Funeral services for Dr. Russell Wood “Woody” Ingram, 78, of Diboll were held Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Diboll with Brother Kenny Hibbs officiating. A private family burial was held prior to service.
Dr. Ingram was born November 16, 1939 in Center, Texas to the late Mildred (Henderson) and Russell Wood Ingram, Sr., and died Friday, February 16, 2018 in a local hospital.
Dr. Woody, as he was known to his patients, practiced dentistry in Diboll for 51 years. He was a faithful member and deacon of First Baptist Church, Diboll. Dr. Woody, an Eagle Scout, served his community on the City Council of Diboll for over 25 years, received the Lottie Temple Citizen of the Year Award in 2016, served as a Director of First Bank and Trust East Texas, and was a member of countless civic and professional organizations. Dr. Woody loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, family, friends, patients, and community. He enjoyed coffee at Pouland’s Everything Store, lunch with the boys, and golf at Crown Colony and Neches Pines. “Pop,” as he was known to his family, was happiest when he was hunting or fishing with Trey, Trent, and his grandsons.
He is survived by:

His wife: Mary Ingram of Diboll, to whom he was happily married for 51 years

Daughter: Elizabeth Carlyle and husband Dr. Trent Carlyle of Houston

Son: Russell Wood Ingram III “Trey” and wife Calista of Edmond, Oklahoma

Cooper Carlyle
Ella Ingram
Caroline Carlyle
Wood Ingram
Nate Ingram

Sister: Jane Ruth Morrison

Nephew: Tem Morrison

Niece: Sharon Crelia.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Thomas Earl Morrison.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andy Jordan, Dr. Charles Kent, Dr. Sonny Clement, Harold Maxwell, Henry Holubec, John Ralph Pouland, Bill McKelvy, Joe Gage, and Jay Wyatt.
Woody’s theme verse was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” In honor of a life well-lived and in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Youth Department of First Baptist Church, 208 Devereaux, Diboll, Texas 75941.
Memories and condolences may be added at
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


William Lee “Bishop” Samford, 88, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 17, 2018 in Center. He was born on May 3, 1929 in Center to Clarence Mae Samford and Polly Ford Samford. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Rev. Karen Jones officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

As a teenager he worked at the Rio Movie Theater selling popcorn for Mr. George Smith. After graduation from Center High School, he worked several years with his family’s business, Samford’s Grocery and Tourist Courts. After moving to Nederland in the 1950’s, he worked for Goodrich Rubber and Chemical Company as a plant manager until his retirement. 

He and his wife, Janell returned to Center in the 1980’s where they settled on the family farm. Throughout his life, he enjoyed ranching and tending his cattle, hayfields and tree farm.

He was an avid cat-fisherman, spending much time on the Sabine River and then later, making yearly trips to South Texas and the Rio Grande area to fish with his brother, Ben and old friends. 

He was a life-long member of the local Masonic Lodge and First United Methodist Church.
William is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 62 years, Janell Shofner Samford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hugh and Lamerle Fleming, Prentice and Jenell Shofner, Bobbie Shofner and Darrell Shofner; niece, Toni Alford and her son, Cody Alford.

He is survived by:
Daughter and son-in-law: Barbara and Jerry Pinkston

Jordan Pinkston
Ryan and Kristen Pinkston

Greyson Pinkston
Garrett Pinkston

All of Center

Sister-in-law: Bette Samford of Center

Brother and sister-in-law

Jarrell and Tommie Shofner of Jasper

Nieces and nephews: 
C.A. Samford
Jerry Fleming
Jeb Shofner
Nathan Shofner
Johnny Shofner
Prentice Shofner, Jr.
Penny Todd Mary Sims
John Shofner
Jenny Holt
Billy Shofner
Glenn Shofner

As well as a host of great nieces and great nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas. 
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Myrle Laverne Thrasher Childers, 97, of Dallas, Texas, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018.

Graveside services will be held in Center, Texas at the Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery at 2 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Myrle, daughter of Tom and Maggie Thrasher, was born March 26, 1920, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a member of the 1st Marching Band in Huntsville, Texas. She retired from Magic Gas Company in Center, Texas after a 30 year career as owner/manager.

