09/12/2018

A graveside funeral service for Floyd Lynn Turner has been set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Sand Hill Cemetery - Center, Texas where he will be laid to rest between his parents and grandparents. Lynn fought a good battle, now rests peacefully in the arms of his Lord. He departed this earth for his heavenly home on September 10, 2018. 
 
Lynn was born at the Turner Family farm home, in Center, Texas on July 27, 1943. Lynn was sixth of six children, he is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd & Virgie Turner; his brothers & sister, Dennis Turner, Flo Wilburn, Henry Turner, Tallis Turner; Niece & Nephew, Linda Wilburn McKenzie and David Turner; Ex-wife Margaret Ann Nix.
 
Lynn graduated from Center High School in 1962 and served in the United States Air Force as Sergeant where he was a Jet Engine Mechanic Instructor at Randolph Air Force Base located at Universal City, Texas, he received an honorable discharge. Upon discharge from the USAF, Lynn returned to Center where he worked for several years as a Service Manager at the Chevrolet Dealership in Center. Later he was Owner of Shelby County Construction Company and Continental Construction Company. Lynn expanded his entrepreneurship into the trucking business where he was the Owner & Operator of Lynn Turner Trucking where he had a fleet of tractor/trailer rigs for many years of which he recently retired. 
 
Lynn is survived by:
His daughter: Ginger Lynette Turner of Sulphur, Louisiana

Grandson: Bryce Fowler and wife Ryon, Dallas, Texas

Sister: Nelda Belle Turner, Gainesville, Florida

Sisters-in-law: 
Della Turner, Angleton, Texas
Lois Turner, Clute, Texas

Ex-wife: Jeanette Blair Shropshire, Fischer, Texas

Great grandchildren:
Jaxon Fowler
Bryn Fowler

Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. 

Lynn will be fondly missed by many friends and family. 

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

09/10/2018

Lela Beth Adams, Harris (89) of Tenaha, Texas, died Thursday, September 6, 2018 at her residence. Mrs. Harris was born August 6, 1929.

Funeral service will be Saturday, September 15, 2018 at First Baptist Church at 11:00am in Tenaha, Texas. Pastor, Turner Bruce Yarbrough will be officiating.  

Visitation is Friday, September 14, 2018, from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm at First Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas. Committal will be at Faltine Cemetery in Gloster, Louisiana.

Mrs. Harris is survived by:

Son: Franklin Harris Sr. (Sonya) of Pascagoula, Mississippi

Daughter:  Natalie Harris of Tenaha, Texas

Grandchildren:
Natasha Garrett-Miles
Bria Nicole Nelson
Natalia Yasmyne Nelson
Alexis Alexandria Harris
Franklin Alexander Harris, Jr.

Great-Grandchildren:
Zo`e Elise Miles
Allyson Paige Miles
Isabelle Skylar Miles

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

09/10/2018

Graveside service for Verna Ann McWilliams, 83, of Alpharetta, Georgia formerly of Timpson, Texas will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with Bro. William Dee Daniel officiating at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Ms. McWilliams passed away on September 7, 2018 in Roswell, Georgia. Born June 18, 1935, in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Verna Behnke was born and raised in Mishawaka, Indiana. She was the youngest of five children. At a very young age, Verna lost her father, Harry Behnke to cancer which left her and her siblings under the care of their beloved mother during a very difficult time. Facing this personal hardship, along with living through the Great Depression and World War II, Verna and her family marched through day by day making the best of what they were given. Verna’s mother taught them to face all challenges with complete faith in their Lord and Savior. She learned to seek Him first above all and to rely on His strength and provision.

Verna graduated from Mishawaka High School and continued her education at Butler University. The cooler norther temperature was too much for Verna so she decided to move to Arizona to live with one of her older brothers, Don. There she worked as a medical secretary. It was a divine plan that Verna come to Arizona. There she met the love of her life, Joseph McWilliams, Sr. The two were married and later moved back to Joseph’s home in Texas. Together they built a beautiful life that would bless them with two amazing children and take them around the world to places some only dream of seeing.

No matter where the family went, Verna used it as an opportunity to share the love and message of Christ’s saving grace. She made the world her mission field witnessing to homeless children on the streets in foreign countries, overcrowded orphanages and supporting missionary families across the globe. When Verna and her family settled back home in Houston, she continued her valiant work for Christ and guided her children to follow in her footsteps. They would volunteer together at their church food bank and would take advantage of any opportunity in the area to witness to others.

