Melanie Monique Miller-Watts, better known as “Mel”, 36, was born October 26, 1979 in Center, TX; to Mr. Ira Joe Miller and Lola Pearl Rodgers-Miller.  Mel passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 in Houston, TX.

She leaves to cherish her memories; her loving husband Stacy Darnell Watts, of San Augustine, TX; Her parents, children Stadriana Watts, LaRenda Watts & Jordan Watts, extended children-Aneshia Hopkins, Bobbie Tanner, Ti’ler Barnes, Jasmine Martin, A’nesiya Burrell & Malakai Johnson all of San Augustine, TX; grandparents; Dr. Clois & Mrs. Siscile Rodgers of San Augustine, TX; Mother-in-law Mrs. Emma Jean Watts of San Augustine, TX; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, Brother-in-laws, Sister-in-laws, and friends.

Visitations will begin Friday, August 12, 2016 at Sid Roberts Funeral starting at 12 Noon until 4:00 p.m. Visitations will also be Friday, August 12, 2016 at 5:00p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, 301 Ironosa Rd., San Augustine, TX. Service is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 1:00p.m. at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, 301 Ironosa Rd., San Augustine, TX with the Rev. Amos Horton Sr., Eulogist.

Services Entrusted to the Professionals of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX  75961.


Rodney Lynn Emmons, 58, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016, at White Rock Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Emmons was born April 15, 1958, in Center, to J. L. Emmons and Carolyn Sue Patterson Emmons. He never met a stranger and loved everyone.  His love for God was unconditional.

He is survived by
Father: J. L. Emmons

Sister: Pam Bolton and husband, Billy

A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Carolyn Sue Emmons
Grandparents: Beulah B. Patterson, Leland and Johnny Lou Emmons

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to assist with final expenses. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


James Taylor “Jimmy” Daniels passed away peacefully on August 3, 2016, in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 67.  

Jimmy is survived by:
Mother: Catheryn Watson Shepherd

Wife: Susan Pitts of Nacogdoches

Daughter: Dixie Rose Daniels of Nacogdoches

Granddaughter: Izzabella Blue Daniels of Nacogdoches

Grandson on the way, Silas Ezra Risinger, of Nacogdoches

Stepson: N.G. Schmidt of Nacogdoches

Brother: Tommy Daniels, of Fort Myers, Florida

Roy Daniels of Prattville, Alabama
Delbert Daniels of Prattville, Alabama

He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Cecil Daniels, and stepmother, Maggie Daniels, both of Prattville, Alabama, and stepfather, Bogard Shepherd, of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Jimmy was born on December 9, 1948, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Thomas Cecil Daniels and Catheryn Watson Daniels. She bought him his first guitar at the age of 9 from Max Greer’s Pawn Shop, and the first song Jimmy learned to play was “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  Jimmy was just beginning to develop his extraordinary musical talents, and later mentored many other guitar players who eventually became successful career musicians.

As a young teenager, Jimmy developed a love for riding motorcycles, and could often be found hanging around at Sonny Burgess’ motorcycle shop downtown. At the age of 14, he and close friends Fred Bright, David Lambert and Homer Tindall formed a band called the Guv’nors, and from that point forward, he worked the rest of his life as a professional musician.

Jimmy graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1967, then attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and later continued graduate studies in Biology. During and after college he toured the country with the band Everyday People, and played gigs on Telephone Road as well as all over Southeast Texas and surrounding areas. Other bands Jimmy played with included the Black Label Brand Band, Short Fuse Blues Band and of course the Jimmy Daniels Band.

When he moved back home to Nacogdoches in the late 1970’s, he started working for the Angelina Neches River Authority and spent much of his free time fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn. In 1982, the same year his daughter Dixie Rose was born, he became the recurring Texas State Pistol Champion for several years thereafter, and for the next 30 years continued to win numerous pistol competitions in Texas and place in several National matches.

