Morgan Leon Baker, 32, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on May 30, 2021, in Carthage, Texas. He was born on September 2, 1988, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Frankie Baker and Christy (Brown) Bass.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, June 3, 2021, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Bro. Eric Pledger officiating.

Visitation service will be held at 1:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, prior to the Funeral service.

Morgan grew up in Blair community in Timpson, where he was surrounded by a magnitude of loving friends and family. He attended Timpson ISD from kindergarten up until 12th grade where he graduated with the senior class of 2007.

He never met a stranger and welcomed everyone with a smile and a big heart. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his children, whether it be throwing the baseball, spending the day fishing, or floating the river. He found comfort around his friends and family, and always found a way to the domino table or to the washer boards. Singing with good friends was always a special time that he cherished so immensely. Visiting with friends and family at various gatherings was a major part of who he was, as time spent with others for him was time well spent.

His favorite bible scripture was Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This scripture has grown with him from his childhood while he attended various churches with family and friends.

Morgan is survived by:

Parents, Frankie Baker and Christy Bass

Linda Brown
Paul Brown and wife, Lori
Janis Bass and husband, Glyn

Kane Baker
Kase Baker
Kamryn Baker

Brother, Ryan Paul Baker

Raina Baker
Makayla LeBlanc
Ashley Jernigan
Allison Adomcryk

Nephews, Ryder Eugene and Ryker Paul

Nieces, Ryleigh Nikol and Tenley Brooke

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Nikki Baker; great-grandmothers, Geneva Hutto and Maxie Parker.

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.


Taylor Bryce, 25, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021, near Lamesa, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Steve Noble officiating. Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery in the Caledonia Community of Panola County.  

Born April 30, 1996, in Nacogdoches, Taylor is the son of Donald Ray Bryce and Shonda Thompson Bryce. In 2014, he graduated from Marshall High School. Taylor was currently working as a floorhand in the oilfield. A father of two, he loved his family and raising his kids. When time allowed, Taylor enjoyed working out at the gym.

He is survived by:

Wife, Schree Bryce of Center

Paislee and Kason Bryce of Center

Sister, Amber Salinas and husband Martin of San Antonio

Brother, Shane Parker of Baytown

Mother, Shonda Bryce of San Antonio

Sue Battles of San Antonio
Marcus Thompson of San Antonio

In-laws, Steven and Jill Parker of Center

Numerous aunts and uncles; and special friends, Spencer Blackwell and Cody Bryce.

Preceded in death by his father, Donald Bryce; grandparents, Pallie Ross Bryce, James Hall, Maxine Hall, and Spencer Battles.

Pallbearers will be Cody Bryce, Spencer Blackwell, Joseph Caldwell, Jarrett Smith, Devin Dade, Shane Blackwell, Dillon Blackwell, and Colton Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Martin Salinas, Bennie Bryce, Nick Hayden, Cameron Agnew, Drake Lutz, and Michael Bryce.

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


Oswell Samford, 94, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County.

Oswell was born April 29, 1927, in Shelby County. He worked as a custom homebuilder and was of Church of Christ faith.

He is survived by:

Wife, Helen Jones Samford

Son, Kenneth Adamek

Grandson, Jerry Glover

Pat Peace
Linda Foreman and husband Bobby
Marry Walker
Rose Jones

Sammy Jones and wife Joy
David Jones

Preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Glover; parents; 3 sisters; and one brother.

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


Preston Steptoe, age 91, of San Augustine County, Texas, passed away Monday, May 24, 2021, at the Summit Health Care Center in San Augustine.

Mr. Steptoe was born February 17, 1930, and was a longtime area resident. He was a member of the Baptist church and spent his life working as a farmer/rancher.

His survivors include:

Brenda Cox of Marshall, Texas
Debbie Wilson and husband Jimmie of Broaddus, Texas
Evelyn Runnels and husband Calvin of San Augustine, Texas

Step-son, Van Sowell and wife Sabrina of San Augustine, Texas

B.P. Steptoe and wife Maribel of San Augustine, Texas
Wyman Steptoe and wife Joy of Pittsburg, Texas

Casey Sowell and Angela
Jason Sowell and Jessica
Wendy Barton and Bo
Becky Collins and Brian
Mindi Cox and Len
Jess Casey

Chase Ferris and Brittany
Colby Ferris
Chloe Sessums
Casey Mae Barton and Marshall
Cody Barton
Kaitlyn Woodman
Layton Casey
Makenzi Casey
Dalton Sowell
Kayla Sowell
Melody Sowell

Great-great-grandauhter on the way

Number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by Lillie Steptoe and Johnnie Pike Parrill; his parents, R.V. and Annie Steptoe; son-in-law, Sonny Cox; a brother, Eddie Dale Steptoe; and sister, Christine Goyens.

