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2/14/2018

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

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

Grandchildren:
Amber Askins
Wesley Tallant
Brian Beard
Blake Beard

Great-grandchildren: 
Claylee Beard
Brooks Beard
Araina Beard
River Beard
Garrett Askins
Blair Askins
Ryan Tallant
Cadance Tallant

Brother: Charles Harris

Sisters: 
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 www.taylorfh.net

02/13/2018

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 www.mangumfh.net

2/12/2018

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

Sisters-in-law: 
Betty Parker of Center
Shirley Chambers of Houston
Noveline Samford of Houston

Grandchildren:
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 www.mangumfh.net.

02/12/2018

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

Daughters:
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.

02/11/2018

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

Children:
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

Grandchildren:
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

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

02/11/2018

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:

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

Grandchildren:
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 www.mangumfh.net.

02/11/2018

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

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

Brothers:
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

Grandchildren:
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 www.mangumfh.net.

02/10/2018

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.

02/10/2018

Barbara Jean Domis Wagstaff, 80, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 12, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Wagstaff was born October 28, 1937, in Englewood, California, to Ronald Earl Domis and Ruth Mae Hines Domis.  Her hobbies included hunting, fishing and gardening.  She was Grand Marshall of Rainbow Girls and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Mrs. Wagstaff was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by
Children:
Mary Jane Bolton and husband, Bruce, of Joaquin
Lisa Jean Harris and husband, Kenneth, of Center
Jimmy Lee Wagstaff of Center

Grandchildren:
Gina Seymour
Tina Amburn and husband, Micheal
Sandi Shahan
Amy Windham and husband, Kyle
Kimberly Shelton and husband, Matthew
Keith Harris

11 Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Geraldine Adams and husband, Richard, of Carthage

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Leon “Bo” Wagstaff
Parents: Ronald Earl Domis and Ruth Mae Hines Domis

Pallbearers will be Kyle Windham, Sonny Lowe, Micheal Amburn, Richard Grubbs, Matthew Shelton and Dakota Wagstaff.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Harris, Bruce Bolton, James Eddings and Nash Eddings.

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

02/09/2018

Patricia “Trish” Ann Denby Wade, 57, of Savoy, Texas, passed away on February 5, 2018 in Savoy. She was born on May 14, 1960 in Center, Texas to Henry Lamar Denby and Frances Jean White Denby. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at West Hamilton Cemetery with Bro. Lamar Denby, Jr. officiating. 

Trish grew up in the Goober Hill Community and graduated from Shelbyville High School. She continued her education at Grayson County College where she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Trish was a quiet, but caring person who enjoyed having fun with family and friends. She also loved spending time outdoors hunting, fishing or horseback riding. If you were feeling lucky, you might challenge her to a game of pool, but there were no guarantees you would win because she really enjoyed the game. Chi-Ann, Pinball Wizard, Vidor and Mia were just a few of the names that her friends and family would call her. Each one defined something special about Trish that they all loved.  Of all the moments of her life, the birth of her grandchildren ranked at the top of the list for Trish. The genuine love she had for her grandbabies was immeasurable.

Trish is survived by her son, Joshua Gallier and wife, Ashley of Savoy; mother, Frances Jean White Denby; brothers, Bro. Lamar Denby, Jr. and wife, Roxanne of Huntington, Clarence Denby and wife, Brenda of Etoile, Jamie Denby and wife, Debbie of Huntington, and Michael Ray Denby and wife, Florence of Goober Hill Community; sister, Sheila Horrocks and husband, Steve of Etoile; grandchildren, Braylee, Jasper, and Alice Gallier; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her father, Henry Lamar Denby.

Pallbearers will be Robert Denby, Caleb Denby, Daniel Denby, James Denby,  Michael Ryan Denby, and Dustin Kile.
 
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.

2/6/2018

Mike Byrn Green, 73, of Alamosa, Colorado, passed away at his home on January 30, 2018. Mike was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 21, 1944, to John Willard and Peggy Byrn Green. 

Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2PM at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas, with Bro. William Dee Daniel officiating.

