02/12/202

Charles Bryan, age 91, of San Augustine passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021. He was born July 8, 1929, in southern San Augustine County's White City community to C.E. (Charlie) and Lushia Bryan.

He worked in the grocery business with his parents for many years at C.E. Bryan and Son Grocery. He purchased the McLemore Meat Packing Plant and operated it as Bryan Locker Plant until he was elected Sheriff of San Augustine County in 1988. He was sheriff for eight years.

Mr. Bryan loved people. He had a bigger than life personality and never met a stranger, which was evident during the time in which he raised and showed registered quarter horses. He was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA activities.

He is survived by:

Sons:
David Bryan of San Augustine
Michael (Keisha) Bryan of Lufkin

Daughter, Carla (Ron) Niebuhr of Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Grandsons:
Tyler (Jessica) Bryan of Lufkin
Hayden Dial of Lufkin

Granddaughters:
Ashley (Johnny) Beck of Corpus Christi
Payton Watts of Lufkin

7 great-grandchildren

Niece, Sharon (Mike) Bridges

Nephew, Keith Jasper

A host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Bryan; parents, C.E. and Lushia Bryan; parents-in-law, Curtis and Ida Mae Jasper; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Linda Jasper.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine.

Funeral services are set for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2021, at First Baptist Church, located at 502 E. Columbia Street in San Augustine, with Bro. Jim Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Tyler Bryan, Hayden Dial, Ron Niebuhr, Gerald King, Larry Saurage, and Brad Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Hospital (Code 22335473) or the American Heart Association. 

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences. Services are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine.

02/11/2021

Doris Jean Cockrell, 87, of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Sand Hill Cemetery in Shelby County. Bro. Harold Hanson and Bro. Harold Dement will officiate.

Born March 26, 1933, in Longstreet, Louisiana, Doris is the daughter of the late Alton Bryant Mosley and Lillie Pearl Golden Mosley. Both a homemaker and an artist, she gave art lessons and served as Director of Poultry Festival Art Show from the beginning until the early 2000’s. Doris was a member of Fulsom Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school at Fulsom Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Clever Creek Baptist Church for over 40 years.

She is survived by:

Husband of 65 years, Delbert Cockrell

Children:
Bryan Cockrell and wife Deidra
Debra Lunsford and husband Mike

Grandchildren:
Kelly Berry and husband Steven
Wendy Justus and husband Levi
Andy Cockrell and wife Bridgett
Ben Cockrell and wife Grace

Great-grandchildren:
Wesley Berry and fiancé Kaitlin
Hunter Berry and fiancé Chesnee
Lexi Berry and fiancé Luke
Dylan Robbins
Baylee Robbins
Clay Cockrell
Kade Justus
Dusty Cockrell
Allyson Cockrell

Special nephews:
Johnny Cockrell
Charles Ray Cockrell

Preceded in death by her parents, Alton Bryant Mosley and Lillie Pearl Golden Mosley; and brothers, Billy Ray Mosley, Bobby Mosley, and Don Mosley.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Berry, Hunter Berry, Luke Williams, Dylan Robbins, Andy Cockrell, Ben Cockrell, and Johnny Cockrell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Berry, Levi Justus, and Charles Ray Cockrell.

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

02/11/2021

Wesley Earl Gant Sr. passed away February 2, 2021 at the age of 83. He was born October 4, 1937 in Shelby County, Texas.

Visitation service will be Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 10am to 11am and followed immediately by the Celebration of Life service starting at 11am. Both services held at New Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 4301 Weaver Rd., Houston, TX, 77016. Interment is at Paradise South Cemetery, Houston, TX with Rev. Cullins, officiating.

He is under the care of Lockwood Funeral Home, Houston, Texas. For more service information, send order flowers or condolences, please visit www.Lockwoodfuneralhome.net

02/11/2021

Willie T McClelland, 95 of Houston, Texas, died on February 8, 2021 in Pearland, Texas. He was born to Fred D. and Salatha McClelland on October 22, 1925.

Graveside service will be Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas at 1pm.

