08/01/2016

Golda Emanis Punkoney, 100, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rick Anderson officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Burial will be held at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas.

Mrs. Punkoney was born January 28, 1916, in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County to J.W. Emanis and Eva Jane Gillespie Emanis.  She loved sewing, painting, listening to gospel music and gardening.

She is survived by
Daughter: Pamela Punkoney Vance and husband, Richard, of Center

Grandson: Terry Paul Vance of Odessa

Great Grandchildren:
Jack Vance of Waco
Cory Vance of Arlington
Glen Vance of Odessa

Great Great Grandchildren:
Jaxson Vance of Conroe
Braden Vance of Arlington
Morgan Vance of Waco
Mason Vance of Waco

Special Goddaughter: Robin Randall of Boise, Idaho

Sisters:
Charlsie Emanis Marcone of Houston
Marie Emanis McCauley of Port Arthur

Brother: Blaine Emanis and wife, Nancy, of East Camden, Arkansas

Sister-in-law: Adell Emanis of Huntsville

Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews

Many special friends and the caretakers of Holiday Nursing Home

Preceded in death by
Husband: Leroy Punkoney
Sister: Nara Hughes Kelly
Brothers: Eloy Emanis, Walter Emanis, F.A. Emanis, Guy Emanis

Please wear your brightest, happiest colors to the visitation and funeral to celebrate Mrs. Golda’s remarkable life.

Please feel free to honor Miss Golda with flowers or a contribution to your favorite charity. 

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

07/30/2016

Virginia Nell Jones Risinger, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 2016 at East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016 at East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow in the West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mrs. Risinger was born January 6, 1947 in Lufkin to John William Jones and Johnnie Irene Mitchell Jones. She was a member of East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #903 in Joaquin. Mrs. Risinger was a homemaker, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by
Husband: James E. Risinger of Shelbyville

Daughters:
Robin and Tommy James of Shelbyville
Kathleen Risinger of Shelbyville

Son: Billy and Tiffany Risinger of Magnolia

Grandchildren:
Michael and Miriah Thompson, Jonathon Thompson, Christopher andJusteen Cope, Haley Price, C.J. Watson, Matthew Watson, Natalie Herran, Alexis Risinger, Katie Risinger, Harley Risinger

Great-Grandchildren:
Kaylyn, Kyree, Brayden, Grayson “Elvis”

Sister: Elizabeth Everitt of Shepherd

Special Nephew: John Everitt of Hardin

A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives
And a host of friends

Preceded in death by:
Parents: John William Jones and Johnnie Irene Mitchell Jones
Brother: Clark Jones

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Risinger’s grandsons and special nephew. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Jackson, Dub Cassell, “Bubba” Glenn and J.R. Stephens.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

07/29/2016

Dean Fisher, age 65, of Bonnerdale, Arkansas, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
 
He was born on August 27, 1950 in Beaumont, Texas, the son of Arlis Eugene Fisher and Earline Mae Roy Fisher.  On July 5, 1975, he was married to Anne Waller.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Linda Edge; and his mother-in-law, Louise Waller.
 
After retiring in 2006 from Lyondell Petrochemicals, he owned and operated the Bonnerdale Store for seven years.  Having gained experience in the fire brigade for Lyondell, Dean served the Bonnerdale Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter and as Fire Chief, a position he left on December 31, 2015. 
 
He loved to fish and play baseball.  It was said he may have gotten his job with Lyondell so that they could have him for the company softball team.  In high school, he was a wonderful athlete.  He held the Texas state record for distance in both the shot put and discus up until seven years ago.  He had many interests including, photography, scuba diving, archery and old cars, just to name a few.
 
He is survived by his wife, Anne Fisher of Bonnerdale; two children, Nicole “Nickel” Styles of Hot Springs, Arkansas and David Wayne Brittain of Heidenheimer, Texas; five grandchildren, Justin Dean Brittain, Lauren Styles, Cody Huffmeister, Bailey Woolsey and Wesley Woolsey; his sister, Beverly Baker of Mount Vernon, Texas; and his brother-in-law, Guy Edge of Bonnerdale. Also, Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Kathy and Jimmy Hagler of Center, Texas
 
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in the Bonnerdale Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Brandon Westgate and Pastor Mike Naron officiating.
 
