Obituaries for Friday, December 13, 2013

Copeland001James Manuel Copeland, 102 of Detroit, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

A private family graveside service was held on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Detroit Cemetery with Pastor Tom Calk officiating.

He was born on August 5, 1911 in Hollis, Oklahoma to James and Laura Hearne Copeland.  He served in the United States Army.  He married Jennie Lou Gee on October 30, 1932.  He was a member of The Lighthouse Church and loved his church family and Pastor Tom.

He is survived by his daughter, Jackie Lou Flournoy; grandchildren, James Alan, Michael DeWayne, Cassandra Lynne; great-grandchildren, Thomas Michael, April Lynne, Jerry Scott, Nicole Lynne, Matthew Philip, Cole Thomas, Jamie Lee, Andrew Michael; great-great-grandchildren, Thomas Anthony, Maddison, Audrey Alise, Eli.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Jennie Lou Gee Copeland; grandchildren, Thomas Eugene Flournoy, Donald Tracy Flournoy; parents, James and Laura Copeland; son-in-law, Thomas Flournoy.

James loved the Lord and his family.  He loved music of all kinds.  His favorite song was “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and he loved “The Lord’s Prayer”.  He believed “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  He and his wife had many happy years together, 73 years of marriage.  He took care of his wife through her illness for over 10 years.  She passed away in March 2006.  Now they are together again.  James was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.  He cared deeply for those close to him.  He loved to play dominoes and other games.

Now they are together again.

Online condolences may be sent to the Copeland family at

kildal1ELIZABETH (BETTY) LOUISE STARK HENTSCH-KILDAHL, 89, of Sumner, passed from this life on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at Paris Regional Medical Center. The family will gather to receive friends and to celebrate the life of this remarkable woman from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday December 14, 2013 at Starrett Funeral Home. Following cremation arrangements, her family will gather at Hopewell Cemetery to place her earthly remains and remember her life in a private ceremony

Betty was born August 16, 1924 in Bettendorf, Iowa, a daughter of Louis G. and Dora M. Agans Stark. Her early adult years found her involved in farming and restaurant ownership. She married Fred Hentsch in 1940 in Illinois and he preceded her in death. She later married Merle Kildahl, who died in 1995. In 1982 she moved to Paris, Texas to accept the position of Executive Director of the Lamar County Human Resources Council. Through that organization she touched the lives of many, for the better. One of her great joys was her work in the founding of her church, Peace Lutheran.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by two sons, Frederick Hentsch and Allen F. Hentcsh; a daughter Mary Woods; and a sister, Jean Zan.

Betty is survived by a brother, Louis (Skip) Stark, of Illinois; two granddaughters, Lynn Dishman, of Paris and Elizabeth Woods, of the Virgin Islands; and four grandsons, Greg Hentsch, Allen W. Hentsch, Richard Hentsch, and Scott Hentsch; fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandaughter.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Kildahl Scholarship Fund, which was endowed by the Lamar County Human Resources Council upon Betty’s retirement; at Paris Junior College, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460.

Friends may register in Betty’s Book of Memories at

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