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Obituaries for Monday, August 18th

Nance0001Mildred Irene Plott Nance, 93, of Reno, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Heritage House of Paris.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19th, at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. P. R. Byers officiating, and a special message will be given by Sara Glover. Though a formal visitation is not scheduled, friends and family may sign Mrs. Nance’s guestbook at the funeral home.

Mrs. Nance was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Oklahoma.

On August 8, 1937, she married Charles Lesley Nance, building 67 years of family and memories before his death on June 9, 2005.  She was a homemaker, enjoyed sewing and was an excellent seamstress. Mildred always looked forward to attending church. One of the highlights of her life was being “Nanny” to Sara and Laura and living long enough to see them grow into adults and have a family of their own.

For the past two years and four months she has resided at Heritage House of Paris, and there she met a very special friend, Sandra Leath, whom she called Sandy. The last month has been a struggle for Mildred, but she was determined to make it to her 93rd birthday. She did just that on Thursday, August 14th.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Nettie Hatch Plott, her husband, Charles Lesley Nance, a son, Billy Ray Nance, a grandson, Michael Don Nance and four brothers, James, Pete, Tucker, John and Tilman Plott.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Howell & husband Don of Reno, two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Plott & Pauline Plott both of Taylortown, extended family, Sara, Adrian & Hannah Glover of Houston and Laura Blouin and Ethan & Elizabeth Berry of Cypress along with several nieces and nephews.

Casket bearers will be: Don Howell, Adrian Glover, Danny Plott, David Parker and David Blouin.

The family would like to extend special appreciation to Heritage House of Paris and the staff for the love and care given their loved one.

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lay001ROLEMA “FAYE” LAY 83, of Lamar Point, died at 8:25 AM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Paris Regional Medical Center.  A funeral service is set for 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Crosswhite officiating.  No formal visitation hour will be observed and her body will lie at the funeral home from Monday afternoon until service time on Tuesday.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Faye was born November 9, 1930 in Wichita, Kansas to Selah and Pearl Baker Skaats.  She first married Charles F. Lay and following his death she married James Taylor Benjamin.  Mrs. Lay was retired from Sara Lee Corporation and was a member of Lamar Point Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Taylor Benjamin of Lamar Point; children, Debbie and Mickey Benjamin of Hugo, Oklahoma, Bobby Jack Spencer of Lamar Point; and Judy Ann Bell and husband, Mickey of Farris, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren; her special little buddy, Fallon; one brother, Paul Thornton of Fort Worth, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and her special neighbors, Leon and Carol Powell of Lamar Point.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Lay; her parents; two brothers, Edward and Cecil Skaats; and her adopted daughter, Susie Spencer.

Online condolences may be made to Mrs. Lay’s family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.

RHooveraymond A. Hoover, 93, of Pattonville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18th at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Smith & Rev. Jerry Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery at Deport. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Hoover, the son of Herman Lee & Virgie Dudley Hoover, was born Feb. 12, 1921, in the Jennings Community of Lamar County.

On May 9, 1942, he married Frances Ann Finch, building 72 years of family and memories.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. During the war he was in the Leyte invasion. Raymond worked a few years for the Texas Highway Department before beginning his career with B & W which spanned 30 years before his retirement.

He was a tireless worker for education in Lamar County, dedicating 25 years of service to the school boards of East Lamar School and then Prairiland ICSD. Raymond was instrumental in forming the Prairiland ICSD by bringing four schools together.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Deport. Mr. Hoover was a member of the Masonic Lodge and had recently received his 60 year pin.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, a daughter, Linda Green & husband Larry of Paris, two sons, John Hoover & wife Jill of Pattonville and Larry Hoover & wife Brenda of Mt. Pleasant, grandchildren, Shane Morton, Randy Hoover, Lindsay Creighton, Jeff Campbell, Angie Sanders, Mitch Campbell, Daphne Thompson and Denise Smith, eleven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, three sisters, Faye Harper, Margaret Wadley and Hellen Hively along with numerous nieces, nephews and a plethora of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Juanita Russell and two brothers, Dudley Hoover and Lawrence Hoover.

Raymond’s grandsons & great grandsons will serve as casket bearers. The deacons of First Baptist Church of Deport will serve as honorary bearers.

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nichols001Ronnie VanDee Nichols 65, of Paris died at 12:32 AM, Friday, August 15, 2014 at Paris Healthcare Center.  A graveside service is set for 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Bluff Cemetery with Rev. Don Shovan officiating.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Nichols was born August 30, 1948 in Detroit, Texas the son of William Luther and Nonnie Bell Mosley Nichols.  He served in the United States Navy and travelled the country extensively.  He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his brother, James Sprools and wife, Geraldine of Detroit; nieces and nephew, Teena McDowra and husband, Jeff, Jeri Garrison and husband, Jason, and Jamie Sprools and wife Wendy; numerous cousins; and his extended family at Paris Healthcare Center.

Online condolences may be made to Mr. Nichols’ family by visiting

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