Lula B. Lacy, age 103, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020. She was born September 19, 1916.

Graveside service is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020, at 11am at St. Luke’s Cemetery, San Augustine, TX with Pastor Herman Scott, as Eulogist. Visitation will begin on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 3pm until 7pm at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX. Burial will be in St. Luke’s Cemetery, San Augustine, TX.

She leaves to cherish her memories:

Sons: W.C., Willie Jr., James (Glenda) all of Beaumont, and Joe of Tyler

Daughters: Mary, Margret, and Georgia of San Augustine, TX

Mildred Burrell of San Augustine
Clara Cartwright of Maryland

She also leaves to cherish five generations.

Service are entrusted to Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961. (936) 564-4351.


Wilma Diana Richard was born in Timpson, Texas to Winifred Hooper and Lester Roberts on August 6, 1953. She was deeply loved and raised by her grandparents Clyde Sr and Lula Hooper. Diane made her transition on Sunday, June 14, 2020

Diane grew up with 14 siblings and attended Timpson Public School System for her entire education. She graduated from Timpson High School in 1971. While attending Timpson High School, she met and fell in love with her forever best friend and husband Ralph Richard in 1969. They united in holy matrimony on December 13, 1975 and remained together with 51 years under their belt. During this time, they raised a daughter Tyecia and was dedicated in helping with their 2 granddaughters Nailah Joy and Naiema Skye. Before retiring she worked at Shelby Savings Bank where she made lifelong friendships. She loved and served as a dedicated Pastor’s Aid President at Smith Chapel Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by: Grandparents: Clyde Sr. and Lula Hooper; Parents: Winifred Hooper Stephens (Bobby); Siblings: Belton Hooper (Vera); Bobby Hooper Sr; Mary Driver (Billy); Ima Jean Holman( Nathan); Willie James Hooper(Norma Williams); Clyde Hooper Jr (Ruthie Johnson Hooper); Cynthia Stephens; Robert James Stephens Jr; and Robin Stephens Fisher.

She leaves to cherish her memories:
Husband: Ralph Richard

Daughter: Tyecia Lundie (Richard Lundie)

Nailah Lundie
Naiema Lundie

Betty (Oscar Turner)
Earnestine Morris (J. W.)
Annie Hooper
Dwight Stephens (Venita)
Obie Bussey (Melody)

Special Cousin: Sister Lisa Jo Baldwin (Rick)

She leaves many more beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom she loved with everything she had. 

Services are Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Smith Chapel Baptist Church, 919 CR 4704, Timpson, Texas 75975 with visitation 10am to 11am and celebration of life at 11am.
Celebration of Life – 11:00 a.m.

You may view online service on Facebook at 11am - Smith Chapel Live.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at Walker Funeral Home , Crosby Texas – Legacy.com, 734 FM 1942-P.O. Box 229, Crosby, Texas.

Please do not send wreaths, VA Cemetery does not accept wreaths.


Billy Ray Collum, 79, of Joaquin, TX passed away on June 6, 2020 in a Nacogdoches hospital. He was born August 29, 1940 in Center, TX to P. A. Collum and Vertie Holt Collum. His wishes were to be cremated and graveside services will be held at 4:00 Saturday June 20, 2020 at Campti Methodist Cemetery with Robert Ortigo, Sr. officiating. 

He is survived by: 
His loving wife of almost 60 years, Deanna Collum 

Son: Donnie Collum of Shelbyville

Daughter: Donna Jamison & husband Todd Jamison of Center

Danbert Collum and Kelsey Owens of Joaquin
Krista Collum Warren and husband, Michael of Center
Leigh Martin and wife Whitney of Houston
Javey Jamison and wife, Jamie, of Center
Lance Jamison and wife, Tiffany, of Center

Numerous great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter

Brother: Jack Collum and wife, Frances, of Shreveport, LA 

Billy was preceded in death by a son, Robert Collum, brother Jerry Collum, sister, Vernell Goings and husband W. J. Goings, parents P. A. Collum and Vertie Collum, and in-laws Elmo and Marie Cross. Memorials may be made to Campti Methodist Cemetery Fund and mailed to 579 CR 2010, Center, TX. 


