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Aaron Cain, son of Everett and Naomi Cain.

Mr. Aaron Anthony Cain, 75 years of age, passed away December 19, 2010 at his home in Red Oak, Texas. Graveside services for Mr. Cain will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday December 23, 2010 at the Lake Creek Cemetery in Delta County. Dr.Calvin Turnage will officiate with interment under the direction of Delta Funeral Home, Cooper.
Mr. Cain was born October 18, 1935 in Delta County. He was the son of James
Everett Cain and Naomi Catherine (Johnson) Cain. He had worked most of his life as a welder and a mechanic. He lived many years in Tulsa, Oklahoma then returned to the Dallas, Red Oak area.

Daughters: Lynda Garza of Mesquite,Tx.
Cindy Childress of Plano,Tx.
Sister: Karen Elvina Preston of Hill Top Lake, Tx.
He had Eight Grandchildren and Two great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother: James Wesley Cain.


Paula was Aaron Cain's ex-wife

Paula Paz Shankles
January 26, 1935 - March 12, 2008
SHANKLES, PAULA S. Born January 26, 1935 and passed away March 12, 2008. She is survived by daughters; Lynda Garza and husband, Tony and Cindy Childress and husband, John; grandsons, Aaron Garza, Joey Childress, Andrew Garza, Nicholas Garza and Ehan Childress; granddaughters, Mandy Childress and Katie Childres; great-grandsons, Ethan Childress and Lane Coleman; brothers, Manuel Salinas, Jesus Salinas, Sr., and Francisco Salinas; sisters, Mary Bulnes and Juanita Salinas-Hendijani and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 5:00-9:00 PM, Friday, March 14, 2008 in Restland Funeral Home. Service is 3:30 PM, Saturday, March 15, 2008 in Restland Wildwood Chapel.

Visitation will be 5-9 PM, Friday, March 14th, at Restland Funeral Home. Services will be 3:30 PM, Saturday, March 15th, at Restland Wildwood Chapel.

Rexford Ralph ‘Rex’ Bolton

Rexford Ralph “Rex” Bolton, 71, of Paris, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at Evergreen Cemetery with Dr. Rusty Hedges officiating.

Mr. Bolton, the son of Ralph Lee and Beulah Howard Bolton, was born March 13, 1937, in Biardstown. He served in the United States Air Force and retiried from Borden Dairies. Following his retirement he sold produce at the Market Square and was known as Farmer Rex by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice K. Reddell.

Survivors include two sons, Tim Bolton of Paris and Mark Bolton of Wewoka, Okla.; two brothers, James L. “Jim” Bolton and wife, Pat, of Paris and David Bolton and wife, Pat, of Paris; two sisters, Carol Ann Jackson of Paris and Lynn Asbery and husband, John, of Paris; grandsons, Daniel Bolton, Mark L. Bolton and Scotty W. Bolton along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Anita M. Heistand
COLUMBUS, Kan. — Anita M. Heistand, age 74, of Columbus, Kan., passed from this life Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Medical Lodge, of Columbus. Anita was born April 26, 1934, in Chardon, Kan., to the union of Alvin C. and Vera May (Hachenberg) Brown. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Wesley Heistand on Oct. 19, 1951, in Stebbinsville, Kan. Anita was author of many articles to Kansas Magazine, Reader's Digest, Harris‚ Farmers' Almanac, Ozark Mountaineer, Kansas City Star; writings included in anthologies: Christmas in the Ozarks, 1993, Legacy of Love, 1995, God's Vitamin C for the Christmas Spirit, 1996, Southeast Kansas, Land of Discovery, 1995. Anita was a member of Kansas Authors Club (president of district three 1995 to 1999), Joplin Writers Guild (past president), Pittsburg Christian Writers ( past president). She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Joplin, Mo., where she taught Sunday school and was a choir member. Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Vera May Brown; her husband, Kenneth Heistand; and one brother, Alvin Brown. She is survived by her three children, Kenneth Bruce Heistand and wife, Beverly Jo, of Joplin, Rebecca Dell Keith and husband, Daniel, of Bolivar, Mo., and Janette Elaine Crain and husband, Tim, of Columbus; one brother, Corwin "CK" Brown, of Galena, Kan.; two sisters, Flo Inman, of Quapaw, Okla., and Myra Hunt, of Galena; along with nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. up until service time at the funeral home. Family request memorial donations be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

Bishop Othoe Stegall

Bishop Othoe Stegall, 85, of Lubbock, previously of Paris, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Satur-day, Feb. 21, at Paris Church of God, 1400 Bonham St., with Bishop Les Higgins of Little Rock, Ark., and Bishop Doug Holt officiating. Interment follows with military honors in Evergreen Cemetery.

