Larry Labronze Hooper, 61 of Timpson, passed away Wednesday evening, June 19, 2019 at his residence.

Funeral service is 2pm Saturday, June 22, 2019 at First Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas. Wake is 7pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home on Friday, June 21st. Interment is at Timpson Cemetery, Timpson with Bishop Cedric Grace officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Rose Hooper of Timpson, TX

Alicia Chatman of Nacogdoches, TX
Anitrisha Williams of Timpson, TX

Rodney Gates of Carthage, TX
Tasha Roland of Nacogdoches, TX

17 Grandchildren

3 Great-Grandchildren

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.


Kenneth Duane Duncan, 58, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away Monday, June 17, 2019, in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born December 19, 1960, in Honolulu, Hawaii to the late Bobby Ross Duncan and Faye Duncan.  Funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Garrison Funeral Home, with Bro. Wayne Norvell officiating.  Interment will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.  

Visitation will be held Friday, June 21, 2019 from 10 AM until service time at Garrison Funeral Home, 886 US Hwy 59N, Garrison, Texas.

Kenneth grew up in Garrison and graduated from Garrison High School. To say he was an avid fisherman would be an understatement. If you were looking for him, the first place to go would be on the water. He was a member of The White Oak Bass Club, Gilmer Bass Club and Spring Hill Bass Club. Kenneth also enjoyed doing karaoke, playing 42, card games and playing Bingo at Nacogdoches Bingo Hall. Grandpa, as his beloved grandchildren referred to him, found no greater joy in any activity than when he spent time with family. His precious grandchildren were the lights of his life. He was a kind, caring and humble man. A devoted and loving husband, compassionate father and doting grandfather, Kenneth will be dearly missed, but the memories made will carry on in those he loved. 

He is survived by his loving wife Mindy Duncan; son, Brady Plunkett and wife Randi; daughter, Christina Duncan; brother, Ronnie Kelley and wife Toyya; sisters, Carolyn Watson, Linda Deason and husband Jerry, Elaine Box and husband James; grandparents, Lewis and Pearl Duncan; grandchildren, Collin Carroll, Jakob Duncan, Raynie Carroll, Rylee Stafford; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, Bobby Ross Duncan, Faye Duncan; stepmother, Ruth Duncan; and brother, Jimmy Kelley.

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

Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, is in charge of arrangements.



Mary E. McDaniel Boles, 97, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. David Long officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Boles was born December 8, 1921, in Center, to John Monroe McDaniel and Mittie Lawrence McDaniel. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family. Mrs. Boles was formerly a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Mary Beth Cassell of Center
John Boles and wife Nancy of Houston
Jim Boles and wife Glenda of Little Rock, Arkansas
Ken Boles and wife Cecilia of Center

Mike Cassell
Christy Leyshon
Matthew Boles
Anna Boles Lee
Emma Boles Whitehead
David Boles
Alana Boles
Mark Boles

16 great grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews; a host of family and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Billie Bruce Boles; infant daughter, Rita Carol Boles; parents, John Monroe McDaniel and Mittie Lawrence McDaniel; sister, Wincie Rudd; brothers, Bill McDaniel, Dale McDaniel, Rex McDaniel, and Pete McDaniel; son-in-law, Walter Van Cassell.

Pallbearers will be Ken Boles, Mike Cassell, John Boles, Justin Lee, Jim Boles, and Jeff Leyshon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry McDaniel, Matthew Boles, David Boles, Mark Boles, Carl Whitehead, Aaron Carey, Jeffrey McDaniel, Bobby Watson, and Mac Warren Lee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Barbara Ann Cheshire, 64, of Timpson Texas, passed away on June 19, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on August 29, 1954 in Center, Texas to Otis Earl Schoubroek and Cola Mae Davis Schoubroek. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. 

Barbara grew up in Center. She met Johnny N. Cheshire and the two were married on September 23, 1971. She loved the outdoors and spent a lot of her time hunting, fishing, working with her plants and riding around. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for them and she loved spending as much time as possible with them. Barbara was an easy going, fun-loving and humble woman that brought such joy to her family and friends. 

