06/04/2018

Ronnie Louis Mora, 53, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Dale Morton officiating. Interment will follow at Short Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Mora was born January 22, 1965, in Dallas, to Edward D. Mora and Marie Robinson Mora. He enjoyed working on his hot rods and spending time with his family. Mr. Mora was a member of New Life Christian Fellowship in Nacogdoches. He was a hardworking and devoted son, husband, father and pappy.

He is survived by
Wife: Mona Mora of Nacogdoches

Sons:
Jordan Louis Mora and wife, Mackenzie, of Nacogdoches
Jaron Kane Mora of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Jaxson Louis Mora
Taylor Grace Mora

Parents: Edward D. Mora and Marie Robinson Mora

Brothers: 
Jerry Mora of Pasadena
Gary Mora of Center

Mother-in-law: Pat Evans

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Jarrod Wayne Mora
Brother: Greg Mora

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to New Life Christian Fellowship, 289 CR 2093, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.

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

06/04/2018

Billy Joe Richards, 88, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Enterprise Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Chuck Horton officiating.

Mr. Richards was born September 24, 1929, in Shelby County, to Martin L. Richards and Reable K. Richards.  He proudly served in the United States Army.

He is survived by
Wife: Annie Ruth Richards of Tenaha

Children:
Edward Richards of Tenaha
Tracy Barr and husband, Steve, of Center
Martha Shelton of Joaquin
Billie Pritchett of Joaquin
Marty Pierce of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Michelle Whiteside and husband, Darrell, of Center
Randall Pritchett and wife, Heidi, of Joaquin
Matthew Shelton and wife, Kim, of Chireno
Chad Barr and wife, Darby, of Center
Osha Myers and husband, Danny, of Joaquin
Jared Richards of Tenaha
Ashely Weir and husband, John, of Joaquin

16 Great-Grandchildren

3 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Beverly Pierce
Great Granddaughter: Monica Shultice
Parents: Martin L. Richards and Reable K. Richards
Siblings: E.B. Richards, Jerry Richards, Helen Tyler, Bonnie Jean Richards

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

06/04/2018

Dana Ann Adams Fountain, 55, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Center, following a battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. R.B. Elumbaugh and Bro. Chet Brake officiating.  Interment will follow at Spring Ridge Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.  Visitation will be held prior to service time, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Dana was born February 11, 1963, in Center, to George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams. She was most known for her loving and giving heart as she ministered to her community by lending a helping hand to anyone she met. Her talents included mowing yards for the elderly, operating her bulldozer to assist neighbors with dirt work and tree removal, staying up and sitting nights with the sickly, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and delivery for her neighbors who were shut-ins.  Dana was an avid gardener and followed the almanac to assure the most fruitful produce. She was an excellent hunter, loved fishing and spending time on the Attoyac. She processed her own sausage and wildlife meats. Nothing went to waste.  Her little slice of peacefulness was her home place on Woodland Acres Lake. Near and dear to her heart was ministering and nurturing children, nieces, nephews and friend’s children. Gathering as many children as she could fit into a vehicle, she brought them to VBS to learn the love of Jesus. Her special bundle of joy was her daughter, Hanna Fountain, and her granddaughter, Kali Fountain. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Dana was a member of VFW Post 8904 Ladies Auxiliary, West Shelby County VFD Ladies Auxiliary, and Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church.  

She is survived by
Daughter: Hanna Fountain of Center and fiancé, Kurtis Cougler

Granddaughter: Kali Fountain of Center

Brothers:
Jerryl Adams and wife, Phyllis, of Center
Mike Adams and wife, Cathy, of Center
Steve Adams and wife, Jean, of Nacogdoches
Mark Adams of Center
Kip Adams and wife, Tracy, of Center

Sisters:
Wanda Noles and husband, Freddy, of Carthage
Jana Ivy and husband, Randy, of Nacogdoches

