07/12/2022

Jan Permenter, 69, of Center, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Tenaha Church of Christ with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born December 22, 1952, Jan is the daughter of Laverne Clark and Winston B. Fields. She worked as a speech pathologist and was a member of Tenaha Church of Christ.

Survived by:

Husband, Jim Permenter of Center

Nieces:
Hannah Fields Lee and Mark of Nacogdoches
Whitney Koltonski and Chris of Center

Nephew, Alpha Fields of Center

Great-nephews:
Stephen
John
Andrew
Caleb

Great-niece, Lila

Mother-in-law, Betty Permenter of Center

Sister-in-law, Suzanne Richards and Rex of Center

Preceded in death by parents, Laverne Clark and Winston B. Fields; brother, Gene Fields; sister-in-law, Cathy Fields; uncle, Dub Clark; aunt, Billie Clark; and brothers-in-law, Jerry and Mike Permenter.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, www.stjude.org

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com.

07/09/2022

Funeral service for Charles Samuel Rhodes, 88, will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, July 11, 2022 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Levi Cohorst and Bro. Joe Walker officiating.  

Interment will follow at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00pm.

Charlie was born on June 14, 1934, the son of Dan and Sarah Rhodes. He grew up in the small community of Buena Vista in Shelby County and attended Timpson High School. Charlie spent his childhood being taught the importance of God and family. He was a wonderful example of a son, husband, father and grandfather. He taught his family the same values as they grew into adults and made special time to spend with the grandchildren so they would learn the same things.  

Charlie was very proud of his children and their families and overjoyed to spend every chance he had with them.

As a young man, Charlie learned to work cows and rebuild tractors. His love of being on the farm became his livelihood and he enjoyed his daily life doing exactly what he wanted to do. His beloved community of Buena Vista was of utmost importance to him. He was a master historian and made sure to pass on the history of the community and could answer most any question about the area or the people within. He was also instrumental in acquiring signs marking the location. He made it a priority to visit the residents of Buena Vista as well as old friends and those in nursing homes or unfortunate enough to not be able to get out.  

Charlie was also very devoted to his church and was one of the first members of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, of which he helped build alongside his dad. He loved summertime because it brought some of his favorite foods including vine ripe tomatoes. He would go to Chris’ and help himself to all the veggies he could pick and Debbie would keep him stocked on fresh turnip greens, corn and hot water cornbread! In his latter years, Charlie could be found visiting his friends at Cadell’s and the feed store.  

His love of life and family, old fashioned values and complete devotion to Christ will forever live on in the hearts of everyone who ever had the blessing of knowing Charlie Rhodes.

Charlie is survived by: 
His children: 
Deborah Jordan and husband, Marvin of Tenaha
Rebecca Walker and husband, Tony of Joaquin
Chris Rhodes and wife, Jena of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Grover Anthony
Krystal Sowell
Rylinn Walker
Griffin Walker
Bryan Rhodes
Kate Rhodes
Keni Jo Biggar
April Campbell
Colt Jordan

Great-grandchildren:
Elana Anthony
Gatlin Anthony
Hunter Anthony
Julia Sowell
Julian Sowell
Jack Sowell

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 33 years, Lois Rhodes; grandson, Bradley Rhodes; parents, Dan and Sarah Rhodes and stepson, Marvin Earl Biggar.

The Rhodes family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home for the love and care they gave to their father.

The Rhodes family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home.  

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

07/08/2022

Rita Marie Albrecht Simpson Nesbitt, 85, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 3, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on July 8, 1936, in Newald, Forest County, Wisconsin, to the late Edward W. Albrecht Sr. and Ann Ida Vallard Albrecht.  

Rita calls the Seattle, Washington area hometown. She graduated from Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, Washington in 1954.  She enlisted in the US Air force in 1954, at Seattle, serving in the dental service and attaining rank of A/1C (sergeant) at Lackland AFB, San Antonio. She married Melvin Simpson in 1955 and divorced in 1975.

Her subsequent employment consisted of Boeing Airplane Company, Seattle, as a Research and Development librarian during the BOMARC missile development, which was the beginning of the NASA Space Program; employed at Corpus Christi Army Depot as military travel and passport agent, and technical writer; Corpus Christi Police Department as secretary; Flour Bluff ISD as librarian’s assistant.  When possible, she attended colleges in Waco, Lake Charles, and Corpus Christi.

She married. In 1989, the Nesbitts moved from Corpus Christi to Trinity, where she became active in many civic affairs, such as Friends of the Library, Community Fair, Historical Society, Garden Club, Huntsville Raven’s Quill Writer’s Group, Trinity Writer’s Critique Group; and a Charter founding member of Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. In 1995 she was ordained a Presbyterian Lay-Minister and served as supply preacher to Presbyterian churches in Trinity, Livingston, Crockett, Tomball, and Alabama-Coushatta Indian Church. She has led a number of non-denominational Bible Studies in her home. She was a member of many local churches, and was well known for refusal to compromise on teachings that did not measure up to the Scripture. She was a Fourth Day member of Houston North Emmaus Community’s Walk to Emmaus. 