Jimmy and Merry Anne Bright opened Eagle Signs in 1983, and he continued to paint signs for the next 30 years. Jimmy also served as Nacogdoches County Road and Bridge Commissioner for four years. After retirement, he continued to enjoy playing music, shooting pistols, riding horses, spending time with loved ones, and following and attending Moto GP races for the past 3 years in Austin, Texas.  Jimmy was a natural comedian and constantly entertained us all. It was simply impossible to be around him without being drawn to him, and equally impossible to come to know him without loving him.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Laird’s Funeral Home with Bro. Sonny Scarborough officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening, August 12, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, also at Laird’s.  A celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held at Lugnutz Sports Bar following Saturday services. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Bailey, AB Youngblood, Dickey Johnson, George Arriola, Rick West, Richard Bright, Fred Bright, Terry Brown, Ken Umbarger, Larry Nabours, Homer Dean Tindall, and David Lambert. Special thanks to Dr. Steven Potter and Dr. B.W. Henderson for their devoted friendship and the exceptional medical care they provided for Jimmy over the last several years. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The O’Malley Alley Cat Organization of Nacogdoches, Texas.   


Wanda McGowan87, passed away August 10th. Graveside service for Wanda McGowan of Kilgore, TX will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, August 12, 2016, at Woodlawn Cemetery with Dr. Sam Snow officiating.

Wanda was born in Timpson, Texas on October 12, 1928 to the parents Youree and Bertha McGowan. Wanda was born at the beginning of the depression years and was afflicted with a childhood disease that affected her mental development.  She achieved a likeable little-girl personality and spent much of her life in institutions that could provide proper care for her.  The last few years, she was at Kilgore Health and Rehabilitation in Kilgore Texas.  

Although mentally handicapped, the personality of Wanda was special.  She collected dolls and stuffed animals in her room and roamed the halls daily speaking to everyone.  She really liked the church services in the home and, if someone had a problem, she would offer blessings and assure them that Jesus loved them.  The caretakers loved her and often brought her gifts.  

Wanda is survived by sisters Reba Lilly of Texarkana & Maxie Rhodes of Dallas, brothers Darrell McGowan of Overton and Dean McGowan of Plano Texas.  All the siblings grew up in Timpson.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.


Essie Lee Hooper Soape, 79, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 12, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Mrs. Soape was born April 11, 1937, in Center, to Carter G. Hooper and Vernice Loraine Gibson Hooper.  She was a member of White Rock Baptist Church in Center and Order of the Eastern Star, Newburn Chapter.

She is survived by
Zaundra Whitton of Joaquin
Doris Bennett of Center

Randy Soape and wife, Sherry, of Center
Carter Soape of Center

Kevin Whitton and wife, Tammy
Pamela Whitton
Gary Whitton and wife, Brittany
Kenneth Whitton and wife, Lauren
Amanda Campaniello and husband, Jason
Shane Jordan and wife, Amber
Ashley Warren and husband, Chris
Ben Bennett and wife, Sarah
Charles Bennett
Jeremiah Soape and wife, Holly
Kayla Wilkinson and husband, Jeff
Steven Taylor and wife, Ariel
Brandi Taylor
Angela Carraway and husband, James

21 Great Grandchildren

Brother: Verlon Hooper and wife, Thelma, of Center

Sister: Vivian Luman of Center

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Charles R. Soape Sr.
Son-in-law: Roger Whitton
Great Grandson: Shone Whitton
Parents: Carter G. Hooper and Vernice Loraine Gibson Hooper
Brother: Travis Hooper
Twin Sister: Dessie Knight

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Pipes, Troy Keele, Charles Bennett, Ben Bennett, Shane Jordan, Steven Taylor and Jeremiah Soape.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Whitton, Blake Warren, Devin Warren, Kenneth Whitton, Robert Killey and Gary Whitton. 

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


Mr. Jerel Wayne Pierce, 67, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Sunday August 7, 2016 in Timpson, Texas.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, August 12, 2016, at their home, 844 CR 4810 Timpson, Texas.  

Born January 26, 1949, in Phoenix, Arizona, Jerel Wayne Pierce was the son of the late Millard Filllmore and Virginia Lee (Von Meter) Pierce.  Jerel served in the United States Army during Vietnam, and was awarded with several medals including the Bronze Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 2 stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal (w/60 Device), and Good Conduct Medal.  He was honored to serve his country.

