Mr. Ellis Van Woods of Broaddus, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at his residence at the age of 92.

Mr. Woods, known as "E.V." or "Stubby," was born June 18, 1927, in Monroe, Louisiana, to parents Van Woods and Nettie Mae (Thompson) Woods. He had been a longtime resident of Houston, Texas, before moving to the Broaddus area several years ago. He was a master carpenter in home building construction and served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps. "Bro. Stubby" was a dedicated member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Lorane (Sisson) Woods, in 2005; daughter, Judy Lee, in 2014; as well has his parents and siblings.

His survivors include:
His son-in-law, C.L. Lee of Broaddus, Texas

Wayne Lee and wife Tiny of Garrison
Cindy Lee Derby and husband Harold of Nacogdoches
Michael Lee and wife Tina of Nacogdoches
Susan Lee Stone and husband Ronald of Joaquin
Steven Lee and wife Shannon of Nacogdoches

A host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2020, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 310 FM 83 East in Broaddus, Texas, with Pastor Don Lofton officiating. Committal service and interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, located off USFS Road 317 near Broaddus, Texas.

Pallbearers: Wayne Lee, Ronald Stone, Harold Derby, Gaylon Bryan, Freddie Bryan, and Jerry McGalin. Honorary pallbearers: Shiloh Stone and Carson Lee.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Services are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas. 


Jerry G. Gamble, 85, entered into rest on February 24, 2020 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Jerry was born on March 19, 1934 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Albert and Ima Horn Gamble. 

Funeral services honoring the life of Gamble will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, Louisiana with Bro. Mike Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Grand Cane Cemetery. A visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ima Horn Gamble; brothers, Dr. Hollis Gamble and Clarence Gamble, and his brother-in-law, Robert Revis.

Left to cherish his memory are:

Wife, Jane Gamble

Son, Britt Gamble and wife Angela of Grand Cane, LA

Marilyn Gamble Creech and husband Jarrell of Joaquin, TX
Hannah Gamble Touchton and husband Allen of Grand Cane, LA 

Brandon Gamble and wife Jerise of Stonewall, LA
Brock Gamble and wife Stephanie of Logansport, LA

Shannon Creech of Joaquin, TX
Annistyn Touchton of Grand Cane, LA

Two great-grandchildren

Lyndall Gamble of Shreveport, LA
Jo Taylor and husband Norris of Joaquin, TX
Mickey Revis of League City, TX

Special friends, Lance and Linda Hamilton, Tara Headrick, and Tyler Philips.

Jerry was an active member of Grand Cane Baptist Church. He retired in 2010 from the DeSoto Parish Assessor’s Office.

Honoring Jerry as pallbearers will be Henry Touchton, Bruce Eaves, Jody Meek, Ben Eaves, Buddy Sanders, Craig Eakin, and his grandsons, Brandon Gamble and Brock Gamble.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Lance Hamilton, Charles Sanders, and Joe Freeman.

Funeral services under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana.


Lyndell Griffin, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Marian Place in Carthage, Texas. She was born October 5, 1929 in Tenaha, Shelby County, Texas to Duncan Hairgrove and Essie Mitchell Hairgrove. Mrs. Griffin was a faithful and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas. She graduated from Tenaha High School and continued her education in office management in Lufkin, Texas.

Lyndell married Bill F. Griffin, Jr. in 1950. When Bill opened his law practice in Center, she became his secretary and office manager and continued to do so for over 50 years until they retired.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Funeral services will follow visitation at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Pastor Karen Jones officiating. Interment will follow at the Old Union Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

She is survived by:
Her sons: 
Guy W. Griffin and wife Cindy Davis Griffin of Center
John D. Griffin of Center

Daughter, Cindy A. Griffin of Center

Patrick Griffin and wife, Kasey Griffin, of Crockett
Kelly Griffin Wahl and husband, Wesley Wahl of Nacogdoches

Justin Bobbitt
Jason Bobbitt
Ella Wahl
Lucy Wahl
Ava Griffin

Sister-in-law, Lonnie Ruth Stone of Lufkin

A host of relatives and friends

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill F. Griffin, Jr. and parents Duncan Hairgrove and Essie Hairgrove.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 159, Tenaha, Texas 75974; or to the charity of your choice.

