Mariaah Robbin López, 17, passed away, June 26, 2016 in Kennard.  Mariaah was born January 2, 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin to parents, Miguel López and Linda Freeman López.  

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and was a student at Crockett High School where she would be a cheerleader this coming year.

Mariaah is survived by her parents:
Miguel and Linda Freeman López of Crockett

Tamara López of Kenosha, WI
Vanessa López of Victorville, CA

Miguelito López of Santa Fe, NM
Michael López of Ohio
Erin López of Corsicana, TX
Cory Widish of Waukesha, WI
Matthew López of Austin, TX

Jose López of Crockett
Edward and Diann Freeman of Ferryville, WI

Auntie Barbara and Uncle Chris Rehak of Milwaukee, WI

Numerous other loving relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by grandmother, Domitila López; uncle, Tony Freeman.

Funeral services for Mariaah Robbin López will be held 2pm Friday, July 1, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor David L. Adler, officiating. Family will receive friends Friday morning beginning at 9am at Grace Lutheran Church.

Services are under the direction of Callaway-Allee Funeral Home www.callawayallee.com


Jackie Lynn Baldwin, 71, of Conroe, Texas, passed away on June 29, 2016.

Jackie was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 10, 1945 to James Edmond and Jessie Lee Hartt Baldwin. You might remember him as #34 of the Tenaha Tigers, Class of 1964. He worked for Houston Lighting & Power for 30 years. He volunteered for Kids Unlimited for 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edmond and Jessie Lee Hartt Baldwin; brother, James “Jimmy” Edmond Baldwin; nephew, Joseph Baldwin and niece, Pam Baldwin.

He is survived by his wife, Jana Farley Baldwin; daughter, Kim Baldwin Martinez (Richard); son, Scott Howse; brothers, Mike Baldwin (Joan), Sam Baldwin (Shree); sisters, Patricia Baldwin Edmundson (Bill), Sandra Baldwin Barclay (Tony); sister-in-law, Helen Baldwin Pleasant (Otis); granddaughters, Kaitlynn Martinez and Abigail Howse; step-son, Cory Farley (Nicole); step-daughter, Kassie Farley; step-grandchildren, Alyssa Farley and Caleb Farley and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

The Baldwin family will receive friends on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Woods New Hope Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 158 County Road 433, Tenaha, Texas 75974. An interment will follow at 3:00 pm at the Woods Cemetery, 383 County Road 425, Tenaha, Texas 75974.


Count Jerome McCoy, Sr., age 50, of San Augustine, Texas. Mr. McCoy was found at his residence in Nacogdoches, Texas on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 1:00pm at True Vine Baptist Church with Internment at Union Grove Cemetery.

He is survived by:

Count Jerome McCoy, Jr of Nacogdoches, Texas
John McCoy of Nacogdoches, Texas
Cory (Candice) Richardson of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daughter, Shemake Nacole Hadnot of Nacogdoches, Texas

5 Grand-Children

Parents, Mog and Ida McCoy of San Augustine, Texas

Gary P. McCoy Sr. (Esther) of San Augustine, Texas
Kevin Edwards of San Augustine, Texas

Lesha Johnson of San Augustine, Texas
Teresa Watson (Robert) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Ashley McCoy of Joaquin, Texas
Tylyrica McCoy of Center, Texas

Uncle, Idell Wilson(Shirley) of Oakland, California

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner & Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas 75972.


Lester Ray “Les” Matthews, 74, of Timpson passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at his residence.

A family remembrance to be held at a later date.

He was born August 22, 1941 in Harris County, Texas to Frank and Dorothy (Juretich) Matthews.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Frank and Dorothy Matthews and Son, Keith Smith.

He is survived by:
Wife of 29 years:
Judy Matthews of Timpson
Michael Matthews & wife, Teri of Cypress
Kevin Smith & wife, Krista of Theresa, NY
Karen Miller & husband, Bill of Tyler
Marissa Matthews
Kody Smith, Kyle Smith, 
Kalyn Smith & Kade Smith
Gabrielle Wood, Jeffrey Cagle, 
Christian Cagle & McKenzie Miller
Great Grandchildren:
Abilene, Austin & Alison
Numerous other family & friends

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


Mr. Samuel Sterling Hollis, age 60, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mr. Hollis passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.   

