06/27/2016

Mary Ann Ramsey, 73, of Timpson, Texas passed away on Thursday June 23, 2016 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  She was born on September 10, 1942, in Center, Texas, the daughter of Melvin and Mildred Lucille Hammers Ramsey.  Visitation will begin at 10AM on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.  Service will follow at 11AM on June 25, 2016 at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas with Father Jose Luis Vidarté officiating.  Interment will be at Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Mary Ann grew up in the Tennessee Community and she was a 1961 graduate of Timpson High School.  She loved Timpson and was a proud Timpson Bear fan.  Mary Ann cherished her children, and those precious grandchildren.  She spent much time sewing for others.  She had a passion for sewing.  Mary Ann loved the outdoors.  She spent what time she wasn’t sewing outside enjoying nature.  She loved gardening.  Mary Ann had enthusiasm collecting dolls and trinkets.  

Mary Ann is survived by her sons; Bradley H. Liles and wife Colleen, of Martinsburg, WV, Shanon Liles of Logansport, Louisiana; daughter, Penny Darlyne Liles Lewis and husband Kelly of Angleton, Texas; brother, Billy Ray Ramsey and wife Sherrie of Quitman, Texas; grandchildren, Ryan Phelps, Darian Liles, Quinton Liles, Tara Liles, Hunter Lewis; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.  

She is preceded in death by her parents.

The family of Mary Ann Ramsey is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas.  

To convey condolences or to sign the online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net.

06/24/2016

Helen Bixler, 82 of Joaquin, TX passed away on June 23, 2016 in Fort Worth, TX.

Memorial services for Helen will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at two o’clock in the afternoon at First United Methodist Church of Logansport, visitation immediately to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Helen was born in Shelbyville, TX on April 26, 1934 to J.T. and Rachel Tyler. She was the Valedictorian for her 1952 graduating class of Joaquin High School. She then continued her education at the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As her family would say, she was the happiest when she was learning so she continued her studies and received her Master’s in Education from the University of Arizona. She was a former Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star Masonic Lodge #903 in Joaquin, TX.

She is survived by:

Son, Richard Bixler and his wife Carol of Gilbert, AZ

Daughter, Vicki Schafer and her husband Stephen of Fort Worth, TX

Sister, Juanita Beasley of Joaquin, TX

Grandchildren:
Michael Bixler
Martin Schafer and his wife Julianne
Daniel Bixler and his wife Naomi, and their children Joseph and Jazlin
Nichole Bixler, and her children Shelby, Austin, Ian, and Carter

Sister-in-law, Margie Tyler

Nieces:
Sharron Shanz, and her children Mary Rachel and Tyler
Lesa Tyler Parmer, and her daughter Addison

She is preceded in death by:
Husband, John Gideon Bixler
Brother, Doug Tyler
Parents, J.T. Tyler and Rachel Tyler Henry
Great-Grandson, Jaxson Bixler

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church for the purpose of a new sign.

Service provided by Lucas Funeral Home, Keller, Texas.

06/22/2016

Frances A. Coleman (63), died Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Coleman will be Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00am at Old Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas.  Rev. George Grace will be officiating and Rev. Charleston Johnson the Eulogist.

Mrs. Coleman’s survivors are:  

Sons:
LaSherrick Davis of Timpson, Texas
Shavondric Coleman of Nacogdoches, Texas
Shakedric Coleman of Timpson, Texas

Grandson, Shakeridan Davis of Timpson, Texas

Mother, Emma Jean Johnson

Brothers:
Darron Holloway of Timpson, Texas
Charles Phillips of Timpson, Texas
Isaac Phillis of Mansfield, Louisiana
Freddy Phillips of Houston, Texas
Donald Ray Phillips of Houston, Texas
Theodore, Phillips of Houston, Texas
Clayvon Phillips of California

Sister: Lydia Phillips of Houston, Texas

Visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2016 at Old Smyrna Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Committal is at Timpson City Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. Repass will be at Old Smyrna Baptist Church.

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

06/22/2016

Edward Chatman Jr., 60, of Logansport, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at his residence.  

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.