Paula Burns Askew, 61, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Tenaha.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born October 16, 1958, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Paula is the daughter of George Burns and Geneva Coleman Burns.  She retired from Carthage UTMC as a ward clerk.  Paula loved spending time with her grandkids and family.  She was a member of Sardis Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by:
Daughters, Gina Furra and husband James of Tenaha
Clara Bragg and husband Douglas of Center

Jesse Gay
Savannah Bragg

Mother, Geneva Burns of Tenaha

She is preceded in death by her father, George Burns.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Bragg, James Furra, David Furra, Calvin Foy, John Gay, and Lee Gibbs.

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


Jerry Polk of Center, TX, age 65 passed away on June 14, 2020 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, TX 

Survivors include:
Mother: Annie Berry of Center, Step-Father John Berry of Pineland

Son: Lee Polk of Nacogdoches

Rosundra Polk of Nacogdoches
Tashekiah Polk of Nacogdoches

12 grandchildren

6 great-grandchildren

Linda Black (Melvin) of Center
Fannie Smith (Michael) of Center
Rita Williams (Dion) of Center
Pamela Suell (Marion) of Shelbyville

Brothers: Gene Polk (Valerie) of Pineland
Jeremy Berry of Pineland, TX

He is preceded in death by Benita Ratcliff, Janice Polk, and John Alton Polk.

Service entrusted to his family of professionals at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961. (936) 564-4351


Earl Ramey, 80, of Garrison, Texas passed away on June 14, 2020 in Garrison. He was born on October 24, 1939 in Tenaha, Texas to Alton Ramey, Sr. and Ida Mae Ross Ramey. A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Old Home Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas with Bro. Billy Clayton officiating.

Many knew him as Billy Boy or Bill Boy. He grew up in Tenaha and met the love of his life, Joyce, in Garrison, Texas. They married on June 16th 1960 and went on to have five children. Earl had a love for working on cars and followed in his father’s footsteps when he became a mechanic. For twenty years, he worked for Proller Steel in Houston before moving back to Garrison to open his own repair shop. Earl was a big fan of Audi Murphy westerns and had a love for Hank Williams Sr country and western songs. He also loved to keep people around him laughing by telling jokes. Earl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. 

He is survived by:

Wife, Joyce Ramey of Garrison

Willie Ramey of Beaumont
Alton Ramey of Nacogdoches

Earlene and husband Johnny Herron of Willis
Teresa McKey of Pasadena
Michelle and husband Jim Jacobs of Center

Eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his twin sister, Pearl Webster of Pasadena. 

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


William Morris Jeffress, 90, of Gary, Texas passed away on June 13, 2020, surrounded by loved ones at his home.  He was born on January 18, 1930, in the Murvaul Community, Panola County, to the late William Jewel “Buddy” Jeffress and Naomi Haynes Jeffress. Morris was a” jack of all trades”, he was a truck driver, welder, diesel mechanic and above all a servant of the Lord. He was a deacon of the Antelope Valley Baptist Church in Gillette, Wyoming until he moved back home to Texas, where he became a member of the First Baptist Church of Tenaha. He loved to hunt, fish and witness to others of God’s love.

He is survived by:

His loving wife, Angie Jeffress, who never left his side 

Son, Larry Jeffress and wife Judy of Ariel, Washington

Daughter, Deborah Jackson of Tenaha, Texas

Sara Saxton and husband Gage of Palmer, Alaska
Kayla Jeffres of Ellensburg, Washington
David Fenton and wife Carrie of Milsboro, Virgina
Arin Fenton of Tenaha, Texas
Serena Jeffress of Gillette, Wyoming
William “Buddy” Jeffress of Gillette, Wyoming

Numerous Great-Grandchildren

Willma Rae Elder of Nacogdoches, Texas
Angie Spurlock of Springfield, Missouri
Serita Porter and husband George of Corpus Christi, Texas

David Fountain of Joaquin, Texas
Bryant Fountain and wife Patricia of Tenaha, Texas
Johnny Fountain and wife Brandy of Henderson, Texas
Raymond Fountain and wife Jody of Center, Texas
Lawrence Fountain of Tenaha, Texas

Brother, Ted Jeffress and wife Teri of Gillette, Wyoming

Yvonne Pierce of Gary, Texas
Gladys Essery of Carthage, Texas
Norma Jean “Jeannie” Sims and husband James of Hughes Springs

Special friend Larry Terry and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Troy is preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jeffress; Parents, Son Gary Lynn Jeffress; Brothers: Wink Jeffress, Ronald Jeffress and Donald Jeffress; Sister: Marry Ann Gooch: Son-in-law: James “Bulldog” Jackson.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements and there will be a celebration of his life at a later date. 

