05/02/2018

Polly Ann Green, 77, of Keithville, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Buck Furlow and Bro. Bruce Hardcastle officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Green was born February 1, 1941, in Center, to Levie Alford Wagstaff and Ida Mae Vaughn Wagstaff. She graduated from Joaquin High School and later went on to work with AT&T, where she retired after more than twenty years of service. Her hobbies included gardening, crafting and working with flowers.  Mrs. Green was a member of Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

She is survived by
Children:
James “Bubba” Green and wife, Melissa, of Keithville, Louisiana
Dewayne Green and wife, Toni, of Stonewall, Louisiana
Belinda Sherman and husband, Terry, of Ringgold, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Courtney Malone and husband, Josh
Clay Green
Brant Green
Cade Hollis
Grayson Sherman

Great-Grandchildren:
Landon Malone
Hunter Malone

Sister: Bonnie Hendricks and husband, O.L., of Huxley

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Buddy Green
Parents: Levie Alford Wagstaff and Ida Mae Vaughn Wagstaff

Pallbearers will be Dennis Thompson, W.C. Thompson, Skip Hendricks, Ray Bush, Lester Green and Danny Green.  Honorary pallbearer will be Simon Shively.

A special thank you to her doctors, neighbors and church family for their compassionate care.

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

05/01/2018

Coleman L. Bivens, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.  Interment will follow at Carroll Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Bivens was born May 29, 1940, in Shelbyville, to Oscar Norman Bivens and Maggie Pearl Byrd Bivens.  He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1958. On August 1, 1962, in Gary, Texas, he married the love of his life Dalene Hennigan.  He worked for Farmer’s Gas Company and was also a welder, iron worker, cattle rancher and poultry farmer for 56 years.  Mr. Bivens was a member of Union of Iron Workers #591, Shelbyville School Board from 1971-1989, Shelbyville Water Board, Cattleman’s Association, South West Texas Cattlemen’s Association, Sharon Temple Shriners from 1974 to present, Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32 from 1962 to present and also Scottish Rite.  He was also a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by
Wife: Dalene Hennigan of Shelbyville, Texas

Children:
Stacy Bivens Lombardino and husband, Rusty, of Bossier City, Louisiana
Jimmy Earl Bivens of Shelbyville, Texas
Kelly Bivens McDaniel and husband, Darrell of Shelbyville, Texas

Grandchildren:
Sergeant First Class Justin Coleman Lombardino of Fort Hood, Texas
Frank Chase Lombardino of Bossier City, Louisiana
Sterling Mason and husband, Adam, of Dickinson, Texas
Cole McDaniel of Shelbyville, Texas
Katy Gray and husband, Chadd, of Gary, Texas

Great-Grandchild: Lyla Nicole Lombardino of Bossier City, Louisiana

Brother: Jerry Lee Bivens of Marshall, Texas

Sisters:
Glenda Parker and husband, Johnny, of Woden, Texas
Debbie Askew of Center, Texas
Teresa Johnson and husband, Glenn, of Shelbyville, Texas

Special Friends: 
Roe Belrose
Ken Lampkin

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Oscar Norman Bivens and Maggie Pearl Byrd Bivens

Pallbearers will be Jack Lout, Ken Lampkin, Jerry Bivens, Adam Mason, Chase Lombardino and Cole Lombardino.  Honorary pallbearers will be Roe Belrose, Doyle Carter, Larry Hennigan, Rusty Lombardino, Darrell McDaniel, Cole McDaniel, Paul Smith, Alan Ray and Vernon Smith.  

A special thanks to Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.

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

05/01/2018

Norrie Loraine Ashabranner, 89, of Liberty, Texas passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 surrounded by her loving family in Liberty, Texas.  She was born on January 25, 1929, in Timpson, Texas the daughter of Aubrey Porterfield and Ela “Cogburn” Porterfield.  Funeral service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell and Dr. Abede Alexandre officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 beginning at 10AM until service time at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Loraine was born and raised in Shelby County. She attended Timpson High School. Loraine was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and worked many years as a chief operator before retiring.  She met the love of her life and married George Nolen Ashabranner on January 7, 1972.  Together they spent over 46 years wonderful years together raising their children.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Loraine enjoyed cooking for her family as well as others.  She also enjoyed growing vegetables in her garden and canning them.  She loved her church family and was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.  

