Travis Lee Johnson, 91, of Center, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Steven Hill officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mr. Johnson was born April 20, 1926, in Shelby County, to E.C. Johnson and Tinnie Windham Johnson.  He served in the United States Army and was presently a member of VFW Post 8904.  As a hobby, he enjoyed gardening.  Mr. Johnson was a member of Jericho Baptist Church.

He is survived by:

Wife: Geraldine Johnson of Center

Eva Johnson Terry of Longview
Vivian Johnson Ford and husband, Bill, of Center
Lewis Johnson and wife, Connie, of Tenaha
Glenn Johnson and wife, Teresa, of Shelbyville

Brad Johnson and wife, Chavaletta
Brandi Johnson
Thomas Jernigan
Todd Jernigan and wife, Courtney
Preston Parker and wife, Paige
Dustin Parker and wife, Ashley
Steven Hill and wife, Misty
Stacy Williams

Kaitlyn Johnson
Alizabeth Jernigan
Hunter Hill
McKenize Hill
Austin Williams
Lance Williams
Luke Williams
Brylie Jernigan
Aalyiah Jernigan
Kayden Cooper
Bryce Johnson
Khloe Johnson
Mahlia Raymond
Jaxson Parker
Dylan Parker
Lane Parker
Shon Parker
Dallas Parker

Brother: James E. Johnson of San Augustine

Preceded in death by
Parents: E.C. Johnson and Tinnie Windham Johnson
Brother: J.T. Johnson
Son-in-law: Fern Jernigan, Sr.
Daughter-in-law: Debbie Johnson

Pallbearers will be Thomas Jernigan, Todd Jernigan, Dustin Parker, Preston Parker, Stacy Williams, Steven Hill and Brad Johnson.

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


Felix Lee Andus Byndom, 46 of Center, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at C.H.I St. Luke Health, Lufkin, Texas. A wake will be from 7-9pm Friday night, March 23, 2018 at Community Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service is Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2pm at Gates Chapel Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Texas. Lay-in-state from 1pm to 2pm at Gates Chapel Baptist Church. Interment is at Gates Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville with Bishop Rossevelt Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Mother, Lou Ester Moore Byndom of Center

Sister, Leslie Evette Byndom Bell of Center

Brother-in-law, Anthony Bell of Center

Niece, Beyonce Bell of Center

Antavian Bell of Center
A'Braylon Bell of Center

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Lila Ruth Scott Nichols, 90, of Tenaha, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Tenaha.  She was born on September 25, 1927 in Haskell, Texas, the daughter of Henry and Mary Henshaw Scott. Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Cedar Yard Cemetery in Tenaha with Christine Gautreaux officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Lila was an exceptional woman who went above and beyond for her family. She made sure that all needs were met and that her home was filled with warmth and love for all who entered. Lila absolutely loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She would never pass up the chance to keep her grandbabies. Those were the moments she looked forward to most! She knew her way around the kitchen better than any chef and would make some of the most delicious meals for friends and family. She also learned to can and could jelly almost anything!  When she wasn’t tending to house and entertaining guests, Lila enjoyed quilting. She could sit for hours sewing in every detail on those quilts. In each piece of material is a piece of Lila’s heart. On sunny days, Lila also liked to spend time outdoors gardening. She always had such a kind and gentle demeanor unless you got her in a game of Canasta. Lila loved playing Canasta and took it very seriously. Her life spoke volumes of the woman she was and Lila’s heart of gold and compassionate nature will be dearly missed by those she loved. 

Lila is survived by:
Her children: 
Ruth Ann and Sam Satchfield
Lyndon and Janet Nichols
Phillis and Michael Kitten and Keith Nichols

Laurie and Lee Gilchrist
Michelle and Stephen Satchfield
Christine and Joe Gautreaux
Katie Nichols
Shannon and Tony Flores
Jason and Linda Kitten

Joshua Gilchrist
Justin and Brittany Gilchrist
Meghan, Matthew, Reese and Kelly Satchfield
Alexandria and Samantha Gautreaux
Lila Flores and Joe, Ethan, and Daniel Kitten

Great-great grandchildren:
Addison and Joe Gilchrist

Joyce Rogers and Wanda Scott

Many nieces, nephews and cousins 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Norman Lyndon Nichols; parents, Henry Grady and Mary Elizabeth Henshaw Scott; sister, Essie Scott Hall; brothers, Merriell Scott, Grady Scott, Riley Scott, Carl Scott and Carriell Scott. 

