Bobbie Lou Jenkins, 87, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021, in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. Internment will follow at Patroon Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born September 17, 1934, in the Patroon Community of Shelby County, Bobbie is the daughter of Thomas Jones and Thelma Monroe Jones. She retired as a Nurse Aide.  Bobbie was a member of Patroon Baptist Church.

She is survived by: 
Her sons: 
Tom Jenkins and wife Sandy of Patroon
Steve Jenkins and wife Liz of Athens
Todd Jenkins and wife Stephanie of Garland

Sally Belcher
Caleb Jenkins
Claire Wilburn
Madison Jenkins
Sam Jenkins
Jack Jenkins

Pyper Belcher
Eastyn Belcher
Deacon Belcher
Kylie Wilburn

Brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: 
Joe and Ann Banks
Kathy Jones

A number of other relatives

Preceded in death by husband, Floyd Jenkins; parents, Thomas Jones and Thelma Monroe Jones; and brother, Elec Jones.

Pallbearers will be Caleb Jenkins, Ricky Lout, Darrin Lout, James Goodwyn, Dan Fleming, and Jamie Hagler.

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


Ms. Jennie Mae Greer, 78, passed away September 28, 2021. Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Westview Cemetery, on Bolton Street, Center, TX at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Howard Cloudy, Eulogist.

Visitation will begin on: Friday, October 8, 2021 at Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 2pm.6pm, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Jennie Mae Greer was born March 22, 1943 in Center, Shelby County, TX. 

She leaves to cherish her loving memory: 
Randy Greer
Rodney Greer
Johnny Ray Greer
Tony Latham Sr.

James Nickerson of Beaumont
J.L. Nickerson, Beaumont
E.L. Nickerson, Houston

Mary Booker, Beaumont
Clara Washington, Houston
Willie Chatlin, Beaumont
Ruthie Nickerson, Baytown
Ada Nickerson, of Houston

A host of nephews, nieces, grandchildren and one great-grandchild

Her father Kasey Nickerson and Mother Clara Tanner Nickerson and her husband J.B. Greer all precede her in death.

Services Entrusted to Her Family of Professionals at: Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, TX 75961 (936) 564-4351 “Where The Family Comes First”


Harice Glynn Childers, 81, of Dallas, Texas, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021. Glynn was born 3 January 1940 in Lufkin, Texas, the son of Harice and Myrle Childers. 

He graduated from Center High School in Center, Texas. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Glynn had a very interesting and rewarding career. After graduating from SMU, he worked as Shell Oil Commissions Supervisor, co- owned Magic Gas Co., and after 28 years of service, he retired from John Deere-Dallas, where he received many awards and recognition for his implementation of uniform accounting and management systems for the 325 dealerships he managed in ten states. His other pursuits included ranching, real estate, construction, and investment opportunities that resulted in his being named Jaycee of the Year in 1964 in Corsicana, Texas.

In addition to his professional career, Glynn was an avid collector. His extensive collections included western art, belt buckles, spurs, Indian artifacts, all things related to Buffalo Bill Cody, and a 1957 T Bird that he enjoyed racing.
He was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.

His mother, Myrle Laverne Thrasher Childers, and father, Harice Childers; grandparents, Thomas “Tom” Ward and Maggie Annie Thrasher and John and Lettie Childers preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his beloved dogs, Cody Bill and Rags.

He is survived by:

Personal friends, Conrad McCarty, Melvin Voight, Kevin Hanna, and Russ Johnson

Cousin, Johnny Frank Childers

Other numerous cousins and friends

Graveside services will be held in Center, Texas, at Oaklawn Memorial Park at 11 AM with a viewing at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be sent to Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Dr., Carrollton, Texas 75006 or other charitable organizations.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Merline “Miss Pete” Mancil Hayden Byley, 88, passed away on September 29, 2021 in San Augustine, Texas. Miss Pete was born on March 11, 1933 to Noel Mancil and wife Josie. She married her first husband Ted Hayden on November 4, 1954, and they were married for 38 years until he passed away. A year later she met and married her second husband Fred Byley on June 25, 1994 in Pineland, Texas. Until his death. 

