Andy Ray Robertson, 63 of Houston, passed away December 27, 2015 in Houston.

Funeral service will be held at 11am Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Greater Elizabeth Church of God in Christ, Tenaha, Texas with interment at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas with Elder Freeman Bryant officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Rose (McCollister) Robertson of Tenaha

Sons:
Terrence Robertson of Tenaha
Darrell Robertson of Tenaha
Anthony Robertson of Tenaha
Willie Pipkin of Tenaha
Anthony Rollings of Houston
Courtney Robertson of Houston

Daughters:
Valeria Brooks of Bossier City, LA
Andrea Rollings of Houston
Ieshia Rollings of Houston

27 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Clifford Robertson of Houston
Billy Robertson of Houston
Talbert Robertson of Houston
Jerry Robertson of Houston
Jermaine Robertson of Houston
Paul Price of Mansfield

Sisters:
Peggy Robertson of Houston
Bobby Robertson of Houston

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

Magnus H. “Randy” Ransom, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, January 1, 2016 at his residence in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at Wimberly Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Jeff Spring and Bro. Jack Forbis officiating.

Mr. Ransom was born April 13, 1932 in Branchville, Indiana to McKinley Hobert Ransom and Annabell Saalman Ransom. He retired from a supervisory position with Lucent Technologies. Mr. Ransom was a founding member of the Toledo Bend Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by:
Wife, Rossie Ransom of Shelbyville

Son, Randy C. Ransom and wife, Mary of Champlain, Illinois

Daughters;
Janet Eppler and husband, Todd of Bossier City, Louisiana
Rhonda Lewis and husband, Dalton of Shreveport, Louisiana
Cindy Poellnitz of Shelbyville

Grandchildren;
Lori Ezernack, Jim Lewis, Blake Lewis, Paul Honeycutt, Blake Ransom, Jay Arnold and Stefani McCabe.

Numerous Great-Grandchildren

Brothers;
Russell Ransom of Wabash, Indiana
Cedric Ransom and wife, Virginia of Indianapolis, Indiana

Sister, Wanda Gillman of Austin

Preceded in death by:
Parents, McKinley Hobert and Annabell Saalman Ransom
Son, Steve Arnold
Brothers, Charles Ransom and Edgar Ransom

Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Arnold, Bobby Leonard, Charlie Patton, Dakota Bridge, Ken Cooper, and J.D. Weldon.

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

Charles Ray “Charlie” Brittain, 83, of Center, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev, Karen Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Brittain was born August 2, 1932 in Center to Lee Brittain and Leva Marie Fleming Brittain. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Brittain worked as a golf pro. He was a member of the Center First United Methodist Church and the “Morning Coffee Club”.

He is survived by:
Wife, Pat Brittain of Center

Daughter, Polly Brittain Montemayor and husband, Johnny, of Center

Grandchildren;
Rachel Conway Hawkins and husband, Steve
James Allen McKissick and wife, Lin
Amy McKissick Lebrun and husband, Ronald

Great-Grandchildren;
William Hawkins
Elizabeth Hawkins
Kaylee Lebrun

Sister-in-law, Portia Gaines of Center

Brother-in-law, James Payne of Hemphill

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives
A host of friends

Preceded in death by;
Parents, Lee and Leva Marie Fleming Brittain

Pallbearers will be Steve Hawkins, Jim Payne, James Payne, Steve Thomas, Michael Lee and Tim Verner. Honorary pallbearers will be Cecil Watlington, Kenneth Sanders, Doug Lampley, Joe Louis Jones and Joe Dykes.

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

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12/30/2015

Randall Wright Smith, 78, passed away Sunday morning, December 27, 2015, in the Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine, Texas. Randall was born in Hemphill, Texas in the Fairdale Community, to William Frank and Emily Nola Mitchell Smith. He was a retired maintenance worker for Temple Inland. Randall loved to hunt and fish. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years Carolyn Faye Smith of Bronson, his sons: Randy Smith and wife Mary of Houston, Jerry Lyle Huffman Jr. and Sally of Stafford, Texas, and John Lance Huffman of Houston, his daughter Joy Lynn Reavis and husband Philip of Kansas, his sisters: Jerri Fuller and husband Keith of Longview, and Donette Vines of Hemphill, his 3 grandchildren: Aleshia Huffman Wimpee and husband Matt, Jamie Reavis, and Joanna Reavis, and his great grandchild Max Wimpee.

Visitation will be from 10:00AM until 11:00AM, Saturday, January 2, 2016, in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St. Hemphill, Texas. Funeral service will be at 11:00AM, Saturday, January 2, 2016, in the Starr Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society.


12/29/2015

Funeral services for Mrs. Jewel Lee Turner, 98, of Timpson, Texas will be Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1pm. Services will be help at the Antioch Baptist Church. Rev George Grace will be officiating. Mrs. Turner died Monday December 28, 2015 at Oak Manor Nursing Center in Nacogdoches, Texas following a brief illness.

Mrs Turner is survived by friends & family.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Antioch Baptist Church from 12-noon to 1:00pm.

Burial will be at Antioch Cemetery.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 MLK Center, Texas 75935.


12/26/2015

Elmer Mathews, 81, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 28, 2015 at Center Christian Fellowship with Bro. David Long and Bro. Don Murphree officiating. Interment will follow at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Mathews was born September 19, 1934, in Joaquin to Andrew R. Mathews and Florence MaeDell Taylor. Mr. Mathews spent his life as a pastor, teacher, principal, and Juvenile Probation Officer. Mr. Mathews retired after 37 years of teaching with 32 years of that serving as principle at Fellowship Elementary School. He also was a teacher at Texas A&M fire school for 18 years. After a brief retirement of 2 hours, he quickly took the job as Shelby County Juvenile Probation Officer. He was a founding member of the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department in 1973. He served the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department as Chief from 1977-1987 and then again 1993-2000 while also serving as a training officer and chaplain. Mr. Mathews was a pastor for 55 years with 43 of those years pastoring at Good Hope Baptist Church and also was a pastor at Old Center Baptist Church. Mr. Mathews was a long time Joaquin football fan and rarely missed a game. Mr. Mathews loved to fish and camp and most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by

Wife of 58 years:
Dorothy Mathews of Joaquin

Sons:
Rodney Mathews and wife Denise of Center
Spencer Mathews and wife Teresa of Kountze

Daughter:
Nancy Smith and husband Frank of North Richland Hills

Grandchildren:
Matt Scales
Trey Scales
Lindsay Clark
Amber Mathews
Allen Mathews
Kennedi Mathews
Reagan Mathews

10 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Johnny Mathews and wife Lorelei of Huxley
Don Mathews of Sour Lake

Sister-in-law: Maurice Clark

2 Nieces and 1 Nephew

A host of Family and Friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Andrew R. Mathews and Florence MaeDell Mathews
Son: William “Bill” Mathews
Brother: Jerry Banks Mathews

Pallbearers will be Matt Scales, Trey Scales, Allen Mathews, David Clark Sr., Cody Barton, Steve Cockrell, Billy Mac Wilson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Joaquin Fire Department and Center Fire Department

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.

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


12/23/2015

Elton Vernon Broadus, 74, of Carthage, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 24, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Welch officiating. Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Broadus was born September 24, 1941, in Overton, to Emmitte Ramsey Broadus and Flossie Wiggins Broadus. He was a member of Word of Faith Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by:

Daughter:
Wanda Matthews of Joaquin
Tawana Snow and husband, Phillip, of Carthage
Dana Robinson and husband, Tim, of Carthage

Grandchildren:
Dillon Duncan
Jacob Duncan
Morgan Matthews
Nick Matthews
Taylor Mills

Brothers:
Roy Broadus of Joaquin
Jerry Broadus of Carthage

Sister: Barbara Woodcox of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Emmitte Ramsey Broadus and Flossie Wiggins Broadus
Sisters: Velta Bordner, Gail Broadus
Brothers: James Broadus, Bobby Broadus

Pallbearers will be Shawn Murray, Luke Murray, Jason Broadus, Toby Broadus, Josh Walker and R.J. Sanders.

Honorary pallbearer will be Doug Smith, Rodney Prinka, Raymond Carroll and Marvin Cambell.

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


12/21/2015

“Coach” Raymond Jackson, 76, of Tenaha, passed away Monday, December 21, 2015, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Natalie Nelson and Bro. Andrew King officiating.

Mr. Jackson was born February 24, 1939, in Gary, to Paul Allen Jackson and Annie Ruth Stevens Jackson. He was lifetime member of Texas High School Coaches Association. Mr. Jackson coached basketball and football for 40 years. He coached the Tenaha Tigers 1998 State Championship Football Team. Mr. Jackson was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.

He is survived by
Wife: Sylvia Jackson of Tenaha

Sons:
Ray Jackson and wife, Vera, of Joaquin
Randy Jackson and wife, Shannon, of Grapevine

Grandchildren:
Anna Wilson
Brianna Jackson
Russell Jackson
Katie Jackson

Brothers and Sisters:
Paul Jackson and wife, Carolyn, of Joaquin
Dan Jackson of Mt. Ida, Arkansas
James Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana
Judith Adams and husband, Holly, of Tenaha
Sheila Wiggins and husband, Chuck, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Paul Allen Jackson and Annie Ruth Stevens Jackson

Pallbearers will be Joe Adams, Jonathan Eubank, Kevin Blackmon, Randy Jackson, Jeremy Adams, Aaron Adams, Russell Jackson and Justin Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be all former football and basketball players.

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


Lisa Gayle Smith, 55, of Center, passed away Monday, December 21, 2015, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 24, 2015, at McClelland Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Billy Windham officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Lisa was born August 5, 1960, in Center, to Carl Laborn Smith and Nina Bell Campbell Smith. She was a beloved earthly angel, who loved listening to music and rocking in her rocking chair.

She is survived by
Brothers and Sisters:
Billie Smith of Shelbyville
Carolyn Landry and husband, Tommy, of Garland
Gordon “Buddy” Smith and wife, Jeanette, of Center
Janette Windham and husband, Max “Honey” of Shelbyville
Carl Davis Smith and wife, Jan, of Shelbyville
Robert Smith and wife, LaDonna, of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Carl Laborn Smith and Nina Bell Campbell Smith
Brother: Fred “Scooter” Smith
Grandparents: Steve and Lizzy Smith; Jim Fred and Callie Campbell

Pallbearers will be Kelby Windham, Reid Windham, Nicklaus Powell, Clayton Powell, Keith Smith and Jonathan Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Steven “Bug” Smith and James Powell.

A special thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice for their compassionate care.

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


12/17/2015

Mike Wood, 69, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015, in San Antonio.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 20, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 21, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Randy Smith officiating, assisted by Bro. Robert Ortigo. Interment will follow at Truitt Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Wood was born December 14, 1946, in Logansport, Louisiana to Samuel Joshua Wood and Bessie Iva Ramsey Wood. He held many titles, such as cattle farmer, science teacher for over 30 years, having taught at Chireno ISD, Joaquin ISD, Carthage ISD and Panola College, Member of Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years, instructor at Texas A&M Fire School for over 15 years, Former Mayor and City Councilman of Joaquin, Former Song Leader at First United Methodist Church of Joaquin, Bagpiper, President of Truitt Cemetery Association, President of Joaquin Alumni, Member of Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856 and Past President of Sons of the Republic of Texas.

He is survived by
Wife: Lavonne Goings Wood

Daughters:
Janie Jones and husband, David, of Carthage
Jennifer Whittlesey and husband, Joe, of Center

Brother: Sammy Wood and wife, Lena, of Plano

Grandchildren:
Carsen McFarland and husband, Wil, of Nacogdoches
Peyton Jones of Carthage
Mary Grace Whittlesey of Center
Valerie Jones of Carthage
Dylan Whittlesey of Center

Nieces and Nephews:
Daniel Wood of Plano
Brandi Atkinson and husband, Mike, of Joaquin

Preceded in death by
Parents: Samuel Joshua Wood and Bessie Iva Ramsey Wood

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department or the Joaquin First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

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


12/16/2015

Funeral service for Mr. Gerald Ray Hughes, 77, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, December 18, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. Cliff Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 -8:00 PM, Thursday, December 17, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home. Mr. Hughes passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Born September 8, 1938, in Center, TX, Gerald Ray was the son of the late Doyle and Beulah Hughes. He served on Timpson Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years. Gerald worked at Tyson for over 30 years before he retired. He loved outdoors and loved to fish.

Survivors include:

Daughters:
Ellen Kennon of Timpson
Patricia Merliss of Dallas
Son: David Hailey and wife Lisa of Timpson

Daughter: Debbie Golden and husband R. J. of Center

Daughter-in-law: Jill Hailey of Timpson

Sisters:
Patsy Garrie and husband Dave of Baytown, Texas
Joann Martin and husband Gordon or Joaquin, Texas

Also surviving are grandchildren:
Holly Mikesh and husband Stacey
Ryan Golden
Misty Lilly and husband Jay
Rusty Nix and wife Morgan
Greg Hailey and wife Michelle
Alissa Hailey
Abbey Hailey
Christi Kennon Curtis and husband Will
Adrian Merliss
Anna Merliss

Great-grandchildren:
Kennedy Mikesh
Korbyn Mikesh
Jacie Lilly
Jake Lilly
Jackson Lilly
Hunter Nix
Brycen Nix
Hudson Nix
Cash Hailey
Katlynn Curtis
Keegan Curtis
William Curtis Jr..

In addition to his parents, Gerald Hughes was preceded in death by wife, Olga Mims Hughes; son Billy Hailey; brothers Billy Doss Hughes, Marvin Hughes; sister Melba Danley; and granddaughter Addison Hailey.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


William Glenn Heintschel, Sr., 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

Service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2015 at Shelbyville First Methodist Church with Pastor Ryan Stratton officiating. Burial will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born July 19, 1938 in Port Arthur, Texas to Clarence and Clara (Powell) Heintschel. He was a business man and farmer. He was a member of Shelbyville First Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Clarence and Clara Heintschel, Wife, Betty Jane Reeves Heintschel and Brother, Clarence Heintschel.

He is survived by:

Wife: Pat Heintschel of Shelbyville

Children:
Glenn Heintschel, Jr. & wife, Robin of Shelbyville
Deborah Heintschel of Vista, California
David Hemphill & wife, Belinda of Shelbyville
Danny Hemphill & wife, Connie of Winnsboro, LA
Joe Hemphill & wife, Carla of Wisner, LA
Sarah Hemphill Stokes & husband, Denton of Cleveland, Mississippi

Grandchildren:
Will Heintschel, III & wife, Karla of Shelbyvville
James Heintschel of Moorhead, Minnesota
Meagan Holman & husband, James of Port Neches
Danny Holman, Jr. of Shelbyville
Delana Cutaia of Vista, CA
Summer Hemphill of Vidalia, Louisiana
Chasity Hemphill of Monroe, LA
Jessica Hemphill of Shelbyville
Alyvia Hemphill of Shelbyville
Dane Hemphill of Winnsboro, LA
Heather Hemphill of Winnsboro, LA
Robert Hemphill of Winnsboro, LA
Wiley Stokes of Cleveland, Mississippi

Great-Grandchildren:
Claire Heintschel
James & Jayla Plimpton
Sophia Dutoit
Makenna, Casyn & Bella Daniels

Nieces & Nephews

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


12/15/2015

Eula Mae Long, 92, of Center, passed away Monday, December 14, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow in the Strong cemetery in Huxley.

Ms. Long was born July 26, 1923 in Shelby County, Texas to Clayton Vaughn and Annie McDonald Vaughn.
She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Chris Patrick, Tye Farmer, Travis Long Jr, Clay Long, Billy Long, David Vidrine and Jalan Ma-Ani. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Cockrell, “Tootie” O.L. Hendrix, J.C. Vaughn, James Shofner, Dean Raymond, Bobby Daw, Dennis Thompson and W.C. Thompson.

She is survived by
Son, Travis Long of Center

Eleven Grandchildren

Fourteen Great Grandchildren

Numerous other relative and a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents, Clayton and Annie McDonald Vaughn
Husband, George Long
Daughter, Teenie Mae Long
Son, Thomas Clayton Long
Five Brothers
Four Sisters

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


Geneva L. Lucas, 82, of Hemphill, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 in Garrison.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Lucas was born September 23, 1933, in Lovelady, Texas to Frank M Creath and Mary Johnson Creath. She spent her life as a homemaker.

He is survived by

Daughters:
Sherry Williams and husband, Jeff
Deborah Sammons and husband, Stan
Linda Pearson

Sister: Mary Rice

5 Grandchildren

2 Great-Grandchilren

Numerous nieces, nephews, and host of family and friends.

Preceded in death by
Husband: W.S. Lucas
Parents: Frank M Creath and Mary Johnson Creath
Sister: Jeanne Black

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


12/12/2015

Ethel Bell, 91, formally of Center, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Bell was born December 20, 1923, in Leon County, Texas to Conrad Carl Williams and Myrtie Algeretta Williams. Mrs. Bell retired from the cosmetology career.

She is survived by
Daughter: Myra Katherine Bell

Sons:
Vance Gene Townsend
Danny Royce Townsend

3 Grandsons

4 Granddaughters

9 Great-Granddaughters

3 Great-Grandsons

1 Great-Great-Granddaughter

Dear Friend, Melba Lee

A host of many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Preceded in death by
Parents: Conrad Carl Williams and Myrtie Algeretta Williams
Husband: Edsel Ford Bell
Sisters: Edith
Brothers: William, Wilson, David

Pallbeares will be Gary Townsend, Edsel Townsend, Vance Townsend II, Gary McDonald, and Eddy Emmons.

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


12/11/2015

Edward Marion "Shep" Shepherd, 93, died on December 10th, 2015 in Lufkin, Texas. Funeral services are planned for 2:00pm on Sunday, December 13th, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Timpson. Visitation will be Sunday Dec 13, 2015 at 1pm.

Shepherd was born on May 23, 1922 in the New Prospect Community in Shelby County, Texas, the only child to Richard Lee Shepherd and Willie Ramsey Shepherd. He grew up on the family farm and attended the Buena Vista School. In 1939, he graduated from Timpson High School. For a year after graduation, he worked at Bussey's Drug Store before starting classes at Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches.

War interrupted college. Shepherd was called into the service in 1943, serving in several assignments, before being discharged in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.

After he left the Army, he returned to his studies at Stephen F. Austin, completing his degree in accounting 1947. He was one of the first three graduates to obtain a BBA in accounting from Stephen F. Austin University. In honor of this achievement, the University and College of Business established The Marion Shepherd Outstanding Principles Student Award.

In July 1947, he began his career with Sun Oil Company in Beaumont, Texas. His work with the company would take him to Philadelphia in 1965, where he served as the comptroller of Sun Pipe Line Company and manager of Transportation Financial Administration. Sun Company merged with Sunray DX in 1970, which took him to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he served as comptroller-treasurer. He worked for Sun Pipe Line Company until he retired in 1983. He returned to Timpson in 1992.

Shepherd married Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Hutcherson on August 29, 1947. The couple had two sons, George Edward Shepherd and Richard Croom Shepherd. Both sons were born in Beaumont and lived in both Philadelphia and Tulsa. George and Richard followed their father's exampled and served in the military.

Faith was an important part of Shepherd's life. His favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 41:10: "Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed, I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice." While living in Beaumont, he was ordained a deacon. When the family moved to Tulsa, he was active in the First Baptist Church, and after returning to Timpson, he served on the board at the First Baptist Church.

Work and faith weren't the only things that defined him. He understood civic responsibility and served as a city councilor in Timpson for one term. He knew the value of family. He traveled across the country to see his grandchildren. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time in the outdoors with his sons and grandsons.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Shepherd is survived by:
His wife

Sons:
George Shepherd, and wife, Pamela of Cushing, Okla.
Richard Shepherd, and wife, Angela of Peachtree City, Georgia

Grandchildren:
Ginger Lea Shepherd, and husband, Joe Palluconi of Hood River, Ore.
Edward Eugene Shepherd of Cushing, Okla.
Meredith Wyndham Shepherd of Charlotte, N.C.
Nathan Edward Shepherd, Pensacola, Fla.

One great- grandson Jase Edward Palluconi of Hood River, Ore.


Mr. John Daniel “Half Pint” Menefee, age 63, of Cherino, Texas. Mr. Menefee passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015 during a fatal automobile accident in Cherino, Texas.

Funeral service will be Saturday, December 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Cherino, Texas with interment to follow at Cherino Cemetery with Rev. Mack Paige, Officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday morning at the Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Survivors
Mother: Martha Menefee of Cherino, Texas

Son: A. G. Hall (Donna) of Charlotte, North Carolina

Daughters:
Leona Sowell (Lynn) of Lufkin, Texas
Chonita Glover (Adam) of Jacksonville, Florida
Danita Reed (Ken) of Jacksonville, Florida
Kashina Menefee of Nacogdoches, Texas

10 Grandchildren

Brothers:
Lewis Menefee (Rostina) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Dennis Menefee of Paige, Texas
Larry Menefee (L. Lean) of Lufkin, Texas
Clarence Menifee (Tina) of Cherino, Texas

Sisters:
JoAnn Hunt of Lufkin, Texas
Martha Clark (David) of Lufkin, Texas
Thelma Miller (Richard) of Lufkin, Texas
Karen Menefee of Flint, Texas

As well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.


12/10/2015

Billy Ray Doggett, 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Watson and Sons Chapel. Interment will follow in the Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Doggett was born December 18, 1930 in Center to Frank Alonzo and Bernice Doggett. He served his country in the Marine Corps.

He is survived by
Sons;
Billy Doggett and wife, Christine of Center
Franklin Doggett of Shelbyville
Kenneth Robinson of Leesville, Louisiana

Daughters-in-law;
Julie Robinson of Shelbyville
Toni Robinson of Timpson
Marsha Doggett of Center

Grandchildren;
Dana
Carri
Rachel
Jodie
Kellie
Destiny
Brandi
Brandon
Kennedy
Trista
Brandi
Michael
Emily

A number of great grandchildren

Sister-in-law, Alice N. Doggett of Nacogdoches

Nephew, Doug Curtis and wife, Linda of Houston

Preceded in death by:
Parents, Frank Alonzo and Bernice Doggett
Wife, Yvonne Doggett
Sons, Curtis Robinson and David Robinson
Brother, Travis Doggett
Sister Thelma Swanzy
Grandson, Scotty Doggett

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


12/9/2015

Mrs. Lizzie Mae Price, age 92, of San Augustine, Texas. Mrs. Price passed away Tuesday, December 8,
2015 at Colonial Pines in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Reed Chapel Baptist Church. Interment: St. Luke Cemetery with Rev. Clois Rodgers, Officiating. Visitation will be Friday, December 11, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel

Saviors -
Son James Cecil Price (Annie Zenette) of Tyler, Texas
Step-Daughter Vera Ann Mosby of San Augustine, Texas

11 Grandchildren 7 Great-Grandchildren 4 Great-Great Grandchildren

2 Brothers Bobbie Lewis Lane of San Augustine, Texas
Roy Rogers Lane (Barbra Ann) of Beaumont, Texas

4 Sisters Wilma Berry of Chester, Texas
Cammilla Ella Lane of Houston, Texas
Nancy Clay (James) of San Augustine, Texas
Jimmie Nash of San Augustine, Texas

As well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and Friends.

Services are under the direction of Garner and Son Mortuary.


12/8/2015

Graveside service for Thelma Lee Powers Brito will be Thursday December 10, 2015, at Blair Cemetery, with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating.

Mrs. Brito was born November 17, 1919, in Blair Community. Thelma Lee Powers Brito was the daughter of the late Ellis Powers and Victoria Brown Powers. She was a loving wife. Thelma enjoyed collecting trinkets, and among those her favorite was spoons she collected from everywhere she visited.

Thelma is survived by:

Nieces:
Kathy Leggett and husband Tim of Carthage, Texas
Gail Wales and husband Bobby of Magnolia, Texas

Great-nieces:
Kimberly Shuttlesworth, and Jaime Hudson

Great-nephews:
Kenneth Wales
Robbie Wales
Michael Wales
Chase Bock

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Brito; parents, Eillis and Victoria Brown Powers; and sister, Sarah Hudson.


12/7/2015

Rachel Lawson, 81, of Harper, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Willow Grove Cemetery

She was born August 24, 1934 in Shelby County to M. L. “Marcus” and Ada (Brewster) Wilson.

She is preceded death in by her Parents, M.L. “Marcus” and Ada Wilson, Husband, Walter A. Lawson and Sister, Linda Massey

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Debra Sullivan of Harper
Tony Pacino of Harper
Mary A. Schleicher of Harper

Grandchildren:
John Walter Wheless
Rebecca Spencer
Chantel Stephens
Kenneth Sullivan
Zachery Sullivan

Great-Grandchildren:
Dawn Floyd
Abagail Darrow
Ada Jones
Andrew Hedgepeth
Josh Hedgepeth

Great-Great-Grandchildren: Aden and Victoria Floyd

Sister and Brothers:
Betty Irving
Howard Wilson
James Harry Wilson

Niece: Melissa Vines

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


Prentice “P.O.” Sample, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, December 7, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Kerry Green officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born August 22, 1929 in Shelby County to Willie and Mae (Metcalf) Sample.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Willie & Mae Sample, Sister, Mildred Green, Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Arvie & Della Shofner, Brothers-in-law, Jack Shofner & Pete Shofner and Sister-in-law, Sue Shofner.

He is survived by:

Wife of 67 years and the love of his life: Odell (Shofner) Sample of Shelbyville

Children:
Cathy Brittain of Shelbyville
Debbie Snider & husband, Billy of Center
Larry Sample & wife, Debbie of Center

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

Great-Grandchildren:
Aaron, Jesse, Jake & Ariel Liker
Trace Brittain & Tristan Samford
Logan & Morgan Jefferson
Cyper & Tolan Harkness
Bronson & Bryanna Sample & Braelyn McCaffrey
Bo & Hannah Hayes & Madilynn Hayes
Millie Sims
Garrett Kirkwood
Mason Snider
Bella & Mackee Alford
Caleb Peurifoy

1 Great-Great-Granddaughter, McKenzie Mae Hayes

Brothers:
Doug Sample & wife, Myrtle of Pittsburg
Donald Sample & wife, Deloris of Quitman
Ronnie Sample & wife, Deborah of Jasper

Sister: Loreli Sample of Center

Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law:
Vivian & C.J. Hamaker of Shreveport
Billie & Charles Corder of Shreveport
Joe & Shirley Shofner of Center
Joann Shofner of Shelbyville

Pallbearers: Rodney Brittain, Patrick Sample, Matt Snider, Aaron Liker, Logan Jefferson, Trace Brittain, Jesse Liker, Jake Liker & Keith Jefferson

Honorary Pallbearers: L.H. Hewitt, D.H. Parker, Jimmy Lout, Duane Lout, Wyndell Johnson & Bernard Metcalf

Special thank you for the special love and care you have shown to our family during this time, Queen Brinson, Ruth Thompson, Shelena Bluford and Vivian Shofner and East Texas Home Health and Heartsway Hospice.

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


12/6/2015

Betty Sue Fausett, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center

Mrs. Fausett was born July 6, 1935 in Shelby County, Texas to Johnnie Henry Edison and Bonnie Lucille Black Edison. She graduated from Center High School in 1951. She met the love of her life, Jimmy Glenn Fausett, and they were married on December 18, 1953. Mrs. Fausett worked in banking for forty years, having worked first at First National Bank and then Farmers State Bank. She was an active member New Hope Congregational Methodist Church. She was known for her Texas Trash and pies. Mrs. Fausett enjoyed weekly games with her card playing buddies.

She is survived by
Daughter, Glenice Harrison and husband, Rick of Nacogdoches

Sons;
Glenn Fausett and wife, Rhonda of Center
Ricky Fausett of Olathe, Kansas
Randy Fausett and wife, Jennifer of Center

Sisters-in-law;
Dorothy Fausett of Center
Mary Fausett of Center
Shirley Willingham and husband, Ray of California

Eleven Grandchildren

Thirteen Great-Grandchildren

Brother, Dorman Edison of Nacogdoches

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

Preceded in death by
Parents, J. H Edison and Lucille Black Edison
Husband, Jimmy G. Fausett
Sister, Wilsie Dee Taylor
Brothers, J.H. Edison Jr. and Billy Earl Edison
Granddaughter, Amber Fausett
Great Grandson, Hunter Goodroe

Pallbearers will be Zack Fausett, Ricky Harrison Jr., Adam Fausett, Steve Edison, Don Wheeler, Scotty Fancher, Chris Mathews and Ronnie Strawn. Honorary pallbearer will be Luke Fausett.

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


12/5/2015

Billie Maxie Pate Mullins, 89, of Center, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Danny Dodson and Rev. David Pate officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Mullins was born December 13, 1925 in Arcadia, Shelby County, Texas to Curtis Marion Pate and Lottie Bullard Pate. She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Ms. Mullins was a member of Central Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Son, Wayne Mullins and wife, Karen of Baytown

Daughter, Daria Lanette York and husband, Gary of Center

Grandchildren,
Trina Turgeon
Darren Mullins
Angela Mullins
Tammy Mechelic
Cody Mullins

Five Great Grandchildren

Siblings;
Iva Nell Pate Brown and husband, Ford of Center
Test Pate Miller of Richards
Kelsey Jo Pate Stewart of Picayune, Mississippi
Rachel Pate McCleary of Brazoria
Inez Pate Peltier and husband, Tim of Clute
Patsy Pate Mahone and husband, Bob of New Boston
Robert Henry Pate and wife, Florene of Fluker, Louisiana

Numerous nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded in death by
Parents, Curtis Marion Pate and Lottie Bullard Pate
Husband, Bill Mullins
Daughters, Clara Kiechler and Anita Lee Mullins
Son, Donald Mullins
Grandson, Nathan Kiechler
Brothers and sisters-in law; Vestal and Fordene Pate, Charles and Lulu Pate, Sam and Billie Jo Pate, Curtis Edward “Bo” Pate
Brothers-in-law; Jeffrey McCleary, Buddy Stewart, Elton Miller, Glen Mullins, Raymond Bennett
Sister-in-law; Geraldine Bennett
Mother-in-law and Father-in-law; Edith and Edward Mullins

Pallbearers will be Ford Brown Jr., Triston Turgeon, Roger Pate, Tim Peltier, Romiro Perez and Darren Mullins.

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


Wilsie Dee Taylor, 83, of Terrel, formerly of Center, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Taylor was born February 29, 1932, in Shelby County, Texas to Johnnie Henry Edison and Bonnie Lucille Black Edison. She was a former employee of Payne & Payne in Center, where she worked as a sales clerk for twenty years. Ms. Taylor was an ordained Methodist minister and very involved in the activities of her church, New Hope Methodist Church, especially the children’s ministries. She was an avid supporter of a number of missionaries in many different countries.

She is survived by
Daughters,
Rita Cohen and husband Don of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nancy Fancher and husband Scott of Terrel

Grandchildren,
Terrah Corben
Jonathan Wlaker
Dallas Fancher
Shan’ Fancher
Ashlee Taylor
Jade Taylor

Great Grandchildren,
Hunner Steel
Cole Steel
Brady Fancher
Avery Janac
Allen Fancher
Gracie Fancher

Sister, Betty Fausett of Center

Brother, Dorman Edison of Nacogdoches

Preceded in death by,
Parents, Johnnie Henry Edison and Bonnie Lucille Black Edison
Son, David Wayne Taylor
Brothers, J.H. Edison and Billy Earl Edison
Great Aunt, Eunice Nelson
Grandmother, Sally Black

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


12/2/2015

Mary Jo Phillips, 77, of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Bickley officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born January 19, 1938 in Huxley to S.L. “Sambo” and Essie Mae (Tindol) Dean. She taught at Tyler Junior College and she also worked as a nursing home administrator for many years. She was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

She is preceded death by her Parents, S.L. “Sambo” and Essie Dean, Infant Daughter, Baby Girl Devers, Husband, Donald Ray Devers, Husband, Dan Phillips, Two Brothers, Bib Dean and Bob Dean.

Among her survivors include:

Son: Keith Devers & wife, Kristie of Huxley

Grandchildren: Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth Devers

Sister: Barbara Jean Ross of Center

Sisters-in-law:
La’ Retta Dean of Huxley
Charlcie Phillips of Carthage
Barbara Ann Dean of Mont Belvieu

Donations can be made to Strong Cemetery Fund, PO BOX 1383, Center, Texas 75935

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


12/1/2015

Eugene Roshell Bryant, age 53, of Garrison, passed away Monday morning, November 30, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be held at 1pm Saturday, December 5, 2015 at First Assembly of God, Timpson. Visitation will be from 6pm until 7pm at Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. Interment will be at New Liberty Cemetery Garrison, Texas with Elder James Williams, Jr. officiating.

He is survived by:

Mother, Jean Bryant Rather of Garrison

Father, Sammy Rather of Garrison

Daughter, Oritiea Johnson of Garrison

Brothers:
John Westly Bryant, Jr. of Garrison
Tony Bryant of Garrison
Talmage (Varince) Bryant of Lufkin
Fernando (Celest) Bryant of Garrison
Tyrone (Debra) Bryant of Nacogdoches
Angelo (Patricia) Bryant of Garrison
Domingo (Dana) Bryant of Houston
Trinni Bryant of Terrell

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas


Nicole Perry, age 40, of Tenaha, passed away Friday morning, November 27, 2015 in Tenaha.

Services will be at 2pm Saturday, December 5, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas. Visitation will be Friday, December 4, 2015 from 6pm until 7pm at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas with Elder Freeman Bryant officiating.

She was was survived by:

Sons:
Porter DaShawn (Ramona) Gipson of Nacogdoches
Demarkus Perry of Tenaha

Daughters:
LaPorsha Perry of Tenaha
Kyesha Perry of Tenaha

4 Grandchildren

Father, Asie B. (Joy) Goodwin of Tenaha

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas


Porter Lee Perry, age 42, of Tenaha, passed away Friday morning, November 27, 2015 in Tenaha.

Services will be at 11am Saturday, December 5, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas. Visitation will be Friday, December 4, 2015 from 6pm until 7pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Interment will be at Mt. Mariah Cemetery, Garrison, Texas with Pastor Phillip Jones officiating.

He was survived by:

Sons:
Porter DaShawn (Ramona) Gipson of Nacogdoches
Demarkus Perry of Tenaha

Daughters:
LaPorsha Perry of Tenaha
Kyesha Perry of Tenaha

4 Grandchildren

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas


Ernest Ray “Bubba” Meshell, 61 of Center, passed away Sunday November 22, 2015 at his home.

Ernest’s wishes were to donate his body to Baylor College in the hopes that he could be part of a medical advancement in the fight against diseases.

Ernest is survived by:

Wife, Carla Meshell of Center

Mother, Joann Meshell of Conroe

Children:
Amanda Flinn and husband Jason of Trinity
Miranda Atkinson and husband Scooter of Livingston
Cassandra Meshell and Lindsay of Conroe
Wes Faubion and wife Shana of Highlands
Jessica Mckinney and husband John of Dayton

Sisters:
Dorothy Hoskins of Liberty
Marilyn Riffle and husband Clark of New Caney
Trish Germany and husband David of Hardin
Tracey Beige and husband Dewayne of Conroe
Debra Harrold and husband Stephen of Crosby

Grandchildren: Trey Atkinson, Kayden Faubion, Talan Atkinson, Brendon Flinn, Jacob Faubion and Teryn Atkinson.

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by:
Father: Huey Fred Meshell
Brother: Fred Eugene “Hoss Jr.” Meshell

A celebration of life memorial will be held Saturday, December 5th, 2pm at the Pavilion in Livingston State Park. As was his wish, we will celebrate his love for family with food and smiles.


Feye Strong, 58, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Monday, November 30, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 27, 1957 in Phoenix, AZ to Cecil and Karie (Jensen) Strong.

She is preceded in death by her Sister, Diana Strong Underwood, Grandparents, Alvin & Viola Strong and Vernon & Evelyn Jensen.

She is survived by:
Parents:
Cecil and Karie Strong of Shelbyville

Sisters and Brothers-in-law:
Starla & Terry Monville of Mt. Enterprise
Jackie & Ronnie Traylor of Sour Lake

Nieces & Nephews:
Amanda Monville
R.J. Traylor
Zach Traylor
Tammy Traylor
Courtney Traylor

Cat:
Frisky

Numerous Aunts & Uncles

Pallbearers:
Ronnie Traylor, Zach Traylor, R.J. Traylor, Alvin “Lynn” Strong, Michael Strong & Terry Monville

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

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11/30/2015

Virginia Lou Allbritton Jetton, 87, a former Center resident, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 in her Longview, Texas, home, after a long illness.

Services are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., Mangum Funeral Home Chapel in Center with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Virginia graduated from Stephen F. Austin State Teachers’ College in Nacogdoches, Texas, and for many years taught in the Center public school system, where she enjoyed having a positive impact on her students. Above all, she cherished her family, and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She set an example of enjoying life while meeting life’s challenges with grace and dignity.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Dean Jetton, a teacher, coach and owner of an insurance agency in Center, in 2003 and daughter, Julie Virginia Jetton. She was also predeceased by her parents, Grace and Henry Allbritton; two brothers, Harry and George Allbritton; brother-in-law, Ralph Yerby, Sisters-in-law, Marie Rane and Maurine Dean and Brother-in-law, James L. Dean.

She is survived by:
Daughters:
Marcia Jetton Alderman and her husband, Alvis, of Commerce
Michele Jetton Black and her husband, John, of Longview

Son: Stephen Mitchell Jetton and his wife, Irene, of Chicago, Ill

Sister: Maribelle Allbritton Yerby, of Zwolle, La.

Grandchildren:
Charles Alderman and his wife, Sarah, of Commerce
James Alderman of Commerce
Michael Black and his wife, Crista, of Longview
Joshua Black and his wife, Libby, of Longview
Sarah Black Beasley and her husband, Jonathon, of Longview.

She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren; Colton & Tessa Alderman, Cameron & Connor Black and Ruthie, Jude & Will Black.

Pallbearers:
Charles Alderman, James Alderman, Michael Black, Joshua Black and Jonathon Beasley

In Lieu of flowers the family request donations can be made to one of the following:
First Baptist Church, 117 Cora St Center, Texas 75935 or
Roughrider Foundation, In memory of Virginia Jetton, PO BOX 152, Center, Texas 75935 or bring to Center High School.

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


Billie Jean Taylor King, 77, of Center, passed away Monday, November 30, 2015, in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine.

Ms. King was born October 16, 1938, in San Augustine, to Bill and Verna Taylor. She graduated Pineland High School in 1956 and married high school sweetheart, James “Spud” King, in 1958. After residing in Austin for 45 years, she relocated to Center in 2010. Ms. King was currently a member of Ephesus Baptist Church. She retired from Teacher Retirement System in Austin, after 31 years of state service, and following retirement, she enjoyed travelling.

She is survived by
Husband: James King of Center

Daughter: Pam Furlow and husband, Mike, of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Taylor McGee and husband, Tony, of Shelbyville
Allen R. Weeks of Shelbyville
Logan Furlow and wife, Janet, of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Joe Taylor and wife, Jeane, of Shelbyville
Paul Taylor and wife, Cathy, of Shelbyville
Monte Taylor and wife, Donna, of San Augustine

Sisters:
Linda Wagstaff and husband, Roger, of Shelbyville
Connie Hargrove and husband, Johnny, of Shelbyville

Brother-in-law: Wallace Chance of San Augustine

Sisters-in-law:
Bobbie Jean Rugg and husband, Richard, of Holland, New York
Marilyn King of Marshall
Marilyn Taylor of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles

Preceded in death by
Mother: Verna Taylor
Father: Bill Taylor
Sisters: Patsy Taylor, Shirley Taylor, Dean Chance
Brother: Tommy Taylor
Nephew: John Hargrove

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


11/27/2015

Sophie Tallyn Williams, infant, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, October 29, 2015, and passed away in Dallas, Texas, November 26, 2015.. She was the infant daughter of Taylor and Whitley Cantrell Williams, of Timpson, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at Good Hope Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas Sunday November 29, 2015 at 2 PM with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.

Survivors include:
Parents: Taylor Ray and Whitley Cantrell Williams, of Timpson, Texas

Grandparents:
Doye and wife Robin Cantrell of Timpson, Texas
Donald Ray and wife Bernadette Williams of Garrison, Texas
Susan Rene Williams of Nacogdoches, Texas

Great-Grandparents:
Patricia Clepper, of Timpson, Texas
Ronald Post of Timpson, Texas
Katherine Marino of Timpson, Texas
Ann Conway of Timpson, Texas
Becky Williams of Mt. Enterprise, Texas
Brenda Eckler of Magnolia, Texas

Great-Great-Grandmother: Jackie Ramsey of Timpson, Texas

Aunts: Laura Moore and Gracie Benson of Garrison, Texas

Uncle:
Layne Cantrell of Timpson, Texas
Matthew Williams and Matthew Benson of Garrison, Texas

Several Great-Aunts and Uncles, and a host of family and friends who will miss her greatly.

Sophie is preceded in death by great-grandparents, Gene Clepper, Mike Cantrell, Thomas Pitman, Lynda Post, Pete and Mattie Williams, and Harvey Hollingsworth.

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

Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Carolyn Bolton Denby, 59, passed away Wednesday morning in the Health South Rehab Vitas Hospice Unit in Conroe, Texas. Carolyn was born in Cleveland, Texas to William Alton and Bonnie Sue Womack Bolton. She was a stay at home homemaker and mother. She was a member of AA. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends. She was a loving mother, sister, and grandmother.

She is survived by her son Emory Willham Denby of San Antonio, her daughters: Bonnie Denby of Shelbyville, and Amber Denby of Pineland, her brother Larry Bolton of Timpson, her sisters: Sue Ann Wood of Hemphill, Tessie Mae Hightower of Nacogdoches, Emily Bjork of Etoile, and Rosie Hopson of San Augustine, her 5 grandchildren: Tyler, Kyle, Cade, Serenity, and Mackenzie. She is preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter Kali Ann Leone.

Visitation will be from 10:00AM until 2:00PM, Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St. Hemphill, Texas. Funeral service will be at 2:00PM, December 1, 2015, in the Starr Funeral Home Chapel, Hemphill, Texas. Cremation under the direction of Starr Funeral Home.


Raymond Joe Crawford, 72, of De Kalb, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015, in Texarkana.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mr. Crawford was born August 23, 1943, in Center, to Lynn Crawford and Lois Mancil Crawford. He loved hunting, fishing, watching Dallas Cowboy Football and playing with his grandson.

He is survived by
Wife: Brenda Rankin Crawford of De Kalb

Son: Matt Crawford and wife, Tabitha, of Maud

Brothers:
Mervil Crawford and wife, Letha, of Center
Jerry Crawford of Garland
Ben Crawford and wife, Robin, of Center

Sister: Dorothy Crawford of Dublin, Georgia

Grandson: Landry Crawford of Maud

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lynn Crawford and Lois Mancil Crawford
Brother: Bill Crawford
Sister-in-law: Lajuan Crawford

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


11/26/2015

Mrs. Bobbye Emken, 89, of Joaquin formerly of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Green Acres Nursing Home.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. John Bender officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery at a later time. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service beginning at 1 o’clock p.m. at First Baptist Church.

She was born November 7, 1926 in Shelby County to John Robert and Bertha (Ellis) Latimer. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Golden Harvest Club in Center for many years. She was very active in our community. She loved fishing, talking on the phone and working in the yard and she won Yard of the Month in Galveston 5 years in a row. She was also a member of American Ex-Prisoners of War and Titus Harris (Bataan) Medical Society.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, John Robert and Bertha Latimer, Husband, Dr. Roy Emken and Brother, Leon Latimer.

She is survived by:

Son: John Lawrence “Larry” Rymal of Joaquin

Pet: Maggie the dog

Brother: Jack Latimer of Joaquin

Special Friends:
Nell Polley of Center
Darlene Welles
many many more friends & family

Family request in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Pallbearers: John Dwire, Bronson Dwire, Benjamin Dwire, John Dwire, Jr., Ronnie Land, Joshua Sanford, Mike Charlston and Vance Green

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


Garner and Son Mortuary announces the death and services for Mrs. Patsy Jean Roberts Wooten, age 56, of Austin, Texas. Mrs. Wooten passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Teague Jerusalem Temple, Austin, Texas with interment to follow at Mosaic Cemetery, Arch Bishop S. V. Teague, Officiating

Visitation will be Friday, November 27, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner and Son Chapel.

Survivors include:
Husband: Lafayette Easton of Austin, Texas

Brothers:
Robert Pitts (Diann)
David Roberts
Henry Lee Roberts
Tommy Roberts

Sisters:
Barbara Riddley (Morris)
Annette Wade (Jerry)
Rita Fields (Anthony Miller)
Shirley Brown (Freddy Wishington)
Dorothy Roberts (Jonathan Briggs)
Lori Roberts (Wayne Cooper)

A host of nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.


11/24/2015

Services for Lavernie Lunsford will be 2:00pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be at 1:00-2:00 pm before service time at the church.

She was born July 2, 1919 in Garrison, Texas and died November 24, 2015 in Garrison, Texas

Survivors:

Daughter: Joyce Helen Martin

Daughter-In-Law: Shirley Lunsford Ruthven & husband Hugh

Grandchildren:
Jerry Don Gideon & wife Tamara
Terry Lynn Gideon & wife Lori
Darrell Lunsford, Jr. & wife Leasa
Diana J. Pinkston & husband Michael

Her sweet little niece: Helen Hammer & husband James

10 Great Grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren

Preceded in death by parents; husband, Rev. T.D. Lunsford; sons, James Don Lunsford and Darrell Lunsford Sr,; brother, Jack Kruse; sisters, Louise Nation & Bernice Hancock.


Jana Lee Clark Marr, 49 of Longview, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Longview. Jana's wishes were to be cremated. The family is having a memorial service on June 4, 2016 at 4pm at the Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

Jana Clark Marr was born April 9, 1966 in Longview, Texas to D.G. Clark and Virginia Townsend Clark.

She is survived by:

Children:
Miranda Harris and husband Tom of Yulee, Florida
Meagan Borough and husband Bret of Longview
Daniel Marr of Longview

Grandchildren:
Kaleb, Kinsey and Orion Harris
Carter and Joshua Boroughs

Sisters:
Judy Clark Faulkner of Missouri City, Texas and husband Mike
Rhonda Clark McCrohan of Denison, Texas and husband Tom

Brother: Alton Hurst Clark of Center and wife Beth

Aunt: Marie Ross of Texarkana, Texas

Niece: Tyra Dare Barkley

Nephews:
Keith Clark of Shelbyville
Michael Clark of Joaquin
Joshua Mixon of McAlister, OK
Jeremy Burchell of Denison, TX
Chance Furniss of Bangs, TX

Proceded in death by:
Mother, Virginia Townsend Shank
Father, D. G. Clark
Grandmother, Grace  Bradberry Biggers
Grandfather, Alvis Clark
Grandmother, Virgie Jones Townsend
Grandfather, Charles Hurst Townsend

Services were under the direction of Rader Funeral Home, Longview, Texas.


11/23/2015

Linda Daniels, 68, of Timpson, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015, in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Fairview Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Daniels was born February 21, 1947, in Center, to Richard Henry and Bernice Hanks Henry.

She is survived by
Children:
Kathy Parra of Center
Linda K. Daniels of Center
Reba Daniels of Center
Ronnie Daniels of Center
James Daniels and wife, Vanessa, of Center

10 Grandchildren

12 Great Grandchildren

Good Friend: Roger Grace of Timpson

Preceded in death by
Husband: Ray Daniels
Parents: Richard Henry and Bernice Hanks Henry

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


11/20/2015

Mary Page Conway, 82, of Center, went to be with Jesus, Friday, November 20, 2015, one day before her 83rd birthday. She once was blind but now she sees.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 22, 2015, at Short Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Waller officiating.

Ms. Conway was born November 21, 1932, to Fred Corbit Page and Lillie Mae Perry Page.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Jan Smith and husband, Carl, of Shelbyville
Ann Fleming and husband, Dan, of Shelbyville
Carol Burks and husband, Charles, of San Augustine
Sherry Bryan and husband, Victor, of Center

Son: Wayne Bailey and wife, Linda, of New Summerfield

Grandchildren:
Chris Smith and wife, Christina
Aimee Waller and husband, Jamie
Amber Waller and husband, Bradley
Jonathan Smith and wife, Katie
Susan Miller
Tami Cole and husband, Carlton
Michael Ross
Casey Bryan and wife, Lindsey
Cody Bryan
Tracy Woods and husband, Terry
Rachael Payne

9 Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Billie Wheeler of Center

Numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Fred Corbit Page and Lillie Mae Perry Page
Brothers: Jerry Page, Fred Taylor Page
Sister: Nora Olene Page

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


Syble Adkison, age 83 of Houston, passed away, Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 23, 2015 at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

She was born June 23, 1932 in Center, Texas to Parents, Roy Leon Noble & Fleta Leona (Lucas) Noble.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leon & Fleta Noble; her husband, Rev. Royce “Bo” Adkison; brother, Jerry Noble; sister, Vivian Rozell; and brother, Roger Noble

She is survived by:

Daughter: Rhonda Morgan

Son & Daughter-in-law: Randy & Mary Ellen Adkison

Grandchildren:
Stacy & husband, Troy Baker
Aaron Morgan
Andrew Morgan
Amanda & husband, Adam Cloessner
Chris Adkison
Emily Adkison
Jessie & husband, Reid Postle

Great-Grandchildren: Darian, Zach, Samantha & Bo

Sister: Geraldine “Jean” Tomlin

Brother: Roy Noble & wife, Joyce of Joaquin

Services under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


11/16/2015

Mrs. Edna Joyce Boykins, 47, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 in Houston. Services will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11am in the Shelbyville ISD gymnasium in Shelbyville. Visitation will be all day Friday at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Tx. Interment will be at East Liberty Community with Pastor Curtis Archie officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband: Joe Boykins, of Shelbyville, Tx.

Sons:
Jeremy Deshannon Boykins, of Shelbyville, Tx.
Jordan Dimante Boykins, of Shelbyville, Tx.

Mother: Josephine Ratcliff, of Center, Tx.

Sisters:
Patricia Ann Ratcliff, of Dallas, Tx.
Monica Lanette Ratcliff, of Denton, Tx.

Brother: Christopher George (Kim) Ratcliff, of Salina, Ks.


Sidney Lee Galbreath was born December 16, 1938 in Timpson, Texas to A.D. Galbreath and Lavennia (Ramsey) Galbreath. He died October 15, 2015 in Garrison, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the United Methodist Church, Timpson, Texas.

Survivors:

Sister: Betty Jo Parker of Nacogdoches, Texas

Nieces:
Mae Dean Hahn and husband Marvin of Temple,Texas
Betty Ann Taylor of Nacogdoches, TX
Donna Hicks & husband Tim of Dallas, TX
Dee Ann Locke & husband Ron of Stafford, TX

Nephew: Max Churchman & wife Havikia of Stafford, TX

Special Cousins:
Linda Askins of Timpson, TX
Tammy Marlowe of Timpson, TX
Cathy Windham of Timpson, TX
Gerald Stanley Stamps of Timpson, TX

Aunts:
Avis Stamps of Garrison, TX
Alma Bridwell of Nacogdoches, TX

Numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins

Preceded in death by parents; wife, Patricia Galbreath; sisters, Cynthia Churchman and Margie Childs.

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


Gwan Jacobs, 87 of Tyler, Texas passed away Monday, November 9, 2015. She was born December 2, 1927 in Center to William Elvis and Elberta Vaught Dockens. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler with Rev. Darryle Dunks officiating, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Gwan was a member of Central Baptist Church in Tyler for over 30 years before becoming a faithful member of Green Acres Baptist Church for some thirty years. She was born and raised in Center, graduated from Center High School. She helped her husband Bob start the Central Baptist Church in Center. They moved to Tyler in 1950 where she attended Tyler Junior College, studing computer science and worked in accounting until retirement.

In addition to her Parents, Gwan was preceded in death by her Husband Bob Jacobs. They were married 66 years.

She is survived by her loving family including her daughter Beckeye Sheets and husband Roy of Flint, Three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, brothers Waymon and Bill Dockens of Splendora, sister Oleatha Price of La Porte, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pall pallbearers were the Care and Shere Sunday School of Green Acres Baptist Church.

If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler Texas 75701


Services for Betty Lunsford will be Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11:00am at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas with Bro. John McGuire and Bro. Homer Murray. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Garrison Funeral Home. Betty was born April 21, 1934 in Mt. Enterprise, Texas and died November 14, 2015 in Garrison, Texas

Survivors:

Husband: Norman Lunsford of Garrison, Texas

Sons:
Wayne Lunsford and wife Venetia of Nacogdoches, Texas
Terry Lunsford and wife Cindy of Nacogdoches, Texas

Grandchildren:
Chris Lunsford & wife Sandi of Garrison, Texas
Corey Lunsford & wife Cheryl of Garrison, Texas
Cade Lunsford & wife Chelsie of Dallas, Texas
Rebecca Lunsford of Nacogdoches, Texas
Kylie Lunsford of Garrison, Texas
Landon Lunsford of Nacogdoches, Texas

Great-Grandchildren:
Jaci Lunsford
Sidney Lunsford
Weston Lunsford
Creed Strain

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends

Preceded in death by daughter; Sharon Ann Lunsford, parents and two sisters

A special thank you for the loving care and heart felt compansion the staff at Garrison Nursing Home showed Betty while she was with them.


11/14/2015

Darrell P. Doggett, 82, of Center, died Thursday, November 12, 2015. He was born on May 7, 1933, in Hurstown, to Lola Belle Lout Doggett and Edgar "Ed" Doggett. Darrell served his country in the United States Air Borne during the Korean War and later retired as a supervisor for Texaco Chemical, formerly Jefferson Chemical, Port Neches.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-seven years, Eddie Doggett; daughter, Joni Doggett Day of Beaumont; grandchildren, Bridget Day Aldridge and her husband, Josh, of Silsbee and Abby Day Riley and her husband, Daniel, of Kountze; great-grandchild, Jemma Aldridge; brothers, Ruben Doggett and his wife, Carolyn, and Spencer Doggett, all of Silsbee; sisters, Willie Jo Doggett Powell of Houston and Janice Doggett Lack of Beaumont; and other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; and grandmother, Willie Monroe Lout Luman.

A gathering of Mr. Doggett's family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his funeral service at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 15, 2015, at Broussard's, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. His interment will follow at Hardin Memorial Park, Silsbee.


Chase Todd, 31, of Center, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, Texas as a result of an automobile accident.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Yard Cemetery with Masonic rites given by Sam Samford Lodge No. 149. Visitation will be Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born July 5, 1984 in Nacogdoches to Ricky and Penny (Shofner) Todd. He worked for Fleur Global for 3 years and was currently employed by Luminant as a master mechanic for the past 10 years. He loved riding four wheelers, hunting and fishing and was a true outdoorsman. He was currently going through the Masonic rites.

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Prentice & Bobbie Shofner, Jenell Shofner, Fred L. & Doris Todd, his Aunt, Toni Grace Alford and Cousins, Cody Alford & Jeremy Sims.

He is survived by:
Parents:
Ricky & Penny Todd of Center
Sister:
Destiny Todd of Kingwood
Uncles & Aunts:
Mary & Rickie Sims of Shelbyville
Jenny & Benny Holt of Center
John & Wanita Shofner of Center
Prentice Shofner, Jr. of Center
Numerous Cousins & Friends
Pallbearers:
Josh Snider, Josh Dutton, Jamie Dutton, Colton Rhame,
Wesley Rhame, Marcus Adkinson, Troy Sunday and Gary Sutlive
Honorary Pallbearer:
Jason Stringer

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


Graveside services for Mrs. Shirley Ruth Goodwin (54) of Center, Texas will be Monday, November 16, 2015 at St. John Cemetery in Center, Texas at 11:00am. Mrs. Goodwin died November 10, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. Rev. Marlon Cloudy, Sr. will be officiating.

Mrs. Goodwin’s survivors are:

Mother: Eddie Ruth Goodwin of Center, Texas

2 Brothers: Charles Goodwin of Center, Texas
John Wayne (Alanie) Goodwin of Center, Texas

2 Sisters: Joyce (James) Nelson of Houston, Texas
Sandra Goodwin of Dallas, Texas

Visitation Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Hicks Chapel from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary.


11/12/2015

Valerie Heyen, 60, of Center, previously of Mansfield, LA and Carson City, Nevada, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at her residence after a sudden illness.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Cool Springs Cemetery in Logansport, LA with Bro. Richard Goodwin officiating.

She was born August 21, 1955 in Shreveport, LA to Duane and Nelda (Stone) Heyen. She worked for Goodwin Roofing in Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Duane and Nelda Heyen.

She is survived by:

Brother:
Curtis Heyen & wife, Melanie of Shreveport, LA

Sister:
Cathy Youngblood of Wichita Falls

Brother:
Donnie Heyen of Nacogdoches

Nieces & Nephews:
Chris Werhle & wife, Laura
Phillip Youngblood, Jr. & wife, Jennifer of Center
Trevor Heyen
Raelyn Heyen

Aunts and Uncles:
Bettie & G.W. Strong of Center
Margaret Sermon of Shreveport, LA
Bill & Edith Stone of Keithville, LA
Douglas & Ina Stone of Logansport, LA

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


11/09/2015

Mr. Bryant Joseph Watley, age 56, of Timpson passed away Saturday morning, November 7, 2015, in Timpson. Services will be Saturday, November 14th, 11am at Abundant Love Ministries. Wake will be Friday 6 to 8 pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX. Interment will be at Scott Cemetery at Toledo Bend with Rev. Raymond Ingram to Officiate.

Mr. Bryant Joseph Watley is survived by wife Gloria Watley of Timpson, TX. 1 Step-daughter Patricia Harris of Timpson, TX. 1 Step-son Bobby Harris of Timpson, TX. 1 sister Virgia Sharp of Beaumont, TX. 2 Brothers; Albertine (Dede) Watley of California and Johnny (Pattie) Watley of Willgate, TX. Mother-in-Law, Ada Smith of Gary, TX.


Warren Kyle Loup, 1 month, was born in Dallas, Texas, October 6, 2015, and passed away in Dallas, Texas, November 8, 2015.. He was the infant son of Jared and Ashley (Ritter) Loup of Fort Worth, Texas.

Graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas, Thursday November 12, 2015 at 11 AM with Bro. Rodney Puryear officiating.

Survivors include:

Parents: Jared and Ashley (Ritter) Loup of Fort Worth, Texas

Grandparents:
Bobby and Judy Ritter of Timpson, Texas
Steve and Sharon Loup of Glynn, Louisiana

Great-Grandparents: Kyle Nearhood of Smithridge, Virginia;

Aunt: Amber and husband John Braud of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Cousin: Violet Braud of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

A host of family and friends who will miss him greatly.

Warren is preceded in death by great-grandparents, Etienne and Ruby Loup, Viola Nearhood, Noble and Bernice Hudman and Hoyt Ritter.

In lieu of flowers family request donations be made to Children’s Medical Center Foundation, in support of the Cardiac ICU, 2777 Stemmons Fwy Ste. 700, Dallas, TX 75207. Contact Carol Bieler 214-456-8369 for more information.

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

Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert “Bud” Emmett Burns Jr., 95, of Tenaha passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 in Longview. Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday November 15, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, TX. Funeral Services will be held on Monday November 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Tenaha Baptist Church with Interment following at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha. Mr. Burns’ parents were Robert Emmett Burns Sr. and Ruby Lee Wooten Burns.

He was a graduate of Tenaha High School. Following graduation he attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, Class of 1943. Mr. Burns served his country in the United States Navy. He was an avid golfer and Baylor Women’s basketball fan. Mr. Burns was a member of the Tenaha Masonic Lodge #737 and American Legion.

Mr. Burns is survived by daughters Patricia Burns Smith, (Larry) and Karen Burns Meriwether (Tom Snow); grandsons J. Christian Haddock, Scott P. Meriwether, ( Marietta Burke); Martin B. Meriwether, (Rae Ann), and great-grandson Samuel Robert Meriwether; step-daughters Marcy Matties ( Chib Allen) and Elaine Phillips (Bob), and special friends Frank and Diana Wengler and Jean Phelps. Also, special thanks to caregivers Carolyn, Marilyn, and the staff at Fountainview in Longview. Mr. Burns is preceded in death by his parents, wives Elva McDaniel Burns and Helen Matties Burns, brothers Albert and John Burns and sisters Mary Wynn Tadema and Elizabeth Neel.

In honor of Mr. Burns’ commitment to his community and his church and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels, Tenaha Baptist Church, or a charity of one’s choice.

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


Funeral services for James “Buddy” Holman (76) of Houston, Texas will be Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 12 noon. Services will be held at Triumph the Kingdom Church of God in Christ (902 Daniels Center, Texas 75935). Mr. Holman died October 27, 2015 at West Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Rev. Johnny Johnson will be officiating.

Mr. Holman is survived by:

Sons:
Quince Holman of Dallas, Texas
Corey Holman of Houston, Texas

Brother: Weldon Holman of Houston, Texas

Committal will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas

Repass Triumph the Kingdom Church of God in Christ

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary


Oliver Raimond, 56, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Shreveport, LA.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Cassell Cemetery in Converse, LA. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born July 23, 1959 in Converse, LA to James Olon and Jeanette (Moore) Raimond.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, James & Jeanette Raimond, Wife, Donna Raimond, 2 Brothers, James C. Raimond and Carl Wayne Raimond, 2 Nephews, Bradley Wayne Raimond, Christopher Alan Nichols and Niece, Shanda Kay Raimond.

He is survived by:

Wife:
Mary Graves Raimond of Tenaha

Children:
Lana Gatewood of California
Joe & Katy Graves of Tenaha
Michael & Fara Decker of Tenaha
Kendra & Joseph Arnold of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Abby Elle Graves
Livvy Analee Graves
Joseph Mahon Graves
Aurora Diane Decker

Sister:
Carolyn Nichols & husband, Bobby of Stonewall, LA

Brother:
Ricky Raimond of Marshall

Nephews & Nieces:
Ricky Raimond, Jr., Jamie Raimond, Christian Nichols,
Deidre Nichols and Jr. Raimond

Numerous Great-Nieces & Great-Nephews

Pallbearers:
Brandon Kourtney, Weldon Bailey, Troy Keele, Randy Soape, Laurence O’Neill and Brian Lewis

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


11/06/2015

Charles Howard Lester, Jr. of Joaquin, passed away Friday, November 06, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

His wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later time.

He was born September 13, 1953 in Eden, NC to Charles Howard Lester, Sr. and Doris (Ray) Lester. He was a carpenter, preacher & a biker.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Charles Howard Lester, Sr., Infant Brother, Randolph Mitchell Lester and Grandson, Matthew Kyle Putman.

He is survived by:

Mother: Doris Lester of Eden, NC

Wife: Rosemary Frost of Joaquin

Son & Daughter-in-law: William Douglas Frost & Jennifer Elaine Frost of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Zackery Cole Putman
Megan Nevaeh Jernigan

Brothers:
Jimmy Lester
Jerry Lester

Sisters:
Susan Lester
Tina Hughes

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


Dave Lamar Jackson, 89, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 at his residence in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at the Carroll Cemetery.

Mr. Jackson was born February 19, 1926 in Shelbyville, Texas to Bill Jackson and Mildred Greer Jackson. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School. Mr. Jackson served his country during World War II in the Navy. He was a member of the Pasadena Sheriff’s Posse and a member of the Clever Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by:
Wife of 59 years, Blanche Jackson of Shelbyville

Children;
Dana Jackson of Shelbyville
Donna Maxey and husband, Bobby of Baytown
Steven Jackson of Houston

Grandchildren;
Michael Wiggins, Kristina McWorter, David Jackson II, Ryan Jackson and Lauren Jackson

Numerous other relatives.

Preceded in death by;
Mother, Mildred Holt
Son, David Jackson
Grandson, Chad Wiggins

Pallbearers will be Brad Hinton, Stephen Williams, Harold Baty, Will Baty, Walt Baty, Ronny Lynch, Nathan Lynch and Vic Cooper. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Raymond, Prentice Hendricks, Calvin Kimbrough and Clyde Enmon.

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


Melba Beckham, 77, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Eric Garrett and Rev. Barry Rhodes officiating. Interment will follow at the Johnson Cemetery in Haslam.

Mrs. Beckham was born July 4, 1938 in Needville, Texas to Walter Priesmayer and Nora Jungerman Priesmeyer. She was a member of the Logansport United Pentecostal Church in Logansport, Louisiana.

She is survived by:
Husband, Virgil Beckham of Joaquin

Children;
Denise Garrett and husband, Eric of Lake Village, Arkansas
George Beckham and wife, Ashley of Tyler
Cara Kneisly and husband, Craig of Katy

Grandchildren;
Amanda Gibson, Hannah Garrett, Landon Beckham, Brylee Beckham, Chase Kneisly and Ciara Kneisly.

Great-Grandchild, Isabella Gibson

Sister, Evelyn Oberhof of Needville

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by;
Sisters; Clarice Baker and Delores Kueck

Pallbearers will be Chase Kneisly, Landon Kneisly, Craig Kneisly, Bryan Gibson, Tommy Gray and Jimmy Coulter.

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


Johnnie Eddins of Humble Tx died on November 4, 2015 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Johnnie and his wife, Ruby were members of the Lake Houston Church of Christ and he formerly attended Watters Road Church of Christ. He loved music and loved to sing. Johnnie owned Johnnie H Eddins Insurance Agency in Pasadena and retired in 2008. He served our country in the Texas National Guard.

Johnnie was preceded in death by his first wife, Faye Nell, his parents, William Frank and Alice Edna Cantrell Eddins, children, William Howard Eddins, Eddy James Eddins and Alice Jane Eddins Obar, step son, Jerald Eddins and his sisters, Mary Jo OBryan, Effie Pierce, Mary Bonin and Jane Gusttaffson, brother William Frank Eddins Jr, an infant brother and sister and a sister-in-law, Ovia Bigar.

Johnnie is survived by:

Wife of 9 years: Ruby

Stepdaughter: Jeanette Parham of Hempstead

Stepdaughter-in-law: Andra Eddins, of New Caney

Grandchildren:
Robert S. (Bobby) Obar IV
Joanna D. Obar Ledezma and husband, Zach
Jaycee E. Obar

Many nieces and step-grandchildren and great-step-grandchildren.

Johnnie was a loving and kind man that provided support and purpose for those he loved.

Viewing is at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble on Friday, November 4 from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral is at Lake Houston Church of Christ, Humble on November 5, at 10am. Graveside services are at Mt. Herman Cemetary in Center on November 5 at 3:30pm.


11/05/2015

Mrs. Era P. (Baker) Porter passed away Friday, November 6, 2015, at her residence near Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 94.

Mrs. Porter was born April 7, 1921, in Shelby County, Texas, to parents William Hezekiah Baker and Winnie Lucindy Cox Baker. She had formerly lived in Longview, Texas, for a number of years before moving to Nacogdoches County.

She was a member of Stallings Drive Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred P. Porter, in 1996; her son, David G. Porter, in 2007; along with her parents.

Her survivors include:

Daughter-in-law: Lynda B. Porter of Nacogdoches, Texas

Grandson: David Glen Porter II of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sister: Eardis Greer of Woodville, Texas

Brother: Tom Baker of Houston, Texas

Sister: Sarah Lee of Longview, Texas.

Graveside rites are set for 2:30pm Sunday, November 8, 2015, at Restland Cemetery, located off U.S. Hwy. 96 in Tenaha, Texas.

Offer your online memories and condolences at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Johnie Katherine Bray, 73, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Longview, Texas. She was born on October 20, 1942 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of William Lewis Gardner and Irene Suddath Gardner.

Johnie grew up Elkton, Kentucky where she graduated High School. She was a faithful member of the Mormon Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

Mrs. Bray is survived by:

Sons:
Charles Nachez Bray and wife Janet,
Wayne Sabine Bray
Johnney Brazos Bray and wife Angela Sexton

Grandchildren:
Charles Robert Bray
Christopher Michael Bray, and
Derek Alexander Bray

Sister: Vicki Poindexter

She is also survived by other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Sarah Gardner.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net


11/04/2015

Alton Waller, 66, of Center, passed away Wednesday November 4, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at McClelland Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.

He was born February 19, 1949 in Shelby County, Texas to Granville and Luna (McSwain) Waller.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Granville and Luna Waller and Brothers, Calvin Waller, Harvey Waller, Bill Waller, Jerry Joe Waller and Earl Waller.

He is survived by:

Wife of 40 years:
Glenda Waller of Center

Children:
Jamie Waller & wife, Aimee of Center
Jonathan Waller of Center
Timothy Waller & wife, Anita of Center
Tonya Parks & husband, Lance of Center
Melissa Robertson & husband, Toby of Center
Amanda Jernigan & husband, Chris of Center
Angela Pope & husband, John of Center

Grandchildren:
Diana, Kelsie and Alyssa Waller and Angie Parks
Jacob Waller, Luke, Ava & Grace
Devin Waller
Savannah and Lexi Robertson
Kirsti and Keylee Jernigan
Dawson & Briley Pope

Sisters:
Jeanie Amburn of Center
Susan Fountain & husband, Larry of Center
Carolyn Denby of Deridder, LA

Brother:
Jesse Waller of Center

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

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


Troy Jacobs, 70, of Sour Lake, Texas passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Powell officiating. Burial will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 9, 1945 in Shelbyville, Texas to Joe and Lurena (Jamison) Jacobs. He served in the US Army special forces green beret. He was the owner of Jacobs welding and marine in Beaumont. He was a member of the Grand Lodge of Texas where he was a master mason in Good Standing of B.F. Quickstall No. 1370 in Beaumont. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Port Neches.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Joe & Lurena Bell Jacobs and Brothers, Billy Joe Jacobs and Travis Lee Jacobs.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Sadie Jacobs of Sour Lake

2 Daughters:
Kimberly Ann Lutz of Sour Lake
Kristi Jacobs & husband, Brian Graves of Seabrook

2 Step Sons:
Delano Dale Nelson of Sour Lake
Jeremy Wayne Nelson & wife, Cara Lofton of Vidor

Grandchildren:
Ashley Lea Anderson & husband, Josh
Troy Dale Lutz
Aaron Nelson
Eric Nelson
Johnathan Nelson
Morgan Nelson
Jessica Nelson
Caleb Parker Graves
Samantha Nelson
Great Grandson:
Easton Lane Anderson

Pallbearers:
Jacob Boockoff, Tony Boockoff, Josh Anderson,
Brian Graves, Richard Loden and Jonathan Nelson

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


11/03/2015

Wanda Osborne of Dallas passed away at the age of 62. Services will be Friday at 11:00am at Egypt Chapel Baptist Church in Dallas, TX and visitation will be Thursday 6 to 7pm at Evergreen Funeral Home in Dallas, TX. Dr. Tommy McGee will be officiating.

Wanda Osborne is survived by son, Brandon and Joy Osborne of Washington, D.C. Grand daughter Aubrielle Osborne of Washington, D.C, Mother, Dorothy Polley of Center, TX, Step-Father, James Polley of Center, TX, and Step-Mother, Betty C. Cartwright of Shelbyville, TX.

8 Sisters; Shirley Cartwright of Center, TX, Roberta Hoff of Dallas, TX, Darlene Nana of Dallas, TX, Donna Grisby of Center, TX, Debra Cartwright of Center, TX, Regena Eghareuba of Dallas, TX, Cynthia Kennedy of Dallas, TX.

3 Brothers; Tony (Lynda) Cartwright of Shelbyville, TX, Charles Wade of Center, TX, Robert (Shelia) Polley of Arkansas.

3 Aunts; Evelina Jordan of Dallas, TX, Ann Ruth Walker of Shelbyville, TX and Pauline Cartwright of Shelbyville, TX.


“Chevy” Shirley Wright, 47, of Center, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Wright was born March 28, 1968 in Yakima, Washington to Ralph Eugene Swanson and Venita Margaret Downie Swanson. She was employed by Sparta Structures in Center and was a member of Messiah Baptist Church in Timpson.

Mrs. Wright is survived by:
Husband, Jack Wright of Center

Children;
Eric Dewayne Wright and wife, Sheena of Dennison
Amanda Jane Wright of Center
Dakota Thad Brittain of Woodville

Geandchildren;
Bailey Danielle Harris Wright
Zack Trice
Chandler Logan Wright
Piper Brittain
Paisley Brittain
Sawyer Harris

Mother, Venita Harshman of Leesville, Louisiana

Sisters;
Jo Anne Miller and husband, Howard of Honeybrook, Pennsylvania
Velma Ann Jones and husband, Dale of Joaquin

Brothers;
Samuel Leigh Swanson and wife, Kathie of Joaquin
Timothy Lee Hernandez and wife, Linda of Pennsylvania

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by:
Grandparents; Forrest and Mattie Claire Downie
Mother-in-law; Carlie Lowe

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


Mary Lea Reichel, 77 of Danciger, TX went to be with the Lord on October 29, 2015 in Lake Jackson, TX. She was born to Martin and Bessie Mae (Fleming) Shofner on December 3, 1937 in Center, TX. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. With funeral service to begin at 7:00pm at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, November 5, 1:00 p.m., at Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery, in Center, with Rev. Dathan Triplett officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Billie Jean Shofner Livingston (Leon); and sister-in-law, Carol Shofner.

Mary became a registered nurse in 1958 after graduating from Lilliejollie School of Nursing in Hermann Hospital. She worked in the Emergency Department at Angleton-Danbury Hospital for 21 years, and was certified as a Trauma Nurse. She loved painting, flowers and hummingbirds.

Mary is survived by her husband of 54 years, William "Jerry" Reichel. Sons, William Scott Reichel (Cheri) and Patrick A. Reichel (Colleen). Brothers, Del Shofner and James R. Shofner (Rose). Sisters, Edna Ruth Shofner Birdwell (Bryant), Linda Henderson (Joe), and Kathy Howard (Dewy). Three grandchildren Travis, Tyler and Samantha as well as numerous family and friends.

Services under the direction of Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas.


S. J. Nickleberry, age 96, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. Nickleberry passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at CHI St Luke Hospital in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Rev. Fred Dade, officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

His survivors:

Wife, Etta Mae Nickleberry of San Augustine, TX

Daughters:
Yolanda Gamble (William) of Waco, Texas
Pamela Teel of San Augustine, Texas

10 Grandchildren, 26 Great-Grandchildren

Brother, V J Nickleberry (Celestine) of Oxnard, CA

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.


Reecie Robertson Stanley, 79, of the Spann’s Chapel Community, Center, Texas, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 in Houston.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Don Noble officiating. Visitation will be Friday, November 6, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born October 26, 1936 in the Ramah Community in Tenaha, Texas to Archie Byron and Eula Etta (Joplin) Robertson. She married Bobby Stanley, they were married 48 years until his death in 2009. She was a member of Spann’s Chapel Church where she taught Sunday School. She was a teacher for 39 years where she taught in Angleton, West Columbia, Center and Shelbyville, Texas and retired in 1999. She loved quilting and researching her family and numerous family genealogies and histories. She became a volunteer at the Shelby County Museum in 2000 and she was a member of the Shelby County Historic Commission. She was a faithful supporter of the historical society, museum and genealogy library.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Archie and Eula Robertson and Husband, Bobby L. Stanley.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Steve Stanley of Center
Mark Stanley & wife, Linda of Center
Pat Stanley & wife, Angela of Roanoke
Stuart Stanley & wife, Mariana of Spring
Simon Stanley & wife, Carla of Center

Grandchildren: Ian Stanley, Robert Stanley, Christian Stanley, Jonathan Stanley & wife, Bethany, Kaitlyn Stanley, Rick Mollohan & wife, Jessica

Great-Grandchildren: Colt & Bailey Stanley and Katy Mollohan

Siblings:
Lynelle Richardson
Barbara Woods
Archie Robertson, Jr.
Nancy Thrasher
Lena Carol Gibson

Sister-in-law: Marie Long of Center

Pallbearers: Steve Stanley, Mark Stanley, Pat Stanley, Stuart Stanley, Simon Stanley & Rick Mollohan

Donations can be made to Spann’s Chapel Church or Shelby County Historical Society

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


Hicks Mortuary and C.J. Davis Memorial Chapel of Timpson are announcing services for Mr. Roy B. Johnson (80) of Timpson, Texas. Mr. Johnson died October 29, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Center. Services for Mr. Johnson will be Friday, November 6, 2015 at C. J. Davis Memorial Chapel (453 McLaughlin Street, Timpson, Texas) at 1:00pm. Brother George Grace will be officiating.

Mr. Johnson is survived by

Sister: Baby Ruth Johnson of Many Louisiana

Visitation will be Friday, November 6, 2015 from the hours of 12:00 noon to 1:00pm at C.J. Davis Memorial Chapel in Timpson, Texas.

Burial will be at BoBo Cemetery.


11/02/2015

Wilda Leona Jones, 94, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Robert Ortigo officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens in Ohio.

Ms. Jones was born February 28, 1921, in Gambier, Ohio, to Jesse Winterringer and Lela Lanmon Winterringer. She loved cooking, quilting, and raising her grandchildren.

She is survived by

Children:
Buck Jones and wife, Teresa, of Joaquin
Herschel Jones of Howard, Ohio
Caryoln Sue and husband, John Schaffer, of Fredric, Ohio
Joseph Jones and wife Valerie, of Gary
Paula Sholar of Carthage
Scottie and husband, Richard Scholar, of Joaquin
Monica and Thomas Simpson of Gary

Granddaughter:
Lydia Nicole Scholar of Longview

31 Grandchildren

Numerous Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Litha Turner of Lexigton, Ohio
Verneta Jenny of Geranano, Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews, and host of family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents
Husband: Oscar A. Jones Sr.
Daughters: Linda Diana, Letha Mae, Patricia Marti, and Barbara Waters
Brother: Jessie Winterringer

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


Funeral service for Margie Sue (Ramsey) Childs, 87, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Rev. W. T. Permenter and Rev. Rick Anderson officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Monday, November 2, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home. Mrs. Childs passed away October 31, 2015, in Garrison, TX.

Born June 7, 1928, in Pasadena, TX, Margie Sue (Ramsey) Childs was the daughter of the late Sidney Marvin Ramsey and Florence Valeta Hearn Ramsey. Margie graduated from Timpson High School in 1945 and became an Air Force wife when she married G. Terrell Childs on June 28, 1946. She was a devoted military wife. About 63 years ago, she left Timpson by train with two small children in tow. We left New York by ocean liner to meet Dad who was stationed at Skulthorpe Air Force Base in England. Together we moved to Lockbourne, Ohio and moved back to Timpson when Dad retired.

Mom taught Sunday School and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She loved to bake pies and make quilts and give them away. She would take produce from her garden and give to her sisters who weren’t able to garden. Mom loved the Lord and set a good example for her husband, three children, family, and friends.

Margie is survived by husband Terrell Childs; sons, Philip Childs and wife Kathy and Jim Childs and wife Lisa; daughter Sue Childs Pinkston; sisters Avis Stamps and Alma Bridwell; niece Betty Parker; 4 grandchildren: Rob and wife Denise, Stephanie and husband Tim, Elaine and husband Kristian, and Brock; and 3 great-grandchildren: Jessica, Nathan, and Ashley.

In addition to her parents, Margie Sue Childs was preceded in death by brothers Roy and James Ramsey and sisters Grace Pledger, Troy Webb, Mary Lavennie Galbreath, and Emma Milford.

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.

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10/31/2015

Johnie Katherine (Gardner) Bray, 73, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015, in Longview, TX. She was born October 20, 1942, in Lansing, Michigan. A cremation was selected and no services are planned at this time.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.taylorfh.net.

Services under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson.


Billy Joe Bowen, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Sam Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Bowen was born April 14, 1935, in Black Jack, Texas, to Willie L. Bowen and Livvie Lee Luman Bowen. He was the youngest of six children. Mr. Bowen served in the United States Army. He was a Deacon at Center Christian Church.

Mr. Bowen is survived by
Wife of 54 years: Ann Schillings Bowen of Shelbyville

Daughter: Shana Brittain and husband, Boby, of Shelbyville

Grandsons:
Seth Brittain and fiancé, Morgan Dyess, of Houston
Jaxon Brittain of Shelbyville

Sister: Jean Brandon and husband, H.L. Brandon, of Appleby

Sister-in-law: Donna Kay Thomason of Center

Brother-in-law: Joe Tom Schillings and wife, Kathryn, of Shelbyville

Nieces and nephews:
Judy Arnold
Pam Arnold
Bobby Dale Arnold
Sherry Brandon
Steve Brandon
Brian Brandon
Kevin Brandon
Dawn Barnes
Jennifer Leach
Jonathan Schillings

Preceded in death by
Parents: Willie L. Bowen and Livvie Lee Luman Bowen
Two Infant Sisters
Sister: Mildred Bowen Arnold
Brother: Cecil Bowen

Pallbearers will be Jim Tomlin, Don Wheeler, Brett Scarber, Patrick Nethery, Brett Wheeler, Jonathan Brittain and Brady Scarber.

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


Rev. Johnny Allen, 89, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015 at his residence.

Graveside will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, 2015 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Terry Goodnight and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 18, 1926 in Green Hill, Texas to Royal “Roy” Polk and Nellie (Rolf) Allen. He pastored churches in the East Texas area and in Louisiana for over 60 years. He was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church in Center. He loved spending time with family and friends and singing and playing the piano with his friends at the senior nutrition center.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Roy and Nellie Allen, Son, Jimmy Ray Allen,
Son, Ricky Lynn Allen, 2 Grandsons, Cory Joseph Bertrand and Solomon Zane Allen and Brothers, Winifred Vernet Allen, Horace Vaughn Allen, Woodrow Wilson Allen, Russell Fleming Allen and Morris “Mutt” Everett Allen and Sisters, Lucy Pearl Allen Cordell and Margaret Kathryn Allen LaPrade.

He is survived by

Wife of 51 years: Lillian Emma (Dodson) Allen of Center

Children:
Becky House & husband, Bill of Bossier City, LA
Debbie Andrews & husband, Lacy of Virginia
David Allen & wife, Dana of Center
Steve Allen & wife, Kristi of Karnack
Christine Raymond & husband, Lynn of Shelbyville
Matt Allen & wife, Charlotte of Center
Lucy Allen Rodriguez & husband, Enrique of Center

Numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren & Great Great Grandchildren

2 Sisters:
Dorothy Jean Little of Longview
Ala Jane Southerland of Longview

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Special Friends

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


10/30/2015

Paula Marie Davis, 49, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Davis was born March 30, 1966, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Robert Earl Simpson and Louise Wheeler Simpson. She loved to fish and spend time with her family and pets.

She is survived by
Husband: Mark Davis of Center

Children:
James Robert Loomis of Center
Joshua Wade Davis of Nacogdoches

Grandson: Trenton Loomis

Mother: Louise Wheeler Simpson

Twin Brother: Paul Wayne Simpson and wife, Sheila, of Benson, Louisiana

Brothers:
Gary Lee Simpson of Joaquin
John Glen Simpson and wife, Stacie, of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Infant Daughter: Jamie Loomis
Father: Robert Earl Simpson

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


10/28/2015

Helen Annie Ewing, 93, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at her residence.

Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015 at Enterprise Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Freddie Bird officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 3, 1922 in Dayton, Texas to Frederick Augusta and Helena Julia (Kostka) Thamm.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Frederick and Helena Thamm, Husband, Emerson Marion Ewing, Daughter, Betty Trout, Granddaughters, Patricia Ann and Leslie Susan, 2 Sisters, Martha Williard & Mary Love and 5 Brothers, Rudolph, Fritz, Ed, Herbert & Hans Thamm.

She is survived by:
Daughters:
Barbara Reed & husband, Robert of Tenaha
Linda Young & husband, Floyd of Nacogdoches

11 Grandchildren:
Linda, David, Angie, Jenny, Greg, Lisa, Danny, Lester, Melanie, Michael & Rob, Jr.

16 Great-Grandchildren
11 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Brother:
August Thamm & wife, Maxine of Channelview

Sisters:
Sylvia Patterson of Channelview
Pauline Simmons of Louisiana

Sisters-in-law:
Betty Thamm of Dayton
Mary Ann Thamm of Highlands
Numerous Nieces and Nephews

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


10/26/2015

Mrs. Sally Ann Dunlap, 59, of Timpson, was called home to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 27, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Lionel Whitaker officiating, assisted by Order of Eastern Star Timpson Chapter #1144. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Dunlap was born March 6, 1956, in Beaumont, to Simon McGhie Pyles and Mary Allene Keeton Pyles. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Timpson Chapter #1144 and Rainbow Girls of Silsbee.

She is survived by
Husband: Johnie Dunlap of Timpson

Children:
Jason Pyles and wife, Katha, of Center
Joshua Dunlap and wife, Stephanie, of Timpson
Amy McSwain and husband, A.J., of Center

Grandchildren:
Dawson Pyles
Abigail Dunlap
Jacob Dunlap
James Lee McSwain

Brother: Danny Tullos of Vidor

Sister: Tammy Johnson of Center

Nieces & Nephews:
Mark Chantzifotis of Vidor
Mary Chantzifotis of Nacogdoches
Joseph Pyles of Houston
Jordan Johnson of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Simon McGhie Pyles and Mary Allene Keeton Pyles
Sister: Judy Chantzifotis

Pallbearers will be Chris Carter, Joseph Pyles, Dawson Pyles, Billy Akridge, Mark Chantzifotis, Cory Young, Joshua Dunlap and Jason Pyles.

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


Danny Lynne “Dan-o” Johnson, 56, of Center, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2015, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson was born July 29, 1959, in Orange, to Jo Dan Johnson and Rita “Labou” Johnson. He loved riding motorcycles and helping others in need. He was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by
Wife: Sissy Jaimes of Center

Daughter: Birgina Patena and Jeff Blanca of Douglas

Son: Angle Patena of Oklahoma

Brother: James Johnson and wife, Cynthia, of Center

Sister: Angela Daniel and Judd Picqu of Georgia

Nephew: Joe Dan Johnson and wife, Jalyn, of Gary

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jo Dan Johnson and Rita “Labou” Johnson
Sister: Shannon Johnson

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


Frank Lawrence Anderson Jr., 67, of Bryan, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015, at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Shelby County with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.

Mr. Anderson was born March 24, 1948, to Frank Anderson and Dorothy Childs Anderson.

He is survived by extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Edna Faye Anderson, and his parents, Frank Anderson and Dorothy Childs Anderson.

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


10/24/2015

Shirley Ann Koltonski, 64, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 in Lufkin, Texas.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 29, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center with Father Devaraj, Father Jose Vidarte and Deacon John Ragland officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation and Rosary will be Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born December 8, 1950 in Shelby County to John William and Fronie Estelle (Denby) Moore. She worked for South Central Telephone as a key punch operator and then she and John moved back to Shelby County where she was a housewife and teacher’s aide at Shelbyville ISD for 22 years. She was a member of the St. Therese Catholic Church, Center, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, John and Fronie Moore.

She is survived by:
Husband, John “Ski” Koltonski of Shelbyville

4 Sons & Daughters-in-law:
John Koltonski & wife, Summer of Shelbyville
Matt Koltonski & wife, Crystal of Center
Chris Koltonski & wife, Whitney of Shelbyville
Cade Koltonski & wife, Ashley of Midland

Grandchildren:
Jayden, Brayden, Payton & Kashton
Blake & Hunter
Lila Ann

Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law:
Tony Koltonski & wife, Deborah of South Carolina
Frank Koltonski & wife, Joan of South Carolina
Ed Koltonski & wife, Marcy of Ohio

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers: Luke Matthews, Jon Schillings, Lynn Davis, Howard Davis, Jamie Hagler & Thomas Swearengen

Honorary Pallbearer, Vince Diverdi

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


Jack Wilder was born February 11, 1950 in Center, Texas to Wiley and Doris (Fleming) Wilder. He died October 22, 2015 in Longview, Texas.

Funeral Service will be held 1:00 pm, Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation is 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday, October 26, 2015 before service time.

Survivors:

Wife, Kimberly Wilder of Longview, TX

Sons:
Steven Wilder of Denver, Colorado
William Wilder of Austin, Texas
Zachary Wilder of Longview, Texas

Daughters:
Rhonda Kachilla & husband Chris of Austin, TX
Crystal Wilder & fiancé Brandon Carrington of Longview, TX

9 Grandchildren

Sisters:
Wilma Wilder of Houston, TX
Kay W. Bowers of Nacogdoches, TX

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by parents, brother; Robert Bruce Wilder and sister; Patsy Watson

Services under the directions of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas


10/22/2015

Keither Staley Dennis, 80 of Center, passed away October 22, 2015 in Baytown, Texas. He was born June 10, 1935 in Bronson, Texas to the late Dee Paul and Goldie Cook Dennis.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Monday, October 26, 2015 at County Line Baptist Church, Hwy 21 County Rd 3448, Geneva, Texas with Bishop Rev. Gaylon Taylor officiating and Rev. Carl Hall, eulogist. Burial will be in New Gasby Cemetery, Geneva under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Visitation will begin on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 9:00 am until 11:00am at County Line Baptist Church, Geneva.

Survivors:

Daughters:
Janet Lynn Dennis of Long Beach, California
Roshanda Shyrese Dennis Leonard of Victorville, California

Grandchildren: Alfred Dennis and Hypathia (Paige) Watts, Asia, China, Malaysia, London, Paris, Darius, & Demetrius Leonard

Sisters:
Thelma Carmichael
Velma Davis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Brothers:
Tommie Dennis (Evelyn) of Bellwood, Illinois
Willie Charles (W.C.) Dennis of Rosevine, TX

5 great-grand kids and a host of loving nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.

Services under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.


Vance Ethridge, 41, of Center, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015, in Center.

(Update) Services will be held at the Watson & Sons Chapel instead of at the cemetery due to the weather on Monday. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2015. Internment will be at North Jericho Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Ethridge was born January 24, 1974, in Center. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by:

Parents: Sue Chisenhall and husband, Eddie

Brothers and Sisters:
Amber Chisenhall and children
Calob Chisenhall, Cole Chandler
Nicky Ethridge and family
Taylor Colton and Makayla Ethridge
Joe Chisenhall and children
Little Joe and Krissy Chisenhall
John and Crystal Chisenhall and children
Lilly and Gavin Chisenhall

Numerous aunts, uncles and friends

Grandparents:
Jake and Sally Furlow
Paul Munn

Preceded in death by
Father: Ricky Ethridge
Brother: Mickey Ethridge
Grandparents: J.T. and Nora Johnson, Margie Munn, Tennie Johnson, Lee Munn
Uncles: Ricky Johnson, Jerry Johnson

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


James H. Templin, 83, of Houston formerly of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be prior to service on Saturday beginning at 10.

