Billie Faye Bright, 70, of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Tyler.

Visitation to be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Travis Lee, Bro. Robert Strong, and Buddy Strong officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. A reception will be held following the service at Strong Fellowship Hall.

Born August 7, 1951, in Center, Billie is the daughter of Margie Holder and Billy Tom Strong. She loved to cook. Billie was an awesome nanny and also a loving and caring mother. She attended Woodland Christian Church.

Left to cherish her memory:

B.J. Bright and wife Alisha of Henderson
Frank Bright and wife Karla of Timpson

Deserae Bright
Dylan Bright
Kory Morrison
Emma Morrison
Hannah Morrison
Alexander Bright
Timothy Adams
Kayla Bright
Alyssa Bright
Madisyn Bright
Dakota Bright
Hunter Bright

Sebastian Bright
Grayson Bright

Brother, Bobby Strong and wife Rebecca of Gary

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Margie Holder and Billy Tom Strong; and sister, Irene Vaughn.
Pallbearers will be Dylan Bright, Timmy Adams, Kory Morrison, Ralph Soto, Mark Crowell, Bob Strong, C Jay McClenan, and Dakota Bright. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter and Zander.

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


Billy Ray Jones, 87, entered into the gates of Heaven on May 2, 2022. He was born in Campti, LA on March 12, 1935 to George and Thelma Jones.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 6th at Watson and Sons, Center, TX, at 10am with funeral services to follow at 12. Bro. Gordon Vaughn to officiate. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Billy Ray was raised in Bossier City, LA and graduated from Bossier High School in 1953. He served in the Louisiana National Guard following graduation. On a blind date, set up by God and a second cousin, he met the absolute love of his life, Vera Carol Bullock. They were married on October 16, 1955 in Calvin, LA. They enjoyed 42 years of marriage until Vera entered Heaven in March of 1997.

Billy Ray initially began work as a draftsman with Placid Oil Company where he worked until beginning a very successful career with Dunhall Pharmaceuticals in Arkansas. He worked there for 27 years as a top salesman. Following that, he joined his brothers at their business, Pump Masters Inc., in Shreveport, LA. He worked there until his retirement.

He loved his home on the lake in Huxley and loved his community even more. He loved spending time with his family and friends with many cookouts and fish fries. He was an avid LSU, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Cubs fan. Not once did he meet a stranger, and would always leave them laughing and smiling.

He is survived by:

Son, Jay and wife, Jada of Shelbyville

Colton Alexander Jones of Shelbyville
Kelsey Leigh Jones of Shelbyville
Kara Grace Jones of Shelbyville
Jayleigh Vera Jones of Shelbyville
Judson Rhett Jones of Shelbyville

Sister, Margie McDaniel of Bossier City, LA

Leo Jones and wife Merry of Haughton, LA
Mack Jones and wife Diana of Bossier City, LA
Jack Jones and wife Jana of Bossier City, LA

Sister-in-law, Linda Jones of Haughton, LA

Proceeded in death by wife, Vera Carol Jones; parents, Thelma and George Jones; and brothers, Leon and Joe Jones.

Pallbearers are Jim Daw, Joe Daw, Andrew Dolan, Jason Harvey, Jeremy Harvey, Brad Hughes, Colton Jones, Judson Rhett Jones, Doug Jones, Scott Jones, Matt Matthews, Blake Roberts, Zack Runnels, Michael Bill Taylor, Justin Wagstaff, and Tommy Glen Wilburn.

Special thanks to the staff at A Pinewoods Home Health Care, Affinity Hospice and Nacogdoches Medical Center for all their help and attention given to Billy Ray.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or Samaritan’s Purse.

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


Dorothy Mae Barnes Eaden, Houston, Texas passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Visitation is 11am to 12 noon with funeral service at 12 noon on Friday, May 6, 2022 at The Luke Church, 2380 South Houston, Humble, Texas 77396 with Timothy W. Sloan, Senior Pastor.

Burial will be 12 noon Saturday, May 07, 2022 at Timpson Smyrna Cemetery, 700 North Railroad Avenue, Timpson.