Funeral Service: 

The Family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Survived by:

Son            Jonathan D. Hanson (Kara) of League City, Texas

Daughter        Crystal Davis of San Augustine, Texas

3 Grand Children    2 Great Grand Children

2 Brothers        James Robertson Hollis, Jr. (Carol) of Iola, Texas
                       Haden Lee Hollis (Rhanna) of Caldwell, Texas

1 Sister            Mary Katherine Simons (David Ray) of Montgomery, Texas

As well as a host of other Relatives and friends.


Dura Mae Wheeler Rushing, 91, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Center.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Noble officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Mrs. Rushing was born October 3, 1924, in San Augustine County, to Early Earnest Wheeler and Frances Valley Perry Wheeler.  She loved quilting, cooking, gardening, writing poetry and spending time with her family.  She was a member of Old Salem Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Hugh William Rushing and wife, JoAnn
Kevin Rushing and wife, Samantha

Sue Francine Rushing Garner and husband, Roy Don
Norma Jean Rushing Runnels
Anita Jackson and husband, Larry
Sherry Parks and husband, Charles

22 Grandchildren

A number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Sister-in-law: Dorothy Langford

Preceded in death by
Parents: Early Earnest Wheeler and Frances Valley Perry Wheeler
Sons: Nicky Rushing, Albert Earl Rushing
Infant Child

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


John Bruce Martin, 87, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 27, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. David Long and Bro. Harold Hanson officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Martin was born August 7, 1928, in Joaquin, to Willfred B. Godfrey Martin and Annie Bell English Martin.  He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed raising cattle.  Mr. Martin loved his family, his friends and his church. He was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin and was a Past Worshipful Master of Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856.

He is survived by
Wife: Joyce Martin of Joaquin

Daughter: Sharon Peddy and husband, Bob, of Tyler

Son: Ronny Martin and wife, Tracy, of Tomball

4 Step-Daughters

Kelli Trent
Amanda Weaver
Justin Martin
Kyle Martin
Trevor Martin

4 Great-Grandchildren

Brother: Gordon Martin of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Willfred B. Godfrey Martin and Annie Bell English Martin
Brothers: Garland Martin, D.W. Martin

Pallbearers will be Kyle Martin, Justin Martin, Trevor Martin, Jared Weaver, Jason Trent and Ricky Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Vance Jordan, Buren Lowe, James Howell, Daryl Alford, Ken Kaye and the Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Martin’s name to Jackson Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund.

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


Mary Ann Ramsey, 73, of Timpson, Texas passed away on Thursday June 23, 2016 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  She was born on September 10, 1942, in Center, Texas, the daughter of Melvin and Mildred Lucille Hammers Ramsey.  Visitation will begin at 10AM on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.  Service will follow at 11AM on June 25, 2016 at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas with Father Jose Luis Vidarté officiating.  Interment will be at Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Mary Ann grew up in the Tennessee Community and she was a 1961 graduate of Timpson High School.  She loved Timpson and was a proud Timpson Bear fan.  Mary Ann cherished her children, and those precious grandchildren.  She spent much time sewing for others.  She had a passion for sewing.  Mary Ann loved the outdoors.  She spent what time she wasn’t sewing outside enjoying nature.  She loved gardening.  Mary Ann had enthusiasm collecting dolls and trinkets.  

Mary Ann is survived by her sons; Bradley H. Liles and wife Colleen, of Martinsburg, WV, Shanon Liles of Logansport, Louisiana; daughter, Penny Darlyne Liles Lewis and husband Kelly of Angleton, Texas; brother, Billy Ray Ramsey and wife Sherrie of Quitman, Texas; grandchildren, Ryan Phelps, Darian Liles, Quinton Liles, Tara Liles, Hunter Lewis; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.  

She is preceded in death by her parents.

