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07/07/2017

Evelyn Green, 68, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Green was born August 21, 1948, in Joaquin, to Eiland Jones and Bennie Estella Reynolds Jones.  She loved making flower arrangements, baking cakes and spending time with her family.

She is survived by
Husband of 48 years: Huey Green of Center

Children:
Herman Snider and wife, Melissa, of Tyler
Dewayne Green and wife, Lynda, of Meridian, Mississippi

Grandchildren:
Chris Snider
Christina Snider
Casey Snider
David Young
Krystal Pruitt
Jennifer Bennett

14 Great-Grandchildren and one on the way

Brothers:
Larry Dale Jones
Larry Eugene Jones
Donald Wayne Jones

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Eiland Jones and Bennie Estella Reynolds Jones
Sisters: Sue Pilgrim, Mary Lathi
Brother: James Jones

Pallbearers will be Larry Jones, Richard Pilgrim, Raymond Odom, James Seekford, Danny Riddell and Billy Riddell.

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

07/06/2017

Charles A. Hightower, 77 of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Hospice in Pines, Lufkin, Texas.

Visitation will be held 9am until 11am Saturday morning, July 8, 2017 at Triumph Church with funeral service to be held at 11am. Interment at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas with Elder Charles A Hightower officiating.

He is survived by:

Sons:
Clifford Brown of Center
Charles Ray Hightower of Houston

Daughters:
Zora Mae Hightower (Bobby) of Houston
Debra Ann Hightower of Humble
Mary D. Hightower (David) of Houston

15 Grandchildren

20 Great-grandchildren

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

07/06/2017

James K. Greer, 66, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Bobby Bressman and Bro. Josh Sanford officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Greer was born November 16, 1950, in Nacogdoches, to Thomas Bill Greer and Bettye Smith Greer. Mr. Greer was a 1969 graduate of Diboll High School. He received both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Texas A&M University. After 26 years of serving as a County Extension Agent for Agriculture & 4-H, he retired from the Texas Cooperative Extension Service in 2003. He continued his passion for serving youth and the agriculture community in Shelby County after retirement. He became a popular local radio personality with his daily program on KDET in Center called Agriculture This Morning. He served as deacon at First Baptist Church in Center, taught the 7th and 8th grade boys Sunday School class and was a devoted supporter of the youth programs at the church for over 20 years, leading many youth to Christ through those years. 

An avid Aggie, he and his family attended Texas A&M Football games every season for 40 years. He officiated high school football for 20 years with the East Texas Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. In recent years, he served as Life Coach for the Center ISD athletic program.  He was elected to serve on the Center ISD School Board in 2014 and served as President since elected. He served as a board member for both the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelby County Farm Bureau for many years. He often judged poultry shows across East Texas and was very involved with the East Texas Poultry Festival show and sale. As a 3rd generation cattleman, he operated Greer Charolais with his family, marketing Charolais bulls to commercial cattlemen and traveling throughout Texas and the nation showing Charolais cattle. In all of his endeavors, he demonstrated his love of God, family, youth and cattle.

He is survived by
Wife: Becky Greer of Center

Children:
Collin Greer and wife, Courtney, of Shelbyville
Kristen Clark and husband, Greg, of Rio Vista

Grandchildren:
Carter Greer of Shelbyville
Camille Greer of Shelbyville

Mother: Bettye Greer of Diboll

Sister: Jean McCollum and husband, Michael, of Naples, Florida

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Thomas Bill Greer

Pallbearers will be John Henry Holloway, Jason Locke, John Michael Burns, Terry Scull, Bryan Wages and David Koonce.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to James Greer Youth Ministry Memorial, First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 or James and Becky Greer Scholarship, Center Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 152, Center, Texas 75935.