Verna was a living light that brought love, compassion, generosity and kindness to every single person she met. She impacted innumerable lives throughout her years as God’s servant on this earth and even in her battles with cancer and heart disease she continued to use those opportunities as a platform to proclaim God’s mercy and strength. She was the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman, and she truly left the world around her a better place than when she entered this life. While Verna may have gone on to meet her precious Savior, the evidence of her walk with Christ still remains on the many lives she touched.

She is survived by her son, Joseph B. McWilliams and wife Andrea; daughter, Jennifer McWilliams Burrus; brother, Everett Behnke; grandchildren, Austin, David, Shelby and Trevor Burrus, and John, Hannah, and Madison McWilliams.

Verna is preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph B. McWilliams; parents, Harry Behnke and Florence Alice McAuthur Behnke; brothers, Roy Behnke, Don Behnke; and sister Emily.

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

09/10/2018

Gennie Hubbard, age 62 of Timpson, passed away Thursday evening, September 6, 2018 at Pine Grove Nursing Center.

Funeral service is Wednesday, September 12th at 2pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Center. Wake will be held Tuesday, September 11 from 6pm to 7pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center. Interment is at Blount Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Coutee officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, J.L. Hubbard of Timpson

Sister, Florence Wright of Dallas

Brother, David Wright of Center

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

09/08/2018

Joe Parrish Bush, 91, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on September 7, 2018 in Nacogdoches surrounded by his wife Selma, daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter when he went peacefully into the arms of our loving Lord Jesus. He was born on May 12, 1927, in Tenaha, Texas to Euell Bush and Willie “Lout” Bush. Funeral services will be at 2 PM on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Trekell officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Joe was born in Tenaha, Texas, May 12, 1927 and was raised in Hurstown until his death September 7, 2018. 
 
The Lord had blessed Joe abundantly. He was able to work his entire 91 years of life. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over 30 years and after retirement he just could not bear the thought of being idle. He then went to work for the City of Center and then the County doing road maintenance.

After retiring from those 2 jobs, he then decided to drive his son's gravel truck until he was in his early 80's.
 
Joe was a wonderful provider for his family. He worried so much about their well-being and never thought about himself. He worried himself sick at times about his wife which always called "Mother." One of his last words to his daughter was to take good care of "Mother." That's just how he was about his family.

On the side, Joe loved to work in his shop and help his neighbors and friends with their lawn mowers or tractors. He loved people and every chance he got he wanted to reminisce old times. He cherished all his friends and he never met a stranger. He was always "striking up" a conversation with someone everywhere he went, even though he was hard of hearing. 

After his son, Stevie, passed away in 2014 his health began to decline. He grieved over his loss until the day he passed away himself. Family and friends tried so hard to comfort him but he never was able to overcome the grief he felt. 

Joe's passion was being outside, mowing grass. He loved to keep his place and his son's place looking immaculate. Although, his health had declined so much, he still pushed himself to do the impossible and keep both places mowed. His wonderful neighbors and friends had offered so many times to mow for him but he just wouldn't give it up. A couple days before he went to be with Jesus he was wanting to
get on his old tractor and mow that grass! 

Joe had a tender heart when it came to animals. He made his family promise to take care of his cat, Miracle, that he rescued from a tree when she was just a kitten. He bottle fed her for weeks just to save her life. Stray dogs and cats would always appear at his house and he would faithfully take care of them. That's the kind of heart he had. Animals never went hungry or mistreated around Joe. 

Now he doesn't have to worry about his family, the grass, animals or anything else on this earth. He is with the Lord and surrounded by Angels. For the family it’s a very sad time but not a goodbye....I'll see you later!

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Selma; daughter, Cheryl Kaul and husband Ralf of San Marcus, Texas; brother in law, Charles Killen of McClelland, Texas; grandchildren, Brandi Smith of Xenia, Ohio, Brittany Smith of Jasper. Texas; great grandchildren, Alexxis Allender of Xenia, Ohio, Halle Adams of Jasper, Texas; nephew, Freeman Hancock and Emily of Jasper, Texas; special friends, Larry Trekell and Johnnie of San Augustine, Texas, Michael Neal of Neuville, Texas, Paul Taylor and wife Cathy of Hurstown, Texas, and Doug Curtis of Patroon, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his son, Stevie Bush; parents, Euell and Willie “Lout” Bush; brother, J. C. Bush; sisters, Bernice Baker, Eloise Andrus, and Audrey McGee.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to Denning Animal Rescue, 490 CR 255, San Augustine, Texas 75972, https://www.denninganimalrescue.org/ , or Love Like Victor Day, Cemetery Project.

