08/26/2019

Funeral services for James “Bob” Horton, 92, of Lufkin will be held Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Commissioned Pastor Robert Adamson officiating. Interment will follow in the Tennessee Cemetery in Shelby County. 

Mr. Horton was born December 3, 1926 in the Tennessee Community of Shelby County, Texas to the late Ellie Loveless (Crawford) and Dachie Franklin Horton, and died Monday, August 26, 2019 in a local hospice facility.

Mr. Horton attended school in a one room schoolhouse in the Tennessee Community until he started at Timpson High School where he graduated at the age of 16 as Valedictorian of his class. After graduating he lied about his age so he could serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the Army Mr. Horton worked as a dump truck driver. He also played semi-pro baseball.

Mr. Horton used the GI Bill and worked to put himself through school at Sam Houston State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. He earned a Master’s degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1958, and earned his EdD from East Texas State University in Commerce

Mr. Horton met Bettye Jo Jarrett at a diner in Livingston. They were married September 3, 1947. His first teaching job was as an Ag teacher at Hudson ISD in 1952. Mr. Horton started Hudson’s baseball program and was their first baseball coach. He went on to serve as Hudson’s High School Principal and then Superintendent until 1973. After leaving Hudson Mr. Horton was head of Henderson County Junior College - Anderson County branch (now Trinity Valley College). In 1978 he returned to Lufkin to serve as Personnel Director for Lufkin Industries, retiring in 1992.

Education was extremely important to Mr. Horton and he generously gave money to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to attend college. In his spare time he enjoyed square dancing and clogging.

Survivors include:
His wife: Nell (Bradley) Horton of Lufkin

Daughter and son-in-law: Frankie Jo and Alan Clark of Lufkin

Sons and daughters-in-law: 
James Hubert and Kathy Horton of Argyle
Charles Bruce and Karen Horton of Hudson

Stepdaughter and son-in-law: Laura Lee and Bob Majerle of Atlanta, Georgia

Grandchildren and spouses:
Jamie and Kristi Clark
Shane and Jennifer Clark
GeorgElla Clark
Dachie Horton
Alexandra Horton
Jarrett Horton
Brad Horton
Devin Horton
Nick Horton 

Great-grandchildren and  spouse: 
Anthony and Kacy Clark
Jacob Clark
Aubrianne Clark
Christopher Clark
James Clark
Sean Clark
Sarah Clark
Lexi Horton
Anna Horton
Kaley Horton

Step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren 

Special niece: Theresa and husband Mike Guerra

Many other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Bettye Jo (Jarrett) Horton; and sister, Edith East.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Clark, Shane Clark, Dachie Horton, Jarrett Horton, Devin Horton, Brad Horton, Nick Horton, Anthony Clark, and Jacob Clark.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be added, and live webcasting of the services may be viewed, at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

08/26/2019

Julio Cesar Vazquez, 28, gained his wings on August 25, 2019 in Center, Texas. He was born on September 27, 1990, in San Jose Acateno Puebla, Mexico to Victor Manuel Vazquez Garcia and Maria Magdalena Bautista Mendez.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 
He was his parents pride and joy. When other kids his age would be out there getting into trouble or playing around, Julio was working and making his own money. At the age of 18, Julio left his home in Mexico with very little notice as he did not like goodbyes. He then traveled to Nacogdoches, TX. He first worked in several small jobs until he started with 4G Contractors in Logansport, Louisiana on July of 2011 and later moved to Shelby County. He was welder helper and later became a welder. 4G contractors was not just his place of employment, it was a place where he met friends that later became his second family. He was loved by many and always described as an honest, true and loyal friend. A friend whom you knew you could always count on. He was always willing to help anyone, without expecting anything in return. Julio was proof that even in a world like the one we live today; there were still people with a great heart like his. 

Julio is survived by his wife:
Esther Karina Lopez Morales

Parents: Victor Manuel Vazquez Garcia and Maria Magdalena Bautista Mendez

Brother: Victor Manuel Vazquez Bautista

Sister: Diana Sarai Vazquez Bautista. 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.


Julio Cesar Vazquez Bautista, 28, fallecio el 25 de Agosto del 2019 en Center, Texas. El nacio el dia 27 de Septiembre del 1990 en San Jose Acateno Puebla, Mexico. Sus padres Victor Manuel Vazquez Garcia and Maria Magdalena Bautista Mendez. 