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

 

07/05/2017

Funeral service for Mr. Eric Q. Thomas, (54) of Amarillo, Texas will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 2:00pm at Triumph The Church & Kingdom of God in Christ (921 Daniels St. Center, Texas 75935). Mr. Eric Q. Thomas is a 1981 Center High School graduate. Mr. Thomas departed his life in Amarillo, Texas on June 22, 2017. Elder, Joe B. Mitchell will be officiating.

Thomas is survived by:

Siblings:
Evelyn Cooper of Tyler, Texas
Dr. Clyde Thomas of Tyler, Texas via Omaha, NE
Geraldine Steel of Center, Texas
Deloris Stripling (Verlon) of San Augustine, Texas
Shirley Johnson of Carthage, Texas
William Thomas, Sr. (Maria) of Tyler, Texas
Sarah Coats of Tyler, Texas
Joyce Michelle (Joe) of Garland, Texas
David Thomas (Andrea) of Dallas, Texas
Emma Byrd of LaPlace, Louisiana.

Visitation at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, July 7, 2017.

Committal will be at West View Cemetery, Center, Texas. Repass at Triumph The Church and Kingdom of God in Christ in Center, Texas.

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

07/05/2017

Johnnie Mildred Lout Hutto, of Waskom, Texas passed away on July 3, 2017 in Carthage, Texas. She was born on May 24, 1929 in Center, Texas to Lee Lout and Leona Fleming Lout. Funeral services for Mrs. Hutto will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Blakely officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home.

What is a “Legacy”? We all will leave a legacy when we leave this earth, but Johnnie Hutto will leave many legacies because she was a servant of God and a strong pastor’s wife in a supporting role, never wavering from the task or path that God had ordained her to follow. She will leave her footprints on so many hearts, but her most prominent legacy will be her love for Southern Gospel Music, which she shared to the masses. Johnnie learned to play the piano as a little girl sitting on her daddy’s lap while he worked the pedals for her and showed her the keys. She became self-taught as she rose to the top of the peak of pianists in Southern Gospel music. Quite simply, she was one of the best to sit at the ivories. There are many singers out there today because Johnnie practiced with them for hours to help them blend their voices and music.

Johnnie Hutto answered the call of God to be a servant. She served to God’s approval and always put others before herself. She has left that frail human body in exchange for a Heavenly Body. She has no pain. She is already gathering all the gospel singers who have gone on to Heaven, and she is assembling a Heavenly Choir that will soon be standing at the Portals of Glory singing the most beautiful songs ever heard as God calls His Children to come Home. We will see Johnnie Hutto at the piano directing the choir as we enter into the Pearly Gates.

Johnnie is survived by:
Her beloved husband: Jake Hutto of Carthage, Texas

Children:
Larry Hutto of Georgetown, Texas
Randy and Lynn Stone of DeBerry, Texas

Grandchildren:
Brent Hutto and wife, Julie of Mineola, Texas
Troy Hutto and wife, Alice of Columbus, Ohio
Cynthia McCarroll and husband, Brian of Tipp City, Ohio

Great-grandchildren:
Justin McCarroll
Bradley McCarroll
Zachary McCarroll
Corey Hutto

Sisters:
Jean Lout Jackson of Benton, Louisiana
Tommie Lout Rohrer and husband, Jim of Sacramento, California.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Leona Lout, brothers and sisters, Maurice Lout, P.L. Lout, James Lout, Laverne Lout Smith, Willie Ruth “Bill” Rouvaldt, Birdie Crocker, and Walter Lout Wilburn and Lucille Lout.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Hutto’s service will be Lee O. Savage, Randy Stone, Luther Conway, Ed Tweedie, Roger Reneau, and Carlin Caldwell.

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

07/03/2017

Hubbard Sam “Bo” Porter, 77, of Broaddus, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Broaddus.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Military honors graveside service will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Center under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

Mr. Porter was born May 1, 1940, in Center, to Hubbard Sam Porter Sr. and Roxie Jackson Porter.  He proudly and honorably served in the United States Marine Corps for twenty years, doing two tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired as head maintenance from Texas A & M and also worked for Southern Pacific Railroad.  Above all, his proudest accomplishment was being a husband, dad, pawpaw and olpaw.  He loved everyone and was dearly loved.

