03/27/2020

Cathie Ann Raymond, 65, of Timpson, Texas passed away on March 25, 2020 in Timpson, Texas. Born November 16, 1954, in Center, Texas. Cathie is the daughter of the late Boyce Ray Raymond and Betty Lou (Parker) Raymond. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

She is survived by:
Her daughter, Geana Sue Cheshire of Center

Brother, Elzie Ray Raymond and wife Margaret of Center

Sister, Glenda Smith of Center

Grandchildren: 
Paighton Cheshire
Brooklynn Cheshire
Macy Cheshire
Megan Jackson
Tyler Jackson

Great-grandchildren: 
Hunter Derr
Pierson Collier
Dallas Collier
Asher Jackson
McKenzie Smith
Kylie Smith
Caleb Smith

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly

Cathie is preceded in death by her parents, Boyce and Betty Lou Raymond; son, Richard Glenn Raymond; brother, Donald Raymond; sister, Bobbie Jean Golden.

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.

04/01/2020

Jayce Lane Jackson, 27, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Lufkin.

Funeral service will be held at Noon, Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Richard Goodwyn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Born July 27, 1992, in Center, she is the daughter of Rocky Jackson and Jayme Wright Jackson. Her hobbies included hunting and fishing. She attended Sardis Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by:

Parents, Jayme and Rocky Jackson

Grandparents, Juanita Jackson of Center and James Wright of Center

Uncles and aunts:
Jody and Angie Wright of Center
Randy and Anita Alford
Teresa and Jimmy Nash

Special friends, Kursti and Cameron Agnew

Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Tommy Jackson and Maxie Wright.

Pallbearers will be Cameron Agnew, Randy Alford, Patrick Wiggins, Kevin Nash, Joey Nash, and Timmy Belrose. Honorary pallbearer will be Richard Alford.

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

03/28/2020

Iva Nell Miller, 74, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at Noon, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Chuck Horton officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Born August 8, 1945, in San Augustine, she was the daughter of the late, America Meck Rash and Lillie Mae Taylor Rash.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Education and went on to teach at Center ISD for 35+ years.  Her hobbies were tending to the cows and camping.  Mrs. Miller was a life-long member of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by: 
Her sons: 
Michael Miller and wife Gayla of Shelbyville
Mark Miller and wife Kallie of Lakeport
Matthew Miller and wife Sheri of Center
Mickey Miller and wife Chalee of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren: 
Cody Miller and wife Amanda of Center
Alyssa Youngblood and husband Koby of Shelbyville
Mark Miller and wife Sheri of Shelbyville
Morgan Walker and husband Josh of Deadwood, Louisiana
Derek Miller and wife Sally of Midland
Jared Miller of Nacogdoches
Josh Miller of Nacogdoches
Garrett Hoover of Dubois, Pennsylvania
Matthew Miller of Nacogdoches
Lauren Parks and husband Chase of Diana
Ty Miller of Nacogdoches
Gracie Miller of Nacogdoches
Paige Van Meter
Tatum Van Meter

Brother and sisters:
Kenneth Rash and wife Martha of Center
Wanda Price and husband Kenneth of San Augustine
Betty Rhame and husband Jimmy of Center
Martha Dennis of Huntington

Sister-in-law, LaNell Rash

Numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Miller; parents, America Meck and Lillie Mae Rash; granddaughter, Kara Miller; brother, Bobby Glen Rash; sisters, Frances Collins and Mammie Ener.

Pallbearers will be her four boys.

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

03/25/2020

Steven Mark Sharp, 64 of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas after a brief illness. Graveside services will be held 2:00pm Friday, March 27, 2020 at Oaklawn Memorial Park 1554 Hwy 7 East Center, Texas 75935, under direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, with Steve’s nephew, Jason Treadaway officiating.

Steven was born Sunday, October 2, 1955 in Galveston, Texas to Janie Sue Chandler Sharp and Herbert Marion Sharp. Steven graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, attended Texas A&M University, and followed in his father’s footsteps with a career in construction.

Steven was an active member of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas where he served as a greeter. He volunteered and loved to cook for different groups, serving meals for the homeless and underprivileged. He was blessed with a group of close friends who loved and supported him. He loved serving God through ministry and generously opened his home to share with others.

