Marie Virginia Nail Humphries-Haltom, 96, of Crosby, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at her residence.

Marie was born December 7, 1923 in Center, to parents; Frank Dilliard and Ima Daisy Holt Nail, and has resided in the Crosby area since 1956. She was a graduate of Center High School, a former secretary for Crosby ISD, and held membership with Crosby United Methodist Church and Women’s Aglow Fellowship. Marie was also a licensed minister and volunteered at local nursing homes as well as Plane State Jail in Dayton. Marie also enjoyed quilting, gardening, and fellowship with others.

Mrs. Haltom was preceded in death by her parents: Frank and Ima Nail, husbands: Joseph Alton Humphries and James Hubert “Red” Haltom, sons: Ronnie Humphries and Michael Humphries, stepson: Tony Haltom, and brother: Blake Nail. 

She is survived by:
Her son, Joe Lynn Humphries and wife JoAnn

Daughter, Valerie Avonne Haltom and life partner Cindy Bowling

Daughter-in-law, Judy Humphries

Sarah Humphries
J.R. Humphries and wife Tess
Susan Humphries
Richard Haltom and wife Melissa
Amy Strickland and husband Lynn
Allen Haltom and wife Mandy
Joyce Bowling
Roy Bowling

Loxley Humphries
Roscoe Humphries
Katalina Mendez
Zander Westergard
Kayce Strickland
Emma Haltom
Kindal Moreau

Her devoted caregivers:
Maria Rojas
Carin Loeser
Heavenly Martinez

Numerous other relatives, and friends

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at he Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel in Baytown.  Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Antioch Cemetery in Center.


Brigadier General Benard Wayne Gann, age 80, returned to his Heavenly Father on November 20, 2020. Ben was a great American patriot, husband, father, grandfather, and brother. We weep at the loss and at the same time are grateful to God that such men lived. He was a true hero. 

Ben was born December 28, 1939 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He attended Center High School where he was an accomplished student and athlete. In 1962 he earned his BBA from Baylor University where he met his future wife, Genelle Amason of Corpus Christi. 

In 1963, he began his Air Force career. He attended Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and received a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Troy State University. He was an accomplished pilot and leader who accrued 6,000 flying hours. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam and Panama, commanded two combat bomb wings, and rose through the ranks to Brigadier General. Because of his courage and humility, he was admired and respected by those with whom he served. General Gann was awarded many commendations including the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the prestigious Defense Distinguished Service Medal. 

In 1995, Ben, Genelle and their family moved to Tyler, Texas, where he became a financial advisor. He was very involved in the community and in the church he loved, Marvin United Methodist. 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Genelle, their son Scott, granddaughters, Deven and Avery; son Mason, his fiancé, Doctor Angela Smith, twin grandsons, Miles and Matthew; daughter, Ashley Lowrance and husband, Jason, grandchildren, Wyatt, Everett and Catherine; his sister, Edwina Samford, nephews, Randall and Jeffrey, niece, Sherry Oliver and husband, Ben. 

General Gann will be buried with military honors at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with a private ceremony. A memorial service will be planned at a later date in Tyler, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eternal Flame Fund at Marvin UMC, 300 West Erwin St., Tyler, Texas 75702. 

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth…I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.” From “High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee Jr.


Octavius Eulalee Bowers Epps passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Christus Good Shepherd Hospital, Longview, Texas at the age of 100 years and 8 months.

Octavius was born on March 15, 1920 in Center, Texas to John B. and Gertrude Hayden Bowers. She lived most of her life in Center, growing up on a large cotton farm just outside of town. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church. She graduated as Salutatorian from Center High School in 1937. That summer she moved to Houston to attend Draughon’s Business School. Her first job was in the business office of a trucking company near the Houston Ship Channel.  Shortly after the trucking company closed, she moved to San Augustine where she had accepted a job at REA (Rural Electrification Administration). 

