Mr. Namon King (64) of Shelbyville, Texas died October 3, 2016 at Shreveport Manor Nursing Facility of Shreveport, Louisiana.  The funeral service for Mr. King will be at Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:00pm at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas. Bishop W.C. Martin will be officiating.

Mr. King is survived by:
1 Daughter:  LoYanda Kenyatta King (Shomari Shanks) of Shreveport, Louisiana
4 Grandchildren:  Karmyn Dotson, Kambria Dotson, Serenity Shanks and Joshua Shanks all of Shreveport, Louisiana
1 Sister: Alice K. Blunt of Shelbyville, Texas
2 Aunts:  Joyce Ann Cartwright and Cassie Mae Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas

Visitation:  Hicks Chapel Friday, October 7, 2016 from the hours of 10:00am-6:30pm.
Committal:  Rather Cemetery
Repass:  East Liberty Baptist Church in the East Liberty Community

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


Marvin Specter, age 93 of Missouri City Texas, passed away peacefully Tuesday October 4th, 2016 as his home.

Visitation will be Friday October 7th, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home in Houston Texas.  Mr. Specter wishes were to be cremated, so there will be no funeral service.

The eldest of 7 children, Marvin was born on September 21st, 1923 in Omaha Nebraska to Molly Rosensky and Barney Specter.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Lee Specter.

Two sons:
Phillip Specter and wife Jacquiline of Goree, Texas
Tom Specter and wife Rose of Center, Texas

Tristan Specter and wife Nicole of Odessa, Texas
Alexandra Langohr and husband Jeremy of Lubbock, Texas
Heather Murphy and husband James of Center, Texas
Paul Specter and wife Corina of Hewitt, Texas

Birtie Susman of Longbeach, Florida
Sally Schwartzberg of Houston, Texas
Maxine Rapp and husband Don Rapp of Arlington, Texas

Max Specter of Fort Worth, Texas

10 Great-Grandchildren and three Great-Great-Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Molly and Barney Specter, two brothers Sonny Specter, Norman Specter and grandson David V. Specter.

Special Thank you to Silverado Hospice of Stafford, Texas and Crystal and Lorili.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to your local charities, or your local Hospice.


Pat Tucker, 92, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Newburn Cemetery in Center with Father Bob DeWolfe officiating.

Ms. Tucker was born February 4, 1924, in Center, to Joe Jordan and Grace Truman Alford Jordan.  Pat began working as a young girl with her sister, Mildred, loading tomatoes into boxcars in Tenaha at a time when this area, especially Timpson, were flourishing capitals of tomato growing.  As a teenager of 16, Pat went by bus to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. to work during the World War II era.  After returning to Center and marrying the love of her life, Francis Tucker, they became owners of Tucker Funeral Home for many years.  In early 1964, Pat opened Tucker Florist in 1964 and worked there diligently and at Center Floral until her retirement the summer of 2015 at age 91.  

Probably the most important thing in life to Pat was helping others, be they human or animal.  She will be remembered as one of the all-time tireless and consistent workers for humane treatment of and care for all animals.  If she could not care for the animal personally – which she did most of the time – Pat would find a way to insure that the pet or stray was properly taken care of.  To her, cats, dogs, and other of God’s creatures were as important as anyone on earth.

Pat was a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the Center chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.  She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Center for many years and was head of the Woman’s Altar Guild.

She is survived by
Kathey Tucker of Center
Cora Love Everage of Austin
Camille Tucker of St. Louis, Missouri

Son: Francis Hendrick Tucker of Springfield, Missouri

Stacy Burford of Nacogdoches
Melissa Kangerga of Midland
Amanda Carson of Houston

Great Grandchildren:
Tatum Carson
Tucker Burford
Jacob Carson
Colton Wells

Michelle Franks of Center
Renea Verdine of Center

Great Niece: Jordan Coffman of Appleby

Special Friends:
Betty Adams Simmons of Center
Jaime Faucett of Center

Preceded in death by
Husband: Francis Tucker
Son: Rickey Edward Tucker
Parents: Joe Jordan and Grace Truman Alford Jordan
Sister: Mildred Verdine
Nephew: Jason Verdine
Great Niece: Mallory Franks

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to O’Malley’s Alley Cats Association in Nacogdoches or an animal charity of your choice.

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


Renney Clotte Barrett, 86, of Garrison, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at her residence.  

