Heaven welcomed another Killen angel on Saturday, March 26, 2016, when Jerrie Lynn Killen-Dupre, 65, passed away suddenly at her home in the McClelland Community.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home. There will be a visitation on Friday, April 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the chapel, followed by a graveside service at McClelland Community Cemetery.

Jerrie was born January 24, 1951, to George Killen and Mary Lee Lovell Killen, of McClelland Community. She was a very loving, compassionate person, always putting her concerns for others ahead of her own.  She was a very devoted daughter – caregiver for her mother as well as her brother, Charlie.  She never had a thought that did not include them.  Jerrie had a special love and touch for all animals, taking injured animals and caring for them as best she could.  Jerrie will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. We needed her, but Jesus must have needed her more.

She is survived by
Husband: Ben Dupre

Mother: Mary Lee Killen

Sister: Selma Bush and husband, Joe

Brother: Charles Killen

Niece: Cheryl Kaul and husband, Ralf

Great nieces: Brittany and Brandy

Great Great Nieces: Haleigh and Alexxis

Special Cousin: Doy Hess

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: George Killen
Beloved Sisters: Linda and Glenda Killen
Nephew: Stevie Bush

Pallbearers will be David Estes, Steve Cobit, Paul Taylor and Billy George Smith.

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


Daniel Allen (Buddy) Cantrell passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016, at his home while under Hospice care. Graveside service will be Monday, March 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at Weaver Cemetery, FM 1970 South, Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Bro. Stan Britton officiating.

He is preceded in death by his wife Janice Charlene Wilde Cantrell and their son, Samuel Allen Cantrell.  He leaves his daughter Cynthia Cantrell Lewing and her husband, Ronald Lewing, of Tiki Island, TX.; his daughter, Paula Cantrell Harness and her husband, Matt Harness of Mesquite, TX.; grandson, Jake Lewing and wife, Katie Lewing of Seattle, WA.; granddaughters, Megan Harness Cuzen and husband, Ben Cuzen, of Dallas, TX., Sarah Lewing of Houston, TX., and Brittany Harness Smith and husband, Hunter Smith of Newport, AR.; and many close friends.  

Born in Houston, the son of Samuel Tanksley Cantrell and Cleva Allene Tyer Cantrell, he spent most of his younger years in Timpson, TX. near his mothers' birthplace.  

In 1952, Buddy entered service into the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean conflict, and was stationed overseas.  He was released from Active Military Service in 1954, after a serious illness, and sent home with little hope of survival.  His mother nursed him to health, and he was honorably discharged in 1960, earning the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.  

He entered Lamar University on a GI Bill Scholarship, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1959.  He met his wife, Janice when she was attending Sam Houston State University, nearby.  They were married in 1961, and soon settled in Beaumont.  He worked several years inspecting the radio operations of ships in Beaumont and Port Arthur, and was certified as a Professional Engineer in 1970 before taking a job with the Federal Communications Commission in Houston, where he retired after more than 30 years of service.  Following his retirement, he worked for Texas Association of Broadcasters, traveling across the state with Janice at the wheel inspecting various television and radio stations; she was his personal assistant, taking dictation to type his inspection reports.  He met several notable personalities, and enjoyed his travels with his wife.  They eventually built a home in Matagorda, TX., on the Colorado river, where they enjoyed fishing, shrimping, and crabbing.  Both were avid fishermen, and Buddy often designed and built his own crab traps and fishing gear.  He carried a notepad and mechanical pencil everywhere so that he could sketch out his designs.  

Buddy was a Master Mason with the Masonic Lodge in Timpson, for more than 50 years. He served as a Shriner for a number of years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City, TX.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.taylorfh.net


Alan D. Jones, 47, of Center, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 1, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

Mr. Jones was born February 21, 1969, in Freeport, to Dan Phillip Jones and Brenda Gail Windham.  He graduated from Joaquin High School in 1987 and joined the Marine Corps in 1988. Mr. Jones served in Desert Storm.  He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with family.

