Brynlee Yakail Ratcliff, infant daughter of Jerome and BaNeka Ratcliff, gained her angel wings on October 16, 2017.

A graveside service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville, Tx with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:
Parents: Jerome and BaNeka Bennett Ratcliff of Shelbyville, Tx

Brother: Tymarrion Mosby

Sister: Bre’Ida Ratcliff 

Bobby Bennett of Center, Tx
Jimmy and Jacklyn Swindle Smith of Shelbyville, Tx
Carlos and Shontreka Booth of Center, Tx

Margie Bennett of Center, Tx
Bishop Roosevelt and Girtha Swindle of Shelbyville, Tx
Thelma Ratcliff of Center, Tx

Triquina Swindle Polley
Tynae Swindle
Bianca Bennett


Danny Jackson Foster, born February 25, 1957 in Columbiana, Alabama, knocked on the Pearly Gates of Heaven October 17, 2017. St. Peter opened the door and asked why he was here so soon, to which Danny likely replied, “If you wanted to hear one of my jokes about you in person, a phone call would have worked just fine.”  

A fine Auburn man who lived his life by the Auburn Creed, Danny earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Auburn University in 1980. During his time at Auburn University, Danny played the tenor sax in the Auburn University Marching Band from 1975-1979. Danny co-wrote the Shelby County High School fight song still played today.

Prior to working in the wood industry for 34 years, Danny held many unique jobs, including working as a meat cutter, vacuum salesman, Bible salesman, boll weevil counter, butter factory worker, tomato plant deliverer, grass cutter and longshoreman forklift driver as needed. Danny served as Vice President of Ihlo Sales and Import Company for the past 25 years where his expertise included international marketing of wood products, importer of Blue Mountain Meranti plywood from Malaysia, importer of high end prosperwood birch from China, established Madenorte as the Brazilian high quality plywood standard and was a high quality exotic fancy plywood specialist.  Danny was a member of the Center Noon Lions Club and was the past president in 1997, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas. 

Danny was an excellent cook and loved to serve anyone his favorite dishes – BBQ Shrimp New Orleans style was a favorite specialty. A jack of all trades and an avid historian, Danny had a story about any subject and loved to share his passion for living life to the fullest.

Danny leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Andi (Johnston), two children, Dr. Alison Slade (David) of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Matt Foster (Brittany) of Center, Texas, sister Melissa Denney (Tom) of Auburn, Alabama and brother Jeff Foster of Columbiana, Alabama, and two nephews, Trey Denney (Sara) of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Foster Denney of Auburn, Alabama. Big Daddy also leaves behind seven grandchildren, whom he adored and cherished. Big Daddy had special names for all his babies: Austin Miller (Otis), Andrew Miller (Rufus), Lola Slade (Caledonia), Cora Slade (Sadie), Colton Slade (Slick), Roman Foster (RoRo) and Ivy Foster (Gertrude). Danny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Eugene Bozeman, Ada Moore Bozeman, Charles Oliver Foster and Sadie Farr Foster, his parents, Lewis Mack Foster and Flora Mae Foster, and his grandson, Gabriel John Slade.  Danny also leaves behind a vast number of relatives and friends worldwide.

Danny had a heart of gold and his giving and loving nature did not end with his death.. Danny was an organ donor and was able to save and change the lives of many, which he would not brag about to anyone but we sure think it is an amazing, selfless act that he lives on in others.  

Danny was one of the most giving and amazing people to grace this world. Anyone who met him loved him and his ability to share his humor, wit and wisdom with all he encountered.  

Services for Danny Foster were held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Noon with Rev. Karen Jones followed by a visitation at First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas under the direction of Watson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dan Johnston, Wayne May, Leroy Newman, Dr. Keith Miller, Jim Sawyer, Lynn Davis and Roy Blackshear. Honorary pallbearers were the Center Noon Lions Club of Center, Texas.

Visitation was also held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Good Hope Methodist Church in Columbiana, Alabama from Noon until 2 p.m. with a graveside service immediately following at Williams Cemetery in the Kingdom Community under the direction of Bolton's Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin McCormick.

