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Obituaries for Monday, July 7th

Archer002WANDA ANN JONES ARCHER, aka ‘Grandma’, 75, of Faught, passed away surrounded by family at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas on Saturday July 5, 2014.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday July 8, 2014 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Dickey officiating. Interment will follow in Meadowbrook Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Wanda was born in Jennings to Otto and Hazel Dockery Jones on March 1, 1939. She married  TSgt Tillman J Archer on Feburary 22, 1955, and traveled the world to Europe, Africa, and all over the United States. She was a woman of many traits, enjoyed many things, but her most prized possession was her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Tillman; a daughter, Linda Archer; sisters, Shirley Pate, and Mary Lollar and husband, Jerry; brother, Charles Jones, and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Frazier.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Archer and wife Robbie, of Paris and Daniel Archer and wife Christie, of Timpson; grandchildren Ena Black, of Paris, Mitzi Boehlar and husband Wayne, of Reno, MacKenzie Archer, of Dallas, Steven Holt, of San Antonio, Michael Holt, of Paris, Tanar Gilaspie, of Dallas, Jace, Cade, and Kendall Archer, of Timpson; great-grandchildren Brenton Black and wife Bessi, of Paris, Mitchell Black and wife Brooke, of Paris, Sean and Ashlyn Price, of Reno; great-great grandchildren Levi and Sarah, of Paris; a sister Bonnie Frazier, of Paris; and a multitude of special friends and extended family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Arron Honsinger (standing in for Honorary Pallbearer Marine PFC Sean Price), Ciro Peralta, Jace and Cade Archer, Joseph Passano, Jonathan Archer, Michael and Steven Holt. Friends may register in Wanda’s Book of Memories at

Edeyke001lmer Herman Deyke entered into eternal rest on July 5th 2014, in Ft. Worth, TX.

Born June 8, 1922 to Herman and Louise (Loseke) Deyke, in Platte County, Nebraska.  He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Missouri Synod Church, Columbus, Nebraska.

Fry – Gibbs Funeral Home, Paris, TX are handling arrangements, and services will be held Tuesday, July 8th, at 2pm, Fry Gibbs Chapel, with Reverend Toby Byrd officiating, with visitation from 1pm to 2pm, prior to the service. Interment will be at Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Columbus Nebraska, in the family plot, on  Friday July 11th at 2pm.  Visitation from 12:00 to 2pm, at Christ Lutheran, with service to follow in church, with Reverend Aaron Witt officiating.

Elmer attended Parochial school at Christ Lutheran and went through the eighth grade.  He then took over the work on the family farm and continued to run the farm after his father was injured in a farming accident.

On September 18, 1949, he married Mildred Martensen, they had 6 children, and were married for 27 years.  This marriage ended, and he later married Frances Smith on May 21, 1977, enjoying 23 years together until her death in Dec 2000.

Elmer farmed until it was necessary to sell the farm, at which time he moved to Colorado, working as a vending machine serviceman, and then as a milkman, delivering milk to customers in and around Boulder, Colorado, driving up in the mountains on narrow, treacherous roads in the winter.  He moved his family to Texas, where he went back to farming, then manager of a hog farm, and finally as a commercial carpenter.  His career as a commercial carpenter continued until his retirement, and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpentry, extending over 45 years, up until his death.

Elmer enjoyed fishing, camping, feeding and watching birds and identifying all the ones that were on “his place,” gardening, playing cards, but his greatest passion, was playing his accordion, “120 key Bass”. He self taught himself at age 14 when his parents gave him an accordion for Christmas, and never learned to read music, but played by ear. He traded up several times to his present accordion he has had since 1946. He played in several Polka bands in Nebraska, as a young man, and after he retired, moved back to Nebraska, and played in a polka band again, playing at the American Legion and at local nursing homes as well.

In 2004 he returned to Texas where lived until his death.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Paris, TX.

He is survived by his six children and their families; son, Arlo (wife Sue) Deyke and children Leasha West, and Jeff Deyke; wife Yvette and great grandson Koen. Daughters;  Sylvia Lueker; husband Ron, grandson Shane Greer and wife Heather, great grandsons Michael and Tyler. Sheryl Moore; husband Bill, step grandchildren, Jennifer Moore, Paul Moore; wife Jenny and great step grandchildren, Abby and Jake Moore. Sheila Henry, granddaughter Stephanie Goff and great granddaughter Spencer Goff. Daughter, Sonja Hoggard SuLee Waters and husband Gary. Many other friends and cousins also survive.

He was preceeded in death by his wife Frances Ruth Deyke, his parents, sister Elsie Patrick, and ex wife Mildred Deyke Clements.

Edgar Earl Johnston, 75, of Paris, passed away Sunday, July 06, 2014, at his home.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Fangio & Rev. Ollie Lee officiating and music provided by Rev. Doug Holt. Burial will follow in East Post Oak Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Ed, the son of Ernest & Essie Mae Holcomb Johnston, was born November 8, 1938, in Dallas.

He served in the National Guard and trained under the U. S. Army. His career with the U. S. Postal Service, which spanned 34 years, began in Dallas where he ran a letter sorting machine. When he and his family moved to Paris in 1975, he was a letter carrier here in the city until his retirement.

Edgar was a member of Paris Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Lee Johnston, whom he married in August of 1958, building fifty-five years of family and memories, three children, Vicki Reves & husband Steven of Pattonville, T. J. Chappell & husband Jimmy of Pattonville and Barry Johnston & wife Anja of Garland, three grandchildren, Danielle Johnston, Jessica Johnston and Amanda Chappell along with several nieces & nephews.

Casket bearers will be: Stanley Cope, D. C. Ford, Jackie Gilbert, Brent Hyde, David Hawkins and Harold Wilson. Leroy Samuels & Billy Ray Gentry will serve as an honorary bearers.

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