06/22/2018

Mary Evelyn Tyson Johnson passed away on June 17, 2018 at age 90, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born in Timpson, Texas, to Gilmer and Mary Tyson, she grew up in the Waterman community of Center, Shelby County, Texas. As all friends and family know, she met and married her beloved husband of 60 years, E.F "Foots" Johnson, also of Center, in their hometown.
 
Residing the majority of their life together in Dallas, Texas, they always returned to their farm in Waterman, every moment they could. She liked to laugh and tell people that her address was Interstate 20 due to the endless hours of traveling between Dallas and Center.

Evelyn inherited her mother's artistic talent and gardening interests. The latter led her to share these interests through study, teaching and volunteer work. However, she expanded her interests in other areas too. She had a passion to meet people and be involved with civic organizations. This passion provided for many unique experiences and opportunities as well as lifelong friends; such as being invited to demonstrate the ‘Art of making Lye Soap,’ Pioneer style, at both the 1968 Texas Folklife Festival held by the Institute of Texan Cultures at the HemisFair, San Antonio, Texas, and the nation’s 1976 U.S Bicentennial Folklife Festival celebration at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Mesquite Art Club, Mesquite Garden Club, East Texas Archeology Society, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Mesquite Citizens Police Academy, Shelby County Historical Society and Kappa Alpha Theta. In addition, she authored her book of family heritage and tales called Memories, with a second in progress. She was a member of the Old Home Missionary Baptsit Church in Shelby County.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband and two grandchildren. She is survived by son Forrest Tyson Johnson and wife, Sharon of Center, daughter Melody Johnson Hayes of Nacogdoches, and daughter Shawn Johnson Burns and husband Alan of Dallas. Other survivors include her five grandchildren – Colby, Seth, Jarrod, Nathan & Shelby, and nine great-grandchildren. 

A private family service was held where she joined E.F. by his side once again. In lieu of flowers, her wish was for memorial donations to be sent respectfully to: Old Home Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Wheeler, 1273 CR 3689, Joaquin TX 75954.

06/21/2018

Karin Laraine Robison Beard, 75, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine with Bro. Tuffy Green and Bro. E.J. Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine.

Mrs. Beard was born November 20, 1942, in Glendive, Montana, to Clarence Arthur Magers and Edith Fields Magers. She loved working crossword puzzles, coloring and playing 42. Mrs. Beard was a member of First Assembly of God in Timpson. 

She is survived by
Children:
Darrell Robison of Center, Texas
Amy Byrd of Nacogdoches, Texas
Jeanie “KoKo” Bridges and husband, Charles, of Center, Texas
Janet “Skeeter” Flournoy and husband, Wesley, of Center, Texas

Stepchildren:
Darlene Jordan and husband, Jack, of Billings, Missouri
Marie Huffman of New Mexico
Sheri Martinez of Phoenix, Arizona

Grandchildren:
Casey Robison
Viola Byrd
Jimmy Anderson
Jessica Dawson and husband, Cody
Kaitland Anderson
Karissa Flournoy
Hannah Flournoy
Reagan Flournoy

Great-Grandchildren:
Heather Adams
Evan Robison
Zoey Robison
Kimberly Byrd
Casey Robison
Taegan Dawson
Two on the way

Sisters:
Barb Gratzfeld and husband, Dave, of South Dakota
Pam Giggee and husband, Mike, of South Dakota
Janet Green of Timpson

Brother: Kenneth Keller and wife, Wendy, of Glendive, Montana

Cousin with a sister-like relationship: Eula Langton of Glendive, Montana

Aunt: Babe Carney of Casper, Wyoming

Numerous cousins and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Husband: Willard Robison
Husband: Dan Beard
Daughter: Melody Robison
Great Grandson: Tucker Dawson
Parents: Clarence Arthur Magers and Edith Fields Magers Meek

Pallbearers will be Michael Holley, Donald Lee, Jimmy Anderson, Wesley Flournoy, Tom Morris and Marlon Brewer. Honorary pallbearer will be Corey Green.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/21/2018

Eddie Dewain Spurlock, 68, of Pasadena, Texas passed away June 14, 2018 in Pasadena. Born March 21, 1950, in Center Texas, Eddie is the son of the late Edgar Spurlock and Syble Reynolds Spurlock. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Tenaha Texas.

