06/30/2020

J.C. Dawson, 76, left his earthly body behind and entered into eternal life, peace, and joy on June 27, 2020 at home in Silsbee, TX. He left this earth peacefully with his wife and children by his side.

He was born in Timpson, TX on December 27, 1943 to the late Charles Chester Dawson, Sr and Mary Etta (McNies) Dawson. He was one of 8 children being born second to last and was the youngest son.

He met the love of his life, Neva Joyce (Adams) Dawson, in 1965 and they married on January 22, 1966 in Hurstown, TX. They treasured each other for over 54 years of marriage.

J.C. was a retired Construction Superintendent. He and Neva traveled and worked together all over the United States.

He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1977 and shortly thereafter accepted the Lord’s call to spread the love of Jesus and share the Word of God as a Full Gospel Minister.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, Poppy, Pop-Pop, and Uncle.

He is survived by:

Wife, Neva Joyce (Adams) Dawson of Silsbee, TX.

Son, Johnny L. Dawson and wife Delores of Brookeland, TX.
Son, Michael S. Dawson and wife Donna of Livingston, TX.

Daughter, Melissa J. Dawson and husband Kenny Whitt of Silsbee, TX.

Thirteen Grandchildren and twelve Great-Grandchildren.

Sister, Beatrice Stuard of Junction City, AR.
Sister, Dorothy Roe and husband Sam of Mauriceville, TX.

Mother-In-Law, Betty Adams of Nacogdoches, TX.

Sister-In-Law, Linda K. Adams of Houston, TX

A number of nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Charles Dawson, Jr., J.W. Dawson, J.P. Dawson, Juanita Riley, and Mary Lou Timmons. Father-In-Law John R. Adams. Brother-In-Law J.T. Adams.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

06/30/2020

Aloysius (AlleyJohn Koteras, 90, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on June 28, 2020 in Garrison, Texas. He was born on November 17, 1929 in Chappell Hill, Texas, to the late Ignac Koteras and Martha (Nowak) Koteras. A private family Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at St. Mary Of The Epiphany Catholic Mission on Hwy 59S, Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Father Nelson Munoz, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, from 6-8PM with Rosary beginning at 6:30PM.

Alley grew up in Chappell Hill, Texas. He joined the workforce after graduation.  He worked for Mission Mfg. Co, later BYTRU, in Houston, Texas for over 37 years.  He joined Ebasco at the nuclear facility in Bay City from 1986 to 1989. Then completed his working career at Marlin Valve from 1990 to 1993.  He then retired and moved to Timpson, Texas.  He was a high school football referee in the 60’s. He was a musician, playing for a country and western band for over 15 years.  He was involved in civic affairs on the Board of Supervisors for Lake Timpson from 1996.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Charlotte McMillan and husband Jack
Terri Graves and husband Harvey
Keith Koteras and wife Maria

Grandchildren: 
Chelsea
Lindsey
Tommy
Kristin
Kari
David

Step-grandchildren: 
Yolanda
Beverly Jr.
Kayla Sue
Michelle
Troy

Great-grandchildren: 
Wade
Collins
Avery
Lane
Hunter
Soon to be Case due in August

Brothers: 
Frankie Koteras and wife Connie
Gilbert Koteras and wife Patricia
James T. Koteras

Sister, Carol Ann Melia

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Alley is preceded in death by his loving wife, Virgie Henry Koteras; and brother, Albin Koteras.

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.

06/29/2020

Born June 3, 2020, Conner Liam Mikesh, infant son of Brian Mikesh and Elizabeth Wershing of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, in Longview.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2pm, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

He is survived by:

Parents, Brian Mikesh and Elizabeth Wershing of Shelbyville

Sister and brothers:
Addison Gilchrist of Shelbyville
Joseph Gilchrist of Shelbyville
Braxton Mikesh of Shelbyville
Cayden Mikesh of Shelbyville
James Mikesh of Silsbee

Grandparents:
Stacy Wershing of Shelbyville
J.R. Iribarren of Shelbyville
Melinda Mercer of Louisiana
Tammy Mikesh of Timpson

Great-grandmother, Shirley Leonard of Shelbyville

Uncles and aunts:
Phillip Mikesh and wife Ciera of Kerrville
Sabrina Edenshaw of Shelbyville
Vanessa Goings of Shelbyville
David and Nora Lawhorn of Timpson
Jason Durrett and wife Ashley of Timpson

Numerous cousins and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his grandfathers, Martin Mikesh and Todd Wershing; great grandparents, Fred Leonard and Candi Iribarren; and great-great grandmother, Berniece Wright.

