Rickey L. Smith, 61 of Nacogdoches, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2022 in Nacogdoches. Funeral service is Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 3pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, 157 CR 2230, Center, Texas.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Kellen E. Arnold, 82, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022, in Joaquin.

Graveside committal services will be held at 2:00 pm, November 20, 2022 at Martin Cemetery in Panola County with Pastor Sherry Harding officiating. Following the graveside service, family and friends are invited to Shelbyville United Methodist Church for a time of food and fellowship.

Born January 11, 1940, Kellen is the son of Vera Caraway Arnold and Tony Arnold. He served in the United States Army from January 1957 to December 1959. On September 30, 1961, Kellen married the love of his life, Mary Lois Molley. Kellen worked for 50 years as a heavy equipment operator both in Joliet, Illinois and wherever jobs were available. He was a member of IUOE Local 150 in Illinois for 55 years and also Mazon Masonic Lodge #826 in Mazon, Illinois for 50 years. Kellen most recently attended Shelbyville United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by:

Wife, Mary L. Arnold of Joaquin

Daughter, Joan M. White and husband Terry of Minooka, Illinois

James L. Arnold and wife Colleen of Minooka, Illinois
Kellen E. Arnold II and wife Madonna of Mazon, Illinois

Travis White
Tristen Arnold
Ryan Arnold
Kellen Arnold III
Joseph Arnold

Willie Ann Arnold of Henderson
Winnie Lois Webb of Overton

Brother, Billie D. Arnold of Joaquin

Many other relatives.

Preceded in death by mother, Vera Arnold; father, Tony Arnold; brothers, J.T. Arnold, Joe B. Arnold, and D.L. “Tucker” Arnold; sister, Wanda J. McNiel; and infant sister, Abigail.

A special thanks to Mandy Owens for her loving care.

Memorial donations may be made to Mazon Lodge #826 Scholarship Fund, PO Box 103, Braceville, Illinois 60407, Illinois Masonic Outreach Services, 2866 Via Verde, Springfield, Illinois 62703, or Affinity Hospice, 2708 S Medford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75901.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at http://www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Jimmy Norris Nix, Sr., 86, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on November 5, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. He was born on August 31, 1936, in Jumbo Community in Panola County, Texas, to the late Alva and Macy Marie (Hudman) Nix.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Bro. Jackie Harris. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery, Mt. Enterprise, Texas.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, November 11, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Jimmy was born in the Jumbo Community of Panola County, Texas.  He attended high school at Carthage High School where he graduated in 1954. He married Jerry M. Rains on April 21, 1956, and they were married for 58 years before her passing.  Jimmy enjoyed being outdoors on the ranch.  He spent many hours on his bulldozer and tractor baling hay.  Jimmy loved the Lord and spent his life in devotion to Him. He was the pastor of Highway Tabernacle, his childhood church, for many years. 

Jimmy is survived by:

Daughter, Sharon Bridges

Son, Jimmy Nix, Jr. and wife, Lucy

Ima Wikoff and husband, Melvin
Betty Curbow and husband, Leondred
Brenda Harris and husband, Jackie
Janice Travis

Trey Nix, III
Casey Nix and wife, Lauren
Kelly Nix
Jackie McDonald and husband, Chase
Kayla Nix-Lowry
Stephanie Kay

Logan Nix
Chloe Nix
Grant Nix
Wyatt Nix
Sutton McDonald
CJ McDonald
Reagan Kay

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jerry M. Nix; parents, Alva and Macy Marie (Hudman) Nix; son, Jonathan Nix; and brother, Charles Nix.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jim McDonald, Tim McDonald, Trey Nix, III, Casey Nix, Chase McDonald, and Logan Nix. Honorary pallbearer is Jerry Bridges.

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


Gary Snider, 62, of Center, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bro. Chuck Horton and Bro. Chris Collins will be officiating. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery, Upper Arcadia Road. 

He was born in Converse, LA to Jesse James Snider and Verna Lou Moore. Gary loved to hunt and fish and spending time with his family cooking, playing 42, and pitching washers. He attended Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. Gary had recently retired as a crane operator at coal mine in Tatum.

