Melva Jean Wagstaff, 90, of Center, Texas, passed away on March 24, 2019 in Center, Texas. She was born on January 10, 1929 in the Paxton Community to Jim Sanders and Zora Roberts Sanders. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 

A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Jean grew up in the Center and Broaddus areas. After high school, she attended the Panola Nursing Program and received her degree before dedicating her life’s work to others in the medical field. She was a selfless and caring woman who served others and their needs above her own. Jean enjoyed playing 42, spending time outdoors camping and RVing, quilting and cooking. She also loved her dogs and the joy they brought to her life. Many days, you could find Jean at the Senior Citizens site socializing and helping out where she could. For fun, she loved to attend Bluegrass Festival. More than any other activity, she most treasured the moments spent with her family. Jean was a member of Northside Church of Christ. She had a passion for the Lord and was devoted to His service.

Jean is survived by:

Husband, Jack Balcom

Son, Ronnie Wagstaff, Jr. and wife, Judy

Brother, Rudolph Sanders

Sister, Edith Lewis

Lee Powers and wife, Kaylynn
Kavin Powers and wife, Connie
Jay Wagstaff
Cheryl Darden
Jarod Hunt
Hillary Weech

Austin Wagstaff
April Font and husband, Darren
Amber Babcock and husband, Dustin
Michael Powers and wife, Shelby
Krystal Whatley and husband, JT
Benjamin Powers
Andrew Powers
Sydney Weech
Natasha Weech

Great-great-grandchildren: Dalton Font, Kenzie Font, Allie Drake, Jaxon Babcock, Kolby Powers, Kynlie Powers, Shaelynn Whatley, Luke Whatley, Chasten Whatley, Lauren Darden, Colton Darden

Host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Austin Oran Wagstaff; son, Ronnie Wagstaff Sr.; daughter, Peggy Dowdy; grandson, Mikeal Powers; sister, Reba Sanders; brother, Curtis Sanders.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Penick, Scott Baldwin, Michael Windham, Matt Chandler, Mark Chandler and Darren Font.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.


Arnette Darlene Richerson, 78, of Timpson, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 surrounded by her family in Timpson, Texas. Born April 2, 1940, in Houston, Texas, Arnette Darlene is the daughter of the late William Richard Hicks and Florence Audrey (Weems) Hicks. Visitation will be held Friday, March 22, 2019 from 6PM to 8PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2PM at First Assembly of God Church, Timpson, Texas, with Bro. E.J. Adams and Bro. Tuffy Green officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. 
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Arnette graduated Reagan High School. She married Lloyd Mitchell and the two welcomed a daughter into their family (Sheryl Mitchell Pyle). A year after starting their family Lloyd passed away suddenly leaving a single mom. The Lord had different plans, and Arnette later met the love of her life, John Richerson, and the two were married on October 14, 1961. The two enjoyed over 57 years together. They had four wonderful children and were blessed over the years. In 1979 her family moved to Timpson, Texas and she faithfully stood beside her husband John while he pastored at First Assembly of God Church in Timpson for over 20 years. 
Arnette enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed singing, teaching Sunday school, and was especially known for her award-winning pies. She will always hold a special place in the hearts of those that knew her. 
She is survived by her daughters, Sheryl Pyle and husband Ronald Pyle of Cypress, Texas, Darla Andries and husband Martin Andries of Carthage, Texas; brothers, Richard Hicks, Sydney Hicks; sister, Jeanette Bowley and husband Leroy Bowley; daughter in law, Karina Richerson Willhoite and husband Robin Willhoite of Timpson, Texas; grandchildren, Tiffany Newman Harris and husband Jimmy Harris, John “Justin” Richerson IV and wife Chelsea Richerson, Harley Richerson and husband Ty Cheshire, Amberly Sparks and husband Matthew Sparks, Corey Green and Rachel Roberts, Happy Willhoite; great grandchildren, Hunter Newman, Fisher Newman, Remington Newman, Brooklynn Nettle, Johnny Richerson, Alivia Deason, Tylie Cheshire, Ira Land, Hannah Odom, Matthew Sparks Jr., Bryer Parks, Layne Green, Wade Roberts, Logan Roberts, Ava Roberts, numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly. 
Arnette is preceded in death by her loving husband, John Barney Richerson II; parents, William Richard and Florence Audrey (Weems) Hicks; sons, John B. Richerson III, Douglas Wayne Richerson; granddaughter, Ashley Green; and sister, Sharon Garland. 
Pallbearers serving will be John “Justin” Richerson IV, Jeremy Bowley, Hunter Newman, Fisher Newman, Corey Green, Ty Cheshire, Robin Willhoite, and Jimmy Harris. 

