Jerry Matlock, 74, passed away June 15, 2019 in Mt. Enterprise. He was born July 17th, 1944 in Mt. Enterprise to Ralph and Mattie B. Nettles Matlock.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10am at the Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel in Cushing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mattie Matlock; brothers Thomas Matlock, Harrison Matlock, Billy Matlock, Terry Matlock and Troy Matlock; and sister Betty Sallee.

He is survived by:

Wife, Charlcye Matlock of Mt. Enterprise

Daughter, LaNae Risinger (Johnny) of Mt. Enterprise

Brother, Gary Lynn Matlock of Mt. Enterprise

Sister, Rita Hughes (Richard) of Center

Farrah Rios (Luis) of Lufkin
Skye Risinger of Mt. Enterprise

Great-grandchild, Zayden Rios of Lufkin

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to Old Prospect School House Restoration Fund, 1056 CR 3198 E. Mt. Enterprise, Texas 75681.

Services are under the direction of Dickie Allen Funeral Home, 989 7th St., P.O. Box 305, Cushing, TX 75760.


Joy Lynn (Eldredge) Parks, 78, of Timpson, Texas entered into eternal life on June 14, 2019 in Timpson, Shelby County, Texas.  Born February 20, 1941, in Oklahoma, Joy is the daughter of the late Howard and Myrtle Eldredge. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 12PM – 1:30PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas. Graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 2PM at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Pastor Charleston Johnson officiating.

Joy Lynn Parks was a house-wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She loved using her time to work outside keeping her yard spotless and beautiful, as well as helping raise her grandchildren.  

She leaves to cherish her memories: 
A son: Curtis Parks

Michelle Parks Cartwright (Christopher)
Johnny Parks Jr. (Nicole)
Shannon Parks
Shane Parks (Amber)
Portia Young
Allen Parks
Priscilla Sparks (Johnny)

16 great-grandchildren

2 great-great-grandchildren. 

Also leaving to cherish her memories are:
Dorthy Dorsey
Margel Pounders

Brother: Lee Eldredge.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Allen Curtis Parks; daughter, Donna Parks Bailey; and son, Johnie Parks.

Pallbearers serving are Terry Eaden, Abel Rodriguez, Kemani Stewart, Marquies Bussey, Tommy Braxton, and James Tutt Jr..

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.


Sharon Vaneta Odom, 59, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on June 11, 2019 in Joaquin. She was born on February 1, 1960 in Center to Mack Gene Odom and Maidland Vaneta Phelps Odom. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Sharon grew up in Logansport, Louisiana and graduated form Logansport High School in 1978. Sharon had a passion for traveling and vacationing to new places. She also enjoyed doing arts and crafts, especially using driftwood to make unique creations. More than anything, Sharon loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. Those precious moments spent in conversation and laughter were what she treasured most. 

Sharon is survived by:
Her son: John Eric Head

Brother: Jason Odom

Gilma Odom
Maxie Odom
Laura Odom

Eric Alan Head
John Cameron Head
Ashleigh Jade Head. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Maidland Odom; brother, Mitchell Grant Odom; and sister, Teresa Rene Odom Yarborough. 

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


Funeral services for Mr. Newton Tomlin, 71, of Liberty City will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with Reverend Dudley Plaisance and Mrs. Debby Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Danville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Mr. Tomlin passed away on Tuesday, June 11, at his home in Liberty City.

Newton was born on September 5, 1947 in Center, Texas. He was the son of the late Dewey and Edna Tomlin. Newton was a member of the Pirtle Methodist Church. He retired from The Made-Rite Company, where he worked for 35 years. Newton enjoyed the outdoors, loved camping, fishing and bowling. He had been a very active supporter of the Sabine Schools and especially enjoyed working with the Band Boosters. Newton will be remembered for his great work ethic, always ready and willing to help everyone. 

Mr. Tomlin is survived by:

Wife of 50 years, Judy Tomlin of Liberty City

Son, Scott Tomlin and his fiancée Haylea Dunn of San Antonio

Tim Craven of the Philippines
Jay Bruner of Longview

Angela Tomlin of Abilene
Suzanne Mackowiak of Austin
Farrar Ellis of Royce City
Jessica Main of Longview

Cousin, Melvin Tomlin and wife Margie of Center

Sister-in-law, Ann Tomlin

Fur baby, Max and other family members and many friends.

