01/28/2019

Thomas J. Francis, 91, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on January 27, 2019 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center, Texas. He was born in Goreville, Illinois on March 10, 1927 to Thomas Jefferson Francis, Sr. and Afton Marie Sullivan. A private burial will be held at a later date. 

He is survived by:
His wife: Dorothy Francis of Joaquin, Texas.

They met while Thomas was working in the oil fields in West Texas and were married a few months later. They had a lovely 42 years together. They moved back to Shelby County where they resided for 35 years. Thomas loved to fish, doing wood work and building furniture.

He is also survived by: 
His brothers-in-law: 
John P. Mays of North West Arkansas
Jimmy Mays and wife, Geneva of Shreveport, Louisiana
James Mays of Marianna, Florida
Alvin Mays and wife, Susie of North West Arkansas

Sisters-in-law,:
Delores Morris of California
Carolyn Brocato of Las Vegas, Nevada
Linda Mays of North West Arkansas
Eloise Mays of North West Arkansas

Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

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

01/28/2019

Danny Paul Bush, 65, of Center, Texas, passed away on January 27, 2019 in Bossier City, Louisiana. He was born on October 28, 1953 in Shelby County to Alfred Henry Bush and Mary Dave Bush. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mt. Herman Cemetery with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. A visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Danny Paul is survived by:
His beloved wife: Brenda Bush of Center

Daughter: Wendy Castleberry and husband, Andy of Longview

Brother and sister-in-law: Michael Henry and Joyce Bush of Center

Sister-in-law: Sheila Clark of Center

Father-in-law and mother-in-law: Steve and Margie Stephens of Center

Grandchildren: 
Cameron, Collin and Caden Castleberry all of Longview

Nieces and nephews: 
Randi Kay and Grant Menzies
Lindsey and Jacob Smith
Dustin Clark
Michael and Nicole Bush
Lindsey Bush

Numerous great-nieces and great-nephews

Numerous other cousins, family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Henry and Mary Bush and son, Cody Daniel Bush.
Pallbearers will be Wayne “Spud” Fausett, Robbie Williams, Michael Bush, Kyle Bush, Bubba Bush, Dewayne Bush, Don Bush, Tommy “DZ” Johnson, Jacob Smith and Johnny Porter.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the scholarship in memory of their son, Cody Daniel Bush. 

 

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.

01/26/2019

Terry Ann Merriman of Tyler TX passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019. She was born on April 17, 1947 to the late Robert R Johnson and Dorothea B Johnson of Springfield, MA.

Visitation will be Monday, January 28, 1:00pm, followed by the service at 2:00pm at Jackson's Burks-Walker-Tippit Chapel in Tyler, Texas, with Bro. Rob Merriman and Bro. David Dykes officiating.

Terry grew up in Springfield, MA, and her family moved to Irving, TX where she attended and graduated from Irving High School in 1965. Terry met her future husband, Gene, and they were married in 1966. They lived in Irving and started their family. In 1983, the Merrimans moved to Whitehouse and lived there for 6 years and moved on to Maryville, TN in 1989. Terry and Gene moved to Tyler in 1997. During these years, Terry worked at Tyler Junior College, University of Tennessee and retired from the University of Texas at Tyler, as an Administrative Assistant. Gene and Terry are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

She is survived by:

Husband of 52 years, Gene Merriman.

Daugher, Debbie Ellebracht and  husband Rex of Lawrence, KS

Son, Rob Merriman and wife Denise of Shelbyville, TX

Grandchildren:
Marcela, Jessica, Jenny Ellebracht
Tyler and Hallie Merriman

Mother, Dorothea Johnson

Sister, Vera Johnson of Nashville, TN

Services are under the direction of Jackson's Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors in Tyler, Texas.

01/25/2019

Ruth Mae Page Osby, 67 of Timpson, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Funeral service is Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2pm at First Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas. Interment at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson with Pastor Cedric Grace officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Anita Tutt of Timpson

Son, Mack Osby, Jr.

