Shellie Joe Fomby, 84, of Vidor, TX, passed from this life to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 29, 2023 in Beaumont, Texas from complications of COVID. 

Joe was born in Emmet Arkansas on March 2, 1938 to Shellie and Emma Fomby. He graduated from Center High School with his beloved class of 1956. He lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. He attended the University of Houston and Lamar University. In 1966 he began his banking career at Sabine Valley Savings and Loan as a bank teller then quickly was promoted to loan officer, appraiser, and vice president. He was also appointed to the board of directors.

He was an original founder of Shelby Savings Bank as President. Later he teamed up with Farmers State Bank where he retired after many years as Vice President.

He served his community as Commissioner of Center Little League, President of Center Alumni Association, was elected Outstanding Young Man of the Year for the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Center Band Booster, President of the Center Noon Lions Club, served on the Center ISD School Board, Director of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

He was a faithful member of the Northside Church of Christ for many years until moving to Lake Murvual. He then served Northside Church of Christ in Carthage Texas until he moved to Vidor. He served at Northmain Church of Christ in Vidor until his passing.

Joe's smile will always be remembered as one of his greatest attributes.

Funeral services will be held at 9AM Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 5 - 7 PM at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Family burial will be immediately following at White Rock Cemetery in Center, TX.

Thursday, February 2, from 5PM-7PM, Watson and Son Funeral Home of Center will host a visitation for all local friends and family.
As per Joe’s request, in lieu of flowers please donate to the: Roughrider Foundation in the name of Joe and Nell Fomby.

Mail your support to: Roughrider Foundation P.O. Box 152
Center, Texas 75935

Please write Joe Fomby on the “for line” 

Joe is survived by: 
His wife Mary Fomby

Angela Rowe, husband, Robert 
Beth Harbison, husband, Ricky

Bradley Andrews, wife, Mindy 
Ashley Rowe, wife, Alex 
Christi Dukes, husband, R.T. 
Chelsea Oler, husband, Blake 
Mickey Wiggins, wife, Dacey

Lexi Perry, husband, Daniel
Eden Andrews
Addison Rowe
Reagan T. Dukes
Kennedy Dukes
Connor Andrews
June Oler
Calvin Oler
Lincoln Dukes
Rosie Dukes

Great-Great-Grandchild, Charlie Perry

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Preceded in death by:
His wife Nell Fomby, parents Shellie and Emma Fomby and brother, Roy Fomby.

Pallbearers: Bradley Andrews, Ashley Rowe, RT Dukes, Blake Oler, Mickey Wiggins, Reagan T. Dukes


Lorinda Taylor Arthur Gregory, 80, of Joaquin, formerly of Lakeview, Ohio, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023, in Nacogdoches, Texas, with family members by her side.

Born September 27, 1942, Lorinda is the daughter of the late Frank and Marie Taylor.  

She is survived by:
Her four children, Lisa and Jesse Griffith
Mike Arthur
David Arthur
John Arthur

Sister of the heart, Jan Robbins

11 grandchildren

19 great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by her dad, Frank Taylor; mother, Marie Mattox Taylor; granddaughter, Christina Faye Burbaugh; and three brothers.

She loved to sew, travel, read, and teach her granddaughters to bake.  Lorinda was very proud of her patriotic family.  She was also a member of the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Post 39.

Her wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be at a later date.

Donation can be made to Wounded Warriors, VFW, or AMVETS. 

Special thank you to Cansas Ellis.

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



Sandra Lynette Hinson Latham of Center, Texas passed from this life to be with her Heavenly Father at the age of 73 on January 27, 2023. She will forever be remembered as an angel and a true servant that consistently demonstrated faithfulness, strength, and love to her family, church, and all that were blessed to meet her.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 12:30pm. Service will be held at Triumph the Kingdom and the Church located at 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas 75935. Rev. Richard E. Edwards will be officiating.

Sandra, the second child, was born January 13, 1950, in Center, Texas to J.T. Hinson and Cleo Fountain Hinson. The importance of education and knowledge was ingrained in Sandra at an early age. She excelled both academically and socially, finishing 5th. in her graduating high school class, she had an awesome singing voice, and she had the ability to twirl a baton ablaze with fire as a member of the Daniel’s Cheerleaders Squad. Sandra enrolled in Prairie View A&M University in 1968, but missed home, so she returned home and transferred to Stephen F. Austin, working to earn both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees.

Sandra Hinson and Tommy Latham were joined in marriage on December 22, 1979. As she transitioned into marriage, she worked in the Center Public School District and then she and Tommy adopted a young daughter, DeShana Latham. Sandra worked in the Center Public School District until she retired in 2009 but continued substituting until her health failed.

