07/07/2016

James William Forbes, 81, of Center, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Bobby Bressman officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

James William Forbes was born January 30, 1935, to Guilford and Mildred Teague Forbes in their home on a hill overlooking Mt. Ida, Arkansas.  The family moved a few years later to Mena, Arkansas, where James attended school and graduated in May, 1953.

He worked that summer as a Smokejumper in Missoula, Montana.  Upon his return to Mena in August, he married his high school sweetheart, Ann Campbell. They moved to Magnolia, Arkansas, where he attended Southern State College and where their first child, Angela, was born.

In 1955, they moved back to Mena, Arkansas, where he worked for the Renova Shirt Factory and then the Arkansas Highway Department.  Soon after their daughter, Janet, was born, he began employment with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey until August, 1961, when they moved to Center, Texas. He traveled with the survey team, working in West Virginia and up and down the East Coast from Main to Southern Florida.

James’ employment in Center was with the Soil Conservation Service.  James “Jimmy” Forbes was born the following year.  Hobbies include fishing, reading, hunting, church activities and just enjoying life in East Texas.

He was a member of the Center Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Secretary/Treasurer; a member of the Center City Council, Weather Observer for the National Weather Service, where he received several prestigious awards.  On April 25, 2016, the Chamber of Commerce awarded James with Distinguished Citizen Award, one of the highest awards they give.

He is survived by
Wife of 62 years: Ann Forbes of Center

Children:
Angela Crelia Worsham and husband, Rick, of Center
Janet Oliver Yates and husband, Billy, of Center
Jimmy Forbes and partner, Daniel Nadler, of Bozeman, Montana

Grandchildren:
Sterling Crelia and fiancé, Jana Hagler, of Center
Amanda Kirby and husband, Kris, of Center
Landon Oliver and wife, Rita, of Center
Charla Warr and husband, Matt, of Center
Marina Permenter and husband, Hurchell, of Center
Tiffany Schillings and husband, Anthony, of Center
Samantha Ranft and husband, Brandt, of Waco
Jeremy Yates of Huntsville

Great Grandchildren:
Macy Mayo
Makayla Mayo
Mason Mayo
Jamie Warr
Clay Warr
Madison Kirby
Slade Kirby
Sawyer Kirby
Kaylee Jo Oliver
Brooklyn Oliver
Lily Grace Oliver
Daylon Fountain
Alexis Schillings
Jaden Yanez
Calista Schillings
Preston Schillings
Aubree Swearingen
Clinton Forbes
Emilee Permenter
Kynzlee Permenter
Kale Ranft

Numerous cousins and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Guilford and Mildred Forbes

Pallbearers will be Rick Worsham, Billy Yates, Sterling Crelia, Kris Kirby, Landon Oliver, Matt Warr, Joe D. Anderson and Keith Byndon.  Honorary pallbearers will be James Crelia, Hurchell Permenter, Center Firemen and Center City Council.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Center Volunteer Fire Department, First Baptist Church and Affinity Hospice.

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

07/07/2016

Judy Ann Garrett Rufus, 72, of Beaumont , TX , departed this life on Saturday, July 2, 2016.
            
Mrs. Rufus, an educator for 42 years, in Beaumont Independent School District at French High School, Beaumont Charlton Pollard and Central High School. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of University Women. She was a devoted and active member of the Church of Christ .
            
A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M. at Eleventh Street Church of Christ, on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., at the church. Burial will be held at Post Oak Union Cemetery in Longview , TX , under the direction of Calvary Mortuary Staff.
            
Her love and memories will remain in the hearts of her husband, Charles E. Rufus, Sr.; sons, Gregory K. Garrett (Coy) and Jason B. Rufus, Sr.; sisters, Lisa Brinson Holman, Minnie Rell Brinson, and Eva Lou Brinson; brothers, Roy Brinson and Curvy Brinson (Wanda Jean); 3 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones, and friends.

07/06/2016

Regina Ann Curry, 57, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016, at Old Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Ms. Curry was born March 19, 1959, in Amarillo.  She loved scrapbooking and photography.  

She is survived by
Son: Steven Turner and wife, January Nicole, of Center

Grandchildren: 
River LeeAnn Turner of Center
Christopher Jordan Turner of Center

Sister: Penny Almaraz and husband, Domingo, of Center

Nephews:
Michael Lynn Johnson of Center
Mitchell Johnson of Center
Eli Almaraz of Center

Special Friend: Steve Tomlin of Center

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Sharon Cockrell
Grandparents: Leonard and Uzetta Hicks
Aunt and Uncle: Sandy and George Davis

Pallbearers will be Steven Turner, Lynn Johnson, Donald Hicks, Jordan Turner, Mitchell Johnson and Leonard Hicks.

