Louise Faulk Worsham,

92, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Brad Faulk officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Worsham was born May 28, 1925, in Tenaha, to John T. Holmes and Era Cox Holmes. She was a cosmetologist and also worked in the family business of Worsham Grocery in Joaquin for many years. Mrs. Worsham was a member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Son: Terry Faulk and wife, Myriam, of Spring, Texas

Jill Kay and husband, Ken, of Joaquin, Texas
Kay Childress of Tenaha, Texas
Phil Worsham and wife, Debra, of Joaquin

Daughter-in-law: Candi Faulk of Rockwall, Texas

Sandy Farr of Bullard, Texas
Bradley Faulk of Richland, Washington
Ashley Holcombe of Pasco, Washington
Alesha Seroczyski of Grainger, Indiana
Danise Faulk of Dallas, Texas
Damon Faulk of Wylie, Texas

19 Great-Grandchildren

Josh Childress
Nena Ivey
Sarah Gand y
Travis Worsham
Olivia Worsham
Shelby Commer
Cassey Porter
Jacob Kay

A number of step-great-grandchildren

Ever Andreason of South Dakota
Irene Yancy of Houston, Texas

Preceded in death by
Husbands: A.D. Faulk, Levis Worsham
Son: Danny Faulk
Son-in-law: Buddy Childress
Parents: John T. Holmes and Era Cox Holmes
Sisters: Vivian Owens, Clara Holmes

Pallbearers will be Damon Faulk, Jacob Kay, Phil Worsham, Ken Kay, John Owens and Matt Commer. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Farr, Jacob Farr, Josh Childress, Travis Worsham, Kyle Ivey, Bryan Gandy and Matt Porter.

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Ms. Willie Mae Cartwright, 58, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday morning at her residence in Shelbyville. 

A memorial will be held at a later date.

Ms. Willie Mae Cartwright is survived by:
Daughter: Raetta (Hollis) Polk of Nacogdoches, Tx.

Kinshana Cartwright of Jacksonville, Tx.
Cortez Cartwright of Shelbyville, Tx.

Shirley Hightower of Houston, Tx.
Sophia Cartwright of Center, Tx.
Shelia Cartwright of Shelbyville, Tx.

Wayne Thompson of Center, Tx.
Billy Bennett of Shelbyville, Tx.
Larry (Camilla) Cartwright of Shelbyville, Tx.


Irene Meurer, 89, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mrs. Meurer was born March 28, 1928, in Ft. Worth, to Joseph Hank Smith and Opal Irene Moorehead Smith.  She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by
Frances Sprouse of Austin
Mary Watts of Palestine
Carolyn Glasscock of Tyler
Betty Davis of Joaquin
Patsy Meurer of Tyler
James Meurer of Palestine


A number of great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by 
Daughter: Janette Miles
Parents: Joseph Hank Smith and Opal Irene Moorehead Smith
2 Sisters
2 Brothers

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Joe McCary, 93, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on December 26, 2017 in Center. He was born on December 3, 1924 in Shelby County to John and Sarah Chambliss then lovingly adopted by John French McCary and Alice Huntington McCary. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Risinger and Bro. Son Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery. 

A visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 

After serving in the United States Army in World War II, Joe moved to Houston working for the City of Houston water department while also owning and operating McCary Furniture and Appliance. After retiring, he came back to East Texas and settled here with his family. He was one of the hardest working men around. He was the owner of Patroon Concrete and took great pride in his work. Joe was also a lover of people and people loved him equally in return. He enjoyed visiting with anyone that wanted to take the time to talk. On any day of the week, you could stop by and find Joe in the front porch swing or walking in the pasture. Those peaceful moments outdoors were some of his favorite. Baby and Bitty, his sweet feline friends, were sure to be close to his side. Joe was known for being a great craftsman, and he loved traveling to flea markets to sell his creations, especially his swings. Joe was a good provider for his family and made sure they had whatever they needed. 

