Tommy Tinner, 50, passed away April 5, 2021. On September 6, 1970, a son was born to Leavelt and Johnnie Lou Tinner.

Funeral service is at 3pm Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Abundant Love Ministries, 1426 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas 75935

He is preceded in death by Mother, Johnnie Lou Tinner; Father, Leavelt Tinner; Sisters, Lavada Tinner, Dorthy Gaines, Martha Tinner, and Maggie Tinner; Brothers, Willie Tinner, Curtis Bryant, and James Tinner.

He leaves to mourn:

Daughter, Destiny Tinner of Center

Carolyn Tinner of Center
Brenda Dones of Center
Tammy Lane (Anthony) of Center
Gloria Tinner of Arizona
Barbara Tinner and Norma Green of Fort Worth, TX

Leavelt Tinner, Jr. of California
Sammy Bryant of Huntsville, TX
Clifford Jones of Logansport, LA
Ronnie Tinner of Fort Worth, TX

A host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

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


Dorothy Malone Jones was born in Center, Texas to the late Asia and Katherine K. Malone.

Dorothy accepted Christ into her heart, when she was a young girl, and joined Carroll Chapel C.M.E where her grandfather, George Kauffman was one of the founding father's, where she is currently a member. She was blessed to serve in the Church as an Usher, Choir Member, and served in other areas when needed to help sustain the life of the Church and was a faithful servant.

In 1971, Sister Dorothy moved back to her hometown after briefly living in Galveston, Texas and Houston, Texas, and became an employee of East Tex Poultry, now Tyson Foods processing and distribution plant in Center, Texas dedicating 32 years of service, and there she met, Mr. James Earl Jones that became her husband of 35 faithful years. After retirement from Tyson Foods, Sister Dorothy took on a part-time job at Center Early Learning, where she later advanced to become the head teacher in the newborn and toddler room, teaching and molding the precious little lives God placed in her care, and later she became a Resident Care Assistant with Jennings Place. 

In 2018, Sister Jones moved to Longview, Texas with her daughter and grandson after a diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, where God provided the medical attention needed, which helped sustain her life for 3 ½ years.

Sister Jones is preceded in death by her father, Asia and Katherine K. Malone; sisters, Georgia, Oma, Pearl, Lou Ella, and brother, Jessie.

She leaves to cherish her memories: 
A loving daughter, Miss Equallia Malone of Longview

A very special grandson, DeQuincy Stanberry of Longview

Deloris Jordan, Atlanta, Ga
Dorothy Nell Johnson, Galveston

Brother, Harold Asia Malone, Sr, Nacogdoches, Texas

A host of special cousins, nieces, and nephews

A Celebration of her Life will be 10am, Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, TX. Viewing will be 1 hour prior to service time. Interment will be that afternoon at McWilliams Cemetery, Shelbyville, TX at 2pm. An online memorial book may be signed at www.raderfh.com


Jake Hutto, 95, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021. He was born in Center, Texas on July 19, 1925.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, 420 San Augustine St., Center, TX 75935 on Friday, April, 9, 2021 with family visitation from 12:30pm to 2pm and service time from 2pm to 3pm. Burial is at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, TX with Rev. James Allen Renfro officiating.

Jake Hutto was drafted into the US Army and served our country by fighting in the Normandy Beach Landing on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. Jake fought hand to hand combat in General Patton’s 29th Infantry for 11 straight months through France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Germany earning 3 Bronze Stars for Valor and multiple medals for expert marksmanship, honor, and excellent conduct.

During a furious battle Jake was trapped in a fox hole by German snipers and knew he was about to be killed so he screamed out to God “Please save me and get me back home to Center, TX to  be with my sweetheart, Johnnie, and I promise that I will serve you the rest of my life”. God answered Jake’s prayer, and Jake returned home to Center and married his sweetheart, Johnnie Lout. They moved to Houston for work and started their lives dedicated to God’s ministry so Jake could live up to his commitment to God. Jake, with only an 8th grade education (at the time), was accepted into an Electrician’s School, and passed with flying colors and was also a very noted auto mechanic. Jake worked full time and also began his journey into the ministry by serving under the auspices of seasoned ministers as an assistant helping in every bailiwick of the ministry and attending formal Bible College to become an ordained minister. Jake evangelized around Texas for a few years and later was invited to pastor the Savoy UPC Church in Savoy, TX for over 20 years where he grew the congregation from a mere handful of members to 100 plus and built a new church that became a landmark on Hwy 80 in Savoy.

