Charles Edward “Charlie” Hawpe, 77, of Duncanville, Texas departed this life and joined his parents and beloved grandfather in heaven on March 9, 2018.

Charles was born on September 21, 1940 to Boyce Edward and Dora Aileen White Hawpe in Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in Lake Worth, Texas and graduated from Lake Worth High School in 1957. Charles married Joan Leigh Yandell on September 8, 1961 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He graduated from North Texas State University in 1964 and earned his master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1984. Charles was an educator and taught high school in Munday, North Richland Hills, Rocksprings, and Center, Texas.

Charles moved with his family to Center in 1976. He taught ICT at Center High School for many years where he made lifelong friends and positively impacted the lives of his students. In 1993, he and Joan moved to Duncanville, Texas where he lived until his death.

In his younger years, Charles was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to travel, particularly in the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. In later life, he greatly enjoyed socializing with his close friends at the VFW 7843 and American Legion Post 81 in Duncanville.

Charles was a family man who was devoted to his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.

He is survived by:

Wife of 56 years, Joan Leigh Yandell Hawpe

Sheri Diane Campbell-Kaiser and her husband Patrick
Sheila Lynette Haddox and her husband Matt

Timothy Bryan Campbell
1LT Erik Edward Campbell
Whitney Leigh Haddox
Hailey Ruth Haddox

Charles had an incredible support network in his friends at both the VFW and Post 81. These friends greatly enriched the last years of his life and the family thanks them for the kindness and love extended to him.

In lieu of flowers, the family simply requests that you love your family as Charles loved his and do a kind deed for another in his memory. A private memorial for family will be held Tuesday, March 13.


Funeral service for Mr. Fred Mandrell Williams, Jr. (61) of Glenn Heights, Texas will be Friday, March 16, 2018 at Friendship Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas at 1:00pm. Mr. Williams died March 7, 2018 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Williams was born April 12, 1956. Pastor, Carlton Walls will be officiating. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hicks Chapel with committal at Bo Bo Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Mr. Williams is survived by:

Wife: Mildred Williams of Glenn Heights, Texas 

Daughter: Ivanna Williams of Los Angeles, California 

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


Grace Choron found eternal peace on 9 March 2018. Grace was born 4 November 1920 in Shelby County and lived to be 97. She enjoyed a lifetime of events, monumental milestones, and a wonderful family.

Grace graduated Center High School with the class of 39. Afterwards, she would marry the love of her life and be together with him for 59 years. She worked a variety of jobs ranging from farm work with her family to Western Auto. But she would find her biggest success with opening her own floral business known as Grace’s Nursery, where she provided some of the best floral products to Shelby County for over 30 years.

After her retirement, she enjoyed a little travel and spending more time enjoying her hobbies which included watching the Dallas Cowboys, wrestling, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She would be the first to tell you that, all though we mourn the loss of a loved one, it is the acceptance of Jesus that grants us eternal life. 

She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Maybelle Askew
Her husband, Wilton Choron
Her son, James (Jimmy) Choron
Brothers and sisters Norris, Dorris, Morris, and Iris

She is survived by her grandchildren,
Erik and wife Valerie Choron
Megan Choron
Heather and husband Steven Munding 

Great grandchildren 
Lydia Choron
Reilly Henderson
Cameron Cubstead
Lillian Choron-Munding
Guinevere Choron-Munding
Alexis Choron-Munding
Breanna Hartley

Family friends Stanley Pritchett and Lisa Adams

And numerous nieces and nephews 

A special thank you to the staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home and Affinity Hospice, she considered you all family and loved all of you. 

Services will be presided by Bro. Gordon Vaughn with the assistance of Eastern Star Lodge No. 348 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., with interment following at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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


William Ginn Jr., 87, of Center, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Center.

Due to family illness, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Among his survivors is his wife, Eleanor Ginn of Center and his sons, David Ginn and Andrew Ginn.


Funeral for George Springer, 71, of Garrison, Texas will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas with Bro. John McGuire officiating, Burial will be at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

Mr. Springer died Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Tyler, Texas. He was born March 21, 1946.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home.


