Addie Mae Murphy, age 84, of Frisco, Texas, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Beehive Homes Assisted Living in Frisco.

Mrs. Murphy was a former longtime resident of San Augustine, Texas. She was born April 12, 1937, to parents David L. Kirby and Myrtle Garsee Kirby. She was a graduate of San Augustine High School and completed business courses at Stephen F. Austin State University. She served as Director of Medical Records for hospitals in the Orange/Port Arthur area for more than 30 years before retiring and returning to San Augustine.

Her survivors include:

Daughter, Judy Furney and husband Doug of Celina, Texas

Son, Michael Murphy and wife Kim of Kennewick, Washington

Sister, Ann Ham and husband Ronnie of San Augustine

Meghan Furney
Kate Furney

Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Murphy; her parents, David L. and Myrtle Kirby of San Augustine; sister, Gladys Kirby of Silsbee; brother Glen Kirby of Stockton, CA; brother J.B. Kirby of San Augustine; and grandson, Ian Murphy of Galveston.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas. 

Funeral services are set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Ronnie Ham and Rev. Frank Holrath. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Memorial Garden in San Augustine.

Pallbearers include: Jerry Kirby, Doug Murphy, Lester Fatheree, Daniel Work, Jimmy Hardy, and Billy Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charitable organization of your choice.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for tributes, memories, and condolences.

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


Silas William Wilburn Jr., 71, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2pm, Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Rob Merriman officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born June 3, 1950, in Fort Hood, Texas, Silas is the son of Silas William Wilburn Sr. and Flo C. Turner Wilburn. He was a truck driver. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and tinkering with cars. Silas was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by:

Tara Permenter and husband Cody of Joaquin
Sally Wilburn of Lufkin

Collin Vickers and Haley Wagstaff of Joaquin
Carsen Vickers and Levi Harville of Joaquin
Hadley Permenter of Joaquin
Emerson Wilburn of Lufkin

Preceded in death by parents, Silas William Wilburn Sr. and Flo C. Turner Wilburn; and sister, Linda McKenzie.

Pallbearers will be Collin Vickers, Levi Harville, Cody Permenter, and Steve Permenter.

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


J.D. Thompson, of Hayneville, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in Hayneville.

Celebrating 81 years - October 4, 1940 to October 20, 2021, Don was born in Laird, CO to his hard working, energetic parents Jim and Laura Thompson.

Don was raised in the country, with expanding farming, ranching and produce hauling operations. Don started riding in trucks at 3 months old with his Mother and Dad driving separate trucks across CO., over Loveland pass back and forth to Kansas.

Don learned to drive trucks and tractors in the fields before age 9, (it was a family working business) progressing to farm to farm hauling by the age of 10, which formulated his passion for driving trucks for 71 years. He enjoyed, hunting, fishing, riding horses and even broke a few. (The last one Jughead; also known as the “four legged officer.” Don commented it was a lot farther down to the ground than he had remembered and his hips felt different). Farm live has many adventures like catching his goat Gracie who decided to make the shed her slide as she neighed sliding down the roof expecting JD to catch her. JD told Gracie to stay off the roof and like-any kid, she did it again.  So JD had to block off the shed. The goats like everyone else performed and fought for JD’s attention including walking on the truck frame in the thick grease with their heads in the motor watching the repairs in process. When Dad asked for a different size wrench, the question was… ”are you asking the goat or me?” Dad taught his children how to ride horses, hunt, fish, clean guns with safety always first. Foot races, riding in the truck and on the back of the tailgate, to and from the ponds, watching out for copperheads, water moccasins, and rattle snakes; the dogs were great protection. 

Don was a true professional, as an employee and his preferred; independent business man in trucking, landscaping, farming, ranching, mechanic, and heavy equipment. Don received a gifting from the Lord to study and became an ordained pastor in his forties. He studied the Bible in depth every morning between 3 and 5 am, the “Waring hours.” Don would tell you, don’t believe me, go look it up in the Bible; it’s in John, 3:16 or Revelations or Psalms as examples. Don was a great story teller with lots of excitement and fun in his stories. 

JD was a volunteer for Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Posse, TX. Licensed: 11-24-1994 and later Milam, TX. Fire Department. Starting the departments First Responders Program with his friend and future wife Billie; “the Arkansas kid.”

An average work week was 80 plus hours per week, with weekends for agricultural necessities, killing snakes, and taking care of the farm and ranch, a true pioneer, with his final project. 

Hobbies included writing a book, (writing poetry, playing guitar), going on a day or weekend excursion & doing the “Texas two step” with his wife Billie in the last few weeks of his life. 

Don was a physically strong man, with a gentle soul, big heart, big smile, and great laugh. A stern Dad, who could tell when someone was telling a fib, and a great listener. After listening, he would say I hear you and have you thought about it this way? Chores and activities were to be done right, for the right reasons. Dad would ask ”Did you hear what I said? Or would you like a boot in the butt?” Which was the last resort when you decided not to listen. Most of the kids were heard to say “ yes sir.”  The circle of life for everyone has ups and downs, some people like it some people don’t. Some people were fair and some not. Illness was a rarity except when he got to tired and stressed and then his body would demand an aggressive time out. Life throughs curves and tribulations. For Don who was not ready to leave his journey on earth, met his greatest battle with aggressive cancer, causing an early retirement in September 2021. Don still did as much as possible no matter how hard it was, he was not a quitter. Like the day before his ascent up to heaven, Don had to try walking by himself. Showing off like Superman, without his super powers, his face took the boom. 

Don loved animals and the animals loved him too. Don could be seen checking the cattle with his entourage of several dogs, cats, goats, (ducks, and guineas the loudest security guards). Many people commented” he was like Dr. Doolittle. I’ve never seen anything like it!” 

