Janice Carol Snider, 75, of Garrison, formerly of Center, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Houston.

Memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Central Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Danny Dodson officiating. 

Mrs. Jan was born July 21, 1942, in Many, Louisiana, to Alva Louis Tarver and Carro Boydstun Tarver.  

She is survived by
Daughter: Kristi Parfait and husband, Clyde

Shon and wife, Brigitte

Son: Kevin Weldon


Daughter: Ava Sumners and husband, Terry

Son: Kerry Weldon and wife, Sharyn

A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Brother: Richard Tarver and wife, Mary Beth

Preceded in death by
Husband: Jerrel Snider
Son: Kendall Weldon
Parents: Alva Louis Tarver and Carro Boydstun Tarver


Lisa Jo Stephenson, 57, of Gary, Texas passed away on August 12, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born August 30, 1960, in Carthage, Texas, Lisa Jo is the daughter of the late Marlin Joe Stephenson and Barbara Jeff Stephenson.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Mt. Bethel Cemetery, FM 999, Gary, Texas.  

Lisa Jo was raised in Gary, Texas and graduated from Gary High School.  After graduation she went to work for Acme Brick in Garrison before retiring after 30 years of service. She was also employed with Nuverra Environmental Solutions. She enjoyed farming, ranching, and sorting.  Lisa Jo was an extremely hard worker always having a positive outlook on life and circumstances.  She showed cattle, competed in sorting and ranch rodeo events, bringing home buckles for her extreme effort.  Lisa Jo was an avid Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo fan, entering and competing in the annual BBQ cook-off each year.  She had a phenomenal dutch oven cobbler.  She loved cooking outdoors in her dutch oven cookware.  Lisa Jo had two special companions, “Cowgirl” her dog, and “Jasper” her horse whom she loved to ride.  

She is survived by: 
Her aunt: Dixie Watkins of Carthage, Texas

Barbara Cook
Caddell Stephenson and wife Gaye
Danny Stephenson and wife Linda
Michael Stephenson and wife Patsy
Sammy Stephenson and wife Charlotte
Jerry Stephenson and wife Patricia
Dewayne Shinn and wife Sharon
Carry Shinn and wife Karen
Darrell Shinn and wife Leeann
Sandy Hendricks and husband Craig
Larry Crump and wife Liliana
Larry Don Vines and wife Sheena

Numerous other cousins and friends that will miss her dearly.

Lisa Jo is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and sister, Teresa Stephenson, and the love of her life Bruce Johnson.

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.



Linda Beth Carnahan died unexpectedly July 25, 2018 from complications related to a previously undiagnosed cancer. Family members were at her side when she passed away, just three days after her 71st birthday.

Linda was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, wife and friend. She was a talented and creative cook and was known to put out a tremendous spread at holidays and family get-togethers. She was an avid reader. Linda gardened and loved her dogs, and she relished the beauty of Texas wildflowers, especially bluebonnets. She invested herself deeply in a vibrant community of friends who supported each other and together worked to bring awareness and research attention to pancreatic cancer, in honor of her mother.

Nursing was Linda’s professional calling. After attending East Texas Baptist College in Marshall and El Centro College in Dallas, she was licensed as an R.N in 1968. In 1986, she attended graduate school at San Jose State University and became a nurse practitioner. She believed that every person was deserving of the best, most effective care possible. For more than three decades, she skillfully helped to meet the needs of her patients at hospitals, nursing homes, schools, clinics and doctors’ offices. Her family and friends benefitted from her nursing skills as well. In particular, she was of invaluable and loving support to each of her parents in their final months of life.

Linda Beth Burns was born July 22, 1947 in Center, Texas and grew up in Tenaha, Texas. She graduated from Tenaha High School in 1965, where she was homecoming queen.

In 1968 Linda married Jerry Andrews of Dallas. They had three children together before separating in 1997. In 2004 she married Charles Carnahan. He passed away in 2006. She spent her adult life in Dallas and the Dallas suburbs of Desoto and Duncanville.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Albert (Daddy Albert) and Virginia (Mama Gina) Burns, and by her second husband, Charles (Charlie) Carnahan.

