Miscellaneous Lamar County, Texas Obituaries

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Melba Jean Bethea

FORDYCE, Ark. — Melba Jean Bethea, 55, of Hampton, Ark., died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, in her home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Woodbury Baptist Church. Burial was made in New Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Arlis East and the Rev. Billy Joe Evans officiating. Benton Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

She was born Dec. 28, 1946, to the late Harry Arthur and Ella Dell Sena Shults. She was a faithful member of Woodberry Baptist Church, a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lillie Mae Gatlin.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Bethea of Hampton; two sons, Bryan Bethea and wife, Jennifer, of Paris, Kevin Bethea and wife, Carrie, of Paris; three daughters, Brenda Clark and husband, Terry, of Hampton, Tammie Brumley and husband, Dean of Smackover, Ark. and Christi Dickey of Paris; one brother, William Shults of Pine Bluff, Ark.; a sister, Eva Dell Wallace of Pine Bluff; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Dr. Billie Max Felty

Dr. Billie Max Felty, 75, of Paris, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, in Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in First Christian Church with Dr. Raymond Armstrong and the Rev. Jim Hollingsworth officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born May 3, 1927, in Savage, a son of Nevil and Esther Green Felty. He was a graduate of Bonham High School in 1944, where he excelled in all sports activities. He was a graduate of East Texas State University, where he was a member of the varsity basketbal team and track team, and was a member of Artema Fraternity. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1948. After graduation, he taught school and coached in Kermit. He served in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy.

Dr. Felty entered Baylor Dental College in 1950. He graduated with honors, ranking second in his graduation class. He was a member of the Dental National Fraternity. After graduation he began his dental practice of 48 years in Paris. He was a member of First Christian Church, where he served in many capacities. He served as president of the church board, Sunday school teachers and was instrumental in the building of the new church.

In 1959, he served as chairman of the Lamar County March of Dimes and president of Lamar County Tuberculosis Association. In 1958, he was president of Paris Jaycees and in 1959, received the Distinguished Service Award. In 1959, he was president of Lamar County American Heart Association. He was a member of first district Dental Society, where he served as president.

In 1967, he was elected to the Paris City Council. In 1969, he was re-elected to the council and was named mayor. He was re-elected mayor in 1970. He was elected to the Paris School Board in 1974. In 1980, he was elected as an officer of Red River Valley Fair, serving as second vice president.

He was active in coaching youth activities and Boy Scouts. He was a member of Paris Rotary Club, where he had 20 years of perfect attendance and received the Paul Harris Fellow award. He was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Paris Bass Club, Ducks Unlimited and Skeet Club. he was a member of Paris Golf and Country Club, Gordon Country Club, Big Supper Club, No Theme and Birthday Club.

He married Mary Cain on June 3, 1948, at First Christian Church in Ladonia.

He was preceded in death by a brother, L. L. Felty of Waxahachie; and a sister, Mavis Coleman of San Francisco, Calif.

Survivors include his wife; son, Tommy Felty and wife, Denise, of Paris; two granddaughters, Jessica and Allison Felty; sister, Eunice Felty of Paris; brother, Hal Felty of Grand Prairie; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be W.M. House Jr., Robert Pierson, L.V. Morrow, T.K. Haynes, Dr. Jim Brunette, Dr. Jack Trout, Bill Vest and John Good. Honorary pallbearers will be Paris dentists and North Lamar coaching staff.
 

Charles David ‘Pot’ Potter

CLARKSVILLE — Charles David ‘Pot’ Potter, 68, of Detroit was called home to meet his savior on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, in Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Lindeman Chapel of Clarksville Funeral Home with Benny Cogburn officiating. Burial followed in Detroit Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 28, 1934, in Detroit, the son of Dave and Mary McKey Potter. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Camilla. He was married to Charlene Abbott Potter of Taylortown for 44 years.

