10/14/2019

Buck Davis, 91, of Center, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Davis was born February 16, 1928, in Huxley, to Herman Davis and Annie Campbell Davis.  He retired from Shelbyville ISD and was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Lynn Davis and wife Yolanda
Joyce Dean and husband Junior
Howard Davis and wife Patty

Grandchildren: 
Tim Parker and wife Emily
Brittany Foster and husband Matt
Josh Davis and wife Lindsay
Clay Dean

Great-grandchildren: 
Roman and Ivy Foster
Raylee and Hayes Davis
Carson and Case Parker 

He is preceded in death by wife of 61 years, Mae Davis; his parents, Herman and Annie Davis; sisters and brother, Grace Hutto, Nathaleen Duncan, Bonnie Belrose, Barbara Graves, Billy Davis, and Joy Oswalt.

Pallbearers will be Billy Davis, Sonny Davis, Steve Holloway, Matt Foster, Timothy Parker, and Josh Davis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Carson Parker, Roman Foster, Clay Dean, John Koltonski, and Danny Scarborough.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

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

10/14/2019

Denise Renee Blackwell, 39, of Timpson, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Longview.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Blair Cemetery in Shelby County.  

Mrs. Blackwell was born December 30, 1979, to Kenneth Earl Blackwell and Renee Smithhart Blackwell.  She was presently a college student.

She is survived by:

Husband, Dewayne Hendrick

Children:
Natalie Hendrick
Layla Hendrick
Ethan Hendrick

Grandchildren:
Leah Hutto
Presleigh Hutto
Waylon Harvey

Parents, Kenneth and Renee Blackwell

Sister, Michelle Bridges and husband Brant

Brother, Bubba Blackwell

Numerous nieces; a nephew; and one great-niece.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Hester Blackwell.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Hendrick, Little Keith Blackwell, Bubba Blackwell, Jeffery Blackwell, Justin Blackwell, and Justin Ross.

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

10/10/2019

Mary McDonald Warneke, 86, of Timpson, Texas passed away on October 9, 2019 in Timpson, Texas. Born February 11, 1933, Mary is the daughter of the late Jack Garland Brown and Ruby Viola (Chaney) Brown. Visitation will be held Friday, October 11, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2PM at First Assembly of God Church, Timpson, Texas with Bro. E.J. Adams officiating. Interment will follow in Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

Mary was born in Garrison, Texas. She attended Robert E. Lee school in Tyler, Texas.  Mary married the love of her life, Doy McDonald, in February 1951, spending more than 25 years together before his sudden passing in 1974. They had three wonderful children in which they adored.  She later married Henry Cecil, and spent 10 years with him. Life happened, and later she married Earnest Warneke, they enjoyed each others compnay, and spent more than 15 years together before his passing with cancer.  

She was considered the Roller Derby Queen in her younger years. She also enjoyed playing volleyball in school. Mary was a physical therapist assistant in the public school system for many years. Her love for children was great, but grew even more as she had grandchildren. She loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. Mary was a crafty person, enjoyed making floral arrangements. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, working in the flower beds and gardening. You could find her in the kitchen canning vegetables she had grown, putting up jam from fruit she had gathered, and just cooking great food for her family.

Mary was a devoted christian lady. She is a member of First Assembly of God Church, Timpson. She served her church, in many capacities. She was the chuch clerk for over 30 years, until her health failed. She loved her Lord and was willing to serve him in any way.  

She is survived by:
Her son: Joel Lann McDonald

Daughters: 
Barbara Aniethia McDonald
Patricia Lynn Todd and husband John

Brother: Jack Brown

Sister: Betty Frazier

Grandchildren:
Mike Todd and wife Tonya
Nathan Todd and wife Tiffany
Jesse Ellis

Great-grandchildren: 
Micah Todd
Lane Todd
Harper Ellis
Rilynn Ellis
Allie Todd

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Mary is preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest Warneke, Henry Cecil, Doy McDonald; grandson, John Todd Jr.; brothers, John Paul Brown, Mark Samuel Brown, Oscar Brown, Jesse Brown, Billy Little, Robert Little; sisters, Pauline Brown and Mary Grant.

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

10/9/2019

Sheila Fountain Cosby, 51, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Son Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Cosby was born May 14, 1968, to Homer Fountain Jr. and Wanda Williams Fountain. Her hobbies included fishing, crafting, and being with grandkids and family. She was a member of White Rock Baptist Church.

