Traci Michelle Smith, 44, of Rosenberg, Texas, passed away on July 13, 2018 in Richmond, Texas. She was born on August 27, 1973 in Houston, Texas to Lenard Wood II and Avis Smith. A private burial will be held at McClelland Cemetery.

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.


Fern Hooper Davis, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2018, in Mt. Pleasant.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Pastor James Hensley officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Davis was born September 9, 1928, in Joaquin, to William Forrest Hooper and Vergie Odell English Hooper. She lived in Longview until she retired and relocated to Linden and then to Mt. Pleasant for the last five years. 

She is survived by:

James David Davis
Robert Wayne Davis

Daughter: Vicki Jeanene Davis

David L. Davis
Shay Davis
Scott Davis
Clint Davis
Shawn Montalvo
Ami Hinds 
Allison Weddle

A number of great grandchildren

Deborah Davis
Patricia Davis

Sister: Dessie Hooper Meadows

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: John R. Davis
Son: William “Rick” Davis
Parents: William Forrest Hooper and Vergie Odell English Hooper
Step Mother: Ila May Hussey Hooper
Brother: Gerald Don Hooper
Sister: Virginia Ann Hooper Reeves

Pallbearers will be David L. Davis, Shay Davis, Scott Davis, Clint Davis, Shawn Montalvo, Anthony Alicea and Justin Davis.

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


Larry D. Morrison, 75, of Nacogdoches, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Paul Sevar officiating.  Interment will follow at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Morrison was born November 22, 1942, in Pasadena, Texas, to Forest Bloomer Morrison and Edith Jetton Morrison.  After graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University, he made Nacogdoches, Texas, his home for more than fifty years.  Larry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed RVing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, walking the Lanana Creek Trail, and his beloved cats.  He was a past member of the Lions Club and Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Nacogdoches Senior Center, the Grief Support System of the First United Methodist Church, the Rice Belt RV Club and Calvary Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by
Loving wife of 37 years: Evelina Wright Morrison
Parents: Forest Bloomer Morrison and Edith Jetton Morrison

He is survived by
Cindy Christie and husband, Mark, of Lufkin
Cathy Richards and husband, Kerry, of Sealy
Suzy Childers and husband, Jeff, of Lufkin
Karen Mata and husband, Manolo, of Houston

Carie Watts and husband, Joey, of Henderson
Waylon “Bubba” Griffith Jr. and wife, Margo, of Center
Monte Dale Griffith of Center
Micah Z. Griffith and wife, Tammy, of Center

Alexandra Burch
Dalton Burch
Nolan Childers
Graham Childers
Emily Martinez
Abbie Richards
Louisa Mata
Chris Albury
Brittney Griffith
Lauren Griffith
Amber Griffith
Zane Griffith
Jared Richards

Great-Grandchild: Alaina Hill

Sister: Judy Krohn

Niece: Lena Russell

Numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Pallbearers will be Dalton Burch, Graham Childers, Chris Albury, Mark Christie, Kerry Richards, Jeff Childers, Manolo Mata and Steve Albury.  Honorary pallbearer will be Nolan Childers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nacogdoches Senior Center, 621 Harris Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

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


Joyce Elaine Felder, 70, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Felder was born January 12, 1948, in Houston, to Bill Reynolds and Fairris Adams Reynolds.  On January 18, 1962, she married the love of her life, Edgar Edward Felder.  In 1979, the two moved to Center, where Mrs. Felder was a homemaker and loyal assistant at Felder’s Repair Shop.  She attended Antioch Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Edgar Edward Felder of Center

Keith Felder and wife, Loretta
Mark Felder and wife, Sherri

April Alexander and husband, Jeff
Lindsey Felder and fiancé, Cole Anderson
Lacey Felder 
Ryan Felder and wife, Kara

Great Grandchildren:
Caleb Alexander
Matthew Alexander

Billy Reynolds and wife, Donna
Jim Reynolds and wife, Sue

Patricia Reynolds
Kathy Witt
Margaret Smith
Mary Watkins
Bertha Vincent and husband, Chuck

Brother-in-law: Harry Felder and wife, Betty

Preceded in death by
Parents: Bill Reynolds and Fairris Adams Reynolds
Great Grandchild: Danica Felder
Brothers: Steve Reynolds, Jerry Reynolds
Sister: Annie Manning
Brother-in-law: Paul Felder

Pallbearers will be Bill Eberenz, Tommy Morris, Billy Reynolds, Dewayne Reynolds, Matt Hill and Bill Stegall.

