02/15/2019

Annie M Anderson, 77 of Center, Texas passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Holiday Nursing Facility in Center, Texas. She was born on February 16, 1941.

Funeral service will be Monday, February 18, 2019 at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (623 Martin Luther King Drive) at 2:00pm. Pastor Anthony Jackson, Sr will officiate. 

Visitation is Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 3:00pm to 6:00pm and Monday, February 18, 2019, at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church from the hours 12 noon to 2:00pm. Committal is at Westview Cemetery.

She is survived by:

Son: Marcus Anderson of Washington

Brother: Cleveland Holland Jr. of Washington

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935

02/12/2019

Rilda Evelyn Lamon, 64, passed away February 8, 2019 at the age of 64. Born in Houston, TX, on March 10, 1954, she was the daughter of B. G. Smith and Jan Elaine Brooks Smith.

She returned to college when her children were in elementary school to pursue her Master’s Degree at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. She worked, maintained a home, and graduated with a Master of Education in Special Education in December of 1990. She was a Speech Language Pathologist for many years before she retired.

She was a people person in every sense of the word. Her Jesus and her family were her life. She enjoyed spending quality time with her husband of over 40 years. Her children and grandchildren brought her so much pride and joy. She was a very active member of Dover Apostolic Church in Dover, OH, where she and her husband were living at the time of her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, B. G. and Jan Smith and her mother-in-love Hester Lamon.

She is survived by:

Husband of 40 years, Don Lamon

Daughters:
Alesha Hamm (Jeff) of Edwards
Donna Stokes (Paris) of Vicksburg

Grandchildren: Katie Hamm, Taylor Hamm, Lane Stokes, Caden Stokes and Colton Stokes; sister, Marla Aguilar (Frank) of Humble, TX

6 nephews and 4 nieces

Father-in-law, Bro. M.D. Lamon of Center

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019, at First United Pentecostal Church in Raymond, MS, with Rev. Dennis Davis and Rev. Brent Randall officiating. Visitations will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, at Glenwood Funeral Home and at 10:00 a.m. until the hour of the service at the church on Friday. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Vicksburg, MS.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Ashley, B. J. Randall, Jamison Brown, Mike McCune, Randall Hutcheson, Garett Hester, Billy Prather, Richard Goodwin and Hayse Burnham. Honorary pallbearers will be Taylor Hamm, Lane Stokes, Caden Stokes and Colton Stokes.

One of her greatest desires was to see her father-in-law's church building in Center, TX, completed. Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, 524 FM 2026, Center, TX 75935.

Services are under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

02/11/2019

Angela Ann Hughes, 53, of Garrison, Texas passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born July 24, 1965, in Morgan City, Louisiana to Luke Marino Sr. and Katherine (Brown) Marino. Funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Jack Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Yard Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. 

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

Angela was born in Louisiana, and moved to Timpson in 1979. She was a Timpson High School graduate. Angela married the love of her life August 11, 1984, Thomas Wayne Hughes. Although life and marriage was not always easy the two have stood by one another over 34 years faithfully. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and daughter. Angela loved her children dearly, and was eager to cheer them on during their activities, never missing anything they participated in. Angela’s nieces and nephews were a great part of her life and she also attended all of their activities. Being the oldest child, Angela’s brother and sisters always looked up to her for guidance. She worked very hard throughout her life. Angela went to Panola College and graduated obtaining her Associates Degree in Petroleum Technology in 2012. Angela loved and was very active in her community of Garrison. She was an active member of the Garrison Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. 

Angela is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Hughes; children, Thomas Hughes Jr., Christina Hughes Thompson and husband Weston, Richard Hughes; mother, Katherine Marino; brother, Luke Marino Jr. and wife Sherrie; sisters, Josephine Wise and husband James, Bernadette Williams and husband Donald, Jennifer Marino Pugh; brother in law, Michael Hughes and wife Marie; sister in law, Deborah Moore and husband David; numerous nieces and nephews; special life long friends, David Blaze and entire Blaze family, and Sissy Colle and her family. 