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

07/06/2016

John L. Sears, age, 52 of Center, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at his home.

His wishes were to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham officiating.

He was born July 24, 1963 in Harris County to parents, Melvin Clinton Sears, Jr. and Pauline Cox Sandifer.  Previously he had preached at East Hamilton Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

He is preceded in death by his father Melvin Clinton Lavern Sears, Jr.

He is survived by:
Mother, Pauline Sandifer of Center

3 Children:
John Sears & Ashley of Center
Angela Sears Boddie & husband, Martin of Kirbyville
Nathan Sears & wife, Precious Cartwright of Blanchard

Grandchildren:
Jonaisha Sears, Makayla Sears, Jesse Boddie, Devin Boddie, Destinee Boddie, Hunter Boddie, Khristian Sears, Payton Sears & Paris Sears

Brother & Sisters:
Vickey Dudley & husband, Steve
Ronnie W. Sears & wife, Lydia
Linda Remedies & husband, Robert
Patricia Windham

Special Friends:
Ken Patton
Tracey
Wayne Perry

07/06/2016

Eleanor Jean Adams, age 66, of Center, passed away July 4, 2016 after a brief illness.  

A graveside memorial service is planned for Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Eleanor was born March 23, 1950 in Center.  Eleanor was a registered nurse for many years and enjoyed helping people, whether it was on her rounds at the hospital, or lovingly and generously caring for her family and friends.  She loved to laugh and all who knew her will miss her sense of humor and easy smile.  She loved animals and had many pets – her “babies” – throughout her life, and although she had no children, she had a niece and three nephews whom she loved and doted on as if they were her own.

Eleanor is survived by:
Brother and sister-in-law - Franky and Jerilyn Adams of Center

Three nephews and a niece - Jeff Adams (and wife, Shauna) of Center, Jason Adams of Galena Park, Justin Adams of Universal City, and Jennifer Adams of Center

Great-nephews and great-niece, Josh Stephenson, Elena Adams and Jonas Bushiey, all of Center

Many special cousins, including Sue Jansen, Tammy Lewis, Ashley Lewis and Jimmy Rhame of Center

A number of other family and friends. She is also survived by her beloved miniature schnauzer, Reina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Billie Moore, and her brother, Billy Clyde Adams.

In lieu of flowers and other gifts, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to your local animal shelter or humane society.

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

07/05/2016

Ronny Bass, 59, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Colonial Pines Nursing Home in San Augustine. 

Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will begin at 9a.m. on Thursday at  Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born October 20, 1956 in Shelby County, Texas to Marion Daniel (Jock) Bass and Muriel (Brevard) Bass. He was a member of Brown Chapel Church.

He is preceded in death his Parents, Jock & Muriel Bass.

He is survived by:

Daughter: Dana Bass of Carthage

Brother & Sister-in-law: Danny & Brenda Bass of Shelbyville

Sisters:
Hazel Risinger of Shelbyville
Renea Bass of Gary

Uncle: Kester Bass of Shelbyville

Aunt: Mertie Williams of Humble

Special Friends: Mitzie Jones & daughter, Sunshine Henry of Longview

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Friends

Pallbearers: Chad Bass, Brad Bass, Dusty Robinson, Cody Risinger, Justin Porter & Chris Renfro

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

07/03/2016

Billy Ray Sanders, Sr., 86 of Garrison, Texas, passed away July 1, 2016 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Ray Sanders was born July 31, 1929 in Garrison, Texas to Elvin Edward and Velma Fay Sanders.

Services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Cold Springs Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas. Burial will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery. Visitations will be 5:00 to 7:00, Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

He is survived by:

Wife: Frances Sanders of Garrison, Texas

Sons:
Ray Sanders, Jr. & wife Kay of Timpson, Texas
Ken Sanders of Houston, Texas

Daughter: Melody Lowery of Huntington, Texas

Grandchildren: Shane Tatum & wife Julie, Misty Tatum, Kylie Modisette & husband Bryan, Todd Lowery, Valerie Sparks, Jana Sanders

11 great-grandchildren

Sisters:
JoAnn Eddings & husband Jack of Tyler, Texas
Jean Youngblood of Tyler, Texas
Mary Lynn Black & husband Marcus of Giddings

Preceded in death by parents, Brothers: Herbert and Paul Sanders
Sisters: Laverne Lout, Hrell Martin, Faye Kimbrough, Wanda Allison, Ruth Cranfor
Son-In-Law: Rex Lowery

Services under the direciton of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

07/02/2016

Bobbye Ann Adams Emory, 76, of Center, passed away peacefully Friday, July 1, 2016, in Tyler with her husband and grandson by her side.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, July 4, 2016, at New Hope Cemetery with Bro. Ed McRae officiating.
 
