Obituaries Friday, December 28

West-PNHarold Lloyd Westbrooks, 82 of Powderly, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services have been scheduled for Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Long Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Mike Jones officiating.  The family will receive friends at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home on Friday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Lois Brothers Westbrooks; children, Benny Lloyd Westbrooks, Billy Edward Westbrooks; grandchildren, Kristi Westbrooks Torres, Marc Edward Westbrooks, Emily Alice Westbrooks and Kathryn Ann Westbrooks; great-granddaughter, Emma Brooke Torres; sister, Carolyn Renner; brother, Jerry Westbrooks; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.R. and Margie McDonald Westbrooks; sisters, Laurene Kuhns, Louise Shellhammer, Bobbie Taylor; brothers, Billy Mack Westbrooks, Claude James Westbrooks, Wayne Westbrooks, Douglas Westbrooks and Thomas Westbrooks.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Williams, Terry Slagle, Taiwa Westbrooks, Raymond Allen, Ralph Crews and Scott Johnson.  Honorary Pallbearers will be his friends from Borderline Cafe.

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Obituaries Thursday, December 27

Linda Rae Winter0001Linda Rae Winters, 68, of Paris, formerly of McCurtain County, OK, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at her home with her daughters, Trina & Trudy and grandson, Branson Tyler, at her side.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Dickey officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, 2601 Lamar Ave., Paris, TX 75460, one hour prior to the service.

Linda, the daughter of Harchel & Ellie Paulk Ginn, was born Feb. 15, 1944, in Idabel, OK.

Linda grew up in Idabel & graduated from Idabel High School in 1962.

She had a great love of music and played the piano & organ at many services in the southeast Oklahoma area. She enjoyed sewing & crocheting. Linda did abstracting with Southern Abstract Company in Idabel and Pushmataha Abstract in Antlers and for various attorneys. She was secretary for the director of the Oklahoma State Health Department with the environmental division in Oklahoma City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Cecil Ginn and her lifelong friend, Rita Vandergriff.

Survivors include her children, Tracy Stewart Bloodworth of Littleton, CO, Trudy Lynn Bloodworth of Nashville, TN and Trina Rae Winters of Paris, grandchildren, Branson Tyler Batchelor, Stephanie Lauren Bloodworth, Andrew Connor Bloodworth, Elizabeth Nicole Bloodworth, Ryan Parker Bloodworth and Sidney James Watson, a brother, Earl Erving Ginn along with numerous nieces &  nephews, Jim Ginn, Jerry Ginn, Kenny Ginn, Steve Ginn, Cheryl Higgins, Tia Hilton, Sandra Lynn Smith, Dale Ball, Jr., Jodi Burgett, Mike Ball, Ross Griffin, Lenette Cofer and Sandra Gregg along with many extended family members.

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thomasPNBobbie Thomas Reaves, 59, of Paris passed away Sunday December 23, at Medical Center of Plano. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday Dec. 28, 2012 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Father Morgan White officiating. Burial will follow in Knights of Honor Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday 7-8 p.m.

She was born September 2, 1953 in Cooper, TX a daughter of Rudolph and Martha Lucille Reed Thomas. She married James Allen Reaves, Jr. in Paris August 23, 1981. She was a Nurse for Jordan Home Health Services. She attended of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by a son Joseph Emory Reaves; parents Rudolph and Martha Lucille Thomas; siblings Roy Thomas, Carroll Dake, Sr., Lou Roberts and Kenneth Thomas.

Survivors include her husband James Allen Reaves, Jr.; sons Michael Scott, Charles Howard Thomas, Lloyd O’Dell McKinley and wife Ashley, James Allen Reaves III and wife Elizabeth; grandchildren Thomas Scott Howard, Jonathan Young, Britney Young, Felicity Reaves, Erin Grace Reaves, Emory Reaves, Ashley Wise, Lindsey Wise; brother Walter Circles, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd McKinley, Carroll Dake, Karl Dake, Walter Circles, Dale Potter and Ricky Foster.

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Obituaries Wednesday, December 26

Amanda Kay DemingAmanda Kay Deming, 48, of Reno, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at her home.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Young officiating. Burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26th, at the funeral home.

Amanda, the daughter of Lee Jay & Helen Maxine Wheeler Deming, was born July 4, 1964, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  She graduated from Smithville High School in Smithville, TX in 1982. She was an administrative assistant for David Glass Investments, LLC. Amanda was a proud member of the Army Mom’s.

