01/14/2019

McCoy and Harrison Funeral Home and Hicks Mortuary are announcing funeral service for Mrs. Elma Christine Pitts-Freundrich of the Houston, Texas. Mrs. Freundrich passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Freundrich was born October 29, 1937 in Center, Texas.  Graveside service will be Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. John Cemetery in the Africa Community at 12-noon.   

Mrs. Freundrich’s local survivors are: 
Cassandra Pitts
LaTonya Pitts
Sophia Pitts-Warren
Kelly (Adric) Watts
Jackie Pitts
James (Ann) Pitts
Lester Pitts 

01/13/2019

Billy Ray Magness, 82, of Timpson, Texas passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, in Center, Texas, surrounded by loved ones.  Born March 25, 1936, in Clute, Texas to the late William Horace and Ludie Mae (Bass) Magness. Visitation will be held Sunday January 13, 2019 from 3 – 5 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Levi Cohorst officiating.  Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.  

Billy graduated from Timpson High School in 1954 and received his Masters in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. His life was devoted to the field of education where he took great pride in molding young minds and lives. He taught and coached at China ISD and Tenaha ISD before returning home to Timpson where he coached girls’ athletics and taught social studies. In 1978, Billy was led to become the principal for the Shelby County Cooperative Special Education Program and he remained there until his retirement in 1997.

Billy married the love of his life, Nora Ann and the two shared over 40 wonderful years together before her passing in 2002. He later married Mary, whom he knew in high school, and the two remained lovingly devoted to one another’s care until Billy passed. Billy enjoyed the outdoors when he was not working in education. He had a collection of stories that he was happy to share about all of his fishing and squirrel hunting adventures. Billy was a loyal member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church for over 60 years. During his service there, he took on the responsibility of deacon and Sunday School teacher. Many memories and laughs will be treasured and missed by all that knew him. 

Billy is survived by:
His wife: Mary Magness

Son: Tim Magness and wife Nancy

Grandchildren:
TJ Magness
Kymber Magness
Haven Boniol

Great-grandchildren: 
Jazen Boniol
Rylah Boniol

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

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Nora Ann Magness; sisters, Doris Gibbs, Betty Jo Hardin, and Dorothy Mullins.

Pallbearers serving are Bobby Yarborough, Jim McDonald, Tim McDonald, John Temple, William Paul Mullins, and Dr. Cengiz Satir.

Honorary pallbearer serving is Charlie Rhodes.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net. 

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

01/13/2019

LaVelle Leach Watlington, 94, of Center, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 14, 2019, at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Michael McArthur officiating. Family visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Public visitation will begin at 12:00 noon.

Mrs. Watlington was born September 13, 1924, in San Augustine, to Clarence Leach and Emmer Lynch Leach. She loved fishing and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Watlington was a member of Lydia Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

She is survived by:
Her daughters: 
Zonia Corbell and husband Shane of Shelbyville, Texas
Tonja Bordelon and husband Ray of Frierson, Louisiana

Grandchildren: 
Shanell Ruiz and husband Jesse of Center, Texas
Jasper Corbell and wife Caroline of Center, Texas
Payton Bordelon of Frierson, Louisiana

Great-grandchildren:
Cash Ruiz of Center, Texas
Cyrus Ruiz of Center, Texas

Special nieces and nephews:
Rodney and Debbie Warren and their children Michael Vincent Warren
Sarah Scott and Adam Scott and their daughter Aubrey
Sheila Hudson and son Warren Hudson

Sister-in-law: Thelma Leach

A number of nieces and nephews; a host of friends.

Preceded in death by husband, Kenneth Watlington; sister, Ann Warren; brothers, “Dick” Leach, “Shot” Leach, “Bear” Leach, “Sid” Leach, Ferrel Leach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lydia Missionary Baptist Church, 14998 FM 139, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

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

01/10/2019

Steven "Steve" Edward Hampton, 76, of Center, Texas, passed away on January 10, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on September 7, 1942 in Henderson, Texas to C.B. Hampton and Mable Inez Owens Hampton. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 

A visitation will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 

Steve graduated from Sam Houston High School in Houston, Texas and shortly after started building and inspecting radio and microwave towers. He moved back to Shelby County in 1967 where he received a position building cooling towers. While there, he met Ann Parker and the two were married on March 1, 1969. Steve had a desire to take a new route professionally and began driving trucks cross-country for Melton Truck Lines. In 1970, he transferred to Vernon Sawyer Truck Lines in Bastrop, Louisiana and four years later, in 1974 became the owner and operator. He successfully built his business into a strong and long-lasting company that he loved for 22 years. In 1996, Steve made the decision to uproot from his life-long career and move to Dallas to try his hand at something new. He went to work for R-COM Construction Company installing underground copper and fiber optic cables. He remained there until his retirement in 2011 when he moved back to Center. 