Newton was preceded in death by his parents Dewey and Edna; sister, Betty Craven; brothers, Jarrell and John Tomlin.

The family ask that memorials be made to Pirtle Methodist Church, 11278 CR 173, Overton, Texas 75684

Please leave online condolences at www.raderfuneralhome.com


Billy Dale “Pepa” Davis, 64, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, in Joaquin.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Haslam Baptist Church in Haslam with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Davis was born November 14, 1954, in Coushatta, Louisiana, to Nancy Tingle and Truman Davis.  He served in the United States Army and later went on to work in refinery management.  Mr. Davis was a present member of Gary Masonic Lodge #1101 and a Past Worshipful Master at Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856. He was also a member of Haslam Baptist Church.  Mr. Davis loved fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by:
His wife of thirty-nine years, Jeannie Davis of Joaquin

Phillip Smith and wife Tammy
Chris Martin and husband Tommy
Julie Bass and husband Michael

Chase Martin
Dru Smith
Will Smith
Julianna Martin
Lila Smith
Emma Martin
JJ Bass
Caly Smith
Tate Bass

Kenzie Martin
Jaxon Martin

One great-granddaughter due in October.

Preceded in death by parents, Nancy Tingle and Truman Davis; and brother, Robert Michael Davis.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Haslam Baptist Church Mission Fund.

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


Joyce “Nanny” Norton, 64, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Fort Worth.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Dunnigan Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Wes Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Dunnigan Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Norton was born September 9, 1954, in Denver, Colorado, to Calvin Barton and Jo Evelyn Franklin Barton.  She was a beauty shop operator for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed reading.  Her favorite moments were those spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Mrs. Norton was a member of Dunnigan Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by:
Her husband of forty-seven years: Lamar Norton of Shelbyville

Sons and daughters-in-law: 
Clint and Jennifer Norton of Shelbyville
Chad and Angie Norton of Shelbyville 

Colton Norton
Caleb Norton
Chet Norton
Audrey Norton
Tyler Windham
Dawson Windham

Brother: Larry Barton

Sister: Sue Battles

Special friends: 
Marla Denby
Dusty and Nicole Robinson
Amos and Gus

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Calvin Barton and Jo Evelyn Franklin Barton; in-laws, A.P. and Bessie Norton; brother, Steve Barton; brothers-in-law, Larry Norton and Spencer Battles.

Pallbearers will be Colton Norton, Caleb Norton, Chet Norton, Tyler Windham, and Dawson Windham.  Honorary pallbearers will be Audrey Norton, Dusty Robinson, Andrew Norton, Kevin Moore, and J.T. Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Dunnigan Cemetery Fund, c/o Lamar Smith, 1936 FM 2261, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

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


Martha Ann Smith McDonald, 80, of Houston, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Houston.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Larry Maddox officiating. Interment will follow at Patroon Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Martha was born August 15, 1938, the only child of Ruby Cain Smith and Herman Smith.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Martha is survived by her two sons, Merlin Erex McDonald and wife Patricia of Woodward, Oklahoma and Joe Mark McDonald and wife Katrina of Petersburg, Virginia; granddaughter, Lauren McDonald of Riesel, Texas and grandson, Marlon McDonald and wife Becca of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Martha graduated Shelbyville High School in 1956. She was class secretary, historian, and class president. She was active in the school paper, student council, band, as well as class Salutatorian.
She married her high school sweetheart, Marlon Erex McDonald, on May 18, 1956.

Martha had a short career with Southwestern Bell.  It didn’t take her long to know that she did not want to work and leave her boys in someone else’s care.  She began watching children in her home.  Soon, she saw the future in the child care industry. She purchased property and began operating Little Folks Day Care in May 1971.  She was instrumental in helping create guidelines and legislation for the child care industry.  Her strong personality, wit, kindness, and unconditional love was a blessing to all who entered Little Folks.  She not only provided quality care for the children, she also nurtured relationships with parents and employees through the years. She was an exemplary example to all who knew her of the true meaning of unconditional love.

Martha will be greatly missed by many relatives and friends, as well as the children she so dearly loved.

Pallbearers will be Gilbert Barrios, Jimmy Jackson, Chris Barrios, Brandon Barrios, Sam Cain, Jack Cain, Wayne Warren, and Tommy Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Barrios, Robert Cain, and Jerry Cain.