Gary is survived by:
His daughter, Jessica Atchison, and husband Daniel, of Center

Clay Quigley and wife Kalie of Shelbyville
Trey Quigley of Center

Vallyn Quigley of Shelbyville

Special nephew, Matt Snider and wife Mallory

Fiancée, Elizabeth Townes of Center

Billy Snider and wife Debbie of Center
Travis Snider of Center

Norma Moore of Segno, TX
Sandra Harvey of Montana

Numerous relatives and a host of friends

Preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Snider and Verna Lou Snider, brothers, Butch Snider, and Jerry Snider, and great nephew, Cade Belrose.  

Pallbearers will be Clay Quigley, Trey Quigley, Justin Snider, Matt Snider, Barney Wiggins, and Brian Wiggins.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gaylon Howard, Robbie Williams, Daniel Atchison, Billy Snider, and Travis Snider.

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


Jack Carter Christian, 92, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on November 4, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. He was born on November 25, 1929, in Tenaha, Texas, to the late Joseph and Irene (Brown) Christian. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Bro. Doc Lazarene and Bro. James Hall. Interment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
A full obituary will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Jack was born and raised in Tenaha. He graduated from Tenaha High School and then went on to SFA to achieve a bachelor’s degree in education. Jack spent 2 years in the army. He taught school for a while and then went on to be the Postmaster for Tenaha for 38 years. After retiring from that, he went back to teaching. Jack and Bettie met while they both worked in Tenaha, her at the bank and him as Postmaster. They had been married for 53 years. Jack loved singing. He fulfilled his passion for singing in the Shelby County Singing Convention. Jack loved the Lord and served him and his community with great zeal. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Tenaha, where he served as church treasurer. Jack will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jack is survived by:

His wife, Bettie (Hairgrove) Christian

Daughter, Angela Whitton and husband Josh

Wyatt Whitton
Aiden Whitton
Emma Whitton

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Irene Christian; and 3 brothers.

Serving as pallbearers are David Hairgrove, Josh Whitton, Aiden Whitton, Wyatt Whitton, John Harrington, and Mike Spurlock. Honorary pallbearers are Darrell Martinez, Jesse Basham, Burt Furlough, and Roland Cross.

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


George Richard Clark Sr. (Dick), 74, of Center, Texas, passed away on November 2, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on December 12, 1948, in Mojave, California, to the late James Clark and Mavis Clark.  

George married Janet Elaine Cunning. He and Janet moved to Shelby County in the 1980ís with their family. George was of Baptist Faith. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his farm. 

George worked as an electrician, one point owning his own business. He then pursued a career in Construction Management stateside and abroad. 

As per his wishes he will be cremated and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

George is survived by:
His sons: 
Scooter Clark and wife Stacie of Center
Chris Clark and wife Sena of Timpson

Pat Clark
Jim Clark

Anita Griffin
Barbara Mye

Colby and Jessie Clark of Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Zac and Ashton Clark of Center
Brett and Madelyn Clark of Brookland
Christopher P. Clark of Lancaster, PA
Shealyn Clark of Pickering, LA

Lexi Clark
CJ Clark
Elijah Clark
Tucker Clark
Coy Clark
Coleman Clark
Landree Clark

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded by his loving wife, Janet Clark; daughter, Penny Clark; parents, James and Mavis Clark; brothers, Mike Clark and Chuck Clark.

A special thank to the staff at Holiday Nursing Home for their love and care.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Lyn Logan, 80, originally from Long Island, NY, was a hand-holding romanic. She loved her family, friends and church. She was a loved grandma and will be missed by her 12 grandchildren.

Along with her husband Harry, she was a strong servant to her community through the ministries of the Methodist Church. She tirelessly organized many blood drives for Center Hospital while it was part of the community. Lyn was an avid collector and resale enthusiast through her small business “The Mustard Room” shop she had with Harry. She loved to bake, and she served up the best egg sandwich when it was time to send family on their way. She enjoyed life to the fullest and had a strong will to do things her own way.

The family would like to give special thanks to her dear friend Jim Braiden who was very kind and loving to her in the last two years of her life. We would also like to thank Lakeside Assisted Living for their care which allowed Lyn to maintain her independence for as long as she could. We give thanks to Pine Grove Nursing Center for providing Lyn with a place to transition, as well as Affinity Hospice for making Lyn’s final days a time of dignity and compassion.

