Donald W. “Don” Rhodes Passes Away At 82

Donald W. Rhodes, 82 of Paris died November 13, 2012 at his home in Paris, TX. 

Funeral services are set for Friday, November 16 at 10:30am at Fry Gibbs Funeral Home with Van Lazaroff officiating.  Burial will follow at Long Cemetery under the direction of Fry Gibbs Funeral Home. 

The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-7pm at Fry Gibbs Funeral Home. 

He was born in Clarksville, Texas on March 31, 1930, a son of the late Richard M. and Onita R. Rhodes, at which time he moved to Paris with his family in January 1946. 

Having spent most of his life in Paris, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Primetime, The Elks Lodge, and a past member of Christus St. Joseph Auxiliary, Paris Jaycees, Rotary Club and Paris Golf & Country Club. 

In 1947 he graduated from Paris High School and entered Paris Junior College and received his Associates Degree in 1949.  While at PJC, he worked part-time at Perkins Brothers Company and became at full-time employee in the advertising and display department upon his graduation. 

He married Wanda E. Rutherford of Paris on December 29, 1950.  Having been married nearly 51 years, she preceded him in death on September 18, 2001. 

In 1950 he became employed by the late Mr. A.G. “Pat” Mayse at the Paris News in the display advertising department under the supervision of the late Elden Ellis. 

He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  In January of 1951 he joined the 443rd Troop Carrier Wing which was located at Hensley Field in Grand Prairie, Texas.  On May 1, 1951 the unit was mobilized for active duty and was moved to Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina.  He served in the military for 18 months.  The Korean War ended and he received his discharge in October 1952.  At this time he returned to Paris to live and start a family.  In July 1958 he began employment with the Belk Department Store in Paris.  After serving 32 years, he retired in 1989 as General Merchandise Manager. 

He is survived by two daughters, Donna J. Glass of Paris, and Renee Branch of Lindale, TX. 

“Gock,” as his grandchildren knew him leaves behind Carrie Glass Cassell and husband Michael of Dallas; Erica House Brasseux and husband Eric of Katy, TX;  Kristina House Courson and husband Roger of Paris; Bryan Glass and J.D. House of Paris, and five great grandchildren, Jackson Davis Brasseux, Connor Guy Brasseux, and Presley Renee Brasseux of Katy, TX;  Mason Stuart Cassell and Garrison David Cassell of Dallas. 

He is also survived by one brother, Mike “Sparky” Rhodes and wife Laurie of Paris, a niece Meredith Ladd, husband Craig and sons Chandler Ladd, Alec Ladd and Colin Ladd of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and a very special person to him Lauren English of Sherman/Denison. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard “Toad” Rhodes in 1993. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Bryan Glass, John David House, Wally Kraft, Ron Martin, David Glass and John House. 

A scholarship fund in honor of Don Rhodes has been established at Paris Junior College.

Obituaries Monday, November 12

Billy Ray Ferguson, 71, passed away peacefully at home on November 10, 2012. He was born July 6, 1941 in New Orleans to Lillie Wilmeth Hughes. He was raise by Burnard and Zelia Hughes Ferguson. He went to school in Hornbeck, Louisiana and graduated from Hornbeck High in 1962. He served in the US Army and Army Reserves over 20 years. He married Mary Marie Justus on Dec. 4, 1963 In Big Lake, Texas. He worked at Campbell Soup for over 30 years, retiring in 2000. He was a Master Mason and held several chairs including Past Worshipful Master at Roan Oak Lodge in Garretts Bluff. He was a volunteer and board member of the Chicota Volunteer Fire Department.

He loved playing golf with his Campbell Soup Buddies and riding his motorcycle with the CMA club members of Paris.

He is preceded in death by his parents Burnard and Zelia Ferguson and a brother, David Leon Seagrave.

He is survived by his Wife, Mary of nearly 49 years, and three children, Patricia Ann Ferguson, William Keith Ferguson, and Barbara Lynn Cole and husband, Allen; his loving mother, Lillie Hughes Seagrave; four siblings, Anna and Buddy Stephenson, William Benjamin Seagrave, Kathy and Ron Dubois and Steven Micheal Seagrave, all of Louisiana; grandchildren; Lindsey Ferguson, Stephanie Nicholson, Melinda Crow, Sabrina Cole and Lara Boutte; his greatest gift, a great- granddaughter, Caylee Rae Payne; and one niece, Dianne Pate Boutte, of Houston. Also surviving are one aunt, one uncle, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Louisiana.