Pallbearers will be Joshua Gilchrist, Justin Gilchrist, Katie Nichols, Joe Gautreaux, Alexandria Gautreaux and Tony Flores.  

Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Satchfield, Lee Gilchrist, Michael Kitten, Joe Gilchrist and Jason Kitten.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131.

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.


Willie Bennett, 88 of Center, formerly of Houston, passed Friday night, March 16, 2018 in Houston.

Funeral service is at 2pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Triumph First Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville, Texas. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating. 

He is survived by:

Wife, Patricia Taylor of Houston

Erica Dawn Daley of Houston
Shirley Hightower of Shelbyville
April (Keith) Roberts of Houston
Sophia Bennett of Center

Johnathan Bolden of Houston
Charlton Bolden of Houston
James Bennett of Houston
Wayne Thompson of Center
Frank Smith of Houston
Lester Smith of Houston

Host of Grand and Great-Grand Children

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Pauline Lorah, 89, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. Karen Jones and Bro. Terry Goodnight officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Lorah was born March 29, 1928, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Sedric Steward and Itasca Henson Steward. She lived most of her adult years in Houston, Texas. Shortly after moving to Center from Houston, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she worshipped and participated in many church functions. She enjoyed drinking her morning cup of coffee while sitting on her back porch overlooking birds and animals that often visited a nearby pond. She found beauty in all of God’s creations. She was a loving mother who enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by:

Cyndi Taylor and husband, Chris, of Tenaha
Tommy Miller and wife, Fran, of Houston
Roseanne Metcalfe of Norwich, Connecticut

Ricky Miller
Valarie Guzman and husband, Jorge
Dusty Taylor
Cody Taylor and wife, Elissa
Mary Otto and husband, Chris
Cindi Metcalf

6 Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Neal Steward and wife, Regina, of San Antonio

Special Friend: Felipe Reyes

Preceded in death by 
Husband: George Lorah
Parents: Sedric Steward and Itasca Henson Steward
Brother: Billy Steward and wife, Rose

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made by mail to Heart to Heart Hospice, 209 Christie St., Lufkin, Texas 75904 or online www.hearttohearthospice.com

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


Billy Eugene Cogswell, 85, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Pastor Francis Schroeder officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Cogswell was born September 25, 1932, in Center, to Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Bridges Cogswell. He graduated from Center High School in 1951 and later joined the United States Army. He worked for Neches Butane Products Company, where he retired after 35 years. Mr. Cogswell was on the Board of Directors of Neches Federal Credit Union for many years. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SFOA. Mr. Cogswell was a proud supporter of the Nederland Bulldogs, where both of his sons played. He enjoyed coaching his sons in little league and umpiring for Nederland Babe Ruth League. He also refereed and umpired many high school and college games. Mr. Cogswell was even nominated and chosen to go to Cooperstown, New York, to umpire little league baseball games. He was a member of Pipefitters Local #195 of Nederland and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland.  

He is survived by:

Keela Johnson and husband, Mike, of Center
Kyle Cogswell of Nederland
Kirk Cogswell, US Navy RP1, of Okinawa, Japan

Austin Johnson and wife, Krystin
Anthony Johnson, US Navy IT2

Great Granddaughter: Nicole Grace Johnson

Brother: Lynn Burke Cogswell of Garrison

Sister: Linda Lawler of Longview

Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law: 
Bobbi Cogswell of Tennessee
Nelda Shillings of Center
JC and Patty Kasper of Wimberly
Jerry Singelton of Groves

Special Sister-in-law: Joyce Cogswell

Preceded in death by
Wife of 35 years, love of his life, and mother of his children: Beverly Kasper Cogswell
Parents: Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Bridges Cogswell
Brothers and Sisters: Barney Cogswell, Alton Cogswell, Ben Cogswell, Ray Cogswell, Harold Cogswell, Leon Shillings, Elna Lout, Claudia Mae Martin, Hazel Metz

Pallbearers will be Larry Singleton, Randy Hilton, Mike Johnson, Chip Heslep, Leon Shillings, Michael Cogswell, Ricky Cogswell and Bubba Metz. Honorary pallbearers will be J.D. Matt, Curtis Kimbro, Vance Green, Dr. John Rogers, Chuck Lunsford, Donald Cravey and Grady Whitton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2711 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627 or to Nederland Babe Ruth League, PO Box 1051, Nederland, TX 77627.

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


Harry James Stansberry departed this life on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. A life began 68 years ago in Vicksburg, MS on September 11, 1949. This new life was born to HB Stansberry and Macel Lee Brock.

