Bobbie Ruth Kelley Tanner

A beautiful soul left to be with our Father in Heaven, in the early morning hours of a beautiful day in Port, St. Lucie, Florida.

Funeral service is at 11am Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Church of Christ, 600 Martin Luther King Blvd, San Augustine, TX. Visitations will begin on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10am until 11am at the Church of Christ. Interment is at Haley Bush Cemetery, Bland Lake community, San Augustine, Texas.

Bobbie was born in Center, TX, to the late Willie Mae Kelley Tanner and Chester Bell Sr. She attended the Lincoln School system where she graduated in 1958. She moved through life and found a career as a quality control Inspector for Bruce Hardwood flooring. She retired with 35 plus years of service.

Bobbie was added to the Church of Christ at an early age under the direction of Bro. Clonnie White and she ended her service to Christ at the Lake Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Bro. Henry McFadden in Stuart, Florida. Bobbie was the loving mother of three children, son, James Patrick Tanner preceded her in glory (Yolanda).

She leaves to cherish her memories:

Daughter, Pamala Ann Tanner of Port St. Lucie, Florida

Son Michael Todd Tanner (Shawna) of Lufkin, TX

Bobbie was the oldest of 7 siblings in which two preceded her in glory.

Siblings, all of San Augustine, TX:
Parie Z. Davis
Maderia Tanner Jr. (wife Charlotte)
Pearl Johnson (Lewis)
Velva Tanner
Brenda Johnson
Chester Bell Jr. (Patricia)
Sara Thomas

9 loving grandchildren:
Crystal Tanner
Kelley Tanner
Jarmarius Marshall
Micah Tanner
Carl Matthews
Rochell Tyler
Shariah Davis
Tyrease Davis
Maya Tanner

12 great-grandchildren, and a multitude of nephews, nieces, cousins, and wonderful friends to celebrate her transition on to Glory.

A very special thanks to Mi Home Health Care, Millie, Vina, Marlene, Marie, Beverly and Zola, for all their loving care for Bobbie “Boo” through her journey.

Services under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home.


Larry Wayne Barton, 68, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019, at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Barton was born December 31, 1950, in Center, to Elzie Barton and Jessi Shelton Barton.  He was employed as a truck driver for Tyson Foods.  An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Barton enjoyed hunting and fishing.  His most treasured times were times spent with family.

He is survived by:
His wife: Libby Barton of Center

Larry Barton of Alabama
Patrick Barton of Center
Carlee Barton of Timpson


Sister: Ann Mayfield of Louisiana

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Johnny Barton.

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


Douglas Odom, 83, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019, in Center.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2pm Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Neuville Baptist Church in the Neuville Community of Shelby County.

Mr. Odom was born July 9, 1936, in Nocomis, Florida. He served in the United States Air Force and later worked as an electrician for IBEW Local. Mr. Odom was an avid outdoorsman and was known for his love of John Deere Tractors. A loving husband, Dad, Paw-Paw, and friend, Mr. Odom was happiest when spending time with his family.

He is survived by: 
His wife: Carolyn Odom

Scott Odom and wife, Leanna
Denise Kethley and husband Hulette
Michelle Collins and husband Robert
Keith Odom
Kelly Cormier and husband John

9 grandchildren
11 great grandchildren
2 great-great-grandchildren

Brother: Tony Odom and wife Carolyn

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, 800.227.2345, www.cancer.org/donate

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


Odeal Grisby, 87 of Shelbyville, passed away Friday evening, September 27, 2019 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

A wake will be held Friday, October 4th from 6pm until 8pm at Triumph First Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville, Texas.

She will lay-in-state from 10am until 11am on Saturday, October 5 at Triumph First Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville. Funeral service will follow at 11am. Internment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Dora Grisby of Shelbyville

A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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


Kay Fodge, 69, of Gary, Texas passed away on October 1, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born December 24, 1949, in Sikeston, Missouri, Kay is the daughter of Glenn William Greene and the late Betty Jo (Marvel) Greene. 

Visitation will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.  Funeral service will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Darrell Owens and Bro. Carroll Jones officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Kay was born and raised in Sikeston, Missouri. She graduated from Sikeston High School Class of 1967.  She married the love of her life, Mike, while he was working for her father, and the two were joined together in December, following her graduation. Their love for one another has immensly grown over the last 51 years together rasing their children and now enjoying a grandson.  