Funeral services are set for 2pm Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in San Augustine with Bro. Cliff Durham officiating. Interment will follow at Sowell Cemetery.

His family wishes to offer a special thank you to each and every staff member of Summit Health Care Center and Affinity Hospice for their care and compassion.

Memorial gifts may be offered to the Activity Fund at Summit Health Care Center, 902 E. Main St., San Augustine, TX 75972.

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


Regina Ann Oates, loving wife, mom, and NaNa passed away at age 58 on Friday, May 21, 2021

Regina was born on Monday August 13, 1962 to Dub and JoAnn Newcomb. She spent her life taking care of her family and helping anyone in need. She was the true meaning of a momma and not only raised her 3 children, Michael, Lisa and Krystal but had many more that adopted her as their momma too. Her world revolved around her 4 grand babies and she was their biggest cheerleader. One of her most favorite things to do was have sleepovers with all of them and sing and dance or just do whatever they wanted. She was always up for any adventure, she would be the first one in the car ready to go.

If you were lucky enough to be loved by her, then you always know you had someone in you corner. Regina had a passion for saving animals.

Regina is survived by:

Husband, of 29 years, Roy Oates of Marshall Texas

Michael Lovejoy, and Jennifer, of New Caney Texas
Lisa Cherry and husband Josh, of Jefferson Texas
Krystal Lovejoy, of Marshall Texas

Brittany Lovejoy
Tyler Cherry
Emmalee Cherry
Bentley Folmar

Duke McCord and wife Glenda, Lake Kiowa Texas
Mickey Newcomb, Delodge Missouri
Rickey Newcomb and wife Kim, Beebe Arkansas
Tim Newcomb and wife Pam, Linden Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews and bonus kids and grandkids.

Preceded in death by her mom, JoAnn Harrell. Her dad, Dub Newcomb. Grandson, Noah Allen Cherry. Mother in law, Kozette Oates. Sister in laws, Janet Newcomb, Vickie Oates and Kathleen Oates. Brother in laws, David Oates and Bruce Oates.

Memorial arrangements are pending.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to you local animal shelter, in her name.

Services are under the direction of East Texas Funeral Home in Longview, Texas.


R.C. Harper, 74 of Center, passed away Tuesday night, May 18, 2021 at his residence in Center, Texas.

Services are at 2pm Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Triumph Church of Center. Interment is at Westview Cemetery with Bishop Howard Cloudy Sr. officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Diane Harper of Center

Robert Cooper (Charlene) of Timpson
Reginald Harper of Center
Gustarvis Johnson of Center
Rodriquez Harper of Nacogdoches
Greggory Harper of Nacogdoches
Anthony Harper (LaKendra) of Tyler

Daughter, Exie Nash of Nacogdoches

16 Grandchildren, 23 Great-Grandchildren

Shirley Slaughter Rushing of Center
Velma Harper of Houston
Linda Sue Harper of Center

Funeral services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Joseph Wesley Daniels, 69, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, May 24, 2021, in Joaquin.

His wishes were to be cremated and a private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Born September 4, 1951, in Lima, Ohio, Joseph is the son of John Wesley Daniels and Mary Thelma Punches Daniels. In 1989, he married Donna Daniels, who passed away in 2015. Joseph worked as a truck driver and retired after 40 years. His hobbies included watching wrestling, meeting old wrestlers, knives, pictures of family, and just making peace with everyone. 

