Obituaries Thursday August 16, 2012

TOMMY DALE MAYO, 65, of Hugo, died at 1:48 PM, Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Choctaw Memorial Hospital in Hugo.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Macedonia Cemetery in Pittsburg.  Family and friends will gather at the funeral home from 10:00-11:00 AM Saturday morning.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Tommy was born September 18, 1946 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Cletis Thomas and Ruby Elizabeth Robinson Mayo.  He worked at the KPLT radio station in Paris for several years and was a promoter of Southern Gospel Music all of his life.

Mr. Mayo is survived by two daughters, Joy Lynn Parson of Paris and Kara Beth Jones-Thomas of Houston; and three grandchildren, Tylea Parson, Ryan Jones, and Torrance Jones.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Obituaries Tuesday August 14, 2012

Jack W. Tibbs, Jr., 60, of Paris died Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 at the Dallas VA Hospital. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 10:00 a.m. Thursday Aug. 17th at Hopewell cemetery with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday 7-8 p.m.

He was born July 14, 1952 in Shawnee, OK a son of Jack Wendell Tibbs, Sr. and Betty E. McCullough Tibbs. He married Martha McFadden in Texarkana, AR on July 23, 2007. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Marines as Staff Sgt. in communications and received the Samuel B. Morse award for morse code and was stationed in thePanama Canal. He was a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his father Jack Tibbs and step-father Jack Flynn; sisters Cynthia Gonzales and Connie Youngblood.

Survivors include his wife Martha; children Shona Tibbs of Paris, Lena Tibbs Latimer and husband Gary of Paris, Julie Peralta and husband Ruben of Powderly, Kate Tibbs DeMott and husband Dan of Paris, Delia Tibbs of Lubbock, step-daughter LaShaunda Jones; mother Betty Flynn of Paris; Grandchildren, Brian Smith, Steven Smith, Timothy Dwiggins, Kara Neel, Serenity Neel, Nicholas Neel, Colton, Kelsey, and Alex Latimer, Chayanne, Felix, Ycielio and Elias Peralta, Gavin Gunn, Maribel and Jose Herrera, Baby Maricela; 9 Great Grandchildren; brothers and sisters Sue Steffey, Donald Flynn, Bobby Flynn, Elaine Carr, Cindy Cox and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Steven Edwards, Steve Edwards, Billy Ray Allen, Dell Boswell, Ray Jones, and Wesley Chappell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Wayne Anderson, Jason Chappell, Gary Latimer, Jeremy Carr, Phillip Chappell and Patrick O’Neal.

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Georgia Leevine McCarver, 87, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at her home.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16th, at the Clarksville Church of God with Rev. Ethel Elrod and Rev. Mitchell White officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. McCarver, the daughter of Joe & Melvina Bryant Gallander, was born March 28, 1925, in Soper, OK. She became a member of the Clarksville Church of God in 1987, and remained a  member until  her death. She loved to fish, cook, sew, and especially take care of children.

She married Tom McCarver on July 9, 1940, building fifty-three years of family and memories before his death on Oct. 19, 1993. She was also preceded in death by two children, Tommy Myrl McCarver and Anthony Frazier, two grandchildren, Chris Leffel and Deissrae D. McCarver and one great grandson, Jeffery Gaines.

Survivors include four children, Bobby Joe McCarver & wife Margie of Denison, Thomas McCarver & wife Debbie of Clarksville, Jeanette White & husband Mitchell of Paris and Annie McCarver of Clarksville, 16 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 19 great great grandchildren, one sister, Mary Jo Nailing along with a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Tim Gallander, Doug Graham, Brayden White, Bobby McCarver, Thomas McCarver and Terry Frazier.

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Ronald W. Prince ll, 69, of Paris,Texas passed away on August 13, 2012 at home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ron was born inHarbor Beach,Michiganon January 22, 1943. He was a graduate from Paris High School and East Texas State University. Ronald was a retired District manager for TP&L and TXU Corporation. He began his career in 1965 and was a loyal employee for over 32 years before retiring in 1997.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Dr. Ronald Prince, Roberta Lewis Prince and his sister Joye Prince. Survivors include his daughter, Stacey Prince Malone, son-in-law Mark Malone, grandchildren Ashley Malone, Parker Malone and Macey Malone all of Austin, Texas; as well as uncles, aunts and many cousins.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Thursday August 16th at Evergreen Cemetery with Dr. Tommy Turner of the First Baptist Church of Paris officiating.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the countless friends of Ronald’s that lent their care and support throughout his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society are requested.

