07/27/2016     

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby “Sister Baby” Nell Netherly, Greer will be Saturday, July 30, 2016 at East Liberty Baptist Church at 11:00am. Mrs. Greer died at Trinity Nursing & Rehab LP in San Augustine, Texas on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Reverend George Cartwright will be officiating. 

Mrs. Greer is survived by:

Sons:  Gustarvus Wayne Netherly (Sheretta) and Weldon Greer Jr (Ariel).

Grandchildren:  Michael (Shonda) Greer, La Toya Greer, Tremaine Hewitt (Latrise), Justin Wayne Netherly, Haley Greer and Tina Greer

Brother:  Lawrence Ray Netherly

Aunt:  Ozell Garrett

Preceding in Death:  Shelda Lynn Greer (Daughter), Entha Thompson Netherly (Mother), Willis Netherly Jr. (Father), Johnny Ray Netherly (Brother) and Lou Tilda Singleton (Sister).  

Visitation: Friday, July 29, 2016 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6pm-8pm 

Committal:  East Liberty Cemetery in the East Liberty Community

Repass: East Liberty Baptist Church 

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

07/27/2016

Jessie Nell Buckley, 66 of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

A wake will be Friday, July 29, 2016 from 7pm until 9pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2pm at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Interment at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas with Pastor Freddie O. Wilson officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Leonard Buckley of Center

Daughter, LaTonya Buckley of Center

Sons:
Terry (Fredreka) Buckley of Center
Vincent Buckley of Center

19 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Sue of Marshall, Texas
Velma Lee Calhoun of Center

Brothers:
Louis Earl (Brenda) Jackson of Center
Willie (Sharon) Jackson of Center
Y.D. (Brenda) Jackson of Center
David Henderson of Center
Melvin (Diane) Calhoun of Center

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas

07/27/2016

Earnest Lee Perry, 46 of Tenaha, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 in Galveston, Texas.

Services will be held Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 2pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating.

He is survived by:

Sisters:
Victoria Perry (Johnny) of Center
Mary Ann Culpepper (Joe) of Denison, Texas
Reba Gipson (Serafin) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Minnie Pearl Taylor of Fresno, California

Brothers:
Danile Lee Gipson (Nay) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Walter Joe Gipson of Nacogdoches, Texas
Larry Shannon (Tonya) of Mansfield, Louisiana
Freddy Perry of Mansfield, Louisiana

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas

07/27/2016

Stoney Whittington 60, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Mount Olive Cemetery in Timpson. 

Mr. Whittington was born May 5, 1956, in Timpson, Texas, to Robert Whittington and Hazel Miller Whitington.  He loved to do art work including painting, having a good time, and was also loved by many.

He is survived by

Sisters:
Martha Gilbert and husband, Richard
Maxien Alexander and Jimmy Alexander
Delmear Walker
Robbie Whittington

Brothers:
Tony Whittington and wife, Patricia 
A.D. Whittington

Numerous nieces, nephews, and host of family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Robert and Hazel Whittington
Brothers: William Whittington, Billy Whittington, Lee Whittington 
Lillie Shoubrooks

07/25/2016

Cassie Danyell (Faussett) Bates, 31, of Frisco formerly of Timpson, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 in Frisco.

Memorial Service will be 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chris Welch officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born to October 16, 1984 to Jimmy and Pam Faussett.

She is survived by:

Husband: Elton Bates of Frisco

Parents: Jimbo & Pam Faussett of Timpson

Brother: Jeremy Hammers of Timpson

Niece: Hailey Hammers of Timpson

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins & Friends

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

07/25/2016

Chris Furlow, 54, of Huxley, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with military honors to be given by the US Navy. Visitation will be Monday, July 25, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 28, 1961 in Harris County, Texas to L.C. Furlow and Wanda (Rivers) Furlow. He served in the US Navy for 4 years. He worked for Tyson for many years as an electrician.

He is preceded in death by his parents, L.C. & Wanda Furlow.