Her hobbies included photography, home decorating, designing, and sewing her own clothes until her right hand became partially paralyzed. Reading, studying Bible history and Bible archeology, and writing Christian fiction about the Civil War era were her latest interests.

She felt her greatest disappointment in her private life was giving up a dream of commercial piloting because of her petite stature, not to mention her “Dysfunctional” depth perception. “Knowing where to find the ground is somewhat important in landing,” she would laughingly explain. But her discovery late in life of her creative writing talent made up for it. She felt her greatest joy was using her talents and gifts to serve her Lord Jesus Christ. She often said her high point in life was preaching and teaching Bible Studies. There were few people she did not like and had many friends in all races and walks of life.  She said her love and compassion came from having first-hand knowledge of prejudice because of her Native American Indian blood in an area of Wisconsin where prejudice, anti-Semitism and Nazism ran high.  She was taught early in life not to mention her Pottawatomie and Jewish relatives, but she was proud of them, and always hope to track them down.

Rita is survived by: 
Her son, Aubrey Lee Simpson and wife Eva Dianne of Center

Granddaughter, Katheryn Scott of Leakey

Four great-grandchildren 

Brother, Edward Albrecht of Lynden, Washington

Sister, Judith Warren and son Taylor of Twin Falls, Idaho

Aunt, Louise Vallard of Mountain Home, Idaho

Stepsons: 
Stephen Nesbitt of Clear Lake
David Nesbitt of Corpus Christi

She is preceded in death by her husband, William W. Nesbitt; son, William Basset Simpson; mother, Ann Ida Vallard Albrecht; father, Edward W. Albrecht, Sr.; sister, Ida Louise Albrecht.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

07/08/2022

Frances Jean Byrd, 89, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Joaquin with Michael Joe Byrd officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born April 4, 1933, Frances is the daughter of Doris McRae and Thaddeus Bridwell.  She worked as a Nurse Aide at Holiday Nursing Home.  Frances was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Joaquin.

Survivors include: 
Children: 
William Thomas Byrd of Nacogdoches
Mary Manshack of Nacogdoches
Gerald Glenn Byrd of Mt. Pleasant
Steve Edward Byrd and G.G. of Joaquin
Michael Joe Byrd and wife Teri of Joaquin

Grandchildren: 
Kevin
Melissa
Melvin Jr. and wife Sandy
Larissa and husband Jay
Michael and wife Crystal
Josh and wife Camille
Robert Jr.
Crystal, Roy Jr.
Chester
Brandon and wife Andrea
Dusten and wife Shaunda
Michelle
Elizabeth
Emily
Alexis
Michalla
Kerry
Korey
Christy
Robert

Great-grandchildren: 
Ashleigh
Baileigh
Kyleigh
Kaylee
Evelynn
Everleigh
Dylen
Olivia
Whitlee Jo
Skylar
Mason
Lucas
Zachary
Drake
Kimberly
Krystyn
Tabitha
Robin
Jordan
Mikayla
Christian
Justin
Makayla
Samantha
Lily
Vivian
Hannah
Andrew
Alison
Oliver
Clay
Lane
Sarah
Kirstyn
Kaitlyn
Lori
Michael
Thomas
Taylor
Kent

Preceded in death by father, Doris and Thaddeus Bridwell; husband, Houston Simpson Byrd; sons, James Byrd and Robert Byrd; daughter, Patricia Byrd; and granddaughter, Jessica Byrd.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Byrd, Dusten Byrd, Kevin Byrd, Michael Manshack, Melvin T. Manshack, and Josh Manshack.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

07/07/2022

Elsie Lee McDaniel, 88, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 6, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on August 31, 1933, in Center, Texas, to the late Charles Edward Clark and Ida Vera Sanford Clark.

Graveside service will be held at Sardis Cemetery, FM 414, Center, Texas, on Friday, July 8, 2022, at 10am with Bro. Chuck Horton and Bro. Rocky Otwell officiating.

Elsie Lee Clark McDaniel was born and raised in Shelby County. She attended Sardis School. She married the love of her life, Sam Austin McDaniel December 19, 1953. They raised two wonderful sons, Darrell and Vance. Sam and Elsie spent over 20 wonderful years together before his passing in 1976. Elsie was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved the Lord and was a lifelong devoted member of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. She had a servant’s heart. Elsie made sure everyone was taken care of. She loved her children, grandchildren, and family very much. She enjoyed cooking, and spending time outdoors gardening. Although she has left this earth she will forever be in our hearts.