He is survived by
Daughter: Brenda Nicole Jones

Dan Phillip Jones II and wife, Jean
Alex Jones

Sister: Katherine Raymond and husband, Donald

Nieces and nephews:
Jacob Jones
Alania Jones
Collin Cooper
Derik Jones
Marissa Cooper
Brayden Raymond

Preceded in death by
Parents: Dan Phillip Jones and Brenda G. Windham
Grandparents: Oscar Alton and Clarese Jones, Doyle and Myrtle Windham
Uncle: Christopher Jones

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a trust account for his daughter, Brenda Nicole Jones, at Shelby Savings Bank or contact Dan Jones.

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


Lieutenant General Orren Ray “Cotton” Whiddon passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord, March 20, 2016, surrounded by family and friends after fighting the good fight. He was born March 10, 1935 to the late Cynthia Betty Cockrell and Orren Cox Whiddon in Joaquin, TX as a fifth generation Texan.

General Whiddon graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in 1955, was drafted into the US Army as a Buck Private and upon completion of OCS in 1956, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, Field Artillery. He holds a Master’s in Management from USC. His military education includes Field Artillery Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Command and Gen. Staff College and Naval War College.

General Whiddon served two tours in Vietnam, including G2, 101st Airborne and in a variety of career building assignments, including Ft. Sill, OK; Vicenza, Italy; Ft. Leavenworth, KS; The Pentagon (numerous); Giessen, Germany (twice); SHAPE, Mons, Belgium; Ft. Polk, LA; and Ft. Eustis, VA. Other key assignments include AFCENT, The Netherlands; and Commanding Gen., 8th ID, Bad Krueznach, Germany. Gen. Whiddon retired in 1990 as Commanding Gen., Second United States Army, Ft. Gillem, GA.

Awards and decorations Gen. Whiddon received include the Distinguished Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Superior Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Vietnam Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Service Ribbon (1 Oak Leaf Cluster) and Overseas Service Ribbon (Oak Leaf Clusters). Gen Whiddon is authorized to wear the Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff ID Badge, and Army Gen. Staff ID Badge.

General Whiddon was inducted into Stephen F. Austin University’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 1988, awarded the Angelina Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award and “Service Above Self” Award in 2005 and the Angelina Award in 2014. He was a longtime supporter of the SFA’s ROTC program. The Howitzer fired at SFA home games, Ol’ Cotton, is named in his honor.

After retiring in 1990, Cotton and the love of his life, Harriot McKinney Whiddon, began the second adventure of their lives in Lufkin, Texas. His leadership and ability to inspire others led to his work with and development of the PineCrest Retirement Community and Salvation Army Adult Day Care Center. His community work included the Lufkin Planning and Zoning Board, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School Board President, Methodist Retirement Communities Board, Methodist Retirement Trust Board, and Senior Warden for St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Cotton loved Lufkin, and Lufkin loved him.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Cynthia Betty (Cockrell) and Orren Cox Whiddon, and brother, Richard Abner Whiddon. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Harriot McKinney Whiddon; son, Orren Prentice Whiddon of Artemis, PA; daughters, Laura Whiddon Shortell and husband, Joe Ross Stutts of Dallas, TX; Barbara Whiddon Chandler and husband, James B. Chandler of Allen, TX; four grandchildren, Orren A. Whiddon, Pittsburgh, PA; Joseph H. Shortell III, Dallas, TX; Catharine T. Whiddon, Artimus, PA; Skylar J. Chandler, Allen, TX; sister, Susan K. Whiddon, Joaquin, TX; sisters-in-law, Susan P. McKinney of Nacogdoches, TX and Jean T. Whiddon of Hideaway, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