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Garrison with Rev. A. H. (Blackie) Cranford and Bishop James Nicholus officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Garrison Funeral Home, beginning at 12:30.  

Ms. Barrett was born July 21, 1930, in Sulphur Springs, to Jefferson Eli Frederick and Renney Jane Frederick.

She is survived by
Rena Hughes and husband, Leonard
Patsy Cranford and husband, Buddy
Gordon Barrett and wife, Gina
Kathyleen Cranford and husband, Bobby Dale

Rodney Hughes and wife, Janice
Kimberly Griffith and husband, Todd
Torri McDaniel and husband, Bryan
Mindy Chadwick and husband, Bryan
Shane Cranford and wife, Amanda

Baylee White and husband, Stephen
Madison McDaniel
Kylie Cranford
Jaden McDaniel
Kolin Cranford
Kaitlyn Chadwick
Brewster Griffith
Kade Chadwick
Granger Hughes
Kody Chadwick
Gunner McDaniel
Barrett Griffith

Barbara Frederick
Gloria Barrett

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Gordon (Sie) Barrett
Parents: Jefferson Eli Frederick and Renney Jane Frederick
Sisters: Pauline Bowen, Margline Watson, Lorene Barrett
Brothers: William Thomas Frederick, E.J. Frederick, D.B. Frederick, Cleo Frederick, Troy Frederick

Pallbearers will be Rodney Hughes, Todd Griffith, Bryan McDaniel, Stephen White, Shane Cranford, Bryan Chadwick, Brewster Griffith and J.B. Bowen.  Honorary pallbearers will be Granger Hughes, Gunner McDaniel, Barrett Griffith, Kade Chadwick, Kolin Cranford and Kody Chadwick.

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.


Gloria “Ann” Jones, 88, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.

She was born June 13, 1928, in Center, to Meyer Benjamin Simon and Ona Alford Simon.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and First United Methodist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Joe Louis Jones of Center

Daughter: Traci Ellen Jones of Missouri City

Son: Benjamin Louis Jones and wife, Michelle Wright Jones, of College Station

Daniel Louis Jones
Natalie Teal Jones
Brittany Braaton Yoder
Christopher Sean Braaton
Nicholas Ryan Braaton

Great Grandchild: Sloan Ty Yoder

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her honor to First United Methodist Church, 211 N. Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Bertha Lee (Vaughn) Raymond, 82, of Huxley, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Kevin Windham officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Thursday, September 29, 2016 starting at 2 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born November 26, 1933 in Shelby County to Henry and Ella Alice (Snider) Vaughn.

She put her heart and soul into being a faithful wife, loving mother, grandmother, sister, mentor, confidant and friend. In her daily life, she enjoyed taking care of household duties, but she also loved to work outside. She was always right beside Dean, and throughout the years, she helped him build their family homes and contributed greatly to the construction of their chicken houses and then worked in them daily. During hay season, you could find her on a tractor raking hay. There was never a job inside or out that intimidated her.

If she did find time to do something she enjoyed, she sewed. She was the truest form of unconditional love. She was completely selfless and always had her husband, children, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s needs taken care of before hers.

There was never a time when anyone questioned her confidence and loyalty. Her faith and belief in God was strong, and she lived according to that. She and Dean contributed many hours to the construction of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church and was very dedicated to the upkeep of Pleasant Hill and Strong cemeteries.

She was a wonderful example of a God fearing mother and prefect example of true and honest morals and beliefs. She has left an honorable legacy and will be cherished in our hearts forever. She and Dean spent 63 years together on this earth and they will celebrate their 64th anniversary together in heaven.       

She is preceded in death by her husband, A.D. “Dean” Raymond,  Parents, Henry & Alice Vaughn, Son-in-law, Steve Hughes, Brother, Edward Vaughn, Sister & Brother-in-law, Agnes & Charles Bryan, Brother-in-law, Mack Dillard, Brother-in-law, Cindy O’Rear and  Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Claimond & Ozella Raymond.

