11/30/2020

Monise Rashell Shofner, 56, of Timpson, Texas was promoted to Glory Wednesday November 25, 2020 following a long battle of cancer. Monise was born January 25, 1964 in Houston, Texas and a 1982 graduate of Timpson.

A Celebration of Life Service for Monise Rashell Shofner and Susie Shofner will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Willow Grove Community Church in Joaquin. The address is 4635 County Road 3790, Joaquin, Texas.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Tabitha Tucker-Wachal of Omaha

Daughter-in-love, Crystal Conger of Weathford, Texas

Sister, Jan Berry of Shelbyville, Texas

Grandchildren:
Trevin Wachal
Nolyn Wachal
Chais Jackson

Niece, Amanda Berry Robbins of Shelbyville

Nephew, Robert Berry of Shelbyville

She is preceded in death by her parents Edward “Sonny” & Grady Lou Shofner, and sister Susie Shofner.

Her cremation is entrusted to All Families Mortuary - Burke, TX.

05/03/2021

Hughie Jennings Allen (81) native of Center, Texas; formally of Orange, Texas; and now of Denton, Texas, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Westview Cemetery, 12:00 noon.

He was born in Center, Texas on June 22, 1939 to the late Willie Leroy Allen and the late Blanche Kathleen Pilot Allen McClelland. Hughie was known for his laughter, deep voice, broad smile, and strong handshake. Hughie had a heart for people and never met a stranger. He had a love for family, friends, music, cooking and caring for his yard. In his youth, he joined Mt. Zion CME church and remained a life-long faithful member. Over the years, he served in numerous churches and utilized his God-given musical talents. He will lovingly be remembered for his 40+ years of service as an educator, dedication and service to others, his professional excellence, civic and community involvement. Most of all, he will be remembered for his love of music and playing the piano from an early age for church and special events. Hughie was a professional musician and has trained choirs and appeared on radio and television on many occasions.   

At 16 years old, Hughie graduated Valedictorian Class of 1957 from C.H. Daniels High school in Center, Texas. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Texas College, a Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin University with further study toward a Doctorate degree. Hughie began his career as an educator in the public schools in Diboll and Lufkin, Texas. In 1974, he and his family moved to Orange, Texas where he served as Assistant Principal at West Orange Junior High School, and later served as Principal of Jones Elementary and Personnel Director for the West Orange Cove Independent School District. Hughie loved his students, education and investing in those around him. He set high standards for all of his students and inspired them to reach for their dreams. Hughie retired from education in 1998, but he never stopped teaching and learning. He was an avid reader, student of history and family ancestry and gardening. 

Hughie desired to make a difference; he was an active member and leader in numerous organizations, committees and boards. Upon retirement, he continued to serve in these roles and added a few along the way. He began his second career as a Realtor in Orange, Texas and found great joy in this activity. Hughie had a variety of talents including grilling, barbecuing, and growing a garden. Hughie valued relationships - spending time with people brought him energy and happiness! In his younger years, he was sure to make in person visits to say hello. In his later years, his frequent phone calls and texts replaced those drive by’s via car, but they were still often and jovial. 

East Texas held a special place in his heart. From Center, to Nacogdoches, to Lufkin and all points in between, whenever in the area, he was sure to hit all the spots to say hello to a cousin or friend along the way. No matter where he traveled, Center held a special place in his heart and he always found his way home. 

Being a husband, father, grandfather, brother “bubba”, and uncle were high on his list. He loved his family to the moon and back and would brag on each of them whenever he had the chance.

He is survived by:

Dedicated wife, partner in life and music for more than fifty years, Doris

Daughter, Raquel (Leo) Daniels and his son Vincent Allen

Grandchildren:
Noah Allen
Zoe Allen
Ian Daniels
Bryce Allen

Siblings:
Reggie McClelland (Tammy)
Kathy (Michael) Haynes

Niece, Vanessa (Al) Davis

Sister-in-law, Linda Allen

Brother-in-laws, men who are like brothers, many nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews will miss him dearly. Numerous cousins, family friends, and those that were on the weekly speed dial and text list, will miss him every single day. 