She is survived by:
Her loving husband: George Nolen Ashabranner of Liberty, Texas

Son: George Nolen Ashabranner Jr. and wife Carolyn of Orange, Texas

Daughters: 
Patricia Warming and husband Todd of Liberty, Texas
Mary Butler and husband Wayne of Timpson, Texas

Brother: Robert Porterfield of Center, Texas

10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly. 

Pallbearers serving will be Elton Thompson Jr., Elton Thompson III, Billy Thompson, Clint Porterfield, Wayne Butler and Todd Warming.

Loraine is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Annis Ruth Bradford.

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

05/01/2018

Dale McCann, 71, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on April 30, 2018 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on March 15, 1947 in Shelby County to Bro. F.A. McCann and Euthalia Oates McCann. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 

A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Dale was saved at an early age and spent the majority of his young life in service to the Lord. As a preacher’s kid, Dale was always involved with the church. Growing up, he attended many revivals, helped with events and activities at their church and enjoyed the company of so many that would come and go to their home. He had the opportunity to meet a lot of people and shared the stories from these experiences throughout his lifetime. 

Dale graduated from Joaquin High School in 1965. After high school, he began his career with Delta Airlines and spent 30 years with Delta until his retirement in 2000. After retiring, Dale was not fond of just sitting around. This led him to a second career as a school bus driver for Joaquin ISD. More than anything, he loved to follow along on all his grandchildren’s activities and adventures. He was one of their biggest supporters from softball and baseball games, to showing cattle. The grandchildren always knew he was there to cheer them on. Family was his greatest treasure, and the love he possessed for his wife, children and grandchildren is indescribable. He was a member of the Old Home Cemetery Committee. 

Dale is survived by:

Beloved wife, Susan Savitsky McCann of Joaquin

Children:
Trina McCann Hughes and husband, Wayne of Joaquin
Steven McCann and wife, Jennifer of Joaquin
Marcus McCann of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Darby, Cralon, and Keaton Hughes
Ebbie Kate, Duncan and Kaz McCann
Mazzy McCann

And numerous other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bro. F.A. and Euthalia McCann; son, Dale McCann; and brother, Doyle McCann, his mother-in-law, Grandma Mae.

Pallbearers will be Cralon Hughes, Lynn Rogers, Ronny Martin, Duncan McCann, Rodney Prnka and Steve Permenter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin. 

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

04/28/2018

Marcy Carroll Wilson, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Wilson was born February 3, 1936, in Shelbyville, to Marvin Wilson and Marie Collum Wilson.  His hobbies included fishing and hunting.  Mr. Wilson was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Barbara Peace Wilson of Shelbyville

Sister-in-law: Helen Wilson of Shelbyville

Brother-in-law: Monk Peace and wife, Pat, of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Marvin Wilson and Marie Collum Wilson
Son: Ronnie Wilson
Daughter: Donna Wilson
Brother: Maurice Wilson

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Harvey, Jason Harvey, Bradley Odom, Roy Peace, Shane Ray, J.B. Raymond, Chuck Kay and Vic Cooper.  Honorary pallbearers will be O.L. Hendricks, Charles Wimberly and Thomas Harvey.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wimberly Cemetery, c/o Mack O’Rear, 11466 FM 2694, Shelbyville, Texas 75973 or a charity of your choice.

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

04/27/2018

Nathan Welch, 60, of El Paso, Texas (formerly of Shelbyville) passed from this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in El Paso.

Graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be held at Watson and Sons Funeral Home prior to the service 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Nathan was born in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 1957, to James B. and Sarah Judith (Judy) Welch. He graduated from Shelbyville High School with the Class of 1976. Upon graduation, Nathan enlisted in the United States Air Force, in service to his country on active duty for 4 years, followed by 2 years of service in the Air Force Reserves. After military service, Nathan earned certifications and gained experience in air conditioning and heating maintenance before going back into aircraft maintenance with Boeing in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Later, Nathan returned to Shelby County, where he re-opened Welch's Grocery, the country store his family had owned and operated from 1970 to the mid-1980's in the Dreka community. Ultimately, Nathan moved to El Paso, Texas, where he met and made a home of twenty-three years with Diane and worked as a maintenance supervisor until the time of his death.

