Louise Gamble, 88, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation one hour prior at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

Born March 29, 1933, in Shelby County, Louise is the daughter of Ed Windham and Lottie Windham. She was raised in the Goober Hill community and graduated from Shelbyville High School. Louise retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone. After retirement she loved her flowers. Both in the yard and the dried flower arrangements she enjoyed making. But her greatest joy in life was being “MeMe”…

She is survived by:
Her son, Stephen H. Gamble

Matthew S. Gamble
Kristen Sierra
Collin McElroy
Cameron McElroy

Great-grandchildren: Jeramiah and Malachi Sierra

Proceded in death by parents, Ed Windham and Lottie Windham; husband, Hugh O. Gamble; brother, Willie Ed Windham; and daughter-in-law, Jamie Campbell Gamble.

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


Walter Rease Allen Sr., 76, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, in Center.

His wishes were to be cremated.

Born September 17, 1945, in Pike County, Georgia, Walter is the son of M.L. Allen and Annie Lou Myrtis Ward. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, watching westerns, and woodworking. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by:

Wife of 55 years, Gail Allen of Joaquin

Walter Allen Jr. (Angie) of Carthage
John Edwin Allen (Lisa) of Griffin, Georgia

Daughter, Maria Allen Trull of Henderson

Asa Leggett (Aubrey) of Bryan
Wade Trull of Henderson
Cheyenne Rose Allen of Louisiana
Jewel Marie Allen of Columbus, Ohio

Colton Lane Leggett
Hunter Wayne Leggett

Luther John Allen of Griffin, Georgia
Larry Mark Allen of Griffin, Georgia

Preceded in death by his parents, M.L. Allen and Annie Lou Myrtis Ward; and brother, James Edwin Allen.

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


Richard "Keith" Langford was born in Nacodogches County, TX on April 11, 1969.

He was raised by his mother Sharon Morris until he left home to raise his children. He worked construction until he was diagnosed with lung disease, which he fought for 6 long years before finally returning home to his mother on September 15, 2021.

He is survived by his 4 children: Kayla, Ozzlynn, Aaron, and Damion and his 15 grandchildren.

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. - Proverbs 8:17

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Alan Bennett, 44, of Center, Texas, passed away October 2, 2021 in Nacogdoches, TX.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:00AM at Neuville Cemetery, Shelby County.

Known affectionately as “Uncle Good Buddy” by his nieces and nephews, Alan Glynn Bennett was born December 6, 1976, in Center, Texas to Ferrell and Glenda Beth Spann Bennett. He graduated from Center High School with the class of 1995. Alan loved the outdoors and fishing with his dad and brother. Whenever he was around, something hilarious was bound to happen.

He could always be counted on to show up and cheer on his nieces and nephews at their ballgames and was so proud of them. One of his passions was genealogical research on his family, a passion he shared with his mother. He also enjoyed cooking for his dad. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Alan is survived by:

Father, Ferrell Bennett

Stuart Bennett
Carmen Coker and husband Gary
Brandon Bennett and wife Cherry

Nieces and Nephews:
Lucas Coker
Alyssa Coker
Dustin Bennett
Emily Bennett
Autumn Bennett

Derrell Bennett and wife Sandy
Charles Spann

Connie Spann

Many cousins and friends

Preceded in death by his mother, Glenda Beth Bennett.

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


Jimmy Lee “Wag” Wagstaff, 62, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Reynolds Cemetery in the Dreka Community of Shelby County. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Bro. Don Windham will officiate.

Born May 23, 1959, in Englewood, California, Wag is the son of Leon Wagstaff and Barbara Jean Domis Wagstaff. He loved playing his guitar, riding his motorcycle, playing games, and spending time with his family and friends. Wag always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by:

Mary Bolton
Lisa Harris (Kenny)

Nieces and nephews:
Gina Seymour
Tina Amburn (Michael)
Amy Windham (Kyle)
Sandi Shahan
Keith Harris
Kimberly Shelton (Matt)

Aunts and Uncles:
Jeanette Farris
Charlene Sanders
Gloria Wagstaff
James Wagstaff
Gerry Adams
Garvis Powell

Numerous great nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by his parents, Leon Wagstaff and Barbara Jean Domis Wagstaff; and brother-in-law, Bruce Bolton.