He later received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Earth Science. Jerel greatly enjoyed his work as a Geophysicist for 40 years, and had the rare opportunity to travel the world during this time. He took great pride in everything he did, but the most important thing to him was his family. He met Kathy while working in Amarillo, however, their careers took them in different directions and locations. Several years later, they crossed paths in Houston, rekindled a friendship, and were married in June 2002. Jerel lived by the words, “Faith, Hope, and Love, and the greatest of these is Love”. 

He always envisioned one day retiring quietly on a farm, and was finally able to bring this dream to life with his beloved wife Kathy. They loved building WayKat Farm together over the last 10 years, and raising their cattle and chickens. They just recently finished building their beautiful dream home that he was able to enjoy this past week with Kathy.

He is survived by: 
Loving wife, Kathy; daughter, Alisha Pierce and children, DJ and Allie; stepchildren, Chad Danner, wife Cindy and children, Stevie, Stacie, Cameron, Jamie, Travis and Vandon;  Jennifer Wolf, husband Jeffery and children, Baily, Hayden, Travis, and Harrison;  Shane Danner and wife Megan; 5 great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many other family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Jerel is preceded in death by his parents; Kathy’s parents, Al and Frankie Matocha; and Alisha’s grandparents, Vernon and Fay Feagin; and brothers Ridden and wife Caroline, Russell and wife May, and Gregory Pierce.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P O Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486 or Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation, 8801 S. Yale Ave,  Suite 500, Tulsa, OK, 74137  https://shop.seg.org/Donate. 

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

Services for Richard Wayne McCullough, 71, of Timpson, Texas, son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Jewell Idella Daniel McCullough, will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  Visitation will begin at 9AM on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Taylor Funeral Home.  Mr. McCullough was born February 28, 1945 and passed away on August 7, 2016 in Timpson, Texas.

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.


Barbara Ann Jackson, age 72 of Joaquin passed away peacefully, Tuesday, August 09, 2016 at her home.

Graveside service will be 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. prior to the graveside at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 5, 1944 in Center, Texas to parents 
Barron & Beulah (Hennigan) Hewitt who precede her in death, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Jackson.

She is survived by:
Veressa Joy “V. J.” Jackson of Joaquin
Ronny Jackson
2 Grandchildren:
Jordan & Tori Baker of Joaquin 
Virginia Walker of Houston
Joe Hewitt of Joaquin

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


Mark Andrew Hataway, 39, of Fort Worth went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 7, 2016, after a well-fought battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 11, at The Creek Church, 4901 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 76179. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. His family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church prior to the service.

He is survived by his wife, Liz; children, Autumn, Jude and Isabela; parents, Bob and Carol Hataway; siblings, Cathy Goodman, Robby Hataway, and their families, as well as a large extended family.

Funeral services are under the direction of Biggers Funeral Home, Fort Worth, Texas.


Jimmy Daniels, 67, of Nacogdoches, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Nacogdoches.  He was born on December 9, 1948 in Nacogdoches to Thomas Cecil Daniels and Catheryn Watson Daniels.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Sonny Scarborough officiating.  A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM also at Laird Funeral Home.


Joe Allen Brown, 90, of Timpson, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Brown was born June 8, 1926, in Converse, Louisiana, to Allen Hedrick Brown and Alice Pearl Wilburn Brown.  He served in the United States Navy and later retired from Texaco Oil Company in Houston.  Mr. Brown loved music and especially enjoyed singing on Sunday nights for area churches.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Mr. Brown was a member of Buena Vista Baptist Church in Timpson, Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge AF x AM No. 321 in Bayton, Timpson Masonic Lodge No. 437 in Timpson and Scottish Rite Body in Houston.

He is survived by
Ray Conner and wife, Betty, of Diana
Arie Ann Baker of Timpson
Dawn Bowers of Timpson

Suzanne Clower and husband, Clint, of White Oak
Crystal Conner and husband, Blake, of Denton
Michael Bowers
Timothy Bowers

Great Granddaughters: 
Kinzlee Clower of White Oak
Marley Bowers of Yantis

Sister: Neva Fields of Center

Brother: Billy Brown and wife, Ada, of Waco

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Billie Marie Brown
Parents: Allen Hedrick Brown and Alice Pearl Wilburn Brown
Brother: Alvin Brown, Jesse Waymon Brown
Sisters: Margie Ladue Vaughn, Catherine Lynch, Bernice Howard

A special thanks to Barbara Kirsch, of Shelbyville, for her support.

