|James Dillard Stevens Jr.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — James Dillard Stevens Jr., 66, died Sunday, March
25, 2001. He was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
He is survived by his mother, Nan Stevens; brothers Leeman Stevens
and wife Patti of Manassas, Va. and Stephen E. Stevens and wife Patty of
Albuquerque; sisters, Charlotte N. Ferguson and husband Brad of Clovis,
Calif., and Karen K. Kerby and husband Dale of Albuquerque; sister-in-law
Loraine Hertel and husband Wayne of Albuquerque; uncles Al Yeager and wife
Esther of Paris, Texas, William F. Stevens and wife Inita of Amarillo,
Garland Stevens and wife Wanda of Norman, Okla.; aunts, Nadine Parker,
Mary Ellen Evans and husband Don, all of Amarillo, and Sarah Stevens of
Borger; 14 nieces and nephews; 19 great-nieces and nephews; and many dear
friends. He was preceded in death by his father, James D. Stevens Sr. and
a brother, Larry L. Stevens.
He was reared in the Republic of Panama where he became very active
with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, earning the Eagle Scout
Award. He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow and other scouting
associations. He attained numerous individual and unit scouting awards.
He attended Balboa High School where he was active in the ROTC program
and was the school bugler for the daily raising and lowering of the U.S.
flag. He moved with his family to Albuquerque in 1950 and attended Albuquerque
High School where he was Regimental Commander of the ROTC program, active
in school government, excelled in sports and academics and graduated in
He was a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BA in Inter-American
and Foreign Affairs, Modern and Classical Languages and an MA in Foreign
Affairs. He held a masters degree equivalent in Federal Administration
and Management from the U.S. Department of State and the Army Public Information
and Language School. He served his country in the Army where he set a U.S.
Army physical fitness record, was a member of the Rifle Marksmanship Team
and a member of the 8th Army Corps football and boxing teams.
Following military service, he embarked on teaching and coaching careers
at Cranbrook School in Michigan where he was a member of the Foreign Language
faculty and the wrestling and cross country coach. A career as a U.S. Foreign
Service Officer, including service in the Peace Corps in Latin America,
a member of the United States Olympic Committee, and a passion for sports
and physical fitness, took Jim on a lifetime of worldwide travel to Central
and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
He was instrumental in the development of Olympic programs for the
Amateur Athletic Union, the United States Sports Academy, and the United
States Olympic Committee. He served on President Gerald Ford’s National
Commission for Olympic Sports and the New Mexico Council on Health, Physical
Fitness and Sports. He was a consultant to the U.S. Congress on the formulation
of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. A five-letter varsity athlete, Jim excelled
in swimming and diving and was affectionately nicknamed “Fish.” He lettered
in boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, cross country and track at AHS and UNM.
He was the first UNM wrestler to compete in NCAA championships. While at
UNM, he was All-University Sports Skilled Champion, president of Intramural
Sports Council, president of the Lettermen’s Club and the Athletic Council.
He later served as UNM’s head diving coach and assistant swimming coach
and track coach. His sports accomplishments led him to state and national
Senior Olympics and World Senior and World Masters Games where he earned
gold, silver and bronze medals in various sports, setting records in myriad
events. His past experience in athletics including being an administrator,
coach, official and congressional delegate at seven Pan American and Olympic
Games. He participated in the Pan American Games both as a wrestler and
diver and he was an assistant wrestling coach in the 1972 Olympic Games
in Munich. He made the Olympic wrestling team as an alternate for the 1960
Rome games and had the pleasure of coaching Olympic swimming champion Cathy
Carr and diving champion Janet Ely in their formative years.
Following his overseas travel, he settled in Albuquerque and became
a longtime swimming coach at Albuquerque Academy. His hobbies included
photography, historical research, ballroom dancing and playing the harmonica.
He was active in community affairs such as the preservation of the old
Albuquerque High School and in issues associated with the Albuquerque Sports
Stadium. He was honored with a 1991 Jefferson Award for contributions to
the Bernalillo County Water Safety and Aquatics Education. He was a 32nd
Degree Mason and belonged to the Sandia Mountain Lodge No. 72 of Albuquerque,
the York Rite Bodies of Albuquerque and Scottish Rite Bodies of Santa Fe.
He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Club and Ballut Abyad Shrine
He will be remembered for his selfless service and dedication to the
betterment of athletics in New Mexico and for the recognition of those
who played such important roles in the history of New Mexico sports. In
addition to his numerous achievements in life, he also reached beyond the
realm of these activities and deeply and permanently touched the lives
of many students, co-workers, friends and family members. He was greatly
loved and appreciated and he leaves a part of him in the hearts of us all.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Palm Chapel,
Strong-Thorne Mortuary in Albuquerque. A memorial service will be performed
at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Palm Chapel with Pastor Larry Pierson officiating.
