05/16/2019

Vernon Clinton Williams, 49, of Joaquin, Texas passed away on May 15, 2019 in Joaquin. He was born on June 10, 1969 in Shreveport, Louisiana to John Clinton Williams and Virginia Swan Williams.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. J.C. Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery.

A visitation will be held prior to service time from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 

Vernon grew up in Joaquin and graduated from Joaquin High School. He earned a living in the pipeline industry. When he had free time, he could be found fishing with his boys and surrounded by friends and family. His children were his pride and joy, and he made sure to spend every second possible with them. Listening to music and filling the room with laughter were some of his favorite things to do. Vernon’s wit and charm were some of his most notable characteristics. 

Vernon is survived by:
His son: Sterling Clinton Williams and wife Kassi

Mother: Virginia Kay

Sister: Rebekah Lyn Taylor

Nephew: Johnny Ray Taylor

Grandchildren: 
Bentley Leann
Dalton Britt
Remy
Colton
Kyleigh
Royce

Friend: Linda Pouncy.

He is preceded in death by his son, Dalton Wayne Williams and father, John Clinton Williams. 

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

05/16/2019

Gillis Earl, age 60 of Timpson, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at his residence in Timpson.

Memorial service is 11am Saturday, May 18th at Friendship Baptist Church of Tenaha with Pastor Jeremy Moore officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Ashley Earl of Carthage
Amber Earl of Carthage
Jasmine Earl of Carthage

Mother, Thena Moore of Tenaha

Sisters:
Bonnie Pearl Bizzell of Dallas
Thelma Moore of Tenaha

Brother, Dewayne Moore of Tenaha

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.

05/14/2019

Grace Miller Wilburn, 87, of Shelbyville, Texas passed away on May 14, 2019 in Lufkin, Texas. She was born on December 8, 1931 in Shelbyville to Willis Roy Miller and Annie Bass Miller Scott.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

Grace grew up in Shelbyville. As a teen, she began working at a local restaurant where one fateful day, a young gentleman veteran walked through the door. Henry Lihue Wilburn was a war veteran who had just returned home from service, and Grace caught his eye. The two were married shortly thereafter on March 6, 1948 and spent a love-filled 70 years together before Henry’s passing in 1993. Grace was a dedicated wife and mother, always attentive to the needs of her husband and children. She was a very talented woman who spent much of her extra time making dolls, painting with ceramics and porcelain as well as quilting and sewing. If she wasn’t crafting or caring for family, you would find Grace enjoying the outdoors gardening and working in her flowers. Her hands were no stranger to hard work, and she sacrificed whatever it took to make sure her family was cared for. She was genuine and kind-hearted and exemplified what it meant to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Grace was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Huxley. 

Grace is survived by:

Children:
Bernice Wilburn Graham and husband, Hugh
Donice Wilburn and wife, Alice

Sisters:
Edith Scott Hughes
Cathy Scott Holt

Grandchildren:
Brandie Wilburn Emanis, and husband, Scott
Katie Wilburn Smith, and husband, Jonathan
Shannon Wilburn, and wife, Tera
Jessica Wilburn Reese, and husband, John
Rebekah Wilburn Honea, and husband, Todd

17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lihue Wilburn; mother, Annie Bass Scott; son, Henry Leroy Wilburn, grandparents, George and Meddie Bass; sister, Murlene Scott McMahon and brother, Bobby Scott. 

Pallbearers will be Eugene McMahon, Alton Steptoe, Aaron Steptoe, Adam Steptoe, Jessie Rose, Chad Bass and Brad Bass.
The family requests the memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517 or visit https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=10043.

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

05/14/2019

James Arvis Lee Sr., 73, of Center, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ron Luman and Bro. Travis Lee officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Lee was born April 16, 1946, in Ebarb, Louisiana, to R.D. and Emma Ebarb Lee. He retired from Asplundh Tree Company at the age of 62 following 39 years of service. Mr. Lee enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of Center Bible Fellowship.

