07/17/2016

Toni Carol Robinson, 51, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating.  Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Robinson was born April 1, 1965, to Clara Wheeler Buckley.  She was a member of Messiah Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Carrie Robinson Simmons and husband, Brandon, of Ratcliff
Dana Robinson McDaniel and husband, Demarcus, of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Justus Hooper
Kaydence Simmons
Kenzley Simmons

Brother: Deven Buckley of Athens

Special Aunt: Linda Beavers of Timpson

Preceded in death by
Husband: David Robinson
Mother: Clara Wheeler Buckley

Pallbearers will be Jack Tyre Sr., Jack Tyre Jr., Justus Hooper, John Wright, Bo Dean Wright, Wade Angelo and Kenneth Robinson.

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

07/15/2016

Minnie Sue Kent, 71, of Center, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. William D. Dickerson and Bro. William Paul Allen officiating.  Interment will follow at Blackjack Cemetery in Martinsville.  A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Kent was born August 2, 1944, in Nacogdoches County, to Phines Oliver and Minnie Love Oliver.  Her hobbies included crafting, crocheting and sewing.  She loved being Memaw to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Ms. Kent attended Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Sherri Addison of Center
Michelle Scarber of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Christy Allen and husband, William, of San Augustine
Karen Whitehead and husband, Joey, of Bremerton, Washington
Sammy Addison Jr. and wife, Carrie, of San Augustine
Amanda Scarber of Nacogdoches

Great-Grandchildren:
Haven Allen of San Augustine
Payton Ray Allen of San Augustine
Connor Whitehead of Bremerton, Washington
Paisley Whitehead of Bremerton, Washington
Kimberly Addison of San Augustine
Jessica Addison of San Augustine
Zachery Addison of San Augustine
Alex Griffin of Pineland

Sister: Clara Williams of Waterman

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bill Kent
Grandchild: Silver Addison
Parents: Phines Oliver and Minnie Love Oliver
Brothers: Robert E. Oliver, Neal T. Oliver, Heaz Henry Oliver
Sisters: Mary F. Vaco, Thelma Stewart

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

07/15/2016

A.M. “Bo” Scott Jr., 85, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Scott was born November 7, 1930, in Center, to Audrey M. Scott and Zina M. Fountain Scott.  He served in the United States Army, where he retired after 20 years of service. Following his retirement from the Army, Mr. Scott worked as a policeman and a fireman for the City of Center for 22 years. He loved cooking and was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed taking care of his livestock.

He is survived by
Son: James Scott and wife, Pat, of Tomball

Son-in-law: Chris Byrnes and wife, Tina, of Center

Stepdaughter: Terry Hughes and husband, Eddie, of De Queen, Arkansas

Stepson: Steve Glaze and wife, Sue, of Tennessee

Grandchildren:
Chris Scott of The Woodlands
Jay Scott of The Woodlands
Collin M. “Trey” Byrnes of Center
Christopher M. “Beau Buster” Byrnes of Center
Cheyenne Byrnes of Center
Shane Hughes of De Queen, Arkansas
Morgan Bailey of Center
Brandy Cox of Center
Tiffany Pope of Center

5 Great-Grandsons

3 Great-Granddaughters

Sister: Ollie Mae Octivares of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Laura McSwain Scott
Wife: Marie Glaze Scott
Daughter: Lisa Renee Scott Byrnes
Parents: Audrey M. Scott and Zina M. Fountain Scott
Brother: Sam Scott

Pallbearers will be Chris Scott, Jay Scott, Collin M. “Trey” Byrnes, Christopher M. “Beau Buster” Byrnes, Morgan Bailey and Beau Scott.  Honorary pallbearers will be L. D. Eaves, Eddie Hughes and Center Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Center Volunteer Fire Department.

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

07/14/2016

Earl Cedell Chessher, Sr., 89, of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2016, at The Called Out Church in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Weaver Cemetery in Timpson.

Mr. Chessher was born March 9, 1927, in a small town and community called Carlisle, Trinity County that is now under Lake Livingston waters to Thomas Henry Chessher and Lizzie Attlean Chessher. He was one of six boys and two girls.

