02/02/2019

Gloria “Faye” Livingston Fleming (Mammaw & Sis) was surrounded by loved ones when she peacefully went to be with her Lord on February 2, 2019. She was born in Shelby County, Center, TX on April 22, 1928 to Louis Montgomery and Della Carven Livingston. On June 17, 1947 she married her soulmate and husband, Clyde Mathew Fleming, who preceded her in death in 2002.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Billy Mac Fleming in 1985, her great-granddaughter, Pamela Lynn Sanders Chauncey in 1993, brothers Audra Livingston,

Aubra Livingston, Jim Livingston, Sam Livingston and sisters Olga Adams, Imma Jean Bush, and Pat Shroyer. 
Mammaw was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Her family was the joy of her life. 

She is survived by:
Her daughter: Pam Sanders and son-in-law Kerry Sanders of New Waverly, Texas

Grandson: Jeff Fleming and wife Casey Fleming of Huffman, TX

Granddaughters:
Jeni Heard and husband Jon Heard of Porter, TX
Lacy Bridges and husband Justin Bridges of Orange Beach, AL,
Amy Hawthorne and husband Shane Hawthorne of Willis, TX

She was loved and will be greatly missed by thirteen great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and one on the way.

She is also survived by:
Brother: Bill Livingston

Sisters:
Pauline Brittan
Joy Jones
Dianne Jones
Linda Clifton

Sister-in-law: Adelle Livingston 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5pm-8 pm. Services will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Both services will be held at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center, TX. Burial will immediately follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery.

02/01/2019

Marilyn Martin Taylor, 84, of Houston, Texas passed away on January 26, 2019 in Houston. She was born on October 19, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio to Robert Morgan and Ella Gertrude (Newhouse) Morgan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery, San Augustine.

Marilyn was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. In her early 20’s, she was employed by Westinghouse, but she always knew her heart belonged in Texas. In the mid to late 1950’s, she met Donald Martin, a Texan, and a serviceman for the Air Force. They married, moved South and raised two children, Joel and Jennifer. She wore many hats as a wife, mother and woman. Marilyn was active in the ladies Softball League and a a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She also had a touch of tom boy in her and was an avid outdoorswoman. She loved weekend camping and fishing trips in East Texas, crabbing off jetties, hunting, riding four-wheelers and more. Marilyn was a wonderful cook and loved to prepare seafood dishes and southern foods. 

Marilyn worked as an executive secretary and as the attendance clerk at Nederland High School. In the early 1980’s, she met and married Tommy Taylor. They built their own beautiful 2-story log cabin out of the timber from the acreage, began raising limousine cattle were growers for Tyson. Marilyn enjoyed gardening and each year would harvest a large bounty that would be shared with neighbors and family. 

Marilyn was witty, funny, detail oriented and strong willed. You wouldn’t want to try to fool her as she had a keen eye for nonsense, but she was fair in all of her dealings with others. She was infamous for her lead-foot as well. Marilyn made friends easily and was a God-fearing woman. Her selfless and compassionate nature was evident in how she served those around her. One of the most admirable things about Marilyn was her optimism and perseverance. She was a proven fighter, having survived three different cancers over her lifetime until the fourth bout. Even in her final days, she remained positive and proudly wore a t-shirt that stated, “Don’t Count Me Out.” The legacy of love, life and determination that she leaves behind will carry on in the lives of so many who treasured her time on this earth.

Marilyn is survived by:
Her son: Joel Martin

Daughters: 
Tanya Hall
Jennifer Martin

Grandchildren: 
Joshua Martin
Kaitlin Martin
Cassidy Sinclair
Gunnar Sinclair
Richard W. Simpson
Amanda Simpson
Shawn Hall

Great-grandchildren:
Maddi Bard
Larson Bard
Logan Simpson
Laineey Simpson
Averon Orona

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Lamar Taylor; parents, Robert and Ella Gertrude Morgan; sister, Kathryn Morgan Wearn; and brother, Roger Morgan.
  
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.

01/31/2019

Elmer Lee Bray, 75, of Timpson, Texas passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  Born April 7, 1943, in Timpson, Texas to the late Charlie Bray and Dollie (Clifton) Bray.
Memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Corinth Baptist Church, with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating.  

