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Obituaries for Monday, March 24th

Simmons0001James A. Simmons, 83, of Taylortown, our daddy and papa left this earth at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Bryan Mackey & Rev. David Gillean officiating. Burial will follow in Rockford Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 – 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Terry Don & Geney Simmons, 4546 FM 1498, Paris, TX 75462.

James retired from Campbell Soup Company. He loved the land and the country living. He lived in Taylortown where he raised chickens and raised a calf named Flop that kept him busy in his later years of life. His dog, Dot, was his partner in crime.

James A. Simmons was born to Cecil & Emma Simmons on Aug. 2, 1930. His parents preceded him in death along with three brothers, Clayton, Robert & A. D. Simmons, one sister, Eugene Simmons and a sister-in-law, Joyce Simmons.

On Dec. 24, 1951, he married Mary Alice Templeton, building forty-nine wonderful years of family and memories before her death on Feb. 5, 2001. He then married Nancy Reed Buck on Aug. 6, 2003, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 6, 2011.

Survivors include four sons & spouses; Edward & Merlene Simmons of Derrider, LA, James Stanley & Lisa Simmons of Taylortown, Terry Don & Geney Simmons of Slabtown and Rodger Dale & Sandra Simmons of Paris, four daughters and spouses; Peggy & Dale Crenshaw of Pattonville, Brenda & Roger Boren of Reno, Paula & Steve Wagner of Keller and Barbara “Niece” and Kevin Parsons of Belk, grandchildren; Kyle & Mickie Wagner, Matthew & Diane Wagner, Mary Beth & Shaun Cross, Randa & Chris Parris, Christie & Standa Selejov, Tara & Jason Cullum, Eric & Dallas Simmons, Gená & Bradley Morrison, Ryan Floyd, Logan & Luke Parsons, Juanita “Merci”  & David Lambert, Robin & David Sweeney, Kayla & John Hunt, Lance & Michelle Skinner, Tiffany Dawson, Stoney Stout, and Beverly & J.J. Perez, 31  great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, his step-children, Stephanie & Benny Landers, Teresa & John Barnett, and Dewayne & Amy Buck, step-grandchildren; Alonna & Jake Barnett, Jessie, Zack and Emily, his “DQ” Dairy Queen family, his home away from home, he loved you guys. His At Home Health caregivers, Amy, Krista & Susan, you’re the best.

Dad’s favorite things to say were, “I’m richer than any millionaire. I have eight children, four girls and four boys, and not one of them has ever been in trouble.” We were his pride and joy. The life skills and wisdom that we learned as children and now adults has helped us overcome the trials of life and gave us the skills to be productive in life. A legacy of love and care he gave to us all. He will surely be missed.  Another favorite saying was, “I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in.” and “I have my own teeth, I can still hear, and I can read without glasses.” Another favorite saying when asked how are you doing Mr. Simmons? “I’m okay, I’m above ground,” he would reply.

Yes you are above ground Daddy, “Go Rest High On That Mountain” with the Father & the Son. We love you until we meet again, your children, the Simmons eight.

Casket bearers will be: Lance Skinner, Logan Parsons, Luke Parsons, Eric Simmons, Kyle Wagner, Matthew Wagner, Shaun Cross, Chris Parris, Bradley Morrison, David Lambert, Jason Cullum, Ryan Floyd, Stoney Stout, David Sweeney and John Hunt.  To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit

moore001Wendell Royce Moore, 83, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Ramseur Baptist Church with Rev. John Brown, Rev. Don Morton and Rick Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Gardens. Family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home and one hour prior to service at the church.

Mr. Moore was born on October 7, 1930 in Lamar County a son of Willie Marion and Ellda Jerigan Moore. He worked for Cummer Graham and began working at Campbell Soup Company retiring in May of 1992 after 27 ½ years. He was a member of Ramseur Baptist church where he served as an usher for many years and the Paris Masonic Lodge # 27 A.F. & A.M. After retiring he enjoyed collecting tin cans.

On February 25, 1956 in Paris he married the former Dorothy Onedia Canida giving them 58 years of happy family memories. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter Anita Moore.

Survivors include his spouse Dorothy Onedia Moore; daughter Anita Moore; brother Ray Moore and wife Greta of Sherman; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by three sisters Joyce Fail, Ruth Jackson, Dorothy Smith and two brothers Archie Moore and Bill Mack Moore.