Samantha Grigsby, 49, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mrs. Grigsby was born November 5, 1968, in Beaumont, Texas, to Jack Graham Grigsby and Judy Shirlene Hiller.  She was a member of Christian Motorcycle Association and was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by
Danielle Grigsby of Timpson
Scott Husband of Kerrville
Suzanna Husband of Timpson

Jasper Lee Jordan 
Chris Leewayne Bolton
Allen Jerome White Jr.

Brothers and Sisters:
Mark Chantzifotis of Baytown
Mary Chantzifotis of Tenaha
Jeanne Grigsby of Willis
Cora Grigsby of Willis
Tammy Johnson of Austin

A number of other family members and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jack Graham Grigsby and Judy Shirlene Hiller
Brother: Michael Chantzifotis

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


Dorice Marjorie McKinley Anderson, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, received her blessed release on March 8, 2018, in Mt. Enterprise. She was born on August 20, 1927 in Houston, Texas, to George Elliot McKinley and Annalee Schultze McKinley. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Mangum Funeral Home with visitation prior to the service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in the Fellowship Community in Joaquin. 

Dorice grew up in Houston and was a member of The Disciples of Christ Church, where her mother was the organist and her father sang routinely as a soloist. She graduated from high school and then attended The University of Houston Business College. She met Charles Henry Anderson when he was visiting friends living in her neighborhood, and they married a year later on January 22, 1949, a union that would span sixty years. Shortly after their marriage, Dorice worked as an executive secretary for Bilbo Redding Drilling Company in Houston until moving to Alvin, Texas, in 1963. She later worked at Alvin Elementary School as an administrative assistant to the principal. She retired in 1990 and moved with Charles to their farm in East Texas near Flat Fork Creek. Widowed in 2009, Dorice continued to live at the farm, caring for her land and animals. 

Dorice was a woman of many talents and abilities. She loved the challenge of learning, teaching herself to needlepoint and to crochet, to grow roses, herbs and fruit trees, and invent delicious recipes. She read the “Houston Post” daily and kept up with the latest styles in fashion. Meanwhile, her daily attire usually included rubber boots: she fed songbirds, hummingbirds, cats and dogs. 

She relished the outdoors. An expert camper, she guided her Girl Scout troops on primitive camping excursions. She loved being a scout leader. While serving as president of the South Texas Girl Scout Council, Dorice was instrumental in the acquiring the Scouts’ very first camp, located along the Colorado River. She also created an after school program where scouts helped at-risk children do their homework. Later, she would continue volunteering with children through teaching Sunday School.

Dorice, as wife, mother, and homemaker, was a gracious hostess who entertained often, preparing all the party food by hand--from slow-simmered Cajun dishes to decadent confections. Dorice doted on her children and grandchildren, baking their favorite treats, finding fun activities for their amusement, and always making them feel especially loved.

Dorice is survived by:

Daughter, Denise Anderson Harclerode and husband, Scott Harclerode, of Mount Enterprise, Texas

Son, John Ellis Anderson of Pounchatoula, Louisiana

Cara Leigh Harclerode Case and husband, Christopher Scott Case of Longview, Texas
Katherine O’Brien Harclerode of Highland Park, Texas
Stephanie Lee Anderson of San Antonio, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends, including Mary Kay Longnecker and Betty Jo Longnecker Jacobs of Granbury, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles Henry Anderson; her parents, George and Annalee McKinley; and brothers, George Elliot McKinley, Jr. and William Charles McKinley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1029, Center, Texas, 75935.

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


Ruby Browning, 91, of Winnsboro, Louisiana, passed away on March 8, 2018 in San Augustine. She was born on September 14, 1926 in Winnsboro, Louisiana to John Wesley McCoy and Ora Clark McCoy. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Young’s Community Funeral Home in Winnsboro, Louisiana. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Winnsboro. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Young’s Community Funeral Home.

Ruby grew up in Gilbert, Louisiana and Chase, Louisiana. She graduated from Gilbert High School. After graduation, she met Albert Browning on the streets of Winnsboro, Louisiana and the two hit it off immediately. They were married on November 7, 1945 and remained faithfully by one another’s side until Albert’s passing. Ruby’s number one priority was serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She loved going to church and to gospel singings. There was no better feeling than gathering together with God’s people in fellowship and praise. In her free time, Ruby also enjoyed sewing, gardening and quilting. Some of her most precious and memorable moments were spent surrounded by her family. During her lifetime, Ruby was a member of Freedom Missionary Bible Baptist Church and Temple Baptist Church.

