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Bell County
Temple Daily Telegram Funerals Today _ Monday, May 1, 2000
PAIR, James Arvin, 67, of Center and formerly Cameron, 3 p.m., Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home, Cameron. The body will be cremated.

Collin Co.
Courier Gazette McKinney March 20, 1909
Mrs. Sarah Pair was born in Hawkins Co. Tn. Oct 14, 1822.  When 16 years old she professed faith in our savior was received into the fellowship of a Baptist Church and continued faithful to her Lord and her church for seventy years. In 1939 she was united in marriage with James F. Pair and in the following year they moved to Kentucky, where they reared a family of 9 children. Mr. Pair was a Baptist minister, but was called to his reward in 1863 and the cares of a large family were left to Mrs. Pair. She moved to Texas in 1885 and stopped for a short while in Van Alstyne and then moved to McKinney, where she afterward made her home. Of her children only two survive her, Andrew W. Pair of Anna and Fountain Pair of McKinney, but she had 35 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Some months since, she went up to Anna to spend a time with her son and other relatives, and there on Tuesday, March 16, the angels came for her and she went away on their "snowy wings" to the heavenly home. On the next day her body was tenderly laid to rest in the beautiful Pecan Grove Cemetery at McKinney to await the resurrection of the just. At the time of her death she was a member of the First Baptist Church of McKinney and her pastor, Dr. E. E. King, conducted appropriate funeral services.
"Sister thou art gone to rest,
Praise be thy new employ.
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Savior's joy." E. E. King

Comanche Co.
Bessie M. Pair, 79, died at 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 10, 1983, at De Leon Nursing Home after a long illness. Services were at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. John Basham, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Dublin, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Charles McAfee, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of De Leon. Burial was in De Leon Cemetery, directed by Nowlin Funeral Home. Born May 19, 1904, in Comanche County, she was a housewife. She married Claude Pair Dec. 30, 1923, in Saint Joe. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Fayne of De Leon and Arnold of Fort Worth; one daughter, Barbara Atchison of Fort Worth; four brothers, Jack Locke of De Leon, Rush and Joyce Locke of Odessa, and A. A. Locke of Brownwood; two Levis Miller and Grace Gray, both of De Leon; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Haskell, Byron, and Kenneth Locke and O. P. McAdams; and two sisters, Clarice Covington and Ouida Locke.  Pallbearers were Woodley Sadberry, Marvin Jones, Charles Nabors, Coy Otwell, Johnny Chupp, and Darrel Kimmell. Music was by the Methodist Choir, directed by C. G. Morton.

Biography of Claude Pair

Claude Pair, 93, of De Leon passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 1992, at 4:40 a.m. in the De Leon Hospital. He was born March 19, 1899, in Jackson, Missouri to the late Robert Lee Pair and Laura Isabell Limbaugh Pair. He moved to the De Leon area in 1911, moving into De Leon in 1967.  He was married to Bessie McAdams December 30, 1923. She preceded him in death October 10, 1983. He was a retired farmer and a member of the De Leon First United Methodist Church where his funeral services were held Thursday, June 4, 1992, at 4:00 p.m. with Dr. John Fourie officiating. Survivors include two sons, Dwight Fayne Pair of De Leon, Arnold Dwayne Pair of Fort Worth; one daughter, Barbara Atchison of Ft. Worth; one sister, Mary Pair Pilcher of De Leon; eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.  He was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert Pair, Ernest Pair, and Duree Pair. Burial was in the De Leon Cemetery under the direction of Nowlin Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Melton Decker, James Gardner, Coy Otwell, Charles Nabors, Marvin Jones, and Johnnie Chupp and several honorary pallbearers. Music was furnished by the church choir under the direction of Annette Cummings with a solo by Dottie Hare with Nelda Priddy serving as organist.

Crosby Co.
In memory of Mr. Arthie Miller Pair, born 13 June 1975, died 3 Aug 1975, services at United Methodist Church, Lorenzo, Texas, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., August 5, 1975. Clergymen: Rev. James Futch & Rev. Bruce Parks. Interred at Englewood Cem., Slaton, Texas. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home, Ralls, Texas.
God hath not promised Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through.
God hath not promised Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.
But God hath promised Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, Light for the way.
Grace for the trials, Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, Undying love...

