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Rayburn Earnest Paris, 80
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Mr. Rayburn Earnest Paris, 80, of McMinnville died Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital of cancer.

He was born March 7, 1941, in McMinnville, was a veteran serving his country with the U.S. Marines, a self-employed electrician and owner of Paris Electric, and a member of Turning Point United Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his parents J.P. and Elsie Adcock Paris. 

Survivors include his wife of 60 years Jean Anne Paris, children Regon (Teresa) Paris, Darlene (Emmett) Woodard, and Wendy (Joshua) Byrom, brother Allan Paris, grandchildren Cassandra (Brandon) Eckel, Christopher (Julia) Paris, Matthew (Allison) Woodard, Michael Woodard, Daniel Woodard, Devin Duer, Tara Schmidt, and Victoria Byrom, and great grandchildren Trinity Eckel, Joshua Eckel, Olivia Eckel, Abigail Eckel, Anna Paris, Charlotte Paris, Greyson Woodard, Paisley Woodard, and Elowyn Woodard.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Aaron Martin will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Military grave rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 173 and VFW Post 5064. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., and again Sunday from 12 p.m. until the time of service at McMinnville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 1, 2021