Obituaries Monday July 2, 2012

Tom (T.J.) Maddox, 87, former longtime resident of the Pinhook Community passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 in Legend’s Healthcare.

He was born on November 29, 1924 in Medicine Mound, Texas a son of Benjamin Franklin and Nettie Viola Hightower Maddox. He was a graduate of the Medicine Mound High School, a member of the Woodland United Methodist Church, a member of the Isom Masonic Lodge # 1242 A.F. & A.M. in Borger receiving his 50 year pin in 1998.

He retired from J.M. Huber in Borger and after moving back to Lamar County retired from Campbell Soup Co. He was a supervisor at both companies. He married Wanda Colleen Gray on July 21, 1943 in Stinnett, Texas.

Survivors include his spouse Wanda Colleen Maddox of Paris; grandchildren Darrell Bruce and wife Sally of Paris, Christi Bruce of Paris, Doug Janeway and wife Barbara of Flower Mound, Barry Janeway and wife Kim of St. Lucie, Fl., Kim Maddox of Purcell, OK, and Jennifer Ritchey and husband Sam of Sulphur Springs; 12 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; brothers Stanley J. Maddox and wife Edna of Blossom and Bob Maddox and wife Kay of Carrolton; sister Mary Ann Harris of Burleson.

He was preceded in death by his children Linda Gail Maddox Barber, Wanda Jo Maddox Janeway, and Larry Bob Maddox; a great granddaughter Ellen Ashley Bruce; siblings Linus Maddox, Ted Maddox, John Maddox, Jack Maddox, Ken Maddox, Ruby Collins Goodnight, Cecile Grange, Frank Maddox, and Porter Maddox.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Irvin officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery with Masonic graveside services. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.


Bobby Jack Floyd, 82, passed away June 27, 2012.

Visitation will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, July 2, at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris Texas. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm with Graveside Services at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris Texas.

Bobby Jack graduated from Paris High School, and attended Paris Junior College where he is in the Paris Junior College Hall of Fame. He continued his education at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth.  While at TCU, he obtained Honors of “All Southwest Conference” for two consecutive years and 2nd Team” All American” during his junior year. Bobby Jack was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1952 and went on to play for the Chicago Bears. He married Martha Kay Sprinkle in 1957 and began working for Texas Instruments in Dallas.  They raised three children in Garland and Sherman, where he retired after 25 years.  He and his wife spent the past ten years in California, and recently returned to Paris.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lowell and Beulah Floyd of Paris, Texas, and brother Orbie Jay Floyd of Llano, Texas.  He is survived by his brother Bill R. Floyd and wife Delphine of Ft Worth, Texas, and his sister, Mary Ann McGuire of Paris, Texas. He is also survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Kay and three children, Shari Simon and husband Glenn of Rocklin, California, Bobby Jack Floyd II and wife Barbara of Denison, Texas and Jay Scott Floyd of Greensboro, North Carolina. Seven grandchildren: Ashley, Cody and Lindsay Kay Simon, Rocklin, California; Jayden and Jordan Floyd, Sherman, Texas; Cheyenne and Kacy Floyd, Greensboro, North Carolina. He also leaves numerous friends, nieces and nephews, and his little schnauzers, Max and Riley.  He was a generous and loving husband, father and friend and will be sorely missed by all.

Pallbearers include sons, Bobby and Jay Floyd, son-in-law, Glenn Simon, grandson Cody Simon, nephew Jim McGuire, and brother-in-law Douglas Lowe.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Bobby Jack Floyd Memorial, Paris Education Foundation, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460.

Online condolences may be sent to the Floyd Family at www.fry-gibbs.com.


Sharon Poe Pearson, of Powderly, eldest daughter of Mildred Fern Masters and James Wesley Poe, departed our company and went to be with her Maker on June 29, 2012, after a lengthy illness. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Starrett Funeral Home, and no formal services are planned.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Larry Craig Jeffrey; and a sister, Laverne Imogene Poe.

She is survived by her husband of forty-six years Daniel Pearson, of the home; a son, Franklin Keith Barton, of Redding, California; six grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat Killingsworth, of Powderly; a brother, F.M. Poe, of Denton; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions are requested to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 http://www.lung.org .

Friends may register in Sharon’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.