Sister-in-law: Jeanne Adams 

Aunts and Uncles:
Jane Cupit and husband, Vernon, of Nacogdoches
Royce Warr and wife, Bonnie, of Pineland
Inez Davis of Lake Charles, Louisiana
Dale Warr and wife, Emily, of San Augustine

Special Friends:
Dr. Richard Baker and Ms. Connie
Bro. Chet Brake and wife, Sarah
Randy Givens
Ronnie and Tammy Davis
Shirley Gilliland
Rose Oliver
Dalene Swift

A host of other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bert Fountain
Parents: George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams
Brothers: Randy Adams and Dean Adams
Grandparents: E.H. Warr and Nellie Mae Bridwell Warr, Dolphus Adams, Florence Smith Adams
Nephews: Timothy Fane Adams, Justin Mark Adams, Cord Fountain

Pallbearers will be Dean Adams, Jerryl Fane “Jr.” Adams, Michael Wayne Adams, Larry Berg, Heath Bragg, Ronnie Davis, Brent Ivy, Bryan Muckelroy and Marcus Steel.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Warr, Dale Gene “Boudro” Warr and Royce Warr.

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

05/31/2018

Robert E. Dixon, age 83 of Houston, passed away Sunday morning, May 27, 2018 in Houston.

Wake will be held Friday night from 6pm to 8m at Center Triumph Church, Center, Texas. Funeral service is Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11am at Center Triumph Church. Interment is at Westview Cemetery in Center with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

State Presider Robert E. Dixon is survived by:

Wife, LaNor Dixon of Houston

Sons:
David E. Swindle Dixon of Nacogdoches
John Dixon of Lufkin
Roger D. Dixon of Dayton

Daughters:
Joyce Watkins of Nacogdoches
Mary Netherly of Center

9 Grandchildren, 24 Great-Grandchildren

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

05/31/2018

Dorothy Mae Polley, age 80 of the East Liberty Community, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at her residence in East Liberty.

Wake is Friday, June 1 from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral service is Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11am at Gates Chapel Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Interment is at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville with Rev. Frankie Cooper officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Roberta Hoff of Dallas
Darlene Nana of Center
Regena Polley Egharevba of Dallas
Cynthia Kennedy of Dallas
Angelia Polley of Dallas

Son, Robert (Shelia) Polley of Texarkana, Texas

13 Grandchildren, 11 Great-Grandchildren

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

05/30/2018

Gae Heaberlin, age 88 of Longview, Texas died on May 28, 2018 in Longview Texas. Services will be held on June 2, 2018 at 10am in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Longview. Burial will follow in Adams Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas under the direction of Rader Funeral Home.

Gae was born on March 29, 1930 in Shelbyville, TX to the late Frank and Callie Goings. She retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Lakeport.

Those left to cherish her memory are:

Daughter, Sandra Barnes and her partner Dennis Jakiela

Grandchildren: Ella Catherine Apgar and Jacob Daniel Apgar all residing in CT.

One sister and brother-in-law, Laverne and Butch Adams and niece Melba Lee all of Shelbyville, TX.

Numerous cousins and friends. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

She asked that memorial contributions be made to Trinity Baptist Church.

Services are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.

05/28/2018

Bradley “P-Nut” Ard, 15, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wes Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.

Bradley was born December 19, 2002, in Center, to Tony Ard and Tonja Ard.  He loved fishing and hunting.

He is survived by
Parents: Tony and Tonja Ard

Brothers:
Justin Inthavan and wife, Jennifer
Tyler Inthavan and Angela Liker
Eli Ard and Haley Risinger
Colton Spurlock
William Sox Stutts
William Christopher Stutts

Grandmothers:
Faye Ard
Faye Bridge

Numerous other relatives 

Special Friend: Brittnie Risinger

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Grandfather: Thomas Ard
Brother: Michael Ard

Pallbearers will be William Christopher Stutts, William Sox Stutts, Trace Brittain, Jacob Jackson, David Amburn, Charlie Permenter, Shawn Cheshire and Devin Dade. Honorary pallbearers will be Dakota Bridge and Tori Babin.