We’d like to thank “Cotton’s Angels”, Norma, Evia, Bonnie, Brenda, Crystal and Ruth; LTC Francis Jackson; the staff and caregivers at Hospice in the Pines; Memorial Home Health; and all the doctors who cared for him, especially Dr. Kyle Krohn.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Lufkin and burial with full military honors at 3:00 p.m. at The Joaquin Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, TX 75904 or The Salvation Army Adult Day Care Center, 412 S. 3rd St., Lufkin, TX 75901 or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com

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


Mrs. Florence Kelly Marshall, age 101, of San Antonio, Texas.  Mrs. Marshall died Friday, March 18, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral Service will be Saturday, March 25. 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. Interment will be Haley Bush Cemetery


Son, Douglas Marshall (Barbara) of San Antonio, Texas

Loretta Jackson of Longview, Texas
Caroline Ross of San Antonio, Texas

A host Grand Children and Great-Grand Children

Brother, Willie Kelly of San Antonio, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.


David Lamar Henderson, 76 of Center, passed away Friday morning, March 18, 2016 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

A wake will be held 6pm until 8pm Thursday night, March 24, 2016 at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 3pm on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Abundant Love Ministries, Center, Texas. Interment will be at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas with Pastor Marlin Cloudy officiating.

He is survived by:

David Henderson of Center
Larry (Myrtle) Osby of Center

Daughter, Yvonne Suell of Dallas, Texas

6 Grandchildren

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


L.J. Jenkins, 61 of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at his residence in Joaquin.

Wake will be held Friday, March 25, 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Services will be held at 1pm Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Bell Chapel Baptist Church, San Augustine, Texas. Interment at Lane Town Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas with Pastor Timothy Teel officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Mary McCollister of Joaquin

Hitachi (Candy) Jenkins of Joaquin
Cloish Jenkins of Joaquin
Joshua (Lanieba) McCollister of Joaquin

Daughter, Angelia (Xavier) Gentry of Joaquin

12 Grandchildren

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


Cecil Jones, 88, of Center, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Jerry Gannon officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Jones was born June 16, 1927, in Louise, to Ira W. Jones and Pearl Goode Jones.  He was a Church of Christ Minister.

He is survived by
Son: Larry “Dude” Jones and wife, Susan, of Tenaha

Justin Jones of Tenaha
Bailey Jones of Tenaha

Frankie Gerhard of Edna
Helen McKey of Edna
Mildred Tipton of Edna

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Dorothy Jones
Parents: Ira W. Jones and Pearl Goode Jones
Brothers: Leroy Jones, Raymond Lee Jones

Pallbearers will be Justin Jones, Bailey Jones, Leroy Newman, Otis Pleasant, Allen Pinnick and Donny Fountain.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent atwww.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Virgie Faye Yarberry, 79, of Carthage, Texas passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Longview, Texas. Visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2016 at Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage.

Mrs. Yarberry was born Virgie Faye Smith on July 1, 1936 in Timpson, Texas to Weldon Wade and Lula Faye (Hunt) Smith. She was a 1954 graduate of Tenaha High School, loving wife of 63 years to Tommy Yarberry, a devoted mother and loved gardening, ceramics and crocheting. Mrs. Yarberry is preceded in death by her parents, Weldon and Lula Faye Smith and her sister, Geneva Smith Rowe Locke.

She is survived by her husband, Tommy Yarberry of Carthage; sons, Ricky Yarberry and wife Teri of Carthage, David Yarberry and wife Jennifer of Tyler; daughter, Becky Yarberry Taylor and husband Ray of Carthage; grandchildren, Kimberly Taylor Waites and husband Shane of San Antonio, Melissa Taylor Sanders and husband Chris of San Antonio, Lauryn Yarberry of Monroe, LA, Grant Yarberry of Tyler; step-grandsons, Jeff Burch of Oceana, VA, Alex Burch of Tyler; great grandson, Trevor Waites of San Antonio; sister, Yvonne Smith Ritter of Broken Arrow, OK; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and a host of friends.

The family suggests donations to Heart to Heart Hospice or Good Shepherd Medical Center for all their loving care and support.

