Laurie Michelle Schriewer, 51, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Born October 28, 1969, in San Antonio, she is the daughter of Woodrow J. Schriewer and Rebecca McCord Schriewer. Her hobbies included cross stitching and arts and crafts. Spending time with her kids and taking care of her family was the most important thing to her. She was a member of Saint Marks United Methodist Church.

She is survived by:

Son, Dustin Schriewer of Center

Daughter, Sydney Paige Schriewer of Center

Dad, Woodrow Schriewer of Tyler

Sister, Chris S. Holladay of Magnolia

Niece, Bailee Holladay of Magnolia

Aunt, Rethia Baum (Rudy) of Houston

Cousin, Nicole Baum of Houston

Preceded in death by her mother, Rebecca M. Schriewer; and grandma, Nell W. Logan.

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


Dennis Wayne Gage, 51 of Buffalo, Texas, passed away August 19, 2021.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Dennis Gage will be held 3pm, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home, Buffalo, Texas. Members of the R Construction Team will officiate the service. The Gage family will receive friends Friday, August 27th from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. 

Honorary Pallbearers: Dudley Brewer, “Father-In-Law,” Dennis Wayne Gage, Jr., Victor Mota, Dee Bruce, Allen Stanton, Jordan Moore, Lisa Wittner 

Dennis Wayne Gage was born in Shreveport, Louisiana May 8, 1970, to parents, Bill Gene & Aline Josephine (Ebarb) Gage. He had lived in Buffalo for the past six years, coming from San Augustine, Texas. Dennis worked as the Fleet Manager for R Construction and had quite a reputation for his enormous sense of humor on and off the job. 

Dennis most enjoyed spending time with his wife, Blaire and their three children. He loved taking the family sightseeing various places allowing them all to experience the beauty that the world has to offer. He also enjoyed the occasional camping trip and hunting. Dennis was a hard worker and liked to fix things that were broken. His absence will be felt by everyone who knew him. 

Dennis was preceded in death by both of his parents and an infant sister, Loretta Gage.

Surviving family includes:

Wife, Blaire Gage of Buffalo

Dennis W. Gage, Jr.
Laila DeAnn Gage
Vivienne DeAnn Gage

Jane Williams (Bill) of Bronson
Roger Gage (Cynthia Ann) of Conroe
Linda Peck (David)
Marsha Jean Lawrence
Wanda Jo David (Ronnie)
Billy Gage (Donna) of Caldwell
Jesse Don Gage (Rosa) of Caldwell

Half-sister, Anita Smith of San Augustine

Dennis is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

Services are under the direction of Buffalo Funeral Home, Buffalo, Texas. For online condolences, visit online https://www.buffalofuneralhome.com.


Billy Rayford Williams, 77, of Center, died Monday, August 23, 2021 in Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Graveside services will be held Friday, August 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Sardis Cemetery with Rev. Luke Holmes officiating.

Mr. Williams was born June 20, 1944 in Shelby County, Texas to Rayford (Jake) Williams and Zera Opal Waldon Williams. Williams was a resident of Shelby County.

Following his graduation as Salutatorian from Center High School in 1962, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Stephen F. Austin State University. He then went on to pursue his graduate work in History at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Later, he earned his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, after which he furthered his education at Baylor University.

Mr. Williams returned to Shelby County where he pastored local Baptist churches. For his family, he compiled genealogical histories, wrote humorous anecdotal accounts, narratives, and poetry, and he appreciated God’s creations such as the call of a whippoorwill or a hoot owl and the companionship of a faithful dog.

Mr. Williams is preceded in death by his parents, Rayford (Jake) Williams and Zera Opal Waldon Williams Brown, as well as his step-father, Jesse Waymon Brown.

