11/15/2016

Jimmy Leslie Steele was born on July 17, 1935 in Brownsville, Texas. His parents were Guy Leland Steele and Lora Christelle Morgan Steele. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and received his Bachelor’s Degree.  He attended Stephen F. Austin University and received his Master’s degree.  He attended Perkins School of Theology at SMU to become an Associate Member of the Methodist Church.  Jimmy was a Methodist minister for 23 years both part-time in Center, Texas and later full-time in Trinidad, Texas.   He was a CPA for 43 years in Brownsville, Texas and Center, Texas.  He also had a small cattle operation and taught at the local junior college in Center, Texas.  He was a member of Lions Club International and was a life-time member with over 50 years of service, serving in almost all offices including District Governor of Texas District 2-A3.  He was a Charter member of The Gateway Texas Chapter #49 Sons of the Republic in Shelby County, Texas and a Charter member of The James George Chapter #59 of the Sons of the Republic of Texas in Athens, Texas.  He was a descendent of the Battle of San Jacinto, being the gr-gr-grandson of the last surviving member of that battle.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff, Texas. Service will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church located at 225 Lovers Lane in Athens, Texas. Clergies: Rev: Farrah Bentley and Rev: Faulk Landrum. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery in Athens, Texas. 
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Christelle Steele, his brother, Donald Steele and his brother-in-law Calvin Schaefer.
 
He is survived by his wife, Toni Steele
His sons,
Anthony Steele and wife Becky of Kerens, Texas
Andrew Steele and wife Tricia of Rowlett, Texas
Grandchildren, Jack, Jenna, Jason and Jessie of Rowlett, Texas
Sister Dolores Schaefer of Silsbee, Texas
Sister-in-law Doris Steele of Trinity, Alabama
Sister-in-law Bobbie Wheeler of Kaufman, Texas
Brother-in-law Mike Carter and wife Donnie of Hillsboro, Tennessee
A large number of nephews and nieces
 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lions Camp in Kerrville, TX, American Bible Society or your home Church.

11/14/2016

Wilma Murlene (Scott) McMahon, 80, of Center, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be one hour prior to the graveside service starting at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Strong Cemetery.

She was born in Shelby County, Texas to George Allen Scott and Annie (Bass) Scott. Murlene was a homemaker, bringing new meaning to the word. She was a tremendously devoted mother, caring for her family and she was so devoted to caring for her special needs child, James even after falling ill herself. Good hearted and “tough as nails”, she had an open door policy to anyone and everyone. Despite her own personal hardships, she had a terrific sense of humor and could lighten any load. While personal circumstances prevented her from attending church, she enjoyed reading her bible and tuning in to Center First Baptist Church on Sundays. A cornerstone of her family, she will be deeply missed. 

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Allen and Annie Scott, Husband, Olen McMahon, Brother, Bobby Scott, Brothers-in-law, Henry Wilburn and Johnny Holt and Granddaughter-in-law, Cecily Jacobs McMahon.

She is survived by:

Children:
Eugene McMahon & wife, Pat of Timpson
Evelyn McMahon Foster & husband, Kevin of Tenaha
Ann McMahon Steptoe & husband, Alton of San Augustine
James McMahon of Center

Grandchildren:
Matthew McMahon & wife, Randa
Patrick McMahon & wife, Morghan
Morgan McMahon 
Andrea McMahon
Lauren Bailey Jackson & husband, Kase
Winston Bailey 
Katie & Kolton Foster
Austin, Aaron & Adam Steptoe

Great Grandchildren:
Ruger McMahon, Grayson & Emmy McMahon,
Reagan Raines, Lucas Jackson, Richard Jackson & Annie Jackson

Sisters:
Grace Wilburn
Edith Hughes
Cathy Holt

Sisters-in-law:
Barbara Scott
Laura Carroll

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com. Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

11/11/2016

Tommy Lynn “T.L.” Lawson, 81, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.  Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.  Interment will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Joaquin. 