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


Laverne Stroud Richards, 92, of Many, Louisiana, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, in Palestine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Richards was born September 11, 1923, in Many, Louisiana, to J.P. Stroud and Minnie Stroud. She loved spending time with her family and friends and raising cockle spaniels.  

She is survived by
Son: Randy Gandy

Colton Gandy
Logan Gandy

Sister: Jonnie Hossler

Great Grandchildren:
Austin Smith
Tytan Smith
Brooklyn Gandy
Ryvan Gandy

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: M. H. Richards
Parents: J.P. Stroud and Minnie Stroud
Sisters: Vernon Bridges, Georgia Cook, Erma Cooper
Brothers: Perry Stroud, Howard Stroud Sr., James B. Stroud

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


Weldon “Banny” Greer, Sr., (80) of Center, Texas died Sunday, March 20, 2016.  Mr. Greer died at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.  

Funeral services for Mr. Greer will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at St John Baptist Church in the Africa Community (2308 CR 2050, Center, Texas) at 1:00pm.   Bishop William E. Nash officiating.

Mr. Greer’s survivors are:

/Wife:  Patsy Greer of Center, Texas

/Son:  Weldon Greer Jr.

Step Children:  Gustarvus Wayne (Sharetta) Netherly, Patricia Nash, William (Pearlie) Nash, and Channing (Mellody) Daniels

Grandchildren:  Michael (Shonda) Greer & La Toya Greer

Brothers:  Felton Greer, Sr. & James Greer

Special First Cousin:  Tom Gardner

Special Friends to be Mention:  L.V. “Totsy” Williams, Willard McClelland, and Wendell Johnson

Preceding in Death:  Shelda Lynn Greer (Daughter), Lorine Gaddis (Mother), Leo Greer (Father), Valton “Cuda” Greer (Brother), Rayford Greer (Brother), and Prentice Greer (Brother).  

Visitation: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6pm-8pm

Committal:  St John Cemetery in the Africa Community

Repass: St. John Baptist Church

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas


Stanley Burgay, 62, of Timpson, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at John D. Windham Civic Center in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at John D. Windham Civic Center with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  Interment will follow at Blair Cemetery in Timpson.

Mr. Burgay was born November 28, 1953, in Shelby County, to Dallas Burgay and Mildred Estelle Scott Burgay. He retired from Center Police Department after 30 years of service.  Following his retirement, Mr. Burgay continued in law enforcement by serving as Constable in Timpson for 12 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and was Captain of the Timpson High School Association Fishing Club.  He was known for his ability to bring in the fish or tell others where to catch them. Mr. Burgay was very influential in the community, playing an important role in mentoring troubled young people. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.  Mr. Burgay was a faithful member of Good Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Wife: Betty Burgay of Timpson

Stephen Burgay and wife, Belinda, of Timpson
Chuck Kay and wife, Kathy, of Huxley

Selisha Cockrell and husband, Jay Dee, of Joaquin

Chandler Burgay
McKenzie Burgay
Kade Cockrell
Jodi Cockrell
Karly Kay
Michael Kay

Great Grandchild:
Brylie Kay

Estelle Burgay of Garrison

Judy Vaughn of Timpson
Yvonne Ramsey of Timpson

Barbara Bossier and husband, James, of Logansport, Louisiana 
Cherry Hipp and husband, Ricky, of Canton

Maryland Wilkinson of Tenaha

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Dallas Burgay
Sister: Ann McAleander
Brothers-in-law: Fred McAlexander, Glynn Ramsey, Walter Buddy Vaughn

Pallbearers will be Lance Hughes, Irvine Bergouis, Ricky Allen, Mark Herron, Kade Cockrell, Chandler Burgay, Michael Kay and James Moore.  Honorary pallbearers will be Everit Harbison, Roger Scott, Johnny Sanders, Jimmy Matthews, Walter Shofner, Mike Hanson, Tracy Hooper and all Texas Law Enforcement.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Shelby County Bass Anglers for Stanley Burgay Scholarship Fund, PO Box 307, Timpson, Texas 75975 and Good Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, 1070 CR 4778, Timpson, Texas 75975.


