Charlie Patton, 83, of Shelbyville, joined Jesus in Heaven Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.  After the burial service, food will be provided at the church by members of Toledo Bend Cowboy Church for family and friends.

Mr. Patton was born January 16, 1935, in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, to Floyd Arthur Patton and Mary Magadelene Remy Patton.  He served in the United States Army, during which time he was stationed in Germany. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.  He enjoyed spending time with his family.  Mr. Patton was a member of Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley.

He is survived by
Wife: Faye Patton of Shelbyville

Diana Lee Patton and Richard Findley of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Ardith Raye Patton and Danny Hodson of Huxley, Texas
Tamera Lynn Patton Lusher
Charles Matthew Patton and Tamara Hinkle of Fort Worth, Texas
Jana Michille Patton of Crowley, Texas

Kimberly Bevel and Curtis Blake
Christina Bevel and Jason Hewitt
Amanda Nichole Ayon
Charles Lucas Ayon
Morgan Leanne Patton
Vivian Helena Patton
Mikah Shayne Wallace
Robin Authier-Romesberg
Julia Hinkle
Sophia Hinkle


Joann Festervan of Shreveport, Louisiana
Henry Floyd Patton and Evelyn of Keithville, Louisiana
Lloyd Arthur Patton and Elizabeth of Blanchard, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Parents: Floyd Arthur Patton and Mary Magadelene Remy Patton

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


Charlotte Emma Bailey, 87, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Center First United Pentecostal Church with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Bailey was born March 18, 1931, in Center, to Charles Chester Yarborough and Creva Mae Abbott Yarborough. She was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church. She and her husband Millard owned and operated many successfully businesses in Center. One of the more notable ones was Bailey’s Produce and Landscaping which not only incorporated their love of farming but also her love for beautiful plants and flowers.

She is survived by
Vicki Tomlin and husband, Richard, of Center, Texas
Treasa Donnan and husband, Jim, of Center, Texas

Daughter-in-law: Cynthia (Tammy) Bailey of Boone, North Carolina

Rique McHenry and husband, Billy, of Lufkin, Texas
Traci Willoughby and husband, Tony, of Center, Texas
Randy Tomlin and wife, Jennifer, of Center, Texas
Brady Scarber and wife, Whitney, of Center, Texas
Brett Scarber and wife, Erin, of Center, Texas
Cody Donnan and wife, Melissa, of Dallas, Texas
Carmen Mackey and husband, Ryan, of Center, Texas
Dustin Bailey and wife, Ginny, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Crystal Bailey of Boone, North Carolina
Michelle Lewis and husband, Lathan, of Boone, North Carolina
Dewayne Bailey and wife, Lauren, of Dallas, Texas
22 Great Grandchildren
Brother and Sister-in-law: Charles Yarborough and wife, Judy, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Sister and Brother-in-law: Sherry Ward and husband, Jimmy, of Center, Texas
Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law:
Dora Jean Livingston and husband, Bill, of Center, Texas
Hoyit Bailey and wife, Del, of Clear Lake City, Texas
Billy Bailey and wife, Sharmion, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Betty Faye Bailey of Dallas, Texas
Special Care Takers:
Gabby Luna
Vicky Sneed
Mona Bowlin
Casey Sneed
Preceded in death by
Husband: Millard Bailey
Sons: Johnny Bailey, Delane Bailey, Mitchell Bailey, Terry Bailey
Daughter-in-law: Pam Bailey
Grandchildren: Misty Scarber Bush, Jon Bush, Clint Donnan, Clay Donnan
Great Granddaughter: Macy Bush
Father: Chester Yarborough
Mother: Creva Abbott Yarborough
Sisters: Johnnie Sue Yarborough, Chestine Yarborough
Pallbearers will be Brady Scarber, Brett Scarber, Dewayne Bailey, Randy Tomlin, Dustin Bailey and Cody Donnan.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Mackey, Billy McHenry and Tony Willoughby.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Arvin C. Worsham, 65, of Center, entered into rest on May 25, 2018 after a valiant 11 year battle with cancer. 