He is survived by his mother, Janie Cuculic of Tyler, sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Doug Warren of Tyler, step-sisters Patsy Biddle Lemke (Glenn), Port Isabel, and Linda Gay Biddle Rink (Don), Beaumont, daughter, Dr. Lydia Sharp of Houston and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by father, Herbert Sharp, sisters Betsy Sharp Anderson and Nancy Sharp Treadaway.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Cliff Temple Baptist Church, 125 Sunset Ave., Dallas 75208, or the charity of your choice.

03/25/2020

Kay Connell, 79, of Moultrie, Georgia passed away on March 23, 2020 in Center, Texas. Born August 29, 1940, in Duncan, Oklahoma, Kay is the daughter of Warren M. Lewis and Thelma (Stapp) Lewis.

Private family graveside service will be held at Smith Cemetery.

Kay is survived by:

Husband, Sammy Connell

Children:
Bruce Jones and wife Claudann of Center
Clay Connell of Moultrie GA
Donna Jones of Center
Terry Beard and Husband Kerry of Garrison
Tamara Tyson and Husband Marshall of Cotton GA

Son-in-Law, Randy Chandler of Center

Grandchildren:
Randi Kay Faulkenberry
Caty Jordan Beard
Mac Gurley
Ethan Gurley
Madison Jones
Brody Chandler
Andrew Tyson
Kaitlyn Tyson

Great-Grandchild, Wyatt Faulkenberry

She is preceded in death by daughters, Sandra Kay Jones, Monica Chandler and Kristen M. Beard; parents, Warren M. Lewis and Thelma (Stapp) Lewis

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.

03/24/2020

Jasmin Aglead Cavazos, 20, of Center, Texas passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Center, Texas. Born January 25, 2000 in Nacogodches, Texas. Jasmin is the daughter of Eloy Cavazos and Yolanda Guzman. A memorial service will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, Center, Texas.

Jasmin graduated from Center High School. She worked at Portacool in Center. She was a fun, generous person. Jasmin was willing to help anyone. She found great joy in being there for those in need. Jasmin was a very strong person, and persevered through many trials, always keeping her head up and a smile on her face. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and living life to its fullest. Jasmin was a very independent person. She never gave up and was always happy. Jasmine will be remembered in our hearts always and forever.

She is survived by:

Parents, Eloy Cavazos and Yolanda Guzman

Sisters:
Anita Guzman
Liliana Balderas
Laura Baldaras
April Cavazos

Brothers:
Jose Gonzales
Alex Gonzales
Ricardo Cavazos

Aunt, Mirna Cavazos and husband Diego Coronado

Numerous cousins

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

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.

03/22/2020

Jordan Dean Shisler, 28, of Center, Texas passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Center, Texas. Born September 11, 1991, in Nacogodches, Texas. Jordan is the son of Paula SanAugustine.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 1PM at Old Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Son Windham officiating.

Jordan was raised in Center, Texas. He attended Center High School. He immediately went to work after high school. He was a hard working man. Jordan loved driving a truck. He enjoyed traveling. Jordan was an avid outdoorsman. Whether he was fishing, hunting, swimming at the lake, or visiting with family and friends, he was just happy to be outside. He had a precious jewel, his son, Chase Shisler, whom he loved dearly. Jordan brought a smile to your face when he was around.  

He is survived by:

Mother, Paula SanAugustine

Grandparents:
Linda Shisler
Paulette Mires

Great-grandmother, Helen Landers

Brother, Caleb Shisler

Sister, Angelica Shisler and Jose Parades

Uncles:
Jason Shisler and wife Kay
Ronnie Mires
Tony Killen
Steven Killen and wife Rebecca

Aunts:
Phyllis Stegen and husband Bob
Cheryl New

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins

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

Jordan is preceded in death by his son, Chase Shisler; grandfather, George Shisler; great-grandparents, John Paul and Gladys Samford, and Travis Mitchell.

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.

03/22/2020

Ivy Paul Munn, 86, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A private graveside service has been scheduled and a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

Born July 22, 1933, in Waterloo, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Ivy Paul Munn Sr. and Inez Marie Foster Munn. Mr. Munn served in the United States Air Force and later went on to work as a welder in the oilfield. An avid outdoorsman, his hobbies included hunting and fishing. He was a member of Old Home Baptist Church.

Survivors include:
His children: 
Eddie Chisenhall and wife Sue of Center
Louise Johnson and husband David of Lufkin
Alvin Chisenhall of Lufkin

Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Brother, Kenneth Munn and wife Diane of Pasadena

Sister, Paulette Jensen of Georgetown

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

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Lee Munn; and parents, Ivy Paul Munn Sr. and Inez Marie Foster Munn.

