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Roden-Pryor Funeral Directors are licensed directors who adhere to  high standards of ethical practice. We are committed to our community and the families we serve and can promise caring, compassionate, and professional service.  



Don Pryor, Licensed Funeral Director, Owner
Office Phone: 903.784.4333
Fax: 903.784.7200
Home Phone: 903.905.4821
Mobile Phone: 903.782.5274

Marcus Roden, Licensed 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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