To send condolences and sign the online register book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tammie Lynn Griffin entered into rest March 21, 2019 at 3:51am. Tammie was born to James Lynn Griffin and Heather Lee Griffin on March 5, 2019, at 9:29 a.m.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

She is survived by her sisters, Alex Griffin, Maggie Griffin, Skyler Griffin, Alyssa Collins, Gabby Waddles; brother, Jameson Griffin; grandparents, Danny Lawrence and wife Nelda, Kenny Mays; great grandmother, Mary Boniol; aunts and uncles, Chelsea Lawrence and husband Oliver, Brittany Lawrence and husband Simon, Ashley Bledsoe and husband Victor, Amanda Denmon, Cindy Langford and husband Shannon, Kristle Walker, C.J. Boniol, Keven Boniol and wife Haven, Jeff Boniol and wife Jeanne, Rodney Boniol; great aunts, Dorthy Frances, Linda Mays; godparents, Uncle Josh Denmon and Aunt Cyndi Spurlock; lots of cousins, great aunts and uncles; a host of other family; special family at Center ISD bus barn; very special friend, Amanda Kirby.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Tammie Sue Lawrence, Laura Lynn Griffin; great grandparents, Clifton Boniol, Amy Lee Wilburn, Noah Wilburn.

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


Madalynn Brooke Wilkinson, 12, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  No funeral services are planned.

Madalynn was born April 17, 2006, in Center, to Tommy Joe Wilkinson and Barbara Jordan Salas.  She enjoyed spending time with friends.

She is survived by:
Her father: Tommy Joe Wilkinson of Joaquin

Mother: Barbara Jordan Salas of Joaquin

Sister: Kristy Wilkinson of Joaquin

Daniel Salas of Natchitoches, Louisiana
Robert Salas of Killeen

Tommy Frank Wilkinson and wife Karen of Tenaha
Lynne Faussett of Tenaha

Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceded in death by great grandparents, Mozelle and Tommy Mitchell Wilkinson, Marlene and Lawrence Jordan.

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


Brendon Jean Conway, 31, of Gary, Texas passed away on March 13, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on February 8, 1988 in Fort Worth, Texas to Brenda Conway. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Brendon is survived by:

Mother, Brenda Conway

Matthew Conway and fiancé, Elizabeth Swint
David Conway

Grandmother, Nelda Conway

Uncle, Jeff Conway

Girlfriend, Kyndl Fulligim

Jayson Conway
Jayke Conway

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.


Wayne Allen Prince, father, grandfather, husband, educator, farmer, and friend died on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the age of 75.

Wayne was born September 13, 1943 in Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was the son of the late Percy and the late Theo (Allen) Prince.

Wayne is survived by:

Wife, Elaine (Mills) Prince

Scott Prince and his wife Kim of Garrison
Larry Prince and his wife Jackie of Garrison

Daughter, Denise (Prince) Kersten and her husband Duane of Bryan

Laura (Prince) Huffman and her husband AJ of Garrison
Kaylee (Prince) Cage and her husband Clint of Lewisville
Hunter Prince of Nacogdoches
Doug Prince of Garrison
Caitlin Prince of Garrison
Reese Kersten of Bryan

Great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Huffman of Garrison

Birth mother, Juanita Spain of Grand Prairie

Half-sister, Foylene Spain of Grand Prairie

Numerous cousins and nieces.

Wayne lived in Garrison, Texas for most of his life. He graduated from Garrison High School as a member of the Class of 1961. He attended Stephen F. Austin Sate University, where he claimed his finest achievement was meeting Elaine Mills, the love of his life, in Spanish class during their freshman year. Wayne and Elaine married June 20, 1964. He was the proud father of two sons and a daughter, then grandfather of 3 granddaughters and 3 grandsons, and last, but not least, he was a great-granddaughter's Pappy. He was and always will be an important factor in their lives. His most cherished titles in life were Husband, Daddy, Dad, or later "Pappy," and his role for those titles was larger than life.

Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from SFA in 1965 and his Masters Degree in Botany in 1967. While working on his Masters Degree, Wayne began his lifelong career in education, first as a Biology Lab Instructor at SFA and later as Biology Lab Coordinator at SFA. In 1968, he became the Biology Lab Coordinator at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, Texas. His career in public education began at Huntington ISD as a long-term sub for a dear friend’s maternity leave, and in 1976 he became a teacher at his own Alma Mater, Garrison ISD, teaching junior high life science and earth science. Wayne was then principal at Garrison Elementary and Middle School for four years. Farming was always in Wayne’s heart, and he left the world of education to start a dairy farm, but nothing could compare with the classroom, and he returned to teach at Garrison High School, teaching biology I, biology II, chemistry, physical science, dual credit Botany, dual credit Zoology, and physics. He was happy to share his love of all things "SCIENCE" with students, both eager and reluctant. Other occupations came and went during his lifetime, but teaching was his true passion. Wayne retired from Garrison ISD in 2005, after 34 years in education.