Services are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 734 FM 1942, P. O. Box 229, Crosby, Texas 77532. J. W. Morris, Director.


Rickey W. Pierce, 62, of Joaquin, Texas, entered into rest on April 30, 2022. Rickey was born to Lawrence and Margie Hemphill Pierce on August 4, 1959 in Mansfield, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Jackson Missionary Baptist Church, 11620 TX-7, Joaquin, Texas, with Rev. Vernese Green and Rev. Luke Garrett officiating. Burial will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Toots Pierce; and sister, Lisa May.

Left to cherish his memory:

Son, Lawrence David Pierce and wife, Breanna

Daughter, Brandi Pierce

Sister, Kathy Seago and husband, Cecil

Brother, Tommy Pierce and wife, Tina

Brayden James
Bransen Lee
Braylen Kash
Krista Lingo

Great-grandchild, Hayden Lingo

Pallbearers will be Harry Furlow, Rudy Howell, Chance David, Brad Stanley, Jody Covington, Dale Arbuckle, Tommy Pierce, and Jamie Jones

Services are under the direction of Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana.


Barbara Metcalf, 68 of Joaquin, Tx went home to God Thursday morning, April 28, 2022.

Memorial for family and anyone else wishing to remember her are welcome to join us at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin, a date for the memorial will be announced later.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burt Metcalf and Bettye Sue Johnson Metcalf of Joaquin, and her sister, Vicki Metcalf also of Joaquin.

She is survived by:

Shanon Barton of Center
David Barton of Timpson
Robyn Soto of Bronson

9 grandchildren:
Derek Martin
Dustin Martin
Alana Jamison
Jarid Barton
Kristoffer Risinger
William Rowland
Haleigh Barton
Bailey Barton
Hunter Rowland

4 great-grandchildren 

Barbara Metcalf (08/18/53 - 04/28/22) 
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go. 
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the master plan
A step on the road to home. 
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss me, but let me go.


Marcus Dewaynn Roberts, 51, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 23, 2022, in Center, Texas. He was born on July 26, 1970, in Center, Texas, to Billy Charles Roberts and Loraine Lewis.

Memorial service will be held at Abundant Love Ministries, 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 11am with Pastor Everett Hall officiating.

Marcus was raised in Shelby County. He graduated from Center High School Class of 1989. He entered the workforce obtaining a position at a manufacturing company in Tyler. Marcus has three children whom he loved dearly. His kids were special in his eyes. He was a selfless person, always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. Marcus loved his brothers, and sisters. He spent time with his sister who had an accident in which he cared for her around the clock until she was better. He enjoyed spending time with his entire family. If you knew Marcus, you knew he was an excellent cook. In his spare time, you could find him fishing, camping, or spending time at the lake. Marcus was an avid football fan. He loved watching and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.

He is survived by:

Landri Roberts
Keeli Roberts

Son, Brandon Roberts

Mother, Loraine Lewis Osby

Stepfather, Mervin Osby

Floyd Johnson and wife Veronica
Adam Thompson and wife Delores
Thomas Anderson and wife Porschia
Anthony Anderson and wife Elanor
Cedric Osby

Candel Cloudy and husband Michael
Jacqueline Johnson and husband Everett
Thomasina Anderson
Ericka Franklin-Tilley and husband Ken

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Marcus is preceded in death by his father, Billy Charles Roberts; and grandparents, CM and Betty Roberts, Jereldine Pitts, and Claude Lewis.

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


Brenda P. Grant, 78, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 10am, Friday, April 29, 2022, at Watson and Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born August 7, 1943, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Brenda is the daughter of Lenora Garcia and Otis Prothro. She enjoyed gardening and art. Brenda was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is survived by:

Husband, Paul Grant of Joaquin

Daughter, Shanna Murphey of Austin

Son, Brian Grant of La Marque

Grandson, Caleb Hill and wife Christina of Nacogdoches

Granddaughter, Raelyn Hill of Austin

Brother, Stanley Prothro and wife Carolyn of Arcadia, Louisiana

Preceded in death by parents, Lenora Garcia and Otis Prothro.

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


Victoria Lee (Myers) Massey, 67, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed peacefully into eternal life and the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Monday, April 25, 2022, while surrounded by her loved ones.