He is survived by:

Sister, Judy Williams Winger of Lufkin, Texas

Brothers, Rev. Charles Ronny Williams and wife, Betty, of Whitehouse
Danny Joe Brown and wife, Darlene, of Center
Larry Steve Williams and wife, Janice, of Tenaha
Jimmy Dale Williams and wife, Connie, of Van Alstyne
John Waymon Brown and wife, Mary Elizabeth, of The Woodlands

He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family will welcome friends prior to and following the graveside service at the Sardis Cemetery on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sardis Cemetery Fund, 6034 FM 414, Center, TX 75935.

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


Rita Lynn Bates Dickerson, 74, of Joaquin, entered into eternal glory on Monday, August 23, 2021, at her home in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. J.C. Lewis, Bro. Joe Halliday, and Bro. Mike Fodge officiating.  Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born October 21, 1946, in Logansport, Louisiana, she is the daughter of the late Robert Elmer Bates and Eula Merle Rhame Bates.  She was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin and was recently honored for 50 consecutive years of faithful service.

Everything she did was motivated by her intense love for God and family.  She consistently ignored her own wants and needs to help anyone in need, while never asking anything in return from anyone. She was a devoted wife and mother and adored her other family and friends.  She always welcomed visitors.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and loving husband, Ray Dickerson Jr.

Survived by:

Richard Dickerson and wife Lena of St. Mary’s, GA
Randy Dickerson of Joaquin and 
Richell Prudhomme of Gloster, LA

Webb Bates and wife Jean of Joaquin
Milton Bates and wife Kay of Joaquin
Robert E. “Buddy” Bates Jr. and wife Tina of Millville, Utah

Micah Dickerson and wife Candice of Conroe, TX
Lindsey Dickerson Weber of St. Mary’s, GA
Kevin Dickerson and wife Brittney of LaMarque, TX
Caleb Dickerson of Quincy, IL
Scott Dickerson and wife Becca of Joaquin
Coleman Dickerson and Alli Jo Baldwin of Center
Ryan Dickerson of Joaquin

Seth Lytle
Bella Dickerson
Christian Matysek
Kaiden Weber
Trinity Whitten
Opal McCleary
Dawson Dickerson
Charlotte Dickerson

Special friends:
Jamie Gray Griffin and Willie David Shoemaker of Joaquin

Also special fur grand, Tank.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Dickerson, Scott Dickerson, Michael Bates, Ryan Dickerson, Bob Dickerson, and Stephen Ewing.  Honorary pallbearers will be Coleman Dickerson, Caleb G. Dickerson, Micah Dickerson, and Seth Lytle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

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


Peggy Lorraine Permenter Parker, 77, passed away August 16, 2021.

Funeral will be a graveside service at Holly Springs Cemetery in Shelbyville, TX on Friday, August 27th at 2pm.

Born at home in “Possum Trot”, Shelbyville, Texas on November 20, 1943, she was the daughter of Eldredge Ramsey Permenter and Mildred Lorene Permenter. Peggy worked in finance for many years and later with an investigative skip trace company that she truly enjoyed and she was very good at her job. She made a lot of lifelong friends along the way.

She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1961 and later went to Nacogdoches Business College. Peggy was a member of Central Baptist Church for many years.

She loved creating beautiful cross-stitch masterpieces and crocheting doilies and she was so good at it. We have many beautiful lasting samples of her handiwork to last us forever. She also was a talented cake decorator and a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her Father, Eldredge Ramsey Permenter and, Mother, Mildred Lorene Permenter; her brother, Reverend C. W. “Calvin” Permenter; and infant sister, Jimmie Permenter.

She leaves behind:

Beloved Son, Danny Parker of Nacogdoches

Older loving Sister, Barbara “Bobbie” Lout of Pittsburg, TX

Jimmie Taylor of Pittsburg, TX
Cathy Swearingen of Bridge City, TX
Paula Duggan and husband Billy of Pittsburg, TX
Angie Edwards and husband Mike of Mt. Pleasant, TX
Debbie Johns and husband Larry of Rowlett, TX

Grandson, Jacob “Jake” Parker of Trinidad, CO

Great-Granddaughter, Willow Parker of Paige, TX

Many great-nieces and great-nephews including Chelsea Jennings and husband Shaun of Bridge City, TX.