He is survived by
Daughter: Bambi Bailey of Broaddus

Grandchildren:
Scott Bailey and wife, Tina
Derik Lanicek and wife, Brittany
Rusty Lanicek and wife, Laila
James Bailey and wife, Charnea
Josh Bailey and wife, Megan
Samantha Cardenas and husband, Estefano

21 Great-Grandchildren

Sister: Cossette Martin

Sisters-in-law:
Edna Porter
Trish Jowell and husband, Kent
Nancy Hill
Deanie Johnson and husband, Gary

Brother-in-law:
Robert Woodall and wife, Barbara
Ken Buchanan

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Sandra Porter
Son: Darryl Porter
Son-in-law: Tommy Bailey
Great-Granddaughter: Hailey Kitsmiller
Parents: Hubbard Sam Porter Sr. and Roxie Jackson Porter
Brother: Bobby Porter
Sisters: Gwen Murray, Margie Barber, Opal Adkinson, Jackie Sanford

Pallbearers will be Scott Bailey, Derik Lanicek, James Bailey, Josh Bailey, Estefano Cardenas and Kent Jowell.  Honorary pallbearer will be Rusty Lanicek.

Thanks and God Bless for all of the prayers and blessings.  We love y’all.

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

07/03/2017

Bettie Jean Cogswell, 82, of Keithville, Louisiana, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin with Bro. Mike Stowell officiating.

Ms. Cogswell was born December 18, 1934, in Conroe, to H.O. Busby and Ruby Lera Lowe Busby.  She loved reading, gardening, shopping, sewing and playing solitaire.  She was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by
Sons:
Michael Cogswell of Keithville, Louisiana
Ricky Cogswell of the Sardis Community of Shelby County

Grandchildren:
Nicole Hamner and husband, Matthew, of Chireno
Misti Lynn Hogue of Center
Andrew Michael Cogswell of California

Great-Grandchildren:
Tassie Hamner
Tatum Smith
Troy Hamner
Talleen Hamner

Sisters-in-law:
Joyce Cogswell
Linda Lawler

Nephew: Robby Hill and wife, Wanda

Niece: Keela Cogswell Johnson and husband, Mike

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

Preceded in death by
Son: Randy Cogswell
Parents: H.O. Busby and Ruby Lera Lowe Busby
Sister: Millie Hill

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

07/01/2017

James Lowell Bogue, 84, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017 in Timpson, Texas. He was born on June 14, 1933 in Timpson, Texas to Joseph Alexander and Ollie (Stilley) Bogue. Funeral services for Mr. Bogue will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas with Bro. William Dee Daniel and Bro. Richard Jones officiating. Visitation will precede the service from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church.

Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

James was born and raised in Timpson, Texas. He graduated from Timpson High School in 1950 at the age of 16. Mr. Bogue pursued his love for football and attended Panola College on a football scholarship before transferring to Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue his football career along with obtaining a Master’s in Education. James married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Young, in 1951.   He and Barbara had three wonderful children. James spent over 40 years in Education serving as a Coach, Principal, and Superintendent at multiple school districts, including, Woodsboro, Central Heights, Garrison, and Timpson before retiring.

After retirement, he continued to serve many Districts around the surrounding areas. Mr. Bogue enjoyed all outdoor activities. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing dominoes, and spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. James loved the Lord and loved people, especially his family. He was a member of the Lions Club, served on the Timpson Genealogical Library, and served as the City of Timpson Judge for many years. James continued to serve the Lord, his church, and his community until his final days. James was a member of First Baptist Church Timpson, a deacon, and held numerous positions throughout the years in his church.

James was surrounded by a family filled with love.

