Montie Jo Adams, 60, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 4, 2022. She was born on March 29, 1962, in Center to Bobby Joe Adams and Shirley B. Wilkerson Adams.

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10am with Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery, Center, Texas. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 5-7PM at Mangum Funeral Home.

Montie was often found working at McDonald’s in Center where she was a dedicated employee for over 30 years. She was a loving, caring, daughter, sister, and aunt. She had a contagious smile that everyone that knew her loved. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by:

Mother, Shirley B. Adams

Sister, Sylvia Adams

Bobby Adams and wife Diane
James Lee Adams and wife Martha

Nieces and nephews:
Dakota Lee Adams
Bobby Allen Hutto
David Lee Hutto
Christopher Bradley Hutto
Destiney Lynn Adams
Christopher Wayne Adams
Anthony Parish and wife Michelle

Great-nieces and great-nephews:
Heather Lynn Adams
Blair Hutto
Valerie Hutto
Dustin Hutto
Adrian Hutto

Geraldine McGhen
Eva Cortez
Jerry Moore and wife Jody

Host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Montie is preceded in death by her father, Bobby Joe Adams; sister, Cynthia Gail Hutto; and grandparents, George and Hattie Wilkerson, and Selma Pike.

Pallbearers serving will be Dakota Lee Adams, David Lee Hutto, Bobby Allen Hutto, Christopher Bradley Earl Hutto, Anthony Parish, and Jerry Moore.

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.


Funeral services for Mrs. Deborah Jeffress Jackson, 66, of Tenaha, Texas will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2022 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charleston Johnson and Larry Jeffress officiating.  Visitation will be 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Cremation will follow under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Her ashes will be lain to rest on the Galveston beaches where she was born.
Mrs. Deborah Ann Jeffress Jackson was born July 27, 1955 in Galveston, Texas. She passed this life March 31, 2022, in Center, Texas.  Deborah was one of three children born to the marriage of Wilma Ann Wilson and William Morris Jeffress. She was raised and schooled in Tenaha, Texas.  Deborah married James Harris Jackson in April of 1993 and he preceded her in death May 29, 2005.
Mrs. Jackson worked for Center I.S.D. in the cafeteria and 16 years for H.E.B. in the Deli. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Haslam. Deborah loved cooking and the art of sewing and quilting. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Gary Lynn Jeffress.
Mrs. Jackson is survived by: 
Her children: 
Son, David Fenton and wife Carri of Millsboro, VA.

Daughter, Arin Fenton of Tenaha

Brother, Larry Jeffress and wife Judy of Woodlawn, WA. 

Step-mother, Angie Jeffress of Tenaha

Grandson, Caleb Herring

Nieces, and nephews: 
Kayla Jeffress of Alaska
Sarah Saxton and husband Gage of Alaska
Serena Jeffress of Gillette, WY
Buddy Jeffress of Gillette WY.

A host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends

An online guestbook may be signed by clicking the following www.hawthornfuneralhome.com


William Rhett McGee, infant son of Taylor Michelle and William “Tony” McGee, of Shelbyville, passed away March 29, 2022, in Nacogdoches.
Private family graveside service will be held.

He is survived by:
His parents, Taylor and William “Tony” McGee of Shelbyville

Sister, Bella McGee of Shelbyville

Pam and Mike Furlow of Shelbyville
Pam and Britt Bush of Fort Worth
Kathy and William “Chuck” McGee of Joaquin

Aunts and uncles:
Allen Weeks of Shelbyville
Logan Furlow of Lufkin
Miranda and Will Blackwell of Shelbyville
Megan McGee of Joaquin
Brittany and Price Downham of Fort Worth
Missy and Justin Mincy of Fort Worth

James A. King of Center
Judy and Pat Bush of Granbury
Janice and Bert Furlow of Huxley
Wayne Gilstrap of Calera, Oklahoma

A host of great uncles, aunts, and cousins

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


Funeral services celebrating the life of Kameron Lynn Durr, 20, of Frierson, Louisiana will be held Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Chapel, 943 Polk Street, Mansfield, Louisiana with Rev. Frankie Mathis and Rev. Donnie Durr officiating. Interment will follow at Cornerstone Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, Louisiana.