Miss Pete is preceded in death by her son, Jeffery Hayden; parents, Noel and Josie Mancil; brothers, Roger Mancil, William Mancil, and John Mancil; and sister, Nancy Jane Mancil Bailey.

She is survived by:

Twin sister, Earline Mancil

Daughter, Helen Mullins and husband Mike

Shasta Lovell
Tiffany Mullins

Numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Miss Pete was always a hard worker and wore many hats, anything from picking cotton in the field as a child to waitressing, and cooking. She always had an open invitation and door for friends and family to come gossip with her over a good cup of coffee. Miss Pete always had an open bed and tray of good food for anyone that needed it. She loved being the life of the party anywhere she went. You could never miss Miss Pete out and about you could hear her a mile away talking. She had a magical green thumb that was also a master at the crochet arts, and quilting. 

Viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 4, 2021 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Graveside services will follow the viewing Monday, October 4, 2021 at Mount Herman Cemetery in Center, Texas.

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


Felix Gonzalez Jr., 35, of Center, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service and interment will be held at a later date under the direction of Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Raymondville, Texas.

Born September 16, 1986, in Lamesa, Felix is the son of Felix Gonzalez-Torres Sr. and Maria Chavez. He worked as a truck driver allowing him to both travel and live in Texas, California, Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. Felix often enjoyed family barbeque gatherings and time spent with his daughter, nieces and nephews who thought the world of him. Felix was a kind and caring individual – the best father and uncle. He was often referred to as an “old soul”. He loved music, especially the “oldies.” He liked to read and was intrigued with the Mexican Revolution. A talented writer, he was in the process of authoring a book. A football game was also something he very much enjoyed as he was a Huge Dallas Cowboy Fan.

Felix leaves behind to cherish his memories:

Daughter, Alessandra “Desi”

Parents, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Sr. and Maria Chavez

Siblings: Maricela, Maribel, Marilee, Marisol, Mariel, Jose, Jesus, Melissa, Justin, and Yesenia

Numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins

Grandmother, Beatriz Alvarez

Girlfriend, Priscilla

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Odilon Alvarez.

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


Clifton Marquette Cagle, 64, joined his father and mother in heaven on September 1, 2021. Clifton was born on Oct 7, 1956, to Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christen Armstrong in Center, Texas. 

To honor the memory of Clifton Marquette "Mark" Cagle aka Poss there will be a memorial service Saturday, October 2nd at the Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church at 5 p.m. The church is 2 miles off Hwy 87 on FM 417 East in Shelbyville, Texas. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome. 

Clifton graduated from Shelbyville High School and was honorably discharged from the air force. He was a fire fighter and treasurer for Shelbyville volunteer fire department. He was also a Dispatcher for 20 plus years and a member of Mt Calvary Full Gospel Church. Mark was a gentle and kind soul. He never met a stranger; he was full of love and life. He loved his family and his friends more then anything else. The world will not be the same without him. Mark is loved by so many and will always continue to be loved and missed.

Survived by:

Wife, Barbara Jean Cagle, married November 3, 2006

John Henrey and wife Cyndi Cagle of Center
JC and wife Susan Cagle of Shelbyville

Rosemary Cagle of Shelbyville
Christine Border of Center
Lizz and Joe Rama of Nacogdoches

Ronny Williams and wife Christal of Temple
John Hutto of Shelbyville
Vanessa Walker and Mike Selman of Center
Sarah and John Berry of Joaquin

Loved by all his nieces and nephews, they called him Uncle Buck or Unkie

Grandchildren: Hayden Xander, Isabella, Jaxson, Hunter, Kyler, Liam, Brooklyn, Scarlett, (10)- Harley

And many more friends.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christine Armstrong Cagle; Brother William Raymond Cagle.

