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At Starrett Funeral Home not only do you meet with licensed directors who adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices, ours is the only  funeral home in Paris where you meet with the owner. He is committed to ensuring that all of your needs are met and that every detail of service is attended to. His commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that makes this firm a shining example of caring, personal service.  

Arvin Starrett, CFSP, Licensed Director, Owner
Toll Free Phone: 800-993-4333
Office Phone: 903-784-4333
Fax: 903-784-7200

Arvin has been a funeral director in the Paris area for nearly thirty years and is  President and owner of Starrett Funeral Home. Arvin attended Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, then completed his studies at Southwest Missouri State University. He is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where he was named a member of the Pi Sigma Eta honors fraternity, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the states of Texas and Oklahoma. He formerly served as a clinical instructor for the Dallas Institute, who honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

A past-president of the East Texas Funeral Directors Association, he was named East Texas Funeral Director of the year in 2001. He served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, Austin, Texas, then represented the State of Texas for three terms as a member of the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He was then elected to serve on the nine-member Executive Board of NFDA, which guides the organization of over 22,000 members.  He currently represents NFDA on the National Spokesperson Team, the international voice of funeral service. Arvin has been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Tribune, The San Antonio Express-News, USAToday, and many other national publications; he has  appeared on numerous television programs, and has been a featured presenter on National Public Radio's "Marketplace." Arvin was named the Texas Chairman of the World War II Memorial project and was honored to represent funeral service as a VIP at the formal dedication of the memorial in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Fundraising Resources Advisory Board of the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia, is a past member of the Liaison Advisory Board of the Foundation of Thanatology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, and a past member of the Funeral Director Advisory Board of Fortis, Inc. Arvin is a member of the Association for Death Education and  Counseling (ADEC), the Funeral Ethics Association, TFDA's Quarter Century Club, and a former member of the British Institute of Embalmers. Arvin is a member of the American Society of Embalmers and an active member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, a national certification organization for funeral service practitioners. He was elected to a six-year appointment on the Academy  Board of Trustees in 2006, and in 2010 was elected President of the organization, to serve through 2012.

Giving of himself to the Paris community he serves as Organist for the First United Methodist Church and is a member and past-president of the Greater Paris Rotary Club. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, is the recipient of four Distinguished Service Citations, and was named Rotarian of the Year in 1994. He served as a board and executive board member of the Paris Area Arts Alliance, and was a member of the Development Council of the former McCuistion Regional Medical Center as well as a member of the advisory board of the Ella C. McFadden Hospice. He served on the Fine Arts Advisory Board of Paris Junior College and served the City of Paris as the first chairman of the Paris Historic Preservation Commission, a position he held for ten years. Arvin is an active member of the steering committee of Visionaries in Preservation, a commissioner with the Lamar County Historical Commission, a member of the steering committee of the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial, and sits on the board of directors of the Friends of the Maxey House. In 2010 Arvin was named to a three-year term on the board of directors of Lamar County United Way.

Marcus Roden, Funeral Director
Office Phone: 903.784.4333

Paul Gene Roden (1938-2013), Funeral Director
Office Phone: 903.784.4333

In loving memory of our Starrett Funeral Home family member and dear friend Paul Gene Roden, Jr. (1938-2013) -

“Love knows not its own depths until the hour of parting”

Paul Gene was born on April 21, 1938, to Paul Gene Roden, Sr. and Cecile Loraine Denton Roden. He attended Mrs. Baker’s Little School, ‘where he learned all he really needed to know about how to live and what to do and how to be,’* Paris public schools, Paris Junior College, graduated with a BBA degree majoring in accounting from Southern Methodist University in 1960, and from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1961.

He married Anita Jean Franklin, a childhood friend and kindergarten teacher, on December 31, 1978. She survives along with a daughter: Kathy Floyd and husband Randy of Paris; three sons: Paul Kirk Roden and wife Kate, Ward Hall and wife Laurel, and Kevin Hall and fiancee Tracy Scott, all of Oklahoma City; a brother-in-law and schoolmate: Clifford Franklin and wife Betsy of Dallas; six grandchildren: Ross Floyd of Oklahoma City, Kellen Floyd of Paris, Arden and Brink Hall of Oklahoma City, Ethan Hall of Paris and Jake Hall of Oklahoma City; a sister: Mary Suzanne Roden of Tyler; a brother: Marcus Lee Roden and wife Sharon of Paris; a beloved aunt: Jessie Denton of Paris; treasured extended family member: Katherine Hughes; adoptive grandson: Christopher Hudson; and his constant four legged companions: Hansel, Gretel and Julio.

A retired insurance executive and third generation Lamar County funeral director, Paul Gene was active in numerous civic activities including: City of Paris Traffic & Thoroughfares Commission, Master Planning, and Redistricting Committees; Lamar County Chamber of Commerce; Jaycees; Girl Scouts Council of Red River Valley; CASA for Kids; Rotary Club of Paris where he was a Paul Harris Fellow; East Texas, Texas, and National Funeral Directors Associations; Texas Association of Insurance Officials; and the Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers, serving each of them in supportive and leadership capacities including as Chairman of Paris Junior College Board of Regents, a director on the executive board of Ark-Tex Council of Governments, and Chairman of Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas and in 2012 was inducted into PJC Hall of Honors. In all of his endeavors he sought to be a peacemaker – searching for ways to bring people together.

Mr. Roden committed his life to Christ in 1952 and worshiped at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ. In his daily walk as a Christian, he practiced the Golden Rule: ‘treating others as he wished to be treated;’ and lived out the Fruits of the Spirit: ‘attempting to exemplify Christ’s Love unconditionally and freely given; Joy in his happy spirit; Peace in his soul that led his life; Patience that transcended any life chaos; Kindness that was displayed to every person he encountered; Goodness that was seen throughout his every act; Faithfulness to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to his family and friends; Gentleness that never ceased to calm and sooth us all; and Self-Control that we all seek to emulate. As the Scripture says, “Against such things there is no law.”***

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