Jewel Pier, age 67, of San Augustine, Texas passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at  UT Tyler Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

DOB: 1/28/1954 - DOD: 07/17/ 2021

Funeral Service

Are pending at this time.


Keith Socia - On Tuesday, July 13, 2021 East Texas lost a good man. Keith Socia, 59, passed peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Keith was born November 29, 1961 in Center, Texas to Jimmy and Faye (Ramsey) Socia.

He grew up one of five children and stories of their childhood always bring on the kind of laughter that makes your belly hurt. Keith met Vicki when he was 33 and told her he would never forget the day he saw her singing in church wearing “that” red dress knowing then he had to get to know her. Keith and Vicki spent the next 25 years growing a business, raising a family, and always looking for ways to positively impact their community through ministry and outreach. Keith especially loved his horses and the years he and Nathan spent riding, roping, and rodeoing. 

Keith was the kind of guy you wanted in your corner and knew you could depend on. He was selfless and put others first, both in business and in his personal life. He would share his personal testimony of redemption and how the Lord completely turned his life around with anyone who would listen (plenty who didn’t want to listen, too) and because of this led many to Christ while serving as an inspiration to the miracles of which the Lord is capable. Keith’s battle with cancer began in 2016, but the diagnosis did not slow him down. He took every opportunity he could to allow God to work a miracle in his life and trusted God’s plan every step of the way. When he realized recently the miracle wouldn’t be his own gift of life, he told Vicki “there is still a miracle that will happen because of this, you wait and see”.

Survivors by:

Wife of 25 years, Vicki Burns Socia of Nacogdoches

Children and their spouses:
Vanessa and David Whitehead of Nacogdoches
Marcus and Lauren Williams of North Carolina
Shea Williams of Spring
Nathan and Abram Socia of Lufkin

Dillon Roe
Trevor Whitehead
Gracie Whitehead
Savannah Whitehead
Caitlyn Whitehead
Remington Whitehead
Andrew Williams
Naomi William

Jimmy and Faye Socia of Nacogdoches

Ricky Socia of Nacogdoches
Penny and Paul Cain of Carthage
Donna and Mark Seegers of Dallas
Rodney and Brandy Socia of Carthage

And numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Socia, Rodney Socia, Paul Cain, Blake Socia, Chance Socia, and David Whitehead.

The Memorial Celebration for Keith will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Timber Creek Church in Lufkin with Chet Strain officiating. Interment will follow in the Harmony Cemetery in Nacogdoches. 

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at Carroway Funeral Home.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


Anthony O'Neal Jones, Sr., 54 of Center passed away Friday, July 9, 2021 at a Dallas hospital.

Visitation will be Friday, July 16, 2021 from 6pm until 8pm.

Services are Saturday, July 17, 2021 11am at Center Triumph Church. Interment will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville. 

Bishop Howard Cloudy, Sr. will be officiating.

Anthony attended school in Center. He worked at Holly Farms for a period of time, as well as Fuller Construction. Anthony had great skills as a carpenter - remodeling homes and plumbing. He loved his family with all his heart. Anthony's famous words were "God got me."

He leaves to cherish his memories:
Mother, Earlene McDaniel of Center

Step-mom, Lucille Jones of Garrison

Children and grandchildren:
Jeffery Ware (Tommy III, Gabriella, Emerii) of Ft. Worth
Antwon Davis and wife Jaleesa (Jaquan, Antwon Jr., Amarian) of San Augustine
Jamont Collins (Kaleb) of of Center 
Mekaylen Jones (LaRodney)
Anthony Jones Jr. of Nacogdoches 

Elizabeth Valentine (Robert) of Shreveport
Roy Andrews (Cynthia) of San Antonio
Earnestine Patton (Elton) of The Colony
Onetta Eaden of Lewisville
Essie Daniel 
Twyiana Davis of Nacogdoches 
Ernest Bailey (Dorothy) of Nacogdoches
Calvin Calhoun (Rachel) of Nacogdoches
Danny Brown (Vernice) of Center
Sandra Dee Richards (Robert Sr.) of Center
Sandra Dean Chumbley (Anthony)  of Center
Mary Barnes  of Center
O'Neal Jones Jr,.  of Center
Shya Stansberry  of Center
Deloris Johnson  of Center
Jerry Bell of Center
Jimmy Watts of Center
Damien Jones (Neisha) of Conroe

Aunt, Geraldine Watts of Houston

Very Special friend, Ladetria Caldwell (Anthony, Laquita) of Dallas

He was preceded in death by: his father, O'Neal Jones Sr.; sisters, Tammy Jones and Mary Alice Moore; brothers, Larry Wayne Jones and Rodney O'Neal Jones; son, LaRondy Jones.