When Don was in his later teenage years he found 2 abandon twin fawns; a male and female which he had been watching for 2 days, noticing the dead doe up the road. Donnie placed the fawns in his pocket from the hayfield. “Buckeyes” ( because he was a buck); lived, along with “ Squeaky” a baby raccoon, who came long shortly after the fawns that year. When you came to the farm, be prepared for the security guards” Buckeyes and Squeaky, they were inseparable. Buckeyes (with Squeaky at his side) would stand at the car door and not let you out until someone from the family let the animals know that the visitors were okay to be there.

One afternoon a tractor salesman came to the farm. Unknown to the tractor salesman when he got out of the car. Buckeyes and Squeaky noticed the stranger, and had to bringing up the rear, to investigate the circumstances. When the salesman saw the deer and raccoon he yelled:” Thompson if you want to buy a tractor you will have to come to town! This place is crazy!” Don and his Dad Jim laughed and laughed with the added entertainment for the afternoon. 

The local neighbors boys would throw sticks and rocks at Buckeyes as a growing fawn. As Buckeyes grew, Buckeyes got his revenge by chasing the neighborhood boys to and from the school bus nudging them in the fanny as they got on and off the school bus to their house twice a day.

Don loved his family very much, attending as many activities as he could as an independent, hard working business man. Who is loved and missed very much. Memories help to soften the loss. 

Don leaves:

Mother, Laura (Wilson) Thompson

Wife, Billie Speakman

His best friend growing up and later cousin, also known a “Laura’s second son” Bud Minnie (Sherri)

Children: Bonnie (Roger), Ed (Carmen), Rhonda, Karen (Wade), Christine, Jay (Melisa).

Stepchildren: Patricia, Steve (Connie), Tami, Stephanie, Christopher, and Lucinda (Josh). 

Grandchildren: Johnathan (Melisa), Christopher, Nicholas (Kawni), Josh (Mary), Brittany (Devin), Jason (Cassedy), Rihanna, Jasmine, Zoey, Logan, Lucius, Ashley.

Great-Grandchildren: Aspen, Madison, Cale, Addy.

Don is preceded in death by his Dad; James Allen, Joan and stepson; Christopher, his Grandparents: Thompson’s, Wilson’s, and Elliotts. Several Aunts, Uncles (who called Donnie “Butch) and Cousins.

A loving final vision from Don was seeing the light. Don turned around with a huge smile on his face, fell to his knees onto the couch. We can envision the welcoming committee; arms wide open with huge hugs from Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, the Angels singing with celebration followed by Dons family and friends, welcoming Don home. What a glorious day! 

Don would expect us to carry on our lives with love and compassion, doing what’s right to serve God and the Lords people, and take care of our families. Don’t be afraid. Rejoice because someday we will all leave a legacy too. 

Pallbears: Bud, Jay, Wade, Steve, Johnathan, Christopher. (In standing Roger and Josh)

Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM, Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with funeral service at Noon on Friday. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate. A Graveside service for final resting will occur at Restland Memorial Park outside of Carthage, TX. Immediately after this service. Follow the precession with Dons final truck ride.

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


Bobbie Nell (Goodwin) Mouton, 62 of Houston, Texas, passed away October 11, 2021. Bobbie was born to Velma Ray Goodwin and the late Harod Goodwin in Timpson, Texas on May 23, 1959.

When Nell was 6 months old the family moved to Houston, Texas where Nell graduated from M.B. Smiley High School. At the age of 27 Nell was consider retired/disable from Gordon Jewels when she had a silent heart attack on the job.

January of ‘83 Nell married her late husband Joseph “Tyon” Mouton. While battling the fact that she would never have kids, in November of ‘93 Nell went in for a regular check up of a cyst just to find out she was 6 months pregnant. April 18, 1994 she welcomed her miracle child and named her LaMiracle Shanta Mouton.

On August 30, 2021, Bobbie was admitted into Northeast Medical Center in Humble, Texas and was later transferred to Northwest Medical Center in Houston, Texas where she was later called home. She fought a mighty good fight.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her father Harod Goodwin, uncle Durl Osby, husband Joseph Mouton, nephew Detrick Wilkerson and godson Adrian Neal.

Bobbie leaves to cherish her memories:

Daughter, LaMiracle Muton

3 grandchildren of Houston

Mother, Velma Ray Goodwin of Houston

Clifford Goodwin
Donald Neal
Edward Neal

Peggy Wilkerson
Delores Franklin
Michelle Goodwin

Kay Goodwin
Verna Neal
Shirley M. Barlow
Mary Louise Kibodeaux

James C. Mouton
Fred Franklin

A host of family and friends

Funeral service was held Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Wings of Jordan Christina Church 1421 1st Street Humble, Texas at 11:00 AM. Visitation was held October 23, 2021, at the church from 9am to 10:45am. Committal is at Golden Gate Cemetery, 8400 Hirsh Houston, Texas 77016.

Services entrusted to Carl Barnes of Houston, Texas and Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.


Bobbie Sue Nichols, 78, of Center, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Sunday, October 24th with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Donald Earl Windham officiating. Interment will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County.