Irene (Flurry) Hendricks, 84 of Lufkin, died Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 21, 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Roger Doyle and Pastor Steve Cowart officiating. Interment will follow in the Glendale Cemetery.

Mrs. Hendricks was born August 26, 1931 in the Shawnee Prairie Community, Angelina County, Texas to the late Hoyt and Nona Bell (Havard) Flurry and died Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Castle Pines Health and Rehabilitation in Lufkin.

Mrs. Hendricks had resided in Lufkin for most of her life. She was employed with Lufkin Independent School District for 25 years in the Food Service Department. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening. Mrs. Hendricks was a devoted member of Trinity Baptist Church as long as she was able to attend and loved her church family. She loved traveling with her husband Arnold to listen to gospel music whenever possible. She was a faithful and devoted wife, always caring lovingly for Arnold, especially after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Survivors include her:

Son, David Hendricks of Lufkin
Son and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Jan Hendricks of Lufkin
Son and daughters-in-law, Ronny and Laurie Hendricks of Etoile
Son, Joe Hendricks of Lufkin
Daughter, Linda Dunn of Hudson
Daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Roger Doyle of Center

8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren

Brother and sister-in-law, Billy Glenn and Jean Flurry of Zavalla

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 66 years, Walter Arnold Hendricks, Jr.; sisters, Ida Flurry and Lorene Boulware; brothers, Wiley Flurry and J.C. Flurry; son-in-law, Glenn Dunn; grandson, Michael Andrew Hendricks.

Pallbearers will be Scott Moore, Michael Whitehead, J.R. Hendricks, David Hendricks, Ralph Hendricks, Ronny Hendricks, Joe Hendricks, and Bryson Whitehead.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Hendricks nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 1641 FM 325, Lufkin, Texas 75901.

Memories and condolences may be added, and live webcasting of the services may be viewed at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Services are under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


Hazel Marie Cooper Haessly, 58, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jason Sparks officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Timpson.

Ms. Cooper was born October 5, 1957, in Houston, Texas, to Tubby Haessly and Jackie Sanford Haessly.  

She is survived by
Husband: Mike Miller

April Gaddy and husband, Chris, of Timpson
Ashley Nichols and husband, Robert, of Troup

Janelle Boyd and husband, Larry, of Haughton, Louisiana
Dianne Cole and husband, Jerry, of Ratcliff
Sheila Jurney and husband, Ronnie, of Logansport, Louisiana

Johnny Haessly and wife, Dana, of Joaquin
Robert Haessly and wife, Felicia, of Timpson
Ricky Haessly of Center
Jerry Sanford and wife, Cindy, of Center
Dewayne Sanford and wife, Samantha, of Center

Carter and Haislee Gaddy
Walker, Cason and Reese Nichols
Lainee Cooper
Macayla Perry
Aaliyah Lane

Numerous nieces and nephews

Special Friend & Mother-in-law: Leona Martin

Preceded in death by
Parents: Tubby Haessly and Jackie Sanford Haessly
Husband: Billy Whittington
Son: Louie Cooper Jr.
Sister: Georgia Taylor
Granddaughter: Laice Cooper

Pallbearers will be Tommy Sparks, Pete Andrews, Daniel Nichols, Ronnie Cole, Kenny Cole, Keith Cole. Honorary pallbearer will be James Hughes Jr.

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


Becky Jean Samford Permenter, 70, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Ms. Permenter was born November 29, 1945, in Center, to E.B. Samford Jr. and Gloria J. Beckham Horton.  

