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Robert B. ‘Bob’ Beard
Robert B. “Bob” Beard, 89, of Memphis, Tenn., died Monday, July 29, 2002, in Memphis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Dr. Raymond Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday.
He was born March 16, 1913, in Lamar County, a son of William Love and Eudora Bradley Beard. He attended Paris schools and was a machinist for American Box Company for 52 years. He was a former deacon in the First Christian Church of Paris, a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Lion’s Club.
He married Verdie Cummings on Feb. 17, 1939, in Hugo, Okla., and they shared a life for over 63 years.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Damie Lee Marcrum; two brothers, Thomas A. Beard and William Love Beard Jr.; and a sister, Mable Beard Haley.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Julia Ann Beard Marcrum of Memphis, Tenn; a grandson, Charles E. Marcrum of Memphis; a brother, Ralph Beard and wife Merle of Paris; two sisters, Marguerite Beard and Virginia Watson, both of Paris; two sisters-in-law, Willie C. Cummings of Paris and Marie Cummings Hubbard of Gun Barrel City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Paris.

Cecil Thomas (C.T.) Basham
Cecil Thomas (C.T.) Basham, 83, of Lake Creek died Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital at which time Bright-Holland Funeral Home received him into their care.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Glynn Vickers officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. 
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1919, in Pacio to Moman and Maggie Thomas Basham. He married Lillian Skeen on July 27, 1941. She preceded him in death on June 28, 1997. He served in the Marine Corps and retired from the Paris Public School System. He then returned to work for the Post Office and retired from there. During his life, he was a cotton ginner, a farmer and tax assessor and collector for Delta County.
Survivors include two daughters, Avon Lane and husband, Douglas of Trinidad, Christy Gentry and husband Garry of Paris; grandchildren, Amy Venable, LaWanda Broiles, Tommy Basham, Linda Parker, Brandi Weaver, J.R. Basham, Philip Lane, Natasha Freeman, and Brandon Freeman; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Floyd Basham of Paris; and two sisters, Thelma Meadlin of Fort Bragg, Calif. and Veneta Gentry of Lubbock.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Stacy Basham, and three brothers.

Toby Sears
BOGATA — Toby Sears, 21, formerly of Bogata, died Monday, July 29, 2002 in Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 in First Baptist Church of Bogata with the Rev. Rick Holeman and the Rev. Wayne Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Bogata Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home. 
The family will receive friends from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born July 3, 1981, in Dimmitt, the son of Ronnie Sears and Vickie Henderson Sears. 
He is survived by his mother, Vickie English of Watauga; his father, Ronnie Sears of Dimmitt; his maternal grandparents, Roy and Shirley Henderson of Bogata; his paternal grandparents, Alvie and Gwen Sears of Dimmitt; a brother, Jason Sears of Rosalie; a sister, Kayla Sears of Watauga; and two half-sisters, Lisa and Ashley Sears of Dimmitt.

Samuel E. Taylor
CLARKSVILLE — Samuel E. Taylor, 79, of Clarksville died Friday, July 26, 2002 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in St. James Baptist Church with pastor A.R. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Thompson Townes Cemetery under the direction of Brownrigg Funeral Home.
Survivors include sons, Samuel Taylor Jr. of Dallas, Donald Taylor and Alvin Taylor, both of Fort Worth and Ralf Taylor of Texarkana; two daughters, Joyce Taylor of Fort Worth and Alice Slack; two brothers, Finish Taylor and Robert Taylor, both of Berkeley, Calif.; two sisters, Esterline Graves of Sacramento, Calif., and Tracey Hardy of Fort Worth; a special friend, Artema Widermyre of Clarksville; 17 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren.