The family of Mary Ann Ramsey is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas.  

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


Helen Bixler, 82 of Joaquin, TX passed away on June 23, 2016 in Fort Worth, TX.

Memorial services for Helen will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at two o’clock in the afternoon at First United Methodist Church of Logansport, visitation immediately to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Helen was born in Shelbyville, TX on April 26, 1934 to J.T. and Rachel Tyler. She was the Valedictorian for her 1952 graduating class of Joaquin High School. She then continued her education at the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As her family would say, she was the happiest when she was learning so she continued her studies and received her Master’s in Education from the University of Arizona. She was a former Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star Masonic Lodge #903 in Joaquin, TX.

She is survived by:

Son, Richard Bixler and his wife Carol of Gilbert, AZ

Daughter, Vicki Schafer and her husband Stephen of Fort Worth, TX

Sister, Juanita Beasley of Joaquin, TX

Michael Bixler
Martin Schafer and his wife Julianne
Daniel Bixler and his wife Naomi, and their children Joseph and Jazlin
Nichole Bixler, and her children Shelby, Austin, Ian, and Carter

Sister-in-law, Margie Tyler

Sharron Shanz, and her children Mary Rachel and Tyler
Lesa Tyler Parmer, and her daughter Addison

She is preceded in death by:
Husband, John Gideon Bixler
Brother, Doug Tyler
Parents, J.T. Tyler and Rachel Tyler Henry
Great-Grandson, Jaxson Bixler

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church for the purpose of a new sign.

Service provided by Lucas Funeral Home, Keller, Texas.


Frances A. Coleman (63), died Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Coleman will be Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00am at Old Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas.  Rev. George Grace will be officiating and Rev. Charleston Johnson the Eulogist.

Mrs. Coleman’s survivors are:  

LaSherrick Davis of Timpson, Texas
Shavondric Coleman of Nacogdoches, Texas
Shakedric Coleman of Timpson, Texas

Grandson, Shakeridan Davis of Timpson, Texas

Mother, Emma Jean Johnson

Darron Holloway of Timpson, Texas
Charles Phillips of Timpson, Texas
Isaac Phillis of Mansfield, Louisiana
Freddy Phillips of Houston, Texas
Donald Ray Phillips of Houston, Texas
Theodore, Phillips of Houston, Texas
Clayvon Phillips of California

Sister: Lydia Phillips of Houston, Texas

Visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2016 at Old Smyrna Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Committal is at Timpson City Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. Repass will be at Old Smyrna Baptist Church.

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


Edward Chatman Jr., 60, of Logansport, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at his residence.  

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.

Mr. Chatman was born August 29, 1955, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Edward Chatman Sr. and Deley Dale Ramares Chatman. He served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Chatman enjoyed gardening, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by
Wife: Debra Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana

Krystle Blue Odom of Logansport, Louisiana
Stephanie Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana

Wesley Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana
Bubba Chatman of Pineville, Louisiana

Daughter-in-law: Jamie Chatman of Logansport, Louisiana

Son-in-law: Mitchell Odom of Logansport, Louisiana

Jasmine Odom
Elijah Chatman
Lyndzey Odom
Jayla Chatman
Nash Odom
Kaydence Brock
Kamyllia Chatman
Bonnie Chatman
Landon Chatman

Frank Chatman of Chippawa Falls, Wisconsin
Gordon Chatman of Pineville, Louisiana
Richard Chatman of Alexandria, Louisiana

Elizabeth Lemoine of Shreveport, Louisiana
Joni Findlay of Alexandria, Louisiana

Mother-in-law: Nancy Dorrell of Logansport, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Parents: Edward Chatman Sr. and Deley Dale Ramares Chatman
Brothers-in-law: Donald Ray Blue, Dale Blue

Pallbearers will be Mike Hall, Mitchell Odom, Jared Wedgeworth, Teddy Carnes, Rick Campbell, Wesley Chatman and Bill Henderson.  Honorary pallbearer will be Elijah Chatman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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


