01/02/2020

L.A. Ratcliff, 71 of Dallas, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Funeral service is Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center with Pastor Darnelle Cranford officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughter, April Ratcliff of Dallas

Sons:
Aaron Elliot Ratcliff of Wisconsin
Clifton Ratcliff of Wisconsin

Sisters:
Zella Mae Davis of Lufkin
Vira Poole of Wells

4 Grandchildren

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

12/31/2019

Valter Lee Coley, 68, passed away December 25, 2019. He was born in Moultrie, Georgia and was the baby of seven Children born to Dick and Agnes Coley of Coley Road, Hartsfield, Georgia.

He is survived by:

Wife, Bobbie Lou Coley

Children:
Lisa C. Parham of Augusta,Georgia
Jason Coley (Mary) of Augusta, Georgia
Jeffery Coley of Augusta, Georgia
David Lee Coley (Farah) of Green Bay, Wisconsin 
Emilee C. O'Neal (Jerred) of Elko, Nevada

Grandchildren:
Correy Maynor
Evan Maynor
Mikey Winterholler
Braxton O'Neal
Woodrow Lee O'Neal
Jedd O'Neal
Maverick O'Neal
Nate Coley

Siblings:
Gary R. Coley (Betty) of Panama City Beach, Florida
Stanley L Coley (Connie) of Live Oak, Florida
Mary C. Daughtry (Joe) of Pelham, Georgia
Loretta C. Lipsey (Wayne) of Brandon, Floridaa
Kaye C. Parham (Allen) of Evans, Georgia 
Cleone C. Boyd (Wandell) of Moultrie, Georgia

Nieces and nephews:
Michael Coley (Lori)
Pam Roland (Keith)
Shane Coley (Leesa)
Shannon Van de Wall
Donna Phillips
David Daughtry
Dale Daughtry (Kristi)
Dusty Daughtry (Rihanna)
Tony Lipsey (Angie)
Laura Lipsey Hayes (Matt)
Doug Parham
Barry Parham
Lisa Parham
Morgan Parham (Katy)
Amber Bentley (John)
Haley Dooley (Dan)
Mark Boyd (Ashley)
Chad Boyd
Robin Boyd

Numerous Grand Nieces and Grand Nephews

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

12/31/2019

Oscar Lee “Jack” Lister, 85 of Houston, Texas, passed away on December 18, 2019.

He was a native of Shelbyville but lived in Houston most of his adult life.  

Oscar, better known to many as “Uncle Jack” leaves to cherish his memory:

Daughters:
Anita and husband Jackie Williams of Center
Sherri and husband Thurston Love of Humble

Sons:
Cedric Lister and wife Alicia of Houston
Eric Lister of Houston

Brother, Hollis Lister of Houston, Texas

Sister, Shirley Lister Hardy Whitman and husband Rick of Los Angeles, California.

He also leaves 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial for “Uncle Jack” Lister will be on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 12noon at Lockwood Funeral Home, 9402 Lockwood Drive, Houston, Texas 77016.

Services entrusted to Lockwood Funeral Home, Houston, Texas.

12/31/2019

Marie Airrington Walters, 94, of Timpson, Texas passed away on December 30, 2019 in Shelbyville, Texas surrounded by loved ones. Born December 25, 1925, Marie is the daughter of the late Bennie Havard Airrington and Aimee (Mullins) Airrington. Graveside service will be held Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 2:30PM at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. 

Marie was born in Martinsville, Texas. She attended and graduated Garrison High School. Marie moved to Houston, Texas in 1941 and attended business school, becoming one of the first computer operators, called a key punch operator. The Lord also led her to the love of her life while in Houston, Charles Walters, and the two were soon married in 1945. They had two beautiful children Larry and Lynette. She and Charles retired and moved to Timpson, Texas where they spent years together until his passing. Marie found great joy in teaching her children and grandchildren all she knew about raising a family and being an exceptional mom and grandma. She enjoyed quilting and sewing. She loved to travel. Whether it was cruising, flying to resorts, or just picking up in the middle of the night and wanting to drive somewhere fun, she lived life to the fullest. She was a loving mother, and grandmother. She loved all unconditionally. Marie was a member of First Baptist Church, Timpson.