Sandra was always active in her church devoting service to the Missionary Society, Stewardess Board, food pantry, Sunday school, and choirs. She had an outstanding singing voice which was on display at various venues. She was also involved in decorating her church, Mt Zion CME and other events around the county, including the infamous C.H. Daniels School Reunions. However, her most cherished job was being a wife, mother, and grandmother to Kyra.

Sandra unselfishly invested her time and energy to support young students from coaching various school teams and was awarded Teacher of the Year! She always encouraged all to do their best.

Sandra was inducted into the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in the Fall of 1973. An Ivy Beyond the Wall ceremony will be held to be announced.

Sandra is survived by:

Husband of 48 years, Tommy Latham

One child, DeShana Latham

Granddaughter, Kyra Latham

Brother, Dr. Kenneth E. Hinson and wife, Elma Jones Hinson

Niece, Kesha E. Hinson

She is also survived by children of deceased couple, brother Jimmy Ray and wife Carolyn Hinson; sons Keith and Kirt, and daughter, Deandra “Sonya" Hinson

Twin sister/cousin, Joyce Lynn Johnson

Goddaughter, Jocelyn Berry

A host of cousins and close friends.

Sandra was also the spiritual mother and grandmother to countless women, men, and children throughout the years. She was skilled at decorating her beautiful home with crafts as her mother, Cleo, had done her entire life. She was an amazing role model, always leading with patience and wisdom and listening with empathy. She will be missed but we know she is in heaven rejoicing with the heavenly choir. She will never be forgotten.

Visiting: Friday, February 4pm to 7pm at Hicks Mortuary

Committal: Westview Cemetery in Center

Repass: John D. Windham Civic Center (146 Express Blvd., Center, Texas 75935)
Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral 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.


Portia Payne Gaines, 92, of Center, Texas, passed away Sunday, January 29th.

She was born Portia Payne on January 9, 1931 in Center, Texas. She was the second of four children born to A.J. (Jimmie) Payne and Coy Dellinger Payne, and she cast herself as the leader and boss and idea maker of her siblings. Many of those ideas landed them in trouble, but their adventures taught them much about life, and themselves. She loved her siblings deeply, and was so proud of them.

In 1948, Portia began attending Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. There, she studied English and Drama. She made many friends, and had many grand adventures. Some of those adventures included singing "You Are My Sunshine" with Jimmy Davis, and gathering with friends, and a then unknown Elvis Presley. Many of her college experiences remained in her fondest memories.

In 1951, at 19 years of age, Portia received a phone call from Mr. F.L. Moffet who asked her if she thought she might be able to take her blue jeans off long enough to teach school. Center Grammar School needed a teacher, and Portia was available. She wasn't planning on becoming a teacher, but she fell into the job beautifully. From 1951 to 1991, she was a beloved teacher in the Center Independent School District. She loved the job. She loved sharing her knowledge and love of reading with, and to, her students. So much so that she couldn't get enough. She continued teaching at Panola College as an adjunct professor until she was in her eighties. All in all, her career spanned over 60 years. She was the epitome of what an educator should be. Stern, but kind. Her students often remember her as a true inspiration.

In 1955, she married the love of her life, W.L. "Bill" Gaines. Spending any amount of time with them illustrated their love for each other, as well as their friendship. Portia and Bill enjoyed traveling together, golfing together, and most importantly, laughing together. Their proudest moment was the birth of their daughter, Jeannie. She brought them great joy, as well as their only grandchild, Emily. Portia was incredibly proud of her friends and family, and adored spending time with them. She was a force in her circles, and no gathering will be the same without her.

Portia Gaines, our darling Po, was a phenomenal human being. Her kindness, thoughtfulness, and humor was felt by anyone she met. She loved with a love that was more than love, and her impact and legacy will be felt forever. She will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her and loving her.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Jeannie Gaines of Center

Granddaughter, Emily Glass of Center

Polly Brittain McKissick Montemayor, and husband Johnny, of Center
Jennifer Payne Figge, and husband Alan, of League City, Texas
Charlotte Payne Markowski, and husband Brent, of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rachel Conway Hawkins, and husband Steve, of Longview, Texas
Lauren Figge of Dallas, Texas
Paige Figge of Nashville, Tennessee
Madison Payne of Plano, Texas
Dana Markowski of California
Holly Markowski of Montana
Elizabeth Hawkins of Longview, Texas

Jim Payne, and wife Jill, of Center
James Payne of Midland, Texas
William Hawkins of Longview, Texas

She is preceded in death by husband, W.L. (Bill) Gaines; parents, A.J. (Jimmie) Payne and Coy Dellinger Payne; sisters, Gloria Dell Payne and Patricia Payne Brittain; and brother James Allen Payne.