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

09/07/2018

James “Fredy” Franke, 79, of Center, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, in Port Arthur with his daughters by his side.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Clever Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Franke was born March 23, 1939, in Shelby County, to Alfred Franke Jr. and Ruth Bounds Franke. He served in the United States Army and worked as an operator at Texaco Refinery in Port Neches. His hobbies included being outdoors, spending time with his grandkids and playing dominos with friends. Fredy was a loving Christian husband and father and raised his children to have strong Christian faith.

He is survived by
Daughters: Cindy Hauver and husband, Dowd, of Vidor Amanda Eaves and husband, David, of Seabrook

Grandchildren: Brandon Hauver and wife, Lauren, of Aurora, Colorado Pierce Hauver of College Station Erik Hauver of Vidor Sara Eaves of Seabrook Thomas Eaves of Seabrook

Great Granddaughter: Emerson Elaine Hauver

Brother: Donald Franke and wife, Barbara, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sister: Doretta Watson of Beaumont

Preceded in death by Wife: Mary Elaine Sigler Franke Parents: Alfred Franke Jr. and Ruth Bounds Franke

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

09/05/2018

Eddie Bailey, 83, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha. A military honors graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Tennessee Cemetery with Bro. John Whitworth officiating.  

Mr. Bailey was born August 22, 1935, in Haskell, Oklahoma, to Norman Bailey and Mae Criner Bailey. He served in the United States Air Force, where he retired as Senior Master Sargent after 28 years of service.  He was devoted to serving his family and community. Mr. Bailey was proud to help wherever he was needed and was well known as “the voice of Tenaha Tiger football.” His favorite moments were those spent with his family, all of whom he dearly loved. Mr. Bailey was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha, Tenaha Business Men’s Club, and the Child Welfare Board in Center.  

He is survived by
Wife of 61 years: Doyce Bailey of Tenaha

Daughter: LaRaye Bailey of Tenaha

Like a Daughter: Erin Johnson of Carthage

Grand dog: Hercules Bailey

Special Friends:
Justin Simons and Sarah Wilson of Splendora

Sister-in-law: Karen Cruse and husband, Glen, of St. Louis, Missouri

Brother-in-law: William “Bo” Morris of Tenaha

Special Family: Charles and Sharon Pollard of Livingston

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Norman Bailey and Mae Criner Bailey
Sisters: Norma Wilbourn, Peggy Langford

The family would like to recognize and say a heartfelt thank you to the administration, nurses and aides of Focused Care in Center, Texas, for their outstanding care, love and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

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

09/05/2018

J.C. Choate, 83, of Center, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Mt. Herman Cemetery in the Mt. Herman Community with Bro. L. D. Eddins officiating.

Mr. Choate was born January 9, 1935, in Center, to Pierson Choate and Mae Wilson Choate.

He is survived by
Son: Jason Choate and wife, Lorei, of Center

Grandchildren:
Hannah Choate of Center
Carmen Choate of Center
Megan Choate of Center

Brothers:
Jimmy Gene Choate of Lumberton
C.C. Choate of Douglas, Arizona
Lonnie Choate of Center
Larry Choate of Baytown

Sisters:
Mildred Isabell of New Caney
Ele Ray Pratt of Wilmer
Shirley Nichols of Center
Leretta Choate of Bryan

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Pierson Choate and Mae Wilson Choate
Brothers: Andrew Choate, Donnie Choate, Jimmy Ray Choate

A special thanks to the staff at Pine Grove Nursing center for their loving care.

Pallbearers will be James Ray Harrison, Jason Williford, Stephen Fults, Michael Scates, Dewayne Lovell and Kerry West.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to assist the family with final expenses.

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

09/05/2018

Wendell Cleaver, Sr., was born to the late Elgin B. Cleaver and Loma Fluellen on March 21, 1942. At an early age he received Christ. He went to Catholic School in Dallas, Texas. Later he graduated from East Liberty High School in Shelbyville, Texas, 1961.

After high school he worked several jobs and enlisted in the Army. He served 10 ½ years, 2 tours in Vietnam. He received multiple awards, Purple Heart and a few more. He was proud to serve his country. He was a loving, awesome husband, dad, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.