She is survived by:
Her sons: 
Jeffery Abinette and wife Lisa
Timothy Abinette and wife Carol
Christopher Logan and wife Annette

Daughter, Amy Logan-Ditolla and husband Clyde

Brother, Ricky Lawrence

Sister, Katherine Lawrence

12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Lyn is preceded by her husband, Harry Logan; and parents, Chester and Carolyn Lawrence.

Memorials can be made to the Outreach Ministries of First Methodist Church, 211 Porter St, Center, TX 75935 or the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Jessie Mae Garrett, 79 of Center, passed away Monday, October 31, 2022 at her home in Center. She was born on November 24, 1943 to the union of Eddie Lee and Christy Bell McCain in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service is 2pm Saturday, November 5, 2022 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 617 Hopkins Street, Center, Texas with Pastor Freddie D. Wilson officiating. Interment is at Westview Cemetery in Center. Viewing is from 10am until 6pm on Friday, November 4, 2022 at Community Funeral Home, Center.

Jessie accepted Christ in her life at an early age and was a faithful and baptized member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Center, Texas. She served faithfully in St. Paul choir and was filled with the joy of singing praises unto the Lord with her fellow servants.

Jessie Garrett went to the all-black school C.H. Daniels where she was the leading drummer in the band. Our uncle Choice Garrett said she was second to nobody on those drums. She graduated in 1961 from C.H. Daniels. Jessie furthered her education in College and became an x-ray technician at Shelby Regional Medical Center, where she worked over forty years until she retired.

She married Joe Mitchell Garrett in 1961, to this union they started their family, three boys: Howard, Randy, and Michael Garrett. In the 1970s, her mother-in-law, Ethel Lee Stewart passed away and she left her two children to her daughter-in-law to raise as her own children: Jerelene Stewart and Lonnie Ray Stewart. At this time, Jessie was a single mother raising five children on her own. She was a working woman and by the help of God she done well.

She is preceded in death by her father, Eddie Lee McCain and mother, Christy Bell McCain; former husband, Joe Mitchell Garrett; and guardian son, Lonnie Ray Stewart.

She leaves to cherish her memories:

Howard Garrett Sr. (Ethel) of McClain, Mississippi
Randy G. Garrett of Austin
Michael Garrett of Center

Daughter, Kalisa Garrett of Center

Shanay Johnson
Ladon Johnson
Howard Garrett
Hakka Garrett
Naphalie Williams
Leondus Garrett
Ameerah Victoria
Kaneesha Murray
Jercarius Berry
Burnnard Murray
Michaela Garrett
Guardian Marvin Wash, Sr.

Fifteen great-grandchildren, ten guardian grandchildren, and a host of many other love ones who saw her as Aunt Jessie and Cousin Jessie.

Special friends: Sallie Wilson, Gertha B. White, Josephine Moore, Brenda Williams, Lucy Garrett, Vernell Brinson Hicks

Special daughter-in-laws, special co-workers, special choir members, and special church members.

We the family appreciate your relationship with our Mother, please forgive us if we left off any special person in her life, she loved everybody and especially you.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Dennis Hollowell, of Shelbyville, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2022, peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born in Ringgold, LA to Florence Godfrey Hollowell and Glen “Goggy” Hollowell. He was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, photography, golf, classic cars, reading, and watching westerns. He always had a funny story to tell. He loved playing games and visiting with his family.

Dennis is survived by:
His devoted wife, Vera Christina Jaramillo Hollowell

Neal Hollowell and wife Peggie of Lake Charles, LA
Angie Hollowell Blocksom and husband Kevin of Atlanta, GA
Brady Holowell of Salt Lake City, UT
Jessica Rachel Hollowell Allgood and husband Damian of Salt Lake City, UT

Nicolette Hollowell Welty and husband David
Steven Blocksom
Travis Hollowell
Cooper Richardson
Mckayla Allgood
Ariana Allgood
Sophia Blocksom
Ashton Allgood

The family would like to thank Vicki Hurley while she was on the phone with him, she had the foresight to call the ambulance and Sheriff’s Department. The doctors and nurses and staff at the Neuro ICU at LSU Medical Hospital for all that they did on his behalf and for his family a big thank you to Sheriff Deputy Angela Neal, the ambulance team, and helicopter team for all that they did on his behalf.   