El era el orgullo y alegria de sus padres. Cuando otros niños andavan hacienda travesuras y jugando, Julio ya sabia trabajar y ganarse su propio dinero. A los 18 años, Julio partio de su casa en Mexico con poca advertencia ya que a el no le gustaban las despedidas. Llego al pueblo de Nacogdoches, Texas y anduvo trabajando en varios trabajos pequeños hasta el dia que llego a la compañia 4-G Contractors en Logansport, Louisiana en Julio del 2011. Ahi fue cuando el se mudo al condado de Shelby. Empeso como un ayudante de soldador y con el tiempo se convertio en soldador.  4-G Contractors no tan solo era su lugar de empleo,  fue el lugar donde conocio a amigos que despues se convirtieron en su segunda familia.  Fue querido por muchos y siempre referido como un amigo honesto, leal y verdadero. Un amigo al cual siempre sabias que podias contar con el.  Siempre  dispuesto ayudar sin esperar nada a cambio. Julio era prueba que aun en el mundo que vivimos el dia de hoy....aun habia personas con un gran corazon como el de el. 

Sus sobrevivientes son su esposa; Esther Karina Lopez Morales; padres, Victor Manuel Vazquez Garcia y Maria Magdalena Bautista Mendez; hermano, Victor Manuel Vazquez Bautista; hermana, Diana Sarai Vazquez Bautista.

08/26/2019

Gale Culpepper,  67, departed this life on August 22, 2019 at her home. Gale was born July 1, 1952 in Marshall, TX.

The Homegoing Celebration Services for Gale Culpepper are Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 am at Iron Wheel Baptist Church, 820 First Street, Nacogdoches, TX.

The family respectfully requests that you wear bright colors.  We plan to honor Gale by wearing her favorite colors Purple and Gold. Repass to follow at the church.

If you have a favorite photo of  or with Gale-please bring it for the memory board display at the repass.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Multi-Myeloma Foundation in the name of Gale Culpepper are appreciated.

You are welcome to drop in for the Viewing on Friday, August 30, 2019 at any time from 3:p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches, TX 75961, Alana S. Culpepper.

Services are under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas.

08/26/2019

Ina Dora Bass, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Hayden Dupre officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Mrs. Bass was born January 20, 1939, in Nacogdoches, to Hiram Victor Bass and Helen Dorothy McGinty.  She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #348 in Center and Center Missionary Baptist Church in Center.  Her hobby was spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by:

Children:
Kenneth Shahan and wife Sarah of Center
Justin Shahan of New Hampshire
Cherie Rudd and husband Randy of Center

Grandchildren:
Zachary Shahan and wife Janne of Massachusetts
Mathew Shahan and wife Jennifer of Gary
Kristi Sibley and husband Brodie of Center
Jamie Rose and husband Jessie of Center

Ten great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Hiram Victor Bass and Helen Dorothy McGinty.
Pallbearers will be Mathew Shahan, Brodie Sibley, Jessie Rose, Tony Willoughby, Jim Green, and Buster Masters.

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

08/26/2019

Billy W. Davis, 74, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Don Windham and Bro. Johnnie Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Davis was born July 14, 1945, in Carthage, to George Davis Jr. and James Vernie Lawhorn Davis.  He was a mechanic in Center since 1987, owning and operating Imperial Truck and Trailer Repair.  Mr. Davis was an avid hunter and loved drag racing and spending time with family.  He was a member of Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by:

Wife of 48 years, Cherry Davis

Children:
Stacey Middleton and husband Martin of Wills Point
Ashley Hines and husband Chatrick “Chad” of Center
Casey Davis of Center

Grandchildren:
Breanna Middleton
Brooklyn Ikner
Adrianna, Taylor, Kaydence, and Ty Hines

Sisters:
Vera Lou Roberts and husband Bill of Tenaha
Mary Ann Skinner of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George Davis Jr. and James Vernie Lawhorn Davis; and brothers, Johnny Davis and Wayne Davis.

Pallbearers will be Chatrick Hines, Martin Middleton, Ricky Fowler, Tremayne Hewitt, Allen Hogan, and Dale Langsford.  Honorary pallbearer will be Terry Adkinson.