He is survived by:

Wife, Jean Lee

Children:
Sharon Bock and husband Richard
James Lee Jr. and wife Angela
Ricky Lee and wife Lorinda
Teresa Fletcher and husband Eddie
Denise McCauley

Brothers:
Wallace Lee and wife Mary Rose
Robert Lee and Glenda

Grandchildren:
Kim Shelton and husband Jacob
Donald Lee and Jessica
Amber Lout and husband Sawyer
Ricky Lee Jr. and wife Whitnee
Brandon Lee and wife Anna
Yolanda Alcudia and husband Aldemir
Jonathan Sullivan and wife Erichica
Christian Lee
Charity Lee
Ethan Lee
Brayden Lee
Trinity Lee
Bryson Lee
Easton Lee
Caden Lee
Makenna Lee
Peter Bock
Michael Bock
Devin McCauley
Shanan Lee

Great-grandchildren: Aidan Sullivan, Jerry Sullivan, Leah Sullivan, Branson Shelton, Kris Shelton, Shyanne Lee, Erica Lee, Allissa Lee, Kyleigh Lee, Zoey Robison, Alexis Lout, Katelyn Lout, Grayson Lee, Tristan Lee, Tate Lee, Tanner Lee, Nevaeh Lee, Bobby Hendricks III, Colton Lee, Jazmin Trejo, Juliana Trejo, Adrian Alcudia, Julio Alcudia, Brian Trejo, Chloe Bock, Emma Bock.

Preceded in death by grandchildren, Salazar Sullivan, Kayley Lee; parents, R.D. and Emma Lee; sisters, Arvelle Authur, Trudy Furlow, Nancy Lee, Doris Ebarb, Gertrude Lee; brothers, David Lee, Marvin Lee, Bryant Lee.

Pallbearers will be Donald Lee, Ricky Lee Jr., Jonathan Sullivan, Brandon Lee, Christian Lee, Sawyer Lout, Jacob Shelton, Aldemir Alcudia, Robert Lee Jr., and Bobby Hendricks III. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Charles Ray Metcalf, Gaylon Howard, Johnny Magby, and Gary Snider.

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

05/14/2019

Ronald Brent Clark, 50, of Center, Texas passed away on May 13, 2019 in Center. He was born on November 4, 1968 in Houston, Texas to Ronald Jay Clark and Norma Jean McCarty Clark. Funeral services will be at 1:00 on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Clever Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Hopkins and Bro. Bobby Warr officiating.

Interment will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Clever Creek Baptist Church. 

Brent grew up in Pasadena and graduated from Pasadena High School. He attended San Jacinto Junior College before moving to California for a few years for work. Brent decided to return to Texas to start a family closer to home. About six years ago, he moved back to Center in order to help his mom and dad. Brent was somewhat of a Renaissance man with a list of talents and interests.

As a young man, he learned to play the violin, was very athletic enjoying baseball and football, but also made sure to focus on his studies earning a spot on the Dean’s List. Brent even received his skydiving certificate. As an adult, he worked as a carpenter, pipe-fitter and scaffold builder. There just wasn’t much Brent couldn’t do. While he was no stranger to hard work, Brent made sure to enjoy life. He very much liked spending time outdoors fishing, shooting and riding motorcycles.

His favorite moments were spent with his daughter. She was the light of his life, and his whole world. Family meant everything to Brent and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for their happiness. He wanted to spread life to others and he did that with his infectious smile and warm personality. Brent will be remembered for the laughter and love he shared with so many.

Brent is survived by:
his mother, Norma Jean Clark of Center

Daughter: Emily Grace Clark of Conroe

Sister: Tiffany Farmacka and husband, Brett of Crosby

Nephew: Jacob Henry Ingersoll of Houston

Niece: Sarah Lena Olson of Crosby

Great-nephews: 
Samuel Dalton Ronald Olson
Braydon Cole Oatis

Cousin: Catherine Renee Clark.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Jay Clark; paternal grandparents, Henry Jay Clark and Frances Wright Clark; maternal grandparents, John and Dorothy McCarty; and uncle, Rodney Ray Clark.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Ingersoll, Brian Bailes, Jeff Eaves, Cody Warr, Cooper Warr, Milton Newberry, David Clark, Dennis Clark and Brett Farmacka.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Earl Hodges and Oren Warr.

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

05/13/2019

Robert Dale Bright, 67, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at First United Pentecostal Church in Center with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Campti Methodist Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Mr. Bright was born November 23, 1951, to Roy Thomas Bright and Essie Callender Bright.  He worked in auto parts and service, and had a love for cars.