Wayne loved spending time with family and friends. Morning coffee time was often spent on the patio watching the birds with his wife, Elaine, while discussing the events of the upcoming day. Gardening was another passion, and he loved visiting with the various people that came to pick peas in his purple hull pea patch. He was so very proud that his son Scott followed in his farming footsteps and loved that his son Larry and daughter Denise followed in his teaching footsteps. Wayne could often be found in the bleachers of Garrison football games, cheering on the Bulldogs. Seeing his children and grandchildren play sports or participate in events would keep him on the road for years. It was not unusual for Wayne to attend a school event in Garrison one day and a T-Ball game in Bryan the next. He loved hunting and fishing and spending time outdoors, teaching his sons, grandchildren, and friends about all of the wonders that nature has to offer.

Always a teacher, Wayne never missed an opportunity to educate, so his last request was that his body be donated to UTMB Medical School in Galveston. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, students, and in his wish to continue to teach. He was proud to know that he was helping to further the education of a future doctor.

Visitation for Wayne will be at the Garrison First United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 10:00am, followed by a memorial service at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Garrison First United Methodist Church Food Pantry or to the Society of St. Stephen at Garrison First United Methodist Church.


LD Hibbard, Sr., 91, of Conway, Arkansas formerly of Nacogdoches passed away peacefully in Conway, Arkansas, Saturday, March 16, 2019. He was born to Joseph Cecil Hibbard and Dorothy Tyrone Hibbard on June 6, 1927, in Dayton, Texas. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He proudly served his county in the United States Navy during WWII and was a pretty successful boxer while he was there. LD was a Business owner/operator-office supplies, office equipment service and repairs and later was in the oil and gas business with his sons. He loved gardening especially his fruit trees, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. LD was an adventurer by spirit and had a knack for repairing and restoring antiques. He was also a Mason.

He is survived by:

Wife, Shirley Davis Hibbard of Conway, Arkansas who were married on March 14, 1981

John Russell Hibbard of Nacogdoches, TX
Joe Cecil Hibbard of Chireno, TX and Wendy
Debra Ann Hibbard of The Woodlands, TX
LD Hibbard, Jr. and wife Carmen of Center, TX
Kathy Lee Hibbard of Houston
Wallace Lee Hibbard and Pam of Bullard, TX
Victor Allen Hibbard of Bullard, TX
Judy Lyn Monroe and husband Donald of Center, TX
Letitia Poindexter of Center, TX
Gregory Thomas Hibbard and wife Haven of Conroe, TX
Amy Lynn Saunders and husband Tracy of Maumelle, AR
Shari Dell Phillips and husband Randy of Greenbrier, AR
Terry Wells and wife Chancey of Wooster, AR

Denny Hibbard of Nacogdoches, TX
Linda Witt and husband, Bruce of Anchorage, AK
Russell Hibbard of Nacogdoches, TX
Dianne Brown of Daytona Beach, Florida
Kristen Duncan of Huntington, TX
Kim Hibbard of Nacogdoches, TX
Nicole Lyon and husband Andy of San Jose, California
Shelly Shillings of The Woodlands
Jason O’Donoghue and wife Mallory of Trinity, TX
Julia Arsenault and husband Jerry of Houston, TX
Ricky Morgan of Houston, TX
Nick Morgan and wife Brittany of Monterey, CA
Debra Ann Flanagan and husband DK of McAllen, TX
Christy Wells and husband Kenny of Tomball, TX
Duane Morgan and wife Mary of Tomball, TX
Ruthie Mueller and husband Rudy of Tomball, TX
Heather Gerhard and husband Ken of Missoula, MT
Kendall O’Neal Venus and husband Joe of Bellaire, TX
Michael O’Neal and wife Ana of Kingwood, TX
Clint Hibbard and wife Heather of The Colony, TX
Julie Hibbard of Frisco, TX
Justin Walden of Marshall, TX
Eric Walden of Marshall, TX
Christie Gray and husband Chad of Troup, TX
Craig Hibbard and wife Ashlie of Tyler, TX
Lindsey Hibbard of Center, TX
Hayley Rubio and husband Isaiah of Center, TX
Kayla Hibbard of Bullard, TX
Steven Hibbard of Troup, TX
Reese Monroe of Center, TX
Christine Taylor and husband Shane of Keatchie, LA
Amber Owens of Austin, TX
DWayne Bearden and Brittany of Natchitoches, LA
Josh Bearden of Center, TX
Dakota Poindexter and wife Ashley of Center, TX
April Poindexter of San Augustine
Billie Poindexter of San Augustine
Chris Hibbard and wife Gagen of Euless, TX
Stephan Hibbard of Plano, TX
Oliver Hibbard of Oslo, Norway
Knox Hibbard of the Woodlands, TX
Wesley Glen Wells of Mena, AR
Lillian Wells of Wooster, AR
Alaina Wells of Wooster, AR
Charlie Wells of Wooster, AR
Abby Saunders of Maumelle, AR Jessica Sims and husband Isaac of Conway, AR

73 Great-Grandchildren; 5 Great-Great-Grandchildren; Numerous cousins and other relatives.

Preceded in death by: Father-Joseph Cecil Hibbard, Mother-Dorothy Tyrone Hibbard, Sister-Mabel Madgaline Means, Brother-Johnny Mack Hibbard, Sister-Elaine Fisk, Brother-Joe Gilbert Hibbard, Brother-George Richard Hibbard, Grandson-Matthew Hibbard, Granddaughter-Christy Mae Taylor, Grandson-Ronnie Morgan, Son-in-Law-Billy Poindexter.