Memorial Services will be held at The Methodist Church on Porter Street in Center, Texas on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 10 am. Tim Verner and David Chadwick officiating.

Services under the direction of Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Giovanna (Givvie) Mooney Searcy, 89, of Pasadena, Texas passed away on January 28th in Webster, Texas. She was born on August 13, 1933, in San Augustine Texas to Lawrence Henry Mooney, Sr. and Lonita Mooney.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Linda Searcy officiating. Visitation will begin 30 minutes prior to the service at Mangum Funeral Home.

After graduating Center High School, Givvie went on to marry the love of her life (Leon) while he was serving in the Navy during the Korean War. She went on to graduate from college with a degree in business and worked her entire career with AT&T and became one of the first women managers in her division. This was a testament to her ability to excel in business and her personal life.

She was active in her community and would later achieve many personal and professional awards. She was President of the Rotary Club of Pasadena and served on the board of the Pasadena Pet Adoption Society. She was a long-time member and representative of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce where she was a leader in welcoming new business owners to the City of Pasadena and performed many ribbon cutting ceremonies on behalf of the city.

In addition, she was a member of the Pasadena Philharmonic Society where she served on the board. She was a leader in the Republican Women’s Society and later went on to be a delegate for the Republican party. She was a poll watcher for countless elections and was a huge advocate for teaching the younger generation the importance of voting and the freedom it can provide.

She and Leon worked in the reading program for the local elementary schools while volunteering in the school reading programs in local elementary schools in Pasadena ISD.

She was noted for her representation in the “Sister Cities” program where she traveled to Hadono, Japan on numerous occasions and made many long-lasting friendships fostering a sense of partnership and community within Pasadena and abroad.

Givvie had a passion for life, people, and family. She was especially proud of her grandsons and her son. She was full of laughter, kind-hearted, and a person of strong convictions and faith. She was a long-standing member of Faithbridge Church in Deer Park, Texas and volunteered there on many different activities. She will be greatly missed by her friends and her family.

Givvie is survived by:

Son, James L. Searcy, Jr.

Daughter-in-law, Linda Searcy

Jason L. Searcy
Nathan M. Searcy

Host of other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Henry Mooney, Sr. and Lonita Mooney and her brothers David Mooney and Lawrence Henry Mooney, Jr.

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


Jimmy Dale Hagler, 72, of Center, Texas, passed away on January 27, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on December 30, 1950, in Center, Texas, to the late L.E. Hagler and Alice Wiggins Hagler.  

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 2pm with Bro. David Mathis officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas.

Jimmy was born and raised in Shelby County. He graduated from Center High School in 1969. Jimmy continued his education at Stephen F. Austin State University where he focused on Computer Science. He and high school sweetheart, Kathy Waller, were joined in marriage on January 31, 1976. They had a wonderful son, Heath. 

You could find Jimmy for many years at H & S Grocery. He and Kathy co-owned and operated it with his brother Wayne Hagler until they retired in 2020.  Jimmy was a devoted father, husband, brother, grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing and traveling are just a couple of things Jimmy liked to do in his spare time. He also liked going to the beach. 

Jimmy was a very logical thinking individual. He loved playing chess and solving problems especially in the area of mathematics. His most precious time was spent with his son, Heath, and his grandchildren, Aidan and Anna. His family was most precious to him and enjoyed making memories with them.

Jimmy is survived by: 
His loving wife, Kathy Hagler

Son, Heath Hagler and wife Collean

Brother, Wayne Hagler

Sister, Barbara Prince and husband Richard

Aidan Hagler
Anna Hagler

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, L.E. and Alice Hagler.

Pallbearers serving will be Joel Waller, David Brittain, Darrell Williams, Steven Andrusick, Ken Vick, and Cam McElroy.

Honorary pallbearers are Bert Vick, Aidan Hagler, Ian Williams, Nathan Cole, Shawn Hagler, Brian Adams, and Mark Leach.

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

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


Janice Lorraine Moody, 71, of Center, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Johnny Lewis and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.  Visitation will begin at Noon.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born September 17, 1951, Janice is the daughter of Jack and Hazel Vaughn. 

