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Obituaries Wednesday, January 30

brownPMJoel Allen Brown, Jr., 70, of Dallas passed away January 27, 2013 in Kindred Hospital in Dallas.

He was born on October 26, 1942 in Abilene a son of  Joel Allen Brown , Sr. and Cornelia Hudson Brown. He was a retired crane operator and served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his father Joel Brown, Sr. in 1991, mother Cornelia Brown in 1994, brother Thomas Brown in 1961, niece Susan Radke in 1974, nephew David Comozzie in 1975, Curtis Radke in 1985, son Steven Brown in 2005, wife Audrey Brown in 2007, and son Kevin Brown in 2010.

He is survived by daughters Tami Brown of Alba, Deborah Brown Davis of Dallas; brother Vernon Brown of Harrisonburg,VA; sisters Joanne Radke of Bartlesville,OK, Sandra Rice of Fort Scott, KS, and Beth Rumble of Bartlesville, OK; step-daughters Michelle Herring of Grapevine, Natalie Braid of Washington, IN. and Nicole Wolf of Evansville, IN; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Patrick Cannon officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Tigertown Cemetery with honors provided by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Joseph Macaluso, Ryan Macaluso, Justin Dryer, Rob Herring, Tom Wolf, and Art Braid.

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briggsBarney Lee Briggs, 95, of Austin, formerly of Paris, was called home to be with his heavenly father Sunday January 27, 2013. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct graveside rites at 2:00 p.m. Thursday January 31, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rev. Doug Holt officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Barney was born May 17, 1917 in Tigertown, a son of Alvin J. and Margie Ethel Burrow Briggs. He attended public schools in Lamar County, then retired from the Continental Can Company after thirty-five years of service. Barney loved playing dominoes, especially 42, and playing gospel and country music on his guitar, fiddle and harmonica. He was a faithful Christian and for many years served his Lord by his faithfulness to the Paris Church of God. He was a friend to everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lois Briggs in 1981 and his second wife, Helen Alvord Briggs in 1995.

He is survived by a son, Dwain Paul Briggs of Beaumont; a daughter, Linda Briggs Mays and husband Mike, of Austin; a stepdaughter Naomi Petty and husband Dan, of Duncanville; and a brother, Herman Briggs of Paris; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends may register in Barney’s Book of Memories at

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