09/01/2021

Jayme Lynn Jackson, 55, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation an hour prior. Bro. Richard Goodwin will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born September 7, 1965, in Center, Jayme is the daughter of James Thomas Wright and Maxie Lynn Samford Wright. She attended First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Husband, Rocky Jackson of Center

Father, James Thomas Wright of Center

Brother, Jody Wright and wife Angie of Center

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:
Randy Alford of Center
Terica Jackson of Center
Rodney Jackson of Center
Kathy Anthony of Center

Preceded in death by her daughter, Jayce Lane Jackson; and mother, Maxie Samford Wright.

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

09/01/2021

William "Bill" Glenn Gray, 92 from Center, passed away on August 29, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Bill was a member of VFW Post #8904.

He is survived by:

Children:
Paul Gray
Sandra Gray
James Gray
Theresa Gray States

6 grandchildren

9 great-grandchildren

4 great-great-grandchildren

Brothers:
Buddy Gray
Winfred Gray
Charles Ray Gray

Sisters:
Opal Gray Singletary
Diane Gray Bragg

A gang of nieces an nephews

Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Virgie Gray; sister, Mildred Gray Edmonds; and brothers, Robert Wayne "Popeye" Gray and Eddie Hancock.

His wishes were to be cremated. Due to covid concerns a memorial service will be held at a later date with military honors in Center, Texas.

Final interment will be at the V.A. Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

09/01/2021

Eltroy Ayers, 75 of Houston, died on August 26, 2021, at his home in Houston, Texas. Eltroy Ayers was born to the late Mr. Mentroy and Mrs. Lee Dalia Ayers in Center, Texas on August 23, 1946.

Funeral service will be Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Triumph the Church and the Kingdom of God in Christ (908 Daniels Street Center, Texas) at 11am. Rev. Arthur Cloudy is the eulogist. 

Mr. Ayers is survived by:

Wife, Sharon Ayers of Houston

Sons:
Bryon Daniels Sr. (Essie) of Tyler
Stacy Ayers (Lola) of Houston

Grandchildren:
Jasmine Ayers
Bryon Daniels Jr.
Alexandria Brown
LaDrena Brooks
Lonnita Daniels

In-laws:
Keith (Lisa) Fountain of Missouri City, Texas
LaJuanah Fountain of Houston
Jessica Fountain-Carter of Houston

Committal is at St. John Cemetery in Center, Texas (Africa Community).

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

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

08/31/2021

Thelma Pearl Ashton, 73 of Center, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021 at her residence.

Viewing is 10am until 3pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Carla Ashton of Tenaha
Regina Harris Chambers of Columbus, Ohio

Son, Christopher Ashton of Mansfield, LA

7 Grandchildren, 8 Great-grandchildren

Special friend, Charles Chumbley

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

08/31/2021

Asie B. Goodwin, 72 of Tenaha, passed away Sunday night, August 29, 2021 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Graveside service is at 1pm Wednesday, September 1 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Center, Texas. Interment is at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Pastor Pettis officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Joy Faye Goodwin of Tenaha

Daughters:
Lazandra (Cecil) Matlock of Carthage
Sharee Goodwin of Tenaha
Valerie Brooks of Tenaha
Jacqueline Horn of Tenaha
Shirley Watts of Houston
Tracy Horton of Tenaha
Caroline Horton of Tenaha
Cassandra Horton of Tenaha

Sons:
Derrick Brooks of Mansfield
Deon Horton of Tenaha

Host of Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, and Great-great-grandchildren

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.

08/31/2021

Ricky Wayne Davis, 63, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 3, 2021, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. Kerry Green, Bro. Mark Green, and Bro. Joseph Palacios officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born April 17, 1958, Ricky is the son of Farrel Dean Davis Jr. and Erma Ilene Owens Davis. He worked as a master mechanic. Hobbies included water sports, anything to do with motorcycles, woodworking, and hunting. Ricky became a private pilot and also built and raced custom pulling sleds. He was a member of Spirit of Life United Pentecostal Church in Garrison, where he enjoyed serving Jesus by playing his harmonica, studying the Bible, and even sometimes preaching. Ricky was also known as a big comedian, loving to bring laughter to those around him.