Survived by:

Son, Darrell McDaniel and wife Kelly

Grandchildren:
Katy Gray and husband Chadd
Cole McDaniel
Sterling Mason and husband Adam

Great-grandchildren:
Cooper Gray
Kaleb Gray

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

Elsie is preceded in death by her loving husband, Sam Austin McDaniel; parents, Charles and Ida Clark; and son, Vance Bradley McDaniel.
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

07/07/2022

Cecil Lee Garrett Sparks, 88, passed away Friday, July 1, 2022 at Focused Care of Center. She was born July 23, 1933 in Shelby County to Seazor and Addie Garrett.

Funeral service is at 12 noon on Saturday, July 9 at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas with Shephard Faye Dell Allen Eulogist. Interment is a McWilliams Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation is 10am until 6pm on Friday, July 8, 2022 at Community Chapel Center and on Saturday, July 9 beginning 11am until service.

Her transition was quiet and peaceful on July 1, 2022. As the youngest of eleven, she attended school in Joaquin, Texas. She later began working as a cook at Huxley Bay Marina for many years until she retired.

In her lifetime, she gave birth to eight children and was married to Clifford Ray Sparks, Sr., who precedes her in death as well as five of her children.

She was a baptized member at Bennett Chapel under Bishop W.C. Martin. She later joined Strong Triumph COGIC under Shepherd Faye Dell Allen.

She is preceded in death by a host of loved ones, including both parents, Seazor and Addie Garrett; her loving husband, Clifford Sparks, Sr.; five of her children, Melvin, Mollie, Clifford Jr., Dianne and Lester. Also preceding are all of her siblings, Lee Mathis, Lee Ella, Elouise, Lucille, Beulah, Lee Earl, Willie Pearl, Area, Laree and Charlie; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Garrett; and son-in-law, Joe Brown.

Among those left to cherish her memories, life and love are:

Three children: Gloria, Linda, and Ray Charles

Daughter-in-law, Evelyn Sparks

Son-in-law, Glen Lathan, Jr.

Sisters-in-law:
Mirilla Garrett
Zeffie Watkins

Bound together with her love she leaves 23 grandchildren, 44 great-grands, and 5 great-great-grands

Along with amazing nieces, nephews, friends, and cousins.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

07/05/2022

James William (Bill) Haley was born in Center, Texas, September 22, 1943, and died July 3, 2022, in Austin. Bill attended public schools in Center through his high school education. Following high school graduation, he completed a bachelor’s degree at his beloved Texas Christian University (TCU) and his teaching certification at Stephen F. Austin State University; he later earned an M.A. from Texas State University. Bill taught in public schools in Houston and Center for more than a dozen years before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1978.

While serving in the Texas House, Haley was instrumental in the enactment of the most sweeping reforms in the Texas education system since the 1949 Gilmer Aiken bill. His legislative initiatives included the curriculum reform of 1981 and the comprehensive education changes mandated in House Bill 72, passed in 1984. As chairman of the House Committee on Public Education in the 68th, 69th, and 70th Legislatures, he also served on the House committees on State Affairs and Financial Institutions.

In 1988, Haley was elected to the Texas Senate, representing fifteen counties in deep East Texas. His communications with friends and fellow legislators were sprinkled with his abiding sense of humor as well as insightful knowledge. He was an unwavering supporter of education. Writer Molly Ivins dubbed him “East Texas Maverick” for his distinctive East Texas drawl and his tenacious pursuit of legislation he supported.

Among Haley’s numerous honors include the Friend of Education Award given by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Champion of Education award given by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, as well as many other awards from educational, civic, and business groups.

Bill was an active member of University Christian Church (UCC) in Austin where he served as elder, chairman of the board and in various other leadership roles. For twenty-three years, he enjoyed teaching the Seekers church school class.

A loyal TCU Horned Frog, Bill was active in the Austin Alumni Board. He was a member of the Austin Regional Council, the National Alumni Board and on the executive board of the TCU College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors. Bill and Mary received the TCU Alumni Service Award in 2017.

Bill and Mary were a devoted team. They had known each other since childhood, and their love for each other and their friends and family was apparent. Bill’s most treasured roles were those of husband, father and grandfather (Papa).

He is survived by:

Wife, Mary Russell Scriven Haley

Son, Jeffrey Russell Haley and wife Michele of Austin

Grandsons:
William Russell Haley of Austin
Jonathan Michael Haley of Austin

Son, Robert Colin Haley and wife Lisa Marie Haley of Bertram

Grandchildren:
Andrew Christopher Haley of Bertram
Ava Brooke Haley of Bertram
Alexis Giuliana Haley of Bertram

Brother, Thomas Laurence Haley and wife Michelle of Henderson

Many nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, father Eugene Wayne (Pete) Haley, Sr., mother Mary Elizabeth Miller Haley, and brother Eugene W. Haley, Jr.