God later led Jake and Johnnie to the Waskom UPC Church in Waskom, TX where they preached and sang the Gospel expanding the membership greatly for over 20 years. Jake didn’t officially retire until he was 83 years old.

Jake Hutto was a fierce, decorated American Soldier and laid his life on the line for our country and then served in God’s Will as a very soft-spoken yet firm pastor. He was a pillar to the community where he served and to many families over the span of over 50 years. When Jake received a call from anyone in need, he would respond immediately and do all he could to ease their pain. Most everyone lovingly knew him as Papaw. He loved that title.

Jake has now crossed over and has walked inside those Pearly Gates being greeted by his wife and many family members who have been waiting. As many family members and friends have voiced, “If Jake Hutto doesn’t get into Heaven, then none of us will!” Jake always said “we are never ready to die and leave our loved ones, but we must be prepared to go.” Jake Hutto was prepared!

Survived by:

Son, Larry Hutto of Georgetown, TX

Brent Hutto and wife Julie of Mineola, TX
Troy Hutto and wife Alice of Columbus, Ohio

Adoptive daughter and son, Lynn and Randy Stone of De Berry, TX

A number of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by wife, Johnnie Lout Hutto

Pallbearers are Dennis Hutto, Jerry Brown, Robbie Parker, Roger Reneau, Randy Stone, and Carlin Caldwell.

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


Michelle Matthews, 46, of Dallas, passed away March 30, 2021, in Dallas.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home at Noon.
Born February 10, 1975, in Grapevine, Michelle is the daughter of Lonnie Self and Bettie Covington Self.

She is survived by:

Husband, David Matthews of Dallas

Karissa Schmidt and husband Anthony of Allen
Daniel Castillo of Plano
Izzy Carley of Dallas

Axel Schmidt
Presleigh Schmidt
Kinzley Schmidt
Harlynn Schmidt

Sister, Yondi Upchurch of Fort Worth

Brother, Michael Brittain of Mansfield

Preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie Self and Bettie Covington Self.

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


Louie Don Speedy, 78, of Houston, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Houston.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation one hour prior at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born March 13, 1943, in Center, Louie is the daughter of George Mitchell and Lela Hughes Mitchell.

She is survived by:

Michael Speedy and wife Cheryl of Center
Robin Holloway of Houston
Mitchell Holloway and wife Kathy of Center

Grandchildren, Mark Speedy and Logan Speedy

Sister, Georgie Bloodgood of Center

A number of other relatives.

Preceded in death by her husband, Richard Speedy; parents, George Mitchell and Lela Hughes Mitchell; and sister, Helen Southerland.

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


Kara Lou-Anne Felder, 26, of Center, Texas entered into eternal rest on March 27, 2021.

A visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport, Louisiana on Saturday, April 3, 2021 beginning at 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow the service located at Cool Springs Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana. 

Kara was born on August 8, 1994 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Michael and Julie Bates. 

Preceding Kara in death are daughter, Danica Kathryn Felder and her maternal grandmother, Pam Windham. 

She is survived by:

Husband, Ryan Felder of Center

Parents, Julie and Michael Bates of Joaquin

Maternal grandfather, Jerry Dale Windham of Logansport, Louisiana

Paternal grandparents, Norma Jean and Webb Bates of Joaquin

Brother, Zachary Blaine Bates of Joaquin

Aunt, Heather Windham Baker

Uncle, Jerry L. Windham “Uncle Poochie”

Cousins, Justin Webster and wife Nicole, Jonathan Webster, Kelcy Baker, and Natalie Windham

Along with numerous friends, family, and her fur babies Trigger, Rugar, and Chase.

