04/20/2018

Ida Vernell Goings, 79, of Center, Texas passed away on April 19, 2018 in Center. She was born on April 20, 1938 in Center to P.A. Collum and Vertie Holt Collum. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Campti Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating. 

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
Vernell was raised in Shelby County in the Campti Community. She graduated from Center High School in 1956 and afterward, began working for Southwestern Bell and later went to work for AT&T. For over 30 years, Vernell was a dedicated operator with the company before retiring in 1989. 

Growing up in a small area, Vernell spent lots of time with family. A young man by the name of W.J. Goings happened to be her Grandpa’s neighbor. The two met riding horses one day and it sparked a love story that has lasted over 60 years. W.J. and Vernell were married in 1956 and built a beautiful life together until her passing. Vernell was a true woman of dignity and character. She was a faithful wife, an exceptional mom and a selfless, compassionate woman who dedicated her life to others. She was loving, generous and extended a hand of care to all who were in need. 

Vernell Loved spending time with her family. Moments spent in the kitchen cooking and baking were some of the fondest memories made with her children, grandchildren and friends. She was a member of Dallas Bible Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. After her retirement, W.J. and Vernell moved back to Center and moved their church membership to New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. They attended regularly there until their failing health prevented them from going. 

Vernell is survived by: 
Her beloved husband, W.J. Goings

Daughter: Glenda Lutz

Brothers: 
Jack Collum and wife, Frances
Billy Ray Collum and wife, Deanna

Grandchildren:
Connie Quintero and husband, Daniel
Jamie Boshart and wife, Chelsea
Kim Dotson and husband, Bud
Evan Lutz 
Travis Lutz

Great-grandchildren: 
Drake
Benicio
Gabriella
Kaydence
Erin
Jaxon 
Tuff

She is preceded in death by her parents, P.A. and Vertie Collum; daughter, Sherry Boshart; and brother, Jerry Collum.

Pallbearers are Evan Lutz, Travis Lutz, Daniel Quintero, Bud Dotson, Jamie Boshart and Drake Lutz.

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.

04/20/2018

Tom Mays (Tim) Barton Boyd peacefully died on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tim was born December 16, 1917, the youngest of six children in Cushing, Texas to parents Eryme Summers Barton and Doctor Yancy Pascal Barton. She graduated from Cushing High School and attended both the University of Texas in Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Tim obtained a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition and following graduation taught high school in Kilgore. A trip home for the Christmas holidays combined with the reconstruction of State Highway 21 provided an opportunity for a blind date with her future husband, William Riley Boyd, Jr. Their beautiful union spanned seventy-four years and was a testament of sacrificial love and commitment.
 
Tim had no greater appreciation than for family and friends. She was a matriarch to many, an open heart and an open door with her elegant Southern hospitality, charm and dignity perpetually present. Tim was fiercely loyal and supportive of her family. Her only true weakness was a scoop of Baskin Robbins coffee ice cream. Lovingly called “MomMommy” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she never missed an opportunity to attend a game, recital or theater event. Her passion for the holidays shined the most as Chief Operating Officer of Christmas Preparations where she single handedly revolutionized the presentation of a gift from her headquarters commonly referred to as the “Wrap Room”. Tim’s love of Christmas and entertaining was especially evident at her annual Christmas Eve party. A recognized authority in Southern Table Manners, if you found yourself at her table, only the utmost etiquette would be accepted in exchange for the best meal you had ever eaten.

As the First Lady of W.R. Boyd, Incorporated, Tim made a home in numerous towns and cities. Those in Texas included Cushing, Beaumont, Jasper, San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Kerrville and El Paso. In 1954 Bill, Tim and their daughter Yancy moved to Center and proudly called it home for over 60 years. They were members of the First United Methodist Church where she served as MYF sponsor and readily donated her time arranging flowers and preparing food. Tim was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Center Garden Club where she exhibited her love of gardening and flowers. She was also a founding member of “The Pine Street Coffee Club.” Her commitment to caring for others led her to provide home care for relatives, often for months at a time, and to provide holiday meal for neighbors who were alone. Tim will always be remembered as the utmost in elegance and grace, as well as for her independence, strength, grit, love of all things beautiful, and sense of humor. 

