08/06/2019

Lillie Faye Williams, 89, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Watson and Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Williams was born October 24, 1929, in Gilmer, to Roscoe Rutledge and Gladys Young Rutledge. She and her husband owned and operated a shoe repair shop in Center for many years. Mrs. Williams was a member of First Baptist Church in Center, where she taught the Five Year Olds Sunday school class.

She is survived by:

Children:
Robbie Williams
Vicki Jackson and husband Glenn
Debra Williams

Grandchildren:
Christopher Williams
Melissa Crawford
Robert Jackson
Jason Jackson
Scott Emanis
Marc Emanis
Micah Weems
Laura Wilson
Jennifer Flynn

Great-grandchildren:
Madison Crawford
Dawson Williams
Hayleigh Jackson
Justin Jackson
Max Emanis
Delaney Emanis
Hunter Emanis
Dalton Emanis
Colby Wilson
Allison Wilson
Molly Flynn
Candace Weatherford

Great-great-grandchild, Skylar Weatherford

Brother, Terry Rutledge and wife Shirley

Daughter-in-law, Susan Williams

Daughter-in-law and special friend, Kelle Williams.

Preceded in death by her husband, R.F. Williams; daughter, Sharon Crawford; son, Mitchell Williams; great grandson, Wesley Weems; parents, Roscoe Rutledge and Gladys Young Rutledge; and brother, Arlon Rutledge.

Pallbearers will be Mark Ivey, Scott Emanis, Christopher Williams, Mark Emanis, Jason Jackson, and Dawson Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Jeans, Robert Allen, Max Emanis, and Colby Wilson.

Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Center, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 or Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, www.parkinson.org
Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

08/05/2019

Joyce Marie (Harkness) Ray, age 74, passed away peacefully in her sleep August 3, 2019 at Regent Care Center in Kingwood, TX following a lengthy battle with kidney failure and congestive heart failure. She was born February 3, 1945 in Center to Raleigh and Hazel (Williford) Harkness.

She was preceded in death by husbands Sam Ray in 2009 and George Laboyteaux in 2017, both of whom she tirelessly nursed through their own struggles with failing health. Joyce was also preceded in death by her mother Hazel in 1980, her father Raleigh in 1997, her step-father Fredrick Doyle in 1988, and her brother Bobby Harkness in 2014.

Joyce loved Center and throughout her teen years, she stayed at the home of her grandparents Homer and Daisy Williford in James community northeast of Center. She attended Center High School where she played clarinet in the school band. Joyce had many close friends from Center whom she remained in touch with throughout her life. She grew up around her many cousins and dearly loved them all. Joyce especially enjoyed the family reunions and homecomings and was one of the most faithful to attend each one throughout the years. She had a great sense of humor and everyone loved hearing her stories of growing up in the “piney woods”. 

Joyce loved being around her many friends, her brothers and sister, and particularly spending time with her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and everyone loved her holiday fixings, especially her signature chicken & dumplings. Joyce will be greatly missed by the many folks whose lives she touched.

Joyce is survived by:
Her sister: Gloria (Doyle) Lyons of Theodore, Alabama

Brother: Philip Doyle of Granbury

Daughters:
Wanda Miskell of Sulphur Springs
Terrie Pady of Porter

Sons:
Eddie Miskell of Montgomery
Michael Kolbe of Sulphur Springs
Ricky Smith of Crosby

Seven grandchildren: 
Leland Shirley of Longview
Natalie Verm of Porter
Ronnie Pady of Porter
Tiffany Miskell of Conroe
Brittany Earle of Sulphur Springs
Sam Kolbe of Sulphur Springs
Dalton Smith of Crosby

Four great-granddaughters: 
Hazel Verm of Porter
Scarlett Verm of Porter
Makayla Miskell of Conroe
Ashlyn Earle of Sulphur Springs

Many nephews, nieces and cousins. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Visitation will be held from 5:00PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, August 9, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral services will be held at Watson & Sons in Center on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 11:00AM, followed by graveside service at Antioch Cemetery.