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


Myrtie Lanell Flournoy Huff, age 79, of Spring, Texas, formally Hemphill, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

Lanell was born September 5, 1938 in the Norwood Community of San Augustine County, Texas to Luther Dewey Flournoy and Gladys Evelyn Smith Flournoy. She graduated from Hemphill High School, Class of 1956. She retired from Walmart and moved to Spring to be closer to her family. She loved spending time with her family, crocheting, and playing bingo.

Lanell is survived by her Children Charles Jr. (Chuck) and Patti Ann Huff, Carl Huff, Casey and Beth Huff, and Lisa and Jim Albers; grandchildren, Jamie and Blake Kerman, Bradley and Ashley Huff, Cambri and Aaron Harris, Casey Huff II, Carli Huff, Caylin Huff, Casey Foley, Blake Foley, Aric and Laura Albers, Jeremy Albers, Cody Albers; 17 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Luther Dewey Flournoy; mother, Gladys Evelyn Smith Flournoy; brothers, Dewey Flournoy and Curtis Flournoy; sister Wilma Parker

Pallbearers will be Bradley Huff, Casey Huff II, Blake Foley, Aaron Harris, Blake Kerman, and Logan Harris.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday July10, 2018 at Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St., Hemphill, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July11, 2018 in Starr Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas.

Online book signing and condolences can be made at starrfuneralhome.com.


Brakia Rashad Roland, 27, of Center passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at his residence in Center.

Services will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 12-noon at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center. No wake or visitation are scheduled.

Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas with Rev. Dexter Yarbrough officiating.

Brakia Rashad Roland is survived by: 
Mother: Nicole Ellington of Center, Texas

Brakeria Roland of Center, Texas
Brakiyah Roland of Tallahassee, Florida

Grandmother: Joyce Edwards of Center, Texas

Barrett Roland of Waco, Texas
Tahja Teel of Houston, Texas
Brandon Rushing of Center, Texas

Keisha Roland of Longview, Texas
Bria Roland of Houston, Texas
B'ShaNee Garner of Nacogdoches, Texas

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


Blanche Eloise Jackson, 97, of Center, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Carroll Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:00 noon.
Mrs. Jackson was born January 12, 1921, in Trinity County, to Jack and Sally Adams.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading and playing 42.  Mrs. Jackson was an active member of Clever Creek Baptist Church.
She is survived by
Daughter: Dana Jackson of Center
Special Friends:
Tanya Williams of Center
LaDonna Bradley of Nacogdoches
Kellie Baty of Shelbyville
Family Friends:
Mae Furlow of Shelbyville
Gordon Vaughn of Shelbyville
Preceded in death by
Husband: Dave Jackson
Daughter: Norma Herrod
Parents: Jack and Sally Adams
Pallbearers will be Brad Hinton, Shane Cooper, Stephen Williams, Keith Hampton, Vic Cooper, Matt Hill and Robert Cooper.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Gerald David Estes, 71, of Center, Texas, joined his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Center, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A funeral service honoring David will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2018, at New Life Church in Center with Bro. Steve Noble, Bro. Mike Miller, Sister Melba Rodgers, and Bro. Terry Goodnight officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Gerald David Estes was born October 28, 1946, in Lafayette, Louisiana, to Frazar Estes and Ruth Burkett Estes. David graduated from Gladewater High School in Gladewater, Texas, and continued his education at Kilgore College, eventually graduating from Lamar University with a degree in business. David began his career as a Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrolman in Orange County, Texas. While serving his state, David was drafted into the United Stated Armed Services and was deployed as a medic in the military. David was honorably discharged and returned to his job as a State Highway Patrolman.

