Obituaries for Monday, December 2

ThomasFlournoyThomas Eugene Flournoy, 59 of Detroit, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 at his home.

A memorial service has been set for Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at The Lighthouse Family Church at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Tom Calk officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

He worked at Kimberly Clark for 18 years. He was known there as “Blue Eyes”

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Flournoy; children, Thomas Michael Flournoy and wife Krista, Jerry Scott Flournoy and wife Trena, Nicole Flournoy; grandchildren, Thomas Anthony Flournoy, Maddison Rose Flournoy, Eli Joseph Flournoy; mother, Jackie Flournoy; brothers, James Alan Flournoy and wife Shirley, Michael Dewayne Flournoy; sister, Cassandra Williams and husband Randy; nephews, Andrew Flournoy, Matthew Williams, Cole Williams; the mother of his children, Kim Flournoy Rice; step-children, Terry Corbin and Jeffery Corbin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Karey Flournoy, brother, Donald Tracy Flournoy.


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U C Shannon PictureUtah Carl (Bud) Shannon passed from this life on Friday, November 29, 2013, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 1:30 P.M. at Calvary United Methodist Church followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 5:30 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. at Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Mr. Shannon was born July 2, 1923, in Powderly, TX to Ada Burton (Bertie) Coble and Jesse Finis Shannon. At age 16, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Castle Rock, Colorado. He was employed by the Texas Highway Department from June 1946 through August 1982 where he served as Chief Inspector for the Paris Resident Engineer’s Office. During his years of employment, he oversaw the construction of numerous roads, bridges and overpasses around the Northeast Texas area, including Loop 286 around Paris.

On November 1, 1945, he married Ruth Crouch Shannon, and they made memories, shared joys and sorrows, and blessed the lives of all who crossed their path for the next 68 years. They had two sons and one daughter. Mr. Shannon was a faithful member of Calvary United Methodist Church since 1952 and the Loyalty Sunday School class where he served as song leader, president and co-president over the years. He served on numerous boards and committees, including the building committee for the current site of the church. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #27 and the Texas Public Employees Association.

After retirement, Mr. Shannon enjoyed RVing, wood working, the Sunshine Club at church, coffee with his many buddies at McDonalds in the mornings and his much-loved little dogs, Bandit and BB (Bandit’s Buddy).

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jerry Carl Shannon, brother, Don Shannon, and sister Hazel Cross. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Dennis Shannon and wife Patti and daughter Judy and husband Ronnie Varnell, sisters Caron Holmes and Dell Spencer. Grandchildren include Jeffrey Shannon and wife Jacqueline, Bryan Shannon and wife Tamé, Lorin Brown and husband Mark, Matthew Varnell and wife Julie, Jeremy Varnell and wife Jill, Aaron Varnell and Patrick Trotter. Great-grandchildren include Justin, Brayden, and Breck Shannon and Riley, Kyle, Luke and Adelaide Varnell. Mr. Shannon also left behind many nieces, nephews and friends who loved him.

Pall bearers include Jeffrey and Bryan Shannon, Matthew, Jeremy and Aaron Varnell, Mark Brown and Patrick Trotter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church.


nardone PN001Mark Christopher Nardone, 71, of Devon, PA and Paris, TX passed away on November 30, 2013 after a brief illness. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Spencer and Rev. Bill Coleman officiating. The family will receive friends at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home Tuesday from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.

He was born in Upper Darby, PA December 28, 1941 a son of Dorris L. and Arnold M. Nardone.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was the cherished husband of Margaret; adored father of Kristy and Stephen; beloved father-in-law of Christopher Haynes and Flannery Nardone; and revered brother of Rosemary Nardone of Paoli, PA, Christine and husband Rich Learner of Littleton, Co, and Barry Nardone and wife Susan of Hollidaysburg, PA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. We will miss your humor, your voracious intellect; your infectious curiosity, your exuberance, your enthusiasm for travel and travel planning, and the absolute love you gave to each of us. He was remarkably dedicated to his orthopedic practice and treasured each and every patient. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was first a husband and father, second, an orthopedic surgeon, and third, an avid golfer.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Rhodes, Dick Severson, Philip Cecil, Don Wilson, Lyle Nottingham, Mark Terry, Joe Bob Margraves, Ed Clark, and Pat Bassano.

The family requests memorials be made to the Parking Lot Fund @ First United Methodist Church.

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