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Obituaries Tuesday, June 17th

dobbsBillie Laverne Dobbs, 82, of Paris, Texas, passed away following a lengthy illness on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

The youngest of nine children, Billie grew up in Oklahoma during the years following the Great Depression. After graduating from Atoka High School in 1949, she worked as a court reporter before she married and became a homemaker and a loving mother of three.

Billie later worked in real estate at Lake Kiowa, Texas, before marrying James Dobbs in 1982. In 1997, they built a home near Paris, Texas, and spent their retirement years enjoying extended camping trips, local bluegrass music events, and country-western dancing. But most of all, Billie treasured her time with family and a wide circle of friends. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Clardy.

Although petite, Billie played basketball in high school for the Atoka Wampus Cats. She maintained her lifelong interest in the sport, frequently cheering on youth teams. She was a dedicated Dallas Mavericks fan who welcomed the start of each new season with great enthusiasm.

In 2000, she received a liver transplant, which blessed her family and friends with 14 more years of her love and attention. In acknowledgment of the efforts and devotion of medical transplant teams, the family requests any memorial contributions be made to the Southwest Transplant Alliance.

Preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings, survivors include her husband of 32 years, James Dobbs; sister, Martha Keenon; daughter, Jeannie Birdwell and husband, Gary; son, Jim Hankins and wife, Lydia; daughter, Sherri Hankins; daughter, Barbara Shipman and husband, Gary; three grandchildren, Loren Goethals, Kim Shipman, and Sayle Shipman; seven great-grandchildren; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home in Pairs will host visitation at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June18, and funeral services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19. Interment will be at 3:00 p.m. in Leesburg, Texas. Pallbearers are Jim Walls, Ken Mason, Haskell Maroney, Jo Bob Stewart, Gary Shipman, Gary Birdwell and Jim Hankins.

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Betty Jane Justus Wilson passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Brentwood Terrace.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens with Patrick Cannon officiating. Services are under the direction of the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent by visiting


Betty was born June 8, 1939 to Johnny H. and Vera Upchurch Justus. She attended East Paris Elementary and Paris High School. She was a member of College Church of Christ.


Betty’s hobbies were puttering around with her flowers, sewing and making crafts and for the last 6 years she enjoyed playing bingo at Brentwood Terrace. On June 9, 1971 she married Joe L. Wilson. He passed away April 15, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and older sister, Geneva Ann Pate. Two brothers-in-law, Norman Dee Pate and Billy Ray Ferguson.


She is survived by a sister Mary Marie Ferguson, nieces, Beverly Dianne Pate, Patricia Ann Ferguson and Barbara Lynn Ferguson Cole, and nephew, William Keith Ferguson. Five great nieces and and one great-great niece and nephew.

Shirley Mae Coltrain, 64, of Paris, formerly of Willits, CA, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Cremation was under the care & direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.

Shirley was born Oct. 18, 1949, in Ft. Bragg, CA.

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Ella Rose Scott, 74, of the Georgia Community, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21st, at Georgia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Scott was born May 31, 1940, in McComb, Ohio. Survivors include her husband, James Scott, one son, David Shafer of Montpelier, OH, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two sisters, Carol Ann Prater and Janet Anders both of Findley, OH, a brother, Kerwin Shafer of Findley, OH along with several nieces and nephews.

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