Pallbearers will be Gary Bridgers, Ted Fortner, Tony Watkins, Clayton Watkins, Ralph Hoffman, and Dale Loggins. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

dempseyPURNIE ALLENE DEMPSEY, 88, returned to her home of Lamar County for just a few days before leaving for her eternal home on Friday March 21, 2014 at Brentwood Terrace. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct graveside rites at 2:00 p.m. Sunday March 23, 2014 at Long Cemetery, with Rev. Fred Fangio officiating.

Purnie was born October 25, 1925 in Powderly, a daughter of Lee H. and Oma Rose Saffell. She attended Powderly schools, and was of the Baptist faith. She spent her life professionally as a cook, then after retirement  enjoyed serving and participating in Senior Centers, especially during the years she spent in Snyder, Texas, when she was a member of the Snyder Senior Center Kitchen Band.

She married Loyed Boyed Dempsey on October 10, 1942, just prior to his entering  the military during World War II. They enjoyed fifty-eight years of marriage until his death on January 30, 2000.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Houston Saffell, and a sister, Janet Hall.

Purnie is survived by three sons, Loyed Dempsey, of Houston, Billy Dempsey, of Pasadena, and Dwight Dempsey, of Texas City; four grandchildren; two sisters, Vivian Cochran, of Snyder and Wanda Tubb, of Farmington, New Mexico; a brother, W.R. Saffell, of Paris; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may register in Purnie’s Book of Memories at

Mark Metcalf0001Mark Metcalf, 52, of Blossom, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at his home.

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 25th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Glynn Vickers officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mark, the son of Thomas Ladd & Rebecca Salter Metcalf, was born February 9, 1962, in Paris.  He graduated from Paris High School and Paris Junior College. He worked for Crews Carpets and later owned & operated his own carpet store. He then began a career with Paris Industries that spanned twelve years before the plant closed. Mark later began working for Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas.

He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and had been very active in the Jaycee’s and was named Jaycee of the Year along with other honors in that organization.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John Orion Metcalf and a great nephew, Colton Blake Cochran.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Sikes Metcalf, whom he married on Dec. 17, 2011, a step-son, Jackson Tyler Brown of Blossom, a brother, Thomas Morgan Metcalf & wife Jean of Denison, his mother-in-law, Melba Sikes of Paris, a niece, Kristi Cochran of Paris, three nephews, Morgan Metcalf of Denison, Kyle Metcalf of Denison and Clint Moore & wife Tanteta of Paris, great nieces, Harlee & Preslee Cochran and Kaitlyn & Rachel Metcalf along with a plethora of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Clint Moore, Paul Kuykendall, Michael Cox, Kyle Metcalf, Tommy Sikes and Henry Sikes.

wood kellyPN2Patricia Lou Wood, 69 of Terrell, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014.  A graveside service has been set for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at Tigertown Cemetery with Rev. John Lowrie officiating. No formal visitation has been set. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

She was born in Paris on September 8, 1944 to Raymond and Maxel Bean Landers. She married Kenneth “Harry” Wood on August 9, 1969 in Paris.  She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Kenneth “Harry” Wood; children, Kyle Wood and wife Lori, Kelly Wood; grandsons, Christian Wood and Trey Mingus; several nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, June Cox and Ann Bush; aunt, Zona Mae Bean.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Christopher Nichols, Stuart Thomas, Jeff Cox, Bryan David Wood, John Noel Wood and Ryan Beck.  Online condolences may be sent to the Wood family at

Kenneth E. Johnson, 72, of Powderly passed away Friday March 21, 2014 at his home. Fry-Gibbs Funeral has charge of cremation arrangements.

Kenneth was born in Fannin County on June 6, 1941 a son of Monroe and Dolly Martin Johnson. He married Lenora Mooneyham in Lamar Co. on April 14, 1978. He was employed by UARCO for nearly 30 years then by Kimberly Clark for 15 years. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam Era.

He is survived by his wife Lenora; children Michael Everett Johnson and wife Virginia, Brad Adams and wife Kara; grandchildren Joya Johnson, Ayriana Johnson, Hendrix Johnson, Bailey Adams, Lenza Clark, Clara Adams, Kalee Adams, Brohdee Adams; step-grandchildren Nicholas Middleton and Crystal May; several children that called him “PaPa”; mother Dolly Adkins; sister Shirley Anderson; niece Jeri Anderson; nephew Terry Anderson along with several others.

Online condolences may be made at

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