Billy D Simms, 71, of Gary, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021, in Carthage.

No services are planned at this time.

Born February 7, 1950, in San Augustine, Texas, Billy is the son of Jessie Sims and ODell Renfrow Sims.

He is survived by: 
His children: 
Amanda McSwain
Tammy Sims
Darrell Sims
Doug Sims
Michael Sims

Jeffrey Snider
Caden McMillan
Triston McMillan
Caleb McSwain
Jasper McSwain
Sammie Sims
Andrew Sims
Ashley Sims
Anita Sims
Gage Sims
Kiylee Sims
Cruise Sims
Vega Sims
Beala Redmon
Bre Sims
Crush Sims

Brother, James Sims and wife Jennie

Jackie Cox and family
Tonny Sims
Terrie Sims
Lisa Sims Debord

Preceded in death by father, James Sims; mother, ODell Renfrow Sims; grandmother Addiel A Renfrow; and aunt, Jeiell Renfrow.

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


Mark Wilson Blackwell Sr., 53, of Timpson, passed away Friday, December 3, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at Noon, Monday, December 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Bro. Son Windham will officiate. Interment will follow at Blair Cemetery in Timpson.

Born February 14, 1968, in San Jacinto City, Mark is the son of Earl Blackwell and Hester Mae Haywood Blackwell.

He is survived by:

Jennifer and Bryan Green
Will Blackwell and Miranda
Lucas Blackwell
Marcus Blackwell

Grandkids: Keith, BryLee, BreeAnna, Levi, Eli, Lyla, and Beau

Mother of his children, Jill Bloodgood and Robin Short

Keith Blackwell and Angelie of Big Spring
Kenneth Blackwell and Renee of Timpson
Robert Doyle Blackwell of Leesberg, Florida

Sister, Stella Louise Blackwell of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews; and a host of friends and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents, Earl Blackwell and Hester Mae Haywood Blackwell; sister, Betty Lorene; brother, Jimmy Wayne; and niece, Denise Blackwell.

Pallbearers will be Will Blackwell, Lucas Blackwell, Marcus Blackwell, Bryan Green, Keith Blackwell Jr., Justin Blackwell , and Jeffery Blackwell. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark’s grandkids.

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


Kenneth E. Price, 74, of Center, passed away Friday, December 3, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Revival Tabernacle in Timpson with Bro. Dathan Triplett officiating.  Interment will follow at Huntington Cemetery in Huntington, Texas.

Born July 15, 1947, in Lufkin, Kenneth is the son of Maxine Lucille Bryan Price and Arlice Elvin Price. He served in the United States Army and later worked as an electrician. He enjoyed pistol shooting and was even on a pistol team in the Army.  Kenneth was a member of Revival Tabernacle in Timpson.

He is survived by: 
His wife, Billie Price of Center

Daughter, Maxine and husband Keith Brittain and their son, Luke, of Huntington

Richard Price and his daughter, Ryleigh, and son, Sawyer, of Florida
Timothy Price of Florida

Sister, Helen and husband Hubert Shoffit and their sons, David and Dennis, of Houston

Brother, James Price and wife Brenda and their children, Jennifer and William, of Burke

Sister, Lilly Jan and husband Don Davidson and their sons, Tigger and Joey, of Lufkin

Brother, George Thomas Price of Minnesota.

Preceded in death by parents, Maxine Lucille Bryan Price and Arlice Elvin Price; brother, Robert Earl Price; and grandmother, Maude (Mommy) Lucille (Wilson) Fredrick.

Pallbearers will be William Price, Chandler James Davidson, Joey Davidson, David Gonzalez, Donald Davidson, Isaid Gonzalez, and Luke Brittain.

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


Edna D. Williford, 97, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Don Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center.

Born October 29, 1924, in Knox County, Kentucky, Edna is the daughter of Ada and James Garfield Matlock.  She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Huxley.