Mrs. Maudine “Doc” McClelland was the wife of Mr. Willie T. McClelland. Doc died December 2020. They were married for 68 years.

Willie T., as people called him, lived and worked in Houston from 1952 to 2019. He worked for the Detering Company for 45 and retired in 1997, having held several positions within the company.

Willie T. is a veteran of WWII, having obtained the rank of Sargent upon his discharged from the United States Army. He was always proud of his service in the Army.

Willie T. had a generous nature about him.  He was always willing to help people and this was not because he had a lot, it was his nature to help.

He always had a smile and a joke when people would come visit. He never met an ear that he did not like; he loved to talk. 

He is survived by:

Son, Andre “Chubby” McClelland, who will deeply miss his dad, his wife Silvia, of Pearland, Texas 

Grandsons:
Andrew Travis McClelland
Michael Alexander “Bear” McClelland and his wife, Brandice

Brother, Willie Fred McClelland and wife, Gracie

Sisters:
Mary Ella Robinson
Johnnie Mae White and her husband Carl

The family would like to thank all of you for the thoughts, prayers and support having shown to them during these past few months. 

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

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

02/09/2021

Audra Faye Jenkins, age 76, of San Augustine, TX passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2021 in Shreveport, LA.  

A private funeral service with immediate family will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Bell Chapel Baptist Church. A graveside service for the general public will be held at 1pm on Saturday at Lane Town Cemetery with Rev. Timothy Teal, officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 12, 2021 from 3pm until 6pm in Garner and Son Chapel.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Faith Williams (Ardis) of Shreveport, LA
Sascha Young of Shreveport, LA
Ashley Jenkins of Shelbyville, Texas

God Children:
LaSonia Lister (Kevin) of Center, Tx
Jacovian Fountain of Shelbyville, TX
Jakaleb Rodgers of Shelbyville, Tx

7 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Willie Jenkins (Edna) of Shelbyville, Tx
Charles Jenkins (Emma) of Shelbyville, TX

Sisters:
Gladys Garrett of Shelbyville, TX
Dora Weatherton of Clarendon, Tx

Great-Aunt, Nannie Culpepper of Lufkin, Tx

A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Services entrusted to Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.

02/09/2021

Jacqueline Faye Brown, 65, of Center, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Andrew King will officiate.  

Born December 18, 1955, in Norfolk, Nebraska, Jacqueline is the daughter of the late Eugene Spaude and Laverne Alice Keck Spaude. She made a career in construction and pipelining. Her hobbies included raising chickens for eggs, gardening, fishing, and taking care of her dogs. Memo made so many trips to Wyoming to be involved in all of her grandchildren’s accomplishments and activities. Jaqueline was affiliated with Church of Christ in Tenaha.

She is survived by: 
Her daughter, Tabitha Randall and husband Preston of Rock Springs, Wyoming

Son, Ernie Cordova and wife Kari of Rock Springs, Wyoming

Grandchildren: 
Preslee Randall and fiancé Dallen Daley of Rock Springs
Mason Randall of Rock Springs, Wyoming
Jenna Randall of Rock Springs, Wyoming
Adrianne Cordova of Rock Springs, Wyoming
Damien Cordova of Rock Springs, Wyoming
Gage Cordova and wife Valerie of Casper, Wyoming

Great-grandchildren
Evander Largent of Casper, Wyoming
Jaxson Cordova of Casper, Wyoming
Paizlee Cordova of Casper, Wyoming

Companion, Tommy Wright of Center

Stepson, Buddy Wright and wife Trish of Center

Brothers: 
Steve Spaude of Center
Paul Spaude of California

Sisters: 
Linda Chavez and husband David of Ignacio, Colorado
Patty and Brett Boye of Nebraska
Cynthia and Scott Guerin of New Hampshire
Roberta Spaude of California

Lots of nieces and nephews

She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Spaude and Laverne Alice Keck Spaude; and brother, Timmy Spaude.

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

02/08/2021

Raymond Schumann Mixon, 79, of Center, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021, in San Augustine.