After moving to Shelby County, David owned and operated the popular Shady Oaks Grocery and Feed for nearly twenty years. Each weekday Shady Oaks was full of hungry patrons ordering the delicious, home-cooked lunches and famous cheeseburgers. David filled the store with pictures proudly showing off his family and friends. Dave, as he was affectionately known, always greeted customers and employees with a smile and lovingly described the stories the pictures told.

Dave and his beloved wife Gina operated poultry farms in Shelby County for twenty years. After retiring, Dave and Gina planned their lives around their children and grandchildren and traveled throughout the country on hunting and fishing trips and attending golf tournaments, horse shows, baseball games, and family vacations. Amongst Dave’s most prized trips are those hunting in Africa with his sons.

Shelby County residents often would see David and Gina enjoying date nights. David began each morning reading his Bible with a cup of coffee. Dave loved working on his farm and watching his deer.

Dave did not meet a stranger. His warm smile and gentle hug made those who met him immediately feel loved. Within five minutes of speaking to Dave, his dedication to Christ became apparent. Dave devoted his life to the Lord, leading a Christian life by example. He was a hard working and humble servant to his Lord. Dave regularly attended Church and enjoyed bible studies each week.

Knowing Dave, there is no doubt in anyone’s heart that his most wonderful moment was hearing those words from his Lord on Tuesday morning, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Survivors include the following:
Wife: Gina Estes, Center, Texas

Mike Estes and wife Tanya of Shelbyville, Texas
Chris Estes and wife Melissa of Kingwood, Texas
Brent Estes of Montgomery, Texas
Heather Rollins and husband John of Flower Mound, Texas
Bonus son, J. Chris Hubert of Tyler, Texas

Jeff Estes and wife Mandy of Shelbyville, Texas
Brad Estes and wife Whitnee of Shelbyville, Texas
Brandon Estes of Kingwood, Texas
Matthew Estes of Kingwood, Texas
Cullen Estes of Montgomery, Texas
Isabella Rollins of Dunedin, Florida
Georgia Rollins of Flower Mound, Texas
Jennifer Estes of Montgomery, Texas

Lyla Estes of Shelbyville, Texas
Lynlee Estes of Shelbyville, Texas
Sweet Baby Girl Estes, coming in December

Frazar (Bubba) Estes and wife Eleanor of Lufkin, Texas
John Estes of Lufkin, Texas

Rex Thompson and wife Carol of Tyler, Texas

Gloria Jean Thompson of Gilmer, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

Preceded in death by
Parents: Frazar Estes and Ruth Burkett Estes

David Koonce, Brad Estes, Dewayne Bomar, Jeff Estes, Brandon Estes, Cullen Estes, Matthew Estes and Agustin Camacho will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Isidro Escanuelas, Dewayne Lout, Larry Horn, Todd Baldwin, and Jennifer Estes.

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


Service in Celebration of the Life of Roy Edward Masterson (October 5th, 1927 - June 30th, 2018)

Roy Edward Masterson was born in Louisville, Kentucky; his father a cobbler, his mother a lady of royal French Heritage. He grew up in a neighborhood that required him to defend himself going to and from school, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that at first glance due in major part to his handsome smile and gentlemanly swagger. Roy was the walking definition of grit.  He worked through the Great Depression rebuilding automobiles, purchasing them for nothing and reselling them for pure profit until he turned 16. Roy’s patriotism ran deep as he lied about his age and joined the US Navy in 1945 so that he could serve his county and in 1946 received an honorable discharge.

Roy met Doris Cobb on a blind double date.  He was supposed to take her friend out, but after one look at Doris, there was no turning back – he knew she was everything.  Shortly thereafter they married on January 8th, 1946.

While in Kentucky, he built numerous projects for his children, including a lawn mower powered go cart. He was active as a Scoutmaster and helped his boys learn how to play ball in the Little League. You should have seen his underhand softball pitch!.