He is survived by:
His wife: Jeanette Bright of Center

Children: 
Sean Bright and wife Meredith of Austin
April Broomfield and husband Richard of Nacogdoches

Granddaughter: Kayla Reynolds and husband Ross of Tyler

Sister: Billie Holt of Center

Dog: Tigger

Preceded in death by his parents, Roy Thomas Bright and Essie Callender Bright; brother, Earl Bright; sister, Glenda Cordova.

Pallbearers will be Richard Broomfield, Sean Bright, Ross Reynolds, Clay Ihlo, Bobby Addison, and Tony Willoughby.

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

05/13/2019

Mother Ora Lee Swindle, 85 of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Wake is 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Triumph First Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville. Funeral service is 1pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville. Visitation is from 12 noon to 1pm prior to funeral service on Wednesday. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:

Brother, Bishop Roosevelt (Girtha) Swindle of Shelbyville

Sister, Millie (James) Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri

A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.

05/11/2019

Molly Louise Wiggins, 76, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on May 10, 2019 in Fort Worth. She was born on August 6, 1942 in Shelby County to James Curb Wiggins and Fleta Miles Wiggins. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at East Hamilton Cemetery. 
Molly grew up in Shelbyville and graduated from Shelbyville High School. She went to work for General Telephone Company where she dedicated her services there for over 20 years until retirement. She was involved throughout her life with many charities and was a member of Bear Creek Bible Church. 
Molly thoroughly enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening. She also could play a tough game of 42 if anyone was up for the challenge. She knew her way around the kitchen and on many days, you could find her there listening to Elvis, frying up shrimp, making chicken and dumplings or her most famous banana pudding. Above all things, Molly cherished every second she spent with her family. Her heart was full and overflowing with love for her children and grandchildren. 

Molly is survived by:
Her son: Miguel Hernandez and wife, Jennifer Sieker

Daughters: 
Andrea Pendley and husband
David and Emilia Garza and husband, Albert

Brother: Gene Wiggins and wife, Sharon

Grandchildren: 
Jessica Pendley
Julian Hernandez
Gavin Hernandez
Grace Garza.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James Curb and Fleta Wiggins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or visit https://www.stjude.org/donate/.  

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

05/10/2019

Joyce Spurlock Hill, 68, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on May 9, 2019 in Joaquin. She was born on August 14, 1950 in Center, Texas to Harold Eugene Spurlock and Billie Jean Whiddon Spurlock. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Willow Grove Cemetery with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Joyce grew up in Joaquin and graduated from Joaquin High School. Her mother introduced Joyce to Dale Hill and the two were instantly connected. On December 16, 1967, they were married and spent 51 wonderful years together. After graduating high school, Joyce went on to become a hairdresser which she enjoyed for 25 years while she raised her children. When the kids were grown, Joyce decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in education. Returning to school was a tough decision and hard for a full-time mom and wife, but her determination and the loving support from family helped her chase her dreams. In 1994, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Masters degree and then dedicated the next 20 years serving at Center ISD. She had a passion for her students and loved working in the special education department teaching English.

Joyce was an avid reader. She also had an interest in genealogy and holistic essential oils. When she found the time, she especially enjoyed traveling. One of her most common stops was Hot Springs, Arkansas. More than anything, Joyce loved spending time with her family. Those precious moments were what she valued most and tried to experience as often as possible. She was a member of Truitt Chapel Baptist Church. Joyce’s kind, caring demeanor and servant heart will be greatly missed by a multitude of family, friends, co-workers and students who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Joyce is survived by: 
Her beloved husband, Dale Lamar Hill of Joaquin

Daughter: Amy Hill of Joaquin

Sons: 
Marcus Derrick Hill of Nacogdoches
Brent Lamar Hill and wife, Kari of Nacogdoches

Mother: Billie Jean Spurlock of Kountze

Brothers: 
Randy Spurlock and wife, Judy of Kirbyville 
Billy Tinkle and wife, Penny of Woodville

Sisters: 
Sue Daniels and husband, Wayne of Kountze
Belinda Lewellen and husband Tim of Kountze

Grandchildren: 
Caleb Grant Hill and Christy of Nacogdoches
Raelyn Breanna Hill of Nacogdoches
Karissa Jordyn Hill all of Nacogdoches

A host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly

She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Eugene Spurlock.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wagstaff, John Paul Wagstaff, David Carroll, Joey Burns, Tony Powdrill and Tommy Spurlock.

