Darnese Parrish, 88, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Garrison.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Chris Watlington officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Born September 24, 1933, Darnese is the son of the late Alfred and Lucille Parrish of the Spring Hill Community. He attended Martinsville School until 10th grade and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1952.

He was drafted into United States Army in 1955 and was stationed at Fort Carson Army Base-Colorado Springs, Colorado. He married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Corbitt, on May 5, 1955, while in Colorado. Their first child, Marilyn Sue, was born July 19, 1956. After his discharge from the Army, they settled in Center, TX. Vickie Ann was born December 26, 1958, Linda Faye was born October 23, 1964, and Michael Darnese was born December 22, 1968

He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for 36 years, retiring in September 1993.

Daddy loved to play baseball growing up and later loved coaching girls softball, little league baseball, and t-ball. He also loved his horses and raising cows. He loved going to Friday Night Football with John Holt, Jerry Parker, and Jimmy Matthews. Pawpaw was always involved in the grandkids’ sporting events and rarely missed anything.

Daddy was a great friend to many and admired by all who knew him. He never met a stranger, always talking with everyone. He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include:

Love of his life of 67 years of marriage, Carolyn Parrish

Brother, Robert Parrish

Sister, Jean Consford

Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sarah Corbitt Burrows and Charles Burrows

Daughters and sons-in-law:
Marilyn and Larry Latham
Vickie Rudd
Linda and Tommy Jacobs

Son, Michael and Stephanie Parrish

Laurie Latham White
Randi and Jon Lunsford
Matt Latham and Wendy
Adam and Veronica Rudd
Rachel and Michael Quast
Ashley Lowe
Amber and Matthew Phelps

Blake Latham
Reese White
Ryan Lunsford
Cade White
Jaycie Latham
Laini Lunsford
Noah Quast
Soon to be Baby Rudd

Special friends, Dorothy and Earnest Bailey

Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Lucille Parrish; in-laws, Herbert and Audrey Corbitt; brother-in-law, Jerry Consford; and sister-in-law, Sue Parrish.

Pallbearers will be Larry Latham, Tommy Jacobs, Matt Latham, John Holt, Jon Lunsford, and Matthew Phelps. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Parker, Charles Burrows, Adam Rudd, Reese White, Blake Latham, Ronny Rudd, Michael Quast, Noah Quast, and Cade White.

A special thank you to Garrison Nursing Home & Rehab and Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.

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


Timothy Byndom, 56 of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday morning, June 8, 2022 at his home in Shelbyville. He was born October 18, 1965 to the late Roy Byndom and the late Ella Mae Cartwright Byndom.

Visitation will be 10am to 5pm on Friday, June 10 at Community Chapel in Center. Visitation will also be held prior to the funeral service on Saturday beginning at 10am at the Church. Funeral Service is at 11am on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas. Internment is at Gates Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop WC Martin officiating.

Tim attended Shelbyville ISD. He worked in the logging woods up until his health failed. He was a member of Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and often attended Gates Chapel Baptist Church as well.

He is preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents; brother, Kent Byndom; niece, Jessica Brinson; and nephew, Jermaine Brinson.

He leaves to cherish his memory:

Faithful companion, Rose Lloyd (Kathy)

Angela Bledsoe Burse (DeShawn)
Tichice McCollister
Tyonronda Adams

Son, Baron Horton (Acquantis)

Sherry Brinson (Johnny)
Tracey Belin (Travis Sr.)

12 Grandchildren

4 Nephews:
Justin Brinson
Johnny Brinson Jr. (Bianca)
Jeremy Brinson
Travis Belin Jr.

Lucille Brazil
Annie Garrett
Jewel Williams
Gladys Garrett
Brenda Carrillo (Jesus)
Diane Sparks
Donna Martin (W.C.)
Minnie Stanberry
Girtha Swindle (Roosevelt)
Mildred Gardner
Iva Boykins (Joe)

Lawrence Cartwright
Truman Cartwright
Howard Cartwright
Kerry Cartwright
V.K. Byndom

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Leo Paul Putman, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Born December 20, 1934, in Texarkana, Arkansas, Leo is the son of Ira Mae Johnson and Joseph Leon Putman.

