Obituaries 2012 September


James “Duchie” Phillips passed away September 20, 2012 and was laid to rest Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1pm at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ Center, Texas with Shepherd Howard Cloudy, pastor and Minister Mary Thompson, officiating. Interment was in Westview Cemetery.

James E. Phillips was born to the late Calvin Jack Phillips and Addie B. Jones on February 12, 1936 in Shelby County.

James married Lola B. Cartwright on April 7, 1954.  To this union of love they were blessed with one son Willie James Phillips (who preceded him in death) and five daughters.

James was a logging contractor for many years.  He was a very generous man and opened his heart and his home to various family members and friends whenever they needed a place to stay.  His kitchen and home were always open.

In 1991 James was baptized at Northwood Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.

He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving wife, Lola B. Phillips, five daughters, Brenda (Louis) Jackson, Connie Phillips, Valeria (Glen) Hearne all of Center, Texas, Angie Osby of Houston, Texas and Ilene Eaden of Nacogdoches, Texas; four sisters, Molly (Jay T) Clark, Ruby Wilson, both of Center, Texas, Patricia Mathews of Lufkin, texas and Joann Bratchett of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Richard (Day) Phillips of Center, Texas and Charles Ray Phillips of Dallas, Texas; one aunt, Oma Lee Kyle of Center; tow special friends, L.H. Hewitt and Bob Sturrock; nine grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Active pallbearers were Terry Buckley, Marcus Goodwin, Bogers “Tootie” Mathews, Brandon Stansberry, Kendrick Garrett, and Gerrad Teel.

Honorary pallbearers were Monchez Jackson, Ardie Phillips, Jamien Phillips, JaMichael Phillips, Derrick Brown, Lester Cartwright, Gerrad Teel, Brogers “Tootie” Mathews, Tony Wilson, Patrick Cartwright, Billy Early Cartwright, Jr.

Services were under the direction of Community Funeral Home Center, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mr. Johnnie Ray Netherly of Shelbyville, Texas (77), will be at East Liberty Baptist Church on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:00pm with Rev. Curtis Archie officiating. Interment to follow at East Liberty Cemetery. Mr. Netherly died on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Nacogdoches, Texas Medical Center.

He is survived by:

Wife: Mrs. Orstella Netherly of Shelbyville Texas

Son: Cedric Netherly of Shelbyville Texas

Sister: Ruby Neal Greer of Center, Texas

Brother: Lawrence Netherly of Center, Texas

Special Aunt: Ozelle Garrett

Services are under the directions of Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


Mr. Willie B. Woodards, 66 of Garrison, passed away Friday, September 21, 2012 in Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. He was born January 16, 1946.

Services for Mr. Woodards will be held Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 1pm at Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church in Garrison, Texas with Rev. Billy Gardner to officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Garrison.

He is survived by:

Wife: Dorothy Woodards of Garrison

Willie B. Woodards, Jr and wife Ruthie of Nacogdoches, Texas
Vincent Woodards and wife Shelia of Nacogdoches
Patrick Woodards and wife Sonya of Garrison
Allexander Woodards and wife Brenda of Garrison

God-Daughter: Neva Bryant of Garrison

11 Grandchildren and 1 great grandchild


Mary D. Williams of Nacogdoches
Paulette Thomas of Garrison
Annie Scourton of Garrison
Christine McDaniel of Garrison


Troy Woodards of Nacogdoches
Jimmy woodards of Lufkin

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas.

Mrs. Evelyn Keith, age 83, of Pineland, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012 in Hemphill, Texas.

Her wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.

Mrs. Keith was born April 23, 1929 in Cortland, New York to parents, Ivan Neal & Helen (Gallagher) Fuller who precede her in death. She is also preceded in death by husband, Carlton Keith and Children, Kevin Keith, April Quiroz and Albert Keith.

She is survived by:

Ted Keith of Pineland
Sybil Upton & husband, Art of Pineland

Carlton Keith of Troy, Ohio

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

Choron Grimsley, 98, of the Short Community, Center, Texas, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Military Funeral Service will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain W.T. Permenter officiating and military honors under the direction of Barksdale AirForce Base Honor Guards. No graveside service will follow; Burial will be at Short Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, September 27, 2012 starting at 2:00 p.m. until service time.

He was born February 17, 1914 in Center, Texas to Bruce and Littie (Hughes) Grimsley. He graduated from Center High School. He served in the United States Air Force during World War ll and retired as a Master Sergeant in Denver, Colorado after 24 years of service.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Bruce and Littie (Hughes) Grimsley, Sisters; Gertie Grimsley and Ruby Peacock and Brother, Elvin Grimsley.