His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.

Raymond was born April 17, 1941, in Bellaire, to Ernest Mixon and Rose Marie Mixon. He retired from the Military and his hobbies included working on things and CB Radios.

He is survived by:
His wife of 39 years, Wanda Mixon

Children, grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and siblings.

A special thanks to Colonial Pines and Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.

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

02/08/2021

Debbie Hughes Flowers, 61, of Lufkin, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021, in Lufkin.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Antioch Cemetery in Shelby County with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Bro. Jody Hooper will officiate. 

Born July 31, 1959, in Center, Debbie is the daughter of the late Carter Hughes and Virginia Cooper Hughes. She retired as a Teacher’s Aide, working with special needs children. Her hobbies included gardening and crocheting.

She is survived by: 
Her husband, Johnny Flowers of Lufkin

Son, Randall Wood of Lufkin

Stepdaughters: 
Kristy Parker of Elkhart
June Flowers of Bellville

Sister, Sandi Hankins and Stan of Lufkin

Nieces: 
Deena Hearn of Lufkin
Kristie Camp of Lufkin
Virginia McDaniel of Lufkin 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Carter Hughes and Virginia Cooper Hughes; sister, Deanne Kay Hughes; and grandparents, Clarence and Essie Cooper.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Hearn, Eric Camp, Jeremy McEntire, and Dennis Flowers.

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

02/08/2021

Frances “Vaneta” Walker, 89 of Bedford, passed away on January 28, 2021 in Bedford, Texas. She was born on July 29, 1931 in Center, Shelby County, Texas to the late Ivadell (McSwain) Rudd and Frances M. Rudd.

Vaneta retired from Allstate Insurance after 31 years. She loved to travel with her husband, Tommy. Together they enjoyed riding motorcycles and water skiing.

A big part of Vaneta and Tommy’s lives for 35 years was their loyalty to football and her beloved Dallas Cowboys. She was a diehard fan as they were season ticket holders for over 30 years. They had many good memories taking many family members and friends to watch the games. She was lovingly known as the “Pie Lady.” She truly delighted in making pies with her chocolate and pecan pies being among her favorites. She also liked to sew and craft. Her joy in life was being a wife, a mother, Grandma Walker and Mimi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her seven brothers, and one sister.

She is survived by:

Devoted and loving husband, Tommy Walker of Bedford

Daughters:
Lisa Tennant and husband, Tony of Euless
Linda Slaton of North Richland Hills

Grandchildren:
Andrew “Garon” Chonody and fiancé, Michelle
Lindsey Chonody
Summer Tennant
Sky Tennant
Levi Tennant

A visitation will be held at 1pm on Thursday, February 11, 2021 with funeral service following at 2pm, at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Committal service will be at 9am on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. 

Services are under the direction of Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst, Texas.

02/08/2021

Bro. Edward Arnold McRae, 77, of Center, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Private family graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with visitation from 12 noon to 1pm at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Bro. Coy Hicks will officiate.  

The son of Grady McRae and Myrtle McNaughton McRae, Edward was born September 3, 1943 in Center. He served as a rural mail carrier for many years and also a former Pastor of Sardis Pentecostal Church in Sardis. Bro. Edward was currently a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center. He enjoyed cars and hot rods.

He is survived by:

Wife, Shirley McRae of Center

Children:
Keith McRae and wife Sami Jo of Carthage
Sheri Martin and husband Andy of Tomball

Grandchildren:
Jennifer Davis
Alicia Gierak and husband Matt
Chris McRae
Nicole Neal
Blaine McRae

Great-grandchildren:
Hunter Davis
Ryder Davis
Luke Gierak
Reese Gierak

Sister, Gtail Stokes

Brother-in-law, Larry Mayfield and wife Lynda of Baytown

Number of other relatives; and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Grady McRae and Myrtle McNaughton McRae.

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

02/08/2021

Donny Hagler, 72, of Center, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine. Bro. Kevin Windham will officiate.