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


Charles Cook, 70, went to be with the Lord on September 25, 2021.

Funeral service will be held Noon, Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Frankston City Cemetery in Frankston, TX.

He was born August 22, 1951 in Jacksonville, TX to J.C. (Joe) and Vay Dell Ellis Cook of Center, TX.

As a young boy he fell in love with horses. As he got older he got involved in rodeo where he did a little bit of it all. He roped, team roped, steer wrestled and even rode a few bulls. His love of horses turned into a passion that lasted until his last breath. After he retired from the Texas Highway Department he spent all of his time breeding and racing horses. He named some after his nieces and nephews and one Ms. Vay Dell who was named for his mother who he cherished. His other passion was his trips to Yellowstone. He would spend hours scouring the mountain sides and valleys for bears.

Charles is survived by:

Sheila Varwig of Pineville, LA
Mary Gwen Willoughby and husband Kenneth of Deridder, LA
Rhenee Flores and husband Joe of Dry Prong, LA

Special niece and nephews who knew him as "Hunk":
Christena Alexander (Eric) of Tioga, LA
Daniel Emanis (Monique) of Center, TX
Michael Emanis (Kasey) of Hallsville, TX
Todd Varwig (Yvonne) of Hoover, AL
Jaceson Willoughby (Wendy) of Deridder, LA
Teddy Varwig (Kerry) of Las Vegas, NV
Christy Lee of Florida
Terry Varwig (Jahnienne) of Bastrop, LA
Lisa Culpepper (Cary) of Carrier, MS
Chad Varwig of Lafayette, LA

Numerous other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Former wife Betty Cook.

A group of his Brookshires friends where he enjoyed spending time "shooting the bull."

Pallbearers will be close family members and friends.

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


L.B. Evans, 78, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Joaquin.

Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 1, 2021, at Attoyac Cemetery in San Augustine. John Paul Sledge will officiate. Visitation is prior to graveside at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 9:45am until 10:45am. 

Born May 25, 1943, in San Augustine, L.B. is the son of Ben Evans and Alice Richardson Evans. He worked as a carpenter. L.B.’s favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, and most of all, spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.

He is survived by:

Wife of 54 years, MaryLee Evans of Joaquin

Jessie Griffith and wife Lisa of Joaquin
Gary Evans and wife Melissa of Joaquin
Ricky Evans and wife Deanne of Joaquin
Christy Bates of Joaquin
Lori Eldridge of Joaquin

9 grandchildren

9 great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by son, Michael Griffith; parents, Ben Evans and Alice Richardson Evans; and brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be L.B.’s grandsons.

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


Charles Harris, 89, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on September 27, 2021, in Garrison, Texas. He was born on September 5, 1932, in Garrison, Texas to the late William and Miriam (Beckham) Harris. Funeral Service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas, with Bro. Randy Stokes and Bro. Blackie Cranford officiating.

Visitation will be 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

Charles Harris was born and raised in Garrison, Texas. He joined the Army straight out of high school. He was stationed in Germany and spoke often of his time there. Charles worked for Lone Star Steel for 17 years before going on to be self-employed as a heavy machinery operator for the rest of his life. Charles and Ima Jean enjoyed traveling and camping trips with family and friends. He loved his time on the farm tending to his cattle. He was a family man and loved spending time with them. He was very involved in many local churches. Charles will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Charles is survived by:

Loving wife, Ima Jean

Son, Bobby Harris and wife, Judith

Debbie Lutes
Patty Lilly and husband, Dennis
Carla Hutto and husband, Kevin
Colette Hutto and husband, Keith

Lindsay Chang and husband, Patrick
Jessica Hailey and husband, Lane
Cory Lilly and wife, Susan
Morgan Hutto
Lauren Hutto

Taylor Hailey
Lilly Chang
Banks Lilly

Dimple Lunsford and husband, V.L.
Marry Ann Swartz and husband, Gale

Brother-in-law, Robert Little

Sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Harris

A host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, William and Miriam Harris; brother, Wilford Harris; and sister, Dot Little.

