05/09/2020

Edgar Robert Billingsley, 94, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on May 9, 2020 in Lufkin, Texas. He was born on December 8, 1925 in Shelby County to Travis Lamar Billingsley and Oris Martha Ramsey Billingsley. Funeral Service will be at 3:00 PM on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson.

A visitation will be held prior to service time from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Taylor Funeral Home. 

Ed grew up in the Shady Grove Community of Timpson and graduated with the THS Class of 1943. In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Ed valiantly served his country during WWII where he was stationed on a naval carrier that was attacked by a Japanese suicide mission. He married the love of his life, Lou Nell Jackson on August 7, 1949 and the two built a beautiful life together over the next 70 years. Ed worked for Diamond Shamrock before retiring in 1981 and returning to East Texas with his family. After he built his underground house in the park, he wanted to make the area more suitable and safe for people to visit. He began cleaning and clearing and worked tirelessly until it became a beautiful landscape for families to come. In his earlier years, he loved cruising the town on his Harley. Daddy B, as he was known by his children and grandchildren, was an avid golfer, but most days you could find him outside gardening or spending countless hours making precious memories with his family. He was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. 

Ed is survived by:
His beloved wife of almost 71 years, Lou Nell Billingsley

Son, Michael Billingsley and wife, Betty

Daughters: 
Kathy Askins and husband, Billy
Tina Ornelas and husband, Rick

Sister, Elaine Amos

Seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren and soon to be one great-great-grandchild 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Travis and Oris Ramsey; son, William “Bill” Joe Billingsley and sister, Edith Cross.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Askins, Randy Askins, Chris Ornelas, Justin King, Ethan Askins, Brian King, Jarrod Campbell and Brandon Mince.

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

 

05/08/2020

JW Jones, 88, of Lufkin, Texas passed away on May 7, 2020 in Lufkin, Texas. Born December 7, 1931, in Ballard Community, Shelby County, Texas, JW is the son of William Jesse Jones and Edith Mae (Thomas) Jones. Funeral service will be held at 11AM on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Dr. Doyle Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Center Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to the service Monday, May 11, 2020 beginning at 10AM at Mangum Funeral Home

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

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

05/08/2020

Lee Roy Gendke, 78, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on May 7, 2020 in Center, Texas.  Born June 17, 1941, in Houston, Texas, Lee Roy is the son of Ervin Herman Gendke and Eleanor Arlee (Boldt) Gendke.  Graveside service will be held at 12PM on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Gendke Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Lee Roy grew up in Pasadena, Texas. He graduated high school and joined the workforce. He married Willie Sherll Hooper in 1967 and the two spent over 49 years together before her passing in 2016. Together they served as missionaries in Ukraine for over 18 years. Lee Roy worked many years for Houston Police Department before retiring. He was a very handyman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. Lee Roy loved his family but most of all loved the Lord. 

He is survived by:
His son, Isaac Van Gendke

Daughter, Elizabeth Oolyana Gendke

Grandson, Dalton Gendke

One great-grandchild

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Lee Roy is preceded in death by his wife, Willie Gendke; and brothers, Michael Ervin Gendke, Harlon Dale Gendke; and sister, Jean Ann Gendke.

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

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

05/07/2020

Estella Wade Lister, 92, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, May 4, 2020 at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas.

Funeral service will be held Friday, May 8, 2020 at 11am with a graveside service at St. John Cemetery in Center, Texas.

Viewing will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Garner and Son Chapel from 8:30am until 10:30am.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Arthur Lister (Carolyn) of San Augustine, Texas
John Lister (Jackie) of Orange, Texas

A Host of Grand-children, Great-grandchildren, Great-Great-Grandchildren, and Great-Great-Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Joe Wade of Phoenix, AZ
Robert Edden (Eula) of Phoenix, AZ

Sisters:
Lucille Cloudy of Center, Texas
Dora Center (Jerry) of Phoenix, AZ

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

Funeral service is entrusted to Garner and Son Mortuary, 304 Ironosa Rd., San Augustine, Texas 75935.