He is survived by:

Jeremy Copas (Angela) of Glasgow, Kentucky
Jason Copas of Tompkinsville, Kentucky
Joseph Daniels II of Gardner, Kansas
Paul Daniels of Marysville, Washington
Amy Daniels of Pierre, South Dakota
Elizabeth Copas of Kenton, Ohio

Levi Daniels
Derrik Daniels
Luke Barnett
Gavin Daniels
Noah Copas
Andrea Mutter
Ariel Cotton
Allison Cotton

Great-grandchild, Tamen Caffey

Jack Daniels (Cotta) of Ada, Ohio
Mike Daniels of Alger
Kenny Daniels (Michele) of Kenton, Ohio
Cheryl Daniels of Kenton, Ohio

Sister-in-law, Mary Daniels

Little buddy, Carter Luster

Brother from another mother, Billy Luster

Adopted son, Corey Brown

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley Daniels and Mary Thelma Punches Daniels; John Daniels Jr., Mark Daniels, and Jeff Daniels; and sisters-in-law, Teresa Daniels and Nancy.

A special thanks to his cousin, Cora Renee McInnis, who cared for him during the last five years of his life. Also, a special thanks to Affinity Hospice for their kind, compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to assist with final expenses.

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


Rachael Gabrielle Hopkins, 46, of Morrow, Georgia died in her home on March 19, 2021 at 3:19 pm. She lost her fight with renal cell carcinoma only three weeks after her diagnosis. Rachael was born on February 5, 1975 in Carthage, Texas to Roger Guyton “Guy” Hopkins and Linda Gail Thompson Hopkins.

Professionally, Rachael worked over 15 years for the State of Georgia and spent the past three years working for Brighter Tomorrows Consulting in Griffin, Georgia. Over her career, Rachael served in many professional organizations and achieved many credentials and certificates including LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), CPCS (Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor), CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor), CCDP-D (Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional-Diplomate), RPT (Registered Play Therapist). She had completed the coursework for Marriage and Family Therapy but had not received her documentation. She loved seeing her name in print with all her ‘letters’ after it.

Rachael was referred to by her mother as ‘most nearly perfect.’ She always strived for academic and professional excellence. She graduated from Tenaha High School in 1993 as Salutatorian while also completing classes at Panola Junior College graduating with her associate degree the following year in 1994. She graduated Stephen F. Austin State University with a double major bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology in 1997. Her Masters at Georgia School of Professional Psychology was completed in 2000. Rachael had completed her coursework and was ‘All but Dissertation’ on a Doctorate Degree. She was a member of the Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society).

Rachael is survived by:

Mother, Linda Gail Thompson Hopkins

Sister, Rebekah Michelle Hopkins Frederick (spouse Michael)

Brother, Benjamin Raphael Hopkins (spouse Paige Burleigh)

Niece, Genevieve

Nephews, Jacob and Sebastian

Uncle, Ted Hopkins (spouse Becky)

Aunt, Elizabeth Thompson Jones (spouse Randy)

Many cousins and other family members.

Preceded in death by her father Roger Guyton ‘Guy’ Hopkins and both sets of grandparents, James Granvel Hopkins and Maudine Hughes Hopkins, Elbert Ray Thompson and Eula Gail Grubbs Thompson and her Uncle Ray ‘Bubba’ Thompson Jr.

Rachael loved people, travel, genealogy, celebrating and spending time with friends and family. She had a million-dollar smile and gave the warmest hugs! She was a shooting star and left an indelible mark on everyone she knew. Rachael described herself as having a great sense of caring and compassion. All her knowledge and skill she had so diligently worked on throughout the years were dedicated to helping others find their best selves so they could, in turn, help others. She believed in paying it forward and making the world a better place.

Her family will bring her ashes to be buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, Texas with her father and grandparents on June 12, 2021 at 10:30 am. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, Georgia, 30252, 678-583-0717, www.sacredjourneyhospice.com


Hylari Pajh Broadway Esters, 25, of Carthage, Texas passed away on May 20, 2021 in Carthage. Hylari was born June 16, 1995 in Henderson, Texas to Michael Broadway and Lois Ann Coleman Broadway.

She attended Carthage Schools and graduated Carthage High School with the class of 2013. Hylari married KaDerris DeShun “KD” Esters on October 19, 2019. She attended the Pentecostals of Marshall where she was a member of the “Holy Hands” sign team. Hylari loved her family, especially her babies. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ivy Paulette Coleman; paternal grandparents, Melvin Broadway, Sr. and Peggy Windham Broadway.