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


Jimmy Earl Watts transitioned from his earthly life to his heavenly home on February 18, 2020 at the age of 83.

He spent his final moments at home surrounded by his loved ones. Jim was born on November 21, 1936 in San Augustine, Texas to Otis Dee and Willie Maw Watts. He spent much of his childhood in San Augustine, and eventually met and married the late Mary Delores Cole Watts. 

To this union, 6 children were born. The couple and their children went on to call Nacogdoches home, and they established roots there.  On December 16, 2018 at the age of 82, he was baptized at Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship, where he held membership.

He is preceded in death by both his parents: Otis “Paw Dee” and Willie Mae “Mama Coonie” Watts; his wife: Mary D. Cole Watts; brothers and sisters: Arthur “Bud” Watts, Willie Ed Watts, Spencer Watts, Otis Watts, James Watts, M.T. “Buddy” Watts, Lou Ethel “Gugga” Sterns, Ever Lee Brooks, and Alice Watts; his son and daughter: Freddy Joe Watts and Rostina Watts Menefee; grandchildren: Sharonda Crockett and Centric Watts; great-grandchildren: TiAsia Watts and Kya Watts; and two “brothers”; A.C. “Pete” Brooks and Billy Pleasant.

He leaves to carry on his legacy:

Jimmy Dewayne Watts, Sr.
Michael Shane Watts

Castina Watts
LaTina Watts
Felicia Payne
Courtney Dodd
Lorecia Watts

Sister-in-law: Emma Jean Watts

A Special Friend, Ms. Virginia Booth

Plus a grand host of cousins, nephews, nieces, grand and great-grandchildren, and lifelong friends and loved ones far too many to count.

He made sure he shared his motto with everyone he loved, and he instilled in each of us that “Only The Strong Survive”

Funeral service is at 11am on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship, 2220 East Main-Nacogdoches, TX with Dr. Rod Jones, Eulogist, and Rev. John E. Davis, Officiating. Visitations is 2pm until 5:55pm on Friday, February 21, 2020. Wake is 6pm to 8pm on Friday, February 21, 2020. Interment is at Red Land Cemetery-San Augustine, TX.

Services are entrusted to the Professionals of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr-Nacogdoches, TX 75961, (936) 564-4351.


Dana (Williams) Judson, 66, of Pflugerville, Texas, passed away on February 12, 2020, from pancreatic cancer. 

She was born to Sallie Adena Youngblood and Norman Williams on November 23, 1953, in Center, Texas. She graduated as Valedictorian from Center High School in 1972, and went on to receive her BA in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked for Hallmark Cards for 32 years, before retiring to the Austin, Texas, area in 2005. She worked as an administrative assistant for the University of Texas Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab until her second retirement in 2018.  

Dana loved to travel, try new restaurants, take long strolls, but she mostly delighted in spending time with her family. She patronized charities and volunteered with community groups whose causes she was passionate about. She left the family she loved with the lessons of finding the humor in every situation, hard work, reading and learning, not taking yourself or others too seriously, having integrity, and the importance of taking time to just be with each other, and love and care for each other. She was the best of women. 

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Norma Lee Matzenbacher.

She is durvived by: 
Her husband, Marty Judson

Her children: 
Farrah Massey
Corey Judson

Her son-in-law, Karim Saleh

Her grandson, Harrison Massey

Her siblings: 
Carolyn McCauley
Larry (Cathi) Williams
Kerri (Walter) Shofner
Gary (Pam) Williams.

The family is planning a celebration of life to be held in the Austin area in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Special Olympics Texas and Hospice Austin.