Kameron entered into rest on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. He was born on January 2, 2002, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Kristopher and Melinda Harrington Durr.

Kameron was a graduate of North DeSoto High School, Class of 2020. He worked for Nelson Equipment in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he had an awesome work family that he truly loved. Kameron had a love for guns, shooting, arguing his point, speed, and being a part of car and motorcycle clubs, most of all. Kameron was loved by so many. He had a love for Jesus, and he wanted everyone else to know and feel the same love he felt.

Left to cherish his memory include:

Parents, Kristopher and Melinda Harrington Durr, of Frierson, Louisiana

Sister, Kayle Lewis, and her husband, Nicholas of Stonewall, Louisiana

Nell Durr of Mansfield, Louisiana
John and Glenda Harrington of Tenaha

Johnny Harrington and his wife, Beth, of Center
Pat Durr and his wife, Shanna of Shreveport, Louisiana
Keith Durr and his wife, Crystal of Mansfield, Louisiana

Logan Furlow
J.T. Harrington
Annie Durr
Levi Durr
Blocker Durr
Kadin Durr
Raygan Durr

A host of family and friends.

Kameron is preceded in death by his grandpa, Artis Durr, his Aunt Toletha Furlow, and cousins, Haize, Jaxon, and Elijah Durr.

Honoring the life of Kameron as pallbearers will be Drue Scull, Tony Fletcher, Jeff Dove, John Brossette, James Miller, and Jason Timmons. Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow members of the car and motorcycle clubs.


Charles Franklin Burkhalter, 86, of Baytown, Tx passed away on March 25, 2022. He was born on May 3, 1935, in Center, Texas to the late Travis and Dora Mae (Halstead) Burkhalter.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, April 1, 2022 at Asbury Chapel Cemetery.

Charles was born and raised in Center, Texas. After graduating from high school, he went on to the University of Houston. He married his wife, Elsie, around 1960. They had one daughter, Sondra Kay. He worked for years and eventually retired from Houston Natural Gas Odorizing Inc. Charles enjoyed listening to gospel music and reading the word. Charles loved to write poetry and was very good at it. He even had some of his work published. Charles “Brud” loved his family. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Glimpses of God
By: Charles Burkhalter

No man has seen the Father’s face
And while I know tis true
Yet in the works of Thine own hands
I’ve had glimpses, God, of you

I’ve seen You in my father’s work worn hands
That earned our bread each day
I’ve seen You in my mother’s eyes
As she soothed our hurts away 

I’ve seen You in the mountains
That soar above the sea
A picture of Thy strength
And Thy eternity

I saw a snow white egret
Silently suspended in heaven’s blue
In this symbol of height and purity
I caught a glimpse of You

I’ve seen Thee in the winds that roar
And churn an angry sea
And yet flow gently into a stream
When they are calmed by Thee

Glimpses here I’ve only had
Yet in Thine own time and place
I’ll behold Thee in Thy Glory full
And see Thee face to face

Charles is survived by:

Dennis Ward Burkhalter and wife, Virginia Ann
Darrell Travis Burkhalter
Donald Eugene Burkhalter and wife, Teresa
Danny Michael Burkhalter and wife, Linda
Corey Dwayne Burkhalter and wife, Tina

Sister, Judy Ann Reynolds

Cassie Lindsey
Kayla Lindsey
Boppie Lindsey

He is preceded in death by his parents, Travis Franklin and Dora Mae Burkhalter; wife, Elsie Burkhalter; daughter, Sondra Kay Lindsey; grandsons, Josh Lindsey and Chad Lindsey; brothers, James Aaron Burkhalter and Ronald Gilbert Burkhalter; and sister, Brenda Lynn Buckner.

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.


Joshua Martin Moody, 44, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2022. On March 25, 1978, Josh was born to his father, Gary Moody and his mother, JoAnne Moody Cornwall.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at Mangum Funeral Home.

