07/09/2019

Ms. Mahilda Woods Moore, better known as Hurley, was born May 26, 1932 in San Augustine, TX, to Eugene Woods and Callie Garrett Woods, both parents are deceased.
She was married to Walter Moore, he is now deceased

Preceded her in death are Parents, husband, two children, and four sisters

She leaves to cherish her memories: 
Daughters: 
Shirley Kennebrew of Dallas, TX
Maurine Jones of Cedar Hill, TX
Jeanette Hall of Cedar Hill, TX

Son: Walter Earl Moore of Dallas, TX

Grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Services are scheduled for: Ms. Mahilda Woods Moore Sunday, July 14, 2019 2pm at Roberts Baptist Church, San Augustine, TX with Rev. Ardis Mosby, as Eulogist.

Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery, San Augustine, TX, under the directions of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, TX;

Visitations will begin on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Services Entrusted to the Professionals of: Sid Roberts Funeral Home 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, TX 75961 (936) 564-4351

“Where The Family Comes First”

07/08/2019

Helen Adell Mena, 83, passed away July 5, 2019.

A celebration of life for Helen Adell Mena will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Rose-Neath Southside Funeral Home in Shreveport, LA.

Helen was born on December 30, 1935 to Dave and Laura Collins and went to be with the Lord on July 5, 2019. She was a very dedicated Nursing Director for Willis Knighton for over 40 years. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.

Left to cherish her beautiful memories are her daughter, Sonya Mena; son, Ronald Mena and wife Kimberly; grandchildren, Stephanie Delarosa, Kyle and wife Schoschanna Mena, Jessica York, Eric Mena, Joshua Quimby and Makenzie Allen; great grandchildren, Peter Garcia, Chellie Garcia, Nayla Delarosa, Devin Fontenot, Noah Fontenot, Kaden Mena, Raelynn Tamplin and Luke Andrews.

Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Shreveport Southside, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, LA 71118.

07/07/2019

Marissa Shea Nash, 29, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at White Rock Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Marissa was born September 13, 1989, in Center, to Jimmy Carol Nash and Terica Jackson.  She loved crafts, music, writing poetry, fishing, animals, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by:
Her fiancé: Mathew Anderson

Mother: Terica Jackson

Father: Jimmy Carol Nash and wife Donna Wedgeworth Nash

Siblings: 
Joseph Nash
Stephanie Nash
Kevin Nash and wife Christie
Crystal Nash

Grandmother: Juanita Jackson

Nieces and nephews: 
Corben Odom
Emilie Rojos
Jake Smith
Skyler Nash
Tristen Nash
Abbie Juarez
Jaxen Samford
Maya Del Cruz

Godmother: Therica Rodriguez.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Tommy Jackson, Alice Alefe Graham Nash Fuller and Jimmy Nash; and great grandparents, Dell and Harrel Tindol.

Pallbearers will be Randy Alford, Richard Alford, Timmy Belrose, Kevin Nash, Joseph Nash, and Stacy Samford.  Honorary pallbearer will be Corben Odom.

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

07/06/2019

Evelyn Biggar, 89, of Center, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Bobby Bressman and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Biggar Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Ms. Biggar was born June 30, 1930, in Center to Hillard Morgan Biggar and Mary Edward Kennedy Biggar.  She went on to receive a degree from Sam Houston University and later worked as a dietician.  Ms. Biggar was a member of Daughters of the Republic of Texas William Crawford Carrol Chapter, Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Historical Community, Sam Houston Alumni, First Baptist Church of Center, and a former member of Neon Optimist Club.

She is survived by: 
Her nephew: Owen Morgan Eaton and wife Theresa of Pecatonica, Illinois

Great-nephews: 
John Morgan Eaton of Pecatonica, Illinois
Jack Robert Eaton of Pecatonica, Illinois

Great-great-niece: Hattie Morgan Eaton of Pecatonica, Illinois

Friend and companion - her dog, Bubba.

Preceded in death by her parents, Hillard Morgan Biggar and Mary Edward Kennedy Biggar; sister, Eloise Biggar Eaton; and nephew, John Benedict Eaton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.