Barbara is survived by:
Her husband: 
Johnny N. Cheshire

James Cheshire
Johnny E. Cheshire and wife, Valerie
Nathan Cheshire

Daughter: Vicky Cuevas and husband, Manuel

Brother: Kenneth Schoubroek and wife, Wendy

Christine Schoubroek
Judy Shields and Leona Gonzalez

Johnathan Cheshire
Justin Cheshire
Ty Cheshire
Cheryl Armstrong
Paighton Cheshire
Brooklyn Cheshire
Macy Cheshire
Ashton Cheshire
Bryce Cheshire
Cassity Cheshire
Natalie Cheshire
Colton Cheshire
Chasity Cheshire
Gracelyn Cheshire
Madalyn Cheshire
Shawn Cheshire
Sydney Cheshire
Brently Cheshire
Reece McGraw

Tylie Cheshire
Kaylee Cheshire
Jasper Clark

She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers. 

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. 


Rowdy Hutchins, 57, of McComb, Mississippi, formerly of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Ohio.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will be held later in McComb, Mississippi. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at noon.

Mr. Hutchins was born March 23, 1962, in Pasadena, Texas, to Darrell Lee Hutchins and Sarah Wynell Wright Hutchins. 

Rowdy Hutchins was the oldest son of Darrell and Nell Hutchins. He grew up in Shelby County with his parents, brothers, Jinx and Scott, his beloved grandparents, Ma and DaDa, aunt and uncles, along with many loved cousins. 

He graduated from Joaquin High School, very involved in sports, but not so much in academics. Many memories he would share included stories with his cousins and friends as they congregated around Granny’s kitchen counter. 

He began his career in the oil field when Uncle Jake got him his first job with Reading & Bates working off shore. Daddy always told funny stories about working with Uncle Jake, Elbert and the rest of the crew. Later in his career he traveled all over the United States with his father, brothers, and friends working in refineries for various construction companies as a Pipe Fitter, later transitioning to a Project Manager. When this work was slow, he worked in the log woods where he made lifelong friends as well. 

Traveling away from home to make a living brought about some of the best and worst of times. As our father traveled, he developed a love for history, good food and spending time with his family. Some of our best memories were made on the road. As his family grew, Daddy always made time for his family. He loved us and we knew it. He always had a nickname for our cousins and friends and wanted to make everyone feel welcome, often being told how kindhearted and surprisingly calm he was for such a big man, named "Rowdy."

His love for traveling and new adventures continued up until his most recent days. He shared a life with his wife, Rose, and together they carried on the dream of living each day to the fullest. Always on new adventures as they visited the many historical national parks, unexpected sites of the road and good eatin' joints. 

Even though he unexpectedly moved on to his eternal life, we hold on to the fond memories and the love that we shared with him. He loved his family and friends and we know that we will see him again.

With all our love, your family.

He is survived by:

His wife: Rose Hutchins of McComb, Mississippi

Katie Martin and husband Mark
Jacob Hutchins and wife Dawn
Caroline Corbell and husband Jasper
Clay Cooper and wife Chasity
Chasity Brownell

Dawson Kay
Deakon Kay
Harlow Hutchins
Heist Martin
Ransom Martin
Maddox Cooper
Myles Cooper
Caden Brownell
Will Brownell

Brother: Jinx Hutchins and wife Cristi

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

Preceded in death by his parents, Darrell and Nell Hutchins, and his brother, Scott Hutchins.

Pallbearers will be Bo Hughes, Clay Cooper, Larry Denham, Mark Martin, Jasper Corbell, Freddy Johnson, Charlie Bush, and Bill Luster. Honorary pallbearers will be Rusty Lambert, Neil McFadden, and J.R. Anthony.

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


Brandon Lee Tenison, 18, of Garrison, Texas passed away on June 15, 2019. Born October 19, 2000. Brandon is the son of Kevin and Kendra (Driscoll) Tenison. Due to inclement weather this morning visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Garrison tonight from 6-8pm. All services for Tenison will be held at the church now. Funeral service will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2pm at First Baptist Church, 276 W Magnolia Ave., Garrison, Texas with Bro. Jack Brown officiating. Interment will follow in McKnight Cemetery, Cushing, Texas. 

