2/27/2018

Norvell Holt, 97, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 26, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on June 28, 1920 in Center to Henry David Spells and Mineola Fletcher Spells. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM prior to the service on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Norvell grew up in Center and was known by everyone around as “Peewee.” She had to leave school in the eighth grade because her family needed her at home. Norvell helped to take care of her eight siblings each day, cooking, cleaning, and tending to their needs.

From a young age, she learned what it meant to be selfless and caring, and those traits stayed with her throughout her life. She had a true servant’s heart and never thought twice about extending a helping hand wherever it was needed. After leaving home, Norvell went to work for Citizen’s Bank in Center where she was head bookkeeper there. She retired after 27 years with the bank.

The most precious moments in Norvell’s life were spent surrounded by family and friends. Whether it was cooking amazing cuisine or enjoying a game of 42, the laughter and love shared within the walls of her home will be treasured forever. Norvell was a member of the Hurst Street Church of Christ in Center. 

Norvell is survived by:
Her sons: 
Jay Williams and wife, Dee of Center
Ronald Williams and wife, Jean of Nacogdoches

Sister: Leola Eaves of Center

Grandchildren: 
Erin Williams of Nacogdoches
Stephanie Williams of Bentonville, Arkansas
Stephen Williams and wife
Tanya of Center
Shay Williams and wife, Bonnie of Pharr

Nine great-grandchildren

She is preceded in death by her husbands, AJ Williams and Ira “Harry” Holt; parents, Henry and Mineola Spells; seven siblings; and grandson, Chris Williams.

Pallbearers Stephen Williams, Shay Williams, Tristan Williams, Zachary LeBouff, David Eaves, and Wendell Williams.
Honorary pallbearer will be Bobby Spells.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Sunny Glen Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, Texas 78586.

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

02/26/2018

Johnny Mack Brown, 65, of Tenaha, TX passed away February 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1952 in Spiro, OK to Lee Roy & Viola Brown.

Johnny Mack was drafted to the Army where he graduated top in his class at sniper school & went on to become a Paratrooper. While serving in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal after surviving malaria & 9 days in a coma.

He was a jack of all trades with a work ethic like none other. A great provider & protector, always doing what he can to help others. His charismatic personality always made for exciting & interesting conversations. He will truly be missed by many.

He is survived by his daughters Shannon Ritter of Humble, TX; Amy Kennedy and husband, Dusty of Searcy, AR; Kim Headly and husband, Brian of Stuttgart, AR; Amber Savoy and husband, Joshua of Houston, TX.

Siblings Dorothy Ables and husband, Curtis; Alice Marshall and husband Willie Ray; Roy Thomas Brown and wife, Opal; Lewis Ray Brown and wife, Linda; Ruth Hollis and husband, Gene; David Brown and wife, Jeanette.

Grandchildren Casey Henrikson, Brandon Bradley, Justin Headly, Derrick Willis, Ariana Arredondo, Hannah Willis, Illianna Kennedy, Mariah Savoy, Simona Kennedy, Avalon Ritter, & Mackenzie Savoy.

Great-Grandchildren Brylee and Sawyer Barks.

And many nieces & nephews.

Memorial will be held at his residence on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 1pm.

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

02/25/2018

LeFern Moffett Parrish, 91, of Waco, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2018 surrounded by her family. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 27th, at Western Heights Baptist Church, 6301 Bosque Blvd in Waco with Pastor Bruce Worley officiating. She will be buried at White Hall Cemetery in Woodway.

LeFern was born January 23, 1927 in Center, Texas, to F. L. and Lenore Moffett. She graduated from Center High School and then TWU in 1947. She married Mitchell Parrish on July 20, 1947 in Center and became a dedicated homemaker for Mitchell and their three children.

She occasionally taught in public schools and was always active in her church in many ways until the end of her life, including teaching Sunday school for 68 years. LeFern and Mitchell celebrated their 70th anniversary last summer with scores of their friends and family attending.