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

07/07/2019

Ima Claudean Johnson, 79, of Many, Louisiana, passed away on July 4, 2019 in Fisher, Louisiana surrounded by family. She was born in Shelby County in 1940 to Claude and Ruby Dean Livingston.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at White Rock Cemetery outside of Center, TX. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home in Center, TX

Claudean grew up in Multimax Village near Beaumont, TX. She graduated from French High School with the Class of 1958. Shortly after graduation she met the love of her life, Emmett Dalton Johnson, on a blind date.

The two married at the young age of 19 and had three sons, Joseph (Joey), James (Jamey) and Jeffrey. Claudean, like her husband, was an entrepreneur, and during her working years Claudean was a real estate agent/broker, ceramic studio owner, and plant nursery proprietor. Later, she found great joy traveling with Dalton in their motorhome. Claudean enjoyed working outdoors in her flower beds and collecting Hummel figurines and Beanie Babies. She certainly loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Claudean is survived by her sons, Joseph Claude Johnson (Amy Maley), James Dalton Johnson (Amy Foster), Jeffrey Lee Johnson; grandchildren, Patrick Johnson, Walter Johnson, Scott Johnson, Joseph Johnson(Daja), Jessica Johnson Ralph(Brandon); great grandchildren, Sylas Ralph, Hadley Johnson, Evelyn Ralph; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Claudean was preceded in death by her loving husband, Emmett Dalton Johnson; parents, Claude Livingston and Ruby Dean Livingston; and sister, Mary Waller.

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

07/04/2019

John Cecil “J.C.” McSwain, 87, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 3, 2019 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on January 18, 1932 in Center, Texas to James Roscoe McSwain and Evie Lee Dean McSwain. Funeral services will be at 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Son Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Being raised in the sand hills of Old Salem, J. C. “braded grass burrs”, drank from the underground streams, and learn’t the life lesson of hard work and how your word is worth gold or not worth a nickle! He knew how to make a “bee line” and “bite the bullet”. He could most definitely make a deal with money “to boot” and listen for the word that was “straight from the mouth” but most of all you better “buckle down and hang on”. Of course there was times when Moma would have a “burr under her saddle” and pull a “hissy fit”. Well you sure better watch out for ole’ so & so because he was a “snake in the grass”. Probably one of my daddy’s favorites would be how he “could squeeze a quarter so tight the eagle screams”. You better be careful though because if you didn’t manage your business “you would not have a pot or a window”. Did you hear what I said ---Well “get your head out of your behind”. Another thing Daddy said many times was “he couldn’t find his butt with both hands”! 

Many times you were “grinnin’ like a possum or watch out because you might be “dumb as a stump”! 

You probably put your “britches” on like everyone else but you better not be “highfalutin” because before you know it you would be “fixin” to get “whupped”. Well that sounded a little “uppity” and “plumb” stupid. One day when I was about 5, I thought that I could “skedaddle” quickly and outrun daddy and not “mind” his order; but, he caught me and “toreup” my bottom while “laughin” because I had run like a “jackrabbit”. 

Our daddy will be missed by so many and there are no words to express the love we had for him and the loss we feel without him. We are so thankful for the example that he was as our mentor. So many things that could be said but none are sufficient to express the emptiness that his sudden departure has caused. However, the Lord will heal our hearts because as we look back over these past few months, He has been preparing us for this moment. We thank each of you for your kind offering of kindness in so many different ways and the comfort that it gives to my Mom, Tonya, Stacey, Roscoe and myself just to know that he has impacted your life also.

Once J. C. got to school age he attended Camp Worth, Jericho and Tabernacle schools in the sandhills of South Jericho. He said that his teacher had three grades in the same room and that although she tried really hard, it was just too difficult to teach that many kids at the same time. Being bashful, he got behind in school and never was able to catchup. Therefore, he quit school and told his moma that “she could beat him “ever” day but he was not going back because it was too embarrassing that he could not read or write well enough. It was always kind of painful to hear him say that to me because I could see just how much he had accomplished with hard work and perseverance. 