Pallbearers included Trey Denney, Foster Denney, Jimmy Ray Bozeman, Terry Wayne Bozeman, Mike Blackwell and Bruce Russell.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to any of the following: Williams Cemetery Fund c/o of Good Hope Methodist Church, 2735 CR 61, Columbiana, Alabama, 35051; Alan R. Dimick Burn Care Fund, UAB Gift Records, Admin. Building 1230, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama, 35294-0112; Center Noon Lions Club, c/o Jim Sawyer, Shelby Savings Bank, 111 Selma St., Center, Texas, 75935; or First United Methodist Church of Center, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas, 75935.


Howell Glen Hudson, “Rabbit”, 78, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on October 18, 2017 in Garrison, Texas. He was born in Timpson on May 15, 1939 to Norman Howell Hudson and Minnie Lee Courtney Hudson. Funeral service for Glen will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Corinth Baptist Church with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Corinth Baptist Church.

At a young age, Glen left home and worked pipeline jobs for several years. In 1960, he and his wife moved to Longview. He worked for R.G. LeTourneau for over 10 years before starting to work for U.S. Industries. He remained there until he retired in 1989. He was very involved in sports and even coached a little league football and baseball team. He served as president of the booster club and was active in the Lions Club. After retirement, he moved back to Timpson in 1989 where he spent the rest of his years enjoying being a grandpa. He also liked to fish, hunt, riding four-wheelers, attending football games, and going to the Country Music Hayride with friends. Glen served on the Timpson Rural Water Board for 18 years and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. 

Glen is survived by:
Tammy “Hambone” Hudson 
Morgan Brooke Hudson

Marty Hudson 
Jeff Hudson
Steven Nelson


Cody Cash 
Harley Lane
Coy Lane

Sister: Cindy Summers and husband, Jerry 

Aunt: Vaudine Taylor

A host of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Cody Lane Herrin; sister, Gwendolyn Billingsley; brother-in-law, Byron Billingsley; maternal grandparents, Momma and Poppa Courtney; aunts, Alta Hudson and Verlene Roberts.

Pallbearers will be Roy Wayne Courtney, Pete Andrews, Justin Oliver, Nathan Ramsey, Ken Ramsey, Orval Miller.

Honorary pallbearers are Bob Crump, Darrell Rhodes, Jack Harris, Mike Hudson, Billy Askins.

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

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Franklin Tom Hughes, 66, of Nacogdoches, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Sardis Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Hughes was born January 8, 1951, in Center, to Tom Hughes and Priscilla Jean Sullivan Hughes.  He retired as a custodian at SFA.  

He is survived by
Brother: James Hughes of Center

Sister: Margaret Gordy of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Tom Hughes and Prisilla Jean Sullivan Hughes

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Samantha Jo Baldwin passed away unexpectedly on October 11, 2017 at the age of 27. She is the daughter of James and Elizabeth Baldwin, granddaughter of Doris and James Baldwin and Linda and Johnny Dollar. Samantha was raised in Logansport, attended the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, and graduated from Stanley High School in 2008. She received many scholarship offers, including to Yale University, and attended the University of New Orleans on a full scholarship, with a passion for literature and art. Samantha was a bright, talented and beautiful soul who was taken from her family and friends too soon.

She is survived by her two-year-old son Richard Brent Wilssens III, who she loved more than anything; father, James Baldwin; sister, Jamie Baldwin Inglis; brother-in-law, Nicholas Inglis; niece, Lola Inglis; nephew, Cameron Miller; partner, Brent Wilssens; and many aunts, cousins, and friends.

Donations may be made to a memorial fund for Samantha at Community Bank of Louisiana.


