Obituaries Sunday August 19, 2012

Nancy Bell Long Wear passed from this life on August 16, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center into the arms of her Lord and Savior after a long illness. Funeral services will be at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home at 3:00 P.M. Sunday Aug. 19, with Bro. Larry Young officiating. Burial will follow in Providence cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday 6-8 p.m.

She was born Aug. 5, 1923 in Chicota, Texas a daughter of Jonathan Levy and Rosie Lee Corn Long. She married Billy J. Wear on September 15, 1967 in Hugo, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker, Christian, and a member of Lifeline Worship Center church in Reno.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 6 brothers Houston, Monroe, Bill, John, Charley and Tom Long.

She is survived by her husband Billy J. Wear and one great-nephew, Steven “Pete” Fernandez and wife Marla and their children Kaylin, Clay, Ashley and Autum of Arkansas whom she reared from infant; a sister Minnie Lee Gaines of Fort Smith, Arkansas and surviving in-laws, Melvin Wear and wife Wanda, Raymond Wear and wife Lisa, Don Wear and wife Ruth, Bobby Wear and wife Joy, Greta Baker and husband Bobby, Juanita Wear, Lemmie Chennault, and Mavis Long. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephew.

Pallbearers will be Ross Miller, Lyle Young, Jerry Young, Bobby Pomroy, Corey May, and Corey Scroggins with honorary pallbearer being Ronnie Bolton.

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


Cherry Lynn Smith Lester, 65, of Paris, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2012, at her home.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21st, at Detroit Cemetery with Rev. Scotty Parnell officiating. The family will receive friends from

6-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Cherry, the daughter of Isac Wilson & Ola Marie Hayes Hembree, was born Jan. 6, 1947, in Gladewater, TX. She was a nurse & worked most of her career at Cherry Street Manor Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Alvin Lee Smith, a grandson, Derek Ray Ballard,  and a brother, Jackie Ray Hembree.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Lester, three children, James Smith & wife Kellie, Shirley Harris & husband George and Robert D. Smith & wife Laura all of Paris, two step-children, Rufus Charles Lester & wife Nancy of Sumner and John Robert Lester of Oklahoma, nineteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren along with two sisters, Sandy Campbell & husband Bobby and Glenda Gonzales all of Cooper.

Casket bearers will be: James Smith, Robert D. Smith, Jeremy Smith, Landon Smith and Ryan Smith.

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


Nancy Butler, 51 of Deport, passed away August 16, 2012 in the arms of her husband of 31 years, Larry Gene Butler.

Graveside services are scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Cuthand Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Bill Dickey officiating.  The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

She was a Dallas Cowboys fan.  She loved to fish, listen to music, dance, spend time with her grandkids and living in the country in Deport.

She is survived by her husband; children, Oscar James Head, Jason Earl Lawson and wife Jency, Amy Nell Hartgroves and husband Chris; grandchildren, Meagan Grace Lawson, Jessie Scott Davis and William Clay Hartgroves; mother, Clara Nell Rorie; siblings, Linda and Howard Bost, Andrea and Shad Wilson, Arvis Head.

She was preceded in death by her father, A.J. Head; sister, Lucinda May Ogletree.

Online condolences may be sent to the Butler family at www.fry-gibbs.com

Obituaries Friday August 17, 2012

FRANKLIN JOSEPH HOMER, SR. 77, of Paris, died 10:20 AM, Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 20, 2012 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Father Seamus Rowland as celebrant.  Burial will follow inEvergreenCemetery.  Father Gabriel Maisonet will observe a Rosary Service at 6:00 PM, Sunday evening at the church with a visitation time to follow until 8:30 PM.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Frank was born May 1, 1935 in McAlester,Oklahoma to Nimrod and Sabina Victoria Stizza Homer.  He graduated from McAlester High School and attended Oklahoma State University.  He married Molly Jo Bernsasky on April 27, 1958 in Hartshorne,Oklahoma.  Frank was a Sonic Drive-In franchisee and opened the first Sonic Drive-In in the state of Texas in Paris in 1964.  That business has grown to include 14 Sonics in Texas and he has had ownership in many other Sonics in Oklahoma and Florida.  All Paris Sonics will be closed all day Monday in honor Mr. Homer.

Frank is survived by his wife, Molly Homer; four children, Karen Bailey and husband, Chris, Mark Homer, Frank Homer, Jr. and wife, Claudia, and Monica Clement and husband, Eddie; eleven grandchildren, Jason Bailey and wife, Holly, Cade Bailey, Hanna Homer, Harrison Homer, Hayden Homer, Danny Martinez, Emma Homer, Franklin “Paco” Homer III, Avery Clement, Mollie Clement, and Adam Clement; one great-granddaughter, Londyn Bailey; a sister-in-law, Sara Homer; a nephew, John B. Homer; a niece, Susie Hass; cousin, Elizabeth Riddle and numerous extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Homer.