Brandon grew up in Garrison and was a Senior at Garrison High School where he was full of Bulldog Pride. An avid football player, being under those Friday night lights and wearing #34 was one of his greatest passions. His love for the game was evident in every down he played. Brandon also really enjoyed spending time outdoors. Much of his spare time was spent hunting and fishing. Even though he was only 18, Brandon was a skilled welder. He had always been fond of tinkering with things and learning such a trade as welding allowed him to put skill and intrigue to work. 

Brandon had an energy that radiated onto others and would overflow any room with joy and laughter. He breathed life into his friends, family and those he barely even knew. Brandon had such a warm and welcoming personality that he never met a stranger. He was always selfless and ready to lend a helping hand whenever the occasion was to arise. His enthusiasm and light will shine long after he is gone in the innumerable memories that his family, friends and classmates will treasure for eternity. 

Brandon is survived by:

Parents, Kevin Tenison and wife Kendra of Garrison, Texas

Dillon Dewayne Tenison of Garrison
Dustin James Driscoll and wife Amy of Odessa

Nephew, Milo James Driscoll of Odessa

Joyce L. Tenison of Garrison, Texas
Ronda Taylor and husband James of Hobbs, New Mexico
Mike Driscoll and wife Cheri of Somerset, Kentucky
Dewayne Hough and wife Sharon of Timpson, Texas

Michael Bain of Oklahoma
Robert Lipke and wife Lindsey of Somerset, Kentucky
Joshua Taylor of Arizona

Chelsea Sims and husband Darryl of Center, Texas
Tammy Adams and husband Richard of Garrison, Texas
Charlotte Howard of Garrison, Texas
Donna Manning and husband Michael Williams of Jacksonville, Texas
Desiree Taylor of Arizona
Katherine Taylor of Arizona
Brandy Best and husband James of Henderson

Great-aunt, Laurie Caryl of Garrison

Special family friends:
Ricky Colle and wife Sissy of Garrison
Tommy Clark and wife Lisa of Garrison

Cousins: Clinton Newman, Kody Newman, Jason Newman, Ashley Sims, Keith Benson and wife Laura, Corey Knight, Davin Adams, Nicklaus Adams, Lany Adams, Emma Adams, Abby Adams, Kaydean Knight, Elijah Williams, Cailynn Williams, Gary Michael Steiner, Anthony Steiner, Gage Sims, Kiylee Sims, Lexi Lipke, Kaeli Parker, Paisley Best

Other extended family members that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Fred Tenison; brother, Joshua Eugene Tenison; and aunt Joyce Ann Tenison.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.garrisonfh.net. Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, is in charge of arrangements.


Jerry Matlock, 74, passed away June 15, 2019 in Mt. Enterprise. He was born July 17th, 1944 in Mt. Enterprise to Ralph and Mattie B. Nettles Matlock.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10am at the Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel in Cushing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mattie Matlock; brothers Thomas Matlock, Harrison Matlock, Billy Matlock, Terry Matlock and Troy Matlock; and sister Betty Sallee.

He is survived by:

Wife, Charlcye Matlock of Mt. Enterprise

Daughter, LaNae Risinger (Johnny) of Mt. Enterprise

Brother, Gary Lynn Matlock of Mt. Enterprise

Sister, Rita Hughes (Richard) of Center

Farrah Rios (Luis) of Lufkin
Skye Risinger of Mt. Enterprise

Great-grandchild, Zayden Rios of Lufkin

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to Old Prospect School House Restoration Fund, 1056 CR 3198 E. Mt. Enterprise, Texas 75681.

Services are under the direction of Dickie Allen Funeral Home, 989 7th St., P.O. Box 305, Cushing, TX 75760.


Joy Lynn (Eldredge) Parks, 78, of Timpson, Texas entered into eternal life on June 14, 2019 in Timpson, Shelby County, Texas.  Born February 20, 1941, in Oklahoma, Joy is the daughter of the late Howard and Myrtle Eldredge. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 12PM – 1:30PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas. Graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 2PM at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Pastor Charleston Johnson officiating.