Hylari is survived by:

Loving husband, KD Esters of Carthage

Abbi Jane Esters
Alec Tresston Broadway

Mother, Lois Ann Ross and husband Burt of Carthage

Father, Michael Broadway of Center

Brother, Trevor Michael Broadway and Parris Kruebbe and Londynn of Marshall

Mother-in-law, Diane Fearance and David Harris of Shreveport, LA

Grandfather, Stephen and Sandy Coleman of Nashville, TN

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Ramah Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas with Rev. Chad Roberts officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Lipsey Funeral Home, 1131 State Hwy 149, Carthage, Texas 75633. Visitation will be from 1-3:00 p.m. Tuesday at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Brandon Fearance, Patrick Johnson, Melvin Broadway, Shavez Bergeron, Burt Ross and Jeremy Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be Trevor Broadway, Chadd Gray and Tresston Broadway.

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


Sandra Ballard, 84, of Shreveport passed away Friday May 21, 2021 in Shreveport, LA. Born November 9, 1936, in Vivian, LA. Sandra is the daughter of Clarence Dean Collins and Auneva Collins. Graveside service will be held at 11:00AM Thursday May 27, 2021 at Brookland Cemetery, Shelby County Texas.

Sandra Graduated from Tenaha High school and after attended Texas women’s University. She was involved with the Eastern Star and Church of Christ. Sandra loved being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Sandra is survived by Brother Michael Collins of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Preceded in death by Son – Thomas Joseph Ballard, Daughter – Kimberly Ballard McClurg and Late husband – Ben Ballard.

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


Charles G. Huskey, 62, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Tyler.

Mr. Huskey’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held 2pm Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born September 5, 1958, in Emmett, Idaho, Charles is the son of Charles Garland Huskey and Thelma  Irene Beeks Huskey. He graduated from Bitburg American High School in June 1976. Charles worked as a crew leader at a paper company in Mansfield, Louisiana.  

He is survived by:

Wife, Rhonda Huskey

Christopher Huskey
Steven and Lindsay Huskey
Danielle Huskey

Kyra Huskey
Dylan Hudspeth

Mother, Jackie Gray and husband Berle

Sister, Patricia Holman

Brother, Scott Huskey and wife Rhonda

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Garland Huskey; sister, Tina Newton; and daughter, Toni Renee Huskey and grandson, Xavier Rae Huskey.

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


Mona Jones Campbell, 92, of Center, TX, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 22, 2021, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas. She was born October 20, 1928, in Center, Texas to the late H.H. Jones, Jr. and Geraldine Mary Stokes Jones.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with visitation an hour prior. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate.

Mona grew up in Center, Texas. She attended Center High School and after graduation attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She also attended Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mona was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. On July 14, 1947, she married “the love of her life,” James Edward Campbell. They worked together at Farmers Gas Company and later Mona worked at Polley Mercantile with her father, H.H. Jones Jr. Mona was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

She and James had three children: Angela, Jamie and Rick. She loved her children and would do anything for them. She was known as Nano to the 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

She and James loved to travel and they loved dancing. Mona was an avid golfer and played often with Mary Bugler, Portia Gaines and Janet Palmer. She also loved art and was quite a good painter. She was also gifted with organization and housekeeping. She was a blessing as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by: 
Her husband, James Edward Campbell

Daughter, Angela Koonce and husband David

Son, Rick Campbell and wife Katrina

Son-in-law, Stephen Gamble

Michelle Permenter and friend Julianne Horst
Cam McElroy
Collin McElroy and wife Hillary
Ashton James Campbell
Brooke Campbell Lane and husband Brad

Ethan McElroy
Campbell Ryan Beck
Vivi Lane
Eva Lane
Connor McElroy
Tucker McElroy, and baby to be, Olivia Jamie McElroy

Also caregivers and friends, Brenda Berry and Annie Winn

Preceded in death by her daughter, Jamie Campbell Gamble; parents, H.H. Jones Jr. and Geraldine Mary Stokes Jones; sister, Mary Eldred Jones Massey; in-laws, Lacy Burk Campbell and Naomi Booth Campbell; and brother-in-law, Cecil Massey.

Pallbearers will be Brad Lane, Roy Blackshear, Scott Massey, Johnnie Hi Massey, Cam McElroy, and Collin McElroy. Honorary pallbearers will be Yazoo Thomas, Sammy Dance, Ashton Campbell, Randy Floyd and Nick Waters.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701,

First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center Texas 75935 or an organization of your choice.