She is survived by:

Donald Wells and wife Mary of Magnolia, Texas
Terry Wells and wife Jacquelyn of Magnolia, Texas

Donald Wells Jr. of Magnolia, Texas
Danny Wells of Kingwood, Texas
Mike Wells of Spring, Texas

Heather Wells Kufchak of Clear Lake, Texas
Sarah Wells of Magnolia, Texas

Stepson, George Williford and wife Sue of Center, Texas

Stepdaughter, Dianne Williford of Center, Texas

Misty Ann Williford of Center, Texas
Laurie MacDonald of Center, Texas
George Williford II of Center, Texas
Travis Munsinger of Center, Texas

Also, numerous great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, Martin Wells; husband, Levi Williford; and daughter, Vicki Williford.

Pallbearers will be Terry Wells, Mike Wells, Dan Wells, Jayson Guzman, Don Wells Jr., and Darrel Williford.

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


Wanda Payne Lackey, 83, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Bro. Don Murphree and Bro. Grant Murphree will officiate.  Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Pine Hill Memorial Park in Talladega, Alabama, with Bro. Jerry Lackey officiating.

Born October 4, 1938, Wanda is the daughter of Elmer D. Payne and Louis Mae McGuire Payne.  She loved her flowers, her church (Center Christian Fellowship), and her Alabama Football.  

Left behind to cherish her memory is:

Doug Lackey of Oxford, Alabama
June and husband, Steve Cubstead of Grapeland, Texas
Debra and husband, Craig Hallman of Rome, Georgia
Ronald Lackey and wife Vickie of Munford, Alabama
Carolyn Lackey of Lincoln, Alabama
Perry Lackey and wife Samantha of Munford, Alabama
Saundra O’Connor of Center, Texas
Dona Lackey of Midland, Texas
Denise and husband Rodney Mathews of Joaquin, Texas

18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren

Jim Payne of Plano, Texas
Bud Payne and wife Barbara of Eddie, Texas

Jerry Lackey of Munford, Alabama
Randy Lackey of Wadley, Alabama

Special niece, Patricia Ledbetter of Valley Mills, Texas

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Lackey; parents, Elmer D. Payne and Louis Mae McGuire Payne; sisters, Charlene Hatadis and Ann McComber; daughter-in-law, Pinky Lackey; son-in-law, Kevin O’Connor; granddaughter, Jessica Creech; sisters-in-law, Diane Payne, Essie Mae Hester, Pearl Jones, and Addie Mae Osburn; and brothers-in-law, James Lackey and Marshall Lackey.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandson: Chris Hurst, Caiden Hickman, Steven Hurst, Chance Lackey, Dee Hickman, Blake Lackey, and Terry Lackey.

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


Charles Edward “Ed” Spencer passed away on November 29, 2021 at the age of 67.

Visitation:will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 4, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,  December 4, 2021 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, 1554 TX - 7 E, Center, Texas 75935 with Reverend Gordon Vaughn  officiating. Burial will be at Jackson Cemetery at Jackson Missionary Baptist Church, 11120 State Highway 7 E, Joaquin, Texas 75954. 

Ed was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and he and his family later moved to Aransas Pass, Texas. He moved to Houston as a young man. He went into the remodeling trade and became well-known as a perfectionist and artisan. He worked for the former River Oaks Remodeling company in Houston for 25 years, and he had many repeat customers who loved his work. Ed met Nikki Esther Dorman in Houston. Her father, Dr. William J. Dorman, was from the Day Community in Joaquin, Texas. Her mother was from Indiana. 

Ed and Nikki married in 1987. They moved to Katy, Texas. Nikki had three daughters from a previous marriage to William Travis Childs. Ed and Nikki also adopted six children. Ed loved all of his children, and he was very interested in their welfare. He was a “go to” dad – they would go to him if they had a difficult problem, and he would try to help figure it out. He loved being with his children, and particularly enjoyed taking them to football, basketball, and track practices and games. 