She is survived by: 

Her children: 
Ashley Cosby of Douglass
William Wesley Cosby Jr. of Center
Brandon Chase Shields of Joaquin

Grandchildren: 
Steven Mahaffey of Douglass
Jaiden Mahaffey of Douglass
Braelynn Cosby of Cherino

Sister: Jill Parker and husband Steve of Center

Brother: Randy Fountain

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her father, Homer Fountain Jr.; mother and stepfather, Wanda and Jeff Coats; grandparents, Rachel and Jack Fountain, Vaudine Adams, and John Thomas Williams Jr.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Thompson, John Kevin Cosby, Steven Mahaffey, Steve Parker, Lonnie Whitton, and Chase Shields. Honorary pallbearer will be Taylor Bryce.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with final expenses.

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

10/08/2019

Fred Hudson III, 71, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in Center.

Mr. Hudson was born July 6, 1948, in Center, to Fred Hudson, Jr. and Kathleen Covington Hudson.

He is survived by: 
His son: Warren Hudson and his family

Daughter: Jasmine Crowley

Brothers: Willie Hudson and Stephen Shires

Sister-in-law: Vickie Hudson

Brother-in-law: Don Stewart

Numerous nieces and a great-nephew; and countless friends and loved ones.

Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Donna Stewart and Paul Hudson.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street in Center. All of his many friends and family are invited to attend.  And bring your favorite Freddie story with you.

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

10/07/2019

Yvonne Wetzel, 80, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019, in Timpson.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Johnny Black officiating.  Interment will follow at Rosevine Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Mrs. Wetzel was born January 23, 1939, in Hedley, to Burnis Cooper and Essie Moran Cooper. She worked as a cosmetologist and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by:

Husband, Jerry Goetzman

Children:
Marlos Gillian
Raymond Stringer
Kathy Hopson
Jimmy Stringer
Barbie Segal

10 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren

Sister, Merilyn White

Brother, James Cooper.  

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Smith; grandson, Joey Stringer; parents, Burris Cooper and Essie Moran Cooper; son-in-law, Steve Hopson; and Johnny Wetzel and J.D. Stringer.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons - Jason Stringer, Michael Stringer, Dustin Smith, David Brackin, Justin Pirtle, and Mark Tobias.

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

10/05/2019

Larry Scarborough, 74, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019, in Pasadena as a result of a heart attack.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Michael McArthur and Bro. Rusty Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Scarborough was born April 17, 1945, in Center, to Jeff Scarborough and Ruth Metcalf Scarborough. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber. Mr. Scarborough was a member of the Houston Scottish Rite Downtown Temple, Dickinson Masonic Lodge #1324 in Dickinson, Northshore Lodge #1353 in Houston, and El Mina Shriners in Galveston. He was also a member of Sagemont Church.

He is survived by:

Wife, Mozell Furlow Scarborough of Pasadena

Children:
Jeffrey Scarborough and wife Melina of Alvin
Tammy Schnell and husband Kent of Houston

Grandchildren:
Kaeley Moore and husband Russell
Andrea Scarborough and fiancé Jared Byrd
Ashtin Schnell
Anastasia Schnell
Isabella Pena

Great-grandchildren: Riley Moore and Tyler Moore

Brother, Danny Scarborough and wife Judy

Sisters:
Deloris Sample and husband Donald
Merlyon Chandler and husband Larry

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jeff Scarborough and Ruth Metcalf Scarborough.

Pallbearers will be Kent Schnell, Pat Scarborough, Phillip Scarborough, Richard Furlow, Sammy Furlow, and Harold Sabin.

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

10/03/2019

Bobbie Ruth Kelley Tanner

A beautiful soul left to be with our Father in Heaven, in the early morning hours of a beautiful day in Port, St. Lucie, Florida.

Funeral service is at 11am Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Church of Christ, 600 Martin Luther King Blvd, San Augustine, TX. Visitations will begin on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10am until 11am at the Church of Christ. Interment is at Haley Bush Cemetery, Bland Lake community, San Augustine, Texas.

Bobbie was born in Center, TX, to the late Willie Mae Kelley Tanner and Chester Bell Sr. She attended the Lincoln School system where she graduated in 1958. She moved through life and found a career as a quality control Inspector for Bruce Hardwood flooring. She retired with 35 plus years of service.

