Obituaries 2011 June


Joseph Bradford Bush, 21, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Center. He was born November 20, 1989 in Nacogdoches, TX to Maria Bush and James Bradford Bush. Joseph attended Center Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, July 1, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 9am Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Pat Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Sowell Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Pallbears will be Kris Dockens, Preston Whitney, Melvin Tomlin, Micah Griffith, Larry Molloy, Monte Dale Griffith, Brian Denby and James Furra. Honorary pallbearer will be Virgil Duke.

He is survived by:

Mother, Maria Dixon Bush of Center
Stepfather, Michael Lee Hurst of Center
Stepsister, Beverly K. Hurst of Center
Stepbrother, Nicholas K. Hurst of Center
Great Grandmother, Noris (Steptoe) Sowell of San Augustine

Uncles and Aunts:
Taylor and Joann Bush of Center; Ann and Herbert Daw of Center, Randy and Dianna Sowell of Huntington; Kenneth and Dorothy Sowell of Center; Chris and Thresa Sowell of Crockett; Joseph and Kaylyn Sowell of Pflugerville; Brian Mahan of Lufkin, Gayle and Dennis clark of Indiana; Laura Elizabeth Dixon of Lufkin and Jeffrey Alan Dixon of Broaddus

Nicole and Jeff Strauss of Maryland and Justin Wimberley of Broaddus

Nieces and Nephews:
Aidan Wood of Lufkin; MaKayla Rae McCoy of Lufkin; Madylon McCoy of Lufkin and Cheyenne Dixon of Lufin

Very Special Friends:
Waylon (Uncle Bubba), Margo, and Brittney Griffith

Preceded in death by:
Father, James Bradford Bush
Grandfather, Robert Lujan; Grandfather, Tom Dickey
Grandmother, Shirley Rae Davidson
Great grandfather, Ray Taylor Sowell
Grandparents, Doris and Douglas Bush
Cousins, John Taylor, Misti and Macy Bush

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at


Willard Howard Parkman, 92 of Tenaha, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011 at his residence.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday July 10, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha.

He was born June 24, 1919 in Shelby County to Howard and Ruth (Hill) Parkman. He is preceded in death by his Parents, Howard and Ruth Parkman and Sister, Virginia Burns.

He is survived by:

Margaret Parkman of Tenaha

Vicki Parkman Kelley of Hawaii
Larry Parkman & wife, Becky of Missouri City, TX
Michael Parkman & wife, Susan of Houston, TX

Michael Kelley
Nicole Kelley
James Parkman & wife, Lisa
Amy Parkman Sweet & husband, Wes
Grant Parkman
Zachary Parkman & wife, Kim
Wiley Parkman & wife, Meredith
Bradley Parkman
Gregory Parkman
Kyle Taylor
Marcus Taylor

Great Grandchildren:
Ella Kate Sweet
Mollie Claire Sweet
Ruby Grace Sweet

Lyndel Parkman Bush

You may sign the online registry book at
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

Elzie D. Smith, 57, passed away June 27, 2011, after a battle with cancer. He was born on October 12, 1953, to Elzie and Elnor Smith, Sr., in Center, Texas, and resided near Broaddus, Texas, for 25 years. His life was filled with love for family, friends, horses, dogs, and gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Karen, and his father, Elzie, Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Elnor Smith of Nacogdoches; daughter Jodie Smith Goff and son-in-law Joe; daughter Jamie Smith; grandson Jacob Dean Goff; sister Sandra Hoppe and brother-in-law Frank; brother Kyle Smith and sister-in-law Stacy; cousin Sherry Bishop and her husband David; nephews Greg and Jayson Hoppe, and Brett, Jake, Trey, and Will Smith; along with many relatives and loved ones.

Memorial service will be held Friday, July 1st, 5-7 p.m. at Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau office at 2302 Northwest Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches. Because of his love of gardening and outdoors, the family requests live plants or young trees in lieu of flowers.


Kamryn Elise Cato, newborn, passed away June 21, 2011. She was born June 21, 2011 to April Moore and Chase Cato of Tenaha, Texas.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 24, 2011 at 1pm in Community Funeral Chapel in Center, Texas with Rev. Charles Pier, officiating. Interment followed at Friendship Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas.