She leaves behind a number too high to count of loving cousins that all loved her like a sister.

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


Billie Frances Chance, 91, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021, in Center.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 26, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. David Mathis officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Born March 25, 1930, in Center, Frances is the daughter of Huey Lucas and Esther Beasley Lucas.  She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Center and enjoyed being a member and singing in the choir.  She was also a member of the Center Garden Club.

She is survived by:

Billy Nolan Chance of Center
E. Glen Chance and Cindy of Conroe
David Chance and Connie of Germantown, Tennessee

Derek Chance
Lanette Hartzog (Duggan)
Brandon Chance (Dina)
Kristina Rountree (Justin)
Margaret Clifton (Mike)
Rachel Grimes (Brad)
Amanda Chance
Brittany Schultz
Roth Chance (Brittany)

26 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Grandchild

Adelle Emanis of Huntsville
Sallie Cadenhead of Lake Jackson
Jimmie Pekar of Needville

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband, Maxie Nolan Chance; daughter, Linda Taylor; parents, Huey Lucas and Esther Beasley Lucas; and sister, Sue Cargill.

Pallbearers will be Dan Cargill, Jay Emanis, Dwayne Emanis, Kevin Cadenhead, Jeffrey Cadenhead, Anthony Cargill, and Wendell Chance.

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


Jerry Bob Nix, 80, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on May 28, 1941 in Long Branch, Texas, to the late Chester and Gladys (Chaney) Nix. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Shiloh Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise, Texas.

Jerry graduated high school in 1959 from Mt. Enterprise. He married Linda Kay Tyer of Timpson in 1962. After graduating high school, he attended Stephen F. Austin where he majored in accounting and received his BBA in 1964. Jerry was owner/partner of a CPA firm in Lufkin for several years before moving to Waco to attend Baylor Law School. After graduating law school in 1972, he moved to Dallas to practice law. He worked in Dallas into the late 70s before he and Kay decided to move to Timpson to help manage her parent’s lumber business. After he became owner and operator at Nix Forest Industries, Inc., the sawmill prospered even more under his guidance.

When he wasn’t working, Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and brothers. He avidly collected antique cars; and enjoyed playing golf at Center County Club. He also owned and raised thoroughbred horses which raced at various tracks in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana for many years. Jerry had a quick wit and a big heart which was often put on display when people were around him. Additionally, he generously contributed to many organizations and individuals along the way and has truly left this world a better place.

Jerry is survived by:

Wife, Kay Nix

Milt and wife Terrie
Jim and wife Karen

Grandson, Marcus and wife Ashley

Granddaughters: Macy, Harper, Ellery, Tatum and Leah Kate Nix

Great-grandchildren: Sawyer and Annabel Nix

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Gladys Nix; by his brothers CL, Charles, Lelan, Michael and David Paul Nix and by his sister Catherine Nix.

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.


Dennis Howard Giles, of Center, passed away Saturday night, August 21, 2021 at the Center Emergency Room.

Graveside service is at 11am Wednesday, August 25 at Friendship Bobo Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas with Pastor Jeremy Moore officiating. Visitation is from 1pm to 6pm Tuesday, August 24 at Community Funeral Home in Center.

Brother Dennis H. Giles was born August 1, 1945 to Mr. Abe Giles, Sr. and mother Jimmie Lee Giles. Both parents proceeded him to "Glory."

Dennis was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas.

He is survived by:

Wife, Terrie Gail Giles

Leticia Giles
Daphne Belin
Michelle Giles of Houston
TaShira McCollister (Pinky)
William McCollister
Omeisha Williams of Center
Chavis McCollister (Dinky) of Dallas
Chansin Moore of Austin

Brother, Ronnie Giles of Nacogdoches

Charlotte Adams of Nacogdoches 
Shirley Calloway (Leon Calloway) and Dallas
Loraine Moore of Center

A host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Special friend Eddie Bluford

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Joshua Allen Blanco was born December 20, 1988, to Danita Jean Thomas and James Kelly Blanco in Port Arthur, Texas.  He passed August 21, 2021, at Home in Center, Texas.

Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., September 11, 2021, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

Joshua graduated from Nederland High School in Nederland, Texas in 2007.  He then went into the Air Force and received a General Discharge almost a year later.

Joshua loved playing video games, watching movies, spending time with his family and helping at church.  He was a member at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

Joshua is survived by:

Mom and dad, Danita and Tom Morris of Center, Texas
Father and stepmother, James and Nicole Blanco of Nederland, Texas

Brothers and sisters-in-law: 
Donnie Blanco and Jennifer of Center, Texas
Tyler Morris and Jenna of Longview, Texas; 

Sisters and brothers-in-law:
Amber Beene and James of Alexandria, Minnesota
Ashley Trimm and Clayton of Corpus Christie, Texas
Ashlynn Kegley and Dillion of Nederland, Texas

Karen Peddy and George of Garrison, Texas
Julie Blanco of Beaumont, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Joshua was preceded in death by grandparents, Melvin Isace Thomas, Stephen Lee Morris, and Jeannine Ann Morris; and uncle, Richard Wayne Roberts.

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


Jack Mardis Balcome, 88, of Richmond, Tx passed away on August 22 ,2021. Born on September 23, 1932, to Hazen Paul and Jennette Rhae Balcome in Long Beach, California.

Visitation will be held Wednesday August 25, 2021, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM At Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas. Graveside Service will be Thursday August 26, at 10:00AM at Old Home Cemetery Center Texas.

Jack served in the Army, Armco steel retired after 26 years he was a small engine mechanic for several years, avid reader of the Bible. He loved corny jokes laughed at everything he would love to play chicken foot at the Sr. center. He like to play games in general backgammon, 42, chess pretty much any games. Weather reading the Bible, fiction novels or funny stories he would often pick up the speech patterns that’s the way he talked for several days, and he loved to travel.

Survived by:

Son, Jerry and wife Dianna Balcome of Joaquin, TX

Linda Pouncey of Joaquin, Alicia and husband Jeff Corimer of Richmond Tx

4 Grandchildren:
Eddie and Melissa McGuffin of Cleveland, TX
Megan and Steve Glass of Lufkin, TX, Shellbie
Jason Cadena of FT. Worth, TX
Paul Balcome of Nacogdoches, TX

10 Great-Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: Parents Hazen Paul Balcome and Jennette Rhea Suttle, Son Paul Wane Balcome and Wife Bertha Mae Shelton.

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


Karl Wayne Fountain, 71, of Timpson, TX, passed away on August 19, 2021 after succumbing to an aggressive form of Cancer.

Karl was born on June 14, 1950 to Dean and Wilda Charlene Fountain in Houston, TX. After graduating from Milby High School in 1968, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served for 4 years and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Karl was an avid outdoorsman and really enjoyed fishing and hunting. Karl and his now deceased cousin, Dale Risinger, Dale’s wife Shirley, daughters Tabitha, Ladonna and Connie and Dale’s son Adrian would  have yearly fishing and hunting excursions that Karl absolutely looked forward to.

Karl worked at Shell Oil and retired as an instrumentation and electrical technician. His friends Thibodeaux (Thib), Randy and Mary Dorsey, Craig Hervey, Danny Savage (deceased) and Donny Hewitt (who still has a shirt missing at the Turtle Club) were just a few of his co-workers whom he stayed close friends with through the years.

Some men are lucky to have a good female friend, but Karl was blessed to have two: Connie Gossage and Deborah Counts and husband Glenn.

Love didn’t elude Karl. He married the love of his life, Debra Ray, who he first met back in 1979 in Pasadena, TX at Nautilus Fun & Fitness. They remained friends for all those years until Debra accepted his marriage proposal. They were married in Clear Lake, TX on January 14, 2005.

