Doroteo Leon Chaires, 79, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2022, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Enrique Perez officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born February 6, 1943, in Neultra, Comonfort, GTO, Mexico, Doroteo is the son of Marcelina Chaires and Cirilo Leon.

He is survived by:
His children:
Arturo Leon and wife Elvira
Cirilo Leon and wife Laura
Jorge Leon
Blanca Bethel Leon

Claudia Leon
Daniela and Mareli Leon

Reyna Morales de Leon
Rosario Ruiz

Jeronimo Leon
Pablo Leon

Numerous niece and nephews.

Preceded in death by wife, Herminia Sanchez; and parents, Marcelina Chaires and Cirilo Leon.

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


Joseph DeShaevon Gipson, 8, of Center passed away Sunday night, March 6, 2022, at the Center Emergency Room.

Services will be held 2pm Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Center Triumph Church with interment to follow at Bennett Chapel Cemetery with Bishop Howard Cloudy, Sr. officiating.

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


Archibald Clayton Singleton, 63 of Center, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, Texas.

Services is Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 11:30am at Center Triumph Church in Center. Interment is at Westview Cemetery in Center with Rev. Marlon Cloudy Sr. officiating.

Archibald Clayton Singleton, better known as Clayton and Ace, was born in Center, Texas to Leon Singleton and Erma Jean Hewitt Singleton on September 28, 1958.

Clayton attended the Independent School District of Center, Texas. He graduated from Center High School in 1977 with all A's and one B that tells you, he was a pretty smart guy. After high school Clayton moved to California for almost four years, where he brought two handsome son's into this world. Then he moved back to Center, Texas and he had three beautiful daughters. He worked at Tyson Chicken Plant in Center, Texas for a few years.

He moved to Longview, Texas and worked for Longview Transportation for a year, that's where he got his nickname "Ace" from. Clayton love mixing and mingling with just about everyone he came in contact with. Always greeted everyone with a beautiful smile.

Clayton leaves a loving family to cherish many precious memories of a life welled lived:

Jesica Anderson Singleton of Houston
Ashley Singleton Cameron of Dallas
Arid Singleton Blocker of South Carolina
Kylie Singleton of Longview

Louis Singleton of Dallas
Christopher Singleton of Dallas

Brother, Michael Singleton of Houston

Cynthia Singeton Akilo of Longview
Vernita Singleton of Longview
Angelia Singleton of Longview
Melinda Singleton of Longview
Lisa Jordan of Longview
Sharon Singleton of Houston
Sandra Singleton of Houston
Jacqueline Alexander of Lufkin

Jermaine Cameron of Dallas
Te'Shaur Blocker of South Carolina

Eleven Grandchildren

Clayton best friends: Eddie Hewitt who is also his double first cousin; Joe McNealy; Jesse Ray Patton; and Cake Patton. They shared a special friendship/brotherhood for life, the chain is broken now until they meet again!

A host of other relatives and friends, including father, mother and one sister that preceded  him in heath. 

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


Eureka Michelle Cooper, 51 of Ft. Worth and formerly of Center, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2022 early in the morning at a Ft. Worth hospital.

Funeral service is Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 2:30pm at Abundant Love Ministries in Center. Interment is at Carroll Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Rev. Steven Stanley officiating.

On November 5, 1970, a beautiful baby girl was born in Center, Texas to Joyce Ann and Glenn Kindle whom they named Eureka Michelle. Eureka accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Carroll Chapel CME Church.

She attended public schools in the Shelbyville and San Augustine area and was a very proud graduate of San Augustine High School class of 1989. "Go Wolves!" After graduating high school she attended Lamar University and later moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Eureka was a very hard worker and her career crossed many different paths. She had a keen business mind and shared her passion of entrepreneurship with many. She also enjoyed fine cars, motorcycles and playing cards.

She was proceeded in death by her father, Glenn Kindle and God Parents, Maggie Nell and Ernest Mosby.

Those left to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy:

Devoted husband of 23 years, Michael Cooper, Sr.