Honoring Kara as pallbearers will be Zachary Bates, Jamarcus Watts, Justin Webster, John Halstead, Robert Bloys, TJ Mcnight, Chago Ruiz, and PJ Peterson. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Justin Bloodgood and James Leggett.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to “lupusresearch.org”.

Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, LA.


Albert Gerald Corbell, Sr. passed from this life April 1, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas after a long battle with heart disease. 

Graveside service will be held 10am, Saturday, April 3, 2021, at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Lamar Denby officiating.

He was born January 23, 1932 in Patroon Texas to William Perry and Aileen English Corbell, their first son. Gerald graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1949 and with the desire to fulfill the required military service to his country, he enlisted in the US Navy. He served most of his tour aboard the Destroyer USS Colahan stationed offshore in Korea protecting the troops from the enemy, destroying the enemy and their support systems. He was a member of the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge in Center. 

Gerald retired from Phoenix Management as drilling manager and enjoyed tending the cattle on his farm. He enjoyed the outdoors, baling hay with his sons, and large family gatherings. He looked forward to our Sunday fish fry. He was an excellent cook! He was known to never turn down a trip to the river!

If ever there was a song that described Gerald Corbell, it is the song by Bob Seger, “Like a Rock.”

He is survived by his 
Wife: Jean Eddins Corbell

William Kirk and wife Pamela
Gerald Corbell and wife Linda

Jeff, Will, and Matt Corbell
Whitney Prater
Courtney Casey
Leslie Mcgauhey

Charlie, Cooper and Ashton Corbell
Knox and Ella Casey
Parker Mcgauhey
Addison and Grayson Corbell

Brother, Gordon Corbell and wife Nell

He was preceded in death by his 
Parents: William Perry and Aileen English Corbell 
Son: Jeffery Cole Corbell
Sister: Wilma Campbell
Brother: Billy Jack Corbell 

Pallbearers will be Tommy Cox, David Myers, Craig Jordan, Ben Mcgauhey, Randy Woodward, Lee Hughes, Matt Corbell, and Will Corbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Burns, Clifton Hughes, Dub Eddins, and Karla Gann.

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


Sarah Caroline Barton, 23, of Center, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Nacogdoches County.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm, Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born November 19, 1997, Sarah is the daughter of Roosevelt Barton and Kimberly Jane Goodman. She had a contagious laugh and was loved and thought of by many. I could not have asked for a better child from God. She came in the world fighting at 3 lbs. 10 oz. and 16” long. According to doctors, she would not survive. She proved them wrong. Sarah had a heart of gold and would give you her last anything.

She is survived by:

Mother, Kimberly Jane Goodman of Shelbyville, Texas

Father, Roosevelt Barton of Rockingham, North Carolina

Rebecka Marie Barton Ard and husband Justin of Rockingham, North Carolina
Elizabeth Ann Barton (Liz) of Laurel Hill, North Carolina

Son, Brandon Lee Cummings (JR), age 5

Love of her life, Brandon Cummings (Bamm) of Laurinburg, North Carolina

Special cousins she loved like her own brother and sisters:
Teresa (Treat) Hunt, wife of the late Tony Hunt, of Bennettsville, South Carolina
Joelanda Hunt and wife Shonte Miles and their children, Jaya, C.J., and Aidyn of Bennettsville, South Carolina
Michael Hunt and wife Yshemia and their children, “Lil” Mike and Kayla of Bennettsville, South Carolina
Vanessa Scott and husband Mike Frazier of Bennettsville, South Carolina

Aunt, Brenda (Hazel) Caulder of Bennettsville, South Carolina
Uncle, Larry Barton of Bennettsville, South Carolina
Kyle Goodman of Center, Texas
Ryan and Kasi Goodman of Georgia
Kelly Goodman and husband Adam King of Shreveport, Louisiana
Aunt, Jackie Evans of Center, Texas
Cousin, Lyndsay Elmore and husband Alex of Center, Texas, and their sons, Cameron, Cayden, and Jack
Special friends, Pinky Bell, Sammy Bell, and Toderick Barnes
Special person like an Aunt and more, Tammy McDonald Steptoe

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

Click here to read a poem written for Sarah.


