Penny Ann Folsom, 64, of Huxley, Texas, passed away on February 16, 2023, in Houston, Texas, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on July 15, 1958, in Martinez, California, to the late Paul Defrates and Margaret Cox Defrates.

Celebration of life will be held on March 4, 2023, at 11am at Mt Union Freewill Baptist Church, 7509 Camp Tonkawa Rd., Garrison, Texas, with Bro. Kenneth Rector and Bro. Ronnie Luman officiating.

Penny was born and raised in Martinez, California. She and her son, David, moved to Texas in 1982. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. Penny enjoyed sewing, spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking and bird watching. She enjoyed watching The Wizard of Oz, Disney movies and old black and white movies as well. She was known for her amazing cookies. Her contagious smile and nurturing kindness were things that made her who she was. Penny was a member of Mt. Union Freewill Baptist Church in Garrison.

She is survived by:

Son, David Rohrenback and wife Kenna

Daughter, Jenifer Williams and husband Gary “Sterlin”

Ex-husband, Gene Folsom

Special friend, John Wright

David Defrates
Paul Defrates

Sadie, Otto, Dyani Rohrenback
Hailley Williams Byrd
Tyler Williams
Austin Williams
Savana Williams
Gracie Dean

Dhalton Byrd
Aubrie Byrd
Tinsley Byrd

Numerous nieces, nephews

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

Penny is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Margaret Defrates; and daughter, Katie Folsom Dean.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Willis Leron Henson, 50 of Arlington, Texas. Willis was born May 7, 1972, to Willie Henson and Evelyn Jenkins Henson in Jasper, Texas. They named this blessed gift Willis Leron Henson.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023; at 1:00 PM. Service will be held at New Macedonia Baptist Church FM RD. 83 in Hemphill, Texas. Rev. Joe Gilbert will be officiating.

In total awe of the faithfulness of God in the giving of his best to use, his parents did their best to guide and protect this precious gift from God to the best of their parental ability. Ron, as he was affectionally called, attended church at an early age at Macedonia Baptist Church and was a current member of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. To know Ron would be to know of his gentle and kind nature. Ron was not only gifted to us as a precious form of love from God but was the epitome of the word itself. His kind heart gave him the ability to make friends, but most of all, he gave others a refuge in love through him when they had no one else. The love and life in Ron made him stand out among others. He was a shining light who had his own special way of adding life, laughter, and love, to any situation and any person he came across. Ron was vibrant, which is defined as full of energy and spirit; lively. Whether he was spending time with his family and friends, working on his old school car collection, watching sporting events in-person or on TV, decorating the yard (so the family could win Yard of the Month), coming home to East Texas and helping his dad with bushhogging (he would ride on the tractor with a smile) or even serving patients at the hospitals he worked, he did it all with grace and kindness.

Education was always important to his parents; therefore, he accepted and completed the challenge. He attended school at Hemphill ISD, graduating in 1990. While in school and even after graduation, he worked in the construction field with his dad, working side by side with his brother and uncles. He realized that he had a different calling, and so he decided to continue his education at Angelina College, earning his Associates of Science in Radiologic Technology and thus became a Radiology Technician. He was first employed at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas. It was here that he earned a certification in Computed Tomography. He was then employed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. His last place of employment of was Methodist Hospital in Mansfield, Texas, where he served as Lead Computed Tomography Technician. He received many prestigious awards, including Employee of the Month.

Love was shown throughout Ron’s life. In 1993, on Valentine’s Day, Cupid came and shot an arrow straight through to his heart. This arrow was not like your ordinary arrow; this arrow came in the form of a beautiful young lady named Catina. Ron and Catina dated for many years, and on November 7, 1998, in front of family and friends, love united them in holy matrimony. Together, they welcomed two beautiful children, who were the vibrant stars in Ron’s life, their daughter Alexia “Lexi” and their son Jordan “JoJo”. Ron was a family man and would go above and beyond to the moon and back, for his family. Ron’s legacy is filled with love of family, friends, and the beautiful things in life. He lived life on his own terms and by his own rules. We celebrate life in the same spirit by which he lived life… energetic, upbeat, lively. He taught us all how to live life, even amid obstacles. His life’s message to all was: Let nothing or no one keep you from living your best life. No matter how life makes you feel, get up and try it again.