Memorials may be made to the Bonnerdale Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 9, Bonnerdale, Arkansas 71933 or the Ewing Adventist Junior Academy, 709 Adventist Church Road, Bonnerdale, Arkansas 71933.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
 
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

07/29/2016

Billy Wayne Wiggins, 63, of Center, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Welch and Tim Maloy officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha. 

Mr. Wiggins was born April 3, 1953, in Center to Samuel Lavon Wiggins and Ozella Hutto Wiggins. He was a member of Word of Faith Outreach Center in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Sister: Joann Pugh of Iowa

Nieces:
Tracie Nicole Thorndyke of Joaquin
Shanna Geldard and husband, Robert of Center
Shantel Hagler and husband, Joey of San Augustine

Nephews:
Adam Pugh of Center
James Pugh of Joaquin
Brandon Wiggins and wife, Amanda of Center

Numerous Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews
And a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Samuel Lavon Wiggins and Ozella Hutto Wiggins
Brothers: Johnny Lavon Wiggins and Jerry Glen Wiggins
Sister: Frances Marie Wiggins
Sister-in-law: Cynthia Wiggins
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

07/27/2016     

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby “Sister Baby” Nell Netherly, Greer will be Saturday, July 30, 2016 at East Liberty Baptist Church at 11:00am. Mrs. Greer died at Trinity Nursing & Rehab LP in San Augustine, Texas on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Reverend George Cartwright will be officiating. 

Mrs. Greer is survived by:

Sons:  Gustarvus Wayne Netherly (Sheretta) and Weldon Greer Jr (Ariel).

Grandchildren:  Michael (Shonda) Greer, La Toya Greer, Tremaine Hewitt (Latrise), Justin Wayne Netherly, Haley Greer and Tina Greer

Brother:  Lawrence Ray Netherly

Aunt:  Ozell Garrett

Preceding in Death:  Shelda Lynn Greer (Daughter), Entha Thompson Netherly (Mother), Willis Netherly Jr. (Father), Johnny Ray Netherly (Brother) and Lou Tilda Singleton (Sister).  

Visitation: Friday, July 29, 2016 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6pm-8pm 

Committal:  East Liberty Cemetery in the East Liberty Community

Repass: East Liberty Baptist Church 

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

07/27/2016

Jessie Nell Buckley, 66 of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

A wake will be Friday, July 29, 2016 from 7pm until 9pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2pm at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Interment at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas with Pastor Freddie O. Wilson officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Leonard Buckley of Center

Daughter, LaTonya Buckley of Center

Sons:
Terry (Fredreka) Buckley of Center
Vincent Buckley of Center

19 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Sue of Marshall, Texas
Velma Lee Calhoun of Center

Brothers:
Louis Earl (Brenda) Jackson of Center
Willie (Sharon) Jackson of Center
Y.D. (Brenda) Jackson of Center
David Henderson of Center
Melvin (Diane) Calhoun of Center

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas

07/27/2016

Earnest Lee Perry, 46 of Tenaha, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 in Galveston, Texas.

Services will be held Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 2pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Sisters:
Victoria Perry (Johnny) of Center
Mary Ann Culpepper (Joe) of Denison, Texas
Reba Gipson (Serafin) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Minnie Pearl Taylor of Fresno, California

Brothers:
Danile Lee Gipson (Nay) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Walter Joe Gipson of Nacogdoches, Texas
Larry Shannon (Tonya) of Mansfield, Louisiana
Freddy Perry of Mansfield, Louisiana

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas

07/27/2016

Stoney Whittington 60, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Mount Olive Cemetery in Timpson. 

Mr. Whittington was born May 5, 1956, in Timpson, Texas, to Robert Whittington and Hazel Miller Whitington.  He loved to do art work including painting, having a good time, and was also loved by many.

He is survived by

Sisters:
Martha Gilbert and husband, Richard
Maxien Alexander and Jimmy Alexander
Delmear Walker
Robbie Whittington

Brothers:
Tony Whittington and wife, Patricia 
A.D. Whittington

Numerous nieces, nephews, and host of family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Robert and Hazel Whittington
Brothers: William Whittington, Billy Whittington, Lee Whittington 
Lillie Shoubrooks

07/25/2016

Cassie Danyell (Faussett) Bates, 31, of Frisco formerly of Timpson, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 in Frisco.

