Eric James Copeland, 40 of Center and Huffman, TX Born November 8, 1976, Dayton, TX - died June 8, 2017, Houston, TX

Eric died in a tragic accident doing what he dearly loved, riding his Harley motorcycle.

He is survived by his parents Ed and Elisha Copeland, Center, TX and one sister, Edie L. and Dr. James Wray, Houston, TX
Nephews: Edward, Joseph, and James Wray
Sofia Wray
Sarah Wray

Services were held June 11, 2017, graveside at his family's cemetery, Lenah's Noble Oaks, Aiken, TX with pastors Bob and Theresa Nix and family or friends speaking or singing in celebration of Eric's life and acknowledging that he has gone to be with his savior, Jesus. Many friends and family and his motorcycle riding group, the Wolf Pack were in attendance.

The family wish to say 'thank you' again for the many people who brought food, prepared and served food, sent or brought beautiful flowers and cared for us in our loss.


Funeral service for Tamara Rochelle Nickerson Harris (33) of Dallas, Texas will be Saturday, July 22, 2017, 11am at Abundant Love Ministries (1426 Shelbyville St. Center, Texas 75935). Tamara is a 2002 Center High School graduate. Minister Kevin Dones will be officiating.  

Tamara is survived by:

DeKylin Hoyt
Elisha Hoyt
DeQualan J. Harris, Jr.

Parents: Dana Randle and LaGinia Nickerson of Dallas, Texas

Brother: Onaska (Monique) Evans of Center, Texas

LaRhonda (Carlos) Garrett of Longview, Texas
LaTundra Nickerson of Dallas, Texas
Dana Randle of Dallas, Texas.
Committal: Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas

Repass: Abundant Love Ministries

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas


Randa Jean Kelley, infant daughter of David Earl Kelley and Rachel Alford, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Nacogdoches.  

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Good Hope Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. M.D. Lamon and Bro. Richard Goodwyn officiating.

She is survived by
Mother: Rachel Alford of Center

Father: David Earl Kelley of Center

Adain Kelley of Mabank
Roger Kelley of Center

Connie Bade and husband, Bernard of Dallas
Randy and Anita Alford of Center

Elizabeth Lovett of Center
Juanita and Billy Dickinson of Center

Uncle: Richard Alford of Center

Cousin: Braileigh Alford of Center

Numerous uncles and aunts, great uncles and great aunts

A host of family friends

Preceded in death by
Grandfather: Danny Kersh
Great Grandfather: Jerry Lovett

Pallbearers will be Richard Alford, Will Lovett and Rocky Jackson.

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


Noah “Jody” Lee Kennedy, Jr was born August 6, 1950 in Rawlins, Wyoming and went home to be with Jesus July 8, 2017 in Shreveport, LA after a lengthy illness.

Cherishing his memory are his loving wife of 7 years Barbara Kennedy. Children: April Ham and husband Michael; Chad McCormick and wife Lisa; Mechelle Johnson and husband Harley; Pam Lindgren and husband Johny; Grandchildren: Emerson Ham; Scarlett McCormick; Katey Johnson; Justin, Jacob, and Madison Lindgren. Step Grandson: Levi McCormick. Adopted Grandson: Colton Nichols Great Grandson Maddox Johnson. Adopted Daughter and Family: Cansas Ellis and husband Mark and their son Merick; along with a host of special friends, family, and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Noah was raised in Oklahoma and graduated Talihina High School in 1968 where he was a proud member of the 1966 Golden Tiger State Champions. Noah went on to have a rich career in public service in Oklahoma. He served on the Talihina Volunteer Fire Department and later worked as a Deputy for Talihina Police Department then went on to serve as the Sheriff in Wilburton. During that time Noah was very actively involved with Shriners and the Masonic community.

Anyone that knew Noah knows that he loved a good adventure and in true Noah Kennedy fashion he left Oklahoma and came to Texas. Texas had an abundance of adventure and new experiences for Noah. He started a new career path in pipelining and became Senior Chief Pipeline Inspector at CenterPoint Energy & Devon Pipeline. In 2010 Noah met Barbara and they married at Still Waters Cowboy Church. Noah was an extremely active member of Still Waters for 7 years during which time he worked tirelessly to help Still Waters grow and build new buildings to manage the tremendous growth Still Waters is experiencing. Noah also served as a Church Elder for 3 years at Still Waters.

