05/05/2019

Marcelino Vazquez de la Torre, 65, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019 and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Chapel with Fausto Balderas officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Vazquez de la Torre was born April 26, 1954, in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, to Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.

He is survived by:
His wife: Graciela Vazquez of Center

Children: 
Senaida Guadalupe Vazquez
Jorge Fidel Vazquez
Israel Vazquez
Hugo Jesus Vazquez
Oscar M. Vazquez

11 grandchildren

Preceded in death by son, Oscar Vazquez; one granddaughter; parents, Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.

Pallbearers will be David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vazquez Jr., Andres Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vazquez and Miguel Flores.

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


Marcelino Vázquez de la Torre, de 65 años, de Centro, falleció el jueves 2 de mayo de 2019 en Centro.

La visita se realizará a partir de las 5:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m., domingo 5 de mayo de 2019 y de 8:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m., lunes 6 de mayo de 2019 y de 10:00 a.m.en Watson & Sons Funeral Home en el centro. El servicio fúnebre se llevará a cabo el martes, 7 de mayo de 2019, en Watson & Sons Chapel, con Fausto Balderas oficiando. Seguirá el sepelio en el cementerio McClelland en Shelbyville.

El Sr. Vázquez de la Torre nació el 26 de abril de 1954 en Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, México, de Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.

Le sobreviven:
su esposa: Graciela Vázquez, de Centro

niños: 
Senaida Guadalupe Vázquez
Jorge Fidel Vázquez
Israel Vázquez
Hugo Jesús Vázquez
Oscar M. Vázquez

11 nietos.

Precedido en la muerte por su hijo, Oscar Vázquez; una nieta Los padres, Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.
Los portadores del féretro serán David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vázquez Jr., Andrés Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vázquez y Miguel Flores.

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

05/03/2019

Norma Boniol Rudd, 80, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Rudd was born June 17, 1938, in Meeker, Louisiana, to Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol.  She loved flowers and cooking, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and loved volunteering to help others with anything that came up.  Mrs. Rudd was a member and past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America and also a member of First Baptist Church in Center. She was a devout Christian and never passed up an opportunity to witness to anyone.

She is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Kemi Faulkenbery and husband, Jerry, of Center
Keli Chandler and husband, David of Center

Grandchildren: 
Hannah Faulkenbery of Center
Josiah Faulkenbery and wife, Randi Kay of Center
Krista Brooke Fletcher of Houston
Dawson Chandler of Center
Rylan Chander of Center

Great-grandchildren: 
Brylie Ross
Camille Crowe
Wyatt Faulkenbery

Brother: Michael Mangrum and wife, Rose, of Center

Sisters: 
GayNell Boniol Wilburn and husband, Jimmy, of Center
Janice Mangrum Churchman and husband, Max, of Tenaha

Sister-in-law: Mary Lee Wilburn Boniol of Center

Brother-in-law: Gene Rudd of Lufkin

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

Preceded in death by husband, Teddy L. Rudd; parents, Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol Mangrum; brother, Clifton Boniol; sister, Mary Boniol Williams; brother-in-law, James Williams; sisters-in-law, Charlcie Rudd Willingham, Fay Rudd; half-sister, Eunice Kurtz; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Weldon and Duetta Rudd; longtime friend, J.W. Adams.

Pallbearers will be David Chandler, Jerry Faulkenbery, Bennie Boniol, Josiah Faulkenbery, Dawson Chander, and Larry Berg. Honorary pallbearer will be Rylan Chandler.

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

05/02/2019

Regena Gay Strong was born July 27, 1957, the daughter of Rev. Elzine and Doris Strong. She passed from this life on April 29, 2019 at 61 years of age with loved ones by her side. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

Regena was a 1975 graduate of Diboll High School. Following graduation, she worked at AT&T as a telephone operator. For many years, she was a vital part of the United Pentecostal Church of Diboll, which was founded by her dad, Rev. Elzine Strong. She played instruments and served in numerous aspects of the church.