She is survived by:

Son, Larry Walters and wife, Elva

Daughter, Lynette Walters Permenter and husband, Wesley

Grandchildren:
Gregg Walters and wife, Debbie
Charlie Permenter
Amy Permenter

Numerous great-grandchildren

Several great-great-grandchildren

Sisters, Lillie Belle McElwee, Maurine, Florine, Merle Faye, Sue, and Mary

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

Marie is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Walters; parents, Bennie Havard and Aimee Mullins Airrington; brothers, Leon Airrington, Lavon Airrington, Bennie Airrington, Laurence Airrington; and sister, Helen Danley.

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.

12/31/2019

Watson “Mack” McCreary, Jr., 92 of Joaquin, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019, in Shreveport, LA.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, at Osborn Funeral Home, Shreveport, LA. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, in the Chapel of Osborn. Officiating will be Brother J. Paul Silvey. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Mack was born on March 29, 1927, in Parker, TX. He was a member of the Lucas Baptist Church, Lucas, TX, where his mother wished his membership to remain.

Mack was a life member of the VFW, Grady-Brown post 4588 Bossier City, LA and also a member of the American Legion, Lowe McFarlane Post 14 on Cross Lake in Shreveport, LA. He was a Master Mason in the Masonic Atkins Lodge No. 266 Taylor Town, LA. He was a member of Shelby County Shooters, in Center, TX and a past member of the Corrosion Engineers in Shreveport, LA. Since around 1954 he has been a Life Member of the National Rifle Association of America which he strongly believed in. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 56 years. He was a Scoutmaster in McKinney, TX and in Chelsea, MI. In Shreveport he was a Scoutmaster of Troop 59, Scout Hut located on the school grounds of Caddo Heights Elementary School and sponsored by The American Legion Post 14 Lowe-McFarlane on Cross Lake. The Norwella Council of Scouting in Shreveport awarded Mack with a Silver Beaver award around 1971.

Mack was retired in 1985 as Chief Maintenance and Operations from the V.A. Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. He had a 37-year career with the V.A. working at McKinney, TX as Chief Buildings and Grounds until it closed in 1965 and he was transferred to Ann Arbor, MI as Chief of Maintenance. During his 37-year V.A. career he worked for 23 different Chief Engineer Officers at three different hospitals and received 24 yearly outstanding or sustained Superior awards from 17 different V.A. Chief Engineers and most were with cash awards. In 1973, Mack was selected to receive the Department Award for Supervisory Excellence in the Incentive Awards Program. He was selected by the Washington D.C. Chief Medical Director over all 176 V.A. hospitals in the nation. Prior to his V.A. career he worked for the Internal Revenue in Dallas, TX.

Mack joined the Navy during World War II while he was still in High School in Plano, TX. After graduation while in the Navy he served in the Asiatic Pacific Area and China. He operated a VP 40-man amphibious boats as a 3rd class Boatswain Mate. On Okinawa the boat could not be backed from the Beach to return to his ship after unloading Marines and he then became a Marine for 37 days until the Navy picked him up. During the Korean Conflict he was a Staff Sergeant in the 443 Communication Squadron in charge of crypto, radio, teletype, and telephone at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, SC. His military service ribbons include: American Defense Service, Asiatic Pacific Area, World War II Victory, China Service, and Navy Good Conduct. After his discharge from the Air Force he attended night school and graduated from Collin County Vocational School in McKinney, TX.

While working at the V.A. Hospital in McKinney, TX he met and married, Janelle Cole, of Jacksonville, TX, who was a V.A. Dietitian. They had two sons, Charles Wayne McCreary, Sr. (2012) who was a State Farm Agent and Michael Glenn McCreary, Sr. (1998) who was a Sergeant on the Plano, TX Police Department, both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Watson “Jack” and Clara Edith McCreary, of Parker, TX; and granddaughter, Rebecca McCreary, of Shreveport, LA.

