Notable People With Ties To Lamar County, Texas
The Dash — poem by Linda Ellis
Adams, professional golfer, resides in Paris.
Alexander "Rick" Adams (December 24, 1878 – March
10, 1955) was a professional baseball player whose career spanned over
13 seasons, including one in Major League Baseball with the Washington
Senators (1905), born and died in Paris.
Allen, member of The
Oak Ridge Boys, born and raised in Taylortown, Texas,
Ballard, actress for Funimation Entertainment, born and raised in
Charles R. Baxter (November 4, 1930 - March 10, 2005) was an American
medical doctor. Baxter was the doctor who unsuccessfully tried to save
John F. Kennedy after he was shot in Dallas, Texas in 1963; he also
operated on Texas Gov. John Connally, who had been wounded in the attack.
Born in Paris, Texas.
- Raymond Berry, (February 27, 1933) professional football Hall of Fame Member as Baltimore Colts and head coach of the New England Patriots, graduated Paris High School.
Black (July 2, 1879 - May 22, 1975) was an American lawyer, teacher,
and grocer who was the Democratic United States Representative from
the First District of Texas from 1915 to 1929, born in Blossom.
- Richard H. Blyth, Edward Buford Norment and B.P. Bailey were the founders and builders of the Gibraltar Hotel in Paris, Texas. It was located to accommodate travellers on the St. Louis-Dallas train line.
Bywaters (1906-1989), artist who pioneered the style later termed
"Lone Star Regionalism;" directed the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (now
the Dallas Museum of Art) for two decades beginning in 1943, was born
in Paris, Texas — four murals by Jerry are displayed in the Paris Public
Simpson Chisum (1824-1884), cattle baron, born, lived and buried in Paris.
- Clay Clement, Sr.,
Clement Laird Geiger) was a noted Midwest actor from El Paso, Ill. He was born 21 Dec 1863 and died 21 Feb 1910.
He is buried in Paris, Texas in the Williams family plot because he was a good friend of Sheb Williams.
B.B. Coleman (January 1, 1947 – February 14, 1994) was an
American soul blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer,
born in Paris.
- William (Andy) Eudy, C-5 Galaxy Crew Chief, Amateur Bass Angler.
Gayle Evans, an American model and beauty queen, born in Paris.
J. Fielding, the original voice of Zordon in Mighty Morphin Power
Rangers; he was also the
face and head of the character.
Jack Floyd (December 8, 1929-June 27, 2012) is a former fullback
in the National Football League, born in Paris, graduated from Paris
High School, and attended Paris Junior College where he is in the Paris
Junior College Hall of Fame.
R. Floyd (April 25, 1881 - February 17, 1945), Democratic State
Senator who served three four-year terms; pioneer of the Texas Farm-to-market
road system and an original founder of Paris
Lawrence "Buck" Frierson (July 29, 1917 - June 26, 1996)
was an outfielder in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians,
born in Chicota.
- George Gagliardi - Songwriter, Composer, and Instrumentalist born in Paris, Texas.
Haley, singer/musician, NBC's Season 2 of "America's Got Talent"
runner-up, born in Paris.
James, brother of outlaw Jesse James, clerked in Paris Dry Goods
Store, owned by George Settle.
John P. Jumper (1945- ), Chief of Staff of the United States Air
Force from 2001 to 2005, born in Paris.
Keener, record producer and career musician, credited with signed
McEntire to a professional recording contract with Mercury Records,
lives in Pattonville
Linda Bates Leali - Distinguished educator born in Paris, Texas, graduated as valedictorian of her class at Gibbons High School.
- Beverly Leech,
actress portrayed Kate Monday on Mathnet, born in Paris.
- Eugene "Gene" Lyons (1950-1998), a marketing director, producer
and actor. He had made appearances in "Homicide, Life on the Streets,"
"The Pelican Brief," "A League of Their Own," and
other shows. Buried in Rocky Ford Cemetery.
Bell Maxey (1825-1895), United States Senator and Confederate Major
General, had home
here which is now a museum.
Minor, an American former track and field athlete who specialized
in the 400 meter dash, born and raised in Paris.
Hunter Morris, American operatic tenor, born and raised in Paris.
Neely, a composer nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys, born and raised
in Paris, graduated from Paris High School.
Hillery Osteen (April 21, 1921 - January 23, 1999), father of evangelist
Joel Osteen and founder of Lakewood Church in Houston, born in Paris.
A. Owens (November 2, 1905 - December 9, 1990), was an American
author, folklorist and educator, born in Pin Hook.
Philley (May 16, 1920 - March 15, 2012), professional baseball player and holder of
five MLB records, born and lived in Paris; was the oldest living Baltimore
Oriole when he died.
Rader (July 19, 1926 - October 4, 2014), jewelry store owner, actor in 7 movies, including The Sugarland Express, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Liar's Moon.
Reeves (1838 - 1910), thought to be the first African American Deputy
U.S. Marshal, served in Paris.
James Otto Richardson (1898-1974), United States Navy Fleet Commander
1940–1941 at Pearl Harbor.
- H. B. Roach - patented
new type washing machine, 1895.
Robinson (1920- ), professional baseball player and four-time all-star,
born in Paris; currently the oldest living Baltimore Oriole.
Russell (October 24, 1905 - November 3, 1990), professional baseball
player and first relief pitcher selected to a Major League Baseball
All-Star Game, born in Paris.
Satcher, country music recording artist, born and raised in Paris.
Scudder, Major League Baseball pitcher, born and raised in Paris/Pattonville.
Stallings, college and professional football coach for the Dallas
Cowboys and St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, born and lives in Paris.
Mark "Johnny" Stallings (June 11, 1962 - August 2, 2008), son of Gene Stallings and inspiration
to all who knew him.
Starr (1848-1889), frontier outlaw, lived in Paris; her husband,
Jim Reed, killed near Paris.
Delane "Rocky" Thompson, an American professional golfer
who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, was mayor of
Toco, Texas in the 1990s.
Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice), musician, attended school in Paris.
- Roy Edward Walliser (Dec. 12, 1939 - July 24, 2015) was born in Blythe, California, a son of Roy Alvin and Muzetta Edwards Walliser. Following his honorable service in the U.S. Army, he became a stuntman for motion pictures, and had a fascinating career in Hollywood, where he had parts in more than two hundred movies. His favorite films were Westerns, and he was featured in "Outlaw Josey Wales," "Heaven’s Gate," "Rio Lobo," and "Comes a Horseman," and enjoyed work and friendships with John Wayne, James Caan, Jimmie Stewart, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, James Arness and many others. Roy was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Lived in Blossom, died in Paris.
Watson, country singer, raised in Paris.
Floyd Weaver (May 12, 1941 - November 17, 2008), professional baseball
player, lived in Powderly and died and is buried in Long Cemetery in
Barney White (June 25, 1923 - July 24, 2004), nicknamed "Bear,"
was an American infielder in Major League Baseball, born in Paris.
William Wilson (November 20, 1917 - April 11, 2001), an American
football halfback in the National Football League, born in Paris.
Richard "Ricky" Wright (November 22, 1958 - ), professional
baseball player, born and raised in Paris.