Marcus Yarbrough, 45, of Center will have funeral services at 12:30pm on Friday September 17, 2021, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 11:00am to 12:30pm on Friday September 17, 2021, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. 

Marcus Yarbrough passed away on Tuesday September 14, 2021, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born May 28, 1976, in Houston, Texas. He was born to love and be loved. We were blessed to learn many lessons from Marcus over his 45 years. 
1) Whoever created Mayonnaise must have broken a commandment. 
2) Any and everything is an antique it just depends on the collector. 
3) Duct Tape fixes everything including oil leaks, dashboards, and hot water heaters. 
4) Ketchup is the ultimate seasoning it can be used to flavor anything. 
5) Cold Blue Mountains is a good substitute for water. 
6) Love everyone without conditions. 
7) When you shake a man’s hand look into his soul.

He is survived by:

Wife, Lakeoka Yarbrough


Six grandchildren

Mother, Bobby Joyce Yarbrough

Brother, Dominique Yarbrough

Sister, Demetria (Tyrone) Johnson

A host of nieces, nephews’, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends

Preceding him in death is his father, Darryl Yarbrough, grandparents George and LeMerle Yarbrough, grandmother Annie Mae Guillory and Aunt Kathleen Moore.

Services are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson.


Leona Lawson, age 96, passed away September 7, 2021, at RollingBrook Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Baytown, Texas. She was born on February 21, 1925, in Runge, Texas to parents Emil and Mary Prasek Krauskopf. Leona moved to Crosby, Texas in 1941. Some years later, while working at Baker’s Grocery Store, she met the love of her life, Happy Lawson who was a RC Cola delivery man. Leona and Happy were married on August 4, 1952, in Crosby and were married for 52 years. She remained a resident of Crosby until Happy’s passing in 2005, then relocated to Baytown.

Leona’s greatest joys in life came from being with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved being outdoors, cooking and baking, especially kolaches, sugar cookies, sand tarts at Christmas time and Rice Krispies Treats for the grandkids.

Leona was reunited with her parents, husband, three brothers, son-in-law, Johnny Parker, and other family members that have gone before her. 

She leaves behind to cherish her memory:
Her daughters: 
Mary Jane Parker
Carol Emanis and husband Dwayne

Heath Parker and wife Lindsey
Cody Emanis and wife Carmen
Kyleigh Halldorson and husband Brian
Audra Hinnant

Zane Parker
Flint Parker
Branch Parker
Preslee Halldorson
Vaden Hinnant
Dash Hinnant 

Her sister, Lily Mae Harrison

Georgia Krauskopf
Ruby Hughes
Wynell Lawson
Nadine Lawson
Clydie Lawson

As well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family members

Leona’s family would like to thank all those who helped care for her over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. 

In honoring Leona’s requests, a private family graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Antioch Cemetery in Center, Texas 

Services are under the direction of Sterline White Funeral Home.


Paul Edward Anderson, 90, passed away September 13, 2021. Paul Edward Anderson was born on March 1, 1930 in DeBerry, Texas to Bob Anderson and Zella Cole Anderson. Paul attended Turner High. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Funeral service is 11am Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Bethelhem Baptist Church, FM 31 CR 3193, Deadwood, Texas. Visitation is 3pm to 7pm Friday, September 17 at Allen Dave Funeral Chapel, 2109 TX-149, Carthage, Texas.

Paul was stationed with the U.S Army in Fairbanks, Alaska from 1951-1953. After serving time in the Army, Paul went back to school to get his high school diploma and started driving buses for Carthage ISD for 14 years. He also operated a small salvage yard where he worked on and sold cars. He also ran a 1970’s Café. He later worked for Panola County Road and Bridge for 14 years from 1980 to 1994 from which he retired.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Zella Cole Anderson; siblings, Lonnie, Wilson, Daisy, LM. Jesse, Rosie, Earl, and Edith; and his loving wife, Idale B. Anderson.

He is survived by:

Benjamin (Monica) Anderson
Warren Anderson
Hubbie George
Dewight Robinson
Larry (Jennifer)Ingram

Faustine (Rod) Singleton
Barbara (Oliver) Hicks
Diane Davis

Best Friend, Fred Porter

Special Friend, Betty Henderson

Services are entrusted to Rosewood Memorial Funeral Home, 401 N. 5th Street, Longview, Texas.