He peddled watermelons with his daddy and told about hiding his 3-4 dollars under the melons while sleeping in the cab of the pickup until morning hoping a robber would not attack him. By the time he was 18, he had a couple mules and before dawn he would leave the house, walk through the woods with “the hair standing up on the back of his neck” and log all day for Frost Lumber Company. He did this for a while and then he caught a ride to West Texas and tried “pickin” cotton but that was still not “gettin” him anywhere. He also drove trucks across the country for a year or so. With just $10 he got from pawning his Daddy’s watch, (of which he told the broker that he better not sell that watch because he would be back to get it!) he bought a few candy bars and with the help of Mr. Bradshaws wife’s sandwiches he had enough to last him for two weeks and he started to work with a seismograph company. He really enjoyed the work but missed East Texas. Returning to his roots, the legacy J.C. McSwain began. Daddy worked for Atlas Hardwood (Bruce Hardwood) from 1957-1968 and then Temple stole him away with a contract that lasted from 1968-2010. 

During these years he has been blessed to have a faithful wife, Venorah McSwain, of 63 years. Together they worked hard on the job and on the home front. They raised 4 children. Daddy enjoyed raising cattle, bowling, playing 42 dominoes, baseball and football and some good bluegrass music. Most of all he loved makin’ a good deal that was fair and honest. Nothing pleased him more than Sunday dinners with all his family especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. 

Daddy was also blessed with employees such as J.C. Boykins of 45 years and Ad Lee Watts of 35 years. J. C. always worked with a work ethic surpassed by none and a computer mind that could remember every tract of timber, amount of minerals and land he owned and that other people owned. Amazing! I’d say, “Daddy we need to go find the corners of that tract”, and he would say, “Well the northeast corner is marked with paint and is on a large white oak, the southeast corner is marked by a cypress-kind of in a swamp and you can find it because I marked it “5” years ago”. “Oh yea, don’t you go down there in the spring when the snakes are out. Send Roscoe! Those rattle snakes and moccasins will get you”! HaHa!! How did he do it? 

He would never brag on himself but we will do it for him. He never wanted attention and could never be convinced that he was smart enough to do whatever he wanted. My most precious memory is when I lead my Dad in the sinner’s prayer and saw him be baptized at the age of 77. What a blessing. He will be missed more than words can express. It is now our duty to continue on with the upstanding life standards that he displayed. 

Love you daddy,

“Our family is like a quilt, stitched together with love. A little frayed but will withstand the storm”. Cedy

“Heaven gained a new perspective for me, when one I love so dearly made it his home”. Tonya

“He was my Father, Best Friend, and Mentor, but we will be together again”. Roscoe

“I loved you more than words can say. Always have, always will”. Stacey

“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, your loved and missed beyond measure”. Venorah

J.C. is survived by:

Wife, Venorah Ann Williams McSwain

Children:
Cecilia McSwain Boles and husband, Ken
Tonya McSwain Andrews and husband, George
Stacey McSwain and wife, Tammy
Roscoe McSwain 

Sister-in-laws: 
Mildred McSwain
Shirley Berg
Edwena Higginbotham
Carolyn Caldwell
Nori Williams

Brother-in-law, Clark Paul Williams and wife, Tina

Grandchildren: 
Anna Boles Lee and husband, Justin
Emma Boles Whitehead and husband, Carl
Bradley Andrews and wife, Mindy
John Andrews and wife, Alyssa
Machael McSwain and husband, Jami
Daniel McSwain and wife, Brittany
Nicole McSwain
Cecil McSwain
Casey Milford
Ashton McSwain Askew and husband, John
Roscoe McSwain, Jr. and wife, Ronna
Cole Milford and wife, Mallory
Colton McSwain

23 Great-Grandchildren

He is preceded in death by infant daughter, Debbie McSwain who passed in 1958; parents, James Roscoe McSwain and Evie Lee Dean McSwain; brother, James Lee McSwain and sisters, Ivy Joy Hribal and Marye Danley.

Pallbearers are Ken Boles, George Andrews, Bradley Andrews, John Andrews, Daniel McSwain, Cecil McSwain, Roscoe McSwain, Jr., Colton McSwain, Casey Milford and Cole Milford.

Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Caldwell, Clark Paul “Zig” Williams, Howard Sparks, Steve Watts, Rowdy Danley, Larry Berg, William Caldwell and Kelly McSwain.