Mr. Lawson was born October 22, 1935, in Center, to Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson.  He served in the United States Army and was a member of Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Wife: Clydie Lawson of Joaquin

Daughters: 
Tammy Cammack and husband, Wayne, of Haughton, Louisiana
Karen Joy and husband, Mike, of Satsuma, Alabama

Grandchildren:
Amanda Treat of Joaquin
Candice Hennigan and husband, Anthony, of Joaquin
Leah Walker and husband, Steven, of Sarepta, Louisiana
Katie Cammack of Haughton, Louisiana
Colton Cammack of Haughton, Louisiana
Mikayla Joy of Satsuma, Alabama
Mileah Joy of Satsuma, Alabama

Great-Grandchildren:
Charles Reed
Kimberleigh Reed
Steadman Penuell
Haley Hennigan
Layla Hennigan
Parker Canton
Avery Cammack
Axel Walker

Brother: Billy Lawson of Center

Sisters:
Ruby Hughes and husband, Charles, of Center
Judy Carrington of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Wynell Lawson of Center
Leona Lawson of Baytown
Nadine Lawson of Center
Dianne Smith and husband, Jerry, of Joaquin
Jimmie Fay Haight of Joaquin

Preceded in death by
Parents: Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson
Daughter: Kimberly Lawson
Brothers: Joel, Glenn, Happy, Forriest
Sisters: Oleta, Mildred

Pallbearers will be Wayne Cammack, Mike Joy, Anthony Hennigan, Colton Cammack, Steadman Penuell, Charles Reed and Steven Walker.

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

11/11/2016

Jimmy Carl Fenton, 65, of Nacogdoches, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center and also from 2:00 pm. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2016, at North Street Church of Christ in Nacogdoches. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2016, at North Street Church of Christ in Nacogdoches with Bro. Ellis Reynolds and Bro. Freddie Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches.

Mr. Fenton was born April 7, 1951, in Center, to Roy Fenton and Helen Laverne Cates Fenton.  He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972, during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Fenton retired as Principal from Overton ISD.  He loved to sing, spend time with family and loved his God.

He is survived by
Wife: Linda Jo Fenton of Nacogdoches

Children:
Jim Adams of Jacksonville, Florida
Melissa Masi of New Jersey
Christy Stanley of Camdenton, Missouri
Samantha Miller of Nacogdoches
Michael Fenton of Nacogdoches

9 Grandchildren

1 Great Granddaughter

Mother: Helen Laverne Fenton of Center

Brothers:
Johnny Fenton of Center
Spencer Fenton of Shelbyville
Bill Fenton of Center

Preceded in death by
Father: Roy Fenton
Brother: Jeffery Fenton
Nephew: Clint Fenton

Pallbearers will be J. P. Fenton, David Fenton, Bryan Fenton, Kevin Fenton, Max Fenton and Keith Askew.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Fenton’s grandchildren: Josh, Jake, Addison, Asher, Trey and Corey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or Angelina Church of Christ India Mission Work, PO Box 153238, Lufkin, Texas 75901.

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

11/10/2016

Louis Ainsley Runnels was born in Shelby County, Texas to his parents, Louis Ainsley Runnels, Sr., and Hannah Guthrie Runnels on June 11, 1920.

He graduated from Shelbyville High School and pursued a successful career in the construction business throughout Texas. He worked to restore Independence Hall at Washington on the Brazos and other historic buildings throughout East Texas. The last years of his career was working in roofing both commercial and private homes. He also stated a successful Storage Unit business in San Augustine.

He married Barbara Bailey on November 3, 1968, and they resided in Shelby County on a farm, until moving into San Augustine after retirement from the construction business. Retirement from the roofing business transitioned to managing the Storage buildings in San Augustine for many years as a second career.