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

08/24/2019

Arthur Melvin Waller, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 23, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas, after a lengthily illness. He was born on October 25, 1951 in Kerrville, Texas to Arthur Pershing Waller and Jimmie Louise Yarborough Waller. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10am at Center Christian Fellowship Church. 

Melvin graduated from Center High School with the Class of 1970. He worked for several large companies before establishing Waller Construction, servicing Shelby County and the surrounding areas for 30 years.  Deciding to continue his education, he obtained a teaching certificate in April 2011 and began educating young minds in Construction Technology at Center High School. 

Melvin was dedicated to his family and never hesitated to help out and do whatever was necessary to fill any need. He was instrumental in teaching work ethics and values to his nephews and nieces. Spending time with family was one of his favorite things to do. His wit and humor kept us all laughing and waiting to see what was going to happen next. Melvin had such a generous heart and as a matter of fact one could say that his heart was too big for his body. His life's motto was "give to others" and that was exactly what he did. No sacrifice was too great or small. He was a master builder and could build just about anything and enjoyed whatever he did. He was also loved artwork at which he was equally gifted.  He was a Christian and not even death can steal the memories that he leaves with us all. 

Melvin is survived:

Brother: Thomas Waller and wife, Brenda of Center, Texas

Sisters: 
Kathy Hagler and husband, Jimmy of Center, Texas
Annie Waller Fisher of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Family workforce, nephews, and nieces:
David Brittain
Heath Hagler
Brian Adams
Josh Waller
Joel Waller
Chris Adams
Nicole (Nickel) Styles
Stephanie Waller

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur P. and Louise Waller; sister, Beth O’Donnell; and brothers-in-laws, Dean Fisher and Michael O’Donnell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association 2550 North Loop West, Suite 265, Houston, TX 77062.
 https://action.lung.org/site/Donation2?df_id=31272&31272.donation=form1

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

08/22/2019

Billie Jean Wheeler, 81, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 21, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on August 2, 1938 in San Augustine, Texas to Fred Corbitt Page and Lillie Mae Perry Page. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

A visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Billie was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Billie is survived by:
Children:
Debbie Bell and husband, Bubba of Center
David Wheeler and Porfi Williford of Center
Deidra Cockrell and husband, Bryan of Center
Sandy Wheeler of Center

Grandchildren:
Jason Bell and wife, Jessica
Justin Bell and wife, Amanda
Chris Wheeler and wife, Kaitlyn
Nic Wheeler and wife, Shelby
Whitney Wheeler
Andy Cockrell and wife, Bridgett
Ben Cockrell and wife, Grace

Great-Grandchildren:
Bryn and James Paul Bell
Carter and Cash Bell
Lilah, Cecil and Rhett Wheeler
Lively, Ariella and Selah Wheeler
Clay and Dusty Cockrell
Allyson Cockrell

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Wheeler; parents, Fred and Lillie Mae Page; sisters, Nora Olean Page and Mary Conway; and brothers, Jerry Page and Fred Taylor Page.

Pallbearers will be Jason Bell, Justin Bell, Chris Wheeler, Nic Wheeler, Andy Cockrell and Ben Cockrell.

Memorial donations can be made to the general fund at The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas, 75701 or to the Hospice of your choice. 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net

08/22/2019

John Stephens Walker Sr., 80, of Center, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Jerry Gannon and Dale Gannon officiating. Military honors will he held immediately following the service under the direction of VFW Post #8904. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Walker was born September 2, 1938, in Carthage to Newton Flournoy Walker and Rose Mary Bozeman Walker.  He served in the United States Navy and later became a lawyer. He owned and operated John S. Walker Law Firm in Center for fifty years, during which time he also served as District Attorney for Shelby and Panola Counties for eight years and County Attorney in Shelby County for eight years.  Mr. Walker was awarded for his fifty years of service to the Texas State Bar. He was a member of James Church of Christ, where he served as Elder and Sunday school teacher.