Bobbie was added to the Church of Christ at an early age under the direction of Bro. Clonnie White and she ended her service to Christ at the Lake Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Bro. Henry McFadden in Stuart, Florida. Bobbie was the loving mother of three children, son, James Patrick Tanner preceded her in glory (Yolanda).

She leaves to cherish her memories:

Daughter, Pamala Ann Tanner of Port St. Lucie, Florida

Son Michael Todd Tanner (Shawna) of Lufkin, TX

Bobbie was the oldest of 7 siblings in which two preceded her in glory.

Siblings, all of San Augustine, TX:
Parie Z. Davis
Maderia Tanner Jr. (wife Charlotte)
Pearl Johnson (Lewis)
Velva Tanner
Brenda Johnson
Chester Bell Jr. (Patricia)
Sara Thomas

9 loving grandchildren:
Crystal Tanner
Kelley Tanner
Jarmarius Marshall
Micah Tanner
Carl Matthews
Rochell Tyler
Shariah Davis
Tyrease Davis
Maya Tanner

12 great-grandchildren, and a multitude of nephews, nieces, cousins, and wonderful friends to celebrate her transition on to Glory.

A very special thanks to Mi Home Health Care, Millie, Vina, Marlene, Marie, Beverly and Zola, for all their loving care for Bobbie “Boo” through her journey.

Services under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home.

10/03/2019

Larry Wayne Barton, 68, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019, at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Barton was born December 31, 1950, in Center, to Elzie Barton and Jessi Shelton Barton.  He was employed as a truck driver for Tyson Foods.  An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Barton enjoyed hunting and fishing.  His most treasured times were times spent with family.

He is survived by:
His wife: Libby Barton of Center

Children: 
Larry Barton of Alabama
Patrick Barton of Center
Carlee Barton of Timpson

Grandchildren: 
Christian
Jason
Chase

Sister: Ann Mayfield of Louisiana

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Johnny Barton.

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

10/03/2019

Douglas Odom, 83, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019, in Center.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2pm Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Neuville Baptist Church in the Neuville Community of Shelby County.

Mr. Odom was born July 9, 1936, in Nocomis, Florida. He served in the United States Air Force and later worked as an electrician for IBEW Local. Mr. Odom was an avid outdoorsman and was known for his love of John Deere Tractors. A loving husband, Dad, Paw-Paw, and friend, Mr. Odom was happiest when spending time with his family.

He is survived by: 
His wife: Carolyn Odom

Children: 
Scott Odom and wife, Leanna
Denise Kethley and husband Hulette
Michelle Collins and husband Robert
Keith Odom
Kelly Cormier and husband John

9 grandchildren
11 great grandchildren
2 great-great-grandchildren

Brother: Tony Odom and wife Carolyn

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, 800.227.2345, www.cancer.org/donate

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

10/02/2019

Odeal Grisby, 87 of Shelbyville, passed away Friday evening, September 27, 2019 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

A wake will be held Friday, October 4th from 6pm until 8pm at Triumph First Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville, Texas.

She will lay-in-state from 10am until 11am on Saturday, October 5 at Triumph First Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville. Funeral service will follow at 11am. Internment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Dora Grisby of Shelbyville

A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

10/02/2019

Kay Fodge, 69, of Gary, Texas passed away on October 1, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born December 24, 1949, in Sikeston, Missouri, Kay is the daughter of Glenn William Greene and the late Betty Jo (Marvel) Greene. 

Visitation will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.  Funeral service will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Darrell Owens and Bro. Carroll Jones officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Kay was born and raised in Sikeston, Missouri. She graduated from Sikeston High School Class of 1967.  She married the love of her life, Mike, while he was working for her father, and the two were joined together in December, following her graduation. Their love for one another has immensly grown over the last 51 years together rasing their children and now enjoying a grandson.  

She worked as an Instructional Aide for Timpson ISD for more than 18 years before retiring in 2015.  Spoiling children was her true act of kindness, but spoiling her grandson, Charlie was the absolute best.  Kay enjoyed many things like crocheting and reading. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and aunt. Kay was a devoted pastors’ wife for the past 35 years. She is a member of West Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church.  