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home and Affinity Hospice for their devoted and loving care.

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


Edward Applequist was born on June 12, 1945 in Ross, California to Martin and Louise Applequist. He died on June 10, 2020 at his residence in Center, Texas.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1967.  After which he was drafted into the U. S. Army and served in Vietnam. Upon his return he started working as a forester for the Texas Forest Service in Lufkin, Texas. In 1973 he moved a branch of that office to Center, Texas. He worked the remainder of his life as a self employed Consulting Forester.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Applequist

Son, Cary Applequist

Brother, Mark Applequist

Sister, Karen Applequist

The family would like to thank the medical staff at the UT Health North Campus Tyler.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


W.N. Bill Hairgrove, 75, of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Timpson.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10am, Friday, June 12, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Dock Lazarine officiating. Interment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery in Timpson.

Mr. Hairgrove was born December 14, 1944, in Center, to W.N. Hairgrove and Pearl Burns Hairgrove. He was a member of the PRCA from 1979 to 1983, LRA from 1964 to 1979, and USTRC from 1999 to present. Mr. Hairgrove was also a member of Timpson Masonic Lodge #437 and Buena Vista Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson.

He is survived by:

Wife, Rita Peace Metcalf Hairgrove of Timpson

Tom Hairgrove and wife Paige of Center
Burt Hairgrove and wife Melissa of Nacogdoches
Kaleb Metcalf and wife Melissa of Frederick, Colorado

Tyler Petry and wife Nicole of Center
Aaron Hairgrove of Nacogdoches
Lexie, Cameron, and Cason Metcalf all of Frederick, Colorado

Great-grandson, Andy Petry

Sister, Frances McIntyre and husband Dudley of Timpson

Mother-in-law, Pat Peace

Glenda Ray and husband Alan
Jan Allen and husband Terry

Brother-in-law, Roy Peace and wife Sharon

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Gail Hairgrove; parents, W.N. Hairgrove and Pearl Burns Hairgrove; brothers, James Edward Hairgrove, Van Hairgrove, and Franklin Hairgrove; sisters, Wilma Culp and Jo Nell Young; nephews, Ron Hairgrove, Billy Van Hairgrove, and Randy Hairgrove; father-in-law, Monk Peace.

Pallbearers will be Vaughn Turner, Brian Stephenson, Roy Peace, Boo Klein, J.D. Barkley, and Tyler Petry. Honorary pallbearers will be Caddell Stephenson, Alan Johnson, J.T. Rhodes, and Brian Sample.

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


Iva Nell Brown, 98, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and David Pate officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Brown was born January 16, 1922, in Shelby County, to Curtis Marian Pate and Lottie Cornelia Bullard Pate. She enjoyed writing and was a published poet. Her hobbies also included cooking, sewing, and reading. Mrs. Brown loved Jesus more than anything, then her family, which included friends. She was born again at the age of twelve years and led her daddy to the Lord. Mrs. Brown loved memorizing the Bible and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. A wonderful mother, wife, grandmother, and great grandmother, she will be greatly missed on this earth. She never forgot birthdays, anniversaries, or thank you, get well, or thinking of you cards.

She is survived by:

Sylvia Hearn of Center
Ford Brown Jr. and wife Janis of Center
Cynthia Perez and husband Ramiro of Angleton

Julia and Matt Belcik of North Zulch
Lorri Hearn of Houston
Melissa and Troy Haas of Woodstock, Georgia
Andrew and Carol Brown of Tyler
Samuel Brown of Harper
Phillip and Lua Brown of Bowie
Elisabeth Brown of Rowlett
Katherine Johnson of Mesquite
Robert and Faith Perez of Waco

Numerous great-grandchildren

Brothers and sisters:
Robert Pate of Kenner, Louisiana
Nelda Test Miller of Richard
Kelsey Jo Stewart of Picayune, Mississippi
Rachel McCleary of Brazoria
Inez and Tim Peltier of Clute
Patsy and Bob Mahone of New Boston