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

07/04/2019

RichardRickBarras, 66, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jackie Brown officiating.  Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. Barras was born June 18, 1953, in San Antonio.  He worked as an offshore electrician for CNG Production.  Mr. Barras was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.  He was affiliated with Lighthouse Holiness Church in Tenaha.

He is survived by:
His wife: JoAnne Barras of Tenaha

Children: 
Jerry Usey of South Louisiana
Richard Phillips of Tenaha
Anittra Adkison and husband Clint of Garrison

Grandchildren: 
Gavin Phillips and wife Cassie of Tenaha
Chloé Phillips and fiancé Devin Davis of Magnolia, Arkansas
Brent Adkison of Garrison
Destini Phillips of Center
Austin Adkison of Garrison
Raimi Phillips of Center
Philip Adkison of Garrison
Jackson Phillips of Tenaha

Great-grandchildren: 
Calder Phillips
Cain Phillips
Maddyn Marie Davis

Sisters: 
Betty Cook of Alvin
Cathy Tomlinson of Napoleonville, Louisiana
Donna Wall of Wisconsin

Numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.  

Preceded in death by his father, Leon Barras; his mother, Bertha Zeringue Olles; his stepfather, Joe Olles; and his brother, Dave Barras.

Pallbearers will be Bo Odom, Gavin Phillips, Greg Tomlinson, Brent Adkison, Philip Adkison, and Austin Adkison. Honorary pallbearer will be Jerry Solice, Richard Phillips, and Clint Adkison.

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

07/03/2019

Shepherd Weaver Oates, 56, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Center.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center with Bro. Josh Sandford officiating.  

Mr. Oates was born January 22, 1963, in Center, to Lareid Stephen Oates Jr. and Frances Shepherd Oates. His career was in computer software.  He loved guns, comics, and gaming. Mr. Oates was a member of First Baptist Church in Center, where he was involved in the Barnabas Sunday school class.

He is survived by his wife: 
Denise Dellinger Oates of Center

Son: Stephen Daniel Oates and wife Leslie of Mesquite

Granddaughter: Ryiot Oates of Mesquite

Brother: Lareid Oates III of Center

A host of friends

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lareid Stephen Oates Jr. and Frances Shepherd Oates.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Youth Fund.

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

07/01/2019

Bobby Eugene Oswalt, 82, of Huxley, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, in Huxley.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Welch, Bro. Michael McArthur, Bro. Rusty Hall, and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mr. Oswalt was born October 28, 1936, in Huxley, to Jimmy Aaron Oswalt and Agnes Joy Davis Oswalt. Following high school, he moved to Orange. There, he met and married Wilma Essl and together they had three sons. While in Orange, Mr. Oswalt owned and operated general stores in Orange and Winnsboro. After Wilma passed away, Mr. Oswalt moved back to Huxley and later married Annette Dingler. The two began farming and he also worked as a commercial hay bailer for over forty years. More than anything, Mr. Oswalt enjoyed spending time with his family and teaching his children and grandchildren family values and a good work ethic.

He is survived by:

Wife, Annette Oswalt

Children:
Kevin Oswalt and wife Shani
Kyle Oswalt and wife Amy
Kreig Oswalt and wife Natalie
Connie Vaughn and husband Gilbert
Belinda O’Rear and husband Keith

Grandchildren:
Zachary Oswalt
Chasity Willoughby and husband Levi
Coty Oswalt
Cade Oswalt
Savannah Oswalt
Roper Oswalt
Kaleb Oswalt
Karoline Oswalt
Kallie Oswalt
Karissa Vaughn
Bree Bearden and husband Colton

Great-grandchildren: Elly Willoughby, Tillie Willoughby, and Charlee Bearden

Siblings:
Margie Cutaia
J.H. Oswalt and wife Pat
Martha Rogers and husband Jim
Patsy McDonald and husband Mike

Sisters-in-law:
Linda Oswalt
Marlene Gore

Brother-in-law, Robert Essl

Preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Oswalt; parents, Aaron and Joy Oswalt; and brother, Jimmy Oswalt.

Pallbearers will be Zachary Oswalt, Levi Willoughby, Coty Oswalt, Cade Oswalt, Roper Oswalt, Kaleb Oswalt, Colton Bearden, and Sammy Furlow. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith O’Rear, Gilbert Vaughn, Keith Oswalt, and Steve Oswalt.