Harry was a graduate of East Liberty High School in Shelby County in 1968. He united in matrimony to Faye Dell Brittain shortly after graduation. To this union his first child was born, Patrick James Stansberry. Harry enlisted in the Army in 1969 until 1972 during Vietnam. After serving his country, he came back to Shelby County to reside and stated to work for the U.S. Postal Service, working as a clerk in Center, Texas. In 1978 he remarried, uniting with Doris M. Johnson and to this union three children were born, Leticia, Jason, and Brandon. Harry continued to work for the postal service and was later promoted as Postmaster in Shelbyville, Texas, making him the first African American Postmaster in Shelby County. He retired in 2004 after 30 plus years, going on to enjoy his leisure time doing things such as hunting, fishing, watching western re-runs, playing dominoes, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lorene Edwards and Margie Nell Edwards Ratcliff.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Patrick Stansberry of Killeen
Eric Nash (Jaqueline) of Lufkin
Jason Stansberry of Center
Eddie Nash (Michelle) of Applyby
Brandon Stansberry (Pamela) of Center

Leticia (Harold) Randle of Center
Brandi (Harlon) Kelly of Center

Renna Hubbard
Renell Reed
Faye Edwards

Lennon Edwards
Charles Edwards
Mario Stansberry

Paternal Aunt, Lurline Stansberry Wade

Maternal Uncle, Jimmy Brock

17 Grandchildren and 1 Great-Grandchild

Host of nieces and nephews and cousins

Godson, O'Neal Jones, Jr.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Abundant Love Ministries, Center, Texas with Pastor Marlon Cloudy, Sr. eulogist. Interment is at Haley Bush Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas.

Pallbearers: Sam Sanders, Joe Belin, Reginald Patton, Vincent Nathan, Darryl Gray, Lentell Johnson, Larry Brinson, and Tommy Jackson

Honorary Pallbearers: Patrick Stansberry, Eric Nash, Jason Stansberry, Eddie Nash, and Brandon Stansberry

The family of Mr. Harry Stansberry wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you for the many acts of kindness and love you've expressed during this time. Your prayers, visits, food, phone calls, flowers and condolences have made this difficult time easier. Please continue to pray for our family and may God Bless all of you. Special thanks to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, Dr. Varadadrary and team, Pine Grove Nursing Center staff and Affinity Hospice.

Services entrusted to Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.


John Bradley Ballinger, 52, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on March 17, 2018 in Center. He was born on July 8, 1965 in Hanford, California to Edward Haskel Ballinger and Lillian Grozier Ballinger. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


Billy Don Hughes, 78, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Danny Dodson officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Billy Don was born August 23, 1939, in Center, to Theron Hughes and Thelma Gathwright Hughes. In his early years, he was a plumber. He learned his trade from a family owned business, H & W Plumbing. From there, he began his own plumbing business, which he operated for several years. He later established Hughes Backhoe & Dirt Work. After retirement, Billy Don still followed in his father’s footsteps; always able to negotiate a good business deal. Billy Don was a hard worker, but he also enjoyed having a good time. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was even featured in an edition of The Hunter’s Horn during his fox hunting days. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling with his lovely wife, Janice, and taking family trips to the beach. His family was his world. Billy Don was passionate about supporting world missions, especially his brother’s ministry, Bible Baptist Church in Cebu City, Philippines. He was a faithful prayer warrior and active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center. 

He is survived by
Wife: Janice Hughes of Center

Joyce Bush and husband, Michael Henry, of Center
Katha Hughes of Center
Donna Parker and husband, Tony, of Center
Suzette Smith and husband, Billie, of Port Neches

Brandi Brown and husband, Chad, of Nacogdoches
Lee Ann Masterson and husband, R.J., of Center

Stepson: Jody Martin of Center

Michael David Bush and wife, Nicole
Lindsey Jackson and husband, Devin
Bo Chandler
Ryan Chandler and wife, Ashley
Cortney Hughes and husband, Chad
Emily Cagle
Allison Cagle
Jessica Smith
Zack Smith and wife, Nicole
Savannah Dahn Cessac and husband, Collin
Logan Brown
Cayman Brown
James Martin
Livia Martin

Honorary Grandson: Jason Burch



Brother: Richard Hughes and wife, Rita, of Center

Billy Williams and wife, Cathy, of Center
Jimmy Snider and wife, Rhonda, of Timpson
Jeffrey Snider and wife, Sharon, of Carthage
Jason Snider and wife, Tiffany, of Center