Joe is survived by:
His daughters: 
Barbara Risinger and husband, James of Goober Hill
Ruthie Folsom and husband, Wayne of Center
Rhonda McSwain of Center

Johnnie Ponder and wife, Flordelis of Rockwall
Clifford Ponder of Dallas
Tom Ponder and wife, Delicia of Lewisville

Mark Jackson
David Jackson and wife, Christy
Cody Folsom and wife, Maggie
Casie Windham and husband, Landon
Ashton Askew and husband, John
Roscoe McSwain, Jr. and wife, Ronna
Bryan Ponder
Michael Ponder
Kristina Petralia

Lane and Madison Jackson
Dawson and Ethan Jackson
Allie Windham
Annistyn McSwain
Lemley Folsom
John Camden Askew

Special friend: Maggie Hudson and her granddaughter, Liberty.

He is preceded in death by his wives, Martha Luman McCary and Mildred Chandler McCary; parents, John and Alice McCary; and four brothers.

Pallbearers will be Mark Jackson, Lane Jackson, Landon Windham, John Askew, Cody Folsom, and David Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers are Dawson Jackson, Ethan Jackson, Kenneth Hardy, Jimmy Strong, Johnny Covington, and Paul Birdwell.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Rather Cemetery. 

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


Donald Francis (Don) Schmutz, age 83 of Center, Texas passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, succumbing to his battle with cancer. Don and Judy moved to Center, Texas in 1967 where Don was a very successful businessman. He raised a family in Shelby County where all of his children graduated from both Center and Shelbyville High Schools. Don and Judy semi-retired in 1989 and moved to West Yellowstone, Montana, working in the restaurant food service industry for 10 years before returning to Shelby County.

Don was born to John and Enda (Christenson) Schmutz on December 29, 1933 in Peoria, Illinois. Don married Judith Ann (Judy) Van Dusen on June 5, 1957 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this summer. Don is survived by his sons Randy (wife Amber); Ricky (wife Grace), Rodney (wife Michelle) and Cassidy (wife Nana); his grandchildren Cade, Conner & Calli (Randy & Amber); Patrick and Sarah (Rodney & Michelle); Ryan & Sophia (Cassidy & Nana); Amber Luzko (Rhonda); his great grandchildren Annabelle and Katya (Amber Luzko). Don is also survived by his sister Mary Lou Meis from Peoria, Illinois and many wonderful nephews and nieces. Don was preceded in death by his daughter Rhonda, his parents, John and Edna Schmutz, his brother Jim Schmutz and his sisters Vivian Litterest, Elaine Skaggs, Dorothy Drieth, Beverly Christensen.

Don served his country as a veteran of the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954 and was honorably discharged with the rank of 3rd Class Signalman. While serving in the Navy, Don attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus. Honorary Pallbearers will be his lifelong friend Bill Jones and his grandsons, Patrick Schmutz, Cade Schmutz and Conner Schmutz and Tommy Hughes and Tim Wulf.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 28th from 5pm to 7pm at Watson & Sons Funeral Home located at 1554 TX Hwy 7 in Center, Texas. Funeral will be Friday, December 29th at 10am at the St. Therese Catholic Church located at 717 FM 2974 in Center, Texas. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley, Texas.

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Odell Shofner Sample, 86, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on December 26, 2017 in Center. She was born on February 23, 1931 in Shelbyville. Funeral services for Mrs. Sample will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 

A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

Odell grew up in Shelbyville and graduated from Shelbyville High School. She took pride in being a virtuous woman who truly loved the Lord and Savior. Odell was a living example of what a woman of God should be for her husband and for her family. She loved, supported, cared for and stood beside the love of her life, P.O. Sample for 67 years until his passing. She was passionate about serving her family to the best of her ability and make sure to always be available for them no matter the circumstances. Odell was a fantastic Grandma to her entire crew and each one was a special sparkle in her eye.

Odell loved to work outside in the flower beds and mowing her yard. She also enjoyed sewing and making clothes for others. If Odell wasn’t outside taking in God’s beautiful creations, she would definitely be found in the kitchen cooking up a scrumptious meal. She was famous for her fried chicken and her chicken and dumplings. 