Earl spent his boyhood pulling cotton, dragging the yards-long burlap sack behind him and working the rows for his father, a share cropper. He lived in a log cabin in Carlisle, enjoyed the outdoors, and got into the usual amount of trouble as any active young boy will do. Earl Sr. never left behind his humble beginnings and his faith and love for God, having been raised by a brush arbor lay minister and a family that believed in praying at meals as well as often during each day. Old-fashioned remedies such as a dose of laundry bluing kept the kids alive to adulthood. He attended public schools, but spent most of his life learning at the school of life, reading the Bible and discovering the things about life which young men of his time were inclined to do.

He joined the United States Coast Guard in 1945, where he served on the U.S.S. Admiral W.L. Capps, bringing back troops from the Pacific Islands, where they had fought the Japanese during World War II. It was during this time that Earl became aware of a beautiful country girl with flaming red hair who, seeing that her friends and cousins were writing this boy from Houston, where she had been born, decided to get his address and write him too.

It didn’t take long for Earl’s letter writing endeavors to dwindle from a few young ladies to just one, and that was the girl who was to become his wife and mother to five children. They were married, with Margaret “Margie’s” grandfather conducting services in her home, the home of her parents, Clarence and Mary Margaret Mitchamore, of Goodrich, Texas. The story is that Margie agreed to marry on Christmas Day, ONLY if Earl Sr. promised to always have two gifts under the tree ... one for Christmas and another for their anniversary. A hard-working man of faith, strong work ethics, the highest of integrity and incredible mental, moral and physical strength, Earl Sr. spent most of his adult life as an adult-class teacher, helping young and older adults alike gain a better understanding of the Lord’s teachings and the Word as given in the Bible. He loved his involvement in various churches and was blessed by many for having been introduced to a life of Christian living by this dedicated man.

A life-long calling to the ministry came to fruition in 2001, when Earl Sr. answered to God’s insistent command, and he, along with the support of family and friends and fellow believers, established The Called Out Church, where it has now celebrated 15 years, and continues to grow. In his professional life, Earl was an award-winning insurance salesman. His standards for truth, and his integrity often butted heads with management at the insurance companies for whom he worked, including Prudential Life, Colonial Life and Accident and many others. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry and barbecuing. Nearly the first thing Earl did upon moving to a new home with the family, was build a brick pitt barbecue in the back yard. That was just his way, and all those who got a taste of his secret sauce and recipe, along with Mom’s pies, could never stop talking about the moveable feasts they enjoyed.

Upon moving to Center, Texas, Earl established a successful fencing business 41 years ago, which continues today. It is impossible to travel many miles in the Shelby, Panola and surrounding counties without seeing some of his work. Earl had the ability to use a divining rod to locate pipes and cables, and he could accurately step off to the foot, the length of fencing required for virtually any job. He, along with the assistance and care of his oldest daughter, Philda, helped keep Margie alive and living a quality life during her 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. And when the digging of thousands of fence post holes destroyed his shoulders, Earl finally stepped down from that physical labor. He took up reading the Bible over and over, preaching and carving out walking sticks from the many cedar fence posts recycled from the hundreds of jobs he did, replacing fencing that had been around for nearly a century, in places.

Earl spent his last years with his family as well, the patriarch of the Chessher clan, where his unique sense of humor, stamina, determination and sometimes strength of will kept the whip cracking, but none of the family cringing. He lived a Christian life by example, and remained a man of love and faith in God until his final breath. He will be missed by too many to count and respected by even more.

He is survived by
Wife: Margie McKinzie Chessher of Hawthorn Community of San Augustine

Sons:
Earl Chessher Jr of Huntington Beach, California
Clarence Chessher of Timpson
Cecil Chessher and wife, Gina, of Center

Daughters: 
Philda Adams and husband, Steve, of Timpson
Jacquelyn Fountain and husband, Donny, of Center

Step Daughter: 
Theresa Smith and husband, Glenn, of Cypress

Grandchildren:
Travis Chessher and wife, Jenny
Andre Chessher
Arthur Chessher
Stevie Adams and wife, Jean
Michael Reed and wife, Andrea
Christie Deckard
Melanie Lopez and husband, Luis
Darren Fountain and wife, Morgan
Bridgett Cockrell and husband, Andy
Chasity Cooper and husband, Shane
Chad Chessher and wife, Jenney
Mary Chessher and Bo
Sarah Chessher