He will truly be missed by his wife, Diane Cleaver; children, Wendell Jr. , Faye Dell, Michele and Diane; brother, Billy Cleaver, Elgin B. Cleaver; grandchildren (14), great grandchildren (5); nieces and nephews, family and friends.

09/05/2018

Robert Windham, 73, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018, at his home in Louisville. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, September 7th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Jay Murphy officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Interment will be in Salem Baptist Cemetery near Lake, MS. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Windham was born June 28, 1945, in Texas. He worked in maintenance most of his life, most recently at Diamond Grove in Louisville. He and his wife moved from Scott County to Louisville in 2002. He attended Shiloh Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dovie Mae and Earl Lee Windham.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Monk Windham of Louisville; daughters, Tina Thigpen and Wendy Victory, both of Louisiana; a step-daughter, Tonya Mayo of Louisville; a son, Jody Wilson of Texas; a sister, Betty Miller of Texas; eleven grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Dalton Mayo, Will Bane, Floyd Monk, Joey Monk, Zack Thigpen, and Richard Miller.

Funeral services under the direction of Porter Funeral Home, Louisville, Mississippi.

09/05/2018

Emily Hernandez-Garcia, 17, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born June 5, 2001, in Nacogdoches, Emily was the first child of Luis Humberto Hernandez and Cristina Garcia. She was currently a senior at Center High School, where she was an excellent student and even more amazing friend. Emily loved playing soccer and her favorite color was yellow. Her lovely smile will be dearly missed by her family and friends forever. 

She is survived by
Parents: Luis Humberto Hernandez and Cristina Garcia of Center

Sisters:
Julissa Hernandez-Garcia of Center
Joseline Hernandez-Garcia of Center
Janet Hernandez-Garcia of Center
Estefany Hernandez-Garcia of Center

Brothers: 
Luis H. Hernandez-Garcia of Center
Luis Fernando Jr. of Center

Grandmother: Janny Martinez of Center

Uncles and Aunts:
Isidro Hernandez and wife, Yuliana, of Center
Yuridia Hernandez of Center
Janny Florez of Center
Patty Garcia of Nacogdoches
Armando Gonzalez of Center
Jesus Martinez of Center
Benon Martinez of Center

Cousin: Angela Cruze of Center

Godfather: Juan Vazquez of Mansfield, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Godfather: Martin Muñoz

Pallbearers will be Luis Hernandez, Isidro Hernandez, Armando Gonzalez, Jesus Martinez, Juan Vazquez, Luis Fernando Jr. and Ulises Santos.

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

09/04/2018

Robert B. Flores, 62, of Grand Cane, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ronnie McClellan and Bro. Pat Cobb officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Flores was born September 9, 1955, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Joseph “Joe” B. Flores and Joyce Wilson Flores. He graduated from Mansfield High School and went on to work in the oilfield, acquiring various certifications in the industry. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, refurbishing “junk”, and watching LSU Football. Mr. Flores was a Lifetime NRA Member and was also a member of Gloster Baptist Church in Gloster, Louisiana.

He is survived by
Wife of 31 wonderful years: Cherrie Cook-Flores of Grand Cane, Louisiana

Daughters:
Jessica Horwitch and husband, David, of Los Angeles, California
Michelle Flores of Denver, Colorado

Very close stepson: Derek Deas of Stonewall, Louisiana

Granddaughter: Annabelle Horwitch of Los Angeles, California

Brother and Sisters:
Randy Flores
Debbie Banks
Sharron Cook
Darla Turner and husband, Ray

Mother-in-law: Carol Iris Cook of Grand Cane, Louisiana

Brother-in-law: Christian Cook of Keatchie, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Faithful Companions: 
Mr. Tux
Rocky 

Preceded in death by
Parents: Joseph “Joe” B. Flores and Joyce Wilson Flores. 
Father-in-law: Charles M. Cook
Nephew: Christopher Banks

Pallbearers will be Christian Cook, Ray Turner, Scott Kelley, Glenn Wayne Kelley, Colton Cobbs and Dwayne Restivo. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Sebren, Mel Cox, Bennie Cox, Albert Stoma, Blake McCullough and Bobby “Hootie” Henderson.

A special thanks to Kathy Thomas for her love and generosity and St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care.