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

06/29/2020

Reba Louella Ford Wood born November 10, 1921 to Walter Eugene and Elma Ballew Ford in Cherokee, TX. She passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Center, Texas with her family. She was 98 years old.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville, TX with Bro. Danny Dodson officiating.

Viewing will be held from 1 pm until service time on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Jacksonville.

Reba was a member of Central Baptist Church, in Center, TX.

She was preceded in death by her Husband Earl Wood, parents and a grandson Robert Wood. 

Left to cherish her memory are:

Sons:
Doug Wood and wife Sharon of Jacksonville
Dan Wood and wife Anita of CA

Daughter, Debbie Grimes and husband Eddie of Center

Sister, Elaine Parrish and husband Glenn of Anton

Brother, Leroy Lusk of Palestine

11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Clifford Grimes, Paul Wood, Jay Rosales, Glenn McCune and Kayden Byrd.  

Funeral services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Texas.

06/29/2020

Jimmy Hooper, 65, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10am, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Born June 9, 1955, in Andrews, Texas, Jimmy is the son of Billy Wayne Hooper and Ann Crain Hooper. He was a truck driver and his hobbies included hunting and fishing. Jimmy was a member of White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by: 

Mother, Ann Hooper of Center

Sisters:
Pam Adkison and husband Howell of Center
Ginia Hooper of Center

Son, Shawn Cole Hooper of Beaumont

Daughter, Shannon Cherie Hooper of Beaumont

Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, Billy Wayne Hooper; son, Derick Dale Hooper; brother, Damon DeCole Hooper; and nephew, Dameon Dewayne Hooper.

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

06/29/2020

Annie Ruth Richards, 81, of Tenaha, TX, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Garrison, TX.

Private family graveside service will be held at Enterprise Cemetery in Shelby County with Chuck Horton officiating.

Annie was born January 21, 1939, in Center, TX, to Clarence E. and Fay Bass.  

She is survived by:

Children:
Martha Shelton
Billie Pritchett
Marty Pierce
Edward Richards
Tracy Barr and husband Steve

Grandchildren:
Michelle Whiteside and husband Darrell
Randall Pritchett and wife Heidi
Matthew Shelton and wife Kim
Osha Myers and husband Danny
Ashley Weir and husband John
Chad Barr and wife Darby
Jared Richards

Numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren

Brother, Jerry Bass

A host of family and friends who will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Jack Pierce; husband, Billy Joe Richards; daughter, Beverly Pierce; great granddaughter, Monica Eaves; and brother, Emmitt Bass.

The family would like to thank Garrison Nursing Home and Affinity Hospice for their loving care.

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

06/26/2020

Jerry Wayne Strong, 69, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Josh Crawford officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Born November 27, 1950, in Center, Jerry is the son of the late Alvin Lee Strong and Anna Bell Eddins Strong.  He worked as carpenter for many years.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by:
His daughters: 
Kelsey Strong of Tenaha
Ann Strong and Casey Langford of Longview
Joanna Strong of Hawkins

Brothers and sister: 
Alvin Strong of Center
Cecil Strong and wife Karie of Center
Waymon Strong of Longview
Johnnie Higginbotham of San Augustine
T.W. Strong of Carthage

Five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Buddy Strong; and sister, Marie Born.

Pallbearers will be Greg Tomlinson, Brayden Strong, Tyler Beard, Dawson Strong, Darryn Strong, Landon Windham, and Adam Jernigan. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry’s brothers.

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

06/26/2020

Winnie Myrle Moore Bridges, 86, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2020, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Bobby Bressman, Bro. Kevin Windham, and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Newburn Cemetery in Shelby County. 