Joy Lynn Parks was a house-wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She loved using her time to work outside keeping her yard spotless and beautiful, as well as helping raise her grandchildren.  

She leaves to cherish her memories: 
A son: Curtis Parks

Michelle Parks Cartwright (Christopher)
Johnny Parks Jr. (Nicole)
Shannon Parks
Shane Parks (Amber)
Portia Young
Allen Parks
Priscilla Sparks (Johnny)

16 great-grandchildren

2 great-great-grandchildren. 

Also leaving to cherish her memories are:
Dorthy Dorsey
Margel Pounders

Brother: Lee Eldredge.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Allen Curtis Parks; daughter, Donna Parks Bailey; and son, Johnie Parks.

Pallbearers serving are Terry Eaden, Abel Rodriguez, Kemani Stewart, Marquies Bussey, Tommy Braxton, and James Tutt Jr..

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.


Sharon Vaneta Odom, 59, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on June 11, 2019 in Joaquin. She was born on February 1, 1960 in Center to Mack Gene Odom and Maidland Vaneta Phelps Odom. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Sharon grew up in Logansport, Louisiana and graduated form Logansport High School in 1978. Sharon had a passion for traveling and vacationing to new places. She also enjoyed doing arts and crafts, especially using driftwood to make unique creations. More than anything, Sharon loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. Those precious moments spent in conversation and laughter were what she treasured most. 

Sharon is survived by:
Her son: John Eric Head

Brother: Jason Odom

Gilma Odom
Maxie Odom
Laura Odom

Eric Alan Head
John Cameron Head
Ashleigh Jade Head. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Maidland Odom; brother, Mitchell Grant Odom; and sister, Teresa Rene Odom Yarborough. 

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


Funeral services for Mr. Newton Tomlin, 71, of Liberty City will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with Reverend Dudley Plaisance and Mrs. Debby Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Danville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Mr. Tomlin passed away on Tuesday, June 11, at his home in Liberty City.

Newton was born on September 5, 1947 in Center, Texas. He was the son of the late Dewey and Edna Tomlin. Newton was a member of the Pirtle Methodist Church. He retired from The Made-Rite Company, where he worked for 35 years. Newton enjoyed the outdoors, loved camping, fishing and bowling. He had been a very active supporter of the Sabine Schools and especially enjoyed working with the Band Boosters. Newton will be remembered for his great work ethic, always ready and willing to help everyone. 

Mr. Tomlin is survived by:

Wife of 50 years, Judy Tomlin of Liberty City

Son, Scott Tomlin and his fiancée Haylea Dunn of San Antonio

Tim Craven of the Philippines
Jay Bruner of Longview

Angela Tomlin of Abilene
Suzanne Mackowiak of Austin
Farrar Ellis of Royce City
Jessica Main of Longview

Cousin, Melvin Tomlin and wife Margie of Center

Sister-in-law, Ann Tomlin

Fur baby, Max and other family members and many friends.

Newton was preceded in death by his parents Dewey and Edna; sister, Betty Craven; brothers, Jarrell and John Tomlin.

The family ask that memorials be made to Pirtle Methodist Church, 11278 CR 173, Overton, Texas 75684

Please leave online condolences at www.raderfuneralhome.com


Billy Dale “Pepa” Davis, 64, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, in Joaquin.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Haslam Baptist Church in Haslam with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Davis was born November 14, 1954, in Coushatta, Louisiana, to Nancy Tingle and Truman Davis.  He served in the United States Army and later went on to work in refinery management.  Mr. Davis was a present member of Gary Masonic Lodge #1101 and a Past Worshipful Master at Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856. He was also a member of Haslam Baptist Church.  Mr. Davis loved fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by:
His wife of thirty-nine years, Jeannie Davis of Joaquin

Phillip Smith and wife Tammy
Chris Martin and husband Tommy
Julie Bass and husband Michael

Chase Martin
Dru Smith
Will Smith
Julianna Martin
Lila Smith
Emma Martin
JJ Bass
Caly Smith
Tate Bass

Kenzie Martin
Jaxon Martin

One great-granddaughter due in October.

