Carl “Eddie” Green, 63, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born October 30, 1957, in El Dorado, Arkansas, Carl is the son of Charles A. Green and Martha Mayfield Green. He worked as both a mechanic and truck driver over the years. Carl loved hunting, checking on his cows, and spending time with his grandkids and family. He was of the Christian faith.

He is survived by:
His wife, Donna Green

Chuck Green
Chris Green

Camie Green
Tori Green

Sister, Neomi Cophas

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his granddaughter, Emmie Jo Green; parents, Charles A. Green and Martha Mayfield Green; and sister, Mabel Campbell.

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


Timothy Lane Pate, 60, of Timpson, Texas, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2021 in Timpson, Texas. He was born on August 27, 1960 in Center, Texas, to the late Arvel and Dorothy Faye (Hendricks) Pate. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Bro. Jerry Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Tim grew up in the Waterman and Huber communities of Timpson, Texas.  He graduated from Timpson High School in 1978.  Tim enjoyed boxing in his younger years and was known as a gentle giant.  Tim met the love of his life at a volleyball tournament and just fell head over heels for her.  He and Cheryl were married on Christmas day in 1994.  They enjoyed 26 wonderful years together before he was called home.  Tim worked for the county and retired after 18 years working as a heavy equipment operator.  Tim and Cheryl had a daughter, Chelsea, and she was the light of her daddy’s eye.  Tim loved to garden with his grandchildren, Brooklynn and Johnny.  He enjoyed just about any kind of music, especially 80s and 90s rock.  Tim loved watching Gunsmoke and The Andy Griffith Show.  Tim, or “TL” as he was known by his friends, will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  

Survived by:

Wife, Cheryl Pate

Daughter, Chelsea Pate Richerson and husband, Justin

Brooklynn Richerson
Johnny Richerson

David Pate and wife, Debra
Danny Pate and wife, Sue
Jeff Pate and wife, Cindy

Arlene Horton and husband, Hal
Pam Faussett and husband, Jimbo,
Susan Naron

Also by numerous family and friends.

Timothy is preceded in death by his parents, Arvel and Dorothy Faye (Hendricks) Pate; brother, Michael Pate; sister, Elaine Parker; nieces, Megan Mason and Cassie Faussett Bates.

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.


Michael McGhen, 73, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. 

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

Born October 10, 1947, in Timpson, Michael is the son of Paul Charles McGhen and Annie Lavern Permenter McGhen.  He joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served 10 years.  Later, Michael worked as a maintenance man for 32 years.  

He is survived by:
His wife, Geraldine McGhen, to whom he would have been married 47 years this October

Son, Leonard “Mike” McGhen and wife Melissa McGhen

Ashton McGhen
Rebekah McGhen
Presley McGhen
Ethan McGhen

Pam Sowell and husband Michael
Misty Thornton and husband Richard

Nephew, Charles McGhen

Seven great-nieces

Three great-nephews

One great-great-nephew

Preceded in death by his son, Clay McGhen; daughter, Tina McGhen; parents, Paul Charles McGhen and Annie Lavern Permenter McGhen; and brothers, Paul McGhen and Arthur McGhen.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Burns, Michael Sowell, Kyle Windham, Jason Windham, Brandon Bennett, and Steven Andrusick. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeffery Arnold, Melvin Broadway, Greg Fountain, and Richard Thornton.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Ralph Aaron Miller, 61, of Timpson, Texas, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on July 23, 1960 in Pontiac, Michigan, to the late Delmar Ralph and Darlene June (Carter) Miller.

Ralph grew up in Michigan and joined the Army after graduating from high school. While stationed in Germany he met Eleanor, a Drill Sergeant. They dated for 3 years and finally joined as one in 1985. While they were dating, they were always stationed together but after getting married the Army stationed them in different parts of the world. During their marriage they had seven beautiful children together and also fostered 15 children. He was a dedicated family man and loved his children with all he had. After the Army, Ralph, or Aaron as Eleanor called him, went to work for General Motors as a robotics engineer. He retired from GM and worked for a short time with Tyson.

Ralph enjoyed quick draw and shooting targets. He also had hobbies that included carpentry and leatherwork. Ralph was good with his hands and was said to be too smart for his own good. But he had a great love for traveling with his grandchildren. All 14 grandchildren loved their “Poppy” with all their heart. Ralph was totally dedicated to his children and grandchildren. They were his whole life.

