Lamar County, Texas

B - Obituaries and Death Notices

BAGLEY, MARY ELLEN
Mrs. N. F. Bagley, 89, Dies Sunday at Home
Mrs. N. F. Bagley, 89, a widow, formerly Miss Mary Ellen (sic) Brannon, died at home, Rt.1, Paris , Sunday morning at 10:10 o'clock. She was born in Atlanta , Ga. , April 16, 1861, daughter of the late S. Brannon and wife, who was Miss Nancy Jane Pool.
   The funeral was arranged for 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at Emberson Baptist Church , with interment in Prairie Ridge Cemetery by Brown-Roden Funeral Home. The Rev. J. L. Wideman, Baptist minister, had charge of services. Named as pall-bearers were these grandsons: Russell Williams, L. D. Head, Troy Head, Dewrell Williams, Kenneth Smith and Doyle Hively.
   Mrs. Bagley leaves these children: Mrs. A. L. Williams, Caviness community; Mrs. Walker Smith, Soper , Okla. ; J. E. Bagley and W. T. Bagley, Fort Worth ; 33 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. (Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BANKHEAD, L. J.
Bankhead, L. J. (JACK) - Paris , Texas , Feb. 11, 1931 - Captain L. J. Bankhead, long time resident of Paris , died at his home, 126 Pine Bluff street , at the age of 86 years, after a long period of ill health. Funeral services were conducted at his late residence, by Rev. P.F. Herndon; burial in the Evergreen Cemetery .
   He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Susan Alcinda Miller, three sons, Jack, Chas. and Vernon Bankhead, and a daughter, Mrs. Owen O'Neill. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Nan Huddle of Holly Springs, Mississppi; and two brothers, Will Bankhead of Bonham and Robert Bankhead of Munday.
   He was born Dec. 8, 1845, at Holly Springs , Mississippi . In 1862, he joined the Confederate army, serving with Rucker's brigade, 18th Miss. Militia, later joining Capt. Mitchell's Independents. After a year's service with the latter he was transferred to Gen. Forrest's command in Russell's brigade and took part in many of the major engagements of the conflict. As a member of the Confederate Veterans' Camp he attended all gatherings of this body. Coming to Texas he was married on August 13, 1874, and ten years later he and his family moved to Paris . He was engaged in farming and other business enterprises. (Daily News-Telegram,  Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BARNES, Daughter of A. L.
Paris ,  Tex. , Feb 24. The little daughter of A. L. Barnes of Chicota died yesterday of spinal meningitis. (Dallas  Morning News [Dallas ,  TX ], Feb. 27, 1900 – Transcribed by Dena Whitesell)

BELL, JOHN D.
Deport, Texas , Oct. 25. - John D. Bell die

BARBER, GEORGE H.
George H. Barber, 72, of 852 NW 18th, died Friday, August 31, 1979, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 1, in the Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Moore officiating. Burial was in Little Vine Cemetery.
   Mr. Barber was born May 28, 1907, in Lamar County , the son of George and Dellar Bryant Barber. He married Flora Catherine McFatridge in 1932, and she preceded him in death in 1964. In January, 1975 Mr. Barber married Pearl White, who survives. He was a retired farmer and member of the Pentecostal Church .
   Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. E. D. Gayler of Rosenburg, Oregon, and Mrs. Shirley Robinson of Shawnee, Oklahoma; three sons, Wayne Barber of Route 1, Sumner, Joe Barber of Plano, and Vickie Lynn Barber of Paris; one step-son, Harold Dupree of Powderly; one sister, Mrs. Berta Mae Rodgers of Longview; one brother, Lee Barber of Fort Worth; one half brother, Homer Pitcock of Tatum; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers were Dan Lassiter, Wayne McQueen, Thomas Nixon, Marion Neisler, Henry Walker, and Coy Pitcock. (Lamar County Echo , September 1979.)d today at Camp McArthur , Waco , of pneumonia, following an attack of Spanish influenza. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Bell of this city. (Dallas Morning News, 26 Oct. 1918 MZ)

BERNIGHT, J. C.
Sept 24 -- J. C. Bernight died at Goodland, I. T. last Friday night from a congestive chill after being sick only ten hours (Dallas Morning News 1900-09-27, submitted by BZ)

BOOTH, KATE
Paris, Texas , Feb. 3 – Mrs. Kate Booth of Mansfield , Ark. , the daughter of J. W. Harper, deceased, an old settler of Lamar County near Garretts Bluff, died in an infirmary in Fort Smith .  (Dallas Morning News, 2/4/1915)

BRACKEEN, EL JAY
El Jay Brackeen of 3054 Amber Lane , Farmers Branch , died Sunday, 30 Aug 1981. Graveside services were held Tuesday, 1 Sep in the Red Hill Cemetery under the direction of Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home.
   He wasris . He was born 23 Dec 1921 in Powderly, a son of Noah T. Brackeen and Nora Frederick Brackeen. He attended schools in Powderly and was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Air Force. On 9 Mar 1948 he married Miss Norma L. Franklin. They lived in Paris until 1955 when they moved to Farmers Branch . He was a plumber and steam fitter.
   Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Paula Warren of Dallas, Mrs. Mona Belcher of Dallas and Miss Shann Brackeen of Farmers Branch; three sons, Jay Brackeen of Fort Hood and Don Brackeen and Bart Brackeen, both of Dallas; seven grandchildren; four brothers, Ward Brackeen, Mack Brackeen and Bob Brackeen, all of Texarkana. (Lamar County Echo, 3 Sep 1981.)