He is survived by:

Loving wife of 69 years, Jan

Daughter-in-law, (Charles’ widow) Sherrill and their two children, Charles Wayne McCreary, Jr. and Elisabeth McCreary, all of Shreveport, LA

Daughter-in-law, (Michael’s widow) Debbie Hastings, of Plano, TX and their two children, Michael Glenn McCreary, Jr. and wife, Emma, McKinney, TX and Jennifer Nicole Childress and husband, Josh, all of The Colony, TX

Great-grandchildren, Jordan Elizabeth and Michael Glenn, III

A host of cousins.

His family was very, very dear to him. 

Mack was an avid hunter and fisherman and grew a large variety of vegetables. He liked traveling and sight-seeing. He also liked flying and obtained his pilot’s license in 1953, but soon gave it up. He played golf for many years and loved working with boys in the Boy Scouts. He often said he was still a “boy in the body of an old man”. He was one who loved the outdoors and backwoods.

Pallbearers will be Willie Edwards, Ronnie Stone, John Witham, and Craig Hendricks. Honorary pallbearers Dr. Tom Mosby, Billy Puckett, King Vidler, Bobby Craft, Richard Pridgen, and Johnny Pridgen. 

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Rajan Kahanna and the Christus Highland Hospital nurses and staff. 

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, Osborn Funeral Home, Shreveport, LA and memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Norwela Council, 3508 Beverly Place, Shreveport, LA 71104 or First Baptist Church, 100 Connell Ferry Road, Joaquin, TX 75954.

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26)

Mack believed “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23) He was a consummate “Southern Gentleman”, whose word and handshake were his bond.

12/31/2019

Artha Ray Crosby (69) of Center, Texas passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 1pm at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 617 Hopkins Street Center, Texas 75935. Brother Freddie Wilson will be officiating. Visitation is Friday, January 3, 2020 at Hicks Chapel from the hours at 3pm to 8pm. Committal is at St John Cemetery in the Africa Community with repass at St. John Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Mr. Crosby is survived by:

Wife, Naretta Crosby

3 Sons

3 Daughters

3 Sisters

2 Sister-in-laws

1 Brother-in-law

Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

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

12/30/2019

Sally Jeanette Corbell Vincent, 73, passed away December 27, 2019 at her home in Elkhart, Texas.

Sally was born April 26, 1946 and grew up in Huxley, Texas, the daughter of P.C. and Lovetta Corbell. She graduated from Joaquin High School in 1964. She was a beloved member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Elkhart, TX.

Funeral services are at Herrington Funeral Home at 2pm on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 with visitation from 12 noon until 2pm prior to the funeral service. Internment is at Cedar Creek Cemetery.

She is survived by:

Husband of 54 years, Jack Dale Vincent

Son, Matthew Vincent of Nashville, Tennessee

Daughter, Rachel Vincent of Elkhart

Grandson, Kyler Vincent

Granddaughter, Karley Jones

Sisters:
Montez and husband Joe McNaughten of Hemphill
Jerry Sue Williams of Lufkin
Betty Kay and husband Gene Blount of Joaquin
Charlotte Ingle of Lufkin

Sister-in-law, Sandra Watson Corbell of Lufkin, TX

Brothers-in-law:
Dean Vincent of Grapeland
Gary and wife Dolgma Vincent of Houston

Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents, P.C. and Lovetta Corbell; mother and father-in-law, John and Willie Bell Vincent; brother, Perry (Pedro) Corbell, 4 Infant brothers, and niece, Kathi Goodwyn.

Services under the direction of Herrington Funeral Home, Palestine, Texas. Online condolences can be made at www.herringtonfuneral.com.

12/30/2019

Sandra Faye Warr Rowell, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11am, Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Tenaha Church of Christ with Andrew King officiating. Interment will follow at Jarrett Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at 10am.

Mrs. Rowell was born January 19, 1944, in Center, to John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Gilchrist Yeary. She worked as a daycare teacher and enjoyed needle point stitching. Mrs. Rowell was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by:

Children:
Sharla Mae Holley and husband Roger
John Thompson
Jack Thompson and wife Lezlie

Grandchildren:
Jaeson Turner
Jax Turner
Dalton Holley
Delaney Holley
Danielle Runyon and husband Arik
Jeremy Thompson and wife Jessie
Anthony Thompson and wife Samantha

Four great-grandchildren

Niece, Kellie Eaves and husband Douglas

Special friend of the family, Pam Whitton

Her dog and best friend, Zeus.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Gilchrist Yeary; and her siblings, William Morris Yeary and Martha Diane Cothren.