Born September 29, 1933, in Shelby County, Myrle is the daughter of the late Charlie Morgan Moore and Katie Bell Moore.  She had a long running nursing career of 40+ years.  She served as an LVN and worked her way to RN and DON.  She held long standing positions of DON at all Shelby County facilities.  Myrle was a familiar face at all Shelby County, San Augustine, and surrounding counties hospitals and nursing facilities.  She was extremely hard working and had a servant’s heart.  Myrle was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Newburn Chapter #346 and First Baptist Church in Center.  She was a beloved mom and grandmother.  Myrle loved spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren and also enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by:
Her children: 
Terry Bridges of Center
Renee Bridges of Center

Grandchildren: 
Brant Bridges and wife Michelle
Mindy Henson and husband Jake
Justin Bridges
Amanda Miller and husband Cody
Kelly Bridges
Kelsey Bridges
Kolton Bridges
Korbin Bridges

Great-grandchildren: 
Samantha Metcalf and husband Lane
Cale Henson
Brooklynne Bridges
Connor Henson
Peyton Bridges
Bailey Miller
Colbeigh Bridges
Cullen Henson
Blayne Miller
Knox Miller
Bowie Bridges

Great-great-grandchildren: 
Stormy Metcalf
Ariah Bridges

Daughters-in-law: 
Jayne Crain
Kim Bridges
Geraldine Bridges

Special friend, Connie Lucas

Preceded in death by her husband, Billy Bridges Sr.; sons, Billy Bridges Jr. and Odie Bridges; mother, Katie Bell Moore Graves Rudd; father, Charlie Moore and wife Billie Hazel Moore; sisters and brothers-in-law, Billie and Joe Brown and Betty and Bruce Bailey; brothers, Charles Moore and Sonny Moore; nephews, Danny Bruce Bailey and Charles Kelly Moore; and niece, Bresa Moore Lunsford.

Pallbearers will be Jake Henson, Brant Bridges, Danny Bailey Jr., Cody Miller, Lane Metcalf, Danbert Collum, Cale Henson, and Connor Henson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Bob McAdams and Jimmy Strong.

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

06/24/2020

Bobby Eugene (Gene) Casto passed away June 22, 2020 at his home near Tenaha. He was born August 9, 1934 in Gay, WV to Irvin Parl and Ruby Hudson Casto. He graduated from high school in Nitro, WV and, after working as a tv technician for a few years, joined the USAF. It was while he was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base that he met Maggie, when he pulled her from a lake as she went down a slide with her mouth open. As he liked to say, he grabbed her and never let go. The two were married on June 5, 1960, following his discharge from the Air Force and he began his career with the Federal Aviation Agency, a career that took the family to six states and thirteen towns. After his retirement they moved to Tenaha, Maggie’s family homeplace.

Gene often remarked he had music in his soul and he enjoyed singing in church choirs and with groups entertaining for nursing home residents. He and Maggie played with the Tulsa Community Band and the Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band and for several years took their trombone, saxophone and voices to area nursing homes, sharing forties and fifties music.

He liked to say he wasn’t born in Texas but he got here as fast as he could and enjoyed being an associate member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, sharing early Texas history and glimpses into life on the 1840’s Texas frontier through costumes, black powder rifle demonstrations and music programs.

Gene is survived by his wife, Margaret LeMaster, (Maggie) Casto, his sons Jeff Casto of Allen, TX, Don Casto of Tenaha, a nephew Dann (Lori) of Waynesboro, VA, a sister-in-law Monica Casto of Hunington, WV and his fur buddy and companion, Max.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Donald and his “mother on his wife’s side of the family,” Mabel Harrison LeMaster Yeary.

At his request he will be cremated and a graveside celebration of life will be held later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shelby County Historical Society and Museum, the Fannie Brown Booth Library, or the Methodist Church in Tenaha.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

06/24/2020

De'Skyshen Rysheen Crockett, 19 of Center, passed away Sunday morning, June 21, 2020 in Nacogdoches. He graduated from Center High School with the class of 2020.

Funeral service is Saturday, June 27 at 1pm in the Roughrider Gym at Center High School. Visitation is one hour prior to funeral service at 12noon. Internment is at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas with Bishop William Nash officiating.