He is survived by:
His wife: Diann Walker of Center

Children: 
Amy Walker Hampson and husband Gregory John of Cochrane
Rhonda Kaye Walker of Wichita, Kansas
John Stephens Walker Jr. of Pearland

Grandchildren: 
Jonathan Joseph Boudousquie
Andrew Joseph Boudousquie
KellyAnn Walker Guerrettaz
Stephanie Kaye Walker
Sarah Michele Walker
James Bronson

Special cousins: Tommy and Ben Thomas

Niece: Karen Walker

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Walter D. Manning, Jr. and Ellen Manning

Other family; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his wife of 52 years: Jo Anne Manning Walker; parents, Newton Flournoy Walker and Rose Mary Bozeman Walker; brothers, Robert F. Walker and Gholston Walker.

Pallbearers will be Larry Russell, Wayne Hooper, Joel Hooper, Tommy Thomas, Greg Hampson, and Ben Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Jody Hooper, Carlton Shamburger, and Jr. Cassity.

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

08/21/2019

Nettie Lou Jenkins, 74 of Logansport, LA, passed away Monday morning, August 12, 2019 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, TX.

Funeral service is at 11am Saturday, August 24 at St. Luke Baptist Church, Logansport, LA with interment at Haslam Cemetery, Haslam with Rev. Frankie Cooper officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Wilbert Jenkins of Logansport, LA

Sons:
Wilbert Ray (Val Zenia) Jenkins of Chesapeak, VA
Harold Dean Jenkins of Logansport, LA
Reginald Dewayne Jenkins of Carthage
Jeffery Lamar Jenkins of Logansport, LA
Dexter Lee Jenkins of Logansport, LA

Daughters:
Kimberly Kay Jenkins of Mansfield, LA
Shelia Michelle Jenkins of Ervin, TX

15 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren

Brother, Pete Williams of Minden, LA

Sister, Jeanie Mae Watts of Joaquin

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

08/21/2019

Lucille Gray, 84 of Center, TX passed away on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Focused Care Nursing Facility in Center, TX.

Lucille was born December 30, 1934 to Rev. Jessie Gray, Sr. and Callie Hamilton Gray.

A graveside service will be held at 10am on Friday August 23, 2019 at West View Cemetery in Center, TX with Bishop W.C. Martin officiating.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Jessie Gray, Sr. and Callie Hamilton Gray; daughter, Dollie Hall; son-in-law, William Hall; granddaughter, Angela Hall; brother, Jessie Gray, Jr.; sisters, Mary Phipps and Hazel Scott; niece, Jasmine Phipps; and nephew, Jonathan Gray.

The family of Lucille Gray would like to thank the staff of Focused Care, Heart to Heart Hospice, and All Families Mortuary for all the loving care given to our family.

Arrangements are under the direction of All Families Mortuary in Burke, Texas.

08/18/2019

Nelson Ray Weathered, age 73, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Twin Lakes Rehabilitation and Care Center in San Augustine, Texas. 

Funeral Service is at 11am Friday, August 23, 2019 at China Chapel Baptist Church. Interment is at Countyline Cemetery, Geneva, Texas with Pastor Orvin Garrett officiating. Visitation is from 1pm until 6:30pm on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Garner & Son Chapel.

Survivors:

Wife, Ruby Price Weathered of San Augustine, Texas

5 Sons:
James Weathered (Linda) of Center, Texas
Marvin Weathered of San Augustine, Texas
Calvin Weathered of San Augustine, Texas
Anthony Weathered (LaToya) of Terry, Mississippi
Alex Weathered of San Augustine, Texas

10 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren

As well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and Friends.

Services entrusted to Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.

08/18/2019

Jimmy Ray Eddins, 79, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 17, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Born, June 18, 1940, in Chireno, Texas to the late Willis Harvel Eddins and Glendon Adelle (Parrish) Eddins. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10AM at East Hamilton Cemetery with Bro. Fred Wilcox officiating.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 6-8PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

Jimmy was faithful in serving his country through the United States Navy, Special Forces. He was a very generous, kind person towards others. Jimmy was a very intelligent man and worked well with his hands. He enjoyed repairing guns as well as practice shooting. Being outdoors was one of Jimmy’s favorite things to do, and in his free time he liked camping. Being in nature always brought him a sense of peace. Jimmy was known for being an avid baseball fan, especially when it came to little league. Nothing got him going like a little competitive baseball game. He was Baptist by faith.