Serving as pallbearers are Cory Lilly, Clint Richards, Chris Box, Brian Box, Wes Chandler, and Timmy Harris. Honorary pallbearers are James Box, John Childs, Richard Lundy, Ralph Roberts, and David Funk.

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.


Billy McSwain, 81, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation one hour prior at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.  Bro. Charles Hall will officiate.  

Born July 9, 1940, in Center, Billy is the son of J.W. “Bill” McSwain and Iris Lowery McSwain. At 16 years of age, he joined the United States Navy. Billy later met his wife Helen, and together they raised two sons – John Paul and Tim McSwain. While his boys were young, Billy enjoyed spending time with them during athletic events and outdoor activities, especially duck hunting. 

Billy and Helen also enjoyed family RV trips. Big Country and Western music fans, a Gene Watson song could bring a smile to their faces, proving true the song, “Old Love Never Dies.” A hard worker, Billy often could be found operating heavy equipment and doing mechanical work. Billy was an employee for Pennzoil refinery in Shreveport, LA for 41 years. In his later years, he found a loving companion in his dog, Houdini.  Until his health began to decline, Billy was a very active member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by:

Wife of 60 years, Helen Tyler McSwain of Joaquin

Son, Tim McSwain and wife Paula of Mont Belvieu

Daniel McSwain of Anahuac
Tyler McSwain and wife Peyton of Joaquin
Logan McSwain and fiance Kara of Anahuac
Bailee Smith and husband Cole of Joaquin

John Tyler
Paxton McSwain
Mikelyn Smith

Daughter-in-law, Joel McSwain Bumback of Joaquin

Preceded in death by son, John Paul McSwain; parents, J.W. “Bill” McSwain and Iris Lowery McSwain; and siblings, Kenneth McSwain and Jackie Adams.

Pallbearers will be Daniel McSwain, Tyler McSwain, Logan McSwain, Cole Smith, Jimmy McSwain, and Stevie English. 

Honorary pallbearers will be John Tyler McSwain, Dickie Smith, Race English, Cam English, Clois Slaughter, and Johnny Harvey.

Memorial donations can be made in Billy’s name to Jackson Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1047, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

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


Longtime Angleton resident John Winder passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on September 23 at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness. 

A visitation will be held at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton on September 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. with graveside services and burial at Old Salem Cemetery in Center, Texas at 1 p.m. on Thursday. A reception will be held at the church afterwards. 

Born to parents Preston Winder and Jewel Hawthorne Winder on November 12, 1939, he was named John Wayne by his older sister Mavis who kept a close relationship with him all their lives. He grew up in the small community of Caro, Texas near Nacogdoches and attended school at Central Heights, graduating in 1958. Some of the best years of his life he often said were playing basketball for the Blue Devils.

He married Linda Johnson of Center in 1965 and they moved to Angleton in 1966. He was one of the first five people hired when Angleton Danbury Hospital opened in 1969 and he worked there until 1996, leaving as director of purchasing. He especially enjoyed co-workers and the student workers he supervised in Central Supply each year. 

In the 1960s and 1970s he was very active with the Angleton Jaycees, working on local projects such as the March of Dimes and attending conventions all over the state. He coached the Jaycees Little League baseball team and worked all fundraisers.

He was always close to his family, enjoying get-togethers at Caro and going on vacations with his brother Rho. He was just as close to his wife’s family and liked working with his in-laws at their East Texas farms. Wherever he was, there was always a game of dominos underway.

He was a morally good person, one who was always helpful, trustworthy and kind. He liked a calm life and never went to extremes.

