Obituaries Monday, March 4

BillBilly H. “Bill” Ballard, 79, of Paris, was lifted safely into the arms of the Lord on Sunday morning, March 3, 2013.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Ballard, the son of Alva & Gladys Holbrook Ballard, was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Madill, OK.

He served in the National Guard at the age of seventeen. He was a graduate of the American Institute of Baking.  His career with Rainbo Bread Companies spanned forty-two years before his retirement. He was a member of the Lazy 8’s V-8 Club. He loved the outdoors and old cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Dylan Ballard, a son-in-law, Larry Wilson and his sister, Sarah Grady.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Etta Spoon Ballard, whom he married on July  10, 1951, building sixty-one years of family and memories, a son, Ronnie Ballard & wife Vicki of Paris, a daughter, Patti Wilson of Blossom, three grandsons, Steven Wilson of Paris, Jeremy Wilson of Blossom and Matthew Allen of Paris, two brothers, Alva Ballard & wife Vi of West Chicago, IL and John Ballard & wife Carole of New Lenox, IL, along with several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Jeremy Wilson, Steven Wilson, Matthew Allen, Henry Spoon, Bill Spoon & Doug Cato.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Dylan’s Drivers, 1455 20th NE Street, Paris, TX 75460.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries Sunday, March 3

Brazile003Eugenia (Jeannie) Dorrell Radford Brazile,90, of Paris, left this life to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday March 1, 2013 at Brentwood Terrace. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday March 4, 2013 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Rev. Buddy Barnett officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Eugenia was born September 23, 1922 in Paris, a daughter of Talma S. and Minnie Ola Cunningham Radford. She graduated from Henderson High School, then began a career as Chief Operator with Southwestern Bell Telephone in both Henderson and Paris, which spanned some twenty years. She was a member of the Springlake Baptist Church.

Jeannie married Jack LaRue Brazile on September 28, 1946, in Paris. He preceded her in death on April 5, 2004.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Frances Radford Sale, and a brother-in-law, Johnston J. Sale.

Survivors include three sons, Daniel LaRue Brazile, of Krum, Charles Radford “Chuck” Brazile, of Denton, and John Howard Brazile, of Paris; eight grandchildren, Jesse LaRue Brazile, of Pilot Point, Sarah Elizabeth Brazile, of Breckenridge, Danielle Cathleen Brazile Chisolm and husband Daryl, of Breckenridge; Timothy Jack Brazile and wife Angelie, of Lewisville, Aaron Christopher Brazile, of Breckenridge, Savannah LaRue Brazile, of Denton, Tuesday Dawn Beshires Cohee and husband Jason, of Keller, and Christopher Glen Beshires, of Garland; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a very special niece, Sandra Sale Cartwright and husband Bob, of Greenville.

Named to serve as pallbearers are Brad Coe, Bob Brazile, Mike Hansen, David Bush, Milford Townsdin and Ray Crowell.

Friends may register in Eugenia’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.

Obituaries Saturday, March 2

Eileen Davis0001Eileen Mary Davis, 86, of Powderly, passed away Friday, March 01, 2013, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 4th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Burial will be made at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Mrs. Davis, the daughter of William Edward & Mary Ann Heath Harrington, was born Dec. 15, 1926, in London, England.

She married Carl Rayford Davis, and he preceded her in death in 2008.

She was an interior decorator, and she & Carl bought & resold properties. Eileen was a volunteer at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She and Carl were members of Sons of Herman.

Survivors include a son, Mark Davis & wife Rose of Powderly, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann “Sandy” Love of Dallas, a granddaughter, Mia Pasqualucci of Santa Barbara, CA, a nephew, Joseph C. Love, Jr. & wife Lisabeth, and her best friend, Shirley Jolliffe of Paris.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries Thursday, February 28

Tina Wynn0001After a long and vigilant fight with cancer, Tina Michelle Stover Wynn, 44,  of Paris, Texas, was lifted up on angel wings by the grace of our Heavenly Father when she passed from this world on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at home in Paris, Texas

Visitation will be held at Bright Holland Funeral Home on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 6:00PM -7:00PM.