She is survived by her
Husband, Don Moody

Son, Donnie Moody and wife, Heather Moody

Daughter, Jeannie Moody Taylor

Dustin Bloodgood and wife, Cortni
Austin Bloodgood 
Justin Bloodgood and Courtney Green
Lexi Moody Bell and husband, Blake Bell
Rowdy Taylor 
Rory Taylor 
Dru Moody 

Evie Sue Bloodgood 
Raiden Bloodgood 
Banks Bell

Sister, Marie Permenter

Robert Jerry Vaughn and wife, Nikki
Larry Vaughn and wife, Dianne
Jackie Vaughn 
Waylon Vaughn and wife, Regina
Gerald Vaughn and wife, Patty

Brother in Law, Tommy Moody and wife, Linda

Sister-in-Law, Ann Blackwell and husband, Willis 

Mother-in-Law, Freddie Moody 

Special caretaker, Shelby Green

Preceded in death by:
Father: Jack Vaughn 
Mother: Hazel Vaughn
Grandson: Jesse Don Moody 
Brothers: Marlie Vaughn, Darrell Vaughn & Prentice Vaughn 
Father in law: Dan Moody 

Pallbearers: Dustin Bloodgood, Austin Bloodgood, Rowdy Taylor, Rory Taylor, Justin Bloodgood, Blake Bell

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


Mrs. Helen C. Hill Williams (67) of Shelbyville, Texas was born on August 26, 1955, to Isaiah Hill Jr. and Dorthy Thompson Hill.  Helen died on January 27, 2023, in Nacogdoches, Texas.   

Funeral service will be on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at East Hamilton Baptist Church Shelbyville, Texas (East Hamilton Community), at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Tommy Allison will be officiating.  

Helen is survived by:
Mother,  Dorthy Hill of Center

Bobby Hill
I J Hill (Brenda)
Michael (Cameica) Hill 
Marcus Hill 

Charlette (David) Hill
Debra (Sugarman) Gardner 
Angela Hill 

Visitation will be Saturday, January 28, 2023, Hicks Chapel 6:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M

Committal will be at Rather Cemetery and repass at Pineywoods Outreach Center.

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral 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


Shirley Ruth Rushing, 85 of Center, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at the Center Emergency Room. She was born January 17, 1938 to her mother, the late Earlie Harper and father, the late Ira Jim Rushing. She was born and raised in Center, Texas.

Funeral service is 12 noon Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Abundant Love Ministries with Pastor Marlin Cloudy officiating. Final resting place is Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas. Visitation is 10am until 7pm on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center.

Mama Shirley was a great faithful Christian lady, a homemaker, that provided for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even to those in the Community.

She was the glue to us, our family. She showed us a way of life, when those rainy days come, she said, “Just know how to keep your refrigerator full to survive!” She never let us go without lights, gas, and water. Most of all she kept plenty of food on the table for us to eat. She never wanted to see us sad or separated from her goodbyes. As we sit here and remember Ms. Shirley Ruth Rushing on today, we are so thankful to God, this Angel, had a chance to pass our way. For 85 years she was able to stand through these test of times.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ira Jim Rushing; mother, Earlie Harper; sisters, Betty Ruth Lathan, Thelma Harper, Velma Harper, and Lee Gail Rushing; brothers, Leroy Rushing and R.C. Harper; son, Prentice Ray Greer; and grandsons, Caddren Keia Harris and Robert Tyrell Bolton III.

She leaves to cherish her memories:

Long-time companion, Milton Fields of Center

Son, Donald Rushing of Houston

Step-son, Milton Brumley of Houston

Vickie Rushing
Shirley Rucker
Pearly Harris
Lisa Carpenter (Eric) of Center
Terry Capiti (Tommy) of Nacogdoches
Allison Young (Arthur) of Yazoo, Mississippi

Step-daughters, Latasha and LaWanna Brumley of Houston

Lawrence Rushing of Houston
Derry Gleen Rushing of Houston
Ira Gleen of Nacogdoches

Lina Sue Harper of Center
Jackie Brown of Longview

Blessed with 10 grandkids and 22 great-grandkids

Special caretaker, Marilyn Roland

Host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Willie Lee Page Thomas, 102 of Timpson, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023 at Willowbrook Nursing in Nacogdoches, Texas. Willie Lee Page Thomas was born January 8, 1921, to Pearl and Randall Page in Garrison, in Rusk, County. She was the fourth child out of eight to this union.

Funeral service is at 12 noon on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Timpson High School auditorium, 836 Bear Drive, Timpson, Texas with Rev. J.T. Harris, Eulogist. Interment is at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. Visitation is 10am until 4pm on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Community Chapel, Timpson. Wake is 5pm until 7pm at Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson.

Willie attended school in Garrison, Texas. She joined First United Smyrna Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of Rev. W.I. Menifee, where she served as the head usher for many years. In 1938, she married Cleaveland Thomas and to this union five children were born. She worked throughout the Timpson Community and was loved by many.

Willie was preceded in death by her mother, Pearl Page; father, Cleveland Page; brothers, Cootie, Willis, Travis, Robert Lee, Roy Lee; sisters, Ethel Lee and Ann Lois; and sons, Alford Ray and Clevester.