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

03/22/2020

Sherry G. Dean, 75, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Michael McArthur officiating.

Born August 28, 1944, in Sudan, she was the daughter of the late James Gordon Graves and Ruth Lee Graves. She worked as a bookkeeper for ACE Hardware for over twenty years. Her hobbies included crocheting, gardening, cooking, caring for her pets, and spending time with her grandson. Mrs. Dean was a faithful member of New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by:
Her children, Clint Tanner of Center
Debbie Gilchrist and husband Scott of Shelbyville

Grandchildren: 
Aaron Gilchrist of Shelbyville
Brian Gilchrist and wife Meredith of Richardson

Great-grandchildren: 
Hadley Gilchrist of Richardson
Hutton Gilchrist of Richardson

Brother and sisters:
David Graves and wife Tina of Logansport
Joyce Singleton and husband George of Tyler
Jo Lynn Rigdon and husband Terry of Greenwood

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, J.E. Dean; parents, James Gordon Graves and Ruth Lee Graves; and niece, Kristen Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Brant Graves, Cody Lewis, Keith Jefferson, Delbert Johnson, Bo Warren, and Phillip Chambliss.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Magee, John Howard, and Thomas Howard.

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

03/22/2020

Juan Romero, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born August 6, 1944, in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, he was the son of the late Angela Sanchez. He worked as a contractor in the poultry industry and was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by:
His wife, Zannie Hughes of Center

Children: 
Teresa Whiteside and husband Michael of Timpson
Angela Hughes of Center
Wayne Hughes and wife Trina of Joaquin
Larry Hughes and wife Tina of Joaquin

Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and nephew, Tell Sanchez and wife Denise of Garland.

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

03/20/2020

Johnny Roy Fenton, of Center, Texas, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Johnny was born July 7, 1948 to Roy and LaVerne Fenton.

He is survived by:

Wife, Caryn Fenton of Center

Children:

Sons:
James Paul Fenton and wife Jessica of Center
David Fenton and wife Carrie of Milboro, Virginia

Daughter, Arin Fenton of Tenaha

Stepdaughter, Teresa Shear of Center

Stepson, William Maxfield and wife Rebecca of Lake Jackson

Grandchildren:
Darren Fenton
Darbie Fenton
Bridget Wortham
Charity Shear
Stephen Maxfield
Patrick Maxfield
Richard Maxfield
Alex Maxfield

Mother, LaVerne Fenton

Brothers:
Spencer Fenton and wife, Tonya
Bill Fenton and wife, Judy

4 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Johnny is proceded in death by his father, Roy Fenton, 2 brothers, Jeffrey and Jimmy Fenton, and a nephew Clint Fenton.

There will not be a service at this time due to rising health concerns facing our nation. The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the nurses and staff at Affinity Hospice, as well as our friends and family.

Allen Dave Funeral Homes, Carthage, Texas.

03/19/2020

Maxine (Stockwell) Bryce Hall, 70, of Timpson, Texas passed away on March 19, 2020 in Houston, Texas.  Born September 5, 1949 in Houston, Texas, to the late Bennie Stockwell and May Harris.  Funeral  service will be held at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1PM with Bro. William Dee Daniel officiating.  Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery, FM1971S, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 6-8PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Maxine grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended Smiley High School. She married Pallie Bryce at a young age and the two raised three boys. They made their home in Shelby County. They spent many wonderful years together before she lost Pallie due to a tragic accident. Later in life she married, James Hall, and they too spent many good years together before his passing in 2012. Maxine enjoyed the outdoors. She loved to travel, especially taking trips to the beach. She found great joy spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Family time was most precious to her. She also loved to sew.   

She is survived by: 
Her sons: 
Bennie Bryce and wife Felicia
Mike Bryce and wife Karolyn

Step-sons: 
Stanley Bryce
Steve Bryce

Step-daughter: 
​Alisha Bryce

Grandchildren: 
Cody Bryce and wife Ally
Taylor Bryce and wife Shree
Shane Parker
Kevin Zamora
Amber Bryce Salinas and husband Martin
Kimberly Zamora Blackmon
Trevor Duke
Vincent Bryce
Harmony Bryce
Melody Bryce
Tiffany Bryce
Kristen Bryce
Stephanie Bryce
Aaron Bryce
Steven Bryce
Sarah Bryce
Nathan Downing
Billy Downing
Joshua Parker

Great-grandchildren: 
Sophia Salinas
Austin Salinas
Paisley Bryce
Kayson Bryce
Kamdyn Blackmon
Kamryn Blackmon
Kyson Frazel

Sister, Cindy Coffee

Numerous nieces and nephews

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

Maxine is preceded in death by her husbands, James Hall, Pallie Bryce; son, Donald Bryce; brother, Sonny Stockwell; and sisters, Dixie Starnader, Christine Stockwell, Sally Owens, and Sue Stockwell.