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

06/30/2019

Willie Jarrell, 91, of Lufkin, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A private family interment will be held following the visitation at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Willie was born October 4, 1927, in Evans, Louisiana, to Henry Clark Jarrell and Maggie Inez Whitehead Jarrell. He was a brother to seven other siblings. Willie served in the United States Navy for thirty years and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He served in World War II and Vietnam, and was also deployed in many other battles. Willie loved to hunt, but is favorite place to go was to the lake to fish. Always surrounded by his family and friends, he put his family first and helped his family grow; a loving father, husband, and an extraordinary man who will be greatly missed. 

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Jarrell of Lufkin; children, Michael (Janna) Jarrell, Carolyn McLean Sheree (Robert) SoRelle, and Bobby (Julie) Jarrell; grandchildren, Brian Jarrell, Roxy (Caleb) Slayton, Susan (Chase) Dawson and Amanda (Jason) Mayer; great grandchildren, Jacquelynn Jarrell, Sydnee Mayer, and Tyler Mayer; sister, Barbara Grubbs; brother, Delbert Jarrell; many numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Preceding him in death his parents and sisters, Penny Wilson, Lela Herrington, Loleta Williford, Drucilla Nichols, and Joyce Dewbre; son-in-law, Chuck McLean.

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

06/28/2019

Joe Clyde Smith, Jr., was born July 18, 1991 and passed at the age of 27 in Nacogdoches, Texas on June 24, 2019.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 10am to 12 noon. A funeral service starting at 2pm on First Assembly of God, Houston Street and Highway 59, Timpson, Texas 75975. He will be laid to rest at his family's private cemetery. 

Services are under the direction of McNutt Funeral Home, 400 S. First Street, Lufkin, Texas 75901.

06/28/2019

Dan Husband, 70, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Logansport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 1, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Dickerson officiating. A masonic graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Husband was born August 14, 1948, in San Augustine, to Neil Husband and Hyburnia Wade Husband. He was a member of Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856 and First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin.

He is survived by his brothers, Dave Husband and John Husband, both of San Augustine; nephew and nieces, Neil Husband of San Augustine, Sheila Husband of Diboll, and Keisha Husband of Broaddus.

Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Husband; parents, Neil Husband and Hyburnia Wade Husband; and brother, Buck Husband.

Pallbearers will be Rex Y’Barbo, Neil Husband, Herman Earl Husband, Roy Cheatwood, Charles Ray Metcalf, and David Cheatwood.

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

06/28/2019

Benjamin Ray Touchstone, 76, of Shreveport, Louisiana passed away on June 27, 2019 in Shreveport. He was born on January 6, 1943 in Shreveport to William Moore Touchstone and Dorothy Thurmon Woodruff. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Willow Grove Cemetery with Bro. Wayne Jones officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 PM to 2 PM on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Benjamin spent 34 years working for Frito Lay. After retirement, he enjoyed working at the Touchstone Wildlife and Art Museum in Haughton, Louisiana. Benjamin was a man of many talents and interests. He loved going on train rides and fishing. He also knew a lot about classic cars. Benjamin was very outgoing and personable. He could definitely be described as a ‘people person’ who found such joy sharing stories and laughter with others. Life was too short to be too serious and so Benjamin always liked to cut up and joke around with everyone he knew. More than anything in life, he treasured the precious moments he spent with his beloved wife, Clara of 52 years. 

He is survived by:

Sons:
Scott Touchstone of Shreveport, Louisiana
Benjamin  Ray Touchstone, Jr. and wife, Cheryl of Effie, Louisiana

Brothers:
Michael Touchstone of Jefferson, Texas
John Woodruff of Bossier City, Louisiana

Sisters:
Linda Susan Cooper and husband, Thomas of Bossier City, Louisiana
April Southerland and husband, Mark of Bossier City, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Ben Touchstone, III
Amanda Touchstone
Brittany Touchstone Marcotte

Numerous great-grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Clara Ann Blount Touchstone and his parents, William Touchstone and Dorothy Woodruff.