Daughter, Monica Hines (Robert)

14 Grandchildren and 39 Great-grandchildren

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

01/25/2019

Vicki Cooper, 59, of Huxley, Texas, passed away on January 24, 2019 in Wells, Texas. She was born on December 16, 1959, in Pasadena, Texas, to the late L C and Wanda (Rivers) Furlow. Graveside service is being held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1PM at Strong Cemetery, Huxley, Texas, with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating.

Vicki was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas. She graduated from Sam Rayburn High School. After graduation she went to work for Pasadena Police Department serving more than 10 years as dispatcher. She also worked for Center Police Department as dispatcher when she moved to Huxley.

She is survived by her loving husband, Curtis Cooper of Huxley; brother, Kenneth Furlow and wife Cindy of Huxley; nephew, Lance Furlow of Huxley.

Vicki is preceded in death by her parents, L C and Wanda Furlow; and brother, Chris Furlow.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home.

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

01/25/2019

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mrs. Wanda Jean Brinson (63) of Center, Texas. Mrs. Kindle passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at her residence. She was born on February 28, 1956. Funeral service will be Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Abundant Love Ministries (1426 Shelbyville Street Center, Texas 75935) at 2:00pm. Pastor Marlin Cloudy will officiate. 

Mrs. Brinson is survived by:

Husband: Curvie Brinson of Center, Texas

Children: LaKeoka (Marcus) Yarbrough, Tracie (Ron) Landon; Lashalla (Jason) McCollister; Romeka Johnson; Rakiffney Barnes; and LaDerrika Barnes

Grandchildren: Jatiea Yarbrough and TraMarcus Yarbrough 

Sisters: Audrey (Randy) Sutton of Nacogdoches, Texas; De Nell Kindle of San Augustine, Texas; and Vivian (Bobby) Watts of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Nieces: Syretta (Walter) Barnes and Talsa Kindle

Visitation: Friday, January 25, 2019 at Hicks Chapel at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Committal: Westview Cemetery Center, Texas

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

01/24/2019

Doris Porter, 89, of Center, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. M.D. Lamon and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Porter was born March 7, 1929, in Shelby County, to Ross Elliott and Azlee Furlow Elliott. She was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

She is survived by:
Her daughter: Janice Porter

Sons: 
Michael Porter and wife Sharon Porter
Mark Porter-Rodriguez and husband Pedro Porter Rodriguez

Grandchildren: 
Stacia Barbe
James Gregory Barbe and wife Cristina
Monica Zimmerman and husband Scott
Justin Porter and wife Carissa
Matt Porter and wife Cassie
Jon Porter
Samuel Porter

Great-grandchildren: 
T.J. Magness
Henry Barbe
Blake Barbe
Kalyn Gilchrist
Jacob Zimmerman
Hadley Porter
Harper Porter
Hollynn Porter
Emmett Elton Porter
Zoie Porter
Gage Porter

Brother: Mac Elliott.

Preceded in death by husband of 64 years, Arlie Elton Porter; son, Randall Porter; grandson, Michael Shane Porter.

Pallbearers will be Greg Barbe, Matt Porter, Sam Porter, T.J. Magness, Justin Porter, Jon Porter and Mac Elliott.

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

01/24/2019

Elton Stinson, Jr., 72, of Center, Texas passed away on January 23, 2019 in Center. He was born on November 17, 1946 in Austin, Texas to Elton M. Stinson, Sr. and Elizabeth Mary Stinson. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home

Elton grew up in Waco, Texas before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps following graduation. After returning home, Elton moved to Center where he met Edith Crouch. On July 31, 1976, the two were joined in marriage. Elton was a lover of the outdoors, and he enjoyed fishing very much. He also liked building model planes, extending his knowledge through watching documentaries and was an avid reader. One of Elton’s great passions were classic cars. When he and Edith met, he owned a 1967 GTO that he cared for like his own child. A devoted husband and father, Elton treasured each and every second spent with his wife and children.