The most exciting time of his life was the birth of his son David in 1974. The two shared a love of sports that started when David was a toddler and never stopped. He especially enjoyed the years helping out with David’s baseball teams and then watching him play basketball for the Wildcats.

More exciting times came with the birth of his grandchildren Saje in 2006, Sophia in 2008 and Finnick in 2012 and his daughter-in-law Renee still tells about how when Saje was a baby, he would go over just to watch her sleep.

In later years he enjoyed playing dominos at the rec center and spending time with close neighbors. He volunteered with projects for his wife’s journalism classes at Angleton High and also helped out with campaigns for State Representative Dennis Bonnen.

Plagued with health problems most of his life, he started declining about ten years ago. He slowly lost mobility and his eyesight but kept a keen mind and never lost his ability to remember any and everything that had ever happened in his life or on a basketball court or baseball field.

Pallbearers will be Mark Clifton, Lynn Johnson, Shelby Johnson, Ed Johnson, Dennis Bonnen and Royce Lawson.

He is survived by:

Wife, Linda Winder of Angleton

Son, David Winder and wife Renee of Clute

Saje Winder of Clute
Sophia Winder of Clute
Finnick Winder of Clute

Brother, Rho Winder and wife Juasell of Nacogdoches

Mavis Clifton of Nacogdoches
Sue Sanders of Nacogdoches

Royce Lynn Johnson and wife Isabelle of Center
Karen Bittick and husband Wayne of Center
Angela Lawson and husband Royce of Center
Louise Johnson of Center
Billy Jernigan and wife Karen of Nacogdoches
Larry Jernigan and wife Lisa of Euless

Numerous nieces and nephews

Many special people in the Winder, Hawthorne, Johnson, McSwain and Jernigan families.

Preceded in death by: parents, Press and Jewel Winder; nephew, Jerry Clifton; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Myra Winder of Rusk; father-in-law, Royce Johnson of Center; father-in-law, Bill Jernigan of Center; and mother-in-law, Maxine Jernigan of Center.

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


Ervin Lee Bennett (65) of Center, Texas died on September 23, 2021, at the local emergency room.

Graveside service will be Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Westview Cemetery at 1:00 PM at Westview Cemetery. Rev. Wilbert Simmons the eulogist.

He is survived by:

Lyla Ann Pennington of Grand Cane, Louisiana
Francis Mae Eaden of Center
Ella Bennett (Joel) of Center

Sheba Polley of Tyler
Kamisha Nobles of Tyler

Brother-in-law, James Lowe of Center
Sister-in-law, Shelia Latham of Center

Special Aunt, Mozelle Smith of Center

Special Uncle, Jim Yarborough

Visitation is Friday, October 1, 2021, from the hours of 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Hicks Chapel. Committal is at Westview Cemetery in Center.

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced.

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net


L D Allen, (79) of Houston, Texas died on September 21, 2021, at a local hospital in Houston, Texas. L D was born to Eugene Allen and Matilde Pilot, Allen in Center, Texas on February 14, 1942.

Funeral service will be held at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church (3727 N. Westmoreland Rd. Dallas, Texas 75212) at 2:30 P.M. on October 2, 2021. Visitation is on October 1, 2021, at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home (6449 University Hill Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75241) from the hours of 3pm to 8pm. Committal is at Mountain Creek Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Mr. Allen is survived by:

Darron McCoy (Toni) of Carrollton, Texas
Thomas Henderson (NaShonda) of Atlanta, Texas
Antonietter “Toni” Allen, White of Plano, Texas
Greg McCowin (Diana) Little Elm, Texas
Willie Suell of Tyler, Texas
Elizabeth Suell of Center, Texas

Bobbye Bowan of Tyler, Texas
Wyomia Allen of Dallas, Texas
Cora Sue Wallace of Nacogdoches, Texas
LaMerie Allen of Tyler, Texas

15 Grandchildren; 9 Great-Grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends

Special Niece, Michelle Jenkins Anders of Dallas, Texas

Special Nephew, Kent Allen of Houston, Texas

Best Friend, Felton Greer of Giddings, Texas

Services entrusted to Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home of Dallas, Texas and Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.