Funeral services will be held, 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 21, 2019, Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel. The family will receive friends, prior to the service starting at 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Douglass Cemetery.


Billy Lavon Poindexter, age 55, of San Augustine, passed from this life on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Augustine.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 11:00 am at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, San Augustine, Texas, with Bro. Son Windham officiating. Burial to follow in the Attoyac Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019, from the hours of 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas.

Billy was born October 14, 1963, in San Augustine to the late Kenneth Lavon and Lizzie (Falcon) Poindexter. He was employed for many years with Center Cable TV and also worked as an electrician. He was of the Baptist faith. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. 

Those left to cherish his memory:

Wife of 26 years Letitia Hibbard Poindexter of Center

April Sue Poindexter and Lynn Johnson of San Augustine
Billie E. Poindexter of San Augustine

Joshua Bearden and Ashley Cagle of Center
Dwayne Bearden and wife Brittney of Louisiana
Dakota L. Poindexter and wife Ashley of Center

Kenneth Poindexter and wife Sherry
James Poindexter and wife Becky
Ollie Poindexter and wife Vicki

Patricia Evans
Judy Faulkner and husband Gaven
Rita McDaniel and husband Carroll

Life-long Friend Tammie Sutton

15 Grandchildren

Mother-in-law Mollie Barton

John Hibbard
L. D. Hibbard
Debra Hibbard
Joe Hibbard
Wallace Hibbard
Kathy Hibbard
Greg Hibbard
Victor Hibbard
Judy Monroe

He was preceded in death by parents Kenneth Lavon and Lizzie Poindexter; daughter Christy Mae Taylor; Father-in-laws William J. Barton, L. D. Hibbard Sr.; granddaughter Makayla Taylor; brother-in-law Bernard Evans; 4 legged companion "Scrappy."

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


Lawayne Hendricks, 70, of Center, Texas, passed away on March 17, 2019 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on June 18, 1948 in Timpson, Texas to Arvel Hendricks and Beatrice Livingston Hendricks. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at First Pentecostal Church in Joaquin, Texas with Bro. Ron Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. 
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Lawayne grew up in the Stockman Community in Timpson. His sister, Patsy, set Lawayne up on a date with Beverly Watson on March 16, 1968 and that is where their love story began. Lawayne graduated with the Timpson High School class of 1969, and then was drafted into the United States Army. After valiantly serving his country in Vietnam, Lawayne returned home and married Beverly on December 12, 1970. They shared a wonderful 48 years together until Lawayne’s passing. 

Lawayne treasured every moment with his family. Spending time with his grandkids was one of his favorite things to do. He loved family vacations at the beach soaking up the sun, love and laughter of those closest to him. He also enjoyed traveling any chance that he could. Lawayne was a selfless and compassionate man who had a heart for others. Anytime there was someone in need, he was ready and willing to extend a hand of service to them. Lawayne loved his church family and worshipping the Lord with them each and every week. 

Lawayne is survived by:
His beloved wife, Beverly

Bart Hendricks and Sheena Mullen
Jeff Hendricks 

Daughter: Leslee Russell and husband, Randy

Brother-in-law: David Eubank and wife, Cindy

James “Bud” Darrell Hendricks
Larry Hendricks and wife, Beverly
Stanley Hendricks

Barbara Renfro
Rebecca Windham and husband
David and Sheila Eubank

Brother-in-law: James Adams

Sister-in-law: Rita Hendricks

Dillon Windham
Bret Windham
Maddie Russell
Clay Hendricks
Nicholas Hendricks
Logan Hendricks
Kaysen Hendricks
Jace Hendricks.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arvel and Beatrice Hendricks; brother, Jerry Hendricks; sisters, Joy Bailey and husband, Herman and Patsy Adams.

Pallbearers will be Dillon Windham, Brett Windham, Clay Hendricks, Nicholas Hendricks, Logan Hendricks and Jackson Cater.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roe Belrose, Jerry Fleming, Randy Russell, W.A. Nichols, Derrick Lightfoot and Larry Oates. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to First Pentecostal Church in Joaquin, P.O. Box 304, Joaquin, Texas 75954. 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.


Lee Randal Diamond, 54, of Lufkin, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Lufkin.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home beginning at noon. 

Mr. Diamond was born July 28, 1964, in Center to Oral Lee Diamond and Kathleen Tidwell Diamond.