Preceded in death by parents, Nancy Tingle and Truman Davis; and brother, Robert Michael Davis.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Haslam Baptist Church Mission Fund.

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


Joyce “Nanny” Norton, 64, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Fort Worth.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Dunnigan Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Wes Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Dunnigan Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Norton was born September 9, 1954, in Denver, Colorado, to Calvin Barton and Jo Evelyn Franklin Barton.  She was a beauty shop operator for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed reading.  Her favorite moments were those spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Mrs. Norton was a member of Dunnigan Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by:
Her husband of forty-seven years: Lamar Norton of Shelbyville

Sons and daughters-in-law: 
Clint and Jennifer Norton of Shelbyville
Chad and Angie Norton of Shelbyville 

Colton Norton
Caleb Norton
Chet Norton
Audrey Norton
Tyler Windham
Dawson Windham

Brother: Larry Barton

Sister: Sue Battles

Special friends: 
Marla Denby
Dusty and Nicole Robinson
Amos and Gus

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Calvin Barton and Jo Evelyn Franklin Barton; in-laws, A.P. and Bessie Norton; brother, Steve Barton; brothers-in-law, Larry Norton and Spencer Battles.

Pallbearers will be Colton Norton, Caleb Norton, Chet Norton, Tyler Windham, and Dawson Windham.  Honorary pallbearers will be Audrey Norton, Dusty Robinson, Andrew Norton, Kevin Moore, and J.T. Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Dunnigan Cemetery Fund, c/o Lamar Smith, 1936 FM 2261, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

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


Martha Ann Smith McDonald, 80, of Houston, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Houston.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Larry Maddox officiating. Interment will follow at Patroon Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Martha was born August 15, 1938, the only child of Ruby Cain Smith and Herman Smith.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Martha is survived by her two sons, Merlin Erex McDonald and wife Patricia of Woodward, Oklahoma and Joe Mark McDonald and wife Katrina of Petersburg, Virginia; granddaughter, Lauren McDonald of Riesel, Texas and grandson, Marlon McDonald and wife Becca of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Martha graduated Shelbyville High School in 1956. She was class secretary, historian, and class president. She was active in the school paper, student council, band, as well as class Salutatorian.
She married her high school sweetheart, Marlon Erex McDonald, on May 18, 1956.

Martha had a short career with Southwestern Bell.  It didn’t take her long to know that she did not want to work and leave her boys in someone else’s care.  She began watching children in her home.  Soon, she saw the future in the child care industry. She purchased property and began operating Little Folks Day Care in May 1971.  She was instrumental in helping create guidelines and legislation for the child care industry.  Her strong personality, wit, kindness, and unconditional love was a blessing to all who entered Little Folks.  She not only provided quality care for the children, she also nurtured relationships with parents and employees through the years. She was an exemplary example to all who knew her of the true meaning of unconditional love.

Martha will be greatly missed by many relatives and friends, as well as the children she so dearly loved.

Pallbearers will be Gilbert Barrios, Jimmy Jackson, Chris Barrios, Brandon Barrios, Sam Cain, Jack Cain, Wayne Warren, and Tommy Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Barrios, Robert Cain, and Jerry Cain.

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


Peacefully, Joan Spradley Rhodes left this earthly life for a better and more beautiful one with her Heavenly Father. Mrs. Rhodes was born in Logansport, Louisiana, on November 1, 1939 to Joe Marvin Spradley and Frankie Bea Powell. She departed this life on Saturday morning, June 8, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She attended Logansport and Carthage schools, graduating with the class of 1957. Mrs. Rhodes was a graduate of Panola College, where she was elected Miss PJC in 1958-59. She then graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Rhodes taught fourth grade in Angleton ISD, before moving back to East Texas, where she taught in the Timpson ISD for thirty-seven years, retiring in 2000. In 1960, she married James Earl Rhodes and together they had one daughter, Anita Joyce “Joy” Rhodes. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and grandparents. 

Mrs. Rhodes is survived by: 
Daughter: Joy Rhodes, of Nacogdoches

Brother: Bob Spradley and sister-in-law, Barbara of Whitehouse

Sister-in-law: Sara Nell Rhodes Raines and brother-in-law, John Henry Raines, Jr., of Timpson

Mrs. Rhodes leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews. She is also survived by the many students who came through her classroom and her fur baby and companion, Roxi. 