34 Great Grandchildren

Brother:
Henry Lee Chessher

Sisters: 
Elaine Banks
Madelyn Grondine

Life-long friend: Duane Sutton

Preceded in death by 
Wife of 62 years: Margaret Mitchamore Chessher
Parents: Thomas Henry Chessher and Lizzie Attlean Chessher
Brothers: Lynn Chessher, Oran Chessher, 3 infant brothers

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

07/14/2016

Gaylon Harvey, 70, of Huxley, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 at his residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wes Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born May 3, 1946 in Center, Texas to John T. “Jake” Harvey and Laura Lee (Fleming) Harvey. He worked at Bruce Hardwood Floors as a lead man and retired after 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting & baling hay. He loved spending time with family and friends. He loved life and he never met a stranger anywhere he went.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jake & Laura Lee Harvey.
 
He is survived by:
Wife of almost 42 years:
Ann Marie Harvey of Huxley

Children:
Kenneth Harvey & wife, Taja of Huxley
Sherry Bragg & husband, Corey of Huxley
Kevin Harvey & wife, Karen of Center
Keith Harvey & wife, Chasidee of Huxley
Rebecca “Becky” Wainright & fiancé Josh Lindsey of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Blake, Justin & Kenley Harvey
Rachael Hughes & husband, Micheal, Ida, Jake & Ashton Bragg
Matthew, Macy & Mandy Harvey
Titus, Tatum & Taylor Harvey
Samantha & Ashley Wainright

Great-Grandchild:
Chandler Bragg

Brother-in-law:
John Hugh Leggett & wife, Deborah of Joaquin

Pallbearers:
Jake Bragg, Blake Harvey, Titus Harvey, Matt Harvey, Michael Hughes, Javey Jamison, Dustin Robinson & Luke Hendricks

Honorary Pallbearers:
Coleman Bivens, Billy Jack Corbell, Mack O’Rear, Sammy O’Rear, Sammy Furlow, Bert Furlow, O.L. Hendricks, Ashton Bragg & Justin Harvey

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

07/14/2016

Cheryl Anne Campbell Melton, 70, of Center, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 2016, at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church, 893 CR 1396, Center, Texas.

Mrs. Melton was born March 23, 1946, in Rochester, New York, to John Campbell and Betty Wittich Campbell.  She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, gardening and going to church.  She served Honored Queen Job’s Daughters in Long Beach, California. Mrs. Melton volunteered at Shelby County Outreach Ministries and was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and New Hope Methodist Church.

She is survived by
Daughter: Becky Rowlett and husband, Andy, of Houston

Son: Alan Moreau and wife, Tania, of Houston

Parents: John and Bettye Campbell of San Diego, California

Sisters:
Laurie Johnson and husband, Chuck, of Las Vegas, Nevada
Donna Henry and husband, Chuck, of San Diego, California

Grandchildren:
Stephen Dockens and wife, Brittney
Baylor Rowlett
Makayla Moreau
Colby Moreau
Nicole Rowlett

2 Great Grandchildren

Stepson: Joseph Melton and wife, Stacy

Nephews:
Michael Johnson 
Brian Henry

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to New Hope Congregational Methodist Church, c/o Dorothy Fausett, 404 Park Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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

07/13/2016

Ruth Swearengen Grisham Ellich, 93, went on Monday, July 11, 2016, to join our Lord and her loved ones who have gone before her.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Laurel Land Cemetery, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth.

Ruth was born April 11, 1923 in Midlothian to Sim and Mae Trotter Swearengen. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt.

Survivors include her son, Melvin Charles Grisham; sister, Alice Glover; brother, Tom Swearengen and wife Christine; granddaughters, Ashley Grisham Barbeau and husband Sean, and Jennifer Ruth Ann Grisham Howell; grandsons, Charles Keith Grisham and wife, Brooke and Billy Dale Grisham; great granddaughters, Ainsley Claire Barbeau, Vanessa LeAnn Dunn, Brittany Nicole Champion, Brooklyn Page Champion, Calamity Jayne Grisham; great grandsons, Jack Grisham Barbeau and Michael Douglas Smith; great great grandson, Nixon Coleman Chancey; nieces, nephews and many friends touched by her gentle kindness.

