Ardis Cuttrell passed away peacefully on June 14, 2019, at Baylor, Scott, and White Hospital in Fort Worth from the aftereffects of a courageous battle with colon cancer in 2015.
Leemon Ardis Cuttrell was born on April 2, 1941, in Honey Grove, Texas, to Will Leemon
Cuttrell and Margaret Annie Robinson Cuttrell. He grew up in the Honey Grove and Tigertown area where he worked on his parent’s farm raising peanuts, hay, and cattle. He graduated from West Lamar High School 1959 and Paris Jr. College in 1961, before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from East Texas State University, now Texas A-M University–Commerce in 1964.
He married Edna Carline Collins Cuttrell on November 24, 1961, in the Tigertown Methodist
Church. He began his teaching career at Navarro Jr. College in Corsicana, Texas. He earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry from East Texas State University in 1967. He then moved his family back to the Paris area, settling in the Hopewell community and began working as a Laboratory Technician at McCuistion Hospital, now Paris Regional Medical Center. As times and technology changed, he helped usher in laboratory blood analyzers and later became a Field Service Representative and instrument repair technician for the Hycel/Boehringer-Mannheim/Hitachi/Roche family of products.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by Carline, who died on February 28, 2004.
He is survived by two sons and several grandchildren: Duane Cuttrell and wife Lana of Fort Worth, Texas with sons Michael, Bradley, Collin, and Dakota; and Brent Cuttrell and daughter Michaela of Lawton, Oklahoma.
Ardis left a legacy of lifelong learning to his children and grandchildren who earned degrees from Texas A-M University (2), the University of Tennessee, East Texas
State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Tarleton State University along with degrees in-progress from the University of Texas at Arlington in Aerospace Engineering and the Ross School of Veterinary Medicine.
The family would like to issue a special blessing to Mary Margaret Tarter. Ardis and Mary Margaret enjoyed many years of traveling, camping, and attending local events before Ardis’ health began to fail.
Ardis enjoyed making and fixing things, fishing, fireworks, travel, bluegrass music, and his
children and grandchildren. Much to the chagrin of the women in his life, he inherited a love of pawn shops, flea markets, and auctions from his father, borne out of both necessity on the family farm and as survivors of the Great Depression.
The family will receive family and friends on Friday, June 21 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home. The funeral is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 22 at the Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brad Crosswhite officiating.
Burial will follow in the Tigertown Cemetery.
The family asks for donations to the American Cancer Society or local food bank in
lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be made to the Cuttrell family visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.