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Obituaries Monday, November 12

Billy Ray Ferguson, 71, passed away peacefully at home on November 10, 2012. He was born July 6, 1941 in New Orleans to Lillie Wilmeth Hughes. He was raise by Burnard and Zelia Hughes Ferguson. He went to school in Hornbeck, Louisiana and graduated from Hornbeck High in 1962. He served in the US Army and Army Reserves over 20 years. He married Mary Marie Justus on Dec. 4, 1963 In Big Lake, Texas. He worked at Campbell Soup for over 30 years, retiring in 2000. He was a Master Mason and held several chairs including Past Worshipful Master at Roan Oak Lodge in Garretts Bluff. He was a volunteer and board member of the Chicota Volunteer Fire Department.

He loved playing golf with his Campbell Soup Buddies and riding his motorcycle with the CMA club members of Paris.

He is preceded in death by his parents Burnard and Zelia Ferguson and a brother, David Leon Seagrave.

He is survived by his Wife, Mary of nearly 49 years, and three children, Patricia Ann Ferguson, William Keith Ferguson, and Barbara Lynn Cole and husband, Allen; his loving mother, Lillie Hughes Seagrave; four siblings, Anna and Buddy Stephenson, William Benjamin Seagrave, Kathy and Ron Dubois and Steven Micheal Seagrave, all of Louisiana; grandchildren; Lindsey Ferguson, Stephanie Nicholson, Melinda Crow, Sabrina Cole and Lara Boutte; his greatest gift, a great- granddaughter, Caylee Rae Payne; and one niece, Dianne Pate Boutte, of Houston. Also surviving are one aunt, one uncle, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Louisiana.

A memorial service with Masonic Rites will be held at the Forest Chapel United Methodist at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 with Rev. Mark Hutchison and Rev. Betty Lyke officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roan Oak Masonic Lodge or the Chicota Volunteer Fire Department.

On line condolences may be made to the Ferguson family by visiting

Sharon Lynn Powers Privett, 55, of Biardstown, died at 10:10 PM, Saturday, November 10, 2012 at her home.  Funeral services are set for 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Bro. Harvey Blackshear and Bro. Craig Bryant officiating.  Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery in Biardstown.  The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Sharon was born April 29, 1957 in Paris to James Leonard and Dona Jean Rasor Powers.  She graduated from Delmar High School and Paris Junior College.  Sharon married William Harvey Privett on May 24, 1975 at Southside Baptist Church.  She was employed by Red River Radiology as a medical transcriptionist.  She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, an FFA alumni, and served as a trustee for the Friendship Cemetery Association.

Survivors include her husband, William Harvey Privett; two sons, William Chad Privett and wife, Morgan and Bradley L. Privett and wife, Gina; two grandchildren, Blake and Alaia; two brothers, Larry Powers and wife, Chyvonne and Lonnie Powers and wife, Delores; and two sisters, Diane Leija and husband, Lorenzo and Vicki Crawford and husband, Bobby.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Shelia Dunn; and one brother, Leonard Powers.

Pallbearers will be John Boggs, Tracey Wiggins, Terry Wiggins, Tony Wiggins, Dalton Glenn Shelby, Josh Crawford, Charlie Bratcher, and Chris Leija.

Online condolences may be made to the Privett family by visiting

Ruby Lee “Mamaree” Stover, 71, of Paris, was called home on  Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, while surrounded by her loving family.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Bridges officiating. Burial will follow in Knights of Honor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stover, the daughter of Desso & Mary Martina Keggley Chennault, was born June 29, 1941, in Paris.

She was a member of Blossom Church of God. Her career spanned many years working at Paris Junior College, Visiting Angels, Red River Home Health, John’s Bake Shop and cooking for the Blossom Kiwanis Club. She loved to collect dolls, frogs and teapots. She loved flowers, chickens and gardening.

Her parents and a son, Carey Lynn Thompson, preceded her in death.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be greatly missed by:  six children; Linda Mathis of Sawyer, OK, Lisa Ashlock  of Paris, Loretta Ashlock of Soper, OK, Eddie Thompson of Paris, Tina Wynn of Durant, OK and Jessie (Danny) Stover, III  of Paris, 21 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, a sister, Bertha Diann Neal of Tulare, CA along with a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Tommy Joe Mathis, Jerry Don Mathis, Aarron Shannon, Casey Lynn Ashlock, Christopher Green & Jason Glynn Thompson.

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Kyleigh Raye Ellis, 1 year and 9 months of Reno, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012 at her home.

She is survived by her mother, Lindsey Shindoll; father, Trase Ellis; sisters, Kinlynn Kaye Ellis, Vali Ellis, Chastity Ellis, Kayden Ellis; grandparents, Mark and Trish Shindoll, Kim and Steve Barger, Robert Wesley Marr, Craig and Jana Ellis; great-grandparents, Owen and Lowwana Bigler, Marsha Stacy, Joyce Shindoll; aunts and uncles, Chanda and Bear Bigler, Haley Shindoll, Kaitlyn Shindoll, Mitch Shindoll, Dylan Box; numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandmother, Kaye Shaw Marr; great-grandfather, Frank Shindoll.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ellis family at www.fry-gibbs

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