He is survived by:
Bettye Grimsley of the Short Community, Center, Texas

Son & Daughter –in-law:
Gerald & Janet Grimsley of College Station

Weldon Grimsley & wife, Irene of Winnsboro

Melba Williams & husband, Buck of Center

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

In lieu flowers, family request donations can be made to the charity of your choice or Humane Society of the United States.

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


Funeral service for Aubrey D. Gates will be held 2 PM Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Logansport Chapel, Logansport with Rev. Doyle English, Rev. Jerry Dale English, and Rev. Gene Arnold officiating. Burial will be in O E Price Cemetery in Logansport, LA. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 5 PM till 9 PM in the funeral home.

Mr. Gates passed away Sunday, September 23, 2012 in Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. He was a native of Kenard, Tx. Mr. Gates was a retired machine operator from Exide Technology. He was a member of UAW Local 1532.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleet and Eva Alexander Gates; brothers, Tommy and Harold Gates; sister, Eunice Gates.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Joyce Claybrook Gates; sons Ronnie and friend Matt and Brad Gates and wife April; daughters, Vicki Fisher and husband Rodney, Becky Juarez and husband Ray, Susie McGee and husband Kevin; sister Joanie Arnold and husband Gene; brother Raymond Gates and wife Martha; sixteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Those honored to be pallbearers will be Michael Binning, Greg Fisher, Stephen McGee, Hunter Gates, Kristopher Gates, Logan Gates, Chris Cohoon, Colby McGee, and David Ray

Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Neal, Virgil Gates, Glenn Gates, Dewayne Gates, Shane Arnold, Clayton Clark, and Nathan Prudhomme.

Funeral service for Wallace Ray Stahl, Jr. will be held 1 PM Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jonathan King, Rev. Dean Register, and Rev. William Wash, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, September 24, 2012 from 6 PM until 9 PM in Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Logansport Chapel.

Mr. Stahl, 53, of Logansport, LA passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Mansfield, LA. He was a native of Logansport, LA. Mr. Stahl was a gas measurement technician for GMS Gas Measurement Services. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wallace Ray Stahl, Sr.; Maternal grandparents, Buddy and Bessie Tyler; paternal grandmother, Edith Stahl; great-grandmother, Sybil Burkett.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dovie Sandifer Stahl; son, Brian Stahl; daughter, Angela Bonnett and husband Blaine; grandson, Noah Bonnett; mother, Norma Tyler Stahl Thomas; brothers, Wayne Stahl and Michael Stahl; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Those honored to be pallbearers will be Brett Register, Ernest Claybrook, Jr., Lynn Stevens, Ike Cummings, Michael Sandifer, and Rodney Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers will be James ’Sonny’ Register, Ernest Register, Johnny Hamon, and Billy Sandifer.


Services for Mrs. Esther A. Fields will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2012 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 1554 Highway 7 East, Center, TX 75935 with Reverend Gary Oglesby officiating. Graveside services will follow at Sardis Cemetery on FM 414 in the Sardis Community. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Mama Fields went to join her Savior at age 95 on September 20, 2012, while at East Texas Hospice in Tyler, TX.

Esther Allen Cox Fields was born Jan. 8, 1917 in the Campti Community in Shelby County, TX. Her parents were Buddie A. Cox and Susie Sumner Cox.

She lived on the family farm and attended Campti Community schools. After marriage to Ralph A. Fields, Esther lived in Shelby County, TX, Humble, TX, East Columbia, TX, Orange, TX and then moved to Bullard, TX where she resided at Emerald Bay community. Over the years she was an active member of a number of churches and most recently at Rose Heights Church in Tyler, Grace Chapel Assembly of God in Tyler, and Community Church in Orange, TX.

While living in Orange, she was manager of a bakery for a number of years. Prior to that, she had a full time job as a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Ralph A. Fields, her parents, Buddie and Susie Cox, and a brother, Fred E. Cox.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Ordean Williams, Emerald Bay; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Jo Ann Fields, Bullard; 5 grandchildren, Deana Williams, Austin, John Fields and wife Heather, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Michele Adams and husband Kyle, Baytown, Susan Gunter and husband Tracy, Flint, James Fields and wife Cathy, Flower Mound; 8 great-grandchildren, Lauren Cox and husband Jared, Megan Adams, Trevor Gunter, Annaleah Fields, Courtney Gunter, Jake Fields, Jackson Fields, and Sam Fields; a sister, Lorene White, Humble; 2 sisters-in-law, Gaye Belrose, Center and Margie Hinton, Joaquin; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Adams, John Fields, James Fields, Tracy Gunter, Trevor Gunter, Lonnie Belrose, Richard Hinton, and James White. Honorary pallbearer will be Harold Bloodgood.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Providence Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility in Tyler and Hospice of East Texas for the excellent care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of the following: Sardis Cemetery Association, Attn: LaNell Rash, 6034 FM 414, Center, TX 75935; Hospice of E. Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701; or Pleasant Hills Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1177, Fairfield, TX 75840.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

Franklin Ronald “Ronnie” Jackson, Sr., 69, of Joaquin passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Willis Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, LA.