Ed loved to cook delicious taquitos every Sunday after church. It became a family tradition. He loved his wife and children with all of his heart. The children enjoyed being with him and admired him. They have said they learned their work ethic from him. He showed them by example how to be honest and hard working. They saw him go out of his way to help anyone in trouble, and now they go out of their way to help people, too.

Ed will be so greatly missed by all who knew him and saw his sincere and kind personality. He could, however, be rough and tough, too. He was a very strong man. He was never too macho, though, to show respect for his mother—always.

Ed leaves behind his wife, Nikki Esther Dorman Spencer, to whom he was always faithful, and nine children and stepchildren named below:

Catherine Elizabeth Childs Wilson
Betty Louise Childs
Anthony Edward Spencer (Birth name: Anthony Don Cardenas)
Mario Xavier Spencer (Birth name: Mario Anthony-Padilla-Trevino)
Martin Valentino Spencer (Birth name: Martin Trevino)
Nicholas Christopher Spencer (Birth name: Christopher Rene Cardenas)
Daniel Boone Spencer (Birth name: Daniel Boone Kahle)
Tawny Jaguar Spencer (Birth name: T J LaShone Pleasant)

Ed leaves behind siblings, as follows:

Dawn Marie Spencer
Richard Roy Spencer
Robert Henry Spencer (wife Annie Rios)
Penni Leah Spencer Stephens (husband Gerald Stephens)
Starr Ann Spencer Gilden

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward Spencer, Sr. and Delores Cifaldi Spencer, and by his step-daughter, Patricia Annette Childs Willis.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Spencer, Mario Spencer, Nicholas Spencer, Richard Spencer, Penni Spencer Stephens, and Christina Bernal. Honorary pallbearers are Catherine Childs Wilson and Sabrina Bishop who did so much to help Nikki Spencer care for Ed during his critical illness.

A special word of gratitude is given to the doctors and nurses of Memorial Hermann Hospital – Medical Center, Houston and Memorial Hermann Hospital – Memorial City, Houston for their scientific knowledge and strategies to prolong and save lives, along with their extremely kind care of their patients.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.


Kaizlyn Reese Hatton, 1-year-old from Timpson, passed away November 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

Funeral service is 11am Saturday, December 4, 2021 at First Smyrna United Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas. Interment is at Timpson Smyrna Cemetery with Pastor Charleston Johnson as eulogist. Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services.

She is survived by:

Mother, Ke'Ambria Holloway of Timpson

Daddy, Robert Hatton, Jr.  of Timpson

Twin brother, Kase Hatton of Timpson

Chem Holloway of Timpson
Pamela Grant of Jacksonville

Darron Holloway of Timpson
Robert Hatton of Frankston

Great-Grandmother, Virginia Page of Timpson.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Tony LaVance Yarbrough (T Man), 57 of Timpson, passed away Saturday morning, November 27, 2021 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral service is 1pm Saturday, December 4 at First Assembly of God in Timpson. Interment is at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson with Bishop Cedric Grace officiating. Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services.

He is survived by:

Wife, Vickie Yarbrough of Timpson

LaToyia (Kawan) Jeter of Carthage
Destiny (Jeremy) Boykins of Louisville, Texas
Ryleigh Yarbrough of Timpson
Shambrica Page of Houston
Shun Page of Timpson

12 Grandchildren, 1 Great-Grandchild

Lucy (Allen) Gossett of Timpson
Angie (Robert) Reed of Nacogdoches
Linda (D Monte) Taylor of Lufkin
Peggy Greer-Walker

Kenneth (Carolyn) Yarbrough of Timpson
Emmett (Loulou) Yarbrough of Timpson
Howard Daniels of Garrison
Stacy (Suzette) Thompson of Tenaha

Father-in-law, Larry Williams of Carthage

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

Mr. Grady A. Lewis, 95, of Shelby County, Texas, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Lewis was born October 28, 1926, in San Augustine County's Steep Creek community to parents Ivy B. and Leona (Crocker) Lewis. He was a longtime resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, before returning to the East Texas area. In Lafayette, he retired as sales manager for Patterson Rental Tools and was active with the First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine.