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

12/30/2019

Harold Randall “Randy” Hughes, 63, of Nacogdoches, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2020, at Gospel Assembly Church in Nacogdoches with Bro. John Budd, Bro. Dennis White, Bro. Dick Tubbe, Dr. Donald Cagle, and Kathy Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Hughes was born May 22, 1956, in Center, to Harold Hughes and Ella Baggett Hughes. He retired from Nacogdoches County Road and Bridge Department. Hunting and cooking were among his hobbies. Mr. Hughes was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Nacogdoches.

He is survived by:

Wife, Cathy Lynch Hughes of Nacogdoches

Daughters:
Mandy Tyre and husband Chuck of Huxley
Misty Kay and husband Mark of Brock
Bridgett Birdwell of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Deeanne Hughes
Kalli Perkins
Zachery Hagler
Ryleigh Hughes
Briley Birdwell
Maddy Hagler
Alex Johnson
Kason Livingston
Abigail Kay
Hunter Kay
Ethan Tyre
Sadie Kay
Sawyer Kay

Mother, Ella Manshack of Center

Sister, Susan Helveston and husband Ronnie of Longview

Brother-in-law, Phil Lynch of Huntsville

Nephew, Eric Denby

Nieces, Maci Denby and Raylen Helveston

Numerous other family members.

He is preceded in death by his son, Brad Hagler; father, Harold Hughes; stepfather, James Manshack; and special friends, Charles Commander, Gibbs Chapman, and Bob French.

Pallbearers will be Teral Jones, Eric Denby, Josh French, Gunner Fleming, John Bentley, Daniel Bently, Bart Lynch, and Buster Garrett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Gospel Assembly Church, 2916 Lilly Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

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

12/28/2019

Melba Jean Adams McMullen passed away on 27 of December, 2019 at the Pine Grove Nursing Center in Center, Texas. Jean was born in Mansfield, Louisiana on 29 August, 1932 to Gordon Earl Adams and Lorene Sanders Adams. Jean grew up in Shreveport, LA and graduated from Byrd High School in 1950. In her senior year at Byrd High, she was elected to be an ROTC sponsor, a coveted honor in those post WWII days. 

In 1950 she enrolled as a freshman at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, majoring in home economics. At LA Tech she met her future husband, a senior engineering student, William McMullen. She and Bill were married in January of 1952 and moved to Longview, Texas. Later they moved first to Fort Worth and then in 1964 to Nassau Bay, Texas near the Johnson Space Center. Jean and Bill were blessed with three wonderful children and Jean spent most of her early married years being a devoted and loving Mother and wife. After her children had reached an age when they were mostly self-sufficient, Jean resumed her college education and in 1972, graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. degree in elementary education.

Jean began her teaching career in The Clear Creek Independent School District and over her 20 years of teaching received many awards and honors for teaching excellence. Most important to her though were the student who returned in later years to see her and to thank her for the devotion and help she had given them. She was a charter member of the Clear Creek Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International (teacher) Society and later transferred her membership to the local Shelby County Chapter. Jean retired from teaching in 1991 and she and her husband moved to the New Prospect Community in Shelby County where they lived until her death. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Center.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mrs. Jacquelyn Shipp, and a brother, James Adams.

She is survived by:

Husband, William "Bill" McMullen

Children:
Marcia Younker and husband Perry of Fayetteville, GA
Dr. W. Wynn McMullen and wife Mary of Houston, TX
Catherine Schuelke and husband Joe of Flower Mound, TX

Grandchildren:
Adam Younker and wife Cristal
William McMullen and wife Virginia
Christopher McMullen and wife Eva
Brandon Schuelke and wife Lenore
Michelle Walton and husband Addison
Michael McMullen and wife Halie
Meredith Allen and husband Eric
Holly Marie Schuelke

Great-grandchildren:
Roland Younker
Adelaide and Fiona McMullen
Vivienne, Elizabeth, and William McMullen

Brother-in-law, Dr. Edward McMullen, and wife Jade of Metairie, LA

Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery near Minden, Louisiana on January 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Funeral Services are being handled by Mangum Funeral Home of Center, TX. Online condolences can be signed at www.mangumfh.net.