To honor Hughie, a Memorial with the Prostate Cancer Foundation has been established. In lieu of flowers, contributions and gifts may be made via http://www.pcf.org/HughieAllen

The greatest comfort during our sorrow was the expression of sympathy conveyed to us in many ways. We deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness and thank you most sincerely for your prayers, support, and love. The family of HJA

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

Service entrusted to Sparrow Funeral Home (1107 6th Street Orange, Texas 77630. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.sparrowfuneralhome.com. Obituary announced by Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.

05/01/2021

Marvin Earl Biggar, 61, of Longview, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Longview.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 3, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Tommie Ferrell and Bro. Nathan Ferrell will officiate. Interment will follow at Biggar Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Born December 24, 1959, in Center, Marvin is the son of the late Joe Neal Biggar and Lois Lucille Burkhalter. He worked as a driller in the oilfield. Mr. Biggar turned his life around while completing and graduating Hiway 80 Mission in Longview. His hobbies included fishing and kayaking, especially in Arkansas. He was a member of Tatum Holiness Church.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Keni Jo Biggar of Flint
April Campbell and husband Justin of Shelbyville

Grandchildren: Presley, Kross, Kwade, and Kroix Campbell

Sisters:
Debbie Jordan and husband Marvin of Tenaha
Becky Walker and husband Tony of Joaquin
Mona Bowlin of Center
Tammy Stanaland of Nacogdoches

Brother, Cris Rhodes and wife Jeana of Timpson

Lifelong friend and mother of his children, Carolyn Denby of Gary

Lifelong friend, Michael Floyd

Stepfather, Charles Rhodes of Timpson

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ovia Biggar and Lois Rhodes; grandparents, Marvin and Evie Biggar and Gilford and Lula Burkhalter; nephew, Bradley Rhodes; and brother-in-law, Terry Stanaland and Michael Bowlin.

Pallbearers will be Michael Floyd, Marvin Jordan, Jimmie Ferrell, Mark Humphrey, Richard Faucett, and Justin Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Louie Faucett and Don Stevenson.

Memorial donations can be made to Hiway 80 Mission at www.hiway80rm.org or 3123 W. Marshall Ave., Longview, Texas 75604.

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

04/30/2021

Terry Lynn Cooley, 71, of Center, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2021, at Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center with visitation an hour prior. Bro. Andy Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 

Born September 30, 1949, Terry is the daughter of Finnie and Harvey Commander. Better known as “Mimi”, she lived her life to the fullest. She loved to laugh, make others laugh, and lift people up. Terry never met a stranger and loved unconditionally. She loved her life as a wife and mother, but “Mimi” was her role. She was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Husband, Archie Wayne Cooley of Center

Children:
Michael Garrett and wife Darlene of Conroe
Hannah Louise Cooley of Center
Danny Wayne Cooley and wife Jeannie of Oneonta, Alabama
Angel Sullivan and husband Brad of Lucedale, Mississippi
Tina Whiteside and husband Darren of Center

Grandchildren:
Brian Garrett
Chass Garrett and wife Heaven
Patrick Garrett and wife Kaitlyn
Casey Garrett
Danny Bailey and wife Brittany
Allen Urban
Heather Amrine
Jessy Egan
London Reeves and wife Jesse
Jeremy Cooley
Chris Cooley
Alex Manning

18 great-grandchildren and counting

Brothers:
Johnny Johnson
Robert “Bobby” Johnson
Howard Johnson

Numerous nieces and nephews

Lifelong friends, Rohte and Leah Rae.

Preceded in death by parents, Finnie and Harvey Commander; and birth mother, Eva Lamerle Johnson.

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

04/29/2021

Johnnie Ray Tarver, 74 of Tenaha, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service is 1pm Saturday, May 1, 2021 at St. John Baptist Church in Tenaha. Interment is at Friendship Cemetery in Tenaha with Pastor Chandler Pettis officiating.

Survivors are:

Daughters:
Mita (David) Green of Jacksboro, Texas
Latrice (Timothy) Gates fo Tenaha
Mischa (Darrica) Bell of Nacogdoches 

4 Grandchildren

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

04/29/2021

Jasper “Lin” Lindon Marcantel, 71, passed away March 25, 2021 at U.T. Health in Tyler, Texas from complications after a fall. Lin was born on September 14, 1949 in De Quincy, Louisiana to Jasper Sidney and Doris Marie Cole Marcantel. He resided in Bronson, Texas until his death.