He is survived by:
His faithful wife of 66 years, Barbara

Daughters:
Becky Talk and husband Bill
Diane Marshall and husband Ray

Son: Dr. Donald Bogue and wife Lauralee

Sisters:
Bette Bunger
Brenda Beasley and husband Felton

Grandchildren:
Lauren Talk
Melissa Harrington and husband Mike
Evan Talk and wife Joanna
Matt Marshall and wife Jena
Nathan Marshall
Jessica Leavins and husband Chis
Angela Bogue
James Bogue

Great-grandchildren:
Aubrey and Natalie Harrington
Abilene
Boaz
Sabine,
and Fisher Marshall
Ryland
Wyatt
and Haven Leavins
Presley Aguilar

Numerous friends and family members that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

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

06/30/2017

Syble Loretta Moore Jernigan has joined the Lord on June 29, 2017. Syble was born on February 15, 1933 in Shelby County, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband; Earl Jernigan , a daughter; Donna Ready, and parents; John and Pearl Moore, brothers; Waymon, Allen and John Moore; sisters; Jeanette Raimond, Maxine Douzat, Dorothy Stuart and Claudia Miller.

She is survived by her daughters; Alicia (Rusty) Layton, Ramona (Lex) Koch, her son; Gary (Jenny) Ready, five grandchildren; Jeremy and Neosha Koch, Jarrod and Joseph Munden, and Jacob Ready, 10 great-grandchildren, sister; Verna Lou Snider and sister-in-law; Gloria Moore.

Syble will be laid to rest next to her beloved daughter Donna. Graveside services will be Monday, July 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

Memorial condolences may be made to the family online at www.shmfh.com

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Syble Loretta Jernigan (Moore) please visit our Sympathy Store.

Charles Ronald Townes, 67, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on June 29, 2017 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on October 9, 1949 in Center, Texas to Emitt Dies Townes and Mary Lou Ivy Townes. A graveside service for Mr. Townes will be at 2pm on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Levi Cohorst officiating.

06/29/2017

Paul W. Harvey, 77, of The Grapevine Community of San Augustine, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Hemphill.
 
Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Little Flock Cemetery in San Augustine County with Bro. Don Moore officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Harvey was born June 27, 1940, in Hemphill, to Columbia Harvey and Lennie Morris Harvey.  He was a member of Bronson Masonic Lodge #893, Sharon Shrine in Tyler and Grapevine Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Daughter: Sandy Sparks and husband, Shad, of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Caleigh Sparks of Shelbyville
Cayden Sparks of Shelbyville

Aunt: Verlene Cartwright of San Augustine

Special Cousin: Billie Sue Ziegler Bass of Hemphill

Numerous cousins and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Columbia Harvey and Lennie Morris Harvey
Sister: Winnie Ruth Harvey
One Infant Sister

Pallbearers will be fellow masons.

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

 

06/29/2017

Dorothy Annette Mathews, 77, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Murphree and Bro. David Long officiating. Interment will follow at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mrs. Mathews was born September 7, 1939, in Avinger, to Boyd Starrett and Ruth Wilson Starrett.  She retired as a manager from Bealls after 20 years of service. Mrs. Mathews enjoyed working in her flower garden and spending time with her dachshund, Shotzie.  She was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by

Children:
Rodney Mathews and wife, Denise, of Center
Spencer Mathews and wife, Teresa, of Kountze
Nancy Smith and husband, Frank, of North Richland Hills

Grandchildren:
Matt Scales and wife, Sarah, of El Paso
Trey Scales and wife, Chelsey, of Amarillo
Lindsay Clark and husband, David, of Abilene
Amber Mathews of Center
Allen Mathews and wife, Anna, of Center
Kennedi Mathews of Kountze
Reagan Mathews of Kountze

Great-Grandchildren:
Abbye
Hannah
Eva
Neil
Mckinley
Karsten
Zeah
Rylee
Brynlee
Kayden
Kamren

Sister: Maurice Clark and husband, Chester, of Terrell

Special Aunts:
Bobbie Simmons of Athens
Kathryn Taylor of Beaumont

Brothers-in-law:
Johnny Mathews and wife, Lorelei, of Huxley
Don Mathews of Sour Lake

Preceded in death by
Husband: Elmer Mathews
Son: William “Bill” Mathews
Parents: Boyd Starrett and Ruth Wilson Jones

Pallbearers will be Matt Scales, Trey Scales, Allen Mathews, David Clark Jr., Stephen Ewing, Billy Mac Wilson and Steve Cockrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Joaquin Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary.

