Joyce Lynn Oates Flournoy, 79, of Shreveport, Louisiana, passed away on May 21, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was born on January 16, 1943, in the Dreka Community to Jessie Earl Oates and Vashti Ross Oates. Mrs. Flournoy was a life-long member of Dreka United Pentecostal Church.

Funeral service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Mangum Funeral Home with Rev. Kerry Green and Rev. Jeff McGee officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25, 2022, from 5-8 PM at Mangum Funeral Home.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Earl Oates and Vashti Ross Oates; and brother, Jimmy Earl Oates.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Guy Flournoy.

Daughters and sons-in-law:
Tammy Flournoy Rawls and husband Jeff of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kelly Flournoy Allen and husband Clifton of Shreveport, Louisiana
Jacy Flournoy Lightfoot and husband Derrick of Joaquin, Texas

Josh Rawls and wife Shelby of Shreveport, Louisiana
Cody Rawls and wife Katie of Haughton, Louisiana
Jordan Rawls of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kirby Allen Wendt and husband Joey of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kendall Allen of Stonewall, Louisiana
Lyndrey, Jansen, Taylen, Daygen, and Paxley Lightfoot of Joaquin, Texas

Brody Cross, Meredith Rawls and Penny Joyce Wendt

Brother and Sister-in-law, Larry Dale Oates and wife Kathy of Dreka, Texas

Judy Oates of Keatchie, Louisiana
Carolyn Flournoy of Tenaha, Texas
Sarah Lewis and husband John of Huntington, Texas
Rachel Brannon and husband Ronnie of Hallsville, Texas
Dorothy Flournoy of Longview, Texas

Brother-in-law, George Duke of Timpson, Texas

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

Mrs. Flournoy’s sons-in-laws, grandsons, and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Special thanks to Dr. Sally Ball and Dr. Tyler Lash of Willis-Knighton Health System and the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center.

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


Frances Fowler Fallin went home to Jesus on May 23, 2022 at age 94.

Frances was born to Odie and Maxie Harris Fowler on April 8, 1928 in the Sardis Community. As a child, she loved playing with paper dolls that she cut from clothing catalogs and dancing. Her love for singing and dancing was with her always if it only meant humming and tapping her toe.

Frances met her husband, C.E. Fallin, Jr. in 1948 in Center, Texas. They married in 1950 and went on to have four children, Don, Mary, David and Molly. They moved from Center to Tenaha in 1953 and remained there until she moved to Lumberton and Carthage due to her health in 2019.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Frances also loved praying, teaching the Bible, praying for truck drivers as she met them on the highways, sharing with multiple Women’s Bible Study groups, praying for anyone who asked her to pray and praying in that very spot – grocery store, Walmart, sidewalk, Championship ballgame – and witnessing to others about Jesus. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.

Frances joins her parents, her sister, Edith, her husband, CE, and a host of other friends and family in Heaven.

She is survived by:

Children and their families:
Don Fallin, Debbie, Kelly and Kent (Megan)
Mary Chance, Katy and Nathan (Cheyenne)
David Fallin, Karen, Avery (Max) Malone, Caleb (Kaylie), Kristen (Tyler) Klien, Kaitlyn Goeke, and Colton (Lee) Goeke
Molly Lemoine, Joseph (Emily), Jade (Jeremy) Cain, Jessica (Rick) Phillips

12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren

Niece, Colette (Casey) Metcalf

Multiple other nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.

As our cousin, Tommy Parker said…’what a beautiful lady, in every sense of those words’ …a very fitting tribute…a good and faithful servant who ran and finished the race set before her. Her grandson, Caleb, said, ‘People bring up C.E. and Frances’ name at least monthly in my day-to-day journey. They had a lasting impact on people’s hearts.’

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Tenaha with visitation one hour prior. A private family graveside service will follow.