Services under the direction of Biggers Funeral Home, Fort Worth, Texas.

07/13/2016

Services for Vera Mae “Beanus” Shahan will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport, LA. Interment will follow at Reeves Cemetery in Logan, TX, Officiating the service will be Reverend Joe Walker and Reverend Steven Hall. Visitation will be Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport, LA from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Vera was born on May 29, 1926 in High Island, TX to Casey and Mable Sullivan and passed away on July 12, 2016 in Logansport, LA. Vera was a member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. Vera was also a homemaker, loved cooking and quilting. Her children were the love of her life.  

Preceding Vera in death was her husband, H.B. Buster Shahan; parents Casey and Mable Sullivan; son, Clinton Lewis Shahan; grandson, Little Buster Shahan; son-in-law, Freddie Paul David; brothers, Sidney Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, Henry Sullivan, Douglas Sullivan; sisters, Eunice Edgar, and Tinicy Garmmier.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Verna Parker and husband Dare, Sandra David; Bea Bagley and husband Rickey, Eunice Harris and husband Mike; sons, Tommy Shahan and wife Carol, Henry Shahan and wife Anita, Sidney Shahan and wife Debbie; sister, Millie Bland, daughter-in-law, Reba Shahan; grandchildren, Dare Rix Parker, Dandy Holloway, Francie Woods and husband Lance, Chance David and wife Julie, Courtney Averett and husband Brian, Brad Shahan and wife Christy, Gary Shahan and wife Angela, Brandy Sharpe and husband Bo, Casey Bagley and wife Sammie Kay, Brittney Weems and husband Blake, Lacie Shahan; 18 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. 

Those honoring the life of Vera as pallbearers will be Dare Rix Parker, Brad Shahan, Chance David, Casey Bagley, Gary Shahan, C.J. Collier, and Justin Collier. Those honoring as honorary pallbearers will be Bryer Holloway, Hunter Derr, Pierson Collier, Abel Collier, Ian Shahan, Conrad Shahan, Dalton Shahan, and Sam Bagley.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to Reeves McMillian Cemetery in Logan, TX. 

Services under the direction of Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport, Louisiana.

07/12/2016

Carrie Lynn Moore, 49, of Center, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at McClelland Community Church in Shelbyville.

Miss Moore was born August 8, 1966, in Houston, to James B. Moore and Jerrie Chandler Moore.

She is survived by
Daughter: Savana Trevino and Austin Gregory of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Haeli Frances Gregory
Lane Aaron Gregory
Samantha Zoe Gregory

Mother: Jerrie Ann Chandler of Center

Brother: Gabriel Moore and wife, Misty, of Paris

Nephew: Timothy Yancey Flores of Center

Aunts:
Alice Ansley of Gary
Ruth Bishop of Cleveland

Preceded in death by
Son: Matthew Barron Trevino
Father: James B. Moore
Sister: Samantha Myrle Moore
Aunt: Evelyn “Nannie” Frazier

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

07/11/2016

Randy Royd Adams, 60, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at his residence.

Mr. Adams wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.

Mr. Adams was born June 12, 1956, in Houston, to George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his family and grandchild.  He was a member of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Jeanne Cornett Adams of Center

Daughter: Susan M. Adams Neel and husband, Eric, of Nacogdoches

Grandson: Noah Lyle Neel of Nacogdoches

Brothers and Sisters:
Jerryl Adams and wife Phillys of Center
Mike Adams and wife, Cathy, of Center
Steve Adams and wife, Jean, of Nacogdoches
Wanda Noles and husband, Freddy, of Carthage
Jana Ivey and husband, Randy, of Nacogdoches
Mark Adams of Center
Dana Adams Fountian and husband, Burt Randel, of San Augustine
Kip Adams and wife, Tracey, of Center

A host of in-laws, cousins and other family

Preceded in death by
Parents: George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams
Brother: George “Dean” Adams

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to White Rock Cemetery and Mt. Herman Cemetery.