Lin was known by all for his great leather work which he started at a very young age. He was the owner of Lin’s Custom Saddlery in Bronson, Texas. Where many of his friends enjoyed coming by for a visit and to hear what new stories Lin had to tell. His knife making friends always came on Monday to have him make sheaths for them.

Lin worked for several western stores before working for Texas Parks and Wildlife where he retired from. He continued working in his leather shop up until his death.

He was a member of Bronson First Baptist Church. He dearly loved his grandchildren, Cade, Gracie and Chase. Lin had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back if someone was in need.

Survivors include:

Son, Corey Ross and his daughter, Lindsey Ross

Brother, Bill Marcantel and wife, Sharon of Darrington, Washington

Sisters:
Nell and Larry McBride of Pineland
Nita and Mike Adkison of Center

Grandchildren:
Cade and Gracie Ross
Chase Williams

Several nieces and nephews

Aunts:
Marie Cole of Westlake, Louisiana
Lorine Marcantel of DeQuincy, Louisiana

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper Sidney Marcantel and Doris Marie Cole Marcantel.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the Pineland First Baptist Family Life Center in Pineland, Texas with Rev. Jimmy Salles and Rev. Adam Carrigan officiating. Burial is at Centerview Cemetery in Pineland, Texas.

Mike Mitchell, Jay Smith, Norman Dew, John McBeth, Darrell Elerby, John Stephenson and Jeff Greer served as pallbearers. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Lin to the Pineland First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. BOX 216, Pineland, Texas 75968.

04/29/2021

William Gayland “Bo” Morris, 81, of Gary, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021, at Old Tennessee Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. John Whitworth officiating.

Born October 21, 1939, in Tenaha, Bo is the son of the late Clifford Doyce “C.D.” Morris and Mavouryne Grace Morris. He worked as a carpenter and also served on the Tenaha School Board for 30 years. Bo never met a stranger and often enjoyed going to the casino, horse races, and on mission trips. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Linda Malnar (John) of Lufkin
Lisa Grey of Houston

Sons:
James Lawrence (Karen) of Lufkin
Thomas Morris (Calin) of Nacogdoches

19 grandchildren

Numerous great grandchildren

Niece, LaRaye Bailey of Tenaha

Sisters:
Karen (Glen) Cruse of St. Louis, MO
Doyce Bailey of Tenaha.

He is preceded in death by his grandchildren, Carson Morris and Landry Morris; parents, C.D. and Mavouryne Morris; brother, Robert Earl Morris Jr.; and brother-in-law, Eddie Bailey.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Morris, Eric Freeman, Gerald Freeman Jr., Johnny Harrington, and Taylor Fanguy.

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

04/28/2021

Luevenia Barnes, age 81, of San Augustine, Texas passed away Monday, April 26, 2021 at Christus Good Shepherd in Longview, Texas.

Funeral Service is 1pm Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Reed Chapel Baptist Church. Interment is at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Anthony Jackson, Officiating.

Viewing is 1pm until 6pm Friday, April 30, 2021 at Garner and Son Chapel.

She is survived by:

Son, Travis Lee Barnes of San Augustine, Texas

Daughters:
Thelma Jean Crockett of San Augustine, Texas
Shearon Colman (David) of Easton, Texas
Janice Barnes of Lufkin, Texas
LuCrishia Simmons of San Augustine, Texas
LuTishia Barnes of San Augustine, Texas

18 Grandchildren

20 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Leroy Crockett of Shelbyville, Texas
James Crockett of San Augustine, Texas

Sisters:
Lovie C. Boyd of Gloster, LA
IverNell Simmons of Geneva, Texas

As well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services are entrusted to Percy Garner and Son Mortuary in San Augustine, Texas.

04/27/2021

Ronny Joe Beard, 69, of Timpson, Texas, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2021 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was born on February 12, 1952, in Center, Texas, to the late Joe Bill and Gearldean (Curbow) Beard. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, 75975.

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home. 

Ronny grew up in Houston, Texas one of 11 children.  He graduated C.E. King High School and joined the United States Airforce and proudly served his country over 25 years before retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 2003. Ronny married Anita Dyer and the two raised three wonderful children. After retiring from the Air Force, Ronny, moved back to East Texas and made his home in Timpson. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He loved working his Kubota tractor whether it was gardening or just tinkering.  Ronny greatly enjoyed every moment spent with his grandchildren. Ronny always enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with his family and friends. He had such a warm, loving heart.  