She is survived:
James & Regina Raymond of Shelbyville
Pat Lovell & Steve Lovell of Center
Teresa Hughes of Joaquin
Chuck Raymond of Huxley
Beloved Mimi to her grandchildren & great-grandchildren:
J.B. Raymond & wife, Jennifer of Center
Bradley Lovell & wife, Casey of Shelbyville
Jessica Bradford of Bullard
Michael Dean Presswood of Joaquin
Brent Hughes & wife, Sara of Richmond, VA
Tyler Hughes & wife, Erin of Joaquin
Brigitte Raymond  Eddins & husband, Ryan of Center
Katy McDaniel & Cole McDaniel of Center

McKynize Bush, Justin & Jaxon Raymond, Delane & Carsey Lovell & Ella Bradford

Mildred Dillard of Center
Joann O’Rear of Huxley
Sisters-in-law & Brother-in-law:
Joan Vaughn of Nacogdoches
Lamerle Willey & husband, Henry Lee of Mauriceville
Vivian Raymond of Huxley

Special Family & Friends:
Jan Allen & husband, Terry of Center
Lona Dover Menefee of Shelbyville
Jesus “Chewy” Carrillo & Michael Carrillo
Megan McShane

Numerous Nieces & Nephews, Family & Friends

J.B. Raymond, Bradley Lovell, Michael Dean Presswood, Brent Hughes,
Tyler Hughes, Steve Lovell & Jesus “Chewy” Carrillo

Honorary Pallbearers:
Justin & Jaxon Raymond, Delane Lovell & Cole McDaniel

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thanks to their caregivers & friends, Sandra Harper, Debra Jordan, Jennifer Stewart, Alayna Rash, Penny Trahan, Katy McDaniel & the Staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home.  

In Lieu of flowers family request donations can be made to Pleasant Hill Cemetery, PO Box 91, Shelbyville, Texas 75973 or Strong Cemetery Fund, PO BOX 1383, Center, Texas 75935

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


Mrs. Ida B. “Punkin”  Burrell Waters, age 61, of San Augustine, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at CHI St. Luke Hospital in Lufkin, Texas.

Funeral service is 1pm Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Reed Chapel B C. Interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Visitation is 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at Garner and Son Chapel.

Mrs. Waters is survived by:
Husband: Michael Waters of San Augustine, Texas

Jonathon Holman of San Augustine, Texas
Demarcus Holman of San Augustine, Texas

Step-son: Jamison Holman of Silsbee, Texas

Daughter: Crystal Hooper of Nacogdoches, Texas

Tonya Holman Rhodes of Silsbee, Texas
Jermikeline Waters of Nacogdoches, Texas
Matravia Waters of Atlanta, GA
Shaniquia Waters of Houston, Texas

Eight grandchildren       

Grandmother: Nettie B. Tanner of San Augustine, Texas

J. R. Burrell (Alice) of Lufkin, Texas
Hughie Burrell (Faye) of San Augustine, Texas
Murry Burrell (Gloria) of Houston, Texas
Johnny Burrell (Leatrice) of San Augustine, Texas
James Burrell (Mary Lynn) of San Augustine, Texas
Robert Burrell (Cheryl) of San Augustine, Texas
Judge Burrell (Ruby) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Milton Burrell (Willie Mae) of Dallas, Texas
Jerry Burrell (Linda) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Terry Burrell (Beverly) of San Augustine, Texas
Timothy Burrell (Sherry) of Dallas, Texas

Birda Burrell Porter of Houston, Texas
Margret Jo Burrell (Franklin Wilson) of San Augustine, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner & Son Mortuary.


Era Belle Bush, 95, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday September 27, 2016 at Holiday Nursing Home.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 24, 1921 in Joaquin, Texas to Daniel and Bessie (Wood) Blakenship. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Joaquin.   

She is preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Bessie Blakenship, husband, Jesse Calvin Bush, Brother, Elige Blakenship and Sisters, Dorothy Plunkett, Mildred Williams and Maydell Childs and Nephews, Herbert C. Childs, Johnny Williams, Danny Plunkett, Eddie Plunkett, Billy Frank Williams & Gene Bowlin and Niece, Betty Plunkett

She is survived by:
Richard Plunkett & wife, Marie of Joaquin
Jerry Childs of Colorado
Merlin Bowlin of Merryville, LA
A number of great nieces, great nephews, cousins & friends  

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


Peggy Jean Wagstaff Dowdy, 71, of Winona, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 at Longview Regional Hospital in Longview.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. 

She was born February 17, 1945 in Orange, Texas to Austin and Melva Jean (Sanders) Wagstaff. 

She is preceded in death by her father, Austin Wagstaff, Husband, George A Sweat, Husband, Ernest Dowdy, 2 Grandchildren, James Mickeal Powers & Novy Makayla Powers and Brother, Ronnie Wagstaff, Sr.