She leaves to cherish her memory:

Early Thomas (Laverne) of Jackson, TN
Shirley Adams of Timpson
Billy Waye Thomas of Timpson

11 Grandkids, 28 Great-grandkids, 48 Great-great-grandkids

A host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


Bobby Leon Ritter, 74, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on January 24, 2023, in Timpson, Texas. He was born on January 13, 1949, in Marshall, Texas, to the late William Hoyt Ritter.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Timpson Methodist Church in Timpson, Texas with Kyle Green officiating.

Bobby grew up in the Carthage/Gary area. He attended Gary High School before earning his GED. Bobby met Judy Hudman when they were set up on a blind date. They fell in love and were married. They spent almost 50 wonderful years together. Bobby loved to ride horses and trailride. He enjoyed being outdoors and would spend hours on his side-by-side checking fence lines. Bobby was a hard worker and could often be found in his shop working on some type of metal project. He made a hobby of shooting guns and did that as often as he could. Bobby was the best friend and neighbor anyone could ask for. He would truly give anyone the shirt off his back. Bobby was a faithful member of Timpson First Methodist Church for over 35 years. He and Ashley accepted Christ at the same time. Bobby was a wonderful man that will be missed greatly in this community and by all who knew him.

Bobby is survived by:

Loving wife, Judy Hudman Ritter

Daughter, Ashley Ritter

Brother, Johnny Ritter and wife, Glynis

Jeff Hudman and wife, Ann
Chris Hudman

Johnnie Nix
Barbara Green and husband, Mike

Special friends, Tonia and Andrew Epperson

Numerous special nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Ritter; grandson, Warren Loup; brother, Worth Ritter; surrogate mother, T9C McWilliams; in-laws, Bernice and Noble Hudman; and brother-in-law, Michael Nix.

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


Darlene Gardner, 56 of Shelbyville, Texas, died on January 16, 2023, in Spring, Texas at family member’s residence. Darlene was born on July 6, 1966, to Earsel Gardner and Molene Mathews Gardner.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church located 623 Martin Luther King Drive Center, Texas, at 11:00am. Rev. Frankie Cooper will be officiating.

Her strong will to live, unwavering Faith in God, the love and prayers of family and friends, and many supporters carried her through months of pain. Yet throughout her own struggle, she managed to still love more than ever and kept a smile on her face. Darlene enjoyed her life with her friends, sitting on the porch, drinking coffee, and talking for hours.

Darlene Gardner is survived by:

Derrick Gardner and wife Jeanie of Spring, Texas
Eric Gardner of Center, Texas

Daughter, Tiffanie Gardner of Center

5 Grandchildren: Clydarius, Ja’Mori, Ja’Quez, Ja’Dus and Shakira

Great-Grandson, Bryson Amir Johnson

Dorothy (Leo) McCollister of Tyler, Texas
Dorothy Lavearn Cartwright of Shelbyville

Darlene was proceeded in death by both parents; 2 brothers, Waymon Gardner and Dewey Gardner; 1 sister, Annie Mae Gardner; and 1 brother-in-law, A.T. Cartwright.

Active Pallbearers: James Hewitt, Charles Hewitt, Tommy Mason, Jamie Cartwright, Chadrick Hines Sr., and Thomas Gardner.

Honorary Pallbearers: Andre Cartwright, Michael McCollister, Kelvin McCollister, and Keith McCollister.

Visitation is Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Bright Morning Star 9:00am to 11:00am. Committal is at St John Cemetery (Africa Community).

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral 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


Donald Allen Truitt Jr. 54, of New Orleans, LA formerly of Joaquin and Center passed away January 23rd, 2023, in New Orleans.

His wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 29th, 2023, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Allen was born December 16th, 1968, in Brian, Texas to Donald Allen Truitt Sr and Anne Allice Truitt.

He attended Joaquin High School and graduated with the Joaquin High School class of 1988. While in school, he was very active in sports. He played both football and basketball, along with running track. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force and was an armament aircraft mechanic. He was employed for many years at Bruce Hardwood floors and later Ace Hardware of East Texas. His last 3 years he had his own business “Truitt will do it” handyman services.

Growing up in East Texas he loved to fish and camp and spent many summers with his brother and cousins. He and his brother were close in age and close to heart as they shared their love of football and Star Trek.

He was 18 when his baby sister Kelly was born and his role of big brother was taken very serious throughout his life.

Allen was blessed to have 2 mothers who cared deeply for him. As a teenager, his stepmom Gwen came into his life and loved and cared for him as his own.

Allen’s biggest achievement in his life was his 4 children. His love for them was immense and will never be forgotten.

Allen also has a passion for his favorite NFL team the Miami Dolphins. No matter if they won or lost, his support of them never wavered.

