Tulsa Chapter of The Eastern Star and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two sons, Alan Crowder & wife Sarah of Aikin, SC and Richard Crowder of Reno, two grandsons, Denis Crowder and David Crowder, numerous great grandchildren along with a sister, Francys Faulkner.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 8200 Brookriver Dr., Ste. N100, Dallas, TX 75247 or the American Cancer Society, 5501 Plaza Dr., Texarkana, TX 75503.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Dean Brown Alexander, 80, of the Maxey Community passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012 at her residence after an extended illness.
Dean Alexander was born on October 31, 1932 in Direct, Texas a daughter of Charles Lesley and Lucy Myrtle Watson Brown. She was retired from Communications Apparatus Corporation, was a homemaker, and a member of the Baptist Church. She loved her family, cooking, the outdoors, attending garage sales, and her greatest delight was playing with her grandchildren. On January 24, 1952 in Paris she married Billy Joe Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law Weldon Britt, brothers Otis, Edward, Alvin, Bud, Winford, and Kenneth.
Survivors include her husband Billy Joe Alexander; children Brenda Gail Britt, Robert Craig Alexander and wife Jennifer, Billy Howard Alexander and wife Mary; grandchildren Brian Craig Alexander, Crystal Dejona Allen, Matt Logan Alexander, Cody Alexander, Brittney Alexander, Zac Farar and 4 great grandchildren; a sister Lucy Bee Cannady.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday, November 19, 2012 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Pyles Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service on Monday. Online condolence may be sent to the Alexander family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.
Edna Earl Whitlock Jones was born on March 10, 1921 in Paris the daughter of Elmer Earl and Adelle Bunch Whitlock. She served proudly in the U.S. Army from 1944 till 1946 during World War II as a WAC. Edna was a member of the Baptist Church and was retired from LTV in Grand Prairie.
On November 11, 1948 she married James Samuel Jones. He preceded her in death on December 4, 1963. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother William E. Whitlock, and a son-in-law Loyd Freelen.
She is survived by her daughters Lila Freelen of Detroit and Glenda Turner and husband Warren of Chandler; grandchildren Lisa McKibben, Lara Sanders, Leah Hamilton, Michael Turner and Jimmy Turner; 16 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday in the McDonald Cemetery with Rev. Doug Higdon, pastor of First Baptist Church in Detroit, officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. Monday at the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.