BRACKEEN, NOAH T.
Noah T. Brackeen, Rt. 1, Powderly, died Sunday, May 22, at McCuistion Medical Center . Services will be held Tuesday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Powderly Church of Christ with Bill O'Neal officiating and burial in Red Hill Cemetery under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.
   Mr. Brackeen was born June 22, 1892, in Atlas, a son of Sterling Price Brackeen and Lillie Mae Couch Brackeen. He married Nora [O.] Frederick on Feb. 16, 1915, in Lamar County . He was a retired farmer and a member of the Powderly Church of Christ.
   Surviving are his wife; four sons, Ward Brackeen, Mack Brackeen and Bobby Brackeen, all of Texarkana and Tom Brackeen of Montgomery, Ala; two daughters, Mrs. Vivian Enloe of Paris and Mrs. Lareece Maggard of Powderly; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Riker of Okmulgee, Okla.; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, L. J. Brackeen, on Aug. 30, 1981. (Lamar County Echo , Thursday, May 26, 1983)

BRACKEEN, NORA O.
Mrs. Nora O. Brackeen of Cherry Street Manor died there Thursday, 11 Jul 1985. Services were held Sunday, 14 Jul, in the Powderly Church of Christ with Bill O'Neal officiating. Burial was in Red Hill Cemetery by Bright-Holland Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Brackeen was born 26 Apr 1897, in Lamar County , a daughter of Joel and Laura Strange Frederick. She married Noah T. Brackeen on 15 Feb 1915, in Lamar County . He died 22 May 1983. She was a member of the Powderly Church of Christ.
   Surviving are four sons, Ward Brackeen, Mack Brackeen and Bob Brackeen, all of Texarkana , Texas , Thomas Ray Brackeen of Montgomery , Ala. ; two daughters, Vivian Enloe of Paris and Lareece Maggard of Powderly; one sister, Ophelia Frederick of Powderly; 21 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren. A son, Lel Jay Brackeen, preceded her in death in 1982. (Lamar County Echo , 18 Jul 1985.)

BRAY, HATTIE
Tahlequah, I.T., Nov. 26 - News has reached here of the death of Mrs. Hattie Bray at Vinita from pneumonia.  Deceased formerly lived in Paris , Tex. , where her remains have been taken for interment.  (Dallas Morning News, 30 Nov 1901).

BROWN, MIRIAH
Services for Mrs. Miriah Brown, 109-year-old resident here, will be conducted Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hospitality Church of God in Christ by the pastor, the Rev. M.B. Ellison. William Maxey Funeral Home will make burial in Egypt Cemetery . (Unknown Newspaper)

BRUFFETT, ORVILLE M.
Services for Orville M. Bruffett, 72, of Pueblo , Colo. , formerly of Paris , were held today at 2 p.m. in Leverett and Steele Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery . Bruffett, a retired painter and carpenter, leaves two sisters and several nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Frank Rutherford of Petty and Mrs. Hunter Richey of Paris . (Paris News, Wednesday, August 16, 1967 Submitted by Carole Curry)

BRUMLEY, TAYLOR AND TYLER
Taylor Cheyenne and Tyler Nicole Brumley, infant twins of Robert and Jessica Brumley Jr., died Saturday, May 24, 1997, at McCuistion Regional Medical Center .
   Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Myre officiating. The family will be at their residence.
   Surviving are the parents; two brothers, Jacob Christian and Dylan Armstrong; one sister, Marry Brumley; grandparents, 'Nanny Linda' and 'Pa Paw' Creg of Paris, James and Maryann Christian of Oakdale , LA ; Evelyn and Garland McDougle of Abilene and Robert and Brenda Brumley of Paris; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. (Paris News, Thu., May 29, 1997 Submitted by Carole Curry)

BRYAN, T. B.
Death Takes T. B. Bryan
Will Known Paris Physician Died Suddenly Saturday; Funeral Sunday
   Dr. T. B. Bryan, 66, prominent Paris resident, died suddenly at his home Saturday morning at about 9 o'clock of cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the home at 3 o'clock. The Rev. Harold G. Cooke will conduct the services. Burial is to be at Evergreen Cemetery.
   Pallbearers will be W. W. McCuistion, Dr. O. R. O'Neill, James A. Smith, Frank Johnson, Pete Coffey and Judge Fulsom Moore.
   Dr. Bryan was born at Spring Hill , Tenn. , June 24, 1867 and had been for a number of years a resident of Paris . He served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce in 1921 and 1922. At the time of his death he was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Methodist church.
   He was married in 1893 to Miss Victoria Griggis, who survives him. Other survivors are his son, Burke Bryan, who is assistant engineer in government reclamation work, and a sister Miss Alice Bryan. Obituary published 22 Oct 1933 in Paris News, Paris , TX .  (Submitted by Carole Curry)

BRYANT, DERECK
Graveside funeral services were scheduled Tuesday afternoon at Evergreen Cemetery for Dereck Bryant, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Glenn Bryant, Rt. 2, Paris. John Cannon, Church of Christ minister, was to officiate. Gene Roden's Sons, Directors of Funerals, had charge of arrangements. The child died at birth Sunday at McCuistion Medical Center . Survivors other than the parents are one sister, Kimberly Ann Bryant of Paris; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Troy Bryant of Durant, Okla. ; and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Armstrong of Sherman . (Lamar County Echo , April 7, 1983. Submitted by Carole Curry.)