She is survived by:

Parents: April Moore and Chase Cato of Tenaha

Grandparents: James Moore, Elaine Moore-Greer, Chantha Cato-Johnson, James Johnson and Dean Evans

Great-grandparents: Gene and Helen Evans; N.H. Johnson, Sr

And a Host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Honorary pallbearers: Keren Cato, Ja'Tyrian Moore, DeAubrey Jones, Ja'Taxion Moore, and D'Kayden Moore
Active Pallbearers: Jeremy Moore, Ja'Mon Moore, and Shaquille Mitchell

A very special thank you to Dr. Charles Thompson, Dr. Brian Glymph, Dr. Carpenter, their staff and the Community Funeral Home.

Robert Snow Wiltshire, 79, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Holiday Nursing Home.

Memorial Service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011 at South Park Funeral Home in Pearland, Texas.

He was born February 6, 1932 to Clyde and Fannie Mozelle (Watson) Wiltshire. He served in the US Air Force for 10 years. He worked for Dr. Pepper where he was in sales and was in charge of special events.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Clyde and Fannie Wiltshire, Wife, Dolores Jean Wiltshire, Grandchild, Christopher Henry and Brother, Jack Wiltshire.

He is survived by:

Sybrina Durant & husband, Marison Rice of League City
Chenenna Scott of Riverview, FL
Regina Ramsey & husband, Rodney of Joaquin

Andy Wiltshire & wife, Belinda of Houston

6 Grandchildren
7 Great Grandchildren

Mary Jansen & husband, Ernest of Jerseyvillage, Texas

Norma Wiltshire of Sharpstown

You may sign the online registry book at
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Funeral services for Mrs. Zettie Mae Travis, age 80, of Beckville, TX, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2011, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Phillips and Bro. Danny Dodson officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Rusk County, TX. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Travis passed away on Saturday morning, June 25, 2011, in Longview, TX.

Zettie Mae Travis was born on Nov. 3, 1930, in the Lindsay, OK area to Tommie and Ella Mae Childress Smith. She attended school in Mauriceville, TX. Mrs. Travis married Alex Joe “Jay” Travis on Sept. 1, 1945, in Center, TX. She worked as a seamstress for many years and later for Lockheed Martin. Mrs. Travis moved to Beckville in 1977, from Savoy, TX and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Beckville. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Tommie Joe “Jody” Travis; one brother, Lewis Smith; and three sisters, Tommie Bell Bryce, Berline Keating, and Edie Yarborough.

Mrs. Travis is survived by her loving husband of over 65 years, Alex Joe “Jay” Travis of Beckville; two daughters, Brenda Johns of Beckville and Debbie Dodson and husband Danny of Center; grandchildren, Kevin Johns and wife Cherrie of Beckville, Ricky Johns and wife Shona of Beckville, Randy Johns and wife Angel of Beckville, Angie Stone and husband Scott of Beckville, Craig Travis and wife Kappy of Beckville, Jason Travis and wife Casey of Beckville, Raymond Dodson and wife Kim of Dallas, and Misty Dodson of Arlington; great-grandchildren, Brittany Mojica and husband Fidel of Beckville, Samantha, Sydney, Parker, and Savannah Johns of Beckville, Gunner Smith and Sawyer Johns of Harleton, Alyssa Garcia and husband Adrian of Henderson, Dustin Travis of Kilgore, Kaleb Travis of Beckville, Leah and Sienna Stone of Beckville, Chelsea, Ben, AJ, and Tucker Travis of Beckville, and Nicholas and Brandon Dodson of Center; great-great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jayden Mojica of Beckville and Addison Marie and Alivia Mae Garcia of Henderson; daughter-in-law, Janis Travis Morris; and her special adopted granddaughter, Mary Moore of Center.

Serving as pallbearers are Kevin Johns, Ricky Johns, Randy Johns, Craig Travis, Jason Travis, and Raymond Dodson. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Glen Johns, Scott Stone, Woody Keating, and Dago Yarborough.

