Garry Stephen Walker, 68, of Onalaska, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Saturday March 31, 2007 at Pine Ridge Cemetery with Bro. Mark Woolf officiating.
He was born August 30, 1938 to Ray G. and Viola Walker.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Viola Walker.
He is survived by: 2 Children, Kelli martinez and husband Frank of Clear Lake, Texas, and John Melcher of Clear Lake, Texas. 4 Grandchildren: Austin, Samantha, Jennifer & Gabriella. 1 Great Granddaughter: Brooklyn and Uncle: Jess Coleman and wife Enola.
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.
Reverend W.R. Gardner - Community Funeral Home of Center announces services for Reverend W. R. Gardner, of Carthage. Services are tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11 o’clock at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Carthage. His body will lie in state from 10 until 11 in the morning tomorrow (Saturday) at the church. Reverend Gardner was the pastor of Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville for 25 years.
Leon McCollister - Community Funeral Home of Center announces services for 72 year old, Mr. Leon McCollister, of Tenaha. Services are tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11 o’clock at Saint John Baptist Church in Tenaha. Interment will be in Saint John Cemetery.
Among Mr. McCollister’s survivors are four sisters, Betty Tutt and LuCrecia Henderson, both of Tenaha, Doris Bussey, of Seattle, Washington, and Mary Ann Christopher, of Mansfield, Louisiana.
Flowler Tot Green - Taylor Funeral Home announces services for 90 year old, Fowler Tot Green, of Lake Jackson, and formerly of Bobo. Services are tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at two o’clock at Taylor Chapel. Interment will be in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Among Mr. Green’s survivors are his wife, Anna Belle Screws-Green, of Lake Jackson, and his daughter, Trina Green Taylor, of Lake Jackson.
Sallie Young Parker, 95, of Center, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at Shelby Regional Medical Center. Sallie Garrett Young was born on November 11, 1911 in Marshall, the daughter of Robert Hall Young and Bertha Love Heartstill Young.
Mrs. Parker was the widow of Heber C. Parker who owned and operated Parker Brothers Motor Company for many years. She moved to San Augustine when she was four years old and graduated from San Augustine High School in 1928. She attended T.W.U., then Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth for one year and was on the tennis team. Mrs. Parker worked nine years for R.C. Downs of San Augustine, cotton buyer and president of First National Bank. On April 9, 1939 she married Heber C. Parked and moved to Center. Sallie & Heber were the parents of two children, Nancy Lynn, born in 1942, and James Perry “Jimmy”, born in 1944. Sallie was a member of First United Methodist Church; a member of United Methodist Women; past treasurer, member and past president of the Women’s Reading Club and a former member and president of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, April 2, 2007 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Rev. Greg Megill officiating.
Daughter, Nancy Pederson & husband Paul of Waco
Son, Jimmy Parker & wife Anne of Center
Ashley Parker of Seattle, Washington
Lisa Parker of Center
Grandson, Brandt Parker & wife Lisa of Austin
Sister, Ellen Love Burrows of Austin
Brother, Heartsill Young of Mason
Also numerous nephews and nieces.
Special friends are Fannie Jackson, Lola B. Phillips, Pearl Burgay.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Center.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
Hicks Mortuary announces services for 69 year old, Wilbert Ira “Wildcat” McClelland. Services are Friday afternoon at two o’clock at Mount Zion C-M-E Church. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery.
Among Mr. McClelland’s survivors are his wife, Myrtis M. McClelland, one daughter, Kristi R. McClelland, one son, Anthony McClelland, and two brothers, Doctor Charles Tatum, of Houston, and Willard McClelland, of Center.
Bruce Wagnon, 63, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2007 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born March 28, 1943 in Warren, Arkansas to Floyd A. Wagnon and Georgia Berryman Wagnon. Mr. Wagnon served in the US Army during Vietnam, where he received a Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, a Purple Heart, a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge, and a Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal First Class Unit Citation. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Center and was a member of the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149. Mr. Wagnon retired from SWB and was a member of the SWB Pioneers.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, March 29, 2007 at Watson and Sons Chapel in Center with Rev. Michael Hale, Rev. Carl Smith and Steve Wagnon officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Pallbearers will be John Doggett, Barry Doggett, Clay Wagnon, Tracy Collins, Bob Covington, Ken Ramsey, Harold Osborne and Todd Baldwin.
