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Obituaries Feb. 15, 2014

obituarySALLY A. GONIWICHA, 67, of Paris, died at 6:13 AM, Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 15, 2014 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Randy Dority officiating.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Sally was born July 15, 1946 in Santa Monica, California to Willis and Verlie Passmore Longshore.  She attended from Kingsburg High School and married James Lee Goniwicha on October 22, 1963.  He died February 9, 1984.  Prior to her retirement, she was a parts clerk at Lowry Chevrolet for several years.  Sally was a member of the Paris Church of God.

Mrs. Goniwicha is survived by two children, James Lee Goniwicha Jr. of Wheaton, Minnesota and Sherry Leann Smock and husband, Mike of Paris; six grandchildren, James Lee Goniwicha III, Jakobe Goniwicha, Kristine Smock, Michael Smock Jr., Kora Smock, and Travis Smock; and two brothers, Scotty Longshore of Paris and Jimmy Longshore and wife, Juanita of Visalia, California.  She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings.

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obituaryCharles Robert Delphenis died quietly in his home on Feb 1, 2014. He was known to many in the North Dallas area as a kind and loving man who was devoted to his family, his faith and community service. He embraced his hard scrabbled east Texas roots, and always looking for opportunity, became a successful self-made man. He loved his family, his pets, especially his beloved dog, Ashley, his RV and his nightly Scotch. Many will remember him as a gentleman and a scholar, with a quick dry Texas wit, and broad infectious laugh that matched his zeal for life.

Charles Robert Delphenis was born to Charles Crawford and Nancy Della Cruse Delphenis on September 1, 1927 in Paris, Texas. He graduated from Paris High School in 1944, Paris Junior College in 1948 and the University of Texas with a B.B.A. (Marketing) in 1951. During his UT days, he was a proud member of the Silver Spurs and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In 1969 he graduated from Harvard School of Business 57th Advanced Management Program.

Charles served his country as a Photographer’s Mate in the Navy from 1946 to 1947.

Following graduation from the University of Texas, Charles worked in Washington, D. C. as a research assistant for the late Congressman Wright Patman. In September 1952, he joined The H. W. Gossard Co. of Chicago, Illinois, as a salesman for the southwest Texas territory. He became president of the company in 1974 and served in that capacity until 1978. In 1978, he returned to Texas where he served in an executive capacity with the Commodore Financial Corp. and related companies until his retirement in 1984.

Charles was an active member of the Northaven United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Park Cities (Dallas). Charles loved music, and was a longtime and devoted member of both the choir and bell choir at the church.

He was equally committed to public service as his faith, and served as Rotary president in 1990/1991 and was active in several literacy programs. He delivered Meals-On-Wheels for over 21 years as a part of his volunteer activities for the club. In acknowledgment of his dedicated public service in 2013 he received the club’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Devotion to the Ideals and Principles of Rotary.

On June 16, 1979, Charles was married to Jeanne Marie Prztula of Justice, Illinois. They were married in the Palos Hills United Methodist Church. His son Ray served as his best man.

Charles is survived by his wife, Jeanne Marie Delphenis, his son by his first wife, Raymond Charles Delphenis and his wife, Barbara Pritchard of Los Angeles, California. He is also survived by his sister, Alice Coker of Montgomery, Texas. Also surviving are his niece, Nancy Hyde and her husband, Arthur Hyde II of Suwanee, Georgia, his nephews, Gordon Coker and his wife, Linda, and Robert Coker and his wife, Denyce, of Montgomery, Texas. He is also survived by numerous Crawford, Scrivner, Cruse, and

Coleman cousins throughout Texas and the rest of the country. Charles was preceded in death by his first wife Florence Durkin of Waukegan, Illinois.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at Northaven United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. on February 22, 2014. The church is located at 11211 Preston Road (corner of Northaven Road) in Dallas 75230. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Celebration Garden of Northaven United Methodist Church where he will be inurned, your local animal shelter or to the charity of your choice.