Memorial Service will be 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chris Welch officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born to October 16, 1984 to Jimmy and Pam Faussett.

She is survived by:

Husband: Elton Bates of Frisco

Parents: Jimbo & Pam Faussett of Timpson

Brother: Jeremy Hammers of Timpson

Niece: Hailey Hammers of Timpson

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

07/25/2016

Chris Furlow, 54, of Huxley, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with military honors to be given by the US Navy. Visitation will be Monday, July 25, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 28, 1961 in Harris County, Texas to L.C. Furlow and Wanda (Rivers) Furlow. He served in the US Navy for 4 years. He worked for Tyson for many years as an electrician.

He is preceded in death by his parents, L.C. & Wanda Furlow.

He is survived by:

Brother & Sister-in-law: Kenneth & Cindy Furlow of Huxley

Sister & Brother-in-law: Vicki & Curtis Cooper of Huxley

Nephew: Lance Furlow of Huxley

Numerous family & friends

Pallbearers will be Chris’s dear friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

07/25/2016

Raith Lynwood Smelser, Jr, 80 of Center, Texas, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 23, 2016 surrounded by his loving family, friends, and dog, Peaches. 

Lynwood was born January, 24, 1936 in Ringgold, Louisiana. After graduating from Minden High School (class of 1959) he entered Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1976 he became manager of a cooperative project between the Forest Service and NASA. He worked closely with NASA and the Apollo astronauts on this project. Then in 1976 he was selected to manage a 170,000 acre area called Land Between the Lakes for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Lynwood retired from Federal service in 1992 and moved to Center. Retirement never lasted long as he became engineer for Brown Builders in Shreveport, Louisiana on contracts for Barksdale Airforce Base. Lastly he became a consultant for Wheeler Law Office where his work with riding lawnmower cases involving small children became a job that he was most proud of. Helping families cope with the loss of children in these cases became his passion. Lynwood was also a recognized hunter, fisherman, and craftsman of hunting knives. He was the owner of Delta S Engineering and served on many National Boards during his career.

Preceded in death by his mother Catherine Smelser and father Raith Smelser, Sr and stepmother Sara Smelser. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty O’Donnell Smelser; son John Ryland Smelser of Center; son Mark Raith Smelser and wife Mandy Vickery Smelser of Troup, Tx; Grandson Jake Raith Smelser of Troup, Tx; and step-sister Susan LaFitte of Shawnee, Ok. Also sister-in-Laws Gene Albright of Longview and Kathryn Axen and her husband and Lynwoods best friend Albert Axen of Center. Numerous nephews and a very special niece Ava Axen who lovingly became one of his caregivers. His life was also filled with memories of many special friends where ever he lived. 

Lynwood was a very intelligent individual who always could answer the most complex question with ease. Whether speaking to a convention of thousands or a group of few, he was always using his experiences in life to relay a special message. His greatest life accomplishments were his family and making sure they were happy. He was most happy when he was with his grandson Jake, watching him grow and learn how to fish, hunt, and play golf. If he could talk to us today he would say, “John it is ok, I am at peace.” 

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Jane Todd, Sara Lloyd, and devoted friend Don Weaver.

A memorial celebration will be held later as Lynwood requested cremation. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Nursery Fund – P.O. Box 177, Logansport, Louisiana 71049. Funeral arrangement are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com 
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

07/25/2016

Lois (Starr) Duncan, 86, of Columbus, MS passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at New Horizon Living Center in Columbus, MS

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Duncan Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Danny Lewis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the graveside service at the cemetery.

She was born April 24, 1930 in Willis, VA to Orin and Etta (Sutphin) Starr.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Orin and Etta Starr and husband, James Duncan.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Jo Anne Beall & husband, Alan of Columbus, MS

Granddaughter: Lauren Beall

Sister: Bobbie Hall

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

07/23/2016

Jack Nunn, 82, of Center, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Oaklawn Memorial Park, in Center.
 