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


Peacefully, Joan Spradley Rhodes left this earthly life for a better and more beautiful one with her Heavenly Father. Mrs. Rhodes was born in Logansport, Louisiana, on November 1, 1939 to Joe Marvin Spradley and Frankie Bea Powell. She departed this life on Saturday morning, June 8, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She attended Logansport and Carthage schools, graduating with the class of 1957. Mrs. Rhodes was a graduate of Panola College, where she was elected Miss PJC in 1958-59. She then graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Rhodes taught fourth grade in Angleton ISD, before moving back to East Texas, where she taught in the Timpson ISD for thirty-seven years, retiring in 2000. In 1960, she married James Earl Rhodes and together they had one daughter, Anita Joyce “Joy” Rhodes. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and grandparents. 

Mrs. Rhodes is survived by: 
Daughter: Joy Rhodes, of Nacogdoches

Brother: Bob Spradley and sister-in-law, Barbara of Whitehouse

Sister-in-law: Sara Nell Rhodes Raines and brother-in-law, John Henry Raines, Jr., of Timpson

Mrs. Rhodes leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews. She is also survived by the many students who came through her classroom and her fur baby and companion, Roxi. 

Her greatest love was family. Memorial donations may be made to Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery or Timpson Volunteer Ambulance or Fire. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson with Bro. Dee Daniel officiating. Interment will follow in the Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM prior to the service on Monday.

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.


Kirksey Dock, Sr., 77 of Tyler, passed away Wednesday evening, June 5, 2019 at his residence.

Funeral service is 1pm Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Triumph Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Wake is 6pm to 7pm at Community Funeral Home on Saturday, June 8th. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Mary Bolton Haley of Mansfield, LA
Linda Dock of Center
Betty Gardner of Center
Brenda Wilson of Tyler
Tonya Valasquez of Houston

Kirksey Dock, Jr. of Center
James Douglas Dock of Logansport, LA.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.


Minnie Sudie Lovejoy, 103, of Center, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Lovejoy was born February 13, 1916, in San Augustine, to Robert Stephenson and Maude Richards Stephenson.  

She is survived by her sons, Alan Lovejoy of Center, Paul Lovejoy of Center, and Mike Lovejoy and wife Gerrie of Fairfield; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; sisters, Blanche Haley of Center and Faye Elder of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Maurice Lovejoy; parents, Robert Stephenson and Maude Richards Stephenson, and ten brothers and sisters.

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


Rickie Paul Jernigan, 70, of Bellaire, TX went to be with the Lord on June 6, 2019 in Houston, TX after a brief struggle with cancer. Rickie was born on December 26, 1948 in Center, TX, where he spent much of his life.

At a young age, he was industrious and had a penchant for working odd jobs to help support the family. This hard-working ethic continued into adulthood, where he had a bivocational career of auto mechanic and K9 police officer. Not only was he gifted at repairing a Volkswagen and building recreational vehicles from top to bottom at his shop Rick’s Foreign Auto Repair with a tagline of “Bug me with your Beetle,” but he had a special skillset at communicating and effectively training dogs. Life was not all work and play for Rickie, as he was notorious for playing the perfect prank on any poor unsuspecting soul. A person had to wake up very early in the morning to fool him, even in the twilight of his life, he remained sharp and vigilant.  

Rickie was preceded in death by grandparents Lillie Bell and Fern Jernigan, Georgie and Flint Adams and aunt and uncle Emily and Elbert Hughes. He was also preceded in death by his parents Miriam and Paul Jernigan and brother Fern Jernigan.

He is survived by:
Shina and Woodie Jernigan
Reba and Harry Powers
Rebecca and Mike Towns

Sister-in-law: Vivian Jernigan Ford

He is survived by nieces and nephews:
Micky Ray
Misty Ray
Lucas Powers
Liza Powers
Liberty Powers
Lydia Powers
Thomas Jernigan
Todd Jernigan
Melissa Marcantel
Melinda Sims

He is also survived by his life-long best friend Bo Griffin  

A memorial will be held at Antioch Community Center on June 29th, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm. He will have a graveside marker placed at Mount Pleasant in Center, TX later. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rickie’s honor at the Dog’s For Law Enforcement Program at  https://dogsforlawenforcement.org/index.php/donate-page/.


