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08/13/2017

Jimmy Matthews, 77, of Center, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 14, 2017, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. George Ray Matthews Jr. officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Matthews was born May 9, 1940, in Shelby County, to Turner Griffin Matthews and Lois Florine Bolton Matthews.  He retired from the City of Center after serving 44 ½ years. Twenty eight of those years, he served as Police Chief.

He is survived by
Children:
Jody Matthews of Center
Jim Ed Matthews and wife, Jennifer, of Center
Judson Matthews of Center
Jamye Boyd and husband, Michael, of Center

Grandchildren:
Gracie Boyd
Addison Boyd
Ella Matthews
Porter Matthews
Wesley Matthews
Annigail Matthews
Cameron Matthews

Brother: Johnny Matthews and wife, Mandy, of Kingwood

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Barbara Gail Matthews
Daughter-in-law: Amanda Matthews
Mother: Lois Florine Bolton Matthews
Brother: George Matthews

Pallbearers will be Center Police Department.

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

08/11/2017

Lloyd William Smith, 77, of Center, formerly of Woodville, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017, in Center. 

Mr. Smith’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.

Mr. Smith was born March 20, 1940, in Eureka, California, to Lloyd T. Smith and Helen Sampson Smith.  He loved woodworking, collecting knives and Indian artifacts and was a Civil War buff.  Mr. Smith was a former firefighter in Center. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Peggy Smith of Center

Daughter: Mary Smith and husband, Michael, of Center

Grandchildren:
Ashlyn Wall of Center
Riley Wall of Center

Step-Sister: Jody Moore and husband, Gary, of Alvin

Special Friend: Sue Hill of Robertsdale, Alabama

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lloyd T. Smith and Helen Sampson Smith
Step Mother: Marcela Smith
Step Sister: Lorraine Reed and husband, Dennis “Dinny” Reed

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

08/11/2017

Robert Blake Jones, 28, of Center, Texas passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Center. He was born on June 29, 1989 in Conroe, Texas to Robert Leonard Jones and Debbie Renee Adams Jones. A memorial graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Rather Cemetery.

Blake grew up in Magnolia, Texas before moving to Shelby County with his family. He met K’Teria Clifton in Center and the two were married on August 5, 2016. Blake was a loving husband, father, and son who brought life to his family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman. You could always find him dove hunting or on the water casting a line. What he treasured most of all were the moments with his children.

Blake is survived by:
His wife: K’Teria Jones

Father: Buddy Jones and wife, Lisa

Mother: Debbie Jones

Children:
Brookelynn Gregg and A’lxces Jones

Grandparents:
Bob and Linda Jones
Dianne Bragg
David and Debbie Adams

Brothers:
Dylan Jones
Cody Carleton

Uncles:
Richard Jones
Russell Jones

Father-in-law: James Clifton

Mother-in-law: Betty Anderson

Special friend: Eric Jones

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfuneralhome.com.

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home in Center.

08/09/2017

Jackie Edge Miller, 85, of Center, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm, Friday, August 11, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017, at First United Pentecostal Church in Center with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Miller was born April 7, 1932, in Shelby County, to Henry Edge and Mattie Lou Smith Edge. She loved cooking and taking care of her family.  She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

She is survived by
Children:
Carolyn Cochran and husband, Larry, of Center, Texas
John Miller and wife, Kay, of San Antonio, Texas
Steve Miller and wife, Susan, of Round Rock, Texas

Grandchildren:
Gregg Miller and wife, Tabitha
Paul Miller and wife, Amber
Andrew Cochran and fiancé, Caitlyn
Erik Miller
Taylor Williams and husband, George
Morgan Miller

7 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
J. Frank Edge of Lufkin, Texas
James Edge of Clute, Texas
Lyndon Edge of Rogers, Arkansas
Paul Edge of San Diego, California    
Dale Edge of Crockett, Texas

Preceded in death by
Husband: Henry Miller
Parents: Henry W. Edge and Mattie Lou Smith Edge
Sisters: Maxine Miller, Joyce Adams
Brother: H. W. Edge, Jr.