She is survived by:
Johnny Lee Powers, Jr. & wife, Kaylynn of Avinger
Kavin Lynn Powers & wife, Connie of Silsbee
Jean Wagstaff of Center
8 Grandchildren
9 Great Grandchildren
Ronnie Wagstaff, Jr. of Lake Charles
Numerous Nieces & Nephews
Andrew Powers, Steve Cone, Darren Font, 
Ronnie Wagstaff, Jr.,  Jay Wagstaff and Hershel Tate

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


Lillian Ethel Galbreath Courtney, 91, of Timpson, Texas passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 in Garrison, Texas.  She was born on September 23, 1925 in Blue Island, Illinois, the daughter of the late Ellis John and Anna (Morris) Greep.  Visitation will be from 11AM - 1 PM at Taylor Funeral Home on Thursday, September 29, 2016 followed by a graveside service at 2PM at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  

Lillian married Theo Galbreath in 1945 and spent many years traveling with him during his time of serving our country in the Armed Forces. Lillian was a hard worker, spending many years working for the Housing Authority right here in Timpson, Texas.  She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She enjoyed crocheting for her family and friends.  Making sure all received something made with love by her.  She loved playing cards, and definitely looked forward to playing bingo in the Garrison Nursing Home with her friends.   Family will treasure the precious memories of her sweet smile, her kindness, her warmth, her energy and her love for life, family and friends.   

Lillian is survived by her son, Jimmy Galbreath and wife Bernice of Tatum, Texas; grandchildren, Evelyn Stephens and husband Ernie of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Davis and husband Bobby of Carrollton, Texas; great granddaughter, Wren Stephens; and numerous family and friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Theo Galbreath, Gaylon Courtney; and brother, Willard Greep.

To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.

Family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr, Timpson, Texas 75975.


Jerry R. Phelps, 65, of Center, Texas passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Longview, Texas.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.  His funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas with Ron Clark officiating.  Burial will follow at Galveston County Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.    
Mr. Phelps was born September 15, 1951, in Sweetwater, Texas to Burnis Nathan (Cotton) Phelps and Pearly Katherine Roberts Phelps. He was a resident of La Marque, Texas for 28 years and graduated as a La Marque Tiger in 1969.  He attended Sam Houston State University and served in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the La Marque Jaycees.
He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas were he resided for 37 years.  He had three careers including the petrochemical business with Amoco Oil, the poultry industry with Holly Farms and 22 years as an independent Borden Dairy Distributor.   Mr. Phelps was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed duck hunting and fishing. He was a founding member of Shelby County Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pam Phelps of Center.
Daughter: Valerie Ogle and husband, Tommy, of Longview
Son: Nathan Phelps and wife, Amber, of Center
Maggie and Mollie Kate Ogle
Kiptyn and Baylin Phelps
Richard Sutton and wife, Karen, of League City
Russell Sutton and wife, Donna, of Pearland
Cousins, other relatives and friends
Preceded in death by
Parents: Burnis Nathan Phelps and Pearly Katherine Roberts Phelps
Brother: David Phelps
Pallbearers for the funeral service will be Josh Phelps, Mike Pate, Ryan Smith, Jarrett Smith, Cody Bell, Chris Shimek, David Lacey, Caleb Wright, Kameron Decoteau, Jeromy Lawrence and Josh Woods.
Honorary pallbearers are Willie Bill Kirkpatrick, Doyle Bell, Rodger Bell, Richard Sutton, Russell Sutton, Garry Carter, Gary Bell, Dan Hill and all those that shared a hunting blind with him.
Memorials may be made in his name to First United Methodist Church, 211 N. Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Jimmie Ruth Sellman, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday September 23, 2016 and was pronounced on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Alvin, Texas after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Moss and Bro. Ronnie Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow at the Sellman Family Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be Tuesday starting at 10 am at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born June 26, 1933 in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Texas to Thomas M. and Ethel Irene (Moore) Phillips. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1950. She was a member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Jimmie's love for each and every one was truly larger than life itself and her love for God poured out through her generosity and her sweet smile and loving touch. She gave us all strength and courage to survive all of the roads through our lifes journeys to stand together and to be strong. She loved singing and humming songs and most importantly, reading the Bible, sitting on the front porch in the mornings drinking coffee and watching the animals. She also loved fishing and spending time with family and friends. She was the most loving, caring and selfless woman. So many speak of unconditional love, our mother showed it daily in her life. We remember her laughing many times when we were out as a family shrimping all the way down the pier and my dad would say the phone is ringing and mom would take off running half way up the pier before realizing there is no phone out here. She was a wonderful cook she made the best homemade biscuits of anyone. She loved the outdoors, her flowers and plants, and all her stray and wild cats. She enjoyed playing games and the company of her friends.