He was born May 17, 1932 in Shelby County to James Hubbard Templin and Reba “Della” Templin. He served in the US Army and the US Navy.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, James and Della Templin, Wife, Annie Marie (Brennon) Templin, Son, James Hubbard Templin, III and Sister, Betty.

He is survived by:

Companion:
Alice Taylor of Houston

Children:
Eddie Gurka & wife, Melanie of Arkansas
Rebecca Butcher & husband, David of Houston
Carlene Garrick & husband, Lynn of Montgomery
Patricia Gurka

Numerous Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
John Templin & wife, Margaret of DeQuincy, LA
Dan Templin & wife, Loyce of Hallsville

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


Sally Jo Philbrick Smith, 75, of Center, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Center with Rev. Russ Atwood and Rev. Lee Dickson officiating. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Sibley Cemetery in Florien, Louisiana.

Mrs. Smith was born July 26, 1940, in Dallas, to Charles Baxter Philbrick and Thelma Jewel Cunningham Philbrick. She graduated from Sunset high school in Dallas Texas, class of 1958. She received an undergraduate degree in education from Howard Payne University and a graduate degree in Special Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She was a homemaker, mother and teacher.

She was active in ministries to the hearing impaired early in her life, even interpreting at a Billy Graham crusade in Dallas. She was a gifted teacher of God’s word, teaching: Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Backyard Bible Clubs, Student ministry, The Esther class at First Baptist Center, and several years of Lay Renewals, Prayer Life, Master Life, Joy Seekers conferences, studies by Beth Moore and Experiencing God (for which she served in the pilot program during the writing of the original workbook).

Her life’s mission was to share Jesus with others and teach them how to know God intimately. This took her on mission trips to Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Honduras, Mexico and all over the United States. Everywhere she went became a mission field. Even while in the hospital she would tell everyone she met about the Jesus who kept her smiling through the worst of circumstances. Even in her illness she continued sharing Christ through a series of devotional books she wrote (entitled “Come Alone with Me”) recounting the activity of God in her life. In 2011 she began packing Samaritan’s Purse Christmas boxes for children in the 3rd world. She purchased the toys and goodies that would fill the boxes throughout the year, writing a personal note to each child and praying over each box. That first year she packed 20 boxes…The following year 61…then 503, 1250 and despite a late start and an early finish, she put together 630 boxes this year.

To the very end she never stopped working to build the Kingdom of God.

She is survived by
Husband of 53 years: Rev. Carl Smith of Center

Children:
Matthew Coleman Smith and wife, Brandi, of Wylie
Carla Jo Smith Denney and husband, Kurt, of Center
Jonathan Charles Smith of Atlanta, Georgia

Grandchildren:
Hannah Marie Chase
Samuel Shelton Chase
Sibley Jo Smith
Elizabeth Jewel Smith
Sydney Faith Denney
Corey Wayne Denney

Sisters:
Nancy Joy Philbrick Sague of Hawkins
Carol Lee Philbrick of Carrollton

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Charles Baxter Philbrick and Thelma Jewel Cunningham Philbrick
Sister: Doris Mae Philbrick Green
Brother-in-law: Kent Sague
Maternal Grandparents: Walter Woods and Carmen Mae Cunningham Woods
Paternal Grandparents: Alfonzo Glover Philbrick and Willie Mae Baxter Philbrick
Nephew and Niece: Mark and Linda Givens

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, c/o First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 or a charity of your choice.

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


10/21/2015

Emilye Hope Adams, 8 months old, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on October 19, 2015, in Orange.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Little Cypress Baptist Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend David Turner. A graveside service and burial will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Shelbyville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Little Cypress Baptist Church.

Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on February 21, 2015, she was the daughter of Tyler Lawayne Adams and Jacklyn Danielle Adams. Emilye was a laid back baby who loved to play with her crackle books. She enjoyed squealing, making funny noises and faces, and playing and irritating her twin sister, Brooklyn. She was so loved by many and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her parents; her twin sister Brooklyn Faith Adams; great-grandparents, Jack and Billye Bradberry, Gene and Charlene Berry, Jesse and Loretta Simmons, and James Adams; grandparents, Billy and Reatha Bradberry, and Kim and William Adams; aunts and uncles, Jessica Bradberry and significant other Teague Kowalski, Samantha and Kyle Steptoe, and Jace Bradberry and significant other Reece Beard; cousins, Easton and Anistyn Steptoe, Ruger McMahon, and numerous other cousins, friends, and extended family.

Pallbearers will be father, Tyler Adams, and uncle, Jace Bradberry.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Cameron Potter, Caleb Helander, Teague Kowalski, and uncle, Kyle Steptoe.


Mr. Johnny Ray Cooks, 42, of Tenaha passed away Saturday night, October 17, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches.

Services will be held 11am Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Wake to be held 6-8pm Friday night, October 23, 2015 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center Tx. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center with Apostle William Nash officiating.

Johnny Ray Cooks is survived by:
Mother: Lola Mae Cooks of Tenaha

Fiance: Sylvia Hodge of Gary

Daughters:
Jericka L. Moore of Tenaha
JoRhonda Cooks of Tenaha
Jasmine Cooks of Center

Sons:
Malik Cooks of Houston
John Cooks III of Gary
Joseph Cooks of Gary
Joshua Cooks of Gary

Sister: Ishamick Roland of Tenaha

3 Grandchildren


10/19/2015

Mildred I. Williamson, 87, of Baytown passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in Houston. She was born September 29, 1928 in Timpson to her late parents, Albert Porter Nelson and Lovie Crump Nelson. She was a 1947 graduate of Timpson High School.

Mrs. Williamson, better known to her loved ones as Nanny, had lived in Baytown for the last 61 years, was a member of Second Baptist Church and the Lake BMPW and was a retired Head Teller from Citizens bank with nearly 40 years of service. She enjoyed following the Houston Astros, yardwork, stained glass and reading. She was devoted to her family, acting as a short order cook, baker, nurse, cheerleader and friend to her children and many grandchildren. She loved each child and grandchild for exactly who they were and for that she was loved deeply in return. Her loss will be felt by many in many different ways but she will be remembered in every bite of chocolate sheet cake, every birthday song sung, and every pot of homemade chicken and dumplins'.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Harold Lynn Williamson. Survivors include children, Tommy Williamson and wife Linda, and Terry Williamson and wife Naomi all of Houston, Patti Carhart of Shoreacres, Donald Motley and wife Becky of Trinity, and Paula Widner and husband Michael of Cove; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015 at Navarre Funeral Home. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the funeral home with Rev. Mark Stafford officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

To view her online obituary, or post a tribute to her family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281) 422-8111.


Sidney Galbreath, 76 of Timpson, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Garrison, Texas.

He was born December 16, 1938 in Timpson, Texas to A.D. Galbreath and Lavennia (Ramsey) Galbreath.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Survivors:

Sister, Betty Jo Parker of Nacogdoches, Texas

Nieces:
Mae Dean Hahn and husband Marvin of Temple,Texas
Betty Ann Taylor of Nacogdoches, TX
Donna Hicks & husband Tim of Dallas, TX
Dee Ann Locke & husband Ron of Stafford, TX

Nephew, Max Churchman & wife Havikia of Stafford, TX

Special Cousins:
Linda Askins of Timpson, TX
Tammy Marlowe of Timpson, TX
Cathy Windham of Timpson, TX
Gerald Stanley Stamps of Timpson, TX

Aunts:
Avis Stamps of Garrison, TX
Margie Childs & husband Terrell of Garrison, TX
Alma Bridwell of Nacogdoches, TX

Numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins

Preceded in death by parents, wife; Patricia Galbreath, sister; Cynthia Churchman.

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


Inez Neilson Davis, 89, of Center, Texas passed away on October 17, 2015 in Carthage, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm with Reverend Karen Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Center, Texas. Visitation will be on Monday, October 19, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home from 5-7 pm.

Inez was born in McKinney, Texas to the late H.H. Neilson, Sr. and Mavet Thomas Neilson on February 20, 1926. She graduated from McKinney High School in 1943 and from Southern Methodist University in 1946 with degrees in Spanish and Psychology. She was also an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

Inez put her servant’s heart into practice from a very young age, and she would continue to use her God-given gifts and time to the benefit of others her entire life. She used her love of singing and dancing to help plan events and dances for returning soldiers through the U.S.O. in McKinnney following World War II.

It was a blind date, arranged by her SMU roommate, which introduced Inez to her own soldier, W.I. Davis, Jr. She and W.I. were engaged to be married in 1946, with their wedding the following year on April 5 in McKinney, Texas. Upon marriage, the couple moved to Center, Texas to start their life together, putting down roots that would spread all across East Texas.

Throughout her life, Inez lent her support to the First United Methodist Church of Center. There, she used her musical talents as a member and director of the Center First United Methodist Church Choir. She recognized the importance of practicing a strong faith, becoming an active member of the United Methodist Women. Along with Doris Parker and other members, she initiated a local nursing home ministry that continues to this day, hosting monthly birthday celebrations for the residents.

Inez and W.I. knew the value of a Christian household, and wanted to help provide an opportunity for the same Christian home environment to Texas orphans and foster children as they gave their own family. Together, Inez and W.I. supported the Methodist Children’s Home, regularly participating in Wrangler meetings for the Boys’ Ranch.

To say that Inez enjoyed fellowship with her family and community would be an understatement. She had an indescribable way of making everyone she met feel comfortable, welcomed, loved, and like an immediate addition to her family. She exuded grace, selflessness, hospitality, and impeccable southern charm to all she met. Inez possessed incredible wisdom, which she earned through an earnest and disciplined study of God’s word. Instead of using wise words, more often than not she led by example. She showed her faith through her actions, her warm smile that extended through her clear blue eyes, and her unwavering presence at all of her church ministries. The love that the Lord poured out on her she gave unselfishly to each person she encountered.

Inez shared her musical talents with the Center Music Study Club, and was a life member of the National Federation of Music Study Clubs. Inez enjoyed regularly attending state and national music club conventions. She was a charter member of the Eta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Center.

Mindful of the family legacy passed on to her, Inez joined the Nacogdoches chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She went on to leave her legacy to younger generations who look up to her, family and community alike.

Inez learned early on one of life’s most important lessons. Her life was not without illness, sorrow, or challenges, but when these trials came she did not hesitate to trust in God’s strong foundation. She continued to get up, get dressed, sing God’s praises, and greet everyone with her warm, gracious smile; a smile from the heart, and from her solid faith in God that is forever imprinted in all of our hearts.

Inez is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Neilson and Diana Ashby Davis; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Davis Griffin and Guy Griffin; grandson, Patrick Griffin and wife, Kasey; granddaughter, Kelly Griffin Wahl and husband, Wesley; grandchildren, Shannon Grammer and Larry Shoults; great-grandsons, Justin and Jason Bobbitt, numerous other relatives, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.I. Davis, Jr. and brother, Horace Neilson, Jr.

A heartfelt thanks to Marie Small, LaKendra Barnes, the caregivers of Always There Home Care, and Marion Place for their loving care of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 5010, Waco, Texas 76708 or First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.


Mary Laverne Foster, 88, of Hallsville, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Hallsville. She was born in Timpson, Texas on October 28, 1926 the daughter of Bluch and Ophelia Hayes. Graveside funeral services will be Monday, October 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson.

Mary was raised in Timpson and graduated from Timpson High School in 1944. After graduation she moved to Houston and married Herschel Foster in 1958. Mary was full of energy as she was always going and doing something. Some of her time was spent doing the things she loved: reading, gardening, painting and traveling. She was always to go to person when you needed to know something. She knew a little about a lot of things. When her grandchildren and then great grandchildren came along, they were the apples of her eye. She sure did know how to spoil them.

She is survived by her daughter: Sharron Haden and her husband J.B. of Hallsville; sister: Sherel Oleta Skinner of Houston; grandchildren: Paul Chipman and Carmen Johnson; great grandchildren: Angel Flanagan, Ariel Chipman, Chelsea Haden, Alyssa Chipman, Blake Haden, and Cale Chipman; and by two great-great grandchildren: Ellayna Haden and Sadie Kay Stone. Mary is also survived by a host of other extended family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Bluch and Ophelia Hayes, her husband Herschel Foster, daughter: Susan Oleta Foster, brother: Charles Hayes and by two great grandchildren: Chris Chipman, Jr. and Riley Hopkins.

To sign an online register or to leave a message of comfort for the family please visit www.taylorfh.net


10/16/2015

Robert Hilton Adams, Sr beloved father, brother and uncle passed away peacefully Sunday, October 11, 2015. He was 73.

He was born on December 4, 1941 to the parents of Robert Carroll Adams and Pearl Hughes Adams in Center, Texas. As the youngest child of four Robert was given the nickname "Baby Joe" which stuck with him throughout his life.

Robert "Baby Joe" was a member of the International Long Shoremans Association for over 30 years and was employed by Ceres Gulf prior to his retirement.

Robert "Baby Joe" was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Carroll Adams and Pearl Hughes Adams and two brothers, Franklin Carroll Adams and Walter Harold Adams.

Robert "Baby Joe" is survived by his two sons Robert Hilton Adams Jr and Tim Adams Riddell (Diana), two grandchildren; Granddaughter Peightyn Brenley Adams and Grandson Tim Riddell Jr., his brother and sister-in-law Jack and Mary Ann Adams, sister-in-law Shelby Adams (Franklin's widow) and a host of nieces and nephews who will forever cherish the memory of "Baby Joe."

No services are planned, a private memorial service will be held by his family at a later date.


Claire Brothers and Hicks Mortuary are announcing funeral services for Mrs. Alice Gardner, Lewis (59) of Houston, Texas. Funeral services for Mrs. Lewis will be Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Heart of Faith Ministries, 12275 Homestead Rd, Houston, Texas 77050. Mrs. Lewis died Saturday, October 10, 2015. Mrs. Lewis’ viewing starts at 9:00AM and services began 10:00AM. Bishop John and Lady Helen Baines will be officiating.

Mrs. Lewis’ local survivors are:

(2) Uncles:
Tom (Katy) Gardner of Shelbyville, Texas
Lucky (Wilda) Gardner of Center, Texas

(2) Aunts:
Betty (John) Sanders of Center, Texas
Mary Ella Gardner of Center, Texas

Graveside services will follow at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas immediately following the arrival from Houston, Texas.


10/10/2015

Carol Ann Seley Shofner, a much loved community member, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on September 29, 2015. She was seventy-eight.

Born on August 31, 1937 in Los Angeles, Carol was the firstborn child of James Harold Seley and Alice Colwell Seley. The family moved to San Marino when she was three and Carol was a San Marino resident for the rest of her life. She attended Valentine Elementary and Huntington Middle School before enrolling in Westridge School in the 9th grade.

Following her Westridge graduation in 1955, Carol attended USC where she became a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She graduated in 1959 having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

While Carol enjoyed the beach, reading, music, theater and sports, her greatest joy came from her loving relationships with her family and friends. One of her earliest passions was thoroughbred racing and she raised and raced horses for most of her life. Her parents co-owned the Los Angeles Rams for more than a decade following the team’s move to LA from Cleveland and Carol was a devoted football fan. Though he played for the Rams from 1957 through 1960, she did not begin dating her future husband, NFL wide receiver Del Shofner, until he was traded to the New York Giants. They met again when a mutual friend asked Del to tour Carol and a close friend around New York City. The couple was married in 1963 and maintained homes on both coasts until Del retired from football at the end of the 1967 season. Carol was active in many local charities including the Bishop Gooden Home, National Charity League San Marino Area Chapter, the San Marino PTA and the Trojan League.

Carol is survived by her husband Del, her daughters Laurie Corwin and Stacey Gates (Andrew), her son David, five grandchildren – Madison, Alex and Shea Corwin, Emily and Jacob Gates, her brother Jim Seley, and a large extended family.

A memorial service for Carol was held Friday, October 9 at 1:30 pm at The Wee Kirk o’ the Heather at Forest Lawn in Glendale.

Memorial donations may be made to The USC Roski School of Art and Design in Memory of Carol Ann Seley Shofner ’59 and mailed to USC, Watt Hall 104, LA, CA 90089 Attn: Lynn Miles.


Ricky C. Davis, age 50, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. Davis passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at his residence in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 1pm at True Vine Baptist Church with interment at St. Luke Cemetery with Rev. S. J. Clark, officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12:30pm until 6:30pm at Garner & Son Chapel.

Survivors:

Son, Yvenske’ Rushing of San Augustine, Texas

Mother, Mattie Ruth Davis of San Augustine, Texas

Brothers:
Ronald Davis (Patricia) of San Augustine, Texas
Kennith Davis (Gaylon) of Dallas, Texas

Sisters:
Jessica Roberts of San Augustine, Texas
Stephenie Green of Houston, Texas

As well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.


10/09/2015

Joyce E. Snelson was born in Monticello, Arkansas January 1, 1931 to Howard and Thelma Reynolds. She died October 9, 2015 in Shreveport, LA having reached the age of 84.

Services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Garrison Funeral Home Chapel, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be at Old Shady Grove Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas.

Visitations will be Sunday, October 11, 2015, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Garrison Funeral Home.

Surviving Family:

Daughter: Kay Jackson and husband David of Shreveport

Grandsons: Dave Jackson and wife Linda of Virginia
Greg Jackson and wife Christy of Alabama

4 Great Grandchildren
Numerous nieces, nephews and friends

Preceded in death by husband: J.D. Snelson, parents, 2 brothers 1 sister


10/08/2015

Allen Brown, Jr., age 64 of Nacogdoches, passed away Tuesday morning, October 6, 2015 at his home in Nacogdoches.

Services will be held Saturday, October 10th at 11am at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Wake will be Friday, October from 6pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas with Pastor A.L. Shaw officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Pamela Brown of Nacogdoches

Daughters:
Jennifer Brown of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Shornette Suell of Nacogdoches
Calythia Woods of Nacogdoches

Sons:
Allen Brown III of Collins, Mississippi
Clifton Brown of Columbus, Mississippi
Charles Brown of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Gary Suell, Jr. of Nacogdoches
Jerrard Suell of Nacogdoches

Sister, Henerrta Arrington of Collins, Mississippi

Brother, Willie Brown of Megee, Mississippi

A special brother-in-law, Sid Arrington of Collins, Mississippi

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


Earline Patterson Crawford, 99, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Powdrill Cemetery with Bro. Ed McRae officiating.

Ms. Crawford was born September 12, 1916, in Shelby County, to Floyd Patterson and Veni Haliburton Patterson. She loved to cook and spend time with her family.

She is survived by
Sons:
Don Crawford of Center
Gary “Possum” Crawford of Center

Grandchildren:
Steve Crawford and wife, Lori
Jeff Crawford

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Great Grandchildren:
Brandi Brown and husband, Chad
Lisa Eddins and husband, Daniel
Joel Crawford
Cody Crawford

Great Great Grandchildren:
Logan Brown
Cayman Brown

Preceded in death by
Husband: Earnest Henry Crawford
Infant Son
Son: Earl Crawford
Grandson: Dax Crawford
Parents: Floyd Patterson and Veni Haliburton Patterson
Brother: Hoyt Patterson
Sisters: Eleanor Rogers, Lavern Franks

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


John Wayne Armstreet, 56, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015, in Houston.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. David Long officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Mr. Armstreet was born August 18, 1959, in Houston, to Waymon E. Armstreet and Margret Gordon Armstreet. He was a member of Melrose Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Mother: Margret June Gordon Armstreet of Houston

Father: Waymon Armstreet of Houston

Aunt: Vivian Raymond of Shelbyville

Numerous cousins

Special friends:
Jackie Huery
Patsy Lowe
Lynn and Christine Raymond

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: John E. Gordon and Gladys Lurlene Swan Gordon; Wayne and Exa Armstreet

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


Eldon David Thorndyke, 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015, in Center.

Mr. Thorndyke’s wishes were to be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Thorndyke was born December 12, 1943, in Saybrook, Illinois, to Ralph V. Thorndyke and Ethel Wright Thorndyke.

He is survived by
Children:
Alana Bundrant and husband, William, of Nacogdoches
Sarah Thorndyke of Gibson City, Illinois
Misty Galyon of Iowa
Tracie Thorndyke of Joaquin

Granddaughters:
Laura Casey and husband, Jammie, of Patroon
Amanda Akridge and husband, J.C., of Center
Rachel Andrews of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Merlin Thorndyke
Lloyd Thorndyke and wife, Minnie
Butch Thorndyke and wife, Minnie

Sister: Darlene Maxwell

Great Grandchildren:
Katie Casey
Hunter Casey
Lauren Akridge
Wyatt Akridge
Jaidyn Akridge
Raylee Akridge

Honorable Son: Russell Andrews

Special thanks to Jackie Fountain and also to the staff of Holiday Nursing Home and Heart to Heart Hospice.

Preceded in death by
Mother: Ethel Wright Koerner
Father: Ralph Thorndyke
Brother: Norman Thorndyke

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


Very early in the morning of October 8, 2015, Malcolm Weaver passed away peacefully of natural causes. He was 97 years old. He was being visited and cared for by his daughter, Mary Crain, and son, Mark Weaver.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Center, Texas. A Military Honors graveside service will follow at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

Malcolm was born on June 5, 1918 in Center, Texas as the eldest son of Marion and Stella Weaver. Center was his beloved hometown and lifelong residence.

Malcolm was considered a pillar of the community as a local businessman and entrepreneur at Weaver Brothers Lumber Company and Town & Country Real Estate. Known to many as a wise counselor and advisor, he regularly helped many people with ideas, problems and life issues. Many a time, people would just come by his office at Town & Country, ask if they could just bend his ear for a few minutes or have a cup of coffee. He was a man full of sagely wisdom.

He served with distinction as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army in World War II and was involved in the European Theatre of Conflict. He was in the Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Texas before volunteering to serve in the war effort.

He met his beloved wife Connie during WWII in 1945 and a year later they married in 1946. They were happily married for 60 years until her death in 2006.

He lived on the land and house that he and Connie acquired and built in 1956 and he enjoyed raising cattle and riding horseback.

An amateur historian, Malcolm enjoyed learning and gaining understanding of the history of Center, Shelby County, Texas and our great nation. You can see even today at his offices at Town & Country his appreciation of history and its influence on how we live and work today.

Malcolm was President of Center Rotary Club from 1953 until 1954, he was President of Center Chamber of Commerce from 1957 until 1958, President of Shelby County Historical Society from 1962 until 1965, and President of Piney Woods Board of Realtors in 1970. He also served as 1st President of Gateway to Texas Charter, Sons of The Republic of Texas from 1995 until 1996.

Another of Malcolm’s loves was his involvement at Center Christian Church. He was an active participant there, serving as an Elder and on the Board of Directors.

He was on the Farmers State Bank Board of Directors for over 50 years, helping that financial institution grow and excel to become one of the premier banks in East Texas. He also served as the Director of the Texas Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.

He was a masterful storyteller often regaling all of us with a true story told with his trademark sense of humor and twinkle in his eye. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family.

Malcolm was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Weaver; brother, Martin Weaver and sister-in-law, Joy Weaver. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Crain and husband Tom Crain, of Corpus Christi, and a son, Mark Weaver and wife Mary Jean Weaver, of Woodland Park, Colorado. He has 6 grandchildren: Allison Brickley and husband Brandon, Shannon Crain, Trey Crain, Travis Weaver, Meagan Weaver and John Mark Weaver. He has a great granddaughter, Joy Brickley.

Special thanks to the wonderful staff and employees of Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center, Texas along with our loving caregivers Sheila Polly and Shelena Bluford who assisted in the care of Malcolm for over 7 years. Special thanks also to Jodi Fountain, Office Manager at Town & Country Real Estate, along with all the Realtors and staff who hold a special place in all our hearts as they loved Malcolm so well.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation or contribution to the First Christian Church of Center, Texas or the Shelby County Historical Society in Center, Texas.

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


Wanda Forbis, 86, of Lufkin, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at her residence.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at Short Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Forbis was born April 7, 1929, in Shelby County, to Harvey Hughes and Willie Mae Collins Hughes. She was a fabulous seamstress, able to sew just about anything. Ms. Forbis was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Daughter: Sharron Parrozzo of Lufkin

Grandchildren:
Nova S. Casterlin and husband, James, of Minnesota
Dan and David Parrozzo of Tyler

Special Cousin: Wynnell Lawson of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Special Friends:
Larry Townsend of Huntington
Michael Williams of Lufkin

Preceded in death by
Husband: Raymond Maurice Forbis
Parents: Harvey Hughes and Willie Mae Collins Hughes

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


Bro. Calvin Permenter passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant. Born in 1940 to Eldredge & Mildred Permenter and raised in Shelby County, Texas.

Calvin surrendered to the ministry at the age of 16 and attended Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary, earning his Master of Divinity degree. After fifty years of faithful service in the ministry, Bro. Permenter was awarded an honorary doctorate from TBI.

In 1961, Calvin married Vivian Gordon and they raised three daughters. In 1996, Calvin married Myra Jean, thereby adding two sons and two daughters to the family.

After retiring from the ministry, Bro. Calvin enjoyed gardening, shelling peas and spending time with family.

He is survived by:

Wife, Myra Permenter

Children:
Paula and Billy Duggan
Angie and Mike Edwards
Debbie and Larry Johns
Donald and Freda Jean
Dana Jean
Dale Jean
Darla and Ryan Brunson

Grandchildren: Kendall  and Sarah Edwards, Kaitlin and Will Palmer, Kayla Edwards, Kassi Edwards, Aaron Johns, Daniel Johns, Mitchell and Brandi Jean, Sarah Jean, Holly Jean, Allix and Trevor Ruby, Tyler Jean & Kelsey Jean.

Bro Permenter was especially proud of his 5 great-grandchildren, Ramzee and McCoy Edwards and Maggie, Anna and Sawyer Jean.

Sisters:
Barbara Lout
Peggy Parker

Preceded in death by parents and infant sister, Jimmie Lucille Permenter.

Funeral services will be held at Bogota Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday October 10, 2015at 2:00 PM. Visitation is Friday October 9, 2015 from 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Chapel. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home.

An online registry is available at batescoopersloanfuneral home.com


10/06/2015

Mary Edith Foster, 78, of Van, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015, in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015, at New Hope Cemetery in Shelby County, with Bro. Jim Pickens officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Ms. Foster was born December 13, 1936, in Center, to Babe Harris and Paula Satterwhite Harris. She loved gardening, cooking and horseracing. Ms. Foster was proud to say that she was an Apache Belle at Tyler Junior College. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Son: Davis Foster and wife, Debbie, of Van

Daughter: Catherine Hitt and husband, Dwayne, of Fort Worth

Grandsons:
Trey Foster
Cory Foster
Bryan Foster

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Caren Foster Butler
Parents: Babe Harris and Paula Satterwhite Harris
Brothers: Jimmy Harris, George Harris

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 211 North Porter, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Laura (Nell) Phillips was born October 20, 1937 in Garrison, Texas to Hollis Jopling and Mary (McFadden) Jopling, she passed away October 6, 2015 in Garrison, Texas having reach the age of 77 years.

Service will be 2:00 o’clock, Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be before service time 12:00 pm-2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church. There will be a private burial following the service.

Survivors are:

Son: Danny Phillips and wife Belinda of Garrison, Texas

Daughter: Debbie Mosher and husband Roger of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Grandchildren:
Carla Moreax
Jason Stewart and wife Jaclyn
Blake Phillips and wife Kasey
Danielle Phillips

7 Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by husband: Jerry Phillips
Parents: Hollis and Mary (McFadden) Jopling

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice nurse, Dayla Simms, Hospice Aid, Daisy and Johnnie Jopling, Kelly Graves, Barbara McDonald and Ruby Colle.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society


10/03/2015

Roxy L. Anderson, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015, in Center.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on October 27, 2015 at Strong Cemetery.

Mrs. Anderson was born August 2, 1933, in Jasper County, Illinois, to Herman Forthman and Roxy Clagg Forthoman. During her life she worked as a waitress and housewife.

He is survived by
Husband:
Allen Anderson of Shelbyville, Texas

Daughter:
Virginia Anderson of Effingham, Illinois

Son:
Wesley Anderson of Naperville, Illinois

Grandchildren:
Ashley Ford
Cory Anderson
Ryan Anderson
Nick Anderson
Jackie Anderson

4 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by her Parents

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


10/02/2015

Jerry Donald Hammers, 66, of Timpson, Texas passed away on Friday October 2, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on April 7, 1949, in Center, Texas, the son of the late Emrie Hammers and Sylvia Malke. Visitation will be Sunday October 4, 2015, 5-7 PM at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas. Services will be held on October 5, 2015 at 10AM at Taylor Funeral Home, with Bro. Larry Stegall officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Born and raised in Shelby County, Jerry graduated Timpson High School Class of 1967. He then served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After serving his military time Jerry went to work for Union Pacific Railroad and worked for over 40 years before retiring. Jerry was a very social person; he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially if his children or grandchildren were involved. He loved living on the lake, growing flowers, and gardening. Spending time outdoors was a favorite for Jerry.

Jerry was a member of the American Legion Post #90 in Timpson, Texas. He was a Master Mason Timpson Lodge #437.

Jerry is survived by:
Son: Jeremy Hammers, of Timpson, Texas

Daughters:
Jena Westmoreland and husband, John, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Chelsea Cooper and husband, Josh, of Timpson, Texas

Brother: Gary Sterling of Jasper, Texas

Sisters:
Shirley Guidry, of Plano, Texas
Darlyn Friskel and husband John, of St. Louis, MO
Elaine Barnes of Plano, Texas

7 grandchildren:
Jaxon Westmoreland
Jasper Westmoreland
Jolie Westmoreland
Kayden Cooper
Avery Hammers
Hailey Hammers

and a host of friends and family that will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emrie Hammers and Sylvia Malke.

Pallbearers for Jerry will be Gary Duckworth, Jim Powers, Leland Moore, Robert Bell, Henry Spies, Randy Graves, Mike Bradshaw, and Gerald Mackey.

Honorary pallbearer is John Amos.

Family would like to thank Leah Brasher, RN, with Hospice of East Texas and the entire 2nd Floor staff at Nacogdoches Medical Center for the love, care, and support given during our time of need.

The family of Jerry Donald Hammers is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net


10/01/2015

Edsel Lee Warr, 80, of Center, passed away October 1, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha with military honors given Fort Hood Honor Guards. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 10, 1935 in Shelby County to Von and Mecie (Lucas) Warr. He retired from Tyson Foods after 40 years of service. He served in the US Army. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Von and Mecie Warr, Brothers, Zelmo, Elroy & James Warr and Sister, Mae.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Jo Warr of Center

Daughter:
Janette Malecha & Todd of Gary

Daughter & Son-in-law:
Julie & Chuck Greear of Tenaha

Step Daughter:
Dawn & David Pickerel of Keithville, LA
Debbie Bishop of Tenaha

Step Son:
Mike & D.D. DuBose of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Hayden Greear & wife, Stacie of Joaquin
Haley Greear of Tenaha
Marisa, Alyssa & Jazz Malecha of Gary
Melissa McLeod & husband, Jonathan of Shreveport, LA
Michaela Pickerel of Keithville, LA
David DuBose of Shreveport, LA
Zakkery DuBose & wife, Jennie of Dallas
Shane Shriver & wife, Heather of Center
Macy Fitzgerald of Tenaha

Great-Grandchildren:
Gunner, Layne, A.J., Chase, Saraya, Logan & Kutter

Brothers:
Harold Warr & wife, Maudia of Center
Loyd Warr & wife, Diane of Wichita Falls

Sister:
Wynell Brown of Lufkin

Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law:
Peggy Maxey of Zwolle, LA
Winnie Preston & husband, John of Center
Trudie Willis & husband, Thomas of Diana
Roseann Rideout & husband, David of Nacogdoches
Nora Lou Robinson & husband, Wade of Joaquin
Ruby Everitt of Center

Pallbearers:
Johnny Roy Mosby, Kevin Jones, Marlin Jones,
Ronny Perry, Tommy Lowery & Greg Hubbard
Honorary Pallbearers:
Rogers Yarborough & Ray Jones


Howard Glenn Wagstaff, 73, passed away Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, at the Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Visitation will be Friday, October 2, 2015 at Boone Funeral Home on Meriwether Rd in Shreveport, LA from 5-7 pm. A military honors graveside service will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley, TX at 11 am with Pastor Chris Willcutt of Grawood Baptist Church officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Phyllis Fittz Wagstaff of Keithville, LA

Son, Chad Wagstaff & wife Tonya of Shreveport, LA

Daughter, Shelley LaRoe & husband Brandon of Haughton, LA

Sister, Sandra McDonald & husband Doug of Tenaha, TX

Grandchildren: Aaron Wyatt, Emily Perkins, Noah Wagstaff, Hannah Wagstaff, Hunter LaRoe, and Avery LaRoe

Numerous nephews, cousins, aunts & uncles and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lacy & Frances Wagstaff and brother, Jimmy Wagstaff.

Donations may be made to Grawood Baptist Church 5841 Colquitt Rd, Keithville, LA or Gideon’s International.

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09/30/2015

Samuel Leroy Hickman, 70 of Joaquin, passed away Friday evening, September 25, 2015 at Pine Grove Nursing Center.

Services will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 1pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 165 East Saddle Street, Joaquin, Texas. Wake Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6pm-8pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Interment to follow at Haslem Cemetery in Joaquin with Pastor Sherman Graham officiating.

He is survived by:

Uncle, Lonnie McDaniels of Joaquin

Nieces:
Teresa Salone of Joaquin
Debra Jordan of Center
Jeanette White of Joaquin

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


Bob Dean, 80, of Mont Belvieu, formerly of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Dean was born October 3, 1934, in Shelby County, to S.L. Dean and Essie May Tindol Dean. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed gardening. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Barbara Eppes Dean of Mont Belvieu

Children:
Bobby Hugh Dean Jr. and wife, Brenda, of Center
Tommy Dean and wife, Zettie, of Center
Vickie Smith and husband, Sammy, of Hardin

Sister-in-law: Laretta Dean of Shelbyville

Sisters:
Mary Jo Phillips of Huxley
Barbara Jean Ross of Center

Grandchildren:
Bobby Hunter Dean
Brandy Dean
Dr. Carmon Roberts and husband, Darren
Jeff Smith and wife, Ashley
Kristi Mullins and husband, Jake

Great Grandchildren:
Case Ryan Roberts
David Warthen
Landon Smith
Justin Smith
Cheyenne Mullins
Baby Mullins on the way

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: S.L. Dean and Essie Mae Tindol Dean
Brother: Bib Dean
Brothers-in-law:
Dan Phillips
Billy Don Ross

Pallbearers will be Sammy Furlow, Keith Devers, Randy Joe Dean, Bobby Hunter Dean, Jeff Smith, Jake Mullins, Sammy Smith, Eric Lane and Mike Bylie.

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


09/29/2015

Funeral services for Mrs. Flora Mae Cartwright (56), of Center, Texas will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11:00am at the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (623 MLK Drive, Center, Texas). Rev. Charlvin Doty of the Kingdom Christ in Center of Jacksonville, Texas will be officiating.

Mrs. Cartwright’s survivors are:
Sons:
Jasper Pettigrew of Center, Texas
Ala Cartwright of Center, Texas
James Cartwright of Nacogdoches, Texas
Willie Earl (Nenita) Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas

Daughters:
Pam Pettigrew of Center, Texas,
Alice Cartwright, Henderson of Jacksonville, Texas
Peggie Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas
Linda K. Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas
Loretta (Charlvin) Doty of Pflugerville, Texas

A Very Special Grandson: DeShon Pettigrew

Mother: Gloria Pettigrew of Center, Texas

Brother: Johnny Pettigrew of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Ernestine Pettigrew of Houston, Texas
Ann Marie Pettigrew

Aunts:
Margie Bennett
Mozelle Smith

Visitation on October 2, 2015 at Hicks Chapel from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. Final Placement Britton Creek Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas (East Hamilton Community). Repass Bright Morning Star Baptist Church. Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary in Center, Texas.


Mr. Poston Smith, age 79, of Houston, Texas passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 in Houston, Texas. He was a native of San Augustine, Texas

Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 12-noon at True Vine Baptist Church with interment to follow at Bluford Town Cemetery with Rev. Fred Dade, Officiating Minister.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 2, 2015 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner and Son Chapel.

Survivors:
Brother: Ernest R. Smith of Barstow, California

Sister-in-law: Ruby L. Smith of Texarkana, Texas

Nieces:
Jacqueline D. Smith
De’Chandra Mysheia Harris

Nephews:
Lawrence Jones III
Bonnie J. White
Wallace D. Smith
Carlos E. Smith
Allen L. Smith
Obie L. Smith
Jeffery S. Smith
Frank W. Smith-Garner

As well as host of Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews, other relatives and friends.


Glenn E. Prince, 93, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015, in Nacogdoches, on the night of lunar trifecta – lunar eclipse, super moon and blood moon.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. George Laboyteaux and Rev. Hiram Melton officiating. Military honors graveside service will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Shelby County under the direction of VFW Post 8904. A reception will be held at the VFW Hall on Highway 96 North, in Center, for family and friends, following the graveside service.

Mr. Prince was born November 26, 1921, in Timpson, to Joel Prince and April Ellen Ellis Prince. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Prince loved gardening and had numerous fruit trees. He played with many bands in the ‘40’s and continued his love for music all of his life. He taught his sons how to play the guitar and other instruments. Mr. Prince also enjoyed reading and teaching the Bible. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Shelby County. Mr. Prince loved Shelby County, where he enjoyed spending the latter part of his life. He was a very kind and patient person.

He is survived by
Wife: Maurine Prince of Joaquin

Children:
Shirley Y. Prince of Conroe
Helen G. King and husband, C.W., of Conroe
Jimmy G. Prince of New Caney
Roger D. Prince of Conroe

Stepson: James Wayne Barton of Joaquin

Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren

Special Caregivers:
Vonda
April
Joyce
Rhonda

Preceded in death by
Wife: Cordelia Adell Williford Prince
Sister: Jane Vanoy
Brother: Littleton Prince
Stepdaughter: Shirley Ann Husband

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


Spencer Parker, 75, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Lamar Denby Jr. officiating. Graveside service will be held at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Billy Windham officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Parker was born August 2, 1940, in Center, to O.L. Parker Jr. and Lois Wilburn Parker. He loved to hunt and fish. Mr. Parker was a fishing guide on Toledo Bend for many years. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Full-Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by
Sister: Wanda Reynolds of Buna

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son:
Spencer Shane Parker

Daughters:
Ceresa Jo Parker
Sherrie Lynn Parker

Parents:
O.L. Parker Jr. and Lois Wilburn Parker

Sisters:
Virginia McDonald
Marceline Green
Bernadine Creech
Pallbearers will be Grant McDonald, Jason McDonald, Nathan Lynch, Tommy Hailey, Ricky Hailey and Kyle Steptoe. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Lynch, Merlin McDonald, Brad Bass, Chad Bass, Gary McDonald, Larry McDonald, Greg McDonald, Troy Risinger, William “Cotton” Wilburn and Brodie Steptoe.

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


Graveside service for Mr. David Michael Francis, 37, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Mr. Francis was born September 14, 1978, in Longview, TX, to David Anthony Francis and Nancy Murray Francis. He enjoyed all sports, especially baseball. David was an avid baseball fan. He loved the outdoors, spending time shopping, and found joy taking care of animals.

He is survived by:
Father: David Anthony Francis, and wife, Beverly of Garrison, Texas

Mother: Nancy Murray Francis of Tyler, Texas

Brother: Garret Francis of Austin, Texas

Sister, Jessica Lauren Rakestraw of Tyler, Texas.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Horace and Johnnie Francis; and uncle, Horace “Scooter” Francis Jr.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


09/28/2015

Glenn Edward Prince, 93, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.


Funeral services for Mrs. Jean Sunday Beard, 71, of Houston, TX, will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, September 28, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Jeff Phillips and Smokey Beard officiating. Interment to follow in the Cold Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Garrison, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Mrs. Beard was born October 7, 1943, in Houston, TX. Jean was the daughter of Pauline Nichols Sunday and the late Leonard Ted Sunday. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Jean enjoyed spending time with the ones she loved dearly, working crossword puzzles and reading in her leisure time.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Carl; son, Darren Palmer and wife Sandra of Carlisle, TX; mother, Pauline Sunday; grandchildren, Chirstopher Hollnagel, Kelly Frazier, Kelsey Frazier, and Thomas Frazier; great grandchildren, Ricky Carroll, Noah Hollnagel, Hannah Hollnagel, Chrissy Hollnagel, CJ Hollnagel, Xander Hollnagel, Guy Frazier, Keith Frazier, Collan Frazier, Colton Frazier, BryLee Ard, BreeAnna Ard, and Kayden Hassley; brother, Henry Sunday; several nephews and a host of family and friends who will miss her greatly.

Mrs. Beard was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Ted Sunday; son, Douglas Beard; daughter, Tammy Beard Frazier; grandson, Dustin Hollnagel; granddaughter, Samantha Frazier.

Pallbearers are Christopher Hollnagel, Thomas Frazier, Ricky Carroll, Noah Hollnagel, Bo Jack Milford and Sandy Beard.

Honorary pallbears are Smokey Beard, Michael Beard, and Ben Frazier.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


09/25/2015

David Jansen, 64, of Center, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday, September 26, 2015 starting 11 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born December 12, 1950 in Shelby County to Clyde and Cloteal (Elshire) Jansen. He was a truck driver for many years. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Clyde & Cloteal Jansen, Sister, Marie Ward, Brothers, Billy Clyde Jansen, John Thomas Jansen and Bobby Frank Jansen, Infant Brother, Vernon Glen Jansen, Father-in-law, Esco Rhame and Mother-in-law & husband, Bobbie & Buddy Brittain.

He is survived by:

Wife of almost 47 years, Sue (Rhame) Jansen of Center

Son & Daughter-in-law, Bryan & Angie Jansen of Tenaha

Grandson, Drake Jansen of Huxley

Daughter-in-law, Linda Jansen of Huxley

Great-Grandchildren: Lilly, Caidi & Aiden

Sister, Helen Holloway of Broadus

Sister-in-law, Lula Belle Danley of Joaquin

Brother-in-law, Jimmy Rhame & wife, Betty Mae of Center

Sister-in-law, Tammy Lewis & husband, Wayne of Center

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers: Wesley Rhame, Evan Lutz, Ricky Ward, Larry Frank Jansen, Vance Holloway & Kris Rhame

Honorary Pallbearer: Jimmy Rhame

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


09/23/2015

Lurline Hancock Weatherly, age 86 years, went to be with her Lord and Savior, on September 19, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2015, at Garrison Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 25, 2015, at Garrison Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Preston Weatherly officiating, assisted by Jerry Weatherly. Graveside service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery on I-45 in Houston with Rev. Bill Bridges officiating.

Ms. Weatherly was born in Garrison, Texas, on September 17, 1929, to Herman Hancock and Lilly Bell Rector Hancock. Her mother went to be with the Lord when she was four years old. Her father married her step-mother, Bernice Kruse Hancock, who raised her until she married at the age of 15 years, to her husband, Jack Weatherly. They married after World War II and their marriage lasted 68 years.

They eventually moved to Houston, Texas, where they spent the early part of their lives raising their son, Jack, Ray, Jr., and daughter, Mary. While living in Houston, Lurline’s life was filled with family, service to the Lord, her church and helping anyone that she could. There were many times that family and friends would stay with them while they got an education, looked for work or whatever the case may have been. She never passed up an opportunity to tell family and friends about God and His love for them.

Lurline and Jack moved back to Garrison, in 1971 and Jack opened his own welding business. She was still involved in the church and became known as Miss WMU (Woman’s Missionary Union) in Shelby-Doches Association, where she served many years. Mission work was a deep part of her life. She was part of a mission trip to Brazil and also in helping start two new churches, one in Houston and one in Nacogdoches.

Lurline Weatherly is survived by
Daughter: Mary Weatherly Bridges and husband, Rev. Bill J. Bridges

Grandchildren:
Kris Bridges and wife, Grace
Brandie Carter and husband, Gary
Kristi Walker and husband, Billy-Bob

7 Great-Grandchildren

Foster-daughter: Marcell Moore

Half Sister: Helen Hammer

Half Brothers:
Herbert Hancock
Hubert Hancock
Huey Hancock

Preceded in death by
Husband: Jack Ray Weatherly, Sr.
Son: Jack Ray Weatherly, Jr.
Brother: Gene Hancock
Half Sister: Lois Hancock Arron

Pallbearers will be Stephen Hancock, Michael Hammer, Kade Hammer, Byron Hancock, Alex Hancock and Eddie Rodriquez.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to East Texas Baptist Family Ministries in Timpson, Texas.

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

09/22/2015

Stephen Ray Milam, 66, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at his residence.

His wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later time.

He was born October 21, 1948 in Brownwood, Texas to Melvin Ray and Eula Ray (Williams) Milam. He served in the Marine Corps.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Bill Milam.

He is survived by:

Son: Justin Milam of Carthage

Mother: Eula Milam of Joaquin

Sister: Kitty Stevanna Milam of Deberry

Nephews:
Bo Risinger of Joaquin
Joshua Frazier of Deadwood

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


09/21/2015

Marion Ronnie Kendrick Sr., 66, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 21, 2015, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel.

Mr. Kendrick was born October 13, 1948, in Houston, to J.C. Kendrick and Agnes Davenport Kendrick.

He is survived by
Sons:
Ronnie Kendrick Jr. of Bossier City, Louisiana
Joey Kendrick and wife, Michelle, of Mansfield, Louisiana
Dewayne Kendrick of Mansfield, Louisiana
Terry Kendrick of Joaquin

11 Grandchildren

11 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Donnie Walker of Bossier City, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: J.C. Kendrick and Agnes Davenport Kendrick

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


09/20/2015

Wellington “Red” Allison Jr., 78, of Center, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 21, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Jerry Green officiating. A military honors graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center under the direction of VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Allison was born April 12, 1937, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Wellington Franklin Allison Sr. and Olga Fallier Allison. He served in the United States Air Force, where he assisted in developing and designing protective equipment used by United States Military during chemical warfare. Mr. Allison loved fishing, woodworking and working in his yard. He was of the Lutheran faith.

He is survived by
Wife of 59 years: Peggy Allison of Center

Children:
William Allison and wife, Amie, of Massillon, Ohio
David Allison of Center
Michelle Hughes and fiancé, Thomas Derbin, of Nacogdoches
Michael Allison of Center

Grandchildren:
Rachele
Billy
David
Daniel
Nichole
Derek
Josh

6 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Dorcas Hover of Tucson, Arizona

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Wellington Franklin Allison Sr. and Olga Fallier Allison
Sister: Patricia McKimie

Pallbearers will be Michael Allison, Jesse Campbell, Derek Hughes, Radar Frantsen, Thomas Derbin and John Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Allison, William Allison and David Allison.

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


Richard “Rick” Kennon, 58, of Center, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Clever Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born July 25, 1957 in Center to Drue Edwin Kennon, Sr. and Edna Gay (Sigler) Kennon. He was a member of Clever Creek Baptist Church. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1975. He was a market manager for Brookshire Brothers in Hemphill and he also was a butcher for Brookshire Brothers in Center.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Drue Edwin Kennon, Sr., Grandparents, Willie E. Kennon & Ibera “Doll” Stewart Kennon, Norman Nathaniel Sigler & Ola Gay (Howard) Sigler & Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, A.C. & Emma Newman.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Judy Kennon of Center

Son:
John Kennon & wife, Lindsey of Nacogdoches

2 Granddaughters:
Carson & Emerson Kennon

Mother:
Edna Kennon of Center

3 Brothers:
Drue Kennon, Jr. & wife, Maureen of Center
Gene Kennon & wife, LaDonna of Center
Bobby Kennon & wife, Lisa of Center

Sister:
Debbie Kennon Welch & husband, Gordon of Shelbyville

Nieces & Nephews:
William Kennon & wife, Crystal of Tuscan, AZ
Kelly Kennon Berry & husband, Steven of Shelbyville
Wendy Kennon Justus & husband, Levi of Center
Christy Kennon Curtis & husband, William of Center
Lanie Welch of Lubbock

Numerous Great-Nieces & Nephews, Aunts & Uncles & a host of friends

Pallbearers:
Steven Berry, Hunter Berry, Wesley Berry,
Avery Liker, Will Curtis and Levi Justus

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


09/18/2015

Elie Arthur Tomlin, 92, of Center, passed away Friday, September 18, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, September 21, 2015, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center with Tim Perkins officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Tomlin was born December 28, 1922, in Center, to Jacob Arthur Tomlin and Maude Stephens Tomlin. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Tomlin loved spending time outdoors and especially enjoyed gardening. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ.

He is survived by:

Sons:
Danny Tomlin and wife, Barbara, of Center
Jim Tomlin and wife, Cathy, of Center

Daughters:
Dianne Tomlin of Nacogdoches
Kathy Hagan of Nacogdoches
Jeannette Bonner and husband, Randy, of Joaquin
Paula Spann and husband, Chuck, of Center

Grandchildren:
Anthony Tomlin
Josh Tomlin
Robert Tomlin
Tabitha Cooper
Ashley Chandler
Taylor Tomlin
Zachary Bonner
David Bonner
Willie Spann

15 Great Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Maxine Anthony Tomlin
Parents: Jacob Arthur Tomlin and Maude Stephens Tomlin
Numerous Brothers and Sisters

Pallbearers will be Anthony Tomlin, Josh Tomlin, Zachary Bonner, David Bonner, Willie Spann and Taylor Tomlin. Honorary pallbearers will be Tabitha Cooper and Ashley Chandler.

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


Linda LeBlanc Harris, 73, of Shreveport, Louisiana, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015, in Shreveport.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Tim Perkins officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Harris was born February 27, 1942, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Wallace LeBlanc and Bessie Freeman LeBlanc. She loved flower gardening and taking care of her animals.

She is survived by
Daughter: Leslie Dennis and husband, Brandon, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Granddaughter: Alexis Harris of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sisters:
Dara LeBlanc of Gonzales, Louisiana
Joyce LeBlanc Kennedy of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Beverly LeBlanc Aucoin of Central, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Wallace LeBlanc and Bessie Freeman LeBlanc
Son: Berch Harris

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a local animal rescue or shelter or one of the following organizations:
American Cancer Society
PO Box 22718
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718

American Diabetes Association
PO Box 11454
Alexandria, Virginia 22312

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


09/15/2015

Funeral services for Mrs. Angeleen Osby, 67, of Houston, Texas will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 at New Faith Church located, 3711 West Orem Drive, Houston, Texas 77045, 11:00am with Bro. Norris Edward Cloudy officiating.

Survivors include:

Daughters:
Evette Osby
Lisa Osby Ford of Houston, Texas

Mother: Mrs. Lola B Phillips of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Kathy Mosby of Humble, Texas
Ilene Eaden of Nacogdoches, Texas

Visitation will be at New Faith Church from the hours of 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

Burial will be at Paradise South in Houston, Texas

Announcing are Richardson Mortuary 3201 Brookfield Drive Houston, Texas & Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas


Funeral services for Mr. Dalton Pate, 103, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment to follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Timpson, TX (Silas) community. Visitation for family and friends will be at 1PM, Wednesday , September 16, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Mr. Pate was born September 18, 1911, in Arcadia Community. Dalton was the son of the late Willie Bruce and Myrtie Pate. Dalton was a simple man with no aspirations of fame or fortune. He lived his life by the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. He loved his family and he loved his Lord. His Bible was almost exclusively his reading material.

He was born into farm life and never lost his love of planting and watching things grow. Anyone passing by his house in the spring would have seen him in his garden, well up into his late 90's, pushing his "idiot plow" or chopping that last sprig of grass. About the only thing that would get him out of the garden in the spring was an invite of "let's go fishing". Dalton loved to fish, it didn't matter if he caught a 5 lb bass or a hand size perch.

In the fall you might see his truck on the side of some back road. He would be in the woods with his 22 Rifle, or his 16 gauge in later years, and his dog, hunting squirrels. He would have some mutt that someone gave him, or a stray that turned up at his house, it didn't matter. Dalton would have it treeing squirrels in short order. Dalton didn't kill for the sake of killing, he loved squirrel dumplings. Biscuits, dumplings, and just about anything sweet and he was "good to go".

Dalton Pate is survived by:

Sisters:
LaVerne Pate Hughes
Orine Pate Ingram

Son: Robert Glyndon Pate, and wife, Helen of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Debra Pate Smith, and husband, Paul of Timpson
Darryl Pate, and wife, Debra of Crystal Beach
Donna Pate of Timpson

7 great-grandchildren

13 great-great-grandchildren

Many relatives friends, and loved ones that will miss him greatly

Dalton Pate is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Bruce and Myrtie Pate; his wife, LaVennie Darnell Pate; four brothers, Arvel, R.C. William, and Pershing Pate; and three sisters, LaMerle Monkres, Oleta Darnell, and Willie Day Green.

Pallbearers are Chad Pate, Jacob Duke, Cody Bailey, Michael Smith, Andy Terry, and Bobby Yarborough.

Honorary pallbears are Billy Magness, and George Duke.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


09/14/2015

Ursula M. Soto, 84, of Center, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family, Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 17, 2015, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center. Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Soto was born October 21, 1930, in San Benito, to Antonio Munoz and Joaquina Maria deJesus Munoz. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Center.

She is survived by
Children:
Ralph Soto Jr. and wife, Rhonda
Vangie McGraw
Jane Smith and husband, Ed
Roland Soto and wife, Donna
Raul Soto
Rey Soto
Raymond Soto and wife, Bonnie
Ruben Soto
Ramiro Soto
Rudy Soto and wife, Leslie
Moses Soto and wife, Alicia
Jackie Soto and wife, Kristle
Mary Walker
Rose Mangrum and husband, Mike

42 Grandchildren

77 Great-Grandchildren

3 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Husband: Rafael Soto Sr.
Daughters: Linda Soto, Helen Soto Simmons
Grandsons: Ramon Soto, Adam Heady
Great Grandsons: Ramon Soto, Jr.
Parents: Antonio Munoz and Joaquina Maria deJesus Munoz
Sons-in-law: Vince Walker, Tom McGraw, Denny Heady

Pallbearers will be Ralph Soto, Ruben Soto, Raul Soto, Ramiro Soto, Roland Soto, Rudy Soto, Raymond Soto and Moses Soto. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Heady, Raul Soto, Ralfie Soto, Ray Soto, Justin Williams, Eric Williams, Jacob Soto and Ruben Soto Jr.


Murry Lee Rodgers, 48, of Martinsville, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at Martinsville Cemetery in the Martinsville Community of Nacogdoches County.

Mr. Rodgers was born August 7, 1967, in Houston, to Murry Edgar Rodgers and Lamar Martin Rodgers.

He is survived by
Sons:
Chase Rodgers and Holly Stewart
Bradley Rodgers and fiancé, Courtney Martin
Nicholas Cheek and Laura McGee

Grandchildren:
Connor Wade and MacKenzie Grace Nichols

Sister: Nora Williams and husband, Thomas

Nieces & Nephews:
Delania Williams Manchack
Sarah Abriele Manchack
Thomas Clay Manchack
Lane Garrett Manchack
Thomas Shane Williams
Jessica Victoria Williams
Logan Creed Williams

Brother: Don Lane Stelzer

Special Friends:
Kay Rodgers
Jackie Berg

Numerous cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Samuel Mason Rodgers
Parents: Murry Edgar Rodgers and Lamar Martin Rodgers

Pallbearers will be Trey Williams, Clark Paul Williams, Tom Adams, Jerry Hancock, J.T. Mervin and Mike Fancher. Honorary pallbearers will be Clay Manchack and Mitch Martin.

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


09/11/2015

Evalyn Thomas, 86, of Center, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Memorial service is set for Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.

She was born January 16, 1929 in Lockney, Texas to Charlie Joe and Elizabeth (Carver) McCollum. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Center. She volunteered for the Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Charlie & Elizabeth McCollum, Daughter, Ellory Ann Thomas, Grandson, William Bruce Horton, Brother, Robert Willard McCollum, Step Grandson, Keith Dwayne Simmonds and Step Grandson, Robert Mitchell Simmonds.

She is survived by:
Son:
Joe Horton & wife, Carolyn of Center
Daughter:
Geneva Lambeth & husband, Charles of Baytown
Son:
Elroy Eugene Thomas & wife, Patricia of San Diego, CA
Son:
Charles D. Thomas & wife, Kathleen of Houston
6 Grandchildren
Numerous Great Grandchildren & Great Great Grandchildren

In Lieu of flowers family request donations can be made to Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

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


09/10/2015

Dorothy McGinty, 94, of Center, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2015, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Pat Windham officiating. Visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home prior to the graveside service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. McGinty was born December 22, 1920, in Throckmorton, to Jesse Blackshear and Ina Lee Blackshear. She was a member of Center Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Daughter: Ina Bass of Center

Grandchildren:
Kenneth Shahan and wife, Sarah, of Center
Justin Shahan of Boston, Massachusetts
Cherie Rudd and husband, Randy, of Center

4 Great Grandchildren

8 Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Husband: Horace McGinty
Parents: Jesse Blackshear and Ina Lee Blackshear
Two Brothers
One Sister

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


Quinnella Latrece Harper, age 32 of Nacogdoches, passed away Tuesday morning, September 8, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. Services will be held at 1pm Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Abundant Love Ministries in Center, Texas. Interment will be at Thompson Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas with Bishop Howard Cloudy officiating.

She is survived by:

Father, R.C. Harper of Center

Brothers:
Robert Carl Cooper of Timpson, Texas
Reggie Harper of Lufkin, Texas
Charleston Patton of Atlanta, Georgia
Gus Johnson of Center, Texas
Rodriquez Harper of Nacogdoches, Texas
Gregg Harper of Nacogdoches, Texas
Anthony Harper of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Exie Nash of Nacogdoches, Texas
Machelle McCollister of Center, Texas

Honorary Pallbearers : Charlton Patton, Gregory Harper, Rodriguez Harper, Anthony Harper, Gustarvise Harper, Reginald Harper and Robert Cooper

Active Pallbearers
Cousins and friends of the family

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


Benita Joyce Ratcliff, 46, of Center, TX passed away on Tuesday, September 8th at Nacogdoches Medical Center. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and grandmother. She was a very humorous person and was always the life of family gatherings, keeping everyone on their toes. We will miss her very much.

Memorial Services for Benita Ratcliff will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (Loop 500 Center, TX on Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m. officiating Harold Jackson

Survivors
Husband: Quincy Ratcliff of Center TX
Mother: Annie Berry of Center TX
Step-father: John Berry of Pineland, TX
2 Sons: Quincy Ratcliff of Tyler TX and Tevin Ratcliff of Center, TX
4 Stepchildren: Yolanda Ratcliff of Houston, TX, Jessica Ratcliff of Dallas, TX, Mark Ratcliff of Huntsville, TX, and Christopher Hubbard of Center, TX
1 grandchild and 7 step-grandchildren
4 Sisters: Linda Black (Melvin) of Center, TX, Fannie Smith (Michael) of Center, TX, Rita Williams (Deon) of Center, TX and Pamela Suell (Marlon) of Shelbyville, TX
6 Brothers: Jerry Polk (Jan) of Mansfield, LA, Gene Polk (Valerie) of Pineland, TX, Jeremy Berry of Pineland, TX, Castle Moore (Dianne) of San Augustine, TX, Robert McCoy (Charlotte) of Dallas, TX, and Pete Moore (Annie) of Houston.

A host of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by:
Sister: Janice Polk
Father: Clinton Garrett

Services under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home


LC Furlow, 92, of Huxley, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born August 17, 1923 in Shelby County to Crit and Vannie (Fleming) Furlow. He served in the US Army.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Crit Furlow, Mother, Vannie Furlow, Step mother, Jessie Furlow, Wife, Wanda (Rivers) Furlow, , Sisters, Callie Campbell and Lera Bell Metcalf.

He is survived by:
Daughter & Son-in-law:
Vicki & Curtis Cooper of Huxley

Son:
Chris Furlow of Huxley

Son & Daughter-in-law:
Kenneth & Cindy Furlow of Huxley

Grandson:
Lance Furlow of Huxley

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends
Special Thank you to our friends & caregivers, Virginia & Glenda

Pallbearers:
Ron Hendricks, Craig Hendricks, Mike Scarber
Doug Vaughn, Dale Vaughn & Gilbert Vaughn
Honorary Pallbearers:
Earl Campbell, Prentice Hendricks & Burt Furlow

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


09/09/2015

Billy Earl Bailey, 76, of Center, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Cecil Chessher and Bro. Bobby Waller officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Bailey was born April 3, 1939, in Shelby County, to Caywood Bailey and Leona Bailey. He loved horseback riding, gardening, fishing and always enjoyed a good old western show. He was a member of The Called Out Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Carrie Ann Bailey

Son: Vernon Bailey

Daughters:
Kathy Matthews and husband, Mark
Gina Chessher and husband, Cecil
Alesia Campbell and husband, Steve

Sister: Ethel Gee

Brother: James Thomas Bailey

Grandchildren:
Stephanie Davis and husband, Ronnie
Chasity Cooper and husband, Shane
Chad Chessher and wife, Jenney
Mary Kunkel and husband, Bo
Sarah Chessher
Justin Campbell and wife, April
Shane Campbell and wife, Ashley
Blake Campbell
Chase Campbell and wife, Jade
Treven Bailey
Brent Bailey
Jessica Smith and husband, Charlie

22 Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Caywood Bailey and Leona Bailey
Sisters: Jettie Andrews, Rosene Andrews, Christene Waller
Brothers: Dick Herman Bailey, George Bailey, Edward Bailey

Pallbearers will be Justin Campbell, Shane Campbell, Blake Campbell, Chase Campbell, Chad Chessher, Treven Bailey and Brent Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Matthews, Cecil Chessher, Steve Campbell, Shane Cooper, Bobby McCauley, Elbert Bailey and Delbert Cockrell.

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


Jimmy Devan Lout, 48, of Lufkin, entered into eternal peace on Monday, September 7, 2015, in Lufkin.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Rob Merriman officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Jimmy was born June 18, 1967, in Laurinburg, North Carolina, to Duane Lout and Delois Oxendine Lout. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School Class of 1985. Jimmy had many talents, including carpentry, mechanics, collector of everything and an all-around handy man. He was known for taking care of children and stepping up to help others in need. Jimmy was baptized and was a member of Ephesus Baptist Church. He is healed and at peace in Heaven with the many relatives who have gone on before him.

He is survived by
Son: Devan Lout of Huntington

Parents: Duane Lout and Delois Oxendine Lout of Shelbyville

Sisters:
Nikki Miller and husband, Patrick, of Lufkin
Renea Schott and husband, Brian, of Longview

Nephews:
Cole Miller of Lufkin
Conner Miller of Lufkin
Zachary Schott of Longview

Niece: Samantha Schott of Longview

Aunts and Uncles
Jane Huggins and husband, Herbert, of Rowland, North Carolina
Carolyn Oxedine and husband, Gary, of Pembroke, North Carolina
Brenda Powell of Laurinburg, North Carolina

Step Daughter: Cody Parker of Huntington

Step Grandsons:
Joshua Carlin of Waco
Braden Carlin of Waco
Cooper Parker of Huntington

Preceded in death by
Maternal Grandparents: Carl & Nellie Oxendine
Paternal Grandmother: Sarah Brown

Pallbearers will be Matthew Miller, Mickey Miller, Barry Lout, Darrin Lout, Pete Owens, George Woods, Josh Lout and James Powell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shelbyville Lions Club, PO BOX 414, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

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


09/08/2015

Kerry Steven Whiteside, 52, of Gary, Texas passed away at his residence, on Sunday, September 6, 2015. He was born in Gary, Texas on September 6, 1963, the son of Kenneth Whiteside and Jo Ann Pass Whiteside. Visitation for Kerry will be on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral service will be on Thursday, September 10, 2015, 2 PM, at Taylor Funeral Home with Reverend Dwain “Bubba” Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery.

Kerry was born and grew up in Gary, Texas. He attended Timpson High School where he was active in the football program. He served in the United States Army for 23 years. He was deployed to Iraq in 2001 to 2002. On April 26, 2003, he married Carrie Stacker. They enjoyed nine happy years together.

Kerry had a vast array of hobbies. He enjoyed hunting and carpentry. He always said that if he could make a living as a builder, he would have done it. Kerry enjoyed being in theater while he attended college. His claim to fame is that he is the only person who has driven a military tank through Longview, Texas. He enjoyed telling that story every chance he got.

Kerry is survived by:
His parents
Loving wife, Carrie

Sons: Steven Harris and Austin Harris

Daughter: Katie Whiteside

Brother: Keith Whiteside and his wife, Sherry Campbell

Sister: Karen McAllister and husband, Kevin.

Kerry was preceded in death by his daughter, Jacy Whiteside.

Serving as pallbearers for Kerry are Austin Harris, Steven Harris, Robert Phoenix, Joe Calhoun, and Henry Marx.

The family of Kerry Whiteside is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit taylorfh.net


Jewel Bernice Floyd, 89, of Center Texas, passed from this life on Thursday, September 3, 2015 in Porter Texas.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Floyd will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Dry Prong with Reverend Lloyd Whitman officiating. Burial will be in Dry Prong Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

The family requests that visitation be observed at the Church Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and continued Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C.E. “Swamp” Floyd; parents, Wesley and Edith Simmons Hataway; brothers, Alton Hataway, Melvin Hataway, Russell Hataway and L.C. Hataway; sisters, Laura Gardner and Loraine Hataway.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Jerry Floyd, Kenneth Floyd, Randy Floyd and Michael Floyd; daughter, Sandra Cervi; brother, L.R. “Pop” Hataway; sisters, Pauline Futrell and Iva Jean DeFresco; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

To extend online condolences to the Floyd family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.


09/07/2015

Walter John Walla, 77, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015, in Tyler.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. David Long and Bro. Luke Garrett officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Walla was born January 24, 1938, in Staten Island, New York, to Walter John Walla, Sr. and Martha Ruzycka Walla. In 1963, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He furthered his education at Texas A&M University, where he earned both a Master of Science degree on May 23, 1970, and his Doctor of Philosophy on December 11, 1971. Mr. Walla served as County Agent, Specialist, Assistant Director and Deputy Chancellor for Agriculture at the Texas Agricultural Extension Services of the Texas A&M University System until August 12, 1989, after twenty-eight years of service. He later served as Associate Dean and Director of the Kentucky Agriculture Extension Service of the University of Kentucky System until June 30, 2001. Mr. Walla was the winner of National Distinguished Service Ruby Award in Agriculture Leadership. He was a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Honorary Extension Fraternity and a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Honorary Society of Agriculture. Mr. Walla was instrumental in authoring the Agricultural Research Extension Education Reform Act (better known as the Farm Bill) which was passed by the U.S. House and Senate. He was invited to and was present at the signing of the Farm Bill by President Bill Clinton in the White House Rose Garden. Mr. Walla was a former Chairman of Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and Editor of the ECOP Initiative. He received the Texas Agriculture Service Award and Soybean Disease Worker’s Leadership Award. Mr. Walla was a member of Texas A&M University 12th Man Foundation, Century Club and Association of Former Students. He was a loyal Aggie, with season football tickets for forty-four years. Mr. Walla was also a member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Wife: Jo Ann Lewis Walla of Joaquin, Texas

Daughter: Jamie Richardson and husband, Mark, of Amarillo, Texas

Grandchildren:
Ryan Mark Richardson and wife, Katarina Richardson, of Charlotte, North Carolina
Robert Michael Richardson of Kingsville, Texas
Jennifer Richardson and husband, Jonathan Brown, of Sinton, Texas

Mother-in-law: Mary C. Lewis of Joaquin, Texas

Sisters-in-law:
Mary Koonce and husband, Bruce, of Center, Texas
Joyce Richards of Friendswood, Texas

Numerous nieces and nephews, whom he also dearly loved

Preceded in death by
Son: Walter James Walla
Parents: Walter John Walla, Sr. and Martha Ruzycka Walla
Sister: Jean Frost
Father-in-law: James E. Lewis
Brother-in-law: Steve Richards

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jackson Baptist Church Building Fund or Jackson Cemetery Fund.

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


09/06/2015

Elaine Bailey, 78, of Huxley, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at her residence.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Wes Hall and Bro. Luke Garrett officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 2, 1937 in Shelby County to Robert Elvin and Nancy Bular (Holt) Wheeler. She worked as a secretary for the ASCS office in Center for many years. She was a member of Lydia Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Elvin and Bular Wheeler, husband, Henry Bailey, Brother, Cecil Wheeler, Sister, Imo Jean Jackson, Nephews Joe Jackson and Craig Wood.

She is survived by:
Sister:
Eva Jean Byars of Nacogdoches

Sisters-in-law:
Billie Wheeler of Center
Christine Wood of Balch Springs

Nieces:
Debbie Bell & husband, Bubba of Center
Deidra Cockrell & husband, Bryan of Center
Tina Clifton & husband, Terry of Nacogdoches
Lesha Byars of Nacogdoches
Carolyn Sipes & husband, Danny of Kaufman

Nephews:
David Wheeler of Center
Scott Byars of Garland
Bobby Byars of Austin

Pallbearers:
David Wheeler, James “Bubba” Bell, Bryan Cockrell,
Terry Clifton, Danny Sipes and Scott Byars
In lieu of flowers, family request donations can be made to Wimberly Cemetery or the charity of your choice.

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

 


Kim Danette Ballenger, age 55, went to be with the Lord on September 4, 2015 at 2:30P.M. after a short illness.

Kim was born to Peggy and Darrell Ballenger Sr.. Her dad passed on 12-7-2001.

Kim is survived by:
Mother: Peggy Willoughby Ballenger

Brothers:
Darrell Ballenger Jr. of College Station, TX
Danny Porter of Keller, TX

Nieces:
Lauren and Madison Ballenger of College Station, TX

Aunts:
Patsy Williams of Millican, TX
Shirley Willoughby of Center, TX

Many cousins and friends, along with soul-mate Lawrence Briones and her beloved dogs Roscoe, Taco, and Remmy.

Kim had just received her Masters degree in Nursing Education in May 2015, and was a oncology/neurology RN at Brackenridge Trauma Hospital since 2008 where she received two Daisy Awards from her patients for outstanding service.

A memorial service will be held at Callaway Jones funeral home in Bryan, TX.


09/04/2015

Steve Adams, 58, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, September 4, 2015, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 6, 2015, at Smith Cemetery in Joaquin with Bro. John Whitworth officiating.

Steve was born May 15, 1957, in Liberty, to Travis Lonnie Adams and Peggy Joyce Hicks Adams. He was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and woodworking. Steve was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Florance Adams of Tenaha

Children:
Amanda Caldwell and husband, Jerry, of Gary
Whitney Minix and husband, Zach, of Tenaha
Michael Adams of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Avery Caldwell of Gary
Alayna Caldwell of Gary

Brother: Paul Adams and wife, Maria, of Deer Park

Sister: Susan Love and husband, Stephen “Skeeter”, of Houston

Numerous other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Travis Lonnie Adams and Peggy Joyce Hicks Adams
Grandparents: Fannie and Roy Stewart

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


09/03/2015

Mr. Curtis Lee Bryant, 56, of Shreveport, LA. passed away Tuesday morning, September 1, 2015 at Roseview Nursing Center in Shreveport LA.

Services will be Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Revival Tabernacle in Center at 2pm. Visitation will be on Friday, September 4, 2015 from 12pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX. Interment will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, TX with Rev. Tripplett officiating.

Mr. Bryant is survived by:

Father: James Bryant of Tenaha, TX.

Sisters:
Carolyn Tinner of Center, TX.
Tammy Tinner of Center, TX.
Marthal Lindsey Gates of Center, TX.
Maggie Tinner of Amarillo, TX.
Barbara Tinner of Ft. Worth, TX.
Norma Green of Ft. Worth, TX.
Brenda (Kevin) Dones of Tenaha, TX.

Brothers:
Sammy Bryant of Palestine, TX.
Clifford Jones of Logansport, LA.
James (Kathleen) Tinner of Odessy, TX.
Leavitt Tinner of Amarillo, TX.

Funeral services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


09/2/2015

C.C. Permenter was born December 14, 1930 in Huxley, Texas. That means the Great Depression had already started when he made his way into the world. He was the son of Ettie and Oscar Permenter. Tragically, his biological father died due to an illness when C.C. was only 7 months old. His mother married Bud Oswalt when C.C. was still young, and Bud raised C.C. just as he did their two younger boys.

While he was young, the family moved to Orange, TX so his parents could both work in the shipyard because workers were so desperately needed. Later they moved back to Center, where C.C. was raised. C.C. learned at a young age the value of work as he was splitting shingles by the time he was 7 years old, helping Bud with his carpentry work.

Working with his hands was a life-long skill he developed and honed as he matured into his teenage years. When C.C. was about 17, he was working with a Skill saw, which hit a knot in the wood or something and jumped, landing on and slicing C.C.’s thigh. MANY stitches and a lot of pain later, he decided to become a mechanic. At some point while in Center, he also went to electrical school in the old airplane hangar on the Shelby Highway. He was therefore, a man with many talents: carpentry, mechanics, and electrician.

Danny, C.C.'s brother, attributes C.C. to teaching him about mechanics and getting him into that. Through C.C.’s career as a mechanic, he earned multiple awards from Ford Motor Company and was one of their master mechanics, who trained and taught others, just like he’d done with his brother many years before.

After retiring, he returned to his love of carpentry, working as a finishing carpenter on new homes. C.C. and Mary Lou also made children’s furniture and toys for their grandkids and family.

Danny recalled one time when Danny was very little: CC and Virgil (a relative) were building church benches. Danny, having come in from the rain, picked up a tool that was plugged in and was being so shocked by it that he couldn't turn loose of it or speak. C.C. went to him and hit Danny so hard that Danny and the tool separated. Danny said he was really mad for getting hit so hard (C.C. was 15 years older) until C.C. explained that if he had used less force, they both would have been electrocuted instead. Danny credits C.C. with saving his life.

C.C. married Jimmie Lou when they were young and they had Janise. They later divorced and he married Frankie. That marriage also faltered, ending in divorce. Then he met and married Mary Lou, bringing John and Jane into the fold. C.C. and Lou were married for 38 years, until his death on August 30, 2015.

During these years, they lived in Crockett and Whitney, TX and multiple retirement facilities during the last couple of years until they landed at The Conservatory in Plano, TX, which he loved calling home. C.C. considered himself lucky to be able to do what he wanted in retirement, which was to travel. C.C. and Lou’s first motorhome, bought shortly after they married, unfortunately was stolen. They had to replace it and learned to upgrade on features, which led them to upgrading again and again over the years, eventually owning 15 different R.V.’s.

During their traveling years, they passed through or camped in all the 49 continental states, including Alaska. Through their years in the Travel clubs, they made a lot of friends, and enjoyed living in the R.V. community in Whitney for more than a dozen years, after leaving Crockett.

Grandkids will happily recall moments with C.C. doing things that for him were ordinary, but for little ones were special. He loved his grandkids and loved taking them riding on the tractor with him, swimming, and teaching about nature, like showing them what a mud-dauber was when they were panicking about “a BEE!”

Everyone who knew him will remember his easy smile, kind heart, and willingness to help another.

C.C. is survived by:

Wife, Mary Lou Permenter

Children: Janise Permenter, John (Leslie) Hines, Jane Stewart

Grandchildren: Brandi (Elliott) Haltom, James Edwards, Jim (Katy) Hines, Stacey (Wes) Jordan, Arthur Stewart, Jr.

Great-grandchildren: Taylor Denney, Skylor (Micah) Mumm, Dylan Denney, Makenzie Jordan, Jacoby Jordan, Bethanie Jordan, Rosalie Jordan

Great-great-grandson, Chase Mumm

Brother, Danny (June) Oswalt

Many loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ettie Oswalt and Oscar Permenter, step-father Bud Oswalt and brother Dennis (Maxine) Oswalt.

The family will receive friends for a visitation Friday, September 4, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Allen Family Funeral Options. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Glenwood Cemetery in Crockett, Texas.

If desired, memorials may be made in C.C.’s name to Boy Scouts of America at www.scouting.org or to the Salvation Army at www.salvationarmy.org


Charlie Hoosier, age 83, passed away. Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 2pm at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, San Augustine, TX with Rev. Amos Horton, officiating. Visitations will begin on Friday, September 4, 2015, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, TX. Visitations will also be on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Reed Chapel Baptist Church, San Augustine, TX from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery, San Augustine, TX under the directions of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, TX

He was born to Robert Hoosier and Roberta McCoy on October 2, 1931 in San Augustine, Texas.

Survivors:

Wife, Mrs. Tera Cartwright Hoosier-San Augustine, TX

Children:
Daughter, Charslie Sanders, San Francisco, CA
Daughter, Virginia H. Wilson, Fort Worth, TX
Daughter, Gwen Biggers (Leroy) Tyler, TX
Son, John Hoosier (Betty) Fort Worth, TX
Daughter, Janet Foster (Norman) Fort Worth, TX
Daughter, Julie Conley (Reggie) Tyler, TX
Daughter, Debra Blakemore (Kerry) Tyler, TX
Son, Sandy Hoosier (Sharon) Fort Worth, TX
Daughter, Lisia Hampton (Eric) Tyler, TX
Son, Robert Hoosier, Fort Worth, TX
Daughter, Teresa Jones Tyler, TX
Daughter, Tammie Johnson (Wendall) Arlington, TX

One Brother: Arthur Hoosier (Renee) of Houston, TX

Brother-in-law: John Mims of Beaumont, TX

Sister-in-law: Christine Hoosier of San Augustine, TX

21 Grandchildren; 20 Great-Grandchildren; and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Services are under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.


Billy Joe McDuffie, 82, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, August 31, 2015, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2015, at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison with Dr. Allen Reed, of First Baptist Church, officiating.

Billy Joe was born July 5, 1933, in Garrison, to Herman McDuffie and Ada Bell Weatherly McDuffie. He graduated from Garrison High School in 1950 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from Stephen F. Austin University. Billy Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at a radar site out of Van Nuys, California. He was discharged in 1955. On December 16, 1955, Billy Joe married Marjorie Rider. They raised their two children in Nacogdoches. Billy Joe spent most of his adult life as a farmer in Garrison. He enjoyed spending time with his family and over-seeing his farms until his death. In the latter part of his life, Billy Joe was well cared for by his wonderful team of caregivers - Gwen, Sandra, Tina, Mary and Lola.

He is survived by
Son: Joe McDuffie and wife, Susan, of Houston

Son-in-law: Charles Fougerousse of Lufkin

Grandchildren:
Jack McDuffie of Houston
Caroline McDuffie of Houston
Christopher Fougerousse of Austin
Jennifer Fougerousse of Austin

Brother-in-law: Harold Rider and wife, Ann, of Carthage

Niece: Toni Rider Layton and husband, Charles, of Nacogdoches

Nephew: Terry Rider and wife, Shannon, of Katy

Preceded in death by
Wife: Marjorie Rider McDuffie
Daughter: Patti McDuffie Fougerousse
Parents: Herman McDuffie and Ada Bell Weatherly McDuffie

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Briarwood School, 12207 Whittington Drive, Houston, Texas 77077, in honor of Caroline McDuffie, his youngest grandchild.

Directions to Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas:
From Nacogdoches, travel north on US 59 to Garrison, turn south (right) on FM 95, travel about 3 miles, cemetery on east (left) at CR 289 and Lake Tinkle.

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


Marilyn Elizabeth Maynard, 60, of Timpson, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2015, in Timpson, Texas. She was born on January 18, 1955 to Henry Clark Jr. and Lanie Martin Clark in Berkley County, South Carolina. Services will be held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 2 PM. Saturday September 5, 2015 with Bro. Doug Duerksen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday September 4, 2015 from 6 PM until 8 PM at Taylor Funeral Home.

She grew up in Berkley County, South Carolina in a loving family with her brother and sister. She married Jesse T. Maynard, June 23, 1979 and was blessed with 36 years of marriage. MarMar had a passion for cooking. Many that knew her loved especially her fried chicken, but when it came to food, she knew exactly how to prepare it. She has served lots of children in the past 25 years working in the Public School System Food Service Department. She certainly enjoyed spending time with her precious grandchildren. We will treasure the precious memories of her sweet smile, her kindness, her warmth, her energy and her love for life, family and friends. Marilyn was a member of the Eastern Star, Nacogdoches Chapter 428 and attended church at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, Jesse Thomas Maynard; son, Lucky C. Litchfield Jr. and wife Julie of Lake Dallas, TX; Jessica E. Maynard of Nacogdoches, TX; brother, Tony Clark and wife Mary of Bonneau, SC; sister, Lynn Clark of Moncks Corner, SC; and grand children, Hayden and Harrison Litchfield of Lake Dallas, TX, and Nevaeh and Jacob Maynard of Nacogdoches, TX.; and numerous family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents Henry Jr. and Lanie Martin Clark.

Pallbearers will include Larry Molloy, Jamie Beasley, Jim Crump, Bill Radde, Danny Brown, and Dustin Norris.

Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Boles.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St, Dallas, Texas, 75219. Attention: Development www.tsrhc.org

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net.
Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975 is in charge of arrangements.


09/1/2015

Mr. Ardis Jeff Mosby, age 71, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. Mosby passed away on early morning Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Hospice in the Pines Inpatient Unit in Lufkin, Texas. He was the Constable for Pct. 2 in San Augustine, Texas.

Service will be Saturday, September 5, 2015 11:00 a.m. at Reed Chapel Baptist Church with interment to follow at Greer Cemetery with Rev. A. L. Horton, Officiating.

Visitation & Wake will be Friday, September 4, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Garner and Son Chapel.

Survivors include

Sons:
Furlon Borders of Houston, Texas
Wesley Mosby (Crystal) of San Augustine, Texas
Eric Mosby of San Augustine, Texas

Daughter: Lakesha Holman (Terry) of San Augustine, Texas

15 Grandchildren

1 Brother Rudolf Mosby (Mary) of Beaumont, Texas

1 Sister Doris Robinson (Charles) of Dallas, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary.

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08/29/2015

Jerrel Goings, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. B.J. Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Goings was born October 23, 1940, in Shelbyville, to Ennis Goings and Mozell Windham Goings. He was a member of New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by

Wife: Judy Marie Cassell Goings of Shelbyville

Daughter: Ginger Nell White of Kentucky

Grandchildren:
Miranda Gerardo
Jack Edward Tyre Jr.
Tamara Diane Boyer
C.J. Goings
Justin Miles Hughes
Derek Monroe Hughes

Great-Grandchildren: Makayla Tyre, Ty Ross, Ruth Gerardo, Jaydon Tyre, Jarred Tyre, Jordan Anderson, Raylee Boyer, Kendall Boyer, Jaxon Goings, Cooper Goings, Summer Hughes, Shelby Hughes, Stormy Hughes, Jeanne Hughes, Madison Hughes, and Flint Hughes

Sister: Debbie Runnels

Brothers:
W.J. Goings
Leon Goings

Special Nephew: Austin Underbrink

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Penny Hughes
Son: Flint Goings
Parents: Ennis Goings and Mozell Windham Goings
Sisters: Sis Mattox, Billie Goings
Brother: Clovis Goings

Pallbearers will be Jack Tyre Jr., Derek Hughes, Justin Hughes, C.J. Goings, Austin Underbrink and Daniel Gerardo.

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


08/28/2015

On August 27th 2015 at 6 am Priscilla Lynee Shoop died at 65 years young peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born January 18, 1950 in Joliet Illinois.

Priscilla was a beloved woman of God, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all. She had a hard fight with cancer since 2009 and never had a moment of fear during her treatments. During her cancer battle she continued to serve faithfully in her community at The Denton Freedom House, First Rock Baptist.

She is survived by her husband Forrest (Butch) Shoop of 31 years, 2 son’s Chance and wife Sherri Shoop of Center TX, Brian and wife Clavel Rotolo of Aubrey TX, 2 daughter’s Christy and husband JJ Croix of El Campo TX, Jenny and husband Bud Cain of Nacogdoches TX, 3 sister’s Susan Papesh of New Lenox Il, Janet Kish of Azel TX, Joan Marie Shepard of Pontiac Il, and 8 grandchildren Matt and Emily Shoop, Lane Clifton, Floyd and Easton Cain, Griffen, Marin, and Jillian Croix, and many many friends.

The services for this wonderful woman will be held at The Denton Freedom House, 3083 Trails End, Aubrey, Texas 76227 on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 2 PM. In lieu of flower Priscilla has requested donations to The Denton Freedom House in Care of Brian Rotolo (see address above).


08/27/2015

Pearry Lee Green, 82 of Tucson, Arizona, passed away Thursday morning August 20, 2015. Viewing will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 1pm until 6pm at East Lawn Palms Mortuary on 5801 E. Grand Road, Tucson, AZ. Funeral service will be Sunday, August 30, at 2:30pm at Christ Community Church, 7801 E. Kenyon Dr. Tucson, AZ. Interment, family only, at East Lawn Palms Mortuary following service.

Pearry Lee Green was born in Many, Louisiana on July 1, 1933. The son of Pearry Olyn and Mae Mary (Samples) Green. Pearry was a resident of Tucson for over 50 years. Pearry is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Janice; his children, Karen Greene-Millard, Evelyn “Janet” Jackson, Tina Giberti; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and his older sister Sammie Allen, his Brother-in-law Bro. Neil Johnson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pearry was the son of a man who was in the logging business and later turned drilling superintendent / oil field troubleshooter, aka a wildcatter. His dad’s work required him to relocate his family often; in fact the family lived in 35 different houses before Pearry started school and he changed schools 48 times during his childhood.

In 1949, Pearry’s family finally settled in Beaumont, Texas USA where his father had become Pastor of the small Emanuel Gospel Church and in the same year while still a teenager, Pearry received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Shortly thereafter, his family went to see William Marrion Branham who was conducting Divine healing meetings in Houston, Texas. Only 16 at the time, this encounter with Reverend Branham would change the course of his life.

In 1952 he attended Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas. He became pastor of the same church his dad was overseer of. In 1965 William Branham asked him to start a church in Tucson. Pearry was 32 years old when he and his family moved to Tucson, Arizona and started Tucson Tabernacle, where he pastored for nearly 50 years.

Over the course of his ministry he traveled the globe many times, visiting over 100 countries. He was a well-known speaker, evangelist, and missionary. He was also a successful businessman. In his earlier years he owned and operated several travel agencies; and then later, notably as the owner of Shamrock Contracting, a gymnasium hardwood flooring specialist.

Pearry’s life desire was to see the lost saved. He looked at every situation as an opportunity to share the Gospel, and at every individual as a potential sinner to be saved. Below is an *account of Pearry’s Bible School classmate and Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis;

“Pearry Lee Green, who’d almost gotten kicked out of Bible College when Jerry Lee rocked Waxahachie, never gave up his conviction that his piano-playing friend was born to bring people to the Lord. In 1970, he was at a conference of ministers called the Full Gospel Businessmen’s International in Sydney, Australia, when he learned that Jerry Lee was in town. Jerry Lee was drinking that night, but he asked Pearry Lee to sit on the piano bench with him in front of a well-lubricated, rowdy auditorium crowd of three thousand people. “You’re going to be surprised,” he told the crowd, “but I was going to be a preacher.” He told the crowd of the “singspiration” and how the organized church refused to accept his gift. Then he sang a hymn, an old one from his childhood. The rowdy crowd grew quiet.

“I’m going to tell you something, he had every kid in that place crying,” said Pearry. “I don’t think in my life I’ve ever seen that many young people with tears in their eyes. Jerry Lee’s voice just melted their hearts. If I’d been preaching, I’d have given an invitation for salvation.”

In the streets, behind a pulpit, on the phone, through his best-selling book The Acts of a Prophet, or sitting on a piano bench next to a backslidden rock star, Pearry Green’s singular desire was to see the lost of his generation saved by Jesus Christ.

Bro. Green went to his final reward Thursday morning August 20, 2015 between 4 and 5 AM. The word of God says it, Bro Green preached it and we BELIEVE it….We Will See Him A !!!!

*Bragg, Rick. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. New York: Harper-Collins, 2014 (page 30). Print.


Raymond M. Forbis, 91, of Milam, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at New Hope Baptist Church in Milam with Bro. George Ross officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Milam with military honors under the direction of VFW Post #10351. Visitation will be Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 1, 1923 in Center, Texas to William Levie and Lula Lavenia (Strong) Forbis. He graduated from high school in Crockett. He served in the US Army during WWII where he fought under General Patton. He lived in Jacinto City, Texas where he raised his family. In his lifetime he has helped build several churches. He worked for the City of Galena Park & Galena Park Motors where he was an mechanic. He also worked for Ideal Cement Co in Galena Park. Even after retirement he continued to work for the city of Galena Park. He and his wife moved to Milam in 1986. He was a member of the VFW Post #10351 in Hemphill. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Milam where he served as deacon.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Levie and Lula Forbis, Wife, Dorothy Forbis, Son, James “Jimmy” Forbis, Son, Kenneth “Kenny” Forbis, Infant grandson, James Forbis, Granddaughter, Cheyenne Forbis and Daughter-in-law, Becky Forbis.

He is survived by:

Son:
Michael Forbis & wife, Sharon of Jacinto City

Daughter-in-law:
Ann Forbis of Milam

Grandchildren:
Jason Forbis & wife, Jessica
Rusty Forbis & wife, Amy
Roxanna Lebron-Riccitelli & husband, Rick
Kevin Forbis
Pasty Stanfield
Jeannie Forbis

11 Great-Grandchildren

1 Great-Great-Granddaughter

Brother:
Jack Forbis & wife, Dorothy of Timpson

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


Huey Dan Wagstaff Sr., 74, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele and Bro. James Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mr. Wagstaff was born October 1, 1940, in Shelby County, to James Edward Wagstaff and Thelma Rae Morris Wagstaff. He was a member of Shelby County Bass Anglers and Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by
Wife: Ruth Wagstaff of Tenaha

Children:
Sheila McCauley and husband, David, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Cheryl Flournoy and husband, Kenneth, of Tenaha
Danny Wagstaff and wife, Michele, of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Ashley McCauley
Joshua McCauley
Lance Wagstaff
Kaleb Wagstaff
Jessica Bush
Taylor Flournoy
Katie Wagstaff
Matthew Flournoy
Cara Wagstaff
Kaylan Wagstaff

Great Grandchildren:
Eli Bush
Addie Bush
Brooklyn Sandoval
Briley Sandoval

Sisters:
Clara Lou Derick of Baton Rouge
Jean Gunter and husband, James, of Keithville, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Edward Wagstaff and Thelma Rae Morris Wagstaff
Brother: Jimmy Wagstaff
Grandparents: O.E. and Clara Wagstaff

Pallbearers will be Matthew Flournoy, Lance Wagstaff, Colton Bush, Matthew Reynolds, Joshua McCauley, Colton Hairgrove and Thomas Hughes. Honorary pallbearers will be Kaleb Wagstaff.

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


08/26/2015

Mr. Chester Denman,( 93) of Ratcliff, Texas passed away. Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12 noon, at Simpson Chapel Baptist Church, 23488 FM 227 E. Kennard, Texas 75847 (Tadmor Community near Ratcliff, Texas).