Tim was preceded in death by her devoted husband William Riley Boyd, Jr; her brother, Winston Marion Barton and her sisters Beatrice Barton Rohrbaugh and Fanny Jo, Kathleen and Jeanette Barton. She is survived by her daughter Yancy Boyd Bradford (George) of Fort Worth; her granddaughter Phoebe Fleming Moore (Carl) of Dallas; her grandson Michael Graydon Fleming, Jr (Jana) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; her great grandchildren Graydon Elizabeth Moore, Watson Riley Fleming, Davis Boyd Fleming, Riley Kathryn Moore, Hughes Michael Fleming and her beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 23, 2018 from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. A graveside service will follow at Cushing Cemetery with The Right Reverend Sam B. Hulsey officiating.

Pallbearers include William H. Wall, Jr, Wayne A. Davis, Michael G. Fleming, Dale C. Hall, Robert E. Havran and James B. Peterson. Honorary pallbearers include J. Timothy Byrne, William C. Moore, Frank Edward Parker, Jr., and William H. Wall III (Tripp).

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street Dallas, Texas 75219. Attn. Development Department.

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

04/18/2018

Mardell Shofner Worthey, 80, of Houston, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Worthey was born March 17, 1938, in Shelby County, to Oscar B. Shofner and Ella Ervin Shofner.  Her hobbies included reading and listening to music. 

She is survived by
Husband: Virgil “Red” Worthey of Houston, Texas

Daughter: Christy Barker and Gregory Steel of New Port, Gwent, Wales

Stepdaughters: 
Bronagh Cleary of Rathcormack, County Cork, Ireland
Sharon Grantham of Florida

Stepsons: 
Dennis McDonald of Huffman, Texas
Dwayne Worthey of Florida

Special Niece: Denise Shofner Chamberlain

Great-Nieces:
Amberlyn Shofner Fronheiser
Destiny Michelle Chamberlain

Great-Great-Nieces:
Kayleigh Elizabeth Fronheiser
Alexis Grace Fronheiser

Numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by:
Parents: Oscar B. Shofner and Ella Ervin Shofner
Sister: Mary Elizabeth Shofner, Margie Payne
Brother: Oscar “Shorty” Shofner, Edward “Sonny” Shofner, J.B. Shofner, Oliver Shofner

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Chamberlain, Marlon Shofner, Robert Berry, Bobby Payne, Shannon Shofner and Hunter Shofner.

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

04/17/2018

Stanley Dunning, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on April 16, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on June 7, 1927 in Gilbert Pennsylvania to Stanley R. Dunning and Carrie Mae Everett Dunning. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.
 
Stanley served as a merchant marine and was in the US Coast Guard during the Korean conflict. This endeavor took him around the world seven times and the opportunity to set foot onto every continent. The stories Stanley could tell from his world travels were almost unbelievable but were some of his most fond memories. After retiring from the service, Stanley lived a quiet and content life on his “Ponderosa” tending to his cows. He enjoyed indulging in his little whims and going wherever the wind would take him. Friends meant the world to Stanley and every moment he had to spend with them was a treasure beyond words. He loved the laughter and sharing beloved memories when they would get together.
 
Stanley is survived by family friends:
Carl and Vickie Jernigan of Tenaha
Joshua and Brooke Jernigan of Tenaha and their daughter, Sadie
Lauren Jernigan and Sean Smith of Appleby
Angela Paxton of Greenville, South Carolina
Sharon Risinger and her children: Lee and Misty Gibbs, Jenny Hicks, Jamie Gray and their families all of Tenaha.
Roger Paxton of Orange
Alan and Diana Tinsley of Port Neches
Barry and Lois Forsyth and their children Brittany, Max, Cypress and Marissa all of Orange
Adam and Pam Hall of Beaumont
Keith and Jenny Forsyth of Mauriceville
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Carrie Dunning and siblings, Everett, Gary and Elda Dunning.
 
Honorary pallbearers are Carl Jernigan, Josh Jernigan, Lee Gibbs, Barry Forsyth, Keith Forsyth and Alan Tinsley.
 