He is survived by:

Wife, Peggy Davis of Shelbyville

Children:
Jaime Davis of Nacogdoches
Jeremy Davis of Nacogdoches
Zachery Hass of Houston
Dakota Hass of Henderson

Stepsons:
Tommy Hass of Shelbyville
Jonathon Hass of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Jacob Henson
Mia Cartwright
Kaden Davis
Keagan Davis
Kami Davis
Chevy Hass
Casey Hass

Mother, Erma Ilene Owens

Sister, Regina Lea Davis of Garrison

Many extended family members in Missouri

Preceded in death by his dad, Farrel Dean Davis Jr.; and brother, Randall Dean Davis.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Hass, Dustan Green, Jonathon Hass, Trenton Bartley, Zachery Hass, Chris Sheppard, Dakota Hass, and Charlie Permenter.

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

08/30/2021

Debbie Opry Hudspeth, 63, of Center, passed away August 29, 2021, at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born December 21, 1957, Debbie is the daughter of Jaqueline and William Roy Opry. She was a secretary for Key Energy and a homemaker before becoming disabled. Her hobbies were hunting and fishing, but most especially spending time with and spoiling her grandkids. She will be missed by friends and family. Debbie was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by:

Husband, Frank A. Hudspeth

Brother, Gary Opry

Sister, Vicky Campbell

7 children and 20 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents, Jaqueline and William Roy Opry; and sister, Peggy Lang.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Hudspeth, Yancy Hudspeth, Dylan Hudspeth, Henry Hudspeth, Brooke Nicholls, and Heath McClelland.

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

08/30/2021

James Watts, 69 of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Monday, August 23, 2021 at CHI St. Luke’s Health of Lufkin, Texas.

Funeral Service is at 1pm Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Reed Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. A. L. Horton officiating. Visitation (viewing) is 1pm until 6pm on Friday, September 3 at Garner and Son Chapel. Interment is at Redland Cemetery.

He is survived by:

Wife, Ruthie Wade Watts of San Augustine

Children:
Tammy Beatty (Tony) of Jasper
Jamie Jackson (Latasha) of Center
Kendrick Cotton of San Augustine
Lakeith Cotton (Shakevia) of Center

Step-Children:
Linda Drain (Ed) of Plano
Alice Johnson (Alfred) of Lufkin
Robert Wynn of San Augustine
James Wynn (Carla) of Baytown
Alton Cotton of Nacogdoches

A special granddaughter, Meli Beenstenis

9 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren

Special Aunts:
Emma Watts of San Augustine
Lera Jones of Lufkin

Siblings:
Betty Ruth Pier of San Augustine
Alice Faye Burrell (Huey) of San Augustine
Maurice Watts (Ann) of San Augustine

As well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner & Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.

08/30/2021

Robert Stalcup, 71, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021, in Joaquin.  He was born October 18, 1949, in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

Private family service will be held at a later date.

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

08/30/2021

Craig Barnett Moss, 57, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with visitation at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center beginning at 12:30 p.m. Russell Duplantis will officiate.

Born November 23, 1963, in Port Arthur, Craig is the son of William B. Moss and Avis Brittain Moss. His hobbies included woodwork, baseball, and football, especially Dallas Cowboy Football.

He is survived by:

Brother, Buddy Moss (Patti) of Bridge City

Sister, Ginger McKinzie of Port Neches

Nieces and nephews:
Leah Moss Busby (Adam)
Landon McDonald
Lane McDonald (Hannah)
Allison McKinzie and fiancé Skylar Evans

Great-nieces and nephews
Lennon and Lawson McDonald
Sadie Busby
Leon McDonald

Cousin, Lavonne Wood. 

Preceded in death by his parents, William B. Moss and Avis Brittain Moss.

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

08/29/2021

Tammy Tatum was embraced in the arms of Jesus and loved ones on August 26th, 2021.

Graveside service will be at 10am on Monday, August 30, 2021, at Holly Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, August 29, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home.