Funeral services are set for 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. Welton Blackmon officiating. Interment will follow with military honors at Chinquapin Cemetery in San Augustine County.

He proudly served his country as a Seaman First Class with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. Among his assignments, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor.

Grady was an avid golfer and baseball player. He was a utility player for Stephen F. Austin State University's Lumberjack baseball team 1947-1949 and also played in the East Texas League with minor leagues in Tyler and Jacksonville.

His survivors include:
His wife, Jean C. Lewis

His brother, Johnny Lewis, and wife, Sarah of Huntington

A host of friends and neighbors

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivy B. and Leona Lewis; and a brother, Harmon Lewis.

Pallbearers: Frank Gauthier, Landon Gauthier, Monte Taylor, Doug Blacklock, Adolfo Castro, and Kenny Wildbur.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.


Ricky Wayne Daniels was born on February 22, 1966, to the proud parents of Cleo and Billie Joyce Daniels in Center, TX. He went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Funeral service is at 1pm Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center. Interment is at Westview Cemetery in Center with Pastor Anthony Jackson officiating. Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services.

He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age and was a proud member of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church. Ricky was an ordained Deacon at Bright Morning Star and served as an Usher. Two of his favorite songs were "Never Would Have Made It" and "He Saw the Best in Me" by Marvin Sapp and Ricky was often heard singing them very loudly and with great conviction.

In 1984, Ricky graduated from Center High School where he excelled on the basketball court. After high school, he attended Kilgore Junior College and later joined the US Navy.

Ricky married the love of life, Jerdena Johnson, on March 30, 1996. Although married for 25 years, God blessed them to share over 30 years filled with cherished moments.

Ricky was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, nephew and friend to all who knew him.

Ricky is preceded in death by his father, Cleo Daniels and his son, SeDerrick Goodwin.

His Family Leaving to cherish his memory:

Wife, Jerdena Daniels

Mother, Billie Joyce Daniels

Roy Daniels
Reggie Daniels (LaWanda)
Tyrone Deason

Brenda Daniels-Willis (Wardell)
Stephanie Daniels-Miles

Amber Anderson
Kelley Sullivan
LaKetha Handy

Johnathon Johnson
Tristen Johnson Sr. (Evyone)

Grandchildren/Great Grandchildren include Aanyah, Aiden, Ariyanna, Amyra, BraKeria, Cameron A, Cameron G, !marl, JaKacee, Jazaria, Joniyan, Kristen, La'Roya, Malik, Nevah and Tristen Jr.

Special family includes Cheryl Johnson (Sister-In-Law), Joyce Edwards (God Mother/Aunt), Ke'Isha Johnson, LaClea Miles and LaKrista Page, Shanue Jenkins (Nieces) and Nichole Ellington, (Cousin/Sister).

Leola Barker
Billie Harris
Catherine Reed
Rose Stephenson
Ella Garret
Debra Mayweather
Fannie Holman
Sarah Jenkins
Clara Dergin
Baby Lou Gardner

Willie Singleton
Vernon Singleton

A host of other special family and friends.

Ricky will be forever known for his kind spirit, loving heart and as the number one fan of the San Francisco 49'ers. Rest easy Slick Rick!

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Red Anderson, 86, of Center, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 10am, Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Neuville Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born June 21, 1935, Red is the son of Leonard Elton Anderson and Frances Rachel Oliver Anderson. His career was in the poultry industry and later he did odd jobs such as mowing and picking up cans until his health declined. In previous years, you could find him playing his guitar on Saturday nights on the Center Square. Red was credited with being a good pool shark.

He was a member of Neuville Baptist Church.