BRYANT, JACKIE
Paris, Texas, Feb. 11 - Aunt Jackie Bryant, aged 90 years, the widow of J. W. Bryant, an old settler of Emberson Prairie, this county, died today at the home of her grandson, O. W. Stewart, two miles north of Emberson. (Dallas Morning News, 2/12/1915)

BUNCH, ANNE ELIZA CAVNAR
Mrs. Marion Bunch Dies Here Saturday
After an illness, Mrs. Marion Bunch, past 80 years old, died at home, 1447 Graham St. Friday about 9:40 p.m.
   Funeral service is set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Primitive Baptist Church , where the body will be taken at 9:30 a.m., Elder Herschel Brown and Elder Eddie Brown officiating at the rites. Burial in Little Vine Cemetery will be made by Brown-Roden Funeral Home, and pallbearers will be grandson, Claud Barnes, Ernest Wright and Willie Moore, Paris; W. H. Roberts and Donnie Curtis, Terrell, and Royce Bunch, Hobbs , N.M.
   Mrs. Bunch, whose husband died May 30, 1945, leaves these children: Mrs. Virgie Crocker, Mrs. Maggie Barnes, E. M. Bunch, and Jess Bunch, Paris; Mrs. Laura Strickland, Oklahoma City , Okla. ; Mrs. Mary Alice McBride, Burkburnett; Mrs. Ollie Robertson and Mrs. Bonnie Curtis Terrell, and J. E. Bunch, Gladewater, besides 39 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Formerly, Miss Anne Elizabeth Cavinor, Mrs. Bunch was born in Tennessee , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wood Cavinor. (submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, ANNIE MAE POSEY GLENN
Annie Mae Glenn Bunch, 74, of Rockwall died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, in Rowlett. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in Gene Roden's Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Leonard Harralson officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery . Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Mrs. Bunch was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Little Rock , Ark. , to James Lloyd and Marada Mae Stovell Posey. She married Marion Chester Bunch April 28, 1972. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
   Surviving are her husband; daughters, Polly Hallmark and Judy Carpenter, both of Tool; sons Lewis Dail Glenn of Vienna, Mo., and Justin Bunch of Rockwall; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be Lewis Dail Glenn Jr., William Andrew Glenn, David Wayne Carpenter, Kenneth Roger Carpenter, Bradley Dale Taylor, and Arthur Daniel Carpenter.
   *On the same stone with Homer Dail Glenn. Tombstone is inscribed, 'Annie M. Glenn.  (The Paris News, Wednesday, June 23, 1999, page 4B. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, ANNIE MAY HAVINS
Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Annie Mae Bunch, wife of H. E. Bunch of Brookston, Route 2, who died at 10:50 o'clock Monday night following an operation at Lamar hospital. The service will be at the home of Mrs. R. F. Bunch, 258 West Cherry Street , conducted by Elders A. H. Brown, M. E. Brown and H. C. Slate and others of the Primitive Baptist church and burial will be at Red Hill cemetery. Mrs. Bunch is survived by her husband, two sons, Julius and James Leverett Bunch and a daughter, Mattie Bunch, besides four sisters, Miss Sammie Haven of Paris, Mrs. Zuma Dismukes and Mrs. Daisy Butler of Powderly and Mrs. Myrtle McKnight of Ft. Smith , AR.    (From an unnamed newspaper obituary clipping from 'The Paris Scrapbook' donated by Skipper Steely; Wednesday, March 22, 1933. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, DOROTHY GWENDOLYN
Dorothy Gwendolyn Bunch, 83, of Paris passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Sunny Springs Health & Rehab Center in Sulphur Springs.
   Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Evergreen Cemetery with Reverend Gary Regan officiating.
   The family receives friends from 1 p.m. prior to service time at the funeral home.
   She was born Oct. 28, 1925, in Caviness, the daughter of Fred Whittaker and Jewell Smith Whittaker. She married Joseph E. Bunch in Paris March 21, 1947, and he preceded her in death March 23, 1993. She was a proud member of First United Methodist Church and was very active in the United Methodist Women's group. She was the first executive director of the Paris YWCA, a long time member of Eastern Star, lifetime member of the PTA and was a past president of the Paris Area Council of PTAs.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son-in-law, Steve Horne.
   Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Rooks and husband, Jim, of Sulphur Springs, Vicki Stallings and husband, Terry, of Colleyville, Christi Hardy and husband, Mark, of Fort Worth and Dr. Annette B. Horne of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Anne-Michelle Penson and husband, Dave, of Sulphur Springs, Nathan Stallings of Colleyville, Abigail Foremen and husband, Nick, of Carrollton, Matt Stallings of Little Rock, Ark., Jessika Hardy of New York, N.Y., Jay Hardy of Fort Worth, Julie Vaughan and husband, Zach, of Sachse and Leslie Horne of Austin; great-grandchildren, Gage and Rafe Penson of Sulphur Springs and Ajax Stallings of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Bobbie Jean Foote and husband, G.R., of Keller and Joan Dawson and husband, Billy, of Garland; along with several nieces and nephews.
   Casket Bearers will be Jim Rooks, Terry Stallings, Mark Hardy, Nathan and Matt Stallings, Jay Hardy, Dave and Gage Penson, Zach Vaughan and Nick Foreman. (Obituary published 22 Oct 2009 in Paris News, Paris , TX . Submitted by Carole Curry.)