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


Lonnie Belrose, 72, of Shelbyville, began his first day in heaven October 4, 2021. 

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2021, at Sardis Pentecostal Church with funeral service 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2021 at the church. Bro. M.H. Schubert and Bro. Todd Jenkins will officiate. Interment will follow at Brandon Memorial Cemetery in the Sardis Community.

Born September 1, 1949, Lonnie is the son of Ray Belrose and Zannie Gay Belrose.

He is survived by:

Connie Belrose, wife of 53 years

Donnie Belrose and wife Denise
Ronnie Belrose and wife Carmen

John and Alyssa Andrews
Gage and Katelyn Belrose
Nate and Bailey Belrose
Zack Belrose
Austin Williams
Marcie and fiancé, Bubba Loofboro
Macie Belrose

Great Grandchildren
Adeline and Evalee Andrews
Logan Belrose
Tuff and Khoen Belrose
Addie, Audri, Lucchese Moore

101 year old mother, Zannie Gay Belrose

Lanell Rash
Lillian Shofner
Martha Rash and husband Kenneth
Melba Rogers
Kathryn Schillings and husband Joe Tom

Lester Belrose and wife Teresa
Leo Belrose

As well as, a number of nieces, nephews, and friends

Special Helping Hands:
Ed and Lucia
Adrian and Angelica

Preceded in death by: Ray Belrose, father; Drew McGown, father-in-law; Dicie McGown, mother-in-law; Vicki Belrose, daughter-in-law; Bobby Rash, brother-in-law; Oliver Shofner, brother-in-law; and Mike Rogers, brother-in-law.

Pallbearers will be Zack Belrose, John Andrews, Gage Belrose, Nate Belrose, GB Eaves, and Billy Wise. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommie Cox, Glen Connors, Jerry Brigman, Buddy McGown, Billy Rodgers, Kenneth Rash, and Lamar Rash.

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


Cody Pate, 37, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on October 3, 2021, in Houston, Texas. He was born on February 26, 1984, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Jeff Pate and Cindy Jones.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas officiated by Carl Barrett. Interment will follow Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

Cody attended High School in Timpson, Texas. While in High School he received numerous medals for track. He was known in his school days as “White Lightning”. Cody loved music and played the drums and guitar. He loved all different types of music. Cody played drums in church for a time. Everything Cody tried; he was good at. Cody was known as a clown and loved to make people laugh. He would do anything, including pranks, just to get a laugh out of people. Cody was very outgoing and never met a stranger. You definitely knew if he liked you and you for sure knew if he didn’t. Cody had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone who needed him. He had the biggest heart and loved big. Cody loved his family and spending time with them. His greatest pride and joy were his children, Kaden and Brileigh. He loved them with all his heart and soul. Cody fought demons his whole life and was often misunderstood, but it has been said that he had a yearning to be close to God. He recently was saved and rebaptized. We know that “Cody-goat” is in heaven now with his Uncle Timmy and all his other family that was waiting at the gates for him. Cody will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cody is survived by:

Father, Jeff Pate and wife, Cindy

Mother, Cindy Jones

Kaden Pederson
Brileigh Pate

Grandmother, Joyce Jones

Cheryl Milford and husband, Shawn
Kristen Hibbard and boyfriend, Andrew Harvey

Step-sisters, Jada and Jordan Davis

Along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

Cody is preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie Jones, Arvel Pate, and Dorothy Pate; Uncles, Timothy Pate, Charlie Jones, Michael Pate, and Butch Parker; aunts, Elaine Parker and Kim Jones; cousins, Cassie Bates and Megan Mason.

Serving as Pallbearers are: Shawn Milford, Kutter Milford, Case Milford, Matt Hudman, Matt Pate, and Jason Pate. Honorary Pallbearers are: Chad Pate and Ryan Jones.