She worked as an Instructional Aide for Timpson ISD for more than 18 years before retiring in 2015.  Spoiling children was her true act of kindness, but spoiling her grandson, Charlie was the absolute best.  Kay enjoyed many things like crocheting and reading. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and aunt. Kay was a devoted pastors’ wife for the past 35 years. She is a member of West Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church.  

Kay is survived by:
Her husband: Mike Fodge of Gary, Texas

Son: Charles Michael Glenn Fodge of Moberly, Missouri

Kalin Jo Fodge of Hallsville, Texas
Sheila Lynn Harris and husband, DJ of Hallsville, Texas
Cheryl Ann Fodge of Joaquin, Texas

Father: Glenn William Greene of Morehouse, Missouri

Grandson: David Charles Harris

Brother: Glenn W. “Dub” Greene Jr. and wife Kris of Clarkdale, Arizona

Sister: Belinda Gay Morrow of Sikeston, Missouri

Emily Mueller of Bertrand, Missouri
Stephanie Parker of Springfield, Missouri
Kristen Thompson of Essex, Missouri

Daniel Thompson of Sikeston, Missouri
Richard Selleck of Gardner, Kansas

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

She is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jo (Marvel) Greene.

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.


Funeral Service for Margaret Martin Hardy, 85, of Martinsville, will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Don Chumley officiating. Burial will be at Martinsville Cemetery.

Mrs. Hardy passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019, in Spring, Texas. She was born on November 27, 1933, in Grigsby, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Laird Funeral Home.

Margaret lived in Grigsby until she was 4 years old, and they moved to Martinsville where they made their home near her 7 uncles. Margaret’s favorite memories as a child were those of her school days. She often spoke of how simple things seemed, and how she loved walking home for lunch and going through the old natural rock store. She loved her teachers and school in general. She had a vivid memory of her teachers and what they taught. Margaret would spend hours talking of the days of old when she enjoyed the rhythm band, the trips to the cedar tree where the water pipes served as “fountains”. The stories she remembered seemed to be from a book of tales, but in reality, it was her everyday life. Her passion for learning came exclusively from her times as a youngster with her teachers. Upon her graduation from Nacogdoches High School in 1952, she pursued her dream of being a teacher by enrolling in Stephen F. Austin University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in 1955 and Master of Education in 1960. She taught from 1955-1956 in Pasadena, Texas. She then taught in Martinsville beginning in 1962, initially as a substitute, followed by a fulltime position, until her retirement in 1989. Her life after retirement was filled with wonderful memories made with those she loved. Her love of life and family and her exceptionally happy demeanor will be forever remembered by everyone.

Margaret is survived by:

Daughter, Lisa Robinson and husband, Frank of The Woodlands

Brother, Lamar Martin of Martinsville

Sister-in-law, Vickie Martin of Shelbyville

Jerry Robinson of Houston
Carey Robinson of Houston

Katie Robinson Filipp and husband Robert of San Diego, CA
Andrew Robinson and Charlie Robinson of Houston

Janet Lucas
Jennifer Ford

David Martin and wife JoAnna
Sean Martin
Kevin Martin and wife Renee

She is also survived by other extended family and wonderful friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Hardy; parents, Quillion Oswell and Lessie Odet Bridges Martin; brother, Bruce Martin; and sister-in-law Kay Martin.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Bailey, Rocky Justice, Wesley Lucas, David Martin, Kevin Martin, and Sean Martin.

Memorial donations may be made to Martinsville Cemetery PO Box 93, Martinsville, Texas 75958 or Spring Hill Baptist Church 2054 CR 234 Nacogdoches, Tx 75961.

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


Blain Clark, 59, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 3, 2019, Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Jerry Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Clark was born January 25, 1960, in Center, to Willis Brady Clark and Dorothy Mae Monk Clark. He was a rancher, loved riding horses, and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Clark was a past master mason of Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32 in Shelbyville. He was a member of New Harmony Church.

He is survived by:

Chant Brandon Clark and wife Nichole of Center
Colin Brice Clark of College Station

Christian Lee Clark of Center
Cole Brady Clark of Center

Stepson, Michael Jeffery Dean of Kennard

Nephew, Todd Clark and wife Darlene of Center

Niece, Heather Clark and husband Donnie of Center

Preceded in death by his parents, Willis Brady Clark and Dorothy Mae Monk Clark; sister, Angela Clark; and brother, Larry Brent Clark.

Pallbearers will be Todd Clark, Michael Dean, Darrell McDaniel, Cole McDaniel, Trace Clark, David Clark, Shane Dennis, and Joe Taylor.