Thetis Lydia Williams
Thetis Lydia Williams, 103, of Paris died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at Paris Healthcare Center. 
Graveside rites will be observed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 in Evergreen Cemetery with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
She was born in Blossom to Dempsey W. and Lydia Cooper Williams on June 15, 1899. She attended schools in Blossom and graduated from Paris High School. She attended Crescent College in Eureka Springs, Ark.; Sullins College in Bristol, Va., and later did summer piano studies at Chautaqua, N.Y. She taught private piano lessons from 1930 to 1988. She specialized in teaching advanced students and many of them went on to careers in music in Dallas. From 1920 to 1965, she was organist for the First Baptist Church and Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Paris Music Study Club and was always a patron of the arts playing for productions at Paris Junior College.
She was preceded in death by her five sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include one niece, Thetis Weaver Mitchell of Virginia Beach, Va.; three nephews, Roy H. Weaver Jr. of Saratoga, Calif., Dr. James W. Cecil of Driggs, Idaho, and Jack C. Williams of Temple; and 22 grandnieces and grandnephews.

Corrine Williams
CLARKSVILLE — Corrine Williams, 91, of Dekalb died Sunday, July 28, 2002 in Wadley Hospital of Texarkana.
Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 in the St. Paul Baptist Church of Dekalb with pastor Melvin Gray officiating. Burial will follow in English Cemetery in Clarksville. Brownrigg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sons Jessie Pearson of Lancaster and Robert Pearson of Dallas; daughters, Jeannie Williams of Dekalb and Thelma Williams of Dallas; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Manuel Gentry Sr.
Manuel Gentry Sr., 82, of Lake Creek died Saturday, June 27, 2002 in Lamar County. 
A memorial service was held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Cooper United Pentecostal Church. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements
He was born June 3, 1920, in Lamar County, a son of John A. and Mary West Gentry. He served his country in the Army Air Force. He worked for Lone Star Gas Company as a meter technician and truck driver. He was of the United Pentecostal faith.
He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Manuel Gentry Jr. of Mission and Jonathan C. Gentry of Forney; one grandchild, Craig R. Gentry; and a sister, Vada Dickerson of Paris.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Lake Creek Cemetery Association, C/O Ruby Preston, Rt. 4 Box 99, Paris, Texas 75462.

Charley D.R. McCloud
Charley D.R. McCloud, 83, of Paris died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at his home, at which time Bright-Holland Funeral Home received him into their care.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Bright-Holland Chapel. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Roxton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
He was born May 23, 1919, in Roxton, to Hugh and Fannie W. Williamson McCloud. He married Mary L. Daniels in 1943, in Lawton, Okla. He was a long time resident of the Paris area, after his retirement in 1982. After serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, he became the general superintendent of Getty Oil Company in Skellytown.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Skellytown; for fifteen years he was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He was a member of Master Lodge 1391, a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite, Past Patron Chapter 5, O.E.S. He attended First Baptist Church in Paris, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Charles D. McCloud of Enid, Okla.; Jerry A. McCloud and wife, Glenda Faye, of Arlington; Martin R. McCloud and wife, Susan, of Allen; one daughter, Colleen C. Martinez and husband, Ubaldo, of San Antonio; nine grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Ward E. Leach
Ward E. Leach, 80, of Paris died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, in Medical City Hospital in Dallas. 
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Fortenberry and the Rev. Bill Felts officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
He was born March 1, 1922, near Kansas City, Mo., to Edwin and Alberta Bryant Leach. He and his wife, Eva, were married on April 13, 1956, in Arlington. He was an area manager in the can division of Campbell Soup prior to his retirement. He also taught machine shop at Paris Junior College for twelve years and established the family business, WELASCO, Inc. in 1981. He was a member of the East Paris Baptist Church and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Leach of Paris; five sons, Bill Leach, and Cliff Leach and his wife, Denise, all of Paris, Greg Treadwell of Escondido, Calif., Mark Treadwell and his wife, Juanita, of Houston, and Larry Leach of Topeka, Kan.; one daughter, Barbara Thompson of Topeka; eight grandchildren, Todd Leach of Paris, Matthew Leach of Abilene, Callie Leach of Paris, Angela, Brian and Brandon Treadwell of Houston and Crystal and Jason Treadwell of Escondido, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Murrell Leach and his wife, Ailene, of Independence, Mo.
Serving as pallbearers will be Henry Ford, Matthew Leach, Todd Leach, Sammy Plummer, Steven Hoffmaster and Weldon Houchins. Asked to be honorary pallbearers are Dick James, John Topping, Burt Cain and Bob Kelley.