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

05/28/2018

Betty Jean “Erwin” Childress, 83, of Joaquin, passed away May 28, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Hiram Melton officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Cedar Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mrs. Childress was born April 12, 1935, in Tenaha, to James Arthur Erwin and Ruby Emma Goolsby Erwin. She enjoyed reading, crafting, sewing, working in her flower beds, and operating HAM radios with her late husband. Mrs. Childress was a member of Lone Cedar Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Daughter: Cindy Jean Adams and husband, Robert, of Shreveport, Louisiana

Brother: Jack Erwin and wife, Alma, of Liberty, Texas

Sister-in-law: Irada Oates of Joaquin, Texas

Nieces and Nephews:
Glenn Oates of Joaquin
Nita and Ricky Lawrence
Sherry and Dennis Scruggs
Carter Erwin
Brad Erwin

Special friend and loving caregiver: Shirley Bledsoe of Joaquin, Texas

Numerous other cousins, great nieces and nephews, and other family members

Preceded in death by
Husband: James Emmett Childress
Parents: James Arthur Erwin and Ruby Emma Goolsby Erwin
Sister: Iris Woosley
Brothers: James Erwin, Paul Fredrick Erwin

Pallbearers will be Glenn Oates, Matthew Mettauer, Nathan Phelps, Dennis Scruggs, Mike Lawson, John Paul Lawson and Robert Adams. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lone Cedar Baptist Church or American Lung Association. 

A special thank you to the staff of DeSoto Regional Family Medical Center of Logansport, Louisiana for their help and support to the family.

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

05/28/2018

Charlie Patton, 83, of Shelbyville, joined Jesus in Heaven Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.  After the burial service, food will be provided at the church by members of Toledo Bend Cowboy Church for family and friends.

Mr. Patton was born January 16, 1935, in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, to Floyd Arthur Patton and Mary Magadelene Remy Patton.  He served in the United States Army, during which time he was stationed in Germany. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.  He enjoyed spending time with his family.  Mr. Patton was a member of Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley.

He is survived by
Wife: Faye Patton of Shelbyville

Children:
Diana Lee Patton and Richard Findley of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Ardith Raye Patton and Danny Hodson of Huxley, Texas
Tamera Lynn Patton Lusher
Charles Matthew Patton and Tamara Hinkle of Fort Worth, Texas
Jana Michille Patton of Crowley, Texas

Grandchildren:
Kimberly Bevel and Curtis Blake
Christina Bevel and Jason Hewitt
Amanda Nichole Ayon
Charles Lucas Ayon
Morgan Leanne Patton
Vivian Helena Patton
Mikah Shayne Wallace
Robin Authier-Romesberg
Julia Hinkle
Sophia Hinkle

Great-Grandchildren:
Jayden
Griffin
Sarah
Savannah
Alexander
Isaiah
Elijah
Katie

Siblings:
Joann Festervan of Shreveport, Louisiana
Henry Floyd Patton and Evelyn of Keithville, Louisiana
Lloyd Arthur Patton and Elizabeth of Blanchard, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Parents: Floyd Arthur Patton and Mary Magadelene Remy Patton

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

05/27/2018

Charlotte Emma Bailey, 87, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Center First United Pentecostal Church with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Bailey was born March 18, 1931, in Center, to Charles Chester Yarborough and Creva Mae Abbott Yarborough. She was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church. She and her husband Millard owned and operated many successfully businesses in Center. One of the more notable ones was Bailey’s Produce and Landscaping which not only incorporated their love of farming but also her love for beautiful plants and flowers.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Vicki Tomlin and husband, Richard, of Center, Texas
Treasa Donnan and husband, Jim, of Center, Texas