James Ray Grimsley, 78, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Kaufman.

Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 23, 2021, at Old Tennessee Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born February 24, 1943, James is the son of A.D. Grimsley and Camilla Hall Grimsley.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and later became a maintenance supervisor for Tenaha Housing Authority.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and golfing.  James was a lifetime member of Tenaha Athletic Boosters.

Survived by:

Anthony Grimsley (Diana)
Brenda Thompson
Nancy Grimsley
Dawn Faust (Charles)
Michelle Grimsley

Karol Ann
Andrea (Kyle)
Michael (Melissa)
David Thompson
Kathryn Noe (Chris)
Elizabeth, Randell

Margaret Bowlin
Nancy Keller
Sissy Vanover (Jim)
Forest Crawford (Sherry)

Preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Ava; parents, A.D. Grimsley and Camilla Hall Crawford; siblings, Mary Hansen, J.L. Grimsley, Francis McDaniel, and Bill Grimsley.

The family requests donations be made to Local Veterans Organizations.

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

July 15, 2021

Sue Daugherty, 71, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Monroe, Louisiana.

A graveside service will be held Noon, Monday, July 19, 2021, at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, Louisiana.  Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born August 10, 1949, in Logansport, Louisiana, Sue is the daughter of Edith and Joseph Alford.

Survived by: 

Husband, Pat Daugherty

Richard Daugherty 
Russell Daugherty

Reddix Daugherty

Kay Harvey
Sherry Holmes

Brother: Johnny Alford

Preceded in death by her parents, Edith and Joseph Alford.

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


Terry Lynn Rice, 75, of Longview, TX passed away Tuesday, the 13th in Longview. She was born May 28th, 1946, in Center, TX to the late Hunter and Clara (Warren) Bradshaw.

She was a member of Alpine Church of Christ for numerous years. Terry graduated from Center High School in 1964 and for the last 36 years has owned and managed The Flower Peddler Florist in Longview.

Survived by:

Daughter: Tammy Rice and her husband Danny of Longview

Stepdaughter: Susan Jenkins and her husband LeRoy of Clinton, TN

Sister: Brenda Dean and her husband Bobby of Center, TX

Amber Barber and her husband Jeremy of Longview
Ashley Bridwell of Longview, TX
Alicia LaCoste and her husband Craig of Gray, LA
Michelle Thompson of Clinton, TN

Lauren LaCoste and her fiancée Ryan of Monroe, LA
Desiree Thompson of Clinton, TN
Alyvia Barber of Longview, TX
Aubrey Barber of Longview, TX

Terry was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Rice and parents, Hunter, and Clara Bradshaw.

Funeral services will be 10am, Friday, July 16, 2021, at Alpine Church of Christ in Longview with visitation starting at 9am to service time at the church. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center, TX at 2pm. Arrangements are under the care of Rader Funeral Home of  Longview. An online memorial book may be signed at www.raderfh.com


James Rogers Yarborough, 75, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Longview.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Per his wishes, he will be cremated.