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.

04/16/2018

Gertrude Roberts Jenkins, 104 years old of Marshall, originally from Center, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2018 in Cedar Hill, Texas.

She is survived by 1 son, Billy Roberts of Fort Worth, Texas; grandkids; great-grandkids; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for our beloved Gertrude Roberts Jenkins will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11am at the Louisiana Baptist Association Building, Hwy 43 N., Marshall, Texas 75670.

Services are entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home, Marshall, Texas

04/16/2018

William Doyle Millican, age 73, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away on Friday, April 13th, 2018, surrounded by family. He was born on October 6, 1944 in Stamps, Arkansas to Doris Marie Owen Millican & Doyle Rolan Millican. Bill was a proud member of the Stamps High School Class of ‘62 and graduate of Southern Arkansas University, with BS degree in Education and MS degree in Counseling.  Bill was retired from the United States Armed Services, having served a combined 38 years in the Army, Navy, and Air Force, with a retired rank of Sergeant First Class. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He was last stationed at Camp Robinson in the 87th Troop Command. Bill was also known to many as Coach Millican, having coached football at Brinkley High School, Earle High School, and Center High School in Texas. He was also, an avid golfer, card shark, and longtime Dallas Cowboy and Arkansas Razorback fan, as well as being a John Wayne connoisseur and loyal supporter of Ducks Unlimited’s Greenwings program. Patriarch of the Millican Clan, he was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, coach, mentor, and friend. He was known for his selflessness and kind heart and will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Millican, and son, Michael Don Millican.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Donna Cary Millican; his mother Doris Marie Owen Millican; Children: Wayne Millican and wife Angie of Cabot, Lin Schuster and husband Marshall “Dee” of Little Rock, Shannon Bloesch and husband Mike of Houston, Texas, and Tonya Millican (wife of the late Michael Millican) of Cabot. Grandchildren: Kristin Fitzgibbon (Brian); Jessalyn Otwell (Luke), Katie and; Olivia Schuster; Sydney, Simon, & Sawyer Bloesch; Christian, Addison, & Aviana Millican; Great grandchildren: Hailey, Emily, & Kaelin Fitzgibbon; Annie & Ruby Otwell; Siblings: Linda & Mokey Sparrow, Polly & Jerry Don Millican, and Linda & Mike Couch; Nieces & nephews: McRae Sparrow & Lindsay Nutt; Cary Mitchell, Lance Couch, and Lindsey Zigler; plus, a huge host of special friends.

Military funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18th at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas with visitation to begin at 11:30 am. Eulogies delivered by Lonnie Medford, Bob Cofford, and Marshall Schuster, with special bagpipe salute by grandson, Simon Doyle Bloesch. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at Southern Oaks Country Club in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the Millican family requests any donations be made to the Arkansas Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Program in memory of William D Millican. Online guestbook is available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com

04/16/2018

Melba Smith, 83, of Carthage, passed away on Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, in Carthage. Melba Faye Lovell Smith was born on Nov. 9, 1934, in Shelby County to the late Bud and Lillie Mae Clopton Lovell. She graduated from Center High School with the class of 1952. Melba married Frank Edward Smith on Aug. 3, 1952, in Center and he preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1998, after 46 years of marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved to Carthage from Center in 1955. She was a member of the Order of the Easter Star #747 where she formerly served as worthy matron. Mrs. Smith enjoyed sewing, painting and fishing. She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church. Mrs. Smith was also preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Taylor and her husband John and Mary Lee Killen and her husband George and brothers, Howard L. Lovell and J.B. Lovell and his wife Nettie.

Survivors include:
Her sons: 
Frank H. Smith and wife Patsy of Salida Colorado
Michael E. “Smokey” Smith and wife Judy of Carthage

Grandchildren: 
Chris C. Smith and wife Miranda
Haley Smith and fiancé Alex Perez
Rebecca Smith Childs and fiancé Jeff Smith

Great-grandchildren: 
Madison
Brianna
Ryan
Ali
Hannah
John Michael
Hayden

Numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Freddy Mason officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park near Carthage. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Earl Clabaugh, Clayton McGuire, Randy Reid, Terry Bailey, Ronnie Taylor, Patrick Sharpe, George Shuttlesworth, and Steve Shuttlesworth.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Marian Place for the loving care provided to Mrs. Smith for the past 6 years.