Howard Leon Sandifer (Peanut), 63, born October 17, 1957, entered into into eternal rest on September 11, 2021 and went to be with loved ones who went home before him.                  
He loved hunting and he loved fishing and he loved his family and friends,  and his animals.  

Left to cherish his memory are: 
His children: 
Jennifer Patterson and Jeff
Chris England and Crystal
Aaren Wages and Allen
Logan Sandifer

James Billy Sandifer
Michael Sandifer and Rhonda

Sissy Norwood and Jimmy
Dovie Stahl
Rhonda Moore
Patricia Windham

Many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends and his constant companion dog Ruby.              

He is preceeded in death by his parents, Howard M Sandifer and Patsy Hilton Sandifer Still. 

The family will have a memorial day at Lovicks Saturday from 12 till ? 
Everyone that loved Peanut is welcome.

Joel Wayne Porter
, 48, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, in Center.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Born October 3, 1972, Joel is the son of James Grover Porter and Regina Williams. His hobbies included fishing, riding four-wheelers, farming, riding his tractor, and talking about Jesus. Joel was a loving father and grandfather. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived:

Daughter, Jalyric Porter of Nacogdoches

Granddaughter and love of his life, Jamila Anderson

Mother, Regina Williams of Center

Brother, John Patrick Porter of Nacogdoches

Jana Hagler of Center
Amelia Kai Bryant (Jasson) of Fort Worth
Jai Brisbon of Nacogdoches
Jennifer Fernum of Louisiana
Bonnie Bittick of Muskegon, Michigan


LaMoine Williams of Lufkin
Michael W. Williams (Brenda) of Wills Point
John Wynus Porter (Lisa) of Appleby
Joel Porter (Jackie) of Fort Worth


Jean Marie Hart (Lynn) of Center
Janette Purvis and husband of Shreveport, Louisiana

A host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Grover Porter.

A special thanks to his cousin, Jon Davis.

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


Ernest Terrand Watts, 65, died on September 9, 2021. Ernest was born on August 30, 1956, to Cartelyou Brinson and Pearlie Mae Watts in Center, Texas. 

Visitation will be held Friday September 17, 2021, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas. Funeral Service will be Saturday September 18, 2021, at 11:00AM at Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas. Interment to follow at Mt. Gillion Cemetery.

Ernest grew up in Center, Texas, and graduated from Center High School, he played football, basketball and ran track. Ernest found the love of his life Shirley and married on July 4, 1975, and had 46 wonderful years together. He was a successful small business owner of Watts Transportation. He enjoyed church and was the treasurer, custodian, usher, and deacon. Ernest loved going to sporting event and spending time with family and friends. He was loving and caring and helped anyone that needed it. He was loving husband, father and PaPa and worked hard to provide and take care of his family. He could always make you laugh no matter what the situation was.

Survived by: 
Wife, Shirley Watts

Adric Watts and wife, Kelly Watts
Justin Watts and wife, Jessica Watts

Sister, Vanita Singleton

Adrian Johnson
Jakadric Watts
Jakedric Watts
Miata Riley and husband, Jesse Riley

Kaynen Johnson
Kai Riley

Preceded in death by: Parents, Cartelyou Brinson and Pearlie Mae Watts, Great Grandchild, Elijah Riley. 

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Loise Rena Thompson, 67, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with funeral service 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Bro. Mark Green and Bro. Johnny Lewis will officiate. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born June 4, 1954, Rena is the daughter of George W. Duke and Edna Patterson Duke. She loved spending time with her grandbabies. Rena also loved the Lord and her church, Antioch Baptist Church, where she was a member for 30+ years.

She is survived by:

Husband, James Thompson of Center

Daughter, Jessica Belrose (Justin) of Center

Anna Claire Belrose of Center
Sadie Belrose of Center
Ella Belrose of Center

Brother, George Duke of Timpson

Sister, Edna Ezernack of Many, Louisiana

Also a host of family and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, George W. Duke and Edna Patterson Duke; and sister-in-law, Betty Duke.

