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Obituaries for Saturday April 4, 2014

nicholNORMAN EUGENE NICHOLSON, 57, of Paris, passed from this life Friday April 3, 2014 at the V.A. Medical Center of Dallas.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday April 6, 2014 at Starrett Funeral Home, and immediately following the visitation will process to Restland Cemetery of Roxton for a graveside service, with special tribute from the Patriot Guard. Rev. Edgar Clements will officiate.

Norman was born October 10, 1956 in Austin, a son of Dorvel and Juanita Barr Nicholson. He was a graduate of  Crockett High School in Austin schools, then entered a lifelong career in military service. He served the U.S. Army Reserves on Camp Maxey, and retired as a Supply Specialist for the Texas National Guard, giving twenty nine years, three months and one day of service to the country he loved. He received numerous medals and commendations, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He served in Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait, and in Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan. He was a longtime member of the Brookston Baptist Church.

Norman was preceded in death by his wife Patsy on January 10, 2009. He was also preceded by two brothers, Dorvel Nicholson, Jr. and Thomas Nicholson; and a granddaughter, Destiny Adkins.

He is survived by five children, Rick Pippin and wife Chalia, of Powderly, Bob Pippin, of Austin, Matt Cox and wife Amanda, of Brookston, Laura Pippin, of Paris and Wendy Cox, of Tyler; a special son, Christopher James Pippin, of Paris, whom he raised; 14 Grandchildren, 10 Great- Grandchildren, a brother, Phillip Nicholson, of Austin; three sisters, Ann Hembree, of Tyler, Kathy Carver, of Tyler,  and Nickie Huckabee, of Austin; and a special friend, Adrian Adkins, of Tyler.

Friends may register in Norman’s Book of Memories at .

BoswellReginald Barklin “Pud” Boswell, 101, of Paris, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 8th, at Hopewell Cemetery. No formal visitation will be scheduled.

Mr. Boswell, the son of James & Carrie Curtis Boswell, was born September 6, 1912, in Paris.He served in the U. S. Army in the late 20’s.  During his career he was a self-employed carpenter, worked at the crate factory, Speas Vinegar, Foxworth-Galbraith, and was a school bus driver for PISD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his daughter along with numerous nieces and nephews.

His nephews will serve as honorary casket bearers.

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LaRue001Carroll LaRue, 65, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

He was born November 21, 1948 in Winnsboro, Tx. The son of Milam V. LaRue and Lucille Martin LaRue. He attended school there to the 7th grade then moved to Paris. He graduated from Paris High School and East Texas State University. He was a three year starter in varsity football and played basketball and baseball. In track, he held the record at Paris High School in the pole vault for several years. After college, he developed his number one love, golf. Carroll became an outstanding golfer, winning many tournaments and even being a Golf Pro at Kilgore Country Club.

Carroll worked several different jobs and owned several different businesses. He loved and owned horses and many dogs. Another hobby was buying, trading and selling guns, cars and many other things.

He was preceded in death by both parents, sister Dolores Parker, brothers Jim LaRue and Tom LaRue. He is survived by brother Bob LaRue, brother-in-law Jim Parker, nieces Paige Parker, Terri Hutto, Amanda Weeks and Beverly Baker, nephews Josh LaRue and Zach LaRue.

Carroll will be dearly missed by many friends and relatives who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in his memory, to the SPCA.

Services were under the direction of the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent by visiting

Velma Louise Pool, 80, of Paris, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Stillhouse Rehabilitation & Care Center.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 7th, at the Pavilion of Long Cemetery with Wade White officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Pool, the daughter of Monroe & Gertie Jackson Smith, was born January 23, 1934, in Quanah.

On May 10, 1952, she married Nolan Pool, building 37 years of family and memories before his death on March 9, 1990.

She worked a number of years as a cook at Gray’s Cafe in Powderly. Velma was a member of the VFW and Eastern Star. She attended First Baptist Church of Blossom until her health failed.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Caviness & husband Danny of Sumner and Sharon Baker of Paris, one son, Nolan Pool, Jr. & wife Angela of Willow Springs, MO, grandchildren, Susan Barnett, Luke Pool, Carolyn Riley Pool, Isaac Nolan Pool, Abrehum Hester, Jonathan Hester, Angela Pedigo & husband Brandon and David Caviness & wife Jessica, nine great grandchildren along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends.

Honorary casket bearers will be: Jonathan Hester, Abrehum Hester, David Caviness, Luke Pool, Dennis Pool and Jaime Humphrey.

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