He is survived by:

Genise Putman Saas and spouse Ben
Pamela Cole
Keith Putman and spouse Shonia
Kyle Putman and spouse Lisa

Jason Franzese
Jessica Franzese
Jarah Chesnut and spouse Gary
Heather Saas
Kristy Carnes
Alissa James
Jodi Mullins and spouse Jonathan
Haley Dillon and spouse Kirk
Keith Putman Jr. and spouse Angie
Kandace Meisch and spouse Victor
Amanda Linthicum
Kevin Putman
Matthew Putman and spouse Mariah
Adam Copelin and spouse Jennifer
Jessica Greer and spouse BJ
Cade Copelin
Maya Putman
Elijah Putman

Many great-grandchildren

2 great-great-grandchildren

Jeanette Edling
Dale Putman
Edna Baldwin
Jack Putman
Wayne Putman
Pat Yakich

Preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Wilsa Putman; children, Denise Putman and Kevin Putman; grandson, Cole Carswell; son-in-law, Carlton Cole; parents, Ira Mae Johnson and Joseph Leon Putman; siblings, Travis Vaughn, Mildred Appleby, and Kathy Griffin.

Pallbearers will be Keith Putman Jr., Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman, B.J. Greer, Roger Putman, Lesilie Putman, and Gerald Humphrey.  Honorary pallbearers will be Levi Greer, Gary Chesnut, Kaleb James, Adam Copelin, and Cade Copelin.

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


Richard T. Gray, 90, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on June 8, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on May 20, 1932, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to the late Solen Grant Gray and Edith Theresa Gallagher.  

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 2pm with Bro. Jason Broadus officiating.  

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12PM until service time at Mangum Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Richard was raised in Mathis, Texas. He graduated from Mathis High School. He joined the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for 20 years before retiring as Chief Master Sergeant. He met the love of his life, Patricia Cummings, in Tenaha, Texas, through a mutual friend. The two fell in love and were happily married on March 30, 1975 and spent over 48 years together before his passing. They had 6 children whom he loved immensely. Richard worked for the Texas Forest Service 20 years before retiring. He loved trains and anything that was associated with a train. He had a great desire to watch airshows. After his time in the Air Force he always enjoyed planes, as this is what he worked on while in the military. His family was his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending every moment with them. When grandkids came along, this was the icing on the cake. He just adored each one of them. Those that knew him loved him and could feel the love in return. His laughter, love, and compassion will certainly be missed.

He is survived by: 
His loving wife, Patricia

Craig Gray and wife Caren
Mark Gray and wife Jane
Bryan Gray
David Ramsey and wife Darlene

Debra Caldwell
Donna Dugger

Brother, John Gray

Sister, Teresa Ann Underwood and husband Henry

Derik Gray and wife Courtney
Victor Gray and wife Courtney
Hope Chamber and husband Joe
Taylor Caldwell
Tyler Caldwell and wife Kia
Justin Samford and wife Sean
Stephanie Samford
Melissa Anthony and husband Tyrell
Takoda Dugger and wife Hannah
Angel Ramsey
Michael Ramsey

Numerous great-grandchildren

Great-great grandson, Kash

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Solen Grant and Edith Teresa Gray; sister in laws, Pam Gray, Freda Cummings; and brother in laws, Herman Cummings, and Mike Cummings. 

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

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


Vickie Jean O’Pry, 63, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Martinsville.
Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Steve Noble officiating.  

Born January 16, 1959, in Dallas, Vickie is the daughter of the late William Roy “Bopa” O’Pry and Jacqueline Delores “Nana” O’Pry. She enjoyed spending time with her spouse, children and grandchildren. She was a kind soul who also loved taking care of her animals and gardening. Vickie will leave a void in the lives of everyone who knew her. 