She adored her family. She is survived by her brothers, Robert Burns and Barry Burns (Lisa), daughter Michelle Andrews Smith (Blake), sons Joshua Andrews (Meghan) and Jeremy Andrews, grandchildren Madeleine and Henry Smith and Leilani Castillo, niece Kennedy Burns, nephews Cooper Burns and Matthews Burns (Jill), and great nephews Luke and Jake Burns.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to consider a donation to PANCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, at www.pancan.org. Linda was active in PANCAN after her mother’s battle with pancreatic cancer, and she cherished her many wonderful friends from that community. 


Memorial service for Fredrick Clyde Bryan, age 87, of Center, Texas, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Center United Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall (old church) officiated by Charles Geuin.

Clyde was born January 9, 1931, in San Augustine County at White City to Jefferson Bryan and Loda Lee (Gregory) Bryan.

At the age of 18, Clyde joined the Army Air Corp.  Shortly before discharge, he married Anna Laura Hixanbaugh and remained married for 60 years. They had four children: Fred, Judi, Don and John Bryan.

After discharge, he worked as a pipe liner, lumberjack in Oregon, explosive expert, and for 26 years was a boiler maker. He retired to Center, Texas, close to his home town of Broaddus. After retirement, he enjoyed gardening and studying the Bible.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Judi and husband John Michael Carpenter of Broadalbin, N.Y.

Son, John Bryan and wife Teresa of Kelso, Washington

11 grandchildren

15 great-grandchildren

Hedrick Bryan
Gerald Dwain Bryan and wife Bonney Marie
Lloyd Bryan and wife Lois

Sister, Dessie Christian Cowan and husband Howell

He is preceded in death by wife, Anna Laura; sons, Fred and Don; parents, Jefferson and Loda Bryan; brothers, Jefferson Ray Bryan, William Marion Bryan and Arthur; sisters, Mary Ann Bryan and Armatha Sue Amore.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Leukemia Foundation.

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


Juanita Bush, 96, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 9, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. She was born on November 14, 1921 in Shelby County to Fred Franks and Tommie Strawn Franks. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Perkins and Bro. Kris Groda officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 

Juanita grew up in Shelby County. She graduated from Cooper High School in Arcadia and later continued her education to receive her Associate’s Degree as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).Juanita worked for Shelby Regional Medical Center and at Holiday Nursing Home. She was a kind and loving woman dedicated to helping care for her family. 

Juanita is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Carolyn Golden of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Connie Stewart and husband, Ronnie of Cookville

Rodney Golden and wife, Sonya of Center
Rhonda Deininger of Tulsa, Oklahoma
DeAnn Jonte’ and husband, Jay of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Derek Golden of San Antonio and Ty Abston and wife, Anne of Dallas

Grace Ann Deininger of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Taylor Anne and husband, Kort Breaux of Boerne
Tanner Abston of Dallas and Garrett Jonte’ of Lexington, Kentucky

Numerous other nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ozroe Bush; parents, Fred and Tommie Franks; brothers, Henry D. Franks, Howard Franks and Harold Franks; and sisters, Bobbie Badger and Freda Mae LaBeth.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Golden, Derek Golden, Kerry Franks, J.D. Franks, Jay Jonte, Ty Abston and Mike LaBeth.
Honorary pallbearers are Pat Franks and Darren Wiggins.

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.


Joyce Dorris age 85, of Garrison, Texas died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Garrison, Texas. She was born December 26, 1932 in Dallas, Texas.

Funeral service will be at 1:00pm, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Arlam Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

Visitation will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Arlam Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas before service.


Michael Watson Clark
James Stacey Dorris

Rubye Laree Dorris Wiggins and husband Mike
Susan Parrish
Teresa Diane Conner
Lynna Beth Hale & husband Randy

Sister: Sandy Lawson Naturch

Brother: Jim Burgay

Grandchildren: Karla Stevens, Dennis Clark, Caroline Garner and husband Ryan, Amber Vasilenko and husband Viktor, Amanda Armendariz and husband Kahli, Blythe Squires and husband Chad, Sarah Parrish, Christopher Tatum, Kimberly Tatum, Mickey Conner

10 Great-Grandchildren

Services are entrusted to Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.