Honorary Pallbearers will Joe Ellis, Hal Wyatt, Franky Adams and Claude Lucas.
Wife, Elaine Wagnon of Center
Brett Wagnon of Center
Daniel Wagnon & wife Sheila of Lewisville
Joel Wagnon of Center
Grace Wagnon of Center
Luke Wagnon of Lewisville
George Wagnon & wife Laura of Warren, Arkansas
Keith Wagnon & wife Amanda of Center
Mother-in-Law, Barbara Bittick of Center
Brother-in-Law, Bruce Bittick of Center
Sister-in-Law, Marlene Doggett & husband John of Center
Also a number of nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles and a host of friends.
Preceded in death by:
Parents, Floyd A. Wagnon & Georgia Berryman Wagnon
Brother, Bobby Wagnon
Father-in-Law, J.C. Bittick
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center
Harold Edwar Lewis Sr.63, of Joaquin passed away Saturday, March 24, 2007 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mr. Lewis was born August 8, 1943 in Houston to Harold Garner Lewis and Lela Winifred Perry Lewis. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Lewis was an electrician. He was a member of the NRA, enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved to watch his grandchildren play sports.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Thad Mills officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Pallbearers will be Randy Woodcox, Rick Kirby, Jason Harvey, Timothy Wilkerson, Michael Joe Byrd, Bo Posey, Justin Runnels and Timothy Mills. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Tomlinson, Thomas Harvey, Glenn Byrd and Orville Davis.
Sons: Harold Edward "Bubba" Lewis Jr. and wife Celeste of Joaquin. and Jerry Lewis of Joaquin.
Daughters: Candy Cox and husband Roy of Joaquin and Sheri Lewis of Joaquin.
Seven Grandchildren: Jameie Baskin, Bradley Lewis, Brandi Lewis, Benjamin Baskin Jr, Amanda Lewis, Justin Lewis and Jamie Raimond.
Three Great Grandchildren:
Host of nieces, nephews and family and friends.
Preceded in death by:
Parents, Harold Garner Lewis and Lela Winifred Perry Lewis
Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm, Monday, March 26, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
Iris Wooley, 80, of Tenaha passed away Friday, March 23, 2007 in Longview. She was born May 30, 1926 in Tenaha to James Arthur Erwin and Ruby Emma Goolsby Erwin. Ms. Wooley retired from Superior Oil Company where she was employed as an accounting clerk. She was a member of the Tuesday Night Painting Group, The Do Dat Graft Group and the Methodist Women's Crafting Group.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at Watson & Sons Chapel in Center, Texas with Rev. Jim Bradley officiating.
Memorials may be made to ASPCA Tributes, 110 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011.
Daughter; Joann Ballou and husband Jeffrey Scott of North Troy, Vernont
Paul Erwin and wife Frances of Texarkana, Arkansas
Jack V. Erwin and wife Alma of Liberty, Texas
Sister; Betty Jean Childress of Joaquin
Nieces and Nephews:
Linda Jane Weaver, Diane Roquemore, Artie Erwin, Don Erwin, Carter Erwin, Brad Erwin and Cindy Childress
Preceded in death by:
Husband; Denson Sapho Wooley
Parents; James Arthur Erwin and Ruby Emma Goolsby Erwin
Brother and sister-in-law; James Carter Erwin and Pauline
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas.
Jessie Mae Bolton - Community Funeral Home of Center announces services for 61 year old, Jessie Mae Bolton, of Shelbyville and formerly of Palestine. Services are Sunday afternoon at Triumph First Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery.
Among Mrs. Bolton’s survivors are her husband, L. B. Bolton, Senior, of Center, one son, Kenneth Bolton, of Center, one daughter, Gloria Nays, of Palestine, three sisters, Lola Phillips, and Gwendolyn Singh, both of Center, and Vera Brown, of Nacogdoches, and one brother, Billy Cartwright, of Center.
Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.