Elmer was born in Timpson and moved to South Texas shortly after his birth.  He served his great country in the United States Army in Turkey, Egypt and many other countries.  He met his lovely wife Sandra and the two were married.  They returned back to his home place in Timpson in 1989.  The two have spent over 36 years wonderful years together.  He, Sandra, and the children are a very close family. They share a very special bond.  Elmer enjoyed spending time with his family.  He always made sure the grandchildren were cared for and had everything he thought they needed.  He loved to travel and cook.  While living in South Texas he loved to go shrimping.  

He is survived by his lovely wife, Sandra Bray; son, Brad Jackson; daughter, Misty Salazar and husband Pablo; Michelle Mai; grandchildren, Hannah, James Lee, and Alexsandra James Fabian; brother, Clifton Wayne Bray and wife Debbie; sisters, Denise Henlsey and husband John, Melverine Meyers and husband Clifford; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.  

Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Dollie (Clifton) Bray; brother, Charles Bray; sister, Ann Yates.

Family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Volunteer Services, 510 Stoner Ave, Shreveport, LA 71101.

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.

01/23/2019

Merrill P. Stearns, 92, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on January 21, 2019 in Albuquerque. She was born on February 19, 1926 in Tenaha, Texas to Hermann Parrish and Hazel Pickford Parrish. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas. 

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Merrill is survived by:
Her husband: Charles Stearns of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Son: Jason Stearns and Erika Thomenius of Albequerque, New Mexico

Daughter: Penny Casteel and husband, Danny of Houston, Texas

Sister: Jeanne Miller of Center, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Buford Parrish; sister, May Alice Burns; sons, Johnny Osborn and David Osborn; daughter, Peggy Bean; and granddaughter, Megan Mayes.

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

01/29/2019

Patricia Kay Stanley Lawrence passed away January 28, 2019, at age 68, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 18, 1950 in Center, Texas, to the late Audrie Baker Stanley and Dayton Bruce Stanley. She was the youngest of three sisters, Sarah Ruth Stanley Helms, who preceded her in death, and Jeanette Stanley Tinkle of Tyler, Texas. She was married to the late Freddy Charles Lawrence, Sr in 1979. Mrs. Lawrence attended and was a dedicated member of New Hope Congregational Methodist Church in Center. 

Patricia grew up in Center and lived there for her entire 68 years of life. From her youngest days, she always wanted to be a teacher. She would line her dolls up against the wall and teach them Reading, Writing and Arithmetic; and then drill them again the following day to make sure they remembered! She attended Center schools all 12 years and graduated from Center High School in 1968. Patricia went on to attend Panola College and then earn her Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduating from SFA, she began her teaching career at Center Junior High and then Center Elementary School. She devoted 41 years of her life to the teaching profession all at CISD. Patricia considered herself blessed to have been a teacher and missed teaching every day following her retirement. She was and still is loved by so many of her previous students. She was born to be a teacher and has led many to join this profession! 

Patricia’s children were the loves of her life. Her grandchildren were their “Momom’s” pride and joy. Aunt “Tricia” will forever be loved and missed by her entire family. 

Survivors include:

Sons: 
David Lawrence of Center
Charles Lawrence of Texarkana

Daughter, Melissa Munoz and husband, Alex of Center

Sister, Jeanette Tinkle and husband, Pat of Tyler

Grandchildren:
Alexis Barlow
Avery Lawrence
Mia Munoz
Jeremy, Tara and John Lawrence
Elizabeth Hendrix
Justin Stapleton
Desiree Munoz
Victoria Barker
Jonathan Lawrence
Jeffery Lawrence

Nephew:
Todd Thompson

Nieces:
Pete Helms
Jodi Ellis
Jill Lupton

Numerous great-grandchildren, other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Freddy Charles Lawrence, Sr.; parents, Dayton Bruce and Audrie Stanley; sister, Sarah Ruth Stanley Helms; sons, Alan Lawrence and Greg Lawrence; father-in-law, Fred C. Lawrence; and mother-in-law, Ruth Watson Lawrence.

Because of Patricia’s passion for learning and education, the family requests that memorial donations be made to a scholarship fund account ending in 6501 that has been set up at Farmers State Bank in memory of Patricia Lawrence. The money will be used for educational purposes such as scholarships and providing classrooms with needed school supplies.

Pallbearers are Todd Thompson, Robert Ellis, Patrick Lupton, Jeremy Smith, Collin McElroy and Sean Crouch.