Growing up, Mike was a champion skeet shooter and spent his childhood summers hunting and fishing in Spar City, Colorado. He served in the United States Coast Guard and took great delight in telling about packing parachutes and then being required to “test” them every month by jumping out of a plane. 

He attended the University of Colorado Boulder where he majored in hotel and restaurant management. His love of food and cooking led him to become chef at the Creede Hotel, and later, to create a restaurant at the Old Miner’s Inn. He enjoyed being a chef for several years before purchasing land in the San Luis Valley on the Rio Grande. There he raised alfalfa and hay for the last 20 years.

Mike is survived by: 
His sister: Joan Green Jeffrey of Liberty, Texas

His niece: Julia Jeffrey Rathgeber and her husband, Ross, of Austin, Texas 

His “great-grandnieces”: 
Byrn Anne Rathgeber of Austin, Texas
Georgia Ann Jeffrey of Liberty, Texas 

He will be missed by numerous friends and colleagues, especially Jimmy Brennan, Veronica Casias, Maria Martinez, and the Green Farm Crew. Greenie was kind-hearted, good humored and always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

There will be a Memorial Service held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa, Colorado. After services, Mike will be heading home to Timpson, Texas, where he will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery near his parents. Burial arrangements are being handled by Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa, Colorado, and Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

2/5/2018

Sharron Parrozzo, 68, of Zavalla, Texas, passed away on February 5, 2018 in Zavalla. She was born on September 2, 1949 in Jacksonville, Texas to Maurice Forbis and Wanda Hughes Forbis.

Viewing will be at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine from 5pm until 7pm Thursday, February 8, 2018. Funeral services will be 2pm Friday, February 9, 2018 at Short Cemetery Chapel with interment to follow at 3pm.

Sharron and her family moved around a lot growing up as her father was transferred for work. They did return to Jacksonville where she would graduate from JHS before moving on to college to pursue a degree in nursing. Before becoming a licensed vocational nurse, Sharron worked as a waitress. One evening, a group of US Air Force Airmen dined at the establishment where she worked. After receiving some unwanted heckling from one of them, Sharron was standing her ground until another Airman stepped in and as any true gentleman would do, politely requested that the heckling stop. D.J. Parrozzo had caught her eye when he came to her rescue and the spark from that moment turned into a love story they would tell for years. 

Sharron loved her job as an LVN. Serving others was something that came natural and was more than a job; it was a way of life. She took pride in her work and was willing to do the things that were most needed, even if it required more of her. Sometimes when things would get overwhelming and stressful, Sharron would go over to help in Labor and Delivery. Those precious moments where life began were always rejuvenating for her and reminded her of the purpose God had for her life. 

Mom, as everyone would call Sharron, was a peaceful and gentle soul that was not just a caregiver by trade, but was one by heart. Sharron also had a personal relationship with the Lord that was evident in her daily walk. She loved to sing in the church choir and also sang specials with her mother. She treasured her church family and the time they were all able to fellowship. She was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Sharron’s free time was often spent doing some sort of art work. She had a passion for art her entire life. From a young age, Sharron would paint as a hobby and developed great skill overtime. She even loved painting her fingernails. If she didn’t have paint supplies around, she would just pick up a coloring book and color her stress away on those pages. Those small, quiet moments would bring her peace and happiness as well. Sharron was a breath of fresh air, a bright smile, and a warm heart that left such a positive impression on the lives of those she came in contact with. 

Sharron is survived by:
Her son: David Parrozzo and close friend, Stacey of Zavalla

Daughter: Nova Casterlin and husband, James of Minnesota

Grandchildren: 
Noah William Jones
Olivia Jones
Caitlyn Hart.

She is preceded in death by her husband, D.J. Parrozzo; parents, Maurice and Wanda Forbis; and brother. Ronnie Forbis. 

Funeral services are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

2/5/2018

Bro. James Robert Polley, 79, of East Liberty Community passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Trinity Rehab in San Augustine, Tx.

A wake will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 6-8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Tx.

Services will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11am at East Liberty Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas.

Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas, Larry Thorn officating.