Verlon Ray Hooper, 85, of Center, Texas passed away on June 4, 2019 in Center. He was born on January 5, 1934 in Shelby County to Carter G. Hooper and Vernice L. Gipson Hooper.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. A private interment will follow due to possible inclement weather.

Verlon grew up in the Aiken Community in Shelby County. He married Thelma Andrews Hooper in 1953 and spent a love filled 65 years together. Later, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the 34th Armor/ 4th Infantry Division from 1957 to 1959. No stranger to hard work, Verlon owned and operated his own wrecker service in Shelby County for almost 35 years serving the community with pride and dedication. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time fishing, gardening, visiting with friends and relatives and attending church at Old Salem Missionary Baptist where he was a member. Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife and children.

Verlon is survived by:

Wife, Thelma Hooper

Daughter, Jana Hooper of Shreveport, LA

David Hooper of Center, TX
Jerald “Jerry” Hooper and his wife, Beth Mazer of Greensboro, NC

Sister, Vivian Luman

Grandchildren: Kayden, Katie and Gracie Hooper of Greensboro, NC

As well as many well-loved nephews, nieces and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Vernice Hooper; brother, Travis O. Hooper; and sisters, Essie Lee Soape and Dessie Knight.

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.


Monica Jones Chandler, 57, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Tyler.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at noon.

Mrs. Chandler was born February 23, 1962, in Shelby County, to Bobby Bruce Jones and Thelma Kay Lewis Jones. She loved fishing and spoiling her grandbaby.

She is survived by:

Husband, Randy Chandler of Center

Randi Kay Faulkenbery and husband Josiah of Center
Brody Chandler of Center

Grandson, Wyatt Faulkenbery of Center

Mother, Thelma Kay Connell of Georgia

Sisters and brother, Donna Jones of Center, Terry Beard and husband Kerry of Garrison, and Bruce Jones and wife Claudann of Center

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:
Ricky and Leisha Chandler of Joaquin
Ronald Chandler of Center
Relissa Bailey and husband Shane of Nacogdoches
Rhonda McMannus and husband Robert
Rachelle Chandler of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by her father, Bobby Bruce Jones and sister, Sandi Jones.

Pallbearers will be Josiah Faulkenbery, Robert McMannus, Ronnie Mills, Ronnie Davis, Bo Chandler, and Kerry Beard.  Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Bailey and James Hagler.

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


Mr. Timothy Dennis Heffernan, age 71, died Sunday, June 2, 2019, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston following a lengthy illness.

Known to family and friends as Tim, he is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Margaret “Meg” Ihlo Heffernan and four adult children: Jennifer Blackburn (Andy); Carrie Lamb (Scott); Catherine Mallory; and Howell Mallory (Becky).

Lovingly known as PawPaw, Tim is survived by:
Twelve grandchildren:
Clinton Blackburn (Alexandria)
Derek Blackburn
Jacob Roberts
Logan Zahn
Olivia Zahn
Alexandra Zahn
Aidan Lamb
Conlan Lamb
Skyler Lamb
David Vazquez
Parker Mallory
Levi Mallory

One great-grandchild: Emery Blackburn

One godchild: Abigail Slate

He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Surviving siblings include:
Susan Carol Prather (William – deceased)
Mary Turner (Wendell)
Kevin Hale (Beth)
Katherine Nancy Eckhardt (Gene)
Theodore Guy Meng

He was predeceased by his son Timothy Dennis Heffernan, Jr.; siblings Margaret Ann Balshaw, David Patrick Heffernan, Stephen Thomas Heffernan; nephew Michael Edward Balshaw;and parents Arthur Hydron Meng and Nancy Ann Ent Heffernan Meng.

Tim served with pride for three years in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. Family and friends attest that the discipline and patriotism that he learned as a Marine never left him.

Tim was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School and Howe High School and maintained a lifelong friendship with classmate Ronnie McCord of Indianapolis.

After military service, Tim followed the career path of his beloved father and became an expert sprinkler fitter in fire protection. The last twenty years of his career he was employed at Western States Fire Protection in Houston, serving initially as a foreman, then advancing to area manager.

Tim retired in 2005, enjoying travel, golf, fishing, grilling, John Wayne movies, and season tickets as an enthusiastic fan of the Oilers and the Texans. He also loved his puppies over the years, most recently his special Yorkie, Tuffy.