In 2002, Josh married Candace Christian, and they had a daughter, Madeline Moody who he called his Princess. In 2008, Josh married the love of his life, Lily. Josh was an accomplished chef and businessman in Houston. He and Lily moved to Center in 2011 and built a great life together with their children, Ryder and Ryan.

To know Josh was to love him. He was a friend to all and had countless friends everywhere he went. When seeing Josh, you would always be met with a warm hug. But more than anything, his kids were the center of his world. He would stop whatever he was doing to take them their lunch on a normal school day just so they would know he was thinking about them during the day. Josh had the most generous and loving heart. He would often be seen bringing the teachers breakfast, donating boxes of chips for all of the kids at school, and even buying kids a drink at the ballpark, which is what he did on his very last day on this Earth. Josh was so loved and will be missed by so many. 

Left to cherish his memory are:

Ex-Wife, Candace Christian, and their Daughter, Madeline Moody

Wife, Lily Moody, and their Sons, Ryder and Ryan Moody

Niece, River Moody Murphy and her Husband, Curtis Murphy

Father and Stepmother, Gary and Marti Moody

Mother and Stepfather, Jo Anne and Neil Cornwall

Grandfather, John Calvin Carroll

Josh was preceded in death by his beloved Brothers, Justin Brett Moody and Christopher Michael Moody and their beloved Grandmother, Betty Jane Mills Moody Carroll

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.


Dana Green Allen, 60, of Center, Texas, passed away peacefully at her home on March 24, 2022, after a bravely fought battle with cancer. Dana was born on March 30, 1961 to Charles and Kathy Green in Morgan City, Louisiana. After graduating from San Augustine High School in San Augustine, Texas in 1979, she attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University. In 1982, Dana met and married her loving husband, David. The two went on to have three children, Ashley, Katelyn, and David. 

Dana’s family and faith meant everything to her, and she devoted her life to raising her children and serving the Lord. She radiated kindness and love and was always first to lend a hand to someone in need. Her greatest joy in life was her six grandchildren, who she loved with every ounce of her being. When she wasn’t spending time with her grandchildren, Dana enjoyed traveling with her husband, sewing, gardening, and teaching children’s church.

Dana is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Johnny Allen, her mother’s siblings, as well as two nephews and one niece.

She is survived by:

Devoted husband of nearly 40 years, David Allen of Center, Texas

Ashley Healy (Caleb) of Austin, Texas
Katelyn Cassidy (Chuck) of Austin, Texas

Son, David “DJ” Allen (Chelsea) of Center

Ethan and Hudson Healy
Olivia and Case Cassidy
Aubrey and Grace Allen

Parents, Charles and Kathy Green

Charles Green (Becki)
Darin Green (Lynnann)

Sister, Lori Strick (Steve)

Mother in-law, Lillian Allen

As well as many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Center Christian Fellowship on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Angel Care Hospice, 702 Fair Park Drive, Suite 102, Henderson, TX, 75654 (www.angelcarehospice.org). Checks should be made out to Angel Care Hospice and indicate direction to The Benevolent Fund.


Sean Douglas Permenter, 74, of Joaquin (Mayor of South Paxton), passed away Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 1, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.

Sean was born August 28, 1947, at Barksdale Air Force Base. He is the son of Smith and Edgel Permenter. His favorite job description was Papaw/Grandpa Sean. Sean loved his family and wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by his kids and grandkids. His passion for gardening came from a young age and he shared the fruits of his labor with family and friends. He never met a stranger and always had a story to tell you.