Mr. Chatman was born August 29, 1955, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Edward Chatman Sr. and Deley Dale Ramares Chatman. He served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Chatman enjoyed gardening, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by
Wife: Debra Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana

Daughters:
Krystle Blue Odom of Logansport, Louisiana
Stephanie Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana

Sons:
Wesley Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana
Bubba Chatman of Pineville, Louisiana

Daughter-in-law: Jamie Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana

Son-in-law: Mitchell Odom of Logansport, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Jasmine Odom
Elijah Chatman
Lyndzey Odom
Jayla Chatman
Nash Odom
Kaydence Brock
Kamyllia Chatman
Bonnie Chatman
Landon Chatman

Brothers:
Frank Chatman of Chippawa Falls, Wisconsin
Gordon Chatman of Pineville, Louisiana
Richard Chatman of Alexandria, Louisiana

Sisters:
Elizabeth Lemoine of Shreveport, Louisiana
Joni Findlay of Alexandria, Louisiana

Mother-in-law: Nancy Dorrell of Logansport, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Parents: Edward Chatman Sr. and Deley Dale Ramares Chatman
Brothers-in-law: Donald Ray Blue, Dale Blue

Pallbearers will be Mike Hall, Mitchell Odom, Jared Wedgeworth, Teddy Carnes, Rick Campbell, Wesley Chatman and Bill Henderson.  Honorary pallbearer will be Elijah Chatman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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

06/17/2016

Phillip Winston Hennigan, Sr., 70, of Center, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at his residence.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Windham and Bro. D.J. Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Adams Cemetery in Shelbyville with military honors under the direction of the US Army Honor Guards. Visitation will be Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born April 10, 1946 in Jasper to Joseph Polk and Joye Wynell (Phillips) Hennigan. He was the middle child, the favorite, over his brother Gary and Sister, Connie. Phillip Hennigan, a former Major League Baseball player, played from 1969-1973 with the Cleveland Indians (Ohio) and the New York Mets. Hennigan attended Jasper High School, graduating in 1964. He then attended Sam Houston State University. He was drafted in fourth round by the Indians in 1966. Hennigan served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 where he served during Vietman. 

He made his debut with the Indians on Sept. 2, 1969. Hennigan pitched out of the Cleveland Indian bullpen from 1969-1972. He became the Indians’ ace reliever in 1971 going 4-3 with 14 saves, the 8th best in the American League. He was traded to Mets in 1972. After retiring from baseball, he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for five years. He also has worked for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and was later employed with the Center Police Department from 1995 -2012 where he retired as a Sergeant. He was a Peace officer for over 40 years.  Phil was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

He enjoyed spending time with Lynda Kaye and entertaining friends. The highlight of his life was watching baseball games with his sons and grandsons. He was especially proud of his grandson, Jonathan Hennigan for following in his footsteps. He dreamed of the day Zayne would be on the big field.  He and his wife attended Camp Springs Baptist Church in Hemphill.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Joseph Polk and Joye Wynell (Phillips) Hennigan, Brother, Gary Hennigan and Son, Scotty Hennigan.

He is survived by:
Loving wife of 29 years:
Lynda K. Russell of Center

Sons:
Phil Hennigan & wife, Kim of Center
Steven Hennigan of Center

Grandchildren:
Jonathan Hennigan
Zayne Hennigan
Ryan Gray

2 Great-Grandchildren

Sister:
Connie Hatton & husband, Carl of Woodville

Sister-in-law:
Debbie Hennigan of Woodville

Mother-in-law:
Edrie Parsons of Center

Special Friends:
Karla Vaughn
Mary Ann Parsons
Barbara Dance
Janice Pugh
Pat Hooker

Niece & Nephews
David Hennigan
Neil Hennigan
Derrick Hennigan
Greg Hatton
Christy Woolston

Numerous Great-Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers:
James Hagler, Jamie Hagler, Bob Atchison, Sammy Dance, Charles Hooker, Walter Shofner, Brent Dance & Spence Dance.

Honorary Pallbearers:
Phil Hennigan, Steven Hennigan, Jonathan Hennigan, Zayne Hennigan, Carl Hatton, Ryan Gray, Neil Hennigan, David Hennigan & Dillon Windham

In Lieu of flowers family request donations to be made to the Center Youth Baseball In Memory of Phil Hennigan, c/o Jason Mitchell PO BOX 991, Center, Texas 75935

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

06/16/2016

Lyndell “Mac” Langston, 79, of Center, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at

Mr. Langston was born December 18, 1936, in Hope, Arkansas to Lenard Mac Langston and Lois Lee Alsobrook Langston.  He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  Mr. Langston also liked to make beer and wine.  He was a member of International Bricklayers and Applied Craftsman and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nacogdoches.  