Services are under the direction of Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


Gordon “Peanut” Barrett, 68, of Garrison, Texas passed away on February 18, 2020 in Tyler, Texas. Born August 15, 1951, in Garrison, Texas, to the late Gordon “Si” Barrett and Renney Clotte (Frederick) Barrett.  Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 3:30PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, with Bishop Neal Cox officiating.   

Visitation will be held prior to the service on February 20, 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Peanut was raised in Garrison, Texas. He attended Garrison and Timpson Schools. Shortly thereafter, Peanut met Gina at a local business in Garrison, The Bulldog Den. Gina was sitting on the hood of a car waiting for her sister Teresa to come out, Peanut asked her for a kiss and the answer was no! Many times after that he received the same answer no. Finally he asked her for a date, when he went to pick her up at her house for the date and knocked on the door Gina’s mom came to the door and Peanut asked for Blondie, see he didn’t know her real name because the young folks in Garrison had nicknamed her Blondie. They courted for a few months, Gina (Blondie) gave into his kiss, and the two joined together in marriage on May 23, 1975. They have spent almost 45 years together, making many memories over these years. Peanut worked as a roofer, and journeyman for many years.  He was an avid outdoorsman. Peanut enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his family, especially his nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Although Peanut and Gina never had children, the love they shared with their nieces and nephews, was just like if they were their own.They were just like his own children.

Peanut loved to take his neice and nephews fishing, he had a favorite story he would tell about taking Jesse, Amber, Wesley, Brian, and Blake trotline fishing, they had all gone out in the boat to check the lines in Lake Murvaul, he was telling the kids there was an alligator in Murvaul, when they got back to the dock and stopped the boat Peanut grabbed Wesley up and pitched him in the lake saying” there’s that alligator” once the kids realized there wasn’t an alligator they asked him if they could get in the water too, being the cool fun Uncle that he was he said “jump in” and they all jumped into the lake.

Sometimes he would take the kids to the Sabine River and would let them put out throwlines, he would let them pick there on spots for a line and then when they went back to check their lines it would turn into a compition to see who had the biggest fish, on one trip everyone had got a fish but Brian, they got to Brians last line and Peanut would grab hold of the line to see if it would jurk in his hand, he says to Brian “man we have Jaws on here” when they got the fish up close to the boat, he let Brian help dip it up with the dip net since that was what he would let all of them do with their fish, this fish was a big one and with Peanut's help they got that big fish in the boat but it flopped and made the handle of the dip net bounce up and it hit Brian in the mouth. Brian started to cry and Peanut asked him “ are you OK” Brian said “ Yes I Am Just So Happy” because his fish was the biggest one caught that day.

Another thing Peanut would do with the kids was take them joy riding on the country backroads. When the kids wanted to drive and they were to small to reach the petals he would let them sit on his lap and they would steer. There was a favorite road that the kids loved to go on that they had named Thrill Hill. Peanut would let them get into the bed of his pickup and they would all laydown and when Peanut would drive fast over the hills it would feel like they were riding on a rollercoster.

Peanut and Gina spent every minute together, they would ride the backroads together listening to the Scriptures, and listerning for the call of the Whipoorwills and frogs singing in the night.
He loved Family gatherings would great food and sitting to visit or play a game of chickenfoot or cornhole, he really enjoyed time spent at the lake or deer camp.

Peanut had a great love for a good dog, he had old Sheba his coonhound and would take her out on coon hunts with his friends, he also loved the small dogs, like his dog Maggie.

Most of all he loved God the Father and Jesus Christ, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Peanut is a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.  

He is survived by:
His loving wife, Gina Barrett

Rena Sue Hughes and late husband Leonard Hughes
Patsy Cranford and husband Buddy
Kathleen Cranford and husband Bobby Dale

Numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Peanut is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon “Si” Barrett and Renny Clotte Barrett; brother in law, Leonard Hughes; and nephew, Rodney Hughes.

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.


James Verlon Luman, 87, of Center, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Bro. Ted Jacks officiating. 