He is survived by:

Bother, David Diamond and wife Alaine of Center

Sister, Erika Diamond of Center

Nieces and nephews:
Michael Nichols Jr. of Center
Hannah McCauley and husband Jeremy of Chireno
Nicky Haley and husband Chad of Center
Christina Samford of Center
Robert Samford
Justin Williams and wife Danielle
Scotty Tyre

Mark Tidwell and wife Zana of Center
Vernon Carlton of Center

Suzanne Taylor and husband Les of Dallas
Kelly Tidwell Carlton of Center

8 great-nieces; 3 great-nephews

A host of cousins.

Preceded in death by parents, Oral Lee Diamond and Kathleen Tidwell Diamond; grandparents, Buford and Irene Diamond, Odis and Betty Tidwell; nephew, James Lee Diamond.

Special thanks to the Lone Pine Unit Staff at Lufkin State School for their love and care.

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


Lillie E. Chadwick, 90, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on March 16, 2019 in Martinsville, Texas. She was born on July 31, 1928 in Caledonia to James Richard Keating and Odessa Burks Keating.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Lillie grew up in the County Line community. Shortly after high school, she married Lewis Smith and the two remained faithfully by one another’s side until Lewis’ passing. Later in life, Lillie met Walter Chadwick and the two shared a special bond that led to marriage and the joining of their families. Lillie and Walter celebrated many wonderful years together until his passing. She was an extremely talented seamstress and could make just about anything. Lillie loved to sew, quilt and crochet. She also found peace and pleasure working in her garden, cooking and playing dominoes. She was a member of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. 

Lillie is survived by: 

Son, Donald Smith of Center

Daughter, Kimberly Pleasant and husband, Roger of Martinsville

JoAnn Gary of Timpson
Lanette Ells and husband, Roy of Center

Mike Chadwick and wife, Leisa of Timpson
Jonathan Chadwick of Timpson
Andy Chadwick of Deberry

Step-daughter, Patricia Maddox and husband, Jared of Gilmer

Brandi Smith of Ohio
Brittany Smith of Jasper
Joshua Pleasant of Martinsville
Holly Williams and husband, Terry of Nacogdoches
Misty Pleasant of Nacogdoches

Alexxis Smith
Halle Adams
Victoria Williams
Jalen Williams
Madisyn Pleasant
Londyn Pleasant

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis Smith; second husband, Walter Chadwick; parents, James and Odessa Keating; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmie Smith and wife, Evah; brothers, Glenn Keating, Leo Keating, Douglas Keating and Harold Keating; sisters, Marie Simpson and Donnella Jimmerson. 

The family extends their deepest gratitude to Tonya Mims for the compassion and care shown during the last couple of years for Mrs. Chadwick. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Chadwick, Jonathan Chadwick, Richard Gary, Sean Crouch, Bradley Els and Steven Keating. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Gary, Woody Keating, Mitchell Keating and Jerry Keating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to White Rock Cemetery, c/o Marceline Crenshaw, 604 CR 1210, Center, Texas 75935.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.


Ira (Sam) Edgar Jackson, age 84, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Nacogdoches Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born on May 12, 1934 in Center, TX to Clara Rushing and O.C. Jackson. He was the oldest of four children and was preceded in death by both parents and two younger brothers, Weldon (Winkie) McKeggler and Leon Allen. 

Sam grew up in Center, TX and enlisted in the United States Army immediately after high school. While in the armed forces, he served during the Korean Conflict. After his military service ended, he returned home and worked in the construction industry with Ihlo Construction for several years. He then went to work at Center Independent School District as a custodian engineer where he later retired after 21 years of faithful service. 

Sam will be remembered for his love of the game of dominoes. He was a true competitor on the domino table.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00 am at Abundant Love Ministries, 1426 Shelbyville Street with Pastor Marlin Cloudy, Sr. officiating.

Mr. Jackson is survived by:

Fredrick Jackson (Cheryl) of Houston, TX
Iretta Jackson of Pearland, TX
Delbert Jackson of Center, TX
Elaine Jackson Turner (Albert) of San Antonio, TX
Eric Jackson of Center, TX
Scott Jackson (Shawn) of Dallas, TX
Angela Hebert (Christopher) of Baton Rouge, LA
Karla Jackson-Edwards of Sunnyvale, TX

Brother, Jerry Lathan (Joyce) of Center, TX

Grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 12:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, March 22 at Hicks Chapel (804 MLK Drive, Center, TX 75935). An additional viewing will be held on Saturday morning from 10:00am to 10:50am at Abundant Love Ministries. 

Committal: St John Cemetery Africa Community (2308 County Road 2050, Center, TX 75935.)
Repass: Abundant Love Ministries 

The Jackson family would like to extend special thanks to Pine Grove Nursing Center. We also extend gratitude to all who have offered their condolences, thoughts and prayers

Please visit www.hicksmortuary.net to leave your online condolences and memories. 
Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935.


