Naomi Goodwyn, 94 of Center, died on January 18, 2021, at Focus Care Nursing Home in Center, Texas. Mrs. Goodwyn was born on April 17, 1926 to George Greer and Emily Mathis Greer.

Graveside service will be Saturday, January 23, 2021 at St. John Cemetery in the Africa Community at 1:30 P.M. Bro. Marlin Cloudy will be officiating.

She is survived by:

Sister, Wyomia Allen of Dallas

Brother-in-law, Jim Yarbrough of Center

Sister-in-law, Mozell Smith of Center

A host of nieces and nephews 

Visitation will be Friday, January 22, 2021 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and graveside 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.


Nancy Carolyn Moore, 80, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021, in Waco.

Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 22, 2021, at New Hope Cemetery in Center with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  

Born June 8, 1940, in Center, Ms. Moore is the daughter of the late Ruby and Robert Adams Sr.  Her hobby was fishing.

She is survived by: 
Her children: 
Franklin Moore of Carthage
Jimmy Moore and wife Wanda of Hemphill
Cynthia Barbee of Garrison
JoAnn Sigler and husband Rick of Waco
Joe Glenn Moore and wife Dina of Erwin
Tennessee, and Jerry Moore of Nacogdoches

Timothy Moore
Mary Moore
Michelle Gann
Jimmy Earl Moore
Megan Clark
Crystal Epps
Ruben Soto
Jacob Soto
Christopher Williams
Rachel Williams
April Moore
Michael Moore
Eric Moore
Nicolas Moore
Brandon Moore

Numerous great-grandchildren

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Moore; mother, Ruby Belsha; father, Robert Adams Sr.; brother, Robert Adams Jr.; and sister, Vera Nimitz.

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


Betsy Elaine Burke made her peaceful transition to heaven on January 7, 2021, after a brief COVID-related illness in Austin, Texas. She was born to Ward Rankin and Anna Belle Burke on June 15, 1950, in Lufkin, Texas

Betsy was born with the challenges and the blessings of Downs Syndrome. Her birth in 1950 became the genesis of many lasting contributions her parents made to Texas residents living with mental health and developmental disabilities. Her parents lived with faith-in-action daily and chose to accept Betsy’s challenges as their “call to action.” 

They also contributed their talents to the creation and improvement of many local and state programs to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health issues, and/or physical challenges, including the Burke Center, Austin State School, Austin State Supported Living Center, Lufkin State School, Lufkin Independent School District, Lufkin Adult Learning Center and Lufkin Workshop and Opportunity Center.

The Burke family enjoyed working with other parents and leaders to continuously create new solutions and opportunities to improve access to education for students of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, Mr. Burke served as a member and Chairman of the Former State Board of the Texas Department of Mental Health Mental Retardation, the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers, the Burke Center (formerly Deep East Texas MHMR Services). 

Sweet Betsy, as her family liked to call her, lived a full and happy life and will be remembered as “living in the moment,” “overflowing with joy,” and always happy to make new friends. Her family ensured that she engaged with the community on every level; from Sunday School and church services to public school, Girl Scouts, dance classes, choir, parties, summer camps, fishing, campouts, cooking, music lessons, flying on an airplane, going on a cruise, fine art events, and volunteering. And it was through these activities that Betsy touched so many lives and, in turn, was blessed by so many people from all walks of life. 

Betsy graduated ‘beaming with joy’ at age 21 from Lufkin High School as the first student graduating from the Special Education Program. A fond family memory is her walking across the stage and receiving a spontaneous, cheering ovation led by her classmates and the entire audience.

Shortly after graduation, Betsy moved into a group home sponsored by the Burke Center, which provides services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Betsy continued to thrive and enjoy many of her favorite activities. Specifically, she loved working every day until age 68 in community day habilitation centers at either the Burke Center Workshop or the Lufkin Workshop and Opportunity Center, or the Oak Creek Center Day Habilitation and Vocational Center. At work,  she enjoyed performing a variety of jobs, which created the opportunity for her and other adults with various disabilities to become outstanding citizens contributing to the value of the community. 

What she liked BEST about working was she got paid! She was thrilled to go on Saturday shopping trips with her housemates. And then, on Sunday, she proudly put some of her paycheck in the church offering plate!  She was a chartered member of the First Baptist Church Special Education Department. 

She also liked to attend many activities sponsored by the East Texas Fun Bunch, Inc. (ETFB) – a non-profit organization whose mission was to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual, physical, and/or developmental disabilities and related conditions by offering them recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities.  These additional services are still available for people attending day habilitation programs, nursing/retirement homes, and for those living in the community through the ETFB scholarship fund at Angelina College.