Mr. Luman was born August 8, 1932, in San Augustine County, to John Selmer Luman and Eunice Anderson Luman.  He served in the United States Army.  Mr. Luman loved animals, farming, working in the timber industry, and fishing. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Janie Andress and husband Mike
Corine Correa and husband Jeff
Tracy Windham and husband Max
Tammie Luman and David Davis
Robert Luman

Special grandson, Scott Brandon Luman

Four other grandchildren; and one great-grandson

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Peace Luman; sons, James E. and Wayne Luman; parents, John Selmer Luman and Eunice Anderson Luman; and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mt. Herman Cemetery Fund, 670 CR 1190, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Eileen Marie Oliver, 74, of Saint John, USVI, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 11,2020. She was born January 8, 1946 to Edward and Marie Gofgosky in Binghamton, New York and was one of three children. She married Byron D. Oliver formerly of Timpson, TX on August 29,1970. She is also survived by her son, Jason and wife, Christy; daughter, Shawna and husband, Paul; four grandchildren: Julianna, Johnathan, Cassandra and Ethan and several nieces and nephews.

Locally, Eileen is survived by:

Bess (Oliver) Reeves of Center, TX
Carolyn (Oliver) Elliot of Houston, TX

Brother-in-law, Cecil Oliver of Garrison, TX

John Reeves of Shreveport, LA
Bob Reeves of Center, TX

Niece, Martha Rice of Dallas, TX

Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother whose life revolved around her family. Nothing made her happier than to share a home-cooked meal around the holidays. She loved living in Saint John and was grateful for community she found in the 20 years she lived on island. Never to shy away from a good time, Eileen loved to laugh, put a smile on your face, play games around the dinner table and share a toast with friends and family.

She was loved dearly, and will truly be missed.

A private ceremony will be in April 18th in Saint John USVI.

In lieu of flowers please make donation to local organization Eileen cared about, which is Local Boys and Girls club of St. John. Their contact information is: Boys and Girls Club of St. Thomas/St. John, Inc., 9900 Estate Thomas, St. Thomas, VI 00804, Phone: 340-725-6540, www.bgcusvi.org

Please put “St. John” in the memo line of the check or you can make your donation with a credit card.

Services under the direction of Dan Hurley Home for Funerals and Cremation Center, St. John, VI.


Daniel Jackson, 76, of Tenaha passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020 at his home in Tenaha.

Visitation is Saturday February 22, 2020 from 12 noon to 2pm with funeral services starting at 2pm at Watson & Son’s Funeral Home in Center, TX. Interment will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mr. Jackson was born March 11, 1943 in Panola County to Paul Jackson and Annie Ruth Stevens Jackson. Dan worked as a contractor in the poultry industry for many years, was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved gardening & growing flowers.

Mr. Daniel Jackson is survived by: his sister Judith Adams and husband Holly, Tenaha, TX, his other sister Sheila Wiggins and husband Charles, Shreveport, La, and his brother James “Jimmy” Jackson, Tenaha, TX.

Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends

Sisters-in-law: Carolyn Jackson, Joaquin, TX and Sylvia Jackson, Tenaha, TX.

Special Friends: Mildred Stewart, Mt Ida, Arkansas and Sandra Ratliff & son Zack, Cullen, Louisiana

Mr. Jackson is preceded in death by his wife Billie Jackson, his parents, Paul Jackson & Annie Ruth Stevens Jackson, brother Paul Jackson Jr, and brother Coach Raymond Jackson.

Pallbearers: Randall Jackson, Kevin Blackmon, Eric Wiggins, Jonathan Eubank, Jaxson Eubank and Shane Jackson

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


Wanda Stanley Yorston passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2020. She was born July 4, 1923 in Center Texas. She grew up in Center until her first marriage to Ned Campbell. The couple moved to Texico, New Mexico. After their divorce she met Howard Joseph Yorston. They were married in Clovis, New Mexico on July 5th, 1946. They were married for 67 years until Howard’s death in Houston on August 18th, 2013.

Visitation will be held at Mangum Funeral Home Monday, February 17th from 12:00 pm until 1:00pm with services following at 1:00pm at Mangum Funeral Home, 420 San Augustine St, Center, Texas. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Shelby County.