Eddie grew up in Tenaha, and later moved to Pasadena after meeting his wife, Brenda. He worked at the local service station in his young adult life, and later became a truck driver. Eddie enjoyed this occupation as it allowed him to see the country, satisfied his sense of travel, in addition to meeting people along the way. His favorite times were those spent with family and friends.

He is survived by:

Wife, Brenda Kay Spurlock of Pasadena, Texas

Brother and Sister-In-Law, David and Debbie Spurlock of Tenaha, Texas

Nieces:
Jaime Krametbauer of Richmond, Texas
Erin Torres of New Braunfels, Texas

Great-Nephews: Jaxon, Dax, and Rhett

Great-Niece: Madix

Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Spurlock and Syble Spurlock.

Carnes Funeral Home, Texas City, Texas

06/21/2018

Janie Louise Brodnax, age 76, departed this life to be with her savior on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Overton, Tx surrounded by her loving family and caregivers.

Janie was born in Trinity, Tx to Mr. Woodrow Wilson Flowers and Mrs. Ruby Mae Beathard Flowers. Janie is preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Ruby Flowers; Brother, Kenneth Flowers; Sister, Thelma Smith and Husband of twenty eight years, George Brodnax. 

She is survived by:

Daughter, Karen Armstrong and Husband, John of Overton, Tx

Grandson:
Dylan Robinson and Partner Casey Phillips of Hermitage, TN
David Robinson and Wife Ashley Marie of Louisville, KY

Granddaughter, Ashley Brook Robinson of Hermitage, TN

Great-Grandchildren: Jensen, Jayce, Jaina and Mason.

A skilled cook, gardener and crafts person, Janie will always be remembered for her beautiful holiday meals and providing a lovely home that was a refuge for so many of us. Janie was a memory maker and her Grandchildren will never forget the legendary trips to Crystal Beach with their Nana.

Janie’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to LifeCare Hospice of Longview, TX, Focus Care of Center, TX, Visiting Angels of Tyler, TX, Pastor Sherry Harding of Shelbyville United Methodist Church, The United Methodist Women’s Group and Attorney and friend Lynda Kay Russell for their unfailing support.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you generously contribute to Shelby County Outreach in Center, TX.

A celebration of life with wonderful food and friends will be held in her honor at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Shelbyville United Methodist Church located at 252 FM 417, Shelbyville, TX 75973.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/20/2018

Billy Ray Davis, 87, of Timpson, Texas passed away on June 19, 2018 in Timpson, Texas.  Born August 25, 1930, in Timpson, Texas, Billy is the son of the late William Leonard  and Annabell (McCormack) Davis. 

Graveside service will be at 2PM on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1PM at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Bill attended Birdville High School in Fort Worth, Texas.  He was drafted in the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army during the Korean War in 1952 and proudly served his country.  He worked as a Civil Engineer for many years retiring from Beacon-Bechtel with over 20 years of service.  Bill loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  He enjoyed traveling around the world.  He spent  muchtime hunting, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his lovely wife Ann.  

Bill is survived by: 
His loving wife of over 28 years, Ann Davis of Timpson, Texas

Sons:
William R. Davis of Orange, Texas
Glenn L. Davis and wife, Pam of Springtown, Texas

Daughter: Debra L. Gray of Huxley, Texas

Son-in-law: Glen Parr of Bonham, Texas

Grandchildren: 
James R. Davis
Christie Bell
Cindy Hernandez
Amanda Beayrd
Glenn L. Davis Jr
Terri S. Mayhue
Carl D. Tackett
Louie Winters
Shannell Tackett
Mary A. Morris
Tara A. McBee
Robert P. Prichard
Royann Ballard
Amber Dawson
Brittany Parr

35 great-grandchildren

5 great-great-grandchildren and spouses

Brother: James F. Davis of Arygale, Texas

Sister: Mary L. Stevens and husband John of Diana, Texas

Aunt: Mildred J. McDowell of Lufkin, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Ida F. Davis; daughter, Candice J. Parr; stepfather, Blair Russell; stepmother, Annie L. Davis;  and brother, Leonard T. Davis.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

06/19/2018

Sheri Baskin Lewis, 53, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, in Joaquin.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Miss Lewis was born July 14, 1964, in Channelview, to Harold E. Lewis Sr. and Barbara Perran Lewis.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of her pets.