Pallbearers will be Paul Trull, Bill Gant, Gary Nash, Curtis Meier, Gilbert Terry, Dick Boots, Larry Click, Richard Drake, Col. Jim Mills, and Butch Hufnagel.  Serving as honorary pallbearers are A.W. Russo, Jim Winterringer, Jay Davis, Russell Verner, Gene Conger, and the “Guys @ Al’s”.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church; the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Our Lady of Victory; the Paris Education Foundation; the Red River Valley Boy’s and Girl’s Club Foundation; or the Denver Pyle Children’s Charity.

Online condolences may be made to the Homer family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.

UPDATE: Frank Homer funeral set for Monday

Frank Homer, 77, died Thursday at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Father Seamus Rowland as celebrant.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  Father Gabriel Maisonet will observe a Rosary Service at 6 p.m. Sunday  at the church with a visitation time to follow until 8:30 p.m.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Known to many as “Big Frank,” he was a longtime community leader and businessman active in many aspects of Paris society.

“My dad – how do I start this? When he commits to something, he gives his all. I believe strongly Sonic is here today and is as successful as it is today because of men like my dad,” son Mark Homer told eParis Extra! recently. “He always taught me the world’s full of givers and takers and you have to be a giver. If everybody was a taker, you don’t survive.”

That attitude is why Frank got involved in local schools. He started Blazette Day, where the Paris High School dance squad would come to work at Sonic and receive part of the day’s sales.

He also served as director of Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Boys Club of Paris and the Our Lady Victory Catholic Church council overseeing church expansion. He served on the advisory board of St Josephs Hospital.

“He immersed himself him in Paris,” Mark said. “Dad was all about Paris. Dad loved Paris. He wanted to make sure any opportunity Paris had, he was there behind it and did his best to make it work.”

He added that people often showed their appreciation by eating at Sonic. They also recognized his generosity personally. His awards include accolades from the Optimists and Sonic, as well as  being named to the Lamar County Boys and Girls Club Wall of Honor. The Paris Education Foundation selected him as the 2004 I Love Paris honoree.

“When I’m in Paris – and it’s been going for years – I run across somebody; I might know them, I might not know them, and they stop and ask, How’s your Dad doing?” Mark said.

Frank not only cared about the town, but its people, as well. Anyone sitting down with him needed to be ready to talk, Mark said, because he was genuinely interested in how they were doing.

“He’ll ask about your family,” he said. “He very sincerely wanted to know that you’re doing good and everything is on track for you. If you needed some advice or help, and if he could do it, he was willing to do it.”

That attitude carried over to his role as a father, as well. He got involved in their lives, helping improve golf swings and throwing a ball around. He’d find people to help his children improve their games. He was known to borrow a Volkswagen Bus from a local dealership to take girls back and forth from games. He even coached youth baseball teams.

“He’s always been very supportive. He was the best cheerleader,” Mark said. “Dad did that for everybody, not just us. He always wanted to let people know they did well.”

He remained supportive throughout their lives. Mark spent 12 years in the state Legislature, and it was his father who first told him that Mark had the support of several key players if he decided to run.

Frank perhaps is best known for starting the first Sonic in Texas. The Homers – Frank and Molly with their children Karen, Mark and Frank Jr – moved to Paris from Shawnee, Okla., in August 1964. Another daughter, Monica, was born after they settled down in Texas.

Frank had managed a Sherwin-Williams store in Oklahoma, but left after a disagreement in which “they didn’t fulfill a promise,” Mark said. He was also a member of the Army Reserves. His commanding officer was a young lawyer whose father was also an attorney representing a man with a fast food concept that ultimately became Sonic. Frank trained at one of the first Sonics in Shawnee and then moved to Texas.

“That’s all I’ve ever known,” Mark said. “My family’s done Sonic all our whole lives. It was great.”

Sonic was where all the “cool people” – especially the high school kids – hung out, Mark said. Even when he got to high school, it was still the place to go. People cruising Lamar would circle through Sonic to see who was there.

“Dad got me started working there. I was 12 when I started working at the Sonic,” Mark said. “It was a great experience for me. It taught me how to work.”

Frank’s work ethic rubbed off on countless employees. Mark said he frequently hears from people who worked for his father and credited him for helping them learn how to work strong and hard.

The family still owns the business, with 14 restaurants in Texas, including all three in Lamar County. They also own stores Florida and Oklahoma. In fact, the company’s in its third generation. In addition to Mark, his brother-in-law, Eddie Clement, handles day-to-day operations and nephew Jason Bailey also works there.

The stores on North Main and in Reno opened in the mid-1990s. That first Sonic on Lamar Avenue closed in 2007 and moved a few blocks east near Lamar and 24th Street. The old store became a donut shop.

“Every time I drive by, it’s hard to look at it,” Mark said. “I feel like I left a child on the side of the road. I have a lot of good memories there.”

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.

Online condolences may be made to the Mayo family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.

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.

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


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.

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


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.