The family would like to extend gratitude and appreciation to all persons whose purpose and mission in life was and remains to be not only to improve and enrich Betsy's life but enhance the lives of other citizens with physical, mental, and/or emotional challenges. Thank you for dedicating your time, talent, gifts, and money to support and improve programs that benefit those in need.

Betsy is survived by:

Marilyn Ruth Burke of Austin/Cozumel
Barbara Smith (who lovingly and attentively shared Betsy's 70-year journey)

Brother-in-law, James (Jim) M. Wong

Nephew, Ben C. Smith, Jr., his wife Sara

Grandnieces, grandnephews, first and second cousins.

If you would like to honor Betsy’s legacy and support others, the family requests donations are given to the (1) Betsy Elaine Burke Scholarship Fund (BEB) and/or the (2) Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and/or the (3) East Texas Fun Bunch (ETFB) Scholarship at Angelina College, P.O. Box 1768, Lufkin, Texas 75902 (Phone #: 936-633-5386), and/or your favorite charity.

On a future date, there will be a memorial service for her at Austin State Supported Living Center, the last place she resided.

Condolences can be submitted at allfaithsonline.com


Jackie Marie Ramsey, 90, of Timpson, Texas, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2021 in Garrison Texas. She was born on March 2, 1930 in Longstreet, Louisiana, to the late E. L. B. Fuller and Odessa (Gates) Fuller. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Corinth Baptist Church, FM 1970N, Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Bro. Carroll Jones and Bro. Justin Timmons officiating. 

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10AM at Corinth Baptist Church, Timpson.

Jackie finished school and met the love of her life, James A. Ramsey. The two were married April 30, 1947 and had two children, Larry and Jacqueline.  Jackie enjoyed spending time in her flower garden, cooking for others, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.  She was outside oftentimes watering her flowers, fruit trees, and shrubs.  Her kind, compassionate, yet stern demeanor made her the person she was.  Many knew Ms. Jackie as Granny Ramsey.  She kept many children over the years in her home.  Granny Ramsey made sure they were treated as her own.  She absolutely adored each child that was in her care.  She loved the Lord and served him through her church, Corinth Baptist Church.

Jackie is survived by: 
Her son, Larry Ramsey and wife Kathy

Daughter, Jacqueline Samford and husband JW

10 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren

Brother, Gerald Fuller

Mary Ann Dozier
Jeanette Lee

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly

She is preceded in death by her husband, James A. Ramsey; parents, E.L.B. and Odessa Fuller; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters; and one great granddaughter. 

Pallbearers serving will be Rick Napier, Colton Ramsey, Gabriel Ramsey, John Lawrence, Doy Cantrell, Lane Cantrell.  

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.


Ira J. Caraway, 63 of Tenaha, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 in a crash in Nacogdoches County.

Funeral services will be Saturday January 23, 2021 held at First Assembly of God Church, 652 Houston Street, Timpson, Texas 75975 at 11am. Mask are required to help prevent Covid-19.

Ira James Caraway was born on September 20, 1957 in Timpson, Texas. He was the third of nine children, born to the parentage of Odell and Sammie Caraway.

At an early age, he joined New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church where he attended and served as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, head of Pastor Aide Committee until his death.

He attended and graduated from Timpson High School in 1976. He attended SFA where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in animal science and agriculture. He worked at Eaton Power Systems (formerly Cooper Power Systems) for 40 plus years. He loved his family, church, sports and helping anyone who asked.

Left behind to cherish his memories are:

Loving wife of 30 years, Jessie Caraway

Kim (Floyd) Perkins
Brittney (Bradley) Boyd
Glennard (Lydia) Tilley
Tyreell (Dawn) Arterberry
Adrian Caraway
London Toston

Lee Dale Caraway
Reverend Rayford (Judie) Caraway
Nathan (Karen) Caraway
Dorothy (Reverend Ricky) Cartwright
Janice (Patrick) Garrett
Teresa (Reverend Mario) Osby
Shaneeta (Reverend Derrick) Rhodes

Beloved Grandchildren:
Denim Toston
Seven Toston
Cruz Tilley
Dallas Tilley
Channing Tilley
Braxton Perkins
Gabrielle Perkins
Lauryn Boyd
Faith Boyd

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

He is preceded in death by parents, Odell and Sammie Lee Caraway; sisters, Lue Nell Caraway and Sandra Faye Caraway Lane; and daughter, Laura Reed.

Funeral services under the care of Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Carrol Harvey Jernigan, 77 of Tenaha, TX passed away Saturday January 9th in Nacogdoches Tx due to Covid 19.