BUNCH, FLETCHER DODD
The funeral of Fletcher Dodd Bunch, 60, native of Lamar County who died Friday in Dallas, was held in Paris Saturday afternoon in Gene Roden and Sons chapel. The Rev. H.C. Slate officiated, and interment was made in Little Vine Cemetery, bearers being Elma Bunch, Delma Bunch, Bill Mac Bass, Floyd Bass, Berry D. Norrell and Clyde Barnes.
   Son of the late R. L. and Ollie (Cavnar) Bunch, F. D. Bunch was born here 15 Nov 1902. He died of illness in Parkland Hospital in Dallas , where he moved 10 or 12 years ago, living at 4710 Rieger St . He was a service station operator.
   He leaves these children: Bob Eugene Bunch, Tyler ; Danny Bunch, Freddy Bunch and Miss Sharon Bunch, all of Dallas, and Mrs. Naomi Cornman, Richardson; two grandchildren, and these brothers: T.R. Bunch, Paris; D. J. Bunch, Texarkana , and A.C. Bunch, in California .
   *Buried next to Ollie M. Belle Bunch. Tombstone is inscribed, 'Fletcher Dodds Bunch. (--The Paris News, (Date of obituary not available. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, FLORENCE CUTTRELL
Florence Cuttrell Bunch, Rt. 2, Sumner died Wednesday, June 1, at McCuistion Medical Center . Services will be held Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. in Bright-Holland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. D. W. Andrews officiating and burial in Hopewell Cemetery .
   Mrs. Bunch was born May 11, 1907, in Ubell , Tex. , a daughter of D. W. (Chick) Cuttrell and Rosie Hawley Cuttrell. She was married to Jesse Bunch on Nov. 1, 1924, in Paris . He died April 24, 1963.
   She was a salesperson for Levine's in Dallas and had worked at the Ideal Baking Co. in Paris . She was a member of the Tigertown Methodist Church .
   Surviving are three sons, Tommy Bunch of Dallas, Hoyt Bunch of Dallas and Ronnie Bunch of Coppell; three brothers, Leemon Cuttrell of Paris, Ike Cuttrell of Tigertown and J. C. Cuttrell of Bonham; seven sisters, Allie Davis of Sparta, Ill., Susie Hodnett of Tigertown, Addie Wallace of Orange, Coma Funderburk of Ubell, Geraldine Umholtz of Fort Worth, Bailey Ray of Fort Worth, and Kathryn Carpenter of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   A daughter, Lois Lucas, and two brothers, Charlie (Bud) Cuttrell and Billy Cuttrell, preceded her in death.
   Bearers were Don Hamm, Greg Clark, Timmy Burnett, Ardis Cuttrell, Lloyd Tully and Gene Massie.  (Lamar County Echo, Thursday, June 9, 1983, p. 4.  Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, FRIEDA PRATT
Frieda Pratt Bunch, 76, of Paris died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at her residence. Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Shady Grove Cemetery with Chaplain Clarence Parsons officiating. Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
   She was born Sept. 6, 1925 in St. Louis , Mo. , a daughter of Orval and Mildred White Pratt. She married Roy E. Bunch on May 1,1949, in California . She was a past president of the VFW Auxiliary and past member of the Elk Does. She was a seamstress at Hollywood Vasserette in Paris for many years.
   Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Roy ; two children, Linda Himmel of Reno , Nev. , and Bonnie Turner of Killeen ; a grandson, Ryan Himmel; two brothers, Kenneth and Phillip Pratt of Florida ; and a sister, Wanda Parker of Missouri . (The Paris News, Aug. 21, 2002: ' Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, JAMES
James Bunch, an old resident of Lamar county, who had lived on Emberson Prairie almost continuously about forty years, died at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his son, R. F. Bunch, 258 West Cherry street after an illness of several months. He lacked four days of being eighty years old.
   He came to Texas from Missouri in March 1877. He is survived by his wife and five sons and a daughter, three of whom were with him at the time of his death, R. F. Bunch and J. E. Bunch of Paris and Mrs. Laura Manford of California . W. E. Bunch of Longview arrived only a few minutes after his death. The other two sons, S. D. and M. S. Bunch, live at Shamrock. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Little Vine Church near Sumner, he having been a very devout and consistent member of that church ever since coming to Texas . The funeral will be conducted by Elder P. D. Ausmus of Milton. *Married Elizabeth J. --(Notes: From an unnamed newspaper obituary clipping from 'The Paris Scrapbook' donated by Skipper Steely; Tuesday, May 23, 1916.)

BUNCH, JAMES
Interment Record for James Bunch
Name: James Bunch
Born: 22 May 1836
Died: 21 May 1916
Buried: Little Vine
Location: Northeast
'James Bunch, an old resident of Lamar county, who had lived on Emberson Prairie almost continuously about forty years, died at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his son, R. F. Bunch, 258 West Cherry street after an illness of several months. He lacked four days of being eighty years old.
   He came to Texas from Missouri in March 1877. He is survived by his wife and five sons and a daughter, three of whom were with him at the time of his death, R. F. Bunch and J. E. Bunch of Paris and Mrs. Laura Manford of California . W. E. Bunch of Longview arrived only a few minutes after his death. The other two sons, S. D. and M. S. Bunch, live at Shamrock. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Little Vine Church near Sumner, he having been a very devout and consistent member of that church ever since coming to Texas . The funeral will be conducted by Elder P. D. Ausmus of Milton. *Married Elizabeth J. --(Notes: From an unnamed newspaper obituary clipping from 'The Paris Scrapbook' donated by Skipper Steely; Tuesday, May 23, 1916.)