Graveside Service will be 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Jackson Cemetery with John Sachs, his lifelong friend, officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home, with burial at Jackson Cemetery.

He was born June 14, 1943 in Jacksonville, FL to Julius and Joy (Hooper) Jackson. He graduated from Ruston High School in 1961, leaving graduation night to find a job offshore. Ronnie was an oil field professional, having worked in the business for 52 years, in 13 foreign countries and all over the United States.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Julius & Joy Jackson, grandparents, Ma & Pa Hooper and his little brother, Bruce Jackson.

He is survived by:
Wife, Barbara Hewitt Jackson of Joaquin

Son, Franklin Ronald “Ronny” Jackson, II, & wife, Angela of Joaquin

Daughter, Veressa Joy “V.J.” Jackson of Joaquin

2 granddaughters:
Jordan Alexandra Jackson of Nacogdoches
Victoria Alana “Tori” Jackson of Joaquin, who made his sun come up in the morning.

Sister: Julie Jackson & husband, Stan Merriman of Houston

Brother: Thomas Roland Jackson & wife, Wendy of Conroe

Nieces & Nephews: Theresa Walker, Michelle Walker, Karina Engert & husband, Warren, Anna Sides & husband, Terry, Joy Holland & husband, Craig Curley, Jolie Holland, Bill Jackson & wife, Lindsey, Arthur Lusby & partner, Stormie, David Hewitt & wife, Laurie, Becky Flechsig & husband, Seth and Abby Hewitt

Sister-in-law: Virginia Walker

Brother-in-law: Joe Hewitt & wife, Mickie

Sister-in-law: Susan Jackson

6 Great nieces and nephews

Uncle: Bud Hooper

Pallbearers: Ronny Jackson, Joe Hewitt, John Smelser, Gerald Hooper,
Spencer Hamilton, Hugh Daw, Jim Hooper, Wade Hooper and Joe Hooper
Honorary Pallbearers: Ruston High School Class of 1961

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


Graveside service for Avalia “Boya” “Gopher” Roy, Jr., 70, of Tenaha, TX, will be held at 1:00 PM,
Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Roy Family Cemetery, 260 PR 105, Tenaha, TX.  Mr. Roy passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Born August 29, 1942, in Houston, Texas, Roy Avalia, Jr. was the son of the late Avalja Roy, Sr. and Mary Marie Hines Roy. Mr. Roy served in the U.S. Army and was employed with Okite Chemical Company while living in Houston. He and Carolyn McCleskey were married in December of 1984 and moved to Tenaha, TX, in 1985.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn of Tenaha; sons Joseph Charlie Roy and wife Stacy of Tenaha and Matthew John Roy of Nacogdoches; daughter Glenda Gail Kellogg and husband Jimmy of Conroe, TX; stepson James Edward Kedzieski and wife Kathy of Crosby, TX; stepdaughters Barbara Kedzieski of Tenaha, Cheryl Lynn Gilbert and husband Gregg of Katy, TX, and Billie Jean Barnaby of Houston; sisters Ella Pitre of Conroe, Ethel Dotson, of Conroe, and Julia Mae Wancho of New York. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and 1 step great grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Roy was preceded in death by brother Adam Roy and sisters Emma Nipper, Audrey Sellers, and Mary McArdle.

To convey condolences or to register online, please visit Taylor Funeral Home,
511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements

Robert Michael (Mike) Agnew, 50, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Huntsville while working. He was born November 17, 1961 in Carthage to John Robert Agnew and Judy Maye Baker Agnew. He was a member of Ramah Missionary Baptist Church in Tenaha.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Ramah Missionary Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele and Bro. Don Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Pallbearers will be Adam Braun, Steven Joe Watson, Christopher Pilgreen, Tom Watkins, John Willoughby and Sam Swint. Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Baker, Anthony Bell and Charles Deardoff.