She was born on May 13th, 1959, to Charles and Irene Lee and shortly after became a big sister to Jeff and Charlie.

Tammy moved to Garrison with her family around the age of 15 where she graduated high school in 1977.

Tammy became a mother to her beloved daughter Nikki on February 2nd, 1978. She mastered the roll of mom which was her favorite title until her grandson Cade came along. ‘MiMi’ quickly became her passion. She loved traveling to Cade’s baseball games and attending his school events. She loved to travel. Her most recent trip was to the Guadalupe River with her best friend, Danelle.

She moved to Longview/Hallsville area in 1996 to be closer to her dad.  She flourished in this community.  She enjoyed community outreach programs, pedicures, family dinners and mother-daughter time with Nikki. She loved the outdoors, fishing, and working in her yard and flower beds.

She loved her family and spending time with brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. She was very active in her church, Trails End Cowboy Church of Harrison County, and enjoyed playing Mexican train with her church family.
 
We will miss her every day but have peace in knowing she is rejoicing in the arms of Jesus.

Tammy was preceded in death by her father, Charles Lee; mother, Eula Irene Lee; and husband, Jimmy Tatum.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Nikki McFadin and fiancé, Duke Campbell

Grandson, Cade Molidor

Brothers:
Jeff Lee and girlfriend, Tess
Charlie Lee and girlfriend, Kristi

Brothers-in-law:
Gene Tatum and wife, Pam
Johnny Tatum
Tommy Tatum and wife, Dina

Sister-in-law, Sandy Ward and husband, Dwayne

Special friend “Sister”, Danelle Davis and husband, Steve

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

08/28/2021

Angel Michelle Baylor, 32, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon. Bro. Kevin Windham and Bro. Wilton Anthony will officiate. Interment will follow at Cannon Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Born March 12, 1989, Angel is the daughter of Michael Wayne Anthony and Sheila Lewing Anthony. She most recently worked at Heart Strings Florist in San Augustine. Known as “Aunt A”, her kids, nieces, and nephews were her world. She also loved her dog, Mason. Angel was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by:

Husband, Wes Baylor of Center

Daughters, Abby and Jayne Baylor of Center

Mother, Sheila Lewing Anthony of Leesville, LA

Father, Michael Wayne Anthony of Florien, LA

Brother, Dillon Anthony (Brittany) of Natchitoches, Louisiana

Sister, Keri Sparks (Clint) of Florine, Louisiana

Uncle, Kevin Lewing of Many, Louisiana

Mother-in-law, Peggy Baylor “Granny” of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins

In-laws:
Tim Bradshaw (Melonie) of Center
Tony Bradshaw (Liz) of The Colony
Tonya Eubank (Brad) of Center

Special friends, Peggy Lamkin and Blake Lamkin.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Ottis Lewing, Ruby Lewing, M.G. Anthony, and Marie Anthony; uncles, Pete Lewing and Garland Anthony; father-in-law, Wesley Baylor; sister-in-law, Tammie Bradshaw; and stepmother, Sheila Fife Anthony.

Pallbearers will be Dillon Anthony, Tony Bradshaw, Tim Bradshaw, Bradley Eubank, Jeffrey Ross, Clint Sparks, Shane Erwin, and Layne Nutter. Honorary pallbearers will be Uncle Jeff Ross, Uncle Mike Ross, Uncle Joe Ross, Cliff Brannon, and Lenny Rhoades.

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

08/27/2021

Virgel E. Horn, Jr. (known to close family as Puggin) passed peacefully from this earth into the hands of the Lord on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Center, Texas, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 30, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Graveside service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Rest Haven in Rockwall.

Virgel was born October 26, 1942, in Center, Texas, to parents, Virgel E. Horn Sr. and Mildred M. (Andrews) Horn. He was raised on a farm in Nacogdoches County near the community of Melrose. He attended Melrose Elementary school and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1961. He attended SFASU on a scholarship and graduated in 1965 with majors in physics and math. From there, he went to graduate school at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, graduating in 1967 with a degree in Instrumental Science. (This was during the Vietnam War.) He joined the Air Force in 1967, going to OCS at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, becoming an Air Force intelligence officer specializing in battlefield intelligence. He spent the next 30 years on active and reserve duty, serving during Vietnam and Desert Storm, retiring in 1997 as Lt. Col.