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

08/05/2019

Roy Denver Byrd Sr., 70, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, August 5, 2019, in Center.

Mr. Byrd’s wishes were to be cremated and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Byrd was born March 15, 1949, in Joaquin, to Henry Byrd and Ruby Moore Byrd.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Chester Byrd and wife Katie of Nacogdoches
Roy Byrd Jr. of Joaquin
Viola Byrd of Joaquin
Casey Robison of Center
Teresa Chardt and husband Dean of Arkansas
Delisa Carroll and her husband of Center

12 grandchildren

2 great-grandchildren

Brothers and sister: 
Weldon Byrd of Gary
Lenard Wayne Byrd of Carthage
Mattie Lee of Gary

Special nephews and niece:
Dusten Byrd
Lucas “Booger” Byrd
Mason Byrd
Skylar Harvey.

Preceded in death by parents, Henry Byrd and Ruby Moore Byrd Billingsley and brother, William Byrd.

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

08/03/2019

Kendall McDonald, 75, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019, in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Tenaha with Bro. John Whitworth officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. McDonald was born October 1, 1943, in Brewton, Alabama, to Guy McDonald and Audrey Lovell McDon-ald. He worked as a superintendent on an offshore oil rig. Mr. McDonald attended First Baptist Church of Tenaha. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and living life.

He is survived by: 
His wife: Lisa McDonald of Tenaha 

His daughter: Kenda Faires and husband Randy of Nacogdoches

Sons: 
Keith Martin and wife Beverly of Tenaha
Billy Martin and wife Michelle of Austin

Grandchildren: 

David Kendall of Nacogdoches
Cody of Nacogdoches
Jacob of Nacogdoches
Logan Martin of Austin
Kelly Cooper and husband Jacob of Sardis
Brittany Mead and husband Ryan of Houston
Kaylen Martin of McPherson, Kansas
Krystal Swink and husband Aaron of Jacksonville

Great-grandchildren:
Lilia Martin
Jaycee Cooper
Lane Cooper

Stepson: Kenny Milam and wife Eryn of Deadwood

Stepdaughter: Christy Berry and husband Lekebra of Gary

Step-grandsons: 
Kallen Joe of Deadwood
Jeremiah Berry of Gary
Tristin Joe of Gary

Mother-in-law: June Swint.   

Preceded in death by his wife, Jan McDonald; parents, Guy McDonald and Audrey Lovell McDonald; sister, Kay and husband JR Hudson; and brother, Bob McDonald.

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

08/01/2019

Jerry Jackson, 76, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on July 30, 2019 in The Woodlands. He was born on February 28, 1943 in Center, Texas to WH Jackson, Jr. and Verna Mae English Jackson A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Tyler Salonius officiating. 

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Mangum Funeral Home.

Jerry grew up in Center and graduated from Center High School. While at a school function in Shelbyville, Jerry met Diane Lynch and a lifelong love was born. On April 8, 1963, the two were married in a simple ceremony by the Justice of the Peace and remained lovingly by one another’s side until his passing. Jerry spent over 40 years as a dedicated electrician for General Electric until his retirement. Shag, as his family and friends would refer to Jerry, was a kind and simple man who enjoyed the company of others. He liked spending time outdoors fishing and watching sports. More than anything, Jerry treasured his precious moments surrounded by family. His quick wit with things such as “Hello, don’t hang up” will resonate laughter among those who knew him for years to come. The many memories shared together will be dearly missed but never forgotten. 

Jerry is survived by:
Beloved wife: Marsha Diane Lynch Jackson

Daughters: 
Rene Cope and husband, Roger of Conroe, Texas
Shannon Salonius and husband, Richard of Port O’Conner, Texas

Brother:
Sammy Jackson and wife, Billy Jo of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Brooke Cope
Tyler Salonius
Tiffany Reed

Step-Grandchild: Kristen Murrilo

Great-Grandchildren:
Logan Reed
Preston Harris
Travis Harris 
Alexa Harris

Step-Grandchild: Aubrey Murrilo

He is preceded in death by his parents, WH Jackson, Jr. and Verna Mae Jackson; brothers, Earl Jackson and O’Neal Jackson.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth White, Nathan Lynch, Jimmy Jackson, Tyler Salonius, Douglas Jackson, Chuck Raymond and Wayne “Spud” Fausett.