She is survived by: 
Her spouse, Juan Ceuvas

Brother, Gary Lynn O’Pry Sr. and wife Sheree of Lindale

William Warren “Duke” Campbell of Longview
Mindi Marie Chavez of Center

Sophia Marie Anderson of Center
Eli Shae McWilliams of Center

Many nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by her parents, William Roy “Bopa” O’Pry and Jacqueline Delores “Nana” Green O’Pry; siblings, Debbie Gayle 
Hudspeth and Peggy Diane Lang; nieces and nephews, Jerry Lynn O’Pry, Jennifer Dianne Lang, and Miracle Starr O’Pry; great nephew, Matthew Maeker; grandparents, Ola Mae O’Pry and William H. O’Pry, Hilda Morie Green and Bruce Irving Green.

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


Jonathan Granville Waller, 46, of Center, Texas, passed away on June 6, 2022, in Center, Texas. He was born on October 7, 1975, in Pineville, Louisiana, to Alton Roy Waller and Glenda Crouch.

Graveside service will be held at Neuville Cemetery, FM 2140, in Center, Texas on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 11am. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 9AM-10AM at Mangum Funeral Home.

Jonathan was raised in the Neuville Community in Shelby County. He attended Center High School. Jonathan had a son, Sean, whom he loved dearly. He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He enjoyed working on old trucks. He could do just about anything from carpentry, to fixing what was broken. Jonathan enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and working in his garden he had each year.

Survived by:

Son, Sean Waller

Mother, Glenda Waller

Jamie Waller and wife Aimee
Timothy Waller and wife Anita

Tonya Parks
Melissa Waller Robertson
Amanda Waller
Angela Pope and husband John; 

Special niece, Keylee Jernigan

Briley Pope
Raegan Pope
Diana Cooper
Kelsey Waller
Alyssa Waller
Lexi Robertson
Savannah Robertson
Angie Sigler

Dawson Pope
Jake Waller
Jaxon Waller
Devin Waller

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

Jonathan is preceded in death by his father, Alton Roy Waller; paternal grandparents, Granville and Luna Waller; and maternal grandparents, Kory and Mahalie Crouch.

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

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


James H. Tomlinson of Garrison, Texas passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022. James was born December 22, 1936 in Corpus Christi, Texas to parents, James C. Tomlinson and Lillian Heldt Tomlinson.

He owned a meat packing plant in Artesia, New Mexico, after selling it he stayed in the meat packing business until starting a chicken farm in the Mt. Herman Community. James enjoyed raising cows, fishing, anything that had to do with spending time with his family watching his grandsons ride in the Shelby County Drill Team. As a young boy he was active in FAA and in the Boy Scouts, as an adult he was a member of the Hereford Association and was the president and board member of the Mt. Herman Cemetery Association.

Survivors include:

Wife, Sue Tomlinson of Garrison

Jamie Finney of Tioga, TX
Stacy Piazza and husband Joe Piazza of Garrison

5 Grandchildren:
Shea Meroney
Haley Lambert
Devin Dean
Dylan Dean
Dawson Dean

Payton Meroney
Payslee Meroney
Cayden Riney
Kyler Riney
Zoey Riney
Heston Dean
Barret Dean
Haiden Dean

Great-Great grandson, Lucas Meroney

Bonus grandkids:
Trey Piazza
Austin Piazza
Hope Piazza
Tony Piazza
Claire Piazza
Nova Piazza
Zander Rubio
Oakley Meroney

Sister, Iola Gage and husband Ken Gage

Many nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by: parents, Cullen and Lillian Tomlinson; son, James Winton Tomlinson.

He spent the last 6 months in Garrison where he could sit on his porch and enjoy watching his great-grandkids or chase them in the yard.

Special thanks to Nacogdoches Medical Center from the ER to the ICU, Heart to Heart Hospice and the Garrison Nursing and Rehab for their great care. And to the folks in the Chireno Community and the Chireno Café for watching over him the last five years.