Survivors include his wife; five sons, Tony Potter and wife, Kim, of Detroit, David Potter of Detroit, Jeff Potter and wife, Debbie, of Conroe, Greg Potter and wife, Tammy, of Poter and Dean Potter of Camilla; sisters, Mary Ann Wooten and husband, Ike, of Knightsvale, N.C., June Robertson of Detroit, and Tommy Ruth Clarkson and husband, Jimmy, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Justin Vornsand, Paul K. Lewis, Dinger Jaynes, Pat Williams, Mack Harvey and Jimmy Dean.
 

Mary Ellen Thompson

HUGO, Okla. — Mary Ellen Thompson, 64, of Hugo, Okla., died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Messer, Okla., under the direction of Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 22, 1938, in Broken Bow, Okla., to Oscar and Katie Stevenson Hulsey. She married William Thompson Jr. in December of 1956.

Survivors include two daughters, Glenda K. Lathan and Barbara Moffitt, both of Hugo; son, William R. Thompson of Hugo; mother, Katie Hulsey of Hugo; three brothers, Willis Hulsey of Paris, Leon Hulsey of Kilgore and Charlie Hulsey of Brookston; sister, Delphia Murphy of Eugene, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Clarence E. ‘Eddie’ Page

Clarence E. “Eddie” Page, 72, of Paris died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery under the direction of Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home.

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

He was born March 4, 1930, in Paris, the son of John Homer and Elizabeth Irene Norrell Page. He married Lavada Bell “Lee” Lollar Oct. 6, 1976. She preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2001. He was a retired electrician and a Baptist.

Survivors include his son, Charles Page of Dallas; mother, Elizabeth Irene Page of Paris; sister, Betty Wallace of Malvern, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews; 

Pallbearers will be Phillip Peeples, Scottie Norrell, Stephen Holmes, Dean Pool, Neal Barnes, John Clift, Tony Antrim and Marcus Pool. 

Lorraine Blair Morgan

Lorraine Blair Morgan, 84, of Paris passed away Nov. 5, 2002, in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, in the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

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

She was born Sept. 30, 1918, in Paris, a daughter of Andy and Susie Blair. She attended Paris Jr. College and was a member of First United Methodist Church. She married Claud Morgan Sept. 23, 1936, in Antlers, Okla.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Blair and Buddy Blair; and two sisters, Helen Lawrence and Sue Shelton.

Survivors include her husband, Claud Morgan; children, Claud Morgan Jr. and Suzanne Hudgens; grandchildren, Holly Kockman, Russell Morgan Hudgens, Blair Hudgens, Robin Vaughn, Brian Morgan and Erin Morgan.

If desired memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
 

James Hoyt Stonaker

COOPER — James Hoyt Stonaker, 55, of Sulphur Springs, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at his residence.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Grace Family Church in Sulphur Springs. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Delta Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Cooper.

He was born Dec. 26, 1946, the son of Garland Thomas Stonaker and June Choate Stonaker. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Stonaker of Sulphur Springs; parents, Garland and June Stonaker of Sulphur Springs; two sons, James Thomas Stonaker and Jay Randall Stonaker, both of Sulphur Springs; brother, Wendell Stonaker of Sulphur Springs; sisters, Lou Ann Hale of Fairfield and Lana Temples of Paris; grandchild, Hunter Eli Stonaker.

Mary Frances Wakefield

Mary Frances Wakefield, 90, of Paris was called home to meet her Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at the Paris Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Cannon officiating. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 6, 1912, in Paris, a daughter of Oscar and Mattie Bell Howard. She attended Paris Schools and was employed by Ayres Department Store from February 1957 to the closing of the store in September of 1986. She served her Lord in the primary department of First Baptist Church for over 45 years. 

She married John F. Wakefield June 27, 1937, in Paris. He preceded her in death June 24, 1978.

Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Parker and husband, Marion, of Paris and Nancy Williams and husband, Wayne, of St. Jo; four grandchildren, Kim Merritt and Cindy Cope of Paris, Mark Williams of Denver City and John Williams of Odessa; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Merritt, Jason Merritt, Michael Merritt, Mark Williams, Kim Ledbetter and Reggie Cope.

Virginia Pauline Bryan

Virginia Pauline Bryan, 86, of Paris passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, in Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Providence Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Felts officiating. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born June 26, 1916, in Lamar County, a daughter of Will and Winfred Dabbs Parks. She was a housewife and a Baptist. She married Ronso David Bryan April 2, 1932, in Lamar County. They celebrated 70 years of marriage this year. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Billy David Bryan; a grandson, Bryan Day; six brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her husband; children, Betty and Hammond Day, Virginia and Reubin Burnett, Merle and Patsy Bryan, Paul and Judy Bryan, Jim C. and Peggy Bryan and Lynda Bryan, mother of David and Glen; brothers, Gus Parks and wife, Corene; grandchildren, Jane and Steve White, Glenn and Angie Bryan, David and Belinda Bryan, Roger Bryan, Rodney and Joni Bryan, Chesley and Amanda Bryan and Cheyney Bryan; great-grandchildren, Amy Bryan, Ben Bryan, Macey Bryan, Christopher White, Devin and Dana Withers; and great-great-grandchildren, Dalton and Chase White.

Mother is loved and will be missed. She was a wonderful, caring mother. Her favorite saying was “time changes everything.” Time will change, but our love for her will never fade.

Grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

William Watson Cramer

William Watson Cramer, 78, of Paris died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South.

Private funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Lamar County Cemetery under the direction of Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home.

He was born June 18, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a retired auto body man.

Survivors include two sisters, Verna Guyton of Phoenix, Ariz. and Marjorie Joyner of Paris.
 
 

Lillie Faye Tigue Emeyabbi

Lillie Faye Tigue Emeyabbi, 70, of Detroit died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Tigue officiating. Interment will follow in Union Grove Cemetery in Reno under the direction of Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Pikes County, Ark., the daughter of John and Nancy Ellen Yandell Tigue.

She was preceded in death by a husband, Ervin Lee Emeyabbi Sr.; a son, Ervin Lee Emeyabbi Jr.; her parents; and by four brothers.

Survivors include children, Ernie and Karen Emeyabbi, Wayne and Pearl Emeyabbi, Jackie and Sharon Emeyabbi, Faye Marie Bowman, Glenn and Lahoma Hines, Bobby Hines, Tina Hines and Willie and Misty Hines; a brother, Hubert Tigue; sister-in-law, Pauline Tigue; two daughters-in-law, Alice Emeyabbi and Gayla Emeyabbi; 34 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
 

Charles Timothy Griffing

COOPER — Charles Timothy Griffing, 70, of Charleston, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Christus St. Joseph Hospital South.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Charleston United Methodist Church with Gary Regan officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday, in Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas. Delta Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Cooper.

He was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Dallas, the son of Clifford Vardam Griffing and Vera Travis Griffing. He was a retired purchasing manager for Texas Instruments, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and had lived in Charleston the past seven years.

He married Mikel Eiline Rarieden April 22, 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Mikel Griffing of Charleston; four sons, Clifford Timothy Griffing, Michael Phillip Griffing, Patrick David Griffing and Barry James Griffing, all of Dallas; two daughters, Holly Ann Gusick of Fort Worth and Cynthia Drew Alexander of Dallas; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

If desired, memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital of Dallas.
 

Johnny Justiss

Johnny Justiss, 62, of Bellville, formerly of Paris, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, in a Bellville hospital.

Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Evergreen Cemetery with Dr. Raymond Armstrong officiating. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a brother, Dr. Jesse Justiss and wife, Peggy, of Bellville; a sister, Myra Justiss Beach and husband, Bernard, of Shreveport, La.; and several nieces and nephews.
 