She is preceded in death by her father, Luke Marino Sr.; sister, Laura Marino; mother in law, Annice Hughes; father in law, Howard Hughes; and stepfather, Rickey Gray.

Pallbearers serving are Austin Colle, Dalton Colle, Andy Marquez, Daniel Pugh, Matthew Benson, and Drew Wise.

Honorary pallbearers serving are Taylor Williams, Little Matt Williams, Paden Pugh, Shane Pugh, Shalin Marquez, David Blaze, Leroy Blaze Jr., Mark Blaze, Adam Blaze, Stacey Hughes, Brandon Hughes, Austin Moore, and Wes Thompson.

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.

02/08/2019

Murel Stephens Thomason, 93, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 7, 2019 in Katy, Texas. She was born on April 6, 1925 in Shelby County, Texas to W.O. Bush and Beulah Jetton Bush. Funeral services will be at 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 

Murel grew up in Shelby County in the Mt. Zion Community. She attended Lamar School and Center High School where she met T.O. Stephens. The two fell instantly in love and were married right out of high school in 1942. They had two little girls, Katha and Betsy. The joy of those precious girls multiplied when Katha and Betsy both later married and had four daughters of their own: Yondi, Yanci, Brandi and Ashli. After T.O.’s passing, Murel found comfort and happiness in family and friends. Her entire life she treasured the moments where she was surrounded by her loved ones. Thousands of memories were created over the years and are treasured by her family.

Later in her life, she met and married Charles Thomason. They spent their golden years together traveling and enjoying every moment they were given. Faithfulness to the Lord and to her church family was of the utmost importance. Murel was a member of First Baptist Church in Center for many years where she taught Children’s Sunday School, was a member of Linda Anderson’s Sunday School Class and was a member of the bereavement committee as well. She also was a member of the Golden Harvest Ministry, BPW Club and the CHS Alumni Committee. Murel was no stranger to work as she held positions at Farmers State Bank in the Human Resources Department and worked for James Campbell at Farmers Gas Company for many years. She also worked at the Center Auction Barn. 

MeeMee, as her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great grandchildren would call her, lived a simple and humble life. She had a genuine and selfless heart that was evident in the way she served her family and others. Her love, laughter and light will be dearly missed by those who had the honor of knowing her. 

Murel is survived by:

Daughter, Betsy McDonald and husband, Dan of Katy

Step-children:
Bill Thomason and wife, Debbie
Tommy Thomason

Grandchildren:
Yondi Watson of Center
Yanci Hendricks and husband, Ron of Huxley
Brandi Sikes and husband, Steven of Houston
Ashli Leto and husband, Brian of Austin

Step-grandchildren:
Jill Noel
Jennifer Thomason
Ashley Wilson and husband, Chris

Great-grandchildren: Jade Hogue and husband Todd; Jordan Nutt and Bryan; Jerrod Nutt and wife, Fernanda; Sarah Ryder and husband, Ashton; Hunter Hendricks and Chelsea; Brisa Gawlikowski and Sagan Sikes

Great-great-grandchildren: Kayden, Conner and Cassie Nutt; Copen and Creek Hogue; and Caul Ryder

Special friend, Ann Yarborough

A host of numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, W.O. and Beulah Bush; husbands, T.O. Stephens and Charles Thomason; daughter and son-in-law, Katha and Bill Watson; siblings, Earl Bush, Raleigh Bush, Travis Bush, Vance Bush and Christine Sears; and step-son, Charlie Thomason. 

Pallbearers are Dan McDOnald, Jerrod Nutt, Ron Hendricks, Hunter Hendricks, Kenneth Earl Bush, Bob Bush, Bruce Bush, Don Bush, Claude Lucas, Chad Bourg, Michael Fults, Jimmy Fults and Jordan Fults.

Honorary pallbearers are James Campbell, Pat Cameron, Steve Stephens and Joe Anderson.

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.