Martin “Marty” Mikesh, 54, of Timpson, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jerry Green officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Mikesh was born December 31, 1963, in Kountze, to Raymond Mikesh and Betty Rhodes Mikesh. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Mr. Mikesh was a member of Timpson Fire Department and Emergency Ambulance Service.

He is survived by
Wife: Tammy Mikesh of Timpson

Ashley Mikesh Durrett and husband, Jason, of Timpson
Brian Mikesh and wife, Ashley, of Silsbee
Phillip Mikesh and wife, Ciera, of Timpson
David Lawhorn and wife, Nora, of Timpson
MeLisa Moore and husband, Danny, of Beaumont

Christopher Booker
Angel Booker
Cody Booker
James Durrett
Dusty Durrett
Braxton Mikesh
James Mikesh
Briley Mikesh
Shane Mikesh
Jacob Mikesh
Autumn Lawhorn
David Lawhorn Jr.
Victoria Lawhorn
Allison Lawhorn
Danny Moore Jr. and wife, Jessica
Kristin Powell
Joshua Moore


Betsy Byrd and husband, Jimmy, of Carthage
Bubba Mikesh and wife, Iva, of Center
Karen Wilkinson and husband, Tommy, of Tenaha
Angel Rodgers and husband, Rodney, of Joaquin

Mother-in-law: Mary Stephenson of Timpson

Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law: 
Debra Vick and husband, Frank, of Silsbee
Thomas King of Timpson
Angelia Palmer and husband, Tim, of Silsbee
Lila Reynold and husband, Rusty, of Silsbee
Billy Dickerson and wife, Lisa, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Aunt: Evelyn Sterns

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Raymond Mikesh and Betty Rhodes Mikesh
Sister: Janice Elizabeth Mikesh
Niece: Tawsha Fayette Mikesh
Nephews: Buddy Boyett, Joey “Fat Boy” Windham

Pallbearers will be Tommy King, Billy Dickerson, Dustin King, Chad Mikesh, Wade Angelo and Zach Graham.

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


Lola Mae Davis, 85, of Center, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Davis was born December 12, 1932, in Shelbyville, to Frank Denby and Iva Scarborough Denby.  She enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking.  Her favorite times were those spent with family and friends.  Mrs. Davis was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

She is survived by
Husband of 61 years: Buck Davis of Center

Lynn Davis and wife, Yolanda, of Center
Joyce Dean and husband, Junior, of Shelbyville
Howard Davis and wife, Patty, of Center

Tim Parker and wife, Emily, of Minden, Louisiana
Brittany Foster and husband, Matt, of Center
Josh Davis and wife, Lindsay, of Center
Clayton Dean of Shelbyville

Great Grandchildren:
Carson Parker
Case Parker
Roman Foster
Ivy Foster
Raylee Davis
Hayes Davis

Merle Farmer and husband, John, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Ola Bell Arney of Adrian, Missouri

Preceded in death by
Parents: Frank Denby and Iva Scarborough Denby
Sisters: Annie Ruth Coots, Fronie Moore

Pallbearers will be Tim Parker, Josh Davis, Danny Scarborough, Matt Foster, Billy Davis and Sonny Davis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Carson Parker, Clay Dean, John Koltonski and Roman Foster.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, 177 CR 2450, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

A special thanks to Affinity Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of our wife and mother.

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



Lynnette Ann Bosman, 57, of Houston, Texas, passed away on August 2, 2018 in Humble, TX. She was born on August 26, 1960 in Houston, Texas to Jake Stoll and Margaret Blackburn Stoll. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center. 

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Mangum Funeral Home in Center. 