Bobbie was born February 26, 1943. She is the daughter of Thomas Daniel Windham and Artie B Risinger Windham. Bobbie loved her family, she was a homemaker, and was a wonderful mother, sister, beloved grandmother, and a good friend to all who knew her. She enjoyed sewing blankets for her great grandkids, caring for her rose bushes, playing spades on her computer, cooking, and caring for her cockatiels. Bobbie loved her grand kids and great grand kids with all of her heart. She was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

Those left to cherish her memories:

Husband of 62 years, John Henry Nichols of Center

Freeman Nichols of Center
Mike Nichols and wife Beth of Center
Leslie Schulz and husband Travis of Center

Megan Adkinson and husband Marcus of Center
Cody Nichols and wife Holly of Center
Derek Nichols and wife Jenny of Center
Cody Nichols and wife Holly of Hudson
Ashley Latham and husband Bryant of Slocum
Kaley Pigg and husband Neil of Appleby
Michaela Schulz of Center
Taylor Hairgrove and husband Wyatt of Joaquin

Deacon and Olivia Anthony
Rhett, Shaun, Kolton, Cody, and Karson Adkinson
Easton and Kannon Latham
Laityn Nichols
Case and Caroline Nichols
Makinley and Lane Pigg, and Baby A

Sister, Margie Williams Weaver of Lufkin

Max Windham of Shelbyville
Leon Windham and wife Cathy of Timpson

Preceded in death by parents, Thomas Daniel Windham and Artie B Risinger Windham; and brothers, Everett Windham, Dan Windham, Tom Windham, Elvin Windham, and Jack Windham.

Pallbearers will be Derek Nichols, Cody Nichols, Marcus Adkinson, Bryant Latham, Roy Bailey, and Kevin Windham.

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


Rev. Hiram Thomas Melton, born October 24, 1937, left his earthly home October 19, 2021, in Tenaha, Texas surrounded by his loving wife and family. After being diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago, he fought and won many battles against the disease and only recently no longer had the strength to fight it anymore.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday. Bro. Neal Clark and Bro. Jay Pollan will officiate. Interment will be held at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Bro. Hiram was born at his grandparents’ house on the hill up from Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church to Luster Melton and Tommie Huff Melton. He first attended Lone Cedar Church as a child and it was here, Bro. Hiram remembers hearing the gospel for the first time. During World War II, he moved to Houston where his father worked in the shipyards. While in Houston he attended Galena Park Missionary Baptist Church. At the age of 14, he found himself under conviction and accepted Jesus as his savior and was baptized. It was only a year later when a young Hiram would answer God’s call and surrender to preach.

The 1950s would prove to be a busy time in Bro. Hiram’s life. In 1955, he began his studies at the Texas Baptist Institute. While in seminary, he married the love of his life, Beth King. He proved himself to be a devoted, loving husband to her throughout their 63 years and 9 months of marriage. With Beth at his side, he would go on to receive his Master of Theology Degree from TBI in 1959. Also, in September of 1959 they welcomed the birth of their first child, Brenda into the world and in August of 1962, their son Randy was born.

In the years that followed his graduation from TBI he found himself serving the Lord, both in church and in the community. He pastored several churches in East Texas and served as a State Missionary for 5 years. His services were not just limited to his local church, He also had the privilege of serving as moderator of the State Association for 2 years, moderator for Shelby County for 2 years, and clerk for Salem Association for 17 years. He has hosted and attended numerous activities such as church camps, revivals, Vacation Bible Schools, mission rallies, State and National meetings and many more events in service to the Lord. While he lived in League City, he drove an ambulance and worked for a funeral home which he considered to be part of his ministry helping those who were suffering. While at Hughes Springs he worked for the Postal Service where he met many people and talked to them about the Lord. He retired from the Postal Service in 1999.

During his 69 years in the ministry, Bro. Hiram was fortunate to pastor a lot of good, caring churches over the years and made a lot of friends throughout the state of Texas. His longest tenure as Pastor was at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes Springs where he devoted 27 years to the members there.

Bro. Hiram and Beth retired and came back home where he finished his service to the Lord at Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin, Texas where he has served as pastor for 11 ½ years. He always thought it was a blessing from the Lord to end up at such a wonderful and caring church in the community where his life began.

Bro. Hiram and Beth have been blessed with two children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Bro. Hiram has had the privilege of serving as minister in the weddings of his children and grandchildren. He has also left lasting impressions on the lives of his great grandchildren, whether it be walking in the yard with his dog, reading books or having nerf wars in the den.

He is survived by:

His wife Beth Melton

Brenda Farmer of Tenaha
Randy Melton and wife Shannon of Tenaha

Jason Farmer and wife Melanie of Tenaha
Alan Farmer of Tenaha
Ryan Melton and wife Joyce of Kilgore
Kyle Melton of Longview
Jacob Hiram Melton of Haltom City
Rose Mulvaney of Tenaha

Great Grandchildren:
John Paul Farmer of Tenaha
Daisy Farmer of Tenaha
Kristophe Melton of Kilgore
Annelise Melton of Kilgore
Elliana Melton of Kilgore

Brother, Donald Melton of Center

He was preceded in death by:
His parents: Luster Melton and Tommie Huff Melton
Son-in-law, Steven Farmer

Serving as Pallbearers:
Phil Worsham, Ricky Lawrence, John Paul Lawson, Mark Owens, Glen Oates, Jason Freeman, Mike Lawson, Hugh Daw

Honorary Pallbearers:
Tommy Gray, Clifford Hamilton, Pastors of Shelby County Association

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


Billy Clyde Duncan, 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 16, 2021, in Longview, TX. A native East Texan, Billy Clyde spent most of his life in Shelby County, living in both Shelbyville and Center. In recent years, he moved to Longview to be closer to family.

Billy Clyde was a cherished father, grandfather, and community member.  Many came to know him as the voice of the "Taste of Heaven" gospel radio show that aired on KDET radio in Center every Saturday for more than two decades. Frequently making an appearance as co-host was Billy’s beloved wife Virginia Duncan, who preceded him in death in December 2000.