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held on January 25th at 6:30pm at Haslem Baptist Church in Joaquin, TX due to his wishes of cremation.

Carrol retired from his job at Tipton Ford Nacogdoches, TX of over 30 years and moved to the Logansport, La / Joaquin, TX area to be close to his children. Carrol spent time working and helping his children and grandchildren with multiple business ventures.

Carrol was a member of The Corrigan Masonic Lodge #1103 in Corrigan, TX, He was also a member of FBC Haslem in Joaquin, TX where he was active for years with the food pantry and multiple other areas in the Church.

Carrol met his best friend and prayer partner of 15 years Mrs. Johnnie Bass at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Stanley, La. They spent the last 15 years running trot lines, hunting and taking care of each other. Carrol was his happiest frying fish for family and friends. They made their home for the last 5 years in Tenaha, TX. You could find Carrol working on the Farm with Tommy & Jan or with Carl building shelves, porches or anything that needed done. There wasn’t much that Carrol couldn’t do.

Carrol believed in the Lord and knew that he would join him when his time was done on earth. At Family gatherings everyone always joked about his long prayers before meals. He wanted his family to know how much God meant and how important it was to thank him for family and time together. Carrol loved reading and studying his Bible.

He is survived by:

Partner, Mrs. Johnnie Bass of Tenaha

Son, Carl Jernigan and wife Vickie of Tenaha

Jan Rinkle and husband Tommy of Tenaha
Diane Pitts and husband Tony of Logansport, LA
Kaye Bossier and husband Donny of Logansport, LA

Heather Harbison
Jennifer Forrest
Jessica Tompkins
Jacob Pitts
James Pitts
Juliane Pitts
Joshua Jernigan
Lauren Smith
Zachary Bossier
Morgan Watson

12 great-grandchildren and 3 that will be born this year.

Letha Mae Watson of Conroe, TX
Margaret Nell Burlin and husband Robert of Humble, TX

Numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Carrol is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Florene Jernigan, Daughter, Shannon Jernigan; Sisters Catherine Puntch and husband John, Patsy Morrison and husband Charles, Corene Jernigan.

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


Elizabeth “Beth” McCauley, 72, of Center, TX passed away on January 17, 2021. Born on May 21, 1948 to Willis Walton and Fay (Nunn) Chiles.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home in Center, TX with a Graveside Service at 2:00 PM at Old Hardin Cemetery in Kountze, TX.

She was a loving mother, wife, friend, and devoted Christian.

She is survived by:

Her loving husband of 18 years, Bobby Lee McCauley

Daughter, Joy Lynett Fleming and husband, Jeremy, of Center

Tara Darlene Rash of Center
Rhonda Proffitt and husband, Darrell, of Center

Joel Chiles and wife, Martha, of Gainesville, GA
Daniel Chiles and wife, Michelle, of Arp, TX

Darlene Walker and husband, Jim, of Ben Wheeler, TX
Joyce Ellen Holton and husband, John, of Sanger, TX

Rileigh Peyton Windham
Jaydon Fleming
Jerin Fleming
Jaxon Fleming

Austin Miller and wife, Sheri, of Lakeport, TX
Morgan Walker of Carthage

Numerous nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren and close friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Fay Chiles and her brother, Bill Walton Chiles.

Funeral Services are being managed by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, TX. The online guestbook can be signed at www.mangumfh.net


Walter Harold Baty was born in Anderson County on September 6, 1933. He passed away on January 16, 2021 in Shelbyville, Texas.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2PM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

Harold is survived by: 

Wife of 61 years, Mary Jo Enmon

Walt and wife Kellie of Shelbyville
Will and wife Jill, of Shelbyville

Wade Baty
Ali Baty
Stephanie Zipperer

Brother, Sam Baty and wife Jenni of Houston

Ida Baty of Tyler
Mary McKelvey of Palestine

Billie Bailey
Bettye Baty  

Numerous neices and nephews

Special friend of 65 years, Monty Moore

He is preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Eva Jennings Baty; two brothers, Charles Baty and LeeRoy Baty; two sisters, Leona Wearden and Mickey Johnson; and brother-in-law Sherman Bailey.

Harold was the 5th child in a family of 8. He grew up on the Neches River and attended Neches Public School as a youth.

In 1953 he graduated from Milby High School in Houston and started his college work at the University of Houston.

In 1954, he was drafted into the Army and joined the 82nd Air Borne as a paratrooper and a member of the All-American 504 Red Devils. He spoke fondly of his time in the Military. After serving his country he resumed his college career. He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, working his way through college with no monetary assistance from anyone.