Lynnette (Lenny) grew up in Houston where she met Walter Bosman, Jr. The two were married on July 25, 1980 and spent over 34 beautiful years together before his passing in 2015. Jr. truly was the great love of her life. Outside of her career as a property manager, Lenny enjoyed crocheting and various other crafts, playing online games and poker, tending to her plants and working through numerous puzzle books. She was candid and outspoken, generous to others in times of need and loved her children and grandchildren. She was extremely proud of the family she had created with Jr. 

Lynnette is survived by:

Son, Walter Bosman III and wife, Alyssa of Katy

Daughter, Christie Bosman

Significant other, Oscar Rodriguez of Cypress

Paul Lonneberg and wife, Ernestine of Anniston, Alabama
Kirk Lonneberg and wife, Janet of Baytown

Sandra Mauro of Katy
Diana Graham and husband, Don of Baytown
Karen Wright and Stacy Childress of San Saba

Grandchildren, Jett Bosman and Meagan Behrens.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bosman, Jr.; parents, Jake and Margaret Stoll; grandparents Meta and Jake Stoll Sr. and brother-in-law, Nick Mauro.

Pallbearers will be Walter Bosman III, Oscar Rodriguez, Don Graham, Don Graham III, Allen O’Quain and Clint Collins.

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.


Kathryn Johnson Griffin, 91, of Garrison, Texas, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 6, 2018, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Private graveside service will be held at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating. 

Mrs. Griffin was born April 3, 1927, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to John R. “Bud” Johnson and Helen Hesser Johnson. Her hobbies included gardening, working puzzles, and caring for her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Griffin was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Robert Griffin of Garrison, Texas
John Griffin and wife, Glenna, of Garrison, Texas
Max Griffin Jr. of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kathy Petersen and husband, Reid, of Elysian Fields, Texas
Ginger Gwinn of Shreveport, Louisiana

12 Grandchildren

14 Great Grandchildren

Phillip Johnson of Arizona
William Johnson of Canadian, Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Max R. Griffin, Sr.
Great Grandson: Jackson Glen Griffin
Parents: John R. “Bud” Johnson and Helen Hesser Johnson
Siblings: Roy Johnson, Gertrude Westbrook, Imogene Gaiennie, Dorothy Morgan

Pallbearers will be Jason Griffin, John Griffin Jr., Taylor Griffin, Christian McCoy, Drew Hermes, Colton Barrett
Honorary pallbearer will be Jason Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mrs. Griffin to a charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home.


Funeral services honoring the life of Paul L. Grayson, 83, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Rose-Neath’s Chapel in Logansport, LA. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin, TX. The family will receive friends at Rose-Neath Mansfield Funeral Home on Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Paul was born August 16, 1934, in Center, TX to Willie and Ellen Grayson and passed away on July 31, 2018. 

Preceding Paul in death were his parents; wife, Anna Mae Grayson; sons, Grant Timothy Grayson, Tod Corey Grayson; and brother, Tommy Alton Grayson.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his sons, Paul Grayson, Jr. and wife Marjorie, Mark Grayson and wife Sallie; daughter, Janelle Torres; sisters, Betsy Chambliss and husband Benny, Alene Whiddon and husband James, Susan Kawaja and husband Dean; and grandchildren, Emma, Nadia, and their father Juan Torres; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Honoring Paul as pallbearers will be Eric Kawaja, Freddy Kawaja, Darik Whiddon, Dayne Whiddon, Twyman Vargas, and Everett Christensen.

Services under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport Chapel.


Josef Fitzgerald Whittaker, 52 of Houston, formerly of Timpson, passed away Friday in Galveston.

Funeral service is Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11am at Friendship Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas with interment at Friendship Cemetery and Rev. Rayford Caraway officiating.

He is survived by:

Son, Joey (Jakara) Mardis of Houston

Grandson, Jacoby Mardis of Houston

Granddaughter, Zenee Mardis of Houston

Mother, Melva Colbert of Houston

Father, Joe D. Whittaker of Houston

Brother, Mario Bussey of South Carolina

TAmara (Albert) Parker of Houston
Vermella (Cedric) Thomas of Houston

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas.


