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Obituaries for Sunday July 6, 2014

CarpenterMARY “Mimi” CARPENTER 85, of Forest Chapel, passed away at 10:55 AM, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Paris Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services are set for 10:00 AM, Monday, July 7, 2014 at Belk United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Hutchison and Rev. Betty Lyke officiating.  Burial will follow in West Post Oak Cemetery.  The family will gather with friends following the graveside service at the church during the luncheon.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

She was born Mary Lingerfelt on November 21, 1928 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  She married Wallace Carpenter on January 30, 1946 and moved to Texas.  Together they had two children, Mike and Deborah.  Mary worked as a seamstress for Hollywood Vassarette and continued various sewing projects after retiring.

Known as “Mimi” by her loved ones, she enjoyed her soap operas, particularly General Hospital.  Her Kindle Fire was always close at hand and Words with Friends was always going.  She enjoyed playing Sudoku puzzles and Bridge.  She also enjoyed cooking and having meals prepared but wasn’t fond of people ruining their appetites.  Mary was a member of Belk United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Carpenter was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Carpenter; her mother, Bessie Rymer Lingerfelt; and her brother, Ralph Lingerfelt.  She is survived by her two children, Mike Carpenter and wife, Judy of Arlington, Texas and Deborah Horton and husband, Reggie of Forest Chapel; three grandchildren, Shane Horton of Arlington, Monica Wilkins and husband, Mike of Grant, Oklahoma, and Leighanna Gathings and husband, Ben of Arlington; three great-grandchildren, Trail Wilkins, Rainin Wilkins, and Benjamin Gathings; and her twin sister, Bettye Varnell of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Pallbearers are Shane Horton, Ben Gathings, Mike Wilkins, Trail Wilkins, Walter Dent, Mike Parsons, and Jeff Knight.

If desired memorials may be made to Belk United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made to Mrs. Carpenter’s family by visiting

Hazel jpgHazel Bullard Auldridge, 68, of Paris, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 12th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Ricky McFadden officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Forest Chapel Cemetery.

Hazel, the daughter of John Elmer & Alma Alice Bailey Bullard, was born April 20, 1946, in Hatfield, AR.

On Oct. 21, 1967, she married Ralph Ray Auldridge, building forty-three years of family and memories before his death on Nov. 26, 2010. She had been very active in the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post # 5076 in Garland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Wesley Ben Auldridge, who passed away at their home in Garland on Feb. 24, 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Collins & husband Todd of Rowlett, grandchildren, Lydia Mae Collins, Austin Ray Joseph Collins, Wesley Todd Collins and Quincy Adam Collins, nephews “The Boys”, Thomas Henry Auldridge, Danny Auldridge, Billy “Billum” Auldridge and Kenny Auldridge, brothers & sisters, Ben B. Bullard & wife Glenda, Maggie Bullard & husband Juan, Edward Bullard & wife Cheryl and Ruby Douglas & husband Johnie along with a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, Hazel had asked that memorials be sent to the Cardiac Unit of Children’s Medical Center, 1935 Medical District Dr., Dallas, TX  75235.

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bellVIRGINIA BELL 90, of Paris, died at, Friday, July 4, 2014 at Heritage House of Paris.  Funeral services are set for 1:00 PM, Monday, July 7, 2014 at the United Pentecostal Church of Paris with Rev. Robert Myre and Rev. John David Griffith officiating.  Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery in Cunningham.  The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:00 PM Sunday evening at the funeral home and at Mrs. Bell’s residence at all other times.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Virginia was born May 1, 1924 in Cunningham to Ural David and Ida Mae Posey DeShong.  She graduated from Cunningham schools and married Larry O. Bell on July 4, 1942 in Cunningham.  He died June 18, 2010.  Mrs. Bell was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Paris and taught Sunday School there for over 60 years.

Mrs. Bell was devoted to her Lord Jesus and her entire family.

Mrs. Bell is survived by four children, Linda and Larry Ray of Summerville, South Carolina, Ann and Sonny Thompson of Blossom, David and Denise Bell of Paris, and Michael Bell of Dallas; ten grandchildren, Teri and Waymon Creamer of Paris, Kathy and Larry Ballard of Reno, Kristen and Clay Carsner of Reno, Tracy Ray of Summerville, South Carolina, Jamie Ray of North Charleston, South Carolina, Rodney and Becky Jones of Paris, Crystal and Rod Richardson of Reno, Jeff and Vicki Jones of Paris, Stacie and Matt Bratcher of Blossom, and Hannah and Jim White of Lewisville, Texas; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers are Cameron Creamer, Tyler Creamer, Brenton Pentecost, Michael Womack, Daniel Lawrence, and Waymon Creamer.

If desired, memorials may be made to Outreach Ministries of United Pentecostal Church.

Online condolences may be made to the Bell family by visiting

brown002Christopher Clay Whitaker passed away peacefully on the afternoon of July 3rd, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born October 5, 1961 to Gail and Doyle Whitaker. His grandparents were Mr.  & Mrs. Sam Whitaker and Mr. & Mrs. Finis Gifford. He grew up in Paris and attended Paris schools where he met Amanda Brown. They were married June 28, 1985. Chris and Amanda have four children, Sarah and husband Josh Rea, Sam Whitaker, Will Whitaker and Ben Whitaker. He graduated from the University of North Texas and then accepted employment at Vought Aerospace in Grand Prairie. He returned with his family to Paris to work with his father in the construction business in 1995. He was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Paris.

A wonderful husband, caring father, and thoughtful friend, Chris was a man with a love for people. He greatly loved his church, the outdoors, his guitar, but most of all his family. He was a very caring person who has left a lasting legacy of love and will always be with us.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Monday July 7, 2014 in First Baptist Church with Dr. Tommy Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 3:00 P.M. till 4:00 P.M. Monday at the church.

Pallbearers are Randy Osburn, Randy Abernathy, Drew Temple, Mike Adkins, Shawn Reeves, and Mike Boswell.

The family wishes to express their deep love and appreciation for all the prayers, comfort and support extended to them over the last two years. Special gratitude goes out to Leah Denison, Gina Lancaster, Greg Crawford and all the people at Guardian Home Health, Rachel Wood and all the great people at Platinum Hospice Care, and Dr. Celeste Wilcox and all of her tremendous staff.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church of Paris, which held a special place in Chris’ heart.

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