Sarah Emmaline Adame, 17, of the Patroon Community in Shelby County, Texas passed away Friday, March 16, 2007. She was born November 3, 1989 in Sarasota, Florida to James Adame and Pamela Hale Adame. Sarah was a student at Hemphill High School where she participated in UIL, drill team, the drama club, varsity soccer, the gourmet club and was president of the Robotics Club. She had been a resident of Patroon for the past six months, having previously lived in Birmingham, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington.
At the family’s request, Sarah has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, March 23, 2007 at First Assembly of God Church in San Augustine, Texas with Rev. Jeff Headrick officiating.
Mother, Pamela Hale of Seattle, Washington
Father, James Adame & wife Katherine of Birmingham, Pennsylvania
Sister, Eve Marie Adame of Birmingham, Pennsylvania
Brother, James Adame of Birmingham, Pennsylvania
Grandparents, James & Barbara Hale of the Patroon Community, Shelby County, Texas
Grandmother, Margaret Trott of Tyler, Texas
Grandfather, Fred Adame of Viera, Florida
Great Grandfather, Rev. Harry S. Coons, Jr. of Seminole, Texas
Great Grandmother, Letha Mae Hale of San Augustine, Texas
Also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins & a host of friends.
Memorials can be made to the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, Washington, 98109.
Ellie Wilson-Quinn - Taylor Funeral Home announces services for 89 year old, Ellie Wilson-Quinn, of Timpson. Services are tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at two o’clock at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson. Interment will be in Corinth Cemetery. Visitation is this (Tuesday) evening from six until eight o’clock.
Among Ms. Quinn’s survivors is one daughter, Iris Bailey, of Timpson, and special friend and caregiver, Frankie Mae Newcomer, of Timpson.
James Alford, 72, of Center, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007. He was born October 6, 1934 in Tenaha to Noble L. Alford and Clotile Brown Alford. Mr. Alford attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, March 22, 2007 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. Kenneth Verner officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Pallbearers will be Michael Decker, Joseph Graves, Joseph Arnold, Edward McEachern, Clint McEachern and David Wayne Alford.
Wife, Jerry Alford of Center
Mary Graves & husband Junior of Tenaha
Penny Barchett & husband Bill of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Royalene McEachern & husband Edward of San Augustine
Kay Nichols of Huntington
Noble Alford & wife Pam of Center
James Alford of Plano
David Alford & wife Terri of Timpson
Nicky Nichols & wife Kelly of Smithville
Kendra Arnold & husband Joseph, James Michael Decker, Joseph Michael Graves, Amber Alford, Khristina Snider & husband Josh, David Wayne Alford & wife Mary, Kellie Walker & husband Noah, Joe McCallum & wife Jennifer, John McCallum, Nicki Lee Nichols, Scott Nichols, Seth Nichols, Ashley McEachern, Clint McEachern.
Mackenzi Alford, Jesse Snider, Blake Walker, Bella Kate Alford, Reece McCallum, Tatum McCallum
Tulia Browning of Aqua Dulce
Lenora Hughes of Tenaha
Christeria Holloway of Center
Betty Adams of Moores Hill, Indiana
Alice Deloney of Garrison
Jackie Allen of Henderson
Brother, William Dee Alford & wife Ann of Moores Hill, Indiana
Brother-in-Law, Billie Sam Donnell & wife Alice of Melrose
Sister-in-Law, Marie Shannon of Chireno
Mother-in-Law, Connie Donnell of Nacogdoches
Preceded in death by:
Grandsons, Cody Wayne Alford & Bryan Lee McEachern
Granddaughter, Susie Elizabeth Decker
Brother, John Alford
Father-in-Law, Sam Donnell
Daughter-in-Law, Toni Shofner Alford
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2007 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
Kenneth Paul Billingsley - Taylor Funeral Home announces services for 54 year old, Kenneth Paul Billingsley, of Center and formerly of Timpson. Services are tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10 o’clock at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation is this (Monday) evening from five until eight o’clock at Taylor Funeral Home.
Among Mr. Billingsley’s survivors are his brother, Byron Billingsley, of Timpson, and his sister, Nina Hughes, of Center.
Blanche Duncan Wilburn, 89, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2007. She was born August 14, 1917 in Shelbyville to Albert Volner Duncan and Ada Blackstock Duncan. Ms. Wilburn was a member of First Baptist Church in Shelbyville.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, March 19, 2007 at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Billy Windham officiating.