Celebration of life services will be officiated by Bro. Jerry Worsham at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Arvin was born on January 23, 1953, to Virgil and Alicia Monge’ Worsham in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. He is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where he served on committees and with Youth group and continued his daily walk with the Lord when he was no longer able to attend church.

He worked in construction until starting a shipping and receiving job at Skeeter boats in Longview until cancer diagnosis in 1979. He then worked as a copier repairman in East Texas areas where he met and married his love Tammy Whitton on August 2, 1984. He opened Spring Water Farms Nursery until health forced him to close where he got to share his love of plants. He loved anything outdoors, spending time with family and friends, his pets and watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys. He was loved by everyone who met him for his sense of humor and big heart, he always had a kind word for everyone and an ability to make people laugh.

He was so blessed with his medical care team and words cannot express our gratitude for Affinity Hospice and Palliative care programs and all his medical teams though this journey headed by his surgeon and our “Angel in Scrubs” Dr. Larry Walker

He is survived by
Beloved Wife of 33 years: Tammy Worsham of Center, Texas

Son: Joshua Worsham of Mt Pleasant, Texas

Jerry Worsham and wife, Jane, of Racine, Wisconsin
Ralph Easy Worsham and wife, Sue, of Elizabeth, Colorado

Lorain Evans and husband, Terry, of Matthews, North Carolina

Jeremy Whitton and wife, Tammy, of Center, Texas

Nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and friends

His beloved “Fur babies”:
Scout, Malachi, Niko, Hubcap and Blackjack the cat

He is preceded in death by
Parents: Virgil and Alicia Worsham
Parents-in-law: John and Edith Whitton

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


Graveside service for Richard L. Reeves of Garrison, Texas will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday,May 27, 2018, at Caledonia Cemetery, Garrison, Texas with Br. Shak Arrington officiating.

Mr. Reeves died Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born February 3, 1932 in Rusk Co. Texas.


Joe Neal Jernigan, 86, of Center, passed away May 22, 2018 after a lengthy illness. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Collins and Rev. Arvie Jernigan officiating. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Jernigan was born March 25, 1932 in Shelby County to Emanuel and Melba Jernigan. He was the oldest of seven children. Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force in the 1950's and served for four years. Shortly after his release, he married Ruth Earlene "Patty" Samford and together they had five children. The couple was married for 53 years before Patty's passing in 2007.

The couple moved to Shelby County in 1970 to raise their family where Joe grew up. He worked as a truck driver for REA Railroad and earned the Million Mile Award. Shortly after moving to Center, the couple purchased a Fina station on San Augustine Street. Joe continued to drive a truck, while his wife and children ran the business. During the years of owning their station, he developed a passion for wolf hunting. On Friday nights he could be found hunting with friends and swapping tales.

The family left their days as business owners behind after a number of years and Joe retired as a truck driver. Joe's friend and former police chief, Jimmy Matthews, convinced him to take a job with the Center Police Department as a dispatcher. For nine years the family enjoyed hearing stories from Joe's job and watching him make long lasting friendships with law enforcement officers across this area. He retired from the police department in 1994.

After his retirement, Joe and Patty spent their days laughing and spending time with their family and grandchildren. Joe, "Podge" as he was referred to by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoyed reloading ammunition. This became a large hobby for Joe that allowed him to continue his friendship with many of the friends he made while working for the police department. 

He attended McClelland Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Earlene "Patty" Jernigan; his parents, Emanuel and Melba Jernigan; brothers, Tommy Jernigan, O'Neal Jernigan; and sister, Marie Shelton.

He is survived by his children, Zandra Akridge and husband, Gene, of Nacogdoches, Debbi Gragg and husband, Ronnie, of Center, Jody Jernigan and wife, Annette, of Huxley, John Jernigan and wife, Cassie, of Huxley and James Jernigan and wife, Melissa of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Amy Spraggins, Shiloh Denney, Leah Chase, Jessica Hopkins, Ashley Akridge, Hannah Collins, Jimbo Akridge, Taylor Bragg, Michael Jernigan and Morgan Jernigan; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arvie Jernigan, Billy Jernigan, Wayne Jernigan; faithful and devoted friend, Linda Brittain; and a host of friends and extended family.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gragg, Cole Mooney, Michael Jernigan, Blane Tapley, Walter Shofner, Bryan Slocum, Cory Collins and James McDonald. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Chase, Odell Wiggins, Greg Hooper, Paul Ross and David Sigler.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Pine Grove Nursing Home that loved, cared and went out of their way to care for our dad. Your compassion will always be remembered and forever appreciated. 

