05/13/2019

Mother Ora Lee Swindle, 85 of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Wake is 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Triumph First Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville. Funeral service is 1pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church of Shelbyville. Visitation is from 12 noon to 1pm prior to funeral service on Wednesday. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:

Brother, Bishop Roosevelt (Girtha) Swindle of Shelbyville

Sister, Millie (James) Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri

A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.

05/11/2019

Molly Louise Wiggins, 76, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on May 10, 2019 in Fort Worth. She was born on August 6, 1942 in Shelby County to James Curb Wiggins and Fleta Miles Wiggins. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at East Hamilton Cemetery. 
Molly grew up in Shelbyville and graduated from Shelbyville High School. She went to work for General Telephone Company where she dedicated her services there for over 20 years until retirement. She was involved throughout her life with many charities and was a member of Bear Creek Bible Church. 
Molly thoroughly enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening. She also could play a tough game of 42 if anyone was up for the challenge. She knew her way around the kitchen and on many days, you could find her there listening to Elvis, frying up shrimp, making chicken and dumplings or her most famous banana pudding. Above all things, Molly cherished every second she spent with her family. Her heart was full and overflowing with love for her children and grandchildren. 

Molly is survived by:
Her son: Miguel Hernandez and wife, Jennifer Sieker

Daughters: 
Andrea Pendley and husband
David and Emilia Garza and husband, Albert

Brother: Gene Wiggins and wife, Sharon

Grandchildren: 
Jessica Pendley
Julian Hernandez
Gavin Hernandez
Grace Garza.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James Curb and Fleta Wiggins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or visit https://www.stjude.org/donate/.  

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.

05/10/2019

Joyce Spurlock Hill, 68, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on May 9, 2019 in Joaquin. She was born on August 14, 1950 in Center, Texas to Harold Eugene Spurlock and Billie Jean Whiddon Spurlock. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Willow Grove Cemetery with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Joyce grew up in Joaquin and graduated from Joaquin High School. Her mother introduced Joyce to Dale Hill and the two were instantly connected. On December 16, 1967, they were married and spent 51 wonderful years together. After graduating high school, Joyce went on to become a hairdresser which she enjoyed for 25 years while she raised her children. When the kids were grown, Joyce decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in education. Returning to school was a tough decision and hard for a full-time mom and wife, but her determination and the loving support from family helped her chase her dreams. In 1994, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Masters degree and then dedicated the next 20 years serving at Center ISD. She had a passion for her students and loved working in the special education department teaching English.

Joyce was an avid reader. She also had an interest in genealogy and holistic essential oils. When she found the time, she especially enjoyed traveling. One of her most common stops was Hot Springs, Arkansas. More than anything, Joyce loved spending time with her family. Those precious moments were what she valued most and tried to experience as often as possible. She was a member of Truitt Chapel Baptist Church. Joyce’s kind, caring demeanor and servant heart will be greatly missed by a multitude of family, friends, co-workers and students who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Joyce is survived by: 
Her beloved husband, Dale Lamar Hill of Joaquin

Daughter: Amy Hill of Joaquin

Sons: 
Marcus Derrick Hill of Nacogdoches
Brent Lamar Hill and wife, Kari of Nacogdoches

Mother: Billie Jean Spurlock of Kountze

Brothers: 
Randy Spurlock and wife, Judy of Kirbyville 
Billy Tinkle and wife, Penny of Woodville

Sisters: 
Sue Daniels and husband, Wayne of Kountze
Belinda Lewellen and husband Tim of Kountze

Grandchildren: 
Caleb Grant Hill and Christy of Nacogdoches
Raelyn Breanna Hill of Nacogdoches
Karissa Jordyn Hill all of Nacogdoches

A host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly

She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Eugene Spurlock.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wagstaff, John Paul Wagstaff, David Carroll, Joey Burns, Tony Powdrill and Tommy Spurlock.

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

05/09/2019

Rev. Clarence Polley Jr., 86 of East Liberty Community, formerly of Dallas, passed away Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 in Dallas.