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


Timothy (Tim) Krantz, 80 of Nacogdoches and formerly of Tenaha, passed away peacefully at home on September 9, 2021. He was born on January 23, 1941 in Fresno, California to Ralph and Callie Krantz.  

Memorial services will be held on September 19, 2021 at 3:00pm at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Pastor Noel Dear will be officiating.

Tim worked for the United States Postal Service for 25 years, retiring as Postmaster from the Hemphill, Texas Post Office.  He went on to work the floor for the Jasper, Texas auction house for several years.  After marring Ruth Sumler they moved to Nacogdoches, Texas and went to work for Chick-fil-A.  He was known as Mr. Chick-fil-A of Nacogdoches, Texas. He enjoyed preforming magic tricks, visiting and praying for anyone who came into Chick-fil-A.  His heart was so big and full of love for everyone.  One of his passions was the Shoebox Ministry through Operation Christmas Child.  

He is survived by:

Wife, Ruth Krantz

Tim Krantz, Jr. of Lasara, TX 
Adam Krantz of Navasota, TX
Amber Walker and husband John of Corsicana, TX
Eric Krantz and wife Michelle of Rockwall, TX
Daniel Williamson of Nacogdoches, TX
Amanda Jones of Nacogdoches, TX
Anita Corning and husband Joe of Midland, TX 

Justin Krantz
Hanna Krantz
Matthew Krantz
Brazos Krantz
Brooke Krantz
Brynn Krantz
Jennafer White
Cheyenne Jock
Dakota Divin
MaCayla Keele
Eryka Krantz
JT Jones
Joey Corning
Jett Corning

Edna Reeves of Gainesville

Proceeded in death by:
Mother, Callie Krantz
Father, Ralph Krantz
Brother, Bill Krantz

Special thank you to Harbor Hospice of Lufkin Texas and the staff of Nacogdoches Treatment Center.


Katy L. Purdy, 89, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Lamar Denby officiating.
Born October 10, 1931, in San Augustine County, Katy is the daughter of Arbie Flournoy and Zelma Wilkinson Flournoy. Katy grew up in Shelbyville, graduating from Shelbyville High School on May 19, 1950. She went on to complete 9 years of higher education at University of Houston. From September 10, 1950 until her retirement on July 1, 1984, Katy was a secretary for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  In her free time, she enjoyed reading, yard work, and tending to her inside plants.  Katy was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by:

Brother, Guy Flournoy and wife Joyce of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sarah V. Lewis and husband John of Huntington
Rachel Brannon and husband Ronnie of Hallsville

Dorothy Flournoy of Longview
Carolyn Flournoy of Tenaha

Brother-in-law, George Duke of Timpson

Also, numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, James M. Purdy; parents, Arbie Flournoy and Zelma Wilkinson Flournoy; brothers, Henry D. Flournoy, Clifford E. Flournoy, Paul Flournoy, and Wilburn "Pete" Flournoy; sisters, Betty S. Duke and Weeda Lowry; and brother-in-law, Ray Lowry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to MD Anderson.

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


Donna Maureen Schoenewolf, 55, passed away September 6, 2021 in Bullard, Texas.

Memorial services will be held at 2pm Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Eugene Bowden officiating.

Born July 15, 1967 in Center, Texas, Donna is the daughter of Donice Livingston and Barbara Watson Livingston. She was employed with Factory Connection.

She is survived by:

Mother, Barbara Livingston

Husband, Reggie Schoenewolf

Daughter, Steely Dawn Lucas

Beverly Hendricks
Pat Hilliard McDonald and husband David
Linda Bridges
Doris Martin

Richard Livingston
Douglas Watson

Daughter-in-law, Regan Jackson

Son-in-law, Gary Jackson

Grandkids, Saylor and Tripp Jackson

Numerous cousins, relatives and a host of friends and of course her little man, Bo the dog.

Preceeded in death by her father, Donice Livingston; and her brother, Mark Twain Livingston

Honorary attendees will be coworkers of the Factory Connection.

Services are under the direction of Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Steven Turner, 59, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on September 6, 2021 in Timpson, Texas. He was born on August 30, 1962 in Houston, Texas, to the late Robert Turner and Gay Nell Johnson.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas officiated by Bro. Levi Cohorst. Internment will follow Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00pm on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas.