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.

01/29/2019

T.C. Cartwright, Jr., 84 of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday night, January 24, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service is Saturday, February 2nd at 1pm at Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville, Texas. Visitation will be all day Friday. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Creola Cartwright of Shelbyville

Daughters:
Denise (David) Cartwright of Shelbyville
Anita (Vernell) Moody of Center
Felicia Holmes of Center

Sons:
Charles (Remonia) Sheppard of Tyler
James A Cartwright of Shelbyville
Iva Lee Cartwright of Shelbyville

21 Grandchildren, 57 Great-grandchildren

Sister, Margie Garrett of Shelbyville

Brother, Earl (Vivian) Cartwright of Tenaha

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

01/28/2019

Francis Livingston, 78, of Shreveport, Louisiana, formerly of Timpson, passed away on January 27, 2019 in Shreveport. She was born on August 27, 1940 in Timpson, Texas to Fred Hammers and Ruby Wiley Hammers. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson. A visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home prior to service time. 

Francis grew up in Timpson and attended Timpson High School. She met Ben Frank McCauley, and they were married on October 13, 1964 in Orange, Texas. The two spent a wonderful 11 years together in DeQuincy, Louisiana before Ben passed away in January of 1973. Almost 11 years later, Francis married James Elmer Livingston and the two would reside in Center for five years until James’ passing in 1989. Francis was full of life and laughter. Her comical demeanor was sure to brighten a room. She loved doing crafts and crochet. She also enjoyed keeping her mind active by working crossword puzzles and writing letters. She was a homemaker for most of her life; a selfless and caring woman who put the needs of her family before her own. Francis was a member of First Baptist Church in Blanchard. 

Francis is survived by:
Her brother: Donald Hammers of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sister: Bessie Nix of Shreveport, Louisiana

A host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Ben McCauley; second husband, James Livingston; parents, Fred and Ruby Hammers; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Joyce Hammers; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Ben Freibaurer; nephew, Rodney Hammers; niece, Theresa Johnson and twin infant sons. 

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

01/28/2019

Marilyn Taylor, 84, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Center, Texas, passed away on January 26, 2019 in Houston. She was born on October 19, 1934. 

Services are pending at this time with Mangum Funeral Home.

01/28/2019

Ann Hawkins, 81, of Center, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mrs. Hawkins was born August 26, 1937, in Tenaha, to Harold Gary and Alma Parrish Gary. She was a self-employed beautician for 54 years. Her hobbies included spending time with family and friends, flower gardening and traveling. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center, where she was involved in the Dorcus Sunday School Class.

She is survived by:

Her children:
Sheryl Graves and husband Randy of Gary
Joanne Shillings of Center

Special friend, Randolph Lout of Center

Grandchildren:
Eric Graves of The Woodlands
Todd Graves and wife Soni of The Woodlands
Shanna Carlton of Center
Chad Carlton and fiancé Tracy Parker of Center

Great-grandchildren:
Zac Carlton of Center
Triston Carlton of Center
Jaxon Graves of The Woodlands
Ashton Graves of The Woodlands
Baylor Graves of The Woodlands
Katie Bell Graves of The Woodlands
Bella Carlton of Center

A host of nieces and nephews

Sister, Cora Jean Canipe of Garland

Fur baby, Sophie

Preceded in death by husband of 52 years, Jack Hawkins; parents, Harold Gary and Alma Parrish Gary; brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Margie Gary; sister, Bonita Goolsby.

Pallbearers will be Eric Graves, Todd Graves, Chad Carlton, Zac Carlton, Mark Gary, and Craig Gary. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Walker, McNeil Moore, and Steve Jeans.

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

01/28/2019

Thomas J. Francis, 91, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on January 27, 2019 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center, Texas. He was born in Goreville, Illinois on March 10, 1927 to Thomas Jefferson Francis, Sr. and Afton Marie Sullivan. A private burial will be held at a later date. 

He is survived by:
His wife: Dorothy Francis of Joaquin, Texas.

They met while Thomas was working in the oil fields in West Texas and were married a few months later. They had a lovely 42 years together. They moved back to Shelby County where they resided for 35 years. Thomas loved to fish, doing wood work and building furniture.