Regena’s life was dedicated to her mom and dad and she cared for them faithfully. She had a thoughtful, giving, and nurturing personality. She had a way of making people feel special. She enjoyed sending cards and helping others. She often provided encouragement to family, friends, and neighbors. We will remember Regena as a sassy young lady who walked with a “pep in her step” and always brought a fun perspective to conversations.  You might say the Lord broke the mold when He created her. The world could only handle ONE Regena and she will be missed by her family, friends, and fur babies.

She is preceded in death by her parents. She will be missed by numerous cousins, aunts, many friends, and her beloved pet companions; Lola, Louie, Tattiana, and Jiggs.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with the funeral service following at 4:00 p.m. at Gipson Funeral Home, 1515 S. Chestnut Street, Lufkin, Texas.

A memorial service will be held prior to interment on Saturday, May 4, 2109 at 1:00 p.m. at the church across from the cemetery. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery on FM 139 in Huxley, Texas.

Pallbearers will be her cousins, including; Arthur Hill, Bobby Tom Strong, Edgar Wooten, Larry Mayfield, Mark Strong, and Wesley Eiland.

Regena will forever be in the hearts and memories of many.

Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com

Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

05/02/2019

The Honorable Bennie Charles Boles, 84, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Center.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 

Judge Boles was born in 1934, in Center, to Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles. He graduated from Center High School and attended Sam Houston State University on a football scholarship. He earned a Business Degree at Sam Houston and was a member of the 1955 Lone Star Conference Championship team. 

After college, he served in the United States Army for three years. Later, he earned a teaching certificate and Master in Education, teaching and coaching in Center, Nederland, and League City, Texas. Bennie received his Law Degree from the University of Houston and was a lawyer for many years in Center before becoming District Judge for the 123rd District Court of Texas, over Shelby and Panola counties. He served four terms as District Judge and was a visiting judge in Dallas, Houston, and many counties in East Texas for many years afterward.  

Bennie was active in the First Baptist Church of Center and was a lifelong member. He served as a Sunday school teacher and a Boy Scout leader for many years. After retirement, Bennie served as interim pastor for several churches and most recently was interim pastor of Truitt Chapel Baptist Church. He was a member of the Texas Baptist Men’s Church Ministries, where he helped and served churches throughout the United States and other countries, leading others to Christ.

He is survived by:
His wife: Lessie Anita Boles of Center

Daughter: Deborah Ann Boles of Center

Niece: Virginia Permenter of Center

Nephews:
Randy Carrol and wife, Delisa, of Center
Jeff Young and wife, Deborah, of Center

Great-niece: Mallory Permenter

Great-nephews:
Richard Pinkston and wife, Elizabeth, of Center
David Young and wife, Lauren, of Conroe

Stepbrother: Ralph Edward Campbell of Center

Numerous great-great-nieces, nephews, other family, and a host of friends

Preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles Campbell; sisters, Shirley Louise Young, Reba Boles, Rita Boles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Texas Baptist Men, First Baptist Church, or a charity of choice in Judge Boles’ honor.

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

05/02/2019

Wilsa Putman, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Mike Belgard officiating.  Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Putman was born October 28, 1939, in Winston County, Alabama, to Elder Gaines and Audie Lee Gaines.  Her hobbies included sewing, crafting, cooking, and taking care of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Leo “Paul” Putman; daughters, Genise Putman Saas (Ben) and Pamela Cole; sons, Keith Putman (Shonia) and Kyle Putman (Lisa); 18 grandchildren, Jason Franzese, Jessica Franzese, Jarah Franzese, Heather Saas,  Kristy Carnes, Alissa James, Jodi Mullins (Jonathan), Haley Dillon (Kirk), Keith Putman Jr. (Angie), Kandace Meisch (Victor), Amanda Linthicum, Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman (Mariah), Adam Copelin (Jennifer), Jessica Greer (BJ), Cade Copelin, Maya Putman, and Elijah Putman; and 32 great grandchildren. Also survived by her brother, Meredith “Reedy” Gaines (Judy); and sisters, Deloris Verk (Larry) and Nina Waters. 

Preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Audie Lee Speer; children, Denise Putman and Kevin Putman; grandson, Cole Carswell; and son-in-law, Carlton Cole.

Pallbearers will be B.J. Greer, Cade Copelin, Austin Anderson, Kaleb James, Keith Putman Jr., Elijah Putman, Kyle Little, Jason Franzese, and Kevin Putman.

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

05/1/19

Evangeline K. Eaves Crawford, 88, of Center, Texas passed from this world to that of our Heavenly Father on April 30, 2019 after a short illness. Born August 6, 1930 to Reinhold and Hattie Ketterling in Eureka, South Dakota. 

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Crawford worked many years in the cafeteria at Tenaha Schools, where all the kids called her Miss Vangie. 

Survivors include:
Daughter: Pamela K. Goodwin and husband, Carl of Joaquin

Step-children: 
Annie Herndon of Ft. Worth
Alice Rogers of Wichita Falls
Andrew Crawford of Friendswood
Arnold Crawford of Baytown

Grandchildren: 
Melissa Hanson and husband, TJ of Stanley
Rachel Jones of Texarkana

Step-niece: Nancy Kellar of Tenaha 

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Buddy Eaves; second husband, James Crawford; parents, Reinhold and Hattie Ketterling; and son, David Wayne Eaves.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Lufkin State School Memorial Fund.

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

 

04/29/2019

Leah Moorman Guice, 79, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Tyler.

Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday, May 3, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Ms. Guice was born July 17, 1939, in the Dreka Community of Shelby County, to Bro. J.E. Moorman and Martha Gary Moorman.  

She is survived by her children, Randy Pritchett, Martha Rowe, Roy “Wessel” Pritchett; grandchildren, Randal and Heidi Pritchett, Genny Pritchett, Bradley Parker, Justin Partlow, Candice Partlow, Helene Pritchett; numerous great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Ronny Pritchett; grandson, Gilbert Partlow; parents, Bro. J.E. Moorman and Martha Gary Moorman; brother, Gad Moorman; sisters, Edith Guastella, Racheal Shield.

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

04/29/2019

Mark Stephen Bowley Sr., 56, of Timpson, Texas passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, in Timpson, Texas. Born November 1, 1962, in Houston, Texas to Leroy Verl Bowley Sr. and Jeanette Arlene (Hicks) Bowley. Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, with Bro. Jimmy Nix officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

The family moved to Timpson, Texas in 1977 where he attended Timpson High School and met the love of his life, Kimberley Jo Fletcher. The two were inseparable and married January 26, 1980, and recently celebrated 39 years of marriage. They had three wonderful children and were blessed over the years with many grands.

Mark enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed a good Cowboys game, deer hunting, and listening to his son and band perform.

He is survived by:
His loving wife: Kimberley Fletcher Bowley

Parents: Leroy Verl Bowley Sr. and Jeanette Arlene (Hicks) Bowley

Daughter: Amy Williford and husband Michael of Carthage, Texas

Son:
Mark “Stephen” Bowley Jr. and wife Erica of Conroe, Texas
Jeremy Bowley and wife Elizabeth of Timpson, Texas

Daughter-in-love: Brittany Dupree and husband Jason

Grandchildren:
Austin Williford and wife Brooklyn
Bailey Williford
Ethan Askins
Logan Askins
Jake Williford
Jace Williford
Morgan Bowley
Mckenna Bowley
Collan Bowley
Landan Bowley
Brooklynn Bowley
Kyler Dupree
Laytan Bowley

Brothers:
Lee Bowley of Timpson, Texas
Joel Bowley and wife Tammy of Conroe, Texas

Sisters:
Tammy Bowley of Timpson, Texas
Katrina Higginbotham of Timpson, Texas
Karina Willhoite and husband Robin of Timpson, Texas

Mother-in-law: Mary Fletcher Gatliff and husband Don of Timpson, Texas

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Mark is preceded in death by his father in law, Joseph Fletcher.