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

07/31/2019

Christina L. Hill, 34 of Fort Worth, passed away July 24, 2019 at Woodridge Health of Grapevine, Texas.

Funeral service is at 2pm Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Center Triumph Church in Center. Interment at Westview Cemetery in Center with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:

Mother, Ruthie R. Hill of Ft. Worth

Sons:
Aaron Anthony Hill Smith of Ft. Worth
Christopher Alexander Prince of Ft. Worth

Fiance, Jonathan Roby of Goodman, MS

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

07/31/2019

Charles Lynn Edwards, 57 of Center, passed away Sunday morning, July 28, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Memorial service is at 1pm Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Carroll Chapel C.M.E. Church with Rev. Lamar Jackson officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Tammy Edwards of Odessa

Daughters:
Tamika Pride of Nacogdoches
Lamitra Rochelle Edwards of Odessa
Demitra Michelle Edwards of Odessa

Sons:
L.C. Edwards of Odessa
Charles Edwards, Jr. of Huntsville

Sisters:
Renna' Hubbard of Center
Renell Reed of Center
Faye Edwards of Center

Brothers:
Rex Edwards of Portland, Oregan
Lennon Edwards of Center

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.

07/30/2019

Jessica Creech, 38, of Carthage, Texas, passed this life July 26, 2019 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mary Smith and Rev. Andy Jenkins officiating. Burial followed in Adams Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation was Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jessica Lynne Creech was born March 10, 1981 in Shreveport, Louisiana to the marriage of Stanley Mark and Gloria June Lackey Creech.

Jessica was raised in Galloway and schooled in Carthage graduating with the class of 1999. She attended Panola College and Tyler Junior College. She was raised in the Galloway U.M.C. Jessica loved crafting, movies, and spending time with her children and family. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles Lackey and Quinton Creech, Sr. and Vesta Mae Creech.

Jessica is survived by:

Father, Stanley Creech and wife Shelly of Carthage

Mother, Gloria June Cubstead and husband Steve of Grapeland

Daughters:
Avery Clark of Lindale
Londyn Creech of Carthage

Grandmother, Wanda Lackey of Center

Sisters:
Susan Green of Crockett
Amanda Green of Grapeland

Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com

07/29/2019

Jim Bennett, 72, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Center.

Mr. Bennett was born February 20, 1947, in Texas, to Zeke Bennett and Dollie Bennett.  He worked as a national tour bus driver, having visited forty-nine states. He loved God, Texas, and his family; in that order. Mr. Bennett attended a local Pentecostal church.

He is survived by:

His son, Joseph Bennett and wife Bryn of San Diego, California

Granddaughter, Maisie Bennett of San Diego, California

Sister, Cheryl Ramirez and husband Roy of Houston, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Zeke Bennett and Dollie Bennett.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com.

07/29/2019

Martha Dianne Cothren, 73, of Tenaha, went home to be with our Lord Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Tenaha.

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at First Assembly of God in Timpson with Bro. Adams officiating.

Ms. Cothren was born January 29, 1946, in Orange, to John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Reeves.

She is survived by:

Her children:
Kelli Eaves and husband Douglas of Tenaha 
Mike Cothren of Houston

Grandchildren:
Johnathon Cothren of Tenaha
Katlyn Cothren of Houston
Amber Eaves of Tenaha

Great-grandson, Dakota Hurley Cothren of Carthage

Sister, Sandra Rowell of Tenaha

Niece and Nephews:
Sharla Holley and husband Roger of Tenaha
Jack Thompson and wife Lezlie of Mesa, Arizona
John Thompson of Tenaha

And her cat, Morris.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Reeves; brother, Bill Yeary; sister-in-law, Diane Yeary; and step sister, Jeannette Carter.