Surviving relatives are his wife, Barbara Bailey Runnels; Sister, Bobbie Adkinson of Texarkana; Children: Tim Runnels and his wife, Debbie, and his children, Toby and Stacy. Tony's daughter, Bonnie Miller and husband, J.D. and his son, Louis IV and his wife, Ashley; Mary Bailey Mehta and husband, David K. Mehta with their children: Erin, Andrew, and Landon; Ann Bailey-Gonzalez and her children, Nicholas and Gabrielle Gonzalez, also nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Louis is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Bonnie Wingo and stepmother, Lima Dover and stepbrother, Joe Dover and his wife Jean Dover. Also a brother, Ney and brother in law, Tom Adkinson, and his youngest son Louis A. "Tony" Runnels.

Memorial Services will be held on November 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Church Episcopal in San Augustine. A Celebration of Life REeception will be immediately following the service at Gatling Manor, 850 South Liberty, San Augustine.

11/09/2016

James Author Smith, 93 of San Augustine, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016 at San Augustine Memorial, San Augustine, Texas.

Services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1pm at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, San Augustine, Texas with interment at Boggy Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Cousin, Lillie Mae Price of Houston

Nephews:
L. Ray Smith of Phoenix, Arizona
Eddie Smith of San Augustine
L.J. Smith of San Augustine
Jimmy Smith  of San Augustine
R.L. Smith of San Augustine
Gary Smith of San Augustine
Charles Smith of San Augustine

Nieces:
Jannie Burrell of Lufkin
Dorothy Goodwin of San Augustine
Willie Faye Bledsoe of San Augustine

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

11/09/2016

Racine Graves, age 28, of Bryan, passed from this life on Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Bryan, after a long hard fight with cancer. She was born August 15, 1988, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She was a member of the Skybreak Church in Bryan. After graduating from Chireno High School, Racine moved to Brenham. While living there, she received two associate degrees from Blinn College in Bryan-College Station. After meeting and marrying her husband, Nathaniel, they moved to Oceanside, California where he was stationed in the Marines. While there she received her Bachelor's Degree from Cal State University. Upon returning to Bryan College Station, Racine worked as an Office Manager for the Bryan Medical Association.

She is survived by her husband,Nathaniel Lee Graves of Bryan; son, Elijah James Graves of Bryan; parents, Jeff & Rexcine Boyd of San Augustine; mother-in-law, Pamela Britton of League City; brother, James Pate & wife Yolanda of Jacksonville, Florida; step-sisters, Kristine Taylor and Suzanne Monzingo; brother-in-law, James Beldon of League City; sisters-in-law, Chloe Britton and Monique Britton - both of League City.

A memorial service will be held for Racine at the Skybreak Church in Bryan College Station on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., with Bro. Danny Green and Jeff Boyd officiating. There will be a gathering of friends at the church on Wednesday beginning at 10:00 A.M.

Also, there will be a memorial service at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel in San Augustine on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., with Bro. David Boyd and Jeff Boyd officiating. There will be a gathering of friends at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 A.m. until service time.

11/8/2016

Mary Lee Killen, 92, of Center, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at her residence.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, at McClelland Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Larry Dean and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Killen was born December 10, 1923, in Shelby County, to Bud Lovell and Lillie Mae Clockton Lovell.  She enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking. She made the best pies and biscuits.  Ms. Killen loved to be around people, especially her family and friends.

She is survived by
Daughter: Selma Bush and husband, Joe, of Shelbyville

Son: Charles Killen of Center

Granddaughter: Cheryl Kaul and husband, Ralf, of San Marcos

Great-Grandchildren:
Brandi Smith of Xenia, Ohio
Brittany Smith of Jasper

Great-Great-Grandchildren:
Alexxis Allender of Xenia, Ohio
Halle Adams of Jasper

Preceded in death by
Husband: George Killen
Daughters: Linda Killen, Glenda Killen, Jerrie Killen
Grandson: Stevie Bush
Parents: Bud and Lillie Mae Lovell

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

11/07/2016

Hershal Walker, 95, of Center, passed away Monday, November 07, 2016 at Garrison Nursing Home.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 19, 1921 in Roscoe, Texas to Dewey and Ellie (McSwain) Walker. He retired from Center Plywood after 27 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey & Ellie Walker and wife, Carolyn Sue Walker.