It was at SFA that he met his beautiful wife Mary Jo. They married in 1959 and he began his teaching career in Galveston County at Bay Cliff Elementary School.

In 1962, he joined the faculty at Shelbyville School District as a Math Teacher, later becoming Jr. High Coach, High School Counselor, Jr. High Principal, High School Principal, and later Elementary Principal where he remained until his retirement in 1990 with 30 years in education.
After retiring from school business, he became a full time Farmer/Rancher on his farm in Shelbyville.

Mr. Baty also had religious, civic and professional involvement. Having made a profession of faith at an early age, he has served at various churches throughout his life, and was currently a church member, deacon, and Sunday School Teacher at Ephesus Baptist Church.

He was a 50+ year member of Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32, a member of Gideons International, a Farm Bureau Member, a past Director of the Heritage Land Bank Board, and a past member of Shriner and Scottish Rites. He was a Lifetime Member of Texas State Teachers Association and served as President of the Shelby County Unit when it was active.

During his time as an educator, he was also a farmer/rancher. He started the day by checking at least 4 houses of chickens, driving a school bus route, teaching all day, driving the return bus route, coaching during ball season at night, and to add to that, feeding 3 to 4 herds of cattle plus checking those chickens again every evening. 

He was all of this and a dedicated, loving husband and father to 2 growing boys. Having grown-up without a father that was a good role model, he worked extremely hard to be a good father to his children and always be there for them. He was a man who knew how to work, who taught his boys how to work, and was happiest when he was working the hardest.

No stranger to tragedy, in 1973, his son Walt was almost killed by a hit and run driver. Had it not been for the quick response of him, his son may not have survived. Later Will totaled a brand new pick-up truck and walked away without a scratch. In 1995, Mr. Baty was diagnosed with cancer. He refused to be defeated. In 2020, he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Again he refused to be defeated.

There were triumphs along the way. In 1987, both Will and Walt were married. They brought wonderful daughters into the family, but in 1997 the adoption of Ali, a beautiful little girl, put the icing on the cake. In 1998, the birth of Wade, a handsome young man and the fourth one to carry the initials of “WHB”, gave him “a joy unspeakable.” He was a happy man!

You may have heard him speak of his love for Shelby County. He often said “many are born here, but I chose to live here because of the people.” Harold Baty loved the people, and he especially loved Mr. Enmon, Mary Jo’s father. He loved him as if he were his own father, and Mrs. Enmon was one of his most avid supporters. He loved her dearly.

Harold Baty was not a man of many words. He was a quiet, gentle man who loved greatly. He was an endearing husband, a proud father, adoring grandfather, and a dependable, loving brother and trusted, giving friend. His place is one that will never be filled. He will be greatly missed… but he lived by faith that we will all be together again. 

Pallbearers serving will be Kenneth Hardy, Patrick Nethery, Chuck Bailey, Bradley Lovell, Lamar Rash, and Kevin Greathouse.

Honorary pallbearers serving will be Men of the Men’s Sunday School Class at Ephesus Baptist Church, and Men of Ephesus Baptist Church, Jimmy Strong, James “Tator” Cox, Gerald Corbell, Lane Chambers, and Clint Chambers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideon’s International, 50 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN, 37214.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Marilyn Jane Cooks, 56 of Tenaha, passed away Sunday morning, January 10, 2021 at her residence.

Graveside service is at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas. Interment is at St. John Cemetery with Pastor Pettis officiating.

She is survived by:

Mother, Lou Willie Cooks of Tenaha

Kristen Tutt of Tenaha
Kasey Cook of Tenaha
Bianca Williams of Tenaha

Son, Sean Fuller of Gloster, LA

4 Grandchildren

Sister, Sherry Cooks of Tenaha

Jesse Lee Cooks of Tenaha
Jesse Earl Cooks of Tenaha
Jesse Cooks, Jr. of Tenaha
Jesse John Cooks of Tenaha

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


Mikel Wayne Sanford, 55, of Center, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 3:00 p.m. David Sanford and Chris Dockens will officiate.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mikel was born November 15, 1965, in Center, Texas, to Robert and Nell Newberry Sanford.

He is survived by:

Son, Dustin Sanford of Center

Montanna Sanford of Channelview
Lexie Sanford of Spring

Gracie Sanford
Paisley Windham

Stepson, Bradley Richards of Center

Step-granddaughter, Kiersten Richards of Center

Robert Sanford of Shelbyville, Tennessee
David Sanford and wife Shauna of Center

Linda Adams (O’Neal McCauley) of Nacogdoches
Betty Byrd and husband Bill of Channelview
Oveta Pyburn and husband James of Nashville, Tennessee
Vada Skelton and husband Jimmy of Garrison
Jeannie Moore of Groveton

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Nell Newberry Sanford; brother, W.C. Sanford; sister, Ada Rasberry; and brother-in-law, Granville Rasberry; grandparents, William and Annie Sanford, and Cara and Beatrice Newberry.