Austin Underbrink, 23, of Timpson, passed away on October 15, 2017. He was born on April 9, 1994 in Center, Texas to Barrett Underbrink and Tammy Redmon. Funeral services for Austin will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Son Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Austin grew up in Shelby County. He attended Joaquin ISD and graduated with the Class of 2012. He was a proud member of the Joaquin Ram Football team and was known as the “Gentle Giant.” He was a fierce competitor on the field, but out of uniform he had a true heart of gold. He really liked attending Word of Faith in Joaquin with his friends. Austin was a hard-working young man that worked in the oil and gas industry on pipelines. While he did not have a lot of spare time off from work, when he did, he was surrounded by family and friends. Austin loved his family and treasured those moments spent around camp fires and just talking. He might show up at his aunts and uncles homes at any moment just to catch up. He also had a great time riding four-wheelers and mud-hogging. Never a negative word was spoken when Austin’s name came up. Everyone in the community knew him as a genuine and caring young man. He was selfless. He never worried about himself but always put others and their needs above his own. He even sent money to random churches and other organizations he would attend while off working just to help out. He was the purest soul you would ever meet.

Austin is survived by:

Mother, Tammy Diane Redmon of Timpson

Father and step-mother, Barrett and Jeneva Underbrink of Center

Shaquille Ingram of Center
Dakota Ingram of Timpson

Kaylee Underbrink of Center
Chelsey Windham and husband, Son of Huxley
Mikaela Stone and fiancé, Patrick of Center
Laela York and husband, Corey of Center

Maternal grandparents:
Joy Lynn Redmon of Center
Verl Redmon of Center

Paternal grandfather, Urban Underbrink, III of Center

Maternal great-grandmother, Johnnie Cassell of Center

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his uncle, Jason Eli Redmon, great uncle, Jerald Goings, and paternal grandmother, Susan Sanford and paternal great-grandfather, Howell Cassell.

Pallbearers will be Chase Baker, Jeff Estes, Robby Dutton, Tyler McSwain, Lance Lawson, Skyler Gilpatrick, Hayden Ferguson, Dalton Willis, Jamie Carrol, and Justin Underbrink. Honorary pallbearers are Kurstan Underbrink and Joseph LeBlanc.

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Melvin Beard, 84, of Garrison, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017, in Garrison.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Rick Anderson officiating.

Melvin was born October 22, 1932, to Carl Beard and Georgia Stokes Beard.  He was born and raised in Garrison, where he lived most of his life.  Melvin served in the United States Air Force and later served as the local pharmacist in Garrison and Timpson for over forty years.  He loved “taking care” of everyone.  Melvin loved his family, grandchildren and his wife, Joan, whom he remained close to until his death.  He also loved hunting, fishing reading and spending time with his lifelong friends.  Melvin was loved and will be greatly missed.  He was a member of First Methodist Church in Garrison.

He is survived by
Ex-Wife: Joan Beard

Mitch Beard
Kerry Beard and wife, Terry
Clay Beard and wife, Tammy

Mallory Beard
Maggie Beard
Micah Beard
Macen Beard
CJ Beard
Shelby Richey and husband, Grant
Sarah Beard

Nephew: Gerald Humphreys

Rhenda Addison
Stephani Curbow

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Carl Beard and Georgia Stokes Beard
Sister: Louise Beard Humphreys McCollister
Brothers: Devant Beard, James Beard
Granddaughter: Kristian Beard

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made payable to Cold Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Cold Springs Baptist Church, PO Box 726, Garrison, Texas 75946. 

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home.


Hildred Dempsey, 94, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on October 12, 2017. She was born on November 28, 1922 in Timpson to Arthur Thornton and Jewell Bell Morris Thornton. A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, October 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s of the Epiphany Catholic Church in Timpson, Texas with Father Nelson and Father Jose, Celebrants. Interment will follow at Blair Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017 at Taylor Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 11:30 AM at Taylor Funeral Home.

Hildred was born and raised in Timpson, Texas. She graduated from Timpson High School and attended Stephen F Austin University. She worked for Southwestern Bell in Houston. She met the love of her life, Joseph John Dempsey, Sr. in Houston, Texas. They married three short months later on October 11, 1945. The two spent over 32 years together before his passing in 1977. After Joe’s passing, Hildred worked for 16 years at the Center Post Office.

Hildred is preceded in death by her beloved husband Joe; her parents, Arthur and Jewell Thornton; son, Joseph John Dempsey, Jr.; and sister, Audrey King.