Steve is survived by:
His son: Ronnie Hampton and wife, Lisa of Farmerville, Louisiana

Sister: Sharon Porter and husband, Michael of Center, Texas

Granddaughters: 
Hailey Kenly and husband, Zach of West Monroe, Louisiana
Faithe Ann Brown and husband, David of  West Monroe, Louisiana

Great-granddaughter: Madalyn Kenly of West Monroe, Louisiana

Great-grandson: Brandon Kenly of West Monroe, Louisiana

Niece: Monica Zimmerman and husband, Scott of Katy, Texas

Nephew: Justin Porter and wife, Carissa of Tenaha, Texas

Great-nieces: 
Kalyn Gilchrist and Matt Strickland of St. Petersburg, Florida
Hadley, Harper and Hollynn Porter all of Tenaha, Texas

Great-nephew: Jacob Zimmerman of Katy, Texas. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ann Parker Hampton; parents, C.B. and Inez Hampton; and brother, Michael Lee Hampton. 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

01/10/2019

Jo Ethel Garrett (76) of the East Liberty Community passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Lufkin, Texas. She was born on March 22, 1942.

Funeral service will be at 12 noon Saturday, January 12, 2019 at East Liberty Baptist Church in the East Liberty Community. Rev. Michael Mitchell will officiate. Visitation is Friday, January 11, 2019 at Hicks Chapel at 12:00 noon and committal is at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.
 
Mrs. Garrett is survived by:

Sons:
Gregory Garrett Sr. (Lisa) of Waco, Texas
Donald Garrett Sr. (Angela) of Mansfield, Texas

Daughters:
Tammy Marshall (Brian) of Beaumont, Texas
Tracy Chancey (Larry) of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sisters:
Linnie Millie (Frank) of Palm Springs California
Joyce Smith of Longview, Texas
Jimmie Johnson of Palm Springs, California
Billie Pollard (John) of Marshall, Texas

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

01/09/2019

Maria Perez Jaimes, 56, of Center, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019, in New Mexico.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. 

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Jaimes was born April 3, 1962, in Coroneo, Guanajuato, Mexico, to Maria Concepcion Perez Saavedra and Cesario Perez Cano.
She is survived by:
Her husband: Florencio Jaimes of Center

Daughters: 
Selena Jaimes of Center
Esmerelda Jaimes of Center

Father: Cesario Perez Cano of Mexico

Brothers and sisters: 
Fausto Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Francisco Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Josefina Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Juan Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Claudia Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Cerano Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Jesus Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Atilano Perez Saavedra of Mexico
Concepcion Perez Saavedra of Mexico

Stepchildren: 
Marquez Taylor Jaimes of Globster, Louisiana
Keshia Taylor Jaimes of Globster, Louisiana

Cousins: 
Nathlia Reyes of Center
Edey Jaimes of Center
Efriain and Maria James of Center

Niece: Yolanda Alcudia of Center

Nephew: Christian Perez of Center.

She is preceded in death by mother, Maria Concepcion Perez Saavedra.

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

01/09/2019

Steve Franks, 47, of Timpson, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Panola County.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Elderville Cemetery in Lakeport.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Franks was born January 31, 1971, in Lamar County, to Travis Wayne Franks and Shirley Lee Carrell Franks. 