He is survived by: 
His sons: 
Ryan Beard and wife Briana
Wesley Beard and Brittany

Daughter, Stacy Babella and Jeff Cowan

Mother of their children, Anita Moore and husband Robert

Brothers: 
Donny Beard and wife Darlene
Terry Beard and wife Carol
Randy Beard and wife Martha

Sisters: 
Barbara West
Sandra Beard
Becky Palmer

Grandchildren: 
Isabelle Burnett
Xaria Kelley
Donovan Burnett
Wesley Wyatt Beard Jr.
Brooklyn Self
Sutton Beard

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

Ronny is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Ronea Beard; parents, Joe Bill and Gearldean Beard; brothers, Tommy Beard, Jerry Beard, Perry Beard; and sister, Shirley Cottongin.

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

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

04/27/2021

Emma Elizabeth (Betty) Willoughby Chambliss of Lufkin, Texas, formerly of Center, Texas, went home to be with our Lord and savior on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the age of 80. 

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin, Texas. 
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Blake Powers officiating. She will be buried beside her beloved husband in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

She was born in Benton, Bossier Parish, Louisiana on July 14, 1940 to Henry Clayton Willoughby and Tressie Alaf Byrd Willoughby.

She was blessed with a close and loving family. She loved her family fiercely and without fail was always there to provide guidance, forgiveness, unconditional love and support in everything they encountered and set out to accomplish.

She was married to Charles Thomas Chambliss for 60 years and together they raised three beautiful daughters, Cindy, Debi and Mary. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas since 1961. She worked at Land O’ Pines Diary Products Co/Okay Food Company, Inc. for 37 years. She retired as office manager and an officer in the company.

She is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Cynthia Ann Raines of Lufkin
Debra Renee’ Blackburn and husband Joe of Lufkin
Mary Elizabeth Chambliss Stripling and husband Doug of Lufkin 

Grandsons: 
Charles Andrew Raines of Fort Wainright, Alaska
Cory Penick of Lufkin
Robert Lee Raines and wife Melissa of Nacogdoches

Step-granddaughter, Katelyn Stripling of Lufkin

Great-granddaughters: 
Charla Ann of Fort Wainright, Alaska
Kaelee Yam Raines of Fort Wainright, Alaska

Great-grandsons: 
Cash Lee  of Nacogdoches
Eli Isaac Raines of Nacogdoches

Brother, Kenneth Wayne Willoughby of Joaquin

Brother-in-law, Terry Chambliss and wife Elena of Mission

Sisters-in-law: 
Lena Chambliss of Chireno
Barbara McCauley and husband WH of Nacogdoches
Beverly McCauley and husband Travis of Chireno

Many loved nieces, nephews, first, second and third generations, and other family and friends

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Charles Thomas Chambliss; parents, Henry and Tressie Willoughby; brother, Alvis (Buddy) Willoughby and wife Helen; sister, Rosa Mae Jordan-King; sister, Maxine Oswalt and husband Dennis; sister-in-law, Rose Willoughby; son-in-law, James Valdez; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas Leonard and Viola Gertrude Fenley Chambliss.

Pallbearers are: Charles Raines, Active; Cory Penick, Active; Robert Raines, Active; Shane Willoughby, Active; Allan Willoughby, Active; Clayton Wright, Active; Robert Earl Jordan, Active; Joe Blackburn, Honorary; Doug Stripling, Honorary; Wayne Blackburn, Honorary; Wayne Willoughby, Honorary.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Chambliss’ memory may be made to the Parkview Baptist Church Building Fund, 111 Parkview Circle, Lufkin, TX 75901.

Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

04/26/2021

Leigh Curry (Ruth Lela), age 76, was born on January 17, 1945, in Tylertown, MS, and peacefully passed away at her home on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Pearl, MS.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Burley Wease Hinson.

While upon her journey in life, she had the opportunity to embark upon various career paths. She found her passion at Hinds Community College where she had the fulfillment of workin with many wonderful students and fellow staff. She served as the secretary and liason to the Honors Society were initially found her true calling to serve and help others. After many years, she decided to pass on the torch and devote her time to her family.

