Obituary: Barney McKinley Paris, Jr.

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BOSSIER CITY – A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Barney McKinley Paris, Jr. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Randy Harper will be officiating the service. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park with military honors. The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Barney McKinley Paris, Jr., age 85, of Bossier City, LA, passed away from this earth into eternity on February 2, 2015. He was born to the late Barney and Erthel Paris in Healdton, OK on September 20, 1929. He married Norma Jean Lewis on February 17, 1957.

Barney had a noble work ethic. After a lengthy career with Conoco, he became a zone manager for Monroe Auto, regularly receiving high recognition and awards for his superior performance. Compassionate about community service, he enthusiastically volunteered his time and resources to multiple organizations, such as OU alumnae, Alpha Sigma Phi, Shriner’s Hospital, Masonic Lodge, as well as anyone who needed an extra pair of helping hands. A longtime member of the David Sunday School class at Bellaire Baptist church, Barney was a man of God, his strong faith evident in every aspect of his life.

Barney found joy working in his yard, usually accompanied by a devoted family dog. His trademark gardening outfit was blue jean shorts, colorful suspenders, and a straw hat. This gardening passion was passed on to his first born, Kathy, while his youngest daughter, Cindy, inherited his wanderlust and taste for adventure.

Many accolades could be given to the man we call “Dad,” but what stands out the most is that he simply adored his family; always putting them first and providing for them with comfort, support, and love. To his sweetheart, Norma Jean, he was a doting husband, excellent provider, and tireless caretaker. To his three children, he was a champion.

Barney, however, will most likely be remembered by most for his effervescent personality, bursting with friendly exuberance and goodwill. One conversation and you were his friend for life. Few people had his narrative ability. His stories—witty, entertaining, and educational -enthralled anyone lucky enough to be listening. Those precious tales will be missed as much as the man who told them – a man larger than life.

On January 29, 2015, Barney buried Norma Jean, his wife of 57 years. Exactly one week later, he died of a broken heart. What a love story! What a reunion! Barney is survived by his daughter, Kathy Paris Willis (Mike) of Houston, TX, daughter, Cynthia Paris Bickham (Alan) of Blanchard, LA, grandson, Michael Willis of Houston, TX, and bonus grandchildren, David, Kimberly, and Bryce Woodruff of Shreveport, LA. His son, Barney McKinley Paris III, age 12, preceded him in death and joyfully welcomed him to heaven.

Barney personally requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital.

Pallbearers honoring Barney will be John Davis, Dave Thompson, Bryant Dowden, Mark Mascola, Kevin Henry and Micheal Moss.

You may share your condolences with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.