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Obituaries for January 2, 2014

slayden pnPatsy Dean Slayden, 69, of Mesquite passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Paris. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 4, 2014 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Restland Cemetery in Roxton. Family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on June 5, 1944 in Castor, Louisiana. Patsy retired, after 44 years of service, from the Bank of America in Dallas and was a member of First Baptist Church in Mesquite. On September 1, 1964 she married Billy Slayden in Plano, Texas.

Survivors include her husband Bill Slayden; children Sherie Strang and husband Norman of Dallas, Randy Slayden and wife Aileen of Rockwall, and Sandy Newman and husband Lee of Mesquite; grandchildren Maya Strang, Slayden Strang, Drew Slayden, Guerin Newman, and soon to be arriving new grandson Logan Newman; brothers Duane Blake, Bennette Blake, and Johnny Ray Blake. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Milton & Pearlie Mae Reaves Blake; brothers Weaver Blake, Thomas Blake, Mack Stanley Blake, and Rush Blake; and a half-sister Tommie Jean Rigdon-Gamble.

Pallbearers will be Norman Strang, Lee Newman, Denny Mac Huggins, Brett Woodard, Cole Woodard, and Dennis Crouse.

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blankinship001BILLIE JEAN BLANKINSHIP, 85, of Paris, died at 2:03 PM, Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Spring Lake Memory Care.  A funeral service is set for 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 5, 2014 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with visitation to follow.  Stanley Johnson will officiate.  Private burial will be in Rockford Cemetery.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Billie was born October 9, 1928 in Vernon, Texas to Bill and Molly Jamar.  She attended Paris High School.  She married Hack Blankinship in Paris in 1947 and worked as a bookkeeper more than thirty years in the family business.  She was active in the Baptist Church.  She fished, bowled, painted and traveled with her sisters and mother.

She was preceded in death by her sister Pauline (Sis) Carter.  She is survived by her husband; one son, Jim Blankinship and wife, Anne of Spring Branch, Texas; two grandchildren, Houston Blankinship and wife, Katy and their children Brooke and Cooper of Denver, Colorado and Laura Hallam and husband, Nick and their children Maisie and Marin of New Braunfels, Texas; two sisters, Johnnie Jo “Tink” Russo and Mary Hilyer; and two brothers, Robert and Jack Jamar, all of Paris.

If desired, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research.

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