Mrs.  Lee Vern “Leevern” Williams Stotts Gilliam (82) of Joaquin, Tx transitioned May 4, 2021, at home with family.  

Mrs. Lee Vern was born to the late Andrew Williams Sr. and Accie Richardson Williams April 23, 1939 in Ashton Hill-Shelby County Tx. Mrs. Lee Vern retired as Federal USDA Inspector. She was first African American to serve as City Councilwoman of Joaquin, Tx. 

Mrs. Lee Vern served as Usher Board president at her local church Keatchie COGIC, Mansfield District and for Historic Louisiana First Jurisdiction. She served her community and surrounding areas faithfully. Mrs. Lee Vern loved people and she definitely loved her family. 

Mrs. Lee Vern is survived by: 
Levarie Cloudy (Arthur) of Center
Rosalind Stotts (Wade) of Houston
Pamela Barnes (Bobby) of Logansport, La.
Novelle-Tina Gatlin (David) of Logansport, La. 

12 Grandchildren, and 21 great grands. Sister: Bertha Mae Jack of Houston, Tx. Brothers: Juan Williams and Junior Williams of Joaquin, Tx and Robert Williams of Houston, Tx. A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Visitation: Friday, May 14, 2021 at St Peter COGIC, Logansport, La, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Funeral Services: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Logansport Elementary Gym 17228 LA-5, Logansport, La 71049 Officiating: Elder Maurice Rogers. 

Burial: Carroll Cemetery, Shelbyville, Tx. 

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 www.hicksmortuary.net 


Wade Dewane Howell, 29, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021.  Bro. Rusty Hall will officiate. Wade’s wishes were to be cremated following the service.

Born January 16, 1992, in Yuma, Arizona, Wade is the son of Mark Howell and Lezlie Hughes Howell. He worked as a mechanic at Center Auto Repair and also served on the Center Volunteer Fire Department. Wade was a kind and generous person, always lending a helping hand. With his goofy smile and fun personality, he never met a stranger. Wade enjoyed baseball and invested in Shelby County’s youth by coaching Dixie Little League for several years. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, bow fishing, and four wheeling.

He is survived by:

His yellow lab, Buddy

Parents, Mark and Lezlie Howell of Shelbyville

Judy and Darrel Howell of Grove, Oklahoma
Jean Hughes of Buckeye, Arizona

Brother, Clinton Howell and wife Sheryll of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Nieces, Alexandria and Holly Howell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Christine Builta and husband Gary of Grove, Oklahoma
Jennifer Wilson and husband Deacon of Weatherford

Kimberly Carlson, her husband Amodi, and their son, Keenan, of Tacoma, Washington
Christian and Bailey Wilson of Weatherford, Texas

Other than blood family, Wade is survived by the entire McDonald Clan and their extended family. Also, all the brothers and sisters who’s kids called him Uncle Wade.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Center Volunteer Fire Department, 110 Patton Street, Center, Texas 75935.

There is an account on Venmo for donations: @inMemoryofWade and also an account at Shelby Savings Bank for donations in Memory of Wade.

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


Wynona Nance, 83, of Cypress, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Cypress.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 2021, at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. 

Born October 23, 1937, in Shelbyville, Wynona is the daughter of John Dewey Miller and Alice Mae Goings Miller. She worked as a florist and was also a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. Wynona was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Past President for SCA Thrift and Gift Shop. She was also a member of First Baptist Church in Orange.

She is survived by:

Jennifer Groleau
John Nance
Eugene Nance II and wife Starla

Grandchildren: Angela, Jessica, Ericka, John II, Tyler, and Logan

Great-grandchildren: Alice, Elizabeth, Felicity, Huxleigh, Kolton, Tyler Jr., Grayson, and Bryce

Wilda Beth Varney
Glenda Faye Jeffcoat

Several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Lee Nance; father, John Dewey Miller and Alice Mae Goings Miller; and son-in-law, Pepper Dan Groleau.