Born October 9, 1945, in Center, Rogers is the son of William Alexander Yarborough and T9C Prince Yarborough. He worked as a crane operator for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years. His hobbies included tinkering with lawnmowers and spending time with his grandchildren. Rogers was a member of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 and First Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by:

Wife of 56 years, Sandra Yarborough of Center

Vanessa Caudle and husband Terry of Carthage
Denise McCauley of Dallas
Feather Andrusick and husband David of Center

Jeff Massey and Ryli
Kindle Parrish and Will
Jack Massey and Katie
Holden Massey
Jessye Massey
Chris Massey
Devin McCauley
Autum Andrusick
Aubre Andrusick

6 Great-grandchildren

Sister, Retha Mize of Tenaha

Drennon Yarborough and wife Betty of Arizona
Joe Yarborough and wife Jackie of Center

Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law:
Ann Yarborough
Gayle and Emmett Harvey
Billy Ballard

Also, numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceded in death by parents, William Alexander Yarborough and T9C Prince Yarborough; brothers, Waymon, Pug, Charles, Alvin, and Billy; sisters-in-law, Virginia Yarborough, Lenora Yarborough, Peggy Yarborough, and Debbie Ballard; brother-in-law, James Mize, Ronnie Ballard; and father-in-law, Billy Ballard.

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

Ronald L. "Ron" Cook, age 73, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at his residence.

Ron was born August 24, 1947, in Center, Texas, to parents George E. and Ruthie Naomi (Stephens) Cook and had been a longtime resident of San Augustine. He retired from Southwestern Bell after 36 years of service in the East Texas area. After his retirement from the telephone company, he had worked as a sales consultant in the oilfield industry. 

He had a great love for fishing. Ron was a very integral part of the community, having served a number of years with the San Augustine Volunteer Fire Department; San Augustine City Council, including service as mayor pro-tem; and the County Appraisal District's review board. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and Redland Masonic Lodge.

Survived By:

Wife, Becky Jordan Cook of San Augustine, Texas

Kenneth Jordan and wife Cassondra of Huxley, Texas
Shelley Metts and husband Eric of Orangefield, Texas
Brandon Jordan and wife Tara of Center, Texas
Jana Hart and husband Kelley of Charleston, South Carolina

Charles Cook and wife Mary of Hemphill, Texas
D.C. Cook and wife Rosalie of Pt. Neches, Texas
Greg Cook and wife Angie of Groves, Texas

A host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death his parents, George E. and Naomi Cook; a brother, Harlan Cook; and a son, Chad Jordan.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 205 S. Liberty Street, with Rev. Michael Dickerson, Rev. Martin Doran, Rev. Tim Turner, and Charles Sharp officiating. Interment will follow with Masonic rites at Oaklawn Memorial Park, located on Hwy. 7 in Center, Texas.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

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


Parker Lee Garrett, 77, went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2021. He was born November 23, 1943.

A "Celebration of Parker Lee Garrett's Life" will be held at First Baptist Church in Logansport at 2:30pm on July 18, 2021. If Parker has made a big impact on your life and you would like to share it with others, please contact Barbara McClellan at  318-697-2750 or 318-465-9209. If you have a special memory of Parker, be it funny or uplifting, please write it down and place it in the box in the foyer of the church. If you cannot attend the service you can send it to memom2many@gmail.com.

He is survived by: 

Alfred Douglas Garrett and wife, Patsy Powdrill Garrett
Robert Lynn Garrett

Sister-in-law: Linda Simmons Garrett

Fiancée and Best Friend: Barbara McClellan

Eric Garrett and wife, Denise Garrett
Mark Garrett
James Garrett and wife, Dina

Sue Sue Garrett Boyett and husband, Jeremy Boyett
Randi Garrett Weathersby and husband, Wesley Weathersby

Preceded in death by: father, Robert Levi Garrett; mother, Edna Daughtry Garrett; brother, James Randel Garrett; sister-in-law, Ouida Springer Garrett; niece, D'Neice Garrett; and nephew, Christopher Garrett.


Tom Amos, 87, of Timpson, Texas went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 11, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving and caring family.

Funeral service will be at 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Woodland Christian Church, US-59, Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Bro. Roy Platt and Bro. Billy Bob Cox officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery following the service.

Visitation will be held prior to services from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Woodland Christian Church, US-59, Timpson, Texas, 75975.

Tom was born in Houston, Texas on July 27, 1933, to John Virgil and Faye Amos. He graduated from high school in Grayville, Illinois in 1952, soon after joined the U.S. Air Force.

On June 10, 1954, Tom married Betty Campbell, the love of his life. They just celebrated 67 wonderful years of marriage. From this marriage they were blessed with four sons, Stanley, Stephen, Tim, and Terry.