To the staff at Heart to Heart Hospice, there are no words to describe the love we have for you. Ms. Cecelia, Keisha and Shelley - You were sent to us straight from God. Thank you for everything. We will always cherish the wonderful memories and final days each of you shared with us. 

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


Gloria Marie Williams, 71, of Tenaha, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 surrounded by her family in Tenaha, Texas.  She was born on November 10, 1946 in Oak Grove, Louisiana, the daughter of Mabry and Inez (Kennedy) McFarlin.   A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on June 3, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha. 

Marie is survived by:
Her son: Randy Whatley and wife, Dana of Troup, Texas

Ronnie McFarlin of Austin, Texas
Robert McFarlin and wife, Cindy of Oak Grove, Louisiana

Brandon Whatley and wife, Crystal
Brittany Lienau and husband, Derek
Brandice Cummings and husband, Holden

Special great-grandson on the way, Kohen Cummings.   

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ferrell Williams; parents, Mabry and Inez Kennedy McFarlin; sister, Mildred McFarlin; brother, Mabry McFarlin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Heartsway Hospice, 437 West Panola Street, Carthage, Texas 75633.

The family would also like to extend much gratitude to Elaine Hicks, Charlsie Packwood and Heartsway Hospice among many others that loved and cared for Marie. 

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.


Dorothy Jean Bonaparte, 71, of Center, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating.  Interment will be held at West View Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Bonaparte was born November 22, 1946, in Shelby County, to Floyd and Tempie Osby. She loved gardening, enjoyed flowers and was always willing to lend a helping hand to people.  Mrs. Bonaparte was a member of Center Church of Christ.

She is survived by
Christopher Dwaine Bonaparte
Sonia Reneé Harris and husband, Valton

Bran Juan Johnson
Ryan Johnson
Kahlil Johnson
Kaitlyn Harris

Preceded in death by
Husband: Walter Bonaparte
Parents: Floyd and Tempie Osby
Brothers: Ervin Osby, Billy Osby, Ruble Osby, Windell Osby, Floyd Oscar Osby

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


Michael D. Allen, 57, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery.

Mr. Allen was born August 3, 1960, in Center, to Jesse Truman Allen Jr. “Bubba” and Iris Marie McLean Allen.  He loved reading his Bible, motorcycles, and spending time with his grandchildren and other family members.  Mr. Allen was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Alyse Tibbs and husband, Michael, of Carthage
Christina Wills and husband, Ricky Joe, of Carthage

Landon LaGrone
Kali Fulsom
Riley Wills
Ryder Wills
Avery Prudhomme

Brother: Terry Allen and wife, Jan, of Joaquin

Shirley Carter of Shelbyville
Marilyn Allen of Natalia 

Nephew: J. B. Raymond and wife, Jennifer, of Center

Great-Niece: McKynzie Bush

Justin Raymond
Jaxon Raymond

Numerous cousins and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jesse Truman Allen Jr. “Bubba” and Iris Marie McLean Allen
Grandparents: Roy McLean, Rachel McLean, Jesse Truman Allen Sr., Evelyn O’Neill
Uncles: Alton McLean, Donald McLean 

A special thanks to his personal caregivers, Faye Bridge and Diane Briggs. Also, thanks to Carthage Healthcare and HeartsWay Hospice for their compassionate care.

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


Emmie Grace Burns, infant daughter of Lynn and Taylor Burns, passed away on May 19, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 10:45 AM on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Enterprise Cemetery with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. 