After active duty, Virgel attended the University of Texas at Dallas, getting a Master’s degree in computer science. He became a software engineer, working approximately 35 years with Texas Instruments, E Systems, and Raytheon. Virgel had a top secret military clearance working on top secret military defense contracts.

In 1978, Virgel met and married the love of his life, Cheryl E. Wesson. The marriage produced one child, a son by the name of Jeffrey. Cheryl and Jeff both preceded Virgel in death. He enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife and son and also loved anything church related. Virgel was a member of New World United Methodist Church in Garland.

Virgel is survived by:

Sisters:
Lamerl Yancey of Tyler, Texas
Linda Borders and husband Fred of Center, Texas

Brothers:
Edward L. Horn and wife Wanda of Blackjack Community
Ronnie Horn of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Horn; son, Jeffery Horn; parents, Virgel E. Horn Sr. and Mildred M. Andrews Horn; and brothers, Harvey Horn and James Horn.

In lieu of flowers, family would prefer donations made to a cancer treatment facility of their choice, to Habitat for Humanity, his church, or a charity of choice.

Virgel was best remembered by his cousin as being “brilliant and kind”.

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

08/26/2021

Aubrey "Kenneth" Norton, 68, of Timpson, Texas passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family August 24, 2021.

Funeral Services will be private, and the family plans to hold a private memorial.

He was born on December 4, 1952, in Center, Texas to A.P. Norton and Bessie Gann Norton. He grew up in the Patroon Community and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1972. He joined the US Armed Forces after High School, spending nearly 12 years in the service. After his honorable discharge he returned to Patroon to be with family and operated Patroon Country Store.

He was dedicated to his family. His favorite hobby was gardening, especially flowers, but loved growing everything. He enjoyed the outdoors, feeding the birds, hunting, and fishing. He loved watching the rain and could be found on any rainy day sitting on his front porch enjoying nature and the life that God gave him. He will be greatly missed and will always live in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Preceded in death by parents, A.P. Norton and Bessie Gann Norton; brother, Larry Norton; and sister-in-law, Joyce Norton.

Survived by:

Wife, Loretta Norton

Sons:
Kenneth "Kenny" Wayne Norton
Charles Brooks Davis

Daughters:
Jeannie Coleman (Walter)
Diane Morales (Rosalino)
Lisa Eddins (Gaylon)

13 Grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews

Brother, Lamar Norton

Sisters:
Linda Blackmon (Welton)
Bobbie Stewart

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.

08/26/2021

Laurie Michelle Schriewer, 51, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Born October 28, 1969, in San Antonio, she is the daughter of Woodrow J. Schriewer and Rebecca McCord Schriewer. Her hobbies included cross stitching and arts and crafts. Spending time with her kids and taking care of her family was the most important thing to her. She was a member of Saint Marks United Methodist Church.

She is survived by:

Son, Dustin Schriewer of Center

Daughter, Sydney Paige Schriewer of Center

Dad, Woodrow Schriewer of Tyler

Sister, Chris S. Holladay of Magnolia

Niece, Bailee Holladay of Magnolia

Aunt, Rethia Baum (Rudy) of Houston

Cousin, Nicole Baum of Houston

Preceded in death by her mother, Rebecca M. Schriewer; and grandma, Nell W. Logan.

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

08/24/2021

Dennis Wayne Gage, 51 of Buffalo, Texas, passed away August 19, 2021.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Dennis Gage will be held 3pm, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home, Buffalo, Texas. Members of the R Construction Team will officiate the service. The Gage family will receive friends Friday, August 27th from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. 

