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Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX

OBITUARY

Terry Blane DeLong

April 14, 1945January 4, 2020

Terry Blane DeLong, 74, of Paris, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Cremation was under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Services are not scheduled at this time. Mr. DeLong, the son of Edward Blane DeLong and Hazel Esther Nix DeLong, was born April 14, 1945, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country proudly until honorably discharged. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Maria DeLong.

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Donna Bruno (DeLong)

January 8, 2020

A bit about Terry as a young man. He lived in Mississippi and Arkansas as a youngster. He remembered being pulled through the fields on a cotton sack as a toddler, while his family members picked the cotton. His mother Hazel Nix later changed her name to Christine Nix and then married John Delucia in NJ. As a young boy Terry grew up in Bergen County NJ(Englewood Cliffs) attending Fort Lee HS as a teen and he joined the Army soon afterward and served in the Manheim-Hiedelberg area of Germany, fortunately keeping him away from the war in Vietnam. He went to the Univ. of Maryland while serving in Germany and took classes in history. He was discharged in 1966 returning to NJ after which he met his soon to be 1st wife Donna. After 5-1/2 mos. they eloped to Hendersonville NC in 1967 and married on Feb. 6 and then moved to California (where their Son David was born 3 yrs later) and then to Pennsylvania. He was overjoyed at the birth of his son. Terry was a hard worker and did his best to provide for his family. He became a TV repairman during this time working for Sears and WT Grants stores, He loved the $1.00 sales at Sears for employees buying leftovers and items to repair and he was amazing working with his hands around the house building a home for his family. He attended Fullerton JC in CA and took classes on the GI Bill which is where he learned some of the craftsmanship skills he used around the house.

Donna Bruno (DeLong)

January 7, 2020

Terry is also survived by his loving son David Blane DeLong his daughter in law Chiara and his Grand daughter Flora of Goshen NY, from his first marriage to Donna Bruno (DeLong)