He is survived by his:

Cody Evans and wife Kaitlyn of Granite Quarry, North Carolina 
Lanie Blackmon and husband Luke of Carthage 
Lexie Truitt of Center
Averie Truitt of Center

Ashley Reynolds and Husband TC
Patrick Mills and wife Mikaela

Kaedyn, Gavin, and Saelyn Evans
Samuel Blackmon and Baby Blackmon coming soon
Payton Brown, Brayden Alexander, and Tanner Reynolds

Fiancé, Jennifer Billiot and son James Arkles

Father, Donald Allen Truitt Sr.

Brother, Andrew Truitt and wife Cheryl

Kelly Boyett
Amanda Yesso 

Mark and Janet Weeks
Dan Weeks
Shannon Weeks

He is also survived by numerous other cousins, friends, and family.

Preceded in death by: Mother Anne Moss, Stepmother Gwen Truitt, Grandparents AJ, and Joy Truitt and Sydney Clark and Alice Clark, brother-in-law Buddy Boyett, and aunt Sharon Weeks.

Services under the direction of Watson and Son Funeral Home www.watsonandsonsfh.com.


Sandra Gail Eddins, 62, of Center, Texas passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2023. Sandra was born May 24, 1960, in Port Arthur, Texas to Frank Hughes and Betty Crump Rippy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 6-8PM at Mangum Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 2:00 PM Bro. Tommy Ford and Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas.

Sandra was raised in Joaquin, Texas. She graduated from Joaquin high school and went on to receive her degree in nursing as an LVN from Panola College. Sandra was a nurse for the late Dr. Joe Hooker and Dr. Steve Oates. She later worked for many years as a Home Health nurse. Sandra dedicated her life to taking care of others. Sandra loved her profession and was very good at what she did. She was always smiling and could definitely make you smile and keep you laughing. Sandra had a beautiful personality.

Sandra was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Sandra and Robert Sr (Bobbie) married onMarch 13, 1982. Everyone that knew Sandra knew how much she loved her children and grandbabies and she would go to the ends of the earth to make them happy.

Left to cherish her precious memory:

Loving husband, Bobbie Eddins

Adam Eddins and wife, Bridgett
Alan Eddins
Robert Eddins Jr. and wife, Anita

Addysen Eddins
Keaton Eddins
Ava Cree Eddins
Dean Eddins
Henley Eddins
Hazelyn Eddins
Ashley Snider and husband, Jeremy
Ryan Eddins
Joshua Eddins

Great-grandson, Levi Snider

Vicky Askew
Patricia Hughes
Brenda Ford and husband, Tommy
Martha Weaver
Robbie Rippy Fry

Brother, Michael Hughes

Sisters in laws:
Faye Huffman
Dorothy Whiteman
Nancy Drew

Many nieces, nephews a host of family and friends.

Proceed in death by father, Frank Hughes; mother, Betty Rippy; step-father, Charles Rippy; brother Steve Hughes, sisters, Pam Cunninham, Janie Hughes Wheless.

Pallbearers serving will be Adam Eddins, Alan Eddins, Robert Eddins Jr., Ryan Eddins, Joshua Eddins, Jerry Lyle Huffman, Gaylon Howard

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


Paul S. Grant passed away Friday, January 20, 2023 in Tyler, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2023, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Bro. Micah McArthur will officiate.

Born June 18, 1935, Paul was the son of Larry Grant and Iris Williams Grant. He served in the Air Force for 20 years and retired. Paul enjoyed his family and being around his grandkids.  

His survivors are:
His children: 
Shanna Murphey and fiancé Joe Beddoe
Brian Grant

Caleb Hill
Christy Hill
Raelyn Hill
Jordan Fung
Dylan Beddoe

Great-grandchild, Cecelia Hill

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Grant; parents, Larry Grant and Iris Williams Grant; and sister, Juanel Votaw.

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


Glenda Jean (Granny) Polk, 87, of Timpson, Texas, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2023. Born on March 7, 1935 in Pennsboro W.V. to Harry Truman and Arlene (Pyles) Lobaugh. 

Glenda and her husband Jesse were headed to Mexico for vacation in 1995 when they stopped in Timpson, Texas to visit a long-lost friend and decided to stay. They bought some property where they helped to raise their grandchildren. Granny never met a stranger and always had a story to share about her family. 

Glenda is preceded in death by her husband Jesse Polk, her brothers William (Bill) of Las Vegas NV, and Larry Lee of pomfret MD. Sons Harry (Buck) Curtin of Lothian MD, and Robert Joe (Bobby) Marshall of Timpson, Tx.

Glenda is survived by: 
Her brother, Harry

Sister, Nancy Lobaugh of Waldorf MD

Margaret Hardman of Harrisville WV
Sue Wolfe of Hughesville MD
Jimmy Curtin of Conway SC
Vi-Ellen (Cookie) Bowles of Mechanisville MD.

