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A.V. WACASEY, 94, of Paris, died Saturday September 15, 2012 at his residence in Paris Oaks Assisted Living following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday September 18, 2012 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Charlotte Coyle officiating. Interment will follow in Meadowbrook Gardens.
A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.
A.V. was born June 9, 1918 in the English community of Red River County, the only child of Alfred V. and Bessie Lee Wacasey.
He graduated from Paris High School in 1936. He was a veteran of World War II, earning the Bronze Cluster, flying thirty-five missions over Germany as the ball turret gunner on B-17 bombers. He bailed out over Belgium six times due to engine failures and crash-landed in Dover, England with most of the tail of his plane missing. He returned home from combat on May 5, 1945. After returning from war he was employed as office manager of Commercial Credit Corporation, then on October 1, 1960 he joined the firm of Mackey & Pierson insurance Co. as loan manager. He retired on December 23, 1983. On January 1, 1984 he returned to Mackey, Pierson & Fendley as a part-time inspector/photographer, retiring the second time in April, 2000. He was a faithful member of First Christian Church for over seventy years.
On May 18, 1945 he married Regina Jo Smith, who preceded him in death in May, 2003 after fifty-seven very special years together. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his father in 1918, who was a victim of the Spanish Flu epidemic, then by his mother, in 1969.
A.V. is survived by his cousin J.D. Dickey and wife Nancy and children Debbie Rippy, Craig Dickey and Allen Dickey; a niece, Patsy Mullens Vanderpool; his buddy Gerald Byas and wife Pat; his Godchild, Ali Byas; and other special friends, including Sue Stegall Boyd, Karol Asay, Mark Thurman, Bryan Thurman, Dr. Joe D. Thurman and wife Trish, Peggy Morgan, Mendy Morgan, Vickie Wilkin, Cathy Henry, Cletta Mathis, and many others, whom he loved.
Special thanks is extended to the management and staff of Paris Oaks Assisted Living, for giving A.V. the loving home and care he enjoyed so much for the past two years.
In lieu of usual remembrances, A.V. wished for memorial gifts to be given to Brenda’s Room and Groom, 3342 N.E. Loop 286, Paris, TX 75460 to help them find homes for abandoned animals. A.V. sends his thanks to Brenda Nafe for her love and for finding homes for his cats.
Friends may register in A.V.’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com .
WAYNE WALTER CARR, 74, of Powderly, died at 4:45 AM, Friday, September 14, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center-South. A funeral service is set 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Adams and Rev. Billy Norris officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family is to receive friends from 7:00-8:00 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Wayne was born August 10, 1938 in Sharon, Kansas to Vern Leroy and Janet Elizabeth Long Carr. After graduation from high school, he served his country during the Vietnam War stationed in Laos in both the US Navy and US Air Force. During his time in the military, he earned his Associates Degree in Electronics and after his discharge from the Air Force, he worked for the US Government as an Electronics Technician. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
He married Dorothy Chloe Adams on December 23, 1962 in Paris. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Daniel Lee Carr and wife, Saysmone of Schertz, Texas, Jimmy Wayne Carr of Powderly, and Leia Sharese Carr also of Powderly; two grandchildren, Hakcan Bashlik and Angelina Rena “Reni” Carr of Schertz; four siblings, Raymond Leroy Carr of Houston, Texas, Betty Jean Carr, Margaret Ann Fischer, both of Irving, Texas, and John Francis Carr of Dripping Springs, Texas.
Instead of flowers, please donate to either the building fund at Southside Baptist Church or the Biker’s Building Fund in Paris.
Online condolences may be made to the Carr family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.
Services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Friendship Cemetery at Biardstown. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Newberry, the son of Albert Leon & Della Angeline Gibson Newberry, was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Taylortown.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Following his military service he was a farmer and rancher. He worked twelve years at Oil States Rubber Company in Arlington while living in Bedford. When he and his family returned to Lamar County he worked eighteen years at B&W before retiring.
During his retirement years he enjoyed fishing, but his preference was trotline fishing for catfish. His second passion was developed years later when his body wouldn’t keep up with his desire to fish from a boat. This passion was just eating. He would eat just about anything that was placed in front of him, including anyone’s dessert that was within reach. He loved to dance and hear any kind of music with a lively beat. Bluegrass was his favorite. He kept his sense of humor right up until the end. He was asked by the neurosurgeon at Medical Center of Plano, “How do you feel?”, without hesitation he replied, “Pretty good if you say it real fast!”. His three daughters were his Guardian Angels. They would come by his residence (Sterling House) at five o’clock p.m. every day to help tend his needs and make sure he was comfortable. He looked forward to their visits. He fought in WW II, but he didn’t have much to say about it except his feet froze and ain’t thawed out yet. He had warm hands as well as a warm heart. He loved all his children and they were all there at his bedside until the end. A wonderful man, father, grandfather (Papaw), great grandfather and friend. In his last year he had the privilege of becoming a great great grandfather. Our dad will be missed.
Survivors include his children, Bruce Westbrook of Palestine, Haskell Newberry & John McCall of Irving, George Newberry & wife Carol of Paris, Melvia Newberry Strickland of Paris, Della O’Neal & husband Mike of Paris and Robbie Ramsey & husband Kurt of Powderly, grandchildren, Jesse Newberry & wife Shana, Jeremy Newberry, Lorie Lee & husband Billy, Lonnie Elrod & wife Jennifer, Michael O’Neal & wife Stephanie, Jennifer Little & husband Shannon, Chas Ramsey, Kaleb Ramsey, Beverly Mills, Buddy Westbrook and Jimmy Westbrook, twenty great grandchildren, one great great grandchild along with numerous nieces & nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet, his parents, a grandson, Heath Elrod, a special friend, Bill Lackey, three brothers and three sisters.
Casket bearers will be: Jesse Newberry, Jeremy Newberry, Billy Lee, Lonnie Elrod, Michael O’Neal, Shannon Little, Chas Ramsey & Kaleb Ramsey.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.
GERRY A. CORRISTON, 80, of Paris, passed away at 7:50 PM, Thursday, September 13, 2012 at her home with her family by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, September 17, 2012 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Father Guillermo Gabriel Maisonet as the officiant. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. A Rosary service will be conducted at 6:30 PM, Sunday evening in the Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel followed by a time of visitation with friends and family until 8:00 PM.
Gerry was born June 8, 1932 in Camden, New Jersey to Nicholas and Louise DePietro DePasquale. She graduated from Camden Catholic High School and married John Howard Corriston, Jr. on November 17, 1956 in Camden. He died March 11, 2012. Mrs. Corriston was an active and faithful member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church where she served as Eucaristic Minister and belonged to the Ladies Guild and the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. She was a long time volunteer at both Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Paris Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by four children, Leslie Begley and husband, Gordon of Riverview, Florida, Howard Corriston III and wife, Beckie of Paris, Robin Gugger and husband, Jerry of Southampton, Pennsylvania, and Brian Corriston and wife, Sherry of Spring, Texas; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Wynn and husband, Todd, Michelle Begley, Gordon Begley, Crysta Lamb and husband, Josh, Craig Corriston, Jerry Gugger, Lauren Gugger, Madison Corriston, and Bryce Corriston; two great-grandchildren, Ava Lamb and Luke Lamb; and her sister, Gloria Torno.
Pallbearers will be Denis Frank, Chris Dux, Dr. Jim Miles, Carl Unger, Pete Dalrymple, and John Kruntorad.
Memorials may be made to the Saint Vincent DePaul Society at Our Lady of Victory Church or the Boys and Girls club of the Red River Valley.
Online condolences may be made to the Corriston family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.