Born August 8, 1948, Donny is the son of the late James E. Hagler and Elma Gene Ross Hagler. He made a career in law enforcement.

He is survived by:
His son, Paul Hagler and Stephanie

Grandchildren: 
Jaeleigh Davis and Brandon
Jade Campbell and Chase
Porter Hagler and Kim
Parker Hagler

Great-grandchildren: 
Easton Davis
Ella Davis
Case Campbell
Caroline Campbell
Jameson Hagler

Brother, Ronnie Hagler

He is preceded in death by his parents, James E. Hagler and Elma Gene Ross Hagler; and brother, James Hagler.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Davis, Chase Campbell, Carl Kight, Ray Griffin, Jay Roberson, Jamie Hagler, Mike Gay, and Clifford Lightfoot and honorary pallbearer, Travis Brittain.

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

02/05/2021

Yvonne “Auntie” Henry, 89, of Nacogdoches passed away on February 4, 2021. Born September 6, 1931 to Leon and Bessie (Porter) Fowler.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 12:00-1:30 PM at Mangum Funeral Home with Graveside Services to follow at Sardis Cemetery in Center, TX at 2:00 PM.

Yvonne Volunteered at the Helping Hands in Center and Hope Food Bank In Nacogdoches.

Mrs. Henry is survived by:
Her nieces and nephews: 
Lisa and Jerry Dupree of Nacogdoches
Teresa and Rick Ford of Tenaha
Nancy and Jerry Lawhorn of Tenaha
Tammy Howard of Center
Melvin and Mary Broadway Dacoma, OK
Michael Broadway of Huxley
Elaine Bradshaw of Center
Mary Sue Layton of Center

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

She is preceded in death by her late husband, Charles Henry; her parents; her brothers, D.C. Fowler, Melvin Broadway, Sr. and sister-in-law Peggy Broadway.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jason Dupree, Daniel Lawhorn, Jordan Ford, Nick Dupree, Jerry Lawhorn and Justin Dupree. Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Dupree, Michael Broadway, Melvin Broadway, Jr., Jagger Dupree, Jaxson Dupree, Keaton Dupree, Landon Bowley, Jayden Dupree and Jett Dupree.

Services are being managed by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, TX. An online guestbook may be signed at www.mangumfh.net

02/05/2021

Johnny Pridgen, 78, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 1pm. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Bro. Jeff Spring and Bro. Jody Hooper will officiate.  

Born May 31, 1942, in Shelby County, Johnny is the son of the late Claude Pridgen and Lurline Glaze Pridgen. He spent his life tending to his cows, piddling with his horses, and spending time with “Scamp”.  Johnny was a member of Word of Faith Outreach in Joaquin.

He is survived by:

Wife, Barbara Rogers Pridgen of Joaquin

Children:
Chad Pridgen of Joaquin
Tanya Wilkerson and husband Tim of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Taylor Booker and husband Brandon of Joaquin
Tristan Rainbolt and husband Caiden of Joaquin
Tray Wilkerson and fiancé, Hannah Roberson of Joaquin

Great-grandchildren:
Mason Booker of Joaquin
Avery Booker of Joaquin
Brix Booker of Joaquin

Brothers and sister:
Bill Pridgen of Joaquin
Barbara Coulter and husband Jim of Joaquin
Richard Pridgen and wife Sue of Joaquin

In-laws:
Bubba and Connie Rogers of Joaquin
Sandy and Steve Permenter of Joaquin
Mary Parma of Joaquin
June Stevens of Joaquin

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Claude Pridgen and Lurline Glaze Pridgen; sister, Betty Dean; brother-in-law, Webb Dean; and sister-in-law, Jane Pridgen.

Pallbearers will be Jerry D. McDaniel, Todd McDaniel, Lane Pridgen, Doug Shook, Kase Yates, and Nate Belrose.

Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Smith, Jerry McDaniel, Rodney Dean, Harry Furlow, Spencer Hamilton, and Bobby Leflett.

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

02/05/2021

Donald L. Crawford, 80, of Center, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021, in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from Noon to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with graveside service following at 2:30 p.m. at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County. Bro. L.D. Eddins will officiate.