Noah discovered a new hobby of gunsmithing and hydro-graphics and eventually opened Possum Flats Custom Graphics. Noah loved to spend hours out in the shop working on guns and hydro-dipping anything that he could get wet. Noah liked to show off Possum Flats work with his grand daughter Emmerson

In his free time Noah enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, taking adventures on the motorcycle with his wife Barbara & riding buddies, Rodney & Liz Manasco & Rodney & Nanette Hall

Noah was preceded in death by his parents Peggy & Noah Lee Kennedy Sr.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life at Still Waters Cowboy Church 1699 Hwy 315 Carthage TX 75633 on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a memorial donation be made to Still Waters Cowboy Church-Covered Arena Fund P.O. Box 166 Carthage TX 75633.

To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord. Noah is LIVING in the presence of the One who created him.


Elzie “Ray” Barlow, 85, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Central Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Danny Dodson officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Barlow was born September 6, 1931, in Shelby County, to Guy Barlow and Minnie Lovell Barlow.  He was an avid sportsman who loved gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by
Wife of 60 years: Marvlet Barlow of Center

Cheryl Denney and husband, Jerry, of Citronelle, Alabama
Jo Anne Russell and husband, Larry, of Huntington, Texas
Connie Mora and late husband, Gregg, of Lufkin, Texas
Kathleen Grayson and husband, Johnny, of Center, Texas

Jill Rushing and husband, Dennis, of Glendale, Arizona
Jenny Covington and husband, Richard, of Chunchula, Alabama
Kimberly Lambeth and husband, Bartley, of Citronelle, Alabama
Heather Russell of Lufkin, Texas
Katherine Grayson and Gregg Baker of Center, Texas

Grandson: Chris Mora and Lori Lavano of Lufkin, Texas

Great Granddaughter: Megan Rushing of Glendale, Arizona

Great Grandsons:
Ryan Rushing of Glendale, Arizona
Ray Lambeth of Citronelle, Alabama
Jacob Lambeth of Citronelle, Alabama
Joshua Lambeth of Citronelle, Alabama
Brylan Chase of Lufkin, Texas
Mason Baker of Center, Texas

Neita Brockman of Texas
Gloria Watlington of South Carolina

Brother: Joe Barlow and wife, Jerrie, of Center, Texas

Brother-in-law: Ben Galloway and wife, Jodi, of San Augustine

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Guy Barlow and Minnie Lovell Barlow
Sisters: Sarah Hite, Alice Langford
Brothers: Tony Lovell, Franklin Barlow, Allen Barlow

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


Gwendolyn Billingsley, 79, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on July 19, 2017 in Timpson. She was born in Timpson on August 9, 1937 to Norman Howell Hudson and Minnie Lee Courtney Hudson. Funeral service for Gwen will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, Texas. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel.


Dorothy Lee Mullins, 92, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on July 18, 2017 in Garrison, Texas. She was born on May 4, 1925 to William Horace and Ludie Bass Magness in the Weaver Community. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Levi Cohorst officiating. Visitation will precede the service from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.

Dorothy moved to Clute, Texas as a teen and later met V.E. “Short” Mullins. In July of 1940, the two were married and then became the proud parents to three children. They lived in Clute until 1970 when they moved back to Timpson, Texas. Dorothy was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She also spent much of her quiet time studying God’s word. She was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church from 1970 until her passing.

Dorothy is survived by:
Her sons:
Vernon Mullins and wife, Jane
Paul Mullins and wife, Paula

Seven grandchildren

Fourteen great-grandchildren

19 great-great grandchildren

and brother, Billy Magness and wife, Mary.

She is preceded in death by her husband, V.E. Mullins; parents, W.H. and Ludie Magness; daughter, Joyce Shrum; and sisters, Betty Jo Hardin and Doris Gibbs.

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

The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.


James “Jim” Jackson, 71, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Bro. Don Murphree officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Jackson was born July 8, 1946, in Nacogdoches, to Johny Jackson and Macie Irene Jackson.  He loved going to flea markets and walking over his property with his dog, Buddy.  His hobbies included collecting antiques and cooking for his family. He was a member of Center Christian Fellowship.