BUNCH, JOHN DELMA
John Delma Bunch, 76, of Paris died at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Christus St. Joseph's Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, in Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Miller and the Rev. Mark Hutchison officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery with rites by Paris Masonic Lodge No. 27. Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Mr. Bunch was born July 8, 1923, in Fannin County to Thomas Raymond and Mary T. Brown Bunch. He attended Paris schools, graduating from Paris High School in 1942. He attended Paris Junior College .
   Mr. Bunch served in the Army during World War II and was captured by the Germans. He was released April 27, 1945.
   He served as assessor-collector of taxes for Lamar County from 1954-60 and was an independent distributor of dairy products until retiring in 1980. He was a rancher and had numerous real estate interests in Lamar County . He was a past president of the Noon Optimist Club and a faithful member of First United Methodist Church where he was a former member of the Administrative Board and Upper Room Sunday School Class. He was a member and past Master of Paris Masonic Lodge No. 27, Scottish and York Rites and Shrine. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3990, and of the American Ex-POWs.
   He married Melba Woodard July 21, 1945, in Paris .
   Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Lila Jeanne Yaggie and husband Rick of Forney and Deborah Archer and husband Donnis of Paris; a son, Randy Bunch and wife Lucia of Paris; 12 grandchildren, Patrice Najarro, Lynne Eastep and husband Jody, Kyle Abshire, Clark Abshire, Mike Abshire, Kelly Myers and husband Shane, Aaron Benson and wife Lori, Jason Archer, Erin Archer, Elaine Benningfield and husband Dane, Allison Bunch and Dalen Bunch; seven great-grandchildren, Luis, Zachary, Nick, Alexis, Andrew, Kaitlyn and Jade; a sister, Kathfyn Bass of Paris; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Bunch of Paris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Netta Mahaffey, and a brother, Joseph Elma Bunch. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
   If desired, memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, or the Youth Building Fund of First United Methodist Church of Paris. (The Paris News, Thursday, September 2, 1999. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, JOHN WESLEY
John Wesley Bunch died 29 Oct 1968 and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar Co. TX. He was born in Detroit , Red River Co. TX on 8 Dec 1902.
He was the son of Lee Roy Bunch & Sallie Elizabeth Lamb (Bunch). Father Born - 15 Jun 1872 in Mo. Father Died 18 Jun 1951 at Paris, Lamar Co. TX. Father Buried at Bluff Cemetery Detroit, Red River Co. TX. Mother Born - 11 Jul 1878 (believed Ms.) Polk Co. Ar. Mother Died - 31 Dec 1950 at Detroit Red River Co. TX. Mother Buried- Bluff Cemetery SSW Lee Bunch Detroit, Red River Co. TX.  John Wesley Bunch was married on 22 Aug 1925 to Edna Irene Hogan in Red River Co. TX. Their children were: 1. Floyd Oneil Bunch, b. 18 Dec 1928 at Fulbright , TX . 2. Marion Chestor Bunch, b. 22 May 1930 at Fulbright , TX . 3. W. L. William Wesley Bunch, b 14 Sep 1926 at Detroit , TX . William died at Odessa , TX on 30 Jan 1969 and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar Co. TX. John Wesley Bunch married second to Lillian Doyle marriage date unknown (abt 1945). She was born 23 Jul 1909 and died 18 Dec 1968 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar Co. TX. Children of John W. Bunch and Lillian Doyle Bunch were: 1. Doris Irene Bunch, born Oct, 1946 Clarksville , TX . 2. (Twin) Louis Ray Bunch, born Oct, 1947 Clarksville, TX . 3. (Twin) Lois Ann Bunch, born Oct, 1947 Clarksville , TX . 4. Sharon Faye Bunch, born 1950 Clarksville , TX . Died 1978 (auto accident). Submitted by Dale Donlon