She is survived by her devoted husband, three children Larry Parrish and his wife Paula of Ft. Worth, Susan and her husband Bill Nolen of Waco, and Cindy and her husband Warren Owen of Waco, sister Jane Bostick of Waco, sister-in-law Jean Barnett of Dallas, 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services under the direction of Oak Crest Funeral Home, Waco, Texas.

2/23/2018

Myoe Min, 28, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 19, 2018 in Center. He was born on January 12, 1990 in Myanmar. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

Myoe moved to the United States in 2007 and went straight to work in Arizona and then Iowa before moving to Texas. He began working for Tyson in 2015. Myoe was not afraid to get his hands dirty and was an extremely hard working individual. A large part of his motivation was family. He did all that he could to help support his parents, brothers and sisters that still live in Myanmar. He was so proud of one of brothers in Myanmar, Naing Naing Puang, who graduated from college.

Myoe stood behind him in this accomplishment and did what he could to help get him through that journey. Although he worked hard, he also enjoyed taking a break and playing or watching soccer with his family and friends here in the states. Myoe was a very quiet and reserved young man, but he loved his family beyond words and will be dearly missed. 

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

2/22/2018

Bronice McDonald Curtis, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Colonial Pines in San Augustine.  Visitation will be held Friday, February 23, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will also be held at Watson & Sons at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018, with Bro. Mike Fodge and Bro. B.A. Morris officiating.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Curtis, born on March 7, 1930, was a lifelong resident of Shelbyville. She graduated from Shelbyville High School and was later employed by Bruce Hardwood Floors where she ultimately retired with 30 years of service.  Mrs. Curtis’ hobbies included cooking, canning, feeding and taking care of the cows as well as spending time with friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Luther J. and Cassie Corene McDonald and brothers, Nolan and Marlon McDonald. 

Mrs. Curtis is lovingly remembered by:
Her children:
MaryAnn (and husband Kenneth) Gordon of Clear-Lake
Glenda (and husband Dennis) Durdin of Shelbyville
Doug Curtis of Shelbyville

Brothers: 
Howard McDonald
Gordan McDonald

Sisters:
Garvis Raborn
Jean Risinger
Belva Hoffman

Mrs. Curtis or “MeMaw” will also be fondly loved and remembered by her four grandchildren, Shelly Jackson (and husband Elmer), Les Perkins, Lesli Perkins and Mandy Durdin (and fiancé Donny Morse); four great-grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters. 

Mrs. Curtis was respected and loved by many others to include nieces, nephews and precious friends throughout her life. She was a member of West Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to West Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Maxine Parker, 4562 CR 2798, Shelbyville, Texas 75973 or Wimberly Cemetery, c/o Mack O’Rear, 11466 FM 2694, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. The family would also like to recognize and express their gratitude to the staff at Colonial Pines as well as Affinity Hospice Care for their compassionate love and care.  

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

02/21/2018

Bobby L. Welch, 61, of Palm Springs, California, passed away December 20, 2017, at his home after a lengthy illness.

Bobby’s wishes were to be cremated.  He will be laid to rest at Blair Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

Bobby was born November 27, 1956, to Malcolm and Marilyn Haywood Welch of the Stockman Community.

He is survived by
Mother: Marilyn Griffin of Carthage, Texas

Brothers: 
Larry S. Welch and wife, Fran, of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jimmy Welch and wife, Marilyn, of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Delois Blackwell and husband, Frank, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Rebecca Strong and husband, Bobby, of Carthage, Texas

Many close family members

Preceded in death by
Spouse: Anthony “Tony” Janeé
Sons: Jeffery Lynn Welch, Timothy James Welch

02/21/2018

Robert Alan Thompson, 59, of Carthage, Texas passed away on February 16, 2018 in Carthage, Texas. He was born on March 8, 1958 in Houston, Texas. Robert is the son of Harold Thompson and Lille Mae Rowe Townsend. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Robert grew up in the Deepwater Addition in Pasadena, Texas and went to school at Deer Park ISD until his family moved to Paxton in 1971. Robert attended Tenaha High School where he became very active in the FFA program. He graduated from with the THS Class of 1977 and afterward, went to work for the power company in Tatum. Robert continued onto a variety of jobs that would take him all over the state. The one occupation that he enjoyed most was as a pipeline surveyor. He was excited to learn how to use computers to complete the surveys and being outdoors was always of interest to him, so the combination made his job more fulfilling. 