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


Ronnie Fields was born on August 26, 1954 to Elbert Lorenzo Fields and Ruby Maxine (Dot) McSwain Fields. Ronnie entered into rest August 10, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. 

Ronnie grew up in Orange, Texas with his loving family…an aunt & uncle next door, and cousins around. In his younger years, he would take trips out to the camp at Sam Rayburn with his cousins. Ronnie enjoyed visiting Shelby County where he enjoyed spending time with all his cousins and the aunts and uncles he loved so much. Ronnie along with his brother, Bennie Gene, always enjoyed himself fishing in the pond at the Belrose farm whenever they visited his grandmother, Florence (Mama) Fields. It always took a day or two for Ronnie to find his comfort zone in the country, and to remember he liked home cooked meals instead of cereal. 

Ronnie was a simple man. As the years went by Ronnie became more of an introvert, but that all changed when he met Cindy Hebert. Soon Ronnie and Cindy became one and she was his person. They made a good team. As the years went by Ronnie, enjoyed reading and watching old westerns, where he let his mind take him on adventures while content to stay home. Ronnie still loved to fish occasionally and mow the yard. He stayed pretty close to home, but he always wanted Cindy to check on his beloved Aunt Gay in Sardis. Aunt Gay’s house is where Ronnie, Cindy and Adam found refuge when Hurricane Ike took their home and belongings in 2008. Ronnie and family always knew they had a safe place here in Shelby County.

Ronnie loved his family above all else, his parents were his connection and safe place, and he was so proud to have a dad that had fought in WW2 and loved to tell his stories. He was especially proud that his dad had fought in the Battle of the Bulge and in Italy. In addition, he was so proud of Cindy and Adam. Cindy was his caretaker and made sure the family functioned on a daily basis. He loved to hear Adam tell of his escapades watching and chasing storms. It was not unusual to get a phone call from Adam late at night to say “Hey, cousin, there’s a storm cell near you… so be prepared.” Adam, their only child, was and is still the apple of their eye. Ronnie loved and cherished his family and those he loved so dear will surely miss him.

Ronnie is survived by:

Loving wife, Cindy Hebert Fields

Son, Adam Fields and wife, Sidney, of Vidor

Grandchild, Remi Fields

Nephew, Gene Fields

Zannie Gay Fields Belrose, of Sardis, Texas
Margie Fields Hinton, of Winnie, Texas

Ronnie was preceded in death by parents, Elbert and Ruby (Dot) Fields; brother, Bennie Gene Fields; grandparents, Martha Dale and Amos Paul McSwain, and Julian Henry and Florence Squyers Fields.

Ronnie Fields will have a graveside service Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Sardis Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Bring a chair if you need to sit.


Richard Ellis "Rick" Rogers, 79, of Oakhurst, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2022, in Huntsville.
Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Pastor Ford Adkins officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.
Born July 5, 1943, in Monahans Ward County, Rick is the son of Eva Lee Hopp and Audrey "Rod" Ellis Rogers.  He was of the Methodist faith.
He is survived by:
His wife, Paula Fountain Rogers of Oakhurst

Bobby Rogers
Randy Rogers
Richard Rogers

Stepdaughter, Megan Elizabeth Clark of St. Louis, Missouri

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

Fur babies

Kristina Regay Rogers and Camille Alaina Rogers

Very special friends:
Dennis and Marge Gunia
Lois Carver
Barbara Koy
James Odom

Care giver and good friend, Carrie Stulting
Preceded in death by parents, Eva Lee Hopp and Audrey "Rod" Ellis Rogers; and sister, Mary Gail Rogers Wipf.
Pallbearers will be Payton Stulting, Collin Stulting, Colton Stulting, Joey Fountain, Justin Gibbs, and Mitch Fountain.

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


Dale Allen Umbrell, 64, of Joaquin, Texas passed away on November 1, 2022, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. 

Dale was born to Carolyn and Joe Umbrell on March 18, 1958, in Harrisburg, PA. As a child, Dale enjoyed playing sports. During his sophomore year of high school, Dale’s family relocated to Tenaha, Texas, where his love for sports continued as he played football and basketball for the Tenaha Tigers. Dale spent his adult years helping raise his sons, never missing a sporting event they participated in. He was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and, much like with his sons, he enjoyed watching his grandsons play sports. 