Ralph is survived by:

Wife of 33 years, Eleanor (Gray) Miller

Colt Miller and wife, Brittany
Camrron Miller and wife, Rachal
Chad Smidt, and wife, Leigh

Stacy Basshan and husband, Michael
Ricci Finch and husband, Steve
Cendra Miller
Jackquelynn Miller

14 grandchildren

15 foster children

Brother, Jon Miller

Sister, Melanie Alexander

Numerous family and friends that will miss him greatly.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Delmar Ralph and Darlene June (Carter) Miller.

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.


Gary Edwin Winfree entered his heavenly home on August 6, 2021, in San Marcos, Texas. He was born on September 17, 1950, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Otis Winfree II and Mozelle Black Winfree. 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Laird Funeral Home with Gene Tatum officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2021, at the funeral home. 

Gary grew up in Tenaha where he graduated from high school and spent his early childhood years. After graduation, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he was a member of the Delta Sig Fraternity and eventually attained a Masters Degree is Counseling. For many years, he served as a counselor at Texas Rehab Services, counseling those in need and helping many lives throughout his career. Gary was an avid reader and collected comic books for many, many years, building an enormous collection. He enjoyed movies of all kinds and listened to classic 70’s and 80’s music. Gary never met a stranger – he could talk to anyone about anything for hours on end, and never get bored. 

Gary met his beautiful wife, Teri, when they were just 14 years old at church camp. Though Gary had quite the crush on Teri, a relationship was not born until later in their lives, when one day things aligned just right and they were married in 1991. For 30 wonderful years, Gary and Teri took on the world as a team, helping raising each other’s children together, and always showing love to either parents step-child. Gary adored his daughter, Jenny; showing the utmost devotion and fatherly love one could. Family was incredibly important to Gary – his children (blood and step) were showered with love and tenderness. You’d best bet his grandchildren won’t go a day in their lives with any doubt that he loved them! 

Gary is survived by:

Wife, Teri Winfree

Daughter, Jennifer Elizabeth Winfree

Step-daughter, Tracy Board and husband, Michael

Daughter-in-law, Danielle Lyles

Brother, Jimmy Hamilton Winfree

Olivia Board
Archer Ellis Lyles
Kyle Austin Haan

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Otis Winfree II; mother, Mozelle Black Winfree; brother, Otis Kenton Winfree III; and step-son, Richard Lyles.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas, as well as Great Hearts Live Oak Charter School in San Antonio, Texas. 


Elbert D. Bailey, 89, of Joaquin, passed away August 7, 2021, in Joaquin.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Neuville Cemetery in Shelby County with Dr. Randy Urwiller officiating.

Born April 2, 1932, in Shelby County, Elbert is the son of Drew H. Bailey and Gladys Johnson Bailey.  He retired as a fork lift operator. Elbert was a member of United Church of God for over 56 years.

He is survived by:

Kathryn Boehm and husband Leonard of Joaquin
Gladys Andrews and husband Rickey of Center

Shanna Andrews Pigott and husband James of Cypress
Jessica Gurley and husband Mac of Center
Shawn Lonergan of Joaquin

Great-granddaughter, McKinley Gurley of Center

Sister, Dorothy Askew of Longstreet, Louisiana

Brother, Vernon Bailey and spouse, Linda of San Augustine

2 nieces; 4 nephews; a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by wife and mother of his children, Louise Windham Bailey; wife, Edna Ruth Luther Bailey; parents, Drew H. Bailey and Gladys Johnson Bailey; brother, Lewis Bailey; and sister, Velma Page.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Bailey, Richard Bailey, Walter Crane, Jim Moody, Shawn Lonergan, and Leonard Boehm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to United Church of God Building Fund, c/o Sarah Baker, PO Box 1111, Hawkins, Texas 75765.

A special thanks to Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.

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


Christopher Lee Mayhorn, 42, of Hazen, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, August 5, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 12, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with D.J. Dickerson officiating. His wishes were to be cremated following the services.

Born November 26, 1978, in Laurel, Mississippi, Christopher is the son of Patrick Gandy and Donna Reuther Gandy.  In his youth, he was a member of both JROTC and FCA. He became a correctional officer and also served as a firefighter. Christopher attended Tenaha Church of Christ.