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


Graveside services for Betty Lou Anderson, 88, of Humble, formerly of Lufkin, will be held Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2pm in the New Hope Cemetery in Center with Brother Tim Verner officiating.

Ms. Anderson was born August 6, 1932 in Center to the late Thelma (Lansford) and Odis Walker, and died Sunday, May 9, 2021 in a facility in Humble.

Ms. Anderson graduated from Center High School. She retired from Lufkin State School after 25 years of service. After retirement she enjoyed cooking, her Facebook where she could never remember her password, and dancing. Ms. Anderson was a lifetime member of the Lufkin VFW. 

Survivors include: 

Her son, Tony Coleman and fiancée Betsy Peavy of Central

Kyle and Cheyenne Coleman of Pollok
Robbie Thomas and girlfriend Mary Koller of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Ashley and Cory Hearrell of Tennessee Colony
Shana and Gerald Derouen of Streetman, Texas

Dana Diaz
Caryn Thomas
Claudia Thomas\
Christopher Thomas
Matthew Thomas
Alexander Thomas
Courtney and James Kappus
James Hearrell
Colten Hearrell
Madison Hearrell
Cody and Morgan Hearrell
Chase Hearrell
Kaylee Miley
Adam Reed, Jr.
Ayanna Derouen

Nine great-great-grandchildren

Sister, Ruby Eddins of Humble

Brother, Tommy Walker of Euless

Jean Parham
Mona Bowlin
Tammie Stanaland
Lisa Tennant
Linda Slaton

Numerous other relatives

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Teresa Hogue Hutto; sister, Ovia Biggar; and nephew, Jerald Eddins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Derouen, Cory Hearrell, Robbie Thomas, Case Hearrell, and Jamie Perry.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


Marcille Hancock Hughes born April 9, 1925 in Shelby County passed peacefully May 5, 2021 and joined her loving husband, Pershing Hughes, who preceded her in death in 2003. 

She is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Alice Russell of Forney
Regina Hughes Vaughn and husband Waylon Vaughn of Center
Marcie Hughes Nelson and husband Scott of Nacogdoches

Alexander Thurman
Abby Thurman Stone
Amber Smith Thurman
Dustin Wright
Anthony Thurman
Emma Nelson Hughes
Lyle Nelson

Mason Thurman
Weston Wright
Easton Wright
Landon Thurman
Ali Thurman
Wes Thurman
Gage Smith

Her life will be honored May 15th at the Hancock Cemetery of Shelby County.

Marcille lives on in the eyes of her loved ones and the stories she wrote.


Jack Lout, 82 of Center, passed away Thursday, May 6 in Tyler after a brief illness. He was born in Shelbyville on September 19, 1938 to J.P. and Bertha Lout. He served in the US National Guard.

'As a young man, Jack met the love of his life, Miss Martha Nell Shadowens and they married in 1960. They were inseparable for almost 60 wonderful years until she passed away in 2020.

Jack worked as a logger all his life. He trained many young men how to run a skidder and a loader, including his son Shad, who followed in his footsteps.

Jack loved to farm with his father-in-law Mr. Shadowens. They gave away bushels and bushels of produce! He passed that love of farming on to his son and grandchildren, too. He loved to be anywhere his family was but his favorite places were in the woods and on the Sabine riverbank. He was a true outdoorsman and loved squirrel hunting and fishing. He spent many wonderful hours with Shad, his grands and friends in the woods and on the river - and playing no telling how many games of 42! People were drawn to Jack because of his ready smile and laughter and the stories he could tell with a twinkle in his eye.

His grandkids were the light of his life and just about any given day you could find him at a ball game rooting them on in whatever they were competing in at that time. Papa Jack never missed an opportunity to let them know how proud he was of them in all aspects of life.

He was also blessed with so many friends that he loved so much.

Jack had been a long time devoted deacon and patriarch of Ephesus Baptist Church. He told stories of walking to church there as a child and his devotion to the Lord carried him through life to the very end.

He is survived by his son, Shad and wife, Casey;

And grandchildren Colby, Eli, Dylan and Ali Brooke, all of Center.