He is survived by:

Brother & Sister-in-law: Kenneth & Cindy Furlow of Huxley

Sister & Brother-in-law: Vicki & Curtis Cooper of Huxley

Nephew: Lance Furlow of Huxley

Numerous family & friends

Pallbearers will be Chris’s dear friends

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

07/25/2016

Raith Lynwood Smelser, Jr, 80 of Center, Texas, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 23, 2016 surrounded by his loving family, friends, and dog, Peaches. 

Lynwood was born January, 24, 1936 in Ringgold, Louisiana. After graduating from Minden High School (class of 1959) he entered Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1976 he became manager of a cooperative project between the Forest Service and NASA. He worked closely with NASA and the Apollo astronauts on this project. Then in 1976 he was selected to manage a 170,000 acre area called Land Between the Lakes for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Lynwood retired from Federal service in 1992 and moved to Center. Retirement never lasted long as he became engineer for Brown Builders in Shreveport, Louisiana on contracts for Barksdale Airforce Base. Lastly he became a consultant for Wheeler Law Office where his work with riding lawnmower cases involving small children became a job that he was most proud of. Helping families cope with the loss of children in these cases became his passion. Lynwood was also a recognized hunter, fisherman, and craftsman of hunting knives. He was the owner of Delta S Engineering and served on many National Boards during his career.

Preceded in death by his mother Catherine Smelser and father Raith Smelser, Sr and stepmother Sara Smelser. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty O’Donnell Smelser; son John Ryland Smelser of Center; son Mark Raith Smelser and wife Mandy Vickery Smelser of Troup, Tx; Grandson Jake Raith Smelser of Troup, Tx; and step-sister Susan LaFitte of Shawnee, Ok. Also sister-in-Laws Gene Albright of Longview and Kathryn Axen and her husband and Lynwoods best friend Albert Axen of Center. Numerous nephews and a very special niece Ava Axen who lovingly became one of his caregivers. His life was also filled with memories of many special friends where ever he lived. 

Lynwood was a very intelligent individual who always could answer the most complex question with ease. Whether speaking to a convention of thousands or a group of few, he was always using his experiences in life to relay a special message. His greatest life accomplishments were his family and making sure they were happy. He was most happy when he was with his grandson Jake, watching him grow and learn how to fish, hunt, and play golf. If he could talk to us today he would say, “John it is ok, I am at peace.” 

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Jane Todd, Sara Lloyd, and devoted friend Don Weaver.

A memorial celebration will be held later as Lynwood requested cremation. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Nursery Fund – P.O. Box 177, Logansport, Louisiana 71049. Funeral arrangement are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.

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

07/25/2016

Lois (Starr) Duncan, 86, of Columbus, MS passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at New Horizon Living Center in Columbus, MS

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Duncan Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Danny Lewis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the graveside service at the cemetery.

She was born April 24, 1930 in Willis, VA to Orin and Etta (Sutphin) Starr.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Orin and Etta Starr and husband, James Duncan.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Jo Anne Beall & husband, Alan of Columbus, MS

Granddaughter: Lauren Beall

Sister: Bobbie Hall

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

07/23/2016

Jack Nunn, 82, of Center, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Oaklawn Memorial Park, in Center.
 
Mr. Nunn was born June 9, 1934 in Marshall Co. Alabama, to Ray Nunn and Ruby Nunn. He was a retired poultry farmer and was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
 
Wife, Margaret Nunn of Center
 
Son, Chuck Nunn of Center
 
Daughter, Lisa Nunn Thompson of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Daphne LeRock & husband Danny of Center
Cody McDaniel
Daniel Eaves & Stephanie
Amy Bowden & husband Gene
Allison Rham & husband Rosco
Rebeca Eaves & Cody
Racheal Eaves & Jordan
 
19 Great-Grandchildren
 
Sisters-in-law:
Dot Thompson of Alabama
 
Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Ray & Ruby Nunn
Daughter: Jackie & husband Jeff Fenton
Grandson: Clint Fenton
2 Brothers
1 Sister
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