A visitation for will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, with a funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas.

Pallbearers: Devin Dean, Dylan Dean, Dawson Dean, Payton Meroney, Joey Riney, and Austin Piazza.

Arrangements under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.


Alejandro Albert Lopez, infant son of Olivia Vega and Alberto Lopez, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

He is survived by:

Parents, Olivia Vega and Alberto Lopez

Said Alberto Lopez
Jahir Daniel Lopez
Yared Julian Lopez

Felipei Vega
Ruben Lopez
Maria Lourdes Arce

Aunts and uncles:
Alicia Javier
Manahen Javier de La Cruz
Jaime Vega and Maricruz Gonzalez
Gilberto Vega
Marcc Sanchez
Bertha Lopez
Norma Lopez
Monica Lopez
Claudia Lopez
Maricruz Lopez
Sandra Lopez
Laurdes Lopez
Anabel Lopez
Ruben Lopez

Aaron Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez
Aleka Javier
Alexandro Javier
Alex Mendoza
Daniela Mendoza
Emmanuel Vega

Preceded in death by sisters, Gezleidi Lopez and Vudit Lizet Lopez; and uncle, Alejandro Mendoza.

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


John Edward Allsbrooks Sr., 67, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Waterman Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born July 12, 1954, in Jacinto City, John is the son of Mary Janet Grimes and Charlie Edward Allsbrooks. He served in the United States Army and later worked in the oil industry as a truck driver. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. John was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include:

Son, John Allsbrooks Jr. and wife Lisa of Utah

Stepson, Clinton Risinger and wife Brenda of Center

Daughter, Charity Bunting of Oklahoma

Stepdaughter, DeJuana Risinger of Tenaha

Janet Trojanowski
Ann Moser
Viola Little

James Allsbrooks
Robert Allsbrooks

6 grandkids

Several nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by parents, Mary Janet Grimes and Charlie Edward Allsbrooks; wife, Mildred Fay Allsbrooks; son, Jess Allen Allsbrooks; and sister, Charlene Morrell.

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


Conald Webb Bates, 74, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on June 5, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on March 14, 1948, in Logansport, Louisiana, to the late Robert Elmer Bates and Eulah Merle Rhame Bates.

Graveside service will be held at Willow Grove Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 10AM with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022, from 4-6PM at Mangum Funeral Home.

Webb was drafted at the age of 19 years old and proudly served his country during Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1969 with the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Vietnam Service Medal, and Sharpshooter (Rifle). Webb married the love of his life, Norma Gene Blount, on July 13, 1967, and the two was blessed with 54 years of marriage. They had a son and a daughter. He was certainly a friend to everyone. He never met a stranger. Webb enjoyed spending time with family. He was an avid gunsmith, forged knives, and would help anyone he could throughout life. Webb was a lifelong member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Joaquin, Texas.

He was also a lifelong member of the VFW Post 8904 in Center, Texas.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Norma Gene Bates

Son, Michael Bates and wife Julie

Brother, Robert Melton Bates and wife Kay

Grandson, Zachary Bates

A host of family and friends.

Webb is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Elmer and Eulah Merle Bates; daughter, Meta Michele Bates; granddaughter, Kara Lou-Anne Felder; great-granddaughter, Danica Felder; nephew, David Bates; and sister, Rita Dickerson.

Serving as pallbearers will be Zachary Bates, Lane Bates, Avery Liker, Ray Touchstone, Dane Blount, Earnest Claybrook, Gunner Claybrook, and Lynn Stephens.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Dickerson, Slow Doug Smith, Darrell Jo Alford, James Leggett, Bubba Weaver, Lyn Irish, John Haak, Travis Rodgers, Roy Cheatwood, James Carroll, and John Hugh Leggett.

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


Leland Matthew Risinger, 34 of Center, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2022 in Longview.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday June 5, 2022 with visitation beginning at 1:00 pm. Cody Price will officiate.

Born May 6, 1988, Leland is the son of Latonya Diamond and Wayne Turner. He loved listening to his music, spending time with his friends and family, and collecting antique knives.