Visitation is 12 noon to 1pm Saturday, May 11 with Funeral Service starting at 1pm Saturday at East Liberty Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Wake is Friday 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas. Interment is at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville with Elder Daniel Polley officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Bertha (Bobby) Hooper of Dallas
Ella (Fred) Breaux of Carrollton
Mary (Greg) Breaux of Houston
Vickey Polley of Austin

Sons:
Clarence (Shelia) Polley of Dallas
Elder Daniel (Sonja) Polley of Logansport, Louisiana
Larry (Lisa) Polley of Denton

20 Grandchildren, 22 Great-Grandchildren

Brother, Mac Arthur (Sarah) Barnes of Dallas

Sister, Purline Mitchell of Dallas

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.

05/09/2019

Morris Downey, 73, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. Downey was born August 6, 1945, in Canada, to Lawrence Downey and Johnnie Loftin Downey.  He attended James Church of Christ.

He is survived by his cousin, Kendall McDonald.  

Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Downey and Johnnie Loftin Downey.

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

05/07/2019

Tommie Wall Methvin, 85, of Timpson, Texas passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  Born August 19, 1933, Center, Texas to the late Herman Wall and Maurine Wilburn Wall.

Graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Bro. Michael Murphy officiating. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

Tommie moved to Timpson as a small child. She graduated Timpson High School, Class of 1950. Later in life Tommie married Claude Methvin, and the two spent several years together before his passing. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing bingo, and sitting around talking about her previous job with Tyson. She loved reminiscing the good times she had while employed with Tyson. Tommie was a very personable person, never meeting a stranger. She enjoyed her position greeting folks at Walmart for many years. The greatest joy was watching her great grandchildren play.  

She is survived by her:
Daughter: Kathy Burns and husband Lynn

Step-daughter: Maxine Sapp

Brother: Billy Ray Shadows

Sister: Annette Murphy

Grandchildren: 
Jessica Gatlin and husband Steve
Christina Watson and husband Joey
Lance Burns
Logan Burns and wife Ashley
Jeremy Fulmer
Justin Fulmer
Kevin Fulmer

8 great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews; the residents and staff at Holiday Nursing Center; former grandson-in-law, James Miller; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly

Tommie is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Methvin; daughter, Jane Fulmer; sons, James Barron Brooks, Barry Brooks; sister, Jeanette Kirkley.  
  
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.

05/06/2019

Archie Willie Singleton (81) of Longview, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his residence. He was born on February 17, 1939 in Center, Texas.

Funeral service will be at 11am Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Galilee Baptist Church, 1301 S. High Street, Longview, Texas, 75602. Minster John T. Smith will be officiation and Dr. Antione Eakins will bring the message.

He is survived by:

Wife, Ester Mae Gardner, Singleton

Son, Archie Willie Singleton II (Jennifer) of Longview, Texas

Daughter, Cresiedia Ann Lewis (Kenneth Sr) of Longview, Texas

Grandchildren:
Kenneth Lewis Jr. (Ashely) of Longview, Texas
Tonika Lockett (Terrell Sr.) of Houston, Texas

Great-Grandchildren:
Ternell Lockett
Mariah Lewis
Kennedy Lewis
Terrell Jr
Malik Cook
Braylon Clark

Brothers:
Willie James Singleton, of Longview, Texas
Vernon Dean Singleton (Liza) of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sisters:
Fannie Mae Holman of Longview, Texas
Ella Garrett (W.J) of Center
Elma Suell of Center
Debra Mayweather (Donald Ray) of Mansfield, Louisiana

Uncle, T.J. Simon

Brothers-in-law:
Rev. Billy Earl Gardner (Margie) of Lufkin, Texas
Thomas Gardner (Wanda) of Center
Jerry Gardner (Cheryl) of Center
Fredrick Gardner (Stella) of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Allene Singleton of Dallas, Texas
Myrtis McClelland of Center

Visitation is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from the hours of 1pm to 8pm at Craig Funeral Home. Committal is Saturday, May 9, 2019 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview, Texas. Repass at Bobby Taylor Family Life Center.

Services entrusted to Craig Funeral Home, 2001 S. Green Street, Longview, Texas 75602. Services announced by Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.