He is survived by
Wife: Sue Jackson

Daughter: Pam Alford and husband, Noble

Son: Jeff Bridwell and wife, Cindy

Cherry Bennett and husband, Brandon
Michelle Wilburn and husband, Daron
Justin Bridwell and special friend, Brianna Ward

Great Grandchildren:
Dustin Bennett
Autumn Bennett

Mother: Macie Irene Jackson

Sister: Polly Mintor and husband, Melburn

Preceded in death by
Father: Johny Jackson

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


Alice Louise Vaughn, 70, of Timpson, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Charles Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Vaughn was born June 15, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to William Fleer and Auvis Maudelle McCleroy Fleer.  She loved to get together with her family to shell peas.  Mrs. Vaughn especially loved her grandchildren.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.

She is survived by
Husband: Thurman Vaughn of Timpson

Father of her children: Doug Dolan of Huxley

Andrew Dolan and wife, Lindy, of Whitehouse
Brandon Dolan of Huxley

Seth Dolan
Kinsey Dolan
Rhett Dolan
Kailey Dolan
Allison Dolan
Cole Dolan

Brother: Steve Fleer of Olympia, Washington

Mark Vaughn and wife, Christine, of Milam
Chad Vaughn and wife, Angela, of Shelbyville

Samantha Vaughn
Travis Vaughn
Jacob Lamb
Lindsey Vaughn
Hannah Vaughn
Megan Vaughn

Step-Great-Grandchild: Oakley

Preceded in death by
Parents: William Fleer and Auvis Maudelle McCleroy Fleer
Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: George and Nola Vaughn
Sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Dailey, Georgie Dailey
Brothers-in-law: Dexter Vaughn, Gerald Wilbert, Frank Lombardino

Pallbearers will be Jason Harvey, Matt Matthews, Seth Dolan, Charles Anderson, Chris Vaughn, Chad Vaughn, Lonnie Dailey and Greg Wilburn. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Green, Rhett Dolan, Jackie Vaughn, Dexter Vaughn, Billy Paddie, Thomas Harvey and Cole Dolan.

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



Verna Lou Moore Snider, was born on October 10, 1925 to William “Bill” Moore and Pearl Anderson Moore.  She was called home peacefully on July 15, 2017 after many years of failing health.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home to celebrate her life.  A graveside service will be held immediately following at New Hope Cemetery, where Mrs. Snider will be laid to rest.  Services will be led by Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Son Windham.

Pallbearers will be Matt Snider, Josh Snider, Aaron Liker, Jesse Liker, Jake Liker and Rusty Layton.

A loving Mother, homemaker, and Mammaw, but most importantly she was a child of God.  Verna Lou enjoyed preparing meals for her family in years past.  Her chicken and dressing during the holidays, Sunday roast, and sugar toast were the best.  Over the years when her health was kinder to her, she loved to work outdoors push mowing her yard and caring for her roses.  She also enjoyed watching “The Young and the Restless” and westerns on television.  Back in the day, she would stay up half the night doing word finds, reading books, or sewing quilt blocks together.  She thoroughly enjoyed listening to music of all genres, but she had a deep love for gospel music and ice cream.  Her favorite flower was a rose, and her favorite color was red.  Devoted mother, forgiving, head strong, and a caregiver were just a few of her attributes.  Anyone that knew her could admire her strength.

Mrs. Snider had an unwavering faith in God and she loved the Lord.  She had been a member of a local Baptist church for close to forty years.  She had rarely ever missed a service until her health forced her into being home bound.  Those close to her have fond memories of her marking each sermon in her Bible with a red pen, and singing alto in the choir.

Verna Lou was predeceased by many loved ones, including her husband of 50 years, Jessie J. Snider; sons, Jerry W. Snider and his wife Bobbie Baker Snider, James E. (Butch) Snider; son-in-law, Elmer Moore; great grandsons, Jarrod Paul Snider and Augustus Cade Belrose (whom she named “Little Buck”); sisters, Claudia Miller and husband Marshall, Maxine Douzat and husband, Eddie, Syble Jernigan and husband Earl, Jeanette Raimond, Dorothy Stuart; brothers, Waymon Moore and wife Helen, John “Son” Moore and wife Fronie, Allen Moore; several nieces and nephews.