She is survived by:

Son, Thomas Dempsey and fiancé, Deanna Banks of Lafayette, Louisiana

Mary Gordon and husband, Jeff of Friendswood, Texas
Cathy Peters of Missouri City, Texas
Susan Roderick and husband, Homer of Joshua, Texas
Colleen Dickerson and husband, Mason of Lafayette, Louisiana
Maureen Hunt and husband, Dannie of Timpson, Texas

Brother, Ross Thornton and wife, Betty of Timpson, Texas

Fourteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hildred adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Hildred was a peacemaker, never spoke an unkind word, and always found something special in everyone. She was a shining example of Christ-like attributes. She found great joy spending time in her flower gardens, working in the yard, wading on the beach, and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren, whom she lived for each day.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Dempsey’s service will be Andrew Gordon, Michael Gordon, Adam Roderick, Tom Roderick, David Roderick and Joseph Hunt.

Honorary pallbearers are John Angenend and James Allen Sapp.

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


Superintendent Milton L. Horn, 87, of Nacogdoches, TX, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017. He was born July 25, 1930 to Jim and Donnie Littles Horn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Donnie Littles Horn, his son Milton L. Horn Jr. and Nine siblings.

Service are scheduled for Saturday 11:00 am, October 14, 2017 at Zion Hill First Baptist Church, 1122 N. E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas with Superintendent Charles Greggs, and Bishop T. T Terry Sr.

Visitations will begin on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX; and wake at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Jacobs Memorial Church of God In Christ, 1717 Castleberry, Nacogdoches, TX.

Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX under the directions of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, TX.

Superintendent Milton L. Horn leaves to cherish his memory; his wife Mrs. Margie Horn; Three daughters, Beulah H. Lewis, Addie I. Horn and Riana Horn Williams; Grandchildren; Great-grandchildren; and Great-Great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.


Buford Burt Weaver, 77, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Joe Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Weaver was born January 17, 1940, to Jay Elmer Weaver and Mary Maurine Koonce Weaver. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Mr. Weaver was very active in Logansport Missionary Baptist Church in Logansport, Louisiana.

He is survived by
Wife: Sue Weaver

Larry Weaver and wife, Pam
Denise Owens and husband, Pete

Lindsey Morris
Kolby Owens
Kelsey Owens
Karson Owens
Kamden Owens

Great Grandchildren:
Chesney Davis
Clint Davis
Tennyson Morris
Gentry Owens

Preceded in death by
Grandson: Clint Weaver
Parents: B.D. Koonce and Mary Maurine Koonce Weaver

Pallbearers will be Kolby Owens, Karson Owens, Kamden Owens, Wayne Hendricks, Chad Hughes and Terry Walton.

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Robert “Robbie” Alford, 52, of Center, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017, in Center.

Mr. Alford’s wishes were to be cremated and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Alford was born September 25, 1965, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Robert L. Alford and Freda Place Alford.  He enjoyed video games and watching television.  Mr. Alford was a member of Addai Caddo Indian Tribe.

He is survived by
Ex-Wife: Gail Christmas Lucas

Kevin Lucas
Cameron Lucas
Michael Alford

Mother: Freda Alford

Sister: Tonya Hernandez

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Father: Robert L. Alford
Brothers: Joseph Alford, David Alford

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Estelle Scott Burgay, 94, of Timpson, Texas passed away on October 10, 2017 in Garrison, Texas.  Born September 30, 1923, Estelle is the daughter of the late Leroy and Lizzie (Bass) Scott.  Visitation will be held Thursday October 12, 2017 from 6-8PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.  Funeral service will be held Friday October 13, 2017 at 2PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  Interment will follow in Blair Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Born and raised in Shelby County, Texas, Estelle was one of seven children.  She graduated Timpson High School. She then went to work at the local pharmacy where she met the love of her life, Dallas Burgay, whom she spent over 58 years with until his passing.  She had an abundant love for children, keeping many through the years.  Ms. Estelle loved working in her flower garden.  She enjoyed spending time outdoors She found great joy in spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Nanny loved each one of them.  Ms. Estelle was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church serving the Lord in many capacities.  