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


LaVar Annette Buckner, a longtime resident of Silsbee, Texas, passed away early Sunday, September 29, 2019, in Sugar Land, Texas, at the age of 100 years, 3 months, and 24 days.

Mrs. Buckner was born June 5, 1919, in Greeley, Colorado, and had lived in Southeast Texas most of her life. She had been a dedicated member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 60 years, and was most recently a member of First Baptist Church in Rosenberg, Texas. 

Her survivors include her daughter, Alice Milat and husband Lloyd of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Tracy Self and husband Tim of Nacogdoches, Texas, Jason Buckner and wife Brandi of Lumberton, Texas, Sarah Hughes and husbnad David of Richmond, Texas, Joshua Milat of Spring, Texas, Stacey Ovanes and husband Matt of Boxford, Massachusetts, and Melissa DeFrees and husband Glen of New York; 18 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin J. Buckner, on May 17, 1996; her son, Lamar C. Buckner; and her parents, Arthur W. Mondt and Louise Mondt Wilson.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Farmer Funeral Home Chapel, located at 415 N. Fourth Street in Silsbee, Texas.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Farmer Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Raney officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Buckner Cemetery, located on FM 417, off U.S. Hwy. 96 South near Center, Texas, in Shelby County.

Arrangements are under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Visit www.farmerfhsilsbee.com to offer memories and condolences.


Virginia Leann Fenley, 69, of Center passed away on September 26, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. Leann was born on October 28, 1949 to William and Virginia Blankenship in Denison, Texas. she was the second of six children. 

Leann graduated first in her class at Denison High School in 1968 and attended Stephen F Austin University where she realized her passion for teaching. She graduated from SFA in 1973 with a Masters Degree in Physics and an Undergrad Degree in Math and Physics. Mrs. Fenley as most knew her, began teaching Jr High Science in Shelbyville and soon moved into High School advanced Math and Physics at Center High School. Her career spanned 37 years and affected thousands of students, many of which describe her as a great teacher and one-of-a-kind. 

Leann loved her family and was particularly happy on Thanksgiving when she got to spend time with all of her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Tommie Fenley, her parents, William and Virginia Blankenship, and sister Susan Blankenship. 

Surviving Leann are:

Jeremy Fenley and wife Sarah
Justin Fenley and wife Erin

Madison Fenley
Morgan Fenley 
Maizie Fenley

Will Blankenship 
Joseph Blankenship
Danny Blankenship 
Charley Blankenship 

Nieces and Nephews:
Christopher Blankenship 
Heather Hoover
Christina Boss
Stephanie Blankenship 
Keith Blankenship 
Bill Blankenship
George Blankenship 
Andy Blankenship 

Memorial services will be held at the current Center Middle School on Malone Drive in Mrs. Fenley’s old classroom on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00. If needed services will be moved to the auditorium at the same campus.

In lieu of flowers and gifts please donate in Leann’s honor to the American Parkinson Disease Association at https://www.apdaparkinson.org/1700d2l/


Lee Joseph Guidry Sr., 75, of Center, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019, at New Life Church in Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Guidry was born October 30, 1943, in Raceland, Louisiana, to Herbert Guidry and Ella Mae Thibodeaux Guidry.  His hobbies included reading, watching NASCAR racing and LSU and Saints football, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by:
His wife: Nelda Guidry

Eddie and Andera Chase
Cindy and Joe Shields
Jamie and Terry Guidry
Mardy and Ericka Guidry
Lee and Angie Guidry
Bridget Guidry
Rachel Guidry\

15 grandchildren

26 great-grandchildren

Sister: Earline Guidry

Brother: Herbert Guidry and wife Ethel

He is preceded in death by his son, Keith Windham; parents, Herbert Guidry and Ella Mae Thibodeaux Guidry; sisters, Janette Guidry and Gearldine Beniot.