02/07/2019

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mrs. Emma “Jean” Roland, 84, of Tenaha, Texas.  Mrs. Roland passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at her residence. She was born on July 24, 1934. Funeral service will be Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. John Baptist Church (102 Booker T. Washington Tenaha, Texas) at 11:00am.  Pastor Chandler Pettis will officiate.     

Mrs. Roland is survived by:

Son: Allen (Anna) Williams of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daughter: Karen Roland of Tenaha, Texas

Grandchildren: Sha Cory Richardson of Artesia, New Mexico; Jeff Williams of Wichita Falls, Texas; Andrea Williams of Arlington, Texas; Christine Williams of Nacogdoches, Texas; and Jaron Bryant of Tenaha, Texas

Visitation: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St John Baptist Church 10:00am to 11:00am

Committal: St. John Cemetery Tenaha, Texas 

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935

02/07/2019

John Lloyd Kilpatrick, Jr., 52, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on February 7, 2019 in Joaquin. He was born on April 8, 1966 in Shreveport, Louisiana to John Kilpatrick, Sr. and Kathleen Swan Kilpatrick. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. David Long officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

John was a born and raised East Texas country boy. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and spending all of his extra time in the woods enjoying nature. John had a genuinely great sense of humor and brought joy and laughter to any crowd. He graduated from Joaquin High School and was a member of Jackson Baptist Church.

John is survived by:
His mother: Kathleen Kilpatrick of Joaquin

Brother: James Michael Kilpatrick of Joaquin

Sister: Ellen Marcus and husband, Jeff of North Carolina

Nieces: Emma Marcus and Abby Marcus, both of North Carolina.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Kilpatrick, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to benefit the new building fund at Jackson Baptist Church. 

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

02/07/2019

Eris Odelle Bowers, 93, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on February 4, 2019 in Tenaha, Texas. She was born on November 4, 1925 in Shelby County, Texas to Jesse Eric Christian and Mattie Kyle Christian. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. 

Eris is survived by:
Her husband of 72 years, Jesse Bowers of Tenaha, Texas

Son: Eric Bowers of Ashville, North Carolina

Daughters: 
Mary Eve Brumett and husband, Tommy of McKinney, Texas
Prudence Thrasher Stiver and husband, Chuck of Longview, Texas. 

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

02/06/2019

Billie Lou Green, 94, of Timpson, Texas passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born January 9, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Alfonse W. Malin and Helen (Czerp) Malin.
Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Tennessee Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. 

Visitation will be held Friday, February 08, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

Billie Lou was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father acquired a position managing horse stables for Texas State Parks, moving them to Kerrville, Texas. She had the pleasure of meeting Texas Rangers, learning to ride horses many different styles, and acquired a passion for loving horses in general. She graduated from Kerrville High School. Billie met her future husband in Kerrville near where he was stationed during WWII. She married the love of her life, George Thomas Green, November 1, 1944. They moved to Houston, Texas for 15 years, then transferred to Kankakee, Illinois for 18 years.

Billie worked as secretary to the President of the University of Houston, and as secretary to the Publisher of the Kankakee Journal while raising two wonderful children with her husband. They retired and moved to Timpson, Texas, her husband's childhood home, in 1980. Billie and George spent over 61 years together before his passing in 2006. Billie loved spending time with her family, especially the three grandkids. Billie was a seamstress, enjoyed home décor projects, and was very crafty. She was a very kind and loving lady. Billie was most concerned about others, never wanting attention drawn to herself. She was an active member of Tennessee Presbyterian Church and has served in many capacities such as Church Clerk and Elder and she was on the Tennessee Cemetery Permanent Trust Fund for many years. 

She is survived by:
Her grandchildren: 
Michael Edward Riberdy
Christopher Thomas Green
Aaron Max Green 

Billie is preceded in death by her parents, Alfonse W. Malin and Helen Malin Mackey; granddaughter, Faith Nicole Green; daughter, Patricia Elaine Riberdy; Aunt, Wanda Hintz; husband, George Thomas Green; son, George “Tom” Thomas Green, Jr.
 
