Ellis Paul Abshire

Ellis Paul Abshire, 89, of Dayton passed away April 7, 2019 at home after an extended illness. He was born November 28, 1929 in Lyons Point, Louisiana to parents Turbert Abshire and Aurela Landry Abshire.

Services for Mr. Abshire will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Father Ryzard Zawadzki, SVD officiating. Interment will follow at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday evening at Pace-Stancil. A Rosary for Mr. Abshire will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Mr. Abshire had been a resident of Dayton for the past 52 years after moving from Louisiana. He grew up in a musical atmosphere, loved to dance, listen to the guitar, and loved Cajun music. He was a hard worker, did a honest day’s work and whatever he did, he did to the fullest. He taught his sons how to work for what they had and not depend on others. Mr. Abshire was not a selfish man and everyone he met loved him. He will be missed by all who knew him and will always be remembered as the hard working and honest man that he was.

Mr. Abshire was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clifton Abshire; infant sister, Vivian Abshire; half-sister, Lillian and half-brother, Austin. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ethel M. Abshire of Dayton; sons, Craig Abshire and wife Cyndie of Dayton, Terry Abshire and wife Debbie of Dayton, Justin Abshire and wife Veronica of Dayton; grandchildren, Christina Butcher, Casey Abshire, Jennifer Abshire, Jeremy Abshire, Nathan Abshire and Natalie Abshire; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Abshire, Dakota Day, Gracie Butcher, Grant Butcher, and Griffin Butcher; sisters, Anna David, Pearlie Guidry, Norma Jean Sonnier and husband Jerry; brothers, Ophed Abshire and wife Nola and Leroy Abshire and wife Mary; also many other family members and friends.

The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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