He is survived by:
Children:
Janette Tucker & husband, Charles “Red” of Alabama
Donny Walker & wife, Bonnie of Nacogdoches 
Brenda Hill of Timpson
Kevin Walker & wife, Angela of Nacogdoches
Grandchildren:
Coy Norwood & wife, Theresa, Kelli Norwood & Clifton Norwood & wife, Stephanie
Devin Walker & wife, Ella and Katrina Bird & husband, Dustin
Clint Solomon and Ashley Davis & husband, Matt
Jennifer Walker VanDyke & husband, Kade, Hannah Walker & Hunter Walker
20 Great Grandchildren
1 Great Great Grandson
Sister-in-law:
Mary Paxton of Center
Pallbearers:
Hunter Walker, Brad Fitzgerald, Dustin Bird, 
Kade VanDyke, Paul Hughes & Ward Herndon

In lieu of flowers family request donations can be made to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Fund, c/o Mr. Eddie Barnes, 2698 St Hwy 7 West, Center, Texas 

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com. Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

11/07/2016

Rex Allen Clevenger, 63, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016, at Lone Cedar Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Clevenger was born July 29, 1953, in Vidor, to James Kenneth Clevenger and Opal Smith Clevenger.

He is survived by
Children:
Shane Clevenger
Toby Clevenger
Cody Johnson
Jason Harrison
Trevor Clevenger
Savannah Clevenger

Grandchildren:
Blake
Alex
Kenan
Hannah
Nicholas
Elizabeth

Sister: Debbie Parker

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Kenneth Clevenger and Opal Smith Clevenger Daniels
Brother: Kenneth Clevenger
Sisters: Joann Estes, Bobbie Floyd, Patricia Green

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

11/07/2016

Sarah Wynell Hutchins, 76, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 7, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ozay Ford and Bro. Pat Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Ms. Hutchins was born June 18, 1940, in Shelby County, to Travis Wright and Katie Hughes Wright.  

She is survived by
Sons:
Everett “Rowdy” Hutchins and wife, Rose, of Mississippi
Darrell “Jinx” Hutchins and wife, Cristi, of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Katie Martin and husband, Mark, of Huntington
Holly Nichols and husband, Reid, of Joaquin
Jacob Hutchins and wife, Dawn, of Joaquin
Zac Hutchins of Joaquin
Caroline Corbell and husband, Jasper, of Center
Haley Hutchins of Shreveport, Louisiana
Liza Kay and husband, Jacob, of Joaquin
Cole Gary of Springhill, Louisiana
Madelynn Hutchins of Joaquin
Lexi Hutchins of Joaquin
Maddox Hutchins of Joaquin

Great Grandchildren:
Eli Hutchins
Harlow Hutchins
Heist Martin
Barrett Nichols
Kase Kay

Sister: Ann Hitt of Center

Sister-in-law: Judy Wright of Center

Special Nieces and Nephews:
Katha Bush
Pam Bailey
Patty Davis
Rusty Wright

Preceded in death by:
Husband: Darrell Hutchins
Son: Scott Hutchins
Parents: Travis Wright and Katie Hughes Wright
Siblings: Jake Wright, Bud Wright
Sister-in-law: Brenda Wright

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

11/05/2016

Sarah Ann Wingo, 75, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 7, 2016, at Carroll Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Don Murphree officiating.  

Mrs. Wingo was born March 17, 1941, in Center, to Martin Bernard Carroll and Laura Lee McMahon Carroll.  She loved to travel the United States. Mrs. Wingo was a member of Center Christian Fellowship in Center.

She is survived by 
Husband: Lewis Warren Wingo of Center

Son: Keith Wingo and wife, Michelle, of Center

Daughter: Julie Lambert and husband, Rusty, of Center

Grandchildren:
Josey Wingo
Sarah R. Wingo
Nicholas Lambert

Mother: Laura Lee Carroll of Center

Sister: Linda Coffman and husband, Fred, of Houston

Nieces and nephews:
Scott Coffman
Jennifer Dupree and husband, Ron
Greg Coffman and wife, Sara
Andrew Roland

Preceded in death by
Father: Martin Bernard Carroll

A special thanks to Brenda Hebert and LaResa Livingston for their loving care.  Also, thanks to the community for their prayers.