She is survived by
Children:
Jamie Baskin of Waterbury, Connecticut
Benjamin Baskin Jr. and wife, Melissa, of Waterbury, Connecticut

Mother: Barbara Perran Shannon and husband, Bobby, of Highlands, Texas

Brothers:
Ronald Dauzat and wife, Tammy, of Kingwood, Texas
Thomas Dauzat of Spring, Texas
Michael Dauzat and wife, Christine, of Houston, Texas
Bubba Lewis and wife, Celeste, of Joaquin, Texas

Numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Granddaughter: Zaeda Baskin
Father: Harold E. Lewis Sr.
Stepmother: Sandra Ross
Sister: Candy Cox
Brother: Jerry Lewis
Niece: Brandi Mills

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/18/2018

Jimmy E. Oates was called home on June 17, 2018. He was born to Jessie E. and Vashti Ross Oates on June 8, 1945 in the Dreka Community of Shelby County.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Judy Ann Oates and their three daughters and sons-in-law, 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren: Denise and Jimmy Chamberlain of Center, TX; Tracy and Bill Scudder of Covington, LA; Jennifer and Mitch Berry of Lindale, TX; Amberlyn and Evan Fronheiser of Jasper, TX and their daughters Kayleigh and Lexie; Sam Scudder of Covington, LA; Flint and Beth Berry of Benton, LA and their sons Hunter, Jackson, and Stetson; Jessica and Jacob Phelps of Virginia Beach, VA and their daughters Danika, Emma, and Maxine; Joanna Berry of Lindale, TX and Destiny Chamberlain of Center, TX. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Guy Flournoy, as well as brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Kathy Oates, along with numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Vashti Oates; paternal grandparents, Sam and Bessie Oates; and maternal grandparents, Booker and Molly Lout Ross.

He was a member of Landmark Lodge #214 F & AM in Keithville, LA and the Hunter Magnolia Baptist Church in Hunter, LA. Services will be officiated by Bro. Derek Lightfoot at Mangum Funeral Home at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Sam Scudder, Flint Berry, Evan Fronheiser, Josh Rawls, Cody Rawls, Brady Bailey, Jackson Harlan, Hunter Harlan, and Trey Berry. 

He was a family man, first and foremost. Judy was the center of his world and their marriage was the foundation we built our lives upon. All of his children and grandchildren knew that all they had to do was pick up the phone and he would show up, any time or anywhere. He tucked quarters into penny loafers just for that purpose. He made sure we all grew up camping and fishing. We caught an awful lot of fish on Toledo Bend for a boat full of loud children. Our childhoods were full of the memories built around those trips. He took two generations of kids up to Camp Albert Pike and, later, Lake Ouachita in Arkansas and wanted to make sure that the third generation would get a chance to go. He also managed to somehow make every kid feel like they were his favorite. We were all so confident in the fact that we were “it” that no one even thought to ask to make sure.

They say that how often and in what way you are remembered determines the type of person you were in life. There isn’t a porch swing sat on, a hook that hits the water, or the crunch of tires on a back road that happens without him being remembered. He was the cornerstone of our family and, as such, is so much a part of who we are that we remember him in everything we do. The most we can hope for is that someday we will leave behind the kind of legacy he has.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5433 Westheimer Rd #300, Houston, TX 77056 or by visiting https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

06/17/2018

Rodney Odean Weatherford, 72, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on June 16, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born April 12, 1946, in Bakersville, California, Rodney is the son of the late Gerritos Ottis and Dora (Fusion) Weatherford. Graveside service will be held Monday, June 18, 2018 at 1PM at Blair Cemetery, FM 2667, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Fred Wilcox officiating.  

Rodney grew up and graduated high school in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He met the love of his life, Sharon Dianne Gibbs and the two were married September 26, 1980. He spent many years working at potash mines in New Mexico before moving to Texas to work over 19 years for International Paper where he retired. Although Rodney was a quiet man he found joy in joking with his family. He enjoyed traveling, carpenter work, building things, and playing 42. Rodney was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.  

He is survived by:

His loving wife of over 37 years, Sharon Dianne Weatherford of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daughter, Donna Tipton and husband Dondi of Nacogdoches, Texas

Grandchildren:
Danielle Templeton and husband Dr. Nathan Templeton of Nacogdoches, Texas
Dustee Tipton of Waynesboro, Georgia
Benny Tipton of Nacogdoches, Texas
Mercy Tipton of Carlsbad, New Mexico

Great-grandchildren: Mackenzie Templeton, Tucker Templeton, Xevadiah Tipton

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Rodney is preceded in death by his parents, Gerritos and Dora Weatherford.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

06/16/2018

Carl “Old Timer” Emerson, 68, of Logansport, Louisiana, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018, in Logansport.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating.  Interment will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.