05/07/2020

Jimmy “Big Jimmy” Harville, 76, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Visitation will be held prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Harville was born January 22, 1944, in DeRidder, Louisiana, to Arthur Levi Harville and Oma Elizabeth Baggs Harville. He enjoyed woodworking, sports (especially the LSU Tigers), and racing. Mr. Harville loved his grandkids and greats.

He is survived by:

Wife, Patricia Ann Harville

Son, Rodney Harville and wife Tonya

Grandchildren:
Heather Harbison and husband Britt
Blake Harville
Caleb Harville
Bryant Harville
Sidney Smith and husband Tristan
Levi Harville
Jessica Tilley and husband Derrick
Gusto Minkler

Great-grandchildren:
Tucker Harbison
Chase Harbison
Bentlee Harville
Ashton Smith
Kenzie Tilley
Cameron Tilley
Jackson Tilley
Jacey Tilley

Brothers:
Arthur Harville Jr. of Many
Larry Harville of Stanley

He is preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Harville Jr.; parents; and sister, Helen Harville.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Harville’s grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Boo’s Battle Support Fund, 1130 CR 3182, Joaquin, Texas 75954. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

05/07/2020

Deborah L. Terlouw, age 64, a resident of Grand Bay, Alabama, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020. Deborah was a faithful member of Life Church for 26 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. Williford and Sally Folsom Williford; sister, Barbara Ann Byrd.

She is survived by:

Her loving husband of 41 years, Charles W. Terlouw

Children:
Timothy C. (Diana) Steiner
Tammy Denise (Clifford) Remley

Daughter-in-law, Kristina McDuffie

Cousin, Gloria Lyons

9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren

Sisters:
Frances Corbett
Sandra Robinson

Other relatives and many friends.

A private family service is planned.

Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home and Gardens, 8691 Old Pascagoula Road, Theodore, AL 36582. Online condolences can be signed at https://www.serenityfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Deborah-Terlouw/

05/06/2020

Virgil Walter Williams, 83, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on May 5, 2020 in Garrison, Texas.  Born September 25, 1936, in Burkeville, Texas. Virgil is the son of Walter Mack Williams and Verdie (Woods) Williams.  Graveside service will be held at 4PM on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Restland Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas with Bro. Jerry Gannon officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2-00PM – 3:30PM Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Virgil was raised in Newton, Texas.  He joined the United States Air Force in October 1954 and served his great country.  Virgil met the love of his life, Pauline Leavell, in a little diner in Newton, and the two were married in 1959.  They spent over 54 years together before her passing in 2013.  He had a large family whom he loved so much.  Virgil loved every moment of time he could spend with his family.  He enjoyed fishing, listening to old country music, and playing dominoes.  Those that knew Virgil knew he had a nickname for all family members, including nieces and nephews, except Jayne, the youngest daughter. Virgil loved the Lord, and was a faithful member of Northside Church of Christ, Center, Texas.

He is survived by:
His son, Roger Eppler

Daughters: 
Anna Koonce and husband Paul
Debbie Reidy
Pauline Herrington
Sandy White
Brenda Campbell and husband Marlin
Jayne Webb and husband Clifton

Sisters: 
Wanda Arnold
Maxine Whalen

23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Virgil is preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Williams; parents, Walter Mack and Verdie Williams; sons, Andy Eppler, Bruce Eppler; son in law, Roy White; brothers in law, Wayne Arnold and Hubert Whalen.

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

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

05/05/2020

Tana Leigh Wilson Hairgrove, 62, of Center, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at Noon, Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Fred Wilcox officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Tana was born January 30, 1958, in Nacogdoches, to James Paul and Lola Wilson. She was blessed in her early years to travel with her parents over the United States while her dad sang with the Four Mints.

Tana was a 1976 graduate of Center High School and was proud to be on the dance team, The Chaparrals.

The best time of her life came on October 20, 1988, when her son, Tyler, was born. She adored him and put everything she had into giving him the best life. She would attend baseball games in Tyler’s younger years and watched him become one of the best doubles tennis player in the state of Texas, where he and his partner won the UIL State Championship his senior year in 2007. She was so proud of him and loved him so much.