He is survived by
Parents: Robert & Judy Agnew of Tenaha

Wife: Molly Agnew of Tenaha

Ashley Kitten and husband, Cole of Austin
Adam Braun of Shreveport, Louisiana
Cameron Agnew of Carthage
Kelsey Braun of San Antonio
Jonathan Agnew of Tenaha
Kailey Agnew of Tenaha

Christopher Abernathy of Carthage
Harper Almeida of Carthage

Sister: Shelly Swint and husband, Sam of Tenaha

Mother-in-law: Geni Wooley and husband, Scott of Sulpher, Louisiana

Brother-in-law: Tom Watkins and wife, Mena of Carthage

Brother-in-law: Josh Watkins of Lake Charles, Louisiana

Nieces and nephews:
Coper Watkins of Carthage
Brandy Eubank of Tenaha
Christopher Pilgreen of Tenaha
Savannah Cassell and husband, Clint of Tenaha
Elizabeth Willoughby of Tenaha

A number of aunts, uncles and other family

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Bradley Agnew
Grandparents: Johnnie & Omie Agnew
Grandparents: Ernest & Maudie Baker
Special Uncle: Kenneth Baker

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Agnew’s name to:
American Lung Association National Headquarters
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 785-3355

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

Lawana White, 83, of Center, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at her residence. She was born March 16, 1929 in Shelby County to Clayter Fulsom and Ethel Danley Fulsom. Ms. White was employed at a nursing home in San Augustine for over 18 years and was a member of White Rock Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012 at White Rock Baptist Church in Center with Bro. R.B. Elumbaugh officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Wilburn, Daniel Murphree, Shay Williams, Ronnie Davis, Mike Kelly and John Best.

She is survived by
Daughter: Dianne Murphree of Kingwood

Pam White Williams and husband, Shay of San Benito
Daniel Murphree and wife, Chelsea of Austin
Shelby White of Nacogdoches

Great Grandchildren:
Tristan Williams of San Benito
Trinity Williams of San Benito
Levi Murphree of Austin

A host of relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Clayter Fulsom and Ethel Danley Fulsom
Husband: Charles Alvis White
Son: Ricky White
Son-in-law: Michael B. Murphree

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at


Funeral services for Lupe Yates, 50, of Nacogdoches will be held Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Brother Ronnie Frankens, John Laird, and Sheriff Kent Henson officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Yates was born October 27, 1961 in Patterson, California, and died Monday, September 17, 2012 in a Nacogdoches hospital. She had resided in Nacogdoches for 17 years and had worked at the Angelina County Sheriff's Department for 26 years. Lupe greatly enjoyed cooking, talking and visiting with friends, and spoiling her kids.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Carroll Yates of Nacogdoches; son and daughter-in-law, John Laird and Sarah St. John of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Joni Laird and Danny Lilly of Nacogdoches; mother, Marcela (Garcia) Guzman of Raymondville; father, Jose B. Garcia of Weslaco; sister, Pat Garcia of Houston; brothers, Tony Garcia of Raymondville, Jose Garcia of New Caney and Tim Guzman of Raymondville; father of John and Joni, Wade Laird of Hudson; Angelina County Sheriff's Office family; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Lillian Cavazos; and mother-in-law, Barbara Yates.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Redd, Bryan Holley, Danny Anders, Mike Jones, Bart Riley and Dale Childress.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tammy Holley, JoVina Harris, Dana Vanya and Tamishea Shewmake.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Crisis Center, 2401 Davisville Road, Lufkin, Texas 75901.
The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

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Donald E. Storm Sr., 74, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 17, 2012 at his residence.  He was born February 8, 1938 in Campus, Illinois to Martin Jence Storm and Mildred Holm Storm.  He served in the United States Army and was a member of Haslam Baptist Church in Haslam. 

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.  A military honors graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2012 at Houston National Cemetery in Houston.

He is survived by
Wife: Marion Lavern Storm of Joaquin

Donell Storm Sutcliffe of Nacogdoches
Tracey Tanton of Evadale

Son: Donald E. “Butch” Storm Jr. of Center

Trey Morris
Jessica Morris
Katracey Tanton
Robert Storm
Matthew Storm

Rose Mehochko of Mazon, Illinois
Helen Glenn of Vila Rica, Georgia

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded by
Parents: Martin Jence Storm and Mildred Holm Storm
Daughter: Donna Jean Storm

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

Helen Marie Behrens, 78, of Montgomery, TX passed away Monday, September 17, 2012 in Conroe, TX. She was born August 25, 1934 to Chester “Doc” Hendrix and Eve Lou Hendrix. She was a loving, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

A graveside service will be held Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Old Teneha Cemetery, in Tenaha, TX . Service entrusted to Mangum Funeral Home of Center, TX.

Preceded in death by:

Husband: Horace “Cotton” Behrens
Parents: Doc and Eve Lou Hendrix
Siblings: James and Jamie Hendrix
And Niece: Nancy Mitchell

Survived by:

Sister and Brother in law
Dorothy and Doug Marberry

Bubba and Joy Rankin
Allen Paul Behrens
Donna and Rocky Magnusson
Cecil and Cathy Behrens
Chester and Darlene Behrens

11 Grandchildren
15 Great Grandchildren

Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Friends

Carolyn May Wells went home to be with her Lord and Savior on her birthday, September 12, 2012 at the age of 58 at Ridgecrest Center in Waco. Carolyn was born on September 12, 1954 to Zan and Audie Sims May of Joaquin, TX. In September 1972, she married the love of her life, Marvin Prentice “Buddy” Wells, Jr. Their first born, Michael Jeremy Wells, was born in January 1977. They were very proud of their boys and were often at scout meetings, soccer games and other school activities supporting and cheering them on. Carolyn loved and supported her sons very much until her last breath. She was an avid Texas A&M fan, Marty’s alma mater, and a Dallas Cowboys fan. She was a successful realtor and retired from Pitney and Bowes later in life due to her illness of Multiple Sclerosis.