Mr. Emerson was born February 14, 1950, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Dudleigh Welton Emerson and Lois Clara Smith Emerson.  He graduated high school in 1969.  From May 18, 1970 until May 19, 1978, Mr. Emerson served in the United States Navy.  He later joined the United States Army National Guard. Mr. Emerson was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping.  His favorite times were those spent with his family.

He is survived by:

Sons: 
Vernon Emerson of Washington
William Emerson and wife, Darlene, of Center, Texas
Shelby Emerson and wife, Faith, of Stanley, Louisiana

Daughters:
Aletha Samson of Guam
Keisha Byrd and fiancé, Mike Stephens, of Joaquin, Texas
Shaunda Byrd and husband, Dusten, of Joaquin, Texas

Grandchildren:
Skylar Harvey
Mason Byrd
Lucas Byrd
Wrangler Emerson
Jessie Triana Emerson
Peyton Alford
Valerie Alford
Kamden Emerson
Rechelene Reyes
Reyenaldo Emerson
Kameron Emerson
Kayarra Emerson
Drayven Emerson
Waihett Emerson
Jarrett “JJ” Emerson
Jonavin Emerson
Bobbie Samson
AJ – Andrew Samson
Jake Dean Samson
Marina Davis
Kinder Nunley
Morgan Lovett

5 Great Grandchildren

Brother: Johnnie L. Emerson and wife, Ida Mae

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family

Special Friend: Hugh Chapman and family

A host of other friends

Preceded in death by
Daughter-in-law: Bernice Emerson
Granddaughter: Annabella Byrd
Parents: Dudleigh Wilton Emerson and Lois Clara Smith Emerson
Sister: Johnnie Brown
Brother-in-law: O.J. Sonny Brown

Pallbearers will be Mike Stephens, Bryant Chapman, Cole Chapman, Brandon Byrd, Vernon Emerson and William Emerson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Chapman, Shelby Emerson and Dusten Byrd.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/14/2018

Artist “Randy” Cogburn, 68, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Cogburn was born April 8, 1950, in Center, to Artist Ray Cogburn and Mable Rodgers Cogburn. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by
Wife: Barbara Cogburn of Joaquin, Texas

Children:
Clinton Cogburn and Laura Baker of Beaumont, Texas
Ashley Rambin and husband, Tyler, of Joaquin, Texas
Eric Cogburn and wife, Amber, of Edmond, Oklahoma

Grandchildren:
Emily Baker
Wyatt Baker
Eli Haynes
Sophia Rambin
Harrison Rambin
Jayden Ashlock 
Kian Cogburn

Sisters and Brothers:
Jerry Cogburn Spitvnagle of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kenneth Cogburn and wife, Nancy, of Lafayette, Louisiana
Vicky Cogburn Ruthven and husband, John, of Zavala, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Artist Ray Cogburn and Mable Rodgers Cogburn
Brother: James Ray Cogburn

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/14/2018

James A. Moore, 73, of Timpson, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Timpson.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018, at Windham Civic Center in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Windham Civic Center in Center with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow at Blair Cemetery in Timpson.

Mr. Moore was born September 28, 1944, in Rusk County, to James “Pete” Carney Moore and Jessie Fryman Moore. He retired from The Texas Department of Public Safety. Mr. Moore was a member of the Texas State Trooper’s Association and Good Hope Baptist Church. His hobbies included fishing and hunting with family and being outdoors with his dogs.

He is survived by
Wife: Joyce Moore of Timpson

Children:
Christy Moore of Michigan
Jerrald Moore of Nacogdoches
Terrie Elliott and husband, James, of Center
Mary Moore and Blake Pritchard of Dallas
James M. Moore and wife, Stephanie, of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Christopher Wiggs
Kristin Moore
Hannah Hillier
Skye Hillier
Zachary Hutchins
Kailie Moore
Liza Kay
Kamryn Moore
Emilee Elliott

Great-Grandchildren:
Eli Hutchins
Piper Moore
Kase Kay
Maddix Wilson
Sillow Sadler