He is survived by:

Wife, Melissa Mayhorn of Hazen, Arkansas

David Mayhorn of Valdosta, Georgia
Courtney Mayhorn of Florida
Renee Mayhorn of Florida
Mathew Hughes of Joaquin
Leeanna Hughes of Carthage

Collin Lovelady
Hadley Hughes Peek
Liam Lovelady
Adaline Lovelady

Texas Parents, Penny and Wayne Jones

Patrick Mayhorn of Hazard, Kentucky
Nathan Jones and fiancé, Rachel Scriver, of Center

Janell Speagle of Mississippi
Kylee Moore and husband Cheyenne of Center

Also numerous niece, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceded in death by mother, Donna Voyles; father, Randy Mayhorn; biological father, Patrick Gandy; and sisters, Carolyn Perry and Barbara Hodge.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nathan Jones, Richard Rocha, J.R. Lott, Rashad Randle, Scott Burkhalter, and Kaleb Lovelady.

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


Keith Powdrill was born in San Antonio, TX and died Sunday, August 1, 2021 at his daughter’s home. He died peacefully in his sleep.

As a young boy the Powdrill’s moved from San Antonio, TX to Huffman, TX on Lake Houston. Keith was proud of his accomplishment of never missing a day of school from kindergarten through 12th grade. He graduated in 1979 from Huffman Hargrave High School and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

Keith then went on to live in Longmont, CO, and Cody, WY, before settling in Timpson, TX for the rest of his life.

Keith’s working career began at The Brown School in San Marcos, TX. He continued at Texas School for the Deaf, Austin, TX; Cody Ranch Resort, Cody, WY; and Railserve Inc., Longview, TX.

Keith enjoyed golfing, fishing at the pond, and bird watching. He looked forward to camping primitively and road trips where he often met up with longtime friends.

From an outpouring of his friend’s memories he was remembered as being “the connection, the glue that stuck his friends together.” Keith “made friends easily and he seemed to be the center of a wide circle of friends.”

At the Brown School in the 80’s and 90’s he was thought of as “a good friend and had a great rapport with the school population, the kids loved and respected him. He was the type of guy to leave a mark on colleagues even after he was gone.”

Keith’s infectious laugh and sly sense of humor brought smiles to the faces of family and friends. He had lots of adventures and good times over the years.  Keith was a good neighbor and thought of as a brother to some. He loved to laugh and enjoyed life. He was remembered as someone who truly cared about others. Kara and Kylie were always his pride and joy.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents Howell Lee Powdrill and Geraldine (Gerry) Lovelady Powdrill and uncle Johnny Ray Renfro of Timpson, TX.

He leaves his daughters:
Kara Dannette Powdrill
Kylie Lynn Powdrill of Timpson, TX

Easton Kent Lee Carroll
Boston Blake Lee George
Porter Blake Bush
Kannon Drake Zamora

Sister, Melody Dannette Powdrill of Shreveport, LA

Aunt, Marcia Jean Kesterson and husband Hollis of Longview, TX

Aunt, Louise Renfro of Timpson, TX

Keith also leaves behind numerous cousins and lifelong friends.

A visitation and time for Remembering Keith will be held Friday, August 6 from 4pm-7pm at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Graves Dr, Timpson, TX 75975. 


Leon Searcy, 89, of Pasadena, Texas passed away on August 5, 2021 in Pasadena Texas. He was born on October 14, 1931, in Geneva County Alabama to Isom Byrd Searcy and Rena Mae Mullen Searcy. A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday August 10,2021 at Fairview Cemetery in Center, Texas with Linda Searcy officiating.

While serving in the Navy during the Korean War, Leon married Giovanna Mooney of Center, Texas. After the war, they moved to Dallas, Texas where he attended electronics school while working for Red Ball Motor Freight. He transferred and became an agent for Red Ball Motor Freight in Center, Texas during the early to mid 1960’s. During this time, he was offered a Logistics Specialist position at NASA in Houston, Texas where he worked on Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab. After leaving NASA he entered the medical freight and transportation industry where he became Logistics Manager of several hospital systems.

Leon was elected City Councilman District G for the City of Pasadena and served multiple terms with a short stint as Mayor Pro-Tem. During his tenure as City Councilman, he was most noted for his representation in the “Sister Cities” program where he traveled to Hadono, Japan on numerous occasions and made many long-lasting friendships fostering a sense of partnership and community within Pasadena and abroad. In addition to traveling to Japan, he was most noted for securing the funds to build a new park in Pasadena “Crenshaw Park” where families were able to enjoy an environment that allowed them to fish and enjoy the outdoors in a brand new fully equipped park facility.