The Haley family would like to thank the caregivers at Arbor Terrace Lakeway and Magnolia Hospice for their tender, compassionate care of Bill. Caregivers there enjoyed Bill’s humor and his unique personality. They are deeply appreciated.

Visitation for Bill will be held Monday, July 11, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home in Lakeway. Services will be held Tuesday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m., University Christian Church, 2007 University Avenue, Austin, Texas. Burial will follow at the Texas State Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Haley Family Fund for Medicine and the Arts at TCU, Mary Scriven and James W. Haley Endowed Theatre Scholarship at TCU, or University Christian Church Organ Fund.

07/05/2022

Sara Nell (Rhodes) Raines, 81, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on July 3, 2022, in Garrison, Texas. She was born on February 4, 1941, in Timpson, Texas, to the late James Berry and Bertha Mae (Hall) Rhodes. Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. Interment will follow at Timpson Missionary Baptist Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

Sara Nell Raines passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Garrison Nursing Home in Garrison, Texas surrounded by her loved ones. She was born to the late Berry and Bertha Rhodes in Timpson, Texas on February 4, 1941. 

Sara attended Timpson High School, home of the Timpson Bears. She was the mother of four children and loving wife to John Raines. Sara and her husband owned Raines Feed Store in Timpson, Texas for over 30 years while raising cattle and living the farm life. Later she became the Timpson High School special education aide where she retired after impacting many students’ lives. Everyone knew her as “Granny Sara”. She took such pride in helping mold and prepare the students for their future endeavors. Sara loved her time at THS and gained many grandchildren throughout her career. 

Granny Sara was just that, everyone’s Granny. Sara loved being outside, working in her yard and most of all loved her family time. Her house was full of laughter and chatter on all holidays and holds many memories of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her favorite meal was not only breakfast, but she loved cooking it. She was known for some good home cooking as she fed many children that came through her doors. You never left Granny’s house hungry. 

Little may know that Sara had one thing year-round in her home, a Christmas tree. She loved Christmas. The tree stayed lit with colorful lights, sentimental and homemade ornaments, pictures, complete with an angel on top. Every ornament held a special place in her heart. Her kitchen held her collection of roosters and a buffet full of pictures of her family. Pictures stacked so tight; you could barely see the ones behind. Her hall lined with more family portraits and patriotic décor to honor her one and only son, the late Wayne Hooker. Sara loved cards and signed every one with a drawn figure with outreached arms and “I love you this much”. She had the sweetest smile and contagious laughter. 

Sara loved her time at Garrison Nursing Home, especially visiting the Country Store. She filled her room with prizes won from her many games of BINGO. The staff of Garrison Nursing Home touched her life, and she loved each and every one of them as her own. Sara’s favorite color was pink, and she loved butterflies. She always told her loved ones when she leaves this earthly home, and they see a butterfly to think of her. Sara will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew her.

Sara is survived by:
Her loving husband, John Henry Raines, Jr.

Daughters:
Pamela Hendricks and Bruce Windham
Brenda Mackey and husband, Charles
Johnica and Jason
Bonus daughter, Paula Mullins

Grandchildren: 
Amber Renick and husband, Eric
Matt Harbinson and wife, Jayme
Haylee Hollman and husband, Josh
Derek Hendricks
Joseph Hendricks
Brittany Ragsdale and husband, Michael
Charlsey Kirk
Chaylon Mackey and wife, Katie
Madeline Lowery
Makenzie Lowery
Meredith Lowery
Jennifer Hooker

Great-grandchildren: 
Erica Renick
Claycee Renick
Logan Renick
Mayson Harbinson
Garrett and Luke Harbinson
Ally Kimbro
Baylor Kimbro
Bracken Kimbro
Macklyn Kirk
Beckett Mackey

Niece, Joy Rhodes

Lifelong friend, Lovie Crawford; and many other family and friends

She is preceded in death by her parents, Berry and Bertha Rhodes; beloved son, Wayne Hooker; and brothers, James Earl and Gene Rhodes.

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.

07/04/2022

Vivian Laurie “Sis” Raymond, 84, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on July 3, 2022, in Shelbyville, Texas, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on May 19, 1938, Shelbyville, Texas, to the late William Wayne Armstreet and Exa Risinger Armstreet.  