In 2016, Robert had a major health set-back requiring him to have a heart valve replacement and double by-pass surgery. After regaining his strength, he moved to Carthage; however, his health never quite recovered. 

Robert is survived by his children, Ashley Chandler and husband, Ryan of Center, Colton Thompson and wife, Briana of Center, and Sara Barbee and husband, Clay of Center; mother, Lillie Mae Townsend; sister, Elizabeth McCoy and husband, Mike of Houston; mother of his children, Shelley Porter of Center; and grandchildren, Drake Lutz, Racyn Chandler, Jace Thompson, Hallie Barbee and Chayton Barbee.

He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Thompson; brother, Harold “Buster” Thompson, Jr.; and sister, Nancy Thompson.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Chandler, Carl Thompson, Whitton Thompson, Scooter Thompson, Chip Robertson and David Harvey.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Hermann Memorial Hospital NICU: 
Memorial Hermann Foundation
929 Gessner, Suite 2650
Houston, Texas 77024

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

02/21/2018

Jack G. Yates, 85, of Center, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Todd Jenkins and Bro. Glen Jones officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Yates was born March 1, 1932, in Shelbyville, to Robert Alvie Yates and Mary Carroll Yates.  Following his retirement from Hallmark, Mr. Yates spent time hunting, gardening, working in the yard and drinking coffee with his friends around town.  His favorite time was time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Mr. Yates was a member of Sardis Pentecostal Church in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

He is survived by
Wife of 66 years: Helen M. Yates of Center

Children:
Joyce Hendricks and husband, Verbon, of Huxley
Billy Yates and wife, Janet, of Center
Terry Yates and wife, Linda, of Houston

Grandchildren:
Kim Cater and husband, Jeff, of Joaquin
Luke Hendricks and wife, Carriston, of Huxley
Samantha Ranft and husband, Brant, of Waco
Jeremy Yates of Huxley
Steven Rader and wife, Dana, of Houston
Allison Krepel and husband, Brandon, of St. Louis, Missouri
Amanda Kirby and husband, Kris, of Center
Landon Oliver and wife, Rita, of Center
Charla Warr and husband, Matt, of Center

Great Grandchildren: Jackson, Jayden, Jaylee, Kyleigh, Kayson, Kale, Jaycee, Colton, Miles, Macy, Makayla, Mason, Jamie, Clay, Madison, Slade, Sawyer, Kaylee, Brooklyn, and Lily

Brothers: 
Carroll Yates of Center
Jimmy Yates and wife, Billie, of Royce City

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Robert Alvie Yates and Mary Carroll Yates
Sisters: Merlene Weaver, Ruth David, Mary Jane Cook, Johnnie Yates

Pallbearers will be Luke Hendricks, Brant Ranft, Jeff Cater, Jeremy Yates, Jayden Cater and Jackson Cater.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Jones, Glen Jones, Bobby Chandler, Rev. Ed McRae, Clifford Lightfoot, Terry Allen, Michael Allen and Bobby Watson.

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

02/16/2018

Margarita Mendoza Jimenez, 39, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 16, 2018 in Center. She was born on January 7, 1979 in Mexico to J. Merced Jimenez and Carmen Martinez. Funeral mass will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 19, 2018 at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center with celebrant, Father Nelson. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Rosary at 7:00 PM. 