After completing his service with the Air Force, Tom obtained a job with McDonald Aircraft in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1958, Tom and Betty moved to Texas, after moving around for various jobs, they settled in Timpson in 1968. There they opened and operated “Tom’s Clothing” for 14 years. Tom was then employed at the local U.S. Post Office until his retirement.

Tom and Betty were long time devoted, and active members of Woodland Christian Church. After retirement, they pursued the love and life of their dreams, serving the Lord through World Mission Builders. They traveled the United States and Africa, Philippines and Mexico building churches and homes for the less fortunate and making memories and lifetime friends.

Church and family were equally important to Tom and Betty. Tom often said, “I’m Blessed.” His greatest joys were spending time with family whether it was a celebration, holiday or even a function involving the grandchildren or great-grandchildren. The last couple of years, he thoroughly enjoyed camping with his kids.

Tom was considered Timpson Bears and Lady Bears #1 Fan. If it were baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, track or football, no matter what, he was there. He truly loved his Bears. He was especially proud of the THS Collegiate Center. He watched the center being built from beginning to end and attended the day of dedication. He enjoyed attending games in the gym but was proud of the Collegiate Center giving the students opportunities they never dreamed of.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Betty Campbell Amos

Stanley and wife Lowana of Timpson
Stephen and wife Debi of Timpson
Tim and wife Debby of Timpson
Terry and wife Kim of Timpson

Shaun and Cheryl Milford
Megan and Joshua Adams
Kristan and Mark Solomon
Kelli and Daniel Holloway
Kaleb and Candace Amos
Nicole and Casey Williams
Damein and Danni Amos
Melissa and Nash Chandler
Hunter Amos
Chandler Amos

26 precious great-grandchildren

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Virgil and Faye Amos, brothers, John Amos, Don Amos, and sister-in-law Elaine Amos.

The family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, visits, phone calls and support during this difficult time. We would especially like to thank Ebony Wallace and the HeartWay Hospice ladies for their loving and dedicated care for Tom.

If you would like to make charitable donations instead of sending flowers, the family would like to suggest making donations in Tommy’s name to the following:

World Mission Builders
343 Papaya Cir.
Barefoot Bay, FL. 32976

Legacy Scholarship Fund
C/O Glenn Short
6409 W. Captains Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK, 73162-6838

Woodland Christian Church
PO Box 179
Timpson, TX, 75975

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.


C.L. “Mac” McNease Jr., 84, of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Center.

Graveside service will be held Noon, Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Harold Hanson officiating.  

Born June 2, 1937, Mac is the son of Cletus Lee McNease Sr. and Littie Cassell McNease. He served in the United States Air Force and later worked as a supervisor in the oil field. Mac attended Lone Star Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by:

Daughter-in-law, Robbie Kerr of Timpson

Kevin Kerr of Timpson
Chris Kerr and wife Dayna of Lufkin

Gabriel Kerr of Lufkin
Abigail Kerr of Lufkin

James McNease of Houston
David Jones of Houston

Christene Crum of Louisiana
Nancy Jones of Louisiana

Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Kerr McNease; and son, Glenn Kerr.

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


Melba Williams (Mrs. Buck as she liked to be called) passed away surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Longview.  She was born in Shelby County, July 29, 1929, to Littie and Bruce Grimsley in the Short Community.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm, Friday, July 9, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas, with service at 2pm, Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Chris Watlington will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas. There will be a reception to follow at Center First United Methodist Church.

She met Buck Williams in July 1948 and was married September 2. It was “Love at first sight.” They were married 66 years when Buck passed away in August 2014.

Melba, local Business lady, opened Ms Kasual Korner, a ladies dress shop, in the late 70s. She retired from the “RAG business” as she called it in 2010, downsized to Melba’s Tux, and became friends with 99% of her customers. A special thanks to all the handsome guys who wore Tux from her store, “Melba’s Tux”. To quote Melba, “I enjoyed every minute of it.” My favorite guy was a 9 month old little boy who went on a cruise with his Mom and Dad. I put him in “Tails and Tux” shoes. This was Dr. McMullin and Donna’s son.

