Obituaries for Friday, December 27

Quinton Ray Hawkins, 92, of Paris, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family.  Services will be held on Monday, December 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, with Dr. Tommy Turner and Rev. Ken Cannon officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home on Sunday, December 29th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Quinton Ray Hawkins was born, May 29, 1921 in Parks, Arkansas, son of George Omar and Beulah Nelson Hawkins. As a young boy, his family moved to Honey Grove, Texas where he graduated from Honey Grove High School.  During his high school years, he was awarded all district running back for the Warriors. He attended North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington, Texas. He was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a lineman before being drafted by the US Army in 1942 where he rose to the rank of Sergeant.  During World War II, he served as a tank commander with the 16th Armored Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, of the 3rd Army under General George S. Patton.  During his service he participated in the Battle of the Bulge.  In 1945, during his post-war military service, he was designated to Nuremberg, Germany where he installed telegraph cabling at the Palace of Justice for the historic War Crimes Trials.

He worked for the The Automotive Inc. as a machinist for 48 years and had a reputation of honesty, fairness and highly skilled precision work, retiring in 1986.  He was a loyal member of the Paris Kiwanis Club, a 32◦ Mason, and a very active member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Paris. His family and close friends knew him as man of extreme integrity, humility and a living witness of the love of Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his loving wife, Billie Jo (Jodie) Hawkins of Paris; daughter Linda Hawkins Flippen and husband Rodney of Paris; sons Steve Hawkins and wife Terresa of Crockett, Texas; Mark Hawkins and wife Jo Beth of Bellaire, Texas; son-in-law Chuck Griffith of Allen, Texas; brother Byrd Hawkins and wife Dorothy Nell of Sulphur Springs, Texas; grandchildren Jason Griffith and wife Linda; Jeremy Griffith and wife Jaime; Lori Hawkins Janek and husband Jason; Niki Hawkins Reed and husband Scott, Joie Hawkins Brownlee and husband Chris; Jerod Flippen and wife Mirtha; Leah Flippen, Weston Hawkins, Audrey Hawkins and 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Omar and Beulah Hawkins, sisters Nanny Hawkins and Ved Hawkins Cox, brother Buford Hawkins and daughter Ann Hawkins Griffith.

Pallbearers will be Jason Griffith, Jeremy Griffith, Jerod Flippen, Weston Hawkins, Jason Janek, Scott Reed, Chris Brownlee and Doug Stroud.

In lieu of flowers a memorial may be sent to First Baptist Church, 207 S. Church St., Paris, Texas, 75460.


Elsie Weller Moye, 83, of Toccoa, GA, formerly of Paris, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at The Oaks at Scenic View Assisted Living Home in Baldwin, GA.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Private burial will follow on Monday at Evergreen Cemetery.

A daughter of the late Carl & Lena Barthel Weller, she was born on Sept. 12, 1930, in Texarkana, AR having lived in Toccoa for the last several years. She was employed at Westinghouse for several years and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She was married to Howard Daniel Moye in 1960. Mr. Moye passed away in 2012.

Survivors include her sister, Joanne Derbin of Mesquite, nieces, Gina Derbin of Cedar Hill and Linda Rachels of Flower Mound, sister-in-law, Marge Shiohira of Bentonville, AR and a number of other nieces & nephews.

The family respectfully requests that flowers be omitted and that memorials be made to Grace Baptist Church, 157 Moore Circle, Eastanollee, GA 30538.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.

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