Nathan was devoted to his family and friends, and those relationships were his highest priorities in life. He enjoyed cooking for the people around him, with a particular fondness for seafood and Creole recipes, and, with the move west, had added "grill master" to his list of culinary skills. He was an avid collector, especially of Native American artifacts, and loved carefully crafting his own arrowheads and spear tips. His attention to detail also carried into his daily vocation, where he is fondly remembered as always expecting quality work, both from himself and from those around him.

All who knew and loved Nathan Welch feel deeply the void that has been left by his passing. His trademark wit, tell-it-like-it-is candor, and generous, loving spirit are gone from this earth, but never from our hearts.

Nathan was preceded in death by his father, James B. Welch, and his brother, Norman Welch.

He is survived by:
His wife: Diane, and her daughter Tristin and family of St. Louis, Missouri

His mother: Judy Welch of Shelbyville

His brothers: 
Roy Welch of Shelbyville
Gordon Welch and wife Debbie of Shelbyville

Niece: Lanie Welch Fitzgerald and husband Ryan, of Levelland, Texas

As well as numerous friends and extended family

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

04/26/2018

Coy B. Campbell, 80, formerly of Center, passed away April 10, 2018, in Jacksboro.  

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Jerry Campbell and Bro. Bennie Boles officiating.  Interment will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Campbell was born November 9, 1937, in Center, to Frank and Lizzie Mae Huckabay Campbell.

He is survived by
Son: Franco Campbell of Jacksboro, Texas

Grandson: Coy Allen Campbell and wife, Anna of Tampa, Florida

Great Grandchildren:
Frankie Campbell of Tampa, Florida
Vinny Campbell of Tampa, Florida

Brothers:
John Campbell and wife, Ginny, of Atlanta, Georgia
Glenn Campbell and wife, Inez, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Jerry Campbell and wife, Melody, of Lewisville, Texas
Kenneth Campbell and wife, Molly, of Timpson, Texas

Sisters-in-law:
Earline Austin of Shreveport, Louisiana 
Rosemary Campbell of Rodesa, Louisiana 
Joy Campbell of Center, Texas
Jo Campbell of Austin, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews 

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Rhonda Campbell 
Wife: Irene Campbell 
Parents: Frank and Lizzie Mae Huckabay Campbell 
Sisters: Margie Campbell, Billye Cather, Sue Davis & Eula Mae “Bootsie” Worsham 
Brothers: Curtis, E.C., Jim, Otto, “Buster”, Maxie and Tommy Campbell 
Sisters-in-law: Faye Campbell

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

04/26/2018

Douglas Ray Haltom, 62, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on August 12, 1955 in Beaumont, Texas the son of Bassett B. Haltom Jr. and Jeanette Hartless Harris. Funeral service will be held at 1PM on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Levi Cohorst officiating. Interment will follow at Caledonia Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6PM – 8PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Douglas later moved to Tenaha, Texas, and attended Tenaha High School. Graduating with the class of 1975. He was a truck driver for many years, from hauling logs to saltwater transportation he did just about everything. He met the love of his life, Patricia Gay Haltom, and married her on November 6, 2004 and the two spent 14 years together before his passing. Douglas loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed getting to go fishing and being outdoors. Douglas enjoyed spending time on the internet communicating with those long distant family members. Although he was not able to go and visit he used the internet to be able to connect with them. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Gay Haltom of Tenaha, Texas; sons, Jacob Haltom of St. Joseph Florida, Jackson Haltom of St. Joseph Florida, Joseph Haltom of San Antonio, Texas; stepsons, David Harris of Tenaha, Texas, Michael Harris and wife Tammy of Shreveport, Louisiana, Kevin Harris of Tenaha, Texas; brothers, David Haltom and wife Suzanne of Katy, Texas, Craig Haltom and wife Cindy of Tenaha, Texas; niece, Michelle Haltom Allensworth and husband Brandon of Vacaville, California; nephews, Mark Haltom and wife Stephanie of Tenaha, Texas, David Haltom Jr. of Houston, Texas; brother and sister-in-laws, Rene Chreene and husband Pete of Keatchie, Louisiana, Sue Ball of Keithville, Louisiana, Becky Huff of Shreveport, Louisiana, Kathy Spraggins and husband Richard Bonsall of Keithville, Louisiana, Tommy Gay of Blanchard, Louisiana; grandchildren, Brittany Newman and husband Kody of Garrison, Texas, Chelsea Harris of Carthage, Texas, Ashley Harris of Carthage, Texas, Joshua Harris and Fiancé Savanna of Carthage, Texas, Jeffery Harris of Carthage, Texas, Cody Harris of Keatchie, Louisiana, Brandon Harris and wife Danielle of Shreveport, Louisiana, Austin Harris of Shreveport, Louisiana, Lisa Harris of Shreveport, Louisiana, Amber Fathery of Shreveport, Louisiana, Katherine Fathery of Shreveport, Louisiana; great grandchildren, Jamie Deleon, Cannon Welch, Kaden Harris, Maliya Harris, Kami Newman, Morgana Harris, Kai Harris; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly. 