Vicki was born in Des Moines, Iowa on May 31, 1954. She later moved to Texarkana, Texas with her family and attended Arkansas High School. She met and fell in love with Charles E. Massey while working part time at Kentucky Fried Chicken. The two were married on June 1, 1974. Three years later they welcomed their first daughter, Andrea; then 5 years later, another daughter, Kim. And the rest, shall we say, is history.

Vicki is survived by:

Loving husband, Charles

Daughters and their spouses:
Andrea and Keith Webb of Joaquin, Texas
Kim and Dr. Matthew Parker of Nacogdoches, Texas

Cherished grandchildren:
Autumn, Jessie, and Lane Webb
Avery and Aiden Parker

Loving sisters and brothers and their spouses:
Scott and Amy Myers
Kathleen Anglin
Christine and David Thomas
Sandra and Scott Morrow
Mark and Milli Myers
Jon and Shelly Myers

She had numerous nieces and nephews that held a very special place in her heart.

Vicki was a devoted wife, loving mother/mother-in-law, a consummate family woman, and committed Follower of Jesus. She was adored by her grandchildren; who knew her as “BeBe”. She was loyal to her brothers and sisters and cherished by them all. She treasured the family gatherings at her parent’s home and relished the time with all of her immediate and extended family members. She always was the first one to volunteer to cook a meal, or bring trinkets or toys for her grandbabies when she came to visit. She was a dog-lover (with a particular affinity for dachshunds), and was especially fond of traveling with Charles in their fifth wheel. They did so for many years until settling down in Nacogdoches to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

Vicki is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Betty Myers.

Our family expresses our sincerest gratitude for the emotional and spiritual support in the form of encouraging thoughts, love, prayers, and meals provided by so many. We also share our gratefulness for the loving care and support given to Vicki over the last two years from Sophia, Terri, Oiga and Dawn from Heart to Heart Hospice, as well as Kathy and Sandy from Nacogdoches Treatment Center. Your giftings for caring for those in transition was so helpful for our family.

We will hold a Celebration of Life service on May 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM at New Hope Baptist Church in Gary, Texas. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Vicki’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Hope Baptist Church or Nacogdoches Treatment Center in memory of Vicki Massey.

Services are under the direction of McNutt Funeral Home, Lufkin, Texas.


Martha Louise Caddell, age 89, of Tyler, Texas passed away on April 23, 2022 in Tyler, Texas at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00pm on Friday, April 29, 2022, at North Star Missionary Baptist Church in Tyler, with Dr. Jerard Mosley, Sr. officiating. Social distancing and face masks are greatly appreciated. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Brooks Sterling and Garrett Funeral Directors.

Martha was born in Lindale, Texas on October 16, 1932 to the late Rev. Solomon McGee and Birdie Brown McGee. On July 2, 1959, she married James Clifton Caddell and to this union their son, James Dwayne Caddell, was born.

Martha accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Walnut Springs Baptist Church in Lindale, Texas. She later joined North Star Missionary Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, and Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, Texas. As an active church member, she formerly served as a Sunday School Teacher, Senior Choir Director, Committee Leader, as well as Director of Music.

She graduated from Bragg Morris High School in Lindale, Texas. After high school, she attended Butler College in Tyler, Texas where she received a Bachelor’s Degree.

Martha began her teaching career in Center, Texas in 1956 and subsequently retired there in 2004. Initially, she taught school at C H Daniels High School, but after integration she was transferred to Center Intermediate School. She was a fifth and sixth grade Music teacher. Her tenure as an Educator spanned 48 years. Martha’s career was generational, meaning that she had often taught the parents of a lot of her younger students. Her passion and dedication inspired her to treat many of the children as if they were her own. She had a home in Center and in Tyler, and would often bring students to Tyler with her on holidays and during the summer months. She received many accolades during her lifetime, which are too numerous to name.

Upon retirement, her unrelenting desire to serve others led her to becoming a Substitute Teacher for Tyler ISD and a Volunteer at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Clinics until her health began to fail.