Sisters-in-law:
Samantha Sammons of Timpson
Janan Ross of Center

Aunt: Joan Baldwin and husband, Mike, of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James “Pete” Carney Moore and Jessie Fryman Moore
Brother: Charles Moore
Sister: Rosalee Dempsey

A special thank you to Cecilia Dolen, Keisha Curtis, Terry Mayberry and all other Heart to Heart Hospice Staff for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to ALS Association Texas Chapter at www.alstexas.org

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/13/2018

Margie Faye Strong, 85, of Center, Texas passed away on June 12, 2018 in Center. She was born on October 27, 1932 in the Aiken Community in Center to George Holder and Clara Stewart Holder. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Travis Lee and Bro. Robert Strong officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Margie grew up in the Waterman Community. While she was working at Old Hailey Motel, she met Billy Tom Strong. On October 21, 1958, the two were joined in marriage and spent the next 50 years by one another’s side until Billy’s passing in 2008. Margie was a devoted and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and crafting. More than anything, Margie loved the time she got to spend with her children and grandchildren. She had a special friend in her canine companion, Peanut. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

Margie is survived by her son, Bobby Strong and wife, Rebecca; daughters, Irene Vaughn and husband, Glynn and Billie Bright; grandchildren, Travis Lee, Michelle Clark, Thomas Lee, B.J. Bright, Frankie Bright, Bobby Tom “Buddy” Strong, Jr. and Robert Strong; twenty-two great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Tom Strong; parents, George and Clara Holder and brother, James “Buck” Wiley Holder.

Pallbearers will be Travis Lee, Robert Strong, B.J. Bright, Frankie Bright, Thomas Lee, Buddy Strong and Keith Clark.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home of Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

06/11/2018

Mae Ella Moore, age 77 of East Liberty Community, passed away Friday evening, June 8, 2018 at the Center Emergency Room.

Visitation is Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 11am until 6pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel of Center, Texas. Funeral service is Friday, June 15th at 11am at East Liberty Baptist Church in the East Liberty Community.

Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas with Pastor Steven G. Stanley officiating.

Mrs. Mae Ella Moore is survived by:

Son: Willie (Gloria) McCowin of Detroit, Michigan

Daughter: Sharon (Johnny) Anthony of Center, Texas

4 Grandchildren

8 great-grandchildren

Sisters:
Mae Alice (Charles) Walker of Center, Texas
Rose Ella (Jesse) McDaniel of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brother: Charles (Vinita) White of Center, Texas

Funeral services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas

06/11/2018

Louis Glenn Ballard, Sr., 67, of Center, Texas, passed away June 8, 2018.

Memorial services will be held Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, Texas with Bro. Steve Waldrep officiating. 

Mr. Ballard was born November 25, 1950 in Center, Texas to parents, Lahamie and Lola (Lafitte) Ballard, and passed away June 8, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Louis proudly served his country in the United States Army.  Later he worked for Union Pacific Railroad where retired after 38 years.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Larry Ballard and great-granddaughter, Emiyah. 

He is survived by his daughter, Catherine Ballard of Houston, Texas; son, Louis Glenn Ballard, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Ballard of Conroe, Texas; granddaughters, Kaitlynn, Tori-Lynn, Maci Ryan and Lea Ashton; great-grandchildren, Lola Grace, Farah Lynn, Cash Louis, Railynn, Olivia Katherine and Gavin along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at www.cochranfh.com

06/11/2018

Jeff Burris, 53, of Carthage, formerly of Center, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2018, at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Wayne Jones officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Mr. Burris was born November 24, 1964, in Center, to Harley J. Burris and Jenell Peace Burris.  His hobbies included gardening and making music. He loved his Carthage Bulldogs. Mr. Burris was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Gena Burris of Carthage

Son: Michael Burris of Deadwood

Sister: Tina McGuffin of Henderson

Stepson: Corey Bragg of Huxley

Niece: LaRee Rodriguez of College Station

Preceded in death by
Parents: Harley J. Burris and Jenell Peace Burris

Pallbearers will be Michael Burris, Billy Clendening, Sean Dupre, Pete Frediu, John Shofner and Mike Davis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Davis, Victor Shofner and Mike Floyd.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/08/2018