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

07/26/2019

Dorthey Elaine Blount Davis, 72, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mrs. Davis was born May 1, 1947, in Logansport, Louisiana, to William Alonzo Blount and Dorthey Christine McKnight Blount. She worked at Walmart and also drove a school bus for Joaquin ISD. Her hobbies included sewing, painting, and genealogy. 

She is survived by:

Her husband, Mike Davis of Joaquin

Daughters:
Tina Mazie and husband Myron of Joaquin
Rachel Everett and husband Bubba of Tenaha
Shannon Davis of Loveland, Colorado

Grandchildren:
Heaven Umbrell and husband Wesley
Whitney Witt and husband Trinity
Coby Davis
Dean Parker
Alisa Mazie
Skylar Herbison
Tesla Mazie
Trystan Herbison
Aiden Davis

Great-grandchildren:
Braylin Umbrell
Wrigley Umbrell
Kalen Umbrell

Sister, Julie Moton of Joaquin

Brother, Larmie Blount of Joaquin

And numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her son, Dane Parker; parents, William Alonzo Blount and Dorthey Christine McKnight Blount; and sisters, Carolyn Ruth Blount and Margaret Ann Blount; and niece Rachael Moton.

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

07/25/2019

Johnnie Kay Cassell, 95, of Center, Texas passed away on July 25, 2019 in Center, Texas. She was born on July 13, 1924 in Shelby County, Texas to Homer Kay and Ruby Bounds Kay. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6-8PM at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Johnnie was born and raised in the Huxley community in Shelby County, Texas. She attended Ballard School. Johnnie was a devoted wife, mother, and sister. She married the love of her life, Howell Cassell, at a young age, spending many years together until his passing. Johnnie enjoyed cooking, sewing clothes, and especially telling stories of old times. She loved the outdoors, whether it was spent fishing with the grandchildren, taking them to the lake, or playing some basketball. 

She is survived by:

Her son, Bobby Howell Cassell

Daughters:
Johnnie Howell Cook
Judy Marie Goings
Glenis Tom Carroll
Joy Lynn Redmon

Brother, Charles “Bill” D. Kay

Sisters:
Epsie Fernandez
Evelyn Kay Miley

12 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and 21 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Johnnie is preceded in death by her loving husband, Howell Cassell; son, Bobby Joe Cassell; grandchildren, Jason Eli Redmon, Kenneth Leon Carroll, Flint Goings, Penny Hughes, Ricky Leon Goings; great grandchildren, Austin Underbrink, Antonio Aguilar, Michael Powdrill; sisters, Elaine Glenn, Else “Happy” Clark, Bertha Lee Davidson; brother, Louis Kay.

Pallbearers serving will be James David Carroll, Robbey Dutton, Jamie Carroll, Jack Tyre, Cody Price, and Dusty Lout.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. 

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

07/25/2019

Shirley Lamerle Denby, 80, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on July 24, 2019 in Center, Texas. She was born on October 13, 1938 in Buna, Texas to Conway Latham and Vivian McGowan Latham. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 29, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 

Shirley was born and raised in Buna, Texas. She graduated Buna High School. Later, Shirley was living in Beaumont, Texas, working as a restaurant manager, when she met the love of her life, Jack Denby, whom she married and spent over 30 years with until her passing. She enjoyed cooking for her family. Shirley especially loved her fur babies, her two dogs. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall in Center, Texas.

She is survived by:

Her loving husband, Jack Denby

Sons:
Cregg Johnson
Quinn Johnson
Jerry Johnson
Bubba Johnson
David Denby

Daughter, Darlene Denby

Grandchildren:
Lauren Johnson
Kelly Johnson

Brothers:
Jimmy Latham
Buddy Latham and wife, Cecile

Sisters:
Betty Cooling
Ginger Wells and husband, Donnie

Brother-in-law, Bruce Denby and wife, Carolyn; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Conway Latham and Vivian McGowan Latham; sons, Jackie Wayne Denby, Steve Denby; father in law, C.R. Denby and wife, Versie; brother in laws, Weldon Denby and wife, Ruth, Cliff Denby Jr.; and sister in law, Beatrice Denby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mangum Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. 