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.

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for MrAlbert Mills, 84, of Kennard, Texas. Mr. Mills passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 at CHI St Luke in Lufkin, Texas. Mr. Mills was born on June 14, 1935. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11am at Bethel C.M.E Church in the Tadmor Community. Rev. Robert Beam will be officiating.   

Mr. Mills is survived by:

Wife: Eva Mills of Kennard, Texas 

Son: Albert Mills Jr. of Kennard, Texas 

Daughters: 
Cynthia Jones of Lufkin
Barbara Lamb (Donald) of Kennard

Visitation:  Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Bethel C.M.E Church at 10am.

Committal will follow at McKelvey Cemetery in the Tadmor Community.

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935

Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net 

03/18/2020

Barbara Ann (Young) Bogue, 85, of Timpson, Texas passed away on March 16, 2020 in Timpson, Texas. Born May 30, 1934, Gladewater, Texas, to the late Talmadge Jefferson Young and Eva Mae (Nichols) Young. Graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas, on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 2PM with Bro. William Dee Daniel officiating. 

Barbara graduated Timpson High School. She met the love of her life, James Lowell Bogue, during her high school years. The two were married December 22, 1951, at a young age of 17. She and James spent over 66 remarkable years together before his passing in 2017. She received her master’s degreee from Stephen F. Austin State University and became a teacher. She taught first grade at Timpson Independent School District for many years before retiring. Barbara loved her family and enjoyed every opportunity to get to spend with them. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Timpson. 

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Becky Talk and husband Bill of Lufkin, Texas
Diane Marshall and husband Ray of Timpson, Texas

Son, Donald Bogue and wife Lauralee of Lufkin, Texas

Grandchildren:
Matt Marshall
Nathan Marshall
Melissa Talk Harrington and husband Mike
Evan Talk and wife Joanna
Lauren Talk
Jessica Bogue Leavins and husband Chris
Angela Bogue and Dave Jackson
James Bogue

13 great-grandchildren:
Abilene Marshall
Boaz Marshall
Sabine Marshall
Fisher Marshall
Abigail Marshall
Aubrey Harrington
Natalie Harrington
Ryland Leavins
Wyatt Leavins
Haven Leavins
Cateleigh Leavins
Presley Aguilar
Ellie Jackson

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

Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, James Lowell Bogue; parents, Talmadge Jefferson and Eva Mae Young; and brother, Talmadge Jefferson “Scooter” Young.

Special thanks to the ladies who lovingly cared for mama, Lucy Lewis, Glenda King, and Mona Bowlin.

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.

03/16/2020

Jimmie Darlene Windham Lea, 90, of Temple passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at a Belton nursing home. Graveside services for Jimmie will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas with Rick Fletcher officiating.

Jimmie Darlene Windham Lea was born in Weaver Community on December 26, 1929.  Her parents and siblings worked the farm when she was very young, and her Dad would read the bible to her every evening after supper. Some of her fondest childhood memories included traveling 4 miles to church each Sunday in a wagon pulled by 2 work mules.
  
She met Robert Lea, “the best thing that ever happened to her,” in 1947, on the church steps in Timpson, TX and they married one year later. They enjoyed life together for 60 years. Most of her adult life, was spent raising three children, providing care for elderly parents, and working as an office assistant to various companies, including two medical offices. She & Dad really enjoyed the “retirement years” which included spending time with grandkids, working on house projects (with several coffee breaks), watching the birds and squirrels from their back porch swing, and playing Canasta each day at 4.

According to her, “The most important thing to know is to believe in God’s love and provisions, love each other (most of the time), love our children, (all of the time), and always be thankful for every day of life…….” And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19
 
Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lynn Lea; son, Don Edward Lea; parents, Derious & Jessie Windham; brothers, Vertis and Walter Windham; and sister, Addie Mae Whiteside.