Pallbearers will be Chris Dockens, Devin Sanford, Dakota Sanford, Troy Keele, Robert Sneed, Julian Windham, Keith Shields, and Christopher Dockens.

A special thanks to Gwen Grumbles and Tristin Nelams of Affinity Hospice. Also, special thanks to very special friend, Chris Dockens and his mother, Ruth Ann Dockens.

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


Betsy Chambliss, 82, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on January 14th, 2021 in Joaquin, Texas. Born February 23rd, 1938, in Joaquin, Texas, Betsy is the Daughter of W. H. and Ellen Grayson.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00PM on Friday, January 15th, 2021 at Strong Cemetery in Shelby County. 

Betsy was a Pioneer servant in the ministry of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 17 years and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Betsy was survived by:

Husband, Burron (Benny) Chambliss of 68 years

Son, Phillip Chambliss and Leann of Huxley, TX

Daughter, Lori Davis and husband Ronnie of Joaquin, TX

Sister, Alene Whiddon and husband James of Joaquin, TX

Tory Chambliss and wife Layla
Titus Chambliss and wife Wendi
Taylor Baez and husband David
Thatcher Chambliss
Karsten Davis and wife Carla
Nolan Chambliss and wife Heather
Hannah Carroll and husband Draper
Caitlyn Raybon and husband Lonny
Brian Chambliss
Joey Chambliss
Tazsa Chambliss
Kara Chambliss
Aydin Davis

Numerous Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren

Host of family and friends.

Preceded in death by her Parents – W.H. and Ellen Grayson, Sons- Tony Chambliss, Clovis Chambliss, Grandson- Ron Davis, Brothers-Tommy Alton Grayson, Paul Grayson and wife Ana, Sister- Susan Kawaja and husband Dean.

Special thank you to Affinity Hospice for their love and care to the family.

In lieu of flowers and Donations be made to: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 3751 Loop 500 E, Center, TX, 75935.

Services under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Barbara Jean Brown Kirsch, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021, at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville with visitation held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Edward Newman will officiate.

Born January 1, 1949, in Houston, Barbara is the daughter of the late Alvin Brown and Allie Rea Sample Brown. She was a singer, songwriter, and a pianist.  Barbara was a member of Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

She is survived by:

Husband, Thomas M. Kirsch of Shelbyville

James Gazaway and wife Stephanie of Fort Worth
Danny Gazaway of Goober Hill
Benjamin Gazaway of Denver

Grandchildren: Elizabeth, Caleb, Katherine, Joshua, and Harold Gazaway

Donna and Ted Nordin of Fort Worth
Paula and Nikos Psihudakis of Houston

Nephew, Mike Smith

Niece, Sherry Howard

Preceded in death by her parents, Alvin Brown and Allie Rea Sample Brown; and sister, Sandra Brown.

Pallbearers will be James Gazaway, Danny Gazaway, Benjamin Gazaway, Caleb Gazaway, and Joshua Gazaway.

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


Mary Lou Lout, 70, of Center, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021, in Center.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 9am. Bro. Andy Wilson and Bro. Dathan Triplett will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Cody Russell, Garret Hill, Matt Arnett, Taylor Talavera, Brad Windham, John Phillip Windham, Michael Windham, Chuck Bussey, Darren Wiggins, and Rodney Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be Richard Tomlin, Kinnie Adams, Kenneth Lout, Juan Salavador, Mike Lengl, and David Hailey.

Born November 15, 1950, Mary Lou is the daughter of the late Malcolm Lee Bussey and Mattie Lou Steele Bussey. She was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Susan Penick and husband Brandon of Center
Joanna Birdwell and husband Del of Center
Charlie Lout and wife Rachel of Nacogdoches

Mallory Russell and husband Cody
Morgan Hill and husband Garret
Bethany Arnett and husband Matt
Brynna Birdwell and boyfriend Taylor Talavera
Levi Birdwell
Aidan Lout
Keaton Lout
Maddox Lout

Sister-in-law, Linda Dreyer of Center

Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lout; parents, Malcolm Lee Bussey and Mattie Lou Steele Bussey; sister, Barbara Windham; brother, Charlie Mac Bussey; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maxie and Ruby Lee Lout; sister-in-law, Lucretia Bussey; and brother-in-law, John Dean Windham.