On February 14, 2023, Ron hopped into his Heavenly Mustang, revved up the engine, and took his final ride to be with our Heavenly Father.

He left to carry on his dreams, legacy, and love:

Loving wife, Catina Henson

Daughter, Alexia Henson

Son, Jordan Henson

Mother and father, Willie Ray and Evelyn Henson

Tracie Davis
Reginald Henson Sr. (Michelle)
Stacie Henson

Loving in-laws who loved him like their own son, Greg and Hattie Horton

Loving and caring nieces and nephews (whom he loved like his own)

A host of family, friends, colleagues to whom he loved them and they loved him back.

Visitation is Friday, February 24, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Triumph the Church of God and Kingdom (908 Daniels Street Center, Texas 75935) and Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at New Macedonia Baptist Church FM RD. 83 Hemphill, Texas 75948.

Committal is at Macedonia Cemetery, Hemphill, Texas 75948.

Repass is at Macedonia Church.

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


Helen Louise Peterman, 88, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 17, 2023, in Center, Texas. She was born on December 14, 1934, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to the late Isac and Etta Jane (Harris) Quinn. 

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Monday, February 20, 2023, at 2pm with Rev. C.E. Hicks officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Monday, February 20, 2023, beginning at 1PM until service time at Mangum Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Lower Chireno Cemetery, Chireno, Texas.

Helen was born in Nacogdoches, Texas. She met the love of her life, Adrian Peterman, in the 90’s and the two were married on July 22, 1999. They spent over 22 years together as best friends, making lifelong memories. She was a devoted wife, sister, and friend. Helen enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her contagious smile will be missed by those that knew her. 

She is survived by:

Loving husband, Adrian Peterman

Lee “Shorty” Quinn
Jimmy Quinn

Sisters, Lou Marie Heath and husband Raymond

Numerous nieces and nephews

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

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Isac and Etta Quinn; brothers, Pastor Ike Quinn, Gerald Quinn; sisters, Johnnie Sue Cameron; Virginia Jamison, and Grace Stedham.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


David Gerald Bishop, 75, of Tyler, Texas, passed away on February 16, 2023, in Tyler, Texas, in the care of Hospice of East Texas after a long battle with cancer. He was born on November 7, 1947, in Ringgold, Louisiana, to Ray and Deryl Bishop of Castor, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 5-7pm at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2023, at 10am at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas.

David was a graduate of the Joaquin High School class of 1965. He served in the US Navy from October 22, 1971, serving in the western Pacific Ocean abroad USS McKean (DD 784) and USS Truxton (DLGN 35) near Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam.

He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic in Jacksonville, FL. Starting in March 2002, he worked as a parts manager and general parts manager for Deep South Equipment in Jackson, MS, New Orleans, LA before and after Katrina, briefly during Katrina in Shreveport, LA and lastly in Tyler, TX.

David had a great sense of humor he inherited from his father and an organized mind from his mother. He was ready to help anyone in need. He enjoyed archaeological digs in northern Florida and southern Georgia under the direction of university professors. He did quite a bit of study of the American Indian, especially those of the southeastern USA.

David was a member of the Central Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas.

David is survived by:

Sister, Susan and Neil Golden, Joaquin, Texas

Brother, Michael and Delois Bishop, Tyler, Texas

Jeremy Golden, Houston, Texas
Lee Bishop, Irving, Texas

Holly Bishop, Plano, Texas
Jennifer and Paul McCaddon, Plano, Texas
Michelle and Scott Moore, Granbury, Texas

In lieu of flowers family asks that you please consider making donations to Hospice of East Texas Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Ronald “Ronnie” Keith Kaper, 88, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, February 10, 2023, at his home in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 20, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Bro. Hollis Bass will officiate. Interment will follow at Old Home Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born May 12, 1934, in Galveston, Ronnie is the son of August Kaper, Jr. and Inez Skillman Kaper. 