And, oh how excited she was when Tyler and Amanda gave her a precious granddaughter. Sadie June was born August 1, 2016. She was over the moon. Tana was GuGu to Sadie and they were a pair. Tana’s eyes would just sparkle when you talked about Sadie. She loved her so much.

Tana married the love of her life, Tom, on June 15, 1998 in Las Vegas. She loved Tom so much and they were blessed to get to travel many times to different places to enjoy each other’s company. Tom has been Tana’s sole care taker for the past number of years while she battled cancer, and yes, she fought to the very end. Every step she took, he was right beside her. That’s what you call true love.

Tana finished her associate’s degree from Panola College and was employed at Smith Energy in Carthage. Tana was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson, where she was a bright light to all she met.

She is survived by:

Husband, Tom Hairgrove Jr. of Center

Son, Tyler Patterson and wife Amanda of Whitehouse

Granddaughter, Sadie June Patterson of Whitehouse

Sister, Traci Morris and husband Tommy of Center

Nephew, Brent Gregston and wife Jennifer of Humble

Nieces:
Briana Goodrum and husband E.J. of Hudson
Lindsey Shuler of Garland
Lauren and Grayson Holt of Forney

Great-nephews: Noah Gregston, Jonah Gregston, Ezra Gregston, Layton Goodrum, and Colton Shuler

Great-niece, Taegan Goodrum

Sister and brother-in-law, Twila and Joe Parker of Garland

Special friends: Sherry, Sharon, Sarah, Beth, Racheal, Tina, Shirley, Sharon Nelson, Mary, Tri-County Employees, and Smith Energy Employees.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James Paul and Lola Wilson; brother, Darren Wilson; and grandparents, Buford and Ethel Wilson, Kathryn Houston, and Mack Houston.

Pallbearers will be E.J. Goodrum, Stephen Gamble, Jim Sawyer, Joe Parker, Leon Dykes, and Neal Stephenson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Darren Wilson Scholarship, PO Box 1091, Center, Texas 75935.

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

05/04/2020

Douglas Eugene Lampley, 81, of Center, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  

Born April 16, 1939, in Center, he was the son of the late Woodrow Lampley and Charlotte Swanston Lampley.  Mr. Lampley worked as a plant manager at General Shelters for many years.

He is survived by: 
His wife, Mary Jo Lampley of Center

Sister, Virginia Watlington of Center

Brother-in-law, Cecil Watlington of Center

Granddaughters: 
Christa Montgomery-Mitchell
Kassandra Montgomery
Brenda Montgomery

Step-daughters: 
Jill Chapman of Fort Worth 
Robin Smith of Fort Worth

Step-grandchildren: 
Natalie Ledyard of Fort Worth
Campdell Dick of Fort Worth

Special-nephew, Jasen Watlington (Peggy) of Center

Niece, Hope Frohbieter

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Stacy Montgomery; parents; and brother, Woody Lampley.

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

05/02/2020

Pamela Ellis-Frazier, 76, of Center, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont.

Mrs. Fazier was born April 15, 1944, in Beaumont, to Henry C. Meyer Jr. and Augusta Mae Trinkle.  She was the former owner of Lady Bug Florist in Houston, Posies ‘N Things in Clear Lake, Pearland Auto Shine in Pearland, and Pam’s Food Delivery in Center. Mrs. Frazier was involved in her community through Order of Eastern Star, having been a member of Pearland Chapter #1065, Center Chapter #348 and Timpson Chapter #1144, where she served as Worthy Matron from 2016 to 2017. She was also a Past Mother Advisor of Pearland Assembly #337, was involved in Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and a member of St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Son, Robert Roy Ellis of Houston

Daughters:
Sondra Fowee (Thomas) of Houston
Brandi Garza (Ray) of Center

Grandchildren:
Kirra Faye Bloomer of Jonesborough, Tennessee
Michael Neuwirth of Center
Ray Neuwirth of Center
Tailore Neuwirth-Turner of Center
Robby Coutouri of Vivian, Lousiana
Brittany Smith-Lopez Franco of Houston
Timothy Smith of Houston
Brisais Garza of Center