He is survived by
Wife: Delores Langston of Center

Daughter: Cindy Maphet of Katy

Step Sons:
Kevin Jernigan of Austin
Michael Jernigan and wife, Nicole, of Kyle

Grandchildren:
Taryn Smith and husband, Robert, of Ft. Benning, Georgia
Jeslyn Jernigan of Kyle
Corbin Jernigan of Kyle

Brother: Virgil McNatt and wife, Rose, of Florida

Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law:
Ruth Langston of Center
Don Gatliff and wife, Mary, of Timpson
Ginger Vaughn of Fort Worth
Richard Gibson and wife, Betty, of San Saba
Pat Jarnigan and husband, Gene, of Lubbock
Jack Cochran and wife, Wanda, of Coleman
Glenn Williford and wife, Judy, of Huxley
Debbie Williford of Center
Wesley Baylor and wife, Peggy, of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Lenora Langston
Parents: Lenard Mac Langston and Lois Lee Alsobrook Langston
Brother: George Langston
Sister: Katherine Cochran

Pallbearers will be Austin Williford, Don Gatliff, Gary Gatliff, Glenn Williford, Kevin Jernigan, Mike Jernigan, Wes Baylor and Wesley Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Williford, Chad Vaughn, Cindy Maphet, Jason Choate, Jason Williford, Michael Bradshaw, Taryn Smith, Virgil McNatt and Wesley Baylor.

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

06/15/2016

Lillian Loyce Robbins Bittick, 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday June 13 2016 in San Augustine,Tx at Colonial Pines Nursing Home.

Graveside Services only, Friday 10am at Old Salem.

She was born on January 28, 1931 in Forest Hill, Louisiana to Oliver and Martha Jane (Oliver) Robbins. She was a 1948 graduate of Center High School. She was married to Johnnie Bittick for 61 years until his death in 2012. She was a longtime resident of Center and worked various jobs there, including as a nurses aide at the old Center Sanitarium, office positions at Eastex Poultry, Holly Farms, Center Plywood and the Oates Clinic. She was also the owner and operator of a child care center for several years.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, music, singing and genealogy. She loved spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren.

She is survived by:
Brother: Gerald Robbins and wife, Earline, of Seffner, Florida

Sister: Dovie Gray Oatman and husband, Richard, of Pleasant Hope, Missouri

Sons:
Thomas Carroll Bittick of Center
Johnnie Glynn Bittick of Center
David Lee Bittick and wife, Linda, of Westcliffe, Colorado
Larry Daniel Bittick of Center
Jeremy Wade Bittick and wife, Tina, of San Augustine

Daughter: Janie Murle Bittick Mulla of Austin

Grandchildren:
Vicki Bittick McCrimmon and husband, Nate, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bonnie Bittick of Muskegon, Michigan
Quintin Smith, Jr., of Center
Mike Davis and wife, Jessica, of Muskegon, Michigan
Marla Smith Lee of Austin
Shaun Smith and wife, Angela, of Topeka, Kansas
LiAnna Bittick and husband, Wayne Weldin, of Austin
Amy Bittick Bryant and husband, Jasson, of Albany, Georgia
Amanda Bittick of Austin
Penny Bittick Meier and husband, William, of Austin
Joshua Bittick of Austin
Justin Smith of Center
Cameran Bittick of Center
Elizabeth Smith Kilpatrick and husband, Brody, of Joaquin
JuliAnn Bittick Hagar and husband, Christien, of Center
Johnathan Bittick and wife, Molly, of Altus, Oklahoma

20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great

Pallbearers: Ricky King, David Haley, Chris Knowlton, Stephen Stroud, Jim Blackwell, Steven Thornburgh

Honorary Pallbearers Bobby Walker, Phillip Ford, Chris Wheeler, Joey Haley, Scott Burkhalter, and John Welch.