Visitation and viewing will be from 10:00am-11:15am at Simpson Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935

 


Michael Don Fountain, 67, of Center, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Old Salem Cemetery with James Martin Cobb officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 25, 1947 in Center to Floyd E. and Era (Martin) Fountain. He worked in logging for many years.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Floyd “Buster” and Era Fountain and Brother, Floyd G. Fountain.

He is survived by:
Wife: Dorothy Moore Fountain, of Center

Children:
Angie Stanley & husband, Johnny, of Center
Curtis Fountain, of Huxley
Michael Fountain, of Nacogdoches

9 Grandchildren:
Machael Cranford & husband, Jami, of Center
Crystal White & Jason Samford, of Center
Lisa Sanford & husband, Dustin, of Center
Brandon Fountain, of Nacogdoches
Ryan Fountain, of Nacogdoches
Bailey Fountain, of Nacogdoches
Zack Carlton, of Center
Tristan Carlton, of Center
Brooklynn Scates, of Center
Bryan Stanley
Alishia Voudrie & husband, Chris

5 Great-Grandchildren:
Kinley & Kash Cranford
Dayton White & Korbin Samford
Gracie Sanford
Ashlynn and Brinley Voudrie

Sister-in-law:
Jackie Fountain of Center

Numerous other relatives and friends

Pallbearers:
Ryan Fountain, Jami Cranford, Jason Samford, James White, Bryan Stanley, Jonathan Clark, Justin Clark and Jacy “Moose” Clark

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


Mr. Travis E. Thomas, 65, of Nacogdoches passed away August 21, 2015 in Nacoogdoches, Texas. Mr. Thomas was born in Dallas to the late Leonard Earl Thomas and Velma Stripling Davis on May 23, 1950.

Burial will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 starting at 11am at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Garrison Texas. Visitations will begin on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2-8pm at Sid Roberts Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. Bishop W.E. Nash Jr. will be officiating the services.

Mr. Thomas is survived by:

Wife: Valerie Griffin Thomas of Nacogdoches, TX

Mother: Velma Stripling Davis of Center, TX

Children: Ajoya Jimmerson, Andre Griffin and Marvin Jimmerson all of Nacogdoches,TX

Sisters: Shirley Bell and Gwenn Pruitt of Dallas, TX

Grandchildren: Shanese Griffin, Jorel Jones, Tamira Jackson, Shamara Maiden, Yazariya Williams, and Railyn Thomas; Zeeky “boy” Jimmerson and TayTay Jimmerson

Special Niece: Bridgette Harris of Dallas, TX

Special Brother-in-law: BoyBaby

And a host of nephews, nieces, and other relatives.

The funeral services are under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home.


08/21/2015

Thomas Earl Fults, 67, of Center, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, August 24, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Fults was born January 2, 1948, in Center, to James Earl Fults and Ruby Powdrill Fults. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and reading his Bible.

He is survived by
Sons:
James Fults and wife, Paula, of Center
Stephen Fults and wife, Stephanie, of Center

Five Step Children

Grandchildren:
Emily Fults
Ashley Fults

Thirteen Step Grandchildren

One Step Great-Grandchild

Sister: Dorothy Black of Teague

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Melba Fults
Parents: James Earl Fults and Ruby Powdrill Fults
Sisters: Betty Ruth Ashley, Maxine Fults McSwain

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


08/17/2015

Delbert Jack Palmer, 96, of Center, passed away in the company of family and friends on Sunday, August 16, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born March 25, 1919, in Shelby County to William James and Camilla Palmer. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Center and attended Center High School. He served in the United States Army Air Corp with the Combat Crew #333 WWAAF, Walla Walla, WA. For several years, he worked for John G. Harris Hardware. Then Palmer Refrigeration was formed, and he worked there until the business was sold. After Palmer Refrigeration, he worked for E.L. Bruce Company until he retired. He enjoyed farming and visiting his friends and relatives. He was a loving husband and father, and friend to many. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy and delight of his life. He enjoyed driving to visit his nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors, and was always the life of the party. He remained very active until just a few weeks ago. He was very special to all and will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, William James and Camilla Ida Palmer, Wife, Dorothy Mary Palmer, Brother and Sister-in-law, Johnny Lee and Virginia Palmer and Sister and Brother-in-law, Zelma Adel and John Neal Lacy.
He is survived by:

Son:
Jack P. Palmer of Center
Kenneth Palmer & wife, Ella of Mt. Pleasant

4 Grandchildren:
Jack B. Palmer of San Antonio
Sarah Shires of Center
Jason Palmer of Ft. Worth
Samuel Palmer of Houston

Great-Grandchildren:
Ryan Palmer of Jacksonville
Scarlett & Ella Shires of Center

Nieces & Nephews:
Nancy and Bob Warr
Linda and David Reinhart
Janis and Jeep Compton
Dr. Joe Neal and Jane Ann Lacy
Mary Ann and David Pass
Johnny Lee and Sandra Palmer
And many other friends and neighbors who were dear to him

Pallbearers:
Wesley Allen Warr, Dr. Joe N. Lacy, Jack B. Palmer,
Stephen Shires, Matthew Mettauer and Landon Windham

Honorary Pallbearers:
Bob Warr, David Pass, Jason Palmer, Samuel Palmer, Tommy Stewart, Rodney Warr, Zach Warr, Joe Bill Mettauer, Scotty Fleming & Van McDaniel

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


08/15/2015

Helen Frances Gary Hudson, 94, of Timpson, Texas, went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2015, in Garrison, Texas. She was born on April 13, 1921 to Ernest and Diamond Spradley Gary in Timpson, Texas. Services will be held at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church at 11 AM. Monday August 17, 2015 with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Visitation will be held Monday August 17, 2015 from 10 AM until 11 AM Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

She grew up in Timpson in a loving family with her five brothers and three sisters. She married Ossie Hudson, September 18, 1937 and was blessed with 59 years of marriage. They began their married life in Timpson and were faithful members of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church. They loved singing gospel music and formed a quartet and attended every Sunday afternoon singing broadcast on KDET out of Center.

In 1956, the family moved to Houston and joined Landmark Missionary Baptist Church where she was the choir director for many years. They retired in 1972 and returned to family roots in Timpson and once again joined Timpson Missionary Baptist Church. She never lost her life-long love of singing praises to the Lord and sang many specials at church. Her favorite song was “One Day At A Time” and that's how she lived her life. She was a loving caregiver and she enjoyed gardening, cooking and fellowship with family and friends. The Bible says a Godly woman is worthy of honor. As her family, we want to honor her as the loving Godly woman she was and will always be in our hearts. She was a woman who loved God, was loved by God, and showed God's love to others. She gave us a priceless gift – herself.

We will treasure the precious memories of her sweet smile, her kindness, her warmth, her energy and her love for life, family and friends. She leaves us with the knowledge that we were truly loved and we know that she loved the Lord.

Those left to cherish her memory are:

Her devoted daughters, Louise Renfro and Shirley Powers and husband Jim of Timpson.

Grandchildren, Justin Powers and wife Kristin of Martinsville, and Shanna Powers of Lufkin.

Great-grandchildren, Rexanna Powers of College Station, Haylon Powers of Martinsville, and Morgan Powers of Lufkin.

Sisters, Melma Sparks of Waxahachie, Winnie Molloy of Timpson, and Vera Brooks of Summerfield, Florida.

Sister-in-laws, JoAnn Gary of Timpson, and Nan Oney of Carthage.

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ossie, granson Patrick Powers; son-in-law Johnny Renfro; brothers and sister-in-laws Melvin and Audrey Gary, Elzin and Onita Gary, Jimmy and Mary Gary; brothers Lovis Gary and Mervin Gary; brother-in-laws Norris Sparks, Bobby Molloy and Howard Brooks, and nephew J.E. Gary.


08/13/2015

Craig Steven Wood, 55, of Huxley, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 17, 2015, at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Wood was born December 20, 1959, in Dallas, to Bobby Carrol Wood and Jimmie Christine Bailey Wood. He loved the simple, country life.

He is survived by
Children:
Joe Wood and wife, Stacy, of Grapevine
Steven Craig Wood of Dallas
Sara Wood of Grapevine
Tabitha Wood Grady and husband, Kyle, of Combine

Mother: Christine Wood of Balch Springs

Sister: Carolyn Sipes and husband, Danny, of Kaufman

Aunt: Elaine Bailey of Huxley

Grandchildren:
Kayden Wood, Harlow Wood, Kendall Grady, Kannon Grady

Numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by
Father: Bobby Carrol Wood
Uncle: Henry Bailey

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


08/11/2015

Kenneth Edward "Cowboy" Davis, age 67, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015 in Shreveport, La as a result of a log truck accident that occurred in Shelbyville.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Haslam Baptist Church in Joaquin with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating and eulogy by his christian friend, Oris Dean. Burial will follow at Sholar Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, August 14, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 7, 1947 in Silsbee to John E. and Mittie Irene (Jimmerson) Davis. He served in the US Army. He was a member of Haslam Baptist Church in Joaquin. He was a truck driver for many years.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, John and Irene Davis, Sister & Brother-in-law, Barbara & Al Cook, Sister, Betty J. Davis and Father-in-law, James Lambeth.

He is survived by:

Wife:
Susie Davis of Joaquin

Children:
Ronnie Davis & wife, Stephanie of Joaquin
Stacy O'Rear & husband, Larry of Huxley
Eric Davis of Joaquin
Kristy Peterson & husband, Terrence of Katy
Rase Davis & wife, Kim of Joaquin
Rhyne Davis & wife, Cheyenne of Nacogdoches
Hannah Davis of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Samantha, Scooter & Randi
Savannah, Roper & Justin
Erica, Riley & Ranger
Terrence & Jaylon
Rangler & Ryder
Addelynn Rose

Brother:
Bill Davis & wife, Joan of Joaquin

Sister:
Carolyn McGehee & Michael Anderson of Joaquin

Mother-in-law:
Sharon Hightower of Porter

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers:
Scooter Davis, Roper Oswalt, Justin O’Rear, Ranger Davis, Terrence Peterson, Jaylon Peterson, Wrangler Davis & Ryder Davis

In lieu of flowers, family request donations can be made Shreveport/Bossier Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 3949, Shreveport, LA 71101-3949

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home


Ellen Faye Guozd, age 54, of Center passed away Sunday morning, August 9, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical center. Services will be Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 2pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. A wake will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 7pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Internment will be at Rosevine Cemetery, Rosevine, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Jerry Preston of Center

Daughters:
Lila Guozd of Tennessee
Mary Guozd of Arkansas
April Guozd of Arkansas

Step-Children, Thea and Terry Preston of Center

Sisters:
Edith Cortez of Beaumont, TX
Oleta Cooper of Beaumont, TX

Brothers:
Bubba Howard of New London, TX
Tony HOward of Chireno, TX
Jeff Howard of Nacogdoches, TX

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


Mrs. Harold Beckett, 89, of Huxley, passed away Monday, August 10, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 14, 2015 at Strong Cemetery with Bro. Danny Russo officiating.

Mrs. Beckett was born January 21, 1926, in Alma, Arkansas, to Ernest Allen and Minnie Self Allen. She was a member of Do-Si-Do Square Dance Club and was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by:

Son: Allan “Tommy” Elledge of Huxley

Grandson: Derrick Elledge and his wife of Rockwall

Granddaughter: Stacey Pope and her husband of Barling, Arkansas

Three Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Frances Provence of Locke, Arkansas

Brother: Marion Allen of Hickory Springs, North Carolina

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Harold Beckett
Grandson: Douglas Elledge

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


08/10/2015

Lawrence Henry Mooney, Jr., 72, Pasadena formerly of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 10, 2015.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Linda Searcy officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening August 14, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born March 17, 1943 in Shelby County to Lawrence H. “Bob” Mooney and Loneita (Pickett) Mooney. He worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Little Arkansas as the head underwriter.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Lawrence H. “Bob” and Loneita Mooney.

He is survived by:
Sister:
Giovanna “Givvie” Searcy & husband, James Leon of Pasadena

Brother:
David Mooney of Live Oak, Texas

Nephew:
James L. Searcy, Jr. & wife, Linda

Great-Nephews:
Jason & Nathan Searcy

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


08/08/2015

Bobbie Campbell, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kerry Green and Rev. R.L. Wedgeworth officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Campbell was born October 9, 1941, in Shelby County, to Lynn English and Bernice Payne English. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Mrs. Campbell was also well known for the delicious meals that she prepared. Above all, she loved any time that was spent with her family and friends. She was a member of Dreka Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Crit Campbell of Shelbyville

Sons:
Jimmy Campbell and wife, Ellen, of Clute
Lloyd Campbell and wife, Pat, of Angleton
Pete Campbell and wife, Connie, of Sweeny

Sisters:
Vernell English of Nacogdoches
Judy English of Orange

9 Grandchildren

21 Great-Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lynn English and Bernice Payne English
Sisters: Johnnie Wilburn, Ara Belle Anthony

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Campbell, Lloyd Campbell, Pete Campbell, Steven Campbell, Clint McKnight, Jeffery Wilburn and Gus Vela.

A special thanks to two of her nieces, Sandy Vega and Loretta Daniels, along with one granddaughter, Rebecca
McKnight, who went above and beyond in caring for Mrs. Campbell as her health began to decline.

The family would also like to thank the doctors and staff at Nacogdoches Medical Center for their kindness and care.

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


08/05/2015

Lillie Mae Williamson, 98, of Livingston, passed away Monday, August 3, 2015 in Livingston.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Edward McRae officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Ms. Williamson was born April 19, 1917, in Shelby County, to Samuel Troy Lucas and Leta Johnson Lucas. She was the owner and operator of Lillie Mae’s Grocery for over sixty years. Ms. Williamson was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Velma Louise Edge and husband, John, of Lufkin
Joyce Bright of Livingston

Grandchildren:
Pat Jones and husband, Glen, of Lufkin
Benny Bright of Livingston
Roy Bright of Livingston
Ted Bright of Livingston
Randy Bright and wife, Jo Carol, of Livingston

Eight Great-Grandchildren

Seventeen Great-Great-Grandchildren

Four Great-Great-Great Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Joe Williamson
Grandson: Michael Edge and wife, Marilyn Edge
Parents: Samuel Troy Lucas and Leta Johnson Lucas
Sister: Vircle McSwain
Brothers: Dennis Lucas, Ennis Lucas

Pallbearers will be Lee Roy “Buck” Johnson, Glen Jones, C.V. McSwain, Larry Berg, Huey Britt, Conlen Jones and Randy Bright. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Adams, Shelton Martin, Billy Fountain, Roy Bright Jr., James Bright, Camden Bright and Gene Mayor.

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


Mickey Don Sample, 58, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Mickey was born April 11, 1957, in Shelby County to W.W. Sample and Ardell Anthony Sample. He loved being outdoors and loved anything involving trucks and tractors.

He is survived by
Sisters:
Peggy Johnson and husband, Johnny, of Montgomery
Tina Williams and husband, Clark, of Center
Becky Sparks of Oklahoma

Nieces & Nephews:
Julie Clements and husband, Matt, of Spring
Micah Oberg and wife, Sadie, of Montgomery
Lance Sparks of Blair, Oklahoma
Timothy Sparks and wife, Janice, of Houston
Paul Sparks and wife, Kimberly, of Lawton, Oklahoma

Great-Nieces & Nephews:
Jansen Oberg of Montgomery
Addison Clements of Spring
Brooklynn Clements of Spring
Eva Sparks of Lawton, Oklahoma
Bonnie Sparks of Lawton, Oklahoma

Preceded in death by
Parents: W.W. Sample and Ardell Anthony Sample
Grandparents: Ezekiel Patterson and Vada Lee Bradshaw Anthony; Malcolm and Annie Mae Sample

The family of Mickey Don Sample would like to thank Pine Grove Nursing Home for 26 years of wonderful care.

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


08/04/2015

Marie Cecilia Jetton, 89, of Orange, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at her residence.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2015 at New Hope Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Sean Foreman officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Mrs. Jetton was born December 12, 1925, in Flint, Michigan, to Paul Aikens and Mable Medacco Aikens. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange.

She is survived by
Children:
Roxann King of Wills Point, Texas
Pauletta Terrance of Nashville, Tennessee
Kelly Foreman of Orange, Texas
Larue Jetton and wife, Maria, of Nashville, Tennessee

Grandchildren:
Danna Crow and husband, Don, of Wills Point, Texas
Phillip King and wife, Deena, of Wills Point, Texas
Stormy Terrance of Nashville, Tennessee
Cecilia Ladner and husband, Ondie, of Pass Christian, Mississippi
Michael Foreman II of Orange, Texas
Sean Foreman and wife, Heather, of Orange, Texas
Christy Kelley and husband, Jeremiah, of Nashville, Tennessee
Carl Jetton of Orange, Texas

Great-Grandchildren:
Kathleen Burgess and husband, Travis, Daniel Crow and wife, Brittney, Caden Beckham, Jason Malley and wife, Ashlee, Paige Malley, Kaden Malley, Brooke Ladner, Dorian Smith, Anthony Kelley, Breeana Kelley, Isaiah Foreman, Jenna Minyard, Hunter King

Preceded in death by
Husband: Duel Larue Jetton
Son: Carl Popham
Parents: Paul Aikens and Mable Medacco Aikens
13 Brothers and Sisters

Pallbearers will be Jason Malley, Michael Foreman, Sean Foreman, Daniel Crow, Carl Jetton and Phillip King.

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


08/02/2015

Cora Louise Yarbrough, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Calvin Hancock and Bro. Billy Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Dunnigan Cemetery in the Patroon Community of Shelby County.

Ms. Yarbrough was born November 6, 1942, in Center, to Grady Risinger and Allie Risinger. She was a member of Dunnigan Missionary Baptist Church in Patroon.

She is survived by
Daughter: Sara Yarbrough Kincel of Pineland

Son: Welton Yarbrough Jr. and wife, Tina, of Groveton

Grandchildren:
Kristi Petina of Austin
Trey McElhaney III and wife, Kristen, of Pandora
Lee Kincel of Broaddus
Brooke Kincel of Center

Great-Grandchildren:
Moses Patina of Austin
Lane McElhaney of Pandora
Paxton McElhaney of Pandora

Brothers & Sisters:
Delbert Risinger of Orange
Marlon Risinger of Orange
Sybil Truss of Nacogdoches
Jerry Risinger and wife, Lona, of Orange
Shirley Webb and husband, Tuffy, of San Leon

Preceded in death by
Husband: Welton Yarbrough
Parents: Grady Risinger and Allie Risinger
Sisters-in-law: Joyce Risinger, Berline Risinger, Louise Waller
Brother-in-law: Elray Truss

Pallbearers will be Mike Risinger, Ronni Risinger, Trey McElhaney, Lee Kincel, Robbie Truss and Bryan Risinger. Honorary pallbearers will be Kristi Patina and Brooke Kincel.

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


Jackie Lee Fountain, 62, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015 at his residence.

Service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Monday, August 3, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. Cremation to follow.

He was born August 15, 1952 in Center to Homer Lafayette “Jack” Fountain, Sr. and Rachel (Brown) Fountain. He owned and operated Fountain Plumbing for over 30 years. He was a loving husband, loved his children and grandchildren, “the best Poppa ever”. He was an avid drag racer. He loved to laugh & his laugh was infectious. He collected Milwaukee everything. He was so loving & giving.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Homer “Jack” and Rachel Fountain, Wife, Jana (Jones) Fountain, Brother, Homer Fountain, Jr. and Mother-in-law, Maxine Childress.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Teena Childress Fountain of Joaquin
Children:
Jeremy Lee Fountain of Center
Laila & Tory Chambliss of Joaquin
Jodie & Amanda Fountain of Center
Titus & Wendi Chambliss of Joaquin
Taylor & David Baez of Jacksonville
Thatcher Chambliss of Phoenix, AZ
Grandchildren:
Jordin Lee Fountain & wife, Kelley of Center
Charlie Fountain of Center
Megan Faith McShane of Center
Kyle Chambliss of Joaquin
Case Chambliss of Joaquin
Marlana Nikkole Fountain & Madison Sheets of Center
Randi Leigh & Rilee Elizabeth Chambliss of Joaquin
Sage & Jose Baez of Jacksonville
Great Grandson:
Jaxon Lee Fountain of Center
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Aunts & Uncles
Beloved Furbabies:
Mookie, Maisy, Mable, CoCo, Big Star & Little Star

Family & Friends are invited to Laila & Tory’s house after service, 437 CR 3845, Joaquin, Texas 75954

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

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07/29/2015

George Allen Daily, 61, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on July 28, 2015, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 2:00p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Jack Comer of Circle Drive Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be preceding the service from 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 30, 1953, he was the son of W.T. Daily and Francis (Carr) Daily. Paw Paw loved fishing, watching T.V., and playing with his grandkids. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Edward Daily.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Laurel Daily; daughter Brandy Lang and husband Chris, of Tennessee; son, Shane Daily and wife Rebekah, of Bridge City; grandchildren, Graham and Eli Daily; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Hardy and wife Kathy, of Center, and Richard Hardy and wife, Cheryl, of Harleton; sister-in-law, Wylma Beckham and husband Delbert, of Center; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Kenneth Hardy, Delbert Beckham, Richard Hardy, Charlie Wells, David Poole, and Paul Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Torbett, Graham Daily, and Eli Daily.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to J.C. Walters, Jr. Transplant Center at Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation P.O. Box 4384 Houston, Texas 77210-4384.


07/27/2015

Branda Nell Milford, 67, of Timpson, Texas passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2015 in Houston, Texas. She was born in Center, Texas on June 22, 1948, the daughter of Albert Ritter and Eathel Langford Ritter. Funeral services for Branda will take place on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Corinth Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home.

Branda grew up in the Buncombe community in Panola County. She attended Gary High School where she was very active in basketball and track. Branda married Carroll Milford on July 23, 1968. She had many varied interests. Her family had raised horses for nearly 50 years. She also enjoyed fishing, hunting and going to “the boats”.

Branda is survived by her daughter, Tamie Yates; step-sons, Doug Milford and his wife, Shelby, Randy Milford and his wife, Lisa, Charles “Bojack” Milford and his wife, Stephanie and Terry Milford; grandchildren, Amanda Yates and Logan Yates; step grandchildren Cole, Casey, Dea, Doug, Kane, Kale, Mylee, Carolina, Randa, Brandy and Dana Jo; great-grandchildren Tanner, Layci Jo, Hope, Connor, Karson, Kutter and Kase; sisters Doris Ritter, Rene Davis and her husband, Billy Wayne; brothers Jimmy Ritter and his wife, Linda and Guy Ritter and his wife, Melba; sister-in-law Jan Ritter; nephews Joe Ritter, Jimmy Griffin and Brad Griffin; nieces Angela Bush, Annete Sharma, Anita Whitfill and Amelia Schoolcraft.

Branda was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Eathel Ritter; her husband Carroll Wayne Milford; mother and father-in-law Barnie and Monthielde Milford; nephew Thomas Carroll Griffin; brothers Landy Ritter, Berdette Ritter and Langford Ritter; sister-in-law Mary Lois Griffin and brother-in-law Lee Griffin.

Serving as pallbearers for Branda will be Joe Ritter, Tanner Murdock, Shawn Milford, Doug “Goob” Milford, Jimmy Griffin and Brad Griffin.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Sam Grabowski, Jack Coe, Steve Blayke , Odell Wiggins and Harmie Smith


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07/26/2015

Kay Williams Stewart, 54, of Center, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center Texas.

Ms. Stewart was born September 5, 1960 in Center to Charles L. Williams and Jackie A. Williams. She was of the Baptist faith and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Kevin L. Jones, Greg Frazier, Paul Frazier, Dewayne Crocker, Jon Davis, and Matt Williams.

She is survived by

Father:
Charles L Williams and wife Francis of Center

Children:
Gregory P. Frazier and Jackie, of Center
Britney Stewart of San Antonio

Special Cousin:
Sheila B. Jones & Husband Kevin of Center

Sisters:
Jan Brown
Kim Williams

Brothers:
Andy Williams of Center
Matt Williams of Center

Grandchildren:
Kimberleigh Frazier Calloway & husband Jeremy of Blair, TX
Caitlyn Basham of Center
Devon Wiley of Center
Dylan Calloway Center
Raylynn Kay Bounds of San Antonio
Danie’l Stewart
Marti Allen
Briley Jones
Abigail Jones
Carmen Brooks
Kacie Stewart

Great Grand Son Sawyer Calloway of Blair, OK

Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
Preceded in death by
Mother: Jackie Adams Williams
Son: Zackary Stewart
Grandparents: Fannie Jetton Adams and Clayter Adams

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to help with final expenses.

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



07/25/2015

Suzanne Everett McAdams, 71, of Center, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be Sunday July 26, from 12:00pm to 2:00 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. Dr. Robert de Wolfe officiating.

Rohte Suzanne Everett McAdams was born July 22nd, 1944, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Creed Edward Everett and Rohte Gene Yarbrough Everett. She spent her childhood years in Garrison, and was drum major at Garrison High School. She earned her Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin and spent the majority of her career teaching in San Augustine. She was a loyal member of Beta Sigma Phi (Preceptor Upsilon), and made many dear friends through this organization. She once worked at the green houses at Texas A&M University, and carried on her hobby of gardening throughout her life. She valued her role as a mother, always being kind-hearted, and generous, above all else. She dearly loved her grandchildren, Frank, Jodi and Benji.

She is survived by

Children:
Laura Lucinda Blount
Benjamin and wife Laura Luna Blount
Jane Blount and Husband Rob Gasca

Grandchildren:
Frank Sebastion Schott
Jodi Neftali Blount
Benjamin Antonio Blount
Grayson Taylor Gasca
Carson Leigh Gasca

Brothers-in-law:
Billy Bob McAdams and wife, Lisa

Sister-in-law:
Claudine McAdams

Nephews:
Josh and wife Sharisse McAdams
Cole and wife Dana McAdams

Cousins:
Jania Ashby
Louis Bryan
Becky Kinzer
April Schatte

Lifelong friend:
Danny Jean Ballard

Preceded in death by
Husband: Kenneth R. McAdams
Brother: Kenneth Everett
Parents: Creed Edward Everett and Rohte Gene Yarbrough

Donations in Honor of Suzanne McAdams can be made to the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Center
P.O. Box 1026
Center, Tx 75935
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Milton H. Cooper passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Tyler.Graveside services for Mr. Cooper, Sr., 83, of Tyler, will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Park, 1554 State Highway 7 East, Center, TX.

He was born in rural Harris County, Texas on April 16, 1932. He was preceded in death by his father,Horace W. Cooper, and mother, Allene Cooper.

Milton proudly served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a member of the Sharon Shrine Temple in Tyler, Texas and was a mason for over 50 years.

Upon completion of a degree in education from the University of Houston in 1955, Milton began teaching sixth grade in Houston Independent School District. After sixteen years in the Houston Independent School District, he began his twenty-year career in the Spring Independent School District where he was the first principal of Bammel Middle School. He was a director, principal, and assistant superintendent in Spring ISD. Spring ISD’s 18th elementary school was named after Mr. Cooper.

Milton is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Anne Rodgers Cooper, and a legacy of his sister MaryJo Cooper of Houston, two sons and three granddaughters including son, Milton, Jr. and wife Carla, and granddaughter Katy of Houston; and son, Paul and wife Vickie, and granddaughters, Ashley andRachel of Tyler. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Milton H. Cooper, may be made to the memorial of your choice.

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


07/24/2015

James Lee Choron, 62, of Moscow, Russia, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Memorial services are unknown at this time.

Jimmy Choron was born 4 December 1953 in Dallas, Texas and was lovingly reared and cared for by his parents, J. Wilton and Grace Choron. He graduated from Center in 1973. In 1995 he moved to Russia after accepting a job offer from Kodak where he continued to live and participate in a variety of opportunities.

He is survived by:
Mother: Grace Choron of Center.

Wife of 17 years: Violetta Berezina of Moscow, Russia.

Son : Erik Choron and wife, Valerie, of Copperas Cove

Daughters:
Megan Henderson, of Diboll
Heather Munding and husband Steven, of Killeen

7 Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: Father, J. Wilton Choron of Center

In lieu of flowers, make donations to your local church and be encouraged to find peace within yourself.


07/23/2015

Billy Gene “Bill” Ramsey, 87, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Shelby County. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Billy Gene was born June 20, 1928, in Shelby County, Texas, to Frank Ramsey and Mary Lee Hughes Ramsey. He later moved to Houston, where he lived for 50 years, raised his family, worked as both a lineman and foreman at Houston Light and Power and served in various church and community roles. He retired after 36 years of service. In 2000, following his retirement, Billy Gene and Ouida moved back home to Shelby County, where they are active members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife of 68 years: Ouida “Bunkin” Crawford Ramsey of Center

Sons:
Larry Ramsey and wife, Evelyn, of Hockley
Tommy Ramsey and wife, Terri, of Humble
Craig Ramsey and wife, Tracey, of Humble

Daughters:
Carol Ramsey Lowther and husband, Rick, of Mesa, Arizona
Kay Ramsey of Center

14 Grandchildren

14 Great-Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Frank Ramsey and Mary Lee Hughes Ramsey
Brothers: Byron Glen Ramsey, Doyle Ramsey, Buster Lee “Pete” Ramsey

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association
c/o Jackie Grant
269 CR 1505
Center, Texas 75935

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


Dawn Bradley Lang, 72, of Garrison, was called to be with our Lord on July 16, 2015.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Garrison with Bro. Rick Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Appleby. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Dawn was born August 21, 1942 in Battle Creek, MI. She lived a life of service to her church, her family and to others in need. A faithful Christian, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and active member of the community, Dawn committed her life to showing kindness to those around her. She worked as a nurse at Garrison Nursing Home, served as choir director at First Methodist Church in Garrison, was a member of the Timpson chapter of Eastern Star and served as Grand Matron of the Garrison chapter. Dawn had a lovely smile and uplifting personality that would always light up the room. All those who knew and loved Dawn know that the world is a lesser place as a result of her passing.

Preceded in death by her loving husband Charles Fred Lang. Her parents Rex Bradley and Jeanne Bradley

She is survived by her Brother Brent Bradley and his wife Tammy Bradley from Kelso Washington, Brother Bryce Bradley and his wife Leanna Bradley from Kelso Washington, Niece Jennifer Bradley and Nephews Jeff Bradley, Aaryn Bradley, Brent Bradley, Corey Bradley and Owen Bradley.

She is survived by her sons Tracey Lang and his wife Denise from Richmond Tx, David Lang, his wife Gina, Son Troy Lang and his wife, Jill, Granddaughter Brittany Lang, Grandson Myles Lang, Grandson Rian Lang, his wife Ashley, Granddaughters Cheyenne and Brooklynn from Alvin Tx, Christopher Lang, his wife Jacqueline and son Xander from Woodlands Tx, son Charles Lang Jr. from College Station Tx, Grandchildren Cameron and Susanne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Order of the Eastern Star – Garrison Chapter No. 192
231 N. “B” Avenue
Garrison, Texas 75946

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


Funeral services for Mrs. Queen Esther Moore Garrett (81) of Center, Texas will be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at St Paul Baptist Church, (617 Hopkins Street, Center, Texas), 11:00am. Rev. Alvin Brinson will be officiating.

Mrs. Queen Esther Moore, Garrett was born on November 3, 1933 to the late Zebedee and Louisa Moore in Shelbyville, Texas

She united with the East Hamilton Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful member until she left to be with the Lord on July 22, 2015. She believed in working for the Lord. She sang in the choir, was the director of the food committee, and diligently worked on the building fund committee.

She attended and graduated from the East Liberty School where she was a member of the basketball team.

She was retired from Bruce Hardwood Floors where she worked for over 19 years and made many friends.

She united in marriage to the late William Garrett on December 10, 1955 to the union two daughters were born. Pearl McLendon (A.L.) and Robbie Garrett both of Center. She leaves to cherish her memory five grandchildren: Rochelle (Aaron) Robinson, O’Bryan Land, Marlon (Jessica) Cartwright, Denise Garrett, and Asia Garrett. Two great-grandchildren Aiden Robinson and Allen Hutto. Six brothers: Mervin Gene, R.L, Robert, and Zebedee Jr. (Lula) Moore all of Center. Carl (Dazella) and Billy Earl (Peggy) Moore of Houston, Texas. One sister: Lou Byndom of Center, Texas. Three brother-in-laws: Sam (Judy), Lee Garrett of Tyler, Texas and AJ Garett of Beaumont. Sister-in-laws Mae Ella Moore of Shelbyville, Texas. Raised as special brothers: Tom Cartwright (Sandra) of Silsbee, Texas; James (Elizabeth) of Sacramento, Ca; Lem Cartwright of Center, and Sammy Garrett of Shelbyville. Special cousins including Minnie Brinson, Lola Chumbley, and Eloise “Doll” Johnson. She was preceding in death by brothers Lee Arvis, Ellis P., and Willie Earl Moore.

She leaves also to cherish her memory her pet cat “Bad Boy” and her dog “Boxer” along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, July 24, 2015 at Hicks Chapel, (804 MLK Drive, Center, Texas), from the hours of 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Burial will be at Burton Field Cemetery in the East Hamilton Community

Repass will be at Park Pit (Mrs. Jessie Fountain’s) following the services.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935


07/22/2015

Era Gilchrist, 97, Center, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Jack Manley and Rev. Ed McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Short Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Gilchrist was born May 18, 1918, in Shelby County, to Robert L. Anding and Versie Collins Anding. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Center Chapter No. 348, the Den Mother of the Cub Scouts and also a member of First Assembly of Church in Center.

She is survived by
Son: Dickie Gilchrist and wife, Eldora, of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: B.T. “Dick” Gilchrist
Parents: Robert L. Anding and Versie Collins Anding
Sisters: Apple Anding, Oveda Anding
Brother: Leroy Anding

Pallbearers will be Mark Ivey, Randolph Lout, John Monk and Floyd Wright.

A special thanks to East Texas Home Health and HeartsWay Hospice for their love and care.

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


Bessie Lou Green, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday May 31, 2015 in Nampa, Idaho.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday August 1, 2015 at the home of Danny & Cheryl Green. Her request was that family and friends gather and have a big Italian dinner in honor of her family. The family will have a private graveside service at a later date.

Bess was born March 15, 1933, in Port Arthur Texas to Anthony Campise and Opal Miller Campise. She later met Fred Green to whom she was married to for 61 years. She was an exceptional cook and homemaker.

She is survived by her children:

Danny Green and wife Cheryl of Shelbyville
Ron Green and wife Donna of Lafayette, Louisiana
Theresa Stem and husband, Bill of Nampa, Idaho

Sister:
Frances Strong of Orange, Texas

Brother:
Anthony Campise and wife Lyndell of Groves, Texas

10 Grandchildren:
16 Great-Grandchildren
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins

Preceded in death by:
Husband - Fred C. Green
Parents Anthony & Opal Campise
Daughter – Susan Green

Our home number is 936-368-2832 if you need directions.



Graveside services for Fannie Mae Caid, 93, of Tyler, will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Rev. Pat Alvey and Rev. Carl Smith officiating, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mrs. Caid passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 in Tyler.
She was born July 3, 1922 in Woods, Texas, to Aaron Frank Baldwin and Bernice Gibson Baldwin.

Fannie Mae was a member of Friendly Baptist Church of Tyler, Texas and a former member of First Baptist Church of Center, Texas. She graduated from Center High School in Center, Texas. She held the position of admittance clerk with East Jefferson General Hospital until she retired.

Fannie Mae was preceded in death by her father Aaron Frank Baldwin, her mother Bernice Gibson Baldwin, and her sister Helon Marie Harwell.

She is survived by her loving family including daughter, Lanelle Picarella and her husband Joe; son, Jeff C. Caid and his wife Cindy; grandsons, Aaron Picarella and Kip Picarella and his wife Alyssa; granddaughters, Jessica Carroll and her husband Jeffrey, Lisa Taylor and her husband Joe and Marissa Caid; four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jeff C. Caid, Joe Picarella, Aaron Picarella, Kip Picarella, Jeffrey Carroll, and Joe Taylor.

Visitation is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, 211 Winchester Dr., Tyler, Texas 75701


07/20/2015

Karen Sue Haynes Reynolds, 59, of Center, passed away July 20, 2015 in Cushing.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Reynolds was born December 7, 1955, in Dennison, to Billy Ray Reynolds and Helen Jean Askew Reynolds. She loved watching cooking shows and caring for others, especially her family and her dogs. She was a member of Hurst Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by
Son: Christopher Reynolds and wife, Julia, of Nacogdoches

Grandson: Zander Reynolds of Nacogdoches

Sister: Brenda Yoachum of Garrison

Mother: Helen Jean Reynolds of Center

Brothers:
John Reynolds of Center
Michael Reynolds of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Billy Ray Reynolds
Brother: Billy M. Reynolds

Pallbearers will be William Reynolds, Tristian Reynolds, Cameron Reynolds, Matthew Reynolds, Billy Yoachum and Larry Askew.

Memorial donations may be made to:American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)

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


A funeral service for Mr. Alex Joe “Jay” Travis, 89, of Beckville, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel in Carthage. Officiating the service will be Bro. Jerry Phillips, Pastor Ray Holland, and Bro. Danny Dodson. Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery, Rusk County. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Travis passed away on Sunday afternoon, July 19, 2015, at his home in Beckville with his family by his side.

Alex Joe “Jay” Travis was born on June 26, 1926, in Ada, OK to the late Alvis and Martha Taylor Travis. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1947. During this time he met and married the love of his life, Zettie Mae Smith, on Sept. 1, 1945, in Center. He happily and lovingly provided for his family as a Fabricater Welder for Zachary and Brown & Root for many years until his retirement. They moved to Beckville in 1977, from Savoy, TX and were a member of the First Baptist Church of Beckville. Their pastor and pastor’s wife for many years, Bro. Jerry and Mrs. Banita, held a very special place in their hearts. Mr. Travis was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years and son, Tommie Joe “Jody” Travis.

Mr. Travis is survived by daughters, Brenda Wright and husband Robert of Beckville and Debbie Dodson and husband Danny of Center; sisters, Alyene Moyer, Ophelia Wheeler, and Floreta Oxley; brother, Floyd Travis; grandchildren, Kevin Johns and wife Cherrie of Beckville, Ricky Johns and wife Shona of Beckville, Randy Johns and wife Angel of Harleton, Angie Stone and husband Scott of Beckville, Craig Travis and wife Robin of Carthage, Jason Travis and wife Casey of Beckville, Raymond Dodson and wife Kim of Dallas, and Misty Dodson of Arlington; special adopted granddaughter, Mary Moore of Center; great-grandchildren, Brittany Mojica and husband Fidel of Beckville, Samantha, Sydney, Parker, and Savanah Johns of Beckville, Gunner Smith of Harleton, Sawyer Johns of Harleton, Alyssa Garcia and husband Adrian of Beckville, Dustin Travis of The Colony, Kaleb Travis of Carthage, Leah and Sienna Stone of Denton, Chelsea Taylor and husband Josh of Carthage, Ben, AJ, and Tucker Travis of Beckville, and Nicholas and Brandon Dodson of Center; special adopted great-grandchildren, Brylie and Grayson of Center; great-great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jayden Mojica of Beckville, Addison Marie and Alivia Mae Garcia of Henderson, and Raylie Taylor of Carthage; daughter-in-law, Janis Travis Morris; and son-in-law, Glenn Johns.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Anita Lindley with the V.A. Hospital in Shreveport for the loving care shown to Mr. Travis.

Pallbearers are Kevin Johns, Ricky Johns, Randy Johns, Craig Travis, Jason Travis, and Raymond Dodson. Honorary pallbearers are Glenn Johns, Scott Stone, Woody Keating, and Dago Yarborough.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Beckville, P.O. Box 329, Beckville, TX 75631.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Ira Clifton (Cliff) Burgay was born January 12, 1934 to Ira and Cleo Burgay in Shelby County. He died July 16, 2015 in Garrison, Texas.

 

 

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation will be one hour before service 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Funeral Home.

 

 

Survivors:

Daughters:
Phyllis Burgay Griffin and Sharon Burgay

Granddaughter: Suzanne Lang

Grandsons:
Brandon Griffin and Cameron Lang

Nephews:
Steven Haney and Stanley Haney

Numerous nieces, nephews and extended family

Preceded in death by: Parents: Ira Clifton Burgay, Sr. and Cleo “Pat” (Patsford) Burgay
Brothers; Bobby Gene Burgay and Jim Burgay
Sister; Betty Bernice Haney

The service are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home.



07/18/2015

Aubrey Dean Lamon, 63, of Center, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Lamon was born September 29, 1951, in Lufkin, to Marion Dean Lamon and Hester Arlene Pinkston Lamon. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Dianne Lamon of Center

Son: Aubrey Lamon II and wife, Kayla, of Center

Father: Rev. M.D. Lamon of Center

Sister: Shirley Goodwin and husband, Richard, of Center

Brothers:
Garfield D. Lamon Sr. of Woodville
Don Lamon and wife, Rilda, of Mississippi

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Hester Arlene Pinkston Lamon

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


J.C. “Buck” Turner, 60, of Center, passed away July 17, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Eric Pledger officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Turner was born February 9, 1955, in Center, to Jesse Cleveland Turner Sr. and Dimple Cunningham Turner. He was a member of the Barnstorm Survivors Band, with whom he performed several benefits and also participated in the Toys for Tots Drive.

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

Grandchildren:
River LeAnn Turner of Center
Jordan Turner of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Brother: Billy Wayne Turner
Sisters: Linda Turner Thatcher, Rose Turner Pytlewizz, Pat Turner
Parents: Jesse Cleveland Turner Sr. and Dimple Cunningham Turner

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

“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on...” -- Irving Berlin

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


07/17/2015

Gene Lung, 80, of Huxley, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Military honors graveside will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

Mr. Lung was born June 27, 1935, in Rushville, Illinois, to Elmer Lawrence Lung and Dorothy Irene Walker Lung. He served in the United States Air Force and later worked for AT&T, where he retired after several years of service. Mr. Lung was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Daughter: Sandra Abla of Shreveport, Louisiana

Grandson: Michael Bush and wife, Dawn, of Haughton, Louisiana

Great-Granddaughter: Chelsea Lewis Bush of Haughton, Louisiana

Cousin: Lois Rittenhouse of Colchester, Illinois

Friend: Mary Lee Hart of Huxley, Texas

Preceded in death by
Parents: Elmer Lawrence Lung and Dorothy Irene Walker Lung
Mother of Sandra: Elsie Lung
Brother: Gary Lung

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


Shirley Barton, 75, of Winnsboro, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Winnsboro.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Old Home Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Sam Roe officiating.

Ms. Barton was born February 2, 1940 in Logansport, Louisiana, to Jessie W. Smith and Valera Christine Alexander Smith. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by
Sons:
Mike Barton and wife, Misty, of Winnsboro
Gregg Barton of Winnsboro

Grandchildren:
Bart Barton
Joshua Barton
Maria Barton
Kendell Hill
Keaton Hargett

Great Grandchildren:
Angel Michelle Barton
Trenten Hill
Brayden Hill
Dawson Hill

Brother: Carl Smith and wife, Mary, of Logansport, Louisiana

Sister: Linda Goforth of Paris

Preceded in death by
Husband: Huey P. Barton
Son: Ricky Barton
Parents: Jessie W. Smith and Valera Christine Alexander Smith

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


Robert Purcell (Bob) Goodman, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2015, at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport, Louisiana, under the direction of Rose-Neath Kilpatrick Funeral Home.

Mr. Goodman was born April 21, 1932, in Navasota, to Charles Alexander Goodman and Wyatt Brown Goodman.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Virginia Goodman Anderson and husband, Steve, of Columbus, Texas
Vickie Goodman Brown and husband, Thomas, of Katy, Texas
Kimberly Jane Goodman of Shelbyville

Sons:
Robert P. Goodman and wife, Reba, of Corpus Christi, Texas
Kyle Jeffers Goodman of Taylor, Arkansas
Kelly Jay Goodman of Shreveport, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Tamara Rose Rameriz and husband, Christopher
Thomas Wayne Brown
Eric Jay Brown and wife, Chandra
Carmen Lugo and husband, Jason
Carlos Llora and wife, Jessany
Jeremy Anderson and wife, Amanda
Sarah Nugent and husband, Brant
Zachary Anderson and wife, Adrienne
Royce Goodman and wife, Laura
Robbin Goodman and wife, Rosa Bell
Reed Goodman
Rebecka Marie Barton
Elizabeth Ann Barton
Sarah Caroline Barton
William Ryan Goodman
Kasi Goodman

18 Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Lawrence Philip Goodman and wife, Elaine, of Houston, Texas

Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: Jewell Shipp Gillette and husband, Bill, of Bossier City, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Wife: Glenis Beck Goodman
Wife: Patti V. Shipp Goodman
Parents: Charles Alexander Goodman and Wyatt Brown Goodman
Son: William Jack Goodman
Daughter: Lynda Sue Goodman
Sisters and Brothers-in-Law: Mary Wyatt Goodman Szenasi and Mickey, Mildred Elizabeth Goodman Easley and Robert (Bubba)
Brothers and Sisters-in-law: James Richard Goodman and Ruth (Hensley), Charles Doyle Goodman and Dorothy (Phillips)

Pallbearers will be Grandsons and Donald Ray (Doc) Moore.

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


Clara Fern Harrison Christensen, 89, a resident of Mesa, AZ, passed away on July 1, 2015 in Mesa.

She was born on July 15, 1925, to Wiley Braxton and Maude (Corley) Harrison in Tenaha, Texas. Fern graduated from Tenaha High School and business college in Alexandria, Louisiana, where in 1944 she met Warren Christensen, while he was stationed at Alexandria Army Air Base. Upon his return from the War, they married and settled in Tillamook, Oregon to raise their family. They moved to Mesa, Arizona, then later retired to Texas to the family home. She and Warren moved back to Mesa in 2010.

Fern was on the residents board at the Citadel. She enjoyed flower arranging and cooking. Her specialty was country fried chicken, which was hard to beat. She cherished spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter Donna Jarzyna and her husband Mark; daughter Cheri Bradshaw (husband, Allen); grandchildren John Warren Dickinson and his wife Robbin, Mark Richard Dickinson and his wife Amiee, Kristen Lee Bradshaw MacKenzie and her husband Scot, Lee Allen Bradshaw and his wife Lisa; great-grandchildren John Griffin “Finn” Dickinson, Evelyn Clara Dickinson, Grant Dickinson, Alex Simpson, Brodrick Christen Bradshaw, Bromley Dallen Bradshaw, Kaitlin Anne MacKenzie, Isobel Grace MacKenzie and numerous nieces and nephews in Texas and Oregon.

Fern is preceded in death by her parents, husband Warren, son in law Allen Bradshaw and her 6 brothers and sisters.

Services will be held at Corley Harrison Family Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church in Tenaha, Texas.

Online remembrances may be left at: www.mariposagardens.com



07/15/2015

Bertha Olene Henderson, 85, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at her residence.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Michael Joe Byrd officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Henderson was born September 12, 1929, in Center, to Dandy Horton Byford and Nora Ruth Anderson Byford. She retired from Pasadena ISD in May of 1986. Mrs. Henderson and her husband travelled extensively throughout the United States and Canada.

She is survived by
Children:
Shirley Russom and husband, Charlie, of Arlington
Douglas Henderson and wife, Wanda, of League City
Kathryn Trejo of Pasadena

10 Grandchildren

15 Great-Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: James Walter Henderson
Son: James David Henderson
Great Granddaughter: Carly Bolton
Parents: Dandy Horton Byford and Nora Ruth Anderson Byford
Two Brothers
Two Sisters

Pallbearers will be Bryan Mazac, Kevin Garpne, Jason Henderson, Joel Henderson, Billy Mazac and Jeffrey Kwas. Honorary pallbearer will be Brian Whiteside.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.

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


07/14/2015

Brooksie Lee Miller Lipscomb, age 85 of Tenaha, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center Hospital.

Services will be 1p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5pm until 7pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 2, 1929 in Shelby County to parents, C.F. & Willie Elizabeth (Brittain) Miller. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in the accounting and scheduling departments for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, C.F. & Willie Miller, husband, R.H. Lipscomb, Jr., infant brother, Little Ora Miller, brother, Calvin Miller, brother, Henry Miller and sister, Vera Miller.

She is survived by:
Daughter:
Elizabeth Ann Marett & husband, Jimmy of Tenaha
Son:
Ed Lipscomb & wife, Pam of Houston

Grandchildren:
Jamie Norris & husband, Jonothon of Crosby
Susan Roberts & husband, Andrew of Houston

Numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren

Sister-in-law:
Jackie Miller of Tenaha

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


Bobby D. Bell, 67, of Garrison, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 in Garrison.

A military honors graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County, under the direction of VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Bell was born January 23, 1948, in Nacogdoches, to Clifford Bell and Rachel Bailey Bell. He served in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Bell was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by
Children:
Amy Sarkies and husband, David, of Garrison
Emily Mitchell and husband, Aaron, of Garrison

Grandchildren:
Britany Sarkies
Tiffany Fox
Troy Sarkies
Madeline Mitchell
Ace Mitchell

Great Grandchildren:
Channing Fox
Rhett Sarkies

Brother: Darrell Bell

Sisters:
Pam McFadden and husband, Clayton
Debra Ward

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Jennifer Jo Bell
Parents: Clifford Bell and Rachel Bailey Bell
One Sister
One Brother

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


07/13/2015

Bacil Risinger, Sr., 81, of Mauriceville, Texas passed away Monday, July 13, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home in Buna with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Born March 10, 1934 in Patroon, Texas to Huey and Ruth Armstreet Risinger, he had lived most of his life in Mauriceville and was a ship fitter, having worked at Levingston Shipyard and Texas Dry dock where he retired.

He was preceded in death by his mother & father; daughter, Elouise ”Punkin” Risinger; a grandson, Bacil Risinger III; and sisters, Macie Perry and Wanda Bando.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Louise Risinger of Mauriceville; sons, Bacil & Julie Risinger, Jr. of Orange, and Mathew & Monica Risinger of Mauriceville; 2 sisters, Mavis Elliott of Shelbyville and Mary Magali of Dallas; 11 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home, Buna, Texas.

Roger Guyton Hopkins, age 67, of Morrow, Georgia, passed away March 11, 2015, at his residence. Graveside interment memorial service will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park, 1554 Hwy. 7, Center, Texas at 10AM on Saturday, July 18, 2015.


Roger Guyton "Guy" Hopkins was born on Father's Day, June 15, 1947 in Center, Texas to James Granvel Hopkins and his wife Maudine Hughes Hopkins. He is survived by his brother Teddy Hopkins of Center, Texas and his wife Becky. He married the love of his life, Linda Thompson, on July 21, 1973 in Tenaha, Texas. He and Linda have three children; Rachael Gabrielle Hopkins, Rebekah Michelle Hopkins Frederick (spouse Michael Frederick) and Benjamin Raphael Hopkins (spouse Paige Burleigh Hopkins). Rebekah and Michael have two children Genevieve Abigail and Jacob Christopher Frederick. Ben and Paige have one son Sebastian Connor Hopkins. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends

The family thanks you for all the condolences they have received. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made, in memory of Guy, to one of the following organizations that were dear to his heart:

Southern Grace Hospice l
364 Racetrack Road
McDonough, GA 30252
http://www.southerngracehospice.com/

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
http://www.theaftd.org/


07/12/2015

Huey Dan Phillips, age 84, of Huxley, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 11am Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Bickley officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with military honors given by our local VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5pm until 8 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born July 22, 1930 in Gary, Texas to J.C. and Maggie Belle (Ritter) Phillips. He served in the US Army. He was a long time school teacher. He was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and also played the organ.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, J.C. & Maggie Phillips, Brothers, James Phillips, Alton Ross Phillips and Lovis Clifton Phillips and Sisters, Reba Irene Phillips Bowlin and Jessie Belle Campbell.

He is survived by:

Wife of 48 years:
Mary Jo Dean Phillips of Huxley

Son:
Keith Devers & wife, Kristie of Huxley

Grandchildren:
Nathaniel Ray Devers
Mary Elizabeth Devers

Sister-in-law:
Charlsie Phillips of Carthage
Barbara Ross of Center
Laretta Dean of Huxley

Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law:
Bob & Barbara Ann Dean of Mont Belvieu

Family request that donations can be made to Strong Cemetery Fund, PO Box 1383, Center, Texas 75935

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


Ernest “Buddy” Baggett, 87, of Center, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Forbis and Bro. Edward McRae officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday, July 13, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born August 22, 1927 in Converse, LA to James Averett and Virginia Delores ( Myers) Baggett. He served in the US Army.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Averett and Virginia Baggett, Daughter, Debra Jan Johnson, Brother, Clifford Baggett and an infant sister.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Wayne Baggett of Center
Grandchildren:
Brandi Johnson of Center
Brad Johnson & wife Chavaletta of Center
4 Great Grandchildren:
Kaitlyn, Khloe & Bryce Johnson & Mahalia Raymond
Sisters:
Hazel Brittain of Garrison
Ella Manshack of Center
Joyce Noble & husband, Roy Edward of Joaquin
Brother:
Pete Baggett & wife, Sharon of Nacogdoches
Numerous Nieces & Nephews

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

Patsy Joyce Lunsford, 75, of Suffolk, VA, passed away July 11, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday,
July 17, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, TX. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Friday July 17, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Tx. Ms. Lunsford was born March 10, 1940


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


07/10/2015

Brooksie Elizabeth Bradberry, 96, of Center went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Karen Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born in the Sardis Community in 1919, she spent her lifetime residence in Shelby County and made temporary housing arrangements alongside her husband Joe at every in-state US Army base camp he was assigned. After Joe returned home, she spent many years working at Center Drug Store in the Gift Department. She was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the First United Methodist Church in Center. Outings with her Sunday School Class were days she truly treasured.

She was a seasoned canasta and 42 player, a fishing buddy, the best fried chicken and oatmeal raisin cookie baker, a loyal Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers supporter, a daily bird watcher, the loving hug just at the right time, the stern "shake" when needed, a friend, an inspiration, a teacher, a loving mother and our biggest fan and grandmother.

Meeting her at the gates of Heaven are her parents Lum & Isabel Schillings, six siblings and the love of her life; her husband Joe Bradberry. Her spirit is carried on by her beloved daughter Becky Johnson, favorite son-in-law Billy Johnson, her precious grandson Brent & wife Teresa Johnson, granddaughter Brittney Johnson and fiancé Marlon Ford, soon to be great-grandchildren Kirbie, Kaytlin and Andrew Ford, her brother Furman Schillings, sister Ruth Oliver and many special nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Center.

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


07/09/2015

Johnny Ray Paxton, 60, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his residence.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mr. Paxton was born June 23, 1955, in Center, to Charlie Paxton and Rena Spurlock Paxton. He was a member of Old Home Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Daughter: Jami Paxton of Abilene

Grandchildren:
Kylee Green of Abilene
August Casselberry of Abilene

Sisters:
Sheila Wiggins of Joaquin
Betty Carroll of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Mary Paxton
Son: Robert Sean Paxton
Parents: Charlie Paxton and Rena Spurlock Paxton
Brother: Charles Paxton
Brothers-in-law: Ricky Wiggins, Danny Carroll

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


Visitation, Mass and funeral services for Alice Fern Bates Smith Prudhomme, 73, have been announced, with the visitation being held on Friday, July 10 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Roseneath Funeral Home in Mansfield, with a Memorial Mass being held at 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was a member, in Mansfield on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM, followed by interment at Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Carmel. Msgr. J. Carson LaCaze will officiate at all services. A favorite nephew, Preston Bates, will deliver the Eulogy.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Hilton, Doug “Slo” Smith, James Foshee, Jim Edwards, Quint Gillespie and Gerald Laffitte. Honorary Pallbearers include Richard Z. Johnson and Doug Young.

Alice fought a hard fight with health issues these past few years but just kept going with her zest for life and love for her family. She left for her spiritual home on June 17, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Prudhomme, parents David Elmer and Blanche White Bates (of the Haslam Community); brother Robert E. Bates, Sr.; sister Mae Ella Bates Beckham and grandson, Derek E. Langford.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jana Smith and fiancé Quint Gillespie of Shreveport; Tanya Smith and fiancé John Moyer of Orlando, Florida and Amber Prudhomme of the Carmel Community. She is also survived by grandson Stephen Langford and wife, Casse, of Chasaka, Minnesota; great-granddaughters Margot Langford, Alice Langford and Jordan Langford; brother, Herman G. Bates and wife, Faye, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins that were dear to her heart.

Alice was born October 24, 1942 and was a 1960 graduate of Joaquin High School in Joaquin, Texas, where she excelled in academics. She graduated with many scholarships and attended Panola Jr. College, until she married Kenneth Smith of Logansport. The Smiths soon became three when their daughter Jana was born. Kenneth later became the owner of the Piggly Wiggly store in Haslam, Texas and both were involved in many community projects. In 1967, their daughter Tanya was born. She later was re-married to Frank Prudhomme in the 1980’s, and had another daughter, Amber.

Alice discovered her love for travel as well as photography and captured many subjects that were published in the local newspapers, including her column the “Carmel Capers”. She also loved the Sabine River, where she was raised, and gathering with family and friends to enjoy fun times in the water and sun.

She started out in the CB craze in the 1970’s as “River Streaker”, which later evolved into amateur radio, and re-located to the Carmel Community with her youngest daughter. She worked hard and achieved the “Advanced” extra licensing, and enjoyed talking to people all over the world, also exchanging QSL cards. She had been a member of the Shreveport Amateur Radio Association (SARA) and Sky Warn. Her articles were published in QSL, the amateur radio magazine.

Alice started her genealogy quest while living in Logansport, with her first husband’s DeSoto linage, which ignited a fire within her that later would become a passion. She researched in depth her grandmother’s Lafitte family, with her tireless research living on for generations of Lafittes and DeSotos in countless volumes and photographs. She enjoyed being a part of the Lafitte reunions in Natchitoches Parish, and was proud to be a descendant of that family as well as the Bates family in Haslam.

She was a member of the DeSoto Historical Society, and was a contributing columnist on several occasions to “The DeSoto Plume”. She will always be remembered to have loved the history of this part of the country and wanted to help preserve it.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Carmel Catholic Cemetery in care of St. Josephs Catholic Church; PO Box 760; Mansfield, LA 71052.


07/08/2015

Joseph Daniel Crawford Jr., 59, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at his residence.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later time.

Mr. Crawford was born January 24, 1956 in Mississippi to Joseph Crawford Sr. and Bonnie Strawbridge Crawford.

He is survived by
Sons:
Joseph Hickman of Lufkin
Justin Hickman of Lufkin
Kevin Strawbridge of Mississippi

10 Grandchildren

Sisters:
Sharon Jackson and husband, Barry, of Mississippi
Donna Crawford and husband, Caesar, of Baytown
Sheila Stafford and husband, Mike, of Warren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Joseph Crawford Sr. and Bonnie Strawbridge Crawford

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


Lewis E. Williford Sr., 72, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Williford was born June 5, 1943 in Center to Levi Arvin Williford and Dorothy J. Burns Williford. He served in the United States Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard. He was a member of Longview Masonic Lodge in Longview and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by:

Wife, Porfi Guzman Williford of Center

Children:
Lewis Williford Jr. of Quinlan
Theresa Williford Cobb and husband, Billy Ray Cobb, of Quinlan
Darrell Williford of Porter
Wendy C. Williford and husband, Robert Warren, of Spring
Jayson Guzman and Brandi Gilchrist of Center

Grandchildren: Justin Williford, Joshua Williford, Jason Williford, William Story, Chase Story

Great-Grandchildren: Anthony Lewis Williford, Justin Williford Jr., Atreyu Story, Jaiden Alexander Williford

Sisters and Brother:
Vicki Lynn Thomas of Center
George Williford and wife, Sue, of Center
Dianne Nutt and husband, Jerry, of LaPorte
Diann Walker of Center

Stepmother, Delcie Williford of Center

Aunt, Gladys Moore of Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Clint Williford
Daughter-in-law: Marsha Williford
Parents: Levi Arvin Williford and Dorothy J. Burns Paxton
Brother: Robert Williford

Pallbearers will be Chester Burns Jr., Gregg Burns, Paul Burns, Travis Munsinger, Alejo Rodriguez and Leonardo Guzman.

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


07/06/2015

Dorothy Diane Nail, 73, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Center.

A private interment was held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Miss Nail was born November 7, 1941 in Center to James E. Nail and Hazel Sowell Nail. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by
Nieces:
Shelia Harris and husband, Roy, of Center
Lisa McAdams and husband, Billy Bob, of Center

Preceded in death by
Parents: James E. Nail and Hazel Sowell Nail
Sister: Jimmie Louise Nail Boles

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


07/05/2015

Mr. Garland (Mac) McLeroy, 86, of Timpson, TX passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Dock Lazarine officiating. Interment to follow in the County Line Cemetery in Timpson, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Mr. McLeroy was born February 26, 1929, in Dotson, TX. Garland (Mac) was the son of the late Doyle Henry McLeroy and Vesta Sparks McLeroy. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Mac enjoyed fishing, gardening and was an avid sports fan. He worked many years for Tipton Ford in Nacogdoches, Texas as a car salesman. Mac also served as a policeman for the City of Nacogdoches for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Opal McLeroy of Timpson, Texas; daughter, Tawnya Dornak and husband Robert of Sugarland, Texas; stepson, Gary Trentelman and wife Neisha of Wylie, Texas; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends who will miss him greatly.

Mr. McLeroy was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Martha Johnson; and step-daughter, Marcia Shaklee.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements..


Marvin Mitchell, 74, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County. A visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center prior to the funeral service, beginning at 10 a.m.

Mr. Mitchell was born May 20, 1941 in San Augustine County to Lee Mitchell and Ellen Ferguson Mitchell. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Sisters:
Bobbie Scott and husband, J.B., of Center
Patsy Madison of Mississippi

Brother: Robert Mitchell and wife, Nelda, of Lufkin

Special Niece: Kay Green

Former wife and friend: Lynette Vaughn

Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lee Mitchell and Ellen Ferguson Mitchell
Sisters: Doris Bailey, Ruth Shirrell
Brother-in-law: Edward Shirrell

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


  

Pharon A. Newton, 90, of Center, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2015, at Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin with Rev. Randy Smith officiating.

Pharon was born to Melvin and Alice Newton on March 9, 1925. He went to school at Joaquin High School and then worked at Haslam Sawmill. After his marriage to Oleta and the birth of their daughter, the family moved to High Island, Texas, where he worked for Southwestern Bell. Pharon was also employed by Trinity Valley, Magocobar, and Halliburton for 28 ½ years before he retired in 1986. Pharon was one of six founding families of the First Presbyterian Church of Nederland. After moving to Center, in 1988, Pharon became active in the First United Methodist Church of Joaquin, Texas. He served as a Trustee of the Church Council, was President of the Administrative Board, and was the Honorary Grandpa of the Methodist Youth Group.

He is survived by daughter, Dianna Patterson and her husband, Keith, of Los Angeles, California; grandson, CMDR Douglas Patterson and wife, Chris, of Coronado, California; great-granddaughters, Emily and Amanda of Coronado, California; and brother, Van O. Newton and family of North Carolina.

Pharon was preceded in death by his wife, Oleata; grandson, Randy; his parents; and brother, Woodson.

Pharon’s wisdom, loving nature, smile, and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Pallbearers will be CMDR Douglas Patterson, Glenn Gill, Jason Gill, Gene Allen, Barney Moss, Larry Hennigan and Newton Johnson.

Special thanks to Colonial Pines Care Center and Accolade Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to:
American Cancer Society
PO Box 22718
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718

Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine
1203 FM 1277
San Augustine, Texas 75972

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


07/04/2015

Mike Bockwich, age 57, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015, at home. He was born February 26, 1958, and raised by his parents, Mike and Nancy Bockwich.

Mike worked as a feed truck driver for Tyson Foods, for over twenty years, and then went to nursing school. Mike worked as a licensed vocational nurse for East Texas Medical Center in Carthage for over 10 years, and touched many lives. He was always fascinated with computers, and held many certifications. He also loved animals, and shared his fondness for dogs with his grandchildren.

Mike is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marion, his son Adam, and his daughter Lucy. He is also survived by his two grandsons and his seventeen year old chihuahua, Yogi.

There will be no services at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be performed at a later date.

Mike will be greatly missed. The family thanks you for all the condolences they have received, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (ASPCA)


Grayson Bryce Floyd, 17 months, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Lone Cedar Church in Joaquin with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Cedar Cemetery in Joaquin. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Grayson was born February 3, 2014 in Nacogdoches to Robert Floyd and Brandi Gray Floyd. He loved to shadow his big brother and do everything he did.

He is survived by
Parents: Robert Floyd and Brandi Gray Floyd of Joaquin

Big Brother: Urijah Floyd of Joaquin

Grandparents:
Tommy “Scooter” and Sandra Gray of Joaquin
Rhonda Smith of Tenaha
Bobbie Floyd of Joaquin

Great-Grandparents:
Tommy and Jaunell Gray of Joaquin

Aunts:
Tonya Wagstaff and husband, John, of Tenaha
Emily Buckley and husband, Michael, of Huxley

Numerous other relatives

Pallbearers will be J.R. Wagstaff, Hunter Wagstaff, John Wagstaff and Brian Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackson Thomas and Josh Thomas.

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


07/03/2015

Mr. Donald Lee Fagan of Tenaha, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the age of 79.

Mr. Fagan was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Anson, Texas, to parents Solon Guy Fagan and Mary O. Black Fagan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and also served in the U.S. Navy reserves.

Donald retired from a 35 year career with Lockheed Martin which carried him to many different states as well as countries abroad.

He and his wife Ramona have lived in Shelby County, Texas, for the past several years where he enjoyed being a “gentleman farmer.” Donald also had a great love for hunting and fishing as well as tending his cats. He had a natural music talent and could play almost any instrument he picked up.

His survivors include his wife, Ramona Hudman Fagan of Tenaha, Texas; his brother, Arthur Wayne Fagan and his wife Caroleanne Taggart-Fagan of Dallas, Texas; nieces and nephews, including Keith Hopson of Austin, Texas, Eric Hopson and Kathy Hopson, both of Dallas, Texas; and his mother-in-law, Shirley Hudman of Mineola, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his sister, Mildred Hopson, and a brother, Billy Guy Fagan.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas, with Rev. John McGuire officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Mona suggests memorials be made to the Women’s Shelter of East Texas or similar charities.
Your online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors of Nacogdoches.


Leo Ronald McBride, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana with Bro. Dean Register officiating, assisted by Rev. Gloria Youngblood and Rev. Bob Rowland. Interment will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. McBride was born January 31, 1938 in Logansport, Louisiana to W.R. McBride and Doris Bell McBride. He was a charter member of the Lions Club in Logansport, Louisiana, a member of Kiwanis Club, the Town Council, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, McRamblers and First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana, where he served for twenty-five years as Sunday School Superintendent for twenty-five years. Mc loved the outdoors. He was passionate about his farm, known as 6-Mc Farm, where he raised chickens, cows and horses. He had cats and dogs and was always ready for company to come “sit a spell” on his front porch with a cup of coffee. He had a love for his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors in need. Christmas and Easter family traditions were very important to him and the entire McBride family has kept those tradition alive for seventy-six years.

He is survived by
Wife of 59 years: Margaret McBride of Shelbyville, Texas

Daughters:
Lisa Deutsch of Logansport, Louisiana
Terri Hamon and husband, Johnny, of Logansport, Louisiana
Melanie Woods and husband, Mark, of Logansport, Louisiana
Ronda Guillotte and husband, Kenny, of Logansport, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Monica Cason and husband, Rodger
Colby Deutsch and wife, Erin
Leah Neal and husband, Jonathan
Megan Hanks and husband, Brandon
Cortney Dowden and husband, Michael
Josh Deutsch and wife, Hallie
Paula Rabon and husband, Mat
Betsy Register and husband, Doug
Abbie Woods
Mallory Guillotte
Macy Guillotte

Great-Grandchildren:
Oakley Deutsch, Kyle Deas, Brayden Tyler, Kaylea Neal, Landry Tyler, Ty Paul Neal, Drake Deutsch, Maddy Deutsch, Keaton Cason, Ace Deutsch, Gavin Deutsch, John Case Rabon, King Shepherd Jones, Preslea Rabon, Greyson Deutsch, Rowan Hanks

Twin Brother: Donald McBride and wife, Judy, of Burleson, Texas

Sister: Betsy Garrett and husband, John, of Bastrop, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: W.R. McBride and Doris Bell McBride

Pallbearers will be Colby Deutsch, Josh Deutsch, Trent McBride, Byron McBride, Greg Garrett and Cade McBride. Honorary pallbearers will be Porter Dowling, Ken Hendrickson, Bobby McWilliams, Allen Riley, Bryant Kolb and Dwight Hill.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to HeartsWay Hospice of Carthage for their loving, tender care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana or to a charity of your choice.

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


Dorothy Mae Biggers Moore, age 67, of San Augustine, Texas. Ms. Moore passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service
Monday, July 6, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Reed Chapel Baptist Church
Rev. George Cartwright, Eulogist
Final Viewing Prior to Service from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Church
Interment Haley Bush Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas

Visitation
Sunday, July 5, 2015
12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m.
Garner & Son Chapel

Survivors
Daughters
Doranesia Shelvin and Husband, Rev. Donald R. Shelvin Sr. of Humble, Texas
Chemetri Johnson of San Augustine, Texas
Sharon Johnson of San Augustine, Texas

Sons
Erick Johnson and wife, Billie Johnson of San Augustine, Texas
Rev. Christopher Moore of Houston, Texas

Granddaughter - Tiffany Nelson of Kingwood, Texas

Grandson - Rev. Bradley Hale and wife, Caprice Hale of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sister - Willie Faye Garrett of San Augustine, Texas

Brothers
Alton Biggers of San Augustine, Texas
Lon L. Biggers and wife, Mae Pearl Biggers of Missouri City, Texas
Leroy Biggers and wife, Gwen Biggers of Tyler, Texas

A loving host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary

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06/30/2015

Margaret Dehart, 83, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 22, 1932 in Louisiana to Alton and Ida Bruce.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Alton and Ida Bruce, Husband, Gerald Ray Dehart, Daughter, Donna Robison Patski and Sister-in-law, Jean Minor

She is survived by:
Daughter:
Cynthia Robison of Rocksprings
Sons:
Victor Robinson of Conroe
David Robison
5 Grandchildren
5 Great Grandchildren

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


Willie Earl Moore, age 78, of the East Liberty Community passed away Sunday evening, June 28, 2015 at his residence. Visitation will be held all day Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 12noon on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at East Liberty Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Interment will be at Rather Cemetery Shelbyville, Texas with Pastor Curtis Archie officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Mae Ella Moore of Center

Sons:
Willie Charles (Gloria) McCowin of Detroit, Michigan
Jimmy Wayne Williams of Lufkin

Daughters:
Debra Deason of Lufkin
Sheron (John) Anthony of Center
Lynn (Desmond) Tolbert of Lufkin
Tammy (Christopher) Galbway of Lufkin

16 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Zebedee (Lula) Moore, Jr. of Center
Mervin G. Moore of Center
R.L. Moore of Center
Robert Moore of Center
Carl (Dazella) Moore of Houston

Sisters:
Lou Byndom of Center
Queen Garrett of Center

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


Glen Earl Morris, 77, of Hemphill, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 3, 1937 in Hemphill to George Edward and Pearl Ruth ( McDaniel) Morris. He attended Lamar College. He worked for a Ford Dealership for many years in management and ownership.

He is survived by:
Brother:
James Edward Morris of Nevada
Cousin:
Dorothy “Sunny” Dent of Milam


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


06/29/2015

Travis Warren Chandler, 79, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Garrison. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Garrison with Bro. Jeremy Pruitt officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

Mr. Chandler was born January 24, 1936 in Garrison to W.C. Dock Chandler and Opal Rousseau Chandler. He loved to work on his antique cars, but most especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by
Wife of 58 years: Laverne Chandler

Children:
Terry Chandler and wife, Susan
Sherry Cranford and husband, Joey
Jerry Chandler and wife, Pam

Grandchildren:
Chelsey Brewer and husband, Heath
John Cranford and wife, Britney
Wes Chandler and wife, Tiffani
Allison O’Connor and husband, Corey
Nash Chandler and wife, Melissa
Jared Chandler
Teryn Chandler
Eli Chandler

Great-Grandchildren:
Luccasey Brewer
Jace Chandler
Maveryk Cranford
Conley Brewer
Payton O’Connor
Cabela Brewer

Mother: Opal Chandler

Brother: Joe Chandler and wife, Myke

Sisters:
Juanita Mahan
Martha Harvey and husband, Malcolm
Mary Spratt and husband, Ron

Pallbearers will be Wes Chandler, John Cranford, Nash Chandler, Jared Chandler, Heath Brewer, Corey O’Connor and Eli Chandler. Honorary pallbearers will be Luccasey Brewer, Jace Chander, Ron Freeland, George Muckleroy, Ronnie Stanaland, Roy May, Jerome Hale, Angel Castro, Matthew Stultz and Howard Stokes.

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


Olga Mae Adams, 97, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Ms. Adams was born April 3, 1918 in Center to Louis M. Livingston and Della C. Abbott Livingston. She was a member of First Christian Church in Center.

She is survived by
Son: Jimmy W. Adams of Center

Grandchildren:
Greg Adams of Colmesneil
Susan Adams of Fort Worth
Michael Collins of Shelbyville
Lisa Collins Corbell of Longview
Angela Cox of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Great-Grandchildren:
Matthew Adams of Colmesneil
Shauna Sanford of Center
Nicole Bush of Center
Natalia Prescott of Fort Worth
Courtney Corbell Casey of Ingleside
Leslie Corbell Sonnier of Diana
Tory Rogers of New Braunfels
Jessica Cox Price of New Braunfels
Adam Cox of Center

A number of Great-Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Linda Clifton of Nacogdoches
Joy Jones of Shelbyville
Diane Jones of Center
Pauline Brittain of Aster, Colorado
Gloria Fleming of Conroe

Brothers:
Sam Livingston of Nacogdoches
Bill Livingston of Center

Preceded in death by
Husband: Hugh Adams
Daughter: Betty June Collins
Son: Joe Adams
Sisters: Ima Jean Bush, Pat Schorer
Brothers: Audra Livingston, Aubra Livingston, Jim Livingston

Pallbearers will be Greg Adams, Matthew Adams, Adam Cox, Michael Collins, Josh Price and David Sanford.

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


Cynthia (Sue,Cindy) Jeanette Weaver Traxler, 76, of the Neuville Community, Center, Texas, went to be with her heavenly Father Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Bryd officiating. Burial will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, LA. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 14, 1938 in Logansport, LA to Delmar Jay Weaver and Hazel (Lewis) Weaver. Mrs. Traxler retired from Ferrell’s Veterinary Clinic in Silsbee, Texas after 25 years of service. There she learned to give large and small animals shots, draw blood and do lab tests. She was Past Matron of Silsbee Order of the Eastern Star for 2 years. She was active in Neuville Baptist Church, serving as teacher, W.M.U. treasurer, church treasurer and editor of the church bulletin.

When she and Lonnie moved to East Texas in 2001, all 3 of their children followed and live within a 3 mile radius of them. She was a very outgoing person and loved life, as her choice of songs will show. She never met a stranger and loved to travel.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Delmar J. Weaver, Hazel Weaver Thompson and Step-father, Marshall Thompson.

She is survived by:
Husband of 60 years:
Lonnie Traxler, Sr. of Center

Children:
Lonnie Traxler, Jr. & wife, Robin of Center
Lyndia (Lindy) & husband, Marvin Oliver of Center
Cathy & Husband, Bobby Halbert of Center

Grandchildren:
Stefanie Little & husband, Mike, Eric Traxler & wife, Amber, Philip Traxler, Jessica Smith & James Pounders, Hannah Johnson, Ian Moore, Isaac Traxler, Jesse Traxler,
Sarah Traxler, Katie Traxler & Ila Traxler

Great-Grandchildren:
Shannon Little, Erienne Pounders & Erika Pounders

Numerous Step Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Virginia (Jud) Campbell, Delma (Dee) Strickland

Brother: Delmar (Bubba) J. Weaver & wife, Jane

Uncle: Eddie (Nub) Weaver

Numerous Nieces & Nephews from both the Traxler and Weaver sides of the family and many friends

She also leaves behind a very loving and supportive church family.
Sisters-in-law: Audrey Hall & husband, Dearl, Lillie McClusky & husband, Billy, Ila B. Traxler

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com

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


06/28/2015

Brooksie A. McGee, 93, of Montgomery, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Ms. McGee was born July 5, 1921 in Shelby County to Ezekiel Patterson Anthony and Vada Lee Bradshaw Anthony. She worked at South Main Bank in Houston. Ms. McGee was of the Church of Christ faith.

She is survived by
Brother-in-law: E.A. Tomlin of Center

Nieces and Nephews:
Becky Sparks of Oklahoma
Peggy Johnson and husband, Johnny, of Montgomery
Mickey Sample of Center
Tina Williams and husband, Clark, of Center
Janie Graves and husband, Delbert, of Center
Pete Andrews and wife, Beth, of Center
Russell Andrews of Center
Danny Tomlin and wife, Barbara, of Center
Diane Tomlin of Nacogdoches
Kathy Hagan of Nacogdoches
Jim Tomlin and wife, Cathy, of Center
Jannett Bonner and husband, Randy, of Joaquin
Paula Spann and husband, Chuck, of Center
Frankie Anthony and wife, Valerie, of Center
Mark Anthony of Denton
Mitchell Anthony and wife, Sonya, of Center
LaResa Livingston of Denton

Special-Great Niece: Julie Clements and husband, Matt, of Spring

Great-Nephew: Micah Oberg and wife, Sadie, of Montgomery

Special Great-Great-Nieces and Nephews:
Addison, Brooklynn, Jansen

Preceded in death by
Husband: James McGee

Parents: Ezekiel Patterson Anthony and Vada Lee Bradshaw Anthony
Sisters: Ardell Sample, Bernice Andrews, Maxine Tomlin
Brother: Grover Anthony
Sister-in-law: Arabelle Anthony
Brothers-in-law: W.W. Sample, Talvis Andrews
Nieces and Nephews: Joyce Malone, Shorty Andrews, Larry Sparks

Pallbearers will be Frankie Anthony, Mark Anthony, Mitchell Anthony, Micah Oberg, Pete Andrews and Russell Andrews.

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


06/26/2015

Gwyn Hale Cockrell “Ms. Gwyn”, 75, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 29, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Larry Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

Ms. Gwyn was born December 25, 1939 in Lubbock to Jessie D. Hale and Ruby Fay Fritz Hale. She enjoyed Country & Western singing and antiquing. Ms. Gwyn dearly loved her family.

She is survived by
Children:
David Rutherford and wife, Penny, of Deville, Louisiana
Jeff Rutherford and wife, Lisa, of Louisville
Jessie Rutherford and wife, Jennifer, of Frankston
Lori Riggs and Jerry Roth of Tenaha
Gina Marshall and Robert Bush of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Jennifer Soto and husband, Ruben; Crystal Hass; Dean Halford; Casey Adair and wife, Mianna; Colby Adair; Jessica Marshall; Michael Marshall and wife, Terri; Andrew; Heidi; Travis; Johnny; Leann; Brandi; Lacy; Tina; Jesse; Penny; Jeffrey; Macie; Cody; Cassie; Jaxon Paul.

Great-Grandchildren:
Dylan, Cody, Trenton, Brandon, Dixie, Haley, Chesney, Kylie, Jordan, Joshua, Jace, Cooper, Ethan, Jalyn, Dillon, Zack, Kaden, Brooke.

Preceded in death by
Husband: LB Cockrell
Grandson: James Ruston Hass
Parents: Jessie D. Hale and Ruby Fay Fritz Hale

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


Helen Blanche Summers, 95, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2015, in Garrison, Texas. Helen was born on October 10, 1919 to her parents, Thomas Eugene Moore and Sally Sawyer.

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 AM at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas. Funeral services will be immediately following at 12:00 PM. with Brother Nolan Ritchie and Brother Cliff Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Heights Cemetery, Mt. Enterprise, Texas.

Helen grew up in Fountain Hill, Arkansas where she attended high school. She met Frank Summers in Hamburg, Arkansas and they married on December 24, 1938, enjoying 70 years of marriage. Helen will be remembered by her children and grandchildren as loving to play games. Every time there was a gathering, Helen wanted to play games; Phase 10 being her favorite. She was also an accomplished singer, singing specials at church on many occasions. Until her health prevented her attendance, Helen was active in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson.

Helen is survived by her sons, Jerry Summers and his wife, Cindy and Dale Summers and his wife, Cass; her daughter-in-law Joyce Summers; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank; her parents; son, Earl Eugene Summers; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Pallbearers for Helen will be Brad Roy, Jeremy Summers, DeWayne Pace, Colton Casey, and Sid Harris.
The Summers family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas. To offer your condolences or sign an online register, please visit taylorfh.net.


06/25/2015

Louise Waller, 84, a lifetime resident of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Arkansas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Waller was born April 7, 1931 in San Augustine to Adolph Yarbrough and Annie Mae Eddings Yarbrough. She was blessed with five children, whom she loved dearly. Ms. Waller was not only a devoted mother to her children, she was also a friend, a confidante, a fan, an advisor and so much more. She was also known as “MaMaw”, “Ammaw”, “Aunt Ease”, “Ease”, “Edith”, “Jimmie Lou”, “Sweet MaMah”, “Mama”, “Maw” and “Sweet Little Mama.” In her spare time, Ms. Waller enjoyed quilting. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Children:
Annie Fisher and husband, Dean, of Bonnerdale, Arkansas
Melvin Waller of Center
Thomas Waller and wife, Brenda, of Center
Kathy Hagler and husband, Jimmy, of Center
Omie Hagler and husband, Travis, of Vidor

Grandchildren: Nicole Styles, David Brittain, Brian Adams, Heath Hagler, Chris Adams, Josh Waller, Joel Waller, Stephanie Waller, Lisa Teel, Glynn Hagler, Kim Hagler

Great-Grandchildren: Justin Brittain, Lauren Styles, Kaitlyn Adams, Aidan Hagler, Anna Hagler, Katie Waller, Pierson Waller, Sarah Waller, Savannah Waller, Haleigh Smith, Alexis Adams, Cody Brittain, Elaina Adams, Tyler Hagler, Clarissa Hagler, Shanice Hagler, Kinleigh Downs, Jordan Downs

Siblings: Leonard, Mary, Eunice, Sue, James, Linda Ann, Porter, Margaret, Annette, Carl, Roy, Troy

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

Preceded in death by:
Husband, Arthur Waller
Daughter, Beth O’Donnell
Son-in-law, Mike O’Donnell
Siblings: Elton, Frank, Maurine, Welton, Lucy, Donald, Ray

Pallbearers will be David Brittain, Brian Adams, Glynn Hagler, Heath Hagler, Aidan Hagler, Justin Brittain, Chris Adams, Josh Waller and Joel Waller. Honorary pallbearers will be Ms. Waller’s granddaughters and great granddaughters.

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


06/24/2015

Mary Jane Goings, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Mike Mahalack officiating. Private interment will held at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Ms. Goings was born April 7, 1923 in Jasper County to Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss. She loved crafts and especially enjoyed sewing. She was of the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
LaRetta Dean of Shelbyville
Brenda Doster of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Robert Vaughn and wife, Barbara, of Shelbyville
Chris Vaughn and wife, Melody, of Shelbyville
Tinka Saintignan and husband, Mark, of Nacogdoches

Great-Grandchildren:
Kasey Giancaspro and husband, Joe, of Connecticut
Randy Vaughn and wife, Alicia, of Shelbyville
Corey Vaughn of Connecticut
Ryon Vaughn and wife, Rachel of Nacogdoches
Dexter Vaughn of Shelbyville
Jessie Saintignan of Nacogdoches
Austin Vaughn of Shelbyville
Lillie Saintignan of Nacogdoches

Step Great-Grandchildren:
Corey Ivey and wife, Megan, of San Augustine
Carrie Speed and husband, John, of Pollok

Great-Great-Grandchild:
Tori Lynn Giancaspro of Connecticut

Sister:
Willie Mae Snider of Houston

Brothers:
Frank Chambliss and wife, Janette, of Houston
Jim Chambliss and wife, Faye, of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by:

Husband: Denver Goings
Parents: Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss
Brothers: Steve Chambliss, “Popeye” Chambliss, Hobert Chambliss

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


Graveside services for Wanda Conway, 89, of Kilgore will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2015 at Ramah Cemetery in Teneha, Texas with Rev. Scott Brown officiating. Mrs. Conway passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Kilgore.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.

Wanda was born on November 8, 1925 in Lambertville, Michigan to the late Carl and Edith Shoup. Mrs. Conway has resided in Kilgore since 1986 and is a member of Grace Baptist Church. She was life member of the VFW Auxiliary and past president of the VFW Post 6524 in Kilgore. Wanda worked as a automatic operator for Western Union from 1943 until 1945. She enjoyed reading, playing the piano and spending time with her family. Mrs. Conway was loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will truly be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Conway; son, Jimmy Lee Teel; four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by:

Son, Danny Teel of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daughters
Peni Andrews of Venus, Texas
Sandy Smith of Glen Rose, Texas

Grandchildren: Dan Howard, Marie Hobson, Carlyle “C.J.” Teel, Monty Smith and Cody Smith

Great-Grandchildren: Mark Howard, Luke Howard, Christian Hobson, Lily Sartain, Saylor Smith and Stryder Smith

Step-daughter, Connie Conway of Topeka, Kansas

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Ramah Cemetery P.O. Box 204, Tenaha, Texas 75794

Please leave online condolences at www.raderfuneralhome.com


06/23/2015

Tommy Lloyd Bailey, 51, of Broaddus, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Glenn Middleton officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

Mr. Bailey was born October 15, 1963 in California to Billy Bailey and Margaret Busby Bailey. He was a member of Madison Masonic Lodge #126 in Orange, Powelltown Volunteer Fire Department in Broaddus, where he served as Fire Chief and Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Broaddus, where he served as a Deacon. Mr. Bailey was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a very generous man, a leader in his community, a hero to many and a friend to all.

He is survived by
Wife: Bambi Bailey of Broaddus

Sons:
Scott Bailey and wife, Tina, of Broaddus
Derik Lanicek of Anderson
Rusty Lanicek and wife, Laila, of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
James Bailey and wife, Charnea, of Batson
Josh Bailey and wife, Megan, of Silsbee

Daughter: Samantha Cardenas and husband, Estefano, of Orange

Grandchildren:
Cheyanne
Cailey
Skylar
Christopher
Jacey
Scarlett
Jayden
Elaina
Damion
Tommy
Kirstyn
Joshua
Ayden
Avaleigh

Mother: Margaret Balli and husband, Amado, of Alabama

Brothers & Sisters:
Dusty Fenner
Danny Bailey
Tina Sample
Tony Bailey and wife, Debbie
Sarah Bergeven and husband, Noel
Nora Gore and husband, Bubba
Ken Brand and wife, Terisa
Trish Jowell and husband, Kent
JR Balli
Bell Mach
Albert Balli
Anthony Balli
Adam Balli

Father-in-law, whom he referred to as “Dad”: Sam Porter

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandchild: Hailey May Bailey
Father: Billy Bailey
Sister: B J Bailey
Sister-in-law: Teresa Brand
Brothers-in-law: Butch Fenner, Darryl Porter
Mother-in-law: Sandra Porter
Niece: Heather Wilson

Pallbearers will be Scott Bailey, Derik Lanicek, Rusty Lanicek, James Bailey, Josh Bailey and Estefano Cardenas.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who has shown such amazing care and compassion to them during this difficult time.

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


06/22/2015

Vianey Valdez, 34, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Pastor Valencia officiating. Visitation will begin Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Templo Principe de Paz.

She was born January 28, 1981 in Mexico to Tomas F. Aguilar and Luz Carmen Aguilar. She was a member of the Templo Principe de Paz.

She is survived by:
Husband:
Luis Valdez of Center

Sons:
Kylan and Korey Dustin Valdez

Father & Mother:
Tomas F. Aguilar & Luz Carmen Aguilar

Sisters & Brothers:
Jorge Armando Aguilar
Leidy Aguilar
Yuliana Aguilar
Sabdiel Aguilar
Britliana Aguilar

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


Louise Hall, 86, died June 18, 2015. Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Corinth Cemetery. Arrangements are by Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way.

She is survived by:

Husband, Robert Freeman of San Angelo

Daughters:
Virginia Willis of Silsbee, TX
Nita Tucker of Conway, AR
Brenda Henley of Fairbanks, AK
Betty Fullerton of Conway, AR

Brothers
E.F. Hudgins of Votaw, TX
Frank Hudgins of Palastine, TX

Sisters: Clara Middleton and Margie Star and Barbara Coggin of San Antonio.


06/21/2015

Mr. Johnny Lee Morris, 86, of Center passed away Thursday morning, June 18, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center. Services for Mr. Morris will be Monday morning, June 22, 2015 at Triumph Church in Center, TX.. A wake will be held Sunday evening, June 21, 2015 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, TX with Bishop Howard Cloudy officiating.

Survivors include:

Daughters:
Doris (Charles) Netherly of Center, TX
Vivian (Jessie) Watts of Center, TX
Jena Williams of Humble, TX
Tammy (Ben) Small of Center, TX

Son: Robert (Alise) Moore

27 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren

Sister: LaTina Morris Foster of California

Brother: Don Morris of Oregon


06/19/2015

Jack Evert Bush, 81, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015 in Carthage.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, June 22, 2015 at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Mr. Bush was born November 17, 1933 in Tenaha to Evert William Bush and Bertie Lee Davis Bush. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation, where he worked as an engineer. Mr. Bush was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Emma Loyce Harrison Bush of Tenaha

Granddaughters:
Andrea Prichard and husband, Johnny, of Huffman
Marsha Bowden of Houston
Tammy Bowden of Crosby

Great-Grandchildren:
Ashlyn Prichard of Huffman
Emily Prichard of Huffman

Son-in-law: Jerry Bowden of Crosby

Numerous cousins, other relatives and a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Susan Bowden
Parents: Evert William Bush and Bertie Lee Davis Bush
Brother: Roy Bush
In-laws: Doyle and Era Harrison
Sisters-in-law: Sarah Smith, Louise Melton

“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” –John 16:22

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


06/18/2015

Gladys O. Hardy, 90, of Nacogdoches passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Nacogdoches. Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015, at 4:00 PM at Sunset Memorial Park with Ozay Ford officiating. She was born on April 15, 1925.

Services under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.


MSGT Dwynne Dale Gray, 60, of Center, Texas died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God In Christ, 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas 75935, at 2:00pm. Elder Datron Dock will be officiating.