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 1PM with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on July 5, 2022, beginning at 12PM until service time at Mangum Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

Sis was born and raised in Shelby County. She attended and graduated Strong School. She married the love of her life, Charlie Edward Raymond, and the two spent more than 14 years together before his passing in 1974.  They had two wonderful boys, Charles and Jerry.  Sis enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She loved the outdoors fishing. Sis had a passion for cooking. Those that knew her certainly loved her peanut brittle. She loved the Lord and served him many ways. Sis always made sure the children in the neighborhood had transportation to and from church. She would pick them up and deliver them so they could hear the word of God. Sis was the church pianist and loved to sing.  She also served as the church secretary for many years. She was a lifelong member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas.  

She is survived by:

Sons:
Lynn Raymond and wife Christine
Jerry Lamar Raymond and wife Gina

Sister, Lucille Armstreet Smith

Grandchildren:
Jennifer Garcia and husband Andrew
Charlie Raymond and wife Brooke
Ashlie Jacobs and husband Dewayne
Chesnee Berry and husband Hunter
Ruger Raymond

Great-grandchildren:
Isaiah Garcia
Mason Garcia
Alathia Garcia
Cooper Raymond
Blakely Raymond
Tristan Smith
Karista Smith
Peyton Jacobs
Presli Jacobs

Numerous nieces and nephews

Host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Sis is preceded in death by her husband, Charlie E. Raymond; parents, William Wayne and Exa Armstreet; brother, Waymon E. Armstreet; grandson, Colton Raymond; nephew, John Armstreet; sister in laws, Margaritte “Tbo” and husband T.O. Brittain, Lamerle Willey and husband Henry, Norma Jean Raymond; brother in laws, Jesse “Bud” Raymond, Arnold Dean Raymond and wife Bertha Lee, Boyce Raymond and wife Betty, and Fred Smith.  

Pallbearers serving will be Isaiah Garcia, Mason Garcia, Cooper Raymond, Tristan Smith, Dewayne Jacobs, and Hunter Berry.

The family would like to give special thanks to Pine Grove Nursing Center, Affinity Hospice, and Vicky Sneed and staff, for the exceptional care given during this difficult time. 

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

07/01/2022

Lola Bell Singleton, 85 of Shelbyville, passed away. She was born on September 11, 1936 to the late Jane Ann Land and Samuel Lane, Jr. in Shelbyville. She confessed Christ at an early age. She married Paul Singleton.

Funeral service is 2pm Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Triumph First Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle officiating. Interment is at Rather Cemetery, Shelbyville.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Mary S. Excamilla
Pauline Singleton

6 Grandchildren, 26 Great-grandchildren, and 16 Great-great-granchildren

A host of relatives and friends.

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

06/29/2022

Gloria Peacock Watson, age 97, beloved mother and Granny, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on June 11, 1925, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Edgar and Marie Peacock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Charles Peacock, 3 half-brothers John and Bill Peacock and Cecil Armstrong, son Brett Watson, and husband Dewey Watson.

She is survived by:

Loving daughters:
Vicki Mayfield and husband, Jacky
Holly Spencer and husband, Gary

Grandchildren:
Jessica New
Justin Mayfield
Lauren Burnaman

Four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild

She is also survived by a very special caretaker and friend who cared for her and her family for over 44 years, Doris McDaniel. 

Gloria’s daughters, Vicki and Holly, displayed the true meaning of love for their mother by caring for her the last few years of her life so that she could stay in the home she loved so much. Gloria and her husband, Dewey, were teachers for many years in the Brazosport Independent School District. They were a part of the first faculty to open Brazoswood High School. It was there that they finished their teaching careers together and retired in 1980. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas. She will be laid to rest next to her husband of 54 years.

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Hospice of East Texas.

Services under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

06/28/2022

Cedrick Dewoni Mosley, 41 of Timpson, passed away early Friday morning, June 24, 2022 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on September 11, 1980 in Carthage, Texas to Brenda Mosley and Emmitt Yarbrough.

Funeral service is 11am Saturday, July 2 at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson with Pastor Derrick Rhodes officiating. Visitation is from 10am until 6pm on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Community Chapel in Timpson. Interment is at Friendship Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mosley was baptized at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Children:
Christopher Piro (Deniecia)
Armani Blue Mosley
Isaiah Mosley
Camerion Mosley
Anthony Mosley
Mariah Mosley
Aaliyah Mosley

Sisters:
LaQuista Garrett (Lee)
Brandia Mosley (Rodriguez)
Jacqulyn Yarbrough
Laquita Caraway (Tyrone Henry)
Camelody Caraway

Brothers:
Jeremy Yarbrough
Jeremy Caraway (LaKeisha)
LaDarrius Perkins

2 Grandsons

Life partner in crime, cousin/brother, JaCorey Bussey

Proceded in death by his beautiful mother, Brenda Mosley.

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

06/28/2022

Ola Beatrice Bradley, 82, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Joe Walker will officiate. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Shelby County.  