Dale is survived by: 
His mother, Carolyn Umbrell of Tenaha

Wife, Kim Umbrell of Joaquin

Wesley Umbrell (Heaven) of Tenaha
Ethan Umbrell (Ciara) of Quitman,

Braylin Umbrell
Cohen Umbrell
Wrigley Umbrell
Camden Umbrell
Kalen Umbrell

Brother, Joe Umbrell, Jr. (Sharon) of York Haven, PA

Lisa Barton (Elton) of Joaquin
Crystal Ogden (Mike) of Tenaha

Many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe Umbrell, Sr. 

As per his wishes, Dale will be cremated, and a private family memorial will be held at a later date. 


Michael W. Kindred, 70, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on October 29, 2022, in Center, Texas. 

Services are pending at this time and will be updated when they become available.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Stella Watson, age 87, of Milam, Texas, passed away Friday, October 28, 2022, at her residence.

She was born September 15, 1935, to parents Alpha D. (McDaniel) Watson and William W. Watson. She was a longtime area resident and a member of the Baptist faith. Stella had worked as a cashier and waitress in her early years, but had devoted most of her life to caring for her family and those she loved. She had a great love for the outdoors and spent countless hours working in her yard as long as her health prevailed.

Her survivors include:

Sister, Joyce Watson of Shelbyville

Brother, Elvin Watson of San Augustine

Host of nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Kay McCarty; a grandson, Bobby Bear McCarty; and her parents, Alpha D. and William W. Watson.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. Paul Swearingen, chaplain for Olive Branch Hospice, officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery on Hwy. 147.

Pallbearers: Jake Burns, Kerry Burns, James Shull, Cody Jackson, Brayden Russell, and Chris Ramey.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences. Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.


Ruby Lozetta Mae Holt, 98, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on October 29, 2022, in Carthage, Texas. She was born on July 27, 1924, in Tampa, Florida, to the late John A. Muench and Margaret Clemons Muench.  

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 2pm with Rev. Robert Ortigo officiating. Interment will follow at Bradley Springs Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. 

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, beginning at 1PM until service time at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Ruby was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She graduated from high school and met the love of her life, Jodie Holt, through a friend that introduced them. The two were married over 48 years before his passing in 1991. They made their home in Shelby County raising 4 wonderful children. Ruby enjoyed crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, and sewing. She also enjoyed the outdoors working in her flower gardens, and gardening. Ruby enjoyed every moment she spent with family and friends. She was a lifelong member of First Methodist Church Tenaha. 

She is survived by:

Joseph Daniel Holt and wife Margaret
Kelly Kris Holt

Monnie Cole and husband John
Judy Moore

Michael Laurin Cole
Stephen Morgan Cole and wife Sasha
Patrick Sean Cole
Mark Lynn Moore and wife Dana
Wendy Jarred
Jason Holt and wife Crystal
Michelle Savage and husband Scott

Eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren

Ruby is preceded in death by her loving husband, Jodie Ezra Holt; parents, John and Margaret Muench; son-in-law, Larry G. Moore; grandson, Jerry Lynn Moore; and seven brothers and sisters. 

Pallbearers serving will be Patrick Cole, Jason Holt, Tristen Moore, Scott Savage, Jack Holt, and Griffin Holt.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Murlene (Murl) Roland, 76 of Tenaha, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service is at 11am on Saturday, October 29 at Friendship BoBo Baptist Church in Tenaha. Interment is at Pleasant Hill in Tenaha. Viewing is from 10am until 6pm on Friday, October 28, 2022.

The sojourn from Earth to Heaven was completed for Murlene Roland. Quietly, peacefully, serenely and dignified, she eased away to be with God.

On June 24, 1946, the late Mr. Sample Roland Sr. and (late) Rosie Lee Solman Roland was blessed with a beautiful daughter Murlene Roland.

She was a member of the Pleasant Hill CME Church in Tenaha, Texas. Where she worked on the Missionary Committee and long-time member of the choir. She enjoyed being in the choir and working at the church.

She also loved cooking and spending time with her family.

She worked at various poultry plants and hatcheries until she was injured.

She was kind hearted, generous and always willing to lend an ear and provide some good sound advice to all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

On Thursday God summoned her to eternal rest. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sample Roland Sr. and Rosie Lee Solomon Roland; brothers, Robert L. Roland, Sample Roland Jr., and Willie Joe Roland; and grandchildren, Latoya McClure and Angel Green.