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


Frances O. Hoover, 85, of Timpson, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2021 in Garrison Texas. She was born on January 14, 1936 in Streetman, Texas, to the late Alfred E. Stephens and Virginia Othella (Goodson) Stephens. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Jason Sparks officiating. Private interment will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson.

Frances grew up in Timpson, Texas. She attended Timpson High School.  Frances had three wonderful children whom she loved dearly and raised them by herself. She loved not only her own children but was “Granny” to numerous others in Shelby County. She was very active in her children’s activities when they were younger.  Frances was even a Boy Scouts leader when the troop could not find a male leader. She worked at Tom’s Clothing for many years and later enjoyed working at Sandy’s Flower Shop.  Frances enjoyed the outdoors, especially working in her flowerbeds. Frances also enjoyed watching General Hospital each day on TV.  She loved the Lord and served by ministering to children through youth trips, VBS, and assisting in children’s church.  She was a founding member of Woodland Christian Church, Timpson.   

She is survived by:

Her son, Robert G. Hoover and wife Joni

Lisa Geisser and husband George
Cheryl Pate and husband Timmy

Sister, Dorothy Bailey

Christopher Dimmick and wife Ashley 
Emily McBride and husband Zachary
Melissa Herrera and husband Daniel
Hannah Hoover
Heather Radney and husband Jason
Rachel Geisser
Chelsea Richerson and husband Justin

17 great-grandchildren

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

Frances is preceded in deaht by her parents, Alfred and Virginia Stephens; 7 brothers; and 4 sisters.

Pallbearers serving will be Tommy Sparks, Howard Sparks, Johnny Sparks, Alan Poskey, Joe Stephens Jr., Tim Amos, Damien Amos, and Terry Amos.

Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Rhodes, John Poskey, JC Crawford, Ricky Rhodes, Timmy Pate, Justin Richerson, and Zachary McBride.

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.


L.H. Hewitt, 86 of Center, passed away Saturday evening, May 15, 2021 at his daughter's house. He was born July 28, 1935 in Center to Louie and Erma Jean Hewitt who proceeded him in death.

Services are 11 am May 20, 2021 at Triumph Church, 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas. Viewing is 1pm until 5pm on May 19 at Community Funeral HOme, 157 County Road 2230, Center, Texas and 9am until 11am on May 20th prior to service at Triumph Church.

L.H. attended C.H. Daniels High School where he ranked 2nd in his class. After graduation, he joined and was enlisted in the United States Army. Once he served his term as a dedicated soldier, he worked at Holly Farms while running his own liquor store. The neighborhood children loved buying candy and chips from him. L.H. loved his church, Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, and his members loved him. He loved working independently and took it upon himself and started his own professional logging company, L.H. Hewitt Inc.. He worked as the owner and employed several others until his health failed. He was well known throughout East Texas and never met a stranger. When you mentioned his name everyone knew who he was.

He leaves to cherish the memories:

Devoted daughter, Teresa (Oliver)

Sons: Darryl, Eddie, Eric (Lana)

Grandson he raised as his own, Tremayne (Trise)

His wonderful legacy of grandchildren: Deondrick, Candice, Keaton, Jewel, DeNeshia, Johnathan, Lisa, and Josh

9 Great-grandchildren and 1 Great-great-granddaughter

Twin brothers: Richard and Thomas Martin

Sister, Mary Lou Hughes

He was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Jane, Ida Mae, Eddie Pearl, Erma Jean, and Bertha; two brothers Willie B. and Samuel Lee; two sons Louie and Frederick Hewitt; and two daughters Rachel and Shirley Ann.

He had beloved friends: Shirley Hewitt, Fannie Holman, and the William Sisters.

L.H. had a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and business partners.

He never met a stranger and showed love to everyone.

Services are under the direction of PrePared Place and Savoy Gambles and Community Funeral Home of Center.


On April 23, 2021, Sharon Diana Grace, age 54, fell asleep in death after a brief illness.

Sharon was born December 2, 1966 to Robert Earl and Doris (Oliver) Grace in Center, Texas. She was the first of 3 children and grew up in Pasadena, Texas. She was a graduate of the 1985 class at Deer Park High School, in Deer Park, Texas. She worked for many years as an assistant and manager for several Pizza Hut restaurants. In 1990, she gave birth to her only child, Kari M'Lynn Grace.