We are very appreciative of the speakers, pallbearers, music, technology: Waylon and Carolyn Moore, Tommy Parker, Gloria Swindle, Katha Wyatt, Terry Bowlin, Robert Barton, David Fallin, Mike Edens, Chip Roberson, Kelly Fallin, Kent Fallin, Joseph Lemoine, Caleb Fallin, Nathan Chance, Rick Phillips, Seraphin Miranda, who all willing agreed to serve. A special thanks goes to Sharla Ware, her caregiver, and Bentley, her self-appointed guard dog, who would not leave her side when he was with her.  Our hearts have been comforted because of you!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to: Feed the Need Food Pantry at Panola College, in care of Panola College Foundation, 1109 West Panola, Carthage, TX  75633, Attn: Jessica Pace, or online.

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God can be found in Psalm 34.


Benjamin Franklin “Bo” Hill, 69 of Tenaha, died on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Hill was born to the late Douglas Hill and late Nola Smith, Hill in Center, Texas on April 2, 1953.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Bishop Datron Dock Sr, of the Community First Church in Houston, Texas, will be officiating. Visitation is from 1pm until 5pm on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Hicks Chapel in Center.

Benjamin Franklin Hill is survived by:

Son, Benjamin Steadman 

Valencia Jones of Tyler
Faye (Creon) Potier of Houston
Raquel Horton of Center

Charles Hill of Dallas
James Hill of Center
George Hill of Center

Patricia Carter of Houston
Horace Lee Hawkins of Martin, Texas

12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren

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

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.


Jasper M. Pettigrew, 46 of Center, died on Friday, May 13, 2022, at his local residence.Mr. Pettigrew was born to the late Willie B. Martin and late Flora Mae Pettigrew in Center, Texas on November 11, 1975.

Jasper is apart of the Center High School class of 1995.

Memorial service will be on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 5:00 PM at Hicks Chapel. Elder Faye Dell Allen of Strong Triumph Church will be officiating.

Jasper M. Pettigrew is survived by:

Ala Lee Cartwright of Nacogdoches
James Willie Cartwright of Lufkin

Johnnie Pettigrew of Center
Richard Martin and Thomas Martin

Ann Marie Pettigrew
Ervin (Ernestine) Pettigrew

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

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.


Robert Terrell “Bobcat” Bolton III, 32 passed May 11, 2022. He was born January 7, 1990 to his mother Lisa Rushing-Carpenter and Robert Bolton. He was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Center, Texas where later on he moved to Brownsboro, Texas with his fiancé (Gerneisha Barker) until the last day of his life.

A homecoming celebration is at 2pm Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas 75935 with Minister Michael Cloudy officiating.

Robert has five children that he loved very much and he strived for success each and everyday for them to be happy. Robert loved his grandmother Shirley Rushing and mother Lisa Carpenter to the fullness of his life.

Robert didn’t meet any strangers. Everyone was either a brother, sister, friend, or cousin to him. He made sure we all had plenty to eat as he came home every weekend to cook for the family. Robert had a smile that would brighten up your day and change your frown into a smile. Roberts legacy will live through all of us as time passes on as Robert leaves us as a family man, we will cherish his memories forever.

He is survived by:

Fiancé, Gerneisha Barker

Keylan Bolton of New Orleans, Louisiana
Kaiden Bolton of New Orleans, Louisiana
Dariuhn Jackson, Jr. of Malachi

Kamiya Lane of League City
Keziah Bolton of Malachi

Father, Robert Bolton

Mother and Step-father, Lisa and Eric Carpenter of Center

Shirley Rushing of Center
Brenda Nickerson of Center
Polley Lou Evans of Center

Grandfather, Milton Fields

Randal Rushing of Center
Terrance Rushing of Center
Terrance Dorsey of Dallas
Tyson Brown of Dallas
Alex Bolton of Farmington, New Mexico
Anthony Bolton of Andrews
Brennan Bolton of Hemphill
Bryce Bolton of Hemphill
Elijah Carpenter of Carthage

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


Mr. Kelton Jones, 22, of Center passed away May 14, 2022.