Born October 25, 1939, Ola is the daughter of the late Elsie Quinn and John Buford Laird.  She enjoyed traveling to Colorado, playing with numbers, and collecting bees.  Ola was a member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church in Logansport.

Survivors include:

Daughter, Vickie Ham and husband B.J. of Porter

Grandsons: 
Brandon Kessler and fiancé Angela of Conroe
Cody Ham of Porter

Son, Danny Bradley and wife Michele of Cleveland

Grandchildren: 
Ashley Peerson and husband Nick of Cleveland
Kellie Williams of Victoria
Daniel and Tara Bradley
Dylan and Noelia Bradley
Jayden Bradley
Cole and Lauren Bradley

Great-grandchildren:
Colton Bradley and Adalynn Peerson

Sisters: 
Wanda Fearrand and husband Beau
Subra and husband Juan Ramos

Brother, Billy Laird and wife Carolyn.

Preceded in death by husband, Dewey Bradley; second husband, Virgil Beckham; and parents, Elsie Quinn and John Buford Laird.

Pallbearers will be Danny Bradley, Daniel Bradley, B.J. Ham, Dylan Bradley, Cole Bradley, and Brandon Kessler.

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

06/28/2022

John Henry Smith, age 77, Retired constable of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Colonial Pines Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel. Committal service and interment will follow at Liberty Hill Memorial Garden, located on Hwy. 147 North in San Augustine.

He was born November 12, 1944, in San Augustine County, Texas, to parents J.W. Smith and Joyce Marie Byrd Smith and was a longtime area resident. Mr. Smith served San Augustine County as Constable for Precinct 1 for 16 years and was employed by Tyson in their poultry operations for 40 years. He was a member of Rosevine Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors by:

Wife of 56 years, Peggy Jean Smith of San Augustine

Son, John Patrick Smith and wife Tina Lynn of San Augustine

Daughter, Libby Jean Smith of Center

Brother, Nolan Smith and wife Sue

Sisters:
Betty Bolton and husband Travis
Ann Eddings and husband Gaylon
Mary Eberlan

5 Grandchildren; and 3 Great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Joyce Smith; granddaughter, Mindy Marie Smith; and a son-in-law, Larry Barton.

Pallbearers: Tommy Bennefield, Glen Allan, Gaylon Eddings, Randy Bennefield, Richard Smith, Travis Bolton, Claborne Allen, and Ronald Smith.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Services are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas.

06/28/2022

Jerry Paul Parker, born September 9, 1952, passed away June 22, 2022, at the age of 69.

He is survived by:

Wife of forty-nine years, Carolyn Sue Parker

Son, Jeremy Parker and fiancé Leslie Newton

Step-grandchildren:
K.K. Newton
Destiny Sisk and fiancé Christian Patino

Step-grand-dog, Oakley

Son, Danny Parker and wife Sandra

Step-grandchildren: Samantha, Alex, and Brianna Black

Sister, Mattie Sechrest and husband Jerry

Special nephew, Michael Hughes

Brother-in-law, Keith Windham

Very special friends: Gary Mize, Ninuel Lay, and Miss Billie.

Preceded in death by mother, Anne Parker; father, James Parker; brother, Jimmy Parker; and sister, Charlotte Coons; sister-in-law, Shelia Windham; brother-in-law, Leon Denby; special friends, Jimmy Matthews, John Holt, and Darnese Parrish; also, a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Jerry’s wishes were to be cremated.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

06/27/2022

Pamela Annette Crawford, 55, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at White Rock Cemetery in Center.  
Visitation to begin at Noon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born November 11, 1966, Pamela is the daughter of Leither Keele and Mervil Crawford. 

She is survived by:
Son, Lonnie Whitton III and wife Christina of Nacogdoches

Daughter, Marissa Crawford and husband Ismael Escobedo of Aiken

Brothers: 
Raymond Crawford of Nacogdoches
James Crawford and wife Pam of Weatherford

Parents, Leither Keele and Mervil Crawford

Grandchildren: 
Rachael Alvy
Emily Alvy
Allen Whitton
Natalie Whitton
Raylan Whitton

Pallbearers will be Marcus Steele, Brian Sigler, Will Jacobs, Randall Gilchrist, Coleman Crawford, and Lonnie Whitton. Honorary pallbearer will be Kevin Crawford.

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

06/27/2022

Funeral services for Mrs. Reba Weesner, 89, of Carthage, Texas will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 29 at First Baptist Church, Tenaha Texas with Rev. Charles Williams and Dr. Andrew King officiating. Burial will follow in the Ramah Cemetery under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral home. 

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, June 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home, Carthage, Texas. 

Reba Joyce Weesner went to her heavenly home on Saturday afternoon, June 25, 2022. She was born in Freestone, Texas on July 17, 1932 and was raised in Cotton Gin, Texas by her loving aunt and uncle, J.C. and Mae Boyd. Reba spent her childhood and early adult life in Freestone and Limestone Counties. After graduating from Teague High School she obtained her LVN and worked in Mexia, Texas for a family doctor and at the local hospital. 