Mary Lou attended Center Public schools, the Hockaday School in Dallas, and graduated in May of 1969 from Center High School. She met the love of her life, Howard Lout, soon after and they married on December 23, 1969. Except for a short time attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, they made their home in Center, Texas where they reared three children.  After 50 years of marriage, Howard was called home this past April. She missed him greatly and joined him in Heaven on January 11, nine months to the day later. 

Mary Lou was a gifted writer, putting her talents to use in her chosen profession as a journalist. She worked at the East Texas Light Newspaper, the Light and Champion, and the Shelby Countian. She was widely known for her storytelling, photography, and her ability to turn a business idea into an eye-catching newspaper ad. Her REAL claim to fame, however, was her long-running humor column, “Off the Wall.” Described as part Erma Bombeck, part Andy Griffith, her column was enjoyed far and wide as she related the hilarity of her family and community’s everyday life as only she could.  

As co-owner of Lout Furniture Showrooms, or  “The Sunshine Place” as it was better known, her signature color, yellow, became evident in everything she touched - yellow furniture store, yellow Lincoln Mark 5, yellow delivery trucks for the furniture store. She liked those happy colors! 
Later in life, she taught 5th and 6th grades at Christian Learning Center and Center Christian Academy. 

Her most cherished title by far was the one of “Mammy” (as she was known to her grands.) She was immensely proud of each one and their accomplishments. She left her grandkids with treasured memories and a wonderful legacy. When she found out that she would be promoted to “Great Grand Mammy'' in April of 2021, she was over the moon. No doubt, her little Mooter would have been spoiled ROTTEN. 

She loved spending time with family, especially on trips to the beach. She loved being AT the beach, not necessarily ON the beach. 
She gave her life completely to Jesus at Campti Pentecostal Church and more recently attended Center First United Pentecostal Church where she was involved in various ministries over the years.

In her own words: 
“The most important things in my life are my Lord, my church, my family, and my friends. I always loved to find humor in everyday situations and believe that ‘a merry heart doeth good like a medicine’.”

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


Linda Merle Christian Bomar was born on December 29, 1947 in Center, Texas to Clarence Whitfield and Bernadine Leetch Christian. She attended Shelbyville Schools from grades 1-12. She continued her education at Panola College and graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She was an excellent student and received many academic awards.

She married Irvin Bomar in 1979 and they lived in Montana for a few years. They returned to Texas and remained. She taught elementary school at Shelbyville, then began working in the banking industry. She has been employed by Farmers State Bank for 20 years, working as an Executive Assistant in the Loan Department, for Terry Allen. She was a dedicated employee and cared deeply for her fellow employees.

Linda was a member of The Jackson Missionary Baptist Church and loved her Sunday School Class where she occasionally taught the lesson. She enjoyed traveling and recently made a trip to Ireland where one of the stops was home to her Mother’s ancestors. She loved sharing news about her Family, Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren.

Linda is survived by:

Beloved husband, Irvin, of Joaquin

Teresa Lemoine and husband, Joey
Mylinda Barter and husband, Alan
Tana Miller and husband, Austin

Crystal Kennon and husband, William
Alexander Barter
Jeremiah Lemoine and wife, Alex
Whitney Lemoine McLemore and husband, Patrick
Kiara Guzman
Skylar Barter
Alana McKenney
Elisha McKenney

Aaliyah Lemoine
Jenaveve Lemoine
Alivia McLemore
Isabella McLemore
Emma Kennon
Christian Kennon

Millie Alford and husband Rick
Laura Christian

Brother, Wayne Christian and wife Ava

Many nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends.

Linda was truly a beautiful Soul and always had words of encouragement for everyone. When learning of her death, her nephew, Brian, had these words to share, “A better place indeed! In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye… is exactly how fast our Lord took hold of your Mom this morning… I won’t pretend there won’t be sadness or pain because we miss her. But we haven’t lost her - we know EXACTLY where she is. She is in Heaven with Our Lord and Her Savior!” Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (I Cor.15:55) “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (John Donne) Jesus has overcome the grave. Now, we look forward to a glorious reunion.” Rest in Peace, Our Beautiful Linda.

Funeral service will be held at Noon, Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation at 11:00 a.m. Bro. David Long will officiate.  Interment will be held at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

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


Jimmy Earl “Flick” Bratchett, age 72, of San Augustine, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Pine Grove Nursing Center in Center, Texas.