Mr. Nunn was born June 9, 1934 in Marshall Co. Alabama, to Ray Nunn and Ruby Nunn. He was a retired poultry farmer and was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
 
Wife, Margaret Nunn of Center
 
Son, Chuck Nunn of Center
 
Daughter, Lisa Nunn Thompson of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Daphne LeRock & husband Danny of Center
Cody McDaniel
Daniel Eaves & Stephanie
Amy Bowden & husband Gene
Allison Rham & husband Rosco
Rebeca Eaves & Cody
Racheal Eaves & Jordan
 
19 Great-Grandchildren
 
Sisters-in-law:
Dot Thompson of Alabama
 
Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Ray & Ruby Nunn
Daughter: Jackie & husband Jeff Fenton
Grandson: Clint Fenton
2 Brothers
1 Sister
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

07/21/2016

Jama Gay Bounds Holder, 63, of Richardson, TX passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at her home.  She was born October 1, 1952 in Center, TX to Hubert Burke Bounds and Margie Lee Jones Bounds.  She married James “Jim” Henry Holder on July 25, 1970 and they have one son, James Scott Holder, and two German Shepherds, Captain and Cooper.  Jama had a successful career in the telephone and mobile technology industry for more than 40 years, and in recent years served as a project/program manager for AT&T and Amdocs.  Jama also enjoyed success in rally obedience training and competition with her beloved dogs.  Jama loved the outdoors and its many pursuits including gardening, golf, fishing, hunting, and marksmanship.  Most importantly, Jama dearly loved spending time with her husband and best friend, Jim, along with their family and friends.  She also completely adored her only grandchild, Sarah Michelle.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in The Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75243.

Jama was preceded in death by her mother, Margie Bounds, her brother, Philip Bounds, her sister, Vickie Bounds, and nephew, Davis Tillotson.

She is survived by her husband Jim Holder of Richardson, TX; her son Scott and his wife Karen and their daughter Sarah Holder of Rowlett, TX; her father Burke Bounds, mother-in-law Ethel Holder, sisters Marsha Bounds and Anita Long and her husband Tim, all of Center, TX; her sister Melonia Molloy and her husband Larry of Timpson, TX; Jim’s brother George Holder and his wife Bobbi of Kirbyville, TX; Jim’s sister Janice Williams and her husband Larry of Tenaha, TX; and Jama’s sister-in-law Pam Bounds of Garland, TX.

Jama is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, including: Phil Bounds of The Woodlands, TX; Rodney Holder of Magnolia, TX; Isaiah Molloy of Timpson, TX; Jeremiah Soape of Ft. Drum, Black River, NY; Shawn Williams of Tenaha, TX; Mishea Bounds of Frisco, TX; Laurie Godfrey of Nacogdoches, TX; and Devin Tillotson of Center, TX.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to:

Jama G. Holder Memorial Scholarship at Stephen F. Austin State University.  
Donations can be made online at sfasu.edu/give or mailed to the following address:

The SFASU Foundation
P.O. BOX 6092
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Please make checks payable to:  The SFASU Foundation
FOR:  Jama G. Holder Memorial Scholarship Fund

07/21/2016

Rodney Lynn Emmons, 58, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016, at White Rock Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Emmons was born April 15, 1958, in Center, to J. L. Emmons and Carolyn Sue Patterson Emmons. He never met a stranger and loved everyone.  His love for God was unconditional.

He is survived by
Father: J. L. Emmons

Sister: Pam Bolton and husband, Billy

A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Carolyn Sue Emmons
Grandparents: Beulah B. Patterson, Leland and Johnny Lou Emmons

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to assist with final expenses.

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

07/21/2016

William Denton “Denny” Haley, Jr., 61, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church Center with Rev. Carl Smith and Rev. Bobby Bressman officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be Friday, July 22, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 14, 1954 in Center to William Denton Haley, Sr. and Blanche (Stephenson) Haley. Denny worked in construction for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Denton Haley, Sr and his sister, Betty Ruth (Haley) Slatten.

