C. "C. A." Dempsey '79
February 23, 2017 4:12 PM
updated: February 23, 2017 4:14 PM
Roden-Pryor Funeral Directors obituary
425 S. Church Street
1924 - 2017
C.A. DEMPSEY, 92, of Paris, passed away Sunday February 12th, 2017 at Spring Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care Center of Paris, Texas. Roden-Pryor Funeral Directors will hold graveside rites 10:00 A.M. Friday February 17, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery with
Rev. Ken Cannon officiating.
The family will greet friends 7:00-8:00 P.M. Thursday February 16th, 2017 at Roden-Pryor Funeral Home, 425 So. Church St. Paris, Texas 75460.
C.A. Dempsey was born Friday August 22, 1924 to John Dempsey and Zula Petty in Pittsburg, Texas. He attended Pittsburg area schools and was of the Christian faith.
C.A., known to many as “Red,” obtained a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University College Station in 1979. His other interests, numerous and diverse, included being a Master Gardener; a sports coach and teacher at Paris High School; as well as studies
in Horticulture Therapy for the Lamar County Probation Office in Criminal Activities providing an opportunity to those in prison. His dedication to charity was seen in his seventy years of fraternity affiliations with the Masons, and thirty years with Shriner
and Scottish Rites organizations. In service to his community, C.A. spent many years, eventually retiring with the Department of Public Safety as a State Patrol Officer.
C.A. is survived by a son, Philip Dempsey, of Hutto, Texas; a daughter Teresa Renee Dempsey, of Hutto, Texas; step-son, Billy Thomas, and wife, Anecia, of Paris, Texas; step-daughter, Livia Thomas, and wife, Sandy, of Castro Valley, California; granddaughter,
Jordan Jackson, and husband, Jon, of Blossom, Texas; granddaughter, Gracie Thomas; great-granddaughter, Joey Jackson; and a great-grandson Jaime Jackson.
He is preceded in death by many family and friends, most notably his parents, his first wife, Margaret (Hargroves) Dempsey; his second wife, Valerie Dempsey; and a granddaughter, Meredith Lynn Thomas.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests that donations be made in Red’s memory to Texas Master Gardener Association of Lamar County, 4315 Bonham Street, Paris, Texas.