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

06/26/2019

Chester Prentice Sanders, Jr., 79, of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully May 30, 2019 in Dallas after a long illness.  A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

Chet was born June 4, 1939 in Center, Texas, the eldest son of Daliah and Prentice Sanders. He grew up in Center and graduated from Center High School where he continues to give to the Scholarship Foundation. He graduated from the University of North Texas where he was a member of the K A fraternity, and did his post graduate work at the University of Texas in Austin. He them served in the Coast Guard in San Francisco.

Chet had a long rewarding career in the securities business. He was with Underwood New house in Houston and J.C. Bradford in Nashville where he was a partner. They sold to Paine Webber and Co., an investment bank and stock brokerage firm. Chet then retired and moved to Dallas. He continued his passion for art as a collector of patron, and enjoyed being a docent at the Dallas Museum of Art. He was a member of the Dallas Historical Society and was a longtime volunteer at North Dallas Shared Ministries.

Chet also enjoyed reading, bicycling, and staying fit at the Cooper Aerobic Center. He played golf, liked snow skiing and playing the piano.

He is survived by:

Wife, Betty Sanders; step-daughter, Natalie Canterbury and husband Scott; brother, Mike Sanders; nephew, Todd Sanders and wife Joy; niece, Gwyn Katz and husband Greg; and numerous cousins.

Chet’s strong faith that he shared with Betty brought him peace and joy. 

Those wishing to honor his memory may consider making a donation to Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave, Dallas, TX 75225.

06/26/2019

Sharon Vaneta Odom, 59, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on June 11, 2019 in Joaquin. She was born on February 1, 1960 in Center to Mack Gene Odom and Maidland Vaneta Phelps Odom. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Sharon grew up in Logansport, Louisiana and graduated form Logansport High School in 1978. Sharon had a passion for traveling and vacationing to new places. She also enjoyed doing arts and crafts, especially using driftwood to make unique creations. More than anything, Sharon loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. Those precious moments spent in conversation and laughter were what she treasured most. 

Sharon is survived by her son, John Eric Head; brother, Jason Odom; sisters, Gilma Odom, Maxie Odom and Laura Odom; grandchildren, Eric Alan Head, John Cameron Head and Ashleigh Jade Head. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Maidland Odom; brother, Mitchell Grant Odom; and sister, Teresa Rene Odom Yarborough. 

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

06/24/2019

Jessie D. Johnson, 97, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, in Joaquin. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Jody Hooper presiding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mrs. Johnson was born June 4, 1922, in Shelby County, to Gid W. Adkison and Mary Crocker Adkison. She was a poultry farmer and her hobby was gardening. 

She is survived by:

Daughter, Betty Gragg Crutcher of Orange 

Granddaughter, Nannette Gragg Eddins and Husband Ricky of Joaquin 

Great-grandchildren: 
Jacob Eddins and wife Liz of Shelbyville 
Cody Eddins and wife MiKayla of Joaquin

Great-great-grandchildren: 
Madison Ghea
Bethany Ghea
Kyndra Ghea
Brookelyn Wildes
Zach Wildes 

Great-great-great-grandchildren: 
Natalie Wildes 
Brianna Wildes

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

Preceded in death by her husband, S.W. Johnson; parents, Gid W. Adkison and Mary Crocker Adkison; brother, H.L. Adkison; sister, Audrey Mae Zarafonetis.

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

06/24/2019 

Maebelle Hughes Yarbrough, 86, of Garrison, Texas passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Garrison, Texas. Born February 27, 1933, in Huber Community, Shelby County, Texas, to the late Vesper and Oma (Chapman) Hughes. Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at First Christian Church, Timpson, Texas. 

Maebelle grew up in the Huber Community and graduated with the class of 1950 from Timpson High School. After high school, she worked and attended business college and later she enrolled in Stephen F. Austin where she worked for the band director, Jimmy Hudgins and was a member of the SFA Marching Band. She earned a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Teaching Certificate. She spent several years in the late 50s and early 60s teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in Timpson before being hired to teach Business Administration at Garrison High School in 1964. She loved teaching typing, shorthand and bookkeeping. Several of her students medaled at state UIL competition. In 1984, Maebelle became the 1st female principal of Garrison High School where she served for over 6 years.