A celebration of life for Elizabeth Grimes Biggers, 90, of Nacogdoches, Texas was held Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel in Nacogdoches with Pastor Emeritus Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery. The family welcomed friends and loved ones from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Elizabeth was born on April 18, 1928, at the family home on Upper Melrose Road in Nacogdoches, Texas to McNeil Grimes Sr. and Lillie Mae Sisco Grimes. She lived in Nacogdoches most of her life. She passed away March 10, 2019, in Nacogdoches surrounded by family.

Elizabeth was Valedictorian of her graduating class from Nacogdoches High School and Salutatorian from Stephen F. Austin State University. She later earned a Master’s in Education from SFASU. Early on she worked as a secretary, teacher and librarian at various schools. However, most of her career was spent at SFA, retiring in 1991 after twenty-five years as a librarian.

She married Ben M. Wallace in 1950, and he is the father of her three children. She was a single mother from 1968 until she married Earl Biggers in 1986. She has been a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, for many years where she was especially active in the SOS Sunday School class and the Sunshine Flower Ministry. She was a longtime volunteer in the emergency room at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. She loved her family and friends dearly and always cherished time spent with them.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Susan Castille and husband Sonny of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Sharon Touchette and husband Henry and son, Stephen Wallace and wife Kathy, all of Nacogdoches; and stepdaughter, Mickey Wulf and husband Fred of Center, Texas. She is also survived by her four granddaughters: Jade Harrell and husband Wade, Paige Wallace, Whitney Cleveland, and Caitlin Lawrence; and two step-grandsons, Deuce and Ben Wulf; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, McNeil Grimes Jr.; both husbands; and step-son, Ken Biggers.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Gary Rogerson, Bill Fisk, Cason Adams, David Stabinsky, Wade Harrell, and Nicholas Fisk. Honorary pallbearers will be Odell Garner and Waymon Garner.

The family would also like to thank her special care givers Ruthie, Rylie, Tina, Beverly, Tonie and all of the staff at Willowbrook Rehab.

The family requests memorials be given to the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches, 411 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

Please visit www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com to leave your online condolences and memories.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.


Funeral services for Bro. M. D. Lamon, 87, of Center will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in the new building. Bro. Richard Goodwin, Sr., Richard Goodwin and Garfield D. Lamon will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Bro. Lamon died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, after a short illness.

He was born August 5, 1931 in Linden, TX to John Lamon and Betty Richardson Lamon.

Seventy-three years ago, Bro. Lamon gave his life to the Lord. He was filled with God’s Holy Spirit and baptized in the name of Jesus. Since that day, Bro. Lamon lived his life to spread the love of Jesus throughout East Texas. On July 3, 1948, Bro. Lamon married the love of his life, Hester Arlene Pinkston.

At the age of 18, Bro. Lamon was ordained to preach the gospel in the state of Texas. After his ordination, Bro. and Sister Lamon evangelized for one year and felt God’s call to pastor. He pastored churches in Lufkin, TX, Huntington, TX, San Augustine County, TX, Aiken, TX and Center, TX.

At 87 years of age, Bro. Lamon was very active in ministry. He taught Wednesday evening Bible study each week and spoke words of wisdom and encouragement in every service. He pastored the First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ for 52 years and 9 months.

During the past two years, Bro. Lamon supervised the construction project for a new church campus. His dream was to have the new building completed debt-free.

For two years, Bro. Lamon served as President of the Shelby County Outreach Senior Citizens Center. He also volunteered there about 20 hours per week. He enjoyed having lunch with his friends; but most of all, he enjoyed praying for their needs. Bro. Lamon was well-known in Shelby County for his gentle spirit and wisdom.

Bro. Lamon was preceded in death by his wife, Hester Pinkston Lamon, son, Aubrey Lamon, Sr., Daughter-in-heart, Rilda Lamon, his parents, brothers, Edward Lamon and Ed Lamon, sisters Lorene King, Mae Standley, Alene Hobbs and Mary Lou Snodgrass.

Bro. Lamon is survived by daughter and son-in-heart, Richard and Shirley Goodwin, sons Lester Donald Lamon of Magnolia, OH and Garfield Dee Lamon of Woodville, TX. He is also survived by grandchildren, Richard and Lisa Goodwin of Louisville, KY, Lori Goodwin of Dallas, TX, Alesha and Jeff Hamm of Edwards, MS, Donna and Paris Stokes of Vicksburg, MS, Aubrey and Kayla Lamon, II of Center, TX, Dee Ann and Cody Armstrong of Woodville, TX, Garfield Lamon of Kirbyville, TX, and Patrick Lamon of Bixby, OK. He is also survived by 11 great grandchildren. He is survived by one brother, Harvey Lamon of Lufkin, TX.

