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A celebration of his life will be held at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 19th at Immanuel Baptist Church in Paris with Rev. Randall Scott officiating. Food will be served after the celebration.
Jerry was born on April 4, 1957 in Dallas, Texas, a son of Billy Young Gray and Billie Faye Gray. He was a graduate of Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas. His father, Billy Young Gray; his mother, Billie Faye Gray; his grandparents, Bill and Lillian Green and Robert Young and Rose Gray; his brother, Billy Jack Gray; his cousin, Rocky Stone and his brother-in-law, Ronald D. Cox, preceded him in death.
His children, Alicia Gray of Dallas, and Corey Gray of Houston; his twin brother, Terry Gray and wife Carla of Flower Mound, Texas; two sisters, Carolyn Armstrong and husband Dean of Flossmoor, Ill., Dottie Cox and the late Ronald Cox of Paris, Texas, survive him. He also leaves behind three aunts and many more beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; his extended family, Charlene and Tommy Borders of Deport, Texas and his beloved, sweet dog, Ruban.
Jerry will be remembered for his infectious laugh and never ending smile. He never complained about his pain or his genetic circumstances that riddled his body for so many years. He loved C&W music, the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. He was a good man with a heart filled with nothing but love and pride for his children, family and friends. He was an inspiration to all of us.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jerry’s name to:
Arrangements were under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.
First Sergeant Talma Lee Brown, Ret., 87, of Roxton, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 10:00 am, Monday, March 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Roxton with Reverend Jackie Spencer officiating. Burial, with Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be made in Restland Cemetery in Roxton. The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm, Sunday at the funeral home.
Lee was born April 21, 1925 in Minter to James Arthur Brown and Annie Belle Shephard Brown. He married Donnie Faye Moree in Paris on February 7, 1947. She preceded him in death on August 8, 2006, after building over 59 years of family and memories.
Lee enlisted in the U.S. Navy V5 program in April 1943 as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Later he was transferred to the Navy V-12 program and stationed at the University of California, Berkeley, California. Lee served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, aboard the U.S.S. Razorback, during WWII, in the Pacific Theater of Operations, and was awarded the Submariner’s coveted “Dolphins” pin, the insignia and badge of a qualified Submariner. Also, he was awarded the Submarine Combat Pin, for combat against enemy forces, Japan.
Only after passing extensive oral and written test and learning about every piece of equipment and its operation in a submarine, is the “Dolphins” awarded to an individual. Submarine duty included picking up (rescue) of airmen that had to bail out or ditch their aircraft, after making air raids on Japan proper. This included U.S. fighter and bomber personnel. The United States lost fifty two (52) submarines during the war, and had the highest casualty rate of any of the armed forces, one in five (20%). The Razorback was one of twelve submarines selected to be in Tokyo Bay with the Occupation Forces during the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces, 2 September 1945. The Razorback was the longest running commissioned diesel submarine in the United States Navy and was on loan to the Turkish Navy from 1970 to 2005; and then returned to the U.S.
The Razorback is now in the museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lee served in the United States Army from 1949 to 1969, retiring at Ft. Bliss, Texas (El Paso) as a Permanent First Sergeant, Regular United States Army, in October 1969, with over twenty six years military service. He served in the I Corps, with the United States Marines, (1st and 3rd Marine Divisions) in the northern part of South Vietnam, along the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) 1967-1968, and was involved in the TET Offensive in the early part of 1968. He was assigned to the United States Army Air Defense School at Ft. Bliss, Texas 1955-1967, and was the Chief Computer Instructor of the Computer Branch, of The Army School.
Among his awards and decorations are: The Navy Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star (2 awards), The Army Unit Valorous Citation, The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters (3 awards), The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five stars, The Vietnam campaign Service Medal with three stars, the Submarine qualification insignia “Dolphins”, and the Submarine Combat Insignia with stars, as well as many other awards.
After retiring from the U.S. Army in October 1969, he was employed by The National Cash Register Company in Dallas, Texas in the Technical Services as a Field Engineer. After moving to Roxton, TX in 1977, he was employed by The Westinghouse Company and later by Phillips Lighting Company, in Paris, Texas as an electronic technician and electrician.
In his retirement, he and wife, Donnie, enjoyed traveling and camping. He enjoyed guns, shooting and coin collecting. He was a Christian and church deacon and dedicated to his church, First Baptist Church—Roxton. Lee served as a Boy Scout Committeeman and a Boy Scout Leader in the Boy Scouts of America, a member and President of the Roxton Kiwanis Club, a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher, served on the Roxton City Council two different times for a total of eleven years, a sixty five year member of the Paris Masonic Lodge 27, a member of the Roxton Masonic Lodge 543, a member of the Lamar Scottish Rite Club, The Red River Shrine Club, The Dallas Scottish Rite and The Dallas Shrine.
He was also a 65 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 5, Paris, Texas. Lee was a long time member of the National Rifle Association and a firm believer in the Second Amendment and the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. He also is a life member of The Submarine Veterans of WWII.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Donnie, a sister, Geneva Bridges and two brothers, Harold and Ray Brown.