He is survived by:
His wife: Barbara Franks of Timpson

Children: 
Stephen Douglas Franks and wife Brittnee of Spring
Katrina Yvonne Franks of LaPorte
Michael Anthony Franks of LaPorte
Chelsey Nicole Franks of Timpson
Mackenzie Smith Franks of Timpson
Kylie Smith Franks of Timpson
Kaleb Cole Smith Franks of Timpson

Stepchildren: 
Megan Jackson and husband C.J. of Hallsville
Tyler Jackson of Timpson

Grandchildren: 
Quinn
Hunter
Zayden
Nicholas
Dagon
Pierson
Asher
Arie
Dallas

Brothers and sisters:
Ronnie and Vickie Franks
Connie Frugia
John and Mary Franks
Lynette and Rodney Durbin
Teresa and Earl Graham
Claude and Reina Franks
Tim and Melissa Franks

Preceded in death by parents, Travis Wayne Franks and Shirley Lee Carrell Franks; best friend, Terry Deyoung.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Bailey, Ryan Mackey, Larry McDonald, Shane Martin, Buddy Jones, Bobby Smith, Shannon Loyd, Earnest Gomez, Stephen Franks, Michael Franks, Stephen Gumby, Tyler Jackson, Kaleb Franks, Ronnie Franks, John Franks, Rodney Durbin, Earl Graham, Claude Franks, and Tim Franks.

Honorary pallbearers will be High Roller Family, Jason McDonald, Archie Cooley, Luke Garrett, Tony Willoughby, Michael Henry, Bob Jones, and Sean Casse.

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

01/09/2019

Arona Ann Rambin, 76, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, January 7, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Bethel Cemetery in Appleby with Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating.

Mrs. Rambin was born April 1, 1942, in Cortez, Colorado, to Aaron Baker and Eula Mae Lancaster Baker.

She is survived by:
Her children: 
Suzanne Lummus of Santa Fe, Texas
Mark Allemand of California

Stepson: Sidney Rambin II

Sisters: 
Margaret DeSha and husband David of Shreveport, Louisiana
Linda Love of California

3 grandchildren

3 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by husband, Sidney Rambin; parents, Aaron Baker and Eula Mae Lancaster Baker; brother, Tommy Baker.

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

01/08/2019

Wanda Jean Smith, 91, of Center, Texas, passed away on January 8, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on July 23, 1927 in Maud, Texas to Travis Banks and Iva Lewis Banks. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 

Wanda married William Ernest Smith in 1941, and he preceded her in death on December 25, 1973. She served Shelby County as County Auditor for 28 years and was a member of the Eastern Star for 58 years. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Smith; her parents, Travis and Iva Banks; and her infant brother, Emanual Banks. 

She is survived by:
Her son: Lynn Smith and wife, Sherry of Nacogdoches

Granddaughter: Stacey Lynn Smith of Temple

And numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

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

01/07/2019

Martha Ann Manasco, 71, of Timpson, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Timpson, Texas. Born July 10, 1947, in Paxton Community, Shelby County, Texas to the late Andrew Ollis Sholar and Ethel Lee (Lewis) Munn.   Memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Stanley Church of Christ, Stanley, Louisiana.  

Martha was raised in Joaquin, Texas. She attended Joaquin High School and completed her GED. She met and married the love of her life, Roy Hershal, and the two spent over 45 years together before his passing. Her favorite past times are those spent serving the lord and spending time with her family. She enjoyed drinking coffee each day and watching Fox News. Martha spent time reading and enjoyed playing cards. She was a member of Stanley Church of Christ and loved her church and Lord dearly.  

Martha is survived by:
Her children: 
Patricia Manasco
Cynthia Short and husband James Henry Short Jr.
Roy Hershal Manasco Jr.

Brothers: 
Andrew Ollis Sholar Jr. and wife Jenny
John Edward Sholar
Richard Wayne Sholar and wife Scottie

Sister: Laura Lynn Rushing and husband Bill

Sister-in-law: Mae Sholar

Grandchildren: 
Mable Lee-Ann Cook
Maria Delsocorro Palacios
Zachary James Short

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

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hershal Manasco; parents, Ollis Sholar and Ethel Lee Munn; brother, Robert Sholar.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book please visit www.taylorfh.net.

Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr, Timpson, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

01/06/2019

Willie Everett “Snuffy” Windham, 93, of Center, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2019, at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11 a.m.

Mr. Windham was born July 22, 1925, in Shelby County, to Thomas Windham and Ardie Risinger Windham.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II, where he saw action in the South West Pacific Theatre. Mr. Windham was a saved Christian and was of the Christian faith.

