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Obituaries for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

gage russell kennedyGAGE RUSSELL KENNEDY, 18, of Paris, left this world on Sunday May 18, 2014. Following cremation arrangements by Starrett Funeral Home, a memorial service of thanksgiving  and celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday May 21, 2014 in the Auditorium of North Lamar High School with Rev. Ron Smedley officiating.

Gage was born May 3, 1996 in Richardson, a son of Philip Kennedy and Stacy Krattiger Kennedy. A Senior at North Lamar High School, he was known for his talent and abilities in the arts, as well as a love of the theater. A gifted artist, he enjoyed many hours in developing original Anime’ to share with family and friends. The river of his life ran deep; he had the soul of an artist, a heart of love, and arms of compassion to all whose paths he crossed.

He is survived by his mother, Stacy Kennedy, of Paris; his father, Philip, of Kissimee, Florida; a brother, Austin Self, of Garland; two sisters, Nichole Kennedy and Payten Kennedy, both of Paris; his maternal grandparents, Sandra Krattiger, of Sulphur  Springs, and Bradley Krattiger, of Dallas; his loving feline companion Spooky;  and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends whom he loved.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.

If desired, contributions may be made to the Gage Kennedy Memorial Fund at First Federal Community Bank, 630 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460.

Friends may register in Gage’s Book of Memories at

Bill Canaday 002BILLY DEE CANADAY, 81, of Paris, passed from this life after a sudden illness Sunday May 18, 2014 at the Medical Center of Plano. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday May 21, 2014 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Norris officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Hopkins County.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bill was born September 2, 1932 in Yantis, a son of Henry and Cleo Newkirk Canaday.  He attended Yantis schools, then spent a career of thirty-seven years with the ARCO Corporation, now British Petroleum. He was a faithful member of Southside Baptist Church, where he was an usher. His commitment to Christ and His Church led him to a love and concern to all people who were sick or in need, and he spent countless hours visiting the sick and caring for those who could not care for themselves. In his spare time, he loved to attend Estate Sales, and enjoyed buying and selling antiques. He was an avid reader, enjoying Western novels, autobiographies, and politics. Bill was a loyal, red-blooded American, who supported our military, and had a great concern for the American flag and its proper treatment. He loved John Wayne and Billy Graham.

Bill married Wysta Jean Martin on November 10, 1951 in Sulphur Springs, and they spent over sixty-two years of building family and memories.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Sharon Meredith and Pamela Eaton; a grandson, Joshua Eaton; his parents; four brothers, Curtis Canaday, David Leon Canaday, James W. Canaday and Andrew Canaday; three sisters, Bessie Stribling, Audrey Wallace, and Margie French.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Jean; a daughter, Debra Margraves and her husband Joe Bob, of Paris; nine grandchildren, Leasa Duron, Chris Margraves, Tiffany LeMonte, Ben Margraves, Jeremy Furr, Ronnie Smith, Jenna Margraves, Crystal Meredith, and Billy Eaton; sixteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jelline Steed, of Sulphur Springs, and Odeen Walker, of Waynesboro, Mississippi;  his loving and loyal canine companion Blue; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Margraves, Ben Margraves, Ronnie Smith, Billy Eaton, Marcus Koenig, Derek Margraves and Daren Margraves.  Honorary pallbearers are the men of the Adult Men’s II Sunday School class at Southside Baptist Church, John Cole, Bobby Bangs, and John Powell.

Friends may register in Bill’s Book of Memories at