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.

01/28/2019

Steve McQueen, 64, of Mt. Enterprise, TX, passed away on Tuesday, January 15th in Houston's Methodist Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 am, at Bonita First United Methodist Church, Central Heights, TX where he was a member. The Reverend Rick Anderson and Reverend Charles Danheim will be officiating. Visitation will follow in the Christian Life Center.

Steve was born June 30th, 1954 in Corpus Christi, TX to H.C. and Billie McQueen. As a child, he lived in California, Louisiana and Florida, moving around while his Dad was in the Navy, before settling in East Texas. He developed a love of music at an early age that would later turn into a career. Steve graduated from Joaquin High School and went on to Panola Jr. College. He would later further his education at ETBU with a degree in education in 1990.

Steve met his future wife, Becky, while at Panola Junior College in 1974 and they were married on July 17, 1976. They had one daughter, Stephenie, and last year celebrated 42 years of marriage. Steve's love of music took him on-air working for Center's KDET & Tyler's KROZ. He would later grace the airwaves again in Atlanta, TX at KPYN working the morning show, broadcasting local football games, hosting the swap shop, and entertaining families on Christmas Eve with his reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." He had a love of life and hobbies that included cooking, photography, and hunting. Steve also had a heart for helping others.

Steve began a new career as a teacher and coach in 1991. Though he worked at several school districts, his coaching family and students in Kountze, TX always resonated with him. Steve had the gift of gab. He worked very hard to instill real life situations, scenarios and kindness with his students and did this by telling stories and making learning fun. When he wasn't teaching or coaching, you could find him entertaining the crowd by playing a good song, participating in a school skit or, simply, clowning around. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend that loved to chat about his radio days, the latest football scores, share his memories or show off his daughter's catering events. He will forever be an educator, entertainer and storyteller. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents A.E. and Evie Wagstaff and step brother Jody Hooper.

Steve is survived by:

Loving wife Becky of Mt. Enterprise, TX

Daughter, Stephenie Gerhardt of Plano

Sisters:
Brenda Perez of Center, TX
Shelia Bozeman of Carthage, TX

Along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in Steve's honor at either The Mt. Enterprise Library, for their reading program, or Bonita United Method Church for their reading, children and after school programs. Information below:

Mt. Enterprise Library C/O Friends of the Library PO Box 367 Mt. Enterprise, TX 75681

Bonita School Friends C/O Bonita UMC PO Box 632701 Nacogdoches, TX 75963

Directed by Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

02/06/2019

Peggy Gregg, 85, of Center, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in Conroe.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2019, at Pool Cemetery in Richards. Visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to service with Bro. Keith Rose officiating.
Mrs. Gregg was born February 13, 1933, in Post, to Howard McDonald and Hazel Bronson McDonald.  She enjoyed spending time with her family.  Mrs. Gregg was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by:
Her sons: 
Robert Gregg of Center
Charles Wessley Gregg of Cut and Shoot

5 grandchildren

9 great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Sunny” Gregg; parents, Howard McDonald and Hazel Bronson McDonald; sister, Virginia Miller; brothers, Robert McDonald, Howard McDonald, Charlie Hart.

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

02/04/2019

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mrs. Addie Mae Brown, 91, formerly of Orange, Texas and now of Center, Texas. Mrs. Brown passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at local nursing home. She was born on April 28, 1927 funeral service will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 11:00am at St. John Baptist. Pastor Marlin Cloudy will officiate.     

Mrs. Brown is survived by:
Nieces and nephews

Visitation: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Hicks Chapel at 12-noon to 6pm
Committal: St John Cemetery Center, Texas 

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935

02/02/2019

Gloria “Faye” Livingston Fleming (Mammaw & Sis) was surrounded by loved ones when she peacefully went to be with her Lord on February 2, 2019. She was born in Shelby County, Center, TX on April 22, 1928 to Louis Montgomery and Della Carven Livingston. On June 17, 1947 she married her soulmate and husband, Clyde Mathew Fleming, who preceded her in death in 2002.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Billy Mac Fleming in 1985, her great-granddaughter, Pamela Lynn Sanders Chauncey in 1993, brothers Audra Livingston,

Aubra Livingston, Jim Livingston, Sam Livingston and sisters Olga Adams, Imma Jean Bush, and Pat Shroyer. 
Mammaw was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Her family was the joy of her life. 