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

09/02/2018

Funeral Service for Warren McSwain will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Warren G. McSwain was born April 27, 1921 in San Augustine County, Texas; a sixth generation of Angus MacSween who sailed to America in 1802 from Island of Skye in Scotland. Warren died September 2, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

He survived by one son, Travis L. McSwain and wife, Donna of Cypress, Texas; two daughters, Jeanette Mena & husband, Lynn of Broaddus, Texas, and Edna Rae Carroll and husband, Robert (Bob) of Tomball, Texas; twelve grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, thirteen great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Brown Armand of Spring, Texas and Judy Brown of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Lillian Brown McSwain; his son, Warren Gene McSwain, an infant son, Ronnie Clark McSwain, also three brothers; Leon McSwain, Elton McSwain, and Clarence McSwain, and one sister, Agnes Barber Tyler.

Warren attended school in the Salem Community, and in old Camp Worth, Texas. He married his wife on January 13, 1940. He worked in logging and farming; then during WWII he worked in the shipyards in Orange, Texas. He returned to Shelby County after the end of the war and worked driving a truck. Later, he worked for Mr. L.C. Smith on the One Gallus Ranch as foreman; then as a Diesel Engine Mechanic. He operated a bulldozer for Mr. Robie Koonce, doing construction work. He also worked for Mr. P.O. Sample for many years. He helped maintain and care for the Community Water System near his home.

After retiring, he enjoyed gardening; especially growing tomatoes and other vegetables. He gave tomatoes and other vegetables to neighbors and relatives.

He and his wife were lifelong members of Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church. He was an ordained Deacon of the church, a song leader and Sunday School Teacher. For many years, he helped care for the Cemetery. He rarely missed the Homecomings. He participated in raising funds for the upkeep of the cemetery.

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

09/02/2018

Osburn Franklin “Butch” Adams, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2018, at his residence, surrounded by his most cherished loved ones.  He was born March 13, 1928, to Henry Franklin Adams and Maudie Soape Adams in the McClelland Community of Shelbyville.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Adams Cemetery in Shelby County.

O.F. Adams was born and raised in Shelbyville, on land that he was proud to eventually own and keep in his family. Butch was one of the youngest of 14 children. He met the love of his life, Laverne Goings Adams, and they were united in holy matrimony on December 9, 1945. He earned his nickname of “Butch” by butchering for Herbert Sanders in 1946. 

In 1951, he became a salesman for Wilson Meat Company.  From 1953 until 1973, he owned and operated O.F. Adams Grocery at the intersection of Highway 147 and 87. Butch served as Constable for Precinct 2 from 1966 until 1989. He was also a substitute mail carrier for the United States Postal Service from 1969 until 1974, when he became a full-time mail carrier. He served in that capacity until he retired in 1988. Butch was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, recently receiving his 65th year pin.  He was distinguished in that he chose both paths of the Scottish Rite and the York Rite. Under the Masonic Lodge, he also became a member of the Sharon Shriners for over 55 years.

He is survived by
Wife of 72 years: Laverne Adams

Daughter: Melba Lee

Grandchildren:
Jamie Hagler and wife, Holly
Conda Adams
Stacy Warr

Great-Grandchildren:
Tristyn Crelia and husband, Phillip
Casey Adams
Denver Kalenevitch
Ashlynn Moore
Alyssa Moore
Caden Warr

Great-Great-Grandchildren:
Saylor Crelia
Sutton Crelia
Caiden Adams

Special Friends:
James and Regina Raymond
Lenny Dupuis and Sandra Wheless

Preceded in death by
Children: O.F. Adams Jr., Marsha Singletary
Great Grandson: James Chance Hagler
Parents: Henry Franklin Adams and Maudie Soape Adams
Siblings

Pallbearers will be James Raymond, J.B. Raymond, Phillip Crelia, Lenny Dupuis, Britt Harbison and Shannon Metcalf.  Honorary pallbearers will be James Hagler and his coffee drinking buddies.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Adams Cemetery Fund, c/o Jamie Hagler, 258 CR 2001, Center, Texas 75935.

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

08/30/2018

George Travis Clay Jr., 85, of Timpson, Texas passed away on August 30, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born May 10, 1933, in Timpson, Texas, Travis is the son of the late George Travis Clay Sr. and Gladys (Frederick) Clay.  Travis attended Timpson High School. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13.  After high school, he joined the Army where he served two years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal.  In 1956 he married Bobbie Linthicum, and together they had two children, Dean and Sandy.  Travis came from a long line of brick masons dating back to the 1700’s.  He followed in his dad’s footsteps and worked as a brick mason up until the age of 75 years.  Travis received his 50 year life membership award to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.  His work can be seen throughout East Texas.  