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


Mother Essie Lee Bryant, 92, of Garrison passed away Wednesday night, August 3, 2016 at her residence.

Services will be 1pm Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Bryant Holy Temple in Garrison, Tx. Interment will follow at MT. Moriah Cemetery in Garrison with Elder Freeman Bryant officiating.

She is survived by:

Annie Louise Coleman of Beaumont, Ca.
Mary Ann Seight of Nacogdoches, Tx.
Sherdale Henderson of Garrison, Tx.

Irvin (Wanda) Bryant of Banning, Ca.
Elder Freeman (Onie) Bryant of Garrison, Tx.
Buria (Debra) Bryant of Garrison, Tx.
Lannas Bryant Jr. of Garrison, Tx.

18 grandchildren
30 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.


Rose Bowlin, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Edward McRae officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Bowlin was born in Louisiana to Homer Brown and Maggie Ann Wilburn Brown. She was a member of Shelby County Singing Convention and was a nursing home volunteer for many years.  Ms. Bowlin loved her family and enjoyed every moment spent with them.

She is survived by
Peggy Hughes and husband, Bro. Henry
Kathy Hughes and husband, David

David Emanis
Charlie Emanis and wife, Becky

Sister: Merle Madden

Step Brother: Dewayne Lout

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

Pallbearers will be Charles Paul Hughes, Greg Hughes, Scotty Emanis, Michael Emanis, Daniel Emanis and Buddy Dillion.

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


Billie Marie McClelland, Provost (84) of Milam, Texas died Monday, August 1, 2016 at her residence.

Funeral service will be Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 11:00am at Todd Spring Baptist Church (532 State Hwy 147) in Shelbyville, Texas.  Rev. R.L. Cotton will be officiating. Visitation will be Friday, August 5, 2016 at Hicks Chapel from 3pm-5pm with committal at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. Repass will be at Todd Spring Baptist Church. 

Mrs. Provost’s survivors are:

Her husband:  Mac Provost of Milam, Texas

Her son:  Jackie McClelland and wife Paula of Shelbyville, Texas 

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


Funeral services for Carl E. Krueger, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches, Texas. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 5, 2016 prior to the service. Carl passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was the only child of Clara Aldrich and Julius Carl Krueger, born in Apulia, Onondaga Co., N.Y. on his grandparent’s farm, the present site of the Hill ‘N Dale Golf Club. Most of his young life was spent in Cortland County, N.Y. He graduated from high school in the little town of Virgil, N.Y. in Cortland County.

Surviving, besides his wife are two sons, Daniel Krueger and wife, Shirley of Hallsville, Texas, and John Krueger of Batesville, Arkansas; two daughters, Carlene Hall of Nacogdoches, Texas and Kathaleen Moyer and husband, Todd of Seabrook, Texas. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Samson Krueger and wife, Ruth of New Braunfels, Texas, April Krueger Clemons and husband, Joe of The Colony, Texas, Mark Aaron Krueger of Houston, Texas and Annie Krueger of Nacogdoches, Texas, Abby Howell of Temple, Texas, Allen Howell and wife, Paige of Burleson, Texas, Melonie Byrd Jones of Pasadena, Texas, and Sean Byrd of Houston, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Tanner Stevenson of Pasadena, Texas, Addison Clemons and William Joe Clemons IV of The Colony, Texas, Danny Krueger and Luci Krueger of New Braunfels, Texas and Bradyn Hunter of Whitehouse, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Mark Krueger, and son-in-law, David Hall.

Carleton entered the U.S. Air Force in September 1949 after graduating from high school. He served in Japan during the Korean War as a Radio Operator and made many trips over adjoining territories. A few months after his Air Force service was completed, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps for special duty on the Inspection and Instruction Reserve Base at Augusta, Maine, being honorably discharged from that position in September 1956.