He is survived by:

Mother, Shenekia Crockett of Center

Father, Roy Dale Crockett of Center

Sisters:
Charlyric McCollister of Center
Jakaylin McCollister of Nacogdoches
Leroniga Patton of Mansfield, Louisiana

Brothers:
Armani Crockett of Center
DeBraelyn Cooks of Tenaha
DeJaylon Cooks of Tenaha
DeCaden Cooks of Tenaha
JyKiveon Hewitt of Logansport, Louisiana

Grandmother, Charlotte Bolton of Center

Grandfathers:
Kenneth Bolton of Center
Leroy Crockett of Carthage
Rommie Lee Goodwin of Tenaha

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

06/23/2020

Juanita Tyler Beasley, 84, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, June 19, 2020, in Joaquin.

Her wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service is being planned for November. Internment will be held at Brooklyn Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born May 12, 1936, in Shelby County, Juanita is the daughter of the late J.T. Tyler and Rachel Shull Tyler. Juanita attended Joaquin High School, during which time she became the first Miss JHS and also graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1954. Juanita went on to become a woman pioneer in the credit card banking industry and later retired back to Joaquin. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Logansport, where she served as Lay Leader, President of UMW, and was involved in various other committees. Juanita was a Missionary at Mercy Ships.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Sharron Shanz of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Rachel Shanz of Houston
Tyler Shanz of Joaquin

Nieces:
Lesa Parmer of Joaquin
Vicki Schafer and husband Stephen of Ft. Worth

Nephew, Richard Bixler and wife Carol of Arizona

Great-niece, Addison Parmer of Houston

Great-nephews:
Jeremy Tyler and wife Jacqulyn of Houston
Martin Schafer and wife Juli of Ft. Worth

Many cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Margie Tyler; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and John Bixler; son-in-law, Jimmy Shanz; and nephew, David Tyler.

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

06/22/2020

Elizabeth Annette “Annie” Sanders Person, age 82, of Boerne, TX passed away Saturday afternoon, June 20, 2020, at Vista Verde Manor. She was born July 28, 1937, in Center, Texas, a daughter of the late Weldon Spottswood Sanders and Rowena Ruth Steele Sanders. She is preceded in death by her ex-husband, Capt. Bill Person USAF, and brother-in-law, Lt. Marion H Norman USMC.

Annie is survived by her son, David Person (Janet); four grandchildren, Joseph, Sarah, Christopher, and Amber; her sister, Charlotte Sanders Norman; and Will Person.

She was a retired teacher of 37 years from North East ISD in San Antonio and was known to wear many hats. She drove a school bus, taught 8th grade English, and even coached P.E. during her many years of service.

Annie was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas William Carroll Crawford Chapter in Center, TX. She was passionate about her great great grandfather having fought in the battle of San Jacinto. When she wasn’t watching Dancing with the Stars or taking care of stray animals, she was giving out cakes or scrapbooking for her grandchildren. Her absence is felt greatly by friends and family.

The family will be returning Annie to her home in Center, Texas, at a later date where a celebration of life will be held. Any donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Hill Country Animal League at http://hcaltx.org. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com.

Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.

06/04/2020

Kevin Francis O’Connor, 58, from Center and Houston, TX was a man who impacted many lives. He passed away on June 3rd, 2020 from pulmonary complications. He’d fought pulmonary fibrosis for seven years and organ rejection after a double lung transplant for three years. He was a fighter, for his family always, his country in the navy, and citizens in peril as a devoted volunteer firefighter. At one house fire, he arrived wearing his oxygen cannula, and took it off himself to give the man rescued from the fire.

He was a man who loved deeply; his God, his wife of 31 years and best friend, Saundra O’Connor, and his two beloved daughters, Kayla O’Connor of Dallas and Mary O’Connor of Houston.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 27th at 2:00 pm at Center Christian Fellowship 2471 Hwy 96 N, Center, TX. Due to Covid, masks are welcome and disposable masks will be available.

Kevin owned his own plumbing business, coached Center girls softball, served as president of the girls' softball association, and a member of Center Christian Fellowship for over 20 years. During that time served and taught the Children's Church and Junior High Youth Ministry.

He held onto yard signs from his run for Center City Council, and had recently been considering dusting them off again, even though he was on the transplant list for a lung retransplant.