Denton Co.
Silas Woodson Pair
Tobie N. McAdams Pair

Erath Co.
John M. Pair passes away at 84. A letter from R. L. Pair, De Leon, Texas, informs us of the death of his father John M. Pair at his home at Dublin, Texas, on December 29, 1915, of pneumonia and heart trouble. He was born in Kentucky July 8, 1831; moved to Bollinger Co., Mo., in 1853. Here he resided until 1902 and reared a large family.  When the war broke out he cast his lot with the Confederacy and he is said to have been a splendid soldier. After the war - having lost about all of his property - he went to work to retrieve his broken fortunes. Settling a few miles south of Sedgewickville he hewed out of the forest a good farm and home. He was an industrious, progressive farmer, a clever, obliging neighbor and a good citizen. He was a charter member of Sedgewickville lodge, No. 426, A. F. & A. M. and was in good standing when the charter was surrendered.  He sold his property and moved to Dublin, Tex. in 1902. He was growing old then and he had been quite feeble the last several years.  Deceased was married twice and was the father of 17 children, seven of whom survive him: John F. of Oklahoma; Mrs. Ed Green, Dublin; Robt.  L., De Leon; Silas W., Jarrell, Texas; Mrs. Wm. Faircloth, Patton, Mo.; Lowndes D., Strawn; Archie M., Dublin; Grover C. and Laura C., Dallas, and Clayborn B. of Greenville, Texas. He is survived by forty-five grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.  The funeral was conducted the 30th at Greenís Creek Cemetery, five miles from Dublin.  Mr. Pair had many relatives and friends in Bollinger county who will be sorry to learn of his death.

Potter County
Amarillo Online Newspapers   Obits from  6 Feb 1999
Roy V. Pair, 56, a former Amarillo resident, of Cordova, Tenn., died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999. Services will be at 4 p.m. today in St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. John McClean, senior pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle. Mr. Pair was born in Houston and was a longtime Amarillo resident. He graduated from Tascosa High School and then West Texas State University in 1967. He was an Army veteran. Mr. Price was a co-owner of Fantastic Sam's in Germantown, Tenn. He was a former transportation management employee with Ford Motor Co., and Oster/Sunbeam and Cleo in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce and of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Amarillo. Survivors include his wife, Sonja; a daughter, Patricia Diane Pair of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, Tom Pair of Atlanta, Ga.; his parents, Gerald Dean and William Luther Pair of Amarillo; a brother, William Wayne Pair of Amarillo; and a grandson.

Obits from  15 Aug 2000
J. B. Pair, 82, of Amarillo, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Greg Waggoner, pastor of Bible Baptist Temple, officiating. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home, 2800 S. Osage St. Mr. Pair was born in Happy and was a longtime resident of Amarillo. He was a truck driver for Bob Blair Cattle Trucking, Benton Cattle Trucking and Alford Trucking. After retiring he worked as a school crossing guard. He was a Baptist. He married Virginia Bennett in 1938 at Canyon. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Sharon Dickson of Amarillo and Beverly Salazar and Tracy Pair, both of Canon City, Colo.; a sister, Sue Ann Marler of Hallsville; a brother, Kenneth Pair of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Obits from  12 July 1997
Tommie Prince, 67, of Amarillo, died Friday, July 11, 1997. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 6969 E. Interstate 40, with the Rev. Windell Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Mr. Prince was born in Erick, Okla. He married Edna M. Grantham in 1968 at Hereford. He was the owner and operator of Vega Well Service before retiring in 1989. He was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion in Vega. Survivors include his wife; a son, Henry Craig of Amarillo; a daughter, Vera Craig of Amarillo; two sisters, Lea Pair and Minnie King, both of Amarillo; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

 Obits from  27 April 1997
Thomas Earl Wilson, 89, of Amarillo, died Friday, April 25, 1997. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors Ivy Chapel, 2820 Virginia Circle, with the Rev. Royce Womack, retired United Methodist minister, and Dr. Harold Daniel, associate pastor of Polk Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery with military rites by Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 26. Mr. Wilson was born in Bangs. He had been a resident of Amarillo since 1951. He served with the 36th Infantry Division of the Army during World War II. He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for 43 years, retiring as a safety engineer in 1973. He was a life member of the Brownwood Masonic Lodge and was a member of San Jacinto United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Wilson; a son, Tim Wilson of Amarillo; three daughters, Sonya Pair of Memphis, Tenn., Becky Wilson of Spokane, Wash., and Diane Falk of San Antonio; a sister, Joan Spich of Brownwood; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers be to San Jacinto United Methodist Church, 505 S. Tennessee St., Amarillo, Texas 79106 or to the Scottish Rite Hospital, 2201 Welborn, Dallas, Texas 75219.