Karl is survived by:
His wife, Debra Fountain

Mother Wilda Charlene Fountain

Daughter, Rachel

Granddaughter, Stella


Step-son, Daniel Moore and his wife Karen

Kaitlyn Worthy and her husband Ty
Kassidy Dorsett and her husband Noah
Christian Feist
Makenzie Feist and her fiancé Brian Lewis
Jordan Moore and Laikyn Moore

Great-grandchild, Tyson Worthy

Nieces and nephews: 
J.D. Fountain
Bo Fountain
Jennifer Fountain
Sean Fountain
Michael and Anna Fountain
Talitha Acker

There are many family members from the Epperson’s, Smith’s, Morgan’s, Fountain’s and Risinger’s whom Karl held dearly to his heart and he would surely wish them a happy and successful life.  

Karl is preceded in death by his father, Dean Fountain, his brother and sister Michael Fountain and Ann Fountain.

Karl was a very special person and will be missed by all who loved him.


Paul M. Ross, 91, of Center, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021, at his home in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 9pm, Monday, August 23, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 4pm, Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. J.C. Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

Paul Ross, born in Center, Shelby County Texas. He was always very proud of that, always kept land, cattle and residence in Center even when working other places. Lived and worked in Sabine County during the 1970s but was in Center every few days. He Loved Center, Texas.

Paul had no hobbies. He took everything too serious for it to be a hobby. He wanted to kill all the squirrels, catch all the fish, gig all the bullfrogs, play with all the rattlesnakes, get every person saved, and catch all the criminals. From the time he was a little boy he would ramble in the woods with his dogs, hunting and fishing. And riding his horse sometimes miles a day. The son of a cattleman-grocery-meat market owner he also grew up working at these jobs. Tending livestock and riding a horse was something he enjoyed till his early 70s. He was 10 years old when he went on his first cattle drive, with his Daddy, uncle, cousins, and 40-50 head of cattle coming from Arcadia through the Center square, to Antioch on Flat Fork Creek. Said he was as happy as if he had been on the Chisholm Trail.

At age 16 after his Daddy’s funeral he went to Deming, New Mexico with an aunt and other kinfolks. There he was enrolled in New Mexico A&M for a while. But there was too many Jack Rabbits and other animals that needed hunted and too many fish to catch.

Paul Ross could not let something like college interfere with hunting, fishing, and roping cattle; therefore, he was sent back to Center and enrolled in Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas. Almost same problem here. Too many squirrels, coons, and possums to hunt; to many fish to catch; and too many cattle to rope so college was put on hold. (Permanent hold)

Paul was in the U.S. Army. He fought in Korea. This was something he did not brag about but was very proud of doing and would have done it again if needed to. Paul Ross is a very Proud American.

A few years past and on July 7, 1955 Paul married Bobbie Nichols. That marriage never ended. During the next 66 years they raised their kids and grandkids and went lots of miles together.

In the early 60s Paul was a City Councilman in Center. He also became a Deputy Game Warden for several years. This was the beginning of his political and law enforcement years. During this time Paul accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior (1965). He took this very serious as anybody that knows him can testify. He witnessed to hundreds of people through the years and led many to Jesus. This was a great difference in his life before Jesus. People that knew the before and after Paul Ross knew the difference. He was a Member of Central Baptist Church for years. Later he joined Center Missionary Baptist Church and stayed there till the end.

Paul worked as head guide for Jerry Waters at Hawkeye Hunting Club in Center for several years. Then in the late 1960s to mid 1970s he ran Operation Whitetail, a hunting club in Sabine and San Augustine Counties, operated by Sportsmans Clubs of Texas. At that time it was one of the biggest high fence hunting areas around.

Paul was appointed Sheriff of Shelby County on June 20, 1978 after the Sheriff that had won the election resigned. He was re-elected in 1980, 1984, and 1988. He served as Sheriff through December 31, 1992. That set a record as the longest serving Sheriff of Shelby County. That record stands to this day, 14 ½ years. A lot of people still refer to him as Sheriff or 'Too Tall Paul.'

Of all the jobs he had he took Sheriffing the most serious. It was the only one that interfered with his hunting, fishing, and cattle. Paul loved Shelby County.