While living in San Augustine, she met Calvin Maurice Epps. They were married on January 4, 1942, and soon after they moved to the Corpus Christi Naval Base during World War II.  They lived in a 4-plex apartment on the base where their first daughter was born. After being honorably discharged, they moved back to Center where their first son and second daughter were born. 

In her 100 years, she saw her family’s transportation change from a wagon pulled by mules to automobiles, the Great Depression, World War II, and man landing on the moon. She even vacationed in all 50 states! 

Octavius was an extraordinary woman of strong character with a deep faith in and love for her Lord and Savior. She raised her children to love Jesus as well. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and she loved the outdoors, especially hunting. We thank God for blessing our lives with the gift of this extraordinary lady, who was our dear Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great Grandmother, Cousin and Friend! She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Octavius was preceded in death by her parents, infant twin brother and sister, and her husband of 54 years.

She is survived by: 
Vera Epps Seilhan of  Longview
Calvin Lee Epps and wife, Pat of Houston
Leta Epps Sledge and husband, Scott of Austin

Melanie Fleeman
Scott Seilhan and wife Abby
Brendan Seilhan
Michael Epps and wife Patty
Stephanie Epps Baker and husband Curtis
Brian Epps and wife Rebecca
Daniel Sledge and wife Monica
Leslie Sledge Guillory and husband Adam

15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation is at First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 on Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Brother Rick Webb, Buckner Westminster Place Chaplain, will officiate, and interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 1554 State Hwy.7 E, Center, Texas.
We would like to thank all the staff of Buckner Westminster Place of Longview for their care and support throughout her 12 years there.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions in Octavius’ name to Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the Benevolence Fund at First Baptist Church of Center.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Larry Reynolds passed away at his home in Center on Friday, November 27, 2020, just a few days after his 60th birthday.

A graveside service will be held at the Reynolds Cemetery in Dreka at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 4. Brother Lamar Denby, Jr. will officiate.

Larry was born on November 21, 1960 to Inez and G.B. Reynolds. He was a member of West Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1979. He worked for Tyson Foods in Tenaha in the mechanic department for over 15 years which he loved. He would later miss his coworkers and his job when he had to leave the company due to Parkinson’s.

He will be remembered for his hearty laughter, his kind heart, and his love for his friends and family. He enjoyed listening to music (especially rock and roll), doing puzzles, going fishing, going to the beach, working on cars, hanging out with friends, and talking on the phone or in person to his sister, Paula.

He is survived by:

Paula Harvey and husband, Caleb of Center
Phyllis Castillo and husband, Tony of Houston
Vicki Reynolds-Kutschinski of Kingwood

Nieces and Nephews:
Jenny Harvey
Adam Castillo
Olivia Castillo
Selina Kutschinski
Max Kutschinski
Anna Kutschinski
Lars Kutschinski

He is preceded in death by:
His parents, Inez and G.B. Reynolds
His niece, Christy Harvey

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home and Cremation Services. 


Susan Akridge Toomer, 62, of Woden, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, at her home in Woden.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at Center First UPC in Center with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Bro. Andy Wilson and Bro. Barry Rankin will officiate.  Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Born August 10, 1958, Susan is the daughter of the late Luther Akridge and Edna Adkison Akridge. She was a member of Center First UPC in Center.

She is survived by: 

Husband, Jimmy Toomer of Woden

Tonya Furnace and husband Russell of Dilley
Lacy Sherrill and husband Jonathan of Town Creek, Alabama
Eric Toomer and wife Kara of Jayess, Mississippi

Kayleigh Sherrill
Raegan Furnace
Kennedy Sherrill
Bailee Furnace
Easton Sherrill
Everett Toomer
Shepherd Toomer
Lottie Susan Toomer

Billy Akridge and wife Jan of Center
Gene Akridge and wife Zandra of Melrose

Numerous relatives and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by parents, Luther Akridge and Edna Adkison Akridge; sisters, Carolyn Fenley and Joyce Chandler; brothers, Jimbo Akridge, Benny Joe Akridge, and Danny Akridge.