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

07/11/2016

Linda Parks Polley, age 49, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Polley passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Funeral Services will be held July 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church. Internment: Lane Town Cemetery, Rev. Orvin Garrett, Officiating. Visitation will be July 15, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

 Survived by:

Son: Alex Polley of San Augustine, Texas

3 Grandchildren

Brothers:
Marty Parks of Houston, Texas
Johnny Smith of San Augustine, Texas

Sisters:
Chris Garrett of San Augustine, Texas
Margie Smith of Center, Texas

Services under the direction of Percy Garner & Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas

07/07/2016

Funeral service for Elizabeth “Betty” Mary Perry, 69, of Leavenworth, Kansas, will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, July 8, 2016, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM.  Mrs. Perry passed away July 2, 2016, in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Born November 12, 1946, in Saranac Lake, New York, Elizabeth “Betty” Mary Perry was the daughter of the late George Tyler and Mary Anne Ryan Tyler.  Betty graduated from  high school and soon met the love of her life, James Edward Perry, a native of East Texas while he was serving in the Armed Forces stationed in her hometown.  They spent over 40 years together until she was called home to be with her Lord.  

Betty enjoyed many things in life.  She raised her children and loved them dearly.  Betty spent much time travelling with James during the years he spent in the military.  She built miniature doll houses, miniature furniture and shipped them  all over the world.  Betty found great joy in spending time with her family, children and grandchildren.  

Betty is survived by:
Loving husband, James Edward Perry of Leavenworth, Kansas

Sons
James Perry Jr. and wife Danielle of Leavenworth, Kansas
Jason Perry and Audrey Miller of Tucson, Arizona 

Brothers
George Tyler of North Highlands, California
John Tyler and wife Lisa of El Dorado Hill, California

Grandchildren 
Alexis and Owen Perry of Leavenworth, Kansas 

Numerous family and friends that will miss her dearly

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth “Betty” Perry is preceded in death by her sister, Mary C. Tyler.

The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975.  To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net.

07/07/2016

Billie Faye Doggett Barr, 87, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Carl Smith officiating.  Interment will follow at North Jericho Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Barr was born September 29, 1928, in Walnut Grove, to Roy Lee Doggett and Gladys Martin Doggett.  She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and church family and also enjoyed gardening.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Daughter: Gayla Barr Horn and husband, Larry, of Center

Sons:
Charles Barr and wife, Luciana, of Center
Johnny Barr and wife, Debra, of Joaquin
Stephen Barr and wife, Tracy, of Center

Grandchildren:
Ashley Wulf and husband, Ben
Amber Horn
Jordan Horn
Brent Barr
Blake Barr and wife, Alix
Brandon Barr and wife, Stacie
Justin Barr
Chad Barr

Great Grandchildren:
Easton Wulf
Emerson Wulf
Evyn Wulf
Charles Brent Barr
Kennedi Kate Barr
Kaden Horn 
Rylan Horn

Sisters:
Barbara Dickinson of Shelbyville
Patricia McDonald and husband, Gordon, of Carthage
Brenda McDaniel and husband, Gene, of Carthage

Brothers:
Trever Doggett and wife, Margie, of Shelbyville
Mack Doggett and wife, Sammie, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Husband: Yondell C. Barr
Grandson: Charles Brent Barr
Parents: Roy Lee Doggett and Gladys Martin Doggett

Pallbearers will be grandsons Jordan Horn, Blake Barr, Ben Wulf, Chad Barr, Justin Barr and Brandon Barr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to North Jericho Cemetery, c/o Charles Barr, 137 CR 3229, Center, Texas 75935.

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

07/07/2016

James William Forbes, 81, of Center, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Bobby Bressman officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

James William Forbes was born January 30, 1935, to Guilford and Mildred Teague Forbes in their home on a hill overlooking Mt. Ida, Arkansas.  The family moved a few years later to Mena, Arkansas, where James attended school and graduated in May, 1953.

He worked that summer as a Smokejumper in Missoula, Montana.  Upon his return to Mena in August, he married his high school sweetheart, Ann Campbell. They moved to Magnolia, Arkansas, where he attended Southern State College and where their first child, Angela, was born.

In 1955, they moved back to Mena, Arkansas, where he worked for the Renova Shirt Factory and then the Arkansas Highway Department.  Soon after their daughter, Janet, was born, he began employment with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey until August, 1961, when they moved to Center, Texas. He traveled with the survey team, working in West Virginia and up and down the East Coast from Main to Southern Florida.