He is also survived by: 
His brothers-in-law: 
John P. Mays of North West Arkansas
Jimmy Mays and wife, Geneva of Shreveport, Louisiana
James Mays of Marianna, Florida
Alvin Mays and wife, Susie of North West Arkansas

Sisters-in-law,:
Delores Morris of California
Carolyn Brocato of Las Vegas, Nevada
Linda Mays of North West Arkansas
Eloise Mays of North West Arkansas

Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

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

01/28/2019

Danny Paul Bush, 65, of Center, Texas, passed away on January 27, 2019 in Bossier City, Louisiana. He was born on October 28, 1953 in Shelby County to Alfred Henry Bush and Mary Dave Bush. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mt. Herman Cemetery with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. A visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Danny Paul is survived by:
His beloved wife: Brenda Bush of Center

Daughter: Wendy Castleberry and husband, Andy of Longview

Brother and sister-in-law: Michael Henry and Joyce Bush of Center

Sister-in-law: Sheila Clark of Center

Father-in-law and mother-in-law: Steve and Margie Stephens of Center

Grandchildren: 
Cameron, Collin and Caden Castleberry all of Longview

Nieces and nephews: 
Randi Kay and Grant Menzies
Lindsey and Jacob Smith
Dustin Clark
Michael and Nicole Bush
Lindsey Bush

Numerous great-nieces and great-nephews

Numerous other cousins, family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Henry and Mary Bush and son, Cody Daniel Bush.
Pallbearers will be Wayne “Spud” Fausett, Robbie Williams, Michael Bush, Kyle Bush, Bubba Bush, Dewayne Bush, Don Bush, Tommy “DZ” Johnson, Jacob Smith and Johnny Porter.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the scholarship in memory of their son, Cody Daniel Bush. 

 

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.

01/26/2019

Terry Ann Merriman of Tyler TX passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019. She was born on April 17, 1947 to the late Robert R Johnson and Dorothea B Johnson of Springfield, MA.

Visitation will be Monday, January 28, 1:00pm, followed by the service at 2:00pm at Jackson's Burks-Walker-Tippit Chapel in Tyler, Texas, with Bro. Rob Merriman and Bro. David Dykes officiating.

Terry grew up in Springfield, MA, and her family moved to Irving, TX where she attended and graduated from Irving High School in 1965. Terry met her future husband, Gene, and they were married in 1966. They lived in Irving and started their family. In 1983, the Merrimans moved to Whitehouse and lived there for 6 years and moved on to Maryville, TN in 1989. Terry and Gene moved to Tyler in 1997. During these years, Terry worked at Tyler Junior College, University of Tennessee and retired from the University of Texas at Tyler, as an Administrative Assistant. Gene and Terry are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

She is survived by:

Husband of 52 years, Gene Merriman.

Daugher, Debbie Ellebracht and  husband Rex of Lawrence, KS

Son, Rob Merriman and wife Denise of Shelbyville, TX

Grandchildren:
Marcela, Jessica, Jenny Ellebracht
Tyler and Hallie Merriman

Mother, Dorothea Johnson

Sister, Vera Johnson of Nashville, TN

Services are under the direction of Jackson's Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors in Tyler, Texas.

01/25/2019

Ruth Mae Page Osby, 67 of Timpson, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Funeral service is Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2pm at First Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas. Interment at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson with Pastor Cedric Grace officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Anita Tutt of Timpson

Son, Mack Osby, Jr.

Daughter, Monica Hines (Robert)

14 Grandchildren and 39 Great-grandchildren

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

01/25/2019

Vicki Cooper, 59, of Huxley, Texas, passed away on January 24, 2019 in Wells, Texas. She was born on December 16, 1959, in Pasadena, Texas, to the late L C and Wanda (Rivers) Furlow. Graveside service is being held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1PM at Strong Cemetery, Huxley, Texas, with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating.

Vicki was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas. She graduated from Sam Rayburn High School. After graduation she went to work for Pasadena Police Department serving more than 10 years as dispatcher. She also worked for Center Police Department as dispatcher when she moved to Huxley.

She is survived by her loving husband, Curtis Cooper of Huxley; brother, Kenneth Furlow and wife Cindy of Huxley; nephew, Lance Furlow of Huxley.