Above all, Tim is universally described by family, friends, and neighbors as generous, giving, and caring. He was best known for his love and devotion to family, taking great pleasure in making reunions, holidays, vacations, and spontaneous gatherings a series of opportunities to celebrate and nurture the special love that binds family over the years.

Funeral arrangements are being managed by Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek at 9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, Texas, 77095, where the viewing is scheduled for Friday evening, June 7th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th, at 10:00 am at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 9600 S. Gessner Road, Houston, Texas, 77071. Burial will take place at 4:00 pm that day at the Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery in Center, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation via their website at PKDCure.org.


Bettye Minter, 93, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Hunter Page officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Bettye was born August 19, 1925, in San Augustine, but spent most of her life in Center. She graduated from Center High School in 1941 and then attended East Texas Baptist College, where she earned a degree in music and met her husband, Pete. Bettye and Pete had four children and were married for seventy years before his death in 2014.

Bettye had many loves. First and foremost, she loved her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was very active in this church, singing in the choir and teaching five year olds in Sunday school for over fifty years. Bettye loved her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved music. Bettye was a gifted musician, singing and playing the piano. Her career was in music, beginning with public school music in her early years. She directed choirs for two different East Texas churches as well. She then taught private voice and piano lessons for many years. Bettye went back to college for her special education and music therapy certifications and taught for Center ISD. Her love for music and education touched literally hundreds of lives.

Bettye was gracious, loving, and kind. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by:

Dr. David Minter of Fort Worth
Alan Minter and wife Jinny of Richmond
Marilyn Minter Ballard of Center
Claire Minter Page and husband Jerry of Tyler

Mike Minter and wife Maggie
Hunter Page and wife Megan
Kim Ballard Shofner and husband Paul
Tracy Ballard Wood and husband Corey
Amy Ballard Roach and husband Kyle

Great-grandchildren: Maddox Minter, Maizy Minter, Connor Shofner, Reagan Shofner, Katelin Gould, Bailey Kurtz, Lainey Kurtz, and Emma Page

Brother, McNeil Moore, Jr.

Preceded in death by her husband, Pete Minter; parents, Ernest McNeil Moore Sr. and Bertha Iona Anderson Moore; son-in-law, Larry Ballard; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Moore.

Pallbearers will be Alan Minter, David Minter, Hunter Page, Mike Minter, Kyle Roach, Corey Wood, and Jerry Page.

The family would like to express appreciation to special caregivers, Jennifer Gray and Frances Ann Jeans, to the staff of Lakeside Assisted Living, to the staff of Pine Grove Nursing Center, and to Affinity Care Hospice for all the loving care given to our family.

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


R. Wayne Wood passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at the age of 94.

Wayne was born in Shelbyville, Texas on January 8, 1925 to Jessie Floyd Wood and Berneice Marie Harkness Wood. He grew up in Shelbyville and at the age of 16 was a 1941 graduate of Shelbyville High School, where he was a member of the first Dragon football team.

After graduation, Wayne worked with his father at Livingston Shipyards in Orange, TX. When he turned 18, Wayne joined the U. S. Army Air Corp to serve his country during World War II. As a member of the Air Corp, he earned the rank of Sargent and flew as part of a B-29 bomber crew. Following completion of his military service, Wayne received his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University. After graduation he worked as a math teacher in Orange, Texas before returning to the Livingston Shipyards to pursue a career as an accountant. He continued his accounting career at Schlumberger in Houston, TX. He also worked for Aetna Insurance Company and then as an independent insurance agent.

Wayne is survived by:

Wife of 67 ½ years, Anneice Chisum Wood

Dr. David Wood of Houston, TX
Daniel Wood (Diane) of Spring, TX
Douglas Wood (Debbie) of Shelbyville, TX
Donald Wood (Lisa) of The Woodlands, TX
Darrell Wood (Marva) of Ft. Worth, TX

Grandchildren: Christopher Wood, Allen Wood, Michael Wood, David Wood, Justin Wood, Nissa Wood, Stephanie Wood, Benjamin Wood, Whitney Wood, Sydney Wood

Great-Grandchildren: Julian Wood, Ethan Wood, Katelyn Wood, Kathryn Wood, Logan Wood

Sister-in-Law, Kathy Chisum McGuire (Roger)

Nephews, John Mobley, James Mobley

Preceded in Death By:
Parents – Jesse Floyd and Berneice Harkness Wood
Sister and Brother-in-Law – Marilyn Wood Mobley and John Mobley
Grandson – Jeffrey Wood
Nephew – Jesse Mobley

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Coldspring Methodist Church in Coldspring, Texas.