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.


On September 27, 2021, Gerald “Jerry” Messer (AKA Granddaddy) of Porter, TX left this earth for his final fishing hole. Gerald was born August 28,1937, to Robert and Hazel Messer and grew up in Houston, TX.

He worked in the Engineering Service of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center for 29 years and was extensively involved in the transition from the old VA Hospital to the current facility, as well as in the building of the initial VA Lufkin Community Outpatient Clinic. He retired to Timpson, TX in 1996.

In earlier years, Gerald was involved in community fundraising through the Lone Star CB Club. He also enjoyed his bowling leagues, fishing, hunting, and golf. He could often be found barbecuing for family events, the little league teams, or VA staff get togethers.

A 47-year member for the Masonic Lodge, he was the Newbern Lodge recipient of the Masters Award, as well as the Golden Trowel Award – the highest award a Lodge can bestow upon an individual member.

Gerald/Granddaddy was dedicated to his family and friends. After his retirement, his previous employees continued to reach out and express their respect, appreciation, and admiration for his leadership and support of them. Gerald displayed grace in the manner to which he adapted to his declining health in the latter years of his life. He will be remembered for the way he offered counsel, support, and love.

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hazel Messer; his brother, Robert Messer; and his daughter, Sherry Kingsbery.

His is survived by:

Beloved wife of 65 years, Dorothy Henry Messer

Daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Lundin and Bill Johnson

Son and daughter-in-law, Denny Messer and Rose Messer

Sister, Rosa Messer

William “Bubba” Messer
Gerith Kingsbery
Dusty Teague-Scherf
Michael Lundin
Brandon Johnson
Brooke Long
Clark Cornelison
Christopher Cornelison

16 amazing great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 2 pm at the Cleveland Civic Center, 210 Peach Avenue, Cleveland, TX 77327.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed for the Masonic Newbern Lodge No.97, A.F. & A.M., P. O. Box 694, Center, TX 75935.


Bobbie Lou Jenkins, 87, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021, in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. Internment will follow at Patroon Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born September 17, 1934, in the Patroon Community of Shelby County, Bobbie is the daughter of Thomas Jones and Thelma Monroe Jones. She retired as a Nurse Aide.  Bobbie was a member of Patroon Baptist Church.

She is survived by: 
Her sons: 
Tom Jenkins and wife Sandy of Patroon
Steve Jenkins and wife Liz of Athens
Todd Jenkins and wife Stephanie of Garland

Sally Belcher
Caleb Jenkins
Claire Wilburn
Madison Jenkins
Sam Jenkins
Jack Jenkins

Pyper Belcher
Eastyn Belcher
Deacon Belcher
Kylie Wilburn

Brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: 
Joe and Ann Banks
Kathy Jones

A number of other relatives

Preceded in death by husband, Floyd Jenkins; parents, Thomas Jones and Thelma Monroe Jones; and brother, Elec Jones.

Pallbearers will be Caleb Jenkins, Ricky Lout, Darrin Lout, James Goodwyn, Dan Fleming, and Jamie Hagler.

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


Ms. Jennie Mae Greer, 78, passed away September 28, 2021. Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Westview Cemetery, on Bolton Street, Center, TX at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Howard Cloudy, Eulogist.

Visitation will begin on: Friday, October 8, 2021 at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 2pm.6pm, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Jennie Mae Greer was born March 22, 1943 in Center, Shelby County, TX. 

She leaves to cherish her loving memory: 
Randy Greer
Rodney Greer
Johnny Ray Greer
Tony Latham Sr.

James Nickerson of Beaumont
J.L. Nickerson, Beaumont
E.L. Nickerson, Houston

Mary Booker, Beaumont
Clara Washington, Houston
Willie Chatlin, Beaumont
Ruthie Nickerson, Baytown
Ada Nickerson, of Houston

A host of nephews, nieces, grandchildren and one great-grandchild

Her father Kasey Nickerson and Mother Clara Tanner Nickerson and her husband J.B. Greer all precede her in death.