Memorials may be made to the Marian Place Education Fund, 1690 NE Loop, Carthage, TX 75633 or Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network, 2802 Gilmer Road, Suite 1, Longview, TX 75604.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.

04/13/2018

Rubie Lou Humphreys Yarbrough, 98, of Nacogdoches, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, in Garrison.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Shack Arrington officiating.  A private family visitation will be held prior to the service at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Mrs. Yarbrough was born October 9, 1919, in Garrison, to Mr. Tom Humphreys and Mrs. Cora L. Barrington Humphreys.  She lived a life of service, caring for the elderly for over 35 years.  She was also a faithful, loving wife for over 35 years and a loving mother for 77 years. Mrs. Yarbrough worked at the Garrison High School Cafeteria for 10 years, and her cinnamon rolls are still remembered by the students.  She was voted the best cook in East Texas by her family and friends.

She is survived by
Sons: 
Thomas T. “Toddy” Yarbrough and wife, Linda, of Nacogdoches
Bill Yarbrough of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Keith Yarbrough of Montgomery
Kelly Lynne Ressler of Crosby
Melonie Black of Alto

Great-Grandchildren:
Cody Ressler
Casey Yarbrough
Cade Black
Colton Black

Sister: Marjorie A. Johnson of Garrison

Preceded in death by
Husband: William Floyd Yarbrough
Daughter: Cindy Yarbrough Saxton
Parents: Mr. Tom Humphreys and Mrs. Cora L. Barrington Humphreys
5 Brothers
3 Sisters

Pallbearers will be Cody Ressler, Keith Yarbrough, Gary Corley, Jeff Hancock, Tracey Rucker and Cory Rucker.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Accolade Hospice, 2708 North University Drive, Suite 100, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.

04/11/2018

Funeral for Norman Lunsford will be 10:00 am, Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Homer Murray officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas

Mr. Lunsford died April 9, 2018 in Garrison, Texas he was born April 27, 1930 in Garrison, Texas

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

Survivors:

Son, Terry Lunsford and wife Cindy

Grandchildren:
Chris Lunsford & wife Sandi of Garrison, Tx
Corey Lunsford & wife Cheryl of Garrison, TX
Cade Lunsford & wife Chelsie of Nacogdoches, TX
Kylie Lunsford of Garrison, TX
Landon Lunsford of Nacogdoches, TX
Rebecca Lunsford of Nacogdoches, TX

Great Grandchildren: Jaci, Sidney, Weston, Creed, Tanlie, Lydon

Preceded in death by: wife, Betty Lunsford and son, Wayne Lunsford.

Services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

04/10/2018

Bryant Haden Birdwell, 75, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born to Lawrence Birdwell and Wanda Fountain Birdwell on June 29, 1942, at home on Flower Mountain, Nacogdoches County, Texas. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, better known as Pappy. He was an active member of Trawick Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed visiting Center First United Pentecostal Church with his son, Del, and his family.

Visitation is Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5pm until 7pm and funeral service is Friday, April 13th at 10am with Rev Andy Wilson and Rev David O’Neal officiating. Visitation and funeral are at Dickie Allen Funeral Home in Cushing.

Bryant was the owner/operator of Lindy’s Grocery in Nacogdoches in the 70’s, then a salesman, and later manager of Crim Tobacco Company in Nacogdoches. He worked the last several years of his life for Tejas Paper and Chemical until he retired in 2016. Bryant was a true salesman and never met a stranger. 

He grew up working hard, had an “old-time” work ethic, whether on the job or at home, and his word was his bond. He passed all the things he learned or taught himself to his son, Del, and his grandkids. It has been said many times that Bryant could truly “live off the land.” One of his very favorite things to do besides being with his family, was gardening, and did he ever know how to grow a bountiful garden! Summer after Summer, he and Edna spent countless hours putting up fresh produce, which they shared with many.