Phillip Winston Hennigan, Sr., 70, of Center, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at his residence.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Windham and Bro. D.J. Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Adams Cemetery in Shelbyville with military honors under the direction of the US Army Honor Guards. Visitation will be Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born April 10, 1946 in Jasper to Joseph Polk and Joye Wynell (Phillips) Hennigan. He was the middle child, the favorite, over his brother Gary and Sister, Connie. Phillip Hennigan, a former Major League Baseball player, played from 1969-1973 with the Cleveland Indians (Ohio) and the New York Mets. Hennigan attended Jasper High School, graduating in 1964. He then attended Sam Houston State University. He was drafted in fourth round by the Indians in 1966. Hennigan served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 where he served during Vietman. 

He made his debut with the Indians on Sept. 2, 1969. Hennigan pitched out of the Cleveland Indian bullpen from 1969-1972. He became the Indians’ ace reliever in 1971 going 4-3 with 14 saves, the 8th best in the American League. He was traded to Mets in 1972. After retiring from baseball, he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for five years. He also has worked for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and was later employed with the Center Police Department from 1995 -2012 where he retired as a Sergeant. He was a Peace officer for over 40 years.  Phil was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

He enjoyed spending time with Lynda Kaye and entertaining friends. The highlight of his life was watching baseball games with his sons and grandsons. He was especially proud of his grandson, Jonathan Hennigan for following in his footsteps. He dreamed of the day Zayne would be on the big field.  He and his wife attended Camp Springs Baptist Church in Hemphill.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Joseph Polk and Joye Wynell (Phillips) Hennigan, Brother, Gary Hennigan and Son, Scotty Hennigan.

He is survived by:
Loving wife of 29 years:
Lynda K. Russell of Center

Phil Hennigan & wife, Kim of Center
Steven Hennigan of Center

Jonathan Hennigan
Zayne Hennigan
Ryan Gray

2 Great-Grandchildren

Connie Hatton & husband, Carl of Woodville

Debbie Hennigan of Woodville

Edrie Parsons of Center

Special Friends:
Karla Vaughn
Mary Ann Parsons
Barbara Dance
Janice Pugh
Pat Hooker

Niece & Nephews
David Hennigan
Neil Hennigan
Derrick Hennigan
Greg Hatton
Christy Woolston

Numerous Great-Nieces & Nephews

James Hagler, Jamie Hagler, Bob Atchison, Sammy Dance, Charles Hooker, Walter Shofner, Brent Dance & Spence Dance.

Honorary Pallbearers:
Phil Hennigan, Steven Hennigan, Jonathan Hennigan, Zayne Hennigan, Carl Hatton, Ryan Gray, Neil Hennigan, David Hennigan & Dillon Windham

In Lieu of flowers family request donations to be made to the Center Youth Baseball In Memory of Phil Hennigan, c/o Jason Mitchell PO BOX 991, 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


Lyndell “Mac” Langston, 79, of Center, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at

Mr. Langston was born December 18, 1936, in Hope, Arkansas to Lenard Mac Langston and Lois Lee Alsobrook Langston.  He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  Mr. Langston also liked to make beer and wine.  He was a member of International Bricklayers and Applied Craftsman and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nacogdoches.  

He is survived by
Wife: Delores Langston of Center

Daughter: Cindy Maphet of Katy

Step Sons:
Kevin Jernigan of Austin
Michael Jernigan and wife, Nicole, of Kyle

Taryn Smith and husband, Robert, of Ft. Benning, Georgia
Jeslyn Jernigan of Kyle
Corbin Jernigan of Kyle

Brother: Virgil McNatt and wife, Rose, of Florida

Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law:
Ruth Langston of Center
Don Gatliff and wife, Mary, of Timpson
Ginger Vaughn of Fort Worth
Richard Gibson and wife, Betty, of San Saba
Pat Jarnigan and husband, Gene, of Lubbock
Jack Cochran and wife, Wanda, of Coleman
Glenn Williford and wife, Judy, of Huxley
Debbie Williford of Center
Wesley Baylor and wife, Peggy, of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Lenora Langston
Parents: Lenard Mac Langston and Lois Lee Alsobrook Langston
Brother: George Langston
Sister: Katherine Cochran

Pallbearers will be Austin Williford, Don Gatliff, Gary Gatliff, Glenn Williford, Kevin Jernigan, Mike Jernigan, Wes Baylor and Wesley Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Williford, Chad Vaughn, Cindy Maphet, Jason Choate, Jason Williford, Michael Bradshaw, Taryn Smith, Virgil McNatt and Wesley Baylor.