Visitation is at 7 p.m. Friday at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

He was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Afton, to Lee Franklin and Alice Ash Stegall. He married Pearl Beauchamp on Nov. 8, 1941, in Brownfield.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in November 1942, and served in the 8th Fighter Squadron as airplane armorer during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in October 1945, he was self-employed with an automotive upholstery business. God then called him to the ministry, and he was licensed to preach by the Church of God (headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn.) at age 25. He became an ordained minister in 1950 and an ordained bishop in 1954. He pastored churches in Stephenville, Brownfield, Sweetwater, Dallas and Fort Worth. He was pastor at Paris Church of God from 1960 until 1974. Upon retirement and return to Paris, he later served as interim pastor for Pathway Church of God. Bishop and Mrs. Stegall moved to Lubbock to be near their children in May 2008.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Henry Rollins Sr.; brothers, Roy and Ross Stegall and John Rollins; and sisters, Bell Day and Ruth and Myrtle Bell.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Stegall of Lubbock; children, David and Anita Stegall of Levelland, Sue and Foy Boyd of Midland, and Gerald and Pat Byas of Paris; grandchildren, Sharee and Jacky Howard of Lubbock, Alice Byas of San Antonio, and Shanna and Chris Whitney of Waco; great-grandchildren, Baylee, Wade and Harlee Whitney and Lexi Howard; brother, Henry Rollins Jr. of Carrollton; and sister, Mary Curby of Fairview, Okla.; special friend since their teen years, Ed Crawford of Wills Point; numerous nephews and nieces; adopted Spencer, Poole, and Cantrell families; and a host of friends. Words such as “in-law, step or ex” have never been considered in the Stegall family.

Pallbearers are Ray Spencer, Lonnie Spencer, Billy Kee, Fred Kee, Mack Ray, Kenny Poole, Benny Lovell and Ronnie Grooms.

Honorary pallbearers are Ed Crawford, Russell Michener, Wesley Cantrell, Troy Bright and Vernon Thompson.

If desired, memorials may be made to Paris Church of God Children’s Ministry or the American Heart Association.

Our dad stored up stars, crowns and weights of glory where it really counts. Without fail every night, and often at mealtime, he called the names of each member of his family and the many friends who had asked for prayer. Each prayer closed with the line, “May each of us be ready to meet the Lord if he comes or calls for us.” We are grateful for those quiet, relentless prayers. He’ll be waiting there, and his heart will be strong, his vision clear, his hearing renewed and his feet steady. We’ll go because he paved the way…because he set the standard…and because we know he won’t quit praying until we get there. His life spawned pastors, evangelists and lay workers. He left behind a rare, proud heritage and vivid memories of his fiery but friendly sermons.

Online condolences may be sent to the Stegall family at

The Rev. James M. Elsom The Rev. James M. Elsom, 85, of Paris, passed away at Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at Legend Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Ramseur Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Morton officiating. Burial follows in Evergreen Cemetery. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

The family receives friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Alvord, to George M. and Goldie May Ledbetter Elsom. He graduated from Pampa High School and attended Texas A&M University. He received his bachelors and masters of divinity degrees from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific theatre. He married Maurice Conner on May 7, 1942, in Sayre, Okla. He was the pastor emeritus of Ramseur Baptist Church and partner of Combined Insurance Associates.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Randall Elsom; his parents; and his brother, Daniel Porter Elsom.

He is survived by his wife, Maurice Elsom of Paris; three children, Linda Kay Wolfgang and husband, Fred, of Phoenix, Ariz., Gregg M. Elsom and wife, Kim, of Rockport, and Barry L. Elsom and wife, Pat, of Galveston; five grandchildren, Beth Keener of Phoenix, Jim Ledbetter of Phoenix, Brad Rountree and wife, Karin, of Lake Dallas, Gail Blaylock and husband, John, of Norman, Okla., and Cassie Elsom of Wisconsin; five great-grandchildren, Adam Keener, Austin and Jack Blaylock and Kyle and Rachael Rountree; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Rick Jordan, Roy Gwinn, Rusty Brewer, Tony Gouge, Willard Hill, Brad Rountree and John Blaylock.

If desired, memorials may be made for cancer research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or call 1-800-525-5841 for more information.