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

11/04/2016

Susan Ruth Parks Windham, 54, of Center, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Don Noble and Bro. Steve Noble officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mrs. Windham was born April 18, 1962, in Galena Park, to Jimmie Parks and Ima Spann Parks.  

She is survived by
Husband: James “Jamie” Windham of Center

Daughter: Tina Pardo and husband, Jaime, of Longview

Son: William “Jody” Windham of Center

Grandchildren:
Michael Price
Desera Myron
Estrella “Star” Pardo
Whitney Pierce
Summer Windham
Alexis Hargitt
Dylon Wallace

Brothers:
Charles Parks and wife, Sherry, of Center
Lance Parks and wife, Tonya, of Center

Sisters:
Shelby Pope of Center
Rose Ramirez and husband, Herman, of Center

Adopted Childen:
Kristy Elliott
Anthony Parish
Montaiz Stanley

Special Friends:
Montie Adams of Center
Dylan Worsham

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jimmie Parks and Ima Spann Parks
Brother: Jimmie Parks, Jr.
Father-in-law: Tom Windham

Pallbearers will be John Parks, Adam Ramirez, Montaiz Stanley, Dylan Worsham, Dylan Denby and Corey Sigler.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jaime Pardo, Anthony Parish and Bradley Livingston.

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

11/04/2016

Mr. Willie Lee Hudson, age 80, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mr. Hudson passed away on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at residence in San Augustine, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Milam, Texas. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Milam, Texas with Rev. Orvin Garrett, Officiating

Visitation will be held Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

He is survived:
Wife:        Elma Hudson of Zwolle, LA

2 sons:        Kenny Hudson of Washington D. C.
        Kalvin Hudson of Many, LA

4 Daughters:    Shirley Hudson of Many, LA
        Bobbye Aldredge (Samuel) of Zwolle, LA
        Debra Penson (Fred) of Houston, Texas
        Synthia Lagrone of Houston, Texas

21 Grandchildren        
11 Great Grandchildren

2 brothers:   James William Hudson (Learlean) of Florien, LA
        William H. Hudson, Jr. of Many, LA

5 sisters:   Stella Lee Sweet of Many, LA
        Willie Mae Ingram (Ulysses) of Center, Texas
        Elouise Hudson of Many, LA
        Louise Taylor of Rosevine, Texas
        Lou Willie Polley of Center, Texas

Host of nieces and Nephews, other relatives and Friends.

11/01/2016

Joel Harris Chapman, age 84, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Don Murphree. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 13, 1932 in Mt. Enterprise, Texas to parents, James Harris Chapman & Lela Bell Woods Chapman. He served in the United States Air Force. He owned and operated Chapman Cleaners in Tenaha  and he drove a school bus for Tenaha ISD for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James & Lela Chapman, 4 brothers; Eulan Chapman, Dempsey Chapman, Roy Chapman & Allen Chapman and 1 sister; Frances Hall.

He is survived by:
2 Daughters:
Sheri Basham & husband, Jessie of Tenaha
Sandra Chapman of Nacogdoches
Granddaughter:
Courtney Basham Martinez & husband, Darrell Martinez of Tenaha
Grandson:
Jesse Basham of Austin
Great Granddaughter:
Caitlyn Basham of Tenaha
Pallbearers:
Josh Hickman, Willie Holley, Roger Holley, Ron Barker,
Carlos Cuellar, John Estes & Francisco Perez

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com. Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

10/31/2016 

Edgar Omar Mendez, 17, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Pastor Mario Orellana officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Edgar was born January 14, 1999, to Leonardo Mendez and Marcelina Salazar Mendez.  He loved rap music and his dog, Cadete.  Edgar was a member of Iglesia Bautista Monte Sinai in Tenaha.