Melba is survived by beloved family:

Daughter, Monte Dawson of Longview

Son, Todd Williams and wife Donna of Weatherford

Granddaughter, Lindsey Dawson of Ft. Worth

Stevie Tinkle of College Station
Austin Williams of Weatherford
Garrett Williams of Austin

Great-Grandchildren: Ilse Tinkle and Stoker Tinkle of College Station

Melba had three brothers and one sister. Elvin Grimsley was her twin brother. She is the last member of the Grimsley family. One of Melba’s greatest sorrows was losing a grandson, 6½ year old Shane Tinkle in August on Hwy 96 February 20, 1978. The son of Monte Dawson and Steve Tinkle.

In Melba’s family are over 50 surviving nieces and nephews, all serving as honorary pallbearers. 

Melba had two adopted sisters, Janis Hughes and Joy Livingston and also two special friends, Danny Lovell and Faye Johnson.

A special thanks goes to Chris Watlington, Music Man and whatever he is needed for – speaker for this service, and to all the members at United Methodist Church whom Melba was proud to call her “Church Family”.

Pallbearers will be Todd Williams, Stevie Tinkle, Austin Williams, Garrett Williams, Sandy Beard, David Koonce, David Ginn, and Johnny Covington.

Other honorary pallbearers will be Wayne and Lisa Christian, Steve and Mary Lynn Tinkle, Dicky and Eldora Gilchrist, and Rick Campbell.

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

Editor's Note: Melba was a contributing writing on Shelby County Today. To read her articles, click here. She will be missed.


Garry Lee Elliott, Sr., 70, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on July 7, 2021, in Garrison, Texas. He was born on September 21, 1950. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Caledonia Cemetery in Garrison.

Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM till 2:00 PM on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home.

Garry was a lifelong resident of Garrison. He started school at Concord and later finished at Garrison High School. Garry retired from Acme Brick Company after 33 years with the company. He passed on his work ethic to his son.

Garry was at his happiest while outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing. He was quite the hunter and had may trophies to show for his time spent doing what he loved.

Garry and Sandy married at their home on October 13, 2018. Sandy lovingly took care of him through sickness and health. Garr Lee, as he was affectionately called by his friends, was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

Garry is survived by his wife, Sandy Elliott; mother, Sybil Lee Elliott; sons, Garry Lee Elliott, Jr. and girlfriend, Christina Sills, Davy Gene Elliott, and Daniel Lee Elliott; stepchildren, Shelle Davison and husband, Kevin, and Corey Jimerson; brothers, Larry Gene Elliott and wife, Jean, and Jeffery Lane Elliott and wife, Cindy; he had 2 grandsons on the way; 5 step-grandchildren; and 4 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous other kinfolk.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Sherry Ann Elliott; father, Edgar Eugene Elliott; son, Jonathan Elliott; brother, Lloyd Elliott; and sister, Cathy Elliott.

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.


Mildred Joy Holman Patton, age 75, of San Augustine, Texas passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021 in San Augustine, Texas.    

Funeral Service is at 2pm on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at True Vine Baptist Church. Interment is at Greer Cemetery with Rev. Daniel Holman officiating. Visitation is from 1pm until 6:30pm on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Garner and Son Chapel in San Augustine.

She is survived by:

Johnny Lee Holman (Winnie Ruth) of San Antonio
Jamie Holman (Dorothy) of Center

Bobbie Redmon Wilson of San Augustine
Shirley Jackson (Dennis) of Nacogdoches
Joyce Allen (Danny) of Center

As well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and Friends

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary, P. O. Box 491 – 304 Ironosa Rd., San Augustine, Texas 75972


Billie Faye Gatlin, 76, of Timpson, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Timpson.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with graveside service 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin. Bro. Eric Pledger will officiate.

Born June 23, 1945, Billie is the daughter of James C. Bounds and Allie Rue Fuller Bounds. She worked in retail for many years. Billie enjoyed gardening, yardwork, and taking care of her cows. When not outside, puzzles and crossword puzzles were a hobby. Above all, “Faye Faye” loved time spent with her grandbabies. Billie was a member and certificate holder of Gospel Singers of America – Music School and was also a member of First Baptist Church of Haslam in Joaquin.