Verna Lou is survived by her daughters, Norma Moore of Segno, Sandra Harvey and husband Mark of Montana. Surviving sons include Billy Snider and wife, Debbie of Center, Travis Snider of Center, Gary Snider of Center.  She leaves behind one daughter-in-law, Vicky Snider; one sister-in-law, Gloria Moore of San Augustine.  She had seven children, seventeen grandchildren, thirty three great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. She was a very blessed woman and her entire family will never truly know how much they were loved.  Her idea of family included all those that loved and cared about her.

Verna made a decision in 1975 to take an early retirement from E.L. Bruce when her daughter-in-law, Bobbie, was diagnosed with cancer. She chose to stay home and help care for her grandchildren, Chris and Pam.  Bobbie was called home later that year.  In 1979, tragedy struck again when her son Jerry lost his life in a horrific automobile accident.  Verna raised Chris and Pam fully as her own from that moment forward and would not have it any other way.  She was proud of them both and loved them dearly.  She fulfilled a promise made to their Mother to always take them to church.  Every time the doors were open, they were in the house of the Lord, later resulting in them surrendering their hearts to God and they were saved.  Mrs. Snider leaves behind her two cherished and loved children that she called her own; son, Chris Snider of Center; daughter, Pam Hall and Shawn of Timpson.  The foundation of hard work, determination, perseverance and love for the Lord are just a few of the characteristics she passed on to them.

Many nurses and care givers have graced her home through the years, most of which she truly adored. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Affinity Hospice, Holiday Nursing Home, A Pineywoods Home Health, Dr. Pokala, and all of the local physicians for their care. The family thanks you for your loving support and prayers through this journey. Mrs. Snider made a lot of good friends. Let us not forget to mention her great niece, Sarah Lloyd, and Brenda Hebert who provided loving assistance with their care through Affinity Hospice. The family gives them their greatest gratitude. The H.B. Bounds family was her neighbors for over 50 years, and that friendship will forever be cherished as well.

The family especially wants to thank all those that made the effort to come and pray with Mrs. Snider throughout the years; especially Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Son Windham.  It was a tremendous blessing that can never be repaid.

Watson & Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements; the family thanks them for the kindness they have shown.

Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10

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


John “Johnny” Arthur Blunt of Grand Cane, LA went home to be with the Lord peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Visitation will be Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, LA from 5:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Celebration of life will be at 3:00 PM, Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Stanley, LA with Rev. Kathy Fitzhugh and Rev. Richard L. Tull officiating. Graveside will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Grand Cane, LA.

Johnny was born June 24, 1943 in Grand Cane, LA to Lawrence and Pearl Blunt. He and his brother Bubba owned and operated Blunt Lumber Co.; a trade passed on to them by their father. He will be remembered as a successful businessman and farmer who had a deep love of land and cows. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was full of life, full of knowledge, always smiling and never met a stranger. He had an infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humor. He always had a good story to tell to anyone who would listen. You would always know when Johnny entered the room. From the time he was a young boy he loved to work and he worked till God called him home. His love of the farm and his strong work ethic will live on through his boys and grandkids, whom he cherished.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Pearl Blunt.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife Linda; his three sons, John Blunt Jr. and wife Laura, Jason Blunt and wife Becky, Jeremy Blunt and special friend Jessica; nine grandchildren, Whitney Wright and husband Ryan, Brittany, Megan, Cash, Serah and Deven Blunt, and Amanda Hill, Blake and Caroline Lawrence; two great grandchildren, Rylynn and Bailiegh Wright; brothers, Bubba Blunt and wife Sandra, Jimmy Blunt, and Jerry Blunt; sisters, Frances Scruggs and husband Joe, Linda Owens and husband Arnold and Deborah Meisner; his baby girl, Rosebud; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Honoring the life of Johnny as pallbearers will be John Blunt, Jr., Jason Blunt, Jeremy Blunt, Deven Blunt, Cash Blunt, Colin Broadus, Lawrence Blunt and Connie Johnson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Whitney Wright, Brittany, Megan, and Serah Blunt, Amanda Hill, Max Upchurch, Don Higgs, Kerry Duke, Joey Register and Craig Register.