A special thanks to the staff and friends of Lakeside Assisted Living for their special love and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Jackson Missionary Baptist Church, Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Lakeside Assisted Living.

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

 

06/29/2017

Sutton Elizabeth Windham was born June 27, 2017. She entered Heaven's gates and into the arms of Jesus on the same day.

Sutton is survived by:
Her mother Peyton Windham

Brothers:
Grayson Danely
Lunden Page

Sister: Carter Taylor

Grandparents: Jeremy & Joy Fleming

Great-grandparents:
Jerrell and Sharon Fleming
Bobby and Beth McCauley
Marshall and Bertha Windham

Uncles:
Jayden Fleming
Jarren Fleming
Jaxon Fleming
Clay Fleming

Services will be announced at a later time. For a brief and fleeting moment an angel touched the ground with tiny wings and halo and sweet soft angel sounds blessing the lives of others in beauty and in grace those who saw the angel knew God had kissed her tiny face. The angel came for reasons we may not understand, a journey so brief with gifts so great and guided by God's hand, so rest now tiny angel, your work on earth is through in the beauty of God's perfect love we saw His gift in you.

Kornerstone Funeral Directors, Plainview, Texas.

06/28/2017

James (Jim) Emmett Scott, 78, of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away peacefully June 25, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday June 28, 2017 at Restwood Funeral Home. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday June 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Clute, Pastor Josh McGee officiating.

Jim was born October 10, 1938 in Timpson, Texas to Lizzie and Leroy Scott. Being raised on a farm, Jim learned at an early age to grow and nurture vegetables, especially tomatoes. Until his passing, he raised a beautiful garden and proudly shared his fresh vegetables with family, friends, and admirers who would frequently stop by.

Jim is a graduate of Timpson High School, Panola Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University. Shortly after graduation, he entered the Air Force in November 1961. He was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas where he met the love of his life, Sharon. They were married January 26, 1968.
 
Jim & Sharon settled in Lake Jackson, where he worked at DOW for 30 years until his retirement in 1996. They have three children and seven grandchildren, and he enjoyed spending precious time with each of them. Jim was a loving father and grandfather who loved to fish and hunt. He spent countless weekends in the Texas Hill Country deer hunting with family and friends. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Clute for 50 years where he enjoyed being an usher and taking care of the church grounds. He had a passion for taking care of others and his selfless nature will never be forgotten. 

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Edward Scott and wife Elizabeth, Benny Mack Scott and wife Doris Faye, Bob Scott and wife Mary; Sister Oleta Weber; and brother-in-law Dallas Burgay. 

He is survived by his wife Sharon Scott; two sons Mike Scott and wife d'Arcey, Mark Scott and wife Mary; daughter Melanie Helms; seven grandchildren, Colton and Kamryn Scott, Makenzie and Dawson Scott, Haley, Taylor and Hayden Helms; sister Estelle Burgay; two brother's-in-law James Weber, Jerry Beckham and wife Jeana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers are Mike Scott, Mark Scott, Colton Scott, Dawson Scott, Hayden Helms, and Truman Bowles. 

Special thanks to IPH Hospice Care for their compassionate care during his final days.

Through www.restwoodfuneralhome.com we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories of James (Jim) Emmett Scott with the Scott Family.