Steve was born in Houston and when he was about 10 years old his family moved to Timpson, Texas. He graduated from Timpson High School in 1980. He attended college at SFA, and soon after moved to Houston to work for Fina as a chemical lab technician. Steve moved to Tennessee, where he got a job building kayaks and eventually became a master boat builder. His love for kayaks was not just for building them, he also enjoyed floating down rivers and creeks. He lived in Tennessee for 15 years before moving back to Texas. Steve truly had a love for the outdoors and was an animal lover. He could often be found on a river or creek floating or fishing. Steve liked to shoot guns, but didn’t like to hunt because of his great love for animals. He even raised wolves for a time. Steve loved music and was known for playing left-handed guitar. He also loved riding motorcycles and had a need for speed. “Beaver” as his family lovingly called him was loved by many. Steve will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Hospital in Steve’s name.

Steve is survived by his sister, Kathy Miller; brothers, Ray Miller and wife, Linda, Rick Miller and wife, Frances, Billy Johnson and wife, Krista, and Robert Turner, Jr.; aunts, Rose Weaver and Linda Grimaldo; and numerous cousins, niece and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gay Nell Johnson; father, Robert Turner, Sr.; and nephew, Travis Johnson.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Sherron Clark King, 65 of Center, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Houston.

Funeral service is at 1pm Saturday, September 11 at Center Triumph Church in Center. Interment is at Westview Cemetery in Center with Bishop Howard Cloudy Sr. officiating.

She is survived by:

Mother, Eldrid (Molly) Clark of Center

Sister, Shelia ((Larry) Clark of Houston

Niece, Brittany Clark of Houston

Pat Mathews of Lufkin
Ruby Wilson of Center
Lola B. Phillips of Center

Charles Phillips of El Paso, Texas
Richard Phillips of Center

Service are entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Patricia Ann Bledsoe, 57 of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Grave side service is at 11am Saturday, September 11 at Haslem Cemetery in Joaquin. Interment is at Haslem Cemetery in Joaquin with Pastor Hagen officiating.

She is survived by:

Yolanda Bledsoe of Center
Natasha Bledsoe of Center

Curtis Lane of Joaquin
Demetrius Lane of Joaquin
Carlos Bledsoe of Joaquin
Victor Bledsoe of Joaquin
Brandon Bledsoe of Joaquin
Shawn Burse of Joaquin

Eola Simon of Joaquin
Nancy Simon of Joaquin
Hontense Blair of Joaquin

22 Grandkids

Service are entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Wayne Terrell "Goatroper" Evans, of Logansport, Louisiana rode off into the sunset and sat at the feet of his Heavenly Father at the age of 79 on August 25, 2021, surrounded by his family after a short illness.

He worked in dairies, pipe yards, roofing, plumbing and as a “Big Rig” driver from his early teenage years until he retired 5 years ago. His son, Jimmy Evans took him for his last ride on the “Big Rig” from Mansfield, Louisiana to Logansport, Louisiana on Thursday, August 26th, 2021. His long-time driving partner, John “Lumberjack” Mathis and grandsons, J.R. Brown and Brandon Childress joined the last ride in their “Big Rigs” along with the rest of the family. 

Celebration of life service was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana with visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021. Rev. Dean Register and Bro. Frankie Mathis officiated the service. His grandson, Tommy Amox drove Wayne’s team pulling his covered wagon for Wayne last covered wagon ride to his final resting place next to the love of his life, Helen Evans at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana. All of Wayne’s grandsons, great-grandson’s and great-great grandsons served as the Pallbearers. The walked behind the covered wagon as they made their way to the final destination.

Born October 31, 1941, in Stanley, Louisiana, he is the son of Floyd Johnston Evans and Berta Estelle Thurman. His children always joked with him that the witches brought him. Wayne, better known as Pop or Goatroper, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Wayne never met a stranger and had many lifelong friends. His smile was contagious, and those baby blue eyes were so beautiful and heartwarming. Wayne had a passion for horses since his childhood. He continued with his for horses, spending numerous hours caring, riding and even teaching his children and grandchildren to ride. He is the proud owner of three horses, two of which pull his covered wagon.