The Jones family is announcing with great sorrow of their son, brother, nephew, and grandson Kelton. Kelton transcended peacefully on May 14, 2022. Kelton was born on January 23, 2000, in Nacogdoches, Texas to Kelvin and Tina Jones.

Funeral service for Kelton will be on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Abundant Love Ministries located at 1426 Shelbyville Street in Center, Texas 75935. Rev. Sherman Graham will be officiating.  
Kelton was loved by many and will truly be missed. 

Mr. Kelton Jones is survived by:

Father: Kelvin Jones of Center 

Mother: Tina Jones of Ft. Worth

Sister: Sidney Arrington of Dallas

Grandmothers: Bobbie Ann Price of Mansfield and Ollie Mosby of Center, Texas

A host of other relatives

Visitation: On Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Committal: St John Cemetery (Africa Community)
Repass: Abundant Love Ministries 

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

Funeral services are under the direction of Hicks Mortuary and Heavenly Gates Funeral Home of Shreveport, Louisiana.


W. Leo Daniels, 83 of Garrison, passed away May 15, 2022 in Garrison, Texas. He was born June 23, 1938.

Funeral service is 2pm Saturday, May 21, 2022 at First Assembly of God in Timpson with Eulogist, Reverend Bryan Gates. Visitation is Friday, May 2022 from 4pm until 6pm. Interment is at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

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


Judy Gail Eddington, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday May 15th, 2022, in Center, Tx. surrounded by her loving family and caretakers. 

A Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 18th   at 10:00 AM, in the Mason Cemetery, Arp, TX. Longtime family friends, Bro. Don Stanaland and Bro. Shak Arrington will be officiating.  

Judy Hickman was born to Ollie Mae and Robert Dudley Hickman in Overton, Tx. on July 13th, 1948.  Judy attended Overton High School and Barrow Beauty School in Tyler, where she went on to become a licensed instructor before joining her mom, Ollie Mae, in their home beauty shop. Judy married the love of her life, Rudy Eddington, July 1st, 1967. They raised two wonderful children together.

Judy also spent many years as a library assistant in both the Arp and Shelbyville schools before retiring with her husband in 2007. 

Judy was a long-time member of both the Overton Missionary Baptist church and the Heritage Baptist Church in Center. She loved to play the piano at church and sing in the choir.  She was an outstanding cook. She loved to be outside feeding her animals and tending to her flowers.  She also loved family holidays and traditions, but most of all, she loved her family fiercely. She was a wonderful wife to her husband, and the best Mom/G-Ma to her kids, and grandkids. She was generous and kind to everyone she met, and she never met a stranger.  

Left to cherish her memory and carry her legacy are:
Her husband of 54 years, Rudy Eddington of Shelbyville

Her daughter and son-in-law, Tressa and Robert Barrera of Denton

Her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Mandy Eddington of Nacogdoches

Hannah and Sophia Barrera of Denton
Madison Eddington of Lufkin
Elexis Eddington of Timpson

Dylan Eddington of Nacogdoches

Two great-grandbabies 

She is also survived by
Her brother and sister-in-law, Dudley E. and Pam Hickman of Overton
Sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Chad Littlefield of Overton
Brother-in-law, Benny Eddington of Cumberland, Ok.
Sister-in-law, Geri Eddington of Cumberland, Ok.
Sister-in-law, Sue Eddington of Gladewater
Sister-in-law, Jeannie Eddington of New London
Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Jerry Watson of Clarksville, Tn.
Brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tim and Terri Eddington of Shreveport La.

A special nurse and friend that took such great care of her, Mallory Wright

Along with numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, cousins and many life-long friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Dudley and Ollie Mae Hickman, her brothers-in-law, Eddie and Jimmy Neil Eddington, and her nephews, Anthony, Robin, and Kevin Eddington.  