Kay is survived by:
Her husband: Mike Fodge of Gary, Texas

Son: Charles Michael Glenn Fodge of Moberly, Missouri

Daughters: 
Kalin Jo Fodge of Hallsville, Texas
Sheila Lynn Harris and husband, DJ of Hallsville, Texas
Cheryl Ann Fodge of Joaquin, Texas

Father: Glenn William Greene of Morehouse, Missouri

Grandson: David Charles Harris

Brother: Glenn W. “Dub” Greene Jr. and wife Kris of Clarkdale, Arizona

Sister: Belinda Gay Morrow of Sikeston, Missouri

Nieces: 
Emily Mueller of Bertrand, Missouri
Stephanie Parker of Springfield, Missouri
Kristen Thompson of Essex, Missouri

Nephews: 
Daniel Thompson of Sikeston, Missouri
Richard Selleck of Gardner, Kansas

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jo (Marvel) Greene.

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.

10/01/2019

Funeral Service for Margaret Martin Hardy, 85, of Martinsville, will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Don Chumley officiating. Burial will be at Martinsville Cemetery.

Mrs. Hardy passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019, in Spring, Texas. She was born on November 27, 1933, in Grigsby, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Laird Funeral Home.

Margaret lived in Grigsby until she was 4 years old, and they moved to Martinsville where they made their home near her 7 uncles. Margaret’s favorite memories as a child were those of her school days. She often spoke of how simple things seemed, and how she loved walking home for lunch and going through the old natural rock store. She loved her teachers and school in general. She had a vivid memory of her teachers and what they taught. Margaret would spend hours talking of the days of old when she enjoyed the rhythm band, the trips to the cedar tree where the water pipes served as “fountains”. The stories she remembered seemed to be from a book of tales, but in reality, it was her everyday life. Her passion for learning came exclusively from her times as a youngster with her teachers. Upon her graduation from Nacogdoches High School in 1952, she pursued her dream of being a teacher by enrolling in Stephen F. Austin University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in 1955 and Master of Education in 1960. She taught from 1955-1956 in Pasadena, Texas. She then taught in Martinsville beginning in 1962, initially as a substitute, followed by a fulltime position, until her retirement in 1989. Her life after retirement was filled with wonderful memories made with those she loved. Her love of life and family and her exceptionally happy demeanor will be forever remembered by everyone.

Margaret is survived by:

Daughter, Lisa Robinson and husband, Frank of The Woodlands

Brother, Lamar Martin of Martinsville

Sister-in-law, Vickie Martin of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Jerry Robinson of Houston
Carey Robinson of Houston

Great-grandchildren:
Katie Robinson Filipp and husband Robert of San Diego, CA
Andrew Robinson and Charlie Robinson of Houston

Nieces:
Janet Lucas
Jennifer Ford

Nephews:
David Martin and wife JoAnna
Sean Martin
Kevin Martin and wife Renee

She is also survived by other extended family and wonderful friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Hardy; parents, Quillion Oswell and Lessie Odet Bridges Martin; brother, Bruce Martin; and sister-in-law Kay Martin.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Bailey, Rocky Justice, Wesley Lucas, David Martin, Kevin Martin, and Sean Martin.

Memorial donations may be made to Martinsville Cemetery PO Box 93, Martinsville, Texas 75958 or Spring Hill Baptist Church 2054 CR 234 Nacogdoches, Tx 75961.

The Hardy family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register book, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

10/01/2019

Blain Clark, 59, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 3, 2019, Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Jerry Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Clark was born January 25, 1960, in Center, to Willis Brady Clark and Dorothy Mae Monk Clark. He was a rancher, loved riding horses, and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Clark was a past master mason of Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32 in Shelbyville. He was a member of New Harmony Church.

He is survived by:

Sons:
Chant Brandon Clark and wife Nichole of Center
Colin Brice Clark of College Station

Grandchildren:
Christian Lee Clark of Center
Cole Brady Clark of Center

Stepson, Michael Jeffery Dean of Kennard

Nephew, Todd Clark and wife Darlene of Center

Niece, Heather Clark and husband Donnie of Center

Preceded in death by his parents, Willis Brady Clark and Dorothy Mae Monk Clark; sister, Angela Clark; and brother, Larry Brent Clark.

Pallbearers will be Todd Clark, Michael Dean, Darrell McDaniel, Cole McDaniel, Trace Clark, David Clark, Shane Dennis, and Joe Taylor.