Ronnie grew up in Galveston and proudly served his country in the Navy from 1957 to 1962, receiving several good conduct medals and achievement awards. Ronnie worked at Sterling Chemicals as a manager of plant operations until his retirement in 1989. It was at that time he was able to fulfill a dream that he shared with his wife Pauline to build a ranch called Kaper’s Acres raising cows and horses. Together they owned many acres in Joaquin which they used for working cattle, farming the land and growing hay for their cattle.

You could find Ronnie on his tractor and Pauline outside happily working together from sunrise to sunset mending fences, tending to cattle, bailing hay or farming.  In the home they built together they welcomed family and friends for many years. Ronnie was a member of Old Home Baptist Church in Shelby County.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Randy Kaper, and wife, Abbie
Scott Kaper
Pamela Cunningham
Georganne Palmer, and husband, James

Randle Kaper and Julie
Michelle Kinnan, and husband, Peter
Jason Kaper
Katrina Armstrong, and husband, Billy
Zack Kaper, and wife, Desserea
Michiel Lemaster
Richard Shafer
Jamie Trevino
Christopher Shafer

Caregiver/friend, Sheila Dixon

10 great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by wife, Pauline Kaper; sons, Timothy Kaper, George Allen Goodwin; daughter-in-law Sherry Kaper and his parents, August Kaper, Jr. and Inez Kaper.

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



Terry A. Steadman, 39 of Tenaha, departed this life on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. He was born December 2, 1982 to Terry Steadman and Jessica Glenn.

Funeral service is 1pm Sunday, February 19, 2023 at First Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas. Interment is at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas with Pastor Freeman Bryant officiating. Visitation will be held at 10am until 5pm on Saturday, February 18 at Community Chapel in Center, Texas.

Terry attended Tenaha ISD in Tenaha, Texas. Terry, aka "Fella," enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes, and spending time with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Alice Steadman, and Janie Glenn; grandfathers, Jessie Glenn and Gene Evans.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Terry Steadman
Jessica Glenn

Stephanie Glenn
Tnisha Steadman "Shy"
Terrance Steadman
Imari Horton

Jaylen Steadman
Jabralon Steadman
Maleaha Steadman
Deonte Jackson
Marshun Jenkins "Fat Mack"
Ki'Shaun Wilson

He also leaves to cherish his memories a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and friends. 

Special nephew, Alexavier Giles "Alex"

Special friends:
Len Giles
Kenny Dent "KD"
Pie Joe
Damion Reese "DThug"

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Sam Sanders, Jr., 58, departed this life on February 10, 2023 in Houston, Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He was born December 18, 1964 in Louisiana to the late Evera Sanders.

Funeral service is 10am Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Center Triumph Church, Center, Texas. Interment is at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating. Visitation will be held 10am until 5pm on Friday, February 17, at Community Chapel in Center.

He attended school at Center ISD but he left school at an early age to enter the workforce. Sam was a hard worker and he had worked in the Poultry Industry for many years. He had worked for both Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Food for years. Sam was a Truck Driver. It was said that Sam knew where every chicken farm was located in East Texas.

Sam was well known in his community for being willing to help others. He was blessed with a large and loving family.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Wife, Nakisha Sanders of Center

Dijon Sanders of Center
Kaden Dixon of Center
Mack Hamilton of Arlington

Travis (Tracey) Belin of Center
Vernon (Renoda) Washington of Houston
Joseph (Barbara) Belin of Houston
Cedric (Lisa) Redmon of Fredericksburg, Virginia
Tyrone Redmon of Whitehouse
Kenneth (Pamela) Redmon of Woodbridge, Virginia
Ronnie Williams of Nacogdoches
Tommy (Tabita) Williams of Center

Sharon (Otis) Ravenell of Dallas
Vickie (Tony) May of Spotsylvania, Virginia
Charlotte (Patrick) Robinson of Fredericksburg, Virginia
Jackie Haley of Nacogdoches
Sherry (Kyle) Hardy of Nacogdoches
Tammy (Stephen) Pickney of Lufkin

Sam was a devoted father, and avid fisherman. He enjoyed playing dominoes with family and friends. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He will be deeply missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Every Sanders; father, Cleveland Bobbie Redmon (CB); brother, Prentice Sanders; and sisters, Dorothy Horton and Polly McCollister Garrett.