BUNCH, JOSEPH ELMA
Joseph Elma Bunch, 69, of 2129 Simpson, died Mon., Mar. 22, at St. Joseph 's Hospital and Health Center . Services at 2 p.m. Wed., Mar. 24, at Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Gaither Day and Rev. Gene Gordon. Masonic graveside rites by Paris Masonic Lodge No. 27, AF and AM.
   Born in Fannin County , a son of T. R. and Mary Brown Bunch, he attended Paris schools and Paris Junior College . He served in the Army [Sgt.] during World War II. He married Dorothy Whittaker in Paris on Mar. 21, 1947.
   He was an independent milk distributor until retiring in 1987 and was a member of First United Methodist Church and its Double Ring Sunday School Class. He was a member and past master of Paris Masonic Lodge No. 27, the Scottish and York Rites, and was a Shriner.
   Surviving are his wife; 4 daughters, Mrs. Jim ( Nancy ) Rooks of Sulphur Springs, Mrs. Terry (Vicki) Stallings of Bedford, Mrs. Mark (Christi) Hardy of Paris and Mrs. Steve (Annette) Horne of Euless; 8 grandchildren; a brother, John Delma Bunch of Paris ; a sister, Kathryn Bass of Paris .  (The Paris News,  Tue., Mar. 23, 1993. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, LEE ROY
Lee Roy Bunch died at the home of his daughter, Ethel Mae Bunch (White) Rural Route # 1, Paris , TX on 18 Jun 1951. He was born 15 Jun 1872 in Mo. His mother was Amanda E. Bunch Funderburck Shivers born 1855 in Mo. L. R. Bunch was married on 9 Dec 1894 in Red River Co. TX to Sallie Elizabeth Lamb (b 11 Jul 1878 in Polk Co. Ark, she believed she was born same place as her mother - Choctaw Co., Ms).
   Mr. Bunch had suffered a stroke about 2 years prior to his death, but after his spouse died 31 Dec 1950, in Red River Co. TX, he came to live at his daughter's dairy farm until his death.
   Children of Lee Roy were all born in Detroit , Red River Co., TX, except Bessie. They were: 1. Lonie Elizabeth Bunch Pearson, b 6 Jul 1895, died 29 Nov 1971 Titus Co. TX. 2. Nora Lee Bunch Gentry Cowley, b. 31 Oct 1899, died 4 Dec 1983 Grande Prairie, TX. 3. John Wesley Bunch, b. 12 Aug 1903, died 29 Oct 1968 Paris , TX , buried Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar Co. TX. 4. Bessie Bunch Spencer, b. 1907 Okla. , died 7 May 1990 Paris , TX , buried at Leesville Cemetery, Red River Co., TX. 5. Ethel May Bunch White, b. 26 May 1911, died 16 Jan 2000 Paris , TX , buried at Red Hill Cemetery . 6. Tessie Bell Bunch Shipp Bryan, b. 24 Feb 1913, died 23 Dec 1980 Springtown, TX, buried Springtown Cemetery, Parker Co., TX.  (Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, LILLIAN F.
'Mrs. Lillian Bunch, 317 16th SE, who suffered burns when her housecoat caught fire at home, Dec. 7, died Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Parkland Hospital, Dallas. She was moved there from McCuistion Hospital where she was taken after her robe came in contact with a heater, her daughter, Mrs. Doris McKenan incurring minor burns in trying to quench the flames.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Bunch were arranged for 4 p.m. Thursday at Leverett and Steele chapel, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery . Daughter of Henry and Carroll Creole Doyle, Mrs. Bunch was born in Pocahontas , Tenn. , July 23, 1909.
   Her husband, John Bunch died Oct. 9 this year, and four children survive. Louis Ray bunch and Mrs. McLenan, Paris; Mrs. Lois Limbock and Mrs. Fay Hill, Dallas; three grandchildren; a brother, Allen Doyle, Tampa, Fla. and three stepsons; Wesley Bunch, Odessa; Floyd Bunch, Dallas, and Billy Bunch, Portland, Oregon.  (Paris News, Thursday, December 19, 1968. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, M. C.
M. C. 'Bill' Bunch, 69, of Rockwall died there Sunday, April 16, 2000. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Gene Roden's Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dwayne Grant officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery . Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Mr. Bunch was born May 22, 1930, in Detroit to John Wesley and Edna Irene Hogan Bunch. His wife, Annie Mae Bunch, died June 22, 1999. He was a Baptist.
   Surviving are a brother, Floyd Bunch of Rockwall; two stepsisters, Lois Ann Limbock of Dallas and Doris McClendon of Joplin, Mo; two stepdaughters, Polly Hallmark of Tool and Judy Carpenter of Tool; a stepson, Lewis Dail Glenn of Vienna, Mo; an adopted son, Justin Bunch of Rockwall; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  (The Paris News, Tuesday, April 18, 2000. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, MARY TELLITHA "Brown"
Daughter of W. J. and Julia Stites Brown. She was married to Thomas Raymond (Rate) Bunch, son of R. F. and Ollie Cavnar Bunch. T. R. and Mary Bunch married in Lamar County, TX Oct 24, 1914. She was survived by sons: Dalma and Elma Bunch of Paris Texas and two daughters: Mrs. Kathryn (Floyd) Bass also of Paris , Texas and Mrs. Lanetta (James) Mahaffey.
   Mary T. “Brown” Bunch
From an untitled obituary with a handwritten date of 28 Jan 1973:
Mrs. T. R. (Mary) Bunch, 1415 20th NE, died Saturday at St. Joseph 's Hospital where she had been a patient 12 days. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Gene Roden's Sons with the Rev. Felix Kindel, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Little Vine Cemetery.
   These grandsons will serve as bearers: Mike Mahaffey, Joe Mahaffey, Randy Bunch, Jim Rooks, Billy Mac Bass, Tommy Mahaffey and Johnny Mahaffey.
   Mrs. Bunch was born 25 Aug 1895, in Powderly, daughter of W. J. and Julia (Stites) Brown. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church .
   Survivors include two sons, Delma Bunch and Elma Bunch, both of Paris; two daughters, Mrs. Floyd Bass of Paris and Mrs. John Mahaffey of Hunt, Tex.; three sisters: Mrs. Obie Norman of Napa, Calif., Mrs. Margaret Bledsoe of Houston and Mrs. Billie Evelyn Sawyer of Paris. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and 31 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.' *Buried next to William W. Bunch.  Submitted by Dale Donlon.

BUNCH, OLLEY CAVNAR
Married November 25 1883
Mrs. Raymond F. Bunch, 1010 W. Cherry ST. died Sunday at 4:30 a.m. at home. The funeral was set Monday at 2 pm at Gene Roden and Sons chapel, with interment in Little Vine Cemetery. In charge of services were Elder A.H. Brown, Longview , and Elder M. E. Brown, Minden , LA , Ministers of the Primitive Baptist Church , of which Mrs. Bunch was a member.
   Grandsons were named pallbearers.  Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Cavnar (Cavner), Mrs. Bunch was born in Hardeman County , Tennessee , 12 Sept 1863 {sic}. She and her husband moved to Paris from Sumner community in 1914, and he died here in 1932.
   Surviving are these children: G. S. Bunch, Vernon; T. R. Bunch, Paris; D. S. Bunch, Texarkana; Arthur Bunch, Santa Maria, California, and Doddie Bunch, Dallas; 37 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren, and 15 great great grandchildren, besides a brother, W.F. Cavnar, Oklahoma City, OK. (The Paris News, 18 November 1956  Submitted by Dale Donlon.)