The family would like to thank all the nurses and caretakers at Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Heart to Heart Hospice for the wonderful kindness and care they provided to our beloved Judy over the past few years. 


Sharon Rena Thomas, 62, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2022, at Revival Tabernacle in Center with Bro. Dathan Triplett officiating. Interment will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Born October 27, 1959, in Shelbyville, Sharon is the daughter of Janie Mae Brooks and Buddy Harris. She was a member of Revival Tabernacle in Center.

She is survived by:

Husband, Robert Earl Thomas of Center

Daughter, Collette Swindle of Center

Khyle Daniels of Center
Taigan Williams of Center

Kelvin Ratcliff of Wells
Tracey Smith of Puyallup, Washington

Kelvin Ratcliff Jr. of Wells
DeAngelo Smith of Puyallup, Washington
Jasmyne Smith of Puyallup, Washington

Brothers and sisters:
Claudia Chumbley and Vanessa of Shelbyville
Vivian Cartwright and Clifton of Tenaha
Daphne Brooks of Tenaha
LaShun Booth and Joyce of Tampa, Florida
Bartholemew Booth and Linda of Nacogdoches
Ramona Booth of Houston
Jackie Booth and Ashley of Houston

Walter Thomas and Edith of Center
John A. Thomas of Texas City

Debra Kay Thomas of Longview
Cathy Thomas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Belinda Rellford of Mansfield, Louisiana

Host of nieces and nephews

Eliza Singleton of Shreveport, Louisiana
Ella Turner of Hobbs, New Mexico

J.C. Brooks of Shelbyville
Robert Moore of Center

Preceded in death by parents, Janie Mae Brooks and Buddy Harris; and grandmother, Mary Lee Brooks.

Pallbearers will be Ishmael Romero, Alex Thomas, Trey Weaver, Clifton Cartwright, Wayne Thompson, and Aaron Triplett. Honorary pallbearers will be Khyle Daniels, Claudia Chumbley, LaShun Booth, Bartholomew Booth, and Jackie Booth.

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


Sonya Gayle Ebarb, 61, of Carthage, Texas, passed away on Saturday morning, May 14, 2022, in Longview, Texas. She was born on December 8, 1960, in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Sonya graduated from Center High School with the class of 1979. She moved to Carthage in 1984, from Center and worked at Farmers State Bank until her retirement. Sonya married Curtis LeRoy Ebarb on April 8, 2017, at Still Waters Cowboy Church in Carthage where she was a member. She was preceded in death by her mother, Janis Youngblood Doggett and her daughter, April Michelle Parker.

She is survived by: 
Her father, Tommy Doggett of Center

Husband, Curtis Ebarb of Carthage

Son, Christopher “Joey” Parker of Carthage

Daughter-in-love, Alesia Shubert of Carthage

Father of her children, John Parker of Center

Christopher John Parker
Michaela LeAnne Parker
Ethan Lee Parker

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Matt Comer officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the funeral service. 

Pallbearers are Mark Harris, David Lungren, Richard Williams, John Parker, Danny Cranford, and Matthew O’Brien. Honorary pallbearers are Dean Ebarb and Brian Cumbi.

Memorials may be made to the Panola County Cancer Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 70, Carthage, Texas 75633.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Willie “Noon” Tyrone Adams, 41, unexpectedly transitioned from his earthly home on May 5, 2022 due to a long illness. He was born in 1981, the 27th day of February to Willie Roy Adams and Claudia Goodwin.

Funeral service is 2pm, Sunday, May 15, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha. Interment is at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.

Willie “Noon” was known for his enormous heart and his infectious personality. His friends describe him as being a person you could not help but to like. Willie “Noon” was a fixture for many years at Tenaha High School where he attended. He always brought life to the sporting events and city happenings. He was loved by so many. Those who knew Willie, even just a little, lost a shinning light in their lives.