Sister-in-law: Jimmie Hughes of Jasper

Mother-in-law: Johnnie Snider of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Lifetime Treasured Friends: Bobby and Kay Watson

Preceded in death by
Parents: Theron Hughes and Thelma Gathwright Hughes
Wife and Mother of his children: Linda Joyce Hughes
Brothers: J.T. Hughes, Jack Hughes, Alton Hughes, Dalton Hughes, Missionary Bob Hughes, Kenneth Hughes, and Johnny Hughes
Sister: Mary Hughes

Pallbearers will be Michael Bush, Bo Chandler, Ryan Chandler, Jason Burch, Bobby Watson and Zack Warr. Honorary pallbearers will be Price Wilburn, Bobby Bushiey, Bill Williams, Maxie Eaves, Colton Etheridge, Hayden Hughes, Cole Chandler, Caleb Chisenhall, Drake Lutz, Keaton Smith and Rylan Halstead.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Bob Hughes Memorial Mission Fund, Central Missionary Clearinghouse, PO Box 219228, Houston, Texas 77218-9228.

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


James Allen Cockrell, 67, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Cockrell was born December 7, 1950, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to James Horace Cockrell and Jo Dell Edburg Cockrell. He graduated from Joaquin High School in 1969. Mr. Cockrell later purchased Toledo Motor Supply in Logansport, Louisiana, where he was the owner and operator for twenty nine years. His hobbies included high school sports and vintage automobiles. He was a huge Longhorn fan. His family often referred to him as “Jack of all trades, master of most”. There wasn’t much he couldn’t accomplish. A couple of his major accomplishments were serving twenty years on the Joaquin ISD School Board and also serving several years on the Shelby County Appraisal Board. Above all, his family was the most important part of his life. All moments spent with them were treasured moments. Mr. Cockrell was a member of Truitt Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by
James Derek Cockrell and wife, Carly, of Tenaha
Wendy Gurley and husband, Adam, of Logansport, Louisiana

CPL James Grafton and wife, Sarah, of California
Amy Grafton of Bossier City, Louisiana
Dalton Grafton of Bossier City, Louisiana
Jace Gurley of Logansport, Louisiana

Great-Grandson: Miles Grafton of California

Joe Cockrell and wife, Karen, of Grayson, Louisiana
John Cockrell and wife, Karen, of Prosper
Jay Dee Cockrell and wife, Selisha, of Joaquin

Uncle and Aunt: Jerry and Margret Cockrell of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Horace Cockrell and Jo Dell Edburg Cockrell
Son-in-law: James Michael Grafton
Sister-in-law: Cynthia Cockrell

Pallbearers will be Rodney Dean, Phil Worsham, Robbie Woodfin, Kenny Weeks, Roy Cheatwood and Randy Bonner. Honorary pallbearers will be Neal McFadden and Larry Kay. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sholar Cemetery, c/o Jay Cockrell, 8334 Highway 84 East, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

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


Pauline Lorah, 89, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Center.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Included in her survivors are her children, Cindi Taylor and Tommy Miller.

Additional information and service times will be announced at a later time.


Lisa Marie Swindle Hill, 49, formerly of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on March 15, 2018 at the hospital in Longview, Texas after a battle with cancer.

Lisa was born February 6, 1969 in Fairbanks, Alaska to Archie and Clarice Swindle of Shelbyville, Texas.

In addition to her parents, Lisa is survived by her 15-year-old son, Xavier D. Hill, a brother, Levard Swindle and his wife, Heidi from Shelbyville, a brother, Gerald M. Swindle from Nacogdoches, as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Lisa was preceded in death by her brother Jonathan Swindle.

A memorial service is planned, but details are pending.


Jeannine Ann Morris, 74, of Nacogdoches, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at her residence.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  

Mrs. Morris was born March 9, 1944, in Fremont, Ohio, to William Paul Mader and Anna Marie Kavanaugh Mader.  Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and crafting.  She enjoyed art and had a love for animals.  Some of her favorite memories were made while drinking coffee with family and friends.

She is survived by:

Thomas Morris and wife, DeDe, of Center
Matthew Morris of Austin
Amanda Morris of Bentonville, Arkansas
Sarah Guerrero and husband, Chris, of Nacogdoches
Jennylind Doyle and husband, Tim, of Plano

6 Grandchildren

5 Great-Grandchildren

11 Grand Cats

10 Grand Dogs

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

She is preceded in death by
Husband: Stephen Morris
Parents: William Paul Mader and Anna Marie Kavanaugh Mader
Sister: Mary Burnett

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The O'Malley Alley Cat Organization at http://omalleypet.org/ or call (936) 556-2754.

