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Obituaries for Tuesday, May 27th

Newborn feet in Dad's hands
Newborn feet in
Dad’s hands

Ariana Elise Holt, infant daughter of Levi and Amanda Holt of Sumner, Texas passed peacefully into the arms of Her Lord, Jesus Christ, Thursday, May 22, 2014.

The precious life of Ariana Elise is remembered and deeply loved by her grandparents, Ed & Tanya Holt; Aunts: Rebekah, Anna, Bethany, Mary Kay, and Priscilla Holt; Uncles: Coleman, Wyche, and Silas Holt.

“I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

A Poem for Ariana

On mortal earth we pause to honor,

Your priceless life passed to life eternal.

We humbly accept Christ’s will this day.

His choice to personally teach you His Way.


What a contented child you must be,

To be so loved and chosen of the Lord!

Your absence leaves a painful void—a blank.

Tho’ happy in Jesus you are, O saint.


Your first sight was that of Christ.

Your first smiles reflect His glory.

Your first giggles join the throng,

Of angelic, joyful song.


While weeping expresses our depth of loss,

Christ has overcome death on the cross.

We will rise to meet you exalted one day,

To embrace you with arms no longer clay.


Now we rest you in the Master’s Hands,

To be lovingly cradled by our King.

A Crown of Life adorns your tiny head.

You’ll play with Angels. On gold you’ll tread.


Though your life was formed in secret,

Your presence cannot be replaced.

Never to be forgotten, my precious niece,

Our Princess of Heaven—Miss Ariana Elise.

                                                  -From Your Aunt Rebekah

Ray 20001Jim Hal Ray, 86, of Paris, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 29th at Providence Cemetery with Josh Ray officiating. No formal visitation will be scheduled.

Mr. Ray, the son of Chris & Lora Mae Ingram Ray, was born July 10, 1927, in Biardstown. On Oct. 4, 1947, he married Exie Ringwald, building sixty-six years of family and memories. He served in the U. S. Marine Corp being honorably discharged in 1945. Jim was a member of First Baptist Church of Paris. His career in the auto parts business spanned forty-two years before his retirement. He worked for Automotive, which then became Green Light Automotive and then Parts Plus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings; Harold, Fred, Charlie, Allie Mae and Margaret.

Survivors include his wife, Exie, sons, Mike Ray & wife Terry and Tim Ray & wife Linda, daughter, Terri Long & husband Dawl, grandsons, Chris Long & wife Angie, Clint Long & wife Lisa, Josh Ray & wife Janelle and Adam Ray & wife Kristin, granddaughter, Kelli Clemens & husband Andrew, six great grandchildren along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends.

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William Travis Edwards, 74, of Paris passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Paris Regional Medical Center.

He was born on August 3, 1939 in Paris, Texas a son of Horace William and Ruth Beatrice Henderson Edwards. He was retired from UARCO Inc. as a finishing operator after having worked 25 years. Mr. Edwards proudly served in the U.S. Army, US Air Force Reserve and was retired from the Texas Air National Guard after 21 years. He was a Baptist minister, a member of Abundant Life Church in Minter, National Guard Assoc. of Texas, and the American Legion.

He will be remembered as a family man loving his family, very patriotic, as a woodworker, and being a history buff especially military history. Mr. Edwards also loved going to church and playing his harmonica. On December 12, 1998 he married Edna V. Currin Freeman.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife Edna Edwards; daughters Kris Edwards, Stephanie Wesley, Melanie Black, and Gina Muh’d; sister Norene Melton; grandchildren Nicole Bolton, April Wesley, Ashley Langston, and Robert Ensor; great grandchildren Tanner Langston, Alexis Ensor, and Brooks Ensor.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Donnie Sherrill and Rev. Frank York officiating. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Army Funeral Detail and the Patriot Guard. Pallbearers will be Jason Currin, Danny Perry, Monty Thomas, Mike Gordon, Paul Barnum, and Gene Cavender. Family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. till service time on Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting



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