Great-grandchildren:
Sydney, Chase, Caden, and Everly Neuwirth of Center
Alex Braden Banda of Kilgore
Michael and Peyton Turner of Nacogdoches
Jaxton and London Parker/Mallory of Houston

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Homer and Carrie Trinkle; father, Henry C. Meyer Jr.; mother, Augusta Mae Trinkle Perry; brother, Carl Trinkle Perry; granddaughter-in-law, Heather Waller Neuwirth; and daughter-in-law, Angie Coutourie Ellis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Timmons, Jesse Maynard, Dale Eldredge, Roger Doyle, Newton Johnson, Bill Henry, Clarence Denby, and Order of Eastern Star Members.

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

04/30/2020

Rachael (Andrews) Mitchell of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at Colonial Pines Healthcare Center at the age of 88 years, 5 months, 17 days.

Mrs. Mitchell was born November 12, 1931, in Patroon, Texas, to parents Georgia (Weeks) and Harvey Andrews. She was a member of the Baptist church and split her church visits between White Rock and Liberty Hill Baptist Churches. A longtime teacher, she retired from Broaddus ISD with 25 years of service. Several of Mrs. Mitchell's students remember her prayers and Bible stories before class everyday.

She loved cooking, gardening and canning vegetables, sewing, and quilting. After retirement, Mrs. Mitchell and her husband did woodworking and flea markets. He would cut and build with her painting. They enjoyed traveling to many different parts of the United States.

She was a loving mom, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt to her family.

Her survivors left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Margaret Johnson and husband Bobby of Nacogdoches, Texas; son, Steve Mitchell and wife Sheila of Saginaw, Texas; grandchildren, Jason Johnson and wife Amanda of Nacogdoches, Texas, Jennifer Johnson Enos and husband Chris of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Travis Mitchell of Saginaw, Texas; great-grandchildren, Austin and Blake Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Ryan and Amelia Enos of Nacogdoches, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Howard Mitchell; her parents, Harvey and Georgia Andrews; a brother, James Andrews and wife Evelyn; and sisters, Voncile Newton and husband Edward, and Syble Newton.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Liberty Hill Cemetery, located at 1289 Hwy. 147 North in San Augustine, Texas, with Bro. Rick Russell officiating.

Memorials may be offered to the Liberty Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Tom McAbee, P.O. Box 633, San Augustine, TX 75972-0633.

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

04/29/2020

Mary Risinger Neill, 99, of Timpson, Texas passed away on April 28, 2020 in Timpson, Texas.  Born January 14, 1921 in Tenaha, Texas, to the late Lawrence Risinger and Francis (Youngblood) Risinger.  Funeral  service will be held at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10AM.  Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery, FM1970N, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 5-7PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Mary was raised in Tenaha, Texas. She attended Tenaha, and Timpson schools.  She married her first love, Marcus Witherspoon, in 1939. They had two beautiful daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth.  She soon became a widow at the young age of 35 with two teenage girls to continue to raise.  The Lord provided another soulmate, Bill Neill and the two were married in 1962. The two spent over 33 years together before his passing in 1995.  Mary enjoyed working in her garden and yard. She was a member of a sewing group at First Baptist Church, Tenaha for many years, sewing lap robes for the nursing homes.  She always loved and cared for her family. Mary loved her friends but most of all loved God.  She was quite a cook, and made sure everyone was happy.  Mary was a faithful member of Corinth Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Oliver and Elizabeth Goff; Grandchildren, Andrea Oliver, Mark Oliver and wife Randee, Justin Oliver and wife Rebecca, Joe Goff and wife Jodie; Great- grandchildren, Rebekah Lewis and husband George, Kirsten Kimzey, Aislynn Kimzey, Devin Kimzey, Paul Oliver, Ryan Oliver, Alyssa Oliver, Gretta Oliver, Jacob Goff; Nieces, Marita Powers, Ouida McDaniel and husband Mike; Nephews, Joe Dan Risinger and wife Gail, Larry Risinger and wife Sandra; and a host of famiy and friends that will miss her dearly.