God blessed the couple’s ministry of spreading the Good News over the airwaves and in person as they performed Southern Gospel music with sons, David and Dayne. Known as The Singing Duncans, the family performed at Sunday Singings and other events throughout East Texas and northwest Louisiana. Billy Clyde will be fondly remembered for his Stamps-Baxter piano skills and soaring rendition of "How Great Thou Art."

In community activities, Billy Clyde was the Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Troop #466 Shelbyville, the Minister of Music for First Baptist Church Shelbyville, a member of the Breakfast Lions Club of Center, and a member of Center First Baptist Church and their choir for more than 30 years. He also treasured his men's prayer group that met each week to lift up those who were in need of prayer. His favorite activities involved giving back to those who might need encouragement.

Billy Clyde was born to Ida and Talbert Duncan in Shelbyville, Texas, on May 7, 1932. He graduated from Shelbyville High School and earned his business degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. After graduation, he proudly served our nation as a member of the United States Navy, then spent most of his professional career at Center Plywood, a division of Hallmark, in manufacturing and accounting.

Left behind to cherish his memory are:

Son, David and wife Susan Duncan of Longview, TX

Granddaughters, Skye and Stormie Duncan of Kilgore

Son, Dayne and wife Shellye Duncan of Groesbeck, TX

Grandsons, Bradlye of Houston, TX, Bradye of Waco, TX, and Brandyn and Braxtyn of Groesbeck

Son, Douglas and wife Diane Duncan of Carrollton, TX

Grandsons, Blake Duncan of San Diego, CA and Chase Duncan of Houston, TX

Former wife, Ruth Chandler Duncan

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia Lee Cockrell Duncan; former wife, JoAnn Browning Ross; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Duncan.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 24, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel in Center with interment to follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Sunday preceding the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask friends to bless others in need through a donation to a local church of choice or to a favorite Southern Gospel group.


Joel B. Fleming Jr., 73, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021, in Center.

Memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born November 20, 1947, Joel is the son of Joel B. Fleming and Novie Marie Dillon Fleming.

He is survived by:

Son, Joel “Jody” Fleming III

Grandson, Toby Fleming

Sister, Jan Pheasant

Preceded in death by his parents, Joel B. Fleming and Novie Marie Dillon Fleming; and sister, Judy Parton.

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


Cora Hall Wilburn, 84, of Joaquin, Texas, entered the gates of heaven on October 18, 2021, at her home in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with funeral service at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday.  Bro. Wayne Painter and Wade Lawson will officiate. Interment will follow at Cool Springs Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.

Cora was born May 5, 1937, to her parents, John and Unie Hall. Cora was the baby of 7 children. Cora was raised in Logansport, Louisiana. She attended and graduated from Logansport High School in 1955. Cora married Glenn Nutt in 1955. They had two children - the late David Nutt and wife Debbie and the late Cynthia Lawson. After the passing of her late husband Glenn, Cora remarried Bobby H. Wilburn in 1987 and gained three more children - the late Mike Wilburn and wife Janet, the late Steve Wilburn, and Yolonda Davis and husband Lynn. Cora worked at Community Bank of Louisiana, where she retired as vice president after 30 years. Cora enjoyed traveling, fishing, gardening, sewing, cooking, and most of all being “MAMMAW” to her grand and great grandchildren. The highlight of her week was knowing her family would gather for Sunday lunch that she had prepared each week, because family was her greatest gift. Anyone that ever walked into her house was always asked if they were hungry, because she was always ready to cook for them. She was “MAMMAW” to everyone. Cora was a proud member of Cool Springs Primitive Baptist Church.

She is survived by:

Sister, Nancy Boyd of Logansport, Louisiana

Daughter-in-law, Debbie Nutt of Prague, Oklahoma

Daughter, Yolonda Davis and husband Lynn of Center

Daughter-in-law, Janet Wilburn of Center

Elizabeth Wallis of Prague, Oklahoma
Misty Wilburn of Center
Cody Nutt and wife Britta of Prague, Oklahoma
Brittany Foster and husband Matt of Center
Wade Lawson and wife Kaitlin of Joaquin
Micah Youngblood of Center
Matt Lawson and wife Monica of Joaquin
Ryan Wilburn and wife Mallory of Shelbyville

Great-grandchildren: Victoria, Amelia, Colten, Lyla, Roman, Ivy, June Caroline, Georgia Kate, Guner, Rance, Lillie, Rylinn, and Nash

Sister-in-law and brothers-in-law:
Price Wilburn of Center
Judy Scarborough of Huxley
Barbara Wilburn of Orange
Faye Hall of Logansport, Louisiana
Tula Mae Hall of Shreveport, Louisiana

A host of nieces and nephews. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Nutt and husband, Bobby Wilburn; children, David Nutt, Cynthia Lawson, Mike Wilburn, and Steve Wilburn; brothers, Dawson Hall, Leslie Hall, Alton Hall, Lloyd Hall, and Dencen Hall; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Nutt, D.W. Boyd, Gerald Wilburn, Gary Wilburn, and Elmer Ray Wilburn; sisters-in-law, Verna Mae Hall, Betty Lou Hall, Monteal Hall, and Louise Wagstaff. 

Pallbearers will be Wade Lawson, Matt Lawson, Matt Foster, Ryan Wilburn, Cody Nutt, and Lynn Davis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Colten Nutt, Guner Youngblood, Roman Foster, Rance Lawson, and Nash Wilburn.

A special thank you to Brenda Herbert, Pat Woodfin, Pam Thomas, Brittany Holt, and Tina Hutto for all the care they provided along with Affinity Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cool Springs Cemetery Fund, 187 Sutton Road, Logansport, Louisiana 71049.

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


Robert Dale Baggett, 48, of Nacogdoches, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in Jasper.

His wishes were to be cremated.

Born September 27, 1973, Robert is the son of Robert Lee Baggett and Linda Fletcher Baggett. Hobbies included fishing and hunting.

