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Paul Robins Prentice, Jr., of Paris, Texas, completed his earthly journey to rejoin God in His universe on Thursday, December 26, 2013. Paul, Jr. was born March 25, 1928, in Salina, Kansas to Paul and Lily Prentice. Paul, Jr. attended high school in Sedan, Kansas and Oklahoma State University. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 67 years. Phyllis (Kimzey) Prentice; three children, Paul Robins Prentice, III of Dewey, Oklahoma; Pamela Prentice Seybert of Arkansas City, Kansas, and, Paula Raney of Lenexa, Kansas; five grandchildren, Patrick, Fred, Jason, Jack and Jeff, twelve great grandchildren and on great-great grandson.
Paul retired from Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as a senior chemist where he worked closely with early uses of polymers, profile modifications, petroleum engineering, field applications and mobile lab equipment. He held several patents in the oil and gas industry, and developed a deep water petroleum recover system which was successful off the shores of the southern coasts.
Paul was a renaissance man throughout his life. He served his country during WWII in the US Navy in the Pacific Basin (1945-1949) and received the American Area and WWII Victory Medals and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon. His love of adventure included, but was not limited to, boating, fishing, automobiles, motorcycles, and his unending love of flight. He built, owned, and operated several airplanes and was involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Antique Aircraft Association, and the Aircraft Owners Pilots Association. He orchestrated open houses and fly-in at many airports throughout Oklahoma and Texas and was a trusted volunteer of the annual fly-ins held at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Other club and activities included the Annual Civil War re-enactment, black powder firearms, the Red River Valley Amateur Radio Club, the annual Fourth of July downtown parade, and VFW Post 3990, where he was the editor and writer of the monthly newsletter, Jr. Vice Post Commander and Post Commander.
Paul’s literary accomplishments include the “Fly About Adventures and the Ercoupe” (1992),
“This & That About the Ercoupe (2011); “A Letter to Al Gore”, (2011); and his web site http://flyaboutpublishing.com.
While his works and accomplishments, positive influence will live on, Paul’s final resting place will be the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.
There will be a visitation at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, Monday, Dec. 30 from 6 until 7 p.m. and a ceremony at 1 PM on Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. Any gifts may be received for scholarship funds at the VFW Post 3990. Please contact H.E. Mackey for details.
Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.
WILLIAM (BILL) MALLORY LIGHTFOOT, 88, of Paris, died surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the home of Philip and Deborah Lightfoot. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Bush officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday December 30th and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday December 31st at the funeral home.
Bill was born January 27, 1925, in Paris, Lamar County, Texas, the son of Will Henry and Hattie Bell Mallory Lightfoot. He was a graduate of the Paris High School class of 1942 and attended Paris Junior College, Bowdoin College in Maine, and the University of Texas in Austin. During World War II, he served three years in the Navy in the Pacific theater aboard the U.S.S. Gridley. He married the beautiful Thelma Christine Knowles on Sunday, August 22, 1948. Bill graduated from The University of Texas with a Master of Architecture degree on August 27, 1953. After graduating, Bill returned home to Paris and joined his father’s firm, Will H. Lightfoot & Associates, Architects, of Paris, Texas, where he worked until he retired in 2006. The firm was responsible for the design and restoration of almost 1,000 public buildings, commercial businesses, health centers, churches, and residences in Paris and the surrounding area, dating from 1916 to 2006. A few of the firm’s accomplishments over the ninety years of practice include the original structures of: Paris City Hall and Fire Station, Paris Junior College, St. Joseph’s Hospital, McCuistion Hospital, UARCO Inc. Printing Plant, Holiday Inn, North Lamar ISD campus, A. M. Aiken Elementary School, Aerofit Fitness Center, Ruth Hall of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Calvary United Methodist Church and the restoration of the Paris Community Theater.
In addition to his professional life, Bill was very active in the community of Paris and Lamar County over his lifetime. He was instrumental in forming the Paris Toastmasters Club in 1961 and served as its first President. He was a founding member of the Lamar County Human Resource Council in 1979 and served as its first President. He served a term as President of the Paris Junior College Ex-Student Association, and was active in the Paris Jaycees. He was an organizing member of the board responsible for building The Golden Acres Retirement Center in Paris, and had served as a District Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church. Bill’s quick smile and ready laugh warmed the hearts of all who knew him.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Thelma on May 30,2008, and by his sisters Sarah Etta Lightfoot Denney and Virginia Lightfoot Walker.
Bill is survived by two sons, Philip Lightfoot and wife Deborah of Dallas and Tom Lightfoot and wife Cindy of Frisco; two daughters, Julia Lightfoot of Washington, D.C., and Elaine Smith and husband Vernon of Plano; seven grandchildren, Laura Lightfoot, Maxey Mitchell, Alex Smith, Kelly Smith, Terri Kay Meyer, Mallory Lightfoot, and Candice Shoptaugh; two great-granddaughters Nevaeh and Samantha and sister-in-law Dorothy Rodgers of Paris.
Friends may register in Bill’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.