Funeral services for Mr. Jeff Hulsey, 59, of Gary, Texas will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Still Waters Cowboy Church with Rev. Matt Comer and Bro. Jason Parrot officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Bethel Cemetery in Gary, Texas. Visitation will be 1-2:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service.

Mr. Jeff Dean Hulsey was born October 18, 1961 in Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma. He passed this life September 23, 2021 in Tyler, Texas. He was one of two children born to the marriage of Lemuel Virgil and Yvonne Jeffress Hulsey. He was raised in Gary, Texas, schooled in Carthage with the class of 1981 and graduated in Gillette Wyoming. He attended E.T.B.U. in Oklahoma and Letourneau University before he joined the U.S. Navy. He served through 1995 later working for Brown and Root and a caregiver to his devoted sister.

Jeff was a devoted member of the Still Waters Cowboy Church. He loved to witness and prayed beautifully. He spent his time fishing, gardening, and sharing what he grew with family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father; both grandparents, Buddy and Naomi Jeffress, Addie and Virgil Hulsey.

Mr. Hulsey is survived by: 
His mother, Yvonne Hulsey Pierce of Gary

Sister, Laura Annette Hulsey of Gary

Half brothers:
Wayne Hulsey of Phonex, AZ
Gary Hulsey of Pauls Valley, OK

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends

Serving as pallbearers will be Jacob McBride, Dalton McBride, Phillip Essery, Jimmy Becker, James Sims, and Brody Kilpatrick.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com


Louise (Walker) Cockrell, our loving mother, sister, and friend Louise Cockrell passed away on September 2nd in Seattle, Washington. She was born on October 22, 1930 to George and Lottie (Walsh) Walker in Monroe, Louisiana. 

Louise graduated from Many High School in 1948 and then attended Panola College in Carthage, Texas taking courses in business. After moving to Joaquin, Louise worked at the only café in downtown Joaquin where she met John Floyd Cockrell whom she eventually married on December 15, 1952.

A while after marrying John, Louise joined him in Manhattan Beach, CA where he was stationed in the Army. Louise returned to Joaquin to give birth to her son Ronald at Barksdale A.F.B. in October 1955. The family continued living in Joaquin after John was discharged from the service where Louise worked as a teller at the Texas State Bank in Joaquin.

In August of 1961, Louise and John decided to pack up their family and move to Tacoma, Washington in search of more opportunities for the future. John’s oldest sister and family were already living there, and John knew the area as he was stationed nearby during the Korean War. 

Louise and John remained happily married in Tacoma until John’s passing in the spring of 1983. After Ronald went to college, Louise returned to work as a store teller for the Fred Meyer grocery chain eventually retiring in 1992.

After retirement, Louise continued to enjoy her favorite pastimes of shopping, sewing, crochet, knitting, reading, and gardening. She lived independently in the family home until her health would no longer allow in early 2016.

Louise will be laid to rest in Sholar Cemetery next to her husband John. Friends and family are invited to visit Louise at the Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas on Saturday, October 2nd between 5 & 7 pm.  

A private service will be held graveside at her interment.

Louise is survived by: 
Her sister, Delores Gallien of Shreveport

Her son, Ronald Cockrell and his husband Michael Messick of Tacoma, WA 

Many nieces, nephews, and cousins on both her and John’s sides of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charitable organization in Louise’s name.


Jan Akridge, 68, of Center, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon.  Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born May 30, 1953, Jan is the daughter of John Marlin Adams and Johnnie Francis Crocker Adams.

