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1/21/06-Whitehouse

East Texas Community Loses Prominent Figure

An East Texas community loses one of their prominent members this week. Nancy Terry of Whitehouse has been battling cancer for several years. On Wednesday, she lost that battle at the age of 64.

Nancy was known around the community as "Miss Whitehouse." As the Whitehouse band director, she was one of the first female band directors in Texas. She also served as Chamber of Commerce president, City Council president and was chosen Citizen of the Year in 1994.

Today, hundreds of people attended Terry's funeral. It was held in the Whitehouse High School Auditorium because no church in Whitehouse was large enough to hold all the people. Friends say she loved helping others. "Nancy is a person that loved Jesus Christ and she loved people," said Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Associate Pastor Bill Barkley. "She was a lady of great leadership and great influence in a variety of areas. When she joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church a number of years ago she came up and said the words every education minister loves to hear and that's where can we serve."

Friends say Nancy's cancer took over the last two months, but she continued to serve and help others.

Molly Reuter reporting, mreuter@kltv.com

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