Jessie Lee Greer
BOGATA — Jessie Lee Greer, 84, of Bogata died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, in Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital North.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Bogata United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Bush and the Rev. Joe Gist officiating. Burial followed in Bogata Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home of Bogata. 
He was born on July 21, 1918, in Cuthand, the son of Benjamin Franklin Greer and Lottie Patton Greer. He married the former Dixie Townes on July 26, 1942, in Bogata. He was a retired floor-covering installer and traveled across the United States doing floors for Wal-mart, Kmart and public schools.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William C. Greer, and two sisters, Madlen and Viola Phifer.
Survivors include his wife, Dixie Greer of Bogata; one son, Danny Greer of Dallas; two daughters, Vickie Long of Bagwell and Linda Ramsey of Edgewood; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Wesley Greer of Leakey; and three sisters, Maggie Williams and Bell Thomas of Bogata and Wanda Nowell of Paris. 

George Harris Jr.
George Harris Jr., 75, of Cooper died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at his residence.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the First Baptist Church of Cooper with Chaplain Wesley Geary officiating. Burial will follow in New Home Cemetery in Cooper under the direction of Maxey Funeral Home.
He was born on May 31, 1927, in Cooper, to the late George Harris Sr. and Mildred Shanklin Harris. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include a son, Craig Harris of Stockton, Calif.; two daughters, Sandra Dukes and Pamela Peterson of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Linwood Henderson of Dallas and Morris Henderson of Kansas City; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

William E. Johnson
DEPORT — William E. Johnson, 84, of Euless, formerly of Deport, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, in Harris HEB Hospital in Bedford.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Wood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.G. Renfro officiating. Burial will follow in Morris Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home of Deport.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born on Oct. 13, 1917, in Red River County, the son of George Richmond Johnson and Gertrude Cheatham Johnson. He worked for a number of years in the potash mines in Carlsbad, N.M., later moving back to Red River County, where he retired from Campbell Soup Company. He had lived with his sister in Euless for the past three years and was a member of Airport Freeway Church of Christ. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in India.
Survivors include his two sisters, Ruby Wright and Cora Vraley, both of Euless; three stepsisters, Imogene Wilson of Paris, Helen Fleming of Burkburnett and Estelle Chesshir of Deport; a half brother, Norman Tidwell of Euless; a stepbrother, Hershal Tidwell of Summit, Miss.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Gertrude Cowley Ritchie
HUGO, Okla. — Gertrude Cowley Ritchie, 92, of Hugo, Okla., died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Prater-Lampton-Mills and Coffey Funeral Home with the Rev. Gene Witt officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Prater-Lampton-Mills and Coffey Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
She was born June 16, 1910, in Maud, to Grady and Lona Swaw Mathis. She married J.L. “Tom” Cowley in New Boston in 1927, and had lived in this community since 1934.
Survivors include one daughter, Rubye Higginbotham of Hugo; two sons, Mack Cowley of Anna and Ray Cowley of Brownsboro; one sister, Miranda Hulsey of Mount Vernon; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and family friends.

James Ivery White
James Ivery White, 87, of Paris died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, in Dallas.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Maxey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J.R. Westbrook Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Garden Cemetery under the direction of Maxey Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born May 21, 1915, in Biardstown, to the late Robert and Laura Bills White.
Survivors include his wife, Jernettia White; two sons, Charlie Lee White of Paris and Robert White of Dallas; one brother, John Robert White of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three sisters, Ruby White of Wellington, Arnita Venson of Amarillo and Geneva Wallace of Paris.