He is survived by:

Children:
Kay Lawson and husband Garry of Center
Donald Everett Windham and wife Sherree of Dayton

Grandchildren:
Stefanie Wagstaff and husband Jimmy of Joaquin
Jeffrey Lawson and Shannon Stewart of Center
William Lawson and Cristy Cooper of Center
Stacey Pauwels and husband Nathan of League City
Jennifer Wenderburg and husband Josh of Deer Park
David Hendricks and wife Shelby of DeBerry
Katie Watson and husband William of Nacogdoches

16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild

Sisters:
Margie Weaver of Nacogdoches
Bobbie Sue Nichols and husband John Henry of Center

Brothers:
Max Windham of Shelbyville
Leon Windham and wife Cathy of Timpson

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

Preceded in death by wife, Jennie Marie Reynolds Windham; sons, Michael Windham, Randy Windham; parents, Thomas Windham and Ardie Risinger Windham; brothers, Dan Windham, Elvin Windham, Jack Windham, Tom Windham.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Windham’s grandchildren.

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

01/05/2019

Thomas Daniel Franks of Nacogdoches, Texas was born January 29, 1932 in Stockman, Shelby County, Texas, and died December 31, 2018 in Tyler, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Dorothy Smith Franks; son and daughter-in-law Carl and Ginger Franks of Woden; daughter and son-in-law Luanna and Jerry Adams of Houston; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Carolyn Franks of Hudson; daughter and son-in-law Rhonda and Jay Richardson of Nacogdoches; sister Lurlene Franks Boyett of Stockman, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Truman and Cathie Franks of Selma; grandchildren Jamie and Shawn Askey of Lufkin, Randy and Kaylee Franks of Dubai, Whitney and James Frazier of Nacogdoches, Meredith and Jerry Fehlker of Spring, Seth and Kalyn Franks of Lufkin, Anna and Hollis Smith of Rosenberg, and Jessica, Jenna, and Katelyn Richardson of Nacogdoches; great-grandchildren Kayne and Klaire Askey, Jolee Grace Conner, Jack Fehlker, and Addilyn Franks; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Daniel Franks, Jr. and his parents Bernard D. and Anna Belle Ramsey Franks.

Thomas Daniel Franks graduated from Timpson High School in 1948 and from Stephen F. Austin State College in 1951. He began his lifelong career in education with the Brazosport ISD where he was an elementary teacher and assistant principal from 1951-56. After earning a masters’ degree in Education from the University of Houston in 1956, he taught at Westminster College and Bible Institute in Tehuacana, Texas from 1956-58. He pursued a Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University at Bloomington during 1958-61, while also teaching at Fairview Elementary in Bloomington from 1959-1961. Following a teaching appointment at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater during 1961-63, he completed his doctorate from Indiana University and joined the Elementary Education faculty at his alma mater, SFASU. Dr. Franks became Chair of the Department in 1965, Associate Dean of Education in 1990, and Dean of Education in 1992. He retired in August 2000.

Dr. Franks was the recipient of both the Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Alumnus awards by SFA. He also received awards for Outstanding TRTA Membership Recruitment by the Nacogdoches County Retired Teachers Association; the United Way for Board Chair service; the Ted Booker Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education; and Region VII Education Service Center for service on the EPII Coordinating Board.

Appreciation for devoted and invaluable service was made to Dr. Franks by the Texas Student Education Association; 30 Years of Service to SFASU; Texas Student Education Association; Texas Association for the Improvement in Reading; Shady Grove Cemetery Association; Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees; and the Region 13 Education Service Center. His professional association memberships included Phi Delta Kappa professional fraternity; Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education; National Education Association and Texas State Teacher Association lifetime memberships. During his career, he was also a member of the Noon Lions Club, served on the NISD Board of Trustees, and was a charter member of the Stephen F. Austin State University Vista Club. 

Among the numerous contributions made during his career, Dr. Franks took great pride in his part to bring a doctoral program in educational leadership to SFA; the establishment of the SFA/NISD Charter School; the expansion of the SFA Early Childhood Laboratory; and the passage of the bond issue that resulted in the construction of the present Nacogdoches High School.

In retirement, Dr. Franks enjoyed serving the Timpson Area Genealogical and Historical Society with interesting programs and providing leadership on the Board of Directors. He served on the Board of the Shady Grove Cemetery Association and was responsible for acquiring the marking of historical designation of the cemetery.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches from 1963 until his death, where he taught Sunday School, sang in the Chancel Choir, and served in numerous leadership positions through the years. Tom Franks was a founding member of the Heart to Heart Chorus and also sang in the Joyful Sound Choir.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jeff McDonald officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Laird Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Askey, Jerry Fehlker, Seth Franks, Hollis Smith, Kevin Hurley, and Eck Franks.

Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Randy Franks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The SFASU Alumni Association’s B.D. and Anna Franks Scholarship Fund or the First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches.

01/05/2019

Jerry Glynn Lynch, 66, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Mt. Herman Cemetery with Bro. Larry Trekell officiating.

Mr. Lynch was born January 13, 1952, in Center, to S.J. Lynch and Callye Vaughn Lynch. He retired from the US Forest Service. His hobbies included working with cows, playing 42, making fudge and traveling. He was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by:

Wife of 35 years, Donna Lynch of Shelbyville

Sons:
Jeremy Lynch and wife Ashley of San Augustine
Ryan Lynch and wife Eryn of Austin

Sisters:
Doris Broussard and husband Darrell of Houston
Carolyn Grimes and husband Bobby of Clear Lake

Brother, O.B. “Pete” Lynch and wife Kathy of Pearland

Mother-in-law, Adell Livingston of Center

Brothers-in-law:
James Livingston and wife Catherine of Center
Richard Livingston and wife Dianne of Center
Chuck Livingston and wife Heather of Lufkin

Sister-in-law, Debbie Samford of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, S.J. Lynch and Callye Vaughn Lynch; sister, Diann Lynch; father-in-law, James “Jim” Livingston.

Pallbearers will be Boo Klein, Jack Vaughn, Sammy O’Rear, Danny Scarber, Bro. Don Moore and Bro. Charles Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Hughes and James Rudd.

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

01/05/2019

George Burns, 89, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 7, 2019, at Morgan Mill Cemetery in Morgan Mill, Texas.

Mr. Burns was born August 4, 1929, in Graham, to Earl Burns Sr. and Rena Ragland Burns.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Burns; daughter, Paula Askew; grandchildren, Gina Ann Furra and husband James, Clara Michelle Bragg and husband Douglas; great grandson, Jesse Thomas Gay; sister-in-law, Verbie Burns; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by parents, Earl Burns Sr. and Rena Ragland Burns; brothers, El Burns Jr., Walter Burns, Robert Burns.

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

01/05/2019

Rhonda Sibley Hudspeth, 55, of Center, passed from this life to the next, Friday, January 4, 2019, at Christus Highland Medical Clinic with her hand held tight to her husband Ryan’s and her eyes fixed wide on the Glory of her Lord.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 7, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Stanley, Louisiana.

Rhonda was born May 25, 1963, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to James Benton Sibley and Susan Bland Sibley. She grew up in the bustling city of Stanley, Louisiana. If you don’t know where that is, it’s just up the way from the Roberts Road past Stanley High School, where she graduated in the top 17 in her class, which included about 17.

She was one of six siblings who grew up learning the value of hard work and love for others from both of their parents. Values that were evident by her and Ryan’s ability to help see their 3 children all the way through college and into the careers that will no doubt help shape and save lives for years to come in the fields of education and medicine. 

She married the love of her life, Ryan, on March 31, 1991. They had 28 wonderful years together. In that time, she had many wonderful experiences, adventures, and joys in her life. The greatest possibly being time spent at home with her granddaughters, Lively, Ariella, and Selah.

Time was cut short by her battle with cancer, or as she called it, Bacteria, but for those here who are left for the moment with those fond memories know that time will be restored when we see her again on the shores of Glory.

She is survived by:

Husband, Ryan Glenn Hudspeth of Center, Texas

Daughters:
Shelby Wheeler and husband, Nic of Center, Texas
Darby Hudspeth of Center, Texas
Rylee Hudspeth of Center, Texas

Granddaughters: Lively Hope Wheeler, Ariella Faith Wheeler, Selah Grace Wheeler

Mother, Susan Bland Sibley of Stanley, Louisiana

Brother, James Benton Sibley Jr. and wife Jessie of Dubach, Louisiana

Sisters:
Jackie Sevulvado and husband Dago of Joaquin, Texas
Penny Shepard of Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Anita Dockens and husband Kevin of Center, Texas
Billie Jo Timmons and husband Eugene of Longstreet, Louisiana
Granny Loyce

Father and mother-in-law, Jessie and Sandy Hudspeth of Center, Texas

Brother-in-law, Robbie Hudspeth and wife Sheri of Milam, Texas

Sisters-in-law:
Jessica Cordray and husband Glenn of Center, Texas
Starla Hall and husband Dale of Center, Texas
Ona Hudspeth of Center, Texas

Numerous nieces and nephews; a host of many more family and friends.