Left to cherish his memory:

Wife, Joyce Permenter of Joaquin of 40 years; 

Daughter, Amie Modglin and fiance Peter Bicsanszky (Las Vegas)
Son, Eric Permenter and wife Josey (Shelbyville) 

Kolton Pacheco and wife Ashlee, (Modesto, California)
Madison and Allie Modglin (Las Vegas)
Branson, Maddox, and Emerysn Permenter (Shelbyville) 

Great-Grandchildren: Kingston and Maddox Pacheco (Modesto, California) 

James Rose and wife Gloria (Tyler)
Christy May (Alexandria, Louisiana)
Debbie and husband Jack Brown (Arlington)
Steve Permenter and wife Sandy (Joaquin)

Brothers-in-law and sister-in-law:
Mike Black and wife Tamara (Camp Verde, Arizona)
Jeanette and husband David Oehlerking (Center)
Eddie Black and wife Denise (Queen Creek, Arizona)
Willie Black and wife Jackie (Mesa, Arizona)

Close Family Friends: Zack Belrose Steve Burns Keith Shields David Shields Ely Starkey 

And numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Preceded in Death: Smith and Edgel Permenter, parents Roxanne Galey, daughter.

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


Adrian Erroll Harris, 67, of Logansport, Louisiana, passed away Friday, March 25, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2022, at Word of Faith Outreach Ministry in Joaquin.  Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Haagan Lister presiding.

Born April 16, 1954, Adrian is the son of Maggie Maddox and Louis W. Harris.  He loved traveling (especially trips to Cabo), deep sea fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, and tending to his chickens. 
He looked forward to Sunday lunches.

Left to cherish his memory is: 
His wife, Mitzi Duncan Harris

Christy and husband Tod Mercer
Shandria and husband Jason Moon
Jennifer and husband Steven McCann
Susan and husband Ben Burns
Natalie and husband Ron Hughes

Dakota Mercer
Landon Moon
Ebbie McCann
VivyAnne Hughes
Duncan McCann
McKenzie Mercer
Kaz McCann

Vickey and husband Bubba Crozier
Peggy and husband Mike Thomas
Lisa and husband David Blankenship

Brenda and husband David Permenter
Christa and husband Jerry Groves

Beloved cousin/brother, Charles Connor

Beloved friend, Susie Ashcraft

Forever friends, Debbie and John Deckard

Preceded in death by daughter, Misty Hall; parents, Maggie M. and Louis W. (Sonny) Harris; and in-laws, Bro. and Mrs. Lamar Duncan.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Mercer, Brad Talbert, Landon Moon, Chris Duncan, Duncan McCann, Brad Groves, Kaz McCann, Chad Groves, Michael Permenter, Brandon Neal, Jake Neal, Zach Cheatwood, Drew Fuller, Wade Seegers, Wesley Groves, Saben Emery, and Vic Crowell.

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


Machelle Britton Stewart, 52, of Conroe, Texas passed from this life on March 12, 2022, after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

There will be a celebration of Machelle's life at 12-noon on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the James Antioch Community Center located on FM 2608 1/4 mile down on right.

Machelle married Gregg Stewart on March 1, 2010, he survives her along with:

Jacob Martinez
Nathan Martinez, and fiancé, Ravin Roberts
Chelsie Martinez
Kyle Stewart, and wife, Sarah
Toni Scantlin, and partner in life, Brian Hand
Amanda Wyler, and husband, Chris
Jessica Beasley, and husband, John

Anita Herndon
Teresa Young
Shina Jernigan

Brother, George Britton

Machelle is survived by 16 grandchildren

Many nieces and nephews

Machelle was preceded in death by her parents G.W. and Lois Britton and her brother Charles Britton.


Martha Sue Russell departed this life, March 20, 2022, in Nacogdoches, TX.

She was born February 14, 1958 to Doris Welch.

Martha attended school in Center, TX.  She was affiliated with New Life Church.

Martha was a homemaker most of her life but enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting and loved her dogs.

Martha was preceded in death by her sister; Bunny Schurig.

Martha leaves to cherish her memories:

Kevin Sanford
Brandy Sanford
Elizabeth Sanford
Crystal Sanford (Robert Lamb)

Cheyenne Sanford
Kendall Sanford
Kevin Sanford
Jr., Nathan Sanford
Eliza Sanford
April Moore
Michael Moore
Jonathan Lamb
Jasmine Lamb

Leta (Gene) Burns
Betty (Tim) Ford

Host of family and friends

Martha will be greatly missed by all of us.