He is survived by:

Brother, Charles H. Anderson of Colmesneil

Mary Ellen Harris of Joaquin
Grace Arlene Bruton of Colmesneil

Nephew, Spencer Bruton of Colmesneil

Niece, Thresa Jones of Joaquin

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Elton Anderson and Frances Rachel Oliver Anderson; brothers, Leonard E. Anderson and Lamar Anderson; and sister, Linda Smalley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made for final expenses.

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


Jessie Salter Smith was born on July 21, 1938 in Whitney, Texas the daughter of Jessie and Freida Salter. Mrs. Smith passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Shelbyville, Texas. 

Jessie was very devoted to her Christ and Savior and found immense pleasure in being the daughter of a King. Her devotion led her to membership at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and her life was centered around having her name written down in glory. She appreciated being outside and took extraordinary pride in keeping her yard pristine for as long as she was able. When she was not outside enjoying the beauty of God’s creations, she spoiled herself by watching episodes of General Hospital. In addition to the many other things she experienced in life, she was honored to have been a dispatcher, taking particular care to help ensure the safety of those who protect others. Jessie had a great love of family. She smiled with joy and was happiest when surrounded by those closest to her. 

She is survived by:

Sons, Tony Smith and wife, Darlene
Charlie Smith and wife, Kathy
Michael Smith

Kathy Holloway and husband, Mitch
Paula Lout and husband, Jimmy

15 grandchildren

24 great-grandchildren

5 great-great grandchildren

Brother, Ronnie Salter and wife, Carmen

She was also blessed to have a God-sent daughter, Danielle Frazier.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

Services under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


William "Bill" Glenn Gray, 92 from Center, passed away on August 29, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 4, 2021 at 11am at the VFW Post 8904 which is located at 617 Highway 96, Center, Texas. Due to covid we are asking that everyone wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the VFW: V.F.W. Post 8904, P.O. Box 1024, Center, Texas 75935.

Bill was a member of VFW Post #8904.

He is survived by:

Paul Gray
Sandra Gray
James Gray
Theresa Gray States

6 grandchildren

9 great-grandchildren

4 great-great-grandchildren

Buddy Gray
Winfred Gray
Charles Ray Gray

Opal Gray Singletary
Diane Gray Bragg

A gang of nieces an nephews

Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Virgie Gray; sister, Mildred Gray Edmonds; and brothers, Robert Wayne "Popeye" Gray and Eddie Hancock.

His wishes were to be cremated. Final interment will be at the V.A. Cemetery in Houston, Texas.


James Allen Payne, Sr., 86, of Hemphill, Texas passed away Friday, November 26, 2021, in League City, Texas.

He was born in Center, Texas on November 13, 1935, and was the fourth of four children born to A.J. (Jimmie) and Mary Coy Dellinger Payne. He attended Center public schools and graduated Center High School in 1954. His parents owned and operated a grocery store in East Center for many years. He was active in the Boy Scouts, earning Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow.

After high school, James Allen attended Panola Junior College where he met the love of his life, Penny Charlotte Pinckard. They both thereafter attended the University of Texas at Austin. James Allen put himself through college (BBA 1958) and UT Law School (J.D. 1961) working for then Lieutenant Governor Ben Ramsey at the State Capitol. Hard work and sacrifice were a constant in his life. James Allen and Penny wed on June 6, 1959 at the First United Methodist Church in Carthage, Texas.

The couple briefly lived in Lufkin, Texas where he worked as an attorney for the Texas Department of Transportation. They moved to Hemphill in 1961 where James Allen entered law practice with John Henry Minton, also operating J.H. Minton Abstract Co. After Mr. Minton’s death James Allen continued operating the title company and practicing law until retiring in 2004. James Allen was a member of the State Bar of Texas, also admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, a member of the First Judicial District Bar Association, and a licensed title agent for Stewart Title. He served in numerous offices over the years, including Sabine County Attorney, Hemphill City Attorney, Pineland City Attorney and Hemphill ISD School Board, among others. He served as legal counsel to many other local government entities, boards and associations. His law practice was active and broad. He prosecuted criminal cases as the County Attorney and often with the District Attorney. He tried civil cases of all types while maintaining an active real estate practice. He was widely known and respected and was a stalwart in the East Texas legal community.