Emmie Grace is survived by:
Her parents, Lynn Burns and Taylor Flournoy Burns of Tenaha

Cheryl and Kenneth Flournoy of Tenaha
Pam and Michael Sowell of Center

Ruth Wagstaff of Tenaha
Carolyn and Pete Flournoy of Tenaha
Marvin Sowell of Center and Pansy Grey of Garrison

Ashley Sowell of Center
Jessica Bush and husband, Colton of Tenaha

Matthew Flournoy of Tenaha
Michael Sowell of Center

Cousins: Addie and Eli Bush of Tenaha. 

She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Norma and Arthur McGhen and great-grandfather, Dan Wagstaff.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mangum Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

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.


Christopher Krieg, 56, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on May 19, 2018 in Joaquin. He was born on June 15, 1961 in South Bend, Indiana to Wayne Eugene Krieg and Laura Newcomer Krieg. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Christopher was raised in South Bend, Indiana before moving to Florida in 1975 where he finished high school. After a life of hard work in construction and maintenance, Christopher made the trek to Deep East Texas to be closer to his family at Bills Landing in 2011. He continued working locally for Tyson Foods and Holiday Inn locations at Center and Carthage. He loved to tinker with things. You could often find him outside taking something apart and putting it back together just for fun. He also enjoyed spending most of his extra time outdoors black powder shooting, hunting, fishing and cooking.   

He is survived by:

Mother, Laura Krieg of Shelbyville

Kathi Morey and husband, Roy of Shelbyville
LaMona Niver of Palmetto, Florida

Brother, Ty Krieg of Shelbyville

Uncle, James Corey and wife, Grettel of Bradenton, Florida

Mary Schneider and husband, Don of Bremen, Indiana
Marilyn Jones and husband, Bradley of Ulysses, Kansas.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne Eugene Krieg; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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.


Russell Lynn Matlock, 51, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018, at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Helpenstell Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Matlock was born April 18, 1967, in San Jacinto, to Charles William Matlock and Edwina Jones Matlock.  He was a jack of all trades and always the life of the party.  He enjoyed joking, singing and doing whatever he had to do to make people laugh. Mr. Matlock was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Martha Harbison Matlock of Center

Son: Austin Gray of Grapevine

Brother: Charles “Bud” Matlock of Center

Sister: Susan West and husband, Danny, of Center

Nieces and Nephews:
Heather Eshliman and husband, Jonathan, of Center
Rebekah Cummings and husband, Curtis, of Joaquin
Clint West of Center
Cody Matlock and wife, Jill, of Center
Bethany West of Center

Great Nieces and Nephews:
Alyssa Cummings of Joaquin
McKennon Cummings of Joaquin
Harley Eshliman of Center
Hunter West of Porter
Lily West of Porter
Johnny Eshliman of Center
Saylor Cummings of Joaquin
Ethan Matlock of Center

Preceded in death by
Parents: Charles William Matlock and Edwina Jones Matlock

Pallbearers will be Charles Matlock, Cody Matlock, Hugh Halstead, Jimmy Moore, Austin Gray and Jonathan Eshliman.  Honorary pallbearer will be Bruce Bolton.

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


The rock of the Hughes Family, LaRea Hughes (86) of Longview, passed on to her home in heaven on Saturday, May 19, 2018. She went to peace, the same way she lived, surrounded by her loving family. 

Rea was born April 20, 1932 in Patroon, Texas, to Johnnie and Etta Risinger. Rea graduated from Shelbyville High School from a class of 19. She then built her business prowess by attending business school in Beaumont. In 1954, she met the love of her life, OD Hughes, in Center, Texas. 

Together with her husband, this southern beauty, loving sister, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend led a full life where her steadfast nature and quiet support produced an influential and caring family as well as many successful business ventures. She was instrumental in the Hughes’ thriving family business, H&W Power Sports. She found great joy working with, supporting and guiding her husband and family for the last 64 years.

Rea passed down her quick-witted sense of humor and Christian servant’s heart to her family. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 40 years and is currently a member at Mobberly Baptist Church. 

The family will receive friends at Radar Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary at Mobberly Baptist Church with interment to follow at Rosewood Park Cemetery in Longview. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dunnigan Cemetery at 1936 FM 2261 Shelbyville, Texas 75973. 

