Obituaries Wednesday, March 6

morganPNJudy Elizabeth Blease Morgan, 72, of Paris, died at 10:24 AM, Monday, March 4, 2013 at ParisRegionalCenter.  A memorial service is set for 5:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Russell Mills officiating.  The family will greet friends in the foyer of the chapel following the service.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Judy was born April 16, 1940 in Dallas to Francis Eugene and Freddie McGuire Cronan.  She graduated from Dallas’ Adamson High School in 1958.  She was a secretary for the Texas Department of Human Services for 21 years prior to her retirement.  Our Mom will be remembered as a loving mother, caring and gracious grandmother who always put her children and grandchildren first.  Judy had a beautiful sense of humor.  She loved to cook, dance, garden, and being with her family whenever possible.

She is survived by her three children, Leanne Roberson Stone and husband, Roy Tom, Keith Roberson, and Eric Blease and wife, April; seven grandchildren, Taylor Evin Stone, Ali Rae Stone, Joseph Allen Roberson, Jacob Thomas Roberson, Cason Wainwright Blease, Corbin Ryker Blease, and Seely Elizabeth Blease; a brother, Edwin Frank Cronan; and a sister, Tommy Gene Evans.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lee Morgan on November 23, 2012.

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saffleRUBY CARPENTER SAFFLE, 98, passed from this life on Sunday March 3, 2013 in Paris, Texas. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct graveside rites at 2:00 p.m. Thursday March 7, 2013 in the China Spring Cemetery, McClellan County, with Rev. Michael Copeland officiating. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church of China Spring.

A time of visitation will be held at Wilkerson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco from 11:00 a.m. to noon, prior to the service.

Mrs. Saffle was Worthy Matron of Walter Baldwin Chapter, the Order of the Eastern Star of Waco, Texas in the mid-seventies.  In 2005 she was President of the Berean Bible Club of the First Bible Church. She was a life-long Baptist.

Ruby was born in China Spring on December 8, 1914. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mittie Carpenter; a sister Attie Lee Gilliam; and brothers Coke, Homer and Addis Carpenter.

She is survived by her sons, Jack Saffle and his wife Barbara of Dallas;  and Bob Saffle and his wife Judye of Paris.  She is also survived by a niece, Becky Lindsey and a nephew, Dale Gilliam, of Waco.  She was blessed with seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her loving family.

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newberryPNMichael Dean Newberry, 52, of Paris, completed his journey in this life on March 4, 2013.  Mike is widely known for his excellent bar bq and was an avid fisherman.  If you ever enjoyed his bar bq then you know he “put a little extra on it for you”.  Mike always had his fishing poles and tackle box at the ready.  He never met a stranger and would give you the shirt off his back.  Mike was born in La Marque, TX on November 17, 1960.  He graduated from West Lamar High School in 1978.  Mike was an excellent baseball player in his youth but had his athletic career cut short in a hunting accident.  Mike never bowed to authority and lived his life on his own terms.   He is survived by his mother, Patsy Wilson, and his father, Robert Newberry, and four brothers and their spouses, Bob & Dorothy Newberry, Brad & Stefani Newberry,   Greg Wynn and his fiancé, Tammalyn Nobels, and Patrick & Kelly Newberry.  He loved all of his seven nephews and was especially fond of his one niece.

Visitation will be held at Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home on Wed., March 6, 2013 at 7-8 pm.   Graveside services will be held at McDonald Cemetery on Thurs., March 7, 2013 at 2pm with Brother Robert Myre officiating.   The funeral procession will depart Fry & Gibbs at 1:30pm.

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Howard L. Jordan, 90, of Clarksville, died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at ClarksvilleNursingCenter.  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 FairviewCemetery 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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Brandon Cole Flowers, infant son of Jennifer Benningfield and Vance Flowers passed away Saturday March 2, 2013. Fry-Gibbs funeral home will conduct graveside services at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday March 6, 2013 at Detroit cemetery with Rev. Benny Cogburn officiating.

He is survived by his mother Jennifer Benningfield and father, Vance Flowers; sisters Azarea Edwards and Jayden Benningfield; grandparents Marilyn Nobles, Lisa Benningfield, Billy Sugg; aunts Jaclyn Nobles, Ashley Benningfield, Stephanie Benningfield; uncle Bryan Benningfield and wife Charlene and numerous cousins.

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Bud Relford, 73, of Powderly passed away Sunday March 3, 2013 at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday March 6, 2013 at Forest Chapel cemetery with Rev. Don Morton officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday 7-8 p.m.

He was born January 18, 1940 in Honey Grove a son of William Hardy “Red” and Rosie Elizabeth Weems Relford. He was married to Cleva Check Relford who preceded him in death. He worked in the junk business, flea markets and was with Paris Iron and Metal for 20 years.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter Kimberly Relford; a brother Richard Relford and sister Louise Davis.

Survivors include children Steve Relford, Jeff Relford, Lisa Relford, stepson Jerry Belt; numerous grandchildren; a brother Robert Relford; sisters Annie Morelock, Ann Caffee and Hazel Relford.

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Local businessman Jimmy Hickman passes at 87

hickmanPNParis native James Allan Hickman died March 3, 2013, in Paris Regional Medical Center.  Born in Paris, Texas to James Franklin Hickman and wife, Rebecca Riggs Hickman, on May 17, 1925, after graduating from Paris High School he continued his education at Paris Junior College and The University of Texas in Austin. He returned to Paris to join his father and grandfather as a partner in Hickman Insurance Agency.  Jimmy married his wife, Martha, April 4, 1969, in Dallas Texas.  In 1981 he closed Hickman Insurance Agency and spent many enjoyable hours on the golf course at Paris Golf & Country Club making two holes-in-one. Hickman and his wife cherished their trips to Santa Fe, NM and other spots of interest but always like coming home to Paris.

Hickman was a member of Central Presbyterian Church his entire life attending from his cradle roll days and joining Central on November 22, 1936, where he later served as a Deacon and Member of the Trustee Committee.

Jimmy enjoyed the company of his daily morning and mid-afternoon coffee groups in recent years.   In earlier years he was a member of the Lions Club, of the first Paris Toastmasters’ Club and a longtime member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Paris. He had served on the Advisory Board of Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital and on the Board of Evergreen Cemetery Association.

Mr. Hickman was preceded by his parents, in-laws, several cousins and many close friends.  He is survived by his wife Martha Hickman, a special cousin Eleanor Jackson and her husband, DeForrest Jackson, of Gainesville, GA, his wife’s sister, Nell Strother, and her husband Bill Strother, of Cedar Hill, TX and many special longtime friends.

Formal visitation will be held at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the funeral service being conducted by Rev. David Darrow at Central Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Clifton Fendley, Matt Frierson, Sims Norment, Carl Cecil, Richard Hunt, Greg Wilson, Donald Lewis and Roger Courson.  Honorary pallbearers are members of his coffee groups, choir practice group and longtime golfing friends.

Memorials are requested to Central Presbyterian Church, Goodland Academy or a charity of your choice.

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.

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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.

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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.

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