Vicki is preceded in death by her parents, L C and Wanda Furlow; and brother, Chris Furlow.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

01/25/2019

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mrs. Wanda Jean Brinson (63) of Center, Texas. Mrs. Kindle passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at her residence. She was born on February 28, 1956. Funeral service will be Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Abundant Love Ministries (1426 Shelbyville Street Center, Texas 75935) at 2:00pm. Pastor Marlin Cloudy will officiate. 

Mrs. Brinson is survived by:

Husband: Curvie Brinson of Center, Texas

Children: LaKeoka (Marcus) Yarbrough, Tracie (Ron) Landon; Lashalla (Jason) McCollister; Romeka Johnson; Rakiffney Barnes; and LaDerrika Barnes

Grandchildren: Jatiea Yarbrough and TraMarcus Yarbrough 

Sisters: Audrey (Randy) Sutton of Nacogdoches, Texas; De Nell Kindle of San Augustine, Texas; and Vivian (Bobby) Watts of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Nieces: Syretta (Walter) Barnes and Talsa Kindle

Visitation: Friday, January 25, 2019 at Hicks Chapel at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Committal: Westview Cemetery Center, Texas

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935

01/24/2019

Doris Porter, 89, of Center, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. M.D. Lamon and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Porter was born March 7, 1929, in Shelby County, to Ross Elliott and Azlee Furlow Elliott. She was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

She is survived by:
Her daughter: Janice Porter

Sons: 
Michael Porter and wife Sharon Porter
Mark Porter-Rodriguez and husband Pedro Porter Rodriguez

Grandchildren: 
Stacia Barbe
James Gregory Barbe and wife Cristina
Monica Zimmerman and husband Scott
Justin Porter and wife Carissa
Matt Porter and wife Cassie
Jon Porter
Samuel Porter

Great-grandchildren: 
T.J. Magness
Henry Barbe
Blake Barbe
Kalyn Gilchrist
Jacob Zimmerman
Hadley Porter
Harper Porter
Hollynn Porter
Emmett Elton Porter
Zoie Porter
Gage Porter

Brother: Mac Elliott.

Preceded in death by husband of 64 years, Arlie Elton Porter; son, Randall Porter; grandson, Michael Shane Porter.

Pallbearers will be Greg Barbe, Matt Porter, Sam Porter, T.J. Magness, Justin Porter, Jon Porter and Mac Elliott.

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

01/24/2019

Elton Stinson, Jr., 72, of Center, Texas passed away on January 23, 2019 in Center. He was born on November 17, 1946 in Austin, Texas to Elton M. Stinson, Sr. and Elizabeth Mary Stinson. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home

Elton grew up in Waco, Texas before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps following graduation. After returning home, Elton moved to Center where he met Edith Crouch. On July 31, 1976, the two were joined in marriage. Elton was a lover of the outdoors, and he enjoyed fishing very much. He also liked building model planes, extending his knowledge through watching documentaries and was an avid reader. One of Elton’s great passions were classic cars. When he and Edith met, he owned a 1967 GTO that he cared for like his own child. A devoted husband and father, Elton treasured each and every second spent with his wife and children.

Elton is survived by:
His beloved wife, Edith Stinson

Son, Elton Stinson, III

Daughter: Michelle Hetherington and husband, Kevin

Brothers: 
David Stinson 
Douglas Stinson

Grandchildren: 
Eric Ard and fiancé, Cassie Gulley
Ashley Poindexter and husband, Dakota
Jimmy Hetherington and wife, Lacy

Three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Elizabeth Stinson and sister, Margaret Holquin.

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

01/23/2019

Anna Rose Cox, 78, of Orange, Texas, passed away on January 21, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County. 

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. 

Born in Center, Texas, on March 7, 1940, she was the daughter of Willis Tennison Livingston and Iva Lois (Samford) Livingston. Anna had a beautiful voice and aspired to be a singer. She sang at church and even got the chance to sing on the radio when she was younger. She was a past member of Irving Street Missionary Baptist Church. Anna was always there to lend a helping hand and put a smile on your face. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them as often as she could. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Iva Tennison; husband, Dewey Cox, Sr.; son, Dewey Cox, Jr.; grandson, Dustin Cox; and siblings, Deloyd Livingston, Delores Hughes, Thurman Livingston, Leon Livingston, and Ben Livingston. 

She is survived by:
Her daughter: Donna Bufford

Grandchildren: 
Kendon Leger
Brandon Bufford
Jessica England
Walker Lee Leger

Her brother: Michael Livingston, of Bevil Oaks.