Mary is preceded in death by her husbands, Marcus Witherspoon, Bill Neill; parents, Lawrence and Francis Risinger; brothers, Fred Risinger, Buford Risinger; sisters, Grace Stedman, Ruth Witherspoon, Faye Jacobs; sons in law, Wayne Oliver and Bobby Goff.  

Pallbearers serving will be Mark Oliver, Justin Oliver, Joe Goff, Ryan Oliver, George Lewis, and Devin Kimzey.

Honorary pallbearers are Paul Oliver, Jacob Goff, and Joe Dan Risinger.

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

04/28/2020

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Linnie Price, 96, of Carthage, Texas will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the Adams Cemetery with Rev. Joe Freeman and Rev. Robert Ortigo officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. A viewing will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Mrs. Linnie Faye Barnett Price was born February 14, 1924 in the Galloway Community of Panola County, Texas. She passed this life April 27, 2020 in Carthage, Texas. Linnie was one of 10 children born to the marriage of James Homer and Lessie Mae Baker Barnett. She was raised and schooled in Galloway. Linnie married Chester Ray Price and together they celebrated over 50 years of marriage and raised nine children in a loving home before he preceded her in death. Mrs. Price was a longtime member of the Logan Assembly of God. She loved singing at church, playing her guitar and spending time with her grandkids and family. 

She is also preceded in death by her parents, many siblings, sons, William Ernest Price, Billy Wayne Price, Jerold Ray Price; daughters, Frances Faye Hennigan, Deborah Lynn Price, and Donna Beth Jones.

Mrs. Price is survived by: 
Her devoted children: 
Son, Charlie Price of Lufkin

Daughters: 
Lessie Hughes of Carthage
Nettie McCray and husband Buck of Marshall

Brother, James Homer Barnett of Kansas

Sisters: 
Emma Ruth Bailey of Carthage
Olean Broadus and husband Jerry of Carthage

Numerous grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews

Special friend, Carolyn Harrison

Serving as pallbearers will be; Brenden Hughes, Chris Price, Billy Hughes, Anthony Hennigan, Kevin Jones, Kenneth Jones, Bosco Hennigan, and Mathew Hughes.

04/28/2020

Lawrence Joseph Campanello, 78, of Timpson, Texas passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 in Timpson, Texas surrounded by loved ones. Born May 28, 1941, in Auburn, New York to Joseph Campanello and Anna Steihr Campanello.

Graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Dee Daniel officiating.  

Larry was born and raised in Port Byron, New York. He graduated Port Byron High School and immediately joined the workforce. His love for crepe myrtle trees and where they grew and bloomed, brought him to East Texas in 1978. Larry worked for Orkin many years as an exterminator. His entrepreneurship ability led him to open Larry’s Pest Control, which he owned and operated for over 25 years. He served many customers over the years in the East Texas area. Larry was a very social person, he never met a stranger. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved gardening, each year planting a huge garden so that he could share with others. When he wasn’t in the garden you could find him fishing or hunting. He loved spending time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids.  

He is survived by:
His sons: 
Larry J. Campanello of Arkansas City, Kansas
Jeff Campanello of Leland, North Carolina

Daughter, Tina Smith of Auburn, New York

Grandchildren: 
Katie Smith
Timothy Smith

Sisters: 
Santa Pelc of Auburn, New York
Annie Okiec of Buffalo, New York

Special friend, Claudia Bailey of Tenaha, Texas

A host of friends that will miss him dearly.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Gilles Campanello; and parents, Joseph and Anna Campanello. 

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.