Roy worked as a mechanic, owned a vending machine company, built and sold houses in Kentucky, raised tobacco, became an accountant and started a family - the accomplishment he held highest. At an early age, Roy was active in several charitable causes through the Masonic Lodge. After acquiring a position with Cumberland Case Company, he moved his family from Kentucky to Dallas in 1962.  He became a pilot and loved it for numerous reasons, impressing Doris to be at the top of that list. As well as traveling all over the US, he used his plane to become more efficient in sales with Cumberland as he serviced six states and Mexico.  In 1968, he purchased a poultry farm in Center and started Poultry Products Company on the farm before he formed Local Chapter 311 of Germania Insurance, to help families afford insurance coverage. He served as a director on the Germania Farm Mutual Board of directors and helped many families when tragedy occurred and became a staple man in the community.
He was active in Middletown Methodist Church and raised his family in the faith. Roy and Doris joined First United Methodist Church of Center in 1968 where they were active with the Runnels Chapel Sunday school Class for nearly 40 years, chairing many committees and volunteering countless hours 

Roy loved to fly and share his passion with friends and family.  He spent many hours at the Center Airport and formed Center Airomotive to help grow and transform the airport to be what it is today.  Roy flew many hours, but his best memories were when Doris and his sons and grandchildren were with him.

Eight years after Doris passed away, Roy met Lyn Logan. Their relationship was blessed by the Lord and they shared their lives together, loving and giving comfort to each other. Lyn was at his side when he passed. 

Roy was incredibly loved by so many and survived by
Lyn Logan of Center, Texas
Ron Masterson and his wife Linda of Shreveport, La
Garry Masterson and his wife Cindy of Bryan, Texas
Riley Masterson and Pam Longton of Austin, Texas
David Masterson and his wife Mary of Center, Texas

Nine grandchildren:
Brett Masterson of San Francisco, California
Shannon Young and her husband Tony of St Louis, Missouri
RJ Masterson and his wife LeAnn of Center, Texas
Josh Masterson and his wife Jamie of College Station, Texas
Sam Masterson and his wife Sarah of College Station, Texas
Chris Masterson and his wife to be, Shannon of Austin, Texas
Melody Masterson-Benavides and her husband, Carlos of Austin, Texas
Michelle Masterson of Dallas, Texas
Michael Masterson and his wife Lauren of Center, Texas

Sixteen great-grandchildren with two more joining his family in September.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Doris Cobb Masterson, mother of his children who passed away March 22, 2008, parents Earl Edward Masterson and Louise Z. Stubblefield Masterson, brother Louie Masterson and sister Alberta.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, please make any contributions to the First United Methodist Church of Center Memorial Fund. 

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.


Tonya Joann Simmons Bailey, 47, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 1, 2018 in Center. She was born on January 29, 1971 in Baytown, Texas to Odis Eugene Simmons and Lila Smith Simmons. A memorial celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. J.C. Lewis and Bro. Grant Murphree officiating. There will be a reception immediately following the service at First Baptist Church. All are welcome to attend. 

Tonya moved to Center when she was in 7th grade and graduated with the Center High School class of 1989. Tonya met Todd Bailey for the first time at Solley’s Club and then fate happened to bring them together once again in Benton, Louisiana at the Longhorn Club. They both realized it was meant to be and formed an unexplainable bond that would last 26 years. Todd and Tonya were married on October 24, 1992 at Center First Baptist Church and they cherished every second spent with one another over the next few decades. 

Tonya was always driven and business minded. She began her career at Center Autoplex as a sales representative and finance manager. After a few years, another opportunity opened up for her, and she began working for M&M Insurance where she remained the rest of her career. She loved working with people and doing business. A piece of advice that she lived by and shared with fellow sales associates she was training was, “Don’t every speak first, because if you speak first, you lose.”

Tonya was a pillar in the community and devoted so much of her time to serving those around her. Her most notable accomplishment was building the legacy that is Bailey’s Pageants. She was even featured on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” multiple times during her career. She also was responsible for the production of local pageants such as Miss Shelby County, Watermelon Festival, Big Bass Splash, and the Little Miss Merry Christmas and Mr. Happy Holidays. She, along with her family, has been involved in pageants all her life. This was a way that Tonya enjoyed helping others find their inner and outer beauty and confidence. Lighting up the stage was fun but seeing a light shine bright within her pageant contestants was most rewarding for Tonya. She always went above and beyond what was expected of her in everything she set forth to do. 