Howard and Wanda moved to Fort Leonard Wood, MO while Howard attended school. They then moved to Shreveport, La, followed by Jackson Mississippi. They moved to Houston Texas in 1961 where they remained for the rest of their lives.

After Howard retired from Exxon they traveled extensively for the next few years, making repeated trips to England, Canada and Indonesia.

Wanda is survived by: 

Sherwyn Sherman
Margaret Cathi Schulze
Stacy Stoker

Sister, LaRue Spencer

Keith Sherman Jr
Faith Howells

Four great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Howard Joseph Yorston; parents Rudolphus Doff Stanley and Ludie Hendricks Stanley; brothers Rudolphus, Leon and Kenneth Stanley; sisters Evelyn and Oneta.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers Michelle and Lianna, for all of their excellent care and comfort during Wanda’s last days.

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


Billy Irvin Harkness, 73, of Center, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center with Justin Harkness officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at noon.

Mr. Harkness was born January 23, 1947, in Center, to Cecil Irvin Harkness and Thelma Inez Nichols.  He worked as truck driver, bought and traded old tractors, and also worked in the timber industry.  

He is survived by:
His wife, Sandra Jean Harkness of Center

Carlton Harkness and wife Pattie of Center
Steven Harkness and wife Maria of Shelbyville
Brian Harkness and wife Becky of Center
Chronda Wilson and husband John of Bullard

Justin Harkness and wife Stephanie of Center
Sara Hughes and husband Dustin of Nacogdoches
Maggie Harkness and friend Matt Harvey of Center
Katie Williams of Waco
Kassidy Fox and husband Jake of Nacogdoches
Alyssa Harkness of Shelbyville
Garrett Harkness of Shelbyville

Cyper Harkness of Center 
Cecil Harkness of Center
Hanson Hughes of Nacogdoches
Charlsie Hughes of Nacogdoches 

Wayne Harkness and wife Shirley of Center
Joe Harkness and wife Ricky Kaye of Brady
Ricky Dale Harkness and wife Carolyn of Center

Delores Haliburton Bauwens and husband Vince of Waco
Peggy Smith of Center
Linda Waldon and husband William of Waco
Anitra Harris and husband Terry of Carthage 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Irvin Harkness and Thelma Inez Nichols; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alvin and Addie Johnson.

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


David Harold Bain, 93, of Center, Texas passed away on February 15, 2020 in Center, Texas. He was born September 1, 1926, in Slaton, Texas, to Melvin H. Bain Sr. and Ruby (Hoffman) Bain. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, on February 18, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Center, Texas. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Mangum Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Shillersville Cemetery in Victoria, Texas. 

David grew up in Teague and Mexia, Texas. As an adult, he acquired his GED and during the war, he worked on planes in Corpus Christi and Aloe Field in Victoria, Texas. David also worked for many years in the Texas oil field as well as a security guard at Alcoa Aluminum in Point Comfort, Texas. As a young man, he married Ramona Garrett and the two shared a lovely life together until her passing in 1993. They had two children, Rebecca and David Harold, Jr. Later in 1996, he married Dorothy Baugh. They were happily married for more than 24 years. 

David was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, camping, and boating. An adventurous man, he enjoyed traveling whenever he could. The highlight of his life was spending time with his grandchildren. David was well known for his fierce eagerness to be a grown man. He was a man’s man. He was proud of the years he worked with the Baptist Church Builders, and in later years, he served by assuring elderly had access to their homes and had all necessary safety features. David was a man eager to serve others in need. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Center and treasured his fellowship with the FL Moffett Sunday School Class. 