She is survived by: 
Her husband, Billy Akridge of Center

Tara Jordan and Brandon of Center
Chad Akridge and Leslie of Center
J.C. Akridge and Amanda of Center

Jake Jordan and Sarah
Kolby and Kamryn Jordan
Kason Jordan
Bo Jordan
Austin and Shelby Akridge
Isabella Akridge
Raylee Akridge
Lauren Akridge
Wyatt Akridge
Jaidyn Akridge

Great-grandson, Easton Lee Akridge

Brother, John Adams and Mary Kay of Nederland

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by parents, John Marlin Adams and Johnnie Francis Crocker Adams; sisters, Kathryn Vaughn and Barbara Miller; brothers-in-law, Darrel Vaughn and Carl Miller.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons Jake Jordan, Kolby Jordan, Kason Jordan, Bo Jordan, Austin Akridge, and Wyatt Akridge.

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


Judy Oswalt Dorris, 80, of Carthage, Texas passed this life peacefully September 26, 2021 at her Carthage home.

Funeral service will be 10am Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rob Merriman officiating. Burial will follow in the Strong Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 4-6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Mrs. Judith Ann Bradshaw Oswalt Dorris was born October 22, 1940 in Shelby County, Texas. Judy was one of five children born to the marriage of Ira and Annie B. Price Bradshaw. She was raised and schooled in Shelby County graduating with the Center High School Class of 1958 and attended Massey Business College.

Mrs. Dorris spent her career as an administrative secretary working for Boyd Contracting, many years for Farmers State Bank and Tyson Foods before her retirement. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. Judy loved fishing, bingo, making tamales and spending time with family. She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband Harold Oswalt.

She is survived by:

Husband, Hank Dorris of Carthage

Tammy Scarber and husband Marty of Rowlett
Cindy Schelhouse and husband Charles of Carthage
Kristi Chadwick and husband Frank of Longview

Rhonda Crosby and husband Chuck of Port Huron, MI
Sonya Belrose and husband Wayne of Center
Lisa LeGault and husband Mike of Orange

Tamra and Danny Flores
Allyson and Matt Griffith
Leah Bolin
Charley and Pamela Schelhouse
Christian Schelhouse
Christopher and Aly Chadwick
Chelsea Chadwick
Carly Chadwick

Nine great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be, Charley Schelhouse, Christian Schelhouse, Christopher Chadwick, Matt Griffith, Danny Flores, and Christian Boulware.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com


Donny Cleron Daw, age 72, passed away peacefully, with his loving wife Tamra by his side, in Carthage, Texas on the morning of September 25, 2021. Donny was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and after three months he lost his battle with the disease. Donny accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior as a young teenager and his family has peace in the assurance of his salvation.

Donny was the son of Foster Cleron Daw and Mauverine (Mickey) Strickland, both of Shelbyville. Donny was born on September 16, 1949, in Center, Texas and was raised in Shelbyville where he also raised his three children. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School and an accomplished Dragon athlete. He was a life-long Shelbyville Dragon fan and never missed a game when his sons were playing or his daughter was cheering. He coached youth baseball and enjoyed making a difference in the lives of the young children he coached.

Donny, lovingly known as DD by his grandchildren, “adopted” grandchildren, neighbors, and friends, was happiest spending time outdoors. He took his grandsons fishing, bought them their first pocketknives, and regularly hosted an annual Halloween “Boo Bash” party just for their entertainment. Per his wife Tamra, he took great pride in being a mentor to his stepson, Trey, and grandchildren, encouraging in them a strong work ethic and the need to pursue the highest academic endeavor and to reach for their dreams.

Donny was a successful semi-retired businessman whose outgoing, never-met-a-stranger personality allowed him to build many business and personal relationships. Donny’s “word was his bond” and this philosophy served him greatly in all his endeavors. Donny greatly enjoyed entertaining clients, friends, and family. One of his greatest joys was spending time at his beloved camp, The Outback, on Toledo Bend Lake. There you could find him fishing, cooking, and entertaining the guys on and off the water. Donny was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan and a proud son of Texas.