Sister-in-law, Clive Rush

Many nieces, nephews, and other relatives

Preceded in death by husband, Ford S. Brown Sr.; parents; grandson, Daniel James Brown; brothers and sister, Vestal Pate, Charles Pate, Sam Pate, Curtis Edward Pate, and Billie Maxie Mullins; in-laws, Perry Maxie Brown and Merle Stratton Brown.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Brown, Samuel Brown, Phillip Brown, Zack Peltier, Robert Perez, Derick McCleary, Bobby Brown, and Robert Pate Jr.. Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Belcik, Bobby Watson, Conrad Moody, Pat Brown, and Michael McCleary.

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


Ethel Elaine Billingsley Amos, 87, of Timpson, Texas entered Heaven’s Gates on Sunday, June 7, 2020. We imagine her running through those gates without her wheelchair and with both arms raised high. She was born in Timpson, Texas on December 27, 1932, and graduated from Timpson High School in 1950. Elaine married her high school sweetheart, Donald Amos, on June 25, 1950, and will celebrate their 70th year of marriage together. They will have never missed an anniversary apart.
Whether it was the family run grocery store, Amos Foods, or the Ace Hardware store they opened in Timpson, Elaine loved to help run all the business adventures in their lifetime. She loved opening “her side of the store” filling it with unique gifts for any occasion. After selling their hardware store, she continued working at Bussey Drug until her retirement. Her pastimes were painting, playing the piano, traveling, and the love for her family. She had a matter of fact approach and honesty that everyone loved and admired. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were her pride and joy, telling about their accomplishments to anyone who would listen.

A Lifetime member of Woodland Christian Church, on Sundays past, you could find her at the piano while her love Don led the song service. 

Elaine was proceeded in this life by her loving husband, Donald E. Amos. Her parents, Travis and Oris Billingsley; a beloved Grandson, Don Travis Harris; Sister, Edith Cross and Brother, Edgar Billingsley.

She is survived by:

Daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Rick Harris of Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Son and daughter-in-law, David and Patricia Amos of Nacogdoches, Texas

Son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Julie Amos of Roanoke, Texas

Daughter and son-in-law, Dari and Drew Pierce of Lufkin, Texas

Brother-in-law, Tom Amos and wife, Betty of Timpson, Texas

Lou Nell Billingsley of Timpson, Texas
Iris Amos of Timpson, Texas

Ryan Harris and wife Micheala
Lindsey Amos
Melissa Harris
Davis Pierce
Dayli Pierce

Great-grandchildren: William, Lydia, Micah and River Harris

A multitude of nephews and nieces who she held dear to her heart.

Pallbearers include Stanley Amos, Stephen Amos, Tim Amos, Terry Amos, Ryan Harris, Drew Pierce, and Davis Pierce.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Cengiz Satir for his years of caring for her, always being so supportive. The entire staff of Garrison Nursing Home, for showing love to our mom that was evident in every way. From those who cared for her physically and those who cared for her from their offices, which she rolled herself into for visits. She loved so many of you, and we know you loved her. Ebony Wallace, for always being willing to help us care for mom both inside and outside the Nursing Home. She attended many events because of your help. Accolade Hospice, thank you for caring for her over the past years in such a loving way. Your team made a difference, and she loved seeing each of your faces when you came to her room.

Services for Mrs. Amos will be held Thursday, June 11th @ 2pm at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches with graveside to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson. Due to the current COVID situation, social distancing will be observed and governmental guidelines followed. The family would like to convey full understanding to our friends and family that may feel they cannot or should not attend. We welcome and appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time.

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.


Billy L. Funderburk, 75, left this world to rest safely in the arms of Jesus on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Bill was born July 16,1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas to James and Diana (Kennedy) Funderburk.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church in Center at 11am on Saturday, June 27th.

Bill accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior when he was seven years old and committed the rest of his life in service to God.

His father worked for Mobile Pipeline for many years and they moved a lot in Bill’s 18 years at home, so he had no problem meeting people and making friends quickly.

After graduating High School in Kermit, Texas, Bill went to Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, majoring in Music Education.  Upon graduating from HSU, he completed a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Eastern Kentucky University, Lexington, Kentucky.