He is survived by:

Parents, Linda and Robert Baggett of Nacogdoches

Sister, Melinda Baggett of Dallas

Brother, Danny Baggett of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

Stepchildren, Cody and Amanda Rhoudes of Nacogdoches. 

Preceded in death by sister, Amanda Rhoudes.

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


Linda Sue Hutto Schlageter, born August 12, 1954, peacefully passed away in her Texas City home on Friday, September 10, 2021 at the age of 67.

Linda, known by her grandchildren as “Mamo”, was born to James Vernon Hutto and Wanda Ohm Smith. In her early years, she lived with her parents and older sister in their small family home on Dolrece Street in La Marque, Texas. A few years later, Linda and her family moved to a neighborhood known as “Freeway Park” in Texas City, where, in her later teen years, would meet the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Warren Schlageter. Many of Linda’s lifetime friendships were forged in this neighborhood. Linda graduated from La Marque High School in 1972. Linda and Bob got married at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque in 1974 and began their life together in their Texas City home, where they lived for the next 31 years, raising two sons, Cody and Casey Schlageter.

Through the years, Linda has been a stay at home mom and has worked at the family owned Western Auto, as well as First Bank of La Marque, the Galveston County Tax Office and her final career as a book keeper for 20 years at the Gulf Grey Hound Park. Linda is known for her kindness, happy and bubbly personality and her unwavering ability to take care and give to others – even at her own sacrifice. To know Linda, is to know laughter and happiness. Her upbeat persona, smiling face and giggly laugh could lighten any mood or room full of people.

Linda enjoyed cooking (especially casseroles and new dishes) and would often doodle or draw, especially with the grandchildren. Linda welcomed company and loved entertaining guests at their beautiful home by hosting Christmas, July 4th and other parties. Linda, Bob and her two sons (and later their own families) often spent many weekends on family property in the country, including Joaquin, Hackberry and Ezzell, Texas. She cherished being outdoors, doing things like taking care of her plants, enjoying a camp fire on the patio, watching a sunset over their lake, simply relaxing in her sun room reading, and most of all, spending time with family and friends while partaking in Miller Lite. However, none of those interests topped spending time with her six grandchildren! They were her world!

Linda is survived by:

Husband, Bob Schlageter

Cody (Lacy) Schlageter
Casey (Candace) Schlageter

Mason Schlageter
Logan Woolwine
Lydia Schlageter
Liam Schlageter
Madyson Schlageter
Lily Schlageter

Sister, Deborah Carlisle

Brother, Steve (Diane) Hutto

Uncle, Gene (Joy) Hutto

Johnny Hutto
Van Hutto
Chuck Hutto
Cherie Erickson
Tom Ohm
Mona Ohm Kurthy
Mark Ohm

Brother and sister-n-laws:
Philip (Lynn) Schlageter Jr.
John Schlageter
Cindy (Roger) Schneckenburger
Tim Schlageter Sr.
Matthew Schlageter
Kevin (Diane) Schlageter
David (Kim) Schlageter

Nieces and nephews:
Ann Dobkins
Erick Stultz
Deanna Nelson
Rob Sampson
Andrew Schlageter
Melissa Stultz
Becky Sampson
Justin Schlageter
Cierra Teverbaugh
Katrina Schlageter
Julia Schlageter
Tim Schlageter Jr.
Demi Schlageter
Taitum Hutto
Briana Hutto
Jameson Schlageter
Wyatt Schlageter
Eli Hutto
Sammy Cardenas
Sierra Cardenas

Numerous other great nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Linda is proceeded in death by grandparents Ezra and Luella Hutto, Eldon Ohm Sr., Dorothy Turley; father James Vernon Hutto; mother Wanda Ohm Smith; father-n-law Philip Schlageter and mother-n-law Patricia Schlageter; uncles, Curtis Hutto, Eldon Ohm Jr., Jerry Ohm, and Rudy Ohm; cousins, Larry Ohm and Steve Ohm; sister-n-law, Debbie Schlageter; nephew, Ian Hutto; and niece, Amber Black.

For someone with tiny feet, Linda Sue Hutto Schlageter left large shoes to fill. She will always be loved, remembered and be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Friday October 22, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at James Crowder Funeral Home, located at 401 Texas Avenue, La Marque, TX. 77568. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10;00 a.m. at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church located at 1224 Cedar Dr. La Marque, TX. 77568. The family asks that instead of sending flowers, pay a tribute to Linda Sue Hutto Schlageter to the Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, INC https://cjdfoundation.org.


Jesse L. Gardner Sr. (64) of Houston, Texas died October 12, 2021, at a hospital in Houston, Texas. Jesse was born to the late James L. Gardner and the late Shirley Gardner, Kelly August 23, 1957.

Funeral services are Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Wingate Funeral Home at 2pm. Repast is at Happy Family Restaurant, 3211 FM 1060, Humble, Texas 77338.

He is survived by:

Wife, Debra Gardner

Dominick Moore Jesse Gardner Jr
Quincy Gardner

Daughter, Classi Gardner, Wiley

James Lowe of Center, Texas
Samuel Gardner of Daytona Beach, Florida
Elbert Kelly (LaChandra) of Houston, Texas
Robert Kelly of Beaumont, Texas
James Whitsey of Center, Texas
Lamillican Johnson of Center, Texas (Keisha)
Tristan Gardner of Center, Texas
Renord Gardner of Beaumont, Texas
Mark Hubbard of Center, Texas
Eshawn Randle of Center, Texas

Sherian Jackson (Willie) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Joann Batist (Milton) of Houston, Texas
Ora Kelly (Jerry) of Silsbee, Texas
Jenitha Kelly (John)
Annie Watts (Maurice) of San Augustine, Texas
Felisha Boyd (Kendrick) of Center, Texas
Bonnie Hubbard of Virginia
Brenda Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas

Uncle, Lucky (Wilda) Gardner of Center, Texas
Aunt, Betty (John) Sanders of Center, Texas

Preceded in death by brother, Christopher S. Hubbard; and sister, Cynthia Jackson.