Her greatest love was family. Memorial donations may be made to Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery or Timpson Volunteer Ambulance or Fire. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson with Bro. Dee Daniel officiating. Interment will follow in the Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM prior to the service on Monday.

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


Kirksey Dock, Sr., 77 of Tyler, passed away Wednesday evening, June 5, 2019 at his residence.

Funeral service is 1pm Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Triumph Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Wake is 6pm to 7pm at Community Funeral Home on Saturday, June 8th. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Mary Bolton Haley of Mansfield, LA
Linda Dock of Center
Betty Gardner of Center
Brenda Wilson of Tyler
Tonya Valasquez of Houston

Kirksey Dock, Jr. of Center
James Douglas Dock of Logansport, LA.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.


Minnie Sudie Lovejoy, 103, of Center, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Lovejoy was born February 13, 1916, in San Augustine, to Robert Stephenson and Maude Richards Stephenson.  

She is survived by her sons, Alan Lovejoy of Center, Paul Lovejoy of Center, and Mike Lovejoy and wife Gerrie of Fairfield; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; sisters, Blanche Haley of Center and Faye Elder of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Maurice Lovejoy; parents, Robert Stephenson and Maude Richards Stephenson, and ten brothers and sisters.

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


Rickie Paul Jernigan, 70, of Bellaire, TX went to be with the Lord on June 6, 2019 in Houston, TX after a brief struggle with cancer. Rickie was born on December 26, 1948 in Center, TX, where he spent much of his life.

At a young age, he was industrious and had a penchant for working odd jobs to help support the family. This hard-working ethic continued into adulthood, where he had a bivocational career of auto mechanic and K9 police officer. Not only was he gifted at repairing a Volkswagen and building recreational vehicles from top to bottom at his shop Rick’s Foreign Auto Repair with a tagline of “Bug me with your Beetle,” but he had a special skillset at communicating and effectively training dogs. Life was not all work and play for Rickie, as he was notorious for playing the perfect prank on any poor unsuspecting soul. A person had to wake up very early in the morning to fool him, even in the twilight of his life, he remained sharp and vigilant.  

Rickie was preceded in death by grandparents Lillie Bell and Fern Jernigan, Georgie and Flint Adams and aunt and uncle Emily and Elbert Hughes. He was also preceded in death by his parents Miriam and Paul Jernigan and brother Fern Jernigan.

He is survived by:
Shina and Woodie Jernigan
Reba and Harry Powers
Rebecca and Mike Towns

Sister-in-law: Vivian Jernigan Ford

He is survived by nieces and nephews:
Micky Ray
Misty Ray
Lucas Powers
Liza Powers
Liberty Powers
Lydia Powers
Thomas Jernigan
Todd Jernigan
Melissa Marcantel
Melinda Sims

He is also survived by his life-long best friend Bo Griffin  

A memorial will be held at Antioch Community Center on June 29th, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm. He will have a graveside marker placed at Mount Pleasant in Center, TX later. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rickie’s honor at the Dog’s For Law Enforcement Program at  https://dogsforlawenforcement.org/index.php/donate-page/.


Verlon Ray Hooper, 85, of Center, Texas passed away on June 4, 2019 in Center. He was born on January 5, 1934 in Shelby County to Carter G. Hooper and Vernice L. Gipson Hooper.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. A private interment will follow due to possible inclement weather.

Verlon grew up in the Aiken Community in Shelby County. He married Thelma Andrews Hooper in 1953 and spent a love filled 65 years together. Later, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the 34th Armor/ 4th Infantry Division from 1957 to 1959. No stranger to hard work, Verlon owned and operated his own wrecker service in Shelby County for almost 35 years serving the community with pride and dedication. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time fishing, gardening, visiting with friends and relatives and attending church at Old Salem Missionary Baptist where he was a member. Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife and children.