For several years after he was Sheriff he made up for lost time with his hunting, fishing, cattle, hay production, and family.

He always loved music and meeting singers. We have many pictures that he was very proud of with him and a lot of different singers he met and actually knew on a friendship basis. The last few years he really enjoyed listening to music he had gathered up in the last 65-70 years, especially his Church Music.

Paul was able to get up and around some until the last few days of his life. He was at home with his wife Bobbie and several family members and friends right up until his last breath.

Paul Ross did it Paul Ross’ way!

He is survived by:

Wife of 66 years, Bobbie Ross of Center

Son, Lewis Allen Ross and wife Kay of Center

Daughter, Bobbie Jean Wood and husband Wayne of Center

Danny Paul Ross
April Bourghs and husband Joseph
Brandy Lewis and husband J.C.
Matt Wood and wife Kelli

Riley Ross
Hannah Ross
Justice Bourghs
Anna Lewis
Emma Lewis
Caspian Lewis
Kelsi Wood
Maddie Wood

Preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Allen Ross and Addie V. Swindle Ross; great grandchildren, Mallori Nicole Wood and Michael Wayne Wood; brothers, Alton S. Ross and Robert B. Ross; and sister, Paula Ross.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Ross, Newton Johnson, Dr. Dixon Golden, Don Wheeler, James Carroll, Jeff Wilburn, Danny Paul Ross, and Matt Wood.

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


Jimmy Lynn Thomas, 74, of Center, Texas passed away August 19, 2021, suddenly at his home.

Celebration of life service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 23, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas with visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 22, 2021. Bro. Eric Pledger will officiate. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.
Born November 12, 1946, in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, he is the son of Jack and Gertrude Adams Thomas. Jimmy, better known as Paw, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Paw never met a stranger and everyone he encountered loved him. His smile was contagious. He was selfless, generous, kind, and most of all, he loved unconditionally. He loved his family larger than life and some of his favorite times were spent with them at the beach.

Jimmy was a hard worker and started his lifelong driving career at 16 years old, driving a dairy truck.  He spent the rest of his career hauling pipe where he made numerous memories and where he met many of his lifelong friends.

Jimmy is survived by: 
His wife, Carol Thomas

Renee Rambin
Angie Conaster and spouse Billy
Tracy Hendricks

Brandon Rambin
Derrick Conatser and spouse Janell
Tiffany Lucero and spouse Brandon
Brylee Hendricks
Bailee Hendricks

Great grandchildren: 
Jaxon Rambin
Hudson Conaster
Lucas Lucero

Brothers and sisters: 
Jerry Thomas
Joe Thomas
Jan Harvey
Ann Liles
Randy Thomas

Brother-in-law, Butch Fletcher

Friend, Buddy

Sister-in-law, Nancy English

Jimmy is preceded in death by parents, Jack and Gertrude Adams Thomas; brothers-in-law, Jim Liles and Jimmy English; sister-in-law, Jimmie Kay Thomas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Marie Fletcher.

Pallbearers will be Cliff Richardson, Andy Stafford, Cody Sneed, Kenneth Earl Seago, Bryan Hendricks, and Eddie Fletcher Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.

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


Lyndell Rippy, 95, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021, in Center.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon.  Bro. Randy Fry will officiate, assisted by Bro. Chester Farmer and Bro. Randy Farmer.

Born November 23, 1925, in Shelby County, Lyndell is the daughter of Robert J. Rippy and Joe Taylor Rippy.  She graduated from Joaquin High School.  Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, and reading.  Lyndell was a founding member of XYZ Club and also a faithful member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.  She attended Sunday school for 23 years without ever missing a Sunday.

She is survived by:
Her niece, Robbie Fry (Randy) of Joaquin

Great nephews, Michael and Marshall Fry of Joaquin

Step-nieces and nephews:
Vickie Askew (Larry) of Center
Brenda Ford (Tommy) of Spurger
Patricia Hughes of Shepherd
Michael Wade Hughes of Livingston
Martha Weaver of Center
Sandra Eddins (Bobby) of Center

Numerous other step-great nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by her parents, Robert J. Rippy and Joe Taylor Rippy; brother, Robert C. Rippy; sister-in-law, Betty Rippy; infant brother; step-nephew, Steve Hughes; step-nieces, Janie Hughes and Pam Cunningham.

