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Obituaries for Wednesday, June 11th

MillerDolon J. Miller, 82, of Blossom, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12th, at Detroit Cemetery with Rev. Tim Reger officiating.

Mr. Miller, the son of James Dolon & Rellie Ida Roberts Miller, was born Jan. 23, 1932, in Detroit.

He was an avid gardener & farmer and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

On Oct. 26, 1957, he married Mary Agnes Carter, building fifty-five years of family and memories before her death on July 5, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings; Melba Martin, Mirl Jaynes, Jack Miller, Sterling Miller and Hershel Miller.

Survivors include his daughter, Dolean Thomas & husband Gene, grandsons, Eric Whitaker & wife Pam and Kaleb Whitaker,  great grandsons, Jayden & Jake Whitaker along with numerous nieces & nephews and a host of friends.

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MillsapEarth lost and heaven gained a precious saint June 9th, when Roberta Millsap made her final move to her eternal home.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 12th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Jim Millsap, Sonny Cathey and Lynn Hood officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Roberta, the third child of Bonnie Turner & Virgle Akins, was born March 1, 1924, in Spiar, OK. She married Loys L. Millsap on June 7, 1941, and their loving relationship of 42 years saw six sons and one daughter added to their family.

Though tempered by the tough times of the depression years and the uncertainties of rearing a large family, she was always kind and gentle. She made few enemies but many lasting friends. Her children “rise up and call her blessed.” To say she will be missed is truly an understatement.

She was a longtime member of Life Community Church here in Paris.

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, Virgle and Bonnie Akins; her brother, J. T. and her sister, Rovena; her loving husband, Loys; her son, Gabriel & wife Peggy and a grandson, Michael Ashley Millsap.

She leaves behind to mourn, but yet rejoice, at her home going, her children; Jimmy & wife Nancy, Jerry & wife Paulette, Johnny & wife Davella and Clayton Millsap, all of the Paris area, Donna & husband Kerry Harrod of Arlington and Paul and wife Debra Millsap of Grapevine, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends.

Her family thanks all her caregivers and friends for their acts of love and kindness over the past weeks.

Casket bearers will be: Johnny Millsap, Jr., Kenneth Millsap, Tim Millsap, Jimmy Millsap, Justin Millsap and Josh Christian. Honorary bearers will be: Brian Millsap, David Millsap, Shane Burcham, Gerald Burcham and Jason Millsap.

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