Tonya treasured each and every moment spent working with and directing the pageants, but the most precious moment of her life was the day her granddaughter, Landree Grace was born. Tonya loved spending as much time with Landree as she could and wanted to make sure she had the best of everything. In her free time, Tonya found time to read, shop with her nieces and travel. Her favorite places to visit were the beach and most especially, New Orleans. 

Tonya radiated life everywhere she went. Her smile, her laugh and her love would brighten a room. She made a point to lift others up and to help them see their true value and worth. Her joy and passion for life overflowed onto all who were blessed to know her. Tonya was an inspiration to so many, especially during her battle with cancer. She fought valiantly every day with a smile. No matter how much pain she was in, she chose to live that day to its fullest. Tonya will be dearly missed, but her beautiful legacy will live on in the innumerable lives she has positively impacted over the years. 

Tonya is survived by:
Her beloved husband of 25 years, Todd Bailey of Center

Son: James Tyler Bailey of Center

Granddaughter: Landree Grace Hagler of Center

Mother: Lila Akin and husband, Ron Skidmore of Center

Shelia Burch Kerns and husband, Jeff of Bowie, Maryland
Tammy Williams and husband, Jimbo of Hemphill

Mother-in-law: Yvonne Hull and husband, Gerald of Bridge City

Father-in-law: James A Bailey of Port Arthur

Sharene Bailey of Port Neches
Krista Bailey Clark of Lafayette, Louisiana

Brother-in-law: Vance Lachausse of Nederland

Grandfather-in-law: Jesse Howard Johnson of Jasper

Nieces and Nephews:
Kristie Hooks and husband, Michael
Anthony Burch and fiancé, Samantha
Ashley Simmons Newton and fiancé, Nick Hughes 
Mikeal Titman
Michelle Miller and husband, Joe
Jeremy Williams and wife, Brittany
Joshua Scully and wife, Courtney
Justin Scully and fiancé, Cara
Jacob Scully and wife, Lauren
Kaleb Clark and fiancé, Mackenzie
Kendall Clark

Great Nieces and Great Nephews:
Jacee, Lanie, Haley and Hunter Hooks
Bryson Burch
Mackenzie Simmons and Fisher Bright
Gabe and Scarlett Titman
Hannah, Piper and Eli Miller
Jediah Williams
Kane Clark

Numerous other cousins, relatives and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her fathers, Gene Simmons and Harry Akin; brother, Daniel Eugene Simmons; and her grandparents.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Tonya, she requested they benefit her granddaughter, Landree Grace Hagler’s, future college education. There is a trust fund at Shelby Savings Bank where donations can be made. 

Donations can also be made toward a scholarship being established at Center High School in memory of Tonya. For more information, you may contact Shelia Burch Kerns.

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.


Glenn E. Brittain, 67, of Carthage, Texas passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  He was born July 1, 1950 in Timpson, Texas to Paul and Mary Brittain.

Glenn was a resident of Carthage since 2011and was formerly from Timpson, Hitchcock, Mesquite, Santa Fe and La Marque.  He was a graduate from La Marque High School Class of 1969.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Kim, grandson Michael Gage, mother and father-in-law Sylvia and Jerry Stevens. 

Glenn is survived by:
His wife of 22 years, Judy S. Brittain

Son: Burt


Daughter: Laurie Brittain

Hailey Hemphill

Estranged son: Jake Brittain


Two great-grands:

Two sisters: 
Sue Schultz
Robin Reed and husband Jimmy and his brother Joe Brittain and wife Tracye

Sister-in-law: Susie Brittain

Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Glenn loved family, fishing, and turning Red Neck Jokes into East Texas Jokes.  In Santa Fe he was active in girls softball, and was affectionately referred to as “Mr. Mom.” His best summers were spent with grands during summer break in Timpson, where they fished, gardened, learned to care for chickens, rabbits, make pickles, pick peaches, make cobblers, make homemade ice cream and how to make some of Grandma Brittain’s recipes.