In addition, Wayne loved working with cedar wood , building cedar chest, rocking chairs, double rockers, gun cabinets, swings, coolers, trash cans, etc. After a lifelong truck driving career, he retired about 5 years ago. Deciding he needed something to fill his time, he took up building things out of cedar wood. 

He also took lengthy rides on his covered wagon. He would load his grandchildren into the wagon and take them for a ride.

Predeceased by his father, Floyd Johnston Evans of Longstreet, Louisiana; his mother, Berta Estelle Thurman of Modesto, California; Sister, Charlotte Wash of Longstreet, Louisiana; brother, Robert “Bob” Evans of Mansfield, Louisiana; brother-in-law, James Albert Curry; two nephews, Scott Lynch of Grand Cane, Louisiana and Shane Evans of Modesto, California; and niece, Ginger Evans Cordova of Logansport, Louisiana.

He is survived by:

Son, Jimmy Evans and wife, Brenda of Grand Cane, Louisiana

Debbie Amox and husband, Michael of Logansport, Louisiana
Mary Brown and husband, Butch of Joaquin, Texas

11 grandchildren:
Jimmy R. Evans of Deadwood, Texas
Johnathon Amox, Sr. and wife, Tracie of Tenaha, Texas
Michael Amox II and wife, Stephanie of Logansport, Louisiana
Thomas Amox and wife, Melinda of Joaquin, Texas
Ashley Loftin and husband, Allen of Joaquin, Texas
Dustin Clark of Joaquin, Texas
Kristine Gulotta and husband, Dave of Springfield, Louisiana
Patricia “Nikki” Diaz of Carthage, Texas
April Childress and husband, Brandon of Joaquin, TX
Johnny “J.R.” Brown and wife, Katie of Joaquin, Texas
Steven Huskey and wife Linsey of Huxley, Texas

He is also survived by:

36 great-grandchildren:
Nina Stevenson and husband, LaDarius of Mansfield, Louisiana
Emily Hubier and husband, Cole of Mansfield, Louisiana
Johnathon Amox, Jr. and wife Cayla of Logansport, Louisiana
Trent Amox of Marshall, Texas
Zachary Amox of Teneha, Texas
Jason Urbina of Joaquin, Texas
Dakotah Carroll of Center, Texas
Gabriella and Lilly Amox of Logansport, Louisiana
Daniel Stillwell of Coushatta, Louisiana
Bradley and Destany Amox of Jonesboro, Louisiana
Levi, Emma and Henry Hatcher of Joaquin, Texas
Layla, Allayna, Isabella and Nelly Loftin of Joaquin, Texas
Dustyn Brown and wife, Haley of Joaquin, Texas
Charles Carroll of Joaquin, Texas
Hunter Carroll of Center, Texas
Lane and Emerald Glaze of Joaquin, Texas
Levi Childress of Joaquin, Texas
Jaycee, Kylie and Macie Metcalf of Joaquin, Texas
Justyn, Jaylyn, Jaydyn, Sadie and Benson Brown of Joaquin, Texas
Dawson, Annie and Buster Gulotta of Springfield, Louisiana

3 great-great-grandchildren:
LaDarius and Mia Stevenson of Mansfield, Louisiana
Johnathon Amox III of Logansport, Louisiana

Wayne is also survived by:

Sister, Maxine Lynch and husband, Steve of Grand Cane, Louisiana

Brother, Curtis Evans and wife, Beverly of Keatchi, Louisiana

Sister-in-law, Sarah Alford and husband, Johnny Alford of Logansport, Louisiana

Brother-in-law, Blanchard “B.L.” Curry and wife, Susie of Boerne, Texas

Along with a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Wayne was a lifelong member of the Longstreet Baptist Church.  He used to joke with his kids and tell them “unless they kicked me out and didn’t tell me.” Donations may be made in memory of Wayne to the Bethel Cemetery fund.

Services entrusted to Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport, Louisisana.


Margie Garrett, 79 of Center, died at a local hospital in Longview, Texas on Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was born on September 19, 1941, to the late Robert McCowan and the late Rosie Lee James.

Funeral service will be Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 10am at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas. Brother Freddie D. Wilson will be officiating.

