Notable People With Ties To Lamar County, Texas

The Dash — poem by Linda Ellis

  • John Adams, professional golfer, resides in Paris.
  • Reuben 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.
  • Duane Allen, member of The Oak Ridge Boys, born and raised in Taylortown, Texas,
  • Tia Ballard, actress for Funimation Entertainment, born and raised in Paris.
  • Dr. 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.
  • Eugene 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.
  • Jerry 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 Library.
  • John 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.
  • Gary 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.
  • Lindsey Gayle Evans, an American model and beauty queen, born in Paris.
  • David J. Fielding, the original voice of Zordon in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; he was also the face and head of the character.
  • Bobby 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.
  • Charles 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 Junior College.
  • Robert 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.
  • Cas Haley, singer/musician, NBC's Season 2 of "America's Got Talent" runner-up, born in Paris.
  • Frank James, brother of outlaw Jesse James, clerked in Paris Dry Goods Store, owned by George Settle.
  • General John P. Jumper (1945- ), Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from 2001 to 2005, born in Paris.
  • Glen 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.
  • Samuel Bell Maxey (1825-1895), United States Senator and Confederate Major General, had home here which is now a museum.
  • Deon Minor, an American former track and field athlete who specialized in the 400 meter dash, born and raised in Paris.
  • Jay Hunter Morris, American operatic tenor, born and raised in Paris.
  • Blake Neely, a composer nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys, born and raised in Paris, graduated from Paris High School.
  • John Hillery Osteen (April 21, 1921 - January 23, 1999), father of evangelist Joel Osteen and founder of Lakewood Church in Houston, born in Paris.
  • William A. Owens (November 2, 1905 - December 9, 1990), was an American author, folklorist and educator, born in Pin Hook.
  • Dave 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.
  • Gene 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.
  • Bass Reeves (1838 - 1910), thought to be the first African American Deputy U.S. Marshal, served in Paris.
  • Admiral James Otto Richardson (1898-1974), United States Navy Fleet Commander 1940–1941 at Pearl Harbor.
  • H. B. Roach - patented new type washing machine, 1895.
  • Eddie Robinson (1920- ), professional baseball player and four-time all-star, born in Paris; currently the oldest living Baltimore Oriole.
  • Jack 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.
  • Leslie Satcher, country music recording artist, born and raised in Paris.
  • Scott Scudder, Major League Baseball pitcher, born and raised in Paris/Pattonville.
  • Gene Stallings, college and professional football coach for the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, born and lives in Paris.
  • John Mark "Johnny" Stallings (June 11, 1962 - August 2, 2008), son of Gene Stallings and inspiration to all who knew him.
  • Belle Starr (1848-1889), frontier outlaw, lived in Paris; her husband, Jim Reed, killed near Paris.
  • Hugh 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.
  • Rob 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.
  • Gene Watson, country singer, raised in Paris.
  • David Floyd Weaver (May 12, 1941 - November 17, 2008), professional baseball player, lived in Powderly and died and is buried in Long Cemetery in Powderly.
  • William Barney White (June 25, 1923 - July 24, 2004), nicknamed "Bear," was an American infielder in Major League Baseball, born in Paris.
  • Jack William Wilson (November 20, 1917 - April 11, 2001), an American football halfback in the National Football League, born in Paris.
  • James Richard "Ricky" Wright (November 22, 1958 - ), professional baseball player, born and raised in Paris.

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