Pallbearers will be Russell Furnace, Jonathan Sherrill, David Hailey, Joey Fountain, Shad Lout, and Chad Gibson.

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


Gloria Matlock, 60, of San Augustine passed away in her home on November 21, 2020. 

Viewing will be tonight at All Families Mortuary and Cremation Services 1218 Albany Avenue, Lufkin, Texas from 6pm to 8pm.

Funeral Services for Miss Gloria Matlock will be at 1pm Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Price Cemetery in San Augustine with the Rev. Bryan Gates officiating.

She is survived by: 
Husband, Kenneth Matlock, Sr.

Daughter, Misty Matlock

Kenneth Ray Matlock, Jr.
James Kennedy Matlock

Khadijah Edwards
Katera McCollister

Services are under the direction of All Families Mortuary & Cremation Services.


Jimmie Arnold (80) of Center, Texas died, November 20, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Arnold requested cremation for his remains.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

He is survived by:

Wife, Mrs. Frankie Jo Arnold of 59 years. 

Son, Jeffery Arnold of Center, Texas 

Daughter, Marketta Arnold-Edmond (David) of Center, Texas     

Markeisha Alonzo (Marco)
Brandon Brinson (Teresa)
Kristi Arnold
Isaac Trotty
Clineecia Trotty

4 Great-Grandchildren

Sister, Irma Bolton

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


Jay Ballard, 84, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020, in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at Shepherd Hill Cemetery in Willis.

Born June 11, 1936, in San Augustine County, Jay is the son of the late Whit Ballard and Florence Warr Ballard. He was of the Catholic faith.

Jay is survived by:

Wife, Anna Ballard of Joaquin

Jayson Ballard of Timpson
James Lucher and wife Gloria of New Waverly

Grandson, Steven Lucher and wife Kerrie

Brother, Stacy Ballard of Joaquin

Sister, Julaney Campbell and husband Kenneth of Burleson

A host of other friends and relatives.

Preceded in death by his grandson, Jason Lucher; parents, Whit Ballard and Florence Warr Ballard; brothers, Jimmy Ray Ballard and Lacy Coy Ballard; sister-in-law, Jean Ballard.

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


Cleo Pratt Hines of San Augustine, Texas, passed from this life on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at his residence. 

He was born in Pineland, Texas, on December 22, 1930, along with his twin brother, Clint, to Nathan Pratt and Alamay Hines. Cleo graduated from Pineland High School in 1948 and attended Sam Houston State University until entering the Air Force in 1951. He proudly served his country as a Flight Engineer on C-130 military transport aircraft during the Korean Conflict.  Following the war, he and his brother returned to college and graduated with B.S. Degrees in 1956.

In his early working career, Cleo was employed by Temple Industries and served in several capacities including general manager of its retail lumber operation in Pineland. He later worked in the oil and gas industry as a pipeline inspector for various engineering firms. In 1992, he obtained his license as a nursing home administrator and served as the first administrator of Hines Health Care when the Clint L. Hines family opened its new skilled nursing facility in San Augustine (now Colonial Pines Nursing and Rehab).

Cleo was a special father to a special son and devoted his life to ensuring that Jason was happy, loved and that he unlimited opportunities to experience his life to its fullest. Cleo’s motto was always “LIVE WELL – LAUGH OFTEN – LOVE MUCH” and this is the type of life he lived.  One of his greatest pleasures was having family and friends visit in his home while enjoying good food, fellowship and fun, or just sitting on the front porch to “spit and whittle.”  His good humor and one-line jokes will be missed by all who knew him. 