He is also survived by his brother, Jimmy and wife, Paula;

Nephew Josh Lout and wife Bridgett

Niece Stacy Lout Lambright and husband, Kenny.

Pallbearers are beloved friends:
Monte Taylor
Richard Tomlin
Mike Lout
Ricky Lout
Joe Lawson
Junior Dean
Kenneth Hardy
Jimmy Strong

Honorary pallbearers are the great men of the Ephesus Baptist Church Sunday School class who he loved so very much.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 7th from 5-7pm at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be on Saturday, May 8th at 11am at Ephesus Baptist Church with burial to follow at Rather Cemetery.

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


“Dobber” Steve Tomlin, 68, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at home in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Shelby County. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate.

Born July 8, 1952, in Center, Dobber is the son of the late Thomas “T.E.” Tomlin and Hattie Mae Andrews Tomlin.  He worked as a truck driver and his hobbies included camping and fishing.

He is survived by:

Clarence Tomlin (Nicole) of Campobello, South Carolina
Logan Strozier (Erika) of Inman, South Carolina

Joe Tippitt Jr.
Steven Tippitt
LynnLeigh Rutledge
Ceely Tomlin
Callan Tomlin
Raylen Jackson all of South Carolina

Brother, Melvin Tomlin (Margie) of Tenaha

Preceded in death by daughter, Audra Leigh Tomlin Rutledge; and parents, Thomas “T.E.” Tomlin and Hattie Mae Andrews Tomlin.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Gilchrist, David Gilchrist, Rex Hutto, Gene Haynes, Russell Andrews, Alan Hooper, “Red” Glen Bittick, and Pete Andrews. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Andrews, Carlton Harkness, and Jerry Mahan.

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


Wavah Jeanette “Bogue” Benoit, 86 years old, passed away at her homeplace in Timpson, Texas on February 22, 2021. Born November 11, 1934 in Timpson, Texas to Anna Lois “Reeves” Hudson and Horace T. Bogue.

A graveside inurnment will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 11am at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Justin Timmons officiating.

Jeanette lived a full life and believed in hard work as a rule of thumb, as taught by example by her grandfather John Lumas Bogue. As a young lady she went out into the workforce experiencing many jobs including retail, movie theaters, and grocery stores. In the early 60’s she operated a “Room and Board” house with 17 rooms and housed 32 occupants. In the late 70’s she began collecting antiques and learned to repair antique clocks. She eventually opened 2 antique stores. She was always fascinated with and had a love for restoring old things and finding a bargain. Her husband’s job began to lead them to many different states, Jeanette loved the travels and enjoyed meeting new people. In ’86 she bought a breeder farm and began to learn all about its operations as the owner, working from sunup to sundown. After 10 years she retired back to Timpson. Anyone driving down Rosehill Road might see her out mowing, pulling up weeds, or climbing onto the roof. Strangers wondered who lived on that “neatly kept” property with the sign that read “Nutbush City Limits.”

Her awesome sense of humor attracted many people to her. She was a great mentor, and she was loved by many. Some may feel the mold was broken after this dear mother of ours was born. Such a legacy. Let us add that if she picked on you or had a nickname for you, you held a special place in her heart.

She’s preceded in death by husbands, Travis Kammerer and Rodney Benoit; brothers, Joseph Wayne Bogue and David Bogue; son, Derek Shane Benoit, whom she regarded as her angel who flew close to the ground; and son-in-law, Eric Fox.

She is survived by:

Vicki Lowe and husband Matt
Gayla Fox
Sharon Kammerer and fiancé Tom Reid

Along with grandchildren:
Fred Lowe
Candyce Wagnon
Bryan Bishop
Jessica Thevis
Jeremy Bishop
Aaron Deleonardis
Christopher Speaks
Haley Blassingame.

She also leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren, with numerous family members and friends.