The family requests donations be made in his memory to the UNM Alumni
Lettermen’s Association Scholarship Fund or to the Albuquerque High School
Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Gary Lynn Smith
DEPORT – Gary Lynn Smith, 44, of Deport died Wednesday, March 28, 2001
at Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Wood Funeral Home Chapel
with the Rev. Ed Dodson officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born June 6, 1956, in Paris to Askmo and Annie Laura Thomas
Smith. He was a bricklayer prior to his illness.
Surviving are his father of Deport; a brother, Ronnie Pyles of Paris
and an uncle, Gus Hammonds of Paris. He was preceded in death by his mother
Oct. 6, 1997.
Porter Lee Thomas
Porter Lee Thomas, 100 formerly of Arthur City died at his home in
Dallas on Monday, March 25, 2001.
Services will be a 11:30 a.m. Friday at Maxey Funeral Home Chapel with
the Rev. S.F. Evans officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in
He was born Dec. 25, 1900, to Jay and Lonnie Hamilton Thomas. He was
retired from Pennsylvania Railroad Co.
Surviving are a niece and nephew, Florence Boyd and Richard Boyd and
one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice and a daughter,
Pallbearers will be James Smith, Larry Dennis, Gaylon Brown and Eddie
HUGO, Okla. — Reba Boyers, 88, formerly of Antlers died Wednesday,
March 28, 2001 in Madill.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at First Baptist Church
of Antlers with the Rev. Sam Dyer officiating. Mt. Olive Funeral Home will
make burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Dudley Savage of Kingston, Okla., and Max Savage
of Antlers; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her first husband, Eddie Savage; her second husband, Wayne
Boyers; two daughters, an infant and Owene Reeves in 1957; a son, DeLoy
Savage, in 1985, two brothers and three sisters.
Ben Brown, 78, of Powderly, went home to be with the Lord at 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Chicota Baptist Church
with the Rev. Bill Felts and the Rev. Bill Sanders officiating. Fry and
Gibbs Funeral Home will make burial in Forest Chapel Cemetery. The family
will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mr. Brown was born May 19, 1922, in Snow Mack, Okla., son of Walter
and Munnah Wilson Wood. He attended Oklahoma schools and was a member of
Chicota Baptist Church. He was a retired welder and heavy equipment mechanic
and operator. He married Louise Foster May 16, 1959, in Hugo.
Survivors are his wife; a son, Ben Brown and wife Becky of Paris; two
grandchildren, River Luke Brown and Lyndsey Gray; one brother; two sisters;
two brothers-in-law, Charlie Foster and wife Gail of Blossom and James
Foster and wife Dora Mae of Paris; a sister-in-law, Freta Vanderburg and
husband Rudolph of Forest Chapel; and several nieces and nephews including
Everett Wood and wife Diana of Oklahoma, Andrea and Phillip Young of Dallas,
Susan and Bobby Spencer and Jeanette Minder, of Lamar Point. He was preceded
in death by his parents; a sister and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Stewart, Donald Vanderburg, Don Honsinger,
Bobby Spencer, Danny Johnson and Phillip Young.
Sue Cunningham Garrett
Sue Cunningham Garrett, 55, of Paris died Monday, March 26, 2001.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Lamar Avenue Church
of Christ with Dr. John Cannon, Patrick Cannon and Dr. Mike Bishop officiating.
Burial will be in Knights of Honor Cemetery in Blossom. Visitation will
be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home.
She was born May 25, 1945, in Hugo, Okla., to James M. and Edna Dorough
Cunningham. She was a member of Lamar Avenue Church of Christ and was a
homemaker. She married Paul E. Garrett on June 14, 1963.
Surviving are her husband; sons, Curtis Garrett and wife Kristi and
Chad Garrett, all of Paris; a daughter, Jamilyn Garrett of Abilene; her
mother, Edna Cunningham of Paris; her mother-in-law, Bessie Garrett of
Blossom; a grandson, Landon Garrett of Paris; and a granddaughter, Melyssa
Garrett of Paris.
Pallbearers will be Carl Haggard, Bob Crockett, Smithy Allen, Butch
Munday, Hugh Anthony, Claude Jones, Clint Gage, Jim Parker and John Figgins.
Virginia Mae Hodges
Virginia Mae Hodges, 60, died at her home in Valley View Sunday, March
Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Womack-Manard Funeral
Home Chapel in Crowell with burial in Crowell Cemetery.