Sharon had a big heart and enjoyed spending time with her friends. She loved to laugh. She was often involved in the care of her nieces and nephews, with whom she had a close bond with in their childhoods. Her four grandchildren were the light of her life. In later years, she suffered many illnesses and spent much time unwell. She is now resting peacefully.

She is preceded in death by her father, Robert.

She is survived by:

Mother, Doris of Livingston, TX

Sister, Stephanie Armstrong (Jason) of Arkansas City, KS

Brother, Jonathan Grace (Jamie) of Livingston, TX

Daughter, Kari of Cleveland, Tx., fiancé, David Lester

Dustin Bowman
Jordan Bowman
Serenity Adams
Zane Grace

She also leaves behind her nieces and nephews:
Erin Talkington (Tom)
Matthew Brobst
Caleb Armstrong
Haliegh Grace
Jonathan Michael Grace
Makenna Grace
Jacob Grace
Liam Smith

Services will be held privately by the family and close friends at a later date. She will be interred with her father at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.


Bruce Wayne Koonce, 80, of Center, passed away Monday, May 17, 2021, in Center. 

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation at 3:00 p.m.  Bro. Luke Garrett and Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate.  Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born July 10, 1940, Bruce is the son of Robie Koonce and Pauline Humphries Koonce. He graduated from Center High School in 1958. After 25 years of service, Bruce ended his career at Tyson Foods. His love of fishing made him an excellent fishing guide on Toledo Bend and led him to attaining a membership in Shelby County Bass Anglers. He also enjoyed hunting and became a member of both Attoyac and Iron Ore Hunting Clubs. Bruce was also a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin, where he was actively involved in the Men’s Sunday school class.

He is survived by: 
His wife of 59 years, Mary Lewis Koonce of Center

Son, David Koonce and wife Angela of Center

Kathy Nichols and fiancé Mark Davis of Center
Kristi Holt and husband John of Center

Cody Nichols and wife Holly
James Holt and Julie McSwain
Taylor Nichols and fiancé Wyatt Hairgrove
Kamryn Holt

Great-grandchild, Laityn Nichols

Sister, Alice Sue Howard and husband Bob of Center

JoAnn Walla of Joaquin
Joyce Richards of Friendswood

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by his parents, Robie Koonce and Pauline Humphries Koonce; grandparents, George and Ethel Humphries; in-laws, James and Mary Cannie Lewis; brothers-in-law, Walter Walla and Steve Richards; nephew, James “Bubba” Walla.

Pallbearers will be Grant McDonald, Mark Davis, Cody Nichols, James Holt, Shelby Johnson, “Scooter” Clark, Matt Mathews, Wyatt Hairgrove, and Charles Barr.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gary McDonald, Sammy Arnold, Royce Lynn Johnson, Bob Howard, James Crelia, Wayne Willoughby, Freeman Nichols, Iron Ore Hunting Club, Shelby County Bass Anglers, and Jackson Men’s Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Jackson Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 1047, Joaquin, TX 75954.

A special thank you to Affinity Hospice, especially Tristan, Sara, and Mallory, for their compassionate care.

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


Kenedy Wayne “Skinny” Edwards, age 54, of Center, Texas passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 due to a log truck accident on SH 103.  

Funeral Service is at Taylor Tabernacle at 1pm on Saturday, May 22, 2021 with interment at Union Grove Cemetery with Rev. Napoleon Shaw officiating. Viewing is from 1pm until 6pm on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Garner and Son Chapel.

He is survived by:

Brother, James R. Edwards (Diane) of Las Vegas, NV

Loise Edwards of Hudson, Texas
Ivery Davis (Donald) of San Augustine, Texas
Shenet Smith of San Augustine, Texas

Special Aunt, Myrtle Malone of San Augustine, Texas

As well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary of San Augustine.


A memorial service honoring the life of Eugene Matthews, 58, of Joaquin, Texas, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Chapel in Logansport, Louisiana. 

Officiating the service will be Rev. Jody Hooper. A visitation will be held before the service from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. 

