Ernest Lee Paris


Ernest Lee Paris, 82, of Lee’s Summit, MO died March 17, 2020 at the Brookdale Shawnee Care Center. Ernie was born in Kansas City, MO on June 25, 1937 to Ulysses N. and Hazel Paris.  He was the youngest of five boys and one girl who all preceded him in death.

Ernie graduated from East High School in 1955 and continued his education at CMSU where he earned his B.S., M.S., and EdS. degrees in education and administration. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity and a sprinter for the Mules’ track team. Ernie married his lifelong sweetheart, Sondra Kiser, in 1960, and they enjoyed 49 years together until her death in 2010.
Ernie’s respect for education led to his career as a teacher and coach and administrator at multiple schools, including Westport and Central High Schools, Center High School, and Lee’s Summit High School. He loved helping kids find success, and he sang the praises of the staff members with whom he felt fortunate to work.  He enjoyed playing sports throughout his life and had lots of good stories to share.  Golf became his favorite hobby, and he and Sondra were able to travel and play golf frequently once they retired.  
Ernie is survived by his children: Eastin(Bill) Pecota of Lee’s Summit, MO; Bill(Danielle) Paris of Summerfield, FL; Jennifer(Michael) Cunningham of Flowery Branch, GA;  six grandchildren: Brandon(Laura) Cunningham, William Pecota, Lindsay Cunningham, Nick Pecota, Nate Pecota; one great-grandson, Vadyn Pecota; his sister-in-law, Doloris Paris; and numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital Cancer Center, 2401 Gillham Rd., K.C., MO 64108 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 


  1. Greg DiVilbiss on January 12, 2022 at 12:49 am

    My father went to college with Mr. Paris my Dad was a shot putter. Then he was my Vice Principal at Center High School. I can honestly say I liked Mr. Paris a great deal,

    I managed to get to see him a fair amount of times in the office. Nothing too bad, usually tardies or sleeping in class. He understood that I worked paper routes and at a filling station. I was tired!

    My father also always spoke kindly of Mr. Paris, I believe they roomed together at some point. I will let my father know of his passing.

    To his loved ones, I am sorry I am just seeing this I hope your memories of him are as good as mine. Take care.

  2. Tom Rash on April 1, 2020 at 10:55 am

    ⛳ With Coach’s speed… yours truly may have qualified as a hurdler at Westport. He was blessed with some speedy “wheels”!

    Enjoyed teeing it up with he and Sondra, and witnessed his Eagle on No 15 at Hillcrest CC. It’s a Par 4, and he holed it from the 150 yard marker. A gifted player… for sure. ⛳

    Special Blessings…”and then some”! ✝️

    Tom Rash – USNR (Ret)
    Westport. – Class of ’63

  3. Bob on March 23, 2020 at 11:38 am

    I way privileged to go from K-12 grade with Ernie and always thought a lot of him. Always admired him and looked way up to him. He was neat. Also had a nephew that went to Lee’s Summit High School when Ernie was in administration there and very much respected.

  4. John B Pace on March 23, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Rest In Peace. Your old golfing buddy. John B Pace

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