He had such a love for his family, and left his grandkids with wonderful memories such as, making up songs and singing and dancing with them before bed, riding them on his big, red tractor, teaching them his amazing cooking skills and secret recipes, and always reminding them to work hard and do well in whatever they did. He kept friends and family entertained with his story telling and super sense of humor, always had a joke to tell, enjoyed drinking coffee at the Country Kitchen with his lifelong friends, faithfully studied his Bible, and loved going to church. 

He is survived by:

Wife of 54 years, Edna Shofner Birdwell, of Nacogdoches

Son, Del Birdwell and wife, Joanna Lout Birdwell, of Center

3 Grandchildren: Bethany Lee Birdwell, Brynna Jo Birdwell and Levi Martin Birdwell, all of Center

2 Brothers, Jack Birdwell and wife Joyce of Nacogdoches and Lamar Birdwell and wife Judy of Conroe

3 Sisters, Beth Rogers and husband, Jerry of Athens; Barbara Hicks and husband, David of Dallas and Linda Wade and husband, Stanley of Sacul. 

Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. 

Preceded in death by:
Parents, Lawrence Birdwell and Wanda Fountain Birdwell
Brothers and Sister: Joe Birdwell, Bobby Birdwell, Jimmie Birdwell and Betty Birdwell

Pallbearers: Joe Henderson, Marty Cox, Billy Birdwell, Steve White, Brad Rogers, and Blane Wade 

Honorary pallbearers: James Shofner, Conrad Corley, Mike Russell, Ron Tooley, Wayne Hare, Jim Howell, and Gary Morse.

Services are under the direction of Dickie Allen Funeral Home in Cushing, Texas.

04/10/2018

Stephens "Steve" B. Campbell, 78, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away on March 21, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on March 26, 1939 in Houston, Texas to Cyril Henry Campbell and Mary Inez Stephens Campbell. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. 

Steve, as most knew him, loved to deep  sea fish. There was nothing like being out on the open water and casting a line out for those hidden treasures of the deep. He also liked collecting stamps; a passion he had pursued since the age of 12. Steve had an array of other hobbies and activities that he enjoyed like watching wrestling, playing pool and even trying his luck at gambling every once in a while. You also might have found him perusing the aisles of flea markets, garage sales, estate sales and auctions. Steve had a knack for old things and enjoyed shuffling through the antique items being sold at different places. He was of the Presbyterian faith. 

Steve is survived by:

Wife, Bessie Annette (Kim) Campbell

Son, Stephens Brady "Skip" Campbell, Jr. and wife, Cherri of Longview

Daughter, Shelley Porter and husband, Jody of Center

Grandchildren:
Brian Campbell and wife, Jessica
Brieanna Campbell
Sabrina Campbell
Brittany Campbell
Kristy Campbell
Ashley Chandler and husband, Ryan
Colton Thompson and wife, Briana
Sarah Barbee and husband, Clay

Great-grandchildren: Beaux Campbell, Drake Lutz, Racyn Chandler, Jace Thompson, Hallie Barbee and Chayton Barbee

And a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Mary Campbell; mother of his children, Bonnie Windham; and brother, Bobby Ray Campbell.

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.

04/10/2018

Lorelei Sample, 76, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 10, 2018 in Center. She was born on January 16, 1942 in Center to Willie Sample and Alma Mae Metcalf Sample. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. A visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Thursday April 12, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Lorelei grew up in the Dreka Community in Shelbyville, Texas. She loved the Lord and her family and chose to serve both for her entire life. Never having children of her own, Lorelei enjoyed spending time with and caring for her nieces and nephews. She made a living at home selling shoes throughout the area. Lorelei loved good food, her favorite being buttermilk and cornbread. If anyone was in need, she was quick to extend a helping hand, especially when it came to meals. It was no secret that Lorelei’s freezer was open to share with others. In her free time, she very much enjoyed coloring and working through puzzle books. Lorelei was of the Pentecostal faith.