Margie was known as a “second mom” to many throughout the community. Her home-cooked meals, no-nonsense advice, gifts of charity and unconditional love for everyone she met will be forever cherished.

She is survived by:

Fredrick (Cheryl) Jackson of Houston, Texas
Delbert (Rose) Jackson of Center, Texas
Eric Jackson of Center, Texas
Scott (Shawn) Jackson of Dallas, Texas

Iretta Jackson of Center, Texas
Elaine (Al) Turner of San Antonio, Texas
Angela (Chris) Hebert of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Karla Jackson Edwards of Sunnyvale, Texas

Patrick Garrett of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rod (Kesha) Garrett of Houston, Texas
Connie Richardson of Houston, Texas
Anitra Garrett of San Augustine, Texas

Brother, Lee McCowan of Houston, Texas

She was also loved and admired by a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Viewing is Friday, September 10, 2021, from the hours of 1pm to 5:30pm.

Committal is at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas.

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced.

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net.


Clifton Marquette Cagle, 64, joined his father and mother in heaven on September 1, 2021. Clifton was born on Oct 7, 1956, to Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christen Armstrong in Center, Texas. 

Clifton graduated from Shelbyville High School and was honorably discharged from the air force. He was a fire fighter and treasurer for Shelbyville volunteer fire department. He was also a Dispatcher for 20 plus years and a member of Mt Calvary Full Gospel Church. Mark was a gentle and kind soul. He never met a stranger; he was full of love and life. He loved his family and his friends more then anything else. The world will not be the same without him. Mark is loved by so many and will always continue to be loved and missed.

Survived by:

Wife, Barbara Jean Cagle, married November 3, 2006

John Henrey and wife Cyndi Cagle of Center
JC and wife Susan Cagle of Shelbyville

Rosemary Cagle of Shelbyville
Christine Border of Center
Lizz and Joe Rama of Nacogdoches

Ronny Williams and wife Christal of Temple
John Hutto of Shelbyville
Vanessa Walker and Mike Selman of Center
Sarah and John Berry of Joaquin

Loved by all his nieces and nephews, they called him Uncle Buck or Unkie

Grandchildren: Hayden Xander, Isabella, Jaxson, Hunter, Kyler, Liam, Brooklyn, Scarlett, (10)- Harley

And many more friends.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christine Armstrong Cagle; Brother William Raymond Cagle.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later date.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit http://www.mangumfh.net.


Willard Michael “Mike” Pledger, 74, of Timpson, Texas, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on March 4, 1947 in Timpson, Texas, to the late Milton and Grace (Ramsey) Pledger.

Funeral service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas officiated by Bro. Fred Wilcox and Bro. Eric Pledger. Internment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

A visitation will be held from 10am to 11am on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas.

Mike was born and raised in Timpson, Texas. He joined the Army straight out of high school and served his country for 3 years. Mike met Wanda when they were set up on a blind date by Mike’s brother, Joe, and his girlfriend, Sherry. The young men came to pick the girls up and took them to a drive-in theatre. Wanda says they didn’t even get popcorn, but there was definitely a spark. They were married on July 28, 1972. Mike and Wanda celebrated their 49th anniversary this past July. Mike truly enjoyed family time. He especially loved those family vacations to the diamond mine in Arkansas. He was always hoping to find a huge diamond. The family also took many camping trips and loved to fish.

Mike worked for Nix Forestry for over 30 years. When he turned 65, he retired and bought himself a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Mike enjoyed riding with the wind blowing through his beard. He also liked to spend time on his computers. He had many friends that he kept in contact with through Facebook.

Mike and Wanda are members of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he was known as the “candy man.” All the kids knew just were to find the candy on Sunday mornings. Mike was a Godly man and often witnessed to others and would ask people if they knew Jesus. Mike was loved by many and will be missed greatly.    

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Billy Don Gillaspie (50) of Mesquite, Texas, died September 1, 2021.

Viewing will be Friday, September 10, 2021, from the hours of 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home located at East Hwy 80 Sunnyvale, Texas 75182.

Mr. Gillaspie was born August 9, 1971, to C.W. Gillaspie and Levady Gillaspie of Center, Texas. He graduated from Center High School in 1990.