Margarita graduated from high school while in Mexico before moving to the United States in 2000. She soon met Alejandro Mendoza and the two were later married in 2002. Margarita was a dedicated and loving wife and mother who treasured every second spent with her family. She was a selfless woman who put the needs of others above her own. She adored her children and enjoyed the precious memories she made with them. “Magga,” as so many friends and family would call Margarita, loved to shop and to eat out with her family. Her battle with cancer was a valiant one. Even on her toughest days, she faced them with faith and a smile surrounded by her family and friends. A kind and humble soul, Margarita will be dearly missed by those who were honored to know her. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Center.

Margarita is survived by her beloved husband, Alejandro Mendoza of Center; son, Alejandro Mendoza, Jr. of Center; daughter, Daniela Mendoza of Center; mother, Carmen Martinez of Center; brothers, Manuel Jimenez and wife, Delfina of Center, Gabriel Jimenez and wife, Maria of North Carolina and Nicolas Jimenez and wife, Laura of Center; sisters, Ofelia Torres and husband, Jose of California, Maria de los Angeles and husband, Jose Garcia of Center, Maria Guadalupe Jimenez and husband, Mauricio Ortega of Mexico, Juana Jimenez and husband, Gerardo Porras of Center, Maria del Carmen Jimenez and husband, Giovani Ramirez of Center, and Maria Magdalena Jimenez of Mexico.

She is preceded in death by her father, J. Merced Jimenez and brother, Miguel Jimenez.

Pallbearers will be Manuel Jimenez, Gabriel Jimenez, Nicolas Jimenez, Alejandro Jimenez, Mauricio Ortega, Giovani Ramirez, Jose Garcia and Gerardo Porras.

Honorary pallbearer will be Armando Mendoza.

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


Margarita Mendoza Jimenez, 39, de Center, Texas, falleció la 16 de Febrero del 2018 en Center. Nació el 7 de Enero del 1979 en México, hija del señor J. Merced Jimenez y la señora Carmen Martinez. Misa fúnebre será a las 2:00 PM el Lunes, 19 de Febrero, 2018 en La Iglesia Católica de St. Therese en Center con Padre Nelson oficiando. Entierro seguirá en Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitación será 5:00 PM a 7:00 PM en Domingo, 18 de Febrero 2018 en la capilla de Mangum Funeral Home con Rosario a las 7:00 PM.

Margarita se graduó de la escuela secundaria mientras estaba en México antes de mudarse a los Estados Unidos en 2000. Ella pronto conoció a Alejandro Mendoza y los dos se casaron mas tarde en 2002. Margarita era una esposa y madre dedicada y amorosa. Ella atesoraba cada segundo que pasaba con su familia. Ella era una mujer desinteresada que anteponía las necesidades de los demás a si misma. Ella adoraba a sus hijos y disfrutaba de los recuerdos preciosos que haciá con ellos. “Magga,” como muchos amigos y familiares llamarían Margarita, se encantaba ir a comprar y comer fuera con su familia. Su batalla con el cáncer fue valiente. Incluso en sus días más difíciles los enfrentaba con fe y una sonrisa rodeada de su familia y amigos. Un alma amable y humilde, Margarita será profundamente extrañada por aquellos que tuvieron el honor de conocerla. Ella era un miembro de La Iglesia Católica de St. Therese en Center.

Margarita es sobrevivida por su amado esposo, Alejandro Mendoza de Center; hijo, Alejandro Mendoza, Jr. de Center; hija, Daniela Mendoza de Center; madre, Carmen Martinez de Center; hermanos, Manuel Jimenez y su esposa, Delfina de Center, Gabriel Jimenez y su esposa, Maria de North Carolina, y Nicolas Jimenez y su esposa, Laura de Center; hermanas, Ofelia Torres y su esposo, Francisco de California, Maria de los Angeles y su esposo, Jose Garcia de Center, Maria Guadalupe Jimenez y su esposo, Mauricio Ortega de México, Juana Jimenez y su esposo, Gerardo Porras de Center, Maria del Carmen Jimenez y su esposo, Geovany Ramirez de Center, y Maria Magdalena Jimenez de México.

