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Obituaries for Friday, January 31st

obituaryELOISE PRUETT SMITH, 89, of Paris, danced her way into Heaven’s gates at 3:10 AM, Thursday, January 30, 2014.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until service time at 12:00 noon, Monday, February 3, 2014 in the chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Randall Scott officiating.  Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Gardens Cemetery.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Eloise was born April 5, 1924 in Lamar County to Robert Mitchell and Olga Wheeler Pruett.  She worked at the City of Paris Water Office and retired as a sales associate at Texas Furniture Store.  She was a member of East Paris Baptist Church.

Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Carla Smith Floyd and Larry Richardson of Paris and Barbara Jacinto and husband, Tony of Sachse; six grandchildren, Jay Armstrong and wife, Tonya, Mitzi Springer and husband, Jerry, Wesley Armstrong, Shawn Robertson, Lori Johnson and husband, Chap, and Robin McCarthy and husband, Kevin; seventeen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Melba Phillips and husband, Merell.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Walter Smith on January 19, 2009; one daughter, Donna Wright; and three siblings, Wayne and Robert Pruett and Edna Earl Rowlette.

Pallbearers will be Chevis Springer, Chap Johnson, Shawn Robertson, Jerry Springer, Trinton Johnson, Casey Moore, Ryan Armstrong, and Lucas Robertson. Honorary Pallbearers are: Jay Armstrong, Wesley Armstrong, and Derek Armstrong

Online condolences may be made to the Smith family by visiting

Laverne Rowland, 77, of Paris passed away Thursday Jan. 30, 2014 at her home. Arrangements pending with Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

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