Odell was a member of Shelbyville First Baptist Church. 

Odell is survived by:

Cathy Brittain of Shelbyville
Debbie Snider and husband, Billy of Center
Larry sample and wife, Debbie of Center

Rodney Brittain of Shelbyville
Nikki Brittain of Richmond
Jill Jefferson and husband, Keith of Shelbyville
Karen Liker and husband, Jason of Center
Bridget Kirkwood and husband, Donny of Salado
Matt Snider and wife, Mallory of Center
Pat Sample of Center
Stephanie Harkness and husband, Justin of Center
Ashley Hayes of Houston
Mary Alford and husband, Wayne of Timpson
Christopher Peurifoy and wife, Becky of Longview

Aaron, Jesse, Jake and Ariel Liker
Trace Brittian
Logan and Morgan Jefferson
Cyper and Tolan Harkness
Bronson and Bryanna Sample
Braylyn and Millie Sims
Garrett Kirkwood
Mason Snider
Bella and Mackee Alford
Caleb Peurifoy

Vivian Hamaker and husband, CJ of Shreveport
Billie Corder and husband, Charles of Shreveport

Joe Shofner and wife, Shirley of Center
Doug Sample and wife, Myrtle of Pittsburg
Donald Sample and wife, Deloris of Quitman
Ronnie Sample and wife, Deborah of Jasper

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, P.O. Sample; parents, Arvie and Della Shofner; and brothers, Jack and Pete Shofner.

Pallbearers will be Pat Sample, Matt Snider, Aaron Liker, Logan Jefferson, Keith Jefferson, Jake Liker, and Jesse Liker.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Affinity Hospice, Latham Cemetery, or Pine Grove Nursing Home.

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


William M. “Bill” Raborn, 90, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on December 25, 2017 in Houston. He was born on April 25, 1927 in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

After high school, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force to honorably serve his country. His time in the military left him with many stories to tell and pass down later in his life to his friends and loved ones. He loved to tell those stories of days gone by. Bill eventually settled with his family in East Texas where he worked for Timpson ISD in the maintenance department and as a bus driver for a number of years until his retirement. Bill was a family man. He loved his grandkids beyond words and treasured the moments he was able to spend with them. He also enjoyed hunting, air planes, Nascar and most especially, his dogs. Bill was a character to remember. Everyone he met enjoyed his company and his storytelling. It always seemed like Bill knew a little bit of everything. He was a truly beautiful soul that will be missed dearly.

William is survived by son, Wendell Raborn and wife, Elisa of Lafayette, Louisiana; daughter, Marcella Kemzuro and husband, Chuck of Lafayette, Louisiana; step-sons, Billy Collier and wife, Susan of Cleveland and Jimmy Collier and wife, Doris of Cleveland; brother, Smiley Raborn of Canada; sister, Marie Raborn; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Johnnie Raborn; brothers, E.C. Raborn and Emeal Raborn; and two grandchildren, Dusty Collier and Andrew Raborn.

Pallbearers will be members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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


Mary Anna Menefee, cherished daughter, faithful friend and one of God’s special children died at Briarcliff in Carthage, Texas on December 22nd, 2017 at the age of 65.
On June 13, 1952 a long awaited child, a daughter, was born to Richard and Vivian Menefee in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mary Anna lived her entire life in Center, Texas and was blessed with so many who loved her. The Methodist Church was a cornerstone of her life and, as her health permitted, she rarely missed a Sunday.  She and her mother kept the church nursery for over 30 years.  In addition to God, family and friends, Mary Anna loved music. Countless hours were spent listening to everything from rock-n-roll, country, gospel and KDET selections of the day.
Always ready with a compliment or a gracious thank you on any occasion, her life was a testimony to honesty and sincere love for her fellow man. Truly, those who knew her loved her!
Mary Anna was preceded in death by her devoted parents, Richard & Vivian Menefee. She is survived by so many who loved her and were blessed to have shared her life.
The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the precious folks who so lovingly cared for her these past years. What joy each of you brought to her each day, and what began as employment moved into friendship and devotion. Words cannot express our appreciation for your care and kindness to our loved one.
The Celebration of Life will be held at First Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street in Center, Texas on Saturday, December 30th.  Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am with the service immediately following. Arrangements are made with Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Memorials may be made to the First Methodist Church in Center or a charity of your choice.
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Billy Wayne McGuire, 80, of Garrison, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017, in Nacogdoches.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison.