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


Lillian Loyce Robbins Bittick, 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday June 13 2016 in San Augustine,Tx at Colonial Pines Nursing Home.

Graveside Services only, Friday 10am at Old Salem.

She was born on January 28, 1931 in Forest Hill, Louisiana to Oliver and Martha Jane (Oliver) Robbins. She was a 1948 graduate of Center High School. She was married to Johnnie Bittick for 61 years until his death in 2012. She was a longtime resident of Center and worked various jobs there, including as a nurses aide at the old Center Sanitarium, office positions at Eastex Poultry, Holly Farms, Center Plywood and the Oates Clinic. She was also the owner and operator of a child care center for several years.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, music, singing and genealogy. She loved spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren.

She is survived by:
Brother: Gerald Robbins and wife, Earline, of Seffner, Florida

Sister: Dovie Gray Oatman and husband, Richard, of Pleasant Hope, Missouri

Thomas Carroll Bittick of Center
Johnnie Glynn Bittick of Center
David Lee Bittick and wife, Linda, of Westcliffe, Colorado
Larry Daniel Bittick of Center
Jeremy Wade Bittick and wife, Tina, of San Augustine

Daughter: Janie Murle Bittick Mulla of Austin

Vicki Bittick McCrimmon and husband, Nate, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bonnie Bittick of Muskegon, Michigan
Quintin Smith, Jr., of Center
Mike Davis and wife, Jessica, of Muskegon, Michigan
Marla Smith Lee of Austin
Shaun Smith and wife, Angela, of Topeka, Kansas
LiAnna Bittick and husband, Wayne Weldin, of Austin
Amy Bittick Bryant and husband, Jasson, of Albany, Georgia
Amanda Bittick of Austin
Penny Bittick Meier and husband, William, of Austin
Joshua Bittick of Austin
Justin Smith of Center
Cameran Bittick of Center
Elizabeth Smith Kilpatrick and husband, Brody, of Joaquin
JuliAnn Bittick Hagar and husband, Christien, of Center
Johnathan Bittick and wife, Molly, of Altus, Oklahoma

20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great

Pallbearers: Ricky King, David Haley, Chris Knowlton, Stephen Stroud, Jim Blackwell, Steven Thornburgh

Honorary Pallbearers Bobby Walker, Phillip Ford, Chris Wheeler, Joey Haley, Scott Burkhalter, and John Welch.

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


Dwight D. ”Hank” Curbow, 65 of Garrison passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. He was born December 21, 1950 in Nacogdoches County to parents, Willis Dean Curbow and Ouida Deloney Curbow. He was the fifth of six children.

His service will be held at 10:00am, Friday, June 17, 2016 at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Shannon “Shak” Arrington and Rev. Ryan King will be officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include:

His loving wife and school sweetheart of 45 years, Stephani Beard Curbow

Coady Curbow and wife Pam
Kent Curbow & wife Candice

Daughter: Cassi Hairgrove & husband Collin

Grandchildren: Callie Grace Curbow, Taylor Mackenzie Curbow, Cason Wyatt Curbow, Camden Devant Curbow, Cohen Charles Hairgrove, Hudson Lee Curbow, Claire Layne Hairgrove, Gentry Lynn Curbow & Reese Joanne Curbow.

Jimmy Curbow
Billy Curbow
Joey Curbow

Marie Adkison
Jeannie Butler

Numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.

Hank lived all his life in Nacogdoches County in the Garrison area and formed strong bonds and a deep commitment of service with his community. He was raised on his parents farm where he was taught the importance of church, family, hard work, service & honesty.