Glenda leaves behind 14 Grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.


Kathy Sue (Brooks) Burns, 69, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on January 19, 2023, in Lufkin, Texas. She was born on November 9, 1953, in Carthage, Texas, to the late Barron and Tommie (Wall) Brooks. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, January 23, 2023, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas with Joey Watson officiating.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

Kathy grew up in Timpson. She graduated from Timpson High School in 1972. Kathy soon met Lynn Burns. The two were married on May 20, 1973 and she had been aggravating him for the last 49 years. In 1996, Kathy was licensed as an LVN and had a wonderful career that spanned 27 years. Kathy enjoyed spending many hours sewing. She was often in the kitchen cooking up good meals for her family. Kathy’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She was a great Nana and will be greatly missed by her loved ones. 

Left to cherish her memory is:
Her loving husband, Lynn Burns

Jessica Gatlin and husband, Stevie
Christina Watson and husband, Joey

Lance Burns
Logan Burns and wife, Ashley

Rodrick Gatlin and wife, KK
Jaylen Gatlin
Kristen Rasberry
Shelbi Miller
Hayleigh Burns
Megan Burns
Matthew Gatlin
Rantzli Watson
Mazeli Watson
Harper Burns
Samuel Burns

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Barron Rudolph and Tommie Bee (Wall) Brooks; brothers, James and Barry Brooks, and sister, Jane Fulmer.

Serving as pallbearers are Logan Burns, Lance Burns, Stevie Gatlin, Matthew Gatlin, Joey Watson, and Curt Harless.

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


William “Bill” Lloyd, 75, passed away peacefully but unexpectedly at his home on January 10, 2023.

A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, February 16, 2023 at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church - Grace Chapel, in Southlake, Texas. A reception for family and friends will be held in Evans Hall immediately following the service. A private internment will be at White’s Chapel Columbarium at a future date.

William was born March 12, 1947 in Charlotte, North Carolina to Willie and Norvelle Lloyd. He was the second of six children. A proud member of Harding High School, he graduated in 1965. William joined the U.S. Army Reserves in1965 and served until June, 25, 1971. He earned an associate degree in business management from Tarrant County College. He was proud to be an American and was very respectful of our

William married the love of his life, Carol Long, on March 15, 1969 and together they raised two children. William was a member of White’s Chapel Church. He made his profession of faith at an early age and recently reaffirmed that faith and commitment to the Lord.

William began his career with Grainger in 1963 as a part-time branch warehouse employee and was promoted to regional operations manager and then regional sales manager. He worked at several Grainger branches and made friends with many customers and associates. William retired from Grainger in 1999 after 38 years of service.

William had a great passion for work and making things happen. This led him to a consulting position with Port-A-Cool, LLC in Center, Texas. He was vice president of sales with the parent company, General Shelters of Texas, then became President/CEO of Port-A-Cool, LLC until his retirement in January 2014. “The most rewarding thing about my time with Grainger was my relationships with the people,” he said. “I loved watching them grow and develop into leaders and I will really value those relationships when I retire.” He developed those same relationships with his associates at Port-A-Cool during his time there.

Over the years, William enjoyed many adventures with friends. He loved hunting, fishing, golf, Harley trips and attending sporting events. The hunting and fishing expeditions extended to four countries.

William leaves behind:

Loving and devoted wife, Carol. They were blessed to share much joy and many adventures during their nearly 54-year-marriage.

Allyson (Charlie) Daigle
Jeff (Misti) Lloyd

Beloved grandchildren:
William Joseph (Ashleigh) Liska
Elizabeth Liska (Jonatan Flores)
Kennedi McClain Lloyd
Bristol Miranda Lloyd

Great-granddaughter, Adilynn Liska, has added much joy to his life during her almost four years.

Willie (Benny) Merrell
Minnie (Lee) Dukes
Ruth (Jim) Ward
Cathy (David) Kulla

Many nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his wonderful parents, Willie and Norvelle Lloyd and his brother John Lloyd. He will be remembered mostly for his deep love for family and an unselfish and generous heart for any friend or stranger who crossed his path. He truly loved life and the people in it.

William was a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, a Paul Harris Fellow of the Center Rotary Club and a Gold Level member of the Catherine Pinkston Roughriders Scholarship Foundation. He cooked with the Shelby County Cookers and was a life member of Texas Exes. He was a member of the HEB American Legion Post 379, the U.S. Army Historical Foundation and FOE Eagles 3719.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White’s Chapel Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092; GEM Outreach Ministry, 2326 Chinkapin Way, Dallas, TX 75212; or the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 152, Center, TX 75935-0152.

The family greatly appreciates all the prayers and support from family members and friends during this difficult time.