He is survived by:
His wife of more than 20 years, Dorothy Ballard Bain

Daughter, Rebecca Vergiels and husband, Victor

Son, David Bain, Jr. and wife, Marsha

Sister, Mary Wendland of San Marcos, Texas

He is also survived by three grandsons:
Steven Mooney and wife, Jo
John Mooney and wife Xiao
Mathew Bain and wife, Grace

One granddaughter, Britney Bain Brockwell

Three great-grandsons:
Logan Mooney
Christopher Brockwell
Jonathan Brockwell

One great-granddaughter, Emily Bain

Many nieces, nephews, other family and friends

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Ramona Garrett Bain; parents, Melvin H. Bain and Rubye Hoffman Bain; sisters, Nyline Ward, Joanna Pye and Peggy Woods; and one brother, Melvin H. Bain, Jr. 

Pallbearers will be Steven Mooney, John Mooney, Matthew Bain, David Andrusick, Terry Caudle and Emmitt Harvey.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the FL Moffett Sunday School Class, Rogers Yarborough, David Bain, Victor Vergiels and Billy Ballard. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Nehemiah Fund at First Baptist Church in Center. 

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


Donna Kay Stephens, 68, of Queen City, Texas passed away on February 8, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.  Born January 22, 1952, in Houston, Texas, to the late Herman L. Stephens and Lillian Lidy (Schwartz) Stephens. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:00AM at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson, Texas, with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating.   

Donna was raised in Southeast Houston. She graduated from Smiley High School. She went to University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. She later furthered her education and received her Master’s Degree then Doctorate Degree in Psychology. She worked over 41 years in the healthcare industry, serving as a registered nurse many years and recently retired from being a counselor for US Department of Veteran Affairs. Although Donna was a quiet, reserved person, she enjoyed helping others. When she was not working, you could find her listening to music, reading, doing medical research, and working on her computer. Donna found great joy in taking care of her little dogs whom she loved dearly.

She is survived by:
Her sister, Kathi Townes

Adopted brother, Andy Stephens and wife Jodi

Adopted sister, Emily Jordan and husband Bill

Several nieces and nephews; and extended family that will miss her dearly.  

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Herman L. Stephens and Lillian Lidy Stephens; and sister, Linda Kolajack. 

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.


Mary Ethel Robinson, 66 of Houston, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Pearland Medical.

A wake is 6pm to 8pm Friday, February 14, 2020 at Community Funeral Home in Timpson. Funeral service is Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11am at Timpson First Assembly of God Church 652 Houston Street, Timpson, Texas 75975. Interment at Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson with Rev. Vertis Norman officiating.

She is survived by:

Quincy Robinson of Houston
Charleska Robinson of Houston

Son, Jerry Chambers II of Houston

2 Grandchildren, 2 Great-Grandchildren

Mother, Dorzer L. Robinson of Timpson

Sister, Jacqueline Robinson of Nacogdoches

Joe (Celeste) Robinson of Houston
Starling (Paula) Robinson of Houston

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


Jimmy “Jim” Ray Anderson, 74, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020, in Shelbyville.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with E.B. Adams officiating. A military honors service will follow under the direction of VFW Post #8904. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at noon. Interment will be at Anderson Family Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. Anderson was born November 8, 1945, in Houston, to Byron Anderson Jr. and Louis E. Edwards Anderson. He served in the Texas Army National Guard. His hobbies included fishing, welding, fabricating, and most of all, spending time with grandkids. Mr. Anderson was a member of First Assembly of Timpson.

He is survived by:

Michael R. Anderson and wife Sherry of Dayton
Belinda McDonald and Wayne Stokes of Garrison
Betty Basham of Tenaha
Jimmy Anderson and wife Crystal of Silsbee
Lonnie Anderson and wife Amanda of Katy
Troy Anderson of Tenaha
Bret Anderson of Texarkana

Number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sandy Anderson; grandson, Joe Clyde Smith; parents, Byron Anderson Jr. and Louis E. Edwards Anderson; brother, Clyde Anderson; uncle, Bill and Neil Anderson; and mother-in-law, Opal Dobos.

Pallbearers will be Michael Smith, Steven Anderson, Jimmy Anderson II, Tristen Anderson, Bret Anderson, Kaden Foster, and Ashton Anderson. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Clyde Smith.