If desired, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Beckville, P.O. Box 329, Beckville, TX 75631.
A guestbook may be signed online at


Masonic graveside services for Mr. Robert H. Adams, Jr., 66 of Carthage, Texas will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Old Center Cemetery in the Old Center Community of Panola County, Texas with Bro. Pete Williams officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Family visitation will be Saturday evening from 6–8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Adams passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011 at his home in Carthage.

Mr. Robert Herman Adams, Jr. was born December 1, 1944 in Center, Texas to Robert H. and Ruby Pate Belsha Adams. He was raised and attended schools in Center. Mr. Adams served his country in the U. S. Army, and owned and operated Adams Drilling Company for several years. Robert attended Calvary Baptist Church and was a master mason and a member of the Carthage Masonic Lodge No. 521, AF & AM. He married Rosemary Adams on August 16, 1965 and they celebrated forty-five years together. He loved hunting and fishing and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, son, Michael Lynn Hayes, half-brothers Tommy Belsha and Johnny Belsha, and half-sister, Louise Ellison.

Mr. Adams is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary Adams of Carthage; son, Kenneth W. Hayes of Carthage; sisters, Vera Mae Nemits and husband Joe of Hillister, Carolyn Moore of Center, half-brothers David Belsha of Shelbyville, James Robert Adams and wife, Patsy of Joaquin, Steve Adams of Timpson; half-sisters Nelda Faye Belsha of Center, Diane Belsha of Louisiana, and Mozelle Akins of Center; grandchildren, Melissa, Chris, Jason and Dustin Hayes; and great-grandchildren Alyvia, Cason, Kylie and Jonah Hayes; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be members of Carthage Masonic Lodge No. 521 AF & AM.

An online guestbook may be signed at


Sandra Garrett, 66, of Huxley formerly of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Viewing and Visitation will be Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. No Funeral Services are planned at this time.

She was born September 5, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia to Walter and Grace (Stewart) Koch.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Walter and Grace Koch.

She is survived by Husband: Larry Garrett of Huxley

Son: Brett Doggett & wife, Susan of Orange, CA
Bart Doggett & wife, Jana of Queen Creek, AZ

Daughter: Shannon Doggett of Wichita, Kansas

Son: Christopher Garrett & wife, Keli Landau of Colorado

6 Grandchildren

Sharon Light & husband, John of Los Angeles, CA
Judy Owens & husband, Chuck of Shawnee, Kansas
Judi LaFrance of Maine

Sue Baker of Conroe, TX

You may sign the online registry book at
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Letha Mae Bush, age 88 of Vidor passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

Funeral Services will be 2pm Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Collett officiating. Burial will follow at White Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6pm-8pm.

She was born October 6, 1922 in Shelby County to parents, Jacob & Era (Bush) Bridwell.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Jacob & Era Bridwell, Husband; John Edward Bush, Grandson; David Bush, Great Grandson; Eddie Bush and her Sister; Jane Carr.

She is survived by:
Daughter & Son-in-law: Linda & Charles Castilaw of Vidor

Sons & Daughters-in-law: Eddie & Diane Bush of Lufkin
Mike & Sheila Bush of Boise, Idaho

7 Grandchildren

19 Great Grandchildren

1 Brother, E. J. Bridwell of Fredericksburg
1 Sister, Cleo Russell of Center

Pallbearers: Kenny Bush, Chris Castilaw, Duane Browning, Steve Adams, Benny Ray Russell & Taylor Bush

You may sign the online registry book at
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Bill Tom Langford, 70, longtime resident of San Augustine, passed away Friday, June 17, 2011, in Nacogdoches.

A native of Hemphill, Texas, he was born to Eunice (Smith) Langford and Benis W. Langford on January 14, 1941. He served in the United States Army during the years of July 1959-July 1961. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation after working 32 years, and also he served as San Augustine County Commissioner for Precinct 4 for eight years. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Steve Harris and Bro. Lewis D. (Buddy) Pratt officiating. Interment will be in the Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation will be Sunday evening, May 19, 2011, beginning at 3 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas.