Graveside services will be Monday, September 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at O.E. Memorial Park in Logansport, LA.

Carolyn is survived by her sons, Marty Wells of Houston and Jeremy Wells of Odessa; three granddaughters: Aubrey, Ashton, and Samantha Wells; Brothers: Don May and wife Mary of Joaquin, Sammy May and wife Martha of Center, Roy May of Gladewater; Sisters: Bobbie Pruitt and husband Ron of Magnolia, Reeta Ann Frieze and husband Bob of Elko, NV; Sister-in-laws, Kay May and Sheryl Hopson; Brother-in-law Calvin Seago of Shreveport, LA, and many special nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband Buddy Wells parents Zan and Audie Sims May, brothers: Asa, Ray, and Jimmy May, sisters: Billie Jean Lawhorn and Ruby Seago.

The family would like to thank Ridgecrest Retirement Center and Dr. Kreis for the care provided to “Aunt Carolyn” since 2008. Brandi, Jessica, Stacey, and Judy of Bluebonnet Hospice were a tremendous support to her during her last days. Special thanks to Lori and The Boy. Lori was not only her caregiver but her friend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Funeral services are under the direction of Grace Gardens Funeral Home in Waco, Texas.


Jimmye Elaine Watkins Wallace, 80, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, September 14, 2012 in Carthage. She was born June 18, 1932 in Camp Switch to Jim Ross Watkins and Evelyn Gertrude Bell Watkins. Mrs. Wallace was a member of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Church of Christ in Tenaha. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2012 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Andrew King officiating.  Interment will follow at Truitt Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be Beau Donaldson, Jerry Pate, Steve Thompson, Caleb Wright, Buster Masters and Verbon Pate. Honorary pallbearers will be Olin Oliver, Ronnie Emannis, Freddy Moody and Bill Haley.

She is survived by
Husband: Joe Neil Wallace of Joaquin

Elaine Carol Hall Looney and husband, Gary of Lufkin
Nancy Evelyn Hall Keeling and husband, Gordon of DeBerry

Six Grandchildren

Ten Great Grandchildren

Many special friends

She is preceded in death by
Parents: Jim Ross Watkins and Evelyn Bell Watkins
Half-sister: Betty Jo Cougar

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at


Mr. Eddie Ray Noble, 57, services will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11am at St. Luke Baptist Church, Logansport, LA with interment to follow at Old Zion B.C. Grand Cane, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held Friday September 14, 2012 from 6pm to 8m at St. Luke Baptist Church Logansport, LA.

Services intrusted to Purvis Funeral Home Mansfield, Louisiana.


Jamie Kyle Hope, 33, of Logansport, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in Carthage. She was born January 15, 1979 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Jim Kyle and Shawna Smith Kyle. She was a member of Word of Life Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A private graveside service will be held at a later time.

She is survived by
Daughter: Sydney Swilley of Elyseian Fields

Mother: Shawna Kyle of Stonewall, Louisiana

Karl Kyle of Houston
Ron DeChamplain and wife, Sylvie of Madera, California
Robert DeChamplain of Deadwood
Rodney DeChamplain and wife, Debbie of Virginia Beach, Virginia

Sister: April Kyle-Hankins of Joaquin

A number of nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Jim Kyle
Maternal Grandparents: Bascom and Ailleen Smith
Paternal Grandparents: Dewey Van and Clydelle Kyle

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at


Sandra Sanders Bradshaw, age 72, went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 12, 2012. Visitation will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 14 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at Christ United Methodist Church with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Private interment will be held at the Memorial Cemetery of College Station.

Sandra was a native of Center, Texas where she was a brilliant and beautiful child. In her high school years she was in the band and also performed as a twirler and would have been valedictorian of her class were it not for the fact she graduated in 3 years instead of 4.

Sandra and her husband, Jerry Bradshaw, were high school sweethearts. They began dating when Sandra was 14 and Jerry was 16. Separated by College, with Jerry at Texas A&M and Sandra at the University of Texas, Sandra left college to marry Jerry at the age of 18. The two of them had a long and happy marriage. Sandra was a stay-at-home mother and supported Jerry through 30 moves to advance his career. They were blessed with two children and would have been married 54 years in November.