Obits from  8 Jan 1998
PLAINVIEW - Ray Jack James, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church sanctuary with Dr. Travis Hart, pastor, and Dr. Roy McClung, president emeritus of Wayland Baptist University, officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Lemons Funeral Home. Mr. James was born in Stratford, Okla., and grew up in Grandview and Littlefield. He moved to Littlefield in 1924 and graduated from Littlefield High School. He was engaged in farming. Mr. James served in the Navy in 1945. In 1949, he moved to Plainview and continued to farm until 1983. He had been co-owner of Larson Turner Implement Co. since 1964. He served on the Central Plains Regional Hospital Board from 1968 until 1977. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Formby Sunday School class. He married Lillian Carpenter in 1938 at Roswell, N.M. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Judy Evans and Kay Shannon, both of Plainview; three sons, Jerry James, Rickey James and Tommy James, all of Plainview; a brother, J.D. James of Plainview; four sisters, Mary McCarty of Edmonson, and Helen Pair, Joyce McBride and Faye Gaston, all of Plainview; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Obits from  17 October 1998
PERRYTON - Ina M. Bryan, 71, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Church of Christ with J. A. Farber, her brother and minister of Church of Christ in Cyril, officiating. Burial will be in Ochiltree Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home. Mrs. Bryan was born in Pernell and moved to Perryton in 1959 from Pampa. For 20 years, she was employed as a nurse. She also worked at the Fabric Mart for more than 10 years and for her son at his business for the past 31/2 years. She married Harvey D. Bryan in 1946 at Beckham County. He died in 1975. Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Gillum of Chelsea; three sons, Jerry Bryan, Jackie Bryan and Steven Bryan, all of Perryton; three sisters, Geraldine Tyson of Sayre, Okla., Norma Jean McMahon of Shamrock, and Patricia Pair of Eric, Okla.; two brothers, Hershel Farber of Pampa and J.A. Farber of Cyril; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Obits from  19 July 1999
CLARENDON - Jeanne J. McDonald Barnes, 79, died Friday, July 16, 1999. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Smiley Johnson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors. Mrs. Barnes was born in Clarendon, graduated as valedictorian from Clarendon High School in 1937, with honors from Clarendon Junior College in 1939 and with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas Tech in 1941. She was a reporter for The Clarendon News; Pampa Leader; Kilgore News-Herald; Marshall News Messenger; and the Fort Worth Press. She worked at the Dallas Morning News from 1958-77. She also worked at the Houston Chronicle; the San Antonio Express-News; and the San Antonio Light. Mrs. Barnes received awards for her furniture reporting. From 1977-82, she was the Southwest reporter for Designers West, Residential Interiors and Furniture Today. She was a consultant in establishing Texas Homes, Dallas Fort Worth Home and Garden and Austin Home and Garden. From 1983-95, she was furniture reporter and consultant of Retailer and Marketing News. She was a charter member of Theta Sigma Phi at Texas Tech and an officer for the Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas chapters. She was also a charter member of Southwest Chapter, IFDA, a press member of the American Society of Interior Designers from 1952-96. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Survivors include two sisters, Myrne M. Altendorf of Amarillo and Janice J. Pair of Lubbock.

Obits from  19 May 1999
FORT WORTH - Ruth M. Kayler, 76, died Saturday, May 15, 1999. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Oakhill Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon by Moore Funeral Home of Arlington. Mrs. Kayler was born in Clarendon. She was a retired secretary and WAVE. She was a member of Oakhill Presbyterian Church, Daughters of American Revolution and DCW. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin L. Kayler. Survivors include three sisters, Jeanne J. Barnes, Janice J. Pair and Dorothy M. Altendorf.

Obits from  24 April 1999
Raymond N. Frisbie, 80, of Amarillo, died Thursday, April 22, 1999. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in N. S. Griggs & Sons Funeral Directors, Pioneer Chapel, 2615 Paramount Blvd., with Dr. Larry Payne of Coulter Road Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Mr. Frisbie was born in San Antonio and served in the Army as a corporal during World War II. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, and a ribbon with a silver service star and a bronze service star. For 15 years, he played in the Ray Frisbie and the Lone Star Country and Western Playboys band. Mr. Frisbie was a wrecker driver for several Amarillo businesses. He retired from Ray Jones Chevrolet. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Coulter Road Baptist Church for 10 years. He married Lucille Turner in 1945 at Plainview. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Rose Chapman of Amarillo; a brother, Roy Frisbie of Amarillo; two sisters, Dorothy Turner of Fritch and Edith Pair of Amarillo; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Obits from 11 March 2000
FRITCH - Dorothy Turner, 75, died Thursday, March 9, 2000. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Llano Cemetery in Amarillo with the Rev. Bill Browning, pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Fritch, officiating. Arrangements are by Minton / Chatwell Funeral Directors of Fritch. Mrs. Turner was born in Lone Wolf, Okla., and had lived in Fritch since 1982. She was a Baptist and retired manager of Double Diamond Inc. She married Bluford Turner in 1942 at Amarillo. Survivors include her husband; a son, Wayne Turner of Amarillo; two daughters, Linda Garrett of Amarillo and Betty Kelley of Big Spring; a brother, Roy Frisbie of Amarillo; a sister, Edith Pair of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. Amarillo Daily News, March 11, 2000