Additionally, she pursued a personal lifetime career in finance, investments, real estate, and ranching. She was a member of the Park Cities First Baptist Church and the Cochran Sunday School Class in Dallas, Texas, and was 50+ year member of the Center Chapter # 348 District 4 Section 1 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Myrle’s survivors include:
Her son: Glynn Childers of Dallas, Texas

Her cousin: Mary Thrasher Griffin

Numerous nieces, nephews, and many longtime friends.

Myrle was preceded in death by her husband Harice Childers and her parents Tom and Maggie Thrasher.

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Margarita Mendoza Jimenez, 39, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 16, 2018 in Center. She was born on January 7, 1979 in Mexico to J. Merced Jimenez and Carmen Martinez. Funeral mass will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 19, 2018 at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center with celebrant, Father Nelson. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Rosary at 7:00 PM. 

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Margarita Mendoza Jimenez, 39, de Center, Texas, falleció el 16 de Febrero, 2018 en Center. Ella nació el 7 de Enero del 1979 en Mexico, hija del señor J. Merced Jimenez y la señora Carmen Martinez. Misa fúnebre será a las 2:00 PM el Lunes, 19 de Febrero, 2018 en la Iglesia Católica de San Tere en Center con Padre Nelson oficiando. Entierro seguirá en Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitación será 5:00 PM a 7:00 PM en Domingo, 18 de Febrero 2018 en la capilla de Mangum Funeral Home con Rosario a las 7:00 PM.

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Robert Alan Thompson, 59, of Carthage, Texas passed away on February 16, 2018 in Carthage, Texas.  He was born on March 8, 1958 in Houston, Texas.  Robert is the son of Harold Thompson and Lille Mae Rowe Townsend.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

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Willie Mae “Polly” Snider, 93, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Houston.

A private family graveside service will be held.

Mrs. Snider was born October 8, 1924, in Shelby County, to Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss.  She loved quilting, crossword puzzles and working in her yard.

She is survived by
Son: Jonathan Snider and wife, Jana, of Houston, Texas

Daughter: Deborah Bechman and husband, William, of Wallkill, New York

Jalena Snider
Jaylyn Snider

Frank Chambliss and wife, Jeanette
James Chambliss and wife, Faye

Preceded in death by
Husband: Fred Snider
Parents: Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss

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Alice Faye Garrett Grace, age 73, of Hemphill, Texas.  Mrs. Grace passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

Funeral service is Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Hemphill, Texas with internment at Macedonia Cemetery, Hemphill, Texas with Pastor Joe Gilbert officiating. Visitation is Friday, February 23, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Mortuary Chapel.

She is survived by:

Kenneth Grace of Hemphill, Texas
Jarl Grace (Tykisha) of San Antonio, Texas

Carla Grace Robertson of Pflugerville, Texas
Vashti Grace of Arlington, Texas

4 Grandchildren

Melvin Garrett, Jr. of Houston, Texas
William Garrett of Houston, Texas
W. C. Garrett of Hemphill, Texas
Ronald Haley Garrett of Houston, Texas

Wanda Joseph (Carl) of Baton Rouge, LA
Carolyn Barrett of Katy, Texas
Barbra Hoyle (James) of Hemphill, Texas
Dorothy Garrett of Longview, Texas
Sandra Henderson of Katy, Texas
Sheila Walker (Tony) of Del Valley, Texas

Host of other relatives and friends

Services are entrusted to Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


Ruby Lee Wiley Hammers, 103, of Shreveport, Louisiana, formerly of Timpson, Texas, passed away on February 14, 2018 in Shreveport. She was born on September 1, 1914 in Slocum, Alabama to Robert Mason Wiley and Annie Wingate Riley. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Ruby spent the majority of her life living in Timpson, Texas. She met Fred Hammers, a local farmer in Timpson who won her heart and the two were married on December 23, 1932. Fred and Ruby were one of the hardest working couples around and for 43 years, they faithfully stood by one another until Fred’s passing. After Fred’s death, she did what was necessary to continue the family farm. No matter what would arise, Ruby always found a way to survive and made a way for her family. She sold eggs, churned butter to sell, and even sold milk from her cows. She worked the land gardening and would can and sell all that came from her hardworking hands.

While her hands were calloused from her daily tasks, her heart was soft and filled with compassion. Ruby was the ultimate caregiver. She was willing to lend a helping hand to her neighbor and made sure her home was filled with laughter and love. Some of the fondest memories were made at Easter each year when Ruby would host her family reunion and they celebrated with their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ruby enjoyed sewing, working and she most especially liked working with her cows. She loved the Lord above all and took great pride in being a charter member of Heritage Missionary Baptist Church. 