He leaves to cherish his fond memories:

Father, Willie Roy Adams

Mother, Claudia Goodwin

Meoshe Goodwin (Michael)
Tashauana Smallwood

Nephew, DeAvain Smallwood

DeAshai Smallwood
Darnesha Goodwin
Myesha Glover

Joy Faye Goodwin
Ima Faye McClure
Berry Joe Cooks
Lula M. Cooks
Patsy Goodwin
Jacquline Rhodes Johnson
Falana Adams
Sharon Rhodes Ferguson
Anissa Adams
Karen Rhodes

Larry Goodwin
Ollie Adams
Rommie Goodwin

Godparents, Shawn Wilson and Sherrie Wilson

A host of other family members and special friend, Wilheima Pickron

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Beaula Fay Webster, 90, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Dale Gannon officiating.  Interment will be held at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born February 10, 1932, in the Antioch Community, Beaula is the daughter of Willie Lee Fairris and James Ora Garner. She went on to pursue a teaching career from which she retired. Her hobbies included quilting hundreds of quilts and painting. Beaula was a member of XYZ Extension Club and James Community Church of Christ.

She is survived by:
Her daughter, Susan Webster Deason and husband Loy Deason of Livingston

J. Ben Webster and wife Cynthia of Joaquin
Jeffrey Webster and wife Leisa of Center

Joshua Webster
Rachel Jones Babb
Joel Webster
Crystal Jones Wadyal
Audrey Parker
Holly Webster Groeling
Evan Jones
Davis Kline
Julia Reynolds

Numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Special friend, Weldon English of Center

Preceded in death by husband, Earnest “Shorty” Webster; parents, Willie Lee Fairris and James Ora Garner; and brother, James Garner.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Webster, Darrell Webster, Justin Webster, Tristan Groeling, Davis Kline, and Jonathan Webster.  Honorary pallbearer will be Evan Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123, www.cancer.org/donate.

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


Joann Johnson, 85 of Timpson, Texas, passed away on May 11, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on July 12, 1936, in Shelby County, Texas, to the late Wilburn and Lillian (Allison) Bailey. Services will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Corinth Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Sunday, May 15, 2022, from 2:00-3:00 pm at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

JoAnn was born on July 12, 1936, in Shelby County Texas, to Wilbern B. Bailey and Lillian Allison Bailey, the second of six children. At sixteen, she married the love of her life, Laverl Johnson, and that began a lifelong adventure together spanning 64 years; they were blessed with one daughter, Debbie. They were an Air Force family and JoAnn followed Laverl all over the world, until retirement in Tatum, Texas. He was her rock and her courage; she was his beautiful soulmate. JoAnn was always a homemaker – she was a wonderful cook, seamstress and gardener, always making a home wherever they lived. She always provided gracious support and comfort for all the family.

JoAnn knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she cherished time spent with her church family at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and Union Cross Missionary Baptist Church, always ready to give of her time and resources.

Once she was a Granny, and then Nini, she enjoyed her role as comfort-giver even more. Everyone wanted to be first for her famous head rubs and back rubs; it seemed as if her hands could go on forever.

JoAnn is survived by:

Daughter, Debbie and husband Ronnie Crump of Nacogdoches

Justin Crump and wife Barbara of Timpson
Julie Rice and husband David of Garrison

Great-grandchildren: Kirsten, Korben, Abigail, Madalyn, Chelsey, Mackenzie, Kylie and Kaleb

Siblings and their families:
Bobby and Iris Bailey
Marybeth and Doye Crump
Georgia Burns
Richard and Susie Bailey
Connie and Ronnie Morton

Plus numerous other friends and relatives.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Laverl Johnson, father Wilbern Bailey, and mother Lillian Bailey. She was a blessing to all who knew her and will be missed.

Pallbearers will be Justin Crump, Korben Crump, David Rice, Darron Crump, Patrick Bailey, Daniel Bailey, and honorary pallbearer Shane Crump and Nick Crump.