In leiu of flowers family requests donation be made in honor of Ms. Jeanette Beniot to Woodlawn Cemetery Fund, P O Box 369, Timpson, Texas, 75975.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Collins Porter, 91, Gary native, will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Eastside Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Corinth Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Mrs. Nellie Belle Collins Porter was born September 9, 1929 at the family home place in Gary, Texas. She passed this life peacefully on the same family home place she was born. Nellie was the younger of two children born to the marriage of Marcellus Cleveland “Cellus” and Nellie Julia Mims Collins. She was a graduate of Gary High School. Nellie married Earl Venard Porter September 25, 1948 and they celebrated 49 years of marriage before he preceded her in death in 1997.

Mrs. Porter began working young in her parents commercial tomato fields and family Wood Mill. She would hold many jobs, lastly retiring from Walmart after 15 years of service. Nellie was talented in sewing, crocheting, gardening, cooking and raising chickens. Her favorite hobby was time with her grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by her parents, and brother, L.M. Collins.

Mrs. Porter is survived by: 
Her devoted sons: 
Russell Porter and wife Pam of Gary
Ronnie Porter and wife Donna of Gary

Russ Porter and wife Ashley of Gary
Shelbye Almeida and husband Greg of Gary
Patrick Porter and wife Misty of Gary
Amanda Deason and husband Sam of Gary

Collin Porter-Almeida
Lauren Almeida
Port Porter
Eli Porter
Presley Deason
Eliza Porter
Indy Deason

Special cousins: 
Joyce LaVerne Collins-Rider
Bobby Joe Ritter

Numerous other relatives and a host of friends 

The family wishes to thank her caregivers, Kathy Jackson, Montana Jones, Terrie Garrison, and Fay Boyd and the Heartsway Hospice for their special care.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com


Helen Faye Little Yeager, 92, of Fort Worth, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  
Funeral service will be held at Noon, Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bishop Neil Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born May 1, 1928, in Irving, Helen is the daughter of John Lee Little and Emily Carroll Little.  She was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Latter Day Saints.

She is survived by: 
Her sons: 
Edwin K. Yeager of San Augustine
Quinton R. Yeager and wife Annetta of Fort Worth

Daughter-in-law, Karen Yeager of San Augustine

Krystal Smith and husband Justin
Amy Plaisance and husband Josh
Keith Yeager Jr.
Tonia Yeager
Ashley Yeager
Chelsey Yeager

Madison Plaisance
Kenzie Plaisance
Joshua Plaisance Jr.
Camila Yeager
Tristan Yeager
Levi Smith
October Smith

Preceded in death by husband of 61 years, Claxton Yeager; son, Claxton Lee Yeager; parents, John Lee Little and Emily Carroll Little.

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



Charles “Randy” Chandler, 60, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Nacogdoches County.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021, at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County with visitation at Noon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Bro. Derrick Lightfoot will officiate.

Born January 4, 1961, in Center, Randy is the son of the late Charles H. Chandler and Joyce Marie Luman Chandler.  He married and spent 35 years with the love of his life, Monica.  Randy enjoyed being outdoors, drinking his coffee, spending time with his grandson, and fishing and hunting.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Randi Kay Faulkenbery and husband Josiah of Center

Son, Brody Chandler of Center

Grandson, Wyatt Faulkenbery of Center

Ricky Chandler and wife Lecia of Joaquin
Ronald Chandler of Center

Relissa Bailey and husband Shane of Nacogdoches
Rhonda McManus and husband Robert of Athens
Rachelle Chandler and fiancé Billy Ramey of Nacogdoches

Nieces and nephews:
Bo Chandler
Ryan Chandler
Jake Chandler
Shelby Caldwell
Ashlie Chandler
R.J. Chandler
Kodie Bailey
Shayna Tucker
Kortni Bailey
Jordin Fountain
Charlie Fountain
Aybree Bond
Kylar Bond
Chance Bond

Preceded in death by his wife, Monica Chandler; parents, Charles H. Chandler and Joyce Marie Luman Chandler; brother, Robbie Chandler; and niece, Brittany Murdock.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Chandler, Ronald Chandler, Robert McManus, Bo Chandler, Ronnie Davis, and Billy Ramey. Honorary pallbearers will be Jordin Fountain, Charlie Fountain, Ryan Chandler, Jake Chandler, R.J. Chandler, and Kodie Bailey.