Born November 17, 1940, in Shelby County, Donald is the son of the late Henry Ernest Crawford and Earline Patterson Crawford. A farmer by trade, he had a versatile portfolio of jobs. As a young boy he worked with his dad and brothers on their family farm, growing cotton, cattle, poultry and watermelons. He became a truck driver and also worked off shore on oil rigs during his middle aged years. In his later years he tried his hand at entrepreneurship by opening Don's Plants in Nacogdoches. His hard work and dedication paid off as it was a successful business for 15 years until he retired. His hard work ethic, honesty, and integrity are things he prided himself in. He made it his sole mission to pass on these qualities to his grandchildren. Through his retirement years he enjoyed traveling, hunting, and fishing with his family, and especially with his brother, Possum. He was actively able to enjoy all of the things he loved to do, even up until death.

His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He made sure he spent quality time with them hunting, fishing, and bestowing upon them life lessons through his memorable lifetime stories. Most people will remember his deep affectionate grin and his attempt to always try to get a rise out of you with his jokes. But to his family, he was a provider, caretaker, and above all else a gentle, kind, and loveable grandpa. He was the heart and soul of our family. His lively spirit and sense of adventure will be deeply missed.

He is survived by:

Son, Steven Lane Crawford and wife Lori of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Brandi Brown and husband Chad of Nacogdoches
Amber Luzko and husband Sergey of Knoxville, Tennessee
Lisa Eddins and husband Daniel of Huntington
Joel Crawford of Timpson
Cody Crawford of Timpson

Great-grandchildren:
Logan Brown
Cayman Brown
Annabelle Luzko
Katya Luzko
Holden Eddins

Brother, Gary “Possum” Crawford of Center

Numerous cousins; and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Crawford; parents, Henry Ernest Crawford and Earline Patterson Crawford; and brother, Earl Crawford.

Pallbearers will be Chad Brown, Daniel Eddins, Tommy Gilbert, Dave Mouch, Lee Rogers, and Kevin Rash. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Worsham and Mark Rogers.

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

02/04/2021

Lisa Anne Martinez, 52, of Webster, passed away Monday, February 1, 2021, in Galveston.

Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Steven Berry officiating. Interment will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Born November 27, 1968, in Pasadena, Texas, Lisa is the daughter of David Klippel and Jerry Nell Berry. She worked in technology for NASA. Her hobbies included playing games and watching movies. Lisa was a member of Central Baptist Church in Deer Park.

She is survived by:

Children:
Kayla Martinez of Houston
Rebecca Martinez of Pasadena

Siblings:
Mark Foster of Missouri City
Jeree Story of Pearland
Josh Isbell of Winters
Jace Isbell of Danbury

Mother, Jerry Isbell-Lafferty and husband Ben of Schulenburg

Special friend, James Adams of Houston

She is preceded in death by her father, David Klippel; and stepfather, Billy Isbell.

Pallbearers will be James Adams, Robert Berry, William Adams, Jordan Bunch, Josh Isbell, and Jace Isbell.

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

2/4/2021

Leslie Benson Warren, age 73, of Lawton, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021. He was born on October 4, 1947, in Center, Texas, to Dr. Lester G. and Beth Warren. Benson was a devoted husband and father to his wife Katherine and his two sons, Austin and Colton.

Graveside Services will held at 2:00 PM, Saturday February 6, 2021 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home with internment at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to graveside, 1:00-2:00 PM.

Benson received a Master of Fine Arts, 1974, a Master of Arts, 1971, and a Bachelor of Science, 1970, from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Benson became known for his large-scale steel and cast bronze public sculptures. He was a long-time member of the Texas Sculpture Symposium. His sculptures are found in the collections of Midwestern State University, the University of Tennessee’s Reese Collection, and numerous other universities across the country. He has won many purchase awards and best of shows with his sculptures.