12/28/2019

Marlene Lorraine Emmick McLendon, 64, died 28 December 2019 at her home in Upshur County, Texas. 

Mrs. McLendon was born 26 November 1955 at Sioux City, Iowa; the daughter of Eldon Ray Emmick and Ruby Elizabeth Gray Emmick. She married Clifton Palmer “Mack” McLendon 31 May 2008 at Klein, Harris County, Texas. On 10 August 2013, they were sealed for time and eternity in the Dallas Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mrs. McLendon is survived by:

Husband, Clifton Palmer “Mack” McLendon of Gilmer

Sons:
Adam Christopher Miller of Onawa, Iowa
Curtis Matthew Miller of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi

Stepdaughter, Sylvia Rose McLendon of Bethany, Oklahoma

Granddaughters:
Emily Michelle Miller of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi
Sarah Marie Miller of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi

Sister, Mary Ellen Emmick Butler of Des Moines, Iowa

Several other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held later.

Funeral services are under the direction of Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan, Texas.

12/27/2019

Jimmy Broadway, 76, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019, in Tenaha.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Stanvac Lynn Morris officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. Broadway was born December 10, 1943, in Jenny, Arkansas, to John Henry Broadway and Mazel Barton Broadway. He served in the United States Army Reserve and also worked as a fence builder for a fencing company. His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, and working in his yard.  He attended Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Jo Broadway of Tenaha; children, Robert Spence and wife Suzanne of Tenaha, Billy Spence of Longview, and Donna Roberts and husband Terry of Longview; grandchildren, Miranda, Allison, and Lacie; great grandchildren, Macie, Waylon, and Cash; sister, Mary Johnson of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Broadway and Mazel Barton Broadway; and siblings, Henry Broadway, Irene Gentry, Marie Odom, and Clara May Broadway.

Pallbearers will be Mark Odom, Joe Gentry, Jerry Gentry, Matthew Odom, Carl Johnson, and Lannie Gentry. 

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

12/27/2019

Virginia Ann Forbes, 83, of Center, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019, in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Bobby Bressman and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Forbes was born June 7, 1936, in Mountain Fork, Arkansas, to Herbert Eugene Campbell and Martha Christopher Addison Campbell. She was a professional business woman and worked as an administrative assistant for the Texas Department of Human Services. For 51 years, Mrs. Forbes served as a weather observer for the National Weather Service. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Children:
Angela Worsham and husband Ricky
Janet Yates and husband Billy
James Forbes

Grandchildren: 
Sterling Ashton Crelia
Amanda Beth Kirby and husband Kris
Landon Lamar Oliver and wife Rita
Charla Lou Ann Warr and husband Matt
Marina LeAnn Forbes and husband Brandon
Tiffany Schillings and husband Anthony
Samantha Ranft and husband Brant
Jeremy Yates

Great-grandchildren: 
Makayla Mayo
Macy Burns and husband Luke
Mason Mayo
Jamie Warr
Clay Warr
Madison Kirby
Slade Kirby
Sawyer Kirby
Kaylee Oliver
Brooklyn Oliver
Lily Oliver
Daylon Fountain
Calista Schillings
Preston Schillings
Kale Ranft
Jaycee Ranft
Kynzlee Permenter
Aubree Swearingen
Clint Swearingen
Jacob Green

Great-great-grandchildren: Chrisleigh Ann Burns

Siblings: 
Mary June Campbell
Herbert Eugene Campbell Jr.

Special friends:
Bettie Weeks
Frankie Fitzgerald
Vickie Rogers
Lupi Forbes.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James William Forbes; parents, Herbert Eugene Campbell and Martha Christopher Addison Campbell; siblings, Warren C. Campbell, Gladys Louise Campbell, and Coolidge Almon Campbell.