Cleo is survived by:

Wife, Muriel Jean Hines

Son, Jason Todd Hines

Grandson, Jeremy Griffin

Lois Hines
Marilyn Steptoe
Donnie Hornsby
Cindy Holmes
Linda Earnest

Special daughter, Pam Eberlan

Numerous nieces and nephews and many friends who were considered family.

He was preceded in death by parents; sons, Jay Hines and Jon Keith Griffin; and brother, Clint L. Hines.

Pallbearers include son, Jason Hines; grandson, Jeremy Griffin; nephews, Leon Renfroe, Michael Steptoe, Scott Morris, Jeffrey Morris, Nathan Hines, David Hines, and Chad Boyette.

Honorary pallbearers include Dan Fussell, Charles Boyette, Robert Cartwright, Mark Cartwright, Gerhardt Lam-Yuen, Chad Elumbaugh, and Red Wright.

Cleo was of the Baptist faith and attended San Augustine County Cowboy Church.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the San Augustine County Cowboy Church. Visitation will be held Monday, November 23, 2020, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.


Charles “Donald” Cravey, 86, of Port Neches, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in Spring, TX.

Born February 15, 1934 in Center, he was the son of the late Robert and Erma Cravey. After serving in the United States Navy, he went to work for Texaco in Port Arthur in the Accounting Department. After more than 30 years with Texaco, he served as the Business Manager for Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Port Neches for 44 years.

He is survived by:

Wife of 61 years, Shirley Hughes Cravey

Michael Cravey and wife Jackie of Magnolia
Mark Cravey and wife Kristy of Leander

Kevin Cravey and wife Kristina
Kelli Gardner and husband Ozzie
Elizabeth Condreay and husband Matthew
John Cravey

Griffin Condreay
Macy Gardner
Madelynn Cravey

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


Wayne Sherrod, 80 of Center, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2pm, Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Asbury Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born May 30, 1940, Wayne is the son of the late P.J. Sherrod and Merline Brittain Sherrod. He worked as an auto mechanic and also served as President of Asbury Chapel Cemetery Association.

He is survived by:

Sister, Jean Forrest of Center

Nephew, Shannon Sherrod and wife Melissa of Chireno

Great-niece, Christina Sherrod of Lufkin

Numerous counsins, other relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, P.J. Sherrod and Merline Brittain Sherrod; brother, Johnny Sherrod; and brother-in-law, James Forrest.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made by Asbury Chapel Maintenance Fund, 1211 State Highway 7 East, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Willie Charles Gee McCowin, 61 of Detroit, MI, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2020 in Detroit, MI.

Graveside visitation is Saturday, November 21 from 12 noon till 1:30pm at Community Chapel in Center. Graveside service follows visitation at 2pm at Rather Cemetery in Center, TX. Interment is at Rather Cemetery with Elder Charles McCowin officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Gloria McCowin of Detroit, MI

Daughter, Wynonia Cartwright of Shelbyville

Corey Parker of Alabama
Patrick Hurt of Detroit, MI
Kenneth Hurt (Christene) of Detroit, MI
Clarance Hurt of Detroit, MI

11 Grandchildren

2 Great-Grandchildren

Father, Earnest McCowin (Linda) of Detroit, MI

Sister, Sharon (Johnny Ray) Anthony of Center

Micheal Jolly of Detroit, MI
DeWayne McCowin of Detroit, MI
Maurice McCowin of Detroit, MI

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


David Ray Gutermuth, 73, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2020 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on February 3, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas, to the late Aylette Gutermuth and Marta Louise (Gartrell) Gutermuth. Funeral service will be at 11am on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Laird Funeral Home, 2116 South St., Nacogdoches, Texas, 75964. 

Visitation will be held prior to the service Saturday, November 21, 2020, beginning at 10AM, at Laird Funeral Home.

David lived a cheerful life as a humble and faithful servant. His love for his wife and family was evident to all who knew him. He enjoyed a good joke and harassing grandkids on who was better looking. He made sure everyone knew there was no better fisherman alive. The fish feared him…… in his own mind! David never missed an opportunity to share his love of Jesus. He led many strangers to Christ. There is no doubt he is by his side now.