Mother, Joyce Ann Kindle

Sons, Michael Cooper, Jr (lil Mike)

Stepson, Zekedrion Cooper

Grand Daughter, Za'Miyah Morrow

Brad Roberts
David Pete McCowen

Breon Roberts
Kiara Smith

Darlene and Billy Joe Cooper, Sr.
Bridgett Cooper
Michelle Finley
Billy Joe Cooper, Jr.

God Sister, Tara Smith

Many, many others that she also called her sisters and brothers and along with a host of other family members and special friends.

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


Gilbert Scott Porter passed away on March 3, 2022 after a seven year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 65 years old. Gil was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on October 11, 1956 to Ruth Ann and Watson Porter.

Gil spent an idyllic childhood in Tyler, Texas and graduated in 1975 from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler. He played baseball throughout his early years and was a second baseman for Robert E. Lee High School, Tyler Junior College and Northeast Louisiana University. Thereafter, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin-Red McCombs School of Business with a degree in Business and Petroleum Land Management. He began his career as a petroleum field landman working primarily in Texas, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Gil’s last years in the oil and gas industry were as Land Manager with Harvest Natural Resources in Houston and Hawkwood Energy in Denver. Gil was a Certified Professional Landman (CPL) and former proud member of the ETAPL, HAPL and AAPL.

Gil spent his last years with his wife, Pat, in Galveston, Texas playing golf at the Galveston Country Club, watching his Texas Longhorn football, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, enjoying Mardi Gras with the Momus Krewe and attending services at Moody Methodist Church. He enjoyed watching the sunsets from his beach house with his wife, beloved mother-in-law (Suzanne), many friends and his faithful dog, Tessy May.

Gil was an avid golfer and played on any course every chance he could get. Two of Gil’s dreams were fulfilled in 2017 when he attended The Masters, and in 2018, he finally played golf at Pebble Beach. Gil also loved college football season and enjoyed every moment watching the Texas Longhorns and flying the UT flag on game day. Hook ’Em, Gil.

Gil was loved deeply by his wife Pat, their daughters Madeline and Mackenzie, his son-in-law Logan, all of their family, and countless friends. Gil will be in our hearts forever.

Gil is preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Ora and Otis Townsend, his loving parents Watson and Ruth Ann Porter, and his father-in-law, William G Ihlo.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Pat Porter

Madeline Luzzo (son-in-law Logan Luzzo)
Mackenzie Porter

Mother-in-law, Suzanne Ihlo

Sister, Becky Pearson (George)

Sister-in-law, Kristi LaVerdure and brother-in-law, Maurice LaVerdure

Sister-in-law, Janan Pigg

Brother-in-law, Roy Blackshear (Liz)

Lauren Browning (Eric)
Alicia Ohlenburg

Eric Pearson (Natalie)
Wil Blackshear (Lindsey)
Grant LaVerdure (Maddie)
Grayson LaVerdure.

Gil had many many friends throughout his life, but a very special bond was made during his early childhood growing up in Tyler, Texas. The friendships continued to the end of his life and were marked by 40 years of annual Texas hunting/golf trips and 25 or more annual getaways to the family farm in Center, Texas. Lifelong friends, brothers and pallbearers: Mitch Denson, Russell Gilpin, Plez Henderson, Tim Henry, Mark Hull, Randy Massad, Jimmy Miller, Tim Morby, Marty Stitt and Mark Tarver. Honorary pallbearers: Bill Hays, John Turner and David Hamilton.

A memorial service will be held on March 16, 1:00 PM at The First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas - 211 Porter Street. A reception and lunch will follow the ceremony at The Fellowship Hall.

Please make donations in Gil's memory to the Alzheimers Association https://act.alz.org/goto/gsp56

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


Alton “Jake” Lane, age 79, of San Augustine, Texas passed away on Monday, February 1, 2022 at his residence in San Augustine, Texas. He was a retire Lieutenant Colonel for the United States Army.

Memorial service is at 1pm on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Orvin Garrett officiating with military honors to follow the service.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Tamera Hanton (Nicholas) of Pearland, Texas

Tashara Hanton of Pearland, Texas
Nicholas Hanton, Jr. (Alondra) of San Diego, Ca.