A memorial service will be scheduled and held at a later date.

Black’s Funeral Home and Cremation, PO Box 718,Carthage, TX  75633 - 903-693-3611

03/21/2022 (Corrected obituary)

Dusty Adrian Barbee, 40, of Center, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family, Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Nacogdoches Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. David Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at Short Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born June 12, 1981, in Nacogdoches, Dusty is the son of Lois Ann Barbee and Denel Ray Barbee. Following his graduation from Center High School in 2000, Dusty went on to become a welder. He was a member of Local 798 Welder’s Union out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dusty loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He was of the Baptist faith.

Left to cherish his memory is:

Son, Kagen Barbee

Mother, Lois Ann Barbee

Father, Denel Ray Barbee and wife Rosie

Coby Barbee and wife Crystal
Joshua Barbee

Sister, Miley Barbee

Camden Barbee
Jake Barbee

Barbara McDonald
Vicky Snider
Ronda Holloway
Carolyn and husband Ricky Dale Harkness

Ricky Barbee
Donald Barbee

Also, numerous cousins and friends who will miss him greatly.

Preceded in death by his grandmother, Emma Barlow; grandparents, Archie and Faye Barbee; uncles, Bo Barbee, Bobby Barbee, John Barbee, and W.M. Barbee; and aunts, Beverly Walker, JoAnn Rushing, and Linda Faye Cougler.

Pallbearers will be Jason Burch, Jason McDonald, Cody Warr, Juston Barbee, Bradley Lovell, and John Yarborough. Honorary pallbearers will be Juston Jones, Bailey Jones, Eddie Kirkwood, Camden Barbee, Jake Barbee, and Nolan Tinnell. (Corrected pallbearers list)

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Short Cemetery Fund, PO Box 854, Center, Texas, 75935 or St. Therese of Lisieux Religious Education in Center, 717 FM 2974, Center, Texas, 75935.

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


Jean Lewis, age 93, of Shelby County, Texas, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022. She was born December 5, 1928, in the Hawthorne community.

Jean and Grady Lewis were married April 5, 1952, in San Augustine.

Jean worked in the financial industry as a banker for 15 years.

After living in many places across the Southwest, they settled in Lafayette, Louisiana, where they lived for more than 40 years. They were active with the First Baptist Church in Lafayette.

Jean was an avid golfer and member of "Owga and Oakbourne Country Club" of Lafayette. She was the club champion for five years straight.

She was also a member of and served the "Society of Petroleum Engineers Auxiliary," "Chez Amis," "Acadiana Symphony," and the "Sunshine Foundation of Lafayette."

Jean and Grady moved back to East Texas several years ago.

Those left to cherish her memory include:

Frank and Penny Gauthier and their children, Landon Gauthier and Alaina Gauthier, who called her "MiMi"

Host of friends and neighbors

Caregivers, Eugenia Lara and Adolfo Castro.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2022, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

Funeral services are set for 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2022, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. Welton Blackmon officiating. Interment will follow at Chinquapin Cemetery.

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


Deacon Ronnie Wayne Horton departed this life, March 10, 2022 in Lufkin, TX. He was born on August 3, 1964 to the late Milton Horton Sr. and the late Carrie Shepherd in Center, TX.

Ronnie met Sherina Bass on February 10, 2001 the love of his life in Timpson, TX and it was love at first sight. God had a plan and he asked me to marry him. Our love flourished on September 21, 2002, God blessed our union for 19 years.

Ronnie was a member of Mt. Gillion Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor R.L. Cotton where he served as an Usher. Later The Lord elevated Ronnie to join the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Lufkin, TX under the leadership of Pastor Richard Griffin where he served God with gladness and August 2004 he became a deacon of the church, and served faithfully. Later the Lord had a greater plan, to move him to a higher level to Good Will Baptist Church under the Leadership of Bishop M. E. Lyons where he served as Help Administer The Lord’s Supper, Co Chairman of the Deacons, Member of the Finance Committee, Member of Brotherhood, Member of Male Chorus when it was active and Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School, Usher, Teacher, Van Driver, and any area the Lord allowed as the Church needed him. His favorite Scripture - Roman 6:1-2, favorite song - 'Father I Stretch my Hands To Thee,' Favorite Singer - Sherina K. Horton, and favorite team - Dallas Cowboys.