Paula Dianne Allen
CLARKSVILLE — Paula Dianne Allen, 51, of Clarksville passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, in Regency Nursing Center after a 15-month battle with cancer.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Madras Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.
She was born in Clarksville on Aug. 15, 1951, to S.W. and Aline Fodge Allen. She was a member of McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church. She loved going to the drag races and was very active with the Courthouse Players. She was Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for Red River County.
Survivors include her parents, S.W. and Aline Allen; two sons, Lee Cross of Clarksville and Allen Cross and wife, Carol, of Euless; brother, Paul Allen and wife, Mickey, of Clarksville; and a niece, Abbi Allen.
Pallbearers will be Bill Hale, Bill Austin, Bob Edrington, John Coza, Chris Harvey, Ronny Hardin, Donnie Limbock and Eddie Pryor.
Honorary pallbearers are Tim Shimpock, Scooter Brown, Randy Sinclair, the Hon. Judge P.J. Peek, the Hon. Judge John Miller, the Hon. Judge Jim D. Lovett, members of the Red River County Sheriff’s Department, members of the Department of Public Safety, J.R. Lewis, the Clarksville Police Department, Heath Harvey, T.J. Higgins, Charlie Secleski, Brad Briscoe, Paul Hines, James Allen Ward, Seth Ward, Kenny Lewis, Mickey Porterfield, Jason Smith and Tim Garrison.
If desired, memorials may be made to Watson Food Bank or the Buck Cagle Memorial Scholarship at Clarksville High School.

Mildred Nelson
CLARKSVILLE — Mildred Nelson, 93, of Annona died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, in Paris Health Care Center.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Lindeman Chapel with the Rev. James Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Gilliam Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.
She was born in Boxelder on Dec. 26, 1909, to William Clifton and Pearl Harns Gilliam. She was a homemaker and a member of Avery Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Nelson; and two infant children.
Survivors include several nephews, nieces and friends.
Pallbearers will be John Ed Garrett, J.C. Gilliam, Jason Gilliam, Roy Dean Pate, and Wayne Holder. Honorary pallbearer is R.H. Peek Jr.

Elvia A. Wheeler
Elvia A. Wheeler, 94, of Paris died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South, at which time Bright-Holland Funeral Home received her into their care.
Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Meadowbrook Gardens with Bro. Patrick Cannon officiating. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.
She was born Dec. 30, 1908, in Manchester, the daughter of Sam Houston and Rosa Alice Jewitt Millsap. She married Jess T. Wheeler. She was a housewife, was active in the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed traveling and the outdoors with her family. She was a lifetime member of the Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Silas and Alfred Millsap; two sisters, Dessie Whitlock and Ollie Davis; and one nephew, Richard Adams Sr.
Survivors include one brother, George Millsap and wife, Dorothy; and nephews and nieces , Tommy Whitlock and wife, Beanna, Sharon Henderson and husband, Lib, Richard Adams Jr. and wife, Ann, and Kathy Daniels and husband, Joe.

Edna I. Williams
Edna I. Williams, 89, of Blossom died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South, at which time Bright-Holland Funeral Home received her into their care.
Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Knights of Honor Cemetery with Bro. Rex Williams officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.
She was born Sept. 14, 1913, in the Charleston community of Delta County, the daughter of Walter and Lucille Mills. 
She married Arthur Grodon Williams, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Rex Williams of Magnolia, Ark.; her daugher, Anna Cole of Sachse; six grandchildren, Richard Williams, Vicki Hale, Denise Swafford, Starla Witt, Gregory Witt and Kurt Witt; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Daugherty of Cooper.