Rea is survived by:

Glynn Hughes and wife, Linda
Mark Hughes and wife, Dianne
Cheryl Hughes
Kyle Hughes and wife, Lisa

Collin Hughes and wife, Tracy
Stephanie Lowe and husband, Dustin
Sommer Wadle and husband, John
Becky Davis and husband, Michael
Ashley Hughes
Brittany Taylor and husband, Hunter
Buddy Hughes and wife, Jessica
Cameron Bridges
Matt Hughes and wife, Maddie
Taylor Flechtner
Jordan Brennan and husband, Kaelan
Cole Hughes
Jansen Hughes
Zach Hughes

14 great-grandchildren

Robert Risinger
Ruth Smith and husband, Lamar
Jaunita Smith and husband, Tommy

June Hughes
Janice Hughes
Edra Hughes

Rea also leaves a host of extended family and friends with special recognition to her caretaker and friend, Angela Singleton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Etta Risinger; husband, OD Hughes; sister-in-law, Betty Risinger; brothers-in-law, Weldon Hughes; Grady Hughes; Billy Ray Hughes and his wife, Melba; OB Hughes; and Donald Hughes and his wife, Paulette.

A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.


Mrs. Allie “Billie” Bounds, 90, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Charles Lawrence, Mrs. Bound’s great nephew, officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin, Texas, beside her husband, Mr. Chance Bounds.

Billie was born May 5, 1928, in the Belle Bower Community of Panola County, Texas, to E.B. Fuller and Ina Odessa Gates Fuller.  Her hobbies included gardening, working crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. She loved her children, grands, great grands and her Lord. Billie was a member of Summer Grove Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, a charter member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church and a past member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

Missing her will be her:

Daughters and sons-in-law:
Billie Faye Gatlin of Timpson, Texas
Delores Wilkins and husband, Joe, of Joaquin, Texas
Vicki Arrington and husband, Mark, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Todd Kaiser of Vidor, Texas
Chris Kaiser and wife, Dianna, of Hampshire-Fannett, Texas
Dama Shull and husband, Robert, of Joaquin, Texas
Yancey Arrington and Deirdre of Christchurch, New Zealand
Britney Powell and husband, Scott, of Shreveport, Louisiana
April Pledger and husband, Stacy, of Timpson, Texas
Zachary Arrington and wife, Brittany, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Nicole Gatlin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Danyelle Wright and husband, Kent, of Grand Junction, Colorado
Benny Gatlin of Farmersville, Texas

Rylie Kaiser
Mason and Gage Stark
Orlagh Arrington
Dre and Ryen Walters
Kenadie Powell
Kayson, Kaymin and Bowen Pledger
Brycen, Valyn and Reese Arrington

Brother: Gerald and Carla Fuller of Laredo, Texas

Jackie Ramsey of Timpson, Texas
Mary Dosier of Liberty, Texas
Jeanette Lee of Flint, Texas

Sister-in-law: Helen Fuller

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

Preceded in death by
Husband of 51 years: Chance Bounds
Parents: E.B. and Odessa Fuller
Sisters: Fayrene Poole, Marguriet Brown
Brothers: L.D. Fuller, Guy Fuller, Freeman Fuller
Son-in-law: Benny Gatlin

Pallbearers will be Todd Kaiser, Scott Powell, Chris Kaiser, Dre Walters, Zachary Arrington, Stacy Pledger, Randy Bounds, Alan Bounds and Yancey Arrington.  Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Wilkins, Mark Arrington, Robert Shull, Brycen Arrington and Bowen Pledger.

The family would like to thank The Oaks of Louisiana, Live Oaks Healthcare, and Aime Hospice all of Shreveport for the special care she received.

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


Betty Johnston, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Mrs. Johnston was cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Mrs. Johnston was born January 21, 1933, in Omaha, Nebraska, to George Hooker and May Robinson Hooker.  She loved growing plants and flowers.  