Brother Polley is survived by:
Wife: Dorthy Jordan Polley of Center, Texas

Son: Robert C. (Shelia) Polley of Center

Daughters:
Regina Polley of Dallas, Texas
Cynthia Kennedy of Dallas, Texas
Angelia Polley of Dallas, Texas

13 grandchildren

Sister: Girtha White of Center, Texas

2/2/2018

Darrell Dean Matthews, 81, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, February 2, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wayne Jones and Bro. David Long officiating.  Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Matthews was born October 29, 1936, in Logansport, Louisiana, to Charlie Matthews and Mary Horn Matthews.  Shortly after graduating from Logansport High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy.  He served his country for six years.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing and gardening.  He grew the most delicious watermelons and tomatoes.  Mr. Matthews was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Daughter: Debbie Mahaffey and husband, Darren, of Diamondhead, Mississippi

Son: Jimmy Matthews and wife, Mitzi, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Granddaughter: Angie Feezor and husband, Allen, of Slidell, Louisiana

3 Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Bobby Matthews

Sisters:
Virginia Young
Exa Doss
Jan Miller

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Donnie Matthews
Parents: Charlie Matthews and Mary Horn Matthews
8 Brothers and Sisters

Pallbearers will be James Carroll, Steven Bounds, Jim Strong, Darrell Alford, Randy Bonner and Glenn Oates.  Honorary pallbearers will be Newton Johnson & John Richards

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

2/2/2018

Funeral services for Marguerite ("Reatie") Adams, 102, of Lufkin were held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Newton officiating.

Interment followed in the Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas. Mrs. Adams was born October 23, 1915 in Arcadia, Texas to the late Flossie (Pate) and Frank Wallace, and died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at her residence.

Mrs. Adams became a hairdresser at the age of 18 and retired after 79 years. After moving to Houston, she then moved to Lufkin, where she worked at Lemon Tree for over 44 years. Mrs. Adams was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Lufkin and loved her Sunday School Class, Mary Martha.

Survivors include:
Her son: Ted Adams of Lufkin

Sisters: 
Sue Hagler of Center
Marsha Lou Askew of Beaumont

Granddaughters: 
Kim Cox of Fulshear
Amy McClellen of League City
Haley Beyer of League City

Brother: Joe Wallace of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paschal Adams; son, Hal Adams; brothers, Benjamin Wallace and Jessie Franklin Wallace; and sisters, Vada Tinsley and Marquette Emanis.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Lufkin Building Fund, 106 E. Bremond Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901.

Services were under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin.

02/01/2018

Alford “A.L.” Samford, 85, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on February 1, 2018 in Center. He was born on February 16, 1932 in Center to J.E. and Molly Samford. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

A.L. grew up in Joaquin and attended Joaquin ISD. At a young age, he went to work with his father at the local sawmill. In his early twenties, A.L. served in the National Guard for a few years before returning home to work. Hard work was never a stranger to A.L., and he did whatever was necessary in order to help provide for his family. He would find a career in the Oil Field working two week shifts with one week at home. Even though the job was strenuous and required time away, he knew it would take care of his family. For over forty years, A.L. remained in the field before retiring and settling back into East Texas.

A.L. had a blessed life outside of the oil and gas industry. A young lady down the road, Melvie Lambert, happened to catch his eye. She raised chickens, as did he, but A.L. would still go down the road to buy them from Melvie just so he could see her. Very persistent, he finally told her that he wanted to marry her. Melvie told A.L. that she wasn’t sure her son would be okay with it, but after some persuasion, the two were married on September 24th, 1960. Their two families joined as one and through the years, they created a new and beautiful life together.

A.L. was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to squirrel hunt and most especially, enjoyed fishing. There was no place like the Sabine River bottom, and A.L. wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Family was extremely important to him and the time he was able to spend with them were moments treasured. They would come together for domino nights and a fish fry in the back yard enjoying all of the stories and laughter shared. A.L. was a kind-hearted, down-to-earth gentleman who will dearly missed by his loved ones. He was a member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

A.L. is survived by:

Daughter, Sandra Riley and husband, Lee of Oklahoma

Son, Jerry Patton of Lampasas

Three grandsons: Troy Lee, Kenneth Lee, and Jesse Lee

Niece, Portia Cox.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Melvie Lambert Samford; parents, J.E. and Molly Samford; and brother, E.C. Samford.