He married the love of his life, Joyce Porter Funderburk, on August 29, 1964 at Lamar Street Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Texas.

He served in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant during the Vietnam war era. He served as Commander of the 543rd Military Police Company in Ft. Knox, Kentucky until his discharge in 1971.

Bill was called by God to the ministry and for the next 50 years, served as Minister of Music in several Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wyoming.  The last full time position was at First Baptist Church, Center, Texas, where he and Joyce served for 15 years.

Bill was a very kind spirit with a smile for everyone.  He had a beautiful singing voice and loved to play his trumpet and guitar in the privacy of his home and during worship services.

He is survived by:
His wife of 55 years, Joyce Porter Funderburk, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Kevin Funderburk, wife Regina of Lake Charles, Louisiana
Kimberly Funderburk Roberson, husband Kevin of Temple, Texas.

Mother Diana Funderburk of Midland 

Dianne Redus of Cleveland
Judy Day and husband David of Midland

His pride and joy were his grandchildren:
Garrett Roberson and wife Kelly, USAF Spokane, Washington 
Drew Funderburk, Texarkana, Texas
Chayli Funderburk, Lake Charles, Louisiana 
Hope Roberson, Temple, Texas
McKynzi Roberson , Temple, Texas
Esther Funderburk, Lake Charles, Louisiana 
Eden Funderburk, Lake Charles, Louisiana 

Additional family members and friends also mourn his passing.

Preceding him in death was his father, James Lawrence Funderburk, father-in-law  and mother-in-law, Knox and Rubye Porter, infant granddaughter, Alyssa Lauren Jones, grandparents H C and Cora Funderburk and J B and Ruby Kennedy, and brothers-in-law, Ronald Porter, Royce Porter, and Billy Redus.

His wishes were to be cremated.

Services under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Charles, LA.


Terry Lynn Adkison, Sr., 65, of Center, Texas passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Terry was born in Big Spring, Texas on June 9, 1954 to Hollis Adkison and Myrtle Minyard Adkison. He worked as a truck driver in the logging industry.

He is survived by:

Wife, Jeannie Adkison of Center

Terry Adkison, Jr. and wife, Brandy, of Center
Colby Adkison and wife, Brandi, of Center
Jeff Hopson of Scrappin Valley
Richard Hopson and wife, Amanda, of Georgia
Scottie Moore of Beaumont

Taja Harvey and husband, Kenneth of Huxley
Bridgette Hopson and fiancé, Rick McWilliams, of Center
Heather Perez and husband, Pedro, of Beaumont

Brother, Howell Adkison and wife, Pam, of Center

Sister, Shirley DiVerdi and husband, Vince, of Center

Ethan Adkison and fiancé, Carly, of Joaquin of Center
Courtney Adkison of Center
Chase Adkison of Center
Paige Adkison of Center
Brandon Hopson of Florida
Hope Hopson of Scrappin’ Valley
Jacob Hopson of Scrappin’ Valley
Ryan Hopson of Scrappin’ Valley
Logan Hopson of Scrappin’ Valley
Peyton Sanford of Georgia
Kynley Stone of Georgia
Tasia Stone of Georgia
Cory Moore of Martinsville
Ashton Moore of Joaquin
Dillon Moore of Joaquin
Blake Harvey of Huxley
Justin Harvey of Huxley
Kenley Harvey of Huxley
Eric Rogers and wife, Tyler, of Joaquin
Shaun Rogers and wife, Mallory, of Joaquin
Arianna Rogers of Center

Great-grandchildren: Baby Adkison due December 2020, Karter Turner, S. J. Turner of Center, Baby Sanford due December 2020, Brylee Rogers of Joaquin, Diesel Rogers due July 2020, and Kutter, Kallan, and Karter Rogers of Joaquin.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Hollis and Myrtle Adkison; sister, Sharon Adkison; and brothers, Stevie Adkison and James Adkison.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2020 at Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr Street, Hemphill, Texas.

Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Starr Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Jacks and Bro. Danny Bentsen officiating.

Burial will follow services in Springhill Cemetery with grandsons, Eric Rogers, Shaun Rogers, Chase Adkison, Ethan Adkison, Blake Harvey and Jacob Hopson serving as pallbearers.