While living in Mexia Reba met her future husband, Mason Weesner. They married January 23, 1960 and shortly after moved to Tenaha, Texas where she supported Mason’s banking career as she lovingly raised her family. She loved the town and the people who lived there. Entertaining family and friends in her home brought joy to Reba’s life. Her home was always open as she volunteered for wedding showers, bank functions, and other gatherings. After 35 years of marriage, Mason passed away and Reba spent the next 25 years working at Citizens State Bank in Tenaha. She was a devoted member of Tenaha Church of Christ where she spent many years teaching children’s Sunday School. 

She is survived by: 
Her son, Jeff Weesner and wife Trela of Highland Village

Daughter, Carol Jan Weesner of Carthage

Granddaughters: 
Emily Weesner of The Colony
Andrea Weesner of Longview
 
Other family members.

Mrs. Weesner is preceded in death by her husband, Mason Weesner and son, Greg Weesner. Her parents Clifford and Alice Boyd, and sister Etta Louise Boyd, uncle J.C. Boyd and aunt Mae Boyd. 

The family would like to express their special appreciation to caregiver/friend Melody Hardy and Family Nurse Practitioner, Cicily Cross-Blair for the exceptional care they gave to not only Reba but to the family. They would also like to thank Mercy Williams Odom and Laly Guerra for their assistance in caring for Reba.

Pallbearers are Johnny Harrington, Drue Scull, Terry Scull, C.D. Scull, Craig Haltom, and Tommy McMahon.

Honorary pallbearers are Marcus Frost, Don Dial, Ron Barker, and Kenneth Weesner

Memorials may be made to Tenaha Church of Christ, P.O Box 204, Tenaha, Texas 75974 or  Ramah Cemetery, P.O. Box 204, Tenaha, Texas 75974.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.

06/25/2022

Joe Pledger, 73, of Timpson, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022 in Timpson, Texas. He was born on May 30, 1949 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Taylor Funeral Home.

Joe was born and raised in Shelby County, a place he forever called home. He was taught the importance of Christ and family from a very young age and lived that life for all to witness. He was a man of many talents and became skilled in most of them. Joe was a hard worker and took every challenge bestowed upon him with enthusiasm and determination. He never worried about things because as he saw no reasoning in that. His carefree attitude and endless joy were one of his most adored traits as well as his zest for life and love of people. Joe was the epitome of a “good man.”

He worked to provide for his family and always made time to enjoy hunting, fishing or gathering with close friends for a day that was sure to include many hours of fun and laughter and an occasional competitive card game or game of “42.” Joe’s giving nature allowed him to help those around him. If anyone needed a carpenter, he brought his tools; if they needed a lightbulb changed, he loaded his ladder; if someone needed a hug to make them feel better, he was the first to wrap his arms around them. Joe never met a stranger and took great pleasure in becoming friends with anyone he came across. He was honorable and genuine; honest and loyal and he blessed more lives than he ever knew. He brought a smile to your face and a moment of happiness everywhere he went. 

When Joe was a young man, he spent many nights skating at Happy Junction, along with his siblings and friends. Once, while he was rolling around showing off his abilities, he caught the eye of a beautiful young lady. Sherry Self found herself watching in awe of his talents and when he asked her to skate with him, she did just that. That night, at Happy Junction skating rink, a bond formed that led to a beautiful love story over the next 51 years, filled with joy and happiness. Joe and Sherry began their journey together, and after the birth of their boys, they found themselves settling in Timpson. He built their house, with loving hands and a determination to make it perfect for his family. He was the husband and father that most only wish for. Joe took his family camping and fishing and taught the boys to be men. He instilled in them that you always say, “I love you” and you mean it. He showed them the love of Christ by living a devoted life. He taught them how to live life, by living life right in front of them. Joe was very proud of Stacy and Eric and when they met and married their soulmates, and he was able to feel the love of daughters and then grandchildren calling him Papaw, he knew his life was complete. He spent his days smiling, laughing and allowing the simple things in life to be what kept him going. He loved children, even other people’s children and was sure to have candy or gum for each of them and this made him happier than it did the kids. His own grandchildren were his pride and joy and he loved them endlessly. Joe will forever be missed by those around him, but his memories will carry on in the lives of those he touched in his lifetime because… we were all blessed to know Joe.