Mrs. Emory was born January 5, 1940, in Center, to Clayter Adams and Fannie Jetton Adams.  Her hobbies included flower gardening and cooking.
 
She is survived by
Husband: Bruce Emory of Center
 
Daughters:
Sheila Jones of Center
Dawn Collins and husband, Jim, of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Adam Bradshaw of Houston
Ashley Collins of Center
Autumn Collins of Center
Ryan Barton of Center
Dewayne Crocker of Chireno
Amber Crocker of Winnfield, Louisiana
 
11 Great Grandchildren
 
Brothers:
Floyd Adams and wife, Whatti, of Center
Clayton Adams Jr. and wife, Barbara Jean, of Houston
 
Special Sister-in-law: Frances Smith of Ashville, North Carolina
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Son: Marty Doyle Bradshaw
Daughter-in-law: Sally Bradshaw
Parents: Clayter Adams and Fannie Jetton Adams
Brother: O. J. “Chuck” Adams
Sister: Jackie Williams
 
Pallbearers will be Adam Bradshaw, Dewayne Crocker, Gary Frame, John Frame, David Adams and Jamie Perry.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

06/30/2016

Jessie Parnell Wilburn, 84, of Brookeland, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Terry Lott officiating.  Interment will follow at Patroon Cemetery in the Patroon Community of Shelby County.

Mr. Wilburn was born November 28, 1931, in the Patroon Community of Shelby County, to John Vessie Wilburn and Emma Tarbutton Wilburn.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  Mr. Wilburn was a 60 year member of Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32, in Shelbyville, a member of Boilermaker Local #587, a member of VFW, and a Shriner.  He was also a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Pineland.  

He is survived by:

Sons: 
John Wilburn of Great Bend, Kansas
Jessie Glen and wife, Sylvia, of Brookeland
Phil McNabb of Onalaska
Vince Bayer of Virginia

Daughter:
Claudia Overcast and husband, Ray of Biloxi, Mississippi

6 Grandchildren

7 Great-Grandchildren

A host of other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Shirley Delores Wilburn
Parents: John Vessie Wilburn and Emma Tarbutton Wilburn
2 Brothers
2 Sisters

Pallbearers will be Robert Wilburn, Bradley Wilburn, Michael Thompkins, Ben Burns, Keith Thompkins and Jordan Weatherford.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Mr. Wilburn’s name to Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 776, Pineland, Texas 75968 or Patroon Cemetery Fund, 18853 Hwy 87 S, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

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

06/29/2016

Robert Louis Nash, 66 of Center, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Willis Knighton, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11am at Triumph Church, Center, Texas. A wake will be Friday night from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Interment is at Blount Chapel Cemetery, Center, Texas with Rev. Alvin Davis officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Jeannette Nash of Center

Son, Robert Jerome Nash of Nacogdoches

Daughters:
Esta Renee Polley of Nacogdoches
Linda Mashell Nash of Nacogdoches
Candace Lashayla Moniece Howie of Houston
LaTara Vanette Cloudy of Center

Step-daughter, Exie Lee Harper of Nacogdoches

21 Grandchildren

Sisters:
Gloria Nash
Helen Nash

Brothers:
Tommy Lee Nash
Charles Nash
Ricky McClain

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

06/29/2016

Billy Charles Jenkins, 48 of Center, passed away Sunday evening, June 26, 2016 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be held Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 3pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. A wake will be Friday night from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Interment is at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Center, Texas with Rev. Alvin Davis officiating.

He is survived by:

Sisters:
Kathleen Fields of Center
Lela Jenkins of Tenaha
Jeannette Nash Center
Rose Stevenson of Nacogdoches
Catherine Reed of Center
Alma Grace of Timpson
Clara Mae Goodwin of Center
Marcie Lee Goodwin of Center

Brother, Leonard Earl Goodwin of Center

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

06/29/2016

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

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

Brothers:
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

Grandparents:
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

06/29/2016

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.

06/28/2016

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:

Sons:
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

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

Sisters:
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.

06/28/2016

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
Sons:
Michael Matthews & wife, Teri of Cypress
Kevin Smith & wife, Krista of Theresa, NY
Daughter:
Karen Miller & husband, Bill of Tyler
Grandchildren:
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

06/27/2016

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.

06/26/2016

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
Sons:
Hugh William Rushing and wife, JoAnn
Kevin Rushing and wife, Samantha

Daughters:
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

06/25/2016

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

Grandchildren:
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

06/27/2016

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.

06/24/2016

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

Grandchildren:
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

Nieces:
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.

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