Gilbert William Terry
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Gilbert William Terry
  • February 15, 1936 - December 11, 2017
  • Paris, Texas

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Gilbert Terry, 81, of Paris, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at his home.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled memorial services for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16th, at First Baptist Church – Paris with Dr. Tommy Turner & Rev. Ken Cannon officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Gilbert was born in the upstairs bedroom of his grandparents’ home in Whiterock, Texas, on Feb. 15, 1936, the son of Leslie and Katherine Maddux Terry.

In 1957, he began a career in the lumber and building industry in Dallas working at the S. P. Bush Lumber Company on Lovers Lane. After three years of training, he became manager of the lumber yard and ran the store until 1962, at which time he was hired by American Wood Corp as outside salesman selling doors and shutters. He began a very successful career in accounts with Sears in Chicago and Montgomery Ward in Miami, flying and driving to serve his accounts. In 1964, he became manager of American Wood Corp.

He purchased Holland Building Materials in Paris, Texas in 1969, and the business was renamed Highland Building Materials. In 1986, with his son as his business partner, they opened a second store, Highland Building Materials, in Clarksville, Texas.

Gilbert was an avid sportsman and spent every fall at his land in Red River County hunting deer and also hunted on many good leases in Texas and Colorado. He had a golf group and played several times weekly winning several flights in tournaments at Paris Golf and Country Club and traveling to many golf courses around the country.

Survivors include his wife, the former Linda Farmer, one son and his wife, Ritchey and Robbie Terry, and granddaughters Natalie and Emily Noble.

He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church – Paris and served as president of his Sunday school class.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Finish The Race, c/o First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 489, Paris, TX 75461-0489