When he married his second wife, Tamra, a new dimension was added to his life as he gained new family members who embraced him and made him feel a part of their Louisiana culture and Syrian-Lebanese family. He cheered on those LSU Tigers and occasionally the Saints! He took pride in maintaining the beauty of his home, the Daw Ranch, in Bethany, Louisiana. You could often find him tinkering in his shop, working on his boats, and listening to his favorite music.

Donny was preceded in death by his father, Foster Cleron Daw; mother, Mauverine (Mickey) Strickland; and brother, Billy Joe Hutto.

He is survived by:

Wife, Tamra LaHood Daw

Jim Daw (Judy) of Patroon
Joe Daw (J.J.) of Montgomery
Jennifer Pultorak (Jim) of Rockwall

Trey Allen (Becky) of Bossier City, Louisiana
Tara Schildroth (Layne) of Springhill, Louisiana

Sydney Daw
Luke and Monte Scamperino
Zachary and Madison Schildroth
Sean Allen

Sister, Nancy Perry (Jim) of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Pallbearers honored to serve will be dear friends; Shane Corbell, Jamie Lynn, Richard Grissom, Wade Hooper, Brad Hughes, and James Elliott. Honorary Pallbearers include Jimmy Howard, Jerry Reed, step-son Trey Allen, brother-in-law Jim Perry and great nephew Nicholas Sims.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice Plus nurses and Lydia, Cindy, Dawn and Lashunon, the nurses who so lovingly cared for him over the last several weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Marvin Cooper officiating. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery. Visitation will be held before the service from 9:30-10:30am at Watson’s Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN, 38105 or online at www.st.judes.org in memory of Donny Cleron Daw.

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


Albert Levi Dennis, 82, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021, in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 27, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Michael Belgard officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born April 11, 1939, Albert is the son of Albert Frank Dennis and Nancy Walling Dennis. He served as a Merchant Marine from 1956-1958.  Woodwork was his hobby. Albert loved getting together with his family. He was a member of Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by: 
His children: 
Judy Smith and husband Jay of Center
Debra Perry of Joaquin
Johnny Dennis of Joaquin
Randy Dennis and wife Deborah of Joaquin
Diane Carroll and husband Dewey of Joaquin
Willie Dennis and wife Deena of Timpson
Dorothy “GeGe” Byrd and husband Steve of Joaquin
and Shane Dennis of Kentucky

16 grandkids

30 great-grandkids

Brothers and sister: 
Jimmy Dennis of Illinois
Gilbert Dennis of Huntington
Clara Blount of Joaquin
Thomas Dennis of Joaquin
Martha Blizzard of Pennsylvania

Special brother-in-law, Elbert Porter of Center

Also, numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by his wife, Helen Dennis; granddaughter, Mandy Rachelle Dennis; great grandson, Joseph Scott Coy; sisters, Martha Anthony and Margaret Leach; and brother, John Thomas Smiley.

Pallbearers will be Shane Dennis, Todd Clark, Chant Clark, Chris Dennis, Cody Renegar, Brandon Byrd, Draper Carrol, and Darrel McDaniel.

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


David Weaver Jr., 41, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021, in Joaquin.
Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Billy Rodgers officiating.

Born November 23, 1979, David is the son of Len Weaver Sr. and Judy Jones. A kindhearted man, he loved people and animals. David’s goal was “changing the shape of the world one inch at a time.”  

He is survived by: 
His father, Len Weaver Sr. of Joaquin

Mother, Judy Jones of Carthage

Brother, Jason Thomas Adkison of Center

Sami Jo McRae and husband Keith of Carthage
Jennifer Weaver of Franklin, Tennessee

Billie Jo Fountain of Carthage

Chris McRae of McKinney
Blaine McRae of Carthage
Jesse Adkison of Center

A number of cousins

Ashton Askew of Center
Roscoe McSwain Jr. of Center

Special friend, Rhonda McSwain of Center

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