Pallbearers will be Matt Warr, Sterling Crelia, Brandon Green, Landon Oliver, Mason Mayo, and Kris Kirby. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Byndom and Frankie Fitzgerald.

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

12/26/2019

Ollie Mass (81) of Kennard, Texas.  Mrs Mass died on December 20, 2019. Mrs. Mass was born April 28, 1938. Funeral service will be Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 2:30pm at Simpson Chapel Baptist Church in the Tadmore Community. Rev. Lionel Whitaker will be  officiating.

Mrs Mass is survived by:
Brothers:  Delma Joe Simmons and Ed Simmons, Jr., both of Kennard, Texas; Bishop Simmons of West Columbia, Texas; and Alton (Mable) Simmons of Houston, Texas
Sisters:  Alice Doris Simmons and Delores Jean Simmons, both of Kennard, Texas
Special Nieces: Reba Wiley and Lakesha Simmons
Special Nephew: Cleotis Wiley, Jr.
Brother-in-laws:  Cleotis Wiley, Sr. and  Billy Landry
Uncle: Jefferson Skinner (Darla Jean) of Kennard, Texas

Visitation: Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 1:00pm at Simpson Chapel Baptist Church

Commital: McKelvey Cemetery

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary. Please review our website at www.hicksmortuary.net

12/26/2019

Kristie Carol Branch Hairston, 49, of Timpson, Texas passed away on December 25, 2019, surrounded by loved ones in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born May 27, 1970, in Port Arthur, Texas, Kristie is the daughter of Gary Lee Branch and Alice Ann (Caston) Branch. Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, December 27, 2019 at 2PM at Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service, Timpson, Texas. 

Kristie was born in Port Arthur, Texas. She was raised in Groves, Texas. Kristie graduated from Port Neches Groves High School.  Later she attended Kilgore College. She met the love of her life, Morris Alan Hairston Jr., and the two were married on February 14, 2010. They spent over 9 wonderful years together before her passing. She was an EMT, Paramedic, and Firefighter. She served many years on the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service and Timpson Volunteer Fire Department. She also worked for Nacogdoches Medical Center, Center, Texas for many years.  

If you knew Kristie, you knew she had a huge heart. She was a ray of sunshine to many. Her kind, compassionate, loving spirit was felt by those who came in contact with her. Helping others was a priority for her. She would go the extra mile, and beyond the call of duty to make sure all was well.  Her three wonderful children were her life. Kristie enjoyed many things in life, beyond being a dedicated wife, mom, daughter and sister, she enjoyed dancing, singing, and reading.  

Kristie is survived by: 
Her loving husband: Morris Hairston Jr.

Children: 
Logan Vincent
Julia Vincent
Lauren Vincent

Godson: Carson Tyler Russell

Mother: Alice Ann Caston Branch

Sisters: 
Amber Branch Herrera and husband Jason
Kellie Webber and husband John

Morris’s crew

Unkle Mo’s crew 

Numerous nieces and nephews

Great-nieces and nephews 

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

She is preceded in death by her father, Gary Lee Branch.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial donations be made to Taylor Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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.

12/26/2019

Kathleen G. Matthews, 82, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Neuville Cemetery in the Neuville Community of Shelby County.

Mrs. Matthews was born August 20, 1937, in Shelby County, to Luke Gregston and Beulah Truitt Gregston. She retired from the public school system. She loved jewelry, flowers, and antiques. She was a member of Shelbyville Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

She is survived by:

Children:
Glenn Matthews and wife Becky of Center
Linda Phillips of Port Neches

Grandchildren:
Luke Matthews and wife Amy
Daniel Matthews and wife Talia
Michelle Lapeyrolerie and husband Vince

Great-grandchildren:
Eli Matthews
Michael Matthews
James Spencer
Tyler Barr
Carrie Matthews
Maggie Matthews
Sadie Matthews
Payton Lapeyrolerie
Reid Lapeyrolerie

Brother, Kenneth Gregston of Shelbyville

Sisters:
Jean Rash of Jasper
Vicky Warren and husband George of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dan Matthews; parents, Luke Gregston and Beulah Truitt Gregston; brother, James Gregston; and sister, Ann Rash.