07/21/2016

Jama Gay Bounds Holder, 63, of Richardson, TX passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at her home.  She was born October 1, 1952 in Center, TX to Hubert Burke Bounds and Margie Lee Jones Bounds.  She married James “Jim” Henry Holder on July 25, 1970 and they have one son, James Scott Holder, and two German Shepherds, Captain and Cooper.  Jama had a successful career in the telephone and mobile technology industry for more than 40 years, and in recent years served as a project/program manager for AT&T and Amdocs.  Jama also enjoyed success in rally obedience training and competition with her beloved dogs.  Jama loved the outdoors and its many pursuits including gardening, golf, fishing, hunting, and marksmanship.  Most importantly, Jama dearly loved spending time with her husband and best friend, Jim, along with their family and friends.  She also completely adored her only grandchild, Sarah Michelle.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in The Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75243.

Jama was preceded in death by her mother, Margie Bounds, her brother, Philip Bounds, her sister, Vickie Bounds, and nephew, Davis Tillotson.

She is survived by her husband Jim Holder of Richardson, TX; her son Scott and his wife Karen and their daughter Sarah Holder of Rowlett, TX; her father Burke Bounds, mother-in-law Ethel Holder, sisters Marsha Bounds and Anita Long and her husband Tim, all of Center, TX; her sister Melonia Molloy and her husband Larry of Timpson, TX; Jim’s brother George Holder and his wife Bobbi of Kirbyville, TX; Jim’s sister Janice Williams and her husband Larry of Tenaha, TX; and Jama’s sister-in-law Pam Bounds of Garland, TX.

Jama is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, including: Phil Bounds of The Woodlands, TX; Rodney Holder of Magnolia, TX; Isaiah Molloy of Timpson, TX; Jeremiah Soape of Ft. Drum, Black River, NY; Shawn Williams of Tenaha, TX; Mishea Bounds of Frisco, TX; Laurie Godfrey of Nacogdoches, TX; and Devin Tillotson of Center, TX.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to:

Jama G. Holder Memorial Scholarship at Stephen F. Austin State University.  
Donations can be made online at sfasu.edu/give or mailed to the following address:

The SFASU Foundation
P.O. BOX 6092
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Please make checks payable to:  The SFASU Foundation
FOR:  Jama G. Holder Memorial Scholarship Fund

07/21/2016

Rodney Lynn Emmons, 58, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016, at White Rock Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Emmons was born April 15, 1958, in Center, to J. L. Emmons and Carolyn Sue Patterson Emmons. He never met a stranger and loved everyone.  His love for God was unconditional.

He is survived by
Father: J. L. Emmons

Sister: Pam Bolton and husband, Billy

A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Carolyn Sue Emmons
Grandparents: Beulah B. Patterson, Leland and Johnny Lou Emmons

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to assist with final expenses.

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

07/21/2016

William Denton “Denny” Haley, Jr., 61, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church Center with Rev. Carl Smith and Rev. Bobby Bressman officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be Friday, July 22, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 14, 1954 in Center to William Denton Haley, Sr. and Blanche (Stephenson) Haley. Denny worked in construction for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Denton Haley, Sr and his sister, Betty Ruth (Haley) Slatten.

He is survived by:
Mother:
Blanche (Stephenson) Haley of Center

Niece:
Haley Beth Williams & husband, Caleb of College Station

Great-Nieces:
Casey & Ava Grace Williams

Aunts & Uncles:
Minnie Lovejoy of Center
Faye Elder of Shreveport, LA
Carl Stephenson & wife, Patty of Houston
James Haley & wife, Frances of Mineola

Numerous Cousins & Other Relatives

Pallbearers:  Zack Warr, Burton Brown, Terry Stephenson, Randy Elder, Danny West and Eddie Bridwell

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

07/20/2016

Matthew Wade Hughes, 43, of Orange, Texas passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.

Matthew was born April 8, 1973 in Port Arthur, Texas to Shelley and Michael Alton Hughes. He was a resident of Orange for 16 years and was employed as a machinist for Gulf Copper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael A. Hughes; grandparents, Alton and Betty Hughes, and E.R. and Jo Stone.