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


T J  Matthew Calloway, 36, of Center, Texas passed away on September 27, 2019 in Center, Texas.  Born November 1, 1982, in Altus, Oklahoma, T J is the son of Roy Flint Calloway and Linda Darline (Biddy) Smith.  Visitation will be held Monday, September 30, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.  A memorial graveside service will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Son Windham officiating.
T J was raised in Center, Texas. He attended Center ISD schools.  May 14, 2019 marked 20 years together with his wife Casey.  T J was a loving husband and father.  His time with his children and family was most precious. T J was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding four wheelers.  He had a great personality, always laughing and smiling.  You could find T J watching Nascar and NFL football on the television in his spare time.  T J found great joy working in the logging industry along side his father many years.  
T J is survived by:
His wife: Casey McKinney

Daughter: Destiny McKinney

Son: Coleman Calloway

Roy Flint Calloway
Linda Darline Biddy Smith

Trinity Calloway
Jeremy Calloway and wife Kimberleigh

Jackie Darlene Calloway
Bobbi Jo Calloway

Nathan McKinney and wife, Quinnecia

Sister-in-law: Brittany Danielle Benson

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly  
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Avis Stoker, Betty Biddy, Ethel Vernell McKinney; mother in law, Glenna Leah McKinney; and cousin, Anthony Stoker.
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.mangumfh.net.
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Clymen Baker was born January 31, 1936, to R.E. and Myrtie Sanders Baker in Broaddus, Texas. He passed away at his home surrounded by his beloved wife and son, Ann and Wayne, on September 26, 2019.

Robert's family called him "Clymen," but when he started working, everyone mispronounced his name, so he started using his first name, Robert.

Robert married the love of his live, Elizabeth Ann Sherman, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine where Ann's father, Bro. O.L. Sherman, was the pastor on November 16, 1936. Upon his passing, Robert and Ann had shared 62 blessed years together.

Robert spent his life in the grocery business where he managed Brookshire Brothers in San Augustine for ten years. He and Ann owned their own store in Broaddus for over 12 years. After that he worked in grocery stores in Pittsburg, Texas, where they lived for six years. He and Ann had their own lawn mowing service for several years until his health prohibited him from working. Robert was always a hard worker and provided well for his family.

Robert loved the Lord and loved serving in the church. Over the years, he had served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, sang in choir, and his favorite way to serve the Lord was to play his guitar and sing specials. He and a number of friends, Doug Campbell, Tommy Hunter, James and Shirley Blue, and others, played at church and local events. There was always music in the Baker house. Every year for their anniversary, Robert would play his guitar in church and sing to Ann their favorite song, "You're My Best Friend."

Robert loved his family and took them on vacations every chance he got. He loved traveling with family and friends, especially to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.

Robert was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Broaddus.

Robert is survived by
His beloved wife, Ann of San Augustine

His beloved son: Wayne of San Augustine

His number one daughter: Sheila Hughes and her husband Scooter of Center

The "apple of his eye," his granddaughter: Carmen Stephens and husband Ray of Natchitoches, Louisiana

He is also survived by sisters: 
Dorothy Sheard of Rosharon
Esther Wilson and husband Leroy of Chireno
Shirley Kinard of Florida

He leaves, too, a host of family and friends who will be left with many precious memories of their times together.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, R.E. and Myrtie Baker; and his brother, Wesley Baker.

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church, located on FM 83 East in Broaddus, with Bro. Don Lofton and Bro. Jim Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Broaddus Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church.

Pallbearers: Jeff Eberlan, Ray Stephens, Randy Baker, Scooter Hughes, Brent Weatherford, and Terry Lott.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine. Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.


Francis Lee Netherly, 100 of the East Liberty Community, formerly of Houston, passed away Sunday evening, September 22, 2019 at her residence in Houston.

She will lay-in-state from 10am to 11am at East Liberty Baptist Church. Funeral service is Saturday, September 28 at 11am at East Liberty Baptist Church of Center. Interment is at East Liberty Cemetery, Center, Texas with Dr. Freddie Wilson officiating.

Sis. Francis Lee Netherly is survived by:

Daughter, Alice Joy Smith of Houston

Jimmie (Rhonda) Netherly of Houston
Jimmie Earl (Linda) Netherly of Center

Pearl Lee Jones of Houston
Catherine Thomas of Houston
Mary Lister of Center

Brother, Robert (Velma) Netherly of Houston

Daughter-in-law, Margie Netherly of Center

11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas


Ruth Miller, 83, of Tenaha, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, in Center, Tx. She was born on November 23, 1935, in Timpson, the daughter of Emmitt Townes, and Mrs. Mary Lou Ivy Townes.

Graveside service will be held at 11am, on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, with Bro. Levi Cohorst officiating.

Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service, from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the cemetery.

Ruth grew up in and around Timpson. Her brother was best friends with a kind, humble gentleman by the name of Ray Miller, and he thought it was a good idea for Ruth and Ray to get to know each other better. That match making moment turned into a wonderful 38-year marriage. Ruth and Ray were married on March 20, 1981 at the parsonage of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church where they were both members. Ruth worked at Tenaha ISD in the cafeteria for over 16 years. She served as the director there and to every student she became “Grannie.”