Velma Ann Crockett Cartwright, 60 of Sexton Community, passed away Wednesday night, March 24, 2021 at her residence.

Graveside service is Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1pm at Crockett Cemetery with Rev. Anthony Jackson officiating.

She is survived by:

Edmund (Jerica) Cartwright of Center
Brandon (Jessica) Cartwright of Center

2 Grandchildren

Lueveia C. Barnes of Sexton
Lovie C. Boyd of Gloster, LA
Iva Nell Simmons of San Augustine

Burdest Leroy Crockett of Shelbyville
James Earl Crockett of Sexton

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Etienne Nannette Bussey, 46, of Timpson passed away March 24 at her home in Timpson. She was born May 23, 1974 to the late Willie Alvin Bussey and the late LaVanna Page Bussey.

She attended public school at Timpson Independent School District. At an early age, she joined First Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church where she was also baptized.

Nannette was well known and loved throughout East Texas. She was a jack of all trades, working many jobs including but not limited to B&B, Tri-County, Dollar General and Pilgrims.

She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

Nannette leaves to cherish her memories:
Roberto Bussey (Tiffany)
TyQuwon Bussey (Kimberly)
TyKuirra Bryant (Leonard)
Phillip Bussey
ShyKuirra Bussey
Quantarius Busse
Jeremiah Osby

Special grandchildren:
Anaya Johnson
Makayla Tutt
Jeremiah Tutt
Adrianna Tutt

LaSonnia Hooper (Dwight)
Michelle Riggans
Rosalyn Crawford (Christopher)
Chantel Bussey Starks (Troy)
Melyniese Bussey
Valencia Clark
Vickie Downs
Brittany Deneron Williams

Oscar Garner
Willie Garner (Desiree)
Brandon Bussey
Bryon Clark
Deneron Williams

Kathy Hooper
Tammie Page

Willie Ray Page
Billy Ray Page

Chanetta Mims (Lamonte)
LaRuth Osby
Astoria Cross
Collin Shane
Alexus Wallace

Step-mother, Linda Bussey

Sister-in-law, Janella Thomas

Brother-in-law, Keith Riggans

Special father, Carl Solomon

Special friends:
Cheri Branton
James "Flip" Tutt

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

She was preceded in death by grandparents:
Lola Hooper
Henry Thomas Bussey
Robert Lee
Minnie Ann Page

Glenn Clark
Phillip LaMarcus

Uncle, Kenneth Page (Lavern)

Juanita Young (Marvin)
Lakita Page  

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


Amy Lyn Robertson, 66, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation beginning 1:30 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Rev. Carol Clifford Turner and Rev. Malcolm Monroe will officiate.

Born October 2, 1954, Amy is the daughter of the late Harold Dean Robertson and Betty Ann Parker Robertson. She graduated Center High School in 1973 and went on to work in education as a Theatre teacher. She retired as office manager from Flat Fork Water Supply in September of 2020.

Amy was an avid reader and took every opportunity to share her love of books with others. Amy was a member of "Friends of the Library" and worked on numerous book sales for fundraisers. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Center. In her spare time, she also enjoyed crocheting and made many afghans for her friends and family. Amy had the most beautiful voice and those who had the opportunity to hear her sing were truly blessed. She was a very talented actor as well and starred in several productions in college.

She is survived by:

Sister, Lea Ann Robertson of Center

Niece, Ashlyn Forbis and husband Adam of Troup

Great-nephews, Landon Ray Forbis and Hudson Lane Forbis of Troup

Extended family:
Janet Gomez Romero and husband Guadalupe Romero
Rudy Romero
Michelle Gomez
Fatima Romero
Carmen and Juan Navarro
Santiago Navarro
Jose Navarro

Also a number of cousins, other relatives; and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold Dean Robertson and Betty Ann Parker Robertson.

Memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church or Fannie Brown Booth Library.