He is survived by:

Mother, Latonya Risinger of Center

Father, Wayne Turner and wife Beth of Marshall

Sister, Jeanna Sanders of Center

Jonathan McDade and wife Traci of Tyler
Joshua Turner and wife Katelyn of Queen City

Anita Cooper of Center
Suzie Diamond of Center
Kimberly Dugger of Palestine. 

Wesley Diamond of Longview
David Diamond and wife Alaine of Center

Maternal Grandmother, Imogene Grantom of Nacogdoches

Paternal Grandparents, Leland and JoAnn Turner of Bullard

Preceded in death by grandfather, Billy James Diamond; uncle, Phillip Cooper; nephew, Dillion Maddox; and great-grandmother, Mozelle Wilkinson.

Pallbearers will be John Dwire, Bradley Dwire, Eric "EZ" Willams, Shawn "Blue" Kunkel, Martell "JuJu" Hodge, and Josh Booker.

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


Bobby Ray Harper, 63, passed away May 27, 2022.

A celebration of life will be held at 3pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Abundant Love Ministries, 1426 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas 75935 with Reverend Marlin Cloudy, Pastor. Pastor Arthur Young officiating.

On March 12, 1959, he was born to Velma Harper and Bobby Joe Nickerson.

Bobby attended school in Center ISD. He was baptized at St. Paul Baptist Church at an early age. Bobby was a hard worker, he mainly worked in the word industry for many years until his health prevail him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Cleveland; mother, Velma Harper; father, Bobby Joe Nickerson; grandparents, W.C. and Earlie Harper; uncles, R.C. Harper and Billy Joe Nickerson; aunt, Betty Ruth Lathan and Thelma Ray Harper.

He is survived by:

Sandra Wynn (James)
Shelly Washington Leonard
Tonja Gardner Singleton (Willie)
Allison Young (Harry)
Lisa Carpenter (Eric)

Step-sisters, Latwan and Sherry Gibbs

Victor Johnson (Christian)
Donald Rushing
Kelby Gardner

Special friend, Linda Barnes

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Landon Wayne Parks, “LanLan”, 12, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on May 30, 2022, in Center, Texas. He was born on September 8, 2009, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Daniel and Erica Parks. Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Bro. Dee Daniels and Bro. Charleston Johnson.  Interment will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday, June 3, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

Landon Wayne Parks, age 12, gained his glorious angel wings Monday, May 30, 2022.

Landon touched the lives of every person he met in amazing ways.  He was truly an amazing and strong warrior. No matter what obstacles came his way, he never let them get him down or stop him. Nothing could dim the light that shown so brightly from his beautiful and loving soul.

Though Landon has gone to his Heavenly home, his love for all his family and friends remains strong with them Always!

Beloved son of:
Mom and Dad, Erica and Daniel Parks and most amazing Big Brother to his sisters and brother, Kirstie, Ellie, and Trevor

He will be missed by all who knew him, especially:
His grandparents: 
Barbara and Harold Elliott
Debra Parks
Cecil Parks
Hollis and Rebecca Thomas
Dion and Shay Schoening

Patricia McCoy

Aunts and uncles: 
Dewayne and Jessie Thomas
Brandon and Sheree Thomas
Daniel and Hannah Thomas
David Parks
Mianna Adair
Chloe Thomas
Brittney Thomas
Travis and Samantha Elliott
Brian Elliott

A host of other aunts, uncles, and cousins

Landon was greeted in Heaven by his Nanny, Earnestine Parks; Papa and Meme, Charles and Flavia Langley; cousin, Chesney Adair; cousin, Sheana Whitmarsh; uncle, Preston Elliott; cousin, Trenton Parks; and great-grandpa, Howard McCoy.

Pallbearers include Dewayne Thomas, Brandon Thomas, Daniel Thomas, David Parks, Chase Lee, and Casey Adair.

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.