Ruby is survived by:

Daughter, Patricia Heinstchel

Ann Newsom and husband, Gene
DeWayne Netherland and wife, Lori
Terry Netherland
Joseph Hemphill and wife, Carla
Albert David Hemphill and wife, Belinda
Danny Hemphill and wife, Connie
Sarah Stokes and husband, Denton

Blake Smith and wife, Ariel
Travis Newsom
Erica Newsom
Ethan Newsom
Summer Hemphill
Chasity Estis
Jessica Hemphill
Alyvia Hemphill
Dane Hemphill
Heather Daniels
Robert J. Hemphill
Wiley Stokes
Maddie Stokes

Great-great grandchildren:
Sophia Dutoit
Braxton Richardson
Liam Estis
Bryant Newsom
Hagen Newsom
Mekanna Daniels
Bella Daniels
Negan Daniels
Casyn Punchard

She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert Browning; parents, John and Ora McCoy; infant son, John William Browning; daughter, Ruby Jean Netherland; brothers, John McCoy, JR McCoy, Huey McCoy and Oscar McCoy; sisters, Pearl Langston, Opal Kelsey, Jewel Templeton and Katherine Barber; and son-in-law, Glenn Heintschel. 

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.


Louis Troy Risinger, 70, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Shelbyville. He was born on April 6, 1947 in Center, Texas to Carvie Cora Risinger Robinson.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham, Bro. Don Windham and Rev. Jacob Casey officiating. Interment will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Troy grew up in the Dunnigan Community and attended Shelbyville ISD. He knew Edith Wilburn his entire life, but he had never worked up the courage to ask her out. One day, Troy and a friend of his saw Edith and her friend, Gracie in the middle of the road in their bathing suits. At that moment, Troy took a chance. They went on a double date and the rest is history. The two dated from 1967 until 1970 when they joined hands in marriage on March 20th and stood by one another’s side until Troy’s passing.

For 21 years, Troy worked as a carpenter in Vidor before retiring. He was a master at his trade and enjoyed his career over the years. Troy was at peace in the outdoors. Sometimes he would just sit outside and soak in the sunset each evening adoring God’s masterpiece. He also loved to fish and hunt with his family. You might find them on the bridge at Sleepy’s or hunting wolves and foxes. No matter where they were, the time together was treasured. Troy’s daughters learned a lot about life and about the outdoors shadowing him. He showed them how to fox hunt, how to truck camp and even all the tricks involved in a game of 42. His love for the Lord was the most important lesson he tried to instill in his children and grandchildren. Raising their voices together in praise was a common occurrence. They loved to sing and play guitar at church, family gatherings and revivals. He also loved singing with OC There were times when Troy would sit back and listen to his daughters. In those moments, he found true contentment hearing them use their vocal talents for God’s glory. Pawpaw, as his beloved grandchildren called him, had a special place in his heart for the grandbabies. They were his pride and joy and some of the most beautiful memories of love and laughter were made when they were all together. 

He was an easy-going man that would sit back and watch the RFD channel and the Weather Channel somedays and then other days, you might catch him watching old Westerns. There probably wasn’t one that he didn’t see. Troy also loved a good seafood buffet. He really enjoyed it when everyone in the family would get together to eat. Often the highlight of Troy’s day would be his nightly phone call with his cousin Betty Nell. He looked forward to their conversations each night and they would talk for hours. Troy was a light in this world to everyone who knew him. He had a nickname for everyone, but you knew that meant he loved you. So many wonderful memories were made over the years with Troy and will be treasured in the years to come. 

He was a member of Pine Forest Masonic Lodge #1420 since 1982. He was also a member of the Easter Star Vidor Lodge #914 and Sabine Carpenters Local of Beaumont.