His survivors include: Sons: Bruce Langford of San Augustine; Micheal Heth of San Augustine; Daughters: Brenda Minter and her husband, Danny of Whitehouse, Texas, and Amber Owen and her husband, R.J. of Tyler; Sister: Mary Hensarling of San Augustine; Brother: Jimmy Langford and his wife, Eunice of Newton; Grandchildren: Molly Amburn and her husband, Raymond, Bailey Langford, Aaron Sepaugh and his wife, Amber, A.J. Minter, Daniel Minter, Ashley Baker and her husband, Steven. Great-Grandchildren: Anna Marie and Carter Amburn and Abigail Baker, and a very special friend: Elaine Buster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benis W. and Eunice Langford, and a brother-in-law, Floyd L. Henarling.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Ainsworth, Robert Sowell, Danny Minter; Larry Hensarling, Kevin Langford, and Raymond Amburn.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at


Mrs. Elva Wall, 97, of San Augustine, passed from this life on Monday morning, June 13, 2011, in San Augustine.

A native of San Augustine County, Texas, she was born on August 17, 1913, to Janie (Mills) Stringer and Henry Abner Stringer. She worked as a medication nurse for the nursing home.

Funeral Service will be held on at 1 pm Thursday, June 16, 2011, in the Wyman Roboerts Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Mark Dickerson, and Bro. Jamey Wise officiating. Interment will follow in the Attoyac Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 15, 2011, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel.

Her survivors include: Daughters and Sons-in-law: Berna Dean Sharp and her husband, H.D. of Garfield, Arkansas; Lillian Sowell of Pineland; and Sheila Dickerson and her husband, John of Orange; Son and Daughter-in-law: Royce Wall and his wife, Wanda of San Augustine; 22 Grandchildrena, 44 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Randy Sowell, Roger Wall, Jerry Wall and Justin Dickerson

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at

Mr. Robert "Bob" Clyde Evans, 75, longtime resident of San Augustine County, passed from this life on Monday, June 13, 2011, in San Augustine.

A native of Artesia, New Mexico, he had lived in San Augustine County most of his life, where he owned and operated Evans Equipment. He served in the United States Army, and he was a member of the Grace Church in San Augustine.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Rick Russell officiating. Interment will follow in the Liberty Hill Memorial Garden in San Augustine. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2011, from the hours of 5 pm to 8 pm at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

His survivors include: His wife: Stella Evans of San Augustine; Sons and Daughters-in-law: David and Deborah Evans of San Augustine; Larry and Jacquelyn Evans of San Augustine; Daughters and Sons-in-law: Connie Evans of San Augustine and Cathy Albritton and her husband, John of Terrell; Grandchildren: Justin Evans, Jared and Mila Evans, Emily Evans and Jacob Evans. Brothers: Harold and his wife, Ginny Evans of Arteisa, New Mexico; Dan & Gerri Evans of Roswell, New Mexico; Sister: Pat & Don Carter of Hagerman, New Mexico; and Jerry and Trudy Evans of Lake Arthur, New Mexcio, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dean Kersh, Raymond Wise, Randy Isenblitter, Justin Evans, Jared Evans, Jacob Evans, and Jack Hilliard; Honorary Pallbearers: John Allbritton, Charles Pollard, Berl Smith, Michael Partin, Richard Dominey, G.O. Green, and John Oglesbee, MD

Online obituary and codolences may be posted at


Paul Burch, Jr. 53, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011 at his residence under the care of Heartsway Hospice of Carthage, Texas.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, ,2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Masonic Rights to follow the service in the chapel under the direction of Masonic Newburn Lodge #97. Burial will follow at Smith Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, June 13, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born March 2, 1958 in Orange, Texas to Bill and Claudia (McCarver) Stark. He worked as a deck hand on barges and he also worked for the City of Center as the dog catcher. He was member of the Masonic Newburn Lodge #97.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Bill and Claudia Stark, Wife, Helen Burch and 2 Brothers, James Burch and Alvin Stark.