BUNCH, MINNIE B.
Married Eddie M. Bunch.
The funeral of Mrs. Minnie Bunch, 80, Paris, Rt.1, was conducted Monday afternoon in Gene Roden and Sons chapel, and burial made at Hopewell northwest of Paris. The Rev. W. T. Dunn, Baptist pastor, officiated, and bearers were Dick Chance, Archie Moore, F. M. Hobbs, William E. Flippen, Jake Green and Ray Moore. Mrs. Bunch, widow of Eddie M. Bunch, died in a nursing home here 6 Feb 1965. (The Paris News, 9 Feb 1965. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, RAYMOND FRANKLIN
Shares Headstone with Olley Cavnar Bunch
Son of James Bunch and Elizabeth Jane Fletcher Bunch.
Inscription: Father
Born in Missouri
Married Olley Cavnar on November 25, 1883
Father to Harley E. Bunch, Thomas Raymond Bunch, Dudley J. Bunch, Arthur Cavnar Bunch, Odus E. Bunch, Fletcher Dodd Bunch, George S. Bunch, Mattie Bunch, Naomi Pearl Bunch, James W. Bunch, Raymon Bunch, and Jesse Stevens Bunch. (Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BUNCH, THOMAS RAYMOND (RATE)
T. R. (Rate) Bunch, 80, a retired farmer and rancher of 1415 28th NE, formerly of 1010 W. Cherry St. , died Tuesday at 2:55 a.m. in St. Joseph 's Hospital. Born at Sumner, 24 Oct 1891, he was a son of R. F. and Ollie (Caviner) Bunch. Friends will be received Tuesday between 7 and 8:30 p.m. at Gene Roden's Sons funeral home, where service will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Interment is arranged in Little Vine Cemetery. Mr. Bunch leaves his wife, the former Mary T. Brown, whom he married 24 Oct 1915; two sons, Delma and Elma Bunch and Mrs. Floyd Bass, all of Paris, and Mrs. John Mahaffey, Dallas; also 22 other descendants, and a brother, A. C. Bunch, Paris.' *Buried next to Lanetta Bunch Mahaffey. (From an untitled, undated obituary. Submitted by Dale Donlon)

BURCHAM, JOE RUE
FUNERAL HERE FOR FORMER RESIDENT
Last rites for Joe Burcham, former resident of Paris, who died Saturday morning at Stamford, Texas, will be held at the Manton-Fry Funeral home Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The services will be conducted by the Rev. H. G. Cocke, assisted by the Rev. P. R. Herndon. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery where a Masonic service will be held.
   Members of the Masonic lodge will act as pall bearers. (Obituary published 25 Sep 1933 in Paris News, Paris , TX Submitted by Carole Curry.)

BURKE, ANNIE
Maker of Famed Salt-Rising Bread, Mrs. Annie Burke, Dies. Mrs. Annie Gowdey Burke, 76, widow of John A. Burke, Sr., died at 6 o'clock Sunday morning at St. Joseph 's Hospital, where she had been taken Thursday. She had been in failing health the past year at her home, 305 4th SW.
   The funeral was arranged for 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Church of the Holy Cross, Episcopal, the Rev. James W. O'Connell, officiating, and Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home making burial in Evergreen Cemetery .
   Named as pallbearers were Richard H. Blyth, Fred Manton, Al Gullick, Martin F. Wise, Charles Geron and Maury Robinson.
   'Miss Annie,' as she was known to most of Paris , for many years operated a custom bakery, long occupying quarters on the street floor of the Belford Apartments building on South Main Street . An article in a nationally-circulated magazine on the specialty-- salt rising bread-- for a long time brought her mail orders for it from coast to coast. Daughter of an early-day boys' school head here, Mrs. Burke turned to catering and baking when she was left with the responsibility of supporting her six children. Throughout the time she operated her shop all its surplus products were donated to local welfare institutions.
   She was born in Shiloh community, Oct. 6, 1872-, daughter of the late Prof. and Mrs. H. C. Gowdey, the family later moving to Paris .
   She was married to Mr. Burke in 1894, and for a time they lived in Fort Worth but returned to Paris and she had resided here ever since. Her husband died in 1912.
   Mrs. Burke was a member of Holy Cross parish, and as long as she was able shared in its activities.
   Surviving are four of her children; Mrs. Douglas Hendrix, Wharton; Mrs. Forrest Blankenship, Norman, Okla.; John A. Burke, formerly of Abilene, and Felder T. Burke, both of Paris; seven grandchildren, and two sisters and a brother; Mrs. Frances G. Parker, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Alston Gowdey and Miss Ellen Gowdey, both of Dallas.  (Paris News, Monday, March 7, 1949. Submitted by Carole Curry.)

BURKE, FELDER THORNHILL
Felder T. Burke, 52, native of Paris , died of a heart attack while on his way to work in Houston Tuesday, his brother here, John A. Burke, 841 10th NE was notified. Burial will be made here in Evergreen Cemetery by Fry and Gibbs, graveside services being set Friday at 11 a.m., the Very Rev. James W. O'Connell of Holy Cross Episcopal Church to officiate.
   Son of the late John A. and Annie (Gowdey) Burke, Felder Thornhill Burke was born here 18 Feb 1906, and attended Second Ward (Now J. G. Wooten) School and the old Paris Commercial College . He was employed here chiefly as a shoe-fitter, working in various stores, and in Houston , where he had lived the past seven years, he was employed at the Leonard Department Store.
   He had been in failing health the past two years and had suffered a heart attack about eight weeks ago, though he had since returned to work. He married Miss Hester Ida Evans in 1940, and she survives besides his brother here and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Hendrix of Wharton, and Mrs. Forrest Blankinship, Oak Ridge , Tenn. (Paris News, 25 Mar 1958. Submitted by Carole Curry.)