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


Graveside services for Brandy Michele Stewart, 48, of Lufkin will be held Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in Gilbert Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Stan King officiating.

Mrs. Stewart was born April 2, 1974 in San Augustine, Texas to Nancy Jane (Coulter) and E.C. Kennon, and died Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at her residence.

She is survived by her husband, Jeff Stewart of Lufkin and numerous friends and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association, P.O. Box 676226, Dallas, Texas 75267.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Carroway Funeral Home.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


Linda Lee Wagstaff, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2023, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2023, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Oliver officiating.  Interment will follow at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born March 18, 1953, in Pineland, Linda is the daughter of Verna Smith Taylor and Bill Taylor. She enjoyed spending time with kids and grandkids and loved to travel. She is a member of Hawthorne Missionary Baptist Church in Shelby County.

She is survived by:

Husband, Roger Wagstaff of Shelbyville

Son, Justin Wagstaff, and wife, Scharla of Shelbyville

Daughter, Jada Jones, and husband, Jay of Shelbyville

Jake Wagstaff, and wife, Belinda of Shelbyville
Bryar Wagstaff of Shelbyville
Myla Wagstaff of Shelbyville
Cole Jones
Kelsey Jones
Kara Jones
Jayleigh Jones
Rhett Jones

Great-grandchild, Rex Wagstaff of Shelbyville

Joe Taylor, and wife, Jeanne of Shelbyville
Paul Taylor, and wife, Cathy of Shelbyville
Monte Taylor, and wife, Donna of Shelbyville

Johnny Hargrove of Shelbyville
Spud King of Center
Wallace Chance of San Augustine

Sister-in-law, Debbie Lansford, and husband, Mark of Lufkin

Preceded in death by parents, Verna Smith Taylor and Bill Taylor; brother, Tommy Taylor; and sisters, Billie King, Dean Chance, Connie Hargrove, Patsy Taylor, and Shirley Taylor.

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



Deborah (Debbie) Davis was born August 13, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Thomas J. Calamia, and Evelyn M. Calamia. She ended her earthly journey on February 13, 2023 in Central, Louisiana a suburb of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

She is survived by: 
Her husband of 55 years Charles R. Davis, Jr. They were married on July 14, 1967, in New Orleans. 

Deborah is also survived by: 
Evelyn Davis Fox
Dr. Rebecca Davis
Charles R. Davis, III

Thomas Huckaby (Erica)
Benjamin Huckaby
Katie Castille (Anthony)
Chloe Hixson
Noah Hixson

Grayson Castille
Hudson Castille
Harrison Huckaby

She is also survived by a sister Phyllis Lerma (Ben) of Atlanta, Texas and nieces and nephews.

Deborah was a devout Christian lady. She was at one time a Church bus captain, and Sunday School teacher. She was responsible for winning many souls to Christ. 

Her star will shine brightly in Heaven as a result of her efforts in that area of her life.

Debbie loved arts and crafts. She was once an art teacher and owner of the former “Timeless Treasures by Debenbec” art store in Harahan, Louisiana. She was also formerly a cosmetologist licensed in both Louisiana and Tennessee. Her passions in later life were crocheting, quilt making and collecting oriental vases and dishes. 
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

We would like to express our gratitude to Latasha Lee with Cardinal Hospice for outstanding care and compassion to our family. We will forever be grateful!

Our family asks that in lieu of flowers, you celebrate Deborah’s sense of charity by making a memorial contribution in her name to one of her favorite charities: The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank located at 10600 S. Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815. (225) 359-9940 www.brfoodbank.org.