Ronnie graduated from Timpson Independent School District Class of 1983 in Timpson, TX 

Ronnie started work in March of 1993 what was then International Paper, it has changed names twice during this time (currently WestFraser), Ronnie was affectionately known to all as P-Wood, P-Wood was Mr. 10.5, our go to man, for he could and would do everything asked of him, for 29 years, he would say all the time, if P-Wood, needs help, then, there must be trouble in the land.

Ronnie was the active Worshipful Master, of Nacogdoches Lodge #369. 

Ronnie will be greatly missed by all of us.

Ronnie is preceded in death by his father & mother , son Mark Anthony Smith, three brothers, Allen Ray, Darren, and Lawrence Horton, three nephews Timmy, LaSharrea and Shamfrea Hooper , one grandson Martavius Lockett and a host of uncles and aunts.

Ronnie leaves to cherish his memories:

Wife, Sherina K. Horton of Lufkin

Son, Arlondo M. Horton

Britney LeAnn Horton of Dallas
Andrette L. Sessions-Matthew of Lufkin

Milton Horton Jr. (Earsie) of Shelbyville
Robert James Shepherd (Mary Jo) of Nacogdoches

Peggie Brown of Timpson
Betty Mitchell (Johnny) of Timpson
Callie Horton of Timpson
Donna Fletcher (Alford) of Timpson

13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild

God-daughter, Kiara Rodgers of Lufkin

A host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Services are under the direction of Sid Roberts Funeral Home.


Ida Mae Emerson, 70, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jim Sullivan officiating. Interment will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.

Born July 3, 1951, in Logansport, Louisiana, Ida is the daughter of Alice N. MacCalster and Rason M. Dickerson Sr. She loved quilting and gardening.  Ida was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by:
Her husband: 
Johnnie Emerson of Joaquin

Edith and husband Michael Mayes of Joaquin
Bradley Emerson

Haley Emerson
Ashley Mayes
Cody Mayes

Sister, Irene and husband Martin Windham of Joaquin

Brother, Ransom Dickerson of Mansfield, Louisiana

Preceded in death by her parents, Alice N. MacCalster and Rason M. Dickerson Sr.; brother, Bobby Joe Dickerson; and sister, Alice Dickerson.

Pallbearers will be Robert Campbell, Wes McClelland, Joe Webster, Ricky Jones, Martin Windham, and Shane Stiter.

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


Manuel Ray Steptoe of San Augustine County, Texas, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Colonial Pines Care Center.

Manuel Ray was born February 15, 1936, in San Augustine County, Texas, to parents R.D. and Era Inez (Wall) Steptoe and had been a lifelong resident of the county's Norwood community. He was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and faithfully served as a deacon for many years. He was also a longtime active member of Broaddus Masonic Lodge #1112.

Mr. Steptoe was an accomplished painter and performed these duties among many businesses and residences in the San Augustine/East Texas area through the years. His family was also successful poultry farmers. Outdoor activities always gained Manuel Ray's attention, with a great love for fishing and squirrel hunting.

His survivors include his:

Bruce Steptoe and wife Tammy of Shelbyville
Alton Steptoe and wife Ann of San Augustine

Daughter, Liz Sowell and husband Ronnie of Chireno

Doyline Bennefield
Tommy Joe "T.J." Steptoe and wife Nina of San Augustine
Deolan Steptoe and wife Marilyn of San Augustine
Margaret Chambless of San Augustine
Linda Runnels and husband Jimmy of Lufkin

Bryan Sanders
Brodie Steptoe
Kyle Steptoe
Austin Steptoe
Aaron Steptoe
Adam Steptoe
Jonathan Sowell
Clint Sowell
Laura Sowell

11 great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Black Steptoe, on November 24, 2020; a daughter, Belinda Joyce Steptoe, on May 25, 1982; his father, R.D. Steptoe, on November 1, 1972; and his mother, Era Wall Steptoe, on October 21, 2004.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. David Baxley and Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow at the Sowell Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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


Johnny "Cake" Patton, 63 of Center, passed away early Monday morning, March 14, 2022 at the Center Emergency Room in Center, Texas.