Ms. Estelle is survived by
Her loving daughters: 
Judy Vaughn
Yvonne Ramsey

Stephen Burgay and wife Belinda
Donna Vaughn Skinner and husband Ben
Amanda McAlexander Ross
Robin Ramsey Hooper and husband Tracy
Penny Ramsey
Chuck Kay and wife Kathy
Selisha Cockrell and husband Jay Dee

Margo Hooper
April Ramsey
Hannah Ross
Benjamin Skinner
Ashley Skinner
McKenzie Burgay
Chandler Burgay
Karly Kay
Michael Kay
Kade Cockrell
Jodi Cockrell

Brantley Jeff Coat
Brylie Kay

Daughter-in-law: Betty Burgay

Sharon Scott

James Weber
Jerry Woodfin

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

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Dallas Burgay; parents; son, Stanley Burgay; daughter, Patricia Ann McAlexander and husband Fred; sisters, Oleta Weber, Bobbie Woodfin; brothers, Edward Scott and wife Elizabeth, Bennie Mack Scott and wife Doris Faye, Bob Scott and wife Mary Ann, Jimmy Scott; son-in-laws, Walter “Buddy” Vaughn, and Glynn Ramsey.

Pallbearers serving will be Ben Skinner, Tracy Hooper, Benjamin Skinner, Rex Scott, Stephen Burgay, and Chandler Burgay.

Honorary pallbearers serving will be Smokey Beard, James “Cecil” Woodfin, Roger Scott, James Moore, and Charles Mackey.
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Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Marie Byrd Fleming, 87, a lifelong resident of Byrd Town, Texas, departed this life and passed on to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Nacogdoches Medical Center.  

Graveside service will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Jim Moss officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 12:00 noon.

She was born on February 13, 1930, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Warren Byrd. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville.

She is survived by
Brother: James Byrd of Nederland

Sister-in-law: Francis Byrd

Johnny Fleming Sr. and wife, Judy, of Shelbyville
Jerrell Fleming and wife, Sharon, of Center
James Melvin Fleming of Shelbyville

Johnny Fleming Jr. and wife, Alana, of Shelbyville
Jerremy Fleming and wife, Joy, of Center
Jeret Fleming and wife, Jennifer, of Shelbyville
Cody Fleming of Shelbyville

A host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends

She is preceded in death by
Husband: Melvin Fleming
Brother: Earl Ray Byrd
Brother: J.W. “Buddy” Byrd
Grandson: Chad Fleming

Pallbearers will be Johnny Fleming Jr., Jerremy Fleming, Jeret Fleming, Cody Fleming, Mike Byrd and Christopher Fleming.  Honorary pallbearers will be Emma Jean Dock Johnson and Robert Johnson.

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Barbara Gene Surette, 67, of Houston, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm, Monday, October 9, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Surette was born November 1, 1949, in Houston, to Jesse Leon Dockens and Juanita Mills Dockens. She enjoyed trail riding and taking care of her horses.

She is survived by
Husband: Clayton Adams of Houston

Dixie Dockens
Debbie Dockens

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jesse Leon Dockens and Juanita Mills Dockens

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Arnold Jay Frazier, 73, of Center, passed away August 26, 2017, in Center.

Jay’s wishes were to be cremated and the family will have a military honors graveside service on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

Arnold was born July 23, 1944, in Houston, to Julius Pete Frazier and Thelma Louise Branch.  Jay was a contractor in Shelby County for over 25 years.  He was honorably discharged from the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam Conflict.

He is survived by
Son: A.J. Frazier, Jr. of New Caney

Daughter: Tina Frazier of Houston

Step Children:
Robert Ellis of Center
Sondra Ellis of Houston
Brandi Garza of Center

Several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Step Grandchildren

Sister: Judy Thompson of Palestine

Billy Parker of Buffalo
David Parker of Houston

Ex-Wife: Pamela Frazier of Center

Numerous other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Julius Pete Frazier and Thelma Louise Branch Frazier
Brother: Robert Frazier

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Richard Earl Jones, Sr., 82, of Garrison, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in Garrison.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Garrison Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Caledonia Cemetery in Rusk County.

