Obituaries Thursday July 5, 2012

Wanza Kilpatrick Offutt, 77, of Paris, passed away Thursday, July 05, 2012, at her home.

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Holt & Rev. Wayne Blackshear officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Offutt, the daughter of Charlie & Maggie Jackson Blackshear, was born September 23, 1934, in the Cottonwood Community of Lamar County.

She married L. C. Kilpatrick on Jan. 11, 1951, building thirty-four years of family and memories before his death on May 19, 1985. She then married Marx W. Offutt on July 1, 1995, and they recently celebrated their seventeenth anniversary. She retired from Campbell Soup Company after twenty-seven years of service to the company. Wanza was a member of the Paris Church of God.

Survivors include her husband, Marx W. Offutt, one son, Buddy Kilpatrick & wife Terri of Hopewell, two daughters, Alicia Kilpatrick Dooley & husband Ben of DeKalb and Amy Kilpatrick Grubbs & husband Darrell of Mt. Pleasant, a step-son, Jeff Offutt & wife Julie of Hallsville, a step-daughter, Susan Leigh Talbert & husband Paul of Keller, grandchildren, Kyle Dooley & wife Lea of DeKalb, Todd Dooley & wife Kristin of Conway, AR, Cullen Grubbs & Maggie Grubbs of Mt. Pleasant, step-grandchildren, Ryan & Lane Manginell of Detroit and Kelsey & Jason Offutt of Hallsville, great grandchildren, Kole & Kaleb Dooley of DeKalb, Jenna & Morgan Dooley of Conway, AR, brothers, C. M. Blackshear, Jr. & wife Lavell of Tigertown, Rev. Wayne Blackshear & wife Alice of Paris and Paul David Blackshear & wife Billie of Tigertown, brother-in-law, Joe Thomas Offutt & wife Martha, sisters-in-law, Betty Irvin and Ruby Hackamack along with numerous nieces, nephews & a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, L. C. Kilpatrick, her parents, three brothers, Curtis Blackshear, R. B. Blackshear and Rev. Joe Blackshear and one sister, Ernestine Hindman.

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Dorene Whitworth Thrasher, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died Monday July 2, 2012 after a brief illness. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 am on July 6 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, visitation Thursday, July 5 from 6-7 pm. Burial will follow at 3 pm in Olive Branch Cemetery, at Doddridge, Arkansas.

She was born on January 27, 1922 in Nathan, Arkansas to Madison and Frankie Floyd. Dorene attended school in Nathan, Arkansas and graduated from Nashville High School in 1941. She worked at Lone Star Defense Plant in Texarkana during WWII. Later she attended cosmetology school in Hot Springs, Arkansas and worked in the profession until marrying Dewey Whitworth in 1947. Dewey’s career in pipe fitting carried the family across the country. They settled in Paris in 1963. He preceded her in death in 1966. She later married Paul Thrasher in 1973; he also preceded her in death.

She retired from Campbell Soup after 23 years. Dorene was an active member of Bonham Street Church of Christ for 49 years. After retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at Paris Public Library and was a hospital volunteer for over 20 years. She was an excellent cook and a talented seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Jeffrey Whitworth, a brother, Jack Floyd and sister, Dorothy Robertson.

Dorene is survived by her daughter, Donna Gibson and husband Jack, and three grandchildren, Will Whitworth of Whitefish, Montana, Kelli Taylor and husband Josh of Frisco, Texas and Leah Bosse and husband Don of Melissa, Texas, one great grandson, Gavin Bosse, dear friend, Susan Whitworth and sister, Florence Turley of Nashville, Arkansas.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Legacy Hospice.

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Obituaries Wednesday July 4, 2012

Merle Harvey Yost, of rural Detroit, Texas passed away peacefully with family by his side at Heritage House, of Paris, July 2, 2012, reaching the age 89 years.

He was born in Hesston, Kansas, to Harvey and Elizabeth Yost, on June 13, 1923.  His childhood years were spent in the Greensburg, Kansas area.  He married Elma Jean Wiggers, on October 6, 1946 in Halstead, Kansas.  He farmed and ranched in Kansas a number of years before moving to South Dakota in 1955.  There they raised their family of 5 boys, dairying and farming for 23 years.  In the fall of 1978 they moved to Detroit, Texas, where he continued farming for a few more years.  He spent a several years hauling posts for the Fowler Post factory.  In his senior years he enjoyed diversity of employment, working at a ranch in Paris for the late Dr. Donald Lewis, selling produce along Front Street in Detroit, and projects in his wood shop.  Grandpa Merle had a talent of winning friends easily and was especially dear as a friend to his grandchildren.

Our Dad loved the Lord and served Him with his whole heart often expressing his unworthiness and gratefulness for what God had done for him. He was a source of inspiration to the family and leaves us with many fond memories.  Especially meaningful to us, were his prayers and how they testified of his connection with God.

Left to cherish fond memories are his wife, Jean; sons, Arlan and wife Marilyn of Brooksville, Mississippi; Darrel and wife Nova of Arthur, Illinois; Ed and wife Esther of Detroit, Texas; Wayne and Valerie of Wrens, Georgia; and Vernon and wife Darlene of Leland, Mississippi; 20 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren; brothers Harlin Yost and Carl Yost; sisters Helen Becker, Arlene Avery, Verna Smith, and Carol Dirks.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 6, 2012 in the Red River Valley Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the Red River Valley Mennonite Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. Thursday evening at the Red River Valley Mennonite Church located 2 miles east of Detroit on FM 2573.  If desired memorials may be made to the Gospel Tract and Bible Society PO 700 Moundridge, Kansas 67107. Online condolences may be sent to the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home by visiting

Obituaries Tuesday July 3, 2012

Rodger “Keith” Bailey, 65, of Reno, TX, died at 10:10 a.m.,  Friday, June 22, 2012, at Paris Regional Medical Center North.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 9, at Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, TX.  Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Patrick Cannon officiating.  Burial will be in East Post Oak Cemetery.

Mr. Bailey was born in Paris, TX, on October 10, 1946.  He was the son of the late T. Reginald Bailey and O. Louise (Smith) Bailey.

He graduated from Monahans High School in 1965, as a baseball player, football player, and french horn player in the band.  He won a scholarship to Paris Junior College, where he played baseball from 1965-1967.  He graduated in 1971 from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Keith impacted many lives, through his years as a professional counselor.  He had a knack for making people laugh and always enjoyed a good philosophical discussion or debate.  He took pleasure in listening to, singing, and playing (on the piano) all types of music.  He loved spending time working in the yard and playing with his dog Zeke.  He was looking forward to spending time with his first grandson.

Mr. Bailey is survived by one son, Aaron R. Bailey of Plano, TX; one daughter, Adrienne E. (Bailey) Payton of Wylie, TX; and one grandson, Austin R. Payton of Wylie, TX.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Smith Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Keith Bailey Memorial Scholarship Endowment c/o Paris Junior College Memorial Foundation, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460.

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

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.

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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 .

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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.

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