Dwynne Dale Gray was proceeded in death by his parents Irene Dock and Jessie Gray, Jr and his brother Michael Dock.

Mr. Gray’s survivors are:
Wife: Jennifer Gray of the Philippines
Son: Steven Gray of Ft. Worth, Texas
Daughter: Ashley Gray of San Francisco, California
Brothers: Johnny (Nancy) Gray of Center, Texas & Daryl Gray of Tyler
Sisters: Romona (Arnet) Boyd & Felicia (Marlon) Cloudy of Center, Texas
Grandchildren: Kevin and Chad Gray
Visitation will Friday, June 19, 2015 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6pm-8pm
Military Burial Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935


06/17/2015

Wesley Ryder Griffin, 13 days old was placed in the gentle arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday morning June15,2015. Wesley was born in the Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin, Texas. He has lived his life with his Mama and Daddy in the Gravel Hill community near Hemphill.

He is survived by his parents Wesley and Shelby Impson Griffin

Grandparents:
Angela Whitton of Joaquin
Donald Griffin and his wife Kellie of Pineland
Veronica White and her husband Kevin of the Gravelhill community
Kevin Impson and his wife Debbie of Hemphill,

Great-Grandparents:
Jenny and Donny Impson of Hemphill
Wanda Sowell of Jasper
James " Bat" Sowell of San Augustine
Carrie Jane Griffin of San Augustine
Ray and Eileen Griffin of San Augustine
David Whitton of Joaquin,
Kathleen White of Gravelhill

Great-Great-Grandmother Melba Rich of Hemphill

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Family Friends

He was preceded in death by His Great Grandmother Peggy Dawson Whitton

Visitation will be from 5:00PM until 8:00PM, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St., Hemphill, Texas. Funeral service will be at 11:00AM, Friday, June 19, 2015, in the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in the Gravelhill community. Burial will follow in the Gravelhill Cemetery.


06/16/2015

Mrs. Etta Mae White, 96, of East Liberty Community passed away Friday Evening, June 12th at the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, TX.

Services for Mrs. White will be held Friday, June 19th at Center Triumph Church in Center, Texas starting at 1pm with interment to follow at Rahter Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. Bishop Roosevelt Swindle will be officiating the services. There will be a wake Thursday night at Community Funeral Home from 7-9pm.

Mrs White is survived by:

Daughters:
Mae Ella (Willie Earl) Moore of Center, Texas, Rose (Jessie) McDaniel of Mansfield, Louisiana, Mae Alice (Charles Ray) Walker of Center, Texas

Son:
Charles Ester (Nita) White of Center, Texas

15 Grandchildren, 37 Great-Grandchildren, and 10 Great-Great-Grandchildren

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


06/15/2015

John Carroll Elliott was born July 19, 1944 in Timpson, Texas to John Sebern and Tommie (King) Elliott. He entered into rest on June 15, 2015 in Pearland, Texas

Service will be Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 9:00 am at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be at the Caledonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 16, 2015 5:00 to 8:00 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.

Survivors:

Wife, Annie Elizabeth Elliott of Pearland, Texas

Sons:
Michael Douglas Elliott and wife Michele of Alvin, Texas
Marty Elliott and wife Dee of Garrison, Texas
Richie Reading of Pearland, Texas

Daughter, Karen Davis and husband Keith of Weatherford, Texas

Grandchildren: Pamela Townsley, Jenniffer Elliott, Courtney Elliott, Candice Elliott, John Michael Elliott, Ashley Cif, Christy Blaylock Cheyanne Davis

Sister, Lee Ruth Weldon and husband Doyle

Brother, Joe Elliott and wife Liz

Several Great-Grandchildren

Host of other relatives and friends

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


Dana Elizabeth (Cole) Lightsey, 89, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until service time at First Baptist Church. Graveside Service will be 10am Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Madisonville City Cemetery in Madisonville, Texas.

She was born August 12, 1925 in Mecca, Texas to Daniel Webster Cole and Annie Elizabeth (Lang) Cole. She and her family moved to Center in February 1957. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center since 1957 where she was active in the choir. She worked for Dad & Lads in Center for many years.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Dan & Annie Cole, Husband, John W. Lightsey, Sister, Blanche Fannin, Brothers, A.D. “Buck” Cole and Boyce Gene Cole, Son-in-law, Royce Alford and Daughter-in-law, Linda Lightsey.

She is survived by:

Son & Daughter-in-law:
Mike & Mary Ann Lightsey of Crockett

Daughter:
Patricia Alford of Tyler

Grandchildren:
Shane Lightsey & wife, Cindy of Pennington
Jason Lightsey of Huntsville
Amanda Murphy & husband, Matt of Wylie
Lori Smith of Trinity
Allison Cunningham & husband, Jason of Coral Springs, FL

Great-Grandchildren:
Megan Lightsey, Ashley Lightsey, Haley Beth Lightsey,
Cole & Sadie Murphy, Hunter Smith,
Adiah & Ava Cunningham

Great-Great-Grandchildren:
Paisley & Alex
Sister-in-laws:
Ann Cole of Plano
Ann Lightsey of Lufkin

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


06/12/2015

Edythe Leigh Ratcliff Davidson (Edie Wee) age 59, of Logansport, LA, passed away May 3, 2015 in Bossier City, LA following a brief illness. A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on June 20, 2015 at Mims Springs Baptist Church, 1227 HWY 764, Logansport LA.

Edie Wee was born in Mansfield LA, on October 24, 1955, to Thomas W. and Aileen Pyle Ratcliff. She was a member of Mims Springs Baptist Church. She recently moved home to Logansport after residing in Missouri several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ronnie Ratcliff. Left to cherish her memory is her son Chad Ratcliff and wife Tina of El Paso, AR, sisters Gwen Ratcliff Truitt and husband Don of Logansport, Tempie Ratcliff Bush and husband Keith of Bossier City, special grandson Tanner and his Mom, Chris Marshall of Missouri, granddaughter Brooke Davis and great granddaughter Lilly, by several nieces and nephews, many loving cousins, and friends. We will all miss her smile and big personality!

The family would like to thank the Drs. and nurses at DeSoto Regional in Mansfield, and Cornerstone Hospital in Bossier City for their care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Cool Springs Cemetery upkeep fund at 4534 State Line Rd, Logansport La 71049, or charity of choice.


06/08/2015

Ruth Lister, (82) of Shelbyville, died Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Stallings Court Nursing Facility in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services for Mrs. Lister will be Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 2:00pm.

Mrs. Lister's funeral will be at Todd Spring Baptist Church with burial to follow at McWilliams Cemetery in the Todd Springs community on Sunday. The visitation will be Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12 noon at Hicks Chapel. Rev. Wilbert Simmons will be officiating.

Her survivors are:

Daughter: Rachel and husband (Elder Willie Johnson) of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sister: LaMerle Yarbrough of Timpson, Texas

Grandchildren: Justin (Vinci) Barnes, Johnathan Barnes, Jeanene Barnes, and Equella Malone

(35) Great-grandchildren

(11) Great-great grandchildren

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


Berline McCoy “Annie” Malone, age 81, of San Augustine, Texas passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Colonial Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine, Texas.

Service will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 noon at China Chapel Baptist Church with interment at Redland Cemetery with Rev. Fred Dade, Officiating. View will be held Friday, June 12, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

Survivors:

Sons:
Lewis Malone (Doris) of San Augustine, Texas
Charles Darrin Malone of San Augustine, Texas
Clifford Tyrone Malone (Tasha) of Shreveport, LA
Winfred Watts (Betty) of Lufkin, Texas

Daughters:
Fannie Jean Holman (Daniel) of San Augustine, Texas
Darlene Jones (Earl) of Tyler, Texas

8 Grandchildren and 4 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Jerry McCoy (Patricia) of Dallas, Texas
James McCoy of Lufkin, Texas

Sister, Doris Jean Swindle of San Augustine, Texas

AS well as a host of niece, nephews other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary.


Burlene Moore Cardwell Anderson, 99, of Timpson passed away Friday, May 30, 2015 at Garrison Nursing Home in Garrison, Nacogdoches county, Texas. It was her wishes to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Born September 7, 1915 in the Henning community, near Garrison, Nacogdoches county, Texas to Eugene Graham Moore and Leola Davis Moore. Burlene was the sixth of eight children born to these parents.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Timpson, Blair Garden Club, and Blair Community Quilters. She enjoyed raising beautiful flowers in her yard, reading, and being with family and friends.

Survivors include grandsons: Gordon Thomas Garrett and wife Donna, John Cardwell Garrett and wife Lea. Six great-grandchildren: Sean, Sharon, J.C., Kaylon, Jan Leigh, and Joseph, and several great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Carl A. Anderson, daughter, Jo Ann Cardwell Garrett, grandson, Joseph Wayne Garrett, two brothers, Buddy and Gaston Moore and five sisters, Clara Stone, Maude Brooks, Ruby Cleveland, Juanita Wallace, and Etoula Watson.

Taylor Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


Jeremy Thomas Peek Jr., infant son of Jeremy Peek and Jessica Selph, passed away June 7, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

He is survived by
Parents: Jeremy Peek and Jessica Selph of Shelbyville

Grandparents: John and Georgia Peek of Huxley

Uncles:
John Peek Jr. and Deborah Brown of Joaquin
Bobby Peek and wife, Kim, of Arkansas

Numerous other relatives

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


06/07/2015

Odelle Lister Coleman, 88, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at her home. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11th at Union Baptist Church, 1601 SW Charles W. Whitlow Avenue in Lawton, Oklahoma. Dr. C. W. Whitlow, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Post Cemetery at Fort Sill.

A wake will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 10th in the Chapel of Howard-Harris Funeral Services, 1005 SW C Avenue. Viewing will be from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Coleman was born July 25, 1926, in the Todd Spring Community of Shelby County, Texas, to Willie Elzie Lister, Sr. and Dolena Chumley Lister. She was the second of six children. She attended the public schools of Center, Texas, and graduated from C.H. Daniels High School with further studies at the College of Cosmetology in Tyler, Texas. She worked for several years at Toombs Beauty Shop in Center. She retired as a licensed beautician in the early 1970s.

She married her husband of 61 years, Booker G. Coleman, on September. 6, 1953. This union was blessed with two children, Anita and Steven. A military wife, Odelle traveled extensively with her husband.

Early in life, she was united with and was baptized at Todd Spring Baptist Church in Shelby County, Texas. Having moved to Lawton in the early 1960s, Odelle united with Union Baptist Church where she served as chair of the Decorations Committee and a member of the Culinary Committee. She enjoyed serving meals and decorating the church for special events and holidays. She also was a member of the Women's Missionary Union (WMU), and remained faithful until her health no longer permitted her to serve in these ministries which she so loved.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Booker G. Coleman, of the home; three children: Anita R. Scott and son-in-law Col. Will Scott Jr. of Lawton; Steven R. Coleman and wife Debra of Rowlett, Texas and Gilford B. Coleman and wife Ida of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren: Cicretia N. Lusk, Katrina R. Scott, William D. Scott, III, Elise Coleman and Scott Coleman; a great-grandson, Harrison Coleman; two sisters-in-law: Norma Lister and Joy Etta Lister of Center, Texas; and many nephews, nieces and supportive friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Rubye L. Biggers and four brothers: James O. Lister, Willie E. Lister, Jr., Vinnie S. Lister and Clyde H. Lister, Sr.

Services under the direction of Hicks Mortuary and Howard-Harris Funeral Services.


Kathleen Taylor, 85, of Timpson, TX, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Garrison, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday,June 8, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX with Pastor Carla Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be 9:30-11:00, AM, Monday, June, 8, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Born March 12, 1930, in Nacogdoches, TX, to the parents, Herman Angus Byrd Moore and Odessa Winder Moore. She grew up in the community of Garrison, TX where she graduated from Garrison High School. Kathleen furthered her education by attending Stephen F. Austin State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Homemaking and launching her career as a teacher. She enjoyed traveling and most of all being around her grandchildren. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Tom Taylor and wife Nancy G. of Prattville, Ala.; grandchildren, Elaine T. Beach and husband Matt of Columbia, MO and Allison G. Taylor of Denver, CO.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen Taylor was preceded in death by husband Thomas E. “Ted” Taylor and son, Clayton Moore Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church, 312 Austin Street,Timpson, TX 75975.

To register online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Jose Benedicto Beatriz, age 58, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at his home in Tenaha.

Services will be 11 am Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Francisco Araujo officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 pm until 8 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.

Jose Benedicto Beatriz was born April 27, 1957 in San Miguel, El Salvador to parents,
Cayetano Flores & Julia Beatriz. He worked for Tyson Foods in Carthage.

He is survived by:
Wife, Martha Beatriz of Tenaha
Son, Gary Beatriz & wife, Crystal of Tenaha
Daughter: Ava Beatriz & husband, Alexander Caporali of Chireno
Son: William Mendoza & wife, Sylvia Gonzalez
Daughter: Flor Mendoza & husband, Jubert Segovia

Grandchildren:
Jayden & Julia Beatriz of Tenaha
Benedicto Beatriz
Elsi, Andrea & Matthew Caporali
Isela Segovia, Mark Segovia, Dalinda Segovia, Rodrigo Lezcano, Bryan Mendoza & Cristian Mendoza

Brothers & Sisters:
Delia Beatriz, Edith Beatriz, Alcides Beatriz, Sigfredo Beatriz & Cayetano Beatriz

Pallbearers:
Norberto Musico, Chad McCormick, Evanan Beatriz, Jose Manuel Beatriz, Beto Portillo & Manfredy Jose Beatriz
Honorary Pallbearers:
Gary Beatriz, Jayden Beatriz, William Mendoza, Rodrigo Lezcano, Bryan Mendoza, Cristian Mendoza,
Alexander Caporali, Benedicto Beatriz, Matthew Caporali, Mark Segovia & Hubert Segovia

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


06/06/2015

Bradie C. Bewton, Jr., 64, of Joaquin, passed away June 5, 2015 in Marshall.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. J.C. Lewis and Bro. David Permenter officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Brewton was born July 15, 1950 in Foley, Alabama to Bradie C. Brewton, Sr. and Dora Peacock Brewton. He loved fishing, gardening, working in his yard and spending time with his wife of forty-five years and his precious grandchildren. He was a member of Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856 and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Wife: Kay Brewton of Joaquin

Children:
Katherine Matlock and husband, Shane, of Marshall
Nick Brewton and wife, Melissa, of Kopperl
Amanda Kay Rohrbaugh and husband, Doug, of Marshall
Melinda Hatcher and husband, Marshall, of Stanley, Louisiana
Maranda Brewton of Marshall

Brothers:
John Brewton and wife, Bernice, of Bon Secour, Alabama
Woody Brewton and wife, Rena, of Foley, Alabama

Grandchildren: Chase, Aspen, Kaitlyn, Monty, Max, Sterling, Brayden, Reagan, Triston, Braydon, Katie, Dillon, Levi, Emma, Lovena, and Taylor

Five Great Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Bradie C. Brewton, Sr. and Dora Peacock Brewton
Great Granddaughter: Drew Melody Young
Sister: Betty Hinson
Brother: James Brewton (BoJo)

Pallbearers will be Randy Bonner, Chance David, Tommy Spurlock, Randy Dickerson, Stephen Ewing and Gordon Vaughn. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Dickerson, Kenneth Dickerson, Mike Dickerson, Chase Brewton, Sterling Waldon, Brayden Waldon and Dillon Young.

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


06/04/2015

Bernice “Buncy” McDonald, 91, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. James Risinger officiating. Interment will follow at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Ms. McDonald was born September 14, 1923 in Jasper to Larkin C. Eddins and Hattie Tatum Eddins. She attended East Hamilton Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

She is survived by
Daughter: Ann Foster of Fort Worth

Son-in-law: Richard Tobey of Fort Worth

Six Grandchildren

Eight Great Grandchildren

Seven Great Great Grandchildren

Brother-in-law: Raymond McDonald of Boyd

Sister-in-law:
Dorothy Pippin of Houston
Laura McDonald of Shelbyville

Numerous other close relatives

Preceded in death by
Husband: Alvie “Red” McDonald
Daughter: Shirley Tobey
Granddaughter: Carey Deann Tobey
Son-in-law: Don Foster

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


Delores J. McFadden, 68, , of Timpson, Texas, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015 in Garrison, Texas. She was born on February 26, 1947 in Timpson, Texas, the daughter of Clovis McFadden and Effie J. Smith. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home.

Mrs. McFadden is survived by her son: Jeff Burleson; grandchildren, Airiel J. Burleson, and Heather S. Burleson; sisters, Janis Gregston of Nacogdoches and Mary Myers of Nacogdoches; She is also survived by other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clovis McFadden and Effie J. Smith Edwards.

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.


A memorial service for Mr. Don L. Watkins, 69, of Henderson, TX, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at Tenaha Church of Christ with Bro. Dale Walker officiating. Mr. Watkins passed away on Wednesday afternoon, June 3, 2015, in Longview. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home.

Don Lewis Watkins was born on Jan. 18, 1946, in Center, TX to the late Robert “Buck” and Era Spurlock Watkins. He graduated from Tenaha High School with the class of 1965. He married Darla Lake on Jan. 3, 1987 in Timpson. Don was a member of the Tenaha Church of Christ. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Watkins.

Don is survived by:
Loving wife, Darla Lake Watkins of Henderson

Sister
Sherry Welch and husband Philip of Frankston

Nieces and nephews
Phil Welch and wife Cindy of Henderson, Amy Porter and husband Ron of Frankston, Scott Welch of Frankston, Molly Agnew of Sulpher, LA, Tom Watkins of Carthage, Josh Watkins of Lake Charles, LA, Jennifer Lake Butler and husband Todd of Louisville, KY, Nicole Lake Fitzgerald and fiancé Brad of Waller, Stephen Lake and wife Jenifer of Houston, and Scott Lake and wife Amanda of Hallsville

Brothers-in-law
Ferrell Lake and wife DeAnna of Montgomery and Ronnie Lake and wife Janice of Henderson.

Numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews, a host of cousins, and many friends also survive Don.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Bobbie Jean Mardis, 80 , of Center, Texas passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Nacogdoches Medical Center. A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Mardis on Saturday, June 6th starting at 1pm at the Jehovah's Witnesses' Kingdom House.

Bobbie Jean Mardis was born Bobbie Jean Sanders on Octrober 10, 1034 to the late Booker T and Edith Sanders.

Mrs. Mardis is survived by;
Husband
Robert Mardis

Children
LaMerle Sims, John Wayne Bell

Sisters
Cleopatra and Alice Marie

Brother
David Sanders

Grandchildren
Veronica (James) Jackson, Barbara Renee (Keith) Jones, Jessie (Katrina) Jones, Robert (Melinda) Jones, Robert (Charlene) Cooper, Roger (Vickie) Cooper, Latasha Cooper.

She also leaves to cherish her, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Mardis was preceded in death by:
Daughter
Dorothy Cooper

Son
Ervin Bell

Grandson
Robert Dewanye Jones

Service are under the care of Community Funeral Home.


06/02/2015

Shirley Ann Askew, 77, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 5, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Shirley was born December 17, 1937 in the Sexton Community of Sabine County, Texas to Kit Carson Vines and Lola Williamson Vines. She grew up and attended school in Center, graduating with the Center High School Class of 1956. Shirley worked for a number of years with a Home Health visiting nurse program. First Baptist Church in Center was her church home and she worked for some time with the Preschool Sunday School Department.

She is survived by
Children:
Donna McDonald Strickland of Palestine
Robert McDonald of Center

Grandchildren:
John McDaniel and wife, Erica
Michaela McDaniel
Jasmine McDaniel
Sky Strickland
Storm Strickland
Shiloh Strickland
Christy McDonald
Robin McDonald
Fernando McDonald
Carson McDonald

Great Grandchildren:
Camden McDaniel
Ember McDaniel
Ellie McDaniel
Joanie McDonald
Brian McDonald
Moses McDonald

Brothers-in-law:
Wayne Maxwell and wife, Sue
Kendall McDonald

Numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Norris Askew
Son: Randy McDonald
Parents: Kit Carson Vines and Lola Williamson Vines
Sister: Ellen Maxwell
Father of her children: Robert “Bob” McDonald

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


06/01/2015

Olan Ray Cockrell, 70, of Martinsville, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be Wednesday starting at 12 Noon until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born March 24, 1945 in Beaumont to Robert Earl and Gladys (Whiddon) Cockrell. He retired from Southern Utilities in Tyler.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Robert Earl & Gladys Cockrell, Wife, June McGee Cockrell, Brothers, Jimmy Earl Cockrell, Darryl Cockrell, Donald Cockrell & Jacky Cockrell and Sister, Earlene Heidingsfelder.

He is survived by:
Children:
Chris Cockrell & wife, Nikki of Martinsville
Angel Smith & husband, Roy of Kilgore

Grandchildren:
Miranda Edwards & husband, Austin of Kilgore
Justin Pomykal of Kilgore
Bethanie Plummer & husband, Bradey of Hardin
Kelley Fountain & husband, Jordin of Center
Laney Newman of Martinsville
Josey Rae Cockrell of Martinsville

Honorary Granddaughter:
Savannah McGee of Martinsville

Great-Grandchildren:
Lexi & Chloe Main
Wyatt Plummer
Jaxon Lee Fountain

Special Niece:
Vickie Cockrell of Orange

Special Nephew:
Brian Cockrell & wife, Michelle of Ft. Worth
Numerous other Nieces & Nephews, Family & Friends

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


Legatha “Lee” Jenkins Demings, 70, of Joaquin, TX, passed away on Friday morning, May 29, 2015, in Nacogdoches, TX. She was born on April 28, 1945, in San Augustine, TX to Clifford and Louisa Ingram Jenkins. She was preceded in death by her father and four siblings, Clifford, Alivn, and Danny Jenkins and Mary Moore.

Mrs. Demings is survived by
Mother
Louisa Ingram Jenkins of Tenaha

Sons
Whyman Hightower of California, Preston Demings, III and wife Murlene of Tenaha, and special son and caregiver, Clifford Demings and Yolanda Holman of Joaquin

Daughters
Sharon Jones of San Francisco and Louisa Reddic and husband Edward of Carthage

Brothers
Rochester Jenkins and wife Gladys of Tenaha and Calvin Jenkins, Sr. and wife Dorina of California

Sisters
Rosie Drake and husband Roy of Tenaha, Vivian LeBlanc and husband Wayne of California, and Barbara Sanchez of Tenaha

Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel in Carthage. Cremation and service arrangements are under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Virginia Lewis Jones, 90, of Center, went home to be with the Lord, May 31, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 4, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She was born December 11, 1924 to Irene and H.W. “Harry” Lewis in Beaumont, Texas, where her father was with Gulf Oil. They later were transferred to Chester, Texas. After graduating from Chester High school, she met and married Jimmy E. Jones. In the early 50’s, they moved to Center, where they opened clothing stores and worked most of their married lives. She used her talents in buying and merchandizing for the ladies stores. She found great joy in her home, her family and her church. She especially loved her friends in The Martha Class and looked forward to seeing them on Sunday mornings.

She is survived by her
Husband of 73 years: Jimmy E. Jones

Daughters:
Suzanne and husband, Dr. John Jucas, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Carolyn and husband, William Bill Lovette of Denver, Colorado

Daughter-in-law: Alice Joy of Alice, Texas

Grandchildren:
Rebecca Jones of Austin
Don Lovette and wife, Keitha
Ron Jones and wife, Annette, of Austin
Allyson Jones of New York, New York
Jennifer Lovette of Denver, Colorado

Great-Grandchildren
Taylor Salinas
Madison Lovette
Jackson Lovette
Kate Jones
Tory Jones
Hudson Lovette

Cousins: Bob and Patsy Fairchild of Center

Our caregivers and angels who helped make this journey easier:
Linda Rushing
Cursandra Wade
Don Giles
Dorothy Brooks
Nicole Simpson
Charlotte Garrett
Betty Ratcliff
Tyrone Garrett
Our sweet nurses

Preceded in death by
Parents: H. W. and Irene Lewis
Son: Ronnie Jones

Pallbearers will be Ron Jones, Don Lovette, Jackson Lovette, Buddy Hancock, David Chadwick and Bobby Watson. Honorary pallbearers will be Luke Motley, Grover Russell, Bob Warr, Gene Walker and Tyrone Garrett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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05/31/15

Loyce Marie Fowler, 62, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Steve Noble officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Fowler was born March 1, 1953 in Center to Leroy Bowlin and Margie McCauley Bowlin. She enjoyed reading and was a great 42 player. Mrs. Fowler dearly loved her church family at Assembly of God New Life Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Ricky Fowler of Center

Daughter: Misti Kaceen Phillips of Center

Grandchildren:
Destini Kaceen Phillips
Raimi Marie Philips
Lera Abigail Watson
Makenzi Grace Alford

Mother: Margie McCauley Bowlin

Brothers & Sisters:
Preston McCauley and wife, Annette, of Decatur
Joyce Elliott and husband, Tommy, of Bedford
Linda UpChurch and the late, Jesse UpChurch, of Center
James Bowlin and wife, Marty, of Louisville
Brenda Shofner and fiancé, James Miller, of Center
Doug Bowlin and wife, Misty, of Nacogdoches

Preceded in death by
Son: Joshua Fowler
Brother-in-law: Jesse UpChurch
Father: Leroy Bowlin

Pallbearers will be Ricky Fowler, Justin Jefferson, Jeremy Frederick, James Tyre Jr., Jason Birch, Scott Adair, Phil Hennigan and Deyan Bomar. Honorary pallbearer will be Brannon Denby.

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


05/28/2015

Walter Ralph Bosman, Jr. 59, of Humble, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday starting at 12 noon until 1:30 p.m.at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born May 3, 1956 in Houston, Texas to Walter Ralph Bosman, Sr. and Maycel ImoJean (Taylor) Bosman. He worked for Briggs Equipment in Houston for many years.

He is preceded in death by Mother, Maycel ImoJean Bosman, Father, Walter R. Bosman, Sr. & Brother, Gary Bosman.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Lynnette Stoll Bosman of Houston

Children:
Christie Behrens of Cypress, Walter R. Bosman, III & wife, Alyssa of Katy

Granddaughter:
Meagan Behrens

05/27/2015

John Patrick Dominy, 64, of Center, formerly of Houston, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at his residence.

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mr. Dominy was born November 8, 1950 in Houston to Marvin Dominy and Margaret Powers Dominy. He served in the United States National Guard and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Houston. Mr. Dominy was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.

He is survived by
Wife: Ivy Ray Dominy of Center

Daughters:
Jennifer Beattie and husband, Matt, of LaPorte
Jill Willey and husband, Chris, of Pearland

Grandchildren:
Nathan
Brianna
Noah

Brother: Marvin Dominy of Pearland

Sisters:
Cora Sue Mach of Houston
Cheri Chevalier of Hallettsville

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


Thomas Carroll Stack, 80, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

Mr. Stack was born October 1, 1934 in Center to Thomas Carroll Stack Sr. and Thelma Pearl Reaves Stack. He retired from the United States Army.

He is survived by
Sister: Judy Hughes and husband, Fred, of Lufkin

Favorite Companion: Bandit

Lots of wonderful friends, especially: Mike & Julie Wulf, Doyle & Billie Luman, Yogi

Preceded in death by
Parents: Thomas Carroll Stack Sr. and Thelma Pearl Reaves Stack

Funeral services are under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.


05/26/2015

Vera Lee Jones Bluford, age 96, of San Augustine, Texas. Mrs. Bluford passed away Tuesday Morning, May 19, 2015 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Reed Chapel Baptist Church with interment in Thompson Cemetery

Visitation
Will be held the day of the service from:
8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Garner & Son Chapel
11:50 a.m. until Service Time at Reed Chapel

Survivors

Sons
RC Bluford (Gloria) of Beaumont, Texas, Acey Bluford Jr. (Margorie) of Houston, Texas, Dennis Bluford of San Augustine, Texas

Daughters
Exie Suvlett of Beaumont, Texas, Shirley Balloon (Walter) of Forney, Texas, Betty Bluford of San Augustine, Texas, Ernestine Hicks of Sacramento, California, Eunice Sigler of Center, Texas, Jewel Rashall (Marion) of Davenport, Iowa, Joyce Windson (Denny) of Litoria, Georgia

50 Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Percy Garner and Son Mortuary will be handling services



05/22/2015

James Irl Powell, 94, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Wheeler officiating. A military honors graveside service will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

James was born December 4, 1920 to Irl H. and Oma Tillman Powell, the second of four children. He grew up on a farm near Shelbyville, where he learned his work ethic and values at an early age.rn Powell,

James was christened in the Shelbyville Methodist Church, reaffirming his faith in 1936. As an adult, he served this church in many capacities - Sunday school teacher, Chairman of the Administrative Board of Trustees, delegate to annual conference and history finance, and records committees. He was a fifth generation member of this church.

James attended Shelbyville Schools, graduating in 1938. He participated in basketball, baseball and track. He enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State Teacher College, leaving after three years to work in the building of Fort Polk, Louisiana and to build airplanes for Rohr aircraft in San Diego, California, before joining the Army Air Corps. James trained as a radio operator/gunner in Chicago, Illinois and Fort Meyers, Florida, before being assigned to a B-17 crew which trained 300 crews for combat, before being stationed in Nuthampstead, England. He participated in 29 air combat missions that included the Rhineland, Central Europe and France. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross. He enjoyed his 398th Bomb Group Reunions and staying in contact with the 2 remaining members of his crew. He often referred to a list of his missions as he grew older.

James returned to earn his degree, as well as play basketball, at Stephen F. Austin and taught for seven years in the Shelby County Vocational Agriculture Program for veterans. He was then employed by Shelbyville ISD as a coach and teacher. He was the basketball coach, assistant football and baseball coach and taught Science, Biology, Math and Chemistry. He then served as High School principal for 16 years. He retired in 1980, having spent 37 years as a coach, teacher and administrator.

James was a life member of the 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association and VFW Post 8904. He was also a member of the SFA Alumni Association, founding member of the Nuthampstead Airfield Museum and the Shelbyville Cemetery Committee. He felt that one of his highest honors was being presented the Community Builder award by Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32.

James loved God, America, the Methodist Church, his family, sports and ice cream – not necessarily in that order!

He is survived by:

Sons:
James Gregory Powell of Shelbyville
Timothy Irl Powell and wife, Donna of Odessa

Grandson: Joshua Irl Powell and wife, Ashlee of Odessa

Great-Granddaughter: Charlotte Avery Powell of Odessa

Sister: Shirley Powell Head of Tyler

Brother-in-law: Richard Wheeler of Ojai, California

Numerous nephews, former students and camp friends

Special Caretakers:
Sonya McBride and Travis
Ricky Cartwright
Sue Hagler
Helen Reynolds

Preceded in death by
Wife: Juanice Wheeler Powell
Daughter: Sheila Powell
Parents: Irl H. and Oma Tillman Powell
Brothers: Joe Frank Powell, Jack T. Powell
Brothers-in-law: Gilbert Wheeler, John Head

Pallbearers will be Joshua Powell, Don Wheeler, Brett Wheeler, Doug Wheeler, Marcy Bradberry and Ricky Cartwright. Honorary pallbearers will be Lewis Runnels, Jack Bradberry, Bobby Collins, Doyle Carter, Henry Whittlesey, Lamar Smith, and Lewis Harbison.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shelbyville Cemetery, c/o Jack Bradberry, PO Box 453, Shelbyville, Texas 75973, c/o Greg Powell, PO Box 335, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

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


05/21/2015

Ms. Demetra Teel, age 43, of Houston, Texas. Ms. Teel passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Houston Northwest Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Funeral Service

Saturday, May 30, 2015 starting at 12 noon at County Line Baptist Church with interment County Line Cemetery.

Visitation
Will be held the day of the service from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.at Garner & Son and 11:00 a.m. until Service time at County Line Baptist Church

Survivors:

Daughter
Lottie D. Teel of Houston, Texas

Brothers
Larry Teel of Houston, Texas, Stephen Teel (Emily) of San Augustine, Texas

Sisters
Shelia Teel of Houston, Texas, Demetria Teel of Houston, Texas, Brenda Crain of San Augustine, Texas

Foster Brother
Milargo E. of Houston, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Percy Garner and Son Mortuary is directiong the services and arrangements.

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05/20/2015

Ruth Reeve, 86, of Alvin formerly of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Alvin, Texas.

Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at New Prospect Cemetery in Timpson.

She was born September 6, 1928 in Tenaha to Joseph Artist and Mattie (Cochran) Deaton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph & Mattie Deaton and her Husband, Robert Charlie Reeve, Jr.

She is survived by:
Sons:
Joseph Reeve & wife, Susan of Amarillo
Kenneth Reeve & wife, Jeanette of Alvin
Van Reeve & wife, Anita of Houston

5 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren

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


05/19/2015

Billy Joe “B.J.” Wright, age 80 of the Woods community, passed away, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

He was born November 14, 1934 in Wills Point, Texas to parents, Maxie & Alice Cristine (Carpenter) Wright. He owned and operated B.J Wright Plumbing Services since 1978. He is preceded in death by his parents, Maxie & Alice Wright, his wife, Genevieve Nevels Wright and 2 sisters, Betty Jane Whisenhunt and Barbara June Brichetto.

He is survived by:

Son: Billy Jay Wright & wife, Muriel of the Woods community

Daughters:
Kimberley Jan Marshall & husband, Mike of College Station
Jodi Alyson Fountain& husband, Raymond of Center
Shelley Munsterman & husband, Gary of Highlands Ranch, CO

Grandchildren:
Christopher Marshall, Laura Newman, Jayson Wright, Josh Munsterman, Erin Lahey, Matthew Munsterman, Bryan Zulko & Amy Borja, Daylon Fountain, Tyler Fountain & Bryce Fountain

6 Great-Grandchildren and one on the way.

Brothers:
Bobby Jack Wright and wife Carolyn
Buck Jim Wright and wife Pat
Donald Gene Wright and wife Tommie

As well as several nieces and nephews

Services under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


05/18/2015

Ricky Earnest Johnson, 52, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at his home.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham and Bro. Billy Windham officiating. Interment will follow at North Jericho Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Johnson was born November 27, 1962 in Center to J.T. Johnson and Nora Evelyn Finklea Johnson. He worked construction – building houses, sheet rocking, chicken houses and took pride in refinishing furniture at home. His best piece was redoing his Grandmother Tennie’s old dresser.

Ricky leaves behind his extended family, Laurie Lynn Partlow – who he said “I wouldn’t be anyone without you.” Laurie’s children who called him “Pops” – John Smith and wife Tammy of Center, Stacey Smith of Dreka, Eric Partlow of Center, and Amy Lindley and husband, Jamie, of Huxley; the “boys” – six grandsons who he was “Paw Paw” to – Justin Smith and wife, Krystal, Matthew and Logan Smith of Center, Zachery Hass and Cody Holt of Lufkin, and Dakota Hass of Dreka and “Baby Girl” Evelynn Elizabeth Lindley; brother Johnny Johnson and Nadoona; sisters, Sue Ann Chisenhall and husband, Eddie Joe, Kathy Mora and Peggy Moore.

He is preceded in death by parents, J.T. & Nora Johnson; brothers, Jerry Thomas Johnson, Jackie Lee Johnson; nephews, Michael Etheridge, Rueben Olivas; nieces, Christy and Misty Olivas.

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


Lloyd Wayne Dodson, age 90, of Bonham, Texas passed away peacefully at home on May 17, 2015.

Lloyd was born to Albert and Christine (Graves) Dodson in the Elwood community (Route 1, Ivanhoe) on September 1, 1924. He went to school through the 8th grade in the Tulip School and grew up with a love of hunting and fishing. He then attended Bonham High School, graduating in 1942. After graduation, he worked for the railroad for a short time. In June 1943, Lloyd enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific Theater for the remainder of World War II. In August 1945, Lloyd was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” (for Valor) for heroic action against the enemy vicinity San Jose, Luzon, Philippines Islands.

After the war, he settled in the Bonham area and married Doris Grey Stimpson on March 29, 1947. They raised four children in the White Shed community before moving to Bonham in 1959. Lloyd was actively involved in his community and never found a sport he didn’t like. He was a farmer and builder of custom homes while simultaneously serving in the National Guard and the U. S. Army Reserves. He eventually became a full time recruiter for the Texas Army National Guard and continued to serve until he retired in 1984 with 36 years of service.

Lloyd was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and helped build the current church building. He was a leader in Boy Scout Troop 260 and coached the Southwest Pump Cardinals in Little League. Lloyd was very proud of his children and grandchildren and all of their accomplishments. He loved fishing, hunting and sharing those passions with family and friends. He was justifiably famous for his fish fry dinners.

Service to veterans was Lloyd’s life. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Since 1967 when VFW Post 4852 re-organized, Lloyd was a strong and active supporter. When the old VFW building on Main Street in Bonham no longer met their needs, Lloyd was instrumental in getting a lot at Lake Bonham and helping build the new home for the Post. That building burned in November 1994, and Lloyd couldn’t wait to get started on a new one. In June 1995, the new building was opened. He was committed to the Post for 47 years, serving as Post Commander for 33 of those years.

As a father and a community leader, he always set the example. He didn’t tell you the right thing to do, he just did it. He saw things that needed to be done, and did them.

Lloyd was preceded in death by wife Doris Grey (Stimpson) Dodson; son Jerry Wayne Dodson; his parents Albert and Christine; brothers Dennis, Vertis, Tobe, Ward, and Stanley; and sister, Nadine. He is survived by his brother Clifford (Kathryn) of Mineola; son Danny (Debra) of Center; Son Ricky (Rumiko) of Lansing, KS; daughter Judy of Denison; eight grandchildren (Clint, Scott, Brandy, Tara, Raymond, Misty, Michael, Christopher); and six great grandchildren (Dexter Yi; Nicholas and Brandon Dodson; and Wade, Wyatt, and Charlotte Robinson).

Funeral services for Lloyd will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Cooper Sorrells Funeral Home in Bonham. Brother Ricky Robbins will officiate with Brother Danny Dodson assisting. Interment will follow at Willow Wild Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers will be Wade Robinson, Steve Hopkins, Alan Dodson, Larry Dodson, Joe Dodson, and Margo Stimpson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dexter Yi, Wyatt Robinson, and Tom Ceglia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wesley United Methodist Church 1580 CR 273 Bonham, TX 75418 or VFW Post 4852, 1610 Mitchell Dr. Bonham, TX 75418

The Dodson family would like to thank the wonderful staffs at Bonham VA Center, the Cosper Veterans Home, and Always Better Care Hospice. The family knows that Lloyd would want to acknowledge the years of friendship and support from Tom, Paul, Kathy, and the rest of his VFW comrades and families.

Family visitation will be on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6-8 pm at Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home.

To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.coopersorrells.com


Services for Martha Price of Nacogdoches, Texas and a native of San Augustine Texas are scheduled for Saturday May 23, 2015 at 2pm at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in San Augustine Texas with burial to follow in the Mt. Zion cemetery. A private family visitation will be held on Friday May 22, 2015 at 3pm at the CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Chapel located at 453 McLaughlin Street in Timpson Texas.

Mrs. Price is survived by
Son:
Orlando Cepado Price (Sharon) of Big Sandy Texas and Michael Bland (Christina) of Houston Texas.

Daughter: Vivian Price of Nacogdoches Texas.

Sisters:
Vickie Lane (Joe) of Nacogdoches Texas and Debra Goodwin of Ft. Worth Texas.

Brothers:
Albert Goodwin, Jr. (Elma) of Desoto Texas and Alfred Goodwin (Lishea) of Nacogdoches, Texas.

7 Grandchildren
13 Great-grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rev. K. Brian Davis, officiating and Rev. Scotty D. Bland, Eulogist.

Arrangements entrusted to the professionals of CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Services of Timpson Texas and Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas


Brenda “BB” Cook Hennigan, 70, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Randy Smith and Bro. Robert Ortigo officiating. Interment will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont.

Mrs. Hennigan was born April 5, 1945 in Beaumont to John Earnest Cook and Nelwyn Earle Bowers Cook. She loved cooking, rodeoing, coffee time and spending time with family. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Husband: Larry Hennigan of Joaquin

Children:
Shanna Verret and husband, Hoss, of Hamshire
Shawn Morgan and wife, Kelli, of Fannett
Larry “Bosco” Hennigan of Stillwater, Oklahoma
Anthony Hennigan and wife, Candace, of Joaquin

Sister: Carolyn Wilson of Sulphur, Louisiana

Mother: Nelwyn Earle Cook of Center

Grandchildren:
Justin Morgan of Hamshire
Caleb Verret of Hamshire
Keli Morgan of Fannett
Kassi Morgan of Fannett
Kailea Hennigan of Timpson
Austin Hennigan of Stillwater
Steadman, Haley and Layla of Joaquin

Preceded in death by
Father: John Earnest Cook

Pallbearers will be Mark Ward, Caleb Verret, Justin Morgan, Newton Johnson, Jack Canton and James "Top" Sholar.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, Desoto Fire District 1 and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

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



05/15/2015

Paul Pleasant Burgess, 91, of Avon Lake, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 24, 1923 in Joaquin, Texas to the late Edmond and Anne Burgess. In 1945 he permanently moved to Ohio where he met his late wife of 47 years, Harriet Beard.

He served his country at Oak Ridge, Tennessee working in the construction of facilities for the Manhattan Project . Paul became a boilermaker in 1943 in Houston, TX and in 1945 joined the Boilermakers' Local 744 in Cleveland, Ohio. Paul retired in 1985. He passed his strong work ethic down to his children, grand and great-grandchildren.

Paul loved traveling to various states and countries participating in his family's celebrations from sporting events to Morgan County Fair 4-H shows, graduations and weddings. He loved genealogy and spent countless hours in various states tracing his family tree. He was an avid fisherman and taught all his descendants how to bait a hook, skin a catfish and passed on his love of Lake Erie walleye and perch. Many summers were spent in Northern Ohio with his family picking and preserving fruits with his children, grand and great-grandchildren. He had a great respect for nature and God's creatures. Every November he looked forward to driving to Texas for a family reunion at the "Farm" where his family farm is still maintained and kept alive by family members.

Paul was a man admired for his hard work, love of family, and overall goodness, a legacy he passed on to his family. He always had great stories to tell about growing up on an East Texas farm, working at construction sites, and living in old Avon Lake. Stories always included a colorful cast of characters that seemed to cross his path. His compassion, patience, love of God, and long life perspective endeared him to his family and friends.

In addition to his parents and loving wife, Paul was preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters.

He is survived by sons, Terry (Angela) Burgess of Plantation, FL and David (Christine) Burgess of Chandler, AZ and daughter Cindy (Jack) McGuire of Avon Lake, OH; Grandchildren Jason (Leigh) Burgess and daughter Mayah of Carrboro, NC, Ryan (Veronica) Burgess and sons Liam and Luke of Brasilia, Brasil, Michelle (Jay) Greer and sons Jordan and Justin of McConnelsville, OH, Kraig (Jamie) Burgess and children Navi and Lex of Peoria, AZ, Laura (David) Bares and children Charlie, Evan and Sarah of Northville, MI, Susie (Saro) Sabunciyan and daughter Pippa of Seattle, WA, Thomas (Maggie) Fanslow of Farmington Hills, MI. And many other loved family members and friends.

Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon-Belden Rd., Avon Lake from 6-9 pm Friday, May 15, and 10:30-Noon Saturday May 16. The Funeral Service will be at the funeral home at Noon on Saturday. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.

Memorial donations may be made to "Neighbors in Need" at United Church of Christ in Avon Lake. To send a note of condolence to the family, go to www.buschcares.com.


Louann Hurst Leach, aged 59, of Pineland, Texas passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Carl Smith, Rev. Rob Merriman, and Rev. Karen Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Leach was born November 2, 1955 in Center, Texas to Jerry Waters and Marie Hurst Waters. Mrs. Leach enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and other activities. She looked forward to their annual summer vacations where the entire family could be together, as family was so important to her. She particularly loved Christmas and watching her grandchildren’s faces as they opened their gifts. Whenever she was close to her grandchildren, she would devote time reading to them, playing with them, and holding them. Mrs. Leach also enjoyed spending time at Hawkeye, the family’s hunting club, shopping with her friends, and going out to dinner with her husband, Mick Leach. Whenever the family was happy, she was happy. She truly dedicated her entire life to make sure everyone had what they needed.

Mrs. Leach was an active member of Gideons International. She was involved in several women’s groups. Mrs. Leach was strong in her faith in God and blessed in her life. She believed in God and wanted all her children and grandchildren to have God in their lives. We know she is now watching over all of us and will always be with us wherever we go and in all that we do in life.

Mrs. Leach is survived by:

Husband, Mick Leach of Pineland

Two sons:
Mark Leach and wife, Jennifer, of Shelbyville, Texas
Tim Leach and wife, Courtney, of Penn Laird, Virginia

Five grandchildren: Colt, Gracie, Chloe, Reese, and Sydney Leach

Sisters:
Mary Lynn Tinkle and husband, Steve, of Center, Texas
Amy Philips and husband, Mark, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Brother, Nick Waters and wife, Misti, of Magnolia, Texas

Special Niece, Wendi Summers; and numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jerry Waters and Marie Hurst Waters; and grandparents, Dr. T.L. and Lilly Hurst.

Pallbearers will be Todd Clark, Nathan Phelps, Donnie Moody, Jon Schillings, Tim Hopkins and Ray Griffin. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Wulf, Deuce Wulf, Vic Cooper, J.B. Raymond, Joez Jones, Justin Wagstaff, Heath Hagler, Randy Tomlin and Brady Scarber.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Gideons International, PO Box 756, Hemphill, Texas 75948.

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


05/14/2015

Rozelle Edna Dowden Murray, 99, of Woden, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Garrison.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Garrison Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Bellwood Baptist Church in Bellwood, Louisiana with Bro. Billy Shugart officiating.  Interment will follow at Bellwood Baptist Cemetery in Bellwood, Louisiana.

Ms. Murray was born March 29, 1916 in Kisatchie, Louisiana to Stephen Willis Dowden and Ada Belle Rhodes Carter Dowden.  She loved quilting, crocheting, reading and making jewelry.

She is survived by
Sons:
James Melvin Murray and wife, Lori, of California
Hubert Whitman and wife, Euna, of Nacogdoches
Sheryl Elmer Murray and wife, Deborah, of Timpson
Michael Elmo Murray and wife, Carolyn, of Woden

Daughter: Charlotte Edna Murray Hamilton and husband, Tommy, of Nacogdoches

20 Grandchildren

33 Great-Grandchildren

10 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Melvin Elmore Murray
Daughter: Madeline Carrol
Sons: Reginald Earl Murray, Ronald Stephen Murray
Granddaughter: Sabrina Fahey
Great-Grandchildren: Coby Murray, Aarron Michael Murray, Sidney Rene Murray, Cameron Elizabeth Murray, Baby Murray
Parents: Stephen Willis Dowden and Ada Belle Rhodes Carter Dowden
Brothers: Martin Carter, Newton Carter, Nathan Amos Dowden, Dave Dowden, Stephen Grant “SG” Dowden
Sisters: Maude Rector, Agnes Chance, Amanda Betts

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


Mrs. Doris Mae Bussey, 94, formerly of Timpson passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Washington State.

Service will be held Sturday, May 16, 2015 at Smyrna Church in Timpson, Texas starting at 1pm. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas. Rev. James Mosley will be officating the services.

Mr. Bussey is survived by:
Sons:
Andrew Bussey Jr. of Washinton
Terry Bussey of Washington

Daughter:
Jennifer Bussey of Houston , Texas

4 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren

Services under the care and direction of Community Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas.


Richard Lee Sharp, Sr., 59, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, May 12, 2015 in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Sharp was born November 2, 1955 in Center to Charlie Sharp and Georgia Evans Sharp. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by
Daughter: Kasey Hargrove and Robbie Chambliss of Tenaha

Sons:
Richard “Little Man” Sharp of Joaquin
Jamie Carroll of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Klayton Lewis
Christian “EZ” Lewis
Paislee Sharp
Wesley Chambliss

Brothers:
Charlie Sharp and wife, Charlotte, of Michigan
Donald Harris of Denver, Colorado

Sister: Annie Sharp of Orange

Nephews:
Bimbo Sharp and wife, Debra, of Joaquin
Jeff Sharp and wife, Cindy, of Joaquin
Charlie Sharp and wife, Ashley, of Stonewall, Louisiana

Nieces:
Danyel Sledge and husband, J.P., of Joaquin
Deena Lum and husband, Casey, of Converse
Crissy Downing and husband, Rodney, of Deadwood

A host of other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Cindy Hargrove Sharp
Parents: Charlie Sharp and Georgia Evans Sharp
Brother: Jimmy Sharp

Pallbearers will be Jeff Sharp, Bimbo Sharp, Lil Charlie Sharp, Wade Alvis, Robbie Chambliss and Brad Stanley. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Head and Elzie Ray Estes.

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


05/12/2015

Leonard Sanford, 71, of Pearland, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Tusany Village Nursing Home in Pearland.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Borders Cemetery with Bro. John Bender officiating.

He was born October 23, 1943 in Casa Grande, New Mexico to Loniel Clayton and Juanita (Weir) Sanford. He worked as an environmental cleanup for Garner Environmental.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Diana Sanford of Pearland

Children:
Catherine
Leonard Sanford, Jr.
Loniel Sanford
Joann Sanford

Sister:
Lisa Martinez

Brothers:
Russell Sanford
Douglas Sanford
Daniel Sanford

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


05/11/2015

Vircle McSwain, 93, of Zwolle, La formerly of Center, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 in Lufkin.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jim Manning and Bro. Aubie McSwain officiating. Burial will follow at White Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 15, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 26, 1921 in Shelby County to Samuel and Leta (Johnson) Lucas.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Tuck and Leta Lucas, Husband, Clarence McSwain, 3 Brothers, Floyd Lucas, Ennis Lucas & Dennis Lucas.

She is survived by:

Son:
CV McSwain & wife, Cathy and Corpus Christi

Daughter:
Sulane Mayer & husband, Gene of Zwolle, LA

Grandchildren:
Marc McSwain of San Jose, CA
Larissa McSwain of Corpus Christi

Great-Granddaughters:
Elysia & Estia

Sister:
Lillie Mae Williamson of Livingston formerly of Shelby County

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers:
Travis “Tappy” Wilburn, Bradley Wilburn, William Lucas,
Kerry Lucas, Royce Lynn Johnson & Joe Dykes

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


Velma Wheeler McLeroy, 93, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Plano.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Carl Smith officiating.

Ms. McLeroy was born September 25, 1921 in Garrison to Weldon S. Wheeler and Della Nelson Wheeler. She was a homemaker and later worked alongside her husband, Chester, at the Center and Iola School Systems. Ms. McLeroy was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Son: Dan McLeroy of Plano

Daughter: Janet Townsend and husband, Don, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Grandchildren:
Lori Gilbert of Lufkin
Joel McLeroy and wife, Trisha, of Lufkin
Rustin McLeroy of Houston
Ben Townsend of Bowling Green, Kentucky
Jeffrey Townsend and wife, Ali, of Bowling Green, Kentucky
Luke Townsend and wife, Crystal of Bowling Green, Kentucky
Shaina Townsend of Bowling Green, Kentucky

Great-Grandchildren:
Miranda Smith and husband, Ryan, of Honolulu, Hawaii
Hannah Gilbert of New York
Abby Gilbert of New York
Luke Gilbert of New York
Amelia Townsend of Bowling Green, Kentucky

Great Great-Grandchild: Maddi Smith of Honolulu, Hawaii

Sisters-in-law:
Gladys Davis of Austin
Charlsie Wheeler of Center

Preceded in death by
Husband: Chester McLeroy
Son: John Allen McLeroy
Parents: Weldon S. Wheeler and Della Nelson Wheeler
Brother: Hubert Wheeler, Oran Wheeler, Eula Wheeler, James Wheeler

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


05/10/2015

Jerry Donald Rudd, 66, of Center passed away Saturday May 9, 2015 in Nacogdoches.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Center Church of Christ minister Tim Perkins officiating and Rodney Golden leading congregational singing. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Jerry was born in the sand hills of South Jericho, Texas in 1948 to Pershing and Alene Cook Rudd. He lived in Center, Texas most of his life and was a loyal employee of Tyson Foods for more than 30 years in their hatchery and food processing facilities. Jerry was a diligent and hard worker, earning him the nickname “Speedy." He was a devoted Christian and a faithful member of Center Church of Christ. He loved his church family and the Holy Scriptures, studying the bible weekly. He was a familiar face in the Center, Texas community serving as Chaplain of the Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Jerry, a devoted father and doting grandfather, especially loved spending time with his family and friends, where he was known for his big bear hugs. He married Flora Coyle and was the proud father of two daughters and grandfather to three grandchildren. Jerry possessed boundless energy, an indomitable spirit and an ever optimistic outlook on life. He will be dearly missed.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and brother Frank Davis Rudd. He is survived by his wife, two daughters Donna Rudd Anderson and husband David and Dana Rudd Richardson and husband Paul and three grandchildren Christina Patterson, Emily Richardson and Kathryn Anderson.

William Rudd, Barry Rudd, Matthew Rudd, Carl Rudd, Ray Smiley, David Anderson, Gene Bradshaw and Rodney Golden will serve as pall bearers.

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


05/08/2015

Bell Nash, age 90, of Center, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was a native of Broaddus, Texas.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at True Vine Baptist Church with interment at St. Peter Cemetery, Broaddus, Texas, Rev. Orvin Garrett Officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 10, 2015
1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

Survivors include:

Grandson, Scotty Nash

Niece, Margie Johnson

Nephew, Lincoln Nash

Special Cousins: Tommy Garrett and Peggy Garrett Bray

And a host of other relatives and friends including the staff and residents of Green Acres Nursing Facility

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


05/06/2015

Jerry Dwight Willey, 67, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Dunnigan Church in the Patroon Community of Shelby County with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. B.A. Morris officiating. Interment will follow at Dunnigan Cemetery in the Patroon Community of Shelby County.

Mr. Willey was born August 1, 1947 in Silsbee to David Crockett Willey and Anna Mahaffey Willey. He was a member of Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32 and Order of the Eastern Star #903. Mr. Willey was a longtime employee of L&R Timber in San Augustine and later was owner and operator of Patroon Store.

He is survived by
Wife: Debbie Willey of Shelbyville

Children:
Amanda Willey of Shelbyville
Gary Willey of Plantation, Florida
Arthur Willey and wife, Samantha, of Buckatunna, Mississippi

Special Children:
Ellen Lout of Center
Barry Lout of Patroon

Grandson: Austin Craig Willey of Buckatunna, Mississippi

Special Granddaughter: Samantha Bridges of Center

Brother: Nat Willey and wife, Charlene, of Pineland

Sisters:
Viola McKinney of Colmesneil
Grace Simmons of Milam
Mary Sullivan of Broaddus
Carolina Elliott and husband, Latrent, of Milam

Mother-in-law: Ruby Risinger of Goober Hill

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: David Crockett Willey and Anna Mahaffey Willey
Brother: Emory D. “Bill” Willey
Sisters: Cynthia A. West, Johnnie Faye Willey

Pallbearers will be Mike Lout, Ricky Lout, Jay Wilson, Chad Norton, Greg McDonald and Jeffery Ross. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32.


Mr. Joe Bell, 60, of Tenaha, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center, Texas.

Services for Mr. Bell will be Saturday, May 9, 2015 starting at 11am at Benford Chapel Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas with interment to follow at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha.

Reverand Cedric Grace will be officating the services.

Mr. Bell is survived by:
Sons
Kendricks McClure of Tenaha, Texas
Korey McClure of Tenaha, Texas

Daughter
Greta Robertson of Houston, Texas

Sisters
Shirley Joffrion of Alexander, Louisiana
Linda Bell of Houston, Texas
Dorothy Smith of Houston, Texas

8 grandchildren

Community Funeral Home is in care of the funeral and arrangements


.05/05/2015

Jimmy Michael Cosby Sr., 75, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015 at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Cosby was born January 26, 1940 in Center to Thomas Cosby and Helen Passmor Cosby. He served in the United States Army. Mr. Cosby loved to cook and play music. He was the owner and operator of the Country Kitchen for 20 years.

He is survived by
Children:
David Day of Silsbee
Scarlett Schweim of Douglass
Wesley Cosby of Douglass
Kevin Cosby of Douglass
Patricia Cox of Nacogdoches
Thomas Cosby of Midland
Austin Cosby of Connecticut
Linda Weatherly of Garrison

Sisters:
Mary Walker of Center
Linda Hightower of Longview
Kathy Reed of Shreveport, Louisiana

Brother: Larry Cosby of Nacogdoches

Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Mike Cosby
Parents: Thomas Cosby and Helen Passmor Cosby
Brothers: Guy Cosby, Thomas Cosby Jr.

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


05/04/2015

Mr. Lucious Lee Rector , 51, of Center passed away Wednesday morning, April 29, 2015 at his residence in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Services for Mr. Rector will be Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Abundant Love Ministries in Center at 2pm, interment will follow at WestView Cemetery in Center with Reverand Steve Standley to officate the service.

Mr Rector is survived by:
Wife
Winnie Rector of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sister
Teresia (Tim) Rector of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brothers
Johnny (Barbara) Rector of Center, Texas
Jimmy (Ella) Rector of Nacogdoches, Texas

Special Uncle
Grant Rector of Center, Texas

Special Aunt
Queen Standley of Center, Texas

Services under the direction of Cummunity Funeral Home of Center , Texas.


05/03/2015

Charlie Helms, 74, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at New Hope Cemetery in Center with Bro. Ozay Ford and Bro. Ed McRae officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mr. Helms was born December 21, 1940 in Oak Grove, Louisiana to Marvin H. Helms and Virginia Lovett Helms. He loved gardening, riding horses, fishing, woodworking and going to church. He was a member of Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church.

He is survived by
Daughter: Patricia Helms of Center

Brother: Kenny Helms and wife, Laurie, of Shreveport

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Sarah Helms
Parents: Marvin H. Helms and Virginia Lovett Helms

Pallbearers will be Todd Thompson, David Lawrence, Alex Munoz, Robert Ellis, Pat Tinkle and Patrick Lupton. Honorary pallbearers will be Duke Ellis and Shane Corbell, Billy Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church, 208 CR 2622, Center, Texas 75935, Hospice of East Texas Homeplace, 4111 University Boulevard, Tyler, Texas 75701 and New Hope Cemetery, 1721 FM 138, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Danny Ray Allison was born February 20, 1950 in Center, Texas to William Allison, Jr. and Wanda (Sanders) Allison. He entered into rest on May 3, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Graveside service will be at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Bro. Brent Crosswhite will be the minister.

He is survived by:

Wife: Donna Allison of Garrison, Texas

Son: Kelvin T. (KT) and wife Tracy Allison of Timpson, Texas

Grandson: Kelvin T. Allison II of Timpson, Texas

Sister: Sandra Allen of Garrison, Texas

Niece: Deborah Edwards of Garrison, Texas
Pamela Pollard of Garrison, Texas

Host of other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by parents: William Allison Jr. and Wanda (Sanders) Allison and a great niece: Abby Gayle Edwards.


05/01/2015

Mark Thomas “Monkey” Moore, 59, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Rev. Karen Jones officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mr. Moore was born April 19, 1956 in Center to Austin R. Moore and Maxine Thomason. He was of the Church of Christ faith.

He is survived by
Daughter: Kristy Dunn of Charleston, Arkansas

Grandchildren:
Morgan Prescott of Charleston, Arkansas
Destiny Dunn of Charleston, Arkansas

Mother: Maxine Thomason Keiling of Mineola, Texas

Sisters:
Tresa Ross Pearce of Joaquin, Texas
Debbie Childs of Mineola, Texas

Brothers:
Lynn Moore of Port Arthur, Texas
Johnnie Moore of Mount Ida, Arkansas

Nieces:
Stephanie Whittington of Hays, Kansas
Stacy David of Santa Fe, Texas
Jamie Lindsey of Bronson, Texas
Courtney Moore of Joaquin, Texas

Nephew: Steven Howard of Wichita, Kansas

Uncles:
Dale Moore of McAlester, Oklahoma
Don Moore of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Special friend: Jackie Boyette of Joaquin, Texas

Preceded in death by
Father: Austin Moore
Grandparents: Marshall C. Thomason, Zora Thomason, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moore

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


Francis Louise Todd, 80, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on August 10, 1934 in Caledonia, Texas, the daughter of Walter P. Stone and Frankie Crump Stone. The family will have a Graveside Service at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas at 2 PM on May 1, 2015.

Louise and her husband Sam K. Todd were married for 62 years. She enjoyed crocheting and making dolls. She loved having family gatherings.

No matter what you had done in your life Gan-Gan loved all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all of her heart. She found joy in “spoiling” every child she met and also made sure to tell their parents to do the same.

She is survived by:

Children:
Daughter, Betty Caldwell and husband Dan of Timpson, Texas
Son, John Todd and wife Patricia of Timpson, Texas
Daughter, Nell Yates of Channelview, Texas
Son, Sammy “Bo” Todd of Timpson, Texas
Daughter, Frankie Parkman and husband Kim of Marshall, Texas
Son, Buster Todd and fiancé Mandy Mayes of Nacogdoches, Texas
Son, Joe Todd and wife Linda of Timpson, Texas

18 grandchildren

28 great-grandchildren

2 great-great grandkids

And a host of family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Ms. Todd was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Sam K. Todd; two brothers, Boug Stone and Howard Stone; two sisters, Jeanette Burger and Katie Herndon; one grandson, John E. Todd Jr., and son-in-law, Glen Yates.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

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04/29/2015

James Milton Purdy, 88, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Pasadena.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Timpson.

Mr. Purdy was born May 19, 1926 in Lafayette, Indiana to Darby C. Purdy and Margaret A. Mather Purdy. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Mr. Purdy was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Katy Purdy of Houston

Nephews:
James D. Purdy of Lafayette, Indiana
Michael R. Purdy of New Delhi, Indiana
William Farrell of Fisher, Indiana
George Farrell of Indianapolis, Indiana

Niece: Jackie McDowell

Brothers-in-law:
Guy Flournoy and wife, Joyce, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Pete Flournoy and wife, Carolyn, of Tenaha

Sisters-in-law:
Weeda Lowry of Center
Sarah Lewis and husband, John, of Huntington
Betty Duke and husband, George, of Timpson
Rachael Brannon and husband, Ronnie, of Longview
Madora Purdy of Lafayette, Indiana
Norma Flournoy of Nacogdoches
Dorothy Flournoy of Longview

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Cousin: Sandi Williams

Preceded in death by
Parents: Darby C. Purdy and Margaret A. Mather Purdy
Mother-in-law & Father-in-law: Zelma V. Flournoy and Arbie A. Flournoy
Brothers: Jack W. Farrell, Richard D. Purdy
Brothers-in-law: Henry D. Flournoy, Clifford E. Flournoy, Paul E. Flournoy, Ray Lowry

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


Paradise Funeral Home & Hicks Mortuary are announcing funeral services for Mr. Charles M Elliott "Big Red" (57) of Center,Texas, formally of Houston, Texas. Mr Elliott died Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Bernice, Louisiana.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 2, at 1:00pm at Curry AME Church, Strong, Arkansas. Rev Keith Grandberry officiating.

Mr Elliott is survived by long time friend, Gloria Fountain


04/28/2015

Services for Jennifer Leighann Sherwood will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Lakeside Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Moore and Shirley Mewbourn Brown. Visitation will be held at Hilliard Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m on Wednesday evening.

Jennifer Leighann Sherwood was born August 17, 1999 in Center, Texas and passed away at the age of 15 on April 26, 2015. She had been a resident of Canton all of her life, and was a member of Grace Family Church. She loved archery, photography and 4-wheelin'.

She was preceded in death by her Papaw, Robert Whitt.

Jenni is survived by:

Father, John Sherwood of Canton

Mother, Kim Sherwood of Joaquin

Sister, Wendi Warren-Hollins and T'Mur Hollins of Mineola
Brother, Matthew Sherwood and Leah Sherwood of Mineola

Grandparents:
Judy Whitt of Joaquin
Grady Sherwood of Canton
Rosie Webb of Broken Arrow

Nieces and nephews: D'Antheny Warren, DeAndrea Warren, Jasmine Hollins, Kendra Hollins, Ely Sherwood, and one on the way

Aunts:
Sheila Pearce and family of Broken Arrow, OK
Sherry Frost and family of Coweta, OK.

If desired, memorials may be made to Children’s Health, 1935 Medical District Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75235.


04/27/2015

Angie Michelle Harrison-Garrett died April 24, 2015 at Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation in San Augustine, Texas. Funeral services for Angie Michelle Harrison-Garrett will be Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Abundant Love Ministries (1218 Shelbyville St., Center, Texas) Funeral services will be at 11:00am. Bro. Larry Howard will be officiating.

Her survivors are:
Husband:
Calvin Gaddis Jr of Center, Texas

Sons:
Jamorian Harrison & Jamarius Harrison of Center, Texas

Daughters:
Jamya Gaddis & Cajaevia Gaddis of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Sonya Green & Luvinci Harrison of Nacogdoches, Texas

Visitation will be Friday, May 1, 2015 from the hours of 7-9 at Hicks Chapel (804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas).

The burial will be at Westview Cemetery.

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


Gregory Dewayne McClure, age 59, of Tenaha passed away Sunday night, April 26, 2015 at his residence in Tenaha. Funeral service will be at 11am Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Benford Chapel Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas with a lay-in-state prior to service from 10am until 11am. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas with Pastor Joseph Hall, Sr. to officiate.

He is survived by:

Mother, Faye McClure of Tenaha

Daughters:
LaKendra Thompson of Tenaha
Anitra Williams of Messiquita, Texas

Son, Chregg Henderson of Longview

6 Grandchildren

Brothers:
James McClure, Jr. of Houston
Elvis McClure of Tenaha
Kenneth McClure of Tenaha
Aubrey McClure of Timpson

Sisters:
Mattie Fields of Killeen
Deborah McClure of Tenaha
Maxcine Berry of Tenaha

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


Roy Samuel Crawford, 92, of Timpson, TX, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Garrison, TX. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Monday, April 27, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home.

Born December 25, 1922 in Jefferson, Arkansas, Roy Samuel Crawford was the son of the late Samuel Lewis and Mattie Williams Crawford. He and his late wife were married on April 6, 1940, in Indianola, Oklahoma. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great great grandfather. Mr. Roy loved spending time outdoors. There was always grass to be mowed, pine straw to be picked up and garden to grow.

Survivors include:

Son, Roy Crawford Jr. of Whitney, Texas

Daughters:
Betty Eldredge of Timpson, Texas
Louise Koiner and husband Richard of Clarksville, Texas

7 grandchildren
Cindy Rhodes and husband Bobby
Sandy Jones and husband Carroll
Lisa Thompson and husband Charles
Stephanie Harris and husband Chris
Jeffery Crawford
Mike Koiner
Nancy Lawson and husband Roland

11 great-grandchildren and 9 great great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Roy Crawford was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Audrey Crawford; and son-in-law, Bro. Sammy Eldredge.

The family of Roy Crawford is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.


04/24/2015

Matthew (Matt) Alan Hibbard, age 35, passed away peacefully April 22, 2015, in his home in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Matt was born July 6, 1979, in Nacogdoches, Texas and leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Kaye Yoder of Nacogdoches; father, Joe Hibbard of Chireno; sisters, Kim Williams of Nacogdoches and Nicole Lyon of San Jose, California; grandmother, Charlene Kraemer of Center; grandmother, Molly Barton of Center; grandfather, LD Hibbard of Chireno; and a loving group of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

He grew up in Nacogdoches and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. From an early age he was fascinated with the sound and rumble of engines which led to his remarkable ability to break down any complex machine and build it back to perfection. This fascination went from Tonka trucks to lawn mowers and led to his love of motorcycles and flying through the air in motocross competitions as a teenager. He attended Nacogdoches High School, shortly thereafter worked as a Product Supervisor on offshore oil and gas production platforms and attended Angelina College.

Matt coped with mental health issues overcoming many obstacles in his life. While he was inspired by his family to be strong, he made just as big of an impact to those around him with his kind heart and perseverance. The love he had for his family, his hopes and dreams along for his compassion for the world around him is best expressed through the many poems that he wrote and we can now treasure in his memory.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Andrew Kraemer of Center.

Many thanks to family, friends and neighbors for your love, support and prayers.

Visitation will be held 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Memorial service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Cason Monk-Metcalf's Sunset Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate to: The Menninger Clinic, Love Inc Nacogdoches, or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.

Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.


Weldon “Chuck” Tamplin, 87, of Huxley, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 in New Braunfels.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Wes Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Tamplin was born July 7, 1927 in Huxley to Kage Tamplin and Rosa Vaughn Tamplin. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Tamplin was a member of the Masonic Lodge Lake Shore Drive in Port Arthur and Lydia Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Susan Angelle and husband, Glen, of Beaumont
Vicki Smith and husband, Jerry, of New Braunfels

Grandchildren:
Hayley Turgeon and husband, Travis
Tanner Jorgensen
Jared Porter

Great Grandson: Nathan Turgeon

Brother: Brodie Tamplin and wife, Bobbie, of Houston

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Dell Tamplin
Parents: Kage Tamplin and Rosa Vaughn Tamplin
Brothers: Dwight Tamplin, Zach Tamplin

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


04/23/2015

James Wesley Kellum, 72, of Timpson, Texas passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, surrounded by his family. James was born on February 25, 1943 to his parents, Wesley Wayne Kellum and Donnie Delia Broseh Kellum. Funeral services for James will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson. Brother Eric Pledger will officiate. Interment will follow immediately at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Visitation for James will be on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson.

James was born in the community of Silas, Texas. He lived in Silas his whole life. He attended Timpson High School. He owned Kellum Logging and cut timber for the area for many, many years before retiring. During his life he enjoyed anything having to do with the outdoors. Fishing and hunting were among his favorite pastimes. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. James was a faithful member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

James is survived by his loving wife, Judy. They met on a blind date arranged by one of his cousins. On May 21, 1994, they were married. He is also survived by his son Joshua Kellum and his wife, Candace; daughter, Jennifer Johnson and her husband, Terry; step-sons Ritchie Arnold and James Arnold and his wife, Donna; step-daughters Michele Cheavens and January Turner and her husband Steven; grandchildren Jessica, Jaycee, Travis, Jeramie, Janna, Bradlee, T.J., David, Chasity, Ashley, Nadina, River, Jordan, Michael, Jace, Piper, Zachary, Jacob and Addison, as well as four great grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Donna Stone and one grandson Jonathan Kellum.

Pallbearers for James will be Jessie Pipes, Joe Pledger, Mike Pledger, Chris Pate, Larry Malloy and Phillip Baker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bubba Arnold, Ritchie Arnold and Steven Turner.

In order to convey your condolences or sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net.


Richard Harding Hallett “Rick Magee”, 66, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Charlie Bush officiating.

He was born February 26, 1949 in Rhode Island to Richard Hallett and Katharine Jones Hallett. He was an ordained minister and was active in the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

He is survived by
Children:
Morgan Magee of Center
Collin Bush and husband, Colt, of Center
Isaac Magee of Alpharetta, Georgia

Grandchildren:
Jacelyn Rhone
Carson Bush
Cambree Bush

Sister: Ellen Dominique of Columbia, Missouri

Preceded in death by
Father: Richard Hallett
Mother: Katharine Jones Magee
Step-father: Wayne Magee

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.

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


Laura Ellon Bounds Phelps Rainbolt, 81, of Center, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Karen Jones officiating, eulogy and remarks given by Martha Lou Carroll. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born January 27, 1934 in Many, LA to Walter Morris and Johnyne (Phillips) Bounds. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Center and Beta Sigma Phi.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Walter and Johnyne Bounds, Husband, Walter C. “Bo” Rainbolt, Son, Randy Phelps and Son, Walter Rainbolt.

She is survived by:
Children:
Mark & Jane Phelps of Center
Jon Rholes of Kyle
Laura Jo & Kirk Richardson of Jasper

Grandchildren:
Dianne Phelps
Kelly Bara & husband, Troy
Ryan Rholes & wife, Irina Burcott-Rholes
Cassidy & Caiden Rainbolt
Avery, Alex & Alivia Richardson

Great-Grandchildren:
Finley Bara
Sofia Rholes

Sister:
Margaret Ihlo of Center

Brother:
Walter “Buster” Bounds & wife, Carolyn of Center
Numerous Nieces & Nephews

In Lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to the Pinkston/Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 152, Center, Texas 75935 (Memo: In memory of Walter Rainbolt) or the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St, Center, Texas 75935



Mrs Cristine Lane, 93, of Lufkin, Texas passed away on Tuesday evening, April 21, 2015 at Southland Nursing Center.

Services for Mrs. Lane will be Friday, April 24, 2015 starting at 1pm at the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, Texas with interment to follow at the Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas. Pastor Lucien Tatum will be officiating the services.

Mrs. Lane is survived by:
Nieces:
Pam Martin (Joe) of Nacogdoches, Texas, Tammie Caraway (Keith) of Tyler, Texas, Patsy Stephenson of Carson, California
Nephew
Billy Harris (Beverly) of Beaumont, Texas
Godson
Jimmy Ervin of North Carolina

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


Allen Paul Shuemaker, 33, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Randall Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Buckner Cemetery in Center.

Allen was born October 9, 1981 in Shelby County to Bobby Shuemaker and Manuela Wilkinson Shuemaker.

He is survived by
Sons:
Matthew Colby Shuemaker of Kirbyville
Chance Allen Shuemaker of Joaquin

Parents: Bobby and Manuela Shuemaker of Tenaha

Sister: Lee Ann Shuemaker of Dallas

Numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: Mozelle Wilkinson, Mitchell Wilkinson, Gladys Boykin, Woodrow Shuemaker

Pallbearers will be Tommy Joe Wilkinson, Michael Stringer, Jason Stringer, Matthew Turner, Tommy Lee Amburn and Bobby Cumberland. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Cook.

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


04/21/2015

Margie Dockens Garrett, 63, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 at her residence.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin with Bro. Luke Garrett officiating.

Mrs. Garrett was born September 18, 1951 in Center to Clarence Dockens and Willie Dee Elliott Dockens.

She is survived by
Husband: George Randall “Randy” Garrett of Joaquin, Texas

Children:
Richard Jones of Joaquin
Maranda Knox and husband, Mike, of Eddy, Texas
Summer Covington and husband, Jody, of Joaquin, Texas
Chip May and wife, Kendra, of Joaquin, Texas
Luke Garrett and wife, Ginger, of Joaquin, Texas
Cristal Vasquez and husband, Salvador, of Opelousas, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Melissa Jones
Rachael Jones
Mariah Glover
Seth Knox
Maddie Covington
Jacey Covington
Lane Covington
Kensleah Loftin
Sage Davis
Khloe May
Sadie May
Jacob Vasquez
Molly Vasquez
Betsy Vasquez
Ally Garrett
Lauren Garrett
Whitney Garrett

Brother: Harold Dockens of Joaquin, Texas

Preceded in death by
Grandson: Kane May
Parents: Clarence Dockens and Willie Dee Elliott Dockens
Brother: Charles Dockens

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


04/20/2015

Charlie Mack Bussey, 77, of Center, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Bussey was born November 9, 1937 in Center to Malcom Lee Bussey and Mattie Lou Steele Bussey. He served in the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Beth Bussey Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas
Glyn Bussey Sloan and husband, Larry, of Groesbeck, Texas

Son: Chuck Bussey of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Barbara Windham of Bossier City, Louisiana
Mary Lou Lout and husband, Howard of Center, Texas

Grandchildren:
Reese Monroe
Luke Sloan
Savannah Sloan Maxey and husband, Ben
Sarah Sloan and Josh Willis
Weston Jones
Jacob Bussey
Julia Bussey
Samantha Sloan

Great-Grandchildren:
Charlie Maxey
Eli Maxey

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Lucretia Liem Bussey
Parents: Malcom Lee Bussey and Mattie Lou Steele Bussey
Brother-in-law: John D. Windham

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



Bo Barbe, 79, of the Aiken Community of Shelby County, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with L.D. Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Barbe was born November 12, 1935 in Shelby County to Charles N. Barbe and Lois McKinzie Barbe. He graduated from Center High School in 1953. Mr. Barbe went on to further his education at SFA, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1957 and his Masters Degree in 1963. He was a teacher at Excelsior Common School District, Timpson ISD and Center ISD. Mr. Barbe also worked at Shelby County Co-op. He was a member of Shelby County Farm Bureau, SFA Alumni Association and Excelsior ISD School Board. Mr. Barbe loved sports of all kinds, especially enjoying basketball and hunting. He was of the Church of Christ faith.

He is survived by
Wife of 57 years: Linda Jones Barbe

Children:
Deborah Poquette and husband, Lee
John Barbe and wife, Keely

Grandchildren:
Chase Barbe
Connor Barbe
Carson Barbe

Sisters-in-law:
Patricia Webb and husband, Dr. James Webb
Jerry Sowell and husband, Robert

Brother-in-law:
Richard Thomason
O.A. Bailey

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Charles N. Barbe and Lois McKinzie Barbe
Sister: Jo Thomason

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Barbe’s name to Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Fund, PO Box 152, Center, Texas 75935.

Pallbearers will be James Miles, Don Wheeler, Lee Sowell, Benny Ray Russell, Doyle Carter and Lane Dunn. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Stevens, Bobby Collins, Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Excelsior School Board.

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



Titus Nathaniel Brandon, 78, of Timpson, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Nacogdoches. He was born on August 1, 1936 in Troup, Texas, the son of Effie and Curtis Brandon. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday, April 20, at Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM at First Assembly of God Church with Brother E.J. Adams and Brother Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Being a pastor’s son, Titus moved around the area a lot growing up. He went to high school in Sour Lake, Texas. He was a person who loved deeply. His family was a very important part of his life. Titus loved spending time with family, especially his grandkids. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as gardening. Titus was very involved in the music ministry at First Assembly, and he’s a legend in the community with his country music. His passion was playing his guitar and singing, he blessed so many people through the years. He served on the board of First Assembly for over 35 years. Titus owned Brandon Heating and Air. He faithfully served his community’s air conditioning and heating needs for 47 years. Titus was an endowed member of the Timpson Masonic Lodge #437. He served their HVAC needs as well.

Titus is survived by his wife, Barbara. They were happily married for 57 years. Titus always said that the greatest event of his life was the day he met Barbara Hayes. They were married on December 21, 1957.

He is also survived by:
Daughters:
Kathy Brandon and Lois Brandon
Brothers:
Joseph Brandon, Sidney Brandon and his wife, Linda and Johnny Brandon and his wife, Joyce
Sisters Lois Brackin and her husband, Forrest and Eunice Humphrey and her husband, Rusty
Sisters-in-law:
Bea McDonald and Era Bell Inglis
Grandchildren:
Jonathan Williams and his wife, Jeania, Elijah Williams, Aaron Brandon, Joshua Cooper and his wife, Chelsea, Jesse Spruiell, Adam Cooper and Amber Cooper
Great-grandchildren:
Mallory Williams, Brayden LaGrone, Kayden Cooper and Avery Cooper
A host of nieces and nephews
Special friends
Robert Watts and Smokey Barclay.

Titus was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Janet Brandon and sister Dorothy Nutt.

Pallbearers for Titus will be Jonathan Williams, Elijah Williams, Aaron Brandon, Joshua Cooper, Adam Cooper and Jesse Spruiell.

The family of Titus Brandon is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.



Mary Ruth Green McKibben was born on March 31st 1923 in Timpson Texas. She was the youngest child of Joe John Green and Ruth Blankenship Green. Mary grew up in Timpson, where she attended the local public schools. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1943, and then attended medical school at the University of Texas at Galveston, graduating with her M.D. in June of 1946. Mary served her internship at the St. Louis, Missouri City Hospital where she met her future husband, J.W. “Mac” McKibben. They married in 1947.

Mac and Mary moved to San Francisco and then to Texas as they continued their medical training and started a family. In 1954 Mac and Mary and their two children moved to Modesto, California. Here Mary practiced anesthesiology for the next 34 years at Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1988.

Mary was an avid traveler and hiker. She and Mac travelled to many exotic places, including Antarctica and the Far East. They hiked the base camps of the Himalayas, and climbed Kilimanjaro. They especially enjoyed hiking in the high Sierras, and Yosemite was always a special place for both of them.

Mary’s husband Mac died in 2004. By that time, Mary was already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In 2006, Mary was moved to Pasadena, California to be closer to family to facilitate care for her continuously progressing disease. She died peacefully on April 17, 2015 at the age of 92.

Mary is survived by Two Children and Four Grandchildren. Her son Frederick McKibben and daughter in law Diane Danis of Pasadena, California, and their children Jeffrey McKibben and Elizabeth McKibben; her daughter Helen McKibben of Bethesda, Maryland and her children John Rasmussen and Jacob Caffrey.

Graveside Service will be on April 25, 2015 at 1pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.
The McKibben family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.


04/19/2015

Kathleen Elizabeth Kane, 63 of Nacogdoches, passed away Thursday morning, April 16, 2015 in Oak Manor Nursing Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Bobie (James) Grimes of Nacogdoches, Texas

4 Grandchildren

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


Clifford Ray Sparks, Jr., age 56 of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday morning, April 16, 2015 at Center Nacogdoches Medical Center Emergency Room, Center, Texas. Services will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11am at St. Paul Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 10am until 11am prior to services at St. Paul Baptist Church. Interment to follow at McWilliams Cemetery Shelbyville, Texas with Pastor Freddie D. Wilson officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Evelyn Sparks of Shelbyville

Daughter, Bonishaia (Judge) Davis of Houston, Texas

Sons:
SirRoderick Sparks of Houston, Texas
Fredrick Sparks of Houston, Texas

6 Grandchildren

Mother, Cecil Lee Sparks of Shelbyville, Texas

Sisters:
Gloria Harris of Center, Texas
Linda Robertson of Center, Texas
Theresa (Glenn) Lathan of Shelbyville, Texas

Brothers:
Melvin Robertson of Center, Texas
Ray Charles (Barbra) Sparks of Shelbyville, Texas

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


Ben Johnson, 82 of Timpson, Texas, passed away Friday night, April 17, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Service will be held Saturday, April 25th at 1pm at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church of Timpson, Texas with interment to follow at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. Pastor Cedric Grace will officiate the services.

Mr. Johnson is survived by:

Son
Ben Johnson III of Abilene, Texas

Special Niece and Nephew
Lucy and Allen Gossett of Timpson

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


Flora Bell Kirkpatrick Wedgeworth, age 86, passed away April 18, 2015. Graveside Service and laid to rest will be at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas on April 21, 2015 at 2pm.

Ms Flo, a longtime resident of Timpson, is a native of Jacksonville. She also lived in Beaumont and Houston for a number of years.

Proceeded in death:
Husband: Melvin Wedgeworth Sr
Parents: Mollie Frances Erwin and James Isaac Kirkpatrick
Sister: Christine Kirkpatrick Dove
Brothers: Prentice, Ragsdale, and Forrest Kirkpatrick
Son in Law: Butch Jacobs
Grandchild: Baby Welsh

Survivors:

Sisters: Edris Kirkpatrick Adams and Pauline Kirkpatrick Wagner of Jacksonville

Children:
Diane Welsh (David) of Houston, Donna Nash (Jimmy) of Timpson, Dale Jacobs and Melvin Wedgeworth Jr of Beaumont

Grands:
Dena Jacobs Hadnot, Jeffrey Welsh, Luke Maddox, Lindsey Welsh Worchesik, Randi Maddox Herod, Melvin Wedgeworth III (Trey)

Great Grands: Gabe Herod, Brooke Welsh-Jebbia, Nic Hadnot, Clayton Worchesik, Isabella Wedgeworth, Kyle Wedgeworth

Mom loved Jesus with her whole heart, and she was ready to go with him when He called her. She waited for Jesus for a very long time. He came to take her home with Him when He had her heavenly mansion prepared. She is rejoicing and singing praises to Jesus in heaven today, and she is walking on streets of gold. She entered the pearly gates in awe, greeted by all the ones she dearly loved and missed so much when they were gone from this earthly life. She is expecting us to join her there, when each of us make our own personal journey across the Jordan into Paradise.

Faithful daughter of her Lord and Savior, she was a servant of His. She sang in the choir at her church for many years. She prayed for her family every night as she called each one by name. She baked yummy buttermilk pies for everybody when food was requested. She was an Eastern Star. She was Mom and Nannie to her grands and great grands. She never smoked or drank or cussed. She never worked outside her home. She was a prayer warrior. She was a good wife, a good mom and grandmother, a good cook, a good housekeeper, and a good friend.

Honorary Pallbearers: Melvin Wedgeworth Jr, Jeffrey Welsh, Luke Maddox, Trey Wedgeworth, Gabe Herod, Nic Hadnot, Clayton Worchesik, Kyle Wedgeworth, Mike Herod, Tim Worchesik, David Welsh, Jimmy Nash

Special thanks to Rita McGowan, Emma Boles, Chaplain Dee Daniel, and all of the other wonderful compassionate Alzheimer’s caregivers at Accolade Hospice.

Thank you for an inspiring send off message Brother Gene Maddox.

Extra special thanks, all our love, and a special heavenly crown should be given to Donna Gail- special middle daughter- for her dedication in caring for Mom for several years, when she needed her the most.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.

"Mom we love you bunches, we will miss you, and in anxious anticipation, we wait to join you and Daddy one day soon. Tell Daddy we all say hey! That’s our Momma!"

Services are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


John “JB” Madison Hughes Jr., 45, of Oak Leaf, Texas, passed away Thursday, April 9th, 2015. He was born on December 5th, 1969, in Hempstead, Texas, to John “Johnny” Madison Hughes Sr. and Barbara “Babs” Preston. JB was raised in the towns of Huntsville, Center, and Dallas, Texas, and was a surveyor all over the US for 24 years. He was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the Baylor Bears, the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Mavericks, and the St. Louis Blues. JB was a devoted husband and a loving and supportive father and grandfather.

JB was preceded in death by his mother, Babs Preston; his sister, Roni Riggs; his uncle, Robert “Bobby” Burns; his grandfather, Robert “Bob” Burns; his grandparents, Velton Bee and Bonnie Ruth Franks Hughes; his brother-in-law, Vinny Diaz; and his granddaughter, Alayah Dawn Goodman.

He is survived by his soul mate, Leanna Hughes; his daughters and their families, Courtney and DJ Divers, Roni, Tyler and baby Waylon John Boidy, and Lauren Hughes; his father, John Hughes; his grandmother, Faye Burns; his step-father, Doug Preston; his aunts and uncles, Terri Cox, Bonnie B Hughes Lane, Annette Burns, and Veda, Sherry, Deryl and Eddie Preston; his in-laws, Bill and Deana Lovsey and Brenda and Irv Albrecht; his siblings, Jon Robert and Marilyn Hughes Pfeiffer, Niki, Jeb and baby Kinlee Chesson, Shelly and Jason Wells, Austin and April Preston, Jesse and Heather Hughes, Dennis and Melanie Preston, Billy Joe and Randi Brown, Ashley Nelson, Kasey Preston, Steven Preston; and his in-laws, Billie, Mike, Zina, Kerri, Melinda, Toni, Billy, and Todd; and many, many more family and friends that JB loved dearly.

In short, JB was an all-around amazing man who will be loved and missed by many. His memorial service will be Thursday, April 16 at 4p.m. at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County in Waxahachie, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute (in honor of his granddaughter Alayah) or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (in honor of his mother Babs).
fetalcare@ssmhc.com

Services under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie, Texas.


04/17/2015

Ruby Bullock, 82, of Center, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Home.

She will be cremated and No services are planned at this time.

She was born May 15, 1932 in Rusk, Texas to Willie T. Bullock and Kizze Mae (Richardson) Bullock.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Willie and Kizze Mae Bullock, Sister, Willie Fenley & Brother, Roy Bullock.

She is survived by:
Brother:
Robert Bullock of Rosharon
Niece:
Kathy Casey of Shelbyville
Numerous other Family & Friends


Walter Cullen Chadwick, 30, of Horseshoe Beach, Florida passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Horseshoe Beach, Florida. He was born on April 25, 1984 in Bryan, Texas, the son of Walter Jonathan Chadwick and Susan Jo Callaway. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home on Monday, April 20, 2015. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at County Line Cemetery. Brother Josh Walters will officiate.

Cullen is survived by:

Parents, Jonathan Chadwick and Jo Brown

Brother, Nicholas Chadwick

Maternal grandparents, Joe and Ann Callaway of College Station.

Cullen was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter C. Chadwick and Nadine Chadwick.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.

The Chadwick family is being served by the Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.


04/15/2015

Merline (Luman) Metcalf, 89, of Panama City, FL formerly of Shelby County, passed away on January 3, 2015.

A Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ in Center with Bro. Shak Arlington officiating.

She was born April 17, 1924 in Shelby County to Bud and Nonie (McSwain) Luman.

She is survived by:
Daughter:
Delores Brown of Baconton, GA

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


The memorial sevice for Jean Whitley and Joe Bruton will be held at Jean Whitley's home in Timpson from 2-5pm on Saturday, April 18th.


04/14/2015

Larry Clinton Roberts, 72, of Baytown, TX was born August 29, 1942, in Houston and passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in his home surrounded by family. Larry graduated from Milby High School in 1960 and attended the University of Houston prior to enlisting in the U. S. Army. He served in the 2nd Armored Division as a Sharpshooter and Paratrooper. He was a very proud Vietnam Veteran. Larry (PaPaw) was a devoted son and brother and anybody who ever met him quickly learned to love him and his infectious smile. He was a charmer with a big heart and loved spending time with his family, epically his grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed being at the deer lease, sitting around the campfire with friends and telling stories. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Ray Roberts and his mother and stepfather, Marie Lebo Stuart and J. E. Stuart.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sharla and Richard Bigler; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Linda Roberts; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanie and Dale Costilow; grandchildren, Brett and Bailey Bigler and Nicole, Lindsay, and Lauren Roberts; and great grandchild, McKenzie Frederick.

His family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home Friday, April 17, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Graveside services with military honors will follow at 10:45 a.m. at the Houston National Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Kurt Costilow, Wade Costilow, Donnie Jones, Russell Graham, Keith Bigler, and Ronnie Callaway.

To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.


04/13/2015

Funeral services for Infant, DeMarcus Bennett Jr. will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00pm at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (623 Martin Luther King Drive). Rev. Wilbert Simmons will be officiating.

Infant, DeMarcus Bennett Jr. survivals are:

Parents: DeMarcus Bennett Sr. & Shaunice Smith

Brothers:
JuMareus McCollister
Wyatt McCollister

Sisters:
Kristen Johnson
Imani Smith
Ella Bennett

Grandmothers: Ella D Bennett & Maxine Moore

Great-Grandmother: Verlene Moore

Visitation will be Friday, April 17, 2015 from 4-6 at Hicks Chapel

Burial will be at Westview Cemetery

Services under direction of Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas.