The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Joyce Feagin and her nurses, Melanie and Gloria, and also Superior Hospice of Mansfield.

In lieu of flowers the family requests for donations to be made in his memory to the charity or cause of your choice.

One last word from Johnny……”Ahightsum then, Talk to you later!”

Services under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana.


Geraldine (Gerry) Powdrill, 78, of Timpson, Texas passed away on July 12, 2017 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born October 8, 1938.

Geraldine was born to Lessie Hughes Lovelady and Elliott Lovelady in Blytheville, Arkansas. She was raised by her stepfather, Rual Shepherd and Lessie Lovelady. Geraldine graduated from Burdette High School in 1956. It was that summer that she met Howell Lee Powdrill at the Eaker Airforce Base in Blytheville. Lee known as “Tex” and Geraldine married on October 8, 1956.  Her Arkansas family did and continues to call her Geraldine and her husband Lee, was always known as “Tex,” being from Texas.  

Gerry and Lee lived in San Antonio and settled in Huffman, Texas when Lee was transferred with the FAA with the opening of the new airport in Houston. They raised their family on Lake Houston. At that time Gerry was a full-time housewife and mother; the hardest job ever and she excelled at it. She worked outside of the home for a short time at Home Telephone Company in Humble, Texas, but returned to her full-time job as housewife.  

Gerry and Lee retired to Timpson in the 1980’s. Gerry was a member of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church where she served as Church Secretary. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and she took special pride in organizing and overseeing crafts at Vacation Bible School for many years. She loved coming up with new ideas each year and spent many hours getting the materials ready for the art classes.  

Gerry was very active in ladies bowling and it was part of her life for over 40 years. She was a member of the Sassie Lassies team where she traveled to tournaments and won several championships as well as a state championship. She enjoyed canasta, bunco, and getting together with her friends often. She also had a quick mind and tried to always watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Gerry had a green thumb and could stick just about anything in dirt and the next thing you knew she had a beautiful plant growing. She tended to her flowers and for many years had gorgeous roses and many flower gardens. She loved to travel and she and her husband went to Haiti, St. Thomas, and the Virgin Islands on a cruise. She enjoyed a trip to Hawaii and it was the flowers there she talked about most often. There were the trips with her square dance group through the years, and the trip to London with her daughter Melody. Gerry was a wonderful cook. There really wasn’t anything she couldn’t master. Anyone that ever had her cooking often asked for her recipes, which she was glad to share. Some of her family’s favorites were her hot water cornbread, chicken and dumplings, Lessie dressing, peas and cornbread, and tator tot casserole.  

Gerry and Lee’s passion was their time they spent with their square-dancing group, and the Do-Si-Do Club. They had danced back in the 60’s, took a break while raising their children, and then after retirement took up square dancing again. They made many lifelong friends and traveled to dances all over the country. No one could twirl Gerry around the dance floor like her husband Lee. She got to be a mother twice, raising her two children and then she raised her two granddaughters, Kara and Kylie whom she loved very much. She often talked about them to friends. Gerry loved God, loved her family, and loved life. She was a strong woman. She was Geraldine, Gerry, Miss Gerry, Mother, Best Friend, Nannie, and now she is an Angel.

Gerry was a beloved wife to Lee for over 48 years.  She is preceded in death by her spouse, Howell Lee Powdrill; mother, Lessie Hughes Lovelady Shepherd; father, Elliott Lovelady; step-father, Rual Shepherd; brother, James Lovelady; and nephew, Michael Eldridge.

Left to cherish her memories and carry on her legacy is:
Her daughter: Melody Dannette Powdrill of Shreveport, LA

Son: Keith Brian Powdrill of Timpson, TX

Kara Dannette Powdrill of Timpson, TX
Kylie Lynn Powdrill of Timpson, TX

Marcia Kesterson and husband Hollis of Longview, TX
Louise Hudson of Timpson, TX

Nephew: Jimmy Lovelady of Fayetteville, AR.  

Others left to treasure our sweet Gerry are cousins and extended family, her church family, and friends. She will be greatly missed and will always be loved.