Ruby is survived by her son, Donald Wayne Hammers of Shreveport; daughters, Frances Livingston of Shreveport and Bessie Trahan of Shreveport; twelve grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends. 
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred Hammers; parents, R.M. and Annie Wiley; son, Frank Hammers and daughter Annie Freibaur. 

Pallbearers will be Don Hammers, Cecil Johnson, Rodney Hammers, Wayne Nipp and Brett Burke. 
Memorial donations can be made to Heritage Missionary Baptist Church.

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


Thomas Earl Williams (Sonny, as called by his family) was born January 14, 1936 to Thomas and Louella Lane Williams. He was their first son and the 5th of 16 children. He was born in Center, Texas in the community of Flat Fork. He passed away February 11, 2018.

His early education was in Jericho, Texas. He proudly graduated from C. H. Daniels High School in 1953.

After high school, Thomas began working at Atlas Plywood in Center, Texas. Having a quest for a better life, he moved to Amarillo, Texas where he began working at Dock Coffey Pontiac. It didn’t take Thomas very long to realize that an important part of his life was missing. So, in 1955, he returned home and married the love of his life, Vera McCoy. He resumed work at the same plywood company. His family expanded to include five daughters and finally, a son. In addition to working at what was now E. L. Bruce Company, he worked at 1st National Bank in the evenings and spent most weekends cooking and catering. He also opened McCoy's Drive Inn where he sold his famous bar-b-cue.

Thomas still yearned for a better life for himself and his family. In 1967, the family relocated to Dallas, Texas. He began working at Merchants Freight Lines as a delivery driver. He worked there for 16 years. He then attended real estate school, received his license, and began working at Century 21 Dean Miles Realty. Upon receiving his broker's license in 1991, he opened the doors of his second business, Fair Deal Realty, which was later, changed to Thomas Williams and Associates.

In 2013, Thomas was ordained as a deacon at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where he has been a faithful member. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and taking flying lessons.

He was preceded in death by his grandson; Hubert Beasley, Jr.; parents Thomas and Louella Lane Williams; brothers; J.D. Lane and Prentice Williams sisters; Bertha Williams, Willie Mae Williams, Odell Williams, Mozell Williams Suell, Winnie Williams Morris, Ruby Williams Suell, and Ella McBride Williams.

Thomas is survived by:

Wife of 62 years, Vera Mae

Robbie Denise Jackson
Rachel Annette Beasley (J.B., deceased)
Regina Gail Williams
Yolanda Gwyn Edison (Walter)
Dorthy Ann Williams
Patrick Donnell Williams (Cynthia)

11 Grandchildren: Demon (Sonja), DaDawn (Hassan), Hubert Jr. (Tinker, deceased), Perez, LaDonna, Donnell, Ashley, Destiny, Marques (DeLana), Kevin (Shanee), and Christopher

21 Great-grandchildren

Sammy Lee, James Howard (Bobbie)
Riley Eugene (Michele)
Robert Earl, Kenneth Edward

Brother-in-law, Odie B Suell

Dee Williams Rosenthal
Juanita Williams McClelland
Evelyn Joyce Williams Jackson (Edward)
Odie Suell

And many, many, nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM, New Birth Baptist Church, 444 W. Ledbetter Dr., Dallas, Texas 75224.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Peaceful Rest Funeral Home of Dallas, Texas. Online guestbook can be found online at


Funeral Services for Tommie Jean Hancock Hudson Bass, 88 of Garrison will be held Friday, February 16th, 2018, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel in Timpson. Visitation with family is set for 1:00 with service to begin at 2:00. Tommie transitioned to her heavenly home on February 14th, 2018

Tommie is survived by:
Sharon Samford and husband Mac of Timpson
Ginger W. Voorheese of Bullard

Son: Joseph Hudson and wife Becky of Monroe, Louisiana

Additional survivors include grandsons:
Jason Samford and wife Christine of Porter
Andrew Worsham and wife Tiffany of Nacogdoches

Along with great-grandchildren:
Turner Edwards
Caroline Edwards
Camron Samford
Wesley Samford
Quint Middlebrook. 