Obituaries Friday June 29, 2012

Danielle Rinea Weatherford, 22, of Powderly, went walking & dancing in Heaven with her Lord on June 28, 2012. She passed from this life into Glory at Medical City in Richardson while surrounded by a host of family & friends.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 1st, at the United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

She was born March 16, 1990, in Paris to Debra Ausmus Monkres and Dale Weatherford. Danielle was our bright shooting star, a brilliant magnificent light for everyone to see, which faded too soon, but forever in our memories.

She was a North Lamar Texas Scholar graduate of 2008, and attended Paris Junior College for two years and was transferring to Texas A&M University in Commerce for the fall semester. Her goal was to graduate with a degree in computer graphics.

Her hobbies & interests included dogs, various other pets, showing horses, her favorites were her horse “Danny” and dog “Little Girl”, fishing, socializing, facebooking, texting, gardening and other outdoor activities – Shopping!!!!

Survivors include her mother & step father, Debra & Steve Monkres, father, Dale Weatherford, grandparents, “Memaw” Geraldine Ausmus & “Grandad” Charles Ausmus – dedicating unselfishly a better part of their lives to ensure a full & successful life for Danielle, also grandparents, Jimmie & Minnie Weatherford, sisters, Samantha Flippen & Dana Weatherford, brothers, Peyton Flippen & Darrel Weatherford &  Amanda, step-sisters, Shelbie Monkres & Sarah Monkres, aunts & uncles, Cynthia & Rickey Brown, Chuck & Rima Ausmus, Leann & Lee Yarbrough, Patricia & Thomas King, and Brenda & Gerald Weatherford, along with many cousins and friends.

Casket bearers will be: Lee Yarbrough, Cody Covey, Chuck Ausmus and Rickey Brown. Honorary bearers will be: Dusty Brown, Chad Fleming, Jessie Goforth and Toby Archer.

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

Obituaries Tuesday June 26, 2012

Travis L. Luman, 85, of Clarksville, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Cremation is under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. The family has scheduled a visitation from 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, June 28th, at The Double R Cowboy Church, 485 FM 1159, Clarksville, TX  75426, 903-966-2239.

Mr. Luman, the son of William Zaddock & Rosie Violet Hunter Luman, was born March 27, 1927, in Tyler.

He married Jo Ann Ratliff on Jan. 7, 1964, and she preceded him in death on May 26, 2011.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. At the age of fifty he received his GED and entered East Texas State University where he received his teaching degree. He taught and drove a bus for the Clarksville ISD until his retirement.

Survivors include children; Susan Brown & husband Roger of Paris, Sandra Smith of Pittsburg, Chuck Luman & wife Jenny of OK, Rick Luman & wife Becky of Provencal, LA, Sam Luman & wife Karen of Savoy, Teresa Hines & husband David of Arlington, Travis Luman & wife Kim of Clarksville, Russell Sanchez & wife Kate of Virginia, Rachel Herrick of Detroit, Helen Sanders of Tyler & Peggy Head of Tyler, thirty-two grandchildren along with numerous great grandchildren.

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


Jack Norman Bolton, 85, of Biardstown, died at 5:30 PM, Saturday, June 23, 2012 at his home.  Funeral services are set for 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Covenant Christian Church with Rev. Diana Russell and Dr. Stephen Russell officiating.  Burial will follow inEvergreenCemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 PM Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Jack was born November 15, 1926 in Biardstown to Dennis and Ethel Frye Bolton.  He was a devoted and loving son to his parents.  He married Marcheta Young on Christmas Eve of 1949 and built their life together in the Biardstown community for 48 years.  She passed away February 17, 1997.  Mr. Bolton joined the Army during World War II and served his country in the occupational forces in Germany.  While in the Army, he excelled as a rifle and carbine sharpshooter.  His military and working career consisted of being a rifleman, truck driver, farmer, and boilermaker.  He was a self taught independent thinker and was a caring and compassionate man to all people.  He retired from Babcock & Wilcox in 1983 after 30 years of service.  He was devoted to his church and church family at Covenant Christian Church.

Mr. Bolton was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  His sons remember him as a hard working man sacrificing for his family.