She is surved by:

Siblings:
Ron Hinson (Brenda)
Bill Graves (Mary)
Paul Graves
Joy Lewallen

Children:
Judy Dickson
Janice Barton (Robert) of Tenaha
Jonathan McCardle (Kathy)
Cody Curry (Mandy)

Step-children:
Cindy Hertel (Gene)
John Dickson

Grandchildren:
Brandon Whatley (Crystal)
Brandi Cummings (Holden)
Brittany Lienau (Derek)
Owen McCardle
Garrett McCardle
Taylor Beam
Kimberle Beam

Great-Grandchild, Kohen Cummings

Numerous nieces and nephews

And like a Mother too many children throughout her life.

04/26/2021

Sylvia Martin Miller, 75, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on April 25, 2021 in Center, Texas. Born May 26, 1945, in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Sylvia is the daughter of Robert Ponder and Mira Ponder.

Visitation will be 10:00AM - 11:00AM Wednesday April 28, 2021 at Haslam Baptist Church Joaquin, Texas. Funeral Service will be 11:00AM Wednesday April 28, 2021 at Haslam Baptist Church Joaquin, Texas.

Sylvia is survived by: 

Sons: 
Tommy Martin and wife Chris
James Miller and wife Brenda
Kenneth Miller and wife Victoria
John Martin, and wife Casi 

Grandchildren: 
Darren Hodney
Dustin Hodney
Cara Hodney
Chase Martin
Julianna Martin “Oswalt”
Emma Martin
Shelbi Miller
Junior Miller
Danielle Miller
Chevy Bounds
Remington Panell
Ruger Panell
Derringer Panell

Great-grandchildren: 
Everly Martin
Sarah Doles
Kaden Doles
Heavenly Pate
Dustin Michael Hodney
Kaleb Hodney
Carter Hodney
Jaxon Martin
Kenzi Martin
Madi Martin

Sisters: 
Elizabeth Fuller
Linda Walden

Preceded in death by: Husband, Elwood Martin; Parents, Robert Ponder and Mira Ponder; Daughter, Sherry Hodney and Sister, Lillian Holloway.

Pall Bears; Tommy Martin, James Miller, Kenneth Miller, John Martin.

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

04/26/2021

Homer Joe Fitts, age 69, of San Augustine, a Shelby County native, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at his residence.

Joe was born March 17, 1952, in Center, Texas, to parents Joe M. Fitts and Billie Marie Arnold Fitts. He was a longtime resident of Wells, Texas, before moving to the San Augustine area several years ago. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1974 receiving his bachelors degree in industrial engineering. Joe was the owner/operator of Nacogdoches Steel Fabricators for many years before his retirement. He also had a great passion for farming, hunting, and many outdoor activities. He was a proud member of American Trap Shooters Association. 

His survivors include:

Wife, Carolyn Oliver Fitts of San Augustine

Daughters:
Lisa Cartwright and her husband Kevin Lynch of San Augustine
Linda Thornton and husband Charles "Hoss" Thornton of San Augustine
Cathy Cathey and husband Jimmy Cathey of Pollok, Texas

Grandson, Jason Cartwright and wife Jessica

Granddaughters:
Heather Childerss and husband Jace
Cayla Lara and husband Mauricio

Great-grandchildren:
Makenley Cartwright
Olivia Lara
Matthew Lara

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe M. and Billie Marie Fitts; a granddaughter, Kristen Cartwright; and his grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2021, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Fitts Family Cemetery, located on FM 3017 near San Augustine, with Bro. Skipper Eberlan officiating.

Pallbearers: Westly Hightower, Brent Hopson, Bill Boozer, David Nettles, Jimmy McElhaney, Tom Thornton, Jody Goodwin, and Kathy Bell. Honorary pallbearers: Wesley Hoyt, Jimmy Sharpton, Bob Reed, Jack Nichols, Phil Sublett, R.D. Griffin, and Pat Vardeman.

The family would like to extend a special appreciation to caregivers Suzie Wise, Cynthia Bryan, and Frances Mings Burns, along with the staffs of Texas Home Health and Affinity Hospice, as well as many family and friends who were faithful to remain at his side.

The family suggests memorials may be offered to your favorite charity in memory of Joe.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine.