Services entrusted to Wingate Funeral Home, 14630 White Heather Dr., Houston, Texas 77045 and Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Dr., Center, Texas.


Magalis Yanez Perez, 48, of Nacogdoches, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with funeral service at 3pm, Sunday. Pastor Osbaldo Hernandez will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born March 29, 1973, in Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico, Magalis is the daughter of Victorio Yanez and Petronila Perez. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist in Lufkin.

Magalis Yáñez was a wife, mother, grandmother loved by all who knew her and if they did not know her, it would not take much to love her and see her generosity. She was one of the most helpful souls on this planet who never rejected anyone in need. She always put others before herself. She was one of a kind and will be missed by many.

Our mother has left this world and gone home to the Lord. She spread her wings on the morning of October 12, 2021 and is no longer suffering as she had been in recent weeks due to her illness.

Our mother was a very strong, kind, loving and humble of heart women. She really was a very valuable woman; the woman who brought us into the world. I really have no words to describe the great pain it has been to lose her. My heart is no longer complete. But we know that you are in a better place and we can only wait to meet you. We will see you one day dear mother, we love you and we will love you always.

She is survived by:

Husband, Areli Antonio Echeverria of Nacogdoches

Ricardo Echeverria of Mexico
Maria Elena Echeverria of Nacogdoches
Estefania Echeverria of Center
Areli Antonio Echeverria of Nacogdoches
Briseida Echeverria of Nacogdoches

Julieth Briseida Castillo Echeverria
Jesus Alexander Castillo
Eduarda Javier Sotero
Hannah Valeria Echeverria

Preceded in death by her father, Victorio Yanez.

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

Magalis Yanez Perez, de 48 años, de Nacogdoches, falleció el Martes 12 de Octubre de 2021 en Nacogdoches.

Las visitas se llevarán a cabo de 3:30 p.m. a 9:00 p.m., el Sábado 16 de Octubre de 2021, en Watson & Sons Funeral Home en Center con servicio funerario a las 3:00 p.m., Domingo.  El Pastor Osbaldo Hernández oficiará. El entierro seguirá en Oaklawn Memorial Park en Center.

Nacida el 29 de Marzo de 1973 en Cárdenas, Tabasco, México, Magalis es hija de Victorio Yáñez y Petronila Pérez.  Fue miembro de Seventh Day Adventist en Lufkin.

Magalis Yáñez fue esposa, madre, abuela querida por todos los que la conocieron y si no la conocían no hacía falta mucho para quererla y ver su generosidad. Ella era una de las almas más serviciales de este planeta que nunca rechazó a nadie que lo necesitara. Ella siempre anteponía a los demás antes que a ella misma. Ella era única en su clase y muchos la extrañarán.

Nuestra madre ha dejado este mundo y se ha ido a casa con el señor. Ella extendió sus alas la mañana, 12 de octubre de 2021 y ya no sufre como había estado las últimas semanas debido a su enfermedad. 

Nuestra madre era una mujer muy fuerte, amable, cariñosa, y humilde de corazón. Realmente era una mujer muy valiosa, la mujer que nos trajo al mundo. Realmente no tengo palabras para describir el dolor tan grande que ha sido perderla. Nuestros corazon ya no esta completo. Pero sabemos que estás en un mejor lugar y no nos queda mas que esperar para reunirnos contigo. Te veremos un día madrecita querida, te amamos y te amaremos siempre.

Le sobrevive su marido, Areli Antonio Echeverria of Nacogdoches; niños, Ricardo Echeverria of Mexico, Maria Elena Echeverria of Nacogdoches, Estefania Echeverria of Center, Areli Antonio Echeverria of Nacogdoches, and Briseida Echeverria of Nacogdoches; nietos, Julieth Briseida Castillo Echeverria, Jesus Alexander Castillo, Eduarda Javier Sotero, y Hannah Valeria Echeverria.
Precedida en la muerte por su padre, Victorio Yanez.

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Chesney Grace Adair, 7, of Shelbyville, entered into Heaven on September 21, 2021.

Born November 6, 2013, Chesney is the daughter of Mianna Halstead Adair and Casey Adair.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 15, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with service at 10:00 a.m., Saturday. Bro. William D., Bro. Ronnie Wheeler, and Bro. Wes Hall will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by:

Parents, Mianna Halstead Adair and Casey Adair

Kylie Holcomb
Michaela Holcomb

Stepmother, Kelsi Sockwell

John and Karen Halstead of Shelbyville
Chris Adair
Lori Riggs

Step-grandfather, Jerry Roth

Rowena Tyler and Grady of Center
Betty Sue McSwain of Deadwood

Aunts and uncles:
John Halstead III and wife Samantha of Timpson
Christopher Halstead of Shelbyville
Colby Adair
Regina Marshall
Robert Bush

First cousins:
Devon LeBlanc and wife Makalyla
Logan Nix
Chloe Nix
Ryan Halstead
Maddison Halstead all of Timpson

Jennifer Soto
Ruben Soto
Crystal Hass
Dean Halford
Dylan Barbee
Crystal Barbee
Eli Barbee
Cody Foshee
Trenton Hass
Brandon Soto
Hayle Hass

Special sister-in-love, Dixie Lee

Numerous special aunts, uncles, and friends

Numerous great aunts, great uncles, and cousins.