He is survived by:
His loving wife of 52 years, Martha Gutermuth

Aaron Gutermuth and wife Patsy
Bryan Gutermuth and wife Julie
Steven Gutermuth and wife Stephanie Simmons-Gutermuth

Craig Gutermuth and wife Elizabeth
Gary Gutermuth and wife Alice

Renee Hartley and husband Dan
Joann Uhur and husband Martin
Savi Kenyon

Amber Gutermuth
Joey Gutermuth
Colton Gutermuth
Taylor Gutermuth
Megan Gutermuth
Michaela Gutermuth

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

David is preceded in death by his parents, Aylette and Martha Gutermuth; and brother, Dale Gutermuth.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial donations be made in David’s honor to Nacogdoches Treatment Center, 119 Hughes St., Nacogdoches, Texas, 75961.

The Gutermuth family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.


Elmer Lee Edgmon, 87 passed away on November 11, 2020 in Nacogdoches, Tx. Mr. Edgmon was born on May 5, 1933 to the late Earl and Iva (Robinson) Edgmon.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Elmer was born in Comanche County, Oklahoma. He graduated from Walters High School with many athletic accomplishments and attended Southwestern University on a football scholarship. Covered in dirt after working in the fields he noticed a young girl living across the street and asked her to get a coke. Frances Verlene Park said yes, and they married October 19, 1952 and spent 68 years together. He joined the Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Guided Missile Unit as a Forward Observer. They raised two children and made Garrison their home in 1969.

Elmer loved his family and friends and spending time with them. He never met a stranger and always had a story to tell. Some of his favorite times and ours were spent together at the deer lease. He enjoyed all sporting events, especially watching his great-grandson. Elmer believed in bowing your head, removing your hat, and standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. We never missed driving by a Braums without getting a strawberry malt – “Make it thick”. He truly enjoyed his early morning routine of making the rounds at Garrison Hardware and the Happy Cow. He lived a rich life which included giving the SFA Ladyjack basketball team a place to call home, cooking meals for the Garrison Booster Club, hunting trips in Colorado, and jobs that allowed him to ‘talk’ to people. He loved the Lord and was a member of First Baptist Church. He was always available to drive the church van when needed. He enjoyed life, there never was a dull moment when he was around and extremely quiet when he wasn’t. He touched many lives, and it is evident by the phone calls and messages we have received.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Verlene Edgmon

Son: Ricky Edgmon and wife Laura of Dallas

Daughter: Jana Muckleroy and husband Wade of Nacogdoches

Brother: Jimmy Edgmon of Walters, Okla.

Ryan Williams and wife Tasha of Royse City, Tx
Maci Muckleroy Strahan and husband Dustin of Beckville, Tx
Reese Edgmon Wilkinson and husband James of Temple, Tx
Natalie Baumann and husband Cody of Lake Jackson, Tx
Kyle Edgmon of Dallas

Regan Williams
Landry Wilkinson
Baby Wilkinson
Michael and Mason Baumann

Kinslee Williams
Tatum Wilkinson
Shyanne Strahan

Numerous nephews, nieces, and a host of family and friends that were loved.

Mr. Edgmon is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Iva Edgmon; brothers: Billy Edgmon and Franky Edgmon.

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.


Harry Lee Murdock, 81, of Center Tx was born Febuary 23rd 1939 in Silver City, New Mexico to Charles Harry Murdock and Hazel Murdock. Harry passed away November 14th, 2020.

Visitation will be Tuesday November 17th at 1:00PM – 2:00PM at Mangum Funeral Home Center Tx. Funeral Service will be Tuesay November 17th at 2:00PM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel Center Tx.

Harry served in the army and loved playing golf. He was a member of the Tenaha and Joaquin Masonic Lodge. Harry was also the owner of Harry Smoke House for several years, he always enjoyed BBQing. Most of all Harry loved spending time with family and friends.