04/26/2021

Martin Bailey Lane, 83, of Jasper, Texas, passed away on April 23, 2021 at Harbor Hospice Hospital in Jasper, Texas. He was born October 27, 1937, in Tenaha, Texas, to Ruby Pearl Primrose Lane and James Bailey Lane.

Martin grew up in the Tennessee Community and attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Lamar State College of Technology. He retired from Texaco Research in Port Arthur, Texas, as purchasing agent. He was the co-owner of Tours by Lane, a travel business he and his wife operated in the Golden Triangle area, for 27 years. Martin was a member of Lake Rayburn United Methodist Church, a member of the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Lodge in Jasper, Texas, and a U.S. Army veteran.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by:

Wife of 33 years, Mary Moore Lane

Daughter, Brandi Lane Roach and her husband, Kendell Roach of Port Neches, Texas

Granddaughters:
Wynter Roach
Cameron Roach of Port Neches

Stepdaughter, Kimberly Isaacs and her husband, Dennis Isaacs of Beaumont

Granddaughter, Leslie Ann Walker and her husband, Joshua Walker of Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Great-grandson, James Hutchison Walker of Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Brother, Stephen Polk Lane and his wife, Donna Lane, of Marshall

Niece, Stephanie Lane Smith

Nephew, Michael Lane.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM, at Lake Rayburn Methodist Church, 349 FM 1007, Sam Rayburn, Texas, with interment to follow at 2:00 PM, at Tennessee Community Cemetery, located on FM 947 at CR 4683, Tenaha, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Rayburn Methodist Church, PO Box 5014, Sam Rayburn, Texas 75951. 

Services are under the direction of Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.

04/23/2021

Maxine Lunsford Gaddy of Garrison, Texas passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021, surrounded by loved ones in Garrison, Texas. She was born on September 24, 1942, in Garrison, Texas to the late Albert Lee Lunsford and Mary Alice (Hartt) Lunsford.

Funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church, 7509 Camp Tonkawa Road, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Kenneth Rector officiating. Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 11 AM at Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church, Garrison.

Maxine was raised in Garrison. She attended Garrison High School. She met the love of her life, Wayne Gaddy, in 1957 and the two were married shortly after. They raised three wonderful children whom they loved immensely. The two spent over 55 years together before his passing. Maxine joined Garrison ISD and drove a bus for many years. She then went to work at Moore Business Forms and spent over 20 years there before retiring. Maxine enjoyed genealogy and finding information on her family. She loved spending time outdoors, whether hunting, fishing, or watching wildlife she was very happy. Her most enjoyable moments were those spent with her children. Granny loved her grandchildren, and great grandchildren as well. Maxine served the Lord at Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church in Garrison, being a charter member since 1955. She loved to praise her Lord by singing and playing the piano and did so passionately.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Jeanese Murdock
Jeanette Higginbotham and husband Randy

Sister, Mary Ann Wharton

Brother, James Lee Lunsford

Grandchildren:
Brandi Cochran
Waylon Murdock
Dustin Gaddy
Hunter Higginbotham

Great-grandchild, Logan Cochran

Special friends:
Teny Rector
Pauline “Sister” Bardwell

Special friends/caregivers:
Mary Ann Wharton
Terri Sparks
Piper Tindol
Tina Hutto
Bridgette Hudman

Numerous nieces and nephews

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

Maxine is preceded in death by her loving husband, Wayne Gaddy; son, Michael Wayne “Mike” Gaddy; parents, Albert Lee and Mary Alice Lunsford; sisters, Wanda Jean Thrash, Doris Connell, and Mildred Sue Knight.

The family would also like to especially thank Harbor Hospice and Nurse Lori Iversen for the exceptional care given to their mother and loved one during this time.

You may listen to the funeral service being broadcasted on FM 98.7 from the parking lot of Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church. The family requests masks to be worn in the church building for the safety of everyone.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church, 399 CR 280, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75961.
You may listen to the funeral service being broadcasted on FM 98.7 from the parking lot of Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church. The family requests masks to be worn in the church building for the safety of everyone. 

In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church, 399 CR 280, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75961.

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.

04/23/2021

Dr. Kenneth Dewey Hairgrove went to rest on April 21, 2021. He was born on February 2, 1939, in the Buena Vista Community in East Texas to Agnes Burns and Dewey Jefferson Hairgrove.