She is survived by
Son: Robert Utterback and wife, Sandra, of Huntington

Granddaughter: Amber Roberts of Hominy, Oklahoma

Andrew Roberts
William Roberts

Preceded in death by
Husband: Larry Johnston

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


Ms. Christopher Fay Williams, 79, of Baytown, Texas passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Baytown. Services were held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas.

Interment followed at Timpson Cemetery in Timpson, Texas with Elder Derrick Rhodes officiating. 

Ms. Christopher Fey Williams is survived by:
Edmond Rhodes of Ardmore, Ok.
Glen Rhodes of Oklahoma City, Ok.
Donald Rhodes of Timpson, Tx.

Shirley Ballard of Austin, Tx.
Missionary Mary J. Shepherd of Nacogdoches, Tx.

Four grandchildren


Funeral service for Mrs. Katy Lucille “Dut” Franklin, 101, of the Tadmor Community of Houston County, Texas will be Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 12-noon at Bethel CME Church. Mrs. Franklin was born April 24, 1917. Mrs. Franklin died at her residence on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Rev. Robert A. Beam will officiate. 

Mrs. Franklin is survived by:
Carl E. Franklin (Ruby) of Tadmor
Barbara F. Franklin of Houston, Texas
Marva G. Anglin of Mexia, Texas
Charles D. Franklin (Sylvia) of Houston, Texas
Ronald L. Franklin (Ruth) of Sugarland, Texas
Step-daughter Doris Gipson of Houston, Texas.  

Visitation: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Bethel CME Church from the hours of 11:00 am-12-noon.  
Committal: McKelvey Cemetery 
Repass: Immediately following service 

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


Patricia Payne “Pat” Brittain, 85, of Center, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, in Center.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Karen Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Brittain was born May 4, 1933, in Center, to A.J. “Jimmy” Payne and Coy Dellinger Payne.  She worked as a teacher and school counselor. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Daughter: Polly Montemayor and husband, Johnny, of Center

Grandchildren: Rachel Lee Hawkins and husband, Steve, of Marshall
Amy McKissick Lebrun and husband, Ronald, of Bastrop, Louisiana
J. McKissick and wife, Lin, of Austin

Great Grandchildren:
William Hawkins of Marshall
Elizabeth Hawkins of Marshall
Kaylee Hilburn of Bastrop, Louisiana

Sister: Portia Gaines of Center

Brother: James Allen Payne of Hemphill

Nieces and Nephews:
Jeannie Gaines of Center
Jennifer Payne Figge and husband Allen of League City
Jim Payne and wife Jill of Center
Charlotte Payne Markowski and husband, Brent, of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Numerous great nieces and great nephews
Preceded in death by
Husband: Charles Ray “Charlie” Brittain
Parents: A.J. “Jimmy” Payne and Coy Dellinger Payne

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


Patricia “Pat” Eaves, 72, of the Galloway Community of Panola County, Texas passed away May 10, 2018 at her home in Galloway. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Harville officiating. Burial will follow in the Adams Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be 6-8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Patricia Ann Barnett Eaves was born February 5, 1946 in Panola County, Texas to Crawford and Ivy Dickerson Barnett. Pat married Jerry Wayne Eaves on September 7, 1963 and together they celebrated 47 years until he preceded her in death on December 28, 2010. Mrs. Eaves was a homemaker and loved doing arts and crafts. She attended the Logan Full Gospel Church and was a member of the Eastern Star. Pat is also preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dorothy Sparkman.

Mrs. Eaves is survived by her loving children, Craig Eaves of San Antonio, Shaun Eaves and wife Rose of San Antonio, Heather Mason and husband Cecil of Galloway; grandchildren, Connor Eaves, Caleb Eaves, Catelyn Franklin, Grace Mason, Alicia Mason; sister, Jeanette Sanders of Huntsville; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Craig Eaves, Shaun Eaves, Connor Eaves, Cecil Mason, Arthur Beasley and Robert Eaves. Honorary Pallbearer is Coleton Eaves.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com.


