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Obituaries Sunday June 10, 2012

LATRESIA JETTON WOOD; To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.  The struggles of Latresia Jetton Wood ended June 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Springhill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Monday evening at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

The Blessing of her life began November 22, 1941.  Her mother was Louise Howard Ramsey, her father Grady Ramsey.  Latresia was the loving older sister of Phillip Ramsey.  She shared her life with Earl Jetton and began their family with four children, Pamela Jetton Christian, Jayme Jetton, Wendy Jetton Calabria and husband, Tom, Bart Jetton and wife, Amy.  The gift of life continued with sixteen grandchildren, Taran, Tristan, Mandel and wife Lauren, Montrel and Lorin Christian, Talor Trenchard and husband, Todd, Keri Jetton, Cullen, Leila, Brianna and Mathew Calabria, Haley, Sydney, Madison, Berkeley Jetton, and Ryan Tolison; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb and William Trenchard.  She considered these the greatest gifts of her life.

The family extended to Joyce and Jerry Smallwood, their children Debbie, Brad and Kevin and grandchildren, Landon Minier and Dillon Smallwood.

She had two chosen sisters, Barbara Gentry and Billie Love, and one chosen brother, Pete Avance

She later married Bill Wood and they combined their families with three sisters, Trecia Wood, Wendy Wood James, Kim Wood Jones, and eight grandchildren, Laci, Joni, Jourdan, Jerimiah and John David James, Cole and Dustin Jones, and Marshall Green, three great-grandchildren, Aiden and Austin Jones, and Emma Lynn Swafford.

Latresia’s life was full of friends, fun and laughter!  She embraced and lived every moment to its fullest.  She definitely lived it “her way”!

She gracefully and beautifully departed this realm and is continuing her spiritual journey….

Online condolences may be made to the Jetton-Wood family by visiting  HYPERLINK “http://www.fry-gibbs.com” www.fry-gibbs.com.


Jane R. Curtis of Paris passed away in the early morning hours of Friday June 8th, 2012 at her home in Springlake Assisted Living.  She was born October 1st, 1931 in Washington, Indiana to A.O. & Cleo Gilkison.

After high school, Jane attended and graduated from Indiana University, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, which she put to good use in a career that involved various jobs in bookkeeping and accounting.

During her life she established homes in Indiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New Mexico before settling in Dallas where she lived for over 30 years before moving to Paris, Tx.  in 2010.

Jane was married and had 2 children, Lea Ann (Curtis) Aldridge and Craig Curtis.

She had many hobbies that included playing bridge, gardening, traveling, sewing, needlework, and supporting her beloved Dallas Cowboys.

She lived her life to its fullest with a selfless attitude and spirit towards her friends and family and was always more concerned about others than she was concerned for herself.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as a younger sister, Sally Carter, and brother in law Wes Carter.

Loved Ones that will miss her dearly are her son Craig Curtis & wife Betty of Bradenton, FL., her daughter Lea Ann & husband Brad Aldridge of Paris, TX. , 2 grandchildren Lindsey Aldridge & Ryan Aldridge (and fiancé Taylor Thompson). Jane will also be missed by 2 nieces Jennifer (Carter) Russell and Tracey Baker, along with an extended list of family and friends, especially her   bridge group of many years from Dallas, TX.

A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, June 13th at 11:00am in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, TX.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to McKinney Young Life (where her grandson Ryan is director) 103 S. Church St. McKinney TX. 75069 or

Christ Community Church, P.O. Box 6092, Paris, TX. 75461

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  HYPERLINK “http://www.fry-gibbs.com/” www.fry-gibbs.com.


Thomas Michael Serpa, 64, of Paris, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Paris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Following cremation, Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23rd, at Mt. Tabor Cemetery.

Mr. Serpa, the son of Jess & Mona Bouderin Serpa, was born Nov. 29, 1947, in San Jose, CA.

He served in the U. S. Army for six years, being stationed overseas at times. He participated as a musician while in the Army. Following graduation from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, he taught music and gave private lessons at the Music Village in San Jose for a number of years, especially in woodwinds. He was the leader of the Tom Serpa Big Band, and was active in jazz bands in San Jose, CA, where he was known as a great saxophone player.

His father preceded him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Mona Serpa of Las Vegas, NV, a daughter, Karen Beassie & husband Dean of Arlington, TX, a son, Michael Serpa & wife Amanda of Amarillo, TX, one granddaughter, Aubrey Serpa of Amarillo, TX and a brother, Robert Serpa & wife Catherine of Las Vegas, NV.

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


Henrietta G. Vanderburg, 73, of Paris, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9th, at the Pavilion of Forest Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. The family will receive friends at the pavilion from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Mrs. Vanderburg, the daughter of Arthur & Alvina Ruhoff Otto, was born Jan. 31, 1939, in Foley, MN.

She worked at Hollywood Vasarette, 24th Street Café and in the cafeteria of Travis Middle School. From a young age she did babysitting.

Survivors include her husband, James Robert Vanderburg whom she married on May 1, 1965, daughters, Valerie Vanderburg and Vicki Jones & husband Jeff all of Paris, sisters, Lois Veien of Paris and Grace Rau & husband Dennis of Hughes Springs, brothers, Jim Otto of Excelsior, MN and Bill Otto of Villard, MN, brothers-in-law, Neal Vanderburg & wife Jane, Merrell Vanderburg  & wife Charlotte, Jerrell Vanderburg & wife Linda and Wayne Vanderburg & wife Freda, sister-in-law, Billie Ruth Armstrong, close friends, Robert & Sandi Rhoades, Shane & Angela Phifer & daughter Ashlyn, Ben & Becky Brown & son River along with numerous nieces, nephews & a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Edwin Otto and a sister, Joann Miller.

Casket bearers will be; Sean Rhoades, Ben Brown, Hunter Armstrong, Shane Phifer, Johnny Hodges & John Veien.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Lamar County Humane Association, P. O. Box 8, Paris, TX 75461 or the American Cancer Society, 5501 Plaza Dr., Texarkana, TX 75503.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.brightholland”

www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


Alva Jo Norton, 92, of Paris passed away Monday June 5, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.


Latresia L. Wood, 70, of Paris, died at 10:03 AM, Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center-South.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.


Doris L. Young, 70, of Paris, died at 10:10 AM, Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Heritage House of Paris Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

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