Preceded in death by her father, James Benton Sibley Sr.

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

01/05/2019

Johnnie Evelyn Sanford, 83, of Center, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Union Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Sanford was born July 13, 1935, in Shelbyville, to William Henry (Willie) Clark and Annie Love Enmon Clark. She graduated from Shelbyville High School and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Children:
Jo Ann Dodson and husband JD
Charles Crowley
Mary Byrnes
Jo Beth Kimbro and husband Tom
Dennis Crowley and wife Staci

Grandchildren:
Angela Cruse
Keith Askew
Faitha Mayfield
Jennifer Fountain
Tammy Jo Wiggins
Jonathan Byrnes
Joseph Byrnes
Adam Kimbro
Stephen Kimbro
Kathleen Gilbert
Amanda Crowley
John-Kerry Snyder
Jared-Lane Snyder
Keely Snyder

Great-grandchildren: Brittany Burch, Macey Burch, Jared Cook, Peyton Askew, Trista Sikes, Xander Fountain, Payden Fountain, Bradley Fountain, Ethan Wiggins, Jacob Wiggins, Chloe Kimbro, Naomi Kimbro, Timothy Kimbro, Sterling Kimbro, Guvie Kimbro, Easton Kimbro, Colton Gilbert, Jakson Gilbert, Mikayla Snyder, Malakie Snyder, Moira Snyder, Miki Snyder, Brody Snyder

Lifelong friend, Ann Furlow

Harbor Hospice caregiver, Amy Allen RN.

She is preceded in death by her son, Danny Crowley; son-in-law, Larry Bubba Byrnes; grandson, Danny Clint Fenton; parents, William Henry (Willie) Clark and Annie Love Enmon Clark; brothers, Maxie Clark, Derwood Clark, Burk Clark.

Pallbearers will be Keith Askew, Jared Cook, Jonathan Byrnes, Joseph Byrnes, Adam Kimbro and Stephen Kimbro.

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

01/04/2018

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mr. Aaron Robinson Sr., (69) of Las Cruz, New Mexico.  Mr. Robinson passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Las Cruz New Mexico.  He was born on June 5, 1949.  Funeral service will be Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 617 Hopkins Street in Center, Texas.    

Mr. Robinson is survived by:
Children: 
Rufus Robinson (Kami) of Tacoma, Washington
Aaron Robinson Jr. (Rochelle) of Center, Texas
Tashana Robinson of Dallas, Texas
Tarhonda Williams (Robert) of Logansport, Louisiana
Ingrid Reed (Antonia) of Shreveport, Louisiana
Cory Robinson of Shreveport, Louisiana

Siblings:
James Robinson (Veronica) of Houston, Texas
Valarie Williams of Logansport, Louisiana
Venita Colbert of Logansport, Louisiana
Avery Carl Robinson of Gloster, Louisiana
Ronnie Keith Robinson (Terrie) of Shreveport, Louisiana
Delwin Russell (Rufus) of Logansport, Louisiana
Delton Robinson of Alexandia
Merle Robinson of Nashville, Arkansas.

Committal: Northwest Louisiana Veteran Cemetery on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 1:00pm

Repass: St. Paul Baptist Church 

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

01/03/2019

James Worthy Edge (Jim, Jimmy, J.W., Peter, Dad, Papa), 89, of Lake Jackson, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018, at his home in Lake Jackson, surrounded by his loving family and a room full of angels.

Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2019, at Center United Pentecostal Church in Center. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Edge was born August 13, 1929, in Shelby County, to Henry Wesley Edge and Mattie Lou Smith Edge. He served in the United States Army.

Left with wonderful memories are his wife, Lanelle Edge; son, James Keith Edge and wife Teresa and their children and grandchildren; daughter, Tina Marshall and husband Bryant Torbet and their children and grandchildren; grandson, Micah James Marshall. He is survived by his brothers, Lyndon Edge and wife Vicki, Paul Edge, Dale Edge; sisters-in-law, Velma Edge, Mary Stacy, Elizabeth Edge.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Wesley Edge and Mattie Lou Smith Edge; siblings, Maxine Miller, John Edge, Joyce Adams, Jackie Miller, H.W. Edge Jr.