Pallbearers will be Gregg Miller, Paul Miller, Erik Miller, Andrew Cochran, Larry Edge and Danny Edge.  Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Edge, Jack Quinn, Travis Quinn and Parker Miller.

A special thanks to her caregivers – Vickie Sneed, Missy Cooper, Cassidy Chessher and Cindy Webb. Also, special thanks to Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First United Pentecostal Church, PO Box 358, Center, Texas 75935.

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

08/08/2017

Maude Evelyn Parker, 85, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on August 6, 2017 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born in Timpson on January 2, 1932 to John Brinson Hooper and Geraldine (Howell) Hooper. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at First Christian Church, Timpson, Texas with Pastor Larry Stegall officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Ms. Maude was born and raised in Timpson and graduated from THS Class of 1949. She married the love of her life, William Howard Parker Sr. on July 7, 1951. She travelled around the United States for many years while he served in the United States Navy. They were parents to four wonderful children whom she loved dearly. She and Mr. William Parker Sr. spent over 50 years together before he went to be with the Lord in 2001. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Maude enjoyed gardening and reading. She was very active in the Timpson Area Genealogical Historical Society, and helped start the Timpson Public Library. Maude was a lifelong active member of First Christian Church and loved her church family very much.

Maude is survived by her sons, William Howard Parker Jr., John Thomas Parker, David Parker; daughter, Catherine Diane Kay; sister, Mariane Bodiford; grandchildren, Cristi Hebert and husband Louie, Clarence William Patten, Dustin Patrick Kay, Hilary Denise Kay, William Andrew Parker, William Ezekiel Parker; great-grandchildren, Kole William Fischer, Parker Moses Hebert, Ernest Allen Jones; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Parker Sr.; brothers, Gene William Hooper and Jon Ben Hooper.

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

08/08/2017

Mrs. Christene Hoosier, age 81, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Hoosier passed away on August 5, 2017 at CHI St. Luke Hospital in Lufkin, Texas.  

Funeral service will be Saturday, August 12, 2017 11am at China Chapel Baptist Church with interment to follow at Redland Cemetery with Rev. Fred Dade, Officiating.

Visitation is being held Friday, August 8, 2017 1pm until 6:30pm at Garner & Son Chapel.

Survivors include:
Sons:
Carl Edward Hoosier (Cynthia) of Houston, Texas
Billy Rex Hoosier (Jacqueline) of Brookshire, Texas

4 Grandchildren

4 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:    
Elray Johnson (Clara) of Missouri City
Jonathan Tanner (Yzonne) of Union City, CA

Sisters:    
Betty Simons of Center, Texas
Opal Pipkins of Dallas, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

08/07/2017

Freddy Charles Lawrence, Sr., 74, of Center, Texas passed away on August 7, 2017 in Center. He was born on September 26, 1942 in Center to Rev. Fred Colquitte Lawrence and Ruth Watson Lawrence. Funeral Services for Freddy will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Jerrod Nutt officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Freddy was born and raised in Center and he attended school at both Center and Joaquin. He was no stranger to hard work as he spent an extended period of time working as a millwright at Brown and Root. He also worked at HB Zachry and McGill Maintenance for a number of years. He worked shut-downs later in life before retirement. Freddy met Patricia Stanley in the 70’s through a mutual acquaintance and the two were joined in marriage on April 7, 1979 at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church.

Together they raised a beautiful family in Center. When Freddy was not at work, he could be found working as a cattle rancher. This was a true passion of his that he dedicated most of his free time to. He grew very interested in politics, investments, and other social and economic issues later in his life. Papa, as his grandchildren referred to him, would be described as a quiet and reserved man, but was witty and lighthearted when his family was around.