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


John Wayne “Jimmy” Mosley, 70, of Tenaha, Texas died Friday, April 30, 2021 at local nursing home in Carthage, Texas.

Mr. Mosley was born to the late Nelvin Mosley and Doris Williams, Mosley in Tenaha.  Mr. Mosley was a proud Alumni of Prairie View A&M.  Funeral service will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 St. John Baptist Church in Tenaha, 1:00 P.M. Rev. Chandler Pettis officiating. 

Mr. Mosley is survived by:

Brother, Nelvin Mosley Jr. and wife Gwen of Beaumont, Texas

Sisters: Shirley Joyce Walton and husband Roosevelt of Carthage Doris Renea Jones of Longview 

A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

Visitation will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. John Baptist Church, 12-noon. 

Burial: St John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas. 

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 www.hicksmortuary.net


Esther Marie Harvey, 87, of Gary, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on June 8, 1933 in Shelby County, Texas, to the late Archie Milburn and Ina Mae (Driggers) Darnell. Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 6-8PM at Taylor Funeral Home.

Esther Marie graduated Timpson High School class of 1951. She married Veston (Tenny) Harvey on January 5, 1952. They were married almost 60 years before his death in 2011. Esther Marie loved to cook. She was PTA president and involved with her children’s’ school activities. She loved working at the Timpson Library and the genealogy society. She volunteered at the Esther’s Clothes Closet for several years. While at the nursing home she loved going on outings with them and playing bingo there.

Esther is survived by:
Her son Emmett Harvey and wife Gayle of Gary

Daughter, Sandra Abernathy and husband Gene of Carthage

Kathryn Stamps and husband Ryan of Timpson
Karyn Smith of Longview
Tammy McFarlin and husband Michael of Troup
Timothy McKnight and wife Kristina of Gary

10 great-grandchildren

Sister, Edna Dean of Garrison

Katherine Darnell of Nederland
Suann Harvey of Longview

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly

She is preceded in death by her husband, Veston Harvey; parents Milburn and Ina Mae Darnell; brother, Emmett Darnell; and great granddaughter, Trinity Rose McKnight.

Family would especially like to thank the entire staff at Garrison Nursing Home for the exceptional care extended to her over the past four years.

Pallbearers serving will be Ryan Clay Stamps, Gabe Smith, Timothy McKnight, Michael McFarlin, Junior Woodfin, and Johnny Woodfin.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Woodfin, Wayne Harvey, Owen Harvey, Wesley Boren, and Tommy McKnight.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to Shelby County Corinth Cemetery, PO Box 426, Timpson, Texas or Garrison Nursing Home Activity Fund, 333 North FM 95, Garrison, Texas, 75946.

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.


Myrtie Lou Bass Williams, 92, of Humble, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Bro. Don Windham will officiate.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Born March 30, 1929, in Shelby County, Myrtie is the daughter of the late George Bass and Meddie Chambliss Bass. She retired as a sales clerk in retail.  Her hobbies included crocheting and embroidery.  Myrtie was a member of Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Dear (Randy) of Humble; grandchildren, Brian Dear (Sylvia) of Humble and Leigh Ann Dear of Conroe; great granddaughter, Cassidy Dear of Humble; brother, Kester Bass of Shelbyville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Williams; parents, George Bass and Meddie Chambliss Bass; and brothers and sisters.

Her family will serve as pallbearers.

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


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

A Celebration of Life Service for Monise Rashell Shofner and Susie Shofner will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Willow Grove Community Church in Joaquin. The address is 4635 County Road 3790, Joaquin, Texas.

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:

Jan R. Berry of Shelbyville
Monise R.Shofner of Timpson (passed 11/25/2020)

Robert Berry

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.