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

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

04/29/2019

Funeral services for Douglas Noble Lane, 81, of Tenaha, Texas are being held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at the Tennessee Presbyterian Church with Bro. Buddy Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Old Tennessee Cemetery where he is being laid to rest next to his parents, Yvonne and Emmet Lane. A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Mr. Lane was born on August 1, 1937, in Shelby County. He passed away at Solstice Senior Living in Grapevine, Texas on April 28, 2019. He was a retired rancher. Mr. Lane also served honorably in the United States Air Force for four years where he received the Efficiency Fidelity Honor for his exemplary service.

Doug loved to tell stories and was known for his quick wit and sense of humor; hence, his nickname of “Lightning Lane.” He enjoyed current events, reading several daily newspapers, and spending time with his longtime friends at the local hardware store every morning discussing the ‘events’ of the day. He was a loving “Granddaddy’ to Amber and Lauren and loved to refer to them as “Sugar.” “Granddaddy loves you,” he would always say, going around town during the “Beanie Baby” craze to collect as many as he could for them. 

Douglas is survived by two daughters, Debbie Lane of Mesquite, Texas and Patty Hensel and her husband, Dr. Steve Hensel, of Grapevine, Texas; a brother, Van Lane; niece, Stephanie Hankins and husband, Todd, along with their children, Carly and Clayton, all of San Antonio. Douglas also had two granddaughters, Amber Beck and her husband, Jesse, from Beaumont, Texas and Lauren Hensel of San Antonio, Texas. 

Pallbearers will be Steven Hensel, Todd Hankins, Robert Rowe, Jeff Hooker, Donald Hataway and Jesse Beck. 

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Tennessee Presbyterian Church, 5231 FM 947, Timpson, TX. 75975, c/o Minnie Baker.

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

04/29/2019

Brother Travis Lamar Hughes entered Heaven’s pearly gates Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 95 years of age surrounded by his loving family. 

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. James Goodwyn officiating.  Interment will follow at Campti Cemetery in Center.

Brother Travis was born September 6, 1923, in the Campti Community of Shelby County, to Robert C. Hughes and Mary Keith Hughes.

He was married for 75 years to the love of his life Evelyn Bright Hughes. Together they were blessed with three loving daughters, Mary, Mavis, and Martha. He played the guitar and enjoyed singing at church. He served as pastor for over 45 years. His life ambition was to preach the gospel and lead souls to Christ. Before having a baptistery, he was blessed to baptize many in country ponds and the Sabine River. He never met a stranger and loved people from all walks of life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. In later years, his greatest enjoyments were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was self-employed in farming and ranching, baling hay, dozer business, and a pulpwood yard. They also ran a country store in Campti for 10 years. He worked tirelessly in the community of Campti and even built an arena for roping that everyone enjoyed. He served as a Shelbyville school board member 17 years, and served on the Campti Cemetery Committee. 

He is survived by:

Beloved wife of 75 years, Evelyn Bright Hughes

Daughters:
Mary Culver and husband, Jim, of Center
Mavis Carter of Shelbyville
Martha Goodwyn and husband, James, of Center

Grandchildren:
Michael Warren and wife, Krista
Candace Carter
T.J. Goodwyn and wife, Blaine
Bradley Goodwyn and wife, Sherry

Great-grandchildren:
Kyla Warren
Mason Warren
Judson Goodwyn
Madison Goodwyn
Joshua Goodwyn
Jeremiah Goodwyn.

Preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. Hughes and Mary Keith Hughes; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Price and Vera Bright; son-in-law, Mac Carter.