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

07/25/2019

Marie Thompson, 96, of Tenaha passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 at Senior Care of Stallings Court in Nacogdoches. She was born on February 5, 1923 in Tenaha, Texas.

Visitation will be Friday, July 26, 2019 at Hicks Chapel at 12:00pm. An additional visitation will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Friendship Baptist Church from 10:00am-10:50am. Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Friendship Baptist Church at 11:00am in the Bo Bo Community with Rev. Chandler Pettis officiating. 

She is survived by:

Her nephew, Ethell Thompson of DeSoto, Texas and her niece, Morvita Branch of Dallas, Texas. 

Committal will be at Bo Bo Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

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

07/22/2019

Pauline Cartwright, 84 of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday morning, July 20, 2019 at Pine Grove Nursing Home, Center.

Funeral service is Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11am at Carroll Chapel C.M.E., Shelbyville. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Rev. Jamar Jackson officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Mae Lue Johnson of Center
Ruth Cartwright of Shelbyville
Jeannette (Elroy) Casey of Center
Jonnie (Bernard) McClelland of Shelbyville

Sons:
Billie Cartwright of Shelbyville
Jimmy Cartwright of Shelbyville
Lee Cartwright, Jr. of Killen
Ben (Lacey) Cartwright of Shelbyville

11 Grandchildren, 11 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great Great-Grandchild

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.

07/21/2019

Michael Craig “Burrhead” Jones, 59, of Huxley, Texas, passed away on July 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas after a long battle with cancer. He was born on February 18, 1960 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Darrell Jones and Garvis Childress Jones. Funeral services will be at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jeremy Blackburn, Bro. Larry Chandler and Bro. Rusty Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Craig was a graduate of Joaquin High School with the Class of 1978. He was a member of the Ram Football and Basketball teams. An overall outdoorsman, Craig was an avid hunter and fisherman. He especially loved to watch Ram football, softball and track. He also loved to watch his boys coach and did his own backstage coaching. Craig was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church.

Craig was a devoted family man. He worked many careers from oilfield to logging and even carpentry to provide for his family. He was a man of many talents. He could work on everything from equipment, appliances, plumbing to electrical and cows. He also had a love for music and could play both guitar and piano by ear, a gift that not many possess. 

Craig’s greatest joy were his children and grandchildren. He would often be found swinging in his porch swing as his grandchildren played around him. Drake, Landry, Judson, Bowen, Ellie and Jhett were the light of his world and he will be an irreplaceable presence in theirs. 

Craig is survived by:
Wife: Teresa Hendricks Jones of Shelbyville

Children:
Ashley Jones Balkcom and husband, Jason of Huxley
Jon Jones and wife, Kinsey of Timpson
Jared Jones and wife, Madison of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Landry and Bowen Balkcom
Judson and Jhett Jones
Ellie Jones 

Father: Darrell Jones of Joaquin

Brother:  Dean Jones and wife, Gina of Sulphur, Louisiana

Sister-in-Law: Linda Jansen and friend, David Griffin of Huxley

Special Nephew: Drake Jansen

Nieces:
Samantha Jones
Sarah Lavergne

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends

He is preceded in death by his mother, Garvis Jones; father-in-law and mother-in-law, L.E. “Sambo” and Ima Hendricks; uncle, Buddy Childress; and aunt, Dianne Lassiter.

Pallbearers will be George Andrews, Lynn Raymond, Larry O’Rear, Steve Lawrence, J.D. Cockrell, Mark Bohannon, Ronnie Adams and Skipper Hendricks.

Honorary pallbearers will be Craig Hendricks, Ron Hendricks, Luke Hendricks, Jeff Cater, Puncho Elliott and members of the JHS Class of 1978.

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

07/18/2019

Marie Anabelle Clark Humphries, 100, of Center passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Nacogdoches. She was born on April 19, 1919, in Huber Community in Shelby County, the daughter of Cossie Lee Clark and Cynthia Della “Ramsey” Clark. 