Pallbearers serving will be Brandon Harris, Josh Harris, Jeff Harris, Cody Harris, Pete Chreene, and William Gamble. 

Honorary pallbearer will be Kody Newman.

Douglas is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gary Oehlers.

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

 

04/26/2018

Juanita Marie Mouser, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Richey and Bro. Michael McArthur officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Mouser was born September 13, 1931, in Rye, Liberty County, Texas, to Will Pierce and Jessie Boatman Pierce. Her hobbies included quilting, reading, cooking and sewing. She enjoyed time with family, especially playing cards with her grandchildren. Mrs. Mouser was a member of Order of Eastern Star Center Chapter #348, XYZ Club, Golden Harvest Club and First Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Paul Mouser of Shelbyville, Texas

Children:
Paula Kay and husband, Buddy, of Shelbyville, Texas
Thomas Mouser and wife, Karen, of Granbury, Texas
Nathan Mouser and wife, Kathy, of Lindale, Texas
Annette Ethridge and husband, Drew, of McKinney, Texas
Angela Hughes and husband, Hayes, of Mandeville, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Michael Kay
Kristi Richey
Mark Kay
Shelley Modisette
Lauren Patton
Adam Zumwalt
Matt Zumwalt
Kelsey Mouser
Natalie Arrington
Allison Tindle
Alex Ethridge
Tyler Ethridge
Taylor Hughes
Hannah Hughes
Tristan Hughes

21 Great Grandchildren and 1 on the way

Sisters:
Patsy Casper of Kingwood, Texas
Jesse Linseisen and husband, John, of Mt. Pleasant
Edna Crabtree of Corsicana, Texas

Brother-in-law: Milton Blanks of Shepherd, Texas

Sister-in-law: Nita Pierce of Humble, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Willie Pierce and Jessie Boatman Pierce
Great Granddaughter: Ashley Faith Modisette
Brothers: Nathan Pierce, Vester Pierce, Lester Pierce, Will “Buddy” Pierce
Sisters: Bobbie Blanks, Ruby Hoot

Pallbearers will be Taylor Hughes, Tyler Ethridge, Matt Zumwalt, Adam Zumwalt, Mark Kay and Michael Kay.

A special thanks to caregivers, Pat Woodfin, Crystal Foss, Donna Hayden, Annie Winn and also special nurse, Kim Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Huxley Helping Hands, c/o Lydia Baptist Church, 14998 FM 139, Shelbyville, Texas 75973 or Order of the Eastern Star Center Chapter #348.

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

 

04/26/2018

Funeral service for Mrs. Mattie L. Perkins (68) of the Center will be Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11:00am at Triumph the Church (908 Daniels Street Center, Texas) Mrs. Perkins was born October 5, 1949. Mrs. Perkins died at Holiday Nursing Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Mrs. Perkins is survived by:

Daughters:
Na’Shawn Fountain
Ena Batrease Fountain-Jones
Thea Lynette Perkins

Brother: Felix (Christine) Jordan

Sister: Katherine (Bill) Shahan

Visitation is Friday, April 27, 2018 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Committal is at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas. Repass at Triumph Church.