Mr. Jones was born November 16, 1934, in Covington, Kentucky, to James Earl Jones and Inda Sue Whitley Jones.

He is survived by
Wife: Emma Jones of Garrison

Sheralen Pollard and husband, Dickie of LaPorte
Richard Earl Jones, Jr. and wife, Christine, of Nacogdoches
James Jones (late wife, Sherry) and Cindy of Lufkin
Timothy Jones and wife, Tonya, of LaPorte
Christopher Jones and wife, Carol, of Mt. Enterprise

Kandi Zacker
David Pollard
Joshua Jones
Crystal Jones
Shawn Jones
Stacy Jones
Collin Jones
Hunter Jones
Cameron Jones
Jennifer Pirtle
Christopher Jones II
Stephanie Whitlow

18 Great Grandchildren

Brothers and Sisters:
Johnny Jones of Cleveland
Carolyn Bell of Magnolia
Eileen Fisher of Houston
Russell Jones of Houston
Allison Jones of Houston
Laura Jones of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Earl Jones and Inda Sue Whitley Jones
Brother: Charles Jones
Nephew: Charlie Jones

Pallbearers will be David Pollard, Joshua Jones, Shawn Jones, Collin Jones, Hunter Jones, Cameron Jones, Chris Jones II and Chase Julian.

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


George Washington “G.W.” Strong, 81, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

G.W. was born February 22, 1936, in Huxley, to Virgil Calhoun Strong and Fleta Fleming Strong.  He worked in the poultry industry for over 52 years, being involved in egg production, poultry farming, laying hens/broilers and working catching crews. He also owned a gas station.  G.W. raised hogs and enjoyed working with a variety of horse breeds.  He sold race horses in Germany, Venezuela, Canada, Old Mexico, as well as all over the United States.  He did everything!  Above all, his most enjoyable moments were those spent with his family and friends.  G.W. was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

He is survived by

Wife of 62 years, Bettie Strong of Center

Mark Strong and wife, Tracey, of Joaquin
Elizabeth Edge of Austin
Susan Logsdon and husband, Norman, of Bryan

Jennifer McCall and husband, Dwight
Anthony Strong and wife, Karis
Jodi Sigler and husband, Michael
Nathan Edge
Natalie Aguilar and husband, Tony
Landon Logsdon
Ashton Logsdon and wife, Ami

Malachi Aguilar
Elijah Aguilar
Brady Sigler
Maddox Strong
Ingrid McCall
Jameson McCall

Sister: Lottie Hammett

Preceded in death by
Parents: Virgil Calhoun Strong and Fleta Fleming Strong
Brothers and Sisters: Irene Mayfield, Mildred Wooten, Elzine Strong, Estelene Hill, Billy Strong, Louise Pickering, and Mozelle Requardt.

Pallbearers will be Terry Allen, Tony Willoughby, Larry Mayfield, Keith Fincher, Mike Pickering, Arthur Hill, Lewis Ross and Danny Oswalt.  Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Stone, Keith Link, Mike Ward, Jim Ward, John Fincher, Waylon Hughes and Jack Forbes.

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Nancy Lou Shaddox McLendon of Penasco, NM, passed away Wednesday, October 4, after a brave journey through cancer.

Nancy was born September 6, 1941, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from Ray High School in Corpus Christi and attended Texas A and I University and Stephen F. Austin State University. She held degrees in English, Art, and Special Education.  In the late 1960’s, Nancy settled with her family in Center, Texas. She taught school in Center, Texas and Shelbyville, Texas. She was a well-known artist in the area and enjoyed sharing her talents through art shows, watercolor lessons, and private commissions.

During the summer of 1989, Nancy took a trip to explore New Mexico’s art and landscape. She met a local student in the community of Penasco when she stopped to sketch the view. After learning she was a reading teacher, the young man shared that his reading teacher had just left. She applied for the position and was hired. That was the start of 28 years in the community she fell in love with on the High Road to Taos.