Elton is survived by:
His beloved wife, Edith Stinson

Son, Elton Stinson, III

Daughter: Michelle Hetherington and husband, Kevin

Brothers: 
David Stinson 
Douglas Stinson

Grandchildren: 
Eric Ard and fiancé, Cassie Gulley
Ashley Poindexter and husband, Dakota
Jimmy Hetherington and wife, Lacy

Three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Elizabeth Stinson and sister, Margaret Holquin.

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

01/23/2019

Anna Rose Cox, 78, of Orange, Texas, passed away on January 21, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County. 

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. 

Born in Center, Texas, on March 7, 1940, she was the daughter of Willis Tennison Livingston and Iva Lois (Samford) Livingston. Anna had a beautiful voice and aspired to be a singer. She sang at church and even got the chance to sing on the radio when she was younger. She was a past member of Irving Street Missionary Baptist Church. Anna was always there to lend a helping hand and put a smile on your face. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them as often as she could. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Iva Tennison; husband, Dewey Cox, Sr.; son, Dewey Cox, Jr.; grandson, Dustin Cox; and siblings, Deloyd Livingston, Delores Hughes, Thurman Livingston, Leon Livingston, and Ben Livingston. 

She is survived by:
Her daughter: Donna Bufford

Grandchildren: 
Kendon Leger
Brandon Bufford
Jessica England
Walker Lee Leger

Her brother: Michael Livingston, of Bevil Oaks.

Services are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home Orange.

https://www.claybarfuneralhome.com

1/23/2019

Dortha Lee Terrell, 77, of Nacogdoches, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2019 surrounded by her family. Her final days were spent praying, singing, and praising God where the words “Glory, Glory, Glory” would be her last. She was born on June 30, 1941, the daughter of Horace Samuel Terrell and Meda Bella (Koonce) Terrell.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Laird Funeral Home with Brother Alders and Brother Rankin officiating. Interment will follow at Macune Cemetery in San Augustine, Texas. Visitation will be held on January 24, 2019 from 5-7 pm at Laird Funeral Home. 

Dortha was a member of Christian Life Center and previously a long-time member of Woden United Pentecostal Church. She truly loved and treasured her church family. Spending time in God’s house and in His word were very important to her. She absolutely cherished time spent with family and loved family gatherings. Known by many as “Dot” or “Granny”; she considered everyone family. She was so adored by all.

In her spare time, you could find her reading her Bible, putting puzzles together, or playing Bingo. Dortha was a beautiful soul who loved unconditionally. Her memory will live in the hearts of those closest to her forever. 

Dortha is survived by:

Sons: 
Joe Steven Cartwright and wife Dianna of Sulphur, Louisiana
Ralph Cartwright and wife Tracy of Lufkin

Daughters: 
Buanita Garcia and husband Dario of Nacogdoches
Gladys O’Rear and husband Mark of Huxley, Texas

Daughter-in-law: JoLynn Fountain of Center

11 grandchildren

28 great-grandchildren

1 great-great-grandchild, and a second great-great grandchild expected in August

Brother: Edward Terrell and wife Joyce of Diboll

Sisters: 
Juanice Plummer of West Virginia
Ara Wilkerson of Lufkin
Billie Coronado and husband Freddy of Nacogdoches

Sister-in-law: Shirley Terrell of Diboll

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Horace Samuel Terrell and Meda Bella Terrell; granddaughter, Kimberly Cartwright; sons, Samuel “Sammy” Cartwright and Eddie Fountain; brother, Horace Samuel Terrell Jr.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dario Garcia, Mark O’Rear, Henry Curbow, Cody Fountain, Dario Garcia Jr., Michael Garcia, Samuel “Sam” Cartwright Jr. and Tony Bradshaw-Cartwright.

Special thanks to the compassionate staff of Accolade Hospice, Willowbrook Nursing Center, and Nacogdoches Medical Center.