6 Great-Grandchildren

Host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


Rebia Fay Jennings Spratling, 78 of Center, Texas died on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born to the late Ira and Beatrice Gardner Jennings in Center, Texas on May 29, 1943.

Mrs. Spratling is a 1961 graduate of C.H. Daniels High School in Center, Texas. She later attended Valrie Jackson Hurd Beauty and Barber School in Marshall, Texas; she became a licensed cosmetologist. Mrs. Spratling lived in Dallas, Texas and her 2 children.  She was a successful cosmetologist in the Dallas area. She moved back to home to Center, Texas after retirement as a cosmetologist. She later worked at Walmart Supercenter in Center for several years.

Graveside service will be on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Gates Chapel Cemetery at 1pm. Elder Jonwesley Gatlin will be officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Shirlene Spratling Mitchell

Son, Edward Glenn Spratling (Nikole)

3 grandchildren:  Maricia Mitchell Christian, Marialle Mitchell, and Kendra Holbert

2 great-grandchildren: Elijah Baldwin and Paris Christian

Visitation is on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 1pm to 6pm. Committal is at Gates Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville, 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.


Alford Johnson, 77, of Carthage, passed away Monday, March 7, 2022, in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Bro. Richard Windham will officiate.

Born December 29, 1944, in Velma, Oklahoma, Alford is the son of Juanita Seymore and George Johnson. His hobbies included fishing, golfing, hunting, and woodworking.  He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by:

Wife, Diana Kay Johnson of Carthage

Jesse Johnson and wife Sumeyye of Kilgore
Yvette Johnson and husband Lance Grote of Victoria
James Johnson of Wyoming
Crystal Johnson and husband Chris Nichols of Victoria

Stepdaughter, Cynthia Kay Vick of Center

Cody Johnson
Brandi Havens
Ryan Miller
Desiree Samford
Gabrielle Tanner
Keith Grote
Jamie Johnson
Ashley Waller
Amanda Johnson
Samantha Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
Harley Johnson
Adam Horton
Hunter Nichols
Anthony Olivis
Marcus Olivis
Amanda Olivis
Elvia Olivis

Numerous great-grandchildren

George David Johnson of Houston
Robert Russell Johnson of Longview
Cecila Ann Utley of Eustace
Brenda Sue Williamson of Duncan, Oklahoma
Evelyn Irene Nash of Cordell, Oklahoma
Sandra Earline Hopkins of Comanche, Oklahoma
Gay Nell Whitehead of Mabank

Preceded in death by parents, Juanita Seymore and George Johnson; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mildred and Lonnie Windham.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Walter, Bill Thompson, Earl Windham, Lonnie Windham, Antinio Olivis, and Harley Johnson.

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


Debbie Barthol was born in Center, Texas February 27, 1951 to John and Maxine Pate.  She started school at Valley View Elementary in Longview, Texas and graduated from Center High School in 1969.  Following graduation, she attended Panola Jr. College and then graduated with her Bachelors Degree from Stephen F. Austin University.

Debbie met the love of her life, Dwaine Barthol, and married him in 1970.  Debbie and Dwaine lived in Nacogdoches at that time.  Later, they moved to Hughes Springs in 1980 when Lone Star Steel was booming.  Hughes Springs became their home and where they raised their daughters, Brooke and Brandi. Eventually Debbie went back to college in Commerce and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education.  She began her career as an Educator in August of 1989 at Hughes Springs Elementary School.  While there, she worked as an Interventionist and Certified Dyslexia Instructor.  She served and touched the hearts of many students, parents, and educators in her journey.  She retired from Hughes Springs ISD in May of 2016.

Debbie has been a faithful Christian her entire life.  She was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for several years and attended Bible Study faithfully. Debbie was an avid reader and full of wisdom.  Most of all, she was her grandchildren's biggest prayer warrior, supporter, and fan. She attended as many events as possible.  She had her lawn chair, ball bag, and concession money ready to go at all times.  She cherished her family and time together. After receiving Debbie's diagnosis of Glioblastoma, terminal brain tumors, family and friends were able to care for and love her until Jesus called her home.  She was a selfless, God loving wife, daughter, mother, sister, and nana.