Jimmy is survived by:

Sons:
Johnny Ray Eddins
James William Eddins

Daughter, Katie Crofoot

Brother, W.H. “Dub” Eddins

Sisters:
Barbara Jean Corbell
Joyce Hughes

Numerous grandchildren, other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Glendon Eddins; sons, Christopher Eddins and Jeffery Allen Eddins; brother, Bobby H. Eddins and grandson, Dustin Eddins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or visit https://www.stjude.org/give.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net. Family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

08/17/2019

Harold Church, age 44, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in San Augustine, Texas.

He was born July 7, 1975, to Faye Church and graduated from Zavalla High School in 1994. Harold had been a resident of Colonial Pines in San Augustine since 2015.

He was a wonderful person with the sweetest soul who enjoyed all activies at Colonial Pines. Some of his favorites were music (he loved his rock and heavy metal music more than anything), making crafts (his absolute favorite craft was making wooden cars and painting them, he was so proud of the outcome), coloring, he enjoyed being read to, attending church services, he loved pet visits, loved drinking Dr Pepper and every chance he got he was going tomakr sure to get ice cream. He was able to recently take his very first outing to the zoo. He was given a wish and his only wish was to see the animals.

Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home Chapel, 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine.

Following visitation his funeral will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Chapel with Pastor Gordon Vaughn officiating.

There will be no graveside service.

He is survived by:
His foster mom: Sally Marshall

Brothers: 
David Church
Otis Church 

Those left to cherish his memory are all of his friends at Colonial Pines who cared for him and loved him like family.

Special friends also include Kerr Fairley; along with Lindsey Ross, who was his nurse--she made him smile and was very special to him; and Leola Davis, who recently came into his life a few months back as his best friend and loved him as her own.

A special thanks is extended to Colonial Pines and Affinity Hospice for caring for him in his last days.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com to offer memories and condolences.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

08/16/2019

Janet Permenter Cammack, 73, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Word of Faith Outreach Center in Joaquin with Bro. Chris Welch, Sister Melba Rodgers, and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Mrs. Cammack was born August 1, 1946, in Logansport, Louisiana, to Harold Permenter and Mary Annette Lawrence Permenter. Her favorite times were those spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband, Rennie Cammack of Joaquin; children, Scott Cammack of Joaquin and Caryn Bergeron of Carthage; grandchildren, Sarah Link and husband Tyler of Bossier City, Louisiana, Carlie Edgar and husband Tristan of Carthage, Carson Bergeron of Ruston, Louisiana, and Krista Bergeron of Carthage; great granddaughter, Demi Edgar of Carthage; sister, Elizabeth Cox of Stonewall, Louisiana; sisters-in-law, Ann Cammack of Minden, Louisiana, Connie Harvey and husband Rodney of Joaquin, Joyce Neal of Joaquin, and Loyce Dickerson and husband Kenneth of Joaquin; numerous niece, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Annette Permenter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Weldon and Ercell Cammack; brothers-in-law, Eugene Cox, Wayne Cammack, and Dale Cammack.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Link, Tristan Edgar, Jonathan Neal, Brandon Neal, Gordon Vaughn, and Brent Andres.

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

08/15/2019

Polly Ann Garrett, 72 of Nacogdoches, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at her residence in Nacogdoches.

Services are at 11am Saturday, August 17th at St. Paul Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Interment is at Carroll Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas with Rev. Stephen Pinkney officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Sherry (Kyle) Hardy of Nacogdoches
Jackie Haley of Nacogdoches
Tammy (Stephen) Pinkney of Lufkin

Sons:
Tommy (Tabitha) Williams of Center
Ronnie Williams of Nacogdoches

14 Grandchildren, 30 Great-Grandchildren

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

08/15/2019

Lola Mae Jackson Rather, 97 of Center, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She Was born July 10, 1922 in Longstreet, Louisiana to Martha Mayfield Jackson and Nelson Jackson.

Visitations will begin on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 2pm until 8pm. Family Hour will begin on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 7pm until 8pm at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

Funeral Service is scheduled for 11am on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church, Center, TX, With Rev. Raphael A. Kelley, Eulogist. Visitations will begin on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9:30am until 10:45am at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church, Center, TX with burial at Mt. Gillion Cemetery, Center, TX.

She was preceeded in death by husband, Lee Berk Rather and parents, Martha Mayfield Jackson and Nelson Jackson.