He later pursued farming as a career, having first bought a small farm of 25 acres in Tompkins Co., N.Y. and raised a herd of dairy cows, while working at Smith-Corona typewriter factory in the small village of Groton. He later bought a 100-acre farm. When he bought a 400-acre farm in Cortland County, N.Y. he began farming full time. He was also Justice of the Peace for the Town of Virgil. He, his wife and family continued there for 10 years, until coming to Texas in 1973.

After coming to the Nacogdoches area, he bought a beef and poultry operation in southern Rusk County and remained there for 5 years. He then moved his family back to Nacogdoches and owned and operated “Samstown Apartments & Mobile Home Park” for 10 years.

He was active at different times in both Garrison First United Methodist Church where he was Chairman of the Board and helped with Men’s Prayer Breakfast and Bethel Baptist Church in Appleby, where they built their log home.


Deborah Faye Childs, 60 of Longview formerly of Center, passed away on Thursday morning, July 28, 2016, in Carthage. She was born on Nov. 4, 1955, in Mansfield, LA. She was a talented pianist, hairdresser, and loved painting. She worked hard at many jobs throughout her life. Deborah loved the Lord and attended church when possible. She was a member of the Youngblood Freewill Baptist Church. Deborah was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Corbin Childs; a son, Derrick Davis; and a nephew, Robert L. Robinson, II. 
Deborah is survived by: 
Parents, Marie and Richard Plunkett of Joaquin

Son, Dennis Davis of Longview

Sisters, Linda Robinson and husband Randy of Carthage and Christy Ansel and husband Jeff of Rawlings, MD

Brother, Richard Plunkett, Jr. of Joaquin

Grandchildren, Chris Davis, Summer Phillips, and Matthew, Justin, and Dillon Davis

Great-grandchild, Kailey

Great-aunt, Belle Bush of Center. 
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016,  at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Carl Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin. 
The family would like to extend a thank you to the nurses and staff of Heart’s Way Hospice, especially Stacy and Jana for the loving care and dedication to Deborah. Special thanks to Bobbie whom Deborah really enjoyed seeing three times a week. She took such good care of her and truly has a compassionate heart. We would also like to thank Panola Care and Rehab, where Deborah was a resident for 2 years and 9 months, for their loving care. The employees at Panola cared for her with love, kindness, compassion, respect, and treated her like family. They go the extra mile and truly have a heart of compassion for others.  
Memorials may be made to Whispering Light, 1008 Edith St., Carthage, TX 75633. They have a heart for those in nursing homes who have a need. 
A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com


Alice Lavoice Middleton Smallwood was born at home in the middle of a cotton patch on November 4, 1913 to Drury P. & Maggie Humphries Middleton, she received her unusual middle name from the doctor who delivered her, no doubt a commentary on her loud, inconsolable sobs.  Growing up in the country, she roamed the rolling hills, rode pine saplings to the ground, smoked wild grapevines, swam and fished in stock ponds and creeks.   She preferred working the farm, caring for its animals, milking and gardening alongside her brothers, Woodrow and Martin, to feminine pursuits like cooking, canning, sewing, and housework.  The three children helped their parents finish the inside of the family home in the James Community in the early 1920s.  Growing up Lavoice attended church with her family regularly and witnessed firsthand Drue and Maggie’s study of the Scriptures and daily prayer.  She saw their compassion, generosity and encouragement for family and passersby. Lavoice soaked in every life experience, acquiring a variety of skills that she used throughout her life.  Her hobbies included helping others, making lamps, nightlights, clocks and crosses, rewiring anything electrical, reading, baking bread, sewing, and ceramics.  She got a real “charge” out of recycling, repurposing and harvesting parts of broken things, especially toaster ovens and lamps.