A memorial service with Masonic Rites will be held at the Forest Chapel United Methodist at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 with Rev. Mark Hutchison and Rev. Betty Lyke officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roan Oak Masonic Lodge or the Chicota Volunteer Fire Department.

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Sharon Lynn Powers Privett, 55, of Biardstown, died at 10:10 PM, Saturday, November 10, 2012 at her home.  Funeral services are set for 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Bro. Harvey Blackshear and Bro. Craig Bryant officiating.  Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery in Biardstown.  The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Sharon was born April 29, 1957 in Paris to James Leonard and Dona Jean Rasor Powers.  She graduated from Delmar High School and Paris Junior College.  Sharon married William Harvey Privett on May 24, 1975 at Southside Baptist Church.  She was employed by Red River Radiology as a medical transcriptionist.  She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, an FFA alumni, and served as a trustee for the Friendship Cemetery Association.

Survivors include her husband, William Harvey Privett; two sons, William Chad Privett and wife, Morgan and Bradley L. Privett and wife, Gina; two grandchildren, Blake and Alaia; two brothers, Larry Powers and wife, Chyvonne and Lonnie Powers and wife, Delores; and two sisters, Diane Leija and husband, Lorenzo and Vicki Crawford and husband, Bobby.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Shelia Dunn; and one brother, Leonard Powers.

Pallbearers will be John Boggs, Tracey Wiggins, Terry Wiggins, Tony Wiggins, Dalton Glenn Shelby, Josh Crawford, Charlie Bratcher, and Chris Leija.

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Ruby Lee “Mamaree” Stover, 71, of Paris, was called home on  Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, while surrounded by her loving family.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Bridges officiating. Burial will follow in Knights of Honor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stover, the daughter of Desso & Mary Martina Keggley Chennault, was born June 29, 1941, in Paris.

She was a member of Blossom Church of God. Her career spanned many years working at Paris Junior College, Visiting Angels, Red River Home Health, John’s Bake Shop and cooking for the Blossom Kiwanis Club. She loved to collect dolls, frogs and teapots. She loved flowers, chickens and gardening.

Her parents and a son, Carey Lynn Thompson, preceded her in death.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be greatly missed by:  six children; Linda Mathis of Sawyer, OK, Lisa Ashlock  of Paris, Loretta Ashlock of Soper, OK, Eddie Thompson of Paris, Tina Wynn of Durant, OK and Jessie (Danny) Stover, III  of Paris, 21 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, a sister, Bertha Diann Neal of Tulare, CA along with a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Tommy Joe Mathis, Jerry Don Mathis, Aarron Shannon, Casey Lynn Ashlock, Christopher Green & Jason Glynn Thompson.

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Kyleigh Raye Ellis, 1 year and 9 months of Reno, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012 at her home.

She is survived by her mother, Lindsey Shindoll; father, Trase Ellis; sisters, Kinlynn Kaye Ellis, Vali Ellis, Chastity Ellis, Kayden Ellis; grandparents, Mark and Trish Shindoll, Kim and Steve Barger, Robert Wesley Marr, Craig and Jana Ellis; great-grandparents, Owen and Lowwana Bigler, Marsha Stacy, Joyce Shindoll; aunts and uncles, Chanda and Bear Bigler, Haley Shindoll, Kaitlyn Shindoll, Mitch Shindoll, Dylan Box; numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandmother, Kaye Shaw Marr; great-grandfather, Frank Shindoll.

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

Obituaries Friday, November 9

Linda Sue Akins, 64, of Powderly, passed away Thursday, November 08, 2012.

The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home followed by graveside services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Long Cemetery with Rev. Jerry McDowell officiating.

Linda, the daughter of Alvie Dale & Wilma Beard Clark, was born July 20, 1948, in Kilgore, TX.

She was a member of Word of Life Fellowship Church where she taught Sunday School for twelve years in the 1-5 department.

Her father preceded her in death as did a brother, Dale Clark, and a sister, Vickie Gaither.

Survivors include her husband, Jody Akins, whom she married on Nov. 4, 1963, her mother, Wilma Folmar & husband James of Paris, three children, Mike Akins & wife Oleita of Powderly, Amanda Akins Broadway of Powderly and Beverly Ramsey & husband Grady of Mena, Arkansas, five grandchildren, Meagan, Kala, Ryan, Grady and Trever, two great grandchildren, Connor & Kensler, three sisters, Brenda Mantooth & husband Kenneth of Reno, Donna Seat & husband Jimmy of Powderly and Tammy Reeves & husband Steven of Paris along with numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Ryan Akins, Trever Bestul, Grady Ramsey, Jr., and Billy Eaton.