For forty years Benson dedicated his professional career to mentoring his art students, both academically and personally. His students were touched by his wisdom, knowledge and his ability to listen wholeheartedly. Benson was our modem day philosopher. He always asked the question “Why?” and expected well thought out answers. Numerous students found successful careers in the visual arts and attribute their success to him.

Benson was known for building many things, from sculptures to the home he and his family would live in for 30+ years, but he was especially known for building up the lives of others who were fortunate enough to know him.

He never let anything slow him down. His love for learning and hard work were evident; even during retirement, he took up a new love of gardening and went on to build an art studio for his beloved wife.

He worked hard to enrich the lives of all his loved ones and friends, and worked especially hard to provide for his family. Benson and Katherine would enjoy his garden, pickling the various vegetables he would grow with his own two hands, and taking walks on a trail Benson created just for her.

Benson instilled in his sons a work ethic that he practiced every day. “If you’re going to take the time do a job, you might as well do it right”. With this belief, he brought his sons along for help on his numerous diverse projects and encouraged the same attitude in that of their own. He was actively involved in their education—teaching them to read at a young age, helping them with homework, and challenging them to go above and beyond expectations. He encouraged and supported their creative endeavors from elementary to graduate school, ensuring that they had the best opportunities possible. His hands on approach and do-it-yourself attitude were essential to their upbringing and current pursuit of academic and professional accomplishments.

His love of history and home was evident in the annual visits he would take to his family farm in Center, Texas. There, he would walk with his family through the woods and enjoy cherished memories of the past, the peacefulness of nature, and the antique heirlooms left by his family before him.

Benson is survived by:

Wife, Katherine Liontas-Warren

Sons:
Austin Warren
Colton Warren

Sisters:
Laura (Glen) of Center
Carolyn (Randy) Filippelli of Ft. Smith, Arkansas

Along with nephews and several cousins.

He is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Lester G. and Beth Warren, and grandparents, Jess and Ella Warren, Center, Texas.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com

02/03/2021

James Carroll Hagler was born January 15, 1945 to James E. Hagler & Jean (Mimmy) Mills in Shelbyville in the Clever Creek Community. James was perfectly described as quiet, but had a larger-than-life personality & humor. A graduate of Center High School, and after discharge from the Army, he came home to Shelby County. He was a successful business man bringing many firsts to Shelby County. He was the owner and operator of James Hagler's Meat Market, Hagler's Handy Mart, Burger Mart, and Mini Mart in Center and the Dairy Cream and Hagler's Package Store in Shelbyville. He brought nightlife to Shelby County, owning and operating Southern Swing, Bandini's, Ye Olde Pub II, JJ's, and The Sundowner Club. If you happened to have too much fun and found yourself in jail, he could bail you out, owning and operating B&B Bail Bonds and H&H Bail Bonds. He often said, if he can't get you out, he'd get in there with you. During his lifetime, he owned various other businesses, including a car lot, an antique store, and was a cattle rancher. He was one-of-a-kind and had a heart of gold. He loved his family and friends fiercely. 

A private graveside service will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Adams Cemetery at 2PM. 

Survivors include:
Donna Jones

Children: 
Jamie Hagler and wife, Holly
Conda Hagler Adams
Jason Adams and wife, Virginia

Grandchildren:
Tristyn Crelia and husband, Philip
Casey Adams
Denver Kalenevitch
Chris Vesey
Marshall Adams
Garrett Adams
Heaven Adams

Great-Grandchildren:
Saylor Crelia
Sutton Crelia
Caiden Adams
Journey Adams

Brothers: Donnie Hagler & Ronnie Hagler

A host of other family & friends

Preceded in Death by:
Parents James E. (Flip) Hagler and Jean Mills; wife, Sharron Hagler;  grandson, James Chance Hagler

Pallbearers: Philip Crelia, Porter Hagler, James Raymond, Lenny Dupris, Karl Kight, Josiah Faulkenberry

In lieu of flowers, donations to Adams Cemetery Fund (C/O Jamie Hagler 258 County Road 2001 Center, TX 75935) are greatly appreciated.