06/28/2017

Brandi Mills, 30, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Galveston.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Levi Cohorst officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Brandi was born September 10, 1986, in Nacogdoches, to Bubba Lewis and Celeste Mills Lewis.  She was a dedicated mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.  Brandi was a CNA at Holiday Nursing Home.  She loved her patients and coworkers.  Brandi loved spending time with her kids, family and friends.  She loved to read, play softball, play cards and shop.  Brandi made a profession of faith, accepting God as her Savior, when she was twelve years old at First Baptist Church of Haslam.  She believed in the power of prayer to give her strength during her fight.  Her favorite verse was Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of righteousness.”

She is survived by
Children:
Hunter Harris of Joaquin
Henley Harris of Joaquin

Parents: Bubba and Celeste Lewis of Joaquin

Sister: Amanda Kirby and husband, Rick, of Joaquin

Brother: Justin Lewis and wife, Jennifer, of Joaquin

Grandparents: Thad and Lenora Mills of Gary

Aunts:
Sheri Lewis of Joaquin
Deidra Swift of Evadale

Uncle: Timothy Mills and wife, Stephanie, of DeBerry

Niece: Paisley Kirby of Joaquin

Soon to be Nephew: Elliot Lewis of Joaquin

Numerous cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandfather: Harold Lewis Sr.
Grandmother: Sandra Ross
Aunt: Candy Cox
Uncle: Jerry Lewis

Pallbearers will be Phil Jones, Bo Posey, T.J. Swift, Jody Warren, Taylor Mills, Shawn Murray, Robert Floyd and Josh Swift.  Honorary pallbearers will be Casey Adair, Randy Woodcox and Gary Simpson.

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

06/28/2017

Dick Ezra Parker, 99, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at his residence

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Tenaha with Rev. Matt Cecil officiating.  Military honors graveside service will follow at Old Union Cemetery in Shelby County under the direction of VFW Post 8904.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Parker was born April 30, 1918, in Tenaha, to J. T. Ford Parker and Bessie Bogard Parker.  He served in the United States Army.  Mr. Parker enjoyed quail hunting and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was an excellent story teller.  Mr. Parker was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tenaha.  He was a lifetime cattleman and enjoyed spending time on his farm.

He is survived by
Sons:
Mike Parker and wife, Pam, of The Woodlands
Bob Parker of Tenaha
Clay Parker and wife, Linda, of Carthage

Grandchildren:
Kate Novian
Stephen Parker
Richard Parker
Brandy Abernathy
Connie David
Brittany Parker

8 Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Wife: Mary Parker
Parents: J. T. Ford Parker and Bessie Bogard Parker
Brothers: Forrest Parker, J.T. Parker, Ben Parker, Ford Parker Jr., Harry Parker
Sisters: Edith, Ethel, Derrell, Mary Lee, Ruth, Frances, Charlyce

Pallbearers will be Mitch Menefee, Joe Lynn Williams, Brack Harrison, Richard Parker, Dustin Abernathy and Dalton Parker.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Browning, Roland Cross, Charles Hooker, John Griffin, Guy Griffin and Wade David.

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

06/28/2017

Sue Williford Evans, 61, of Whitehouse passed away, Monday, June 26, in Longview after a very lengthy illness.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine with visitation from noon till service time with the Reverands Nathan Briggs and Weldon Blackmon officiating.  Interment will follow in the Dickerson Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.

Sue was born in Center, Texas, to the late Chester Williford and Loraine Davis Jones on December 4, 1955.  She retired from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches after almost 20 years of service as an accounts payable clerk.  Sue was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend and will be very much missed.