05/06/2019

Leroy "Lee" Verl Bowley, Jr., 61 of Timpson Texas passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Kris Young officiating.  Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019 beginning at 1PM until service time.
 
Lee was born August 18, 1957 in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from MacArthur High School and attended Kilgore College and moved to the East Texas area in 1994.  He was a salesman and business owner all his adult life, and was an accomplished guitarist and singer, and loved to use those gifts in his father's church, Springs of Living Water in Dotson. There he also spent many years as a Bible teacher.
 
His greatest joys were his children, grandchildren and family, writing and playing music, fishing and basketball.
 
Lee is survived by:
His loving family: 
Daughter: Courtney Blaine Ritter and husband Kent

Sons: 
Cody Lee Bowley and wife Calli
Tyler Lee McDonough and wife Sydney

Step-son: Kristopher Neal Young and wife Jada

Former wife Linda King Wilson

Parents: Rev. Leroy Bowley, Sr, and Jeanette Bowley

Brother: Joel Bowley and wife Tammy

Sister-in-law: Kimberley Fletcher Bowley

Sister: Tammy Bowley Strong

Grandchildren:
Austen Lee Young and wife Joy
Caleb Kristopher Young and wife Alexandria
Paige Nicole Young
Abigail Jayden Young
Kainen Kent Ritter
Londyn Paige Bowley
Dalton Kreed Ritter
Fynlee Sue Bowley
Kohen Kye Ritter
McCrae Carter McDonough

Great-grandchild: Corbin Lee Young

Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends
 
He is preceded in death by his brother, Mark Stephen Bowley, Sr.; grandparents, Bill and Geraldine Bowley, William Richard Hicks and Florence Audrey Weems Hicks.

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.

05/06/2019

Roena White, 87, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 6, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on March 16, 1932 in Center to Donnie and Lillie White. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 10, 2019 at East Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend George Cartwright officiating. Interment will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM prior to the service on Friday, May 10, 2019 at East Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. 

Roena grew up in the East Liberty Community and graduated from East Liberty High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Arkansas for a period of time before pursuing a career as a seamstress. For over 38 years, Roena lived in Dallas before moving to Wichita Falls where her servant’s heart was able to be put to work as a foster care mom. She had a true passion for helping others and was able to fulfill that desire each and every day of her life. In her later years, Roena’s health began to fail so she returned to Center to be near family. 

Roena was an amazing woman with a long list of talents, abilities and admirable qualities. She loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with her family. Fishing was one of her favorite pastimes, and many good memories were made on the water with her. More than anything, Roena treasured the innumerable moments spent with her family. The immense warmth and love were shared every time her family would gather together. She was a member of St. John Church in Wichita Falls under the leadership of Pastor Delaney where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and was active in the hospitality ministry. When she returned to Center, she joined East Liberty Church and again, took on the role of Sunday School teacher and served in the mission ministry. 

She leaves to cherish her memory:
Daughters:
Shelena Bluford of Center
Shelia Polley of Center

Grandchildren: 
Tracy Bluford of Dallas
Anthony Bluford and Angela Taylor of Center
Derrick and Kamiya White of Cedar Hill
Cornelius and Maria Bluford of Arlington

Ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Her memory will also linger with a host of nieces, nephews, loving relatives and cherished friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Donnie and Lillie White; brothers, Augusta White, D.L. White, Lorenza White and Donnie Ester White; sisters, Bernice Hansboro, Juanita Eddins and Verna Smith; grandson, Patrick Lynn White; and great-grandson, Adan Leonard Bluford.

Pallbearers will be Brian Jackson, Darren Session, Arvis Moore, Michael Session, Jermaine Session, Riheam Jenkins and Vernell Moody.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tracy Bluford, Anthony Bluford, Derrick White, Cornelius Bluford, Ronnie White, Don White and Joe White.

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

05/05/2019

Marcelino Vazquez de la Torre, 65, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019 and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Chapel with Fausto Balderas officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Vazquez de la Torre was born April 26, 1954, in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, to Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.