Her parents, a brother, Daniel Deming & a nephew, Daniel Deming preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, David Wayne Miller, Jr. of Reno, Steven DeWayne Miller & wife Angela Marie of Ft. Bliss – El Paso, and Jeremy Ray Miller of Reno, a sister, Helen Deborah “Debbie” Measom & husband Raleigh (who reared her) of Gonzales, TX,  two brothers, John Jay Deming & wife Sharon of Bruno, AR and Mark Lewis Deming of AR, grandchildren, Aubrianna Reese “Aubrey” Miller and David Wayne Miller, III, nieces & nephews, Karina Ann Ochs, Joseph Lee Measom, Christina Grifaldo, Russell E. Measom, Rachel Ashorn, Lane Deming & Shane Deming.

Casket bearers will be: David Miller, Jr., Steven Miller, Jeremy Miller and Bryan Glass.

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Troy Gene Gibbens, 84, of Paris, died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham.  A graveside service is set for 2:30 PM, Friday, December 28, 2012 at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Judi Brandt officiating.  No formal visitation hour will be observed.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Troy was born August 1, 1928 in Atlas to William T. and Arthur Mattie Caldwell Gibbens.  The family lived in Electra, San Antonio and Corpus Christi prior to moving back to Paris.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950-1952 stationed in Korea and Japan.  He later worked at Campbell Soup in Paris for 28 years before retiring.  He lived in Powderly for the last fifteen years before moving to The Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham in late October of this year.

Mr. Gibbens was preceded in death by his parents; all three of his brothers, S.P., Roland, and Tommy Gibbens; one sister, Ina Bill Williams; and a nephew, Larry Bob Williams.  He is survived by one sister, Norma Neal and a sister-in-law, Betty Gibbens.  He is also survived by seven nieces, Janita Parker, Kathy Lee, Janet Gibbens, Terrie Ogle, Katy Donovan, Sherry Hale and Karen Sumner; and two nephews, Tommy Gibbens, Jr. and Allen Gibbens.

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Obituaries Monday, December 24

hodgeR2William Sampson Hodge, 87, of Forest Chapel passed away Friday December 21, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday December 26, 2012 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Redus and Rev. Bryan N. Powers officiating. Burial will follow at Cherry Mound cemetery near Bells, Texas. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service Wednesday 10 until 11 a.m.

He was born February 12, 1925 in Grayson County a son of Abner L. and Cordie Bell McCarthy Hodge. He was married to Floye Marie Styles and after her death he married Maggie D. Shields. He was a supervisor with the City of Denison water department and a member of Springlake Baptist Church where he served as deacon.

Survivors include his wife Maggie Hodge; children William Hodge and wife Vickie, Judy Harris and husband James, Joyce Martin and husband Jerry; step-children Joe Smith and wife Carol, Carolyn Scott, Janice Smith and husband L. O., Randy Smith, Berry Smith, Tina Carraway and husband Ronnie; 9 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; sisters Margaret Butcher, Faye Garnsey and a brother Lewis Hodge.

Pallbearers will be Steven Smith, Johnny Hodge, Austin Harris, Lamont Kalin, George Pullins, and Cameron Huckins.

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jordanPNHoward L. Jordan, 90, of Clarksville, died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Clarksville Nursing Center.  A funeral service with military honors will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Clarksville.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until service time prior to the service.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Jordan was born January 11, 1922 in Blossom, Texas to George and Cora Bell Cherry Jordan.  He married Mamie R. Gallander on December 22, 1939.  She died March 7, 2008.  He was retired from Red River Arsenal and served in the US Army during World War II.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Jordan is survived by his daughter, Debra Nolen of Clarksville; four grandchildren, Michelle Ervin and husband, Chris, Gary Nolen, all of Clarksville, Chesley and Emily Jordan, both of Palestine, Texas; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Buford R. Jordan and wife, Carolyn of Paris and Douglas Jordan of Texarkana, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his son, Howard Wayne Jordan; his parents; and two sisters, Ruby Pate and Joyce Roseberry.

Pallbearers will be Chris Ervin, Larry Nolen, Mark Nolen, Dickie Towers, John Thompson, and Roy Dean Pate.  Honorary pallbearers are Joe Hasenak, Johnny Nolen, Buford Jordan, Doug Jordan, Bruce Roseberry, Bryan Roseberry, Willard Leverett, and Nolan Pate.

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Daisy Nell Smith0001Daisy Nell Hamil Smith, 83, of Paris, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012, at Brentwood Terrace following a brief, unfortunate illness.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24th, at Manchester Cemetery with Duane Hamil officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday.

Mrs. Smith, the daughter of Albert Andrew & Gracie Elizabeth Crews Turk, was born Sept. 7, 1929, in the Blakeney Community of Red River County.