Jerry Glenn Barlow, 66, of Center, Texas, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2023, in Center, Texas, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on June 1, 1956, in Center, Texas, to the late Jim Barlow and Johnny Hailey Bailey.

Graveside service will be held at Antioch Cemetery, San Augustine, on Monday, February 13, 2023, at 3PM. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 2PM on Monday, February 13, 2023, at Antioch Cemetery, San Augustine.

Jerry passed away at his home in Center, Texas, after a long illness. Jerry loved hunting, fishing and his game roosters and hens as long as it had to do with the outdoors. No one was going to mow his yard but himself because he enjoyed being on his mower for his piece of mind. Jerry met his wife Rhonda at a convenient store on e night that she had worked at. He was bound and determined he was going out with her. He went in the store and asked her for her name and her answer was “none of your damn business”! Well, that made him more determined. He won her over after a while. They met July 1978 and got married in June of 1979. They were married over 43 years. They had their ups and downs but stayed together through it all.

Jerry loved being around his grandchildren, watching them grow. Their little smiles can always put a smile on your heart. Jerry worked for W.H. and Dan Fussell at San Augustine Motor Company for 19 years before deciding to come to Center and work for Ray and Kevin Jones at Center Motor Company so he could be close to home to be with his mom as her health needed him. He worked for Center Motor Company for 23 years before retiring in 2021.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Rhonda Barlow

Son, Marc Leach

Lillian Williams
Clara Clary

Brother, Bobby Barlow

Sister-in-law, Mary Rushing

Jazlynn Babin and Travis Henkel
Victorian “Tori” and Jacob Jackson
Sidney Leach

Anna Henkel
Damon Henkel
Adley Jackson
Kaston Jackson
Levvie Jackson

Numerous nieces and nephews

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

Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Jim Barlow; mother, Johnny Hailey Bailey; stepfather, J.H. Bailey; sister, Estelle Caraway; brother in laws, Ray Williams and Franky Rushing.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Angela Michelle Clifton Amburn, 46, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, February 10, 2023, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 12, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2023, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born June 3, 1976, Angela is the daughter of Roger Dale Clifton Sr. and the late Belinda Garner Clifton. She loved her children, spending time with her family, and her dogs. Angela enjoyed going riding, and traveling around to see Andy and David. She was always chasing Shiloh around the country, supporting her during cheer, ballgames, and UIL. You could always find her at Sonic getting a route 44 water with lemon. She was a very loving mother, wife, and daughter. Anyone that knew her, remembered her. Angela could put a smile on anyone’s face. 

She is survived by: 
Her husband, Andy Amburn of Shelbyville

Son, David Amburn and wife Megan of Center

Daughter, Shiloh Amburn of Shelbyville

Father, Roger Clifton Sr. and wife Karen of Joaquin

Mother-in-law, Virginia Amburn of Huxley

Brother, Roger Dale Clifton Jr. of Amarillo

Preceded in death by mother, Belinda Garner Clifton; grandparents, Bonnie Garner, James Garner Sr., Marie Combs; and uncles, Raymond Garner and James Garner Jr.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Vaco, Robert Amburn, Raymond Amburn, Billy Jack Amburn, Brandon Garner, and Zack Runnels.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Garner, Sam Garner, and Tim Garner.

The family would like to thank Affinity Hospice, Christus Highland Hospital, Nacogdoches Medical Center ER in Center, Tri-County Employees, and Pam Faucett.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Quincy Simpson, 44 of Grand Cane, LA and Center, TX, passed away Monday, February 6, 2023 at his home in Center.

Funeral service is Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 1pm at Mary Evergreen Baptist Church, Grand Cane, LA. Visitation is from 1pm until 6pm at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home, Shreveport, Louisiana. Interment is at Old Zion Baptist Church, Grand Cane, Louisiana.

He is survived by:

Dad, Chester Simpson of Grand Cane, LA

Mom, Bertha Simpson of Stonewall, LA

Wife, Chiquita Simpson of Center

Aaulaygae Allen
EuoJonae Allen
Uuniga Allen
Cierra Taylor
Zae Drianna Simpson

Grandson, Ashir Vaughn

Sister, Francesca (Kevin) Fields

Services entrusted to Heavenly Gates Funeral Home, Shreveport, Louisiana.