Graveside service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Mt. Dena Cemetery with Rev. Michael Jenkins officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Katie Miles Bratchett of Lufkin

Son, Robert Earl Bratchett (Yolanda) of Lufkin

Daughter, Joyce Casandra Bratchett Johnson of San Augustine

9 grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren

Brother, J. T. Bratchett of San Augustine

Beatrice Weathered of San Augustine
Rosie Bluford of San Augustine
Nancy Gray of Center
Carrie Boykins (E. B.) of Center
Alma Walker (Royce) of Center

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

Services are entrusted to Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


Maria Santos Martinez, 82, of Center, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Pastor Enrique Perez officiating.

Maria was born November 1, 1938, in Jalpilla, Guanajuato, Mexico, to Isaac Martinez and Elvira Gamez.  She loved cooking and gardening.

She is survived by:

Catalina de Perales
Faustino Ruiz
Cesareo Ruiz
Anjel Ruiz
Maria de Santana
Silvia de Morales
Lauro Ruiz

She is preceded in death by her husband, Catarino Ruiz; and her children, Antonio Sanchez and Avel Ruiz.

Pallbearers will be Faustino Ruiz, Anjel Ruiz, Lauro Ruiz, and Rafael Morales.

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

María Santos Martínez, 82, del Center, falleció el Sábado 9 de Enero de 2021, en Center.

El servicio se llevará a cabo a 3:00 p.m., el Lunes 11 de Enero de 2021, en el Oaklawn Memorial Park en Center con el Pastor Enrique Pérez oficiando.

María nació el 1 de Noviembre de 1938 en Jalpilla, Guanajuato, México, hija de Isaac Martínez y Elvira Gamez. Le encantaba cocinar y jardinería.

Le sobreviven sus hijos, Catalina de Perales, Faustino Ruiz, Cesareo Ruiz, Anjel Ruiz, María de Santana, Silvia de Morales y Lauro Ruiz.

Ella es precedida en la muerte por su marido, Catarino Ruiz; y sus hijos, Antonio Sánchez y Avel Ruiz.

Los portadores del féretro serán Faustino Ruiz, Anjel Ruiz, Lauro Ruiz y Rafael Morales.

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar en www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Roy Edward Noble, 83, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Bro. Luke Garrett and Bro. Lawrence Thompson will officiate.

Roy was born November 1, 1937, in Center, Texas, to Roy Leon Noble and Fleta Leona Noble. He had a passion for flying airplanes. His entire career was centered on the United States Air Force, FAA, and Civil Service at Barksdale Air Force Base, where he retired in 1994. He married his best friend, Joyce Baggett Noble, in 1992.

He is survived by:

Wife, Joyce Baggett Noble

Son, Curt Noble and wife Jennifer of Houston, TX

Misty Colvard and husband Mathew of Waxahachi, TX
Joel Bumback and husband Mike of Joaquin, TX
Dawn Hutchins and husband Jacob of Joaquin, TX

Justin and Courtney Noble, Ty and Hunter Kiser of Houston, TX
Mickey, Madeleine, Max, Miles, Matthias, Mackenzie, and Mitchell Colvard of Waxahachie, TX
Tyler McSwain and wife Peyton, Bailee Smith and husband Cole of Joaquin, TX
Michael Bumback of Huntsville, TX, and Luke Bumback of Tinton Falls, NJ
Dawson and Deakon Kay, and Harlow Hutchins of Joaquin, TX

Landry and John Tyler McSwain of Joaquin, TX

Sister, Geraldine Tomlin of Beaumont, TX

Hazel Brittain of Garrison, TX
Ella Manshack and Wayne Baggett of Center, TX

Brother-in-law, Pete Baggett and wife Sharon of Garrison, TX

Many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents, Roy Leon and Fleta Leona Noble; brothers, Jerry and Roger Noble; sisters, Syble Adkison and husband Bo and Vivian LaMerle Rozell; brothers-in-law, Ramsey Tomlin, James Manshack, and Buddy Baggett.

Pallbearers will be Justin Noble, Tyler McSwain, Mickey Colvard, Dawson Kay, Max Colvard, Miles Colvard, Matthias Colvard, and Deakon Kay.

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


Karen Denise Wilkinson, 56, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with service held at 1:00 p.m.

Born December 17, 1964, in Gonzalez, Karen is the daughter of the late Raymond Mikesh Sr. and Betty Rhodes Mikesh.

She is survived by: 

Her daughter, Christy Lynn Dutton and husband William

Stepson, Tommy Joe Wilkinson

10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren

Angel Rogers
Betsy Byrd

Brother, Raymond “Bubba” Mikesh Jr.  

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Frank Wilkinson; son, Joseph Windham; parents, Raymond Mikesh Sr. and Betty Rhodes Mikesh; brother, Marty Mikesh; and sister, Janice Mikesh.