Joe is survived by:

Best friend and wife of almost 52 years, Sherry Self Pledger

Sons:
Stacy Pledger and wife, April
Eric Pledger and wife, Raquel

Grandchildren:
Dustin and Gracie Pledger
Kayson, Kaymin and Bowen Pledger

Sisters:
Cathy Windham and husband, Leon
Jean Gibbs and husband, Dwane

Brothers:
Roy Pledger and wife, Betty
Don Pledger and wife, Vickie

Mother-in-law, Darlene Self

Sister-in-law, Wanda Pledger

He is preceded in death by his parents, Milton Elvert and Grace Ramsey Pledger; brother, Mike Pledger and father-in-law, Bud Self.

Serving as pallbearers wlll be Larry Ramsey, Keven Molloy, Gerald Stamps, Chris Rhodes, David Thomas, Shawn Mason, Zack Molloy, Asher Molloy and Nick Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Pledger, Bowen Pledger, Roy Pledger, Don Pledger, Duane Gibbs and Leon Windham.

A special thanks goes out to Tammy Jacobs and the staff of Affinity Hospice for the compassionate and dedicated care shown to Joe and his family during his final days. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s research hospital, an organization that was dear to Joe’s heart.

The Pledger family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net.

06/24/2022

Betty Weatherly Young, 88, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on June 20, 2022, in Cleveland, Texas. She was born on August 27, 1933, in Tyler, Texas to the late Sam and Clemmie Mae (Tarver) Weatherly. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Garrison Funeral Home. Interment will follow at 2:30 pm Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Cathedral of the Pines Cemetery in Tyler, Texas.

Visitation will be held 10:00 to 11:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Garrison Funeral Home.

Betty grew up in Tyler and Nacogdoches areas. She was a nurse for many years. Betty met her husband, James, at Springs of Living Water Church. The two were soon married on December 6, 1997. Betty and James enjoyed 24 years of marriage before her passing. Betty loved life and was a very outgoing person. She loved fishing off the dock at the lake.  Betty enjoyed many shopping trips with her friend, LaDonna Gibbo. Betty and James were members of Highway Tabernacle in Timpson, Texas.  They enjoyed going to church singings and worshiping together. “Aunt Betty” will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by: 
Her husband, James Young

Stepson, Jimmy Young and wife, Teressa

Sister, Margaret Spivey

Step-grandchild: 
Savannah Murphy and husband, Justin

Step-great-great grandchild, Jackson Murphy

Numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Clemmie Mae Weatherly; stepdaughter, Callie Young; sisters, Billie Jean, Jewel, and Catherine; brothers, Bobby, Preston, Jack, Huey, and Hubert.

Serving as pallbearers are Scott Spivey, Lucas Spivey, Fred Spivey, Jason Spivey, Robbie Spivey, and Mike Ellis. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Young and Garry Weatherly.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.garrisonfh.net

Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, is in charge of arrangements.

06/24/2022

Joyce Gay (Moody) Holt of Center Texas passed away on June 23, 2022 in Nacogdoches Texas. 

She was born April 7, 1938 in Mexia Texas to JT and Susie Mae Moody. She moved to Baytown Texas with her family at an early age and met the love of her life Ted Holt. Ted and Joyce were married November 13, 1954 in Baytown. They were married for 67 years and had two children. Theodore Austin Holt III (Trey) and Robert Louis (Robbie) Holt.

Joyce loved the Lord and showed it in her life. She loved the Church families she had in Baytown at South Main Church of Christ, Johnson Street Church of Christ in Alvin Texas and the Hurst Street Church of Christ in Center. She loved the mission trips she made to Dominica with Johnson Street Church of Christ spreading the Gospel. She especially enjoyed teaching children’s classes and working with the little ones.

Joyce loved her family and her family loved her. Holidays and reunions were always special times for the families to get together and enjoy one another with large meals, games and laughter. She supported her two sons in all the activities they participated in. Only on rare occasions did she miss a game. Her support from the stands could be heard all the way across the field whether it was at a football or baseball game. 

Joyce is survived by: 
Her loving husband Ted Holt of Center

Son, Robbie Holt and wife Carla of Caldwell

Daughter-in-law, Mitzi Holt of Granbury

Grandchildren: 
Kenneth and wife Keely Holt of Hurst
Justin Holt and wife Susan Hinkie-Holt of Baytown
Austin and wife Amber Holt of Mesquite
Jessica and Chip Ray of Katy
Paige Holt and fiancé Jonathan Darby of Texarkana

Great-grandchildren: 
Samuel and Alexander Holt
Charlie Ann and Emma Jo Ray

Also, numerous nieces and nephews that she truly loved.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Christelle Stevens, two brothers, James Malcolm and Morris Don Moody. She was also preceded in death by her oldest son Trey.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2022, at Center Church of Christ in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tim Perkins will officiate.  Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Earthman Memory Gardens, 8624 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas, 77521. 

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Holt, Justin Holt, Austin Holt, Chip Ray, Al Rieck, and Scott Brymer.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

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