Pallbearers are men of the First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial offerings to the building fund of the First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, 524 FM 2026, Center, TX 75935. His church family would like to see his dream fulfilled.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, 5 PM - 8 PM and Sunday, March 17, 2019, 1 PM before the funeral service.  

Donations to the church building fund can be sent to 524 FM 2026, Center, Texas 75935.

Pallbearers are men of the First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

Arrangements are under the direction of Watson and Sons Funeral Home. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Clifford Wayne Hand, 91, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on March 14, 2019 in Center, Texas. He was born on September 25, 1927 in Amarillo, Texas to W.B. Hand and Montalee Longacre Hand. 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas. 

A visitation will be held prior to service time on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

Clifford grew up in Amarillo, and after high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force. While in the armed forces, Clifford served in World War II. After returning home, he married the love of his life, Judy in 1949, and the two spent a wonderful 60 years together before her passing. Clifford went to work for the United State Postal Service where he remained for 36 years before retiring. During his tenure with the USPS, he also worked with Continental Trailways for 25 years. 

Clifford thoroughly enjoyed the company of others. He was a genuine “people person” who found great pleasure in conversation and laughter. He also liked to spend time fishing, playing dominoes and playing bingo. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley and was an integral part of adding on the new addition to the church. 

Clifford is survived by his sons, Rocky Hand and wife, Patricia, Stanley Hand and wife, Laneva and Richard Hand; and special friend, Marguerite Kuykendall.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judy and his parents, W.B. and Montalee Hand.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.


Minnie LaPearl Dean Jefferson was born March 20, 1945 and passed from this life on March 12, 2019, one week shy of her 74th birthday. Pearl was born at the family home in Shelby County, Texas to Emmitt Ambrose and Ima Estell (Cummings) Dean. As the baby of the family she was loved and spoiled by her older siblings, Lois, JE and Clint. 

Pearl attended Strong School and graduated from Joaquin High School. 1963 was a big year for Pearl as she turned 18, married, graduated from high school and flew to Spain to join her new husband, Garry Jefferson. Pearl had never been out of the state of Texas, but happily took on the challenge of flying across the ocean to a new country all by herself! Garry and Pearl spent 2 years in Seville, Spain before returning to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. In 1965 their daughter Lori Lynn was born. She was followed by brothers Michael Jason in 1973 and Garry Keith in 1974. 

As an Air Force wife, Pearl lived in Spain, Texas, Louisiana, Germany and Montana. Moving every few years was not a chore for Pearl. One of her first tasks in a new house was the hanging of curtains in the windows. Pearl could not bear the sight of windows covered with a sheet or blanket and always believed a house became a home when the new curtains went up. In fact, as an accomplished seamstress, each house quickly had tailor-made brand new curtains for the windows. 

Air Force retirement brought the family back to Bossier City, Louisiana in 1980 and Pearl would remain in her adopted hometown until her passing. During this time Pearl worked as an administrative assistant in the Housing Office at Barksdale Air Force Base. She was a civilian employee for the Department of Defense for 28 years. Pearl very much enjoyed her job at the Housing Office as it allowed her meet and greet most of the incoming personnel to the base. From brand new Airmen to seasoned Colonels, everyone enjoyed and appreciated Miss Pearl’s welcoming smile and helpful attitude. Near and dear to Pearl’s heart were the young families arriving at Barksdale. Miss Pearl was known to frequent garage sales and flea markets to keep a stock of high chairs, bassinets and cribs for those young families just starting out. She wanted to make sure each family had all they needed for their little ones. After many years of dedicated service, Pearl retired from Civil Service in 2008. 

Pearl’s greatest joy and accomplishment in life was her children and grandchildren. She loved them deeply and they knew she would do anything for them. Pearl often remarked that she loved her children, but being a grandmother was the best! She adored her grandchildren, Steven and Jonathan Miklos, and Logan and Morgan Jefferson. 

Pearl was a long time member of Bellaire Baptist Church and was active in the Encouragers Sunday School Class. Pearl loved Jesus and knew when she left her Earthly home she was joining her Lord in heaven. 

Left to cherish her memory are:
Her sister: Lois Weeks of Houston, Texas

Daughter and son-in-law: Lori and Quint Miklos and sons Steven and Jonathan of Rapid City, South Dakota

Michael Jason Jefferson of Bossier City, Louisiana 
Keith and Jill Jefferson and their children Logan and Morgan of Center, Texas

She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who loved her very much.

Services for Pearl will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Bellaire Baptist Church, Bossier City, Louisiana with Dr. Randy Harper officiating. Graveside services will be at 11am on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Strong Cemetery, Shelbyville, TX. Presiding over the graveside will be Bro. Billy Windham. Visitation will be at the church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

In the leu of flowers donations can be made to Strong Cemetery in her name - Strong Cemetery P.O. Box 1383 Center, TX 75935. 


Lena Mae (Rudd) Cormier, 89, of Lumberton, Texas, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019, at a Beaumont hospital.