Survived by:
Her daughter, Janis Lynn Byrd, and spouse, Charles, of Temple

Son, Russell Wayne Lea, and spouse, Becky, of Salado

Grandchildren: 
Wendy Staes, and spouse, Mark
Clinton Lea
Crystal Lea
Adam Lea
Erica Lea-Simka and spouse, Ryan
Rachel Lea Roacho and spouse, Thomas

Ten great-grandchildren and many friends

Dossman Funeral Home in Belton is in charge of the arrangements.

03/16/2020

Kathleen (Kathy) Ann Ceci Wilson, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, in Garrison.

Funeral service will be held at noon, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Roy Jackson “Dutch” Price III officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Mrs. Wilson was born February 18, 1946, in Joliet, Illinois, to Henry E. Ceci and Lillian Dernulc Ceci.

She is survived by her husband, Jay Sr., whom she met on a blind date in 1966 and had a long distance courtship while both attended colleges 1000 miles apart. The two married February 15, 1969 and they just celebrated their 51st anniversary.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Physical Medicine, she was a registered physical therapist for over 40 years. She especially enjoyed working with pediatric and geriatric patients. She entered the profession not for the money, but for the satisfaction of helping her patients. Her gift to her patients, in addition to physical therapy, was her compassion. She believed that talking and listening to her patients and their families was an equally important part of their therapy.

She is survived by:

Husband, Jay Wilson, Sr.

Children:
Jay M. Wilson, Jr. and his wife Lisa
Melissa Price and her husband Timmy

Grandchildren:
Kelli Coleman
Ceci Beaumont and her husband Hunter
Jesse Wilson
Melayni Wilson
Brady Price

Great-grandchildren: Jaxton Beaumont and Evelynn Beaumont.

Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her life. She made it a point to be at every activity of theirs, regardless of the distance she had to travel. She was an animal lover… never meeting one she didn’t want to adopt. 

Pallbearers will be Jesse Wilson, Brady Price, Hunter Beaumont, Jaxton Beaumont, John Paul Sledge, Glenn Ebby, and Robert Nugent.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N Michigan Ave, 17th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633, www.alz.org, 800.272.3900.

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

03/16/2020

Domingo Alejo Almaraz III, of Center, passed away Monday, March 16, 2020, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10am, Friday, March 20, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kevin Windham and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Almaraz was born January 13, 1960, in Alice, to Domingo Alejo Almaraz Jr. and Maria Carbajal Almaraz. He worked in the oilfield for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman with hobbies including saltwater fishing, camping, and hunting. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with family.

He is survived by:

Wife, Penny Almaraz of Center

Children:
Joshua Eli Almaraz of Center
Domingo Almaraz of Center
Debra Espinoza and husband Ricardo of Center
Joseph Almaraz of Center
Danielle Kendrick and husband Terry of Joaquin

Stepsons:
Michael Johnson of Fort Smith, Arkansas
Mitchell Johnson of Center

Grandchildren: Briana Gonzalez, Janelle Lugo, Jace Espinoza, Jaxen Espinoza, Liam Espinoza, Marcus Almaraz, Isabella Almaraz, Cooper Taylor

Mother, Maria Guadalupe Carbajal

Brothers and sister:
David Angel Almaraz and wife Nora
Dora Almaraz
Javier Almaraz and wife Delia Lopez

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Rosie Chavez; father, Domingo Alejo Almaraz Jr.; grandparents, Alejo and Guadalupe Almaraz, and Pedro and Bárbara Carbajal.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Almaraz, Domingo Almaraz, Terry Kendrick, Ricardo Espinoza, Alberto Campos, and Herman Ramirez.  Honorary pallbearer will be Joshua Eli Almaraz.

Per Mr. Almaraz’s wishes, donations can be made toward the future needs of Joshua Eli Almaraz.

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

03/16/2020

Cecil Tyler, 73, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Lufkin, Texas. He was born on August 23, 1946 in Shelby County to Vertice Tyler and Dorothy Golden Tyler.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Old Center Cemetery in Center, Texas. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Cecil always enjoyed the opportunity to be out on the water fishing or in the kitchen cooking. His most treasured moments were those spent with his family and friends. 