Lavoice graduated from Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College in 1933 with a two-year teaching certificate.  Since there were more teachers than schools, she worked for a brief time as an investigator with another teacher.  Traveling every country road in southern Shelby County, they sometimes blazed their own trail to visit homes of applicants to the National Recovery Act. From there she was transferred to the accounting and dispersing office.  Finally a teaching position opened at midterm of the 1934-1935 school year.  She taught in the Campti School for two years, leaving to apply her love for teaching and knowledge in life’s classroom.  She worked for several locally owned businesses as a bookkeeper before graduating from Massey Business College in Nacogdoches.  After returning to Center in 1963 to care for her aging mother, Lavoice worked as bookkeeper at Shelby General Hospital, Mack S. Smith Company, and Memorial Hospital. After almost 20 years of retirement, Lavoice was “recruited” to work part time in the Shelby County Clerk’s Office.  

She began life riding to town in the back of a buckboard wagon, then learned to drive a Model-A automobile, eventually rode passenger trains and flew to Boston 10 days before turning 100 to attend a granddaughter’s wedding.  This woman’s telephone experience ranged from using the community store’s   wall phone with hand crank, to the luxury of having one a 16-party line phone in the home, and culminated in Facetiming her newest great-granddaughter on the day she was born in March, 2016.  In her accounting career, green columnar paper bound in heavy black ledgers gave way to a “modern” posting machine in the hospital’s accounting office.  In her nineties, Lavoice learned to surf the internet and e-mail on her own laptop.  

Lavoice dearly loved her faith friends at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Center, TX, serving as church treasurer many years and on almost every committee and board. When she moved to Houston with her children in 2004, she became an associate member of Bellaire United Methodist Church and was warmly adopted into the Seekers Sunday School Class.  After her children moved to Pearland, she transferred her associate membership to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, TX where she faithfully worshipped past her 100th birthday.  Lavoice interpreted her Christian service, witness and membership in the Church through the lenses of God’s grace and love.  Her grandchildren used these words to describe her:  unconditional love will continue to sustain and teach me; loving example of Christ’s hands and feet on this earth; hard-headed, strong, independent, kind; always giving, always loving, never asking for anything in return; legacy of [family], church, former students, “kin folk;” 102.75 years of service to God, loving her family, and being our matriarch; first to tell you that anything she did was only because of Christ working through her.  

She was preceded in death by previous husbands, Fred D. Lansford and J. T. Martin Smallwood; her parents, Drue and Maggie Humphries; siblings Woodrow Middleton, Martin M. and wife Shirley Middleton; two infant sisters; and son, John Horton.  

She is survived by: 

Her Children, Kathrene Horton, Martin Lansford, Johnce and Karen Smallwood, Amy and Rick Hume; 

Grandchildren Johnene and Kathlene Horton, George and Joy Lansford, Levi Lansford, Jay and Lauren Smallwood, Drue and Lisa Smallwood, Jennifer and Dave Helgeson, Patricia and Brant Mills 

Great-grandchildren Brittney and Justin Ainsworth, Heather Mosley, Jessica Lansford, Schaefer, Silas, Samuel and Shepherd Smallwood, Cameron and Bailey Mills, and Emily Helgeson 

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors of all ages.

The family expresses appreciation to staff and caregivers at Windsong Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pearland, TX and Heart-to-Heart Hospice.   

When asked how she would like to be remembered, she once replied, “. . . first of all as a Christian, for fairness and honesty, and a caring, peace-loving individual.” For 102+ years, Lavoice made the world a better place.  You have “earned” your perfect rest.  Those whose lives you touched believe you were greeted at the gates of Heaven with joy and a, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1514, Center, TX 75935-1514.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM on Saturday, August 6 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, Hwy 7 in Center, TX.  A memorial celebration will be held at First United Methodist Church in Center, TX on Sunday, August 7 at 2 PM.  Rev. John W. Riley and Rev. Ozay Ford will officiate.  Interment will be at Antioch Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, TX.

Serving as pall bearers will be George Lansford, Levi Lansford, Stacey Tagen, Justin Ainsworth, Drue Smallwood, Dave Helgeson, and Brant Mills.  Honorary pallbearers are Mike Middleton, Verner Wayne Middleton, Sammy Arnold, Bruce Koonce, Mart Thomas, Willie Eberenz, Bill Hughes, Kenneth Hardy, and John Childress.

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


Golda Emanis Punkoney, 100, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rick Anderson officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Burial will be held at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas.