Troy is survived by:

Wife, Edith Risinger of Shelbyville

Jennifer Stroud and husband, Stephen of Shelbyville
Tammy Casey and husband, Jacob of Huntington
Jackie Chauvin and husband, Armand of Nederland
Janet McGowan and husband, Russell of Kountze

Xavier Pierce and wife, Sara of Porter
OC Stroud and Wife, Courtney of Joaquin
Britni Swearingen and husband, Kyle of Kountze
Reece Stroud of Shelbyville and girlfriend, Sheridan Sharp of Henderson
Jon McGowan and Emilie McGowan of Kountze

Great-grandchild, LilyAnn Stroud of Joaquin

Numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Troy is also survived by Clinton Risinger who was like a son to him and by his best friends, “Brother” Henry Norris, Cotton Wilburn and Robert Risinger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Carvie Robinson and grandparents, Jim and Cora Risinger.

Pallbearers will be Xavier Pierce, OC Stroud, Reece Stroud, Jon McGowan, Kyle Swearingen, Henry Norris and Clinton Risinger. 

Honorary pallbearers are Cotton Wilburn, Robert Risinger, and all of his Mason Brothers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas.

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


Jennie V. Thompson, 94 of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Services are Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1pm at Center Triumph Church, Center, Texas with interment at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas with Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville with Elder Richard McCowin officiating.

She is survived by:

Prince Melton (Delphine) Thompson of Longview
Marvin Thompson of Shelbyville
Lenonard Earl Thompson of Shelbyville
Prince Archie (Sharon) Thompson of Shelbyville
Stephen (Feleshia) Thompson of Shelbyville

Clara (Gilbert) Dergin of Center
Ruthie Thompson of Shelbyville

26 Grandchildren, 45 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Althea Horn of Tyler
Earnestine Nichols of LUfkin
Lutherine Scott of Houston

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Ada Smith, 76 of Woods Community, passed away Saturday morning, March 10, 2018 at Panola Care Rehab, Carthage, Texas. Visitation is Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7-9pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral service is Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2pm at New Life Fellowship in Carthage, Texas. Interment will be in Tenaha, Texas with Rev. Raymond Ingram officiating.

She is survived by:

Mattie Weatherton of Tenaha
Gloria Watley of Timpson
Sandra Harris of Gary

James Harris of Longview
Charles Harris of Nacogdoches

10 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren, and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren

Margie Simmons of Orlando, Florida
Delma Ruth Ashley of Orlando, Florida

Brother, Daniel Gipson of Nacogdoches

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Irvin George Bryant, 62 of California, passed away February 25, 2018 in California.

Funeral service is Saturday, March 10, 2018 at noon at Bryant Temple C.O.G.I.C. with interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Garrison, Texas. with Elder Fremon Bryant officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughter: Monica Bryant of Las Angeles, California

Annie L. Colman of Banning, California
Mary A. Speight of Nacogdoches
Essie S. (Kevin) Richard of Garrison

Elder Fremon (Onie) Bryant of Garrison
Buria C. (Debra) Bryant of Garrison
Lannas Bryant, Jr. of Garrison

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Ella Wee "Doll" Johnson, 91 of the East Hamilton Community Center passed away Saturday evening, March 3, 2018 at the Center ER. Visitation will be Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10-11am at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church. No wake will be held. Funeral service is Saturday at 11am at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Interment is at Brittian Creek Cemetery in the East Hamilton Community with Bishop W.C. Martin officiating.

She is survived by:

Coleman (Annie) Johnson of Center
Donny Johnson of Center

Daughter, Janie Faye Johnson of Center

23 Grandchildren, 55 Great-Grandchildren, and 24 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Janie Coleman of Oakland, CA
Ester Cartwright of Center
Myrtle Osby of Center

Lemel Cartwright of Center
Elmer Fields, Jr. of Perris, CA
Thomas Cartwright of Silsbee
William Cartwright, Jr. of Center

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Jack Palmer, 75, of Center, Texas, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Center. He was born on October 6, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas to Delbert Jack Palmer and Dorothy M. Abshire Palmer. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. A private interment will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Jack lived in Port Arthur until the age of nine when his family moved to Tenaha. After a brief stay there, they eventually settled in Center where Jack would graduate from Center High School with the class of 1961. 