Services Entrusted to Her Family of Professionals at: Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, TX 75961 (936) 564-4351 “Where The Family Comes First”


Harice Glynn Childers, 81, of Dallas, Texas, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021. Glynn was born 3 January 1940 in Lufkin, Texas, the son of Harice and Myrle Childers. 

He graduated from Center High School in Center, Texas. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Glynn had a very interesting and rewarding career. After graduating from SMU, he worked as Shell Oil Commissions Supervisor, co- owned Magic Gas Co., and after 28 years of service, he retired from John Deere-Dallas, where he received many awards and recognition for his implementation of uniform accounting and management systems for the 325 dealerships he managed in ten states. His other pursuits included ranching, real estate, construction, and investment opportunities that resulted in his being named Jaycee of the Year in 1964 in Corsicana, Texas.

In addition to his professional career, Glynn was an avid collector. His extensive collections included western art, belt buckles, spurs, Indian artifacts, all things related to Buffalo Bill Cody, and a 1957 T Bird that he enjoyed racing.
He was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.

His mother, Myrle Laverne Thrasher Childers, and father, Harice Childers; grandparents, Thomas “Tom” Ward and Maggie Annie Thrasher and John and Lettie Childers preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his beloved dogs, Cody Bill and Rags.

He is survived by:

Personal friends, Conrad McCarty, Melvin Voight, Kevin Hanna, and Russ Johnson

Cousin, Johnny Frank Childers

Other numerous cousins and friends

Graveside services will be held in Center, Texas, at Oaklawn Memorial Park at 11 AM with a viewing at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be sent to Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Dr., Carrollton, Texas 75006 or other charitable organizations.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Merline “Miss Pete” Mancil Hayden Byley, 88, passed away on September 29, 2021 in San Augustine, Texas. Miss Pete was born on March 11, 1933 to Noel Mancil and wife Josie. She married her first husband Ted Hayden on November 4, 1954, and they were married for 38 years until he passed away. A year later she met and married her second husband Fred Byley on June 25, 1994 in Pineland, Texas. Until his death. 

Miss Pete is preceded in death by her son, Jeffery Hayden; parents, Noel and Josie Mancil; brothers, Roger Mancil, William Mancil, and John Mancil; and sister, Nancy Jane Mancil Bailey.

She is survived by:

Twin sister, Earline Mancil

Daughter, Helen Mullins and husband Mike

Shasta Lovell
Tiffany Mullins

Numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Miss Pete was always a hard worker and wore many hats, anything from picking cotton in the field as a child to waitressing, and cooking. She always had an open invitation and door for friends and family to come gossip with her over a good cup of coffee. Miss Pete always had an open bed and tray of good food for anyone that needed it. She loved being the life of the party anywhere she went. You could never miss Miss Pete out and about you could hear her a mile away talking. She had a magical green thumb that was also a master at the crochet arts, and quilting. 

Viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 4, 2021 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Graveside services will follow the viewing Monday, October 4, 2021 at Mount Herman Cemetery in Center, Texas.

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


Felix Gonzalez Jr., 35, of Center, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service and interment will be held at a later date under the direction of Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Raymondville, Texas.

Born September 16, 1986, in Lamesa, Felix is the son of Felix Gonzalez-Torres Sr. and Maria Chavez. He worked as a truck driver allowing him to both travel and live in Texas, California, Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. Felix often enjoyed family barbeque gatherings and time spent with his daughter, nieces and nephews who thought the world of him. Felix was a kind and caring individual – the best father and uncle. He was often referred to as an “old soul”. He loved music, especially the “oldies.” He liked to read and was intrigued with the Mexican Revolution. A talented writer, he was in the process of authoring a book. A football game was also something he very much enjoyed as he was a Huge Dallas Cowboy Fan.

Felix leaves behind to cherish his memories:

Daughter, Alessandra “Desi”

Parents, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Sr. and Maria Chavez

Siblings: Maricela, Maribel, Marilee, Marisol, Mariel, Jose, Jesus, Melissa, Justin, and Yesenia

Numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins

Grandmother, Beatriz Alvarez

Girlfriend, Priscilla

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Odilon Alvarez.