She is preceded in death by parents Tom and Ethel Phillips, husband Henry Ennis Sellman Sr. , daughter  Lois Turner, daughter Phyllis Reed ,  grandson Brent Thomas Sellman, sister Francis Eddins and brother Thomas Henry. 

She is survived by

Sharon Johnson and husband Gil of Dime Box
Henry Ennis Sellman Jr. and wife Debbie of Shelbyville
Bill Sellman and wife Kim of Azle
Betty Barnes and husband Tiny of Alvin
Patti Campise and husband James of Pearland
Dottie Rhoads and husband Steve of Alvin
Doris Chandler of Shreveport, LA 

20 Grandchildren 29 Great Grandchildren 

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

J.R. Beaver, Neil Beaver, Henry Charanza, Tad Sellman, Billy Barnes
Justin Barnes, Michael Whitlow, Dustin Whitlow & Tucker Rhoads

Honorary Pallbearers:
Ennis Sellman, III, Dereck Campise, Ennis Sellman & Bill Sellman


Mrs. Ida B. Burrell Waters, age 61, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Waters passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at CHI St. Luke Hospital in Lufkin, Texas.

Services are still pending at this time.


Manuel Soria-Lara, 66 of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday morning, September 20, 2016 at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 11am Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Triumph Church in Center with interment at Thompson Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas with Rev. Richard McCowin officiating. Wake will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Community Funeral Home in Center.

He is survived by:

Wife, Ruth Soria of Shelbyville

Christopher (Ruthie) Suell of Shelbyville
Manuel (Sheena) Soria of Shelbyville

Daughter, Natalie Polley of Shelbyville

10 Grandchildren

7 Sisters and 2 Brothers

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


Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Mae Gardner (51), of Center, Texas, will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00pm at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, Texas (623 Martin Luther King Drive).  Elder Cleon Williams will be officiating.  Mrs. Gardner died Friday, September 16, 2016 at a local hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. 

Mrs. Gardner is survived by:

1 Son:  Michael Gardner of Center, Texas

1 Daughter:  Candace Harper of Center, Texas 
3 Sisters:  Dorothy McCollister (Leo) of Tyler, Texas
        Dorothy Lavearn Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas
        Darlene Gardner of Shelbyville, Texas 

3 Grandchildren: Ma’Kenzie Dodd
          Ma’Kiyah Hubbard
          Natalie Gardner

2 Uncles:  Tom Gardner (Katy) of Shelbyville, Texas
         Lucky Gardner (Wilda) of Center, Texas 

2 Aunts:   Betty Sanders (John) of Center, Texas
        Pauline Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas 

Visitation:  Friday, September 23, 2016 at Hicks Chapel 

Committal:  St. John Baptist Cemetery, Africa Community 

Repass:  Bright Morning Star Baptist Church

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


Tommie Lou Cosby, 77, of Holly Lake Ranch, TX passed away Monday, September 19, 2016 in Tyler, TX. She was born Tuesday, August 3, 1939 in Crow, TX to the late John William “Pete” Shoemaker and Delores McKneely Shoemaker.

Mrs. Cosby attended Holly Brook Baptist Church. She was a member of Concerned Women for America, Board of Directors for Cedar Memorial Gardens, a girl scout leader, softball coach and Sunday School teacher. 

She is survived by: 
husband, Wayne Cosby of Holly Lake Ranch, TX
two sons, David Cosby and wife Laurie of Diana, TX, Danny Cosby and wife Kellie of Raleigh, North Carolina
daughter, Debra Cosby Lane of Dallas, TX
two brothers, Larry Shoemaker of Collinsville, TX and John Shoemaker of Comfort, TX
four granddaughters, Molly Cosby, Katie Cosby, Ashley Lane and Tiffany Lane. 

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 2:30 PM at Holly Brook Baptist Church in Holly Lake Ranch, TX. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, TX 75701 or Cal Farley Boys Ranch Po Box 1890 Amarillo, TX 79174.


Margie McMkinzie Chessher, 83, of San Augustine, TX passed away in San Augustine, TX September 16th, 2016. Margie was born March 28, 1933 in Shelby County, TX to Jack Blackmon and Audrey Taylor. She retired from Deep East Texas Electric Co-op and was affiliated with Liberty Hill Baptist Church. 