She is survived by:
Her daughter: Pam Sanders and son-in-law Kerry Sanders of New Waverly, Texas

Grandson: Jeff Fleming and wife Casey Fleming of Huffman, TX

Granddaughters:
Jeni Heard and husband Jon Heard of Porter, TX
Lacy Bridges and husband Justin Bridges of Orange Beach, AL,
Amy Hawthorne and husband Shane Hawthorne of Willis, TX

She was loved and will be greatly missed by thirteen great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and one on the way.

She is also survived by:
Brother: Bill Livingston

Sisters:
Pauline Brittan
Joy Jones
Dianne Jones
Linda Clifton

Sister-in-law: Adelle Livingston 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5pm-8 pm. Services will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Both services will be held at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center, TX. Burial will immediately follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery.

02/01/2019

Marilyn Martin Taylor, 84, of Houston, Texas passed away on January 26, 2019 in Houston. She was born on October 19, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio to Robert Morgan and Ella Gertrude (Newhouse) Morgan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery, San Augustine.

Marilyn was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. In her early 20’s, she was employed by Westinghouse, but she always knew her heart belonged in Texas. In the mid to late 1950’s, she met Donald Martin, a Texan, and a serviceman for the Air Force. They married, moved South and raised two children, Joel and Jennifer. She wore many hats as a wife, mother and woman. Marilyn was active in the ladies Softball League and a a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She also had a touch of tom boy in her and was an avid outdoorswoman. She loved weekend camping and fishing trips in East Texas, crabbing off jetties, hunting, riding four-wheelers and more. Marilyn was a wonderful cook and loved to prepare seafood dishes and southern foods. 

Marilyn worked as an executive secretary and as the attendance clerk at Nederland High School. In the early 1980’s, she met and married Tommy Taylor. They built their own beautiful 2-story log cabin out of the timber from the acreage, began raising limousine cattle were growers for Tyson. Marilyn enjoyed gardening and each year would harvest a large bounty that would be shared with neighbors and family. 

Marilyn was witty, funny, detail oriented and strong willed. You wouldn’t want to try to fool her as she had a keen eye for nonsense, but she was fair in all of her dealings with others. She was infamous for her lead-foot as well. Marilyn made friends easily and was a God-fearing woman. Her selfless and compassionate nature was evident in how she served those around her. One of the most admirable things about Marilyn was her optimism and perseverance. She was a proven fighter, having survived three different cancers over her lifetime until the fourth bout. Even in her final days, she remained positive and proudly wore a t-shirt that stated, “Don’t Count Me Out.” The legacy of love, life and determination that she leaves behind will carry on in the lives of so many who treasured her time on this earth.

Marilyn is survived by:
Her son: Joel Martin

Daughters: 
Tanya Hall
Jennifer Martin

Grandchildren: 
Joshua Martin
Kaitlin Martin
Cassidy Sinclair
Gunnar Sinclair
Richard W. Simpson
Amanda Simpson
Shawn Hall

Great-grandchildren:
Maddi Bard
Larson Bard
Logan Simpson
Laineey Simpson
Averon Orona

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

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Lamar Taylor; parents, Robert and Ella Gertrude Morgan; sister, Kathryn Morgan Wearn; and brother, Roger Morgan.
  
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.

01/31/2019

Elmer Lee Bray, 75, of Timpson, Texas passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  Born April 7, 1943, in Timpson, Texas to the late Charlie Bray and Dollie (Clifton) Bray.
Memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Corinth Baptist Church, with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating.  