BURKE, JAMES F.
The sudden death of J. F. Burke at eight o'clock Saturday morning was a great shock to the entire citizenship of Paris , and especially to his many friends here. Mr. Burke had been suffering for several days with indigestion, and it is said that he died from this disease. On leaving his home on South Birmingham street yesterday morning to come to his place of business, next door to the city hall, Mr. Burke was accompanied by his daughter, Miss Edna, who has been for the past two weeks stenographer for the Homes Sales Company at the Palace Drug store. Miss Edna bade her father good-bye as she left him at the plumbing shop, and Mr. Burke stepped into his office. A few minutes later Mr. Butler, of the Paris Grocer Company, for whom Mr. Burke had been doing some work, stepped into his office and began discussing business matters. Mr. Burke had a cot in the office, and was preparing to lie down. He complained to Mr. Butler that he was not feeling well, and was assisted to his cot. In a short time Mr. Clarence Reams, the foreman of the Burke plumbing shop, arrived. and while Mr. Burke was giving instructions for the day's work he died of acute indigestion. Mr. Reams hardly realized that he was dead, and phoned for physicians, but Mr. Burke expired before their arrival.
   J. F. Burke had been engaged in the plumbing business in Paris for twenty years. He first began the business on the south side of Kaufman Street , near the present place of business, and later he purchased the building now occupied by the establishment.
   He was 58 years of age, and besides his wife, three daughters survive him, Misses Edna, Lucille and Evelyn. Two brothers survive Mr. Burke, one residing in Austin and one in Galveston . Funeral services will be held this afternoon from the residence on South Birmingham Street , after the arrival of relatives.
   The deceased was a member of the Knights of Pythias, and that order will participate in the burial and funeral services. (Paris News, May 25, 1913.)

BURKE, JAMES F.
From Rodgers and Wade Furniture Co. Funeral Records in possession of Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home; Book #8; p.393; Service #131; James F. Burke; charge to deceased; ordered by Mrs. J. F. Burke; date of funeral, 25 May 1913; place of death, 'Dropped dead in office'; Clergyman, J.K. Black; date of death, 24 May 1913; Occupation, Plumber; Married; age 58 years; interment at Evergreen cemetery section 3; casket size 5/9, $85.00; vault $75.00; embalming $25.00; 26 folding chairs, $1.80; pallbearers coach $5.00; 4 carriages $14.00; hearse $10.00; flowers $2.00; open grave $6.00; total cost $223.80. (Submitted by Carole Curry)

BURKE, JOHN ANDREW
News was received in Paris this morning of the death of John A. Burke, at Terrell , Texas , where he had been for the past year for treatment. Mr. Burke's health began failing about three years ago and he failed to improve and his friends advised the treatment. Mr. Burke was for years a prominent business man of this city. He was engaged in the grocery business on Clarksville street until a few years ago when business misfortune overtook him and he closed for several months re-opening again after business affairs were adjusted. He again met with bad luck and was forced to abandon his business on account of ill health. Mr. Burke is survived by a wife and six children, two sons and four daughters. He has a brother, Dr. Billy Burke, of Dallas . The body will arrive in Paris today and funeral services will be conducted from the Episcopal church at 10:30 o'clock tomorrow morning, Rev. Dr. Black conducting the services. Mr. Burke was a consistent member of the Episcopal church during his lifetime. (The Paris News. Submitted by Carole Curry)

BURNS, ALFRED CLIFFORD
Alfred Clifford "Acie" Burns, almost 96, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007. in hospice care at the Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham. He had moved to the Cosper facility on Jan. 18, from Paris Oaks.
   Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Mark Hutchison conducts the services. Burial follows in Evergreen Cemetery . (Published February 4, 2007. Submitted by Carole Curry)

BURTHAY, JOHN W.
BURTHAY FUNERAL TO BE ON SUNDAY
Last Rites to Be Held at Residence at 2:30 in the Afternoon
   Funeral services for John W. Burthay, 61, who died Friday night at 10:30 o'clock at his residence at 77 South Seventeenth street, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence of his daughter at 109 North Seventeenth street. The Rev. W. M. Wright will conduct the services. Burial will be at Evergreen cemetery.
   Mr. Burthay is survived by his widow, Mrs. Fannie Burthay; his mother, Mrs. Nathan Burthay; two daughters, Mrs. Annie David and Mrs. Jess Odom, both of Paris; three sons, Albert Burthay, Virgil Burthay and Johnnie Burthay, all of Paris; one sister, Mrs. John Crewes of Crockett, Texas.
   Pallbearers will be Marion Youngblood, Bob Womack, Joe Pendergrass, Clyde Ray, George Towers and Will Carpenter. (Obituary published 8 Oct 1933 in Paris News, Paris , TX . Submitted by Carole Curry)

BURTON, M. A.
Paris, Tex., Feb. 11 – M. A. Burton, aged 83 years, died on Saturday at the home of his son near Checota. The deceased was one of the earliest settlers of Lamar County .(Dallas Morning News, 13 February 1901)

 


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