Leon had a passion for people and family. He was a humble man that was genuine, kind-hearted, and sincere and never met a stranger. Every person he encountered during his life’s journey can speak of the positive memories he left with them. 

Leon is survived by:

Wife, Giovanna Mooney Searcy

Son, James L. Searcy, Jr.

Daughter-in-law, Linda Searcy

Jason L. Searcy
Nathan M. Searcy

A host of other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Isom Byrd Searcy, and Rena Mae Mullins Searcy, along with his brother and sisters.

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


Velma Harper Jackson, 76 of Center, passed away July 30, 2021. On August 12, 1944, Velma Rae Harper was born to the union of WC and Earlie Harper.

Funeral service is 11am Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Abundant Love Ministries in Center. Interment is at Westview Cemetery with Pastor Arthur Young giving the eulogy.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. Paul Baptist Church in Center, Texas. She enjoyed being a Registered Nurse and she loved her family and having a good time. Velma graduated from Center High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents WC and Earlie Harper; her two sisters, Betty Ruth Lathan and Thelma Rae Ratcliff; and brother R.C. Harper.

She is survived by:

Shirley Rushing
Linda Harper

Bobby Harper
Sandra Wynn (James)
Victor Jordan (Christiana)
Shelly Washington Leonard
Tonja Gardner Singleton (Willie)
Kelby Gardner

16 Grandchildren

34 Great-Grandchildren

3 Great-Great-Grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends

Services are entrusted to McCoy and Harrison Funeral Home, Houston, Texas and Community Funeral Home in Center, Texas.


Mrs. Jessie Mae Fountain, 91, of Center. Mrs. Fountain died on July 31, 2021, at her daughter’s residence in Houston.

Funeral service will be Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (623 Martin Luther King Drive Center, Texas) at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Anthony Jackson officiating and Arthur Cloudy the Eulogist. 

Mrs. Fountain is survived by:
Son, Keith Fountain Sr. (Lisa) of Missouri City, Texas 

Sharon (Eltroy) Ayers of Houston
LaJuanah Fountain of Houston
Jessica Fountain-Carter of Houston

Step-son, Leon Fountain of Dallas

Stacy Ayers of Houston
Kesha Fountain of Seattle, Washington
Keith Fountain Jr. of Missouri City
Kelon Fountain of Missouri City 

Great-grandchild, Jamine Ayers of Houston 

Visitation: On Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church from the hours of 9am to 10:45am 

Repass: Windham Civic Center (146 Express Blvd, Center, Texas)

Committal: Westview Cemetery in Center, 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 


Lou Jane Womack, 65, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2021, in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 5, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 6, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. John Whitworth and Bro. Andrew King officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha.

Born September 5, 1955, in Carthage, Lou Jane is the daughter of Joe Dan Womack and Wandell Conner Womack. A member of Tenaha High School’s Class of 1974, she went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University in 1979. Lou Jane later obtained her master’s degree in 1984. She also attended Panola College, where she was a member of the Panola Fillies. Lou Jane was an accomplished seamstress and artist. She loved her nieces and great nephews and sent cards for all occasions to her family. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.

She is survived by:

Mother, Wandell Womack of Tenaha

Brother, Jerry Womack and Dina of Marshall

Brother-in-law, Joe King of Monroe, Louisiana

Katie Sanders and Bob of Las Vegas, Nevada
Jenni Pevoto and Sean of Las Vegas, Nevada
Megan Parks and Reginald of Marshall

Great-nephews, Ben Sanders and Joey Pevoto of Las Vegas, Nevada

Great-niece, Jenni Parks of Marshall

A number of cousins and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her father, Joe Dan Womack; and sisters, Rebecca King and Terrie Womack.

Pallbearers will be Aaron King, Andrew King, Reginald Parks, Brack Harrison, Don Dial, Chip Roberson, and Tommy Baker. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe King.