He was born July 5, 1958 to the union on John D. Patton (deceased) and Melba Patton. His favorite hobbies were to listen to music and carpentry work. He also loved football and at every given time he would make you smile. He loved to sit around his family and just enjoy life. He was willing to lend a hand if needed. Cake always expressed his thanks and gratitude if someone else helped him. He loved sweets as well.

Graveside service is Saturday, March 19 at 12:00 noon at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville with internment at Thompson Cemetery. Walk through is Friday, March 18 from 10am until 6pm at Community Funeral Home in Center.

He leaves to cherish his sweet memories:

Mother, Melba Patton

Daughter, Mellody Daniels (Channing)

Son, Johnny Deshurn Patton

Travis Patton (Elizabeth)
Fredrick Patton
Roger Patton
Leonard Patton (Ruonney)

Three handsome grandsons

One beautiful granddaughter

Special friends:
Jessie Ray Patton
Joe McNealy
Gloria Johnson

Host of other relatives and friends

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

Funeral service entrusted with Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Oldin Foster Cannon, 92, of Silsbee, died Tuesday, March 8, 2022. He was born on August 2, 1929, in Shelbyville, to Eunice Taylor Cannon and George F. Cannon. Oldin proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, Shelbyville, on April 9th. Visitation is from 12:30-1:00 pm. Remembrance and celebration of life is from 1-2 pm followed by a graveside service at Cannon Cemetery.

Mr. Cannon graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1946 and enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17. He served a three-year tour of duty with the Corps of Engineers in the South Pacific.

After he returned from the army, he went to Lamar University and graduated in 1954 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He then went to work for Sun Pipeline Company and Sunoco, Incorporation for thirty-six years and retired in January 1991.

Mr. Cannon and his wife, Helen, volunteered in lay outreach service ministries, including participation in prison ministries, in both Texas State and Federal Prison systems. He also volunteered at the Hardin County Christian Care Center for twenty-seven years.

Survivors include:

Son, Patrick Cannon and his wife, Diane

Sister, Marilyn Lout and her husband, Kenneth

Brother, Robert Cannon and his wife, Wanda

Joshua Cannon
Brian Taylor
Heather Brazier
Amber Callahan
Bethany Cannon
Kandice Ciotti
Katelyn Murphy

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Cannon; son, George Cannon; brothers, William Cannon and James Cannon; and two nephews, James Neil Cannon and Randy Lout.

The interment of his cremated body will be held at Cannon Family Cemetery, Shelbyville, at a later date.


Bennie Gene Owens, Sr. was born in Dyer, Tennessee to Jamie Rice Owens and Tula Mae Owens, on January 24, 1937. He was the oldest of three boys, his middle brother being Richard Owens and his youngest brother being Jamie Rice Owens, Jr. Bennie graduated from Dyer High School before going on to college at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he completed his undergraduate studies. He worked at the Methodist Hospital in Memphis during his pharmacy training, which is where he met Dr. Hunter Mallory and Dr. Joe Ben Hooker. He went on to finish pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee-School of Pharmacy in Memphis in 1959. Bennie and Shirley were married in 1962, and had two children, Ben and Sandi. Bennie purchased Headrick’s Drug Store in 1971, where he continued to work full time until January 4th, 2022. He went to the hospital on January 5th, where he stayed until March 10th, 2022. Shirley, his wife of 59 years, never left his side. During these 9 weeks, Bennie was able to share with his family some of his desires and wishes for how and what he wanted for his final departure. So, to honor Bennie in the way that he wanted, I will share his personal requests. Bennie said, “When I die, I don’t want my obituary to say, ‘Bennie has passed away.’ You say I am graveyard dead!” For those who really knew Bennie, you know he had a special way about him and a great sense of humor. He served his church and his community for so many years, serving as a deacon in First Baptist Church of Center, and serving the community of Logansport through his years of dedication to all of the special customers who traded at Headrick’s Drug. A very special thanks to the Headrick’s Drug Store team who assisted Bennie in his work; Lona, Chrissy, Tyler, and Dr. Mike.