Services under the direction of Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

06/15/2016

Dwight D. ”Hank” Curbow, 65 of Garrison passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. He was born December 21, 1950 in Nacogdoches County to parents, Willis Dean Curbow and Ouida Deloney Curbow. He was the fifth of six children.

His service will be held at 10:00am, Friday, June 17, 2016 at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Shannon “Shak” Arrington and Rev. Ryan King will be officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include:

His loving wife and school sweetheart of 45 years, Stephani Beard Curbow

Sons:
Coady Curbow and wife Pam
Kent Curbow & wife Candice

Daughter: Cassi Hairgrove & husband Collin

Grandchildren: Callie Grace Curbow, Taylor Mackenzie Curbow, Cason Wyatt Curbow, Camden Devant Curbow, Cohen Charles Hairgrove, Hudson Lee Curbow, Claire Layne Hairgrove, Gentry Lynn Curbow & Reese Joanne Curbow.

Brothers:
Jimmy Curbow
Billy Curbow
Joey Curbow

Sisters:
Marie Adkison
Jeannie Butler

Numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.

Hank lived all his life in Nacogdoches County in the Garrison area and formed strong bonds and a deep commitment of service with his community. He was raised on his parents farm where he was taught the importance of church, family, hard work, service & honesty.

This country life instilled a love for the Lord, family, his country & his fellow man. He was very dedicated to his community & had a strong desire to help others, never striving for recognition, a man with a humble heart. He was a member & former Deacon of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

A trustee of Holly Springs Cemetery, member of the Garrison Masonic Lodge & a Shriner Served on the Garrison School Board for 9 years. An active supporter of FFA, an avid hunter & member of Bellview Hunting Club plus service on multiple committees through the years. He was blessed with his destiny to become a farmer & rancher. He definitely was a “homebody” often saying he didn’t like to leave “Route 3”. His idea of enjoyment was riding the back roads which he knew every twist & turn with frequent stops for visiting, gathering at the camp & at home-the more family & friends the better.

His life was filled with adventures which has lead to storytelling, never ending memories, slow smiles to body shaking laughter. His country wit & slow talking was a delight to his wife & children. His work, such as penning & working cattle, getting hay baled & put up fence often turned in to a social event. His love of hunting & all the related friendships & bonds that were formed. This love of hunting caused frequent unpleasant encounters with his wife in the early years but eventually she saw she had to accept or leave. His pride and joy was his 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

When not working he spent his childhood roaming the pastures, woods & creek banks. His daddy was a successful hog farmer & Hank bought him out & followed his lead-later branching out into chicken farming, dairying & raising cattle.

In school, he excelled in football, well known as a running back for his speed & agility & juking. He was short but muscular & college scouts came to watch him. A knee injury bringing this to an end. But not the long lasting friendships & notoriety.

He met his future wife when he was in the 7th grade & she was in the 6th & the bond began. They were separated due to his wife’s parents traveling Army life but the bond was never broken. They were reunited when he was 18 and she was 16, when his wife’s father had to go to Vietnam. They fell in love & the love grew & never ended.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Holly Springs Cemetery in memory of Hank Curbow.

Family is being served by Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas

06/15/2016

Maranda LeAnn Whitton, 21 of Logansport, LA.  Passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2016

There will be a graveside service at 10 am Thursday June 16, 2016 at Bethel Cemetery 219 Bethel Road, Logansport, La. With a Memorial Ceremony to follow at Bethel Methodist Church.

Maranda was born November 30, 1994. She was a loving girl with a beautiful smile, and laugh that could brighten even the worst days. Not a person ever met her that they did not become instant friends. Her love for her family and friends was apparent to anyone who knew her. Her personality was just so audacious that this world could not hold her, she is now shining down on us from Heaven above.