She leaves to cherish precious memories:

Devoted Children:

Leonard Roland
Troy Roland (Undra)
Aaron Roland (Catrice)
Adrain Roland (Lakahlan)

Stephanie Roland (Jamie)
Beverly Jenkins

Sherry Glenn
Tynisha Glenn
Sharona Hill
Jasmine Roland
TaKimbra Edwards
TyKeisha Wilson
Ta’Kenya Roland
Crystal Thomas
Tamara Roland
Lyntroyce Hewitt
Ashunte Stewart
La’Adriyah Roland
Byrondrick Davis
Rosalyn Roland
Angel Jenkins
DeAaron Roland
Calicia Roland
Arlicia Roland
La’Darron Roland

21 Great-grandchildren, 1 Great-great-grandchildren

Sister, Lizzie Gray (Jimmy)

Special niece, Rose M. Hooper

She also leaves countless relatives and friends whom she loved and who continued to love and cherish the memories of her exceptional role in their lives.

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Mary Ruth Warr Scates, 73, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2022, at Salem Cemetery in Shelby County with Bobby Warr officiating. 

Born December 2, 1948, Mary is the daughter of Liddie “Lid” Luman Warr and Earnest Green Warr.  

She is survived by:

Husband, Harry Scates of Center

Son, Larry Scates and April of Center

Aaron Scates
Connor Scates

Sister, Betty Prior and Travis of Longview

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Liddie “Lid” Luman Warr and Earnest Green Warr; and brothers and sisters, Noah Velt Warr, Florene “Cricket” Vandergriff, Billy Warr, E.C. Warr, L.C. Warr, Bobby Warr, Ruby Smith, Homer Warr, Shirley Nethery, and Freddy Warr.

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


Kenneth Eugene Walker, 61, of TImpson passed away on October 19, 2022 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Bro. Kevin Windham. A private graveside will follow. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas.

Kenny was born in Huntsville, Texas on May 30, 1961 to Rev. Billy Gene and Gay Nell Walker. He attended primary school in Highlands, Texas before moving to Hemphill, Texas, where he graduated in 1979. Kenny then moved to Timpson where he met Shawna Beckham, his loving wife of over 40 years. 

Family was always important to Kenny. He and Shawna were blessed with three wonderful children, who in turn grew the family with nine grandkids and two great-grandkids. Kenny and Shawna also have twenty nieces and nephews and twenty great- nieces and nephews, which always made family gatherings an interesting event.

Kenny’s love for the Lord started at the age of seven. Fast forward 10 years, he began teaching youth Sunday School classes, which would spark 44 years of youth ministry that took on many forms. He loved to work with the youth in our community. Kenny served as the Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 113, coached little league baseball, little dribblers, and flag football. If it involved a kid, he was there to help.

In an effort to make a difference in our community, Kenny joined the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department, of which he was a member for many years and was also elected to serve as a City Council Member. He enjoyed these roles because of the pride he felt for his community and the people of Timpson.

Kenny loved to work on motorcycles, 4-wheelers and small engines. He spent numerous hours in his shop tinkering and fixing “you name it” for himself and countless others. He always said, “Why throw out the old to buy something new, when I can fix it! It runs, it just needs a little bit of love!” He always had kids coming by to get him to fix their go-carts, dirt bikes, 4-wheelers. Whatever they brought by he would “fix it”. It gave him such joy to teach kids how to fix things on their own without his help. He could talk to you over the phone and would usually be able to walk you through any problem, if not he would tell you to just “drop it by the house!” 

Kenny got his first motorcycle when he was 14 years old, and was hooked. He found a way to combine his love for riding and helping kids by joining a motorcycle group that protects those that have been abused. He is a former member of the Lufkin Chapter and a current supporter of the Pineywoods Chapter of BACA (Biker’s Against Child Abuse), and has been riding with them for 4 years. He was very proud to help these kids and spend time with them at BACA events, showing compassion, strength, and love, which in most cases just meant a listening ear and a hug for them to feel safe. 

Most will know, he had a passion for all kinds of music, but especially from the 60’s and 70’s era, as well as old gospel hymns. That same love, which was instilled in his kids as well as his “bonus kids”, brought much laughter, love, and encouragement to all. His voice was soft and smooth and was loved by anyone that heard it, and his dance moves weren’t bad either! 