Freddy is survived by:
His loving wife: Patricia

Sons:
Charles Lawrence of Texarkana, Arkansas
David Lawrence of Center

Daughter: Melissa Munoz and husband, Alex of Center

Sister-in-law: Jeanette Tinkle and husband Pat, of Tyler

Grandchildren:
Jeremy
Tara
John
Alexis
Avery
Mia
Elizabeth
Desiree
Victoria
Justin
Jonathan
Jeffery
Aaron

Eight great-grandchildren

Numerous relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Alan Lawrence and Greg Lawrence; great-granddaughters, Kendra and Melanie Barker; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bruce and Audrie Stanley; sister-in-law, Sarah Helms and husband, Charles.

Serving as pallbearers are Jerrod Nutt, Sean Crouch, Darrell Johnson, David Lawrence, Charles Lawrence and Alex Munoz. Honorary pallbearer will be Arthur Thornton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas, 75904 or visit https://donate3.cancer.org.

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

08/03/2017

Graveside services for Mr. Gene Ritter, 87, of Tenaha, Texas will be 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Mt. Bethel Cemetery with Bro. Clifton Ritter officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be 10-11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home. Mr. Ritter passed away August 2, 2017 in Center, Texas.

Mr. Aubrey Gene Ritter was born May 21, 1930 in Meadow, Texas. He was the youngest of two sons born to Rufus Randolph and Zettie Ray Smiley Ritter. Gene graduated from Tenaha High School with the class of 1948 and later served his country through the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Ritter worked for Amoco Oil Company as a Process Superintendent and retired on July 1, 1990 with 38 years of service. Gene loved to tinker, work on cars, dance, read and work crossword puzzles. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Gene Randolph Ritter; and brother, Wallace Ritter.

Mr. Ritter is survived by his children, Shirley Marie Jeanes of Houston, Glennon Ritter and wife Dianna of League City; grandchildren, Lindsey Shulz, Brandi Salisbury, David Jeanes; great grandchildren, Kyzer Shulz, Summer Jeanes, Levi Jeanes, Autumn Salisbury; very dear friend, Billie Lorraine Wilson; best friend, Dale Stepp; numerous other relatives and friends.

If desired, the family requests that donations be made in Gene’s name to the charity of your choice.

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

08/03/2017

Delores Windham, 65, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, July 28, 2017, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Antioch Cemetery in Center with Bro. Don Windham officiating.

Ms. Windham was born December 23, 1951, in Shelby County, to Elzie Windham and Corinne Meyers Windham.  

She is survived by
Sons:
Rodney Green of Center
Bobby Joe Green of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Bryan Keith Green
Rodney Scott Shaw
Marissa Lenoy and husband, Caleb
Dalton Keith Green

6 Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Roger Windham

Sisters:
Charlotte Hughes
Donna Whittington

Numerous nieces, nephews and other family

Preceded in death by
Son: Keith Allen Green
Parents: Elzie Windham and Corinne Meyers Windham
Brother: Randy Windham
Sisters: Louise Meyers, Jerelyn Richards

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

08/02/2017

Jerelyn W. Richards, 73, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 4, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Richards was born February 19, 1944, in Shelby County, to Elzie Windham and Corine Meyers Windham.  She loved spending time with her family.  Her hobbies included fishing and canning.  

She is survived by
Children:
Johnny Richards and wife, Paula, of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana
Wayne Richards and wife, Lucinda, of Center
Gene Richards and wife, Jo Ann, of Center
Mathew Byrd of Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Casadie L. Richards
Wynona R. Richards
Robin D. Richards
Waylon W. Richards
Cordel L. Richards
Shalyn Grapes

Great-Grandchildren:
Braelyn Cosby
William Richards

Brother:
Roger Windham of Center

Sisters:
Donna Whitington of Center
Charlott Hughes of Center

Special Uncle:
Preston Windham of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of family and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: James W. Richards
Parents: Elzie Windham and Corine Meyers Windham
Sisters: Louis Windham, Deloris Windham
Brother: Randy Windham

Pallbearers will be Rufus Byrd Jr., Harald Self, Waylon Richards, Cory Hagler, Dwayne Band and Larry James Moss.  Honorary pallbearer will be Preston Windham.