Pallbearers will be Michael Fry, Marshall Fry, Jerry Green, David Cockrell, and Wayne Taylor.  Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Kenneth Taylor and Billy Lord.

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

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


Dr. Reba Ann Jernigan Powers, 70, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, August 15, 2021.

Graveside service for Reba Ann Powers will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Antioch Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

She was born to the late Paul and Miriam Jernigan in Center, Texas. Paul was a baptist preacher, and Reba loved to reminisce about taking trips with her father to visit church members.

Her faith was abundant, but she also had a bit of superstition, which came from the Adams’ side of her family. She always said it was bad luck to have a weeping willow in your yard because as soon as it was large enough to shade your grave, you would pass away. She was known to pull a U-turn if she saw a black cat crossing her path and loved passing on the tradition of the scary stories that her grandmother (Mrs. Georgia) told her.

Reba was married to Harry Powers in September of 1975. She loved to tell everyone they had been married for 75 years.

Reba was passionate about literacy, learning and spreading the gospel. A lifelong scholar and educator, she earned her doctorate in 2000 from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. Her research was about the importance of literacy, something she passed on to her children by reading several books aloud to them through the years. She had begun to teach her grandson, Huxley, the love of books as well.

One of the last things that she shared with loved ones was the old hymn, "Jesus is tenderly calling me home.” She would often hum a tune from the old Heavenly Highways Hymnal while keeping her hands busy by knitting or crocheting. A fresh glass of iced tea was never far away.

She taught countless people how to make the perfect biscuit in a cast iron skillet, using the same recipe that was passed down from generations of women in her family. Her legacy of biscuit making and fiber arts lives on in generations of people that she met throughout her life.

Reba is survived by her adoring husband Harry Powers of Amarillo, TX and their four children: Lucas Powers of Olean, NY; Dr. Liza Powers of Houston, TX; Liberty Powers and wife Kallie, beloved grandson Huxley of Amarillo, TX; and Lydia Powers of Lake Charles, LA. She is also survived by her siblings Rebecca Towns and Woodie Jernigan.

Reba’s family would like to express their gratitude to the immeasurable amount of students she taught throughout her life, who she treated like her own family.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Rickie and Fern Jernigan.

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


Patricia Ann Shaver, 79, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in Garrison.
Per her wishes, she will be cremated.

Born December 9, 1941, Patricia is the daughter of Harold Lloyd Shaver and Doris May Sanborn Shaver.  Her hobby was crafting.

She is survived by:
Son, Brian Keith Lewis and Lucy of Tenaha

Daughter, Cynthia Delatte of Tomball

Christopher Keith Lewis of Tenaha
Bobby Mueller and Taylor of Tenaha
Laura Michelle Mueller of Tenaha

Great grandchildren:
Paxton Mueller
Maddox Mueller
Trinity Mueller

Brother, Ben Shaver and Joani of Maryville, Tennessee.

Preceded in death by son, David Bruce Lewis; parents, Harold Lloyd Shaver and Doris May Sanborn Shaver; and sisters, Kathleen Hawk and Michelle Mueller.

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


Mark Noel Adams, 60, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in Center.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Born April 25, 1961, in Kirbyville, Mark is the son of George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams.  He worked in the oilfield.  An avid outdoorsman, his hobbies included hunting, fishing, and caring for his dogs.  Mark was a member of White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by:

Michael Wayne Adams of Mt. Enterprise
Nathan Dean Adams of Grandview

Jerryl Adams (Phyllis) of Center
Mike Adams (Cathy) of Center
Steve Adams (Jean) of Center
Kip Adams (Tracy) of Center

Wanda Adams Noles (Freddy) of Carthage
Jana Adams Ivy (Randy) of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his sons, Justin Mark Adams and Cordell Fountain; parents, George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams; brothers, George Dean Adams and Randy Royd Adams; and sister, Dana Adams Fountain.