Pallbearers will be Michael Warren, T.J. Goodwyn, Bradley Goodwyn, Bob Carter, Jim Culver, Larry Warren, Jason Rodgers, Nolan Borders, and Connor Whiteside.  Honorary pallbearers will be Roe Belrose, Billy Rodgers, Fred Borders, and Tom Powell.

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

04/26/2019

Jo Beth Hardy Wilburn, 85, of Shelbyville, formerly of League City, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Todd Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at noon.

She was born January 14, 1934, in Shelbyville, to Samuel Joseph (Joe) Hardy and Cassie Vera Green Hardy.

She is survived by:

Grandson, Josh Ellis Wilburn of Zwolle

Daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilburn of Zwolle

Adopted family, Connie and Lonnie Belrose and family of Center

Numerous cousins and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Cassie Vera Green Hardy and Samuel Joseph Hardy; husband, Ellis Lamar Wilburn; son, Mark Ellis Wilburn.

Pallbearers will be John Paul Lawson, Donnie Belrose, Ronnie Belrose, Randy Latham, Jimmy Deal, and Chance Shoop. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Clyde Duncan, Joe Taylor, Paul Taylor, and Tommie Gray.

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

04/26/2019

Nelwyn Mae Head passed away on April 26, 2019, in Garrison. She was born on September 25, 1933, to Kelly Ramsey and Emma Bowden Ramsey on her grandparent’s farm in the Old Center Community. She grew up in Tenaha, Texas, graduating from Tenaha High School in 1952. She attended business school in Shreveport and later moved to Houston to work as a secretary. She returned to Tenaha to care for her father and worked as a telephone operator.

She married Billy Head on May 17, 1958, and enjoyed 19 years of marriage before he passed away suddenly in May of 1977.

They had one son, Bobby Head, born in 1961. Mrs. Head worked as a retail manager and later as a healthcare professional. She enjoyed painting, playing the piano, crafts, her family, gardening, and growing flowers.

She is survived by:

Son, Bobby Head of Gary, TX

Daughter-in-law, Mary Head of Gary, TX

Grandson, David Head of Gary, TX

Granddaughter-in-law, Kelli Head of Gary, TX

Great-granddaughter, Raelynn Head of Gary, TX

Granddaughter, Katherine Gradberg of Gary, TX

Great-granddaughter, Amy Gradberg of Gary, TX

Great-granddaughter, Abby Gradberg of Gary, TX

Grandson-in-law, Jeremy Gradberg of Gary, TX

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Dale Walker officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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

04/26/2019

James “Bill” Childs, 82, of Center, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, in Livingston.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Powdrill Cemetery with Bro. Fred Childs officiating.

Mr. Childs was born November 23, 1936, in Center, to Larry Lewis Childs and Hazel Ellis Childs. He retired from the United States Military, where he served in both the Marine Corps and Air Force. Living at the river and fishing were what Mr. Childs enjoyed and he loved his grandchildren unconditionally.

He is survived by his sons, Jim Childs of Corrigan, John Childs of Texas; grandchildren, Melissa Long of Livingston, Jessica Cockrell of Apple Springs, Brittany Childs of North Carolina, Randy Childs of Lufkin, Brandy Graham of Lufkin; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Jean Bailey of Nacogdoches; brother, Bob Childs of Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

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

04/23/2019

Danise LaShun Nobles (45) of Center, Texas, died April 17, 2019 at her residence. Mrs. Nobles is a 1992 graduate of Center High School. Danise was born on February 13, 1974.

Funeral service will be Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 2:00pm. 

Visitation is Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (State Highway 96 North CR 4356 Center, Texas) from the hours of 12 noon to 1:50pm. Committal is at Westview Cemetery Center, Texas.