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

04/24/2018

Auxilio Prado, 54, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on April 23, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on February 15, 1964 in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico to Geronimo Prado and Margarita Gutierrez. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Iglesia Bautista Monte Sinai in Tenaha, Texas with Pastor Mario Orellana officiating.

Auxilio grew up in his hometown of Celaya, Guanajuato, he made the move to Texas at a young age. It was in Center that he met Neri Sanchez and the two began their family. Together they were raising three children, Nehemias, Samuel and Leslie. Family was the most important thing to Auxilio he absolutely adored his wife, and his children. 

Attending church was an important part of Auxilio’s life, among his most important accomplishment was attending the Baptist Biblical Institute. He was devoted to learning more about God and helping his church in any way possible. 

Mr. Prado is survived by his loving wife, Neri Prado Sanchez; sons: Nehemias Prado, Saul Prado; daughter, Leslie Prado; brother, Manuel Prado; sister, Socorro Prado, along with other family and close friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Geronimo Prado and Margarita Gutierrez. 

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.

04/23/2018

Joe Ellis, 90, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 22, 2018 in Center. He was born on July 23, 1927 in Joaquin, Texas to Nathan Percy Ellis and Audrey Cole Ellis. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Center. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Center.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Joe joined the faculty at Center High School and taught history from 1949 to 1950. He was called back to serve his country again during the Korean War. In 1952, he returned to Center High School where he served as history, science, aviation and chemistry teacher. He also led the Junior Historical Society. After teaching a number of years, Joe became Curriculum Coordinator and Superintendent of Center ISD and remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1985. To stay active and occupied after retiring, he became involved in raising registered shorthorn cattle and later, he raised cutting bred quarter horses. 

He married Winola Williams on May 31, 1953. They raised five children, three of whom became teachers. He joined First Baptist Church in Center in 1949 and taught a Sunday School class for over 50 years. He loved his Lord, his family and his church. 

Joe is survived by his beloved wife, Winola; children, Julia Cassard, Susan Godfrey and husband, Michael, Joel Ellis and wife, Shannon, Jon Ellis and wife, Jackie and Cindy Harris and husband, Robert; grandchildren, Jonathan Godfrey and wife, Whitney, Jennifer Pirtle and husband, Justin, Clay Ellis and wife, Jesse, Lauren Gilbert and husband, Jeremy, Josie Harris and husband, Brad, Jace Ellis and Brandy Stringer; and nine great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Audrey Ellis; two brothers and a sister. He is also preceded in death by his grandson, Joey Stringer and great-granddaughter, Olivia Ellis. 

Pallbearers will be Clay Ellis, Jonathan Godfrey, Randy Carroll, Jeff Young, Henry Suell, Brad Harris, Robert Harris and Justin Pirtle.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of Joe’s Sunday School class, Joe D. Anderson, Burton Brown, Jackson Pirtle and Cason Pirtle. 

The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Gideons, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, D.C., 20090-7251 or to a charity of your choice.

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.

04/23/2018

Judy Carrington, 77, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Antioch Cemetery in Center with Bro. Johnny Lewis officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mrs. Carrington was born February 25, 1941, in Center, to Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson.  She was the owner and operator of The Red Kitchen for many years.  She supported her community through her membership of Toledo Bend Dutch Oven Chapter Cookers and Shelby County Red Hat Society.  Her hobbies included cooking for and spending time with her quilting group.  Mrs. Carrington was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Son: Matt Carrington and wife, Lori, of Nacogdoches

Grandson: Kyle Carrington of Nacogdoches

Sister: Ruby Hughes and husband, Charles, of Center

Brother: Billy Lawson of Center

Sisters-in-law: 
Wynnell Lawson of Center
Clydie Mae Lawson of Center
Nadine Lawson of Center
Leona Lawson of Baytown
Barbara Carrington of Mineola

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by:
Husband: Ernest Carrington
Parents: Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson
Brothers: Joel Lawson, Forriest Lawson, Happy Lawson, Tommy Lawson, Glenn Lawson
Sisters: Oleta Cockrell, Mildred Partlow
Sisters-in-law: Sally Lawson, Jean Lawson
Brothers-in-law: Bud Cockrell, Darrell Partlow, Elmer Carrington Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Antioch Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Mitchell Hughes, Mike Sizemore, Paul Hughes, Eric Carrington, Jason Sawyer and Kyle Carrington.