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

05/09/2019

Rev. Clarence Polley Jr., 86 of East Liberty Community, formerly of Dallas, passed away Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 in Dallas.

Visitation is 12 noon to 1pm Saturday, May 11 with Funeral Service starting at 1pm Saturday at East Liberty Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Wake is Friday 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas. Interment is at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville with Elder Daniel Polley officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Bertha (Bobby) Hooper of Dallas
Ella (Fred) Breaux of Carrollton
Mary (Greg) Breaux of Houston
Vickey Polley of Austin

Sons:
Clarence (Shelia) Polley of Dallas
Elder Daniel (Sonja) Polley of Logansport, Louisiana
Larry (Lisa) Polley of Denton

20 Grandchildren, 22 Great-Grandchildren

Brother, Mac Arthur (Sarah) Barnes of Dallas

Sister, Purline Mitchell of Dallas

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.

05/09/2019

Morris Downey, 73, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. Downey was born August 6, 1945, in Canada, to Lawrence Downey and Johnnie Loftin Downey.  He attended James Church of Christ.

He is survived by his cousin, Kendall McDonald.  

Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Downey and Johnnie Loftin Downey.

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

05/07/2019

Tommie Wall Methvin, 85, of Timpson, Texas passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  Born August 19, 1933, Center, Texas to the late Herman Wall and Maurine Wilburn Wall.

Graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Bro. Michael Murphy officiating. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

Tommie moved to Timpson as a small child. She graduated Timpson High School, Class of 1950. Later in life Tommie married Claude Methvin, and the two spent several years together before his passing. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing bingo, and sitting around talking about her previous job with Tyson. She loved reminiscing the good times she had while employed with Tyson. Tommie was a very personable person, never meeting a stranger. She enjoyed her position greeting folks at Walmart for many years. The greatest joy was watching her great grandchildren play.  

She is survived by her:
Daughter: Kathy Burns and husband Lynn

Step-daughter: Maxine Sapp

Brother: Billy Ray Shadows

Sister: Annette Murphy

Grandchildren: 
Jessica Gatlin and husband Steve
Christina Watson and husband Joey
Lance Burns
Logan Burns and wife Ashley
Jeremy Fulmer
Justin Fulmer
Kevin Fulmer

8 great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews; the residents and staff at Holiday Nursing Center; former grandson-in-law, James Miller; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly

Tommie is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Methvin; daughter, Jane Fulmer; sons, James Barron Brooks, Barry Brooks; sister, Jeanette Kirkley.  
  
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

05/06/2019

Archie Willie Singleton (81) of Longview, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his residence. He was born on February 17, 1939 in Center, Texas.

Funeral service will be at 11am Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Galilee Baptist Church, 1301 S. High Street, Longview, Texas, 75602. Minster John T. Smith will be officiation and Dr. Antione Eakins will bring the message.

He is survived by:

Wife, Ester Mae Gardner, Singleton

Son, Archie Willie Singleton II (Jennifer) of Longview, Texas

Daughter, Cresiedia Ann Lewis (Kenneth Sr) of Longview, Texas

Grandchildren:
Kenneth Lewis Jr. (Ashely) of Longview, Texas
Tonika Lockett (Terrell Sr.) of Houston, Texas

Great-Grandchildren:
Ternell Lockett
Mariah Lewis
Kennedy Lewis
Terrell Jr
Malik Cook
Braylon Clark

Brothers:
Willie James Singleton, of Longview, Texas
Vernon Dean Singleton (Liza) of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sisters:
Fannie Mae Holman of Longview, Texas
Ella Garrett (W.J) of Center
Elma Suell of Center
Debra Mayweather (Donald Ray) of Mansfield, Louisiana

Uncle, T.J. Simon

Brothers-in-law:
Rev. Billy Earl Gardner (Margie) of Lufkin, Texas
Thomas Gardner (Wanda) of Center
Jerry Gardner (Cheryl) of Center
Fredrick Gardner (Stella) of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Allene Singleton of Dallas, Texas
Myrtis McClelland of Center

Visitation is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from the hours of 1pm to 8pm at Craig Funeral Home. Committal is Saturday, May 9, 2019 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview, Texas. Repass at Bobby Taylor Family Life Center.