Tommie was one of eight children born to Carlos Hancock and Lucille Dorsey Hancock of the Rose Hill Community on November 27, 1929. Surviving brothers include Charles (Chuck) Hancock of Nacogdoches, Jim Hancock and wife Sophia of Lufkin, Al (Bud) Hancock and wife Betty of Garrison and George Hancock and wife Laura of Lufkin. Surviving sisters are Frances Williams and husband Charles of Center, Patricia Pratt and husband Buddy of San Augustine, and one sister in law, JoAnn Hancock of Gary.

Tommie spoke often and most fondly of the life and the love she shared with her siblings and parents while growing up on the farm. 

Tommie is preceded in death by husband Lem H. Hudson, brother, Calvin Hancock, sister in law Mavis Hancock, and two granddaughters, Brandi Edwards and Amy Middlebrook.

Serving as pallbearers are Chris Hancock, Kirk Yarbrough, Kraig Yarbrough, Andrew Worsham, Jason Samford, Turner Edwards, Nathan Hunnicutt, and Brian Nolan.

Much appreciation is expressed to the Garrison Nursing Home, Tommie’s home for ten years, with much love extended to their residents, whom Tommie loved dearly. 

Internment will be in the Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to do so, may make a donation in her name at Austin Bank 352 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas 75975.

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De Ivory Lacy Sampson, 93, resident of Dallas, Texas, died February 11, 2018. She is survived by her children, Clifford, DeGloria, DeMetris, DeNise, De Iva, and many relatives and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Sampson; parents, Marie and Sam Lacy; sister, Cleottice Flenoil; and brother-in-law, Johnie Flenoil. 

She was born in Tyler, Texas and graduated from Texas College with a double major in mathematics and elementary education. She later earned a Master’s degree in mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University.   

Mrs. Sampson lived in Center, Texas, where she taught school in the Center Independent School District for 35 years, where she taught algebra, geometry, physics, biology, trigonometry, and coached UIL number sense and slide rule teams. While living in Center, Mrs. Sampson was an active member of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church and upon moving to Dallas, Texas, united with Greater Community First Baptist Church.   

Services Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Greater Community First Baptist Church, 2828 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, Texas.  Viewing Friday, February 16, 2018 from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home and Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m (church). Interment Laurel Land Memorial Park. 

Flowers may be sent to Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home at 6449 University Hills Blvd., Dallas, Texas.


Wilfred H. Harris, 87, of Timpson, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Timpson.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas with Bishop Neal Cox and Dennis Cox, officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at Taylor Funeral Home.

Wilfred H. Harris was born on June 19, 1930 to William and Meriam Beckham Harris in Garrison, Texas. He graduated Garrison High School and went into the Air Force in 1951, where he served 8 years. He then attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where he attained an Ag Degree. He then worked as a loan officer for Production Credit for 9 years. He then returned home to raise cattle and kids. He spent many years working hard at custom bailing square hay bales with his wife, Mary Lynn. When the rolled hay balers came out, he was one of the first to offer rolled hay to his customers. 

Wilfred was also a master welder and could build anything with pipe & steel and helped others learn the welding trade. He was also a carpenter and he and his uncle Junie Harris worked together to build the house that he and his wife, Mary, lived in at the time of his passing, for the past 43 years. 

Wilfred was always a fun-loving prankster, who would bring a turtle into the house and hide It under a pillow in the bed, knowing that Mary Lynn would find it when she made the beds. He would take all his kids and nieces and nephews frog gigging and shut the light off and take off running in the dark, hollering “Watch out for that snake!” It was all in fun. 

Wilfred joined the LDS Church in 1971. He held several callings in his church. Demple tells us that at about 15 years old, Wilfred would bring home baby animals like a rabbit, that grew up and would stand on it’s hind legs to be fed from the table. He also brought home a baby coon that we gave to his coon hound to raise with her pups. He said she would let it nurse right beside her pups and after it was a grown coon, when they would hunt, that coon hound would not hurt the coon she raised! 

Wilfred caught all kinds of baby animals and brought them home to his kids, a skunk, a coon, an opossum, and even a baby armadillo at one point.