Funeral services will be held at Bright Holland Funeral Home on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10:00AM with Reverend Larry Bridges of Blossom Church of God officiating. Burial will follow at Knights of Honor Cemetery in Blossom. Bright Holland Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

Tina was born in Paris, Texas to Jessie Daniel Stover II and Ruby Lee Chennault Stover on July 12, 1968 She went to high school at Prairiland High School and graduated in 1988. She worked various jobs in the Lamar County area, with her favorite being a cook in the Paris Junior College Cafeteria.  Tina’s latest job was at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK.  Tina loved anything to do with country, horses, camping, fishing and collecting frogs. Although she had many interests, the thing first and foremost in her mind was her daughter, Cheyenne Nicole Chaverria, and making sure she would be taken care of.

Tina is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Carey Lynn Thompson; her brother in law, Clyde Ashlock; God Mother, Jane Wogberg; and grandparents, Desso and Mary Martina Chennault.

Tina is survived by her daughter, Cheyenne Chaverria; husband, Larry Baird, both from Paris and of the home; brothers, Eddie Thompson of Huntsville and Jessie Daniel (Danny) Stover III and wife, Melissa of Paris; sisters, Linda Mathis of Sawyer, OK, Loretta Ashlock of Soper, OK, and Lisa Ashlock of Paris; God Father, Don Wogberg; 20 nieces and nephews; 24 great nieces and nephews; along with a host of friends.  Casket bearers will be Tommy Wells, Christopher Green, John Fletcher, Jerry Don Mathis, Aaron Shannon and Rockey Tucker.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Serenity Hospice of Texarkana and Bright Holland Funeral Home. To leave a message or tribute, please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


Willie Ray Harris, 90 of Alba, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday February 25, 2013 in Grand Saline. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday March 2, 2013 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie Fortner and Randy Bohannan officiating. Burial will follow at McCrury cemetery in Red River County.

He was born August 31, 1922 in Powell, TX a son of Thomas Jefferson and Jewel Dlena Vinson Harris. He was married to Virginia Harper and later married Nell Crawford. He was an auto mechanic since 1945 working in Grand Saline from 1990 until 2007. He served his country proudly in WWII in the Army. He was a member of the Open Door Church in Alba.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nell Crawford Harris; a daughter Phillis Ann Auld; son Weldon Harris; sister Eva Bounds and a brother Buddy Owens.

He is survived by children Lometa Smith and husband Jay; Glenda Kelley; the mother of his children VirginiaWyatt; grandchildren Wayne Auld, Paul Auld, Teddy Allison, Wendy Jones, James Smith, David Davis, Billy Davis, Bobby Davis; 12 Great Grandchildren; 2 Great-Great Grandchildren; son-in-law Willie Auld and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Williams, Nick Jones, David Davis, Paul Auld, James Smith, Bobby Davis, Ricky Jones, Brian Jones, and Billy Davis.

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

Obituaries Wednesday, February 27

Gary Cunningham0001Gary Lee Cunningham, 71, of Arthur City, after years of battling his health problems, was called home on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, surrounded by his family and friends. He fought a good fight and had a strong will to stay with us forever. He loved life, especially the years he was able to load up grandkids in his Winnebago and see the country.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Patrick Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in Tigertown Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Gary was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Ambia, Texas to Leroy Cunningham & Lois Edith Morrison Cunningham. He was married to Bonnie Hodnett Cunningham for thirty-two years.

After high school he served in the U. S. Army with the 42nd Battalion and was a proud member of the Freemasons for thirty-two years. Even over thirty years of service at Campbell Soup, Local 1229, of which he was president for fifteen years,  and Local 540, as much as he loved the many people he tried to help and the company he loved, his greatest love and past time was his fourteen grandkids that he adored and traveling. He pioneered Local 1229 Federal Credit Union that later became the Employees United Federal Credit Union.

He was preceded in death by one son, Eddie Lee Cunningham, one son-in-law, Kenneth D. Brooks, and his sister whom he cared for until her death, Alta Livingston.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie, daughter; Eydie Brooks and her four sons; Blue, Kendall, Union and Conner Lee Brooks,  son; Greg Clark & wife Kristin and their three children; Justin, Joshua & Jaidyn Clark, son; Jeffrey Clark & his four children; Bailee, Matthew, Madison and Mabrye Clark, son; John Cunningham, and son; Brandon Cunningham and his children; Jacob, Avery and Maddie Cunningham, three brothers whom he was very close to; Daymon, Rorry and Chris Cunningham along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Milton Fleming, Roy Darby, Gary Owings, Johnny Rodriguez, Felipe Mendez and Robert Fulbright. Honorary bearers will be: Justin Clark, Josh Clark, Blue Brooks, Kendall Brooks, Union Brooks, Conner Brooks and Matthew Clark.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


jackson pnCarole Anne Jackson, 70, of  Paris passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 in Paris.