Travis was a unique soul who enjoyed joking around with family and friends. He loved being with his granddaughter’s Mandy and Lucy his buccaroo’s. It was always a competition of who was loved the most Gran Gran or Pa Pa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, laying brick, gardening, riding on his tractor, and visiting with friends and family.  

He will be greatly missed. Travis is survived by:
His wife, Bobbie

Their children: 
Dean Clay of Garrison, Texas
Sandy Walters and husband Bobby of Yoakum, Texas

Grandchildren: 
Mandy Marshall and husband Nathan of Timpson, Texas
Lucy Walters of Yoakum, Texas 

Great-granddaughter: Abigail Marshall of Timpson, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Travis and Gladys Clay; brothers and sister in laws, Harold and Wanda Clay, Richard and Judy Clay; and daughter in law, Ricann Clay.

Those of you that have been following him this past year, know that he’s had many ups and downs, some might say adventures. But over the past months he’s managed to pull it all together. He left us knowing how loved we were. I think we can all say Travis has had a full life. In fact some might say – 9 lives. He has fought cancer, other illnesses, and repeatedly  managed to recover and live another day to boss his family around. They wouldn’t have it any other way. But there comes a time that only God knows – a time to die and go home. A place where there is no more pain or sorrow, a place to be with old friends and family and possibly a place to lay a few brick.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all those who have supported us during this time of loss.

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

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

08/30/2018

Funeral Service for Dorothy Young King age 83, of Garrison, Texas will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

Mrs. King died Monday, August 27, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born June 12, 1935 in Mississippi.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm September 1, 2018, before service at Garrison Funeral Home.

Family being served by Garrison Funeral Home

08/29/18

Funeral service for Louise Gaddy Kruse age 78, of Garrison, Texas will be at 2pm, Friday, August 31, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk Co.

Mrs. Kruse died Monday, August 27, 2018 in Longview, Texas. She was born April 2, 1940 in Rusk Co., Texas.

Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas

08/27/2018

Services for Carolyn Sue Campbell Brown of Longview, Texas, will be held Wednesday, August 29, at 10am at Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview. Visitation will be Tuesday, August. 28, from 6-8pm at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas.

Carolyn Sue Campbell Brown, 81, of Longview, Texas, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Carolyn was born in Center, Texas, on August 24, 1937, to Emmitt and Twila Campbell. She met Bill Brown from Tenaha in the summer of 1953, and that began a relationship that led a marriage of 60 years. After proudly graduating from Center High School (Class of 1956), Carolyn went on to further her education at Kilgore College, where she was a Kilgore Rangerette. 

She and Bill Brown married in 1958, and soon had their two oldest sons, Mike and Mark. Because Bill worked in the oil and gas business, they moved often, living in a variety of places (College Station, Texas; Shreveport and Houma, Louisiana; and then to Tyler, Texas) before moving to Carthage. Once the boys were attending school in Carthage, Carolyn decided it was time to finish her education. She and a group of young women would commute daily to Nacogdoches to attend Stephen F. Austin University, where she earned her elementary teaching degree.

After Carolyn received her teaching degree, she and Bill moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. Carolyn taught seventh grade for one year. Then she and Bill had their last son, David, in 1968. With three boys to raise, and another move and transfer to Lafayette, Lousiana, Carolyn decided it was time to retire from teaching. The family moved once again to Houston in 1976, where they lived until moving to Longview in 1981. 

Carolyn loved people, and loved working with people, too. She actively served in her church, Greggton United Methodist, where she was a member of the Welmaker Joy Sunday School class for over 30 years. Carolyn served as the Meals on Wheels Coordinator for some time, and also coordinated the annual United Methodist Women’s pecan sale. 

When she wasn’t serving at the church, Carolyn loved to visit Center and all of her friends and family in there. One thing that she really enjoyed was returning for various festivals and Center Roughrider Alumni events. She maintained numerous long lasting friendships over the years with friends from childhood, and if you met Carolyn, you would soon hear all about Shelby County and her friends and family there.