Elmer was born in Timpson and moved to South Texas shortly after his birth.  He served his great country in the United States Army in Turkey, Egypt and many other countries.  He met his lovely wife Sandra and the two were married.  They returned back to his home place in Timpson in 1989.  The two have spent over 36 years wonderful years together.  He, Sandra, and the children are a very close family. They share a very special bond.  Elmer enjoyed spending time with his family.  He always made sure the grandchildren were cared for and had everything he thought they needed.  He loved to travel and cook.  While living in South Texas he loved to go shrimping.  

He is survived by his lovely wife, Sandra Bray; son, Brad Jackson; daughter, Misty Salazar and husband Pablo; Michelle Mai; grandchildren, Hannah, James Lee, and Alexsandra James Fabian; brother, Clifton Wayne Bray and wife Debbie; sisters, Denise Henlsey and husband John, Melverine Meyers and husband Clifford; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.  

Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Dollie (Clifton) Bray; brother, Charles Bray; sister, Ann Yates.

Family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Volunteer Services, 510 Stoner Ave, Shreveport, LA 71101.

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.

01/23/2019

Merrill P. Stearns, 92, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on January 21, 2019 in Albuquerque. She was born on February 19, 1926 in Tenaha, Texas to Hermann Parrish and Hazel Pickford Parrish. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas. 

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Merrill is survived by:
Her husband: Charles Stearns of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Son: Jason Stearns and Erika Thomenius of Albequerque, New Mexico

Daughter: Penny Casteel and husband, Danny of Houston, Texas

Sister: Jeanne Miller of Center, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Buford Parrish; sister, May Alice Burns; sons, Johnny Osborn and David Osborn; daughter, Peggy Bean; and granddaughter, Megan Mayes.

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

01/29/2019

Patricia Kay Stanley Lawrence passed away January 28, 2019, at age 68, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 18, 1950 in Center, Texas, to the late Audrie Baker Stanley and Dayton Bruce Stanley. She was the youngest of three sisters, Sarah Ruth Stanley Helms, who preceded her in death, and Jeanette Stanley Tinkle of Tyler, Texas. She was married to the late Freddy Charles Lawrence, Sr in 1979. Mrs. Lawrence attended and was a dedicated member of New Hope Congregational Methodist Church in Center. 

Patricia grew up in Center and lived there for her entire 68 years of life. From her youngest days, she always wanted to be a teacher. She would line her dolls up against the wall and teach them Reading, Writing and Arithmetic; and then drill them again the following day to make sure they remembered! She attended Center schools all 12 years and graduated from Center High School in 1968. Patricia went on to attend Panola College and then earn her Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduating from SFA, she began her teaching career at Center Junior High and then Center Elementary School. She devoted 41 years of her life to the teaching profession all at CISD. Patricia considered herself blessed to have been a teacher and missed teaching every day following her retirement. She was and still is loved by so many of her previous students. She was born to be a teacher and has led many to join this profession! 

Patricia’s children were the loves of her life. Her grandchildren were their “Momom’s” pride and joy. Aunt “Tricia” will forever be loved and missed by her entire family. 

Survivors include:

Sons: 
David Lawrence of Center
Charles Lawrence of Texarkana

Daughter, Melissa Munoz and husband, Alex of Center

Sister, Jeanette Tinkle and husband, Pat of Tyler

Grandchildren:
Alexis Barlow
Avery Lawrence
Mia Munoz
Jeremy, Tara and John Lawrence
Elizabeth Hendrix
Justin Stapleton
Desiree Munoz
Victoria Barker
Jonathan Lawrence
Jeffery Lawrence

Nephew:
Todd Thompson

Nieces:
Pete Helms
Jodi Ellis
Jill Lupton

Numerous great-grandchildren, other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Freddy Charles Lawrence, Sr.; parents, Dayton Bruce and Audrie Stanley; sister, Sarah Ruth Stanley Helms; sons, Alan Lawrence and Greg Lawrence; father-in-law, Fred C. Lawrence; and mother-in-law, Ruth Watson Lawrence.