Mr. McGuire was born June 22, 1937, in Garrison, to Grady Gibson McGuire Sr. and Georgia Lavinie Wells McGuire. He served in the United States Army. His hobbies included spending time with his family, fishing and playing dominoes.

He is survived by
Wife: Lois McGuire

Debi Ann Moore and husband, Mark
Grady Wayne McGuire and wife, Kim
Gary McGuire and wife, Trish
James McGuire and wife, Tausha
Renee McDonald


Sister: Joyce Wingate

Grady Gibson Jr.
Raymond McGuire

A number of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Billy Wayne McGuire Jr.
Parents: Grady Gibson McGuire Sr. and Georgia Lavinie Wells McGuire
Sisters: Juanita McGuire, Wanda Jean Thomas, Evelyn Marie McGuire
Brother: James H. McGuire, Grady McGuire Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Nacogdoches Shriners, PO Box 498, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.

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


Graveside service for John L. Menefee (91) of Lufkin, Texas will be Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:00am at Sand Hill Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Menefee was born on May 28, 1926. Mr. Menefee died at Woodland Height Hospital in Lufkin, Texas, December 21, 2017. 
Mr. Menefee is survived by:
1 Daughter: Donnell Hood
1 Grandson: Tony Hood wife Allis and great-great grandchild
Special caring loving friend and provider Ms. Wanda Williams Davis, forever friend Billy H. Daniel, caring neighbor Louis Walker, many other neighbors and friends. 
Visitation:  Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:30am at Sand Hill Cemetery
Committal: Sand Hill Cemetery
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas


Gene Bates, 75, of Nacogdoches passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Gene was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on September 6, 1942, the son of Claude Bates and Inez Boatman Bates. Memorial services for Mr. Bates will be held at 1:00PM Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Laird Funeral Home, with Bro. Sonny Scarborough officiating.

Gene was born and raised in Nacogdoches, the son of Claude and Inez Boatman Bates. He grew up with his siblings and enjoyed making memories as they played in the yard and woods. He learned from an early age, how to fit in with any group he was around. When he married and became a father, he realized how much love one person can have in their heart. His family was very important to him. Over the years, they enjoyed being together traveling in the old bus going camping and fishing, which many times included playing “telephone” at the lake. Gene always had a good time no matter what he was doing. Whether he was piddling around outside, working in the garden, playing 42, or telling stories and riddles to those around him, he was always happy. He worked very hard at everything he done, including providing for his family. Gene, also known as “Pan Handler” to his driving buddies, drove a truck for most of his life, and the workers at International Paper could set their clocks by the schedule he kept because he turned the corner every day at 2:17pm! Racing cars on dirt tracks was something else he enjoyed. The memories he made over the years will last a lifetime with his family and friends as they carry on his legacy of living life to the fullest.

Mr. Bates is survived by: 

Wife, Patsy Bates of Center, Texas

Lewis Britton and wife Bonnie of Lumberton, Texas
Tony Bates and wife Mary of Forney, Texas
David Bates of Jasper, Texas

Kathy Beck and husband Patrick of Plano, Texas
Drenda Wilson of Tyler, Texas
Susie McCauley and husband Shay of Nacogdoches, Texas
Brenda Hogue and husband Ronnie of Center, Texas

Numerous grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Claude Bates and Inez Boatman Bates; son Danny Bates; brothers, Wayne Bates and Phillip Bates; sisters, Mable Butcher and Dorothy Blankenship.

Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Pate and Verdell Christopher.