Preceded in death by great grandparents, Warren “Gene” McSwain and Aubrey L. Graves, Gwyn Cockrell, Joe Adair, and Nancy Adair.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Parks, Khris Mohr, Colton Bush, Seth Hailey, John Halstead, Patrick Hedrick, Jason Pyles, Joshua Dunlap, and Christopher Carter. Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Adair, Colby Adair, Dylan Barbee, Cody Foshee, Trenton Hass, Brandon Soto, Ruben Soto, and Ricky King.

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


Christina Lee Jackson, age 40, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born September 22, 1981 in Nacogdoches, TX.

She was a church member at Friendship West in Dallas, TX.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Leander Rhodes.

She is survived by:

Mother, Deborah Wilson

Father, Edward Rhodes

Step-Mother, LaRuther Rhodes

Children, Corrine and Christopher Jackson

Margaret Mathews
Edward Anthony Rhodes
Canenna Middleton (Ricky)
Jamie Jackson (Tasha)

A host of relatives and friends that she loved dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Sid D. Roberts Chapel, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961 with Rev. Freddy Wilson, Eulogist/Officiating.

Services entrusted to Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961.


Senior Master Sergeant Robert Earl Spurlock passed away on 14 September 2021.

He is survived by:
His wife of 34 years 10 months, Sandra K. Spurlock

Robert Jr.
Timothy Eugene

Daughter, Cynthia Marie Spurlock.

Robert was born in Shelby County, TX on May 5, 1935, to Floyd Earl Spurlock and Mildred (Watts) Spurlock. He graduated from Joaquin Texas High School in May 1953 and completed a BA in Business Management from Park College in 1977.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in November 1953 and retired on October 1, 1976, at Military Airlift Command (now Air Mobility Command) Headquarters. He served as a jet bomber mechanic on B-47, B-57 and B-58 aircraft. He was a Flight Engineer/Crew Member for B-58, C-130, C-141 and C-5 aircraft accumulating over 5,200 flying hours. In February 1964, he was assigned to Edwards AFB, CA as Crew Chief for a B-58 being used to update performance information after addition of multi weapons pylons. Upon completion of this project, he was assigned Crew Chief of a B-58 (Snoopy) which was being used to test a prototype air to air missile system. He was then assigned to the test force as Crew Chief and Flight Mechanic for a B-58A being used for test and escort purposes and for Category 2 testing on the C-130H and C-141A.

After 23 years of service in the Air Force he began his civilian career with the Military air lift Command Aircrew Training Directorate, as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations representative to the command facility board. He served as the Command combat arms program Manager, Air operations security program manager, and command coordinator for the Air Force Academy, AFROTC, and Civil Air Patrol programs. Following a tour at the Air Force Military Personnel Center as Air Force combat arms program manager, he moved to the Air Force Office of Security Police (now AFSPA). He served as the Air Force combat arms program manager until October 1994 when he moved to his final position as Chief of Resources and Requirements Division, Headquarters Air Force Security Police Agency, Kirtland Air Force Base.

Bob loved the game of golf—as a player and as a student of the game—because of its enduring values of integrity and honor, its precepts of sportsmanship and camaraderie, its adherence to the lasting Rules of Golf, and its many analogies to life. After retiring from the Air Force and settling in Albuquerque, he became a long-time member of the Tijeras Arroyo Golf Association at Kirtland AFB, serving as an Association Officer on several occasions. Bob cared for the game greatly; so much that he enthusiastically provided his time and Rules expertise, over more than a decade, as Rules Official for numerous High School, College, Junior, and Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Championships, as well as United States Golf Association National Championship Qualifiers, throughout New Mexico and West Texas. Bob was dedicated and often first to volunteer, especially for Junior and High School events, which held a special place in his heart. The youngsters appreciated his wit and friendly personality. His friendship was sincere, honest and kind.

Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.com.


Milburn Wayne Cranford, 83, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on October 9, 2021, in Henderson, Texas. He was born on December 30, 1937, in Garrison, Texas to the late John David and Irene (Byrly) Cranford.  Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Cold Springs Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas, with Bro. Blackie Cranford officiating.

Visitation will be 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

Milburn “Mert” Cranford grew up in Garrison and was a truck driver for many years.

Mert was a great truck driver and worked hard for his family.  He always made sure his family was taken care of and had all they needed.  He enjoyed mowing his yard and keeping it looking nice.  He loved Sandra’s banana pudding and would request it often.  Mert’s family loved him very much and he will be greatly missed.

Milburn is survived by: 
His wife, Barbara Hays Cranford

Son, Stephen Cranford

Sandra Elliott
Meliani Sasuceda and husband

Randy Case and wife, Deniese
Jason Case
Tommy Phillips and wife, Michelle

Sarah Haley
Haley Miller and husband, Michael
Milshelle Davidson and husband, Kevin
Corey Jimerson
Crystal Case
Kevin Case
Clint Case
Travis Phillips
Caleb Phillips
Jordan Jones
Haley Jones
Megan Arnold
Ashley Cunnings
Cody Case

Kaitlynn Hernandez
Kylie Akridge
Kyndall Gandy
Chelsie Miller
Allie Miller
Colton Miller
Cody Duke
Rose Sonier
Trevor Davidson
Skylar Henson
Spencer Henson
Ava Lynn
Trinity Case
James Case
Emmett Case
Sidnie Graham
Corbyn Case

Amaryllis Hernandez
Cody Duke, Jr.
Lucas Duke
Charlee Evans
Marlee Evans.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John David and Irene Cranford.

Serving as pallbearers are:  Clint Case, Caleb Phillips, Travis Phillips, Richard Chapman, Johnny Hays, Dickie Hays, and Kevin Case.  Honorary pallbearers are: Billy Don Jimerson, Sean Massingill, and Richard Chapman.