Martha was the last survivor out of eleven children. Preceding her in death are her parents, Rev. Solomon and Birdie McGee; her son, James D. Caddell; seven sisters: Artiree Anderson, Doretha Spencer, Eula Johnson, Ernestine Johnson, Birdie Love, Carrie Johnson, and Theta Thornton; three brothers, Lawrence McGee, Solomon McGee, Jr, and Lindsey James McGee.

Left to cherish her memories are:

Husband of almost 63 years, James. C. Caddell, Tyler

Granddaughter, Sarah (Rob) Freni, and their children, Charlie, Henry, and William all of Beverly, MA

She is also remembered by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and many devoted former students. Martha is loved dearly and will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.

Public viewing will be at Brooks Sterling and Garrett Funeral Home on Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm.


Aubrey J. Dry Sr., of Jasper, Texas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 24, 2022. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper on Friday, April 29, 2022. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with services to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Holly Grove Cemetery in Holly Grove, Texas near Livingston at 2 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roy Dry Sr. and Willie Alvera Wicker Dry, his brother Roy Dry Jr., sister Eleanor “Auntie” Perry, and sister Joan Birge.

He is survived by:

Beloved wife of 61 years, Earlene Dry

Renee Waggener and husband Clay of Jasper
Aubrey J. Dry Jr. of Jasper
Ronnie Dry and wife Gloria of Houston
Eddie Dry and wife Brady of Beaumont

Sister, Laura Berry of Corpus Christi, Texas

Brother, Audley Dry and wife Pam of Victoria, Texas

Clayanne Spadaccini and husband Michael of Jasper
Jill Beatty and husband Cedric of Jasper
Jacob Waggener of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Lawson Dry and wife Krista of Brookeland
Lacy Jordan and husband Derek of Splendora

Camden and Claire Spadaccini
Braelyn and Trevor Beatty
Jaeya Waggener
Arabella, Mary, Evelyn and Chasen Jordan

Aubrey was born on the farm in Shelbyville, Texas in 1940, the fifth of six children in his family. His parents, not being well educated, always stressed the importance of getting an education. He worked hard on the farm and in school and graduated as an honor student from Shelbyville High School in 1958. Coming from a small school, he began college at Lee Junior College, where he lived with his oldest sister. It was at Lee College that he met his future wife, Earlene Albright (Dry) and the two were soon married while attending college. He worked during the summer doing construction and saved for his tuition each year while his wife Earlene worked full time as a bank teller. During his second year of college his father passed away. This only made him try harder to get his college education that his father wanted him to receive. After junior college he began school at Lamar University and majored in Civil Engineering. While at Lamar he worked as a student assistant for the head of the civil engineering department. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in June 1963 from Lamar University. He immediately began working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he soon attained his Professional Engineer license. One of his first assignments was finishing portions of the seawall and jetty systems in Galveston, Texas. He moved his family near his projects back then, and had homes in League City, Port Arthur and Nederland, Texas where he worked as the Project Engineer building the Gulfgate Bridge, (now renamed to MLK Bridge) connecting Texas and Louisiana at Pleasure Island. He moved his family to Jasper, Texas in 1972 to manage the Sam Rayburn and Town Bluff / Dam-B projects as the Resident Project Engineer until his retirement in 1999, following 36 years of service. He achieved the rank of GS-13 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is equivalent to the Army rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was commonly referred to as “Chief” by his colleagues at the Corps of Engineers.

Aubrey enjoyed collecting coins, postal stamps, and his favorite of all time; railroad ‘date nails’. He had a vast collection of ‘date nails’ and was a life-long member of the Texas Date Nail Collectors Association. He was an avid gamesman and enjoyed playing a game of dominos where 42 and Moon were his favorites. He could usually be heard saying “I shoot the moon” or “shoot it”…as he often did…and he often won! He was an avid genealogist and historian and began tracing the Dry family tree back in the early 1970’s and was still active in genealogy until a few short years ago. He traced the Dry family back to the 1600’s where he discovered the family name “Dry” was originally “Dürr” before his 5th Great-Grandfather migrated to America in the 1750’s. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Jasper County Historical Society.