She leaves to cherish her wonderful memories: 

Daughters and Sons-in-law:
Brooke and William Dannelley
Brandi and Nick Smith

Sister and Brother-in-law, Janet and John Blake

Landon Dannelley
Dawson Dannelley
Tessa Dannelley
Tyler Smith
Avery Smith

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine Barthol and her parents.

Services for Debbie Barthol will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 10,2022 at First Baptist Church in Hughes Springs.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.

She passed away Sunday, March 6, 2022. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, March 9, 2022 at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church Youth or Building Fund or Heart to Heart Hospice. An online guestbook may be signed at www.reeder-davis.com.


Mrs. Sonja Yvette Robinson, age 55, passed away in San Augustine, TX on February 28, 2022. She was born on October 15, 1966 in San Augustine, TX.

Service will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Roberts Baptist Church, Roberts Community, San Augustine, TX; with Rev. Ardis Mosby, Officiating. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery, San Augustine, TX

Visitation will be Friday, March 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Preceded in death by:
Mother, Earnestine Davis Johnson
Father, J B Garrett

She leaves to treasure her memory:

Husband Mr. Michael Robinson, of San Augustine, TX

Mr. DeMichael Robinson(Samanther) of Houston, TX
Jeremy (Leasa) of Nacogdoches,TX;
Byron (Krisma) of Italy
Quintonio of Houston, TX


Sheila Austin and Narvella Boston of Houston, TX
Chandra Deckard of San Augustine, TX

Sister in laws: 
Cheryl Watts
Janice Davis

James Roberts
Joe Price

A host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, family and friends.

Arrangements Entrusted To Her Family of Professionals at: Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches, TX 75961, (936) 564-4351
“Where The Family Comes First”


Francisca Monroy, 59, of Gary, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Longview.

Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2022, and 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m., Friday, at St. Therese Catholic Church.  Interment at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha.

Born May 17, 1962, Francisca is the daughter of Flora Palacios and Silvestre Uribe.  

Left to cherish her memory:

Husband, Juan Monroy

Adriana Monroy (Juan Ramirez)
Juan Monroy (Marilee Gonzalez)
Norma Monroy
Isaac Monroy

Dezi Gonzalez
Mallaki Monroy
Jonathan Ramirez
Jose Ramirez
Madelee Monroy
Mila Monroy
Mia Monroy

Brothers and Sisters:
Pedro Uribe
Juan Uribe
Manuel Uribe
Antonio Uribe
Trinidad Uribe
Maria del Refugio Uribe
Silvestre Uribe III

Several friends and other family.

Preceded in death by her parents, Flora Palacios and Silvestre Uribe; and brothers, Goyo Uribe and Silvestre Uribe II.

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


Ruth Bishop, 83, of Cleveland, passed away Friday, March 4, 2022, in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelby County. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate.

Born July 27, 1938, in Pasadena, Ruth is the daughter of Myrle Bigham and Lawrence Chandler.

She is survived by:

Bobby Allgood of Cleveland
Randy Allgood of Cleveland
Larry Allgood and wife Lisa of Porter

Bridget Magby and husband Dustin of Center
Erin and husband Alex Grape of Plantersville
Randall Allgood and wife Taylor of Montgomery

Bobby Allgood
Ashton Magby
Corbin Magby
Parker Grape
Grant Allgood

Sisters, Alice Ansley and Jerrie Chandler both of Gary

Preceded in death by husband, Bobby Allgood; husband, Jessie Lee Bishop; parents, Myrle Bigham and Lawrence Chandler; brothers, Homer Dean Chandler, Noble Ray Chandler, and Tom Paul Chandler; sister, Evelyn Fraizer.

Pallbearers will be Randall Allgood, Alex Grape, Drue Michel, Bobby Allgood, Tom Ansley, and Jerry Allgood. Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Juana Bowlin McCann, 88, of Stonewall, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas with visitation at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Ramah Cemetery. Bro. David Radford will officiate.