She is survived by
Ronny Bennefield and wife, Robin, of Atlanta
Steve Bennefield and wife, Christina, of Ben Wheeler
Brian Bennefield and wife, Robin, of Texarkana
Hurchell Permenter and wife, Marina, of Center

Gloria Beckham Horton of Tyler

Holli Bennefield
Chad Harold
Jacob Bennefield
Stephen Bennefield Jr.
Kayla Bennefield
Sierra Rutledge
Taylor Rutledge
Tyler Rutledge
Aubree Swearingen
Clint Swearingen
Kynzlee Permenter
Emilee Permenter
Gabreal Lee Jech
Anthony Nunn
Matthew Nunn
Savanna Nunn

Easton Keith Rutledge
Rush Anthony Stevens
Emma Grace Rutledge
Grayson Allan Rutledge
Layla Bennefield
Liam Rodriguez
Christopher Dylan Rose

Linda Horton
Cathy Williams
Deborah White
Jena Fuller
Debra Jo DiVerdi

Don Horton
Clint Parker

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: E.B. Samford Jr.
Grandson: Willie Jech
Brothers: Terry Samford, Donnie Parker
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Allen Dale Anderson, 83, of Huxley, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

A memorial graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 2, 2016 at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with military honors given by Fort Hood Honor Guards and Masonic Rites given by Sam Samford Lodge #149. 

He was born March 31, 1932 in Champagne County, Illinois to Ivan and Mary (Austin) Anderson. Mr. Anderson worked on a pipeline for many years. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and he was a Mason. 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Ivan & Mary Anderson; Wife, Roxy Anderson; Grandson, Cory Anderson; Great-Granddaughter, Mikaela Kelsheimer; and 2 Sisters, Norma Hoffman and Marcia Phelps.

He is survived by:

Son: Wes Anderson & wife, Lisa of Naperville, Illinois

Daughter: Virginia Anderson of Effingham, Illinois

Ryan Anderson
Nick Anderson
Jaclynn Olivia Anderson
Ashley Ford

Sydney, Scout & Lily

3 Sisters:
Mickie Bushur
Glenda Kingery
Margie Anderson Lister 
You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Funeral services for Tim Boyd Hooper will be held at Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, March 18 at 11:00 am, officiated by Pastor Michael Dickerson of First United Pentecostal Church of San Augustine, TX.  Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Visitation will be held at Hillcrest Funeral Home on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5-7 pm.

Tim Boyd Hooper, 72, was born in Center, Texas on October 27, 1943.  He attended Center High School and served in the US Army Signal Corp.  He was a resident of Bossier City, LA for 45 years.  Tim entered into rest on March 13, 2016, after a brief illness.  

Tim lived his life selflessly for the service of his family.  Full of compassion, playfulness, and love, he was an independent, private, and humble man.  Tim was very loyal and always pulled for the underdog, unless they played the Dallas Cowboys.  Tim was a hard worker who was incapable of giving less than his best, having worked as a dental technician for over 40 years in Shreveport, LA.    

Tim was preceded in death by:

His father: Charlie G. Hooper

Mother: Georgie Ethel Rollins Hooper

Brother: Doyle Ray Hooper 

He is survived by:

Son: Stacy Boyd Hooper, and wife, Jocelyn, of Shreveport, LA. 

Daughter: Gina Hooper Robinson, and husband, BJ, of Benton, LA. 

Stacy Garrett Hooper
Kaylee Jordan Hooper
Madison Grace Hooper
Matthew Landon Hooper
Landry Claire Hooper
Christopher Bryce Hooper
Brylee Anna Robinson
Brendan James Robinson 

Hoyt Hooper and wife, Jane, of Doyline, LA.
Durwood Hooper and wife, Shirley, of San Augustine, TX. 

Maurene Hooper of Converse, LA.
Bonnie Free and husband, Larry Lawson, of Lufkin, TX.
Charlene Pigg and husband, Jackey, of Lufkin, TX.
Wanda Curbow and husband, David, of Lufkin, TX.
Georgia Marshburn and husband, Jimmy, of Pollok
Delorse Martinez and husband Dave, of Diboll, TX.
Zelma Litzmann and husband, James, of Huntsville, TX.