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


Juston Michael Lout, 39, was born January 14, 1981 to Mike and Patricia Lout, of Shelbyville. He gained his wings on January 7, 2021.

Services will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2pm at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel in Center with visitation beginning at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Biggar Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Juston is survived by:

His fiancée, Sharayah Warr, and her two children Ileigha and Lex Warr

His parents, Mike and Patricia Lout

Sister, Tiffanne Klein

Lieza Klein
Liela Klein

Aunts and Uncles:
LaJuan Baugh of Center
Betty McLeod of Beaumont
Linda George of Center
Michael and Joyce Meeks of Center
Johnny and Sheri Burgay of Shelbyville
Ricky Lout of San Augustine
Barry Lout of Shelbyville
Vicky Lout of Center

Grandmother, Shirley Lout of Shelbyville

Many many other relatives and treasured friends

Juston loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a proud business owner for the last 20 years of J Lout, Inc. and JML Management, Inc.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben & Edna George; Grandfather, J.H. Lout; uncles, Shon Lout and Glenn McLeod.

Serving as pallbearers will be Carlos Taylor, Jon Schillings, John Koltonski, Scott Foster, Patrick Scarborough, Dusty Lout and Kevin Baugh. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Leonardo Mendez, Carmello Salazar, Isidro Salazar and Darrin Lout.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Team Grayson Fund in Juston’s memory.
Team Grayson Fund
3996 Private Drive
Torbert, LA 70762

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.mangumfh.net

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


Robert Joe Giddens, 83, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, peacefully passed away, in his sleep, on December 27, 2020. He was born in Ringgold, Louisiana, on October 15, 1937, the first born son of Mary Elizabeth Giddens and Robbie Luel Giddens.

After graduating from Ringgold High School with the class of 1955, Bob went on to work full-time in the oil fields in Venice, Louisiana, while attending Louisiana State University. On May 16, 1958, he married the love of his life, Gladys Marie Walker, in Mississippi, after her graduation ceremony from Ferriday High School. Shortly thereafter, Bob transferred to the Northeast Louisiana State College Pharmacy School in Monroe, Louisiana. In 1960, Bob then spent six months in the Army Reserves Active Duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky, before returning to college and graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in June of 1963. After spending seven blissful years together, Bob and Gladys welcomed their only son, Robert Kirk Giddens, into their lives on November 15, 1963. Kirk went on to attain his Bachelor in Pharmacy at Northeast Louisiana University, in Monroe, Louisiana. Kirk has spent the last 31 years working for Walmart Pharmacy and is now happily married to his one true love. 

Over the 50 years as a practicing pharmacist, Bob held pharmacy licenses in four states, owned his own pharmacy, and became an employee of his son before retiring.

In 1967, Bob secured his Master Mason Degree in the Masonic Lodge going on to receive his 32nd Degree in Shriners. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Lion’s Club. 

Over the last 63 years, Bob and Gladys spent almost every day together. When not working, they loved traveling. Together they have been to all 50 states, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and France, but most of all, Bob enjoyed Colorado. He loved to hunt, loved Christmas time, loved his country, adored his wife, and most of all gave his heart to Jesus. He was active in the church choir in every church he attended and always served faithfully as a deacon. Besides traveling with his bride, Bob spent hours watching his two beautiful granddaughters play sports, get married and have families of their own. 

Bob’s beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his family: his precious wife, Gladys Giddens of Mount Pleasant, Texas; his son, Robert “Kirk” Giddens and his wife Christy Giddens of McKinney, Texas. He is survived by all of his loving siblings, Doyce Lanelle Boyet of Azle, Texas; Gloria Faye Fowler of Ringgold, Louisiana; Jerry Lance Giddens of New Orleans, Louisiana; Garry Vance Giddens of Natchitoches, Louisiana; two beautiful granddaughters, Alyssa Nicole Giddens of Dallas, Texas, and McCall Kalyn Nelson of Daingerfield, Texas; multiple great-granchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bob was preceeded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Giddens and his father, Robbie Luel Giddens.

Bob left his footprint on every life he touched. His precense on this earth will be terribly missed; his sweet smile, his sense of humor, and his love for Jesus. He is in a much better place now, painfree, happy, and at peace. 

A private family ceremony was held on Tuesday, December 29, in Mount Pleasant followed by the burial at Springfield Cemetery in Ringgold, Louisiana.

Jerry Giddens, Garry Giddens, Greg Boyet, Shane Boyet, Keith Boyet, and VIc Fowler will all serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made, in the name of Robert Joe Giddens, to the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant.

Funeral services are under the direction of Bates Cooper Sloan Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant, Texas.