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

02/02/2021

Maria Del Rosario Gonzalez, 44 of Center, passed away Monday, February 1, 2021, in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 8am to 4pm, Friday, February 5, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with funeral service from 11am to 1pm.

Maria was born January 26, 1977, in Tierra Nueva, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, to Lucio Gonzalez and Enedina Torrez. Her hobbies included basketball and working in her rose garden. She was a member of Templo Principe de Paz in Center, where she loved worshiping God.

She is survived by:

Children:
Sonya Ruan
Stephanie Ruan
Edgar Omar Ruan

Five sisters; four brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parent. 

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


María del Rosario González, 44 añoz, del Center, falleció el Lunes 1 de Febrero de 2021, en Tyler.

La visita se llevará a cabo de 8:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m., Viernes, 5 de Febrero de 2021, en Watson & Sons Funeral Home en Center con servicio funerario de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

María nació el 26 de Enero de 1977 en Tierra Nueva, San Luis Potosí, México, hiha de Lucio González y Enedina Torrez. Sus pasatiempos incluían el baloncesto y trabajar en su jardín de rosas. Fue miembro del Templo Príncipe de Paz en Center, donde amaba adorar a Dios.

Le sobreviven sus hijos, Sonya Ruan, Stephanie Ruan y Edgar Omar Ruan; cinco hermanas; cuatro hermanos; y numerosas sobrinas y sobrinos.

Ella es precedida en la muerte por su padre.

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02/02/2021

Linda Howard Moore, 80, passed away January 16, 2021. She was born on January 22, 1940, in Center, Texas. She was the only child of Asa and Maude Richardson. Linda, often called Kaye by many of her friends and family, treasured the years of growing up in East Texas, hearing stories of her ancestors as early settlers of the area and her great-great-grandfather, James Truitt’s serving in the first legislature of the new state of Texas.

Serving in numerous community and school activities, Linda was president of the music study club, assistant organist at First Christian Church, and Lions Club Sweetheart. At Center High School she was voted class officer, Homecoming Duchess, “Most Likely to Succeed”, “Most Popular Girl”, and “DAR Citizen of the Year.” She was editor of the yearbook and graduated salutatorian of her class.

Upon graduation from high school, Linda attended Texas Christian University and Stephen F. Austin State University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. She later received a degree in English and Guidance and Counseling from Lamar University.

As a long time educator in the Golden Triangle are, Linda loved her profession and touched many lives with her knowledge and encouragement. Named “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by the Beaumont A&M Club, she served on the Lamar University Teacher Education Board and secretary-treasurer of the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Board of Directors.

As a lifelong member of the First Christian Church, Linda served on numerous committees of the church and as Vice President of the Official Board and member of the Board of Elders of First Christian Church of Port Arthur.

Survivors include:

Husband, McNeil Moore, of Center

Daughter, Shannon Jones and her husband, Troy Jones, of Nederland

Grandson, Jacob Howard Jones, of Houston

She is preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Bill R. Howard.

Memorial contributions may be made to The First Christian Church, 5856 9th Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas 77642.

A graveside service for Mrs. Howard was held Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Oak Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 1552 Highway 7 East, Center, Texas 75935, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.

02/02/2021

Franklin May, 79, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021, in Joaquin.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Bro. Jody Hooper will officiate.

Franklin was born September 25th, 1941, in Joaquin, TX, to Zan and Audie May.  His interests included farming, hunting, fishing, grilling, family, and telling stories.

He is survived by:
His spouse, Mary

Sons:
David (Deb) May
Josh Hankins
Micah (Dionne) Hankins

Grandchildren:
Brooke May
Jaxson Hankins
Jonah Hankins

Siblings:
Reeta Frieze
Sammy (Martha) May

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, Zan and Audie May; sisters, Billie Jean Lawhorne, Bobbie Pruitt, Ruby Seago, and Carolyn Wells; brothers, Asa May, Ray May, Roy May, and Jimmy May; and son, Donny May.

The family would like to thank Affinity Hospice, Jody and Summer Covington, and Jody Hooper for providing exceptional support during this difficult time.

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

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