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


Anna Patricia Bailey Hooper left this life on February 8, 2020 after a lengthy illness at her home in Waxahachie, with her beloved son and daughter at her bedside. 

Patricia was born to Sherrill T. and Elisabeth Moses Bailey on February 25, 1947 in Shreveport, LA. She graduated from Timpson High School in 1965, where she was Drum Major of the award-winning Timpson Bear Band. She attended East Texas Baptist University and Stephen F. Austin State University. Patricia was an accomplished pianist and served in the Music Ministry of the Timpson First United Methodist Church and The First Baptist Church of Waxahachie. Her warm, fun-loving personality and ready laugh made her a delight to her family and her many friends. A life-long animal lover, Patricia shared her home with a variety of cats and dogs, the number of which was frequently increased by the adoption of stray or abandoned animals.

Patricia is survived by:
Her son, Matthew Bowlin of Waxahachie

Her daughter, Brittany Bowlin of Austin

Her brother, Tad Bailey of Timpson

Her nephews: 
Tom and Burt Hairgrove
Ben and Will Bailey

Her neice, Sarah Breedlove

Her circle of precious friends

She was preceded in death by:
Her husband, Thomas M. Hooper

Her parents, Sherrill T. and Elisabeth M. Bailey

Her sister, Gail Bailey Hairgrove

The father of her children, Jeffery L. Bowlin

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 PM at Wayne Boze Funeral Home, 1826 West Highway 287 Business in Waxahachie, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thursday, February 13, at the First Baptist Church of Waxahachie, located at 450 East Highway 287, directly in front of the Waxahachie Sports Complex. A graveside service and interment will be at 3pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home Waxahachie, Texas.


Laura Angela Simmons, 65, of Center, Texas passed away on February 7, 2020 in Tyler, Texas. Born December 11, 1954, in Refugio, Texas, to Thomas Hornburg and Martha (Summerall) Hornburg. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas, with Bro. Harold Dement officiating. Interment will follow in Folsom Chapel Cemetery, Center, Texas. 

Visitation will be held Monday February 10th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

Laura was raised in Refugio Texas. She graduated Refugio High School and attended Texas Tech as a Journalism major. Laura was a beautiful and gracious lady. Laura married Ralph Simmons on February 4, 1977 and the two spent over 43 years together before her passing. She was an amazing mother, and devoted wife. If you knew her, you loved her. Laura never met a stranger. Her kindness knew no boundaries. She loved to travel and her most memorable times were those spent on the beach. Laura was an excellent cook and serving her family brought her much joy. Her family and especially her grandchildren were the light of her world. She loved the Lord, and lived her life accordingly. She was at peace with her eternal place, now with her Savior. Laura was a member of Folsom Chapel Baptist Church. She was also a member of Shelby County Republican Women.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Simmons of Center, Texas; daughters, Stephanie Simmons Gutermuth and husband, Steven of Timpson, Texas, Heather Stewart and husband, Brent of Nacodgoches, Texas; son, Jacob Simmons and wife Victoria of Lake Jackson, Texas; grandchildren, Colton, Taylor, and Megan Gutermuth, Ashton and Avery Stewart, Eden and Ezra Simmons; sister, Teresa Hornburg; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Laura is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Martha Hornburg; and daughter, Candace Simmons.

In lieu of flowers please make donation to St Jude Childrens Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.mangum@mangumfh.net

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


Randy Scates, of Martinsville, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2020, in Martinsville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Michael Brittain. Masonic service will follow under the direction of Newburn Masonic Lodge #97. Interment will be held at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Randy was born October 26, 1962, to James Scates and Betty Lavada Scates. He had a love for the outdoors. If you didn’t find him in the log woods, he was most likely in his garden, at the lake, or in a deer stand. As much as Randy loved these activities, he loved his family even more. He was always cracking jokes with them or had at least one of his kids with him in the deer stand or in the garden. He loved his family so much he courageously continued to fight with chronic pain and eventually kidney failure until he was called home to be with the Lord. He was a member of Newburn Masonic Lodge #97.