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

09/30/2019

LaVar Annette Buckner, a longtime resident of Silsbee, Texas, passed away early Sunday, September 29, 2019, in Sugar Land, Texas, at the age of 100 years, 3 months, and 24 days.

Mrs. Buckner was born June 5, 1919, in Greeley, Colorado, and had lived in Southeast Texas most of her life. She had been a dedicated member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 60 years, and was most recently a member of First Baptist Church in Rosenberg, Texas. 

Her survivors include her daughter, Alice Milat and husband Lloyd of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Tracy Self and husband Tim of Nacogdoches, Texas, Jason Buckner and wife Brandi of Lumberton, Texas, Sarah Hughes and husbnad David of Richmond, Texas, Joshua Milat of Spring, Texas, Stacey Ovanes and husband Matt of Boxford, Massachusetts, and Melissa DeFrees and husband Glen of New York; 18 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin J. Buckner, on May 17, 1996; her son, Lamar C. Buckner; and her parents, Arthur W. Mondt and Louise Mondt Wilson.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Farmer Funeral Home Chapel, located at 415 N. Fourth Street in Silsbee, Texas.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Farmer Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Raney officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Buckner Cemetery, located on FM 417, off U.S. Hwy. 96 South near Center, Texas, in Shelby County.

Arrangements are under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Visit www.farmerfhsilsbee.com to offer memories and condolences.

09/30/2019

Virginia Leann Fenley, 69, of Center passed away on September 26, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. Leann was born on October 28, 1949 to William and Virginia Blankenship in Denison, Texas. she was the second of six children. 

Leann graduated first in her class at Denison High School in 1968 and attended Stephen F Austin University where she realized her passion for teaching. She graduated from SFA in 1973 with a Masters Degree in Physics and an Undergrad Degree in Math and Physics. Mrs. Fenley as most knew her, began teaching Jr High Science in Shelbyville and soon moved into High School advanced Math and Physics at Center High School. Her career spanned 37 years and affected thousands of students, many of which describe her as a great teacher and one-of-a-kind. 

Leann loved her family and was particularly happy on Thanksgiving when she got to spend time with all of her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Tommie Fenley, her parents, William and Virginia Blankenship, and sister Susan Blankenship. 

Surviving Leann are:

Sons:
Jeremy Fenley and wife Sarah
Justin Fenley and wife Erin

Grandchildren:
Madison Fenley
Morgan Fenley 
Maizie Fenley

Brothers:
Will Blankenship 
Joseph Blankenship
Danny Blankenship 
Charley Blankenship 

Nieces and Nephews:
Christopher Blankenship 
Heather Hoover
Christina Boss
Stephanie Blankenship 
Keith Blankenship 
Bill Blankenship
George Blankenship 
Andy Blankenship 

Memorial services will be held at the current Center Middle School on Malone Drive in Mrs. Fenley’s old classroom on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00. If needed services will be moved to the auditorium at the same campus.

In lieu of flowers and gifts please donate in Leann’s honor to the American Parkinson Disease Association at https://www.apdaparkinson.org/1700d2l/

09/30/2019

Lee Joseph Guidry Sr., 75, of Center, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019, at New Life Church in Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Guidry was born October 30, 1943, in Raceland, Louisiana, to Herbert Guidry and Ella Mae Thibodeaux Guidry.  His hobbies included reading, watching NASCAR racing and LSU and Saints football, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by:
His wife: Nelda Guidry

Children: 
Eddie and Andera Chase
Cindy and Joe Shields
Jamie and Terry Guidry
Mardy and Ericka Guidry
Lee and Angie Guidry
Bridget Guidry
Rachel Guidry\

15 grandchildren

26 great-grandchildren

Sister: Earline Guidry

Brother: Herbert Guidry and wife Ethel

He is preceded in death by his son, Keith Windham; parents, Herbert Guidry and Ella Mae Thibodeaux Guidry; sisters, Janette Guidry and Gearldine Beniot.

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

09/30/2019

T J  Matthew Calloway, 36, of Center, Texas passed away on September 27, 2019 in Center, Texas.  Born November 1, 1982, in Altus, Oklahoma, T J is the son of Roy Flint Calloway and Linda Darline (Biddy) Smith.  Visitation will be held Monday, September 30, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.  A memorial graveside service will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Son Windham officiating.
 