Philanthropist and Businessman Jerry Bawcum Passes Away

Gerald Glen Bawcum, age 74, of Paris, passed away August 12, 2012 in his home in Paris surrounded by his loving family and devoted caretakers.

Jerry was born April 22, 1938 in Holladay,Tennesseeto James Glen and Ann Woods Bawcum.  He, along with his younger brother, George and sister, Sandy, grew up in Chicago,Illinois.  Following his high school graduation, Jerry entered the United States Army, where he honorably served his country for three years. Soon after returning from the service, Jerry met the love of his life, Judith Ann Stark. They were married in October of 1960 and began a beautiful life together. They were blessed with four children and eight grandchildren, who will forever be grateful for the many memories they shared.

In 1973, his Car business career began in Idabel,Oklahoma, where he and Judy built and opened Bawcum Motor Company. Over the next 40 years, he owned and operated multiple automobile dealerships in Southeast Oklahoma and Northeast Texas. In 1989, one of his dreams was realized when he had the opportunity and privilege to partner with his two sons, Glen and Matt, to open Toyota of Paris. Throughout the next 23 years, the team at Toyota of Paris established an extraordinary reputation for customer service and dedication to the community.  Jerry humbly believed that any of his success or recognition was due in large part to his valued friends that he worked with everyday.

Jerry was a man who loved his family above all. His work ethic, devotion to his loved ones, and philanthropic involvement served as a model to his children, grandchildren, friends and co-workers. His great generosity bettered his community and inspired many to become involved as well. Easter of 1998, he gave his family the greatest gift by joining the Catholic Church. Jerry quickly became an active member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, where he served as a lector and a volunteer for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. In addition, Jerry served on many boards and supported many organizations.  Some closest to his heart includeSt. Joseph’s Community Foundation, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Meals on Wheels, Agape House, and the annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  Along, with Jerry, his employees have joined him, and followed his example of service.

Jerry was a man of many interests. He had a great appreciation for literature and was an avid reader. He enjoyed cooking, much to the delight of his family and friends. Traveling was a passion and he was blessed with many opportunities to do so with his family. Whether he was playing tennis, softball, or cards, his competitive nature and love of the game was apparent. After 70 years of dismissing golf as a true sport, he eventually developed a fondness for that game as well.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Judith Bawcum; four children, Diana McDonald and her husband, John, Glen Bawcum and his wife, Tracy, Matt Bawcum and his wife, LeAnna, and Andrea Irwin and her husband, Walt. Jerry is also survived by eight grandchildren, Amanda Irwin, Kristen Richmond and her husband, Jared, Alec Bawcum, Kyle Bawcum, Andi Bawcum, Marc Bawcum, Nick Irwin, and Chandler Bawcum.

A celebration of his life will begin Tuesday, August 14th, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with a rosary and prayer service at 6:00 P.M. .Visitation will immediately follow until 8:30 P.M.. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Victory Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 A.M. Interment following at EvergreenCemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St Vincent de Paul Society, St. Josephs Community Foundation, or Agape House

Obituaries Monday August 13, 2012

Martha Louise Landers Bone, 80, of Paris, passed away Wednesday, August 08, 2012, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Cannon & Lonny Parson officiating. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery at Roxton. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Bone, the daughter of E. G. Landers, Sr. & Carrie Louise Solie Landers, was born Nov. 14, 1931, in Charlotte, NC, but soon moved to Texas.

After graduating from East Texas State University she became a history teacher. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Paris, WMU Director for many years, active with the International Mission Board and longtime member of the Berean Bible Club. Martha was a lecturer with Weight Watchers in the East Texas area for many years. She was a breast cancer survivor and counselor for the American Cancer Society. She helped her husband in their business, Paris Typewriter Exchange and in later years she did private sitting in the Dallas area

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, E.G. Landers, Jr. and John Solie Landers.