The Terrell family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

01/23/2019

Louise Wagstaff, 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mrs. Wagstaff was born February 13, 1934, in Shelby County, to Walter Wilburn and Cynthia Payne Wilburn.  She loved taking care of her family and traveling. Mrs. Wagstaff was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church.  

She is survived by:
Her children: 
Roger Wagstaff and wife Linda of the Dreka Community of Shelby County
Debbie Wagstaff Lansford and husband Mark of Lufkin

Grandchildren: 
Justin Wagstaff and wife Scharla of Shelbyville
Jada Jones and husband Jay of Shelbyville
Joseph Lansford of Lufkin
Mike Wagstaff and wife Christy of Shelbyville
Chris Wagstaff of Orange

Great-grandchildren: 
Jake Wagstaff
Bryar Wagstaff 
Myla Wagstaff
Cole Jones
Kelsey Jones
Kara Jones
Jayleigh Jones
Rhett Jones
Ashlyn Wagstaff
Hailey Wagstaff
Jedd Wagstaff
Riley Wagstaff
Bailey Wagstaff
Chris Wagstaff Jr.

Great-great-grandchild: Gracelyn Leader

Brothers: 
Bobby Wilburn and wife Cora of Joaquin
Price Wilburn of Center

Sister: Judy Scarbrough and husband Danny of Huxley

Sister-in-law: Barbara Wilburn of Orange

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

Preceded in death by husband, Earl Wagstaff; son, Robert Wagstaff; parents, Walter Wilburn and Cynthia Payne Wilburn; brothers, Elmer Ray Wilburn, Gerald Wilburn, Gary Wilburn.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Lunsford, Jake Wagstaff, Cole Jones, Bryar Wagstaff, Jedd Wagstaff and Mike Wagstaff.  Honorary pallbearers will be Rhett Jones and Riley Wagstaff.

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

01/22/2019

Shirley (Pat) Patterson, 85 of Campbell, passed away on January 18, 2019. Memorial services will be 2 P.M., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Ralson officiating. 

Mr. Patterson was born October 26, 1933 in Center, Texas to Mirtis Patterson and Bettie Oliver. He married JoAnn Vivian Fugitt on December 17, 1965 in Royse City, Texas. He retired after serving more than 25 total years with both the United States Air Force and Postal Service. He also owned an upholstery business with his wife. 

He is survived by:
His daughter, Tina Jo Tidwell and fiancé, James Coe, step-sons, Johnny Dale Fugitt and wife, Vickie, Jimmy Lee Halbert and wife, Nancy, and Stephen Lynn Allard, daughter-in-law, Dosky Allard, twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, nephew Richard Clay and wife, Iris, niece, Rena Thompson and husband, James and cousins, Edna Earle and George Wayne Duke.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers, Drew Patterson and Arlie Patterson, sisters, Edna Duke and Loyce Jean Sanders.

Services under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville, Texas.

01/22/2019

Leon Pleasant, 56, of Center, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Interment will follow at Newburn Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Pleasant was born November 6, 1962, in Center, to Lamar M. Pleasant and Maxine Belsher Pleasant.  His hobby was fishing. Mr. Pleasant was of the Christian faith.  As a child, he attended Center Christian Church.

He is survived by:
His brother: Otis Pleasant and wife Maria of Center

Sister: Cecil Fletcher of Appleby

Niece: Heather Hallmark

Nephews: 
Adam Pleasant
Chris Pleasant
Matthew Brittain

Great-nephew: Dustin Hearne of Center

Great-niece: Emily Jackson

A host of friends.

Preceded in death by parents, Lamar M. Pleasant and Maxine Belsher Pleasant; brothers, Bobby Lee Pleasant, Thomas Wayne Thacker.

Pallbearers will be Troy Keele, Mitchell Hollaway, James Thompson, Robert Sanford, Adam Pleasant and Rob Sanford. Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Hutto, Tommy McMahon, Bubba McMahon, Stacey Sanford, Rusty Perry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the family to assist with final expenses.