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at New Prospect Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the cemetery. 

“We lost our Aunt Marie yesterday evening at the age of 100 Years and a few weeks. Aunt Marie was born April 19, 1919 to Coss Clark and Della Ramsey Clark. She had eight brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. She graduated from Timpson High School in 1939.

Not long after graduation, she left East Texas and found the job she loved for so many years with Southwestern Bell. Aunt Marie was instrumental in finding jobs for the young East Texas men who came for a good job. She married Loy Jones, and they lived and worked in Houston for many years.

Aunt Marie never forgot her East Texas roots and made many trips to her home place. After retirement, they moved to the Clark home place and built them a new home. She continued to work for the phone company for a few more years.

Uncle Loy passed away, and Aunt Marie married Uncle James Humphries. They loved to travel and see the country. They fished in Alaska and caught a lot of delicious fish. Uncle James passed away after quite a few years of marriage. Aunt Marie has lived at Lake Side Village since then.

Aunt Marie is a unique lady who is loved by so many, she has always been available to help her family and friends when they needed it.

To her nieces and nephews, she was more than an aunt. She was also a loving sister to her 8 siblings.

To my sisters and me, she was more like a mother than an aunt. She was a fantastic cook who was patient and kind with three little girls.

When we had activities at school, she always drove from Houston to be there for us. All of her nieces and nephews could tell stories of how’s he helped them grow and shape their lives. After Aunt Marie and Uncle James married, she became the proud mother of Jay and the grandmother of his daughters. One of Aunt Marie's favorite activities was the Shelby County Singers and their gospel singing. She would also lead the great old songs.

We love Aunt Marie so much and can only imagine what a grand reunion day she, her family, and friends are having!

The family would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Kay Childress and the staff of Lakeside Village for taking such good care of our Aunt Marie.”

She is survived by:

Her step-son, Jay Humphries and wife, Mikki of San Antonio

Step-Granddaughters:
Sherry Humphries of San Antonio
Susie Humphries of San Antonio

Step-Great-Granddaughters: Ruby, Maudie, and Julia of San Antonio

Numerous nieces, nephews, close family friends Bill and Judy Stegall

And a host of other family and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Coss and Della Clark, two husbands and nine siblings.

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

07/18/2019

Peggy Jo Wood Lakey, age 82, of Center, Texas, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at Pine Grove Nursing, Center, Texas.  Peggy was born November 12, 1937 in Honey Grove, Texas to Henry Woodrow Wood and Valeta Gilbert Wood.

Peggy grew up in Honey Grove and graduated from Honey Grove High School in 1956. Some of her many accomplishments included being part of the Choral Club, member of FHA, was Social Chairman, Drum Major, and several other organizations. During her last semester of High School, Peggy married the love of her life, Bill Lakey, and they had 3 children, Elizabeth, Kimberley, and Philip. The family enjoyed a wonderful life together until his passing in 1996.

Peggy served as a medical laboratory technician until she retired from a lengthy career. She is of Baptist faith and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, playing dominoes, crossword puzzles, and bowling. Peggy was known as a caretaker to all that know her. She is known as Mimi to her grandchildren and treasured her moments spent with family and friends. 

Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Lakey, in 1996; her parents; one daughter, Elizabeth Wommack, two brothers, Jack Wood and Phil Wood; and one sister, Beverly Wrenn.

Survivors include:
Daughter and son-in-law: Kim and Steve Waters of Center, Texas

Son and daughter-in-law: Philip and Aimee Lakey of Buda, Texas

Eight grandchildren: 
Jennifer Mathews
Christopher Wesp
Michael Wesp
Kaitlyn Wommack
Mikayla Wommack
Phoebe Lakey

Great-grandchildren: 
Braiden Miller
Kendall Miller
Evelyn Wesp
Catherine Wesp
Atalee Wesp
Ryleigh Wesp

Numerous other relatives and friends

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Harrison Funeral Home in Naples, Texas with Bro. Keith Lauter officiating.  Interment will follow at Omaha Cemetery in Omaha, Texas.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Organization of choice. 