This country life instilled a love for the Lord, family, his country & his fellow man. He was very dedicated to his community & had a strong desire to help others, never striving for recognition, a man with a humble heart. He was a member & former Deacon of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

A trustee of Holly Springs Cemetery, member of the Garrison Masonic Lodge & a Shriner Served on the Garrison School Board for 9 years. An active supporter of FFA, an avid hunter & member of Bellview Hunting Club plus service on multiple committees through the years. He was blessed with his destiny to become a farmer & rancher. He definitely was a “homebody” often saying he didn’t like to leave “Route 3”. His idea of enjoyment was riding the back roads which he knew every twist & turn with frequent stops for visiting, gathering at the camp & at home-the more family & friends the better.

His life was filled with adventures which has lead to storytelling, never ending memories, slow smiles to body shaking laughter. His country wit & slow talking was a delight to his wife & children. His work, such as penning & working cattle, getting hay baled & put up fence often turned in to a social event. His love of hunting & all the related friendships & bonds that were formed. This love of hunting caused frequent unpleasant encounters with his wife in the early years but eventually she saw she had to accept or leave. His pride and joy was his 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

When not working he spent his childhood roaming the pastures, woods & creek banks. His daddy was a successful hog farmer & Hank bought him out & followed his lead-later branching out into chicken farming, dairying & raising cattle.

In school, he excelled in football, well known as a running back for his speed & agility & juking. He was short but muscular & college scouts came to watch him. A knee injury bringing this to an end. But not the long lasting friendships & notoriety.

He met his future wife when he was in the 7th grade & she was in the 6th & the bond began. They were separated due to his wife’s parents traveling Army life but the bond was never broken. They were reunited when he was 18 and she was 16, when his wife’s father had to go to Vietnam. They fell in love & the love grew & never ended.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Holly Springs Cemetery in memory of Hank Curbow.

Family is being served by Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas


Maranda LeAnn Whitton, 21 of Logansport, LA.  Passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2016

There will be a graveside service at 10 am Thursday June 16, 2016 at Bethel Cemetery 219 Bethel Road, Logansport, La. With a Memorial Ceremony to follow at Bethel Methodist Church.

Maranda was born November 30, 1994. She was a loving girl with a beautiful smile, and laugh that could brighten even the worst days. Not a person ever met her that they did not become instant friends. Her love for her family and friends was apparent to anyone who knew her. Her personality was just so audacious that this world could not hold her, she is now shining down on us from Heaven above.

She is Survived By:

Fiance, Steven McCoy of Logansport, La

Mother, Julie Phillips of Carthage, Tx

Britni Phillips and fiancé Eric Davis of Bossier City, La
Haven Holt of Pitkin, La

Brother, Blayne Whitton of Carthage, Tx

Linda Fonville of Logansport, La
Mike and Linda Jordon of Carthage, Tx
Jerold Price Of Deadwood, Tx
Luther David Whitton of Jaoquin, Tx

Theresa Fonville of Logansport, La
Rebecca Fonville of Logansport, La
Teena Register and Husband Craig of Logansport, La
Amy Glass and Husband Brian of Jasper, Tx
Crystal Berg and Husband Lydell of Joaquin, Tx
Angela Whitton of Joaquin, Tx
Kimberly Griffin and Husband Billy of San Augustine, Tx
Rhonda Villarreal and Husband Luis of DeBerry, Tx

Uncle, James Crawford and Wife Anita of Carthage, Tx

Nephew, Caleb Walker

She is also survived by a host of very special cousins, family and friends.

She is proceeded in Death by her father Robert Timothy Phillips, great-grandparents Leon and Arlene Todd and grandmother Peggy Whitton


Darrell “Stogie” Partlow, 93, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Frankie Desoto officiating.   Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery.

Mr. Partlow was born May 10, 1923, in Kensal, North Dakota, to Urban Partlow and Dora Fredrickson Partlow.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in the Philippines and South Pacific.  Mr. Partlow enjoyed truck driving, traveling with his family and carpentry work.  