James Allen was also extremely active in his community. He was a member of the Hemphill First United Methodist Church where he served as a lay leader and on many boards. He was instrumental in the building of the current Sanctuary and Church facilities. He was a Scout Master, a member and past president of the Hemphill Lions Club, a member of the Pineland Service Club, and served on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee for the JR Huffman Public Library. His list of organizational memberships and charitable contributions was long and varied.

James Allen was one of the original members of the Board of Directors of Pineland State Bank, serving from 1968-2000. He served on virtually every committee at the bank and derived a great deal of joy from that work and his close friendships with the other Directors and bank employees. After retiring as a Director, he continued his banking work, joining the Advisory Board of Directors for Shelby Savings Bank, Hemphill branch. That opportunity and the relationships made meant a lot to him.

He will be missed by many. His unique sense of humor and dry wit were well known and will be missed. His wife, Penny, passed away in 1990 and although he mourned her loss until his death, he remained a rock to his family. He leaves a legacy of hard work, honesty and kindness.

He is survived by:

daughter, Jennifer Payne Figge and husband, Alan, of League City
son, James Allen Payne, Jr. and wife, Jill, of Center
daughter, Charlotte Payne Markowski and husband, Brent, of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Lauren Figge of Dallas
Paige Figge of Nashville, Tennessee
James Allen Payne III of Midland
Madison Jane Payne of Center
Dana Markowski of Vacaville, California
Holly Markowski of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sister, Portia Gaines of Center, Texas

Polly Montemayor and husband, Johnny, of Center
Jeannie Gaines of Center
Beverly Rogers of Albuquerque, New Mexico

He was preceded in death by his wife, Penny Charlotte Pinckard Payne; parents, A.J. (Jimmie) Payne and Coy Dellinger Payne; sisters, Patricia Payne Brittain and Gloria Payne.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Starr Funeral Home Chapel, 510 Starr Street, Hemphill, Texas.

Funeral services will follow visitation at Starr Funeral Home with Pastor Karen Jones and Pastor Alberto Williams officiating.

Condolences can be made and guest book may be signed online at starrfuneralhome.com.


Otis Brodie Tamplin, 96, of Houston, TX (formerly of Huxley, TX and Port Neches, TX) passed away peacefully on November 15, 2021, with loved ones at his side.

A memorial and interment service will be held at Strong Cemetery in Huxley, TX on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. at the cemetery; prior to the memorial service.

Brodie was born in Shelby County in East Texas on June 18, 1925, to Kage and Rosa Tamplin. 

At 18 years old he joined the US Army and served in the European Theater in WWII. In the summer of 1944, he was part of the Normandy invasion, and was later wounded in Brest, France. He spent Christmas of 1944 in a hospital in Europe. He was discharged the next year from Camp Carson in Colorado, receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Battle Star and European-African-Middle-Eastern Campaign Ribbon. 

Following his discharge from the Army, Brodie began a 27+ year career with the Gulf Oil Corporation in Port Arthur, TX. 

On June 2, 1951, he was united in marriage to Bobbie T. Davis. They were married a month-and-a-half shy of 65 years, upon Bobbie’s death in April 2016.

After marriage, Bobbie and Brodie moved to Port Neches, TX to raise a family, with son, Michael “Mike” and daughter, Jane Ann.

Brodie was an active member and head teller at First Baptist Church in Port Neches for many years. 

After retirement he and Bobbie moved back to East Texas to live in the piney woods near Toledo Bend. There he raised cattle and horses and enjoyed gardening. They were active members at Lydia Baptist Church. In 2008 they moved to Houston to be closer to their daughter.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Jane Ann Burnap

Son-in-law, Walt Burnap

Grand-daughter, Brooke Ainsworth and her husband, Ron Ainsworth

Many nieces and nephews; and many cousins, all very dear.