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

01/21/2019

Glenn Kerr, 72, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on January 20, 2019 in Center, Texas. He was born on November 3, 1946 in Center, Texas to Troy Kerr and Bennie Sumner McNease. A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Terry Goodnight officiating. 

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Glenn grew up in Cypress, Texas. At the age of 14, Glenn’s mother remarried C.L. McNease who grew to love him as his own. C.L. became more than a step-father to Glenn. He was his dad. After graduating from Cy-Fair High School Glenn remained in the Houston area to continue his education. He met the love of his life, Robbie Kemp in Houston in 1970. They were married on July 3, 1971 and started a beautiful family together. In 1978, they decided to move back to Center. Glenn was a proud and devoted member of Lone Star Baptist Church where he took on many roles including Sunday School teacher and served as a deacon. Glenn was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish any chance he could. He also had a passion for flying airplanes and even tried his hand at golf. A quiet and humble man, Glenn was deeply loved by his family who he treasured beyond words. 

Glenn is survived by his beloved wife, Robbie; sons, Kevin Lee Kerr and Christopher Jason Kerr and wife, Dayna; father, C.L. McNease; cousin, Carolyn Field; grandchildren, Gabriel Jacob Kerr and Abigail Morgan Kerr.

He is preceded in death by his biological father, Troy Kerr and his mother, Bennie McNease.

Pallbearers will be Joe Yarborough, Glenn Wilburn, Barry Doggett, Enrique Rodriguez, Danny Bailey, Matt Allen and Clay Krueger.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gabriel Jacob Kerr, Stephen Andrusick, Burton Brown, Steven Savage, William Morris and Hugh Halstead.

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.

01/21/2019

Kenneth Robinson, 58, of Center, passed away Friday, January 18, 2019, in Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Bro. Joe Wright officiating. Interment will be held at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Robinson was born October 30, 1960, in Mississippi, to David Robinson Sr. and Yvonne Plant Robinson. He loved playing his guitar.

He is survived by his children, Emily Hughes, Rachel Robinson, Kennodie Robinson; grandchildren, Brittanie Smoot, Madeline Morales; brothers, Billy Doggett, Franklin Doggett.

Preceded in death by mother, Yvonne Doggett; stepfather, Billy Ray Doggett; father, David Robinson Sr.; brothers, David Robinson Jr., Curtis Robinson; nephew, Scotty Doggett.

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

01/18/2019

Tony Harland Barclay, 79, of Frisco, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in Frisco.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Joyce Cravens officiating.  Interment will follow at Woods Post Office Cemetery in Panola County.

Tony was born February 19, 1939, in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, to Ernest J. Barclay and Alma L. Stone Barclay. He served in the US Navy, was a firefighter in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and worked in Saudi Arabia in the 60’s. Tony later joined Anixter Cable Company and worked there for 30 years before retiring. He loved Dallas Cowboy football and was one of their biggest fans. Tony was a member of Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, where he was involved in the Providence Sunday School Class. He was also a lifetime member of B.P.O.E. Carlsbad #1558.

He is survived by:
Daughter: Penny Budai of Redding, California

Grandchildren: 
Angelina and Tony Budai of Redding, California

Great grandchildren: Paloma and Perlina Budai

Brother: Heath J. Barclay and wife Alice of San Antonio

Brothers-in-law: 
Mike Baldwin and wife Joan of Center
Sam Baldwin and wife Shree of Tenaha

Sisters-in-law: 
Helen Baldwin Pleasant and husband Otis of Center
Jana Baldwin of Conroe
Patricia Baldwin Edmondson and husband Bill of Waskom

Special cousin: Tom Barclay.

Preceded in death by wife: Sandra Jo Barclay; parents, Ernest J. Barclay and Alma L. Stone Barclay; brothers-in-law, Jacky Lynn Baldwin, James “Jimmy” Edmond Baldwin; mother and father-in-law, Jessie Lee Hartt Baldwin and James Edmond Baldwin; niece, Pam Baldwin.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Barclay’s nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernie Massei, John Egan, Wayne Williams, Ed Shaw, Tom Barclay, Bruce Martin, David VanHouten.