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

04/20/2018

William Travis Dorsey, 77, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Ramah Missionary Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  A military honors graveside service will follow at Ramah Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at the church, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Dorsey was born March 26, 1941, in Hemphill, to Frank Dorsey and Emma Maxine Davis Dorsey.  He served in the United States Army, during which time he was stationed in Korea.  He became a crane operator and following retirement, he owned and operated the Timpson/Tenaha Motel for over thirty years.  His hobbies included reading and spending time with his family. Mr. Dorsey was a member of Ramah Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Wife: Vickie Dorsey of Tenaha

Children:
Joshua Dorsey
Christopher James Cook
Kylie Dorsey and husband, Joshua Hendry
Carol Sardona and husband, Jerry
Valerie Jackson and husband, Larry
Vernon Mathis and wife, Jackie
Monica Jackson

Grandchildren:
Katelyn Kellar
Michael Kellar

Numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Sister: Sherry Martinez and husband, Humberto

Preceded in death by
Parents: Frank Dorsey and Emma Maxine Davis Dorsey
Brother: Edward Dorsey
Sister: Christine Montgomery

Pallbearers will be Josh Dorsey, Michael Kellar, C.J. Cook, Ronny Kellar, Eugene Bowden, Humberto Martinez, and Vernon Mathis. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe White, Roy Wayne, and Red Odom.

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

 

04/20/2018

Ida Vernell Goings, 79, of Center, Texas passed away on April 19, 2018 in Center. She was born on April 20, 1938 in Center to P.A. Collum and Vertie Holt Collum. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Campti Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating. 

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
Vernell was raised in Shelby County in the Campti Community. She graduated from Center High School in 1956 and afterward, began working for Southwestern Bell and later went to work for AT&T. For over 30 years, Vernell was a dedicated operator with the company before retiring in 1989. 

Growing up in a small area, Vernell spent lots of time with family. A young man by the name of W.J. Goings happened to be her Grandpa’s neighbor. The two met riding horses one day and it sparked a love story that has lasted over 60 years. W.J. and Vernell were married in 1956 and built a beautiful life together until her passing. Vernell was a true woman of dignity and character. She was a faithful wife, an exceptional mom and a selfless, compassionate woman who dedicated her life to others. She was loving, generous and extended a hand of care to all who were in need. 

Vernell Loved spending time with her family. Moments spent in the kitchen cooking and baking were some of the fondest memories made with her children, grandchildren and friends. She was a member of Dallas Bible Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. After her retirement, W.J. and Vernell moved back to Center and moved their church membership to New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. They attended regularly there until their failing health prevented them from going. 

Vernell is survived by: 
Her beloved husband, W.J. Goings

Daughter: Glenda Lutz

Brothers: 
Jack Collum and wife, Frances
Billy Ray Collum and wife, Deanna

Grandchildren:
Connie Quintero and husband, Daniel
Jamie Boshart and wife, Chelsea
Kim Dotson and husband, Bud
Evan Lutz 
Travis Lutz

Great-grandchildren: 
Drake
Benicio
Gabriella
Kaydence
Erin
Jaxon 
Tuff

She is preceded in death by her parents, P.A. and Vertie Collum; daughter, Sherry Boshart; and brother, Jerry Collum.

Pallbearers are Evan Lutz, Travis Lutz, Daniel Quintero, Bud Dotson, Jamie Boshart and Drake Lutz.

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.

04/20/2018

Tom Mays (Tim) Barton Boyd peacefully died on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tim was born December 16, 1917, the youngest of six children in Cushing, Texas to parents Eryme Summers Barton and Doctor Yancy Pascal Barton. She graduated from Cushing High School and attended both the University of Texas in Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Tim obtained a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition and following graduation taught high school in Kilgore. A trip home for the Christmas holidays combined with the reconstruction of State Highway 21 provided an opportunity for a blind date with her future husband, William Riley Boyd, Jr. Their beautiful union spanned seventy-four years and was a testament of sacrificial love and commitment.
 