Honorary Pallbearers: Dudley Brewer, “Father-In-Law,” Dennis Wayne Gage, Jr., Victor Mota, Dee Bruce, Allen Stanton, Jordan Moore, Lisa Wittner 

Dennis Wayne Gage was born in Shreveport, Louisiana May 8, 1970, to parents, Bill Gene & Aline Josephine (Ebarb) Gage. He had lived in Buffalo for the past six years, coming from San Augustine, Texas. Dennis worked as the Fleet Manager for R Construction and had quite a reputation for his enormous sense of humor on and off the job. 

Dennis most enjoyed spending time with his wife, Blaire and their three children. He loved taking the family sightseeing various places allowing them all to experience the beauty that the world has to offer. He also enjoyed the occasional camping trip and hunting. Dennis was a hard worker and liked to fix things that were broken. His absence will be felt by everyone who knew him. 

Dennis was preceded in death by both of his parents and an infant sister, Loretta Gage.

Surviving family includes:

Wife, Blaire Gage of Buffalo

Children:
Dennis W. Gage, Jr.
Laila DeAnn Gage
Vivienne DeAnn Gage

Siblings:
Jane Williams (Bill) of Bronson
Roger Gage (Cynthia Ann) of Conroe
Linda Peck (David)
Marsha Jean Lawrence
Wanda Jo David (Ronnie)
Billy Gage (Donna) of Caldwell
Jesse Don Gage (Rosa) of Caldwell

Half-sister, Anita Smith of San Augustine

Dennis is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

Services are under the direction of Buffalo Funeral Home, Buffalo, Texas. For online condolences, visit online https://www.buffalofuneralhome.com.

08/24/2021

Billy Rayford Williams, 77, of Center, died Monday, August 23, 2021 in Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Graveside services will be held Friday, August 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Sardis Cemetery with Rev. Luke Holmes officiating.

Mr. Williams was born June 20, 1944 in Shelby County, Texas to Rayford (Jake) Williams and Zera Opal Waldon Williams. Williams was a resident of Shelby County.

Following his graduation as Salutatorian from Center High School in 1962, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Stephen F. Austin State University. He then went on to pursue his graduate work in History at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Later, he earned his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, after which he furthered his education at Baylor University.

Mr. Williams returned to Shelby County where he pastored local Baptist churches. For his family, he compiled genealogical histories, wrote humorous anecdotal accounts, narratives, and poetry, and he appreciated God’s creations such as the call of a whippoorwill or a hoot owl and the companionship of a faithful dog.

Mr. Williams is preceded in death by his parents, Rayford (Jake) Williams and Zera Opal Waldon Williams Brown, as well as his step-father, Jesse Waymon Brown.

He is survived by:

Sister, Judy Williams Winger of Lufkin, Texas

Brothers, Rev. Charles Ronny Williams and wife, Betty, of Whitehouse
Danny Joe Brown and wife, Darlene, of Center
Larry Steve Williams and wife, Janice, of Tenaha
Jimmy Dale Williams and wife, Connie, of Van Alstyne
John Waymon Brown and wife, Mary Elizabeth, of The Woodlands

He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family will welcome friends prior to and following the graveside service at the Sardis Cemetery on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sardis Cemetery Fund, 6034 FM 414, Center, TX 75935.

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

08/24/2021

Rita Lynn Bates Dickerson, 74, of Joaquin, entered into eternal glory on Monday, August 23, 2021, at her home in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. J.C. Lewis, Bro. Joe Halliday, and Bro. Mike Fodge officiating.  Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born October 21, 1946, in Logansport, Louisiana, she is the daughter of the late Robert Elmer Bates and Eula Merle Rhame Bates.  She was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin and was recently honored for 50 consecutive years of faithful service.

Everything she did was motivated by her intense love for God and family.  She consistently ignored her own wants and needs to help anyone in need, while never asking anything in return from anyone. She was a devoted wife and mother and adored her other family and friends.  She always welcomed visitors.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and loving husband, Ray Dickerson Jr.