Born March 2, 1934, Juana is the daughter of Elsie Godwin and Benjamin Morris Bowlin Sr. She retired as a Registered Nurse. Her hobbies included yardwork, gardening, sewing, and playing Skip Bo. Juana served as a Girl Scout leader for many years and also a member of North DeSoto Church of God. She enjoyed traveling on mission trips to Alaska and Dominican Republic.

She is survived by:

Kathy and husband Fred Ebey of Stonewall, Louisiana
Paula and husband Rex Pitman of Shreveport, Louisiana
Elaine McCann of Stonewall, Louisiana

Fred Ebey III and wife Cara
John Ebey and wife Merideth
James Pitman
Chad Pitman and wife Amy

Hunter Ebey
Hayden Ebey
Hannah Ebey
Addison Ebey
Izabella Pitman
Riley Pitman

Mary Griffith of Turkey Creek, Louisiana
Yvonne Stearns of Houston
Sister-in-law, Frances Bowlin of Tenaha

Also numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by husband, James R. McCann; parents, Elsie Godwin and Benjamin Morris Bowlin Sr.; brothers, B.M. Bowlin Jr., Warren Mac Bowlin, and Ted Wayne Bowlin.

Pallbearers will be Fred Ebey III, John Ebey, Chad Pitman, Riley Pitman, Mike Perry, and Keith Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be James Pitman, Hunter Ebey, and Hayden Ebey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to North DeSoto Church of God Building Fund, 2045 Highway 171, Stonewall, Louisiana, 71078. Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com.


Ricky Ford, 62, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on March 2, 2022. He was born on November 3, 1959, in Rogers, Arkansas, to the late Buster Ford and Bobbie Hicks.  A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Here are the words of Ricky’s children on how much their dad meant to them: Not only was he a great husband to our mom, but he was also the best dad, Pop-Pop, and Grandpa there was.  Dad was the most selfless person I have ever met.  He made sure everyone was taken care of before he considered himself.  He gave the best advice and seemed to have the right words to say for any situation no matter what it was.  Dad has taught me everything I know.  Dad taught me how to be a family man and how to be a father.  Family was everything to dad, he made sure he passed that on to his kids, grandkids, and family.  I will be hitting you old fishing holes for you soon.  I love you, Dad.

My dad made me the man I am today. He always believed in me and pushed me to be better than him.  He’s where I learned my work ethic, and my handyman skills, and to be a father.  He was my favorite baseball coach and hunting buddy.  Words cannot describe how much I am going to miss this man, and not being able to give him a call when I have a question that only he can answer.  I love you dad.

There are absolutely no words to express the pain and heartache that I and our family feels.  I will cherish all our good moments and memories and will hold on to them forever.  Our relationship was far from what it could have been, but these last few weeks have shown me how much more of you I am than I ever believed.  I will think about you every time I move my foot to sleep, every penny I pinch, and every deer I see.  I’m proud to have made you a grandpa and I know your legacy will live on through all 9 of your Grandkids.  Until we meet again, I love you dad, love always, your daughter.

Ricky is survived by: 

His Loving wife of 30 years, Teresa Broadway Ford

Jordan Ford and wife, Lainey, 
Bradley Ford and wife, Abigail
Robert Christopher Ford and wife, Lindsay

Daughter, Kristi Rosas and husband, Isaac

Jackie Ford and wife, Terry
Timothy Harold Ford and wife, Betty
Phillip Ford and wife, Lori

Paisley Ford
Landry Ford
Maverick Ford
Molly Jean Ford
Briley Ford
Jacob Rosas
Lillyana Rosas
Macilyn Rosas
Noah Rosas

Numerous nieces and nephews

He is preceded in death by his father, Buster Ford; step-mother, Violet Ford; mother, Bobbie Hicks; sister-in-law, Kay Ford; and mother-in-law, Peggy Broadway; nephew, Tyler Ford.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth LaVerne Baldwin Stephens went home to be with her Heavenly Father on March 1, 2022 at the age of 91.