He is survived by two sons, Jack Bolton, Jr. and wife, Ellen of Seattle, Washington and John Bolton and wife, Kathy of Biardstown; grandson, Brad Bolton and wife, Merianne of Biardstown; great-grandsons, Garrett, Christian, Austin and Evan Bolton of Biardstown; granddaughter, Keri Bolton Davis and husband, Ed of Anna, Texas; great-granddaughters, Ashlyn and Katelyn Davis of Anna; and three sisters-in-law, Anna Beth Allen, Melissa Phillips, both of Deport, and Yvonne Bowers of Paris.

Pallbearers will be Garrett Bolton, Christian Bolton, Sammy Bolton, Charles Bolton, Robert Jenkins, and Joe Matthews.  Honorary pallbearers are Rodger Allen and Doug Phillips.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Society or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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


Nolan Benjamin Barrios, infant son of Erick Barrios and Nikki Brown, was received by the angels at birth on June 24, 2012 in Paris Regional Medical Center-North.

Survivors include his parents Erick Barrios and Nikki Brown; brother Christeon Barrios grand-parents Carolyn Barrios, Pedro Barrios, Jr., Gayle Ackley Barrios, Mickey Brown and Blinda Brown; several aunts uncles, and cousins.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Friday under the pavillion at theForestChapelCemeterywith Rev. Mishayla Brewer officiating. Services are under the direction of the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.


Virgil Dean Gill, 78, of Blossom, passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham.

Services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 28th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Young officiating. Private burial will follow in Red Oak Cemetery.

Mr. Gill, the son of Rev. Lewis Gill & Jesse Mae Boren Gill, was born Nov. 3, 1933.

Survivors include four sons; Steve, Paul, John and James Gill all of the Houston area, a sister, Jewel of Hobbs, NM along with several grandchildren.

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

Obituaries Monday June 25, 2012

JOYCE TOMBLIN, 79, of Paris, passed from this life Friday June 22, 2012 at her residence at The Home Place of Paris. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday June 25, 2012 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Rev. Duane Hamil officiating. Private interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, and will also greet friends following the service on Monday.

Joyce was born in the Taylortown Community of Lamar County on April 29, 1933, the youngest child of John Oscar and Clara Dodd Gordon. She attended schools in Cunningham and Delmar, where she graduated in 1951. She married Dayton Joe Williams in 1952, and he preceded her in death in 1954. She later married Robert Arnold “Shorty” Tomblin on June 7, 1957 in Paris. He preceded her in death in 2006. Joyce was a loving caregiver to all. She gave of herself totally to the needs of her family and friends. The loving bonds of her care and concern will go on forever.

Joyce is survived by two daughters, Cathy Williams, of Punta Gorda, Florida and Kim Walker and husband Larry, of Brookston; a son, Jason Tomblin, of Paris; three grandchildren, Brian Walker and wife Shamanda, Jennifer Awtry, and Jana Walker; four great-grandchildren, Hailey Stepp, Jazzmyn Walker, Boston Walker, and Brooklyn Awtry; two brothers, Troy Gordon and wife Juanita, of the Midway community, Bud Gordon and wife Merle, of Denison; a sister, Faye Roach, of Paris; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation to the staffs of The Home Place of Paris, and Platinum Home Health and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036, http://www.alzinfo.org/; or to The National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494, http://www.parkinson.org .

Friends may register in Joyce’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com

Obituaries Friday June 22, 2012

Tammy Ann Wilkerson, 34 of Rockwall, formerly of Clarksville, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2012 in Rockwall.

A graveside service has been scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 at Garland Cemetery with Rev. Sam Yancey officiating.  Visitation will be at graveside one hour prior to the service time.

She is survived by her children, Joshua McCarver, Mikey Wilkerson, Christian Siler and Abby Easley; mother, Marian Wilkerson; brothers, James Wilkerson, Tommy Wilkerson, Billy Wilkerson, Jimmy Wilkerson, Wayne Aydelott, Jr.; sister, April Wilkerson.

Preceded in death by father, James Wilkerson, Sr.; grandparents, Dorothy and Dub Wilkerson, Dorothy and Marion Green; great-grandparents, Rosa Holley and Lula Green.

Honorary Pallbearers will be James Wilkerson, Daniel Smith, Jr., Daniel Smith III, Dwight Smith, Doug Smith.

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