She is Survived By:

Fiance, Steven McCoy of Logansport, La

Mother, Julie Phillips of Carthage, Tx

Sisters:
Britni Phillips and fiancé Eric Davis of Bossier City, La
Haven Holt of Pitkin, La

Brother, Blayne Whitton of Carthage, Tx

Grandparents:
Linda Fonville of Logansport, La
Mike and Linda Jordon of Carthage, Tx
Jerold Price Of Deadwood, Tx
Luther David Whitton of Jaoquin, Tx

Aunts:
Theresa Fonville of Logansport, La
Rebecca Fonville of Logansport, La
Teena Register and Husband Craig of Logansport, La
Amy Glass and Husband Brian of Jasper, Tx
Crystal Berg and Husband Lydell of Joaquin, Tx
Angela Whitton of Joaquin, Tx
Kimberly Griffin and Husband Billy of San Augustine, Tx
Rhonda Villarreal and Husband Luis of DeBerry, Tx

Uncle, James Crawford and Wife Anita of Carthage, Tx

Nephew, Caleb Walker

She is also survived by a host of very special cousins, family and friends.

She is proceeded in Death by her father Robert Timothy Phillips, great-grandparents Leon and Arlene Todd and grandmother Peggy Whitton

06/14/2016

Darrell “Stogie” Partlow, 93, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Frankie Desoto officiating.   Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery.

Mr. Partlow was born May 10, 1923, in Kensal, North Dakota, to Urban Partlow and Dora Fredrickson Partlow.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in the Philippines and South Pacific.  Mr. Partlow enjoyed truck driving, traveling with his family and carpentry work.  

He is survived by
Sons:
Bob Partlow and wife, Donna
Rick Partlow and wife, Barbara

Daughter: Jane Coyne and husband, Marty

Grandchildren:
Ben Partlow
Angie Teske and husband, J.R.
Billy Partlow and wife, Heather
Traci Carothers and husband, Tim
Bambi Wilburn and husband, Timbo
Samantha Palmer and husband, Rod
Eric Partlow
Amy Lindley and husband, Jamie

14 Great-Grandchildren

1 Great Great Grandchild

4 Sisters-in-law

3 Brothers-in-law

Preceded in death by
Wife: Mildred Lawson Partlow
Parents: Urban Partlow and Dora Fredrickson Partlow
3 Brothers
3 Sisters

Pallbearers will be Billy Partlow, Ben Partlow, J.R. Teske, Taylor Partlow, Trevor Partlow and Jesse Teske.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Partlow, Tim Carothers, Timbo Wilburn, Jamie Lindley, Rod Palmer, Sawyer Wilburn, Cowboy, Benny and Red Wing.

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

 

06/14/2016

Mr. Curtis Polley, age 80, of Joaquin, TX passed away Thursday morning at Green Acres Nursing Center of Center, TX. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday at 11:00AM at the Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX. Elder Frankie Maddox to officiate. 

Mr. Curtis Polley is survived by: 

Wife Earlene Polley of Joaquin, TX

5 Daughters - Sharon Polley of Center, TX, Wanda Polley of Center, TX, Barabara Polley of Lufkin, TX, Lisa Johnson of Center, TX and Penelope Johnson of San Augstuine, TX

5 Sisters - Lorene Moore of Center, TX, Linda Redmond of Nacogdoches, TX, Lanell Polley of Nacogdoches, TX, 
Annette Polley of Center, TX and Mary Lousie Greer of Center, TX

2 Brothers - Artis Lee Polley of Center, TX and Anderson Polley Jr. of Center, TX. 

17 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren

06/13/2016

Helen Irene Warren Muckelroy, 94, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Ms. Muckelroy was born December 5, 1921, in Shelby County, to Ed Warren and Harriett Warren.

She is survived by
Sister: Edith Franks

Caretakers: Douglas Jackson Family

Preceded in death by
Husband: Cecil Leo Muckelroy
Parents: Ed Warren and Harriett Warren

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

06/13/2016

Larry Wayne Ballard, 67, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith, Bro. John Bender and Bro. Josh Sanford officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Mr. Ballard was born February 7, 1949, in Center, to L.G. Ballard and Lola Mae LaFitte Ballard. He graduated Center High School in 1967 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University.  In 1969, Mr. Ballard married the love of his life, Marilyn, who he fell in love with at the age of 15. Together, they raised three daughters.  Mr. Ballard loved his church and his family.  He enjoyed spending time as “Poppy” with his five grandchildren and having coffee with his many friends.  Mr. Ballard was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Center.  He served as a deacon since 1978, and pioneered the media ministry of First Baptist Church to bring the services to the community.  He was a member of Center Sam Samford Masonic Lodge.  He was also active in his community by serving on Center’s Planning and Zoning Committee as well as being a Shelby County Leadership Participant.