Pallbearers will be Jack Quinn, Travis Quinn, Johnny Miller, Danny Edge, Larry Edge, and Nathan Edge. Honorary pallbearers will be Waylon Quinn and Clint Quinn.

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

01/03/2019

James Paul “Squirrelly” Wilson, 81, of Center, went to be with Lola on January 1, 2019.

Visitation will be begin at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Bro. Fred Wilcox officiating.  Interment will be held at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

James Paul Wilson -Squirrelly- was born on Snow Hill in Shelby County to Buford and Ethel Beasley Wilson on January 13, 1937. After growing up and attending Center High School, where he met the love of his life Lola, they attended Stephen F. Austin State University, got married, and started a career of traveling and making music with The Four Mints. The Four Mints played night clubs and other venues from coast to coast preforming doo-wop music, Christian music, and even a little rock and roll.

After James and Lola had their family, James ran Medical Arts Pharmacy and the Lake Country Inn for several years while starting to travel and sing with the Governor of Louisiana, Jimmy Davis. James Paul would play the guitar and sing backup with Jimmy's wife Anna. They traveled throughout Louisiana and the South singing Christian music and drawing very large crowds.

Some of you may remember the rooster crowing each morning on KDET as James Paul opened up the radio stations morning show. He also presented the Swap Shop and occasionally the General Store. He loved to introduce Mattie Dellinger every day for her afternoon spot, "Here's Mattie" would become a familiar battle cry that the community became accustom to daily. Come rain, sleet, snow, or shine, James would be there by 6am every morning to ensure the community stayed on top of the daily events.

James was also an avid golfer and truly loved the sport. He was a member of the Center Country Club for many years and you could see the bright yellow golf cart zipping around the course several times a week. James was also instrumental in the Darren Wilson Scholarship Fund which raises money for high school students who want the further their education. The money raised helps students with their tuition, room and board, and purchasing books.

James was so blessed having an amazing wife, three incredible children, three marvelous grandchildren, and four beautiful great grandchildren with two more on the way. He was a wonderful Daddy and Papa. We will miss him very much.

He is survived by his daughters, Tana Hairgrove and husband Tom, Traci Morris and husband Tommy; grandchildren, Brent Gregston and wife Jennifer, Tyler Patterson and wife Amanda, Briana Goodrum and husband E.J.; greatgrandchildren, Noah Gregston, Jonah Gregston, Sadie Patterson, Taegan Goodrum, Baby Ezra Gregston due January 2019, Baby Goodrum due July 2019; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Rosie Wilson.

Preceded in death by his wife, Lola Wilson; son, James Darren Wilson; father and mother, Buford and Ethel Beasley Wilson; father-in-law, Mac Houston; mother-in-law, Kate Houston.

Pallbearers will be Rick Campbell, Stephen Gamble, Glenn Cordray, Neal Stevenson, David Jacobs and Jody Cooper. Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Gregston, Tyler Patterson, E.J. Goodrum, Tommy Morris and Tom Hairgrove.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Darren Wilson Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1091, Center, Texas 75935.

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

01/03/2019

James “Jamie” Wooten, Jr., 70, of Orange, passed away at his residence, Tuesday, December 25, 2018. He was born on February 16, 1948, to Mildred Strong Wooten and James S. Wooten, Sr., in Orange. A memorial graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Strong Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. A family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Jamie was a Little Cypress-Mauriceville graduate. After graduating high school, he worked for Firestone and international paper in the electrical department. Jamie was a member of the Masonic lodge and loved spending time hunting and fishing. He was known for his welding and craftsmanship fabricating furniture from horseshoes.

Survivors include his son, Tom Wooten and his wife, Miranda; daughter, Kim Lawrence; mother of his children, Sandra Tucker; granddaughter, Hannah Suitts; grandson, Tyler Wooten; sister, Charlotte Wooten, brother, Edgar Wooten; and his four-legged companion, Gizmo.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses may be made to Sabine Federal Credit Union, account number 1903571.

The family is being served by Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont and Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.broussards1889.com or www.mangumfh.net.

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