He is survived by wife: Diana Burch of Center

3 Children:
Paul Burress, Jr. of Scottsboro, AL
Patricia Burress Sibley of Vidale, LA
Mark Burress of Scottsboro, AL

3 Grandchildren:
Mark, Sean Paul & Katey

Brothers & Sister:
Bill Stark of Evadale
Mike Stark of Evadale
Ernie Burch of Center
Mary Ann Hansen & husband, Glen of Silsbee
Mark Stark of Beaumont
John Stark of Orange

Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law:
David & Tammie Smith of Center
Mike & Patsy Mayo of Trinity
Joe Smith of Center
Laurie Mille of Center

Mother-in-law & Father-in-law:
Barbara & Clyde Smith

Royce Williams of Center

Special Friends: Charlie Brittain of Center, Jimmy Scates of Center

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

Pallbearers will be Members of the Masonic Newburn Lodge #97

You may sign the online registry book at
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

Darrell McGee, 39, passed away June On June 4, 2011. Services were held Satuday, June 11, 2011 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas with interment at Buckley Cemetery, Milam, Texas.

Darrell was born, February 6, 1972 in Harris County unto the parents of Gloria and Percy McGee, who preceded him in death. He became a member of the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church at an early age.

He later married Tamiko McGee and this union brought two daughters; one son; and one grand son: Anuska Redmond, Tynequa McGee, SaDarian McGee; and JaCameron Lane.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his darling wife Tamiko McGee; his two daughters, Anuska Redmond and Tynequa McGee; one son, Sadarian McGee; one grandson, JaCameron Lane; his grandmother, Zelma Bolton; one brother, Percy Wayne McGee; three sisters, Mary Duncan, Monica Duncan, Sharon Moore; four aunts, Mary Anthony (Kenny), Velma Duncan, Ruth Henson (Alvin), Anita Gardner (Hip); five uncles, Wayne Noble (Shelia), Glen Noble (Sabrina), Linnie Haskin, Curtis Noble, Robert Bolton; seven nieces and nephews, Shakeika, Terrance, Javaris, DaCorey, Makayla, Courtney, Kedra, Dominique; two aunts, Lil bit and Big sis; mother-in-law, Denise Cartwright (David), father-in-law, Willie Redmond (Virginia); special brothers, Chris Suell, Ray Suell, Marcus Bell, Tyrone Garrett, Willie Duncan, Scottie Suell; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Peggy Byrn Green, 95, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at her home in Timpson.

Born December 21, 1915, to Benn Aline Bussey Byrn and William M. “Mike” Byrn, she grew up in Timpson, graduating from Timpson High School. She attended Mary Hardin-Baylor and Baylor University, where she met John Willard Green. Upon graduation, in 1935, she returned to Timpson to teach English at Timpson High School. She married John Green on December 18, 1936, and began the first of many relocations during his long career with Texaco. Upon his retirement in 1971 as Executive Vice-President of World-wide Sales for Texaco, they returned to Timpson, renovated Peggy’s grandparents’ Victorian home and enjoyed traveling and supporting local charities, especially the Timpson EMS and Volunteer Fire services, for which she was honored by the State of Texas in 2005. John predeceased Peggy in 1987. Peggy was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Joan Green Jeffrey, of Liberty, Texas; her son, Mike Byrn Green of Alamosa, Colorado; her granddaughter, Julia Jeffrey Rathgeber and husband, Ross, of Austin, Texas; and two great-granddaughters whom she adored, Byrn Anne Rathgeber and Georgia Ann Jeffrey.

The family wishes to offer special thanks to the staff of Nurses Unlimited, especially Kimberly, Mary, Marla, Cathy, Angela, Mitchell, Peggy, and Cynthia; the staff of Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and Dr. Richard Baker; Hospice of East Texas; Cindy Tate; Enrique Canada; and Timpson EMS.

For anyone wishing to join in her spirit of giving, donations may be made in her memory to the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 492, or the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 960, Timpson, Texas 75975.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 10 am at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas, Dr. Josh Walters officiating.

To send condolences or to sign an online register please visit The family of Peggy Green is being servied by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson.