He is pre-deceased by wife, Bobbie Tamplin; son, Mike Tamplin; brothers (and sisters-in-law) Zach Tamplin, Weldon Ward (Chuck) Tamplin and Dell, Dwight Tamplin and Jeanette; and parents Kage and Rosa Tamplin.

The family wishes to thank his doctors and caregivers for their excellent medical care and compassion. They also wish to thank the kind staff and friends at The Village of River Oaks in Houston where he resided the past 4 ½ years. We are also thankful for the many friends and family that have visited over the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences and remembrances for Brodie Tamplin may be made online at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Bridgett Willoughby, 49, of Nacogdoches, passed away on November 20, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

A memorial service is at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Laird Funeral Home, with Tonya Harry and Eugene Hickman officiating.

On June 21, 1972, this world celebrated the birth of Bridgett Ann Gray, daughter of Carlos Stephens Gray of Center, TX, and Carolyn Sue Ferguson Chrisco of Nacogdoches, TX. With blond hair and blue eyes, she was much prettier and more photogenic than the older Gray siblings, Amanda and Ronald. In fact, they were quite sure she was adopted, and told her so throughout their youth. Somehow, young Bridgett persevered with a tomboy older sister and brother who enjoyed putting sick wrestling moves on her dollies and stuffed animals. It was likely at this time that she developed her lifelong love of children in need of protection.

After a slightly wild adolescence enjoyed whole-heartedly with her older siblings, she settled down to raise her beloved sons, Ryan, Alan, and Justin. She worked full-time to raise her boys while attending college at Stephen F. Austin State University. Upon graduation, she took a position with Child Protective Services as an investigator. She found her true calling as an advocate for abused and neglected children.

She loved sunshine, fishing, and flip-flops. She travelled all over the United States, and fell in love with Belize. A woman who wouldn't put her head underwater in a bathtub went scuba diving in Belize. She lived for her children and grandchildren. If you were ever a part of her family, you were forever a part of her family. Children’s rights and safety were her passion. She was a warrior, fierce and passionate. She loved a good argument, but you’d better know your facts. And if it was a written conversation or document, you’d better know your grammar and spelling, too.

From Center, Tx, to Port Barre, La, to the Oldest Town in Texas, she made lifelong friends and loved without reserve. A heart so big, gone too soon.

Preceded in death by her stepfather, Ken Chrisco. Heaven is a bit shocked tonight by your long, blond hair slinging around to the rhythm of the song, “Mustang Sally.” Ride, Bridgett, Ride. And rest in peace, beautiful soul.

Bridgett is survived by:

Mother, Carolyn Chrisco of Nacogdoches

Father, Carlos Gray and wife Karen of Center

Sister, Amanda Gongwer and husband Jeff of Mount Enterprise

Brother, Ronald Gray and wife Teresa of Center

Ryan Gray and wife Candace of Wimberley
Alan Willoughby and wife LaKendra of Nacogdoches
Justin Willoughby of Nacogdoches

Eight grandchildren, her pride and joy, Kenneth Willoughby, Riley Gray, Cullen Gray, Jacob Watts, Tristin Gray, Lyla Watts, Lainey Watts, and Braelyn Willoughby.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CASA of Deep East Texas.

Services under the direction of Laird Funeral Home, 2116 South Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.


Helen Jones Samford, 92, of Center, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Dale Gannon will officiate. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Center.

Born May 3, 1929, in Center, Helen is the daughter of Marvin Allen Jones and I.Z. Hughes. She was a member of Woodlands Church of Christ.

She is survived by:

Son, Kenneth Adameck

Grandson, Jerry Glover

Sisters and brothers:
Pat Peace
Sammy Jones and wife Joy
Linda Foreman and husband Bobby
David Jones
Mary Walker
Rose Jones

Sister-in-law, Renita Jones

Preceded in death by husband, M.O. Samford; daughter, Denice Glover; sisters and brothers, Billie Wall, Bobby Jones, Barbara Waller, Joe Norris, and Donald Jones.