A peek at his heart is in what he told young men he mentored, “any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad.” 

He was born in Chicago, IL to Mary Angela Geraci and Michael O’Connor. He was the baby of their four children. 

He is survived by:

Wife, Saundra O’Connor

Daughters:
Kayla O’Connor of Dallas
Mary O’Connor of Houston

Brothers:
Michael O’Connor and wife, Lisa of Jacksonville, AL
Timothy O’Connor and wife, Lindsey of Castle Rock, CO

Sister, Mary O’Connor Holland and husband Randy of Houston, TX

Mother-in-law, Wanda P. Lackey of Center

Brother and sister-in-laws:
Doug Lackey of Anniston, AL
Steve and June Cubstead of Grapeland, TX
Craig and Debra Hallman of Charleston, SC
Ronald and Vickie Lackey of Munford, AL
Carolyn Lackey of Lincoln, AL
Perry and Samantha Lackey of Munford, AL
Dona Lackey-Malone of Midland, TX
Rodney and Denise Mathews of Joaquin, TX

Numerous nephews and nieces

Special life long friends, Al and Liz Mihalco and Linda Brown

Preceded in death by his Parents, Mary Angela Geraci and Michael O'Connor and Father-in-law, Charles E Lackey.

Services are under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

06/22/2020

Bobby Joe Tutt, 60, of Timpson passed away Monday evening, June 15, 2020, at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be Monday, June 22, 2020, from 2pm-6pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Timpson.

Services will be Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 2pm Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson. Interment will follow at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson with Bishop Cedric Grace officiating.

Bobby Joe Tutt is survived by:
Daughter: Qushanna Tutt of Lufkin

Four grandchildren

Mother: Bobbie Lou Tutt of Timpson

Sister: Leda Ann Paige of Timpson

Brothers:
John Tutt Jr. of Nacogdoches
John Alford Tutt of Timpson

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

06/22/2020

Mabel R. Lane, 68 of Nacogdoches, passed away Thursday morning, June 18, 2020 at her residence in Nacogdoches.

Visitation is Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 1pm to 7pm at Community Chapel in Center, Texas. Graveside service is Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1pm at Westview Cemetery in Center with Bishop William Nash officiating. Internment is at Westview Cemetery in Center.

She is survived by:

Son, Travis Lane, Jr. of Nacogdoches

Daughter, Sophia Small of Nacogdoches

10 Grandchildren and 8 Great-grandchildren

Brothers:
Roy D. Casey of Nacogdoches
David Smith of Beaumont
Karson Brown of Tyler

Sisters:
Winnie Small of Nacogdoches
Marilyn Roberts of Nacogdoches
Essie Daniels of Nacogdoches

Fiance, Ricky Smith of Nacogdoches

Funeral services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.

06/21/2020

Edith Hughes, 75, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will follow at 4:00 p.m., at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

Born January 31, 1945, in Center, Ms. Hughes is the daughter of the late Allen and Annie Scott. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Angela Latham and husband Randy
Judy Cooley
Tammy Hughes
Amy Oswalt and husband Kyle
Jaclyn Morris and husband William

Sons: 
Jack Hughes Jr. and wife Melinda
Billy Hughes
Chad Hughes and wife Cortney

Grandchildren: 
Bradley Latham and wife Yolanda
Bryant Latham and wife Ashley
Jamie Dwire
Kristen Cooley
Ashley Runnels and husband Louis
Joshua Cooley
Coty and Cade Oswalt
Kayla Faulker and husband J.R.
Michael Hughes and wife Rachael
Tyler Hughes
Jaycee Hughes
Hayden Hughes
Jaeleigh Hughes
Jackson Hughes
Holly Rhoden
Chris Morris
Justyn Morris
Jordyn Morris

14 great-grandchildren

Sister, Cathy Holt.

Preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hughes; parents, Allen and Annie Scott; sisters, Grace Wilburn and Merlene McMahon; and brother, Bobby Scott.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Latham, Bryant Latham, Coty Oswalt, Cade Oswalt, Michael Hughes, and Tyler Hughes.  Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Cooley, Hayden Hughes, Jackson Hughes, Chris Morris, Justyn Morris, and Jordyn Morris.