Es precedida en muerte por su padre, J. Merced Jimenez y su hermano, Miguel Jimenez.

Cargadores de féretro serán Manuel Jimenez, Gabriel Jimenez, Nicolas Jimenez, Alejandro Jimenez, Mauricio Ortega, Giovani Ramirez, Jose Garcia, y Gerardo Porras.

Cargador honorario será Armando Mendoza.

Enviar condolencias o firmar un registro en línea, por favor visite www.mangumfh.net.

02/20/2018

Calvin Kimbrough, 84, of Arlington, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018, in Arlington. 

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Rob Merriman and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mr. Kimbrough was born August 8, 1933, in Shelbyville, to Claborne Kimbrough and Pearl Forman. He served in the United States Navy from 1950 until 1954. His hobbies included gardening and woodcarving. Mr. Kimbrough was a member of Shelbyville First Baptist Church.

He is survived by:

Children:
Terri Devine and spouse, William E. Dowden, of Arlington, Texas
Tanya Businelle and spouse, Douglas
Calvin Kimbrough II of Farmington, Missouri

Devoted Companion: Eva Fuller of Logansport, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Amie Vaughn
Christopher Devine
Ellen Kimbrough
Vincent Duval
Zach Kimbrough

Great Grandchildren:
Ryan Vaughn 
Noah Vaughn

Brothers:
Marion Kimbrough
Jimmy Spies
Billie Spies

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Sue Derr Kimbrough
Brother: Thaddaeus Kimbrough

Pallbearers will be William E. Dowden, Jimmy Herron, Calvin Kimbrough II, Randy Derr, Billie Spies, Richard Kimbrough. Honorary pallbearer will be Tommy Doggett.

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

02/20/2018

Myoe Min, 28, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 19, 2018 in Center. He was born on January 12, 1990 in Myanmar. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

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

02/12/2018

John Nathan Hughes, 80, of Jasper, TX passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at his residence. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center, TX. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.

Mr. Hughes was born on May 12, 1937 in Center, TX, to Jewell Theron Hughes and Thelma Lydia Gathright Hughes. John started working early in life at a cafe, gas station, and a family owned furniture store. In 1959 he became a police officer and in 1961 a Constable and then in 1967 he was appointed Police Chief. He resigned in 1974 to go to work with Hughes Security in Port Arthur, TX. In 1986 he purchased Hughes Security and continued there until 2001, when he retired and moved to Jasper, TX. 

Johnny enjoyed riding his golf cart over his ten acres and feeding the fish in the pond. He loved his dogs riding around with him through the neighborhood to visit with all the neighbors and giving rides to the neighborhood kids. Johnny was loved by so many people. His family and friends looked to him when they needed advice or just some encouraging words. His love for the Lord and his family could be seen in all that he did. Johnny's passion was to support his brother, Rev. Bob Hughes' mission work in the Philippines.

Mr. John Hughes is survived by:

Wife, Jimmie Hughes of Jasper, TX

Sons:
James Nathan Hughes and wife Scarlett of Tyler, TX
William Patrick Hughes and wife Nita of Nederland, TX

Grandchildren:
John Patrick Hughes of Nederland, TX
Stephen Turner Hughes of Austin, TX
Caroline Hughes Hulse and husband David of Fort Worth, TX
Joanna Davis Hughes of California
Alyssa Hughes Parks and husband Ben of Port Neches, TX

Brothers:
Billy Don Hughes and wife Janice of Center, TX
Richard Hughes and wife Rita of Center, TX

As well as 3 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents Theron and Thelma Hughes; brothers J.T, Alton, Dalton, Raymond, Kenneth and Rev. Bob Hughes; sister Mary Grace Hughes; and a daughter Suzan Annette Hughes.

In lieu of flowers please make a gift to Bob Hughes Memorial Mission Fund CMC P.O. Box 219228 Houston, TX 77218-9228.

Condolences can be posted at www.shultzfuneralhomeofjasper.com or on Facebook at Shultz Funeral Home & Crematory.