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

08/01/2017

Gwendolyn Billingsley, 79, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on July 19, 2017 in Timpson. She was born in Timpson on August 9, 1937 to Norman Howell Hudson and Minnie Lee Courtney Hudson. Funeral service for Gwen was at 2pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stephen Wiggins officiating. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel.

Gwen grew up in Timpson and graduated from THS in 1955. She married Carlos Byron Billingsley on May 14, 1956 and they later became the parents to a beautiful baby girl, Beth. Gwen thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her daughter and granddaughters, Kylie and Dana. She also liked doing crossword puzzles, watching game shows and reading. Gwen was a member of Arcadia Church of Christ and the Eastern Star.

Gwen is survived by:
Daughter: Beth Andrews and husband, Pete

Granddaughters:
Dana Andrews
Kylie Andrews

Brother: Howell Glen Hudson

Sister: Cindy Summers and husband, Jerry; sister-in-law, Nina Ruth Hughes; aunts, Verlene Roberts and Vaudine Taylor; a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, C.B. Billingsley, and her parents, Norman Howell and Minnie Lee Hudson.

Pallbearers will be Curtis Hughes, Clifford Hughes, Levi Hughes, Randy Mora, Michael Johnson, and Shaun Milford.

Honorary pallbearers are Charles Joe Hughes, Darrell Rhodes, and Charlie Rhodes.

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

08/01/17

Fay B. McSwain Allen, 89, of Center, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Ms. Allen was born October 31, 1927, in Center, to Jess O. Bush and I. T. Williams Bush.  She was a member of Hurst Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by
Daughters-in-law:
Mary Jane McSwain of Timpson
Rose Jenkins and husband, John, of Center

Grandchildren:
Sam McSwain of Center
Sandra McSwain of Timpson

Honorary Grandson: Michael McSwain

Great-Grandchildren:
Brittany McSwain
Shon Lout
Cobin McSwain
Torin McSwain

Step-Children:
Randy Allen and wife, Lisa, of Bossier City, Louisiana
Sheila Mills and husband, Robert, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Step-Grandchildren:
Josh Leonard of Shreveport, Louisiana
Shelby Leonard of Shreveport, Louisiana
Devin Cartwright and husband, Brady, of Benton, Louisiana
Cory Allen and wife, Mindy, of Benton, Louisiana

4 Step-Great-Grandchildren

Special Sisters-in-law:
Mary McSwain of Center
Juanita Bush of Mt. Pleasant

Preceded in death by
Husband: Gene McSwain
Husband: Bill Allen
Sons: Larry McSwain, David McSwain
Grandson: Mitchell McSwain
Brothers: Ozroe Bush, Ray Bush
Sister: Thelma Langley

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

07/31/2017

Funeral service for Mr. Floyd O. Osby (65) of Center, Texas will be Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:00am at Triumph The Church and Kingdom of God in Christ (908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas). Mr. Floyd Osby died at local emergency room on Friday, July 28, 2017. Pastor, Rayford Caraway will be officiating.

Floyd is survived by:

Sister: Dorothy Bonaparte of Center, Texas

Nephews: Christopher Bonaparte, Mervin (Loraine) Osby, Tracey (Jessica) Osby, Kenyatta (Brittany) Osby, and Patrick Osby

Nieces: Sonya (Valton) Harris and Tomeka (Ken) Moody

Visitation: Thursday, August 3, 2017, from the hours of 10:00am to 11:00am just before the services.  

Committal: Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas

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

07/28/2017

Funeral service for Pam Pettigrew (40) of Center, Texas will be Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 2pm at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (623 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935). Mrs. Pettigrew died at local emergency room on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Rev. L. Tatum will be officiating. 