Wilfred is survived by:
His loving wife of 62 years, Mary Lynn

Trena Harris Greer
Gina Harris Barrett and husband, Gordon
Teresa Harris Beard and husband, Sandy

Amber Askins
Wesley Tallant
Brian Beard
Blake Beard

Claylee Beard
Brooks Beard
Araina Beard
River Beard
Garrett Askins
Blair Askins
Ryan Tallant
Cadance Tallant

Brother: Charles Harris

Demple Lunsford
Dot Little
Mary Ann Swartz

As well as  several very loved nieces and nephews.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Meriam Beckham Harris; grandson, Jesse Tallant, and son-in-law, Mike Greer.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Tallant, Blake Beard, Bryan Beard, Randy Askins, Lee Richards, Bobby Harris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Harris and Ralph Roberts.

The Harris family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home.  To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit


Julian Rock “J.R.” Lemoine, 83, of Sardis, TX died on February 12th due to complications following a car accident. J.R. was a tinkerer, cigar-smoker, Dallas Cowboys fan, John Wayne devotee, and proud patriarch of the Lemoine brood. His family gathered around him in love and preparation, but as a true Christian, his spirit never flagged, bolstered in the knowledge that death is not final in Christ. 

J.R. will be remembered as the father who led songs as Music Director at Sardis Missionary Baptist when his children were little, and a Papaw who always made sure to start holiday meals with a prayer, and the man who ended Christmas Eve with a celebratory boom of fireworks. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Lemoine and his children, Lisa Christian, Marty Lemoine, Tammy Lemoine, and Joey Lemoine. Twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren carry on J.R.’s legacy. 

J.R.’s life was storied and full. Born on October 15, 1934 in Cloutierville, LA to Joseph and Isabel Lemoine, J.R. was the fourth of six siblings. At the age of seven, his mother died and through a series of events, J.R. was taken in as the foster child of Tom and Ruby Hollis. The Hollises loved and cared for J.R. as their very own and he was their “Baby” as long as they lived. Under their care, J.R. graduated from Shelbyville High School as an all-around athlete—the quarterback that helped the Dragons make it to the Texas State Semi-Finals. From there, J.R. stepped into a role at Bruce Hardwood Floors where he would work and rise in authority over a 43-year career. In all that time, J.R. always made time to tinker, smoke a cigar, and show up to every event at which his children performed. 

J.R. was a man of quiet strength and steady faith. He was capable with a tool, loyal in his devotion, and generous with his possessions. 

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15 at Sardis Cemetery with Bro. Chuck Horton officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. at Magnum Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be sent to Sardis Cemetery: 6034 FM 414; Center, TX 75935.

Survived by:

Wife: Virginia Lemoine

Sisters: Sally Wilson, Elizabeth Harris, and Donnie Moore

Children: Lisa Christian, Marty Lemoine, Tammy Lemoine, and Joey Lemoine

Grandchildren: Leslie Panaro, Crystal Kennon, Liza Firmin, Joseph Lemoine, Lindsey Thompson, Brooke Lane, Jade Cain, Jessica Phillips, Lauren Christian, Jeremiah Lemoine, Ashton Campbell, and Whitney Lemoine

14 Great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Joseph and Isabel Lemoine; Tom and Ruby Hollis

Brothers and Sister: Joe Lemoine, Lee Lemoine, and Genevia Evans

Pallbearers: Joseph Lemoine, Jeremiah Lemoine, Wayne Christian, Rick Campbell, Mark Firmin, Brad Lane, and Lincoln Thompson

Honorary Pallbearer: Ashton Campbell, Mike Holcomb, Jimmy Smith, Dale Weaver

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


John Nathan Hughes, 80, of Jasper, TX passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at his residence. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center, TX. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.

Mr. Hughes was born on May 12, 1937 in Center, TX, to Jewell Theron Hughes and Thelma Lydia Gathright Hughes. John started working early in life at a cafe, gas station, and a family owned furniture store. In 1959 he became a police officer and in 1961 a Constable and then in 1967 he was appointed Police Chief. He resigned in 1974 to go to work with Hughes Security in Port Arthur, TX. In 1986 he purchased Hughes Security and continued there until 2001, when he retired and moved to Jasper, TX. 

Johnny enjoyed riding his golf cart over his ten acres and feeding the fish in the pond. He loved his dogs riding around with him through the neighborhood to visit with all the neighbors and giving rides to the neighborhood kids. Johnny was loved by so many people. His family and friends looked to him when they needed advice or just some encouraging words. His love for the Lord and his family could be seen in all that he did. Johnny's passion was to support his brother, Rev. Bob Hughes' mission work in the Philippines.