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


Jimmy Dale Bailey, 45, of Houston, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021, in Houston.

Born December 22, 1975, in Center, Texas, Jimmy Dale was the son of Huey Gene Bailey and Nancy Jane Mancil Bailey.  

Jimmy Dale was a member of Neuville Baptist Church in the Neuville Community in Shelby County.

Graveside service will be held at 3pm, Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Neuville Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Tim Rule officiating.

He is preceded in death by his father Huey Gene Bailey and his mother Nancy Jane Mancil Bailey.

Jimmy Dale never met a stranger and was loved by many. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name at Mangum Funeral Home for expenses and a headstone.

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


Nancy Jane Weatherby Kepner, 81, of Lufkin, Texas, passed away March 27, 2021, in Lufkin, Texas.

A private graveside service at the Restland Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas, will be held under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mrs. Kepner was born September 15, 1939, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to James I. Weatherby and Yvonne Davis Weatherby.  

She was a 1957 graduate of Tenaha High School and graduated from Baylor University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority while at Baylor.

Mrs. Kepner began her business career following college with Standard Oil Company of Texas (now Chevron Oil Company) in Houston and concluded her career with Merichem Company in Houston.

Mrs. Kepner was preceded in death by both her parents and her husband of 38 years, Jack Leo Kepner, who passed away in 2010. Remaining relative is cousin, Phyllis Phelan of Enfield, Connecticut.

Special friends to her were the Birthday Girls:
Linnie Edwards
Mary Kay Ford
Jo Ann Rainwater
Kathy Scharer
Floy Haddox

with whom she shared many years together on trips that always resulted in lots of laughter.  

Also special to her was longtime friend from Tenaha, Shirley Spurlock.

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


David Brandon Joubert, 43, passed away in Nacogdoches, TX, on March 27, 2021

Viewing at Watson and Sons Funeral Home Thursday, April 1, 2021, from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral service will be 10am, Friday, April 2, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with burial at Brookland Cemetery in Joaquin.

He is survived by:
His daughters:
Macy Lynn Joubert
Haley Jade Joubert

Mother and father, Jacquiline Daigle and Charles Daigle

Brother, Timothy Shone Joubert

Sister, Hope Lee Nunez

Uncle, Kirk Anthony Joubert

Many nieces and nephews; and lots of friends

A gathering will be at David’s mom’s house in honor of David Brandon.  Music and food will be served.

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


Joseph Barr, 61, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2pm, Monday, March 29, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation at 1pm at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Tim Perkins will officiate.

Born August 7, 1959, in San Francisco, California, Joseph is the son of Melvin Williams and Juanetha Horton. He served in the United States Air Force and later became an electronic technician. He enjoyed music and sound systems. Joseph was a member of Center Church of Christ in Center.

He is survived by:

Wife, Linda Chamberlain of Center

Son, Tyler Barr of Center

Father, Melvin Williams of Center

Patsy Morgan
Charlene Fortenberry
Cathy Burkett all of Gladewater

Brothers and sisters:
Bill Barr of Arizona
Mary Tull of California
Teresa Tapia of California
Kenneth Barr of South Korea

He is preceded in death by his mother, Juanetha Horton; and brother, David Williams.

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


Tanya Lynn Crawford Johnson, 68, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, in Joaquin.

Memorial service will be held at 10am Monday, March 29, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Chuck Horton officiating.

Tanya was born July 18, 1952, in Center, to Curtis Randolph Crawford and Juanita Octavia Roberts Crawford. She enjoyed cooking, watching her kids and grandkids play sports, and playing card games. Tanya was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.

She is survived by:

Husband, Newton Johnson Jr. of Joaquin

Meredith Latham Johnston and husband Daniel of Carthage
Joey Latham and wife Sheerin of San Francisco, California

Brother, Donald Crawford and wife Vickie of New London

Sister-in-law, Rose Crawford of Tenaha

Connor Johnston of Carthage
Elizabeth, Evan, Cameron, Zoya, and Tyler Latham of San Francisco, California

Stepdaughter, Amy Lee Johnson

Donald Wayne Crawford of Whitehouse
Spencer Crawford of Center

Niece, Tammy Mitchum of Nacogdoches

Special friend, Sandra Remedies of Benton, Louisiana.

Preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Randolph Crawford and Juanita Octavia Roberts Crawford; and brother, Randall “Bubba” Crawford.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

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


Mac Provost, 86 of Shelbyville, Texas, died at a local nursing home in Nacogdoches, Texas on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Mr. Provost was born to the late Mr. David Provost and France Provost on October 2, 1934.

Graveside service will be Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11am. Interment will be at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. Bishop Howard Cloudy Sr. officiating.

He is survived by:

Stepson, Jackie McClelland (Paula) of Shelbyville, Texas. 

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

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


Our angel, Shiloh May West, was born into heaven on March 24, 2021. Shiloh only spent a moment in our arms but will forever be in our hearts.

Shiloh is survived by:

Father and mother, Clint West and Norma Ruiz of Center

Siblings, Hunter and Lily West of Center

Santiago and Maria Ruiz of Center
Danny and Susan West of Center

Great-grandma, Alice West of Center

Special uncles and aunts:
Sandy Ruiz and wife Courtney of Wichita Falls
Richard Ruiz and wife Jenna of Keller
Jesse Ruiz and wife Shanell of Center
Rebekah Cummings and husband Curtis of Joaquin
Bethany West of Center

Special cousins:
Kyrie and Christain Ruiz
Victoria and Lola Ruiz
Cash and Cyrus Ruiz
Alyssa, Mckennon and Saylor Cummings

Her presence in our lives will be celebrated in a private graveside service with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating and under the direction of Watson and Sons Funeral Home.

“I carried you every second of your life and will love you every second of mine.”

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


Lula Marie Hubbard, 76 of Center, Texas, died at her residence on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Mrs. Hubbard was born to the late Mr. Johnny B. Harris and Frenchel Harris September 26, 1944.

Graveside service will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 at St. John Cemetery in the Africa Community at 12:00 noon. Bishop Howard Cloudy Sr. officiating. 

She is survived by:

Saundra Harris of Center
Terry Harris (Benita) of Killeen
Debbie Lathan (Michael) of Bossier City, Louisiana
Shanna Hubbard of Center
Jarvis Hubbard of Center
Devonda Hubbard (Danyell) of Tyler
David Curtis of Center
Michael Hubbard (Michelle) of Center
Sylvia Mosby (Victor) of Center
Jimmy Hubbard (Michelle) of Center

James Harris (Otha) of Arlington
Janet Marie Gipson (Willie) of Atlanta
Johnny Harris Jr.
Shelia Marie Jackson (Albert) of Fulton, Arkansas
Betty Harris of Houston
Gwen Harris of Sanger
Kathy Evans (Milton) of Center
Randy Calhoun of Center

33 Grandchildren

A host of great-grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitations will be Friday, March 26, 2021 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 12:00 noon to 5:00 P.M. 

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

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


Glenn Carson Kyle, 63, of the Woods Community in Panola County, TX, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021, at his home. He was born on July 12, 1957, in Kansas City, MO to the late Kit Carson “K.C.” and Birdie Camille Pippin Kyle. He attended Carthage High School.

Survivors include:

Uncle, Dr. Wayne Kyle of Carthage

Joseph Shelton of Anchorage, AK
Catherine “Katie” Westbrook and husband Sam of Bainbridge Island, WA
Michael Meeks and wife Joyce of Center
Kit Brooks Kyle of Fair Play, TX
Kathy Kyle Johnson and husband Carl of Nacogdoches County, TX
Kelly Kyle Coker and husband Cheney of Dallas
Riley Wayne Kyle and wife Stacie of Argyle
Julie Kathryn Kyle-Martin of Grand Prairie
Frances Hale Hall of Corpus Christi

A private graveside service was held on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Woods Cemetery with Rev. Rodney Puryear officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home.

If desired, the family requests that memorials be made to the Woods New Hope Baptist Church, 158 CR 433, Tenaha, TX 75974.

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