Tim had no greater appreciation than for family and friends. She was a matriarch to many, an open heart and an open door with her elegant Southern hospitality, charm and dignity perpetually present. Tim was fiercely loyal and supportive of her family. Her only true weakness was a scoop of Baskin Robbins coffee ice cream. Lovingly called “MomMommy” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she never missed an opportunity to attend a game, recital or theater event. Her passion for the holidays shined the most as Chief Operating Officer of Christmas Preparations where she single handedly revolutionized the presentation of a gift from her headquarters commonly referred to as the “Wrap Room”. Tim’s love of Christmas and entertaining was especially evident at her annual Christmas Eve party. A recognized authority in Southern Table Manners, if you found yourself at her table, only the utmost etiquette would be accepted in exchange for the best meal you had ever eaten.

As the First Lady of W.R. Boyd, Incorporated, Tim made a home in numerous towns and cities. Those in Texas included Cushing, Beaumont, Jasper, San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Kerrville and El Paso. In 1954 Bill, Tim and their daughter Yancy moved to Center and proudly called it home for over 60 years. They were members of the First United Methodist Church where she served as MYF sponsor and readily donated her time arranging flowers and preparing food. Tim was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Center Garden Club where she exhibited her love of gardening and flowers. She was also a founding member of “The Pine Street Coffee Club.” Her commitment to caring for others led her to provide home care for relatives, often for months at a time, and to provide holiday meal for neighbors who were alone. Tim will always be remembered as the utmost in elegance and grace, as well as for her independence, strength, grit, love of all things beautiful, and sense of humor. 

Tim was preceded in death by her devoted husband William Riley Boyd, Jr; her brother, Winston Marion Barton and her sisters Beatrice Barton Rohrbaugh and Fanny Jo, Kathleen and Jeanette Barton. She is survived by her daughter Yancy Boyd Bradford (George) of Fort Worth; her granddaughter Phoebe Fleming Moore (Carl) of Dallas; her grandson Michael Graydon Fleming, Jr (Jana) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; her great grandchildren Graydon Elizabeth Moore, Watson Riley Fleming, Davis Boyd Fleming, Riley Kathryn Moore, Hughes Michael Fleming and her beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 23, 2018 from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. A graveside service will follow at Cushing Cemetery with The Right Reverend Sam B. Hulsey officiating.

Pallbearers include William H. Wall, Jr, Wayne A. Davis, Michael G. Fleming, Dale C. Hall, Robert E. Havran and James B. Peterson. Honorary pallbearers include J. Timothy Byrne, William C. Moore, Frank Edward Parker, Jr., and William H. Wall III (Tripp).

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street Dallas, Texas 75219. Attn. Development Department.

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

04/18/2018

Mardell Shofner Worthey, 80, of Houston, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Worthey was born March 17, 1938, in Shelby County, to Oscar B. Shofner and Ella Ervin Shofner.  Her hobbies included reading and listening to music. 

She is survived by
Husband: Virgil “Red” Worthey of Houston, Texas

Daughter: Christy Barker and Gregory Steel of New Port, Gwent, Wales

Stepdaughters: 
Bronagh Cleary of Rathcormack, County Cork, Ireland
Sharon Grantham of Florida

Stepsons: 
Dennis McDonald of Huffman, Texas
Dwayne Worthey of Florida

Special Niece: Denise Shofner Chamberlain

Great-Nieces:
Amberlyn Shofner Fronheiser
Destiny Michelle Chamberlain

Great-Great-Nieces:
Kayleigh Elizabeth Fronheiser
Alexis Grace Fronheiser

Numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by:
Parents: Oscar B. Shofner and Ella Ervin Shofner
Sister: Mary Elizabeth Shofner, Margie Payne
Brother: Oscar “Shorty” Shofner, Edward “Sonny” Shofner, J.B. Shofner, Oliver Shofner

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Chamberlain, Marlon Shofner, Robert Berry, Bobby Payne, Shannon Shofner and Hunter Shofner.

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

04/17/2018

Stanley Dunning, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on April 16, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on June 7, 1927 in Gilbert Pennsylvania to Stanley R. Dunning and Carrie Mae Everett Dunning. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.
 