Rebecca (Becky) Ann Simmons, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Jones Creek, Texas on Saturday, May 28th, 2022.

Becky was born January 2, 1941 in Timpson, Texas to John Herbert and Margaret (Prycer) Eakin. She was the eldest daughter of their 6 children and graduated Salutatorian from Timpson High School in 1959. She continued her education at the University of St. Thomas in Houston where she obtained a double major in Biology and English in only 3 years. Immediately after graduation she worked as a research assistant at Baylor College of Medicine. Her true calling was to educate, so in 1963 she accepted a position teaching high school Biology at Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas. It was there she met her husband, John Earl, and they were married on June 12, 1966. After taking time off from teaching to raise her family, she returned back to the classroom until her retirement in 2000. 

Becky was an avid gardener and was particularly proud of her antique rose garden. She loved spending time in her kitchen preparing delicious meals and deserts for her family and friends. Her pleasant personality and infectious laugh were contagious to everyone she met. She had a generous heart of gold and was always willing to lend her numerous artistic talents to anyone who asked. Spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren were a highlight of her later years.

Becky is survived by:

Husband of 56 years John Earl Simmons

Adrienne Simmons
Amy (Mark) Diehl
Eric Simmons

Robby Huffman
Amber Frank
Joshua Braden
Zackery Braden
Olivia Ngeti-Simmons
Cole Simmons
Hailey Simmons

5 great-grandchildren

Tony (Maureen) Eakin
Gregory Eakin

Janeice Carrington
Monica (Brad) Fitzgerald

Many nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Herbert and Margaret Prycer Eakin and brother, John Prycer Eakin.

Services will be held at Saint Mary of the Epiphany Catholic Church in Timpson, Texas on Tuesday, June 7th. A Rosary will be said at 11:15 am with the Funeral Mass at 11:30 am officiated by Father Nelson Munoz. Burial will follow at Corinth Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. The family would like to invite everyone back to the Eakin home for a visitation/meal immediately following the burial. Arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be nephews Joe Carrington, Bubba Carrington, Chris Carrington, Christian Carrington, John Paul Packard, Luke Packard, Troy Eakin and James Eakin.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Marty Melendez. We will forever be grateful for your compassion and kindness that you showed to Becky during her last years. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either John Herbert and Margaret Eakin Scholarship Fund or Saint Mary of the Epiphany Catholic Church. Address for both is 1717 County Rd 4849, Timpson, Texas 75975. Alternatively, Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.


Gloria Booth Peterson formally of Shelbyville, Texas and now of Nacogdoches, Texas. Mrs. Peterson died on May 19, 2022, at CHI St. Luke in Lufkin, Texas. Mrs. Peterson was born to the late Lee Ester Booth and the late Christine Cartwright Booth in Orange, Texas.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 2:30 PM at Hicks Chapel in Center, Texas. Elder Faye Dell Allen of Strong Triumph will be officiating. Committal is ad Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. Visiting is Friday, June 3, 2022, at Hicks Chapel 1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced.

Mrs. Gloria Peterson is survived by:

Son, Archie Peterson Jr of San Angelo, Texas 

Tracey Peterson of Dallas, Texas
Camillia Peterson of Nacogdoches, Texas

Syncere Peterson
Hilton Peterson
Alexus Johnson
Jahyr Patterson

Caroline Booth
Stacey Booth
Jackie Fredrick
Cleveland Booth

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net


Jimmie Leon Harding passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, May 5, 2022.  He was born on February 24, 1940, to Larkin and Jennie Harding in Laneville, TX.

Memorial Service for Jimmie Leon Harding will be held on June 11, 2022 at 10:30am at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas. Would you please come and help us celebrate the life of our beloved Patriarch.