Opal White Raulston

CLARKSVILLE — Opal White Raulston, 72, of Weatherford, formerly of Clarksville, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Lindeman Chapel of Clarksville Funeral Home with the Rev. A.B. Kellam officiating. Burial will follow in New Haven Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 20, 1929, in Yokum, the daughter of John and Sweet Yokum White.

Survivors include her son, Gary Raulston and wife, Teresa, of Paris; daughters, Marie Williams and husband, Billy, of Frisco, Sherry Blythe and husband, Gary, JoAnn Story and husband, Dennis, and Treva May and husband, Bart, all of Springtown; mother-in-law, Johnnie Raulston of Clarksville; sisters, Wanda Coffman of Annona, Betty Detrixhe of Fort Worth and Barbara Finley of DeKalb; brothers, J.B. White of Fort Worth and George White of Clarksville; sisters of the heart, Cornelia Raulston, Carolyn Jones, Lena White, Gracie White and Geneva White; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
 

Rodger Wayne Thompson

Rodger Wayne Thompson, 55, of Corinth died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at the Paris United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Robert Myre and the Rev. Wayne Weatheread officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

He was born April 3, 1947, in Paris, a son of Bobby Wayne and Helen Elizabeth Shepard Thompson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Pentecostals of Corinth.

Survivors include a daughter, Monica Thompson Rhodes and husband, Steve, of Tigertown; grandchildren, Savannah Elizabeth Rhodes and Stephen Samuel Rhodes; his mother, Helen Thompson; a grandmother, Emma Elizabeth Horton; a brother, Roy Edward Thompson; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Miller and husband, Larry, of Plano, Charlotte Louise Cunningham and husband, Rorry, of Corinth, Brenda Gale Smith and husband, Charles, of Clarksville.

Serving as pallbearers will be Eddie Dean Hicks, Don Hicks, Charles Hicks, Emory Banker, Danny Banker and Brandon Thompson.

Teddy J. Campbell

BONHAM — Teddy J. Campbell, 65, of White Oak died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2002, at his farm in Windom. 

A family service was held at the Campbell farm in Windom on Saturday, Nov. 9, his ashes were spread on the farm at sunset and his memory toasted by all present.

He was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Gladewater, to Brinkley and Marie Campbell of White Oak. He graduated from White Oak High School and Kilgore College, married the former Jeannette Crutcher and became a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot serving in the Korean War. Upon leaving the Marine Corps he became a commercial airline pilot, flying for Braniff Airlines and then retired after flying for FedEx in Memphis, Tenn.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Campbell of Hot Springs Village; his father, Brinkley Campbell of White Oak; two sons, Robert J. Campbell and wife, Tina, of Fort Hood and Rodney J. Campbell and wife, Patty, of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandsons, Wyatt J. Campbell, Weston J. Campbell and Augustus J. Campbell; and a large extended family.

If desired, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in his name.
 

Sami Dawn Drake

Sami Dawn Drake, 26, of Paris died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, in Lamar County.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, Nov. 8, in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Randall Scott officiating with interment following. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. 

She was born May 31, 1976, in Odessa, a daughter of Arthur and Donna Starns Drake. She was an alumnus of Southeastern Oklahoma University and was a homemaker.

She is survived by three children, Brittainy René, Kimberly Elizabeth and Floyd Otha III; her parents, Arthur and Donna Drake of Oklahoma City; a sister, Victoria Frazier and husband, Russell, of Paris; a grandmother, Sammie Lee Kropp Darnell of Powderly; a grandfather, Don R. Starnes of Channelview; an uncle, Daryl Darnell of Powderly; a niece, Mikaela Dawn; a nephew, Kevin Scott Drake Frazier; and a number of friends.

Serving as pallbearers were Joshua Manuel, Daryl Darnell, Sgt. Terry Roberts, Steve Gray, her father and her brother-in-law.

She is deeply loved and will always be sadly missed.


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