Pallbearers will be Billy Clyde Duncan, Spencer Fenton, Lewis Harbison & Johnny Hargrove.
Son, Charles E. “Scotty” Wilburn & wife Jimmye of Lake Deerwood
Angie Wilburn of Katy
Tonya Fenton & husband Spencer of Shelbyville
Ginger Bekker of Carthage
Also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceded in death by:
Parents, Albert Volner Duncan & Ada Blackstock Duncan
Husband, Eric Wilburn
Daughter, Gail Williamson
Brother, Cleo Duncan
Sister, Lois Boyett
Visitation will be held from 11:00 am 12:30 pm, Monday, March 19, 2007 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.
Lenora G. Prothro, 80 of Joaquin passed away Friday, March 16, 2007 at the home of her daughter in Joaquin.
Services will be 2pm Monday, March 19, 2007 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, her body will be cremated after the services and her cremains will be buried at Jackson Cemetery beside her husband at a later date.
Visitation will be Monday morning beginning at 10am and continue until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.
She was born January 9, 1927 in Natchitoches, LA to parents, Benjamin & Mae Thomason Garcia. She was a homemaker and she was of the Baptist Faith.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bennie & Mae Garcia.
She is survived by:
Daughter & Son-in-law: Brenda & Paul Grant of Joaquin
Son & Daughter-in-law: Stanley & Carol Prothro of Newalla, OK
Shanna & Michael Murphey of Joaquin
Brian Grant of Galveston
Shelia & Michael Hale of Edmond, OK
Caleb & Raelyn Hill
Bennie Mae Johnson of Lake Charles, LA
Bobbie Gray of Natchitoches, LA
Services were under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Yvain Rushing - Community Funeral Home of Center announces services for 46 year old, Mr. Yvain Rushing, of Center. Services are tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at 2:30 at Triumph Center. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery.
Among Mr. Rushing’s survivors are one son, Yvinski Rushing, of Nacogdoches, two brothers, Jimmy Rushing, of Center, and Darry Lynn Rushing, of Beaumont, and three sisters, Cynthia Hooks, of San Angelo, Benita Lynn Washington, of Center, and LaMikah Latrese Rushing, of San Antonio.
Billy Isbell, age70, of Shelbyville (the Patroon Community) passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at his home.
Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2007 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Henry Hughes Officiating, burial will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Visitation will be Friday starting at 6:00 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.
He was born October 16, 1936 in Runnels County, Texas to parents, James & Carrie (Taylor) Isbell. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Isbell.
He worked for Champion Paper Company in Pasadena for many years. He was a member of the Neuville Baptist Church.
He is survived by:
Wife, Jerry Nell (Berry) Isbell of Patroon
Josh Isbell of Sweetwater
Jace Isbell of Danbury
Jeree Bunch of Pearland
Mark Foster of Sugarland
Lisa Martinez of Deer Park
Brother, Donald Isbell of Brownwood
Sister, Jolaine Watson of Beaumont
Sister, Verlaine Lafferty of Leander
Pallbearers will be, Jordan Bunch, Blake Isbell, Eric Isbell, Steven Berry, Michael Morehouse, Matthew Morehouse, Robert Berry and Michael Martinez
Honorary Pallbearers will be, Charlie Smith, Charles Hall, Marshall Windham, Joe Ellis and Jacob Bunch
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Peggy Boles Verbosky, 77, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2007 in Houston. She was born April 18, 1929 in Lufkin to Vessie Victor Boles and Gladys Florence Warren Boles. Ms. Boles was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.
Graveside services will be held at 4:00 pm, Sunday, March 18, 2007 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Rev. Randy Ledbetter officiating.
Daughter, Vikki Carpenter & husband Wayne of Bayou Vista
Daughter, April Box & husband Randy of Spring
Son, Norman “Chip” Verbosky & wife Christina of The Woodlands
Kimberly Martin & husband Tom
Larry Wunderlich & wife Myla
Mary Boles of Center
Also numerous nieces, nephews & other relatives.