Memorial donations can be made to Sandra Baldwin Barclay Scholarship Fund at Tenaha High School or Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs).

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

01/17/2019

Edith Warren Franks, 102, of Center, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019, in Garrison.  
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2019, at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison with Rev. Rick Anderson officiating.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mrs. Franks was born January 1, 1917, in Shelby County, to Ed Warren and Harriett Crump Warren.  She was a secretary for a cotton gin for several years and later was employed with Cotton Belt State Bank in Timpson and First National Bank.  Mrs. Franks was also a bookkeeper for Dr. Lester Warren.  She was of the Church of Christ faith and was a 50 year member of Order of the Eastern Star Timpson Chapter #396.

She is survived by:
Her daughter: Martha Muckelroy of Garrison, Texas

Son and daughter-in-law: Paul and Lynn Franks of Seabrook, Texas

Daughter and son-in-law: Karen and Carlos Gray of Center, Texas

Grandchildren: 
Pam and Jay Loving of Coppell, Texas
Kenneth and Crystal Franks of Houston, Texas
Lea Franks of Houston, Texas
Gina and Ski Betanski of Austin, Texas
Sam Beasley of Wuxi, China

Great-grandchildren:
Troy D. Franks
Hazel Betanski
Warren D. Franks.

She is preceded in death by husband, Troy Franks; son, James Troy Franks; parents, Ed Warren and Harriett Crump Warren; brothers, Samuel Warren and Jack Warren; sisters, Ruby Jones, Sallie Adams, Dessie Mae Tyson, Helen Muckelroy.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Franks, Ski Betanski, Danny Jones, Dean Lester, Tom Franks and Carlos Gray.  Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Beasley and Steve Franks.

Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

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

01/11/2019

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, William Edward Prentice, Jr., a loving husband and kind father of six children, passed away in Bangkok, Thailand.

Also known as “Bill” and “Dad” to his loved ones, William was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a great man of many contraries. With a love for the earth and a nurturing for all that grows on it and in it, he graduated from LSU with a degree in International Agriculture. That passion took him to diverse places and a variety of jobs that included cultivating native fruit, building schools, teaching lepers to farm, cattle ranching, and more. He worked for a time with the Peace Corps and the National Council of Churches and later went into business on his own. These many ventures took him for a short time to Jamaica and across South America, particularly Ecuador, for nearly two decades.

With high regard for all people and a deep respect for plants and animals alike, William left an impact everywhere he went and on everyone whom he met. Comfortable speaking English and Spanish, he treated everyone as an equal regardless of background. He was calm and gentle in demeanor but also quite the talker. He could find a friend in anyone. But he was also so easy to talk to about anything. A hard worker, William believed in honesty and giving your best. He loved to get his hands dirty outside planting endless rows of fruit trees, muscadine vines, and vegetable plots and taking care of the fish, the dogs, the chickens, the guineas, the turkeys, the donkeys, the duck, the goat, and the mule. If he’d had it his way, he’d spend his days outside, perhaps riding in his buggy with Kassie, his beloved mule. But he was also perfectly content indoors drinking a good cup of coffee with chicory and reading whatever he could get his hands on.

Yes, while he was a farmer at heart, William was also an avid reader and known to many for his intellectual nature. Well-read and cultured, he was more likely to listen to NPR than music, but he could also turn around and recommend a musical or book of poetry to you. Because of the value he placed on learning, he moved his family from Ecuador back to his home country the U.S. in the hopes of ensuring a better education for his children.

After a few moves across the southern states, William established his life and family in Center, Texas. He started his work in the poultry industry, with stints for Green Acres and later Pilgrims. Later, he made the jump to the water well business with the opening of Pixie Water Wells, a business he started as a joint venture with his sons. Named in honor of his mother Celia, whose starting investment launched the company, Pixie became so associated with William that he was often even called “Mr. Pixie.” A good neighbor to all, William was well known in the Center community and believed in supporting local business and local people.