The Bates family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit


Faye Erwin Camp, 85, of Hickory passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

Born Mary Faye Erwin in Rutherford County on September 27, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Claude Myers and Elizabeth Gettys Erwin. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hickory. Faye was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Education. She taught English and Social Studies for 27 years at Grandview Junior High. Faye loved to spend time with her family, travel, and scrapbook. She had a great love for her grandchildren, a fondness of cardinals and was an avid reader. One of her favorite places that she truly enjoyed was the Biltmore Estate. Faye's special gift to each of her grandchildren when they turned six years old was to take them on an airplane ride for their birthday.

She is survived by:

Husband of 64 years, James "Jim" Camp Jr.

Bobbie Setliff and husband Rob of Hickory
Lisa Hahn and husband Harold "Tinker" of Denver, NC

Son, James "Jimmy" Camp III and wife Meg of Center, TX

Tripp Setliff and wife Erika
Drew Setliff and wife Mary Taylor
Luke Setliff and wife Leeann
Isaac Setliff and wife Carmen
Noah Setliff
Lauren Wilson and husband Luke
Eric Hahn
Jay Camp and wife Taylor
Amy Camp
Megan Camp

8 great-grandchildren

Brother, Max Erwin of Gastonia

The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm at First United Methodist Church. Memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm with Reverend Paul Christy and Reverend Wil Posey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or First United Methodist, 311 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.


On Sunday December 17, 2017, A.L. Skeeter Stewart cast his last line on this earth. He was born January 22, 1944 in Center, Texas to Roy Stewart and Minnie Bell Wilburn (Myers). Skeeter is preceded in death by his father, Roy; mother, Minnie; brother, Donald; and infant son, Thomas Gregory Stewart.

Skeeter was raised in Tenaha and spent most of his time, when not working, on the Sabine River with a fishing rod in his hands. He retired from Texas Utilities Mining Co. as well as owned several businesses in Tenaha throughout the year;.among them, Skeeters Drive in Grocery and Stewart Electric. Skeeter graduated from Tenaha as well as played football there. He also raised his family in Tenaha and was always a supporter of Tenaha sports. His children never realized how much their father impacted the lives of others until now. “We truly love and appreciate hearing all of the stories of how our dad helped and influenced others. Some of which we never knew about until now.”

Skeeter leaves behind a loving:

Wife of 54 years, Barbara Eaves Stewart

Lea Anne Blue and husband, Eddie of Carthage
Lori Alford and husband, John of Hallsville

Son, Jeff Stewart and wife, Sharon K. of Paxton

Pat Crump
Peggy Langley

His four legged best friend, Skippy.

He also leaves behind loving grandchildren, Cory Blue who was his Pops ride or die and wife, Samantha; Jenny LaBay and husband, Daniel; Zachary Alford; Taylor Breanna Pate and husband, Anthony; Emily Hemus and husband, Cody; and Trevin Hunter Stewart. He also left behind five beloved great-grandchildren and uncountable numbers of loving nieces and nephews.

Skeeter also leaves behind that old muddy water in the Sabine River. It was as much a part of his life as a flesh and blood loved one.

The family would love to thank Heartsway Hospice for the most loving, tender care anyone could have asked for. Instead of flowers, they humbly ask those who would to donate either to Hospice or Restland Cemetery in Tenaha. A memorial will be held at a later date after the Holidays.

Skeeter lived his life on his terms and met his end the same. You have to respect that.

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


Louis George Edwards, Jr. (65) of Center, Texas died Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Funeral service will be Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 1pm at Goodwill Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas (Pine Flat Community). Rev. Clarence Dexter Yarbrough will be officiating. Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel Friday, December 22, 2017 from the hours of 7pm to 9pm. Committal is at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas.

Mr. Edwards is survived by:

Wife: Joyce Edwards of Center, Texas

Son: Jeremine Edwards of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daughter: Nichole Ellington of Center, Texas

Grandchildren: Brakia Roland and A’raiya Edwards

Great-Grandchild: Braikeria Roland

Father: Louis G. Edwards, Sr. of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sisters: Dolores Miller (Johnny Ray); Pambla Edwards; and Wanda Edwards all of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brother-in-law: Billy Gene Wingwood of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sister-in-law: Billie J. Daniels of Center, Texas

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


Robbie Mae Lovell Clay, 86, of Dallas and a native of Center, died Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Dallas.

