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Duane E. Glover

November 28, 1925 - June 18, 2017

Duane E. Glover
Paris, TX

Duane Glover, retired pharmacist and former owner of City Drug Store in Deport , died peacefully at his home in Deport on Sunday , June 18th , surrounded by family. Duane was born on November 28th, 1925 , in the Fulbright community to Curtis and Lola Hale Glover. The family moved to Deport, where Duane spent his entire life serving his community in numerous capacities. He graduated from Deport High School in 1942 and enrolled in The University of Texas in Austin to pursue a career in pharmacy, following in the footsteps of his father who originally owned City Drug. A year after enrolling, Duane was drafted into the US Army, trained in Ft . Benning ,Georgia , and served his country until getting honorably discharged due to injury. He returned to UT, graduated with a BS in pharmacy, then returned to Deport, and married his high school sweetheart, Martha Kelsey, on April 8, 1949 , at the home of Martha's parents, Joe and Reecy Kelsey. They recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. They were both lifelong members of Deport United Methodist Church.
Duane served his beloved hometown as Fire Chief of the Deport Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years after joining in 1948.He served on the Deport ISD school board, was elected to multiple terms as a city council representative, served on the board of The First National Bank of Deport, and held numerous positions at First UMC Deport. He practiced pharmacy for over 50 years and along with his Dad and daughter Marilyn operated City Drug as a family run business for over 80 years. He belonged to the Lamar County Pharmaceutical Association as well as the Texas Pharmaceutical Association. In 1962, he and his father, Curtis, started the Deport Housing Authority.
Duane especially enjoyed following the Deport Tigerettes girls basketball team in their quests for trips to the state tournament and was also for many years a season ticket holder and avid fan of the University of Texas Longhorn football program.
Along with Marilyn he owned and operated Glover Farms and raised cattle, which is still operating today. He loved hunting squirrels and quail and playing golf.
In addition to his wife Martha and daughter Marilyn of Deport, he is survived by a daughter, Betsy Chapman ,and husband, Jerome, of Deport and a son, David Glover, and partner, Jorge Martinez of Dallas, a grandson, Ty Merritt ,and wife, Sarah , of Deport and granddaughter, Peyton Chapman, of Ft. Worth, three great-
grandchildren, Tatum, Asher, and Lextyn Merritt, all of Deport.
Also surviving are a brother, Dr. Hale Glover, of Deport, a sister-in-law, Suzy Kelsey, of Paris, a niece, Connie Dodd ,and husband Travis (Skip) of Paris and a nephew ,Joe Kelsey and wife ,Kim, of Bogata. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Dr. Sam B Kelsey and his parents.
Duane is also survived by his caretaker of over 5 years and dear friend, Joan Langley, and husband , Jimmy, of Deport. Her devotion and care allowed him to live out his remaining years in the home he had lived in for over 50 years. Caretaker Donna Ward provided special care to Duane during his final days.
Funeral services are set for 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Deport United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Lindley and Rev. Susan Leddy officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 PM Monday evening at Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris.

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Paris, TX

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Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home- Paris


730 Clarksville Street







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