Survivors include:
Mother: Shelley McClain, and husband Sammy

Wife: Janie Droddy Shackelford of Orange

Daughters:
Ashley Shackelford of Groves
Kayla Shackelford of Port Neches

Brother: Michael S. Hughes, and wife Tonja of Kemp

Granddaughter: Julianna Grace Shackelford

Funeral services will be at 10am Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Freddy Freddy Shores officiating. Burial will follow at 4pm at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, Texas.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday evening from 6pm-8pm at the funeral home.

07/19/2016

Myrtle Virginia Smith, 72, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at her residence.

Memorial Service will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born January 16, 1944 in Winsboro, Texas to Homer Hill Gallagher and Arlee (Henry) Gallagher.

She is preceded in death her parents, Homer and Arlee Gallagher and sister, Zelda Sparks.

She is survived by:
2 Sons:
Johnny Edward Burgess of Waxahachie
James Lee Burgess of Center
Grandchildren:
Kayla Burgess 
Corey Burgess
Brittney Burgess
Kayler Burgess
Joshua Burgess
Sister:
Betty Miller & husband, Sam of Carthage

07/18/2016

Wanda Raymond Samford, 84, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her residence.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.

Mrs. Samford was born November 16, 1931, in Iola, to Lois Kelton Raymond and Mattie Crouch Raymond.  She was an accomplished artist and also enjoyed flower gardening.  She was a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Samford was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Jerry Samford of Center

Children:
Jeff Samford and wife, Joanna, of Center
Sharon Wilson and husband, Rick, of Longview
Terry Samford and wife, Penny, of Austin
Sandy Wheeler of Center

Grandchildren:
Jeffery Samford
Dawn White
Jeremy Lansford
Angie Tyler
Elizabeth Houston
Ashley Samford
Chris Wheeler
Nic Wheeler
Whitney Wheeler

Great-Grandchildren:
Devon Tucker
Natalie Woodell
Maggie Samford
Everett Samford
Jayden Lansford
Owen Tyler
Brody Tyler
Lively Wheeler

Brother: Jack Raymond of Lake Jackson

Sister: Lena Junek of Snook

Preceded in death by
Grandson: Matthew Lansford
Parents: Lois Kelton Raymond and Mattie Crouch Raymond
Brother: Dub Raymond

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

07/18/2016

Billy Wayne “Wild Bill” Gattis, 65, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin with Bro. Jeff Spring and Bro. Mark Woolf officiating.  Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Mr. Gattis was born February 24, 1951, in Jacksonville, to George Stokes Gattis and Fannie Flora Atkerson Gattis.  He loved fishing, camping and spending time with his family.

He is survived by
Wife: Dorothy Gattis of Joaquin

Children:
Chasity Dean and husband, Troy
Ricky Nunley and wife, Holly
Keisha Byrd
Shaunda Byrd and husband, Dusten
Shelby Emerson and wife, Faith
Jamie Gattis and wife, Betty
Teresa Gattis

19 Grandchildren

2 Great Grandchildren

Brothers and Sisters:
Earl Wayne Gattis
Lee Gattis and wife, Marie
Hazel Croft
Mary Snow
Sandra Sanford
Brenda Armstrong and husband, Jack

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
2 Grandchildren
Parents: George Stokes Gattis and Fannie Flora Atkerson Gattis
Brothers: Richard Gattis, Ray Gattis

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

07/17/2016

Toni Carol Robinson, 51, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating.  Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Robinson was born April 1, 1965, to Clara Wheeler Buckley.  She was a member of Messiah Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Carrie Robinson Simmons and husband, Brandon, of Ratcliff
Dana Robinson McDaniel and husband, Demarcus, of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Justus Hooper
Kaydence Simmons
Kenzley Simmons

Brother: Deven Buckley of Athens

Special Aunt: Linda Beavers of Timpson

Preceded in death by
Husband: David Robinson
Mother: Clara Wheeler Buckley

Pallbearers will be Jack Tyre Sr., Jack Tyre Jr., Justus Hooper, John Wright, Bo Dean Wright, Wade Angelo and Kenneth Robinson.