Survived by:

Wife, Sue Murdock of 57 years

Son, Harry Lee Murdock Jr. and Kristen of Bridge City

Daughter, Tina Parker and Husband Kenneth of Joaquin

Brother-in-law, Jerry and Helen McNeese

Norma Murdock
Patsy Murdock

Mackenzie Murdock
Matthew Murdock
Claudia Murdock
Savanah Murdock
Kelli Harris and Husband Adam
Kim Scott and Husband Gregg
Kristen Masters

Great-Grandchildren: Lauren, Mallory, Tatum, Tori, Aspen, Coy and Darren

Caretaker, Jennifer Gray

Numerous, nephews, nieces, family and friends.   

Preceded in Death by, Parents Charles and Hazel Murdock, Daughter - Jimmie Sue Murdock, Sister - Joe Ann House, Brothers - Ed Murdock, Bob Murdock, Johnny Murdock, Nepthew -Tommy Murdock.

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


Jack Bruce Brittain, 66, of Ft. Worth, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, in Ft. Worth.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born August 1, 1954, in Houston, Jack is the son of the late John Franklin Brittain Sr. and Ethel Mae Langston Brittain. He was an avid gun enthusiast and also enjoyed working on electronics and motorcycles. Jack was a member of Revival Tabernacle.

He is survived by: 
His wife, Melinda Brittain of Ft. Worth

Bethany Brittain of Ft. Worth
Rachel Brittain of Ft. Worth

Stepson, Benjamin Palmer of Arlington

Jaxon Brittain
Loyd Brittain
Blake Palmer

John Franklin Brittain Jr. of Lufkin
Gary Lee Brittain and wife Diana of Nacogdoches

Sister, Brenda Sowell and husband Marvin of Center

Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Monica and Ricky Smith of Joaquin

Mother-in-law, Shirley Jacks of Ft. Worth

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

Preceded in death by his granddaughter, Alexis Brittain; parents, John Franklin Brittain Sr. and Ethel Mae Langston Brittain; brothers, Robert Brittain and James Brittain; and sister, Linda Brittain.

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


Jack Arnold McDaniel, 84 of Lake Murvaul, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Jack was born April 15, 1936 in Joaquin, Texas to Obie Dar and Ida Gay Mills McDaniel. He married Linda Ann Sanders on July 6, 1959 and together they celebrated 61 years. Mr. McDaniel worked as a pipe liner and inspector for R.H. Fulton for over 20 years, loved to fish, hunt, and spend time in the outdoors. He enjoyed horseback riding and was a member of the Old Spanish Trail Ride for many years. Jack served his country through the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Gary Masonic Lodge #1101, Nacogdoches Eastern Star Chapter #428 and the Enterprise Baptist Church.

Mr. McDaniel is preceded in death by his parents; one brother and two sisters.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Linda McDaniel of Lake Murvaul

Greg McDaniel and wife Sherry of Long Branch
Robert McDaniel and wife Becky of Lake Murvaul
Kerrie Wallis and husband Mike of Shreveport
Randy McDaniel and wife Joanne of Lake Murvaul
Dianne Akin and husband Monte of Clayton
J.D. Rodgers of Frankston

Fifteen grandchildren

Numerous great-grandchildren

Three great-great-grandchildren

One “Twink”

Numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

A graveside service with Masonic Rites will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020, at the Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin, TX with Bro. Brian Kelley and Roger McDonald officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.  

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the American Lung Association and the Jackson Cemetery, 9586 State Hwy 7 East, Joaquin , Texas 75954.

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


Lacey Stevens Clark, 44, of Center, Texas passed from this life, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Center, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 16, 2020 with Dr. Andrew Brasher officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Pineville.