He is survived by:
His wife: Graciela Vazquez of Center

Children: 
Senaida Guadalupe Vazquez
Jorge Fidel Vazquez
Israel Vazquez
Hugo Jesus Vazquez
Oscar M. Vazquez

11 grandchildren

Preceded in death by son, Oscar Vazquez; one granddaughter; parents, Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.

Pallbearers will be David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vazquez Jr., Andres Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vazquez and Miguel Flores.

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


Marcelino Vázquez de la Torre, de 65 años, de Centro, falleció el jueves 2 de mayo de 2019 en Centro.

La visita se realizará a partir de las 5:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m., domingo 5 de mayo de 2019 y de 8:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m., lunes 6 de mayo de 2019 y de 10:00 a.m.en Watson & Sons Funeral Home en el centro. El servicio fúnebre se llevará a cabo el martes, 7 de mayo de 2019, en Watson & Sons Chapel, con Fausto Balderas oficiando. Seguirá el sepelio en el cementerio McClelland en Shelbyville.

El Sr. Vázquez de la Torre nació el 26 de abril de 1954 en Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, México, de Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.

Le sobreviven:
su esposa: Graciela Vázquez, de Centro

niños: 
Senaida Guadalupe Vázquez
Jorge Fidel Vázquez
Israel Vázquez
Hugo Jesús Vázquez
Oscar M. Vázquez

11 nietos.

Precedido en la muerte por su hijo, Oscar Vázquez; una nieta Los padres, Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.
Los portadores del féretro serán David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vázquez Jr., Andrés Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vázquez y Miguel Flores.

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

05/03/2019

Norma Boniol Rudd, 80, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Rudd was born June 17, 1938, in Meeker, Louisiana, to Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol.  She loved flowers and cooking, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and loved volunteering to help others with anything that came up.  Mrs. Rudd was a member and past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America and also a member of First Baptist Church in Center. She was a devout Christian and never passed up an opportunity to witness to anyone.

She is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Kemi Faulkenbery and husband, Jerry, of Center
Keli Chandler and husband, David of Center

Grandchildren: 
Hannah Faulkenbery of Center
Josiah Faulkenbery and wife, Randi Kay of Center
Krista Brooke Fletcher of Houston
Dawson Chandler of Center
Rylan Chander of Center

Great-grandchildren: 
Brylie Ross
Camille Crowe
Wyatt Faulkenbery

Brother: Michael Mangrum and wife, Rose, of Center

Sisters: 
GayNell Boniol Wilburn and husband, Jimmy, of Center
Janice Mangrum Churchman and husband, Max, of Tenaha

Sister-in-law: Mary Lee Wilburn Boniol of Center

Brother-in-law: Gene Rudd of Lufkin

Numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends

Preceded in death by husband, Teddy L. Rudd; parents, Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol Mangrum; brother, Clifton Boniol; sister, Mary Boniol Williams; brother-in-law, James Williams; sisters-in-law, Charlcie Rudd Willingham, Fay Rudd; half-sister, Eunice Kurtz; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Weldon and Duetta Rudd; longtime friend, J.W. Adams.

Pallbearers will be David Chandler, Jerry Faulkenbery, Bennie Boniol, Josiah Faulkenbery, Dawson Chander, and Larry Berg. Honorary pallbearer will be Rylan Chandler.

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

05/02/2019

Regena Gay Strong was born July 27, 1957, the daughter of Rev. Elzine and Doris Strong. She passed from this life on April 29, 2019 at 61 years of age with loved ones by her side. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

Regena was a 1975 graduate of Diboll High School. Following graduation, she worked at AT&T as a telephone operator. For many years, she was a vital part of the United Pentecostal Church of Diboll, which was founded by her dad, Rev. Elzine Strong. She played instruments and served in numerous aspects of the church.

Regena’s life was dedicated to her mom and dad and she cared for them faithfully. She had a thoughtful, giving, and nurturing personality. She had a way of making people feel special. She enjoyed sending cards and helping others. She often provided encouragement to family, friends, and neighbors. We will remember Regena as a sassy young lady who walked with a “pep in her step” and always brought a fun perspective to conversations.  You might say the Lord broke the mold when He created her. The world could only handle ONE Regena and she will be missed by her family, friends, and fur babies.