2/20/2018

Jack Yates, 85, of Center, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Center.

Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

2/20/2018

Darrin Ray Sorrells, 46, of Nacogdoches, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Garrison Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Crispin Bradsher, Bro. David Woodard and Bro. John Spurgeon officiating.  Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

Mr. Sorrells was born May 6, 1971, in Dallas, to Donald Ray Sorrells and Evvie Lorraine Hamilton Sorrells. His hobbies included fishing and operating his equipment.  Mr. Sorrells favorite times were those spend with his kids.

He is survived by
Wife: Christy Sorrells of Nacogdoches

Daughters:
Samantha Sorrells of Lufkin
Rebecca Sorrells of Lufkin

Mother: Evvie Sorrells of Lufkin

Sister: Shelley Morgan and husband, Clyde, of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Jacob Ray Sorrells
Father: Donald Ray Sorrells 
Brother: Donnie Joe Sorrells

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

2/19/2018

Funeral services for Dr. Russell Wood “Woody” Ingram, 78, of Diboll were held Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Diboll with Brother Kenny Hibbs officiating. A private family burial was held prior to service.
      
Dr. Ingram was born November 16, 1939 in Center, Texas to the late Mildred (Henderson) and Russell Wood Ingram, Sr., and died Friday, February 16, 2018 in a local hospital.
      
Dr. Woody, as he was known to his patients, practiced dentistry in Diboll for 51 years. He was a faithful member and deacon of First Baptist Church, Diboll. Dr. Woody, an Eagle Scout, served his community on the City Council of Diboll for over 25 years, received the Lottie Temple Citizen of the Year Award in 2016, served as a Director of First Bank and Trust East Texas, and was a member of countless civic and professional organizations. Dr. Woody loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, family, friends, patients, and community. He enjoyed coffee at Pouland’s Everything Store, lunch with the boys, and golf at Crown Colony and Neches Pines. “Pop,” as he was known to his family, was happiest when he was hunting or fishing with Trey, Trent, and his grandsons.
     
He is survived by:

His wife: Mary Ingram of Diboll, to whom he was happily married for 51 years

Daughter: Elizabeth Carlyle and husband Dr. Trent Carlyle of Houston

Son: Russell Wood Ingram III “Trey” and wife Calista of Edmond, Oklahoma

Grandchildren: 
Cooper Carlyle
Ella Ingram
Caroline Carlyle
Wood Ingram
Nate Ingram

Sister: Jane Ruth Morrison

Nephew: Tem Morrison

Niece: Sharon Crelia.
      
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Thomas Earl Morrison.
      
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andy Jordan, Dr. Charles Kent, Dr. Sonny Clement, Harold Maxwell, Henry Holubec, John Ralph Pouland, Bill McKelvy, Joe Gage, and Jay Wyatt.
     
Woody’s theme verse was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” In honor of a life well-lived and in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Youth Department of First Baptist Church, 208 Devereaux, Diboll, Texas 75941.
      
Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.
            
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

02/18/2018

William Lee “Bishop” Samford, 88, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 17, 2018 in Center. He was born on May 3, 1929 in Center to Clarence Mae Samford and Polly Ford Samford. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Rev. Karen Jones officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

As a teenager he worked at the Rio Movie Theater selling popcorn for Mr. George Smith. After graduation from Center High School, he worked several years with his family’s business, Samford’s Grocery and Tourist Courts. After moving to Nederland in the 1950’s, he worked for Goodrich Rubber and Chemical Company as a plant manager until his retirement. 

He and his wife, Janell returned to Center in the 1980’s where they settled on the family farm. Throughout his life, he enjoyed ranching and tending his cattle, hayfields and tree farm.

He was an avid cat-fisherman, spending much time on the Sabine River and then later, making yearly trips to South Texas and the Rio Grande area to fish with his brother, Ben and old friends. 