Services are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home Orange.

https://www.claybarfuneralhome.com

1/23/2019

Dortha Lee Terrell, 77, of Nacogdoches, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2019 surrounded by her family. Her final days were spent praying, singing, and praising God where the words “Glory, Glory, Glory” would be her last. She was born on June 30, 1941, the daughter of Horace Samuel Terrell and Meda Bella (Koonce) Terrell.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Laird Funeral Home with Brother Alders and Brother Rankin officiating. Interment will follow at Macune Cemetery in San Augustine, Texas. Visitation will be held on January 24, 2019 from 5-7 pm at Laird Funeral Home. 

Dortha was a member of Christian Life Center and previously a long-time member of Woden United Pentecostal Church. She truly loved and treasured her church family. Spending time in God’s house and in His word were very important to her. She absolutely cherished time spent with family and loved family gatherings. Known by many as “Dot” or “Granny”; she considered everyone family. She was so adored by all.

In her spare time, you could find her reading her Bible, putting puzzles together, or playing Bingo. Dortha was a beautiful soul who loved unconditionally. Her memory will live in the hearts of those closest to her forever. 

Dortha is survived by:

Sons: 
Joe Steven Cartwright and wife Dianna of Sulphur, Louisiana
Ralph Cartwright and wife Tracy of Lufkin

Daughters: 
Buanita Garcia and husband Dario of Nacogdoches
Gladys O’Rear and husband Mark of Huxley, Texas

Daughter-in-law: JoLynn Fountain of Center

11 grandchildren

28 great-grandchildren

1 great-great-grandchild, and a second great-great grandchild expected in August

Brother: Edward Terrell and wife Joyce of Diboll

Sisters: 
Juanice Plummer of West Virginia
Ara Wilkerson of Lufkin
Billie Coronado and husband Freddy of Nacogdoches

Sister-in-law: Shirley Terrell of Diboll

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Horace Samuel Terrell and Meda Bella Terrell; granddaughter, Kimberly Cartwright; sons, Samuel “Sammy” Cartwright and Eddie Fountain; brother, Horace Samuel Terrell Jr.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dario Garcia, Mark O’Rear, Henry Curbow, Cody Fountain, Dario Garcia Jr., Michael Garcia, Samuel “Sam” Cartwright Jr. and Tony Bradshaw-Cartwright.

Special thanks to the compassionate staff of Accolade Hospice, Willowbrook Nursing Center, and Nacogdoches Medical Center.

The Terrell family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

01/23/2019

Louise Wagstaff, 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mrs. Wagstaff was born February 13, 1934, in Shelby County, to Walter Wilburn and Cynthia Payne Wilburn.  She loved taking care of her family and traveling. Mrs. Wagstaff was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church.  

She is survived by:
Her children: 
Roger Wagstaff and wife Linda of the Dreka Community of Shelby County
Debbie Wagstaff Lansford and husband Mark of Lufkin

Grandchildren: 
Justin Wagstaff and wife Scharla of Shelbyville
Jada Jones and husband Jay of Shelbyville
Joseph Lansford of Lufkin
Mike Wagstaff and wife Christy of Shelbyville
Chris Wagstaff of Orange

Great-grandchildren: 
Jake Wagstaff
Bryar Wagstaff 
Myla Wagstaff
Cole Jones
Kelsey Jones
Kara Jones
Jayleigh Jones
Rhett Jones
Ashlyn Wagstaff
Hailey Wagstaff
Jedd Wagstaff
Riley Wagstaff
Bailey Wagstaff
Chris Wagstaff Jr.

Great-great-grandchild: Gracelyn Leader

Brothers: 
Bobby Wilburn and wife Cora of Joaquin
Price Wilburn of Center

Sister: Judy Scarbrough and husband Danny of Huxley

Sister-in-law: Barbara Wilburn of Orange

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

Preceded in death by husband, Earl Wagstaff; son, Robert Wagstaff; parents, Walter Wilburn and Cynthia Payne Wilburn; brothers, Elmer Ray Wilburn, Gerald Wilburn, Gary Wilburn.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Lunsford, Jake Wagstaff, Cole Jones, Bryar Wagstaff, Jedd Wagstaff and Mike Wagstaff.  Honorary pallbearers will be Rhett Jones and Riley Wagstaff.

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

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