A service celebrating her life will begin with visitation at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4th, followed by a memorial at 2:00 at Woods New Hope Baptist Church in Panola County. Her pastor, Rodney Puryear will conduct the ceremony with interment to follow at the nearby Woods Cemetery under the direction of Watson and Sons Funeral Home.

Ruth started her life’s journey on July 28, 1930 in the Woods Post Office Community as she entered the lives of her devoted parents, Clarence and Bessie Lee Baldwin. Born in a small wood framed unpainted house built by family members, she was joined 18 months later by sister, Fannie. Her educational path led her to Woods School until 8th grade, then transferred to Carthage ISD. When the oil and gas boom hit and the school became overcrowded, she finished her senior year, graduating with the 1947 Class of Tenaha HS. Furthering her training she attended Satterwhite Business College in Lufkin Texas. She was employed by Lufkin Motor Company as Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Lynn Metteauer until her first retirement.

She met and married Collis Stephens, Sept 2, 1950. Lufkin offered a wonderful life for the couple as they made steadfast friends through church who loved to travel and fish together. Collis, a self-trained carpenter, built 3 beautiful homes, and offered affordable houses for many young couples. Every summer they entertained their nieces and nephews during days of movies, driving lessons and bowling. During this time they had a special young man enter their lives. Danny Mott filled a void as they had no children, and they learned how to parent during his teenage years. Because of their support and mentoring he and his wife, Marivel, have remained close to her.

When her father became ill, Ruth and Collis built a beautiful ranch style home, returning her back to her Woods roots. They both took part and renewed fellowship at Woods New Hope Baptist Church where she served as treasurer for many years. Mission Trips and building projects honored God and man. Ruth could not totally retire as she became employed by John Cain & Associates and those steep stairs kept her in shape through her 70s. Bookkeeping and taxes were always on her mind as she saved copies of everything...just in case she might need them for an IRS audit.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, husband and Collis’s parents, Clyde and Lena Stephens, his brothers and sisters, and brother in law, Dock Watson.

Left to cherish her memory are:

Fannie Baldwin Watson
Brenda and Gene Giles
Glenda and Charlie Leflett
Steven Watson
Danny and Marivel Mott

Special cousins were dear to her heart as were great nieces, nephews and a host of friends who added much joy.

A special thanks to caregiver, Renae Riddle Courtney, during the last months of her life for her constant care.

Pallbearers: Gene Giles, David Fleming, Charles Humphries, Tom Knight, David Humphries, James Knight, Dustin Knight, and Sam Watson

Memorials may be given to:
Woods New Hope Baptist Church, PO Box 670, Tenaha, TX 75974
Woods Volunteer Fire Dept., 208 CR 425, Tenaha, TX 75974

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


Calvin Osby, 58 of Timpson, passed away Tuesday morning, March 1, 2022 at his residence in Timpson.

Funeral service is at 11am Saturday, March 5 at Smith Chapel Baptist Church. Visitation is Friday, March 4, 2022 from 10am until 5pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Timpson. A second visitation will be one hour prior to funeral service at Smith Chapel Baptist Church. Interment is at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson with Rev. Mario Osby officiating.

He is survived by:

Kelondia (Rahkeen) Coleman of Houston
Kekeia Osby of Houston

6 Grandchildren

Faye (Larry) Johnson of Timpson
Brenda Galston of Dallas

Brother, Alford Osby of Houston

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


Obie Jones was born August 4, 1951 and passed away February 27, 2022. He was a member of White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

Funeral Services for Obie Jones, 70, of Nacogdoches, TX, will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in the chapel of Watson and Son’s Funeral Home in Center, TX, with Greg Sutis and Brandon Jones officiating. Interment will follow in White Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:00 P.M. until service time on Wednesday.

He is survived by:

Wife, Cynda Hooper-Jones

Keith Jones and wife Tasha of Joaquin
Brandon Jones and wife Amanda of West Monroe, Louisiana

David Jones and wife Ann of Santa Fe, Texas
Rickey Jones and wife Melissa of Woden

Sister, Nelda Jones-Chandler and husband Tommy of Nacogdoches

Aaron Jones and wife Brittany
Easton Jones
Camden Jones
Caleb Jones
Kaylee Jones

Braxton Jones
Peyton Jones
Atley Oliver
Jaxon Jones
Dawson Jones

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

Pallbearers will be Alan Hooper, Robert Hooper, Randal Gilchrist, Michael Chandler, Davy Jones, and Marlie McSwain.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ocey Jones and Iva Nell Bright-Jones; brother, Osie Lee Jones; and sister, Bonnie Jones-Whitehead.