Numerous nephews and nieces.  

Pallbearers are Robert Hooper, Bryan Broadway, Richard Free, Jeff Hooper, Corey Pigg, Jared Pigg, Shaune Martinez, and Jonathan Curbow.  Honorary Pallbearers are Marty Pigg and Charlie Free. 

Services are under the direction of Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery, 601 Hwy 80 East, Haughton, LA 71037.


James Dwayne Caddell, 53, of Irving, Texas, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. James was a 1980 graduate of Center High School.  

Services will be at 11:00 am. Saturday, March 19th at North Star Baptist Church, 1518 Englewood Avenue in Tyler, Texas.  Reverend James Cook, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Tyler.  The family will receive friends at Brooks, Sterling & Garrett Funeral Home from 12:00 noon until 7:00 pm on Friday, March 18th. 

James was born in Tyler on March 15, 1962 to James, Sr. and Martha McGee Caddell.  He spent his formative years in Center, where his mother was a long-time teacher in Center ISD. He joined and was baptized at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center where he was active as a youth usher and as a member of the Young Adult Choir. After graduating from Center High School, he attended the University of Texas at Arlington.  He worked as a musical writer and was involved in the South By Southwest Musical Festival in Austin for a number of years. 

He is preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents. 

He is survived by:

His parents, Mr. & Mrs. James Caddell of Tyler;
A daughter, Sarah Freni and her husband Rob of Boston, Massachusetts;
A grandson, Charlie, also of Boston, Massachusetts and a loving and devoted extended family. 

Services are under the direction of Brooks, Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors, 302 North Ross Avenue, Tyler, Texas 75702, 903.592.0886.


Mrs. Ima Jean Hooper Holman, 85, of Garrison, Texas passed away Friday, March 11, 2016. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Smith Chapel Baptist Church 919 County Road 4704, Timpson, Texas 75975 Reverend Mario Osby, Pastor.

Eulogy given by Pastor Mario Osby. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery No. 02, Garrison, Texas Visitation will be Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 am. at Smith Chapel Baptist Church, funeral at 11:00 a.m.

She is survived by:

Son and Daughter-in-law: Nathan and Deannea Holman

Nia Holman
Noah Holman.  

God-Daughter: Tranika Holland

Four Sisters and Three Brother-in-Laws:
Earnestine (JW ) Morris
Annie Hooper
Betty (Oscar) Turner
Diane (Ralph) Richard

Services are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Inc. 734 FM 1942 * P. O. Box 229 Crosby, Texas 77532


Olen Oliver, 98, of Center, passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 in El Lago, Texas.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating and  eulogy given by, Larry Williams. Burial will follow at Powdrill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born August 10, 1917 in the Arcadia Community, Center, Texas to William and Sarah Francis (Gunter) Oliver. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the Arcadia Masonic Lodge. 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, William & Sarah Oliver, Wife, Joy Marie Oliver and Wife, Marquette “Coot” Emanis Oliver.

He is survived by:
Olen Oliver, Jr. & wife, Linda of Pasadena
Richard Oliver & wife, Vickie of Houston
Jim Oliver & wife, Glynda of LaPorte
Jackie Grant & husband, Neil of the Arcadia Community, Center, Texas
Ronnie Emanis & wife, Charlsey of Center
Keith Oliver of Seabrook
Kara Million & husband, David of League City
Scott Oliver & wife, Jennifer of La Porte 
Brandon Oliver & wife, Carrie of Cypress
Terri Oliver of La Porte 
12 Great Grandchildren
5 Step Grandchildren
10 Step Great Grandchildren
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Relatives & Friends
Keith Oliver, Scott Oliver, Brandon Oliver, 
David Million, Doice Grant and Dr. Derek Grant   
Honorary Pallbearers:
Greg Grant & the members of the Arcadia Masonic Lodge