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


Marlene Allen, 80 of Center, passed away on August 12, 2021 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Funeral Service is 1pm Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Center, TX. Visitation is from 10am to 6pm Friday, August 20th at Community Funeral Home in Center. Interment is at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Johnny Jones officiating. 

She is survived by:

Daughter, Adrenne (Bobby) Sparks of Center

2 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren

Alonzo Moore Jr. of Center
Freddie Moore of Center
Zelma Moore of Center
Micheal (Ethel) Moore of Center

Francis Casey of California

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, TX.


Joe Lawrence Nickle, 52, Shreveport, LA died Saturday, August 14, 2021at 11:39 am in Willis Knighton North, Shreveport, LA after more than a month of trying to recover from a COVID infection. His son, Cameron and Cameron’s fiance’, Ashley, were by his side.

Joe was born on January 26,1969, the middle child of The Reverend Dyson Venn Nickle, Sr. and Jane Routh Nickle in Longview, Texas. He was a 1987 graduate of Center High School, Center, Texas. Over the years he has worked as an EMT, photographer, insurance salesman, limo driver and oil rig repairman. Most recently he was 1 week away from completing the training to be a train conductor for KCS Railroad. He was best known as FotoJoe, everyone’s favorite photographer. He has taken pictures for schools, seniors, beauty queens, sports teams, concerts, weddings, the Barksdale Air Show and more.

Joe loved spending time with family and friends. Anyone who met him knows that Joe’s personality would command the room. He was warm and inviting and made everyone feel like they were family. He was a phenomenal story teller. He was able to pop jokes into just about any conversation. Joe never met a stranger. He was the life of the party. He tried to put a smile on everyone’s face. And, if you talked with Joe very long, you would know that his pride and joy was his son, Dr. Cameron Alexander Nickle, PhD.

Preceded in death by his parents, The Reverend Dyson Venn Nickle, Sr. and Jane Routh Nickle.

Survived by:

Son, Cameron Nickle and his fiance, Ashley Daniello of Huntsville, AL

Older Brother Dyson Nickle, Jr and his wife Lena of Wells, TX,

Younger sister Pynne Floresca and her husband Mike of Woodbridge, VA

Nephews and nieces, Dyson Nickle, III and his wife Morgan, Marie Nickle Schultz and husband Kris, Oliver Nickle, Melanie Floresca Ramirez and her husband Ryan, and Kevin Floresca.

Services will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm at The Church of the Holy Cross, 875 Cotton Street, Shreveport, Louisiana. Father Garrett Boyte will be officiating. If attending you will be required to wear a mask. You can join us remotely on The Church of the Holy Cross LIVE STREAM at HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/HOLYCROSSDOWNTOWN beginning at 1:55pm. The family says that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the GoFundMe account to cover funeral expenses by clicking here



Perry Anthony Pugh, 62, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 20, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born February 16, 1959, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Perry is the son of Allen Robert Pugh and Reva Belsha Pugh. He retired from the City of Joaquin and also served as Chief of Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department from 2010 until present.

He is survived by:

Wife, Donna Pugh of Joaquin

Tony Pugh and Dusti of Carthage
Brock Pugh of Joaquin

Hunter Gauger of Carthage
Madelynn Pugh of Carthage

Linda Belrose and Jim of Center
Danna Pugh Garett and Jerry of Nacogdoches

Ronald Pugh and Kim of Marshall
Max Pugh and Jean of Nacogdoches
Mickey Pugh and Stefanie of Bossier City, Louisiana

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Allen Robert Pugh and Reva Belsha Pugh; and brothers, Jimmy Pugh and Bob Pugh.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Boyett, Justin Boyett, Rusty Wilson, Stephen Ewing, Steve Cockrell, and Jessie Griffith. Honorary pallbearers will be Lloyd Parks and members of Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.

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