He was known for his meticulous tile work throughout the East Texas area. For leisure, he carved wood sculptures and was quite gifted. He carved a figure of Willie Nelson and presented it to him in person. Willie Nelson's music infiltrated his life, especially "Red Headed Stranger" which his children know extremely well. His children were his greatest accomplishment. Many days you would find him outside with a cup of coffee surrounded by his love ones. That love and devotion will live on in generations to come. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by:

Wife, Helen Harding

Dennis Harding and wife of San Augustine
Shelia of Nacogdoches
James Harding and wife Judy of Center
Jeffery Harding and wife Sherry of Shelbyville
Dean Harding of Center
Joe Harding of San Augustine
Lori McSwain and husband Stevie of Center
Hope Harrison and husband Jesse of Center
Levi Harding of San Augustine

Jerry Logan and wife Carolyn of West Columbia, TX
David Harding of Austonio, TX
Carolyn Freeman of Damon, TX
Gail Brazda and husband Clarence of Wallis, TX
Roger Harding and wife Donna of Timpson, TX
Nancy Kutej of Damon, TX

Melinda McSwain of Center
Emily Ellington and husband Chris
Shannah Harding
Megan Santillanes and husband Anthony
Ryan Harding and fiancé Becky
Keith Harding
Jessica Jackson and husband Kyle
Brittany Gilchrist and husband Justin
Samantha Owens and husband Kolby
Mikey Harrison and wife Destinee
Chris Harding
Haley Harbison and husband Lucas
Marissa Wall and husband Haven
Zay Harrison
Michael Harding
Matthew Harding
Hunter Harding

22 Great-grandchildren and one on the way

Host of family, friends, and loved ones.

Preceded in death by parents, Larkin Trible Harding and wife Jennie of Damon, TX; children, Dale Wayne Harding of Center, TX; brothers, Giles (Baby-O) Harding of Damod, TX, Marshall Harding of West Columbia, TX, Mark Harding of Atlanta, GA; sister-in-law, Jeannie Harding of Austonio, TX; brothers-in-law, Ludvick Jakuebe III of Damon, TX and Franklin Freeman of Damon, TX.

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


Charles Lemoine Williams, 90, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Nathan Cox will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.

Born April 4, 1932, in Shelby County, Charles is the son of Inez Nail and Kaufman Pearl Williams. He served in the United States Army. Later, he worked in the poultry and propane industry for over 30 years and also served as County Commissioner for 12 years. Charles was a member of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 and Northside Church of Christ.

He is survived by:

Wife, Frances Williams of Center

Andy Williams of Center
Matt Williams of Center
Kim Williams of Center
Jan Williams of Bronson
Jon Davis of Center
Jason Davis and wife Felicia of Douglass

Mitch Yarbrough and wife Sandy of Center
Kirk Yarbrough and wife Dinett of Center
Kraig Yarbrough and wife Cindy of Winnsboro

Numerous grandchildren, step granchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by wife, Jackie Williams; daughter, Kay Stewart; grandchildren, Zachary Stewart and Patrick Tyre; parents, Inez Nail and Kaufman Pearl Williams; brothers, Doyle Williams and K.P. Williams; and sister, Mabel Creasy and Ethel Baldwin.

Pallbearers will be Ty Williams, Cam Williams, Branden Davis, Franklin Windham, Corey Yarbrough, Jared Yarbrough, Bryce Hunnicutt, Nathan Hunnicut, Adam Pleasant, and Austin Williams.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Children’s Hospital at https://www.texaschildrens.org.

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


Claude Richard Pridgen, 81, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, May 27, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 29, 2022, Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Rev. Paul Silvey will officiate.

Born July 17, 1940, Richard is the son of Lurline Glaze and Claude Pridgen. He retired as a fabrication inspector in the steel industry. Hobbies included gardening, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. He also loved watching football and most of all, playing with his grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Joaquin.

Richard is survived by:

Wife, Sue Stone Pridgen of Joaquin

Daughter, Jamie and husband Tom Junkin of Hunt, Texas

Son, Lane Pridgen and Claudette Kendrick of Joaquin

Stefan Pridgen and fiancé Annie Tarver of Joaquin
Dustin Pridgen and wife Britney of Joaquin

Granddaughter, Samantha and husband Mitchell Lochte of Lago Vista, Texas

Great-grandchildren: Briley, River, and Adalee

Sister, Barbara and husband Jim Coulter of Joaquin

Barbara Pridgen of Joaquin
Shirley and Bill Irish of Castroville, Texas

Special friend, Travis Rodgers.