***Updated service information

Services for Infant, Jaecyon Matthew Short will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11:00am, at St Paul Baptist Church, due to the weather. Bro Freddie Willison will be officiating. Interment at Westview Cemetery.

He is survived by:

Parents: Jaelyn Short & Cidnee Williams

Grandparents: Tommy & Tabitha Williams
Craig & Lisa Garrett

Great-Grandmothers: Imojean Williams, Polley Garrett of Nacogdoches, & Laurice Robinson

Services under direction of Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Drive


Blue Bell Jenkins, 85, of Center, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Triumph Kingdom of God in Christ Church in Center with Shepherd Howard Cloudy officiating. Burial will follow at West View Cemetery. The wake will be Friday, April 17, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born December 12, 1929 in Shelby County to Dillon and Myra Coleman. She was member of the Triumph Kingdom of God in Christ church. She worked for Holly Farms and the Shelby County Sheriff’s office.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Dillon and Myra Coleman, Husband, Hudson Jenkins, Daughter, Helen Jenkins Haynes, Daughter, Lee Elma Jenkins and Brothers, Jim Coleman & Edmond Coleman.

She is survived by:
Grandchildren:
Lavetha Jenkins Scott & husband, Bobby of Huntsville
Lisa Jenkins McNealy & husband, Joe of Dallas
LaDonna Jenkins Bailey & husband, Chadwick of Houston
LaDerrica Pitts Williams & husband, Gary of Tyler
Chris Jenkins & wife, Stephanie of Huntsville
Veleka Haynes of Houston
Krashaun Haynes of Houston
Denise Hewitt of Shelbyville

18 Great-Grandchildren

5 Great-great-Grandchildren
Numerous Other Family and Friends

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


04/12/2015

Jose Gustavo Tovar, 42, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Father, Jose Vidarte officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be Monday, April 13, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born July 11, 1972 in Mexico to Vicente Tovar and Delfina Guzman Tovar. He worked for LATX Operation in Waskom.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Vicente Tovar, Brother, Jose Luis Tovar and Sister, Maria Francisca Tovar.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Maria Francisca Tovar of Tenaha

Sons:
Brady A. Tovar
Gustavo Tovar, Jr.

Daughters:
Francisca Tovar
Estefani Tovar

Mother:
Delfina Tovar

Brothers:
Jose R. Tovar
Israel Tovar
Ramiro Tovar
Jose Joel Tovar & wife, Maria L.
Jose G. Tovar & wife, Erika
Vicente Tovar & wife, Yesenia
Isidro Martinez

Sisters:
Maria E. Tovar & husband, Jose
Maria M. Rico & husband, Jose
Maria A. Sandoval & husband, Ciro
Delfina Rico & husband, Arturo
Maria L. Perales & husband, Orlando

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, 2 Great-Nephews, 1 Great-Niece &
Numerous Uncles & Aunts

Pallbearers:
Gustavo Tovar, Jr., Brady A. Tovar, Jeffry Rico,
Reyes Rico, Jose Guadalupe Tovar, Jose Elorza,
Orlando Perales, Isidro Martinez & Jonathan Rico

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


04/11/2015

Dolores Ann Walker, 78, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Walker was born May 14, 1936 in Center to Tilmon Warr and Gladys Hughes Warr. She was a teacher in the Children’s Department of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Gene Walker of Center

Children:
Laura Walker of Center
Steve Walker and wife, Catherine, of Buna

Grandchildren:
Caitlin Stevens and husband, Bart, of College Station
Lane Walker of College Station

Brothers:
Kenneth Warr of Caren Crow, Louisiana
Gaylon Warr of Ft. Walton, Florida

Pallbearers will be Barton Brown, John Black, Jack Nichols, James Greer, Phil Worsham and Bryan Wages. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Giddens, McNeil Moore, John Bender and Jason Locke.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Children’s Department, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 or Short Cemetery Fund, PO Box 854, Center, Texas 75935.

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


04/10/2015

Sarah Caldwell Lancelin, departed from her earthly home, entering into her eternal home, the Celestial City, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the age of 85.

A native of Center, Texas, Sarah had a compassionate, giving, and dedicated spirit. During her life, she touched the lives of numerous people. Sarah served 20 years as a dutiful nurse at the University of Texas Medical Branch (M.D. Anderson.) She later transitioned to positively impact the lives of our youth, serving as an educator in the Houston Independent School District for over 20 years. She held membership in many organizations and received a host of acclamations, awards, and certifications. Sarah was a dynamic mother, an amazing grandmother, an affectionate sister, a remarkable neighbor, and an incredible friend. Her worldly knowledge coupled with her immediate experience yielded positive results. She was a committed community activist, a profound public speaker, and an avid gardener who enjoyed landscaping.

She was the mother of four children: Brenda Taylor, Lynda Mosley, Joel Moore and Yvonne Winston. Sarah was a grandmother of six children and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, twelve siblings, and one great grandchild.

She leaves to cherish her beautiful memory a sister, Leanna Martin Goree, her children, grandchildren, family members, loved ones and dear friends.

Homegoing services will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:00AM-11:00AM (Viewing), 11:00AM (Service), Palm Center Church of Christ, 6103 Beekman Road, Houston, Texas 77021.

Services are under the direction of McCoy & Harrison Funeral Home, Houston, Texas. Online condolences can be signed at www.mccoyandharrison.com.


04/09/2015

Delores Jo Nichols was born July 13, 1947 in Garrison, Texas to Emmitt and Annie (Barton) Moore. She entered into rest on April 2, 2015 in Lufkin, Texas.

Memorial Service will be, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:30 am at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas

Surviving Family:
Husband:
John D. Nichols of Garrison, Texas

Sister:
Barbara Frederick of Garrison, Texas

Daughters:
Deana Ward and husband Brady of Bagosa, Colorado, Penny Harris and husband Brian of Garrison, Texas

14 Grandchildren
9 Great-Grandchildren

Sister-In-Law: Shirley Palmer of Lake of Pines, Texas

Numerous nephews, nieces and a host of friends

Preceded in death by: Daughter Susan Ann Berry son-in-law Joe Berry and both parents

Service under the directions of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas


04/08/2015

Brooksie Griffin Tindol, 67, of Center, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery.

Mrs. Tindol was born March 13, 1948 in Center to George Wesley Griffin and Lois Campbell Griffin.

She is survived by
Husband: Roy Tindol of Center

Children:
Sylvia McDonald of Timpson
Johnny Tindol and wife, Jolene, of Joaquin
Ricky Tindol and wife, Diane, of Shelbyville

Son-in-law: Tamer Hannah of Dallas

Grandchildren:
Ryan McDonald
Shelby Tindol
Steven Tindol
Jessica Tindol
Mitchell Tindol
Mena Hannah
Eric Hannah

Great Grandchildren:
Madelyn Choice
Cherish Choice

Sisters:
Bobbie Roberts and husband, Troy
Barbara Cruse
Betty Shull and husband, George
Beverly Hendricks and husband, Larry
Brenda Farmer

Brother: Ray Griffin and wife, Ilene

Preceded in death by
Daughters: Susan Tindol, Amanda Hannah
Parents: George Wesley Griffin and Lois Campbell Griffin
Sister: Billie Watson
Brothers: Burnice Griffin, Johnny Griffin

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


Wayne Gundermann, 60, of Center, Texas, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015, at St. Luke Health Memorial of Lufkin.

Memorial services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Emken Linton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 13th at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City. Rosary to follow Visitation at 7:00 p.m.

Wayne Gundermann was born June 23, 1954, In Texas City, to Walter Gundermann, Jr. and Dorothy LaCombe Gundermann. He graduated from Texas City high school and was employed with Tyson foods as a Truck Driver. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center, Texas. Wayne will always be remembered for his wittiness.

He is preceded in death by mother, Dorothy Lacombe Gundermann; grandmother, Kathryn Gundermann Carlin; grandfather’s, Walton Gundermann, Flournoy Carlin; cousins, Danny and Ronnie Gundermann;

Survivors include:

His wife of 33 years: Karen Zwahr Gundermann

Daughters:
Kayla Gundermann
Kelly Trevino

Son: Wayne Gundermann, Jr.

Father: Walter Gundermann, Jr.

Sister: Dianne Incalcaterra, and husband, Artie

Brother: Walter Gundermann III, and wife, Joan

Grandchildren:
Michael
Sydney
Jonathon Trevino
Brooke May
Kaylie Gundermann
John and Hayley Hardage

Great-grandchildren:
Joshua James
Kaden Jacee
Kyle Trevino

Numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and many friends.


04/07/2015

Mr. Royce (Red) Raymond Earl, 71, of Timpson passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Funeral services will be held on April 11, 2015 starting at 11am at First Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson, Pastor Harold Patton, officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson.

Royce was born in Timpson to the late Mr. Benny Early and Mrs. Juanita Earl and his grandparents were the late Mr. Oliver Earl and Mrs. Fannie Earl. He received his education at Timpson ISD and he was a member of the class of 1963.

His livelihood included cattle, which he enjoyed raising, and logging. He attended Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson.

Royce leaves to cherish memories:
Wife: Alice Sue Earl of Timpson
Daughters:
Sandee Davis of Houston
Jerlina Morrision (Dwight) of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

Granddaughter: Nadirah Perkins of Houston
Brother: Willie Earl (Joe) of Timpson
God-daughter: Aliyah Glacier (LeLe) of Timpson and a host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Benny Louis Earl.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


Jane Lillian Allen, 68, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015 at Saints Rest Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

Ms. Allen was born September 9, 1946 in Lufkin to James Sidney Allen and Mary Frances Edwards Allen.

She is survived by
Children:
James Colwell Sr. and wife, Brandy, of Nacogdoches
Mary Colwell of Martinsville
Misty Golden and husband, Robert, of Buna

Grandchildren:
Kayla Colwell
Hollie Colwell
James Colwell Jr.
Lydell Berg Jr. and wife, Crystal
Katie Byrd and husband, Chester
Christopher Golden
Luke Doles and wife, Cara
Samantha Knight
Heather Jernigan
Lillian Jernigan

Great Grandchildren:
Breia
Cody
Aubrey
Ataley
Mikyla
Christian
Presliee
Sarah

Sisters:
Cindy Lynch and husband, Jack, of Martinsville
Mary Ann Allen of Cushing

Uncle: Guy Long and wife, Loma of Nacogdoches

Special Friend: Clarence Stockton of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Sidney Allen and Mary Frances Edwards Allen
Brothers: Harry Allen, Sam Allen

Pallbearers will be Chester Byrd, Christopher Golden, Luke Doles, Dustin Windham, James Colwell and Jack Lynch. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Golden, Lydell Berg Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to help with final expenses.

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


04/06/2015

Janet Elaine Cunning Clark, 64, of Center, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Larry Byrd and Bro. Don Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Clark was born March 10, 1951 in Amarillo to George T. Cunning and Penny Lorene Wunneberger Cunning. She loved to garden and paint. She was a member of Neuville Baptist Church in the Neuville Community of Shelby County.

She is survived by
Husband: George R. Clark of Center, Texas

Sons:
Scooter Clark and wife, Stacie, of Center, Texas
Chris Clark and wife, Sena, of Center, Texas

Grandchildren:
Colby Clark and wife, Jessi
Zac Clark
Christopher P. Clark
Brett Clark
Shealyn Clark

Great-Grandchildren:
Lexi Clark
C.J. Clark
Elijah Clark

Brother: George T. Cunning Jr. and wife, Laura, of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sister: Janice Denniston and husband, Lloyd, of Highland Village, Texas

Best Friend: Renea Sanders of Center, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: George T. Cunning and Penny Lorene Wunneberger Cunning
Daughter: Penny Lynn Clark
Brother: Sammy Cunning

Pallbearers will be Colby Clark, Brett Clark, Zac Clark, Gaije Ranes, Christopher P. Clark and Garrett Stanley.

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


04/06/2015

Mr. C.D. Kauffman, 94, of Shelbyville, Texas died Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Funeral services for Mr. Kauffman will by Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Carroll Chapel CME Church (302 FM 2694) at 1:00pm.  Rev. Aromond Cauley will be officiating.

Mr. Kauffman is survived by a host of nieces and nephew.

Visitation will be Friday, April 10, 2015 from the hours of 7pm-9pm. Burial will be at Carrol Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas

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


Billie Eaves McDaniel Davis , 77, of the Neuville Community, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015 in Lufkin, Texas.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Noble & Bro. Gerald Sowell officiating. Burial will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born November 24, 1937 in Shelby County to Allen and Odell (Spann) Eaves. She worked for AT&T for many years. She also worked for Holiday Nursing Home & Green Acres Nursing Home as a nurses aid.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Allen & Odell Eaves, Husband, L.C. McDaniel, Husband, Charles Ray Davis & Sister, Joyce Windham.

She is survived by:
3 Children:
Kathy Ford & husband, William of Bronson, Debbie Loftin & husband, Ronald of Joaquin, Marty McDaniel & wife, Ann of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Jamie Lindsey & husband, Thomas, Brandon Loftin, Allen Loftin & wife, Ashley, Daniel Loftin & wife, Katy, Jeremy McDaniel, Zac McDaniel, Maci McDaniel

Great-Grandchildren:
Caleb Lindsey, Kensleah Loftin, Layla & Allayna Loftin, Aidan Loftin

Special Niece:
Selena Windham & husband, Steve of Center

Nieces & Nephews:
Flint Calloway, James Calloway, Delana Stoker, Wynoka Crawford & Greg Windham & wife, Pam

Pallbearers:
James Daniels, Patrick Mills, Travis Cook, Ronnie Hagler, Allen Loftin & Daniel Loftin

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


04/05/2015

Cole Howard DePriest, 8, of Tenaha, was welcomed into the arms of Heaven on Friday, April 3, 2015 from injuries sustained in a horse-riding accident.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 6, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Michael Hale, Bro. Tracy Williams and Bro. John Whitworth officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Cole was born April 2, 2007 in Nacogdoches. He was a first grader at Carthage Primary School and a member of First Baptist Church in Center. Cole loved life and lived it to the fullest. He played baseball with the Carthage Dixie League and enjoyed swimming, hunting and working on the ranch. He especially enjoyed rodeoing and was a member of PYRA, East Texas Equestrian Drill Team and SCSP Association. He earned 2014 SCSP (6 and under) All-Around Champion.

Cole was a special little cowboy who never met a stranger. He had that special spark that made everyone love him. He always wore a smile as wide as the Sabine River and a grin that could melt an ice burg. At only eight, he could do more than many adults. With his infectious personality, it only took a few minutes to fall in love with him. Every person who knew Cole is better for it.

Cole seemed to live life in the fast lane as if he couldn’t get it done quickly enough – as if he knew his time here was limited. He was called home too soon, yet far too special to stay long on earth. God granted his family and friends by sending an angel to earth, even if it were for just a short space of time.

Cole is survived by
Parents: David Howard and Colette Cross DePriest of Tenaha

Sister: Abigail DePriest of Tenaha

Grandparents:
Roland & Dianne Cross of Tenaha
Joe & Edna DePriest of Clarksville

Aunt: Cicily Cross Blair and husband, Jason, of Tenaha

Uncle: Brian DePriest and wife, Tori, of Paris

Cousins:
Cason Blair
Kinley Blair
Cooper Blair
Lorelei DePriest

Great Grandmother: Buple Childress of Blue Springs, Mississippi

Numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends

Pallbearers will be Jeff Hooker, Jim Cumbie, Garrett Hooker, Trey Cumbie, Brad Vickery, Thomas Mize and Jarrod McCuller. Honorary pallbearers will be PYRA Youth Rodeo Association Members, CBR Family, Larry Joe Eaves, Shelby County Drill Team, Tenaha Tiger Athletic Teams, Carthage Dixie Baseball League and Carthage Primary School Staff.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cole DePriest Scholarship at http://de.gofund.me/qxqbf7g

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


04/03/2015

David Wayne “Pork Bone” Taylor, 55, of Timpson, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Nacogodches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 6, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

David was born May 27, 1959 in Center to Darrell Lloyd Taylor and Wilsie Dee Edison Taylor. He loved to fish and work in the garden. David was a member of New Hope Methodist Church.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Ashlee O’Dell Steel and husband, Marcus, of Center
Jade LaNae Taylor and boyfriend, Clayton Peace, of Center

Mother of his children: Francine Taylor of Center

Mother: Wilsie Taylor of Center

Father: Darrell Taylor of Timpson

Sisters:
Nancy Fancher and husband, Scott, of Terrell
Rita Cohen and husband, Don, of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Grandchildren:
Marcus Hunner-Dean Steel
David Allen Cole Steel

Special Friend: Joy Tarver of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: Mr. & Mrs. Sam Taylor, Mr. & Mrs. JH Edison, Sr.

Pallbearers will be Robert Killey, Dale Warr Sr., Chris Dockens, Ronnie Davis, Kevin “Kat” McSwain, Tommy McMahon. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Soape, Mark Adams, Marcus Steel, Clayton Peace, Dallas Fancher, Shan Fancher, Lyndall Johnson, Lewis Runnels and Lloyd Scates.

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


04/01/2015

Sarah Swanzy Carlisle, 88, of Center, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 in Center.

Ms. Carlisle was cremated and no services are planned.

Ms. Carlisle was born February 11, 1927 in Lebanon, Kentucky to Leroy Lanham and Lillie L. England Lanham.

She is survived by
Daughter: Sandra Patmor of Center

Son: William Steven Swanzy and wife, Christine, of Longview

Grandchildren:
Sara Swanzy of Longview
Tracy Sherrod and husband, Mark, of San Antonio
James Patmor and wife, Deena, of Tennessee
Justin Swanzy of Longview

Great-Grandchildren:
Clayton Sherrod
James Patmor II
Jared Patmor
Devin Brown

Sister: Mary K. Wayne of Kentucky

Preceded in death by
Husband: William “Bill” Swanzy
Husband: Paul Carlisle
Sister: Nelda Mullins
Brother: Norvelle Lanham

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

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03/31/2015

Memorial services will be announced at a later date for Mr. Robert Earl Hill (69) of Carthage, Texas. Mr. Hill died at his residence.

Mr. Hill’s survivors are

Sons:
Jason Ratcliff of Houston, Texas
Chris Robinson of Center, Texas
Aaron Ratcliff of Carthage, Texas

Daughters:
Tamikia Ratcliff of Center, Texas
Latoska Ratcliff of Center, Texas

Brothers:
James Hill of Center, Texas
Charles Lee Hill of Dallas, Texas
Benjamin Hill of Longstreet, Louisiana
George David Hill of San Augustine, Texas

Sister:
Patsy Ruth Hill of Houston, Texas
Horce Lee Goodwin

Services Entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King, Center, Texas 75935


03/30/2015

Barbara Jean Ellis, 77, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at her residence.

Ms. Ellis was cremated and no services are planned.

Ms. Ellis was born August 20, 1937 in Illinois to Orville Hine and Helen Spencer Hine.

She is survived by
Children:
Patti Hall and Eddie Miller of Center
Michael and Rose Hall of Kalispell, Montana

Grandchildren:
Ryan Hein of San Antonio
Shannon and Greg Tomlinson of Jacksonville
Allie Hall of Montana

Great-Grandchildren:
Macy Rehbein
Jesselynn Rehbein
Chance Tomlinson
Levi Tomlinson
Preston Henry
Keaton Henry
Sunny Hall

Mother: Helen Spencer Hansen of Roswell, New Mexico

Brothers:
Maurie Hines of Missouri
Steve Hines

Sisters:
Joann Andrews of Arkansas
Debbie Carrol

Preceded in death by
Father: Orville Hines
Don Oller

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


03/29/2015

Penny Diane Hughes, 51, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wes Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Hughes was born January 17, 1964 in Center to Gerel G. Goings and Judy Cassel Goings. She was a member of Lydia Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Larry Jack Hughes of Shelbyville

Sons:
Justin Hughes and wife, Elizabeth, of Shelbyville
Derek Hughes of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Jeanne Hughes of Shelbyville
Madison Diane Hughes of Shelbyville
Flint Hughes of Shelbyville
Summer Hughes of Shelbyville
Shelby Hughes of Shelbyville
Stormy Hughes of Shelbyville

Parents: Gerel G. and Judy Goings of Shelbyville

Sister: Ginger White of Kentucky

Grandmother: Johnnie Cassel

Mother of Jeanne, Madison Diane, and Flint Hughes: Jennifer Hughes

Preceded in death by
Brother: Flint Goings
Grandfather: Howell Cassel

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


03/28/2015

R.C. “Pete” “Buddy” Peterson, 76, of Summit, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in McComb, Mississippi.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015 at McClelland Community Church in Shelbyville. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Peterson was born October 26, 1938 in Rockford, Illinois to Rudolph Ernest Peterson and Emily Hilda Vincik Peterson. He served in the United States Army Reserve.

He is survived by
Wife: Margaret Ann Peterson of Summit, Mississippi

Daughters:
Deborah Jones of Beeville, Texas
Donna Bynum and husband, Bill, of Troutville, Virginia
Deanna Collins and husband, Chris, of Center, Texas
Dorla Ann Armstreet and husband, Richard, of Summit, Mississippi

Grandchildren:
Codi Jones and wife, Jeannine
William Brandon Leeds and wife, Kelley
Celeste Renee Boggs and husband, Brian
Benjamin Ballard and wife, Jennifer
Daniel Bynum
Jon Collins and wife, Magan
Cory Collins and wife, Hannah
Josh Armstreet
Jordan René Long and husband, Justin
Melody Henderson and husband, Austin
Jason Bynum
Joshua Bynum

Great-Grandchildren:
Lyndi Leeds
Valerie Boggs


03/27/2015

Mary Rosine Parmley Parker, 91, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 in Carthage.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Tenaha with Rev. Carla Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Old Union Cemetery in Tenaha. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Parker was born July 21, 1923 in Central Heights to Joe Parmley and Gertrude Grigsby Parmley. She was a fabulous cook, an excellent gardener and a St. Louis Cardinal fan. Ms. Parker was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tenaha.

She is survived by
Husband of 69 years: Dick Parker of Tenaha

Sons:
Mike Parker and wife, Pam, of The Woodlands
Bob Parker of Tenaha
Clay Parker and wife, Linda, of Carthage

Grandchildren:
Katie Novian
Stephen Parker
Richard Parker
Brandi Abernathy
Connie David
Brittany Parker

Eight Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Steve Parmley of Nacogdoches

Preceded in death by
Parents: Joe Parmley and Gertrude Grigsby Parmley

Pallbearers will be Mitch Menefee, Joe Lynn Williams, Brack Harrison, Richard Parker, Dustin Abernathy and Wade David. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Browning, Roland Cross, Charles Hooker, John Griffin, Guy Griffin and Dalton Parker.

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


Velta Broadus Bordner, 76, of Joaquin, Texas died March 25, 2015 in Longview, Texas. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Granberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Sholar Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Family visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home.

Mrs. Velta Faye Broadus Goodson Bordner was born August 8, 1938 in Overton, Texas. Velta was one of nine children born to the marriage of Emmett and Flossie Wiggins Broadus. She completed schools in East Mountain High School in Gladewater, Texas. Velta devoted her life to home health care. She was a loving person to all, and especially those in need of her care. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband of 23 years Durwood Goodson, sons, Jerry Paul Davis and Walter “Buddy” Davis, siblings, Gayle Broadus, Bobby Broadus, James Broadus, Margarette Alford and granddaughter, Ivy Ieppert.

Mrs. Bordner is survived by her daughter, Pamela Reingold of Houston; grandchildren, Chase Davis of Joaquin, Bubba Davis of Kilgore, Stephanie Davis of Kilgore, Clinton Davis of Carthage; great grandchildren, Zoey Ieppert, Branson Davis, Kolton Davis, Rylie Davis, Mason Davis and Hunter Whipkey; brothers, Roy Broadus and wife Linda of Joaquin, Jerry Broadus and wife Olean of Carthage, Elton Broadus of Carthage, sister, Barbara Woodcox and husband Randy of Joaquin, sister, Barbara Woodcox of Joaquin, many other relatives and a host of friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Matt Broadus, Toby Broadus, Jason Broadus, Luke Murray Josh Walker and Jacob Duncan. An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com.


03/26/2015

Tammy Sue Dutton of Kingston, Oklahoma passed from this life February 27, 2015 at the age of 52. Tammy was born on July 8, 1962 in Center, Texas to Hubbard Lynn and Mary (Compton) Hartt.

Tammy attended school in Timpson, Texas and later married Ronnie Dutton on October 16, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked for Foxworth Galbraith and was a loyal contributor to the Shriner’s for Children organization. Tammy was of the Methodist faith and she enjoyed cooking, the Dallas Cowboys and took great care in caring for her family.

Tammy was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Nancy Williams.

Tammy is survived by her husband, Ronnie Dutton of the home; sons, Jason Marr and wife Katti of Belton, Missouri, Jermy Marr and wife Christy of Gainesville, Texas, Billy Dutton and wife Natalie of Kingston and Danny Dutton of Kingston; brothers, Robert Hartt and wife Theresa of Garrison, TX, Lynn Harrt and wife Jeannie of Center, TX and Glynn Harrt and wife Iwana of Nacogdoches, TX; grandchildren, Skylar Marr, Angel Marr, Natalie Marr, Zachary Mason, Austion Dutton, Sidney Dutton, Doss Dutton and Dax Dutton and other extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12:00 PM Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Willis Baptist Church with Jerry Scott officiating. Interment followed in Willis Cemetery with Dax Dutton, Richard Wood, Donnie Foster, John Byrom, Lincoln Erwin and John Erwin serving as pallbearers. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownsfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, Madill


Donald "Glenn" Yates, age 57, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 peacefully at his home in Channelview, Texas. He was born on December 18, 1957 in Harris County to Bernard and Mae Rose Yates.

Glenn was a man of God and believed whole heartly and accepted Jesus in his life. He was best known as Gramps. He loved his grandchildren dearly. He was married to his beloved wife Nell for 19 years. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed fishing. He just loved being in the outdoors. He had 2 dogs, Floppy and TootleButt who he loved spending his afternoons outside with. He was an impacable carpentor, he could make you anything from almost nothing. Glenn also had an amazing greenthumb. He always had a smile on his face and would make sure he left you with a smile. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Glenn is proceeded in death by parents, Benard and Mae Rose Yates; sister, Bonnie Garrison; brothers, (twins) James and John Yates and Darryl "Tooter" Yates.

Besides his beloved wife, Nell Yates, he is survived by daughters, Amy Yates Garcia, Brenee' Wilsher and husband Daniel, Crystal Strickland and husband James, Terri Davis and husband Russell; and sons, Jamie Yates, Richard Arvello and wife Ginia, Danny Arvello and wife Wanda, and Randy Arvello.

He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.


Fred L. Johnson, 82, of Center, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 3, 1932 in Shelby County to Rev. Lewis Johnson and Trudy (Gilchrist) Johnson. He served in the US Army. He retired from the Texas Highway Department where he worked for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Rev. Lewis and Trudy Johnson and Wife, Loyce Johnson.

He is survived by:

Daughters & Sons-in-law:
Pam & Darrell Sanford of Center
Karen & Darrell Albert of Center

Grandchildren:
Scott Sanford & wife, Allison of Center, Kirk Sanford & wife, Kelli of Center, Todd Albert of Center, Jill Albert & fiancé, Cody Matlock of Center

Great-Grandchildren:
Jaxon & Maddox Sanford, Madelyn Sanford

Sisters & Brother-in-law:
Ura Lovell of Center, Vivian & Earl Campbell of Center

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers:
Scott Sanford, Kirk Sanford, Todd Albert,
Cody Matlock, David Gilchrist & Shane Fenley
Honorary Pallbearers:
Don Lovell & Rickey Campbell

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


03/25/2015

A graveside service with military honors for Mr. John Tom “Bo” Woods, 84, of Pasadena, Texas, formerly of Tenaha, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Waldrop Cemetery near Fair Play, Texas, with Dr. Dale Reed officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home prior to the graveside service. Mr. Woods passed away on Saturday morning, March 21, 2015, in Houston.

John Tom “Bo” Woods was born on June 20, 1930, in Beckville, Texas, to the late Thomas Monnie and Bessie Edna Brown Woods. Mr. Woods served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1954 as a chief parachute rigger during the Korean War and in the Navy reserves for another ten years, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer before his honorable discharge. He married Mary Katherine Johnson on Sept. 1, 1953, in Sunnyvale, California and she preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 2014. During his younger years, Mr. Woods worked at the former Woods Feed and Supply in Tenaha. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1958. The next year, Mr. and Mrs. Woods moved from Tenaha to the Pasadena and Deer Park area, where they became members of the Deer Park First Baptist Church and raised a family of three sons and a daughter. He retired from Shell Oil Co. in 1990, after a 30 year career.

Mr. Woods was also preceded in death by his brothers, J. Lloyd, James Riley, and Phillip Ray Woods and sisters, Margaret Cathryn Roberts, Monnie Bess Jones, and Joy Nell Hancock.

Mr. Woods is survived by:

Sister: Patsy Woods Byerly of BeaumontSons:
Clifford Woods of Pasadena, Phillip Woods and wife Kelly of Baytown, and Kevin Woods and wife Becky of Deer Park; daughter, Teresa Skelton of Deer Park

Grandchildren:
James Helms and wife Naomi, Amy Woods, Amanda Richard and husband Justin, Megan Woods, Kayla Steward, Brittney Voltz and husband Matt, John Helms, Jessica Skelton, and Ryan Steward

Great-grandchildren:
Hannalee Helms, Avery Lynn Richard, Aleksandr, Isabel, and Addison Voltz, Karmynn Skelton, and Julien Simonds-Steward.

Memorials may be made to Waldrop Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 251, Carthage, Texas 75633.
A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


03/24/2015

James Benton “Ben” Coyle, 64, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Center. He was born November 5, 1950 in Pampa to Walker Rush “Dub” Coyle and Eva Dean Veach Coyle.

Mr. Coyle was cremated and a private family memorial will be held at a later time.

He is survived by:

Father: Walker Rush “Dub” Coyle

Sister: Matilda Calzada of McKinney

Brother: Keith Gale Coyle and wife, Renee, of Gillette, Wyoming

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by:
Mother: Eva Dean Veach Coyle
Brother: Kelly Lynn Coyle

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


Donald Ray Barton, 55, of Carthage, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Michael Tibbs officiating.

Mr. Barton was born August 2, 1959 in Longview to Lee Roy Barton and Glaydis Ramey Barton. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Cassie Lovell and husband, Chip, of Tenaha
Jodi Barton of Carthage

Stepsons:
Michael Tibbs of Carthage
Chris Graham and wife, Jamie, of Longview

Grandchildren:
Camryn Lovell of Tenaha
Caden Lovell of Tenaha
Daegan Williams of Carthage

Step Grandchildren:
Alex Graham of Longview
Noah Graham of Longview

Sister: Joann Smith and husband, Ronnie, of Center

Brother: Robert Barton and wife, Janice, of Tenaha

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lee Roy Barton and Glaydis Ramey Barton
Brother: Douglas Barton
Sister-in-law: Janet Barton
Nephew: Brady Barton

Pallbearers will be Kalen Smith, Michael Tibbs, Brent Barton, John Ramsey, Jackie Rickman and Tommy McMahon. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Foster and William Carroll.

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


Roy Alton McLean, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Mr. McLean was born December 14, 1934 in Guadalupe County to Roy Vance McLean and Rachael Lakey McLean. He served in the United States Army. Mr. McLean, along with his brother, Donald McLean, owned McLean Tax and Bookkeeping Service in Center for many years. He was a lifelong musician and was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by
Nephews:
Terry Allen and wife, Jan, of Joaquin
Michael Allen of Center

Great-Nieces and Nephews:
J.B. Raymond and wife, Jennifer, of Center
Alyse Allen of Houston
Christina Allen Fulsom of Carthage

Great Great-Nieces and Nephews:
McKynzie Bush of Center
Justin Raymond of Center
Jaxon Raymond of Center
Avery Prudhomme of Houston
Landon Lagrone of Carthage
Kali Fulsom of Carthage

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Roy Vance McLean and Rachael Lakey McLean
Brother: Donald V. McLean
Sister: Iris M. Allen
Special Aunt: Eva Lakey

Pallbearers will be Terry Yates, Bennie Baugh, Billy Yates, Don Wheeler, Alan Ray, Bill Hairgrove, Roy Peace and Michael Warren. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Yates and Bill Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Methodist Children’s Home
1111 Herring Ave.
Waco, Texas 76708

American Heart Association
PO Box 841125
Dallas, Texas 75284-1125

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


Larry M. Sparks, 67, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, due to a cerebral hemorrhagic stroke. He was born on April 23, 1947 to M.A. “Doc” and Dorothy Sparks in Santa Rita, New Mexico. There will be no funeral.

Larry wanted to be a preacher from an early age, accomplishing this goal of preaching for many years. Beginning at Appleby, TX for 3 years; he then moved to Oklahoma preaching at Warren - 4 years, Gotebo - 15 years, Olustee - 2 years, Burns Flat - 8 years, and recently at Sentinel. He filled in for various congregations as well.

Larry & Becky worked at the Tipton Home as house parents for 15 years. Then they moved to the farm in the Warren community where he raised goats, cattle, and horses. The last few years he enjoyed playing music at Warren, Lone Wolf, Mangum, Tipton, English Village Nursing Home, and Plantation Village.

His family never heard Larry utter a curse word nor a slang word. Larry never took the first drink of alcohol nor smoked throughout his life.

Larry was an “idea-generator”. He wanted his weaknesses to be his sons’ strengths. He was an education promoter. He encouraged his sons as well as others to study hard and to get a good education. His family was so fortunate to have him as long as they did.

Larry was a 1965 graduate of Tillamook High School, Tillamook, Oregon. He continued his education at Columbia Christian, Portland, Oregon; Ft. Worth Christian College, Ft. Worth, Texas; Brown Trail School of Preaching, Bedford, Texas. He completed his B.A. in Bible at Oklahoma Christian College, Edmond, OK in 1970.

Larry is survived by:

Wife of 42 years, Becky (Sample) Sparks

Sons:
Lance Sparks
Timothy Sparks and wife Janice
Paul Sparks and wife Kimberly

Two granddaughters

Two sisters: Sharon Bruce and Shirley Adley

Other relatives and a host of friends.

His teachings taught his family that spiritual matters are most important, and they endeavor to live for the Lord every day.


03/23/2015

Kimberly Rene McNeil Richards, 51, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Doug Fincher and Bro. Richard Fleetwood officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mrs. Richards was born November 26, 1963 in Mobile, Alabama to George Henry McNeil and Necia Marie Fleetwood McNeil. She loved working at the law firm of Don Wheeler, fishing, shopping, crocheting and raising money for cystic fibrosis. Mrs. Richards was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: David Richards of Center

Son: Bradley Richards and wife, Rose, of Center

Mother: Necia Armstrong and husband, Buddy, of Carthage

Grandchildren:
Kiersten Richards
Natalie Peace
Connor Richards

Sisters:
Karla Rochelle Henley and husband, David, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kristy McNeal of Nacogdoches

Brother: Kevin Richard McNeil and wife, Pam, of Beckville

Mother-in-law: Brenda McDaniel and husband, Gene, of Carthage

Father-in-law: Rex Richards and wife, Suzanne, of Center

Special Niece: Kellie Henley of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sister-in-law: Donna Randolph of Carthage

Special Friends:
Joyce Bush of Center
Cindy Eubank of Center
Friends from the office

Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandson: Bradley Kent Richards
Father: George Henry McNeil
Nephew: Patrick McNeil

Pallbearers will be Chase Henley, Cody Rawls, Anthony Fleetwood, Don Wheeler, David Eubank and David Henley.


03/20/2015

Ara Belle English Anthony, 75, of Center, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Anthony was born May 26, 1939 in Shelby County to Lynn English and Bernice Payne English. She loved to cook, quilt and spend time with her grandchildren. Ms. Anthony was a member of Hurst Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by
Sons:
Frankie Anthony and wife, Valerie, of Center
Mark Anthony of Denton
Mitchell Anthony and wife, Sonya, of Center

Daughter: Laresa Livingston of Center

Ten Grandchildren

Eleven Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Bobbie Campbell and husband, O.C., of Center
Judy English of Center
Vernell English of Center

Sister-in-law: Brooksie McGee of Center

Brothers-in-law:
Elmer Ray Wilburn of Center
E.A. Tomlin of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Grover F. Anthony
One infant child: James Kirk Anthony
Parents: Lynn English and Bernice Payne English
Sister: Johnny Wilburn

Pallbearers will be Grover Lynn Anthony, Brandon Anthony, Doug Eaves, Cody Anthony, Wil Blackshear, Cameron Anthony, Russell Sowell and Ryan Hall.

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


03/19/2015

Mrs. Joann Lockett, 58, of Center went to her Lord on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

There will be a wake held Friday, March 20th from 6-8pm at Community Funeral Home in Center, Texas. The services will Saturday, March 21th at 1pm at Abundant Love Ministeries Church of Center, Texas with interment to follow at West View Cementry in Center, Texas. Pastor Marlin Cloudy will be officiating the services.

Mrs. Lockett is survived by:

Husband: James Earl Lockett, Dallas, Texas

Daughter: Jessica Patton and husband Trumaine, Center, Texas

Sons:Travis Patton Jr. and wife Destini, Center, Texas; Jeremiah Lockett and wife Latesia, Dallas, Texas

7 Grandchildern

Brothers: Joe Suell Jr., Lufkin, Texas; Henry Suell and wife Linda, Center, Texas; Blandell Suell, Center, Texas; Bobby Dell Suell, Nacogdoches, Texas; Willie Lee Suell, Tyler, Texas; Alex Suell and wife Jasmine, Marshall, Texas; Lonnie Ray Patton, Center Texas; RL Nickerson, Beaumont, Texas.

Sisters:Lesie Mae Suell, Center, Texas; Barbarie Buckley and husband Johnny Ray, Center, Texas; Elizebeth Ann Suell, Center, Texas; Cynitha Hightower and husband Lonnie, Center, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


Timms Funeral Home (222 Leach St., Lufkin, Texas) and Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas are announcing funeral services for Mrs. Maxine Waterhouse Greer (82) of Lufkin, Texas. Mrs. Greer died March 13, 2015 at a local nursing center in Lufkin, Texas. Funeral services for Mrs. Greer will be Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 12 noon, at Long Chapel CME Church (516 Lining St., Lufkin, Texas). Rev. Robert Gipson will be officiating.

Mrs. Greer’s survivors are:

Daughter: Connie Greer of Lufkin, Texas

Grandson that she raised: Michael (Premiaula) of Lufkin, Texas

Brothers: Sam Waterhouse of Dayton, Ohio and Joe Willie Waterhouse of Center, Texas

Sisters: Ann Turner of Dayton Ohio, Onie Alexander of Carthage, Texas & Gwendolyn (C.W.) Garrett of Center, Texas

Visitation will be at Timms Funeral Home from the hours of 8am-5pm, Friday, March 20, 2015
Burial: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lufkin, Texas
Repass: Long Chapel CME Church


03/18/2015

Floyd Elmer Boatman was born November 29, 1923 in Nacogdoches to Floyd and Lela (Bell) Boatman. He entered into rest on March 17, 2015 in Garrison, Texas having reached the age of 91 years.

Services will be 11:00 am Friday, March 20, 2015 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. Visitation 6:00-8:00 pm Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Garrison Funeral Home

Survivors:
Son:
Michael E. Boatman of Garrison, Texas

Daughters:
Dianne Becker & husband Clint of Lufkin, Texas, Susan Provine & husband Robert of Garrison, Texas, Rhonda Schoppe & husband Dwain of Cushing, Texas

Grandchildren:
Britta Bailey & husband Kirby, Stephen Provine & wife Debbie, Chad Becker & wife Becky, Jim Chatman

Great-Grandchildren:
Jennah Williams, Haley Becker, Addyson Gray, Stephen Burnnett, Tyler Luce, Sydney Lindsey, Ashley Bailey

Great Great-Grandchildren:
Aden & Riley

Brother: Billy Ray Boatman
Sisters: Dorlene Weatherly & Dena Faye Corley

Preceded in death by wife: Mary Lou (Williams) Boatman
Grandson: Aaron Todd Becker
Brothers: J.M. Boatman & Lessie Boatman
Parents: Floyd & Lela Boatman


03/17/2015

​​​Andre Dwain Hall, 76, of Gary, Texas, was called away peacefully to be with the Lord after a long illness on Monday, March 16, 2015. Born in Emory, Texas, on March 21, 1938, to the late James Roszell Hall, Jr. and Golda Vo Anderson.

​Called home before him was the great love of his life, his loving wife, Wanda Latham Hall. His sister, Mozelle Hall Kunkel and brother in-law, Dale Gosnell. Our hopes are that they are together now in eternal peace.

​Andre was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, bird watching, fishing, and growing flowers. He especially enjoyed the company of his dog Lady, for she was a faithful loyal companion to him.

​After graduating from Gary High School, Andre enlisted in the Army National Guard, where he served before being called up to active duty in the Army. There he served almost another year before being given his discharge papers.

​Making Houston their home after marriage, Andre began working as a field engineer. After retiring from Océ he returned to Gary to live on Lake Murvaul.

​Andre was a loving father and was extremely proud of his children. His daughter, Tonya Aruffo and husband Cris of Houston; and his son, Shawn Hall and Pam Belrose of Center. He adored his grandchildren. They brought him great joy. Madeline Aruffo, Cadey Belrose, Jake Aruffo, and Bill Belrose. Andre leaves loving memories to be cherished by his siblings. Sister, Elna Gosnell of Royce City, Texas; brother, James Roszell Hall III and wife Molly of Port Allen, Louisiana, brother in-law, Pete Kunkel of Gary. As well as many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors that he was so blessed to have shared so many good times with.

​The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 11 am to 1 pm at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home with the celebration of life to immediately follow at 1 pm with Pastor Brad Howard and Rev. Spencer Nordyke officiating. Mr. Hall will be laid to rest at the Mount Bethel Cemetery in Gary.

​​The Family would like to express sincere gratitude to Garrison Nursing Home, Nacogdoches Memorial, and Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home, and all the friends that lifted up prayers during his illness. We thank each of you for the loving care and support.

​A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Michael Wayne Wood, newborn son of Matthew and Kelli McCroskey Wood, went to be with the Angels Sunday morning in the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Michael was survived by:

Parents, Matthew and Kelli McCroskey Wood of Center, Texas

Sisters: Kelsi Wood and Madalynn Wood of Center, Texas

Grandparents:
Mike and Laura McCroskey of Hemphill, Texas
Wayne and Jean Wood of Center, Texas

Great-grandparents:
Richard and Patricia Quick of Lufkin
Paul and Bobbie Ross of Center.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Mallori Wood.

Graveside services will be at 2:00pm, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in the Rosevine Cemetery, Rosevine, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Starr Funeral Home.


03/13/2015

Paul E. Flournoy, 79, of Timpson, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2015 at Folsom Baptist Church, FM 2026 in the Folsom Chapel Community of Shelby County with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery.

Mr. Flournoy was born March 18, 1935 in San Augustine County to Arbie Alec Flournoy and Zelma Wilkinson Flournoy. He was a member of Folsom Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Sons:
Paul Edward Flournoy and wife, Ruth, of Singleton
Jeff Flournoy and wife, Marie, of Lavon

Daughter: Kay Polk and husband, Hans, of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Stephen Flournoy
Kevin Flournoy
Daniel Flournoy
Zachary Flournoy
Matthew Flournoy
David Flournoy
Caleb Flournoy
Catelynn Flournoy

Great-Grandchildren:
Carson Flournoy
Carter Flournoy
Cooper Flournoy
Greyson Flournoy
Paige Flournoy
Zoe Flournoy

Extended Family:
Martha Garcia and family
Roxanne Miller and family
Michelle Helder and family
Sara Flournoy

Sisters:
Katie Purdy and husband, Jimmy, of Houston
Weeda Lowry and husband, Ray, of Longview
Sarah Lewis and husband, John, of Huntington
Betty Duke and husband, George, of Timpson
Rachel Brannon and husband, Ronnie, of Hallsville

Brothers:
Guy Flournoy and wife, Joyce, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Pete Flournoy and wife, Carolyn, of Tenaha

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Jean Flournoy
Parents: Arbie Alec Flournoy and Zelma Wilkinson Flournoy
Brothers: Dalton Flournoy, Clifford Flournoy

Pallbearers will be Stephen Flournoy, Matthew Flournoy, Kevin Flournoy, David Flournoy, Daniel Flournoy and Keith McKnight.

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


Brenda “Bo” Wright Curry, 56, of Logansport, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Josh Tolvert officiating. Interment will follow at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Curry was born June 16, 1958 in Shelby County to Roy Wright and Allie Mae Nichols Wright.

She is survived by
Husband: Quinton Curry of Logansport

Step Daughter: Shelley McDaniel and husband, Jerry D., of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Jaiden Deas of Logansport
Sawyer McDaniel of Joaquin
Addison McDaniel of Joaquin
Jace McDaniel of Joaquin

Brother: Earl Wright and wife, Linda, of Goober Hill

Sisters:
Evelina Morrison and husband, Larry, of Nacogdoches
Sonya Golden and husband, Rodney, of Center
Mary Jane McSwain of Center
Fay Henry of Center
Thelma Wright of Center
Tammy Ledford and husband, Jackie, of Stonewall, Louisiana

Sisters-in-law:
Jeannett Lightfoot
Bobbie Gannon

Brothers-in-law:
Steve Curry
Ted Curry

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Roy Wright and Allie Mae Nichols Wright
Son: Jamie Deas
Grandson: Christian Deas
Brother: David Wright
Sister-in-law: Onntt Bozeman
Brothers-in-law: J.W. Curry, Glenn Curry

Pallbearers will be Waylon Griffith, Monte Griffith, Micah Griffith, David Spratley, Colbin McSwain and Luke Hatcher.

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


Sara Samford Jackson, 87, of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Shelby County, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the graveside service on Thursday at Mangum Funeral Home.
Sara was born on April 23, 1927 in Shelby County, Texas to parents, Joseph Walker Samford & Irada Levona Hooper Samford who precede her in death. She graduated from Shelbyville High School. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Darwin Jackson.

Among her survivors include:
Son:
Gary Jackson of Charlotte, North Carolina
2 Grandchildren:
Walker Jackson & Elliott Jackson of Raleigh, North Carolina


Joe Bruton, 58, of Timpson, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in San Augustine.

(Updated 4/14/2015) A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 .

Mr. Bruton was born September 17, 1956 in Houston to Melva Jean Hickson Whitley.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Jessica Diane Bruton of Timpson
Jamie Leigh Hulsey and husband, Frank of Timpson

Mother: Melva Jean Whitley of Timpson

Aunts:
Gail Arnold of Timpson
Hedy Shafranski and husband, Richard of Katy

Sisters:
Karen Sue Martin and husband, Benny of Tenaha
Pamela Lowery and husband, Joe Don of Crockett
Darlene Cave and husband, John of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sister-in-law: Kay Hall of Houston

Grandchildren:
Madison Lynn Parry of Timpson
Violet Leona Hulsey of Timpson

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: James Allen Whitley
Brother: Michael Ray Hall

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


Jean Whitley, 76, of Timpson, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

(Updated 4/14/2015) A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

Ms. Whitley was born November 13, 1938 in Kaufman to Luther Hickson and Dorothy Fay Thomas Hickson. She was a dental assistant for Dr. Julius Nethery for over 27 years. Ms. Whitley loved to fish. She was of the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

She is survived by

Daughters:
Pamela Jean Lowery and husband, Joe Don, of Crockett
Karen Sue Martin and husband, Benny Leo, of Tenaha
Darlene Cave and husband, John, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sister:
Gail Arnold of Center
Hedy Shafranski of Houston

7 Grandchildren

4 Great Grandchildren

Daughter-in-law: Kay Hall of Humble

Preceded in death by
Parents: Luther Hickson and Dorothy Fay Thomas Hickson
Husband: James Alan Whitley
Sons: Joe Lynn Bruton, Michael Ray Hall
Sister: Glinda Stewart
Brothers: Lee Hickson, Perry Hickson

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


03/12/2015

Vince Walker, 48, of Center, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel in Center with Bro. Edward McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Old Sardis Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Mr. Walker was born July 21, 1966 in Shelby County to Oliver Curtis Walker and Nina Hudspeth Walker. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by
Wife: Mary Walker

Daughters:
Carolyn Nash Walker
Lori Jo Walker McGinty
Jaclyn Eaves and husband, Doug Jr.

Sons:
Robert Vincent Walker
Eric Williams
Justin Williams

Grandchildren:
Kayla Furra
Justin Furra
Katie Furra
Tara Jordan
Brelynn Walker
Hayleigh Elizabeth Walker
Ayden Eaves
Haylle Eaves
Khloe Williams

Mother: Nina Jo Hudspeth Walker

Stepfather: John Lee Miles

Sister: Brendah Jo Burns and husband, Charles

Brothers:
Duval Walker and wife, Katrina
Donald Walker

Mother-in-law: Ursula Soto

Nieces & Nephews:
Emily Walker
Ellie Walker
Dean Walker
Dane Walker
Melanda Walker
Keggin Walker

Numerous aunts and uncles

Preceded in death by
Father: Oliver Curtis Walker
Grandparents: Herman Walker and Cora May Walker, Ed Hudspeth and Mavy Hudspeth.

Pallbearers will be Randall Gilchrist, Frankie Bright, Kelly Amburn, Greg Stanford, Alan Hooper and Robert Hooper. Honorary pallbearers will be Dean and Dane Walker.

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


Roger Guyton "Guy" Hopkins was born on Father's Day, June 15, 1947 in Center, Texas to James Granvel Hopkins and his wife Maudine Hughes Hopkins. He was the first of two children. Guy got his angel wings on March 11, 2015 at home with his girls at his bedside.

He is survived by his brother Teddy Hopkins of Center, Texas and his wife Becky. He married the love of his life, Linda Thompson, on July 21, 1973 in Tenaha, Texas. He and Linda have three children; Rachael Gabrielle Hopkins, Rebekah Michelle Hopkins Frederick (spouse Michael Frederick) and Benjamin Raphael Hopkins (spouse Paige Burleigh Hopkins). Rebekah and Michael have two children Genevieve Abigail and Jacob Christopher Frederick. Ben and Paige have one son Sebastian Connor Hopkins.

Guy is also survived by two nephews Jonathan and Timothy Hopkins and their wives and children, two uncles David and Henry Hughes along with their wives and children. Guy was very close to his sister in law Elizabeth Thompson Jones, her husband Randy and their children, Julie Jones Harper, Laura Newlin Orona, Danielle Jones and Sean Jones and his mother in law Gail Grubbs Thompson. He leaves behind many precious cousins and friends all over the world. He will be greatly missed by all.

Guy graduated Center High School in 1965. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1972 with a BS in Art. Although he loved to draw and paint they became hobbies instead of his career. Guy worked at the Champion Newspaper for many years in various job functions. He worked at plywood plants and for a brief stint with the Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator.

Guy and his family moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area in 1994 and Guy worked at J. C. Penney Outlet for several years as a fixture man (he was responsible for taking apart and putting together the floor fixtures that held the items for sale.) Guy was very well known to the employees and regular customers at the outlet and was much loved. He retired due to his illness of Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia in 2007.

Guy's family was of primary importance in his life after his dedication to Christ. He tried to attend any and all meetings regarding his children's schooling as well as their band concerts and plays. He was always so very proud of all their talents and accomplishments. He was even more proud of his three fine grandchildren to whom he was known as G'diddy.

Guy's favorite hobby throughout his life was dancing. He loved to be noticed in a crowd and always showed off his fancy footwork whether on a cruise ship, at a reunion or just on the kitchen floor at home. He danced every chance he got until his illness robbed him of his independence to stand and move freely. As slowly as his illness gathered steam for his journey here on earth, we are all sure he danced out like a rocket when he went.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Southern Grace Hospice 364 Racetrack Road, McDonough, GA or The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (http://www.theaftd.org/)

Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Ted Strickland Community Center (130 North Berry Street, Stockbridge, GA 30281) at 3pm. His ashes will be buried with his parents at a graveside service in July at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, Texas.


Johnny Eugene Hodges, age 71 of the Mt. Herman Community, Center, Tx. passed away, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Graveside service will be 10:00 am Friday, March 13, 2015 at Mt. Herman Cemetery, Center, Texas, with Bro. Keith Rose and Bro. Dee Daniel officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 21, 1944 in Shelbyville to Willie and Mamie Marie (Cooper) Hodges. He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 and was stationed in Germany. He retired from NIBCO where he was a supervisor for many years. He was a member of the White Rock Missionary Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Willie and Mamie Marie Hodges, Brother, Willie Waymon Hodges, Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Monroe & Mae Taylor, Niece, Ava Hodges Hensarling, & Brothers-in-law, DL Battles & E.J. “Jack” Orgeron, Jr.

He is survived by:

Wife:
Joye Taylor Hodges of the Mt. Herman Community

Daughter:
Tamara Hodges Tanner of the Mt. Herman Community

Son:
Mark Hodges & wife, Kristi of the Mt. Herman Community

Grandchildren:
Beth Tanner, Brayden, Jarren & Makayla Hodges

Brothers:
Charles Hodges & wife, Judy of Buna
David Hodges & wife, Joanne of Shreveport

Sisters-in-law:
Laverne Battles of San Augustine
Loyce Orgeron of Houston

Special Nieces:
Donna Hodges of Chireno
Brandi Hodges of Shelbyville

Numerous Other Nieces, Nephews, Family & Friends

Pallbearers: Paul Whitton, Lavon Curl, Rex Davis, Gilbert Rains, Larry Choate & Keith Davis.

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


03/12/2015

Gussie “Sally” Bird, 84 of Center, Texas passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Interment will follow at Caledonia Cemetery in Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be Saturday before service 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

She was born August 19, 1930 to John and Ethel (Stone) Connell in Caledonia, Texas.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Kenneth Richard Bird and wife Jan of Hull, Texas
John Edward Bird and wife Linda of Shreveport, LA

Daughter, Pamela Jane Reese and husband Robert of Anchorage, AK

6 Grandchildren

6 Great-Grandchildren

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


Freeda Carlile Allen, 74, of Timpson, TX, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Nacogdoches, TX. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 13, 2015, at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, with Bro. Mike Fodge officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson.

Born January 23, 1941, in Smackover, Arkansas, Freeda Carlile Allen was the daughter of the late Freeman and Hazel (Wilson) Eberlan. Her family moved from Arkansas to Texas, and Freeda graduated from Timpson High School with the Class of 1959.

Her family was always the most important thing in her life. She was definitely the backbone of her family. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren gave her much joy. Trust us when we say our family totally revolved around her. Mrs. Freeda loved reading and travelling, especially to historical places. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Second only to her family was her love of collecting antique Early American Pattern glass butter dishes. Everyone that knew Freeda realized what a precious woman she truly was.

Survivors include:

Husband: Shirley Ray Allen of Timpson, TX

Son: Chris Carlile, and wife, Angela of Houston, TX

Daughter: Robin Carlile Parks and Robert of Timpson, TX

Son: Kent Carlile of Timpson, TX

Daughter: April Carlile Harris of Timpson, TX

Brother: John Ricks Eberlan of Timpson, TX

Special sister/cousin: Iris Bailey, and husband, Bobby of Timpson, TX

Sister: Celeste Jones of Pasadena, TX

Grandchildren:
Season Williams, and husband, Jerrid of Kingwood, TX
Jennifer Eveland, and husband, Ryan of Houston, TX
Josh Keller, and wife, Jessica of Spring, TX
Chance Milford, and wife, Kathy of Rosharon, TX
Laci Harris and Rocky Starr of Timpson, TX
Jarett Harris, and wife, Sydney of Timpson, TX
Laine Jackson, and husband, Jared of Gilmer, TX
Autumn Carlile of Houston, TX
Faith Parks of Timpson, TX
Michael Lee Caryl, and wife, Kristin of Mt. Enterprise, TX
Meagan Birdwell of Houston, TX, and Robert Christmas of Houston, TX

Great-grandchildren:
Serenity Bliss Williams
Christian Cole Carlile
Sienna Raine Williams
Brylie Laine Harris
Jacob Drew Harris,
Ellieana Joy Milford
Kendyl Skye Jackson
Carsyn Paige Eveland
Grayson Dean Fuller
Izzy Caryl
Gaige Caryl
Caiden Corman
Presley Eveland
Leah Jackson

Stepchildren:
Pam Thomas, and husband, Donnell of Molino, FL
Charlie Allen, and wife, Kelli of Arnold, MO
Bryan Allen, and wife, Michelle of Conway, AR
Stephen Allen of Arnold, MO

Stepgrandchildren:
Hunter Thomas
Brooklyn Thomas
Ashley Allen
Chase Allen
Karli Allen
Luke Allen
Bryson Allen
Braden Allen;

Daughter at heart Janice Garrett, and husband, Patrick of Timpson, TX

Grandchildren at heart:
Nashawn Crawford of Timpson, TX
Terrance Garrett of Timpson, TX

A host of family and friends who will miss her greatly

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Memorial services for Don L. Pinkston, 64, of Waskom, TX, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015, in the Chapel of Downs Funeral Home, Marshall, Texas with Rev. Eric Peyton officiating. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015, at Downs Funeral Home. Mr. Pinkston passed away March 11, 2015 at his home.

Don Pinkston was born March 22, 1950, in Center, TX, to Bob Farmer Pinkston and Mildred Cariker Pinkston. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Waskom. Don married Nancy Karen Peak, and they were blessed with three sons. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was manager at Moore Plumbing Supply.

Surviving Don are:

Wife, Karen Pinkston of Waskom

Sons: Brad Pinkston and wife Amber of Dallas, TX, Ben Pinkston and wife Rikilee of Stephenville, TX, and Blake Pinkston of Marshall

Brother: Jerry Pinkston and wife Barbara of Center, TX

Sister: Sharon Pinkston Roberts of Nacogdoches, TX

Grandchild: Brooks Pinkston

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert Neel “Bobby” Pinkston.

Services are under the direction of Downs Funeral Home, 4608 Elysian Fields Road, Marshall, Texas 75672.


Mr. Donald Roy “Duck” Cook, age 65, of Geneva, Texas. Mr. Cook passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Parkwood Place in Lufkin, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mr. Cook will be held Monday, March 16, 2015 at 1pm at County Line Baptist Church
Interment will be at Gasby New Zion Cemetery with Rev. Fred Dade, Officiating.

Visitation and viewing will be held the day of the service Monday, March 16, 2015 from 11am until service time at County Line Baptist Church.

Survivors
Daughters:
Sabrina Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas
Donita Cook of Chicago, ILL.

3 Grandchildren

Brother: Edward Cook of Geneva, Texas

Sisters Cora Pearl White, and husband, Linson of East Liberty, Texas
Lue Willie Rolle, and husband, Richard of Lufkin, Texas
Mary Reed, and husband, Leroy of Bellwood, ILL.
Everteen Dade, and husband, Fred of San Augustine, Texas
Rachel Cook Roquemore, and husband, Richard of Houston, Texas

And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Stephanie Lane Miller, age 48, of Lufkin, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin, Texas. She was a native of San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Services
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1pm at True Vine Baptist Church
Interment: Lane Town Cemetery
Rev. Anthony Jackson, Officiating

Visitation
Friday, March 13, 2015, 12:30 p.m. until 6:30pm, Garner & Son Chapel

Survivors
Husband:
Glenn Miller of Lufkin, Texas

Grandmother
Carrie Johnson of San Augustine, Texas

Daughters
Chiquita Simpson (Quincy) of Center, Texas, Tamika Burrell of Lufkin, Texas

2 Grandchildren

Brothers: Jerry L. Lane, Jr. of Beaumont, Texas, Roy Johnson (Cassandra) of San Augustine, Texas

Sisters:
Sheila Lane of Lufkin, Texas, Kandie Holmes (Cedrick) of Lufkin, Texas

God Sisters:
Elsa Noble of Longview, Texas, Sonja Gulley of Kaleen, Texas

God Brother:
Elbert Noble of Houston, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.


03/10/2015

Mr. Donny Ray Lathan, 57, of Tenaha, Texas, died Friday, March 6, 2015, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Lathan’s services will be Saturday, March 14, 2015, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 11:00am, 617 Hopkins Street, Center, Texas. Bro Freddie Wilson will be officiating.

Mr. Lathan’s survivors are:
Mother Baby Lou Gardner of Center, Texas
Brothers: Roderick Gardner of Center, Texas
Gregory Gardner (Carmen) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Darryl Gardner of Huntsville, Texas
Ricky (Dorothy) Cartwright of Center, Texas
Charles R. Lathan of Center, Texas
Jell (Tessa) Cartwright of Lufkin, Texas
Sisters: Zebbra Riggins of Center, Texas
Vanessa Lathan of Shelbyville, Texas

Visitation will be at St Paul Baptist Church, Friday March 13 from the hours of 7pm-9pm.

Burial will be at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas Repass will be at St Paul Baptist Church, 617 Hopkins Street, Center, Texas


Mrs. Shirley Wooten Crawford, 77, of Henderson, passed from this life on March 8, 2015. She was born September 10, 1937 in Panola County to the late Roscoe Zed and Shirley Raye (Bridges) Wooten. Shirley was a proud graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where she received a Bachelors and Masters degree and currently served on the SFA Alumni Foundation Board. She then went on to a career with the Texas A&M University System-Texas Cooperative Service and retired as a District Extension Director.

Shirley was well known for her local civic participation having served as Executive Director for United Way of Rusk County for nearly five years, 1st Vice President of Henderson Lion's Club, and Secretary for Keep Henderson Beautiful. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Charles C. Davenport Chapter of Tyler and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas Division Mary Tyler Moore #217 of Tyler. Shirley was a member of First Baptist Church of Henderson and currently served as pianist for St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three husbands, Kenneth Milford, Joe A. Neel, and David Crawford.

Survivors include:
Sister Johnnie McWilliams and husband L.D. of Whitehouse,
Nephews Lorenzo McWilliams and wife Charlotte of Austin and Aaron McWilliams and wife Karen of Allen

Great-nieces Olivia McWilliams, Ella McWilliams, Harper McWilliams, and Lucy McWilliams

Great-nephews Declan and Calvin McWilliams.

A time of visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crawford will be held at 10 am on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home with Rev. Don Edmiston officiating. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery, near Timpson, under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Lorenzo McWilliams, Aaron McWilliams, Bob McKnight, Bob Sitton, Rick Hanning, and Clay Keith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Keith, Mike Smith, and members of the Henderson Lion's Club.

If desired, memorials may be made to the SFA Alumni Foundation Math and Science Department Scholarship at Box 6096 SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75692.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com


03/09/2015

Gordon Eddins, 54, passed away Monday March 2, 2015 after a long fight with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his father James Eddins and Grandparents Jimmy and Margaret Eddins and William and MaryAnn Edison.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Shannon

Mother, Ida Fay Eddins

Sons:
Michael Eddins (Brandi)
Benjamin Huffman (Candice)

Daughters:
Angela Eddins (Dustin)
Ashley Marler (Brandon)
Chrissie McDermott (Dan)

Grandchildren: Jaymee, Kayla, Keezie, Vivie, Jaidon, Presley, Connor and Lennox.

Brothers:
William Eddins(Evelyn)
John Eddins.

And numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday March 7, 2015 at 4pm at the Waller United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the family home.


Ms. Deandrea Michelle Harper, 43, of Jacksonville, Texas, formerly of Center, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015, in Jacksonville.

Services for Ms. Harper will be held at Abundant Love Ministries in Center, Texas on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 11am with interment to follow at Westview Cemetery in Center. Rev. Raymond Ingram to officiate the services.

Ms. Harper is survived by:

Mother: Linda Sue Harper - Center, Texas

Father: B.J. Hunt - Lufkin, Texas

Son: Danell Harper - Rusk, Texas

Daughter: Deandrea Harper - Akron, Ohio

Sisters: Tyshanna Harper - Center, Texas, Christy Harper - Center, Texas, Cininderlla Harper Boykins of Carthage, Texas

Brother: Jessie Harper - Houston, Texas

Funeral services under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Ms. Johnnie Rae Nash, 63, of Center, Tx. passed away Tuesday, March 3rd at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Service for Ms. Nash will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at St. Paul Baptist Church. There will be a wake held from 6-8pm Tuesday night at Community Funeral Home and viewing will be held from 12-1pm at St. Paul Baptist Church with services to start at 1pm and interment to follow at Thompson Cemetery in Center. Pastor Freddie Wilson will be officiating serivces.

Ms. Nash is survived by:

Husband: Gerald Bolden - Center, Texas

Sons: Charles Nash Jr. - Center, Texas, Van Nash - Nacogdoches, Texas, Chris Nash - Dallas, Texas,

Sister:Sheretta Patton - Center, Texas

Brothers: Ken Patton - Center, Texas, David Patton - Nacogdoches

Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas will be handling services.


03/05/2015

Lola Jordan Harris, 79, of Garrison, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015.

Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Mount Union Freewill Baptist Church in Garrison. Interment will follow at Helpenstell Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

Ms. Harris was born July 10, 1935 in the Swift Community of Nacogdoches County to Johnnie M. Jordan and Allie Mora Jordan. She retired from the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier and desk clerk after seventeen years of service. Ms. Harris was of the Baptist faith and a member of Mount Union Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Children:
Mona Hair of Houston, Texas
Callie Crawford of Statesville, North Carolina
Chester Harris of Atlanta, Texas
Sharon Harris of Idaho Falls, Idaho
Susan Harris of Texarkana, Texas
Thomas Harris of Garrison, Texas
Albert “Karl” Harris of Frierson, Louisiana

Eleven Grandchildren

Nineteen Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Martha Vann of Leesville, Louisiana

Brothers:
Paul Jordan of Nacogdoches, Texas
Phillip Jordan of Nacogdoches, Texas

Preceded in death by
Husband: Charles Harris
Brother: Elmer Harris
Parents: Johnnie M. Jordan and Allie Mora Jordan

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


03/04/2015

Deborah Colburn Gann, age 62, of Henderson, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center in Henderson, Texas.

She is survived by:

Son, Aaron Gann of Tampa, Florida

Daughter, Amanda Gann of Henderson

Grandchildren:
Kalen Gann of Tampa, Florida
Morgan and Blake Gann of Henderson

Brothers and Sisters: Eugene Colburn, Rodney Colburn, Eddie Colburn, Betty Smith and Catherine Duke.

Sisters-in-law: Karla Gann Vaughn and Mary Beth Gann Bearden

Mother-in-law, Virginia Byrd Walden of Nacogdoches

She is preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Jetty Colburn; husband, Robert Gann; infant daughter, Marlena D. Gann; and in-laws, Doug and Melba Gann.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

Services under the direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Bullard, Texas.


03/02/2015

Curtis Wayne Robinson, 52, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Rob Merriman officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Robinson was born February 11, 1963 in Houston to David Oral Robinson Sr. and Yvonne Plant. He attended First Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by
Wife: Julie Ann Robinson of Shelbyville

Children:
Kellie Robinson and fiancé, Enriquez Mejia, of Montgomery
Brandi Mize of Mansfield, Louisiana
Michael Mize of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Avianna Mejia
Charley Mejia
Kiana Bennett
Ciara Colbert
Caden Mize

Father: Billy Ray Doggett of Shelbyville

Brothers:
Kenneth Robinson of Leesville, Louisiana
Franklin Doggett of Shelbyville
Billy Doggett and wife, Christine, of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Toni Robinson
Marsha Doggett

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: David Oral Robinson
Mother: Yvonne Plant Doggett
Brother: David Robinson Jr.
Nephew: Scotty Doggett

An account has been set up at Farmers State Bank to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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


Winston Eugene “Gene” Fields, 66, of Kilgore, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 in Brazil.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Calvin Hancock officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Fields was born February 27, 1949 in Center to Winston Fields and Lavern Clark Fields.

He is survived by
Children:
Alpha Fields of Kilgore
Whitney Koltonski and husband, Chris, of Shelbyville
Hannah Lee and husband, Mark, of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Stephen James Lee
Lila Ann Koltonski

Sister: Jan Permenter and husband, Jim, of Center

Preceded in death by
Wife: Cathy Risinger Fields
Parents: Winston Fields and Lavern Clark Fields

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cathy Fields Memorial Scholarship Fund at Farmers State Bank in Center.

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


03/01/2014

Flo Coneath Wilburn, age 84, of Center went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Funeral service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, March 7, 2015, Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service from 11am until 1pm at Mangum Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.

She was born October 14, 1930 in Center, Texas to Floyd & Virgie (Davis) Turner. She and her husband, Silas W. Wilburn, Sr. , a career U.S. Army soldier, and their children lived in many places, including Germany. No matter where they went, Center, Texas was still their home. Flo was a hard working lovely lady with a generous, loving spirit. Those who visited in her home knew that when you left, she always wanted to give you some cake, pie, fresh tomatoes or a jar of her delicious home canned-pickles. Mrs. Turner was known for riding her horse and carrying the flag each year for the opening of the rodeo, which she did with such beauty & graceful horsemanship. She was so giving and shared everything she had such as knowledge, love & food. She will truly be missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Felding Turner & Virgie Turner, Husband, Silas W. Wilburn, Sr. , three brothers, Henry Turner, Talis Turner & Dennis Turner & Nephew, David Turner.

She is survived by:

Son, Silas W. Wilburn, Jr. of Center

Daughter, Linda Wilburn McKenzie of Florida

3 Grandchildren:
Michelle McKenzie of Florida
Tara Wilburn Permenter of Joaquin
Sally Wilburn of Center

Great-Grandchildren names:
Collin Vickers
Carsen Vickers
Hadley Permenter

Brother, Lynn Turner & wife, Dianne of Center

Sister, Belle Turner & husband, Thomas Walker of Florida

Sisters-in-law:
Della Turner of Angleton
Lois Turner of Clute
Nancy Turner

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

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02/26/2015

Katherine Adele Lockart Michna, 77, of Garrison, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Michna was born October 28, 1937 in Garrison to Francis Allan Lockart and Velma Hill Lockart. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Garrison.

She is survived by

Husband
Robert J. Michna of Garrison

Son
Steven Lee Slater and wife, Lucy, of Western Grove, Arkansas

Daughter
Pattie Slater Lockart and husband, John, of Garrison

Step Daughter
Melanie Thompson and husband, David, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Step Son
Mark Michna and wife, Debbie, of Akron, Ohio

Grandchildren
Robert Slater
Amber Lockart
Stephanie Slater
Christopher Lockart
Jade Graves
Destiny Slater Gardner
Steven Frank Slater
Erica Slater Reynolds
Rhea Slater Freeman
Graham Thompson
Amanda Wolfe
Katherine Michna

18 Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Francis Allan Lockart and Velma Hill Lockart
Brother: Allan Lockart

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


Funeral services will be held for Mildred Lee Eaves Pierce, 84, of Nacogdoches on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Laird Funeral Home at 12:00 PM with Rev. Larry Byrd officiating. Burial will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery in Center, Texas. She passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Laird Funeral Home.

Mildred was born in Center, Texas to William Carl Eaves and Jeneva Harlow Satterwhite on March 29, 1930. She grew up in Center. She moved to Nacogdoches after she married her future husband, Edwin Leon Pierce, on November 28, 1967 in Shreveport, LA. They met each other while she worked as a waitress in a family restaurant in San Augustine.

Mildred loved her family dearly. She enjoyed spending time with them and especially her beautiful grandchildren. She also enjoy going fishing, and working out in her garden.

She was a member of Spann Chapel Baptist church. Her favorite scripture was 23 Psalm.

Mildred is survived by:

Son
Earl Keith Tindall

Daughter
Brenda Ann Young and husband, Kenneth

Grandchildren
Sheila Sharp and husband, Anthony
Candace Kent and husband, Brian

Great-grandchildren
Ashton Sharp
Matthew Sharp
Ryan Sharp
Mason Sharp
Hudson Kent.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Sharp, Matthew Sharp, Adam Barbee, Brian Kent, Lyndal Pierce, Cal Baker and Dolores Talamantes.


2/25/2015

Atlee Jane Adams, 91, of Stafford, passed Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Hamptons Assisted Living in Stafford, Texas.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Aubie McSwain officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born December 9, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri to Eli Turk and Annie Mae (Jones) Lacy. She graduated from Center High School.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Eli & Annie Lacy, Husband, Allie Monroe Adams, Infant Son, Allie Adams, Jr., Infant Sister, Nancy Florene Lacy, Sister, Edith Mary Lacy Mayfield & Brother, John Neal Lacy.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Alda Dede & husband, Chris of Dedham, MA

Sons
John Adams & wife, Malou of Danville, CA
David Adams of Houston

Grandchildren
Adrian Dede, Alexander & Arielle Dede
Aaron & Andrea’ Adams
Nieces & Nephews:
Mary Elizabeth “Meg” & Larry Albertelli
John Thomas & Judy Gault
Nancy & Bob Warr
Linda & David Reinhart
Janis & Jeep Compton
Dr. Joe Neal & Jane Lacy

Numerous Other Family & Friends

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


2/24/2015

Frank M. Jousan Sr., 89, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.


Lewis Fain Ramsey, 90, of Longview, TX, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Texas City, TX. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, with Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, TX.

Born March 31, 1924, in Joaquin, Texas, Fain Ramsey was the son of the late John Jackson and Sarah Jane (Ferguson) Ramsey. He was one of seven children. Mr. Ramsey graduated from Joaquin High School.

After serving in the United States Army during WWII, Mr. Fain returned to Joaquin to work with his brothers building homes in the Houston area. Mr. Ramsey met his soul mate and was married to Sybil Lee Culberson Ramsey until the Lord called her home in 2002. They moved to Longview, Texas where Fain was self-employed as a cabinet maker and owned his own cabinet shop before retiring finally at the age of 79. He enjoyed fishing any opportunity he had to do so. He spent much time on the Sabine River catching big ones. Fain also loved travelling to Alaska and the scenery that was in Alaska. Mr. Ramsey made many trips to and from Alaska by himself and with his brother before his health failed. Mr. Fain was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Longview, Texas and loved his church dearly.

Survivors include daughter, Susan Carr and husband Raymond of Kenai, Alaska, 7 nephews, and two neices.

In addition to his parents, Fain was preceded in death by his loving wife of 29 years,
Sybil Lee; two brothers and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers donations may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 301 North Center St, Longview, Texas, 75601 or the American Cancer Society.


2/23/2015

Daurin Andrez Chel Sanchez, 23, of Center passed away Saturday, February 23, 2015 at Center Emergency Department as a result of car accident.

Services will Sunday, March 1, 2015 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Templo Principe de Paz, 398 Hwy 7 W, Center, Texas 75935.

Among his survivors include:

Father
Federico Chel Wicab of Mexico

Mother
Carmita Sanchez Ambros of Mexico

Brothers
Miguel Chel Sanchez of Center
Carlos Chel Sanchez of Center


William Herbert Hearnsberger, 92, of Garrison, TX, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015, in Shreveport, LA. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 27, 2015, at First Baptist Church, Garrison, with Bro. Jeremy Pruitt and Bro. Tracy Herbert Hearnsberger officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Garrison.

Born October 6, 1922, in Chambersville, Arkansas, William Herbert Hearnsberger was the son of the late George Walter and Elizabeth (Briley) Hearnsberger. He was the ninth of ten children. His family moved from Arkansas to Texas, and Herbert graduated from Garrison High School in 1941.

After serving as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Herbert returned to Garrison to work with his brother Walter at H & H Hardware and Building Supply. He also was a building superintendent for many housing developments in the Houston area. At the age of 79, Herbert finally retired as owner of Trinity Lumber Company.

Survivors include

Sons
Kenneth Wayne Hearnsberger of Maple Falls, WA
Tracy Herbert Hearnsberger, and wife, Rhonda of Pflugerville, TX

Daughters
Susan Marie Miller, and husband, Orval of Timpson, TX, and
Nancy Carol Windham of Nacogdoches, TX

Brother: Billy Frank Hearnsberger, and wife, Thelma of Splendora, TX

Grandchildren
David Wayne Hearnsberger, and wife, Christiana
Mark Daniel Miller, and wife, Beatrice
Dusti Leah Standridge, and husband, Scott
Wendy Carol Polk, and husband, Aaron
John David Windham, and wife, Tanya
Lacy Elizabeth Bartlett, and husband, Aaron
Kaley Hearnsberger

11 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Herbert was preceded in death by brothers, Clarence, George, Walter, and Hosea; sisters Mabel Jones, Lois Gray, Willa Rean Stratton, and Mary Kate Woods; and grandchildren William Dwayne Hearnsberger and Jamie Carol Windham.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Garrison, designated for mission funds.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


02/20/2015

Mr. Andrew Earl "Andy" Williams, age 52, of Geneva, Texas. Mr. Williams passed away on Tuesday Morning at Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 21, 2015 at1pm at the County Line Baptist Church with internment to follow at County Line Cemetery. Rev. Gaylon Taylor will be officiating

Visitation are be held Friday, February 20, 2015 from 1pm until 6:30pm atGarner & Son Chapel

Survivors
Wife:
Verna Tanner of San Augustine, Texas

Son
K. C. Price of San Augustine, Texas

Daughter
Vera Tanner of Center, Texas

1 Grandchild

Step Mother
Deloris Williams of San Augustine, Texas

Brothers
Leo Williams, Jr. of Geneva, Texas, Willie Williams of Geneva, Texas, Danny Williams (Eartha) of Geneva, Texas, Christopher Barnes (Shereeta) of Nacogdoches, Texas, James Barnes (Olivia) of San Augustine, Texas

Sisters
Victoria Barnes of San Augustine, Texas, Verdale Barnes of Pineland, Texas, Nefretiri Williams (Steve) of San Augustine, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends


02/19/2015

Marjorie Lucille Dunn Hague, 73, of Archer City, Texas (formerly of Shelby County) passed away on Wednesday evening, February 18, 2015, in Hospice of Wichita Falls.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 15 with services to follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Aulds Funeral Home with Jon Curry, Pastor of Grace Community Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Archer City Cemetery under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home.

Marjorie was born on May 3, 1941 to the late Thomas Syke Dunn and Catherine Lucille Caudell Dunn in Winnsboro, Texas. She spent most of her youth in McKinney, Texas. Marjorie married Claude Emanuel Hague, Jr. in January 1961. Together in East Texas and southern Missouri they owned dairy farms and restaurants, but more importantly they built a large family with seven children, nineteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They moved to Archer City in 2002 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Marjorie enjoyed working with animals, gardening, and quilting. Throughout her extended illness, she demonstrated incredible faith, kindness, and courage.

Survivors include:

Children:
Cindy Hutchins Carswell, and her husband, Gary, of Huntington, TX
Cathy Ostermann, and her husband, James, of Windthorst, TX
Cara Mund, and her husband, Ronnie, of Decatur, TX
Holly Duncan, and her husband, Mark, of Diana, TX
Steven Hague, and his wife, LeAnn, of College Station, TX
Kris Hague, and his wife, Pansy, of Crowell, TX
Brian Hague, and his wife, Erin, of Utah

Grandchildren:
Katie Hutchins Martin
Jacob Hutchins
Caroline Hutchins
Emma Ostermann
Blake Ostermann
Megan Mund
Lily Mund Cormack
Heather Mund
Tanya Duncan
Lane Duncan
Chase Duncan
Tara Duncan
Ellie Hague
Carter Hague
Tex Hague
Wyatt Hague
Faith Hague
Heidi Hague

Great-grandchildren:
Harlow Hutchins
Heist Martin

Brothers:
Rodney Dunn, and wife, Paula
Boyd Dunn, and wife, Shirley
Leo Dunn, and wife, Donna
Jackie Dunn, and wife, Carol

Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Hague and grandson, Seth Duncan.

Online condolences may be made to auldsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Archer City Cemetery Association, P.O.Box 198, Archer City, TX 76351 or the Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX 76310.


Shirley Anne Clarke Hutson, 80, of Timpson, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 in Katy.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mrs. Hutson was born September 13, 1934 in Richmond, Virginia to Miles Clarke and Edna Earl Farley Clarke. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Hutson was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by
Husband of 61 years: Edward Hutson of Timpson

Children:
Sue Hutson Redmond and husband, Patrick, of Cypress
E. Lee Hutson Jr. of Houston
Sharon Hutson Johnson and husband, Delbert, of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Angie Kleb Knaute and husband, Alex, of Cypress
Kristin Kleb and fiancé, Chris, of Spring
Sarah Kleb Barrow and husband, Charles, of Cypress
Lee Hutson Grumbles and wife, Lauren, of Houston
Jennifer Johnson Norton and husband, Clint, of Shelbyville
Jamie Johnson and fiancé, Brandon Ryan, of Garrison

10 Great-Grandchildren:

Special Friend & Companion: Millie

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Miles Clarke and Edna Earl Farley Clarke
Sibling: Robert Clarke

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


02/18/2015

Graveside services for Mable Green Campbell, age 61, of Tyler, formally of Center, are scheduled for 4 pm, Friday, February 20, 2015 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home Chapel and Chuck Horton will officiate.

Mrs. Campbell passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Tyler.
She was born January 15, 1954 in Eldorado, Arkansas to Charles and Martha Green.

Mable enjoyed being with her family, she was best friends with her daughter Amanda and loved being GiGi to her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 25 years, Larry B. Campbell.

Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Franklin and husband Andrew Maricle of Tyler; 3 grandchildren, Jaycee Franklin, and Sydnie and Syerra Maricle; sister, Neoma Clephas; brother, Eddie green and wife Donna all of Tenaha; brother in-law Tom Campbell and wife Nancy of Whitehouse; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at the cemetery at 3:00pm on Friday, February 20, 2015.


02/17/2015

A graveside service for Robert Lee Sholar, 59, of Beckville, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Jackson Cemetery near Joaquin with Rev. Greg Edwards and John Sholar, Jr. officiating. Mr. Sholar passed away on Saturday morning, Feb. 14, 2015, at his home near Beckville.

Robert Lee Sholar was born on March 13, 1955, in Center, TX, to the late Andrew Ollis Sholar, Sr. and Ethel Lee Lewis Sholar. He married Almeda Mae Willard on Jan. 28, 1980, in Center. Mr. Sholar worked as a truck driver and enjoyed riding horses. He moved to Beckville 12 years ago and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include:

His wife, Almeda Sholar of Beckville;

Son: Shannon Cox, and wife, Margaret of Beckville

Brothers:
Andrew Sholar, Jr., and wife, Jenny of Joaquin
John Sholar, Sr. of Joaquin
Richard Sholar, Sr., and wife, Scottie of Joaquin

Sisters:
Martha Manasco of Logansport
Laura Rushing, and husband, Bill of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Cheyenne Griffin, and husband, Austin
Gabby Cox
Shannon Cox

Great-grandchildren:
Sabrina Cox
La’Riyah Griffin
Beau Griffin

Step-grandsons:
Nathan Henshaw and
Zac Mathews

Pallbearers are John Sholar, Jr., Joey Sholar, Richard Sholar, Jr., Heath Sholar, Jackie Willard, and Nathan Henshaw.

Memorials may be made to Texas Oncology-Longview Cancer Center, 1300 N. 4th St., Longview, TX 75601. A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


02/16/2015

Mrs. Jerry Margarett Nix, 76, of Timpson, TX, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, with Bro. Russell Hathcock and Bro. Leroy Bowley officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery, Rusk County, Texas. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, February, 18, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Born October 18, 1938, in Dallas, TX, Jerry Margarett Nix was the daughter of the late Frank and Francis (Sawyer) Rains. Jerry and her husband Jimmy Nix were blessed with 58 years together until her Lord called her home. Jerry enjoyed cooking for her family, feeding the birds, helping Pop with the cows and touring the area on their motorcycles. Mrs. Nix was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, that was truly dedicated to raising her family. She loved serving her Lord at Highway Tabernacle.

Survivors include her:

Loving husband, Jimmy Nix Sr.

Sons
Jimmy Nix Jr., and wife Lucy of Terrell, TX
Jonathan Nix, and wife Donna of Scurry, TX

Daughter, Sharon Bridges of Longbranch, TX

Sisters
Frankie Rawson, Dallas, TX
Laura Hargrove, Dallas, TX

6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren

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

Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Ariana Alexis Marie Moore, age 6 months, of Center passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at Center Emergency Department.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Buddy Moore officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 15, 2014 in Nacogdoches to William Bryce and Angela Marie (Mejia) Moore.

Pallbearers will be Buddy Moore, Warren McDaniel, Desmond Moore & Weston Cuttill.

She is survived by:
Parents:
Billy & Angela Moore of Center

2 Brothers:
Emmanuel Mejia
Zayden Moore

Grandparents:
Warren & Cindy McDaniel of San Augustine
Buddy & Stacey Moore of Nacogdoches
Domingo & Patti Mejia of Florida

Great-Grandmother:
Gloria Moore of San Augustine

Uncles & Aunts:
Buddy & Yamboree Moore of San Augustine
Christy Moore of San Augustine
Lisa & Wayne Kennebrew of Irving
Brandy Mejia of Tennessee
Anthony Cuttill of El Paso
Weston Cuttill of San Antonio

Cousins:
Ehlygah, Aahlyah & IZAah Moore
Desmond Moore, D’Andrick Smith
Shakur, Arial, Herbert, Ethan & Alissa Kennebrew

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


02/13/2015

Marie Louise Hairston Story (Gran)

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. A graveside service is pending at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Houston under the direction of Howard Glendale Funeral Home in Houston.

Born March 14, 1933 in Harris County, Tx, to Orbie John Hairston and Marie Floyd Hairston. Married T. F. Story on September 11, 1953, they made their home and raised their children in Houston, Tx. where she lived for over 45 years.

She Retired from Star Enterprise, a subsidiary or Texaco/Shell after working in the Accounting Dept.

After retiring she moved to Garrison, Tx in 2001 to be near her daughter and her family. She especially enjoyed being able to go and watch her Grandson's participate in their many FFA and Sporting activities. She was one of their biggest fans. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, watching movies, listening to music, putting together jigsaw puzzles and playing games. She had a very competitive spirit and liked to win at whatever game she was playing and the rules to the games usually changed to fit her winning!!! She could smack talk with the best of them!!! She had been struggling with many health issues and was homebound for the past several years. She loved the Lord and when she was able to attend church she attended the Garrison Church of Christ. We had many conversations about her relationship with the Lord and she said "she was ready when he was"!! We take great comfort in knowing that she left this world peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and is now in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and son. She is survived by Daughter, Kim Story Dees and Husband Tommy, Daughter-in-law Susan Story, Grandsons, Chris Dees and wife Sydni, Mark Dees and wife Alexandria, Jeremy Story and wife Emily, Granddaughter Marimonnie Pierce and husband Kevin and Great Granddaughter Heidi Pierce. Also, her loving fur baby "Max".

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


02/12/2015

Robert Douglas Campbell, 72, of Nacogdoches, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 1pm, Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Frank Holrath officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery in Shelby County. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Robert Douglas Campbell was born July 20, 1942 in Houston, Texas to Ruth Morris Campbell and James Edward Campbell. He worked in the aircraft industry for many years. He was a pilot, enjoyed metal detecting and was an avid bass fisherman. In the words of his wife, “He was a devoted loving husband, with whom I was blessed to share my life. His strength, humor and courage, even in his suffering, fortified me, and his love remains in my heart.”

He is survived by
Wife: Lou Ann Campbell

Sister: Beverly Herrod

Brother-in-law: Douglas Herrod

Uncle: William Campbell and wife, Louise

Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Ruth Morris Campbell
Father: James Campbell
Stepfather: Lynn Morris

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


Services for Vernon Edwards will be 1pm Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Garrison, Texas. Visitations will be 12-1pm at the church.
Vernon was born September 23, 1915 to James Andrew Edwards and Mary Ida Hancock Edwards. He entered into rest on February 10, 2015 in Garrison, Texas having reached the age of 99 years

Survivors:

Son:
Dr. Gerald Edwards & wife Jane of Garrison, TX

Daughters:
Verna Faye Hodge of Orange, Texas
Sandra Waits & husband Gus of Orange, TX

Grandchildren:
Wayne Hodge & wife Kathy
Rhonda Shores & husband Tim
LT. Lance Tiner & wife Andrea
Angie Hesler & husband John
Dr. Todd Edwards
Joannah Hill & husband Jim

Great-Grandchildren:
Melanie Singletary & husband Andrew
Christopher Hodge
Reid, Riley, Brenna Hill
Zachery Tiner, Hayley Tiner, Blake Tiner
Macey Davidson
Taylor Mazoch
Hunter Hesler


02/11/2015

Funeral services for Mr. Lane (LB) Bernard Horton, Sr., 93, the late twin brother of Mr. Hatcher Bernard Horton, died Thursday, February 9, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Center. Mr. Horton’s services will be Saturday, February 14, 2015 at St. Paul Baptist Church, 617 Hopkins Street, Center, Texas at 1:30pm. Brother Freddie Wilson will be officiating.

Mr. Horton’s survivors are:
Daughter: Earlene Malone of San Augustine

Daughter-in-law: Joyce Horton of Center, Texas

Brother: Milton, and wife, Carrie Horton of Timpson, Texas

Sister: Thelma Henderson of Center, Texas

Visitation: Friday, February 13, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Burial will be at Mt. Gillion Cemetery.

Repass: John D. Windham Civic Center, 146 Express Blvd., Center, Texas
Services under Direction of Hicks Mortuary


Services for Brandon Joseph Curry, 39, will be Friday, 2pm, February 13, 2015 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Logansport, LA with Reverend Jeff Springs, Reverend Jack Forbis, and Reverend Amador Santos officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in the Bethel Community, LA. The family will receive friends from 5pm until 9pm at the Rose-Neath Logansport Chapel on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Brandon was born in Shreveport, LA to Ted and Tonie Curry and passed away in Bloomfield, NM. He was a member of Toledo Bend Baptist Church.

Preceding Brandon in death were his sisters Nicole Harville and Angela Carol Curry.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife Phyllis Curry; parents Ted and Tonie Curry; sisters Sharol Kay Johnson and husband Jarrod and Michelle Ford; step-daughters Cassie Creech and Fiona Cordova and husband Joe; grandchildren Will Payne, Clay Creech, Clark Cordova, and Olivia Johnson; nieces Angela Fults and husband Billy, Amber Kelley and husband Tony, Ashley Miller, and Peighton Ford; and nephews Eric Ford, Jr., Nicholas Ford and wife Jordan, Dalton Miller and wife Alexis, Stefan Pridgen, Dustin Pridgen and Kelley Levi Harville.

Those honoring the life of Brandon as pallbearers will be Eric Ford, Jr., Nicholas Ford, Dalton Miller, Joe Cordova, David Jordan, and Darren Furrlow. Honorary pallbearer will be Jason Cordova.


Mrs. Helen Mozell Wilburn Ross, age 82, a resident of Morton, MS passed away on Monday February 9, 2015 in Jackson, MS. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Wolf Funeral Services in Morton, Ms. Burial will be held on Thursday February 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Mt. Olivet Baptist Cemetery in Stanley, LA.