Preceded in death by:
Parents, Vessie Victor Boles and Gladys Florence Warren Boles
Siblings; Kenneth LaMerle McCulley, May Katherine Street and Billy Bruce Boles
Memorials can be made to Rainbow Connection at UTMB Galveston, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, Texas 77555-0361.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 18, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
W. J. Starr - Services for Reverend W. J. Starr, Pastor of the Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church will be held tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at one o’clock at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church on M-L-K in Center. Visitation is this (Wednesday) evening from six until eight p.m. at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church. Interment will be in Nacogdoches.
Mary Liza Price - Hicks’ Mortuary announces services for 86 year old, Mary Liza Price. Services are this (Wednesday) afternoon at one o’clock at Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery.
Among Mrs. Price’s survivors are three sons, Willie Price, of Hawkins, Claudell Price, of Georgia, and Freddie Price, of San Antonio, two daughters, Jessie Mae Price, of Center, Margie Nell Jackson, of Colorado, and one sister, Bertha Hill-Bryant, of Houston.
Minnie Mae Luman - Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage announces services for 77 year old, Mrs. Minnie Mae Luman, of Tenaha. Services are tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at two o’clock at Hawthorn Chapel. Interment will be in Mount Herman Cemetery in Center. The family will receive friends this (Wednesday) evening from six until eight o’clock at Hawthorn Funeral Home.
Among Mrs. Luman’s survivors are one son, Dale Luman, of Jasper, one sister, Geraldine Smith, of Tenaha, and one brother, Carl Smith, of Gary.
Ervin DeWayne Williams - Hicks’ Mortuary announces services for 25 year old, Ervin DeWayne Williams, of Center. Services are Saturday, March 17th, at 11 o’clock in the morning at East Liberty Baptist Church. Burial will be in Rather Cemetery.
Among Mr. Williams’ survivors are his father and step mother, Johnny E. Williams and Beverly, of Center, his wife, Collette Swindle, of Center, one daughter, Taigan Williams, one son, Khyle Daniels, two brothers, Gary Williams, of Tyler, and Nakyu Williams, of Center, and one sister, Renaudi Handy, of San Augustine.
Annie Bernice Towns, 96, of Center, passed away Monday, March 12, 2007. She was born August 23, 1910 in Tenaha to Aullen Andrew Robertson and Annie Belle Cook Robertson. Ms. Towns was a member of First Baptist Church in Timpson. She was also a member of Telephone Pioneers of America, having retired from Southwestern Bell.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Sammy Eldridge and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson.
Pallbearers will be Charles Hooker, Bobby Watson, Micky Ray, Misty Ray, Kevin McLawchlin, Kevin Michael McLawchlin, Woody Jernigan & Jerry Hammers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Hillcrest Baptist Church & Charles Towns.
Son, Mike Towns & wife Becky of Center
Lisa McLawchlin & husband Kevin of Timpson
Misty Ray of Center
Micky Ray & wife Melinda of Houston
Michelle McLawchlin of Timpson
Marissa McLawchhlin of Timpson
Morgan Ray of Houston
Meghan Ray of Houston
Kevin Michael McLawchlin of Timpson
Special friend, Miriam Jernigan of Center
Also numerous nieces, nephews & a host of friends.
Husband, Ebben Towns
Sisters: Gladys Barnes, Sallie Hooker, Eddie Templin
******Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home********
Harry Williams - Watson and Sons Funeral Home announces services for 81 year old, Harry Williams, of Center. Mr. Williams passed away Friday, March 9, 2007 in Nacogdoches. He was born August 14, 1925 in Marion, North Carolina to Grover Williams and Mary Polberg Williams. Mr. Williams served his country in the Navy during World War II. He was a lineman with Southwestern Bell until 1985 when he retired with 33 years of service. Mr. Williams was a member of the Sardis Methodist Church.
Graveside services are tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at one o’clock at Sardis Cemetery. Visitation is this (Monday) evening from six until eight o’clock at Watson and Sons Funeral Home.
Among Mr. Williams’ survivors are his daughter, Sherry Bishop, of Colorado, and four brothers, Talley Williams, Jack Williams, Fred Williams, and Frank Williams, all of North Carolina.
Preceded in death by Wife, Erma Smith Williams.