Jackie Warren Eaves Jr., 68, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2023, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. E.J. Adams officiating.

Born October 3, 1954, in Center, Jackie is the son of Jackie Warren Eaves Sr. and Adell Conway Eaves.

He is survived by:

Sisters and brothers:
Debra Pratt of Center
Elaine Hicks and husband Donald of Tenaha
Tommy Eaves and wife Rebecca of Tenaha
Douglas Eaves and wife Kelli of Tenaha
Larry Joe Eaves and wife Delicia of Center
Angela Hurst and husband Ed of Tenaha
Becky Bridges and husband Willie of Tenaha
Brandy Kerr and husband Brian of Nacogdoches

A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents, Jackie Warren Eaves Sr. and Adell Conway Eaves; sister, Cynthia Ann Eaves; brother-in-law, Gaylon Pratt; and grandparents, Gene and Ollie Eaves and Tom and Reba Conway.

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


Funeral service for Ms. Clineccia Shawntelle Trotty (31) of Coppell, Texas will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023; at 11:00 AM. Service will be held at Mt. Zion CME Church 921 Martin Luther King Drive Center, Texas 75935. Rev. Richard E. Edwards will be officiating. 

Visitation will be Friday, February 10, 2023, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Mt. Zion CME Church 921 MLK Drive Center, Texas 75935. Committal will take place at Westview Cemetery. Repass will be at Mt. Zion CME Church 

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced. 

Clineecia was born May 16, 1991, in Center to Marketta Arnold-Edmond and Tommy Trotty. She completed her earthly assignment on January 30, 2023, at Medical City Center Dallas after a brief battle with leukemia. Clineecia attended Center High School and graduated in 2009 with honors.

She continued her education at Lamar University where she obtained both her bachelors and masters degree. She began her career in criminal justice at Minnie Rogers Juvenile Probation Center as a Juvenile Probation/Supervision Officer and was later promoted to the Juvenile Probation Officer position. After her time with Minnie Rogers, she began her career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a “Senior Officer.”

In 2016 Clineecia relocated to Dallas where she began her service as Legal Instrument Examiner for the Federal Government. Clineecia took pride in her work and was well respected by her colleagues. The determination and dedication to her continued success in her chosen field was not unnoticed. For those who knew her, we are not at all surprised and extremely proud of her accomplishments in the short amount of time she was gifted to this world.

The dedication to her success was only matched by the love she had for those important to her. There would never be a time an ear was not available to listen to or a shoulder available to cry on and other way she could do for those she loved. Clineecia will be dearly missed by all she’s encountered and touched throughout her time here.

Clineecia’s left so many to cherish her memory:
Mother, Marketta Arnold-Edmond (David)

Father, Tommy Trotty 

Frankie Arnold
Maxine Trotty

Markeiisha Alonzo (Marco)
Brandon Brinson (Teresa)
Janika Edwards
Latoya Love
Kristi Arnold
Noreka Brooks
Isaac Trotty
Tomesha Trotty
Eric Johnson
Eli Goodman

Jeffery Arnold
Joe Lewis Phelps

Eight nieces and seven nephews

Special cousin/friend, Jessica Watts (Justin)

Devoted friends, who are more like family, Sharri Diggles and Demetria Thacker

Best friend since childhood, Sharonica Roberts

Numerous cousins, friends, colleagues, and extended family.

Clineecia was preceded in death by both grandfathers, Jimmie Arnold and Ike Trotty

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935

Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net


James Ladson “Jimmy” Christian, 67, of Onalaska, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2023, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Son Windham officiating. 