He is survived by
Bob Partlow and wife, Donna
Rick Partlow and wife, Barbara

Daughter: Jane Coyne and husband, Marty

Ben Partlow
Angie Teske and husband, J.R.
Billy Partlow and wife, Heather
Traci Carothers and husband, Tim
Bambi Wilburn and husband, Timbo
Samantha Palmer and husband, Rod
Eric Partlow
Amy Lindley and husband, Jamie

14 Great-Grandchildren

1 Great Great Grandchild

4 Sisters-in-law

3 Brothers-in-law

Preceded in death by
Wife: Mildred Lawson Partlow
Parents: Urban Partlow and Dora Fredrickson Partlow
3 Brothers
3 Sisters

Pallbearers will be Billy Partlow, Ben Partlow, J.R. Teske, Taylor Partlow, Trevor Partlow and Jesse Teske.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Partlow, Tim Carothers, Timbo Wilburn, Jamie Lindley, Rod Palmer, Sawyer Wilburn, Cowboy, Benny and Red Wing.

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



Mr. Curtis Polley, age 80, of Joaquin, TX passed away Thursday morning at Green Acres Nursing Center of Center, TX. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday at 11:00AM at the Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX. Elder Frankie Maddox to officiate. 

Mr. Curtis Polley is survived by: 

Wife Earlene Polley of Joaquin, TX

5 Daughters - Sharon Polley of Center, TX, Wanda Polley of Center, TX, Barabara Polley of Lufkin, TX, Lisa Johnson of Center, TX and Penelope Johnson of San Augstuine, TX

5 Sisters - Lorene Moore of Center, TX, Linda Redmond of Nacogdoches, TX, Lanell Polley of Nacogdoches, TX, 
Annette Polley of Center, TX and Mary Lousie Greer of Center, TX

2 Brothers - Artis Lee Polley of Center, TX and Anderson Polley Jr. of Center, TX. 

17 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren


Helen Irene Warren Muckelroy, 94, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Ms. Muckelroy was born December 5, 1921, in Shelby County, to Ed Warren and Harriett Warren.

She is survived by
Sister: Edith Franks

Caretakers: Douglas Jackson Family

Preceded in death by
Husband: Cecil Leo Muckelroy
Parents: Ed Warren and Harriett Warren

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


Larry Wayne Ballard, 67, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith, Bro. John Bender and Bro. Josh Sanford officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Mr. Ballard was born February 7, 1949, in Center, to L.G. Ballard and Lola Mae LaFitte Ballard. He graduated Center High School in 1967 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University.  In 1969, Mr. Ballard married the love of his life, Marilyn, who he fell in love with at the age of 15. Together, they raised three daughters.  Mr. Ballard loved his church and his family.  He enjoyed spending time as “Poppy” with his five grandchildren and having coffee with his many friends.  Mr. Ballard was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Center.  He served as a deacon since 1978, and pioneered the media ministry of First Baptist Church to bring the services to the community.  He was a member of Center Sam Samford Masonic Lodge.  He was also active in his community by serving on Center’s Planning and Zoning Committee as well as being a Shelby County Leadership Participant.

He is survived by
Wife of 46 years: Marilyn Ballard of Center

Kimberley Shofner and husband, Paul, of Jacksonville
Tracy Gould and fiancé, Corey Wood, of Tyler
Amy Roach and husband, Kyle, of Bullard

Katelin Gould of Tyler
Connor Shofner of Jacksonville
Reagan Shofner of Jacksonville
Bailey Kurtz of Bullard
Lainey Kurtz of Bullard

Brother: Louis Ballard of Iowa

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: L.G. Ballard and Lola Mae LaFitte Ballard

Pallbearers will be Kyle Roach, Paul Shofner, Corey Wood, Bailey Kurtz, Connor Shofner, Ted Hopkins, Delbert Beckham, Alan Minter and David Minter.  Honorary pallbearers will be McNeil Moore, Gene Walker, David Koonce, Todd Albert, Scott Shamblin, Bill Stegall and First Baptist Church Deacons.

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