Kenny led Sunday morning music for many years, most recently at Good Hope Church, and sang with the praise band “Souled Out.” He would love to sing any time there was as request. Surprisingly enough, you never knew what song would play or be sung at any moment throughout his life.

Kenny is survived by:
His devoted wife, Shawna

Daughter: Ashley and Nathan Webb

Christopher and Rachel Walker
Nicholas and Jessica Walker

Izabell Webb
Devon Webb
Ally Webb
Kooper Walker
Kestin Bo Walker
Kadence Jo “Bitty” Walker
Maximus  Walker
Maverick Walker
Major Walker

Great-grandson, Elliot Mitchell

His parents, Rev. Billy Gene and Gay Nell Walker

Charles and David

Sister-in-law, Cindy Walker

Kenny’s ‘in~love” family includes Butch and LaNell Beckham, Cody and Ashley Beckham and Toska Beckham.

Kenny is preceded in death by his brothers, Tommy Walker and Jerry Dane Samford, and his great-granddaughter, Eliyah Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers, it would be Kenny’s wish for you to donate to a local youth group.

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


Larry Wayne Howard went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

He was a loving husband, and father of five children, and had multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was born in Dallas Texas on October 16, 1948. He served his country in the Army, and was stationed in Germany, where he lived with his wife and son. He graduated from W.W Samuel High School, and attended technical school and received an associate’s degree in drafting. He also attended Southwestern Assemblies of God Bible college.

Larry is best known for his loving and kind heart, and his desire to serve God. He was in the ministry for over 40 years and served as an evangelist, missionary, and pastor.

He is survived by:

Loving wife Connie, whom he referred to as his soulmate and forever sweetheart. He often remarked that they got married young and grew up together

Gary and wife Jessica

Darla and husband Chad
Cheryl and husband Vernon
Christina and husband Lonnie

He loved and adored his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Services for Larry will be held at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center Texas on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00.

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


Valrie Elaine Daniel, 77, of Huxley, Texas, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2022, in Center, Texas.  She was born on May 29th, 1945, in Lawton, Oklahoma.  She was better known as Nanny to her family and friends in her community.  At a very young age, she moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she would later graduate from Broadmoor High School before pursuing a degree in nursing from Northwestern State University.

Elaine then became a Nursing Home Administrator and continued working in that field up until 1997 when she purchased Scarbers Grocery in Huxley, Texas.  In 2001 she sold the store to her kids, Tammy and Tim Brown.  Elaine continued working at Scarbers until its closure, in December 2015.  Elaine cherished every customer and friend she made throughout her years working there.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her.  She also loved her grandchildren’s friends as if they were her own.  Nanny’s favorite thing in life was watching Austin and Bailey play their various sports while cheering them on as loudly as she could, never missing a game.  They were the light of her life.  Nanny was a wonderful, caring person that touched the hearts of many and will deeply be missed by all.

Left to cherish her memory

Tammy Wells Brown and husband Tim

Tim Wells and wife Jan
Howard (Woody) Daniel and wife Kaye
Lance Daniel and wife Kelli

Austin Rabalais and wife Angel
Bailey Rabalais
Desare Emigh and husband Mitchell
Brittany Williams and husband Jeremy
Sherri Daniel
Shayna Hayden and husband Chance
John Wyatt Daniel
Hydie Daniel
Trevor Daniel
Landrey Daniel
Cody Wells
Hunter Wells
Peyton Wells

Laina Rabalais
Bo Rabalais
Dani Rabalais
Sadie Emigh
Kolton Emigh
Easton Strickland
Astrid Strickland
Harper Gilliland
Rohen Hayden

Larry Smith Hebert
Chico Bond and wife Nancy

Kathy Bond Donaldson
Best friends of over 50 years, Paula Harris McMahan and Sharon Baehr

Special Friends:
Sylvia Oliver
Jim White
John Daniel

Preceded in death by:
Father of her children, Harold Wells
Birth parents, Adrian Smith, Sylvia Elenor Smith Bond and Evert Earl Bond
Adoptive parents, John Valrie Latil and Mary Alice Latil

Per her request, no services will be held at this time. A memorial in her honor will be held at a later date.

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