Survivors include her husband, William Joseph Bone whom she married on Aug. 3, 1950, building sixty-two years of family and memories, three daughters, Martha Jo Bone of Paris, Claire Bone Anderson & husband Frank of Paris and Rachel Leigh Bone of Garland, grandchildren, Linsey Parson & husband Lonny of Rufe, OK, Adrian Coco Anderson of New York and Josef Cawley Anderson of Huntsville, great grandchildren, Jacob Glyn Parson & Joshua Lee Parson, two sisters-in-law, Betty Landers of Paris and Nancy Landers of Lawton, OK along with several nieces & nephews and a plethora of friends.

Special thanks to her care givers and her nurse of many years, Joy Parson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the WMU or the International Mission Board, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 489, Paris, TX 75461.

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Obituaries Sunday August 12, 2012

Trey Gravan Harvey, 27, of Reno, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with burial following in Meadowbrook Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Trey, the son of Tracy G. Harvey & Denene Johnson Harvey, was born Nov. 13, 1984, in Paris.

He graduated from North Lamar High School. Trey enjoyed auto body work & painting cars. He had worked at Jay’s Paint & Body Shop and was currently employed at Team Richardson.

His father preceded him in death on July 17, 1996.

Survivors include his mother, Denene Johnson, his brother, Zach Harvey & Ashley Mitchell of Paris, Doug Harris & children, Kaitlyn & Garrett Harris, grandparents, Roger & Elna Johnson of Blossom, Charles & Scarlet Harvey of Pattonville and Barbara & Harmon Parker, a great grandmother, Vela Head of Blossom, aunts & an uncle, Tanya Johnson of Blossom & Shawn and April Johnson of Blossom, a great uncle & great aunt, Denny & Peggy Head & their son Chris all of Blossom, cousins, Ryan & Kourtniee Johnson & their son Ryder, Shawna & Jack Brown, Ryley Johnson, Taylor Mauldin and Tate Mauldin along with numerous other cousins & extended family members and  a host of friends including his best friend, Jesse Lee.

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Virginia “Ladell” O’Daniel Clay, 94, of Paris, entered her loving Savior’s arms on August 11, 2012, at Paris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13th, at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Ken Cannon officiating.

She was born in rural Lamar County on May 4, 1918, the daughter of John Walter & Mamie Crabb O’Daniel; graduated from Paris High School, and met and married her husband, John Robinson Clay, while working on a WPA project. John preceded her in death in 1985. She was also preceded in death by five siblings, R. Z. Bailey, Ivan Wallace, and James, Howard & Charlie O’Daniel, and a granddaughter, Shelia Landers.

Ladell loved the Texas Rangers, gardening, fishing, cooking, canning and sharing with others. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Paris, The Berean Bible Club and Bible Memory & Scripture Memory Associations.

Left to cherish her memory are the four children that Ladell & John reared, Shirley Taylor of Paris, Katherine Cooper of Fairview, Mary Ellen Derx & husband Theron “Tad” of Plano and John Clay of Powderly, grandchildren, Virginia “Ginger” Swanson & husband Paul of Broken Arrow, OK, Susan Shannon of Fairview, Seth Shannon & wife Carrie of Rockwall, Hardy Derx & wife Leslie of Plano, Katie Derx of Plano, Lincoln Clay of Dallas and Sloan Clay of Paris, two great grandchildren, Ren Shannon of Rockwall and Megan Sigler-Chapman of Plano along with countless relatives and friends.

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James Lee Walls, 52, of Sumner, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12th, at Detroit Cemetery with Rev. David Farmer officiating.

James Lee, the son of Elton & Dorothy Smith Walls, was born Aug. 9, 1960, in Detroit.

While living in Georgia he drove a forklift for a large manufacturing company. He then moved to Sumner to be near his mother.

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy  Bauchamp of Sumner, two brothers, Elton Walls of Cleburne and Joe Walls of Wichita Falls, one sister, Diane Simon of Ft. Worth along with a host of extended family members.

The family would like to express their appreciation to friends for help given and especially to Bonnie Dicken & her family for all they’ve done to be of help during this time.

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