She is preceded in death by her parents. She will be missed by numerous cousins, aunts, many friends, and her beloved pet companions; Lola, Louie, Tattiana, and Jiggs.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with the funeral service following at 4:00 p.m. at Gipson Funeral Home, 1515 S. Chestnut Street, Lufkin, Texas.

A memorial service will be held prior to interment on Saturday, May 4, 2109 at 1:00 p.m. at the church across from the cemetery. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery on FM 139 in Huxley, Texas.

Pallbearers will be her cousins, including; Arthur Hill, Bobby Tom Strong, Edgar Wooten, Larry Mayfield, Mark Strong, and Wesley Eiland.

Regena will forever be in the hearts and memories of many.

Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com

Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

05/02/2019

The Honorable Bennie Charles Boles, 84, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Center.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 

Judge Boles was born in 1934, in Center, to Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles. He graduated from Center High School and attended Sam Houston State University on a football scholarship. He earned a Business Degree at Sam Houston and was a member of the 1955 Lone Star Conference Championship team. 

After college, he served in the United States Army for three years. Later, he earned a teaching certificate and Master in Education, teaching and coaching in Center, Nederland, and League City, Texas. Bennie received his Law Degree from the University of Houston and was a lawyer for many years in Center before becoming District Judge for the 123rd District Court of Texas, over Shelby and Panola counties. He served four terms as District Judge and was a visiting judge in Dallas, Houston, and many counties in East Texas for many years afterward.  

Bennie was active in the First Baptist Church of Center and was a lifelong member. He served as a Sunday school teacher and a Boy Scout leader for many years. After retirement, Bennie served as interim pastor for several churches and most recently was interim pastor of Truitt Chapel Baptist Church. He was a member of the Texas Baptist Men’s Church Ministries, where he helped and served churches throughout the United States and other countries, leading others to Christ.

He is survived by:
His wife: Lessie Anita Boles of Center

Daughter: Deborah Ann Boles of Center

Niece: Virginia Permenter of Center

Nephews:
Randy Carrol and wife, Delisa, of Center
Jeff Young and wife, Deborah, of Center

Great-niece: Mallory Permenter

Great-nephews:
Richard Pinkston and wife, Elizabeth, of Center
David Young and wife, Lauren, of Conroe

Stepbrother: Ralph Edward Campbell of Center

Numerous great-great-nieces, nephews, other family, and a host of friends

Preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles Campbell; sisters, Shirley Louise Young, Reba Boles, Rita Boles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Texas Baptist Men, First Baptist Church, or a charity of choice in Judge Boles’ honor.

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

05/02/2019

Wilsa Putman, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Mike Belgard officiating.  Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Putman was born October 28, 1939, in Winston County, Alabama, to Elder Gaines and Audie Lee Gaines.  Her hobbies included sewing, crafting, cooking, and taking care of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Leo “Paul” Putman; daughters, Genise Putman Saas (Ben) and Pamela Cole; sons, Keith Putman (Shonia) and Kyle Putman (Lisa); 18 grandchildren, Jason Franzese, Jessica Franzese, Jarah Franzese, Heather Saas,  Kristy Carnes, Alissa James, Jodi Mullins (Jonathan), Haley Dillon (Kirk), Keith Putman Jr. (Angie), Kandace Meisch (Victor), Amanda Linthicum, Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman (Mariah), Adam Copelin (Jennifer), Jessica Greer (BJ), Cade Copelin, Maya Putman, and Elijah Putman; and 32 great grandchildren. Also survived by her brother, Meredith “Reedy” Gaines (Judy); and sisters, Deloris Verk (Larry) and Nina Waters. 

Preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Audie Lee Speer; children, Denise Putman and Kevin Putman; grandson, Cole Carswell; and son-in-law, Carlton Cole.

Pallbearers will be B.J. Greer, Cade Copelin, Austin Anderson, Kaleb James, Keith Putman Jr., Elijah Putman, Kyle Little, Jason Franzese, and Kevin Putman.