Surviving are daughters, Rita Tapp of Powderly and Becky Morales of
Vernon; four sisters, Lula Baty of Gilliland, Leta Merle Dunn and LaRue
Russell of Crowell and Billy Joe Joy of Valley View; a brother, George
Scott of Crowell; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Gerald on Dec. 21, 1998, and one son, Gary Hodges,
July 28, 1999.
Vivian Pearl Westbrook
BOGATA — Vivian Pearl Westbrook, 87, formerly of Talco, died Monday,
March 26, 2001 in Sunbridge Nursing Home, Linden.
Services were a 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in First Baptist Church
of Talco with the Rev. Keith Blankenship officiating. Burial was in Rosalie
Cemetery by Wood Funeral Home.
She was born April 29, 1913, in Johntown to Tom and Sally Vaughan Smith.
She was a retired teacher and taught in Halesboro, Johntown and Talco schools
for over 45 years. Her husband, Elbert, died in 1950. She was a longtime
active member of First Baptist Church of Talco.
Surviving is a niece, Bobbie Shoffner of Jefferson.
Austin James Prater
Austin James Prater, infant son of Leonard and Deena Prater of Marietta,
Ga., died at birth Thursday, March 22, 2001.
Graveside services were at Sandy Plains Baptist Church Cemetery with
Matt Hines officiating.
Other than his parents, survivors are his grandparents, James and Margaret
Prater of Paris and Dacell and Lynell Shamburger of Longview; and great-grandparents,
Martha Sipes of Paris and Mr. and Mrs. Shamburger of Winnsboro.
Arnold W. Cummings
COOPER — Arnold W. Cummings, 81, former Delta County resident, died
Tuesday, March 27, 2001, in Wichita Falls.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at Delta Funeral Home
Chapel with Robert Baldridge officiating and burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral
Surviving are his wife, Alice Lee; a son, Larry Cummings of Rockwall;
a daughter, Joy Hawkins of Lubbock; two stepsons, Raymond Lee and Billy
Lee of Wichita Falls; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Buck Kenneth Lovejoy
HUGO, Okla. — Buck Kenneth Lovejoy, 79, of Hugo died Monday, March
26, 2001, at his home.
Miller and Miller Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 2
p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Smith will
Surviving are his wife, Rita; a son, Kenneth Lovejoy of Texarkana,
Texas; a sister, Kathryn Wyatt of Hugo; two brothers, Joe Taylor Powell
of Valliant and Carl Powell of Falfurrias, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Loyd Ray Chandler
Loyd Ray Chandler, 70, of Paris went to be with his Lord Tuesday, Oct.
30, 2001, after a long battle with cancer.
Services were 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Greer and the Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating.
Burial was made in Shady Grove Cemetery.
Loyd was born March 1, 1931, in Pattonville to Allison “Chock” and
Josie Butler Chandler.
He was a retired glazier in the Paris area and was a talented locksmith
for many years. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him for
his friendliness and great sense of humor. He was a member of New Hope
Baptist Church. Loyd served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-54 aboard the USS
Frank E. Evans. While serving aboard the Evans he earned the China Service
Award, the Korean Service Award, and five Bronze Stars.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; six children, Mike Chandler and
wife Janet of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Tony Chandler and wife Sherry of Rowlett,
Tim Chandler of Lake Elsinore, Donna Carrell and husband Bobby Wayne of
Camas, Wash., Theresa Chandler of Washougal, Wash., and Gail Smith and
husband Fred of Paris; six stepchildren, Steven Ramos of Bentonville, Ark.,
Harry Glen Crawford and wife Vicky of Sumner, Tana Guest and husband Lindy
of Bogata, Janice Martin and husband Dennis of Bogata, Lesa Hill and husband
Ronny of Paris, and Tim Little and wife Tori of Powderly; 12 grandchildren,
16 step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen
Gibson and husband Granvill of Pattonville and Marie Parkess of Mesquite;
one brother, Clyde Chandler and wife Pat of Point Blank; and many dear
and loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ailene Chandler;
and an infant son, Jimmy Loyd Chandler. Pallbearers will be Mike Boswell,
Jim Gifford, Tim Little, Michael McNabb, Eddy Thomas and Donna Carrell.
Honorary bearers will be Don Allen, Joe Morley Denny, Bill Swain, Van Barton,
Jim Lassiter, and Lonnie Clement.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Christus
St. Joseph’s Hospice of Paris.
William Hubert Thrasher
William Hubert Thrasher, 95, of Paris died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001,
at Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South at which time Bright-Holland Funeral
Home received him into their care.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Meadowbrook
Cemetery with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. The family will receive friends
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Hardy.