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.


Christopher Martinez Cleveland, 43 of Center, passed away Thursday, May 5 in Center TX. He was born December 28, 1978 to Margaret Harper and Gilbert Roberts.

Visitation will be Friday, May 13, 2022 at Community Funeral Home, Center, TX and Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:00pm at Abundant Love Ministries in Center TX with Minister Michael Cloudy to officiate, Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery, Center TX.

Christopher “Clyde” Cleveland was born and raised in Center, TX. He met no strangers and if you talked and listened to him long enough you would find yourself reeled in. A true definition of “Your Right Hand Man.” He enjoyed laughing and joking around with his numerous family members and friends.

Survived by:

Father: Anderson Polley Sr. of Center

Son: Mikelti Ratcliff of Center

La’Vontay Ratcliff of Cener
La’Kendrick Ratcliff of Center
Emmanuel Ratcliff of Center

Michael Cleveland of Center
Patrick Cleveland of Center
Tyrone Cleveland of Nacogdoches 

Sister; Sasha Johnson (Neddrick) of Dallas

LaKendra Barnes of Center
Shakeria Barnes of Center
ShaKemi Cleveland of Tyler
Kemi Cleveland of Center
Mukinsely Barnes of Center 
LaShyia Walker 
Kyandra Cleveland of Katy
Yasmin Johnson of Dallas
Zha’nya Johnson of Dallas
Shymone Ratcliff of Center

TyDarren Harper of Center
Ja’Darren Cartwright of San Augustine
Jerome Ratcliff of Center 
Neddrick Johnson Jr. of Dallas

Special Friend: Tonail Partner of Center

Proceeded in death by parents, Margaret Harper and Gilbert Roberts; sisters, Kemi Cleveland and Kamecia Cleveland; and brother, Marcus Cleveland.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Travis Wayne Patton Sr. 58 of Center passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Center Emergency Room.

Graveside Services will be Saturday 1:00 p.m. at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville TX with Reverend Howard Dean Patton Officiating. 

Repast will be at Pineywoods Outreach Center.

Survived by:

Daughter: Jessica Patton of Center

Son: Travis Patton Jr. of Center

Six Grandchildren.

Mother: Melba Jean Patton of Center

Leonard (Ruonne) Patton of Dallas
Rogar Patton of Mansfield, La
Frederick Patton of Center

Community Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


David Zane Melton, 50, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 4, 2022, in Lufkin, Texas. He was born on June 7, 1971, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Gaylon Wayne Melton and Zanna Oats.

His wishes to be cremated was honored by his family.

David was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated high school and went to work. David’s younger years he loved bike racing.  He was a car salesman for many years. He enjoyed working and meeting new people. He has a son, Colby, whom he loved immensely. David enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing with his little dog “Poppy”. He was an avid pool player. Loved to shoot pool throughout the years. He loved spending time with his family. David will be missed by family and friends.

Survived by his son, Colby Melton

Mother, Zanna Oats Melton

Sister, Gayle Lynn Stephens

A host of family and friends.

David is preceded in death by his father, Gaylon Wayne Melton.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.mangumfh.net" www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Jane LaJuan Anderson Smith, 79, of Center, Texas, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022 in Tyler, Texas. She was born December 14, 1942, in Shelby County, Texas to the late George W. Anderson and Carrie (Jones) Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny Lewis and Bro. Ray Boulter officiating. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County.

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

Jane was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Shelby County.  She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren in everything that they were a part of.