He is survived by:
Mother:
Blanche (Stephenson) Haley of Center

Niece:
Haley Beth Williams & husband, Caleb of College Station

Great-Nieces:
Casey & Ava Grace Williams

Aunts & Uncles:
Minnie Lovejoy of Center
Faye Elder of Shreveport, LA
Carl Stephenson & wife, Patty of Houston
James Haley & wife, Frances of Mineola

Numerous Cousins & Other Relatives

Pallbearers:  Zack Warr, Burton Brown, Terry Stephenson, Randy Elder, Danny West and Eddie Bridwell

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

07/20/2016

Matthew Wade Hughes, 43, of Orange, Texas passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.

Matthew was born April 8, 1973 in Port Arthur, Texas to Shelley and Michael Alton Hughes. He was a resident of Orange for 16 years and was employed as a machinist for Gulf Copper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael A. Hughes; grandparents, Alton and Betty Hughes, and E.R. and Jo Stone.

Survivors include:
Mother: Shelley McClain, and husband Sammy

Wife: Janie Droddy Shackelford of Orange

Daughters:
Ashley Shackelford of Groves
Kayla Shackelford of Port Neches

Brother: Michael S. Hughes, and wife Tonja of Kemp

Granddaughter: Julianna Grace Shackelford

Funeral services will be at 10am Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Freddy Freddy Shores officiating. Burial will follow at 4pm at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, Texas.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday evening from 6pm-8pm at the funeral home.

07/19/2016

Myrtle Virginia Smith, 72, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at her residence.

Memorial Service will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born January 16, 1944 in Winsboro, Texas to Homer Hill Gallagher and Arlee (Henry) Gallagher.

She is preceded in death her parents, Homer and Arlee Gallagher and sister, Zelda Sparks.

She is survived by:
2 Sons:
Johnny Edward Burgess of Waxahachie
James Lee Burgess of Center
Grandchildren:
Kayla Burgess 
Corey Burgess
Brittney Burgess
Kayler Burgess
Joshua Burgess
Sister:
Betty Miller & husband, Sam of Carthage

07/18/2016

Wanda Raymond Samford, 84, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her residence.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.

Mrs. Samford was born November 16, 1931, in Iola, to Lois Kelton Raymond and Mattie Crouch Raymond.  She was an accomplished artist and also enjoyed flower gardening.  She was a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Samford was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Jerry Samford of Center

Children:
Jeff Samford and wife, Joanna, of Center
Sharon Wilson and husband, Rick, of Longview
Terry Samford and wife, Penny, of Austin
Sandy Wheeler of Center

Grandchildren:
Jeffery Samford
Dawn White
Jeremy Lansford
Angie Tyler
Elizabeth Houston
Ashley Samford
Chris Wheeler
Nic Wheeler
Whitney Wheeler

Great-Grandchildren:
Devon Tucker
Natalie Woodell
Maggie Samford
Everett Samford
Jayden Lansford
Owen Tyler
Brody Tyler
Lively Wheeler

Brother: Jack Raymond of Lake Jackson

Sister: Lena Junek of Snook

Preceded in death by
Grandson: Matthew Lansford
Parents: Lois Kelton Raymond and Mattie Crouch Raymond
Brother: Dub Raymond

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

07/18/2016

Billy Wayne “Wild Bill” Gattis, 65, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin with Bro. Jeff Spring and Bro. Mark Woolf officiating.  Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mr. Gattis was born February 24, 1951, in Jacksonville, to George Stokes Gattis and Fannie Flora Atkerson Gattis.  He loved fishing, camping and spending time with his family.

He is survived by
Wife: Dorothy Gattis of Joaquin

Children:
Chasity Dean and husband, Troy
Ricky Nunley and wife, Holly
Keisha Byrd
Shaunda Byrd and husband, Dusten
Shelby Emerson and wife, Faith
Jamie Gattis and wife, Betty
Teresa Gattis

19 Grandchildren

2 Great Grandchildren

Brothers and Sisters:
Earl Wayne Gattis
Lee Gattis and wife, Marie
Hazel Croft
Mary Snow
Sandra Sanford
Brenda Armstrong and husband, Jack

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
2 Grandchildren
Parents: George Stokes Gattis and Fannie Flora Atkerson Gattis
Brothers: Richard Gattis, Ray Gattis

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

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