Ruth was a social butterfly and loved surrounding herself with friends and family. Every morning, you could find her at McDonald’s having breakfast and enjoying the company and conversation of friends. Ruth also loved going out to eat; her notable favorites being Denny’s in Carthage, Cotton Patch in Nacogdoches and Cracker Barrell in Shreveport. Even though she spent a lot of time talking and fellowshipping with friends, Ruth also liked to find quiet time to read her Bible and spend time with the Lord.  She was a devoted member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church for over 40 years where she loved to sing in the church choir when able and was a part of the Couples I Sunday School Class.

Ruth is survived by:

Beloved husband, Ray Miller of Tenaha

Sheri Basham and husband, Jessie of Tenaha
Sandra Chapman of Nacogdoches

Courtney Martinez and husband, Darrell of Tenaha
Jesse Basham of Austin

Great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Basham of Tenaha

She is preceded in death by her parents, Emmitt and Mary Lou Townes and brother, Charles Townes. 

The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson. TO send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net.


Dorothy Canady went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. She was the first of eleven children born to Chester and Annie Janczak on May 24, 1935 in Wallis, Texas. She spent the largest part of her life living in Joaquin, Texas and working in the craft department at Walmart in Center, Texas.

Dorothy was happiest at Thanksgiving when all the family went to her house for home cooked meals; especially her pancakes, chicken and dumplings and desserts like her peanut butter pie.

God gifted her with many talents like sewing, crocheting, cake decorating, flower arranging, gardening, and canning her dill pickles. In her later years she became an accomplished painter of landscapes and birds. This January she had a show of her collections in Corpus Christi, Texas. Many of her talents were passed down through the women of the family, along with some of her famous recipes.

Dorothy was a member of First Baptist Church of Odem, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Annie Janczak, husbands, James Dockens and Bert Canady.  Her children preceding her are son, Derral Martin, daughter, Audrey Richard, and stepson Robert Dockens. Also, her brothers, Thomas Janczak and Jimmy Janczak, and sisters, Donnie Lueckemeyer and LaVerne Rosniak.

Surviving Dorothy are:

Daughter, Julie Ashby and husband Craig of Odem Texas

James Ray Dockens of Waxahachie, Texas
Kenny Dockens and wife Karen of Wills Point, Texas

Her remaining siblings are:

Gracie Streetman
Joy Woods
Carolyn Wright
Judy Smith

Willard Janczak
Harold “Bob” Janczak

She had 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Darrell Alford, grandsons Ray Martin, Billy Martin, Cody Swan, and great-grandsons Trey Hunter and Kaleb Hunter.

Visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas on Saturday, September 28th at 1 pm. Funeral service will be at 2 pm followed by interment at White Rock Cemetery.

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


Kyle Allen Knight, 52, of the Woods Community, of Panola County, Texas, passed away.

Graveside funeral services will be 11am, Friday, September 27, 2019 at Woods Cemetery with Rev. Mike Lauxman presiding. Visitation will precede the service at 10am at the Woods United Methodist Church.

Mr. Knight was born August 14, 1967 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Joseph Enoch and Linda Kay Templin Knight. He was reared in the Woods Community and graduated from Carthage High School in 1985. Kyle was a graduate of Texas A&M University in 1991 and was always proud to be an Aggie.

He is survived by:

Parents, Joe and Kay Knight of the Woods Community

Daughter, Shelby Knight and her fiancé, Ramtin Eskandani of Tyler

Sister, Dr. Polly Knight Blankinship and her husband, Todd of Van Alstyne, Texas

Niece, Callie Blankenship

Nephew, Preston Blankenship of Van Alstyne, Texas

Aunts and uncles:
Jean and Jimmy Bowlin of Tenaha, Texas
Daphne and Robert Templin of Nacogdoches, Texas
Benjene Knight of the Woods Community

Kyle was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Thomas Enoch and Jennie Knight of the Woods Community; his maternal grandparents, Dick and Ruth Templin of the Paxton Community; and an uncle Thomas (Tommy) Knight of the Woods Community.  He is also survived by numerous cousins and a host of friends.

Pallbearers will be, Garrett Lauxman, Stephen Clackley, Robert Williams, Patrick Sharp, Robert Templin, Todd Blankenship, Jimmy Bowlin, and Albert Ray.

Kyle will always be remembered for his passion for collecting railroad memorabilia and his loving, generous heart and spirit. The family suggests memorials to Woods United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, Tenaha, Texas 75974.