Danise is survived by:

Husband, James Jackson of Center

Son, SeDarrin Nobles (Kiara) of Lufkin, Texas

Daughters:
Kajasmine Nobles of Center
Malyaia McCollister of Center
Amaya Jackson of Center

Mother, Mary Nobles of Center

Siblings:
Sherrie Nobles (Emerson Evans)
Avis Nobles
Sandrell Jackson (Y.D)
Larry Slaughter (Linda)
David Lister

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary at 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935. www.hicksmortuary.net

04/23/19

Funeral service for Howard Ivin Stokes, 95, of Nacogdoches, will be at 2:00PM Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, with Bro. John McGuire and Bro. Hal Rymel officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.  Mr. Stokes passed away on April 22, 2019 in Nacogdoches. He was born on January 28, 1924 in Garrison, Texas to the late Albert Stokes and Thelma Carroll Hill.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Garrison Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Howard was born and raised in Garrison, Texas.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WW2.  He returned to his hometown and worked as a mechanic for many years.  He farmed throughout life.  Howard enjoyed gardening as his health permitted.  His favorite past times were those spent riding in various trail rides and picking his violin while playing in the country music band he was a member of.  He served many roles at Appleby Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church, while he was very active at each.  Those that knew Howard knew he was a kind, loving, gentle person.  He was that person that touched everyone he met in a special way.  Howard was a Master Mason for more than 55 years.  

He is survived by:
His daughter: Sandra McMichael

Grandchildren: 
Debbie Hightower
Kenneth McKee
Howard McMichael
Edward McMichael
John McKee

Numerous great-grandchildren

Sister: Linda Stokes

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Howard is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Stokes; parents, Albert and Thelma Carroll Hill Stokes; daughter,

Barbara Jane McKee; brothers, Charles Lynville Stokes, James Stokes; and sister, Dorine Garrett.
To convey condolences or sign an online register please visit www.garrisonfh.net.

04/22/2019

Dianne Lynch Livingston was born in Center, Texas on September 16, 1950. She entered Heaven’s gates on April 21, 2019.

Her great ambition in life was to be the best wife, and kind of mother she never had, and have the close family devotion that she longed for growing up.

She married the love of her life, Ricky, at 16 years of age, and together raised two sons, Wesley and Bryan. Dianne was long time dedicated member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. A loving mother and homemaker, Dianne was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, most especially for Sunday dinner. Dianne was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as grandma.

Dianne is survived by:

Husband, Richard Livingston of Center

Son, Bryan Livingston and wife, Amanda of Center

Daughter-in-law, LaResa Livingston of Center

Sister, Brenda Sue Wooley of Ft. Worth

Half-brothers:
Don Taylor of Houston
Dean Taylor of Houston
Bill Moore of Houston

Step-brother, Sambo Molina of Houston

Step-sisters:
Annette Railey of Houston
Tammy Molina of Houston

Grandchildren:
Cash Livingston
Darin Livingston
Leah Livingston
Ryan Hall
Bailey Heflin

Mother-in-law, Adell Livingston of Center

Brother-in-laws:
James Livingston and wife, Catherine of Center
Chuck Livingston and wife, Heather of Lufkin

Sisters-in-law:
Debbie Sanford of Center
Donna Lynch of Shelbyville

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Lynch and Dolly Molina; sons, Gregory Scott Livingston and Wesley Livingston; infant granddaughter, Brooklyn Livingston; father-in-law, Jim Livingston; and brother-in-law, Jerry Don Lynch.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Don Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Darren Wiggins, Shad Lout, Rolando Castro, Colton Brown, Nic Wheeler and Malcolm Brown.

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.

For the Funeral Service for Dianne Livingston, in lieu of flowers the family has requested a charitable donation to go to Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

04/21/2019

Calvin Samuel Foy Sr., 64, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Nacogdoches.
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019, at Foy Cemetery in Robert, LA with Bro. Jason Hebert officiating.

Mr. Foy was born August 23, 1955, in Independence, to Ernest Foy and Albertine Lavign Foy.  Mr. Foy enjoyed working with his cattle, working on his cars, building all types of things, and spending time with family and friends.  Mr. Foy was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Patty Meaux and husband Keith of Longview
James Furra and wife Gina of Center
Calvin Samuel Foy Jr.
Jessica Dillard and husband Bryan of Center
David Furra of Center

Grandchildren
Michigan, Bryce, and Chase Foy
Hunter, Ryder, and Dallie Jo Dillard
Kayla Furra
Bryson Lee
Nathan and Keith Meaux Jr.