Mrs. Ross was born and raised in Shelbyville, TX.

Mrs. Ross is preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Henry Ross, Jr.; parents, Joseph and Evie Lou Wilburn; grandson, Craig Redd; two brothers, Hugh Wilburn, Melvin “Bud” Wilburn; three sisters, Audrey Permenter, Verna Denby, Marjorie Buckley.

Mrs. Ross is survived by:

Daughters
Helen Lewis ( Marshall) of Morton, MS, Karen Ross ( Robert Marcus) of Bushnell, FL, Polly Athey ( Lloyd) of Morton, MS;

Sons:
Christopher Ross ( Debra) of Morton, MS, Patrick Ross III of Walker, LA, Randy Ross ( Brandy) of Denham Springs, TX, John Ross ( Wendy) of Centreville, MS

Sister:
Dorothy “Faye” Spears of Joaquin, TX

Fifteen grandchildren
Thirty four great grandchildren.


02/10/2015

Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Singleton (63) of Nacogdoches, Texas will be Saturday, February 14, 2015 at East Liberty Baptist Church in the East Liberty Community, at 12 noon. Mr. Singleton passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015 at his residence in Nacogdoches, Texas. Rev. Gus Patton will be officiating & Rev. Curtis Archie, Eulogist.

Mr. Singleton’s survivors are:

Niece
Tannie Hill of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brothers
Earle Singleton (Glenda Kay) of San Augustine, Texas
R.L. Singleton of Florida

Sister
Josphine Zeon of Houston, Texas

Cremation will follow after services
Repass: East Liberty Baptist Church

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary & C J Davis Memorial Chapel


Mr. L. D Miller, age 87, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. Miller passed away Monday, February 09, 2015 at CHI St. Luke Hospital in Lufkin, Texas.

Funeral Service
Saturday, February 14, 2015 11am True Vine Baptist Church, Interment: Rocky Mount Cemetery, Officiating: Rev. S. J. Clark,

Visitation
Friday, February 13, 2015 1pm Garner & Son Mortuary Chapel

Survivors
Sons
Curtis Miller of Dallas, Texas
Johnny Miller (Delores) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Richard Miller (Thelma) of Lufkin, Texas
L. D. Miller, Jr. of Dallas, Texas
Allen Miller of Dallas, Texas
Jeffery Miller of San Augustine, Texas
Patrick Miller (ClemmieTina) of Lufkin, Texas
Alton Miller of San Augustine, Texas

Daughter
Lucy jones (James) of Nacogdoches, Texas
L. Lean Miller of Lufkin, Texas
Nancy Bryant (Wes) of Garrison, Texas
Elizabeth Moffitt (Stephen) Dallas, Texas
Lisa Miller of Nacogdoches, Texas
Patricia McCloud, Dewayne of Lufkin, Texas

A Host of Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and Great-Great-Grandchildren

Sister
Freddie B. McCoy of Houston, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and Friends


Mrs. Annie Murl Hall Jenkins, age 81, of San Augustine, Texas. Mrs. Jenkins passed away Monday, February 09, 2015 at Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 1pm
Roberts Baptist Church
Interment: Mt. Dena Cemetery
Rev. Orvin Garrett, officiating

Visitation
Friday, February 13, 2015 1pm until 6:30pm Garner & Son Chapel

Survivors

Sons
Anthony Lewis (Jamie) of Lufkin, Texas
David Eugene Hall (Louise) of Keller, Texas

Daughter
Debra Mosby of San Augustine, Texas
Brenda Jean Hall of San Augustine, Texas

19 Grandchildren
17 Great-Grandchildren

Special friends
Kathy Lefedge White
Stephanie Matlock Bell
Elizabeth Dupree

As well as a host of other relatives and friends


Bobby B. Jones, 77, of Center, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Dale Gannon officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Jones was born May 19, 1937, in Center, to Marvin Jones and I.Z. “Hughes” Jones. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed riding horses. Mr. Jones loved working with and spending time with his family. He was a member of Church of Christ.

He is survived by
Wife: Karen Jones of Center

Children:
Donna Jones of Center
Terry Beard and husband, Kerry, of Garrison
Monica Chandler and husband, Randy, of Center
Bruce Jones and wife, Claudann, of Center

Grandchildren:
Randi Kay Faulkenbery and husband, Josiah, of Center
C.J. Beard of Garrison
Madison Jones of Shelbyville
Mac Gurley of Center
Ethan Gurley of Center
Brody Chandler of Center

Brothers and Sisters:
Helen Samford and husband, Oswalt, of Center
Billie Wall of Center
Pat Peace and husband, Monk, of Center
Joe Norris of Houston
Linda Foreman and husband, Bobby, of Houston
Sam Jones and wife, Joy, of Center
David Jones of Center
Mary Walker of Center
Rose Jones of Center

Preceded in death by
Parents: Marvin Jones and I.Z. “Hughes” Jones
Daughter: Sandy Jones
Sister: Barbara Waller
Brother: Donald Jones

Pallbearers will be Phil Jones, Adam Ray, Mac Gurley, Randy Gillespie, Ethan Gurley and Roy Peace. Honorary pallbearers will be Tanner Peace, Shane Ray, Joe Z. Jones, Chris Ellington, Jeffrey Ellington and Josh Gillespie.

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


02/09/2015

Oren C. “Chuck” Sechler, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wes Hall, Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Gerrel Faulkner officiating. Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Sechler was born April 23, 1935 in West Monroe, Louisiana to O.C. Sechler and Hellen Maxine McGill Sechler. In 1952, at the age of 17, Chuck joined the United States Navy out of Jackson, Mississippi. After completing basic training, he went into Hard Hat Divers Training and Underwater Welding, becoming one of the first ten to weld on nuclear submarines underwater. He served in the Pacific on Guam Island with the Naval Fire Department, played Football for the Navy as well as being on the USS Perry and the USS JASON AR-8. Chuck finished out his Military career as a petty officer third class in San Diego, California at the Naval Base. Serving his country for eleven years from 1952 to 1963. He later moved to Beaumont, Texas, where he fell in love and married Mildred Cockrell Ricks. Chuck went to work for Bethlehem Steel Company as a welder and ship builder. Later, he was a welding instructor for Lamar University. He worked as a welder and shop foreman for Ellerbe Brothers in Baytown, Texas building oil storage tanks. While working offshore for many years, he worked his way up from a welder and pipe fitter to a supervisor. He moved to Shelbyville, Texas in 1979, where he continued working offshore for many years. Chuck finished his career as a supervisor for Willamette Industries remodeling and building Paper Mills in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. After retiring, he was able to do what he loved with the love of his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting and spending time with his five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Chuck enjoyed life.

He is survived by
Children:
Linda Darnell Shy and husband, Perry, of South Lake
Shirley Evon Lewis of Port Arthur
Charles Anthony “Tony” Sechler and wife, Marilyn, of Douglass

Grandchildren:
Wesley Lewis
April Lewis
Adam Wiley
Jonathan Wiley
Felicia Davis

Twelve Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Jerry Glenn Sechler and wife, Elizabeth, of Pearland

Preceded in death by
Wife: Mildred Sechler of Shelbyville
Parents: O.C. Sechler and Ella Maxine McGill Sechler

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


02/08/2015

Burnice Lareed Griffin, 79, of Center, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2015 at his residence.

His wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Doyle English and Bro. A.G. Odom officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Griffin was born November 20, 1935 in Center to George Wesley Griffin and Eloise Campbell Griffin. He served in the National Guard and was a member of Lighthouse Church. Mr. Griffin was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by
Wife: Debra Griffin of Center

Children:
Stephen A. Griffin of Center
Jennifer Windham and husband, Dean, of Center

Sisters:
Bobbie Roberts and husband, Troy, of San Augustine
Barbara Cruse of Center
Brooksie Tindle and husband, Roy, of San Augustine
Betty Schull and husband, George, of Huxley
Beverly Hendrick and husband, Larry of Center
Brenda Renfro of Lufkin

Brothers:
Ray Griffin and wife, Ilean of San Augustine
Ben Griffin of San Augustine

Grandchildren:
Damien Andrew Griffin
Charisma Lacey Griffin
Charlotte Faith Griffin

Preceded in death by
Parents: George Wesley Griffin and Eloise Campbell Griffin
Sister: Billie Watson
Brother: Johnny Griffin

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


02/07/2015

Funeral services for Glen R. Davis will be held 2:00 PM, Monday, February 9, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Logansport, LA with Reverend Charles Hall, Reverend David Permenter, and Reverend Bob Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery in Hunter Community, LA. The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church in Logansport, LA on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Glen was born in Coushatta, LA to Elmer and Clara Smith Davis and passed away in Longview, TX. Glen was a member of Judson Road Community Baptist Church in Longview, TX.

Preceding Glen in death were his parents Elmer and Clara Smith Davis; sister Ravenell Davis; and grandson Ron Davis.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years Sandra Davis; son Ronnie Davis and wife Lori; daughter Robin Lawhorn and husband Kris; brother Wayne Davis and wife Carolyn; grandchildren Karsten Davis and wife Lauren, Hannah Callaway and husband Steven, Caitlyn Raybon and husband Lonny, Jr, Kristopher Lawhorn and wife Amy, Raygan Lawhorn, and Ryen Lawhorn; 8 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Those honoring the life of Glen as pallbearers will be Karsten Davis, Kristopher Lawhorn, Ryen Lawhorn, Randy Moore, Mark Gribbon, Shannon Salter, Jason McMillian, and Dr. Greg Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Burr, Brent McMillian, and Rev. Jarrin Peeples.

The family suggests that memorials be made to Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131; or Heart to Heart Hospice, 100 West Hawkins Parkway, Longview, TX 75605


Harold Donece Oates, 79, longtime resident of Shelby County now residing in Nacogdoches, passed away Friday, February 6, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham, Bro. Don Noble, Bro. Jason Lott & Bro. Doc Lazarine officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park with the last call given by the Texas State Game Wardens. Visitation will be Tuesday, starting at 12 noon until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 17, 1936 in Shelby County to Steve W. Oates and Amanda Lavada (Gann) Oates. He worked for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as a Game Warden from 1965 to 1995. He was the instructor for the Game Warden Academy at Texas A&M University and he retired as a Lieutenant Commander and Director of Inland Waterways and Fisheries. He was a member of the University Baptist Church in Nacogdoches.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Steve W. & Amanda Lavada Oates.

He is survived by:

Wife of 60 years:
Pauline “Polly” Oates of Nacogdoches

Son & Daughter-in-law:
Steve & Susie Oates of Nacogdoches

Daughter:
Terrie Oates McAden of Rockwall

Grandchildren:
Rachel Oates Clark & husband, Cliff of San Augustine
Josh McAden & wife, Kayla of Dallas

Great-Granddaughter:
Callyn Clark of San Augustine

Brother:
Daryl Oates & wife, Ann of Humble

Pallbearers will be the Texas State Game Wardens
Honorary Pallbearers:
John Doggett, Trever Doggett, James Harold Enmon, Walt Baty, Lamar Norton, Chad Norton, Clint Norton, Larry Hinton & Larry Enmon

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


02/06/2015

Marcelle Ramsey Cobb of Nacogdoches and Stockman passed away on February 5, 2015.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Stockman Church. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

She was the youngest of Dan and Neppi Ramsey of Stockman. Born in 1923 she graduated from the College of Marshal, now known as East Texas Baptist University. Marcelle began her working career as a bookkeeper at the shipyards in Orange, Texas and then later worked in the accounting department of the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Yancie Cobb. Yancie and Marcelle eventually began their own family business which led them to move across Texas living in Houston, Brownsville and Seadrift before settling in Timpson, Texas. Marcelle served as the bookkeeper during their various endeavors. One such business interest led them to live for a number of months in Honduras working with that government to create a new industry in wood products. After Yancie’s passing, Marcelle moved to Nacogdoches to retire.

Her love of singing began as a youth and she sang in numerous school and church choirs. She served her home church, Stockman United Methodist as a treasurer for many years. As a devoted believer in Christ, she lived a life that honored God in work, service to the church and to the community. Her laughter and smile will be a happy memory in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by:
Daughter
Connie Beard and husband David Beard

Sons
Tim and his wife Stephanie Childs Cobb
Brant and his wife, Pamela Kerr Cobb

Grandchildren
Jacob Beard and wife Sienna
Meredith Beard
Stephanie Barr and husband, Chris
Hailey Rimsky and husband Jacob
Katherine Beard and Landon Cobb

5 great-grandchildren

Marcelle also took great joy in her nieces and nephews whose love and support carried her so well over the years.

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


J.R. “Red” Owens, 91, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, February 6, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Price Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Owens was born January 26, 1924 in Logansport, Louisiana to Ernest Owens and Alice Stephens Owens. He served in the United States Navy. Mr. Owens was a member of Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856 and a deacon at Fellowship Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Sons:
Richard Todd Owens and wife, Renee, of Missouri
John Mark Owens of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Christine Owens
Amber Owens
Buffey Vestal
Garbriel Owens

Great Grandchildren:
John Coleman
Addison Coleman

Sister: Edith Swan of Joaquin

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Lucille Owens
Son: Scott Owens
Two Brothers
Three Sisters

Pallbearers will be Stevie Smith, Bo Taylor, Perry Kirkland, Jerry Griffin, Larry Kay, Jimmy Coulter, Daryl Jones, Doyle Carter and Tommy Gray. Honorary pallbearer will be W.A. Parker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or by phone at 800.272.3900.

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


R. Scott Watson, 50, of Center, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Kansas, while on a hunting trip.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 9, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Andy Wilson and Bro. Kerry Green officiating.

Scott was born January 31, 1965 in Center to Robert Sydney “Bobby” Watson and Kathleen Kay Pate Watson. He graduated from Center High School in 1983. Scott later continued in the steps of his father, Bobby Watson, and grandfather, Robert Earl Watson, by earning his funeral director/embalmer license from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in Houston. Soon after graduation, Scott became employed with Gibson Funeral Home in Lufkin, where he worked for eight years. In 1998, he founded Watson & Sons Funeral Home, where he and his family have compassionately served Shelby County for sixteen years. In 2004, he extended his service to the community by purchasing Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Scott was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and motorcycle riding. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by
Wife: Selena Harbison Watson of Center

Children:
Stephen Watson and wife, Lynsie, of Shelbyville
Stephanie Copelin and husband, Cameron, of Center
Sean Watson of Center

Grandchildren:
Carson Slade Copelin
Reece Mickenzie Watson
Camille Le Copelin
Robert Mason Watson

Parents: Bobby & Kay Watson of Center

Sister: Angela McDonald and husband, Gary, of Center

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: Robert Earl and Mittie B. Watson, Shade and Faye Pate

Pallbearers will be John Harbison, Heath Harbison, Gary McDonald, Joe White, Billy Rex Fountain, Don Hale, Allen Stringer and Weldon Boles. Honorary pallbearers will be his hunting buddies and beach friends.

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


02/05/2015

Gloria Faye Garrett, a beautiful black haired baby girl was born September 3, 1964 to loving parents. Minnon Garrett, Jr. and Mary L. Reed of Center, Texas. Ms. Gloria Garrett accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church by Rev. L.A. Thomas.

She passed away Friday, January 30, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 11am Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Center, Texas. Wake will be from 6pm until 8pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center.

Ms. Gloria graduated from Center High School in 1983. She was employed by Tyson Foods for five plus years and East Texas Medical Transportation until her health began to fail.

Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Mary L. Reed; her father, Minnon Garrett; one brother, Eric Garrett; and one nephew, Antonio Garrett.

She is survived by:
Daughter: Melanie Garrett

Sisters:
Nette Garrett
Machell Hubbard, and husband, Michael
Roslyn Moore
Mary Garrett

Brothers:
Melvin Jackson, and wife, Felicia
Tony Garrett, and wife, Pam
Demetris Mosley.

Uncles:
Howard Ray Garrett
Dennis Jackson

Aunts:
Ozell Garrett
Mary Catherine Thompson
Lola Chumley
Alma Brewer
Clem Lathan, and husband, Willie Ira
Edna Foster
Wanda Fay Miller, and husband, Charles

She also leaves to morn her passing nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.


Services for Ruby Skelton Henderson will be 3:00pm, Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be at Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk County Visitation will be 1:30 until service time.

Ruby was born April 6, 1930 in Garrison, Texas to Walter Travis Curry and Eva Lee (Conway) Curry went home to her Lord Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Garrison, Texas.

Survivors:

Son:
Troy Wayne Skelton and wife Cathy of Garrison, Texas

Daughters:
Sue Strelsky and husband Bob of Garrison, Texas
Judy Master and husband Matt of Lindale, Texas

Step-Daughter:
Marcia Hovet and husband Myron of North Dakota

Grandchildren:
Christie Stokes & husband Jerry of Garrison,TX
Marc Cranford of Garrison, TX
Leigh Cranford of Garrison, TX
Melinda Lee & husband Jimmy Wayne of Garrison,Tx
Kristal Baith & husband Matt of Chapel Hill, Tx Gregory Ortiz & wife Casey of Lindale,TX

Step-Grandchildren:
Elizabeth
Craig
Michael

Great-Grandchildren 19
Great-Great-Grandchildren 3

Sisters:
Georgia Beard of Garrison, TX
Joyce Tidwell & husband Max of Henderson, TX

Sister-In-Laws:
Ruby Curry of Garrison, TX
Ludie Curry of Timpson, TX

Preceded in death by Husbands:
Troy J. Skelton and W.R. “Tar” Henderson

Infant daughter:
Linda Gail

Grandchildren:
Troy Jason (TJ) Skelton
Lesha Skelton Johnson


02/04/2015

Elmar Davis, age 76, of Hemphill, Texas. Ms. Davis passed away Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas.

A funeral service will be held at 1pm Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Rev. Orvin Garrett, Officiating.

She is survived by:

Sisters
Earnestine Lister of Shelbyville, Texas
Zelma Odell Davis of Milam, Texas

A host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Percy Garner and Son Mortuary will be handling the services.


02/03/2015

Robert Boyett, 57, of Vidor, passed away Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at his residence.

Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015 at McClelland Cemetery with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. No visitation is planned.

He was born June 7, 1957 in Beaumont to Hoye E. and Margie (Nell) Boyett who precede him in death. He lived in San Antonio for many years where he was a Pharmacy Tech. He has lived in Vidor for the past year. He loved helping others and he loved God and his church with all of his heart.

He is survived by:
Sister:
Linda Boyett of Vidor
Brother:
Kenneth Boyett of Vidor
Nephew:
Cody Boyett & wife, Tiffany of Vidor
1 Great-Nephew & 3 Great-Nieces

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


Graveside services for Annie A. McPherson, 87, of Center, Texas will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 6, 2015 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

Mrs.McPherson was born February 17, 1927, in Joaquin, Texas and passed away February 3, 2015, in Center, Texas. The family will receive friends and relatives from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Friday before the service at Lakeview Funeral Home.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Phyllis Jacobs of Center

Son, Charles McPherson of Laird Hill, Texas.


Sandra Gail Dupre, 68, of Center, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ed McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Neuville Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Dupre was born January 24, 1947 in the Neuville Community of Shelby County to Thomas Lymn and Margaret Holt Lymn. She was a member of Neuville Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Ben “Cajun Kid” Dupre of Center

Children:
Michelle Waller and husband, Lamech, of Center
Louis Dupre of Logansport

Grandchildren:
Bradley Waller and wife, Amber
Bryan Waller and Haley Gehrls
Briana Waller and Matthew Michon
Bryce Waller
Derek and Halee Dupre Miller
Jared Dupre Miller
Josh and Nita Dupre Miller

Five Great-Grandchildren

Mother: Margaret Lymn of Center

Sister Moggy Weathers of Huffman

Preceded in death by
Father Thomas Lymn

Pallbearers will be Bradley Waller, Bryan Waller, Derek Dupre Miller, Matthew Michon, Tracy Lummus and Tim Bradshaw. Honorary pallbearers will be Bryce Waller, Weldon Fruge and Anatole Dupre.

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


2/2/2015

Funeral services for Cecil Arlene Hairgrove, 86, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, with Bro. Justin Coburn and Bro. Cliff Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, February, 3, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home. Ms. Hairgrove passed away Monday, February 2, 2015, in Timpson, Texas.

Born February 8, 1928, in Carthage, TX, Cecil Arlene Hairgrove was the daughter of the late Aubrey and Effie Mae (Barton) Swann. She and Charles Otto Hairgrove were married in January, 1946, and were blessed with 38 years together until his death on November 11, 1984. She was a graduate of Timpson High School. Ms. Cecil spent her early childhhood in the Caledonia Community then to Timpson for the remainder of her life. Her hobbies included cooking, working in the yard, raising cattle and working on her farm. She truly loved the outdoors, being with her family, and spending time with her grandchildren. Ms. Cecil was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother that was truly dedicated to raising her family. Cecil was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson.

Survivors include:

Sons:
Charley Mack Hairgrove, and wife Vicky of Splendora, TX
Mike Hairgrove, and wife Mary Jane of New Caney, TX
Pat Hairgrove, and wife Letitia of Timpson, TX

10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Cecil Hairgrove was preceded in death by husband Charles Hairgrove and one great grandson.

To register online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Myrtle Lee “Mama Teat” Waltz, 88, of Center, died at her residence on Friday, January 30, 2015. Funeral services for Mrs. Waltz will be Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Triumph the Kingdom Church of God in Christ, 908 Daniels St in Center, Texas at 1:00pm. Rev. Robert McBride will be officiating.
Mrs. Waltz’s survivals are:
Sons
Ray Dean McCollister of Lufkin, Texas
Johnny Glenn (Cathy) Mosby of The Colony, Texas

Daughters
Joyce Lynn Johnson of Center, Texas
Charlotte (Rev. Sherman) Kossie of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brother
Sam Waterhouse of Dayton, Ohio

Sisters
Annie Pearl Turner of Dayton, Ohio
Maxine Greer of Lufkin, Texas
Onnie Bell Alexander of Carthage, Texas
Gwendolyn (C.W.) Garrett of Center, Texas

Visitation will be Friday, February 6, 2015 at Triumph the Kingdom Church of God in Christ at 5:00pm

Burial will be at Westview Cemetery

Repass will be at Piney Woods Family Outreach 255 Haley Dr. Center, Texas 75935

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive


Loyd D. Jacks, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dathan Triplett and Rev. Pat Jacks officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born May 14, 1939 in Sabine County, Hemphill, Texas to Marion George and Bessie (Wood) Jacks. He was a 1957 graduate of Bronson High School. He worked for the Texas Highway Department from 1960 to 1995, he worked in North Dallas from 1960-1970, then he was transferred to Shelby County in 1970 and he worked there until retirement in 1995 as the maintenance supervisor. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy, Maverick and Texas Ranger Fan. He knew every statistic, college & professional. He spent his retirement running his cattle farm and enjoying his children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. He was a loving husband of 58 years. He was a member of the Revival Tabernacle Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Marion George Jacks & Bessie Wood Jacks, Great Granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Brittain, Sister, Gwendolyn Jacks, Brothers, L.E. Jacks, Clenton “Hawk” Jacks, Marion George Jacks, Volley Marvin “Biddy” Jacks & Hollis E. “Buddy” Jacks.

He is survived by:

Wife of 58 years:
Shirley Ferguson Jacks of Center

2 Daughters:
Melinda Brittain of Arlington & Jack Brittain of Center
Monica Smith & husband, Ricky of Joaquin

Son:
Joel Blake Palmer of Center

Special Daughter & Niece:
Sonya Lynn Strickland & husband, Mike of Hemphill

Grandchildren:
Benjamin Joel Palmer of Arlington
Bethany Lael Brittain of Arlington
Matthew Cody Smith of Joaquin
Kelsi Lynn Smith of Shreveport, LA

Great-Grandson:
Jaxon Ryan Brittain

Sisters:
Ethel Droptini Lewis of Pineland
Florence McClelland of Hemphill

Brother:
Marion C. “Dick” Jacks & wife, Sara of Carthage

Host of Many Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers:
Larry Jacks, Ricky Jacks, Matthew Smith, Forrest McClelland,
Benny Jacks, Jack Brittain, Tommy Jacks & Benny Ferguson

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Texas Highway Department Retirees & George Jacks

The Family would like to extend a special thanks to Accolade Hospice, Rita, Emma, Brandi & Rhonda.

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


Roy Monroe Dent, of Gary, Texas passed away at the age of 85 on Friday January 30, 2015 after a long illness.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin with Bro. Randy Smith and Bro. Robert Ortego officiating. Burial will follow at New Prospect Cemetery in Timpson. Visitation will be Wednesday February 4, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

Roy was born in Tenaha to Roy B and Odell Johnson Dent and lived in the Timpson/Tenaha area until he attended college. As a boy growing up in the depression era he worked typical jobs of a young man of the era including the dreaded paper route with a biting dog. While in high school he continued with scouting activities and became an Eagle Scout. He also worked at a tomato sorting establishment and invented an automatic sorter. The owner of the company was kind enough to offer him a patent on it however it was decided that it belonged to the owner since he was "on the clock" when he invented it. Roy attended Southwestern University becoming a member of the Glee Club and sang alto in a Quartet that traveled locally and produced several recordings. Roy recently received digital copies of the records produced while he was in the group and was moved by the memories. While attending SWU he met Maxine Hassell whom he married on January 29, 1950 and together they raised five children. Roy's career with the telephone company began at the age of 18 as a lineman and continued until his retirement as an account manager at the age of 57. Roy was always active in aid to the community most notable of which was the Sertoma Club providing aid to local families. Although most of his professional carrier was spent in Wichita Kansas, he never lost his affection for his childhood home in East Texas. As an avid fisherman he looked forward to his retirement and did so at the age of 57 when he retired and moved to a home on Lake Murvaul. Roy loved to play penny ante poker and would quite proudly announce when he won 43 cents. His answering the phone with "Casey's Pool Hall" or "Murphy's Mule Barn, head jackass speaking" will certainly be missed. He was a good man and a great father and will be missed by his family and those who knew him well. Roy was a man of faith and provided support for his church, First United Methodist Church of Joaquin, one of which his family has attended for generations. He always helped with Christian services donating, delivering and packing boxes for those in need. He was a lay leader and helped at the church as much as his health allowed.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife of almost 61 years Maxine Dent, Parents, Roy B and Odell Dent and his siblings Ouida Mae Whiteside, Troy J Dent, Rodell Spencer, and Jack Dent & Aunt, Grace Crawford/Childs.

He is survived by:
His brother: Ted Lee Dent & wife, Pat of Nacogdoches

Children:
Roy M Dent, & wife, Hazlina of Malaysia
DeAnn Clark, & husband, Mike of the Atlantic
Tom A Dent, & wife, Dee of Clearwater, Kansas
Joe Dent & Deb of Gary
Kenny Dent, & wife, Teresa of Gary

Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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1/29/2015

Mr. Larry Gene “Peabody” Loyd, 63, of Lufkin, Texas died Friday, January 22, 2015, at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Funeral services for Mr. Loyd will be Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00am at Hicks Chapel. Jonwesley Gatlin will be officiating.
Mr. Loyd is survived by:

Father
Mosley Loyd

Brothers
James Woods
Lindsey Loyd

Sisters
Patricia Holloway
Jeanette McKenzie
Shirley Hyde
Doris Rice

Cremation will be immediately after services.

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


1/28/2015

Bettye Graves Smith, 76, of Center, formerly of Port Arthur, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Frank Holrath officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Ms. Smith was born July 10, 1938 in San Augustine to Marshal Graves and Cecile Alvis Graves. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Nederland Chapter, Daughters of the Nile and Liberty Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Billie George Smith, Sr. of Center

Daughter: Jule Smith Joffrion and husband, Oscar, of Port Arthur

Son: Billie George Smith, Jr. and wife, Suzette, of Center

Grandchildren:
Shelby Joffrion Presnell and husband, Parke, of Fort Worth
Amanda Joffrion Moors and husband, Dan, of Charleston, South Carolina
Benjamin Joffrion and Raven of Beaumont
Jessica Smith of Humble
Zachary Smith and wife, Nicole, of Nederland
Savannah Smith of Bridge City

Great-Grandchildren:
Caroline Moors of Charleston, South Carolina
Coy Broussard of Nederland
Carter Smith of Nederland
Carson Smith of Nederland

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Pallbearers will be Parke Presnell, Dan Moors, Mike Scarber, Carl Davis Smith, Tommy Landry and Dean Mize.

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


Mary Faye Daniel Graves, 82, of Center, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Graves was born November 16, 1932 in Marion County to Artie Daniel and Beatrice Purdy Daniel. She was a member of the Shrine Auxiliary and First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Children:
Ron Graves and wife, Velinda, of Brazoria
Tony Graves and wife, Kim, of Angleton
Ginger Graves of Sugarland

Grandchildren:
Lacey Powell and husband, Jimbo
Logan Graves
Jeff and Jessica Samford
Josh Worsham

Great-Grandchildren:
Payten Powell
Preslea Powell
Maggie Samford
Everett Samford

Brother: Ike Daniel and wife, Norma, of Rusk

Sisters-in-law:
Geneva Graves of Center
Agnes Lamaire of Jennings
Betty Daniels of Houma, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Lairy Graves
Daughter-in-law: Linda Graves
Brothers: Arlie Daniel, Charles Daniel, Doyle Daniel
Sister: Sue Bailey, Evelyn Whatley

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


Mrs. Catherine Jenkins, 73, of Center passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Holiday Nursing home.

Services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Abundant Love Ministeries in Center, Texas. Interment will at Pleasant Grove Cemetry in Center, Texas. Rev. Alvin Davis will be officiating

Mrs. Jenkins is survived by:

Daughters
Kathleen Fields of Center
Jeannette Nash and husband Robert of Center
Lela Jenkins of Tenaha

Son
Billy Ray Jenkins of Center

Sisters
Estralene Smith of Center
Mary Brown of Texas City

4 grandchildren and 10great-grandchildren


Douglas Davis Stiernberg M.D. of Texas City, TX, dedicated physician, public servant, and American patriot, passed away on January 20, 2015, at the age of 87. Dr. Stiernberg had a servant’s heart as he served God, his country, his family and his patients.

Dr. Stiernberg was born in Houston, Texas on October 14, 1927, grew up in Huntsville, Texas and graduated from high school at the age of 16 in 1944. He received his undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University at the age of 18, where he was later named an Outstanding Alumni. He attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he graduated at the age of 21 in 1949, interned at Jeff Davis Hospital, and briefly practiced at the Texas prison system.

He entered the Army Medical Corp and proudly served 26 months of active duty as a battalion aid surgeon in the 40th Infantry Division during the Korean War. He loved his country and was grateful for the opportunity to serve.

Dr. Stiernberg began private practice in 1955 in Texas City and Galveston, specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat. He served as Chief of Staff at Galveston County Memorial Hospital. Over the years he additionally served on the medical staffs of several other area hospitals, including John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, St. Mary’s Hospital in Galveston, and Danforth Memorial Hospital in Texas City. He also taught as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UTMB for several years.

He served as President of the Galveston County Medical Society in 1979 and was a member of numerous other medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas and American Societies of Opthamology and Otolaryngology. He retired in 1999, 50 years after graduating from medical school. Dr. Doug truly enjoyed the practice of medicine and had an unswerving dedication to the welfare of his patients.

He served on the Board of Trustees of the Texas City Independent School District from 1978 to 1990 and twice served as its president. He was also a member of the Texas City chapter of Rotary Club International for 59 years. Dr. Doug also served as a bank director at Texas First Bank for many years.

He was a member of St John’s United Methodist Church. In addition to God, family and medicine, he loved history, reading, his high school reunions, airplanes, and photography.

He is preceded in death by his father, Royal Campbell Stiernberg; his mother, Nell Davis Stiernberg; one brother, Cam Stiernberg; and his sister, Mary Stiernberg Copeland. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sally Menefee Stiernberg; daughter Amy Stiernberg Jordan and husband Greg of Austin, Texas; son Michael Douglas Stiernberg and wife Paula of Austin, Texas; and granddaughters Emily Ann Jordan, Ellen Elizabeth Jordan, Erin Catherine Jordan, and grandsons Stanton Dean Stiernberg and John Davis Stiernberg.

The family would like to thank Dr. Alfredo Nodarse and Dr. David Nickeson for their care during his illness.

The Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 23rd at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 8200 24th Avenue North, Texas City. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM with the service immediately following. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Potter, Frank Simpson, Dr. Charles Broman, H.D. Fletcher, Bill Nelson, James Harvey, Dr. B.W. Hink and Ed Mabry. Interment will be at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas. Arrangements are made with Emken Linton Funeral Home in Texas City. Memorial donations may be made to The Physicians Benevolent Fund, Texas Medical Association, 401 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX, 78701-1680 or a charity of your choice.


1/26/2015

Sam Alfred “Al” Chance, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Chance was born February 15, 1939 in the Rosevine Community of Sabine County to Sam Houston Chance and Vera Phillips Chance. He retired from Education after forty-five years of service. Mr. Chance was Superintendent at Center ISD for twenty-five years and previously served as a Teacher and Assistant Principal at Orange ISD, Superintendent at Brady ISD, Principal at Drippings Springs ISD and Principal and Superintendent at Premont ISD. He was a member of Rotary Club and First Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Carole Ann Chance of Center

Sons:
Brent Chance of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Chris Chance and wife, Jennifer, of Woodway, Texas

Granddaughters:
Madeline Chance
Josephine Chance

Brothers:
Cecil Chance and wife, Ora Lee, of Broadus
Clifton Chance of Nederland

Sister: Brenda Posten and husband, Ken, of Vidor

Uncle: Thomas Phillips of Garland

Numerous niece, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Andrew Alfred “Andy” Chance
Parents: Sam Houston Chance and Vera Phillips Chance

Pallbearers will be Rayford Copelin, Bob Reeves, James Bible, Buster Bounds, David Chadwick and Dr. Florencio Singson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Keith Miller, Dr. Danny Paul Windham, Joe West, Dr. Hughes, Kenneth Wilson, Dr. Dixon Golden and Robert McCarson.


Gracie Foresyth, 88, of Center, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Doug Stone officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Ms. Foresyth was born May 26, 1926 in Garrison to James Floyd Hogan and Rose Annie Bates Hogan. She was an excellent seamstress and loved being a member of Center Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Sisters-in-law:
Yvonne Hogan of Conroe
Ruth Hogan of Conroe

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: William “Josh” Foresyth
Parents: James Floyd Hogan and Rose Annie Bates Hogan
Brothers: Floyd Hogan, James Hogan
Sister: Billie Jean Nielsen

Pallbearers will be Harold Hogan, James “Buddy” Hogan, Jr., Reid Hogan, Alan Hogan, Otis Pleasant and Jeff Hogan.

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


1/25/2015

Effie J. Edwards, 89, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Garrison, Texas. She was born on December 30, 1925 in the Stockman Community of Shelby County, the daughter of Taylor Smith and Sally Samford Smith. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 3:00 Pm until 5:00 Pm at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 Pm in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Edwards is survived by her daughters: Delores Jennine McFadden of Garrison, Janis Kay Gregston of Nacogdoches and Mary Kathy Myers of Nacogdoches; grandchildren: Jeffrey Lynn Burleson, Shannon Eugene Clifton, Steven Shane Clifton, Stacey Lynn Coats and Stephanie Lynn Shipp; great-grandchildren: Airiel Jasmine Burleson Heth, Heather Sue Burleson Arvello, Joshua Allen Eddins, Jonathan Wayne Shipp, Jacob Ryan Eddins, Shelby Clifton, Donna Clifton, Ashley Clifton, Kile Clifton, Lacey Clifton and Lillie Rose Clifton; and by great-great-granddaughter: Courtney Eddins. She is also survived by other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Taylor and Sally Smith, her husband, Jake Edwards, her son, Kenneth Edwards, by her brothers, Troy Smith, Clarence Smith, and Dalton Smith, and her sister, Maude McDonald.

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.


1/22/2015

Funeral services for Ms. Verna Pauline White, 85, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Bobby Waller officiating. Interment to follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, January 23, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Ms. White was born April 27, 1929, in Snohomish, Washington. Verna Pauline White was the daughter of the late Robert and Alice P. Cottrell. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Verna enjoyed bowling, quilting, and watching Western shows on television. Ms. White was a member of The Called Out Church in Center, Texas and loved her church greatly.

She is survived by her daughter, Becky Mefford of Timpson, Texas; two brothers; one sister and a host of family and friends who will miss her greatly.

Ms. White was preceded in death by her husband, James F. White; parents; daughters, Deborah Pierce and Linda Smith.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Bettie Sue Florey White Hadac, 85, of Nacogdoches, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 in Nacogdoches. She was born on May 3, 1929 in Durant, Oklahoma, the daughter of Frank H. Florey and Louise Taylor Florey. Visitation will be held Friday, January 23, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church, with Bro. Paul Sevar officiating. Interment will follow at Dixon Cemetery in Shelby County.

Bettie Sue (or “Boo” as she was called by her sisters) grew up in the Tyler and Kilgore areas, where she studied violin, piano, and saxophone (playing in the marching and swing bands in high school and college), and performed dramatists and musical programs.  After graduating from Kilgore High School, Bettie Sue attended and graduated from Kilgore Jr. College.  While she was raising her four children, being a stay at home mom, and an avid volunteer for the community, she took classes at Tyler Jr. College. She was also President of the Pharmacists Wives Association for several years. She taught Sunday School from nursery to adult in Tyler, Kilgore, and Nacogdoches. She helped establish and taught at the Spanish-speaking church through Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. She then decided to continue her education at Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling. She also earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from Texas A & M University. Bettie Sue’s main hobbies were reading and studying.  She was very proficient in scripture, and theological study challenged her.

Bettie Sue was an educator specializing in working with special needs students and received numerous awards and recognitions for her work. She had also been an instructor for the deaf, a teacher of adult education, and taught general studies to the Nacogdoches firefighters. She was passionate about learning and took continuing education classes until her retirement.  When Gov. Mark White established the initiative to reform education, she was appointed by the governor to the committee to develop the deaf education curriculum.  She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Nacogdoches County Retired Teachers, SFA Alumni Association, Phi Delta Kappa International, Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, Texas A & M Century Club Association of Former Students, Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf, and Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Specialist in School Psychology. She also was a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs and AARP. Bettie Sue was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she belonged to the Dorothy Hardy Sunday School class and the Golden Agers.  She felt that it was a blessing to sing with the senior choir, The Joyful Sound.

Bettie Sue is survived by:

Son: Robert C. Brown of Shelbyville

Daughters: Suzanne Baldon, and husband, Paul of Waco
Marilou Smith of Nacogdoches, and
Lori Brown, and husband, Bobby Stevens of Suwanee, Georgia

Sister: Nell Florey Williams of Beaumont

Grandchildren:
Amber Smith
John-Phillip Mahfood
Sebastian Mahfood
Vincent Mahfood
Valerie Mahfood
Jennifer Holm
Jessica Fenton
Robby Brown, and
T.J. Brown

Fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank H. and Louise Taylor Florey; spouses: Warren C. Brown, Floyd White, and George Hadac; and sister, Shirley Green.

Pallbearers for Bettie Sue will be Paul Baldon, Wally Williams, Vincent Mahfood, Jerry Camp, T.J. Brown, and Robin Griffith.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Stallings Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their wonderful care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to American Cancer Society 3623 Buckingham, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964, Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 3723 NE Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, Texas 75965, or the American Diabetes Association
P. O. Box 96911, Washington DC 20090-6911.

The family of Bettie Sue White Hadac is being served by Laird Funeral Home of Nacogdoches. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.lairdfh.net.


Joyce Ann Livingston Putnam was born April 27, 1946 in Center, Texas and passed away January 19, 2015 in Plano/Dallas area of Texas. Joyce was a follower of Jesus Christ, a Girl Scout, a Rainbow Girl and a member of the Eastern Star Order. For 10 years she worked as a dental hygienist. She spent the remainder of her life as a homemaker.

Joyce was a very caring and compassionate person who put the needs and concerns of others before her own. Her family and friends knew she would be there to listen, council and give advice. She enjoyed reading, classic movies, cooking, and traveling. She loved telling stories and jokes that made everyone laugh and feel good. Joyce was the earthly love, support and strength of her husband Larry for 48 1/2 years. Together, they enjoyed many adventures, which included all God's creatures great and small. Joyce was the proud mother of only daughter, Celeste, for 39 years. She and Larry raised Celeste in a Christian home for Celeste was a gift from God.

Tinison DeLoyd Livingston and Marjorie Ray Livingston precede their daughter Joyce in death.

She is survived by:

Husband: Dr. Larry M. Putnam

Daughter: Celeste

Sister: Dana June Fuller

Sister-in-laws:
Marie Annette Whitlock
Karen Crowe
Charlotte Putnam

Brother-in-law: David Putnam

Nieces:
Crystal Fuller,
Amanda Rakofsky, and husband, Matthew

Nephews:
Christopher Crowe
Andrew Crowe, and wife, Rebecca
David Whitlock, and wife, Sara
William Whitlock

Aunts:
Ann Cox
Jean Livingston
Lexis McCarter

Uncle:
Michael Livingston, and wife, Sharon

First Cousins:
Gary McCarter, and wife, Laura
Dennis McCarter
Susie McCarter
Jimmy Livingston, and wife, Patty

Second cousins:
Brandon McCarter
Michael McCarter and
Amy Scott and husband

Several extended family and close friends.

Pallbearers will be Dr. John Wayman, Christopher Crowe, Jesse Yancy, Dr. Harry Yankuner, James "Crozier" Brown, and Gunter Huffstickler

Services will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., at Restland Cemetery at Wildwood Chapel in Dallas, Texas. Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas.


1/21/2015

Virginia Mims, age 66, of Nacogdoches passed away Monday morning, January 19, 2015 at her residence. She was born June 27, 1948 in Center, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas with interment at West View Cemetery, Center with Rev. Steve Gardner officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Vanessia Lewis of Nacogdoches

Son, Ronnie Greer of Milwaukee

6 Grandchildren, 12 Great-grandchildren

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


Minnie Pearl “Mickey” Teel, age 71, of San Augustine, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January 24, 2015 at True Vine Baptist Church with interment at Haley Bush Cemetery with Rev. Maurice Berry, Officiating Minister. Visitation is Friday, January 21, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner and Son Chapel.

She is survived by:

2 Granddaughters
Ebony Polk (Lee) of San Augustine, Texas
Erica Teel of San Augustine, Texas

7 Great-Grandchildren

2 Sisters
Rosie Lee Matlock of Cypress, Texas
Vera Joyce Jones of San Augustine, Texas
Mary Dennis of Illinois

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


Earl Hall, age 66, of Hemphill, Texas passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Mount Maria Health and rehabilitation Center in Hemphill, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 1pm Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery with Rev. Drayton Garner, Officiating Minister. Visitation will be at 12:30pm until 6:30pm Friday, January 23, 2015 at Garner & Son Chapel.

He is survived by:

Wife, Patsy Suell Hall of Shelbyville, Texas

Daughter, Ronda Hall of Lake Charles, LA

Son, Scotty Suell Nobles of Beaumont, Texas

3 Grandchildren

6 Brothers
Chester Bell (Patricia) of San Augustine, Texas
Willie Ray Hall of Hemphill, Texas
Lon L. Hall (Sheila) of Hemphill, Texas
Joe Hall (Dyann) of Hempstead, Texas
Grover Hall (Vonnie) of Tyler, Texas
Emmitt Lee Hall (De’Andre) of Hemphill, Texas

2 sisters
Marilyn Taylor (Dennis) of Houston, Texas
Felicia Johnson (Roger) of Tyler, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


Jody Michael “Poe” Vaughn, 26, of Huxley, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Jasper.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. W.T. Permenter and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Vaughn was born June 29, 1988 in Nacogdoches to Gerald Lynn Vaughn and Patti Ann Matlock Vaughn. He was a member of Lydia Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

He is survived by
Parents: Gerald and Patti Vaughn of Huxley

Brother: Josh Vaughn of Lufkin

Grandmother: Tommie Matlock of Garrison

Uncles and Aunts:
Kathy Shaw of Center
Karen Brasher of Nacogdoches
Jimmy and Michelle Matlock of Garrison
Imer Nell Vaughn of Huxley
W.T. and Marie Permenter of Belton
Larry and Dian Vaughn of Huxley
Jack Vaughn of Huxley
Robert Jerry and Nikki Vaughn of Houston
Waylon and Regina Vaughn of Center
Janice and Don Moody of Center

Numerous cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: James Matlock, Jack and Hazel Vaughn
Uncles and Aunts: Marlie Vaughn, Prentice and Olga Vaughn, Darrell and Kathryn Vaughn, Pat Vaughn

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


Christine Ward, 98, of Center, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center.

A private graveside service was held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Stanley, Louisiana.

Ms. Ward was born October 4, 1916 in Logansport, Louisiana to Robert Taylor and Nettie Langford Taylor. She grew up in Logansport, Louisiana and later moved to Houston, Texas, where she was employed at Foley’s Department Store. She soon moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and later returned home to Logansport, Louisiana to serve as a caregiver to her father. Ms. Ward most recently resided in Center, Texas. She loved the Lord and was a member of First Assembly of God in Center. Her hobbies included sewing and flower gardening.

She is survived by
Son: Ken Threet and wife, Shawn, of Eucha, Oklahoma

Daughter: Myrna Lloyd of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Grandchildren:
Jeffery Threet and wife, Crystal, of Arlington, Virginia
R.J. McClain and wife, Kimber, of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Meghan Threet of Eucha, Oklahoma
Robert Lloyd and wife, Tracy, of Reno, Nevada
Gary Lloyd and wife, Nong, of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Gregg Lloyd and wife, Linda, of Wetmore, Colorado

Nine Great-Grandchildren

Four Great-Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Robert Taylor and Nettie Langford Taylor
Sister: Letha Henderson
Brother: Lenard Taylor

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


James Thomas “Tom” Windham, 81, of Center, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 23, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham and Bro. Don Noble officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Windham was born September 13, 1933 in Shelby County to Thomas Windham and Ardie Risinger Windham. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially loved fishing.

He is survived by
Wife: Charlsie Jean Windham of Center

Children:
Johnny Max Windham and wife, Gayla, of Center
Regina Gail McSwain and husband, Kerry, of Center
Penny Barnes and husband, Stanley, of Center
Jamie Windham and wife, Susan, of Center
Beth Clark and husband, Alton, of Center
Bruce Windham of Center

Sisters:
Bobbie Sue Nichols and husband, John Henry, of Center
Margie Weaver and husband, Clarence, of Center

Brothers:
Leon Windham and wife, Kathy, of Timpson
Max Windham and wife, Janet, of Shelbyville
Evert Snuffy Windham of Center

Fourteen Grandchildren

Numerous great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Infant Daughter: Janet Sue Windham
Grandson: Jason Anderson
Parents: Thomas Windham and Ardie Risinger Windham
Brothers: Dan Windham, Elvin Windham, Jack Windham

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Windham, Douglas Bragg, David Windham, Thomas McSwain, Jessie Tarver, Buck Green, Jody Windham and Brent Windham.

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


01/20/2015

Viola Drennan, 85, a resident of Shelbyville since 1993, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Murphree Cemetery in Evant with Bro. Steve Kirkham officiating.

Ms. Drennan was born June 9, 1929 in Pearl to Taylor Williams and Annie Box Williams. Her hobbies included hunting, fishing and square dancing. Ms. Drennan was a member of Red Hat Society. She was involved in missionary work in Brazil and was also a member of Hewitt Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Son: Jim Drennan and wife, Earlene, of Shelbyville

Daughter: Lora Wilson and husband, Mike, of Placitas, New Mexico

Grandchildren:
Michelle Wilson of Placitas, New Mexico
Jennifer Miles and husband, James, of the Aiken Community of Shelby County

10 Great-Grandchildren

Her loving cat: Lacy Darling

Preceded in death by
Husband: Loran Voil Drennan
Parents: Taylor Williams and Annie Box Williams
Five Brothers and Sisters

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


Thomas Wayne Hutchings, 61, of Center, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Old Center Cemetery in Panola County. A visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Mr. Hutchings was born April 5, 1953 in Longview to Samuel Hutchings and Allie Mae Hutchings. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Susan Hutchings of Center

Daughter: Tanya Hutchings of Houston

Preceded in death by
Parents: Samuel Hutchings and Allie Mae Hutchings

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandira, VA 22312.

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


01/18/2015

Funeral Services for James Acrey Sr., 75, of Gary, Texas will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the Taylor Funeral Home Chapel in Timpson, Texas with Bro. Jimmy Nix and Bro. Marty Grounds officiating. Interment to follow in the County Line Cemetery in Timpson, TX with Military Honors provided by VFW Post 8904. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, January 19, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Mr. James Acrey was born July 7, 1939 in Jumbo Community, Texas to his parents, Arlin Acrey and Madge Hudman Acrey and passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center, Carthage, Texas.

James loved working out in the yard and going to garage sales on the weekends.

James is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Ann; sons, James (Jimmy) Acrey Jr. of Carthage, Texas, Lee Acrey of Gary, Texas; Rocky Acrey of Center, Texas; daughters, Doris Matlock and husband Ricky of Carthage, Texas, Virginia Matlock and husband Mike of Mt. Enterprise, Texas, Patricia Nelson and husband Danny of Odessa, Washington; 14 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; Brother, Joe Acrey and wife Rhonda of Spring, Texas; Sisters, Virginia Churchman of Carthage, Texas, Billy Davis of Cypress, Texas, Lorene Nix of Mt. Enterprise, Texas; and a host of family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Mr. Acrey is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob Tinkle; sister; Dorothy Reese; and Grandchild, Sydney Nelson of Odessa, Washington.

Pallbearers: Travis Matlock, Michael Matlock, Jamie Acrey, Jared Veazey, Bobby Tinkle, Max Churchman.

To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook you may go to www.taylorfh.net.

Funeral Services entrusted to Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.


01/16/2015

Bobbie Phillips, age 71, passed away January 16, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born August 29, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas to George Lee and Willie Phillips.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00pm Monday, January 19, 2015, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. A private graveside will be help Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Old Prospect Cemetery.

Surviving Family:

Daughters:
Kim Moore and husband Freddie of Garrison,TX
Melynda Barrett and husband Leroy of Garrison, Tx

Brother: Emory Williams and wife Martha of Marshall, Texas

Sister: Patsy Fountain of Tyler, Texas

Grandchildren:
Courtney Rideout and husband Daniel of Bossier City, LA
Jami Moore of Garrison, TX
Josh Barrett & wife Jessica of Nacogdoches, TX
Matt Barrett of Garrison, TX
Phillip Barrett of Garrison, TX

Great Grandchildren: Makaleigh, Jaylon, Aiden and Bryce

Pallbearers: Carl Russell, Alvis Barrett, Daniel Rideout, Freddie Moore, Eric Odom, Zack Mills

Honorary Pallbearers: Jaylon, Aiden and Bryce

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


01/15/2015

Helen Jean Leonard, age 70, of Louisiana, formerly of Nacogdoches passed away Monday night, January 12, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Nacogdoches, Texas. Wake will be held 6pm until 8pm Friday, January 16, 2015 at Benford Chapel Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11am Saturday, January 17 at Benford Chapel Baptist Church with Pastor L.T. Morris officiating. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Joan Drakeford and husband, Norman of Camden, S.C.
Thresa Dove of Camden, S.C.
Calandra Watts and husband, Kenny of Lancaster, S.C.
Ramonia Abdullah and husband, Morris of Charlotte, N.C.

Sons:
David Leonard of Nacogdoches
Frederick Leonard and wife, Angelika of Cassatt, S.C.
Torance Leonard and wife, Angie of York, S.C.
Vincent Bell and wife, Jessica of Nacogdoches

23 Grandchildren, 19 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Cherry Earl and husband, Weldon of Timpson
Dorothy Byrd and husband, Willie of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Robert Lee Callaway and wife, Shirley of Tenaha
S.L. Callaway of Tenaha
Roosevelt Bell and wife, Claudia of Erie, P.A.

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


Coretha Taylor, age 67, of Timpson, Texas passed away Monday morning, January 12, 2015 at her home in Antioch Community. Funeral services will be at 11am Saturday, January 17 at Smyrna United, Timpson, Texas with Elder Marvin Jackson officiating. Interment will be at Antioch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

She is survived by:

Husband, George Taylor of Timpson

Son, Derrick Wilson and wife, Yolanda of Houston

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


George Willis Chaney, 87, of Timpson, TX, passed away. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, January 16, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Clyde Hess officiating. Interment to follow in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Garrison, TX with Military Honors provided by VFW Post 8904. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Mr. Chaney was born June 6, 1927, in Nacogdoches, TX, George Willis Chaney was the son of the late Charles Henry and Lula Elizabeth Jacobs Chaney. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. George enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on his farm baling hay. George had a loving spirit and would give the shirt off his back if needed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carrie; sons, Edgar Chaney and girl friend Denise of Timpson, TX, Larry Chaney and wife Tresia of Huffman, TX; daughters, Gina Diane Broussard and husband Billy of Center, TX, Rachael Mabe and husband Mike of Manassas, VA; grandchildren, Jason, Sarah, Dennis; great grandchildren, Richard, Kason, Makinlie; one sister and a host of family and friends who will miss him greatly.

Mr. Chaney was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Donald Wayne Chaney and George W. Chaney, JR.

Pallbearers are Ray Morrison, Charles Barr, Jason Button, Dennis Broussard, Billy Coppock and Michael Mabe.

Honorary pallbear is Billy Broussard.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Gloria Ann Dyer, 68, of Center, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Andrew King officiating. Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Dyer was born May 15, 1946 in McAllister, Oklahoma to Thomas T. Wright and Gene Lee Scroggins Wright. She attended Holly Springs Baptist Church in Garrison.

She is survived by
Son: Robert Goff of West Palm Beach, Florida

Daughter: Sherre Johnson and husband, Gary, of Ketchum, Oklahoma

Grandchildren:
Justin Nair
Jake Nair
Lydia Kramer

Great Grandchild: Penelope Kramer

Sisters:
Carolyn Masters and husband, Buster, of Gary
Sarah Shahan and husband, Kenneth, of Center

Brothers:
Tommy G. Wright and fiancé, Jackie Brown, of Center
Pete Wright and wife, Sissy, of Longview

Dear Aunt and Uncle: Sally and Delbert McKinney of Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other loved ones

Preceded in death by
Husband: Louie Dyer
Parents: Thomas T. Wright and Gene Lee Scroggins Wright

Pallbearers will be Jake Nair, Justin Nair, Brad Masters, Matthew Shahan, Dawson Masters and Curtis Hughes.

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


Dr. Bonita Ann Lowrie passed away January 13, 2015 in Garrison, Texas. She was born July 24, 1936 in Garrison, Texas. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 am, Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

Survivors:
Daughter:Bonita Glenette Fitzmyer of Southern Maryland
Sons: Mike Lowrie of Garrison, Texas and Norman Lowrie
Grandchildren: Stephen Thomas Fitzmyer Jr., Alexy Kathryn Fitzmyer, Wade Michael Lowrie
Sisters: Billy Jo Shuey of Woodland Park, CO.
Allene Bacon of Covington, LA
Brother: Bob Patterson of Garrison, Texas

Bonita was a graduate of Garrison High School, attended SFA and a graduate of East Texas State University with a masters and doctorate degree. She was always involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and was an Explorer Scout Leader. She was an International Council of Relations in San Antonio, Texas. Bonita taught music for a number of years K-8th and taught high school and college. When she retired she was Dean at St. Mary’s University.

Mom said everyday “We Are So Blessed”

In lieu of flowers donate to Eastern Star, Lions Club (Garrison, Texas) and Garrison High School Class of 1954 (contact Francis Payne)


01/14/2015

Ray Byrd, 73, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. He was born on February 10, 1941 n Shelbyville, Texas to the late Joseph Warren Byrd, Sr. and Ada Brittain Byrd. Ray worked as Assistant Chief Appraiser for the Jefferson County Appraisal District.

Ray is survived by:

Wife: Frances Byrd of Nederland

Son: Marty Byrd, and wife, Sheila of Nederland

Grandchildren: Joshua Byrd of Nederland and Justin Byrd of Nederland

Brother: James Byrd, and wife, JoAnn of Nederland

Sister: Marie Fleming of Shelbyville

He is proceeded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Warren Byrd, Jr. and wife, Mary E. Byrd.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Melancon's Funeral Home on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm. with Masonic Services at 6pm. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2pm at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Attention: Development Office Unit 705, P.O. Box 301439 Houston, TX. 77230, or you can donate by going online at gifts.mdanderson.org

Details and registry available at Melancons.org


01/13/2015

Frederick Earl Hewitt passed away January 9, 2015. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11am at Triumph the Church Kingdom of God in Christ in Center. Bishop Elect Howard Cloudy, Pastor, will be officiating and Reverend David P. Mitchell, Eulogist.

Fred was born on August 11, 1958 in Center, Texas. He received his education in Center Public School System. Fred was a born mechanic, he had a God given talent. He didn't meet a stranger , his smile was contagious. Fred was hard working and self-employed for many years until recently when he joined his father working for the family business at L.H. Hewitt Inc.

Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center, Texas following service.

Fred will be truly missed by all who knew him. He leaves to cherish his memory:
Sons: Deondric, and wife Candice; Jonathan and Josh.

Grandsons: Jaden and Theron.

Mother: Fannie.

Father: L.H.

Stepmother: Shirley

Sister: Teresa

Brothers: Darryl; Eddie, and wife, Brenda; Eric, and wife, Lana; and Lawrence.

Nephews: Tremayne, and wife, Trice; and Keaton.

Nieces: Candice, Jewel, Chardae, and Lisa.

Great-Nephews: Javen, Kylon, Jacarlos, Shadarian and Brendan.

Great-Nieces: Jon Tyric and Jalyn.

A host of loving aunts, devoted uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers: Terry Bryant, Marcus Horton, Ken Ceasar, Ray Malone, Ortega Cartwright, Clayton Singleton, Aubrey Cook and Paul Tuller.

Honorary Pallbearers: Keaton Daniels, Tremayne Hewitt, Eddie Hewitt, Lawrence Holman, Eric Hewitt, and Darryl McClellan.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


Marc Glynn Askew, 63, of Center, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating.

Mr. Askew was born December 12, 1951 in Center to Homa Askew and Lillian Campbell Askew. He previously owned and operated Glynn’s Lawn and Garden in Longview. In 1994, Mr. Askew moved back home to Shelby County where he enjoyed farming and ranching.

He is survived by
Wife: Debbie Bivens Askew of Center

Son: Roger Askew and wife, Kendra, of Union Grove

Daughter: Nicole Faulkner and husband, Jimmy, of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
J.R. Faulkner
Colton Askew
Colby Askew
Avery Faulkner

Brothers-in-law:
Coleman Bivens and wife, Dalene, of Shelbyville
Jerry Bivens and wife, Polly, of Marshall

Sister-in-law: Teresa Johnson and husband, Glen, of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Pallbearers will be Keith Byndom, Mike Hanson, Tim Runnels, Lynn Davis, Tim Amos and Walter Shofner. Honorary pallbearers will be Edsel Warr, Terry Harris, Eltroy McCowin and Mark Stone.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Longview Cancer Center Foundation
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, Texas 75601

Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center
220 Fields Street
Center, Texas 75935

Hospice of East Texas
411 University Blvd.
Tyler, Texas 75701

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


01/12/2015

Gail Cuculic, 88, of Center, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015, at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Carl Smith, Rev. Karen Jones, and Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Gail was born February 15, 1926, in Huntington to Johnny Cuculic and Burney Lee Ivey Cuculic. After graduating from Huntington High School, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University in 1943, served in the Navy from 1944-1946, and graduated with a BBA in 1949 from the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his CPA certification in 1952. Gail worked at many reputable companies, mostly related to the poultry industry before settling in Center with Shelby Savings Bank, where he was president for seven years and vice chairman of the Board of Directors for twenty years. Gail has been affiliated with numerous organizations including the Lions Club, Roughrider Scholarship Foundation (Secretary), member of the Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International, Center Flying Club (Secretary Treasurer), Center Country Club (Director), Center City Council and a member of the First Methodist Church.

He is survived by
Wife: Janie Cuculic of Center

Children:
Mark Cuculic and wife, Betty, of Spring
Jan Crow and husband, Steve, of Houston
Sue Cuculic and Sue Long of Houston
John Cuculic and wife, Ayme, of Montgomery
Gayla Fidje and husband, Glenn, of Weston, Florida

Grandchildren:
Poppy Jones
Cara Cuculic
Leah Peterson
Bryan Crow
Austin Crow
Jenni Waldon
Christi Waldon
Bailey Cuculic
Bianca Cuculic
Cole Fidje
Carson Fidje

Nine Great-Grandchildren

Step Children:
Linda Warren and husband, Doug, of Tyler
Steven Sharp of Dallas

Brother-in-law: Jim Jenkins and wife, Jonnie Sue, of Houston

Nieces and Nephews:
Jill Golf and husband, Joe
Jeff Jenkins and wife, Chris

Special Friends:
Moises and Anjelica Valtierra
Maria and Sebastian

Preceded in death by
Wife: Theresa Cuculic
Parents: Johnny Cuculic and Burney Lee Ivey Cuculic
Beloved dog of 15 years: Belle

Pallbearers will be Doug Warren, Glenn Fidje, Bryan Crow, Austin Crow, Jason Peterson and Brent Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Bob McAdams, James Campbell, Burton Brown, Dr. Cengiz Satir, Steve Waters, Weldon Boles, Shelby Savings Bank Officers and Directors and Rotary Club Members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following:
Roughrider Scholarship Foundation
PO Box 152
Center, Texas 75935

First United Methodist Church
211 Porter Street
Center, Texas 75935

The family wants to express their appreciation to East Texas Home Health and Dr. Cengiz Satir (Nacogdoches) for their loving care and kindness.

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


Wesley Livingston, 47, of Center, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at his residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams, Bro. Don Moore & Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born December 4, 1967 in Center to Richard and Dianne (Lynch) Livingston. He was a 1986 graduate of Center High School. He attended the United Pentecostal Church in Center. Wesley worked for Livingston Farms.

He is preceded in death by his Grandfathers, Jim Livingston & John Henry Lynch, Brother, Gregory Livingston & Niece, Brooklyn Livingston.

He is survived by:
Wife:
LaResa Anthony Livingston of Center

Son:
Cash Livingston of Tenaha

Son:
Ryan Hall of Denton

Parents:
Ricky & Dianne Livingston of Center
Brother:Bryan Livingston & wife, Amanda of Garrison

Nephew:
Darin Livingston of Center

Niece:
Bailey Heflin of Garrison

Grandmother:
Dolly Molina of Center

Grandmother:
Adell Livingston of Center

Pallbearers:
Richard Tomlin, Lynn Turner, Paul Wiggins, Ronnie Livingston, Rolando “Guatemala” Castro & J.P. Fenton

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

In Lieu of Flowers, family request that donations can be made In memory of Wesley Livingston to Teen Challenge 3850 S Loop 1604 W San Antonio, Texas 78264 or http://teenchallengetx.org/donate/


On January 9, 2015, Michael T Doyle, Sr. lost his battle with cancer. Michael was born on Friday, October, 01, 1937 in Syracuse, New York.

He accomplished many things in his lifetime; he served in the Air Force for 7-1/2 years and owned his own Insurance Agency, was an accomplished electrical contractor, rancher and was dedicated to his faith as an Ordained Minister (Deacon in the Catholic Church).

His greatest pride and legacy was his loving spouse of 56 years, Carol E. Doyle.

Michael is also survived by his beloved children, Michael T. Doyle Jr. (Ritchel), Mark E. Doyle and Brian S. Doyle.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph Doyle; stepfather, Charles Edward Hooker; mother, Julia Doyle Hooker; daughters, Dana Lynn Doyle and Denise Mary Doyle.

Michael’s favorite quote and words he lived by “Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori Time Flies, Remember Death).

Visitation for Michael will be held at the Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Rosary will commence at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches, on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches. Monsignor, Young, officiating.

Services under the direction of Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.


01/11/2015

Glaydis Ramey Barton, 81, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 in Carthage, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Rev. Steve Lewis and Bro. Michael Tibbs officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha.

Ms. Barton was born June 7, 1933 in Tenaha to Alton and Ida Ross Ramey. She was a member, along with Pastor Cecil Chessher and his wife, Gina, and many special friends, of the Called Out Church in Center.

She is survived by
Sons:
Robert Lee Barton and wife, Janice, of Tenaha
Donald Ray Barton of Carthage

Daughter: Joann Smith and husband, Ronnie, of Center

Grandchildren:
Cassie Lovell and husband, Chip, of Tenaha
Brent Barton of Fort Worth
Cody Barton of Tenaha
Kalen Smith and wife, Jessica, of Conroe
Kristine Harvey and husband, Johnathan, of Joaquin
Jessica Smith of Center
Jodi Williams and husband, Justin, of Carthage
Kelsey Barton of College Station
Blaze Melancon of Timpson
Shelton Melancon of Timpson
Chris Graham and wife, Jamie, of Longview
Michael Tibbs of Carthage
Brandon Whatley of Tenaha
Brandi Whatley of Tenaha
Brittany Whatley of Dallas

Great-Grandchildren:
Camryn Lovell of Tenaha
Caden Lovell of Tenaha
Daegan Williams of Carthage
Alex Graham of Longview
Noah Graham of Longview

Siblings:
Pearly Webster and husband, Russell, of Pasadena
Earl Ramey and wife, Joyce, of Garrison
Juanita Watson of San Augustine

Brother-in-law: Tommy Barton and wife, Jeanne, of Kingwood

Sister-in-law: Judy Rodriguez and husband, James, of Porter

Special friend: Retha Mize

Lifelong friend for over 50 years: Ruth Kirk

Special Caretaker: Tammy Kyle

Preceded in death by
Husband of 46 years: Leroy Barton
Son: Douglas Wayne Barton
Grandson: Brady Barton
Daughter-in-law: Janet Barton
Parents: Alton and Ida Ross Ramey
Brothers: Alton, Alvin, Travis, Jimmy Lee, Leo, Clarence
Sisters: Earline, Eloise
Twin Sister: Gladis Rickman

Pallbearers will be Brent Barton, Cody Barton, Kalen Smith, Carl Barrett, Terry Ramey, James Rickman, Justin Williams and Johnathan Harvey.

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


01/09/2015

Alton Wilkinson, 55, of Center, passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Murphree officiating. Interment will follow at Buckner Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Wilkinson was born March 12, 1959 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Tommy Mitchell and Mozelle Wagstaff Wilkinson. He loved going to church, crocheting and making soundless wind chimes. Mr. Wilkinson was a member of Center Christian Fellowship in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Karen Wilkinson of Center

Daughters:
Maranda Wilkinson of Center
Jessica Wilkinson of Center

Grandson: Conner Smith of Center

Sisters:
Ima Jean Grantom of Nacogdoches
Shirley Amburn of Center
Manuela Shuemaker and husband, Bobby, of Tenaha
Cindy Sanders and husband, Mike, of Center

Brothers:
Tommy Frank Wilkinson and wife, Karen, of Tenaha
Kenneth Wilkinson and wife, Sheila, of Pineville, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Mother-in-law: Betty Figueroa and husband, Carlos, of Logansport, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Parents: Tommy Mitchell and Mozelle Wagstaff Wilkinson

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


01/08/2015

Billie Joyce Wagstaff Hooper, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Ms. Hooper was born February 21, 1933 in Shelby County to A.E. “Buddy” Wagstaff and Evie Lou Anthony Wagstaff. She loved cooking, taking care of family and friends, and sending out “Get Well” cards.

She is survived by
Children:
Steve McQueen and wife, Becky, of Mt. Enterprise
Shelia Bozeman and husband, Ricky, of Carthage
Brenda Perez of Center

Stepchildren:
Ray Hooper and wife, Rachael, of Austin
Mike Hooper and wife, Teresa, of Longview
Beth Golden and husband, Doug, of Elysian Fields
Treva Humphries and husband, Mike, of Golden
Cindy Alfred and husband, Steve, of Shreveport

Sister:
Linda Rachal and husband, Alton, of Natchitoches

Grandchildren:
Stephenie Jo Gerhardt and husband, Matt of Richardson
Jeri Burgess and husband, Brandon, of Carthage
Jeremy Bozeman and wife, Bonnie of Brachfield
Matthew Bozeman of Carthage
Bradley White and wife, Haley, of Center

Great-Grandchildren:
Alexis White
Alyssa White
Sutton Link
Jaxson Burgess

Numerous step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Someone very close to her heart that also referred to her as “Grandma”: Dawn Murphy

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bennie Hooper
Stepson: Jody Hooper
Parents: A.E. “Buddy” Wagstaff and Evie Lou Anthony Wagstaff
Brother: Jerry Wagstaff
Sisters: Mary Guidroz, Ima Hendricks, Doris Thompson
Father of her children: H.C. Mac McQueen

Pallbearers will be family members.

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


Loretta Lee was born July 10, 1936 in Washington Co., Texas to Walter and Norma Stegmann. She passed away January 7, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2:00pm at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas, burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Appleby, Texas. Visitation is Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Garrison Funeral Home 6:00 to 8:00pm
 

Survivors:

Daughter: Kathy Kortz and husband Alvin of Sequin, Texas

Grandchildren: Kenneth Lee, Jr.
Rebecca Soto and husband Jacob
Brian Lee
Kristi Kortz
Kelli Kortz

Great-Grandchildren:
Shawn Soto
Gage Lee
Karlie Faulkner
Emilie Faulkner

Sister:
Helen Marie Harding and husband Jim of San Augustine,Texas

Brother:
Walter Stegmann of Summerville, Texas

Sister-In-Laws:
LaMerle Biashinski Chauncey
Johnnie Ruth Jopling

Preceded in death by:
Husband: Alton Lee
Son: Kenneth Lee
Daughter-In-Law: Debra Lee and both parents


McCoy & Harrison Funeral Home of Houston, Texas & Hicks Mortuary are announcing funeral services for Mrs. Oressie Polley, 94, formerly of Center, Texas. Mrs. Polley died December 27, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Her services will be Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 12 noon at Church At The Cross, 3835 S. Dairy Ashford Rd. Rev. Dr. Johnny Teague will be officiating.

Mrs. Polley is survived by her son Van Polley and his wife, Sharron of Houston, Texas
Interment will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


01/06/2015

Richard Hibbard, 69, of Center, Texas, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at his residence.

Mr. Hibbard’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas.

Mr. Hibbard was born November 22, 1945 in Houston, Texas to Joseph Cecil Hibbard and Dorothy Tyrone Hibbard. He was a Christian and of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Hibbard was a sheet metal worker for 42 years which he excelled at earning many awards and certificates throughout his career. He began his apprenticeship in 1967 and graduated in 1971. He became a member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union in 1971 and worked until he retired in 2009.

In 1989, Mr. Hibbard purchased property in Whitt, Texas to begin his dream of having a peach farm. He had approximately 900 peach trees along with plums, grapes, blackberries, tomatoes, and much more that was sold at market. Mr. Hibbard was a successful farmer for 18 years and was very proud of his farm.

He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Angie Wright and husband, Jody of Center, Texas
Christine Howe of Spring, Texas

Son:
Tommy Hibbard and wife, Yamina of Conroe, Texas

Grandchildren:
Wesley Wright and wife, Tabitha of Willis, Texas
Nathan Jones and wife, Kelsey of Webster, Texas
Austin Wright of Center, Texas
Cooper and Connor Howe of Spring, Texas
Julie Kipp and husband, Kristopher of Alvin, Texas
Melanie Hibbard of Spring, Texas
Ryan and Kenzi Hibbard of Conroe, Texas

Great-Grandchildren:
Kaelan and Klara Kipp of Alvin, Texas

Siblings:
L.D. Hibbard, Sr. of Chireno, Texas
Geneva Goff of Blanco, Texas
Ross Hibbard of Buffalo, Texas
Johnny Mac Hibbard of Midlothian, Texas

Preceded in death by
Parents: Joseph Cecil Hibbard and Dorothy Tyrone Hibbard
Sisters: Mable Means, Elaine Fisk
Brother: Joe Gilbert Hibbard

After the service, all family and friends are welcome to a celebration of his life at his home at 588 County Road 3505 in Center, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Hibbard’s name to the American Cancer Society (PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or 1.800.227.2345).

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


Ronald “Ronnie” Wayne Noble, 70, of Center, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Memorial City Medical Center in Houston, Texas

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Bender officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 18, 1944 in Beaumont to Charles Dale and Wynnelle (Wilson) Noble. He graduated from Center High School in 1962 and from the University of Arkansas in 1967 and he attended South Texas College of Law in Houston.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, C.D. “Charles” Noble & Wynnelle Wilson Noble & Brother, Charles Monroe Noble.

He is survived by:

Son:
Barrett Noble of Houston

Sister-in-law:
Kathy Noble of Lumberton

Nieces:
Noelle Noble of Center
Christie Noble Pickens of Lumberton

Mother of his son:
Carol Noble of Houston

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


Wanda Kachel Cox, 74, was born February 10, 1937 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Guy Albert and Corine Eunice Palmer Kachel. She died on January 2, 2015 at her home in Anahuac, Texas. Wanda married Irvin Cox on January 19, 1985. They had a wonderful life together.

Services will be Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 AM at the Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 South Main, in Anahuac. She will be laid to rest at the Anahuac
Cemetery.

Wanda enjoyed fishing, quilting, reading, gardening, and ceramics. There wasn’t anything she could not do when she put her mind to it. Wanda was a great mother, wife, and friend. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by:
Husband Irvin Cox

Children:
Patty Clark and husband Daniel of Anahuac
Steve Cox and wife Ladona of Beaumont
Melissa and husband Lee Poskey of Katy

Siblings
Laverne Bondor
Cecil Kachel and wife Beth
Jerry Kachel and wife Heather.

She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; two sons Richard
Neil Bean and James Paul Bean; and two brothers Pete Kachel and Clifford
Kachel.


Darith “Andy” Khourn, 34, of Center, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Andy was born November 15, 1980 in Olympia, Washington to Thay Khourn and Siem Quach Khourn. He loved to travel and was currently employed as a sales clerk. Andy will be remembered as a loving son, brother, father and friend to everyone.

He is survived by
Wife: Visal Ly of Austin

Son: Aaron Khourn of Austin

Parents: Siem and Thay Khourn of Center

Sister: Chhavy Khourn Scrimsher and husband, Donny, of Center

Brother: Dara Khourn of Center

Nieces and Nephews:
DJ Scrimsher of Center
Ethan Jacob Xieu of Center
Nathan James Xieu of Center
Benjamin Scrimsher of Center
Sydney Scrimsher of Center
Zyrome Khourn of Center
Zykevious Khourn of Center

Cousins:
Michael Truong of Center
Nick Chheang of Nacogdoches

Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends

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


Zoyla Estrella Vazquez, infant daughter of Jorge F. Vazquez and Maria L. Rojas Vazquez, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, January 8, 2015 at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Fausto officiating.

She is survived by
Parents: Jorge F. Vazquez and Maria L. Rojas Vazquez

Brothers:
Jorge Vazquez of Center
Andres Vazquez of Center
Carlos Vazquez of Center
Christian Vazquez of Center
Isaac Vazquez of Center

Grandparents:
Consuelo Rojas of Mexico
Tranquilino Rojas of Mexico
Graciela Vazquez of Center
Marcelino Vazquez of Center

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends

Pallbearers will be Jorge Vazquez, Andres Vazquez, Carlos Vazquez, Christian Vazquez and Isaac Vazquez.

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


01/05/2015

Merline Metcalf, 89, of Panama City, FL formerly of Center, Texas passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 in Panama City, FL.

No services are planned at this time.

She born April 17, 1924 to Bud Luman and Nonie McSwain Luman, Mrs. Metcalf was born and raised in Center, Texas, and attended church at Mt Pleasant Church of Christ. Until in 1993, her health forced her to move closer to her younger daughter, to Panama City, Fl. She remained there at Lisenby Retirement Center until her death. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, her brother Elvis Ray Luman, and grandson Dewayne Hudspeth.

She is survived by two daughters ; Helen Garner Olivier of Houma, La, and Delores Harris Brown (Bill) of Baconton, Georgia, Sister Opal Bradshaw of Waskom, Tx,She has three nieces surviving Linda Lundy, of Waskom, Debbie Bowden of Katy, Tx, & Donna Yancy of Houston. One nephew Leslie Bradshaw, Waskom Texas. She has surviving 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

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


Hazel Ritter Strickland, 82, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Paul Silvey officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Strickland was born November 15, 1932 in Joaquin to Snap Ritter and Minnie Myrtle Scott Ritter. She loved baking bread and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Strickland was a member of First Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Sons:
Kenny Strickland of Crosby
Larry Strickland and wife, Mary Beth, of Vidor

Sister: Ann Barber and husband, Wayne of Jasper

Grandchildren:
Ricky Strickland of Nederland
Michelle Smith of Humble
Kristi Strickland of Joaquin
Amber Odom and husband, Ben of Vidor
Wesley Strickland of Vidor
Theresa Boucher and husband, Malcolm, of Lumberton

Great-Grandchildren:
Alexis
Aimee
Jaden
Chauncey
Gabrielle
Adryanne
Sammie

Nieces:
Carolyn Bunte
Donna Berger
Alicia Barber

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: A.D. Strickland
Parents: Snap Ritter and Minnie Myrtle Scott Ritter
Daughter-in-law: Linda Strickland
Brother: Hansel Ritter

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


Rebecca McCord Schriewer, 68, of Center, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

She will be cremated and no services are planned.

Mrs. Schriewer was born December 22, 1946 in Center to Ferris McCord and Nell Webster McCord. She attended St. Marks United Methodist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Woodrow Schriewer of Center

Daughters:
Chris Holladay and husband, Jeff, of Pasadena
Laurie M. Schriewer of Center

Grandchildren:
Sydney Schriewer
Dustin Schriewer
Bailee Holladay

Aunts:
Peggy Kennedy and husband, Keith, of Center
Faye Webster of Center

Uncle: Russell Webster and wife, Pearlie, of Pasadena

Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law: Mr. & Mrs. Rudy Baum of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Ferris McCord and Nell Webster McCord

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


01/03/2015

Katherine Ann Permenter, 79, of Center, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Don Windham officiating.

Mrs. Permenter was born June 10, 1935 in Port Arthur to Bill Gennusa and Angie Gengo Gennusa.

She is survived by
Husband: Dallon Permenter of Center

Children:
Mark Permenter of Center
Debbie Sanford and husband, Tommy, of Beaumont
Duke Permenter and wife, Marie, of Beaumont

Grandchildren:
Ryan Permenter
Robert Becks
Dallon Becks
Katy King
Allison Valcone
Josh Permenter

Eight Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Louise Harmon of Beaumont

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Bill Gennusa and Angie Gengo Gennusa
Brother: Frank Gennusa
Sister: Pauline Gennusa
Uncle: Joe Gennusa
Aunt: Eunice Gennusa

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


Jimmy Nix was born November 6, 1948 in Garrison, Texas he passed away January 1, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas he was 66 years old.

Funeral service will be Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 3:00pm at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. Visitation is 5:00 to 7:00 Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Surviving Family:

Wife: Sherry Spears Nix

Son: Rusty Nix and wife Morgan of Garrison, TX

Daughters:
Sabrina Richards & husband Josh of Pollok, TX
Tracy Conway & husband Ken of Longview, TX
Courtney Joyce & husband J.B. of Longview, TX

Grandchildren: Hunter, Brycen, Hudson, Drayen, Jaxon, Peyton, Don, Kameron, Kennedy, Makenna, Collyn

Brother: Scott Nix of Corinth, TX

Best fiend: Bobby Bartlett of Caladonia, TX

Pallbearers: Jason Nix, Toby Ramsey. Nathan Ramsey, Steve Ramsey, Greg Haley, Bryan King, Justin King, Josh Richards

Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Bartlett, J.D. King, Ken”Red” Ramsey and Glenn Ramsey

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


01/02/2015

Lamerle Davis, 94, of Center, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Davis was born January 24, 1920 in Shelbyville to Jim Fred Campbell and Callie Furlow Campbell. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Center Chapter and First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Son: Bryan LaFitte and wife, Judy of Houston

Granddaughter: Phoebe Gilchrist and husband, Scott of Houston

Great-Grandsons:
Tyler Gilchrist of Houston
Jordan Gilchrist of Houston

Brothers:
Earl Campbell of Center
Crit Campbell of Huxley

Sisters:
Louise Greer of Huxley
Ann Scarber of Huxley
Kay Ballard of Mont Belvieu

Preceded in death by
Husband: Fred Davis
Sister: Nina Smith
Brothers: Marshall Campbell, Carl Campbell, James Campbell, Robert Campbell, Chester Campbell

Pallbearers will be Mike Scarber, Marty Scarber, Billie George Smith, Carl Davis Smith, Robert Smith and Landon Windham. Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Gilchrist and Jordan Gilchrist.


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


01/01/2015

Ima Christine Eaves Honeycutt, 100, of Crockett, formerly of Center, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 in Crockett.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Bud McGee officiating. Interment will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Honeycutt was born September 27, 1914 in Shelby County to Walter D. Eaves and Decie Estes Eaves. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin University and went on to be a school teacher. Christine “Granny Honey” was such a caring and loving person to her husband, boys, and grandchildren. She cared for her parents and siblings and was a friend to all. Christine was a devout Christian, a charter member of Spann’s Chapel Baptist Church and a member of Order of Eastern Star. She was known for her fried chicken and coconut pie. Christine was a gardener and always had a beautiful yard. She will be missed.

She is survived by
Sons:
Otis D. Honeycutt and companion, Amber Honeycutt James, of Crockett
James Honeycutt and wife, Donna, of Henderson

Grandchildren:
Casey D. Honeycutt
Felecia G. May
Jason M. Honeycutt
Belinda J. Freeman
Guy Allen Honeycutt
Otis W. Honeycutt
Nora Lynne Scagliano

Great-Grandchildren:
Austin D. May
Tucker C. May
Samuel C. Honeycutt
Chelsea Honeycutt
Chani Honeycutt
Randy Freeman
Cari Freeman
Nathan Freeman
Garrett Honeycutt
Connor Honeycutt
Meagan Honeycutt
Austin Honeycutt
Kara Honeycutt
Clay W. Honeycutt
Peter Scagliano IV
Reagan Scagliano

Nieces and Nephews:
Willie Bunting
Maxie Eaves
Curtis Doyle
David Eaves
Jerry Lynn Buckner
Lola Wilson

Preceded in death by
Husband: Guy W. Honeycutt
Parents: Walter D. Eaves and Decie Estes Eaves
All of her siblings

Pallbearers will be Otis Honeycutt, Casey Honeycutt, Austin May, James Honeycutt, Jason Honeycutt, Guy Honeycutt and Otis Honeycutt.

Family wishes to extend special thanks to staff at Houston County Nursing Home for their excellent care.

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


Retired Texas Ranger Captain Newton W. Clark passed peacefully from this life on December 31, 2014, in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, at the age of 88.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Terry Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

‘Dub’, as he was known to all who knew him, was born January 3, 1926 in Center, Texas. Dub Clark was raised in the Antioch and James communities of Shelby County during the Great Depression. At age 16, he enrolled in what is now Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where he had received a scholarship to play football. In 1944, when Sam Houston State University suspended their athletic programs, he joined the U.S. Navy and served honorably in Europe and the Far East until after war’s end.

Dub Clark answered his life’s calling when he began his career in law enforcement in 1950. He graduated from Texas Highway Patrol Class #16 that year and was assigned to work in Crockett, Texas. He remained there until he was transferred to his home town of Center, Texas, where he and his partner, Russell Vineyard, served the citizens of Shelby, San Augustine, and Sabine Counties for twelve years.

In 1962, he was promoted and assigned to Texas Rangers, ‘Co. A’ and stationed in San Augustine, Texas. In his capacity as Texas Ranger, he proudly served the citizens of San Augustine, Shelby, and Sabine Counties, and other localities as needed. He was promoted to Texas Ranger, Sergeant, and transferred to DPS Headquarters in 1974, where he served as Assistant Chief of Criminal Law Enforcement. He was later promoted to Captain, Texas Rangers, and assigned as the first Commander of the DPS Office of Internal Affairs.

Throughout his law enforcement career, Dub Clark was known for his integrity, forthrightness, and compassion. He took great pride in mentoring young men who followed his example in entering the field of law enforcement. He always strove to instill in them the realization that their profession was a high calling which carried a sacred trust never to be violated.

As a criminal investigator, he was unsurpassed. As a peace officer serving his State and his community, he always exhibited the highest degree of moral character, integrity, and friendliness to those whom he met.

Dub Clark was a member of the Church of Christ and served as an elder and song leader for many years. Over the years, Dub Clark taught many young men how to lead singing.

Dub Clark is predeceased by his parents, Wright Eugene ‘Jack’ and Gertrude Dean Clark, sister Lavern Fields, and wife of 31 years, Billie Marie Clark.

Dub Clark is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Clark, of Austin, Texas, sons Steve Clark and wife Helen, of Whitehouse, Texas, Bill Clark and wife Melinda, of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, and Jimmy Clark and wife Sue, of Milam, Texas. He is also survived by stepchildren Paul ‘Gil’ Gowing and wife Karen, of Clermont, Florida, John ‘Tiger’ Gowing and wife Jennifer, of Sachse, Texas, and Meredith Gowing Kimbrough and husband Scott, of Round Rock, Texas. He cherished and was immensely proud of all fourteen of his grandchildren: Jason Clark of Alpharetta, Georgia, Amy Cohen, and husband Mark, of Keller, Texas, Daniel and Judith Clark of Whitehouse, Texas, Katy Newbold and husband, Craig, of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, Connie Barron and husband Brandon, of Hawkins, Texas, Brady Clark and wife Abra, of Huntsville, Texas, Matt Clark of Kyle, Texas, Stacy Clark of San Augustine, Texas, Tanner, Tyler, and Trey Gowing of Sachse, Texas, and Cassidy and Cooper Kimbrough of Round Rock, Texas. He also leaves behind nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Danny Young, Travis Brasil, David Noble, Tom Maddox, Maxie Eaves and Larry Williford. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Clark, Matt Clark, Brady Clark and Daniel Clark.

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

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12/31/2014

A funeral service for Mrs. Jimmie F. Foster Bowlin, 73, of Carthage, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Calvin Hancock and Bro. Scott Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Bowlin passed away on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2014, in Carthage.

Jimmie F. Foster Bowlin was born on Apr. 5, 1941, in Joaquin, to the late William Emmitt “W.E.” Foster and Essie Lee Lilly Foster. She graduated from Joaquin High School with the class of 1959. Mrs. Bowlin worked at the First State Bank in Carthage for over 37 years. She was a poet, artist, seamstress, loved music, and was the best cook in the world. She enjoyed doing things for others and especially sending cards to people during times of loss, sickness, and celebration. She was a long-time member of the Timpson Missionary Baptist Church. She moved to Carthage from Timpson in 1971, and more recently joined the Trinity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Bobbie Foster and a dear friend, Wanda Stewart Davidson.

Mrs. Bowlin is survived by three children:
Sherry Cockerham and husband Mike of Carthage
Todd Casterline and wife Mindy of Beckville,
Dawn Ritter and husband Emmit of Carthage

Four siblings:
William Ray Foster and wife Bell of Old Center
Guy Willard Foster of Timpson
Anita Singleton and husband Herb of Conroe
Joy Meaux and husband Jerry of Carthage

Nine grandchildren:
Meagan Baldobino and husband Chris
Dustin Cockerham and wife Shelly
Shane Cockerham and wife Alysha
Candace Miller and husband Derek
Morgan Casterline
Kayla Casterline
Jameson Ritter and wife Brin
Amber Mangrum and husband Michael
Brooke Morrow

17 great-grandchildren and one on the way
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends also survive Mrs. Bowlin.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Judy Stallone and the staff of Marian Place, Bethany Home Health, and Heart’s Way Hospice for the loving care shown to their loved one.

Serving as pallbearers are Dustin Cockerham, Shane Cockerham, Jameson Ritter, Chris Baldobino, Mike Meaux, Kevin Foster, and Rodney Foster. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Charlie Foster and Ronald Dewayne Foster.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Marian Place Education Fund, 1690 NE Loop, Carthage, TX 75633.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


12/29/2014

Harold Faulk, 77, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 in Shreveport.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper and Bro. Jack Forbis officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Faulk was born October 21, 1937 in Center to Raymond K. “Pat” Faulk and Lucille Mayes Faulk. He was retired from USDA and was a member of First Baptist Church in Haslam.

He is survived by
Wife: Ruby Faulk of Joaquin

Daughters:
Paula Alford and husband, Dub, of Joaquin
Tammy Smith and husband, Phillip, of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Chad Alford and wife, Lynnette, of Joaquin
Bryan Risinger of Joaquin
Jake Risinger of Joaquin
Kaylee Risinger of Joaquin

Great Grandchildren:
Autumn Alford of Joaquin
Adeline Alford of Joaquin

Sister: Pattie Eaves and husband, David, of Huxley

Brother-in-law: Buddy Hodge and wife, Betty, of Joaquin

Sisters-in-law:
Linda Hutto and husband, Glen, of Shelbyville
Marilyn Welch and husband, Jimmy of Center

Nieces:
Debbie Clark of Houston
Diane Hart of Houston
Pat Cureton of Houston

Nephew: William Hart Jr. of Houston

Special Nephew: Lee McHugh of Joaquin

Preceded in death by
Parents: Raymond K. “Pat” Faulk and Lucille Mayes Faulk
Sisters: Raye Hart, Helen McHugh
Brother-in-law: William Hart, Toby McHugh

Pallbearers will be Bryan Risinger, Jake Risinger, Terry Faulk, Phillip Smith, Dub Alford, Billy Dickinson, BoBo Cummings and Chad Alford. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee McHugh, Jack Lout, Bo Risinger, Dale Fancher and David Eaves.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Mr. Faulk to the FBC Haslam Meals on Wheels Program (PO Box 310, Joaquin, Texas 75954) to benefit the elderly and disabled of Joaquin.

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


Alice Joy Ellington Weaver passed away at her home in Center, Texas on December 29, 2014, at the age of 95, surrounded by her daughter, grandson and longtime employee.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

Joy Weaver was born on May 6, 1919, in Patroon, Texas to loving parents, Dr. John Henry Ellington and Verna Laura Bell Ellington. She was raised in San Augustine, Texas where her father was a respected physician in private practice. Dr. Ellington was also the doctor for the Santa Fe Railroad which gave Joy the opportunity for great travels during her youth with her parents across the country by rail.

She attended school in San Augustine and attended Texas Women's University in Denton and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches before transferring to the University of Texas in Austin as a sophomore. At Texas she pledged Chi Omega sorority and was elected a “Bluebonnet Bell Beauty”. It was at UT that she met the person who quickly became her best friend and then the love of her life, Martin Weaver, from Center, Texas--a mere 20 miles from her hometown.