Eugene was born on September 28, 1962, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Phillip Tony Matthews and Lavern Malmay Matthews. He entered into eternal rest on May 13, 2021, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He never met a stranger and had numerous adopted children. He loved trucks of any kind, telling stories to all that would listen, and grilling food for everyone to enjoy. 

He is survived by: 
His wife, Samantha Jones Matthews

Jeff Matthews and wife, Laura
Hayden Matthews
Sawyer Matthews

Jessica Blalock and husband, Brandon
Madison Matthews
Mackenzie Matthews

Randy Matthews and wife, Wanda
Scott Matthews and wife, Joannie 

In addition, he leaves behind 6 grandchildren: 
Landon Hendon
Alexis Blalock
Breanna Welch
Kinsley Blalock
Vaelin Matthews
Erza Matthews

3 fur babies: 

Preceding him are his parents, Mr. Tony & Mrs. Laverne Matthews; grandparents, Ethel Skinner and Ed Malmay, Audrey Matthews, and Elwood Matthews; brother, Mack Matthews; mother-in-law, Patsy Phillips; and his twin infant boys.


Joe Louis Jones: Guru of Shelby County joined his loving wife, Gloria Ann Simon Jones on May 10, 2021. At the time of death he resided in College Station, TX with his son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Michelle Jones. 

Joe was born May 4, 1927, in Center. He was a 4th generation resident of Shelby County, where his great-grandfather, Louis Jones, settled in the Newburn area before the mid-19th century after leaving Indiana on a house boat. Joe Louis resided in Center most of his life and graduated from Center High School in 1944. After a short stint in the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California, he moved into Ms. Atkin’s boarding house on Mound St. in Nacogdoches while he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture on the GI Bill from Stephen F. Austin State College.  

As a life-long resident of Shelby County, Joe, had a variety of responsibilities. He swept out the State Guaranty Bond Bank for his Father, Vice President of the bank; chopped cotton on the farm near Smith Creek north of Center in the summers after school let out; waited the counter and closed out the register at the end of the night at the Brian Bailey Café on the square; as a young father milked 37 head of Jersey cows twice a day at the same time he worked as a teller in the bank he’d swept out as a child; owned a wholesale/retail business, owned a cow/calf operation on the same farm he’d chopped cotton and milked cows; imported the first Pinzgauer cow (red and white) into the U.S. from Europe, with his unique wit and dry humor, he always said “The prettiest color a cow can be is green at selling time;” served as Center Little League Coach (Worlds Greatest Coach 1966) and the Center Noon Lions Club Tail Twister; worked with the Texas Archeological Society in evaluation of several archeological sites of significance in Shelby county as a self-taught archeologist; served as the Shelby County Historic Courthouse Docent; and was a loving and devoted Husband; Father; and Grandfather.

Some may remember him as the Master of Ceremonies at the Center Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquets; the Red Wing and cowboy boot dealer at Thrifty Discount Shoes, one block east of the square behind the old post office or maybe you toured the Shelby County Historic Courthouse for a dose of Joe Louis’ stories, history, and humor of Shelby County.  

He loved, was loved, and was preceded in death by his beautiful and loving wife of 64 years, Gloria “Ann” Simon Jones.  

He is survived by: 
His daughter, Traci Ellen Jones of Missouri City

His son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Michelle Jones of College Station

Daniel Jones and wife, Danielle
Natalie Jones
Brittany Yoder and husband Kyle
Chris Braaton and fiancée Rosa Locke
Nick Braaton and wife Lauren

Sloan Yoder
Caden Braaton
Gage Yoder
Kylie Graham
Kaylin Graham

Graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation at Watson & Sons Funeral Home beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Reverend Malcolm Monroe will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas  75935.


Cecil Oliver went home to be with the lord May 12th, 2021. Cecil loved life and loved his home and family and was a friend to everyone and especially his dog Lucky. As a RN nurse, he loved and spent his life helping people and most of all he loved his lord.  

A private family graveside service will be held May 16th, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

He is survived by his sons:
Thomas of Kingwood
Austin of Glastonbury, Connecticut

Katelyn of Logan, Utah

Dr. Byron Oliver of St. Johns,Vi

Carolyn Elliott of Splendora
Bess Reeves of Center

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Bryant and Bessie Oliver, brothers, William, James, Bruce, Riley Bryant, and Gordon Oliver.