Jack was a quiet and reserved man. From a young age he developed a passion for cars and most especially he loved his 1932 Ford Hot Rod. He and some of his friends even had a car club in high school called the “Pacemakers.” There was nothing better than getting out on a bright and sunny day to cruise the city streets in his pride and joy. He also liked to fire up the barbecue pit and to cook for his family and friends. Those precious moments spent with the ones closest to him will be treasured forever. 

Jack is survived by his brother, Kenneth Palmer and wife, Ella; nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Dorothy Palmer.

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


Jimmy Ray Hinson, 71 of Center, passed away February 27, 2018 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral service is 1pm Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Center Triumph Church, Center, Texas with interment at Westview Cemetery with Rev. Coutee officiating.

He is survived by:

Regina Ceasar of Nacogdoches
Deandra Hinson of Atlanta, Georgia

Keith Hinson of Center
Kirb H. Hinson of Nacogdoches
Kimble Ceasar of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Tyrone Washington of San Antonio

14 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren

Ann Bell of Center
Sandra Lathan of Center

Eugene Brown of Longview
Dr. Keith Hinson of Dallas

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


Graveside services for Melba Jean Martin, 60, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 2:30PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson, Tx with Bro. John Wahl officiating.

Mrs. Martin passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on July 1, 1957, in Henderson, Texas.

Jeanne spent her childhood in Timpson where she attended school and graduated from Timpson High School. She married Ronald J. Martin on March 12, 1994, they spent a wonderful life together raising their daughter Regan. She took great pride and joy in being a mother. Jeanne was always taking care of her family and her home. You could always catch her outside in her flower beds or playing with her cats and dogs. She loved camping and was ready at moments notice if someone mentioned going. Jeanne loved spoiling her two grandchildren Ashton and Evan. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Church in Mt. Enterprise. 

Mrs. Martin is survived by her beloved husband, Ronald Martin; father, Bill Horton; daughter, Regan Center; brothers, Mike Horton, C.B. McDonald, and Jessie McDonald; grandchildren, Ashton Center and Evan Center.
She is preceded in death by her mom, Bobbie Wright.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

The family of Mrs. Martin is being served by Taylor Funeral Home. To convey condolences and to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.


Catherine Odell Byrd Dickerson could scarcely wait to bid this world goodbye and fly away to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in His Holy City.

Cathy passed into eternal life on March 3, 2018, from complications of COPD and pneumonia.  She was 79 years of age.

Born in Stamps, Arkansas, July 10, 1938, to John Earl and Velma Altom Byrd, Cathy lived most of her life in Magnolia, Arkansas and Joaquin, Texas.  Cathy worked hard and tried her best to fulfill her responsibilities.  She asked for and granted forgiveness generously.  Cathy walked humbly before her Savior and worshiped Him with her beautiful voice.  Now she sings to God’s glory in the angel choir.  

Cathy is survived by:
Ronald Eugene (Gene) Dickerson, the love of her life and the husband who gave her the best years of her life. 

She leaves behind to honor her memory her children:
Donna (Stanley Orbik) Woodard 
Cindy (David) Hughes
John David (Sheri Greening) Woodard
Elizabeth (Gregory) Paterson

James (Robyn) Eaves
Joseph Hughes
Christina Hughes
Randy Maynard

Great grandchildren: 
Ryann Eaves
J.J. Eaves
Brantley Eaves
Hunter Hughes

James Earl (Peggy) Byrd
Melba Davis
Shirley Nelson

Her many nieces and nephews; her extended Dickerson family who loved her as their own, especially her special sister, Teresa; her special cousin, Mabel Miller; her church family at Logansport Missionary Baptist Church, especially Becky Brooks.

Cathy is predeceased by her parents; brother, John Earl Byrd Jr.; and two grandchildren, Tommy Hughes and Brandi Whittaker.

We will celebrate her life more abundant and free at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas, with Bro. Joe Walker officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.  Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin, Texas.

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


On Wednesday, February 28 Heaven gained an angel and the world lost a very special man. Our beloved Thomas Howard Wilkinson, devoted family man, unexpectedly gained his angel wings and began his new life in Heaven. 