Lloyd Benjamin “Ben” Goolsby, 87, of Timpson, Texas entered into glory on June 8, 2018 at his home in the Tennessee Community surrounded by his loved ones.  Ben was born on December 20, 1930, in Shelby County Texas to Lloyd Bertram Goolsby and Susie (Childs) Goolsby.  Services will be held Monday, June 11, 2018 at 2pm at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with Bro. William Dee Daniel, Bro. Richard Jones, and Dr. Russell Marshall officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon until 2pm at First Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Ben graduated from Timpson High School in 1949 and enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State College in the fall. While in Nacogdoches, he met Claudia and they were married July 14th, 1951. They moved to Lufkin where Ben began working for Lufkin Foundry. In 1952 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving 14 months in the Korean War. After serving his country Ben reenrolled at SFA, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and started teaching in Silsbee, Texas. In 1968 he earned his Master’s degree in Educational Administration and became principal in Hardin then Sulphur Springs before finishing a 36 year career in education as the elementary and junior high principal in Timpson. Other than his Lord and his family, Ben loved nothing more than his farm. An educator by profession, his true calling was that of a farmer and gardener. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

Ben was a member of the First Baptist Church of Timpson where he served as a deacon, taught Sunday School and held numerous leadership positions throughout the years. He was also chairman of the Tennessee Rural Water Supply for 30 years, served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Timpson Public Library, and volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. 

He is survived by:
His loving wife and best friend of 66 years, Claudia Goolsby of Timpson, Texas

Daughter: Tammye Marshall and husband Russell of Mabank, Texas

Son: Mark Goolsby of Timpson, Texas

Brother: J.B. Goolsby and wife Dixie of Bryan, Texas

Grandchildren: 
Jordan Costlow and husband Zach of Ft. Worth, Texas
Griffin Marshall and Mitzi Pyle of Midland, Texas
Landon Marshall of Denver, Colorado
Alden Marshall of Mabank, Texas

Countless friends and loved ones that will miss him dearly

Ben is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Thelma Mathis, Selma Cowan, Nora Rice; and great-grand-daughter, Hannah Costlow.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, P O Box 488, Timpson, Texas 75975 or visit  http://www.timpsonfbc.com/page/givingdonations

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

06/08/2018

Susan Fountain, 65, of Center, Texas, passed away on June 8, 2018 in Nacogdoches. She was born on April 28, 1953 in Center to Granviille Waller and Luna Parker McSwain Waller. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Susan grew up in Center and attended Center schools. She graduated from CHS as a part of the class of 1971. After high school, she attended Massey Business College in Nacogdoches where she earned a secretarial certificate and met the love of her life, Larry Fountain. Susan and Larry married on February 25, 1972 in Center and spent the next 46 years together. Susan was very committed to her husband and children. Later in life, she decided to pursue a lifelong dream of hers and returned to college to further her education. She attended Panola College and then moved onto Stephen F. Austin State University where she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Susan retired from Center ISD in May 2017 after 27 years of service with the district. Susan touched the lives of many children. She treated all children equally and valued each one as a special individual. Susan enjoyed the fellowship with her church family at Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church until her health no longer allowed her to attend. 

Susan is survived by her husband of 46 years, Larry Fountain; children, Lori Ford and husband, Phillip of Center, Nancy Hall and husband, Daniel of Timpson, Sarah Knowlton and husband, Ken of Blanchard, Idaho, and Stephen Fountain and wife, Sheila of Center; grandchildren, Delaina Truitt, Alexis Truitt, Jacob Lang, Kate Ford, James Larry Ford, Madison Hall and Cassie Hall; sisters, Carolyn Denby of Florida and Bert Amburn of Center; brothers, Jessie Waller of Center and Aaron Waller of Center; sisters-in-law, Glenda Waller of Center and Deborah Waller of Center; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Carol Cook and husband, Jerry of Conroe, Eddie Fountain and wife, Anna of Nacogdoches and Gary Fountain of Center. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Granville and Luna Waller; father in law and mother in law, Bill and Lessie Fountain; brothers, Jerry Waller, Earl Waller, Harvey Waller, Calvin Waller, Alton Waller and Bill Waller; and sister, Wanda Waller.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net

06/05/2018

Funeral services for Mr. Lynn Cooper, 65, of Lake Murvaul will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Matt Comer officiating. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.  Visitation with the family will be 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  