Above all, he was a loving family man, a hard worker, and the backbone of our family.  He has always encouraged his children and grandchildren in all endeavors whether they were in play, work or school. He never said that he did not have time to answer questions, and could easily tutor his children in algebra and higher math even after being out of college for nearly 20 years. He always stressed the importance of loving God, home and country and to always treat others in a manner that you would like to be treated. Your kind thoughts and prayers will be a blessing to his beloved family.

Condolences can be posted at www.shultzfuneralhomeofjasper.com or on Facebook at Shultz Funeral Home and Crematory.


Jose Alcides Beatriz, 66, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born May 11, 1955, in El Salvador, Jose is the son of Julia Dolores Beatriz and Cayatano Flores. He was a member of Willow Grove Community Church in Joaquin.

Survivors include:

Wife, Stella Beatriz of Joaquin, Texas

Son, Ryan Beatriz and wife Kelly of Wasilla, Alaska

Daughter, Lauren and husband Kenneth Whitton of Houston, Texas

Four grandkids

Cayetano Beatriz and wife Rie of Joaquin, Texas
Sigfredo Beatriz

Delia Mata of New York
Edith Mata of El Salvador

Preceded in death by his parents, Julia Dolores Beatriz and Cayatano Flores; sons, Billy Beatriz and Christian Beatriz; mother-in-law, Jesse Nix; and father-in-law, Bowden Nix; brother, Benedict Beatriz; and grandmother, Eva Beatriz.

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


Willie Charles Eberenz, 89, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 22, 2022, in Center, Texas. He was born on December 8, 1932, in Dallas, Texas, to the late Will Eberenz and Marie Winklemann Eberenz. 

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 2pm with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas.

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Monday, April 25, 2022, beginning at 12PM until service time at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Willie grew up in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Highland Park High School. He joined the United States Army and proudly served his country. Willie moved to Shelby County in the 1950’s where he met the love of his life, Marcia Lamkin. The two became acquainted at the Ford Motor Company where she was employed. They were married on July 14, 1956. Together they raised two wonderful sons, Charles and Bradley. He was a dedicated family man taking care of his wife Marcia until his passing. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Willie enjoyed spending time outdoors on the farm. He loved gardening, and watching pretty flowers grow. He loved the Lord and was a member of St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Center. 

He is survived by: 
His loving wife, Marcia

Charles Eberenz, and wife, Ronda
Bradley Eberenz

Sister, Annie Robertson

Landon Vidrine, and wife, Amber
Cade Eberenz, and wife, Jessica
Colton Eberenz, and wife, Emily
Zane Eberenz
Zoie Eberenz

Ali Vidrine
Gage Vidrine
Jaxx Fisher
Bryce Eberenz
Brennen Eberenz
Luxe Eberenz
Ashtin Eberenz

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Willie is preceded in death by his parents, Will and Marie Eberenz; and sister, Mary Ruston.  

Pallbearers serving will be Landon Vidrine, Cade Eberenz, Colton Eberenz, Zane Eberenz, Gage Vidrine, and Mitchell Anthony.

To send condolences or to sigh and online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Magnum Funeral Home, Center is in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth Earl Cunningham was born November 4, 1935, to John Thomas "Tom" Cunningham, Sr. and Ruby Lee Hensley Cunningham and entered into rest on April 20, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He volunteered for over 30 years with the Logansport Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Kenneth Earl Cunningham, 86, of Joaquin, Texas will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Logansport with Rev. Shawn Thrapp and Rev. Charles Hall ofciating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service at the church.

Those left to cherish his memory include:

Phil Cunningham and wife, Marsha
David Cunningham and wife, Kay 

Sandy Mahan and husband, Johnny
Donna Pugh

Ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren

Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Laverne Lewis Cunningham; his parents; son, Kenneth C. Cunningham; brother, John Thomas Cunningham, Jr.; and son-in-law, Perry Pugh.

Honoring Kenneth as pallbearers will be Jake Pitts, Tony Pugh, Brock Pugh, Greg Cunningham, Tommy Cunningham, and Cole Fleming.


Bobby Harold Hataway, age 80 passed away quietly in the hospital surrounded by his family on April 16, 2022.