Mr. Thrasher was born June 8, 1906, in Lamar County to William Mannie
and Minnie B. Freeman Thrasher. He retired from the Santa Fe Railroad as
a dispatcher and was a member of First Baptist Church of Paris. He married
Mildred Moody of Detroit and she preceded him in death.
Surviving are three children, Ed Thrasher, Bill Thrasher, and Elizabeth
Tanner, all of California; three sisters, Bobbye Roberts of Arlington,
Eva Depue of Paris, and Evylan Hardy and husband Milford of Paris, and
numerous nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters,
Edna Patterson and Ada Bowman.
Jesse C. Whitney
Jesse C. Whitney, 86, of Blossom died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Christus
St. Joseph’s Hospital South at which time Bright-Holland Funeral home received
him into their care.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Blossom United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Douglas Walker officiating. Burial will be in Knights
of Honor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday
at the funeral home.
Mr. Whitney was born March 1, 1915, in Black River Township, Mo., to
William W. and Florence Morland Whitney. He married Mary Harpole Nov. 11,
1938. She preceded him in death on April 25, 1995. He then married Rachel
Sprueill Jan. 13, 1996. He was a member of Blossom United Methodist Church
where he taught Sunday school for many years.
Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Joyce Duke of Olympia, Wash.,
Pat Windham of Vacaville, Calif., and Shirley Westmoreland of Vacaville;
one son, William “Bill” Whitney of Blossom; one stepdaughter, Charlene
Barker of Blossom; one stepson, Ron Sprueill of Katy; three sisters, Dorothy
Kelly, Elizabeth Crites and Estelle Hale; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
seven step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Don Westmoreland, J.W. Ross, David Crites, Ron
Sprueill, Britt Barnard and Vern Barker.
CANTON - Mildred Mills, 77, of Canton died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Eubank Funeral Home
Chapel with Mike Newby officiating. Burial and graveside services will
be at 2 p.m. at Bluff Cemetery in Detroit. Visitation will be from 6 to
8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
She was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Fulton County, Ga., to Oscar and Lela
Adams Roden. She grew up in Alabama and moved to Houston and lived in Dallas
for several years before moving to Canton in 1971. She always did everything
she could to help out her family. She was dearly loved and will be missed.
She was of the Baptist belief. She was a self-employed antique dealer for
many years. Her husband, Henry L. Mills, died in 1987. She was also preceded
in death by a son, Floyd H. Goodwin, in 2001, and three brothers.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Carolyn Mills
of Detroit and Don and Tina Mills of Dallas; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
a sister, Gladys Myrick of Gaston, Ala., and a daughter-in-law, Sharon
Goodwin of Garland.
Pallbearers will be Mark Goodwin, Nick Goodwin, Floyd Goodwin Jr. and
Jimmy Mills Jr.
Ollie Hill, 50, of Paris died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, at Christus
St. Joseph’s Hospital South.
Maxey Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Thursday,
Nov. 1, at Restlawn Garden Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Powell officiating.
Surviving are two sons, Mack Curtis Hill of Phoenix, Ariz. and Marcus
Scott; three daughters, Santol Hill, and Darlene Hill of Phoenix, and Nicole
Hill of Paris; brothers, Willie Meeds, Billy Wayne Wallace and Cleo Mitchell
of Paris; sisters, Mary Baldwin, Mittye Mitchell, Paula Wallace, Vikie
Mathis, Niecy Wallace, all of Paris and Patricia Meeds of Avondale, Ariz.;
a special friend, Harold Harmon and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mack Hill, Keith Davis, Tracey Baldwin, Andre Meeds,
Butch Meeds and Willie Meeds.
Sue Carroll Banister
Sue Carroll Banister, 67, of Paris died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at
Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the
community room at Golden Acres Retirement Community with the Rev. Howard
Siegel officiating. Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 6, 1934, in Tyler to James William and Sibyl Brannan
Weaver. She married Phillip Banister July 30, 1959, in Tacoma, Wash. She
was a homemaker and a member of Temple Israel of Tulsa, Okla.
Surviving are seven children, Ginny Sadler and Howard Siegel of Tulsa,
Joel Siegel and Cindy Quarles of Arlington, Tracy Raper and George Banister
of Paris and Mickey Banister of Longview; grandchildren, Josh and Zac Keller,
Shane Quarles, Chris and Brian Siegel, Phillip and Jack Banister, Jennifer
Siegel, Kayla Siegel, Shandi Banister, April, Kara and Jake Raper; a great-grandchild,
Trevor Banister; and two brothers, Jimmy Weaver of Jenks, Okla., and Phillip
Weaver of Bristow, Okla.