He was a life-long member of the local Masonic Lodge and First United Methodist Church.
William is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 62 years, Janell Shofner Samford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hugh and Lamerle Fleming, Prentice and Jenell Shofner, Bobbie Shofner and Darrell Shofner; niece, Toni Alford and her son, Cody Alford.

He is survived by:
Daughter and son-in-law: Barbara and Jerry Pinkston

Grandsons:
Jordan Pinkston
Ryan and Kristen Pinkston

Great-grandsons: 
Greyson Pinkston
Garrett Pinkston

All of Center

Sister-in-law: Bette Samford of Center

Brother and sister-in-law

Jarrell and Tommie Shofner of Jasper

Nieces and nephews: 
C.A. Samford
Jerry Fleming
Jeb Shofner
Nathan Shofner
Johnny Shofner
Prentice Shofner, Jr.
Penny Todd Mary Sims
John Shofner
Jenny Holt
Billy Shofner
Glenn Shofner

As well as a host of great nieces and great nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas. 
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Myrle Laverne Thrasher Childers, 97, of Dallas, Texas, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018.

Graveside services will be held in Center, Texas at the Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery at 2 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Myrle, daughter of Tom and Maggie Thrasher, was born March 26, 1920, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a member of the 1st Marching Band in Huntsville, Texas. She retired from Magic Gas Company in Center, Texas after a 30 year career as owner/manager.

Additionally, she pursued a personal lifetime career in finance, investments, real estate, and ranching. She was a member of the Park Cities First Baptist Church and the Cochran Sunday School Class in Dallas, Texas, and was 50+ year member of the Center Chapter # 348 District 4 Section 1 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Myrle’s survivors include:
Her son: Glynn Childers of Dallas, Texas

Her cousin: Mary Thrasher Griffin

Numerous nieces, nephews, and many longtime friends.

Myrle was preceded in death by her husband Harice Childers and her parents Tom and Maggie Thrasher.

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

02/16/2018

Robert Alan Thompson, 59, of Carthage, Texas passed away on February 16, 2018 in Carthage, Texas.  He was born on March 8, 1958 in Houston, Texas.  Robert is the son of Harold Thompson and Lille Mae Rowe Townsend.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

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

2/16/2018

Willie Mae “Polly” Snider, 93, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Houston.

A private family graveside service will be held.

Mrs. Snider was born October 8, 1924, in Shelby County, to Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss.  She loved quilting, crossword puzzles and working in her yard.

She is survived by
Son: Jonathan Snider and wife, Jana, of Houston, Texas

Daughter: Deborah Bechman and husband, William, of Wallkill, New York

Grandchildren:
Jalena Snider
Jaylyn Snider

Brothers:
Frank Chambliss and wife, Jeanette
James Chambliss and wife, Faye

Preceded in death by
Husband: Fred Snider
Parents: Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss

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

02/16/2018

Alice Faye Garrett Grace, age 73, of Hemphill, Texas.  Mrs. Grace passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

Funeral service is Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Hemphill, Texas with internment at Macedonia Cemetery, Hemphill, Texas with Pastor Joe Gilbert officiating. Visitation is Friday, February 23, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Mortuary Chapel.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Kenneth Grace of Hemphill, Texas
Jarl Grace (Tykisha) of San Antonio, Texas

Daughters:
Carla Grace Robertson of Pflugerville, Texas
Vashti Grace of Arlington, Texas

4 Grandchildren

Brothers:
Melvin Garrett, Jr. of Houston, Texas
William Garrett of Houston, Texas
W. C. Garrett of Hemphill, Texas
Ronald Haley Garrett of Houston, Texas

Sisters:
Wanda Joseph (Carl) of Baton Rouge, LA
Carolyn Barrett of Katy, Texas
Barbra Hoyle (James) of Hemphill, Texas
Dorothy Garrett of Longview, Texas
Sandra Henderson of Katy, Texas
Sheila Walker (Tony) of Del Valley, Texas

Host of other relatives and friends

Services are entrusted to Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.

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