Service under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.


John Larry Votaw, 59, of Center TX passed away peacefully at his residence, Saturday 21, 2019, after a 9-month battle with Cancer. He was a mighty warrior and fought hard. John was of Christian faith and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Center. He loved his church family dearly and never lost the desire to worship with them, even after cancer made it impossible for him to attend.

He was born March 26, 1960 in New Orleans, LA to JJ Votaw and Juanel Grant Votaw but grew up in Shreveport. 

John enjoyed fishing, hunting, grilling ribs, and telling the same stories over and over. He spent his entire adult life working in the oil field. 16 of those years he worked in Syria for the Royal Dutch Shell project and never tired of talking of his experiences there.

John is survived by:

Loving wife and care giver Annette Partin Peters

Mother-in-law and bantering partner, Sue Partin

Brother, Bobby (Doc) Holiday and wife Marsha

Sister, Susan Burson and husband Stanley

John Votow and wife Marcie
Caleb Homer and wife Lauren

Lindsay Votaw and friend Jacob Powell
Tina Whiteside and husband Darren
Carmen Whitaker and husband Charles

8 grandsons and 2 granddaughters

Special Cousin: Richard Sparkman and friend Eva June

Uncles, Aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family would like to thank everyone who has prayed for them during this time. Each prayer was felt and appreciated. A Special “Thank You” to HeartsWay Hospice for their love and support during the final days and hours. God has a way of providing JUST what we need…even when we think we need something else.

John is now perfectly healed, worshipping our Savior and walking the streets of Gold. His wishes were to be cremated with no services. His wishes are being honored.

“This is not goodbye. This is See ya later”


Denise Cox, 57, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Philip Strong and William Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Cox was born August 28, 1962, in Jacinto City, to John Henry Harbison and Dora Evelyn Matlock Harbison. She worked as a bookkeeper. Mrs. Cox loved to help and support the Roughriders Athletic Department and also enjoyed cooking with family and friends. She was a member of Joaquin Church of Christ.

She is survived by:

Husband, William Cox of Joaquin

Son, Nathan Cox and wife Kayla

Daughter, Cassie Belrose and husband Colton

Carter, Aubrey, and Bailey Cox all of Nacogdoches
Cade Belrose of Center

James Cox and wife Earline of Center
Tracy Cox and wife Rhonda of Palestine
Roy Dale Cox of Center
Steve Cox of Center

Mother-in-law, Lois Cox.

Preceded in death by parents, John and Evelyn Harbison; brother, Johnny Wayne Harbison; and father-in-law, Charlie Cox.

Pallbearers will be Dwight Preston, Rickey Andrews, Buren Lowe, Jasen Watlington, Jeff Boyd, and Jamie Killen. Honorary pallbearers will be John Halstead and Mike Johnson.

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


Katherine Elaine Bryant, 78, of Center, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wayne Werner and Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Old Center Cemetery in Panola County.

Mrs. Bryant was born February 12, 1941, in the Geneva Community of San Augustine County, to Odis Ross and Ruth Barron Ross. She worked as a truck driver for many years and attended Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church.

She is survived by:

Kenny Rowles of Center
Valarie Johnson and husband Johnny of Vidor
Shelia Gee of Vidor

Mandy Rowles
Nathan Gee
Michael Gee
Ashley Shaw
George Garza Jr.
Amber Wright

16 great-grandchildren

Brother, Odis Ross of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dale Rowles; husband, Leon Bryant; brothers, Glenn Ross and Billy Don Ross; and sister, Marie Oliver.

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


Barbara R. Bufford, 76, of Missouri City, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Missouri City.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mrs. Bufford was born January 13, 1943, in Galveston, to Price Ramsey and Helen Stivers Ramsey.  Her hobbies included playing golf, bingo, and traveling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by:

Husband, Robert Bufford

Leslie Hightower Fiehn and husband Alan
Lauren Hightower and partner Deb Bressie

James Bufford
Robert Bufford
Bridget Bufford

Matthew and Samantha Fiehn
Brad, Kyle, and Brittany Bufford

Brother, J. Scott Ramsey and wife Dorice

Karen Hardy Lundberg and husband Tom
Kathy Hardy Lanham and husband Hal
Beth Hardy Holt and husband Curtis

Preceded in death by her parents, Price Ramsey and Helen Stivers Ramsey Hardy; and stepfather, Gus Hardy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, 800.227.2345, www.cancer.org/donate

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