Condolences can be made and guest book can be signed at starrfuneralhome.com.


Robert (Bob) Gene Tucker, loving husband and father of six children, passed away in Timpson, TX at age 79 on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on June 13, 2020 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 4417 CR 4054, Timpson, Texas 75975. To RSVP call Gail Tucker at 936-554-9691 or 936-254-2788. Click here for map to the church.

Bob was preceded in death by parents Hazel Sr. and Bertie Mae Tucker, brothers Perry, Louis, Dan, Hazel and sister Carol. 

He is survived by Wife Virginia Gail (Cox)Tucker, of Timpson, TX.

Son, Don Tucker and wife Sharon of Mineola, TX.
Son, Chris Tucker of Mt. Enterprise, TX.

Daughter, Kelly Shanahan and husband Mike of Jacksonville, NC.

Son, Rusty Sanford and wife Melanie of Timpson, TX.
Son, Howie Sanford of Timpson, TX.
Son, Steven Tucker of Douglass, TX.

Sister Isabel Belangia of Manning, SC., Sister-in-law Sheila Tucker of Mathews, NC., Brother-in-law Carl Fritts of Concord, NC.

10 grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces

(dogs Gaby and Roxy)

Bob was born on March 9, 1941 in Raleigh, NC to Hazel and Bertie Mae Tucker. On January 30, 1980, he married Virginia Gail (Cox)Tucker. They each brought three children into this family unison.  

Bob grew up in the masonry and brick business. Bob came from a big family of brick masons. He was the baby of his bunch. He quickly took lead on the refractory work around the country and even on foreign soils. The “Tucker boys” were known to be the ones to call around the country. He built brick kilns or kilns of any type. 

He loved to fish. Saltwater fishing was something he loved to do but he also loved to bass fish and would fish bass tournaments throughout the year. “Always in search of the BIG ONE”.

He liked to scratch lottery tickets, also “in search of the BIG ONE.”  

He also loved to work in his shop. The problems of the world were settled in that shop. He could fix anything, from metal work to brick, motor rebuilds and bodywork to things as simple as birdhouses. He loved it all but most of all he loved the fellowship we all shared there.


Robert Wayne Belrose Sr., 89, of Center, TX passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 28, 2020. 

Robert was born in Center, TX on May 22, 1931 to Cecil Emmitt Belrose and Vena Mae (Willoughby) Belrose. 

One of four sons, Robert grew up a true Texan with a deep appreciation for family, good southern values, and God. Robert was lucky enough to have spent 60 years married to the love of his life, Martha Ruth (Green) Belrose, whom he loved until the day he joined her in heaven. Robert proudly retired from Texaco after a fulfilling career to return to school to be a gunsmith in his later years. His love of fabrication and collecting all types of firearms was something he often talked about; Robert even taught his grandkids about his love of guns, spending time with each of them teaching them to shoot. Over the course of his 89 years, Robert spent many days and weekends hunting for treasures and searching flea markets for everything from costume jewelry for Martha to older firearms in need of his loving attention. As it might be expected, Robert also loved hunting and spending time outdoors. Pine Grove Nursing Home was Robert’s home in his last few years, and the nurses and residents loved Robert for all his good humor and funny antics. As he got older, a deep love for gardening and flower gardens developed and he spent many happy hours working in the yard and flower boxes with his favorite great-niece Amy. During his time at Pine Grove, Robert looked forward to the visits he got from family; Jimmy, Kim and Amy especially were frequent and welcome visitors. A loving husband, proud father and devoted grandfather, Robert filled many roles over the course of his life; it didn’t matter if you called him Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Robert, or just Robert- he treated everyone he met as an equal and with love and respect. While many will miss Robert, all those who knew him well know that he is truly at peace having joined his family waiting for him in heaven. It would seem Robert has managed to find his 5 gallons of gas to get home at last.