Mrs. Punkoney was born January 28, 1916, in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County to J.W. Emanis and Eva Jane Gillespie Emanis.  She loved sewing, painting, listening to gospel music and gardening.

She is survived by
Daughter: Pamela Punkoney Vance and husband, Richard, of Center

Grandson: Terry Paul Vance of Odessa

Great Grandchildren:
Jack Vance of Waco
Cory Vance of Arlington
Glen Vance of Odessa

Great Great Grandchildren:
Jaxson Vance of Conroe
Braden Vance of Arlington
Morgan Vance of Waco
Mason Vance of Waco

Special Goddaughter: Robin Randall of Boise, Idaho

Charlsie Emanis Marcone of Houston
Marie Emanis McCauley of Port Arthur

Brother: Blaine Emanis and wife, Nancy, of East Camden, Arkansas

Sister-in-law: Adell Emanis of Huntsville

Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews

Many special friends and the caretakers of Holiday Nursing Home

Preceded in death by
Husband: Leroy Punkoney
Sister: Nara Hughes Kelly
Brothers: Eloy Emanis, Walter Emanis, F.A. Emanis, Guy Emanis

Please wear your brightest, happiest colors to the visitation and funeral to celebrate Mrs. Golda’s remarkable life.

Please feel free to honor Miss Golda with flowers or a contribution to your favorite charity. 

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


Virginia Nell Jones Risinger, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 2016 at East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016 at East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow in the West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mrs. Risinger was born January 6, 1947 in Lufkin to John William Jones and Johnnie Irene Mitchell Jones. She was a member of East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #903 in Joaquin. Mrs. Risinger was a homemaker, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by
Husband: James E. Risinger of Shelbyville

Robin and Tommy James of Shelbyville
Kathleen Risinger of Shelbyville

Son: Billy and Tiffany Risinger of Magnolia

Michael and Miriah Thompson, Jonathon Thompson, Christopher andJusteen Cope, Haley Price, C.J. Watson, Matthew Watson, Natalie Herran, Alexis Risinger, Katie Risinger, Harley Risinger

Kaylyn, Kyree, Brayden, Grayson “Elvis”

Sister: Elizabeth Everitt of Shepherd

Special Nephew: John Everitt of Hardin

A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives
And a host of friends

Preceded in death by:
Parents: John William Jones and Johnnie Irene Mitchell Jones
Brother: Clark Jones

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Risinger’s grandsons and special nephew. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Jackson, Dub Cassell, “Bubba” Glenn and J.R. Stephens.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Dean Fisher, age 65, of Bonnerdale, Arkansas, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
He was born on August 27, 1950 in Beaumont, Texas, the son of Arlis Eugene Fisher and Earline Mae Roy Fisher.  On July 5, 1975, he was married to Anne Waller.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Linda Edge; and his mother-in-law, Louise Waller.
After retiring in 2006 from Lyondell Petrochemicals, he owned and operated the Bonnerdale Store for seven years.  Having gained experience in the fire brigade for Lyondell, Dean served the Bonnerdale Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter and as Fire Chief, a position he left on December 31, 2015. 
He loved to fish and play baseball.  It was said he may have gotten his job with Lyondell so that they could have him for the company softball team.  In high school, he was a wonderful athlete.  He held the Texas state record for distance in both the shot put and discus up until seven years ago.  He had many interests including, photography, scuba diving, archery and old cars, just to name a few.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Fisher of Bonnerdale; two children, Nicole “Nickel” Styles of Hot Springs, Arkansas and David Wayne Brittain of Heidenheimer, Texas; five grandchildren, Justin Dean Brittain, Lauren Styles, Cody Huffmeister, Bailey Woolsey and Wesley Woolsey; his sister, Beverly Baker of Mount Vernon, Texas; and his brother-in-law, Guy Edge of Bonnerdale. Also, Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Kathy and Jimmy Hagler of Center, Texas
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in the Bonnerdale Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Brandon Westgate and Pastor Mike Naron officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Bonnerdale Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 9, Bonnerdale, Arkansas 71933 or the Ewing Adventist Junior Academy, 709 Adventist Church Road, Bonnerdale, Arkansas 71933.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.