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


Mary Taylor Glasgow, 93 of Tucson, Arizona and formerly of Joaquin, Texas, passed away September 15, 2020 in Tucson. She was born in Joaquin on May 9, 1927.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Dale Edward Glasgow. They were married from October 27, 1945 to January 13, 2000.

She is survived by:

James H. Glasgow
Mary Kathleen Glasgow
Neil Edward Glasgow
Michael Taylor Glasgow
Cynthia Walker Glasgow

Grandmother to 13

Great-Grandmother to 14

Mary was a “Rosie the Riveter” who helped build Consolidated B-24 Bombers at a Dallas, Texas facility.

Mary Taylor Glasgow lived a long, full, life where she enjoyed being with her family, traveling to exotic locations around the world, Country Music, Sunday Church and most important of all embracing Jesus Christ as Her Savior. Mary’s earthly remains will be interred next to her husband at Jackson Baptist Church Cemetery in Joaquin.

End of life care was entrusted to Angel Valley Funeral Home, Tucson, Arizona.


Roger “Disco Roger” Grace, 72 of Timpson, Texas, died on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at his residence. Mr. Grace was born to the late Robert Grace and Elizabeth Griffin Grace.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at First United Smyrna Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas at 2pm. Rev. Charleston Johnson will be officiating. Visitation is Friday, March 4, 2022, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Committal is at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

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

He is survived by:

Nephew, Roderick Yarbrough of Ft. Worth, Texas

Theresa Yarbrough Black (Ryan) of Grand Prairie, Texas
April Grace of Virginia

Horce Grace of Killeen, Texas
Kenneth Goodwin of Timpson, Texas
Keith Riggins of Timpson, Texas
Roy Riggins (Linda) of Carthage, Texas

Theresa Pitts of Timpson, Texas
Remona Taylor (Carl Jr.) Houston, Texas
Lisa McClure (Aubrey) Timpson, Texas

Cousin, Lillian Holmes of Houston, Texas

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


Elbert Porter, 83, entered into his heavenly home Friday, February 25, 2022.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 28, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Elbert was born October 20, 1938, to John and Velma Porter. He went to work for Sante Fe railroad where he was a part of the bridge gang. He retired in September 2000, after 33 years.

Elbert loved God and was a member of Mt. Calvary Church. He spent his retired time working in the yard with his dogs Lulu and Leroy. He was a devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed playing with the grandkids as much as possible. He took pride in his family and never missed anything they were involved in. He was also a Master Mason at the Shelbyville Lodge for more than fifty two years.

Elbert is survived by:

Daughter, Brenda and Ronny Hogue

Linda Whittlesey
Patsy and Elbert Jones

Ricky and Christina Sims
Michael Sims and Brandi
Jennifer Matthews
Daphne Lovell
Amber Frazier
Dewayne Jones
Candy Hogue
Jolene Hogue
Brad Hogue

Paige and James Jones
Mallory Sims
Tre Sims and Kaitland
Trent Sims
Trace Sims
Trinity Sims
Ella Mathews
Porter Matthews
Christian Clark

Great-great-granddaughter, Paislee Sims

Special nieces:
GeGe Byrd
Diane Carrol

Adopted daughter, Gwen Hutto

Preceded in death by wife, Wilda Porter; parents, John and Velma Porter; siblings, Bernice Campbell, Ruby Kee Bolton, Helen Joy Dennis; two step grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Darryl McDaniel, Randy Dennis, Vic Cooper, Greg McDonald, Jason Wells, and Shannon Shofner. Honorary pallbearers will be Tre Sims, Trent Sims, Trace Sims, James Jones, Porter Matthew, and Ron Wherry.

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