Daughter-in-law: Cynthia (Tammy) Bailey of Boone, North Carolina

Grandchildren:
Rique McHenry and husband, Billy, of Lufkin, Texas
Traci Willoughby and husband, Tony, of Center, Texas
Randy Tomlin and wife, Jennifer, of Center, Texas
Brady Scarber and wife, Whitney, of Center, Texas
Brett Scarber and wife, Erin, of Center, Texas
Cody Donnan and wife, Melissa, of Dallas, Texas
Carmen Mackey and husband, Ryan, of Center, Texas
Dustin Bailey and wife, Ginny, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Crystal Bailey of Boone, North Carolina
Michelle Lewis and husband, Lathan, of Boone, North Carolina
Dewayne Bailey and wife, Lauren, of Dallas, Texas
 
22 Great Grandchildren
 
Brother and Sister-in-law: Charles Yarborough and wife, Judy, of Nacogdoches, Texas
 
Sister and Brother-in-law: Sherry Ward and husband, Jimmy, of Center, Texas
 
Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law:
Dora Jean Livingston and husband, Bill, of Center, Texas
Hoyit Bailey and wife, Del, of Clear Lake City, Texas
Billy Bailey and wife, Sharmion, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Betty Faye Bailey of Dallas, Texas
 
Special Care Takers:
Gabby Luna
Vicky Sneed
Mona Bowlin
Casey Sneed
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Millard Bailey
Sons: Johnny Bailey, Delane Bailey, Mitchell Bailey, Terry Bailey
Daughter-in-law: Pam Bailey
Grandchildren: Misty Scarber Bush, Jon Bush, Clint Donnan, Clay Donnan
Great Granddaughter: Macy Bush
Father: Chester Yarborough
Mother: Creva Abbott Yarborough
Sisters: Johnnie Sue Yarborough, Chestine Yarborough
 
Pallbearers will be Brady Scarber, Brett Scarber, Dewayne Bailey, Randy Tomlin, Dustin Bailey and Cody Donnan.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Mackey, Billy McHenry and Tony Willoughby.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

05/26/2018

Arvin C. Worsham, 65, of Center, entered into rest on May 25, 2018 after a valiant 11 year battle with cancer. 

Celebration of life services will be officiated by Bro. Jerry Worsham at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Arvin was born on January 23, 1953, to Virgil and Alicia Monge’ Worsham in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. He is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where he served on committees and with Youth group and continued his daily walk with the Lord when he was no longer able to attend church.

He worked in construction until starting a shipping and receiving job at Skeeter boats in Longview until cancer diagnosis in 1979. He then worked as a copier repairman in East Texas areas where he met and married his love Tammy Whitton on August 2, 1984. He opened Spring Water Farms Nursery until health forced him to close where he got to share his love of plants. He loved anything outdoors, spending time with family and friends, his pets and watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys. He was loved by everyone who met him for his sense of humor and big heart, he always had a kind word for everyone and an ability to make people laugh.

He was so blessed with his medical care team and words cannot express our gratitude for Affinity Hospice and Palliative care programs and all his medical teams though this journey headed by his surgeon and our “Angel in Scrubs” Dr. Larry Walker

He is survived by
Beloved Wife of 33 years: Tammy Worsham of Center, Texas

Son: Joshua Worsham of Mt Pleasant, Texas

Brothers: 
Jerry Worsham and wife, Jane, of Racine, Wisconsin
Ralph Easy Worsham and wife, Sue, of Elizabeth, Colorado

Sister:
Lorain Evans and husband, Terry, of Matthews, North Carolina

Brother-in-law: 
Jeremy Whitton and wife, Tammy, of Center, Texas

Nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and friends

His beloved “Fur babies”:
Scout, Malachi, Niko, Hubcap and Blackjack the cat

He is preceded in death by
Parents: Virgil and Alicia Worsham
Parents-in-law: John and Edith Whitton

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

05/23/2018

Graveside service for Richard L. Reeves of Garrison, Texas will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday,May 27, 2018, at Caledonia Cemetery, Garrison, Texas with Br. Shak Arrington officiating.

Mr. Reeves died Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born February 3, 1932 in Rusk Co. Texas.