Glenn’s wishes are to be cremated and ashes “sprinkled in places that were precious to him. He asked that you remember him smiling, happy and in good health. A Remembrance of Life Evening will be held at a later date.

Services are under the directions of James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque, Texas.


People Funeral Home and Hicks Mortuary are announcing funeral service for Ms. Lauren Garrett (34) of Ft. Worth.  Funeral services are Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Denton, Texas at 11:00am.  Pastor Curtis Himes will be officiating.  
Lauren was preceded in death by one daughter, Rylee Pegross.
Lauren’s survivors are:

1 Daughter:  Sky Johnson of Ft. Worth, Texas

Mother:  Feleshia Hines Cochran of Ft. Worth, Texas  

Father:  Lawrence Cochran of The Colony, Texas  

Sister:  Shanna Cochran of Arlington, Texas
Services are under the direction of Peoples Funeral Home in Denton, Texas.


Mr. Timothy Harris, age 77, of Center, TX passed away Wednesday morning, June 27th, at Pine Grove Nursing Home. Services will be held Monday 1:00pm at St. John Baptist Church in Center, TX. Interment will be held at St. John Cemetery in Center, TX. Pastor Alvin Davis will officiate. 

Mr. Timothy Harris is survived by: 
Wife, Billie Harris of Center, TX
Son, Timothy Mark Harris of Center, TX
Sister, Barbara (Clyde) Lister of Dallas, TX
Grandchildren, Latasha Jamaal Hodge and Kenneth Bell Jr. of Nacogdoches, TX
5 Great-Grandchildren


Patricia Everitt Hughes, 75, of Nacogdoches, passed from this life June 25, 2018 in Medina, Ohio. She was born to Joseph and Lavine Luman on March 17, 1943.

She is survived by:

Jeff Everitt and spouse Jim D'Agati of Algonquin, IL
Mark Hughes and spouse Lynn of Vermilion, OH

Kim Burt and spouse Ed of Grafton, OH

Mallory Howard and spouse Payne of Center, TX
Jonathan Burt and spouse Ashley of Elyria, OH
Samantha Williams and spouse Alex of Elyria, OH
Jason Hughes and spouse Danielle of New Washington, OH
Ginny Neiding and spouse Eddy of Stow, OH

Great-Grandchildren: Makenzie, Kase, Logan, Maverick, Luke, Allie Mae and Holly Anna

Niece: Melissa Luman Phillips and spouse Jeff of Hendersonville, TN

A host of other relatives and friends.

Pat was born in the Black Jack community of San Augustine County. At an early age, she moved to the Kilgore area and there, graduated high school. She lived in Elyria, OH for around 20 years and returned to East Texas living in Nacogdoches until a recent sudden illness. She loved to travel and especially enjoyed her visits to the ocean.

Per her request, her children will spread part of her ashes there. A memorial service to be held at a later date.

Her other passion was fashion and design with pink being her signature color. She was very family oriented and spent as much time as she could with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also worked diligently to make sure her brother, Bob Luman, received recognition for his contribution to country music. She was a very elegant and beautiful individual and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, loving husband of 35 years, George Hughes and brother Bob Luman.


Olean Cross Bradshaw, 90, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at her home.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Austin Wiggins officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mrs. Bradshaw was born September 27, 1927, in Vivian, Louisiana, to Jessie Lee and Alice Brunette Hagood Cross. She was a loving mother to Marshall Dale Bradshaw and Alice Faye Bradshaw Sigler. Mrs. Bradshaw adored all of her grandchildren and loved visits with her family. She was a faithful member of Arcadia Church of Christ.