He is survived by
Wife of 46 years: Marilyn Ballard of Center

Daughters:
Kimberley Shofner and husband, Paul, of Jacksonville
Tracy Gould and fiancé, Corey Wood, of Tyler
Amy Roach and husband, Kyle, of Bullard

Grandchildren:
Katelin Gould of Tyler
Connor Shofner of Jacksonville
Reagan Shofner of Jacksonville
Bailey Kurtz of Bullard
Lainey Kurtz of Bullard

Brother: Louis Ballard of Iowa

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: L.G. Ballard and Lola Mae LaFitte Ballard

Pallbearers will be Kyle Roach, Paul Shofner, Corey Wood, Bailey Kurtz, Connor Shofner, Ted Hopkins, Delbert Beckham, Alan Minter and David Minter.  Honorary pallbearers will be McNeil Moore, Gene Walker, David Koonce, Todd Albert, Scott Shamblin, Bill Stegall and First Baptist Church Deacons.

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

06/13/2016

Helen Muckelroy, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Additional information and survivors to be announced later.

06/11/2016

Betty Marie Alford Marberry, 72, was received into her heavenly home on June 10, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer. Her devotion to her family and firm belief in God supported her through the struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Betty will be buried in San Augustine, Texas at the Liberty Hill Cemetery immediately following her services on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Martinsville Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Betty was born to the late Hoyt Alford and OraLee Norwood Alford Dumas, in San Augustine, Texas on September 18, 1943. She graduated Magna Cum Lade in 1992 from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She used her skills as a nurse to care for both her family and the community through many dedicated years of service in the nursing field with rehabilitation and hospice patients. Nursing was something that Betty prided herself in doing; she always put the needs of others above her own and will be missed by many.

Betty was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her best friend, Robert L. Marberry, on November 26, 1982 in Del Rio, Texas. They raised three beautiful children with love, kindness and patience. Betty loved her family fiercely and without fail she was always there to provide guidance, forgiveness, unconditional love and a support to her family in everything that they encountered and set out to accomplish.

Betty is survived by:

Her husband: Robert L. Marberry of Waterman, Texas

Their children:
Daughter: Brandi Butler of Gary

Sons:
James Butler of Center
Marlin, and wife, Kelly Butler of Huffman

Her grandchildren include:
Wendy, and husband, William Brandenburg
Crystal Swanzy
Erin, and husband, Brett Scarber
Madison Butler
Jaxon Butler
Karly Ishmael

Her great-grandchildren include: Carter, Will, Elizabeth and Robert Levi Brandenburg, Zachary Swanzy, Joshua Berry and Christian Johnson.

She is also survived by her Mother, OraLee Norwood Alford Dumas, her sister Sherry and husband Walter Kroboth of Lufkin, Texas. In addition to immediate family she is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, her Martinsville Baptist Church family and friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her father, Hoyt Jackson Alford.

Pallbearers will be William Brandenburg, Jim Tucker, Jimmy Phillips, Brett Scarber, Keith Swearingen and Hoyt Nutt.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Betty’s honor to the Martinsville Baptist Church building fund.      

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

06/10/2016

Layton Douglas Nehring, 75, of Robinson, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 1207 N. Old Robinson Road, Waco. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors 5 - 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 13, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco.

06/10/2016

Bernice Luman Ford, 86, Houston, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Good Living Community Care in Houston.

Graveside Service will be 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Welton Blackmon officiating. Visitation will be Saturday June 11, 2016 starting at 2:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home until graveside service. 

She was born March 29, 1930 in Shelby County to Lum and Dollie Mae Luman. She was a  member of South Main Baptist Church in Houston. 

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Lum and Dollie Mae Luman, Daughter, Freeda Gandy, Sister, Martha McCary & Brother, Maurice Luman.