Left to remember Robert are:

A.B. Belrose of Port Neches
Jimmy Lee Belrose and wife Linda of Center

Daughter-in-law, Charlotte Belrose of Lumberton

Stoney Foux of Lumberton
Shonneeke Duhon and husband David of Lumberton
Jaime Barton and husband Chris of Lumberton

Jolie Foux
Elijah Foux
Hannah Bryan
Brennen Duhon
Breeah Duhon
Lillie Mae Duhon
Taylor Barton

Favorite niece, Kimberly Acuna and husband Jose of Center

Great-niece Amy Acuna

Special friends: Bobby Chandler and Melvin Tomlin

Numerous other nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding Robert in death are his parents, Cecil Emmitt Belrose and Vena Mae Belrose; his beloved wife, Martha Ruth Belrose; his sons: Robert “Bobby” Wayne Belrose Jr. and Donald Ray Belrose; and his brother Forest Dale Belrose.
To honor Robert Wayne Belrose Sr., the family will have a time of visitation on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Sardis Cemetery, FM 414 Center, TX 75935. Immediately following the visitation, a graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:00AM at Sardis Cemetery, FM 414 Center, TX 75935.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home for their loving and devoted care to Robert who truly lived a happy life while in their care.

Services are under the direction of Lumberton Family Funeral Home, Lumberton, Texas.


Weldon “Tuffy” Webb, 74, of San Leon, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Webster.

Graveside service was held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Corinth Cemetery in Timpson with Mid Johnson officiating.

Mr. Webb was born October 29, 1945, in Center, to Thatchell H. Webb and Omie Loyce Oliver Webb. He was a carpenter for most of his life. He loved music and was a member of San Leon Baptist Church.

He is survived by:

Wife, Shirley Risinger Webb of San Leon

George Webb and wife Maria of Orange
Johnny Webb and wife Mindy of Gary

Nicholas Webb
Ragan Wells
Jesse Webb
Dean Webb
Joseph Webb

Great-grandson, Cameron Webb

Sister, Joyce Johnson Davis of Gary

Numerous other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Troy Webb; and sister, Gertie Loyce Collins.

Pallbearers will be Nicholas Webb, Jesse Webb, Dean Webb, Mark Johnson, Randy Risinger, and Mike Risinger.

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


Helen Mosley of Tenaha, Texas died, May 28, 2020 in a local nursing facility in Carthage, Texas.

Private funeral service will be Sunday, May 31, 2020 at St John Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas at 1pm Rev. Chandler Pettis will be officiating.

Mrs. Mosley is survived by:

Andre (Potesa) Mosley of Center
Cedrexic (Grace) Mosley of Euless

Daughter, DeShannona Anderson of Richardson

Caleb Mosley
De Andre Horton
LaKasta Bell
Charkilya Mosley
Le Micah Anderson
Jacdo Mosley
Aalijah Mosley
Amelia Mosley

4 Great-grandchildren

Nelvin James Mosley Jr.
John Wayne Mosley

Shirley Joyce Walton
Doris Rena Mosley

There will be a public viewing on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 4 – 6pm in Center, TX at Hicks Mortuary. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service will be private and not open to the public. Committal is at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Service entrust to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net.


Gloria Dean Reed, 80 of Center, Texas died, May 29, 2020 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. Private graveside service at Westview Cemetery on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11am with Bishop Howard Cloudy officiating. Committal is at Westview Cemetery.

Mrs. Mosley is survived by:

Robert Reed Jr. of Center
John Earl Reed of Milwaukee
Johnny Lee Reed of Portland Oregon

Orie (Kenneth) Walker of Center
Rose (Delbert) Jackson of Center

Host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren 

Brother, Charlie Jackson Jr. 

Josephine Moore
Shirley Whatt
Ethel Bell

Service entrust to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net 


Troy Z. Parrish, 80, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on May 27, 2020 surrounded by loved ones in Tenaha, Texas. He was born on December 19, 1939, in Center, Texas, to Early Zephrine Parrish and Ara Norma (Koonce) Parrish. Funeral service will be held at 11AM on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 5-7PM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

Troy was raised in Tenaha, Texas. He graduated Tenaha High School Class of 1957. Troy was an avid basketball player in school, being awarded many trophies over the years. He entered the workforce immediately after graduation doing pipeline construction. Troy met the love of his life, Louann, and the two were married over 20 years before her passing. Together they raised a beautiful family. Troy had a passion for being a professional dozer operator. His passion led to his nationally renowned reputation in the pipeline industry. People all over the world sought, Troy, for his skill and expertise. He was a very hardworking entrepreneur, owning many businesses and seeking to make Tenaha a better place while doing so. Although he formally retired from the pipeline industry in 2015, he still had his personal business TZP which he owned and operated until he absolutely could not. Another favorite place in Tenaha he owned was the Snack Shack for over 20 years. He gave his best in absolutely everything he did. Troy loved his family and enjoyed every moment spent with them. He also enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys play football. Most of all Troy loved the Lord and was a member of First Baptist Church Tenaha. 