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

06/21/2020

Tommy Guynes Jr., 50, of Gary, passed away Friday, June 19, 2020, in Carthage.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery in Center with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating.

Born June 10, 1970, in Houston, Texas, Tommy is the son of Tommy Marion Guynes Sr. and Virginia Amburn. He worked as a truck driver and also did some carpentry and electrical work. Tommy loved fishing.

He is survived by: 
His wife, Stephanie Hodge Guynes of Gary

Mother, Virginia Amburn of Huxley

Stepmother, Becky Guynes of Timpson

Sons: 
Eric Eugene Guynes of Fort Smith
Christopher Guynes of Conway
Dillon Hodge and wife Tiffany of Gary

Stepdaughter, Nakita Rogers of Gary

Brothers: 
Andy Amburn and wife Angela of Shelbyville
Robert Amburn and wife Holly of Shelbyville

Nephew, David Amburn and wife Megan of Shelbyville

Niece, Shiloh Amburn of Shelbyville

Grandchildren: 
Leland Odell Hodge of Gary
Mark Estes of Gary
George Estes of Gary

Son, Andrew Russell of Spurger

Sister, Tammy Guynes of Carthage

Aunt, Thelma Smith of Cleveland

Special friend, Tommy Gowan

Best friend, “T”

Preceded in death by his father, Tommy Marion Guynes Sr.; dad, David Amburn; sister, Terry Michelle Guynes; brother, Timothy Michael Guynes; grandmother, Leona Virginia Amburn; and his little wolf/coyote dog, Max.

Pallbearers will be Dillion Hodge, Richard Hanson, Tommy Gowan, Tommy Lee Williams, Blane, and Lonny Hodge. Honorary pallbearers will be David Amburn, Andy Amburn, Robert Amburn, and Mark Estes.

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

06/20/2020

Hollis Doyle Cobb, 80, of Kilgore, Texas passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Longview, Texas. Born September 19, 1939, in Tenaha, Texas, to the late Hollis Frank Cobb and Edna Corine (Barnett) Cobb. Funeral service will be held at 1PM on Friday, June 26, 2020, at Garrison Funeral Home, 886 US Hwy 59, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating.  

Visitation will be held from 5-7PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Garrison Funeral Home, 886 US Hwy 59, Garrison, Texas.  

Doyle grew up in Shelby County. At 15 he went to work for a road construction company building the road from Tenaha to Center in his free time (telling them he was 18). He graduated from Tenaha High School in 1958. He attended Panola College for a year, then at age 20 he went into construction (since he already had 5 years experience). Doyle was drafted by the United States Army in May of 1963 and served two years in Alaska as an engineer. He returned home from working offshore and was just in Timpson Texas cruising around, when he happened to meet what would be the love of his life at the Dairy Bee, Linda Gillis. The two were married on May 18, 1968 spending more than 52 years together before his passing. Doyle was a kind, loving man. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He retired from Brown & Root and even then worked many years as an independent oilfield consultant. Doyle enjoyed cooking, BBQing, gardening, fishing, and hunting. His most precious time was spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Linda Elizabeth Cobb

Son, Brady Doyle Cobb and wife Stephanie

Grandson, Dalton Ray Cobb and wife Tiphanie

Great-grandchildren:
Kaelynn Elizabeth Cobb
Kaeden Ray Cobb

A special nephew (considered a son) Donnie Dewain Cobb, wife Debbie and son Danny

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

Doyle is preceded in death by his parents, Hollis Frank and Edna Corine Cobb; and brother, Donnie Ray Cobb.

Pallbearers serving are Dalton Cobb, Reece Bailey, David Bailey, Jesse Gillis, Lee Mitchell, and Terry Amos.

Honorary pallbearers include Billy Carrington, Dewain Cobb, Jimmy Gillis, and Charles Gillis.

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.

06/20/2020

Josephine Elizabeth Marie “Mollie” Schrakamp Hibbard Barton, 89, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Tim Perkins officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Born September 27, 1930 in Long Island, New York to Theodore and Josephine Schrakamp. Mollie was a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman for many years in Shelby County.  In the early ‘70s she owned and operated Hibbard Office Supply and the local Western Union.  She obtained her real estate license in the early 70s.  She became a real estate broker in the mid 70’s and opened her own Real Estate Office.  Mollie forged the way for other women in the Real Estate business as one of the first women in Shelby County to earn a Real Estate License and Brokers License.  She also became a Certified Texas Appraiser in the early 90’s.  She was designated President of Piney Woods Association of Realtors many times throughout her career.  