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

07/15/2016

Minnie Sue Kent, 71, of Center, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. William D. Dickerson and Bro. William Paul Allen officiating.  Interment will follow at Blackjack Cemetery in Martinsville.  A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Ms. Kent was born August 2, 1944, in Nacogdoches County, to Phines Oliver and Minnie Love Oliver.  Her hobbies included crafting, crocheting and sewing.  She loved being Memaw to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Ms. Kent attended Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Sherri Addison of Center
Michelle Scarber of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Christy Allen and husband, William, of San Augustine
Karen Whitehead and husband, Joey, of Bremerton, Washington
Sammy Addison Jr. and wife, Carrie, of San Augustine
Amanda Scarber of Nacogdoches

Great-Grandchildren:
Haven Allen of San Augustine
Payton Ray Allen of San Augustine
Connor Whitehead of Bremerton, Washington
Paisley Whitehead of Bremerton, Washington
Kimberly Addison of San Augustine
Jessica Addison of San Augustine
Zachery Addison of San Augustine
Alex Griffin of Pineland

Sister: Clara Williams of Waterman

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bill Kent
Grandchild: Silver Addison
Parents: Phines Oliver and Minnie Love Oliver
Brothers: Robert E. Oliver, Neal T. Oliver, Heaz Henry Oliver
Sisters: Mary F. Vaco, Thelma Stewart

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

07/15/2016

A.M. “Bo” Scott Jr., 85, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mr. Scott was born November 7, 1930, in Center, to Audrey M. Scott and Zina M. Fountain Scott.  He served in the United States Army, where he retired after 20 years of service. Following his retirement from the Army, Mr. Scott worked as a policeman and a fireman for the City of Center for 22 years. He loved cooking and was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed taking care of his livestock.

He is survived by
Son: James Scott and wife, Pat, of Tomball

Son-in-law: Chris Byrnes and wife, Tina, of Center

Stepdaughter: Terry Hughes and husband, Eddie, of De Queen, Arkansas

Stepson: Steve Glaze and wife, Sue, of Tennessee

Grandchildren:
Chris Scott of The Woodlands
Jay Scott of The Woodlands
Collin M. “Trey” Byrnes of Center
Christopher M. “Beau Buster” Byrnes of Center
Cheyenne Byrnes of Center
Shane Hughes of De Queen, Arkansas
Morgan Bailey of Center
Brandy Cox of Center
Tiffany Pope of Center

5 Great-Grandsons

3 Great-Granddaughters

Sister: Ollie Mae Octivares of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Laura McSwain Scott
Wife: Marie Glaze Scott
Daughter: Lisa Renee Scott Byrnes
Parents: Audrey M. Scott and Zina M. Fountain Scott
Brother: Sam Scott

Pallbearers will be Chris Scott, Jay Scott, Collin M. “Trey” Byrnes, Christopher M. “Beau Buster” Byrnes, Morgan Bailey and Beau Scott.  Honorary pallbearers will be L. D. Eaves, Eddie Hughes and Center Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Center Volunteer Fire Department.

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

07/14/2016

Earl Cedell Chessher, Sr., 89, of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2016, at The Called Out Church in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Weaver Cemetery in Timpson.

Mr. Chessher was born March 9, 1927, in a small town and community called Carlisle, Trinity County that is now under Lake Livingston waters to Thomas Henry Chessher and Lizzie Attlean Chessher. He was one of six boys and two girls.

Earl spent his boyhood pulling cotton, dragging the yards-long burlap sack behind him and working the rows for his father, a share cropper. He lived in a log cabin in Carlisle, enjoyed the outdoors, and got into the usual amount of trouble as any active young boy will do. Earl Sr. never left behind his humble beginnings and his faith and love for God, having been raised by a brush arbor lay minister and a family that believed in praying at meals as well as often during each day. Old-fashioned remedies such as a dose of laundry bluing kept the kids alive to adulthood. He attended public schools, but spent most of his life learning at the school of life, reading the Bible and discovering the things about life which young men of his time were inclined to do.