Mr. John Hughes is survived by:

Wife, Jimmie Hughes of Jasper, TX

James Nathan Hughes and wife Scarlett of Tyler, TX
William Patrick Hughes and wife Nita of Nederland, TX

John Patrick Hughes of Nederland, TX
Stephen Turner Hughes of Austin, TX
Caroline Hughes Hulse and husband David of Fort Worth, TX
Joanna Davis Hughes of California
Alyssa Hughes Parks and husband Ben of Port Neches, TX

Billy Don Hughes and wife Janice of Center, TX
Richard Hughes and wife Rita of Center, TX

As well as 3 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents Theron and Thelma Hughes; brothers J.T, Alton, Dalton, Raymond, Kenneth and Rev. Bob Hughes; sister Mary Grace Hughes; and a daughter Suzan Annette Hughes.

In lieu of flowers please make a gift to Bob Hughes Memorial Mission Fund CMC P.O. Box 219228 Houston, TX 77218-9228.

Condolences can be posted at or on Facebook at Shultz Funeral Home & Crematory.


Dorothy Eyvone Ellington Parker, 83, of Center, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Center, Texas. She was born on October 14, 1934 in Center, the daughter of Maurice and Maxine Vail Harbison Ellington. 

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Dorothy spent her lifetime being a homemaker and raising her family. She was very proud of her children and was the epitome of what a mother should be. Dorothy loved to cook and was a talented seamstress. She was also very independent and liked doing things on her own. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and a passion for hard work that her family will carry on. 

She is survived by:
Her sons:
Orell Parker, Jr. and wife, Juanita of Center
Tony Parker and wife, Donna of Center

Daughter: Becky Jefferson of Center

Brother-in-law: Van Parker and wife, Cherry of Longview

Betty Parker of Center
Shirley Chambers of Houston
Noveline Samford of Houston

Scott Parker and wife, Shelly of Conroe
Jennifer Sheppard and husband, Jeremy of Cleveland
Justin Jefferson and wife, Christina of Center
Brad Parker and wife, Erica of Center
Josh Parker of Center
Kim Causey and husband
Corey of Center
Ashley Whiteside and husband Shawn of Shelbyville
Leslie Jacobs and husband, Brent of Center

Numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Orell Parker, Sr.; son-in-law, Tommy Jefferson; brothers, Charles Ray Vail and Carl A. Clark; brother-in-law, Donell Parker; sisters, Jerri Sue Richards and Carolyn Williams; grandson, Quintin Lane Jefferson; and great-grandson, Blake Smith. 

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


Charlotte L King, age 74, of Dayton Texas, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at her residence. She was born on April 15, 1943 in Shelby County, Texas to parents Paul and Dorothy Barron. She was a graduate of Joaquin High School.

Graveside services for Mrs. King will be 3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Magnolia Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home before the service on Thursday. 

Mrs. King was a longtime resident of Dayton. She enjoyed being outdoors doing yard work, gardening and tending her plants. She also enjoyed fishing and traveling. Most of all she loved her family and will be missed by all that knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Dorothy Barron, and sister, Linda Barron Jackson.

She is survived by:

Husband, Donald W. King

Brother, Paul “Bubba” Barron

Son, James D. Agnew, II

Stephanie King Adams and husband, Mark
Lori King Miller and husband, Jody

Beloved dog, Sandy

Grandchildren are Elisha Agnew, Steven Agnew, Thomas Agnew, Kevin Agnew, Ryan Adams, Colin Adams, Alexis Adams, Breana Nicholas and Paityn Nicholas.

Services are pending at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton, Texas.


Alan Thomas “Tommy” Elledge, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at St. Therese Catholic Church.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.  

Mr. Elledge was born April 13, 1945, in Mt. Berg, Arkansas, to Harold Beckett and Flora Allen Beckett.  His hobbies included gardening and cooking.  Mr. Elledge spent much time traveling and always enjoyed seeing new things.  He was a member of a Masonic Lodge in Kansas City, Kansas, and St. Therese Catholic Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Clarissa Elledge of Shelbyville

Derrick Elledge and wife, Lynette, of Rockwall, Texas
Stacey Pope and husband, Gary, of Barling, Arkansas
Kent Yoshidome of Philippines

Brother: Marion Allen of North Carolina

Sister: Francis Provence of Mt. Berg, Arkansas

Hallie and Benjamin Graham
Zoe Elledge
Andrew Elledge

Special Cousin: Stacie Van Lenten of Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Douglas Elledge 
Parents: Harold Beckett and Flora Allen Beckett

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Martha Eubanks, 99, of Logansport, Louisiana passed away on February 10, 2018 in Shreveport. She was born on November 25, 1918 in Shelbyville, Texas to James Munroe Green and Sarah Josephine Johnson Green. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Logansport with Bro. Charles Hall and Dr. William T. Crosby officiating. Interment will follow at O.E. Price Memorial Cemetery in Logansport. A visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, February 12, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Logansport.