Billy Don Gillaspie is survived by:

Wife, Connie Gillaspie 

Children: Rylan, Blake, and Bailey 

Parents, C.W. and Levady Gillaspie of Center, Texas 

Brian (Susie) Gillaspie of Center
Walter (Kristy) Gillaspie of Shelbyville

Sister, Belinda Gillaspie of Dallas

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced. 

Service entrusted to New Hope Funeral Home of Sunnyvale, Texas. Services anncounced by Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.newhopefh.com.


Brealon Allen “Buddy” Sanford, Jr. (68) passed away on September 2nd, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Services will be held at New Life Church in Center, TX., under the direction of Senior Pastor Steve Noble. Visitation will be from 1-2 pm on Friday September 10th, with funeral service immediately following. Burial will be at Borders Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Mangum Funeral Home.

Brealon Allen “Buddy” Sanford, Jr. was born in Houston, Texas on June 19th, 1953 to Brealon and Betty (Moore) Sanford. Buddy spent more than 40 years in the oil business in one fashion or another. While he loved the oil business, he loved to tell people that he used to work in Major League Baseball. He would then explain that his “Major League” career was from a brief stint with the Houston Astros front office, “and by that, I sold peanuts, popcorn and cokes.” Buddy also spent some time trying his hand as a professional bowler. After numerous perfect games, many “750’s” and at least two “800’s” to his name, he said, “That’s about the best I can be, there’s no sense in watching my career go down from here!” Buddy was also an avid hunter, whose life revolved around deer season.

However, even with so many fun hobbies, Buddy’s favorite thing was being “GrandBuddy / Gubby” to his grandbabies. Always the jokester, he was a kid at heart and loved to spend time making his grandkids laugh.

Buddy had committed himself to Christ early in life. However, he would quickly tell you, it wasn’t until he was in his 50’s that he learned what it was like to have a real relationship with Jesus. His spiritual life took a positive turn from that point forward. He talked often of what he was learning from the Bible, as well as how he felt the Lord was guiding his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty Lou (Moore) Sanford and Brealon A. Sanford, Sr.; and his sister, Susan J. Sanford.

Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his children:
Brealon Allen “Sandy” Sanford, III (Kasie) of El Dorado, Arkansas
Aidron Joseph Sanford of Lufkin, Texas
Brandie Lou Benedetti of Center, Texas
Jason David Vaughn of Austin, Texas

Micah Sanford
Steven Woodland (Katie)
Ian Vaughn
Ciara Goldsmith
Jasper Sanford
Camden Sanford
Collin Brady
Peyton Tolbert
Deuce Benedetti
Aubrey Sanford
Brealon Allen “Nolan” Sanford, IV
Aryana Simon

MacKenzie Woodland
Spencer Woodland
Gauge Adams

Sister, Edith Mae LeBlanc (Maison) of Center, Texas

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and friends he made throughout his life.

Special Friends:
Rick and Kathryn Morley of Houston, Texas
Bonnye Green of Houston, Texas

Pallbearers are John C. LeBlanc, Louis Underbrink, Barrett Underbrink, John Sancton, Jasper Sanford, and Camden Sanford.

The family wishes to thank the caring and amazing staff at Nacogdoches Medical Center for their compassionate and superior care for Buddy during his stay there.

A tribute wall is available at https://www.mangumfh.net/obituary/Brealon-Sanford



Mary Louise Hedrick, 77, of Broaddus, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021, in Broaddus.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  

Born January 20, 1944, in Warren, Arkansas, Louise is the daughter of William “Bill” Loy Taylor and Mary Franices Pennington Taylor.  

She is survived by:

Husband, Marvin Hedrick

Robert Bush and Gina Marshall of Center
Melody Griffin and Robert of Center
Steven Bush and Renee of Tenaha

Colton Bush and Jessica of Tenaha
Ruston Bush of Tenaha
Macie Porter of Center
Cassie Bush of New Zealand
Amber of New Zealand
Blake Griffin of Center

Eli Bush
Addie Bush
Jenson Bush
Jaxon Porter
Lola Porter

Numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives

She is preceded in death by her parents, William “Bill” Loy Taylor and Mary Franices Pennington Taylor.

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