Above all, William had an insatiable appetite for truth, specifically Bible truth. Throughout his life, he read and investigated the Bible often, but the turning point in his life came when he became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The knowledge he acquired and his subsequent dedication to God brought on changes to the way he thought, spoke and acted and gave him the greatest joy and satisfaction in his life. Because of the sense of purpose it gave him and the powerful effect it had on him, William loved to share Bible truths with everyone. He believed in choosing to be happy and maintained a positive attitude throughout life. If there’s one thing we all remember of him, it’s his wonderful smile.

William was preceded in death by his father, William Edward Prentice, Sr. He is survived by his wife Ines, his six children, Daniel, Paul, Rebeca, William, Hannah, and Stephanie, his mother Celia, his brother David, six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katherine, Melaina, Ruben, Celia, and Olive, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and a large, extended family in Ecuador.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center at 3 P.M. Flowers can be sent to Mangum Funeral Home.

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.

01/15/2019

Mr. Timmy Michael Foret, age 60, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. Foret passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at CHI- St. Luke – Baylor Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was a native of Homer, LA and was the son of the late Antoine Delma Foret and Rose Mae Dion Foret. Mr. Foret also served as a Merchant Marine and was a Master Boat Captain. Per his wishes, cremation arrangements are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary.

Survivors are: 
Wife: Virginia Ann Bunting of San Augustine, Texas

Son: Alexander Foret of La Place, LA

3 Grandchildren

6 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers: 
Antoine Foret of Louisiana
John Foret of Louisiana
Joseph Foret of Louisiana
Gary Foret of Louisiana   
Joe Foret of Florida 

Sisters:
Velma Landry of Louisiana
Hazel Pier of Louisiana 
Tiffany Heller of Louisiana

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

01/14/2019

Barbara Maxine Youngblood, 77, of Center, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 14, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Clifton Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Youngblood was born March 30, 1941, in Shelby County, to Alvin Johnson and Addie Gillis Johnson. Barbara was a loving, devoted, exceptional wife, mother and nanny. She and her husband, Jimmy, were married on November 10, 1961, and enjoyed 57 years together. Their union brought forth 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, with another due in July 2019.

Barbara spent her life taking care of her family and making absolutely sure everyone around her was comfortable and certainly well-fed. She and Jimmy loved camping and took Ronnie and Becky all over the United States on vacations. Her favorite place was the mountains of Colorado. She worked for many years at Center ISD and loved all the students and her coworkers. She and Sandy Hudspeth formed a special bond that would last forever.

Barbara’s family had game nights regularly, and her favorite game was UNO. However, nobody wanted to sit next to her because she became a woman possessed. Her favorite target was her daughter-in-law, Margaret.

Barbara leaves behind family and friends who love her dearly and will miss her tremendously. But, she is now smiling down on everyone as she walks with her Lord and Savior.

She is survived by:

Her husband, Jimmy Youngblood of Center

Children:
Ronnie Youngblood and wife Margaret of Center
Beck Elliott and husband Puncho of Huxley

Grandchildren:
Joni Youngblood of Shelbyville
Koby Youngblood and wife Alyssa of Shelbyville
Michael Elliott of Huxley and girlfriend Julie Spivey of Warren

Great-grandchildren: Sabryn, Cade, Kambry, Izzy, Guner, Deacon, and #7 due in July

Sister: Sandra Harkness and husband Billy of Center.

Preceded in death by her parents, Alvin Johnson and Addie Gillis Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Michael Elliott, Roby Youngblood, Guner Youngblood, Cade Collins, Tyler Windham, Brian Harkness, Benny Baugh, and Stan Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Scooter Hughes, Shane Hughes, Lee Hughes, Tommy Henry, and Terry Henry.

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

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