She married Darrell Grigsby Yarbrough on September 1, 1956, spending more than 37 years with him until his passing in 1994. They adopted two children as babies from Edna Gladney in Fort Worth – Glynn in 1964 and Suzy in 1967. She loved both her children dearly and was always supported of their endeavors.

After husband’s sudden death she was thrust into a career as administrator of the Garrison Nursing Home, which the Yarbrough family owned. She brought a new level of care and service to a nursing home already known for good care and helped, with the assistant of her loving staff, take the Garrison Nursing Home to new heights. 

Also, after her husband’s death in 1994, she took over his ranching activities. She certified the herd with the Santa Gertrudis Association and has been known to have one of the best herds of Santa Gertrudis cattle in Texas. Anyone who has driven by can attest to what pretty “red cows” she had.

Maebelle always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of others, and she made that her life’s mission no matter where she happened to be. She was a talented pianist and started playing at the age of eleven at Oak Grove Christian Church, until transferring to the First Christian Church in Timpson later. Maebelle was a member of Eastern Star and was their pianist for many years. Her love for the Lord was evident above all things. She was devoted to God, her church, family and community. A woman who accepted any challenge and excelled at anything she set forth to do, she left an unforgettable imprint on this world that will be a legacy for years to come. 

She is survived by her son, Darrell Glynn Yarbrough of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Suzy Galanis and husband George of Dallas, Texas; grandchild, Kathryn Angelica Galanis of Austin, Texas; niece, Margaret Boutte’; and great niece, Michelle Boutte’.

Maebelle is preceded in death by her loving husband, Darrell Grigsby Yarbrough; parents, Vesper and Oma Hughes; and brother, Harold Hughes.

The family request in lieu of flowers memoral donations be made to SFASU Foundation Inc., Yarbrough Family Scholarship, P O Box 6092, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6092, or The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), P.O. Box 727, Timpson, TX 75975.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.garrisonfh.net

Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, is in charge of arrangements.

06/21/2019

Annie Nell Crockett, 80 of Timpson, passed away Monday morning, June 17, 2019 at Willis Knighton Medical Center.

Funeral service is 11 am Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Smith Chapel Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas. Wake is 7pm to 8:30pm at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA on Friday, June 21st. Interment is at Friendship Cemetery, Tenaha with Rev. Mario Osby officiating and Rev. Derrick Rhodes will bring the eulogy.

She is survived by:

Son, Ricardo Crockett (Wanda) of Houston, TX

Daughter, Shareka Ruquemore (Kelvin) of Shreveport, LA

Granddaughters:
Latisha Leverette (Andrew) of Dallas, TX
Karrington Ruquemore of Shreveport, LA

Grandsons: 
Justin Crockett (Eve) of Dallas, TX
Kuban Ruquemore of Shreveport, LA

Great-Grandson, Jett Leverette of Dallas, TX

Great-Granddaughter, Skye Leverette of Dallas, TX

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.

06/21/2019

James Earl Tutt (Pokey), 61 of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at his residence.

Funeral service is 2pm Sunday, June 23, 2019 at St. John Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas. Interment is at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha with Pastor Chandler Pettis officiating.

He is survived by:

Mother, Betty Tutt of Tenaha, TX

Sisters:
Carolyn (Joe) Ward of Nacogdoches, TX
Patsy Tutt of Tenaha, TX
Teresa Tutt of Tenaha, TX
Laverne Tutt of Tenaha, TX
Tracy Tutt of Tenaha, TX

Brothers:
Willie Tutt of Bossier, LA
Chris Tutt of Tenaha, TX
James Tutt (Flip) of Tenaha, TX
Michael Tutt of Lufkin, TX

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center

06/21/2019

James Newton, 78 of Center, passed Monday, June 17, 2019 at Focused Care of Center.

Funeral service is 2pm Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Wake is 6pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home on Friday, June 21st. Interment is at Westview Cemetery, Center with Rosevelt Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Vanita Newton (Charles) of Center

Son, Kevin Johnson (Jodie) of Gary

7 grandchildren

9 great-grandchildren

Special Aunt, Ruby Wilson of Center

Very Special Friend, Wendell Johnson of Center

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.

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