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


Linda Jacque Downing Tyre, 82, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2021, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Linda’s nephew, Ray Stroope Jr., officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born January 30, 1939, in Mabank, Linda is the daughter of Thomas “Jack” Downing and E. Cozette Reynolds Downing.  She was a retired hairdresser.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Kathy Tyre Miller of Center

Son, Jack Tyre Sr. of Center

Shannon Tyre Denby and Brad of Center
James Tyre Jr. and Nina of Center
Miranda Tyre Gerardo and Daniel of Nacogdoches
Jack Tyre Jr. and Autumn of Timpson
Tamara Tyre Boyer and Michael of Garrison

Dylan, Zac, and Brannon Denby
Conner, Brently, and Deikon Tyre
Ty Ross
Makayla Tyre
Jaydon and Jarred Tyre
Jordan Anderson
Raylee and Kendall Boyer

Sister, Nan Downing Gulley of Seagoville

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband, James E. Tyre Jr.; son, James D. Tyre Sr.; brother, Jeffery R. Downing; parents, Thomas “Jack” Downing and E. Cozette Reynolds Downing; son-in-law, Maurey Miller.

Pallbearers will be Jack Tyre Sr., Jack Tyre Jr., Dylan Denby, Zac Denby, Brannon Denby, Jordan Anderson, and Jaydon Tyre.  

Honorary pallbearers will be James Tyre Jr. and Brad Denby.

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


Mae Helen Swindle, age 76, of San Augustine, Texas passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service is at 9am Saturday, August 7, 2021 at St. Luke BC. Interment is at St. Luke Cemetery with Rev. Arron Fenley officiating.

Visitation is from 1pm to 6pm Friday, August 6, 2021 at Garner and Son Chapel.

She is survived by:

James Swindle (Stephanie)j of Center, Texas
Jimmy Swindle (Brenda Hicks) of San Augustine, Texas

Daughter, Marilyn Swindle of Houston, Texas

A host of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great-Great Grandchildren

Shirlean Anthony (John) of Sexton, Texas
Lori Dupree (Winfred) of Cypress, Texas

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

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner & Son Mortuary, 304 Ironosa Rd., San Augustine, Texas 75972.


Mark Twain Livingston, 51, of Center, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021, in Center.

Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Eugene Bowden officiating.  

Born July 5, 1970, in Center, Mark is the son of Donice Livingston and Barbara Watson Livingston. He was employed with Frito Lay.  His hobbies included fishing and football.

He is survived by:
His mother, Barbara Livingston

Sister, Donna Schoenewolf and husband Reggie

Beverly Hendricks
Pat Hilliard McDonald and husband David
Linda Bridges
Doris Martin
Charlce Emanis

Richard Livingston
Douglas Watson

Niece, Steely Lucas; numerous cousins, relatives, and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his father, Donice Livingston.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sean Wright, Scott Rowold, Bob Mooney Jr., James Withers, Spence Dance, Brent Dance, Tristan Samford, Corby Howard, Mark Chandler, Dirk Parmer, Michael Hughes, Kyle Bush, and Mark Jones.

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


Tommy Glenn Land "Bubba", 58, of East Liberty Community passed away Thursday morning, July 29, 2021, in Ft. Worth. 

Services will be at 11am Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Triumph Center in Center. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Desmond Johnson officiating.

Please wear a mask.

Tommy Glenn Land "Bubba" is survived by: 
Wife, Rosalyn Land "Peaches" of Center

Son, Marshane (Felisa) Pitts of Spain

Jozlin Moore of Center
Jakera Land of Plano

Four grandchildren

Mary (Eliza) Suell of Center
Annette Land of Center

Mother-in-law, Myrtle Garrett of Center

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center.


Charlie James “Jack” Riggans, Jr., 91, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on July 30, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Charlie was born September 20, 1929 in Tenaha, Texas to the late Charlie James Riggans, Sr. and Georgia Orton Riggans.

Mr. Riggans was raised in Shelby County and graduated from the Timpson Colored High School. Charlie worked for many years for the Bruce Hardwood Floors Company. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Charlie married Addie Lee Mitchell on July 15, 1987 and together they celebrated 34 years. Mr. Riggans was a longtime member and deacon of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and loved going to church and watching his daytime Soap Operas.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, R.L. Riggans, Teroy Riggans, Octavia Ash, Joy Faye Henderson, James (Sambo) Riggans, Paulette Scott and Ozell Allen.