Charles Daniel (C.D.) Dearing Sr., 93, of Center, Texas passed away on June 2, 2019 in Center. He was born on March 24, 1926 in Port Arthur, Texas to Willis Hankla Dearing and Iva Mae Block Dearing.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Byrd officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

A visitation will be held prior to service time from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 

C.D. grew up in Port Neches on a dairy and sorghum farm which taught him to be no stranger to hard work. He graduated from Port Neches High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy. He was stationed on the USS Blue Ridge in the Pacific Ocean where the atomic bomb was being tested. When he returned home from the military, C.D. met Zelma Parker. He was ready to start a family and she decided she better marry him before someone else had the chance. They were married in 1947 and remained lovingly by one another’s side until his passing. C.D.’s work ethic as a child carried on into his adult life. He was one of the hardest working individuals anyone would ever meet. He spent a lot of his time in the field working with cows, on his tractor, farming, and gardening. He enjoyed eating good food, but more than anything loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by:

Charles Daniel Dearing, Jr.
Curtis Dearing and wife, Donna Sue
Steven Dearing and wife, Donna
Lewis Paul Dearing

Eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by one brother, Allan Dearing and wife, Peggy.

He is preceded in death by his infant son, Edward Earl Dearing; grandson, Robert David Dearing; parents, Willis and Iva Dearing; and 13 brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Borders, Donnie Borders, Curtis Steelman, Carl Dearing, Garrett Dearing, Boyce Ward and Billy Steelman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Reece Dearing and Cameron Dearing.

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


Howard Lee Spruiell Born October 3, 1940 to Fred and Pauline Spruiell. 

Survivors include: 
Wife: Mary Spruiell

Howard Allan and wife Francis
Rodney and wife Christi
Greg and wife Stacy

Survivors also include grandchildren: 
Sydnee Lea and husband Eric Eldridge
Sam and wife Courtney

Step-grandson: Josh Cooper and wife Chelsea

He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: 
Finn Cooper
Kayden Cooper
Avery Cooper

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers J.C., Bill, and Bob, and sisters Linda, Trudy, and Shelley.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 3, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, 1554 SH 7 East, Center, TX 75935. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for loved ones to send donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or White Rock Baptist Church.


Patricia Lynn Byrd, 58, of Joaquin, Texas passed away on May 31, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on April 8, 1961 in Nacogdoches to Houston Simpson Byrd and Frances Jean Bridwell Byrd. A graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Monday, June 3, 2019 at Ramah Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Patricia is survived by:
Her sons: Roy Denver Byrd, Jr.
Chester Ray Byrd and wife, Katie

Crystal Lorene French and husband, Justin
Jessica Danyell Lorton and husband, Michael

Mother: Frances Jean Bridwell Byrd

William Byrd
Steve Byrd and wife, Gege
Glenn Byrd
Michael Byrd and wife, Teri

Sister: Mary Manchack

Fourteen grandchildren

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Ray Byrd; father, Houston Simpson Byrd; brothers, James Byrd and Robert Byrd.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Boo’s Battle Support Fund.

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


Betty Daphine Ratcliff, 52 of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday morning, May 28, 2019 at the Center Emergency Room.

Funeral service is 11am Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Friendship Baptist Church, Tenaha. Interment is at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Timpson with Rev. Carlton Walls officiating.

She is survived by:

Melissa Ratcliff of Tenaha
Merissa Ratcliff of Tenaha

Son, Terrence Steadman of Tenaha

13 Grandchildren

Patsy Casey of Tenaha
Elaine Greer of Tenaha
Edith Thomas (Walter) of Center
Joyce Garrett (Jackie) of Beaumont
Marlene Ratcliff of Houston
Linda Redmond of Nacogdoches
Lorraine Moore of Center
Earnest Polley of Center

Anderson Polley, Jr. of Center
Roderick Ratcliff of Tenaha
Vance Ratcliff of Houston
Gregg Ratcliff of Hot Springs, Arkansas

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