She leaves to cherish her memory:

11 children:
Mary Horn of Little Rock, Arkansas
Samuel Rather (Jeanne) of Garrison
Michael Rather of Nacogdoches
Linda Black of Nacogdoches
Doris Rather of Baton Rouge
Alice Snow Mosley of Tyler
Nelson Rather of Lufkin
Josephine Rather of Houston
Birdie Kelley of Missouri City
Clifford Lynn Rather of Lufkin
Shelia Rather of Houston

24 grandchildren

A host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Services are under the directions of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas.

08/14/2019

LaMerle Yarbrough, 93 of Timpson, passed away Sunday morning, August 11, 2019 at Pam Specialty Hospital, Lufkin, Texas.

Funeral service is 10am Friday, August 16 at Antioch Baptist Church of Timpson. Interment is at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson with Rev. Mario Osby and Rev. Harold Patton officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Maristine (Donald) Rhodes of Timpson
Gladys (Roy) Jenkins of Tenaha

Son, George Ray Yarbrough of Timpson

38 Grandchildren

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

08/10/2019

Mr. Dennis Lynn Jackson Sr. (Big Diesel), 64, of Center passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Center due to a car accident.

Services will be 2pm Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Community Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Brittain Creek Cemetery in East Hamilton with Rev. Marlin Cloudy officiating.

Mr. Jackson is survived by:
Sons:
Dennie Jackson of Center
Thomas Gardner (Sonya) of Center
Quinnion Gardner (Nikieshia) of Center
Rodrick Gardner of Center

Sisters:
Edna Foster of Mansfield, LA
Alma Brewer of Crockett, Arkansas

21 grandchildren

2 great-grandchildren

08/09/2019

James Junior Cox, 91, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at noon.

Mr. Cox was born November 7, 1927, in Shelby County, to James A. Cox and Frances Jones Cox. He served in the United States Army during World War II and later worked for Air Control Associates in Houston for many years. Mr. Cox was an active member VFW Post #8904 in Center and was also an active member of the Smith Cemetery Board. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Kenneth Cox and wife Cheryl of Cedar Park
Jeffory Cox and wife Kindra of Houston
Kevin Cox and wife Sherry of Round Rock
Sherri Cox and partner Butch of Waller

Grandchildren: 
Dustin Cox and wife Haleigh
Kirsten Hines and husband Tanner
Dylan Cox and wife Amelia
Garrett Greer
Nicole Greer
Keeley Cox
Brandon Lord and wife Hannah

Great-grandchildren: 
Caleb
Jovie
Beckham
Juliette
Keaton
Brooks
Landry
Audrey
Sawyer
Layken
Aria

Brothers: 
Edward Lamar Cox of Normangee
Loyde Doyle Cox of Plantersville

Cousins: Lloyd Anderson and Kenneth Anderson and their spouses

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jamye Cox and his parents, James A. Cox and Frances Jones Cox.

Pallbearers will be members of VFW Post #8904.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center at https://www.mdanderson.org/

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

08/08/2019

Lee Owen Stockton, age 80, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in Lewisville, Texas. Lee was born October 29, 1938, in Dallas, Texas, to Ruby Lee and Arcadia Stockton. He graduated from Irving High School and was drafted into the United States Army in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis.

Lee married Margaret Robinson on November 4, 1972 and received his Master Electrician license in 1973. They moved to Center shortly after the birth of their first child, Aaron, in 1976 and started Stockton Electric Co. Their second child, Rachel, was born in 1979.

Lee had a passion for fishing and being near a body of water, landscaping, nature, and telling long-winded jokes. He combined his favorite hobbies to create extraordinary art in his younger years as an avid oil painter of landscapes. He was known for his curiosity, his dry sense of humor, and his tenacious and hard-working spirit.

Lee was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Center, the Center Noon Lions Club and was a Shelby County business owner for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Edward Stockton.

He is survived by:

Wife, Margaret

Children:
Son, Aaron and wife Misty Stockton of Oklahoma
Daughter, Rachel and husband Lance Loza of Flower Mound

3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren

A memorial service will be held in the Dallas area at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Center Noon Lions Club. Cards can be mailed to Margaret Stockton, 3401 Bradford Dr., Flower Mound, Texas 75028.

Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory of Lewisville, Texas are in charge of arrangements.

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