Born August 14, 1955, in Houston, James is the son of Benjamin Theodore Christian Jr. and Joanne Beene Christian. Jimmy was a brain cancer survivor which in the end took his life. He lived a very full life and was very generous to a fault. He loved traveling and people. Quick witted like his dad, he could tell a colorful story. A favorite story was when his friend, Randy, visited him in Katy; Jimmy put a load of clothes to wash and used kitty litter instead of soap powder as both were nearby. He loved wearing his favorite hats. A Christian, he loved Jesus and kew where he was going.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Jennifer Brooke Windham and husband Jonathan of Center

Justin Wertz
Aaron Wertz

Nicholas Windham
Rhiannon Windham
Alexis Jade Wertz
Aryn Lynn Wertz
Aleeya Janae Wertz
Ava Mae Wertz

Mother, Joanne Beene Cunningham

Sister, Julianne Christian Bennett and husband Charles D. Bennett

Nephew, Donald Gene Jacobs Jr.

Niece, Amy Lee Everitt and husband Keith Everitt

Jade Audrie Billings
Victoria Hughes

Special friend, Randy Foregger and wife B.J.

Preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Theodore Christian Jr.; and brother, Kerry Preston Christian.

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


Mary Louise Morgan Stephenson, 84, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2023, in Timpson.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon. Bro. Dave Wood will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mary was born May 24, 1938, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

She is survived by:

Debra King Vick and husband Frank Vick of Silsbee
Thomas King of Timpson and his friend Cathy Woodard of Carthage
Angelia King Palmer and husband Timothy Palmer of Silsbee
Tammy King Mikesh of Timpson
Billy Dickerson and wife Lisa of Shreveport, Louisiana

50 grandchildren

54 great-grandchildren

20 great-great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews

Special friends, Danielle Grigsby and Hattie Cochran.

Preceded in death by husband, Donald Stephenson; mother and stepfather, Ida Green and Luther Green; father, W.D. “Johnny” Morgan; siblings, Peggy Allison and her husband Red, Jerry Green, Maxine Bradshaw; daughter-in-law, Melissa King; son-in-law, Martin Mikesh; and great grandson, Connor Mikesh.

Pallbearers will be David Lawhorn, Wade Angelo, Derek Hughes, Dustin King, George Booker, Ricky Wright, Bryan Mikesh, and Kebo Parker.

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


Linda Joyce Tyre Stroope, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, February 3, 2023, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2023, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born November 30, 1942, in Dallas, Linda is the daughter of James E. Tyre and Bessie Johnston Tyre.  She loved her family and was proud of the Tyre clan. Linda was always ready to tell a good story and boasted of them often. Family, friends, and neighbors knew she loved a good party and may have been “fashionably late,” but once she arrived, that’s when the fun started. Linda loved big and was good at everything she did. Whether it was horses, animals, the care of her home, or her beautiful flowers and yard (which she was famous for), Linda put her all in it. Linda was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Son, Ray Stroope Jr. and wife Beth of Shelbyville

Callie Cash and husband John of Shelbyville
Russell Stroope of Carthage

Lindsey Martinez and husband Abe of Waxahachie
Kacee Cash of Waxahachie
Kylie Cash of Shelbyville
Bradley Jamison of Shelbyville
Caleb Jamison of Shelbyville
Isabell Stroope of Carthage
Evlyn Stroope of Carthage

Great-great-grand, Kingston Martinez of Waxahachie

A host of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband, Ray Stroope Sr.; parents, James E. Tyre and Bessie Johnston Tyre; sister, Peggy Chote; brothers, James Tyre and Charles Tyre; sisters-in-law, Linda Jacque Tyre, Mary Tyre, and Carolyn Stroope; and brothers-in-law, Richard Chote and Tommy Stroope.

Pallbearers will be John Cash, Russell Stroope, Bradley Jamison, Caleb Jamison, Mark Green, and Kenneth Jordan.

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


Stacey Glenn McSwain, 56, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 2, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on April 9, 1966, in Center, Texas, to J.C. McSwain and Venorah Williams McSwain. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6-8PM at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 2pm with Bro. Son Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at 1374 CR 1286, Center, Texas.