She is survived by
Daughter: Alice Faye Sigler and husband, James

Daughter-in-law: Annette Bradshaw

Sister: Essie Clayton

Jenny Alvis and husband, John
Marsha Bradshaw
Joseph Bradshaw and wife, Michelle
Steve Sigler
David Sigler and wife, Lisa
Michael Sigler and wife, Jodi

Great Grandchildren:
Cody Lampley and wife, Lacey
Ryan Alvis
Kylie Sigler
Corey Sigler and wife, Angie
Kaitlyn Anthony and husband, Cody
James Brandon Sigler
Skylar Sigler
Emmalee Richardson
Brady Sigler

Great Great Grandchildren:
Kinley Lampley
Fallon Womack
Kaizley Anthony
Harlyn Anthony
Kasen Sigler
Korbyn Sigler
Maliyah Brown

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Drewie M. Bradshaw
Son: Marshall Dale Bradshaw
Brothers: Joel Cross, Vernon Cross
Sister: Myrtle Cross Lummus
Great Granddaughter: Jessica Sigler
Granddaughter-in-law: Rosalee Sigler

Pallbearers will be Steve Sigler, David Sigler, Michael Sigler, Ryan Alvis, Joey Bradshaw and John Alvis. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Lampley, Corey Sigler and James Brandon Sigler.

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


Reba Joyce Whittaker Jackson, age 77, of Houston, Texas passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Pearland Medical Center in Pearland, Texas.

Funeral service is Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11am at Timpson First Assembly of God Church in Timpson, Texas. Interment will be at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson, Texas with Rev. Marvin Jackson, officiating and Bishop Cedric Grace, Eulogist.

She is survived by:


Randy Roland (Sonja) of San Augustine, Texas

Reginald Roland (Morita) of Houston, Texas

Daughter, Carlotta Guidry (Charles) of Houston, Texas

13 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren

Brother, Joe D. Whittaker of Houston, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

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


Mary Evelyn Tyson Johnson passed away on June 17, 2018 at age 90, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born in Timpson, Texas, to Gilmer and Mary Tyson, she grew up in the Waterman community of Center, Shelby County, Texas. As all friends and family know, she met and married her beloved husband of 60 years, E.F "Foots" Johnson, also of Center, in their hometown.
Residing the majority of their life together in Dallas, Texas, they always returned to their farm in Waterman, every moment they could. She liked to laugh and tell people that her address was Interstate 20 due to the endless hours of traveling between Dallas and Center.

Evelyn inherited her mother's artistic talent and gardening interests. The latter led her to share these interests through study, teaching and volunteer work. However, she expanded her interests in other areas too. She had a passion to meet people and be involved with civic organizations. This passion provided for many unique experiences and opportunities as well as lifelong friends; such as being invited to demonstrate the ‘Art of making Lye Soap,’ Pioneer style, at both the 1968 Texas Folklife Festival held by the Institute of Texan Cultures at the HemisFair, San Antonio, Texas, and the nation’s 1976 U.S Bicentennial Folklife Festival celebration at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Mesquite Art Club, Mesquite Garden Club, East Texas Archeology Society, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Mesquite Citizens Police Academy, Shelby County Historical Society and Kappa Alpha Theta. In addition, she authored her book of family heritage and tales called Memories, with a second in progress. She was a member of the Old Home Missionary Baptsit Church in Shelby County.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband and two grandchildren. She is survived by son Forrest Tyson Johnson and wife, Sharon of Center, daughter Melody Johnson Hayes of Nacogdoches, and daughter Shawn Johnson Burns and husband Alan of Dallas. Other survivors include her five grandchildren – Colby, Seth, Jarrod, Nathan & Shelby, and nine great-grandchildren. 

A private family service was held where she joined E.F. by his side once again. In lieu of flowers, her wish was for memorial donations to be sent respectfully to: Old Home Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Wheeler, 1273 CR 3689, Joaquin TX 75954.


Karin Laraine Robison Beard, 75, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine with Bro. Tuffy Green and Bro. E.J. Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine.

Mrs. Beard was born November 20, 1942, in Glendive, Montana, to Clarence Arthur Magers and Edith Fields Magers. She loved working crossword puzzles, coloring and playing 42. Mrs. Beard was a member of First Assembly of God in Timpson. 