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.


Mrs. Bernice Evans Maxey, age 95, of San Augustine, Texas. Mrs. Maxey passed away on July 11, 2017 at Sabine County Hospital in Hemphill, Texas.  

Funeral Service will be Monday July 17, 2017 1pm at Garner & Son Chapel with interment to follow at Roberts Cemetery with Rev. Clifford Davis, Officiating.

Visitation will be Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. until service time at Garner & Son Chapel.

Survivors include:
Weldon Maxey of San Augustine, Texas

Sherry Maxey of San Augustine, Texas

2 Grandchildren

1 Great-Grandchild

As wall as a host of other relatives and friends.


Pearline Clay, 80, of Center, Texas passed away on July 12, 2017 in Center. She was born on September 9. 1936 in the Waterman Community to Grover Clay and Monnie Mae Helton Clay.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Waterman Cemetery with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfuneralhome.com.


Sister Oma Lee Kyles, 100, of Center passed away Monday evening at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Services will be 1pm Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Center, Tx.

Interment will follow at McWilliams Cemetery Shelbyville, Tx. with Elder Robert Gipson officiating.

Sister Kyles is survived by:
Joyce Ann Bolton (Jerry) Lathan of Center, Tx.
Billie Ruth Kyles of Silsbee, Tx.

Brother: Charles Henry Kyles of Silsbee, Tx.

Three Grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Winifred “Windy” Whitlock, 88, of Little Rock, Arkansas, formerly of Center, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.  Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Whitlock was born January 26, 1929, in the Neuville Community of Shelby County, to Richard Calvin Whitlock and Mary Dee Bailey Whitlock.  He was a member of both the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star for over sixty-five years.  He was of the Christian faith.

He is survived by
George A. Whitlock and wife, Joan, of Little Rock, Arkansas
David W. Whitlock of Center

Celeste Montoya of Silsbee
Jon Whitlock of Beaumont
Samantha Whitlock of Beaumont
Rusty Short and wife, Amanda, of Little Rock, Arkansas

Jayden Montoya
Lillian Montoya
Dominic Montoya
Caleb Short
Lauren Short

Preceded in death by
Wife: Daphine Slatter Whitlock
Parents: Richard Calvin Whitlock and Mary Dee Bailey Whitlock
Sister: Ann Panhow

Pallbearers will be brother masons.  Honorary pallbearers will be Basil Slatter, Rondal Slatter, Buddy Slatter, James Welch, Kim Welch and Charles Ray Conway.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Texas Masonic Retirement Center, 1501 W. Division Street, Arlington, Texas 76012.

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


George E. LaBoyteaux went home to be with The Lord on July 9, 2017. He passed away at his home in Sulphur Springs, Texas, surrounded by family who loved him.

He was born on June 19, 1939, in New Castle, Indiana, to Mr. William and Myrtle LaBoyteaux. He was an ordained Minister and a well-loved member of The Lighthouse Church in Sulphur Springs.

Services to be held on July 13 with visitation from 12 noon until 1:30 and services following in the Chapel at Watson and Sons Funeral Home 1554 Hwy 7 East. Services officiated by Bro. Neal Cochran and Bro. Rudy Rodriguez.

He is survived by: his wife, Joyce Ray LaBoyteaux, daughters Deborah and husband Wayne Posey, Charlotte and husband Kevin Parent, son, William LaBoyteaux and wife Carrie, step children, Wanda and husband James, Terrie and husband Ronnie, Eddie and wife Olga, Michael and wife Carrie, his brother Bill and wife Wanda LaBoyteaux, sisters Terrie, Dixie, Linda and Marie, numerous grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children Mrs. Thelma LaBoyteaux, parents William and Myrtle, sister, Pat LaBoyteaux and two great-grandsons, Luke and Logan Morris.

Pallbearers are Wayne Posey, Daemeon Gerald, Jonathon Morris, Michael Kolbe, Sam Kolbe, Brack Davidson and Clint Sanchez.