Gus Terrell Childs, 97, of Timpson, Texas passed away on August 1, 2018 in Garrison, Texas. Born September 20, 1920, in Stockman, Texas, Gus Terrell Childs is the son of the late Gus Trammel Childs and Ola Antha (Hughes) Childs. He married Margie Sue Ramsey on June 28, 1946, and they spent over 69 years together.

Funeral services for Gus Terrell Childs will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Rev. W.T. Permenter and Rev. Matt Cecil officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5PM to 7PM at Taylor Funeral Home. 

He entered the United States Air Force in 1939 after graduating from Timpson High School. He was crew and flight chief during World War II, serving mostly in North Africa. Then he served in several other places, including Sculthorpe, England and Lockbourne, Ohio, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant in 1962. He became a custom home builder and started a poultry growing operation with his wife. 

Through the years, Terrell served as Sunday School teacher and deacon of the Baptist Church. He was a Boy Scout leader in Timpson. He and Margie enjoyed traveling with their camper. His interests included beekeeping, operating a small sawmill, and woodworking. Many are the cedar chests and bookshelves he made with lumber he cut himself.

His last years were spent in a small house located where he lived as a boy.

Survivors include daughter, Sue Childs Pinkston; sons, Philip Childs and wife Kathy, Jim Childs and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Rob Pinkston and wife Denise, Stephanie Pinkston and husband Tim Cobb, Elaine Childs and husband Kristian Magda, Brock Childs; and great grandchildren, Jessica Pinkston, Nathan Pinkston, and Ashley Pinkston.

Pallbearers serving will be Boy Scouts Troop #113.

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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


Joe Travis Williams, 87, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on July 28, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on June 25, 1931 in Corsicana, Texas to Joe Travis Williams Sr. and Gladys (Richards) Williams. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joe grew up in Raymondville, Texas and attended Raymondville High School. He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Joe served on the USS Bausell Destroyer. He married the love of his life, Avie Ruth Rhodes, in 1956, spending over 49 years with her until her passing in 2005. Joe was an avid football fan. He was a Houston Oiler and Texans fan. He taught his children how to bass fish and enjoyed the time spent with them while doing it. Joe loved the Lord and was a faithful member of St. Mary’s of the Epiphany Catholic Church in Timpson, Texas. 

Joe is survived by:
His son: Joe Travis Williams Jr., of Houston, Texas

Jolene Williams of Houston, Texas
Annette Parker of Pasadena, Texas
Arianna Williams of Kerrville, Texas

Brother: Bill Williams and wife Mavis of Port Lavaca, Texas

Sister: Mavis Williams of Illinois

Kelly Lewis and husband Richard
Kristen Newton and husband Greg
Joseph Carroll

Great-grandson: Mickey Lewis

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

He is preceded in death by his wife, Avie Ruth Rhodes Williams; and parents. 

The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net.


Bobby Glen Johnson (54) of Center, Texas  died, Friday, July 27, 2018. Mr. Johnson was born September 28, 1963. Funeral services are Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church (Highway 87 West), Center, Texas at 1:00pm. Rev. Gary Suell will be officiating and Bishop William E. Nash Eulogist. 

Bobby Glenn Johnson is survived by:

Special Friend: Valerie Marshall of Center, Texas 

Bobby Harris of Louisiana
LaCory Buckley of Center, Texas

Patricia Harris of Timpson, Texas
Brittany Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas 

Brother: Joe Mack Johnson (Lender) of Timpson, Texas

Linda Fay Johnson, Weatherd (James) of Center, Texas
Sue Jenkins of Garrison, Texas
Barbara Thomas (Eddie) of Italy, Texas 

Visitation is Friday, August 3, 2018, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6:00pm-8:00pm with committal at Mt Gillion Cemetery and repass at Mt. Gillion Church.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas.


Bobby Gene Spruiell passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of 75. Bob was born January 8, 1943 in Levelland, Texas to Fred and Pauline Noveta Spruiell.