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


Martha Sparks, 85, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on November 24, 2021, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on September 19, 1936, in Jacksonville, Texas, to the late Vadis H. and Ethel F. Hoover. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery, Timpson area. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Martha loved to take care of people. She made a career out of doing that very thing as a nurse. Martha cared for her patients greatly. She hurt when they hurt. She was very good at what she did. She carried that caring attitude with her in her daily life. Martha loved her family and friends and always made sure they were taken care of. She was iron-willed and had a very strong personality. Martha loved quilting, country TV and especially loved taking trips to Branson, Missouri. Out of everything, though, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Martha is survived by:
Her sons,
David Sparks and wife, Liz
Tommy Sparks and wife, Tammy
Howard Sparks and wife, Peggy
Johnny Sparks and wife, Priscilla

Daughter, Julie Tatom and husband, Wade

Joshua Sparks and wife, Andrea
Matthew Sparks and wife, Amberly
Justin Tatom and wife, Stephanie
Candus Martha Tatom
Kimberlee Gaona and husband, Lupe
Jason Sparks and wife, Zenita
Billy Lusk and wife, Natalie
Derek Lusk and wife, Lee Ann
Bradley Lusk and wife, Emily
Lance Sparks and wife, Ashleigh
Turner Julian Sparks and wife, Rebecca

19 great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends; and she also leaves behind her beloved cat, MA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Vadis H. and Ethel F. Hoover; husband, Turner Sparks; infant daughter, Teresa Sparks; brother, Robert Hoover; sisters-in-law, Sue Hoover and Francis Hoover; and numerous other family and friends that she cared for.

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.


Mrs. Berta Mae Cartwright (75) of Keller, Texas died on November 23, 2021 at Medical City North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills, Texas. Mrs. Berta Mae Goodwin, Cartwright was born on August 3, 1945 in Center, Texas to the late John Goodwin and Odessie Coleman, Goodwin.  Mrs. Cartwright's Funeral services will be held on November 27, 2021, at Bright Morning Star at 1:00 PM.  Pastor Marlin Cloudy will be officiating.  

Mrs. Cartwright is survived by:
Gloria Goodwin of Keller
Margaret Goodwin of Center
Debra Edwards of Keller
Shamekia Powell of Keller

Visitation will be Friday, November 26, 2021, at Hicks Chapel in Center with committal to follow at Westview Cemetery. 

Due to Covid, all restrictions and guidelines are enforced. Masks are to be worn during the funeral and visitation.

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary at 804 Martin Luther King Drive Center, Texas. Visit our website at www.hicksmortuary.net


Lerlene Raines, 79, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on November 22, 2021, in Lufkin, Texas. She was born on October 24, 1942, in Caledonia, Texas to the late John Henry and Dolly (Durrett) Raines. Graveside will be 2:00 pm, Monday, November 29, 2021, at County Line Cemetery.
Lerlene grew up in Caledonia and worked hard alongside her siblings. After high school she attended Massey Business School, learning secretarial skills and became very efficient in shorthand, which she later used in many years of employment at Moore Business Forms, where she made many life-long friends.

Lerlene loved her mother dearly and devoted her life to making Mrs. Dolly happy. Lerlene enjoyed gardening and had many beautiful plants and flowers. She even tried her had at grafting fruit trees. Lerlene loved all her nieces and nephews as her own and did so much for them. She never failed to make them feel special and loved. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Lerlene is survived by: 
Her brothers: 
Buck Raines and wife, Judy and family
John Raines and wife, Sarah, and family

Her niece, Beverly Francis and husband, Tony, and their family

Many other family and friends

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Henry, and Dolly (Durrett) Raines; sister, Lorene Chandler; and nephews, Wayne Hooker and John Robert Weaver.
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.garrisonfh.net
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, is in charge of arrangements.