Jane is survived by 2 sons:
Allen Hogan and wife, Debra of Center
Jeff Hogan and wife Kassie of Centerville

Jennifer Youngblood and husband, Phillip
Megan Gunn and husband, Jon
Brittney Campbell and husband, K.C.
Kelly Weiler and husband Justin
Samantha Bailey and husband, Brad

Ryleigh & Whitley Youngblood
Maci Mince
Kortni Gunn
Lane Gunn
Beni Jo Campbell
Trenton and Tinley Weiler

Brother; Kenneth Anderson of Center

2 Sisters:
Sheila Hadley and husband, Charles of Paige, Texas
Sharon Boulter and husband, Ray of Longview, Texas

Sister-in-law, Sylvia Anderson of Normangee, Texas

She is preceded in death by her father, George W. Anderson, and her mother, Carrie Jones Anderson, husband, Hugh Coy Smith, brother, Lloyd Anderson, and sister-in-law, Joanne Anderson.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.mangumfh.net" www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Edith Lewis, age 87, of San Augustine County, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Colonial Pines Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Lewis was born December 26, 1934, in San Augustine County to parents Loucious J. Sanders and Zora Roberts Sanders. "Edith" was a lifelong area resident and retired following many years as a restaurant cook in the Broaddus/San Augustine area.

Her survivors include:

James Earl Bryan of San Augustine County
Roy Allen Bryan and his wife, Malinda of San Augustine County

Brother, Alvis Rudolph Sanders

Amanda Ann Cripe
Cheri Lynn Bryan

Three great-grandchildren

Three great-great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.L. and Zora Sanders; her husband, Harmon G. Lewis; a brother, Curtis Sanders; and sisters, Reba Sanders and Melva Jean Wagstaff.

Memorial services are being planned for later with inurnment at Macedonia Cemetery in Broaddus, Texas.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

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


Clifton Eugene Wilkinson, 71, of Center, Texas, passed away in Nacogdoches, Texas, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church – Center on Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m.  

Cliff was born in Center, Texas on July 14, 1950 to Bonnie and Milton Wilkinson. He lived in San Antonio, Texas, before moving back to Center as a teenager. He graduated from Center High School and attended Angelina College.

Cliff worked numerous jobs over the years, including as a fishing guide on Toledo Bend, as a wallpaper hanger, disaster relief, at Midwest Datacomm, and at Hawkeye Hunting Club. He enjoyed an adventurous childhood traveling around the world with his family. He made many memories while living in Guam and exploring the island.  He made many lifelong friends that he enjoyed keeping up and visiting with on a regular basis.  

Cliff was a great dad and his girls were the center of his world. He would do anything to make sure they were happy and taken care of. They will miss him greatly. Cliff enjoyed fishing with friends, listening to music, supporting Ducks Unlimited, target shooting, classic cars, cooking, joking around, fixing up houses, and raising cattle. He loved his German Shepherd dogs, and they were all great companions.

Cliff is survived by:

Wife of 47 years, Connie

Elizabeth Wilkinson
Julie Wilkinson

Nick Wilkinson
Tim Wilkinson
Wayne Wilkinson

Brother-in-law, Bill Mallory

Nieces and nephews:
Kim Wilkins
Thomas Wilkins
Eric Wilkins
Andrea Rodriguez
Sean Wright
Gavin Wright
Catherine Lane
Howell Mallory
Courtney Foster

Great-nephew, Shayne Wilkins

Numerous cousins, great-nephews and a great-niece, and a host of friends throughout the world.

He is proceeded in death by sister, Phyllis Arnelle Blackburn; brother George Wilkinson; sister-in-law Ginny Mallory Wright; brother-in-law Hunter “Bubba” Mallory; and his lifelong best friend, Charles Humphreys.

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


James A. Cartwright, 68 of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday morning, May 5, 2022 at Focused Care of Center, Texas.

Funeral service is 2pm Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas.

He is survived by:

Mother, Creola Cartwright of Shelbyville

Denise J. (David) Cartwright of Shelbyville
Annita (Vernell) Moody of Center

Charles (Ramonia) Shephard of Shelbyville
Iva Lee Cartwright of Shelbyville

Niece, Jadena Johnson Daniel of Center

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.