04/27/2020

Mary Louise Chessher Kunkel, 29, of Nacogdoches, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020, in Covington, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born May 1, 1990, she was the daughter of Cecil Chessher and Vickie Regina Bailey Chessher. Mary was blessed with four children and a husband, whom she loved dearly. She was a spontaneous young lady and a big dreamer, determined to make each dream come true. One of her finest traits was her positive attitude. Spending time with her family, whether on the beach, walking out in the woods, or just a get-together were times she treasured. Cooking (and eating) was a hobby for her and she was so proud of each meal she prepared. Mary especially enjoyed the fun time she and her husband would have making BBQ. Her true personality could be seen as she danced with music blaring. Mary loved the Lord and hid God’s Word in her heart. She was a member of The Called Out Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Husband, Bo Kunkel of Nacogdoches

Children:
Elijah Robert Kunkel
Am’Mariah Jozlynn Kunkel
Zaid Liam Kunkel
Aryah Re’Cecily Kunkel all of Nacogdoches

Parents, Cecil Chessher and Vickie Regina Bailey Chessher

Sisters:
Sarah Chessher and Michael of Center
Shannon McGuire of Amarillo
Chasity Cooper and husband Shane of Center
Leah Woodhatch of Nacogdoches

Brother, Chad Chessher and wife Jenney of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family members; Betty Perez; and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Billy E. Bailey, Earl Chessher Sr. and Margaret “Margie” Chessher; uncle, Earl Chessher Jr.; a grandfather, and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to assist with final expenses.

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

04/24/2020

Susan Raquel Shofner, 64, of Grande Saline, formerly of Joaquin passed away Monday, April 20, 2020, in Tyler.

Born June 30, 1955 in Tyler, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Edward Shofner and Grady Lou McKnight Shofner. She graduated from Joaquin High School in 1973. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and loved her fur babies.

She is survived by:

Sisters:
Jan R. Berry of Shelbyville
Monise R.Shofner of Timpson

Nephew:
Robert Berry

Nieces:
Amanda Robbins 
Tabitha Wachal

Great-nieces, Allison Robbins and Nolyn Wachal

Great-nephew, Trevin Wachal

She is preceded in death by her parents Edward E.(Sonny)Shofner and Grady Lou McKnight Shofner.

A memorial service will follow at a later date.

Services are under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home, 386 N. Maple, Van, Texas 75790.

04/23/2020

Mary Louise Harborth, 93, of Nacogdoches, formerly of New Braunfels, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. 

Born June 4, 1926, in Center, she was the daughter of the late Calvin Dean and Ceceal Webb Dean.  Mrs. Harborth graduated from Shelbyville High School and later began a career with Southwestern Bell from which she retired.  In retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and always looked forward to her annual cruise.  

She is survived by: 
Her niece, Ceceal Dean of Joaquin

Nephew, Richard Dean of Center

Great-nephews: 
Raven Dean
Justin Evans

Great-niece, Haley Evans

She is preceded in death by her husband, Hilmer Harborth; parents; and brother, James Dean.

Pallbearers will be Gordon Smith, Bernard Metcalf, James Clifton, Jody Porter, Norman Wood, and Justin Evans.

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

04/21/2020

Linda Arvilya McMan Bordelon was born December 8, 1943 in Fordyce, Arkansas to Mary Garrison and Arvial McMan and died on April 19, 2020 in Center, Texas following a lengthy illness.

Linda attended elementary school in Fairview, Arkansas and graduated from Minden High School in 1961. She obtained a BA degree from Louisiana Tech University and a MA degree from Louisiana State University.

Linda taught school for 36 years in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana. She helped organize Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School in 1982 and taught there for 20 years before retirement in 2002. She spent her retirement years with her husband at her beloved lake house on Toledo Bend at Huxley, Texas.

Linda was an active member of many organizations including St. Therese Catholic Church Alter Society, Delta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Toledo Bend Dutch Oven Society, Deep East Texas Beekeeper Association, Pinewood Beekeeper Association and Golden Harvest Ministries. And she was most proud of her work and membership with the Center and Texas Garden Clubs. 

She is survived by: 
Her husband of over 50 years, Michael Bordelon. 

She is also survived by her daughter Leslie Rosso and her husband Jimmy of Baton Rouge, Lousiana

Her granddaughters: 
Kloe Rosso of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Amelia Rosso of New Orleans, Louisiana

Sister, Betty Jean Rupert of Benton, Arkansas

Brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. James McMan of San Antonio, Texas.