Haley Brook Antwine
HUGO, Okla. — Haley Brook Antwine, 20, of Soper, Okla., died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, in Soper.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Soper High School Gymnasum with Bro. Joe Maple officiating, assisted by Bro. Brent Franks. Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery under the direction of Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Chapel.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Floyd Antwine; and her grandmother, Jane Clark.
Survivors include her parents, Jimmy F. and Erma J. Antwine of Soper; two sisters, Carra Lea Antwine and Megan Paige Antwine, both of the home; her paternal grandmother, Jean Antwine of Soper; maternal grandparents, James and Jewel Clark of Fort Towson, Okla.; and a host of other family members and friends.

Eliza Ann Stanley Moore
Eliza Ann Stanley Moore, 95, of Paris died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital South at which time Bright-Holland Funeral Home received her into their care.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Byron Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Knights of Honor Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.
The daughter of Frank and Louvella Carpenter Webb, she was born Dec. 8, 1907, in New Middleton, Tenn. She moved to Texas in 1918, and married Jess Stanley on Oct. 23, 1923. They lived most of their married life in the Pattonville and Blossom area. He passed away on Feb. 24, 1968. She then married Clarence Moore on June 16, 1973. He preceded her in death in April 1980.
She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, a homemaker, housewife, gracious caregiver and a willing helper to all.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Helen Wright and Dorothy Wright; one granddaughter, Ruth Stone; one great-granddaughter, Kim Stone; six brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include six daughters, Ruby Allen and husband, Loyd, of Grand Prairie, Mamie Wright of Rogers, Ark., Bobbie Dewoody of Garland, Marie Pate and husband, Andy, of Lawton, Okla., Betty Hays of Quinlan and Donna Hoover of Paris; one son-in-law, Bill Wright of Lubbock; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and all her many friends at Paris Healthcare Center.

Gaynell Olean Rodgers
Gaynell Olean Rodgers, 74, of Paris passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at her home.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at St. Paul Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Garden Cemetery under the direction of Maxey Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the funeral home.
She was born Jan. 14, 1928, a daughter of Matthew and Julia Smith Reese. She was the youngest of 11 children. She attended Powderly schools and graduated from Prairie View A&M in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She began her teaching career in the Powderly School District that same year. She later graduated from Texas Southern University in 1956 with a master’s degree in elementary education.
She married Ralph Rodgers on Feb. 5, 1955, at Mount Zion Methodist Church in Paris. In 1965, she joined her husband as a member of St. Paul Baptist Church. She and her family have remained dedicated members of the church for the last 38 years. During that time, she held several positions in the church, including past president of the Usher Board, member of the Deaconess Board and the Mission Society, chairperson of various committees and a staunch financial supporter of church youth activities.
Her teaching career in the Paris Independent School District began in 1964, when she was assigned to T.G. Givens Elementary. She later taught at East Paris Elementary, followed by her final assignment at Aikin Elementary. She retired in 1987, after 36 years of service in the teaching field. During retirement, she participated in the Retired Teachers Association, church affairs and also served on the grand jury for Lamar County.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Rodgers of Paris; her daughter, Jacquelyn Rodgers Galbreath of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Alma Reese of Dallas; a brother, Calvin Reese of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. www.legacy.com

Tyrese Devaughn Ware
HUGO, Okla. — Tyrese Devaughn Ware, six weeks, of Hugo, Okla., died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2003, at his home.
Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Alberty officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rogan Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the funeral home.
Survivors include his father, Troy Ware of Hugo; his mother, Susan Wallace of Hugo; a brother, Troy Ware Jr.; a sister, Carissa Wallace of Hugo; grandmothers, Bonnie Dunlap and Patrica Johnson, both of Hugo; grandfathers, Jerry Dunlap of Hugo and Lester Ware of Abilene; and several aunts and uncles.