The family request visitation be held at Hixson Brothers, Pineville on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Due to Covid restrictions, the family requests that visitation be come and go, so that all will have an opportunity to pay their respects. Social distancing and mask are required.

Lacey worked in healthcare as a medical lab technician and registered nurse and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in nursing. She was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising animals and loved her pets.

She was preceded in death by her father, George H. Stevens.

Those left to cherish her memory include:

Husband, Cody Clark

Catherine Elizabeth Lloyd
Chloe Cathleen Rachal

Mother, Sylvia Aycock Lofton

Brother, David Earle Hoover, II and wife, Kelly

Sister, Kimberly Christian Wilson and husband Shannon Clark

Host of other family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials made to the Humane Society of Nacogdoches,  3211 NW Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75964  and the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty-Fourth Street, N.W. P.O. Box 97180 Washington, DC 20090-7180.

To extend on-line condolences to the Clark family, please contact us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.


Michael Bowlin, 59, of Center, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in Houston.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 14, 2020, at New Hope Cemetery in Center with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Bro. Dale Reed will officiate.

Born September 19, 1961, in Center, Mr. Bowlin is the son of the late Barkley Ben Bowlin and Patricia Dawn Berry Bowlin. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by:

Wife, Mona Bowlin of Center

Amber Mangrum and husband Michael of Huntington
Brooke Morrow of Tenaha
Eric Perry and wife Mandy of Timpson
Vicky Sneed of Timpson
Jamie Perry and wife, Heather of Appleby

Brylee Barbee
Dayton Mangrum
Devon Morrow
Caleb Morrow
Landry Bowlin
Macayla Hill and husband Richard
Macade Perry and wife Victoria
Mason Perry
Taylor Mueller and husband Bobby
Cody Sneed
Casey Sneed
Matthew Sneed
Abby Sneed
Seth Sneed
Kaitlyn Perry
Pierce Perry
Travis Perry
Trevor Perry

Paxton Mueller
Maddox Mueller
Denlee Hill

Sister, Dawn Ritter and husband, Emmitt of Carthage

Sister-in-law, Tammy Stanaland of Appleby

Aunt, Kathy Birdwell and husband, Jimmy of Dallas

Preceded in death by parents, Barkley Ben Bowlin and Patricia Dawn Berry Bowlin.

Pallbearers will be Devon Morrow, Matthew Sneed, Bobby Mueller, Trent Hairgrove, Seth Sneed, Adam Renfro, and Jameson Ritter. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Jackson, Pat Hairgrove, Mike Green, Biff Jones, and Cody Sneed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Watson and Sons Funeral Home for final expenses.

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


Rosemary Cowser Sancton, 86, of Waco died on November 12, 2020 after a lengthy battle with COPD and lung cancer.  Visitation will be held from 2 - 4 pm on Saturday, November 14 at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. A private burial will be held in Center, TX at 2pm on Sunday, November 15 at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Rosemary was born on January 18, 1934 in Dallas, TX and was adopted by Frances and Guy Cowser of Center, TX. She attended Center High School where she was the band drum major. She participated in rodeo and barrel racing. She later attended UT at Austin, then was a flight stewardess for Braniff Airlines. In 1954, she married Ray Sancton and was a devoted Air Force wife and loving mother. She and Ray moved to Waco in 1983. Since then she actively served in their church, First Methodist Waco.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Frances Cowser.

She is survived by:

Husband of 66 years, Ray Sancton of Waco

Daughter, Terri Klco and husband Vince of Frederick, MD

Son, John Sancton and wife Mary of Center, TX

Daughter, Melissa Sherrod and husband Shannon of Chireno, TX

Christina Davis and husband Paul of Smithsburg, MD
Natalie Jones and husband Brad of Center, TX
Nicole Clark and husband Chant of Center, TX
Christina Sherrod of Lufkin, TX

Numerous great-grandchildren,

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Methodist Children’s Home, The Salvation Army, or First Methodist Waco.