Pam is survived by:

Grandmother:  Gloria Lee Pettigrew of Center, Texas

Son: DeShon Pettigrew of Center, Texas
Godson: Reggie Daniels II of Center, Texas

Brothers: Jasper Pettigrew of Center, Texas; Ala Cartwright of Center, Texas; James Cartwright of Nacogdoches; and Willie Earl (Nenita) Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas

Sisters: Alice Cartwright; Loretta (Charlvin) Doty; Linda Cartwright, and Peggy Cartwright all of Jacksonville, Texas

Special Friend: Deborah Daniels

Visitation: Monday, July 31, 2017 6:00pm-8:00pm Hicks Chapel
Committal: Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas
Repass: Bright Morning Star Baptist Church

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

07/28/2017

John Thomas Gault, 77, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Lafayette.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church, 1100 Lee Avenue, in Lafayette.

Visitation will be observed Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00 am until the time of service.

Reverend Dr. Steve Horn, Pastor and Brother Luther Burney, Assistant to the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette, will officiate.

John was born February 24, 1940 in Center, Texas and was a long-time resident of Acadiana. He graduated from Center High School in 1958 in Center, Texas. A proud veteran, John served in the United States Coast Guard.  He worked as a welding engineer serving the oilfield. John was a member of the American Welding Society for 50 plus years and served as Chairman in the Lafayette, Beaumont and Houston, Texas chapters.  He had two patents on welding procedures and authored the book, Major Welding Processes and Gases.

John was a member of Park Place Masonic Lodge #106 and the Arabia Shrine Club, both in Houston. He played in the Shrine band unit. He was an avid golfer and square dancer. He loved all kinds of music and dancing.  Most of all, John loved spending time with his family and friends.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Judy Gault of Lafayette; his children, Kathy Miguez, Kimberly Blackburn, Tommy Ginn, Amy Abbott, Darin Fountain, and John Robert Gault; one sister, Meg Albertelli; eight grandchildren, Krystal, Zachary, Karsyn, Georgia, Katom, Kelsilynn, Aubrey and Beckett and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.

Local Shelby County relatives who are first cousins are Nancy Lacy Warr, Janis Lacy Compton, Joe Tom Schillings, Donna Schillings Thomason, Ann Schillings Bowen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Payne and Edith Mary Lacy Gault.

The family wishes to thank the staffs at Lafayette General Medical Centers, main campus and southwest location, Magnolia Nursing Home and the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital, all in Lafayette. The family also wishes to extend special thanks to members of First Baptist Church in Lafayette, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John's name to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202, 1-800-342-2383, www.donations.diabetes.org.

Online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com.

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1010 Pandora Street, 337-981-7098 is in charge of arrangements.

07/27/2017

Ronald Jay Clark, 68, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 27, 2017 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on November 28, 1948 in Center to Henry Jay Clark and Frances Wright Clark. Funeral services for Ronald will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Clever Creek Baptist Church, 199 CR 1042, Center, Texas 75935. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfuneralhome.com.

07/26/2017

Barbara Adams Miller, 75, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 25, 2017 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born in Center on January 7, 1942 to John Marlin Adams and Johnnie Frances Crocker Adams. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Barbara was raised in Center where she met Carl Miller. The two were married on December 10, 1955. Carl served his country in the United States Air Force, and Barbara stayed devoted by his side as they traveled the world during his enlistment. For over 50 years, the two shared many memories and laughter building a family here in Center before Carl’s passing. Barbara was of the Baptist faith and worked in retail and sales. She did enjoy multiple hobbies and activities outside of work and family. You could find Barbara working diligently in her flowers and plants. She most definitely could be considered to have had a green thumb! She also liked to bird watch or ride around and site see for leisure. Barbara not only had a way with plants and flowers, but also knew her way around the kitchen. She loved to cook and entertain and people would all agree that she was great at both.