Services entrusted to Craig Funeral Home, 2001 S. Green Street, Longview, Texas 75602. Services announced by Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.

05/06/2019

Leroy "Lee" Verl Bowley, Jr., 61 of Timpson Texas passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Kris Young officiating.  Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019 beginning at 1PM until service time.
 
Lee was born August 18, 1957 in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from MacArthur High School and attended Kilgore College and moved to the East Texas area in 1994.  He was a salesman and business owner all his adult life, and was an accomplished guitarist and singer, and loved to use those gifts in his father's church, Springs of Living Water in Dotson. There he also spent many years as a Bible teacher.
 
His greatest joys were his children, grandchildren and family, writing and playing music, fishing and basketball.
 
Lee is survived by:
His loving family: 
Daughter: Courtney Blaine Ritter and husband Kent

Sons: 
Cody Lee Bowley and wife Calli
Tyler Lee McDonough and wife Sydney

Step-son: Kristopher Neal Young and wife Jada

Former wife Linda King Wilson

Parents: Rev. Leroy Bowley, Sr, and Jeanette Bowley

Brother: Joel Bowley and wife Tammy

Sister-in-law: Kimberley Fletcher Bowley

Sister: Tammy Bowley Strong

Grandchildren:
Austen Lee Young and wife Joy
Caleb Kristopher Young and wife Alexandria
Paige Nicole Young
Abigail Jayden Young
Kainen Kent Ritter
Londyn Paige Bowley
Dalton Kreed Ritter
Fynlee Sue Bowley
Kohen Kye Ritter
McCrae Carter McDonough

Great-grandchild: Corbin Lee Young

Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends
 
He is preceded in death by his brother, Mark Stephen Bowley, Sr.; grandparents, Bill and Geraldine Bowley, William Richard Hicks and Florence Audrey Weems Hicks.

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

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

05/06/2019

Roena White, 87, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 6, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on March 16, 1932 in Center to Donnie and Lillie White. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 10, 2019 at East Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend George Cartwright officiating. Interment will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM prior to the service on Friday, May 10, 2019 at East Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. 

Roena grew up in the East Liberty Community and graduated from East Liberty High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Arkansas for a period of time before pursuing a career as a seamstress. For over 38 years, Roena lived in Dallas before moving to Wichita Falls where her servant’s heart was able to be put to work as a foster care mom. She had a true passion for helping others and was able to fulfill that desire each and every day of her life. In her later years, Roena’s health began to fail so she returned to Center to be near family. 

Roena was an amazing woman with a long list of talents, abilities and admirable qualities. She loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with her family. Fishing was one of her favorite pastimes, and many good memories were made on the water with her. More than anything, Roena treasured the innumerable moments spent with her family. The immense warmth and love were shared every time her family would gather together. She was a member of St. John Church in Wichita Falls under the leadership of Pastor Delaney where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and was active in the hospitality ministry. When she returned to Center, she joined East Liberty Church and again, took on the role of Sunday School teacher and served in the mission ministry. 

She leaves to cherish her memory:
Daughters:
Shelena Bluford of Center
Shelia Polley of Center

Grandchildren: 
Tracy Bluford of Dallas
Anthony Bluford and Angela Taylor of Center
Derrick and Kamiya White of Cedar Hill
Cornelius and Maria Bluford of Arlington

Ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Her memory will also linger with a host of nieces, nephews, loving relatives and cherished friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Donnie and Lillie White; brothers, Augusta White, D.L. White, Lorenza White and Donnie Ester White; sisters, Bernice Hansboro, Juanita Eddins and Verna Smith; grandson, Patrick Lynn White; and great-grandson, Adan Leonard Bluford.

Pallbearers will be Brian Jackson, Darren Session, Arvis Moore, Michael Session, Jermaine Session, Riheam Jenkins and Vernell Moody.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tracy Bluford, Anthony Bluford, Derrick White, Cornelius Bluford, Ronnie White, Don White and Joe White.