Kenneth began his education in a one-room schoolhouse and continued his education at Timpson High School where he graduated in 1957. He then attended Stephen F. Austin University where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. While at SFA, he played the baritone saxophone in the band.

Ken grew up attending the Buena Vista Baptist Church in his hometown and later was a member of Manor Baptist Church in San Antonio.

His first teaching job was in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1963. He moved to San Antonio to teach History at San Antonio College (SAC). During this time, he was also able to attend Texas Tech University and received a Doctor of Philosophy with a major in History in 1974. Kenneth spent his career at SAC and presented his classes with a genuine enjoyment of history and was loved by his students. He was an innovative professor and was one of the first in his department to serve as the professor for history telecourses. Before his retirement in 2008 as Professor Emeritus, he served as the Department Chair of History.

Shortly after coming to San Antonio, he was introduced to Sarah Jane Pearson by his cousin. Their first date was an evening at a square dance after a rare snowfall in San Antonio. They were married in 1970 at the First Baptist Church in Stockdale, Sarah’s hometown.

Ken and Sarah enjoyed traveling and visiting with family and friends. Ken liked yard work and growing different kinds of plants, experimenting with those he was not familiar with.
He went to many art shows with Sarah and helped in setting them up and talking with visitors from all over the world.

Ken loved animals, especially cats—among which were Abby, Kiki, Eliza, Opie, and Chloe—and one dog Samantha. They were treated as family members and led very special lives.

Kenneth was a kind, gentle, and thoughtful person. If someone needed help, he was glad to give it. He was a frequent donor to the South Texas Blood Bank.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents Agnes Burns and Dewey Jefferson Hairgrove, a brother Marion Hairgrove, and sisters Lurline Hairgrove Cole and Elaine Hairgrove Neal.

He is survived by:

Loving wife Sarah, with whom he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary on July 18, 2020

Nieces and nephews:
Stanley Hairgrove
Brian Hairgrove
Brett Hairgrove
Randy Hairgrove
Alan Hairgrove
Jeff Neal
Sheryl Gollier
Janis Hairgrove

Many cousins and friends.

The family thanks Cornerstone Assisted Living and Embrace Hospice for their loving care.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Finch Funeral Home in Stockdale, Texas. Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. with a service to begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Stockdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Alamo Colleges Foundation, 2222 N. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78215 or to the Buena Vista Cemetery Association, PO Box 629, Timpson, TX 75975.

04/23/2021

Our precious little angel, Scarlett Ann Gonzalez, beloved infant daughter of Jose Gonzalez and Mary Aldape, of Center, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Scarlett was born September 10, 2020. Throughout her 7 months her laugh and smile always brought joy and happiness to us and to everyone she touched.

Visitation will be held from 8:00AM to 8:00PM Friday, April 23, 2021 at Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas.

Scarlett was survived by:

Brothers and Sisters: 
Nataly Cardenas
Aracely Cardenas
Valentin Cardenas
Martha Cardenas
Nia Cardenas
Jorge Gonzalez

Aunt, Juanita Arreazola,

Uncle, Juan Aldape (Yarely Aldape,

Uncle, Jorge Arreazola,

Uncle, Rodolfo Perez,

Aunt, Sarahi Arredondo, 

Uncle, Alexandr Gomez,

Grandparents:
Artemisa Gome
Ruben Gonzalez

Preceded in death by:
Grandparents: Maria Cruz Arreazola and Pilar Aldope,
Uncles: Abel Aldope and Jorge Gonzalez.

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

04/23/2021

Bobbie Sue (Oliver) Eberlan, age 74, of Center, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She was born February 5, 1947, in Bronson, Texas, to parents Myrtie (English) Oliver and Odessa Oliver. Mrs. Eberlan was a longtime resident of the Center area. She was a homemaker and faithful daughter, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family. She loved spending time with her family and helping take care of everyone. Her early school days were spent at the Rosevine Community School in Sabine County.