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

05/1/19

Evangeline K. Eaves Crawford, 88, of Center, Texas passed from this world to that of our Heavenly Father on April 30, 2019 after a short illness. Born August 6, 1930 to Reinhold and Hattie Ketterling in Eureka, South Dakota. 

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Crawford worked many years in the cafeteria at Tenaha Schools, where all the kids called her Miss Vangie. 

Survivors include:
Daughter: Pamela K. Goodwin and husband, Carl of Joaquin

Step-children: 
Annie Herndon of Ft. Worth
Alice Rogers of Wichita Falls
Andrew Crawford of Friendswood
Arnold Crawford of Baytown

Grandchildren: 
Melissa Hanson and husband, TJ of Stanley
Rachel Jones of Texarkana

Step-niece: Nancy Kellar of Tenaha 

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Buddy Eaves; second husband, James Crawford; parents, Reinhold and Hattie Ketterling; and son, David Wayne Eaves.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Lufkin State School Memorial Fund.

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

 

04/29/2019

Leah Moorman Guice, 79, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Tyler.

Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday, May 3, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Ms. Guice was born July 17, 1939, in the Dreka Community of Shelby County, to Bro. J.E. Moorman and Martha Gary Moorman.  

She is survived by her children, Randy Pritchett, Martha Rowe, Roy “Wessel” Pritchett; grandchildren, Randal and Heidi Pritchett, Genny Pritchett, Bradley Parker, Justin Partlow, Candice Partlow, Helene Pritchett; numerous great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Ronny Pritchett; grandson, Gilbert Partlow; parents, Bro. J.E. Moorman and Martha Gary Moorman; brother, Gad Moorman; sisters, Edith Guastella, Racheal Shield.

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

04/29/2019

Mark Stephen Bowley Sr., 56, of Timpson, Texas passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, in Timpson, Texas. Born November 1, 1962, in Houston, Texas to Leroy Verl Bowley Sr. and Jeanette Arlene (Hicks) Bowley. Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, with Bro. Jimmy Nix officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

The family moved to Timpson, Texas in 1977 where he attended Timpson High School and met the love of his life, Kimberley Jo Fletcher. The two were inseparable and married January 26, 1980, and recently celebrated 39 years of marriage. They had three wonderful children and were blessed over the years with many grands.

Mark enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed a good Cowboys game, deer hunting, and listening to his son and band perform.

He is survived by:
His loving wife: Kimberley Fletcher Bowley

Parents: Leroy Verl Bowley Sr. and Jeanette Arlene (Hicks) Bowley

Daughter: Amy Williford and husband Michael of Carthage, Texas

Son:
Mark “Stephen” Bowley Jr. and wife Erica of Conroe, Texas
Jeremy Bowley and wife Elizabeth of Timpson, Texas

Daughter-in-love: Brittany Dupree and husband Jason

Grandchildren:
Austin Williford and wife Brooklyn
Bailey Williford
Ethan Askins
Logan Askins
Jake Williford
Jace Williford
Morgan Bowley
Mckenna Bowley
Collan Bowley
Landan Bowley
Brooklynn Bowley
Kyler Dupree
Laytan Bowley

Brothers:
Lee Bowley of Timpson, Texas
Joel Bowley and wife Tammy of Conroe, Texas

Sisters:
Tammy Bowley of Timpson, Texas
Katrina Higginbotham of Timpson, Texas
Karina Willhoite and husband Robin of Timpson, Texas

Mother-in-law: Mary Fletcher Gatliff and husband Don of Timpson, Texas

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Mark is preceded in death by his father in law, Joseph Fletcher.

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.

04/29/2019

Funeral services for Douglas Noble Lane, 81, of Tenaha, Texas are being held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at the Tennessee Presbyterian Church with Bro. Buddy Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Old Tennessee Cemetery where he is being laid to rest next to his parents, Yvonne and Emmet Lane. A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Mr. Lane was born on August 1, 1937, in Shelby County. He passed away at Solstice Senior Living in Grapevine, Texas on April 28, 2019. He was a retired rancher. Mr. Lane also served honorably in the United States Air Force for four years where he received the Efficiency Fidelity Honor for his exemplary service.