Services for Mrs. Clay will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Lott's Mortuary Chapel, 2434 Martin Luther King Drive in Dallas. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery.

Mrs. Clay was born January 20, 1931 in Center to the late Robert Lovell and Mary Kindle Lovell. She was a graduate of C. H. Daniels High School. She had resided in Dallas for a number of years where she and her husband, Wardell, owned and operated Clay's Liquors. She was a longtime member of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

She is survived by:

Son: Donald Clay

Nephew: Clyde Lister, Jr. and wife, Barbara

Grandniece: LaKeisha Lister Henry and husband, Renard

Grandnephew: Clyde (Trae) Lister, III

Great-grandnephew: Byron Lister

Great-grandniece: Bostyn McKinley Lister

Mrs. Clay was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her sister, Joy Lovell Lister.

Services entrusted to Lott's Mortuary, 2434 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75215.


Bebee Darlene Metcalf, 73, of Center, Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017 in Center. She was born on September 19, 1944 in Denison, Texas to Whit Darrell Lewis, Jr. and Martha Jane Simms Lewis. Funeral services for Mrs. Metcalf will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Josh Sanford officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery.

A visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Bebee grew up in Houston where she attended Smiley High School and graduated as a member of the Class of 1963. Bebee was very involved in school activities and was devoted to her studies as well. She was an honor student with straight A’s and was a member of the National Honor Society. Bebee was unbelievably smart and talented. She was the captain of the Colleenes, which was the drill team at Smiley High School. Her skill and finesse were beautiful to watch. After high school, Bebee began her higher education at Southern Methodist University in hopes to pursue a degree in nursing. Soon after, she met a young man, Jimmy Metcalf, through mutual friends. He was dating someone else at the time, but there was a spark there that would become a lifelong love story. Jimmy and Bebee dated on and off for seven or eight years before finally getting married. 

Although Bebee never finished her degree as a nurse, she did pursue another passion. She loved working with children and began working at a Lutheran School in Houston. She and Jimmy eventually moved to Center to care for his mother and she went to work for Center ISD at CH Daniels and later, Center Intermediate School where she would remain for over 20 years until retirement. She was a dedicated and well-loved member of Center ISD caring for and reaching out to every student, teacher and staff member who had the pleasure of working with her.

Bebee was the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman. She had to become an adult quickly as a child and helped to care for her own siblings. She was an amazing and wonderful sister and her love for family and helping with kids carried throughout her lifetime. She was selfless and willing to do whatever was necessary to help other people. Bebee was concerned about others above herself. She never asked for anything or wanted anything in return. She simply found satisfaction in knowing that she was able to care for another life. Bebee was independent and strong-willed, but was also compassionate and a true servant to mankind. Bebee had such a positive and upbeat personality. Even when diagnosed with cancer, Bebee stayed focused and did not let anything bring her down. She was a fighter and she fought hard for a decade. At her weakest, Bebee remained strong, filled with unwavering, immovable faith. She had a hope beyond comprehension and even in death, was filled with complete peace knowing that she had accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. 

Bebee did enjoy working at the school, but what a fun-filled and loving life she led outside of those walls. She loved to garden, cooking, buying from Home Shopping Network, doing her Bible study and attending Sunday School and fellowship with her Sunday School class at First Baptist Church. More than anything, she treasured spending time with her family, most especially her grandson, Jax. Bebee was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Center. Her sweet, gentle spirit and the sunshine that she brought to so many lives will be greatly missed among so many who loved her. 