Sandra loved to travel, and she and Jerry traveled to almost every country in Europe, visited Asia, Africa, and South America. Sandra loved going on cruises and they enjoyed many, many cruises together, including numerous Caribbean plus Alaskan, Baltic, Panama Canal, Nile River, across the Atlantic and Mediterranean cruises. She was also wonderful cook and passed along her culinary skills to her daughter.

Sandra was a founding and charter member of Christ United Methodist Church in College Station, volunteering for A&M United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Barnette Sanders and Irene Creech Sanders, Jerry’s parents, Marvin and Beatrice Bradshaw, half-brother Leon Sanders, and son Michael Allen Bradshaw.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Bradshaw; daughter, Carol Roach and husband Art Roach of College Station; 5 grandchildren, Joshua Baker and wife Jessie Baker, Katherine Osburn, Benjamin Bradshaw, Alexis Roach, and Alyssa Roach; and great grandson, Joshua (Duke) Baker, Jr. all of College Station; half-sister, Hazel Andre of New Iberia, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Jean Bradshaw of New London, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sandra was a direct descendant of her great-great grandfather, John Sanders, who was a hero of the Battle of San Jacinto.

The family wishes to thank the angels-of-mercy of Hospice Brazos Valley, the wonderful doctors, staff, and nurses at St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph ER in south College Station. We would also like to thank her surgeon, Dr. Alford, and Sandra’s long-time internist, Dr. Tseng.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of Christian Collage Sunday School class at Christ United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Hospice Brazos Valley, or St. Joseph Hospital.


Timothy Eugene Holt, 65, son of Leo and Helen Holt of Toledo, OH passed away at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, Texas on September 4, 2012. Tim and his wife Janet moved to Denton to be near their daughters and grandchildren after his retirement from Country Select in Belzoni, MS. Tim attended Ohio State University before proudly serving his country in Viet Nam as an Army Buck Sergeant E-5 in the 9th Infantry Division 2nd Battalion 47 Infantry Bravo Company. After serving his country, he was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Because they enjoyed the Texas climate, Tim and his wife Janet LaJeunesse, whom he married August 30, 1969 in Toledo, OH, decided to make it home. Soon after, Tim and Janet moved to Houston, Texas where he worked for Gulf Oil. They were blessed with two daughters, Darcy and Amanda. Next, they made their way to East Texas where Tim was employed by Center Tire Company, then Tyson Foods.

Tim is preceded in death by his parents Leo and Helen Holt and sister, Catherine Baird. He is survived by his wife, Janet, daughters, Darcy Henry and Amanda Shelton, son-in law Andrew Shelton, grandchildren Blake, Mallory, Abbie, Gus, and Drew, sister Leona Blakemore of Sunbury, OH, nieces, nephews, cousins and much loved family and friends.

A visitation and Rosary will be held September 13, 2012 at DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 West University Dr., Denton, TX 76201 from 6:00-8:00 and Funeral services will follow Friday, September 14, 2012 with a memorial tribute starting at 10:30 and the Mass starting 11:00 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae, Denton, TX 76207. Attendees may then travel to the Dallas National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, TX 75211 for his military burial rite at 1:30. Memorial reception will be held following burial service at Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites, 2450 Brinker Road, Denton, TX 76208.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: American Diabetes Association at or the National Kidney Foundation at


Danny Akridge, 54, of Center, passed away September 9, 2012 at his residence. He was born August 10, 1958 in Center to Luther Akridge and Edna Adkison Akridge. He served in the United States Air Force and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Bro. Barry Rankin officiating.

He is survived by

Carolyn Fenley and husband, Dub of Center
Susan Toomer and husband, Jimmy of Nacogdoches

Billy Akridge and wife, Jan of Center
Gene Akridge and wife, Zandra of Nacogdoches

Stepmother: Ruth Fountain Akridge of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Luther Akridge and Edna Adkison Akridge
Sister: Joyce Chandler
Brothers: Jimbo Akridge and Benny Joe Akridge

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Fairy Graves, 88, of Center, passed away Monday, September 10, 2012 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 3, 1923 in Shelby County to Luther Ross Graves and Lucille “Lue” (Emanis) Graves.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Luther and Lue Graves, Brothers, Lairy Graves & Ross Graves, Jr, Sisters, Iva Dale Eddins, Willie May Fincher, Lucy Hutto & Annie Ruth Sherman, Half-Brother, Mahon Graves and Half-Sisters, Katie Bell Moore and Vader Emanis, Sisters-in-law, Frances Graves & Juanita Spears & Brother-in-law, Carroll Dale Mills.