Mary Kathryn Carroll, 91, of Center, the wife of late Dr. T.G. Carroll, passed away Friday, June 10, 2011 at Twin Lakes Nursing Center in San Augustine. She was born August 11, 1919 in Venus, Texas to William Burchard Johnson and Mary Nora Hardin Johnson. Ms. Carroll was a member of First Methodist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, June 13, 2011 at First Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Joel McMahon and Rev. Carla Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be Bill Carroll, Bob Carroll, Keith Davis, Bob Brown, Steve Benedettini, Jonathon Carroll, and Tem Morrison.

She is survived by:

Bill Carroll and wife, Patti of Edinburgh
Bob Carroll and wife, Dianna of Conroe

Daughter, Courtney Davis and husband, Keith of San Augustine

Bob Brown, Wendee and Steve Benedettini, Johnathon Carroll and Kate Davis

Also numerous other relatives.

Memorials can be made in Mary Kathryn’s name to the Lon Morris Scholarship Fund at First Methodist Church, Odyssey Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

.Graveside service for Peter Paul “Pete” Waselus, 90, of Garrison, TX, will be held at 2:30 PM, Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Caledonia Cemetery, Garrison, with Bro. Gary Nolan officiating. Mr. Waselus passed away June 9, 2011, in Garrison.

Born July 30, 1920, in Iowa, Peter Waselus was the son of the late Matthew and Mary (Mathias) Waselus. His family subsequently moved to Oklahoma where he grew up. During the Great Depression, Peter left Oklahoma for California. After lying about his age, Peter enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 16 and served as a Boatswain’s Mate on a Destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. After the war he returned to San Diego and became a building inspector for the City of San Diego, even inspecting Sea World as it was being constructed. During the time he worked for the City of San Diego, he attend college classes at night studying engineering and taking classes to help him better his “trade”. He loved to build houses and constructed lots of condominium complexes and apartment buildings as well as custom homes over his lifetime. In his later years he spent a lot of time remodeling the Caledonia Methodist Church where he attended.

After moving to the Caledonia Community in Rusk County, TX, Peter met Verlene (Stone) Keating. A three week courtship ended with their marriage on April 1, 1977. Favorite pastimes for Peter were fishing, keeping up with current news events and playing the piano.

Survivors include his wife Verlene (Stone) Waselus of Garrison; daughter Susan K. Nolan and husband Gary of Garrison; son Glenn Farris and wife Ruby of Longview; brother Robert Brown and wife Joan of Spiro, OK; 3 sisters: Rose Creech of Ashland, Kentucky, Gloria Hooper and husband Perry of Santee, CA, and sister Ruth Burke and husband Jim of Tulsa, OK; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Peter Waselus was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. To convey condolences or to register online, please visit Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


“Buddy” Broadway, 84, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Center. He was born April 16, 1927 in Center to John Henry Broadway and Lula Bertha Manshack Broadway. Mr. Broadway was a member of the Shelby County Foxhunters Association. He was a member of the Free Pentecostal Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, June 10, 2011 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Bruce Kunkle and Rev. Joe Rowe officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Strong, Jake Broadway, Michael Strong, Chris Yarbrough, Travis Broadway, and David Whitton.

He is survived by:

Wife, Dorothy Hight Broadway of Center

Son, Bryan Broadway and wife Katherine of Timpson

Anita J. Jones and husband Bobby Lee of Center
Rita Carter and husband Wayne of Converse, Louisiana

Krista Strong, Niki Legg, Ashley Holloway, Shana Whitton, Shelley Yarbrough, Travis Broadway and Jake Broadway

Great Grandchildren:
Aaron, Brayden, Jared, Riley, Christian, Justin, Zachary, Alex, Krystin, Kayla, Katie and Charles

Sister, Dotsy Stevens of Houston

Numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by;
Parents, John Henry Broadway and Lula Bertha Manshack Broadway
Eight Sisters, One Brother
Great Granddaughter, Kiley Holloway Dearmon

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

Billy Gene Amburn, 60, of Center, passed away Thursday June 9, 2011 as a result of a car accident.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. M.D. Lamon and Bro. Steve Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born August 20, 1950 in Newton, Texas to Rube and Lena (Crawford) Amburn. He worked for Pinto Construction in Nacogdoches. He was a member of Neuville Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Rube & Lena Amburn, Brothers & Sisters, Bonell Amburn, Charles Amburn, Kenneth Amburn, Doug Amburn, David Amburn, Gertie Leach & Tommy Dale Amburn, Father-in-law, Robert Lee Morrow and
Special Friend, F.R. Lewis.