She is survived by
Darrell Robison of Center, Texas
Amy Byrd of Nacogdoches, Texas
Jeanie “KoKo” Bridges and husband, Charles, of Center, Texas
Janet “Skeeter” Flournoy and husband, Wesley, of Center, Texas

Darlene Jordan and husband, Jack, of Billings, Missouri
Marie Huffman of New Mexico
Sheri Martinez of Phoenix, Arizona

Casey Robison
Viola Byrd
Jimmy Anderson
Jessica Dawson and husband, Cody
Kaitland Anderson
Karissa Flournoy
Hannah Flournoy
Reagan Flournoy

Heather Adams
Evan Robison
Zoey Robison
Kimberly Byrd
Casey Robison
Taegan Dawson
Two on the way

Barb Gratzfeld and husband, Dave, of South Dakota
Pam Giggee and husband, Mike, of South Dakota
Janet Green of Timpson

Brother: Kenneth Keller and wife, Wendy, of Glendive, Montana

Cousin with a sister-like relationship: Eula Langton of Glendive, Montana

Aunt: Babe Carney of Casper, Wyoming

Numerous cousins and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Husband: Willard Robison
Husband: Dan Beard
Daughter: Melody Robison
Great Grandson: Tucker Dawson
Parents: Clarence Arthur Magers and Edith Fields Magers Meek

Pallbearers will be Michael Holley, Donald Lee, Jimmy Anderson, Wesley Flournoy, Tom Morris and Marlon Brewer. Honorary pallbearer will be Corey Green.

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


Eddie Dewain Spurlock, 68, of Pasadena, Texas passed away June 14, 2018 in Pasadena. Born March 21, 1950, in Center Texas, Eddie is the son of the late Edgar Spurlock and Syble Reynolds Spurlock. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Tenaha Texas.

Eddie grew up in Tenaha, and later moved to Pasadena after meeting his wife, Brenda. He worked at the local service station in his young adult life, and later became a truck driver. Eddie enjoyed this occupation as it allowed him to see the country, satisfied his sense of travel, in addition to meeting people along the way. His favorite times were those spent with family and friends.

He is survived by:

Wife, Brenda Kay Spurlock of Pasadena, Texas

Brother and Sister-In-Law, David and Debbie Spurlock of Tenaha, Texas

Jaime Krametbauer of Richmond, Texas
Erin Torres of New Braunfels, Texas

Great-Nephews: Jaxon, Dax, and Rhett

Great-Niece: Madix

Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Spurlock and Syble Spurlock.

Carnes Funeral Home, Texas City, Texas


Janie Louise Brodnax, age 76, departed this life to be with her savior on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Overton, Tx surrounded by her loving family and caregivers.

Janie was born in Trinity, Tx to Mr. Woodrow Wilson Flowers and Mrs. Ruby Mae Beathard Flowers. Janie is preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Ruby Flowers; Brother, Kenneth Flowers; Sister, Thelma Smith and Husband of twenty eight years, George Brodnax. 

She is survived by:

Daughter, Karen Armstrong and Husband, John of Overton, Tx

Dylan Robinson and Partner Casey Phillips of Hermitage, TN
David Robinson and Wife Ashley Marie of Louisville, KY

Granddaughter, Ashley Brook Robinson of Hermitage, TN

Great-Grandchildren: Jensen, Jayce, Jaina and Mason.

A skilled cook, gardener and crafts person, Janie will always be remembered for her beautiful holiday meals and providing a lovely home that was a refuge for so many of us. Janie was a memory maker and her Grandchildren will never forget the legendary trips to Crystal Beach with their Nana.

Janie’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to LifeCare Hospice of Longview, TX, Focus Care of Center, TX, Visiting Angels of Tyler, TX, Pastor Sherry Harding of Shelbyville United Methodist Church, The United Methodist Women’s Group and Attorney and friend Lynda Kay Russell for their unfailing support.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you generously contribute to Shelby County Outreach in Center, TX.

A celebration of life with wonderful food and friends will be held in her honor at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Shelbyville United Methodist Church located at 252 FM 417, Shelbyville, TX 75973.

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