Bebee is survived by
Her sons:
John Wesley Metcalf of Center
Justin Wesley Metcalf and wife, Bethany of Center

Honorary daughter: Amanda Kirby and husband, Kris of Center

Grandson: Jax Wesley Metcalf of Center

Honorary grandchildren:
Madison Kirby of Center
Slade Kirby of Center
Sawyer Kirby of Center

Michael Lewis of Vista, California
Ted Lewis and wife, Lorrie of Pasadena, Texas

Sister: Paula Lewis of Pasadena, Texas

Niece: Kelly Finney and husband, Cary of Deerpark

Brandon Lewis of Vista, California
David Lewis and wife, Amanda of Vista, California
Darrell Lewis of Houston

Great-niece: Madison of Deerpark

Aiden and Ashton of Vista, California
Tanner and Colt of Deerpark

Numerous other family and dear friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Whit and Martha Lewis and her husband, Jimmy Wesley Metcalf. 

Pallbearers are Bernard Metcalf, Shannon Metcalf, Justin Metcalf, Wesley Metcalf, Ted Lewis and Mike Lewis.

Honorary pallbearers are Kris Kirby and Alberto Campos. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas, 75935. 

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


Arthur Stewart, 73, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on December 17, 2017 in Tenaha. He was born on January 22, 1944. Services are pending at this time. 

Services pending at this time with Mangum Funeral Home.


Linda Watson, 76, of Center, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017, in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017, at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Chuck Horton officiating.

Mrs. Watson was born November 3, 1941, in Center, to Max Samford and Ethel Fountain Samford. She enjoyed working in her flowerbeds and spending time with her family and church family. She was a member of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by


Lisa Verrett and husband, Charlie, of Buna
Tena Moragas of Center

Elissa Taylor and husband, Cody, of Tenaha
Radi Verrett of Buna
Nathan Hathorn and wife, Cadence, of Center
April Victoria and husband, Gavin, of Buna
Charlie “Bubba” Verrett of Buna

Kypton Taylor
Madyx Taylor
Elli Hathorn
Ahava Victoria
Gavin Victoria II
Ivory Victoria
Kamdyn Verrett

Brother: Gary Samford of College Station

Sister: Mary Lou Richards of Conroe

Preceded in death by

Husband: Bobby Doyce Watson

Parents: Max Samford and Ethel Fountain Samford

Sister: Maxie Wright

Pallbearers will be Nathan Hathorn, Jimmy Moore, Cody Taylor, Earl Hicks, Radi Verrett and Jody Wright.


Michael Lee Hurst, 52, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  No graveside service to follow.

Michael Lee was born May 17, 1965, in Center, to Michael C. Hurst and Beverly Choron Hurst.  He was a member of Center Christian Church.  Michael Lee loved being with his family and friends, who affectionately referred to him as Beaux.  He was always the life of the party.  He loved the water, especially water skiing.  Michael Lee always kept everyone honest around the pool table.

He is survived by
Wife: Maria Bush Hurst of Center, Texas

Colin Michael Hurst of Shreveport, Louisiana
Beverly Kay Hurst of Center, Texas
Nicholas Kade Hurst of Hemphill, Texas

Grandson: Jackson Kade Hurst of Center, Texas

Father: Michael C. Hurst and wife, Helen, of Youngsville, Louisiana

Maria Hurst of San Clemente, California
Madeline Hurst of Youngsville, Louisiana

Nephew: Ewan Oplt of San Clemente, California

Uncle: Dudley Wood of Tyler, Texas

Numerous cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Special friends: Ruth and Virgil Duke of Center

Preceded in death by
Mother: Beverly Hurst
Stepson: Joseph Bradford Bush
Grandparents: Minnie and Virgil Choron, Alvin and Juanita Hurst
Aunt: Debbie Wood

Honorary pallbearers will be Troy Keele, Jeff Young, Kris Dockens, Royce Bolton, Mikel Sanford, Jon Tomlinson, Virgil Duke, Pete Owens, Howard May and Kevin Dockens.  

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at


Joann Hilburn, 82, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away on December 14, 2017 in Nacogdoches. She was born on October 7, 1935 in Caledonia to Callus Hilburn and Marjory Hardy Hilburn. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Caledonia Cemetery with Orval Miller officiating.

Joann is survived by her brother, Jerry Hilburn and wife, Vina; nieces, Teresa Hilburn and Tina Hilburn; and great-nephew, Tristan Hilburn.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Callus and Marjory Hilburn.

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