Stanley served as a merchant marine and was in the US Coast Guard during the Korean conflict. This endeavor took him around the world seven times and the opportunity to set foot onto every continent. The stories Stanley could tell from his world travels were almost unbelievable but were some of his most fond memories. After retiring from the service, Stanley lived a quiet and content life on his “Ponderosa” tending to his cows. He enjoyed indulging in his little whims and going wherever the wind would take him. Friends meant the world to Stanley and every moment he had to spend with them was a treasure beyond words. He loved the laughter and sharing beloved memories when they would get together.
 
Stanley is survived by family friends:
Carl and Vickie Jernigan of Tenaha
Joshua and Brooke Jernigan of Tenaha and their daughter, Sadie
Lauren Jernigan and Sean Smith of Appleby
Angela Paxton of Greenville, South Carolina
Sharon Risinger and her children: Lee and Misty Gibbs, Jenny Hicks, Jamie Gray and their families all of Tenaha.
Roger Paxton of Orange
Alan and Diana Tinsley of Port Neches
Barry and Lois Forsyth and their children Brittany, Max, Cypress and Marissa all of Orange
Adam and Pam Hall of Beaumont
Keith and Jenny Forsyth of Mauriceville
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Carrie Dunning and siblings, Everett, Gary and Elda Dunning.
 
Honorary pallbearers are Carl Jernigan, Josh Jernigan, Lee Gibbs, Barry Forsyth, Keith Forsyth and Alan Tinsley.
 
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.

04/16/2018

Gertrude Roberts Jenkins, 104 years old of Marshall, originally from Center, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2018 in Cedar Hill, Texas.

She is survived by 1 son, Billy Roberts of Fort Worth, Texas; grandkids; great-grandkids; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for our beloved Gertrude Roberts Jenkins will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11am at the Louisiana Baptist Association Building, Hwy 43 N., Marshall, Texas 75670.

Services are entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home, Marshall, Texas

04/16/2018

William Doyle Millican, age 73, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away on Friday, April 13th, 2018, surrounded by family. He was born on October 6, 1944 in Stamps, Arkansas to Doris Marie Owen Millican & Doyle Rolan Millican. Bill was a proud member of the Stamps High School Class of ‘62 and graduate of Southern Arkansas University, with BS degree in Education and MS degree in Counseling.  Bill was retired from the United States Armed Services, having served a combined 38 years in the Army, Navy, and Air Force, with a retired rank of Sergeant First Class. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He was last stationed at Camp Robinson in the 87th Troop Command. Bill was also known to many as Coach Millican, having coached football at Brinkley High School, Earle High School, and Center High School in Texas. He was also, an avid golfer, card shark, and longtime Dallas Cowboy and Arkansas Razorback fan, as well as being a John Wayne connoisseur and loyal supporter of Ducks Unlimited’s Greenwings program. Patriarch of the Millican Clan, he was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, coach, mentor, and friend. He was known for his selflessness and kind heart and will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Millican, and son, Michael Don Millican.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Donna Cary Millican; his mother Doris Marie Owen Millican; Children: Wayne Millican and wife Angie of Cabot, Lin Schuster and husband Marshall “Dee” of Little Rock, Shannon Bloesch and husband Mike of Houston, Texas, and Tonya Millican (wife of the late Michael Millican) of Cabot. Grandchildren: Kristin Fitzgibbon (Brian); Jessalyn Otwell (Luke), Katie and; Olivia Schuster; Sydney, Simon, & Sawyer Bloesch; Christian, Addison, & Aviana Millican; Great grandchildren: Hailey, Emily, & Kaelin Fitzgibbon; Annie & Ruby Otwell; Siblings: Linda & Mokey Sparrow, Polly & Jerry Don Millican, and Linda & Mike Couch; Nieces & nephews: McRae Sparrow & Lindsay Nutt; Cary Mitchell, Lance Couch, and Lindsey Zigler; plus, a huge host of special friends.

Military funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18th at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas with visitation to begin at 11:30 am. Eulogies delivered by Lonnie Medford, Bob Cofford, and Marshall Schuster, with special bagpipe salute by grandson, Simon Doyle Bloesch. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at Southern Oaks Country Club in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the Millican family requests any donations be made to the Arkansas Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Program in memory of William D Millican. Online guestbook is available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com

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