05/23/2018

Joe Neal Jernigan, 86, of Center, passed away May 22, 2018 after a lengthy illness. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Collins and Rev. Arvie Jernigan officiating. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Jernigan was born March 25, 1932 in Shelby County to Emanuel and Melba Jernigan. He was the oldest of seven children. Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force in the 1950's and served for four years. Shortly after his release, he married Ruth Earlene "Patty" Samford and together they had five children. The couple was married for 53 years before Patty's passing in 2007.

The couple moved to Shelby County in 1970 to raise their family where Joe grew up. He worked as a truck driver for REA Railroad and earned the Million Mile Award. Shortly after moving to Center, the couple purchased a Fina station on San Augustine Street. Joe continued to drive a truck, while his wife and children ran the business. During the years of owning their station, he developed a passion for wolf hunting. On Friday nights he could be found hunting with friends and swapping tales.

The family left their days as business owners behind after a number of years and Joe retired as a truck driver. Joe's friend and former police chief, Jimmy Matthews, convinced him to take a job with the Center Police Department as a dispatcher. For nine years the family enjoyed hearing stories from Joe's job and watching him make long lasting friendships with law enforcement officers across this area. He retired from the police department in 1994.

After his retirement, Joe and Patty spent their days laughing and spending time with their family and grandchildren. Joe, "Podge" as he was referred to by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoyed reloading ammunition. This became a large hobby for Joe that allowed him to continue his friendship with many of the friends he made while working for the police department. 

He attended McClelland Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Earlene "Patty" Jernigan; his parents, Emanuel and Melba Jernigan; brothers, Tommy Jernigan, O'Neal Jernigan; and sister, Marie Shelton.

He is survived by his children, Zandra Akridge and husband, Gene, of Nacogdoches, Debbi Gragg and husband, Ronnie, of Center, Jody Jernigan and wife, Annette, of Huxley, John Jernigan and wife, Cassie, of Huxley and James Jernigan and wife, Melissa of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Amy Spraggins, Shiloh Denney, Leah Chase, Jessica Hopkins, Ashley Akridge, Hannah Collins, Jimbo Akridge, Taylor Bragg, Michael Jernigan and Morgan Jernigan; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arvie Jernigan, Billy Jernigan, Wayne Jernigan; faithful and devoted friend, Linda Brittain; and a host of friends and extended family.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gragg, Cole Mooney, Michael Jernigan, Blane Tapley, Walter Shofner, Bryan Slocum, Cory Collins and James McDonald. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Chase, Odell Wiggins, Greg Hooper, Paul Ross and David Sigler.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Pine Grove Nursing Home that loved, cared and went out of their way to care for our dad. Your compassion will always be remembered and forever appreciated. 

To the staff at Heart to Heart Hospice, there are no words to describe the love we have for you. Ms. Cecelia, Keisha and Shelley - You were sent to us straight from God. Thank you for everything. We will always cherish the wonderful memories and final days each of you shared with us. 

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

05/22/2018

Gloria Marie Williams, 71, of Tenaha, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 surrounded by her family in Tenaha, Texas.  She was born on November 10, 1946 in Oak Grove, Louisiana, the daughter of Mabry and Inez (Kennedy) McFarlin.   A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on June 3, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha. 

Marie is survived by:
Her son: Randy Whatley and wife, Dana of Troup, Texas

Brothers: 
Ronnie McFarlin of Austin, Texas
Robert McFarlin and wife, Cindy of Oak Grove, Louisiana

Grandchildren: 
Brandon Whatley and wife, Crystal
Brittany Lienau and husband, Derek
Brandice Cummings and husband, Holden

Special great-grandson on the way, Kohen Cummings.   

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ferrell Williams; parents, Mabry and Inez Kennedy McFarlin; sister, Mildred McFarlin; brother, Mabry McFarlin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Heartsway Hospice, 437 West Panola Street, Carthage, Texas 75633.

The family would also like to extend much gratitude to Elaine Hicks, Charlsie Packwood and Heartsway Hospice among many others that loved and cared for Marie. 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. 