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

05/05/2019

Marcelino Vazquez de la Torre, 65, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019 and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Chapel with Fausto Balderas officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Vazquez de la Torre was born April 26, 1954, in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, to Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.

He is survived by:
His wife: Graciela Vazquez of Center

Children: 
Senaida Guadalupe Vazquez
Jorge Fidel Vazquez
Israel Vazquez
Hugo Jesus Vazquez
Oscar M. Vazquez

11 grandchildren

Preceded in death by son, Oscar Vazquez; one granddaughter; parents, Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.

Pallbearers will be David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vazquez Jr., Andres Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vazquez and Miguel Flores.

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


Marcelino Vázquez de la Torre, de 65 años, de Centro, falleció el jueves 2 de mayo de 2019 en Centro.

La visita se realizará a partir de las 5:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m., domingo 5 de mayo de 2019 y de 8:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m., lunes 6 de mayo de 2019 y de 10:00 a.m.en Watson & Sons Funeral Home en el centro. El servicio fúnebre se llevará a cabo el martes, 7 de mayo de 2019, en Watson & Sons Chapel, con Fausto Balderas oficiando. Seguirá el sepelio en el cementerio McClelland en Shelbyville.

El Sr. Vázquez de la Torre nació el 26 de abril de 1954 en Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, México, de Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.

Le sobreviven:
su esposa: Graciela Vázquez, de Centro

niños: 
Senaida Guadalupe Vázquez
Jorge Fidel Vázquez
Israel Vázquez
Hugo Jesús Vázquez
Oscar M. Vázquez

11 nietos.

Precedido en la muerte por su hijo, Oscar Vázquez; una nieta Los padres, Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.
Los portadores del féretro serán David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vázquez Jr., Andrés Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vázquez y Miguel Flores.

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

05/03/2019

Norma Boniol Rudd, 80, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Rudd was born June 17, 1938, in Meeker, Louisiana, to Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol.  She loved flowers and cooking, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and loved volunteering to help others with anything that came up.  Mrs. Rudd was a member and past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America and also a member of First Baptist Church in Center. She was a devout Christian and never passed up an opportunity to witness to anyone.

She is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Kemi Faulkenbery and husband, Jerry, of Center
Keli Chandler and husband, David of Center

Grandchildren: 
Hannah Faulkenbery of Center
Josiah Faulkenbery and wife, Randi Kay of Center
Krista Brooke Fletcher of Houston
Dawson Chandler of Center
Rylan Chander of Center

Great-grandchildren: 
Brylie Ross
Camille Crowe
Wyatt Faulkenbery

Brother: Michael Mangrum and wife, Rose, of Center

Sisters: 
GayNell Boniol Wilburn and husband, Jimmy, of Center
Janice Mangrum Churchman and husband, Max, of Tenaha

Sister-in-law: Mary Lee Wilburn Boniol of Center

Brother-in-law: Gene Rudd of Lufkin

Numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends

Preceded in death by husband, Teddy L. Rudd; parents, Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol Mangrum; brother, Clifton Boniol; sister, Mary Boniol Williams; brother-in-law, James Williams; sisters-in-law, Charlcie Rudd Willingham, Fay Rudd; half-sister, Eunice Kurtz; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Weldon and Duetta Rudd; longtime friend, J.W. Adams.

Pallbearers will be David Chandler, Jerry Faulkenbery, Bennie Boniol, Josiah Faulkenbery, Dawson Chander, and Larry Berg. Honorary pallbearer will be Rylan Chandler.

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

05/02/2019

Regena Gay Strong was born July 27, 1957, the daughter of Rev. Elzine and Doris Strong. She passed from this life on April 29, 2019 at 61 years of age with loved ones by her side. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

Regena was a 1975 graduate of Diboll High School. Following graduation, she worked at AT&T as a telephone operator. For many years, she was a vital part of the United Pentecostal Church of Diboll, which was founded by her dad, Rev. Elzine Strong. She played instruments and served in numerous aspects of the church.