She worked as a Home Health Provider and did babysitting for all her grandchildren. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Daisy was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Willis Hill “Bud” Hamil, her second husband, Otis Smith, Jr., two brothers, Robert Houston Turk & Albert William Turk, and a sister, Dorothy Lowrey.

Survivors include four children, Linda Hamil Strickland of Powderly, Judy Hamil Jamar of Paris, Wendell Hamil of Sumner and Durrell Hamil of Powderly, grandchildren, Christa Strickland Brown, Dustin Strickland, Tony Webster, Shelby Jamar, Kelli Hamil Luma, Rusty Hamil, Shannon Hancock, Billy Doyle & Candice Hicks,  great grandchildren, Hayden Brooke Brown, Kade Webster and Mason Webster and  several other great grandchildren, brothers, J. W. Turk of Paris and John Thomas Turk of Hugo, OK, a sister, Mary Akin of Mabank along with numerous nieces, nephews & extended family members.

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Marion Burrow 20001Marion D. Burrow, 73, of Paris, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23rd, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Reger & Rev. Ronald Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery.

Marion, the son of Dock & Florence Thompson Burrow, was born Feb. 16, 1939, in Red River County.

He was stationed in Korea while serving in the U. S. Army. Marion retired from Exum  Plumbing where he was known as the Roto-Rooter Man. He  was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He had a love of antique cars and trucks and had won a number of trophies in competition.

Survivors include his wife, Delena Scott Burrow, whom he married on Nov. 10, 1967, building forty-five years of memoires, a brother, Ronnie Burrow of Clarksville, a sister, Sharon Mabry & husband Gene of Clarksville, his sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Sharon & Johnny Exum of Paris along with many friends.

Casket bearers will be: Randy Mahan, Johnny McFadden, Mark Fendley, Glenn Davis, Dale Hicks and Ronnie Baker.

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Obituries Thursday, December 20

roberts, royce PNRoyce James Roberts, 78, of the Globe community went home to be with his Lord and savior Tuesday December 18, 2012. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home Saturday Dec. 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Bill Dickey and Rev. Brad Michael officiating. Burial will follow at Pyles cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday.

He was born November 8, 1934 in Unity, Texas the son of James E. and Clara Lee Magnuson. He moved to Fort Worth in the early 1950’s where he met the love of his life Jacqueline Jean Goins of Bridgeport, Texas. Together they raised two children before a job opportunity returned him to the Paris area in 1982. Royce made his living as a truck driver, retiring from Earthgrains, however, his true passion was farming and raising cattle. He achieved this dream in his retirement years. Royce was a longtime member of MaxeyBaptistChurch.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline in 2010 and his parents.

Survivors include children Rick Roberts and wife Linda of Watagua, Sherry Perry and husband Joe of Farmers Branch; grandchildren Melanie Hammel, John Roberts and wife Lorena, Craig Roberts; great grandchildren Andre Zermeno, Haley Zermeno, Gavin Roberts; and a sister Loy Fisher of Ft. Worth.

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Jesse Lee Towers, Jr., 77, of Paris passed away Tuesday December 18, 2012 at Brentwood Terrace Health Care. Cremation arrangements were made by Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

He was born November 1, 1935 in Paris a son of JesseLeeTowers, Sr. and Wandella Ingle Towers. He married JoAnn Lay in Paris in 1983. He served his country in the Army. He worked for the Texas Highway Department and was a member of Paris Church of God.

Survivors include his wife JoAnn, children Kelly Whitley and spouse Sherman, Carla Carmon, Lawrence Murray; 5 grandchildren Kory, Kameron, KaLeigh, Karli Jo, Krisanna; 2 great grandchildren Gavin and Alexis; step-children Debbie Johnson, Karen Murray, Danny Melvin, Charles Dale Melvin; brothers Eddie Towers and spouse Janice, Doug Towers and spouse Donna; sisters Jeanette Eydani and spouse Nasser,  Cynthia Ann Chappell and spouse Willard; numerous nieces and nephews.

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Lisa Michelle Foster, 47, of Paris passed away Wednesday December 19, 2012 at Brentwood Terrace. She was born on October 27, 1965 in Mesquite, Texas a daughter of James O. and Dora Mae Watson Foster. She was a Unit Secretary for the hospital.

She is survived by her children Leigha Musick and husband Frankie of Sumner and Whitney Stone of Paris; mother Dora Mae Foster; siblings Linda Kyle and husband Glen of Paris and Teresa Foster of Paris; grandchildren Steven Corsey, Jr. and Cameron Corsey; several nieces and nephews and aunts.

Memorial services will be conducted at Noon Friday, December 21, 2012 at the EmbersonBaptistChurch with Rev. Gary Reed officiating.

Lela J. Elliott, 62, of Paris passed away Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012. Arrangements are pending with Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.