He joined the United States Coast Guard in 1945, where he served on the U.S.S. Admiral W.L. Capps, bringing back troops from the Pacific Islands, where they had fought the Japanese during World War II. It was during this time that Earl became aware of a beautiful country girl with flaming red hair who, seeing that her friends and cousins were writing this boy from Houston, where she had been born, decided to get his address and write him too.

It didn’t take long for Earl’s letter writing endeavors to dwindle from a few young ladies to just one, and that was the girl who was to become his wife and mother to five children. They were married, with Margaret “Margie’s” grandfather conducting services in her home, the home of her parents, Clarence and Mary Margaret Mitchamore, of Goodrich, Texas. The story is that Margie agreed to marry on Christmas Day, ONLY if Earl Sr. promised to always have two gifts under the tree ... one for Christmas and another for their anniversary. A hard-working man of faith, strong work ethics, the highest of integrity and incredible mental, moral and physical strength, Earl Sr. spent most of his adult life as an adult-class teacher, helping young and older adults alike gain a better understanding of the Lord’s teachings and the Word as given in the Bible. He loved his involvement in various churches and was blessed by many for having been introduced to a life of Christian living by this dedicated man.

A life-long calling to the ministry came to fruition in 2001, when Earl Sr. answered to God’s insistent command, and he, along with the support of family and friends and fellow believers, established The Called Out Church, where it has now celebrated 15 years, and continues to grow. In his professional life, Earl was an award-winning insurance salesman. His standards for truth, and his integrity often butted heads with management at the insurance companies for whom he worked, including Prudential Life, Colonial Life and Accident and many others. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry and barbecuing. Nearly the first thing Earl did upon moving to a new home with the family, was build a brick pitt barbecue in the back yard. That was just his way, and all those who got a taste of his secret sauce and recipe, along with Mom’s pies, could never stop talking about the moveable feasts they enjoyed.

Upon moving to Center, Texas, Earl established a successful fencing business 41 years ago, which continues today. It is impossible to travel many miles in the Shelby, Panola and surrounding counties without seeing some of his work. Earl had the ability to use a divining rod to locate pipes and cables, and he could accurately step off to the foot, the length of fencing required for virtually any job. He, along with the assistance and care of his oldest daughter, Philda, helped keep Margie alive and living a quality life during her 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. And when the digging of thousands of fence post holes destroyed his shoulders, Earl finally stepped down from that physical labor. He took up reading the Bible over and over, preaching and carving out walking sticks from the many cedar fence posts recycled from the hundreds of jobs he did, replacing fencing that had been around for nearly a century, in places.

Earl spent his last years with his family as well, the patriarch of the Chessher clan, where his unique sense of humor, stamina, determination and sometimes strength of will kept the whip cracking, but none of the family cringing. He lived a Christian life by example, and remained a man of love and faith in God until his final breath. He will be missed by too many to count and respected by even more.

He is survived by
Wife: Margie McKinzie Chessher of Hawthorn Community of San Augustine

Sons:
Earl Chessher Jr of Huntington Beach, California
Clarence Chessher of Timpson
Cecil Chessher and wife, Gina, of Center

Daughters: 
Philda Adams and husband, Steve, of Timpson
Jacquelyn Fountain and husband, Donny, of Center

Step Daughter: 
Theresa Smith and husband, Glenn, of Cypress

Grandchildren:
Travis Chessher and wife, Jenny
Andre Chessher
Arthur Chessher
Stevie Adams and wife, Jean
Michael Reed and wife, Andrea
Christie Deckard
Melanie Lopez and husband, Luis
Darren Fountain and wife, Morgan
Bridgett Cockrell and husband, Andy
Chasity Cooper and husband, Shane
Chad Chessher and wife, Jenney
Mary Chessher and Bo
Sarah Chessher

34 Great Grandchildren

Brother:
Henry Lee Chessher

Sisters: 
Elaine Banks
Madelyn Grondine

Life-long friend: Duane Sutton

Preceded in death by 
Wife of 62 years: Margaret Mitchamore Chessher
Parents: Thomas Henry Chessher and Lizzie Attlean Chessher
Brothers: Lynn Chessher, Oran Chessher, 3 infant brothers

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

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