She was born on April 6, 1942, in the Slabtown Community, a daughter of Ralph and Beulah Howard Bolton. Carole retired after 31 years as an administrative executive secretary for the Department of Humans Services, graduated from DelmarHigh School in 1959, and was a member of Ramseur Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Rex Bolton, and a sister Kaye Reddell.

Carole will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, and especially a loving and caring grandmother. She had a very outgoing and wonderful personality and was always considerate of others needs.

Carole is survived by her children Khristi Scott and husband Kevin of Honey Grove and David Jackson and fiancee` Kevyn Brasher; step-children Andy Jackson and wife Leanne and Judy Jackson; grandchildren Taylor Jackson, Evan Fussell, and Dylan Jackson; brothers Jim Bolton and David Bolton; sister Lynn Asbery; and special friends Jeanetta Robinson and Nina Corbett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 1, 2013, in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Burial will follow in EvergreenCemetery with Evan Fussell, Dylan Jackson, Damon Asbery, Andy Jackson, Jack King, Terry Temple, and Brian Bolton serving as pallbearers. Family will receive friends from 7:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home where online condolences may be sent by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Platinum Home Health and Hospice for the wonderful care that Mrs.Jackson received during her illness.


John Dee Faucett, 78 of Powderly passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Bonham VA Nursing Home.  Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 pm, Monday, February 25, 2013 at Long Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-6 pm, Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Faucett was born December 6, 1934 in Detroit, TX to Johnny Herman Faucett and Mattie Dee Griffin Faucett.  He married Barbara Ann Brothers and she preceded him in death July 31, 1994.  Mr. Faucett was a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, working with Nuclear Weapons Maintenance, during the Korean Conflict and also in Indochina.  He was a proud member of First Baptist Church in Paris where he served as a deacon.  He was also a member of the Optimist Club.

Mr. Faucett was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, one son, Barry Dale Faucett and a daughter, Paula Sue Taylor.  Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Ashmore & husband Scott of Paris and Michelle Draper & husband Doug of Mansfield; grandchildren, Cody Faucett & wife Lindsey of Denton, Daren Faucett of Paris, Justin Taylor & wife Jennifer of Pattonville, Jenifer “Jen Tay” Taylor of Dallas, Lauren Wilson & husband Chad of Sumner and Megan Crawford of Paris; great-grandchildren, Grady & Bailee Taylor of Pattonville and Corbin Wilson & Brayden McCormack, both of Sumner; a son-in-law, Leslie Taylor of Deport, along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


Mary Ann Bledsoe Short, 71, of Paris, died at 12:40 PM, Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.  Funeral services are set for 2:00 PM, Friday, March 1, 2013 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Holt officiating.  Burial will follow in West Post Oak Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 PM Thursday evening at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ann was born September 25, 1941 in Paris to Jim Irman and Zeda Belle McFatridge Bledsoe.  She married Jerry Short in 1995.  Mrs. Short was a wonderful homemaker and mother and was a member of the Paris Church of God.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Short; two children, Dorothy Perry and Mark Harris; three grandchildren, Jeniece, David, and Richard Perry; five great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Justin, and Dakota King, Meia Perry, and Dude Perry; two great-great-grandchildren, Bentley King and Brenden Maye; five brothers, Ronny Dale Merritt, Edward Bledsoe, John Henry Bledsoe, David Bledsoe, and Terry Bledsoe; and three sisters, Betty Lofton, Dorothy Burrus, and Maudine Bledsoe.  She was preceded in death by two sons, Dee Harris, Jr. and Jimmy Dean Ray; and seven brothers.

Pallbearers will be Terry Keys, Derek Whitson, Donald Lee McFatridge, Robby Watkins, Jonathan Burrus, and Irman Bledsoe.

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