Hazel Lee Edwards, 89, of Center, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007 at Shelby Regional Medical Center. She was born June 27, 1917 in Alto, Texas to Aldredge Eugene Lawrence and Harriet Sharlotte Lewis Lawrence.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 am, Thursday, March 8, 2007 at Weches Cemetery in Houston County with Rev. Gordon Vaughn officiating.
Sister, Edna Marie Billman of Mission
Albert W. Billman of Mission
Laurence B. Billman of Edinburg
Danny Ray Lawrence of Center
Aldredge Eugene Lawrence of Weslaco
Jon Dee Lawrence of Laredo
Timothy Lawrence of Houston
Brenda K. Lawrence of Center
Alma Lee Lawrence of Houston
Preceded in death by Husband, Bennett Edwards
Irene Oliver Bailey, 93, of Center, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at a Nacogdoches hospital. She was born September 8, 1913 in Livingston, Texas to John O. Oliver and Addie Richards Oliver. Irene was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and friend. Her Christian example of her life touched not only her family but all who knew her. She was a member of Neuville Baptist Church for over 50 years where she was also a Sunday school teacher.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, March 8, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Marion Huckaby and Bro. Clifton Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center
Pallbearers will be Charles Conway, Wendy Whitlock, Billy Don Ross, Jerry Conway, Randy Robertson and Ronnie Perry. Honorary pallbearers will be John Paul Samford and Lonnie Traxler.
Son, Doug Bridwell of Center
Wanda Bailey Fleming & husband Scotty of Center
Bobbie Sue Bailey Smith & husband Miles of Mineola
Pam Alford & husband Noble of Center
Jeff Bridwell & wife Cindy of Center
Cherry, Michelle, Justin
Great Great Grandchild:
Sister-in-Law: Ollie Oliver of Texas City
Special Niece & Nephew: Peggy & Will Haden of Texas City
Daughter-in-Law: Sue Bailey Monsour & husband Billy of Logansport
Shea Fleming Swindler & husband Clay, LaTonya Bailey Clark & husband Cody, Myla Putt & Mark Smith
Step Great Grandchildren:
Bailey, Robin Glenn, Clayton, Caroline, Terren, Kyle & Lindsey
Step Great Great Grandson, Lucas Dalton
Former Daughter-in-law, Sue Nell Bridwell Jackson & husband Jim of Nacogdoches
Also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Preceded in death by:
Husband, J.D. Bailey
Parents, John O. Oliver and Addie Richards Oliver
Four Brothers & One Sister
Step-Sons, Jerry Bob Bailey & Glenn Bailey
Step Grandsons, Scott & Shannon Fleming & Steven Glenn Bailey
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
Ruby Walker Weldon, 92, of Huxley, passed away Friday, March 2, 2007 in San Augustine. She was born October 14, 1914 in Newton, Mississippi to Joseph A. Walker and Laura Lovett Walker. Ms. Weldon was a member of Dantzler Memorial Methodist Church in Moss Point, Mississippi, but she most recently attended Toledo Bend Baptist Church in Huxley. She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, March 5, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. Jack Forbis and Rev. Carla Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Shelby County.
Louise Felts & husband Ben of Huxley
Bobbie L. Mitchell & husband Robert of Gautier, Mississippi
J.D. Weldon & wife Ailene of Huxley
Dr. Mike Weldon & wife Marie of Madison, Mississippi
Ronnie Weldon & wife Cindy of Cannon Falls, Minnesota
17 Great Grandchildren
12 Great Great Grandchildren
Sister, Mary Francis Lewis & husband Preston of Rose Hill, Mississippi
Also a number of nieces, nephews, cousins & a host of friends.
Preceded in death by husband, Robert E. Weldon.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
Robert Vance Payne, 65, of Center, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007 at a Nacogdoches hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 4, 2007 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Greg Megill, Rev. Robert Montgomery and Rev. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Pallbearers will be Charles Rushing, Richard Prince, Jerry Phelps, Luke Motley, III, Jim Sawyer, Chuck Lunsford, Roy Blackshear, Billy Ihlo, Charlie Lunsford, Monty Lunsford, Joey Guedea and Robbie Thompson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Center Noon Lions Club and members of the Center High School Class of 1959.