Online condolences may be made to the Elsom family by visiting

Published February 18, 2009

Betty Jo Barber Burks

Betty Jo Barber Burks, 76, of Paris, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Dverle Archer officiating. Interment follows in Rockford Cemetery.

The family receives friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 2, 1932, in Rockford, to Oscar Paul Barber and Annie May Gann Barber. She married D.R. “Yellow Boy” Burks on Oct. 20, 1949, and they shared their lives together and raised two sons. They attended church at the Highway Full Gospel Church in Paris where she was recently presented a thank you plaque for 23 years of faithful service as secretary/treasurer. She loved music and she took much joy from Gospel and Bluegrass music. She particularly loved The Wildwood Valley Boys of Indiana. They were special friends who dedicated their show to her this past weekend in Bonham.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother; Billy Barber; father-in-law, Robert Alvis Burks; mother-in-law, Ollie Baily Burks; sister-in-law, Emma Dell Burks Bratcher; brother-in-law, Vester Burks; sister-in-law, Virginia Ruth Burks Adams; sister-in-law, Alpha Jane Powers Burks and J.R. “Blue Boy” Burks, twin brother to D.R. Burks.

She loved and was much loved by her family she leaves behind, including her husband of 59 years; two sons, Stanley Dean Burks and wife, Ginger, and Randy Paul Burks and wife, Brenda; grandchildren, DeLana Burks McFadden and husband, Jon, Brian K. Burks of Austin, Loren Dean Burks, Jennifer A. Stone, Chris Stone and wife, Jennifer, Randy Kyle Burks and wife Addie Sherwood Burks, and Brandy Burks Rickman and husband, Chris; great-grandchildren, Kira and Julia McFadden, Rebecca K. Burks and Jesse Wayne Rickman; one sister, Jane Barber O’Neal; brother-in-law, Jo Bob Burks; sister-in law, Anne Barber; many nieces and nephews; and her sister in Christ and best friend, Ruby Preston.
Published March 24, 2009

Robert Brownfield

Robert Brownfield, 60, of Paris, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in a Dallas hospital.

Funeral services are set for 11.m. Saturday, March 28, in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with the Rev. Morris Cook, the Rev. Richard Mayberry, and members of the Paris Elks lodge officiating. Graveside rites are held at 2 p.m. in the Carson Cemetery in Ector.

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

He was born on Oct.3, 1948, in Whitewright, a son of T.J. and Doris Barron Brownfield. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Paris, having held several office positions and was a past Exalted Ruler. For many years he cooked at the lodge. He was employed by Campbell Soup, from whence he retired after 30 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herbert Lee Brownfield, Deley Jane Brownfield, William Franklin Barron and Gertrude Williams.

He was a great husband, father and grandfather, and is survived by his wife of 18 years, Patsy Brownfield of Paris. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Brownfield of Ector; his sons, Wayne Brownfield and his wife, Sharri, of Sumner, Byron Long and his wife, Sherry, of Paris, and Jerry Long of Paris; his daughters, Tammy Daniels and husband, Rodney, of Powderly, Robin Malone and husband, Craig, of Reno; five grandsons, Jaythan Brownfield, Dylan Long, Justin Rosson, Chance Johnson, and Aaron McMikel; five granddaughters, Emily Brownfield, Angelika Summers, Jacqueline Summers, Kayla Daniels and Misty Daniels; one great-grandson Malachi McCool; three brothers, Bobby Brownfield and wife, Sara, of Ector, Dennis Brownfield and wife, Cathy, of Telephone, and Mark Brownfield and wife, Denise, of Denison; two sisters, Kay Williams and husband, Chuck, of Whitewright and Mary Rogers and husband, Kyle, of Whitewright.

Pallbearers will be members of the Elks Lodge.

Named as honorary pallbearers are “Gramp’s little outlaws,” Jaythan Brownfield, Justin Rosson, Aaron McMikel, Chance Johnson and Dylan Long.

Friends may register in Robert’s Book of Memories at

Published March 26, 2009

George I. Richardson

George I. Richardson, 85, of Paris went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 13, 2009, at Paris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Buddy Barnett officiating. Burial, with military rites, follows in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family receives friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time Thursday.

The son of the late Thomas Eugene and Tiney Freeman Richardson, he was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Lamar County near the Rockford community where he was reared before moving to Paris in later years. He graduated from Midway School and attended Paris Junior College.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and played on the military basketball team where he came within one game of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team. His home church was Union Church at Taylortown, and he attended a number of churches over the years, where he taught Sunday school for 60 years and was active in church music ministry. He played piano, banjo, mandolin, guitar and harmonica.