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Jerry Ray Thomas, 64, of Bogata, died at 1:20 PM, Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center-North.  Committal of his ashes was held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Bogata Cemetery.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Jerry was born in the Johntown Community of Red River County, Texas to George W. and Laverne P. Coats Thomas.  He was a roofer by trade and member of the Assembly of God.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Thomas; six children, Shelly Thomas, Shana Thomas Lamburt, Samantha Thomas, Jerry Thomas, Cassidy Welch, and Justin Thomas; eighteen grandchildren including, Destiny, Alexis, Ruben, Peyton, Sierra, Brianna, Alex, Justin, Kullan, Savanna, and Nina; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ricky Thomas and Wayne Thomas; one sister, Brenda Osborne; a very special aunt, Doris Hervey; and special cousin, Wanda Johnson.  He was preceded in death by his father, George Thomas.

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Obituaries Wednesday, November 7

BONNIE L. STAVNEAK, 86, of Paris, passed from this life Thursday November 1, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center North. Following local arrangements by Starrett Funeral Home, her body will be received by the Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home, 5701 Center Street, Omaha, NE 68106, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday November 10, 2012. Cremation will follow the service, and she will be inurned with her husband in the Hillcrest Cemetery of Omaha.
Bonnie was born November 27, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, a daughter of Gustav and Emma Ekstrand Baysdorfer. She was a graduate of Omaha schools, and attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She was of the Presbyterian faith. Her proudest achievement was the care of family, and she involved herself in all the activities of her children. She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, traveling with her family, and playing the piano.
She married Lester Paul Stavneak on June 4, 1947, in Omaha. He preceded her in death on June 28, 2004. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include three children, Mark Stavneak, of Omaha, Nebraska, Jim Stavneak and wife Kathy, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Julie Callaway and husband Scott, of Paris; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Judy Foisey, of Valley, Nebraska; and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials to be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Obituaries Tuesday, November 6

Gilmore Ray (Gil) Flautt, IV, of Novice, passed from this life Saturday November 3, 2012 at U.T. Southwestern St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Thursday November 8, 2012 at the barn on the family property in Novice, with Rev. Tracy Williams and Rev. Mike Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Springhill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Gil was born August 18, 1963 in Elkton, Maryland, a son of Gilmore Flautt, III and Kendall Loomis Flautt. He was a graduate of Northeast Maryland High School, and attended Paris Junior College. He was Agency Manager of the Lamar County Farm Bureau Insurance. Gil was a founding board member of the Novice Volunteer Fire Department, and a board member and former President of the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, and served actively in the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. He was a fourth generation licensed realtor. Gil was an avid quail hunter with his beloved English Pointers. He was a Christian, faithful to his God and to his family.

He married Deedee Milling Evans on June 17, 1988 in Novice.

Gil was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife Deedee; two sons, Jason Evans and wife Gabrielle, of San Diego, California, Gilmore Flautt, V (Gilly), of Novice; a daughter, Alex Flautt, of Novice; two grandchildren, Adrianna Evans and Caden Evans; his father, Gilmore Flautt, III, of Coupland, Texas; his mother, Kendall Loomis Harrison and husband Edward Thomas, of Eagle Point, Oregon; three sisters, Colby Kielman and husband Charles, of Eagle Point, Oregon, Laura Ward and husband James, of San Fransisco, California and Sarah Flautt, of Austin; two brothers, Edward Harrison, of San Fransisco, California and Terrell Kenneth Flautt and wife Hillary, of Austin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chase Lewis, Blake Hadley, Rustin Blevins, Sam Hodnett, Chris Penson, Hamish Harley, Dakota Jones and Kyler Bramhall.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Novice Baptist Church, the Novice Volunteer Fire Department, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Jewel Clement, 78, of Mesquite, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Marq Toombs officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Clement, the daughter of Frank & Ethel Crow Hogan, was born April 27, 1934, in Direct.

She was a waitress for a number of years before moving to Dallas where she began working at Varo, a semi-conductor company, where she worked until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Charlene and Margie.

Survivors include her husband, Lonnie Clement, whom she married on June 23, 1955, building fifty-seven years of family and memories, also surviving are her son, Gary Clement & wife Paula, a grandson, Scott Clement & wife Heather and a great grandson, Seth Clement all of Mesquite, along with several nieces and nephews.

Scott Clement will serve as an honorary casket bearer.

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