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


Clifton Marquette Cagle, 64, joined his father and mother in heaven on September 1, 2021. Clifton was born on Oct 7, 1956, to Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christen Armstrong in Center, Texas. 

To honor the memory of Clifton Marquette "Mark" Cagle aka Poss there will be a memorial service Saturday, October 2nd at the Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church at 5 p.m. The church is 2 miles off Hwy 87 on FM 417 East in Shelbyville, Texas. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome. 

Clifton graduated from Shelbyville High School and was honorably discharged from the air force. He was a fire fighter and treasurer for Shelbyville volunteer fire department. He was also a Dispatcher for 20 plus years and a member of Mt Calvary Full Gospel Church. Mark was a gentle and kind soul. He never met a stranger; he was full of love and life. He loved his family and his friends more then anything else. The world will not be the same without him. Mark is loved by so many and will always continue to be loved and missed.

Survived by:

Wife, Barbara Jean Cagle, married November 3, 2006

John Henrey and wife Cyndi Cagle of Center
JC and wife Susan Cagle of Shelbyville

Rosemary Cagle of Shelbyville
Christine Border of Center
Lizz and Joe Rama of Nacogdoches

Ronny Williams and wife Christal of Temple
John Hutto of Shelbyville
Vanessa Walker and Mike Selman of Center
Sarah and John Berry of Joaquin

Loved by all his nieces and nephews, they called him Uncle Buck or Unkie

Grandchildren: Hayden Xander, Isabella, Jaxson, Hunter, Kyler, Liam, Brooklyn, Scarlett, (10)- Harley

And many more friends.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christine Armstrong Cagle; Brother William Raymond Cagle.

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


Charles Cook, 70, went to be with the Lord on September 25, 2021.

Funeral service will be held Noon, Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Frankston City Cemetery in Frankston, TX.

He was born August 22, 1951 in Jacksonville, TX to J.C. (Joe) and Vay Dell Ellis Cook of Center, TX.

As a young boy he fell in love with horses. As he got older he got involved in rodeo where he did a little bit of it all. He roped, team roped, steer wrestled and even rode a few bulls. His love of horses turned into a passion that lasted until his last breath. After he retired from the Texas Highway Department he spent all of his time breeding and racing horses. He named some after his nieces and nephews and one Ms. Vay Dell who was named for his mother who he cherished. His other passion was his trips to Yellowstone. He would spend hours scouring the mountain sides and valleys for bears.

Charles is survived by:

Sheila Varwig of Pineville, LA
Mary Gwen Willoughby and husband Kenneth of Deridder, LA
Rhenee Flores and husband Joe of Dry Prong, LA

Special niece and nephews who knew him as "Hunk":
Christena Alexander (Eric) of Tioga, LA
Daniel Emanis (Monique) of Center, TX
Michael Emanis (Kasey) of Hallsville, TX
Todd Varwig (Yvonne) of Hoover, AL
Jaceson Willoughby (Wendy) of Deridder, LA
Teddy Varwig (Kerry) of Las Vegas, NV
Christy Lee of Florida
Terry Varwig (Jahnienne) of Bastrop, LA
Lisa Culpepper (Cary) of Carrier, MS
Chad Varwig of Lafayette, LA

Numerous other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Former wife Betty Cook.

A group of his Brookshires friends where he enjoyed spending time "shooting the bull."

Pallbearers will be close family members and friends.

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


L.B. Evans, 78, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Joaquin.

Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 1, 2021, at Attoyac Cemetery in San Augustine. John Paul Sledge will officiate. Visitation is prior to graveside at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 9:45am until 10:45am. 

Born May 25, 1943, in San Augustine, L.B. is the son of Ben Evans and Alice Richardson Evans. He worked as a carpenter. L.B.’s favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, and most of all, spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.