Survived by:

Sons:
Richard Dickerson and wife Lena of St. Mary’s, GA
Randy Dickerson of Joaquin and 
Richell Prudhomme of Gloster, LA

Brothers:
Webb Bates and wife Jean of Joaquin
Milton Bates and wife Kay of Joaquin
Robert E. “Buddy” Bates Jr. and wife Tina of Millville, Utah

Grandchildren:
Micah Dickerson and wife Candice of Conroe, TX
Lindsey Dickerson Weber of St. Mary’s, GA
Kevin Dickerson and wife Brittney of LaMarque, TX
Caleb Dickerson of Quincy, IL
Scott Dickerson and wife Becca of Joaquin
Coleman Dickerson and Alli Jo Baldwin of Center
Ryan Dickerson of Joaquin

Great-grandchildren:
Seth Lytle
Bella Dickerson
Christian Matysek
Kaiden Weber
Trinity Whitten
Opal McCleary
Dawson Dickerson
Charlotte Dickerson

Special friends:
Jamie Gray Griffin and Willie David Shoemaker of Joaquin

Also special fur grand, Tank.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Dickerson, Scott Dickerson, Michael Bates, Ryan Dickerson, Bob Dickerson, and Stephen Ewing.  Honorary pallbearers will be Coleman Dickerson, Caleb G. Dickerson, Micah Dickerson, and Seth Lytle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

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

08/24/2021

Peggy Lorraine Permenter Parker, 77, passed away August 16, 2021.

Funeral will be a graveside service at Holly Springs Cemetery in Shelbyville, TX on Friday, August 27th at 2pm.

Born at home in “Possum Trot”, Shelbyville, Texas on November 20, 1943, she was the daughter of Eldredge Ramsey Permenter and Mildred Lorene Permenter. Peggy worked in finance for many years and later with an investigative skip trace company that she truly enjoyed and she was very good at her job. She made a lot of lifelong friends along the way.

She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1961 and later went to Nacogdoches Business College. Peggy was a member of Central Baptist Church for many years.

She loved creating beautiful cross-stitch masterpieces and crocheting doilies and she was so good at it. We have many beautiful lasting samples of her handiwork to last us forever. She also was a talented cake decorator and a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her Father, Eldredge Ramsey Permenter and, Mother, Mildred Lorene Permenter; her brother, Reverend C. W. “Calvin” Permenter; and infant sister, Jimmie Permenter.

She leaves behind:

Beloved Son, Danny Parker of Nacogdoches

Older loving Sister, Barbara “Bobbie” Lout of Pittsburg, TX

Nieces:
Jimmie Taylor of Pittsburg, TX
Cathy Swearingen of Bridge City, TX
Paula Duggan and husband Billy of Pittsburg, TX
Angie Edwards and husband Mike of Mt. Pleasant, TX
Debbie Johns and husband Larry of Rowlett, TX

Grandson, Jacob “Jake” Parker of Trinidad, CO

Great-Granddaughter, Willow Parker of Paige, TX

Many great-nieces and great-nephews including Chelsea Jennings and husband Shaun of Bridge City, TX.

She leaves behind a number too high to count of loving cousins that all loved her like a sister.

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

08/20/2021

Billie Frances Chance, 91, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021, in Center.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 26, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. David Mathis officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Born March 25, 1930, in Center, Frances is the daughter of Huey Lucas and Esther Beasley Lucas.  She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Center and enjoyed being a member and singing in the choir.  She was also a member of the Center Garden Club.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Billy Nolan Chance of Center
E. Glen Chance and Cindy of Conroe
David Chance and Connie of Germantown, Tennessee

Grandchildren:
Derek Chance
Lanette Hartzog (Duggan)
Brandon Chance (Dina)
Kristina Rountree (Justin)
Margaret Clifton (Mike)
Rachel Grimes (Brad)
Amanda Chance
Brittany Schultz
Roth Chance (Brittany)

26 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Grandchild

Sisters:
Adelle Emanis of Huntsville
Sallie Cadenhead of Lake Jackson
Jimmie Pekar of Needville

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband, Maxie Nolan Chance; daughter, Linda Taylor; parents, Huey Lucas and Esther Beasley Lucas; and sister, Sue Cargill.

Pallbearers will be Dan Cargill, Jay Emanis, Dwayne Emanis, Kevin Cadenhead, Jeffrey Cadenhead, Anthony Cargill, and Wendell Chance.

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

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