Funeral Service: 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: 1:00 p.m. May 9th, at DFW National Cemetery Family only burial. Services conducted by Dr. Don Wills, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in Mount Olivet Chapel (Breyley Room)

Bob was born June 23, 1941 to Amos Martin Hataway and Odessa Myers Hataway in Center, TX.

Bob attended Texas A&M for 2 years after graduating high school in 1959 in Center, TX.

He left A&M to serve in the Air Force. After his honorable discharge from his military service, he worked various jobs finally starting a business with his father building wooden pallets in Houston, TX. He bought out his dad when he retired.

It was in Houston that he met the love of his life, Carol Engelhardt Hataway, a whirlwind romantic time of 5 months until marriage in 1968 that lasted over 50 years. They started their family and had one daughter, Cathy; two sons, Robby and Mark.

During his time building his business, God moved in his and Carol’s life to change their direction to full time ministry. He sold the business, which had expanded into transportation industry, and left for seminary in Fort Worth, TX in 1973. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1975 going on to serve in the pastorate in Vaughn, TX, Haslam, TX and Center, TX. It was during his time with his trucking business that his desire to serve drivers nationwide became apparent. He joined the James Robinson Evangelistic Association in 1980 encouraging James to reach out to drivers.

Bob was known for his ingenuity in putting together an organization to meet spiritual needs of drivers nationwide. After 2 years in 1986, he left James Robinson to form his own association, TransAlive, to serve the transportation industry. Meeting JB Hunt that same year put the ministry on the map and as they would say the rest is history. TransAlive is an organization recognized for meeting needs of transportation carriers that could not be done before. He became a chaplain to drivers and driver families at same time.

With the help of his loving wife Carol, they put together the AmCoach program for getting drivers home who experienced an accident, illness, or injury and could not travel in a standard mode of travel like a plane, train or bus. Many times, they covered over 900 miles per day getting drivers home to their families. Carol shared the driving duties with Bob, they both served the transportation industry from 1973 until the time of his death. Through it all, he led multitudes to a personal relationship with Christ.

During his later years, Bob became a prolific poet sharing over 100 poems on various subjects. He was determined not to let his life go without leaving what he could for those who follow. You can see his work on the following link: http://www.transalive.com/LivingPoetryTableofContents.htm.

Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Carol; son, Mark; and by his parents, Amos and Odessa Hataway.

Bob is survived by:
His daughter, Cathy Goodman, and her husband, John, Paradise, TX. 

Son, Rob Hataway, and his wife, Julie, Flower Mound, TX. 

Nine grandchildren and their families; seven great-grandchildren and another great-grandchild on the way

His sister, Janice Hataway, Frisco, TX

His brother Donald Hataway, Tenaha, TX.

Plus numerous personal and business friends from the industry.


Ethel M. Jenkins, 64 of Center, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at U.T. Health Tyler.

Visitation is from 12 noon until 6pm on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center and Saturday at 12 noon until service time on Saturday. Funeral service is at 1pm on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas. Interment is at St. John Cemetery, Center, Texas with Pastor W.C. Martin officiating.

Ethel M. Jenkins was born July 11, 1957 in Houston, Texas to Mary Lister and the late Roscoe Moody. Ethel graduated from Center High in 1976. She accepted Christ at an early age with East Liberty Baptist Church. Later united with St. John and ending her work for the Lord with the Bennett Chapel Baptist Church. Ethel was employed with Memorial Clinic until her health failed her.

Ethel loved listening to gospel music, cooking, and helping anyone that needed help.

She is preceded in death by her father, Roscoe Moody; stepfather, Tommy Lister; stepsister, Brenda Lister; brothers, Willie L. Vernon J. and Kenneth Ray Moody; grandparents, Issac and Annie Ratcliff, Ethel and Jasper Moody; and sisters-in-law, Charlene Walker Moody and Odessa Ruth Moody.