Mr. Lynn Meredith Cooper was born September 16, 1952 in Longview, Texas to V.M. “Pete” and Billie Sue Ballenger Cooper and went to his heavenly home on June 2, 2018 in Carthage. Mr. Cooper was raised and schooled in Longview and graduated from Longview High School with the class of 1970. He then furthered his education at Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Music. Lynn married Kathy Price on August 14, 1999 and together they celebrated 18 years. Mr. Cooper worked for over 41 years as a band director in Sabine, Longview, Carthage, Center and Joaquin. He was a member of the Sounds of Swing where he played the saxophone. Lynn loved fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with family and friends who were very important to him. Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Lynn is survived by:
His loving wife: Kathy Cooper of Lake Murvaul

Mother: Billie Sue Cooper of Longview

Brother: Billy Ray Cooper and wife Terri of Garrison

Sister: Connie L. Cooper of Longview

Nephews: 
Clayton Allen Cooper
Cody Dwight Cooper

Niece: Shelby Rae Fuller

Great-niece and nephew:
Emily Rae Fuller and Cayson Philip Cooper.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of your choice.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com.

06/04/2018

Janie Sue (Anderson) Sonier, 73, of Spring, Texas, formerly of Timpson, Texas passed away on June 2, 2018 in Spring, Texas. She was born September 17, 1944 in Houston, Texas to William Turner and Pauline (Bennett) Anderson. Funeral service will be held Saturday June 9, 2018 at 1PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson, Texas

Granny passed away right before sunrise on June 2, 2018 after a hard fought battle with cancer. She loved her family and cherished every moment spent with them. She will be missed and was deeply loved by by anyone who met her beautiful warm loving heart. 

She is survived by:

Daughter, Debra Glover Marek of Houston, Texas

Grandchildren:
Robyn Shuford and husband Troy of New Caney, Texas
Ryan Stavinoha and wife Crystal of Spring, Texas
Randy Stavinoha and wife Emily of Houston, Texas
Rebecca Stavinoha of Houston, Texas

Great-grandchildren: Alexis, Taylor, Trystan, TJ, Lindsey, Aubrey, Rylee, Landon, Scarlett, Savannah

Sister-in-law, Barbara Anderson

Nieces:
Jackie Anderson and husband Paul
Sherlyn Shotwell and husband Charles

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Janie is preceded in death by her husbands, Howard “Pete” Lee Glover, Alexander M. Sonier; and brother, Billy Joe Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to the Amercian Cancer Society, P O Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123. https://www.cancer.org/

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

06/04/2018

Paul Jackson Jr., 81, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Randall Smith of Paxton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Jackson was born May 22, 1937, in Shelbyville, to Paul Allan Jackson Sr. and Annie Ruth Stevens Jackson. He retired from the US Marine Corps and was a member of VFW Post 8904 for twenty years. His hobbies included hunting, travelling, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by
Wife: Carolyn Jackson of Joaquin, Texas

Children:
David Jackson and spouse, Glen, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Vicki Goings of Jacksonville, North Carolina
Patti Soto of Jasper, Indiana
Terri Nugent and husband, Robert, of Joaquin, Texas

Grandchildren:
Kerri Allan and Aaron Allen of Portland, Oregon
Jayme Durham and husband, Dexter, of Timpson, Texas
Michelle Essex of Ponca City, Oklahoma
Lauren Gaddy of Joaquin, Texas
Cpl. Ryan Hanks of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina

Great-Grandchildren:
Alandria Gentry
Trey Davis
Brianna Hickman
Santino Perez
Amiyah Soto
Tyler Lane
Destinee Morris
Kadence Morris
Sophia Fearnow
Isabel Soto
Kiersten Richards
Scarlett Sumstine

Great-Great-Granddaughter: Kourtlynn Gentry

Siblings:
Dan Jackson of Springhill, Louisiana
James Jackson of Tenaha, Texas
Judith Adams and husband, Hollie, of Tenaha
Sheila Wiggins and husband, Chuck, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandchildren: Shane Essex, Jeremy Essex, Daryl Essex, Randy Essex, Ramon Soto, Addison Perez
Great Grandsons: Ramon Soto Jr., Bradley Kent Richards
Parents: Paul and Annie Ruth Jackson
Brother: Raymond Jackson

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 6675-8517, 877.832.6997, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, and Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, http://www.parkinson.org.

Pallbearers will be Erick Wiggins, Jonathan Eubanks, Joe Adams, Kevin Blackmon, Randy Jackson and Raymond Jackson.

The family would wish to thank The Veterans Administration, Nacogdoches Medical Center and Holiday Nursing Facility. They appreciate the staff and their invaluable assistance in our time of grief.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

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