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Obituaries Monday, December 31

Wayne Caviness0001Stanley Wayne Caviness, 79, of Paris, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2nd at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Norris officiating and honors provided by the Paris Police Department. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The family will have a meal at Southside Baptist Church before the visitation, and Faye would like family and friends to join her there.

Mr. Caviness, the son of Jack & Ruby Payne Caviness, was born Oct. 6, 1933, in Lamar County.

He attended Powderly schools and then entered the military serving in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his military service he worked at the Coca Cola Plant and at Ford’s Market before beginning his career with the Paris Police Department. He retired from the police department as a sergeant following 30 years & 7 months service. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and the Paris Masonic Lodge.

His parents, a sister, Lois Payne & a brother, Jessie Caviness preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Tomblin Caviness, a daughter, Karen Mitcham of Huffman, grandchildren, Johnny Grant of Huffman and Alisha Self & husband Jared of Conroe, great grandchildren, Colby Grant of Huffman and Lexi Self of Conroe, a sister, Martha Daughtrey of Denton along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Jearl Gibson, Art Jones, Fred Fangio, Thomas Roach, Bob Childres and Larry Hughes. Honorary bearers will be: Jack Shepherd, Mack Stephens and the coffee drinkers at McDonald’s.

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


sprayPNMargaret May Duke Spray, 91, of Paris, died at 10:15 AM, Thursday, December 27, 2012 at DubuisHospital.  Funeral services are set for 10:00 AM, Monday, December 31, 2012 at Covenant Christian Church with Dr. Stephen Russell and Rev. Diana Russell officiating.  The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until service time prior to the service at the church.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Margaret was born September 11, 1921 in Bonham, Texas to Jesse and Elizabeth Boatner.  She graduated from high school and received her nursing training at St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas.  She married Henry G. Duke who preceded her in death.  Mrs. Spray was an executive secretary for Northwest Oil Company in Dallas for 25 years and following her move to Paris, worked as a United States Census Taker.  She was a founding member of Covenant Christian Church.

She is survived by a son, Richard M. Duke of Bradenton, Florida; four grandchildren, Tiffany Michelle Lehman and husband, Jason of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Bryan Michael Duke of Houston, Geoffrey Duke, and Gregory Duke of Dallas; four great-grandchildren, Madisyn Michelle Lehman, Jackson Broderick Lehman, Owen Chance Lehman, and Colson Thomas Lehman.  She was preceded in death by one son, Russell Warren Duke; one sister; and five brothers.

Online condolences may be made to Mrs. Spray’s family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.


Miller-PNShirley Jo Whitten Miller, 92 formerly of Paris, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012 in McKinney, Texas.

Funeral services have been planned for Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Cannon officiating.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

She was born on January 21, 1920 to Joe Whitten and Laura Isabel Gates Whitten.    She taught school in Lamar County Public Schools and worked in the Rail Transportation Office at Camp Maxey during World War II. She was office manager for Harold Hodges Insurance for many years and was a case worker for the Department of Human Services and transferred to the Social Security office and retired after 16 years of federal service. She was a member of C’est LaVie Luncheon club, Modern Study Club and was a member of First Baptist Church of Paris.

She loved to cook and share the food as well as her recipes with everyone.

She married Eldon Miller on January 23, 1943. They had one daughter Judy Miller Linck. Eldon preceded her in death on August 2, 1999.

She is survived by son in law, Pete Linck of McKinney, Texas; grandson, Cary Linck and wife Tracy; great-grandkids Carter and Abigail all of McKinney; sister, Rebecca Malone; nephews, Tommy Whitten and wife Linda, Mike Malone all of Paris, Mike Miller and wife Brenda of Mt. Herman, LA; niece, Patti Smith and husband Brad of Houston.

In addition to her husband of 56 years she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John Paul Whitten and James Whitten and daughter Judy Miller Linck.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Ray Walters, Walter Cooper,  Jimmy Moore,  Tommy Whitten, Mike Malone, Mike Miller.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the First Baptist Church of Paris Building Fund.

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

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