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


Monise Rashell Shofner, 56, of Timpson, Texas was promoted to Glory Wednesday November 25, 2020 following a long battle of cancer. Monise was born January 25, 1964 in Houston, Texas and a 1982 graduate of Timpson.

A Celebration of Life Service for Monise Rashell Shofner and Susie Shofner will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Willow Grove Community Church in Joaquin. The address is 4635 County Road 3790, Joaquin, Texas.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Tabitha Tucker-Wachal of Omaha

Daughter-in-love, Crystal Conger of Weathford, Texas

Sister, Jan Berry of Shelbyville, Texas

Trevin Wachal
Nolyn Wachal
Chais Jackson

Niece, Amanda Berry Robbins of Shelbyville

Nephew, Robert Berry of Shelbyville

She is preceded in death by her parents Edward “Sonny” & Grady Lou Shofner, and sister Susie Shofner.

Her cremation is entrusted to All Families Mortuary - Burke, TX.


Hughie Jennings Allen (81) native of Center, Texas; formally of Orange, Texas; and now of Denton, Texas, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Westview Cemetery, 12:00 noon.

He was born in Center, Texas on June 22, 1939 to the late Willie Leroy Allen and the late Blanche Kathleen Pilot Allen McClelland. Hughie was known for his laughter, deep voice, broad smile, and strong handshake. Hughie had a heart for people and never met a stranger. He had a love for family, friends, music, cooking and caring for his yard. In his youth, he joined Mt. Zion CME church and remained a life-long faithful member. Over the years, he served in numerous churches and utilized his God-given musical talents. He will lovingly be remembered for his 40+ years of service as an educator, dedication and service to others, his professional excellence, civic and community involvement. Most of all, he will be remembered for his love of music and playing the piano from an early age for church and special events. Hughie was a professional musician and has trained choirs and appeared on radio and television on many occasions.   

At 16 years old, Hughie graduated Valedictorian Class of 1957 from C.H. Daniels High school in Center, Texas. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Texas College, a Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin University with further study toward a Doctorate degree. Hughie began his career as an educator in the public schools in Diboll and Lufkin, Texas. In 1974, he and his family moved to Orange, Texas where he served as Assistant Principal at West Orange Junior High School, and later served as Principal of Jones Elementary and Personnel Director for the West Orange Cove Independent School District. Hughie loved his students, education and investing in those around him. He set high standards for all of his students and inspired them to reach for their dreams. Hughie retired from education in 1998, but he never stopped teaching and learning. He was an avid reader, student of history and family ancestry and gardening. 

Hughie desired to make a difference; he was an active member and leader in numerous organizations, committees and boards. Upon retirement, he continued to serve in these roles and added a few along the way. He began his second career as a Realtor in Orange, Texas and found great joy in this activity. Hughie had a variety of talents including grilling, barbecuing, and growing a garden. Hughie valued relationships - spending time with people brought him energy and happiness! In his younger years, he was sure to make in person visits to say hello. In his later years, his frequent phone calls and texts replaced those drive by’s via car, but they were still often and jovial. 

East Texas held a special place in his heart. From Center, to Nacogdoches, to Lufkin and all points in between, whenever in the area, he was sure to hit all the spots to say hello to a cousin or friend along the way. No matter where he traveled, Center held a special place in his heart and he always found his way home. 

Being a husband, father, grandfather, brother “bubba”, and uncle were high on his list. He loved his family to the moon and back and would brag on each of them whenever he had the chance.

He is survived by:

Dedicated wife, partner in life and music for more than fifty years, Doris

Daughter, Raquel (Leo) Daniels and his son Vincent Allen

Noah Allen
Zoe Allen
Ian Daniels
Bryce Allen

Reggie McClelland (Tammy)
Kathy (Michael) Haynes

Niece, Vanessa (Al) Davis

Sister-in-law, Linda Allen

Brother-in-laws, men who are like brothers, many nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews will miss him dearly. Numerous cousins, family friends, and those that were on the weekly speed dial and text list, will miss him every single day. 