Joy married Martin on Wednesday, October 29, 1941, as Wednesday was her lucky day. Seven years later they were blessed by the birth of their only child, Joy Ann Weaver Havran, who was their pride and joy.

Joy Weaver was a pillar of the East Texas community enhancing the lives of those with whom she came in contact. She was the epitome of a charming and genteel Southern lady with a will of iron, impeccable manners, incredible wisdom and a gentle spirit. She was the “rock” of her family, handling every situation with amazing grace and utmost dignity and integrity. A woman of unwavering faith, even under extreme adversity, a woman who never complained and was always unselfish, putting others before her, Joy Weaver was a role model to all who knew her.

She was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi and was involved in every aspect of the Center schools while her daughter was a student, including being a room mother for almost every grade level and a chaperone on the weekends at the Center Youth Center. An active member of First Christian Church, she taught Vacation Bible School and made funnel cakes at their booth at the Poultry Festival until a few years before her death. Joy also enjoyed golf, horseback riding and fishing with her beloved husband.

Her family was truly her life. She was a devoted wife to Martin, helping him establish his business, Weaver Brothers Lumber Company, and even holding a light as a newlywed while he loaded lumber to ship to market. She was truly the wind beneath his wings and always supported his business. When Martin was drafted into World War II, she followed him to Fort Benning in Georgia and to Camp Roberts in Paso Robles, California, taking an apartment nearby to be with him. When he was sent to Japan, she lived in Dallas, Texas, with another “army wife” and worked at Neiman Marcus-Downtown. Here she was employed in the toy department and sold the featured Christmas catalogue item -- a life-size playhouse.

After the war, Joy and Martin returned to Center and Weaver Brothers and were instrumental in establishing the poultry industry and promoting tourism for Toledo Bend. Always the consummate hostess, Joy entertained scores of sportswriters and potential investors to introduce them to Shelby County.

Throughout her life, she never missed a function in which her daughter, Joy Ann, or the lights of her life, her grandsons Barrett and Blake, participated. From baton twirling contests across Texas and Fort Worth events for Joy Ann to plays and junior high and high school sports for her two grandsons, Barrett and Blake, to Barrett's University of Texas and Blake's Baylor University Track and Field Meets, respectively, throughout the Big 12 Conference, Joy was always there.

She was their biggest cheerleader, best friend, wise confidant and “go to person.” Leaving a great legacy of love, Alice Joy Ellington Weaver will be missed by her family and scores of friends who thank her for wonderful memories and unconditional love.

She is survived by her daughter, Joy Ann Weaver Havran, son-in-law Bob Havran, grandson Blake Weaver Havran, brother-in-law Malcolm Weaver, nieces and nephews Mark Weaver and wife Mary Jean, Mary Weaver Crain and husband Tom, great nieces and nephews Allison Brickley and husband Brandon, Shannon and Trey Crain, Travis, Meagan, and John Mark Weaver, special great great niece, her namesake, baby “Joy” Brickley, longtime employee Dollie Richards Davis, family and friends. Her husband Martin, who passed away in June of 1982, her parents Verna and Dr. John Henry Ellington and her grandson Barrett Martin Havran, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers will be Mike Bird Sr., George Bradford, Sammy Dance, Neilson Davis, Randy McLeroy, Murray Mathews, Mike Middleton, Luke Motley III, and Frank Parker. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ricky Andrews, Burton Brown, James Campbell, Rick Campbell, David Chadwick, Billy Jack Corbell, Gail Cuculic, Deck Jones, Ray Jones, Billy Bob McAdams, Don Walker and Mike Walker.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Barrett Havran Memorial Fund at Fort Worth Country Day School, 4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, Texas 76109 or to the charity of your choice.

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


Sylvia M. Fuller, 77, of Center, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Welch and Bro. Haagon Lister officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Fuller was born February 25, 1937 in Hooks to Foy Edward Stilwell and Maddie Mae Beckham Stilwell. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies and great grandbabies, and was known as the peace keeper of the family.

She is survived by
Children:
Katherine Smith and husband, Charlie, of Center
Karen Ann Evans and husband, Jeremy, of Center
Benjamin Provost and loving companion, Doree Bradbury, of Georgia

Grandchildren:
Lamanda Glaesmann and husband, Kevin, of Magnolia
Charlie Smith Jr. and wife, Jessica, of Center
Benny Ray Smith of Center
Sarah Fenley and husband, Jeremy, of Center
Mackenzie Provost of Georgia
Michael A. Napier of Michigan

Great-Grandchildren:
Malanda and Breyden Glaesmann
Madison and Morgan Fenley
Brent, Bryce and Braylee Smith
Skyler and Kadence Smith

Aunt and Uncle: Sis and Virgil House

Cousins:
Virgil Lee and Linda House

Numerous cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Benjamin E. Provost
Husband: Derwin L. Fuller
Daughter: Peggy Sue Provost
Grandson: Benjamin A. Rose
Parents: Foy Edward Stilwell and Maddie Mae Beckham Stilwell

Pallbearers will be Charlie Smith Jr., Benny Ray Smith, Jeremy Fenley, Kevin Glaesmann, Keith Webb and Bobby Smith.

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


Larry Fred Matthews “Frog”, 68, of Carthage, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at his residence.

Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Kevin Cook officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 18, 1946 in Center, Texas to Clyde and Georgia Bell (Bivens) Matthews. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Carthage. He served in the US Air Force during Vietnam. A truly merciful, loving, forgiving and generous man, who believed the best about others and was willing to give them another chance.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Clyde and Georgia Bell Matthews, Wife, Linda Matthews & Grandson, Gabriel Fountain.

He is survived by:
2 Sons:
Clint Matthews of Houston
Matt Matthews of Carthage

Daughter:
Joy Matthews of Houston

4 Grandchildren:
Abbigail Fountain
Aundriea Matthews
Memphis Arbuckle
Madison Breedlove

Sister-in-law:
Marcia Pruett of Houston

Brother-in-law:
Lloyd Kelley of Houston

Sister-in-law:
Marie Danza of Idaho

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


12/27/2014

Jean Hughes, 81, of Nacogdoches, formerly of Shelby County, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Hughes was born September 17, 1933 in Henderson to Marion T. Sullivan and Clara Hunt Sullivan. Her hobbies included camping, traveling to new places, working puzzles, fishing and cooking. Ms. Hughes loved animals and especially enjoyed time spent with her family. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by
Children:
Margaret Gordy of Gilmer
Franklin “Tom” Hughes of Nacogdoches
James Hughes of Center

Five Grandchildren

Eight Great-Grandchildren

Five Great-Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Mary Ellen E. Long and husband, Troy of Henderson

Sister-in-law: Linda Hughes of Orange

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Special Friends:
Dorothy Sexton
Beneba Madkins

Preceded in death by
Husband: Thomas Earl Hughes
Parents: Marion T. Sullivan and Clara Hunt Sullivan
Eight Brothers and Sisters

Pallbearers will be Beau Jernigan, Brandon Fanescid, Kevin Dockens, Jimmy Luman, Jim Rader and Austin Luman. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Dockens and Doug Fanescid.

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


12/26/2014

Josephine Mitchell Bomar, 80, of Center, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 25, 2014 in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Dr. John Nill and Pastor Steve Noble officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Bomar was born October 1, 1934 in Ilford, England to Henry John Mitchell and Esther Jupp Mitchell. For many years, she worked at The Lily Farm in Center. Ms. Bomar’s hobbies included sewing and knitting. She enjoyed visiting nursing homes and spreading God’s Word. Ms. Bomar loved time spent with family.

She is survived by
Children:
Dena Nill and husband, John, of Springfield, Missouri
Dinett Yarbrough and husband, Kirk, of Center
Derral Bomar and wife, Rose, of Livingston
Dwayn Bomar and wife, Laticia, of Center

Grandchildren:
Jason Nill and wife, Lauren
Jennifer Nill Kozak and husband, Aaron
Brent Yarbrough and wife, Summer
Tiffany Yarbrough Hunnicutt and husband, Nathan
Corey Yarbrough and wife, Sarah
Landon Yarbrough
Brittany Bomar
Briana Bomar Thompson and husband, Colton
Bethany Bomar
Sarah Bomar
Joanna Bomar

Nine Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Robert Mitchell of Watford, England

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Special Friend: Jack Carpenter of Center

Preceded in death by
Parents: Henry John Mitchell and Esther Jupp Mitchell
Brother: Eric Mitchell

Pallbearers will be Jason Nill, Brent Yarbrough, Corey Yarbrough, Landon Yarbrough, Nathan Hunnicutt and Aaron Kozak.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial account has been set up in Ms. Bomar’s name at Shelby Savings Bank in Center.

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


Joe Loyd Powdrill, 71, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014, at his home in the Silas Community, Timpson, TX, with family around him. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, with Rev. Cliff Hughes officiating.

Joe Loyd Powdrill was born May 30, 1943, in the Stockman Community, Shelby County, Texas. Joe spent delightful years in spite of challenges and difficulties. After the passing of his parents, Joe was taken into the Schulz family. Mama Sue took special care of Joe. Thanks to LifeCare Hospice for loving care with Joe’s terrible bout with brain cancer. Words cannot express thanks to the Schulz family.

Joe was preceeded in death by parents Vernon and Era Powdrill, who lived in the Stockman Community, and sister Jennabeth Smyth of Lake Charles, LA.

Left to cherish his memory are sister Joy Bonner and husband Robert of Many, LA (Toledo Bend); niece Becky Day and husband Bill of Houston, TX; nephew Reggie Bonner and wife Barbara of Scotsboro, Alabama, and their adult children and grandchildren; the Schulz family; and many friends that helped to make Joe’s life delightful.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sue Schulz, Joe’s loving caregiver.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangments.


12/23/2014

Mr. Jimmie Noble, age 79, of Milam, Texas. Mr. Noble passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 at his home in Milam, Texas.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church with interment to follow at Buckley Cemetery with Rev. Drayton Garner, officiating.

Visitation will be held the day of the service from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.
Final Viewing will be at the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church from 12:00 noon until the start of Service; there will not be a parting view after the eulogy.

Survivors

Wife:
Creola Noble of Milam, Texas

2 Sons
Jimmie Noble, Jr. of Milam, Texas
Jerry Noble of Dallas, Texas

3 Daughters
Edna Noble of Milam, Texas
Shirley Williams of Milam, Texas
Dorothy Williams of Nacogdoches, Texas

5 Grandchildren 3 Great-Grand children

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary.


Eldora Koonce Holt, 93, of Center, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 26, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. R. B. Elumbaugh officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Holt was born December 11, 1921 in Center to James Phillip Koonce and Tempie Stephens Koonce. She was a member of Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Children:
Sandra Wilson and husband, Marcus of Center
Phyllis Adams and husband, Jerryl of Center
Phillip Holt and wife, Charlotte of Haslet
Jerry Holt and wife, Cathy of Winter Haven, Florida

Grandchildren:
Shannon Sherrod
Jennifer Cecil
Tara Nachman
Melinda Adams
Cindy Vera
Jerryl Adams Jr.
Jerry Robert Holt
Jessica Holt

Eight Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Husband: J.T. Holt
Parents: James Phillip Koonce and Tempie Stephens Koonce
Grandson: Timothy Fane Adams
Sisters: Donna Warr, Christine Barbee
Son-in-law: Johnny Sherrod

Pallbearers will be Gilbert Rains, Rex Rains, Claude Lucas, Steve Stephens, Bo Barbee, David Wheeler, Matt Warr and David Chandler. Honorary pallbearers will be R.E. Barbee, Harry White, Joe Barlow and James Harding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church and Mt. Herman Cemetery.

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


12/20/2014

Graveside services for Mr. Johnnie J. Goodwin (77), of Center, will be at Westview Cemetery on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 12 noon. Mr. Goodwin died at Green Acres Nursing Center on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Rev. Robert Gipson will be officiating.

Mr. Goodwin is survived by:

Wife, Helen Joyce Goodwin of Center, Texas

Son, Lester Paul Mann of Center, Texas

Grandchildren:
Evette (Michael) Netherly & LaTiqua Mann of Center, Texas
LaTorrance (Shae) Patton of Houston, Texas

Brother, Mac Arthur Goodwin of Marshall, Texas

Sisters:
Eddie Ruth Goodwin of Center, Texas
Bredag Mae Cartwright of Dallas, Texas
Ella Rene (Glenn) Suell of Portland, Oregon
Ola Mae Gardner of Center, Texas

Visitation at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 12 noon to 6PM on December 22, 2014.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary


Tommy Jay Lilly, 83, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Monroe Mercer, Bro. David Long and Bro. Harold Hanson officiating. Interment will follow in the Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Lilly was born May 25, 1931 in Tenaha to Jake Lilly and Lottie Hooper Lilly. He served in the United States Army. He was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin where he served as teacher of the Open Door Sunday School Class. Mr. Lilly had served as Minister of Music for over 20 years at Liberty Baptist Church and Rose Park Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He is survived by

Wife of 62 years: Tillie Hamilton Lilly of Joaquin

Daughter: Lisa Hedges and husband Doug of Shreveport, Louisiana

Son: Stephen Jay Lilly and wife Misty of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Austin Lee Hedges
Jared Thomas Hedges
Katelyn MaeAnna Hedges
Jacie Renea Lilly
Jake William Lilly
Jackson Cade Lilly

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jake Lilly and Lottie Hooper Lilly
Sister: Jimmie Lou Holsey

Pallbearers will be Austin Hedges, Jared Hedges, Jeb Barney, Jonathan Baker, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Hamilton, Jake Lilly and Jackson Lilly. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Kay, Larry Miller, Eddie Pierce, Jimmy Boyd, Frenchie Kyle and James Levee.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jackson Cemetery Association or to the charity of your choice.

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


12/19/2014

Rev. Bobby Strange, 79, of Nacogdoches and born and raised in Timpson passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Center.

A wake is scheduled for Friday night, December 19, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm at Community Funeral Home in Timpson. Services will be Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11am at Antioch Baptist Church in Timpson. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson with Rev. Carlius Johnson officiating.

Rev. Bobby Strange is survived by

2 sons: Fredric, and wife, Rhonda Strange of Nacogdoches; and Walter, and wife, Aretha Strange of Seattle, Washington.

1 stepson: Rodney Ingram, of Dallas.


Fred Brown, 64, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014. He was born on April 2, 1950 in Panola County to the late John L. and Alice Brown. He attended Westside Elementary and Turner High School in Carthage, Texas.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with Reverend Cedric Grace, Sr., Pastor. Interment at Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Daughter, Vickie Brown Yarbrough (Tony)

Grand Children: Latoyia Jeter (Kawan), Destiny and Ryleigh Yarbrough

Great-Grand Children: Javera Brown and Kawan Jeter, Jr.

Daughter, Zerita Robertson (Damien)

Grand Children: Rorey and Sarah Robertson

Daughters, Tiayana and Keiosha Brown

Daughter, Kendra Yarbrough

Grand Children: Isha, Kaden and Kylie

Son, Fredarian Yarbrough (DeShonda)

Grand Children: Avery, Austin, JaDarian, Jaleeca, and Nikki

Great-Grand Children: Kegan

Son, Fredoneus Yarbrough (Beverly)

Grand Children: Jay, Orkezz

Son, Fredrick Yarbrough (Scottie)

Grand Children: Isaac, Kevie, and Tyrell

Son, Tevin and Terrance Brown

Aunt, Markie Gates

Sisters: Johnnie Roberts, Effie Owens, Betty Smith (Will), Linda Lister

Brothers: Clarence Brown (Joyce), John R. Brown (Doris), Dale R. Brown (Peggie)

Very Special Sister-in-law, Lucy Gossett (Allen)

Sister-in-laws: Angie Alexander, Linda Randel (Earl), Connie Yarbrough

Ex-daughter-in-law, Jackie Yarbrough

Brother-in-laws: Emmett Yarbrough, Kenneth Yarbrough

God-son, Reverend Cedrick Grace

God-daughters: Sheraka Johnson and Kay Francis Rhodes.

A host of nieces, nephews, counsins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John L. Brown; mother, Alice Brown; brothers, Joe E. Brown, Bobbie Woods and Bessie Bowers; brother-in law, Ozzie Owen; his first wife, Katie Brown, and second wife, Johnnie Brown.

Pallbearers: Roberta Bussey, Clyde Holt, Anthony Caraway, Charles Hodge, Billy Wayne Thomas, and Billy Joe Yarbrough

Honorary Pallbearers: Clarence Brown, Dale Brown, John Brown, Allen Gossett, Fredrick Yarbrough, Fredarian Yarbrough, Fredoneus Yarbrough, Tony Yarbrough

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


12/18/2014

Melva Darland “Mickie” Boyett Gibbs, 69, of the Deadwood Community of Panola County, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Longview.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Royce Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Reeves-McMillan Cemetery in Panola County.

Ms. Gibbs was born October 17, 1945 in Carthage to Lonnie Boyett and Edith Williams Boyett. She attended Logan Full Gospel Church in Panola County.

She is survived by
Children:
Edith “Edie” Taylor of Deadwood
Bobby Windham of Diana
Terry Windham and wife, Teresa of Harleton
Andy Gibbs Jr. and wife, Tina of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Crissy Downing and husband, Rodney of Deadwood
Charlie Sharp and wife, Ashley of Stonewall, Louisiana
Kaitlyn Windham and fiancé, Terry Smith of Diana
Kristin Windham of Diana
Brooke Windham of Diana
Bailey Windham of Diana
Bryan Griffith of Oil City
Sha Windham of Jefferson
Shelbie Windham of Harleton
Sammie Jo Windham of Harleton
Shelby Gibbs of Tenaha
Jesse Smith of Joaquin
Christopher Smith of Joaquin
Summer Smith of Springhill, Louisiana
Trent Nickerson and wife, Jamie of Deadwood
Joe Palmer of Stonewall, Louisiana

Great Grandchildren:
Madison Downing
Kirsten Downing
Peyton Downing
Tray Sharp
Tyler Sharp
Hunter Sharp
Claire Smith
Sophia Jackson
Masson Nickerson
Matthew Nickerson

Sisters:
Judy Dailey and husband, Tommy of DeBerry
Helen Graves and husband, J.C. of Bossier City, Louisiana
Maxine Barnhill of Irving

Brother: Lonnie Lee Boyett of Carthage

Lifelong Best Friends:
Andy Gibbs Sr. of Tenaha
Edward Laird of Deadwood

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bob Windham
Parents: Lonnie Boyett and Edith Williams Boyett
Brother: Thomas Boyett
Sister-in-law: Vernie Boyett
Brother-in-law: Jerry Barnhill, Roy Evans

Pallbearers will be Joe Palmer, Michele Harrison, Arthur Roberts, Charles Parker, Troy Mathis and Patrick Gage. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Owens, Bailey Windham and Rodney Taylor.

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


12/16/2014

Mrs. Elmarine Lyvon Anders Hoyt, age 96, of Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Hoyt passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at her daughter’s residence in Dallas, Texas. She was a native of the Greer town Community in San Augustine, Texas.


Funeral Service Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 p.m. St. Mathews Baptist Church
Interment: Greer Town Cemetery
Rev. David Mosby, Officiating Minister

Visitation the day of the service from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Garner and Son Chapel 11:30 a.m. until service time at St. Mathews Baptist Church

Survivors
2 Daughters Cherie Jones (Tony) of Dallas, Texas
Calla M. Hoyt of Dallas, Texas

6 grandchildren
8 Great-Grandchildren

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary.


Marjorie Neal Hooks, known as “Margie”, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2014, at the age of 94.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Margie was born to Norman and Cassie Oliver Neal on January 10, 1920, in Patroon, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jean Owens, and her husband, Bernard Hooks.

Margie focused her early adult years on rearing her two daughters; June Lynn Askew Steiner and Montie Askew Jones. Her world revolved around her daughters; they were the joy of her life. Later, when her children were grown, she began her dream career in the jewelry and fashion world. Her first job in the 50’s was working for Travis Price, a well-known Center jeweler, as his store manager and purchasing agent. Mr. Price depended heavily on Margie’s gift to recognize fine jewelry and her ability to make the appropriate purchases for Price Jewelry Store on the East side of the Center Square. In the early 1960’s, Margie and her husband, Bernard Hooks, purchased the business from Mr. Price and renamed the store Bernard’s Jewelry. The business thrived under Margie’s experience, good taste in fine jewelry, gifts, and exemplary customer service and Bernard’s expertise in watch and jewelry repairs.

In the 1970’s, June and Montie opened an apparel shop in Center, and they persuaded their Mother to join them in the business. She dearly loved working in the fashion industry, as she had always been a fashion maven, and was always dressed in great style. Margie became store manager when the second location of Just For Her was opened in Nacogdoches, Texas. She drove from her home in Center to Nacogdoches, daily. Margie enjoyed seeing her friends and loved meeting new ones as they dropped in to shop. She has now joined her dear friend, Helen Bell, in heaven, who faithfully worked by her side for many years.

Margie always wanted everyone to know how blessed she was to have two wonderful sons-in-law, Al Steiner and Deck Jones. She went out of her way to cater to her handsome sons-in-law, as she frequently referred to them. She was very proud of their business success and of their devotion to their families. She also loved being a grandmother. Although she always felt she was too young to be called Granny, she loved being their “Margie Honey”, as she was lovingly called by them. “Margie Honey” showered her granddaughters, Monette Wagnon Stockton, GiGi Jordan Steiner, Alison Neal McIntosh, and Ashley Elizabeth Steiner with love, books, gifts and her treasured possessions. When Charlie Jones came into her life as her only grandson, they instantly bonded and enjoyed many special times and warm conversations.

“Granny-Great” as she was known by her great-grandchildren; Sarah Klein, Robert McIntosh, Elton McIntosh, and Cassie Anna McIntosh, were a late in life pleasure to her. She was always interested in their accomplishments and interests, as they grew through the years. She was quick to brag on them to others and always waited eagerly for their visits to embrace them with open arms and special treats.

Nieces, Barbara Palmer and Sandra Tye of Mineral Wells, Texas, are also left behind with many fond memories of family holidays and gatherings spend with their Aunt Margie.

Without a doubt, anyone who knew Margie was aware of her special love for animals. Margie’s dearest companions were her loving puppy, Brandi, and her sweet kitty, Baby. She was never at peace leaving her animals for any length of time. She always rushed back to take care of their needs. If her Dallas family convinced her to come for a visit, they could be sure the pets would be visiting, too.

Margie was blessed to have two wonderful, caring and skilled caregivers in her later years, Mary Netherly and Ashley McCollister. Mary and Ashley followed Margie to Holiday Nursing Home where they continued their support and devotion to her needs until the end.

She will be dearly missed by her family, her kind friends in Center, and her church, Hillcrest Baptist.

Pallbearers will be Robert McIntosh, Scott Meyer, Elton McIntosh, Brian Chestnut and Charlie Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be David Chadwick, Charles Rushing, Bill Holt, Sammy Dance, Mr. Jim Forbes and Jimmy Forbes.

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


Hoyt Kimbro “Pop-a-top”, 79, of Center, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Hoyt was born May 4, 1935 in Waterman to Sebern Kimbro and Avis Renfro Kimbro. He served in the United States Army. Hoyt enjoyed fox hunting and dancing. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He loved to entertain others and see a smile when he was done. Hoyt was also known as “Pop-a-top” and made many friends up and down the road over the C.B. Radio. He was always willing to help anyone he could help. Hoyt was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Wanda Perkins and husband, Les of Shelbyville
Jennifer Davis and husband, Brad of Carthage

Brother: Kenneth Kimbro of Dayton

Grandchildren:
Coleman Smith
Savannah Smith
Ashley Gay
Brody Davis
Micah Perkins
Luke Perkins

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Sebern Kimbro and Avis Renfro Kimbro
Brothers: Alton Kimbro, Allen Kimbro
Sisters: Shirley Kimbro, Wilma Kimbro

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


12/15/2014

Earnie Mae Goodwin, 65, a former resident of Center, TX, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. She was born to Mazana Sanders Goodwin and L.Z. “Red” Goodwin on June 16, 1949.

Earnie received her high school diploma from C.H. Daniels School in 1967. She later went on to receive a degree in business and a degree in theology. Earnie became a licensed missionary and continued to spread God’s Word throughout her life.

Memorial services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Church, Center, Texas. A wake will be held all day Friday, December 19, 2014 at Community Funeral Home in Center. Visitation will be held from 9am until 11am Saturday, December 20, 2014 prior to the memorial service at Pleasant Grove Church, Center. Following visitation Saturday Ms. Goodwin will be cremated.

Missionary Goodwin leaves to cherish her memory:

Daughter; Gretta L. Goodwin of Washington, D.C.

Son, Christopher Goodwin (Sharon) of Humble,TX

Two grandchildren: Joseph Goodwin and Jaidyn Goodwin of Humble,TX.

Brother, Leonard Goodwin (Wilda) of Houston, TX

Sisters as follows:
Alma Grace of Timpson, TX
Clara Johnson (Elray) of Houston, TX
Rose Stephenson of Nacogdoches, TX
Katherine Reed of Center, TX
Horacey Hawkins of Morton, TX

A host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by both parents, four sisters: Elmira Williams, Ora Giddings, Bennie Tatum, and Blanchey Goodwin and two brothers: Willie Glen Goodwin and Rev. Billy Ray Goodwin.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, TX.


Graveside service for Marguerite Shahan Griffin will be 10:00 AM, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Cool Springs Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Butler officiating. The family will receive friends at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM.

Marguerite was born February 19, 1922 to Henry and Beatrice Williams Shahan in Logansport and passed away December 15, 2014 in Carthage, TX.

She is preceded in death by her husbands Claude E. Griffin, Sr. and Marvin Burns; son George Raymond Hogg; parents, and brothers Benton Shahan, Cleveland Shahan, Buster Shahan, Don Shahan, Harold Shahan, and Wendell Shahan.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons Robert Hogg and wife Lisa, Donald Hogg and wife Lavenda, Steve Hogg, Cleve Hogg and wife Patti, Claude Griffin, Jr, and Danny Griffin and wife Kim; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services are under the direction of Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home.


Marilyn Odell Lawson, 94, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Center.

Graveside service was held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Lawson was born May 10, 1920 in Polk County, Arkansas to John D. Miller and Ona Heath Miller.

She is survived by

Daughters:
Susan Hagler Huddleston
Martha Greer Lawson

Grandchildren:
David Keith Hagler
Robbin E. Cooper

Great-Granddaughter: Abigail Meyers

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


Funeral services for Mrs. Syble Cylesta Newton, age 87, will be held Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 p.m., at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, in San Augustine, Texas. Mrs. Newton was born July 12, 1927, in Ozark, Alabama to the late Harvey I. and Georgia Melissa (Weeks) Andrews. She passed away December 11, 2014, in San Augustine.

Mrs. Newton was a very active member of the Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Aux and spent many years volunteering at a local nursing home.

Mrs. Newton is survived by her husband of 68 years, Alvin V. Newton of San Augustine; sons, Alvin K. and wife Ruth Newton of Beaumont, and Gregory C. & wife Angela of Martinsville; daughters, Betty Chambers and husband Lane of San Augustine, and Brenda McCurry of Hot Springs, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Rachael Mitchell and husband Howard of San Augustine.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Loy Kohatha Andrews; and sister. Voncile Newton.

Funeral services under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.


12/13/2014

Charles Monroe “Chuck” Armstrong, age 67 passed away at Willis Knighton Medical Center North in Shreveport, LA on December 12, 2014. He was born on July 3, 1947 in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana to parents Charles Monroe Armstrong, Sr and Helen Louise Rutherford Armstrong.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 9:30 am Calvary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches with Rev. Paul Sevar officiating. Pallbearers will be Jerry Kirk, Dewayne Prestwood, Raymond Wiggins, Marty Morris, Randy McClain, Ruben Carmona, and Vernis Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Brenda Harrison; son, Charles Michael Armstrong. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Alice Armstrong; daughters Shannon Menefee and husband Mitch, Christy Boothe and husband Jason; grandchildren, Clarissa Menefee, Hannah Menefee, Josiah Menefee, Jackson Boothe, Sarah Jane Boothe, Audrey Boothe; brothers, Lloyd Armstrong and wife Pat, Alan Armstrong and wife Janie, Kevin Armstrong and wife Janet, Keith Armstrong; sister, Joyce Bailey and husband Bob; numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles was known to his friends and family as “Chuck”, a name that stuck with him after his military days. Chuck had that entrepreneurial spirit that always kept him busy. It is that same spirit that propelled him to start his own three businesses and hold six distinctly different patents. His recognized expertise in utility industry technologies led Chuck to not only travel extensively across the United States but around the world.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War and a member of the Dallas Chapter of Greet the Troops. He was a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church and a member of the Renewal Sunday School Class. Chuck never met a stranger and people enjoyed spending time with him. He was always eager to share his faith and to mentor others. He loved his wife, his daughters and grandchildren and lead a devoted life to honor God. He was an admirable man and will be greatly missed.

Memorial Contributions may be offered to Calvary Baptist Church, Building Fund Activity Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors located at 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965

Online condolences may be offered to www.casonmonk-metcalf.com


12/12/2014

Mr. Robert Joe Marshall, 49, of Timpson, TX, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX, following an automobile accident. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM, Thursday, December 18, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation for family and friends will be from 2:00 PM until service time at 4:00 PM on Thursday.

Born September 13, 1965, in La Plata, Maryland, Robert Joe Marshall was the son of the late Jackson George Marshall and Glenda Jean Lobaugh Polk. Robert was a truck driver, carpenter, and of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed reading, deer hunting, and most of all, spending time with his grandkids. He loved to be needed and took much pleasure in helping others. This was evident even after his death because of his wishes to be an organ and tissue donor.

Survivors include his wife Robin Beavers Marshall of Timpson; mother Glenda “Granny” Polk of Timpson; son James Travis Marshall of Timpson; daughters, Jessica Lynn Marshall of Center and Eileen Marie Marshall and husband Kevin of Carthage; stepchildren: Amanda Muska and husband Zach of Barbers Hill, TX, Travis Goodrum of Timpson, Danielle Brown and fiance’ Reginald Davis III of Lubbock, and Shelby Brown of Martinsville; and 5 grandchildren: Jayden, Brooklynn, Brielle, Jazzmine, and Rylan.

Also surviving are brothers, George Marshall, Jerry Marshall, and George James “Jimmy” Curtin, Jr. and sisters, Phyllis Defibaugh, Sue Peck, Rebecca Queen, Margaret Jean Hardman, Thrisa “Sue” Wolfe, and Vi Ellen Arlene Bowers and husband Frank.

Robert Joe Marshall was preceded in death by stepfather Jesse “Pops” Polk, father Jackson G. Marshall, and brothers Jackson George “Jack” Marshall and Harry “Buck” Benson.

Serving as pallbearers are Harris Weaver, Melvin Waller, John Nelson, Gene Muckleroy, and Jeremy Bowley. Honorary pallbearers are Frank E. Baker and Larry Joe Eaves.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made at Austin Bank, Timpson, to assist with funeral expenses.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


12/10/2014

Joe Bruton, 58, of Timpson, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in San Augustine.

Mr. Bruton will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned at a later time.

Mr. Bruton was born September 17, 1956 in Houston to Melva Jean Hickson Whitley.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Jessica Diane Bruton of Timpson
Jamie Leigh Hulsey and husband, Frank of Timpson

Mother: Melva Jean Whitley of Timpson

Aunts:
Gail Arnold of Timpson
Hedy Shafranski and husband, Richard of Katy

Sisters:
Karen Sue Martin and husband, Benny of Tenaha
Pamela Lowery and husband, Joe Don of Crockett
Darlene Cave and husband, John of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sister-in-law: Kay Hall of Houston

Grandchildren:
Madison Lynn Parry of Timpson
Violet Leona Hulsey of Timpson

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: James Allen Whitley
Brother: Michael Ray Hall

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


Matthew Trevino, 27, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014 at McClelland Community Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.

Matthew was born January 21, 1987 in Wharton to Danny Trevino and Carrie Moore. He was a member of McClelland Community Church.

He is survived by
Grandmothers:
Jerrie Ann Chandler of Center
Eva Trevino of Palacios

Father: Danny Trevino of Palacios

Mother: Carrie Lynn Moore of Center

Sister: Savana Trevino of Paris

Cousins:
Timothy Yance Flores of Center
Gabriel and Misty Moore of Center

Special Nieces & Nephews:
Haeli Gregory
Lane Gregory
Samantha Zoe Gregory

Girlfriend: Ceceal Dean

Special Friends:
Jeffery, Yvette, Nicholas and Nichole Sims

Numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by
Grandfather: Gilbert Trevino
Aunts: Evelyn Frazier, Samantha Moore
Uncle: Gilbert “BB” Trevino, Jr.

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


12/08/2014

Dr. Steve Oates passed away at his home on December 8, 2014. He was born in Center, Texas on January 23, 1933, to Dr. L.S. Oates and Lucille Weaver Oates. Steve graduated from Center High School in 1950, attended the University of Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas. It was there that he met the love of his life, Frances Shepherd, who became his wife and the mother of his sons, and a partner in every aspect of his life and work. Their impact on the lives and activities of the people in Center and Shelby County is legend. Dr. Steve’s greatest sorrow was the death of Frances in May of 2010.

Both Dr. Steve and Frances, a registered nurse, joined his dad’s medical practice, Shelby Clinic, in 1958, and Dr. Steve continued to treat his patients until the day of his death. He will be sorely missed by all of those who depended upon him to see to their health needs for so many years as well as by the many friends who relied on him to make their lives brighter and make them laugh at the “punny” jokes that he loved.

Dr. Steve was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church and continued to worship there until the time of his death. He is survived by two sons, Laried Oates, of Center, Shepherd Oates and wife Denise, grandson Stephen D. Oates and wife Leslie, and great granddaughter, Ryiot Kloe Oates, the joy of his life, all of Mesquite, Texas and Sister, Portia Gaines of Center.

It is so hard, indeed, impossible, to say goodbye to a man who has meant so much to so many, but we are deeply grateful to have had him in our lives for so many years as our trusted physician and beloved friend, and our memories of Dr.Steve will continue to live in our minds and hearts. He was a man of honor: kind, modest, smart, funny, one who devoted his life and time to improving the lives of others. Oh, yes, his was a life well spent.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fannie Brown Booth Library, the First Christian Church in Center, or any charity of choice.

Graveside Services will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery in Center with Bro. Aubie McSwain officiating. No visitation is planned.

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


12/07/2014

Edith Smith, 82, of Center, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Memorial Health Systems in San Augustine.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday prior to the service starting at noon at the Ramah Baptist Church.

She was born October 14, 1932 in Seabrook, Texas to Ralph Adolph and Murl Beatrice (Pate) Hammer.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Ralph & Bea Hammer, Husband & Father of her children, Eddie Dalton Smith, Sr., Children, Billie Ruth Smith, Ralph Dwayne Smith, Richard Lee Smith & Infant Son, Dwight Smith, Daughter-in-law, Patricia Rae Smith & Brothers, Ralph Adolph Hammer, Jr. & Lawrence Nicholas Hammer.

She is survived by:

Children:
Dalton Smith & wife, Diann of Center
J.K. Smith of Hugo, OK
Linda Murl Parr of Center
Brenda York & husband, Robert of Center
Marie Perry & husband, Harry of Joaquin
Donnie Rowan & husband, Charlie of Ingram
Denice Dement & husband, Ray of Crosby
Rocky Smith of Lovelady
Penny Smith of Center

Daughter-in-law: Christine Smith of Santa Fe

34 Grandchildren

50 Great-Grandchildren

2 Sisters:
Ruth Tully of Canyon Lake
Gay Smith

Pallbearers: Derek Dement, Joey Rowan, Jonathan Rowan, Gregory Perry, Kelly Brooks & Corey York

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


12/06/2014

James E. “Bud” Parker (Honey), 64, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 in San Augustine.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 5, 1950 in Center to E.E. and Lela (McDaniel) Parker. He graduated from Joaquin High School. He served in the US Army Reserves for 6 years. He worked as a mechanic at Holly Farms.

He is survived by:

Wife: Sheila Parker of Joaquin

Daughter: Meschelle Parker Raybon & husband, Eric of Joaquin

Son: Clint Parker & wife, Amanda of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Micah, Jax & Cam Sanford of El Dorado, Ark
Shelby Diven of Joaquin
Jesse & Emma Parker of Joaquin
Vincent Raybon of Joaquin

Mother-in-law: Katherine McGee of Joaquin

Sisters:
Lerea Foster & husband, Melvin of Canton
Mae McGown & husband, Jimmy of Center
Katherine Jernigan of Center
Debra Waller of Joaquin

Brother: David Paul Parker & wife, Micha of Colorado

Sister-in-law: Laquannah Parker of Joaquin

Brothers-in-law:
Buddy McGee & wife, Rosemary of Joaquin
Kevin McGee & wife, Susie of Martinsville
Olan Ray Cockrell of Martinsville

Honorary Daughter: Angel Smith & husband, Roy of Overton

Honorary Son: Chris Cockrell & wife, Nikki of Martinsville

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews & Friends that he loved dearly.

Pallbearers: Stephen McGee, David Ray, Chris Cockrell, Terry Parker, Dustin Parker, Preston Parker, Jason Fletcher, Torin McSwain & Cobin McSwain

Honorary Pallbearer: Ronnie Hampton

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


12/05/2014

Russell Stone, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Wimberly Chapel in Shelby County. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Wimberly Chapel in Shelby County with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating. Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery.

Russell was born July 15, 1942 in Wheeler, Texas to Christine and Lewis Stone. Russell had a large family including father, mother, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, all except a brother of which have preceded him in death.

While spending time in Japan, Russell met the love of his life Kim and they later married. Kim preceded him in death in 2009.

Russell was a retired navy man as well as a retired worker from the nuclear plant in Bay City, Texas.

He is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews and his joy, best friend and dog, Cowboy.

He will be greatly missed.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Pike, Jason Pike, Gary Braley, Aaron Broaddus, Dakota Bridge, Charlie Patton, Mike Huebel and Danny Hodson.

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


12/03/2014

Irene Wilson, 98, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center in Carthage.

Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating.

She was born October 29, 1916 in Shelby County to Luther and Maggie (Smith) Parker. She was a member of Heritage Missionary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death her Parents, Luther & Maggie Parker, Husband of 68 years, E.W. Wilson, Sisters, Annie Mae Kelly & Florence Polk & Brothers, Zelburn Parker & Dewie Parker.

She is survived by:

Son, Kenneth Wilson & wife, Helen of Center

Daughter, Pat Fry & husband, Lee of Kerrville

Grandchildren:
Allen Wilson & wife, Chris of Abilene
Jennifer Wilson of College Station
Dennis Austin & wife, Rhonda of Stuttgart, Germany

Great-Grandchildren:
Elyse Austin
Emma & Madlyn Wilson

Sister-in-law, Doris Wilson of Center

Several Nieces, Nephews & Other Relatives

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


12/01/2014

Larry Lorenzo Johnson was born to the late Carl and Geraldine Johnson in Shelby County on May 3, 1957 and passed away peacefully at his residence on November 20, 2014 after a brief illness. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church officiated by Pastor Derrick Rhodes.

Mr. Johnson loved life. He was an avid golfer and delighted in family gatherings. He loved spending time with his youngest son, Tyreese, and teaching him how to fish, hunt and play football. He was also very proud of his son D.J. (Lorenzo) and daughter, Kimberly. He especially loved his brothers, sisters, other family members and his friends who will all miss him dearly.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Tucker and husband, Torry Sr., of Tyler; sons, Lorenzo Johnson of Tyler and Tyreese Johnson of Garrison; two grandchildren, Jourdin Johnson and Torry Tucker Jr., both of Tyler; his brother Mario Johnson (Haruka), sisters Hattie Love, Etoise Mclendon (LaVance), Jeanette Johnson, Faye Johnson (Larry), his very special friend Lutricia Patton-Garrett, and a host of other relatives and friends who were so special to him.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Carl and Geraldine Johnson, sister, Carylon Hudson, and brother, Charles Ray Johnson.

The family would like to thank the health care workers and staff members at East Texas Hospice for their professional, tender care.

The family also wishes to express their sincere thanks for the expressions of love from family and friends.

Memorial floral contributions can be sent to Wallace Chapel Baptist Church on Friday, December 5, 2014.

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11/30/2014

Jo Ann Burrows, 77, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014, in a Tyler hospital surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 6, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Rev. Dock Lazarine and Mr. Ronny Lee officiating. Interment will follow in Weaver Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be at Taylor Funeral Home from 12 Noon, Saturday until service time at 1:00 PM.

Born January 18, 1937, in Galveston, TX, Jo Ann Bump Burrows was the daughter of the late William Earl and Molly Rohacek Bump. She graduated from Dominican High School in Galveston, and she and Donald T. Burrows were married May 30, 1958, in Texas City, TX.
Jo Ann was a banker and retired as Vice President of Austin Bank, Timpson. She served for many years as treasurer of Timpson Chamber of Commerce and was a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband Donald T. Burrows, Sr. of Timpson; son Donald T. Burrows, Jr. and wife Kimberly of League City, TX; daughters, Cynthia Cappa and husband Michael of Santa Fe, TX, and Terri Martin and husband John of Timpson; 10 grandchildren: Amber Janak Black, Dustin Janak, Ryan Janak, Hannah Janak, Nathan Janak, Heather Gray, Brittany Dupree, Kaela Hudman, Donald T. “Trace” Burrows, III, and Payton Rae Burrows; and 12 great grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers are Michael Cappa, John Martin, Dustin Janak, Ryan Janak, Donald Burrows, III, and Nathan Janak. Honorary pallbearers are Marilyn Corder, Jerry and Patty Wood, Titus and Barbara Brandon, and Kenneth Prince.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Joyce Bridges, 89, a four year resident of Lufkin and former resident of Center, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014 in Lufkin. She was born July 21, 1925 to George James Jenkins and Annie Laura Jenkins. Mrs. Bridges’ hobbies included doll collecting and painting. She was a longtime employee of The Century Shoppe, a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Lufkin and formerly attended First Baptist Church in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery in Center with Rev. Don Schultheis officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at First Church of the Nazarine in Lufkin.

She is survived by
Daughter: Dovianne and husband, J. David Boyd of Lufkin

Grandson: Bryan Keith McElrath and wife, Beverly of Huntington

Granddaughter: Kimberly and husband, Mike of Lufkin

Numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren

Niece: Daryl and husband, Jimmy Proffitt of Lufkin

Nephew: George Adams and wife, Bobbye of Austin

Preceded in death by:
Parents: George James Jenkins and Annie Laura Jenkins
Husbands: M.A. Wagstaff , Clay Bristow, James Bridges
Granddaughters: Jamie McElrath Bauer, Kari Boyd Standley

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


Fannie Choate, 86, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home.

Memorial Visitation will be Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 21, 1928 in Center to Tom and Henrietta (Black) Golden.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Tom and Henrietta Golden, Husband, Bob Choate & 5 Brothers & 2 Sisters:

She is survived by:

Children:
Polley Shaw & husband, Billy of Ft. Smith, Ark
Bobby Choate & wife, Kay of Bossier City, LA
Kathy Lee & husband, Gene of Coolidge, AZ

9 Grandchildren

Numerous Great-Grandchildren & Great Great-Grandchildren

Sister, Ida Mae of Boston

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


11/28/2014

Pete Minter, 89, of Center, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, November 30, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at First Baptist Church.

Mr. Minter was born September 17, 1925 in Carthage to Gus Alvin Minter and Rhoda Estelle Whitaker Minter. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1942. Mr. Minter held a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from East Texas Baptist College and a Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University. He was a building contractor and manager of Anderson Building Service in Center for many years. Mr. Minter was also a former high school principal at both Beckville ISD and Tenaha ISD. Mr. Minter served on both the Center ISD and Tenaha ISD School Boards for many years and was a past member of the Center Noon Lions Club. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Center, where he sang in the choir, was a deacon and a former music leader for the Men’s Bible Class.

He is survived by
Wife: Bettye Moore Minter of Center

Children:
Dr. David Minter of Fort Worth
Alan Minter and wife, Jinny of Richmond
Marilyn Minter Ballard and husband, Larry of Center
Claire Minter Page and husband, Jerry of Tyler

Grandchildren:
Mike Minter and wife, Maggie
Hunter Page
Kim Ballard Shofner and husband, Paul
Tracy Ballard Gould
Amy Ballard Roach and husband, Kyle

Great-Grandchildren:
Maddox Minter
Maizy Minter
Connor Shofner
Reagan Shofner
Katelin Gould
Bailey Kurtz
Lainey Kurtz

Preceded in death by
Parents: Gus Alvin Minter and Rhoda Estelle Whitaker Minter

Pallbearers will be family members. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Hanson, Gene Walker and McNeil Moore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Media Ministry, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Joe A. Steed passed away November 24, 2014 at the age of 78. Joe loved the outdoor life of Hunting, camping, fishing, and boating. He is survived by his wife, Betty Steed, Son, Robert Steed, Grandchildren, Jennifer, Joe, and Justin Steed. He is preceded in death by son, Joe A. Steed, Jr.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-8 pm on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Sterling White Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:30pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Sterling White.

Services have been entrusted to Sterling-White Funeral Home, 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Rd., Highlands, TX 77562. To send the family condolences please visit www.sterlingwhite.com.


11/26/2014

Artis Hoosier, age 90, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. Hoosier passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 12:00 noon at China Chapel Baptist Church. Interment will be at Red Land Cemetery with Rev. Artis Mosby, Officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner and Son Chapel.

Survivors are:

Wife
Christine Hoosier of San Augustine, Texas

2 Sons
Carl Hoosier (Cynthia) of Houston, Texas
Billy Rex Hoosier (Jacqueline) of Brookshire, Texas

4 grandchildren
4 Great Grand Children

2 Brothers
Charlie Hoosier (Tera) of San Augustine, Texas
Arthur Hoosier (Renee) of Humble, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.


11/25/2014

Funeral services for Ms. Frances Hart, 63, will be at First Baptist Church in Center, Texas (117 Cora Street), on November 29, 2014 at 11:00am. Ms. Hart passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014. Ms. Hart was a long time nurse for Center ISD. Bishop W. C. Martin will be officiating.

Mrs. Hart is survived by:

Daughter, Jacque Cartwright of Houston, Texas

3 Sons:
Walter (Syretta) Barnes of Center, Texas
Kerry Barnes of San Augustine, Texas
Luther Hart III of San Augustine, Texas

Sister, Pearl (Jessie) of Sandifer Mississippi

Visitation at Hicks Chapel located at 804 MLK, Center, Texas 75935. Burial at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


11/24/2014

Ann Crocker, 62, of Center, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in San Augustine.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service starting at noon on Tuesday.

She was born October 14, 1952 in Shelby County to L.B. and Betty (English) Smotherman. She worked for Covington’s Lumber Company for several years.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, L.B. & Betty Smotherman, Husband, Bob Crocker, Sister-in-law, Sue Walker & Brother-in-law, Charles Paxton.

She is survived by:

2 Sons:
Clint Crocker of Huxley
Craig Crocker of Center

Grandson, Caden Crocker

Sister & Brother-in-law, Sue & Glen Bolton of Huxley

Brother& Sister-in-law, Randy & Mindy Smotherman of Huxley

Sister-in-law, Mary Paxton of Center

Brother-in-law, Hershal Walker of Center

Nieces & Nephews:
Health Bolton & wife, Teri of Huxley
Brandi Lairmore & husband, Brandon of Mt. Pleasant
Shana Jones & husband, Mark of White Oak
Kim Marshall of Longview
Patrick Paxton of Center
Kevin Walker & wife, Angie of Garrison

Numerous Great Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers: Patrick Paxton, Kevin Walker, Johny Covington, Jason Covington, Hugh Halstead, Rodney Bowlin & Rodney Mathews

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


Tammie Sue Lawrence, 49, of Center, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center with Bro. Pat Windham officiating.

Mrs. Lawrence was born October 1, 1965 in Center to Clifton Boniol and Mary Wilburn Boniol. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Danny Lawrence of Center

Daughters:
Chelsea Lawrence of Center
Brittany Lawrence of Center
Heather Lawrence of Center

Mother: Mary Boniol of Center

Brothers:
Jeff Boniol and wife, Jeanne of Red Oak
Rodney Boniol and wife, Kim of Center
Kevin Boniol and Haven Holland of Center
Clifton James Boniol of Center

Sister: Kristle Walker of Center

Uncle: James Williams of Gilmer

Nieces & Nephews:
Kathryn Boniol
Wyatt Boniol
Zachary Boniol
Sarah Boniol
David Boniol
Jazen Boniol

Special Friend: Delia Radler of Alvin

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Clifton Boniol
Grandparents
Uncle: David Wilburn

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


Charles B. Harris, 87, of Center, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at ETMC in Carthage.

Military Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Johnny Lewis officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 16, 1927 in Rock Bridge, NC to William Vess and Ella Lee (Phillips) Harris. He was a lifelong logger.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Vess and Ella Harris, Wife, Rozelle Harris, Infant son, Dennis Ray Harris and Brother, Bill Harris.

He is survived by:

Son, Charles D. Harris & wife, LouAnn of Center

Daughters:
Cynthia K. Lobe & husband, Jeff of WA State
Cathy L. Harris Pruitt of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Adam Harris & wife, Kelly of Springhill, LA
Brandi Sawyer & husband, Chris of South Carolina
Katie Keller of Nashville, TN
Daniel Harris & Jarah of Center
Tommy Harris & wife, Cherie of Eunice, NM
David Lobe of Olympia, WA
Kevin Lobe of Olympia, WA
Dennis Harris of Olympia, WA

Great-Grandchildren:
Lauren, Tatum & Aspen Harris
Dillon Doggett, Maci Doggett & Kylie Sawyer
Rose Harris

Brother & Sisters:
Elgava Jones of South Carolina
Bruce Harris of North Carolina
Marquata Owen of North Carolina

Pallbearers: Chris Sawyer, Daniel Harris, Adam Harris, Tommy Harris, Dillon Doggett & Charles D. “Chuck” Harris

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


11/22/2014

Robert D. Quigley, Sr., 63, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Sunday November 23, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 4:00 PM, Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Salem Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.

Mr. Quigley was born December 11, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland to Frank and Beverly Weaver Quigley. He served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Quigley’s hobbies included bowling, playing bingo and fishing.

He is survived by
Sons:
Robert Quigley, Jr. and wife, Jessica of Center
Dale Quigley of Georgia

Grandsons:
Trey Quigley
Clay Snider

Brothers:
Larry Quigley and wife, Debbie of Georgia
George Quigley of Florida

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Frank and Beverly Quigley
Sister: Cathy Quigley

Pallbearers will be Robert Quigley, Jr., Bradley Livingston, Bryan Slocum, Steven Turner, Bubba McGhen and Buck Green.

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


Jim Ann Taylor, 95, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Taylor was born June 25, 1919 in Milam to James Samuel Taylor and Anna Rebecca Speights Taylor. She was retired from Center ISD. She was hired as the first band director at Center ISD and continued to teach for 39 years. Ms. Taylor was a member of Delta Gamma, the Shelby County Historical Society and the Center High School Hall of Fame. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Center where she served as choir director.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by
Parents, James Samuel and Anna Rebecca Speights Taylor
Sister, Jessie Shipp
Brothers; Arthur Taylor, John Bob Taylor and Carl B. Taylor

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the First United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 211 N. Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


11/21/2014

Nicholas Adrian Guerrero, 10, of Center, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. David Long officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Nicholas was born December 19, 2003 in Houston. He was a current student at Shelbyville Elementary School and attended Jackson Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Parents: Chris and Amanda Belrose of Center

Siblings:
Colton Belrose
Austin Hennigan
Kailea Hennigan
Adrian Belrose
Tyler Belrose
Gloria
Naomi
Itzel
Madison
Daijhon

Special Friends:
Latasha Barnes
Jill Ray
Johnny Fuller
Laura Casey
Wyndi Ceccacci
Alan Eddins
Hannah Fountain
Sandra Eddins
Naomi Stiles
Brent Gotcher
Kurtis Cougler
Patti Wright
Jeanne Adams
Shannon Wright
Chastity Clark
Dean Lister

Pallbearers will be Brent Gotcher, Kurtis Cougler, Johnny Fuller, Colton Belrose, Kinder Nunley, Alan Eddins and Jacob Waller.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Texas Children’s Hospital, Genetics General Fund, 1919 S. Braeswood, Suite 5214, Houston, Texas 77030.

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


11/19/2014

Candy Denise Lewis Cox, 46, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. William Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Cox was born September 26, 1968 in Houston to Harold Lewis Sr. and Sandra Yvonne Ross Lewis. She was a very caring person and was always helping others. Mrs. Cox’s hobbies included playing bingo, playing cards, going to the boats and cooking. Mrs. Cox also enjoyed singing; however, it was usually out of tune. She had a great personality and always seemed to be the center of attention. Mrs. Cox loved her family dearly and especially enjoyed watching her children, as well as her nieces and nephews play ball.

She is survived by
Husband: Roy Dale Cox of Joaquin

Children:
B.J. Lewis of Joaquin
Jamie Raimond of Joaquin

Sister: Sheri Lewis of Joaquin

Brother: Harold E. “Bubba” Lewis Jr. and wife, Celeste of Joaquin

Mother-in-law: Lois Cox of Center

Brothers-in-law:
James Cox and wife, Earline of Center
William Cox and wife, Denise of Joaquin
Tracy Cox and wife, Rhonda of Palestine
Steve Cox of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Harold E. Lewis Sr. and Sandra Yvonne Ross Lewis
Brother: Jerry Lewis

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Ross, James Cox, Ricky Raimond, Charlie Ross, Steve Cox, Chad Christian, Jason Harvey and T Bo Wilkerson.

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


11/18/2014

Maxie "Burlene" Risinger was promoted to heaven on November 14, 2014 at age 77.

A celebration of her life will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas, Monday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m., with a graveside service following at 3:00 p.m. at Dunnigan Cemetery, located on FM 2261 in Patroon, Texas (Shelby County).

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 Sunday, November 16th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

She was born in San Augustine County on March 26, 1937 to Clarence and Lera Parker and was raised in the Norwood community of east Texas. She loved to sew and crochet when she was younger but her favorite hobby was always fishing. She owned and operated McLewis Grocery from 1981-1992. Most of her life was spent as a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She took joy in taking care of her husband and family and will be missed terribly by them all.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Marlon Risinger, daughter, Lequita Hoffpauir and husband, Jeff, son, Dr. Ronald K. Risinger and wife, Lynn, sister, Faye Hopkins, 7 grandchildren, Jason Ballard, Amy Gaither, Chelsea Legate, Katie Martin, Dane Risinger, Logan Risinger, and Brittney Bourque. She was blessed to also have 9 great-grandchildren who loved their MawMaw, and numerous other family members and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Hoffpauir, Jason Ballard, Dane Risinger, Logan Risinger, Mike Risinger, and Randy Risinger.

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


11/17/2014

Bertie Koonce Slay entered into rest on November 15, 2014 in Garrison, Texas, having reached the age of 94 years 5 months. She was born June 15, 1920 in Swift, Texas to Monroe Koonce and Nettie (Blankenship) Koonce.

Service will be Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00pm Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas, with Bro. Paul Michna officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the funeral home. Burial will be at Holly Springs Cemetery.

Survivors:

Son: Tommy Slay and wife Margie of Garrison, Texas

Daughter: Judy Blackmon and husband W.R. “Butch” of Garrison, Texas.

Grandchildren:
Rene Miles and husband Brian of Lake Jackson, Texas
Wendy Pridemore & husband David of Plano, Texas
Ray Blackmon of Highland, Texas

Great Grandchildren:
Kathryn Miles of Beijing, China
Chandler Miles of College Station, Texas
Jack Pridemore of Plano, Texas
Christopher Blackmon of Hawaii

PALLBEARERS: Hank Curbow, Tom Yarbrough, Paul “Pat” David Brian Miles, Ray Blackmon and David Pridemore
HONORARY PALLBEARER: William “Billy” Williams

Preceded in death by husband: Travis Slay and both parents
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to “The Holly Springs Cemetery” at BancorpSouth, Garrison, Texas.


Lecia Carlette Allen, 55, of Houston, TX, passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at her home in Houston. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Tennessee Presbyterian Church, Timpson, with Rev. Robert Adamson officiating. Visitation will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, also at Tenneessee Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson.

Born April 25, 1959, in Houston, TX, Lecia Carlette Allen was the daughter of the late Carlton Aubrey “Pee Wee” Baker and Minnie Lee Malone Baker. Lecia graduated from Pearland High School and then enjoyed a long, successful career in the insurance industry.

Survivors include her husband Greg Allen of Houston; mother Minnie Baker of Timpson; children, Brad Powell and fiancee’ Lauren of El Lago, TX, Dawn Powell of Houston, and Courtney Allen of Nacogdoches; brothers, Carlton “Sonny” Baker and wife Brenda of Friendswood, TX and Brett Burns and wife Linda of Pearland, TX; sister Cindy Petrash of Onalaska, TX; 5 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975 is in charge of arrangements.


Ottis Eddins, 81, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2014 at his residene.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Chuck Horton officiating.

Mr. Eddins was born August 13, 1933 in Huxley to Robert Eddins and Ora Mae Strong Eddins. He served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Eddins was an avid outdoorsman. He was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Mary Eddins of Center

Children:
Debbie Barr and husband, Johnny of Joaquin
Rickey Eddins and wife, Nannette of Joaquin
Victor Eddins of Center

Grandchildren:
Jacob Eddins and wife, Liz of Joaquin
Brandon Barr and wife, Stacie of Center
Alex Eddins of Center
Justin Barr and Amanda of Joaquin
Cody Eddins and wife, MiKayla of Huxley

Six Great Grandchildren

Sister-in-law: Joyce Eddins of DeKalb

Brother-in-law: David Largent and wife, Jeanne of Brownsboro

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Robert Eddins and Ora Mae Strong Eddins
Brother: James Eddins

Pallbearers will be Johnny Barr, Jacob Eddins, Brandon Barr, Alex Eddins, Justin Barr and Cody Eddins.

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


Cory Dow Stovall was born in Llano, Texas on September 15, 1970 and died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on November 3, 2014 at the young age of 44.

Cory graduated from Llano High School in 1989. He attended Abilene Christian University where he played football and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration in 1995. He had a successful career in the oil and gas industry. Cory lived and worked on numerous pipeline projects all over the United States and in various supervisory positions including superintendent, project manager, environmental inspector and chief. Cory had been contracted with Kinder Morgan for the past six years.

Cory had a gentle spirit and those who had the pleasure of knowing him or being in his presence were somehow touched by his kindness, ease of existence, generosity and selflessness. Many friends have shared that they are better people for having Cory in their lives.

At ten years old his true passion for life was revealed when his mother gave him a guitar. He was self-taught and played with a rare and uncommon talent. He could play anything he heard; from Eddie Van Halen’s most difficult solos to an echoed version of Hungarian Rhapsody after hearing his mother play it on the piano only once. He attempted and mastered every other instrument he played; guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, drums, bass and even trombone. But his true love was his guitar. Cory loved classical, rock, country, bluegrass and gospel. What type of music he played never mattered, as long as he played. His passion for music was unstoppable. Though Cory never pursued a career in music, he opted to surround himself with amazing musicians, songwriters and industry leaders. As he traveled the country with his career in pipeline construction, he was most at home in the local guitar shops and music communities that sustained his love of playing.

Cory loved God, exemplifying the fruits of the spirit. He was extremely close to his family, friends, and co-workers. He was especially partial to his nieces, Hailey and Hannah Osbourn and his nephews, Hagen and Chase Patterson. He adored them as his own children and patiently taught them all to play his beloved musical instruments so that when they had weekends together they had their own built in band in which to play and sing! He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing with his dad and singing with his two sisters.

Cory is survived by and was the only son born to Barbara Bishop Lawrence and Larry Stovall. Other survivors include his older sister, Tracie Patterson and husband Todd of Lakeway; younger sister Jenny Osbourn and husband Jeffrey of San Saba; Grandmother, Rose Bishop of Rockport; Uncle, Jerry Bishop of Georgetown; Aunt, Debbie Feild of Corpus Christi; Nieces, Hailey and Hannah Osbourn of San Saba; and Nephews, Hagen and Chase Patterson of Lakeway. Cousins Tommy Stovall, Angie Bishop, Luke Bishop, Justin Feild and numerous other extended family members. Being an only son, Cory considered his brothers-in-law Todd Patterson and Jeffrey Osbourn the brothers he never had in addition to his ACU football teammates.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 8, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Waldrope- Hatfield - Hawthorne Funeral Home 307 East Sandstone, Llano, Texas 78643. A celebration of Cory’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2014 at Lutie Watkins United Methodist Church 800 Wright Street, Llano Texas 78643. Interment will be at the family cemetery in Willow City Texas.

The family has established the Cory Stovall Chords of Life Scholarship Fund to award and bless students with a passion for their talents and gifts. Donations can be sent to: American Bank of Texas, 1913 Ranch Road 620 S # 100, Lakeway Texas 78643 Attn: Beth Byer


11/13/2014

Jacquelin Richards, 68, formally of Tenaha, Texas, now of Galena Park, Texas, passed away.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am at Hicks Chapel on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Rev Joseph Hall will be officiating. Due to cold weather, no graveside services will be held.

Jacquelin's survivors are:

(2) Sister: Maudie Reed & Mary Frances Baker all of Galena Park, Texas

Visitation will be Friday, November 14, 2014 at Hicks Chapel.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 MLK Drive, Center, Texas 75935.


Gary Wayne Sharp, 72, was born on July 27, 1942 to Richard Albert Sharp and Florence Emmaline Clark Sharp. He passed away peacefully at home on November 10, 2014.

He began his career in the automotive industry when he was a teenager as a mechanic. Through the years, he moved into management and was a Service Manager for the last 25 years of his working life. He retired eleven years ago. He spent his retirement years spending time with his family and being a house-husband. He belonged to a camping club with his wife. They enjoyed traveling with the club in their RV and made lifelong friends with many of the members. Gary and Lynda are members of New Hope Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother (Richard) and son (Mark).

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lynda; son and daughter-in-law, Mitch and Brenda Sharp, of Pearland; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Loren Sharp of Clear Lake; and son, Mike Sharp of Lawton, OK., grandchildren, Kolby Sharp, Hayden Sharp, Ashley Sharp McMahon, Erin Sharp Burrus, Levi Sharp, Robby Sharp, Ryan Sharp, Brittany Sharp Falling, and Alex Sharp; nine great-grandchildren; his “little brother” Bert Eagle Sharp of Longview; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; his two closest friends, Don Orrell and David Myrow; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the New Hope Church Alvin, 221 S. Gordon St., Alvin, TX 77511 with Pastor Howard Agnew officiating. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Short Cemetery in Center, TX.

Condolences may be sent to the Sharp family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.


11/12/2014

Freddie Earl Pope, 55, of Center, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, November 14, 2014 at Blackjack Cemetery in Nacogdoches County with William Eddins and L.D. Eddins officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the graveside service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Pope was born August 20, 1959 in Houston to John Pope and Jimmie Ruth Boyett Teague. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved tending to his horses and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Pope was a member of Martinsville Church of Christ.

He is survived by:

Sons:
John Pope and wife, Angela of Center
Jeremy Pope and wife, Tiffany of Center
Josh Long of Center

Grandchildren:
Dawson Pope
Briley Pope
Emmalee Pope
Alexandra Pope
Destiny Long
Justin Long
Jaxon Long

Special friend and wife of 18 years: Rebecca Lynn Pope

Sisters:
Bonita Pope of New Caney
Juanita Pope of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Donald Witt of Splendora
Ronald Witt of Splendora

Good Friends:
William Eddins and wife, Evelyn
L.D. Eddins
Robert Stringer

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: John Pope
Brother: John Edward Pope

Pallbearers will be John Pope, Jeremy Pope, Josh Long, Randall Gilchrist, Adam Jernigan and Michael Bush. Honorary pallbearers will be Dawson Pope and Allan Mercer.

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

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


11/10/2014

Spencer Dale Battles, 59, of Center, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at White Rock Cemetery in Center with Rev. Glynn Bragg and Rev. Clark Paul Williams officiating.

Mr. Battles was born October 14, 1955 in Center to D.L. Battles and Helen Laverne Goodman Battles.  He was a member of Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Wife: Sue Battles of Center

Children:
Shamarie Battles of Lufkin
Shonda Bryce of Center
John Travis Thompson of San Antonio

Grandchildren:
Taylor Bryce of Center
Spencer Blackwell of Lufkin
Dillon Blackwell of Lufkin
Amber Bryce of Center

Mother: Laverne Battles of Center

Sisters:
Patricia Massey and husband, John of Center
Helen Gangluff and husband, Richard of Houston

Brother: Kirk Battles and wife, Madeline of Center

Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: Joyce and Lamar Norton of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Father: D.L. Battles
Brothers: Eddie Battles, Lynn Battles
Son-in-law: Donald Bryce

Pallbearers will be Clint Norton, Chad Norton, Greg Arp, Christopher Battles, Randy Battles, Spencer Blackwell, Taylor Bryce and B.J. Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dillon Blackwell, Brad Battles, Jody Porter, Dillon Feltner and Doc Caldwell.

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

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


Maurene Borders Jones passed away Monday, November 10 in Nacogdoches.

Arrangements are under the direction of Watson and Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The service will be at the Watson and Sons chapel at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Maurene was born May 18, 1921 to Robert Eugene Borders and Mollie Leach Borders who precede her in death. Maurene grew up in the Brady Community of Shelby County and attended school at Shelbyville. After graduation she attended and graduated from Stephen F. Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings, Doris Borders McCauley, Mattie Borders Parker, Lewis Borders, Alton “Will” Borders, Eustis Leron “Rip” Borders, Marlin E. Borders, and Edgar N. “Bill” Borders. She was the youngest and the last surviving member of that generation of the Borders family. She was also preceded in death by her husband’s sister, Norma Hughes Holt.

She is survived by six children, Ray Jones; Jeff Jones and wife, Karen; Mike Jones and wife, Cherry; Deck Jones and wife, Montie; Jennifer Wulf and husband, Tim; and Jack Jones and wife, Betty. She also leaves ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She is also survived by a special niece, Iris McCauley Jones among many other nieces and nephews.

Maurene was married on September 19, 1941 to Marlin Jones. Marlin died in 1967. At the time of Marlin’s death, their children ranged in age from nine to twenty-five, with four still in school. She then took control of the family business, Center Motor Company, which she owned until 1980. Even before Marlin’s death and especially afterward, she dedicated her life to her family. She took pride in the fact that she reared all of her children to be upstanding, honest and successful business and professional people.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Marlin Jones, Kevin Jones, Chris Whitley, Philip Jones, Charlie Jones, Josh Wulf and Jonathan Wulf. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Borders, Mack Borders, Ronnie Borders, Donnie Borders, Bob Borders, Joe Borders, John Borders, Lewis Parker, Brian Borders and Dr. Tom Jones.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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


Cynthia Saxton of Garrison, Texas, passed away, Saturday, November 8, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 10, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Graveside service will be held Monday, November 10, 2014 at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Shak Arrington officiating.

Cynthia was born 12-14-1957 in Garrison, Texas to Floyd William and Ruby Lou (Humphreys) Yarbrough.

She is survived by:

Husband: Billy Floyd Saxton of Garrison, TX

Mother: Ruby Lou Yarbrough of Garrison, TX

Brothers: Thomas T. Yarbrough & wife Linda of Nacogdoches, TX
Bill Yarbrough of Nacogdoches, Texas
Step-son: Bobby Saxton of Huntsville, TX

Numerous nieces, nephew and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Floyd William Yarbrough
Step-Son: Billy Floyd Saxton, Jr.

Services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Lawrence James Garrett, (72), of the East Liberty Community, died Friday, November 7, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 15, 2014 at East Liberty Baptist Church at 1:00pm. Rev. Curtis Archie will be officiating.

Mr. Garrett’s survivors are:

Wife, Jo Ethel Garrett of Center, Texas

Sons:
Gregory (Lisa) Garrett of Hewitt, Texas
Donald (Angelia) Garrett of Mansfield, Texas

Daughter:
Tammie (Brian) Marshall of Port Arthur, Texas
Tracy Johnson of Lufkin, Texas

Brothers:
Sammy Garrett of San Augustine, Texas
Willie (Ella) Garrett of Brazoria, Texas

Sister, Linda Carter of Houston, Texas

Visitation will be Friday, November 14, 2014 at Hicks Chapel (804 MLK Drive, Center, Texas) from the hours of 6pm-8pm.

Burial will be at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary.


11/08/2014

Billy Ray Fults, 83, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 at his residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor, Haagon Lister officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born April 25, 1931 in Nacogdoches County to John Wesley and Minnie Mae (Webb) Fults. He retired from Bruce Hardwood Floors where was a supervisor for many years. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

He is preceded in death by Parents, John and Minnie Fults, Grandson, Brandon Holt, Son-in-law, Dennis Holt & Brothers, Raymond Fults & Wilbur Fults & Sister, Berneice Bradshaw.

He is survived by:

Wife, Belle Fults of Center

Children:
Lecia Holt-Chandler & husband, Ricky of Joaquin
Billy Michael Fults & wife, Liz of Joaquin
Norissa Mays & husband, Grady of Weatherford

Grandchildren:
Ashley Bailey & husband, Kyle of Bossier City, LA
Stephen Michael Fults of Center
Stephanie Lee Becks & husband, Rob of Center
Grady Harper Mays, Jr. & wife, Caitlyn of Stilwell, OK
Tessa Victoria Mays of Weatherford
Catherine Belle Mays of Weatherford
William Isaac Mays of Weatherford
Bo Chandler of Carthage
Ryan Chandler & wife, Jessica of Center
Kristy Lister & husband, Haagon of Magnolia, Ark
Angela Raines & husband, Matt of Columbia, Missouri

Great-Grandchildren:
Blake Bailey
Jackson & Julia Lister
Mallory Raines
Michael & Avery Becks
Mia Chandler
Cole Chandler & Kinsley Chandler

Sister, Juanita Harkness of Nacogdoches

Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law:
Leither Crawford & husband, Mervil of Center
Minnie & Doyle Amidon of Chireno
Joyce Ann Lowe of Palestine

Pallbearers: Stephen Fults, Harper Mays, Kyle Bailey, Rob Becks, Bo Chandler & Ryan Chandler

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


Faye Myers May, 78, of Logansport, Louisiana, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 pm, Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Logansport. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday November 10, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Logansport, with Rev. Charles Hall and Rev, Lance Cypert officiating, Interment will follow in the O. E. Price Memorial Cemetery in Logansport.

Ms. May was born July 25, 1936 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Hobson Samuel Myers and Miriam Minnie Craine Myers. She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Logansport where she also served as a church hostess. Ms. May loved spending time gardening.

She is survived by:
Daughters;
Vicki May Hassell and husband Coy of Riverton, Wyoming
Karen May Matthews and husband Dennis of Logansport, Louisiana

Grandchildren;
Mark Timothy May of Kilgore, Texas
Michael May and wife Lee Ann of Palestine, Texas
Julie Hassell Roetto and husband Mike of Manassas, Virginia
Thomas Hassell and wife Lori of Covington, Louisiana
Daniel Hassell and wife Trisha of Cheyenne, Wyoming
Hannah Matthews Wulf and husband Joshua of Logansport, Louisiana

Fourteen Great-Grandchildren

Sister, Gail Myers of West Monroe, Louisiana

Brother, Charles Myers of Pineville, Louisiana

Numerous other relatives and a host of friends

Preceded in death by:
Husband, Gordon May
Grandson, Adam Matthews
Sister, Betty Mayes
Parents, Hobson and Minnie Myers

Pallbearers will be Johnny Hamon, David Graves, Brant Graves, Jody Matthews, Daniel Thomas and Colton Pearson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Parker Garrett and Doug Garrett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Matthews-Wiggins Scholarship Fund or to the First Baptist Church in Logansport.

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


11/06/2014

Memorial services for Mr. Timothy Norrell Taylor, age 67, of Nacogdoches, Texas, (former resident of Shelby County) will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches. A reception will follow, also at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Tim passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at his home. He was born in 1947, to Robert “Bob” Taylor and Beryl Farmer Taylor in Waco, Texas.

In 1966, Tim completed the Marine Corps training in San Diego, California, and served in the Marine Reserves. Tim then moved to Austin, Texas, where he met the love of his life, his wife of 44 years, Georgia Kay Irving Taylor. He then attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a bachelor of science degree in aquatic biology. He was named in Who’s Who and consistently made the Dean’s List. Professionally, Tim spent his life in the wastewater treatment industry, holding every available license.

Outside of his family and very special relationship with his grandson, Tim loved hunting deer, dove, and duck. He was a founding member of Ducks Unlimited of Shelby County and a member of NRA and TSRA. He and a close circle of friends hunted together for the past 40-plus years. Tim also loved collecting Western memorabilia.

In addition to his parents, Tim was preceded in death by his uncle, Shuford Farmer. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Georgia; his daughter, Katherine Marie Taylor Daniel and her husband, Justin Daniel, and their son, Taylor Thomas Daniel. Tim is also survived by his sister, Pattie Taylor Herbert, and her children, Taylor Herbert and Austin Herbert; and a cousin, Kathy Farmer Diehl. And by his sister-in-law, Judy Irving Browne, and her daughter, Elizabeth Browne Cornelius; and a niece, Lisa Davis Beaver. All of whom will miss his charm and fun spirit.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to M.D. Anderson Hospital, addressed to The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 with notation as a memorial to Tim Taylor for esophageal cancer or go to https://gifts.mdanderson.org.

Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.

Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors of Nacogdoches.


11/05/2014

Tommie Deloris Williams, 59, of Kilgore, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 7, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Miss Williams was born December 28, 1954 in Center to T. J. Williams and Lorena Armstreet Williams. She was employed at Region 7 Education Center in Kilgore for eight years and also owned and operated TNT Signs. Miss Williams was a member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Sister: Judy Easley and husband, Tommie of Mt. Pleasant

Sister-in-law: Joyce Richards of Friendswood

Nieces & Nephews:
John Easley and wife, Regina of Bogata
Tim Easley of Mt. Pleasant
Craig Easley of Mt. Pleasant
Candice Richards of Friendswood

10 Great Nieces & Nephews

Numerous cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: T. J. Williams and Lorena Armstreet Williams
Brother: Steve Richards
Grandparents
Niece: Terri Easley

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


Mildred McClelland, (87), of Center, passed away. Memorial services will be Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1:00pm at Hicks Chapel 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas.

Survivors:

Son, Rufus (Janette) McClelland of Beaumont, Texas

Grandchildren: Deidrick Smith, Covina McClelland, Andra McClelland, Dedrick Smith, Lashanna Lewis, Delanta McClelland, Martine McClelland, Marcie McClelland, & Eric McClelland

A host of great-grandchildren

Brother, Jimmy (Frankie) Arnold of Center, Texas

2 Sisters, Arma Bolton & Margaret Fuller all of Center, Texas

Services are under the direction of Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


Myrtle Lillian Powell Behrens passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf's Sunset Chapel (located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches, Texas/phone 936-564-7333) with Rev. John Bingham officiating. Burial will follow at San Jacinto Memorial Cemetery in Houston at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014.

She was born February 26, 1926, to Alvin and Myrtle Buchanan Powell.

Mrs. Behrens was a Methodist, a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Past Mother Advisor of The Rainbow For Girls Chapter 152.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Myrtle Powell; her brothers, Alvin Jr. and John Robert; and husbands, M.H. Cordill and Albert B. Behrens.

Her survivors include: sister, Marjorie Hart and husband Charles Hart; step- children, Ralph Behrens and wife Ocine, Joida Heuston, and Tiffany Griffin and husband Wendyl; nieces, Ruby Glover and husband Ray Dean, and Ebeth Crawford; nephews, Robert Powell and wife Susan and Alvin Powell and wife Jennifer; a great nephew, Adam Weaver and his daughter Cheyenne; and a host of relatives and friends.

Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.

Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors of Nacogdoches.


11/04/2014

George Kennith Hooper, 65, of Center, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 7, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Andy Wilson and Bro. Edward McRae officiating. A masonic graveside service will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Hooper was born April 18, 1949 in Center to George Napoleon Hooper and Vaster Missouri “Dolly” Lee Hooper. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. Mr. Hooper was a member of the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 in Center and Center First United Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by:

Wife: Evelyn Hooper of Center

Children:
Teresa Gilchrist and husband, Rickey of Center
Alan Hooper of Center
Angie Gilchrist and husband, David of Center
Kimberly Ray and husband, Shane of Shelbyville
Robert Hooper and wife, Kerrie of Center
Laura Stone and husband, Joe of Nacogdoches
Karen Caniglia and husband, Mark of Blanchard, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Randall Gilchrist and wife, Cheli of Martinsville
Wesley Gilchrist and wife, Brittney of Center
Brandi Gilchrist and Jason Guzman of Center
Brittany Gilchrist of Center
Alanea Hooper of Center
Kase Hooper of Center
Heather Mahan and fiancé, Billy of Center
Torie Gilchrist and Jeremy Nettles of Center
Kristin Peace and husband, Tanner of Center
Blake Harkness and wife, Shanai of Center
Dakota Womack of Center
Ashley Harkness of Shelbyville
Kalie Harkness of Lufkin
Austin Wright of Center
Alex Hooper of Center
Andrew Hooper of Center
Joe Stone of Nacogdoches
Jacob Stone of Nacogdoches
Tyler Caniglia of Blanchard

Sisters:
Mildred McSwain of Center
Marie Golden and husband, Doyle of Buna
Georgie Waller and husband, Gyp of Kountze
Cynda Jones and husband, Obie of Nacogdoches

Preceded in death by
Father: George Napoleon Hooper
Mother: Vaster Missouri “Dolly” Lee Hooper
Sisters: Pauline Hooper, Joyce Warr and husband, Velt
Nephews: Jimmy Warr, Randy Golden, Clint Weaver, David Waller
Brother-in-law: James Lee McSwain

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Davis, Leroy Danley, Dakota Womack, Steve Adams, Clyde Danley, Kat McSwain, Blake Harkness and Wesley Gilchrist. Honorary pallbearers will be Winston Smith, Ronnie McSwain, Randy Adams and Billy Rex Fountain.

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


Martin Muñoz, 51, of Center, passed away Tuesday, November 04, 2014 at his residence.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Father, Jose Luis Vidarte officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 10, 1963 in Mexico City to Gamaliel Muñoz and Antonia Martinez.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Gamaliel Muñoz and Brother, Alfredo Muñoz.

He is survived by:

Wife, Hilaria Muñoz of Center

Son, Alex Muñoz & wife, Melissa of Center

Daughter, Diana Muñoz & Jesus Hernandez of Center

Granddaughter, Mia Grace Muñoz of Center

Mother, Antonia Martinez

Brothers & Sisters:
Leticia Muñoz & husband, Heriberto Hernandez
Gustavo Muñoz & wife, Teresa
Guillermo Muñoz & wife, Martha
Laura Muñoz & husband, Leonardo
Antonio Muñoz & wife, Josefina

Nieces & Nephews
Norma Hernandez, Heriberto Hernandez, Jr. & wife,
Gustavo Muñoz, Jr., Daniela Muñoz, Guillermo Muñoz, Jr. & wife,
Yoali Muñoz Castro & husband, Lorena Muñoz & Emmanuel Muñoz

Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law:
Orlando Salazar & wife, Carmela
Maria Auxillo & husband, Francisco Escalante
Maria Elena Salazar
Manuel Salazar & wife, Connie
Rosario Salazar
Eugenio Salazar & wife, Wendy
Jose Guadalupe & wife, Socorro
Anabel Salazar
Gabriela Salazar & husband, David

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


Gorge Ray Smith, 70, of Longview passed away on October 30, 2014.

His wishes were to be cremated.

Left behind
Wife, Melinda Smith married 33 years

Sister, Sue Ann Willams

Children: Meshelle Dehart, Linda Christine Snyder, Stephanie Gale Hollis, Brian Smith

12 Grandchildren

7 Great-Grandchildren

Many nieces & nephews

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


11/03/2014

Graveside services for Mr. Ruble V.C. Osby, 65, of Center will be Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:00pm at Westview Cemetery. Mr. Osby died November 2, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. Rev. Robert Gipson will be officiating.

Survivors:
Wife: Evelyn Osby of Center, Texas

Son: Patrick V.C. Osby of Federal Way, Washington

Daughter: Tomeka (Kenneth) Moody of Center, Texas

4 Grandchildren: LaDerrick Osby of Center, Jawan Osby of Tacoma Washington, Isaiah White, & Sean White of Center, Texas

1 Great-Grandchild: DJ Osby of Center, Texas

2 Brothers: Ervin Osby and Floyd Osby Jr. of Center, Texas

1 Sister: Dorothy Bonaparte of Center, Texas

Visitation at Hicks Chapel Thursday, November 6, 2014 from the hours of 6:00pm -8:00pm. Repass at Mt. Zion CME Church (921 Martin Luther King Drive Center, Texas)

Burial at Westview Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


Richard Allen “Big Daddy” Kublick, 66, of Timpson, TX, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX. Funeral service for Mr. Kublick will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Platt officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday from 10:00 AM until service time.

Born July 26, 1948, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Richard A. Kublick was the son of the late Edward Kublick and Marjorie (Mortimore) Kublick Radke. He was a truck driver and enjoyed making cuckoo clocks. Richard was a loving husband, brother, and uncle and was known as “Big Daddy” to his many CB buddies. He also attended Woodland Christian Church, Timpson. Richard and Sheri Spencer were married October 8, 2011, in Timpson.

Survivors include:

Wife, Sheri Kublick of Timpson

Stepfather, Irvin Radke of Punta Gorda, FL

Brothers:
Rodney Kublick and wife Robin of Louisville, Kentucky
Roger Kublick of Stevensville, Michigan

Stepsisters:
Sue Ahonen and husband Alan of Port Charlotte, FL
Sandra Brewer of Punta Gorda, FL, and
Sharon Radke of Port Charlotte, FL

Aunt, Iris Amos and husband John of Timpson, TX

Uncle, Emery Rader, Jr. of St. Joseph, Michigan

Nieces, Elizabeth and Christiana Kublick of Louisville, Kentucky.

A graveside service and interment will be held later in Caldwell Cemetery in Eau Claire, Michigan.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Helen Irene (Weatherly) Brittain was born June 1, 1918 to A.C. and Fannie Weatherly in Lufkin, Texas. She passed away October 31, 1914 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas at 2:00pm,Wednesday, November 5, 2014 with Bro. Jeremy Pruitt and Bro. John McGuire. Grave side service will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

Surviving family:

Brother:
Thomas Weatherly & wife Mary Lou of LaPorte, Texas

Sons:
T. Daniel Brittain & wife Karen of Dallas, TX
David F. Brittain & wife Betty of Wimberly, TX

10 grandchildren & 18 great-grandchildren

Many nieces & nephews and a host of relatives and friends

Preeded in death by her Beloved husband of over 6o years Z.F. Brittain
2 sisters: Winnie Barr and Hazel Watson
5 brothers: Homer, Grover, Clarence, Woodard, Frank Weatherly

Pallbearers: Scott Brittain, Luther Brittain, Eric Brittain, Paul Brittain, David Brittain, Stephen Brittain, & Chris Brittain.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bob Barton & Lane Barton


Bernie Beth Blount, 85, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 at LifeCare Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Word of Faith Church in Joaquin with Rev. Melba Rogers, Rev. Rennie Baker and Rev. Chris Welch officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be Tuesday evening November 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born January 19, 1929 in Shelby County to Rennie Clement and Bernice Elizabeth (Holt) Snider. She was member of the Willow Grove Community Church in Joaquin.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Rennie and Bernice Snider, Husband, Eugene Debs Blount, Granddaughter, Alaina Claire Blount, Brother, R.C. Snider, Sister, Ercell Cammack and Sister, Billie Baker.

She is survived by:

Children:
Eugene D. Blount, Jr. & wife, Betty Kay of Joaquin
Sissy Morgan & husband, Phinis of Waxahachie
Linda Ruth Martin & husband, Donnie of Humble
Ronnie Blount & wife, Jan of Waxahachie
Ricky Blount & wife, Ginny of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Gena Blount Bunn & husband, Travis of Longview
Dorinda Blount Williams & husband, Jonathan of Houston
Kelli Blount Falk & husband, Steve of San Antonio
Jeff Morgan & wife, Brande of Waxahachie
Niki Smith & husband, Chris of Easton, Missouri
Jeremy Martin & wife, Amber of Tyler
Lindsey Jones & husband, Matt of Humble
Major Keith Blount & wife, Jennifer of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Kevin Blount & wife, April of Arlington
Courtney Bodine & husband, Dr. Trevor Bodine of Prosper
Camille Blount Stanfield & husband, Scott of Center
Lewis Blount of Joaquin

22 Great-Grandchildren

2 Sisters:
Jimmie Baker of Waxahachie
Lyndal Gunter & husband, Perry of Houston

Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law:
Cline Blount & wife, Patsy of Shreveport
Bo Blount & wife, Janice of Shreveport
Bobbie Ruth Blount McCaskell of Denver, CO

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Beloved Friend & Caregiver, Shirley Bledsoe

Pallbearers: Jeff Morgan, Jeremy Martin, Major Keith Blount, Kevin Blount, Lewis Blount, Travis Bunn, Jonathan Williams, Steve Falk, Chris Smith, Matt Jones, Trevor Bodine & Scott Stanfield

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


Cora Louise Green, 87, of Joaquin formerly of Biloxi, Mississippi, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Willis Knighton North in Shreveport, LA.

Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Jackson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. David Long officiating,

She was born January 2, 1927 in Biloxi, Mississippi to Ralph Anthony Ladnier and Rae Audrey (Entrikin) Ladnier. She was a member of the Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Ralph and Rae Ladnier, Husband, William H. Green, 2 Brothers, Ralph Ladnier and Alfred Ladnier, Sister, Jeannie Entrikin and Daughter-in-law, Angela Green.

She is survived by:

Children:
Frances Carroll & husband, Raymond of Joaquin
William H. Green, Jr. of Gautier, MS
Toni Johnston of Biloxi, MS

Grandchildren:
Geana Owen & husband, Michael of Joaquin
Denise Darnielle & husband, Doug of Joaquin
Raymond Carroll, Jr. & wife, Melissa of Joaquin
William H. Green, III & wife, Kellie of Gautier, MS
Jason Green of Gautier, MS
Angela Green of Gautier, MS
Jackie Benton, Jr. & wife, Tiffany of Van Cleave, MS
Robert Benton & wife, Crystal of Van Cleave, MS
Jennifer Johnston Steiner of Biloxi, MS

21 Great-Grandchildren: Jessica Eberenz & husband, Cade; Michelle & Grace Owen; Lisa & Justin Wilson; Bradley, Zachery, Joshua & Sarah Darnielle; Kristen & Raymond Carroll, III; Mallory & Madelynn Green; Alexis & Lindsey Benton; Victoria & Fredie Meyer; Tabitha & Dillon Benton; Ashlyn Steiner & Katie Ladner

Great-Great-Grandchildren: Michael Bryce & Brennen Cade Eberenz

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

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10/31/2014

Mrs. Jimmie Dunham,101, of Logansport formerly of Shelby County, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 at her residence.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Joaquin with Bro. Harold Hanson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas.

She was born October 30, 1913 in Shelby County, Texas to Oscar and Betty (Smith) Bivens. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church in Joaquin since 1937. She was a Charter Member of Joaquin Chapter 903 Order of the Eastern Star.

She is preceded in death her Parents, Oscar and Betty Bivens, Son, David Dunham, Son, Ken Dunham & Brothers & Sisters.

She is survived by:

Grandchildren:
Steve Dunham & wife, Ann of Kentucky
Sonya Campbell of Temple
Mark Dunham & wife, Alison of Lexington, SC
Dan Dunham & wife, Tina of Cleburne
Nara Cole & husband, Ronnie of Sour Lake

Great-Grandchildren: Christan Campbell, Holly Campbell, Grant Dunham, Joshua Dunham, Nicholas Dunham, David Dunham & Laurel Williams

Great-Great-Grandchildren: Khloe Campbell & Brooke Campbell

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers: Steve Dunham, Mark Dunham, Dan Dunham, Grant Dunham, Ronnie Cole & Wayne Swan

Honorary Pallbearers: Joshua Dunham, Nicholas Dunham & David Dunham

Special Thank You to Mary Swan, Dee Strickland, Diane Cole & Virginia Campbell for the special care you gave to our Mamaw.

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


10/30/2014

Marcelle Stone Smith, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Carroll Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating. A visitation will be held at Carroll Cemetery prior to the graveside service, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Ms. Smith was born November 26, 1936 in Joaquin to Gladys Stone Mayfield. She was a member of Toledo Bend Baptist Church in Huxley.

She is survived by

Sons:
Sammie Stephen Smith and wife, Edie of Huxley
Larry Reed Smith and wife, Connie of Huxley

Daughter: Rhonda Lynn Smith of Huxley

Grandchildren:
Shawna Melvin and husband, Jeremy of Vidor
Brian Smith and wife, Danielle of Vidor
Emily Buckley and husband, Michael of Huxley
Brandi Floyd and husband, Robert of Joaquin

Step Grandchildren:
Sarah Johnson
Ryan Perrin

Great Grandchildren:
Allie Melvin of Lumberton
BrieAnna Thomas of Huxley
Jackson Thomas of Huxley
Josh Thomas of Huxley
Tye Buckley of Huxley
Urijah Floyd of Joaquin
Grayson Floyd of Joaquin
Hunter Smith of Center
MacKenzie Smith of Vidor

Step Great Grandchild: Riley Perrin

Special Sister: Gwen Roquet of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Sammie G. Smith
Mother: Gladys Stone Mayfield
Grandparents: Robert Stone and Emmaline Stone

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


Bro. Charles Hannah, 53, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Andy Wilson and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Bro. Hannah was born August 15, 1961 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Joseph Hannah and Betty Joyce Hadwick Hannah. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Bro. Hannah was a minister of the gospel for nearly three decades. He had a passion for the gospel and for helping others.

He is survived by
Children:
Delaena Evridge and husband, Boyd of Center
Josh Hannah and wife, Sarah of Center

Grandchildren:
Cadence Hannah of Center
Gabriel Hannah of Center
Alivia Hannah of Center

Brothers:
Joe Hannah Jr. of Judsonia, Arkansas
Lynn Hannah and wife, Janet of Bald Knob, Arkansas

Sister: Linda Stephens and husband, Buck of Judsonia, Arkansas

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Janet Hannah
Parents: Joseph Hannah and Betty Joyce Hadwick Hannah

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


Elnora Lacy “Buck” Mackey, age 83, of San Augustine, Texas passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Colonial Pines Health Care Center in San Augustine, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at New Union Grove Baptist Church with interment at Union Grove Cemetery, Rev. Orvin Garrett, officiating.