He is survived by
Father: Leonardo Mendez of Tenaha

Mother: Marcelina Salazar Mendez of Tenaha

Brother: Leonardo Daniel Mendez of Tenaha

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

10/31/2016

Gene McSwain, 75, of Carthage, went to be with the Lord on October 30, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Wade Floyd officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. McSwain was born April 30, 1941, in San Augustine to Warren G. McSwain and Lillian Brown McSwain.  He served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman.  He had a great love for music and had a Gospel Music Ministry for a number of years.  He worked in the paper mill industry for many years from which he retired as a maintenance supervisor in 2007.  He loved gardening and woodwork.  He was continuously helping others with a project such as remodeling.  He had to have everything just right even down to the smallest detail or he would remove it and start again.  He was a perfectionist with everything. He loved and cherished his wife, Betty, and loved his family, but most of all, he loved the Lord.  He was a member of Galloway Methodist Church, but most importantly, he was a member of God’s Heavenly Church.

He is survived by
Wife: Betty Sue McSwain of Carthage

Children:
Gina Maes and husband, Mark
Marguerite Hurley
Stephie McSwain
Beverly Smith
Sheila Chandler
Karen Halstead and husband, John
Janet Ritter and husband, Blake
Joel Graves and wife, Deanna
Ken Graves and wife, Heather
Neal Graves and wife, Jessica

Father: Warren G. McSwain of Center

Sisters:
Jeanette Mena and husband, Lynn, of Broaddus
Edna Rae Carroll and husband, Bob, of Tomball

Brother: Travis McSwain and wife, Donna, of Cypress

Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and all who loved him dearly

Preceded in death by
Infant Daughter: Lisa McSwain
Daughter: Evelyn McSwain
Mother: Lillian McSwain
Baby Brother: Ronnie McSwain

Pallbearers will be Gene Edward Smith, Joel Graves, Ken Graves, Neal Graves, Matthew Chandler, Zackary Ritter and Blake Ritter.  Honorary pallbearers will be Verlon Luman, Lynn Mena and Bobby McSwain.

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

10/28/2016

Louise Van Der Schaaf, 106, of Center, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux, Iowa.  Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Among her survivors is her children:
Ivan Van Der Schaaf and wife, Wanda, of Center
Merril Van Der Schaaf of Pattonville
Jean Van Meekeren of Okoboji, Iowa

Services under the direction of Watsons and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

10/28/2016

Paul Fults, 86, of Center, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jane Barker officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born September 2, 1930 in Shelby County, Texas to Noah and Modenia (Byrd) Fults. He was a devout Christian and attended Antioch Baptist Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church when he was able. He worked for the City of Center in the water department for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Noah & Modenia Fults, wife, Marie Fults, son, Ike Bright, 3 Siblings,  Travis Fults, Ruby Chandler & Merlene Null.

He is survived by:
Daughter & Son-in-law:
Linda & James Windham of Joaquin
Son:
Jewell Bright of Mineola 
Grandchildren:
J.C. Windham of Joaquin
Kristen & Chandler Bright of Mineola
3 Great Grandchildren
Numerous Nieces & Nephews

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com. Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

10/28/2016

Billie Louise Higgs age 91 of Branson, Missouri died on October 26, 2016 at Point Lookout Rehab.
 
She was born on December 26, 1924 in Center, Texas the daughter of Willie and Winnie Scruggs Walling.  Billie graduated from Center High School in Center, Texas and Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  She married Kenneth O. Higgs in 1967. They lived in Port Neches, Texas where Kenneth was employed for Texaco Research until he retired in 1985.  Then they moved to Branson, Missouri where they enjoyed their retirement years.
 
Survivors include:

Her husband: Kenneth O. Higgs of the home

Step-son and daughter-in-law: Steven & Joyce Higgs of Bridge City, Texas

Three step-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren.

Sisters-in-law:
Alice Higgs
Dixie Higgs

Several nieces and nephews

Cousin: Bobbie Whittaker 

She was preceded in death by her parents and step-son, Larry Wayne Higgs.
 
Visitation was held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson, Mo.
 
Graveside services were held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas. Local arrangements are under the direction of Watson & Son Funeral Home.

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