Verlon is survived by:

Wife, Thelma Hooper

Daughter, Jana Hooper of Shreveport, LA

David Hooper of Center, TX
Jerald “Jerry” Hooper and his wife, Beth Mazer of Greensboro, NC

Sister, Vivian Luman

Grandchildren: Kayden, Katie and Gracie Hooper of Greensboro, NC

As well as many well-loved nephews, nieces and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Vernice Hooper; brother, Travis O. Hooper; and sisters, Essie Lee Soape and Dessie Knight.

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.


Monica Jones Chandler, 57, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at noon.

Mrs. Chandler was born February 23, 1962, in Shelby County, to Bobby Bruce Jones and Thelma Kay Lewis Jones. She loved fishing and spoiling her grandbaby.

She is survived by:

Husband, Randy Chandler of Center

Randi Kay Faulkenbery and husband Josiah of Center
Brody Chandler of Center

Grandson, Wyatt Faulkenbery of Center

Mother, Thelma Kay Connell of Georgia

Sisters and brother, Donna Jones of Center, Terry Beard and husband Kerry of Garrison, and Bruce Jones and wife Claudann of Center

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:
Ricky and Leisha Chandler of Joaquin
Ronald Chandler of Center
Relissa Bailey and husband Shane of Nacogdoches
Rhonda McMannus and husband Robert
Rachelle Chandler of Nacogdoches

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

Preceded in death by her father, Bobby Bruce Jones and sister, Sandi Jones.

Pallbearers will be Josiah Faulkenbery, Robert McMannus, Ronnie Mills, Ronnie Davis, Bo Chandler, and Kerry Beard.  Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Bailey and James Hagler.

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


Mr. Timothy Dennis Heffernan, age 71, died Sunday, June 2, 2019, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston following a lengthy illness.

Known to family and friends as Tim, he is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Margaret “Meg” Ihlo Heffernan and four adult children: Jennifer Blackburn (Andy); Carrie Lamb (Scott); Catherine Mallory; and Howell Mallory (Becky).

Lovingly known as PawPaw, Tim is survived by:
Twelve grandchildren:
Clinton Blackburn (Alexandria)
Derek Blackburn
Jacob Roberts
Logan Zahn
Olivia Zahn
Alexandra Zahn
Aidan Lamb
Conlan Lamb
Skyler Lamb
David Vazquez
Parker Mallory
Levi Mallory

One great-grandchild: Emery Blackburn

One godchild: Abigail Slate

He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Surviving siblings include:
Susan Carol Prather (William – deceased)
Mary Turner (Wendell)
Kevin Hale (Beth)
Katherine Nancy Eckhardt (Gene)
Theodore Guy Meng

He was predeceased by his son Timothy Dennis Heffernan, Jr.; siblings Margaret Ann Balshaw, David Patrick Heffernan, Stephen Thomas Heffernan; nephew Michael Edward Balshaw;and parents Arthur Hydron Meng and Nancy Ann Ent Heffernan Meng.

Tim served with pride for three years in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. Family and friends attest that the discipline and patriotism that he learned as a Marine never left him.

Tim was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School and Howe High School and maintained a lifelong friendship with classmate Ronnie McCord of Indianapolis.

After military service, Tim followed the career path of his beloved father and became an expert sprinkler fitter in fire protection. The last twenty years of his career he was employed at Western States Fire Protection in Houston, serving initially as a foreman, then advancing to area manager.

Tim retired in 2005, enjoying travel, golf, fishing, grilling, John Wayne movies, and season tickets as an enthusiastic fan of the Oilers and the Texans. He also loved his puppies over the years, most recently his special Yorkie, Tuffy.

Above all, Tim is universally described by family, friends, and neighbors as generous, giving, and caring. He was best known for his love and devotion to family, taking great pleasure in making reunions, holidays, vacations, and spontaneous gatherings a series of opportunities to celebrate and nurture the special love that binds family over the years.

Funeral arrangements are being managed by Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek at 9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, Texas, 77095, where the viewing is scheduled for Friday evening, June 7th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th, at 10:00 am at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 9600 S. Gessner Road, Houston, Texas, 77071. Burial will take place at 4:00 pm that day at the Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery in Center, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation via their website at PKDCure.org.