Visitation will be Saturday, September 17th from 5PM til 8PM at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel in San Augustine, TX. Services will be held Sunday, September 18th at 3:00PM at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel in San Augustine, TX. Burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Bro. Frank Holrath and Bro. Welton Blackmon Officiating. 

She is survived by: 
Daughter:  Teresa Mckinzie Smith & Husband Robert Glenn Smith of Cypress, TX
Grandchildren:  Cole Smith & Wife Krissi; Jordan Smith; Noelle Smith
Great-Grandchildren:  Noble Paul Smith; Lillian Doniece Smith
Brothers:  Jerry Blackmon of Lufkin, TX; Welton Blackmon of Patroon, TX
Sisters-In-Law:  Linda Blackmon; Alice Ann Blackmon; Hazel Mckinzie
Brother-In-Law:  Buddy Gray
Step-Children:  Philda & Steve Adams; Jackie & Donnie Fountain; Cecil & Gena Chessher; Tommy Chessher; Earl Chessher Jr.
Numerous Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren of The Chessher Family

Special Friends:  Jeanette Miller; Mrs. Billie Anders (Colonial Pines Room-Mate)
Host Of Nieces & Nephews; Family & Friends
Beloved Pet:  Sparky

She was preceded in death by her parents: Jack & Audrey Blackmon, husbands: Elton Mckinsie & Earl Chessher, infant twin sons, sister: Helen Gray, nephews: James Grey & Mark Nckinzie and niece, Ernastine Couglar.

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.


Funeral services honoring the life of Victor Gerald Files, 90, will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, LA with Reverend Jon Lord officiating. Burial will follow at Prude Cemetery in Mansfield, LA. The family will receive friends at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6:00 till 8:00 PM.

Gerald was born on February 13, 1926 to Walter and Emaline Wall Files and passed away on September 18, 2016 in Mansfield, LA.

Gerald was a WWII Navy Veteran and also a horse and cattle rancher his whole life. He ran landing barge landing troops in Okinawa. Gerald was a Judge for American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, and American Appaloosa Association. Gerald was also published in numerous horse publications.

Preceding Gerald in death were his wife Jacqueline Files; parents Walter and Emaline Files; brothers, George Files, Leon Files, and sister, Edra Krute.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his son Jim Files and wife Amanda of Stanley, LA; daughter, Vicki Jernigan and husband Adam of Center, TX; sister, Agnes Sutch of FL; 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and one special niece Carolyn Allen of Wasilla, AK.


Henry Herbert Stephens Jr., 60, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016, at his residence.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Wheeler officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Stephens was born March 8, 1956, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Henry Herbert Stephens Sr. and Barbara Ann Owens Stephens.  He served in the United States Navy.  Mr. Stephens loved working, fishing and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by
Wife: Lisa Stephens 

Daughter: Stephanie “Tunkin” Stephens McMiller and husband, Herbert

Special Daughters and Son:
Kimberly Gibson
Lindsey Weaver
Joshua Vail

Kayla “Dala” McMiller
Tysheania “Ty” McMiller
Dashia “Deja vu” McMiller

Frances Ann Sewell
Wanda Owens

Mike Owens
Gary Owens

Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law:
Carolyn Cooley
Mike Clark
Connie Smith
John Clark
Luke Clark
Charlotte Griffith
Maxine Lester

Special Family:
Fannie Hughes
Theresa Whiteside
Angela Hughes
Wayne Hughes
Larry Jack Hughes

Preceded in death by
Parents: Henry Herbert Stephens Sr. and Barbara Ann Owens Stephens
Brothers: Billy Stephens, Randy Stephens

Pallbearers will be Joshua Vail, Shawn Whiteside, Colton Bragg, Shane Whiteside, David Bragg and Clint Crocker.  Honorary pallbearers will be Marquette Cagle, Bobby Collins, Tony Flynn, John McBride, Delbert Matthews and Gene Vail.

The preferred florist of the family is Hughes Florist 936-598-9949.

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



Graveside service for Frank Allen Alpha, 71, of Houston, Texas, son of the late Frank Adam and Erma Lucille (McCracken) Alpha, will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at Mt. Olive Cemetery, 4417 CR 4054, Timpson, TX.  Frank passed away September 17, 2016 in Houston, Texas and was born March 15, 1945.

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.