He was born August 13, 1941 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Rex Gayle Payne & Phabrice Montgomery Payne. Vance was a 1959 graduate of Center High School and a 1963 graduate of SFA. He and his family owned and operated Payne-Payne Hardware ‘n Suchlike in downtown Center from 1915 to 1996. Payne’s Community News was started in 1949 by Vance’s parents and he continued the broadcast after his mother’s death in 1982.
As a staunch supporter of Center and Shelby County, he served the community in many different ways. Vance was a past president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Center Noon Lions Club and a member of the 2007 class of Leadership Shelby County. He was also the home stadium voice of the Center Roughrider football team for many years.
Vance was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Center. He was active as a youth in MYF, had served in the Chancel Choir since 1963 and served his church in many leadership capacities.
Vance was also a past president of the Southwest Hardware & Implement Association.
Wife, Billie Sue Payne of Center
Daughter, Angela Walker & husband Kevin of Nacogdoches
Son, Rob Payne & wife Kim of Center
Son, Joshua Vance Payne of Dallas
Grandchildren, Jennifer, Hannah & Hunter Walker of Nacogdoches
Sister, Lee Gayle Lunsford & husband Chuck of Center
Mother-in-Law, Gwendolyn Crawford of Timpson
Brother-in-Law, Michael Crawford & wife Glenda of Carthage
Brother-in-Law, Jim Crawford and wife Annette of Kilgore
Vance is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935, the Roughrider Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 152, Center, Texas 75935, or the charity of your choice, in Vance’s name.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
William L. "Bill" Beasley, 59, of Humble, passed away Friday, March 2, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at Forest Park, Woodlands, with 4 p. m. Full Military Graveside RItes in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Preceded in death by wife, Virginia Lynn Taylor and parents James and Margaret Beasley, Grandparents Judge John W. Creech, Judge Dora Adams Creech and Jimand Lena Beasley.
Survived by: Wife, Terri Beasley of Conroe, Children, Donna and Bill Rayburn of Oxford, MS., Scott and Emma Beasley, Travis AFB, Ca. , Doug and Rebecca Beasley of Denton, Texas, Dan Beasley and fiancee Katie Eddington, Knoxville, TN., Step children, Deidra and Roger Bussell of Conroe., Derik and Maxine Lewis of San Diego, Ca., Grandchildren, Sarah and William Beasley, Julia Rayburn, Step-grandchildren, Keaton, Laudon and Brayson Bussell and Jaden Lewis and siblings, Jim and Beth Beasley of Garland, Nancy and Jim Powell of Beaumont, and Terry Beasley of Carthage, 3 nephews and a niece, Sandra Aycock, Brandon and Jared Powell and Sam Beasley.
Also survived by aunts and uncles, Dr. Roy and Irma Creech, Starksville, MS, Mildred and Eugene Webb of Center, Marcelle and Paul Geudner, of Littleton, CO., and Jerry and Elaine Creech of Port Arthur, La Verne Creech of Nacogdoches, Bernerdine Creech of Center and Marie Creech of Port Neches, Texas..
Hazel L. Borders age, 91 of Center, Texas passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Tomball Regional Hospital.
Services will be:
4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2007, Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Freeman officiating, burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 3, 2007 from 7 pm until 9 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.
She was born June 24, 1915 in Shelby County, Texas to parents, James Ruben & Teresa (Crenshaw) Lemons who precede her in death. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Marlin E. Borders.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Center, Texas and she was a homemaker.
She is survived by:
Robert Borders and wife, Dorothy of Magnolia
Joe Borders and wife, Cecilia of Carrollton
John Borders of Rosenburg
2 Grandchildren: Susan Evans and husband, Wade of Rosenburg
Sarah Borders of Tomball
1 Sister, Gladys Jones of Brownwood
Numerous Nieces and Nephews
Services were under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Imogene Williams - Hicks Mortuary announces services for 87 year old, Ms. Imogene Williams, known as “Ms. Pete,” of the Saint Johns Community in Center. Services are Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Saint John Baptist Church. Burial will be at Saint John Baptist Church Cemetery.
Among Ms. Williams’ survivors are one son, Timothy Harris, of Center, two daughters, Esterlene Byndom, of Center, and Barbara Lister, of Colony, and three sisters, Charlie Mae Goodwin, of Center, and Ruth Goodwin and Addie Mae Brown, both of Orange.