Visitation and wake will be held Friday, October 31, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Robert Mackey (Jacqueline) of Dallas, Texas
James Robert Mackey of San Augustine, Texas
Tommy Lacy of San Augustine, Texas
Michael Anthony Lacy of San Augustine, Texas

Daughters:
Azzie Elnora Brown (Rev. Henry) of Troup, Texas
Azzie Lee Porter (Wayne) of San Augustine, Texas

16 Grandchildren 5 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Willie Lacy (Mary) of Houston, Texas
O. V. Lacy (Carolyn) of San Augustine, Texas
T. C. Lacy of San Augustine, Texas

Sister, Tillie B. Lee of Fort Worth, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

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


Mauddie Ann “Doodle” Gilchrist, 78, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Edward McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery.

Ms. Gilchrist was born February 5, 1936 in Center to Stokley Andrews and Adele Tomlin Andrews. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by
Sons:
Rickey Gilchrist and wife, Teresa of Center
David Gilchrist and wife, Angie of Center

Grandchildren:
Randall Gilchrist and wife, Cheli of Center
Wesley Gilchrist and wife, Brittney of Center
Brandi Gilchrist and Jayson Guzman of Center
Brittany Gilchrist of Center
Heather Mahan and fiancé, Billy Partlow of Center
Torie Gilchrist and Jeremy Nettles of Center
Kristin Peace and husband, Tanner of Center

A number of Great-Grandchildren

Brother-in-law: Fred Johnson of Center

Sister-in-law: Dorothy Faucet of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: C.B. “Buddy” Gilchrist
Parents: Stokley Andrews and Adele Tomlin Andrews
Brothers and Sisters: Doug Andrews, Loyce Johnson, Dorothy “Dot” Fenley and husband, Gene

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


10/29/2014

Elizabeth Ann Ross passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the age of 63 after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Ms. Ross was born in Center, Texas and was a longtime resident of the New Orleans area.

She was the Daughter of the late Edwin and Marie Scruggs Ross; Sister of Dr. Edwin Ross, Jr. and sister-in-law of Nancy Ross; Aunt of Colin Ross and Kimberly Ross.

Her strength, loyalty, and ever-present smile were an inspiration to all those who shared in her life. She was loved by her many friends, and will be greatly missed by her family.

A graveside burial service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, November 3 at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

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


John W. Ashby, 66, of Georgetown, TX, formerly of Center, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Georgetown.

John was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Center, TX since 1954. John graduated from Center High School, attended Georgetown University, and The University of North Texas.

John worked for Beall Brothers as a store manager prior to beginning his career with Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor and retired in 2009.

John was preceded in death by

Father, A.H. Ashby of Center

Daughter, April McGill of San Marcos

He is survived by

Wife, Sue Ashby

Son, J.W. Ashby

Mother, Mildred Ashby

Sister, Diana A. Davis of Center

Grandchildren: Shelby Gentry and Austin Gentry

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org

Cremation services are under the direction of All Faiths Funeral Home, Round Rock, Texas.


10/28/2014

Marcus T. Goodwin, (38) of Center, died October 26, 2014. Mr. Goodwin’s services will be Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm. The funeral services will be at Abundant Love Ministries located at 1218 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas 75935. Rev. Robert Gipson will be Officiating.

Marcus Goodwin is survived by:

Wifey, Rachelle Goodwin of Center, Texas

Sons:
LaMarcus Goodwin of Center, Texas
Avanta’ Fredieu of Tenaha, Texas

Daughter, Marchelle Goodwin of Center, Texas

Step-Son, SaDarion Walker of Center, Texas

Father, Archie Clayton Singleton of Longview, Texas

Mother, Shirley Ruth Goodwin of Center, Texas

Grandmother, Eddie Ruth Goodwin of Center, Texas

Brothers:
Christopher Singleton of Canada
Louis Singleton of Nacogdoches, Texas

Sisters:
Jessica Singleton of Longview
Ashley Singleton of Beaumont, Texas
Ariel Singleton of Beaumont, Texas
Kylie Singleton of Longview, Texas

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel on Friday October 31, 2014 (all day). Burial will be at St John Cemetery in the (Africa Community). Repass will be at Mt. Zion CME Church & Eddie Ruth Goodwin’s residence.

Services Entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King, Center, Texas 75935


Pearline Andrews Windham, 94, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Mrs. Windham was born January 1, 1920 in Enterprise, Alabama to William Henry Andrews and Lillia Mae Johnson Andrews. She was employed at Center ISD for many years, where she enjoyed working in the cafeteria. Mrs. Windham loved sewing, cooking, gardening and spending time with family.

She is survived by
Son: David Windham and wife, Bonnie of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Janet Hughes and husband, Edward of Carthage
Darla Smith and husband, Carey of Nashville
Cathryn Windham of Terlingua
William Windham of Nacogdoches
Allison Gallegos and husband, Ed of Jonesboro

Great Grandchildren:
Brittany Breaux of Nashville
Harrison Windham of Strawn
Madolyn Windham of Jonesboro
Vicente Gallegos of Jonesboro

Sister: Sally Anderson of Garrison

Brother-in-law: Preston Windham of Center

Special Friend: Paul Breaux of Center

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Albert W. Windham
Son: William Henry Windham
Parents: William Henry Andrews and Lillia Mae Johnson Andrews

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


10/27/2014

Dale Harding, 54, of Center, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine.

Mr. Harding was born July 7, 1960 in Brenham to Jim Harding and Helen Stegmann Harding.

He is survived by
Parents: Jim and Helen Harding of San Augustine

Brothers:
Dennis Harding and wife, Shelia of Nacogdoches
James Harding and wife, Judy of Center
Jeffery Harding and wife, Sherry of Shelbyville
Dean Harding of Shelbyville
Joe Harding of San Augustine
Levi Harding of San Augustine

Sisters:
Lori McSwain and husband, Steve of Center
Hope Harrison and husband, Jessi of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: Walter and Norma Stegmann, L.T. and Jennie Harding

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


Wilson “Larkin” Miller, 93, a resident of Austin since 1967, passed away on October 25, 2014.

A full Military Honors Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Reverend Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley, Texas.

He was born in Shelby County, Texas, on January 14, 1921, the son of Jacob and Jennie McKenzie Miller. He enlisted in the Army-Air Corps in 1941 and later joined the US Air Force, serving in the European Theatre of World War II and the Korean War. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after serving 30 years. His next career was teaching automotive mechanics at a technical school, and his last career was owning and running a car lot. Everyone who met him soon realized they could bring him almost any broken machine - from lawnmowers to cars- and he would figure out a way to fix it.

We cherish and honor his courage and dignity: his devoted wife of nine years, Vera Youngbloom, daughter Vivian Miller and husband James Boylan; son Gary Miller and wife Gayle; daughter Deborah Bates and husband Bill; granddaughter Valerie Windle and husband Brody; granddaughter Madeleine Bates; great-grandson Levi Miller Windle; the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Vera Youngbloom, brothers- and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Vivian Lurlean Oswalt Miller, brother Leo Miller and sisters Artie B Alford and Altonia Brawley.

Pallbearers will be Norman Oswalt, Gary Miller, Keith Fincher, Ronnie Youngblood, Johnny Matthews and Sammy O'Rear.

The family is grateful for the love, prayers and generous spirit of the Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship, the domino players of the Oak Hill Senior Activities Center, very special niece Shirley Furlow Fincher, our neighbors in Circle C, and friends Micah White, Danny Campos, Cheryl Archer, and Laurel Briscoe.

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


10/24/2014

Mary LaVerne Smith, 84, of Port Arthur, Texas, formerly of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

LaVerne was born October 16, 1930 in Center, Texas to Lee Lout and Leona Fleming Lout. She was a resident of Port Arthur for 42 years and a member of First Pentecostal Church of Port Arthur. LaVerne was a retired licensed vocational nurse, having worked at Park Place Hospital for 14 years and for Dr. O. L. Echols for 28 years.

She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Lee Moore; and six siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy McPayne of Vidor, TX, Linda Stephens and husband Steven; two sons, Kenneth Edward Moore and wife Pat of Beaumont, TX, Andrew Smith of Vidor, TX; three sisters, Dorothy Jean Jackson of Shreveport, LA, Johnnie Hutto and husband Jake of Waskom, TX, Tommie Rohrer and husband Jim of Sacramento, CA; one brother, James Lout and wife Ann of Conroe, TX; thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 27, 2014 at First Pentecostal Church of Port Arthur with Reverend Darrell McCoy and Reverend Barry Scruggs officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the church.


10/23/2014

Jimmie Boland, 85, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Tyler. She was born April 24, 1929.

Graveside service is under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


10/22/2014

Cole Hooper, 50, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Hooper was born January 8, 1964 in Center to Billy Wayne Hooper and Ann Crain Hooper. He was an avid outdoorsman and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Children:
Dameon Dewayne Hooper
Michael Shane Fenley and wife, Heather of Center
Dillon De’Cole Hooper of Snook
Shyanna Marie Hooper of Snook

Mother: Ann Hooper of Center

Sisters:
Pam Adkinson and husband, Howell of Center
Ginia Arvella and husband, Richard of Timpson

Brother: Jimmy Dwain Hooper of Huntsville

Four Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Billy Wayne Hooper

Pallbearers will be David Gilchrist, Brian Harkness, Wesley Gilchrist, Clint Adkinson, Kat McSwain, Heath Adkinson, Steve Tomlin, Alan Hooper and Weldon Bailey. Honorary pallbearer will be Ronnie Davis.

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

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


Jesse J. Jones, 79, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 24, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Jesse J. Jones was born in the Antioch Community of Shelby County to William Jesse Jones and Willie Ruth Golden Jones on December 1, 1934. He married Lucille Mena on February 13, 1960 and they celebrated fifty-four years together.

Jesse served two terms in the United States Army from 1958 to 1964, during which time he was in the Third Armored Division and also served as a Medic. He retired from Brown & Root Marine Operators after 30+ years. He began a new career as a log truck driver with the Barr Brothers and later with Roscoe McSwain.

Jesse enjoyed rodeos in his younger years and participated in the rough stock events. He was a member of Rodeo Cowboy Association and was a lifetime member of AQHA. He loved the outdoors, especially farming and raising race horses. He was a faithful longtime member of St. Therese Catholic Church.

He is survived by
Wife: Lucille Mena Jones of Center

Daughter: Deidra Annette Jones of Spring

Sons:
Kenneth Duane Jones and wife, Amanda of Center
Gary Alan Jones and wife, Susan of Lindale
William Casey Jones and wife, Gina of Spring

Grandchildren:
Zackary Jones of Nacogdoches
J.T. Jones of Center
Jackson Jones of Spring
Kelsi Jones of Lindale
Kendal Wise of Tyler
Derek Wise and wife, Kelly of Lindale

Three Great Grandchildren

Brother: Charles Ray Jones and wife, Pat of Patroon

Niece: Charla Jones of Lufkin

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: William Jesse and Willie Ruth Jones

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Jones, Alan Jones, Casey Jones, Zackary Jones, J.T. Jones, Charles Ray Jones, Roscoe McSwain and Derek Grant. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackson Jones, Lynn Mena, Ray Mena, Ronnie Mena, Vernon Santos, Jerry Walker, Tommy Hughes, Tim Wulf, Mickey Wilson and Tom Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Therese Remodeling Fund.

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


10/19/2014

Nolen Cogswell, 90, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. D.J. Dickerson officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Nolen Cogswell was born November 10, 1923, to the late Aquila Levi Cogswell and Mary Elizabeth Day. He graduated from Center High School in 1942. Nolen did not qualify for military service, but served his country during World War II by working in the shipyards in Seattle, Washington, building destroyers. This is where he met his wife of 69 years, Margaret Ellen Hagenlock, of Seneca, South Dakota. They were married in October 1945 and moved to Texas where they lived and reared their family. Nolen and Ellen operated a grocery store in Joaquin for many years until Nolen was appointed Post Master in the Joaquin Post Office. After retirement, he continued raising cattle and began his love of gardening. He was a member of the Joaquin Church of Christ. He will always be remembered for his friendly and outgoing personality.

Nolen is survived by
Wife: Ellen Cogswell of Joaquin, Texas

Children:
Doug Cogswell of Joaquin, Texas
Phyllis Franks of Conroe, Texas
Mary Ellen Lowe and husband, Buren, of Joaquin, Texas
Lori Willey and husband, Pat, of Magnolia, Texas

Grandchildren:
Amber Terrell and husband, Troy, of Mansfield, Louisiana
Morgan Beasley and husband, Josh of Shreveport, Louisiana
Dane Cogswell of Mansfield, Louisiana
Cortney Kays and husband, Josh of Bedford, Texas
Colby Franks and wife, Kelsey, of Katy, Texas
Jeanine Jones and husband, Matt, of Murphy, Texas
Brannon Lowe of Joaquin, Texas
Rachel Willey of Austin, Texas
Kathleen Willey of Houston, Texas

Great-Grandchildren:
Lexie, Kingston, and Lelex Terrell
Brady and Levi Kays
Nolen and Sawyer Franks
Caleb, Joshua, and Johnathan Jones

Step Great-Grandchildren:
Alley and Abby Beasley

Brothers and Sisters-in-law:
James Henry Cogswell and wife, Judy, of Reserve, Louisiana
Pat Cogswell and wife, Mary, of Dickinson, Texas

Brothers-in-law and Sister-in-law:
Carl, Del, Les, and Glen Hagenlock
Roger Hagenlock and wife, Bonnie

Numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews and friends

Nolen is preceded in death by his parents and a great-granddaughter, Stevie Leigh Franks.

Pallbearers will be Josh Beasley, Dane Cogswell, Josh Kays, Colby Franks, Matt Jones and Brannon Lowe. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Dean and Joe Hughes.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of East Texas, 1012 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.

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


10/17/2014

W.I. Davis, Jr., 92, of Center, Texas passed away on October 17, 2014 at his home in Center, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas on Monday, October 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Center, Texas. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

W.I. Davis, Jr., a lifelong resident, was born in Center, Texas to the late W.I. Davis, Sr. and Eula Redditt Davis on September 29, 1922. He graduated from Center High School in 1939 and attended both Schreiner University and the University of Texas. During World War II, he was a pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps, obtaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. On April 5, 1947, he married Inez Neilson Davis. They enjoyed 67 wonderful years together and raised 2 children, Neilson Davis and Cynthia Davis Griffin of Center, Texas.

For over 30 years, he was the Mobil Oil Company consignee along with managing a cattle operation and several large tree farms. W.I. served as a member of Farmers State Bank’s Board of Directors for 57 years. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Farmers State Bank from 2004 to 2008. Additionally, W.I. received the 50 Year Banker Award from the Texas Bankers Association in 2007.

His life was filled with service to his community, church, and family legacy. W.I. used his service and leadership abilities when he was appointed as a director of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, the Texas Forestry Association, the Forest Landowners Association, the Shelby County Soil and Conservation District, and head of the District Selective Service Board. He served as a board member of the Federal Land Bank Association of Tyler. He was also a lifetime member of the Texas Forestry Association, as well as a member of the Heritage Foundation, the Shelby County Appraisal District Committee, and the American Farm Bureau Federation Forestry Advisory Committee, where he also served as Chairman. W.I. also received the Texas Department of Transportation Road Hand Award for his contributions, the Tree Farmer of the Year Award from the Tree Farmers Association, the Target 2000 Texas A&M University System Distinguished Service Award, and the 1995 Fort Worth Star Telegram Farm and Ranch Award for Texas Best in Timber Farming. In addition, he served Shelby County as a president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in the 1950’s.

W.I. had a passion for helping high school students particularly those from Shelbyville I.S.D. He and Inez established scholarships in memory of their parents, W.I. and Eula Davis and H.H. and Mavet Neilson. These scholarships are awarded annually to every graduating senior who desires to continue their education.

He was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas, where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Chairman of the Fellowship Hall Building Committee. W.I. also gave much of his free time to the Methodist Children’s Home Boys Ranch where he served as a Wrangler and as a commissioner of the Methodist Church Children’s Home.

W.I. was an avid aviator since joining the Air Corps in 1942, serving as a founding member of the Center Airport Committee. He was also a drag racing enthusiast.

W.I.’s life of service to his community, church, and family was evident in his work ethic and shown in his many volunteer roles. He was a man of integrity and incredible humor to those who knew him and to those whom his work in the community affected. He will be greatly missed by many, but he has left a great footprint in the land and hearts of East Texans.

W.I. is survived by his loving wife, Inez Neilson Davis; son and daughter-in-law, Neilson and Diana Ashby Davis; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Davis Griffin and Guy Griffin; grandson, Patrick Griffin and wife, Kasey Griffin; granddaughter, Kelly Griffin Wahl and husband, Wesley Wahn; great-grandsons, Justin and Jason Bobbitt; Shannon Grammer, and Larry and Brandi Shoults and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by sister, Christine Kenny Hankins; sister, Catherine Davis Pinkston; niece, Jeannine Foster Walker; and nephew, Joe Davis Foster.

A heartfelt thanks to Marie Small, the caregivers of Always There Home Care and Accolade Hospice for their loving care of our father.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 5010, Waco, Texas 76708 or First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Thelma Hooter, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

Her wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

She was born February 27, 1941 in Idabelle, OK to Jarvis and Lehi (Arck) Level. She worked as a nurse for many years.

She is preceded in death by a brother & a sister.

She is survived by:

Husband, Marvin Hooter of Shelbyville

Step Son, Kevin Hooter & wife, Juliene of Gilbert, AZ

Grandchildren:
Evan Hooper of Gilbert, AZ
Gracie Thompson of San Diego, CA

Sisters-in-law:
Mary Cooper of Dayton
Anita Hunter of Dayton

Brothers-in-law:
Howard Hooter & wife, Teresa of Dickinson
Buddy Hooter & wife, Linda of Troy

Sisters:
Donna, Shirley, Sally & Gloria Jean
Several Other Loving Family Members

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


10/15/2014

Edward Henry Vaughn, 67, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on October 14, 2014, in Houston Texas. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Laird Funeral Home with Rev. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin, Texas.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Laird Funeral Home from 5:00 -7:00 PM.

Edward was born on June 20, 1947, in Center, Texas to the late Thomas Henry Vaughn and Ella Alice Snider. He grew up in Huxley, Texas. He attended Joaquin High School and graduated in 1965. After high school he went on to attend Allreds Business College in Lufkin, Texas. In January 1966, Edward met, what he knew from the very beginning, would be his future wife, Joan Patricia Stansel. Edward and Joan dated for six months and on July 8, 1966, they became one. They moved to Euless, Texas where they lived about 20 years. While living in Euless, Edward was a Master Mason and a member of Estelle Lodge # 582 of Euless, Texas. Edward later moved his family back home to East Texas.

Edward was an avid golfer; you would find him, just about every day, enjoying golfing at Woodland Hills with his friends. Edward and Joan enjoyed each others company, they would travel, and go on cruises together when ever they had a chance. He was very protective and devoted to his wife. Always side by side with his love, Joan. Edward was very well known by many. He was self employed; the owner of Ed’s Muffler Shop and Brake Service in Nacogdoches, Texas from 1987-2005. He was a very kind man; always helping others when ever they needed his help, very devoted to his family and friends. Edward was very proud of his family. He loved his darling daughter, Susan, and he adored his granddaughter, Alyssa. He was a member of Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Edward is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Joan Patricia Stansel Vaughn; daughter,Susan Cavanaugh and husband, Jeff; granddaughter, Alyssa Cavanaugh; sisters, Bertha Lee Raymond and husband, Dean, Mildred Dillard, and Joan O’Rear.

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Henry Vaughn and Ella Alice Snider; and his sister, Agnes Bryan.

Pallbearers will be James Raymond, Chuck Raymond, Larry O’Rear, Keith O’Rear, Randy Dillard, Ronnie Dillard, Donald Dillard, Waylon Bryan, and David Bryan.

Services are under the direction of Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.


Jeanne Marcelle Henry died October 9, 2014.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Marcelle was born June 28th, 1919 in d’Ecommoy, France to John Hendrick Roberts, an American soldier stationed in France, who married a lovely young French maiden, Marcelle Naomi Desmouliere. Hendrick brought his new family back to Center, TX, then to New York City, then back to TX during Marcelle’s formative years. While A Texan at heart, she often reminisced of her New York days. Marcelle met her spouse for life, Fred Henry, at a dance at UT while she was attending college. They were married in 5 months and she devoted most of her life to being a wife and mother of three. Her style and social graces, her famous cooking and lovely needle work will never be forgotten. Most importantly, her faith in Jesus Christ allows us, her family, to be confident and comforted in her eternal heavenly destiny and of our future reunion.

We thank all of her gifted, loving individual care givers and the loving staffs at ComForCare, Sheltering Arms Day Care Center, and Compassionate Care Hospice, all in Houston. We are grateful for each and every one of the caregivers who gave of themselves so generously.

Marcelle is survived by her son, William Hendrick Henry and his wife Ginny and John Robert Henry and his wife Debbie.

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


Roy Gene Walker, 75, of Monroe, LA formerly of Joaquin, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Joaquin with Mrs. Melba Rodgers officiating with military honors given by VFW Post #8904. Visitation will be Thursday prior to the service starting at noon until 1:30 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 10, 1939 in Joaquin to Wayne and Lottie Mae (Wilson) Walker. He served in the US Army. He retired from the International Paper Co after many years.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Wayne & Lottie Mae Walker, Mother of son Glen Walker, Melba Taylor, 2 Brothers; David Walker & Jerrell Walker & Step-daughter, Angel Michelle Kelly.

He is survived by:

Wife, Ethel Mae Walker of Monroe, LA

Children:
Glen Walker & wife, Ann of Rayville, LA
Ricky Walker & wife, Tina of Oak Grove, LA
Tonya Walker Frost & husband, Chad of West Monroe, LA
Todd Walker & wife, Amanda of West Monroe, LA

Grandchildren
Jonathan Walker, Justin Tucker, Schyler Frost, Kaiden Frost, Leah Tucker, Ashton Walker & Ty Walker

Great-Grandchild, Bella Walker

Mother of Ricky, Todd and Tonya: Jane Phillips

Step Children:
Sandra Kay Frith & husband, Glenn of Columbia, LA
Tammy Busby & husband, Jimmy of Bossier City, LA
Steve Kelly & wife, Recce of Monroe, LA

Step Grandchildren: James Frith, Allen Frith, Randy Joe Frith, Brandon Busby, Jonathan Busby, Morgan Crenshaw, Hunter Wyrick & Stormy Wyrick

Sisters:
Lillian Wallace of Center
Mary Anderson & husband, Tim of Center

Brother, Paul Walker & wife, Brenda of Stanley, LA

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers: David Walker, Jack Moran, Bill Sellers, Jimmy Busby, Jr. & Glenn Frith

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


Pearl Mae Taylor Coon Burgay, 86, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Noble and Bro. Larry Bird officiating. Interment will follow at Neuville Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Burgay was born February 12, 1928 in Utopia, Bandera County to Robert R. Taylor and Edith Swearington Taylor. She loved to travel, cook and always enjoyed a good game of dominos. Ms. Burgay was a member of the Red Hat Society and Neuville Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Roger Coon and wife, Janice of of Joplin, Missouri
William Coon of Gilmer
Barney Coon of League City

Stepson: Johnny Burgay of Center

Eleven Grandchildren

Twenty-eight Great Grandchildren

Seven Great Great Grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Claud Elmo Coon
Husband: Leon Burgay
Parents: Robert R. Taylor and Edith Swearington Taylor
Brothers: Frank Taylor, Henry Taylor
One Infant Sister
Stepdaughters: Betty Jean, Dorothy Louise
Stepson: Ronnie Burgay

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


Robert E. Watts, age 64, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away at his residence in San Augustine on Monday, October 13, 2014. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at True Vine Baptist Church with interment at Red Land Cemetery with Rev. S. J. Clark officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 at Garner & Son Chapel.

He is survived by:

Wife, Christine Holman Watts of San Augustine, Texas

Daughters
Latonya Brooks of San Augustine, Texas
Lycinda Watts of San Augustine, Texas

Sons
Robert Sirell Watts (Cheryl) of San Augustine, Texas
Christopher Watts (Casandra) of Dallas, Texas

9 Grandchildren

3 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters
Edwina Clifton (Verlon) of San Augustine, Texas
Dorothy Thomas (Ernest) of Kountze, Texas
Elizabeth Robinson of Oceanside, CA

Brother, Charles E. Watts of Houston, Texas

Host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


Cleona Bonner Crump Laviolette, 95, of Timpson, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at her home in Silas. She was born on August 21, 1919 in Huntington, Texas the daughter of Samuel Bonner and Effie White Bonner. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Cliff Hughes and Bro. Edward Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church beginning at 1:00 PM and going until service time.

Cleona was very active throughout her life. She helped run the family farm, and she participated in the Home Demonstration Club. She was very involved as a leader in the 4-H. She was a great journalsist, writing for the Tenaha and Timpson News, submiting the Silas Community News. She loved to travel and took many trips abroad. During these trips she would chronicle the events and happenings to share with others when she returned home. Being a great cook, many great times were spent with family and friends in the kitchen and around the table. She had the heart of a true servant. She was a longtime faithful member of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, and served in many capacities, including Worthy Matron, in the Timpson Order of the Eastern Star, Newbern Chapter #1135.

She is survived by her two sons: Bruce Crump and his wife Bonnie of Kilgore and Bernard Crump of Lufkin; by her 4 daughters: Nelda Robison and her husband, Tommy of Center, Betty Hairgrove of Timpson, Vicki Huckaby of Liberty, Texas and Valeta Hudman and her husband Billy of Timpson; by 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Allen “Bud” Crump on July 30, 1974, whom she married on January 1, 1938; by her parents: Samuel and Effie Bonner, by two brothers: Johnny Bonner and Hubert Bonner; and by two sisters: Rosalee Walters and Janie Gilbert.

To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net. The family of Mrs. Laviolette is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson.


10/14/2014

Odessa J. Powdrill, Odessa J. Powdrill, 93, of Garrison, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Garrison Nursing Home in Garrison.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Ms. Powdrill was born August 21, 1921 in Garrison to William T. Strong and Era Pullen Strong. She was a member of Libby Church of Christ in Garrison.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Kathryn Howard of Garrison

Granddaughter: Lara Smith

Great Grandson: Emerson Smith

Brother, Joe Buck Strong of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband, Howell B. Powdrill

Pallbearers will be Jimmie Ray Strong, Justin Shull, Roger Clifton, Robert Powers, Clell Sparks, Leon Manning, Willie Cranford and Steve Cranford.

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


Willie Mae Fenley, 87, of Center, passed away Tuesday October 14, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was born August 9,1927 in Shelby County to Willie T. Bullock and Kizze Mae (Richardson) Bullock.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Willie T. and Kizze Mae Bullock, Husband, Elva Fenley, Son, Robert Glen Phillips, Son, Charles Ray Bittick, Granddaughter, Regina Simonson, Grandson, Roger Phillips, Brother, Roy Bullock, Step-sons; Elton Fenley & wife, Ruth, Lamar Fenley & wife, Frances, Billy Jo Fenley & Zeno Fenley & Step-daughter, Thelma Fenley.

She is survived by:

Sister, Ruby Bullock of Center

Brother, Robert Bullock

Daughter-in-law, Delores Phillips of Carthage

Great Granddaughter, Ciji Simonson of Carthage

Great Grandson, Shawn Simonson of Carthage

Great Great Grandsons:
Kaden Ridgeway of Beckville
Jaxon Bagley of Carthage

Numerous Step Granddaughters, Step Grandsons, Step Great Grandsons & Step Great Granddauhgters

Niece, Cathy Casey & husband, Rick

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


10/13/2014

Lee Elma Jenkins, 65 of Center, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at LSU Hospital in Shreveport.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at Triumph Kingdom of God in Christ Church in Center with Bro. Kevin Dones officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery in Center. The wake will be Thursday October 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 8, 1949 in Shelby County to Hudson Jenkins and Blue Bell Coleman Jenkins. She worked at Bruce Hardwood Floors and the Light & Champion. She was a member of the Lilly of the Valley Church of God in Christ.

She is preceded in death by her Father, Hudson Jenkins and Sister, Helen Jenkins Haynes.

She is survived by:
Mother:
Blue Bell Jenkins of Center

Husband:
Jackie Pitts of Center

Children:
Lavetha Jenkins Scott & husband, Bobby of Huntsville
Lisa Jenkins McNealy & husband, Joe of Dallas
LaDonna Jenkins Bailey & husband, Chadwick of Houston
LaDerrica Pitts Williams & husband, Gary of Tyler

Grandchildren:
Raven Gardner, Joshua McNealy, Chadwick Bailey,
Des’mone Williams, Kiara Williams, Deonte Williams & Devin Williams

Great-Grandchildren:
Zion Bailey, Deondre Williams, Des’more Williams & Alasia Beauford

Half Sister:
Joyce Ann Cartwright of Shelbyville

Special Lifelong Friend:
James Newton of Center

Special to her heart:
Darryl Gardner of Huntsville

Nephew & Nieces:
Chris Jenkins of Huntsville
Veleka Haynes of Houston
Krashaun Haynes of Houston

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


Artis “Shedro” Jackson, age 80, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away during the early hours of Sunday, October 12, 2014 at San Augustine Memorial Hospital in San Augustine. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church with interment at Thompson Cemetery with Rev. George Cartwright, Officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

He is survived by:

Son, Johnny Ervin Jackson of Center, Texas

3 Daughters:
Reta Ann Hale (Donald) of Center, Texas
Shirley Jackson of San Augustine, Texas
Shonda Greer (Michael) of Center, Texas

7 Grand Children and 11 Great Grand children

3 Sisters
Dora Jones of the Bland Lake Community
Margureite King of Shelbyville, Texas
Lena Jones of Houston, Texas

As well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


10/12/2014

Mrs. Bobbie Anderson Brinson, 83, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Rev. Elmer Mathews and Rev. George Grace officiating. Visitation will begin at 6:30 PM preceding the service.

Born September 3, 1931, in Rusk County, Texas, Bobbie Lou Anderson Brinson was the daughter of the late Jewell Bernice and Maud (Childs) Anderson. After graduating from Mt. Enterprise High School, Bobbie attended Lon Morris Junior College. In 1954 in Gary, TX, she married the late John Thomas Brinson. Bobbie spent the remainder of her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and poultry farm operator.

Surviving Bobbie are her son Frank Brinson of Timpson; daughters, Pam Franklin and husband Larry of Timpson and Cynthia Brinson and partner Carol Brinson of Timpson; brother C. E. “Sonny” Anderson and wife Janice of Longview; sisters, Nell Seelbach of Nacogdoches, Glenda Golemon and husband Stan of Dallas; Marjory Gregory of Arlington, TX, and Ann Davis and husband Bob of Long Branch, TX; granddaughter L’erin Brinson and great grandchildren, Colton Miles Carr and John Tristan Franklin.

Bobbie Anderson Brinson was preceded in death by her parents Jewell and Maud Anderson, husband John Thomas Brinson, and granddaughter Roxanne Brinson.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


10/11/2014

Graveside services for Aubrey Lloyd Beckham, 65, of Monroe, will be at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Center, Texas under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Monroe. Reverend Bill Beckham will officiate.

Mr. Beckham was born November 18, 1948 in Nacogdoches, Texas and passed away October 10, 2014 peacefully in his sleep at home in Monroe, LA. He loved football and played halfback at Logansport High School. He was also a U. S. Navy Vietnam Veteran, 1970–1973 aboard the ammo ship USS Pyro.

He enjoyed hunting, yard work, oldies music and muscle cars. He was preceded in death by his parents Aubrey M. and Alice Lindsey Beckham.

He is survived by his wife, Dana Luse Beckham; daughter, Lindsey M. Beckham; siblings, Ann Beckham Hurst, Janet Beckham Stewart, and Edward Lynn Beckham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Monroe. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com Kilpatrick Funeral Home Monroe, LA - See more at http://kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com/obituary/aubrey-lloyd-beckham/#sthash....


10/08/2014

Lt. Col. (Retired) Thomas Crawford departed this life to enter his heavenly home on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in Tyler, Texas. Tom was born in Timpson, Texas on March 15, 1927. He grew up in Joaquin, Texas.

He was drafted during WWII after he graduated from Joaquin High School. His first tour of duty took him to Korea. For a time after he got out of the U.S. Army but was in the Army Reserves. He worked in the East Texas oilfield and met the love of his life, Laura Gossett. They were married in 1947. Tom was called back into active duty. He decided to make the Army a career and served for 25 years, earning a Purple Heart. A second combat tour in Korea followed. Later he was deployed to Vietnam as an advisor during JFK’s presidency (1960-1961). His last overseas duty was spent in Okinawa as part of the logistical support for Vietnam (1966-1968). Tom retired at Fort Sill, Ok in 1970.

He and his family moved to Henderson in 1971 so they could be close to their families. Tom completed his education at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1974 and earned his BBA. Many friends were made at SFA. Later he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus at SFA. Because of his love for education, Tom and Laura established several scholarships to provide students with educational opportunities. They also provided scholarships to students at East Texas Baptist University. His generous spirit blessed many during his life and left a lasting legacy.

His next career began at Henderson Clay Products where he was Personnel and Safety Director. When Boral Products acquired the brick business he served as a vice president until his retirement in l989. Tom served on various boards and was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce in Henderson. He was a long time active member of the Henderson Lions Club. Tom was also a 32nd degree mason and a shriner.

In the years following his retirement, Tom and Laura traveled to many places. Their special memories were made as they worked with the Volunteer Christian Builders from First Baptist Church, Henderson. As a member of FBC, Tom taught the Radio Bible Class for a time. He enjoyed the fellowship of this class and listened to it by radio when he was unable to attend services.

Thomas, along with his family, would want to thank the caregivers of Emeritus-Henderson. For the past year he was a resident of Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler, Texas. The care and attention he received was such a blessing as they ministered to his needs in many ways. The final salute given by those at Watkins-Logan touched the family since the men he lived with were like his brothers and the staff were like our family. A special heartfelt appreciation goes to these special men and women. Heart to Heart Hospice also gave excellent care to Tom. We appreciate each person who dedicated themselves to his service.

Loving God, his country, family and friends was evident by all who knew Tom. He found great pleasure in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Stella Kathryn Hall (Kathy) and Roy. Grandchildren-Trenton and Rachael Hall, Corby Hall, and Jen Hall. Great-children-Sam, Lilly, Levi, Luke, Reed, and Benjamin. They were the delight of his life. Nephews and nieces-Doug Crawford, Jr. , Joe Crawford, and Judy Zick. A special niece, Helen Holland, gave her time and love to her Uncle Tom.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Gossett Crawford, his parents, Tommy and Bessie Scott Crawford, sister, Bennie Alice Hutto, and brothers, Bud, Doug, Sr. and Charles.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until service time on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson, Texas. Funeral services will be held in the chapel at 2:00 pm with Dr. David Higgs officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Rusk County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Henderson Lions Club.

Anyone wishing to make memorial contributions can make them to SFASU Alumni Assn. at PO Box 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-9918, East Texas Baptist University Scholarship Fund, c/o University Advancement, East Texas Baptist University, One Tiger Drive, Marshall, TX 75670, or the Volunteer Christian Builders of FBC at 207 W. Main St., Henderson, TX 75652. Any gifts or contributions would be appreciated.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.


10/06/2014

Milton Ray Barber, 62, of Corrigan, passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

Mr. Barber was born August 17, 1952 in Porter to G. L. Barber and Marjorie Porter Barber.

He is survived by
Wife: Phyllis Barber of Corrigan

Children:
Lynnon Ray Lewis and wife, Chrissy of Hudson
Samantha Jane Byrd and husband, Dillon of Central
Rachel Michelle Barber of Corrigan

Grandchildren:
Levi Neal Barber
Miles Raynes Barber
Payden Ray Barber
Ava Elizabeth Byrd

Step Grandchildren:
Jason Pina
Alice Pina

Brothers:
Jr. Barber of Houston
Bobby Barber and wife, Vickie of Latexo
Jerry Barber and wife, Kathy of Porter
Edward O’Neil Barber and wife, Terri of Central

Sisters:
Barbara Gail Scroggins and husband, Wyman of Zavalla
Doris Marie Francois and husband, Bobby of Corrigan

Special Cousins:
Donald Murray and wife, Sandy
Susie Hicks and husband, Donny
Marie Hicks
Sheila Jean Jurney
Charlie & Janie Wallin

Nephews:
Bryan Keith Barber
Josh Barber
Brent Barber
Zack Conway
Charles Lynn Conway

Nieces:
Marsha Francois
Tracy Francois
Christy Scroggins
Marlena Scroggins
Jessica Barber
Tonya Conway

Numerous other relatives and loved ones

Preceded in death by
Parents: G. L. Barber and Marjorie Porter Barber
Brothers: Garland Lee Barber, Charles Otis Conway

Pallbearers will be Donald Otis Murray, Jerry Barber, Edward Barber, Bryan Barber, Josh Barber and Bobby Francois.

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


10/05/2014

Jeane Burns, 76, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Burns was born April 7, 1938 in Pineland to Ivy Lord and Estelle Eliza Weathersby Lord. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by

Children:
Joe Burns and wife, Tammy of Roswell, New Mexico
Florance Adams and husband, Steve of Tenaha
Billy Burns and wife, Rayla of Silsbee
Charles Burns and wife, Brendah of Center
Bridget Kay Burns Collins of Harrisburg, Arkansas

Grandchildren:
Mandie Caldwell and husband, Jerry
Loren Wade and husband, Corey
Rana Thornhill and husband, Brent
Whitney Minix and husband, Zack
Michael Adams
Janci Kay Burns
Mary JoLeigh Collins
Lance Aydan Collins
Angela Meredith
Aaron Burns

Eight Great Grandchildren

Life-long Friends:
Jean Alford
Lois Cox
Tammy Kyles

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Joe D. Burns
Parents: Ivy Lord and Estelle Eliza Weathersby Lord
Beloved Mother-in-law: Lenora Burns

Pallbearers will be Craig Burns, Chester Burns, Paul Burns, James Cox, William Cox and Vince Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Scott and J.B. Scott.

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


10/03/2014

Benny "Gargoon" McCoy, age 50, of Center, passed away Wednesday night, October 1, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler.

Wake will be held 6pm until 8pm, Saturday night, October 4, 2014 at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Center, Texas with interment at Westview Cemetery with Pastor Brandon Owens to officiate.

He is survived by:

Mother, Willie Mae Ingram of Center

Step-father, Ulyssie Ingram of Center

Brother, Billy Ray McCoy of Center

Sisters:
Willie Jean Ragster of Bossier City, LA
Sarah Jane Mosby of Center

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


Maw Dee, 40, of Center passed away Friday, October 03, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Memorial Service will be held 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014 at First Baptist Church Chapel.

He was born January 1, 1974 in Burma to Pha Bu and Moe Lwai.

He is survived by:

Wife, Pree Gay of Center

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


10/02/2014

Manuel Jesus “Meno” Acopa-Heredia, 24, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident.

Graveside Service will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014 at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Mario Orellana officiating. Visitation will begin Sunday, October 5, 2014 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Igelsia Bautista Monte Sinai in Tenaha. Services will be Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Igelsia Bautista Monte Sinai in Tenaha.

He was born June 9, 1990 in Chetumal, Q. Roo, Mexico. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 2008. He worked for Red River Pump Specialist in Shreveport, LA. He is member of the Iglesia Bautista Monte Sinai in Tenaha.

He is survived by:
Father:
Alfredo Acopa Ferral of Joaquin

Mother:
Mireya Alicia Acopa of Joaquin

Brother:
Alfredo Acopa of Joaquin

Sister:
Genesis Mireya Acopa of Joaquin

Maternal Grandmother:
Mireya Alicia Sanchez de Heredia

Paternal Grandmother:
Elia Ferral Montiel

Girlfriend:
Erika Arcibar of Center


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


Ronny Lynn Raybon, 65, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Mamou, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center and from 12:00 noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 at San Patricio Baptist Church in Converse, Louisiana. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 at San Patricio Baptist Church in Converse, Louisiana with Bro. Jimmy Price, Bro. Ben Brittain and Bro. Mike Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Cassel Cemetery in Converse, Louisiana.

Mr. Raybon was born June 5, 1949 in Converse, Louisiana to Thomas Jefferson Raybon and Margie Mae McDonald Raybon. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Wife of 46 years: Sue Raybon of Joaquin

Children:
Eric Raybon and wife, Meschelle of Logansport, Louisiana
Rhonda Raybon Sandifer and husband, Michael of Joaquin
Brenda Raybon of Joaquin
Linda Raybon of Joaquin
Christine Raybon of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Erica Gamble and husband, Johnie
Dillon Sandifer
Jessica Raybon
Vincent Raybon
Ronny Godinez
Lanie Godinez
Bobbie Sue Childress
Conner Raybon
Aidan Campbell
Nadia Campbell

Great Grandchild: Maddy Gamble

Mother: Margie Mae Anderson and husband, Alfred of Converse, Louisiana

Brothers:
Lonny Raybon and wife, Sherrie of Joaquin
Rickey Raybon and wife, Nita of Converse, Louisiana

Sister: Nancy Rigsby and husband, Delmer of Converse, Louisiana

Step Brothers:
Dow Anderson and wife, Mary
Dinky Anderson
Rod Anderson

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Thomas Jefferson Raybon

Pallbearers will be Joey Raybon, Dylan Raybon, Eli Raybon, Scotty Cummings, Mike Cummings Jr. and Bradley Cummings. Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Darrell Alford, Bro. Dale Hicks, Mr. James Avant, Mr. Louie Bushiey, Bo Posey, “Tall Boy” and Jim Bilbrey.

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

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09/30/2014

Gloria Jean King, age 66, of the East Liberty Community passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 at her residence.

A wake will be Friday night, October 3, 2014 from 6pm until 9pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. She will lay-in-state from 10am until 11am, Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Todd Springs Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 11am. Interment will be at Bush Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas with Pastor Simmons officiating.

She is survived by:

Mother, Margureite King of Shelbyville

Daughter, Crystal Young of Shelbyville

Son, Roland (wife, Niki) Young of Shelbyville

3 Grandchildren

Sisters
Margie Blount of Katy, TX
Jacqueline King Pierre of Jacksonville, FL

Brother, Roosevelt King, Jr. of Shelbyville

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


Ms. Muriel (Bailey) McGee, 71, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX.  She was born April 17, 1943, in Ashtabula, Ohio.  A cremation was selected and no services are planned at this time.

Services are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson.


09/29/2014

Charles Ray Davis, 78, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Neuville Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Byrd and Bro. Don Noble officiating. Burial will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, September 29, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 13, 1936 in Van Zandt County, Texas to John Henry and Lillie Mae Davis. He served in the National Guards, he was a welder for Tyler Pipe for many years and he retired from Tyson after many years. He was a member of Neuville Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, John Henry and Lillie Mae Davis, Son, Charles Ray Davis, Jr., Brother, John Henry Davis, Jr. & Sister, Wanza Lee Burks.

He is survived by:

Wife, Billie Eaves Davis of Center

3 Daughters:
Linda Masoud & husband, Maher of Humble
Ginger Little of Conroe
Tonya Walker & husband, Richard of Conroe

Step Children:
Kathy Ford & husband, William of Bronson
Debbie Loftin & husband, Ronald of Joaquin
Marty McDaniel & wife, Ann of Joaquin

Numerous Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

5 Sisters:
Elizabeth Chaney of Ben Wheeler
Ruth Mullins & husband, Max of Ben Wheeler
Pearlene Purkey & husband, Delbert of Minneola
Martha Ann Liebel of Fruitvale
Ann Aldridge & husband, Robert of Lubbock

Half Sister, Opal Kemp of OK

Half Brother, Fred Davis of OK

Pallbearers will be Deacons of Neuville Baptist Church

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


09/28/2014

Billy Van Hairgrove, 56, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Hairgrove was born December 13, 1957 to Van Newton Hairgrove and Patsy Marie Lilly Hairgrove.  Mr. Hairgrove was a member of AMA, Shelby County Cruisers and First Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Janet Hairgrove of Center

Son: Joel Ethan Hairgrove of Center

Sisters:
Becky Jordan of Center
Beth Cassell and husband, David of Center

Brother: Bobby Hairgrove and wife, Carol of Henderson

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Van Newton Hairgrove and Patsy Marie Lilly Hairgrove

Pallbearers will be Donnie Adams, Johny Covington, Kenneth Hardy, John Halstead, Matt Boren, Terry Stanaland, Bill Arnold and Waylon Griffith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sylvester Riley, Zach Verhalen, Caiden Rainbolt, Jack Ford, Taylor Tomlin, Adam Reeves, Dustin Hearne, Josh Burns, Jared Wiggins, Chris Dunn, Dalton Horton and Kamden Owens.

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


09/25/2014

James Harold Milford, 73, of Longview, TX, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014, in Longview. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home.

Born September 26, 1940, in Timpson, TX, James Harold Milford was the son of the late William Arthur and Emma (Ramsey) Milford. He graduated from Timpson High School, and on July 9, 1960, he and Flora Jean Smith were married in Houston. James Harold was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone and AT&T for thirty years and retired as an office manager. He was a member of Calvary Christian Tabernacle in Longview.

Survivors include his wife Jean Milford of Longview; 3 sons, Ricky, Tracy, and Darren Milford, all of Longview; sister, Linda Askins and husband Charles of Timpson; brothers-in-law Ken Ramsey and Howell Glen Hudson, both of Timpson; and 3 grandchildren, Amanda Milford and husband Val, Dustin Rivers, and Conor Milford.

In addition to his parents, James Harold Milford was preceded in death by sister Judy Ramsey and an infant sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the James H. Milford Memorial Fund, Chase Bank, (account #3045130985) .

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


John W. Perritt was born January 14, 1951 in Wisner, LA. and passed from this life September 22, 2014 at his residence in Monterey, LA.

Funeral services will be 11am Saturday September 27, 2014 at Lismore Baptist Church in Monterey, LA. with Rev. C. D. Beard and Rev. Paul Stevens officiating. Interment will follow at Coates-Perritt Cemetery in Monterey, LA. Visitation will be 5pm till 8pm Friday September 26, 2014 at Lismore Baptist Church Monterey, LA.

John is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Lillie Perritt, two brothers Boyd Perritt and Clarence Rogers, a sister Betty Humble, sister in-law June Rogers, nephew David Perritt and two nieces Glenda Sue Rabb and Trela Rogers.

Survivors include:

Sons:
Jason Perritt and wife Andrya of Weatherford, Texas,
Mario Perritt and wife Dannette of Weatherford, Texas,

Grandchildren: Melanie Perritt, Colten Perritt, Natalie Perritt, Nathan Perritt, and Rebecca Perritt, Daisy Perritt, Dakota Perritt, and Kayla Hollis,

Sisters:
Minnie Sue Crouch and husband Jackie of Monterey, LA.,
Adalene Duncan and husband Walter of Monterey, LA.,
Audrey Barbe and husband RE of Center, Texas,

Brothers:
Earl Perritt and wife Dot of Monterey, LA.
Jimmy Rogers of Weatherford, Texas

And many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be James Rodney Crouch, Michael Crouch, David Hedrick, Eddie Meache, Albert Crouch and Charlie Perritt.

Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Duncan, Jackie Crouch and Jimmy Rogers.

Friends may call for visitation 5pm till 8pm Friday September 26, 2014 at Lismore Baptist Church in Monterey, LA.

Online guestbook at www.comerfh.com

Services under the direction of Comer Funeral Home Ferriday, LA.


James Authur Polk, Jr., age 44, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. Polk passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014 at his Residents in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 1pm Saturday, September 27, 2014 at True Vine Baptist Church with Officiating Minister, Charlotte Nelson. Visitation will be held Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12:30pm until 6:30pm at Garner & Sons Chapel.

Survivors include: 

Wife, Brenda Perez of San Augustine, Texas

Children:
Javon Johnson of San Augustine, Texas
Robert Johnson of San Antonio, Texas
Oceania Johnson of Houston, Texas

Mother, Mrs. Nettie Polk of San Augustine, Texas

2 Sisters
Sarah A. Polk of San Augustine, Texas
Sonja Polk of San Augustine, Texas

1 Brother, Antonio Henson (Gloria) of Dallas, Texas 

As Well as a Host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and Friends.

Services under the direction of Garner and Son Mortuary


09/24/2014

John William Jarrell, 86, of Longview, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 in Longview.

His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.

Mr. Jarrell was born January 15, 1928 in Eldorado, Illinois to Sam T. Jarrell and Flossie Vessell Jarrell. He served in the United States Air Force in 1946. Mr. Jarrell was most recently employed as a brick mason.

He is survived by
Daughters:
April J. Isham and husband, James of Longview
Candice J. Riedel and husband, Bill of Longview

Sons:
Michael Dean Jarrell and wife, Darlene of Horn Lake, Mississippi
Johnny Lee Jarrell of Longview

Eight Grandchildren

Seven Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Sam T. Jarrell and Flossie Vessell Jarrell
Son: Allen Dion Jarrell
Sister: Mrs. Jeanna M Luster

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


09/22/2014

Rex E. Bradshaw, 68, of Center, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center with Bro. Carl Smith officiating.

Mr. Bradshaw was born February 25, 1946 in Center to Elvie Franklin Bradshaw and Doris Hewitt Welch Bradshaw. He was an avid outdoorsman. Mr. Bradshaw was of the Church of Christ faith.

He is survived by
Children:
Donna & Kelly McSwain of Center
Branden & Cindy Bradshaw of Center
Melissa & Mike McGhen of Center
Buddy Lee & Chastity Bradshaw of Center
Derek & Debra DiVerdi of Center
Denny & Gus Minkler of Logansport, Louisiana
Stacey & Phillip Scarborough of Huxley
Kristin & Michael Whisenant of Center

Grandchildren:
A.J. & Amy McSwain
Rick, Payton and Brady McSwain
Dustin & Ashley Chandler
Jake & Keni Bradshaw
Chelsea Bradshaw
Ashton, Rebekah, Ethan and Presley McGhen
Cutter and Chylar Bradshaw
Jager and Chesney Hudman
Carley and Drew DiVerdi
Jordan and Cole Powdrill
Juli Ann and Carmella King
Brayden, Brylee, Brysen and Bryant Scarborough
Kobe, Kade, Cathy and Gabrielle Whisenant

Great Grandchidlren:
Collin and Blakeley Chandler
Jason Bradshaw
James Lee McSwain

Special Friends: Kristi & Clifton Porter

Preceded in death by
Parents: Elvie & Doris Bradshaw
Wife: Cathy Bradshaw
Brothers: Charles Bradshaw, Benny Wayne Bradshaw
Sisters: Latain Whittlesey, Betty Lou Daugherty

Pallbearers will be A.J. McSwain, Rick McSwain, Payton McSwain, Jake Bradshaw, Dustin Chandler, Drew DiVerdi, Jordan Powdrill, Cole Powdrill, Clifton Porter, James Radney, Kevin Link and Cecil Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Porter, Royce Lynn Johnson, Jim Belrose and Bubba Scates.

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


09/20/2014

Grover Cook Hicks, age 104 of Center passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center.

Services will be 4pm Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5pm until 7pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

Grover was born October 18, 1909 in Shelby County to parents, Grover Cook & Annie Lou (Jetton) Cook McWilliams. Grover’s father, Grover Cook, passed away before Grover was born and she was named after her father. She was a member of First Baptist Church in La Marque, Texas for 47 years and a member of First Baptist Church in Center since 1997. Grover was the last living member of the Conway Bible Sunday School Class and was now a member of the Rachel Sunday School Class. She retired from South Western Bell Telephone Company where she was a telephone operator for 30 years. Grover was a member of the First Baptist Church Golden Harvest Club, Red Hat Club, Pioneer Club for South Western Bell retirees, she was also a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, Mother advisor for the Rainbow Girls for 20 years. She loved playing dominoes and 42 and she hated to lose.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Grover Cook & Annie Lou Cook McWilliams, her husband, Alvin Hicks, her sister, Eva Cook Stegall and Cousins, Katha & Bill Watson.

She is survived by:
First Cousin:
Murel Bush Thomason of Center and her family
Betsy & Dan McDonald of Houston
Yondi Watson & family of Center
Yanci & Ron Hendricks & family of Huxley
Brandi & Steven Sikes & family of Houston
Ashli McDonald of Austin

Numerous other family, cousins and many friends

Pallbearers:
Bob Bush, Kenneth Earl Bush, Bruce Bush,
Dan McDonald, Jerrod Nutt & Ron Hendricks

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


09/20/2014

Jeanette Lorraine Rhodes, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 in Tyler, Texas.
Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Carroll’s Chapel Church in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Jeanette was born December 1, 1928 in Center, Texas, to the union of Unit & Golice Booth.
She is survived by her
Stepdaughter:
Betty L. Rhodes-Shapiro of Palmdale, California

Sons:
Earl, Mitchell, & Miguel Rhodes of Dallas, Texas

Daughters:
Michael B. Rhodes, & Michelle J. Berry of Dallas, Texas
Marcialynne “Lyndi” Rhodesfields of Tyler, Texas
Myra L. Fields of Boise, Idaho

Brothers:
Willie G. Booth
Jimmy R. Booth

Sister:
Margaret J. White

Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
Preceded in death by
Husband: E. Clifton Rhodes Jr.
Parents: Unit Booth and Golice Wright
Daughter: Mitcheon Gibson, Sacremento, California
Son: Marcus L. Rhodes, Dallas, Texas
Brother: James “Jim” Milford Booth, Center, Texas
The family would like to thank the staff & nurses of Pine Grove Nursing Center for all of their help & care for our mother, along with her health care providers.

Memorial services conducted by Watson & Sons Funeral Home, 1554 State Highway 7 East, 936-598-4331.

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


09/19/2014

Jimmy Glynn McMahon, 70, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014 at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home in Mesquite and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow at North Jericho Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. McMahon was born October 24, 1943 in Shelby County to Hoy E. McMahon and Avis Holt McMahon. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent much time hunting and fishing. Mr. McMahon loved his family and was always laughing, telling jokes and entertaining them with his great sense of humor.

He is survived by
Wife: Judy McMahon of Dallas

Son: Scotty McMahon of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Aaron McMahon of Dallas
Summer McMahon of Joaquin

A number of step children and step grandchildren

Brother: Tommy McMahon and wife, Frances of Center

Sister: Linda Moody and husband, Tommy of Center

Nephews:
Michael McMahon and wife, Linda of Center
Brad Moody and wife, Kaylyn of Nacogdoches

Niece: Jan Storrs of Houston

Preceded in death by
Parents: Hoy E. McMahon and Avis Holt McMahon
Grandparents: Hamp V. McMahon and Ellie McMahon; Lee Holt and Maude Holt

Pallbearers will be Tommy McMahon, Tommy Moody, Brad Moody, Michael McMahon, Scotty McMahon and Aaron McMahon.

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


09/18/2014

Archie Thompson Buddin, Jr. died at the age of 85 on September 13, 2014 in Lufkin, Texas.

A private memorial service was held on September 15, 2014 in Center, Texas.

Born August 26, 1929, he was the son of the late Archie Thompson Buddin and Gladys Gibbons Buddin Taylor. He was a graduate of Salem High School and The Military College of South Carolina, the Citadel. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and was awarded the Purple Heart in Korea. Archie retired after a successful career in the automotive industry as a sales executive with Ford Motor Company, Subaru and Toyota.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Melanie Lyons of Delray Beach, Florida
Michelle Buddin of Florence, South Carolina
Tiffany Buddin and husband, Chad of Rosenberg, Texas

Brother: Pat Buddin and wife, Peggy of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Lois Ann Coker and husband, Donald of Turbeville, South Carolina
Mary Gayle Paul and husband, Jerry of Westerville, Ohio

Grandchildren:
Cassie and Hillary Lewis
Julie and Jonathan Tomaiko

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


Patrick O’Neal Buddin, 80, of Center, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 21, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Center with Rev. Carl Smith and Rev. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pat was born August 21, 1934 in Clarendon County, South Carolina to Archie Thompson Buddin and Gladys Gibbons Buddin Taylor. He served in the United States Army. Pat met Peggy on a blind date and on that date, he asked for her hand in marriage. She said, “Yes” and they were married three months later. October 1st would have been their 48th wedding anniversary. In August of 1967, Pat and Peggy moved to Center. In December of the same year, he became one of the founders of Toledo Finance Corporation. Pat later became the sole owner and today there are over sixty locations in Texas. He loved Toledo Finance Corporation and he most recently served as chairman of the board. Pat was still involved, along with his two children, Jason and Adrienne, in day to day business operations. Pat valued each of his employees and loyal customers. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the time they spent traveling. Pat had a love for cars and over the years he owned a variety of automobiles. He enjoyed attending “Board Meetings” at Center Tire Company with his close friends. He had a huge heart and loved helping others. Pat was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Peggy Buddin of Center

Son: Jason Patrick Buddin and wife, Angela of Austin

Daughter: Adrienne Buddin Schoelpple and husband, Brian of Austin

Grandchildren:
Ashley Bigbie
Jameson Schoelpple
Zoe Buddin
London Buddin

Sisters:
Lois Ann Coker and husband, Donald of Tuberville, South Carolina
Mary Gayle Paul and husband, Jerry of Westerville, Ohio

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Archie Thompson Buddin and Gladys Gibbons Buddin Taylor
Brothers: Jerry Blake Buddin and Archie Thompson Buddin, Jr.

Pallbearers will be Steve Tinkle, Brad Davis, Dewey Howard, Kirk Dillon, David Chadwick and Murray Mathews. Honorary pallbearers will be W. I. Davis, Gail Cuculic, James Campbell, L.H. Hewitte, Kenneth Hardy, Buddy Hancock, Fred Wulf, Rick Campbell, Luke Motley, Mike Middleton, Jason Covington, Jerry Bob Nix, Bob Reeves, Sammy Dance and Will Lucas.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pat and Peggy Buddin Scholarship Fund at Stephen F. Austin University, PO Box 6092 – SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6092 or https://forms.sfasu.edu/giving/onlinegift.asp

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


09/17/2014

Betty Pickard, 84, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 in San Augustine. She was born to Carl E. Olson and Aurilla Hooper on October 2, 1929 in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. She was a homemaker and a member of Rosevine Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation is from 5pm until 8pm Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 2:00pm at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, San Augustine. Burial will be at Chumley Cemetery, San Augustine County with Bro. Cliff Durham officiating.

She is survived by
Daughter: Margie Brown, and husband, Bill of Texas City, Texas

Sons:
Tommy Pickard, and wife, Colleen of San Augustine
Jerry Pickard, and wife, Cyndi of San Augustine

Grandchildren:
Cliff Eberland, and fiancé, Alaina Mathewson
Derron Cook, and wife, Jocelyn
Caleb Pickard, and wife, Randi
Collette Hanzel, and husband, Tracy
Casey Pickard, and wife, Melissa
Audrey Craig, and husband, Robert
Hollie Craig, and husband, Daniel
Jerry Pickard Jr., and wife, Jessica
Calan Pickard, and fiancé, Jennifer Lout

Great-Grandchildren:
Kyle; Lauren; Andrew; Timothy; Charlotte; Sawyer; Ethan; Samuel; Judah; Caden; Peyton; Noah; Elijah; and McKenna

Brother-in-law: Horace Pickard, and wife, Peggy of Nederland

Sister-in-law:
Eleanor Mills, and husband, Ernest "Punk" of San Augustine

8 siblings

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burton Pickard; and 2 siblings

Online condolences can be posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas.


Nolan Edward McDonald, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ben Gibbs and Bro. B.A. Morris officiating. Interment will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. McDonald was born May 13, 1928 in Shelby County to Luther James McDonald and Coren Snider McDonald. He served in the United States Navy and later became a self-employed farmer and rancher. Mr. McDonald enjoyed being a fishing guide on Toledo Bend for many years. He was a member of West Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville, where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by
Sons:
Larry McDonald and wife, Larenda of Center
Gary McDonald and wife, Angela of Center

Daughter: Tammy Steptoe and husband, Bruce of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Casey Lovell and husband, Bradley
Lindsey Snell and husband, Stephen
Jason McDonald and wife, Lyndy
Greg McDonald and wife, Stefanie
Grant McDonald and wife, Heather
Bryan Sanders and wife, Kassie
Brodie Steptoe and wife, Tiffany
Kyle Steptoe and wife, Samantha

Great-Grandchildren:
Dillan Snell, Delane Lovell, Kobe Sanders, Kylie Snell, Carsey Lovell, Kingston Sanders, Sydney Vee McDonald, Dallas McDonald, Denver McDonald, Gavin McDonald, Shade McDonald, Easton Steptoe, Levi McDonald, Gace McDonald, Tenley Snell, Landry McDonald

Sisters:
Bronice Curtis of Shelbyville
Garvis Raborn and husband, Henry of Splendora
Jean Risinger and husband, Edward of Shelbyville
Belva Hofmann and husband, Don of Magnolia

Brothers:
Howard McDonald and wife, Betty of Houston
Gordon McDonald and wife, Pat of Carthage

Brother-in-law: Spencer Parker of Shelbyville

Sisters-in-law:
LaWanda Reynolds of Buna
Martha McDonald of Houston

Preceded in death by
Wife of 58 years: Virginia Parker McDonald
Parents: Luther James McDonald and Coren Snider McDonald
Brother: Marlon McDonald

Pallbearers will be Jason McDonald, Greg McDonald, Grant McDonald, Brodie Steptoe, Kyle Steptoe, Stephen Snell, Bradley Lovell and Bryan Sanders.

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


09/16/2014

Paul Thomas Hudspeth, age 56 of Center passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in San Augustine after a sudden illness.

Graveside service will be 4 pm, Friday, September 19, 2014 at Old Sardis Cemetery in San Augustine County with Bro. Lee Saenz officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 am until 3:15pm at Mangum Funeral Home. Family will go in procession from the funeral home to Old Sardis Cemetery, leaving the funeral home at 3:15pm.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ed & Mavy Hudspeth and Brother, Eddie Earl Hudspeth.

He is survived by:

Wife, Shannon Gibbs of Center

Children:
Jerry Paul Hudspeth & wife, Misty of Timpson
April Gilchrist & husband, Lark of Center
Chrystal Crabtree & husband, Will of North Carolina
Justin Gibbs of Center
Kelsey Gibbs of Center
Mary Hancock of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Adria & Brylie Hudspeth & Faith Noel
Dakota Hudspeth & Sierra Harvey, Victoria Gilchrist & Austin Gilchrist
Destiny Hobson, Hannah & Madison Crabtree

Brothers & Sisters:
Jesse & Sandy Hudspeth
Henry & Shelly Hudspeth
Yancy & Christina Hudspeth
Claudia Faye & Tommy McClelland
Nina Jo Walker & John Miles
Frank & Debbie Hudspeth

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to Mangum Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

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


Our precious angel on Earth, Charlotte Jeanette Lunsford, 71, born March 5, 1943 in Houston, Texas and a resident of La Porte, Texas entered into the presence of Jesus in the early morning hours on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in Dumas, Texas.

Family will receive friends on September 18, 2014 for a visitation from 12 PM until 2 PM with a service at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church--275 West Magnolia, Garrison, Texas.

Over the past 45 years of her life, she had traveled throughout the United States singing about Jesus and winning souls for the kingdom of Heaven. Her kind, loving, and sweet spirit touched so many lives throughout her time here on Earth. She was such a special lady to everyone who she came in contact with. Known by Momma, Nanny, and Aunt Net, she was truly one-of-a-kind. We know she is rejoicing on the streets of gold with the love of her life, Wendell and her son, Craig, who she longed to be with.

Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Jesse Wendell Lunsford; her precious son, Wendell Craig Lunsford; her sweet sister Judy Barrackman; and Mother Melba Hollan & Father, E.E. Hollan.

She is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law; Tammy & Ben Hannan; Denise & John Denton. Grandchildren; Chad Warden & wife Nikki, Cassie Stafford & husband Jeremy, Brandon Lunsford, Caleb Warden, and Brittney Rost & husband Rickey; Great-grandchildren; Kelsi Warden, Addison Warden, Hannah Stafford, Hailey Stafford, Cade Warden and Hensley Stafford. Sisters; Darlene Phillips & husband Bill, Brenda Khalili & husband Ray, brother-in-law, Charles Barrackman and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

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


Woodrow Wilson Foster, 101, of the Short Community of Shelby County, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 in Henderson.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ed McRae and Bro. W. T. Permenter officiating. Interment will follow at Short Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Woodrow was born November 5, 1912 in Stephenville to William Thomas Foster and Annie Lou Blanton Foster. He worked as a display artist for Leonard Brother’s department store before WWII. During the war, Woodrow worked as a draftsman for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in Fort Worth. In 1946, he moved to the Short Community of Shelby County, where he ran a dairy farm. When the poultry industry hit Shelby County, Woodrow raised chickens. He retired from the poultry industry in the late 1960’s and devoted all of his time to his artwork. One of his greatest achievements was being named the winner of the annual Texas State Artist competition in 1991. Woodrow retired from art in 2004, but continued to draw his caricatures. He lived at his home in the Short Community until 2012, when at 100 years of age, he moved to Henderson to live with his daughter.

He is survived by
Daughter: Sara Beth Hancock and husband, Joe of Henderson

Grandchildren:
Amber Joanna Hancock of Tyler
Seth Foster Hancock of Henderson

Great Granddaughter: Stella Bethmarie Speck of Tyler

Nieces and Nephews:
Marlin Glynn and Jayne Hughes of Nacogdoches
Carol Ann and Bill McCarty of Burkeville
Terry and Judy Foster of Center
Wamon Foster of Hart
David and Jeanne Foster of California
Keith and Diana Foster of Missouri
Royce Ray Foster Case of Abernathy
Nell Dene Foster and Parker Kelly of California
Jerry and Nancy Foster of Oregon
Danny Foster of Oregon
Leroy Foster and Loridene of Hereford

Preceded in death by
Wife of 70 ½ years: Lorene Hughes Foster
Parents: William Thomas Foster and Annie Lou Blanton Foster
Brothers: James Clyde Foster, Jesse Olin Foster, Charles Alonza and Emma Della Foster, Benjamin Bryan and Joy Irene Foster, Silas Roy and Hulda Foster, Emmett Edgar and Maggie Lena Foster, Thomas Otis and Lettie Louella Foster, Robert Lee and Ellen Virginia Foster
Sister: Annie Opal and Ernest Robertson
Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law: Herbert Marlin and Uletha Glaze Hughes
Mother-in-law and Father-in-law: Herbert Trammel and Lillie Mae Turner Hughes
Nieces and Nephews: Charles Ray Foster, Gerre Bryan Foster, Benjamin Dwight Foster, Charles Alonza Foster Jr., Annie Marie Foster Koster, Aileene Elizabeth Foster Tucker, William S.D. Foster, Russell Duane Foster, Joyce Laverne Foster, Everett Robertson

Pallbearers will be Seth Hancock, Terry Foster, Scott Foster, Lynn Turner, John Monk, Sammy Monk, Jon Hughes and Dylan Hughes. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Short Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Short Methodist Church
PO Box 854
Center, Texas 75935

Short Cemetery
c/o Sue Bell
1243 Sunset Circle
Center, Texas 75935

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


09/15/2014

Ima “Biggie” Hendricks, 77, of Huxley, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn, Bro. Larry Chandler & Chad Murphy officiating and eulogy given by grandsons, Jon Jones & Jared Jones. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born November 19, 1936 in Shelby County, Texas to A.E. “Buddy” and Evie (Anthony) Wagstaff. She was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley. She was a resident of Green Acres Nursing Home.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, A.E. “Buddy” & Evie Wagstaff, Husband, L.E. “Sambo” Hendricks, Brother, Jerry Wagstaff and Sister, Doris Thompson.

She is survived by:

Daughter & Son-in-law:
Teresa & Craig Jones of Huxley

Daughter:
Linda Jansen of Huxley & friend, David Griffin

Grandchildren:
Ashley Balkcom & husband, Jason of Huxley
Jon Jones & Kinsey Carrington
Jared Jones & wife, Madison of Huxley
Drake Jansen of Huxley

Great Granddaughter:
Landry Balkcom of Huxley

Sisters:
Billie Hooper of Shelbyville
Mary Guidroz of Vidor
Linda Rachal & husband, Alton of Natchitoches, LA

Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law:
Prentice & Thelma Hendricks of Huxley
Verbon & Joyce Hendricks of Huxley

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers:
Craig Hendricks, Ron Hendricks, Bryan Hendricks,
Luke Hendricks, Jeff Cater, Puncho Elliott, Steve McQueen,
Bubba Metcalf, Johnny Metcalf, Billy Thompson, Lance Murphy & Chad Murphy

A special thank you to the staff of Green Acres Nursing Home for all of the love and care they have shown our Biggie for the past 4 years.

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


Osis E. “Bub” Mitchell, 89, of Garrison, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014 at Mitchell Cemetery in Walker County with Bro. Tommy Largent officiating.

Mr. Mitchell was born May 16, 1925 in Willis to Osis Mitchell and Hycie Key Mitchell. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and loved spending time with family.

He is survived by
Brothers:
H.M. Mitchell and wife, Thelma of Garrison
L.C. Mitchell and wife, Sandra of Timpson

Sister: Nancy Taylor of Port Arthur

Preceded in death by
Parents: Osis Mitchell and Hycie Key Mitchell
Wife: Audria Mitchell
Sister: Earline Boyd

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


Larner B. “Buddy” Davis, 78, of Timpson, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. James Granberry and Larry Hume officiating. A military honors graveside service will follow at Ashbury Chapel Cemetery in Center under the direction of VFW Post #8904.

Mr. Davis was born August 25, 1936 in Logansport, Louisiana to Larner B. Davis Sr. and Mary Florence Pratt Davis. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1957 and was a lifetime member of VFW Post #8904. Mr. Davis was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Lela Davis of Timpson

Children:
Steve Dewayne Davis of Lake Charles, Louisiana
Kathy Lynn Bunch and husband, Clayton of Louisiana
Rhonda Anne Babineaux of Duson, Louisiana
Tonya Jean Romero of Duson, Louisiana
Donnie Aaron Davis of Duson, Louisiana
Monica Ann Lantier of Scott, Louisiana

Stepson: Jody Ray Grubbs and Micah of Timpson

20 Grandchildren

A number of Great-Grandchildren

A host of other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Larner B. Davis Sr. and Mary Florence Pratt Davis
Son: Ronnie B. Davis
Daughter: Deborah Dianne McCauley
Stepson: Michael Weldon Grubbs

Pallbearers will be VFW Post #8904, Jody Ray Grubbs III, Steve Dewayne Davis and Trace Davis.

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


09/12/2014

Roberta Jane Summers, 67, of Humble, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 in Humble.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center; beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Ms. Summers was born October 8, 1946 in Illinois to James Martin Summers and Dolores Imogene McClure Summers.

She is survived by
Husband: Donald Langley of Lawton, Oklahoma

Daughters:
Dianne Truitt and husband, Allen Truitt of Center
Dody Mahoney and husband, Matt of Norman, Oklahoma

Brother: Earl D. Thurmond II of Humble

Sisters:
Glenda F. Tarpley of Texas
Sandra Hambrick and husband, Cary of Charlottesville, Virginia

Grandchildren:
Ashley Alexander of Center
Patrick Mills and fiancé, Mikaela Stone of Center
Averie Truitt of Center
Lauren O’Connor of Norman, Oklahoma
Logan Mahoney of Norman, Oklahoma
Madison Mahoney of Norman, Oklahoma

Great-Grandchildren:
Payton Brown of Center
Braden Alexander of Center

Nieces & Nephews:
Lisa Hambrick Daidone of Crozet, Virginia
Anna Tarpley of Spring
Billy Tarpley of Spring
Donnie Kettler of Spring
Skipper Thurmond and wife, Teresa and daughter, Arel of Humble
Troy Britney of Kingwood
James Britney of Kingwood
Ashley of Texas

Great Nieces & Nephews
Elizabeth Daidone of Crozet, Virginia
Jason of Texas

Preceded in death by
Father: James Martin Summers
Step Father: Earl D. Thurmond
Mother: Dolores Thurmond
Infant Son
Sister & Brother-in-law: Judy and Bill Kossbom

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


09/11/2014

Willie Mae “MawMaw” Bush, 92, of Center, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Todd Jenkins and Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Bush was born February 5, 1922 in Shelby County to Archie Kimbro and Alma Bailey Kimbro. She was a member of Center United Pentecostal Church in Center, where she was involved in the 50+ Club.

She is survived by
Son: Don Bush and wife, Susan of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Peggy Watlington and husband, Jasen
Gaylon Howard
Robert Bush
Penny Jones and husband, Wayne
Melody Griffin and husband, Robert
Steven Bush and wife, Renee
Jimmy Bush
Kathryn Shofner and husband, Vic
Lesley Cockrell

Great-Grandchildren:
Roni Goodwin
Brandi Shiflett and husband, Tommy
Lacy White
Elizabeth Pinkston and husband, Richard
Linsey Watlington
Gage Watlington
Braydon Howard
Macie Bush
Cassie Bush
Nathan Jones
Kylee Moore and husband, Cheyenne
Blake Griffin
Colton Bush and wife, Jessica
Ruston Bush
Taylor Amburn
Cam Amburn
Bryce Cockrell
Reese Cockrell

Great-Great-Grandchildren: Alanea, Kase, Logan, Camden, Dylan, Kinzley, Andrew, Landry “Roadrunner”, Greysen, Jaxon, Brooklyn, Destin, Kaden, Emma, Eli, Addie

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Sister-in-law: Bonnie Berwick

Special Niece: Sarah Lee

Preceded in death
Husband: Special Bush
Daughter: Jeanette Brothers
Son: Ronnie Bush
Parents: Archie Kimbro and Alma Bailey Kimbro
Great-Granddaughter: Dayna Howard

Pallbearers will be Ricky Hollingsworth, Michael Bush, Dwayne Bush, Darren Wiggins, Justin Lee and Bubba Bush. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Wheeler, Danny Bush, Eric Lee, Randy Bush, Paul Wiggins, Jody Wiggins and Nathan Jones.

The family wishes to give special thanks to her caregivers, Peggy, Penny, Melody, Roni, Alanea, Kylee, Lacy, Bonnie, Sarah, Alice, Brandi, Paula, Jennifer and Lisa.

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


09/11/2014

Fred Glynn Cruse, age 77 of Center, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014 at his residence in the James Community.

Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

Fred was born January 2, 1937 in Joaquin to parents, Dan & Sibbie (Eaves) Cruse who precedes him in death. He was a carpenter and worked for Whittaker Construction Company in Shreveport for many years. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he was the song leader for many years. He was known as “Pop” to his step-children and step-grandchildren that loved him and will miss him dearly.

He is survived by
Wife:
Barbara Griffin Cruse of Center

Step-Children:
Leisha Sowell & Jerry Meldrum of Joaquin
Donald Sigler & wife, Melissa of Center
Amy Trent of Timpson
Elizabeth Mitchell & husband, John of Temple

10 Step-Grandchildren
12 Step-Great-Grandchildren

Pallbearers:
Sammy Arnold, Brandon Sowell, Glenn Sowell, William Cox, Steve Cox & Ronald Miller

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


Clarise Henry, 90, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at County Line Cemetery in Rusk County with Bro. Gayle Odom officiating.

Ms. Henry was born August 27, 1924 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Calvin Lindsey and Fannie Dollar Lindsey. She was a member of Lighthouse Church in Tenaha.

She is survived by

Daughters:
Shirley Gilmore and husband, Everett of Hebert, Louisiana
Judy Green of Tenaha
Kathy Bryce of Caledonia

Sons:
James Owens and wife, Sandra of Mt. Pleasant
Junior Owens and wife, Stacy of Tenaha
Tony Henry of Tenaha

Twenty-seven grandchildren

A number of great and great great grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Calvin Lindsey and Fannie Dollar Lindsey
Sons: Michael Henry, Kenneth Owens

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


09/10/2014

Timothy Blaine Foehner, 71, of Center, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Tyler.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ron Luman officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Foehner was born January 23, 1943 in Washington County, Texas to Adoue Blaine Foehner and Dorothy Odell Wheeler Foehner. He retired from Griffin Oil Company after 20+ years of service and also worked at Davis Timber Company for a number of years. Tim was an avid fox hunter and loved to hear his hounds running. He never missed an opportunity to be at any activities involving his grandkids. Mr. Foehner was a member of Center Bible Fellowship in Center.

He is survived by
Son: Rick Foehner and wife, Kelly of Shelbyville

Granddaughters:
Blaine Foehner and fiancé, T.J. Goodwin of Shelbyville
Krystina Henry and husband, Brad of Frisco, Louisiana

Grandson: Cade Foehner of Shelbyville

Great-Grandsons:
Grayson Henry of Frisco, Louisiana
Gavin Henry of Frisco

Preceded in death by
Parents: Adoue Blaine Foehner and Dorothy Odell Wheeler Foehner

Pallbearers will be Robbie Williams, David Griffin, James “Porky” Landua, Albert Welch, Jeff Boyd and Eric Perry. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Lawson, Douglas Jackson, Tommy Moody, Don Moody, Robert Griffin, and Tommy McMahon.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Foehner’s name to The McDade House of Shreveport, 1825 Warrington Place, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.

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


Ronnie N. Britton, 71, of Timpson, Texas, died September 8, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carroll W. Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Family visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Mr. Ronnie Nathenial Britton was born January 7, 1943 in Shelby County, Texas. He was the only child born to the marriage of Garland and Bertie Mae Harris Britton. Ronnie was raised and schooled in Timpson graduating with the high school class of 1962.

He worked as a farmer and carpenter. Mr. Britton married Debbra Ann Fields December 12, 1987 and they celebrated 26 years together. Ronnie loved the outdoors, gardening, fishing and hunting. He is preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Britton is survived by his loving wife Debbra Britton of Timpson, mother Bertie Mae Britton of Timpson, mother-in-law and father-in-law, C.W. and Lucille Fields of Antioch, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Sarah Fields of Carthage, numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

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


09/09/2014

Arnie Patterson, age 55, passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014, in Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview, Texas. He was born November 2, 1958, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to H. Allen Patterson and Wanzie Brewer Patterson. He served 5 years in the U.S. Navy and later started Patterson Tree Service until the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his father, H. Allen Patterson; and stepsisters, Mitzi Blackerby and Sheila Pounds.

Mr. Patterson is survived by:

Wife, Robin Patterson

Son, Casey Patterson and wife, Niekkole, of Houston, Texas
Son, Michael Barnett and wife, Jeannie, of Flint, Texas
Stepson, Jay Lawrence and wife, Samantha, of Houston, Texas
Stepdaughter, Amanda Nelson Rice of Michigan
Stepdaughter, Leslie Luna of Virginia

Grandsons, Shane Barnett, Achilles Patterson and O'Rylan Davis

Six other grandsons and one granddaughter.

Mother, Wanzie Wheeler and stepfather, Sam Wheeler of Tenaha, Texas

Brother, Doug Patterson and wife, Terrie, of Henderson, Texas
Brother, David Patterson of Houston, Texas
Sister, Ruth Patterson Winters and husband, Joel, of Jefferson City, MO

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Friends.

A memorial service will be held at 4pm Friday, September 12, 2014, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 501 E. US Hwy 80, White Oak, Texas 75693. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of East Texas Funeral Home, Longview, Texas.


09/07/2014

Ouida Mae (Dent) Whiteside of Austin, Texas passed away August 27, 2014. She was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on February 27, 1928 to Roy B. Dent and Mary Odell (Johnson) Dent of Timpson, Texas. She grew up in Tenaha and Timpson, Texas and graduated from Timpson High School. On November 27, 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold Stanley Whiteside and spent more than 52 years teaching, raising children and enjoying life together.

Ouida received her bachelor's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University and later earned her master's degree in educational administration. As a high school English teacher, she spent more than fifty years in the classroom touching the lives of many students, mentoring many young teachers and building countless lifelong relationships. In Austin, Ouida taught at Travis High School, McCallum High School and retired from Anderson High School in 2005.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was occasionally called upon to share her insights on the scriptures of the week. She truly loved teaching, literature and her family.

Ouida was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Jack Dent and her sister Rodell (Dent) Spencer. She is survived by three brothers: Roy Dent of Lake Murvaul, Texas, Troy (Kay) Dent of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and Ted (Pat) Dent of Nacogdoches, Texas; four children: W. Robin (Pat) Whiteside of Austin, Vikki Whiteside of Midpines, CA, Marti (Ron) Willens of Pacific Palisades, CA and Stan (Tay Tanya) Whiteside of Fajardo, Puerto Rico; seven grandchildren: Gage Brown of Austin, William R. Whiteside of Austin, Brandy Whiteside (Justin Little) of Austin, Shane Ingraham of Austin, Zack (Yesika) Ingraham of Austin, Stephanie Ingraham of Los Angeles, CA and Troy Whiteside of Austin; and seven great-grandchildren: Easton Brown, Noah Ingraham, Kobe Ingraham, Kaylee Whiteside, David Whiteside, Cris Whiteside and Jaylee Whiteside.

Sid Hall of Trinity United Methodist Church will officiate at the memorial service at 11:00 am on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ouida's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 3520 Executive Center Dr., Suite #140, Austin, Texas 78731.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff at The Summit Northwest for their contributions to Ouida's care and comfort.


09/06/2014

Rev. Douglas Keifer McDonald, 81, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Friday, September 5, 2014, at his home in Timpson. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, September 8, 2014, at Hi Way Tabernacle, Timpson, with Bro. Jimmy Nix officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson.

Born August 1, 1933, in Nacogdoches County, Texas, Rev. Douglas McDonald was the son of the late Ollie D. and Maud (Smith) McDonald. On June 29, 1956, he and Sarah Crump were married in Terrell, TX. Douglas McDonald was a truck driver for Wanda Petroleum and a mechanic for Eakin Motor Company until he opened Doug McDonald & Sons Auto Repair in 1982. In 1988 he opened McDonald & Sons Auto Parts and in 1993 acquired Ace Hardware.

After attending Hi Way Tabernacle one Sunday in 1968, he began pastoring the church as long as his health allowed. Even though occupied with his business endeavors and pastoring Hi Way Tabernacle, Rev. Douglas McDonald served as the mayor of Timpson from 1998 until 2010. And he still found time to lovingly fulfill his roles as husband, father, and Papa.

Surviving are his wife, Sarah McDonald of Timpson; 3 sons, Douglas Roy McDonald and wife Aretta of Overton, TX, Jim McDonald and wife Tammy of Timpson, and Tim McDonald and wife Misty of Timpson; aunt Effie Edwards of Timpson; and 5 grandchildren: Melissa Rodriguez, Ryan McDonald, Reid McDonald, Keelie McDonald, and Bailen McDonald.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Douglas McDonald was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Doy, Eloy, and Norman McDonald.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


09/04/2014

A.C. “Jake” Jacobs, 93, of Huxley, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Memorial Health Systems of East Texas in San Augustine.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Military honors will be given by VFW Post #8904. Visitation will be Sunday evening, September 7, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. Graveside service and burial will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.

He was born May 5, 1921 in Kaufman Co, Texas to Tom and Minnie (Cantrell) Jacobs. He served in the US Army for 4 years during WWII. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Tom and Minnie Jacobs, Wife, Kate Jacobs, Granddaughter, Dana Elizabeth Bryant & Brothers & Sister, Marvin Jacobs, Tommy Lee Jacobs, Lloyd Jean Jacobs, Lewis “Slim” Jacobs & Della Lee Edwards.

He is survived by:
4 Children:
Jeanie Bryant & husband, Scott of Cleveland
Susan Valentine & husband, Jack of Horseshoe Bay
Ronny Jacobs & wife, Sandra of Houston
Penny Jacobs Lightfoot & husband, Larry of Columbus

Grandchildren:
Kyle Bryant of Cleveland
Craig Bryant of Cleveland
Ryan Bryant of Rusk
Michael Marshall & wife, Christine of Florida
Kimberly Etheridge & husband, Scott of League City
Andrea Dominguez & husband, Randy of Bacliff
Deanna King & husband, Skipper of Katy
Aaron Jacobs of Houston

Great-Grandchildren:
William & Christine Bryant
Angela Bryant
Sophie & Zoe Marshall
Ella Kate & Ava Etheridge
Trevor, Tristan, Tate & Taylor Dominguez
Sarah & Allen King

Brother:
Billy Dean Jacobs of Terrell

Sister:
Murlene Griggs of Canton

Sisters-in-law:
Vaydene Hamm of Paris
Frances Via of Beaumont
Reception for family & friends to follow the services on Monday at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

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


09/03/2014

Henry Leroy Wilburn, 64, of Patroon, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 after fighting the good fight against cancer.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham, Bro. Don Windham and Bro. Lamar Denby, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Leroy was born Sept. 29, 1949 in Orange, TX to Henry L. and Grace Wilburn. He retired as a truck driver for Tyson Foods after 26 years of employment. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at the age of 26 and was baptized by Bro. Fred Stewart. Leroy was liked by all who knew him and will be remembered for his sense of humor and joyful personality. He was well-known for his ability to do any mechanical work that needed to be done and for being a Ford fanatic. In his spare time, he rebuilt and remodeled a 1966 Ford F-100 twice and a 1966 Ford Mustang, painting them both his favorite color, blue. He enjoyed trot-line fishing and was known to bring in 70 and 80 pound catfish on his week-long camping trips with the family. A camping trip for him meant no running water, electricity or civilization for miles around. In his earlier years, he also enjoyed raccoon hunting and won several trophies with his hunting dogs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry L. Wilburn.

He is survived by his mother, Grace Wilburn of Patroon; children, Brandi Emanis and husband, Scott, of Patroon, Shannon Wilburn and wife, Tera, of Sexton, Katie Smith and husband, Jonathan, of Patroon; grandchildren, Jessie Rose, Ashton Battles, Delaney Emanis, Jaiden Wilburn, Max Emanis, Raylee Wilburn, Kaylin Miller, Keelan Wilburn; siblings, Bernice Graham and husband, Hugh, of Lufkin, Donice Wilburn and wife, Alice, of Nacogdoches; and many friends and extended family members.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Rose, Ashton Battles, Max Emanis, Shannon Metcalf, Ray Buckley, Joe Flowers and Thomas Ray Bryan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Burnice Ray Bryan, Bruce Denby and James Blue.

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


Funeral services for Mr. Willie “Uncle Bob” Cartwright (76) of Nacogdoches, Texas, formally of the East Hamilton Community died September 3, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Center in Center, Texas. Services will be Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, 623 MLK Drive, Center, Texas. Mr. Cartwright’s service is set for 10:00am. Rev. Charlvin Doty will be officiating.
Mr. Cartwright is survived by:

Wife, Flora Mae Cartwright of Nacogdoches, Texas

(3) Sons: Willie Earl (Nenita) Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas
James Cartwright of Nacogdoches, Texas
Ala Cartwright of Center, Texas

(1) Stepson: Jasper Pettigrew

(4) Daughters: Alice Cartwright Henderson of Jacksonville, Texas
Peggie Cartwright Scott of Jacksonville, Texas
Loretta Cartwright (Charlvin) Doty of Phugerville, Texas
Linda K. Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas

(1) Stepdaughter: Pam Pettigrew

(2) Brothers: Walter Allen Cartwright of Ft. Worth, Texas & Jack Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas
(1) Sister: Iva Nell Johnson of Shelbyville, Texas

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel Friday, September 5, 2014, from the hours of 6pm to 8pm
Burial will be at Brittain Creek in the East Hamilton Community (Shelbyville, Texas)


09/02/2014

Taylor Keith Keele, 21, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Memorial Medical Hospital in San Augustine.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Keele and Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born April 1, 1993 in Nacogdoches to Troy and Tirrie (Dobos) Keele. He graduated from Timpson High School in 2011 where he graduated with honors and was ranked 14th in his class and he was active in powerlifting and track. Taylor was full of life, he loved skiing, fishing & rope swings. He was a dare devil and lived life to the fullest, always with a smile, full of love and energy. He will be truly missed by his family & friends.

He is preceded in death by his Grandmothers, Opal Dobos & Sue Keele, Grandfather, Dan Keele, Uncle, Tony Keele, Uncle, Cowboy Santos and Uncle, Danny Keele.

He is survived by:
Parents:
Troy & Tirrie Keele of Center

Brother:
Randall Gilchrist & wife, Cheli of Martinsville

Sister:
Terrin Strahan & husband, Brenton of Gary

Brother:
Therrin Keele & fiancé, Tiffany of Center

Twin Brother:
Tyler Keele & girlfriend, Kelsey of Center

Brother:
Camden Hughes of Center

Grandfathers:
Doug Dobos of Tenaha
Marshall Dover of Center

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Friends & Relatives

Pallbearers:
Ryan Keele, Matthew Stanley, Mark Stanley, Lonnie Anderson, Jimmy Anderson, Sr. & Michael Hurst

Honorary Pallbearers:
Marshall Dover, Doug Dobos & Justin McGuire
In lieu of flowers, family request that donations can be made to Mangum Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

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


Jim Burr III, 57, of Center, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A memorial service will be planned at a later time.

Mr. Burr was born June 25, 1957 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Jim William Burr Jr. and Mary Ellen Estes Burr. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Neuville Baptist Church in the Neuville Community of Shelby County.

He is survived by
Wife of 35 years: Vickie Burr of Center

Children:
Danny Hayden Burr of New Mexico
Jessica Michelle Ingerton and husband, William of Shelbyville
Jim William Burr IV and wife, Tiffany of Center
Steven Huskey and wife, Lindsay of Neuville

Grandchildren:
Devlyn Ingerton, Sheridan Ingerton, Brionna Ingerton, Autumn Ingerton, Samantha Burr, Hunter Burr, Caitlyn Burr, Quinton Burr, Braxton Montgomery, Easton Burr, Ashton Moore, Dillon Moore

Mother: Mary Ellen Estes of Joaquin

Six Sisters

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Jim William Burr Jr.
Sisters: Sonya Burr

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


09/01/2014

Hatcher B. "Paw Paw" Horton, age 92, of the Mt. Gillion Community, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. Funeral services will be at 1pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church, 5545 Hwy 87N Center, Texas. Rev R.L. Cotton will be officiating.

Mr. Hatcher was a WWII Veteran.

Survivors are:
(2) Brothers: His twin Lane B. Horton & Milton Horton, Jr. of Center
(1) Sister: Thelma Henderson of Center

(7) Children that he reared:
Bessie Mangum of Tacoma, Washington
Margie Nell Thomas of Portland, Oregon
Joseph Horton of Center, Texas
Eric (Shelia) Horton of Austin, Texas
Edward Horton of Center, Texas
Josie Harper of Spring, Texas
Sharon Hamilton of Timpson, Texas

Visitation will be at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church on Friday, September 5, 2014 from the hours of 5pm to 8pm. Burial will be at Mt. Gillion Cemetery. The repass will be at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church following the committal.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, 804 MLK Drive, Center, Texas 75935

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08/31/2014

Royce Ray Wilburn, 52, of Melrose, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allen Chaney officiating. Burial will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to servic