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

05/22/2018

Dorothy Jean Bonaparte, 71, of Center, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating.  Interment will be held at West View Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Bonaparte was born November 22, 1946, in Shelby County, to Floyd and Tempie Osby. She loved gardening, enjoyed flowers and was always willing to lend a helping hand to people.  Mrs. Bonaparte was a member of Center Church of Christ.

She is survived by
Children:
Christopher Dwaine Bonaparte
Sonia Reneé Harris and husband, Valton

Grandchildren:
Bran Juan Johnson
Ryan Johnson
Kahlil Johnson
Kaitlyn Harris

Preceded in death by
Husband: Walter Bonaparte
Parents: Floyd and Tempie Osby
Brothers: Ervin Osby, Billy Osby, Ruble Osby, Windell Osby, Floyd Oscar Osby

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

05/22/2018

Michael D. Allen, 57, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery.

Mr. Allen was born August 3, 1960, in Center, to Jesse Truman Allen Jr. “Bubba” and Iris Marie McLean Allen.  He loved reading his Bible, motorcycles, and spending time with his grandchildren and other family members.  Mr. Allen was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Alyse Tibbs and husband, Michael, of Carthage
Christina Wills and husband, Ricky Joe, of Carthage

Grandchildren: 
Landon LaGrone
Kali Fulsom
Riley Wills
Ryder Wills
Avery Prudhomme

Brother: Terry Allen and wife, Jan, of Joaquin

Aunts: 
Shirley Carter of Shelbyville
Marilyn Allen of Natalia 

Nephew: J. B. Raymond and wife, Jennifer, of Center

Great-Niece: McKynzie Bush

Great-Nephews:
Justin Raymond
Jaxon Raymond

Numerous cousins and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jesse Truman Allen Jr. “Bubba” and Iris Marie McLean Allen
Grandparents: Roy McLean, Rachel McLean, Jesse Truman Allen Sr., Evelyn O’Neill
Uncles: Alton McLean, Donald McLean 

A special thanks to his personal caregivers, Faye Bridge and Diane Briggs. Also, thanks to Carthage Healthcare and HeartsWay Hospice for their compassionate care.

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

05/21/2018

Emmie Grace Burns, infant daughter of Lynn and Taylor Burns, passed away on May 19, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 10:45 AM on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Enterprise Cemetery with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. 

Emmie Grace is survived by:
Her parents, Lynn Burns and Taylor Flournoy Burns of Tenaha

Grandparents: 
Cheryl and Kenneth Flournoy of Tenaha
Pam and Michael Sowell of Center

Great-grandparents:
Ruth Wagstaff of Tenaha
Carolyn and Pete Flournoy of Tenaha
Marvin Sowell of Center and Pansy Grey of Garrison

Aunts: 
Ashley Sowell of Center
Jessica Bush and husband, Colton of Tenaha

Uncles: 
Matthew Flournoy of Tenaha
Michael Sowell of Center

Cousins: Addie and Eli Bush of Tenaha. 

She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Norma and Arthur McGhen and great-grandfather, Dan Wagstaff.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mangum Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

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

05/21/2018

Christopher Krieg, 56, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on May 19, 2018 in Joaquin. He was born on June 15, 1961 in South Bend, Indiana to Wayne Eugene Krieg and Laura Newcomer Krieg. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Christopher was raised in South Bend, Indiana before moving to Florida in 1975 where he finished high school. After a life of hard work in construction and maintenance, Christopher made the trek to Deep East Texas to be closer to his family at Bills Landing in 2011. He continued working locally for Tyson Foods and Holiday Inn locations at Center and Carthage. He loved to tinker with things. You could often find him outside taking something apart and putting it back together just for fun. He also enjoyed spending most of his extra time outdoors black powder shooting, hunting, fishing and cooking.   