Siblings: 
Elaine Bardwell of Robert, LA
Sue Coyne Of Robert, LA
Patricia Edward of Springfield, LA
Leo Foy of Baptist, LA

Special aunt: Sarah Lavigne of Longview

Many nieces and nephews; a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Calvin Samuel Foy Jr., David Furra, James Furra, Hunter Dillard, Bradley Bardwell, and Albert Foy. 

Honorary pallbearer will be Ryder Dillard.

Preceded in death by parents, Ernest Foy and Albertine Lavign Foy; brothers, Darrell Foy and Cecil Foy.

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

04/21/2019

Dennis “Rooster” Shaeffer passed away on April 18, 2019 in Shelbyville,TX. 

Dennis was a United States Coast Guard veteran, serving as a Tactical Law Enforcement Officer. He proudly served his community and his country doing supply, disaster, and rescue operations during hurricanes Florence and Harvey with the Cajun Navy Relief, Texas Native team, and BearPaw TacMed. 

He had pride in his family and his community, serving to honor both during his service in the Coast Guard as well as during his time working urban disaster response. He had a great sense of duty toward those he helped, and made it his personal mission to help as many people as possible in their time of need, no matter the cause, while serving with honor and integrity.

He was a proud family man whose family was always on his mind as he was helping others. His heart was always with his beautiful wife and children as he served. 

He was also a highly acclaimed bass player with John Cessac and the Texas Outlaws, and played because of his love of music. 

Dennis was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Hannah Shaeffer and Nestor and Maria Labrada, his uncle Fernando Labrada and his beloved dog Dallas.

He is survived by:
His loving wife: Linsey

His two children: 
Jacob
Landry

His father: Dennis and mother Lucy

His brothe: Daniel and wife Geri

His in-laws: Peggy and Jasen Watlington

Brother-in-law: Gage Watlington

His dogs: Moosie and Buddy

His best friends and band mates: 
John and Kaleb

Many aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends as well as his friends he worked with in Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement, as well as disaster relief and activism.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, April 24th 2019 at 2pm at Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 1554 Tx-7 Center, TX 75935

Donations in honor of Dennis can be made to Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Somi Sek Village Base Camp, C/O Juan Mancias, 1250 Roemer Lane, Floresville, Texas 78114

Fair Winds and Following Seas to a beloved husband, father, and friend.
Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

04/18/19

Kenneth Johnson, Sr., 75, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on April 11, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on August 27, 1943 to William A. Johnson and Leatris E. Hicks Johnson. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Kenneth grew up in Port Lavaca, Texas and graduated from Calhoun High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he valiantly served his country in the Vietnam War. Kenneth thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and spent much of his time hunting and shooting guns. 

He is survived by:
His son: Kenneth H. Johnson, Jr.

Daughter: Tiffany M. Johnson

Sister: Sandra Patis

Grandchildren: Jared Mika and Mackenzie Mika.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Leatris Johnson.

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

04/17/2019

Walter Anderson, 73, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Houston.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Old Home Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Anderson was born January 30, 1946, in New Gulf, Texas, to Elmer David Anderson and Velma Dee Gaddis Anderson.  His hobbies included hunting and riding horses.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Anderson; children, Lisa Turner and Gary Stone, Theresa Hohmann and husband Robert, Deeann Green and husband James, Diann Gansky; grandchildren, Angela Turner, Christopher Mowery, Chelsey Wolf, Dustin Wolf, Jamie Green, Haley Hohmann, Andy Hohmann; great grandchildren, Hunter, Nathan, Briar, Ryder, Caden, Gabriel; sister, Hazel Prazak; brother, Thomas Anderson.

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

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