James’ employment in Center was with the Soil Conservation Service.  James “Jimmy” Forbes was born the following year.  Hobbies include fishing, reading, hunting, church activities and just enjoying life in East Texas.

He was a member of the Center Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Secretary/Treasurer; a member of the Center City Council, Weather Observer for the National Weather Service, where he received several prestigious awards.  On April 25, 2016, the Chamber of Commerce awarded James with Distinguished Citizen Award, one of the highest awards they give.

He is survived by
Wife of 62 years: Ann Forbes of Center

Children:
Angela Crelia Worsham and husband, Rick, of Center
Janet Oliver Yates and husband, Billy, of Center
Jimmy Forbes and partner, Daniel Nadler, of Bozeman, Montana

Grandchildren:
Sterling Crelia and fiancé, Jana Hagler, of Center
Amanda Kirby and husband, Kris, of Center
Landon Oliver and wife, Rita, of Center
Charla Warr and husband, Matt, of Center
Marina Permenter and husband, Hurchell, of Center
Tiffany Schillings and husband, Anthony, of Center
Samantha Ranft and husband, Brandt, of Waco
Jeremy Yates of Huntsville

Great Grandchildren:
Macy Mayo
Makayla Mayo
Mason Mayo
Jamie Warr
Clay Warr
Madison Kirby
Slade Kirby
Sawyer Kirby
Kaylee Jo Oliver
Brooklyn Oliver
Lily Grace Oliver
Daylon Fountain
Alexis Schillings
Jaden Yanez
Calista Schillings
Preston Schillings
Aubree Swearingen
Clinton Forbes
Emilee Permenter
Kynzlee Permenter
Kale Ranft

Numerous cousins and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Guilford and Mildred Forbes

Pallbearers will be Rick Worsham, Billy Yates, Sterling Crelia, Kris Kirby, Landon Oliver, Matt Warr, Joe D. Anderson and Keith Byndon.  Honorary pallbearers will be James Crelia, Hurchell Permenter, Center Firemen and Center City Council.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Center Volunteer Fire Department, First Baptist Church and Affinity Hospice.

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

07/07/2016

Judy Ann Garrett Rufus, 72, of Beaumont , TX , departed this life on Saturday, July 2, 2016.
            
Mrs. Rufus, an educator for 42 years, in Beaumont Independent School District at French High School, Beaumont Charlton Pollard and Central High School. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of University Women. She was a devoted and active member of the Church of Christ .
            
A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M. at Eleventh Street Church of Christ, on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., at the church. Burial will be held at Post Oak Union Cemetery in Longview , TX , under the direction of Calvary Mortuary Staff.
            
Her love and memories will remain in the hearts of her husband, Charles E. Rufus, Sr.; sons, Gregory K. Garrett (Coy) and Jason B. Rufus, Sr.; sisters, Lisa Brinson Holman, Minnie Rell Brinson, and Eva Lou Brinson; brothers, Roy Brinson and Curvy Brinson (Wanda Jean); 3 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones, and friends.

07/06/2016

Regina Ann Curry, 57, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016, at Old Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Ms. Curry was born March 19, 1959, in Amarillo.  She loved scrapbooking and photography.  

She is survived by
Son: Steven Turner and wife, January Nicole, of Center

Grandchildren: 
River LeeAnn Turner of Center
Christopher Jordan Turner of Center

Sister: Penny Almaraz and husband, Domingo, of Center

Nephews:
Michael Lynn Johnson of Center
Mitchell Johnson of Center
Eli Almaraz of Center

Special Friend: Steve Tomlin of Center

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Sharon Cockrell
Grandparents: Leonard and Uzetta Hicks
Aunt and Uncle: Sandy and George Davis

Pallbearers will be Steven Turner, Lynn Johnson, Donald Hicks, Jordan Turner, Mitchell Johnson and Leonard Hicks.

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

07/06/2016

John L. Sears, age, 52 of Center, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at his home.

His wishes were to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham officiating.

He was born July 24, 1963 in Harris County to parents, Melvin Clinton Sears, Jr. and Pauline Cox Sandifer.  Previously he had preached at East Hamilton Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

He is preceded in death by his father Melvin Clinton Lavern Sears, Jr.