Howard was born on January 11, 1963 in McComb, Mississippi to Herbert and Helen Wilkinson. He moved to Mansfield, La in 1982 and began his 36-year career as a Ford mechanic. In 1990 he met the love of his life and soul mate, Deborah David. They married and raised their family in Logansport, La. Howard was a devoted family man. His daughters meant everything to him. They were the loves of his life. He and Brooke shared a love of dirt track racing and all things outdoors. Paige was his baby girl and she had him wrapped around her little finger. He would do anything for her and Lyric. When his girls married their husbands became his sons. 

When his grandsons were born he became a Papa and a PopPop. Nothing was too good for his grandsons, they were his heart and soul. Howard was an avid mustang collector and Ford man. He loved going to car shows and sharing his love of cars with others. He loved classic rock and his favorite band was Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZTop. He and Deb went all over the country going to concerts. He opened his own business in 2001, Howard’s Auto Repair. Later on, he fulfilled his dream of owning a wrecker and his business became known as Howard’s Auto Repair and Towing. Howard loved people and he was always ready and willing to work on their cars. Many people considered Howard to be their personal mechanic. 

Howard was preceded in death by his father, Herbert A. Wilkinson, Jr.; his grandparents Mr. and Mrs Howard Crews and Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Wilkinson, Sr.; and his mother in law Lula Belle David. He is survived by his soul mate and wife of 28 years, Deborah; his daughters Brooke (Bradley) Lowe and Paige (Kristopher) Gates of Logansport; grandsons Jordan Lowe, Kaden Lowe and Lyric Gates; mother Helen W. Rogers (Delman); brothers Dudley (Carmen) Wilkinson of Meadville, Mississippi and Richard (Mary) Wilkinson of Shreveport; special daughter Tabitha Burr and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Pallbearers: Jody Matthews, Ronnie Mills, Chase Evans, Adrian Williams, Danny Wayne Stephens, Vince Ramsey, William Gamble, Jordan Lowe, and Kaden Lowe. Honorary Pallbearers: Tom Richart, Frank LoBianco, Charles Williams, Wallace Stephens, Lloyd Stephens, John Mathis, Bradlely Lowe, and Kristopher Gates.

Services under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport, Louisiana.



Funeral service for Kay Martin, 77, 

of Martinsville, will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Laird Funeral Home, with Bro. Don Chumley officiating. Burial will be in Martinsville Cemetery.

Mrs. Martin passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Garrison. She was born on July 22, 1940, in San Angelo, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Laird Funeral Home. 

As a young girl Kay attended several schools in Texas, and graduated from Center High School in 1958.

She married Lamar Martin on December 26, 1958, and they recently celebrated 59 years of marriage. Kay dedicated her life to raising her two children, David and Janet. She was the epitome of what a mother should be taking great pride in raising her children to be successful adults. The joy that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought her was endless.

When not caring for the needs of her family she would spend her days with Lamar taking care of the cattle at their ranch. She always loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed the time spent at Lake Sam Rayburn surrounded by her friends and family. Many happy days were spent with her longtime friend, Doris. Kay enjoyed all types of music and was especially fond of the gospel music at Spring Hill Baptist Church where she was a member.

Mrs. Martin is survived by:

Her beloved husband, Lamar Martin of Martinsville

Son, David L. Martin and wife, JoAnna of Center

Daughter, Janet Lucas of Martinsville

Wesley Lucas
Jacque Holt and husband, Shad
Jason Martin
Justin Martin
Johna Underwood and husband, Joe
Christopher Phipps

Seven great-grandchildren

Sister, Martha Dunham and husband, Joe, of Denton, Texas

Along with other family and close friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, W.D. Lawler and Lola Mae Easterly Lawler.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Martin will be Wesley Lucas, Jason Martin, Sean Martin, Kevin Martin, Perry Skipper, and David Bailey.   

The Martin family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Garrison Nursing Home and Accolade Hospice for the care, love and compassion shown to Mrs. Kay and the family during the recent weeks.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Martinsville Cemetery, P.O. Box 93, Martinsville, Texas, 75958.


Elroy S. Scott, 73, of Huffman, Texas, formerly of Broaddus, passed away on February 28, 2018 in Houston. He was born on November 13, 1944 in West Mineral, Kansas to Toy and Eula Scott. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Long Pines Baptist Church, 7243 FM 83, Broaddus, Texas 75929.

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.