He is survived by:

Rhett Parrish and wife Patti
Joe Parrish and wife Marilee

Daughter, Susan Jones and husband Dude

Justin Jones and wife Kim
Bailey Jones and wife Jessica
Crystal Barbee and husband Coby
Brandice McGee and husband Bennie
Brandon Parrish
Austin Parrish
Britni Barber and husbnad Jantzen
Scott Andersen and wife Sammee
Jennifer Andersen and husband Omar
Austin Gray and wife Allison
Alana Gray

Great-grandchildren: Camden Barbee, Jake Barbee, Bennie McGee, Bo McGee, Benjamin McGee, Kyxten Barber, Louann Jones, Devin Parrish

Sister, Alloy Stephens

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

Troy is preceded in death by his wife, Louann Parrish; parents, Early and Ara Parrish; and, son James Jackson.

The family wishes to express sincere and heart-felt thanks to Sonya McBride, Brenda McBride, Trevor McBride, Travis McBride, Nick Dodson, Renny and Affinity Hospice nurses and staff for the great care that was given to Mr. Troy. 

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.


Sue Ann Gunnels Noble, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jim Moss, Bro. Chris Collins, Bro. Lloyd Scott, and Bro. Chuck Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery.

Born September 19, 1950, in Center, Sue is the daughter of the late Robert Elton Gunnels and Gay Nell Jones Gunnels. 

Mrs. Sue Ann Noble was a devout Christian. She loved her Lord, her children, grandchildren, daughter-in-laws, son-in-law, and most of all her spouse of 52 years, Don Noble. 

Her life consisted of her family and her ministry. God used her in serving others for over 43 years teaching children’s ministry serving at: Neuville Baptist Church, Neuville, Texas; First Baptist Alamo, Rio Grande Valley, Texas; Park View Baptist, Plainview, Texas; Good Exchange Baptist, McLeod, Texas; Trinity Baptist, Nacogdoches, Texas, and; Spann’s Chapel Baptist, Center, Texas. Her joy and passion was teaching and leading children to Christ.

Every morning she enjoyed sitting in her favorite chair watching the birds and squirrels at her bird feeders and feeding her favorite dog, CoCo, Pupperoni dog snacks, all while reading through her emails from family and friends from the day before. She lived by the saying “tomorrow may never come.” She will be missed dearly by her family and friends and her memory will last forever in our hearts.

She is survived by:

Husband, Bro. Don Noble of Shelbyville

Jeffrey Wade Noble and wife Tyna of Springtown
Kelli Suzanne Noble Hernandez and husband Ed of Calgary, Canada
Joshua Donald Noble and wife Tamae of Zama, Japan

Walter Glenn Jauer IV of Los Angeles, California
Cody Wade Noble of Murphy
Seira Noble of Shelbyville
Emily Suzann Noble of Atsugi, Japan
Andrew Joshua Noble of Zama, Japan
Alex Eduardo Hernandez of Calgary, Canada

Sister, Patty Gunnels Eddins and husband Dub of Shelbyville

Sister-in-law, Lattie Hunter of San Augustine

Brother-in-law, Bill Noble and wife Linda of Center

Numerous other relatives; and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, R.E. “Mutt” Gunnels and Gay Nell Jones Gunnels; grandparents, Robert Gunnels and Alma Gunnels and Ira Lee Jones and Isabelle Waller Jones; and brother-in-law, Tommy Hunter.

Pallbearers will be Cody Noble, Andrew Noble, Shane Bridges, Daniel Holloway, Darell Williams, Ian Williams, Heath Hagler, and Aiden Hagler. Honorary pallbearer will be Skipper Hagler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Spann’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, 122 CR 1057, Center, Texas 75935. 

To any friends and family who are not able to attend the funeral service, a live broadcast will be hosted on the Eastern Star Baptist Church of Port Arthur, Texas Facebook page. You must like their page to view the service.

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