Survivors include his sons, Gary Brown & wife Veronica of Chandler, AZ and David Brown & wife Lynn of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Jennifer Elaine Mixon of Winnfield, LA, Lindsay Brown of Chandler, AZ, Jason Brown of Chandler, AZ, Emily Brown of St. Louis, MO and Julie Brown of St. Louis, MO; great-grandchildren, Tyler Mixon, Emilee Mixon and Jaci Mixon all of Winfield, LA; along with several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Casket Bearers will be Jeff Reed, David Rutherford, Joe Mashburn, Floyd McCoin, and Don Nelson. Honorary Casket Bearers will Luther Smith, Gerry Hindman, Tommy Funderburg, Michael Bush and Ed Moree.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.
Betty Jane Follmar, 73, of Paris, passed from this life Thursday March 14, 2013 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday March 18, 2013 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Taylor officiating. Cremation will follow the service.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of her son Ricky, in Reno.
Jane was born August 2, 1939 in Paris, a daughter of Dewey and Bertha (Mammy) Johnson Beard. She attended Paris and Lamar County schools, and worked in various retail establishments in the area until her retirement. She was a member of Bethel Temple Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, L.D. Beard; and by three sisters, Geraldine Haley, Imogene Sturdivant, and Bertha May Beard.
Jane is survived by two sons, Ricky Follmar and wife Lisa, of Reno and Alan Follmar and wife Lisa, of Paris; a grandson, Chance Follmar, of Reno; a granddaughter, Lacy Follmar and spouse Chance Copeland, of Sumner; a sister, Wilma Follmar and husband James, of Paris; two brothers, Roy Dean Beard and wife Linda, of Paris and Ted Beard and wife Dorothy, of Brownwood; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may register in Jane’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.
Don Carpenter, 77, of Sherman, died at 7:15 AM, Friday, March 15, 2013 at his home. A graveside service is set for 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery with Bro. Patrick Cannon officiating. No formal visitation hour will be observed. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Calvin Donald Carpenter was born in 1935 in Pattonville to Calvin Davis and Mildred Thetis Wilson Carpenter. He graduated from Pattonville schools and received his bachelors degree from East Texas State University and later his masters degree from Abilene Christian University. He was a school counselor serving in several school districts throughout Texas. He was also a 32nd degree Mason. Don was an avid grocer owning his own grocery store in Deport. Don married Lila Floydell Peacock Taylor on April 28, 1979 in Shamrock, Texas. He was a member of Western Heights Church of Christ in Sherman and he also served in the Army National Guard.
Mr. Carpenter is survived by his wife, Flo Carpenter of Sherman; two sons, one daughter, his sister, Mary Nell Hughes and husband, T.J. of Brighton, Illinois; his step-son and wife, David R. and Kenda Taylor of Paris; one niece; and two nephews. He was preceded by his parents in January of 1997.
Online condolences may be made to the Carpenter family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.
David Wallace Ingram, 84, of Paris, died at 3:25 AM, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are set for 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Patrick Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 PM Monday evening at the funeral home. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Ingram was born March1, 1929 in Paris to Sam and Syrena Ingram. He graduated from Delmar schools and received his bachelor and master degrees from East Texas State University. He married Ruth Mary McArthur on July 19, 1952 in Panama City, Florida.
Mr. Ingram served as principal of Thomas S. Justiss Elementary School for several years and retired from PISD as assistant superintendent.
Mr. Ingram is survived by his wife, Ruth Ingram of Paris; one son, Terry Ingram and wife, Karen of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Tiffany Ingram, David Ingram, both of Paris, Adam Ingram of San Antonio, and Heather Ingram of Longview; and two great-grandsons, Devin and Cain. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Ingram, two sisters, and one brother.
Online condolences may be made to the Ingram family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.
Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 19th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Dickey officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Nesbitt, the daughter of John & Lela Belle Mahon Albright, was born February 21, 1922, in the Froghop Community of Lamar County.
She married Herman Nesbitt in 1940, and he preceded her in death in 1996. She was also preceded in death by her son, Donnie Nesbitt, in 1997.
She was a cake decorator working at Braden’s Bakery and at Highland Park Cafeteria.
An avid gardener, she enjoyed canning and cooking for her family. She was a member of Glory Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Sloan of Paris and Pam Burns and husband Craig of Paris, three granddaughters, Tina Vanderburg & husband Brian of Paris, Mandy Chapman & husband Erik of Paris and Jennifer Nesbitt of Dallas, four great grandchildren, Dakota, Rylee, Laney and Mia, two sisters, Doris Alexander of Ft. Worth and Tommie Wansley of Memphis along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Casket bearers will be: Quint Creighton, Erik Chapman, Rodger Ruthart, David Blake, Brian Vanderburg and Dakota Vanderburg. G. L. Callaway will serve as an honorary bearer.
The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the staff of Millennium Home Care and the Home Place for the three and one half years of wonderful care given their loved one. A special thank you to Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center for the last two months of wonderful care, and they would like to extend gratitude to Dr. Ganguly for his tender care for Mrs. Nesbitt.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.