T J was raised in Center, Texas. He attended Center ISD schools.  May 14, 2019 marked 20 years together with his wife Casey.  T J was a loving husband and father.  His time with his children and family was most precious. T J was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding four wheelers.  He had a great personality, always laughing and smiling.  You could find T J watching Nascar and NFL football on the television in his spare time.  T J found great joy working in the logging industry along side his father many years.  
 
T J is survived by:
His wife: Casey McKinney

Daughter: Destiny McKinney

Son: Coleman Calloway

Parents: 
Roy Flint Calloway
Linda Darline Biddy Smith

Brothers: 
Trinity Calloway
Jeremy Calloway and wife Kimberleigh

Sisters: 
Jackie Darlene Calloway
Bobbi Jo Calloway

Brother-in-law:
Nathan McKinney and wife, Quinnecia

Sister-in-law: Brittany Danielle Benson

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly  
 
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Avis Stoker, Betty Biddy, Ethel Vernell McKinney; mother in law, Glenna Leah McKinney; and cousin, Anthony Stoker.
 
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.

09/27/2019

Mr. Robert Clymen Baker was born January 31, 1936, to R.E. and Myrtie Sanders Baker in Broaddus, Texas. He passed away at his home surrounded by his beloved wife and son, Ann and Wayne, on September 26, 2019.

Robert's family called him "Clymen," but when he started working, everyone mispronounced his name, so he started using his first name, Robert.

Robert married the love of his live, Elizabeth Ann Sherman, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine where Ann's father, Bro. O.L. Sherman, was the pastor on November 16, 1936. Upon his passing, Robert and Ann had shared 62 blessed years together.

Robert spent his life in the grocery business where he managed Brookshire Brothers in San Augustine for ten years. He and Ann owned their own store in Broaddus for over 12 years. After that he worked in grocery stores in Pittsburg, Texas, where they lived for six years. He and Ann had their own lawn mowing service for several years until his health prohibited him from working. Robert was always a hard worker and provided well for his family.

Robert loved the Lord and loved serving in the church. Over the years, he had served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, sang in choir, and his favorite way to serve the Lord was to play his guitar and sing specials. He and a number of friends, Doug Campbell, Tommy Hunter, James and Shirley Blue, and others, played at church and local events. There was always music in the Baker house. Every year for their anniversary, Robert would play his guitar in church and sing to Ann their favorite song, "You're My Best Friend."

Robert loved his family and took them on vacations every chance he got. He loved traveling with family and friends, especially to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.

Robert was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Broaddus.

Robert is survived by
His beloved wife, Ann of San Augustine

His beloved son: Wayne of San Augustine

His number one daughter: Sheila Hughes and her husband Scooter of Center

The "apple of his eye," his granddaughter: Carmen Stephens and husband Ray of Natchitoches, Louisiana

He is also survived by sisters: 
Dorothy Sheard of Rosharon
Esther Wilson and husband Leroy of Chireno
Shirley Kinard of Florida

He leaves, too, a host of family and friends who will be left with many precious memories of their times together.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, R.E. and Myrtie Baker; and his brother, Wesley Baker.

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church, located on FM 83 East in Broaddus, with Bro. Don Lofton and Bro. Jim Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Broaddus Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church.

Pallbearers: Jeff Eberlan, Ray Stephens, Randy Baker, Scooter Hughes, Brent Weatherford, and Terry Lott.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine. Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

09/26/2019

Francis Lee Netherly, 100 of the East Liberty Community, formerly of Houston, passed away Sunday evening, September 22, 2019 at her residence in Houston.

She will lay-in-state from 10am to 11am at East Liberty Baptist Church. Funeral service is Saturday, September 28 at 11am at East Liberty Baptist Church of Center. Interment is at East Liberty Cemetery, Center, Texas with Dr. Freddie Wilson officiating.

Sis. Francis Lee Netherly is survived by:

Daughter, Alice Joy Smith of Houston

Sons:
Jimmie (Rhonda) Netherly of Houston
Jimmie Earl (Linda) Netherly of Center

Sisters:
Pearl Lee Jones of Houston
Catherine Thomas of Houston
Mary Lister of Center

Brother, Robert (Velma) Netherly of Houston

Daughter-in-law, Margie Netherly of Center

11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas

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