Bob grew up and attended school in Levelland. He served in the US Air Force. He married Raquel Torres on August 2, 1969 in Levelland. Though he worked in several professions, his passion was serving underprivileged children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Raquel; his daughter, Novita; parents Fred and Pauline Spruiell; two brothers, Bill Spruiell and JC Spruiell; and three sisters, Trudy McArthur, Shelly Kelsay, and Linda Hoyt.

Those left to mourn his passing include son Chris Spruiell and wife Cari of Georgetown; daughter Rebekah Spruiell and partner Nicole Ordoyne of Gretna, Louisiana; two grandchildren, Maya and Riley Spruiell of Georgetown; three brothers, Howard Spruiell of Center, and Freddie and Ronnie Spruiell of Levelland; two sisters, Juanita Leonard of Denison and Jan Blankenship of Granite Shoals; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.


Ms. Shirley Swindle, age 78, of San Augustine, Texas.  Ms. Swindle passed away on July 30, 2018 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas. 

Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018, 11:00 am at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church with interment to follow at Buckley Cemetery with Pastor Herman Johnson, officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Mortuary Chapel.

Survivors are:
Daughter: Patricia Ann Swindle 

Step-Mother: Mary Giles Thomas

Shirlean Anthony (John)
Mae Swindle
Lori Dupree (Winfred)
Vernell Hicks

A hot of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Jordan Chase Shisler, 8, of Greenwood, Texas, passed away on July 23, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on June 9, 2010 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Jordan Dean Shisler and Courtney Carol Cylene Swanson. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Son Windham officiating. 

Chase grew up in Center. He attended Greenwood ISD where he made lots of friends and impacted the fellow students and staff while there. He was a very personable child and wanted to be friends with everyone he met. Chase would be very concerned when someone did not want to share a friendship with him. It was often hard for him to understand why other people did not have a heart like his. Chase was an active young man. He played baseball and was in the Boy Scouts. He also enjoyed attending AWANAS at Greenwood Baptist Church. Chase’s faith was an integral part of his life even at such a young age. He had a deep, strong faith in the Lord and loved Him. He was faithful to pray every day and each night before bed, he would make sure to remind his whole family if they happened to forget. Chase always talked about heaven and was curious what the angels would look like. It’s as if God knew that he was too good for this earth, and it was time to take him to meet those angels he so often dreamed about.

While Chase exemplified characteristics well beyond his years, he was still a kid at heart. He wrestled and played all the time. He enjoyed activities and fun just like any other eight-year-old. He loved video games, watching You-Tube, riding go-karts and playing with his cousins. He also liked to swim as long as he could touch the bottom, and even then he would sometimes question its stability. Chase had also taken a great interest in science and magic. Like most kids, he liked superheroes, the Hulk was his favorite; however, he actually was more fond of the villains. There was something about the mystery and challenge that intrigued Chase. The Joker was his favorite villain.

Chase was an exceptional boy who breathed life into the world around him. He was a happy child, full of light and laughter. You rarely saw him without a smile on his face and that smile was so contagious. His silly dances and singing would brighten any situation. His love for his family was indescribable. He was a true Momma’s boy, but he had a deep admiration for his Daddy…both of them. The amount of passion, heart, spunk and joy that was packed into such a small person is rarely found in adults, but Chase had it all. He made the world a better place.

Chase is survived by:

Jordan Shisler of Center, Texas
Courtney and A.J. Green of Greenwood, Texas

Chad Earl Swanson and Rebecca Sinclair Swanson of Odessa, Texas
Jerry Elswick of Shelbyville, Texas
Paula Sanaugustine of Center, Texas
Jamie Nelson of Bryan, Texas

Dean and Pauletta Shisler of Center, Texas

Great-Great Grandmother:
Helen Landers of Magnolia, Texas

Aunts and Uncles:
Amber and Josh Marrs of San Antonio, Texas
Ronnie Wade Myers of Alvin, Texas
Jose and Angelica Paredes of Center, Texas
Caleb Shisler of Center, Texas
Amanda and Kwi Gary of Plano, Texas
Josh and Dori Elswick of Waxahachie, Texas
Cheyenne and Kylee Moore of Center, Texas
Regina and Allen Ramsey of Trinity, Texas
Dakota and Ashley Poindexter of Center

A host of other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Betty Ruth Elswick, George Shisler, Robert and Johnnie Bolton and Carol Dawn Cain; great-great grandparents, John Paul and Gladys Sanford; and uncle, Chase Swanson. 