She will be lovingly missed by her son, Carl Miller, Jr. of Center; daughter, Sonja K. Buckman and husband, Jay of Florida; brother, John Marlin Adams, Jr. and wife, Mary K. of Port Arthur; sister, Jan Akridge and husband, Billy of Center; and grandchild, David Harrell of Florida.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl H. Miller; son, Randall Eugene Miller; parents, John Adams and Johnnie Crocker Adams; and sister, Kathryn Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas, 75284-1125 or visit https://donatenow.heart.org/

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

07/25/2017

Lena Mae Jones, 65 of Center, passed away Saturday evening, July 22, 2017 at CHI St. Luke Health, Lufkin, Texas.

Funeral service is Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2pm at Loop 500 Church of Christ, Center, Texas. Interment is at Westview Cemetery with Minister Lavel Tukes, Sr. officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Larry Jones of Center

Sons:
Anthony (Ashley) Jones of Nacogdoches
Marcus Smith of Nacogdoches

7 Grandchildren

Sister, Eula (James) Harris of Houston

Brothers:
Charles (Eunice) Williams of Timpson
Fate (Neta) Williams of Center
James (Paul) Williams of Center

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

07/24/2017

Doris Nation, 88, of Greenwood, Louisiana, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Darrell Dean officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Nation was born June 22, 1929, in Joaquin, to Willie B. Mitchell and Bertha Blankenship Mitchell.  She enjoyed reading and quilting.  Ms. Nation was a member of Providence Road Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

She is survived by
Children:
Enid Nation of Springfield, Missouri
Ed Nation of Shreveport, Louisiana
Rebbie Burnitt and husband, George, of Indian Trail, North Carolina
Reta Keeny and husband, David, of Greenwood, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Michael Nation and wife, Tasha, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Patricia Nation and Cain Hughes of Shreveport, Louisiana
Cynthia Daugherty and husband, Wes, of Charlotte, North Carolina
Amy Hardwick and husband, Derrick, of Alexandria, Louisiana
Josh Keeny and wife, Brittany, of Buffalo, Missouri
Chris Keeny and wife, Vallie, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amber Keeny of Greenwood, Louisiana

8 Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Marian Riley of Center, Texas

Brother: Curtis Mitchell and wife, Marie, of Orange, Texas

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Ernest Nation
Parents: Willie B. Mitchell and Bertha Blankenship Mitchell
Brother: Billy Mitchell
Brother-in-law: Harlon Riley

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

07/24/2017

Peggie Sue Williams, 73, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 22, 2017 in Center. She was born on September 23, 1943 in Center, Texas to Charlie Doyle Watson and Annie Ruth Windham Watson. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Sardis Cemetery with Bro. Pat Windham officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Sardis Church.

Peggie grew up in Center and was a member of the Center High School graduating class of 1961. After high school, she attended Stephen F. Austin State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. For over 30 years, Peggie put her degree to work as a physical education teacher in the public school system. Peggie was also a life-long member of Center Missionary Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife of almost 53 years to her husband, Johnny Williams and loving mother to her children, Jeff and Stacia. Her life was one of kindness, compassion and love for others. She enjoyed most the moments spent with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Peggie is survived by her husband, Johnny Williams of Center; son, Jeff Williams of Center; daughter, Stacia Fisher and husband, Kenneth of Nederland, Texas; grandchildren, Katlyn Williams of Groves, Texas, Cole and Dean Fisher of Nederland; Great-Grandchildren, Emilia Williams and Everett Hunter; brother, Bobby Watson and wife, Linda of Center; Special aunt, Shirley Shofner; Special cousin, Pam Lawson; and Special life-long friend, Judy Matthews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Doyle Watson and Annie Ruth Windham Watson.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Williams’ service will be Chris Hunter, Cole Fisher, Dean Fisher, Ken Fisher, Buster Bounds, and Charlie Verrett.
Honorary pallbearers are Preston Windham and Joe Shofner.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas, 75935.

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

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