She leaves to cherish her memory:

Mother, Mary Lister

Kenneth (Tomeka) Moody
Jamie Jenkins

Daughter, Paige Polley

Stepdaughter, Elizabeth Jenkins

Cleveland (Tommie Lee) (Adele) Jenkins
Ellis Ray Hoyt

Mary Moody
Lisa Johnson
Diana Watson

Vernell (Anita) Moody
L.C. (Mercy D) Moody
Vincent and Maurice Moody

Special cousin, Likea

Brother, Allen (Jackie) Edwards

Aunt, Leana Jones

Special friends:
Mary Williams
Lori Alvis
Stephanie Hicks
Concynthia McClelland
Laretha Williams

23 Grandchildren, 1 Great-grandchild

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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


Marcus Jermaine Evans, 44 of Center, passed away early Saturday morning, April 16, 2022, at Golden Plains Community Hospital in Borger, Texas.

Visitation is 12 noon until 6pm Friday. April 22, 2022 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas. Service is 2pm Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Center Triumph Center in Center with Rev. George Simon officiating.

Life came to a close on April 16, 2022, for Mr. Marcus Jermaine Evans in Borger, Texas. He was the son of Alice Evans Johnson and Clyde E. Johnson and was born May 21, 1977 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was the grandson of the late Cozella Berry Ligon and the late Allen J. Evans; the late Mavis Johnson and N.H. Johnson, Sr. of Center, Texas.

Marcus attended and graduated from Center High School in 1995 where he was very active in sports. After graduating from high school, he attended Cisco Junior College in Cisco, Texas where he continued to play football. He joined the New Hope Baptist in San Augustine, Texas at a very early age and remained there until his death. Marcus was employed by Total Safety as a foreman which required him to travel out of state and any cities in the state of Texas. He was in his 7th year and resided in Beaumont, Texas.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Kalea Evans of Center
Son, Sydarius Evans of Shelbyville

Zy’Kevius Villegas of Center
Todd and A’Ryanna Bean of Center

Mother, Alice Evans Johnson of Center

Father, Clyde E. Johnson (Margie) of Center

LaTressa D. Evans of Center
Isurika Johnson-Pegues of California

Brother, Cherry T. Evans of Plano

Several Aunts and Uncles and other relatives and friends to always cherish his memory.

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


Thomas William “Bro. Jack” Forbis, 88, of Timpson, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Bro. Ottis Jarrell will Officiate. Interment will follow at Old Center Cemetery in Panola County, Texas.

Born November 5, 1933, in Center, Bro. Jack is the son of W.L. Forbis and Lula Strong Forbis. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and later served as a Baptist Preacher for almost 50 years. During those years, he furthered his education by earning his Bachelor of Arts in 1985, Master of Theology in 1986, Doctor of Philosophy in 1988, and finally Doctor of Christian Counseling Psychology in 1994.

He is survived by:

Wife, Dorothy Emmons Forbis of Timpson

Daughter, Virginia and husband Jeff Meadows of San Leon

Tommy Jack Forbisof Pensacola, Florida
Crystal Yabut of Pensacola, Florida

Preceded in death by sons, Tommy Gene Forbis and William Richard Forbis; parents, W.L. Forbis and Lula Strong Forbis; and brother, Raymond Forbis.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Meadows, T.J. Forbis, Steven Jarrel, David Kim, David Lawhorn, and Wade Angelo.

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


Sharon Floyd Windham, 75, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on April 18, 2022. She was born on May 12, 1946, in Navasota, Texas to Charles Jordan Floyd and Geraldine Alice Simms.

Funeral service will be held at Toledo Bend Community Baptist Church, 2543 FM 3172, Shelbyville, Texas, on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 10am with Bro. Don Richey officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday, April 22, 2022, beginning at 9am. Interment will follow in Strong Cemetery, Shelbyville.

Sharon was raised in Plantersville, Texas. She graduated from Navasota High School. She later graduated Sam Houston State University. She worked for many years in a Law Library. She made her home in Shelby County in 2004. Sharon was the Director of the Senior Center when she met the love of her life, Robert B. Windham, and the two were married in October 2007. They enjoyed over 14 years together.

Sharon enjoyed many things in life, she loved to read and crochet. She loved music and played the piano many years. Sharon loved being outdoors, whether it was in the garden or fishing, this was certainly her happy place. She loved her husband, children, and grandchildren. Sharon was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. Her contagious smile will certainly be missed by all that knew her. She loved the Lord and was a member of Community Baptist Church, Shelbyville.