A native and former resident of Shelby County, Lena was born June 4, 1929, in Center to parents Elmer and Nora Rudd. She was a faithful Christian and had been active in churches in the communities she had resided. Her most recent membership was with Woodrow Baptist Church of Silsbee.

Her survivors include a son, Ronnie Cormier and wife Patricia of Baytown; a daughter, Theresa Bridges and husband Tommy of Lumberton; a brother, Elmer Ray Rudd of Gillis, Louisiana; a sister, Geraldine Durso of Silsbee; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Rene Joseph Cormier; her parents, Elmer and Nora Rudd; as well as three sisters, Faye, Merle, and Pearl.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 15, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Home, located at 415 N. Fourth Street in Silsbee.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Farmer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Scott officiating. Interment will follow at R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery, located in Silsbee.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.

Visit www.farmerfhsilsbee.com to offer memories and condolences.


Eddie (Edgar) Leroy Langford, Jr., passed away suddenly on March 12, 2019. Eddie was born on March 15, 1961, in Houston, Texas to Ed (Edgar) and Oleta Langford. He was a member of the 1979 graduating class of Conroe High School.

In 1980 he married Lori Holt and they had one son, Beau (Roland) Langford. In 2003 he married Mitzi McClure. Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Oleta and by his sister, Anita. 

He is survived by:
His wife: Mitzi Langford

His son: Beau and wife Amie Langford

Hailey Langford 
Lexi Langford

Mary and husband Vernon Embry
Dianne and husband Joe Fuller
Janice Langford
Edith Langford and husband Chris

Brother: Ernie and wife Paula Langford

Many nieces and nephews.

After graduating high school, Eddie continued to work with his dad in construction work.  He later started his own business, Langford Construction, where he continued to work until his illness prevented him from doing so. That did not stop him from teaching others. He was always willing to explain to you how “to do” the work. He was always helping someone start or complete a project.  He was his family “go to person” for all their needs. If he did not know how to do it, he would go to you tube to see how to repair it.  

Eddie loved to hunt, fish, to spend time with his son and granddaughters, and explore his surroundings. With the growth of Montgomery County he would say there was always a new road to explore.

Eddie will be greatly missed by his family. He will be laid to rest on March 19, 2019, at the family cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.


Glenda Rae Brittain, 79, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on March 11, 2019 in Timpson. She was born on December 25, 1939 in Timpson to Alvin Cecil Watson and Etoula Eugene Moore Watson. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Blair Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Orval Miller officiating. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 10:00am to 11:30am on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Taylor Funeral Home. 

Glenda was born and raised in Timpson and graduated from Timpson High School in 1957. She married the love of her life, Kenneth Brittain on October 31, 1958, and the two built a wonderful life together until Kenneth’s passing. Glenda was an extremely crafty woman and enjoyed making some of the neatest things. She also had a great interest in genealogy and had done a lot of research about her family’s lineage.

Family was of the utmost importance to Glenda, and it showed in the countless hours she spent supporting her grandkids at all of their sporting events and school functions. She treasured every moment surrounded by her children and grandchildren. When together, Glenda’s family shared love and laughter that will be wonderful memories for years to come. 

Glenda is survived by:
Her son: Eric Brittain and wife, Bethany

Daughter: Shona Hale

Heather Ritter and husband, Stephen
Amanda Brittain
Megan Pavlock and husband, Thomas
Dayna Hale

Sydney Eileen Ritter
Shaun Brent Ritter
Mason James Hicks
Aiva Leigh Pavlock
Thomas Wayne Pavlock, Jr.
Ashton Kane Hale
Camden Kase Hale 

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kenneth Brittain and her parents, Cecil and Etoula Watson. 

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


Connie Jean Walker Straus, 74, passed away March 9, 2019. Connie was born April 28, 1944.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Rose-Neath Chapel, Logansport, LA.  Officiating will be Rev. Joe Walker and Rev. Ron Johnson. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Stanley, LA. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the funeral home.

She was proceeded in death by husband, David William “Butch” Straus; daughter, Rena’ Straus; parents, Kinley Walker and Vernice Dawson Walker; sister, Geneva Walker Horn; and brothers, Kenneth Edgar (Sonny) Walker, Ray Kenneth Walker, and Marvin Glenn Walker.

She is survived by:

Son, David L. Straus and wife, Janie

Sister, Mary Hutto

Seven grandchildren:
Sarah Bechtel and husband, John
Patrick McKim and wife, Michelle
Jessica Houston and husband, Dave
Elizabeth Walker and husband, Josh
Thomas Straus and wife, Sommer
Charlie Evans
Jimmy Evans and wife, Tisa

30 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren

Special nieces:
Michelle Harville and husband, Greg
Stormy Harrison and husband, Wayne

Nieces and nephews

Extended family: Nikki Sholar, Sarah Norwood, Linda Taylor and William Clark. 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons. 

Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport, Louisiana.