Bennie has extended family and loved ones who will miss him greatly and will continue to keep his legacy alive:

Loving Wife, Shirley Owens

Ben Owens
Sandi Owens Davis (Son-in-law Charlie Davis)

Morgan Matthews (husband Daniel Matthews)
Cami Owens
Karsen Owens
Trey Davis (wife Katie Davis)
Kara Davis

Hudson Taylor Matthews
Hattie Faith Matthews

Jamie Rice Owens, Jr. (wife Linda)

Jamie “Bud” Rice Owens, III (wife Sandie Owens, their children Jack and Tyler Owens)
Michael Owens (daughter Madison Owens)
Richard Wayne Owens (son of Bennie’s deceased brother, Richard, and his children)

Evelyn Rogers (her children, Darcy Rogers, Andy Rogers, and Ann Peden (husband Harlan Peden)

Jerry Owens

Bennie was such a devoted man of God, dedicated to his calling to serve God and serve people. He often put others ahead of himself, and would stop what he was doing to pray for someone who needed prayer. Bennie had so many special one liners that will forever be engraved in our hearts. We can still hear him say, “Morgan loves Granddaddy the best.” Fill in the blank with the name of any of his grandchildren or great-grandchildren, and he would say they loved Granddaddy the best, and this would always make him smile. On Sundays, you would hear him cheer, “Let’s go Cowboys”! And when it was time to shut it all down, Bennie would walk into the hallway tell his kids (and all their friends), “Let’s get bedded down.” Now, it’s time for Bennie to retire, rejoice, and do whatever his heart desires. We all love and miss you already. Being Dad, Granddad, and Bow brought some of the greatest joys of his life. Bennie died March 10, 2022 at 9:40am.

We will be having a “Celebration of Life” service at First Baptist Church in Center, Texas on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 6pm.


Bill Pridgen, 94, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, March 11, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

Born November 6, 1927, in Haslam, Bill is the son of Lurline Glaze Pridgen and Claude Pridgen. Bill has lived in Joaquin all of his life. He grew up loving to hunt and fish, and his children have fond memories of camping with him, Jane and family. He learned how to weld at an early age working with his dad and became well known for his expertise as a welder. Later he was a Superintendent at Fabsteel, where he worked for many years. He was always loved for his quick wit, spunk and humor, as well as integrity, being level headed and rock solid. He loved his times at the deer lease, where he was affectionately know as ‘Doe Bullet’. The biggest change in Bill’s life came at age 80, when he accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, while watching a Bro. Stanley tape at home on Cathy’s birthday. After that he was compelled to witness to others and share the love of Christ with all. He was a wonderful dad and grandad, and his favorite times were when he was surrounded by family. He will be well remembered as one of a kind, there is not another like him.

He is survived by:
Daughters, Bet and husband Don Kirkland
Cathy and husband Vance Jordan
Donna and husband Doug Hudson

Kim and husband Danny Griffin
Jason Jordan and wife Jessica
Shelly and husband Elan Watson
Jana and husband Kyle Wood
Troy Hudson


Three great-great-grandchildren

Sister, Barbara and husband Jim Coulter

Brother, Richard Pridgen and wife Sue

Sister-in-law, Barbara Pridgen

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Also, special friends/caregivers, Geana Owen and Shauna Bushiey.

Preceded in death by wife of 57 years, Jane Oates Pridgen; parents, Lurline Glaze Pridgen and Claude Pridgen; sister, Betty and husband Webb Dean; and brother, Johnny Pridgen.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org

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