He is survived by:

Mother, Laura Krieg of Shelbyville

Sisters:
Kathi Morey and husband, Roy of Shelbyville
LaMona Niver of Palmetto, Florida

Brother, Ty Krieg of Shelbyville

Uncle, James Corey and wife, Grettel of Bradenton, Florida

Aunts:
Mary Schneider and husband, Don of Bremen, Indiana
Marilyn Jones and husband, Bradley of Ulysses, Kansas.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne Eugene Krieg; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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

05/21/2018

Russell Lynn Matlock, 51, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018, at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Helpenstell Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Matlock was born April 18, 1967, in San Jacinto, to Charles William Matlock and Edwina Jones Matlock.  He was a jack of all trades and always the life of the party.  He enjoyed joking, singing and doing whatever he had to do to make people laugh. Mr. Matlock was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Martha Harbison Matlock of Center

Son: Austin Gray of Grapevine

Brother: Charles “Bud” Matlock of Center

Sister: Susan West and husband, Danny, of Center

Nieces and Nephews:
Heather Eshliman and husband, Jonathan, of Center
Rebekah Cummings and husband, Curtis, of Joaquin
Clint West of Center
Cody Matlock and wife, Jill, of Center
Bethany West of Center

Great Nieces and Nephews:
Alyssa Cummings of Joaquin
McKennon Cummings of Joaquin
Harley Eshliman of Center
Hunter West of Porter
Lily West of Porter
Johnny Eshliman of Center
Saylor Cummings of Joaquin
Ethan Matlock of Center

Preceded in death by
Parents: Charles William Matlock and Edwina Jones Matlock

Pallbearers will be Charles Matlock, Cody Matlock, Hugh Halstead, Jimmy Moore, Austin Gray and Jonathan Eshliman.  Honorary pallbearer will be Bruce Bolton.

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

05/21/2018

The rock of the Hughes Family, LaRea Hughes (86) of Longview, passed on to her home in heaven on Saturday, May 19, 2018. She went to peace, the same way she lived, surrounded by her loving family. 

Rea was born April 20, 1932 in Patroon, Texas, to Johnnie and Etta Risinger. Rea graduated from Shelbyville High School from a class of 19. She then built her business prowess by attending business school in Beaumont. In 1954, she met the love of her life, OD Hughes, in Center, Texas. 

Together with her husband, this southern beauty, loving sister, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend led a full life where her steadfast nature and quiet support produced an influential and caring family as well as many successful business ventures. She was instrumental in the Hughes’ thriving family business, H&W Power Sports. She found great joy working with, supporting and guiding her husband and family for the last 64 years.

Rea passed down her quick-witted sense of humor and Christian servant’s heart to her family. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 40 years and is currently a member at Mobberly Baptist Church. 

The family will receive friends at Radar Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary at Mobberly Baptist Church with interment to follow at Rosewood Park Cemetery in Longview. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dunnigan Cemetery at 1936 FM 2261 Shelbyville, Texas 75973. 

Rea is survived by:

Children:
Glynn Hughes and wife, Linda
Mark Hughes and wife, Dianne
Cheryl Hughes
Kyle Hughes and wife, Lisa

Grandchildren:
Collin Hughes and wife, Tracy
Stephanie Lowe and husband, Dustin
Sommer Wadle and husband, John
Becky Davis and husband, Michael
Ashley Hughes
Brittany Taylor and husband, Hunter
Buddy Hughes and wife, Jessica
Cameron Bridges
Matt Hughes and wife, Maddie
Taylor Flechtner
Jordan Brennan and husband, Kaelan
Cole Hughes
Jansen Hughes
Zach Hughes

14 great-grandchildren

Siblings:
Robert Risinger
Ruth Smith and husband, Lamar
Jaunita Smith and husband, Tommy

Sisters-in-law:
June Hughes
Janice Hughes
Edra Hughes

Rea also leaves a host of extended family and friends with special recognition to her caretaker and friend, Angela Singleton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Etta Risinger; husband, OD Hughes; sister-in-law, Betty Risinger; brothers-in-law, Weldon Hughes; Grady Hughes; Billy Ray Hughes and his wife, Melba; OB Hughes; and Donald Hughes and his wife, Paulette.

A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.

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