To honor Hughie, a Memorial with the Prostate Cancer Foundation has been established. In lieu of flowers, contributions and gifts may be made via http://www.pcf.org/HughieAllen

The greatest comfort during our sorrow was the expression of sympathy conveyed to us in many ways. We deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness and thank you most sincerely for your prayers, support, and love. The family of HJA

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

Service entrusted to Sparrow Funeral Home (1107 6th Street Orange, Texas 77630. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.sparrowfuneralhome.com. Obituary announced by Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.


Marvin Earl Biggar, 61, of Longview, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Longview.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 3, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Tommie Ferrell and Bro. Nathan Ferrell will officiate. Interment will follow at Biggar Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Born December 24, 1959, in Center, Marvin is the son of the late Joe Neal Biggar and Lois Lucille Burkhalter. He worked as a driller in the oilfield. Mr. Biggar turned his life around while completing and graduating Hiway 80 Mission in Longview. His hobbies included fishing and kayaking, especially in Arkansas. He was a member of Tatum Holiness Church.

He is survived by:

Keni Jo Biggar of Flint
April Campbell and husband Justin of Shelbyville

Grandchildren: Presley, Kross, Kwade, and Kroix Campbell

Debbie Jordan and husband Marvin of Tenaha
Becky Walker and husband Tony of Joaquin
Mona Bowlin of Center
Tammy Stanaland of Nacogdoches

Brother, Cris Rhodes and wife Jeana of Timpson

Lifelong friend and mother of his children, Carolyn Denby of Gary

Lifelong friend, Michael Floyd

Stepfather, Charles Rhodes of Timpson

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ovia Biggar and Lois Rhodes; grandparents, Marvin and Evie Biggar and Gilford and Lula Burkhalter; nephew, Bradley Rhodes; and brother-in-law, Terry Stanaland and Michael Bowlin.

Pallbearers will be Michael Floyd, Marvin Jordan, Jimmie Ferrell, Mark Humphrey, Richard Faucett, and Justin Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Louie Faucett and Don Stevenson.

Memorial donations can be made to Hiway 80 Mission at www.hiway80rm.org or 3123 W. Marshall Ave., Longview, Texas 75604.

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


Terry Lynn Cooley, 71, of Center, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2021, at Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center with visitation an hour prior. Bro. Andy Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 

Born September 30, 1949, Terry is the daughter of Finnie and Harvey Commander. Better known as “Mimi”, she lived her life to the fullest. She loved to laugh, make others laugh, and lift people up. Terry never met a stranger and loved unconditionally. She loved her life as a wife and mother, but “Mimi” was her role. She was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Husband, Archie Wayne Cooley of Center

Michael Garrett and wife Darlene of Conroe
Hannah Louise Cooley of Center
Danny Wayne Cooley and wife Jeannie of Oneonta, Alabama
Angel Sullivan and husband Brad of Lucedale, Mississippi
Tina Whiteside and husband Darren of Center

Brian Garrett
Chass Garrett and wife Heaven
Patrick Garrett and wife Kaitlyn
Casey Garrett
Danny Bailey and wife Brittany
Allen Urban
Heather Amrine
Jessy Egan
London Reeves and wife Jesse
Jeremy Cooley
Chris Cooley
Alex Manning

18 great-grandchildren and counting

Johnny Johnson
Robert “Bobby” Johnson
Howard Johnson

Numerous nieces and nephews

Lifelong friends, Rohte and Leah Rae.

Preceded in death by parents, Finnie and Harvey Commander; and birth mother, Eva Lamerle Johnson.

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


Johnnie Ray Tarver, 74 of Tenaha, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service is 1pm Saturday, May 1, 2021 at St. John Baptist Church in Tenaha. Interment is at Friendship Cemetery in Tenaha with Pastor Chandler Pettis officiating.

Survivors are:

Mita (David) Green of Jacksboro, Texas
Latrice (Timothy) Gates fo Tenaha
Mischa (Darrica) Bell of Nacogdoches 

4 Grandchildren

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.