Donna Whittington, 56, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018, at Antioch Cemetery in Center with Angela Waller officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  

Mrs. Whittington was born April 21, 1962, in Center, to Elzie Windham and Corine Meyers Windham.  She loved fishing, growing flowers and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by
Husband: Edward Williams of Center

Christy Rodriguez and husband, Jesus, of Center
Jeremy Whittington and wife, Dena, of Center

Emily Rodriguez
Kimberly Rodriguez
MaKenna Windham
Timberly Pilgrim

Brother: Rodger Windham of Center

Sister: Charlotte Hughes of Center

Special Niece: Lisa Kettler

Preceded in death by
Son: Brandon Windham
Parents: Elzie Windham and Corine Meyers Windham
Sisters: Delores Windham, Louise Meyers, Jerelyn Richards
Brother: Randy Windham

Pallbearers will be Robert Killey, Ronnie Davis, Dustin Williams, Joseph Woolfe, Brian Sigler, Cory Young, David Davis and Joshua Killey.

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


Rodney Keith Hughes, 49, of Carthage, Texas passed away on May 4, 2018 in Carthage, Texas. He was born June 24, 1968 in Pasadena, Texas to Leonard and Rena (Barrett) Hughes. Funeral service will be held Friday May 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 4417 CR 4054, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Fred Wilcox and Bro. Eric Pledger officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be held Thursday May 10, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.  

Rodney began school in Pasadena. School and Rodney did not agree and everyday he would come home crying to go see his Pawpaw in Garrison. In 1975, they moved to Chireno and two years later settled in Center where Rodney completed his education. Rodney felt at home in Deep East Texas. After high school, he went to work at Moore Business Forms and worked there for many years until an accident on the job. 

When he couldn’t be released to work, Rodney decided to use this as an opportunity to further his education. He enrolled in TSTC in Marshall and received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical/Computerized Control Systems Technology in 2004. With his degree, Rodney secured a job with Chesapeake Energy and had a successful and prosperous career there until his failing health forced him to step down. 

On July 29, 1989, Rodney married the love of his life, Janice Schulz. Through their 28 years of marriage, Rodney and Janice stood together and supported each other through years of infertility, Rodney’s injury and recovery while attending college, Janice’s battle with cancer and stepping up to care for Rodney’s father, Leonard during his battle with cancer. Their lives were completed the day they welcomed their only son, Granger into the world. Words cannot describe how much Rodney loved his son. Granger was his pride and joy. He was his biggest fan and found no greater joy than being his Daddy. The bond between father and son will never be broken. 

Rodney was an avid outdoorsman. He could escape the pressures of the world casting a line on the lake, chasing down hogs in the woods or hunting for the perfect deer to hang on the wall. Some of the best times were had with family and friends fishing and hunting. He also very much enjoyed a friendly competition with Granger on xBox live. Those two could really get after it behind those controls and watching and listening to them was more entertaining than the game itself. Janice would say it wasn’t so friendly at times when Granger was winning (which was most of the time) because Rodney could be a sore loser. He also had two special four-legged friends that he enjoyed having around every day, Bell and Abby. Rodney was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson. 

In his younger years, Rodney was described as a “trick driver” by his family. He could always find himself in trouble behind the wheel of a vehicle. Rodney’s dad bought him two used trucks as a teen and the scrap yard became their fate after the tough love he showed them on the road. His Daddy let him purchase a brand new truck when he was 17, a two-toned beauty that he was so proud of. Of course, rambunctious Rodney’s driving soon took its toll and he wrecked that one, too. But that didn’t stop him, and it actually produced one of the fondest memories for his family. Rodney decided to make the best of a terrible situation and totally repainted the truck. 

Rodney was a light-hearted and loving man that was a pleasure to spend time with. He was a devoted husband, caring and compassionate father and a true friend that will be dearly missed. 

Rodney is survived by:
His loving wife, Janice Schulz Hughes

Son: Granger Keith Hughes

Mother: Rena Sue Hughes

Mother-in-law: Sue Schulz

Numerous aunts and uncles; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his father, Leonard C. Hughes; maternal grandparents, Gordon and Clotte Barrett; paternal grandparents, Cleave and Gertie Hughes; and father-in-law, John Schulz.

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