Mollie was a vivacious woman with a passion for life. Mollie loved people and people loved Mollie! She never met a stranger and was loved by the entire community.  She loved Christ and she dedicated many hours to helping others.

She is survived by: 
Her children: 
John Russell Hibbard of Nacogdoches
Joe Cecil Hibbard of Nacogdoches and Wendy
Debra Ann Hibbard of the Woodlands
LD Hibbard, Jr. and wife Carmen of Center
Kathy Hibbard of Houston
Wallace Lee Hibbard and wife Pam of Bullard
Victor Allen Hibbard of Bullard
Judy Lyn Monroe and husband Donald of Center
Letitia Poindexter of Center
Gregory Thomas Hibbard and wife Haven of Conroe  

Grandchildren: 
Denny Hibbard
Linda Witt and husband Bruce
Russell Hibbard and wife Angie
Dianne Brown and fiancé Chad Wells
Kristen Harvey and husband Andrew
Kim Hibbard
Nicole Lyon and husband Andy
Shelly Schillings
Jason O’Donoghue and wife Mallory
Julie Arsenault and husband Jerry
Ricky Morgan
Nick Morgan and wife Brittany
Debra Ann Flanagan and husband DK
Christy Wells and husband Kenny
Duane Morgan and wife Mary
Ruthie Mueller and husband Rudy
Heather Gerhard and husband Ken
Kendall O’Neal Venus and husband Joe
Michael O’Neal and wife Ana
Clint Hibbard and wife Heather
Julie Hibbard
Justin Waldon
Eric Waldon
Kay Evans
Christie Gray and husband Chad
Craig Hibbard and wife Ashlie
Lindsey Hibbard
Hayley Rubio and husband Isaiah
Kayla Smith and husband Luke
Steven Hibbard
Reese Monroe
Christine Taylor and husband Shane
Amber Owens
D’Wayne Bearden and wife Brittany
Joshua Beardon and fiance’ Ashley
Dakota Poindexter and wife Ashley
April Poindexter
Billie Poindexter
Bryleigh Bearden
Chris Hibbard and wife Gagan
Stephan Hibbard
Oliver Hibbard
Knox Hibbard
Hazel Hibbard

Numerous Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren, numerous cousins and other relatives.  

Preceded in death by parents Theodore Schrakamp and Josephine Schrakamp Wills, brother Nick Schrakamp, brother Theodore Schrakamp, sister Margarite Franovich, sister Carolyn McKantz, Grandson Matthew Hibbard, Granddaughter Christy Mae Taylor, Grandson Ronnie Morgan, Son-in-Law Billy Poindexter.

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

06/19/2020

Joan Ballard, 78, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Jeff McGee officiating.  

Born May 4, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Oliver Lee Flowers and Oza Rhea Ford Flowers. Mrs. Ballard was a great wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of Dreka Springs Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by:

Son, Horace Allie Ballard Jr. and wife Janet

Daughter, Tammy Alford and husband Bob

Son, Ryan Ballard

Grandchildren:
Jennifer Jade Rhea and husband Mike
Brandy Stoffel and husband Ryan
Justin Ballard and wife Taryn
Jennifer Leigh- Denise Buffington 
Alex Alford and wife Carisa
Amber Marrs and husband Josh
Jonathan Alford

Great-Grandchildren:
Harper Stoffel 
Wrenly Stoffel
Kaylie Ash
Kit Alford
Abigal Chambliss
Deanna Jackson
Sean Marrs
Riley Marrs

Preceded in death by: husband and soulmate Horace Ballard Sr.; parents Oliver Lee and Ozra Rhea Flowers; daughter Janet Denise Ballard; grandson Jonathan Allie Derrick; brothers Ernest, Earl, Bill, George, Buryl, Wayne, Curtis; and sisters Lou Ella Boyd and Mary Ann Gonzales.

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

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