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


Louisa Ingram Jenkins, 91, of Tenaha, TX, passed away on Friday afternoon, July 7, 2017, at her home in Tenaha. She was born on Aug. 21, 1925, in San Augustine County to the late James Ingram and Rosia Dupree. Mrs. Jenkins attended San Augustine Schools growing up and later attended college. She married Clifford F. Jenkins on July 8, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2006. Mrs. Jenkins worked in the San Francisco Bay area as an occupational and private nurse for many years. She moved back to Tenaha over 40 years ago from Pacifica, CA. Mrs. Jenkins was a member of Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson. She was preceded in death by daughters, Legatha Demings and Mary Moore; sons, Clifford, Alvin, and Danny Jenkins; and sister, Rosie Jane Blount.

Survivors include sons, Rochester Jenkins and wife Gladys Jo of Tenaha, Calvin Jenkins and wife Dorenia of Freemont, CA, and Willis Grace; daughters, Rosie Drake and husband Roy of Tenaha, Vivian LaBlanc and husband Wayne of Murrieta, CA, and Barbara Sanchez of Tenaha; sister Mary Carter of Princeton, TX; numerous, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Smith Chapel Baptist Church, 919 CR 4707, Timpson, TX with Rev. Mario Osby officiating. Interment will follow in the Jenkins Memorial Cemetery (Bulison Ranch) 152 CR 4644, Tenaha, TX. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home in Carthage.

Serving as pallbearers are Mrs. Jenkins’ grandsons and flower girls will be her granddaughters. 

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


Patricia Ann Lampley, 66, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Tenaha.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Ramah Missionary Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery.

Mrs. Lampley was born August 13, 1950, in Noble, Louisiana, to Joe McDonald and Ruby Woolsey McDonald.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She was a member of Ramah Missionary Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. 

She is survived by
Husband: Larry Herbert Lampley of Tenaha

Sandra Lynn Runnels and husband, Toby, of Shelbyville
Larry Paul Lampley and wife, Cheyenne, of Tenaha
Mandy Marie Fox and husband, Stacey, of Tenaha

Cody Lampley and wife, Lacey
Sarah Hodge and husband, Johnnie
Destinee Harrison and husband, Mikey
Haven Wall and wife, Marissa
Alexx Bynum and husband, Dalton
Molly Runnels
Daphne Runnels
Zack Runnels
Lucas Fox
Bailey Lampley
Trevor Lampley
Devon Lampley
Wesley Fox
Kristin Lampley
Malarry Lampley

Great Grandchildren:
Kinley Jane Lampley
Brooklyn Cheyenne Bynum

Mother: Ruby McDonald of Noble, Louisiana

Calvin McDonald and wife, Tammy, of Marshall
Doug McDonald and wife, Sandra, of Tenaha
David McDonald and wife, Pat, of Tenaha
Jimmy McDonald and wife, Felicia, of Zwolle, Louisiana

Sister-in-law: Pam Gray and husband, John

Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Joe McDonald
Brothers: Joseph McDonald, Alvin McDonald
Sisters-in-law: Mary McDonald, Bobbie Ann Murrill
Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Herbert and Beatrice Lampley
Nieces: Wendy McDonald, Donna Peace
Nephew: Don Hataway
Infant Nephew: Nathan McDonald

Pallbearers will be Jason McDonald, Wade McDonald, Matt Hataway, Clint Merchant, Jeffrey Ebarb, Damian McDonald and Danny McDonald.  Honorary pallbearers will be C.J. McDonald, Jed McDonald, Toby Runnels, Stacey Fox and Dylan Barbee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mrs. Lampley’s name to Ramah Missionary Baptist Church, 131 CR 4475, Tenaha, Texas 75974 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123.

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


James Ray Trent, 65, of Center, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2017, at Spanns Chapel Cemetery in Center with Maxie Eaves officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Trent was born December 12, 1951, in Altus, Oklahoma, to James Henry Trent and LaMerle Spann Trent.  He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Jane Trent of Center
Judy Fenton and husband, Bill, of Center

Nieces and Nephews:
Kasi Trent of Center
Brian Fenton of Center
Kevin Fenton of Center
Amanda Trent of Center
Stefani Trent of Center

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Henry Trent and LaMerle Spann Trent
Brother: Johnny Trent
Sister: Angela Trent

Pallbearers will be Ricky Sims, Jimmy Deal, Ronnie Gragg, Mark Tidwell, James Luman and Jacob Kay.

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