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


Larry Wayne "Bear" Hubbard, age 63 of Center, passed away Tuesday morning, March 13, 2018 at Pine Grove Nursing Center. Funeral service is at 1pm Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Center Triumph Church with interment at Thompson Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas. Dr. Rev. Jackie Garrett officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Alice Sanders of Center

Son, Brandon Suell of Tyler

Karen Jackson of Center
Charlotte Garrett of Center

Vernon Garrett of Center
Danny (Vernice) Brown of Center
Dr. Rev. Jackie Garrett (Joyce) of Beaumont

1 Grandchild

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


Fred Elisha Luman of Evadale was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 13, 2018.

Fred was born in April 19, 1926 to Dollie Metcalf and Lum Luman. He proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine during World War II. He married Myra Billingsly on February 2, 1948; they were blessed with 53 years of marriage. Fred retired from South Hampton Refinery.

He enjoyed camping, going to Bluegrass festivals, and the annual family reunion during the week of Thanksgiving, known as “The Hunt.” He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Evadale for 40 years.

Fred was a loving father, granddad, great granddad, and uncle who will be missed dearly. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dana, Britney, and Holly with CIMA Hospice.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife Myra; sisters, Bernice, and Martha; and a brother, Maurice.

Fred is survived by:

Daughter, Brenda Buckley, and husband, Chris, of Buna

Kenneth Luman, and wife, Abbie, of Woodville
Tommy Luman, and wife Ginger, of Silsbee

Cory Buckley, and wife, Nancy, of Navasota
Heather Reveglia, and husband, Chance, of Vinton, LA
Dusty Luman, and wife, Kellie, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cassie Del Pino, and husband, Peter, of Evadale

Caleb, Samantha, and Sarah Buckley
Audrey, Eric, Cole, and Lily Reveglia
Logan Del Pino

Sister, Madge Metcalf

As well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the Chapel at Lumberton Family Funeral Home from 5;00pm to 7:00pm. A Life Honoring Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:00pm. Interment will follow immediately at Kirbyville City Cemetery in Kirbyville.


Clara Little was born September 25, 1914 in Henderson, Texas to Ike and Mollie Lunsford. She entered into rest on March 12, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas having reached the age of 103 years. She was the oldest living member of Freewell Baptist District. She was a member of Mt. Union Freewell Baptist Church. 

Funeral Service will be at 2:00pm, Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be 1:00-2:00 pm before service. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. Bro. John Voss and Bro. Al Hancock will officiate the service

Daughter: Dorothy Jean Little Staine of Garrison, Texas

Son: Robert Hurston Little of Garrison, Texas

Roy Harris
Deborah Jean Little
Charlotte Gay Calwell
Robert Lane Little
Cheryl Cranford
Benita Loundquist.

A host of Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by:
Husband; Robert Harland Little
Son; Franklin Dewayne Little
Grandson; Kenneth Harris
2 sisters and 9 brothers


Lila R. Nichols, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on March 14, 2018 in Tenaha. She was born on September 25, 1927. Services are pending at this time with Mangum Funeral Home.

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


Lillie R. “Bootsy” Duncan was born October 17, 1928 in Garrison, Texas to Sam and Leaner Franks. She entered into rest on March 13, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Funeral service will be 4:00 pm, Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Garrison Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Mars officiating burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.
Visitations will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home.
Carolyn Watson of Nacogdoches, Texas
Linda Kay Deason & husband Jerry of Garrison, Texas
Elaine Box & husband James of Timpson, Texas
Ronnie Kelly & wife Toyya of Gary, Texas
Kenneth Duncan & wife Mindy of Garrison, Texas
Daughter-In-Law: Diana Kelley of Nacogdoches, Texas
Wade Watson
Dawn Ites
Shelly Hunter & husband Randy
Sam Deason & wife Amanda
Chris Box
Bryan Box & wife Staci
Chad Kelly & wife Jamie
Kirk Kelly & wife Jenny
Chasity Phil & husband Will
Trista Kelly
Josh Kelly
Christina Duncan
Brady Plunkett
A host of Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death: 
Husbands, James C. Kelly and Bob Duncan
Son: Jimmy Kelly
Sisters: Quida Baker and Willene Bryce 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Walnut Grove Cemetery 


James Edward Hairgrove, 92, left this world on March 13, 2018 in Houston, TX. He was born on February 21, 1926 on the family farm in the Buena Vista Community near Timpson, TX, to Wilburn N. and Pearl Burns Hairgrove. He was the oldest of seven children and attended his first few years of school in Tenaha, TX, moving to the Buena Vista School for 3rd through 8th grades and graduating from Timpson High School in 1943. After a one-year deferment for being the oldest son on a working farm, James Edward served in the US Army in WWII from January 1945 until November 1946. He trained to invade Japan by land, leaving port the same day the first atomic bomb was dropped. He became part of the occupation forces on Okinawa, where he guarded Japanese prisoners who he said were just as relieved the war was over as he was.