He is survived by:
Wife: Geneva Graves of Center

Son: Fairy Michael Graves & wife, Lori of Dallas

Daughter: Vickie Patricia Orsak of Longview

Jason Michael Orsak
Kelli Nicole Orsak Sanford
Alexandra Lee Graves
Forrest Michael Graves

Great Grandchildren:
Kristin Nicole Orsak
Madelyn Grace Sanford

Sister-in-law: Faye Graves of Center

Brother-in-law: James Ray Mills & wife, Ann of Wichita Falls

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Friends

Jason Orsak, Forrest Graves, Tony Graves,
Kirk Sanford, Ronnie Graves & Randy Graves
Honorary Pallbearers:
Tyrone Garrett & Steven Fults

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


Tal Turner, a long-time Clute business man, went to be with his Lord on September 6, 2012 at a Houston Hospital. He was born February 4, 1936 on the family farm at Center, Texas to Floyd and Virgie Turner. He came to Clute as a teenager. Met the love of his life, Lois Stoker, and married September 2, 1955. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Tal is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, daughters Lisa Turner Keohane of Clute and Lana Turner White and Rick White of Washington; grandchildren: James Chorn and wife Melissa (both in U.S. Air Force), Chelsea White (U.S. Navy), Samantha Rice and husband Jeremy (U.S. Army), Carey White (U.S. National Guard), and Christian White of Washington; great grandchildren: Natalie Rice, Brennan Rice and soon to be a great granddaughter Autumn Larue Chorn; sisters Flo Wilburn of Center, TX and Belle Turner of Gainsville, FL; brother Lynn Turner of Center, TX and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Dennis Turner and Henry Turner and nephew David Turner.

Tal and his partner, Don Bruce, opened Central Auto Parts in 1962. After a few years, Don pursued other interest and left the business. Tal and his wife continued to operate the store for 42 years; closing in 2004 due to health problems. Tal Turner, "Mr. Central Auto Parts" to many, was a hard working, Christian man who demonstrated it by not just saying it, but by living his life that way. He was loved by many and will surely be missed.

Services will be held at Stroud Funeral Home on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

Visitation will be at Stroud Funeral Home on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 1 till service time.

Graveside services will be held at Sand Hill Cemetery in Center, Texas on Monday, September 10, 2012.

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Eddie Miller, 74, passed from this life on the morning of September 6th following a courageous five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on November 2, 1937 in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Joaquin High School in 1956, Eddie proudly served in the Army while stationed in New Jersey. He moved back to Joaquin following his service, and in 1959, he met the love of his life, Jeanne Caroline Parrish. They were married on April 9th, 1960 and after 52 years, were still deeply in love. They were blessed with three sons whom Eddie loved deeply. He retired from Chevron in 1999 and later contracted with British Petroleum until 2009. He served on the Joaquin I.S.D. school board for nine years and was president for several years.

Everyone who knew Eddie remembers the sparkle in his eyes and the smile on his face. He will be missed for many things, among them his sense of humor and ready laughter, his ability to live every day to the fullest, and his pride in and love for his family, his friends, and his God. He was a member of Jackson Baptist Church where he served as song leader for many years. He loved singing for his church family and particularly enjoyed having the youth participate in his song service.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Jeanne; son, Larry Miller and wife Edie of Center TX, son, Dr. Jason Miller and wife Donnette of Frisco TX, son, Dr. Kevin Miller and wife Dr. Mary Ana Miller of Austin TX; grandchildren, Ryan Miller and wife Kristen, Parrish Miller, AnaLynn Miller, Slade Miller, Jennafer Farnham and husband Chris, and Mandy Wead; and great granddaughter, Presley Miller. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angela Caroline Miller, and his parents, Doyle and Ida Miller.

Eddie's family would like to thank Austin Hospice and Christopher House for their help and support during his final days.

Pallbearers will be Bill Irish, Harold Irish, Wayne Swan, Chris Farnham, Ryan Miller, and Parrish Miller. Honorary Pallbearers are the Joaquin High School class of 1956, members of Jackson Baptist Church, Doug Smith and Ernest Claybrook.

Visitation will be held at Watson and Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, September 8th from 6 to 8 pm. A service celebrating Eddie's life will be held at Watson and Sons Funeral Home on Sunday, September 9th at 4 pm. Brother David Long and Brother Luke Garrett will be officiating the ceremony. Graveside service will follow at Ramah Cemetery.

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Shelton Keith Bryant, 44, of Missouri City, Texas passed away Tuesday, September 4,2012 at his residence in Missouri City, Texas. He was born August 22, 1968 to Maggie Mae Bryant (Edwards) and the late Rudolph Bryant in Houston, Texas. Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm Friday September 7, 2012 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Services will be on Saturday September 8, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at Triumph First Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville, Texas with Bishop Zephaniah Swindle officiating.

Shelton is preceded in death by his father Rudolph Bryant and his grandparents.