Lorelei is survived by her brothers, Ronnie Sample and wife, Deborah of Jasper, Donald Sample and wife, Deloris of Quitman and Douglas Sample and wife, Myrtle of Pittsburg; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Alma Sample; brother and sister-in-law, P.O. and Odelle Sample; and sister, Mildred Sample.

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.

04/09/2018

James Lee Diamond, infant son to Erika Diamond, passed away on March 30, 2018 in Nacogdoches. A private family graveside was held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Folsom Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Jerrod Nutt officiating.

James is survived by:

Mother, Erika Diamond

Brother, Michael Allen Nichols, Jr.

Grandmother, Suzy Diamond

Great-grandmother, Imogene Grantom

Aunts:
Anita Cooper
LaTonya Risinger

Uncles:
David Diamond and wife, Alaine
Wesley Diamond

Great-aunts:
Manuela Shoemaker
Cindy Wilkinson Sanders
Shirley Amburn

Great-uncles:
Kenneth Wilkinson
Tommy Wilkinson

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Bubba and Kathy Diamond and Billy Diamond. 

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

04/08/2018

David Whitton, 66, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.  Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Whitton was born August 21, 1951, in Center, to T.J. Whitton and Lexa Willoughby Whitton.  He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and building just about anything.  He was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by

Children:
Rhonda Villarreal and husband, Luis, of DeBerry
Kimberly Griffin and husband, Billy, of San Augustine
Angela Whitman and husband, Goldman, of Joaquin
Crystal Berg and husband, Lydell, of Center
Michael Whitton of Huntsville

Grandchildren:
Vickie Espinoza
Dawntee Olalde and husband, Boti
Miguel Espinoza and wife, Julie
Justin Griffin and wife, Catherine
Wesley Griffin
Tyler Griffin and wife, Carolyn
Austin Griffin and wife, Destiny
Kellie Griffin
Catilyn Daniels
Conner Whitton
Blayne Whitton
Cody Berg
Breia Lout
Britni Davis and husband, Eric

13 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters and Brothers:
Annette Bradshaw of Timpson
Joyce Wolfe and husband, Ronnie, of Timpson
Francis Miller and husband, Rick, of Orange
Cecil Whitton and wife, Kay, of Timpson
Zaundra Whitton of Joaquin

Special Friend: Ricky Tindol of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Peggy Whitton
Granddaughter: Maranda Whitton
Great Grandson: Ryder Griffin
Parents: T.J. Whitton and Lexa Willoughby Whitton
Brothers: John Whitton, Roger Whitton
Sister-in-law: Edith Whitton
Brother-in-law: Dale Bradshaw

Pallbearers will be Mr. Whitton’s grandchildren and nephews.

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

04/06/2018

Eula Annice Richardson Hughes, 86, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on April 5, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born September 26, 1931 in Center, Texas, Eula Annice is the daughter of the late Donley S. and Ruby (Waits) Richardson.  Graveside service will be held at 2PM, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Cedar Yard Cemetery, CR 4356, Tenaha, Texas with Bro. Walter Pickens officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10AM – 12PM, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, 75975.

Eula was born and raised in Shelby County. She married the love of her life, Howard Lynn Hughes, in September 1951 and spent over 53 years with him before his passing in 2005. Together they raised three wonderful children whom Eula enjoyed spending much time with. Eula enjoyed fishing and camping on the Sabine River and Murvaul Creek early in life. She enjoyed the outdoors, watching the birds, gardening, and working the flowers. She also loved doing crafts, sewing, crocheting, and listening to country music. Eula treasured the moments she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved each one of them immensely.      

She is survived by:
Her sons: 
Michael Hughes and wife Marie of Nacogdoches, Texas
Thomas Hughes and wife Angela of Garrison, Texas

Daughter: Deborah Moore and husband David of Palestine, Texas

Special family member: Tracy Marshall and husband Ed of Nacogdoches, Texas

Grandchildren: 
Stacy Hughes and wife Kayla
Karen Payne and husband Eddy
April Moore
Austin Moore and wife Jennifer
Tommy Hughes
Christina Thompson and husband Wes
Richard Hughes

Great-grandchildren:
Jessy Reeves and husband Justin
Branden Hughes
Haley Casey and husband Colton
Kelsey Payne
Mackenzie Payne
Aliya Guster
Jayla Guster
A.J. Moore
Levi Moore
Jaxson Moore

Great-great-grandchildren:
Presleigh Casey 
Conley Casey

Numerous nieces and nephews

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

She is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Howard Lynn Hughes; and brother, Harold Richardson.