She is survived by:
Children:
Rose Shaffer of Houston
Liz Ballard & husband, Mike of Little Rock, Arkansas
Nathan Renfro & wife, Trish of Houston
Grandchildren:
Tonya Wilson & husband, Bill 
Stephen Blackmon
Christopher Ballard & Courtney Crutchfield
John Ballard & wife, Jacamerica
Nathan Renfro & Rosy Munoz
Janet Davis 
Joann Peterson & husband, Bill
Great Grandchildren:
Andrew Blackmon
Heather Blackmon
Lacey Peterson 
Caitlin Roberts & husband, Brent 
Madison Ballard
Great Great Grandson:
Liam Peterson
Brother:
Fred Luman of Longview
Sister:
Madge Luman Metcalf of Houston

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

06/10/2016

Addison Lay Perez, 8, of San Antonio, passed away June 8, 2016 in Houston.

Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel.

Addison was born April 30, 2008, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to Ranay Paul Perez and Kerri Ann Soto.  She loved reading, making people smile, dressing up, drawing and pulling ears. Addison was an organ donor.

She is survived by
Parents: Ranay Paul Perez and Kerri Ann Soto

Sisters:
Alandria Blanton
Brianna Hickman

Brothers:
Nathan Rodriquez
Trey Davis
Santino Perez

Grandparents:
Ramon & Yvonne Soto
Patti Jackson
Cindy & Angel Estevis

Great Great Grandparents:
Paul & Carolyn Jackson
Rica Porter

Preceded in death by
Great Great Grandmother: Ursula Soto
Great Great Grandfather: Rafeal Soto, Sr.
Grandfather: Ruben Perez
Great Aunts: Herlinda Soto, Helena Soto
Great Uncles: Vince Walker, Royce Williams, Raymond Jackson
Uncle: Ramon Soto
Cousins: Ramon Soto Jr., Ariel Williams, Bradley Kent Richards

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

Mr. Guy Willard Foster, 82, of  Timpson, Texas, passed away Thursday June 9, 2016 in Center, Texas.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Justin Coburn, Darrell Owens, and B.A. Morris,  officiating.  Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 -8:00 PM, Friday June 10, 2016, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson.

Born May 1, 1934, in Joaquin, Texas, Guy Willard Foster was the son of the late William Emmitt and Essie Lee (Lily) Foster. After serving in the United States Army, Guy, married the love of his life, Bobbie Jean Bussey in 1969. The two spent over 45 years together until her passing in 2014. He remained faithful in always taking care of his family. Guy was a carpenter by trade. He spent many hours building cabinets, houses, and anything in between. He enjoyed gardening, working in the flower beds, and especially woodworking. He also worked over 10 years for Gary Independent School District as Maintenance Supervisor. Guy was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church for over 40 years.

Survivors include:

His daughter: Connie Richard and husband Robert (Bobby) of Joaquin, TX

Sons:
Kevin Foster, and wife, Evelyn of Tenaha, TX
Rodney Foster, and wife, Sharla of Timpson

Brother: William Ray Foster, and wife, Bell of Teneha, TX

Sisters:
Anita Singleton, and husband, Herbert of Conroe, TX
Eva Joy Meaux, and husband, Jerry of Carthage

Brother-in-law: David Bussey of Center, TX

13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Guy is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Jean Foster, and sister, Jimmie Francis Bowlin.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net.  Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.

06/09/2016

Reba June Stolebarger of Waco passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Providence Hospice Center. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, in Center, Texas, at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Richard Roland officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.

Reba June Stolebarger, child of Lawrence and Reba English Stolebarger, was born August 3, 1930, in Center, Shelby County, Texas. She was a member of Central Christian Church of Waco.

June graduated from Center High School in 1947 and attended Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches, Texas, for a short time. While she was there, she played the cornet in the band and sang with the college orchestra. She worked for Southwestern Bell in 1948, as an operator in Liberty, Rosenberg and in 1966 moved to Waco, retiring here after 41 years of service. She had always had one other main interest, and that was airplanes, in which she had her first solo flight in a J-3 Piper Cub. 

June enjoyed bowling on the company league, water skiing, horseback riding and from time to time motorcycle riding. She was also an avid fan of the Baylor Lady Bears Basketball for 16 years.

She played the trumpet with the Waco Community Band for 10 years and sang occasionally with a small group. Her other interests include woodworking and hanging out at the beach in Galveston.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her aunt, Ruby Gustavson. She is survived by her close friends, Lucile and Louise Brady, Julie Patterson, cousins, friends and her cat, Claude.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at www.WHBfamily.com.

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