She and Calvin Evans married December 4, 1990, and enjoyed twenty-six and a half years together.  Sue is preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Angela Robin Shoalmire, brothers:  Eddie Williford and Curtis Williford.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include:  husband, Calvin Evans of Whitehouse, son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Mary Shoalmire of Converse, LA., step-daughter and son-in-law, LeeAnna and Corey Farmer of West Virginia, and the joy of her life five grandchildren:  Dylan, Robyn and Randi Shoalmire, Zach and Steven Farmer and also other very special family members: sister-in-law, Sue Williford of Austin, step-mother and husband, Elaine and Joe Yarbrough of Tenaha; step-sisters and husbands:  Connie Fletcher of Tenaha, Debbie and Allen Sims of Shelbyville, Kathy Lee of Timpson, Patricia Bush of Center, and Donna and Bobby Penny of Tenaha and stepbrother and wife, Danny and Vonda Windham of Nacogdoches, brothers-in-law and wife, Elton Evans and Charles and Barbara Evans of San Augustine; Sisters-in-law and husbands, Maxine and Billy Rogers and Patsy and Carrol Adkins of San Augustine, and a very special and dear friend Becca Hamblett of Quitman along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

There will be a visitation at Cottle Funeral Home in Troup, Texas; Thursday June 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral Services under the direction of Cottle Funeral Home Troup and Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine.

Memorial contributions may be be made to the Dickerson Cemetery Association, 526 CR 4250, Bronson, Texas  75930.

06/27/2017

Dicie Louise McGown, 83, of Center, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Andy Wilson, Bro. Barry Rankin and Bro. Todd Jenkins officiating.  Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mrs. McGown was born March 13, 1934, in San Augustine, to William Lawrence McNeil and Gladys Poindexter McNeil.  She was a member of Woden Pentecostal Church.  

She is survived by
Son: Buddy McGown and wife, Sherryl

Daughters:
Connie Belrose and husband, Lonnie
Anita Mauldin and husband, J.W.
Kay Hass and husband, Tim

11 Grandchildren

24 Great-Grandchildren

5 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Husband: Drew McGown
Parents: William Lawrence McNeil and Gladys Poindexter McNeil
Sister: Carmel Daisy Murray, Grace Greer, Jimmie Lawrence
Brothers: Marcus McNeil, Arnold McNeil

Pallbearers will be Steve Lawrence, Brent Greer, Seborn Greer, Clinton Layton, Ronnie Belrose, Donnie Belrose, Randy Wise and Billy Wise.

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

 

06/26/2017

Tiffany Luman, 48, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, at her residence.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Miss Luman was born February 12, 1969, in Center, to Royce Lavon Luman and Dorothy Nell Graves Luman.

She is survived by loving friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.

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

06/25/2017

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Rhiddlehoover, 85, of Carthage, Texas will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. George Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1-2:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service. Mrs. Rhiddlehoover died June 24, 2017 in Carthage, Texas.

Mrs. Alice Lenora Ramsey Rhiddlehoover was born September 2, 1931 in Shelby County, Texas. She was one of six children born to the marriage of Ernest Bryan and Kathleen Dunaway Ramsey. She was raised in Timpson graduating high school there with the class of 1948. Alice received both her Bachelors and Masters in Social Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University. She would marry the love of her life Thomas Howard Rhiddlehoover, May 31, 1968 and they would celebrate 49 years together. 

Her career as an educator would begin in Andrews, Texas followed by one year teaching at the Army military base school in Stuggard, Germany. She would continue to teach In Katy and Carthage Independent School Districts. Alice and Howard were loyal members of the Pisgah United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Ernesteen Walker, Doris Cassidy, Glen Ramsey and two infant siblings.

Mrs. Rhiddlehoover is survived by her devoted husband, Howard Rhiddlehoover of Carthage; sister-in-law, Yvonne Carter and husband Reid of Carthage; brother-in-law, Sam Reed of Rockhill; nieces, Deanna Humphrey of Anahauc, Martha Murtz of Moore, Ok, Rhonda Gates of Houston, Regina Humphries and husband Charles of Carthage, and Roxann Reed of Rockhill; nephews, Maurice Cassidy of Greenville, and Dick Walker of Anahuac; other great nieces, nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

The family requests donations to: Heartsway Hospice, 437 W. Panola, Carthage, Texas 75633. An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com

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