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

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

04/06/2018

Anna Mae Marcotte Grayson passed away on March 22, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas with her husband of 65 years, Paul, by her side. Many other family members were there to comfort her during her final days as well. Anna was born in Charenton, Louisiana on February 21, 1934. She is preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Emile, her brothers, Emile Jr., Roland, Raleigh, and Bernice Marcotte, and her sons, Grant Timothy and Todd Corey Grayson.

She is survived by her beloved baby sister, Marjorie Mae, her devoted husband, Paul, sons, Paul Jr., Mark Randall and her daughters-in-law, Marjorie and Sally. She is also survived by daughter, Janelle Ellen, granddaughters, Emma Graciela, Nadia Lucia Torres and their father, Juan Torres. Many members of her extended family were always in her heart as well.  Among them were her sisters-in-law, Susan Kawaja, Alene Whiddon, Betsy Chambliss, her brothers-in-law, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.

Anna symbolized her dedication to Jehovah by water baptism on September 9, 1961. She never wavered in the hope of a resurrection when she will be able to see her loved ones again. She volunteered her time as an auxiliary pioneer when her health allowed and was happiest when she was in the company of her brothers and sisters in the congregations she attended over the years.

Anna was a talented artist and loved any painting by the French Impressionist, Claude Monet, but especially The Japanese Footbridge, which appears on the program cover. Her granddaughters, Emma and Nadia, brought much joy into her life especially when her health began to falter.  Her infectious laughter and sassy sense of humor will not soon be forgotten. She adored the food of her Cajun heritage; especially gumbo. She enjoyed traveling with her family when her children were young, and in later life, with her constant companion, Paul. Sanibel Island and Fort Myers were among her favorite spots to visit.

04/06/2018

Albert Lee Barnfield, 57, of Center, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018, in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Barnfield was born February 27, 1961, in Dallas, to Lee James Barnfield and Juanita Sampson Barnfield. He loved his job and his family.  

He is survived by
Wife: Alice Kay Welch

Parents: Lee James Barnfield and Juanita Sampson Barnfield

Children:
Clayton Patrick Barnfield
Jennifer Lee Barnfield
Priscilla Hudson
Shawn Canales
Summer Sims
Tracy Hewitt
Tia Kae Knoll
Steven Ray Knoll

Grandchildren:
Katy Sims
William Smith
Steven Smith
Michael Anthony Rosas II
Brianna Rosas
Frank Rosas
Jacqueiline Canales
Jayleen Canales
Jonatan Canales
Pharoh Canales
Aniyah Canales
Honesty Nicole Barnfield
Clayton Edward Barnfield
Santana Marie Barnfield
Matthew Lynn Barnfield
Raylee Maye Barnfield
Rylee Faye Barnfield
Anthony James Walsh
Katie Lee Hinton
Kevin Maurice Hilton
Kylee Nicole Wiliston

Great-Grandchild: Maddison Lee Rosas

Sisters:
Elaine Williams Belanger
Helen Barnfield Ratcliff
Glenda Kay Williams
Mary Jane Marty Boren

Best Friends: 
Michael Jordan and Stacey Roth

Preceded in death by
Brothers: Oliver G. Williams, G.B. Williams Jr., Buster Bob Barnfield, Joel. E. Mary
Sisters: Linda Fay Williams Cashion Livingston
Best Friend: Stanley James Knoll

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

04/05/2018

Johnnie W. Booth, 86, of Bayfield, Colorado, formerly of Shelby County, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, at his residence in Bayfield.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at noon.  

Mr. Booth was born December 5, 1931, in Sweeney, Texas, to John Booth and Nellie Maude Drace Booth.