Not only will Carolyn be remembered for her love of her family, her home place, and her church, she will also be remembered for her love of Aggie football. During their 60 year marriage, Bill and Carolyn were two fervent Aggie fans; rarely did a home game take place without them being in the stands at Kyle Field to cheer on their beloved team. She and Bill loved going together to Aggie games every chance they could.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, Emmitt Campbell and Twila Biggers Campbell, and sister, Mary Campbell Keeter. Family members left to cherish her memory are her husband, William A. (Bill) Brown, of Longview; her son, Mike, and his wife, Ann of Tyler; son, Mark Brown of Allen, Texas; and son, David, and his wife, Jeanna, of Henderson. Immediate family members also include grandsons, Noah and Clay Brown of Tyler; and granddaughters, Piper and Madyn Brown of Henderson. She will also be missed by so many of her cousins and longtime friends, of which there are too many to name.

08/27/2018

Earnestine Johnson (70) of Center, Texas died August 23, 2018 at a local nursing facility.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Center, Texas at 11:00am.  Mrs. Johnson was born April 22, 1948. Bro. James Wall officiating and Bro. Freddie Wilson, Eulogist. 

Mrs. Johnson is survived by:

Husband: Johnnie Johnson of Center, Texas 

Son: Nakia (Tammy) Johnson of Center, Texas 

Daughters:
Dorothy Davis of Houston, Texas
Sacajawea “Tiny” Johnson of Center, Texas 

Grandchildren: Jakiel Johnson, Jamarh Johnson, Negaise Johnson, Niles Davis, Sylvia Davis, Asten Davis, and JaKivian Calhoun 

Great-Grandchildren: Genesis King, Timothy Johnson, Germani Johnson, Ja’Kyah Johnson

Brothers:
Lilton Daniels of Center, Texas
George (Elma) Daniels of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Thelma Nobles of Tyler, Texas
Imogene Williams of Center, Texas
Joyce Horton of Center, Texas
Debra Goodwin of Center, Texas

Sister and Brother-in-laws: Mamie (Vernon) Lister of Harker Heights, Texas and Willie Louis (Pearl) Johnson of San Augustine, Texas and a host of relatives 

Visitation is Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hicks Chapel. Committal is at Westview Cemetery of Center, Texas.

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

08/24/2018

Bro. John Barney Richerson Jr., 76, of Timpson, Texas passed away on August 24, 2018 surrounded by his family in Timpson, Texas. Born November 23, 1941, in Houston, Texas, John Barney is the son of the late John Barney Richerson Sr. and Selma Marie (Hilligiest) Richerson. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 6PM to 8PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas. Funeral service will be held Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10AM at First Assembly of God Church, Timpson, Texas, with Bro. Leroy Bowley and Bro. E.J. Adams officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, John Richerson met the love of his life, Arnette Hicks, and the two were married on October 14, 1961. The two enjoyed over 57 years together before his passing. They had four wonderful children and were blessed over the years. In 1979 John brought his family to Timpson, Texas. Bro. John began pastoring at First Assembly of God Church and was their dedicated pastor for over 20 years before retiring due to his health. Bro. John loved his family but most of all loved the Lord. 

John enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hunting. He liked to go fishing in his spare time. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Arnette Hicks Richerson; daughters, Sheryl Pyle and husband Ronald of Cypress, Texas, Darla Andries and husband Martin of Carthage, Texas; daughter in law, Karina Richerson Willhoite and husband Robin of Timpson, Texas; grandchildren, Tiffany Newman and husband Jimmy Harris, John “Justin” Richerson IV and wife Chelsea Pate, Harley Richerson and husband Ty Cheshire, Amberly Sparks and husband Matthew, Corey Green and Rachel Roberts, Happy Willhoite; great grandchildren, Hunter Newman, Fisher Newman, Remington Newman, Brooklyn Nettle, Johnny Richerson, Alivia Deason, Tylie Cheshire, Ira Land, Hannah Odom, Matthew Sparks Jr., Bryer Parks, Lane Green, Wade Roberts, Logan Roberts, Ava Roberts; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

John is preceded in death by his parents; sons, John B. Richerson III, Douglas Wayne Richerson; granddaughter, Ashley Green; brothers, Ernest Warneke, Clarence Warneke; and sister, Margaret Teague.

Pallbearers serving will be John “Justin” Richerson IV, Jeremy Bowley, Hunter Newman, Fisher Newman, Corey Green, Ty Cheshire, Robin Willhoite, and Jimmy Harris.

Honorary pallbearer will be Matthew Sparks.

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

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

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