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

1/31/18

Elmer Ray Wilburn, 74, of Center, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mr. Wilburn was born June 28, 1943, in Center, to Walter Wilburn and Cynthia Payne Wilburn.  He was a member of Dreka Pentecostal Church.  

Survived by:
Daughter: Loretta Daniels and husband, Chad, of Center

Son: Jeff Wilburn of Center

Lights of his life, his Grandchildren:
Dylan Daniels, of Center
Skylar Daniels, of Center
Aaron Wilburn, of Shelbyville
Daron Wilburn and wife, Michelle, of Center

Great-Granddaughter: Kylie Wilburn of Beckville

Brothers and Sisters:
Bobby Wilburn and wife, Cora, of Joaquin
Price Wilburn, of Center
Judy Scarbrough and husband, Danny, of Huxley
Louise Wagstaff, of Dreka

Brother-in-law: Crit Campbell, of Dreka

Sister-in-law: Barbara Jeff Wilburn, of Orange

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Very special friend and caregiver: Brenda Hebert

Preceded in death by:
Wife: Johnnie English Wilburn
Parents: Walter Wilburn and Cynthia Payne Wilburn
Brothers: Gary Wilburn, Gerald Wilburn

Pallbearers will be Pete Campbell, Lloyd Campbell, Jimmy Campbell, Lynn Davis, Bo Henley and Frankie Anthony.

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

01/31/2018

Pastor Curtis Archie Jr., age 68, of Hemphill, passed away Monday morning January 29, 2018 at his residence. 

Visitation will be held Thursday evening, February 1st, from 7-8 p.m. at East Liberty Baptist Church (East Liberty Community).

Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 2nd, at 11:00 a.m. at East Liberty Baptist Church (East Liberty Community) with Pastor Freddie Willson officiating. Internment to Follow at Cedar Grove Cemetary in Hemphill, TX.

Survived by:

Wife: Lovey Archie of Hemphill

Mother: Soporia Archie Richerdson, of Mansfield, LA

Daughters:
Mary Archie Lopez, of New Llano, LA
LaGatha Archie Davis, of DeRidder, LA
LaShaunda Pitts and husband Howard, of New Llano, LA

Sons:
Phillip Archie and wife Lillie, of Hemphill
Rev. Curtis Archie III and wife Devona, of New Llano, LA

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas

1/31/18

Barbara Leen Garrett Sparks (Monkey), age 54, of Shelbyville. passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Christus Good Shepherd in Longview, TX. 

Services will be held Saturday, January 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. at Triumph First Pentecostal, Shelbyville, TX, with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating. Internment to follow at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville, TX.

Survived by:
Husband: Ray Charles Sparks, of Shelbyville

Son: Carlos Deon Garrett and Wife LaRhonda, of Shelbyville

Sisters: 
Willie Jewel Garrett, of Shelbyville
Patricia Ann Chumbley and husband Elton, Of Shelbyville
Brenda Sue Garrett Hill and husband I.J., of Shelbyville
Katherleen Bolton and husband Joe, of Shelbyville

Brothers:
Johnny Ray Garrett, of Shelbyville
Lee Aurthur Garrett and wife LaQuita, of Nacogdoches

5 Grand Children

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas

1/31/2018

Funeral service for Mrs. Cora Pearl White (79) of the East Liberty Community will be Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00am at East Liberty Baptist Church.  Mrs. White was born January 11, 1939.  Mrs. White died at Twin Lakes Nursing Center in San Augustine, Texas on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Rev. Fred Dade will be officiating.   

Mrs. White is survived by:
Husband: Linson White of the East Liberty Community 

Son: Joe Nathan (Antoinette) White of Lancaster, Texas 

Granddaughters:
Anitra White of Dallas, Texas
Alicia White of Greely, Colorado 
Arnesia White of Dallas, Texas

Sisters:
Lou Willie (Richard) Rolle of Lufkin, Texas 
Everten (Fred) Dade of San Augustine, Texas 
Rachel (Richard) Rocquemore of Houston, Texas 
Mary (Leroy) Reed of Maywood, Illinois 
           
Visitation will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Committal to be Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas 

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

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