She is survived by:

Todd Kaiser of Vidor
Chris Kaiser and wife Dianna of Hampshire

April Pledger and husband Stacy of Timpson
Nicole Carter and husband Randy of Marshall

Stephanie and Justin Tatom
Danielle and Kent Wright
Benny Gatlin

Rylie Kaiser
Gage Stark
Mason Stark
Kayson, Kaymin, and Bowen Pledger
Presley and Henley Tatom
Lexi and Dylan Wright
Ben and Kaylea Gatlin

Vicki Arrington and husband Mark of Shreveport, Louisiana
Delores Wilkins and husband Joe of Joaquin

Also numerous nieces, and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, James C. Bounds and Allie Rue Fuller Bounds; and grandparents, E.B. Fuller and Ina Odessa Fuller, James “Jim” Franklin Bounds and Willie Ann Shahan Bounds.

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


Nellie Sue Strickland, age 81 of Azle, TX, went to be with her Lord on July 3, 2021. Nell was born in Coushatta, Louisiana on January 19, 1940. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Callie Johnson; her first husband, Ross Webb; her second husband, Ed Strickland.
siblings, Earl Johnson Jr., Minnie Lea Hull, Helen Lee, Raymond Johnson, Jerald Johnson; and two grandsons, Scott Webb and Cody West.

Survived by her Children: 
Kerry and Lisa Webb of Highland Village
Kim and Troy West of Azle, TX

Joshua and Kayla West of Azle, TX
Shane and Micah West of Center, TX
Hope and Cody Sowell of Frisco, TX
Chase and Gabrielle West of Center, TX
Dylan Edgin and fiancé Samantha Murphy of Lewisville
Dalton Edgin of Highland Village

Great-Grandchildren: Griffyn, Mavyn, Emmalyn, Jolee, Norah, Codi, Callen, Reese and Saige.

A memorial service will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Azle, TX on Juy 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Lone Star Cremation, Mansfield, TX 76063


Carl Willis White, 88 of Center, Texas died Friday, July 2, 2021, at his residence. He was born to the late Mr. John Henry White and Perlena Ruth, White in Choice, Texas.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at East Liberty Baptist Church (2980 County Rd 2569) in the East Liberty Community. Brother Freddie Wilson will be officiating.

Mr. White is survived by:

Wife, Johnnie Mae White of Center

Janice (Calvin) Rose of Center
Janet (Tim) Lamon of Missouri City, Texas

Brother, Johnny Ray White of Katy, Texas

Ella Faye Ware of Center
Lola Mae Fields of the The Colony, Texas
Will Mae Dunn of Killeen
Pauline Hamilton of DeSoto, Texas

In-laws, Mary Ella Robinson and Willie Fred (Gracie) McClelland of Center

Visitations will be Friday, July 9, 2021, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 1pm to 6pm. Burial is at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

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.


Mike Strong, 64, of Center, Texas, passed away Monday, July 5, 2021, in Center, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Bro. Joe Walker will officiate. Following the service, Mr. Mike will be cremated.

Born April 18, 1957, in Mansfield, Mike is the son of the late Alva Tom Strong and Loretta Taylor McGuirt. His hobbies included gardening and tending to yard. Mike was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by:

Michael Strong and husband Dwight of Dallas
Andrea Bustos of Denton

Granddaughter, Victoria Bustos of Denton

Karen Fancher and husband Rodger of Huxley, Texas
Beverly Gibbs and husband James of Logansport, Louisiana
Guelda Sanford of Center, Texas
Sheila Walker and husband Joe of Joaquin, Texas
Annette Bounds and husband Alan of Logansport, Louisiana
Mary May of Joaquin, Texas
Tommie Deaton and husband Paul of Nacogdoches, Texas
LaJuan Hallo and husband Mike of Nacogdoches

Brother, Jimmy Strong and Sharon Hart of Center, Texas

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, Alva Tom Strong and Loretta Taylor McGuirt.

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


Doris C. Wilson, 84, of Center, Tx passed away on July 3 ,2021, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on January 8, 1937, to the late Archie and Eva Coey. 