Obits from  12 Jan 2001
Sue Ann Marler, 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in Hallsville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors, Memorial Chapel, Fifth Avenue and Pierce Street. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Mrs. Marler was born in Amarillo and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Amarillo High School. She moved to Hallsville two years ago. She was a member of the Buchanan Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Marler was preceded in death by her husband, Quinlin Joe Marler, in 1963; and by a son, Kenneth Joe Marler, in 1975. Survivors include three daughters, Mystie McAlister and Alisa Dompe, both of Hallsville, and Anita Groomer of Dallas; four sons, Randy McGee, Jerry Marler and Michael Dale Marler, all of Amarillo, and Charles Lynn Marler of Damascus, Md.; a brother, Kenneth Don Pair of Amarillo; and eight grandchildren.

Tarrant County

Ila Mae Whitfield, 84, a retired dry cleaner, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at a DeLeon hospital. Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Lower Greens Creek Cemetery. Memorials: Greens Creek Methodist Church, Lower Greens Creek Cemetery or Girling Health Care (Hospice). Ila Mae was born June 7, 1917, in Rochelle. She was a member of Greens Creek Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Herbert O. Whitfield. Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Regina Whitfield of Dublin; sister, Hazel Carrico of Fort Worth; brother, John T. Pair of Richland Hills; granddaughters, Shelly Stone and Kelly Baker; and six great-grandchildren.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 4/13/2002.


John T. Pair, 83, a retired sheet metal supervisor, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at a North Hills hospital.  Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.  John T. Pair was born Oct. 25, 1919, in Dublin. He lived in Fort Worth most of his life. He retired from Betten Dorf and Standford in 1985.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Zella Marie Pair in 2001; his daughter, Dolline Pair; and son, Harry Joe Pair. 

Survivors: Sons, Toby G. Pair and wife, Millie of Bedford, Frankie D. Pair and Michael Pair, both of Bowie; daughters, Anita J. Ward and husband, Steven of Arlington and Tina M. Pair of Bedford; sister, Hazel Carrico of Stephenville; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 11/10/2002.

Zella Marie Pair, 79, a homemaker, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at a Fort Worth hospital.  Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.  Zella was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Chattanooga, Okla. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved life and will be dearly missed.  She was preceded in death by a daughter and son, Dolline Pair and Harry Joe Pair.  Survivors: Husband, John T. Pair of Haltom City; sons, Toby G. Pair and wife, Millie, of Bedford and Frankie D. Pair of Bowie; daughter, Anita J. Ward and husband, Steven, of Arlington; son, Michael D. Pair; daughter, Tina M. Pair of Bedford; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Dolly Lowack of Archer City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 12/13/2001.

 Dorothy Mae Coker, 77, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009 in Wichita Falls.  The funeral service was conducted at 10 mm, Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls with Rev. Chuck Schobert officiating.  Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Dorothy was born August 12, 1931, in Edcouch, Texas, to the late Cleveland Leo and Bessie Leona (Pair) Creek.  On August 19, 1963, she married Elbert Grey Coker.  He preceded her in death September 15, 1991.  Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, C. I. Creek, two sisters, Sugar Thomas, and Lorena Creamer, and two grandchildren, Alan Spangler, and Christy LaShauri.  She is survived by seven children, Terri L Katraman and husband Clyde of Wichita Falls, Lydia Marton and husband Jerry of Fort Worth, Johnnie Porter and husband Russ of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Gary Coker and wife Karen of Wichita Falls, Vallerie Peterson and husband Chuck of Reno, Nevada, Diane Justice and husband Ben of Bridge City, and Cindy Dotson and husband James of Nederland, thirteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; two nieces Joyce Hudson and husband Gilbert, and Judy Schobert , and nephew Don Boyd and wife Jan, and numerous great nieces and great nephews.  picture