He is survived by wife: Barbara Amburn of Center

3 Sons:
Kelly Amburn and wife Jeannie of Shelbyville
Raymond Amburn and wife Mollie of Center
Billy Jack Amburn and wife Mindy of Nacogdoches

Amie Forehand, Tiffany Amburn, Casey Amburn
Aron Elliott, Brandon Amburn, Kelly Amburn, Jr.
Cierra Amburn, Carter Amburn and Anna Marie Amburn

Great Grandchildren:
Isabella Youngblood
Patience Amburn

Sisters and In-laws:
Pat Hardy & husband, Ray of San Augustine
Dixie Cucco of San Augustine
Maxie Chumley and husband, Keith of San Augustine
Jane Robbins and husband, Kelly of Center
Jeannie Amburn of Center
Virginia Amburn of Huxley
Glenda McGee & husband, Richard of Center
Jackie & Jimmy Speaker of Willis
Robert & Kathy Morrow of Newton
Shirley Amburn of Center

Leona Amburn

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

Special Friends at Pinto Construction: Theresa Lewis, Pat Vardeman, Jimmy Sharpton, James Vardeman, Candace Hinton, David Lewis, Cody Lewis & James Lewis

Tommy Lee Amburn, Andy Amburn, Robert Amburn, Jimmy Vaco, Joey Blakeney, Les Amburn, Ricky Amburn and Billy Vonne Waller

Honorary Pallbearers:
Jerry Amburn, Joey Davis, Pat Vardeman, Jimmy Sharpton, James Vardeman, Steve Ivy, David Lewis, Cody Lewis, Michael Amburn & Shane Morrow

You may sign the online registry book at
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

Steve Howard, 55, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at his home. He was born June 18, 1955 in Center to John Alvis Howard and Olivia Lawson Howard. Mr. Howard was dearly loved by his family.

He is survived by:

Wife, Kim Howard of Center

R. J. Masterson of Center
Brett Masterson of San Francisco, California

Daughter, Shannon Masterson of St. Louis, Missouri

Andrew Campbell of Center
Dustin Campbell of Center

Granddaughter, Erica Campbell of Center

John Howard and wife Merle of Center
Dewey Howard and wife Kathi of Center
Dana Howard of Jefferson
Bob Howard and wife Alice Sue of Center
Howell Howard and wife Pam of Center
Thomas Howard and wife Angela of Center

Jeannie Dressilla and husband Dennis of Inverness, Illinois
Olivia Campbell and husband Douglas of Franklin

A number of nieces, nephews and cousins
A host of friends

Preceded in death by;
Parents, John Alvis Howard and Olivia Lawson Howard
Brother, Lawson Howard

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at


Lynn Murray Holt, age 70, passed away at his home in Phoenix, AZ on June 1, 2011.
Lynn was born in Center, TX on April 17, 1941 and grew up in Shelbyville, TX.  He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1959.
Lynn is preceded in death by his father, Lath D. Holt and his mother, Alma Permenter Holt, of Shelbyville.
He is survived by his son, Sean Holt and wife, Carolyn Bisson of Glendale, CA and his daughter, Shana Halpin and husband, James Halpin of Phoenix, AZ.  His beloved grandchildren are Jordyn and Lucas Holt and Jamison and Jade Halpin.
Lynn is a lifetime member of the historic Masonic Lodge in Shelbyville and was an active member of the El Karubah Shrine Clown Unit for many years in Shreveport, LA.
Lynn owned and operated sales and marketing companies for most of his professional career and later worked in residential property management in Los Angeles.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. His ashes will then be interred at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

There will be a memorial service for Buford Parrish on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2 pm at Ramah Baptist Church located on Highway 84 E in Tenaha, Texas.