Cecil is survived by:
Children:
James Bolton
Doug Tyler and special friend, Lucretia Hitt
Brian Tyler and Parisa Chabokrow
Tina Dowden and husband, Villis

Special Niece: Vicky Pratt
Special Nephew: Kenny Harris and wife, Lisa

Siblings:
Virgie Howard
Grace Russell
Belle Kent

Grandchildren:
Derek Bolton and wife, Gayle
Tamara Bolton
Chelsea Hicks and husband, Nate
Hayden Bolton
Kyle Tyler and wife, Cassidy
Erin Young
Lakien Gill
Carissa Tyler
Britain Tyler
Braiden Tyler
Bryce Harris
Brandon Tyler
Chase Hooper
Alyssa Hooper

Special Great Niece and Nephew:
Dache Sneath and husband, Michael
Eric Pratt and wife, Allison

Seven Great-Grandchildren

He is preceded in death by his wife, Iva Dell Tyler; parents, Vertis Humpy Tyler and Dorothy Golden Tyler; son, Bruce Bolton; brother, Jimmy Tyler; sisters, Minnie Pearl Tyler and Louise Tyler Harris; grandchild, Joshua Colton Hooper; and special friend, James “Buddy” Pratt.

Pallbearers will be Derek Bolton, Hayden Bolton, Kyle Tyler, Britain Tyler and Braiden Tyler. Honorary pallbearer will be Brandon Tyler. 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

03/14/2020

Center, Texas native, Del Shofner, passed away Wednesday, March 11 in Los Angeles of natural causes. Family was by his side. He was 85.

Born Delbert Martin Shofner to Bessie and Martin Shofner on December 11, 1934, Del thrived growing up with his brother James Richard and sisters Billie Jean, Mae, Ruth, Linda and Kathi, and surrounded by a large extended family. A Roughrider, he enjoyed all sports and wonderful, lifelong friendships. 

Del attended Baylor University where he was a multi-sport star athlete. In addition to football, where he played running back, defensive back, punter, kickoff and punt returner for the Bears, he played basketball, baseball and was a sprinter on the track team. He was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame and is a member of the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

Del was the 1957 Sugar Bowl MVP as Baylor defeated No. 2 Tennessee, and this year he was inducted into the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame.

A five-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver, Del was the LA Rams’ first round draft pick, 11th overall, in the 1957 draft. After spending his rookie season on the defensive side of the ball, he was switched to offense in 1958 and had immediate success, leading the NFL with 1,097 receiving yards and earning First-Team All-Pro honors. 

Del was also First-Team All-Pro in 1959, and then was traded to the New York Giants following the 1960 season where he had his greatest success. With Y.A. Tittle at quarterback, Tittle and Shofner became one of the most feared QB-receiver duos in NFL history. In 1961, he had 1,125 yards and became the first player in NFL history to have a pair of 1,000 receiving yard seasons. He also made NFL history from 1961-63, becoming the first receiver with 1,000 yards in 3 consecutive seasons. He was voted into the NFL All-Decade team for the 1960s as a First-Team member by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Toward the end of his football career, Del began working in the feed commodities business and enjoyed working with cattlemen, poultrymen, and farmers throughout the country. He and his wife, Carol Seley Shofner, enjoyed family time and breeding and racing thoroughbreds. Their greatest success in horse racing was with Think Snow who raced against Affirmed in 1978. Del also loved playing golf.

Del and Carol were married in 1963 and raised their family in San Marino, California. Carol passed away in 2015. Del is survived in Love by his three children, Laurie Shofner Corwin, Stacey Shofner Gates and David Shofner, five grandchildren; Madison, Alex, Shea, Emily and Jacob, sisters Ruth, Linda and Kathi and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Delbert “Del” Martin Shofner to the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, Attn: Kelle Williams, PO Box 152, Center, Texas 75935.

03/13/2020

Kay Langley, 74, of Hallsville, Texas passed away on March 5, 2020 in Kilgore, Texas. Mrs. Langley was born July 24, 1945 in Shelby County, Texas to the late J.P. and Zelma (Samford) Pratt.

Graveside Services will be held at Asbury Chapel Cemetery Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Bro. Danny Dodson officiating. Visitation will be held at Mangum Funeral Home prior to the service from 12:30 P.M.  until service time.

Mrs. Langley is survived by:

Sons:
Dwayne Langley and wife, Teresa, of Hallsville, TX
Jason Langley and wife, Alisa, of Gilmer, TX
Bryan Langley and wife, Kristi, of Hallsville, TX

Grandchildren:
Jade Landry
Erica Langley Windgate
Morgan Langley
Landon Langley
Cayden Langley
Macie Langley
Brylea Langley
Ashlea Langley Hudson
Kassidy Arnold

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

Mrs. Langley is preceded in death by her husband Wayne Langley; her parents, J.P. and Zelma Pratt; and her brother James “Buddy” Pratt.

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.

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