Because of Patricia’s passion for learning and education, the family requests that memorial donations be made to a scholarship fund account ending in 6501 that has been set up at Farmers State Bank in memory of Patricia Lawrence. The money will be used for educational purposes such as scholarships and providing classrooms with needed school supplies.

Pallbearers are Todd Thompson, Robert Ellis, Patrick Lupton, Jeremy Smith, Collin McElroy and Sean Crouch.

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.

01/29/2019

T.C. Cartwright, Jr., 84 of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday night, January 24, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service is Saturday, February 2nd at 1pm at Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville, Texas. Visitation will be all day Friday. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Creola Cartwright of Shelbyville

Daughters:
Denise (David) Cartwright of Shelbyville
Anita (Vernell) Moody of Center
Felicia Holmes of Center

Sons:
Charles (Remonia) Sheppard of Tyler
James A Cartwright of Shelbyville
Iva Lee Cartwright of Shelbyville

21 Grandchildren, 57 Great-grandchildren

Sister, Margie Garrett of Shelbyville

Brother, Earl (Vivian) Cartwright of Tenaha

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

01/28/2019

Francis Livingston, 78, of Shreveport, Louisiana, formerly of Timpson, passed away on January 27, 2019 in Shreveport. She was born on August 27, 1940 in Timpson, Texas to Fred Hammers and Ruby Wiley Hammers. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson. A visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home prior to service time. 

Francis grew up in Timpson and attended Timpson High School. She met Ben Frank McCauley, and they were married on October 13, 1964 in Orange, Texas. The two spent a wonderful 11 years together in DeQuincy, Louisiana before Ben passed away in January of 1973. Almost 11 years later, Francis married James Elmer Livingston and the two would reside in Center for five years until James’ passing in 1989. Francis was full of life and laughter. Her comical demeanor was sure to brighten a room. She loved doing crafts and crochet. She also enjoyed keeping her mind active by working crossword puzzles and writing letters. She was a homemaker for most of her life; a selfless and caring woman who put the needs of her family before her own. Francis was a member of First Baptist Church in Blanchard. 

Francis is survived by:
Her brother: Donald Hammers of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sister: Bessie Nix of Shreveport, Louisiana

A host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Ben McCauley; second husband, James Livingston; parents, Fred and Ruby Hammers; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Joyce Hammers; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Ben Freibaurer; nephew, Rodney Hammers; niece, Theresa Johnson and twin infant sons. 

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

01/28/2019

Marilyn Taylor, 84, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Center, Texas, passed away on January 26, 2019 in Houston. She was born on October 19, 1934. 

Services are pending at this time with Mangum Funeral Home.

01/28/2019

Ann Hawkins, 81, of Center, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mrs. Hawkins was born August 26, 1937, in Tenaha, to Harold Gary and Alma Parrish Gary. She was a self-employed beautician for 54 years. Her hobbies included spending time with family and friends, flower gardening and traveling. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center, where she was involved in the Dorcus Sunday School Class.

She is survived by:

Her children:
Sheryl Graves and husband Randy of Gary
Joanne Shillings of Center

Special friend, Randolph Lout of Center

Grandchildren:
Eric Graves of The Woodlands
Todd Graves and wife Soni of The Woodlands
Shanna Carlton of Center
Chad Carlton and fiancé Tracy Parker of Center

Great-grandchildren:
Zac Carlton of Center
Triston Carlton of Center
Jaxon Graves of The Woodlands
Ashton Graves of The Woodlands
Baylor Graves of The Woodlands
Katie Bell Graves of The Woodlands
Bella Carlton of Center

A host of nieces and nephews

Sister, Cora Jean Canipe of Garland

Fur baby, Sophie

Preceded in death by husband of 52 years, Jack Hawkins; parents, Harold Gary and Alma Parrish Gary; brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Margie Gary; sister, Bonita Goolsby.

Pallbearers will be Eric Graves, Todd Graves, Chad Carlton, Zac Carlton, Mark Gary, and Craig Gary. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Walker, McNeil Moore, and Steve Jeans.

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

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