He is survived by:

Wife of 54 years, MaryLee Evans of Joaquin

Jessie Griffith and wife Lisa of Joaquin
Gary Evans and wife Melissa of Joaquin
Ricky Evans and wife Deanne of Joaquin
Christy Bates of Joaquin
Lori Eldridge of Joaquin

9 grandchildren

9 great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by son, Michael Griffith; parents, Ben Evans and Alice Richardson Evans; and brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be L.B.’s grandsons.

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


Charles Harris, 89, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on September 27, 2021, in Garrison, Texas. He was born on September 5, 1932, in Garrison, Texas to the late William and Miriam (Beckham) Harris. Funeral Service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas, with Bro. Randy Stokes and Bro. Blackie Cranford officiating.

Visitation will be 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

Charles Harris was born and raised in Garrison, Texas. He joined the Army straight out of high school. He was stationed in Germany and spoke often of his time there. Charles worked for Lone Star Steel for 17 years before going on to be self-employed as a heavy machinery operator for the rest of his life. Charles and Ima Jean enjoyed traveling and camping trips with family and friends. He loved his time on the farm tending to his cattle. He was a family man and loved spending time with them. He was very involved in many local churches. Charles will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Charles is survived by:

Loving wife, Ima Jean

Son, Bobby Harris and wife, Judith

Debbie Lutes
Patty Lilly and husband, Dennis
Carla Hutto and husband, Kevin
Colette Hutto and husband, Keith

Lindsay Chang and husband, Patrick
Jessica Hailey and husband, Lane
Cory Lilly and wife, Susan
Morgan Hutto
Lauren Hutto

Taylor Hailey
Lilly Chang
Banks Lilly

Dimple Lunsford and husband, V.L.
Marry Ann Swartz and husband, Gale

Brother-in-law, Robert Little

Sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Harris

A host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, William and Miriam Harris; brother, Wilford Harris; and sister, Dot Little.

Serving as pallbearers are Cory Lilly, Clint Richards, Chris Box, Brian Box, Wes Chandler, and Timmy Harris. Honorary pallbearers are James Box, John Childs, Richard Lundy, Ralph Roberts, and David Funk.

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.


Billy McSwain, 81, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation one hour prior at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.  Bro. Charles Hall will officiate.  

Born July 9, 1940, in Center, Billy is the son of J.W. “Bill” McSwain and Iris Lowery McSwain. At 16 years of age, he joined the United States Navy. Billy later met his wife Helen, and together they raised two sons – John Paul and Tim McSwain. While his boys were young, Billy enjoyed spending time with them during athletic events and outdoor activities, especially duck hunting. 

Billy and Helen also enjoyed family RV trips. Big Country and Western music fans, a Gene Watson song could bring a smile to their faces, proving true the song, “Old Love Never Dies.” A hard worker, Billy often could be found operating heavy equipment and doing mechanical work. Billy was an employee for Pennzoil refinery in Shreveport, LA for 41 years. In his later years, he found a loving companion in his dog, Houdini.  Until his health began to decline, Billy was a very active member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by:

Wife of 60 years, Helen Tyler McSwain of Joaquin

Son, Tim McSwain and wife Paula of Mont Belvieu

Daniel McSwain of Anahuac
Tyler McSwain and wife Peyton of Joaquin
Logan McSwain and fiance Kara of Anahuac
Bailee Smith and husband Cole of Joaquin

John Tyler
Paxton McSwain
Mikelyn Smith

Daughter-in-law, Joel McSwain Bumback of Joaquin

Preceded in death by son, John Paul McSwain; parents, J.W. “Bill” McSwain and Iris Lowery McSwain; and siblings, Kenneth McSwain and Jackie Adams.

Pallbearers will be Daniel McSwain, Tyler McSwain, Logan McSwain, Cole Smith, Jimmy McSwain, and Stevie English. 

Honorary pallbearers will be John Tyler McSwain, Dickie Smith, Race English, Cam English, Clois Slaughter, and Johnny Harvey.

Memorial donations can be made in Billy’s name to Jackson Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1047, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

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


Longtime Angleton resident John Winder passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on September 23 at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness. 

A visitation will be held at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton on September 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. with graveside services and burial at Old Salem Cemetery in Center, Texas at 1 p.m. on Thursday. A reception will be held at the church afterwards. 