Upon returning home, James Edward attended classes at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston where he majored in Electrical Engineering while working for Houston Lighting & Power, where he remained for 15 years. 

After being introduced by friends from their respective jobs, Jim (as he was known in Houston) and Grace Rehrig (originally of Easton, PA) were married on March 1, 1957 in Houston and were blessed with two children, Kay Ann (1958) and Ronald James (1961). They resided in southeast Houston until moving to Pearland in the early 1970’s to a new home that Jim designed, built and lived in until moving to assisted living in 2016.

Jim became a Master Electrician and Owner of Certified Electric, an electrical contracting company that specialized in residential and small commercial projects. He and Grace ran the company together for over twenty years before selling the business. In retirement, Jim began remodeling his weekend home at Lake Murvaul, where the family has spent many happy times together. His other hobbies included photography and woodworking.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Kay Hairgrove Krenek and husband Wilfred of Houston, TX

Daughter-in-law, Susan Flournoy Hairgrove

Grandson, James Colton Hairgrove of Tenaha, TX

Wilma Culp of Lampasas, TX
Frances McIntyre of Timpson, TX

Brothers, Franklin Hairgrove and Bill Hairgrove, both of Timpson, TX

As well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Grace; their son Ronald James Hairgrove of Tenaha, TX; his brother Van Hairgrove of Center, TX; and sister JoNell Young of Marshall, TX. 

A visitation will be held at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, TX on Friday, March 16 from 5:00-7:00 PM followed by a funeral service on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM, also at Taylor Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery. Special appreciation to Maria Perales of Pearland, TX, who assisted Jim over the last 18 years and to the caring staff of Fairbanks Court Assisted Living in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his family’s Historic Texas Cemetery, established in 1851 and recognized by the Texas Historical Commission. 

Buena Vista Cemetery
c/o Frances McIntyre
3442 CR 4916
Timpson TX 75975-9336

To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net


Randolph Wayne “Randy” Forbes, 60 of Shelbyville, passed away March 7, 2018 in Shelbyville, Texas. He was born May 2, 1957 in Chateauroux, France to Jeanine Helene (Daigle) and Arvis Oscar Forbes. He was a member of Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church, Hwy 417 East (Off Hwy 87 South) in Shelbyville.

He is survived by:

Wife, Crystal Lynn Forbes of Shelbyville, TX

Children: Tracy Forbes and spouse, Alyx Aran; grandson Marcus and granddaughter Midna of Mesquite, TX

Mother: Jeanine Helene Daigle of Anahuac, TX

Stepson: Jack Christopher Allbritton, wife Tonya; their daughters, Sheena and Ciara, and son Jadan of Nacogdoches County, TX

Stepson: Bradley Cole Allbritton and wife Crystal; and their six children of San Antonio, TX

Sister: Linda Forbes Bratsch and husband Gary; nephews Keegan and Taylor Bratsch; niece Marin Bratsch of Crosby, TX

Sister: Patsy Forbes Bryan and husband Darrell; niece Ashley Bryan and Claire Bryan of Houston

Brother: Dennis Alan Forbes and wife Melissa; niece Allie Forbes of Houston, TX

Half-Sister: Darlene Forbes Abshier and husband Ronnie; their daughters Ronni and Kodi Abshier of Anahuac, TX

Half-Brother: Jeff Swanson Forbes; nephews Gage and Darion of Onarga, Illinois

Stepbrothers: Mike Daigle and Lee Daigle of Baytown, TX

Preceeded in death by father, Arvis Oscar Forbes, Jr; grandfather, Arvis Oscar Forbes, Sr; Grandmother, Winnie Theresa Forbes; and stepfather, Dudley Lee Daigle.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church, Hwy 417 East, Shelbyville, TX (Off Hwy 87 South.) Food to be served immediately after the service. Friends and family are invited to attend. Church will be open at 10:00 am for those wishing to send flowers or contact Crystal Forbes for the home address.