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.


Patricia Gale Adams, 66, of Center, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 15, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday. Bro. Harold Demment, Sister Melba Rodgers, and Bro. Lamar Rash will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born August 29, 1955, in Center, Patricia is the daughter of Aaron Porter and Hersey Belrose Porter. Her hobbies included shopping, traveling, and eating at Saltgrass. Her grandkids were her pride and joy. She was a member of Folsom Chapel Church.

She is survived by:

Patti Redmon and husband Bobby
Chad Adams and wife Hollie

Cody Denby
Brent Denby
Haley and husband Shon Lout
Caren and husband Stone Rasbury
Callie Adams
Cierra Adams

Symber, Ava, Harper, and Carter Lout
Kambri, Kash, and Kaiden

Joe Porter
Pennie Porter Cassell

Preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Wayne Adams; parents, Aaron Porter and Hersey Belrose Porter; brothers, Larry and Danny Porter.

Pallbearers will be Jody Porter, Jacob Cassell, James Cassell, Kerry Emanis, Scott Helpenstell, Jason Helpenstell, Will Lawson, and Todd Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Porter, Clifton Porter, Robert Eaden, and Jason Burch.

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


Robin Beatriz, 64, of Tenaha, Texas, departed this world on October 9, 2021. She was born on June 16, 1957, in Center, Texas, to the late Robert Bryan and Margie Adams. Her adopted parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Willie Washington of Tenaha.

She attended Booker T. Washington elementary and later attended Tenaha ISD. She graduated in 1974 from Tenaha ISD at the age of 16. During her early years, she attended St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Tenaha and served as Sunday School sectary. She was employed as a cook at Lake Country Inn, Tenaha ISD, Excelsior ISD and Pine Grove Nursing Home. Mrs. Beatriz was also the manager of Tenaha Express and Whistle Stop. She worked at Fast Tax under the leadership of Mr. Howard Cloudy as a tax preparer until her health began to decline.

She loved her family very much.

Mrs. Beatriz leaves to cherish her:

Husband, Evanan Issac Beatriz

Crystal Gray and husband Kendrick
Chaska Caraway
Chiniqua Caraway Thomas
Cierra Richard and husband Michael

KeMyson Gray
Kamari Gray
Jaya Johnson

Great-grandson, Kashton “Kai” Gray

Grand-dog, Ally-K Thomas

Dexter Adams of Puerto Rico
Bryan Adams of Pflugerville, Texas
Jonathan Matthews of San Antonio, Texas
Jason Matthews of Nacogdoches, Texas
Johnny Goss
Walter Bryan
Scottie Goss
Kenneth Goss
Roy Lee Bryan

Phyllis Thompson of Tenaha
Shely Leonard of Nacogdoches
Ginger Williams
Sharon Bryant
Donnie Bryan
Tangela Phoneix
Felice Bryan
Lemetria Housley
Demetria Mosley

Ollie Adams
Willie Roy Adams

Aunt, Ima Faye McClure

A host of nephews, nieces cousins and special friends.

She also had two young men that called her mother - Christopher Caraway and Stacy Thompson.

The family of Robin Beatriz would like to convey their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends, and neighbors for their kind words of sympathy and generosity.

A Homecoming Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, with Elder Fremon Bryant officiating at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel, 1131 State Highway 149, Carthage, Texas. At the family’s request, face masks are required. Interment will follow at Friendship Bobo Cemetery in Bobo, Texas. A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday and the funeral home.

A guestbook may be signed at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Lieutenant Colonel Thomas James Holman (94) of the Maryland and Washington D.C. area, passed away. Thomas James Holman was born September 25, 1926 to the late L.B Holman and Loubadia Matlock Holman in Center, Texas.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas James Holman will be buried with Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 2:30 PM. Thomas’ services will be live streamed: USE THIS UPDATED LINK TO STREAM RE: LTC THOMAS J. HOLMAN BURIAL & REPAST. 
Due to a technical failure, please use this updated link.

Thomas was a member of Mt. Zion CME in Center, during his childhood days. Thomas always shown love and support for the church.  Thomas attended C.H. Daniels High School until the ending of his junior year. He moved to Beaumont, Texas his senior year and graduated from Charlton-Pollard High School in Beaumont. He received an academic scholarship to Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia. Thomas was a pre-med biology major and pledge Lota Chapter of Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

While at Morris Brown, Thomas was drafted into the Army. After serving as an enlisted man, Thomas returned to Morris Brown and graduated in 1949. He joined the Army National Guard and moved from Atlanta to San Francisco, California. While there, he started graduate school at Stanford University to continue his pre-med studies. When the Korean Conflict escalated, he was again called for active duty. While showing great leadership in the Army, Thomas was nominated for Officer Candidate School. He graduated as Second Lieutenant. After Officer Candidate School, Thomas returned to San Francisco. Thomas retired from the army as a Lieutenant Colonel and settle with his family in Los Angeles to complete his master’s degree in Education at the University of Southern California, graduating in 1972. He taught school at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

In 1973, the Holman’s moved to Maryland when Thomas was recruited to join the District of Columbia’s successful efforts to gain Home Rule. He ultimately started his third career in the DC Government and retired in the 1990s. In 1977, Thomas founded “Holman and Associates,” his fourth career, a very successful real estate and traveling enterprise. Thomas lived a most expansive life with gusto, fearlessness, honesty, and joy.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas James Holman is survived by:

Children: Linda, Michael, Keith, and Lisa Holman

Brother, Charles Ray

Local Family (1st Cousins):
Lucky Gardner (Wilda)
Betty Sanders (John)

Wife: Alice Holman, preceded in death

Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935.