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.


Douglas William Stone, 76, of Logansport, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Garrison.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Charles Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Stone was born May 25, 1942, in Logansport, Louisiana, to Raymond Oliver Stone and Beatron Wiggins Stone. Douglas devoted his life to his family. He married his “Honey” Ina Hennigan on July 9, 1960. They were married for 57 years and you could almost always find them alongside each other. Douglas was ordained as a deacon on February 16, 1996 at Center Missionary Baptist Church. On August 1, 1999, he surrendered to preach and was elected associate pastor May 5, 2004. Then on Sunday, August 22, 2004, he was ordained as a minister. He pastored Old Salem MBC and Mims Springs Baptist Mission.

He is survived by
Daughter: Teresa Watson and husband, Fess, of Joaquin

Son: Ronald Stone and wife, Susan, of Joaquin

Heidi Pritchett and husband, Randall, of Joaquin
Piper Moton and husband, Chance, of Stanley, Louisiana
Ciara O’Rear of Joaquin
Shiloh Stone of Joaquin
Nacona Stone of Joaquin

Great Grandchildren:
Chandler Pritchett
Aspen Pritchett
Palin Moton

Margaret Sermons of Shreveport, Louisiana
Bettie Ann Strong of Center, Texas

Sister-in-law: Edith Stone of Springridge, Louisiana

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife of 57 years: Ina Hennigan Stone
Parents: Raymond Oliver Stone and Beatron Wiggins Stone
Brothers: Billy Ray Stone, Oliver Stone
Sister: Nelda Faye Heyen
Brother-in-law: G.W. Strong

A special thanks to Garrison Nursing Home and staff for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Randy Lewis Bush, 63, of Timpson, passed away July 25, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018, at First United Pentecostal Church in Center. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center with Bro. Andy Wilson and Charles Bush officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Bush was born March 22, 1955, to Coye D. and Ima Jean Bush. He was the fifth child of eight children. Randy attended Center High School. He was a member of Center First UPC Church. He was a heavy equipment operator most of his life and took pride in his work. 

Randy married the love of his life Margaret in 1974. Together, they had their only child, Mandy. He loved her more than anything. He had a son-in-law that he thought of his own and three grandchildren, Macayla, Macade and Mason that he cherished more than anything. 

Randy enjoyed hunting, fishing and working cattle.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by
Wife: Margaret Sims Bush

Daughter and Son-in-law: Mandy and Eric Perry

Macayla Leigh Perry
Samuel Macade Perry
Mason Lewis Perry

Brothers and Sisters-in-law:
Bubba Bush and wife, Nancy
Dewayne Bush

Sisters and Brothers-in-law:
Beverly Slatter and husband, Basel
Sandra Walsh and husband, Bubba
Tammy Ramirez and husband, Amando
Kim Jarjoura and husband, Jeff

Sylvia Clifton
Cynthia (Tammy) Bailey
Thea Tanner

Special caretakers and friends:
Richard Hill
Victoria Duvon
Affinity Hospice and staff
Mrs. Rita
Mrs. Tammy
Miss Mallory
Mrs. Evelyn

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Coye D. and Ima Jean Bush
Grandparents: Lewis and Della Livingston, Elton and Cordell Bush
Sister: Brenda Bush Wright
Nephew: Nathan Davis

Pallbearers will be Charles Bush, Colt Bush, Kyle Bush, Dewayne Bailey, Kevin Bush and Brent Slatter.  Honorary pallbearers will be State Representative Chris Paddie, Brandon Slatter, Trae George, Clay Bush and Andy Ramirez.

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