Pallbearers will be Luke Matthews, Daniel Matthews, George Warren, Vince Lapeyrolerie, Eli Matthews, James Spencer, Tyler Barr, and Chris Koltonski.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Victoria Enmon to Children's Miracle Network Extra Life, 205 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 841014. https://www.extra-life.org/participant/Amy-Matthews

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

12/23/2019

Sandra Faye Warr Rowell, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Tenaha Church of Christ with Andrew King officiating.  Interment will follow at Jarrett Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Rowell was born January 19, 1944, in Center, to John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Gilchrist Yeary.  She worked as a daycare teacher and enjoyed needle point stitching.  Mrs. Rowell was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by:
Her children: 
Sharla Mae Holley and husband Roger
John Thompson
Jack Thompson and wife Lezlie

Grandchildren: 
Jaeson Turner
Jax Turner
Dalton Holley
Delaney Holley
Danielle Runyon and husband Arik
Jeremy Thompson and wife Jessie
Anthony Thompson and wife Samantha

Four great-grandchildren

Niece: Kellie Eaves and husband Douglas

Special friend of the family: Pam Whitton

Her dog and best friend, Zeus

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Gilchrist Yeary; and her siblings, William Morris Yeary and Martha Diane Cothren.

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

12/23/2019

Brenda “Peanut” Andrews Russell, 56, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Sam Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Mrs. Russell was born May 21, 1963, in Center, to Delton Andrews and Rosa Hughes Andrews.  She was an office manager at the Payne offices.  Her hobbies included shopping and crafts. She was a member of Center Christian Church.

She is survived by:
Her husband: Don Russell of Joaquin

Children: 
Amanda Hall and husband Dyllan of Joaquin
Derek Russell and wife Teslie of Harrison, Arkansas

Brothers and sisters: 
Sandy Jackson of Center
Tommy Andrews of Houston
Linda Killen of Center
Jimmy Andrews and wife Shirley of Center
Lisa Kennon and husband Bobby of Center

Grandchildren: 
Gus Miller of Harrison, Arkansas
Dax Russell of Harrison, Arkansas
Brad Hall of Joaquin

A host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, Delton Andrews and Rosa Hughes Andrews; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law.

Pallbearers will be Rick Kirby, Bobby Atchison, Robert Floyd, Landon Vidrine, William Lawson, and Cade Eberenz. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Miller, Kevin Jackson, Jamie Killen, and Erik Killen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Boo’s Battle Support Fund. A special thanks to Boo’s Battle Support Fund for their love and generosity.

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

12/23/2019

Fonda Burgay, 80, of Garland, Texas, passed away Friday, December 20, 2019.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Center.  

Ms. Burgay was born October 22, 1939, in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County, Texas, to John Edwin Wheeler and Cletis Goolsby Wheeler. She worked for Safeway for 25+ years, then went to school to get her realtor license. Her hobbies included gardening, knitting, and hummingbirds. Ms. Burgay was a member of Saint Phillips United Methodist Church in Garland.

She is survived by:
Her daughters: 
Phyllis Griffin and husband Ken of Rowlett
Sharon Burgay of Sachse

Grandson: Brandon Griffin of Dallas

Nephew: David Wheeler and wife Sheila of Willis

Niece: Debra Smith and husband Mark of Hockley

Several beloved cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Edwin Wheeler and Cletis Goolsby Wheeler; and her brother, Delbert Wheeler.

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

12/21/2019

Kenneth Dean Rowles, 60, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Old Center Cemetery in Panola County.

Mr. Rowles was born September 4, 1959, in Center, to Dale Rowles and Katherine Ross Rowles Bryant.  He served in the United States Navy.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and camping. Mr. Rowles attended Providence Missionary Baptist Church.  

He is survived by his sisters, Valarie Johnson and husband Johnny and Shelia Gee both of Vidor; nieces and nephews, Mandy Rowles of Jacksonville, Florida, Nathan Gee of Center, Michael Gee, G.J. Garza, Amber Wright, and Ashley Shaw all of Vidor; a host of cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Dale Rowles and Katherine Ross Rowles Bryant and sister, Kathy Rowles.

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

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