Shelton is survived by:

Mother, Maggie Bryant of Missouri City, Texas

Brother, Kelvin Bryant & Wife Zena of Georgetown, Texas

Niece, Jazzmyn Olivia Bryant of Houston Texas

Nephews, Kelvin Bryant II of Georgetown, Texas; Dominic Keeling of Georgetown, Texas; Barrington Keith Bryant

Special Cousin, Claudia Robinson (Danny Boo) of Logansport, La

A host of aunts and uncles.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home Center, Texas.


Willie James Grisby, Jr., 57 of Center, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012 at his residence in Center, Texas. He was born September 14, 1954 in Houston to Willie C. Grisby and Cornelious Butler Grisby.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10am at Community Funeral Home Chapel.

He is survived by:

Daughter: Kristen Cartwright of Houston, Texas

Eric Grisby of Center
Michael Charles Grisby of Houston

Cora Bell Williams of Shelbyville

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas


Mae Alice (Parrish) Burns, 81, of Houston, passed away Monday, September 3, 2012 in Shreveport, LA.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Luke Garrett officiating. Visitation will be Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 21, 1930 in Shelby County to Herman and Hazel (Pickard) Parrish and she grew up in Tenaha. Mae graduated Magna Cum Laude with high honors from the University of Houston.

She is preceded in death by Parents, Herman and Hazel Parrish, Husband, John Wilson Burns and Brother, Buford Parrish.

She is survived by:

2 Children:
Margie Burns of Cheverly, Maryland
John E. Burns of Houston

Edmund Burns Townsend of Baltimore, Maryland

2 Sisters:
Merrill Stearns & husband, Charles of Albuquerque, NM
Jeanne Miller & husband, Eddie of Joaquin

Several Nieces & Nephews

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

Delbert Gene Clepper, 77, of Timpson, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2012 in Garrison. He was born on November 15, 1934 in Waller, Texas the son of Morris Clepper and Velma Peterson Clepper. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 PM at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Bro. John Richerson.

He is survived by his wife Pat Clepper of Timpson; Sons: Edward Gene “Little Gene” Clepper of Timpson and Doye Cantrell and his wife Robin of Timpson; Sisters: Bobbie Lee and Bonnie; and by 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of other extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Velma Clepper, his son, Stacy Clepper, grandson, Derek Clepper and by his brother Butch Clepper. Pallbearers will include: Allen Ross, Justin Richerson, Richard Hattaway, Robert Staudt, Gordon Bass and Bob Bass. Honorary pallbearers will include: Chase Clepper, Joshua Clepper and Layne Cantrell. The family of Mr. Clepper is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit


Edward Wayne Wright, 58, of Center passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Center. He was born August 19, 1953 in Center to Luther Wayne Wright and Constance J. Mannino Wright. Mr. Wright was of the Baptist faith.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Clever Creek Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating.

Survivors include:
Dustin Wayne Wright of Lumberton
Austin Wright of Lumberton

Mother of his children, Shelly Wright of Lumberton

Mother, Constance J. Lanclos of Fannett

Elaine Creech and husband Jerry of Port Arthur
Ellen Ankenbrand and husband Adolf of Portugal
Earline Wright of Nederland
Elizabeth Wilson and husband Gary of Little Cypress

Aunt, Millie Warr and husband Oren of Center

Uncle, Brian Williams of Center

Cousin, Ronnie Clark and wife Norma of Center

Numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by;
Father, Luther Wayne “Scotty” Wright
Stepfather, Daniel Lanclos

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Judge Jack Pierce, 84, longtime district judge in the East Texas area, died Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Pierce was born to Hershel and Mary Louise Pierce in 1928 in downtown Nacogdoches, Texas, in a house that was converted from the old city jail. He used to like to say that he was the only state judge born in a jail.

Governor John Connally appointed Jack Pierce to the 145th judicial court in 1963. He was one of the youngest state judges at that time. Upon his retirement in 2001, he was the longest sitting judge in the state of Texas.

Jack and Willene Pierce married in 1958. As one friend said, "You didn't think of Jack without thinking of Willene, or think of Willene without thinking about Jack." Their home on Raguet Street with its bright red azaleas was the venue for many community events until Mrs. Pierce's illness and death.

They had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth McWilliams and Rosemary Pierce. They raised Willene's younger sisters, Lynette Pierce and Lori Martin, as their own daughters.

In 2005, Jack Pierce married Sue Newman. "Momma Sue" was a devoted mate who sacrificed her own retirement to make the final years of his life worth living. Her children, Gary Wright and Tinina Westbrook, also became part of his extended family.

Visitation will be at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse on Friday, September 7, 2012, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the 145th District Courtroom.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012, at First Baptist Church, located at 411 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Services are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Online memories and condolences accepted at