Her survivors include:

Daughters:
Melinda Macias and husband Tony of Center
Tammie Sutton and Kenneth Scott of San Augustine
Tina Taylor and Stacy of Center
Tonya Hinson and husband Keith of Center

Brother, Winford Oliver of Houston

Sisters:
Marsha Dearing of Hemphill
Marilyn Jagneaux of Fort Worth

Grandchildren:
Jimmie Smith
April Poindexter
Lyndall Johnson
Jessica Rice and Larry
Billie Poindexter
Chelce Smith and Givoanai
Dakota Poindexter and Ashley
Devin Dade and Amanda
Lyric Smith and Tra
Marissa Macias and Guillermo Ruiz
Tyrone Jones and Jennifer
Tionna Eberlan and Brianna
Tyrese Jones and Lacy
Kedrin Hinson
Timothy Johnson
Kierra Hinson

Great-grandchildren:
Nathaniel Taylor
Jimmarion Smith
Aprilyn Johnson
Cameron Hutson
Jaxon Goings
Sierra Smith
Amaya Smith
Kayden Dade
JaLaya Phillips
Korben Dade
Jayden Smith
JaCason Phillips
Chasen Smith
Klayton Dade
Kays'leigh SmitH
Levi McKinney
Alyzabeth Poindexter
Elijah Poindexter
Asher Poindexter
Aiden Ruiz

She was preceded in death by her father, Odessa Oliver; her mother, Myrtie (English) Oliver; a granddaughter, Christy Taylor; a great-granddaughter, Makayla Taylor; and siblings, Kenneth Oliver, Samuel "Bo" Oliver, Margie Harris, Pauline Birdwell, Lamar Oliver, and Marie Oliver.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel. Committal service and interment will follow at Rosevine Cemetery, located on FM 1 in Sabine County.

Pallbearers: Devin Dade, Tyrone Jones, Nathaniel Taylor, Tyrese Jones, Guillermo Ruiz, Tionna Eberlan, Keith Hinson, and Dakota Poindexter. Honorary pallbearers: Jimmie Smith and her great-grandchildren.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

04/23/2021

Harden Jones, 83, of Center, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with visitation at 1:00 p.m. Bro. Don Windham will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born January 10, 1938, in Shelby County, Harden is the son of the late William N. Jones and Blanche Davis Jones. He became a carpenter by trade. On May 13, 1961, Harden married the love of his life, Libby Phillips, with whom he shared almost 60 years. In his free time, he enjoyed playing on a bowling league in Nacogdoches, camping, and watching Miami Dolphins football. Harden was a member of Timpson United Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by:

Wife, Libby Phillips Jones of Center

Children:
Lisa Jacobs (Roy) of Shelbyville
Vicky Shields (David) of Center
Wayne Jones (Penny) of Center
David Jones of Center

Grandchildren:
Leslie Pless (Rocky)
Candice Eaves
Tiffany Shields
David Shields (Dandi Davis)
Nathan Jones (Rachael)
Kylee Moore (Cheyenne)
Brant Jones (Annie)

18 great-grandkids; 6 great-great-grandkids

Sister, Elaine Yarborough (Joe) of Tenaha

Numerous nieces and nephews

He is preceded in death by his parents, William N. Jones and Blanche Davis Jones; brothers, Elbert Jones, Leon Foster, R.J. Jones, and LaVell Jones; and sister, Marie Combs.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Jones, David Shields Jr., Brant Jones, Jackson Parker, Samuel Pless, David Shields Sr., and Rocky Pless.

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

04/19/2021

Imogean Daniels Williams, 72, of Center, Texas passed away on April 14, 2021.

Mrs. Williams was born to the Late Hilton Lee Daniels and Rosie Lee Garrett Daniels. She is a 1967 C.H. Daniels High School graduate. 

Graveside service will be Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Westview Cemetery in Center at 1:00 P.M. Bro. Freddie Wilson will be officiating. 

She is survived by:

Sons: 
Byron Daniels of Tyler
Brian (LaQuita) Williams of San Augustine
Norris Glenn (Valaria) Hearne

Daughter, Tabitha (Tommy) Williams of Center 

Brothers: 
Lilton Daniels of Center, Texas
George (Elma) Daniels of Center

Sisters:  
Thelma Nobles of Tyler
Joyce Horton of Center
Deborah (Kenneth) Goodwin of Center

Aunt, Hazel Brown of Longview

Special Cousin, Joan Garrett of Houston

Visitations will be Tuesday, April 20, 2020 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and graveside 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

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