Mr. Charles Edward Lackey, 76 of Munford, AL passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011 in Anniston Al. Lackey was a native of Talladega County where he lived most of his life. Retired from Georgia Pacific in 2005.

Visitation was Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Usrey Brown-Service Funeral Home from 6pm - 8pm with services to be held Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2pm with Rev. Marshall "Mott" Lackey officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Hill Memorial Park.

He is survived by: Wife, Wanda Lackey of Munford, AL, Son, Doug and wife Pinky Lackey of Oxford, AL, Daughter, June and husband Billy Patton of Latexo, TX, Daughter, Debra Hurst of Oxford, AL, Son, Ronald and wife Vickie Lackey of Munford, AL, Daughter, Carolyn Lackey of Lincoln, AL, Son, Perry and wife Samantha Lackey of Munford, AL, Daughter, Saundra and husband Kevin O'Connor of Center, TX, Daughter, Dona Lackey of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Daughter, Denise and husband Rodney Mathews of Center, TX, Sister, Addie Mae Osborne of Talladega, Brother, James Lackey of Hollins, AL, Brother, Marshall Lackey of Goodwater, AL, Brother, Jerry Lackey of Munford, AL, Sister, Essie Mae Hester of Palmer, TX, Brother, Randy Lackey of Wadley, AL

19 Grandchildren, 23 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Lizzie Lackey, and Sister, Mattie Pearl Jones

Pallbearers; Terry Lackey, Blake Lackey, Kenneth Hickman, Alan Mathews, Chance Lackey, Steven Hurst
Honorary Pallbearers: Heath Jones, Hunter Jones

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Lisa Hudson Castilleja, 44, of Manchaca, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Austin. She was born December 1, 1966 in Carthage to J.R. Hudson and Kay McDonald Hudson. Lisa was a member of Santa Cruz Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, June 6, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha with Wayne Wimberly officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Charlie R. Castilleja of Manchaca

Lacey Castilleja of Austin
Lindsey Castilleja of Dallas

Kendall McDonald of Tenaha
Joe Hudson of Carthage

Aunt, Winnie Smith of Tenaha

Rose Thipps of Tenaha
Donna Strickland of Palestine

Also the entire Castilleja Family

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at


Raymond Niklaus, 52 of Hearne was involved in a boating accident and passed away on May 31, 2011. Mr Niklaus was born October 3, 1958. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 9am – 5pm and funeral services are set for Saturday, June 4 at 10am at Memorial Funeral Home. Please call 979-279-3663 for any other information.


Memorial services for Robert Wayne Hames, Holly Lake Ranch, are scheduled for 1:00 pm Saturday, June 18 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Dallas, where he was a long time member and elder. Robert Wayne Hames passed away May 25, 2011 at his home, one day before his 83rd birthday. He was born May 26, 1928 in Wichita Falls, TX to the late George W. and Mary Emma Hames. Born in Wichita Falls, he never forgot his home ties and the Friday Night Lights. He was selected as All State tackle in 1946 and lettered in football at the University of Texas at Austin and MidWestern University in Wichita Falls. He completed his education with a Masters at North Texas State University, Denton. He taught school for 40 years in the Dallas Independent School District before retiring to Holly Lake. Our many thanks to the medical staff at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Heart to Heart Hospice and Kindred Hospital, White Rock and the other medical angels.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Banning Hames, Holly Lake Ranch; Carolyn Burnett and husband, Richard, Joaquin, Connie Bond and husband, Lindy, Rockwall, David Hames and wife, Cindy, West Tawakoni, and Jennifer Gailey, Dallas; 7 grandchildren, Christopher Bond and wife, Jayna, Dallas, Haley Smith and husband, Tray, Holly Lake, Jason Hames and wife, Megan, West Tawakoni, Dr. Brett Burnett and wife, Dr. Rachel Burnett, Temple, Amy Hames, Garland, Austin Burnett, Joaquin, Dylan Gailey, Dallas; niece, Mary Beth Holder, Tyler; 4 great-grandchildren, Kennedy Smith, Lydia Beth Hames, Layla Faith Hames and Ethan Bond; and many other relatives.