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GASPAR SANCHEZ ARRIAGA, 61, of Paris, passed from this life Monday August 27, 2012 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, following a brief illness. A service in honor and celebration of his life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday August 30, 2012 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Pastor Joe McWilliam officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.
Gaspar was born January 15, 1951 in Mexico City, Mexico, a son of Enrriqueta Arriaga and Eusebio Godines Sanchez. He moved to Texas in 1973, and was the long-time caregiver for Phil Taylor. He was a life-long learner, and had recently graduated from the Heating & Air Conditioning program at Paris Junior College. He was an excellent handyman, and spent many hours managing and caring for his rental properties. Gaspar loved to cook, and to share with family and friends. He loved nature, enjoyed hiking, and the ocean, yet his greatest joys were found in helping others, as demonstrated by his tutoring of Spanish, his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, and the Downtown Food Pantry. He was dedicated to his Lord, his Church, his family, Bible Study, and the Republican Party.
On February 9, 1995 he married Susan Haynes, in Hugo, Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gaspar is survived by his wife Susan; his three loving daughters, Rosalee, Esmeralda and Isabella; seven siblings, Guadalupe, Melchor, Baltazar, Eusebio, Enrriqueta, Alvaro and Alejandro; his father-in-law, T.K. Haynes and wife Zoan; his mother-in-law, Nancy Hensley; and many nieces and nephews.
If desired, the family requests memorial contributions to the Paris Seventh Day Adventist Church, Jill Cobb, 6125 Old Clarksville Road, Paris, TX 75462; the Paris Junior College Adult Education Program, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460; Meals on Wheels, 1275 N.W. 19th Street, Paris, TX 75460; or the Downtown Food Pantry, First United Methodist Church, 322 Lamar Avenue, Paris, TX 75460.
Friends may register in Gaspar’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.
Art Wendell Babb, 80, of Paris, passed away at his home, Monday, August 27, 2012. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 pm, Thursday, August 30, 2012 , in Evergreen Cemetery with Reverend Ron Byers and Pastor Tim Reger officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm, Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Babb was born March 3, 1932 in Lamar County to H.O. Babb and Johnnie Kate Rose Babb. He shared many happy childhood memories with his 8 brothers and sisters as well as many neighborhood friends.
Wendell was well known for his hard work at a very young age, where he started out throwing newspapers to help his family earn money. Wendell graduated from Paris High School in 1949. He married Wanda Fay Byers on November 26, 1953, building over 58 years of family and memories.
From this union they were blessed with three children, Travis, Jill and Wendy. Wendell served in the US. Army from 1953-1955 and later with the 49th Armored Division of the Texas National Guard. For many years, Wendell was faithful in his service to the Lord. He taught Sunday School, sang in the church and led a Bus Ministry. He was of the Baptist faith.
Wendell was employed for many years with the Paris News as a Linotype Operator and he proudly held the reputation of the youngest and the last Linotype Operator in the newspaper business. He also worked at UARCO, where he eventually retired in 1984. After retirement, he bought The Smoke House Restaurant in Reno, where he and his son worked together selling BBQ. Wendell enjoyed years spending time with his grandchildren, working his garden and doing woodwork.
He was preceded in death by parents; his brother, John Ferd Babb and great-grandchild, Brooklyn Townsend.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda; his children, Travis Hugh Babb of Paris, Jillda Kay Babb Hart & husband David of Detroit and Wendy Gail Babb McNeal & husband Marc of Paris; grandchildren, Corey Townsend of Paris, Brittney Whitley & husband Collin of Reno, Blake McNeal of Paris and Jacob McNeal of Paris; one great-grandchild, Hayden Townsend; siblings, H.O. Babb, Jr. & wife Jo of Haltom City, Donita Poteet of Texarkana, Rose Holcomb of Pittsburg, Danny Babb & wife Edwina of Tomball, David Babb & wife Carolyn of Duncanville, James Babb & wife Darenda of Paris and Mary Goodman & husband Wayne of Texarkana; one sister-in-law, Ruth Babb of Paris along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
As well as flowers, the family will deeply appreciate memorials given, in Wendell’s memory, to The Gideons International, 875 SE 39th, Paris, TX 75462 or (903) 785-7272.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.
Brenda Kay Goss Smith, 54, of Paris passed away Monday, August 27, 2012 at her home. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday Aug. 30th at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Bro. Willie Rhodes and Ralph Crews officiating. Burial will follow at Mt.Vernon cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday 6-8 p.m.
She was born August 5, 1958 in Paris a daughter of Earl J. and Barbara Eloise Rhodes Goss. She was a store clerk in the Paris area and attended Pathway Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her children Teresa Kay McDowell and Donald McDowell, Jr.; grandchild Katelynn McDowell; brothers David Wayne Goss and wife Rena, Gary Lynn Goss and wife Debra, Rex Alvin, Curtis Ray Goss and wife Victoria; sisters Shirley Holden and Charlotte Diane Goss Nanez and husband Jesse; uncles Willie Rhodes and wife Edith, Bobby Rhodes and wife Cherry, Richard Rhodes and wife Patricia, Joe Rhodes and wife Betty (decd.), Kenneth Rhodes and wife Joyce; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Goss, Dustin Goss, Nathan Goss, Joey Goss, John Goss, Tim Moore and honorary pallbearers Jeremy McFatridge and Kenny Rhodes.
Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.