Doug loved to tell stories and was known for his quick wit and sense of humor; hence, his nickname of “Lightning Lane.” He enjoyed current events, reading several daily newspapers, and spending time with his longtime friends at the local hardware store every morning discussing the ‘events’ of the day. He was a loving “Granddaddy’ to Amber and Lauren and loved to refer to them as “Sugar.” “Granddaddy loves you,” he would always say, going around town during the “Beanie Baby” craze to collect as many as he could for them. 

Douglas is survived by two daughters, Debbie Lane of Mesquite, Texas and Patty Hensel and her husband, Dr. Steve Hensel, of Grapevine, Texas; a brother, Van Lane; niece, Stephanie Hankins and husband, Todd, along with their children, Carly and Clayton, all of San Antonio. Douglas also had two granddaughters, Amber Beck and her husband, Jesse, from Beaumont, Texas and Lauren Hensel of San Antonio, Texas. 

Pallbearers will be Steven Hensel, Todd Hankins, Robert Rowe, Jeff Hooker, Donald Hataway and Jesse Beck. 

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Tennessee Presbyterian Church, 5231 FM 947, Timpson, TX. 75975, c/o Minnie Baker.

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

04/29/2019

Brother Travis Lamar Hughes entered Heaven’s pearly gates Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 95 years of age surrounded by his loving family. 

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. James Goodwyn officiating.  Interment will follow at Campti Cemetery in Center.

Brother Travis was born September 6, 1923, in the Campti Community of Shelby County, to Robert C. Hughes and Mary Keith Hughes.

He was married for 75 years to the love of his life Evelyn Bright Hughes. Together they were blessed with three loving daughters, Mary, Mavis, and Martha. He played the guitar and enjoyed singing at church. He served as pastor for over 45 years. His life ambition was to preach the gospel and lead souls to Christ. Before having a baptistery, he was blessed to baptize many in country ponds and the Sabine River. He never met a stranger and loved people from all walks of life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. In later years, his greatest enjoyments were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was self-employed in farming and ranching, baling hay, dozer business, and a pulpwood yard. They also ran a country store in Campti for 10 years. He worked tirelessly in the community of Campti and even built an arena for roping that everyone enjoyed. He served as a Shelbyville school board member 17 years, and served on the Campti Cemetery Committee. 

He is survived by:

Beloved wife of 75 years, Evelyn Bright Hughes

Daughters:
Mary Culver and husband, Jim, of Center
Mavis Carter of Shelbyville
Martha Goodwyn and husband, James, of Center

Grandchildren:
Michael Warren and wife, Krista
Candace Carter
T.J. Goodwyn and wife, Blaine
Bradley Goodwyn and wife, Sherry

Great-grandchildren:
Kyla Warren
Mason Warren
Judson Goodwyn
Madison Goodwyn
Joshua Goodwyn
Jeremiah Goodwyn.

Preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. Hughes and Mary Keith Hughes; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Price and Vera Bright; son-in-law, Mac Carter.

Pallbearers will be Michael Warren, T.J. Goodwyn, Bradley Goodwyn, Bob Carter, Jim Culver, Larry Warren, Jason Rodgers, Nolan Borders, and Connor Whiteside.  Honorary pallbearers will be Roe Belrose, Billy Rodgers, Fred Borders, and Tom Powell.

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

04/26/2019

Jo Beth Hardy Wilburn, 85, of Shelbyville, formerly of League City, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Todd Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at noon.

She was born January 14, 1934, in Shelbyville, to Samuel Joseph (Joe) Hardy and Cassie Vera Green Hardy.

She is survived by:

Grandson, Josh Ellis Wilburn of Zwolle

Daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilburn of Zwolle

Adopted family, Connie and Lonnie Belrose and family of Center

Numerous cousins and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Cassie Vera Green Hardy and Samuel Joseph Hardy; husband, Ellis Lamar Wilburn; son, Mark Ellis Wilburn.

Pallbearers will be John Paul Lawson, Donnie Belrose, Ronnie Belrose, Randy Latham, Jimmy Deal, and Chance Shoop. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Clyde Duncan, Joe Taylor, Paul Taylor, and Tommie Gray.

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

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