Martha attended Stephen F. Austin State University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics. While on a double date one evening, Martha happened to meet Claude Eubanks. Something caught her eye, and later the two decided to see where this interest took them. It was the start of something wonderful and on June 20, 1942, Martha and Claude were married. A beautiful life was born that day filled with family, friends, and great memories.

Nana, as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren called her, was an avid reader. She loved the adventures that she could go on in the pages she read. She also liked to try her hand at a game of 42. Lots of laughs were shared around the table when a game would strike up with family. A homemaker at heart, Martha also was a talented seamstress. She could sew and crochet some intricate and gorgeous creations. One of the most memorable things about her was that every year, she made cases of jelly. She was great at canning and her jelly was worth sharing. Martha was a faithful member of Logansport Baptist Church for almost 50 years.

Martha is survived by:

James Eubanks of Athens, Louisiana
Clifford Eubanks and wife, Vonda of Logansport, Louisiana

Vanessa Byrd and husband, Brian
Rafe Eubanks and wife, Carrie Ann
Stephen Eubanks and wife, Michelle
Leigh Ann Winderweedle and husband, Phillip

Eight great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Sims Eubanks; parents, J.M. and Sarah Green; brothers, Bura Allen Green and Haskell Green; and sisters, Ruby Harris, LaMerle Young, Alma Green, Alibell Campbell, and Elizabeth Harris.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Gym Kitchen at Logansport First Baptist Church. 

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


Garvis Childress Jones, 78, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on February 10, 2018 in Huxley. She was born on January 21, 1940 in Center to Thomas Russell Childress and Lera Nina Scruggs.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. David Long and Bro. Luke Garrett officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery. A visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Garvis grew up in Joaquin and graduated with the class of 1959 from Joaquin High School. She went on to become an administrative assistant over the years for Joaquin ISD, Texas State Bank, Farmers State Bank in Center, and Fairchild Price Law Firm.

Garvis was a woman that radiated life, love and joy to her family, friends, and anyone who had the pleasure to meet her. She loved to bake and you could always smell the sweet savors flowing from her kitchen. More than anything, she treasured the moments spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the light of her life. Her heart was full when she was surrounded by family enjoying the laughter and making memories together.

She was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin and was very active in the Ladies Sunday School Class. 

Garvis is survived by:

Beloved husband of 60 years, Darrell Jones of Joaquin

Craig Jones and wife, Teresa of Huxley
Dean Jones and wife, Gina of Sulphur, Louisiana

Doug Childress and wife, Jan of Orange
Lynn Childress and wife, Emily of Bridge City

Sister-in-law, Kay Childress of Tenaha
Brother-in-law, Jim Lassiter of Colorado

Ashley Balkcom and husband, Jason of Huxley
Jon Jones and wife, Kinsey of Huxley
Jared Jones and wife, Madison of Joaquin
Samantha Jones of Lake Charles, Louisiana
Sarah Lavergne and husband, Jacob of Lake Charles, Louisiana

Great-grandchildren: Landry and Bowen Balkcom, Judson Jones, and Lakyn Jones

Special family friend, Linda Jansen

And numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Lera Childress; two brothers, Harold Childress and Buddy Childress; and one sister, Diane Lassiter.

Pallbearers are Josh Childress, Darren Childress, David Childress, Michael Childress, Kyle Ivey, Luke Garrett and Lamar Kovar.
Honorary pallbearers are Louie Bushiey, Delwin Johnson, Darren Lassiter, Drake Jansen, and Joel Childress. 

The family requests memorial donations to be made in memory of Garvis to Jackson Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 15, Joaquin, Texas, 75954. 

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


Johnny Mack Brown, 65, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018 in Tenaha. He was born on February 24, 1952 in Spiro, Oklahoma to Lee Roy Brown and Viola Flaherty Brown. A memorial service will be held at a later date.