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Obituaries for Friday, April 25th

obituaryNorma Leigh Parr Shipman, December 6, 1924–April 23, 2014.  Norma Leigh Parr Shipman, 89 of Texarkana, Texas and Roxton, Texas, (always in her heart) died as a result of a fall while celebrating Easter with her daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters, grandson-in-law, and three genius great-grandchildren in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  Norma was a graduate of Maud High School in Maud, Texas.  She held both Bachelors and Masters degrees from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas, and had done doctoral studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Norma was a beloved home economics teacher at both Roxton and Paris High Schools and also at East Texas State University.  She worked as an Area Supervisor for the Texas Education Agency.  Norma loved travel and learning new things but never stopped dreaming of moving back to Roxton.  Her enthusiasm and energy level were endless.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Mary Parr of Maud, Texas, her cherished husband, Ralph Roden Shipman of Roxton, Texas, and two brothers, Billy and Cadar Parr, both of Maud, Texas.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Henry Harris of Redding, California, her four grandchildren, Clinton Ralph Harris of Mesa, Arizona, Caleigh Elizabeth Evans and her husband Tate of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Cameron Lee Harris of Bend, Oregon, and Cadee Rebekah Harris of Denver, Colorado.  Norma also enjoyed four great grandchildren, Freedom Dakota Harris of The Woodlands, Texas, and Griffin Harris Evans, Reagan Elizabeth Evans, and Wyatt MacRae Evans all of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She is also survived by her younger sister, Margaret Barrett of DeKalb and Texarkana, Texas.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Cornerstone Retirement Center in Texarkana on Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 PM.  Graveside services will be held at Restland Cemetery in Roxton on Monday, April 28, at 11:00 AM.  The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Norma’s name to Macula Vision Research Foundation, One Tower Bridge, 100 Front Street, Suite 300, West Conshohocken, PA 19418-2894 or on line at  Online
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Joel D. Webb, Jr. 74, of Dallas, formerly of Howland, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at his home.  A graveside service is set for 1:00 PM, Monday, April 28, 2014 at Restland Cemetery in Roxton with Mr. Webb’s son-in-law, Mike Adams, officiating.  The family will receive guests at the home of Faye Kirkham following the graveside service.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Joel was born December 22, 1939 in Greenville, Texas to Joel D. and Kathryn Lamm Webb.  He attended school in Crystal City until the third grade.  He graduated from Roxton High School.  Mr. Webb worked in the computer/data processing department for Bank of America prior to his retirement.  He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Webb; four daughters, Lezlie Adams and husband, Mike, Wendy Owen and husband, Rick, Jodi Draughon, and Amanda Jouett and husband, Josh; nine grandchildren, Chris Adams, Kristen Smith, Whitney Owen, Britney Owen, Christopher Draughon, Cheyenne Draughon, Chelsi Draughon, Haley Jouett, and Katie Jouett; and three great-grandchildren, Zoey Adams, Gage Owen, and Alivia Owen.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gary Webb.

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