Stacey was born and raised in Shelby County. He attended Center High School. He met the love of his life, Tammy Watson, through mutual friends. The two were married on November 8, 1985. They spent over 37 wonderful years together. They raised three wonderful children who were the light of his life. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Most precious time was spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Stacey was the owner of Stacey McSwain Logging. He followed in his dad’s footsteps to become a successful logger himself. 

One of the things he loved the most about logging was the fresh smell of pine resin in the early morning. His heart was huge, and it was filled with love, compassion, and a giving spirit. He had the biggest smile and the most unique laugh you will ever hear. He enjoyed sharing childhood stories with family and friends. Stacey enjoyed acquiring his gun collection, playing 42, and spending time with friends on the home front. Stacey spent time outdoors roping as a youngster, working cattle, and gathering at the pond with friends to just reminisce. He loved going on hunting trips and deep-sea fishing with his son Daniel and friends.

Stacey enjoyed dancing and listening to his favorite artist Elvis Presley. He never missed the opportunity to watch a good movies or TV show. Some of his favorites were The Lion King, 8 Seconds, Tombstone, and Yellowstone. The highlight of his years was putting on a firework show for New Year’s and the 4th of July for his family and friends. His four-legged friend “Matt” was his buddy. Stacey lived life to the fullest to the very end.  

He is survived by: 
His loving wife, Tammy McSwain

Machael McSwain Cranford and husband Jami
Daniel McSwain and wife Brittany
Nicole McSwain

Blaize McSwain
Zoey McSwain
Timber McSwain
Brigham McSwain
Kinley Cranford
Kash Cranford
Kelan McSwain
Kullen McSwain
Kami McSwain

Mother, Venorah McSwain

Cecilia Boles and husband Ken
Tonya Andrews and husband George

Brother, Roscoe McSwain and wife Natalie

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Stacey is preceded in death by his father, J. C. McSwain.

Pallbearers serving will be Nicholas Crocker, Michael Crocker, Cecil McSwain, Roscoe McSwain Jr., John Andrews, and Colton McSwain.

Honorary pallbearers serving will be David Nettles, Kevin Lynch, Ricky Lout, and A.L. Watts.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Marjorie Brittain Lundy, 98, passed away February 2, 2023. Marjorie was born December 2, 1924 in Shelby County, Texas to parents Franklin Hearn Brittain and Nettie Eddins Brittain.

She was raised in rural Shelby County with her 6 siblings and attended Stephen F. Austin College earning a degree in Art. Her art work continues to be a prized possession in the family. Marjorie was a dedicated elementary school teacher and had a lifelong love of learning and travel. She was married to Lee Lundy whom she met in college and was a loving mother to their 3 children and partner in their successful ranching operation. Marjorie was an active member of Austonio Baptist Church for over 65 years, serving as Sunday School teacher and church clerk many of those years. She was a long time member of the Eastern Star Organization and was active in 4H and any other organization her children participated in.

Marjorie is survived by:

Cherye and husband, Ronnie Hyde
Tommy Lundy and wife, Elizabeth
Angela and husband, Ralph Piper

Rachel Lundy and Cadmus Mazzerela
Amie and Ben Riverman
Leigh and Logan Price
James Lundy
Jessica and Casey Bennett
Hannah Hyde
Joshua Hyde
David Hyde
Zachary Hyde
Luke Piper
Travis Piper
Jacob Piper

Owen Riverman
Walker Riverman
Michael Bennett
Elizabeth Bennett

Many other beloved family

Marjorie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lee Lundy; parents, Hearn and Nettie Brittain; siblings, Herschell Brittain, Lamar Brittain, Hugh “Cotton” Brittain, Oneita Brittain Vaughn, Joe Brittain and Ben Brittain.

Funeral services for Marjorie Brittain Lundy will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 6, 2023 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel, Rev. Ottis Byers and Rev. Paul Knight officiating. Interment to follow in Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her 7 grandsons: Joshua, David and Zachary Hyde; James Lundy; Luke, Travis and Jacob Piper. The family will receive visitors 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Linda Shuffler, 4411 CR 3385, Lovelady, TX 75851.

Online condolences may be left at www.callawayallee.com.