Regena’s life was dedicated to her mom and dad and she cared for them faithfully. She had a thoughtful, giving, and nurturing personality. She had a way of making people feel special. She enjoyed sending cards and helping others. She often provided encouragement to family, friends, and neighbors. We will remember Regena as a sassy young lady who walked with a “pep in her step” and always brought a fun perspective to conversations.  You might say the Lord broke the mold when He created her. The world could only handle ONE Regena and she will be missed by her family, friends, and fur babies.

She is preceded in death by her parents. She will be missed by numerous cousins, aunts, many friends, and her beloved pet companions; Lola, Louie, Tattiana, and Jiggs.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with the funeral service following at 4:00 p.m. at Gipson Funeral Home, 1515 S. Chestnut Street, Lufkin, Texas.

A memorial service will be held prior to interment on Saturday, May 4, 2109 at 1:00 p.m. at the church across from the cemetery. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery on FM 139 in Huxley, Texas.

Pallbearers will be her cousins, including; Arthur Hill, Bobby Tom Strong, Edgar Wooten, Larry Mayfield, Mark Strong, and Wesley Eiland.

Regena will forever be in the hearts and memories of many.

Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com

Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

05/02/2019

The Honorable Bennie Charles Boles, 84, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Center.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 

Judge Boles was born in 1934, in Center, to Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles. He graduated from Center High School and attended Sam Houston State University on a football scholarship. He earned a Business Degree at Sam Houston and was a member of the 1955 Lone Star Conference Championship team. 

After college, he served in the United States Army for three years. Later, he earned a teaching certificate and Master in Education, teaching and coaching in Center, Nederland, and League City, Texas. Bennie received his Law Degree from the University of Houston and was a lawyer for many years in Center before becoming District Judge for the 123rd District Court of Texas, over Shelby and Panola counties. He served four terms as District Judge and was a visiting judge in Dallas, Houston, and many counties in East Texas for many years afterward.  

Bennie was active in the First Baptist Church of Center and was a lifelong member. He served as a Sunday school teacher and a Boy Scout leader for many years. After retirement, Bennie served as interim pastor for several churches and most recently was interim pastor of Truitt Chapel Baptist Church. He was a member of the Texas Baptist Men’s Church Ministries, where he helped and served churches throughout the United States and other countries, leading others to Christ.

He is survived by:
His wife: Lessie Anita Boles of Center

Daughter: Deborah Ann Boles of Center

Niece: Virginia Permenter of Center

Nephews:
Randy Carrol and wife, Delisa, of Center
Jeff Young and wife, Deborah, of Center

Great-niece: Mallory Permenter

Great-nephews:
Richard Pinkston and wife, Elizabeth, of Center
David Young and wife, Lauren, of Conroe

Stepbrother: Ralph Edward Campbell of Center

Numerous great-great-nieces, nephews, other family, and a host of friends

Preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles Campbell; sisters, Shirley Louise Young, Reba Boles, Rita Boles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Texas Baptist Men, First Baptist Church, or a charity of choice in Judge Boles’ honor.

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

05/02/2019

Wilsa Putman, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Mike Belgard officiating.  Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Putman was born October 28, 1939, in Winston County, Alabama, to Elder Gaines and Audie Lee Gaines.  Her hobbies included sewing, crafting, cooking, and taking care of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Leo “Paul” Putman; daughters, Genise Putman Saas (Ben) and Pamela Cole; sons, Keith Putman (Shonia) and Kyle Putman (Lisa); 18 grandchildren, Jason Franzese, Jessica Franzese, Jarah Franzese, Heather Saas,  Kristy Carnes, Alissa James, Jodi Mullins (Jonathan), Haley Dillon (Kirk), Keith Putman Jr. (Angie), Kandace Meisch (Victor), Amanda Linthicum, Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman (Mariah), Adam Copelin (Jennifer), Jessica Greer (BJ), Cade Copelin, Maya Putman, and Elijah Putman; and 32 great grandchildren. Also survived by her brother, Meredith “Reedy” Gaines (Judy); and sisters, Deloris Verk (Larry) and Nina Waters. 

Preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Audie Lee Speer; children, Denise Putman and Kevin Putman; grandson, Cole Carswell; and son-in-law, Carlton Cole.

Pallbearers will be B.J. Greer, Cade Copelin, Austin Anderson, Kaleb James, Keith Putman Jr., Elijah Putman, Kyle Little, Jason Franzese, and Kevin Putman.

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

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