His career with the Texas Department of Transportation spanned 37 years. He was office manager in the district maintenance engineer’s office. During retirement he played in three bands performing at local nursing homes for 20 years. He enjoyed camping, traveling, playing dominos and cards, volleyball and golf. He was past president of the Rockford Cemetery Association and had served on the Cunningham school board. He rode his donkey in the Paris Rodeo each year, and it pleased him so when people would laugh.

On July 1, 1947, he married Helen Maureen Gordon, building 62 years of family and memories.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Clyde Bankhead; his daughter-in-law, Sally Richardson; and two brothers, Wilbur “Red” Richardson and Julius “Jude” Richardson.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Ron Richardson of Mesquite; one daughter, Gerrie Bankhead of Paris; three grandchildren, Jerrod Bankhead of Cunningham, Kristi Callihan and husband, Bryan, of Reno and Chance Bankhead of Cunningham and his fiancée, Morgan Nickerson; three great grandchildren, Kaden Callihan and Ashlyn Callihan both of Reno and Gage Bankhead of Cunningham; a sister, Wanda Reid of Paris; a sister-in-law, Ellen Richardson of Dallas; several nieces and nephews; and a world of friends.

Casket bearers will be nephews, Wayne Gordon, Danny Norwood, Grant Richardson, Jonathan Smith, Gene Cavender, Larry Cunningham, Doug Moreland and Pete Sisson.

Honorary bearers will be his grandsons and great grandsons, Jerrod Bankhead, Chance Bankhead, Kaden Callihan and Gage Bankhead.

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Published April 15, 2009

Robert Earl ‘Bob’ Allison

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled funeral services for 2 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Powderly with Pastors Ken Bolyard, Terry Rogers and James “Sonny” Sparks officiating, and with the leadership of his son, Lance Allison. Burial follows at the home place of Robert E. Allison and family.

The family receives friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He was born May 15, 1941, in Powderly, the son of Uriah and Gertrude McDonald Allison. He was employed for many years and later was proprietor of Jones Automotive Body Shop prior to his retirement.

He loved the Lord and spent most of his life spreading the gospel of Jesus. His life’s work was to pass along the most important message of life “To know Salvation.” His greatest love was to be of service to the Lord. His passion was nothing more than being on the farm with his family and especially “his boys” as he called us all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Uriah and Gertrude Allison; parents-in-law, Leonard Leslie Jordan of Powderly, Earnest Johnson and Bessie Mae Matthews Jordan Johnson, both of Powderly; his baby sister, Dora Francis of Powderly; his brothers, Donald Allison of Reno, Rudolph Allison of Stonewall, Okla., Jack Allison of Novice, and Jacob Allison of Powderly; sister, Ruby Allison; brother-in-law, Al Caviness of Mobitee; one son-in-law, William “Chad” McEntyre; and numerous other loved ones.

He is survived by his wife of the home, Loy Dell Jordan Allison; one son, Lance Allison and wife, Patty; three daughters, Lisa McEntyre of Powderly, Laura Williams and husband, Michael, of Blossom and Lana Nelams of Paris; and his most loved grandchildren, Natasha Whitaker and husband, Kent, Tanzila Hostetler and husband, Paul, Amanda Lynn Williams, Christie Little and husband, Blake, Callie Kelley and husband, Matthew, Erika Graham and husband, Brad, and Caleb Allison; great-grandchildren, Austin and William Whitaker, Olivia and Memphis Hostetler, Miranda McCoy, Mallie Kelley and Gabriel Graham (due in August). He is also survived by one brother, Burlyn Allison and wife, Glonda, of Fate; two sisters, Judy “Mattie” and husband, Jack Husted, of Garland, and Samantha “Sammy” Burt of Paris; brother-in-law, Thomas Jordan and wife, Barbara, of Chicota; sisters-in-law, Joyce Jordan of McKinney, Elizabeth Bolyard of Powderly, Katherine Weaver of Paris, Francis Allison of Paris and Elaine Allison of Powderly; and many nephews, nieces and cousins too numerous to mention.

Casketbearers will be Kent Whitaker, Paul Hostetler, Blake Little, Matthew Kelley, Brad Graham and Caleb Allison.

Honorary casketbearer will be Amanda Lynn Williams.

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