Rosa Ann Pyron
HUGO, Okla. — Rosa Ann Pyron, 57, of Idabel died there Thursday, Nov.
Miller and Miller Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 2
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Spencerville Cemetery with Phil Parks officiating.Visitation
will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Surviving are a daughter, Sherrie Ann Pyron of Idabel; four sons, J.R.
Mounger of McKinney, Albert Rodney Mounger of Seoul, South Korea, Chuck
Pyron of Granite, Okla. and Brian Mounger of Idabel; a brother, Travis
Justice of Deport; six sisters, Rodessia Allen of Owasso, Okla., Maybell
Bellamy of Paris, Mary Helen Potts of Sawyer, Margaret Collins of Sawyer,
Ruby Aynes of Oakdale, Calif., and Carol Cochran of Sawyer, and three grandchildren.
Flarnce Miears Baxter Porter
Flarnce Miears Baxter Porter, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at Christus
St. Joseph’s Hospital South.
She was born May 16, 1914, in the Linden community to James Andrew
and Claudia Boren Miears.
She is survived by one son, Marshall Barrett Baxter of Teague; brothers,
Billy Miears of Dallas and Jack Miears of Bedford; sisters, Louise Skidmore
of Paris, Gladys Whitten of Denton; a nephew, James Paul Miears of Paris,
her guardian for the last four years, and many more nieces, nephews and
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Joe Baxter whom
she married in Jan. 1937, and John Porter whom she married in June, 1980;
a sister, Elsie Barrett of Harrison, Ark. and brothers, Lawrence Miears
and Johny Miears, both of Blossom and Marcus Miears of Paris.
She attended Paris Junior College and East Texas State University where
she received a masters degree in education. She taught school in Blossom
and Bryan College Station over 30 years before retiring to Blossom where
Services will be at Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home Chapel at 3 p.m.
with the Rev. Roger Pugh, pastor of First Baptist Church of Blossom, officiating.
Burial will be in Knights of Honor Cemetery.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. Visitation
will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to the
James E. Rackley
HUGO, Okla. — James E. Rackley, 75 of Dallas died Thursday, Nov. 1.
Miller and Miller Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at Goodland
Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, with the Rev. Mutt Wallace officiating.
Surviving are a son, David Scott Rackley of Dallas; two brothers, Raymond
Rackley of El Paso and J.L. Rackley of Hugo; two sisters, Moyce D. Smith
of Goodland and Louise Eldridge of Roswell, N.M.; and one grandchild, James
Bonnie Elizabeth Wright
DEPORT — Bonnie Elizabeth Wright, 78, of Lamar Point died at her home
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001.
Wood Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Nov., 3, at Highland Cemetery. The family will gather at the funeral home
prior to services.
She was born Aug. 22, 1923. She had worked in several different careers,
the most notable of which was Prison Ministry from her home and in her
later years was a home health provider. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Jim Wright, and a sister, Wanda Bennett.
Surviving are three sisters, Betty Phifer of Detroit, Jo Ann Hurley
of Paris, and Edna Earl Gold of Carthage; a brother, Charles Rollins of
Deport; three nieces, Sharon Anderson, Angie Adams, and Carla Fletcher;
three nephews, Ricky Bennett, Mike Bennett and Carl Rollins; and several
great-nieces and great-nephews.
E.L. “Red” Weaver
E.L. “Red” Weaver, 78, of Paris went to be with the Lord Friday, Nov.
Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov., 4, at Highland Cemetery in Deport with the Rev. Glen Renfro
and the Rev. Frank York officiating. The family will be at the Weaver home.
He was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Oklahoma City to Jewel and Dellar Carrol
Weaver. He married Naomi Inez Pate Sept. 25, 1942, in Hugo, Okla. He was
a retired school teacher from North Lamar, and also taught at Paris High,
Boles Home and Clarksville and had businesses at Deport and Pattonville.
He served his country in the Navy during World War II. He was a faithful
and dedicated Sunday school teacher and a member of Lakeway Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Inez; two daughters and sons-in-law,
Rexine and Steve Grant of Laguna Hills, Calif. and Pam and Dale Sulsar
of Fulbright; a granddaughter, Cathy Ann Grant; four sisters, Lois Weems
of Paris, Joyce Harris of Denton, Geraldine Weems of Dallas and Betty Jane
Flowers of Antioch, Calif.; two brothers, Gavin Weaver and J.D. Weaver
of Paris; two brothers-in-law, Dewey Pate of Paris and Clarence Pate of
Dallas; his mother-in-law, Jessie Newsom of Paris; and numerous nieces
and nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed by his family and many