He is survived by:
Mother, Pauline Sandifer of Center

3 Children:
John Sears & Ashley of Center
Angela Sears Boddie & husband, Martin of Kirbyville
Nathan Sears & wife, Precious Cartwright of Blanchard

Grandchildren:
Jonaisha Sears, Makayla Sears, Jesse Boddie, Devin Boddie, Destinee Boddie, Hunter Boddie, Khristian Sears, Payton Sears & Paris Sears

Brother & Sisters:
Vickey Dudley & husband, Steve
Ronnie W. Sears & wife, Lydia
Linda Remedies & husband, Robert
Patricia Windham

Special Friends:
Ken Patton
Tracey
Wayne Perry

07/06/2016

Eleanor Jean Adams, age 66, of Center, passed away July 4, 2016 after a brief illness.  

A graveside memorial service is planned for Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Eleanor was born March 23, 1950 in Center.  Eleanor was a registered nurse for many years and enjoyed helping people, whether it was on her rounds at the hospital, or lovingly and generously caring for her family and friends.  She loved to laugh and all who knew her will miss her sense of humor and easy smile.  She loved animals and had many pets – her “babies” – throughout her life, and although she had no children, she had a niece and three nephews whom she loved and doted on as if they were her own.

Eleanor is survived by:
Brother and sister-in-law - Franky and Jerilyn Adams of Center

Three nephews and a niece - Jeff Adams (and wife, Shauna) of Center, Jason Adams of Galena Park, Justin Adams of Universal City, and Jennifer Adams of Center

Great-nephews and great-niece, Josh Stephenson, Elena Adams and Jonas Bushiey, all of Center

Many special cousins, including Sue Jansen, Tammy Lewis, Ashley Lewis and Jimmy Rhame of Center

A number of other family and friends. She is also survived by her beloved miniature schnauzer, Reina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Billie Moore, and her brother, Billy Clyde Adams.

In lieu of flowers and other gifts, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to your local animal shelter or humane society.

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

07/05/2016

Ronny Bass, 59, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Colonial Pines Nursing Home in San Augustine. 

Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will begin at 9a.m. on Thursday at  Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born October 20, 1956 in Shelby County, Texas to Marion Daniel (Jock) Bass and Muriel (Brevard) Bass. He was a member of Brown Chapel Church.

He is preceded in death his Parents, Jock & Muriel Bass.

He is survived by:

Daughter: Dana Bass of Carthage

Brother & Sister-in-law: Danny & Brenda Bass of Shelbyville

Sisters:
Hazel Risinger of Shelbyville
Renea Bass of Gary

Uncle: Kester Bass of Shelbyville

Aunt: Mertie Williams of Humble

Special Friends: Mitzie Jones & daughter, Sunshine Henry of Longview

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Friends

Pallbearers: Chad Bass, Brad Bass, Dusty Robinson, Cody Risinger, Justin Porter & Chris Renfro

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

07/03/2016

Billy Ray Sanders, Sr., 86 of Garrison, Texas, passed away July 1, 2016 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Ray Sanders was born July 31, 1929 in Garrison, Texas to Elvin Edward and Velma Fay Sanders.

Services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Cold Springs Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas. Burial will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery. Visitations will be 5:00 to 7:00, Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

He is survived by:

Wife: Frances Sanders of Garrison, Texas

Sons:
Ray Sanders, Jr. & wife Kay of Timpson, Texas
Ken Sanders of Houston, Texas

Daughter: Melody Lowery of Huntington, Texas

Grandchildren: Shane Tatum & wife Julie, Misty Tatum, Kylie Modisette & husband Bryan, Todd Lowery, Valerie Sparks, Jana Sanders

11 great-grandchildren

Sisters:
JoAnn Eddings & husband Jack of Tyler, Texas
Jean Youngblood of Tyler, Texas
Mary Lynn Black & husband Marcus of Giddings

Preceded in death by parents, Brothers: Herbert and Paul Sanders
Sisters: Laverne Lout, Hrell Martin, Faye Kimbrough, Wanda Allison, Ruth Cranfor
Son-In-Law: Rex Lowery

Services under the direciton of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

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