Services are under the direction of Lucas Funeral Homes, Keller. Online condolences can be made at lucasfuneralhomes.com.


Marshall Wayne Hughes, 57, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on January 18, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on September 14, 1965, in Center, Texas, to Jack Monroe Hughes and Zannie (Barton) Hughes.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 20, 2023, from 6-8PM at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 11am with Bro. Jody Hooper and Bro. Eugene Bowden officiating. Interment will follow at Old Home Cemetery, Center, Texas.

Wayne was born and raised in Shelby County. He met the love of his life, Trina McCann, through her brother. The two were joined by marriage on November 14, 1997. The Lord joined them together as one and through him they made a wonderful life together. Their love never wavered, and Wayne surely gained his forever soulmate. Together they have spent over 25 years together before his passing. They have 4 wonderful children whom he never missed a school event or anything that had to do with them participating in. Wayne was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His family was his pride and joy, and his children know that he is 100% a family man. He enjoyed watching them show cattle, playing softball, and cheering. He was their biggest cheerleader. To know Wayne was to know he was a jokester. He was quick witted. You were not going to out wit him. When he wasn’t spending time with family, he was enjoying time spent with friends. “Plain Wayne” as many would call him, enjoyed his time spent with them making memories. He liked to fish. His favorite past time would be the “book of faces” (Facebook). He loved scrolling to find the latest information. 

Wayne is survived:

His loving wife, Trina Hughes “Muffin”

Darby Dale Hughes “Shoogy” and fiancé Colton Hogsett
Cralon Wayne Hughes “Boo”
Keaton McCann Hughes “Midget”
Braxton Tyler Hughes “Bac-Bac” and wife Mandy

Mother, Zannie Barton Hughes

Brother, Larry Jack Hughes and wife Tina

Teresa Whiteside and husband Michael
Angela Hughes

Sister-in-law, Lisa Stephens

Steven McCann and wife Jennifer
Marcus McCann

Riley Hughes
Paisley Hughes
Jace Hughes

Numerous nieces and nephews

Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Jack Monroe Hughes; brother, Henry Stephens; father-in-law, Dale McCann; mother-in-law, Susan McCann; brother-in-law, Lil Dale McCann; and stepfather, Juan Romero.

Pallbearers serving will be Todd McDaniel, Mark Rowold, Lane Pridgen, Jason Harvey, Chris Burns, Casey Harold, Jeff Rodgers, and Shawn Whiteside. 

Honorary pallbearers serving will be Ike Cummings, Mark Smith, Neal McFadden, Tommy Martin, Sean Wright, Tyson Pennington, Ben Webster, Brandon Neal, Tim Bonner and James David.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the entire staff at Willis Knighton Medical Center for their exceptional care given to Mr. Hughes during his stay over the past few years.

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


Jessie Sims,  91 of Center, passed awayFriday night, January 6, 2023 at Pine Grove Nursing Center. He was born November 13, 1931 to the late Freddy Manning of Oakland, California and Norice Loise Manning of Monroe, Louisiana.

Funeral service is 2pm Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Community Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle as Eulogist. Visitation is 10am until 6pm on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Community Chapel.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Wife, Lamerle Sims of Center

Twin sister, Dessie Manning of Los Angeles, California
Jante Young of Los Angeles, California
Teresa Manning of Los Angeles, California

Brother, Matthew Manning of Shreveport, Louisiana

Veronica Haggerty (James) of Center
Barbara Rubio (Al) of Florida

Jessie Jones (Tina) of Center
Robert and Melinda Jones of Center
Jessie Stark (Cynthia) of Chireno
Johnny Manning
Ronnie Manning (Jenny) of Iowa, Ohio
Jessie Harper of Houston
Bonny Williams of Arkansas
Sam Manning of Monroe, Louisiana

Sartorius Jones of Center
Letica Rubio of Florida
Jessica Stark of Chireno

Ashanti, Buckley, Tatyanna Handy of San Augustine
La’derha Hamilton
Monroe Amiah Manning of Iowa, Ohio

Na’Qita Carter of Monroe, Louisiana
Cornelius Jones and Britteny Jones of Florida
Jessie Jones Jr. (Kei) of Center
Various Jones (April) of Florida
Shakendrick Jones of Florida
Jemarcus Jones of Center
C.J. Jones of Nacogdoches

34 Great-grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, and aunties.

Benny, Richard, Barbara Manning of Monroe, Louisiana
Marry Starks of Monroe, Louisiana
Teresa Wilson of Center
Christy Harper of Center
TaShiana Harper of Center
Cinderella Harper of Center
Valerie Carter of Nacogdoches

Two special best friends: Mary Jean Moore and Robert Moore

He is preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and one deceased son. 

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.