Those left to cherish his memory are:

Loving wife, Addie Riggans

Theresa Pitts
Remona Taylor and husband Carl
Charles Keith Riggans
Roy Riggans and wife Linda
Lisa McClure and husband Aubrey
Christy Dennis

Kenneth Goodwin
Adrienne Gail Mitchell
Tamy Howard
Kevin Mitchell and wife Fran
Sandra Mitchell

Sister, Johnnie Riggans

A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends

Special nephews, Scotty Riggans and Alan Delany.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Bobo. Interment will follow in the Friendship Bobo Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home, 1131 State Hwy 149, Carthage, Texas. Visitation will be on Friday evening from 6-8:00 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Wallace Mitchell, Robert Glazier, Charleston Garner, Michael Garner, Terald Riggans and Tristan Evans. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandsons of the late Deacon Charlie “Jack” Riggans.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Sarah J. Thomas Coats, of Mesquite, Texas, died July 25, 2021 at a local hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Funeral service will be 11am Friday, August 6, 2021, at Ceaugry & W.B. Houston Center (802 Cochran Street Tyler, Texas 75702). Committal is at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas.

Mrs. Coats is survived by:

Son, Allen R. Coats Jr.

Special Daughter, Autumn McClelland

Evelyn Cooper of Tyler, Texas
John Bethel Thomas Jr. (deceased)
Dr. Clyde Thomas of Omaha, NE (deceased)
Geraldine Steel of Center, Texas
Joe Leonard Thomas (deceased)
Deloris Stripling (Verlon) of San Augustine Texas
William Thomas, Sr. (Maria) of Tyler, Texas
Joyce Mitchell (Joe) of Garland, Texas
David Thomas (Andrea) of Dallas, Texas
Eric Thomas of Amarillo, Texas (deceased) and one miscarriage.

Harmon Undertaking Company of Tyler, Texas and Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.


Keith C. Tamplin, 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at Carroll Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating.

Born August 27, 1950, in Port Arthur, Keith is the son of Henry Tamplin and Louise Carter Tamplin. He was an insurance salesman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  

He is survived by:

Wife, Linda Marshall of Shelbyville

Jeremiah Tamplin of Beckville
Andrew Marshall of Shelbyville
Timothy Marshall of Center

Grandson, Clovis Andrew Marshall of Center

Sister, Missy Martin (Tommy) of Houston

Niece, Lindsay Terry

Nephew, T.J. Martin

Special friend, Hal Ross of Port Arthur

Special cousin, Kit Carter

Preceded in death by parents, Henry Tamplin and Louise Carter Tamplin.

Pallbearers will be Jeremiah Tamplin, Del McCarver, Andrew Marshall, Lynn Beasley, Calvin Bartlet, and Hal Ross.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kit Carter, Keith O’Rear, and Johnny Matthews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Carroll Cemetery Fund, c/o Serica Wilkins – Treasurer, 1348 FM 2468, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Margaret Louise (Grimsley) Bowlin, 83, of Shepherd, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Lufkin Texas.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Shepherd, Texas. Interment will be at Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas.

Born in Joaquin, Texas, on May 14, 1938, Margaret is the daughter of A.D. Grimsley and Camilla Hall Grimsley. 

Margaret attended Tenaha High School and graduated in 1957. She resided in Texas most of her life, working as an administrative assistant in Cleveland ISD and administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Shepherd ISD, retiring in 1999. She lived in Idledale, Colorado from 1999 until 2006, providing invaluable assistance in the care of her granddaughters. Margaret served countless volunteer hours for the Shepherd Band Boosters during her tenure at SISD and chaperoned many school club trips. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Shepherd, Texas. Margaret was an avid gardener, loved to bake and cook for her friends and family, cherished the company of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, volunteered often for the Shepherd Community food pantry, and worked with fellow church members to sew items for children in various mission fields supported by the church. 

Margaret is survived by:
Paul Wayne Bowlin and wife, Karen, of League City, Texas
Linda Gayle Bowlin Ferguson and husband, Tommy, of Shepherd, Texas
Lisa Anne Bowlin Kennedy and husband, Sean, of Etoile, Texas

Randall Wayne Benner of Deer Park, Texas
Matthew Wayne Bowlin and wife, Chelsey, of Woodbranch, Texas
Joseph William Bowlin of Dallas, Texas
Marin Ceili Kennedy of Durango, Colorado
Maisi Carlyn Kennedy of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Chase Benner, Raeleigh Benner, Kendall Benner, Grant Benner, Abigail Benner
Mallory Bowlin, Camryn Bowlin

Nancy Kellar, Mamie Vanover (Jim), Forest Crawford (Sherry)

Preceded in death by:
Parents A.D. Grimsley and Camilla Hall Grimsley and siblings Mary Hansen, J.L. Grimsley, Frances McDaniel, Bill Grimsley and James Grimsley

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Hospice in the Pines (please designate inpatient unit) 1504 West Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904