He is survived by
Children:
Cherri Dodd and husband, Roger, of Bayfield, Colorado
Frank Booth and wife, Candie, of Newton, Texas

Grandchildren:
Heather Sturzenacker and husband, Scott, of Canoga Park, California
Shannon Booth of Newton, Texas
Justin Booth of Newton, Texas

Great-Grandson: Jackson Tyler Sturzenacker of Canoga Park, California

Preceded in death by
Wife: Marian Frances Booth
Parents: John Booth and Nellie Maude Drace Booth
Brother: Joe Booth
Sisters: Leona Amburn, Violet Bonnett
Half Sister: Elsie Poole

Pallbearers will be Frank Booth, Justin Booth, Herbie Kelly, Troy Godeaux, John Oilfield and Dustin Poplin.

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

04/05/2018

Harold Edward Bloodgood, 70, of Center, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ozay Ford and Thomas Fields officiating.  Interment will follow at Campti Methodist Cemetery in Shelby County.  

Mr. Bloodgood was born September 23, 1947, in Houston, to Charles Bloodgood and Sarah Lorene Cox Bloodgood.  He was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Georgia Bloodgood of Center

Children:
Charles Bloodgood and wife, Denise, of Center
James Bloodgood and wife, Jill, of Center
Steve Bloodgood and wife, Lisa, of Center
Sheila Fountain and husband, Stephen, of Center

Grandchildren:
Sharon Anderson
Dustin Bloodgood
Austin Bloodgood
Justin Bloodgood
Will Blackwell
Jennifer Green
Lucas Blackwell
Brittany Bloodgood
Naythen Bloodgood
Garrett Bloodgood
Bryce Bloodgood
Jacob Lang

Great-Grandchildren:
Mason Bloodgood
Kyla Bloodgood
Levi Livingston
Eli Livingston
Lyla Blackwell
Beau Blackwell

Sisters and Brother:
Bennie Sue Goss of Humble
Mary Lou Erwin of Humble
James White of Humble

Special Nephew: Mike Speedy of Center

Preceded in death by
Father: Charles Bloodgood 
Mother: Sarah Lorene Cox White
Grandparents: Buddy and Susie Cox

Pallbearers will be Dustin Bloodgood, Austin Bloodgood, Justin Bloodgood, Will Blackwell, Michael Speedy, Jacob Lang, Naythen Bloodgood and Logan Speedy.

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

04/05/2018

A.J. Runnels Jr., 75, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Runnels was born January 22, 1943, in Logan, to A.J. Runnels and Charlie Fate Briggs Runnels. His hobbies included fishing and strolling in his El Caminos. He loved spending time with his family. Mr. Runnels was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Children:
Alan J. Runnels of Joaquin
Donald R. Runnels of Joaquin
Kevin D. Runnels of Joaquin
Melinda Harvey and husband, Jason, of Joaquin
Brittany Whitton and husband, Gary, of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Stoney Runnels and wife, Jessica
Justin Runnels
Shelby Runnels
Heaven Umbrell and husband, Wesley
Nathan Runnels
Cody Runnels and wife, Vanessa
Anna Runnels
Ashlyn Wiggins and husband, Jared
Kristen Harvey
Addisyn Harvey
Camryn Runnels
Kolton Whitton
Landen Whitton
Harley Runnels

Great-Grandchildren:
Stormy Runnels
Trenton Runnels
Braylin Umbrell
Korbin Jackson
William Runnels
Matthew Runnels
Wrigley Umbrell
Zayne Klaire Wiggins

Numerous nieces, nephews and other family
A host of friends

Brother: Charles Runnels and wife, Marsha

Sisters:
Glenda
Rita Morris and husband, Donnie
Gail Fountain
Melissa Runnels

Preceded in death by
Loving wife of 51 years: Trudy Runnels
Parents: A.J. Runnels and Charlie Fate Briggs Runnels
Brother-in-law: Bryan Fountain

Pallbearers will be Stoney Runnels, Cody Runnels, Nathan Runnels, Ricky Pierce, “Bubba” Walters, Shelby Runnels, Justin Runnels and Tommy Bissell. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Compton, Gary Whitton, Travis Reneau, Joe Thomas and John Derek Adams.

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

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