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 11 AM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Doris Grew up in New Caney TX and was proud she was a GED recipient. She met the love of her life in Cleveland TX in 1953, he was a bus driver, and she was a potential passenger who he left behind. One of her friends on the bus made him back up and pick her and the rest is history.

She was a member of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Doris loved to Read when she had the time but cooking and spending time with her family was one of her greatest Blessings.

Survived by:

Lela Hogan and husband Carl from Wills Point
Stacy Gee of Center
Rebecca Wilson of Center

Brother, James Willie Coey

Grandchild, Joshua Hogan and wife Tiffani

Great-Grandchild, Wyatt Mathew Hogan

Numerous nieces and nephews and family and friends.

Preceded in death by Husband Alonzo Lafayette (Pate) Wilson, Son-in-Law Johnny Mike Gee, Parents Archie James Coey and Eva Gertrude Byers, Sisters- Evelyn Musick and Sharon Coey.

Memorial Donations can be made to Providence Missionary Baptist and Fannie Brown Booth Library, P.O. Box 751 Center TX, 75935.

Services under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home (mangumfh.net).


Evelyn Bright Hughes, 96, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation starting one hour prior. Bro. James Goodwyn will officiate. Interment will follow at Campti Cemetery in Center.

Evelyn Bright Hughes passed away July 4, 2021. Born in the Campti Community to Price and Vera Forsyth Bright on January 23, 1925, she attended Campti School through 8th grade and then Shelbyville High School graduating in 1942. She met her sweetheart on the first day of grade school and told her mother at the close of the school day that she had found her boyfriend. She and Brother Travis were married 75 years and 9 months when death separated them. They loved their community and church and had a wonderful life helping others.

At age twelve Evelyn became a devout Christian when she received the gift of the Holy Spirit in the little country church. She and her husband, Travis, worked in the ministry for over sixty years never requiring a salary or benefit package and donated land and founded the Campti Pentecostal Church in 1972. She left this earth proudly proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to friends and the sitters that assisted her in her last weeks. She was a giver to those in need and passed on encouragement to the broken hearted. People come to us telling us of the times she helped them when no one else would.

As a Mother and Grandmother nothing made Evelyn happier than to attend church with her family and friends and to cook for them. Many Sunday gatherings of family and church members included fish fries at their camps. She had cooking skills for pies, cakes, fresh vegetables and Chicken Dressing and Dumplings unequaled by most and freely shared every recipe encouraging the young women to cook for their family at home instead of fast food. Her homemade birthday cakes are still remembered as the best by her children. She was fearless in business and an independent woman who thought for herself. Her hobbies were collecting glassware and playing “42” at the Senior Citizen Site.

She and her husband worked 88 full grown head of cattle until they were in their late 80’s. Any Wednesday could find them taking a load of cattle to the Center sale in their old red trailer. Earlier she had run a grocery store and helped with broiler and laying hen farms through the years. She was a bookkeeper, secretary and financial genius for her family. She gave us Dave Ramsey tips before we ever heard his name. She was underappreciated by all because of her willingness to work hard without complaint or praise. She will be missed by her family and those she prayed for often. Her prayer was to meet up with all of us in Heaven.

She is survived by: 
Mary Culver and husband Jim
Mavis Carter
Martha Goodwyn and husband James

Michael Warren and wife Krista
Candace Carter Mahan and husband Will
Bradley Goodwyn and wife Sherry
T.J. Goodwyn and wife Blaine

Kyla and Mason Warren
Austyn Mahan
Judson and Jewel Goodwyn
Madison, Joshua and Jeremiah Goodwyn.

Preceded in death by her husband, Travis Hughes; parents, Price and Vera (Forsyth) Bright; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Sonny Jameson; son-in-law, Mac Carter.

Pallbearers will be Michael Warren, Will Mahan, T.J. Goodwyn, Thomas Powell, Jim Culver, Steve Jameson, Nolan Borders, Bob Carter, and Jason Rodgers. Honorary pallbearers will be Roe Belrose, Billy Rodgers, and Tom Powell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Campti Cemetery 357 CR 3080 Center, TX 79535; and Campti Pentecostal Church P.O. Box 329 Shelbyville, TX 75973.

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