Preceded in death by parents, Lurline Glaze and Claude Pridgen; sister, Betty Dean; brothers, Bill Pridgen and Johnny Pridgen; sister-in-law, Jane Pridgen; and brother-in-law, Webb Dean.

Pallbearers will be Tim Wilkerson, Jeff Dean, Brian Dean, Cole Smith, Todd McDaniel, Dennis Permenter, Chris Kendrick, and Brad Kendrick.  

Donations may be made to Joaquin First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, PO Box 537, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

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


Karen Sue Honea, loving partner, mother and sister passed away at the age of 54 in Center, Texas.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

She was born on April 2, 1968 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to George and Loydean Honea.  Karen started working as a cashier at CVS Pharmacy in OKC, OK and continued customer service throughout her high school years.  Upon graduation, she married, accepted transfer with CVS Pharmacy and moved to Orange, Texas where she raised her two sons: Aaron and Daron Wilburn.

After several years she dedicated herself to drive a school bus for the Little Cypress LSD Program and later for Shelbyville Public Schools.

After a short break she began working for the Shelbyville Grocery store.  She was a cashier, cook, friend and mentor to so many.  She loved to meet new people and visit with everyone on a daily basis.

During her last seven years, she divorced and met her partner, Ricky Cartwright.  They loved to go hunting, fishing and tending to the family cows.  Karen grew very fond of her new bull calf, she named “Bob”, assisting in his bottle feeding daily.  Karen was a hard worker and always busy doing something – cooking, cleaning, coloring, or just rearranging her furniture every other day.  She loved to spend time on her laptop, paint by numbers and word search puzzles.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and always willing to help in any way she can.  All children loved coming to visit Karen, ‘cause you always had candy bags ready and waiting.

During her battle with cancer, she shared a very special bond with her mother, Loydean.  Mom would come and assist Karen in her daily care routines and during her sickness through all the chemo treatments.  They shared, supported and encouraged each other every day, walking hand in hand fighting and praying for each other every day.

Karen had a beautiful and kind, loving, compassionate heart, and she stayed strong to the end.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents, George and Loydean Honea.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Her partner, Ricky Cartwright, of the home in Shelbyville

Aaron Wilburn and wife Claire of Shelbyville, TX
Daron Wilburn and wife Michelle of Shelbyville, TX

Brother, Terry Allen Honea, Sr. of Sayre, Oklahoma

Sister, LaDonna Lloyd of Edmond, Oklahoma

Kylie Elizabeth Wilburn
KevinTheodore Wilburn

Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and many friends.

We will forever Remember our “Miss Karen”.

Pallbearers will be J.D. Land, Chris Cartwright, Sa’Darion Walker, Xavier Dante Cartwright, Chris Cartwright, Derrick Mosley, and Terry Honea Jr.

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


Ima Faye McClure, 89, of Tenaha, TX passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 in Carthage, TX. Ima Faye Adams was born August 6, 1932 in Tenaha, TX to the late John Henry and Lousia Bussey Adams.

She married Elfinis James McClure, Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1995. Mrs. McClure worked for over 20 years for Green Acres Nursing Home in Center and retired as the Housekeeping Supervisor.

She loved fishing, sports, watching TV and going to church. Mrs. McClure was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Benford Chapel Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son, Gregg McClure.

Mrs. McClure is survived by:

Maxine Berry
Elfinis James McClure, Jr.
Mattie Fields
Deborah McClure
Elvis McClure
Kenneth McClure
Aubury McClure

Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Benford Chapel Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bishop Joseph Hall, Jr. officiating. Viewing will be from 12-2:00 pm on Sunday prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service in the St. John Cemetery in Tenaha.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.