Born to parents Preston Winder and Jewel Hawthorne Winder on November 12, 1939, he was named John Wayne by his older sister Mavis who kept a close relationship with him all their lives. He grew up in the small community of Caro, Texas near Nacogdoches and attended school at Central Heights, graduating in 1958. Some of the best years of his life he often said were playing basketball for the Blue Devils.

He married Linda Johnson of Center in 1965 and they moved to Angleton in 1966. He was one of the first five people hired when Angleton Danbury Hospital opened in 1969 and he worked there until 1996, leaving as director of purchasing. He especially enjoyed co-workers and the student workers he supervised in Central Supply each year. 

In the 1960s and 1970s he was very active with the Angleton Jaycees, working on local projects such as the March of Dimes and attending conventions all over the state. He coached the Jaycees Little League baseball team and worked all fundraisers.

He was always close to his family, enjoying get-togethers at Caro and going on vacations with his brother Rho. He was just as close to his wife’s family and liked working with his in-laws at their East Texas farms. Wherever he was, there was always a game of dominos underway.

He was a morally good person, one who was always helpful, trustworthy and kind. He liked a calm life and never went to extremes.

The most exciting time of his life was the birth of his son David in 1974. The two shared a love of sports that started when David was a toddler and never stopped. He especially enjoyed the years helping out with David’s baseball teams and then watching him play basketball for the Wildcats.

More exciting times came with the birth of his grandchildren Saje in 2006, Sophia in 2008 and Finnick in 2012 and his daughter-in-law Renee still tells about how when Saje was a baby, he would go over just to watch her sleep.

In later years he enjoyed playing dominos at the rec center and spending time with close neighbors. He volunteered with projects for his wife’s journalism classes at Angleton High and also helped out with campaigns for State Representative Dennis Bonnen.

Plagued with health problems most of his life, he started declining about ten years ago. He slowly lost mobility and his eyesight but kept a keen mind and never lost his ability to remember any and everything that had ever happened in his life or on a basketball court or baseball field.

Pallbearers will be Mark Clifton, Lynn Johnson, Shelby Johnson, Ed Johnson, Dennis Bonnen and Royce Lawson.

He is survived by:

Wife, Linda Winder of Angleton

Son, David Winder and wife Renee of Clute

Saje Winder of Clute
Sophia Winder of Clute
Finnick Winder of Clute

Brother, Rho Winder and wife Juasell of Nacogdoches

Mavis Clifton of Nacogdoches
Sue Sanders of Nacogdoches

Royce Lynn Johnson and wife Isabelle of Center
Karen Bittick and husband Wayne of Center
Angela Lawson and husband Royce of Center
Louise Johnson of Center
Billy Jernigan and wife Karen of Nacogdoches
Larry Jernigan and wife Lisa of Euless

Numerous nieces and nephews

Many special people in the Winder, Hawthorne, Johnson, McSwain and Jernigan families.

Preceded in death by: parents, Press and Jewel Winder; nephew, Jerry Clifton; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Myra Winder of Rusk; father-in-law, Royce Johnson of Center; father-in-law, Bill Jernigan of Center; and mother-in-law, Maxine Jernigan of Center.

Services are under the direction of Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.


Ervin Lee Bennett (65) of Center, Texas died on September 23, 2021, at the local emergency room.

Graveside service will be Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Westview Cemetery at 1:00 PM at Westview Cemetery. Rev. Wilbert Simmons the eulogist.

He is survived by:

Lyla Ann Pennington of Grand Cane, Louisiana
Francis Mae Eaden of Center
Ella Bennett (Joel) of Center

Sheba Polley of Tyler
Kamisha Nobles of Tyler

Brother-in-law, James Lowe of Center
Sister-in-law, Shelia Latham of Center

Special Aunt, Mozelle Smith of Center

Special Uncle, Jim Yarborough

Visitation is Friday, October 1, 2021, from the hours of 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Hicks Chapel. Committal is at Westview Cemetery in Center.

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced.

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