Bobby Lee Bettes
COOPER — Bobby Lee Bettes, 68, of Cooper passed away Saturday, April 5, 2003, in Paris.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Delta Funeral Home. The Rev. Lyn Holly will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the funeral home.
He was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Charleston, the son of Samuel and Nita Oats Bettes. He was a retired farmer and rancher and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong resident of Delta County.
Survivors include his former wife, Betty Bettes of Cooper; two sons, Tony and Suzan Bettes of Cooper and Ricky Bettes of Honey Grove; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

W. Buford Emler
DENTON — W. Buford Emler, 82, a seven-year resident of Denton passed away Sunday, April 6, 2003.
Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Cole Chapel, First United Methodist Church of Denton. Dr. James Porter will officiate assisted by the Rev. Tom Brown of Dallas. Burial will follow a graveside service in the City of Lubbock cemetery on Wednesday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors of Denton is in charge of arrangements.
He was born in Carol, Okla., Oct. 21, 1920, to Jewel J. and Gracie Emler. On June 1, 1949, he married Norma Jean Lam of Denver City.
He was an All-Conference football player at West Texas State prior to the outbreak of World War II. Enlisting in the Army, he served as a corporal in the European theater.
A retired high school football coach and teacher of 35 years, he coached the Denver City Mustangs football team to the State AA Championship in 1960, and coached the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Team in 1966. He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout his coaching career. A long-time member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, Buford coached 27 years in Denver City before completing his career in Clarksville and Paris.
In Paris, Buford led a Prison Ministry, Lay Witness Mission and volunteered with the Ella McFadden Hospice Program for many years, receiving their Volunteer of the Year Award. He was a participant and sponsor of the Emmaus Walk weekends and he was president for three years of the Merry Mobile Methodist group. He helped start the Sunshine Club for older adults and was the recipient of the Herman Cook Award given by the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church for service to older adults.
In Denton, he was active in Good Samaritan Village activities where he lived and served as a member of the Resident Council. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he attended the Bungalow Class.
Buford spent many happy hours in camping and fishing with his wife, family and friends. His lifetime joy was in helping others. He was guided daily by Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."
Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean; son, Dave and his wife, Jan, of Arlington; and three grandchildren, Paige, Tyler and Katie.
If desired, memorials may be made to Denton Good Samaritan Village Portico Project, 2500 Hinkle, Denton, TX 76201, Ann’s Haven Hospice, 216 W. Mulberry, Denton, TX 76201 or TV Ministry-First United Methodist Church, 201 South Locust, Denton, TX 76201.

Sheldon Ray Miller
Sheldon Ray Miller, 42, of Dallas, formerly of Paris, left his earthly home on Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital in Dallas from a heart attack after several months of illness.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in McDonald Cemetery under the direction of Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home. 
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, at Whiterock Community Church in Dallas. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the funeral home.
He was born April 6, 1960, in Sturgis, Mich., a twin to Eldon Jay Miller of Indiana. He moved with his family to Paris in 1980. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. After his discharge, he received his RN license and moved to Dallas. He met and resided there with his life partner, Dana Armstrong, until his death.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Salome Miller; and his brother, Marvin Miller.
Survivors include his life partner, Dana Armstrong; his father, Clarence Miller of Paris; four brothers, Lynn Miller of Goshen, Ind., Delbert Miller of Centerville, Mich., Eldon Miller of Bristol, Ind. and Nelson Miller of Paris; five sisters, Sarah Stutzman of White Pigeon, Mich., Rose Schmidt of Paris, Treva Musick of Paris, Cheryl Miller of Plano and Debbie Davis of Paris; 16 nephews; 11 nieces; two great-nephews; and one great-niece.

Casper Wesson
HUGO, Okla. — Casper Wesson, 82, of Hugo died Saturday, April 5, 2003, in Hugo.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home Chapel in Hugo with the Rev. Mutt Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hugo under the direction of Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the funeral home chapel. 
Survivors include two sons, Mickey Wesson and wife, Carolyn, of Durant, Okla. and Randy Wesson and wife, Sue, of McAlester, Okla.; three sisters, Helen Adams, Georgia Casolo and Mary Lou Steward, all of Lower Lake, Calif.; and one granddaughter, Dawn Ann Wesson of Enid, Okla.


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