She is survived by:

Loving husband, Robert Windham

Jennifer Marie Morgan Julian and Kyle Thomas
Sonya Floyd and husband Thomas

Brother, Charles Stephen Floyd and wife Diana

Sister, Rebecca Floyd Eddins and husband Carl

Skyler Jameson Thomas
Addalyn Lorelai Thomas

Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Geraldine Floyd.

Pallbearers serving will be Buddy Kay, Sammy O’Rear, Scott Still, Thomas McSwain, Jason Filz, and Brock Filz. 

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


Willie Ray Orum, 77, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on April 18, 2022, in Garrison, Texas. He was born on June 21, 1944, in Garrison, Texas to the late Johnnie and Lerma (Jopling) Orum. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 22, 2022, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas officiated by Bro. Darrell Pollard. 

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Friday, April 22, 2022, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.

Willie was a fun-loving man that enjoyed the guitar, country music and riding horses in his younger years. He was always happy eating a ribeye steak or barbeque, and spending time with family playing dominoes. Willie graduated from Garrison High School in 1963. He was proud to be a Vietnam veteran and served in the US Army. He was a member and Past Master of the Garrison Masonic Lodge. Willie and his wife, Janet are members of the Arlam Baptist Church in Garrison, Texas.

Willie is survived by: 
His wife, Janet Sue Orum

Sister, Doris Virginia Irvine and husband, Kenneth

Twin sister, Lillie May Williams and husband, Ray

Joe Edd Orum and friend, LaVerne Roskydal
Fred Allen Orum and wife, Claudia

Sister-in-law, Helen Jerriene Orum

Stepson, Greg O’Neal Blount

Numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Willie is preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Orum; mother, Lerma Fay Jopling Orum; and brother, Otis Watson Orum.

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.


Angel Santiago Ramirez, infant, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 14, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on April 14, 2022, in Dallas to Erik Ramirez and Francis Ramirez Landin.  

Funeral mass will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 2PM with Father Jose Nelson officiating.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 12-1:30PM at Mangum Funeral Home.

He is survived by:

Parents, Erik and Francis Ramirez

Big sisters:
Allison Ramirez
Erika Ramirez

Jesus and Fabiola Landin
Augustine and Carolina Ramirez

Jose and Carmen Arroyo
Jose Hererra

Fabiola Landin
Laura Ramirez
Anna Ramirez

Jesus Landin
Jose Landin
Jorge Ramirez
Augustine Ramirez and wife Augustina
Jose Ramirez and wife Gabriella
Miguel Ramirez and wife Marilu

Numerous cousins

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Angel is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Carolina Hererra, Francisca Preza, and Jesus Landin.  

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

Ángel Santiago Ramírez, infante, de Center, Texas, falleció el 14 de abril de 2022 en Dallas, Texas. Nació el 14 de abril de 2022 en Dallas de Erik Ramirez y Francis Ramirez Landin.

La misa fúnebre se llevará a cabo en la Iglesia Católica St. Theresa, el martes 19 de abril de 2022 a las 2 p. m., oficiando el Padre José Nelson. El velorio se llevará a cabo el martes 19 de abril de 2022 de 12:00 p. m. a 1:30 p. m. en Mangum Funeral Home.

Le sobreviven:

Sus padres, Erik y Francis Ramirez

Hermanas mayores:
Allison Ramirez
Erika Ramirez

Jesús y Fabiola Landín
Agustín y Carolina Ramírez

José y Carmen Arroyo
José Hererra

Fabiola Landin
Laura Ramirez
Anna Ramirez

Jesus Landin
Jose Landin
Jorge Ramirez
Augustine Ramirez y esposa Augustina
Jose Ramirez y esposa Gabriella
Miguel Ramirez y esposa Marilu

Numerosos primos; y una gran cantidad de familiares y amigos que lo extrañarán mucho.

A Ángel le precedieron en la muerte sus bisabuelos, Carolina Hererra, Francisca Preza y Jesús Landín.

Para enviar condolencias o firmar un registro en línea, visite www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, está a cargo de los arreglos.