In addition to exploring different art mediums, developing amazing relationships with friends, and teaching school, Nancy established her own small gallery, the Walking Woman Gallery, and participated in events such as Hersday at Art for the Heart, the organization founded by her beloved friend, Jean Nichols. Nancy loved and lived a life rich with culture and art in this community.

Nancy Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Robert H. and Pearl Kathryne Shaddox. She is survived by her children, Robert Michael and Mary Beth Glass and Kathryne Noel and Daniel Olsen; grandchildren, Hannah and Lance Saunders, Teal and Tyler Morris, Emily Glass, and Raleigh Wilkins; and great-grandchildren, Aiden Wilkins, Kodi Kate Morris, and Collins Morris.

At Nancy’s request, there will be no formal funeral service. In lieu of a service the family is planning a celebration tribute of her life and art.  It will be held at her studio during the High Road tour season in 2018.

The family of Nancy Lou Shaddox McLendon has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.



Charles Wayne Boozier, 69, of Houston, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Boozier was born April 23, 1948, in Shelbyville, to Ella Borders.  He served in the United States Army.  Mr. Boozier loved riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by
Wife: Theresa Anne Boozier of Houston

Lisa Renee Cantu and husband, Edbert, of Houston
Amanda Michelle Boozier of Nederland

Edbert Cantu, Jr.
Halie Leyann Bear
Marcos Alejandro Cantu
Christina Papp
Christian Wayne Cantu
Trinity Papp
Elisabeth Cantu

Sister: Barbara Whitten of Houston

Preceded in death by
Mother: Ella Allen
Sisters: Mary Graves, Joyce Gatton, Marie Hopson, Jean Kendrick
Brothers: Ivis Lee Graves, Mahon Graves

Pallbearers will be Edbert Cantu Jr., Marcos Cantu, Christian Cantu, Jason Molina, Billy Wayne Umfrid and Howard Dye.  Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Gatton.

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Martin Michael “Mike” Middleton was a 5th generation Shelby Countian born at the Sanitorium in Center, Texas on February 13, 1947.  He passed away on October 3, 2017 in Boerne, Texas following a 10-month battle with melanoma.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Center.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mike grew up in Shelby County and graduated from Center High School in 1965.  He started working at an early age, including driving the Center band bus. Mike took over his family’s feed mill and poultry business at the age of 16 after his own father passed away.  He remained active in the chicken farming and cattle ranching business for much of his life, but Mike’s primary career was devoted to trucking.  He grew the family business which shipped 3 daily loads of chickens from Center to Seguin into a dedicated trucking company based out of Center.  By the time he semi-retired, Mike was president of Middleton Transportation Company / Lisa Motor Lines, a company that operated several hundred trucks out of Fort Worth and focused on delivering fresh produce and many other food products between producers and grocers across the US, Canada, and Mexico.  Even after retirement, Mike helped his sons run several other trucking companies until 2011.

Mike will be remembered as a loving husband, brother, proud father of 4 boys, and a grandfather that adored his 5 granddaughters and grandson.  He was a loyal friend to many, and a respected businessman and employer.  Mike was a generous philanthropist and went above and beyond to assist family, employees, and complete strangers in need.  In his personal life and his business, Mike was a man of integrity, and his word was his bond.  On the outside, he embodied the tough, rugged Texan ideal, but on the inside he had a large and generous heart and earned the love and respect of many people during his 70 years.  

He is survived by
Wife: Brenda Williams Middleton

Sons: Martin, Michael, Mark, and Matt

Sister: Alice Joy Canales

Brother: Verner Wayne Middleton

Grandchildren: Michaela, Courtney, Breanna, Hannah, Maci, and Micah 

Dog: Benji

Preceded by: Parents Martin McCoy Middleton and Shirley Booth Middleton

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Healthwell Foundation – an organization dedicated to assisting those unable to afford lifesaving medications for chronic illnesses. 
Phone: (800) 675-8416

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