Online condolences may be offered at www.harrisonfuneralhome.com.

 

07/17/2019

Donald Edward Amos, 88 of Timpson Texas, met with his heavenly father on Sunday July 14, 2019. He was born in Houston Texas on July 10, 1931; moving to Timpson during his youth where he graduated from Timpson High School in 1950. Don married his high school sweetheart, Elaine Billingsley on June 25, 1950 and they had recently celebrated 69 years together as husband and wife.

Visitation services will be on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 5 pm to 7pm at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, TX. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11 am at Taylor Funeral Home. Interment will be on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, TX.

During this life on earth he accomplished many things and was a successful businessman in so many avenues. Many people have said they never knew one man to retire from so many different careers. After marriage, Don and Elaine began their journey in Pasadena, Texas. He was a skilled electrician and after years there, retired from Diamond Alkaline. They decided to move their family back to Timpson where he opened Amos Foods, the local grocery store. Don owned, managed, and would even make home deliveries of food to those unable to travel or shop for themselves. When he felt the grocery days were done, he opened and ran Ace Hardware, and he was definitely everyone's "helpful hardware man. "Moving on from this business he helped in the planning and arrival of a new business to his town, Avian Farms. He ran the hatchery in his hometown which created a multitude of job opportunities for the community.He was committed to the betterment of anything he was involved in. It was with this drive and commitment that he was honored to be the Mayor of Timpson.He loved his town and anyone that knew him was aware of that fact. 

He played an instrumental role in the beginning days of Woodland Christian Church. He served as an elder and his love for Jesus was evident and never doubted. On Sundays past, you could find him leading the song service with his deep bass voice while his devoted wife played the piano. 

During all his life adventures he kept a love for farming and working his cattle, John Deere and of course John Wayne.

He is survived by:

His wife, Elaine Amos

Children: 
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 Nacogdoches, Texas

His brother, Tom Amos and wife Betty

Sister in Law, Iris Amos

Brother in Law, Edgar Billingsley and wife Lou Nell all of Timpson, Texas

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

Great-Grandchildren:
William Harris
Lydia Harris
Micah Harris
River Harris

A multitude of Nephews and Nieces who he held dear to his heart. 

Don was proceeded in this earthly life by his parents, Virgil and Faye (Eaves) Amos; his namesake and beloved grandson, Don Travis Harris; and his elder brother John Amos.

Pallbearers include Stanley Amos, Stephen Amos, Tim Amos, Terry Amos, Mike Billingsley, Michael Johnson, Tommy Sparks, Larry Burns, Ryan Harris and Davis Pierce

The family would like to thank Garrison Nursing Home and Accolade Hospice for the care and support they have given to their Mom, with special thanks to Sara Moore and Amanda O’Steen. This brought such comfort to their Dad, knowing she was taken care of; also Ebony Wallace, Dr. Cengiz Satir, Dr. Pokala, Dr. Whitley and the numerous nurses and patient care techs who went above and beyond caring for their father while at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

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

07/16/2019

Gordon Sanford McDonald, 82, of Carthage, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, in Carthage.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. David Holder officiating.  Visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home one hour prior to service time.

Mr. McDonald was born May 18, 1937, in Shelby County, to Luther James McDonald and Cassie Corene Snyder McDonald.  He was the owner and operator of a machine shop.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, traveling, and playing dominoes.  Mr. McDonald was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by:

His wife, Patricia McDonald of Carthage

Son, Darren McDonald of Dallas

Grandchildren:
Katy McDonald of Austin
Eilish McDonald of Dallas

Brother and Sisters:
Howard McDonald of Houston
Gloria Jean Risinger of the Dunnigan Community of Shelby County
Belva Hoffman of Magnolia
Garvis Rayborn of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Alicia McDonald; parents, Luther James McDonald and Cassie Corene Snyder McDonald; brothers, Marlon McDonald and Nolan McDonald; and sister, Bronice Curtis.

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

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