A memorial service will follow at a later date.

04/18/2020

Jose Angel Chavez, 57, of Center, Texas passed away on April 17, 2020 in Plano, Texas.  Born August 2, 1962, in Jalpilla Guanajato, Mexico, Jose is the son of Juan Chavez and Inez Chavez Perales.  

Jose grew up in Jalpilla Guanajato, Mexico. He married the love of his life, Maria Yolanda Chavez Olalde in October 1982. They have three wonderful children and have raised them in East Texas. Jose loved his family immensely. He found great joy spending time with his wife, children, and especially his granddaughters. His utmost priority was taking care of and providing for his family. Jose enjoyed watching soccer on television, especially his favorite team Chivas play.  He was a handy man, spending much time working on cars he loved. You could find him using his talents doing carpenter work, and contrstucting his ideas.    

He is survived by:

His loving wife, Maria Yolanda Chavez Olalde

Sons: 
Angel Chavez and wife Eva Castillo
Johnny Chavez

Daughter, Lizbeth Chavez

Grandchildren: 
Ashley Chavez
Alena Chavez

Mother, Inez Chavez Perales

Brothers: 
Juan Chavez
Carmen Fausto
Gil Chavez and Carmela Chavez

Sisters: 
Lupe Chavez
Loreto Chavez
Antonia Chavez
Leonor Chavez
Margarita Chavez
Aracili Chavez

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Jose is preceded in death by his father, Juan Chavez

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

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


José Angel Chávez, de 57 años, de Center, Texas falleció el 17 de abril de 2020 en Plano, Texas.  Nacido el 2 de agosto de 1962 en Jalpilla Guanajato, México, José es hijo de Juan Chávez e Inez Chávez Perales.  

José creció en Jalpilla Guanajato, México. Se casó con el amor de su vida, María Yolanda Chávez Olalde en octubre de 1982. Tienen tres hijos maravillosos y los han criado en el este de Texas. José amaba inmensamente a su familia. Encontró una gran alegría pasando tiempo con su esposa, sus hijos y, especialmente, sus nietas. Su máxima prioridad era cuidar y proveer para su familia. José disfrutó viendo fútbol en la televisión, especialmente su equipo favorito Chivas jugar. Era un hombre útil, pasando mucho tiempo trabajando en autos que amaba. Podrías encontrarlo usando sus talentos haciendo trabajo de carpintero, y construcción.

Le sobreviven su amorosa esposa, María Yolanda Chávez Olalde

Hijos: 
Angel Chávez y su esposa Eva Castillo
Johnny Chávez

Hija, Lizbeth Chávez

Nietos: 
Ashley Chávez
Alena Chávez

Madre, Inez Chávez Perales

Hermanos:
Juan Chávez y Carmen Fausto
Gil Chávez y Carmela Chávez

Hermanas: 
Lupe Chávez
Loreto Chávez
Antonia Chávez
Leonor Chávez
Margarita Chávez
Aracili Chávez

y una familia y amigos que lo extrañarán mucho

José es precedido en la muerte por su padre, Juan Chávez.

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

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

04/16/2020

Freddie Clinton Watlington, Jr., 65, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 11, 2020 in Center. He was born on October 17, 1954 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Freddie Clinton Watlington, Sr. and Patricia Van Cleave. A graveside service will be held at 11AM on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Mark Bell officiating.

Freddie grew up in Center and graduated from Center High School. He was an extremely gifted musician playing both the guitar and piano. Freddie’s passion and gift for music led him to record many pieces. One of his favorite pastimes was travelling the open road on his Harley.

He is survived by:
Wife: Eva Jane Watlington

Children: 
Loy Morris Sonmor and wife, Leann
Donna Elaine Kilgore and husband, Steve
Scott Alan Sonmor and wife, Jennifer

Sister: Deanna Graves and husband, Joel

Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and one niece.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Freddie and Patricia Watlington; and great grandparents, Jack and Marquerite Watlington.

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

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