He is survived by:

Wife, Tammy Scates of Martinsville

Cassidy Scates
Ryan Scates
J.T. Scates
Michelle Scates

Gavin Burrous
Jailei Davis

Sister, Cindy Eubank and husband David of Center

Special bonus brother, David Wilson

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Scates and Betty Lavada Scates; and his son, Jonathan Burrous.

Pallbearers will be David Wilson, Shane Williams, Steven Fults, Brandon Jordan, Adam Jernigan, and O’Brian Brittain. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Akridge and Gerald Messer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to White Rock Cemetery, 604 CR 1210, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Mike Hudson, 72, of Nacogdoches, died Tuesday, February 4, 2020, in Nacogdoches after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born December 17, 1947, in Center, TX.

Graveside Service will be at 10am, Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Corinth Cemetery in Timpson, with Bro. Sonny Scarborough, Bro. Ronnie Sowell, and Bro. John Withem officiating.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday, February 7, 2020, at Laird Funeral Home.

Mike graduated Timpson High School in 1966 and went on to attend Stephen F. Austin State University where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Science. Mike retired from Tyson Foods in 2005 after 28 years of service that began in 1976 when the company was known as Holly Farms.

Mike’s brother, David, introduced him to Susan at a football game on November 2, 1967. They were married on May 24, 1968, and were happily married for 51 years, 8 months, and 11 days. Mike was a small-town country boy who loved his family, farming, raising cattle, and later, his tree farm. He was a quiet man who believed fiercely in love and loyalty. His love for his fur babies was exceptional, especially Trotline, his favorite dog. Trot and Mike were inseparable for 18 years. Trotline always rode on the center console of Mike’s truck directing him where to go, oftentimes, to Dairy Queen for ice cream.

Mike enjoyed all types of hunting, but dove and quail hunting around Abilene were his most favorite. Mike also loved fishing for crappie and catfish with his buddies. A favorite pastime was reminiscing the many years he spent fishing and hunting with his friends.

Mike was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church where he and Susan assisted with the Church’s Fall Festival and AWANA program for several years.

Mike is survived by:

Wife, Susan

Michelle Miles
Stephanie Romero and husband, Kevin

Benjamin Miles
Morgan Miles

He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Blanche Hudson; brother, David Hudson; and son-in-law, Brandon Miles.

Serving as pallbearers are James Hudson, Jayson Park, Mike Whiteside, James Allen, Daniel Quinn, Kenneth Quinn, and R.W. Reppond. Honorary pallbearers include Orlin Bergh, Jason Bergh, Joel Bergh, Benjamin Bergh, Trever Bergh, and Robin Willhoite.

Mike’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the employees of Happy At Home and Accolade Hospice.

Funeral service under the direction of Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.


Blanch Haley, 97, of Center, Texas passed away on February 5, 2020, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born December 17, 1922, in, San Augustine, Texas. Blanch was the daughter of the late Robert “Bob” Stephenson and Maud (Richards) Stephenson.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm February 7, 2020 at Mangum Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church, Center, Texas with internment following at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Blanche was a member of the First Baptist Church where she loved singing in the church Choir and where she taught preschool Sunday school for over 50 years. She enjoyed singing in the Golden Harvest Choir and being a active member in the Red hat Society.

Blanche is survived by her granddaughter, Haley Beth and husband Caleb Williams; great granddaughters, Casey, Ava and Rowan Williams; sister Faye Elder; sister-in-law: Frances Haley; numerous nieces and nephews and host of family and friends.

Blanche is preceded in death by her late husband Denton Haley; daughter Betty Ruth Haley Slatten; son: Denny Haley Jr.; parents, Robert “Bob” Stephenson and Maud Stephenson; sisters: Willie Mae Windham, Lois Walton, Patsy Ann Stephenson, Minnie “V” Lovejoy and Avis Joy “ Dolly” Harris; brothers; Richard Stephenson, Perry Stephenson, Ray Stephenson, B.J. “Shorty” Stephenson, Billy Stephenson, Aaron Stephenson and Carl Stephenson.

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